NFL believes Michael Bennett was indeed trying to get the ball

As MDS recently explained it, the NFL needs to explain why Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett wasn’t fined or suspended for diving at the knees of Jaguars center Brandon Linder. While the league has not yet provided an on-the-record explanation (it may be coming at the next Joe Lockhart media briefing), a source with knowledge [more]

Nick Foles’ fourth TD pass has Eagles up 31-23 in third quarter

Carson Wentz threw 33 touchdowns this year before tearing his ACL against the Rams last weekend and the Eagles offense hasn’t stopped finding the end zone with Nick Foles at the helm. Foles threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor with 5:47 to go in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Giants. [more]

Bobby Wagner active for Seahawks

All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner will play against the Rams. The Seahawks listed Wagner as questionable with a hamstring injury. He did not practice all week. Wagner’s presence means Michael Wilhoite will remain at strongside linebacker. Seattle, though, will not have linebacker K.J. Wright, who is inactive after not clearing concussion protocol. D.J. Alexander will replace [more]

Thomas Davis levels Davante Adams, who leaves with concussion

Thomas Davis has handed out plenty of big hits in his career. The latest seemed to bother him as much as it did Packers wide receiver Davante Adams. Adams is being evaluated for a concussion, after Davis drilled him, helmet-t0-helmet following an interception. The former Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year was penalized for [more]

Joe Haden, Chris Hogan inactive for Steelers-Patriots

The Steelers will have to wait at least another week for cornerback Joe Haden‘s return to the lineup. Haden has missed the last four games after fracturing his fibula, but was listed as questionable for Sunday’s home game against the Patriots after returning to practice during the week. The Steelers obviously didn’t see what they [more]

Jeremy Maclin is out with knee injury

Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Maclin won’t return with the team having ruled him out with a knee injury. Maclin returned from the injury for one series but left and did not return. Chris Moore replaced Maclin as Baltimore’s No. 2 receiver. Maclin had one catch for 22 yards before leaving. The Ravens continue to hold [more]

Jaguars embarrass Texans in first half, with 31-0 halftime lead

The Jaguars destroyed the Texans in the first half, beating them every which way but loose. Jacksonville leads 31-0 at halftime. The Jaguars defense has two sacks (Calais Campbell and Malik Jackson) and a takeaway (an interception by Barry Church). A touchdown by linebacker Myles Jack was reversed by replay, as T.J. Yates‘ arm was [more]

Eagles rally back, still trail 23-21 at half

The Giants looked nothing like the 2017 Giants to open Sunday’s game against the Eagles and raced out to a 20-7 lead as a result. Things reverted to what we’ve grown accustomed to seeing a short time after their lead hit 13 points, however. Eli Manning was intercepted by Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby and Kamu [more]

Drew Brees pick helps Jets cut deficit to seven at half

The Saints looked ready to run away with Sunday’s game against the Jets at a couple of different points in the first half, but they couldn’t quite do it. Drew Brees threw a pass under heavy pressure from Xavier Cooper that Cooper’s fellow defensive lineman Leonard Williams picked off inside the Saints’ 20-yard-line with under [more]

Ravens lead Browns only 17-10 after leaving points on the field

The Ravens have 219 yards of offense and a 17-10 lead over the Browns, but they could have had more. Baltimore had one drive stall at the Cleveland 13 forcing the Ravens to settle for a 31-yard field from Justin Tucker. Later, the Ravens turned it over on downs inside the Cleveland 5. On first-and-goal [more]

Vikings rolling over the Bengals, up 24-0 at halftime

The Vikings are about to start another win streak. They’re up 24-0 on the Bengals at halftime, and are back to playing the kind of dominant football which marked their eight-game win streak which was broken a week ago. They’ve outgained the Bengals 209-42 in the first half, and have sacked Andy Dalton three times [more]

Packers come back to take halftime lead

It would be wrong to say Aaron Rodgers looks like he hasn’t skipped a beat. But it would also be wrong to say he’s not still Aaron Rodgers. The Packers quarterback has had an up-and-down first half in his return to action from a broken collarbone, and has given his team a 14-10 halftime lead [more]

