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They weren’t able to against Chicago, but we like their chances better.

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Atlanta had a relatively lame week running the football, thanks to mixed luck with blocking, a stout Chicago defensive line, and a less than stellar effort by Devonta Freeman and (in particular) Tevin Coleman. It’s safe to say I don’t expect that to be the case very often.

Will it be against Green Bay, though?

I do think Atlanta can pull down about 100 yards against Green Bay, but I don’t think this is the week that the ground game really explodes. Mike Daniels and that stout Packers line can be problematic, the team has a decent young set of linebackers, and they swarm to the ball pretty effectively. The Seahawks got about 80 yards behind a bad offensive line and did so only carrying the ball 18 times, but 40 of those yards were tied up in two carries by Russell Wilson. Atlanta won’t have it easy, but they should be able to get theirs.

Let’s hear your prediction for the game ahead for the likes of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, and then use this as your open thread for the night.

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Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Ed Stinson pressures Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during an NFL preseason game on Aug. 9, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz.
Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Ed Stinson pressures Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during an NFL preseason game on Aug. 9, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo)

Defensive tackle Ed Stinson won’t be stuck on the Arizona Cardinals’ injured reserve all season. But to play again in the NFL, the former Alabama standout needs another opportunity.

The Cardinals waived Stinson on Tuesday. He had been on injured reserve since Sept. 4.

Arizona waived Stinson with an injury designation when it reduced its roster from the preseason size of 90 players to the regular-season limit of 53 on Sept. 2. When Stinson cleared waivers, he reverted to the team’s injured reserve.

Stinson suffered a hamstring injury at the Cardinals’ third training-camp practice in July. He did not play in any of Arizona’s five preseason games.

At a press conference early in training camp, Arizona coach Bruce Arians was asked if Stinson had lived up to expectations since joining the Cardinals as a fifth-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

“Yeah, when he’s healthy,” Arians answered. “He’s just never healthy. That’s been his main problem.”

Stinson missed 19 of the Cardinals’ 48 regular-season games and one of their three playoff games in three years. Stinson played in 10 regular-season games in 2014, 15 in 2015 and four in 2016.

Alabama NFL roundup: C.J. Mosley in Pro Bowl form

Alabama NFL roundup: C.J. Mosley in Pro Bowl form

On the first Sunday of the NFL’s 2017 season, 24 former Alabama players got on the field.

Stinson was starting in the defensive line by the fifth game of his rookie season and received a game ball after the sixth. However, a toe injury sidelined him for four games, and, after one game back, Stinson went on injured reserve for the rest of the season in 2014.In his second NFL season, Stinson played a regular role in the defensive-line rotation for the Cardinals, including making two starts and playing in a pair of playoff games. He recorded his only NFL sack in 2015.

Toe and hip injuries limited Stinson to four games, with one start, in his third season with Arizona. He played only once in the final 13 games of 2016.

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Several Bills defensive backs said they will retaliate if a Patriots player runs through their pregame drills again Sunday when the two AFC East opponents meet at New Era Field.

Bills safeties Robert Blanton and Aaron Williams and cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman were each fined for a pregame scuffle Oct. 2 that erupted when Bills players felt “disrespected” by Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett jogging through their warm-up drills at Gillette Stadium. No Patriots players were fined.

“It’s gonna be the same reaction that they got last time,” Robey-Coleman said Wednesday. “There ain’t no other way around that situation, you know? Just respect each other’s sideline and move on.”

When Robey-Coleman, who was fined $9,115 for his role in the altercation, was asked whether he would be comfortable being fined again, he responded, “Yes.”


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Garrett Sickels is the sole survivor of the latest, dosage greatest Penn State defensive line.

Gone to the NFL are 2015 stalwarts Austin Johnson, cialis Anthony Zettel, prescription Carl Nassib and Tarrow Barney.

And they have taken their 70 combined career starts at Penn State along with them. (The second-biggest D-line loss over the past decade, BTW.)

That leaves Sickels, a funny and sturdy and strong-armed defensive end, as the only returning Penn State defensive linemen with any career collegiate starts.

Sickels is a senior defensive end with two years’ worth of eligibility and a dozen career starts – all in 2015 – to his credit. The Red Bank, N.J., native also has a big chip on his shoulder about his teammates returning along the D-line. No one else on the Penn State roster has ever started a game along the defensive line.

Fellow anticipated starters senior defensive end Evan Schwan and tackles Curtis Cothren and Parker Cothran – both fourth-year seniors with junior eligibility — may have game experience. But they’ve never started at the college level. And Sickels is defensive about the criticism they are receiving.

“It really annoys me, to be honest,” Sickels said at last weekend’s Lift For Life charity event. “I try not to pay attention to it. I just put my head down and work every day with Evan and those guys. We know what we’re capable of. We know what we’ve been doing over the summer.”

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Former NFL head coach and influential defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan died Tuesday. He was 85.

Ryan, who was outspoken and coached in the NFL for 26 seasons, was known for building some of football’s top defenses with a relentlessness that focused on creating havoc on the field.

“He was many things to many people — outstanding coach, mentor, fierce competitor, father figure, faithful friend and the list goes on,” his son, Buffalo Billscoach Rex Ryan, said Tuesday in a statement. “But to me and my brothers Rob and Jim, he was so much more. He was everything you want in a dad — tough when he had to be, compassionate when you didn’t necessarily expect it, and a loving teacher and confidant who cherished his family. He truly was our hero.”

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