NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/8/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 8, 2014
Yesterday’s heavy dose of Week 1 NFL action marked the return of the league, and we football fans couldn’t be happier. There’s plenty to talk about this morning as we review the first games and look forward to the second, so with that said let’s take a closer look at a few notable storylines out there and see what we can determine.
Colts-Broncos Wrap-Up: Last night’s inaugural edition of “Sunday Night Football” ended in a 31-24 Broncos victory. The game revealed some interesting things about both teams.
The Colts defense had major troubles against Denver’s high-octane unit. They were only able to post one sack, and no turnovers. Meanwhile, the Broncos D looked better, generating enough pressure to throw Andrew Luck off his game and contain speedster T.Y. Hilton.
The Colts spread the ball around on offense, but the jury is still out on their running game. They were down for much of the first half and abandoned any semblance of a ground attack early. Ahmad Bradshaw was great in the pass game, though, notching 70 yards on eight grabs.
As an interesting aside, Peyton Manning now joins Bret Favre as the only quarterbacks to have ever defeated all 32 NFL teams.
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Cowboys Issues: That sound you heard yesterday was the millions of Cowboys fans across the nation banging their heads against the wall in frustration. Dallas got shredded on both sides of the ball by the 49ers yesterday, falling 28-17 in dominated fashion.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo tossed three picks, all coming in the first half alone. He settled down in the second half, but we have to wonder what all that throwing yesterday did to his ailing back.
On defense, the predictably bad Cowboys were just that. We’ll give them a little credit for dealing with the short fields created by Romo’s turnovers, but they couldn’t do much to stop Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore and the gang when it counted. We’ll have to see how they rebound next week against Tennessee.
What to Watch Tonight: As Week 1 comes to a close, we’ll get a double-dose of NFL action this evening on “Monday Night Football.” First up, it’s the Giants visiting the Lions. No one is expecting much from New York, but in that weak division they could very well make a playoff run if the Eagles don’t get going. As for Detroit, they’ve got a comparatively tough division to wade through, as the NFC North is stacked with talent. Still, they’ve got enough big-time players to make a run at the top spot.
After that, the Chargers will be visiting Arizona in the nightcap. San Diego is out to showcase their offensive prowess, while the Cardinals won’t look quite as dynamic without Andre Ellington on the field.
NFL Week 2 Schedule: With Week 1 in the books, it’s time to start looking forward to Week 2. We’ve got plenty of interesting matchups on tap for the second round of games, so here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the action on.
Thursday September 11, 2014:
8:25 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (CBS, NFL Network)
Sunday, September 14, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins (CBS)
Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans (FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants (FOX)
New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings (CBS)
New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns (FOX)
Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals (FOX)
Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
4:05 PM ET:
St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers (FOX)
4:25 PM ET:
Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders (CBS)
New York Jets at Green Bay Packers (CBS)
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (CBS)
Monday, September 15, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts (ESPN)
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