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Patriots favored despite uncertainty at QB

No one knows who will start under center for the Patriots. but they're tough to beat at home. Tyrod Taylor had his worst rushing game last season against New England and he'll need to improve that for Buffalo to pull the upset. Our NFL Nation reporters make their picks. Week 4 predictions (Insider)

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Should the NFL be embarrassed if the Pats go 4-0 without Brady? (1:41)

Hunt for October: Where things stand

The Red Sox have clinched the AL East. They are tied in the loss column with the Indians for home-field advantage in the ALDS and are two games back of the Rangers for the best record in the AL and home-field advantage throughout the postseason. What's at stake this weekend

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills have declared Sammy Watkins as out for Sunday's game vs. New England. Rex Ryan says there is "major concern" over Watkins' availability moving forward this season.

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Garoppolo, Brissett warming up for practice (0:17)
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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots QBs Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and Jacoby Brissett (7) finish their warmup and jog to their next drill at practice. Media members didn't see any throwing during a limited peek at practice.

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Thursday's five longest homers

The Cardinals' Jedd Gyorko heads Thursday's list with a nearly 450-foot shot, the longest of his career at Busch Stadium.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

LeGarrette Blount is averaging 25 carries per game, so would Bill Belichick like to see that number reduced? "I'd like to see us win. That's what I'd like to see," Belichick answered Friday. "It's not about individual stats. It's about the team winning. That's what is important to me and that's what is important to the team."

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Woody finds it disrespectful saying Bills don't have a shot vs. Pats (1:27)
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Who has the more meaningful bromance?

Actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon fling insults at each other over which guy Tom Brady is better friends with (it's all part of a charity campaign for the fundraising group Omaze).

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Affleck, Damon fight over who's better friends with Brady (4:05)
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Mike & Mike: The AFC East race is over (1:22)
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Canada comes from behind to claim cup (1:04)
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Canada wins World Cup on Marchand's late goal

Canada scored two goals in the final 2:53 on Thursday night, capped by Brad Marchand's winner with 43.1 seconds left, to beat Team Europe 2-1 to win the World Cup of Hockey.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz said book of letters from past/present Yankees "blew my mind." He also was touched by the presence of Mariano Rivera, who he referred to as "one of my idols."

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Marchand wrists cup-winning goal (0:47)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Of all parting gifts David Ortiz got, Red Sox teammate Jackie Bradley Jr. was most impressed by book of letters from past/present Yankees. Bradley: "You could really tell that they put a lot of thought into that. I mean this in the most respectful way: It might not have been the most expensive gift he's gotten, but I felt like it meant the most. From my standpoint, there couldn't have been a more special gift than that. All those people that was in that book, and we only saw a few of the pages, I can only imagine."

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Yankees win Ortiz's last game in the Bronx (0:46)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ortiz on getting a mostly standing ovation at Yankee Stadium: "It seems like everybody was happy that I'm leaving."

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Red Sox skipper John Farrell said the Yankees' gift to David Ortiz -- a leather-bound book full of personal notes -- "might be the most meaningful" of the year. "A touch of class."

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