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Week Two injury report roundup

Week Two of the 2018 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Bengals 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 [more]

Gregg Williams: Sean Payton and I are friends for life

Saints coach Sean Payton said this week that he has a “great relationship” with Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who held the same job on Payton’s staff in New Orleans from 2009-2011 and will be in New Orleans this Sunday. Williams’ departure was followed by the NFL handing out suspensions to both coaches after their [more]

Baker Mayfield appreciates Drew Brees’ compliment, working to live up to it

One compliment deserves another. A day after Drew Brees surmised that Baker Mayfield “can be a lot better” than the Saints quarterback, the Browns rookie threw a bouquet back at Brees. Mayfield called Brees one of the greatest of all time. The players share the same hometown, with both having grown up in Austin, Texas. [more]

Drew Brees says Baker Mayfield “can be a lot better than me”

Drew Brees will likely become the NFL’s all-time leading passer before the end of the 2018 season. He’s also within striking distance of Peyton Manning’s record passing touchdowns record as well. So when Brees said on Wednesday that he believes Cleveland Browns rookie Baker Mayfield could be better than him, it stands as pretty lofty [more]

Sean Payton prepares to welcome Gregg Williams back to New Orleans

Saints coach Sean Payton and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will reunite on Sunday, when Williams brings the Browns defense to New Orleans. On Wednesday, reporters covering the Browns asked Payton at the tail end of a conference call about the renewal of a rivalry that saw Payton hang 49 points on Williams the [more]

Saints re-sign Jermon Bushrod

The Saints re-signed veteran offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod, Joel Erickson of the New Orleans Advocate reports. They cut offensive lineman Michael Ola in a corresponding move. Ola was active for the season opener but did not play. Bushrod returned to the Saints as a free agent this offseason to compete for a backup role. He [more]

Who’s under the most pressure entering Week Two?

Wednesday’s PFT Live draft focused on one word: Pressure. Specifically, who’s under the most of it as Week Two approaches? Simms and I rocketed through four rounds, with Simms starting strong but quickly going off the rails. The extended segment, including the strangest concession speech you’ll ever hear, appears in the video. Check it out [more]

Sunday night’s stars get snubbed in the awards department

When I spoke after the early Sunday afternoon games with both Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and Vikings safety Harrison Smith, I believed I was speaking to the NFC offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively. Then came Sunday night. Apparently, however, whoever it is that determines the top players of the week likes guys [more]

Kickoff Weekend featured points, comebacks and returns

The NFL got off to a slow start with the Eagles and Falcons playing an ugly affair, but at least it came down to the last play for those who hung around long enough. Week One, though, offered excitement, offense and comebacks all weekend. According to the NFL: The 765 points scored in Week One [more]

Marshon Lattimore feels Saints needed to get slapped in the face

The Saints went into Sunday installed as the biggest favorite in the league, but anyone who put their money on New Orleans is a little lighter in the wallet on Monday morning. They gave up 48 points and 529 yards to the Buccaneers in a 48-40 loss that was deemed “unacceptable” in the team’s locker [more]

Taking a closer look at what the Bucs-Saints outcome means

After halftime ends at the main NBC Sports studio in Stamford, Connecticut, the time comes to cut some videos for And with Mike Tirico now in studio, he joined Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, and me to talk about some of the big surprises coming out of Week One. Few were bigger than what happened [more]

Bucs, Saints make history with 88 points in Week One

There have been higher scoring games in NFL history. But none on the first week of the season. According to the NFL, Sunday’s game between the Buccaneers and Saints in New Orleans set a league record for the opening weekend of the season, with 88 total points in the road team’s 48-40 win. The prior [more]

Ryan Fitzpatrick not surprised by 48-point outburst

Few would have expected the Buccaneers to score 48 points this month. Instead, they scored 48 this afternoon. That surprised many. It didn’t surprise the guy who threw four touchdown passes and ran for another. Ryan Fitzpatrick, what would you have said if I’d told you that the Bucs would score 48 points at New [more]

Buccaneers hang on for wild 48-40 win over Saints

There’s a reason the Buccaneers refused to promise Jameis Winston his job back when he returns from his three-game suspension for groping an Uber driver. Part of it concerns whether Winston can be trusted to be the face of the franchise and the leader on the field. But at least some small part of it [more]

Buccaneers offense unstoppable early

There are more changes to the Buccaneers offense, other than Ryan Fitzpatrick starting at quarterback for the suspended Jameis Winston. And they all appear to be working. The Bucs have scored on their first four possessions, and are up 24-17 over the Saints with 4:42 left in the first half. Fitzpatrick is 11-of-14 passing for [more]

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