PFT’s Week Three power rankings

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1. Patriots (2-0; last week No. 1): It’s 2007 all over again; the Patriots have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 76-3. (It’s 89-6 if the Super Bowl gets thrown in, too.)

2. Chiefs (2-0; No. 2): Their offense is so good that they only needed to use it for one quarter.

3. Cowboys (2-0; No. 4): Dak Prescott is playing his way into a contract worth even more than Russell Wilson‘s.

4. Rams (2-0; No. 5): It may not be sustainable, but 2-0 is still 2-0.

5. Seahawks (2-0; No. 6): Russell Wilson continues to be underappreciated.

6. Eagles (1-1; No. 3): Good news — Carson Wentz is still healthy. Bad news — among his teammates, he’s in the minority.

7. Packers (2-0; No. 9): The “score a quick 21 and hang on for three-and-a-half quarters” plan isn’t ideal.

8. Ravens (2-0; No. 11): The last quarterback taken in round one of the 2018 draft could end up being the best.

9. Saints (1-1; No. 7): With Sean Payton drawing up the plays, the Saints will be better than expected without Drew Brees.

10. Vikings (1-1; No. 8): The defense is good enough. The running game is good enough. The receivers are good enough. The offensive line is good enough. The special teams are good enough. The coaching is good enough.

11. Chargers (1-1; No. 10): They lost a regular-season game played outside of L.A. for the first time since December 16, 2017.

12. Bears (1-1; No. 13): The city known for rigged elections won a game that surely seemed that way to Broncos fans.

13. Colts (1-1; No. 15): Great leadership overcomes bad kicking, apparently.

14. Titans (1-1; No. 12): That pyrotechnics mishap was a harbinger of doom.

15. Browns (1-1; No. 16): They still have flaws, but we got glimpses on Monday night of what they can become.

16. Bills (2-0; No. 18): They still don’t have an NFL championship, but by beating the Giants and Jets at MetLife Stadium, the Bills officially have taken home the Snoopy Trophy.

17. 49ers (2-0; No. 20): Kyle Shanahan will get plenty coach of the year votes, if he can keep this going.

18. Steelers (0-2; No. 14): Whoever thinks the Steelers are done should look at what they did in 1989.

19. Falcons (1-1; No. 24): Julio Jones earned a big chunk of that $66 million in one play on Sunday night.

20. Texans (1-1; No. 21): If CBS had placed a higher priority on that game, there would have been a camera angle that would have caused them to lose.

21. Jaguars (0-2; No. 17): If CBS had placed a higher priority on that game, there would have been a camera angle that would have caused them to win.

22. Lions (1-0-1; No. 27): Second place in the NFC North through two games is a lot better than anyone expected.

23. Raiders (1-1; No. 22): For their last game ever on a dirt infield, the Raiders left behind something significantly browner.

24. Broncos (0-2; No. 25): The Broncos are 0-2 for the first time since 1999, and they shouldn’t be.

25. Buccaneers (1-1; No. 29): In perhaps the biggest game of his career, Jameis Winston unexpectedly delivered.

26. Bengals (0-2; No. 23): 15,000 no shows for the home opener means that, by December, there may be fewer than 15,000 in the stands.

27. Panthers (0-2; No. 19): If Cam Newton isn’t injured, then the only explanation is that he’s not very good.

28. Cardinals (0-1-1; No. 28): So far, so good for Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury — record notwithstanding.

29. Jets (0-2; No. 26): If you think 0-2 looks bad, look at the upcoming schedule and apply common sense.

30. Washington (0-2; No. 30): Dysfunctional team keeps doing dysfunctional things.

31. Giants (0-2; No. 31): The Daniel Jones era begins, only two weeks too late.

32. Dolphins (0-2; No. 32): If they were actual dolphins, they’d be deliberately swimming right into the tuna nets.

FMIA Week 2: Right Or Wrong, NFL’s Ref Problems Not Going Away Soon

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There was plenty of intrigue on the Sunday of Week 2, but one unfortunate storyline overshadowed it all. Peter King begins Football Morning in America with a look at a handful of blown calls that played big roles in the outcome of two games. Also in the column:

• The Bills are 2-0, and haven’t played in Buffalo yet. And their quarterback has a thing for room-service ribs. (We’ll explain.)

• The Rams also are 2-0, thanks to Cooper Kupp’s determination and a selfless group living in the culture established by coach Sean McVay.

• The feel-good story of the week, about a player who went five years between games and made an important tackle in his first one back.

• The Award Section, with acknowledgment of the second-quarter mastery of Patrick Mahomes and the boneheaded, game-ending decision by Kirk Cousins.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on how little the Chargers miss Melvin Gordon; the best RB in 2019 through two weeks; the idol of Joe Flacco; the travel oddities for Oakland and Buffalo.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, coffeenerdness, beernerdness, a travel note and the el clowno story of the week. [more]

Week Two early inactives

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Every week we bring you all the inactives from the early games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. Check back to see the full list as it becomes available 90 minutes ahead of the 1 p.m. ET kickoffs.

Jaguars at Texans

Jaguars: DE Yannick Ngakoue, T Cedric Ogbuehi, TE Josh Oliver, CB A.J. Bouye, WR Marqise Lee, T Cam Robinson, RB Devine Ozigbo

Texans: QB Alex McGough, RB Taiwan Jones, G Senio Kelemete, G Greg Mancz, TE Logan Paulsen, TE Jerrell Adams, DE Carlos Watkins

Patriots at Dolphins

Patriots: CB Joejuan Williams, DL Deatrich Wise, RB Brandon Bolden, RB Damien Harris, WR Jakobi Meyers, T Marcus Cannon, OL Jermaine Eluemunor

Dolphins: S Reshad Jones, WR Albert Wilson, RB Myles Gaskin, LB Trent Harris, OL Isaiah Prince, OL Chris Reed, OL Bryan Witzmann

Cardinals at Ravens

Cardinals: G Lamont Gaillard, WR Andy Isabella, OL Josh Miles, OL Jeremy Vujnovich, OL Brett Toth, DL Jonathan Bullard, DL Michael Dogbe

Ravens: CB Jimmy Smith, QB Trace McSorley, LB Jaylon Ferguson, G Ben Powers, WR Jaleel Scott, LB Otaro Alaka, DT Daylon Mack

49ers at Bengals

49ers: RB Tevin Coleman, WR Jalen Hurd, WR Trent Taylor, QB C.J. Beathard, DB Jimmie Ward, OL Daniel Brunskill, DB Jason Verrett

Bengals: WR A.J. Green, T Cordy Glenn, QB Jake Dolegala, WR Pharoh Cooper, RB Trayveon Williams, DE Andrew Brown, DT Renell Wren

Chargers at Lions

Chargers: TE Hunter Henry, QB Easton Stick, K Michael Badgley, CB Roderic Teamer, CB Michael Davis, LB Jatavis Brown DL Cortez Broughton

Lions: T Taylor Decker, LB Jarrad Davis, DL Da’Shawn Hand, G Beau Benzschawel, CB Amani Oruwariye, WR Travis Fulgham, QB David Blough

Vikings at Packers

Vikings: CB Mackensie Alexander, G Pat Elflein, CB Mike Hughes, LB Ben Gedeon, OL Odi Udoh, DL Armon Watts, DL Jalyn Holmes

Packers: LB Oren Burks, WR Darrius Shepherd, RB Dexter Williams, CB Ka’dar Hollman, G Cole Madison, G Lucas Patrick, DL Kingsley Keke

Bills at Giants

Bills: CB Taron Johnson, WR Andre Roberts, OL Ryan Bates, OL Conor McDermott, OL Ike Boettger, TE Tyler Kroft, S Jaquan Johnson

Giants: WR Sterling Shepard, TE Garrett Dickerson, WR Darius Slayton, QB Alex Tanney, T Eric Smith, OL Chad Slade, RB Paul Perkins

Seahawks at Steelers

Seahawks: C Joey Hunt, WR David Moore, DE Ziggy Ansah, WR Gary Jennings, CB Neiko Thorpe, S Tedric Thompson, DT Poona Ford

Steelers: RB Roosevelt Nix, CB Justin Layne, LB Jayrone Elliott, OL Fred Johnson, OL Chukwuma Okorafor, TE Zach Gentry, DE Isaiah Buggs

Colts at Titans

Colts: DE Jabaal Sheard, RB Jonathan Williams, T Le’Raven Clark, TE Hale Hentges, S Rolan Milligan, CB Marvell Tell III, DE Kemoko Turay

Titans: LB Reggie Gilbert, OL Kevin Pamphile, CB Tye Smith, RB David Fluellen, OL Hroniss Grasu, OL Nate Davis, DL Brent Urban

Cowboys at Washington

Cowboys: WR Tavon Austin, LB Luke Gifford, S Donovan Wilson, C Adam Redmond, G Brandon McKnight, DT Trysten Hill, DE Taco Charlton

Washington: DE Jonathan Allen, TE Jordan Reed, QB Colt McCoy, CB Quinton Dunbar, CB Fabian Moreau, OL Ross Pierschbacher, OL Wes Martin

Week Two injury report roundup

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Week Two of the 2019 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Buccaneers and it continues with 14 more games on Sunday, which means that the 28 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely to play and out should be self-explanatory. Players who are on active rosters and don’t appear below should be considered healthy enough to play barring any announcements on Saturday. The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.

