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Opinion: Sorting NFL Week 1's best and worst debuts, from Kyler Murray to Adam Gase

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After months of anticipation, the NFL’s 100th season finally kicked off in full force on Sunday. With it, six of the league’s eight new head coaches made their debuts. So too did a number of players who either changed addresses over the offseason, or broke into the league as highly-touted draft picks.

As expected, Week 1 offered a mixed bag of results and performances. Here’s a look at some of the best and worst debuts, and a few lukewarm showings in between.

Best debuts

Marquise “Hollywood” Brown – Baltimore’s first-round pick out of Oklahoma wasted no time making his presence felt. He took each of the first two passes he caught to the house, scoring on a 47-yard pass from Lamar Jackson and then an 83-yard reception. Brown finished the day with four catches for 147 yards as the Ravens rolled to a 59-10 drubbing of the Dolphins. Additional tips of the cap to new Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, running back Mark Ingram (two touchdowns) and safety Earl Thomas (interception) for their big debuts.

• T.J. Hockenson – Detroit’s rookie tight end dominated with six catches for 131 yards and a touchdown — the most prolific debut for a tight end since the NFL merger in 1970. Hockenson’s team blew a 24-6 fourth-quarter lead and wound up tying 27-27, but the day will long stand out in his mind and in the record books.

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• Arthur Smith – Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota hasn’t thrown three touchdowns in a single game since 2016, but he opened a make-or-break season with three scores, 248 yards, no interceptions and a 133.3 passer rating in Sunday’s 43-13 upset of Cleveland. Promoted this offseason from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator, Smith has worked to ensure a smooth transition for Mariota. He has aimed to build on last season’s offense, introduced by Matt LaFleur, to give the passer some much-needed continuity. The Titans also racked up 123 rushing yards and a touchdown as Smith worked to ensure balance.

• DeSean Jackson – Making his return to the City of Brotherly Love after six seasons away, the wide receiver proved he still has his game-breaking speed while torching Washington for eight catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in a 32-27 victory.

• C.J. Mosley – After five seasons in Baltimore, Mosley bolted in free agency, signing a five-year, $85 million deal with New York. He accounted for nearly half of his team’s points, returning an interception for a touchdown, but the Jets did fall short against the Bills, 17-16.

Worst debuts

• Nick Foles in Jacksonville– The Super Bowl LII MVP was supposed to be the missing piece for the Jaguars, and he did throw a 35-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Chark with 5:23 left in the first quarter. But on that same play, Foles took a hit that broke his collarbone. He is now out indefinitely.

• Adam Gase and the Jets – All six first-year head coaches whose teams played on Sunday lost, but Gase’s defeat proved particularly painful because his team held a 16-0 second-half lead before collapsing and losing to the visiting Bills. Although he is regarded as a sharp offensive mind, and despite the addition of Le’Veon Bell, Gase’s unit put only one touchdown.

• Freddie Kitchens and the Browns – No team entered the season with as much hype as Kitchens’ Browns did. But the interim OC-turned-head coach and his squad crumbled under the pressure on Sunday. Baker Mayfield threw three interceptions and Kitchens’ offense went 1-for-10 on third downs. As if that weren’t bad enough, a loaded defense looked rather toothless against a traditionally anemic Titans offense. Steve Wilks replaced Gregg Williams, who served as interim head coach last season, and he is regarded as a sharp defensive mind. But this Cleveland defense seemed to miss its fiery tone-setter from a year ago.

• Brian Flores and the Dolphins – It doesn’t get any uglier than this. The Dolphins’ defense made Lamar Jackson look like Patrick Mahomes. There’s no denying Jackson’s talent, but until Sunday, he was primarily known for his scrambling ability. On Sunday, Jackson had 324 passing yards and five touchdowns, both career highs. He only ran the ball three times for 6 yards. Meanwhile, the Miami offense had no punch. After pushing back on tanking accusations, the Dolphins clearly have a long rebuild in front of them.

Mixed results

• Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury – The start was awful. Kingsbury, his highly-anticipated Air Raid offense and the prized rookie quarterback Murray opened the game against Detroit with an embarrassing thud. The Cardinals struggled with protection. Kingsbury looked bewildered. Murray displayed questionable decision-making and had a passer rating of 28 through three quarters. But then, trailing 24-6 entering the fourth quarter, Murray and Co. found their rhythm. The No. 1 pick completed 14 of 17 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns and forced overtime with a touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald. The game ended in a tie, but Murray showed impressive poise and Kingsbury’s offense had some notable flashes. There certainly will be continued growing pains. But maybe this virgin voyage for quarterback and coach will entertain along the way.

