Matthew Stafford was hurt again

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DETROIT -- Matthew Stafford grabbed his midsection. He went to the locker room. He came out. He tried to throw. It wasn’t going to be good enough. That much was clear late Sunday, as Stafford kept warming up attempting to get loose.The Detroit Lions know what the Stafford-less world is like offensively. The club lived…

Expert NFL Survivor Pool Advice, Tips, Picks Week 4

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After yet another week with very few eliminations in NFL survivor pools, Week 4 features the biggest favorite of the year so far as the most popular survivor pool pick, but there are several other viable options. We'll break down the pros and cons of the five most popular picks since you're probably considering choosing…

Steelers’ T.J. Watt caps ‘heck of a week’ by helping

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- With thousands of Bills Mafia members filling the stands and escalating the decibel level to an ear-shattering volume inside Highmark Stadium, T.J. Watt gathered the Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers next to the sideline half an hour before their season kicked off.While they swayed and huddled around him, arms draped over each other’s…

Vikings’ Wilf talks vaccine hesitancy; 3 QBs out

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EAGAN, Minn. -- While the Minnesota Vikings continue navigating a recent COVID-19 interruption within the quarterback room, team co-owner Mark Wilf expressed concern over vaccine hesitancy among players."We're very concerned," Wilf said. "I think it's safe to say that our No. 1 priority is the health and safety of our players, our coaches, our staff…

Week 5’s biggest fantasy football questions: 32 NFL reporters give

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Behold the outlier. Sometimes it works for us. Sometimes it works against us. But it adds excitement to fantasy football every weekend.The outlier is that game from that player that kinda comes out of nowhere. Witness Atlanta Falcons running back Cordarrelle Patterson and his 30-plus fantasy points Sunday on just 11 touches. Does it make…

What to know for NFL Week 9: Score picks, bold

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Nov 5, 2021ESPN staffThe Week 9 NFL schedule for the 2021 season is stacked with great matchups, and we have you covered with what you need to know heading into the weekend. Our NFL Nation reporters bring us the biggest keys to every game, a bold prediction for each matchup and, of course, final score…

Let’s not anoint Cooper Kupp the best receiver in the

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In stats right now, sure, he’s number one.Image: Getty ImagesLos Angeles Rams’ receiver Cooper Kupp is on pace for 1,964 yards in 17 games. The all-time single-season record for receiving yards is, in fact, that same 1,964,  and was set in 2012 by former Detroit Lions’ receiver Calvin Johnson. That year, Megatron played in just…

Can we admit the truth about Carson Wentz now?

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Carson Wentz is a bust in Indy.Image: Getty ImagesWhy did anyone think Carson Wentz would work in Indy?I get that a change of scenery can do a lot of people good, but I never bought that it could turn maybe the worst quarterback in 2020 into one that could contend for a Super Bowl. It’s…

Seahawks receive good news on status of Taylor

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Oct 18, 2021Brady HendersonESPN Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that pass-rusher Darrell Taylor appears to have avoided a serious injury after being stretchered off the field during Sunday night's overtime loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh.Carroll's comments were based on the results of an MRI that Taylor had Monday following a CT scan…

I dare you to ask Mike Tomlin about the USC

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Mike Tomlin doesn’t like stupid questions, and rightfully so.Image: Getty ImagesOn Monday, former USC quarterback Carson Palmer appeared on the Dan Patrick Show. At the end of the interview, Patrick threw in a question about Palmer’s role in USC’s coaching search and it turned into the highlight of the interview. He said that USC is…