September 2014


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Ahmad Bradshaw followed the plan.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The New York Giants and Washington Redskins dragged their sore bodies out of bed this week knowing that the next game would be only four days after the previous one.
Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down the matchups for all 26 fantasy defenses in action and gives his top kicker plays for Week 4.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed receiver Louis Murphy and waived receiver Chris Owusu.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- The Washington Redskins defense has proved it can go from zero to 10 in seven days - and then back to zero just as quickly.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Eli Manning is finding his comfort zone in the New York Giants' new West Coast offense.
Losing teams usually like to use practice to improve their deficiencies.
The Houston Texans limited their mistakes while winning their first two games. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had not thrown an interception in the first two games, was picked off three times against the Giants while running the offense without injured running back Arian Foster. ''We can't have penalties,'' Fitzpatrick said. All of those different things, we've just got to do a better job of being effective at that and that will help our consistency.'' Fitzpatrick took the brunt of the criticism for the loss from outside of the team, but coach Bill O'Brien said many people need to do more to make things easier for the quarterback.
We're down to three undefeated teams after just three weeks. And the three undefeateds are far from flawless. The Bengals are the best of the group. Their offense has been diverse, especially with quarterback Andy Dalton playing well and running back Giovani Bernard emerging as a star. They're an impressive 3-0, yet you're forgiven if you have some reservations about buying in. You remember the playoffs the last three years. Then there are the Cardinals and Eagles. The Cardinals have a great coaching staff led by Bruce Arians. That's the best way to explain them overcoming their massive defensive personnel losses and winning despite having to go with Drew Stanton at quarterback. Their schemes on both sides are covering up some issues. It's hard to imagine the Cardinals being a Super Bowl contender with Stanton at quarterback (or with Carson Palmer at quarterback), but 3-0 is a great start nonetheless. The Eagles are just a strange 3-0 team. They're unlike any 3-0 team we've ever seen. They're the first in NFL history to go 3-0 after being down by at least 10 points in each of their first three games. They also have a good coach, but do you trust a team that allowed the Redskins and Jaguars to take double-digit leads on Philly's home turf? All three of the 3-0 teams are in the top 10, of course, but none have cracked the top two yet. Onto the post-Week 3 power rankings: 32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3, LW: 29) Unbelievable. 31. Oakland Raiders (0-3, LW: 32) There's something to be said for moral victories. They played well. Not a win, but I bet they feel a lot better than after the Week 2 nightmare against Houston.
While the New York Giants appeared to avoid any serious injuries for their mid-week game against the Washington Redskins, that doesn't mean there won't be any lineup changes. Coach Tom Coughlin said Monday that safety Stevie Brown was not hurt when he was replaced by rookie Nat Berhe in the second half of the 30-17 win over the Houston Texans Sunday. There was no indication who would start on Thursday night when the Giants (1-2) played the Redskins (1-2) in Washington. Brown was pulled after he was beaten on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Damaris Johnson.

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