NFL Wild Card Weekend

Oakland Raiders vs Houston Texans Preview

The highest-profile position on the field also will be the one surrounded by the most question marks when the Houston Texans host the Oakland Raiders on Saturday afternoon in the opening game of NFL Wild Card Weekend (Enter contest). Oakland is down to its third-string quarterback in rookie Connor Cook while Houston turns back to Brock Osweiler, who was benched three weeks ago.

The rematch from Week 11 will have a decidedly different look after Derek Carr broke his leg in Week 15 and backup Matt McGloin injured his left shoulder in the regular-season finale. Carr was responsible for the 27-20 rally this season win over the Texans in Mexico. He collected two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in that game. That leaves Cook in line to become the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to have his first career start occur in the postseason. It will be a welcome development for the AFC South champions’ top-ranked defense. Osweiler started the first 15 games for the Texans before losing his job to Tom Savage. Savage ended up suffering a concussion last week to give Osweiler a second chance.

ABOUT THE RAIDERS (12-4)

Oakland will be making its first postseason appearance since reaching the Super Bowl in 2002. They will be hoping to rally around Cook, a fourth-round draft pick out of Michigan State who finished 14-of-21 for 150 yards with a touchdown and an interception in last week’s loss at Denver.  Cook was inactive for the first 15 games of the season. The Raiders have the league’s No. 6 rushing attack at 120.1 yards per game and likely will try to ease the pressure on Cook by featuring a heavy dose of Latavius Murray and rookie DeAndre Washington. Defensive end Khalil Mack has recorded 11 sacks for a unit that ranked last in the league with 25.

ABOUT THE TEXANS (9-7)

Osweiler came in the season a high-priced free-agent signee but failed to manage expectations. Coach Bill O’Brien finally ran out of patience with Osweiler after he tossed a pair of interceptions against lowly Jacksonville on December 18. Savage is under the NFL concusion protocol, which means Osweiler gets an opportunity to erase the memory of a year ago. He was benched in Denver’s regular-season finale in favor of Peyton Manning, who promptly led the Broncos to the Super Bowl title. The Texans received a boost when running back Lamar Miller practiced fully on Wednesday after missing two games with an ankle injury. He rushed for 1,069 yards this season.

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Thursday Night Football

Oakland Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs Preview

Derek Carr’s spirited play during the Oakland Raiders’ six-game winning streak has placed the third-year quarterback in the lively discussion for NFL MVP honors. Carr has thrown seven touchdown passes over his last three games and 12 during the winning streak as the first-place Raiders head into an AFC West showdown with the host Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night (Enter Contest).

Carr rallied Oakland from a 15-point halftime deficit in Sunday’s 38-24 victory over Buffalo, all while working exclusively out of the shotgun/pistol to protect his injured right pinkie finger. He’ll look to avenge a far less effective performance in Week 6 when he threw for 225 yards in a 26-10 loss to Kansas City. The Chiefs kept Carr in park with a successful ground game, highlighted by Spencer Ware rolling up a career-high 131 yards and a touchdown. The 25-year-old Ware, who will look to light up the 29th-ranked Raiders’ run defense that is yielding 124.8 yards per contest,  also found the end zone in Sunday’s 29-28 victory at Atlanta. Kansas City’s plus-14 turnover differential is tops in the NFL while Oakland (plus-12) is ranked third.

ABOUT THE RAIDERS (10-2)

While Carr is being mentioned in NFL MVP discussion, defensive end Khalil Mack is hearing his name bandied about for NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. Mack has registered at least one of his team-leading 10 sacks in each of the last seven games, while also recording four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception in that span. Latavius Murray, who has three touchdowns in his last four encounters with Kansas City, scored twice last week to increase his rushing touchdown total to 11. It’s good enough for a tie for third in the league.

Second-year wideout Amari Cooper collected 10 receptions for 129 yards in the first meeting with the Chiefs, but was limited to just two catches on Sunday versus the Bills. Oakland can end its 13-year playoff drought with a win on Thursday and either a loss or tie by Miami or a loss by Denver.

ABOUT THE CHIEFS (9-3)

Alex Smith, who has thrown 18 touchdowns against three interceptions in his last nine starts versus the Raiders, is expected to see the return of trusted target Jeremy Maclin on Thursday. Maclin was a full participant in practice on Tuesday and is in line to end a four-game absence due to a groin injury. Tight end Travis Kelce recorded his third straight 100-plus-yard performance after reeling in eight receptions for 140 yards versus the Falcons, but was limited to three catches for 32 yards in the Week 6 win over Oakland. Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford registered two of his team-leading 10 sacks in the last meeting with the Raiders.

