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NFL Today, Week 3 (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:39:15 PDT)
Monday, Sept. 26

Matchups: Falcons-Saints (Rotoworld)
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:05:00 PDT)
Evan Silva's discusses every fantasy-relevant player in the Falcons-Saints Monday Night Football game.

Superdome reopening remembered as historic, inspirational (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:53:51 PDT)
Drew Brees hopes the world watches what happens in and around the Superdome on Monday night. As the Saints host the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans will mark the 10-year anniversary of the reopening of the hulking, 73,000-seat stadium on Sept. 25, 2006, following its unprecedented 10-month restoration from extensive damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. Brees figures coverage of the game will resonate with people he met this summer from flood-ravaged areas of West Virginia, when the Saints held training camp there - or with Louisiana residents whose communities around Baton Rouge were inundated last month.

Week 3 Rankings (Rotoworld)
(Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:01:00 PDT)
Patrick Daugherty breaks down all of Week 3's top plays, including DeAngelo Williams' final start.

Silva's Week 3 Matchups (Rotoworld)
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:15:00 PDT)
Evan Silva's Matchups column discusses every fantasy-relevant player in every Week 3 game.

NFL-National Football League roundup
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:29:39 PDT)
The Green Bay Packers ruled out linebacker Clay Matthews and safety Morgan Burnett for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. Matthews aggravated an ankle injury in a loss to the Vikings last Sunday and also is dealing with a hamstring injury. Burnett had a hamstring injury in the second half against the Vikings, but was listed on this week's injury report with a groin injury.

Falcons' Jones returns to practice, Neal set for debut (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:32:20 PDT)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Julio Jones has joined practice for the first time this week, increasing his chances to play in the Falcons' game at New Orleans on Monday night.

Keystone Konfrontation: Unbeaten Steelers at unbeaten Eagles (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:57:46 PDT)
Here come the unbeaten Steelers from Western Pennsylvania, crossing the Keystone State to meet the unbeaten Eagles. DeAngelo Williams leads the NFL in rushing in his 11th pro season, Antonio Brown is the game's most dangerous wideout, and Ben Roethlisberger is making big plays.

FANTASY PLAYS: Managing Week 3 with no byes, but injuries (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:16:22 PDT)
It's been a busy week on the fantasy football waiver wire - especially at running back - as many notable players went down with injuries and owners scrambled for their replacements. Some fantasy players may feel quite undermanned heading into Week 3, but there are no bye week issues yet and hopefully good depth and/or a fruitful excursion to the free agent list has you ready for this week's full slate of games. The Panthers host the Vikings in a featured matchup of teams that are relying on reserve running backs to step forward for injured starters.

Coleman sharing carries with Freeman in Falcons' new attack (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:30:51 PDT)
Devonta Freeman was a breakout star in 2015 as a dual-threat player who more than doubled the carries and yards rushing of any other Falcons running back. Freeman no longer is an every-down back for Atlanta (1-1). Tevin Coleman has emerged as a near equal to Freeman in the backfield.

Latest Brady back-up Brissett injured thumb in Pats win
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:16:56 PDT)
The New England Patriots could be looking for yet another quarterback after rookie Jacoby Brissett hurt his right thumb in Thursday's 27-0 NFL victory over the Houston Texans. WEEI radio in Boston reported Brissett, a third-round draft selection who was making his first career start because of Jimmy Garoppolo's shoulder injury, would require surgery to repair ligament damage. Garoppolo was standing in for superstar signal-caller Tom Brady, who will be eligible to return in week five after serving his delayed four-game suspension for the "Deflategate" scandal.

Patriots may have QB Brissett out with injury
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:25:02 PDT)
(The Sports Xchange) - New England Patriots latest starting quarterback, third-string rookie Jacoby Brissett, could miss several weeks with a torn right thumb ligament suffered in Thursday's 27-0 win over the Houston Texans. WEEI radio in Boston reported Brissett, a third-round pick making his first career start because of Jimmy Garoppolo's shoulder injury, would require surgery. The timetable for his return makes it possible the Patriots would place Brissett, awarded Thursday's game ball by head coach Bill Belichick, on injured reserve.

NFL-Patriots may have QB Brissett out with injury
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:18:52 PDT)
New England Patriots latest starting quarterback, third-string rookie Jacoby Brissett, could miss several weeks with a torn right thumb ligament suffered in Thursday's 27-0 win over the Houston Texans. WEEI radio in Boston reported Brissett, a third-round pick making his first career start because of Jimmy Garoppolo's shoulder injury, would require surgery. The timetable for his return makes it possible the Patriots would place Brissett, awarded Thursday's game ball by head coach Bill Belichick, on injured reserve.

ON FOOTBALL: NFL better served with suspensions than fines? (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:57:19 PDT)
Ejections and suspensions might be far more effective in the NFL. ''It's all about teaching it at a young age and kind of drilling it into guys,'' says Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall, a 13-year veteran.

Raiders 1st-round pick to make debut on defense in Tennessee (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:32:03 PDT)
First-round draft pick Karl Joseph's debut on defense is coming three weeks later than he had hoped and maybe a few weeks earlier than the Raiders planned. With Oakland's pass defense still stinging after back-to-back thumpings by Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, coach Jack Del Rio is open to seeing what Joseph can do. Joseph has not played at all on defense this season.

