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The Saints walked away with their fifth consecutive win against the Bears on Sunday 20-12, but running back Mark Ingram did not take any credit for the victory.
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With 7:32 left in the game, the Saints were leading 17-6 when Ingram fumbled for the first time, which resulted in the Bears’ only touchdown of the game to make the score 17-12. Then on the next possession, Ingram fumbled again. He did not touch the ball on New Orleans’ final possession.

Ingram gave credit to his teammates, who did not panic when he made mistakes.

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In the end, AFC North-leading Marcus Cooper Jersey Pittsburgh (6-2) came away with a gritty 20-15 win. Roethlisberger’s 97-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster proved to be the game-winner.

c. WHOOOOOOOSH! Marvin Hall just showed up Saturday on the active Atlanta roster for the first time, then got five yards behind the Miami secondary and caught a too-easy long TD.

d. Case Keenum is playing the best football of his life鈥攁nd looks so confident doing it. His inside shovel pass to Kyle Rudolph for seven yards near the Green Bay goal line was a thing of beauty.

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was dazed and bleeding as he was helped off the field.

Diagnosed with a concussion after absorbing a late hit by Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso late in the second quarter, Flacco was taken to the locker room and did not return.

Fortunately for the Ravens, they didn’t need him in a 40-0 rout of the Dolphins on Thursday night.

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Sure, they started 0-4. But do you know who’s the only team since the start of the current playoff format to start 0-4 and make the playoffs? Yeah, that’s right. The 1992 Chargers. Their streak began against the hapless Giants, but the past two wins were division wins at Oakland and at home against Denver. If Kansas City, which beat the Chargers 24-10 in Week 3, comes back to earth and the division tightens all the way up, why not Philip Rivers and that monster defensive front for the upset?

Guess what? The defense looks fixed. Raise your hand if you didn’t think Bill Belichick would figure something out. It’s interesting that the AFC East doesn’t look ready to roll over for the Pats, as Buffalo and Miami each sit a half-game behind at 4-2. But if you’re betting on one of those three to keep it rolling? Yeah.

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I don’t want to go back in a situation just to go back and play. Obviously want to be in a situation where I can obviously be used the right way, be effective, all those different things.

The team had expressed optimism about his status earlier this week, but Fournette’s setback was just too big to overcome.

Fournette was hurt late in Sunday’s game when he was tackled by cornerback Trumaine Johnsonon and had to be helped off the field. Despite being cleared by the medical staff to return to the game, the team opted to hold him out as a precaution.

The Ravens will rock all purple with gold numbers, while the Dolphins will be draped in all white.

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After getting off to an encouraging 3-2 start, the Ravens (3-4) have dropped two in a row. They’ll hope to regain success in their all purple look and earn a home victory over the Dolphins (4-2) to make up some ground on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North.

For weeks, Goodell had tried to get in front of the issue. One owner had complained that NBA commissioner Adam Silver got away with ordering players to stand because, unlike Goodell, he has a good relationship with the union. Another owner had remarked to Womens Adam Clendening Jersey a colleague that Trump would like nothing more than for players to strike over the protests, maybe forcing a suspension of the season.

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Welcome to Gramatica Errors, SB Nation’s weekly kicking and punting column. As always, we will do our best to avoid any and all foot puns. Now let’s kick things off …
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Rookie kicker Harrison Butker lifted Kansas City to a win over Washington on Monday Night Football when he drilled a 43-yard attempt with seconds remaining on the clock.

First off, I salute Butker for his Twitter handle,
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It held Carolina to 13 points in the Saints’ first victory and shut out Miami after that. And though New Orleans toppled Detroit 52-38 on Sunday, the Saints defense provided the sweetness. Its influence was unmistakable.

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The fact that Houston is tied with Kansas City for second in the league in points scored (177) is a firm testament of rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson’s brilliant impact.

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With those 15 touchdown passes, Watson has led Houston to a 3-3 record. Cleveland quarterbacks have thrown 14 interceptions as the O-6 Browns are the AFC’s only winless team.

