NFL News: Player News and Updates for 11/1/13
NFL Updates: Bengals-Dolphins, Ryan brothers matchup, Week 9 schedule and more
November 1, 2013
Week 9 in the NFL has officially begun, which kicks off a very interesting set of games in the days ahead. It’ll be another heavy round of byes (a half-dozen teams are off this week), but there are also some intriguing matchups and compelling storylines on tap. Let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy players out there so we can get a feel for what’s in store. Here’s the latest.
Bengals-Dolphins Notes: What a wild finish we had in Miami last night. After coughing up a 17-3 lead midway through the third quarter, it looked like the Dolphins were going to let another one slip through their fingers. Once the game went to overtime, it seemed Cincinnati was in control, but an Andy Dalton sack courtesy of Cameron Wake ended up deciding the game, as it was ruled a safety and gave Miami an improbable win.
The “walk-off safety” was just the third time an overtime game has been decided in that manner.
The win gets the Dolphins back to .500 and snaps a four-game losing skid. Conversely, it also ends a four-game win streak by the Bengals, who fall to 6-3.
Making matters worse, Cincinnati lost All-Pro DT Geno Atkins to what’s sounding like a pretty serious knee injury. We’ll keep you posted.
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Ryan Bros. Battle: One game we’ll be watching with significant interest this weekend is the Saints-Jets matchup set for Sunday afternoon. Jets coach Rex Ryan’s twin brother Rob will be coming to town as the defensive coordinator for New Orleans, and the two have some bragging rights on the line.
Rob has done well with his squad thus far. They’ve allowed more than 20 points to an opponent just once this year, and will face a beat-up Jets offense that wasn’t able to find the end zone in an embarrassing loss to the Bengals last week.
On the other side, Rex will be faced with slowing down Drew Brees and the Saints offense, who have been cooking--as expected--this season. Last week, Bress tossed five touchdowns and no interceptions against the Bills, bringing his season totals to 19 and five. Given the overabundance of weapons in New Orleans, it will be tough for the Jets to slow them down; they’ll have to rely on the offense to help keep them off the field.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Let’s just go ahead and make it an AFC-East triple-dip today by checking in on Brady. The good news for Patriots fans is that he was able to practice fully yesterday in spite of an ailing shoulder. The issue first started making news last week before the Dolphins game, but realistically there’s no chance of him missing out on this weekend’s big matchup against the conference rival Steelers.
Brady has quite a bit to prove when Pittsburgh comes to town on Sunday. He’s been uncharacteristically bad over the past four games, totaling four interceptions and just two passing touchdowns. He also hasn’t reached 60 percent passing--and has dipped below 50 twice. The Pats are 2-2 in that span.
NFL Week 9 Schedule: Now that the Bengals and Dolphins have finished up, it’s time to start looking forward to the rest of the Week 9 matchups headed our way on Sunday and Monday. 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
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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