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Updates on American Finances: SNAP Benefits, Inflation Payments, Gas Prices…

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Good morning, and welcome to the latest MARCA In English financial news live blog, where we detail all of the latest benefits news and money-saving tips in the United States. We offer these tips every day, including weekends, so let’s get started with our Monday, September 26 edition.
On this page, we’ll post updates on a variety of topics, such as how to save money on things like grocery shopping, gas prices, and money-making ideas.
This can be accomplished through stimulus checks, which are still being distributed in some states under the guise of direct payments.
There will be information on all of these benefit schemes and more to help you finish September with more of your hard-earned money in your own pockets.
Monday, September 26th, American Finances Updates: The latest money-saving tips and benefits news
As we always do in these MARCA In English financial news blogs, we’ll outline all the benefits programs worth knowing about in the USA, explaining what they’re called, who is eligible and how to apply.
As previously stated, this may include stimulus checks in some areas of the country. Although they are no longer provided by the federal government, stimulus payments are still available at the state level, depending on where you live and the current policies of your state government.
We’ll also cover more general money-saving tips that are important to know, especially in this time of extreme inflation.
Gas prices are still high and rising, so keep in mind that you can pay a little less at the pumps if you shop around a little, and we’ll help you with that.
All of this and more will be brought up on this Monday’s American financial news live blog, so follow along with us over the course of the day and the rest of the weekend.

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Jacksonville Jaguars 3, Los Angeles Chargers 10: What did we learn from Sunday’s games

