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Kellen Moore is the NFL's next bright offensive mind and is taking the Cowboys to new heights

Kellen Moore is the NFL's next bright offensive mind and is taking the Cowboys to new heights

When it comes to offensive coordinators in the NFL, Kevin O'Connell of the Redskins is one of the youngest. Yet on Sunday, when Washington hosts Dallas, O'Connell will be quite older than his counterpart.

Kellen Moore, who's now calling plays for the Cowboys, is just 30 years old, compared to the 34-year-old O'Connell. Moore is in his first season in the role after serving as the team's quarterbacks coach in 2018, and he's already generating a lot of hype.

In Week 1, the Cowboys sliced up the Giants, with Dak Prescott throwing for four touchdowns and posting a perfect passer rating in the opener. He was totally locked in all game and deserves credit for the showing, but many are also pointing to Moore's impact on the signal-caller and overall unit.

Jason Garrett, for one, loves how things are coming together.

"Kellen's off to a really good start," the head coach said. "He's a really smart guy. We had him here as a player for a few years and he's one of those guys that you identify early on and say, 'This guy could be a really good coach.'"

Sure, there's only four quarters of proof, but Moore is already being mentioned as Prescott's Sean McVay and was even shouted out by franchise owner Jerry Jones following the easy victory over New York.

When asked for his thoughts on how Moore's plan differs from what the Cowboys have done in the past, Jay Gruden explained how he doesn't see a massive change, but he does appreciate what Moore has started doing.

"They're very efficient," Gruden said. "I think he did a great job of calling plays for his first game, but very similar. Formationally, they like to run the ball, they do the play-actions off the strong running game that they have, good offensive line, good targets to throw to."

Linebacker Jon Bostic, meanwhile, called Moore's scheme a "headache."

"He's added his wrinkles to it," he said. "You can see he played at Boise, and we had one of those Boise coordinators at Florida, and they shift and motion and trade before every play."

Seven days after being lit up in the second half in Philadelphia, Greg Manuksy's defense will face another loaded group at FedEx Field. The Cowboys boast one of the top running backs in the league, Amari Cooper destroyed the Burgundy and Gold last Thanksgiving, and they're developing a nice supporting cast as well.

Then there's Moore, pro football's new, buzzy coach, the one who's organizing it all. He won't be lining up on the field in Week 2, but he poses just as big a threat to the Redskins as any visiting player will.

"For us," Bostic said, "We gotta get lined up fast, we gotta play by our rules and we gotta be ready to go."

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Potential No. 1 NFL Draft pick Tua Tagovailoa to miss rest of season with hip injury

Potential No. 1 NFL Draft pick Tua Tagovailoa to miss rest of season with hip injury

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- What was planned to be the last series of the day for Tua Tagovailoa ended in the final play of his season -- and maybe his Alabama career.

The Crimson Tide's star quarterback will miss the rest of the season after dislocating his right hip in the first half of No. 4 Alabama's 38-7 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday.

Tagovailoa, the potential top pick in April's NFL draft, was injured while being dragged down by two Bulldogs late in the first half, with the Tide up four touchdowns. He was flown by helicopter to the St. Vincent's Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Hours later the school announced he has sustained a dislocated right hip.

"He is undergoing further testing to determine the best course of treatment," Alabama team orthopedic surgeon Lyle Cain said in a statement. "He is expected to make a full recovery but will miss the remainder of the season."

Tagovailoa had been nursing an ankle injury and Alabama was considering holding him out of this game. The junior needed surgery four weeks ago for a high ankle sprain on his right leg that caused him to miss a game and a half.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said the plan was to remove Tagovailoa from the game before the series when the quarterback was injury. Alabama was leading 35-7, but it was decided to let Tagovailoa play one more possession to get some work in the two-minute drill.

"We can second guess ourselves all we want," Saban said. "We told Mac (Jones) to warm up and we were going to go 2-minute before the half. Tua wanted to play in the game and so I don't really make a lot of decisions worrying if a guy is going to get hurt."

Tagovailoa was 14 of 18 for 256 yards and two touchdown passes against Mississippi State, giving him 31 TD passes on the season. He was replaced by Jones, who went 7 for 11 for 94 yards.

Jones led the Crimson Tide to an easy victory when he started against Arkansas last month. Alabama faces Western Carolina next week before finishing the season at No. 13 Auburn.

Tailback Najee Harris warned reporters that he wasn't in the mood to answer questions, saying: "I'm just hurt about our quarterback, what happened to our quarterback."

"He means a lot to our team, Harris said. "It's our guy. I came here at the same time he did. Been friends with him since my freshman season. For him to go down like that really hurts."

