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Broncos, Seahawks top AP Pro32 before rematch (The Associated Press)
The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos finished last season as the top two teams in the league. The Broncos moved to the top spot after holding off the Kansas City Chiefs 24-17 at home, and the Seahawks dropped to No. 2 after they lost to the Chargers 30-21. Seattle, which routed Denver in the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in February, and Cincinnati each got one first-place vote. Sunday's rematch is at CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks have won 18 of their past 19 including the playoffs.
Patriots' defense faces the unknown in Carr (The Associated Press)
The New England Patriots' defense is preparing for a bit of the unknown in Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr this Sunday. New England coaches have watched plays from his days at Fresno State. ''He's an athletic guy back there,'' Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on a conference call Tuesday. Obviously the systems are different but from a skill standpoint, I think his skills are his skills and they're pretty good.'' The Raiders have lost both of their games - 19-14 on the road to the New York Jets and 30-14 last week at home to the Houston Texans.
Bengals put TE Alex Smith on injury list (The Associated Press)
CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals put tight end Alex Smith on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season and cutting deeper into Cincinnati's depth at the position.
Week 2 Target Watch: AFC (Rotoworld)
Chet Gresham takes you through all the targets and touches for Week 2 in the AFC.
Ranking the 0-2 teams in terms of most likely to make the playoffs (Shutdown Corner)
It's an NFL blogging rite of passage. After two weeks, we must look forward and make grand judgments based on what we've seen for one-eighth of the season. Granted, history backs us up quite a bit that starting 0-2 is, well, not likely to portend good things. Since the 2007 season, there have been 59 teams that started 0-2 — and a mere four made the postseason. The Carolina Panthers did it last year, winning the NFC South. Before that, it had been since 2008 that another 0-2 team made it, when two did. Of course, it's not necessarily a death knell, either. After all, the 2007 New York Giants started 0-2 and won the Super Bowl over the 18-0 (to that point) New England Patriots. So we'll put on our positive faces and try our best to make a case, in descending order, for each of the seven 0-2 squads. But we'll be honest: If more than two make it to the postseason, it would be a stunner. 1. New Orleans Saints — We're still believers. They've lost two games by a combined five points on the road, with both losses happening on the final drive. That last part isn't any consolation prize that makes us feel better, but the Saints did suffer three of their five losses last season by one score. And all five losses were on the road, as the team went 8-0 at the Superdome. With eight games left at home, we like those odds. Still, the sight of blown coverages, missed tackles and terrible angles to the ball defensively are a bit unnerving, far more so than any fabricated or imagined tension between Sean Payton and Rob Ryan. Those guys are fiery enough to argue over what temperature a steak should be cooked, so pass on that narrative. Instead focus on a multifaceted offense that's just starting to crank and a defense that should find its bearings with better pressure and a more disciplined approach. 2. Indianapolis Colts — They benefit from the fact that the AFC South remains a work in progress, at best. The Houston Texans might be 2-0, but they had that same record last season and we know how that ended. The Tennessee Titans, world beaters in Week 1, fell flat in Week 2. The Jacksonville Jaguars ... ugh, don't get me started on the team that I was pumping up as one of the league's potential surprises this season. So the Colts can't feel too awful about the 0-2 start against two playoff teams from a year ago, even if Monday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles saw them get very conservative when it mattered most . Andrew Luck is good enough to lead this team to another double-digit win season, and the schedule softens up considerably from this point. The defense has a host of issues, especially with no Robert Mathis to bail it out, and the offensive line is not going to dominate anyone. But there is still enough of a collective lot here to forecast a winning season, and perhaps a postseason spot.
Waiver Wire: Week 3 (Rotoworld)
A devastating week of injuries has the Waiver Wire on fire. Adam Levitan gives recommendations on 30 players to consider adding to your squad.
Dose: Sproles a Steal for PHI (Rotoworld)
Nick Mensio checks in on Darren Sproles, Adrian Peterson, Ryan Mathews, Mark Ingram and many others in Tuesday's Dose.
