Antonio Brown is set to join Tom Brady at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after reportedly agreeing to a one-year deal.

Brown, 32, is suspended until Week 9 of this season after "multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy".

The seven-time Pro Bowler was released by the New England Patriots in September last year amid sexual assault allegations he denied.

Multiple teams were linked with Brown, but ESPN reported on Friday that the wide receiver had agreed a one-year deal with the Buccaneers.

The report said Brown was likely to make his Buccaneers debut against the New Orleans Saints in Week 9.

Brown starred during nine seasons with the Steelers before being traded by Pittsburgh in early 2019.

In 131 regular-season games, Brown has 11,263 receiving yards and 75 touchdowns.

Brown has scored 10 or more touchdowns in four seasons, including 15 in 2018.

Led by Brady, the Buccaneers hold a 4-2 record this season and top the NFC South.

Jimmy Garoppolo spoke of his appreciation for New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick ahead of his first game against his old team.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback was traded away by New England almost three years ago in a move that prompted debate despite Tom Brady being entrenched as the starter.

Garoppolo will take on the Patriots for the first time since that move on Sunday as his 3-3 Niners travel to Foxborough to face a team now led by Cam Newton.

Despite only starting two games due to the presence of Brady, Garoppolo remembers his spell with the Patriots (2-3), which included two Super Bowl wins, fondly.

"It set me up for everything here, made the transition a lot easier," he said about his time under Belichick.

"Initially I could remember the first OTAs and training camp. It was rough going from college to the NFL. That is why when you see these guys who come in and start right away, it is impressive.

"It is an exciting week. I get to go back to where it all started for my NFL career. I feel like I have come a long way, so I cannot wait for Sunday."

Asked about Belichick, Garoppolo added: "He was just very honest.

"Really never beat around the bush. He is very black and white with everything they did. That is kind of how I am. I really appreciate that from him.

"Whether it was my first day there or when I got traded, he always shot me straight and when you are talking about just man to man, that is all you could really ask for at the end of the day."

Garoppolo won his first five starts with the Niners in 2017 and after the following season was curtailed by a knee injury in Week 3, he led the team to last year's Super Bowl with a 13-3 record.

But that late Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and a disappointing start to 2020, not helped by an ankle injury, has Garoppolo under the spotlight ahead of the Pats game.

While he bounced back with three passing touchdowns in the Week 6 win over the Los Angeles Rams, his 63.6 per cent completion percentage is 6.2 per cent below expectation, per the NFL's NextGen stats. 

That is 35th out of 38 qualifying QBs this year, a metric he was ninth in last season with a positive rate of 1.7 per cent above expectation.

Still, apart from a forgettable two-interception first-half showing in a loss to the Miami Dolphins that saw him taken out of the game, he has not thrown a pick. 

"The tough game our whole team had versus Miami with him getting taken out there in that game – yes, it was tough, but the way he came into work on Monday, you could not tell," Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said.

"He is very mentally strong, that is one of the most impressive things about Jimmy."

Ahead of their meeting, Belichick was similarly warm when reflecting about his time with Garoppolo.

"Everybody here had a lot of confidence in him," the Patriots coach said. "It is one of those situations where you are not able to keep all the players, based on the system that is set up, which is understandable. 

"I am glad that it has worked out for him and San Francisco. I hope it doesn't work out on Sunday.

"But otherwise, I am happy he has the opportunity to play for a great coach and a great organisation and play on a great team. He deserves that."

Two of the NFL's leading quarterbacks go head-to-head in Sunday's NFC West divisional match-up between the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks.

The 5-0 Seahawks are coming off a bye week and have QB Russell Wilson putting together an MVP year, although he has struggled against the Cardinals in the past.

Meanwhile, Kyler Murray is impressing in an Arizona team that beat Seattle when they last met in December 2019.

We use Stats Perform data to look at that game and the rest of the Week 7 slate.
 

FEATURE GAME

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals - Sunday, 8.20pm (all times Eastern)

- The Seahawks are 6-1 (.857) in games after a bye week since 2013, which is the best record in the NFL. The lone loss during this span came against the Cardinals in 2015 (39-32).

- Since 2018, Wilson is averaging 183.3 passing yards and has three passing touchdowns to one interception over four games against Arizona. Against all other opponents in this span, Wilson is averaging 252.3 passing yards and has an 82/14 TD-INT ratio (33 games).