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Once again, Aaron Rodgers proved he’s the king of the last-minute win. Rodgers led a nine-play, 75-yard drive with about a minute remaining and trailing the Cowboys 31-28. He hit Davante Adams with a touchdown pass for a 35-31 win.

What a difference an offensive line can make for a young quarterback. Out in L.A., Jared Goff doesn’t even look like the same player from his rookie season. Here’s his left guard making a big play. It’s a play-action counter pass, and Rodger Saffold is pulling to his right. The Seahawks defensive end doesn’t even see him. Down he goes, followed by a second finish on top!

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Lastly, we move to Buffalo and its fullback Patrick DiMarco, who gets a two for one on this block. He’s going to block a linebacker, and he wings another blitzer. Notice after the hit that guy seems stunned that he was knocked to the ground. Excellent work here. This type of block fires up a team.

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The Saints have also been impossibly great when blitzing during this hot stretch; they’re allowing a passer rating of just 29.2, which is nearly 30 points better than anybody else in the league.

Fifth-round sophomore Kevin Hogan is in for the Browns.

“This afternoon, I did my job as an NFL beat writer and asked Cam Newton a question about one of his receivers. I was dismayed by his response, which not only belittled me but countless other women before me and beside me who work in similar jobs.

Since his initial remark, it was denounced by the Association of Women in Sports Media, the Pro Football Writers Association, and the Associated Press Editors. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Newton’s comments were “just plain wrong and disrespectful.”

It’s good that Newton apologized. Hopefully he follows through on what he said in the video, and everybody can move on from what turned into a mess.

Fifth-round sophomore Kevin Hogan is in for the Browns. RIP DeShone Kizer, you will be lovingly added to the joke jersey that lists all of the Cleveland quarterbacks since Tim Couch.

Also: where is No Cody Kessler on the depth chart? It seemed like he wasn’t complete dog crap last year. I mean, as Browns QBs go.

Jalen Ramseys vs. Antonio Brown is a ton of fun to watch. Ben Roethlisberger goes deep down the sideline to Brown, who makes a leaping catch but he’s out of bounds because of Ramsay’s positioning. That subtle boxing out is only done well by the best in the game.

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He followed that with a sumo celebration that ended with him spiking the ball into his own butt.

But Ridley showed a lot of promise before a torn ACL and MCL ended his 2014 season. He was selected by the Patriots in the third round of the 2011 draft, and he finished his second season with 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns. Ridley was productive in 2013, too, with 773 yards and seven touchdowns. Ridley landed with the Jets in 2015 and has bounced around the league ever since.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones came face to face with protesters Tuesday in the lobby of the Manhattan hotel where the NFL’s fall meetings are going on and got an earful.

Reporting slightly different numbers, the New York Post writes that through Week 6, the NFL “continued to close the deficit of TV viewers compared with last season — albeit at a numbingly slow pace.” Viewership of NFL games was down 12.3 percent after Week 1.

Citing the potential impact of decreasing ratings on advertising revenues, investment bank Credit Suisse lowered its projections on Fox and CBS stocks within the last week.

The viewership numbers the Post reports do not include Monday night’s Colts-Titans game, but that telecast won’t help. According to SportsBusiness Daily (link requires subscription), the game drew a 6.1 overnight Nielsen rating, the third-lowest “MNF” overnight since ESPN started broadcasting the show in 2006. The all-time low overnight for “MNF” on ESPN is 5.7 for last year’s Falcons-Saints Week 3 game, which competed for viewers against the first Trump-Clinton debate.

Butler finished with 12 points and Crawford had 10. Andrew Wiggins led Minnesota with 26 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 18.

Aldridge had one of his most complete games with the Spurs, two Maurice Alexander Jersey days after signing a three-year, $72 million extension. He shot 9 for 21 from the field and had four assists.

He was limited to five attempts in the first quarter as the Spurs did not go out of their way to get the ball to their 6-foot-11 forward, but instead let him ease into the contest.

“There was no real indication that was coming,” Koetter Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey said after the loss to the Patriots, via Rapoport. “We only kicked live one day in practice this week, and Nick was lights out. So again, these last two weeks haven’t been exactly what we’re looking for.”

