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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAA Football: (7) TCU 31 (7-1) - (20) West Virginia 30 (6-3)

Florida 38 (4-3) - (11) Georgia 20 (6-2)

(13) Baylor 60 (7-1) - Kansas 14 (2-6)

(15) Nebraska 35 (8-1) - Purdue 14 (3-6)

(18) Oklahoma 59 (6-2) - Iowa State 14 (2-6)

Temple 20 (5-3) - (23) East Carolina 10 (6-2)

(24) Duke 51 (7-1) - Pittsburgh 48 (4-5) Double Overtime

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kyle Busch wins the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Joey Logano was second.

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ESPN: Lions’ Fairley Out 4-5 Weeks

ESPN: Lions’ Fairley Out 4-5 Weeks

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(DETROIT, MI) -- After a scary collision with teammate Ndamokung Suh, Nick Fairley's season appeared to be over.

The young defensive tackle's knee bent awkwardly as he attempted to make a tackle against Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and needed assistance off the field.

According to a report from ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright, Fairley has a sprained MCL and PCL in his knee and will be out four to five weeks - much less than what was feared.

This is good news for both the Lions and Fairley.  The young nose tackle has been an integral part of the improved Lions defense this season. The Lions are holding opponents to less than 300 yards per game.

As for Fairley, the Lions declined a team option that would have kept him under contract through 2015.  He would have been set to enter free agency this coming offseason and a severe knee injury would have hurt his market.

 

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Redskins Upset Cowboys in Overtime

Redskins Upset Cowboys in Overtime

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(DALLAS,TX) -- Colt McCoy just got his first start as a quarterback in the NFL since 2001; he made the most of it. McCoy got the nod over Kirk Cousins and helped lead the Washington Redskins to a 20-17 overtime upset over the Cowboys in Dallas.

With sharp passes and smart decisions, McCoy was 25-30 for 299 yards while methodically moving the ball against the Cowboys defense. McCoy also showed his legs were still fresh as he scored a touchdown from seven yards out to break a 10-10 tie in the fourth quarter.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered an injury in the third quarter and was forced to the locker room. Backup Brandon Weeden entered and tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jason Witten in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 17-17.

After receiving an injection in the locker room, Romo returned, but a drive he began to lead stalled at the Dallas 32.

The game entered overtime and McCoy led a nine-play, 58-yard drive that set up a go ahead field goal by Kai Forbath.

Romo tried to counter, but the Redskins defense made several plays to break up contested passes and in the end, the Cowboys simply ran out of downs.  

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Mississippi Falls to 7th in AP Poll

Mississippi Falls to 7th in AP Poll

Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- Following a 10-7 loss at 24th ranked Louisiana State, the Mississippi Rebels fell to 7th in the latest Associated Press poll, which was revealed on Sunday. Ole Miss (7-1) had been ranked third in the nation before suffering its first loss of the season on Saturday night.

Both Mississippi State (7-0) and Florida State (7-0) remained unbeaten over the weekend and stayed at 1 and 2 in the poll respectively. Alabama (7-1) replaced Ole Miss as the number three team in the country while Auburn (6-1) and Oregon (7-1) finished out the top five.

Coming off a bye week, the Notre Dame Fightin' Irish (6-1) moved up one spot to sixth, followed by the Rebels. Michigan State (7-1) remained eighth while Georgia (6-1) and TCU (6-1) each stayed in the top-10.

The biggest jump in the poll was LSU (7-2), which moved up to 16th in the poll. Southern California, which had been ranked 20th, fell out of the top-25 after a loss to Utah over the weekend.

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Brady, Roethlisberger Each Lead Romps

Brady, Roethlisberger Each Lead Romps

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Both Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger had big days on Sunday, leading their teams to impressive routs. Brady and the New England Patriots easily handled the Chicago Bears 51-23 while Roethlisberger's Pittsburgh Steelers dominated in a 51-34 win over Indianapolis.

Brady tossed five touchdown passes in the romp over Chicago, continuing an impressive stretch of four straight wins. The Patriots quarterback was 30-for-35 in the win for 354 yards. New England (6-2) scored on all five possessions in the first half, leading 38-7 at halftime.

