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Special Monday 10-pack: Winners and losers in free agency

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Only six days ago, the free-agent market opened.  One of the biggest classes of veteran players, with some of the biggest names, landed on the market.

Apart from the Peyton chase, much of the dust has settled.

And so now we’re required by the laws of football analysis to tell you who won and who lost, even though we won’t really know the answer until they start playing games.

Which, you know, will feature winners and losers.

1. Winner:  Eagles.

Last year, with a compressed offseason and a new defensive coordinator who had been an offensive line coach for 14 prior seasons, the Eagles foolishly embarked on a spending spree, bringing in a bunch of big-name players and setting the stage for a Wonderlic pick-sixer blurting out the dreaded “Dream Team” label.

Apart from the challenge of getting a bunch of new employees on the same page quickly, the move surely caused some of the men already under contract to wonder why they weren’t getting a share of the free-agency windfall.

This year, the Eagles have focused on taking care of their own, which is a much better way to ensure that a true spirit of team will take over the locker room.

Perhaps most importantly, the Eagles have set the stage for receiver DeSean Jackson to turn back the clock to 2009, when he wasn’t concerned about staying healthy and/or getting paid.  The Eagles have addressed those concerns via a long-term deal that, in comparison to some of the too-heavy contracts given to lesser receivers and in light of Jackson’s rocky recent history, looks like a win-win.

Maybe that means “win” will be a more common term in the term’s vocabulary this season.

2.  Winner:  Packers.

G.M. Ted Thompson rarely makes a big splash in free agency.  The biggest exception came in 2006, when at the very public urging of quarterback Brett Favre the team signed cornerback Charles Woodson.

Other than that, the Packers under Thompson take a very conservative approach, building through the draft and using free agency on a limited basis, with low-cost talent addressing specific needs.

It’s not sexy this time of year.  But this isn’t the time of year when championships are won.  Unlike downtrodden organizations (such as the Packers themselves in 1993, when Reggie White chose Green Bay from a long list of suitors), the Packers don’t need to do anything to fire up the fan base or breathe life into the franchise.

It’s the right approach for this specific team.  The Packers have won, once again, by doing nothing.

3.  Winner:  Bills.

Speaking of downtrodden organizations, no team needed a big-ticket free agent like Mario Williams more than the Bills.  And they went all in, pulling out all the stops and persuading Williams to spend two nights in town and eventually getting the job done.

It gives Buffalo and the Bills a major boost, igniting intense local interest and legitimate national attention.  It also makes good football sense; defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt now has a player around whom the team’s new 4-3 defense can be built.

It wasn’t cheap, and it may prove to be a mistake.  But it was a risk the Bills needed to make if they ever hope to become relevant again.

4.  Winner:  Patriots.

At first, it looked like the Pats would follow the Pack’s “closed for business” approach to the early days of free agency.  But with needs at receiver, they’ve added a player in Brandon Lloyd who’ll have a far bigger impact than Chad Ochocinco (then again, the bar is low), and they’ve given Wes Welker a little cause for concern by landing a candidate to play slot receiver in Anthony Gonzalez.

They’ve also addressed an area of need on defense, adding the once-promising Trevor Scott to the rotation of recently underachieving pass rushers.

The Pats could still use a true deep threat to clear out all the underneath traffic.  But even if Lloyd is the biggest addition, the team that nearly won the Super Bowl in 2011 will be contending again in 2012.

5.  Winner:  Chiefs.

Yes, they were denied admission to the Peyton chase.  But let’s not forget that, despite all the dysfunction and key injuries of 2011, the Chiefs weren’t far away from winning the weakest division in the NFL.

Unlike most teams, the Chiefs found bargains even before the market softened, adding running back Peyton Hillis to a one-year, fire-under-butt-lighting $2.6 million contract, tight end Kevin Boss for three years and $9 million, right tackle Eric Winston, and backup quarterback Brady Quinn.

Hillis and Quinn played for offensive coordinator Brian Daboll in Cleveland, adding some familiarity to the new Romeo Crennel regime.  Winston addresses a key area of need, and Boss gives the Chiefs a second pass-catching tight end, which apparently is now a mandatory requirement for any team that hopes to be highly successful in the passing game.

Next up, don’t be surprised if Crennel lures another former Brown to Kansas City, with linebacker Kamerion Wimbley on the market.

6.  Loser:  Dolphins.

Peter King of SI.com chronicles a decade of bizarre personnel moves by the Dolphins, but the organization is now developing another troubling reputation:  anyone with options won’t opt for Miami.

