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NFL Capsule: Giants at Falcons

NFL Capsule: Giants at Falcons

NEW YORK GIANTS (8-5) At ATLANTA (11-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Falcons by 1

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New York 6-5-2; Atlanta 7-5-1

SERIES RECORD - Giants lead 11-10

AP PRO32 RANKING - Giants No. 6 (tie); Falcons No. 5

LAST MEETING - Giants beat Falcons 24-2, Jan. 8, 2012

LAST WEEK - Giants beat Saints 52-27; Falcons lost to Panthers 30-20

GIANTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (15), PASS (9)

GIANTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (22), PASS (27)

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (28), PASS (4)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (23T), PASS (16)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Giants hold one-game lead over Washington and Dallas in NFC East, while Atlanta has already clinched NFC South title. ... Falcons can wrap up home-field advantage throughout conference playoffs if they win and both Green Bay and San Francisco lose. ... David Wilson of Giants became first player in NFL history to rush for more than 100 yards and have more than 200 yards in return yards in victory over Saints. His 327 all-purpose yards set franchise record. ... Atlanta has lost back-to-back games only three times in Mike Smith's five years as coach, all during 2009 season. ... New York 3-0 vs. NFC South this season. ... Falcons WR Julio Jones is 3 yards away from 1,000 yards receiving on season. WR Roddy White (1,140) has already reached 1,000 yards for sixth straight year, while TE Tony Gonzalez (831) has shot at milestone. ... Gonzalez has longest active reception streak in NFL (191 games). ... Giants have topped 40 points three times, and have surpassed 35 points two other times. Atlanta has not given up more than 31 points in a game. ... Falcons 32-7 at Georgia Dome over last five seasons. ... New York has lost its last two road games. ... Falcons RB Michael Turner rushed for only 14 yards on seven carries against Carolina, second-lowest output of his Atlanta career. Only time he gained less yards in game was final appearance of 2009 season, when he left with injury after rushing for 7 yards on one carry. ... Stevie Brown has broken Giants' single-season record for interception return yards with 259 on seven picks. ... Atlanta has scored seven touchdowns on drives lasting four plays or less. ... Falcons P Matt Bosher on pace to break his franchise record for net punting average. He is at 41.4, far ahead of the mark he set last season (38.9).

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How to Watch Virginia vs. Old Dominion: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

How to Watch Virginia vs. Old Dominion: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

Old Dominion coach Bobby Wilder was looking forward to catching Virginia in a more vulnerable state when the Monarchs added the Cavaliers to their schedule.

"I was really hoping when we scheduled this game three years ago that they wouldn't be this good if I'm being 100% truthful," Wilder said earlier this week about ODU's game Saturday night at No. 21 Virginia. "But I've been upstairs all morning studying them. They are a really good football team."

The Monarchs face an uphill battle to make headlines with an upset of the Cavaliers.

Virginia (3-0) is looking for its best start since 2004 when the Cavaliers won their first five games of the season. The Monarchs (1-1), in just their 11st season since reinstituting the football program, are coming of a 31-17 loss at Virginia Tech two weeks ago.

An early bye may have allowed ODU to prepare a few surprises for Virginia, but Wilder isn't sure.

"I think they are a complete football team," Wilder said, "and what I mean by that is they are solid in all aspects."

The Cavaliers are coming off a 31-24 victory against Florida State in a game they trailed for much of the contest. But Virginia fans were out in force for the matchup. The crowd -- 57,826 -- was the largest for the Cavaliers at home since Notre Dame visited to start the 2015 season.

"I was thrilled with the attendance and the support we received in our stadium," coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "Clearly made a difference for our team."

Virginia vs. Old Dominion Week 4:

Who: Virginia Cavaliers (3-0) vs. Old Dominion Monarchs (1-1)

What: Week 4 of the 2019 college football regular season

When: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, noon ET

Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia

TV Channel: ESPN2

Live Stream: WatchESPN 

Radio: Virginia Sports Online or ODU Sports Radio Network

Point Spread: -28

Over/Under: 46

Weather: 88 degrees, sunny

Virginia 2019 season schedule:

Week 1: Saturday, Aug. 31, Virginia vs. Pittsburgh (30-14, W)

Week 2: Friday, Sept. 6, Virginia vs. William & Mary (52-17, W)

Week 3: Saturday, Sept. 14, Virginia vs. Florida State (31-24, W)

Week 4: Saturday, Sept. 21, Virginia vs. Old Dominion, 7:00 p.m.

Week 5: Saturday, Sept. 28, Virginia vs. Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.

Week 6: BYE

Week 7: Friday, Oct. 11, Virginia vs. Miami, 8:00 p.m.

Week 8: Saturday, Oct. 19, Virginia vs. Duke, TBA

Week 9: Saturday, Oct. 26, Virginia vs. Louisville, TBA

Week 10: Saturday, Nov. 2, Virginia vs. North Carolina, TBA

Week 11: Saturday, Nov. 9, Virginia vs. Georgia Tech, TBA

Week 12: BYE

Week 13: Saturday, Nov. 23, Virginia vs. Liberty, TBA

Week 14: Friday, Nov. 29, Virginia vs. Virginia Tech, TBA

Associated Press assisted in the contribution of this story.

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Patriots release controversial WR Antonio Brown after just 11 days

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Patriots release controversial WR Antonio Brown after just 11 days

The Antonio Brown Era in New England is over.

Brown, one of the most prolific wide receivers to ever play in the NFL, was released by the Patriots Friday afternoon, just 11 days after signing with the team.

Shortly after his release from the Raiders, which preceded his signing in New England, reports surfaced of sexual assault allegations being levied at Brown. The receiver was facing charges of rape from a former trainer, and it was initially unclear how much the Patriots knew about prior to his signing.

Brown did end up playing in Week 2, his first opportunity with the Patriots, in Miami. He caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, in addition to rushing the ball once for a five-yard gain.

Late Thursday night, additional reports surfaced of intimidating texts sent by Brown to someone involved in his court case. Less than a day later, the receiver tweeted a farewell to his now former team.

Minutes later, the Patriots announced they had parted ways with Brown. 

The team released the following statement: “The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.”

The investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Brown remains ongoing at this time.

The Redskins will host the Patriots in Week 5 of the 2019 NFL season.

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