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Peyton Manning throws first two TDs with Broncos

Peyton Manning throws first two TDs with Broncos

From Comcast SportsNetDENVER (AP) -- That's the Peyton Manning the Denver Broncos and their fans have been waiting all summer to see. Magnificent. A machine. On the money. And no longer just a memory.Manning was close to perfect in his final regular-season tuneup Sunday, throwing his first two touchdown passes for the Denver Broncos in a 29-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.In less than a quarter of work, Manning completed 10 of 12 passes for 122 yards, including TD tosses of 10 and 5 yards to Eric Decker, and the only two misses were a dropped pass by Joel Dreessen and an errant throw to Brandon Stokley, who was held on the play but didn't draw the flag.After managing one TD to go with four turnovers in his first seven possessions this preseason, Manning drove the Broncos (1-2) to scores on all three of his series, then put on his visor with 46 seconds left in the first quarter after staking Denver to a 17-0 lead."I thought we did some good things today," Manning said. "We moved the ball pretty well and we got two touchdowns. It would have been nice to get three, had to settle to for a field goal. I thought the running game was good. Willis (McGahee) made some nice runs, had some nice holes by the offensive line, the receivers made some nice plays, as well."The Broncos finally showed more than just a glimpse of the offensive firepower they can have with the four-time MVP under center."I think it was nice just to start fast and finish off some drives and put some points on the board and play some good football," Stokley said. "I think that was more important than him throwing the first touchdown pass."The Broncos (No. 10 in the AP Pro32) mixed up their looks, throwing in some no-huddle with four-wide receiver sets, using fullback Chris Gronkowski at the point of attack and sending tailback Lance Ball out wide to run routes like a receiver."That's what this preseason is for. You want to win the game but you want to get a look at different players," Manning said. "No matter what grouping we were in we showed we could move the ball."Alex Smith threw a 49-yard TD pass and David Akers kicked five field goals for the Niners (2-1), who outscored the Broncos' backups 19-0 in the second half but lost wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. to an ankle injury early in the second half.For the second straight week, the Broncos' backups were awful. They've now been outscored 40-0 after halftime in the last two games.Denver's first drive stalled when the replacement officials failed to whistle cornerback Carlos Rogers for a blatant hold on a third-down pass to Stokley, and the Broncos settled for Matt Prater's 53-yard field goal.Manning was money after that.He completed all six of his passes for 83 yards on a long drive that ended with his first touchdown throw in orange and blue, a 10-yard strike to Decker, who beat Rogers across the middle. The highlight of drive was a 38-yard pass to Ball, who beat linebacker Larry Grant.Ball, though, bruised his ribs on the play and didn't return. He said afterward he was fine.So was Manning, who was blasted by linebacker Parys Haralson in the chest right as he released his longest pass of the preseason. After Ball came down with it, Manning bounced right up, raced downfield, lined up in the no-huddle and hit running back Willis McGahee for 14 yards to the San Francisco 12.It was the second time Manning, who missed all of last season with a neck injury that required four operations, had been hit hard in the preseason, and both times shook off the cobwebs and responded with a big pass for the first down."The offense was excited to move the ball," Manning said. "We had some rhythm, we huddled today yet we still played at an up-tempo pace."Linebacker Wesley Woodyard recovered a fumbled snap for the Broncos (No. 10 in the AP Pro 32) at the San Francisco 24, and four plays later, Manning found Decker wide open by the back left pylon for his second touchdown and a 17-0 lead over the 49ers (No. 4).The Broncos' onside kick backfired when Matthew Willis touched the ball about a yard early, and Smith found tight end Vernon Davis all alone along the left sideline for a 49-yard score on the next snap."I was surprised," Niners coach Jim Harbaugh said of the Broncos' onside kick in the preseason. "But I'm glad they did it. It's good for us because you always have to be aware of it."Manning said he'd have gone out for another series had the Broncos recovered the onside kick. When they didn't, his day was done."I feel very comfortable where he is and rather than put him out there in harm's way, we took him out," Broncos coach John Fox said.Caleb Hanie, locked in a backup battle with rookie Brock Osweiler to serve as Manning's primary understudy, underthrew Decker and former Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox intercepted at midfield. That led to Akers' first field goal, from 33 yards out. Hanie bounced back to throw a 5-yard TD pass to Dreessen that made it 24-10 at halftime."I don't want to say it's just the preseason because this is a time to get better," Niners linebacker Ahmad Brooks said. "It's a time you can really showcase what your team is capable of doing. I don't know but it's been a scary start to this point."Smith finished 5 of 7 for 69 yards, and his pocket of protection was much better than it had been during the preseason."It was a little hard to get in a rhythm," Smith said, who was sacked just once. "I thought the young guys did a great job in the second half. We have some stuff to clean up obviously."San Francisco's ground game, which had gained an NFL-best 378 yards through the first two weeks of the preseason, was stymied by the Broncos. With LaMichael James (left ankle) and Brandon Jacobs (left knee) sitting this one out, the 49ers were held to 14 yards on nine first-half carries, including two runs for minus-4 yards by Frank Gore.That all changed after halftime as the Niners finished with 139 yards rushing. Anthony Dixon had a 26-yard TD run and Akers kicked field goals of 45, 21, 32 and 44 yards while the Broncos sputtered once again with Manning on the sideline.Notes: Manning's passer rating of 148.6 was nearly 100 points higher than what it was (48.8) in the first two preseason games. ... Broncos rookie RB Ronnie Hillman made his preseason debut after dealing with a pulled right hamstring and gained 29 yards on 10 carries. "I'll plan on playing better next week and playing a lot faster," Hillman said. ... X-rays were negative on Ginn's right ankle. ... Rookie CB Omar Bolden bruised his left knee.