It began last year with owner Stephen Ross clumsily pursuing coach Jim Harbaugh, which painted a vivid picture of disloyalty to coach Tony Sparano.  It continued in 2012 when Ross tried, and failed, to lure coach Jeff Fisher to town.  And it spread to the ranks of players in 2012, with Peyton Manning showing tepid interest at best in joining the team (even though some believed it was a done deal that he’d be a Dolphin).  Then, Matt Flynn’s decision to play for the Seahawks instead of former Packers coordinator/Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin did more than raise eyebrows — especially when followed by Steelers safety Ryan Clark proclaiming that “no one” wants to play for the Dolphins.

It’s possible that Philbin simply wasn’t all that interested in Flynn, and that Philbin knows  Flynn’s pair of high-end performances (one in 2010 and one in 2011) won’t translate to being an effective week-in, week-out starter, once opposing defenses have a chance to study enough of his film and figure him out.  If that’s the case, the Dolphins shouldn’t have even brought him to town for a visit.  By doing so, it creates the impression that they wanted him — and that yet again they failed to get their man.

Correct or not, there’s now a perception that no one of significant consequence wants to work for the Dolphins.  And the harder Ross tries to turn the page by making a “big splash,” the more likely it is that he’ll continue to swing the bat and hit himself in the face with it.

7.  Loser:  Saints.

With Bountygate lingering, the Saints had even more reason to work out a new, long-term deal with Drew Brees.  And yet the Saints continue to fail to find a middle ground with their franchise quarterback.

There’s a chance Brees simply wants too much.  But here’s the problem:  He deserves it.  The best NFL quarterback of the last six years, if he wants to max out his contract, then he should.

And as to the idea that he needs to leave some money behind so that the Saints can field a competitive team given the salary cap, here’s one important point:  It never stopped the Colts from being competitive when Peyton got every last dollar he could.

And while it’s good that the Saints kept receiver Marques Colston, they lost Robert Meachem.  And while it’s good that they lured Ben Grubbs away from Baltimore, the lost Carl Nicks.

More importantly, they’ve yet to do anything to address needs on defense, which could become even more significant once the suspensions come down.

8.  Loser:  Vikings.

Good teams can afford to sit on the sidelines in the early days of free agency.  The Vikings are not a good team.

With plenty of cap room and a tenuous stadium situation and a fan base that may choose to do things other than attend or watch Vikings games this season, the franchise needed to make a splash.  Not a Mario Williams cannonball; but something more significant than a John Carlson dog paddle.

It’s doesn’t mean the Vikings should go hog wild.  But they should have made it a priority to land one big-name player, even if it meant overpaying a little.

The offseason is about selling hope.  Teams like the Packers, Patriots, Giants, and Steelers can afford to do nothing in March; the hope is implied.  For teams that have fallen, March is an opportunity to prove that they’re at least trying to get up.

9.  Loser:  Ravens.

The Ravens had four players in the PFT Hot 100 free-agency list.  Three already have bolted for greener pastures:  defensive end Cory Redding, linebacker Jarret Johnson, and guard Ben Grubbs.

To make matters worse, guard Evan Mathis opted to stay with the Dream Team in lieu of joining a team that, on paper, seems to have a better chance of making its dreams come true.

Then there’s the lingering possibility that someone will make restricted free agent cornerback Lardarius Webb an offer the Ravens can’t afford to match.

Though there’s a long way to go before September, it’s hard not to think that, at least for now, the Ravens have faded a bit closer to the pack in the AFC.

10.  Loser:  Bengals.

By capping 2011 with an unlikely playoff berth, it can’t be said that Paul Brown Stadium routinely was less than full due to the fact that the team was bad.  Instead, the fan base is fed up with owner Mike Brown.

Even though the team is laying a solid foundation of youthful players, Bengals fans think it’s not because of Brown but in spite of him.  And with a huge cap surplus for 2012, the Bengals haven’t done much to persuade anyone that they’re willing to spend.

The good news is that, after several days of inaction, the Bengals have gone bargain shopping, adding offensive lineman Travelle Wharton and defensive back Jason Allen.  They also managed to keep free-agent safety Reggie Nelson, who had attracted an offer from the Jets.

But this is the one playoff team that needed to at least chase a marquee free agent.  They didn’t have to land the guy.  Mike Brown simply needed to show that he’s willing to move from the nickel slot machines over to the no-limit poker table.

The Bengals may once again be competitive in 2012.  The fans won’t embrace the franchise they way they should, however, until they see large chunks of their money being reinvested in players who can help the team compete for a championship.

