NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/23/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Schedule and More
September 23, 2014
Week 3 in the NFL is officially in our rearview mirror. In just a couple of days, we’ll be getting started on Week 4, but in the meantime there’s plenty to keep us occupied. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players are making headlines out there.
Bears-Jets Wrap-Up: Early on in the Week 3 installment of “Monday Night Football,” it looked as if the Bears might run away with the game. Instead, it turned into a fairly competitive affair, with Chicago coming out on top 27-19.
There were injuries and questionable calls peppered throughout this one, but the story of the game was the Bears’ passing attack (225 yards; two touchdowns) and Jets QB Geno Smith’s up-and-down performance (316 pass yards; one touchdown; two costly interceptions). The Jets also had a strip-sack TD in the second quarter that would have put them ahead, but it was called back and the offense went three-and-out. Instead, the Bears led the whole game, relying on Martellus Bennett and Alshon Jeffery to abuse the New York secondary.
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During his time in Houston, Owen Daniels flirted with the prospect of being one of the top tight ends in the league. So far in Baltimore he’s been under the shadow of Dennis Pitta, but that will change now that Pitta’s hurt again.
Daniels should be seeing a fairly heavy workload, and he should be able to slot into that role pretty efficiently. In 2012, he managed 62 grabs for 716 yards. With any luck he could replicate those stats in Baltimore. Daniels is the best healthy pass-catching tight end the Ravens have, and Joe Flacco shouldn’t have to adjust his game much to accommodate the change.
It’s looking like it’ll be a while before we see three key Steelers defenders back on the field. Ryan Shazier sprained his MCL against the Panthers Sunday night, and that was just the tip of the injury iceberg.
LB Jarvis Jones will reportedly need wrist surgery to correct his issue, and CB Ike Taylor seems slated for an extended absence due to a broken arm.
It’s a shame seeing these injuries, since the Pittsburgh defense finally looked like its former self Sunday night. We’ll have to see how the team adjusts.
With Lorenzo Taliaferro now in the mix in the Baltimore backfield, it’s pretty tough to make sense of the logjam back there. The rookie managed 91 yards on 18 carries Sunday, but averaged fewer yards per carry to Justin Forsett.
Then there’s Bernard Pierce, who technically is the No. 1 RB on the depth chart, but seems destined for a backup role to one of the other players.
All of that considered, it’s good news for the Ravens, who have a trio of competent carriers in their backfield. It’ll take some time to see who emerges as the best, but it’s a good problem to have.
Week 4 NFL Schedule: It’s time to start looking forward to Week 4 in the NFL. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.
Bye Week: Rams, Seahawks, Broncos, Browns, Bengals, Cardinals
Thursday, September 25, 2014:
8:25 PM ET
New York Giants at Washington Redskins (CBS)
Sunday, September 28, 2014:
1:00 PM ET
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (FOX)
Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans (CBS)
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (CBS)
Carolina Panthers at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Detroit Lions at New York Jets (FOX)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers (FOX)
Miami Dolphins at Oakland Raiders (CBS)
4:05 PM ET
Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers (CBS)
4:25 PM ET
Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers (FOX)
Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings (FOX)
8:30 PM ET
New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys (NBC)
Monday, September 29, 2014:
8:30 PM ET
New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs (ESPN)
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