Chiefs at Raiders

The Chiefs are without WR Tyreek Hill (shoulder) this week and LT Eric Fisher (groin) is questionable after getting hurt in Friday’s practice.

The Raiders listed CB Gareon Conley (neck) as questionable, although defensive coordinator Paul Guenther indicated he’d play on Sunday. G Gabe Jackson (knee) and WR J.J. Nelson (ankle) are out while DT Corey Liuget (knee) is listed as questionable.

Patriots at Dolphins

The Patriots listed RB Brandon Bolden (hamstring), T Marcus Cannon (shoulder) and TE Matt LaCosse (ankle) as questionable to play in Miami.

S Reshad Jones (ankle) and WR Albert Wilson (hip, calf) will not play for the Dolphins. LB Trent Harris (foot), DE Charles Harris (wrist), S Bobby McCain (shoulder) and C Daniel Kilgore (shoulder) are all considered questionable for Sunday.

Cardinals at Ravens

G Lamont Gaillard (knee) is out for the Cardinals this weekend. DE Jonathan Bullard (hamstring) is listed as questionable.

The Ravens have listed WR Marquise Brown (hip) and TE Mark Andrews (foot) as questionable after they missed practice on Friday. Brown did the same before playing last weekend. CB Jimmy Smith (knee) is ruled out and LB Tyus Bowser (groin), CB Marlon Humphrey (back) and RB Mark Ingram (shoulder) are also listed as questionable.

49ers at Bengals

The 49ers ruled out RB Tevin Coleman (ankle), WR Jalen Hurd (back) and WR Trent Taylor (foot) on Friday. DE Nick Bosa (ankle) and S Jimmie Ward (hand) are both listed as questionable.

T Cordy Glenn (concussion) and WR A.J. Green (ankle) are out again this week for the Bengals. S Clayton Fejedelem (ankle), RB Joe Mixon (ankle) and RB Trayveon Williams (foot) are listed as questionable.

Chargers at Lions

The Chargers have a sizable questionable contingent — K Michael Badgley (right groin), LB Jatavis Brown (ankle), WR Geremy Davis (hamstring), LB Denzel Perryman (ankle), DE Isaac Rochell (concussion), CB Roderic Teamer (hamstring), WR Mike Williams (knee) — for Sunday. TE Hunter Henry (knee) won’t play and CB Michael Davis (hamstring) is listed as doubtful.

LB Jarrad Davis (ankle), T Taylor Decker (back) and DE Da'shawn Hand (elbow) were listed as questionable after a week of limited practices for the Lions.

Vikings at Packers

The Vikings will play without CB Mackensie Alexander (elbow) and CB Mike Hughes (knee) is on track to join him after being listed as doubtful. G Pat Elflein (knee), CB Mark Fields (groin) and LB Ben Gedeon (groin) are all listed as questionable.

LB Oren Burks (chest) and WR Darrius Shepherd (hamstring) won’t play for the Packers. T David Bakhtiari (back) and CB Ka’dar Hollman (neck) are listed as questionable.

Jaguars at Texans

DE Yannick Ngakoue (hamstring) won’t be in the Jaguars lineup on Sunday. T Cedric Ogbuehi (hamstring) and TE Josh Oliver (hamstring) will also miss the game. CB A.J. Bouye (hip), WR Marqise Lee (knee) and T Cam Robinson (knee) are listed as questionable.

The Texans listed RB Taiwan Jones (elbow, hamstring), G Senio Kelemete (wrist) and C Greg Mancz (ankle) as questionable.

Bills at Giants

The Bills ruled out CB Taron Johnson (hamstring) and WR Andre Roberts (quadricep) for their second straight game at MetLife Stadium. TE Tyler Kroft (foot) is considered doubtful to play.

WR Sterling Shepard (concussion), TE Garrett Dickerson (quad) and WR Darius Slayton (hamstring) are out for the Giants. WR Cody Latimer (calf) is questionable, so the Giants may be awfully thin at wideout this weekend.

Seahawks at Steelers

The Seahawks hope to have DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) after listing him as questionable. C Joey Hunt (ankle) and WR David Moore (shoulder) have been ruled out while DT Poona Ford (calf), S Tedric Thompson (hamstring) and CB Neiko Thorpe (hamstring) are all listed as doubtful.

CB Joe Haden (shoulder) and C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) are questionable for the Steelers. RB Roosevelt Nix (knee) has been ruled out.

Colts at Titans

The Colts will play without DE Jabaal Sheard (knee) and RB Jonathan Williams (rib) this week. DE Kemoko Turay (neck) is set to join them on the inactive list after being listed as doubtful.

Titans LB Reggie Gilbert (knee) and G Kevin Pamphile (knee) were ruled out on Friday. RB David Fluellen (hamstring) is listed as questionable.

Cowboys at Washington

The Cowboys won’t have WR Tavon Austin (concussion) and LB Luke Gifford (ankle), but are otherwise healthy.

Washington DE Jonathan Allen (knee), QB Colt McCoy (fibula) and TE Jordan Reed (concussion) will all miss the NFC East matchup. CB Fabian Moreau (ankle) is listed as doubtful and CB Quinton Dunbar (knee) is their lone questionable player this week.

Bears at Broncos

TE Trey Burton (groin), DT Eddie Goldman (oblique), LB Nick Kwiatkoski (knee) and DT Bilal Nichols (knee) are all listed as questionable to play for the Bears on Sunday.

The Broncos ruled out RT Ja'Wuan James (knee), RB Andy Janovich (pectoral) and LB Joseph Jones (triceps). CB Bryce Callahan (foot) and LB Todd Davis (calf) each drew questionable tags.

Saints at Rams

DT Sheldon Rankins (Achilles) is out for the Saints. There aren’t any other players on their injury report.

The Rams are in even better shape as they didn’t give out any injury designations this week.

Eagles at Falcons

The Eagles ruled out LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee) and T Jordan Mailata (back) for Sunday night. QB Nate Sudfeld (left wrist) is listed as doubtful after a week of limited practices.

T Matt Gono (back) is out for the Falcons. Wide receiver Russell Gage (concussion, hamstring) is listed as questionable.

Troy Polamalu, Patrick Willis among first-time Hall of Fame nominees

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced plans for an expanded class of inductees in 2020 by approving a proposal to put together a group of 15 candidates for selection in addition to the annual group of modern era nominees.

That new group will be made up of 10 seniors candidates, three contributors and two coaches and the entire group must be voted in as a block or none of them will make it.

Voting procedures will remain the same for the modern era nominees, who must make several cuts before before selectors meet the day before the Super Bowl to vote for a maximum of five inductees from 15 finalists. Those inductees must get at least 80 percent approval.

The Hall announced the 122 nominees who will be in the running for those spots on Thursday. The group, which includes players whose careers ended less than 25 years ago, includes eight first-time nominees. They are Troy Polamalu, Maurice Jones-Drew, Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, John Abraham, Reggie Wayne, Lance Briggs and Josh Cribbs.

The group also includes 2018 finalists Steve Atwater, Tony Boselli, Richard Seymour, Isaac Bruce, Edgerrin James, Alan Faneca, Steve Hutchinson and John Lynch.

The entire list of nominees, which will be cut to 25 in November and 15 in January, is below:

QUARTERBACKs — Randall Cunningham, Jake Delhomme, Boomer Esiason, Jeff Garcia, Jeff Hostetler, Dave Krieg, Donovan McNabb

RUNNING BACKS — Shaun Alexander, Mike Alstott, Tiki Barber, Earnest Byner, Larry Centers, Corey Dillon, Eddie George, Priest Holmes, Edgerrin James, Daryl Johnston, Thomas Jones, Maurice Jones-Drew, Eric Metcalf, Lorenzo Neal, Clinton Portis, Fred Taylor, Herschel Walker, Chris Warren, Ricky Watters

WIDE RECEIVERS — Isaac Bruce, Gary Clark, Donald Driver, Henry Ellard, Torry Holt, Chad Johnson, Derrick Mason, Muhsin Muhammad, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith, Hines Ward, Reggie Wayne

TIGHT ENDS — Dallas Clark, Ben Coates, Keith Jackson, Brent Jones, Jeremy Shockey, Wesley Walls

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN — Willie Anderson, Matt Birk, Tony Boselli, Lomas Brown, Ray Donaldson, Alan Faneca, Kevin Gogan, Jordan Gross, Chris Hinton, Kent Hull, Steve Hutchinson, Lincoln Kennedy, Olin Kreutz, Chris Samuels, Jeff Saturday, Brian Waters, Richmond Webb, Erik Williams, Steve Wisniewski

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN — John Abraham, La’Roi Glover, Casey Hampton, Chester McGlockton, Leslie O’Neal, Simeon Rice, Richard Seymour, Justin Smith, Neil Smith, Greg Townsend, Bryant Young

LINEBACKERS — Carl Banks, Cornelius Bennett, Lance Briggs, Tedy Bruschi, James Farrior, London Fletcher, Seth Joyner, Wilber Marshall, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest, Sam Mills, Chris Spielman, Takeo Spikes, Darryl Talley, Zach Thomas, Jessie Tuggle, Patrick Willis

DEFENSIVE BACKS — Eric Allen, Steve Atwater, Ronde Barber, LeRoy Butler, Nick Collins, Merton Hanks, Rodney Harrison, Albert Lewis, John Lynch, Terry McDaniel, Tim McDonald, Troy Polamalu, Bob Sanders, Troy Vincent, Darren Woodson

KICKERS — David Akers, Gary Anderson, Jason Elam, Jason Hanson, Ryan Longwell, Nick Lowery,

PUNTERS — Reggie Roby, Rohn Stark, Matt Turk, Sean Landeta, Jeff Feagles

SPECIAL TEAMS — Johnny Bailey, Josh Cribbs, Mel Gray, Brian Mitchell, Steve Tasker

PFT’s Week Two picks

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It was a good-not-great start for both of us last week, with the MDS record matching mine at 10-6. This week, we disagree on seven games.

