1) The Seattle Seahwaks seem to get caught cheating more than any other team in the NFL, with the latest being them getting busted for violating offseason rules.
They were caught having too much contact during OTAs for a third time, and the latest penalty is a $400,000 fine for the team and a $200,000 fine for head coach Pete Carroll. The Seahawks will lose its first week of 2017 organized team activities, which equals 3 days of OTAs and they’ll also forfeit its 5th round selection in the 2017 draft.
I was curious to see where they ranked among all cheating NFL teams, and they still aren’t as bad as the Denver Broncos. Don’t believe me... Check out Your Team Cheats for the gist of it.
2) I talked about Pittsburgh's DeAngelo Williams being the best #2 running back in the NFL in last week's Ten Thoughts, but I'm gonna mention it again because the oldest running back in the league is leading the NFL in rushing after two weeks.
When Peter King of the MMQB mentioned to Williams that perhaps he's more than just an insurance police for the Steelers, he quickly nixed that idea. "No! I am an insurance policy. I'm driving the car till L-Bell gets back. I'm trying to keep us in good position till he gets back. That's good with me. When I came here, I came here to win a Super Bowl. That's the only thing I care about."
The consummate team player will still get a few reps here and there once Le'Veon Bell returns from his suspension after week three, but the running game for the 2-0 Steelers is in great shape all year regardless of who's lining up behind Big Ben.
3) Speaking of old running backs, the number two rusher in the NFL is also on the wrong side of 30. The New York Jets' Matt Forte just had an even 100 yards on the ground on a career high 30 attempts.
3a) In other ex-Bears news, Carolina tight end Greg Olsen had 5 catches for 122 yards and a TD.
4) The injury bug was out in full force over the second week of football
San Diego Chargers' running back Danny Woodhead joins wide out Keenan Allen on the sidelines for the remainder of the 2016 season with a torn ACL. The Chicago Bears had seven players leave last night's game against the Eagles, with quarterback Jay Cutler, nose tackle Eddie Goldman, and linebackers Lamarr Houston and Danny Trevathan looking to have the most severe injuries. (For more on the Bears' injuries click here)
Denver edge rusher DeMarcus Ware broke his arm and could be out a month.
A torn meniscus is actually good news for Minnesota's Adrian Peterson, considering the alternative. New England QB Jimmy Garoppolo dodged a bullet as well as his injury was diagnosed as a sprained AC joint, meaning he may return to start week four (more on this situation in a few). Carolina tailback Jonathan Stewart may miss a week or two with a hammy. Denver def
And Cleveland quarterback Josh McCown (more on him in a second), who replaced the injured Robert Griffin III, injured his shoulder during their game and could miss several weeks.
5) This is why Josh McCown’s teammates, everywhere he’s ever played, all speak fondly of him.
This is a guy I would want to play with. Josh McCown's response on why he kept going back in. pic.twitter.com/gQNoyKoDl8— Dustin Fox (@DustinFox37) September 19, 2016
5a) Speaking of playing hurt, Chicago's Jay Cutler tried to tough it out as long as he could with his hand injury, but when he could no longer grip the football he had to exit the game. But the "Hot Takes" from the media about Jay weren't nearly as complementary as they were about McCown.
6) I love the Patriots approach to the Garoppolo injury. They only have three QBs on the roster, the suspended Tom Brady, the now injured Garoppolo and rookie Jacoby Brissett. As of right now, they have no plans to add a QB for this weeks game, instead they'll likely roll with wide receiver Julian Edelman as the #2.
With the ferocious pass rush of the Houston Texans up next on Thursday Night Football, I would expect a run heavy gameplan, but with the Pats, anything is possible.
7) I really think it's neat how the NFL is so unpredictable.
Week one against the Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers' QB Jameis Winston completed 23 of 32 passes for 281 yards, with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception for a 125.1 passer rating, and he wasn't sacked at all while the Bucs won 31-24.
On Sunday, against much better defense from the Arizona Cardinals, Winston had the script flipped on him while going 27 of 52 for 243 yards, with 1 TD and 4 interceptions and a 39.2 passer rating. This time he was sacked three times in a 40-7 defeat.
8) The NFL is unpredictable; Take 2.
Quarterback Sam Bradford, whom the Minnesota Vikings clearly overpaid for, went 22 of 31 for 286 yards, with 2 TD passes and a 121.2 passer rating. His counterpart, the Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers, a perennial Pro Bowler, went 20 of 36 for 213 yards, with 1 TD and 1 interception with a 70.7 passer rating, while also fumbling three times.
9) A few years ago, Chicago Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler had to remind fans siting in Soldier Field that they need to be quiet when Chicago's offense is on the field. Since then, even though the Bears haven't been all that good, Chicago fans have been boisterous when the Bears are on D and relatively hush-hush when Chicago is on O.
Anyone else remember this quote from Jay?
"Please, please, please, let's tone it down a little bit when we're down on the 20. You're more than welcome to yell and scream and do whatever you want to do after we score, but please let's go ahead and quiet the stadium down and save it until after we score... Thank you. PSA."
Vikings' fans may need a reminder as well, because during their stadium opening win on Sunday Night Football, it was quite load. Vikings' offensive guard Alex Boone said this after the game.
"There's a lot of times where we can't hear the center. We could barely hear the snap count today a couple times -- a couple false starts, because guys wouldn't know when the snap was going. I'm not saying it's the fans' fault, but I'm just saying, it would be nice if they would shut the f--- up a little bit."
Well, he kind of did blame the fans, but I agree, fans should know better.
Anyone else wonder what kind of backlash Jay Cutler would received had he told Bears' fans to STFU?
10) After seeing Philadelphia Eagles' rookie QB Carson Wentz command his offense for two weeks now, I have to wonder what the heck the Los Angeles Rams and Cleveland Browns saw in him that they didn't like? The Rams took Jared Goff #1 overall and the Browns traded out of the #2 pick with Philly.
I know it's really, really, really early in Wentz's career, but he can make every throw, he has good touch on his ball when need be and he's a good athlete.