Shutdown Corner NFL Power Rankings: So who should be No. 1? (Shutdown Corner)
If you knew nothing about the NFL before Sept. 4, were dropped in and watched the first two weeks and had to determine the best team in the NFL just off that, the answer would be easy. It's the Cincinnati Bengals. It's not particularly close, either. In Week 1, the Bengals played very well in a road win against the Ravens. Four days later, the Ravens looked phenomenal against the Steelers. The Falcons couldn't be stopped against the Saints in a Week 1 win. Then Atlanta played Cincinnati, and the Falcons didn't score until deep into the fourth quarter when the game's result was not in doubt anymore. Also, the Bengals won that game without their best player, receiver A.J. Green, who left early with a toe injury. The Bengals' defense looks like one of the best in the NFL. The offense has a lot of playmakers. They have been dominant in both games. So are they the best team in the NFL? I'll explain here: I don't do these power rankings in a one- or two-game vacuum. If you want something that ranks teams in exact order of their win-loss record, this link has the only power rankings you'll need. It's not always that easy. I don't think 2-0 Houston would beat 0-2 New Orleans on a neutral field, and I doubt you do either. Similarly, I'm not quite ready to buy into Andy Dalton and Marvin Lewis being the leaders of the best team in the NFL. But they're creeping up. A few more dominant weeks like the first one, and they'll be in the discussion. They've clearly moved into the small group of teams that is clearly good enough to be called Super Bowl contenders. But I don't think the Bengals should be No. 1. So who is on top after the 49ers' loss? Let's go to the post-Week 2 power rankings. 32. Oakland Raiders (0-2, LW: 30) They're likely going to be underdogs in each of their last 14 games. It's hard to figure out how Dennis Allen saves his job.
Raiders embarrassed after 0-2 start (The Associated Press)
After an offseason overhaul that brought on board veteran players with playoff pedigrees, the Oakland Raiders were optimistic for a turnaround after back-to-back four-win seasons. After just two games, that optimism has quickly turned to frustration and disbelief as the Raiders have been physically dominated in losing to the New York Jets and Houston Texans. With a trip to New England this week to face the Patriots followed by a ''home'' game in England against Miami, the Raiders (0-2) need to fix things quickly or the season could spiral out of control. We need to do it fast.'' The disappointment is already mounting with veteran safety Charles Woodson sounding off after the game, saying he was embarrassed by the team's play and that the performance in the 30-14 loss to Houston ''sucked.'' ''I think that's something that is spoken out of frustration,'' Allen said.
Forcing turnovers key to Houston's early success (The Associated Press)
The Houston Texans had the worst turnover margin in the NFL when they went 2-14 last season. Two games into this year, and Houston is tied for second-best in the league in that category at plus-five. The Texans forced four turnovers in Sunday's 30-14 win at Oakland, using a couple of big plays by the secondary to improve to 2-0 after dropping their last 14 games in 2013. ''That's something that we ... drive on, even in practice,'' free safety Kendrick Lewis said.
AP Source: Raiders to sign WR Vincent Brown (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- A person familiar with the deal says the Oakland Raiders have reached an agreement to sign free agent receiver Vincent Brown.
Patriots still not quite right with ball (The Associated Press)
The New England Patriots host the Oakland Raiders this week hoping to rediscover their normally potent offense. The Patriots moved to 1-1 with Sunday's 30-7 win at Minnesota. New England won the game with 292 yards of total offense, enough to win - easily - but nothing to get excited about. ''Just everything,'' fullback James Develin said Monday.
No respite for NFL as injuries strike (The Associated Press)
Actual football games were supposed to provide some respite for the NFL from off-field headlines created by Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and drug policies. Robert Griffin III, Jamaal Charles, A.J. Green, Knowshon Moreno and DeSean Jackson were sidelined Sunday, with Griffin's injury appearing the most long-term. Luckily for Washington, Kirk Cousins came in and threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-10 romp past Jacksonville.
Watt's TD catch fuels Texans' 30-14 win vs Raiders (The Associated Press)
The Houston Texans are right back where they were a year ago after two games. J.J. Watt caught a 1-yard touchdown pass, Arian Foster ran for 138 yards and a score and the Texans won their second straight game to open the season, beating the Oakland Raiders 30-14 on Sunday. ''We're very fortunate and happy to be 2-0, but we've got to keep getting better,'' quarterback Fitzpatrick said. They've got to get better and hopefully keep heading down that path.'' The Texans (2-0) followed up last week's home win over Washington with a convincing win on the road against the hapless Raiders (0-2) to mark the fifth straight year they won their first two games.
