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Week 3 was just like any other in the NFL, from questionable officiating to courageous play.
CBS was mixed, NBC was up and Fox was down in Week 3.
After a 2-0 start to the season, the San Francisco 49ers came back to Earth against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Minnesota thoroughly outplayed the 49ers in a 24-13 win. The San Francisco offense turned the ball over three times and managed just 280 yards.
The vaunted 49er defense struggled in the Metrodome and allowed the Vikings to pile up 25 first downs and hold the ball for 33:28. Minnesota converted 7 of 14 third downs and averaged 4.5 yards per play.
Despite the loss, David Fucillo of Niners Nation believes that things aren't so bad in San Francisco. The 49ers likely needed a reality check.
Moving forward, there is plenty to learn from this loss (like how to stop a swing pass). The key will be how this team rebounds on Sunday against the New York Jets. I was dismayed by yesterday's loss to the Vikings, but given the ebb and flow of the NFL season, I was more annoyed than angry. Anger is more likely to develop if the team performs in a similar manner this coming Sunday against the Jets. This week will provide a learning environment the team hasn't had in a while. The key now will be taking what happened and learning from it. I have faith in the coaching staff, but it will make for a long week of waiting.
The 49ers will look to bounce back on Sunday at the New York Jets. San Francisco-New York is set for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff and will be televised by FOX.
For more 49ers coverage, check out Niners Nation.
Those wacky replacement refs were at it again in Week 3. Here's the worst in officiating this week.
The Oakland Raiders picked up their first win of the season on Sunday, a 34-31 nail-biter against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Oakland entered the fourth quarter with a 10-point deficit, but the Raiders rallied, and Sebastian Janikowski hit the game-winning 43-yard field goal as time expired.
Entering Sunday's game, Darren McFadden had been struggling to find running lanes behind the Oakland zone blocking scheme. That changed against the Steelers, as McFadden rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. The offensive line's zone blocking, which failed to open holes in the first two weeks of the season, was much better in Week 3. With a little more space, McFadden took advantage.
Levi Damien of Silver and Black Pride finds that McFadden and the offensive line looked comfortable with the zone for the first time this season. Unsurprisingly, that paid off with an improved rushing attack.
Darren McFadden has said he feel comfortable in the zone but there was no evidence to suggest that was the case. The offensive line has not been opening up the kind of holes expected in a zone scheme despite having three linemen with experience in it and two others who have all the traits one looks for in a zone lineman.
The Raiders and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp have pleaded for patience. He said it takes time for a unit to find their footing in the complicated scheme. It requires not just experience in the scheme but experience working together as a unit.
Today, they started to show that cohesiveness which Knapp and Dennis Allen have been assuring us they would find. They opened up several good sized holes including one that had had McFadden shooting through it and running for a 64 yard touchdown.
The Raiders play their next game at the Broncos on Sunday. Oakland-Denver will kick off at 4:05 p.m. ET and be televised by CBS.
For all your Raiders news, visit Silver and Black Pride.
Despite being held to 292 yards of offense, the Arizona Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-6, on Sunday. As was the case in Arizona's first two games, the defense stole the show, holding Philadelphia to 308 yards and forcing three turnovers. With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1974.
The biggest play made by the Arizona defense was a 93-yard fumble return by James Sanders on the last play of the first half. Philadelphia was in position to possibly cut the deficit to 17-7, but Sanders' return gave Arizona a 24-0 lead and complete control of the game.
Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds finds that the improved play at the outside linebacker position is a big reason for Arizona's success on the defensive side of the ball.
We've come to expect this type of game from Acho, but Quinton Groves and O'Brien Schofield both had themselves pretty good games on defense. Schofield had one of the first sacks on Vick, and overall seemed to have a pretty good day rushing off the edge. Quinton Groves continues to revive his career in the desert, as he collected another sack today, as well as nearly blocking a second punt. Acho once again played very well, and while he was not credited with a sack, he was right there for one of a few plays. These young gentlemen are doing everything in their power to prove that the OLB position is not the weakness on the Cardinals defense.
Next up for Arizona is a home game against the Miami Dolphins set for a 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff on Sunday and televised by CBS.
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Will Peyton Manning get better? Can the replacement officials get any worse? And is this the week before it starts coming apart for the Jets? Here's the Monday Morning Jones.
Tennessee fans were expecting many wide open games this season, and that's exactly what they got on Sunday. The Titans racked up 437 yards of total offense, but they also gave up 583 to Detroit in the 44-41 overtime victory. It was the first win of the season for Tennessee.
Over at Music City Miracles, the fans were absolutely ecstatic after the win. Here's a quick highlight from the recap:
The Titan defense did well to hold the Lions' offense in check during the first half but collapsed in the second half where they gave up a ton of yards to Calvin Johnson and [Mikel] Leshoure. This is exactly the kind of football that I was expecting to see out of Tennessee at the beginning of the year, shootout style football.
Fans were also pretty thrilled with the second coming of the homerun throwback:
Tennessee will be in action again Sunday when it takes on the division leading Houston Texans. The Titans are currently 1-2 on the season, while the Texans sit at 3-0.
For more on the Titans, make sure to follow Music City Miracles.
The Cardinals are one of the league's unbeaten teams, the Saints are winless and everything we thought we knew about the NFL we really don't.
The Cincinnati Bengals were able to escape with a big win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon, but it definitely wasn't easy, as the team needed quite a few big plays to come away with a 38-31 victory. For that, the experts at SB Nation's Bengals blog, Cincy Jungle, have decided that the Bengals' offensive coordinator deserves some recognition.
Jay Gruden was given top billing on Sunday evening when Cincy Jungle looked at exactly who deserved credit for the Bengals' big win. In fact, Josh Kirkendall even went as far as to say that it was the "Jay Gruden Game of the Year."
If we have to blanket coaches for their motivation and game plan, we're giving all of our attention to offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. Gruden called multiple wildcat-like formations, both of which resulted in touchdowns. Mohamed Sanu threw a 73-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage (more on that in a minute) and BenJarvus Green-Ellis took a direct snap in the second quarter, breaking into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown. During a 15-play possession in the second quarter, Bengals suddenly changed the pace of the drive, going from a methodical drive to a hurry-up no huddle offense that clearly put the Redskins on their heals. Unfortunately the drive stalled and ended without points following a fake field goal to Kevin Huber.
It's great that the coordinator is being given credit for his success on Sunday afternoon, but even better that the Bengals were able to execute on some of his more intriguing play calls.
Carrying the weight of expectations was nothing for Andrew Luck and RGIII. Trying to carry struggling teammates was a different matter entirely in a pair of Week 3 losses for the rookies.
