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Amari Cooper will make his Dallas Cowboys debut on Monday night leaving fantasy owners with questions on what to do with the wide receiver in their lineup. The answer to whether you should start or sit Cooper depends on your roster situation.

Under normal circumstances, you would keep Cooper on your bench as you see how the Cowboys will utilize him in the offense. With so many teams on bye in Week 9, you may not have that luxury. Cooper is in the WR3 territory for this week, so if you have more stable options go with them.

All is not lost if you need to start Cooper as the Cowboys are expected to utilize him right away. Dallas gave up a first round pick to trade for Cooper showing just how much they wanted to snag the wide receiver from the Raiders.

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Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan noted the team does not plan to ease Cooper into the gameplan. Cooper will start for the Cowboys against the Titans.

“He’s going to be starting at wide receiver and playing a significant amount of snaps,” Linehan told Dallas News. “How many those are we’ll determine that a little bit more the day before the game. We’re not really easing him into the situation. He’s got a pretty big workload and we’ll just keep an eye on him and see where he is and how much he plays in some situations. Right now there is no limit with what we do with him.”

With Cooper, it is not just a question of workload, but there is also the issue of getting familiar with a new offense. Cooper and Dak Prescott will be trying to get their timing down on the fly. It does help the Cowboys are coming off a bye week, so the wide receiver has had a little bit more time to try to get up to speed with the offense.

Prior to the Cowboys, Cooper has had a disappointing fantasy season with just two fantasy-relevant games. Cooper’s lack of production has a lot to do with the dysfunctional Raiders offense, and his long-term value should go up as he immediately becomes the Cowboys WR1. Cooper had eight receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown in Week 5. He had 10 receptions for 116 yards in Week 2.

“The quick twitch,” Prescott told the USA Today. “The quick twitch and then that transition to the explosiveness he has. He’s a guy on the line, his releases, you just kind of shake your head like, ‘Dang.’…He’s a quick-twitch guy who has a lot to offer. He’s a threat. You can throw him a slant, a quick screen or whatever and he can turn that into a home run. I’m excited to get out there in the live action.”

Cooper is a WR3 for this week, but should be a WR2 for the rest of the season. If you are in a pinch, it is okay to start Cooper, but if you have more stable options you would be wise to start them for Week 9. Be sure to check out my top starts and sits for Week 9.

New England Patriots vs Green Bay Packers

New England Patriots vs Green Bay Packers: Prediction, preview, time, how to watch, stream, stats to know for ‘Sunday Night Football’

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Any time two of the greatest players in NFL history square off in a primetime game, it’s something that demands attention. That’s exactly what’s happening this Sunday night as Tom Brady and the Patriots host Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Sunday Night Football.

Brady and Rodgers won’t actually be on the field at the same time, of course, but watching them each try to solve the opponent’s defense on the same field on the same night should be a treat. We only get to see this happen once every four years, after all. (Which is a shame, by the way.)

The fortunes of the two quarterbacks’ teams seem to be headed in different directions this season, as the Patriots have once again reasserted their dominance in the AFC East after a slow start, while the Packers have been up and down all year and have stumbled with losses in two of their past three games. There have been rumors of discord between Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy, and the Packers just traded away a contributor on each side of the ball. Meanwhile, Bill Belichick and company have barely been at full strength all year and just keep winning.

What will happen Sunday night (8:20 p.m., NBC, Stream on FUBOTV)? We’re glad you asked.

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Green Bay’s defense is an interesting study. The Packers thus far rank strongly in yards allowed per game (12th), but check in about average in points allowed per game (17th) and solidly below-average in efficiency (20th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA). Considering the Packers just traded one of the NFL’s best safeties (Ha Ha Clinton-Dix), it would be reasonable to expect them to drop off in certain areas over the rest of the season. That drop-off may very well begin on Sunday night, as the Patriots happen to be well-equipped to attack the Packers where they are most vulnerable.