NFL Today, Week 2 (The Associated Press)
Monday, Sept. 15
Vikings reinstate special teams coach Priefer (The Associated Press)
Suspended special teams coach Mike Priefer is rejoining the Minnesota Vikings staff as soon as possible. The Vikings reinstated Priefer after he missed the first two games of the season for making anti-gay remarks. Priefer was initially suspended three games after an independent investigation into the claims made by former punter Chris Kluwe found that the coach made several offensive remarks at practices and in meetings while working for the team. ''The decision by Vikings ownership follows extensive conversations with the independent professional consultants retained to conduct individualized anti-harassment, diversity and sexual orientation training with Coach Priefer,'' the Vikings announced Sunday night, a few hours after a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots.
NFL Winners and Losers: Saints fall to 0-2 with tough loss to Browns (Shutdown Corner)
We probably should have realized the New Orleans Saints might start 0-2. Both of their first two games were on the road, and they're allergic to winning away from the Superdome. New Orleans went on the road and dropped a game as a favorite for the second straight week, losing 26-24 on a last-second field goal at Cleveland . Last year the Saints were 8-0 at home and 3-5 on the road, and they've picked up right where they left off. It's not over for the Saints at 0-2, obviously. But they lost a game against a team that was 4-13 since the start of the 2013 season and didn't have tight end Jordan Cameron, running back Ben Tate or outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, three of its best players (not to mention arguably its best player, suspended receiver Josh Gordon). Do good teams really do that? You can probably start by blaming the defense. On Sunday, Cleveland drove 85 yards in the final minutes to get the game-winning field goal. On the play before the kick, Andrew Hawkins was shockingly wide open for a 28-yard gain. Last week, everyone was open as Atlanta's Matt Ryan threw for 448 yards in an overtime win. Late in Sunday's game, coach Sean Payton was seen yelling at defensive coordinator Rob Ryan ( h/t to Bleacher Report ) and you can probably figure out why. The Saints were surprisingly good on defense last year, but that hasn't been the case yet this season. The offense hasn't been great yet either. Good, but not great. Drew Brees wasn't bad against Cleveland, with 333 yards, but he also had an interception that was returned for a touchdown. The Saints are a play here or there from being 2-0, so it's not worth freaking out yet. But the Saints have proven for a while now they're not very good on the road, and these losses won't help secure any home games in the playoffs. At this rate, they might not be in the playoffs at all. Here are the rest of the winners and losers from Week 2: WINNERS You, because you are better at clock management than at least two NFL head coaches: Kansas City's Andy Reid and Denver's John Fox were trolling us all. I hope that was it, anyway. Because there's no way two otherwise good coaches could be so bad at time management. It was a comedy of errors in the final two minutes at Denver. The Chiefs trailed 24-17. Kansas City got to Denver's 4-yard line on second down and immediately called its last timeout with 1:04 left. That's incredibly useless and dumb, even for a coach like Reid who has made bad time management an art form. The Chiefs would have no problem running two goal-to-go plays in 1:04. Zero. They could probably run six plays if needed, maybe more. And if you understand common logic, you know it was t he Broncos that should have been calling timeout there . Why on earth would Reid want to give Peyton Manning any time to beat him if the Chiefs tied it? That's really, really bad. But what about this: After a Chiefs rush for no gain on third-and-goal, the Broncos didn't call a timeout. They let time run despite having Manning, the greatest quarterback ever, and three timeouts. The worst-case scenario for the Broncos if they call a timeout is the Chiefs score, and Manning has 45 seconds or so and two timeouts to try to get a field goal. The best-case scenario is they just get a stop and kneel on the ball. The downside to calling a timeout? There is absolutely no downside to calling a timeout. It was stupefying. And I won't even make a "if you've played 'Madden'" joke here. It's less about "Madden" and more about common sense because if you have the slightest bit of it you could have managed the end of that game better than two otherwise competent NFL head coaches. Buffalo Bills fans: What a day for the Bills. The home opener doubled as a communal celebration for Buffalo fans and their wonderful news that their team was staying put, due to the sale of the team to Sabres owner Terry Pegula. The crowd got a chance to cheer Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who is cancer free after more treatments this summer. And they got to see their Bills play a fantastic game. The Bills are 2-0 after dismantling the Miami Dolphins in a 29-10 win. Rookie receiver Sammy Watkins, the fourth pick of the draft, announced his arrival with eight catches, 117 yards and a touchdown. The defense played great, frustrating the Dolphins' spread attack. It was an anxious summer for Bills fans. That all seemed to be officially in the past on Sunday.
