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.

A division won by the Steelers in three of the previous four years was left wide open last season as player drama boiled over in Pittsburgh. The seemingly never-ending Le'Veon Bell saga ended up lasting the entire season, the end of which was overshadowed by receiver Antonio Brown and his apparent disconnect with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. By the offseason, the AFC North had seen one of the biggest turnovers in the league as two-thirds of the 'Killer B' trio was gone from Pittsburgh, Odell Beckham Jr joined Cleveland and Baltimore lost Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Eric Weddle and Brent Urban.

Pittsburgh guard Ramon Foster is asking his ex-teammates to stop the criticism of current Steelers players. The latest social-media salvo was fired early Thursday morning by former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, who called quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a racist in a series of tweets. Mendenhall, who played for Pittsburgh from 2008-12, was addressing accusations that wideout Antonio Brown quit on the team when he did not play in the 2018 season finale.

Steelers vs. Saints live stream: Watch NFL Week 16 game online originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New England Patriots last week at Heinz Field, and it's very possible they will determine who the Pats play in the Wild Card round of the AFC playoffs. The Steelers entered Week 16 atop the AFC North at 8-5-1, but after the Baltimore Ravens beat the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday night, Pittsburgh needs to beat the New Orleans Saints on the road Sunday to remain in first place in their division. A Steelers win over the Saints would keep the Ravens in the No.

Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears The NFL's longest winless streak on the road belongs to the Green Bay Packers, who have gone eight games without tasting victory on their travels. Packers running back Aaron Jones needs 280 yards in his team's final three games to become Green Bay's first 1,000-yard rusher since Eddie Lacy managed the feat four years ago. Dallas Cowboys @ Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis are seeking a fifth home win in a row for the first time since they won seven on the spin between October 2012 and September 2013.

As the high-profile holdout of Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell continues, more reports are surfacing about past Pittsburgh offers that the two-time All-Pro has apparently turned down. The three-time 1,000-yard rusher nixed an offer from the Steelers with the team pledging $47 million to Bell over three years, Pro Football Talk reported Friday. An NFL source told PFT that the package had the potential to guarantee Bell $20 million -- a $10 million signing bonus plus another $10 million bonus soon after the agreement.

As the high-profile holdout of Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell continues, more reports are surfacing about past Pittsburgh offers that the two-time All-Pro has apparently turned down. The three-time 1,000-yard rusher nixed an offer from the Steelers with the team pledging $47 million to Bell over three years, Pro Football Talk reported Friday. An NFL source told PFT that the package had the potential to guarantee Bell $20 million -- a $10 million signing bonus plus another $10 million bonus soon after the agreement.

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