So someone will be leading next week, possibly in commanding fashion.

Check out all Week Two picks below.

Buccaneers at Panthers

MDS’s take: Bruce Arians said Jameis Winston‘s interceptions were mostly not his fault, but I saw a quarterback who still looks like he’s making rookie mistakes in Year Five. I think the Panthers are going to give him a rough night.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 20, Buccaneers 10.

Florio’s take: Jameis Winston has lost 12 road starts in a row. The Bucs quarterback is about to eat a baker’s dozen of Ls.

Florio’s pick: Panthers 30, Buccaneers 17.

49ers at Bengals

MDS’s take: The Bengals were more competitive than expected in Week One against the Seahawks, and I think they’re going to turn in a good performance in new coach Zac Taylor’s home debut and beat the 49ers.

MDS’s pick: Bengals 23, 49ers 20.

Florio’s take: Both teams looked better than expected in Week One, and the Bengals should be able to fare better at home against a team that isn’t on Seattle’s level.

Florio’s pick: Bengals 24, 49ers 20.

Chargers at Lions

MDS’s take: Both teams are coming off hard-fought overtime games, but I think the Lions are going to have a tougher time regrouping after blowing a big early lead and ending up in a tie. The Chargers should improve to 2-0.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 23, Lions 17.

Florio’s take: The Chargers, as usual, are falling apart. The Lions need to build a lead and hold a lead this week. They can do it by running the ball right at the L.A. defense.

Florio’s pick: Lions 20, Chargers 17.

Vikings at Packers

MDS’s take: Aaron Rodgers did not play well in the Packers’ Thursday night win, and the Vikings’ defense on Sunday looked like it’s going to be ready to take advantage of quarterbacks who struggle. I think the Vikings make a big statement that they’re the favorites in the NFC North with a road win.

MDS’s pick: Vikings 17, Packers 10.

Florio’s take: It’s Hair Gel vs. Chewing Tobacco in Green Bay as a new coach takes on a guy who has been doing it forever. The similarities between Matt LaFleur’s offense and the Vikings new attack gives both defenses an edge, and it should keep the scoring lower than it was last year in Week Two at Lambeau Field.

Florio’s pick: Vikings 23, Packers 20.

Colts at Titans

MDS’s take: The Titans are the only 1-0 team in the AFC South, and they’ll move to 2-0 and put the Colts in an early hole.

MDS’s pick: Titans 28, Colts 20.

Florio’s take: The Titans revisit last year’s playoff play-in game, but with a healthy starting quarterback and, if Marcus Mariota gets injured, a much better backup. The defense is also pretty good, which should be enough to win a game that won’t be quite as easy as it was in Week One. 

Florio’s pick: Titans 27, Colts 24.

Patriots at Dolphins

MDS’s take: This is one of those games where the Patriots could name their own score. If they want to win by 50 they can, but I suspect Bill Belichick will call off the dogs early against his protege Brian Flores.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 27, Dolphins 10.

Florio’s take: Jarrett Stidham could get more than 20 minutes of work in this one.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 45, Dolphins 17.

Bills at Giants

MDS’s take: Everyone is talking about Eli Manning and Daniel Jones, but the Giants’ defense is the reason they’re going to have an ugly season. The Bills should be able to move the ball effectively against them.

MDS’s pick: Bills 30, Giants 17.

Florio’s take: The Bills can start the season with a MetLife Stadium sweep. It helps that both teams who play there currently aren’t very good.

Florio’s pick: Bills 20, Giants 17.

Seahawks at Steelers

MDS’s take: The schedule makers didn’t do the Steelers any favors, giving them a tough road game against the Patriots and then the Seahawks in their home opener. An 0-2 start would be an awfully rough hole to dig out of, and I think the Steelers, with their backs against the wall, will do just enough to win.

MDS’s pick: Steelers 20, Seahawks 17.

Florio’s take: The Steelers need to get back to Steelers football, and that means running the ball and playing tough defense. They did neither against the Patriots, and it gets no easier with the Seahawks coming to town. Especially since the Seahawks run the ball and play tough defense.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 19, Steelers 16.

Cowboys at Washington

MDS’s take: Case Keenum played very well for Washington in Week One, but he doesn’t have much around him. The Cowboys looked like a well-rounded team and should move to 2-0 in the NFC East.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 28, Washington 20.

Florio’s take: It’s too early in the year to call this a trap game, but it very well could be just that for Dallas. With Derrius Guice injured, Adrian Peterson will be the guy, and he’ll have all the anger of being left out of uniform in Week One to motivate him. Upset special of the week? Upset special of the week!  

Florio’s pick: Washington 23, Cowboys 20.

Cardinals at Ravens

MDS’s take: People were excited to see the new-look offense from Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury in Week One, but it was the Ravens’ new-look offense that stole the show. Lamar Jackson should have another big game against a suspect Arizona secondary.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 30, Cardinals 20.

Florio’s take: It’s the Running Back vs. the Runt, and it’s got the potential to be a great game — if Arizona’s offense shows up before the fourth quarter.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 33, Cardinals 24.

Jaguars at Texans

MDS’s take: The Texans mortgaged the future to win this year, and an 0-2 start would be devastating. I think they’ll manage to get by the Jaguars on a short work week.

MDS’s pick: Texans 21, Jaguars 20.

Florio’s take: The Gardner Minshew era begins with a bang, thanks in large part to the inability of the Houston offensive line to deal with Jacksonville’s front seven.

Florio’s pick: Jaguars 24, Texans 20.

Chiefs at Raiders

MDS’s take: The Raiders looked better than most were expecting in Week One, but the Chiefs just have too many ways to beat them.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 30, Raiders 17.

Florio’s take: The Chiefs say farewell to a baseball infield with a pinball offense that is unstoppable, even without Tyreek Hill. 

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 35, Raiders 21.

Bears at Broncos

MDS’s take: Broncos head coach Vic Fangio should have a good game plan in store for Matt Nagy’s offense, and Mitchell Trubisky is going to struggle again as the Bears fall to 0-2.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 17, Bears 14.

Florio’s take: Vic Fangio knows the Chicago personnel very well. The problem is the Denver personnel, not to mention Denver on a short week and the Bears with extra time to prepare — and extra motivation to prove that Week One was an aberration.  

Florio’s pick: Bears 27, Broncos 17.

Saints at Rams

MDS’s take: The NFC Championship Game rematch may be the best game of the week, and I think the Rams will come out on top again.

MDS’s pick: Rams 27, Saints 24.

Florio’s take: The NFC Championship game gets a do-over with far less at stake. Still, this game could determine where this year’s potential playoff rematch will happen.  

Florio’s pick: Saints 30, Rams 27.

Eagles at Falcons

MDS’s take: It’s hard not to be down on the Falcons after seeing the way they laid an egg in Week One. I’m expecting the Eagles’ defense to stifle the Falcons’ offense again, and Atlanta will suddenly find itself with very little margin for error in the NFC playoff race.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 20, Falcons 13.

Florio’s take: The season could quickly go off the rails for the Falcons, which could get owner Arthur Blank to move his finger toward the reset button.

Florio’s pick: Eagles 27, Falcons 21.

Browns at Jets

MDS’s take: After suffering two of the more disappointing losses of Week One, both of these teams are desperate. I think the Browns have better top-to-bottom talent and should turn things around in Week Two.

MDS’s pick: Browns 24, Jets 14.

Florio’s take: Gregg Williams gets a chance to show the Browns that they hired the wrong coach, even if they didn’t. Adam Gase gets a chance to show how he can handle adversity, like he did in Miami. And if Cleveland falters again, there’s a real chance they’ll be winless at the bye. All the pressure is on the Browns; can they handle it?

Florio’s pick: Jets 24, Browns 23.

PFT’s Week Two power rankings

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1. Patriots (1-0; last week No. 1): It’s already feeling like 2007 all over again.

2. Chiefs (1-0; No. 2): No Tyreek Hill? No problem. No Patrick Mahomes? Big problem.

3. Eagles (1-0; No. 3): DeSean Jackson‘s return underscores just how stupid it was to get rid of him.

4. Cowboys (1-0; No. 4): Dak Prescott, Franchise Quarterback.

5. Rams (1-0; No. 7): It wasn’t pretty, but a win in Carolina is still a pretty big deal.

6. Seahawks (1-0; No. 6): We’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for now, but a one-point win over the Bengals at home in September doesn’t suggest that they’ll be heading to Miami in February.

7. Saints (1-0; No. 8): It’s been a long time since they’ve been 1-0.

8. Vikings (1-0; No. 11): The Vikings finally figured out how to best use Kirk Cousins. As little as possible.

9. Packers (1-0; No. 16): The “audible thing” provided good cover for the fact that the defense appears to be significantly improved.