For years Tom Brady’s No. 1 passing game option, volume-wise, has been slot receiver Julian Edelman. Edelman sat out all of last season with a torn ACL but during the four prior campaigns he averaged at least 6 catches and at least 66 receiving yards per game. Though suspended for the first four weeks of this season due to a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, Edelman has picked up right where he left off, averaging 6.3 catches for 62.8 yards per game during his first four contests while once again operating primarily out of the slot. And wouldn’t you know it, the slot is one of the weakest areas of the Packers’ defense. On the year, according to Sports Info Solutions, players lined up in the slot have caught 66 passes for 951 yards and nine touchdowns against the Packers. They’ve allowed a 113.9 passer rating on throws to slot wideouts, per SIS, which ranks 24th in the NFL.

Green Bay’s overall pass defense is most vulnerable over the middle of the field, between the numbers. It has allowed 76 completions on 116 attempts, for 963 yards, 10 touchdowns, and two interceptions on throws over the middle, per SIS. That works out to a 112.8 passer rating against — second-worst in the NFL ahead of only the Buccaneers. The Pats love their quick-breaking routes from Edelman and running back James White that isolate linebackers, safeties, and slot corners in space, and when Brady can fire quick and low over the middle where nobody can catch it except for his short, quick pass-catchers, it is almost impossible to defend. The Packers have been strong in the passing game against running backs and tight ends this season, but again, they just traded Clinton-Dix, who played a big role in that. It’s reasonable to expect that the Pats will have more success throwing to James White and Rob Gronkowski than previous opponents did throwing to their backs and tight ends.

Where things could get interesting on Sunday is in the running game and in the perimeter passing game matchups.

The Patriots had been running the ball extremely well for a while, but Sony Michel’sinjury put a crimp in their style and they had almost no success on the ground against the Bills last week. With only White and Kenjon Barner at running back, the Pats actually turned to Cordarrelle Patterson for the majority of their carries against Buffalo, and that strategy was not exactly successful. The Packers don’t necessarily have a dreadful run defense, but they have been somewhat vulnerable on the ground, allowing 4.4 yards per carry. They’ve also allowed a ton of rushing yards in their past two games, allowing the 49ers and Rams to gain 309 yards combined. If the Pats do not have Michel, however, it’s difficult to see them finding much success with the run. (Michel has been practicing on a limited basis throughout this week and is expected to be listed as questionable.)

They view White more as an extension of the run game with his ability to snag short passes and make hay after the catch, but they rarely hand him the ball. They clearly don’t trust Barner, who received just two carries last week despite being one of only two active running backs. And Patterson is not a running back. They need Michel in order to access that aspect of their offense.

On the perimeter, the Packers may have found a real star in cornerback Jaire Alexander, for whom they traded up after initially trading down in the first round of the 2018 draft. A stud at Louisville with great athleticism (eighth among all 2018 corners in SPARQ, with an athleticism grade in the 92nd percentile), Alexander has emerged as a potential shutdown option, and is coming off arguably his best game of the season. Alexander has limited quarterbacks to a 72.3 passer rating on throws in his direction and kept up with the extremely hard to cover Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods last week. It’s possible he travels with Josh Gordon this week, hoping to stop New England’s premier outside receiver from making an impact on the game.

When the Packers have the ball

Last week, it appeared the Packers finally discovered that Aaron Jones is the best running back on their team. After trading Ty Montgomery following his disastrous fumble that cost them a chance to mount a game-winning drive, Jones and Jamaal Williams are now the only game left in town for the Green Bay backfield. The coaching staff still clearly trusts Williams more as a pass-blocker and perhaps pass-catcher, but would be wise this week to lean on Jones against a New England defense that is extremely fundamentally sound and rarely misses tackles. The Pats have had only 17 tackles broken on rush attempts this season, per SIS, giving them the lowest broken-tackle rate in football. Jones, meanwhile, has forced 14 missed tackles on only 44 rush attempts, while Williams has forced only seven on 63 attempts.

Being able to get the run game going and avoid poor down-and-distance situations for Rodgers is important against a defense that has been vulnerable on third downs. The Pats have allowed opponents to convert 43 percent of their third-down opportunities, 26th in the NFL. The Pats have forced more third-and-long situations than almost any team in the NFL, however, and have allowed conversions on only 28 percent of third downs with six or more yards to go (68 of the 105 third down plays against New England have needed six or more yards for a first.) Conversely, opposing teams are 26 of 37 on third downs with five or fewer yards to go against the Pats. That 70.3 percent conversion rate is the second-worst in the NFL, ahead of only the Bengals.