• Bruce Arians and the Bucs – Tampa Bay lured Bruce Arians out of retirement and charged him with fixing Jameis Winston. Byron Leftwich called a good game against the 49ers, and at times Winston looked like the big-time passer Tampa needs. However, in crunch time, he reverted to his old form and finished with three interceptions, including a pick-six to seal a 31-17 loss to San Francisco. Arians had one questionable decision when he attempted an ill-fated fourth-and-goal conversion rather than try a field goal to cut the lead to 20-17 to open the fourth quarter. Additional chances to overtake the Cardinals remained, but Winston and Co. wilted.

• Zac Taylor and the Bengals – This rookie head coach fared better than expected. The Bengals hope the former Rams assistant is their Sean McVay. But Cincinnati has far more holes than Los Angeles did in McVay’s first year, and Taylor has no experience as a play-caller, so a rough outing against an established squad like Seattle was expected. But the Bengals actually looked decent and at times and actually gave the Seahawks a scare before falling short, 21-20. Sure, there were imperfections, but Taylor’s offense generated 429 yards and 22 first downs with Andy Dalton completing 35 of 51 passes for a career-high 418 yards and two touchdowns. Young wideout John Ross III was a star, catching seven passes for 158 yards and two scores. However, three turnovers proved costly. The Bengals and their young coach the very least looked like they belonged in this matchup, which couldn’t be said for every squad coached by a rookie head coach Sunday.

• Case Keenum – Raise your hand if you expected the journeyman quarterback and Washington’s star-devoid receiving unit to tally 257 yards and two touchdowns as they erupted for a 20-7 halftime lead against the hosting Eagles. Yeah, no chance anyone realistically anticipated that. But that’s the kind of start Washington had. Third-round draft pick Terry McLaurin had three-catches for 104 yards and a touchdown, and the ageless Vernon Davis scored on a 48-yard catch-hurdle-and-run. And then … the old Redskins showed up. They mustered only 6 yards in the third quarter. Keenum overthrew McLaurin on a would-be touchdown, and a weary defense surrendered one big play after another en route to defeat. Keenum did have a garbage-time touchdown to Trey Quinn make the score a respectable 32-27 (and cover the spread). But an inability to sustain early success ruined Washington’s chance for an upset and Keenum’s bid for a triumphant debut.

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Hurricane Dorian death toll at 44, but officials, residents know it will rise dramatically

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The grim toll of Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas reached 44 on Sunday, according to the Caribbean nation’s government, which expects the number of dead to rise.

Minister of Health Duane Sands told the Miami Herald the official death toll represents confirmed deaths and is tabulated as the bodies arrive at the morgue. The majority of the deaths reportedly came in the Abaco Islands. In the other hard-hit area, Grand Bahama, officials attribute eight deaths to Hurricane Dorian.

Residents say the official death toll is substantially lower than the reality.

Fox News arrived in Grand Bahama early Saturday morning and learned of at least 18 deaths in the eastern part of the island. In one small settlement known as High Rock, residents say 17 are dead.

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With tears welling in his eyes and his voice cracking, Cecil Willard Kemp listed every name.

“Seventeen persons out of my town are dead,” Kemp said. “That’s unprecedented.”

Kemp, a local pastor, told Fox News the youngest was a five-year-old boy named Maury.

In Nassau, evacuees are being flown into a private airport and tended to in large white tents. Inside there is food and water. Volunteers are helping to process those coming in and either place them in a shelter or transport them to family nearby.

Near one tent, there is a sign identifying it as a family waiting area.

Atish Kemp was looking for her family and criticizing the Bahamian government for what she considers an inadequate response and an egregious lack of transparency.

Kemp, who is not related to Cecil Kemp, accused the Bahamian government of not telling the truth about the death toll and said dead bodies, still lying in the hot sun, could threaten the health of Bahamians.

“Who’s going to be responsible for the lost souls?” she asked. “Who is going to explain to us why we have no plan before [Dorian made landfall], and why we still don’t have any plans?”

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Atish Kemp told Fox News dozens of her relatives are unaccounted for.

She believes many, including a niece who was in Freeport, Grand Bahama, could be among the dead.

Kemp says her niece “went to have a baby” the Saturday before the hurricane came and she hasn’t heard from her since.

Officials with the Bahamian government have repeatedly denied allegations of a cover-up and pushed back on what they call “rumors on the Internet,” related to both the death toll and allegations of rejected humanitarian aid.

On Sunday, the minister of health said the death toll is not the government’s priority.

