NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/31/13
NFL Updates: Lynch, Gordon, Week 9 Schedule and More
October 31, 2013
We’ve reached the beginning of Week 9 in the NFL, which is generally thought of as the official start to the second half of the season. We’ve seen some amazing and unexpected happenings over these first eight weeks, and we’re bound to see plenty more as the league cruises toward the playoffs. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players and storylines out there right now. Here’s the latest.
What to Watch Tonight: The Halloween edition of “Thursday Night Football” features a pretty interesting matchup between the Bengals and the Dolphins. Cincinnati is cruising into Miami on a roll after flat-out embarrassing the Jets in Week 8, so they’ll be a tough opponent for the Dolphins, who are on a four-game losing streak after coughing up a lead to the Patriots in their last outing.
The keys on both sides will be the opposing passing games. Andy Dalton and company lit up the Jets secondary to the tune of five passing scores last week, and the ‘Phins will have to pay close attention to both A.J. Green and budding sidekick Marvin Jones if they want to avoid falling in a deep hole early.
Similarly, Miami needs a big--or at least an efficient--game from Ryan Tannehill, who hasn’t cleared the 52.5 mark in completion percentage over the past three games. He’s also got four interceptions in that span, and turnovers here could be especially dangerous considering how well the Bengals offense is playing.
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Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns: Now that we know Gordon will be staying with the Browns for the rest of the season (his name was a hot topic of conversation as the trade deadline came and went), we can focus on his perceived impact on the offense in the remaining games.
The team may have something in their latest starting QB Jason Campbell, who stepped in and posted 289 and two touchdowns against a vary good Chiefs defense last week. Gordon was on the receiving end of 132 of those yards and one score.
You can expect more of the same--or at least an attempt toward it--on Sunday, as the Browns will face the Ravens in a make-or-break game that will dictate the course of their season’s second half. Baltimore’s pass defense has proven vulnerable at times this year, and they may have difficulties containing Gordon. We’d imagine Cleveland will target him early and often.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Seattle fans will want to keep an eye on Lynch’s situation this week, as we could see a developing issue. He sat out practice yesterday with a knee injury, which is bad news after coming off a futile 23 rush yards against the Rams--his worst game of the year.
That said, Lynch usually rests up during Wednesday practices anyway, so today and tomorrow will be more indicative of his status for Sunday. The Seahawks get the Buccaneers at home this week.
NFL Week 9 Schedule: It’s time once again to get our football fix; Week 9 is upon us. The Bengals and Dolphins have a Halloween treat in store for us, which will kick off a weekend of potent 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
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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