The New Orleans Saints are off to a rough start in 2012, and at 0-3 need to turn things around sooner rather than later. One reason they have yet to win a game this season is a defense that has provided little resistance to opposing teams.
As much as it pains me to say it, that sounds about right.
The Saints are last in the league in yards allowed per game and 30th in points allowed per game. They gave up 510 yards and 27 points to the Chiefs.
Week 3 of the NFL season brought with it numerous injuries. SB Nation Medical Expert Dr. Ali Mohamadi recaps the carnage.
As the Arizona Cardinals won their third-straight game to begin the season on Sunday afternoon, the team lost their starting running back. Beanie Wells, who has battled injuries throughout his career since coming to the NFL, left the game with an apparent foot injury. The extent of the injury is yet to be determined, but it is believed he might have suffered a turf toe.
Here is the latest from Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com.
Beanie Wells said he could have turf toe. He and Darnell Dockett will be checked out more tomorrow.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) September 24, 2012
If further evaluation does indicate a turf toe, Wells could miss substantial time. These kind of injuries have a tendency to linger over the course of a season, and that's the last thing the Cardinals want.
Once Wells left the field on Sunday, Ryan Williams began taking the majority of the carries.
In the dying moments of Sunday's game vs. the Oakland Raiders, Steelers' defensive tackle Ziggy Hood went down with a knee injury. He limped off the field with help from the trainers and there are currently no updates to his status.
Hood is one of the primary run stoppers on Pittsburgh's defense, as he finished with 31 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season. Should he miss any serious time, his replacement is Al Woods, a fourth round pick out of LSU from the 2010 draft. A four-team journeyman, Woods has 19 tackles and 0.5 sacks in his two seasons.
It was a day of mixed emotions in Oakland, where Raiders fans were filled with jubilation at their first victory of the season, knocking off the lauded Steelers, but there was plenty of concern too when WR Darrius Heyward-Bey suffered a serious injury and was taken to the hospital. Hood also being forced to leave capped off a slate of late games where injuries were all too prevalent.
Schaub connected with Andre Johnson, Arian Foster and Kevin Walter for touchdowns in the first half, and found Owen Daniels for a second-half score. Schaub completed passes to eight different receivers in the balanced effort.
Schaub's pass to Daniels gave the Texans a 20-point lead, but the Broncos came storming back, picking up two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Peyton Manning hit Brandon Stokley with a 38-yard strike just over five minutes into the quarter. Then, Manning found former Texan Joel Dreessen for a 6-yard score on Denver's next possession.
Houston would bear down and salt the game away on their final possession, as Schaub hooked up with Johnson for a key first down, which allowed the Texans to run the clock down to 33 seconds before having to punt the ball back to Denver.
Peyton Manning threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns and Eric Decker caught eight balls for 136 yards in the losing effort.
Schaub overcame an interception and quite a bit of pressure from the Denver defensive line to throw for 290 yards and four touchdowns.
With Denver playing from behind for the entire second half, Willis McGahee didn't see much action. He carried the ball just 12 times for 36 yards.
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The Broncos were favored by a point, and that would have come to fruition had they been able to score on the final drive. But, the Texans win here, as well as in the game.
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Late in the forth quarter, Broncos TE Jacob Tamme got his legs caught up with Houston Texans safety Glover Quin on a deep pass play, and sustained an ankle injury that caused him to leave the field. Initially he tried to stand and walk off under his own power, but he quickly began signaling for the training staff, and needed assistance to leave the field.
Attempting a late comeback against the Houston Texans, Tamme had three receptions for 31 yards, and was Peyton Manning's favorite short-yardage target. Now down by six points late in the game, the Broncos will lean on backup Joel Dreessen to fill the void left by Tamme.
In three games Jacob Tamme has caught 10 passes for 87 yards and a TD. While he may not be the kind of tight end who stretches the field, he has been the most reliable pass catching option Denver have at the position. Currently listed as 'questionable', we wait to see his status moving forward.
Broncos WR Brandon Stokley left Sunday's game against the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter with an injury.
Medical staff were being very cautious, leaving him on the turf for the better part of ten minutes while they stabilized his neck, and just removed him from the field on a back board. It's too early to speculate on the severity of the injury, though given the cautiousness of the staff it doesn't look good. However, he just gave a thumbs up to the crowd in Oakland, and appears to be moving which is a wonderful sign. Leading up to this point he was having a solid game, catching a touchdown early to keep the game in Oakland's reach.
According to Steve Corkan of the Contra Costa Times, Heyward-Bey was taken to a local hospital via ambulance for examination, and observation.
The Atlanta Falcons dominated the San Diego Chargers in a 27-3 win on Sunday. With the victory, the Falcons remain undefeated on the young season and record back-to-back wins against AFC West Division teams.
Atlanta just celebrated a 27-21 win over the Denver Broncos at the Georgia Dome on Monday Night Football. This game, the Chargers weren't nearly as competitive as they were against the Broncos.
Atlanta took a 20-0 lead into halftime Sunday. Matt Ryan found Jacquizz Rodgers down the middle of the field for an eight-yard touchdown, Atlanta's first of the game. In the second quarter, it was Ryan and veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez hooking up for a 7-yard score.
Julio Jones got in on the action at the end of the third quarter with a touchdown reception of his own. The second half wasn't quite as eventful. Nate Kaeding hit a 41-yard field goal to give the Chargers their only points of the game. Then, Michael Turner scored a touchdown on a seven-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Fantasy studs/duds: Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez weren't bad fantasy players Sunday. Ryan went 30 of 40 on his passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns. Gonzalez hauled in nine catches for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Odds/Gambling: The Chargers were actually supposed to win this game, according to the NFL Week 3 OddsShark chart, but San Diego failed to protect the home field.
Next team on the schedule: The Falcons face the Carolina Panthers next week. The Chargers hit the road to face the Kansas City Chiefs, who will be coming off a big come-from-behind win at the Superdome against the New Orleans Saints.
Clayborn injured his right knee hustling on one of four sacks for the Tampa Bay defense in the losing effort.
The Tampa Bay Times reported that Clayborn was wearing a brace on his leg. The Bucs don't exactly have the depth to replace Clayborn, having lost Da'Quan Bowers to an Achilles injury earlier this year. But here's why Bucs Nation says the loss of of Clayborn might not be as bad as it seems for the Bucs:
While Clayborn had a good season and showed some promising moves this year, he wasn't playing up to his previous levels. He's been coming off the ball late, and hasn't made an impact on passing downs, although his play in run defense was strong. The Bucs will likely ask Daniel Te'o-Nesheim to replace Clayborn, as he did this game after Clayborn's injury. George Johnson should be in the mix as well, although the defensive end has been inactive the past two games.