"I love coaching Tom. I've been fortunate to have him the whole career since he's been here," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "He does a great job of executing the team game plan."

Meanwhile, Big Ben outdid Brady by throwing for six touchdowns, a franchise record, in a big momentum win over the Colts. The Pittsburgh quarterback also set a franchise mark with 522 passing yards while picking up his 100th career victory.

"We just felt like they couldn't stop us because we were just clicking," said Roethlisberger. "It was one of those nights that players talk about when things feel like they're going right."

The Steelers improved to 5-3 on the year and won consecutive games for the first time all season.

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Saints March Past Packers at Home

Saints March Past Packers at Home

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Drew Brees threw for three touchdowns while Mark Ingram ran for 172 yards and another score, helping the New Orleans Saints rout Green Bay 44-23 on Sunday night. The loss snapped the Packers (5-3) four-game winning streak while pulling the Saints (3-4) into a tie atop the NFC South.

"All we talked about all week long is just coming together as a team and playing a complete game as a team," said Brees. "It was a perfect representation of that."

Green Bay jumped on top early when Aaron Rodgers hit Randall Cobb on a 70-yard touchdown strike just two minutes into the first quarter. The Saints quickly countered with touchdown of their own, courtesy of Brandin Cooks' four-yard run. Both teams each converted three field goals in the first half, heading into halftime tied at 16-16.

The second half featured a little more defense, both teams scored on every possession in the first, but only from the Saints. After New Orleans turned the ball over on downs, the defense picked off Rodgers inside the redzone. Four plays later, Brees connected with Cooks on a 50-yard touchdown pass to put the Saints up 23-16. 

Brees would also find Jimmy Graham and Josh Hill in the end zone, giving New Orleans a 37-16 lead before the Packers finally scored in the fourth quarter. The Saints quarterback finished the game with 311 yards on 27-of-32 passing. 

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Cardinals Fly High on Late Bomb

Cardinals Fly High on Late Bomb

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PHOENIX, AZ) --  The Arizona Cardinals won in dramatic fashion, 24-20 over the Philadelphia Eagles.

For the majority of the game it was a defensive struggle.

The fourth quarter proved to be the most exciting as the offenses began to gain steam. After tieing the game at 17 with 9:01 to go, the Eagles methodically moved the ball on a 13-play seven minute drive down to the Cardinals three. Cody Parkey lined up for the go-ahead field goal and gave Philadelphia a 20-17 lead.

With 1:21 remaining in the fourth quarter Carson Palmer heaved a pass up to rookie John Brown.  Brown was screaming past two Eagles defenders reached out and caught the ball.  After a quick stumble, Brown regained his momentum and raced to the endzone for a 75-yard touchdown. 

The Eagles mounted a quick rally driving the ball 64 yards to attempt several throws into the Cardinals endzone.  On the final play with one second remaining, pressure in his face, Foles threw up a pass to rookie Jordan Matthews.  Matthews caught the ball but was shoved out by safety Rashad Johnson.

The Cardinals move to 6-1 and hold a firm grasp on the NFL West.

 

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(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime

(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- After blowing a 17-point lead in the second half, 13th-ranked Ohio State survived in double overtime, beating Penn State 31-24 on the road on Saturday night. 

The Buckeyes (6-1) held a 17-0 lead at halftime, thanks to a running score from Ezekiel Elliott and a touchdown pass from J.T. Barrett to Jeff Heuerman. However, the offensive production stalled in the second half. Penn State (4-3) began their rally on the defensive end when Anthony Zettel picked off a pass from Barrett and ran it back 40 yards for the score.

The Nittany Lions inched closer in the fourth quarter when quarterback Christian Hackenberg hit Saeed Blacknall for a 24-yard pass, making it a 17-14 game. Sam Ficken then tied the game with a field goal late, leaving just nine seconds on the clock. Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime, sending the game to another extra frame.

In the second overtime, Barrett scampered into the end zone from four-yards out to put Ohio State ahead 31-24. Penn State had a chance to tie the game, but Joey Bosa sacked Hackenberg on fourth-and-5 to seal the victory.

