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Still: This team isn’t ready to hit .500 without a lot of Embiid. If he doesn’t play enough, they fall short. It will take time for Fultz, Simmons and Embiid to learn how to split creative duties.

The schedule doesn’t help. Teams play 10 of their conference rivals four times apiece, and face the remaining four just three times. Philly’s three-timers: Chicago, Indiana, Orlando and Atlanta. Oh, come on! That probably knocks the Sixers playoff chances down a percentage point or two.
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The triple matchups rotate along a five-year matrix set years ahead.

It feels like I’ve written a lot about Randle this season, but rarely do you see a triple-double threat like himself at the power forward position be as overlooked as Randle is this season. His ADP of 69.5 screams too low to me when you consider the improvement he made as a shooter last season. The concern with Randle — other than a lack of steals and blocks — is how much playing time he might have to share with Larry Nance Jr. and impressive rookie first-rounder Kyle Kuzma, who has looked terrific all preseason.

Smart didn’t think much of the text, but then he saw ESPN’s report that the Celtics and Cavaliers were finalizing a deal. Smart opened his Twitter feed and peered with one eye shut in hopes he wouldn’t see his name.
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It was one of those things where you had to kinda sit there and wait, Smart said. It was kind of like a horror movie. ‘Don’t go behind that door!’ You hear that music and it’s like, ‘OK, what’s going to happen next?’

The 23-year-old Smart, the No. 6 pick in the 2014 draft, marvels at now being the longest-tenured Celtic. It feels like an accomplishment to have simply survived Boston’s summer overhaul.

Nielsen scores in shootout, Detroit beats Ottawa 2-1

Frans Nielsen gave the Detroit Red Wings a full two points in a tight goalie duel.
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Nielsen scored the only goal in the shootout and Detroit edged the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Saturday night.

On the next possession, Temple’s Delvon Randall intercepted a Thomas Sirk pass and returned to the ECU 34. Five plays later, David Hood (106 yards on 20 carries) carried it in from the 2. Following a three-and-out, ECU punted and a personal foul set up a short field. Another five-play drive culminated with Rob Ritrovato’s 2-yard TD run and Temple led 23-3 at intermission.

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Parise’s problem came out of nowhere a couple of weeks before training camp. According to multiple reports last month, Parise was hampered by back trouble. He said Monday he didn’t have a back injury, but declined to give details.

The Continent is more than a big body on the left side of the Cougars’ offensive line. He’s impossible to move and does a good job of moving others out of the way for Jamal Morrow and Washington State’s running backs. Washington State set a team scoring record in 2016 and could be on its way to breaking it after scoring 30 points or more in six straight games for the first time since 2001.

Flacco, Ravens beat Raiders without Carr 30-17

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Joe Flacco hit Mike Wallace on two deep passes to spark Baltimore’s struggling offense, and the Ravens got a fumble return for a touchdown by Jimmy Smith to beat the short-handed Oakland Raiders 30-17 on Sunday.

Seahawks: DE Michael Bennett went to the locker room late in the first half after injuring his right foot. He returned for the second half, keeping Seattle sound at the position while playing without injured Cliff Avril and Quinton Jefferson.

Rams: Starting safeties Lamarcus Joyner and Maurice Alexander both didn’t play. Joyner had a hamstring injury, but Alexander’s absence apparently wasn’t injury-related.

Elite Joe Looney Jersey As the Broncos exit it their bye week Monday one of the biggest items on their to-do list on offense, beyond getting ready for the Giants, will be to get wide receiver Demaryius Thomas more involved in the red zone. Opposing defenses have consistently tilted their coverages toward Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. And as a result Thomas does not have a touchdown catch yet this season and the Broncos have been content to pound the ball in the running game as defenses have sent the extra players into coverage rather than toward the line of scrimmage. Asked this past week if defenses will eventually take some of the double coverages away if the Broncos keep running the ball with success, coach Vance Joseph said: They will.

Alex Smith is on pace to easily shatter his personal season bests for touchdowns (23 in 2013) and yards (3,502 in 2016). Smith is on course for 35 touchdowns and more than 4,400 yards after throwing for three TDs and more than 300 yards in Sunday night’s win over the Texans. Given the relatively narrow range in which Smith resided for both touchdown passes (15-23) and yards (3,265-3,502) in Smith’s first four seasons with the Chiefs, who saw this coming?

Seahawks visit L.A. to face suddenly explosive Rams

Pete Carroll will lead the Seattle Seahawks onto the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum turf to play the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Back when Carroll was at the University of Southern California, his teams filled the historic stadium with a brand of football that was as entertaining as it was successful.

And one of the teams in Sunday’s game arrives with a similar reputation, but can it really be the Rams?

To the players’ credit, they’ve made a handful of plays, new Rams coach Sean McVay said.