Texans Blast Raiders, 30-14 (Automated Insights)
Arian Foster had a big day on the ground, leading the way to a solid victory for the Texans over the Raiders, 30-14, in Oakland.
Raiders Blasted by Texans, 30-14 (Automated Insights)
James Jones had a big day receiving, but it wasn't enough to avoid a tough defeat for the Raiders against the Texans, 30-14, at home.
Worst play of the year? The Raiders give us a strong contender (Shutdown Corner)
It's only Week 2, but we've got ourselves a strong contender for worst play of the year. And it comes to us courtesy of — sit down, this may shock you — the Oakland Raiders. Already getting walloped by the Texans, the Raiders appeared to have some good fortune turn their way when James Jones caught a pass with nothing but open field ahead of him. Alas, this is Oakland, where nothing is ever easy. Jones fumbled the ball not once, but twice, on the same play: The Texans would recover the ball just outside their own end zone, and ran away for a 30-14 win over the Raiders. At least you'll always have this beauty, Oakland fans. ____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Facebook or on Twitter. Follow @jaybusbee
Jones-Drew out for Raiders with right hand injury (The Associated Press)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew will miss the home opener against the Houston Texans with an injured right hand.
Robert Griffin III, A.J. Green headline star-studded injury list in Week 2 (Shutdown Corner)
In the opening moments of the NFL schedule's second Sunday of action, a star-studded injury list seemed to grow by the second. Some players returned, but others weren't so fortunate. Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was the first to be ruled out, suffering a non-contact left leg injury  that appeared among the worst of the bunch. His departure was soon followed by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green's toe injury, Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno's elbow injury, Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson's shoulder injury and so on and so on. Former Pro Bowlers Green and Jackson along with Moreno were all sidelined for the rest of their games. Frank Schwab has more on Griffin , who was carted off in an air cast midway through the first quarter of Washington's undermanned 41-10 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Moments later, Jackson fell hard on his left shoulder on a hit while trying to haul in a pass from Redskins backup QB Kirk Cousins. Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters afterwards Griffin suffered a dislocated left ankle and Jackson sprained the AC joint in his left shoulder, leaving Washington without two top playmakers for the time being. On Cincinnati's opening drive, Green limped to the sideline before ever seeing a ball thrown his way. Originally listing him as questionable to return with a right toe issue, the Bengals later ruled out their top wide receiver for the game. Green was also nursing a right foot injury all week. Moreno dislocated his left elbow in an ugly incident when Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham's knee collided with the Dolphins running back's arm on his first carry during Miami's 29-10 loss to Buffalo. Moreno is expected to sit out the next month, according to ProFootballTalk . Meanwhile, in the first round of Week 2 games on Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys lost wide receiver Dez Bryant to an apparent shoulder injury and the Bills saw versatile running back C.J. Spiller go down with a left leg issue on the opening kickoff, but both returned in the first half. A wild day of NFL injuries didn't subside after the 1 p.m. contests, as five former Pro Bowl selections found themselves on the sideline later Sunday. Kansas City Chiefs teammates Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry left with ankle injuries in the first half and were later ruled out against the Denver Broncos . Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy  reportedly sufferied a broken hand  against the St. Louis Rams. Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson left briefly to get his bleeding chin patched up against the Oakland Raiders. And San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews was carted off with a knee injury after fumbling late against the Seattle Seahawks. The injuries didn't stop there. Perhaps a Pro Bowler in waiting, Rams do-everything 2013 first-round pick Tavon Austin also suffered an apparent knee injury. He left his game in the first quarter when Bucs safety Marc Barron landed awkwardly on his back after a dropped pass. New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker at least made it to the fourth quarter, ultimately departing with a hamstring injury that left him doubtful to return with his team trailing the Green Bay Packers by a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The injuries sent coaching staffs scrambling on the sideline to adjust their game plans all day, and that noise you heard from home Sunday was probably a fantasy owner's remote control smashing his TV.
