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Chiefs, Bears and 49ers among NFL teams that should be panicking most after rough Week 7
Near the end of the 2021 NFL season's second month, it's still too early to make definitive conclusions on most teams -- but it's NOT too early for certain fan bases to be freaking out. Adam Schein identifies the nine Week 7 losers who should be panicking the most.
Raiders' Rich Bisaccia calls Derek Carr 'pretty close to the next level' after stellar Week 7 performance
Raiders QB Derek Carr was absurdly accurate in Sunday's win over the Eagles, so much so that interim coach Rich Bisaccia was unashamed to tell the world what he thinks of the 30-year-old's play this season.
Patrick Mahomes on turnovers in Chiefs' blowout loss to Titans: 'I just pressed a little bit too early'
The Chiefs were a preseason favorite to return to the Super Bowl for a third straight season. However, seven games into the season, they're 3-4, sitting tied for last in the AFC West, 11th in the conference.
Zach Ertz on first game in Cards offense: 'I've never seen so much green grass in the middle of the field'
Newly acquired tight end Zach Ertz provided the cherry on top of the Cardinals' rout, catching a pass over the middle and jaunting to the end zone for a 47-yard touchdown that essentially iced the game.
Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa on Watson trade chatter: 'I do hear it. I just don't listen to it'
The Dolphins' purported interest in Deshaun Watson took center stage this past week in the buildup to the NFL's Nov. 2 trade deadline. Tua Tagovailoa did all he could Sunday to adjust that spotlight.
Patrick Mahomes feeling 'fine' after exiting early in Chiefs' loss to Titans
Patrick Mahomes had a rough day, and it ended early. The Chiefs' all-world quarterback was knocked out midway through the fourth quarter of Sunday's 27-3 loss to the Titans. Mahomes would clear the concussion protocol, but Andy Reid opted to shut him down with the game already decided.
Panthers bench Sam Darnold in loss to Giants; HC Matt Rhule says QB will start next week
The Carolina Panthers benched quarterback Sam Darnold in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss the New York Giants. Head coach Matt Rhule told reporters after the game that Darnold will start next week against the Falcons.
Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury clears COVID-19 protocols, will return to coach vs. Texans
After spending one game on the couch, Kliff Kingsbury will return to the sidelines on Sunday. The Cardinals head coach was cleared to coach against the Texans after spending over a week in the NFL's COVID-19 protocols.
Washington QB Taylor Heinicke to remain starter with Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) still weeks away from return
Ryan Fitzpatrick has been out of the Washington lineup since going down with a hip injury. All signs point to the veteran remaining sidelined for the foreseeable future, opening the door for more opportunities for Taylor Heinicke.
Injury roundup: Titans receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) to play against Chiefs
Titans WR Julio Jones expressed optimism that he will play vs. the Chiefs despite being listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, and a source tells Ian Rapoport that that is the expectation. He is officially active.
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (quad) downgraded to out vs. 49ers; Quenton Nelson activated from injured reserve
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (quad) has been downgraded to out versus the San Francisco 49ers while All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson has been activated from injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.
Cardinals' offensive vision finally coming to fruition; two post-hype breakouts
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks examines the Cardinals' offensive breakthrough in Year 3 of the Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray era. Plus, a look at two post-hype breakouts and why critics of Bill Belichick's fourth-down conservatism are wrong.
Trent Williams (ankle/elbow) doubtful with Jimmy Garoppolo returning as 49ers starting QB
Left tackle Trent Williams (elbow/ankle) did not participate in San Francisco's practice for a third straight day and drawing a doubtful designation, while quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) had no designation and rookie signal-caller Trey Lance (knee) is out.
Why NFL teams are rethinking fourth down; plus, my favorite upset pick for Week 7
Fourth down used to be punters' paradise, but not in 2021! Analytics guru Cynthia Frelund digs into the emerging "GO FOR IT!" mindset across the NFL. Plus, an upset pick for Week 7 and the forecast on a few notable player projections.
NFL Week 7 bold predictions: Jameis Winston drops 5 TDs on Seattle; Derrick Henry extends wild streak
Will Jameis Winston take full advantage of Seattle's ghastly defense? Do the Eagles finally find their run game? Can the Bengals stop Lamar Jackson? NFL Network analysts make bold predictions for Week 7 of the 2021 NFL season.
Tom Brady set to face first former Ohio State starting QB in his career, Justin Fields
Michigan product Tom Brady will lead the Buccaneers into Sunday's matchup against the Bears, who will start rookie Justin Fields. Fields will be the first starting QB from Ohio State Brady has faced in his career.
Robert Woods discusses Jared Goff's departure, forging relationship with Matthew Stafford
Robert Woods still has plenty of love for former teammate Jared Goff, crediting the Detroit quarterback for helping to "expand" his career. Ahead of Lions-Rams on Sunday, the receiver dishes on his reaction to Goff being traded and the developing connection with his new QB, Matthew Stafford.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores 'happy we're playing' week after London loss
As the 2021 Miami Dolphins schedule would have it, they do not have an off week in Week 7 after their Week 6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. For Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, that's just fine and dandy for his 1-5 squad.
Total Access The Locker Room Podcast: Martellus Bennett on Super Bowl win, Imagination Agency, post-NFL career (Part Two)
Former NFL tight end Martellus Bennett joins Michael Robinson and Mike Garafolo on NFL Total Access: The Locker Room to give insight into his playing days and post-NFL career.
J.J. Watt on facing struggling Texans for first time: 'It hurts me to see where it is now'
J.J. Watt, the greatest player in the history of the Texans franchise, can barely recognize the team that parted ways with him in February. It'll make for a polarizing reunion Sunday when the Cardinals defensive end takes on his former team for the first time.
RB Index, Week 7: Which NFL teams should trade for a running back before the Nov. 2 deadline?
After a spate of injuries in backfields across the league, Maurice Jones-Drew spotlights teams that should -- and shouldn't -- trade for a rusher before the Nov. 2 deadline. Plus, an updated ranking of the top 15 running backs in the NFL right now.
Browns activate WR Jarvis Landry (knee) from IR ahead of 'TNF' vs. Broncos
Calling the Browns banged up would be an understatement. But not all injury news is bad news for Cleveland heading into Thursday Night Football. WR Jarvis Landry has been activated from injured reserve in time to take on the Broncos
Week 7 NFL game picks: Ravens top Bengals for sixth straight win; Chiefs tame Titans in Nashville
Can the Bengals knock off the Ravens in a fascinating AFC North clash? Are the Chiefs prepared to handle the Derrick Henry-led Titans in Nashville? Gregg Rosenthal makes his picks for every NFL game in Week 7.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield expected to need shoulder surgery following the season
Ian Rapoport reports that Baker Mayfield is expected to require surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder, but the belief is that he can deal with the injury through the season. However, incurring more damage could make that plan challenging for the Browns QB.
Colts S Julian Blackmon suffered torn Achilles, out for season
The Colts will be without safety Julian Blackmon for the remainder of the 2021 season. The team announced the second-year safety tore his Achilles tendon in practice on Wednesday. It's a brutal hit to one of the rising young safeties in the NFL.