Make that a fistful at least. The Rams (3-1) look nothing like last year’s team that was built around a running game stuck in the mud and a defense that bent and broke.

Instead, quarterback Jared Goff has shed a shaky rookie season and is directing a multi-pronged attack that has collected an NFL-high 142 points.

So excuse the Seahawks (2-2) if they don’t recognize this revitalized L.A. unit. The Rams split their two games with the Seahawks last year, but they didn’t score a touchdown in either game.

Chicago’s defense has offered reason for hope in an otherwise ugly start to the season. The Bears are No. 8 in the NFL in total defense with 306.3 yards allowed per game.

However, that defense will be short-handed as linebacker Danny Trevathan serves a one-game suspension for his hit on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams in Week 4. Trevathan initially was suspended two games for the helmet-to-helmet hit before the league cut the penalty.

Both teams have three takeaways this season. The Bears have 10 giveaways — tied for most in the NFL with Cleveland — compared with four by the Vikings.

This marks the 113th meeting with the Vikings leading the series 58-52-2. The Bears have won eight of the last nine meetings at Soldier Field.

the Bengals have allowed the fifth-fewest points of any NFL team and are third in the league in sacks with 12.

Soon, it was time. Tight end Richard Rodgers locked his right arm into Aaron Rodgers’ left, and receiver Randall Cobb linked his left with his quarterback’s right. The chain continued down the sideline, a wall of white trimmed with yellow and green. So it went with the Bears on the other side. Nobody knelt. Uniformed military stood around an American flag so large that it looked like a picture framed by the field. Earlier in the week, Rodgers had asked all fans who planned on attending the game to join the Packers in linking arms. Some did; most didn’t. It was hard to tell if any of the disparities in opinion or scale had been transcended, but after the anthem, the fans cheered what they wanted to cheer. Then Rodgers stalked the sideline, hugging any teammate who wanted a hug. It was a moment before the moment, and for the next few hours, at least, everyone was watching the same game.

But they’ll have one less of them this week. Jordan Matthews, who’s averaging 16.2 yards on 10 catches, is out for thumb surgery. That leaves wide receiver pitifully thin, which means Taylor’s top options appear to be tight end Charles Clay, McCoy out of the backfield and maybe Hall of Famer Andre Reed from about 25 years ago.

The Bengals might be 1-3, but their defense doesn’t appear to be the ideal foil for a short-handed offense. Cincinnati came within about a couple of minutes of pitching a shutout last week at hapless Cleveland in a 31-7 win that suggests their early-season woes might be behind them.
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Colts’ Andrew Luck reportedly expected to begin practicing this week

Andrew Luck reportedly is expected to join Colts practice on a limited basis within days, which could lead to his return to action as early as Week 5.

ESPN reported Sunday that sources say the Colts quarterback is expected to begin practicing as early as this week. He said that sets the stage for Luck’s return to the starting lineup somewhere between Weeks 5 and 7.
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Benjamin went down awkwardly in the second quarter of Sunday’s 34-13 loss to New Orleans when tackled from behind after making a catch over the middle. In 2015, his season ended in training camp when he suffered a torn ACL on the same knee as he rolled underneath the defender.

Benjamin tried to walk off the injury but was taken into the locker room just before halftime and did not return to play.

The Panthers (2-1) already are without Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen, who suffered a broken right foot last week against Buffalo. He is out at least eight weeks after being placed on injured reserve.
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If Benjamin can’t play, the Panthers will be without their top two receivers in terms of receptions and yards from last season.

You can also create leagues that don’t use separate divisions. To do so, click the Division dropdown, choose the same division for each team, click the red minus sign next to the division you wish to delete, then click Submit Team and Division Settings. The benefit of not using divisions is that the top overall records will earn playoff spots and seeds. Often in leagues that use divisions, a potential wild-card team misses the playoffs because a team with a worse record won the other division.

5 winners and 6 losers from the Patriots’ 36-20 win over the Saints

Tom Brady didn’t throw a single touchdown pass in New England’s opening night loss to the Chiefs. He corrected that mistake with a vengeance in Week 2, slinging three touchdowns in the first quarter to even the Patriots’ record at 1-1 and prove that, even at 40 years old, he’s not slowing down.

There was a brief stretch where a field goal cut New England’s lead to seven points in the second quarter, but the bulk of Sunday’s game was a blowout. The Patriots proved they still belong on the short list of Super Bowl contenders. Things aren’t nearly as clear for the Saints. New Orleans struggled to sustain drives or find a way to shut down a Patriots attack that lost player after player to injury.

CBS Sports’ power rankings has the Atlanta Falcons as the top team, and Kansas City is at No. 3. However, Washington moved up six spots after beating the Rams, 27-20. Washington currently sits at 19. Dallas, on the other hand, slipped six spots and is listed at No. 12.’s power rankings are similar to the other ones. But the Baltimore Ravens are in the top 10 after beating the Cleveland Browns, 24-10. Baltimore is currently 2-0 and is atop of the AFC North.