10. Chargers (1-0; No. 10): Another close game, another win for the Chargers.

11. Ravens (1-0; No. 13): Save some of those points for when you play the actual NFL teams, Ravens.

12. Titans (1-0; No. 19): Consistency will be the key to consistently staying in the top half of the league.

13. Bears (0-1; No. 5): That “Be You” message on the play sheet needs to be changed to “Be Someone Who Can Score More Than Three Points.”

14. Steelers (0-1; No. 9): Addition by subtraction is still subtraction.

15. Colts (0-1; No. 14): Maybe Adam Vinatieri should have retired, too.

16. Browns (0-1; No. 12): 18 penalties doesn’t mean that the Browns lack discipline; it takes discipline to violate the rules that many times.

17. Jaguars (0-1; No. 15): Bad news — no Nick Foles. Good news — Gardner Minshew may have something. Best news — they don’t have to play the Chiefs every week.

18. Bills (1-0; No. 20): Bills fans should be contributing to Kaare Vedvick’s foundation.

19. Panthers (0-1; No. 17): Even team with a healthy Cam Newton can’t overcome self-inflicted injuries.

20. 49ers (1-0; No. 22): As long as they play a quarterback who throws more pick sixes than Jimmy Garoppolo, they’ll be fine.

21. Texans (0-1; No. 21): Unless the blocking improves, Deshaun Watson may want to start having his mail delivered to the sideline medical tent.

22. Raiders (1-0; No. 28): They should cut a key player every Saturday.

23. Bengals (0-1; No. 29): Andy Dalton went a long way toward ensuring that his run of underachievement in Cincinnati will continue beyond 2019.

24. Falcons (0-1; No. 18): $66 million doesn’t buy what it used to.

25. Broncos (0-1; No. 23): They’d better hope the Raiders have the best offensive line they’ll face this year.

26. Jets (0-1; No. 24): If they don’t make the playoffs, they won’t have to look far to figure out why.

27. Lions (0-0-1; No. 25): They say a tie is like kissing your sister. For the Lions, that tie was like getting your ass kicked by your little brother whose feet still dangle when he’s sitting on the toilet.

28. Cardinals (0-0-1; No. 31): If someone had told Tramaine Brock not to try to catch a pass with his face, they’d be 1-0.

29. Buccaneers (0-1; No. 26): Eight months of 0-0 is always better than when the games actually start.

30. Washington (0-1; No. 27): When up 17-0, it’s great to have a guy like Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson to churn the clock oh wait.

31. Giants (0-1; No. 30): Unless and until the offense runs through Saquon Barkley, the Giants won’t be winning many games.

32. Dolphins (0-1; No. 32): They wouldn’t lose to Clemson. But at least they’d try.

FMIA Week 1: On Cusp of Antonio Brown Addition, Patriots Roll Steelers and Tom Brady Says: ‘Let’s Go Do It’

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The 2019 season begins and looks similar to how 2018 ended: with the Patriots at the top, and not going anywhere soon. Peter King writes Football Morning in America from Foxboro, where he spoke with Tom Brady about New England’s acquisition of Antonio Brown. Also in the column:

• A wide receiver who once had to adapt to the Patriot Way explains how, and if, Antonio Brown can assimilate to the culture in New England.

• The Letdown by the Lake, and where Cleveland goes from here. And how Tennessee was able to beat down Baker.

• The story behind the video of Patrick Mahomes and Brett Favre playing catch and trying to outdo each other with no-look passes.

• The Award Section, with acknowledgment of the stellar Week 1 performances by Lamar Jackson, Dak Prescott, Mike Pettine and more. Goat of the week was a bit unexpected, but certainly deserving.

• Get to know a little more behind the story of Austin Ekeler, one of Week 1’s biggest stars.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on two underrated teams that could win games in January; Doug Pederson’s gutsy 4th-down call; the Rams extending Jared Goff’s contract; a head coach’s warming seat.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, a travel note and the perfect slice of Americana bookstore in Rhode Island. [more]

Week One early inactives

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Every week we bring you all the inactives from the early games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. Check back to see the full list as it becomes available 90 minutes ahead of the 1 p.m. ET kickoffs.

Washington at Eagles

Washington: RB Adrian Peterson, TE Jordan Reed, QB Colt McCoy, CB Fabian Moreau, OL Ross Pierschbacher, OL Wes Martin, DL Treyvon Hester

Eagles: QB Nate Sudfeld, T Jordan Mailata, LB Kamu Grugier-Hill, OL Matt Pryor, OL Nate Herbig, DL Shareef Miller, DE Daeshon Hall

Rams at Panthers

Rams: WR Nsimba Webster, CB David Long, LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, C Coleman Shelton, T Bobby Evans, TE Johnny Mundt, DT Greg Gaines

Panthers: DE Bruce Irvin, T Greg Little, DT Vernon Butler, QB Will Grier, WR Brandon Zylstra, OL Brandon Greene, LB Jordan Kunaszyk

Titans at Browns

Titans: LB Reggie Gilbert, OL Kevin Pamphile, CB Tye Smith, RB Dalyn Dawkins, LB David Long, OL Nate Davis, DL Matt Dickerson

Browns: QB Garrett Gilbert, WR Taywan Taylor, LB Sione Takitaki, LB Genard Avery, OL Austin Corbett, OL Wyatt Teller, TE Ricky Seals-Jones

Chiefs at Jaguars

Chiefs: S Jordan Lucas, LB Reggie Ragland, OL Ryan Hunter, OL Nick Allegretti, OL Martinas Rankin, TE Deon Yelder, DL Khalen Saunders

Jaguars: T Cam Robinson, T Cedric Ogbuehi, TE Josh Oliver, DT Marcell Dareus, WR C.J. Board, RB Devine Ozigbo, LB Austin Calitro

Ravens at Dolphins

Ravens: QB Trace McSorley, OL Greg Senat, OL Ben Powers, WR Jaleel Scott, LB Otaro Alaka, DT Daylon Mack, LB Jaylon Ferguson

Dolphins: CB Ken Webster, RB Myles Gaskin, RB Patrick Laird, G Shaq Calhoun, OL Chris Reed, T Isaiah Prince, LB Trent Harris

Falcons at Vikings

Falcons: T Matt Gono, DT Deadrin Senat, G Jamon Brown, RB Qadree Ollison, CB Jordan Miller, RB Brian Hill, WR Olamide Zaccheaus

Vikings: CB Mike Hughes, WR Josh Doctson, G Dru Samia, T Oli Udoh, TE Tyler Conklin, DT Jalyn Holmes, DT Armon Watts

Bills at Jets

Bills: WR Andre Roberts, TE Tyler Kroft, S Dean Marlowe S Jaquan Johnson, OL Ike Boettger, OL Conor McDermott, OL Ryan Bates

Jets: RB Bilal Powell, DB Bennett Jackson, DL John Franklin-Myers, OL Chuma Edoga, DL Folorunso Fatukasi, DL Nathan Shepherd, DL Kyle Phillips

Week One injury report roundup

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The NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Packers and it continues with 13 more games on Sunday, which means that the 26 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely to play and out should be self-explanatory. Players who are on active rosters and don’t appear below should be considered healthy enough to play barring any announcements on Saturday. The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.

Falcons at Vikings

The Falcons ruled out T Matt Gono (back), but are otherwise healthy.

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hamstring) is questionable after limited practices the last two days. Tight end Tyler Conklin (ribs) is also questionable and CB Mike Hughes (knee) is out.

Rams at Panthers

The Rams have no players listed on their Week One injury report.

DE Bruce Irvin (hamstring) and T Greg Little (concussion) won’t play for the Panthers.

Titans at Browns

Titans LB Reggie Gilbert (knee) won’t play this weekend. G Kevin Pamphile (knee) is listed as questionable.

The Browns listed LB Sione Takitaki (hamstring) as questionable.

Chiefs at Jaguars

S Jordan Lucas (back) and DT Xavier Williams (illness) are questionable for the Chiefs.

Jaguars T Cam Robinson (knees) isn’t expected to play after getting hurt in practice this week. T Cedric Ogbuehi (hamstring) and TE Josh Oliver (hamstring) have been ruled out and DT Marcell Dareus (elbow) is considered questionable.

Ravens at Dolphins

WR Marquise Brown (foot) is listed as questionable, but Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he’s playing. CB Brandon Carr (hip), CB Cyrus Jones (finger) and RB Patrick Ricard (foot) are also listed as questionable.

The Dolphins listed CB Johnson Bademosi (hip), DE Charles Harris (wrist), DE Trent Harris (foot), G Danny Isidora (hamstring), CB Bobby McCain (shoulder) and WR Albert Wilson (hip, calf) as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Bills at Jets

Bills WR Andre Roberts (quad) is out for a game against his former team. TE Tyler Kroft (foot) is also expected to miss the game after drawing a doubtful tag.

The Jets listed WR Robby Anderson (calf), WR Braxton Berrios (hamstring) and CB Trumaine Johnson (hamstring) as questionable, but head coach Adam Gase indicated Anderson and Johnson will play this weekend.

