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Hot Button: Pats land Sanu … Darnold seeing ghosts … Lamp out for year

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PATS LAND SANU

Tuesday, 7:41 a.m.: Just a few hours after crushing the Jets on Monday Night Football, 33-0 (Hey, the Steelers notched a field goal at least), the Patriots added more firepower to their offense. Per Adam Schefter, the team completed a trade with the Falcons for wide receiver Mohamed Sanu in exchange for a second-round pick:

Seems like a steep price to pay for a 30-year-old player with just 33 catches for 313 yards and a single touchdown on the year. But the Patriots clearly like him, and, at 7-0, they can call the shots. Much like the Steelers going after Devin Bush and Minkah Fitzpatrick at full force, sometimes getting the guy you want at any cost proves worthwhile. -- Hunter 

DARNOLD SEEING GHOSTS

Tuesday, 7:15 a.m.: Sam Darnold didn't have the best game on Monday night against the Patriots. The Jets lost, 33-0, and Darnold went 11 for 32 for 86 yards and four interceptions. But that might not even be the worst part. Darnold was mic'd up for the game, and the whole world got to hear him admit this:

Rattled. -- Hunter 

CONLEY TO TEXANS 

Monday, 4:17 p.m.: Raiders 2017 first-round pick Gareon Conley is headed to the Texans in exchange for a third-round pick. In six games in 2019, Conley has one interception and two passes defended, running his career totals to four and 18 in those categories, respectively. Adding a layer of intrigue to this move, the Raiders play the Texans Sunday, Oct. 27, in Houston. -- Hunter 

BUCS' BECKNER SUSPENDED

Monday, 4:11 p.m.: Buccaneers defensive tackle Terry Buckner, a 2019 seventh-round pick, has been suspended for four games without pay:

Beckner, 22, has not appeared in a game this season for the Buccaneers and was on the team's practice squad prior to the suspension. -- Hunter 

LAMP OUT FOR YEAR 

Monday, 4:08 p.m.: Chargers offensive lineman Forrest Lamp is out for the year with a broken ankle, per Ian Rapoport. While Lamp may not be a household name, Steelers fans may remember him for this quote following the Steelers' Week 6 win over the Chargers in Los Angeles:

“We’re used to not having any fans here," Lamp said. "It does suck, though, when they’re playing their music in the fourth quarter. We’re the ones at home. I don’t know who’s in charge of that but they probably should be fired.”

Lamp, of course, was referring to this classic moment late in the game: -- Hunter 

ALLEN STILL STARTING

Monday, 4:04 p.m.: With Cam Newton still not practicing for the Panthers, the Kyle Allen show rolls on for Week 8. Monday, Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera told reporters Allen would get the start vs. the 49ers, his fifth of the season. Allen is 5-0 as an NFL starter (1-0 in 2018 and 4-0 thus far in 2019), throwing for 901 yards and seven touchdowns against zero interceptions in Newton's absence this year. -- Hunter

HUNT CLEARED TO RETURN

Monday, 2:21 p.m.: Browns' running back Kareem Hunt was permitted by the NFL to start practicing with the Browns Monday. He is eligible to return to the field in week 10 once he completes his eight game suspension for violating the NFL personal-conduct policy. Hunt has not played in the NFL since last November, when TMZ released a video of him shoving and kicking a woman in Cleveland hotel. That incident occurred in February, 2018. -- Alex

SABATHIA HANGS IT UP

Monday, 2:13 p.m.: CC Sabathia officially announced his retirement Monday afternoon, bringing his 19 seasons in the big leagues to a close. Sabathia had previously said 2019 would be his final season, and it was brought to a premature close after he separated his shoulder in game four of the ALCS. Since his debut in 2001, Sabathia lead the majors in wins (251), strikeouts (3,093), innings pitched (3,577.1) and games started (560). -- Alex

RAVENS CRUSH SEAHAWKS 

Sunday, 9:50 p.m.: The Seahawks didn't do the Steelers any favors against the Ravens. While the two teams entered halftime locked at 13, the Ravens took over in the second half, outscoring the Seahawks 17-3 and winning, 30-16, on the road to improve to 5-2 on the year.

Newly signed Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters made quite a splash in his debut with the team, picking off Russell Wilson (Wilson's first interception of the season) and taking it to the house for six:

Lamar Jackson, meanwhile, ran for 116 yards and a touchdown, while going 9 for 20 for 143 yards through the air. -- Hunter 

BENGALS FALL TO 0-7

Sunday, 4:27 p.m.: If it's Sunday, then the Bengals have lost. Which they did, 27-17, to the Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium. Will they win a game at all? Maybe. They do get the 0-6 Dolphins down the road. -- DK

ASTROS TAKE PENNANT

Sunday, 12:33 a.m.: Jose Altuve's two-run, ninth-inning walkoff home run off Aroldis Chapman won Game 6 for the Astros over the Yankees, 6-4, and sent Houston to the World Series. Not to mention sending Minute Maid Park into delirium:

What's almost as wonderful for the Astros is that they now can face the Nationals with Gerrit Cole starting Game 1 and as many as two more. Had they lost this one, Cole would've been summoned for Game 7 of the ALCS. -- DK

PENN STATE SURVIVES

Saturday, 11:25 p.m.: No. 7 Penn State jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first half and held on to take down No. 16 Michigan, 28-21. Sean Clifford paced the Nittany Lions with 182 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air as well as a touchdown on the ground. For the Wolverines, it was running back Zach Charbonnet who led the way with 81 yards and two touchdowns. Penn State heads to Michigan State next weekend for a 3:30 p.m. game. - Prugar

MORE THAN FOOTBALL

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Minnesota holder Casey O'Brien has beaten cancer four times. Today, he got his first career hold in their rout of Rutgers. It's another one of those moments that makes you realize there are many things more important than football. - Prugar

SOONERS BOOM WVU

Saturday, 5:10 p.m: Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts paced the Sooners with five total touchdowns en route to a 52-14 rout of West Virginia Saturday afternoon. Hurts threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 75 yards and two more touchdowns. For the Mountaineers, quarterback Austin Kendall and wide receiver T.J. Simmons hooked up twice for touchdowns. It wasn't a perfect day for the Sooners as their Sooner Schooner hit the turf hard prior to kickoff. - Prugar


BILLIE JEAN KING

Saturday, 2:25 p.m.: Is there anything that Billie Jean King can't do? -- Taylor

PITT SURVIVES SYRACUSE

Saturday, 12:30 a.m.: Kenny Pickett threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns as Pitt outlasted a comeback from ACC foe Syracuse to win 27-20 Friday night. It was A.J. Davis who led the way in the backfield with 16 carries for 103 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers moved to 5-2 with the victory and currently sit second in the ACC Coastal Division standings. Pitt will host Miami for a noon kickoff next Saturday. - Prugar

 

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