September 2015


Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan praised Tyrod Taylor after the quarterback won his first road game as the Bills' starter. Buffalo returns home Sunday to host the New York Giants (1-2), who rebounded from an 0-2 start to defeat the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. Ryan said the Bills' bounce-back began when they scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter of their 40-32 loss to the Patriots in Week 2.
The Redskins' defense has struggled to force pressure or turnovers, something that needs to change when the Eagles visit on Sunday. "We're stopping the run fairly well," coach Jay Gruden said Monday. Washington's 832 yards allowed is fourth best in the NFL.
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz posted a video on Bleacher Report that gave Giants fans the news they have been waiting for two months now: He's back. At least that's what Cruz believes. Coming off a ruptured patella tendon that ended his 2014 season and then in training camp a calf injury that has sidelined him the past two months, Cruz is expected to make his 2015 debut in Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills. [ Yahoo Fantasy Football: Still not too late to sign up for a league ] He signed off the video with the following proclamation: “The return is here," Cruz said.  We think. Cruz did allow for a little wiggle room on that on Monday. "I'm convinced I'm playing Sunday." - Victor Cruz pic.twitter.com/K0afrUHePz — New York Giants (@Giants) September 28, 2015 Still, this falls in line with the timetable he and the team laid out when he went down mid-August, and it made sense with the Giants playing a Thursday night game in Week 3 that there was no reason to rush him back on a short week for that one. Cruz explained his rationale for coming back now and where he is with the calf injury currently. “I just wanted to make sure that I’m 100 percent before I go back out there,” Cruz said. “I want to be clicking on all cylinders. I want everything to be full force just to prevent another injury. So I’m excited, man. I’m excited for our team. We’ve got a lot of talent, a lot of young kids that are ready to play and that are playing very well, as well as some veterans that are playing well and really doing their thing. And now we’re coming around; everybody’s getting healthy again." Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. could comprise one of the finest wide receiver duos in the NFL, but we only have received a two-game snapshot of it last season before Cruz went down for good. They combined for seven catches, 66 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' 30-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons last season, but that was followed with a combine four-catch, 44-yard game — and Cruz's third-quarter injury — in the 27-zip loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Can we expect Cruz to be in full salsa mode right away against the Bills? That's asking a lot. But Cruz is looking forward to this first test and thinks he'll be all systems go. “I’m extremely excited to start my next game, to play my first game in this young 2015 season,” Cruz said. “I’m excited to team up with Odell, man. It’s gonna be fun. “I’m excited to come back individually and join my team and join my teammates and be that explosive player that I once was and be that again, and be confident that I can be that again.” - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Sept 28 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the NFL on Sunday 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. ...
Peyton Manning has become the second player to complete 6,000 passes in the NFL. Manning reached the mark with a 5-yard pass to Jordan Norwood in the third quarter Sunday night. Manning's Denver Broncos led Detroit 14-12 at the time.
After the Seahawks sleepwalked for a half, Tyler Lockett provided a jolt. From there Russell Wilson, Jimmy Graham and a defense that was whole again after the return of safety Kam Chancellor took over. Lockett returned the second-half kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown, Wilson and Graham connected on a 30-yard TD in the third quarter, and the Seahawks routed the undermanned Chicago Bears 26-0 on Sunday.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- New England quarterback Tom Brady threw his 400th career touchdown pass Sunday, hitting Danny Amendola on a 1-yard pass just before halftime of the Patriots game against Jacksonville.
Kam Chancellor returned to the Seattle Seahawks after a two-week holdout and coach Pete Carroll made it official Saturday -- he's back. The Seahawks (0-2) activated the All-Pro strong safety for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears (0-2) and waived safety Dion Bailey, who started in Chancellor's spot Week 1 at St. Louis. Chancellor ended a 54-day holdout Wednesday but it was uncertain when the team would place him on the 53-man roster.
Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Jamon Meredith has learned his place in the NFL, even if that spot can be very short-lived. The Titans officially are Meredith's sixth NFL team in seven years in the league, not counting stops with three other franchises. This is my seventh year in the league, and that's how I've made it to this point,'' said Meredith, who joined the Titans late last year after being released by the Colts.

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