Washington at Eagles

Washington TE Jordan Reed (concussion) hasn’t been cleared through the concussion protocol and drew a questionable tag. QB Colt McCoy (fibula) and CB Fabian Moreau (ankle) won’t play and two others — DE Caleb Brantley (foot), LB Cassanova McKinzy (concussion) — are also listed as questionable.

The Eagles ruled out three — LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee), T Jordan Mailata (back), QB Nate Sudfeld (left wrist) — and the other 50 players on the roster are set to play.

Colts at Chargers

The Colts ruled out DE Jabaal Sheard (knee) and RB Jonathan Williams (rib). DE Kemoko Turay (neck) and RB Jordan Wilkins (ankle) are listed as questionable.

CB Trevor Williams (quadricep) is the only Chargers player ruled out, but LB Jatavis Brown (ankle), WR Geremy Davis (hamstring) and S Roderic Teamer (hamstring) are expected to miss the game after being listed as doubtful. K Michael Badgley (right groin), LB Denzel Perryman (ankle) and LB Drue Tranquill (back) make up L.A.’s questionable contingent.

Bengals at Seahawks

T Cordy Glenn (concussion), WR A.J. Green (ankle) and RB Trayveon Williams (foot) are all out for the Bengals. WR Auden Tate (knee) is listed as doubtful.

DE L.J. Collier (ankle) will have to wait to make his debut as the Seahawks have ruled him out. C Joey Hunt (ankle) and WR David Moore (shoulder) will also miss the game while G Mike Iupati (foot) is listed as questionable.

UPDATE 5:53 p.m. ET: The Seahawks added DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) to their final report. He’s listed as questionable.

Lions at Cardinals

All four players on the Lions injury report — LB Jarrad Davis (ankle), DE Da'shawn Hand (elbow), CB Rashaan Melvin (knee), C Frank Ragnow (ankle) — are listed as questionable.

The Cardinals ruled out G Lamont Gaillard (knee) and T Marcus Gilbert (knee). LB Haason Reddick (knee) and LB Ezekiel Turner (hand) drew questionable tags for the opener.

Giants at Cowboys

The Giants ruled out TE Garrett Dickerson (quadricep) and WR Darius Slayton (hamstring) for the opener.

LB Luke Gifford (ankle), S Darian Thompson (ankle) and S Donovan Wilson (ankle) will not play for the Cowboys.

49ers at Buccaneers

Signs point to 49ers DE Nick Bosa (ankle) playing on Sunday, but the team listed him as questionable. WR Jalen Hurd (back), WR Trent Taylor (foot) and CB Jimmie Ward (hand) have been ruled out. C Weston Richburg (knee), CB Jason Verrett (ankle) and CB K'Waun Williams (knee) are listed as questionable.

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (illness) missed practice Friday and is listed as questionable. S Justin Evans (Achilles) and QB Blaine Gabbert (left shoulder) have been ruled out.

Steelers at Patriots

S Sean Davis (ankle) is the only player on the Steelers injury report and he’s considered doubtful to play.

TE Matt LaCosse (ankle), S Obi Melifonwu (ankle) and WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) are listed as questionable for the Patriots.

PFT’s Week One picks

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Football is back, and so are our efforts at prognostication.

For the eighth straight season, MDS and I will be picking games straight up. We disagree on four of the games.

Scroll for our takes and our picks as to all of the Week One games of the 100th season of the NFL.

Packers at Bears

MDS’s take: I’m expecting the Bears’ defense to take a step backward this year, both because Vic Fangio has left for Denver and because of simple regression to the mean after Chicago’s defense was otherworldly last year. But I’m also not sure Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur are the right fit, and so I don’t think the Packers are the right team to exploit the Bears’ defensive liabilities.

MDS’s pick: Bears 16, Packers 13.

Florio’s take:  The Bears are largely known. The Packers are largely unknown. Advantage, known.

Florio’s pick: Bears 23, Packers 16.

Rams at Panthers

MDS’s take: This is a very intriguing game that can make an early impact on the NFC playoff race, and I believe the Rams are going to get a big road victory under their belt.

MDS’s pick: Rams 28, Panthers 17.

Florio’s take: The Panthers are not easy to beat at home, especially with a healthy Cam Newton. Look for underrated head coach Ron Rivera to take full advantage of the blueprint provided by the Patriots for slowing down the L.A. offense.

Florio’s pick: Panthers 23, Rams 17.

Washington at Eagles

MDS’s take: There’s an enormous gulf between these two rosters. Philadelphia has great depth, Washington has a lot of holes. I don’t see this one being close.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 35, Washington 14.

Florio’s take: Dysfunction meets potential dynasty.

Florio’s pick: Eagles 34, Washington 17.

Bills at Jets

MDS’s take: I have a feeling Adam Gase and Sam Darnold are going to have a few surprises in their offense that will take opposing defenses off guard early this season, and the Bills may find themselves playing catch-up on Sunday. That’s not what they’re designed to do.

MDS’s pick: Jets 27, Bills 17.

Florio’s take: One of these teams will contend for a playoff berth. That team is more likely to be the Jets.

Florio’s pick: Jets 30, Bills 21.

Falcons at Vikings

MDS’s take: Both of these teams are coming off disappointing seasons and need to turn things around. I trust Matt Ryan to help the Falcons do that more than I trust Kirk Cousins.

MDS’s pick: Falcons 24, Vikings 21.

Florio’s take: The new-look Vikings offense starts at home against a team that could go either way. Since it’s not a night game, Minnesota and quarterback Kirk Cousins should be fine.

Florio’s pick: Vikings 24, Falcons 21.

Ravens at Dolphins

MDS’s take: The Dolphins are going nowhere fast. This should be a fun opportunity to see the Ravens’ new-look offense, playing with a lead for most of the game, churn a lot of yards on the ground.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 20, Dolphins 10.

Florio’s take: Tank for Tua. Failin’ for Jalen. Bustin’ for Justin’. Whatever the label, the Dolphins are content to take their lumps this year, in the hopes of being the team to deliver lumps later.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 24, Dolphins 13.

Chiefs at Jaguars

MDS’s take: The Jaguars’ defense should bounce back this year, and the Chiefs might not put on quite the show that a lot of people are expecting in Week One. I’m still taking the Chiefs to win, but it’s going to be a closer, more competitive game than you think.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 21, Jaguars 20.

Florio’s take: Although the Jaguars will be a much better team in 2019, there will be no regression in Kansas City.

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 31, Jaguars 20.

Titans at Browns

MDS’s take: Can the Browns live up to the offseason hype? I think they will, at least in this game, when Myles Garrett will live in the Titans’ backfield and the Browns’ defense will lead the way.

MDS’s pick: Browns 24, Titans 7.

Florio’s take: The Titans play up to the level of the competition, the Titans play down to the level of the competition. And the Titans are sick of spending the last seven months hearing about the level of competition the Browns will provide.

Florio’s pick: Titans 23, Browns 21.

Colts at Chargers

MDS’s take: Jacoby Brissett, in his first game as The Man for the Colts, will struggle against a stout Chargers defense. Philip Rivers should have a good day and the Chargers will win.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 28, Colts 20.

Florio’s take: The Colts started 1-5 last year with Andrew Luck. Without him, 0-1 is a likely outcome, especially with the Chargers being the opponent.

Florio’s pick: Chargers 24, Colts 20.

Bengals at Seahawks

MDS’s take: The Seahawks showed by trading for Jadeveon Clowney that they’re serious about winning this year. They should get the season off to a big start, at home against a bad Bengals team.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 31, Bengals 14.

Florio’s take: Look away while you still can.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 27, Bengals 6.

49ers at Buccaneers

MDS’s take: The Bucs’ new-look offense under Bruce Arians will outplay the 49ers’ offense, which still doesn’t seem like it has the right pieces in place in Year 3 of Kyle Shanahan.

MDS’s pick: Buccaneers 30, 49ers 27.

Florio’s take: This may be the hardest one of the week to call. Bruce Arians always did well against the 49ers while coaching the Cardinals, and the Bucs are at home. Plus, it’s still not clear whether Jimmy Garoppolo can get it done.

Florio’s pick: Buccaneers 23, 49ers 20.

Giants at Cowboys

MDS’s take: I’m expecting a rough year for the Giants, who need to figure out the right succession plan to go from Eli Manning to Daniel Jones. The Cowboys should win this one comfortably.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 30, Giants 20.

Florio’s take: The Cowboys had a good chance to win this one, even without Ezekiel Elliott in the fold. Now that he’s there, it’s 1-0 for the defending NFC East champs.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 30, Giants 20.

Lions at Cardinals

MDS’s take: Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury may take Matt Patricia’s defense off guard early on, but the Cardinals’ roster just isn’t rebuilt yet, and in what I’m expecting to be a tough game over four quarters, the Lions’ defensive depth should help them late.

MDS’s pick: Lions 24, Cardinals 21.

Florio’s take:  I want the Cardinals’ new offense to work. I’ll take a wait-and-see approach to whether it actually will.

Florio’s pick: Lions 31, Cardinals 20.

Steelers at Patriots

MDS’s take: The Steelers won’t miss Antonio Brown off the field, but they’ll miss him on the field. The Patriots, on the other hand, are well-equipped to adjust to the absence of Rob Gronkowski. I like the Patriots to win this one with their passing game.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 31, Steelers 21.