- Murray completed a career-low nine passes in the win over the Cowboys, but still finished with 188 passing yards. The last player to rack up that many yards through the air on fewer than 10 completions was Brian Hoyer on October 12, 2014 (217 yards on eight completions versus Pittsburgh).

OTHER KEY GAMES

Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans - Sunday, 1pm

- This is just the sixth game in the Super Bowl era between two teams entering the game at 5-0 or better. Each of the previous five were won by a team that went on to make the Super Bowl (1973 Vikings, 2004 Patriots, 2007 Patriots twice, 2015 Broncos). Both franchises are 5-0 for the second time in their history. Pittsburgh started 7-0 in 1978 and went on to go 14-2 and win the Super Bowl, while Tennessee were 10-0 in 2008.

San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots - Sunday, 4.25pm

- Sunday's game will be played 6,566 days since the last time the Patriots took the field on or after October 1 with a sub-.500 record. This last occurred on November 3, 2002, when New England travelled to Buffalo to face – just as this week, with the 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo – a former Patriots QB. They defeated Drew Bledsoe and the Bills 38-7.

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos - Sunday, 4.25pm

- Patrick Mahomes is the third quarterback in NFL history to have at least 15 TD passes and no more than one interception over his team's first six games of a season, along with Aaron Rodgers in 2014 and Tom Brady in 2015.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders - Sunday, 4.05pm

- After going down 10-0 in the first quarter, Tampa Bay ripped off 38 unanswered points to defeat the Packers last week, the second-longest unanswered scoring run in franchise history. The longest came in a 41-0 win over Chicago back on September 10, 2000. Tampa Bay's defense held Green Bay QB Rodgers to a 35.4 passer rating in last week's win, the third-lowest of his career. The Buccaneers have now caused two of Rodgers' three career pick sixes after Jamel Dean took one to the house in the second quarter.

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams - Monday, 8.15pm

- The Bears improved to 5-1 with a 23-16 win over the Panthers in Week 6, their best start since going 5-1 in 2012. Chicago's average margin of victory is just 4.0 points this season compared to 19.4 points during the 2012 start.

ELSEWHERE...

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team - Sunday, 1pm

- Washington lost to the Giants 20-19 in the Meadowlands last week, their first one-point defeat since a 24-23 decision against the Cowboys in Week 16, 2013. Sunday was the eighth time since 2018 that Washington have had at least two fourth-down conversions, tied for third-most in the league (0-8 in those games).

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets - Sunday, 1pm

- The Jets are 0-6 for just the second time in franchise history after starting 0-6 in 1996 (finished 1-15). They rank last in scoring offense (12.5 PPG) and point differential (-18.3). That is their second-worst point differential through six games in franchise history ahead of the 1976 Jets (-20.3).

Carson Wentz showed all the qualities of a top quarterback in the Philadelphia Eagles' 22-21 comeback win over the New York Giants, according to coach Doug Pederson.

Philadelphia were on the brink of a fifth NFL defeat of the season in Thursday's contest as they trailed 21-10 with just over six minutes left to play at Lincoln Financial Field.

Wentz instigated the fightback for the injury-hit Eagles, leading a pair of touchdown drives in the fourth quarter and finishing 25-of-43 for 359 yards.

Pederson, who has resisted calls to bench Wentz this season, believes the 27-year-old is fast becoming one of the best around in his position.

"He's taking steps in the right direction to be one of the top quarterbacks in the league," Pederson said.

"Facing adversity down a couple of scores in the fourth quarter, he really hung in there. 

"It wasn't maybe on the stat sheet things looked good, but there were some throws, and there were some decisions I think he would want back. 

"But I'll tell you what, he's the leader of our team for a reason, and you saw that tonight, leading our team down there to get the two scores late in the game."

Brandon Graham sealed the victory by strip sacking Daniel Jones as the Eagles made it eight wins in a row against the Giants and moved into the driving seat in the NFC East.

Wentz, who missed a two-point conversion late on in Sunday's 30-28 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, was happy with the win a game in which his side were not always at their best.

"It was an ugly game," he told FOX Sports. "It was an ugly game, and we left a lot of points out there, lot of plays. 

"But to stay in it, keep believing and keep fighting, and pull it out, I'm proud of these guys.