“The priority,” Duane Sands said, “is to find those people for their loved ones who are missing them […] to put food in people’s bellies, water in their throat.”

The prime minister’s office did not respond to Fox News’ request for an on-camera interview with either the prime minister or Sands.

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Hurricane Dorian death toll at 44, but officials, residents know it will rise dramatically

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The grim toll of Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas reached 44 on Sunday, according to the Caribbean nation’s government, which expects the number of dead to rise.

Minister of Health Duane Sands told the Miami Herald the official death toll represents confirmed deaths and is tabulated as the bodies arrive at the morgue. The majority of the deaths reportedly came in the Abaco Islands. In the other hard-hit area, Grand Bahama, officials attribute eight deaths to Hurricane Dorian.

Residents say the official death toll is substantially lower than the reality.

Fox News arrived in Grand Bahama early Saturday morning and learned of at least 18 deaths in the eastern part of the island. In one small settlement known as High Rock, residents say 17 are dead.

DORIAN TOPPLES CRANE IN CANADA, CAUSES BLACKOUTS AS STORM ROLLS NORTH

With tears welling in his eyes and his voice cracking, Cecil Willard Kemp listed every name.

“Seventeen persons out of my town are dead,” Kemp said. “That’s unprecedented.”

Kemp, a local pastor, told Fox News the youngest was a five-year-old boy named Maury.

In Nassau, evacuees are being flown into a private airport and tended to in large white tents. Inside there is food and water. Volunteers are helping to process those coming in and either place them in a shelter or transport them to family nearby.

Near one tent, there is a sign identifying it as a family waiting area.

Atish Kemp was looking for her family and criticizing the Bahamian government for what she considers an inadequate response and an egregious lack of transparency.

Kemp, who is not related to Cecil Kemp, accused the Bahamian government of not telling the truth about the death toll and said dead bodies, still lying in the hot sun, could threaten the health of Bahamians.

“Who’s going to be responsible for the lost souls?” she asked. “Who is going to explain to us why we have no plan before [Dorian made landfall], and why we still don’t have any plans?”

WEATHER AGENCY BACKS TRUMP, SAYS DORIAN COULD’VE HIT ALABAMA

Atish Kemp told Fox News dozens of her relatives are unaccounted for.

She believes many, including a niece who was in Freeport, Grand Bahama, could be among the dead.

Kemp says her niece “went to have a baby” the Saturday before the hurricane came and she hasn’t heard from her since.

Officials with the Bahamian government have repeatedly denied allegations of a cover-up and pushed back on what they call “rumors on the Internet,” related to both the death toll and allegations of rejected humanitarian aid.

On Sunday, the minister of health said the death toll is not the government’s priority.

“The priority,” Duane Sands said, “is to find those people for their loved ones who are missing them […] to put food in people’s bellies, water in their throat.”

The prime minister’s office did not respond to Fox News’ request for an on-camera interview with either the prime minister or Sands.

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How Elizabeth Warren Raised Big Money Before She Denounced Big Money

On the highest floor of the tallest building in Boston, Senator Elizabeth Warren was busy collecting big checks from some of the city’s politically connected insiders. It was April 2018 and Ms. Warren, up for re-election, was at a breakfast fund-raiser hosted for her by John M. Connors Jr., one of the old-guard power brokers of Massachusetts.

Soon after, Ms. Warren was in Manhattan doing the same. There would be trips to Hollywood and Silicon Valley, Martha’s Vineyard and Philadelphia — all with fund-raisers on the agenda. She collected campaign funds at the private home of at least one California megadonor, and was hosted by another in Florida. She held finance events until two weeks before her all-but-assured re-election last November.

Then, early this year, Ms. Warren made a bold bet that would delight the left: She announced she was quitting this big-money circuit in the 2020 presidential primary, vowing not to attend private fund-raisers or dial up rich donors anymore. Admirers and activists praised her stand — but few noted the fact that she had built a financial cushion by pocketing big checks the years before.

The open secret of Ms. Warren’s campaign is that her big-money fund-raising through 2018 helped lay the foundation for her anti-big-money run for the presidency. Last winter and spring, she transferred $10.4 million in leftover funds from her 2018 Senate campaign to underwrite her 2020 run, a portion of which was raised from the same donor class she is now running against.

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As Ms. Warren has risen in the polls on her populist and anti-corruption message, some donors and, privately, opponents are chafing at her campaign’s purity claims of being “100 percent grass-roots funded.” Several donors now hosting events for her rivals organized fund-raisers for her last year.

