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NFL Updates: Giants Backfield, Week 8 Schedule and More
October 23, 2013
We’re down to one more day before Week 8 begins in the NFL. It’s been a busy couple of days since Week 7 ended, as there are plenty of injury issues and performance questions that will need to be addressed before the weekend. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the hot topics and noteworthy players out there and see what’s in store for us in the coming days. Here’s the latest.
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: For what it’s worth, Bucs running back Doug Martin believes he’ll play again this season. There have been many reports over the past few days saying that he’s done for the year, but the team has stopped short of verifying anything. Martin has a torn labrum in his shoulder and hasn’t been placed on injured reserve just yet.
That said, you can almost certainly count him out for tomorrow’s game against Carolina, and backup RB Mike James will carry the majority of the load for the foreseeable future.
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Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers: While we’re on the subject of tomorrow’s Panthers-Buccaneers matchup, let’s stop in and take a look at their No. 1 WR Smith. His matchup will definitely have our attention, as he’ll line up across from the Bucs’ best corner Darrelle Revis. Smith comes into this one with touchdowns in his past two appearances. The Bucs secondary, meanwhile, has done a pretty good job at limiting yardage to opposing wide receivers, but is susceptible to touchdowns--they’ve given up seven to the position over the past four games.
If the trends hold, you can expect Revis to hold Smith to a modest yardage total, but if the Panthers can get into the red zone, he’s a high-probability target to finish the drive.
Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants: An interesting situation brewing for this weekend concerns the Giants backfield. During Week 6, Jacobs slashed the Bears defense to the tune of 106 yards and two touchdowns. A hamstring injury forced him out of the team’s Week 7 win against the Vikings however, and one-time NFL superstar Peyton Hillis took center stage in his absence. Hillis posted a sloppy yet ultimately productive game, with 81 total yards and a score.
If Jacobs can return for Sunday’s big divisional game against the Eagles, we could see an effective dynamic in the Giants backfield. Jacobs would likely serve as the primary back, with Hillis coming in on change-of-pace and passing downs. If both players are on point, they could serve as the running game New York has desperately been searching for this season.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: Foster and the Texans are on a bye this week, but we’ll go ahead and pass this along as food for thought. Houston’s No. 1 RB said he expects to be healthy in Week 9 and past his hamstring injury that’s been bugging him the past couple of weeks. The ailment limited him to four rushes for 11 yards against the Chiefs. He reportedly sustained it during a cut.
NFL Week 8 Schedule: We’ve got just one more day to wait before Week 8 officially kicks off in the NFL. There’s a heavy dose of byes in this one, but we’ll still have plenty of important matchups to hold our attention. Here’s a look at the full schedule, as well as the times and TV networks carrying your favorite teams.
Bye Week: Bears, Ravens, Colts, Texans, Titans, Chargers
8:25 PM ET:
Panthers at Buccaneers (NFL Network)
Sunday, October 27, 2013:
1:00 PM ET Games:
49ers at Jaguars (FOX)
Browns at Chiefs (CBS)
Dolphins at Patriots (CBS)
Bills at Saints (CBS)
Cowboys at Lions (FOX)
Giants at Eagles (FOX)
4:05 PM ET Games:
Steelers at Raiders (CBS)
Jets at Bengals (CBS)
4:25 PM ET Games:
Falcons at Cardinals (FOX)
Redskins at Broncos (FOX)
8:30 PM ET:
Packers at Vikings (NBC)
Monday, October 28, 2013:
8:40 PM ET:
Seahawks at Rams (ESPN)
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