The surprising Pittsburgh Pirates enter the second full week of the season a cool 7-2, after taking three of four games from the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend. Sunday’s heroes are not exactly new names to fantasy managers, but right-hander Jameson Taillon and outfielder Gregory Polanco did not emerge as the statistical superstars so many predicted they’d become last season; Taillon fell out of the top 200 in ESPN average live drafts and Polanco was a 14th-round selection. The upside for each is, of course, considerably greater, presuming health. Ah, there it is. Health cures all!

Next up, rest. That’s Landeskog’s plan anyway — lay on the couch with his dog and watch the Masters on Sunday. Then, get ready for Nashville.

“If we play the way we played tonight, we have a good chance,” Bernier said.

Leading 2-1 late in the third, MacKinnon beat Allen with a shot over the goaltender’s shoulder. MacKinnon had been held without a goal since March 18 when he had two against Detroit. He finished with 97 points — the most by an Avalanche player since Joe Sakic had 100 in 2006-07.

But with NFL viewership falling nearly 20% over the past two seasons, Manning is viewed as a game changer.

The five-time NFL MVP was the league’s most popular player during his career. With his multiple endorsements and “Saturday Night Live” appearances, Manning would appeal to both advertisers on Madison Avenue and viewers.

“Peyton is worth every penny. Advertisers love him — and the league wants this to happen,” said another source.

With Manning’s vast knowledge of football and penchant for film study, network executives are hoping he is getting bored with retirement.

His new life has been filled with charity events, such as singing with country music star Thomas Rhett last week in Indianapolis, and ceremonial appearances like Daytona. He sold his stake in 31 Papa John’s restaurants in the Denver area just two days before the league dropped the brand as its official pizza sponsor.

TV networks can’t wait around forever for Manning to make up his mind.buccaneers_081