“Can you spell hypocrite?” said former Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, who contributed $4,000 to Ms. Warren in 2018 and is now supporting former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Mr. Rendell said he had recruited donors to attend an intimate fund-raising dinner for Ms. Warren last year at Barclay Prime, a Philadelphia steakhouse where the famed cheesesteak goes for $120. (The dish includes Wagyu rib-eye, foie gras, truffled cheese whiz and a half-bottle of champagne.) He said he received a “glowing thank-you letter” from Ms. Warren afterward.

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Former Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania contributed $4,000 to Ms. Warren in 2018. He is now supporting former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.CreditMatt Rourke/Associated Press

But when Mr. Rendell co-hosted Mr. Biden’s first fund-raiser this spring, Ms. Warren’s campaign sent brickbats, deriding the affair as “a swanky private fund-raiser for wealthy donors,” the likes of which she now shuns.

“She didn’t have any trouble taking our money the year before,” Mr. Rendell said. “All of a sudden, we were bad guys and power brokers and influence-peddlers. In 2018, we were wonderful.”

Supporters of Ms. Warren say her presidential campaign should not be criticized for trying to lessen the influence of big donors now, even if she wooed and benefited from them previously.

“There’s a perverse incentive system for public officials,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which has endorsed Ms. Warren. If candidates continue the big-money status quo, he said, “you don’t get called a hypocrite. But if you stick your neck out, take chances, challenge power, and try to change the system step by step, you get criticized for not taking every step possible all at once.”

Ms. Warren’s surplus Senate cash has undergirded two important elements of her 2020 run. She was able to invest early in a massive political organization — spending 87 cents of every dollar she raised in early 2019 — without fear of bankrupting her bid, and she had that financial backstop to lessen the risk of forgoing traditional fund-raisers.

“It gave her some running room,” said Mary Anne Marsh, a Democratic strategist based in Massachusetts, though she still called banning fund-raisers a “big risk.”

Advisers to Ms. Warren defended her campaign finance decisions and noted that big-money fund-raisers, like the ones with Mr. Connors and Mr. Rendell, accounted for only about one-quarter of the $25.8 million she raised in 2017 and 2018.

Kristen Orthman, Ms. Warren’s communications director, said the senator “believes that to take back the White House we need to build a grass-roots movement.”

“When we made the decision to run the campaign this way, the players in the usual money-for-influence game dismissed it as naïve and said it would never work and it would kill the campaign,” Ms. Orthman said. “We’re pleased that our grass-roots strategy has been so effective that they’re now threatened enough to be attacking us for it.”

Since Ms. Warren’s announcement in February, her disavowal of closed-door events with the donor class has become an inextricable part of the DNA of her candidacy as she promises to bring about structural change to American society.

It is the reason, her campaign advisers say, that she has the time to dedicate to hourslong selfie lines, to expand the map of states she can visit, and to call up small donors at random to thank them for giving, rather than pleading for more $2,800 donations from the well-to-do.

“The best president money can’t buy,” read campaign T-shirts and tank tops.

That message — paired with a raft of ambitious policy proposals — resonated with enough small contributors to propel Ms. Warren to raise $19.2 million in the second quarter of 2019 (the third most in the field) and to the top tier in the polls.

The only other Democratic candidate to bypass big-money events is her fellow liberal in the race, Senator Bernie Sanders. He has transferred $10.1 million from old accounts to his 2020 campaign, but, unlike Ms. Warren, he had eschewed high-dollar fund-raisers in past races. (Other senators transferred money into their 2020 bids as well.)

There is no way to say exactly how much of the $10.4 million Ms. Warren transferred from 2018 was attributable to large donations. Her campaign said she had 380,000 donors to her re-election who gave an average of $30 — a strong grass-roots following. Records show about $6 million of her Senate funds also came from donors who gave $1,000 or more.

Ms. Warren speaking to supporters on the night she won re-election in Massachusetts last year.CreditMichael Dwyer/Associated Press

Throughout 2017 and 2018, Ms. Warren paired appeals to small contributors with a robust operation courting big ones.

In early 2017, Ms. Warren had created the Elizabeth Warren Action Fund, which could raise money above the $5,400 candidate limit. The extra funds went to her political action committee, which she would then redistribute to other party committees and politicians, and the Massachusetts Democratic Party; she closed the joint account in late 2018.

Ms. Warren also traveled the country extensively to fund-raise, according to invitations obtained by The New York Times and people familiar with the events, though she often found a chillier reception in New York because of her anti-Wall Street rhetoric.