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(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime

(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- After blowing a 17-point lead in the second half, 13th-ranked Ohio State survived in double overtime, beating Penn State 31-24 on the road on Saturday night. 

The Buckeyes (6-1) held a 17-0 lead at halftime, thanks to a running score from Ezekiel Elliott and a touchdown pass from J.T. Barrett to Jeff Heuerman. However, the offensive production stalled in the second half. Penn State (4-3) began their rally on the defensive end when Anthony Zettel picked off a pass from Barrett and ran it back 40 yards for the score.

The Nittany Lions inched closer in the fourth quarter when quarterback Christian Hackenberg hit Saeed Blacknall for a 24-yard pass, making it a 17-14 game. Sam Ficken then tied the game with a field goal late, leaving just nine seconds on the clock. Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime, sending the game to another extra frame.

In the second overtime, Barrett scampered into the end zone from four-yards out to put Ohio State ahead 31-24. Penn State had a chance to tie the game, but Joey Bosa sacked Hackenberg on fourth-and-5 to seal the victory.

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(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime

(13) Ohio State Holds Off Penn State in Double Overtime

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- After blowing a 17-point lead in the second half, 13th-ranked Ohio State survived in double overtime, beating Penn State 31-24 on the road on Saturday night. 

The Buckeyes (6-1) held a 17-0 lead at halftime, thanks to a running score from Ezekiel Elliott and a touchdown pass from J.T. Barrett to Jeff Heuerman. However, the offensive production stalled in the second half. Penn State (4-3) began their rally on the defensive end when Anthony Zettel picked off a pass from Barrett and ran it back 40 yards for the score.

The Nittany Lions inched closer in the fourth quarter when quarterback Christian Hackenberg hit Saeed Blacknall for a 24-yard pass, making it a 17-14 game. Sam Ficken then tied the game with a field goal late, leaving just nine seconds on the clock. Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime, sending the game to another extra frame.

In the second overtime, Barrett scampered into the end zone from four-yards out to put Ohio State ahead 31-24. Penn State had a chance to tie the game, but Joey Bosa sacked Hackenberg on fourth-and-5 to seal the victory.

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(24) LSU Knocks Off (3) Ole Miss

(24) LSU Knocks Off (3) Ole Miss

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- Louisiana State (LSU) trailed 7-3 in the fourth quarter of a home game against third-ranked Ole Miss on Saturday. A late scoring drive and a defensive stand helped the 24th-rated Tigers pull out a 10-7 win at Tiger Stadium.

In a low-scoring affair, the Ole Miss Rebels (7-1) took the early lead when Bo Wallace found Cody Core for a 15-yard touchdown pass with seven seconds remaining in the first quarter. The nation's top offense was heavily slowed by LSU (7-2), unable to score for the remainder of the game. However, the Tigers offense could only muster a field goal in the first half.

The tide turned in the fourth quarter as LSU put together a 95-yard drive, spanning six minutes, that ended with the go-ahead touchdown. Quarterback Anthony Jennings, who threw two interceptions in the win, found Logan Stokes from three yards out to put the Tigers ahead 10-7 with five minutes to play.

Ole Miss had a chance to avoid the upset, driving to the LSU 25-yard line with less than 10 seconds remaining. Gary Wunderlich was sent out to attempt a game-tying 42-yard field goal, but a delay of game penalty pushed the Rebels back an extra five yards. Head coach Hugh Freeze opted to go for it, with no timeouts, and Wallace had his pass intercepted at the goal line by Ronald Martin.

For head coach Les Miles, it was a very emotional win as it came less than 24 hours after his mother, Martha, passed away.

"After the game I can't tell you the number of young men that threw their arms around me and told me, 'Love you coach'," said Miles, who received the game ball following the win. "It is as touching as anything I have had happen."

The victory also added to Miles' legacy of come-from-behind wins. Since 2005 LSU is 24-23 when trailing in the fourth quarter, an FBS record.

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(24) LSU Knocks Off (3) Ole Miss

(24) LSU Knocks Off (3) Ole Miss

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- Louisiana State (LSU) trailed 7-3 in the fourth quarter of a home game against third-ranked Ole Miss on Saturday. A late scoring drive and a defensive stand helped the 24th-rated Tigers pull out a 10-7 win at Tiger Stadium.

