September 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Chargers have signed veteran center J.D. Walton and promoted tackle Tyreek Burwell from the team's practice squad.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate believes it when cornerbacks tell him the secret is out -- opponents are successfully identifying offensive plays before the Lions can run them. - - The Cleveland Browns parted ways with offensive line coach Andy Moeller, the team announced. Moeller, 51, was suspended indefinitely by the Browns while he was investigated for an alleged assault of a woman.
The unbeaten Green Bay Packers have some news for their upcoming opponents. ''I just think we're scratching the surface a little bit,'' quarterback Aaron Rodgers said after the team improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2011 with a 38-28 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. Packers coach Mike McCarthy has mentioned the importance of getting off to a fast start this season, and a victory at San Francisco on Sunday would mean the 4-0 first-quarter record McCarthy envisioned.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- The Washington Redskins have placed starting left guard Shawn Lauvao and backup cornerback Justin Rogers on injured reserve, meaning both are out for the rest of the season.
The Chicago Bears started the ball rolling toward 2016 and beyond, trading defensive end Jared Allen and linebacker Jon Bostic in separate deals on Tuesday. Who is next? New general manager Ryan Pace inherited a bloated, talent-deficient and aged roster, and he knew changes had to come. Pace is doing his best Theo Epstein impression here, shedding unwanted and ill-fitting pieces, even if he has to sell on quarters on the dollar. Allen was a high-priced free-agent addition and Bostic a former second-round pick — they represent two of the biggest misses of the much-maligned Phil Emery era. Could the Bears look to keep dealing? We think they will. [ Yahoo Daily Fantasy Football: Enter our $1 Million Week 4 contest ] But if you're a Bears fan and you're hoping some gullible team is willing to throw a draft pick at them for Jay Cutler, we suggest stop hoping for miracles. It isn't likely with Cutler's salary boat anchor, even though he is the kind of smart quarterback who could pick up an offense in a jiffy. Instead, the Bears will do their best to deal running back Matt Forte. Why consider trading one of your best offensive pieces? Well, he's heading into free agency, and the Bears might not get anything back for him if he leaves on his own volition, short of a 2017 compensatory pick. He's 29, seeking to land another strong contract, and Forte has shown he is still a top-level running back who offers versatility with his receiving ability. But he's of no more use for the Bears, who like third-round pick Jeremy Langford and might start to give him more run. Better to deal him to a contender who might need a running back — why not the Denver Broncos or Baltimore Ravens? The Broncos have been limited with C.J. Anderson's injury and have been one of the worst rushing teams in the league, and Forte's receiving ability could be a nice outlet for Peyton Manning. The Ravens make sense because of their limitations in the run game — and the passing game, for that matter — and the presence of offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, who helped scheme up Forte's two best career seasons in Chicago. John Elway and Ozzie Newsome have made player trades before, and each could be interested. Shutdown Corner reached out to Adisa Bakari, Forte's agent, who said, "We have nothing to say about [any trade rumors]" before hanging up abruptly. Another player who could be traded by the Bears is Willie Young who, like Allen, was a bad fit in the team's new 3-4 scheme. He'd be better off going to a team that runs a 4-3, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and New York Giants might give up a conditional pick for Young, who had 10 sacks and a forced fumble in 15 games (eight starts) last season. Young was a healthy scratch for what the Bears termed a special teams decision. He's not a fit as a standup linebacker. Does this project well to local fans? No. But this type of roster purge happens and is necessary in circumstances such as this. The new regime will look to any and all ways to turn the page on the past and stockpile draft picks — even lower ones — to help the rebuilding process that appears to be long and laborious. More NFL coverage on Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Move over, NFC West. The NFC South is No. 1.
Sept 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the NFL on Monday AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCEAFC EAST W L T OTL PF PA PCT 1. New England 3 0 0 0 119 70 1.000 2. Buffalo 2 1 0 0 100 68 .667 3. NY Jets 2 1 0 0 68 41 .667 4. Miami 1 2 0 0 51 74 .333 AFC NORTH W L T OTL PF PA PCT 1. Cincinnati 3 0 0 0 85 56 1.000 2. Pittsburgh 2 1 0 0 76 52 .667 3. Cleveland 1 2 0 0 58 72 .333 4. Baltimore 0 3 0 0 70 84 0 AFC SOUTH W L T OTL PF PA PCT 1. Indianapolis 1 2 0 0 56 80 .333 2. Tennessee 1 2 0 0 89 77 .333 3. Houston 1 2 0 0 56 60 .333 4. Jacksonville 1 2 0 0 49 91 .333 AFC WEST W L T OTL PF PA PCT 1. ...
The Kansas City Chiefs were getting blown out at Lambeau Field on Monday night, but at least they got one big statistical monkey off their backs. For the first time since 2013, a Chiefs receiver scored a touchdown. Jeremy Maclin, signed in the offseason from the Philadelphia Eagles, broke the streak. He scored from 5 yards out on a pass from Alex Smith with 56 seconds left in the third quarter. The Chiefs trailed 31-7 at the time, but at least they got a receiver in the end zone. [ Yahoo Daily Fantasy Football: Enter our $1 Million Week 4 contest ] The last time a Chiefs receiver scored a regular-season touchdown was a   2-yard bubble screen to Dexter McCluster   on Dec. 29, 2013 at San Diego. Last season, the Chiefs became the first team since the 1964 New York Giants to go an entire season without one touchdown from a wide receiver. And the Giants did that in a 14-game season in a much different era. It's amazing the Chiefs could go this long without a touchdown from a receiver, considering passing stats around the NFL are skyrocketing. And then the Chiefs managed to go nearly the first 11 quarters this season without a receiver scoring. But that weird streak is over. It's unlikely the floodgates are open now, because the Chiefs are still maddeningly conservative in the passing game. But at least they won't have to hear about their receivers never scoring. For a few weeks anyway. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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