In Florida, she was hosted for an event by the billionaires Henry and Marsha Laufer. In New York, Meyer S. Frucher, the vice chairman of Nasdaq, held a reception for her. She was hosted by the “Lost” creator Damon Lindelof and his wife, Heidi, in Southern California. The philanthropist Stephen M. Silberstein had Ms. Warren over to his San Francisco-area home. And as late as the fall of 2018, she visited Silicon Valley, where Karla Jurvetson, a multimillion-dollar Democratic contributor, hosted an event for her.

This year, Ms. Jurvetson also donated money to the Democratic National Committee on Ms. Warren’s behalf, as first reported by BuzzFeed, to help her campaign purchase information about voters (she was not solicited directly by Ms. Warren).,. Ms. Jurvetson declined to comment through a spokesman.

Mr. Silberstein said he had bristled when he first heard Ms. Warren would stop doing events like the dinner he had held for her. “My first reaction was I was insulted,” he said in an interview, but then came to see it as a “gutsy move.”

“After I sort of got over the fact that she wouldn’t be calling me anymore, I saw that she made a big success out of it,” he said.

As the 2018 election neared, Ms. Warren’s big money was partly bankrolling an apparent 2020 apparatus in waiting. Ms. Warren said in late September last year that she would “take a hard look” at a White House run. Her Senate campaign notably aired zero television ads (as did Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, ahead of her run). Some of the money that Ms. Warren did not stockpile went to strategic giveaways and investments, such as deploying staff in the early nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire in 2018.

Ms. Warren continued to press for donations into October. Her campaign invited donors to attend a Senate debate watch event, with the added draw that Ms. Warren would visit after she got offstage. Her last fund-raising event, an intimate round table in Cambridge, came on Oct. 27.

Sean Curran, who contributed $5,400 to Ms. Warren’s Senate campaign but co-hosted an event for Senator Kamala Harris of California this year, said the move by Ms. Warren to forgo private fund-raisers now was “consistent with her values.”

“If any other candidate did this, I’d say they were looking for the cheap political advantage,” Mr. Curran said.

The choice to swear off fund-raisers was certainly seen as fraught when she made it. Her finance director and another top fund-raising official quickly resigned. And in late March, she had to dip briefly into those Senate reserves, as her fund-raising briefly did not keep up with her spending. But the decision has proved a central selling point for Ms. Warren, who by the end of June had nearly $20 million in the bank and will stand at center stage with Mr. Biden at Thursday’s debate.

Ms. Warren campaigning at a house party in Hampton Falls, N.H., in September.CreditElizabeth Frantz for The New York Times

Steven Grossman, a Boston-area donor and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who contributed the maximum amount to Ms. Warren’s 2018 campaign, said the biggest advantage of Ms. Warren’s carry-over cash was the ability for her to invest in staff early on.

“Everyone else was playing catch-up ball,” Mr. Grossman said. He is now a supporter of Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.

Mr. Green, the Warren supporter, said her vow to skip fund-raisers had led to small donations.

“When we point out to our grass-roots that Elizabeth Warren needs you more because she’s forgoing big-money fund-raising, that definitely is a more compelling pitch that results in more people taking out their credit card,” he said.

Ms. Warren has said her ban on fund-raisers only applies to the primary. Should she win the nomination, she would return to the events to compete with Republicans. (Faiz Shakir, campaign manager to Mr. Sanders, said the senator would not hold such fund-raisers if he is the nominee.)

So how much did the Senate money help Ms. Warren get a jump on her presidential rivals?

Here’s one way to look at it: As of the end of June, only five candidates besides Ms. Warren, out of two dozen Democratic hopefuls, had even raised more than $10.4 million, the amount of her Senate transfer.

“Certainly it’s a lot easier if you have $12 million as a starting point,” Andrew Yang, the businessman and first-time candidate, said with a laugh. “If she hadn’t, then it might have been a slightly different calculation.”

Mr. Yang went on: “But you can’t begrudge something that someone has done at an earlier point if they decide to move in a direction that I personally think is very positive.”

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Michael Goodwin: Warren sneaks up on weakening, gaffe-prone Biden

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In his “Confessions,” Saint ­Augustine admitted he had prayed, “Lord, make me chaste, but not yet.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren would understand.

She wants to be the Democrats’ 2020 nominee, but doesn’t necessarily want to be the front-runner, at least not yet. She’d rather watch Joe Biden have the honor — and the target on his back.

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Biden will once again be the ­piñata at Thursday’s debate because the best way for any of his nine rivals to gain ground is to beat up on him, as Sen. Kamala Harris proved in the first debate.

