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RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Pete Carroll saw what happened in the season opener as New England put the ball in the hands of new quarterback Cam Newton and he ran all over the Miami Dolphins.

It left the Seattle Seahawks coach wondering what to believe. Is Newton back to being a dynamic runner and Seattle should plan for another 15 carries from the quarterback during the Seahawks’ home opener Sunday? Or was it a one-game mirage?

”We’ve got to see what they do this time around. There’s not enough games for us in their new thinking to know what to expect here,” Carroll said Wednesday. ”We’ll have to adapt at game time.”

Seattle’s history with Newton goes back to 2012. He faced off against the Seahawks eight times while he was with Carolina, including a couple of meetings in the playoffs. For a while, it seemed the Seahawks and Panthers were annual opponents.

That led to a lot of familiarity, which all seems to be out the window now with Newton in New England and in a new system.

”I don’t think people understand, we played Seattle in Carolina like they were a division game,” Newton said. ”We played them a lot and if this isn’t an accurate stat but I’ll put my name on it, I think we played Seattle more than we played any other team outside of our division. It was a team that we looked forward to playing, measuring our toughness and where our team was, and this week isn’t going to be any different.”

The Seahawks understand slowing down New England means trying to keep Newton in check. But with only one game of film, Seattle doesn’t know if it should prepare for a run-heavy New England offense that saw Newton score a pair of rushing touchdowns against Miami, or if Newton’s arm is going to be unleashed against a Seahawks pass defense that gave up 450 yards to Atlanta’s Matt Ryan last week.

It’s probably the kind of guessing game Patriots coach Bill Belichick was hoping for.

”You definitely have to approach it with fresh eyes,” Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. ”We have a lot of history with playing Cam. We understand the type of runs that they want to implement with Cam. We also understand that the Patriots have a history – they can run the ball 42 times one game and in the next game, throw it 42 times. I feel like they’re confident in Cam’s ability to throw the ball as well. So we’ve got to be prepared for everything.”

Newton’s 15 runs were the second-most in a regular season game in his career. But he’s never carried the ball that much in his eight previous games against Seattle, the most coming in 2014 when he rushed 12 times for 24 yards.

His best overall game against Seattle may have come in 2018 when he rushed for 63 yards and completed 25 of 30 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

”We have to go into this game with a wide open look. Almost like a first game,” Carroll said. ”We have some information. They showed they really want to run the football, ran it 42 times in the game, which is a great commitment. But we don’t know. We’ll see.”

AP Sports Writer Kyle Hightower contributed to this report.

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Summers’ time? Packers LB aims to capitalize on opportunity

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The stats suggest Green Bay Packers linebacker Ty Summers did just fine Sunday, especially for his first time playing defense in an NFL regular-season game.

Summers argues otherwise.

The 2019 seventh-round pick from TCU made a team-high nine tackles in a 37-30 victory at New Orleans after a shoulder injury knocked out starter Christian Kirksey. But after studying the tape, Summers gave his performance mixed reviews.

“I have high expectations for myself, so, I would say, not great,” Summers said. “Thank goodness it was enough to help get a win and so at the end of the day. That’s all that matters. But I’m just going to take things that I did right and the things that I did wrong, learn from them, try to work toward perfection for this next week.”

Summers could get plenty of chances to correct those mistakes, depending on how long it takes Kirksey to recover.

If Kirksey misses the Packers’ Monday night matchup with the Atlanta Falcons (0-3) or any other games, it could severely test their depth at inside linebacker. Kamal Martin, a rookie fifth-round pick from Minnesota who’d been having an impressive preseason, went on injured reserve three weeks ago.

Summers played 44 snaps against New Orleans, the most of any Packers inside linebacker. Before Sunday, all his regular-season action had been limited to special teams. He also wore the communication helmet on defense after Kirksey’s injury.

“I love having the responsibility of being kind of a leader out there, having to communicate calls, get people lined up,” Summers said. So I was just excited. I didn’t really feel nervous. I didn’t even really think about the fact that I was lined up against Drew Brees and guys like Alvin Kamara and all that until probably like the second or third series I was in. I was kind of like, ‘This is cool.’”

