Kevin Durant leads Warriors past Trail Blazers for seventh straight win

“I think when you put yourself in a hole, when you got to work so hard to dig out of it against a team that runs the way they do, has as many shooters [as they do] and plays great offense, you’re not giving yourself a great chance,” Lillard said. “And I think once we cut it to eight, it was just a matter of time before somebody hit a shot. We just can’t dig ourselves a hole like that.”

The Seahawks’ recent roller-coaster results show that they have both a high ceiling and a low floor. No longer capable of shutting teams down defensively without Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor, Seattle goes how Russell Wilson goes in a mostly one-dimensional offense.

Yankee Stadium does, however, represent a significant ballpark upgrade for him, and that will raise his power floor — for fantasy, that will make him a safer investment in terms of his chances at repeating his 59 homers (or a comparable per-PA rate in the games he gives you). In short, it makes me feel a heck of a lot better about my No. 11 overall ranking of him, even if it doesn’t move the number.

Dallas has lost to two of the teams it is chasing, No. 9 Green Bay and No. 6 Atlanta. A two- or three-way tie with those teams at 10-6 would keep the Cowboys out of the playoffs, so they need to finish ahead of both.

The Packers (6-6) won’t get Aaron Rodgers back until Week 15 at the earliest, for a tough game at Carolina. They finish with Minnesota and Detroit, tricky division matchups regardless of Rodgers’ presence. Before then, on paper, they should beat the Browns with Brett Hundley, but he’s still an inconsistent young backup finding his way.

The Cowboys might wish they had gotten the Packers without Rodgers while they were down Elliott. Now they’ll need to wish for the Packers to stumble just once vs. someone else.lakers_001

Packers vs. Falcons 2017: Start time, TV schedule for ‘Sunday Night Football’

The Green Bay Packers are hitting the road against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2 for a rematch of the 2016 NFC Championship. The Falcons were able to best the Packers en route to a 28-3 meme that will never die, but Aaron Rodgers and Co. are looking for a different result on Sunday Night Football at 8:25 p.m. ET on NBC (live stream it on

On offense, the Packers have been one of the more consistent teams in the NFL. On defense, not so much. All that seems to have changed, if Week 1 was any indication. Green Bay’s defense was littered with injured players at the end of 2016, and with some veteran offseason pickups and a healthy roster, things are looking like they’ll be a lot different in 2017.

Though they showed promise this year with a 6-10 finish — a four-game improvement over 2014. It’s worth noting, though, that they lost their final four games of the season.

Smith admitted, after he accepted the Illinois job in March 2016, that he was a bit surprised when the Bucs informed him he was out.

This case stands to impact NFL discipline going forward. Historically, courts have generally upheld the league’s sweeping authority over disciplinary issues. Article 46 of the current CBA gives Roger Goodell complete autonomy over player discipline, and the personal conduct policy is broad, with a much lower threshold for its burden of proof than the legal system.
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