Since Tom Brady become the Patriots’ starting quarterback in 2001, New England is 8-0 at home during Week 1 of the season.

The NFL regular season is about to get underway, and that means it’s time to start arguing over how good your favorite team is or isn’t going to be this year. Luckily, every team is winless, so the debate won’t take long.

They are both listed as 6-0, 191 pounds, so they will see eye-to-eye, but Diggs will be hard to stop whether he’s streaking downfield or setting up Mills for a double move. Diggs can easily match or surpass his production against the Saints to take over the game.

RT Rashod Hill vs. Eagles DE Brandon Graham: The Vikings had to move Mike Remmers to left guard because of a season-ending injury to Nick Easton, which has pressed Hill into duty at Remmers’ regular spot at right tackle. It’s been an up-and-down year for the Vikings’ revamped line overall, but Hill struggled mightily against the Saints’ Cameron Jordan last week.

He likely won’t get too much help in passing situations, because the Vikings’ best lineman, right guard Joe Berger, will be busy with Fletcher Cox, and Rudolph will be needed to run routes. On running plays, Rudolph can help, but Hill will likely prompt the Vikings to run left more often behind Remmers, left tackle Riley Reiff and center Pat Elflein.

With the power rankings established, we can determine how often one team should beat another based on its actual and projected win rates, giving us win probabilities for every game as well as an implied margin of victory — helpful for picking games against the spread. For example, over the past three seasons, teams that were favored by exactly seven points went 36-12-1 (.735 win percentage).

Here is everything you need to prepare your fantasy hoops rosters for the week ahead with matchup previews, schedule analysis and more.

DeAndre Jordan is the usual third option, and he’s still a fantasy stalwart because his strengths (rebounding, blocked shots) are the weaknesses in the lead guys, while the attention that Williams and Griffin draw from opposing defenses make it easy for Jordan to maintain his high field goal percentage with almost all dunks. (I won’t discuss his free throw percentage.)chargers_003

Jaguars put the nail in the Steelers’ coffin with everyone’s favorite

red_wings_003The Jacksonville Jaguars are putting on an offensive clinic against the Steelers — something nobody really thought they’d be saying coming into Sunday.

Manning has become a Jersey guy, and he’s not a particularly emotional sort, so I doubt he thinks right now it’s definitely over for him in New Jersey. He used to split the year between Jersey and his southern home. Now he’s mostly a suburban Jersey guy, his kids in a great school, his life in total order. He’s invested in the area. I’ve always thought he’d never want to leave. This obviously could change things. But we’re all guessing about the future.

“I don’t care about the Pro Bowl,” he says, referring to Pittsburgh’s disrespectful dearth of defensive representation. (Shazier was voted in, no one else; Heyward was named All-Pro last week, the only Steelers defender on the list.) “I care about Ryan and his health.”

The penalty puts Ramsey one away from an ejection now. It was a bad missed call by the officials, who already helped the Steelers by not ejecting Maurkice Pouncey in the first quarter after he pushed an official.

The Falcons ended up getting a first down anyway after Ryan found Julio Jones down the middle of the field:

It appeared that Sanu could have possibly regained possession after pressing the ball against the back of his fingers, but there was too much movement for the officials to stick with the call on the field.

Even before they lost their house, the Fitzpatricks never had it easy. Minkah Sr. and Melissa met at an ice cream parlor after an eighth-grade dance and had two kids by the time they were 19. (Minkah Jr. and his older sister, Destiny, shared a bedroom in a tiny railroad apartment until they were six and seven. Their otherwise close friendship was occasionally interrupted by table-flipping fights usually brought on by Minkah’s neatness and Destiny’s refusal to make her bed.) “We had to grow up with them,” says Melissa.

“Completely different backgrounds, upbringings, all that,” Thielen summarizes. “But we’ve both been doubted. We both have that chip on our shoulder. I think we have a lot of connections.”

Steelers’ Ryan Shazier won’t play in Pro Bowl, but he earned selection

Ryan Shazier will not play in the 2017 Pro Bowl, but neither will he be forgotten when the NFL’s annual all-star game is contested Jan. 28 in Orlando.

Shazier was honored along with seven teammates for what had been a breakout season in his fourth year with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had 68 unassisted tackles, 11 passes defensed and three interceptions from his linebacker spot and was widely considered the team’s best defensive player. Then he was severely injured in the season’s 12th game while making a first-quarter tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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“I don’t know him very well,” Garrett told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I’m not going to say he’s trash like someone else I’ve heard (Jadeveon Clowney about Blake Bortles), but I think he is a talented, young quarterback. He just has to learn through this. We all do as rookies. Some it happens quicker than others and some don’t. I think he’ll grow into something special.”

Trubisky has had his ups and downs this season as Chicago is 3-7 with the rookie leading the offense. The youngster has shown signs of improvement game-to-game as he is completing nearly 60 percent of his passes with very little help at the wide receiver position. He is coming off of a career-best 314 passing yards in the Bears’ 20-10 loss to the Lions last Saturday.

