Sam Shields will miss third consecutive game with concussion

Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields remains in the recovery phase from a concussion he suffered in Week 1. According to Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, Shields still isn’t ready to play and will miss Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. “He’s making some improvements,” McCarthy said, via ESPN. “He will not be available this […]

David Johnson is on pace for over 2,000 yards from scrimmage

There will be even more pressure on David Johnson to produce for the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night. Already on pace for over 2,000 yards from scrimmage after four games, Johnson will have to power a Cardinals offense without Carson Palmer (concussion) under center against the San Francisco 49ers. It’s hard to imagine Johnson doing more for Arizona […]

Five NFL teams facing must-win games in Week 5

A season is rarely made or lost in early October, but a number of struggling NFL teams—including both NFC Championship Game participants from last year—are entering Week 5 of the 2016 season facing must-win games. Here are five teams who are in desperate need of a victory this week: Arizona Cardinals The Cardinals have already matched […]

Report: Chargers CB Jason Verrett fears he has torn knee ligament

If it wasn’t for bad luck, the San Diego Chargers would have no luck at all. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett—an emerging young player who shut down Allen Robinson and Jeremy Maclin in back-to-back weeks to start the season—is now worried he might have a torn ligament in his knee. The […]

Mike Zimmer on Vikings adding another kicker: ‘Not yet’

Blair Walsh continues to cost the Minnesota Vikings points, but head coach Mike Zimmer still won’t commit to bringing in competition for his struggling kicker. At least “not yet.” From Andrew Krammer of ESPN1500: The Vikings have not made plans to bring in any kickers for tryouts, Mike Zimmer said. “Not yet.” — Andrew Krammer […]

Who is the NFL’s best undefeated team?

Just three teams have survived the first four weeks of the 2016 NFL season without a loss: the Denver Broncos (4-0), Minnesota Vikings (4-0) and Philadelphia Eagles (3-0). Who is the best of the unbeaten? Looking at a few of the most important team metrics could help provide an answer. Point Differential  Nothing is more […]

Vikings look like the team to beat in the NFC

With an offense taking care of the football and a defense tormenting big-name quarterbacks seemingly every week, the Minnesota Vikings have the look of a legitimate Super Bowl contender. The Vikings (4-0) finished the first quarter of the 2016 season with a 24-10 win over the New York Giants on Monday night, making Minnesota one of […]

Most surprising developments at quarter mark of NFL season

Four weeks of the 2016 NFL season are in the books. So far, Von Miller, Julio Jones and Antonio Brown remain among the league’s constants that dominate their competition on a weekly basis, but not everything this season has gone according to the script. Here are the most surprising developments at the quarter mark of the […]

Matt Ryan, MVP candidate? Next two weeks will provide clarity

After four weeks, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan leads the NFL in a host of important passing statistics, including yards, yards per attempt, completion percentage, touchdowns and passer rating. If the season ended today, Ryan would be the front runner for NFL MVP. He threw for a career-high 503 yards and four touchdowns during Sunday’s […]

Buccaneers are ‘very concerned’ about turnover-prone Jameis Winston

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter is officially worried about Jameis Winston, his young quarterback who is currently on pace for 40 turnovers in 2016. “I’m very concerned,” Koetter said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “He’s not regressing, but we’ve got to take care of the football. I mean, we’ve got […]

Julio Jones on 300-yard game: ‘They’re just numbers’

Julio Jones became just the sixth player in NFL history to produce a game with at least 300 receiving yards on Sunday, but stats don’t do much for the Atlanta Falcons’ star receiver. “To me, they’re just numbers. Stats,” Jones said, via Peter King of MMQB. “I went out and did what my team needed […]

Best, worst from Week 4 in the NFL

Week 4 of the NFL season featured a dynamic quarterback-receiver passing duo in Atlanta with Matt Ryan breaking the Falcons’ single-game passing record, impressive rookie performances by Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Will Fuller, a few unlikely 3-1 teams and a memorable meltdown in San Diego. Here is a closer look at the best and […]

Vikings defense on pace to break NFL record for sacks in a season

The Minnesota Vikings are currently on pace to break the NFL record for sacks in a single season. Through three weeks, the Vikings lead the league with 15 sacks. An average of five sacks per game would give Minnesota 80 total over a 16-game season. The 1984 Chicago Bears hold the NFL record with 72 sacks in […]

Jay Cutler listed as doubtful for Week 4 vs. Lions

The Chicago Bears will almost certainly be without quarterback Jay Cutler during the team’s Week 4 matchup with the Detroit Lions. According to Jeff Dickerson of ESPN, the Bears listed Cutler as doubtful for Sunday with a thumb injury. He also didn’t practice on Thursday or Friday, which gives him very little chance of being […]

5 struggling NFL players who need to rebound in Week 4

Having a star player struggle early in an NFL season can often be the deciding factor for a team in getting off to a fast or disappointing start. Here are five struggling NFL players who need to start rebounding in Week 4: QB Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans According to ESPN’s Total QBR, Mariota ranks 31st out […]

Packers’ second-best receiver in 2016 is defensive pass interference?

The Green Bay Packers’ second-best receiver to start the 2016 season is actually a yellow flag. According to Greg Bedard of Sports Illustrated, the Packers have gained a league-high 177 yards on defensive pass interference (DPI) penalties this season, which makes the penalty Green Bay’s second-best source of passing yards behind Jordy Nelson (209 receiving […]

Report: ‘Slim’ chance J.J. Watt returns in 2016

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (back) is not expected to come off injured reserve and return to the field during the 2016 season. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Texans believe Watt will be back in 2017 without any long-term concerns, but hope is still “slim” regarding his return this season. My […]

Can Gus Bradley avoid the London curse?

Gus Bradley better hope his Jacksonville Jaguars don’t return from London with an 0-4 record. Recent history suggests a trip across the pond can be the beginning of the end for a head coach in charge of a struggling football team. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, eight head coaches have been fired in the same […]

Cam Newton on Panthers’ 1-2 start: ‘It is frustrating’

The Carolina Panthers’ 1-2 start isn’t sitting well with quarterback Cam Newton. “Oh, it’s frustrating. It is frustrating,’’ quarterback Cam Newton said, via ESPN. The Panthers came into the season having won 20 of their last 21 regular-season games. But throw in last year’s Super Bowl with losses to Denver and Minnesota to start this season, […]

Giants have three WRs on pace for 1,000 yards

No trio of receivers has combined for more yards than Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz of the New York Giants. In fact, according to NFL Research, Beckham, Shepard and Cruz are all on pace for over 1,000 receiving yards after three games in 2016. NYG’s Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard & Victor […]

Marcus Mariota currently ranks last among QBs in ESPN’s Total QBR

The worst NFL quarterback through three games in 2016 is Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN’s Total QBR metric. Mariota currently ranks 31st out of 31 qualifying quarterbacks in ESPN’s advanced version of passer rating. Turnovers have likely played a big part in Mariota’s fall down the rankings in Total QBR. He has […]

Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott lead all NFL QBs in this important stat

Much has been said about the stunning starts for Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott, but one important stat highlights just how impressive the rookie quarterbacks have been to begin 2016. According to Pro Football Focus, Prescott leads all NFL quarterbacks with zero “turnover-worthy throws” this season, while Wentz ranks second with just one. As a reference […]

Most disappointing NFL teams so far this season

Five NFL teams are 3-0 after three weeks, and another 10 possess a 2-1 record. With 15 clubs having more wins than losses, that leaves the 17 other teams with a record of 1-2 or worse. Some of the struggling teams were expected to have issues, while others have dealt with surprisingly difficult starts to 2016. Here […]