In a low-scoring affair, the Ole Miss Rebels (7-1) took the early lead when Bo Wallace found Cody Core for a 15-yard touchdown pass with seven seconds remaining in the first quarter. The nation's top offense was heavily slowed by LSU (7-2), unable to score for the remainder of the game. However, the Tigers offense could only muster a field goal in the first half.

The tide turned in the fourth quarter as LSU put together a 95-yard drive, spanning six minutes, that ended with the go-ahead touchdown. Quarterback Anthony Jennings, who threw two interceptions in the win, found Logan Stokes from three yards out to put the Tigers ahead 10-7 with five minutes to play.

Ole Miss had a chance to avoid the upset, driving to the LSU 25-yard line with less than 10 seconds remaining. Gary Wunderlich was sent out to attempt a game-tying 42-yard field goal, but a delay of game penalty pushed the Rebels back an extra five yards. Head coach Hugh Freeze opted to go for it, with no timeouts, and Wallace had his pass intercepted at the goal line by Ronald Martin.

For head coach Les Miles, it was a very emotional win as it came less than 24 hours after his mother, Martha, passed away.

"After the game I can't tell you the number of young men that threw their arms around me and told me, 'Love you coach'," said Miles, who received the game ball following the win. "It is as touching as anything I have had happen."

The victory also added to Miles' legacy of come-from-behind wins. Since 2005 LSU is 24-23 when trailing in the fourth quarter, an FBS record.

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(24) LSU Knocks Off (3) Ole Miss

(24) LSU Knocks Off (3) Ole Miss

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- Louisiana State (LSU) trailed 7-3 in the fourth quarter of a home game against third-ranked Ole Miss on Saturday. A late scoring drive and a defensive stand helped the 24th-rated Tigers pull out a 10-7 win at Tiger Stadium.

In a low-scoring affair, the Ole Miss Rebels (7-1) took the early lead when Bo Wallace found Cody Core for a 15-yard touchdown pass with seven seconds remaining in the first quarter. The nation's top offense was heavily slowed by LSU (7-2), unable to score for the remainder of the game. However, the Tigers offense could only muster a field goal in the first half.

The tide turned in the fourth quarter as LSU put together a 95-yard drive, spanning six minutes, that ended with the go-ahead touchdown. Quarterback Anthony Jennings, who threw two interceptions in the win, found Logan Stokes from three yards out to put the Tigers ahead 10-7 with five minutes to play.

Ole Miss had a chance to avoid the upset, driving to the LSU 25-yard line with less than 10 seconds remaining. Gary Wunderlich was sent out to attempt a game-tying 42-yard field goal, but a delay of game penalty pushed the Rebels back an extra five yards. Head coach Hugh Freeze opted to go for it, with no timeouts, and Wallace had his pass intercepted at the goal line by Ronald Martin.

For head coach Les Miles, it was a very emotional win as it came less than 24 hours after his mother, Martha, passed away.

"After the game I can't tell you the number of young men that threw their arms around me and told me, 'Love you coach'," said Miles, who received the game ball following the win. "It is as touching as anything I have had happen."

The victory also added to Miles' legacy of come-from-behind wins. Since 2005 LSU is 24-23 when trailing in the fourth quarter, an FBS record.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/25/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB World Series: San Francisco Giants 11 - Kansas City Royals 4 (Series tied, 2-2)

NCAAF Top-25: (1) Mississippi State 45 (7-0) - Kentucky 31 (5-3)

(24) LSU 10 (7-2) - (3) Ole Miss 7 (7-1)

(4) Alabama 34 (7-1) - Tennessee 20 (3-5)

(5) Auburn 42 (6-1) - South Carolina 35 (4-4)

 (8) Michigan State 35 (7-1) - Michigan 3 (3-5)

(10) TCU 82 (6-1) - Texas Tech 27 (3-5)

(11) Kansas State 23 (6-1) - Texas 0 (3-5)

(13) Ohio State 31 (6-1) - Penn State 24 (4-3) Double Overtime

(15) Arizona 59 (6-1) - Washington State 37 (2-6)