"This was a huge one for us. It's obviously not been the start to the season that we're looking for. 

"But the NFC East is wide open, and we've got a lot of divisional games coming up, so this was a big one for us."

The Giants had not previously lost a game they had led by 11-plus points in the fourth quarter since going down 38-31 to the Eagles in December 2010.

Head coach Joe Judge is keen to move on from the remarkable collapse with the visit of Tampa Bay Buccaneers up next.

"The focus is not frustration," he said. "The focus is on correcting mistakes and moving forward and that's where we have to steer it as a team."

The Philadelphia Eagles completed an epic comeback in the final minute as the Carson Wentz-led team stunned the New York Giants 22-21.

With 40 seconds remaining and Philadelphia starring at a fifth defeat of the NFL season, Wentz threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to running back Boston Scott to lift the rallying Eagles – who trailed 21-10 with just over six minutes left to play on Thursday.

Wentz was the instigator for the injury-hit Eagles (2-4-1), leading a pair of touchdown drives in the fourth quarter as Philadelphia moved into the driver's seat in the NFC East.

Eagles quarterback Wentz finished 25-of-43 for 359 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Philadelphia, where the Eagles extended their winning streak over rivals the Giants (1-6) to eight games.

Brandon Graham sealed the victory by strip sacking Daniel Jones – who was 20-of-30 for 187 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and three sacks – forcing the Giants' third turnover of the game.

Jones made a dazzling 80-yard run – the longest by a quarterback in Giants history – but he tripped with no one around him and ended up eight yards short of the end zone. New York, though, managed a TD on that drive via Wayne Gallman.

The Eagles and Giants traded touchdowns in the opening quarter – Wentz' one-yard run cancelled out by Jones' 30-yard pass to former Philadelphia wide receiver Golden Tate.

A Jake Elliott field goal for the Eagles was all that separated the teams before New York took control – Gallman's third-quarter run giving the visitors a 14-10 lead.

Jones' second TD pass, this time finding Sterling Shepard, had the Giants in the box seat before Wentz inspired Philadelphia's late fightback.

Russell Wilson believes the Seattle Seahawks are a "great place" for Antonio Brown to grow as the star quarterback approved the team's interest in the free agent.

The Seahawks have been linked with All-Pro wide receiver Brown, who was released by the New England Patriots in September last year amid sexual assault allegations he has denied.

Brown – a seven-time Pro Bowler – has been banned for eight games due to "multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy".

Wilson was asked about Brown and he told reporters on Thursday: "Most of the conversations I've had with most his former team-mates and stuff like that said that he worked hard every day.

"He came ready and I think he had a bad year or two there that didn't go the way you want it to.

"I think that with our culture and how our culture is, with coach [Pete] Carroll, with the teammates that we have, the men that we have and the growth, I think, if he does play football, I think this is a great place. If he does play again, I think this is a place that he'll grow a lot as a man as well."

"I think Antonio definitely has taken those steps [in the right direction] and like I said, nobody's perfect," Wilson said. "From the conversations I've had with him, he's really been remorseful and just he's been humbled along the way. Like I said, I pray that he can continue to grow, just like anybody."

Having entered the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, Brown has amassed 11,263 receiving yards and caught 75 touchdowns in his career.

Brown only made one appearance for the Patriots, having been previously released by the Las Vegas Raiders, recording 56 yards and a touchdown.

Wilson, whose Seahawks are first in the NFC West with a perfect 5-0 record, added: "I think the reality about Antonio is he is one of the best players to play this game obviously.

"I think that he has always been a special player in terms of [on] the field. The reality with Antonio is, he's had some tough moments in his life, especially as of late. I think he's gone through a lot of things he wishes he could take back and do, and just not say, whatever it might be.

"But I think he is a special player, for sure. I don't know what's going to happen with him or not. I don't know how serious it is us getting him or not. But I do know that obviously he can play some football. I think that's the thing.

"I've developed a personal relationship with him, and not everybody is perfect. And I think that's the reality, none of us are. So hopefully he gets to play football again."

"I think we've been great all year," Wilson continued. "I think you're always trying to look to see how can we get better, how can we get better in every way."

The Baltimore Ravens have strengthened their defense by adding Yannick Ngakoue in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings.