11.  Loser/Winner:  Redskins.

I know.  I said there would be only 10 winners and losers.  But I didn’t say anything about the team that lands in both categories.

The $36 million in unexpected cap charges for treated the uncapped year too literally makes the Redskins losers.  Their refusal to shrug their shoulders when they did nothing wrong makes them winners.

Their ability to still find a way to spend money makes them winners.  Their decision to give so much money to the likes of Pierre Garçon and Josh Morgan makes them losers.

Their willingness to move up to No. 2 and get the franchise’s first true franchise quarterback since Sammy Baugh possibly will make them winners.  Mortgaging the future by giving up three first-round draft picks and a second-round pick possibly will make them losers.

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Bills keep making big plays, blowing out the Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) is sacked by Buffalo Bills outside linebackers Jerry Hughes (55) and Lorenzo Alexander during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) AP

Clearly it was all Greg Roman’s fault.

After firing their former offensive coordinator last week, the Bills are coming up with big plays on defensive and special teams as well, blowing the doors off the Cardinals.

A high snap on a Cardinals field goal attempt was recovered by Bills safety Aaron Williams and returned for a touchdown, giving Buffalo a 30-7 lead.

They’ve kept the clamps on the Cardinals offense all day, holding Arizona to 86 yards in the first half and taking advantage of their mistakes at opportune times.

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Brandon Marshall in lineup for Jets in Kansas City

ORCHARD PARK, NY - JANUARY 03:   Brandon Marshall #15 of the New York Jets celebrates a touchdown catch against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) Getty Images

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall had more than a week to recover from the knee injury he suffered against the Bills in Week Two, which may have helped him wind up on the right side of a questionable tag this Sunday.

Marshall is active for the Jets as they face the Chiefs in a matchup of 1-1 teams. How much Marshall will be able to do on a bad wheel remains to be seen, especially since he said he wasn’t feeling quite himself as the practice week came to an end.

“I’m not where I want to be,” Marshall said. “I’ve just got to make sure I’m not hurting the team when I’m out there.”

Third-round linebacker Jordan Jenkins is active for the first time for the Jets. Linebacker David Harris is active after being listed as questionable with a shoulder injury, but things went the other way for Erin Henderson as he deals with a foot problem.

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg, quarterback Bryce Petty, running back Troymaine Pope, cornerback Darryl Roberts, linebacker Mike Catapano and tackle Brandon Shell are also inactive. Offensive lineman Jah Reid, offensive lineman Parker Ehinger, linebacker Sam Barrington, quarterback Tyler Bray, running back Jamaal Charles, wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas and cornerback Kenneth Acker are inactive for the home team.

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Titans show a little life in second half

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota passes against the Oakland Raiders in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) AP

Tennessee is without tight end Delanie Walker today because of a hamstring injury, and it looked like their offense didn’t know what to do without him.

But after a faltering first half, they answered with an impressive touchdown drive to cut the Raiders’ lead to 17-10.

Running back DeMarco Murray scored his first rushing touchdown for the Titans, to cap a seven-play, 93-yard touchdown drive.

It was a welcome reprieve for an offense which turned it over twice (a fumble and an interception by Marcus Mariota) and was just flat in the first half, as they forced the Raiders to burn a couple of timeouts.

The Raiders also have to worry about line injuries cropping up again, as Menelik Watson was ruled out for the rest of the game with a leg injury. The Raiders have had plenty of injuries up front, and now they have a game on their hands.

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Dolphins grab lead back on Landry touchdown

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The Dolphins have taken the lead back, 17-13, on a 42-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to Jarvis Landry.

Tannehill had been struggling since throwing an early touchdown pass to DeVante Parker. He threw an interception in the second quarter than Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun returned for a touchdown.

New Browns kicker Cody Parkey missed his second field goal of the game on the series prior to the Landry touchdown.

The Browns have continued to have Terrelle Pryor take snaps at quarterback to take pressure off of rookie quarterback Cody Kessler. Pryor has also caught five passes for 70 yards in the game’s first 40 minutes.

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Kirk Cousins holds ball too long, Giants hold onto lead

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins carries the ball against the Dallas Cowboys in the third quarter at FedExField on September 18, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Giants were up 21-9 at one point in the first half, but a DeSean Jackson touchdown catch and a strong drive following Shane Vereen’s second fumble in as many weeks left the Redskins with a chance to take a halftime lead.

