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Niners-Seahawks a late-season classic

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Niners-Seahawks a late-season classic

Under normal circumstances, Seattle's CenturyLink Field rocks from the noise of the 12th Man.

Imagine how far across Puget Sound the crowd's cheers will reverberate when the Seahawks host the 49ers on Sunday night.

The NFL flexed this one to prime time, and it was a wise choice. Although the 49ers (10-3-1) still can win the NFC West even if they fall to Seattle - a win in the finale against Arizona would do it - there's no way they'll take Pete Carroll's Seahawks lightly.

Niners coach Jim Harbaugh and Carroll had a bit of a feud going when they were college coaches, Harbaugh at Stanford and Carroll at Southern Cal. That hasn't diminished much in the pros.

``It's a big division finish for us and we'll see how it goes,'' said Carroll, whose team is 6-0 at home and hosts St. Louis in its last game. ``All we can do is focus on this game right here. We'll have no trouble focusing. They're a great team, and coming home and all that it will be exciting to get ready.''

Seattle (No. 7 in the AP Pro32) is on quite a roll, winning three in a row and five of six. Its defense has allowed 219 points, second only to the 218 yielded by the 49ers (No. 2, AP Pro32). And all the offense has done is put up 58 and 50 points the last two weeks. Seattle (9-5) is the first team since 1950 to score 50 or more points in consecutive weeks, impressing the oddsmakers enough to make the Seahawks 2 1/2-point favorites.

But the 49ers also have done something rare, going into New England and, after blowing a 28-point lead, beating the Patriots 41-34. They have lost only one of their last eight games.

``I think the thing that the players were feeling and probably anybody that was watching it was feeling was that there were two teams - two very good teams, two hard-hitting teams, two teams that have a lot of pride in how they play - really came out to see who's better,'' Harbaugh said of the Patriots game. ``And wanted to be better and wanted to win that game, and it showed.

``This game will be the same, I really believe that.''

So do we, but without the scoreboard being overworked.

SEAHAWKS, 19-17

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No. 25 Tennessee (plus 10 1/2 ) at No. 6 Green Bay

Packers have NFC North clinched, probably won't find way to No. 1 seed. Still ...

BEST BET: PACKERS, 31-10

No. 17 New Orleans (plus 3) at No. 12 Dallas

Saints damage Cowboys' playoff hopes with high-scoring win.

UPSET SPECIAL: Saints, 31-30

No. 4 Atlanta (minus 3) at No. 28 Detroit, Saturday night

Falcons can grab NFC home-field advantage with a win. Consider it grabbed.

FALCONS, 30-16

No. 13 Cincinnati (plus 5) at No. 15 Pittsburgh

One of these teams will be in playoffs. Shockingly, it will be Cincinnati.

BENGALS, 17-16

No. 3 New England (minus 14) at No. 31 Jacksonville

Patriots are an angry bunch, will take it out on weak Jaguars.

PATRIOTS, 45-13

No. 11 Indianapolis (minus 6) at No. 32 Kansas City

Colts secure wild-card spot against NFL's worst team.

COLTS 27-10

No. 8 Washington (minus 4) at No. 29 Philadelphia

Redskins have come too far to stumble here.

REDSKINS, 30-17

No. 18 St. Louis (plus 3) at No. 20 Tampa Bay

A pair of teams to perhaps watch in 2013. As for right now ...

BUCCANEERS, 22-20

No. 9 (tie) New York Giants (minus 1) at No. 9 (tie) Baltimore

Tough to explain Giants' and Ravens' inconsistencies.

GIANTS, 24-17

No. 14 Minnesota (plus 7) at No. 5 Houston

Adrian Peterson's pursuit of rushing record could get stymied here.

TEXANS, 24-14

No. 23 Cleveland (plus 12) at No. 1 Denver

Broncos are looking at 11-game win streak to finish season.

BRONCOS, 28-13

No. 16 Chicago (minus 5 1/2 ) at No. 27 Arizona

Injury-ravaged Bears have enough left to stay alive in wild-card chase.