The broadcast team claimed Schaub was bleeding out of his left ear following the shot, but it was not shown on TV. T.J. Yates warmed up on the sideline, and came in for one snap, but he returned quickly and Schaub doesn't appear to have any lasting symptoms from the hit, thanks to a few pills on the sideline.
The primary offender was Joe Mays, who Mike Pereira had some choice comments on via Twitter
That shot by Mays on Schaub should be an ejection and should be a $50k fine. At least. That's vicious.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) September 23, 2012
We'll see if the Broncos' LB will be hearing from the league shortly, and we'll see if Schaub will ever hear again.
The Dallas Cowboys have taken a major hit on defense. Safety Barry Church suffered an Achilles injury during the Cowboys' 16-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday and is likely out for the season.
Cowboys starting safety Barry Church says he's likely out for the season. Either fully torn or partially torn Achilles. "A heart-breaker."— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 23, 2012
The loss of Church is a blow to the Cowboys defense, which ranked ninth in the NFL in yards allowed and 14th in points allowed entering Sunday's games. Dallas is giving up 292 yards and 22 points per contest.
Mana Silva replaced Church against the Bucs and committed a pass interference penalty on his second play. The Cowboys currently have two other safeties on the roster: Gerald Sensabaugh and Danny McCray. Sensabaugh sat out Sunday's game with a right calf strain.
After leaving in the fourth quarter of Sunday's thrilling 44-41 loss to the Titans, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford informed Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that he expects to have an MRI on his injured leg this week.
The fourth-year quarterback was visibly limping on a 72-yard touchdown return from Titans defensive back Alterraun Verner with just 1:16 remaining in the fourth, a play which then forced the Lions to use backup Shaun Hill for the remainder of the game. Detroit coach Jim Schwartz labeled Stafford's injury as a pulled muscle, but also told the media that Stafford was forced to deal with the injury in practice during the week.
Now at a frustrating 1-2 on the season as their quarterback's status currently hangs in the balance, the Lions need to hope that Stafford's leg will not keep him out of a key divisional game with Minnesota in Week 4. Although a proven veteran like Hill performed admirably in Stafford's absence and could be a decent one-week replacement, the Lions simply cannot afford to play without their talented signal caller at this point in the season.
The Oakland Raiders executed the perfect combo route which allowed Darrius Heyward-Bey to run into the end zone (almost) unimpeded, catching the corner pass over DB Ryan Mundy. Most importantly for Raiders' fans, this shows the further growth and progression of DHB from simply a deep threat, to a complete receiver will full command of the route tree.
Prior to the touchdown a critical third down offsides penalty allowed the Raiders a fresh set of downs, which set up the TD pass, tying the game.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith will reportedly play for the Ravens against the New England Patriots on Sunday after travelling to be with his family following the death of his younger brother Tevin Smith. Smith's brother died in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident late on Saturday night. Torrey Smith had left the Ravens to be with his family in Virginia shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday.
The Ravens left the decision up to Smith on whether or not he will play on Sunday when the Ravens host the Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh released a statement Sunday morning stating:
"This is devastatingly sad, sad news. Torrey and his family are a close, special family, and our hearts and thoughts reach out to all of them. Our hearts ache today. We pray for Tevin, his mother, Torrey and the rest of the family. God bless Tevin."
For more coverage of the Ravens, visit our blog Baltimore Beat Down.
Broncos linebacker Nate Irving took a scary shot against the Texans, but was able to walk to the bench after staying down for several minutes.
Michael Vick never saw it coming. In the dying moments of the first half, all the Eagles needed to do inside the 10-yard line was try one last passing play, and if it failed take the easy three points on a chip shot. Instead, he dropped back, completely missed the blitzing defender and got absolutely crushed.
It got worse from there, far worse, as the sack-fumble became a 93-yard fumble return for a touchdown by James Sanders. At half the Eagles are down 24-0, and the Cardinals are rolling.
It's nice when an athlete understands the limitations that come with age. Over in the NBA, Vince Carter learned that when he was on the wrong side of 30 it was time to stop being a dunk-machine, and develop a jump shot. So too, Gonzo is maturing, and understanding that it's time to work the other aspects of his game.
Good extension. Floats to his left a little too much, but gets a good kick, and excellent spin on the ball. Good job Tony.
Fitz lost his man, and layed out for a fantastic catch after rolling into the endzone untouched. Arizona are firing on all cylinders as their offense is dominating, and the defense forced a fumble from Michael Vick, which is giving their offense these chances. Kolb has been clicking, currently 11-for-16, 162 yards and two touchdowns. Can the Cardinals keep it up and prove their not pretenders? We'll see as the game progresses.
Williams was injured on the second play of the Redskins' 38-31 loss on Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals. Williams was engaged with a defender when he fell to the field. After being attended to by trainers, Williams limped off the field and went to the locker room after testing his knee. Jordan Black replaced Williams when he left the game. Williams returned to the game in the second quarter.
Though he was seen walking through the locker room with a limp, Williams said after the game that he was not concerned that the knee injury would be serious. Williams also said he felt his knee gave out on the play which the injury occurred.
The Kansas City Chiefs scored 21 unanswered points in the second half and overtime of Sunday's 27-24 win against the home favorite New Orleans Saints. As a result, the Saints are still winless three weeks into the 2012 season and the Chiefs picked up their first victory of the season.
New Orleans was in control all the way up until the end of the third quarter when the Chiefs started to make their rally. Jamaal Charles, who posted an insane 233 yards on the ground Sunday, ran for a 91-yard touchdown to chip into the Saints' lead.
The Saints' offense became stagnant, and Ryan Succop converted on a couple of field goal attempts to help the Chiefs get back in it. Then there was the Drew Brees safety that brought Kansas City within just three points of tying the game.
Succop hit the game-tying field goal (43 yards) in the fourth quarter, and the winner (31 yards) in overtime.
Fantasy studs/duds: If you don't have Charles on your fantasy team, you're out of luck because he went off for 233 yards on Sunday. Succop would've worked for kickers, too.
Odds/Gambling: This was actually an upset. The Saints were nine-point favorites to beat the Chiefs and were well on their way to exceeding that spread until the 21 unanswered points by Kansas City.
Injury info: Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster left the game with an elbow injury and his status is unknown.
Trailing 17-10 entering the final quarter, another Nick Folk field goal early in the fourth would then set up the Jets taking the lead for the first time late. Mark Sanchez threw his first touchdown of the game with just 3:05 remaining to Jeremy Kerley. Down 20-17, the Dolphins then put together a late drive that allowed them to tie the game with 21 seconds remaining on a Dan Carpenter field goal.