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Caps work on team building by fighting each other in FBI training

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Caps work on team building by fighting each other in FBI training

How much better would your work environment be if you had a chance to pin a coworker or get them in a chokehold? Probably a lot. That's what the Caps are banking on.

The team visited the FBI Academy on Wednesday in a team building exercise that included raming doors and, of course, hand to hand combat.

Let's break down some of these wrestling matchups.

Braden Holtby appears to be thanking John Carlson for playing 27:33 on Tuesday.

It seems dangerous to pit a goalie against a defenseman. Carlson spends all of his time on the ice trying to protect Holtby. Just how hard was Carlson really trying to take down Holtby?

It's no surprise seeing Tom Wilson enjoying himself with the hand to hand combat. Whoever went up against him (it looks like Jay Beagle) certainly drew the short straw.

And then there's this.

Nicklas Backstrom is having way, way too much fun. Maybe Andre Burakovsky was getting a bit chesty in the locker room after his first NHL fight. Well, it seems Backstrom certainly put him in his place.

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Fantasy Football -- Week 7 rankings

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Fantasy Football -- Week 7 rankings

Week 7 is here and comes after another injury-heavy set of games that knocked out Aaron Rodgers likely for the season and put the status of Leonard Fournette and Jameis Winston into question. Everyone is left trying to figure out Plan B's and also dealing with the Texans and Lions on byes.

Quarterbacks

1.  Tom Brady, NE
 
2.  Drew Brees, NO
 
3.  Dak Prescott, DAL
 
4.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
5.  Carson Wentz, PHI
 
6.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
7.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
 
