NFL News: Player News and Updates for 11/5/13
NFL Updates: Bears-Packers, Romo, Week 10 Schedule and More
November 5, 2013
With the conclusion of last night’s Bears-Packers game on “Monday Night Football,” the NFL’s Week 9 is officially in the books. There’s plenty to talk about during our short two-day turnaround before Week 10 begins on Thursday, so let’s start things out by checking in on some of the noteworthy players and storylines around the league. Here’s the latest.
Bears-Packers Notes: Even though the Bears pulled off a surprise 27-20 victory at Lambeau Field on the Week 9 edition of “Monday Night Football,” the big story is the injury to Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. He went down on the team’s first series with a shoulder injury, then headed to the locker room. He was later ruled out, and appeared wearing sweats on the sidelines in the second half. Rodgers’ injury is to his left (non-throwing) shoulder, and there are reports out there this morning that say he’s got a fractured collarbone and could miss around three weeks.
As for the game, it ended up being a backup-QB duel, with the Bears’ Josh McCown winning out on a 272-yard, two-touchdown outing. Both sides focused heavily on the run: the Bears’ Matt Forte amassed 125 yards and a score; Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy posted 150 and a TD of his own.
The NFC North gets very interesting after this game: the Packers, Bears and Lions are all knotted in the top spot with 5-3 records. Chicago plays Detroit in Week 10.
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Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: Speaking of the Bears-Lions matchup, let’s take a moment to check in on Cutler. He’s recovering from a groin injury, sustained in Week 7 against the Redskins. The good news for the Bears is that he’s expected to return to practice this week, and is expected to start against Detroit on Sunday.
That’s a very rapid and best-case-scenario turnaround for Cutler. His initial recovery window was supposed to be four weeks. Considering the team was on a bye in Week 8, he’ll only have missed 1 ½ games if he’s able to return on Sunday. Let’s just hope he’s not rushing things. Josh McCown has shown that he’s more than capable of leading the offense while Cutler is out. (Then again, maybe that’s exactly the reason why Cutler would want to rush things.)
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys: Romo was a very busy man in Week 9, posting a whopping 51 passing attempts in a come-from-behind victory over the Vikings. All that pass work left little room for the running game, and Dallas emerged from the game with a franchise-record-low nine rush attempts.
You can expect the Cowboys to try and flip that script this weekend, as they’ll be playing the Saints in New Orleans. The working formula for defeating Drew Brees and the gang seems to be running the ball. The Jets did that very well in their surprise Week 9 win, resulting in a six-point victory that pushed New Orleans to 6-2. DeMarco Murray will be the lead horse in the Cowboys rushing attack, and hopefully he’ll look a little healthier after coming off that knee injury this past Sunday.
NFL Week 10 Schedule: Now that Week 9 is officially over, we can go ahead and start looking forward to Week 10 in the NFL. There are only four teams on byes this week, so it’ll be a slightly heavier round of games as compared to the last couple. Here’s a look at the full slate, as well as the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Bye Week: Browns, Patriots, Jets, Chiefs
Thursday, November 7:
8:25 PM ET:
Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings (NFL Network)
Sunday, November 10:
1:00 PM ET Games:
Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers (FOX)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (CBS)
Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
Oakland Raiders at New York Giants (CBS)
St. Louis Rams at Indianapolis Colts (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears (FOX)
4:05 PM ET:
Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers (FOX)
4:25 PM ET Games:
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals (CBS)
Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers (CBS)
8:30 PM ET:
Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints (NBC)
Monday, November 11:
8:40 PM ET:
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ESPN)
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