In overtime, Carpenter would miss a 49-yard field goal that gave the Jets the chance to go for the win. Sanchez worked the ball down the field allowing Folk to win the game with a 33-yard field goal.
Those who went with Shonn Greene in their fantasy lineups had to be disappointed with his output of 40 yards on 19 carries. Santonio Holmes had a big game where he picked up his team and fantasy owners with 147 yards on nine receptions.
As for the Dolphins, wide receiver Davone Bess may be on some owners' radars after his impressive day of 86 yards on five receptions. Bush appeared to be heading for a great day until he went down with an injury. Daniel Thomas was seeing the bulk of the carries in Bush's absence. Owners may want to consider picking him up if Bush is out for any amount of time past today.
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The Jets were favored by three points so there is a push.
The Jets suffered a bunch of injuries during the game, but none more important than the injury to cornerback Darrelle Revis. After being carted off with a right knee injury, he did not return to the game. There is yet to be word on how long he will be out.
For the Dolphins, they lost running back Reggie Bush in the first half when he hurt his knee. He was the Dolphins' leading rusher with 61 yards despite not playing at all in the second half. Like with Revis, there is yet to be word on the extent of his injury.
Titans kicker Rob Bironas finished off the first possession in overtime with a 26-yard field goal to put Tennessee ahead. Going for the win, the Lions failed to convert a 4th-and-short quarterback sneak on the Titans' 7-yard line to seal Tennessee's victory.
Tennessee's Nate Washington took a 71-yard pass from Jake Locker to the end zone with three and a half minutes left in the game to break a 27-all tie, but Detroit had quarterback Matt Stafford pushing the offense quickly down the field.
On a 6-yard pass on the Titans' 28-yard line, tight end Brandon Pettigrew fumbled. Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner went 72 yards the other way to put Tennessee up by two touchdowns and seemingly guarantee its victory.
Making matters worse, Stafford strained a leg muscle trying to chase down the fumble return.
Big plays by the Titans were the theme of the day. But so too was Detroit making comebacks from each blow. Backup quarterback Shaun Hill led a late scoring drive for the Lions in place of the injured Stafford, going 80 yards in 50 seconds to bring Detroit within a touchdown, 41-34. Detroit attempted and succeeded with an onside kick, and after one incomplete pass from the Tennessee 46, Hill found Titus Young for a 46-yard hail mary touchdown with six seconds left to force overtime.
The big winner: Rob Bironas
The Titans' placekicker had a streak of 18 consecutive made field goals coming into today's game. He missed two in regulation that would have given Tennessee the slight edge to stave off Detroit's will to make a comeback, but he made things right by nailing the biggest kick that turned into the winning points.
The big loser: The Detroit offensive line
Ending the game, a quarterback sneak that would have given the Lions the ball inside the Titans' 7-yard line with a 1st-and-goal failed to get the short yardage. Instead of an opportunity to win, Jim Schwartz's decision cost the Lions.
Fantasy outlook: Jake Locker
While Stafford is perhaps the face of the young quarterback, Locker had a career day. He bettered Stafford's solid outing of 278 yards on 33-of-42 passing by throwing for his first 300-plus day. Locker finished with 378 yards on 29-of-42 passing for two touchdowns and no interceptions.
What's on the schedule?
Despite their metamorphosis into a defensive and running team over the last two years, don't try to tell Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson that. In a throwback to their deep ball, almost exclusive passing offense, the two hooked up on a 60-yard TD pass to open the game against Denver.
The Broncos' defensive back didn't stand a chance as Johnson got behind the secondary, and Schaub showed off his huge arm on a pass that didn't waver for a second. With Arian Foster, Matt Schaub, and Andre Johnson all healthy for the season in a while, the offensive is clicking and the Texans look dangerous.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd's first two NFL games were quiet, but the first round pick made his first career catch on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. It's a good one, too, as Floyd snagged a bouncing ball and waltzed into the end zone for a touchdown, giving him his first career score, as well.
The pass was clearly intended for Floyd, but a pair of Eagles defenders were there to cover the pass. Fortunately for Floyd, they ended up running into one another, leaving him free to catch the ball in wide open space.
Floyd, selected 13th overall out of Notre Dame, played in the first two games but failed to make a catch. The Cardinals' passing offense is a work-in-progress as the team tries to sort out its quarterback situation, but Kevin Kolb appears to be settling in as the starter after beating out John Skelton.
After putting up huge numbers for the Fighting Irish, the Cardinals are hoping that Floyd can emerge as a quality receiver alongside All-Pro wideout Larry Fitzgerald.
Jones took a hard hit from Chargers safety Eric Weddle on the first play of the game and left the field with an injury to his right hand. The Falcons have yet to disclose the extent of the injury. Jones' injury came on his only catch of the day, a 19-yard completion from Matt Ryan.
Jones is expected to have a major fantasy impact today in San Diego, as the second-year receiver from Alabama has accumulated big numbers so far this season. Jones has 10 catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns this year, with most of that coming in a Week 1 matchup against the Chiefs.
Fans of the Oakland Raiders have been waiting for Darren McFadden to break out, and while he's shown the ability, he hasn't always had a healthy body to work with. Today, however, McFadden showed glimpses of who he could be.
A huge touchdown run against one the league's best defense. Ryan Mundy didn't stand a chance as McFadden showed elusiveness to leave him by the wayside. Given his combination of size, speed, and strength, now paired with health, maybe we'll finally see the best of McFadden in 2012.
Washington's Robert Griffin III punched in a 2-yard touchdown with 3:35 left to draw the Redskins within one score, but he could not quite complete the comeback. The Redskins got the ball back in the final two minutes deep in their own territory but could not drive the length of the field for a potentially tying touchdown.
The Bengals' offense moved easily in the first quarter, scoring on the first play from scrimmage, a 73-yard pass from receiver Mohamed Sanu to A.J. Green and then on a 48-yard toss from Dalton to Armon Binns. BenJarvus Green-Ellis also scored a one-yard touchdown in the first half.
Washington's defense provided the team's only touchdown in the first half as Rob Jackson intercepted Dalton on the goal line.
The Bengals improve to 2-1 on the season while the Redskins fall to 1-2, having lost two in a row.
Fantasy studs: Andy Dalton and A.J. Green were a powerful tandem for fantasy owners on Sunday. Dalton had 19 completions for 328 yards and three touchdowns. Green had nine catches for 183 yards and a touchdown. Robert Griffin III had another productive fantasy week, throwing for 221 yards and a touchdown on 21 completions; the rookie also ran for 85 yards and a touchdown on 12 rushes. For all the rest of your fantasy football information, visit SB Nation's Fantasy Football Hub.
