Taylor took over in the second half of last Sunday’s 54-24 loss.

Smith didn’t play poorly Sunday, going 23 of 36 for 199 yards and another 35 rushing yards, but the Chiefs offense struggled to get anything going with only one first down in the first half. A late Smith interception, the only turnover of the game, sealed the Bills victory.

Simmons was one of the new arrivals on the court after his first season was wiped out by injury. He has been everything expected, producing averages of 18.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game. Veteran J.J. Redick also joined the team, providing more optimism in Philadelphia.

Injuries and defense have hurt the Sixers.

Multiple players who had met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and other owners last month in New York about the matter — including Michael Thomas of the Dolphins and Eric Reid of the 49ers — sent out Twitter messages Wednesday morning that announced their withdrawal from involvement in the players coalition founded by Malcolm Jenkins and Anquan Boldin.

All the pools combined had more than 23,000 entries, players with knowledge of the contests said, with a collective value that surpassed $2.5 million.

Survivor pools require a bettor to pick one team that is going to win each week of the football season without using the same team twice. Once a team that is picked loses, that person is eliminated. In Ron & Mike’s Football Pool, those still remaining had to pick two teams to win in Weeks 11 through 15 and three teams in Weeks 16 and 17 in order to produce a winner from so many entries.royals_015

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