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Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Darius Leonard (53) celebrates a sack of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) by DeForest Buckner (99) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


New York Jets' Sam Darnold, center, hands off to Frank Gore, left, as San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) closes in during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)


Minnesota Vikings' Alexander Mattison (25) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts' Darius Leonard (53) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)


New York Jets running back Frank Gore is tackled during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)


Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich watches the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. The Bills won 27-17. (AP Photo/John Munson)


New York Jets head coach Adam Gase yells instructions during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts used the offseason to beef up their defense.

They traded for Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner. They moved defensive tackle Denico Autry to defensive end. They signed Pro Bowl cornerback Xavier Rhodes.

After two games, a franchise known for winning shootouts suddenly has the league's top-ranked defense. Hey, it's a promising start.

''Nobody cares if you're the top defense Week 1, Week 2, Week 3. Nobody gives a care,'' Pro Bowl linebacker Darius Leonard said. ''But when you get to Week 15, Week 16, that's when everybody's talking about who has the No. 1 defense. So we've got to go out and maintain that (ranking).''

Facing the league's lowest-ranked offense Sunday could help Indy (1-1) stay on top a little longer.

Coming off a game in which the Colts picked off three passes, recorded three sacks and held Minnesota to 175 total yards, the fewest in six years, they will try to build momentum against the New York Jets (0-2) with up to 7,500 fans in attendance.

What's gone wrong for the Jets?

They have the fewest yards per game (265.5) in the league, their only first-half points have come on two field goals and they're 27th in third-down conversions (36%).

And this week, they could be without receivers Breshad Perriman (ankle) and Jamison Crowder (hamstring), too.

But they're not giving in.

''We have to stay together,'' said Frank Gore, who spent three seasons in Indy and is the No. 3 rusher in NFL history. ''When we get opportunities to make a play, we need to make a play. I feel like I could have played better and done things to help this team early on. Everybody has to look at each other and know that. Each man has to do better for this team.''

Meanwhile, they're facing a foe that prefers to grind it out and play keep away on offense, and allowing its defense to do what it does best.

''That's the No. 1 goal each week, to stop the run and make the quarterback beat us with his arm,'' Leonard said. ''And let our defense be great.''

INDIANAPOLIS JETS

Gore isn't the only Jets player returning to Indy this weekend.

He's one of eight players on the active roster who suited up for the Colts. The others are offensive lineman Josh Andrews, defensive end Henry Anderson, linebacker Tarell Basham, safety Matthias Farley and cornerbacks Quincy Wilson, Nate Hairston and Pierre Desir.

Cornerback Arthur Maulet and long snapper Thomas Hennessy also spent time with Indy, and Jets assistant general manager Rex Hogan was the Colts' vice president of player personnel in 2017-18.

Colts coach Frank Reich said he'll make some minor adjustments.

Just don't expect to hear much about grudges.

''For me, it's about going and trying to get on track,'' Desir said. ''I want to do everything I can to help the team. We're working every day and as a defense, fixing the things that need to be fixed.''

THE TRADE

The pre-draft deal between Indianapolis and the Jets in 2018 had a major impact on both teams.

New York used the No. 3 overall selection on quarterback Sam Darnold.

By sliding back three spots and acquiring two extra second-round picks from the Jets in 2018 and another in 2019, general manager Chris Ballard found some key cogs.

Indy used the Jets' picks on two-time All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson and right tackle Braden Smith in 2018, then selected starting cornerback Rock Ya-Sin in 2019. They dealt the Jets' other second-rounder in 2018 to Philadelphia, swapping spots while acquiring an extra fifth-rounder. Ballard used those picks on defensive end Kemoko Turay and running back Jordan Wilkins.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Jets coach Adam Gase is already facing outside criticism for the team's lackluster game-day performances and now some defensive players are concerned about practices, too.

After last week's loss, safety Bradley McDougald said players - particularly the defense - need to show more intensity in practice, an assertion supported by linebacker Avery Williamson. McDougald reiterated his point this week, but clarified that he wasn't criticizing the coaches. Instead, he wants teammates to improve their focus.

''I think if we go down the line and ask that question to anybody on this team, I think everybody would agree,'' McDougald said. ''We've had slow practices, we've had down practices, and that is players moving slow, or players not making the plays that we're expected to be able to make.''

MILE MARKER

Colts quarterback Philip Rivers could celebrate a handful of major milestones this weekend.

The eight-time Pro Bowler needs five completions to pass Hall of Famer Dan Marino (4,967) for No. 5 on the NFL's career list, one touchdown pass and 152 yards passing to become the sixth player in league history with 400 TDs and 60,000 yards. He also needs one more win to break a tie with Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (124) for No. 8 all-time.

Player Notes
Deebo Samuel Oct 25 7:00pm ET

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel injured his left hamstring during the game against the New England Patriots, and has been ruled out for the game. Initially it was thought to be a potential knee injury, but there seems to be a sense of relief that he injured his hamstring instead. Additional injury updates will be provided as further information is known about the extent of the injury.

