NFL News: Player News and Updates for 10/27/14
NFL Updates: News From Around the League, Week 9 Schedule and More
October 27, 2014
The bulk of the Week 8 matchups in the NFL have all finished up, but we’ve still got one interesting matchup to look forward to tonight. In the meantime, let’s take a look at a few of the headlines happening around the league right now in our daily highlights.
SNF Wrap-Up: Even though it’s pretty obvious, it bears repeating this morning: the Saints are like a different team at home.
A week after an ugly defeat in Detroit, New Orleans came back to the home dome and took it to the Packers with a stellar offensive effort for a 44-23 win. Drew Brees managed 311 yards and 3 touchdowns while Mark Ingram added 172 yards on the ground with a score of his own.
Green Bay kept pace pretty well early on, but also stalled out on a few very promising drives that left points on the field.
The Saints’ win sets up a first-place battle with the Panthers this week on “Thursday Night Football.”
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The Bengals needed a strong outing against the Ravens yesterday after falling flat against the Colts last week, and though they didn’t exactly run away with it they’ve got some solid things to build on.
QB Andy Dalton went 21-of-28 for 266 yards. He failed to throw a touchdown, but was able to run for a pair of scores in the eventual 27-24 win. We imagine his numbers--and naturally the rest of the offense’s--will climb back up there once star WR A.J. Green returns to the fold. Interestingly enough, the team also glossed over RB Giovani Bernard's fourth-quarter hip injury, which leads us to believe that he's going to be okay.
The Titans’ Zach Mettenberger didn’t get a win in his first career start--his team was wrecked 30-16 by Arian Foster and the Houston Texans--but he had a decent game stats-wise.
Mettenberger managed 27-of-41 throwing for 299 yards and two touchdowns, but contributed to a pair of turnovers with an interception and a fumble. The Titans are on a bye this coming week, so we’ll see what Mettenberger can come up with (assuming the team doesn’t reinstall Jake Locker for some reason) with some extra study time.
The Vikings posted one of the most compelling victories yesterday, eking out an overtime win over the Buccaneers on a game-ending fumble return TD.
Amid Minnesota’s good vibes for the day was WR Cordarrelle Patterson, who hasn’t been able to do much lately. He had a nice game this week, however, with six grabs off a game-high 12 targets for 86 yards. That’s his highest total of the year.
Patterson was wearing a walking boot after the game, but insisted that he was fine. Still, we’ll keep an eye on him in practice this week.
Week 9 NFL Schedule: It’s time to start looking forward to Week 9 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: Falcons, Bills, Bears, Lions, Packers, Titans
Thursday, October 30, 2014:
8:25 PM ET:
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers (CBS)
Sunday, November 2, 2014:
1:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns (FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)
Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans (FOX)
New York Jets at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins (CBS)
Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings (FOX)
4:05 PM ET
St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers (FOX)
4:25 PM ET
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots (CBS)
Oakland Raiders at Seattle Seahawks (CBS)
8:30 PM ET
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (NBC)
Monday, November 3, 2014:
8:30 PM ET
Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants (ESPN)
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