The Crimson Tide (9-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) were coming off a 46-41 loss to LSU that nudged it out of College Football Playoff position to fifth in the latest selection committee rankings. Now Alabama is facing the possibility of trying to impress the committee without Tagovailoa, the Heisman Trophy runner-up from last season.

Tagovailoa played well against LSU, passing for more than 400 yards, but he was gimpy at times, favoring his right ankle. Saban said Tagovailoa was a game-time decision against Mississippi State. He started and the Tide jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a touchdown run and a touchdown catch by Najee Harris, who finished with four TDs.

Mississippi State (4-6, 2-5) cut the lead to 14-7 on a 1-yard scoring run by Kylin Hill. But that was as close it got. Harris finished with 88 yards rushing and 51 yards receiving. Jerry Jeudy had seven catches for 114 yards receiving for Alabama.

After the game, the mood among the Tide players was somber.

"I'm just hurt about our quarterback, what happened to our quarterback," Harris said.

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Fantasy Football: Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 11

Fantasy Football: Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 11

Week 11 is here and it is time to take a good look at your lineups and decide whether you like the direction your team is headed. If you are sitting at 4-6, its time to make a season-deciding trade. If you're sitting at 5-5, bolster your bench for later in the season. It's also time to stop wasting a roster spot on players that have continued to let you down. This is most likely your last opportunity to make a trade before the deadline, so take advantage of that before it’s too late.

Before we can get ready for Week 11, lineups need to be set, decisions need to be made and let's take a look at how last week's predictions fared.

Start 'Em

QB: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals: 324 Passing YDS, 3 Passing TD, 1 INT, 38 Rushing YDS: 26.7 PTS
RB: Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers: 40 Rushing YDS, 4 Receptions, 32 Receiving YDS, 11.2 PTS
WR: Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts: 2 Receptions, 26 Receiving YDS. 4.6 PTS
TE: O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 4 Receptions, 47 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 14.7 PTS 

Sit 'Em

QB: Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings: 220 Passing YDS, 2 Passing TD, 19.3 PTS
RB: Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons, 38 Rushing YDS, 3 Receptions, 10 Receiving YDS, 7.8 PTS
WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers, 3 Receptions, 44 Receiving YDS, 7.4 PTS
TE: Chris Herndon, New York Jets: 1 Reception, 7 Receiving YDS, 1.7 PTS

Week 1: 5/8
Week 2: 6/8
Week 3: 4/8
Week 4: 6/8
Week 5: 4/8
Week 6: 2/8 
Week 7: 6/8
Week 8: 4/8
Week 9: 6/8
Week 10: 6/8

Start 'Em

QB: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

Opponent: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Derek Carr has thrived this season despite not having the weapons he had expected. Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow have been exceptional for the Raiders this season and a matchup against the winless Bengals should give Carr a top-10 finish in Week 11.

RB: Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills
Opponent: at Miami Dolphins

Devin Singletary has yet to be unleashed yet by Sean McDermott through ten games. A matchup against the Dolphins could get him going and should give you the confidence to insert him into your lineup. 

WR: D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers
Opponent: vs. Atlanta Falcons

D.J. Moore hasn’t gotten going to the extent many expected he would in his second season with the Panthers. A matchup in Week 11 against a struggling Falcons secondary will provide the tune-up game Moore needs.

TE: Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts
Opponent: vs. jacksonville Jaguars

Austin Hooper is out. George Kittle is out. Evan Engram is on a bye. Jack Doyle is a more than serviceable streamer in Week 11 with four teams on a bye and three of the top 7 tight ends on the shelf this week.

Sit 'Em

QB: Nick Foles, Jacksonville Jaguars

Opponent: at Indianapolis Colts

Nick Foles will take the mantle back from Gardner Minshew in Week 11 when he returns to the starting lineup against the Colts. While Foles could producer average numbers, it’s worth waiting a week before inserting him into your lineup.

RB: David Montgomery, Chicago Bears
Opponent: at Los Angeles Rams

David Montgomery received a lot of hype after being drafted by the Bears back in April but with the way this offense has performed through the first ten games of the season, he cannot be relied upon with the fantasy playoffs on the horizon.

WR: Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles
Opponent: vs. New England Patriots

With Alshon Jeffery ruled out for the Super Bowl rematch with New England, Nelson Agholor will be shadowed by Patriots star Stephon Gilmore in Week 11 who has been nothing short of exceptional through the first 10 weeks of the season.

TE: Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams
Opponent: vs. Chicago Bears

With a banged-up offensive line in Week 11, Gerald Everett will be asked to block more than usual with Khalil Mack in town. Look for Jared Goff to get Cooper Kupp going early after the latter was held without a catch in Week 10 against the Steelers.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 11
Running Back Rankings: Week 11
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 11
Tight End Rankings: Week 11