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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/8/13

NFL Updates: Jets-Falcons, Week 6 Schedule and More

October 8, 2013

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Now that the NFL’s Week 5 is officially in the books, it’s time to start looking forward to the slate of Week 6 games, which officially begins in just two days. While we’re cruising through the short NFL turnaround, let’s visit some of the noteworthy storylines out there that everyone’s talking about this morning. Here’s the latest.

Falcons-Jets Notes: What a game we were treated to last night in Atlanta. The Jets and Falcons battled the whole evening, and things came down to the last second as New York eked out a victory 30-28.
Jets QB Geno Smith took another step forward in his maturity, tossing a solid 16-for-20 line for 199 and three scores. It was even more impressive considering his beat-up receiving corps. Jeff Cumberland and Jeremy Kerley both managed touchdowns.
For the Falcons, it was yet another disappointing outing. Atlanta couldn’t get much of a run game going, but did find some success against the Jets secondary. They’ll have a bye this week in order to try and get healthy (Steven Jackson, Roddy White, etc.); they’ll also have to answer some tough questions about their sub-par performance thus far.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/8/13

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Josh Freeman, QB, Minnesota Vikings: One of the big storylines from yesterday was that maligned QB Josh Freeman would be signing with Minnesota. The one-year deal is worth around $3 million. Add that to the salary he’s already earned and his termination pay from the Buccaneers, and he’s set to make over $11.4 million dollars this season.
Freeman joins an already muddy QB situation with the Vikings, as Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel (who played during the team’s only win this year) are already on the roster. For now, Ponder is the starter, but we’d call it a fluid situation. The Vikings are hoping they can remedy whatever it is that’s wrong with Freeman. If they can do that relatively quickly, they may have at least a short-term patch for their limp passing game.

Clay Matthews, LB, Green Bay Packers: It looks like the Packers will be without their most dynamic defensive playmaker for the foreseeable future. Matthews was diagnosed with a broken thumb yesterday, and he’s expected to be out of action for around one month.
Even though it’s bad news, that’s a substantially rosier outcome than was originally feared. The Packers were under a worst-case-scenario impression that he’d be out for the entire season. We’ll keep an eye on Matthews’ progress as he recovers and let you know how things are going.

Broncos-Jaguars Already Makes History: We’ll touch on this one briefly, as it’s a pretty amusing news item--unless you’re a Jags fan. In the early Week 6 betting lines released yesterday, the Broncos are favored over the Jaguars by a whopping 28 points. That ties the record for the highest spread of all time, equaling a mark set by the Baltimore Colts over the Atlanta Falcons all the way back in 1966. (Atlanta covered, by the way.)
If nothing else, the enormous spread adds a little intrigue to a game that’s destined to be as lopsided as they come. The Broncos scored 51 points in Week 5--that’s as many as Jacksonville has scored all season.

Week 6 Schedule: These short turnarounds between NFL weeks ensure that there’s never much of a lull for football fans. Thursday isn’t too far away, and that will kick off an interesting set of Week 6 action that will continue through Monday. Let’s take a closer look at the upcoming schedule and the TV networks you can catch the games on.

Bye Week: Dolphins, Falcons

Thursday, October 10:

Giants at Bears, 8:25 PM ET (NFL Network)

Sunday, October 13:

1:00 PM ET Games:
Packers at Ravens (FOX)
Bengals at Bills (CBS)
Lions at Browns (FOX)
Rams at Texans (FOX)
Panthers at Vikings (FOX)
Raiders at Chiefs (CBS)
Steelers at Jets (CBS)
Eagles at Buccaneers (FOX)

4:05 PM ET Games:
Jaguars at Broncos (CBS)
Titans at Seahawks (CBS)

4:25 PM ET Games:
Saints at Patriots (FOX)
Cardinals at 49ers (FOX)

8:30 PM ET Game:
Redskins at Cowboys (NBC)

Monday, October 14:

Colts at Chargers, 8:40 PM ET (ESPN)

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