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Denver Broncos vs Oakland Raiders Preview

The reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos are in a tight three-way battle for supremacy in the AFC West and will visit the surprising Oakland Raiders on Sunday (Enter Contest) in a showdown for first place in the division. The Raiders are 5-0 on the road en route to their 6-2 mark and enter a stretch of four consecutive home games.

Derek Carr threw for a staggering 513 yards and four touchdowns in a 30-24 win at Tampa Bay as Oakland kept pace with Denver atop the division. Carr is the third player in history to throw for at least 500 yards with four TDs and zero interceptions in a game.

While the Raiders are off to their best start since 2001 behind a potent offense, the Broncos continue to flex the defensive muscles that paved their path to the Super Bowl last season. Denver is tied with Buffalo for the NFL lead with 26 sacks while linebacker Von Miller is second with 8.5. Gary Kubiak’s team has dominated the series in recent seasons, winning eight consecutive matchups before Oakland ended the streak in the Mile High City last December.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS (6-2)

Star cornerback Aqib Talib is in danger of missing his second straight game, flying to California on Thursday to get a second opinion on his ailing back. Denver has quality depth at the position as Bradley Roby stepped in for Talib and earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after returning an interception for a touchdown in a 27-19 win at San Diego. Rookie running back Devontae Booker hurt his shoulder in his first start in place of an injury C.J. Anderson, but is expected to go against Oakland. Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are the top two targets for Trevor Siemian with 44 and 42 receptions, respectively. Thomas needs two receptions to become the fourth player in franchise history with 500.

ABOUT THE RAIDERS (6-2)

Carr leads the AFC with 17 touchdown passes versus only three interceptions and is getting a lot of mileage from his wide receiver tandem of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Cooper had 12 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown last week to boost his team-leading total to 52 receptions while Crabtree hauled in his NFL high-tying sixth touchdown catch. Defense has been a nightmare for the Raiders, who are ranked 31st in the league, surrendering a total of 410.4 total yards while being equally generous against the run and pass. Khalil Mack, who has five of Oakland’s 11 sacks, recorded five in the win at Denver last season.

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Sunday’s Fantasy Football Players to Watch – NFL Week 7

The NFL goes in it’s 7th week of play. Sunday’s action starts in London with the Giants taking on the Rams (Enter Contests). The Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers will enter their bye weeks. Here are the names that are down for big results this weekend for fantasy football.

QB Matt Ryan & WR Julio Jones – Atlanta Flacons (vs SD)

Atlanta boasts the league’s top offense, averaging 441.5 total yards and 33.2 points, but has failed to hit either mark in the last two games. Ryan and Julio Jones have developed into the league’s most prolific passing duo. Ryan has averaged 369.3 passing yards and thrown nine touchdown passes over his last four home games.

QB Derek Carr, WR Michael Crabtree & WR Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders (at JAX)

The trio of Derek Carr, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper continue to carry Oakland offensively. The quarterback enters Week 7 tied for fifth in the NFL with 12 touchdown passes and has thrown only three interceptions, which is a league-low among signal-callers with at least 225 passing attempts. Crabtree shares the league lead with five receiving TDs and Cooper is averaging 16.3 yards per catch while ranking fourth with 585 overall. Cooper is seeking his third straight overall contest with at least 100 receiving yards. Expect the Raiders to be pumped up, as it is coach Jack Del Rio first return to Jacksonville since being fired as the Jaguars’ coach in 2011.

QB Case Keenum – Los Angeles Rams (vs NYG in London)

Los Angeles’ big problem at the beginning of the season was the offense, but quarterback Case Keenum and company have been doing more than enough to win of late. Keenum threw for 321 yards and completed 19 straight passes at one point against Detroit last week.

TE Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals (vs CLE)

One of the biggest issues for Cincinnati has been its struggles in the end zone, a problem that could be rectified with the potential season debut of tight end Tyler Eifert, who hauled in 13 touchdown passes last season. Three of them came in one game versus Cleveland.

TE Hunter Henry – San Diego Thunder (at ATL)

San Diego TE Hunter Henry has caught a touchdown pass in three consecutive games.

