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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/12/13

NFL Updates: Jets-Patriots, Week 2 Schedule and More

September 12, 2013

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The NFL is set to kick back into gear tonight, with a big divisional matchup between the Jets and Patriots on tap. That game will officially begin the second week of the season, and start up a series of intriguing matchups that will come our way in a few days. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy storylines out there as we get ready for tonight’s game.

Jets-Patriots Outlook: A few days ago, this one looked like it would be an utter blowout on paper. Circumstances have tipped the scales a little closer to even recently, however, and we may be in for a tight game.
The Patriots’ glaring weakness at the moment is their injury-depleted roster. We likely won’t be seeing Rob Gronkowski or Danny Amendola tonight, Zach Sudfeld is dealing with a hamstring injury, and Shane Vereen is gone for the next eight weeks.
Meanwhile, the Jets looked better-than-expected against the Buccaneers in Week 1 (though they did have a few ugly plays mixed in there) and could be able to hang with a weakened Pats team. Still, New England is near impervious to losses in Gillette Stadium during the regular season, so New York will have to play perfect football if they’re going to shock the NFL.

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Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Charles’ “small little injury”--as he puts it--is causing a bit of concern for Chiefs fans, but it’s looking like he should be okay for Week 2. He suffered a minor quad strain during the third quarter of the team’s opening win over Jacksonville and had to sit out the fourth quarter. His absence was reportedly precautionary, however, as the Chiefs were comfortably ahead for pretty much the entire game.
Charles was held out of practice yesterday--once again a reported precaution--but looks like he’ll be good to go for the Cowboys this weekend. Dallas’ defense is showing some new life, so KC will have to be on point for this one.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: Hilton was a big topic of discussion when it came to Colts football during the off-season, and he was expected to have a breakout campaign in 2013. His debut this year was anticlimactic, however, as he finished with three catches for just 20 yards.
Things may change for him during Week 2 against the Dolphins, however, as the Colts coaching staff has reportedly been engaged in discussions about how to get Hilton more involved. That will likely mean more downfield strikes for the Colts offense, and in addition to the big-play opportunities that brings, it also opens up extra room for the Indianapolis ground game (which is something they could probably use).

Week 2 Schedule: Now that we’ve officially reached Week 2 in the NFL, let’s take a closer look at all the matchups set to be coming our way on Sunday and Monday. Here’s a look at the impending slate of games, and the networks on which you can catch your favorite teams.

Jets at Patriots, 8:25 PM ET (NFL Network)

1:00 PM ET Games:
Rams at Falcons (FOX)
Chargers at Eagles (CBS)
Cowboys at Chiefs (FOX)
Dolphins at Colts (CBS)
Titans at Texans (CBS)
Redskins at Packers (FOX)
Browns at Ravens (CBS)
Panthers at Bills (FOX)
Vikings at Bears (FOX)
4:05 PM ET Games:
Saints at Buccaneers (FOX)
Lions at Cardinals (FOX)
4:25 PM ET Games:
Jaguars at Raiders (CBS)
Broncos at Giants (CBS)
8:30 PM ET Game:
49ers at Seahawks (NBC)

Steelers at Bengals, 8:40 PM ET (ESPN)

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