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The New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills Sunday to improve to 4-2 and take sole possession of first place in the AFC East. The second half was one of the strongest halves the team has played this season on both offense and defense. Tom Brady was dominant and so was Darrelle Revis, although his performance was overshadowed by Brady and injuries to Jerod Mayo, Dan Connolly, and Stevan Ridley.

Revis covered Sammy Watkins for the entirety on the game and held Watkins to just two catches for 27 yards. He has played man on man for three full games this season, against the Vikings, Bengals, and now Bills. Against the Vikings, Revis held Greg Jennings to one catch of four yards and also had an interception. While matched up against Bengals star A.J. Green, Revis allowed only 64 yards on three catches to go along with his strong performance against Watkins today. Continue reading Revis Island Overshadowed by Injuries to Mayo, Connolly, Ridley »

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Brian Tyms

1. Patriots:

MISC

* A badly officiated game both ways
* What a great gig Mike Perriera has stating the obvious
* Patriots better be careful not to abuse Gronk and Edleman
* Why didn’t the Bills target Chandler 15 times
* Announcers were getting a little Bills crazy
* Was the turf slippery?
* How long are they going with Aiken as the long snapper?
* Pats now on pace for 11-5 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Slide up to Top Six Team »

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Tyler Murphy (Rob Kinnan/USA Today Sports)

Boston College, 30; North Carolina State, 14

Boston College got its first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the 2014 season over N.C. State (4-3) at Carter-Finley Stadium. The game looked set to become a shootout early on, but the Eagles settled down to overcome the Wolfpack and a nearly hour-long weather delay on the way to victory.

Running back Jon Hilliman got things started with a 10-yard touchdown run on the game’s opening drive, which N.C. State answered with a 13-play, 65-yard drive and a two-yard TD by RB Tony Creecy. On the next possession, quarterback Tyler Murphy broke out for a 47-yard TD run, but again the Wolfpack responded, with QB Jacoby Brissett finding tight end David Grinnage for a 16-yard score, tying the game at 14 after one. Continue reading College Football Week 7 Roundup: BC, UMass Notch Big Road Wins »

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Brian Hoyer could be a top-10 QB in Week 6. (Clevelandleader.com)

With Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints along with the Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs also on bye, Week 6 will show just exactly how your team performs without a couple super stars. Here are some players you can add or start to get through the next week.

Start ‘Em

Brian Hoyer (vs. Pittsburgh): Hoyer showed just how valuable he can be with a strong performance in a 25-point comeback against the Tennessee Titans. The Steelers have not really faced any top quarterbacks, but Hoyer could be a solid option with Brees out as a bye-week replacement. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 6 »

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MLB's semifinals include both Wildcards with a throwback matchup in the ALCS. (http://scontent-b.cdninstagram.com/)

The League Championship Series are here. Both Wildcard teams made it through this far. The NLCS pits the two teams that have represented the NL in the World series the last four seasons, while the ALCS provides two teams looking to return to glory after a very lengthy absence from it.

The Royals are favored by our staff to move on to the World Series, while the NL rep is more divided. Though at least it can be agreed, based on our picks, that if the Cardinals advance, the NLCS MVP will be someone named Matt.

Speaking of which, with the MVP being introduced into the series, we’re now introducing it as a scoring category as well. That means that picking the winner of each series is worth two points, while picking how many games each will last and the MVP of each is worth one point.

So check below to see the picks for this round, and come back once it is complete to see the results. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: League Championship Series »

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1. Patriots Preview – @ Buffalo Bills:

* Brandon Spikes is working up to a foam

* Freddy Jackson has over 250 yards after the catch (I love his game)

* It’s amazing how much better the Bills skilled weapons are – Sammy Watkins, Fred Jackson, CJ Spiller, Robert Woods, Scott Chandler (its not even close)

* Bills already have 17 sacks – Marcell Dareus has 5

* Kicker Dan Carpenter is 4-5 from 40 yards out (including 58 yarder last week to win it)

* Team only has one rushing TD

* Patriots are 65-41-1 against Bills

* At least three time All Pros in Bills history: 8 x Bruce Smith / 5 x Billy Shaw / OJ 5 / 3 x Mike Stratton / George Saimes / Joe Delamielleure / Butch Byrd / Tom Sestak Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Columbus Day Weekend – Enjoy »

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Redraft King: Week 6 2014 Advice

October 9, 2014 at 2:15pm in Fantasy, Opinion
Jay Cutler can tell his team to calm down: the Bears won't plunge in the rankings because of his broken thumb. (Photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports)

Unfortunately for this column I have set the precedent of reviewing my advice from the prior week. I wish I hadn’t. But I did. Here it goes.

Week 5 Recap:

Why didn’t I promote Austin Davis, Branden Oliver, Kendall Wright or Tim Wright! My week 5 advice didn’t happen to highlight those relatively obscure players who lit up fantasy scoreboards last week. I’ll take my lumps and continue to forge ahead seeking out players who have high upside and comparatively low cost. If you want to see the full carnage just check out last week’s column for yourself.  Continue reading Redraft King: Week 6 2014 Advice »

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