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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/9/13

NFL Updates: Steelers' Troubles, Tonight's Games and More

September 9, 2013

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What an amazing opening weekend of NFL football it’s been so far, and we’re still not done. We’ve got a Monday night doubleheader on tap in the next few hours, which will serve as a fitting end to a big Week 1. While we’re waiting for kickoff, let’s take a closer look at some of the big storylines from around the league. Here’s the latest.

Pittsburgh Stumbles: Just about everyone outside of Tennessee penciled in a win for the Steelers yesterday as they opened up against the Titans. Even after being spotted two points on a safety, the offense just couldn’t get going. They fell 16-9, shut down by a new-look Tennessee defense who held them to 195 total yards. Rush-wise, it was a complete disaster, with LaRod Stephens-Howling and Isaac Redman combining for just 28 yards. On the other side, Titans RB Chris Johnson was effective against the Pittsburgh D, tallying 70 yards on 25 carries while Jackie Battle added another 21 and a score.
The Steelers clearly have some work to do (mainly on the offensive line--Roethlisberger was sacked five times yesterday) before their huge Week 2 matchup against the Bengals next Monday night.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/9/13

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Geno Wins First Start: It was a wild one at MetLife yesterday, with the Jets eking out a 18-17 win in a game that was close all the way. Rookie QB Geno Smith got his first career NFL victory with a reasonably solid 24-for-38 passing line that netted 256 yards. Though Smith had a TD pass to his credit, his real contribution was his 47 rush yards. The Jets offense couldn’t get much else going on the ground; Bilal Powell had just 29 yards on 12 carries. The game was decided by a controversial late hit out of bounds that put the Jets in field goal range; they had previously given the Bucs a two-point lead with 34 seconds remaining.
New York won’t get much time to savor this one; they’ll be back in action on Thursday in New England against their AFC East rival Patriots.

Bears Take Trestman’s Debut: The Bears got some help in the form of sloppy play from the Bengals defense yesterday, but did just enough to earn the victory and make head coach Marc Trestman 1-0 in his NFL career. QB Jay Cutler’s favorite target--Brandon Marshall--was in full effect here, nabbing 104 receiving yards and a score. The Bears’ opportunistic defense also managed a few big plays at opportune moments to help secure the 24-21 comeback win.
Chicago officially took their first step away from the Lovie Smith era yesterday, and they’ll continue next week in a divisional matchup versus the Minnesota Vikings. They’ll have to figure out some way to contain Adrian Peterson in this one; he managed three TDs against the Lions.

What to Watch Tonight: Week 1 concludes tonight with a big Monday Night Football doubleheader. We’ll start off in what’s sure to be a hotly-contested NFC East, with Robert Griffin III making his return from his knee injury in the playoffs last season. He and the Redskins will be hosting the Eagles, who will unveil their new offense with Michael Vick once again at the helm. That one starts at 7:10 PM ET on ESPN.
Following that at 10:20 PM ET (also on ESPN), the Houston Texans will head to San Diego to take on the Chargers. One of the biggest stories here will be Houston RB Arian Foster, who is expected to take the field in a time-share with fellow RB Ben Tate. Foster has missed out on the majority of off-season work--and all of the preseason--recovering from injury.

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