The Rams boast one of the best defensive fronts in football and should have plenty of success against Blake Bortles Jersey

Just what the losing, beaten-up Giants need: a fresh Broncos defense coming off a bye. This matchup looked good on paper when they drew up the schedule. Not any more. The Giants are running out of wide receivers. The Broncos are going to pin their ears back against Eli Manning. Ouch, ouch, ouch.

Miami is somehow .500 despite terrible offense for most of the season. Some of it is Jay Cutler, but a lot of it is bad line play and little effectiveness running the ball with Jay Ajayi. Possibly no DeVante Parker doesn’t help, either. The Falcons will come out flying after a bye with a sharper Matt Ryan and a healthier Julio Jones. The defense will seal the deal against Cutler.

The Jaguars are scheduled to visit the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

Sometimes you get lucky. Turner’s first NBA game of the season ended on a missed 3-pointer at the buzzer by Kyrie Irving with James guarding him. That gave the cameras the perfect angle to capture James and Irving embracing after the buzzer following Cleveland’s 102-99 win. Great TV.

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Mike Williams’ time to take the field has finally come.

The Chargers’ rookie wide receiver and No. 7 overall pick in this year’s draft is set to make his NFL debut Sunday when Los Angeles visits the Raiders, ESPN reported.

Williams suffered a herniated disk in his lower back during the first practice of rookie minicamp in May, which forced him to miss training camp and the team’s first five games of the season after being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list this summer.
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Despite resuming padded practice in Week 2, the Chargers have been cautious with Williams’ injury and planned to sit him out until October.

Williams, 23, caught 98 passes for 1,361 yards and 13 touchdowns through 15 games in his final season at Clemson last year.

Clearly, things got much better for Beathard, the 49ers (0-6) and Shanahan after that, well enough that they were one shaky, shady Pierre Garcon offensive interference flag away from a possible game-winning field goal try.

Shanahan’s announcement afterward that Beathard would remain the starter was expected, and logical. The 49ers, deep down, likely were pleased that they’re getting this big a window to see what they have in the rookie. They surely expected Hoyer to last more than five games and a quarter-plus, but they had to know what they were getting when they picked him over all the other available options.

(Including the one who needs to be mentioned, but primarily to restate this: The 49ers-Colin Kaepernick bridge had been burned long before either Shanahan or Lynch arrived, and before he ever started sitting or kneeling during the anthem. That choice was made at the very top, and that makes the 49ers the only NFL team with a plausible excuse for passing him over.)
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A.J. Green has come alive as the centerpiece of the offense

Couch is the only quarterback in NFL history to complete two game-winning passes of 50-plus yards with no time remaining on the game clock. He connected with wide receiver Kevin Johnson to give the 1999 Browns their first win over New Orleans and again in 2002 when finding Quincy Morgan to top Jacksonville.

What happened? Injuries that accumulated from being sacked 166 times in 62 career starts along with his failure to fulfill the sky-high expectations that came with his draft position led to Couch’s departure after five seasons. He never played in an NFL game again largely because of shoulder problems.

That is not a misprint. With the defense playing hard and Josh McCown showing calm, the Jets are a winning team so far in 2017. Wherever they finish, they’ve proved the fight is still there.

Smart, the No. 6 pick in the 2014 draft, is entering his fourth NBA season. On a Celtics roster that underwent an unprecedented overhaul this summer, he wears the badge of “longest-tenured Celtic,” even if he finds that notion rather preposterous. Still, as one of just four returning players, Smart is a small slice of familiarity on Boston’s new-look roster.

Smart, too, has a new look. He dropped 20 pounds this summer with help from a private chef and a diet heavy on Mediterranean food (“Dates are great; I love them,” said Smart). He acknowledged that he battled back pain at times during last year’s playoff run when his weight climbed. Smart is noticeably slimmer, and there’s a renewed explosiveness to his game — just watch this video from recent post-practice, one-on-one work when Smart soars for a slam as rookie Jayson Tatum scrambles to defend:

A.J. Green has come alive as the centerpiece of the offense, and the Bengals are back to showing plenty of pulse in a suddenly tight AFC North. Still, there’s nothing playoff team about their profile.