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Kareem Hunt Oct 25 7:00pm ET

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt carried the ball 18 times for 76 yards and added 26 yards and a touchdown on three receptions in a 37-34 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7. It was another solid outing for Hunt, who now has three rushing touchdowns and four receiving scores in seven games this season. Established as a rock-solid RB1 in fantasy for as long as Nick Chubb is sidelined by a knee injury, Hunt has benefited from playing for one of the most run-heavy offenses in the league. He will take on the Las Vegas Raiders at home in Week 8.

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Jeff Wilson Oct 25 6:50pm ET

San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. was forced to leave the game against the New England Patriots with a leg/ankle injury. Wilson had just scored his third touchdown of the day, and was in the midst of a career game, but was noticeably injured on the play and had issues standing up on his own. He had to be carted to the locker room, and will be evaluated further, but it certainly seems like he's done for the day and it also didn't look like a minor injury. Stay tuned for further updates.

From RotoBaller

Baker Mayfield Oct 25 6:50pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 22 of 28 passes for 297 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception in a 37-34 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7. Mayfield's five touchdown passes sets a new career-high, beating his previous best of four TD tosses which he did back in Week 12 of the 2018 season. Even more impressive, he did so without star wideout Odell Beckham Jr. for almost the entire game after Beckham was injured on the second offensive play of the game for Cleveland. Mayfield found rookie tight end Harrison Bryant for scores twice, Kareem Hunt once, and Donovan Peoples-Jones for the game-winning score with 15 seconds left in the game. Mayfield shoots back up to the high-end QB2 ranks after his big game. He now has 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions through seven games. He will face the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 8.

From RotoBaller

Deonte Harris Oct 25 6:40pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Deonte Harris hauled in four of five targets for 44 receiving yards, including his first career receiving score. Harris' score was crucial, as it came with just seconds left in the first half, giving New Orleans a 21-17 lead heading into the locker room. The dynamic return man flashed some receiving ability at Division II Assumption University, so he's certainly capable if the Saints need some more receiving work out of him. With Emmanuel Sanders (COVID-19) out, Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) up in the air, and Marquez Callaway (ankle) banged up- Harris could be worth a look on the waiver wire in deep leagues.

From RotoBaller

Phillip Lindsay Oct 25 6:30pm ET

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (head) will not return to Sunday's matchup against the Chiefs. On a snowy, sloppy day in the Mile-High City, the 26-year-old suffered a concussion shortly before the end of the first half. Before his departure, he had nine attempts for 79 yards. Melvin Gordon, who also has nine carries, will likely serve as the featured back for the remainder of the contest. With more news to come, possibly sometime on Monday, fantasy managers will want to monitor this situation ahead of Denver's Week 8 against the Chargers.

From RotoBaller

Tre'Quan Smith Oct 25 6:20pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith was targeted just four times but caught all four, totaling 56 receiving yards in a win over the Panthers. It wasn't the volume fantasy managers were hoping for from Smith, as he took a backseat to undrafted rookie Marquez Callaway (ankle). However, Smith really could be the lone wolf in the receiving room next week, especially if Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring), Emmanuel Sanders (COVID-19), and Callaway are all out for a Week 8 matchup against the Bears.

From RotoBaller

Cole Holcomb Oct 25 6:10pm ET

The Washington Football Team defense had another good game against a banged-up offense as they dominated the Andy Dalton-led Cowboys. Dallas was playing without several starters on the offensive line and Washington took advantage as they sacked Dalton six times with one sack leading to a safety. Cole Holcomb led the charge for Washington with an interception and a sack from the middle linebacker position. In all, Washington allowed three points, recorded six sacks, a safety, and an interception on a great day for fantasy managers. The Football Team will have a bye in Week 8 but have another juicy matchup versus the Giants in Week 9 where they will be a startable unit in fantasy.

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A.J. Green Oct 25 6:10pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green had seven catches (13 targets) for 82 yards during the loss to the Browns on Sunday. The veteran recorded another convincing performance against Cleveland while combining for 15 receptions (24 targets) over the team's previous two contests. Although fantasy managers may not see this type of production against the Titans in Week 8, he could have some more favorable outings over Cincy's remaining nine games, especially if Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd continue to open things up for him.

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Marquez Callaway Oct 25 6:10pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marquez Callaway caught eight of 10 targets for 75 receiving yards in a 27-24 victory over Carolina. Callaway led the team in targets in the absences of both Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) and Emmanuel Sanders (COVID-19). Somewhat quietly, the 22-year old rookie has compiled 16 targets over his last two contests. With Sanders definitely out and Thomas's status looking murky, Callaway makes for an interesting waiver add. He did sustain an ankle injury and had to be helped off the field to the locker room. If Callaway's ankle isn't anything serious, fantasy managers should consider him as a streaming option against Chicago.