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But Warren is the one to watch this time. Most national polls have her second, with two recent ones showing her trailing the former vice president by just four points.

She is drawing by far the largest crowds and is focused, energized and organized. Biden, on the other hand, had a terrible week, with a growing realization in the party that his flubs and memory lapses are not passing problems.

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Jerry Jones: Prescott deal near as Cowboys top Giants 35-17

Dak Prescott still doesn’t want to talk about his contract.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says his star quarterback might not have to dodge the questions much longer.

After Prescott helped lighten the load on Ezekiel Elliott in the running back’s return from a long holdout by tying a career high with four touchdown passes in a 35-17 season-opening win over the New York Giants, Jones said a deal with the two-time Pro Bowler was “imminent.”

“Oh, yes, I do know that we’ll get it done,” Jones said Sunday night. “It would probably be fair to say it’ll be done on an imminent basis. Imminent. Without being real clear, bright lined. It’s not done. What’s imminent? Well, days. Days. Or something like that.”

Saquon Barkley ran 59 yards on his first carry of the season, setting up Eli Manning’s touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead. But the Giants simply couldn’t keep up with a Dallas offense eager to see what could happen at full strength.

“I think we moved the ball well, did a lot of good things,” Manning said. “Just didn’t play well enough, and just keep up with what Dallas was doing. And the second half kind of got out of hand.”

As expected, Elliott didn’t seem to be in peak form after spending almost all of the preseason trying to stay in shape in Mexico while waiting for the $90 million, six-year contract extension that was settled on the morning of the first full workout of the regular season.

The two-time NFL rushing champion did find a seam for a 10-yard touchdown to put the Cowboys up 35-10 late in the third quarter. Elliott finished with 53 yards on 13 carries.

“Obviously, I was a little rusty,” said Elliott, who had one catch for 10 yards as coach Jason Garrett acknowledged the Cowboys wanted to keep his snap count down, with the coach saying the number ended up in the low 30s.

“I didn’t have the best game I’ve ever had. I have to improve, but that’s just going to come with time and just getting more reps.”

This going-away win was all about Prescott in his second career 400-yard game, a 405-yarder in the first game of his fourth season.

Prescott’s representatives and the Cowboys were working on a deal for a new contract in the days before the opener, but now the issue will linger into the season. Perhaps the NFL’s best bargain ($2 million salary in the final year of his rookie deal) isn’t getting any less expensive.

“I have people that handle that,” Prescott said. “My focus is on this team, on the football game. I think as long as I can continue to do that, this team will do things like we did tonight. That’s been all my focus for the past three months.”

The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year thrived in play-caller Kellen Moore’s debut, making several perfect throws on his way to a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

Prescott completed 25 of 32 passes without an interception, finding seven different receivers while two of them had 100-yard days: Michael Gallup (seven catches for 158 yards) and Amari Cooper (six for 106).

One of the on-the-money tosses was a 21-yard touchdown to Cooper, who’s in his first full season with Dallas after a midseason trade that boosted a stagnant offense and helped send the Cowboys to their second NFC East title in three seasons with Prescott and Elliott.

Prescott babied a throw to Blake Jarwin because the tight end was so open over the middle on a 28-yard score that was Jarwin’s fourth touchdown in two games against the Giants. The other three were in last year’s finale at the Giants, also Prescott’s other four-TD game.

The career high-tying TD pass for Prescott was to the newcomer among his receivers, Randall Cobb, who was wide open over the middle on a 25-yarder for a 28-10 lead.

A multitude of offseason changes on defense didn’t help the Giants, last in the NFC East in 2018. After taking the early lead on Manning’s 1-yard toss to Evan Engram, they gave up TD drives of 75, 93, 83, 75 and 89 yards on five consecutive possessions from the first through third quarters.

EMPTY YARDS

Barkley ended up with 120 yards on 11 carries after the huge opening run along with four catches for 19 yards. But most of those yards didn’t matter much because the Giants couldn’t get the Cowboys off the field until the outcome had been decided. Engram had 10 catches for 110 yards. New York ended up with 470 yards.

FINDING WITTEN

Jason Witten — back for a club-record 16th season for Dallas after a year in retirement as a broadcaster — scored his 69th career touchdown on a 4-yard grab. Manning reached the same milestone with the Giants while starting his 15th consecutive opener.

JONES DEBUTS

Daniel Jones, the sixth overall choice in the draft, made his NFL debut in the final two minutes. Jones had a strong preseason after facing criticism when the Giants made the surprising pick. The heir apparent to the 38-year-old Manning was 3 of 4 for 17 yards and lost a fumble on a play that was reversed after he was ruled down. “I thought it was the right thing to do to get him some work,” coach Pat Shurmur said.

