September 2016


ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- A frustrating rookie season for Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson is showing no signs of letting up.
The New York Giants are so short of players in the secondary that rookie coach Ben McAdoo had to have a couple of his receivers play safety in practice. McAdoo would not identify the guys who got shifted on Thursday nor would he say whether any of them might be used Monday night when the Giants (2-1) face the Vikings (3-0) on the road. Imagine Odell Backham Jr. back there! He did it in the Pro Bowl.
NEW YORK GIANTS (2-1) at MINNESOTA (3-0)
The bend-but-don't-break defense of the Kansas City Chiefs has so far done an exceptional job of making coach Andy Reid rip out whatever red-tinted fuzz is left of his hair. You see, the Chiefs are masters of giving up yards when it doesn't matter. The Chiefs have become one of the best teams in the NFL when it comes to red zone defense, a big reason why they're off to a 2-1 start .
CLEVELAND (0-3) at WASHINGTON (1-2)
Everyone knows the phrase “they have your number” – everyone, that is, except Eli Manning. On Sunday, Manning and the New York Giants will face the Minnesota Vikings, a team Manning has struggled against throughout his career. “I don’t think anybody, eh, I don’t think anybody has my phone number on the Vikings.
Nearly a month ago, the Minnesota Vikings lost their starting quarterback and hastily traded for another. Nearly two weeks ago, the Vikings lost their star running back and a key offensive lineman. Heading into their Monday night matchup with the New York Giants (2-1), the Vikings (3-0) qualify as one of the early surprises in the NFL.
It's hard to believe, but the last time New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees stepped inside Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego to participate in an NFL football game, he had a lightning bolt on his helmet and was buried under a pile, his throwing shoulder in tatters and his career hanging in the balance. Brees, the Chargers' starting quarterback and one-time Pro Bowler, was sacked by Denver Broncos safety John Lynch and sustained a torn right labrum, which made it much easier and even logical for the Chargers to officially usher in the Philip Rivers era.
Dez Bryant could be joining Tony Romo on the sidelines again, just like a year ago when Dallas slid from first place to last in the NFC East without the two offensive stars. The Cowboys are resolute about playing with who they have this time, although there's a chance Bryant could play Sunday in San Francisco despite a hairline fracture in his right knee. Bryant didn't practice Wednesday, three days after the receiver was hurt in a win over Chicago, and the same day he had the MRI that revealed the fracture.
The Washington Redskins are heavy favorites to beat the winless Cleveland Browns on Sunday at FedEx Field. The Redskins earned a big victory over the New York Giants on Sunday, but remain in an early hole in the NFC East at 1-2. A loss to the Browns (0-3) would be a massive setback, especially with a difficult schedule looming late in the season.

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