Published: September 25, 2022, 11:22 p.m. I’m not afraid to admit when I’m wrong, and the Jacksonville Jaguars were one of them. I predicted they’d be a team no one wanted to play late in the season when the season started. They’re a team that no one wants to play right now. The Jaguars, who had the league’s worst record the previous two seasons, followed up a 24-0 thrashing of the Colts with a 38-10 thrashing of the Chargers on Sunday in SoFi Stadium, putting together back-to-back victories for the first time since October 2019 and sending a message that they’re no longer a “gimmie” on the schedule. Yes, they beat an Indianapolis team that was breaking in a new quarterback and missing its defensive captain; and yes, Los Angeles finished the game without at least five starters, three of whom did not play at all due to injury, and quarterback Justin Herbert was playing with fractured rib cartilage. But the outcomes were determined by what Jacksonville’s opponents lacked, not by what the Jaguars possessed, namely good players and good coaches. After the disaster that was Urban Meyer, the latter cannot be overstated. During his one season in Jacksonville, the former Ohio State coach never connected with the players. He acted as if he would rather be anywhere but with the team at times, once staying behind for personal reasons while the team flew home after a loss. Doug Pederson is the polar opposite of Meyer: a proven, Super Bowl-winning coach who is instilling a culture in which success is expected rather than hoped for. “I’m just so proud of these guys,” Pederson said after the game to reporters. “They’re starting to see what it takes to win in this league based on how they work during the week. It takes time, effort, and planning. They’re starting to gel as a football team, which is all I can ask for. They worked very hard. After the game, I told them that if they continue to do these small things correctly, good things can happen for this football team. Today was a prime example of this.” Week 3 of the 2022 NFL season: What We Learned From Sunday’s Games Week 3 of the 2022 NFL season: notable injuries and news from Sunday’s games Following their loss to the Packers, the Buccaneers appear to be their own worst enemy. All of the talent accumulated by the Jaguars through high draft picks, as well as the record dollars spent in free agency over the last two seasons, is finally paying off. Pederson has quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the first overall pick in the 2021 draft, proving why he was regarded as a generational talent coming out of Clemson. Lawrence is only going to get better. What’s more, the defense has refused to play in the shadow of the offense. The unit, which includes No. 1 overall pick Travon Walker in 2022, has allowed just 10 points in the last two weeks. It’s clear that the players are starting to feed off of one another. They are expecting to win rather than hoping to win, which reflects on their most important offseason addition: Pederson. We’ll learn a lot more about the Jaguars this weekend when they face the undefeated Eagles. But, for the time being, their performance, like the Colts’ in their upset of the Chiefs, reflects an AFC that has been anything but routine. Other thoughts on the AFC following another chaotic week in the conference: The Dolphins had a notoriously slow start the previous three seasons, going 0-7, 1-3, and 1-7. However, thanks to offseason additions such as wideout Tyreek Hill and left tackle Terron Armstead, the maturation of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, and continued playmaking on defense, the Dolphins have emerged as the team to beat in the conference. I know it’s early, but they beat the Buffalo Bills on Sunday after outscoring their first two opponents (the Rams and Titans) by a combined 72-17. Many considered the Bills to be the preseason favorite to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, if not win the game outright, so losing a head-to-head matchup to Miami makes the Dolphins the conference front-runner – at least for the time being. The Bills were crowned after crushing the Rams and Titans, but Sunday demonstrated that they, too, bleed when they are cut. Injuries, turnovers, and poor clock management all played a role in the Dolphins’ loss, as did the heat index on the field, which reached 100 degrees. There is no reason to lower expectations for the Bills, but Sunday reminded us that nothing is guaranteed. On paper, the Chargers have the most talented roster, but games are won and lost on the field. Sure, the Rams are dealing with a slew of injuries, but calling their loss to the Jaguars a fluke would be disrespectful to the Jaguars’ promising young team. L.A. entered Sunday’s game without center Corey Linsley, wideout Keenan Allen, and cornerback J.C. Jackson, then suffered injuries to edge rusher Joey Bosa and left tackle Rashawn Slater. Herbert, on the other hand, is the main source of concern. If he’s not 100%, as he appeared to be with the rib injury, the Chargers will struggle to live up to expectations. The only surprise here is that quarterback Lamar Jackson has performed even better than expected, despite the fact that his expectations were extremely high. He has 12 touchdowns, including 10 passing, and has been completely in control when the situation calls for it, such as in Sunday’s 37-26 win over New England, when he led the Ravens on a 73-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Jackson and the team were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension before the start of the season, so each strong performance increases his leverage when the sides resume talks next offseason. If Baltimore can improve its defense, it will be a tough playoff opponent. Seemingly no one had the Bengals opening the campaign 0-2 after reaching last season’s Super Bowl, but that’s where they found themselves entering Sunday’s game against the Jets. The team’s sense of normalcy returned with its 27-12 win over New York, but it’s still too early to declare that everything is fine in Cincinnati. A larger sample size is required, as well as improved play from Joe Burrow, one of the game’s top young quarterbacks. The Raiders still are searching for an identity under new coach Josh McDaniels — unless you consider their identity to be a team that can’t get out of its own way. With so much talent at the skill positions, the offense always seems to be a play away from making a statement. Quarterback Derek Carr admits that he’s still trying to execute the offense as McDaniels wants it, but, in the meantime, there are growing pains and little margin for error. That’s part of what made Sunday’s 24-22 loss to the Titans so painful. Darren Waller, one of the NFL’s top tight ends and the recent recipient of a big-money extension, arguably played one of his worst games since joining the team. He appeared lackadaisical on a deep incompletion, putting up one hand for the ball when it looked like he could have made the catch with two. He also had a ball bounce off his hands near the goal line, resulting in a Tennessee interception. And, finally, he deflected a pass in the end zone that appeared to be targeted for Davante Adams. If any of those go the other way, perhaps the Raiders are 1-2 instead of 0-3. Defensively, the Raiders surrendered touchdowns on each of their first three series on Sunday. The team has allowed at least 24 points in every game, including 29 after halftime against Arizona, squandering a 20-point lead in the overtime defeat. Each of their losses has been by one score, but close defeats is not the reason McDaniels was brought to Las Vegas. Wins were. There is time to get better, but it’s getting late early. The perception was that the Browns simply wanted to hold on until quarterback Deshaun Watson returns from his 11-game suspension. But they are doing more than that. They are 2-1 and easily could be 3-0 if not for poor late-game management by coach Kevin Stefanski in a 31-30 loss to the Jets in Week 2. With their next three against teams that are all currently 1-2 (Falcons, Chargers, Patriots) they could legitimately be in the playoff hunt when Watson returns.