Ngakoue had only arrived in Minnesota in August in a deal that saw a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round selection sent to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

However, the defensive end is on the move again after Minnesota confirmed he has been traded to Baltimore.

According to NFL sources, the Ravens have given up a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2022 to the Vikings, who have a 1-5 record this season.

Despite his team struggling, Ngakoue - who had requested to be traded away by the Jaguars in the offseason - had five sacks and two forced fumbles in six games.

The 25-year-old had reportedly accepted a pay cut to join the Vikings, signing a one-year contract worth $12million rather than play on his franchise tender offer worth $17.8m in Jacksonville.

Baltimore (5-1) are on a bye before returning to action in Week 8, hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers - their AFC North rivals - on November 1.

Kansas City Chiefs recruit Le'Veon Bell said he is excited about the opportunity to reinvent himself with the NFL Super Bowl champions.

Bell was cut by the New York Jets last week – less than halfway through the four-year, $52.5million contract he signed as a marquee free agent in 2019.

The three-time Pro Bowler and running back is now a member of the Chiefs after signing a one-year deal in Kansas City, where he will team up with former MVP and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes.

Bell is determined to return to his best, having averaged 3.3 yards per carry and four total touchdowns in 17 games for the Jets following his arrival at the end of 2018.

"I played at a high level for so long," Bell said on Wednesday. "I had two years [with the Jets] where it has not been a high level, and people kind of look at it like that.

"So I wanted to get here, get my feet back under me, get in a good offense, get the ball when I can [and] not have too much pressure on me, just play football.

"I think coming here will give me the opportunity to do that. There are a lot of [good] players. I don't necessarily have to worry about how many times I'm touching it."

After sitting out the 2018 season due to a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell moved to the Jets and struggled to reach his lofty heights.

Bell was reportedly unhappy about his usage in the Jets' offense and, following the 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5, liked tweets suggesting he be traded.

The All-Pro spent three weeks on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in the Jets' opening loss at the Buffalo Bills.

Bell added: "I never played with a player MVP-wise."

"It was just undeniable to try to come here to help this team any way I can help them out," Bell said. "When I decided to come here, I already knew the weapons, and there's only one football to kind of go around.

"I think there's going to be a lot of opportunity to kind of show what I can do in space, running routes. I think this offense is a good fit for my skill set. I think coach [Andy] Reid does a good job of getting backs the ball in space. I'm glad I've got this opportunity."

Bell has had over 1,200 rushing yards in three separate seasons, but the last of those was in 2017.

Since entering the league as the 48th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Bell has rushed for 6,199 yards and 38 touchdowns, while receiving for 3,160 yards and eight TDs.

Chiefs quarterback Mahomes – preparing for Sunday's clash against the Denver Broncos – said: "He's a mismatch coming out of the backfield. The way he's able to run routes, the way he's able to split out and basically be a receiver out there is pretty special.

"He's going to get a lot of matchups I don't think he's had recently with a lot of linebackers on him, and I'm sure he's pretty excited about that."

Ryan Fitzpatrick labelled the Miami Dolphins' decision to demote him and promote Tua Tagovailoa as their starting quarterback "heartbreaking", with the veteran questioning whether he has started his last game in the NFL.

The Dolphins have turned to Tagovailoa – the fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft – to start against the Los Angeles Rams following Miami's Week 7 bye on November 1.

Tagovailoa will lead the way, despite Fitzpatrick overseeing blow-out victories against the winless New York Jets (24-0) and San Francisco 49ers (43-17) and a 3-3 record in Miami.

Though his errors did not prove critical against a dismal Jets team, Fitzpatrick was underwhelming in Week 6 as he threw for 191 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Fitzpatrick's seven interceptions are the third-most in the NFL behind Minnesota Vikings signal-caller Kirk Cousins (10) and Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (nine). Fitzpatrick is 18th of 33 qualifying quarterbacks in adjusted net yards per attempt with 6.62.

The 37-year-old Fitzpatrick was always seen as the placeholder for Tagovailoa but the much-travelled quarterback – who has spent time with the Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers – told reporters on Wednesday: "I was shocked by it. It definitely caught me off guard. It was a hard thing for me to hear yesterday, just kind of digesting the news. My heart just hurt all day. It was heartbreaking for me.

"[Head coach Brian Flores] Flo kind of said what he said and said what he said to you guys as well, and that's the decision and the direction that the organisation is going in.