(16) Nebraska 42 (7-1) - Rutgers 24 (5-3)

(21) Clemson 16 (6-2) - Syracuse 6 (3-5)

(22) West Virginia 20 (6-2) Oklahoma State 10 (5-3)

(23) Marshall 35 (8-0) - Florida Atlantic 16 (3-5)

(25) UCLA 40 (6-2) - Colorado 37 (2-6) - Double Overtime

NHL: Buffalo Sabres 2 (2-7-0) - San Jose Sharks 1 (4-4-1)

Montreal Canadiens 3 (7-1-0) - New York Rangers 1 (4-4-0)

Boston Bruins 4 (5-5-0) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (3-4-1)

Philadelphia Flyers 4 (3-3-2) - Detroit Red Wings 2 (4-2-2)

New Jersey Devils 3 (4-2-2) - Ottawa Senators 2 (4-1-1) - Overtime

New York Islanders 7 (6-2-0) - Dallas Stars 5 (4-2-2)

Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (4-2-1) - Nashville Predators 0 (5-1-2)

Minnesota Wild 7 (4-2-0) - Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (5-3-1)

St. Louis Blues 3 (3-3-1) - Chicago Blackhawks 2 (4-2-1)

Arizona Coyotes 2 (3-3-1) - Florida Panthers 1 (2-2-3) - Overtime

Washington Capitals 3 (4-1-2, 10 points) - Clagary Flames 1 (5-4-1, 11 points)

NASCAR: Darrell Wallace Jr. won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway

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Gerald McCoy Signs Mega Deal With Buccaneers

Gerald McCoy Signs Mega Deal With Buccaneers

Leon Halip/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, FL) -- Gerald McCoy is now the highest paid defensive tackle in NFL history.The Buccaneers re-signed their 2010 first round pick to a seven-year $98 million dollar contract extension with $51.5 million in guarantees.McCoy struggled with injuries in his first two seasons, but has proven to be one of the most dominant nose tackles over the past two. He has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons and was named a 2013 All-Pro.Despite McCoy's individual success, the Buccaneers continue to struggle. The team is currently 1-5 and coming off a 4-12 record in 2013.Now with a new contract in hand, McCoy can maintain focus on bringing the Bucs back to postseason prominence."That's eating away at me, man," McCoy said earlier this season. "I do all this training and preparing, trying to do what I can for my team for us to get to the playoffs. I just want to experience it."

 

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Mettenberger To Start For Struggling Titans

Mettenberger To Start For Struggling Titans

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, TN) -- A new era is likely beginning in Tennessee, as the Titans have announced rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger will start this Sunday against the Houston Texans.

Mettenberger, a sixth-round pick out of LSU, will replace struggling starter Jake Locker.  Locker had missed the previous two games with a thumb injury and appeared ready to return, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt had other ideas.

"We're going with Zach and we're going to stay with Zach," Whisenhunt said.

The Titans have had trouble scoring points this season. They are averaging 17.3 points per game, ranking 28th in the NFL. They rank 27th with 320.3 yards per game.

''No question he's a talented, young player, and maybe it'll give us a spark,'' Whisenhunt said. ''Offensively, we haven't exactly been lighting it up, so that's part of it in consideration.''

This will likely be the end of Locker's career as a Titan.  Locker was the first-round pick of the Titans in 2011. Struggling through injuries and inconsistent play, Locker never quite reached the expectations that had him once projected to be the first overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Locker will be a free agent at the end of the season after the Titans declined his 2015 option.

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Archie Manning Leaves Playoff Committee

Archie Manning Leaves Playoff Committee

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Citing health reasons, Archie Manning has stepped down Monday from the College Football Playoff Committee that was designed to select the four teams in the 2014 NCAA Playoff, the first in collegiate football.

"It is an honor to serve on this committee, and I enjoy the group and was looking forward to the opportunity ahead," Manning said. "My health had to be my primary concern and I intend to be up and about as soon as possible."

The 65-year-old underwent knee replacement surgery earlier this year and has begun to experience some discomfort while walking. Manning is scheduled to have another procedure done in the next month and will be unable to attend the committee's meetings.

