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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/28/13

NFL Updates: Sunday's big performances, Week 9 schedule and more

October 28, 2013

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There were plenty of storylines and interesting happenings around the NFL yesterday, as the bulk of the Week 8 games played out. We’ve still got one more game to go this evening, so while we’re waiting for the Seahawks and Rams to kick off, let’s take a look around the league at some of the noteworthy players and headlines out there. Here’s the latest.

Packers-Vikings Notes: Last night’s edition of “Sunday Night Football” was pretty much all Packers, save for Cordarrelle Patterson’s record-setting 109-yard kickoff return on the game’s opening play. After that, Aaron Rodgers and company kept the Pack in front with a great offensive performance that featured exactly zero punts throughout the game. For his part, Rodgers posted a 24-for-29 line for 285 yards and two scores to Jordy Nelson, who is now the big man on campus within the beat-up receiving corps. Green Bay also got a big boost from their running game, with a combined 182 yards on the ground in the 44-31 win.
For Minnesota, there weren’t too many great accomplishments to speak of. Adrian Peterson had an okay game, but missed out on his usual big numbers once again, with 83 total yards and a score.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/28/13

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Sunday’s Big Performers: We saw quite a few huge performances yesterday, and not all of them came from the usual places. Let’s take a look at some of the big stat lines from around the league.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: An amazing 329(!) receiving yards on 14 receptions. That’s the second-highest total of all time.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: A career-high five touchdown passes against a horrible Jets defense in a blowout.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders: 106 rush yards on nine carries including a 93-yard touchdown score (an NFL record for a QB).
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals: 154 rush yards (including an 80-yarder) and a score on 15 carries.
Josh Brown, K, New York Giants: Five field goals (the Giants’ only scores) from 40, 44, 33, 46 and 27 yards.

WR Breakouts: A couple of relatively little-known wide receivers had their coming out parties yesterday, and they’ll be the talk of the league this week. First up is the Bengals’ Marvin Jones, who caught four of Andy Dalton’s five TD passes for 122 yards on eight catches. He’s quickly becoming a great second option behind No. 1 wide-out A.J. Green.
Then there’s Saints WR Kenny Stills. The rookie nabbed three balls for an impressive 129 yards and two touchdowns. None of the other New Orleans receivers--save for maybe Jimmy Graham--even came close to Stills’ production.

NFL Week 9 Schedule: Week 8 hasn’t officially concluded just yet, but we can’t resist taking a look forward to Week 9. It’ll be another fairly heavy bye week, but there are plenty of noteworthy matchups on the schedule. Here’s a look at the full slate, along with the game times and TV networks you can catch the action on.

Week 9 Byes: Broncos, Cardinals, Jaguars, Lions, Giants, 49ers

Thursday, October 31:

8:25 PM ET:
Bengals at Dolphins (NFL Network)

Sunday, November 3:

1:00 PM ET Games:
Falcons at Panthers (FOX)
Vikings at Cowboys (FOX)
Saints at Jets (FOX)
Titans at Rams (CBS)
Chiefs at Bills (CBS)
Chargers at Redskins (CBS)

4:05 PM ET Games:
Eagles at Raiders (FOX)
Buccaneers at Seahawks (FOX)

4:25 PM ET Games:
Ravens at Browns (CBS)
Steelers at Patriots (CBS)

8:30 PM ET:
Colts at Texans (NBC)

Monday, November 4:

8:40 PM ET:
Bears at Packers (ESPN)

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