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Inconsistent Blazers visit Jazz

Nov
07

Becoming more efficient on offense is an ongoing quest for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Portland tried to rally in the second half but could not climb out the cavernous hole. In the end, the Blazers failed to eclipse 100 points for the first time all season.

Creating offense won’t be easy against Utah. The Jazz’s defense hasn’t lost a step from the level it reached a year ago.

Utah (4-3) gave Dallas fits for four quarters in a 104-89 win over the Mavericks on Monday. The Jazz forced 24 turnovers and turned them into 33 points. It helped counteract sizzling perimeter shooting from Dallas and break open a close game in the fourth quarter.

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said in a conference call Tuesday that no players are facing suspension for on-field actions in Week 8. A fine is still possible, however.

“That’s how it felt,” Peppers said of passing Doleman while shrugging his shoulders. “It’s nice. When I’m done, when I hang them up one day, I’ll look back, and I’ll be like, ‘Damn! That was pretty nice. That’s a pretty big accomplishment.’ But right now I’m in the midst of it, and I don’t have time to celebrate.

“Definitely, it does feel good. But we’ve got bigger things to handle right now, and that’s to get another win next week.”

The nine-time Pro Bowl selection has a team-leading 7.5 sacks in eight games, the second-fastest pace of his Hall of Fame career.

Peppers spent his first eight seasons with the Panthers before playing the 2010-13 seasons with the Bears and the next three seasons at Green Bay. He is Carolina’s all-time sack leader.
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