If there's one thing that's become painfully obvious in the absence of James Conner, it's that he is the core of the Steelers Offense. Conner has missed the team's last two outings due to a shoulder injury sustained versus the Miami Dolphins. Since that time, the Steelers have struggled to pack a punch in the run game and have missed the safety valve he provides Mason Rudolph in the passing game.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph left the game against Baltimore after suffering a concussion following a hit to the chin by Ravens safety Earl Thomas in the third quarter on Sunday. Trailing 17-13 and facing third-and-11 at the Pittsburgh 12 midway through the third quarter, Rudolph lined up in the shotgun and dropped back to pass. The play broke down and Rudolph scrambled to his left, stepping up the field in the process.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph left the game against Baltimore after suffering a concussion following a hit to the chin by Ravens safety Earl Thomas in the third quarter on Sunday. Trailing 17-13 and facing third-and-11 at the Pittsburgh 12 midway through the third quarter, Rudolph lined up in the shotgun and dropped back to pass. The play broke down and Rudolph scrambled to his left, stepping up the field in the process.

Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II will chair the NFL's compensation committee, which among other things negotiates the salary of top league executives, including Commissioner Roger Goodell. Rooney replaces Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who stepped down in May, and will serve for one year. Also on the compensation group will be Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill, new to the committee; Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam; New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft; and New York Giants co-owner John Mara.

That's no guarantee that will happen in Week 3, of course, but Rudolph looked pretty comfortable, and I think the 49ers defense is more permeable than Tampa Bay and Cincinnati showed. They've been good, but not so good that I wouldn't take a shot on Rudolph or even a Steelers mini-stack in tournaments this week. It's funny that Jones is already more expensive than Derek Carr and Joe Flacco on DraftKings; it's been obvious that it was only a matter of time before this day was upon us.

Three things that matter Giants name Jones starting QB Eli Manning's inconsistencies finally caught up to him as the New York Giants benched the veteran quarterback after their 0-2 start to the season. Now, the Giants will see if their surprising selection of Daniel Jones out of Duke with the sixth overall pick in April will pay off. Manning's accomplishments over the last almost 15 years as a starter have been overshadowed in recent seasons and he has thrown for 556 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in 2019.

Maybe Bridgewater will be a lot better with a full week of preparation as the starter, with an engaged Saints team (his lone start was in Week 17 last year with the Saints resting players). The Saints must feel he can perform at a high level, given what they have invested in him. If Brees misses six games and Bridgewater can go 3-3, that puts them in position to remain in the race for a suddenly soft NFC South.

The second week of the NFL season gave us what Week 1 could not – fewer injuries and more close finishes. The fourth quarter was crucial on Sunday as several high-profile games gave us nail-biting endings. Gardner Minshew could not quite get the Jacksonville Jaguars past the Houston Texans as he made his first career start in place of injured quarterback Nick Foles, while the Indianapolis Colts' defense helped Jacoby Brissett claim his first win of the season since Andrew Luck retired.

The New England Patriots have unveiled their sixth Super Bowl banner. In a ceremony before Sunday's season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Patriots turned the field into a video screen for highlights of the NFL title game. Players from the first five championships carried out their Vince Lombardi Trophy, and owner Robert Kraft brought out the most recent one.

The Patriots wide receiver missed nearly a month of training camp and the preseason due to a broken thumb and appeared to re-aggravate during New England's preseason finale against the New York Giants. On Friday morning, though, Edelman confirmed his thumb shouldn't hamper him Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite that thumb ailment, Edelman added he's in a better place physically than he was at this point last year, when he was shaking off the rust of a 2017 lost to his ACL injury.

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