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Giants: Home opener against Buffalo next Sunday.

Cowboys: At Washington next Sunday.

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Michael Goodwin: Warren sneaks up on weakening, gaffe-prone Biden

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In his “Confessions,” Saint ­Augustine admitted he had prayed, “Lord, make me chaste, but not yet.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren would understand.

She wants to be the Democrats’ 2020 nominee, but doesn’t necessarily want to be the front-runner, at least not yet. She’d rather watch Joe Biden have the honor — and the target on his back.

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Biden will once again be the ­piñata at Thursday’s debate because the best way for any of his nine rivals to gain ground is to beat up on him, as Sen. Kamala Harris proved in the first debate.

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But Warren is the one to watch this time. Most national polls have her second, with two recent ones showing her trailing the former vice president by just four points.

She is drawing by far the largest crowds and is focused, energized and organized. Biden, on the other hand, had a terrible week, with a growing realization in the party that his flubs and memory lapses are not passing problems.

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Air Force Orders Investigation Into Lodging At Trump’s Turnberry Resort

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The Air Force has launched an international investigation into how it chooses layovers near an air base in Scotland in the wake of revelations that crew members stayed at President Donald Trump’s luxury Turnberry golf resort.

“Air Force leadership directed Air Mobility Command to review all guidance pertaining to selection of airports and lodging accommodations during international travels,” the Air Force said in a statement that was first obtained by Politico.

Initial reviews indicate that air crew transiting through Scotland adhered to all guidance and procedures,” the statement noted. But while “lodging at higher-end accommodations” might be within government rates and “allowable,” it might not be “advisable,” it added. 

“Even when USAF aircrews follow all directives and guidance, we must still be considerate of perceptions of not being good stewards of taxpayer funds that might be created through the appearance of aircrew staying at such locations,” the statement said.

The lodging — and millions of dollars in refueling stops at Glasgow Prestwick Airport just 23 miles from the Trump resort — triggered an investigation by the House Oversight Committee earlier this year to determine if taxpayer funds were being used to aid both the airport and Trump’s resort.

Crew members stayed at Turnberry during at least two refueling trips between the U.S. and the Mideast, Politico reported. A representative of the Trump Organization told The New York Times that military personnel stayed a few times

Total payments for refueling by the Department of Defense to the commercial airport owned by the Scottish government could total as much $21 million by the time the contract ends, The Scotsman reported. The Pentagon provides Prestwick’s biggest revenue stream, though the fuel could have been obtained at an American — or allied — military base. Both Prestwick and Trump’s Turnberry have struggled financially.

The Department of Defense has so far ignored requests by the House committee for documents concerning the stays — and the Prestwick contract, according to Politico.

“The airport closest to the Trump Turnberry golf course … has been viewed as integral to the golf course’s financial success, yet it too has lost millions of dollars every year since its purchase by the Scottish government in 2013,” committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in a letter in June to acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. “Given the president’s continued financial stake in his Scotland golf courses, these reports raise questions.”

Trump’s Turnberry resort lost $4.5 million in 2017, but revenue increased $3 million in 2018.

The Scotsman newspaper has reported that the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency has already negotiated another contract beginning in October with Prestwick extending to 2024 for 12.4 million gallons of fuel, 3 million more than the current contract, which is about to expire.

Prestwick held discussions in 2017 about “potential partnership opportunities” with Trump Turnberry, according to documents obtained by The Scotsman’s Sunday newspaper. Prestwick is currently up for sale.

The House Oversight Committee also now plans to investigate Vice President Mike Pence’s stay at Trump’s Irish golf resort during an official visit to Ireland last week, even though the resort was 180 miles away — on the other side of the island nation — from planned meetings in Dublin.

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Sen. Ed Markey’s Reelection Bid Gets Key Backing From Progressive Rep. Ro Khanna

Rep. Ro Khanna, a California Democrat with strong ties to the party’s progressive base, endorsed the reelection next year of Sen. Ed Markey, fortifying the Massachusetts Democrat as he seeks to thwart what could be a tough primary race.

Boston lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan already has launched a challenge to Markey’s renomination from the left. And Rep. Joe Kennedy III, a grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy, may take on the senator, which would ensure a national spotlight on the intra-party battle.

Khanna, who represents much of the Silicon Valley technology corridor, stressed Markey’s commitment to an aggressive approach in dealing with climate change as he detailed his endorsement for HuffPost. 

