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It’s one of “those” weeks on the NFL schedule … already. It’s honestly more worrisome when it happens later in the season than at the midway point, but whenever there’s a slate of games in which none pits teams with winning records against each other, it’s disheartening. If parity really is the goal, this schedule is proof it has been achieved.

That shows up on his pro tape also. Garoppolo is very good with his eyes. He understands how to manipulate the defense. Whether that is moving a linebacker to create a window underneath or freezing the safety in the deep middle to generate a lane to hit the seam, Garoppolo’s vision creates opportunities to expose coverages.

Here’s an example on Garoppolo’s touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett versus the Dolphins.

The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak for the Cavs over the Knicks. Cleveland’s dry spell also saw the Cavs’ 17-game winning streak over the Magic snapped.

The Cavs are allowing 109.8 points per 100 possessions this season, making them the second-worst team in defensive efficiency in the Eastern Conference, ahead of only the Nets.

The Seahawks have been seeking upgrades to an offensive line that has lost two starters to injury. The trade for Brown marks another bold move by Seattle general manager John Schneider, who previously made deals for Marshawn Lynch in 2010, Percy Harvin in 2013 and Jimmy Graham in 2015.

The Jaguars have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL and are hoping the addition of Dareus will be enough to help them win the AFC South. Meanwhile, the Bills clear the salary of their highest-paid player off their books. The trade also reunites Dareus with Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone, who coached the Bills from 2013 to 2014.ducks-095

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Dressing up as a sports figure for Halloween often ends poorly, mainly because people tend to throw on a random jersey from their closet and proclaim I’m Chad Pennington.
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Derek Carr’s season numbers through six games: 223.5 yards per game, 11 touchdowns, four interceptions, 95.9 rating, 64.9 completion percentage.

For me, I loved my 2? years in Florida, he said. We had a hell of a team. We were moving in the right direction. But sometimes people just want a change, want to do something different. Was I upset because I lost my players? Absolutely. I thought we were doing the right things, so that made me upset. But I wasn’t upset about getting fired, because sometimes ownership or management wants to go in a different direction. That’s fine. The good thing about it is that people realized what we did in Florida, and I got another chance to do it.

The Badgers are unbeaten, but are they one of the best four teams? It’s a hard sell, especially after star freshman running back Jonathan Taylor was hurt in the first half of a sluggish win Randy Jones Youth jersey over Illinois. Nevertheless, the path to Indianapolis with a perfect record looks navigable.

It sat at the corner of Wentworth and Emancipation. The flashing cop lights were just a few blocks away. Inside, people still cheered the Astros, who’d pulled ahead, and another DJ gave Cal shout-outs. But something didn’t feel right. He’d heard that the cops stopped a rival gang member coming into their streets, which concerned him, and now some guys in the club kept trying to stare him down. It was getting late and people have been smoking and drinking.

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Ohio State, Oklahoma and the committee’s challenge with one-loss teams

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Remember the Sooners and Buckeyes’ matchup from Week 2? They were national title contenders playing in the biggest game in the country. First-year head coach Lincoln Riley picked up his first career road win. Surely you remember the flag that was planted? It seems like an eternity ago that OU went into Columbus, Ohio, and beat the Buckeyes 31-16 in what was — and arguably still is — the most important nonconference win of the season.

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The NFL equivalent of that has never really happened, but that day may actually be here now. Here are three reasons why the trade deadline is suddenly more exciting than it’s ever been:

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Kessel said Boyle has a great support system from his family, teammates and players around the league.

”Having a positive attitude toward the fight is important,” Kessel said. ”He needs to listen to the professionals and do whatever you can to return to the game.”

Kershaw’s brilliant career has set a high bar.

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Memphis (7-1, 4-1 AAC) has bounced back from its only loss of the season with four straight wins.

It’s not hard to see the particular form of heartbreak Wentz will deliver to Southeastern Pennsylvania. Like many young QBs, Wentz plays like he’s invincible. His signature play on Monday night was a Houdini-like escape from a gaggle of Redskins defenders. Jon Gruden calls him North Dakota Tough. I just scream at the TV, Get rid of the Brett Gardner Authentic Jersey ball!

Even fully healthy stars can have an off night. Maybe that was it. Or maybe those four home run balls were just a matter of round spheres striking round bats at just the right angle, through no fault of the man who threw them. Dumb luck, in other words. Whether that’s the case, or whether there’s something still amiss near the delicate stack of bones between the blue 2s on Kershaw’s jersey, the rest of baseball is waiting to see if he can accelerate once again into faster traffic, the lane in which he has frustrated a decade’s worth of hitters, or whether he will start to merge right and watch the Dodgers’ historic, 104-win season end, as it has each of the last 29 seasons, somewhere short of a world championship.

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Kelvin Benjamin trade doesn’t help Cam Newton or make Panthers better

Just two days ago, Cam Newton put a spin on the Panthers’ record — and chose not to make it a positive or negative one. “The optimism of it is we are 5-3. The negative of it is that we are 5-3,” he said after a 17-3 win over the Buccaneers that raised as many questions as answers about the offense he’s running.

