Glauber's NFL Hot Reads
Newsday's Bob Glauber goes the extra yard for the inside scoop on the NFL.
Did you expect anyone else?
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who is off to a scorching start in getting the Broncos out to a 4-0 record, has been named the AFC Player of the Month for September.
No surprise at all. Manning threw for 1,470 yards and a whopping 16 touchdowns - the most ever in the first four games of a season - and didn't throw a single interception. He...Read more »
- Since coming to the Bears in 2009, Jay Cutler has owned the Lions. He’s 7-1, has completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 1,802 yards, 12 touchdowns and only one interception. The Bears are at Detroit on Sunday.
- Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, who had a solid year with the Giants last year, is off to a terrific start so far with three touchdowns in his first three games.
- Going...Read more »
Adrian Peterson is hoping to become the first player in NFL history with back-to-back 2,000-yard rushing seasons, but he has plenty of catching up to do if he wants to get there. Peterson has 281 yards through three games, and will need to average 132.2 yards per game to reach 2,000.
Meanwhile, LeSean McCoy of the Eagles is not only on pace to reach 2,000 yards, but he’s on track to set the...Read more »
Another reason the NFL is the best league going: Because the league is so evenly balanced, there's always a chance to have a meaningful season, even after a losing effort. The latest example: Of the seven teams that currently stand at 3-0, four of them - the Bears, Chiefs, Dolphins and Saints - didn't make the playoff last year.
And since the NFL went to the current 12-team playoff format...Read more »
Talk about amazing comebacks. This season has already been filled with them. At a record pace.
Through three weeks, there have been eight games in which a team came from behind to score the winning points in the final minute of the fourth quarter. That’s the most such finishes at this point in a season since at least the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. What’s more, in six of those games, the winning...Read more »
If it seems like there have been more touchbacks this season, that’s exactly the case. After the league moved kickoffs up to the 35-yard line in 2011, ostensibly to cut down on the number of returns to lower the injury, touchbacks have increased dramatically while returns have plummeted.
Especially this year.
Through three weeks, only 35.5 percent of kickoffs have been returned, the...Read more »
As he watched from the sideline, an admittedly painful experience after losing his starting job because of an injury, Alex Smith believed things would eventually work out. He just didn’t know where.
“I had no idea where my opportunity would be, where it would come. No idea,” he said. “I guess I did have faith that it was going to come at some point, that I was going to get another opportunity....Read more »
Josh Freeman wants out of Tampa Bay.
Benched after an 0-3 start, the former first-round pick now wants to be traded.
“Bottom line is, if you want things to change, something has got to change,” Freeman told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. "At the end of the day, yes, I think that moving forward that might be, that is going to be probably the best option.”
Whether or not Freeman is...Read more »
Josh Freeman lost his job today as the Bucs’ starting quarterback. And it wouldn’t be a shock to see him lose his place on the roster.
The Bucs are open to trading the former first-round pick, who was replaced by third-round rookie Mike Glennon for this week’s game against the Cardinals.
General manager Mark Dominik said the team hasn’t had any inquiries about Freeman, the 17th overall...Read more »
Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, now an ESPN commentator, suggested that an off-field incident involving Jacoby Jones getting hit in the head with a bottle was due in part to the absence of leadership from guys like Lewis and former Ravens safety Ed Reed, who is now with the Texans.
But quarterback Joe Flacco said today that Lewis “knows better” than to say that the off-field incident was...Read more »