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Dallas Cowboys Oct 25 6:10pm ET

The Dallas Cowboys Defense didn't fare well in Week 7 despite being matched up against a Washington Football Team that was allowing the third most fantasy points to opposing fantasy defenses. The Cowboys defense allowed 23 points, recording two sacks but no turnovers. The Cowboys will take on the Eagles in the battle of bad NFC East defenses next week, where they will not be a recommended fantasy option.

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Tee Higgins Oct 25 6:10pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins caught all five of his targets to finish with 71 yards and a touchdown against the Browns on Sunday. The rookie now has three touchdowns on the year, finding the end zone for the first time since Week 3 against the Eagles. With Joe Burrow leading a pass-heavy attack for Cincy, Higgins may continue to benefit, especially with Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green drawing the attention needed to open things up for him over the remaining nine games of his inaugural season.

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Tyler Boyd Oct 25 6:00pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd caught 11 of his 13 targets to finish the Week 7 matchup against the Browns with 101 yards and a score. After fizzling out against the Colts last Sunday, the 25-year-old recorded one of his most convincing performances of the 2020 campaign. Boyd has now logged at least eight targets in five of Cincy's seven contests and should continue to benefit from the stellar play of rookie signal-caller Joe Burrow. However, things may get difficult for the former Pittsburgh Panther in Week 8 against the Titans, with Tennessee looking to rebound after suffering its first defeat of the year against the Steelers.

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Greg Zuerlein Oct 25 6:00pm ET

Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein attempted a field goal in Week 7, and it was good for the only three points the Cowboys scored in an ugly 25-3 loss to the Washington Football Team. Zuerlein made his kick from 45 yards out and was never on the field on offense again. The Dallas offense is in total shambles, possibly moving Zuerlein out of the top-15 fantasy kickers going forward. He should continue to be solid, but may not get enough opportunities to score significant fantasy points.

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Michael Gallup Oct 25 5:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup came up empty in a rough Week 7 loss. Gallup was targeted twice but couldn't come down with either pass, ending up with a blank box score and zero fantasy points. Gallup was working as a field stretcher with Dak Prescott around, but now with Andy Dalton and possibly Ben DiNucci throwing the ball for the Cowboys, Gallup seems much more likely to hit the "bust" part of his boom-or-bust fantasy outlook.

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Logan Thomas Oct 25 5:50pm ET

Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas caught all four of his targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in a Week 7 win over the Cowboys. Thomas played second-fiddle to Terry McLaurin in the passing game as no other Washington player had more than two targets. Thomas made them count catching several big passes to move the chains while finding the end zone for the third time this season. Thomas has had an up-and-down season but is getting enough weekly targets to be considered a borderline starter in 12-team fantasy leagues. He'll be a touchdown-dependant starter in his next matchup in Week 9 versus the Giants.

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Giovani Bernard Oct 25 5:50pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard racked up 37 yards off 13 carries during the heartbreaking loss to the Cleveland Browns. He also added five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. The veteran filled in admirably for Joe Mixon (foot), who is considered week-to-week after being injured during the Week 6 encounter with the Colts. At this point, the 28-year-old has likely found a home on fantasy rosters. However, if he is still floating around the waiver wire, managers should pick him up before it's too late, especially if Mixon cannot suit up against the Titans in Week 8. Although Bernard isn't the most efficient runner, he should continue to benefit from the team's pass-heavy offense.

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Latavius Murray Oct 25 5:50pm ET

New Orleans Saints running back Latavius Murray posted 56 scrimmage yards on 12 total touches in a victory over the Panthers. Murray's 4.3 yards per carry were a bit skewed, as he picked up 25 yards on one run and just 22 yards on the other 10 carries. Still, the opportunity Murray is getting is encouraging for those who have him rostered, as the coaching staff clearly trusts him. It bears repeating, but if something were to happen to Alvin Kamara, Murray would be an easy start as an RB1.

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Terry McLaurin Oct 25 5:40pm ET

Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin posted a 7-90-1 line versus the Cowboys to help lead Washington to a win over their division rival. The sophomore receiver was a huge part of the game plan against a bad Dallas secondary as McLaurin was targeted 11 times, his fourth game this season with double-digit targets. It could have been an even bigger game for McLaurin but he came up inches short of the goal line on his first catch of the game. He made up for it a couple of drives later as he torched Trevon Diggs for a 52-yard score. McLaurin doesn't operate in the NFL's most electrifying offense, but his combination of skill and target-floor make him one of the best WR options in fantasy. He'll have another solid matchup with the Giants in Week 9 after the bye.

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Alvin Kamara Oct 25 5:40pm ET

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara carried the ball 14 times for 83 rushing yards and caught all eight targets for 65 receiving yards in a 27-24 win. The 83 rushing yards tied a season-high for Kamara, as the running room was easy to find against Carolina's ground defense. Amazingly, the star halfback has exceeded 100 scrimmage yards in every game but one- and he ended up with two scores in that contest to salvage his day. There might be no better player to roster in fantasy football right now, so managers should keep riding the Kamara wave into a Week 8 contest against a Bears Defense that can be had on the ground.

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