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  • THE It would be easy for the Carolina Panthers to mail it in. Short week. Awful weather. 2-7 record. Coming off a blowout lo s. Interim head coach. Wholesale changes coming soon.Instead, they delivered one of their best performances of the year, beating the , . continued his strong play with 31 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown. It's his third game with 100+ rushing yards in the last four weeks.Laviska Shenault ran in a 41-yard touchdown on a backwards to s from , who performed solidly just at halftime. had two sacks late in the fourth quarter to thwart any potential Atlanta comeback. Prior to those plays, he had zero sacks all season.Now 3-7, the Panthers are only one game back in the win column of the , who lead the woeful NFC South at 4-5. Of course it's still quite unlikely for Carolina to make the playoffs, but Steve Wilks has done a terrific job keeping the team engaged, especially on a short week after a rough lo s. You saw it in how hard Foreman ran and how viciously the pa s rush pursued, sacking him five times.Sometimes, in an otherwise turbulent season, going out and playing hard and competently is a win in and of itself. Actually winning the game is a testament to the coaches and players. The Panthers did just that and can head into their mini-bye with their heads held high. Honorable mentions are the Silver Slugger awards. for the.DAN SNYDER AND THE On Thursday, D.C. attorney general Karl Racine announced his office is against the Commanders, team owner Dan Snyder, the and league commi sioner Roger Goodell.The lawsuit accuses those parties of colluding to deceive and mislead customers about the investigation into the team's workplace misconduct in order to avoid losing revenue from the fan base.This springs from the NFL not releasing the Beth Wilkinson report to the public., writes NFL insider .The lawsuit alleges that the Commanders and the NFL violated the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Procedures Act with "public misrepresentations, omi sions, and ambiguities of material fact."Attorneys from the team and NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy. It comes about a week after Snyder hired Bank of America for .The list of Snyder's and the Commanders' i sues -- from sexual hara sment to workplace misconduct to financial impropriety -- is long and wide-ranging, and the team is currently under investigation by Mary Jo White. Recently, owner Jim Irsay said, and on Thursday, even Commanders cornerback Benjamin St. Juste said . Not so honorable mentionsLeBron James is due to a hip injury. and are both . is after tearing his Achilles.The are .For the first time ever, the NFL is headed to Germany, with the and Buccaneers battling it out in Munich. So far this season, all of the international games have given us close contests.Oct. 2: 28, 25Oct. 9: 27, 22Oct. 30: 21, 17Will that trend continue this weekend? :Prisco:Shortly after that one ends, we get an absolute treat between two of the NFL's best: The 7-1 Vikings travel to Buffalo to take on the 6-2 Bills in a game that features the No. 3 and No. 4 teams in . While 's status , this is a huge statement opportunity for both. The Vikings can add by far their most impre sive win of the year to an already-strong resume, and the Bills hope to show last week's lo s to the was nothing more than a speed bump. Here's NFL expert :Brinson: Here are all of our experts' picks: | | | It was a busy Thursday around , with the biggest headline being Clayton Kershaw returning to the Dodgers on . The future Hall-of-Famer, 34, went 12-3 with a 2.28 ERA last year and has spent his entire 15-year MLB career in Dodger blue.As for other big names,, including Aaron Judge, Jacob deGrom andTrea Turner. Here's how it works, as explained by our MLB expert Matt Snyder.Snyder: If a player rejects the offer and signs elsewhere, the team losing the player gets compensated with a draft pick, and the team signing the player forfeits picks and/or international bonus money. Of course, there was plenty of other news.Justin Verlander is , as is Evan Longoria.around the Rangers and Giants, among others.Reliever Robert Surez got from the Padres.The Rays Ji-Man Choi to the Pirates.Scott Boras regarding free agency.As I've written before, I love alternate jerseys . They're not always perfect -- in fact, they're not always even good -- but I love the idea of spicing things up, and the has done that once again with the . We have 29 new ones (the Jazz don't count because of their new jerseys revealed this summer), and naturally,.Atop NBA expert Jasmyn Wimbish's list is...Wimbish: Also coming in near the top of the list are the Wizards, whose cherry blo som-inspired uniforms will hopefully be finding a spot in my closet soon. Here's the top five:1. Grizzlies2. Suns3. Wizards4. Hawks5. Trail BlazersAs for teams not doing so well, I wholeheartedly agree with Jasmyn's last-place jersey, which you can see, along with the rest of the jerseys, . We're watching Serie A all weekend long on .Friday Michigan State at No. 2 Gonzaga, 6:30 p.m. on ESPN Nuggets at Celtics, 7 p.m. on NBA TV Timberwolves at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. on ESPN Colorado at No. 8 USC, 9:30 p.m. on FS1Saturday No. 7 LSU at Arkansas, Noon on ESPN No. 9 Alabama at No. 11 Ole Mi s, 3:30 p.m. on CBS No. 1 Georgia at Mi si sippi State, 7 p.m. on ESPN No. 4 TCU at No. 18 Texas, 7:30 p.m. on ABC Rockets at Pelicans, 8:30 p.m. on NBA TVSunday Colorado at No. 11 Tenne see, 2 p.m. on ESPN Capitals at Lightning, 7 p.m. on ESPN Nets at Lakers, 9:30 p.m. on NBA TV