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Washington + 6 Philadelphia + 47 Washington + 50 Philadelphia + 50

The Washington Commanders were favored by three points at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. The line quickly rose to make the Eagles favorites, and it is now at 6 points. The Over/Under was also adjusted, moving from 50 to 47 1/2.
Washington won their first game of the 2022-23 season against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but they were exposed in the first half last week against the Detroit Lions. Washington is now 1-1 and will play two consecutive division games.
The Philadelphia Eagles are riding high after easily defeating Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football.
Jalen Hurts, the quarterback he replaced, had another strong performance. Carson Wentz is playing for the Eagles for the first time since being traded to the Indianapolis Colts two years ago.
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New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers

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Panthers +2.5 (-110), ML (+120).

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Anderson, Brandon: The Saints’ defense is without a doubt the most talented unit on the field, but Carolina ranks ahead of New Orleans in DVOA on offense, defense, and special teams. The Panthers also fit the mold of a low-scoring game underdog.
More importantly, the Panthers are a Kitchen Sink team (both SU and ATS). Since 2010, Kitchen Sink teams have gone 14-6-1 ATS (70%) in division games. They’re also 30-17 ATS (64%) after a seven-point loss, and teams that hit the 0-2 double are 49-32-1 ATS (61%).
This isn’t just a throw-away game for the Panthers this season. Matt Rhule, Baker Mayfield, and everyone else involved are quickly approaching the last-chance saloon.
Split one unit on Panthers +2.5 and the ML out of desperation.

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Choose Eagles -6.5.

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Derek Farnsworth: Even though the Eagles are playing on a short week, they are the superior team in every aspect of the game.
They have an elite offensive and defensive line, an explosive offense led by Jalen Hurts, and one of the best secondary units in the NFL. The Eagles should be successful both on the ground and in the air.
The Commanders have a competitive secondary and are ranked 30th in defensive adjusted line yards.
Washington has made a living off the comeback in the first two weeks, but that isn’t sustainable. Carson Wentz is putting up numbers, but he’s still making errors.
If the Eagles can build a lead, I don’t see the Commanders rallying like they have in the past.

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Pick the Lions team total to be greater than 23 (+100).

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LanFranca, John: One could argue that no offensive line has performed as well as Detroit’s thus far in the 2022 season. In the running game, they outpace the competition by nearly four yards per carry before the ball carrier meets a defender.
D’Andre Swift (ankle), who is said to be feeling better this week by Dan Campbell, is tied for first in the NFL in yards after contact per rush. According to DVOA, the dominant play up front has resulted in the league’s second best rushing unit and eighth best overall offensive team.
This Vikings defense is incapable of slowing down an offense that averages 37 points per game. To make matters worse, starting safety Harrison Smith (concussion) will miss this game, and linebacker Eric Kendricks (toe) will most likely play at less than 100 percent.
Defensive coordinator Ed Donatell knows the secondary lacks the speed to play man-to-man, and has in turn been very predictable in his coverage schemes — playing either Cover 2 or Cover 3 over 85% of snaps in both games thus far.
With a strong running game to lean on, Jared Goff will feel at ease in the pocket against a standard defense.
If the Lions’ defense fails to hold up in this rebound game for the Vikings offense, this game could turn into a shootout. When looking at all angles of this game, I am most confident in the Lions putting points on the board against the 30th ranked defense (per DVOA).
Play the Lions team total over 23.5 up to 24.

