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Al Michaels off this week, Mike Tirico will call NBC’s primetime games with Cris Collinsworth

The NBC primetime football booth will have a new look this week, while also offering a preview of the future. 

The network said Monday play-by-play man Al Michaels will have the holiday week off and will be replaced by Mike Tirico, who will call Ravens-Steelers on Thursday night and Packers-Bears on Sunday night. Color commentator Cris Collinsworth will remain in the analyst chair for both contests. 

Michelle Tafoya will be in her usual role as sideline reporter on Thanksgiving. Kathryn Tappen will make her sideline debut from Lambeau Field on Sunday. 

It's unknown how much longer Michaels, who turned 76 earlier this month, will keep up with his current gig. Tirico is the de facto replacement waiting in the wings and has called games with Collinsworth at NBC before.

As ESPN's "Monday Night Football" play-by-play announcer for 10 years, Tirico is familiar with primetime broadcasts. He has also developed into NBC's lead anchor for Olympic coverage, replacing Bob Costas, and started calling NHL games for the first time in his career in 2019.

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Fox NFL Sunday cast sacked from studio over COVID concerns

The “Fox NFL Sunday” cast will not be in studio when the network’s pregame show kicks off ahead of the Week 11 slate over COVID-19 concerns, Fox Sports announced Saturday.

So, no Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw or Michael Strahan in studio. Instead viewers will tune in to Chris Myers, Charles Woodson and Reggie Bush. Some members of the regular cast “will appear via remote,” the network said.

“In accordance with CDC guidance, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health safety guidelines — and out of an abundance of caution for our team — Sunday’s FOX NFL KICKOFF and FOX NFL SUNDAY pregame shows from our Los Angeles studio will not include their regular casts,” Fox said in a statement.

It’s unclear what precipitated the move.

Fox made a similar move earlier this month with its college football pregame crew, including analyst and former coach Urban Meyer, who announced a week later that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

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A divisive, 30-year-old gadget quarterback who’s never started a game suddenly looks poised to take over the Saints offense

Taysom Hill

  • The New Orleans Saints are starting utility man Taysom Hill at quarterback on Sunday.
  • Head coach Sean Payton once compared Hill to Steve Young, but has mostly used him as a gadget player.
  • With a start on Sunday, Payton finally has the chance to show the rest of the world what he's seen in Hill.
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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton will finally get to prove to the NFL world what he's been holding back for three years this Sunday.

According to reports, the Saints are set to start Taysom Hill at quarterback this week against the Atlanta Falcons as Drew Brees remains on the sidelines due to injury.

The news comes as a surprise to many football fans that expected Jameis Winston, who has plenty of experience as a starting quarterback, to take the job. Still, Payton has instead turned to Hill, his favorite toy in the offense, to become it's featured star.

Hill is a unique football player, as is his role in the Saints offense. Hill is a utility man unlike any we've seen in the NFL in recent years, taking snaps as a quarterback, running back, tight end, wide receiver, and special teams. On offense, Hill can be seen lined up in the slot on first down or taking a direct snap in third-and-short situations, or anything in between.

What makes Hill a somewhat controversial player is Payton's insistence on his greatness. Ahead of the 2019 season, Payton compared Hill, a utility player that at that point had attempted just one NFL throw, to Steve Young, one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play the game.

"Well, if you look back at Steve's career, and people don't remember his time before he came into the NFL, you had a very athletic player that I think advanced when he got to San Francisco," Payton told ESPN. "And he always had great ability with his legs."

To his credit, Payton has put his money where his mouth is with regard to Hill, even before handing him the starting reins on Sunday. This past offseason, the Saints re-signed Hill to a two-year extension worth $21 million, making him the second-most expensive backup quarterback in football. Payton has also, time and time again, shown his faith in Hill by putting him on the field in big spots.

Taysom Hill.
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If the Saints were a middling team with a middling quarterback, switching things up with an oddball lineup to make defenses think twice might be a more understandable move. But several times over the past few years, Payton has taken Drew freaking Brees off of the field in a must-gain situation in favor of putting the ball in the hands of a positionless player.

When it works, Payton looks brilliant, but when it fails, it's tough not to wonder if the Saints might have been better off leaving the guy who has thrown more touchdown passes than any other player in the history of the NFL on the field for a potentially game-deciding play.

Thankfully, this Sunday, football fans should get some real answers to just how good Hill is as a quarterback. Should he succeed, maybe the Saints really have found their quarterback of the future. Should he struggle, Payton will still find a way to get the most out of him once Brees can take the field again.