At the very least, they were in position to cut the Giants lead to two points, but they remained down 21-16 at the whistle after a mental blunder by quarterback Kirk Cousins. Cousins took a snap with six seconds left on the clock and the half ended with him being stripped of the ball on a sack by Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

Cousins recovered the ball, but it did the team no good after he failed to throw the ball away and preserve the field goal opportunity. Some may choose to add some blame to coach Jay Gruden for not choosing to kick the field goal and guarantee some points with the ball coming their way to start the third quarter.

When the third quarter does start, the Redskins will be dealing with several injuries. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland went out with an ankle injury early in the first quarter and safety DeAngelo Hall joined him after a knee injury late in the second. Hall’s injury came after the two minute warning, so it also cost the Redskins a timeout they could have used before Cousins’ fumble.

The secondary will be stretched thin, which is an issue as they’ve had a hard time covering rookie Sterling Shepard on Sunday. Odell Beckham has two catches for 44 yards and Josh Norman nearly picked off another pass in his direction during a fireworks-free matchup between the two players.

The Redskins also saw wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who has three catches for 84 yards and touchdown, leave with knee and ankle injuries in the second quarter. He was limited by both injuries during the practice week as well. The Giants have fewer injury issues, although rookie corner Eli Apple is done for the day with a hamstring injury.

UPDATE 2:55 p.m. ET: Jackson returned to start the second half.

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Emmanuel Sanders puts Broncos up before half

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25:  Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos breaks a tackle by Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on September 25, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders admitted to some frustrated by his lack of opportunities in the first two weeks of the season, but said it was hard to get too upset when the team had wins both weeks.

Their chances of getting a third straight victory are being helped by Sanders in Cincinnati on Sunday. Sanders scored his second touchdown of the game on a seven-yard pass from Trevor Siemian with 28 seconds to play in the half to put the Broncos up 16-14. They took that lead to the halftime after Brandon McManus‘ extra point was blocked and the Bengals opted to take a knee.

Sanders was targeted 11 times overall in the first half and scored a 41-yard touchdown earlier in the proceedings. He has seven catches for 89 yards, which represents a healthy number of the 171 total yards that Denver had in the first 30 minutes.

The Bengals defense had a few shots to pick off Siemian, but couldn’t come away with any of them. The only turnover of the half came when Adam Jones fumbled on a punt return just before Sanders’ first touchdown of the afternoon. It looked like Jones’ knee might have been down before the ball came loose, but the call on the field was upheld after a review.

That turnover looms large because the Bengals offense has been good when Jeremy Hill and ineffective under other circumstances. Hill has 85 yards on 11 carries and the team’s two touchdowns of the day, but the rest of the group only managed 81 yards in the first two quarters.

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Jaguars’ penalty gives Ravens another shot

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Justin Tucker missed a 57-yard field goal as the first half expired, but Dante Fowler of the Jaguars was flagged 15 yards for hurdling a blocker.

Tucker made the second kick, giving the Ravens a 13-7 lead.

It’s been ugly as both offenses have struggled to sustain drives. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is 18-of-22 passing for 141 yards and opened the scoring with the Ravens’ first rushing touchdown of the season.

Blake Bortles is 10-of-19 for 78 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Allen Robinson.

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Vikings’ special teams chips in with a touchdown

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The Vikings’ offense can’t do much of anything. But they trail only by two points.

A 54-yard punt return from Marcus Sherels for a touchdown narrowed the gap to 10-8. The gap stayed at 10-8 after kicker Blair Walsh shanked the extra point.

It may be even harder for the Minnesota to score in the second half; guard Alex Boone has been carted off with a hip injury.

The Vikings have 35 net yards in the first half.

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Tempers flaring on Redskins defense, but DeSean Jackson keeps them close

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The Redskins offense had to settle for field goals on their first three drives, but their defense hasn’t been able to have the same effect on the Giants offense.

Orleans Darkwa ran for a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give the Giants a 21-9 lead at MetLife Stadium. After the score, FOX cameras caught defensive lineman Chris Baker yelling at defensive coordinator Joe Barry on his way off the field. Barry turned to return something in Baker’s direction as teammates pushed Baker away from the coach.

The Darkwa touchdown was set up by an 18-yard completion to wide receiver Sterling Shepard that came after Eli Manning called for a quick snap with the Redskins trying to get a 12th player off the field. Trent Murphy was also flagged for roughing Manning on the play, which added 15 yards to Shepard’s gain.

Washington found the end zone for the first time two plays later as Kirk Cousins hit DeSean Jackson for a 44-yard touchdown. Jackson gained 31 yards on the previous play as the Redskins offense finally found the big plays they were missing for the first 25 minutes of the game. It’s 21-16 with 3:35 to play in the first half.