"Obviously we've talked in the past, me and you guys, about how I'm the placeholder and this eventually was going to happen.

"It was just a matter of kind of when, not if. It still just ... it broke my heart yesterday. It's a tough thing for me to hear and to now have to deal with, but I'm going to do my best with it."

Fitzpatrick added: "There was a lot of stuff going through my mind yesterday, just from a personal standpoint, not necessarily with the team. Is this it? Like, was that my last game as an NFL player in terms of being the starter and going out there and playing?

"I've been a starter, I've been benched all kinds of different ways, but this one just really more so than any of them ... this organisation and what we've been through the last year and a half, this was kind of the first place other than Buffalo where I just felt fully committed and invested and felt like it was my team.

"To have that, I think that's a lot of the reason why I just ... my heart was so heavy yesterday. But that's the direction that the organisation and I've just got to accept it."

Tagovailoa threw for 7,442 yards, 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in a storied career with Alabama that saw him replace Jalen Hurts for the second half of the National Championship game at the end of the 2017 season and lead them to a dramatic overtime win over Georgia.

Michael Thomas was listed as a limited participant in practice as the New Orleans Saints prepare for their Week 7 clash with the Carolina Panthers.

All-Pro wide receiver Thomas has not featured for the Saints this season since their opening win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

A high ankle sprain kept Thomas on the sidelines and, though he was fully recovered for the Week 5 meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers, he did not play in the overtime win because of an altercation with a team-mate at practice.

Coming off their Week 6 bye, the Saints listed Thomas as being limited because of ankle and hamstring injuries.

It is unclear whether he will be ready for the visit of the Panthers to provide a boost for an unconvincing Saints offense.

The Saints are 3-2 after squeaking past the Chargers, with Thomas' four-game absence keenly felt.

He led the NFL in receiving yards in 2019 with 1,725, averaging 107.8 per game.

This season, running back Alvin Kamara is the Saints' leading receiver averaging 79 yards per game. Veteran Emmanuel Sanders, with whom quarterback Drew Brees has taken time to establish a rapport, is next with 304 yards at a rate of 60.8 per game. 

The 2020 NFL season is approaching its midway point, and it is becoming ever more clear which teams are likely to be in the mix for the postseason and which will almost certainly be watching the postseason from home.

From a fantasy perspective, there is plenty of evidence to guide managers regarding what players and teams they can rely on in their quest for glory.

By the same token, it should now be obvious which defenses have significant weaknesses and can be exploited by astute fantasy managers who pay attention to matchups.

Here we pick four players and a defense who have favourable matchups in the upcoming round of games and merit starter consideration for Week 7.

QB: Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are not an easy team to watch nor do they have the players to put Burrow, the first overall pick in the draft, in a position to succeed.

However, regardless of the on-field results, Burrow and the Bengals have typically been good for passing yardage. Burrow already has four 300-yard games to his name as a pro and his best performance of his young career came in Week 2 against this week's opponents, the Cleveland Browns.

Burrow threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions in that meeting and, with last week's loss to the Indianapolis Colts providing signs of a burgeoning rapport with A.J. Green, there is reason to be encouraged that he could replicate that display against a Browns team coming off a bruising blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

RB: Ronald Jones – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jones has emerged as a pivotal player for the Tampa Bay offense, helping take the pressure off Tom Brady with three successive 100-yard efforts, including a two-touchdown display in last Sunday's blowout of the Green Bay Packers.

The Las Vegas Raiders' run defense has stiffened in recent weeks but, given they began the season by giving up at least 100 yards on the ground in their first three games, fantasy players with Jones on their roster should approach this week with plenty of confidence he can have another productive outing.

WR: Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals

The offseason acquisition of DeAndre Hopkins bumped speedster Kirk down the wide receiver pecking order but, despite averaging only four targets a game, he has taken significant advantage of his opportunities in recent weeks.

He has 183 receiving yards and three touchdowns over the course of the last three games and showed off his abilities as a deep threat on his 80-yard score against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.

Given Russell Wilson's devastating form throwing the ball, there is a strong chance the Cardinals may have to go downfield often to keep up with the unbeaten Seattle Seahawks in their NFC West clash. That would spell excellent news for Kirk, who can do significant damage against a Seahawks defense surrendering 370.4 passing yards a game – the worst in the NFL.

