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NFL: Lions at Seahawks, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)


Rex Ryan‘s Bills are leading the league, but not in the right categories. In Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the visiting Giants, the Bills committed 17 penalties, giving them a league-leading 57 this season. In fact, it’s the most penalties by a team through four games in a decade.

Despite that, Ryan found positives in his team’s aggressiveness.

“Well, I’m going to tell you something: I’m proud of the way this team played,” an animated Ryan said after his team fell to 2-2. “Can you play a lot smarter? Absolutely. But I’ll take a team that can fight over a team that won’t — that will sit back and take it — any day of the week. And bring on the next team.

“So that’s how I look at it. Give me a team that’s got some fight, and we’ll compete to the very end, right, wrong or indifferent. No matter how good the officiating is, or whatever.”

Ryan did not appreciate members of the media saying his team had an issue with discipline, even though Buffalo had two touchdowns called back due to penalties Sunday.

“You guys write the story, so you’ll write it the way you want to write it,” Ryan said. “I know the one thing I know for a fact is that we have heart. The discipline things? I get it. When you have 17 penalties, that’s obviously a sign of lack of discipline. That’s not the real deal, but this is a free country. Write what you believe.”

Added Ryan: “I get it, no question about it. We can focus on the negatives and all that — and I get it, that’s your guys’ job — but you might not understand the game the way I understand [it] because I’ve been on the other side. I’ve been a part of a 20-some-penalty performance by the Ravens, OK? And we went on and we fixed it. We’ll fix it here.”

Some players say they believe the officials are making calls based on the Bills’ reputation, and defensive tackle Kyle Williams said they’ll now have to be “choirboys” because other teams will try to goad them into lashing out.

“Oh, I think we’re there,” Williams said of the reputation. “Especially in the fourth quarter, when we go back out. [Linebacker] Preston [Brown] is ripping out a ball and he gets 15 yards thrown on him for throwing an elbow when he’s trying to rip the ball out. So I think once you get to that point, they’re looking for things, whether they’re legitimate or not, they’re looking for things like that.”

However, safety Corey Graham called Sunday’s display “embarrassing.”

“One after another, dumb penalties,” the former University of New Hampshire star said. “It’s terrible. We can’t win games like that.”

— The Colts have taken a step back this season with their play on the field, and now it appears their game-day staff has taken a step back in time.

Three female reporters were temporarily denied entry to the Jaguars locker room after Sunday’s game in Indianapolis by an attendant.

Tweeted Yahoo’s Graham Watson: I was just blocked from a locker room by an old, out-of-touch geezer who wasn’t sure women were allowed because “you know how guys are.”

“At first we thought we had the wrong door,” Watson told the Indianapolis Star. “He said, ‘€˜I’m not sure you’re allowed back there.’ ”

The women said the attendant then asked around to see if the women were allowed in the locker room. After a few minutes, a Jaguars staffer told him they were OK to enter.

Watson, said this was her first gender discrimination.

“Never ever have I had someone stop me from going into a locker room I was allowed to go into,” she said. “I’ve covered events all over the world. I was stunned. I was angry.

“He should not be working the door of an NFL locker room.”

Watson noted later that the PR staffs from both teams apologized for the incident.

— Jason Whitlock became the latest big name to depart ESPN, agreeing to a buyout last month, Sports Illustrated reported Sunday.

Whitlock joined ESPN in August 2013 and was to be the founding editor of a website about race and sports called The Undefeated, but earlier this year he was removed from that role, reportedly amid questions about his leadership style. He has continued to appear on ESPN programs.

“We have mutually agreed to part ways, which was Jason’s preference following the shift from his role as editor-in-chief,” ESPN said in a statement. “Jason is a talented print and television commentator, and we wish him success in his next chapter. ESPN remains fully committed to The Undefeated and plans continue toward an official launch.”

Whitlock was with ESPN previously from 2002-06. He then worked for Fox Sports from 2007-13. Now he’s expected to sign up for a second stint with Fox.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 5, 2005, the Red Sox lost Game 2 of the American League Division Series when the White Sox took advantage of a key error by which Boston player to score five runs in the fifth and rally for a 5-4 victory?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Unbelievably, I wave to the Red Sox for the final time. Thank you, boys. … Orsillo rounding third and heading home.” — Don Orsillo, acknowledging a tribute from the players after Sunday’s game, his last as NESN’s play-by-play announcer

STAT OF THE DAY: 4 — Interceptions thrown by Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, the top overall pick in the draft, in Sunday’s 37-23 loss to the Panthers

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Orioles center fielder Nolan Remold makes a diving catch of Jacoby Ellsbury‘s fly ball for an out against the Yankees.

Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki makes his first major league pitching appearance in Sunday’s game against the Phillies.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Second baseman Tony Graffanino, who missed a double-play grounder that led to three unearned runs

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Steve Miller was born on this day in 1943.

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Pete calls the boys to go over all of the big fantasy topics of the day - Luck missing the game and the fantasy implications, injuries, Matt Stafford's recent play, sleepers, daily fantasy value picks and more.

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Chris brings a couple interesting topics to the table: where are the Pats deficiencies besides at CB/the secondary and can Gronk be named MVP if he puts together another huge season? The guys talk about Gronk's impact thus far and why he is loved so much by Pats nation.

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WIth Andrew Luck missing today's game, Greg and Chris take a step back and discuss what happened to the Colts a year removed from being in the AFC Championship. Should they go backwards this year in order to build better going forward?

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