BEARS, 19-13

No. 30 Oakland (plus 8) at No. 21 Carolina

Panthers might have saved Ron Rivera's coaching job with recent spurt.

PANTHERS, 27-17

No. 26 Buffalo (plus 5) at No. 19 Miami

Who cares, Part I?

DOLPHINS, 20-12

No. 24 San Diego (plus 3) at No. 22 New York Jets

Who cares, Part II?

CHARGERS, 17-13

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2012 RECORD:

Against spread: 7-8 (93-114-7). Straight up: 8-8 (134-85-1)

Best Bet: 6-7-2 against spread, 10-5 straight up.

Upset special: 10-5 against spread, 8-7 straight up.

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Online:http://pro32.ap.org/poll andhttp://twitter.com/AP-NFL

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Isaiah Thomas undergoes thumb surgery, expected to miss 6-8 weeks

Isaiah Thomas undergoes thumb surgery, expected to miss 6-8 weeks

Isaiah Thomas underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a ruptured radial collateral ligament in his left thumb, the Wizards announced in a press release.

Thomas sustained the injury during workouts on Monday. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks before returning to action, per the release. 

“This was an unfortunate setback for Isaiah, but with his resolve and the top care he will receive from our medical team, we expect him to make a full recovery,”  Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard said in the release. “In the meantime, he will continue to mentor our young guards and have a positive impact on the team as we start training camp.”

The Wizards signed Thomas as a free agent on July 6 to help bolster their backcourt while John Wall continues to recover from a torn Achilles.

With Wall out and Thomas sidelined until at least the end of October, the Wizards will have to start the season with little experience at the point guard position, leaving ball-handling duties to Ish Smith and Justin Robinson.

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2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Jerry Jeudy, Jeff Okudah highlight both sides of loaded passing game class

2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Jerry Jeudy, Jeff Okudah highlight both sides of loaded passing game class

The NFL season is still very young, but it has become very clear which teams will be drafting near the top of the order when the 2020 NFL Draft takes place on April 23 in Paradise, Nev.

The Dolphins, Bengals, Giants, Jets, and Redskins should all be preparing to have a top 10 draft pick come the 2020 NFL Draft, and with the way the early 2019 NFL regular season is playing out, these teams will need a lot of help. 

That's why the Dolphins have decided to punt on the 2019 season focus on the NFL Draft, trading away a litany of their top players to acquire 2020 draft picks, and lots of them.

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The Dolphins will get three first-round draft picks in 2020 thanks to trades with the Texans and Steelers.  Miami will want to invest in a franchise quarterback, but in the modern NFL, you need targets for that franchise QB and you need stars to stop the other team's targets.

While the Dolphins, Bengals, Giants, Jets, and Redskins won't all draft wide receivers or defensive backs, the early NFL season has made it obvious that these teams desperately need help in the pass game, and defending the pass.

Who are the top WR prospects and DB prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft? Glad you asked.

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Top WR Prospects in 2020 NFL Draft:

1. Jerry Jeudy, Alabama. Simply put, one of the most talented, explosive WR prospects of the last decade.

2. Tee Higgins, Clemson. Elite ball-catcher with 6-4 frame, but still needs to add muscle and explosiveness.

3. CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma.  Great route-runner and gifted competitor. One of the most fun WRs to watch play every Saturday.

4. Laviska Shenault, Colorado. An exceptional athlete who always makes big plays. Needs work on technical route-running.

5. Henry Ruggs III, Alabama. The fastest WR in the class is a deep threat every time he lines up.

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Top CB prospects in 2020 NFL Draft:

1. Jeffery Okudah, Ohio State. Understands leverage and uses his size to his advantage to be a complete all-around corner.

2. Trevon Diggs, Alabama. Great ability in man coverage and shows great ball skills, as evident in his Week 1 INT VS Duke.

3. Kristian Fulton, LSU. Big physical, explosive CB who is next among great LSU DBs.

4. Bryce Hall, Virginia. Hall is always around the ball evident in his nation-leading 22 pass breakups in 2018.

5. C.J. Henderson, Florida. 6-1 instinctual CB with fluid hips that can turn and run with anyone.

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