Now a 12-member group, the committee will release its first rankings on Oct. 28. Should a 6-6 deadlock vote occur for the top two teams in the playoff, the group will continue to discuss and re-vote until a member changes their mind. There is currently no option where the committee's chair can break a tie.

With the departure of Manning, the committee has placed Mike Tranghese to work with the Mountain West Conference while Steve Weiberg will assist with the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Aldon Smith Could Have Suspension Reduced

Aldon Smith Could Have Suspension Reduced

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- San Francisco 49er Aldon Smith could be returning sooner than later, according to a league source that confirmed Monday the linebacker's suspension may be reduced for good behavior.

Smith was initially suspended nine-games prior to the start of the season for violating the NFL's personal conduct and substance abuse policies. The suspension is set to be lifted on Nov. 10, following San Francisco's game against the New Orleans Saints.

However, a league source confirmed a report that the penalty may be reduced by one or two games. That means the linebacker could return prior to San Fran's matchup with the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 3. The 49ers have a bye-week in Week 8 and a Week 9 return would only improve a linebacking core that has been hampered with injuries and suspensions.

In order for the suspension to be reduced, Smith must maintain his good behavior. Under the terms of the suspension, the four-year veteran has been allowed at the team facilities for meetings and conditioning but has not been allowed to practice.

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Second Quarter Outburst Lifts Steelers Past Houston

Second Quarter Outburst Lifts Steelers Past Houston

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers scored 24 points in the second quarter, including three touchdowns in less than 90 seconds, to pick up a 30-23 win over the Houston Texans on Monday night. It was the 16th straight victory for the Steelers on Monday Night Football.

Trailing 13-0 halfway through the second quarter, the Steelers (4-3) got on the board with a Shaun Suisham field goal at the 3:08 mark. Less than two minutes later, Ben Roethlisberger found Martavis Bryant for a 35-yard touchdown pass that brought Pittsburgh within three at 13-10.

What happened next changed the course of the game. Two plays after the touchdown, Houston's Arian Foster fumbled deep in his own territory to give the Steelers perfect field possession. Wide receiver Antonio Brown then delivered a three-yard pass to Lance Moore on a reverse, putting Pittsburgh ahead 17-13. Things only escalated for the Texans (3-4) when Ryan Fitzpatrick's pass was tipped an intercepted on the very next play.

That set-up another scoring drive for Pittsburgh, capped off by a Roethlisberger two-yard strike to Le'Veon Ball, making it a 24-13 ball game at halftime.

"You stand on the sidelines long enough, you will see explosions such as that," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "It was good to be on the good side of it."

The Steelers only mustered a pair of second-half field goals and had to hold off a late rally by the Texans. Houston pulled within a touchdown when Fitzpatrick and Foster connected for a touchdown pass with 1:31 remaining in regulation. However, the ensuing onside kick was recovered by Pittsburgh, who ran out the clock.

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Bills Score in Final Seconds, Defeat Vikings

Bills Score in Final Seconds, Defeat Vikings

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- Sammy Watkins caught a game-winning touchdown pass from Kyle Orton with one second left on the clock as the Buffalo Bills (4-3) snuck past the Minnesota Vikings (2-5), 17-16 on Sunday. 

Orton, a 10-year veteran, led an 80-yard drive in the final quarter to cap off an improbable victory for the Bills who turned the ball over four times. Buffalo also lost a pair of running backs in C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson to injury.

That did not deter the quarterback who overcame a lost fumble and interception of his own. The rookie Watkins finished the day with nine catches for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Orton kept the drive alive by converting a fourth-and-20 with a 24-yard pass to Scott Chandler. Two plays later, he found Watkins to convert on third-and-12.

"Any time you get a chance to go on a game-winning drive, it's awesome," Orton said. "We hung in there, made some mistakes, but in the end we got the win, and that was our goal."

The Vikings led 13-10 at halftime on a pair of Blair Walsh field goals sandwiched around a Cordarelle Patterson touchdown catch. The lead ballooned to six on Walsh's third field goal of the game in the fourth quarter after Minnesota had a first-and-goal on the seven.

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