RB David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals (vs SEA)

Arizona featured one of the league’s top passing attacks last season, but second-year running back David Johnson has altered the team’s offensive identity by rushing for 268 yards and five touchdowns over the past two games, giving him a league-best eight scores on the ground. Johnson could be in for a heavy workload if the Cardinals have to turn to Drew Stanton, who threw for 124 yards on 11-of-28 passing in place of Palmer in a Week 5 win at San Francisco. The running back is the first player in franchise history with at least 100 yards from scrimmage in the season’s first six games.

 

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NFL Week 9 Value Picks

 

Quarterback

 

Jameis Winston (NYG @ TB): Winston has been consistently subpar this year so far but this week may be a breakout against the weak Giants defense.  We saw last week how flawed the Giants secondary really is.  While I don’t expect a record setting performance from Winston as we saw last week agains the giants, there will be plenty of openings he can take advantage of to air out the ball.

Projection: 22.4 Fantasy Points

 

Jay Cutler (Chi @ SD):  San Diego’s defense has the highest rushing yards allowed and passing yards allowed of any team so far this season.  Cutler may not have his star running back Matt Forte but that will force him to throw the ball more, adding to his fantasy value.  With Jeffery and Bennet as top tier targets and the weak secondary, look for Cutler to provide big fantasy numbers.

Projection: 21.4 Fantasy Points

 

Derek Carr (Oak @ Pit):  Derek Carr has recently been a very valuable fantasy option and looks to keep this trend going this weekend against the Steelers.  The Steelers are notorious for shootout games, and if Carr can take advantage of that connection with Cooper, they could both end up with a big day.

Projection: 20.1 Fantasy Points

 

 

Running Back

 

Jeremy Hill (Cle @ Cin):  Hill is always a bit of a gamble as any given game could put Hill in the primary or Bernard.  One of them will definitely have a big game this weekend against the Browns but it could be either.  I’m giving the edge to Hill.

Projection: 20.7 Fantasy Points

 

LeSean McCoy (Mia @ Buf): McCoy has been given at least 10 rushing attempts every game this season and has been efficient with those attempts usually averaging over 4 yards per carry.  Couple that with a couple receptions and the fact that he will get even more workload if the Bills can get up early on the Dolphins and McCoy could be a prosperous draft pick this weekend.

Projection: 20.7 Fantasy Points

 

Duke Johnson (Cle @ Cin): Johnson had very poor rushing production last week against the Cardinals but was somewhat redeemed with his receptions.  He is a cheap fantasy option and may provide some value if he can more rushing attempts with his receiving targets as the Browns will likely have to throw the ball a lot to catch up to the undefeated Bengals.

Projection: 19.2 Fantasy Points

 

 

 

Wide Receiver

 

Amari Cooper (Oak @ Pit): The Carr-Cooper connection should be a valuable pick this weekend in the classic Roethlisberger shootout.

Projection: 24.8 Fantasy Points

 

Stefan Diggs (Stl @ Min):  Although the Vikings are facing the strong Ram’s defensive front, Diggs has been asserting himself as Bridgewater’s top target with a string of big fantasy value games lately (20+ fantasy points in three consecutive games).  He remains a cheap option at receiver.

Projection: 21.0 Fantasy Points

 

Malcom Floyd (Chi @ SD): Despite his minimal salary, Floyd managed 92 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns last week.  While he likely won’t be able to put up those numbers again, he clearly has chemistry with Rivers and the Bears’ defense won’t be able to do much to stop the pass.

Projection: 20.8 Fantasy Points

 

 

 

Tight End

 

Jordan Reed (Was @ NE):  The Redskins will have their hands full this weekend against the Pats and will likely be down early.  This will result in Cousins relying heavily on the pass game, with his favorite target Reed reaping the fantasy benefit.  Not to mention his 11 receptions for 2 touchdowns last week.  While ownership may be high on Reed, it may hurt you more to fade him then to go with the crowd on this one.

Projection: 22.6 Fantasy Points

 

Heath Miller (Oak @ Pit):  Miller has been somewhat unproductive this season so far but like what we have seen from Antonio Brown, he performs much better with Big Ben on the field than off.  Miller caught 100+ yards last weekend with Roethlisberger back in the lineup after failing to get anywhere near that mark in Ben’s absence.