Lastly, the Chiefs are the top team in’s power rankings, but the Detroit Lions are in the top 10. Detroit defeated the New York Giants, 24-10, on Monday night. The Lions are currently 2-0, and they are making noise so far this season.

Keenan Robinson Elite Jersey And finally, the race for the No. 1-overall draft pick is wide open, with the Jets, Colts, 49ers, and Browns bringing up the rear in multiple rankings.
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SB Nation also released a Hope Rankings for Week 3, and the Kansas City Chiefs are at the top, and the Broncos are listed at No. 2.

How John Ross III became Mr. 4.22, the fastest man in NFL draft history

At Washington, John Ross was the man, racking up 17 touchdowns and over 1100 receiving yards in 14 games. The degree of difficulty will increase significantly now that he’s a Cincinnati Bengal, but Ross has already overcome plenty to make it this far. This is his story.

The first time he touched the ball in high school, it was a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD
When Ross was just 14 years old, he was set to return the opening kickoff in his first football game. He asked his coach what to do when he got the ball. His coach simply said, “Run, and do not let anybody tackle you!”

The other guy returning asked the coach what to do if they kicked it to him, to which the coach responded, “Give it to [Ross].”

Ross ended up taking the kickoff back 100 yards, and it was the start to what has been a remarkable career on the gridiron.

Ross felt like everybody wanted football for him more than he wanted it for himself. He wanted to just pick up his grades and find something else for his future.

“It’s very difficult, not only because we have family and friends back there,” Watt said. “Some guys have young kids. Some guys have wives and families. But that’s our city. It’s very tough to watch your city get hit by such a bad storm and not be there to help.”

Watt said that the best way to help the city get back on its feet was to start the fundraiser.

“So what I do want to do is, I want to start a fundraiser, because I know that these recovery efforts are going to be massive,” Watt said. “I know that there are going to be a whole bunch of people we need to help get back on their feet. I know there’s going to be a lot we need to do to help rebuild.”

Matt Ryan has three incredible streaks going at the same time

Matt Ryan’s numbers don’t exactly jump off the page at you thus far in 2017. With Monday Night Football still to go, he’s 7th in yardage, 2nd in yards per attempt, and tied for 14th with two touchdown passes. He’s been capable, efficient, and generally terrific, but he hasn’t been making his fantasy owners jump up and down or anything.

Nuts to that, of course, because the Falcons are 2-0 and Ryan’s Mike Mitchell Womens Jersey care with the football is a big part of the reason why. It’s worth noting today that Ryan has not one, not two, but three impressive streaks going simultaneously. Here they are, in no particular order.

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Lacy notes that he hates that his weight, and his subsequent weigh-ins for $55,000 bonuses, had to go public. He also acknowledges the “China food” meme:

“People are always tweeting at me stuff like: ‘I’m about to go get China food, shout out to Eddie,'” Lacy says. “Or, ‘Hey, Eddie, this China food is why you weigh 260 pounds.’ You want to say, ‘Dawg, that was five years ago. How is something that happened [then] still relevant?’ But nobody cares. The negativity is always there, whether you’re doing good or you’re going through a funk.”
Lacy has supposedly made the weight that the Seahawks want him to be at, but the production was nowhere near what they thought a slimmer Lacy would be at: Five carries for three yards against the Packers, and a healthy scratch in Week 2.

That’s most likely what his focus, and the focus of football fans, will be on at the moment: Not the numbers on the scale, but the numbers on the box score. If he doesn’t get the latter up, Lacy may not remain in Seattle for much longer.

the Vikings promoted practice-squad quarterback Kyle Sloter to the 53-man roster on Saturday

Game Youth Tony Moeaki Jersey The Minnesota Vikings believe quarterback Sam Bradford will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh because of an injured left knee, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The team plans to work out the veteran quarterback pregame and make a decision then, the source said.

With concern regarding the health of Bradford. Bradford is officially listed as questionable for the game.

A source told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that Bradford underwent an MRI on his knee Tuesday, though the scan did not reveal any specific damage. The quarterback experienced pain, swelling and discomfort in his left knee after the Vikings’ season-opening win over the Saints — the same knee he had surgery on in 2013 and 2014 to repair a torn ACL.

His 23.6 non-PPR and 26.6 PPR fantasy points ranked second-most among running backs through the 4 p.m. ET games, and were the third-best single-game efforts of his career as well as his most since 2015 Week 14 (26.7 and 27.7). That’s not to say that Gurley’s stock rose significantly as a result of his Week 2 effort — he was already highly valued — but there’s still plenty of reason to believe he could challenge for a top-10 finish among running backs in 2017.

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