BC-FBN--NFL Features Digest, FBN
NFL stories for the weekend of Oct. 26-27:
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tamba Hali comes off one edge. Justin Houston comes off the other. Both of them get to the quarterback with such frequency that opposing coaches have to pick their poison. They're the two biggest playmakers on the Kansas City Chiefs' defense. In some ways, you could call them the H-factor.
By Dave Skretta. 750 words, photos.
GAME OF THE WEEK
CINCINNATI - Nick Folk kicked one to beat the Patriots. Mike Nugent made his long field goal to beat the Lions. The Jets and the Bengals got by in the final seconds last week, setting up a match-up in Cincinnati that features a long - and one-sided - history with a lot at stake in the division races.
By Joe Kay. 850 words, photos.
FBN--ON FOOTBALL-IMPACTFUL INJURIES
All NFL injuries have some sort of impact. When there are so many of them to high-profile players - Reggie Wayne, Sam Bradford, Doug Martin - as happened last weekend, the consternation level soars.
A look at the most damaging injuries to various teams.
By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. 800 words, photos.
FBN--NFL THIS WEEK
Now Jason Campbell, No. 20 in the starting quarterbacks parade in Cleveland, gets his chance. His first mission: trying to beat the undefeated Chiefs. In Kansas City.
By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. 1,600 words, photos.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - If they hadn't been so successful in the past, the Baltimore Ravens would be seriously concerned about their present situation and immediate future.
The Ravens are still searching for an identity on offense, lack consistency on defense and have been victimized by poor special teams play. As a result, the defending Super Bowl champions are 3-4 and two games out of first place in the AFC North.
As they entered their bye week, however, coach John Harbaugh and the players were optimistic about rebounding from the slump - mainly because they've done it so many times.
By David Ginsburg. 800 words, photos.
INDIANAPOLIS - Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano could have gone for the quick fix in Indianapolis. Instead, they decided to start completely over. In the 19 months since Peyton Manning was released, all the Colts general manager and coach have done is turn an abysmal 2-14 team into a division leader and a legitimate, long-term title contender.
By Michael Marot. 850 words, photos.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Bud Adams approved spending more than $100 million this offseason and made sure coach Mike Munchak knew he wanted Tennessee turned back into winners. Now the Titans (3-4) must figure out how to stop a three-game skid while dealing with their owner's death during their bye week. The Titans need to win when they come back to prove all that money was spent wisely - and make a good impression on whoever the Adams' family puts in charge of this team.
By Teresa M. Walker. 800 words, photos.
HOUSTON - The Houston Texans entered this season with their sights on a Super Bowl. A 2-5 record and a five-game losing streak have not only made that very unlikely, but has quarterback Matt Schaub's job in jeopardy. The slump has brought up questions about coach Gary Kubiak's future. And as the losses have piled up, so have the injuries; they'll use their off week to regroup after losing star linebacker Brian Cushing to a season-ending injury for the second straight year.
By Kristie Rieken. 800 words, photos.
SAN DIEGO - Philip Rivers seems rejuvenated by rookie coach Mike McCoy's no-huddle, no-hurry offense, which requires shorter drops and quicker throws. Heck, even running back Ryan Mathews has responded with consecutive 100-yard games. The Chargers are 4-3 going into their bye weekend, a record that would be better if not for last-minute losses against Houston and Tennessee.
800 words, photos.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Their quarterback is out. Their star linebacker is out. The Chicago Bears just might be down and out. Bright spots aren't easy to find for them given the growing number of losses in the standings and additions to the injury list, particularly with quarterback Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs sidelined.
By Andrew Seligman. 750 words, photos.