Odds/Gambling: Washington entered the game as a three-point favorite, meaning that they did not cover the spread. For more NFL odds, check out SB Nation's complete odds page.
Injury info: Washington cornerback Cedric Griffin left the game in the first quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return.
Next up on the schedule: Both the Bengals and Redskins go on the road next week. Cincinnati plays the Jacksonville Jaguars at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sept. 30. Washington will look to bounce back when they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sept. 30.
Blaine Gabbert was far from perfect on Sunday, but he made the vital throw needed when it counted. The Jaguars' quarterback completed just ten passes on the day, but it was this final completion to Cecil Shorts for an 80-yard touchdown that sealed a 22-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, and rookie QB Andrew Luck.
This single pass accounted for more than half of Gabbert's passing yards on the day, but it's a moot point– the Jaguars won their first game of the season.
The Cowboys offense looked like it hadn't practiced all week, accounting for just 305 total yards and most of the team's 13 penalties for 105 yards, but the Dallas defense showed up time and again on Sunday, holding the Buccaneers to just 166 yards of total offense. Bailey was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts.
The Buccaneers defense did its best to keep Greg Schiano's squad in the game, sacking Tony Romo four times and forcing the Cowboys to kick field goals over and over again.
The Cowboys' offense never really found a rhythm, scoring its only touchdown of the day -- an 11-yard run by DeMarco Murray -- after being gifted a short field by a Josh Freeman interception. Freeman, who got the Bucs on the board first in the game with an early touchdown pass, finished the day a miserable 10-for-28 for 110 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Indeed, the moment that seemed most indicative of either team's offense on the day was when Cowboys receiver Kevin Ogletree ran a short route into the end zone and slipped and fell on an official's hat.
After mostly running into the back of the line all day, the Buccaneers finally found an offense late in the fourth quarter, adding a Connor Barth field goal that made it 16-10, but the effort was too little too late, even after causing the Dallas offense to struggle all day.
With the win, Dallas goes to 2-1 and the Buccaneers drop to 1-2.
Despite losing star running back C.J. Spiller in the first quarter, the Buffalo Bills beat the Cleveland Browns 24-14 on Sunday afternoon. With a strong defensive performance and the offense moving behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and back-up running back Tashard Choice, the Bills were able to win their first road game of 2012.
With Spiller in the lineup, the Bills got ahead early, leading 14-0 following a 32-yard touchdown catch by the running back. He injured his shoulder during the next series, though, forcing the team to depend on Choice as its primary ball carrier.
Choice came through, putting up 91 yards on 20 carries to keep Buffalo's rush offense alive. Fitzpatrick did his part as well, completing 22-of-35 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns, although he did lose a fumble in the second quarter.
The Browns trimmed Buffalo's lead to 17-14 late in the third quarter, but the defense held steady and Fitzpatrick led a 68-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Fantasy Studs/Duds: Fitzpatrick and Choice were the big fantasy players on Sunday, as the Browns' offense didn't play particularly well. Stevie Johnson was Buffalo's leading receiver with seven catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Weeden passed for 237 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw two interceptions.
No player on the Browns had more than 45 yards receiving, and Trent Richardson was quiet all afternoon. The first round pick carried the ball 12 times for 27 yards, plus he caught six passes for 24 yards.
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Odds: The Bills were favored by three points, so they beat the spread.
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Injury Info: Spiller's shoulder injury is the big news. He's scheduled to have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury, but the Bills could now be without their top two running backs for a while after losing Fred Jackson earlier in the year.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was taken out of today's game late with a strained leg muscle, caused when Stafford attempted to run down a fumble. In his absence, veteran journeyman Shaun Hill has taken over, and is attemting to lead a late comeback against the Tennessee Titans, after tying the score as the clock expired on a late Hail Mary TD pass to Titus Young.
Prior to the injury Stafford was 22-for-42, passing for 278 yards, and a touchdown. Detroit's offense was playing well, but they struggled on special teams, which led to a large Tennessee lead on two kick returns for touchdowns.
Normally the Lions would be dead to rights without Stafford, but Hill threw two touchdown passes within the final 18 seconds to take the game to overtime, where the two teams currently reside.
We have no update on the severity of Stafford's injury, though it didn't appear to be serious when he left the game.
The Tennessee Titans and the Detroit Lions have played a wild game on Sunday afternoon. Fittingly, this one is going to overtime following a miraculous, absolutely unlikely play that gave the Lions a touchdown to tie the game as the clock expired.
After a penalty negated a turnover, backup quarterback Shaun Hill, filling in for an injured Matthew Stafford, threw a touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson with 20 seconds left. Detroit, trailing by seven, went for the onside kick and got it thanks to some quick moves by Amari Spievey.
On second-and-10 from the Titans' 46-yard line, Hill threw it down the field. Tennessee defensive backs tipped the ball up into the air, and Titus Young, who was trailing the play, came in snag the ball out of the air and score the touchdown. Just watch:
A hail mary, a successful one, is exciting enough, but a hail mary that succeeds when it shouldn't is amazing.
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The Vikings got off to a hot start, dominating the first half on both sides of the ball to take a 17-3 halftime lead. San Francisco responded in the third quarter, scoring 10 unanswered points to cut Minnesota's advantage to 17-13. But the Vikings quickly put up another touchdown just seconds into the fourth quarter, effectively putting the game out of reach for the 49ers.
49ers quarterback Alex Smith threw his first interception of the season and later fumbled in the closing minutes of the game, as San Francisco attempted to make a late comeback following multiple fumbles by running back Toby Gerhart.
Fantasy Studs and Duds
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder had an impressive statline, finishing with 198 passing yards and two touchdowns, along with 33 rushing yards and another score.
San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis also put up some solid numbers, finishing with 53 yards and a touchdown.
Neither team got monster performances from their star running backs. Frank Gore finished with 63 yards on just 12 carries, while Adrian Peterson accumulated a solid but unspectacular 107 total yards and no touchdowns.
Christian Ponder Can Scramble
San Francisco's run defense had been nearly impenetrable early this season, but Ponder was able to scramble his way into the endzone in the second quarter for a big touchdown.
The Bears defense clamped down late as Chicago pulled away from the Rams, defeating St. Louis 23-6. Chicago pressured Bradford all day, ending up with six total sacks. Defensive back Major Wright intercepted Sam Bradford and returned it to the house for the game's final TD.
Bradford threw two picks while Bears QB Jay Cutler was intercepted once. Neither quarterback was able to surpass 200 yards passing; Cutler ending with 183 yards while Bradford had 152.
