Around the League: 5 Big Stories in the NFL This Week
Dez Bryant is coming back to play at AT&T Stadium … but he’ll do it as a member of the New Orleans Saints! Here are 5 stories making headlines around the league as we enter Week 10 of the regular season, including Dez signing with the Saints.
Dez Signs with Saints
Dez Bryant worked out for the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday and will sign with the team on Wednesday. The Saints are on a big roll. They’ve won 7 straight games but need depth at receiver. Dez will have a chance to play his former team when the Saints travel to Arlington to take on the Cowboys on November 29th for Thursday Night Football. His return will be a great storyline for that game!
Will Jason Garrett Take Over the Play-Calling for the Cowboys Offense?
The Cowboys’ loss to the Titans on Monday Night Football was disappointing, especially after making changes during the bye week that included trading for WR Amari Cooper and replacing offensive line coach Paul Alexander with Marc Colombo. The offense is still nowhere close to firing on all cylinders.
Head coach Jason Garrett was asked during his press conference Tuesday if he would consider taking over play-calling duties from offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.
“Right now, Scott Linehan is going to call the plays on offense,” replied Garrett.
The “right now” portion of the response is leading to speculation that Garrett may consider taking over if the offense continues to struggle.
Mark Tenally via AP
NFC East Update
The Cowboys’ season could be on-the-line this weekend as they travel to Philly to take on the Eagles on Sunday Night Football. The Cowboys (3-5) are one game behind the Eagles (4-4) for second place in the NFL.
The Cowboys are coming off a short week having played on Monday night. Meanwhile, the Eagles will be well-rested as they come off their bye weekend. This is a huge game for the Cowboys to keep their hopes alive in the NFC East.
The Redskins (5-3) remain in first place in the division. The Redskins travel to Tampa Bay this weekend to take on the Bucs (3-5) who have benched quarterback Jameis Winston in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick.
As for the Giants (1-7), they travel coast-to-coast for a Monday Night Football matchup against the equally hapless 49ers (2-7). Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is sticking with Eli Manning as the starting quarterback. Rookie Kyle Lauletta hurt his chances of taking over for Manning when Lauletta was arrested last week for a motor vehicle violation. Lauletta has since publicly apologized and, luckily for him, was not suspended by the league or the Giants.
Gail Burton via AP
Big Ben Not Practicing, But Says He’ll Play Again with a Broken Finger on Thursday Night Football
There’s a really good game scheduled for Thursday Night Football as the Panthers (6-2) travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers (5-2). Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has a broken left index finger but he says he’s going to play in this week’s game, even though it’s a short week for him and all the other players. Big Ben is right handed, so the broken finger is not on his throwing hand. The injury didn’t affect his too much in Sunday’s big win over Baltimore in which he threw 47 passes.
Tom Brady Ready to Move Past Peyton Manning for Most Career TD Passes
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will play his 300th career game (including postseason) on Sunday at the Tennessee Titans. He will join Brett Favre as the only quarterback in league history to reach 300 games. Even more impressive, Brady can surpass Peyton Manning (579) for the most touchdown passes in NFL history, including postseason. Brady currently has 576 touchdown passes in his career which includes postseason games and his 5 Super Bowl championships.
Winslow Townson via AP