Ahead of last Monday’s record-breaking game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs, it appeared that Jason Bell glimpsed into the future. The Rams’ 54-51 victory was a spectacle of sparkling offensive play spearheaded by two exuberant quarterbacks in Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes. “The Chiefs have surprised me because I knew Patrick Mahomes was going to be an elite quarterback, but I didn’t know he was going to be this dominant.

As Eli Manning drove the New York Giants down the field for the game-winning touchdown in the latest loss for San Francisco, two players expected to be foundation pieces for the 49ers defense were only spectators. Reuben Foster missed his 10th game in two seasons because of injuries and suspension and fellow 2017 first-round pick Solomon Thomas remained on the sideline because he's not good enough to be on the field at crunch time. While the season-ending knee injury to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo back in September probably ended any realistic chances of the 49ers being contenders this season, the lackluster production from coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch's first draft class has been a major negative this season as the 49ers (2-8) head into the bye week with the second-worst record in the NFL.

The Pittsburgh Steelers-Le'Veon Bell drama is heading toward a conclusion. According to multiple reports Sunday morning, representatives for the holdout Bell haven't told the Steelers when, or if, the disgruntled running back will show up this season. The team slapped the franchise tag on Bell, which would have paid him $14.5 million this season, but he hasn't signed the contract.

At various points the past few years, James Conner and Adrian Peterson probably weren’t thinking about being named AFC and NFC offensive player of the week. Conner had 200 total yards for the Pittsburgh Steelers in a win over the Cleveland Browns. Peterson had 149 rushing yards for the Washington Redskins as they improved to 5-2 with a win over the New York Giants.

In the NFL, one generation’s disgusting act is another generation’s classic rock. Prior to Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. swung by the ESPN booth to pay a little tribute to Randy Moss. Beckham and Moss have a lot in common: otherwordly talent combined with an attitude that strikes fear and rage in a certain segment of the NFL fanbase.

The source of Washington cornerback Josh Norman's benching at the start of the second half of the Redskins' Monday night loss to New Orleans has reportedly been revealed, and it could be a sign of growing tension between the star player and the coaching staff. Norman wasn't benched for his play, but rather for refusing to take off his headphones as Washington coach Jay Gruden spoke to the team at halftime, according to Redskins pregame show host Kevin Sheehan, who discussed it on his podcast Friday. Jay Gruden told him to take them off.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears . Jameis Winston reported back to the team on Tuesday, giving the team access to its usual starter, after his three-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick started during Winston's absence and became the first quarterback in NFL history to threw for 400 or more yards in three consecutive games, leaving Koetter with an intriguing dilemma.

We sure have been waiting for this Thursday night showcase. Top overall draft pick Baker Mayfield vs. No. 3 selection Sam Darnold, a mano a mano between the rookie quarterbacks. Oh, wait. Mayfield is a bench jockey in Cleveland right now, while Darnold

After catching 11 passes and being targeted 15 times in his first game since breaking an ankle 11 months ago, New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. was admittedly sore. The NFL's highest-paid receiver was also happy about his game, optimistic about the future, and even a little impish in dealing with his nearby locker room buddy, Saquon Barkley. For a night, the 25-year-old Beckham walked off with the ball the No. 2 overall draft pick carried on his first NFL touchdown, a 68-yard run against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 20-15 loss.

Odell Beckham Jr. isn't satisfied being the NFL's highest-paid receiver. The three-time Pro Bowler for the New York Giants wants much more than the $95 million deal the team agreed to pay him Monday. The 25-year-old wants to be one of the best to play in the NFL.

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