Fantasy Studs/Duds: Those who started Michael Bush in place of injured fantasy stud Matt Forte were rewarded with a TD and 55 rushing yards. Sam Bradford followed up a career day in Week 2 with a subpar Sunday, completing 18 passes for 152 yards and two INTs. Jay Cutler didn't fare much better, throwing for 183 passing yards and a INT.
Odds/Gambling: Those betting on the Bears won as Chicago won by two scores. For more information on odds and gambling today, click here.
Injury Info: Steven Jackson played today despite not practicing the past week. He was relatively quiet on the day, gaining 29 yards off 11 carries.
The Chicago Bears defense had a great day against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, but the unit wasn't able to force a turnover until the fourth quarter. That turnover turned out to be a doozy, though, as safety Major Wright intercepted Rams quarterback Sam Bradford's pass and had little trouble taking it the other way.
That pass was clearly intended for Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola, but he had little chance of actually catching the ball after being laid out by Lance Briggs. Wright just happened to be in the right place at the right time, snagging an easy interception after the ball popped off Amendola's hands.
It was just that kind of day for St. Louis, which was unable to score a touchdown against Chicago. Other than a pair of long field goals from Greg Zuerlein, the Rams' offense was bottled up all day, scoring fewer points than Chicago's defense after the Wright touchdown.
Overall, Bradford completed 18-of-35 passes for 152 yards and two interceptions, plus he was sacked six times. Chicago won 23-6 to improve to 2-1 on the year.
C.J. Spiller left Sunday's game early with a shoulder injury, and we hadn't gotten an update on the NFL's leading rusher until now.
Bills still gathering information on CJ Spiller's injured shoulder and an MRI is scheduled for Monday— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 23, 2012
Buffalo have now turned to third-string RB Tashard Choice in Spiller's absense, as the team lost starting RB Fred Jackson with an LCL injury in week one. Should Spiller miss significant time it will deal a huge blow to their offense, and to QB Ryan Fitzgerald, who utilized the elusive RB as an effective backfield receiver.
The Bills remain in control on Sunday's game, currently up 24-14 over the Cleveland Browns, but without Spiller their offense is clearly hurting, and they lack a much needed 'big play' ability in their offense. The Bills have turned to Choice, and he has been quite productive totaling 86 yards on 17 carries thus far.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn had to be helped off the field after suffering an apparently serious leg injury against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon. It appears that the injury occurred during a Tony Romo sack by Tampa's Gerald McCoy.
Clayborn, a 2011 first round pick, will be sorely missed by the Buccaneers during his absence. The team has already announced that he'll sit out the remainder of Sunday's game against Dallas, although the long-term prognosis is unclear. Only in his second NFL season, Clayborn has never missed a game.
Last year, Clayborn recorded 42 tackles, seven sacks and three forced fumbles as a rookie, but he has been fairly quiet early this season. In the first two games of the season, the Iowa product recorded just one tackle with zero sacks.
The Titans already wowed the Lions with their Music City Miracle impression, but Tennessee didn't stop there today against Detroit. After a Matt Stafford touchdown and successful two-point conversion, Darius Reynaud (who already scored on the punt return) took the kickoff 105 yards into the endzone for the tying score.
With a few more plays like that, Reynaud could end up being the most popular Darius since Darius Rucker of Hootie And The Blowfish fame.
Christian Ponder has been making the Vikings' brass look smart lately, as he continues to make plays for Minnesota in his second year. The former FSU quarterback has looked good running and throwing the football, rushing for a touchdown and connecting with tight end Kyle Rudolph on these two red zone scores:
The Vikings are leading San Francisco, 24-13, early in the fourth and have made the seemingly-indestructible 49ers appear mortal today.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Austin Collie has been carted off the field in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a sprained knee. The team has ruled out his return for the game, according to Kareem Copeland of NFL.com.
After hitting the turf hard at Lucas Oil Stadium, the crowd fell silent as Collie was motionless on the ground. The wide receiver has been diagnosed with multiple concussions during his career, so there was obvious concern that he had suffered another head injury.
The Colts have said that Collie's injury is a knee sprain, though, which is a bit of a relief. After suffering a concussion during the preseason, Collie was making his season debut on Sunday, but now it's unclear how long he'll be on the sidelines.
Charles hits the hole, and he's gone. What's even more impressive is that he got ankle tapped by a defender on the way through, and it only barely showed him down. The Chiefs need a lot more out of Charles if they hope to get back in this game.
Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno is on the inactive list for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. This means rookie running back Ronnie Hillman could see his first NFL action with Moreno out.
Not that Moreno has done much for the Broncos this season, with just 15 yards on eight carries in two games. But he was named the Broncos' No. 2 running back behind Willis McGahee earlier this season, though his fumble last week against the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football may have factored into the rookie replacing him this week.
The Arizona Cardinals will have to go for a 3-0 record without Adrian Wilson. The Pro Bowl safety, who was listed as questionable all week, will miss the game with ankle and groin issues. He was initially placed on the injured list for his ankle early in the week, but he also injured his groin during the week and that made it nearly impossible for him to play Sunday.
The Eagles have their share of injuries too, with Jeremy Maclin leading the way. Michael Vick will miss having him as an option today, but he may miss King Dunlap more. The left tackle is out. Demetrius Bell will replace him.
Darrelle Revis left a close Jets game on Sunday with an apparent serious knee injury.
If you ask Mark Sanchez how his relationship with Tim Tebow is, he'll tell you they're close, than they're friends. Like all friends, they tend to be happy for each other's successes, so it's only natural that Mark Sanchez will be cheering when Tim Tebow starts getting more reps, right? More plays like this will ensure his buddy's opportunities as the Jets' starting QB are realized.
Throwing a lofting, needless pass, into double coverage doesn't instill confidence in his abilities as New York's QB. At least the Jets had the foresight to bring another QB on board for these occasions where things aren't going right.
Before going down, McCluster had contributed 28 receiving yards on three catches, as well as a five-yard run. In the third quarter of Sunday's game, the Chiefs trail the Saints 17-6. Both teams, with 0-2 records, are looking for their first win of the season
Throughout his career, McCluster has been used as a running back and wide receiver. Last season, he was a full-time running back for the Chiefs but has made the switch back to receiver. For the season, McCluster has 142 receiving yards on 13 catches.
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Titans tight end Jared Cook has left the game against Detroit with an apparent left shoulder injury. He will not return to today's game.
The fourth-year player from South Carolina returned to the Titans' sideline after his injury but was not wearing shoulder pads, meaning that his day is done.