When Rodgers goes to the air, he has a plethora of targets from which to choose these days. In the first game the Packers have played in a while with all of their wideouts healthy, Davante Adams was still the leading man, but Geronimo Allison, Randall Cobb, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling all worked as essentially equal parts of a No. 2/3 time-share. The same arrangement should be expected to continue on Sunday night against the Pats.

Adams will presumably see a whole lot of Stephon Gilmore, who has taken his game to new heights during his second season in New England. The former Bills corner was up and down last year but has allowed a passer rating of just 64.7 on throws in his direction this year, 26th among 140 players who have been targeted in coverage 20 times or more. Of course, Adams has also dealt with shadow coverage this season from players like Xavier Rhodes, Tre’Davious White, Darius Slay, and Marcus Peters, and he has had huge days against pretty much all of them. Rodgers trusts him as much as any quarterback trusts any receiver in football, and he is unafraid to fire the ball into a small window and bet that Adams will use his body as a shield and either come down with the ball or ensure that the corner cannot. Adams himself has exploded over the past three games for 24 catches, 405 yards, and three touchdowns, an average line of 8-135-1 with a 69 percent catch rate.

If and when Rodgers sees Adams lined up across from a non-Gilmore corner, he should just fire the ball his way every time. Eric Rowe is now out for the year with a groin injury, elevating former special-teamer Jonathan Jones to a full-time starting role. Jones has largely been fine this year overall, but Adams has a major size advantage over him that he does not have against the larger Gilmore. Considering the types of throws Rodgers tends to go to Adams with (slants, fades, digs, etc.), the size advantage should help him see success in that matchup.

Whether Allison, Cobb, Valdes-Scantling, and tight end Jimmy Graham can make a strong impact will likely depend on how Belichick and company game-plan for the Packers. Belichick loves shutting down versatile tight ends like Graham who can make plays downfield over the middle, but doing so requires devoting extra resources to places they might not normally be, and that can open up the slot for Cobb or some deeper, double-move type plays for Allison or Valdes-Scantling. The Packers being able to hit on those routes depends on them providing Rodgers with good protection so that he can hang back in the pocket and wait for them to develop.

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It is always a highly anticipated matchup when two of the best quarterbacks in NFL history have the privilege of playing a regular season game against one another. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (6-2) host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (3-3-1) in Foxboro, Mass on Sunday Night Football as Week 9 action continues.

The game is scheduled to start at 8:20 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on NBC. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:

FuboTV

NBC (live in 31 NFL markets) is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 85 total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.

Hulu With Live TV:

In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including NBC (live in 31 NFL markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.

If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).

Sling TV

NBC (live in 12 NFL markets) is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.

NBC Sports Live

Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the NBC Sports Live website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the NBC Sports app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your FuboTV, Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the NBC Sports digital platforms.

If you’re fine watching games on-demand, another option is NFL Game Pass Domestic, which allows you to watch replays of every NFL game for a fee of $99.99 for the season. No live games are available under this service, but you’ll be able to watch them following the conclusion of games for the day.

Once signed up, you can watch games on-demand on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices.

If you’re not in the United States, surrounding territories, or Mexico, you can watch NFL games live via NFL Game Pass International. The cost of the package depends on which country you’re in.

Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices.

Luckily for the Patriots, the AFC East is bad again. Their (what seems like a) stranglehold on the division grew again with a 25-6 road victory against the Buffalo Bills in Week 8. Even more lucky, most of New England’s skill-position group, already banged-up and thin, has gotten off fairly easy the past several weeks. They have even more question marks heading into Week 9.

Wide receivers Julian Edelman (ankle), Josh Gordon (hamstring), All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back), and 2018 first-round pick running back Sony Michel (knee) all drew the dreaded “questionable” tag for Sunday night. Of those four, only Michel is a real threat to not play against Green Bay. Edelman and Gronk always seem to play through a medical issue, whether minor or slightly below-major, and last week was no different.

