According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter the 49ers had agreed to the deal that would send Bowman to New Orleans in exchange for a seventh-round pick, but after talking to him they learned he wanted to choose his own team, rather than be traded so they cut him.
Yep. Think of it like a reward for his services. Bowman had been a staple of the team for the last seven years, and a fan favorite. In the end, the 49ers decided it would be better to just cut him and let him become a free agent than possibly deal with ill will while he went to a team he didn’t want to play for.
The good part of this equation is that the Seahawks went into their bye at 3-2 after a big road win over the Rams last week, their first since 2013, and they’re entering a favorable stretch of their schedule with the Giants (away) and Texans (home) up next. But injuries up front on both sides of the ball are cause for some concern. Seattle is banged up at defensive end, with Cliff Avril out indefinitely and Michael Bennett’s status for this week uncertain. And the likely absence of left guard Luke Joeckel for at least one game (and maybe longer) will make life harder on what’s already a challenged offensive line. — Brady Henderson
The Eagles kicked back and relaxed as most of the league toiled over the weekend. A Thursday night win at Carolina has them sitting pretty at 5-1. They’re exceeding expectations and having fun doing it. With three straight home games prior to their bye week, the Eagles are feeling very good about their lot in life at the moment. — Tim McManus
Stunningly, All-Pro receiver Julio Jones has yet to catch a TD pass. The five-game drought matches the second-longest scoreless stretch of his career.
We feel like every game’s a must-win, but this was definitely a must-win, especially with the 11-game streak on the line, Woodyard said. We came in and answered the call.
Derrick Henry clinched the win for Tennessee with a 72-yard TD run with 47 seconds left. Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, finished with a career-high 131 yards on 19 carries. DeMarco Murray also scored.
The Titans looked like the NFL’s worst scoring defense in the first half instead of Indianapolis, with Brissett directing the Colts to a 13-9 halftime lead. John Simon then intercepted Mariota’s first pass of the third quarter and returned it 26 yards for a TD.
But the Titans forced the Colts to go three-and-out on three of their first four drives of the second half, and Avery Williamson stripped tight end Jack Doyle of the ball after a catch.
It’s a long season, Mariota said. You’re going to have to play with some sort of nick or ding. I’m just really happy for the guys. I mean they did a great job of putting protection up front.
The bigger concern with Kaepernick now is the collusion grievance he has filed against the NFL, which might indicate Kaepernick is not expecting to rejoin a team anytime soon.
Only four teams are pressuring on more snaps than the Panthers. Wilkes has been afforded the chance to pressure so much because his secondary has continued to improve and can hold up when the pressure is blocked up.
They don’t need to hold up very often because the Panthers get to the quarterback with a variety of looks.
Even if he struggles, he’ll be a high-upside alternative who can’t be much worse than the ineffective Glennon. The Bears aren’t expecting him to be a cure-all, either:
Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains: Mitch Trubisky is a very good young player, but he is not a magic wand.
Through four regular season games, Cutler is 2-2 with wins over a hobbled Titans team and a 1-4 Chargers squad. He’s thrown three touchdowns and three interceptions. His passer rating is 68.4. That’s roughly the equal of Brian Hoyer, the journeyman passer who outplayed Cutler when both were with the Bears in 2016.
There’s a guy in one of my fantasy leagues who peppers me with bad trade offers right up to the deadline. I no longer even open his emails, because I know the proposals are going to be ridiculously one-sided, with me giving up my superstar running back (presumably just after a 30-yard week) in exchange for whatever role player happened to have a once-in-a-career 100-yard, two-TD game that whipped up a ton of buzz.
For the Bengals to win on the road, Lazor will need to find a way to get the running game rolling. Cincinnati averages only 3.2 yards a rush and has only scored one rushing touchdown this season. Rookie Joe Mixon is the only Bengals player with over 100 yards rushing and he stands at 187 yards through five games. That’s a paltry 37.4 yards a contest.
The one weakness in a solid Steelers defense is their ability to stop the run. They are 23rd in the NFL, allowing 118.5 yards to their opponents. Defensive coordinator Keith Butler did put together a successful game plan in Week 6 that limited Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt, the NFL’s leading rusher, to just 21 yards on nine carries.
The New York Jets are coming off their most impressive defeat.
On Sunday, these AFC East rivals will meet at Hard Rock Stadium as the Dolphins (3-2) seek to avenge a 20-6 loss to the Jets (3-3) in Week 3.
The good news is it’s not too late for the Dolphins to make a change. A soft schedule and some luck (Mariota’s injury) has Miami at 2-2 in a division where the Patriots suddenly look mortal and the top spot in the standings is a three-way tie at 3-2.
Moore is an option, though not an ideal one. At 33 years old, he’s hit his ceiling and it’s not unreasonable to think last year’s small sample size — a stretch in which he played above and beyond his career averages — is an unsustainable level of performance. Keep in mind the teams he faced were 7-9 Buffalo, the 5-11 New York Jets, and a New England team eager to limit its starters in Week 17.
There are options on the free agent and trade markets, most notably, the one player many Dolphins fans may be sick of hearing about — Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick recently told CBS’s Jason La Canfora he plans on playing football this fall and has been working out six hours a day in preparation for his next shot in the NFL. There’s no guarantee a rusty Kaepernick would be able to provide more than Cutler has, but a comparison of their 2016 stats suggest a clear on-field edge for the former 49er.
The Eagles’ game plan on the road will be simple, especially with Lane Johnson out. They will try running the ball often to give Wentz manageable third downs, knowing the Panthers will bring pressure. They don’t want to leave the backup right tackle on an island, which they’d have to do on third-and-long situations.