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Changing offensive coordinators takes an excuse off the table for the Bills.
The Patriots don’t mind the extended break after playing on Thursday.
The Ravens have tried to keep last year’s finish against the Jaguars off their minds.
A roundtable’s worth of Bengals predictions for their game against the Broncos.
What will be the deciding factors for the Browns on Sunday?
The Steelers like their punters Australian.
Texans wide receivers struggled in Thursday’s loss to the Patriots.
The Colts could really use a win on Sunday.
Five questions for the Titans to answer against the Raiders.
The Cowboys haven’t won at home in a while.
Harry Carson thinks this year’s Giants defense can be a special one.
A look at the Eagles’ running back rotation.
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains is on the spot with the Bears.
Injuries are a challenge for the Lions right now.
Former Falcons P Michael Koenen was on the other side of the most famous blocked punt in Saints history.
The Panthers will be replacing their top running back on Sunday while dealing with replacement backs on the Vikings side defensively.
No Cardinals players have jerseys among the top 10 in sales.
Rams offensive Rob Boras isn’t sleeping much these days.
Are the 49ers catching the Seahawks at a good time?
The Seahawks have done well against 49ers coach Chip Kelly in the past.
On Friday, coach Rex Ryan said it didn’t look good. On Saturday, the player declared that he is “[r]eady to go out there and compete at the highest level.”
Sammy Watkins has since deleted his tweet.
The deletion means what it implies; Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Watkins won’t be active, due to a lingering foot problem. He didn’t practice this week because of the injury, which apparently was exaggerated when someone stepped on the foot during a recent walk-through.
Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery is officially listed as questionable for tonight’s game against the Cowboys, but he’s good to go.
Multiple reports say Jeffery will play despite a knee injury.
Jeffery has been the lone bright spot on the Bears’ offense this season, with nine catches for 201 yards on a team that has otherwise been unimpressive offensively.
As they try to get their first win of the season, the Saints will be missing a pair of starters on Monday night.
Several other Saints are questionable: defensive tackle Tyeler Davison (shoulder, foot), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (quadricep), tight end Josh Hill (ankle), defensive end Cameron Jordan (knee), receiver Willie Snead (toe), and safety Kenny Vaccaro (ankle).
Snead told reporters on Saturday that he’ll see how the toe injury feels on Monday.
“I just want to be healthy for the year,” Snead said. “I want it to be gone, and just make sure it’s taken care of.”
There’s a belief in league circles that the NFL: (1) still wants to expand the regular season to 18 games; (2) knows it can’t ask the players to expand the regular season to 18 games because of the safety considerations involved; and (3) hopes to entice the players to offer an expansion to 18 games in order to secure other concessions, like neutral arbitrations and a bigger piece of the financial pie.
If that’s the plan, the NFL Players Association doesn’t seem to be inclined to take the bait.
“I just can’t imagine a world where you add two more regular season games at the end of a brutal season that we have,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said on Friday’s PFT Live. “Certainly there’s been no proposal from the owners about increasing roster sizes or doing anything else to make sure that players’ health and safety is first and foremost. I mean look we are still in the middle of or the beginning of an investigation about how doctors handled the concussion protocol for the first game of the season and it seems to me that if you can’t successfully pull off a Hall of Fame game and you have what appears to be enough evidence to convince both parties to conduct an investigation of the concussion protocol, [it’s] probably not the right time to think about adding two regular season games.”
While hardly a kicking open of the door, Smith didn’t slam the door shut and barricade it with furniture. And that’s a smart play. If the NFL is willing to make major concessions and increase roster sizes and take other steps aimed at making the game safer for all players, maybe 18 games can happen. Smith’s point is that plenty of other issues need to be addressed before a two-game expansion of the regular season would be even a possibility.
Officially, Falcons receiver Julio Jones is questionable for Monday night’s game at New Orleans with a calf injury. He didn’t practice on Thursday or Friday, and he participated on a limited basis on Saturday. He nevertheless says he’ll play.
“Yes, yes I’ll play Monday night,” Jones said. “I wouldn’t chance it if I didn’t [feel like I was ready]. If I felt like I was going to overcompensate or something else was going to get tore up or it was going to get worse or anything like that. I’m good, I’ve been getting great treatment, therapy and rest — it’s the key.”
So what will the Patriots do at quarterback in Week Four against the Bills?
For now, they’re not saying — as if they ever say anything. T.J. Yates had a workout last week and Sean Renfree visited; one of them could be added, either to serve as the backup next Sunday, or possibly to start.
Few other options exist, if neither Garoppolo nor Brissett can play. Unless they intend to give Julian Edelman a crash course in a position he hasn’t played since college at Kent State, they’ll need to add someone else, if there’s any doubt that either of the two quarterbacks currently on the roster will be ready in eight days.
Whatever they do, coach Bill Belichick will have a plan, and chances are it will work.
He’s listed as questionable, which currently means he’s at worst a 50-50 proposition to play. However, coach Rex Ryan made it sound like receiver Sammy Watkins is more doubtful than questionable.
“Probably not real good,” Ryan said Friday regarding the likelihood Watkins will play, via Nick Veronica of the Buffalo News. “But we’ll see. If he feels good and he’s up to it, we’ll put him in there.”