Before his injury, Cook was in the midst of an excellent fantasy day, having racked up 77 yards on four catches before leaving the game, including a 61-yard touchdown from Jake Locker. Cook out-muscled two Lions defenders down the middle of the field then outran the rest of the Detroit secondary to notch his first touchdown of the season.
Thanks to his excellent end to 2011, Cook has become a rising fantasy football star and one of Locker's favorite targets early in the 2012 season, catching seven passes for 87 yards before today's performance.
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Maurice Jones-Drew seems to have shaken off any leftover rust he had during his holdout from the Jacksonville Jaguars. The seventh-year player has been running downfield all day against the Indianapolis Colts, racking up yards and getting to the second level of the defense. Usually when that is happening, a big play is just sitting there waiting to be unveiled.
Well, allow me to present you with this:
Once MJD got through the line, he exploded. That burst is what the Jaguars desperately need to keep defenses honest. Jones-Drew is well over 100 yards on the day and could be in line for a big second half.
A bizarre chain of events caused Dallas Cowboys WR Kevin Ogletree to slip on a hat thrown into the end zone; a hat thrown by the replacement side judge. Tony Romo did an excellent job getting free from the pass rush, and heaving it down field, but the play got really strange when Ogletree tried to make something happen.
It's routine to see NFL officials use their hat as a marker when a player runs out of bounds before coming back in, but why the official elected to throw it so far into the field of play is beyond comprehension. This marks the third straight week the NFL's replacement refs will be criticised, and the more bizarre events like this take place, the harder it becomes to justify that they're just like their regular officials.
Thankfully for all parties, Ogletree wasn't injured, and the hat didn't become a turning point in a close game between Dallas and Tampa Bay.
San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews will be making his season debut against the Atlanta Falcons this afternoon, as the team officially announced. The team will also have tight end Antonio Gates back in the lineup after he sat out last week's win against the Tennessee Titans with a rib injury.
Mathews has been sitting out with an injured clavicle, which he suffered roughly six weeks ago. He was initially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Atlanta, but it appears that his condition has improved enough to allow him to play.
Last year, Mathews rushed for 1,091 yards on 222 carries while playing in 14 games. Now in his third season since being drafted in the first round in 2010, he's still waiting to play a full 16-game schedule.
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His status to return is unclear. Trainers examined his left leg before he limped off the field.
Bush had 10 carries for 61 yards in the first half against the Jets. His 26-yard rush in the first quarter set up the Dolphins' only touchdown of the half.
This is Bush's seventh season in the NFL and second with the Dolphins. Bush has always seemed prone to injuries; he hasn't played all 16 games in a season since he was a rookie for the New Orleans Saints in 2006.
If Bush were unable to return Sunday, running back Daniel Thomas would likely be deflected the majority of the rushing attempts. Thomas, a 6-1, 233-pound back, had eight rushes for 30 yards and a touchdown in the first half Sunday.
What is lucky for the Cleveland Browns is Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, is already the team's most explosive offensive player. What is not lucky for the Cleveland Browns is Trent Richardson is already the team's most explosive offensive player.
The Browns have a hard time moving the football, lack consistency and discipline on defense, have had trouble opening running room for their new running back and essentially beg defenses to play one-on-one and zone coverage until Brandon Weeden can get comfortable in the pros.
All that doesn't matter when Richardson goes improv -- as he did in this touchdown run to get the Browns within a score of the Buffalo Bills with just a couple minutes remaning in the first half.
The Bills were looking like they were going to win this one easily, but the injury to running back C.J. Spiller has really hurt Buffalo's gameplan, and the Browns may actually have a chance to back into a win today.
Williams injured his right knee when his leg buckled in the turf while trying to make a block. He comes back into the game, but is far from 100 percent as he still has a limp when walking. Fans will want to see how it holds up on the team's final few drives of the half.
The Washington offense has struggled so far today as they trail the Bengals 24-7 late in the second quarter.
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Miami Dolhpins' defensive end Jared Odrick had a nice sack this afternoon, but that's only the beginning of the story.
Heroes: They come in all shapes, and sizes. In this case, he found a way to not only become a hero on the field, but in ours hearts as Odrick elected to celebrate in the best way possible– dancing like Pee Wee Herman.
The original, from the movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure came out in 1985, two years before Odrick was even born, but we're not begrudging him for that. Bravo for showing poise, belief, and excellence.
Remember: This is one of the best run defenses in the NFL, and Ponder split them like a log. What's so impressive about his touchdown is the lack of delay in deciding to run. He looked for his read, it wasn't there and he took off. Christian Ponder's stellar season continue.
The future is quickly becoming the present, as rookie QB Andrew Luck becomes more, and more comfortable in the NFL. On this touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton, he displayed poise in the pocket, great arm strength, and stunning accuracy to drop the ball over the head of the DB, perfectly to Hilton for the score.
It's too early to say 'Peyton who?', but Luck is certainly helping alleviate fears in Indy.
Robinson sustained his injury a few plays into the Jaguars' opening drive. Kevin Elliott, a rookie receiver from Florida A&M, is behind Robinson on the Jaguars' depth chart.
Robinson has eight receptions this season for 115 yards. The sixth-year receiver is in his first year in Jacksonville. He signed a five-year, $32.5 million contract with the Jaguars this offseason after two years with the Atlanta Falcons, two years with the St. Louis Rams and one season with the Dallas Cowboys.
Jaguars fullback Greg Jones also left the game with a blow to the head and his return is questionable. Jones suffered the blow to the head while he was a part of the return team for Jacksonville on the opening kickoff.
Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears are trying to rebound from an ugly loss to the Packers last week, one in which the quarterback threw four interceptions. A game against the St. Louis Rams was supposed to be just the thing, but Cutler is up to his old tricks already. Cortland Finnegan got the interception on a tipped ball, but the fun didn't end there.
Finnegan fumbled the ball, or so it seemed, and Devin Hester picked it up ... before dropping it himself. If you listen quietly, you can almost hear Yakety Sax playing in the background.
The ruling was, finally, that Finnegan was down by contact, so the Rams had possession. The refs took more than six minutes to review the call and make the ruling.
Griffin injured the hamstring late in the first quarter and, according to the team, his return is questionable.
The Redskins are trailing the Cincinnati Bengals,14-7, after one quarter in the nation's capital. Cincinnati has already taken shots at the Washington secondary, scoring on passing plays of 48 and 73 yards, the second coming after Griffin left the game.
Washington has given up 155 yards through the air already in the first quarter. Cincinnati converted six first downs in the first quarter while the Washington offense has struggled, only gaining 43 yards and picking up three first downs.
