Carlos Hyde rumbles, 49ers defense dominates Rams. The second game of the Monday night doubleheader was nothing to see ... unless you're a 49ers fan. They pitched the only shutout of the week, embarrassing the Rams 28-0.
New city, same Rams. It's year five for Jeff Fisher at the helm, and the Rams are still bad. They can't get out of their way when it comes to penalties (10 last night), the offense is putrid and uninspired, and the coach says there are "no excuses" in the same sentence he offers up an excuse.
The last team to get shutout in Week 1? The St. Louis Rams.
Blaine Gabbert had nearly as many rushing yards as Todd Gurley. On fewer carries too. At least the Rams had 431 yards of punting!
Rams sticking with Keenum. Jared Goff must be really bad if they're not willing to try someone else after that performance.
Kevin Harlan had an amazing call on the man running on the field during Monday Night Football. A fan, possibly drunk, ran on the field during the 49ers-Rams season opener. Harlan offered up spectacular play-by-play.
Rams’ Aaron Donald ejected after scuffling with a 49er and making contact with a ref. It's got to be frustrating being one of the game's best players stuck on a team that is never going anywhere near the playoffs.
Colin Kaepernick responds to Trent Dilfer comments. Dilfer had pointed comments about Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the National Anthem. Kaepernick responded after the 49ers' Week 1 win.
Colin Kaepernick’s protest is working. The ugly internet comments aside, a lot of people are actually thinking about what Kap is saying about how minorities are treated in America.
STEELERS ROLL OVER WASHINGTON
Washington was a mess, and no match for the Steelers in 38-16 loss. Washington couldn’t get out of its own way, and the Steelers took advantage. For instance, Washington paid big money for Josh Norman, then let Antonio Brown demolish its second-best CB. Part of Washington's problem was a schematic decision allowed Brown to feast on Bashaud Breeland while Norman stood on the other side of the field.
Even Jay Gruden acknowledged that he got "outcoached." He added that there "could be merit" to the idea of letting Josh Norman cover a team's best receiver. YA THINK???
Antonio Brown air thrusted 5 times, which was one too many to not get flagged. Five times was apparently too many.
Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a knee injury. He says he's fine, but Steelers fans are watching this situation nervously.
DeAngelo Williams is still a beast. The Steelers leaned on Williams for 26 carries and six receptions, and they got 143 rushing yards, two touchdowns and another 28 yards receiving. Not bad!
DISCIPLINE COMING FOR HEADSHOTS ON CAM
Roger Goodell acknowledged that the refs "missed at least one" illegal hit on Cam Newton. He added that discipline was coming. Oh, but he's not willing to use replay to review head shots like that.
Panthers defend their handling of Cam Newton after repeated headshots. Of course they did.
FANTASY CORNER -- WAIVER WIRE
Fantasy football waiver wire: 5 quarterbacks to target for Week 2. Alex Smith would've given you a lot of points last week.
Fantasy football waiver wire: 5 running backs to look at for Week 2. The Ravens' backfield is still in committee mode, but Terrance West could be emerging as the guy.
Fantasy football waiver wire advice: Wide receiver rankings for Week 2. It's never a bad idea to grab some receiver help.
Fantasy football waiver wire advice: Tight end rankings for Week 2. Disappointed in your tight end? Get a new one!