Projection: 20.4 Fantasy Points

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-30-2015

New York Jets versus Oakland Raiders NFL Fantasy Preview 11-1-2015

 

Two New York Jets are off to a long road trip out west to face the Oakland Raiders from NFL action. Pro football DFS GM’s can tune to CBS TV on Sunday November 1st from Oakland to track the results of their fantasy roster picks.

 

The teams have gone through some pretty major changes since they met in week one of the 2014 season where the Jets earned a 19-14 victory at home. New York is 4-2 and showing signs of a playoff team from the AFC. The defense has returned to an elite status as the club is second overall in yardage allowed at 283 per game. Scoring defense is fourth best in the NFL as the Jets give up 17.5 a game. A big surprise has been the play on the offensive side of the football. The Jets are number three rushing team in the league and are in the top third in the league in scoring offense by averaging 25.3 points a game. Ryan Fitzpatrick is managing the team effectively and avoiding many of the costly mistakes that have haunted him during his career regulating him to that of journeyman status.

 

Head coach Jack Del Rio has raised the Oakland Raiders franchise to that of a joke to respectability in his short time with the club. The team is 3-3 and has picked up two road wins so far and almost had a third but a long field goal by the Bears as time expired gave Oakland a defeat. The Raiders offense is now tenth in the league in scoring by averaging 24 points per game. On the defensive side there is still some work to do. They do a much better job defending the run ranking third in the league. But pass defense is 32nd and last in the NFL.

 

New York Jets QB:

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick

 

The 11th year veteran quarterback is completing 61% of his throws this year for 1472 yards with 11 touchdowns and 7 picks. In the loss to the Patriots last week Fitzpatrick was 22 of 39 for 295 yards with two touchdowns. He has multiple touchdown throws in five of the Jets six games this year.

 

New York Jets RB:

 

Chris Ivory

 

Ivory is getting the bulk of the work for the Jets this season. He has 100 carries for 501 yards and four touchdowns. That is a very good 5 yards per rush average from this sixth year back. The New England performance last week was disappointing as Ivory had 17 carries for just 41 yards.

 

New York Jets WR:

 

Brandon Marshall

 

The veteran wide out has been heavily targeted in the passing game and has caught 41 balls for 578 yards with four touchdowns. He is averaging 14.1 yards per catch which is well over his career mark. Last week in the loss to New England he had a season low four receptions for 67 yards.

 

Oakland Raiders QB:

 

Derek Carr

 

The second year quarterback has hit on 65.8% of his throws for 1460 yards with 11 touchdowns and three picks. He is showing great promise as the weeks go by. Last week in the win at San Diego Carr went 24 of 31 for 289 yards with three touchdowns and no picks. This year he has two three touchdown performances and two games where he has thrown two touchdowns.

 

Oakland Raiders RB:

 

Latavious Murray

 

Running back Murray leads Oakland by a long way with 95 of the teams carries out of the backfield for 421 yards and three touchdowns. He had a nice performance at San Diego last week as he ran 15 times for 85 yards and a touchdown.

 

Oakland Raiders WR:

 

Amari Cooper

 

The first round draft pick is working out well in Oakland. Cooper 33 catches for 519 yards with three touchdowns. He is a big play target for the Raiders with 15.7 yards per catch average. The Oakland wide out had five receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown last week.

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 NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-24-2015

Oakland Raiders versus San Diego Chargers NFL DFS Fantasy Preview 10-25-2015

Two AFC West rivals meet as the San Diego Chargers will play host to the Oakland Raiders. NFL pro football fantasy football draft GMs can tune to CBS TV on Sunday October 25th at 4:05PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The San Diego Chargers have had success against the Oakland Raiders having won three straight and six of their past seven meetings against the Silver and Black. The teams met in San Diego last year and was a defensive struggle with the Chargers earning a 13-6 victory.

Oakland Raiders are coming off a bye week as they visit San Diego. They are a 2-3 football team having come off two brutal close losses. They have put together two good defensive efforts the past two games having given up 16 points to Denver and 22 at Chicago. The Raiders with Jack Del Rio as head coach has shown improvement and is now respectable team. They rank 15th in their passing game as they throw for 248 yards per game. The issue for the Raiders this year is their pass defense as the club is giving up 299 yards per game through the air which is 32nd and last in the NFL.