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Pick Colts +6.5 (-115)

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Derek Farnsworth: Everyone is rushing to bet the Chiefs this week.
Kansas City has looked great in wins over the Cardinals and Chargers, while Indianapolis tied with the Texans and then were shut out by the Jaguars. If we know anything about the NFL, it’s that teams are rarely as good or bad as they looked in the previous game.
The Colts have one of the best offensive lines, they have a good coach in Frank Reich, they have the best running back in football and everyone agreed that they made an upgrade at quarterback over the offseason.
I know Matt Ryan has struggled, but he should have Michael Pittman back for this one.
Shaquille Leonard should have the defense ready to roll and the team will naturally play a lot better at home. Give me the home underdog – and I don’t even mind a sprinkle on the moneyline.

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Pick Saints -2.5 (-108)

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Cody Goggin: The Saints will already be playing their third divisional game of the season in as many weeks. In the first two, New Orleans had an uninspiring win over the Falcons and followed that up by being dominated by Tampa Bay’s defense.
New Orleans was able to move the chains against the Buccaneers when it had the ball, but the problem was holding onto said ball.
The Saints had a 60% series conversion rate, but only gained 35.9% of their available yards and had a success rate of 41%. They lost 20-10, but my postgame expected score said that this should have been a 20-13 Saints victory based on ball movement. New Orleans lost the turnover battle on the back of five giveaways, including three interceptions and two fumbles lost.
The Saints defense was excellent against Tom Brady and the Bucs defense, but came up with nothing to show for it. This week against Carolina, New Orleans won’t have the same offensive issues against a much worse defense, while the Carolina offense is not a threat whatsoever.
Carolina ranks 25th in the league in available yards gained so far this season. Against the Giants and Browns, the Panthers had series conversion rates of 65.4% and 63.6%, respectively.
Among quarterbacks that have played 50% of their teams passing snaps this year, Baker Mayfield ranks 28th out of 29 players in PFF passing grade at 49.1.
The Saints’ first couple of games didn’t quite go their way, but I think that this is the spot for them to get back on track.
You can currently get the better team at -2.5 and stay under that key number of 3. My number has the Saints by 6.5 on a neutral field, so I would bet this up to 4.

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Pick Bills -5.5 (-110)

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Derek Farnsworth: It’s to the point where the books can’t make the spread big enough for me to not want to bet on the Bills. They might have the best offense AND the best defense in football.
The scary part is that they are still playing without Tre’Davious White, who is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. The offense with Josh Allen looks unstoppable and the defense can get pressure on the quarterback.
Tua Tagovailoa has played great in his first two starts this season, but he has struggled under pressure in his career. Additionally, his massive outing in Week 2 was bolstered by an amazing game script and the fact that the Ravens were missing three of their best players in the secondary.
The Bills have an opportunity to come out and make a statement to the league and that’s exactly what I expect to happen on Sunday.

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Pick Raiders -1.5 (-110)

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Tanner McGrath: I’m not the biggest buyer of the Raiders. There are problems in the secondary and on the offensive line.
But I am the biggest seller of the Titans. They’re the least efficient team in the NFL considering both offensive and defensive production.
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The Titans rank 32nd in PFF’s pass blocking grades. How do you think they’ll hold up against Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones?
The Titans rank 31st in DVOA allowed to No. 1 wide receivers. How do you think they’ll hold up against Derek Carr and Davante Adams?
You could bet on a Mike Vrabel underdog bounce-back game. But this isn’t necessarily an underdog spot as much as it is a coin flip. And Vrabel is 2-7 ATS when the spread is between -2 and +2 and 0-4 as a two-point-or-fewer dog.

Give me the Raiders at anything under a field goal.

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The Chicago Bears are not a good team, and they don’t have a quarterback.