Dante Fowler leaves with hamstring injury

Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler headed to the locker room in the first half. He has a hamstring injury and is questionable to return. Fowler had a tackle and a hit on Houston quarterback T.J. Yates before leaving. He has 6.5 sacks and 16 tackles this season. The Jaguars also lost receiver Marqise Lee in [more]

Panthers could have a separate problem under the Personal Conduct Policy

So the Panthers launched an investigation regarding owner Jerry Richardson after learning that Sports Illustrated was investigating the situation, and now the NFL has launched an investigation that supersedes the team investigation. The investigation should be happening under the Personal Conduct Policy, given the breadth of the provision. And if it is, a separate problem [more]

Jaguars dominating Texans, up 21-0

The Jaguars dominated the Texans in Week 1, winning 29-7, with 10 sacks, four takeaways and a defensive score. It’s more of the same in Week 15. Jacksonville leads 21-0 in the second quarter and had another touchdown overturned on replay. Calais Campbell, who had four sacks in the season opener, already has a sack [more]

Giants offense pushes lead to 20-7 in second quarter

The Giants last scored 20 points in a game in Week 10, so there was little reason to expect their offense to come out firing on all cylinders against the Eagles on Sunday. As the saying goes, that’s why they play the games. The Giants are up 20-7 after wide receiver Sterling Shepard motored down [more]

Report: Four former Panthers employees have received “significant settlements”

So why did the Panthers launch an investigation regarding workplace misconduct by team owner Jerry Richardson? Because the Panthers found out that someone else already was. That someone was Sports Illustrated, and the SI story has landed, with L. Jon Wertheim and Viv Bernstein authoring a lengthy item with plenty of details about the situation. [more]

Saints jump out to 10-0 lead

The Saints kicked a field goal on their first possession of Sunday’s game after taking the ball to the Jets’ 5-yard-line, but they weren’t willing to settle for three after driving deep into opposing territory on their second possession. After a timeout, Saints coach Sean Payton elected to go for it on fourth-and-two from the [more]

Marqise Lee leaves with ankle injury

The Jaguars had only four receivers active Sunday. They lost Marqise Lee in the first quarter, leaving them with three available, possibly for the remainder of the game. Lee was blocking on a running play when his right leg got stuck underneath Texans linebacker Benardrick McKinney, who accidentally rolled over Lee’s ankle. Lee immediately grabbed [more]

Vikings off to fast start over Bengals

The Bengals are not exactly giving coach Marvin Lewis a goodbye present. With reports emerging that Lewis is leaving the team after this season, it looks like his team is trying to beat him out the door, as the Vikings have already taken a 14-0 lead. After Case Keenum led them to a methodical 75-yard [more]

Nick Foles throws TD on opening drive, Eagles up 7-6

The Eagles offense is off to a good start with Nick Foles as their starting quarterback. Foles was 4-of-4 to open the game and capped the drive with a three-yard toss to Alshon Jeffery for a touchdown. It was the second time he hooked up with Jeffery on the opening drive and the catch held [more]

Panthers slow Rodgers early, take lead

At least the Panthers are off to a good start on the field. On a day when accusations of workplace misconduct against owner Jerry Richardson were published, the football started the way they were hoping. They didn’t let Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers torch them early, and they put the first points on the board, taking [more]

Giants score TD on first possession for first time this year

The Eagles are trying to nail down a first-round bye behind new starting quaterback Nick Foles on Sunday and Foles will get credit for leading his team to a comeback win if they do. The Giants received the opening kickoff on Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands and drove the ball 75 yards for a touchdown [more]

Bengals caught off guard by news that Marvin Lewis will be leaving

It could be a case of Marvin Lewis telling the Bengals, “I am breaking up with you,” before the Bengals are able to break up with him. Regardless, the word is out that Lewis plans to move on. Via Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals were caught off guard by the news. And [more]

Jaguars’ maturity will be tested today

The 9-4 Jaguars could still end up with one of the top two seeds in the AFC. They could also end up out of the playoffs. While they don’t control all of it, they control the outcome of the next three games, starting today with a rematch with the Texans, the team the Jags blew [more]