As for Garrett, he may only have one sack in his last five games, but he is getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks while tallying 27 tackles and five sacks this year. Trubisky has taken note of his successes as well.
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Texans GM Rick Smith taking extended family medical leave

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith is taking an extended leave of absence to take care of his wife, Tiffany, who recently was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Smith has been tending to his wife throughout this season while she has undergone treatment in Arizona. He determined that his wife and three children now need him the most.

Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said earlier this season: “Look, let’s just give credit to Dean Pees and what he’s been doing with defenses for ages. When you see this defense play, they are aggressive, they are physical, and they are telling people, ‘We can absolutely beat you up.’ That’s always been our simple motto: You want to come in and act cute? We’re coming in to punch you in the mouth. And that’s what the Ravens are doing.”

As for a successor, the Ravens typically promote from within. Under coach John Harbaugh, all four defensive coordinators — Rex Ryan, Greg Mattison, Chuck Pagano and Pees — were preciously position coaches on staff. Pagano, the defensive coordinator in 2011, is expected to be available if the Indianapolis Colts part ways with him.

Here is a who has played a lot of different schemes.

Some as being one dimensional while and Unger offer much more versatile which is what the Steelers are looking for if they decide to go offensive linemen the 1st round.

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Webster was declared out for the game because of a concussion.

The Dolphins again can’t take advantage of solid starting field possession. Miami commits a holding penalty on first down and it never recovers. The Raiders will take over inside their 20 following a punt.

Kayvon Webster, CB, Los Angeles Rams: Webster was declared out for the game because of a concussion.

Shawn Lauvao, OG, Washington Redskins: Lauvao exited the game in the second quarter with a stinger and was originally declared questionable to return before being downgraded to out.

And as the team has learned to live with the Elliott case, it has started to hit its stride on the field, with three straight double-digit wins to improve to 5-3 entering Week 10. Elliott is managing to have another excellent season, ranking second in the league in rushing, with 783 yards, after leading the NFL in his rookie year. His yards per carry average is down a full yard, as defenses have been keying on him, but his reception total is up this season.

Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins (28.1 percent): My colleague and the unparalleled Matthew Berry has been on Doctson for quite some time, touting his skills and potential upside in the Washington offense. Doctson is an unquestionable talent who had 81 yards on seven targets in Week 11. His role should blossom even further, and this is a talent-based evaluation: This dude can play. He’s a smart addition to any roster in 12-team or larger leagues.

Through Wednesday night, per play-by-play data on Basketball-Reference.com, players had made about 80 percent of their free throws (80.3 percent, to be exact). That’s better than the league average of 76.9 percent (which is slightly down from last season’s 77.2 percent mark, the best free throw percentage in a season the NBA has ever seen), but that’s not the right comparison since teams get to choose who shoots their technical fouls.
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Ezekiel Elliott powers Cowboys past Redskins in rain

Was it raining down the entire East Coast of the United States on Sunday? It was pouring in Philadelphia during the Eagles’ win over the 49ers, in New York during the Falcons’ win over the Jets, and again in Landover. It made for a trio of soggy, mistake-filled games. Fumbles seemed only a moment away on almost every play, and for Washington, the wet conditions caused two of their own.

Once he worked through the sarcasm, Kerr reflected on the almost natural inclination of repeat NBA champions to find themselves sleepwalking through the early season. He relayed Warriors assistant Ron Adams’ recently citing an aphorism from the late Chuck Daly, coach of the Detroit Pistons’ Bad Boys: “Sometimes you have to wait on a championship team.”

A single win over a team Golden State has dominated in recent years doesn’t necessarily mean the wait is over. But if Monday night was a pulse check for the Warriors, there were strong signs of consciousness.

“It takes games like that the last two weeks to create a belief, and we were able to do that. We are on track. We’re doing some really good things, but we’ve got a lot of ball left.”

“It’s not the final goal; it’s not that we’ve achieved exactly what we set out for this season. There’s more ahead; there’s a lot of ball ahead, but we had to get to this point in this program over the last two and half seasons that we’ve been together, and to be able to reach this point in the month of October was a huge stride.
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Patriots send Falcons into a tailspin they might not be able to pull out of

Graziano: Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs. The Broncos are allowing a league-low 3.0 rushing yards per attempt and a second-best 71.8 rushing yards per game. You’re starting Hunt, the league’s rushing leader, no matter what. But don’t be surprised if this is the week he gets passed at the top of that list by Le’Veon Bell.

Schatz: Derek Carr, QB and Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders. Buffalo has one of the best pass defenses in the league this season, even after giving up 27 points to Tampa Bay, and the Raiders will be playing one of those 10 a.m. Pacific Time starts on the East Coast. I would shy away from both Carr and Cooper.

The Raiders play at the Buffalo Bills on Sunday and will fly to Florida after the game and spend the week practicing at the IMG Academy in Bradenton before playing the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 5.