“No one matters more on climate change in the entire Congress than Ed Markey,” Khanna said. “He has the expertise on understanding what we need to do to implement a Green New Deal and the legislative skill to be able to build a coalition for legislation that can pass the Senate. When we have a Democratic president, we’re going to need Ed Markey to lead on climate change. So if someone cares about climate change, they need Ed Markey.” 

Khanna, who first won his House seat in 2016 by defeating a Democratic incumbent, recently invited Markey to speak at a gathering of tech company leaders in his district. At the event and in his endorsement of Markey to HuffPost, Khanna cited Markey’s work during decades he spent in the House shepherding complex and controversial legislation that helped usher in the modern internet and telecommunications infrastructure.

Markey, who first won his Senate seat in a 2013 special election, also has led the fight to reinstate net neutrality rules barring internet service providers from treating different kinds of web traffic unequally, Khanna noted.

“He is one of the most critical leaders when it comes to technology,” Khanna said.

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The Massachusetts primary is just about a year away ― it will be held next Sept. 15 ― and Khanna is the first House member to endorse Markey’s reelection. Earlier this year he became the first House member to back a 2020 primary bid by Marie Newman, the manager of a progressive nonprofit, against Rep. Dan Lipinski, a conservative Democrat from Illinois.

In 2018, Khanna was the only member of Congress to offer support to the then-unknown Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York’s Democratic primary. He initially backed Rep. Joe Crowley, the powerful incumbent Ocasio-Cortez unseated in a startling upset, but made it a dual endorsement after a backlash from left-leaning activists.

Markey, who arrived in Washington as a House member in 1977, already is stressing his long commitment to progressive causes and policies as he gears up to rebuff the challenge from Liss-Riordan. And should Kennedy enter the race, his record as a House member since 2013 will make the contrast easier for Markey to draw. Although Kennedy is officially a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, he held off on supporting marijuana legalization until November and did not join the co-sponsors of a single-payer health care bill in the House until February.

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In the fight for progressive support, Markey should benefit from having been an early alarm-sounder on climate change, which young activists have propelled to the fore of the national debate in the past two years.

He was a lead author of a cap-and-trade carbon regulation bill that passed the House in 2010 but then died in the Senate. And he is a co-sponsor, with Ocasio-Cortez, of a resolution calling for the Green New Deal ― a plan for massive economic mobilization that aims to shift the U.S. entirely to renewable energy in the coming decades.

Markey also developed a strong relationship with the Sunrise Movement, a group of young climate activists who have engaged in civil disobedience to push for the Green New Deal. The group endorsed him in August.

And Elizabeth Warren, his Massachusetts colleague in the Senate whose bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Markey endorsed in July, returned the favor with a video endorsement of him last month.

Campaign records showed Markey had over $4 million in cash on hand as of the end of June ― slightly less than Kennedy’s $4.2 million. Liss-Riordan, who lent her campaign $1 million, had just under that amount left in the bank

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Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Ben Watson, New England Patriots tight end; Dr. Oz; Michelle Malkin, author of “Open Borders Inc.”

Hannity, 9 p.m. ET: Gregg Jarrett, Fox News legal analyst, author of “Witch Hunt: The Story of the Greatest Mass Delusion in American Political History.”

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Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m., ET: An interview with John Schnatter, founder and former CEO and chairman of Papa John’s Pizza; Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst; Nile Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation, and a former aide to British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Varney & Co., 9 a.m., ET: Jim Mattis, former U.S. defense secretary and author of “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead.” Doug Schoen, Fox News contributor and former Clinton pollster.

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The Fox News Rundown podcast: “A Look Ahead to a Busy Week in Politics” – The 2020 presidential race is intensifying. As the 10 Democratic candidates prepare to face off this week in Houston, Texas for the third debate, another Republican, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, has stepped into the primary to challenge President Trump. Tom Bevan, president of RealClearPolitics, weighs in. As Congress returns from recess, some on the left hope lawmakers will focus on gun reform. But what are the chances they’ll get anything done? Fox News’ Chad Pergram discusses what will be on the agenda. Plus, commentary by Deroy Murdock, contributing editor with the National Review and Fox News contributor.
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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Special guests include: U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga.; Michael Goodwin, New York Post columnist; Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union; Joe Horrigan, retired Pro Football Hall of Fame executive, on his new book, “NFL Century: The One-Hundred-Year Rise of America’s Greatest Sports League.”

The Todd Starnes Show, Noon ET: U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., will discuss what the GOP is focusing on when Congress returns to Washington. 

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