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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/17/13

NFL Updates: Steelers-Bengals Wrap-Up, Thursday Preview and More

September 17, 2013

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The Steelers-Bengals game put a bow on Week 2 in the NFL, wrapping up a solid string of second games. We now move on to Week 3, which will get started in just a couple of days with a big Thursday night matchup between the Chiefs and Eagles. In the meantime, let’s take a look around the league at some of the developing storylines and see what’s in store for us over the next several days. Here’s the latest.

Bengals Outlook: With all the big names on the Bengals offense--A.J. Green, Andy Dalton, BenJarvus Green-Ellis--it was rather surprising to see a couple of rookies make the biggest impact in last night’s 20-10 victory over the divisional rival Steelers.
RB Giovani Bernard scored a pair of touchdowns for the Bengals, while highly-touted TE Tyler Eifert contributed with some big plays of his own, including a nice 61-yard catch. The duo helped Cincinnati get back to .500 (1-1) after losing a late lead against the Bears in Week 1. They won’t have much time to savor this one, however, as it’s time to head back to the NFC North for what’s sure to be a high-scoring battle against the Packers this weekend. That one is in Cincinnati, and kicks off at 1:00 ET Sunday on FOX.

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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/17/13

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Steelers Outlook: There’s no doubt about it: the Steelers are struggling. After an embarrassing loss to the Titans in Week 1, they couldn’t get much going against the Bengals last night. Most of the ineptitude stems from their injured offensive line, which is now a patchwork shadow of its former self. It’s leaving few holes for their running backs (who are also banged up), and that resulted in just 43 yards from the top three names on their depth chart. Rookie Le’Veon Bell can’t return soon enough.
Pittsburgh has another nationally televised game on tap this weekend, and like the Bengals, they’ll be visiting the NFC North as well. The 2-0 Bears will be coming to Pittsburgh on Sunday night (8:30 PM ET on NBC), and the Steelers need to find a way to move the ball before then, or they’ll risk falling into a near-impossible 0-3 hole.

Thursday Preview: We’ll admit, this one looked like a snooze-fest when we first saw it on the schedule at the beginning of the year, but we’ve since changed our tune. The Chiefs, who sit at a surprise 2-0, will head to Philadelphia on Thursday to take on the Eagles, who are 1-1 after a big win in the opener and a close loss in Week 2.
The Chiefs defense has been holding them up through the first couple of weeks, with just 248 total yards per game allowed and an average of nine points per game allowed. Offensively, the name of the game is ball control, as hotshot RB Jamaal Charles has helped them to an average of 117.5 rush yards per game so far.
Meanwhile, everyone is talking about the Eagles’ offense (and rightly so), but all those snaps have taken their toll on the defensive side. They’re allowing 460.5 yards per game and 30 points per game, which won’t cut it against the big dogs of the NFL. We’ll see what kind of adjustments the teams make when the game kicks off at 9:25 ET on NFL Network.

Week 3 Schedule: Now that Week 2 is all finished up, it’s time to start looking forward to Week 3, and just like the opening couple of weekends, we’ve got some nice matchups mixed in for this one. Let’s take a look at the schedule for the upcoming games, as well as the networks on which you can catch your favorite teams.

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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