For what it's worth, it's also possible that this is all just a smokescreen from Payton to get the Falcons defense thinking one way or another. Hill might start the first few plays at quarterback and then cede the role to Winston as the game rolls on.

But hopefully, that's not the case, and we finally get to see what a game started by Taysom Hill looks like at the NFL level. Payton said it could be reminiscent of Steve Young. Actions speak louder than words.

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NFL Week 11 Power Rankings: Dolphins make giant leap, Seahawks plummet

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The Miami Dolphins are one of the hottest teams in the NFL through Week 10 of the 2020 season.

Three weeks ago following their bye week, the Dolphins turned to rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, and he's been fantastic so far. Last week against the Los Angeles Chargers and fellow rookie Justin Herbert, Tagovailoa threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns in a 29-21 victory.

In three games, Tagovailoa has 519 passing yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.

The Seahawks, on the other hand, looked like a Super Bowl favorite a few weeks ago, but quarterback Russell Wilson has struggled as of late. Wilson has thrown seven interceptions over the last four games to go along with three lost fumbles. Seattle is currently on a two-game losing streak and will look to bounce back on Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals.

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32) NEW YORK JETS

New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Record: 0-9

Week 10 result: BYE

Previous ranking: 32

31) JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers scrambles during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Record: 1-8

Week 10 result: 24-20 loss to Green Bay Packers

Previous ranking: 31

30) DALLAS COWBOYS

Dallas Cowboys’ Garrett Gilbert (3) warms up before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Record: 2-7

Week 10 result: BYE

Previous ranking: 30

29) WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith (11) huddles with his team during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Record: 2-7

Week 10 result: 30-27 loss to Detroit Lions

Previous ranking: 29

28) LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) is under pressure by Miami Dolphins defensive back Nik Needham (40) and defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah (91) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Record: 2-7

Week 10 result: 29-21 loss to Miami Dolphins

Previous ranking: 27

27) HOUSTON TEXANS

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson looks for a receiver during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Record: 2-7

Week 10 result: 10-7 loss to Cleveland Browns

Previous ranking: 24

26) DENVER BRONCOS

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) throws the game-tying touchdown pass against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Denver. The Broncos won 31-30. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Record: 3-6

Week 10 result: 37-12 loss to Las Vegas Raiders

Previous ranking: 22

25) CAROLINA PANTHERS

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) celebrates after scoring against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Record: 3-7

Week 10 result: 46-23 loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Previous ranking: 25

24) CINCINNATI BENGALS

FILE – In this Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, in Cincinnati. There’s no shortage of high draft picks making huge impact around the league, especially on offense with the instant success of players like Burrow. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Record: 2-6-1

Week 10 result: 36-10 loss to Pittsburgh Steelers

Previous ranking: 23

23) PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

New York Giants’ Sterling Shepard (87) catches a pass in front of Philadelphia Eagles’ Avonte Maddox (29) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Record: 3-5-1

Week 10 result: 27-17 loss to New York Giants

Previous ranking: 19

22) SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Kerry Hyder in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Record: 4-6

Week 10 result: 27-13 loss to New Orleans Saints

Previous ranking: 21

21) DETROIT LIONS

Detroit Lions teammates surround kicker Matt Prater (5) after his winning field goal in the closing seconds during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

Record: 4-5

Week 10 result: 30-27 win over Washington Football Team

Previous ranking: 26

20) NEW YORK GIANTS

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks to throw a pass as Philadelphia Eagles’ Brandon Graham (55) rushes him during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Record: 3-7

Week 10 result: 27-17 win over Philadelphia Eagles

Previous ranking: 28

19) CHICAGO BEARS

Chicago Bears tight end Jimmy Graham (80) gets past Tennessee Titans strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (24) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Record: 5-5

Week 10 result: 19-13 loss to Minnesota Vikings

Previous ranking: 18

18) ATLANTA FALCONS

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) works in the pocket during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Record: 3-6

Week 10 result: BYE

Previous ranking: 17

17) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, center, celebrates his rushing touchdown with teammates in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Record: 4-5

Week 10 result: 23-17 win over Baltimore Ravens

Previous ranking: 20

16) CLEVELAND BROWNS

FILE – Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb runs with the ball in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland, in this Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, file photo. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

