HC Pete Carroll also made clear Monday that the team will continue to look for ways to get Rashaad Penny in the game. The way the Seahawks appeared to be using them Sunday — two series for Chris Carson, one for Penny to start out and then ride the hot hand — might be a logical way they will go for a while.
Carson had a bit of a breakout game, carrying 32 times for 102 yards while Penny had just three carries and while he wasn't credited with a fumble, the story made it seem like it should have been his. The story said the team isn't going to give up on their first round pick after three games. Penny did miss preseason time with a broken finger.
Pelissero said it's a good sign Cook could be ready on a short week against the Rams after not playing last week, and not practicing Monday. Even if he plays it's going to be a tough matchup.
The Baltimore Ravens became the first team in NFL history to score on their first 12 red-zone trips. A franchise known for shattering the record books for defense is now setting the standard for efficiency inside the 20-yard line.
According to the story, Flacco is being smart and accurate with the ball. Allen suddenly turns into Todd Gurley around the goal line. And, overall, it's been a team effort to remain perfect in the red zone, where seven players have punched the ball into the end zone. Only a few years ago, the Ravens were one of the worst teams inside the 20.
Related players: Jameis Winston
Fitzpatrick has sure put up the fantasy numbers over the first three weeks, but the Bucs did lose Monday night to the Steelers, as Fitz threw three interceptions, putting his team in a 30-10 hole before nearly rallying back. Winston was scheduled to report to the Bucs Tuesday morning following his three-game suspension.
When Greg Olsen broke his right foot again, and the team didn’t put him on injured reserve, it seemed a pretty clear sign he was coming back soon.
And while there still isn’t a set date in mind, the Panthers tight end said last night he doesn’t think he’ll miss as many games as when he broke it the first time last year (nine).
“Yeah, I’m way ahead of the curve,” Olsen said, via David Newton of ESPN.com. “Last year at two weeks I was laying in my bed in a cast. I couldn’t do anything.
Related players: Ian Thomas
“I thought we were too aggressive,” Jon Gruden said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “I think at times [Derek Carr] is trying too hard. We will talk about that extensively here in the next couple of hours, but I thought he played really good under some very tough circumstances. I think sometimes he needs to learn a little bit more patience, and I think he will. I’m really excited about the way he has played and improved and mastered this offense. We are getting closer. That was a painful turnover. We will address that, and we will make the corrections.”
Gruden made it clear that he’s happy with Carr overall by calling his completion percentage of 76.6 and 936 yards through three games “as good as I’ve ever been associated with,” but the lack of wins in Oakland magnifies any negatives that have also been part of the mix.
Whether anyone liked it or not, Packers coach Mike McCarthy wasn’t about to run Aaron Jones into the ground in his first game since the Aug. 30 preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs, after he served a two-week suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy following his marijuana arrest last year and no-contest plea in February.
But if there’s a running back who can take over a game, it’s Jones. And this Sunday against a Buffalo Bills defense that has allowed only 80 rushing yards per game so far, McCarthy will have to at least consider a game plan that includes much more of Jones.
In his first game of the season, Jones caught one pass for five yards and had six carries for 42 yards, but as the story pointed out, all of the Packers RBs had success running the ball. So, this looks more like a committee for now as the team feels all three of their backs can play all three downs if needed. But the story added that Jones' burst might push him to the front of the group eventually.
The bad news for Washington is that running back Adrian Peterson, who clearly still has it, currently has a sprained ankle. The good news is that he has a week off to let it heal.
Coach Jay Gruden disclosed the injury on Monday. Earlier in the day, Peterson was spotted in a boot.
Gruden said he thinks AP is going to be fine and the bye week comes at a good time for him. Gruden was asked if he thinks Peterson will miss the team's Week 5 game and Gruden said, “No. Not at this time. No.” We likely won't hear a whole lot more about the injury, at least for about a week.
Dallas coach Jason Garrett said he will not make significant changes in personnel or in the playcalling operation with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.
"I think it would be false for me to say this is about playcalling," Garrett said. "This is about everything we're doing offensively, we have to do better. We have to coach better. We have to play better. We have to run it better. We have to throw it better. We have to protect better. We have to do all the things good offenses do and we have to do all of those things better."
The Cowboys have scored 41 points in three games, the fewest to start a season since 1990. Dallas also has just four touchdowns on the season. QB Dak Prescott has thrown for less than 200 yards in nine of his past 11 games, the story all said. Garrett was the team's playcaller from 2007-12 before giving way to Bill Callahan and Linehan.
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Fournette continues to deal with a hamstring issue that's caused him to miss two games now. Meanwhile, Yeldon has an ankle injury. Hopefully we get a better idea of who can or cannot play in Week 4 when the team reports on Wednesday.
Luck, who missed last season with a shoulder injury that started in 2015, is averaging a career-low 5.3 yards a completion. The low yards per completion, coupled with the quarterback being replaced by Jacoby Brissett for a Hail Mary attempt on the final play at Philadelphia on Sunday, raised questions regarding if Luck has regained his shoulder strength to make all the necessary throws in a game.
McDermott said McCoy is day-to-day. Ivory and Murphy handled the RB duties last weekend and would do so again if McCoy can't go. Buffalo visits Green Bay this weekend.
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