Florio’s take: Two years ago, the Patriots lost to the Chiefs on the night they hung a banner. Bill Belichick won’t let that happen a second time.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 27, Steelers 24.

Texans at Saints

MDS’s take: This is the most intriguing game on the schedule to me, a Texans team that took a couple of big gambles on cut-down day against a Saints team that wants one more run to the Super Bowl with Drew Brees. I’m not sold on what the Texans are doing.

MDS’s pick: Saints 20, Texans 16.

Florio’s take: The Saints have started slowly each of the last two years, and they’re keenly aware of that.

Florio’s pick: Saints 31, Texans 21.

Broncos at Raiders

MDS’s take: Vic Fangio’s defense should be good in Denver, but that offense just doesn’t have the personnel. I like the Raiders to win a low-scoring game.

MDS’s pick: Raiders 13, Broncos 10.

Florio’s take: Tick . . . tick . . . tick . . . tick . . . tick. . . . . BOOMIN’.

Florio’s pick: Broncos 23, Raiders 13.

PFT’s Week One power rankings

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1. Patriots (preseason ranking No. 1): As Nick Saban says, once you get to the top of the mountain, you are the mountain. The Patriots are officially a mountain range.

2. Chiefs (No. 2): LeSean McCoy gives this team a late kick in the butt that could come in handy against Team Mountain Range.

3. Eagles (No. 3): Has an elite team ever been so overlooked?

4. Cowboys (No. 4): Zeke is back, and now the question is whether they’ll give in to the temptation to overuse him.

5. Bears (No. 5): It’s on Mitchell Trubisky to take this team to the next level, or two.

6. Seahawks (No. 9): The Jadeveon Clowney bump is real, especially since the Seahawks already were legitimate contenders before he arrived.

7. Rams (No. 7): We’ll quickly find out whether a three-point output from Super Bowl LIII lingers into 2019.

8. Saints (No. 8): Between Father Time chasing Drew Brees and Lady Luck ripping out the team’s heart in two straight postseasons, it could be hard for the Saints to remain among the top of the league.

9. Steelers (No. 10): The Steelers couldn’t beat Tom Brady in Foxboro with Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell on the team. They’ll soon try to beat Brady without both of them.

10. Chargers (No. 11): Last year’s impressive showing keeps them high on the list as the season starts. Now, they’ll have to try to stay there.

11. Vikings (No. 12): They scored one of the most underrated hires in the offseason by luring Gary Kubiak to town. The question becomes whether they’ll stick with a meat-and-potatoes approach to offense, despite having caviar-priced quarterbacks and receivers.

12. Browns (No. 13): How this team handles inevitable adversity continues to be one of the biggest questions looming over 2019.

13. Ravens (No. 14): If Lamar Jackson improves as a passer, the Ravens will be moving up, all year long.

14. Colts (No. 6): The Colts believe in Jacoby Brissett, but he’s still not Andrew Luck.

15. Jaguars (No. 16): Nick Foles ensures 2019 will be more like 2017, less like 2018.

16. Packers (No. 15): The offense is an unknown; what is known is that Aaron Rodgers already has won his first power struggle with his new head coach.

17. Panthers (No. 18): Last year’s sluggish finish puts them in the middle of the pack to start the season. A healthy Cam Newton will put them in the playoff hunt, again.

18. Falcons (No. 19): The NFC South is sufficiently wide open to give an underrated Matt Ryan a chance to take control of it, again.

19. Titans (No. 20): They can beat anyone, and they can lose to anyone. They’ll bump significantly higher next week if they can beat the Browns.

20. Bills (No. 21): Either the Jets or the Bills will contend for an AFC wild-card spot; on Sunday, one of them gets a leg up in their head-to-head competition.

21. Texans (No. 17): They may be better offensively after a Saturday that eventually could make people quit talking about the Herschel Walker trade. But there’s a growing funk of dysfunction that not even a high-end coach like Bill O’Brien can fully escape.

22. 49ers (No. 22): Jimmy G is on the spot, and I didn’t mean that to be a double entendre when I typed it but what the hell.

23. Broncos (No. 23): As goes Joe Flacco will go the Broncos.

24. Jets (No. 24): There’s a big upside, including a potential playoff berth. But they’ve earned their placement in the lower third of the league.

25. Lions (No. 25): No one is paying attention to the Lions, and the Lions surely like it that way.

26. Buccaneers (No. 26): A boom or a bust is coming. However it plays out, it should be fun to watch.

27. Washington (No. 27): Some would say No. 27 is a little high.

28. Raiders (No. 28): The NFL is better when the Raiders are competitive, but for now I’m skeptical that they will be in their last year in Oakland.

29. Bengals (No. 29): Who precisely did the Bengals piss off to get sent to Seattle in Week One?

30. Giants (No. 31): The sooner they go with Daniel Jones, the sooner they become relevant again.

31. Cardinals (No. 32): They’ve shown us nothing about their new offense in the preseason, so there’s no way to bump them out of this hole.

32. Dolphins (No. 30): Tanks for nothing? Tanks for everything!

PFT’s 2019 season predictions

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When it comes to NFL predictions, there are two kinds of NFL predictors. Those who believe that the Patriots won’t be in the Super Bowl, and those who are rational.

The Patriots have been in four of the last five Super Bowls, and but for a missed extra point in early 2016 they may have been in five of the last five.

Sure, it’s fun to think of a more wide open NFL (unless you’re a Patriots fan). But the Patriots are in the midst of what eventually will be remembered as the greatest run of excellence in the history of pro football. So when predicting how one of the seasons played during that run will play out, you can either resist this reality.

Or you can be rational.

As the following predictions for the 2019 playoffs illustrate, only two of the PFT writers are rational.

That said, none of us are flat-out bonkers — all six contributors have the Patriots extending their run of AFC Championship appearances to nine in a row. For all the playoff picks, read and scroll. Read and scroll.

Josh Alper


1. Chiefs; 2. Patriots; 3. Texans; 4. Steelers; 5. Jaguars; 6. Browns

Wild card: Texans over Browns, Jaguars over Steelers.

Divisional round: Chiefs over Jaguars, Patriots over Texans.

Conference championship: Chiefs over Patriots.


1. Eagles; 2. Saints; 3. Rams; 4. Vikings; 5. Cowboys; 6. Seahawks

Wild card: Cowboys over Vikings, Seahawks over Rams.

Divisional round: Eagles over Seahawks, Cowboys over Saints.

Conference championship: Eagles over Cowboys.

Super Bowl: Eagles over Chiefs.

Curtis Crabtree


1. Chiefs; 2. Patriots; 3. Ravens; 4. Colts; 5. Browns; 6. Texans.

Wild card: Browns over Colts, Ravens over Texans.

Divisional round: Chiefs over Browns, Patriots over Ravens.

Conference championship: Chiefs over Patriots.


1. Eagles; 2. Rams; 3. Panthers; 4. Packers; 5. Seahawks; 6. Saints.

Wild card: Seahawks over Packers, Saints over Panthers.

Divisional round: Rams over Seahawks, Eagles over Saints.

Conference championship: Eagles over Rams.

Super Bowl: Chiefs over Eagles.

Mike Florio


1. Patriots; 2. Chiefs; 3. Jaguars; 4. Steelers; 5. Browns; 6. Jets.

Wild card: Jaguars over Jets, Steelers over Browns.

Divisional round: Patriots over Steelers, Jaguars over Chiefs.

Conference championship: Patriots over Jaguars.


1. Eagles; 2. Seahawks; 3. Bears; 4. Panthers; 5. Vikings; 6. Cowboys.

Wild card: Bears over Cowboys, Panthers over Vikings.

Divisional round: Eagles over Panthers, Seahawks over Bears.

Conference championship: Eagles over Seahawks.

Super Bowl: Patriots over Eagles.

Darin Gantt


1. Patriots; 2. Chiefs; 3. Steelers; 4. Jaguars; 5. Chargers; 6. Texans.

Wild card: Chargers over Jaguars, Steelers over Texans.

Divisional round: Patriots over Chargers, Chiefs over Steelers.

Conference Championship: Patriots over Chiefs.


1. Saints; 2. Rams; 3. Packers; 4. Eagles; 5. Panthers; 6. Vikings.

Wild card: Eagles over Panthers, Packers over Vikings.

Divisional round: Saints over Eagles, Rams over Packers.

Conference championship: Saints over Rams.

Super Bowl: Patriots over Saints.

Michael David Smith


1. Chiefs; 2. Patriots; 3. Browns; 4. Jaguars; 5. Chargers; 6. Steelers.

Wild card: Steelers over Browns, Chargers over Jaguars.

Divisional round: Chiefs over Steelers, Patriots over Chargers.

Conference championship: Chiefs over Patriots.


1. Saints; 2. Rams; 3. Eagles; 4. Bears; 5. Cowboys; 6. Vikings.

Wild card: Eagles over Vikings, Cowboys over Bears.

Divisional round: Rams over Eagles, Saints over Cowboys.

Conference championship: Saints over Rams.

Super Bowl: Chiefs over Saints.

Charean Williams

1. Patriots; 2. Chiefs; 3. Jaguars; 4. Ravens; 5. Steelers; 6. Browns

Wild card: Jaguars over Browns, Steelers over Ravens.

Divisional round: Patriots over Steelers, Chiefs over Jaguars.

Conference championship: Chiefs over Patriots.


