NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/21/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League
Now that Week 7 in the NFL has officially come to an end, it’s time to start looking forward to Week 8, which begins in just a couple of days. In the meantime, there’s plenty to talk about, so let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines out there.
MNF Wrap-Up: The Steelers didn’t look very good at first during last night’s game against the Texans. Then, during a surge late in the second quarter that took less than three minutes, they scored three touchdowns and a field goal to turn a 13-point deficit into an 11-point lead.
Pittsburgh was helped out by some ill-timed mistakes by the Texans, ultimately climbing to a 30-23 win. The big contributors here were Le’Veon Bell (57 rush yards; 88 receiving yards; TD) and Antonio Brown (90 receiving yards; pass TD) as usual.
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We were super impressed with the Dolphins’ performance against the Bears this week, and specifically with Ryan Tannehill. He completed his first 14 passing attempts--not missing a throw until late in the second quarter--en route to a 25-of-32 day for 277 yards and two passing scores.
Tannehill also showed off his legs in the read-option offense, taking running room where the defense was giving it. The result was a convincing 27-14 victory over Chicago.
Interestingly enough, Tannehill has completed 37-of-47 passes for 437 yards and four touchdown passes (and 88 rush yards) in just the last six quarters of football.
The Bucs’ Josh McCown was back on the practice field yesterday for the first time since injuring his thumb. He was taking snaps and doing some throws during the media availability portion of the session.
McCown is still wearing a wrap on his thumb and has not taken the field since Week 3. Tampa will take on the Vikings this weekend.
Back to the AFC East: this week will be an interesting one in the Big Apple. Jets GM John Idzik remarked yesterday about how excited he was to have ex-Seahawk Percy Harvin on the roster, calling it a “potential coup” for Gang Green.
Idzik said he and his staff did “a ton” of background checking on Harvin to make sure he wouldn’t be the disruptive locker room presence he allegedly was in Seattle. Whether or not he’s right, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Regardless of Harvin’s past, the Jets were desperate for playmakers in the receiving corps, and this should help get a handle on that. They play the Bills on Sunday.
Week 8 NFL Schedule: It’s time to start looking forward to Week 8 in the NFL. Here’s a look at the complete schedule, along with the start times and TV networks you can catch the games on.
Bye Week: Giants, 49ers
Thursday, October 23, 2014:
8:25 PM ET:
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos (CBS)
Sunday, October 26, 2014:
9:30 AM ET:
Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons (FOX) *From Wembley Stadium
1:00 PM ET
Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (CBS)
Chicago Bears at New England Patriots (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers (CBS)
Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans (FOX)
St. Louis Rams at Kansas City Chiefs (FOX)
4:05 PM ET
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals (FOX)
4:25 PM ET
Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)
Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns (CBS)
8:30 PM ET
Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints (NBC)
Monday, October 27, 2014:
8:30 PM ET
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (ESPN)
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