September 2019


Forget younger sports fans cutting the cord, viewership for the NFL is as high as it's ever been. Sunday night's game between the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints was the highest-rated Week 4 game ever on “Sunday Night Football” and NBC's highest-rated game in three years. Despite a lack of scoring in the 12-10 affair, the broadcast drew 24.7 million viewers, according to numbers released by Nielsen.

Louis Riddick unloaded on the Redskins for how the organization handled the NFL debut of rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins on Sunday in a 24-3 loss to the New York Giants. "Dwayne Haskins going into that game was really one of the worst decisions I've seen this year as far as how people handle young quarterbacks," Riddick said. His comments during ESPN's Monday Night Countdown show where Riddick serves as an analyst, though many Redskins fans remember Riddick as a former scout and Director of Player Personnel for Washington in the mid-2000s.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 2-2 with a pair of surprising road wins, thanks in part to Jameis Winston's ability to cut down on costly mistakes. The fifth-year pro has played well since having a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns in a season-opening loss at home, and the Bucs are even beginning to show signs of being able overcome some of the young quarterback's less-than-stellar moments. Winston had another interception run back for a TD during Sunday's 55-40 victory over the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams, trimming what was once a 21-point lead to five in the fourth quarter.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 2-2 with a pair of surprising road wins, thanks in part to Jameis Winston's ability to cut down on costly mistakes. The fifth-year pro has played well since having a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns in a season-opening loss at home, and the Bucs are even beginning to show signs of being able overcome some of the young quarterback's less-than-stellar moments. Winston had another interception run back for a TD during Sunday's 55-40 victory over the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams, trimming what was once a 21-point lead to five in the fourth quarter.

Now, in a 100th NFL season that has already had some solid results its first few weeks, we see if was exactly what America was looking for from America's Team and the guys from NOLA. Clocking in with total audience of 24.7 million over both linear TV and digital platforms, last night's SNF is the most watched Week 4 airing of NBC's flagship NFL show ever. With the primetime showing and eyeballs on NBC Sports Digital, and NFL Digital platforms, last night's season hugh Total Audience Delivery was up 35% over the Week 4 SNF for the 2018/2019 season when the Baltimore Ravens beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-14.

The extra space wide receiver Sterling Shepard had around his dressing area for the past month in the New York Giants' locker room disappeared early Monday morning. A couple of minutes after 8 a.m., veteran wideout Golden Tate III walked into the room for the first time since starting a four-game suspension for using performance-enhancers in the offseason. It's actually good news for the Giants (2-2), who have won two straight and will face a tough test at MetLife Stadium on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings (2-2).

The Daniel Jones Era is off to as good of a start as the New York Giants could have hoped at 2-0, and now he's getting a big weapon back. After serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy, wide receiver Golden Tate is set to return for the team's Week 5 game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. I just want to come in and be a spark, an addition to what we're doing, just help everybody around me get better and just be myself,” Tate said, via Giants.com.

New York Giants rookie linebacker Ryan Connelly sustained a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season, the team announced Monday. Connelly was injured while making a tackle on rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins during the fourth quarter of New York's 24-3 win over Washington on Sunday. An MRI exam on Monday confirmed the severity of the injury for Connelly, who recorded 20 tackles, two interceptions and one sack in four games since being selected by the Giants in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

The New York Giants weren't exactly a hot commodity on waiver wires last week, and with good reason—over the first three weeks of the season New York ranked outside the top 25 in both total defense and fantasy points at the position. Then came Sunday's home tilt against the Washington Redskins. The Redskins were absolutely pathetic on offense, amassing just 176 yards of total offense in a 24-3 loss.

The New York Giants weren't exactly a hot commodity on waiver wires last week, and with good reason—over the first three weeks of the season New York ranked outside the top 25 in both total defense and fantasy points at the position. Then came Sunday's home tilt against the Washington Redskins. The Redskins were absolutely pathetic on offense, amassing just 176 yards of total offense in a 24-3 loss.

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