NFL News: Player News and Updates for 9/10/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 10, 2014
The short two-day break from the NFL action is nearly at an end, as we’ll be getting back to business tomorrow evening. In the meantime, there’s plenty of news to digest from around the league, so with that said let’s take our daily look at some of the notable players out there and see who’s making headlines.
Ravens Backfield Outlook: With Ray Rice having been banished from the Ravens and the league for his domestic abuse transgressions, it’s time to start speculating on what the Baltimore running game might look like without him this season--starting tomorrow night against the Steelers.
In the Week 1 opener, Bernard Pierce got the starting gig, but was benched for coughing up a fumble. Afterward, Justin Forsett came on and was very successful.
Both those players will likely split time against the Pittsburgh front (which is vulnerable against the run) with a little bit of rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro thrown in.
A committee approach here makes all sorts of sense, as none of these backs is really built to be an every-down rusher. That said, odds are that Pierce will reclaim his top spot on the depth chart at some point during the season.
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Romo Outlook: It will be interesting to see how Cowboys QB Tony Romo bounces back from his ugly performance this past Sunday against the 49ers. In that game he tossed three interceptions early before finally finding the end zone on a cosmetic touchdown in the fourth.
Two of Romo’s interceptions came by his forcing the ball toward No. 1 WR Dez Bryant when he was obviously well-covered. He’ll have to find his other options during Week 2, or else Dallas is in for more of the same against the Titans.
One thing worth noting, however: Romo usually does bounce back pretty well from bad games. We’ll see if he can do the same in Tennessee this weekend.
Steelers Backfield Outlook: Let’s head back to tomorrow night’s game for a moment and check out the dynamic between Steelers RBs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount.
The backs’ work-split in Week 1 came as something of a surprise. Blount was only on the field for a half-dozen snaps during the win over the Browns, with Bell getting a whopping 56 snaps. The two were expected to split time pretty evenly, but that simply didn’t happen.
With the Ravens excelling against the run, we’d imagine the Steelers will go with whichever player is more effective tomorrow. Bell will probably get first crack, though.
NFL Week 2 Schedule: With Week 1 in the books, it’s time to start looking forward to Week 2. We’ve got plenty of interesting matchups on tap for the second round of games, so here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the action on.
Thursday September 11, 2014:
8:25 PM ET:
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (CBS, NFL Network)
Sunday, September 14, 2014:
1:00 PM ET:
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Redskins (CBS)
Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans (FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants (FOX)
New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings (CBS)
New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns (FOX)
Atlanta Falcons at Cincinnati Bengals (FOX)
Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers (FOX)
4:05 PM ET:
St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers (FOX)
4:25 PM ET:
Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders (CBS)
New York Jets at Green Bay Packers (CBS)
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (CBS)
Monday, September 15, 2014:
8:30 PM ET:
Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts (ESPN)
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