NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/16/13
NFL Updates: Rodgers, Steelers-Bengals and More
September 16, 2013
Yesterday marked a fast and furious stretch of games around the NFL, and many of them went down to the final seconds. We’ve got one last matchup left in Week 2 (tonight’s big Steelers-Bengals game), and then it’s on to another quick turnaround to the third week of the season. For now, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy names and storylines out there and see what’s in store for the immediate future.
What to Watch Tonight: We’ve got a pretty good game looming in the coming hours, with the Steelers heading to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. There’s no love lost between these two divisional rivals, and we fully expect a hard-nosed, physical contest. This one takes on extra importance, as both teams sit at 0-1, thus the loser will have quite a hole to dig out of.
Pittsburgh’s main focus will be its offense, as they fell flat against the Titans a week ago. Without rookie Le’Veon Bell in the picture, they’ve struggled to find a running game, and though QB Ben Roethlisberger was efficient in the opener (21-for-33), he couldn’t find much room to pass (191 yards).
Meanwhile, the Bengals are coming off a tough loss against the Bears in Week 1. Their front line was pushed back the entire game, and they’ll be looking to stand firm in this one. Offensively, it’s been the A.J. Green show thus far, with his 162 yards and two scores in the opener. Coverage starts at 8:40 PM ET on ESPN.
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Packers-Redskins Notes: Of the several notable quarterback performances yesterday, Aaron Rodgers’ stands above the rest. Much to the delight of Packers fans (and fantasy owners) he improved on his big Week 1 performance by tossing a career-high 480 yards and four touchdowns. The game was all but put away by halftime, as Green Bay built up a 24-0 lead.
On the other side, Robert Griffin III once again took a while go get going. He finished with 320 yards passing and three touchdowns (all in the second half), but couldn’t get anything done early. If there’s any condolence for Washington this week, it’s that their three division mates all recorded losses as well. The NFC East is still wide open.
49ers-Seahawks Notes: Last night’s highly-anticipated divisional matchup between San Francisco and Seattle was the defensive battle we all figured it would be. The final score, however, was rather lopsided. The Seahawks posted a 29-3 victory on the strength of their D and the efforts of star RB Marshawn Lynch, who managed 88 yards on the ground and a couple of TDs.
As for San Francisco, QB Colin Kaepernick had a forgettable evening, tossing three interceptions and managing just 127 yards on 13-of-28 passing. He led the team in rushing with 87 yards.
Looking ahead to Week 3, the Seahawks get the Jaguars at home and the 49ers will try to bounce back as the Colts come to visit.
Week 3 Schedule: We know Week 2 isn’t completely in the books just yet, but we can’t resist looking forward to the next batch of games. Things will get started on Thursday with the more-intriguing-than-expected Chiefs at Eagles matchup, then roll from there into a pretty promising weekend. Here’s a look at the games on tap and where you can catch them.
Chiefs at Eagles, 8:25 PM ET (NFL Network)
1:00 PM ET Games:
Texans at Ravens (CBS)
Giants at Panthers (FOX)
Lions at Redskins (FOX)
Chargers at Titans (CBS)
Cardinals at Saints (FOX)
Buccaneers at Patriots (FOX)
Packers at Bengals (FOX)
Rams at Cowboys (FOX)
Browns at Vikings (CBS)
Falcons at Dolphins, 4:05 PM ET (FOX)
4:25 PM ET Games:
Bills at Jets (CBS)
Colts at 49ers (CBS)
Jaguars at Seahawks (CBS)
Raiders at Broncos, 8:40 PM ET (ESPN)
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