Through two weeks of the season, Justin Fields has attempted 28 passes. Every other team in the NFL has at least 28 completions. That helps put the Chicago Bears’ passing attack’s slow start into perspective. To be fair, there are mitigating factors. The first game took place during a monsoon, making throwing the ball nearly impossible. The Bears then only ran 41 offensive plays with 19 called passes against the Green Bay Packers. Fields threw only 11 of them. The rest were scrambles or sacks. Right now, the young quarterback isn’t where he wants to be. He appears to be the player he was in his first five starts last season. Some have begun to wonder if he will ever close the gap needed to become the long-term guy fans hope for. One NFL executive has had enough of hearing it. He discussed the Bears’ situation with Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Forget about the scheme and all that other nonsense. Consider the obvious fact that Fields has no assistance. “We live in a microwave society,” he explained. “People want things now rather than waiting for them to go in the oven, bake over time, and come out as a perfect meal that tastes really good.” People should stop expecting immediate results from these young quarterbacks, especially those on bad teams.” Consider Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia. He’s throwing to A.J. Brown and has a young guy on the rise in DeVonta Smith, the Heisman Trophy winner. And he has a young tight end in Dallas Goedert, as well as one of the league’s best offensive lines. How good would Fields look if he was behind that line? “Look at the Bears’ roster. They’re terrible.” They are not designed for Fields’ success. The receivers are a motley crew. “I like Mooney, but who is he throwing to after him?” https://www.sportsmockery.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Justin-Fields-All-Throws-and-Runs-WEEK-2-vs-Green-Bay.mp4 Justin Fields is surviving on leftovers. Facts are simply facts. Consider his top four receivers on the depth chart after two games. Darnell Mooney is a solid player despite his slow start. Equanimeous St. Brown, Dante Pettis, and Byron Pringle are the next three. All three are ex-players from other teams. St. Brown never made an appearance in Green Bay. Pettis was a second-round pick who failed to make an impression in San Francisco. Pringle had a productive final season in Kansas City but was not re-signed despite the team losing Tyreek Hill in a trade. That should tell you everything you need to know about the Bears’ current situation. Cole Kmet has yet to deliver as a receiving threat at tight end. David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert are the team’s only reliable offensive weapons. Velus Jones, a rookie third-round receiver, is expected to contribute once he recovers from a hamstring injury. Still, it appears that Justin Fields will be dealing with this issue for the rest of the season. His job is to handle things as best he can while avoiding being killed. When GM Ryan Poles has a full deck of cards to play with, he will be able to take action. 636 views on this post

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Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi in conflict?

When Neymar meets Mbappé, he becomes enraged. inquire about
A journalist’s question was most likely out of context. neymar following friendship Brazil defeated Ghana 3-0 at the Ocean Stadium in France. Nonetheless, concerns about the state of relations with Brazil grew. Kian Mbappe plays for Paris Saint-Germain.
Rumors of conflict between the team’s attacking partners are now led by Christophe Gaultier and neu fed them “How’s Callian? I’m Not Sure”PSG’s No. 10 answer was the headline, with yesterday scratched. In Le Havre, one of the Tite-led team’s final tests before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

In recent games with the French national team, it appeared that mbappeThe club’s great star chose to kick goals on occasions when teammates preferred Lionel Messi. You are neymar. They appeared to be in the best position to do so. As a result, many Twitter users wondered if the Frenchman was showing some solidarity with the other two offensive players in the Paris cast.
Neymar and Mbappe at odds? (Photo: Getty Images) )
The data collected in this handful of matches show a clear trend: Messi and Neymar seek more kiki that he would attack them in each. This may be due to two factors: first, Mbappe is positioned as a center, and thus his position to kick the ball rather than pass it, and second, the French striker has an assist. I still have some goals to score.

Data gathered by a specific company of choice Show that in this three-member society, Mbappé is the one who contributes the least to creation; it can be seen that Messi contributes the most. So far this season, he has provided Kylian with four assists and seven passes that have resulted in the No. 7 shot. neymar He assisted him twice and gave him five shot touches.
Former Monaco, on the other hand, did not allow any pass-goals to his attacking teammates. So far, he has only struck Messi four times and Neymar once.