The wild card is Gordon, who reportedly has started reverting back to his tardy ways that made it easy for the dysfunctional Cleveland Browns to send him packing to New England for a measly fifth-round pick. If Gordon’s slide is for real, Bill Belichick and the coaching staff will probably have no qualms about not playing Gordon at all.

The Packers held tough for four quarters before ultimately falling to the Rams in Los Angeles last week, thanks in large part to a fumble on a kickoff by Ty Montgomery — who the front office shipped to Baltimore for a seventh-round pick before the trade deadline this past week. The Packers used a mix of Aaron Jones (86 yards, touchdown, 7.2 yards per carry) and Rodgers in order to try and close the gap in time of possession against one of the league’s best offenses.

The Packers offense remains thin around Rodgers, which means Jones is in line for even more touches following last week’s promising performance. Geronimo Allison (hamstring, groin) has once again been ruled out and Randall Cobb (hamstring; four receptions, 40 yards vs. Los Angeles in Week 8) is still fluttering around as the third option in three-receiver sets.

Green Bay is still right in the NFC North mix despite a pedestrian 3-3-1 record. A loss here will likely put them 1.5 games behind the Chicago Bears or Minnesota Vikings for first place.

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It is always a highly anticipated matchup when two of the best quarterbacks in NFL history have the privilege of playing a regular season game against one another. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (6-2) host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (3-3-1) in Foxboro, Mass on Sunday Night Football as Week 9 action continues.

The game is scheduled to start at 8:20 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on NBC. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:

FuboTV

NBC (live in 31 NFL markets) is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 85 total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.

Hulu With Live TV:

In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including NBC (live in 31 NFL markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.

If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).

Sling TV

NBC (live in 12 NFL markets) is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.

NBC Sports Live

Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the NBC Sports Live website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the NBC Sports app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your FuboTV, Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the NBC Sports digital platforms.

If you’re fine watching games on-demand, another option is NFL Game Pass Domestic, which allows you to watch replays of every NFL game for a fee of $99.99 for the season. No live games are available under this service, but you’ll be able to watch them following the conclusion of games for the day.

Once signed up, you can watch games on-demand on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices.

If you’re not in the United States, surrounding territories, or Mexico, you can watch NFL games live via NFL Game Pass International. The cost of the package depends on which country you’re in.

Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices.

Luckily for the Patriots, the AFC East is bad again. Their (what seems like a) stranglehold on the division grew again with a 25-6 road victory against the Buffalo Bills in Week 8. Even more lucky, most of New England’s skill-position group, already banged-up and thin, has gotten off fairly easy the past several weeks. They have even more question marks heading into Week 9.

Wide receivers Julian Edelman (ankle), Josh Gordon (hamstring), All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back), and 2018 first-round pick running back Sony Michel (knee) all drew the dreaded “questionable” tag for Sunday night. Of those four, only Michel is a real threat to not play against Green Bay. Edelman and Gronk always seem to play through a medical issue, whether minor or slightly below-major, and last week was no different.

The wild card is Gordon, who reportedly has started reverting back to his tardy ways that made it easy for the dysfunctional Cleveland Browns to send him packing to New England for a measly fifth-round pick. If Gordon’s slide is for real, Bill Belichick and the coaching staff will probably have no qualms about not playing Gordon at all.

The Packers held tough for four quarters before ultimately falling to the Rams in Los Angeles last week, thanks in large part to a fumble on a kickoff by Ty Montgomery — who the front office shipped to Baltimore for a seventh-round pick before the trade deadline this past week. The Packers used a mix of Aaron Jones (86 yards, touchdown, 7.2 yards per carry) and Rodgers in order to try and close the gap in time of possession against one of the league’s best offenses.

The Packers offense remains thin around Rodgers, which means Jones is in line for even more touches following last week’s promising performance. Geronimo Allison (hamstring, groin) has once again been ruled out and Randall Cobb (hamstring; four receptions, 40 yards vs. Los Angeles in Week 8) is still fluttering around as the third option in three-receiver sets.