NFL mock draft 1.0: Quarterbacks go 1-2 despite early questions with both (Shutdown Corner)
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:00:10 PDT)
Likewise, we still don’t know which teams truly are good and bad in the NFL, and even which direction they might need to head in — gasp — roughly seven months when the draft rolls into Philadelphia. Here’s our first mock draft for 2017 — and, of course, we will enjoy looking back in the spring and see how much has changed. Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer could be the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NFL draft (AP).

Saints, Falcons meet on 10-year mark of Superdome reopening (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:27:57 PDT)
''Having been through the actual opening - that was emotional,'' Payton said of the Saints' 23-3 victory over the Falcons on Monday night, Sept. 25, 2006. The reopening of Superdome, and the rebirth of a community it symbolized, ''is not as significant to this game,'' Payton continued.

Week 3 Start 'Em or Sit 'Em (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:23:00 PDT)
Nick Mensio dives into the matchups and advises which players to start and sit for Week 3.

Raiders DB recovering from concussion, expects to play (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:51:52 PDT)
Raiders cornerback David Amerson is expected to play in Sunday's game against Tennessee, one week after suffering a mild concussion. Amerson has been limited all week in practice after getting temporarily knocked out in the fourth quarter against the Falcons but told reporters Thursday he feels fine and is ready to play. Players with concussions are required by the NFL to pass a battery of tests before being cleared to play.

Falcons re-sign veteran outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:20:25 PDT)
Outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield believes one week of practice will have him ready to play in the Falcons' game at New Orleans on Monday night. Schofield, who started 10 games with Atlanta in 2015, re-signed with the Falcons on Thursday to address a sudden depth problem at linebacker.

Falcons-Saints Capsule (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:12:08 PDT)
ATLANTA (1-1) at NEW ORLEANS (0-2)

Saints hoping for Superdome mojo vs. Falcons (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:00:02 PDT)
Ten years ago -- on Sept. 25, 2006 -- the Louisiana Superdome was the scene of an iconic moment in NFL history. A year earlier, Hurricane Katrina unleashed its fury on one of America's great cities, peeling back the roof of the Superdome, which transformed a shelter of last resort into a palace of pain for thousands of residents who could not flee New Orleans before the storm overpowered poorly designed levees and inundated 200,000 homes. When the New Orleans Saints returned to the refurbished Superdome for Week 3 of the 2006 NFL season, the stadium's dazzling rebirth and the Saints' 23-3 destruction of the Atlanta Falcons -- fueled by New Orleans' special teamer Steve Gleason's blocked punt for a touchdown in the opening minutes -- became a metaphor for the city's revival.

Offense should thrive in Rams-Bucs clash (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:50:17 PDT)
If you are a fan of high-flying prolific offenses that light up the scoreboard like a Christmas tree, you might not want to tune into the Los Angeles Rams visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday. At least the Buccaneers started the year off right as they looked like a Jon Gruden-coached club in Week 1, putting up 31 points in a major NFC South win over the Atlanta Falcons. Then quarterback Jameis Winston and his squad faced the buzz-saw that is the Arizona Cardinals and got trounced 40-7.

Bucs confident Martin's injury won't ground running game (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:33:14 PDT)
Yes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face a difficult challenge of getting themselves back on track without injured leading rusher Doug Martin . ''Doug Martin means a lot to this team. ... He's one of our best players,'' Winston said Wednesday as the Bucs (1-1) began preparation for Sunday's home opener against the Los Angeles Rams (1-1).

Brady-less Patriots an underdog at home to Texans (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:38:22 PDT)
Pretty much across the board, NFL teams are feeling the pain from key players getting hurt. Pro Picks was damaged by some of those injuries in Week 2, as well.

Letters: Todd Gurley is in an unhappy touchdown-free place right now (Shutdown Corner)
(Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:37:51 PDT)
We get thousands of emails and comments every week. Here, we respond. Want in? Find us via email, Facebook, or Twitter. Today: Todd Gurley’s flaws, Andrew Luck’s hopes, the Giants’ prospects, the Patriots’ legacy … and, yeah, more on Kaepernick. Away we go…

Raiders’ defensive struggles make Khalil Mack’s bold prediction appear far off (Shutdown Corner)
(Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:17:44 PDT)
It wasn’t long ago the Oakland Raiders thought they were building something special on defense. After two games, it appears the building remains very much under construction with no completion date evident. The Raiders have allowed more than 500 yards in each of their first two games, something no defense has done since the 1970 merger, per ESPN.

Week 2 NFC Targets/Touches (Rotoworld)
(Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:39:00 PDT)
Justin Bailey reviews the Targets and Touches Report for the NFC in Week 2.

Matt Ryan: Falcons will use no-huddle offense ‘when it’s right’ (Shutdown Corner)
(Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:10:06 PDT)
The Atlanta Falcons turned in a big victory on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, and the offense was humming — specifically, the no-huddle offense. Six of their 10 longest plays Sunday came when the Falcons went with tempo, and they gained yards consistently when they did so. Shutdown Corner spoke with Matt Ryan on Tuesday about the no-huddle and why they won’t use it all game, the play-action pass and the effectiveness of the offense even when Julio Jones isn’t getting the ball.

FANTASY PLAYS: Waiver targets to help with injuries (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:08:23 PDT)
Consider yourself lucky if your fantasy teams weren't affected by the plethora of NFL injuries this week.

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