The San Diego Chargers are a 2-4 football team as they return home to face the Raiders. They have lost two straight and four of their past five games. The team relies too much on the right arm of Phillip Rivers and continues to have problems running the football. During the Chargers deep run into the playoffs the team had a balanced offensive attack. No defense has respected the Chargers running game for some time right now so they just come after Phillip Rivers and put heavy pressure on him. San Diego is the number one passing team in football as they throw for 346 yards per game. That doesn’t bring enough points on the scoreboard as San Diego averaged 22.7 points game ranking 15th in the league. At 86 yards rushing per game the team is 29th and near the bottom of the league. San Diego is the 26th worst scoring defense in the NFL by allowing 26.8 points per game.

Oakland Raiders QB:

Derek Carr

The Raiders second year quarterback is completing 63% of his throws for 1171 yards with eight touchdowns and three picks. In the loss to Denver, Carr hit on 26 of 39 passes for 249 yards with a touchdown and pick. He has thrown for multiple touchdown throws in three of his five games.

Oakland Raiders RB:

Latavius Murray

The Raiders third year running back has 80 rushes for 336 yards with two touchdowns. It has been a struggle for Murray over his past two games. He ran for 48 yards on 15 carries at Chicago and two weeks back at home to Denver he rushed for 39 yards on 9 carries.

Oakland Raiders WR:

Amari Cooper

Cooper had big games against the Ravens and Browns. He has had just four catches in each of his past two games. Against Denver Cooper caught four passes for 47 yards.

San Diego Chargers QB:

Phillip Rivers

The veteran quarterback has completed 67% of his throws for 1226 yards with seven touchdowns and one pick. Rivers has thrown for over 300 yards in four of his six games. Last week in the loss to Green Bay he passed for 503 yards with two touchdowns.

San Diego Chargers RB:

Melvin Gordon

The rookie running back has run 78 times for 299 yards with no touchdowns. He is averaging just 3.8 yards a carry.

San Diego Chargers WR:

Keenan Allen

The Chargers leading receiver has been listed as questionable with a sprained hip injury. He has caught 53 balls for 601 yards and three touchdowns.

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Baltimore Ravens versus Oakland Raiders NFL Fantasy Football One Day League Draft Preview

The Oakland Raiders will be hosting the Baltimore Ravens for NFL pro football for late afternoon action. Fantasy football draft GMs can tune to CBS on Sunday September 20th at 4PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Ravens opened up play in week one traveling to Denver and the team had a very good defensive performance. Baltimore limited the Broncos offense to just four field goals for the game. A pick six thrown by Joe Flacco proved the difference in a 19-13 road defeat. It was a shame for the Ravens to drop this game as they held the Broncos offense to just 69 rushing yards and 150 through the air. The Denver run game sputtered to less than three yards a gain. The Ravens offense didn’t produce as well with just 173 yards for the game.

There was some optimism for the Oakland Raiders as they opened up their 2015 campaign. Their young quarterback Derek Carr was showing the signs of a good future in the NFL. Their revamped defense showed some positive signs. But the play on the field from week one had a lot to be desired as the Raiders were not competitive in a 33-13 home loss. Oakland went into halftime hopelessly down 24-0 and after three quarters it was 33-0. The Raiders didn’t score until late in the game when it was out of reach.

Baltimore Ravens QB:

Joe Flacco

The Ravens signal caller had a poor week one performance as he connected on 18 of 32 balls for 117 yards with two picks and no touchdowns.

Baltimore Ravens RB:

Justin Forsett

A 1000 yard rusher in 2014, Forsett in week one had 43 yards on the ground on 14 attempts for just 3.1 yards a carry. He did have a long of 20 yards and had four first down gains.

Javorius Allen

The rookie out of USC wasn’t generating much buzz in camp. There are hopes he can provide some big plays in the Ravens run game since Ray Rice has departed. Allen had nine carries for just 30 yards with his longest run being for eight yards.

Baltimore Ravens WR:

Marlon Brown:

It was a sad performance for the entire receivers in week one. Marlon Brown led the club with two receptions for 25 yards.

Steve Smith:

The veteran had a poor game in his final year as a pro. The 15 year veteran caught two balls for 13 yards and had a key dropped pass near the Broncos end zone.

Oakland Raiders QB:

Derek Carr:

The second year quarterback had to leave the game early due to bruise on his throwing hand. He has been declared as probable for Sunday. Before exiting the game Carr threw for 61 yards and he hit on 7 of 12 passes.