In turn, statistics show that the relationship between Brazil and Argentina is flourishing, despite the fact that they are on different bands during some parts of the match. The former Barcelona player has four assists (two on each side) and 16 shot passes. neu As for fleas,

It evokes memories of the Panorama Penaltygate. There was also a chapter in August of this year that occurred during the previous season. Because both football players receive monetary rewards for scoring a certain number of goals at the end of a tournament, they strive to kick as many penalties as possible. This caused tension between them, which was visible on the field of play, and led to an agreement in front of the technical director to distribute them equally.
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La retour de Moussa Sissoko : FC Nantes

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Published on September 24, 2022 at 10:10 a.m. by La rédaction

Moussa Sissoko, who arrived from Watford, has made his big return to Ligue 1 this season, signing with FC Nantes at the start of the season. The player left the French league nine years ago, joining Newcastle. And Sissoko has spoken about his return to France and his goals for the season. Moussa Sissoko, the FC Nantes’s first signing during the summer transfer window, has returned to France after nine years in England. He will have played in the Champions League with Tottenham, with whom he was also a finalist. Several months after his arrival in Nantes, the field is handed over to transfer and his return to the French Championship. Mercato – FC Nantes: A new recruit arrives, and Kombouaré catches fire pic.twitter.com/dmf6LMr9Ij https://t.co/zS8xi7ZDy1 — @le10sport 24 September 2022 « To be happy to be returning » Moussa Sissoko returned to Prime Video last weekend to discuss the evolution of Ligue 1 over the years. He has, for example, expressed his delight at returning to France. « I’m overjoyed to be back in our championship game. It appears to be growing year after year. There are more and more big players coming, which is great news for France. “I am a competitor.” Moussa Sissoko, who is returning to Ligue 1, has set goals for himself and hopes to have the best season possible. « I’m going to try to have the best season possible. I am a competitor. There is the World, which is rapidly approaching.

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Text messages shed light on Favre’s alleged role in a Mississippi welfare scheme

As he is embroiled in a civil lawsuit, text messages made public this month shed new light on former NFL quarterback Brett Favre’s alleged role in a years-long welfare scheme. What’s making headlines: The text messages, obtained by Mississippi Today and filed in court last week, show that former Gov. Phil Bryant (R) assisted Favre in his alleged scheme to divert federal welfare funds to build a volleyball stadium at the University of Southern Mississippi for more than $5 million. Favre’s daughter attended USM before transferring to LSU in August. “Is there any way the media could find out where it came from and how much it cost if you paid me?” According to the New York Times, Favre inquired in 2017 about a $1.1 million proposal for promotional efforts that actually went toward building the stadium. On the other hand, Favre’s lawyer, Bud Holmes, told Axios that his client “did absolutely nothing wrong” and that the people who paid Favre did not want that information made public. He maintains that Favre was paid in advance for appearances, which were covered by contracts that stated he would be contacted to make the appearances. But, according to Holmes, he was never asked to appear. According to his attorney, Favre used the money he was paid to build the volleyball court, and he also contributed millions of dollars of his own money. According to Mississippi Today, the texts also show that Bryant assisted Favre in writing a funding proposal that was approved by the Mississippi Department of Human Services. Meanwhile, Bryant had fired John Davis, the agency’s former executive director, for alleged fraud. According to the Justice Department, Davis pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring to defraud the state of millions of dollars in federal funds. Background: According to Axios’ Julia Shapero, a state audit in 2020 discovered that Mississippi misappropriated tens of millions of dollars in welfare funds, including $1.1 million for speaking engagements that Favre did not attend. While Favre eventually repaid the state $1.1 million, the Department of Human Services filed a lawsuit in May accusing Favre and others of misusing and receiving welfare funds illegally.

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The MDS andFlorio picks for the week of September 23-25.