Live Blog: Week 2 (Rotoworld)
Chet Gresham will keep you up to date on the Week 2 inactives, then bring you some of the early game action and some fake football analysis.
Must wins in Week 2? Maybe not, but close (The Associated Press)
It's way too early to talk about must-win situations, although three highly rated teams - New England, Green Bay and Indianapolis - go into Week 2 off losses. The Patriots, Packers and Colts all are division favorites, and only Indy represented itself particularly well in the openers. Still, panic isn't going to be settling in where Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Andrew Luck are employed. ''We're a long ways from the team we're going to be,'' Brady said as he prepared for Sunday's trip to Minnesota.
Jets safety Calvin Pryor's big-hitting reputation goes back to when he was 10 (Shutdown Corner)
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – He may be just a rookie but New York Jets safety Calvin Pryor has already earned a reputation as a fearsome, physical hitter. That reputation was actually born 12 years ago when as a 10-year old, Pryor knocked an opponent out of a game. It was a “clean hit, just like I do now” Pryor recalls of that play, now from his vantage in the NFL. Pryor is seated in the Jets locker room, a rookie first-round pick who has been hyped by head coach Rex Ryan for his hard-hitting style. He’s got a quick smile and fires off great quotes with ease, throwing back his head and dreads in a laugh nearly every minute. He’s a bit of a clown with his teammates, mocking linebacker Demario Davis about a recent kickball game they recently played in together before turning his attention towards talking about his ferocious, hostile style on the field. He describes it like it happened yesterday even though he was a member of the Port St. Joe’s Pop Warner team and in middle school at the time. It was the championship game and the opponent was the Blountstown Tigers and midway through the game, a receiver was coming down the seam trying to make a reception. He was a safety even back then and the receiver didn’t see Pryor coming at him. [ Join FanDuel's 1-week fantasy league: $10 to enter; top 4,985 teams get paid Monday ] Pryor laid a “smack on him.” “He didn’t get up. He didn’t get up. He was laying there. They called an ambulance out on the field and everything. That’s where I got a name. Back then, I was known more as an offensive guy, playing quarterback and running back,” Pryor told Yahoo! Sports.
Jones-Drew, Roach questionable for Raiders (The Associated Press)
Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen remains hopeful that running back Maurice Jones-Drew will be able to play in Sunday's home opener against the Houston Texans. Nick Roach's status isn't as encouraging, meaning the Raiders likely will be without their starting middle linebacker for a second straight week. Jones-Drew has not practiced this week and remains listed as questionable on the team's injury report. The veteran running back has been bothered by a right hand injury he aggravated in last week's loss to the New York Jets.
Matchups: Hunting for a Blowup (Rotoworld)
Evan Silva dissects every Week 2 game and every fantasy-relevant player, pinpointing Justin Hunter as a blowup candidate.
Tackling for kickers is a tough task (The Associated Press)
For all the diving catches and long runs during the NFL's opening weekend, the most enduring image might have been a blooper. The sight of Antonio Brown's foot in Spencer Lanning's face as the Pittsburgh returner was trying to elude the Cleveland punter last Sunday elicited sympathetic cringes and derisive laughs from far and wide. I have to admit people do have some time on their hands,'' Lanning said this week. ''But at the end of the day, I probably would have had more fun with it had we won.'' Brown was fined $8,268 by the NFL on Friday.
Steelers' Brown fined $8K for kicking punter (The Associated Press)
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been fined $8,268 by the NFL for his kick to the face of Cleveland Browns punter Spencer Lanning last Sunday.
Dose: Ravens Rip The Steelers (Rotoworld)
Jeff Brubach recaps Thursday Night's AFC North matchup and touches on other news around the NFL in Friday's Daily Dose.