8.  Russell Wilson, SEA
 
9.  Alex Smith, KC
 
10.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
 
11.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
 
12.  Jameis Winston, TB
 
13.  Carson Palmer, ARI
 
14.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
 
15.  Jared Goff, LAR
 
16.  Brett Hundley, GB
 
17.  Derek Carr, OAK
 
18.  Philip Rivers, LAC
 
19.  Blake Bortles, JAC
 
20.  C.J. Beathard, SF
 
21.  Case Keenum, MIN
 
22.  Trevor Siemian, DEN
 
23.  Andy Dalton, CIN
 
24.  Josh McCown, NYJ
 
25.  DeShone Kizer, CLE
 
26.  Jay Cutler, MIA
 
27.  Jacoby Brissett, IND
 
28.  Eli Manning, NYG
 
29.  Mitch Trubisky, CHI
 
30.  Joe Flacco, BAL

Notes:  The usual QB2 worth starting this week is Taylor against a Bucs defense allowing the second-most points to fantasy quarterbacks. That Buffalo doesn't have an impressive receiving corps doesn't help, but the matchup puts Taylor into a better situation than Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers. ... Brett Hundley, good luck replacing a legend. That he has Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Martellus Bennett means his numbers might be good enough for fantasy owners. Hosting New Orleans screams shootout under normal circumstances. Even if you prefer waiting before using, Hundley is worth a pick-up for those needing a QB2 or another QBBC option.

Running backs

1.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
2.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
 
3.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
 
4.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
5.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
6.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
7.  Jay Ajayi, MIA
 
8.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
 
9.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
10.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
11.  Jerick McKinnon, MIN
 
12.  Carlos Hyde, SF
 
13.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
 
14.  Adrian Peterson, ARI
 
15.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
 
16.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
 
17.  Doug Martin, TB
 
18.  Chris Thompson, WAS
 
19.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
20.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
21.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
22.  Joe Mixon, CIN
 
23.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
 
24.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
 
25.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
26.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
27.  Aaron Jones, GB
 
28.  Frank Gore, IND
 
29.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
 
30.  Ty Montgomery, GB
 
31.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
 
32.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
33.  Dion Lewis, NE
 
34.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
 
35.  Mike Gillislee, NE
 
36.  James White, NE
 
37.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
38.  Matt Forte, NYJ
 
39.  Latavius Murray, MIN
 
40.  Marlon Mack, IND
 
41.  Chris Ivory, JAC
 
42.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
43.  Thomas Rawls, SEA
 
44.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
45.  Eddie Lacy, SEA
 
46.  Andre Ellington, ARI
 
47.  Wendell Smallwood, PHI
 
48.  Jamaal Charles, DEN
 
49.  Elijah McGuire, NYJ
 
50.  Wayne Gallman, NYG
 
51.  Robert Kelley, WAS
 
52.  Matt Breida, SF
 
53.  Alfred Morris, DAL
 
54.  Samaje Perine, WAS
 
55.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
 
56.  Mike Tolbert, BUF
 
57.  Jalen Richard, OAK
 
58.  Shane Vereen, NYG
 
59.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
 
60.  Charcandrick West, KC

Notes: Talk about a trade working out (so far) for both teams. Shipping Adrian Peterson to Arizona opened the Saints to actually feeding Mark Ingram. Meanwhile, the Cardinals turned the backfield over to their new guy and Peterson delivered (134 rushing yards, two touchdowns). Now he faces a Rams defense ranked 32nd, or last, against fantasy running backs this season. ... Buck Allen has turned into a steady option, especially in PPR formats. Just be leery using him in standard against a Vikings defense surrendering a league-low 15 fantasy points per game to running backs.

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
2.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
3.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
4.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
5.  Dez Bryant, DAL
 
6.  Mike Evans, TB
 
7.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
8.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
9.  Brandin Cooks, NE
 
10.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
11.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
 
12.  Jordy Nelson, GB
 
13.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
14.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
 
15.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
16.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
17.  Kelvin Benjamin, CAR
 
18.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
 
19.  Pierre Garcon, SF
 
20.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
21.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
 
22.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
23.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
 
24.  Davante Adams, GB
 
25.  John Brown, ARI
 
26.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
27.  Marqise Lee, JAC
 
28.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
29.  Danny Amendola, NE
 
30.  Amari Cooper, OAK
 
31.  Terrelle Pryor, WAS
 
32.  Eric Decker, TEN
 
33.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
34.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
 
