Foles still needs to get the ball out quickly to stay in rhythm within coach Doug Pederson’s West Coast offense. But the speed and closing ability of Vikings’ linebackers and safeties means he needs to execute on some intermediate-to-deep passes downfield, too. Speedy wide receiver Torrey Smith will be covered well outside and is limited as a pure vertical threat. Tight end Zach Ertz also faces the team that was the best at covering his position this season.
Will the Cowboys-Giants opener Sunday night be played without both Elliott and Beckham?
Deshaun Watson continued his hot streak as the Texans’ rookie quarterback, throwing for three touchdowns in Houston’s 33-17 win over the Browns. During the production meeting for the game’s broadcast, Watson told CBS that Cleveland Coach Hue Jackson had texted him “be ready” on draft day, which he reiterated after the game, while Jackson denied having done so.
Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals can get out of Andy Dalton’s contract at minimal cost. If they miss the playoffs for the second straight season and ugly performances continue to pile up, Cincinnati should move on.
QB Matthew Stafford was unbothered by the expectations that come with his huge contract and with the interception for a TD that he threw on his first pass attempt Sunday. He rebounded to throw four TD passes in the Lions’ win over the Cardinals, picking up where he’d left off in 2016.
If it is true that there are internal tensions based on Seattle’s defense feeling the offense hasn’t done its part, that was not helped by how Sunday’s defeat to the Packers unfolded.
Just one day before beating Georgia, Auburn introduced its new athletic director, Allen Greene, who was promptly asked about the situation with the basketball team and the ongoing investigation.