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Raiders with early lead over Titans

Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray (28) gets away from Tennessee Titans cornerback Cody Riggs (24) as Murray runs 22 yards for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) AP

The Raiders did what you’re supposed to do after a turnover, throwing straight into the opponents’ end zone.

But even though a Derek Carr touchdown on the play after a Titans fumble was called back for a holding penalty, the Raiders were still able to take advantage of the Marcus Mariota turnover to pad their lead.

They’re up 10-3 on the Titans in the second quarter, on a 22-yard touchdown run by Latavius Murray and a 52-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski.

Other than the turnover, the Titans are playing them fairly evenly, but the Raiders have shown more ability to create yardage in chunks.

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Defensive touchdown gives Browns the lead

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 03:  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins in action during the first half of the game against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) Getty Images

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is struggling against the depleted Browns defense, and that defense delivered a touchdown.

Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun returned an interception 27 yards to put the Browns up 10-7. Boddy-Calhoun is a rookie the Browns claimed via waivers earlier this month.

Two Browns defenders were closing in on Tannehill as he released the interception and it appeared his arm may have been hit by Tyrone Holmes.

The Browns have used Terrelle Pryor at both quarterback and wide receiver in an effort to keep the Dolphins guessing and take pressure off of rookie quarterback Cody Kessler, who’s making his first NFL start.

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Broncos take 10-7 lead after Adam Jones fumble

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11:  Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals returns the kickoff against the New York Jets during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium on September 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the New York Jets 23-22.  (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Bengals defense did a good job of stopping the Broncos at the end of the first quarter, but a special teams miscue has helped them lose an early lead at home.

Adam Jones fumbled on a hit by Broncos linebacker Zaire Anderson while returning a punt after the defense forced a three-and-out and Shiloh Keo recovered to give Denver the ball in Cincinnati territory. Trevor Siemian hit Emmanuel Sanders for a 41-yard touchdown a few plays later for the first Broncos touchdown of the day and a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter.

Sanders’ score came with Jones in coverage, so it wasn’t the best stretch for the Bengals cornerback. On the negative side for the Broncos, left tackle Russell Okung left with a back injury. Michael Schofield is at left tackle while Ty Sambrailo plays on the right with Donald Stephenson ruled out before the game due to a calf injury.

The Bengals grabbed an early lead on a three-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Hill that he set up with a 50-yard sprint through the Broncos defense. Hill was quiet in the first two weeks of the season, but has 76 yards on eight carries so far on Sunday.

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Cardinals keep up their trend of slow starts on offense

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) is pressured by Buffalo Bills linebacker Lerentee McCray (56) during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) AP

The Cardinals have deferred to the second quarter, if not the second half, all season.

They trail the Bills 10-0 at the end of the first, their third straight first quarter without a point this season.

The Bills outgained them 142-2 in first quarter yards, with a 24-yard touchdown run by LeSean McCoy padding their early lead.

Quarterback Carson Palmer is 1-of-9 passing for 3 yards so far.

Granted, the Cards scored 24 in the second quarter last week, en route to a 40-7 win over the Buccaneers. So it’s probably too soon to panic. Wait, who are we kidding? It’s never too early to panic.

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Vikings notch a safety

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter celebrates as he scores a touchdown on a 24-yard run after a fumble recovery against the Tennessee Titans in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The Vikings won 25-16. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) AP

The Vikings have scored, but not because of their offense.

A sack of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the end zone by defensive end Danielle Hunter gave the Vikings their first two points of the game.

FOX said it was the first Vikings safety since December 2001. However, as several of you have pointed out, the Vikings got two points when Dan Orlovsky ran out of the end zone in 2008.

The play came two snaps after a 20-yard run by Panthers running back Cameron Artis-Payne was wiped out by a holding call.

Minnesota offense is still trying to chip in with 3, 6, 7, or 8 points, as the Vikings trail 10-2.

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Flacco gets Ravens’ first rushing TD of season

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens throws a pass against the St. Louis Rams at M&T Bank Stadium on November 22, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco scrambled for a 7-yard touchdown for the game’s first score and a 7-0 lead over the Jaguars.

Neither quarterback is off to a hot passing start, but Flacco had key completions to Dennis Pitta and Steve Smith Sr. on what became an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive.

Flacco’s touchdown run was the Ravens’ first rushing touchdown of the season.

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has completed just two of his first seven passes.

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