35.  Robert Woods, LAR
 
36.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
 
37.  Ted Ginn, NO
 
38.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
 
39.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
40.  Randall Cobb, GB
 
41.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
 
42.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
 
43.  Taylor Gabriel, ATL
 
44.  Willie Snead, NO
 
45.  Josh Doctson, WAS
 
46.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
 
47.  Allen Hurns, JAC
 
48.  Ricardo Louis, CLE
 
49.  Kendall Wright, CHI
 
50.  Bennie Fowler, DEN
 
51.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
52.  Roger Lewis, NYG
 
53.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
 
54.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
55.  Paul Richardson, SEA
 
56.  Mike Wallace, BAL
 
57.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
 
58.  Jaron Brown, ARI
 
59.  Donte Moncrief, IND
 
60.  Zay Jones, BUF
 
61.  Cole Beasley, DAL
 
62.  Brice Butler, DAL
 
63.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
 
64.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
65.  De'Anthony Thomas, KC
 
66.  J.J. Nelson, ARI
 
67.  Jeremy Kerley, NYJ
 
68.  Terrance Williams, DAL
 
69.  Torrey Smith, PHI
 
70.  Adam Humphries, TB

Notes: That massive Dez Bryant is coming. Like this week. Let's call for 7-135-1 against a 49ers suspect and thin secondary. By the way, it's so bizarre Dallas cannot find a steady WR2 after all these years to help take the pressure off Dez, right? ... Seeing as the Redskins could be without both of their top cornerbacks this week, Alshon Jeffery isn't the only Eagles receiver worth starting. Nelson Agholor enters Week 7 with touchdowns in back-to-back games. He also had a season-high six receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown in Philadelphia's Week 1 win at Washington. 

Tight ends

1.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
2.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
3.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
4.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
 
5.  Evan Engram, NYG
 
6.  Delanie Walker, TEN
 
7.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ
 
8.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
9.  Jordan Reed, WAS
 
10.  Hunter Henry, LAC
 
11.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
12.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
13.  Jason Witten, DAL
 
14.  George Kittle, SF
 
15.  Zach Miller, CHI
 
16.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
17.  Ed Dickson, CAR
 
18.  Nick O'Leary, BUF
 
19.  Jack Doyle, IND
 
20.  Martellus Bennett, GB
 
21.  Benjamin Watson, BAL
 
22.  Tyler Kroft, CIN
 
23.  Vernon Davis, WAS
 
24.  Coby Fleener, NO
 
25.  Tyler Higbee, LAR

Notes: Rob Gronkowksi is the king of all tight ends. In the Week 7 matchup against Atlanta, Austin Hooper has a chance to do so some Gronking against a Patriots defense allowing nearly one touchdown a game to tight ends and the third most points. ...With Charles Clay sidelined, Nick O'Leary becomes the main tight end for the Bills against a Bucs defense struggling against the pass. ...It's understandable if you're a Jordan Reed owner frustrated at watching Vernon Davis proving the more effective of Washington's tight ends. Don't sit Reed. Hang tight. The upside is worth it even if Reed doesn't look quite right physically.

Defenses

1.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
2.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
3.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
4.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
5.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
6.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
 
7.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
 
8.  Buffalo Bills, BUF
 
9.  New Orleans Saints, NO
 
10.  Miami Dolphins, MIA
 
11.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
 
12.  Los Angeles Chargers, LAC
 
13.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
14.  Cincinnati Bengals, CIN
 
15.  New York Giants, NYG
 
16.  New York Jets, NYJ
 
17.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
18.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
19.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
20.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL

Kickers

1.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
2.  Dan Bailey, DAL
 
3.  Jake Elliott, PHI
 
4.  Harrison Butker, KC
 
5.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
6.  Will Lutz, NO
 
7.  Ryan Succop, TEN
 
8.  Greg Zuerlein, LAR
 
9.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
10.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
11.  Josh Lambo, JAC
 
12.  Blair Walsh, SEA
 
13.  Adam Vinatieri, IND
 
14.  Nick Novak, LAC
 
15.  Mason Crosby, GB
 
16.  Robbie Gould, SF
 
17.  Kai Forbath, MIN
 
18.  Aldrick Rosas, NYG
 
19.  Steven Hauschka, BUF
 
20.  Brandon McManus, DEN