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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/14/13

NFL Updates: 49ers-Seahawks, Saints-Bucs and More

September 14, 2013

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Week 2 in the NFL is already underway, but the main slate of games won’t be here until tomorrow. That means we’ve got a full day to hype the upcoming matchups even more, so let’s get right to it by examining some of the noteworthy players and storylines from around the league. Here’s the latest.

Dolphins Defense: We’ll get a chance to see what the Miami D is really made of tomorrow, when they take on Andrew Luck and the Colts in Indianapolis. The Dolphins are coming off a solid opening week, when they held hotshot RB Trent Richardson in check while scoring a victory over the Browns. We expect more of the same from the ground game here--Indianapolis is without Vick Ballard, leaving Ahmad Bradshaw to carry the load--but could run into difficulties through the air.
In their meeting last season, Luck posted 433 passing yards against Miami, hoisting the Colts to a narrow victory. Thus, we’ll likely be seeing more of that same strategy here. It should be a good matchup, as both teams try to maintain position in their divisions.

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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/14/13

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Seahawks-49ers Notes: Probably the most anticipated game of the week is the Seattle-San Francisco matchup set for tomorrow night. This one represents a meeting of two of the best teams not only in the conference, but in the entire league. Judging by the teams’ recent history together, the 49ers have a little more to prove here.
Seattle came out on top during the teams’ two meetings last year, one in a defense-heavy contest and the other a 42-13 blowout. The Seahawks D was in control during both games, and they’re expected to prove a formidable foe once again tomorrow night. San Francisco has a prolific offense that went punch-for-punch with Green Bay last week, but they’ll have their hands full here.

Saints-Buccaneers Notes: Another intriguing matchup that no one is really talking about comes in the form of a big NFC South battle between the Buccaneers and the Saints. New Orleans is currently in the divisional driver’s seat, coming off a somewhat surprising Week 1 victory. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, couldn’t get it done against the Jets and joined the other three teams in the early basement of the division.
The big task for the Buccaneers tomorrow will be ball control, as they surrendered five turnovers during the teams’ last meeting. The Saints defense, meanwhile, looks much improved over 2012, so that becomes even more important. This is a make-or-break year for Bucs QB Josh Freeman, so he’ll have to be firing on all cylinders in this one to keep pace with Drew Brees and the Saints.

Remaining Week 2 Schedule: Here’s a look at the rest of the games remaining on the Week 2 slate. There are plenty of big-time matchups left, so football fans will likely have a tough time deciding which ones to watch.

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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