Complicating matters is that someone stepped on Watkins’ injured foot during a walk-through this week. He had surgery on the foot during the offseason.
Watkins has six catches for 63 yards and no touchdowns in two games this season.
UPDATE 8:38 p.m. ET: And within 15 minutes of this item being posted, Watkins tweeted that he is “[r]eady to go out there and compete at the highest level.”
Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is doubtful for Sunday’s game at Indianapolis, with a hamstring injury. In anticipation of Gates not playing, the Chargers have added another tight end to the active roster.
Henry has only one catch in two targets. That likely will change on Sunday, if as it appears Gates doesn’t play.
Aaron Dobson’s stint as a Lion was a short one.
The Lions, who signed Dobson on Tuesday, announced that they waived him today.
With two linebackers, DeAndre Levy and Antwione Williams, ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Packers, the Lions had a bigger need at that position. So they signed linebacker Zaviar Gooden to the active roster from the practice squad and waived Dobson to create a roster spot for Gooden.
Dobson, the former Patriots receiver, could return to Detroit once the Lions have a spot for him on their roster.
Twitter scored an impressive 34-percent increase in average viewership for its live stream of Thursday Night Football from Week Two to Week Three.
For Week Four, count on a 100-percent drop.
The game between the Dolphins and Bengals will be televised only by NFL Network. As a result, it won’t be streamed on Twitter.
That was the arrangement from the get-go, with Twitter streaming only the games televised on NFLN and CBS or NBC.
The exclusivity of the broadcast relates directly to NFL Network’s arrangements with cable and satellite providers. The ability to charge the rate the NFL currently receives hinges on having a certain amount of game content.
This means that, during those weeks when games are televised by NFLN only, they won’t be available on Twitter. Which will make it hard to develop viewing habits on Twitter — and which undoubtedly will result in plenty of complaints from users who dial up Twitter on Thursday night in search of Dolphins-Bengals but can’t find it.
Prior to Week One against the 49ers, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said rookie quarterback Jared Goff would be inactive. Prior to Week Two against the Seahawks, Fisher said Goff would be active.
Prior to Week Three at Tampa, Fisher’s not saying anything.
“Don’t know yet,” Fisher told reporters on Friday. “Have to wait and see. . . . Come to the game.”
Fisher has decided that one of the quarterbacks will be inactive. It will be Goff or Sean Mannion.
The decision to suddenly be circumspect could be a sign that Fisher is thinking about using his second quarterback, if starter Case Keenum can’t get the offense into the end zone. Through two games, the Rams have yet to score a touchdown.
There’s no guarantee Goff would be the next man up. Mannion earned the No. 2 spot on the depth chart before the season began; if Fisher gets fed up with Keenum, Mannion could get a chance to play before Goff would be pressed into service. Once Goff is on the field, it will be hard to bench him for Mannion or Keenum, given the move the Rams made to the top of the draft to get him.
Regardless, if the Bucs are inclined to prepare for a second quarterback on Sunday, they won’t know who that will be until 90 minutes before kickoff.
Injured quarterback Jay Cutler made the trip, but the Bears announced Saturday that running back Kadeem Carey and nose tackle Eddie Goldman did not make the trip and will not play Sunday night at Dallas.
All three had been listed as doubtful. Cutler suffered a thumb injury in last Monday’s game vs. the Eagles and did not practice all week.
Brian Hoyer is the presumed starting quarterback vs. the Cowboys.
Goldman, the Bears’ starting nose tackle, is one of several players who was injured in last week’s game. The Bears still list nine players as questionable, including wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, guard Josh Sitton, right tackle Bobby Massie, safety Adrian Amos and linebacker Willie Young.
Brock Osweiler looked like anything but an $18 million per year quarterback on Thursday night as the Texans were shut out in New England, and the guy who nearly signed him for not much less than that noticed.
“A lot of times those deals you don’t make are the best ones,” Broncos executive V.P. of football operations and G.M. John Elway told Dave Logan and Susie Wargin of KOA radio on Friday.
Though Elway was responding to specific question and had a lighthearted tone, he said what he said, and it’ll be interesting to see what Osweiler and the Texans eventually have to say about that.
“Obviously it was a tough night for Houston last night and — but things move on,” Elway added. “You try to make the best decision when you have to make it. . . . Excluding last night, we really felt good with the way everything’s fallen, the way we went into camp, and we’re really excited with the guys who are playing the position for us now.”
Osweiler’s replacement, Trevor Siemian, has one touchdown pass and three interceptions in two games, both at home. On Sunday, the Broncos play a true road game for the first time since December 20, a stretch of seven games without having to entire hostile territory.
The Broncos will be in their own back yard on October 24, when Osweiler returns to town with the Texans. Elway’s comments likely will provide extra motivation; based, however, on what happened Thursday night, they’ll need a lot more than motivation to match up with the defending NFL champions.
The Packers’ defense is ailing heading into Sunday’s game against the Lions.
The Packers also downgraded two players who were previously listed as questionable — defensive tackle Letroy Guion and linebacker Datone Jones — to doubtful. Players listed as doubtful hardly ever play.
Packers cornerback Sam Shields was already ruled out with a concussion, so Green Bay’s defense is seriously depleted.