Green Bay is still right in the NFC North mix despite a pedestrian 3-3-1 record. A loss here will likely put them 1.5 games behind the Chicago Bears or Minnesota Vikings for first place.

Rams vs Saints

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The two best teams in the NFC clash in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome when Jared Goff leads the undefeated Los Angeles Rams (8-0) against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints (6-1) in a matchup of MVP candidates and nearly identical scoring offenses (33 for the Rams vs. 33.4 for the Saints) as Week 9 action continues on Sunday afternoon.

The game is scheduled to start at 4:25 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Fox in select areas (coverage map here). If the game is on in your market and you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:

FuboTV

Fox (live in all 32 NFL markets) is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 85 total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.

Hulu With Live TV:

In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including Fox (live in all 32 NFL markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.

If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).

Sling TV

Fox (live in 17 NFL markets) is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.

Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Fox Sports Go website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Fox Sports Go app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your FuboTV, Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the Fox digital platforms.

SundayTicket.TV allows you to watch a live stream of games that are out of your market and aren’t nationally televised. The service is available for people who live in residences that can’t get satellite (apartments, condos, etc.), as well as residents of San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City. You can check here to see if you’re eligible.

Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Sunday Ticket website, or you can watch on your phone, tablet or other streaming device via the NFL Sunday Ticket app, which is free to download on many different devices.

If you’re fine watching games on-demand, another option is NFL Game Pass Domestic, which allows you to watch replays of every NFL game for a fee of $99.99 for the season. No live games are available under this service, but you’ll be able to watch them following the conclusion of games for the day.

Once signed up, you can watch games on-demand on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices.

If you’re not in the United States, surrounding territories, or Mexico, you can watch NFL games live via NFL Game Pass International. The cost of the package depends on which country you’re in.

Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices

The Rams are led by All-Pro running back and MVP candidate Todd Gurley. Gurley has already assured most fantasy owners a playoff berth this season, but Gurley is flirting with historic touchdown levels; he is on pace to tie LaDainian Tomlinson’s NFL record for touchdowns (31) in a season, set in 2006 — when Tomlinson won MVP. Gurley, hilariously, refused to score against the Green Bay Packers last week, a score that might ultimately cost him the record.

On offense, Los Angeles will be operating at almost full capacity as well. Goff’s favorite target wide receiver Cooper Kupp (knee) was removed from the injury report and will play on Sunday.

General manager Les Snead also added pass rusher Dante Fowler Jr. in a trade deadline deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Rams gave up a 2019 third-round pick and 2020 fifth-round pick for a player who has recorded only two sacks and hasn’t start this season. Still, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, a defensive linemen guru, will have another toy to play with.

New Orleans’ 30-20 win in Minnesota against the Vikings last week was both a sweet serving dish of revenge and an eye-opening game. It’s obvious, at this point, the Saints are the No. 2 team in the NFC pecking order behind the Rams.

It wasn’t all good, though. 2018 first-round pick defensive end Marcus Davenport sustained a toe injury, and it was revealed this week he will reportedly miss multiple weeks. Davenport’s play has been vital to the Saints’ success, as they will have difficulty defending up front without him.

Brees, after a disastrous opening-season loss, has led the Saints to six consecutive wins since. He has thrown for 1,990 yards, 14 touchdowns and just one interception, while adding two rushing touchdowns — each in the same game, including the game-winner in overtime against the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 23.

After flirting with limited practices this week, Michael Thomas (shoulder) and running back Alvin Kamara (illness) were full participants on Thursday and Friday respectively. Kamara and Thomas will both be good to go against the Rams in Week 9.

Seahawks vs Chargers

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In a matchup of two of the NFL’s better quarterbacks right now, Philip Rivers leads the Los Angeles Chargers (5-2) into CenturyLink Field to take on Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks (4-3) as Week 9 action continues on Sunday afternoon.

The game is scheduled to start at 4:05 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on CBS in select areas (coverage map here). If the game is on in your market and you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:

Once you’re signed up for both Amazon Prime and the CBS channel, you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Amazon website, or you can watch on your tablet or streaming device via the Amazon Video app.

FuboTV

CBS (live in 28 NFL markets) is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 85 total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.