Ajayi broke out as an RB1 during the 2016 season, his second in the league after amassing huge numbers at Boise State, but did so a bit unconventionally, which is why there were some reservations for future production. While it’s nice to have a running back capable of producing three games of more than 200 rushing yards, those games accounted for more than half of Ajayi’s rushing total for the season.

Friday night’s Game 1 of the National League Division series offered more proof that there is no more dominant starter in baseball right now. It also suggested that Kershaw is mortal, although the source of his current vulnerability is hard to pinpoint.

Kershaw struck out 7 Diamondbacks and held Arizona to 5 hits over 6 1/3 innings in Los Angeles on Friday, but four of those hits were solo home runs by A.J. Pollock in the third, J.D. Martinez in the sixth, and Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis in the seventh. For a pitcher who allowed a career-high 23 home runs this season, the same number he gave up in the last two seasons combined, the question for Kershaw—the question he will likely be asked for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career—is, How’s the back?

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No team allowed fewer points per game through the first eight weeks of the 2017 season.

The composition of the baseball has been a popular topic throughout the season, in large part because of the record number of home runs that were hit, with many players and coaches suggesting the ball was harder. But commissioner Rob Manfred has repeatedly said the balls, manufactured in Costa Rica, undergo routine checks and meet Major League Baseball’s standards.
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Climbing in a bye week? I don’t see why not when the two AFC South teams that were playing both lost, and LOOK AT THAT FREAKING DEFENSE NOW.

Only the Bills forced more turnovers. And now the Jaguars have a two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle coming to town to make things scarier.

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Browns looking for offensive weapons ahead of trade deadline, sources say

The Cleveland Browns are exploring ways to acquire more offensive weapons before Tuesday’s trade deadline, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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Since then-coach Mike Pettine made the decision to bench Brian Hoyer in favor of Johnny Manziel in 2014, the Browns have changed starting quarterbacks in 20 of the past 43 games, through last Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans. Nine of the moves were made because of injury, and 11 were made because of a coach’s decision.

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Marshall held a moment of silence for Lewis D’Antoni before its exhibition game Sunday with West Virginia Tech in Huntington.

The D’Antoni brothers grew up in Mullens, where their father was a high school coach who was inducted into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
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Lewis D’Antoni had a 35-year coaching record of 450-200 at three high schools. He also served as a high school principal and assistant principal before retiring.

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The Seahawks wisely challenged an incomplete ruling on a Russell Wilson pass in the general direction of tight end Luke Willson. But it wasn鈥檛 an incomplete pass. Wilson was hit by Jadeveon Clowney as he threw, and it was actually a fumble.

Willson recovered, and it netted the Seahawks a gain of 11 yards and a first down. If the play had stood as an incompletion, Seattle would have been forced to kick a field goal. Instead, Russell Wilson hit Paul Richardson for a 20-yard touchdown to tie things up, 14-14.

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The Chiefs have problems on defense, but it’s too early to panic

Allowing 944 yards of total offense over a two-week span is a red flag. For a Super Bowl contender like the Kansas City Chiefs, it’s a blaring red siren that sends people running for the nearest fire extinguisher.

In the midst of one of his best performances of the season, Flacco was hit high by Alonso while sliding at the end of an impromptu run. Flacco’s helmet flew off his head, and the 10-year quarterback appeared wobbly as he struggled to his feet.

Alonso was flagged for unnecessary roughness, providing Baltimore with a first down that ultimately turned into a touchdown.

Flacco was initially placed in concussion protocol, and by halftime was ruled out.

“Joe had a concussion and a cut ear,” coach John Harbaugh said. “They were stitching it up without any anesthesia, so he’s a tough dude. That’s as much as I know.”

In a corresponding move, the Cowboys promoted tight end Blake Jarwin from their practice squad.

Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton threw some of his teammates under the bus after the team’s ugly 27-0 home loss to the Jaguars.

Explaining the Colts offensive woes, Hilton told reporters the offensive line didn’t do its job protecting quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

“The O-line’s just got to play better,” Hilton said. “We’ve got to take some pride up front and block for (Brissett). What if we put them back there to take those hits?

“You’ve got to start up front, man. Once we get the O-line going back in rhythm we’ll be fine.

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Jason Peters injury update: Eagles tackle tore ACL, MCL vs. Redskins

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Griffin, not surprisingly, remembers things differently on many fronts. I know what the truth is, he tells ESPN in a recent phone interview. He says if teammates had criticism at the time, they didn’t voice it to him. And I know that has gotten a little bit blurry over the years.

Mike Shanahan says much of the tension stemmed from Griffin’s insistence that the Redskins let him morph into a dropback passer. The team was open to the idea, especially after Griffin reinjured his knee in the 2012 playoffs against the Seahawks, after which Shanahan came under heavy criticism for letting Griffin play with a sprain. The coach remembers that Griffin wanted to play, and Griffin backs that up: Any player in the heat of the moment, whether they’ve got one leg or no legs, they’re going to want to play.

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