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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/30/13

NFL Updates: Packers Running Backs, Week 9 Schedule and More

October 30, 2013

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The short wait for the NFL’s Week 9 stands at just one more day, as we’ll see some more football tomorrow night. With that said, there are plenty of developing storylines happening around the league this week that will affect the upcoming games. Let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy players out there and see what we should be expecting. Here’s the latest.

Deadline Moves: The NFL’s trade deadline came and went yesterday at 3:00 PM ET and…well, nothing much really happened. There was one transaction that took place as a last-minute deal, and it involved the Patriots and the Eagles.
New England added another body to their injury-depleted defensive line by trading for DT Isaac Sopoaga. They also received a sixth-round draft pick for 2014. In exchange, Philadelphia will get a fifth-round pick in the upcoming draft.
The move comes as a direct result of Patriots NT Vince Wilfork being out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/30/13

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Packers Backfield: Are the Packers turning into a running team? It’s not as far-fetched as you might think, at least for the near future. Now that rookie RB Eddie Lacy has hit his stride, he’s quickly becoming the workhorse in Green Bay, and the team is all too happy to feed him. He’s gotten at least 22 carries in the last four games, capped off by a 33-touch outing against the Vikings that yielded 112 yards and a touchdown.
The Packers are also happy to have James Starks healthy and contributing again. He got seven rushes for 57 yards and a touchdown against Minnesota, and the feeling seems to be that he’ll get a steady amount of work moving forward.
Now that Green Bay has their RB tandem solidified and healthy, they’ll be heading into a very important divisional matchup at home on “Monday Night Football” this week. The Bears are coming to town, and given Chicago’s 117.3 rush YPG average, you can expect a lot of ground work in this one.

Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins: Another dynamic we’ll be watching this weekend is Garcon’s chemistry with QB Robert Griffin III. Over the past three games, the two have hooked up 18 times for 173 yards, so it’s clear who the favorite WR is in Washington.
That said, Garcon’s production has fallen off somewhat as compared to the beginning of the season. During the team’s first four games, he tallied 29 catches for 339 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The good news is that the Redskins will face the Chargers at home this week, and San Diego has had some difficulties against opposing wide receivers. You can expect Washington to at least attempt to exploit that secondary, so we’d imagine Garcon will continue to get a healthy amount of targets.

NFL Week 9 Schedule: We’ve almost made it through the quick turnaround between Weeks 8 and 9, so we’ll be able to get our football fix again soon. In the meantime, let’s take a look at the upcoming schedule. There will be another round of a half-dozen byes here, but we’ll still see plenty of interesting matchups. 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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