Images from Getty Images We had a rough week last week. Was it beneficial to anyone who chooses games? Strange outcomes peppered the 16-game schedule. A 3-0 run in the final prime-time games lifted me above.500, to 8-8. MDS came in at 7-9. I’m 17-14-1 on the season. MDS is 14-17-1. We disagreed on five games again this week. Scroll down to see all of the options. Browns (+4.5) at Steelers MDS’s perspective: The Steelers’ defense is missing T.J. Watt, and their offense is mediocre. With a solid home win, the Browns bounce back from last week’s shocking loss. MDS’ selection: Browns 24, Steelers 13. Florio’s point of view: After two games, who has a players-only meeting? Apparently, the Browns. It may be too much to expect the Browns to put the missed opportunity against the Jets behind them on such a short week. Steelers 20, Browns 14 is Florio’s prediction. Bears (+3) at Texans MDS’s take: The Texans have looked better than I expected, while the Bears appear to have lost faith in Justin Fields and are calling plays to avoid forcing him to do much. In an upset, I like the Texans. MDS’ prediction: Texans 17, Bears 14. Florio’s take: The Bears fought the Packers harder than most expected, and the final score was misleading. The Texans’ ability to tie the Colts looked bleak after the Colts were embarrassed by the Jaguars. Florio’s prediction: Bears 17, Texans 17. 13.Titans (-2) at Raiders MDS’s take: The Titans are this year’s biggest disappointment, a No. 1 seed from last year that appears to be rebuilding. The Raiders record their first victory of the season. MDS’ prediction: Raiders 23, Titans 20. Florio’s analysis: How heavily are the Raiders favored in this game? At home, they blew a 20-point lead. And it was the Bills who were blown out on Monday night, not the Titans. In a matchup of two 0-2 teams, one with a new regime and one without, I’ll take the one without. Titans 24, Raiders 20 is Florio’s prediction. Colts (-6.5) at Chiefs MDS’s take: The Colts are currently in disarray. I don’t see them even keeping it close against the Chiefs. MDS’ prediction: Chiefs 31, Colts 10. Florio’s perspective: The Chiefs once blew a huge lead in a playoff game in Indianapolis. That will never happen again. Florio’s pick is the Chiefs 41, the Colts 17. Dolphins (-5.5) at Bills MDS’s take: The Bills have dominated the competition for two weeks in a row, and they’ll keep it up against a Miami team that is 2-0 but not in the same league as Buffalo. MDS’ prediction: Bills 28, Dolphins 17. Florio’s analysis: The Buffalo defense should be better equipped to stop the Miami offense than the Miami defense will be of the Buffalo offense. Bills 38, Dolphins 31 is Florio’s prediction. Vikings (+6) at Lions MDS’s prediction: The Lions’ offense is stronger than most people believe, but their secondary will struggle against Justin Jefferson, and the Vikings will win by a narrow margin. MDS’ prediction: Vikings 35, Lions 31. Florio’s take: This has evolved into a sneaky great rivalry, with two barnburners in 2021. At home, the Vikings should be able to win. Regardless of who wins, the final score should be close enough for the Lion to cover. Vikings 27, Lions 24 is Florio’s prediction. Patriots (-3) at Ravens MDS’s prediction: Lamar Jackson is playing some of his best football right now, and he’ll easily win in New England. MDS’ selection: Ravens 31, Patriots 20. Florio’s take: If Baltimore can reclaim J.K. Dobbins, the offense will benefit greatly. Except for Lamar Jackson, no one on the Ravens can generate significant rushing yards. Meanwhile, New England’s offense remains a work in progress. Florio’s prediction: Ravens 24, Patriots 14. Jets (-4.5) at Bengals MDS’s prediction: After a shaky start, the Bengals will finally get on the board with a high-scoring victory over an inept Jets defense. MDS’ prediction: Bengals 38, Jets 27. The Bengals are desperate, according