Packers coach Matt LaFleur complimented Summers’ communication skills while noting the second-year pro still has plenty of room to improve.

“He did a great job of relaying the calls to the other 10 guys on the field and helping guys get adjusted,” LaFleur said. “So, I thought that was really good. He made some really good plays and then, like every player, there’s always a couple plays here and there that you’ve got to get cleaned up.’’

Summers was one of five Packers to miss a tackle when Kamara caught a pass behind the line of scrimmage and turned it into a 52-yard touchdown. Kamara was only a few yards beyond the line of scrimmage when Summers dove at him, but couldn’t bring him down.

“I had the chance to make a couple tackles that I thought were pretty good,” Summers said. “Looking at it, I was proud of myself for that. But for me, it’s always the ones that I left out there and I know, especially that long one on Kamara, that could have really helped us there. That could have saved a score, so things like that are the ones that kind of, you know, fuel me for the next week, the next opportunity to make sure I don’t do that again.”

He doesn’t have to look far to find a more generous appraisal of his performance.

Summers got married March 7, just before the start of the quarantine. While Summers wasn’t particularly happy about the way he played in New Orleans, the text messages he saw from his wife, Sidnee Jo, after the game had an entirely different perspective.

When Summers said he should have done better, his wife offered a pep talk. Summers recalled just what she told him.

“She was like, ‘Hey, stop it,’” Summers said. “She was like, ‘This is your first opportunity. You went out there. You made some great plays. Don’t focus on the bad stuff. You can’t change it now. Just go learn from it, move on, don’t do it again.’ I was like, ‘I mean, you’re right.’ No point in harping on it now.”

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Brighton chief executive Paul Barber believes football’s efforts to fight back against coronavirus took “a gigantic step back” when plans to allow fans to return were put on ice.

The Premier League club staged a successful pilot in August as a scheduled limited reopening of stadia loomed, but a delay has since been ordered following a surge in cases.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live as the debate over whether top-flight clubs should help those below them in the football pyramid continues, Barber said: “Football is so important to the country.

“It’s our national sport, it’s a pastime for millions of people right the way from the top of the country to the bottom, and we’re very, very disappointed that we’ve gone backwards.

“On August 29, we staged a pilot event. We had 2,500 people in our stadium for a friendly match against Chelsea, we put in place at great cost a huge amount of mitigation measures, as directed by the Sports Grounds Safety Authority and the Government. We complied with every single request.

Fans returned to the Amex Stadium – at a social distance – on August 29

“We got overwhelming support from the fans that were in the stadium saying how safe they felt, how enjoyable it was for them to be back in the stadium, and now we’ve taken a gigantic step back.

“We’re being asked to support the football pyramid, but what we’re asking for is to be able to sustain our own businesses to put us in a better position to be able to do that.

“We think we can do it safely, we think that we can do it with people’s health absolutely paramount, but it’s absolutely vital that we’re able to sustain our own businesses if we are being asked to help others.”

Barber pleaded with ministers to allow Premier League clubs to given the opportunity to sustain themselves by being allowed to open the turnstiles once again.

He said: “We have not asked for any direct Government support, most Premier League clubs have totally avoided the use of the furlough scheme, we have not benefited from Government grants or loans.

“We have literally tried to stand on our own two feet while also helping the NHS and doing all we can in our community to help them through this very, very difficult time.

“We’re being hit here from all directions. We’re not being permitted to run our own businesses to generate our own income, we’re supporting where we can the Government’s messages and everything else they’re asking us to do, but at the same time, we’re also being asked to help others.

“It doesn’t seem quite right. We’re simply asking to be able to put our businesses back in some kind of shape where we can actually sustain local jobs and continue to support where we can.”

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Gerrit Cole strikes out 13 hitters, plus Aaron Judge and the Yankees' offense puts up 7 runs on Shane Bieber on this edition of FastCast

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