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A huge credit to Agholor, as many thought he was destined to be a nonfactor after two quiet seasons.

The former first-round pick has turned his game around and is becoming a familiar target for Carson Wentz. He’s a vertical threat who is excellent after the catch. He should be added in 12-team or larger leagues.

It’s tough to forecast how the Patriots will distribute their backfield work week-to-week, but Lewis’ recent results are impossible to ignore. He has 18 rushes for 105 yards and a touchdown during his past two games, carrying a heavier load in Week 6 after Mike Gillislee was essentially benched following a fumble. Gillislee has been just average so far this season, opening the door for Lewis to earn more work. He’s a savvy add in 12-team or larger leagues.

Earlier this season, the Los Angeles Chargers picked up right where the San Diego Chargers left off: losing heartbreaking games seemingly every week. In the first two weeks of the season, missed field goals were to blame.

Rookie Younghoe Koo missed a game-tying field goal at the end of regulation against the Broncos in Week 1. The next week, his potentially game-winning try sailed wide right against the Dolphins.

Unsurprisingly but still disappointedly, Koo was waived and replaced with Nick Novak.

Fast forward 10 days and the Chargers got another shot to win a game on the leg of their kicker. This time, Novak nailed it for a 17-16 win over the Raiders:

With Rob Kelley out in Week 6, Perine split backfield duties with the electric Chris Thompson. It was a bit surprising, as Perine had previously been a bigger factor when stepping in for Kelley, but his Week 6 outing was aided by a touchdown catch. If Kelley sits next week, Perine would float onto the flex radar.

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With two Super Bowl victories under his belt, Manning hasn’t had much reason to regret the decision.

I want to thank [former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi], Manning said at an awards dinner in April, via Newsday. If it wasn’t for him, I’d be playing in a soccer stadium in Los Angeles.

Rivers sat for two seasons behind Drew Brees, but in his 12 seasons as the Chargers starter, he has made six Pro Bowls and became the franchise’s all-time leader in every major passing category. The trade in 2004 also sent Shawne Merriman and Nate Kaeding to the Chargers and left the team with a cheaper quarterback.

So 14 seasons later, the trade isn’t remembered with many hard feelings.

Howard’s fast start will be tested by the Panthers’ stingy defense, which ranks fourth in the NFL this season with only 280 yards allowed per game. Carolina has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season.

They’re really smart, they’re fast, they run to the ball, Trubisky said. They know how to mix it up. They get after it with the front seven, and they’re really solid on the back end. They don’t make many mistakes.

On the opposite side of the ball, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will look to beat the Bears with his arm as well as his feet. Newton has passed for 1,476 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions so far this season. He has rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns, which ranks second in the NFL among quarterbacks to Houston Texans rookie Deshaun Watson (202 rushing yards, 2 TDs).

Carolina coach Ron Rivera would like to see more production from runners other than Newton this week. Running back Jonathan Stewart has rushed for 247 yards and has yet to find the end zone.

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We haven’t gone into many games where we don’t kick the ball to the player.

Wolves: Minnesota’s last victory over San Antonio came April 8, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves have lost 12 straight to the Spurs and eight straight in San Antonio. . After being one of the league’s youngest teams the past few seasons, Minnesota has only one rookie on its roster this season, 7-foot center Justin Patton. . Patton missed the season opener while recovering from surgery on his left foot.

Spurs: San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said there is no timetable for Leonard’s return from right quadriceps tendinopathy. . Parker plans on returning in mid-November from left quadriceps tendon surgery. . San Antonio swept all four games against Minnesota last season, winning by an average of 9.0 points. . San Antonio is coming off back-to-back, 60-win seasons, the first time in franchise history they have achieved that feat. .

Fitzpatrick is a Harvard-educated, bearded, specter of misery. His list of exploits is impressive, his tally of victims vast. Fitzpatrick might come to a town near you, and watch out if he does — because misfortune is about to befall your quarterback.

Dave Toub: I thought about (not kicking to Peterson) for a second. I decided I knew how good our coverage team is.

Lovie Smith: We haven’t gone into many games where we don’t kick the ball to the player.

Robbie Gould: Did we think about not kicking to him? No. We kicked to him. We have the best special teams in the National Football League.

Peterson fielded the kick at the 8 and wasn’t touched until midfield. Ricky Manning Jr. dragged him down to save the touchdown and basically end the game. The Vikings ground the clock down to four seconds remaining and called their first timeout at the 37. It would be a 55-yard field goal.

It was on line, Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell said later. I couldn’t tell how far it cleared, but I knew it wouldn’t be much.

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