1. Cowboys; 2. Saints; 3. Rams; 4. Vikings; 5. Eagles; 6. Seahawks

Wild card: Seahawks over Rams, Eagles over Vikings.

Divisional round: Eagles over Saints, Cowboys over Seahawks.

Conference championship: Cowboys over Eagles.

Super Bowl: Chiefs over Cowboys.

FMIA: On Cuts and Trades and Why Super Bowl 54 Will Be Chiefs-Saints

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It’s finally September, the opening kickoff is days away and you know what that means: time for predictions. Peter King begins Football Morning in America with a look at which team he thinks will win Super Bowl 54, and why. Also in the jam-packed column:

• A behind-the-scenes anecdote about why Patrick Mahomes the leader is just as impactful as Patrick Mahomes the player.

• Predicting the 12 playoff teams—including three that weren’t there in 2018—and several of the major award winners. Spoiler alert: Jacoby Brissett is a factor.

• Recapping all the big news of cut-down weekend, including the Laremy Tunsil/Kenny Stills trade to Houston, the Jadeveon Clowney trade to Seattle, the Bills cutting LeSean McCoy and more.

• More thoughts, notes and opinions on the biggest storylines to watch in Week 1; JuJu Smith-Schuster’s YouTube channel; Carson Palmer on Andrew Luck; Patriots center David Andrews’ injury; the tanking Dolphins.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, beernerdness, coffeenerdness and an interesting prediction about the future of reviewable pass interference. [more]

PFT’s 2019 AFC 53-man roster cuts tracker

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[Editor’s note: We’re keeping track of the moves as AFC teams make them this weekend, as they have to get to their 53-man roster limit by Saturday at 4 p.m. Check back throughout the weekend, as we’ll update throughout.]


Traded center Russell Bodine to the Patriots for a 2020 sixth-round pick. Released running back LeSean McCoy. Released safety Kurt Coleman. Waived or released running back Christian Wade, defensive end Sam Acho, tight end Nate Becker, wide receiver Victor Bolden, tight end Kyle Carter, safety Kurt Coleman, wide receiver Nick Easley, defensive end Jeff Holland, quarterback Tyree Jackson, tackle Jarron Jones, linebacker Deon Lacey, cornerback Cam Lewis, cornerback Ryan Lewis, offensive lineman Eric Magnuson, wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud, kicker Chase McLaughlin, cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, running back Marcus Murphy, defensive tackle Kyle Peko, wide receiver Cam Phillips, cornerback Lafayette Pitts, offensive lineman Demetrius Rhaney, cornerback Denzel Rice, wide receiver David Sills, tight end Keith Towbridge, safety Abraham Wallace, defensive tackle L.T. Walton, wide receiver Duke Williams, defensive end Eddie Yarbrough and defensive tackle Roderick Young. Placed linebacker Tyrel Dodson on Commissioner’s Exempt list. Placed linebacker Vosean Joseph and running back Senorise Perry on injured reserve.


Released wide receiver Brice Butler, defensive end Tank Carradine, and cornerback Tyler Patmon. They placed defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche and cornerback Cordrea Tankersley on the physically unable to perform list. They reached an injury settlement with tight end Dwayne Allen, and waived linebacker Quentin Poling with an injury designation. They also waived center Tony Adams, cornerback Cornell Armstrong, cornerback Jalen Davis, linebacker Nick DeLuca, offensive guard Michael Dunn, long snapper Wesley Farnsworth, running back Kenneth Farrow, receiver Isaiah Ford, center/guard Kyle Fuller, defensive end Dewayne Hendrix, defensive end Tyrone Holmes, receiver Reece Horn, receiver Trenton Irwin, offensive tackle Jaryd Jones-Smith, defensive tackle Joey Mbu, cornerback Torry McTyer, offensive guard/tackle Aaron Monteiro, cornerback Nik Needham, defensive tackle Jamiyus Pittman, defensive tackle Durval Queiroz Neto, receiver T.J. Rahming, cornerback David Rivers, quarterback Jake Ruddock, safety Maurice Smith, linebacker Terrance Smith, defensive tackle Cory Thomas and linebacker Tre Watson.

New England

Waived wide receiver Braxton Berrios. Waived tight ends Stephen Anderson and Eric Saubert. Released quarterback Brian Hoyer. Released wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, centerJames Ferentz and defensive tackle David Parry. Placed center David Andrews, offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt, defensive back Malik Gant and defensive lineman Derek Rivers on injured reserve. Placed offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste on the reserve/non-football injury list and wide receiver Cameron Meredith on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Traded cornerback Keion Crossen to the Texans. Waived waived, fullback Andrew Beck, running back Nick Brossette, tackle Cole Croston, wide receiver Ryan Davis, center Tyler Gauthier, linebacker Terez Hall, defensive end Trent Harris, safety A.J. Howard, tackle Martez Ivey, fullback Jakob Johnson, defensive end Ufomba Kamalu, tackle Cedrick Lang, linebacker Calvin Munson, wide receiver Damoun Patterson, linebacker Christian Sam, tackle Dan Skipper, tackle Tyree St. Louis, defensive tackle Nick Thurman, defensive back Ken Webster and linebacker Scooby Wright

New York Jets

Waived running back Elijah McGuire. Traded cornerback Parry Nickerson to Seahawks. Waived linebacker Jachai Polite.


Waived kicker Elliott Fry. Released linebacker Shane Ray. Waived guard Patrick Vahe, guard Isaiah Williams, tackle Darrell Williams, linebacker Silas Stewart, and wide receiver Jaylen Smith. Announced several moves, including releasing receiver Michael Floyd and waiving quarterback Joe Callahan, receiver Joe Horn Jr. and long snapper Matthew Orzech. Releasing defensive tackle Willie Henry. Announced they waived outside linebacker Aaron Adeoye, offensive tackle Marcus Applefield, cornerback Terrell Bonds, cornerback Maurice Canady, inside linebacker E.J. Ejiya, running back Tyler Ervin, fullback Christopher Ezeala, defensive tackle Willie Henry Jr., tight end Cole Herdman, defensive back Bennett Jackson, receiver Sean Modster, inside linebacker Donald Payne, offensive guard R.J. Prince, tight end Charles Scarff, defensive tackle Zach Sieler, running back De’Lance Turner, receiver Antoine Wesley and defensive tackle Gerald Willis; reached an injury settlement with cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste; waived/injured kicker Cameron Nizialek; eleased safety Brynden Trawick; placed offensive lineman Randin Crecelius, running back Kenneth Dixon, inside linebacker Alvin Jones, defensive back Fish Smithson and cornerback Tavon Young on injured reserve.


Waived cornerback Tony Lippett, guard Christian Westerman, linebacker Curtis Akins, center Kirk Barron, safety Demetrious Cox, long snapper Dan Godsil, defensive tackle Dare Odeyingbo, defensive tackle Christian Ringo, linebacker Sterling Sheffield, defensive end Immanuel Turner, and kicker Tristan Vizcaino. Got to the 53-man limit by placing cornerback Darqueze Dennard and tackle Jonah Williams on reserve/physically unable to perform, quarterback Jeff Driskel and running back Rodney Anderson on injured reserve, and guard Alex Redmond on the reserve/suspended list. They also terminated the contract of veteran guard John Jerry and waived tight end Moritz Böhringer, cornerback Jordan Brown, wide receiver Ventell Bryant, cornerback Anthony Chesley, wide receiver Cody Core, linebacker Deshaun Davis, linebacker Noah Dawkins, running back Jordan Ellis, tackle Justin Evans, running back Quinton Flowers, tight end Jordan Franks, cornerback Davontae Harris, safety Trayvon Henderson, linebacker Malik Jefferson, safety Tyree Kinnel, center Brad Lundblade, wide receiver Stanley Morgan, cornerback KeiVarae Russell, tight end Mason Schreck, wide receiver Hunter Sharp (injury settlement), and guard Keaton Sutherland.


Traded quarterback David Blough to the Lions.
The Browns announced that they have terminated the contracts of LB Ray-Ray Armstrong, P Britton Colquitt, DT Carl Davis and T Bryan Witzmann. Cleveland also waived WR Dorian Baker, DT Brandin Bryant, TE Stephen Carlson, TE Seth DeValve T Brian Fineanganofo, RB Trayone Gray, LB Willie Harvey, S J.T. Hassell, WR Ishmael Hyman, CB Robert Jackson, K Greg Joseph, CB Donnie Lewis Jr., S Montrel Meander, WR Braxton Miller, RB A.J. Ouellette, DE Jarrell Owens, CB Lenzy Pipkins, DT Brian Price, DE Wyatt Ray, S Tigie Sankoh, T Brad Seaton, WR Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi, LB Anthony Stubbs, T Travis Vornkahl, LB Dedrick Young II, WR Derrick Willies, G Willie Wright, DE Anthony Zettel, G Kyle Kalis and FB Joe Kerridge. The last two were waived/injured with concussions. Placed on injured reserve with a concussion was CB Phillip Gaines, and placed on the reserve/suspended list were WR Antonio Callaway, RB Kareem Hunt and TE Rico Gathers.