TE: Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers

The days of the Jacksonville Jaguars as a competitive concern in the 2020 NFL season appear to have long since ended. Theirs is a defense that has given up over 400 yards four times this season, making them an ideal opponent for Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert as he looks to get his first win.

Henry will likely be a frequent recipient of passes from Herbert, as the tight end has been targeted at least seven times in all but one game this season. His level of opportunity and the expected lack of resistance from the fast-fading Jaguars is a recipe for an impressive statistical performance.

D/ST: Washington Football Team

While the early-season shine is very much off Washington following their loss to the New York Giants in Week 6, their defense gets the benefit of going up against an offense in shambles in Week 7.

The Cowboys committed four turnovers in Monday's 38-10 loss to the Cardinals and have given away 15 so far this season. With backup quarterback Andy Dalton playing behind a decimated offensive line, the likelihood is Dallas will continue to surrender possession. Having forced eight turnovers this season, Washington and their fearsome defensive front should make it another long game for Dalton and the Cowboys.

The Miami Dolphins have named Tua Tagovailoa as their starting quarterback, the rookie first-round pick taking over from Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Miami selected Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft, despite concerns over a dislocated hip he suffered in his final college game for Alabama last November.

He made his debut on Sunday, appearing late in the fourth quarter as the Dolphins eased to a 24-0 win over the New York Jets to improve to 3-3.

And, according to reports from ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, he will replace Fitzpatrick after Miami's Week 7 bye and make his first start against the Los Angeles Rams on November 1.

Though his errors did not prove critical against a dismal Jets team still waiting for their first win, Fitzpatrick was underwhelming in Week 6 as he threw for 191 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

His seven interceptions are the third-most in the NFL behind Kirk Cousins (10) and Carson Wentz (nine). Fitzpatrick is 18th of 33 qualifying quarterbacks in adjusted net yards per attempt with 6.62.

The 37-year-old was always seen as a placeholder and mentor for Tagovailoa, who will hope to reproduce his spectacular college performances at the highest level of the sport.

Tagovailoa threw for 7,442 yards, 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in a storied career with Alabama that saw him replace Jalen Hurts for the second half of the National Championship game at the end of the 2017 season and lead them to a dramatic overtime win over Georgia.

The most efficient quarterback in college football history with a 199.4 rating at Alabama, the Dolphins will hope Tagovailoa can provide an instant spark as they look to contend with the 4-2 Buffalo Bills in the race for the AFC East title.

Ezekiel Elliott issued an apology following the Dallas Cowboys' heavy loss to the Arizona Cardinals, admitting after two costly fumbles: "I need to be better".

The Cardinals improved to 4-2 as they thrashed the Cowboys 38-10 in Texas, running all over their opponents as they amassed 261 total rushing yards in the one-sided contest on Monday.

Dallas were without starting quarterback Dak Prescott, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury during the Week 5 win over the New York Giants. The defeat drops them to 2-4 for the season, though they still remain top of the NFC East.

Running back Elliott insisted the result was not down to Prescott's absence, instead pointing to his pair of fumbles in the first half as key moments. Having lost possession on back-to-back drives, he accepted responsibility for the result.

"I don't think we can use that [Dak's absence] as an excuse," Elliott told the media.

"I'm just going to keep saying it over and over - I started the game out with two fumbles, gave the ball away and gave them all the momentum they need to go take off.

"I want to say I'm sorry and this one is on me. I need to be better."

Both turnovers led to touchdowns for Arizona and, after Kenyan Drake put the Cardinals 14-0 up, Tony Pollard - not Elliott - was on duty at running back for the Cowboys.

Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy made clear that despite the change during the game, Elliott remains the team's lead back.

"Every player who plays in this league, and it's no different on our football team, if you don't take care of the football it obviously affects your opportunities," McCarthy said in his post-game media conference.

"Tony got an opportunity, I thought he did some really good things. At the end of the day, Zeke is our bell cow and we need to get it right. He's part of the plan and he's going to be part of our success.

"We need to get it right and take care of the football, that's for everyone who touches the football on our team."

Elliott finished the game with 49 rushing yards on 12 attempts, while Pollard had 31 yards on 10 carries.

The Cowboys are on the road in Week 7, taking on divisional rivals Washington.

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