Record: 6-3

Week 10 result: 10-7 win over Houston Texans

Previous ranking: 16

15) MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Record: 4-5

Week 10 result: 19-13 win over Chicago Bears

Previous ranking: 15

14) TENNESSEE TITANS

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Record: 6-3

Week 10 result: 34-17 loss to Indianapolis Colts

Previous ranking: 9

13) LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Las Vegas Raiders center Rodney Hudson (61) celebrates after running back Josh Jacobs (28) scored a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

Record: 6-3

Week 10 result: 37-12 win over Denver Broncos

Previous ranking: 10

12) INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Tennessee Titans cornerback Desmond King (33) reaches for Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines (21) in the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Record: 6-3

Week 10 result: 34-17 win over Tennessee Titans

Previous ranking: 13

11) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) celebrates with wide receiver DK Metcalf, center, after Wilson passed to Metcalf for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

Record: 6-3

Week 10 result: 23-16 loss to Los Angeles Rams

Previous ranking: 6

10) BUFFALO BILLS

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) rushes past Seattle Seahawks’ Bruce Irvin (51) and Jayson Stanley (29) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Record: 6-3

Week 10 result: 32-30 loss to Arizona Cardinals

Previous ranking: 5

9) BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) scrambles against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Record: 6-3

Week 10 result: 23-17 loss to New England Patriots

Previous ranking: 4

8) LOS ANGELES RAMS

Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown (34) is hugged by teammates after scoring against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Record: 6-3

Week 10 result: 23-16 win over Seattle Seahawks

Previous ranking: 14

7) ARIZONA CARDINALS

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) celebrates his touchdown run with wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Record: 6-3

Week 10 result: 32-30 win over Buffalo Bills

Previous ranking: 12

6) MIAMI DOLPHINS

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) gestures as he leaves the field at the end of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Chargers 29-21. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Record: 6-3

Week 10 result: 29-21 win over Los Angeles Chargers

Previous ranking: 11

5) GREEN BAY PACKERS

The Green Bay Packers defense celebrates after an interception and touchdown return during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Record: 7-2

Week 10 result: 24-20 win over Jacksonville Jaguars

Previous ranking: 8

4) TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) runs for a 98-yard touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Record: 7-3

Week 10 result: 46-23 win over Carolina Panthers

Previous ranking: 7

3) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) watches from the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Record: 7-2

Week 10 result: 27-13 win over San Francisco 49ers

Previous ranking: 3

2) KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) smiles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Record: 8-1

Week 10 result: BYE

Previous ranking: 2

1) PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrates a touchdown pass to wide receiver Chase Claypool during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Record: 9-0

Week 10 result: 36-10 win over Cincinnati Bengals

Previous ranking: 1

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Fantasy football waiver wire: Is it finally time to embrace Saints’ Taysom Hill?

He may be the most reviled player in fantasy football, even though he's only on the field for just a handful of plays per game.

But New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Taysom Hill has been the object of so much ire because he's frequently taken scoring chances away from high-profile teammates — for no other reason than coach Sean Payton seemingly just wants to show off. 

Well, now that starter Drew Brees is going to miss at least the next two games, Hill could be in position to repay fantasy managers as a pseudo-cheat code in leagues where he has dual position eligibility. 

Wait. What?!? 

Recommended bids based on a free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) of $100 for the season.

Saints quarterback Taysom Hill has 34 carries and five pass attempts through the first 10 weeks of the season. He could see more work now that starter Drew Brees is out with fractured ribs. (Photo: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)

League of his own

QB/TE Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints ($19). OK, hear me out on this one. First of all, Payton hasn't announced whether Hill or Jameis Winston will start in place of Brees this week against Atlanta. Logic says it will be the veteran Winston, who spent the last five seasons as the Buccaneers' starter.

However … there's a decent chance Hill will be on the field at some point. Perhaps more than usual. And if he does take snaps at quarterback, it will likely be on plays designed to give him the option to run or pass. Presumably near the goal line. 

Here's where the cheat code comes in: Leagues such as ESPN have Hill eligible as a tight end, as well as a quarterback. Normally, that's not such a big deal, but tight ends have been horrible this season in terms of fantasy scoring. (In Week 10, Rob Gronkowski was the only tight end to reach double digits in standard scoring, and he led the position with just 13.1 PPR points.)

Against a Falcons team that has yielded the most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season, having Hill playing any meaningful role at QB would give him the potential to outscore just about any other tight end.

It's an advantage that may not last long, but wins carry a great deal of importance at this point in the season.