to Florio. The fact that they were defeated by the Jets last year makes it less likely that they will underestimate the Jets this year. Florio’s prediction: Bengals 31, Jets 24. Eagles (-6.5) vs. Commanders MDS’s take: Jalen Hurts vs. Carson Wentz should be an entertaining matchup, and I expect Hurts to come out on top and demonstrate why the Eagles were wise to make him their franchise quarterback. Eagles 28, Commanders 20 (according to MDS). Florio’s take: The Eagles appear to be a team of destiny. That’s not how the Commanders have looked in more than 30 years. Florio’s prediction is Eagles 31, Commanders 17. Panthers (-3) at Saints MDS’s take: Matt Rhule’s Panthers rebuild has stalled, and he’s running out of time to turn things around. Saints 17, Panthers 10 (according to MDS). Florio’s prediction: Matt Rhule may not make it to the end of the season if he doesn’t win this one. (He might not make it in any case.) Panthers 23, Saints 20 is Florio’s prediction. Chargers (+7) at Jaguars MDS’s prediction: The Jaguars have played well under new coach Doug Pederson, and an upset here wouldn’t surprise me, but I believe they’ll fall just short against Justin Herbert and a strong Chargers offense. Chargers 28, Jaguars 27 (according to MDS). Florio’s opinion: The Jaguars are on the rise. They’re good enough to keep it close and possibly win it. Chargers 24, Jaguars 20 is Florio’s prediction. Cardinals (-3.5) at Rams MDS’s take: The NFC West appears to be wide open right now, but I expect the Rams to make a statement that they are still the best team in the division in this big game. MDS’ prediction: Rams 30, Cardinals 17. Florio’s take: Kyler Murray appears to be a different player when he has mobility and is allowed to use it. He wasn’t feeling well during the playoff game against the Rams. He is now. #LetKylerCook. Cardinals 30, Rams 23 is Florio’s prediction. Seahawks (+2) at Falcons MDS’s take: I don’t have high hopes for the Seahawks this season, but I see them going 2-1 against an outmatched Falcons squad. Seahawks 24, Falcons 20 is MDS’ prediction. Florio’s take: Seattle isn’t a great team, but they can beat the Falcons at home. If not, Drew Lock’s time will come. Florio’s prediction: Falcons 17, Seahawks 14. Buccaneers (+1.5) at Packers MDS’s prediction: The Buccaneers’ defense has been outstanding this season and will perform admirably against Aaron Rodgers in what should be a close and low-scoring game. Buccaneers 17, Packers 16 (according to MDS). Florio’s take: The Buccaneers are evolving into a team that prefers to run the ball and play defense. Whatever it takes to succeed. And it will be sufficient to win on Sunday. Buccaneers 23, Packers 20 is Florio’s prediction. Broncos (-1.5) at 49ers MDS’s take: Jimmy Garoppolo is a better quarterback than Trey Lance, which means the 49ers have a better chance of winning in the short term, despite how unfortunate Lance’s injury was for the 49ers’ long-term plans. They’ll win a close game against Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos. MDS’ prediction: 49ers 24, Broncos 20. Florio’s take: There’s something wrong with this line. The Broncos are mired in the complexities of play calling. The 49ers have an outstanding roster. Now that the quarterback situation has been resolved, the 49ers should start to thrive. Florio predicts a 49ers-Broncos victory. Giants (+2.5) at Cowboys MDS’s take: The Giants are 2-0, but it’s about as unimpressive a 2-0 as you can get. Yes, the Cowboys are missing Dak Prescott, but Cooper Rush has shown that he can fill in admirably. I’m surprised the Giants are considered favorites. MDS’ prediction: Cowboys 28, Giants 20. Florio’s prediction: Some 0-2 teams will win. Some 2-0 teams will lose. The Giants are due to lose, and the Cowboys, led by Cooper Rush, are capable of winning. Cowboys 21, Giants 17. Florio’s prediction: Cowboys 21, Giants 17.