Oakland Raiders RB:

Latavius Murray:

The Oakland running back had 11 carries for 44 yards. Murray had no first down gains or touchdowns in week one. Murray was busy in the passing game as he caught seven balls out of the backfield for 36 yards.

Oakland Raiders WR:

Amari Cooper

Rookie Amari Cooper led the Raiders with 9 targets. Cooper caught five balls for 47 yards with a long gain of 24 yards. He had three first down gains in his first game of his career.

Michael Crabtree:

The former San Francisco 49er moved in his seventh season to the Oakland Raiders. In his debut with his new club Michael Crabtree had five catches for 37 yards. His longest gain was 11 yards and he had no touchdown passes or first down gains.

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NFL Fantasy Sports Picks News 9-15-2015

Week 1’s NFL Top News Items

Dallas Wide Receiver Dez Bryant out 4-6 Weeks with a Broken Foot

The Dallas Cowboys will be without their talented wide out for a great deal of time. Up next for Dallas are the Philadelphia Eagles on the road in an NFC East battle.

Dez Bryant:

Last week against the Giants Bryant had five receptions for 48 yards. In 2014 the talented wide out caught 88 balls for 1320 yards with 16 touchdowns. He gained 15 yards per reception last year and that was a career high.

Terrance Williams:

The Cowboys starting wide out opposite Bryant may get more targets next week. Williams had five receptions against New York last week for 60 yards and three first down gains.

Matthew Stafford Elbow Problems

The Detroit Lions suffered an early scare when Matthew Stafford’s elbow made contact with the helmet of San Diego linebacker Melvin Ingram. Stafford has been dependable for the Lions but the signal caller was seen with a heavy wrap around his elbow following the game. This is something that fantasy football draft GM’s should stay on top of. The Lions are at Minnesota on Sunday.

Matthew Stafford:

Stafford in week one against San Diego went 19 for 30 for 246 yards with two touchdowns and two picks. The Lions are outscored 23-7 in the second half of a 33-28 defeat at the San Diego Chargers.

Dan Orlovsky:

Backup QB Dan Orlovsky is a veteran of already ten seasons in the league. He has seen action in 21 regular season games hitting on 58% of his passes with 14 touchdowns and 12 picks. The veteran last played in 2012 in mop up duty as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Josh McCown Suffers Concussion in Loss to New York Jets. Johnny Manziel will work with the First Team This Week.

McCown is under the concussion protocol and the Browns coaching staff indicating they are preparing to start Johnny Manziel on Sunday.

Josh McCown:

In week one in limited time before sustaining his injury McCown hit on 5 of 8 passes for 49 yards. He fumbled as he was trying to score a Browns touchdown near the end zone with the ball going out of the end zone as a touchback and going over to the Jets.

Johnny Manziel:

The second year quarterback completed 13 of 24 passes for 182 yards with a touchdown in relief of McCown. His downside was the three turnovers as he had an interception and two fumbles.

Arizona Starting Running Back Andre Ellington Could Miss 1-3 Weeks

The Cardinals starting running back has a PCL sprain that has been reported as mild. Ellington has not been ruled out for the Cardinals week two game at Chicago on Sunday.

Andre Ellington:

The running back is listed as questionable. Ellington had 12 carries against the Saints for 69 yards and a touchdown. He had one lost fumble.

Oakland Starting Quarterback Derek Carr’s Status Unknown for Sunday.

Derek Carr was forced to exit the Raiders loss at home to Cincinnati on Sunday with what has been reported as a bruised thumb.

Derek Carr:

In the week one loss to the Bengals Carr was 7 of 12 for 61 yards prior to exiting the game.

Matt McGloin:

McGloin in relief of Carr completed 23 of 31 passes for 142 yards with two touchdowns and one pick. He saw extended work in 2013 where he played in 7 games and completed 56% of his throws for 1547 yards with eight touchdowns and eight picks.

Houston Texan’s Starting Quarterback Up in the Air. Could be a Game Time Decision

Texan’s head coach Bill O’Brien indicated to the media on Monday that he undecided on his starting quarterback for Sunday. Brian Hoyer was ineffective last week in a loss to Kansas City at home while backup Ryan Mallet showed production in his six minutes of play last week.

Brian Hoyer:

In week one Hoyer went 18 of 34 for 236 yards with a touchdown and pick.

Ryan Mallett:

The fifth year pro in his limited time last week completed 8 of 13 passes for 98 yards with a touchdown.

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