FYI. In light of the Brees news on @ESPNFantasy Taysom Hill has been given QB eligibility, effective immediately. He currently qualifies at TE. If Hill plays primarily at QB, using snap count data & our team sees that continuing, we reserve the right to remove his TE eligibility.

Best bets

RB Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts ($15). There aren’t many impact players left on the waiver wire this time of year, but if Hines is still available, he could be. Though he excels in the third-down role, Hines looked more like a lead back on Thursday. He had more carries (12) than anyone else on the team, turning them into 70 yards and a touchdown – to go along with five receptions and a score. As Jonathan Taylor and Jordan Wilkins fade, Hines is stepping forward.

WR Jakeem Grant, Miami Dolphins ($12). In addition to his playmaking abilities as a return specialist, Grant is now seeing more work on offense. He scored for the second consecutive week, catching four passes for 43 yards and a TD.  

WR Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars ($10). Speaking of return men, Cole had a pair of touchdowns at Green Bay – one on a 91-yard punt return and another on a 12-yard reception. Cole runs hot and cold, but the Jags have a favorable four-game stretch upcoming.

RB Devontae Booker, Las Vegas Raiders ($8). Booker may not be able to duplicate his 81 rushing yards and two touchdowns on Sunday, but his productivity backing up Josh Jacobs should earn him a few more touches going forward.

WR Michael Pittman, Indianapolis Colts ($8). After missing three games because of a leg injury, Pittman has gradually worked his way into Philip Rivers' circle of trust. The rookie caught a season-high seven passes for 101 yards and also had a 21-yard rush. He's a fantastic under-the-radar pickup in leagues where he was cut.

Replacements

QB Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints ($8). If you had Brees as your starter (or are concerned about Teddy Bridgewater's availability), then Winston offers the highest upside of any current backup. He's a high-risk, high-reward play against the Falcons (see above), but his greatest value will likely be for those who have WR Michael Thomas and other Saints pass-catchers because Winston isn't afraid to take chances downfield. 

RB Salvon Ahmed, Miami Dolphins ($6). Myles Gaskin is still on injured reserve, Matt Breida is still not 100% and the Dolphins just released Jordan Howard. Perhaps they are comfortable with Ahmed being the lead back after he rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in Week 10.

RB Alex Collins, Seattle Seahawks ($5). Carlos Hyde should be able to return from his hamstring injury this week, but with the Seahawks playing on Thursday night, it's not a given. Collins had 11 carries for 43 yards and a TD on Sunday, seeing more snaps (32)  than DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer combined. 

For additional players who could still be available in your league, check out last week's waiver wire picks. And follow Gardner on Twitter @SteveAGardner

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Cardinals win with miraculous Hail Mary when DeAndre Hopkins out-jumped three Bills defenders to make the game-winning catch

DeAndre Hopkins

  • The Arizona Cardinals stole victory from the jaws of defeat on Sunday against the Bills.
  • On the Cardinals' final offensive snap, Murray threw a moonball Hail Mary to the end zone.
  • Murray's pass found superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who beat out three Bills defenders to comedown with the jump ball.
  • Cardinals 32, Bills 30. An answered prayer.
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The Arizona Cardinals pulled off a miracle against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Late in the fourth quarter, Bills quarterback Josh Allen connected with Stefon Diggs in the end zone, giving Buffalo a 30-26 lead with just 34 seconds left in regulation.

But the Cardinals didn't give up. After working the ball to midfield, Arizona had time for two shots at the end zone to hope that they could come up with a miraculous catch.

Thankfully, DeAndre Hopkins is something of a miracle worker.

Hopkins out-jumped three Bills defenders to send the Cardinals home as unlikely winners. On Twitter, fans, including LeBron James, erupted at the outrageous turn of fortunes.

The Cardinals traded for Hopkins this offseason, with the wide receiver finishing Sunday's game with seven receptions, 127 yards, and the game-winning score. Feels like the deal is working out pretty well for the Cardinals.

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Giants’ Logan Ryan Dedicates Game to Wife After She Undergoes Emergency Surgery: 'Extremely Grateful'

Just days after a life-threatening health scare involving his wife, New York Giants' free safety Logan Ryan came up big by helping his team win in the closing moments of their game this weekend.

With the Washington Football Team attempting a comeback late in the fourth quarter on Sunday, Ryan intercepted a pass from quarterback Alex Smith to cement the Giants' 23-20 win. Immediately after, Ryan ran up to a television camera, pointed to the sky, and said, "That was for you, baby," as his teammates congratulated him.

