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Touring the Nation: NFL news, notes from around SB Nation

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Detroit Lions
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The New York Giants may be playing out the string, but there are other NFL teams with important games to play this weekend. Let’s go Touring the Nation to find out what other football writers around the network are talking about.

2017 NFL midseason awards: Who’s getting trophies in November? -
SB Nation’s 32 team sites voted on the best players and teams in the NFL so far this season. These are the results.

Texans vs. Seahawks: Bill O’Brien made big coaching mistake in NFL Week 8 -
Once again, the Texans failed Deshaun Watson.

Scouting Kelvin Benjamin, the newest Buffalo Bills receiver - Buffalo Rumblings
Tyrod Taylor’s new target has big play potential.

Kelvin Benjamin brings downfield passes, jump balls back to Buffalo Bills offense - Buffalo Rumblings
Benjamin adds a skill set the Bills didn’t have after the Watkins trade

The Buccaneers are losing because their defense is terrible - Bucs Nation
This week, though, they lost because of offensive incompetence.

Film Review: Breaking down the Patriots’ offensive issues in the red zone - Pats Pulpit
What’s wrong with the Patriots’ red zone offense?

Bengals and Browns botching the AJ McCarron trade makes everyone a loser - Cincy Jungle
Everyone is pointing the finger. Was it the Browns’ fault (sounds like it) or the Bengals’ fault that a trade to send AJ McCarron to Cleveland fell through? Now, we’re left to wonder and react.

Dwight Freeney says he signed with the Seahawks because the Falcons kept him waiting - The Falcoholic
It’s fair to wonder whether the Falcons were ever going to actually consider signing him.

Arizona Cardinals need Adrian Peterson to find the time machine and carry offensive load - Revenge of the Birds
The Cardinals will need Peterson to be effective as a starter for the first time since 2015.