NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/5/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 5, 2014
Last night marked the beginning of the 2014 NFL season, and we football fans couldn’t be happier. We’ve got another full schedule headed our way on Sunday, which is when the real action begins. In the meantime, let’s spend our time checking out some of the notable players and happenings across the league.
Seahawks-Packers Wrap-Up: Last night, the Seahawks reminded us of exactly why they’re the defending Super Bowl champions. They were stellar against Aaron Rodgers and the visiting Packers, helping the team cruise to an impressive 36-16 victory.
Marshawn Lynch was the star of the show in this one, rushing for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 20 carries. Percy Harvin also helped out enormously, posting 41 yards on four carries and adding 59 more with his seven receptions. We guess that means he’s healthy.
On the other side of the field, the Packers don’t have a whole lot to be happy about. In addition to their paltry offensive statistics against Seattle’s dominating defense (189 pass yards; 71 rush yards from their top two backs), No. 1 rusher Eddie Lacy went down due to a concussion in the fourth quarter. He has an extended off-week to recuperate, but that’s definitely troubling news for the pack. In addition to that, OT Bryan Bulaga suffered a sprained knee. His replacement allowed a pair of sacks.
If things go the way most think they will, these two teams could very well meet again in the playoffs. If Green Bay wants a different result, they’ve got a few things they need to clean up. As for Seattle, this should cement them as the current favorites to win the NFC once again, and possibly repeat as Super Bowl champions.
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Vernon Davis Week 1 Outlook: The 49ers offense has to be licking their collective chops over the prospect of facing the Dallas Cowboys defense in Week 1. The Big D has got a solid shot at being one of the worst teams on that side of the ball again this year, after suffering some additional setbacks this off-season.
Specifically, things look pretty good for the Niners’ Vernon Davis. He’ll once again be a lynchpin in the offense, though his total touches may go down slightly. Still, with a matchup like this it’s hard not to like him a lot. San Fran’s top wide-out Michael Crabtree is dealing with a calf injury this week, and may be less effective than usual. That opens the door for Davis to do some very interesting things out there on the field. It should be fun to watch.
Week 1 Schedule: The regular season is (finally) upon us, and we can start looking forward to the on-field action as we anticipate the 2014 campaign. Here’s a look at the first week of the season.
Thursday, September 4, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks (NBC)
Sunday, September 7, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams (FOX)
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles (CBS)
Oakland Raiders at New York Jets (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Washington Redskins at Houston Texans (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
4:25 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
8:30 PM ET:
Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos (NBC)
Monday, September 8, 2014:
7:10 PM ET:
New York Giants at Detroit Lions (ESPN)
10:20 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals (ESPN)
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