Head coach Jack Del Rio did not speak Thursday, but he was asked Wednesday about when and how Lynch would rejoin the Raiders.

“We’ve got people that will handle that part,” Del Rio said. “Right now, we’re just focusing on Buffalo.”

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries for a career-low 3.7 yards per rush.

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas will miss the rest of the season due to a torn triceps he suffered in a Week 7 loss against the Tennessee Titans, the team announced Monday. Heading into Week 7, Thomas, 32, has never missed a game or snap in his career. In fact, he played in 10,363 consecutive snaps in his career before the injury.49ers_211_0fffeb26c4b77934-150x150

Colts host 49ers, look to avoid getting swept by NFC West

The Indianapolis Colts will try not to not get swept by the NFC West when they host the San Francisco 49ers at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.

Because of a bizarre schedule, Indianapolis (1-3) will complete its games versus the division in Week 5. The Colts lost to the Los Angeles Rams on the road in Week 1, fell at home to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2 and were crushed by the Seahawks at Seattle in Week 4.

The Colts, without injured quarterback Andrew Luck, handed the reins to Jacoby Brissett. The backup was 14 of 20 passing for 142 yards with a touchdown to wide receiver Donte Moncrief against Seattle and an interception that was returned for a TD.

In an atrocious second half, Brissett was 2 of 9 for 15 yards.

I feel like I’m ready, Trubisky said to reporters this week. I’m excited. I’m just going to take it day by day and prepare as hard as I possibly can for every single look and situation we can get on Monday. I’m going to be dependent on my teammates a lot. My job is to get the ball to the playmakers and just be a distributor and manage the offense and do the best I can.

The Vikings offer a difficult challenge to any quarterback, let alone an untested rookie. Minnesota ranks No. 1 in the league in third-down defense (25.6 percent conversion rate) and tied for eighth in scoring defense (19 points per game).

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen paces the team with five sacks in the first four games. Safety Andrew Sendejo also has emerged as a leader with 32 tackles and an interception.

Bears coach John Fox said the team’s 11-day break between games allowed time to make the switch from Glennon to Trubisky. Look for Fox to try to ease Trubisky’s workload by simplifying the playbook and relying heavily on running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen.

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McShay’s updated Top 32: Ranking 2018 NFL draft prospects

With at least four games under most teams’ belts, let’s take a look at how the top 32 prospects in the nation are performing. This board isn’t that different from the previous version two weeks ago, but a new quarterback joins, along with a rise for the best running back Andrew Franks Jersey in college football.

Darnold has made some questionable decisions throwing the football Authentic Terry Bradshaw Jersey this season (at least one interception in each game so far), but it hasn’t changed my evaluation of him. His delivery still needs to be cleaned up, but his accuracy is phenomenal. He is the most complete quarterback in college football and a potential franchise signal-caller.

What has gone right: Considering he didn’t join the team until the end of the preseason, Jacoby Brissett has provided competent quarterback play while trying to become acclimated with the Colts’ offense. With interceptions in three straight games, safety Malik Hooker is making the impact Indianapolis hoped he would when it made him a 2017 first-round draft pick.

What has gone wrong: Not having Andrew Luck (shoulder) is crippling the Colts’ offense. The franchise decision-makers also made a bad one when they thought Scott Tolzein could serve as an effective short-term replacement for Luck.

What’s next: The Colts aren’t going anywhere until Luck returns. There is media speculation that Luck will begin practicing this week, but there is no known target date for him getting back under center.

Cowboys’ David Irving apologizes for PED use: ‘I thought I was hitting a second puberty’

David Irving said Monday he didn’t realize the fitness supplement he was taking contained a banned substance, but he took responsibility for violating the NFL’s PED policy.

In late June, the NFL hit the Cowboys defensive lineman with a four-game suspension he’ll serve to start the coming season. In a session with reporters Monday, Irving said he initially thought the league had made a mistake.

“I was pretty upset,” Irving said (via the DallasNews.com). “As soon as I got the letter I called right away, like, ‘What the [expletive]! This has to be a mistake.’ But it wasn’t. I made the mistake.”

“LeBron and I have always been about finding companies that we truly believe in and putting real money into them,” James’ business partner Maverick Carter said, via ESPN. “We’re not talking putting in $15,000 or $20,000. It’s real money plus the expertise, understanding and knowledge that we bring, as well as bringing LeBron’s name and likeness to the product.”

James and Carter turned another investment into nearly $30 million when Beats by Dre sold to Apple for $3 billion in 2014. Surprisingly, James might be able to double his Beats by Dre profit as Blaze Pizza has a goal of opening 1,000 stores and $1 billion in sales by 2022.

“We don’t typically advocate for our clients to invest in food businesses,” James’ financial adviser Paul Wachter said. “The risk-reward equation is not generally that great, and there’s a lot of grinding and blocking and tackling and it takes a while for a concept to go global.”

With just over 200 stores created in four years, Blaze Pizza was recently valued at $250 million.
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