Hulu With Live TV:

In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including CBS (live in 29 NFL markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.

If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).

SundayTicket.TV allows you to watch a live stream of games that are out of your market and aren’t nationally televised. The service is available for people who live in residences that can’t get satellite (apartments, condos, etc.), as well as residents of San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City. You can check here to see if you’re eligible.

Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Sunday Ticket website, or you can watch on your phone, tablet or other streaming device via the NFL Sunday Ticket app, which is free to download on many different devices.

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After dropping the first games of the season on the road, the Seahawks have since rebounded with four wins in their past five games. Wilson is playing at a hair-below MVP level, although he — and a rejuvenated running game — have been the keys to Seattle’s success.

The Seahawks front office selected running back Rashad Penny in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but 2017 seventh-round pick Chris Carson has proven too good to ignore. Carson has received the bulk of the work in the backfield this season, accumulating 457 yards on 4.4 yards per carry, breaking 100 yards in three of Seattle’s past four games. Carson is questionable with a hip injury for Sunday, but is closer to a game-time decision.

Rivers is also playing like a candidate for MVP, but with players like Brady, Mahomes and Brees in the mix, it is hard to breakthrough. Still, the 36-year old is enjoying one of his finest, most under-the-radar seasons of his career. A major part of Rivers’ success is the reliance on the rushing attack. Running back Melvin Gordon (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 9, but is reportedly expected to play.

Los Angeles has won four consecutive games heading into Sunday, despite not having All-Pro defensive end Joey Bosa (foot) in the lineup. Bosa’s timetable keeps getting pushed back, wbut an easier slate (Denver twice, Oakland, Arizona) by strength of schedule should keep LA afloat entering December.

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Texans vs Broncos odds, line: Picks, predictions from computer model on 68-43 roll

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While most NFL trades had little, if any, impact on game lines, the 4:05 p.m. ET Sunday kickoff between the Broncos and Texans is the exception. Receiver Demaryius Thomas switched sidelines after the Texans gave up a fourth-round pick to the Broncos, bringing in the veteran receiver to help fill the void left after Will Fuller was lost to a torn ACL. Denver was a three-point favorite before the deal, but that line went all the way down to a pick’em after the trade. Now, it’s Denver -1 in the latest Broncos vs. Texans odds, with an Over-Under of 46. Reports say Thomas will start on Sunday, but how effective he’ll be in a new offense remains to be seen. That’s why you’ll want to check out the Broncos vs. Texans picks and projections from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times. In a straight-up, pick’em format, their proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and 2017, performing better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

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The model was a blistering 13-1 straight-up last week. Additionally, it was a strong 6-0 on all top-rated picks in Week 8, including nailing the Redskins (-1) over the Giants and the Seahawks (+3) vs. the Lions. That perfect mark in Week 8 improved its overall run to 68-43 on all top-rated picks. Anybody who has been following these picks is way, way up.

For Texans vs. Broncos, we can tell you the model is leaning toward the Over, and it also has locked in a bold point-spread pick that hits in nearly 55 percent of simulations. You can only see that pick at SportsLine.

The model is calling for Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to shake off a foot injury and lead all Houston receivers with six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. But the simulations also point to a significant role for Thomas, who catches four passes for 50 yards in his Houston debut.

Thomas, a ninth-year pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection, gives quarterback Deshaun Watson another experienced target to team with Hopkins. That’ll help balance out a roster that is already 11th in the league in rushing yards per game (123), and top-10 in points allowed (20.9) this season.

However, don’t expect the Demaryius Thomas trade to make the cover a given for the Texans.

Courtland Sutton is expected to step up in his new role as the No. 2 wide receiver in the Mile High City. He’ll have a solid seven-catch, 84-yard day, according to the model. Those number are improvements over Thomas’ season average of 4.5 receptions for 50.25 yards per game.

Additionally, the Texans are just 3-5 against the spread this season and will be without rookie wide receiver Keke Coutee, who’s sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Who wins Broncos vs. Texans? And which side of the spread hits nearly 55 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on Sunday, all from the computer model that has returned nearly $4,000 to $100 bettors over the past two seasons.