Last week, Ryan's wife Ashley underwent emergency surgery after experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, a condition that occurs when a "fertilized egg implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus," according to Mayo Clinic. Ashley was unaware she was pregnant and had been using an IUD, she explained in a post on her Instagram Story.

Doctors saved Ashley's life by stopping internal bleeding caused by a ruptured fallopian tube.

"My wife and I mourn in silence for our lost child during that process too," Ryan said after sealing the Giants' win, according to ESPN. "We had a loss as well. Although it was a great story, it was an emotional week for me and her. And that game was definitely for my wife, definitely for my family. I had her name written on my cleats. Just extremely grateful that I have a great wife and that ball is for her. She told me to bring one home for her, so I was able to do that."

Ryan told reporters he was doing his best to be there for his team while going through the ordeal.

"It's easier said than done," he said. "There was no doubt in my mind if my wife was in stable condition that I was going to play this game because I play for my family and me playing ball brings me a lot of joy and brings my family a lot of joy."

"I talked to her before the game. She just got back to New Jersey. She was resting and watching the game and she just knows me," Ryan continued. "She says, 'Just bring a ball home for me and the kids.' I was able to do that. I visualized it all week. No one really knows what I went through all week emotionally but the team supported me great and I definitely wanted to do something for my wife and kids in that situation."

Ashley and Ryan have two children together, daughter Avery, 5, and son Otto Dash, 2.

Thanks to Ryan, the Giants earned their second win of the season, and now have a 2-7 record. While their season may not be going as planned, the emotional moment was one the team will remember for a long time to come.

"He puts the team first when he's in the building," Giants coach Joe Judge told reporters. "He's all business. And he always takes time to personally check on his teammates. You know, I couldn't tell you how glad I am to have Logan on this team and how valuable he is to us."

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NFL Week 9 market watch: Will weather impact Week 9 numbers?

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Much of the talk leading up to Sunday’s games was about the weather — specifically the wind and how it affected the totals on five games. Those five games (Minnesota-Green Bay, New England-Buffalo, Tennessee-Cincinnati, Las Vegas-Cleveland and New Orleans-Chicago) moved down by an average of 6.5 points from opening line to closing line. Those are significant moves, and it wound up being an interesting lesson in getting the best of the number.

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A couple who spent 3 years collecting rare Patrick Mahomes trading cards are trying to sell their whole collection for an astonishing $7.5 million

  • In 2017, Robert DeArmitt Jr. and his wife, Heidi, began collecting Patrick Mahomes cards as an investment project.
  • Now, their collection is up for sale for a whopping $7.5 million.
  • Robert DeArmitt told TMZ he's already had "7-figure offers" for the collection, most of which are exclusive one time only prints and have Mahomes' autograph or patch on them.
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In 2017, Robert DeArmitt Jr. and his wife, Heidi, began collecting Patrick Mahomes cards as an investment project.

Now, their collection is up for sale for a whopping $7.5 million.

According to TMZ, the couple watched Mahomes play often during his time at Texas Tech University, and decided they knew he would become a superstar so began to invest.

In total, they spent around $20,000 on their 32-piece collection, most of which are exclusive one time only prints, have Mahomes' autograph or patch on them, and are in perfect condition. A large portion of the cards, however, have not been professionally graded. 

Robert DeArmitt told TMZ he's already had "7-figure offers" for the collection, however is holding out for at least $7.5 million.

Too much money? Perhaps the free delivery will change your mind.

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NFL Week 9 best bets: Picks for every Sunday game

Every Friday during the NFL season, ESPN betting analysts Doug Kezirian (0-3 last week, 9-12 overall), Joe Fortenbaugh (3-1, 19-26), Anita Marks (5-10, 29-43-1), Preston Johnson (2-1, 10-14), Mike Clay (0-1, 10-7) and Tyler Fulghum (6-10, 20-27-1), sports betting deputy editor David Bearman (2-2, 16-8), Seth Walder (4-0, 25-11) of ESPN analytics and Aaron Schatz (1-4, 17-25-1) of Football Outsiders will tell us what they like from Sunday’s slate. (The Detroit Lions-Minnesota Vikings game is off the board.)

Note: Lines courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill as of Wednesday.

1 p.m. ET games

Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons (-4, 50)

Bearman: You should never be laying four points with the Falcons, even with a decent game vs. Carolina last week and 10 days’ rest.

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