Traded tackle Jerald Hawkins to the Buccaneers. Released wide receiver Eli Rogers, linebacker Sutton Smith, tackle Derwin Grey, quarterback Devlin Hodges, running backs Trey Edmunds, Travon McMillian and Malik Williams, receivers Trey Griffey, Johnny Holton, Tevin Jones, Brandon Reilly, and Diontae Spencer, tight ends Micky Crum, Kevin Rader, Christian Scotland-Williamson, and Trevor Wood, and offensive linemen Garrett Brumfield, J.C. Hassanauer, Patrick Morris, and Damian Prince, defensive backs  Marcus Allen, Dravon Askew-Henry, Marcelis Branch, Jhvonte Dean, P.J. Locke, and Trevon Mathis, linebackers Jayrone Elliott, Christian Kuntz, Tegray Scales, and Robert Spillane, defensive linemen Winston Craig, Greg Gilmore, Henry Mondeaux, Casey Sayles, and Conor Sheehy, kicker Matthew Wright, and punter Ian Berryman.


Released punter Bryan Anger, along with running back Josh Ferguson, nose tackle Javier Edwards, outside linebacker Jamal Davis, cornerback Jermaine Ponder, outside linebacker Gimel President, and quarterback Jordan Ta’Amu. Traded offensive lineman Martinas Rankin to Kansas City for running back Carlos Hyde. According to the NFL’s official transactions wire, they waived receiver Floyd Allen, defensive end Jesse Aniebonam, defensive back Derrick Baity, linebacker Davin Bellamy, linebacker B.J. Bello (injured), defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun, running back Damarea Crockett, defensive end Jamal Davis, offensive tackle Christian DiLauro, receiver Johnnie Dixon, nose tackle Javier Edwards, defensive back Austin Exford, running back Josh Ferguson, receiver Chad Hansen, defensive end Joel Heath, defensive back A.J. Hendy, running back Karan Higdon, defensive tackle Albert Huggins, defensive back Chris Johnson, receiver Tyron Johnson, offensive tackle Rick Leonard, receiver Steven Mitchell, defensive tackle Walter Palmore, defensive back Jermaine Ponder, linebacker Gimel President, offensive guard Malcolm Pridgeon, offensive guard Maurquice Shakir, receiver Vyncint Smith, defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle, quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, receiver Jester Weah and linebacker Xavier Woodson-Luster (injured); released linebacker Tyrell Adams and punter Bryan Anger; and placed quarterback Joe Webb on injured reserve.


Waived quarterback Phillip Walker. Placed quarterback Chad Kelly on suspended list. Waived safety Micah Abernathy, tackle Jackson Barton, cornerback Jalen Collins, wide receiver Ashton Dulin, guard Jake Eldrenkamp, tackle Antonio Garcia, defensive end Gerri Green, defensive end Obum Gwacham, kicker Cole Hedlund, wide receiver Krishawn Hogan, cornerback Isaiah Langley, wide receiver Roger Lewis, linebacker Skai Moore, center Daniel Munyer, defensive end Carroll Phillips, defensive tackle Johnny Robinson, defensive tackle Sterling Shippy, guard Nate Theaker, safety Jacob Thieneman, wide receiver Jordan Vesey, running back Aca’Cedric Ware and running back Marquis Young. Waived/injured wide receiver Penny Hart, safety Isaiah Johnson, wide receiver Marcus Johnson, safety Kai Nacua, cornerback Shakial Taylor and linebacker Ahmad Thomas. Released tight end Gabe Holmes, defensive tackle Caraun Reid, tight end Ross Travis, tackle J’Marcus Webb and running back Charcandrick West.


Waived cornerback Saivion Smith, along with quarterback Alex McGough. Released running back Thomas Rawls, offensive lineman Josh Wells, linebacker Davis Tull and linebacker Ramik Wilson. Announce they have cut OL Ka’John Armstrong, WR Tyre Brady, TE Donnie Ernsberger, CB Tae Hayes, WR Quadree Henderson, RB Elijah Hood, DL Mike Hughes, DL Lyndon Johnson, TE Charles Jones, WR Raphael Leonard, WR Tre McBride, QB Alex McGough, CB Quenton Meeks, TE Carson Meier, S Joshua Moon, CB Picasso Nelson, S C.J. Reavis, CB Saivion Smith, OL Bunchy Stallings, LB Connor Strachan, DL Kalani Vakameilalo, WR Michael Walker, CB Brandon Watson, DL Andrew Williams and TE Ethan Wolf; waived OL Donnell Greene, RB Devante Mays, OL KC McDermott and OL Leonard Wester with injury designations; placed OL Ben Ijalana and receiver Terrelle Pryor on injured reserve; and placed linebacker Jake Ryan on the non-football injury list.


Placed defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons on reserve/non-football injury list. Placed tackle Taylor Lewan on suspended list. Traded wide receiver Taywan Taylor to the Browns. Waived or released offensive linemen Hroniss Grasu and Austin Pasztor; tight end Ryan Hewitt; defensive backs Kenneth Durden, D’Andre Payne, JoJo Tillery, Michael Jordan, Kareem Orr and LaDarius Wiley; defensive linemen Chris Nelson, Braxton Hoyett, Frank Herron and Amani Bledsoe; linebackers Derick Roberson, Ukeme Eligwe, Quart’e Sapp, LaTroy Lewis and Eric Cotton; offensive linemen A.T. Hall, Aaron Stinnie, Corey Levin and Tyler Marz; punter Austin Barnard; quarterback Logan Woodside; running backs Akeem Hunt, Jeremy McNichols and Alex Barnes; tight end Parker Hesse; and wide receivers DeAngelo Yancey, Anthony Ratliff-Williams, Papi White, Cody Hollister and Tanner McEvoy.


Got to the 53-man limit by waiving fullback George Aston, tackle Quinn Bailey, wide receiver Trinity Benson, linebacker Keishawn Bierria, offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty, offensive lineman Jake Brendel, wide receiver Fred Brown, linebacker Jamal Carter, cornerback Rashard Causey, safety Su’a Cravens, wide receiver Steven Dunbar Jr., outside linebacker Ahmad Gooden, quarterback Kevin Hogan, cornerback Alijah Holder, running back Devontae Jackson, cornerback Trey Johnson, offensive lineman Sam Jones, offensive lineman Tyler Jones, wide receiver Brendan Langley, tackle John Leglue, wide receiver Kelvin McKnight, running back Khalfani Muhammad, quarterback Brett Rypien, defensive lineman Deyon Sizer, cornerback Linden Stephens, tight end Moral Stephens, running back David Williams, and defensive end DeShawn Williams. They also waived/injured center Ryan Crozier, linebacker Joe Dineen, outside linebacker Dadi Nicolas, and safety Dymonte Thomas, and released veteran guard Don Barclay, tight end Orson Charles, offensive lineman Chaz Green, and safety Shamarko Thomas.

Kansas City

Traded cornerback Mark Fields to the Vikings. Traded running back Carlos Hyde to the Texans. Placed defensive end Breeland Speaks and wide receiver Gehrig Dieter on injured reserve. Waived or released guard Jeff Allen, tackle Dino Boyd, wide receiver Jamal Custis, wide receiver Rashard Davis, linebacker Raymond Davison, defensive end Hunter Dimick, wide receiver Jody Fortson, punter Jack Fox, tight end Manasseh Garner, guard Zack Golditch, defensive tackle Justin Hamilton, linebacker D’Juan Hines, safety Harold Jones-Quartey, tight end Nick Keizer, quarterback Chase Litton, running back Marcus Marshall, defensive end Rob McCray, guard Kahlil McKenzie, cornerback Herb Miller, cornerback Dakari Monroe, tackle Pace Murphy, center Jimmy Murray, tackle Chidi Okeke, quarterback Kyle Shurmur, safety Andrew Soroh, wide receiver Cody Thompson, wide receiver Jalen Tolliver, cornerback D’Montre Wade, wide receiver Felton Davis, cornerback Michael Hunter and defensive tackle Cavon Walker.

Los Angeles Chargers

Placed left tackle Russell Okung on reserve/non-football injury list. They also released defensive end Patrick Afriyie, guard Larry Allen, guard Chris Brown, tackle Blake Camper, defensive end Thomas Costigan, running back Jeremy Cox, guard Spencer Drango, wide receiver Malachi Dupre, running back Derrick Gore, cornerback Kemon Hall, defensive tackle Reggie Howard, tight end Ben Johnson, quarterback Cardale Jones, defensive end Anthony Lanier, cornerback Bradford Lemmons, wide receiver Justice Liggins, defensive tackle Dee Liner, tight end Vince Mayle, defensive tackle T.Y. McGill, tackle Jamar McGloster, wide receiver Jason Moore, running back Detrez Newsome, punter Tyler Newsome, wide receiver Andre Patton, safety Adarius Pickett, cornerback Rodney Randle, cornerback Jeff Richards, wide receiver Artavis Scott, wide receiver Jordan Smallwood, tight end Matt Sokol, cornerback Arrion Springs, center Tanner Volson, safety Jaylen Watkins, tackle Brant Weiss, linebacker Kyle Wilson, and linebacker Elijah Zeise.


Released linebacker Brandon Marshall. Released tight end Luke Willson. Waived/injured defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, defensive end Alex Barrett, defensive back Makinton Dorleant and guard Cameron Hunt. Waived linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, tight end Brandon Barnes, linebacker James Cowser, defensive back Joshua Holsey and defensive tackle Gabe Wright. Released running back Mack Brown and defensive back Jordan Richards.