After leading the Buffalo Bills to an early lead, running back C.J. Spiller has left Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns with an apparent shoulder injury. Spiller left the game after landing hard on his shoulder after a hit from safety Usama Young. He will not return, the team announced.
Spiller, the Bills' first round pick in 2010, has powered Buffalo's offense early in the season with Fred Jackson out, but now he may be joining him on the sidelines. It appears that the injury is to his left shoulder, as ESPN's John Clayton notes that Spiller's arm is currently immobile.
Spiller had carried the ball four times for 16 yards prior to his injury. He also caught two passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Don't you dare call Alex Smith a game manager. Sure, he's thrown over 200 passes without an interception, but Smith doesn't get too many chances for personal glory. Early in the offseason, Smith didn't like being called a game manager and brought up Carolina's Cam Newton, a QB he said put up the numbers, but not the wins. Flushed from the pocket and with plenty of daylight, it was finally Smith's time to shine, and show that he can be Cam Newton too.
No word whether the replacement referees gave the 49ers QB an extra three yards on his roll as forward progress.
Tony Romo may not be to blame for this INT, but we're going to blame him anyway. Why? Because that's what you do when Romo throws an INT. Sure, Miles Austin could have made a better play on the ball and not been so passive, and Aqib Talib happened to have a great reaction to the pass, but why Tony, why?!
The Clemson product is a threat anytime he sees the open field, utilizing quick cuts and powerful acceleration to pick up yards in bunches. All that is a nice way of saying, "The Cleveland Browns are in trouble on Sunday."
Spiller carried this screen pass 32 yards to put the Bills up a quick 14-0 over Cleveland.
The Browns' secondary is still reeling from injuries and the loss of top corner Joe Haden to a four-game suspension, and the Bills seem to have found the formula for success on offense. That's good news for quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who tends to force things when his team is behind.
Back against the wall, a nice lead caused by a nice tick play, it was important Andy Dalton took care of the football and made the right call– this isn't how you do it. The read wasn't a bad one, but jeez Andy... put some mustard on it. This pass was completely due to the waffling, wavering pass that allowed LB Rob Jackson to jump the route.
Drunken frat boys at the beach throw Nerf footballs with more authority.
Williams injured his knee when attempting to plant his foot to make a block. It buckled in the turf, leaving him in serious pain.
He was tended to by trainers and helped off the field. After being looked at on the trainers table, he has started to test it out by walking around on the sideline, which is obviously a good sign.
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Losing to Seattle must do strange things to people. Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan showed up for this week's game with a new look – a new haircut to be exact.
Gone are the flowing locks of the proto-mullet Ryan used to sport, the hair cut that came to be identified with him as much as an aggressive defense.
The question is whether it works, some kind of reverse Samson effect, against the Buccaneers.
The Cincinnati Bengals wasted no time showcasing their trickery against the Washington Redskins, as wide receiver Mohamed Sanu had his number called in the wildcat, and completed a huge 73 yard TD pass to A.J. Green. The Redskins weren't prepared at all, and their secondary was napping– but why should they have been prepared? It's Mohammad Sanu throwing the ball here! Green had an easy trot into the end zone, as no defender was within 5 yards of him.
Who knew Sanu had that kind of arm strength? Watch out Andy Dalton!
The Niners will now have Andy Lee back as the holder for field goals. Tolzien was active for the first time last week so he could hold. Jenkins and James, the Niners' first two picks in the draft, are still yet to play this season even though Jenkins was active in Week 1. Ginn being out means that Kyle Williams will continue to field punts and Kendall Hunter will take care of the kickoffs for the Niners.
The big loss for the Vikings is Henderson. Henderson wreaked havoc in the first two games of the season, with 22 total tackles and two sacks for the Vikings. Missing him on the defensive side of the ball, especially with the Vikings having to deal with Vernon Davis, is a big loss.
The Dallas Cowboys will have three defensive starters inactive for their Week 3 matchup against the Buccaneers.
Four players who were inactive last week for the Bills and Browns are active for Sunday's game.
Full gameday inactives for Sunday's showdown between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins. Tight end Dustin Keller didn't make the trip for New York, and is the biggest name out.
The biggest news from the inactive list for Sunday's game between St. Louis and Chicago is who was left off: Rams halfback Steven Jackson is listed as active and will play against the Bears. Jackson missed practice this week with an injured groin, and was doubtful as of Sunday morning. Nevertheless, the veteran running back will play.
Rams wide receiver Brian Quick is listed as inactive, as are defensive tackles Michael Brockers and Matt Cornrath, quarterback Austin Davis, halfback Terrance Ganaway, offensive lineman Rodger Saffold, and safety Matthew Daniels.
As reported earlier in the week, Bears starting halfback Matt Forte will be inactive with an injured ankle. Also missing for the Bears will be offensive linemen Edwin Williams and Jonathan Scott, wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, defensive tackles Matt Toeaina and Nate Collins, and defensive end Cheta Ozougwu.
The Rams and Bears kick off at 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday. Television coverage is available on Fox.
The winless Kansas City Chiefs will take on the winless New Orleans Saints on Sunday at the Superdome, and the inactives for the NFL Week 3 matchup have just been announced. The biggest loss for the Chiefs is tight end Kevin Boss, while the loss of Chris Ivory may hurt the depth of the New Orleans backfield. Marques Colston, rumored to be out this week, is not among the list of inactives for the Saints.
The complete list of Kansas City inactives, from the team's official Twitter feed:
The full list of New Orleans inactives, also from the team's official Twitter feed:
Today's Saints inactives: Morgan, Ivory, Cadet, Mack, Walker, Harris, McBride— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) September 23, 2012
Kickoff is scheduled for noon CT from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Rams running back Steven Jackson will play Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Jackson sat out practice all week with a groin injury. According to Stacey Dales of NFL Network, Jackson went through pregame warmups and will play:
Just confirmed - Steven Jackson WILL play - after testing out groin on field - true gametime decision!— StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) September 23, 2012
Earlier this week, Rams coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that Daryl Richardson would be the Rams' featured running back until Jackson could get healthy. There is no indication from the team how many carries Jackson or Richardson could receive today.
Jackson has appeared in the Rams' two previous games, running 30 times for 111 yards. He has yet to score a touchdown in 2012. The Rams and Bears kick off at 1 p.m. Eastern at Soldier Field. Television coverage is available on FOX.
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Reports confirm that Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith has left the team hotel to be with his family after his younger brother passed away following a motorcycle accident on Sunday.
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The Giants destroyed the Panthers Thursday, but of course they did. Now, let's get ready for the rest of the NFL weekend with picks and lines for all of Week 3's games, starring Jay Cutler, Chiefs sadness, the Football God, Trent Richardson, and more.
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