NFL news: New England Patriots top power rankings, Antonio Brown latest, Cam Newton injured, and New York Giants bench Eli Manning

17 Sep

New England Patriots remain top of the NFL.com power rankings after their dominant 43-0 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night.

There is, though, a new No.2 on the list with the Kansas City Chiefs leapfrogging the Los Angeles Rams on the list.

New England were victorious on Sunday night
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The New Orleans Saints were the biggest fallers of the week with a loss to the Rams compounded by an injury to Drew Brees which will likely keep the quarterback out for six weeks, and possibly more.

Brees, 40, has previously only missed one match in his 19-year NFL career.

Antonio Brown latest

According to reports, Britney Taylor, the woman who has accused Patriots wide receiver Brown of rape in a civil lawsuit last week, has completed talks with league investigators.

Brown has denied the allegations made against him and there is currently no criminal investigation into the accusations.

Brown scored his first touchdown for the Patriots against Miami at the weekend
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Cam Newton a doubt for week 3?

Carolina Panthers superstar quarterback Newton might be absent for their clash with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Panthers confirmed on their official website the 30-year-old was not at practice when the session opened on Tuesday morning.

It’s believe an aggravated foot injury now has him a doubt for the weekend’s game. If he were to miss out, backup Kyle Allen would likely start.

Newton has struggled so far this season as he returns from off-season shoulder surgery.

Newton has not had the best start to the season
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New York Giants bench Eli Manning

There will be a change of quarterback for the Giants after a 0-2 start to the new season.

Two-time Super Bowl winner Manning is now out with rookie Daniel Jones, no. 6 pick in the 2019 draft, starting in week three.

“Eli and I spoke this morning,” coach Pat Shurmur said Tuesday in a statement. “I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel.

“Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday.”

Manning will be a mentor to Jones
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Steelers trade for Dolphins star Minkah Fitzpatrick

Miami have lost another star with safety Fitzpatrick joining Laremy Tunstil and Kenny Stills on the list of players who have now quit the club this season.

The 22-year-old felt it was ‘time to move on’ following reported issues since the arrival of coach Brian Flores.

Fitzpatrick moves to Pittsburgh along with a 2020 fourth-round pick and a 2021 seventh-round pick, in exchange for a first- and fifth-round pick in 2020 and 2021 sixth-round pick.

NFL London Games 2019: New Tottenham stadium and Wembley dates revealed to host four regular season games

17 Apr

The NFL has announced the dates for the 2019 London Games with two at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and two at Wembley.

Three 2018 regular season matches were held in England with all being held at Wembley.

Efe Obada sacks Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston

One was scheduled to be at the new Tottenham arena but delays to its construction meant it was moved.

The £1billion stadium is the first purpose built NFL stadium outside of the United States.

Tottenham’s new stadium has a capacity of 62,062

It is equipped with two playing surfaces, one for NFL games and one for Spurs to use.

The inaugural NFL game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will see the Oakland Raiders host the Chicago Bears on Sunday, October 6.

The Raiders have been a fan favourite in the UK and made the journey to London last year. This is ahead of their move to Las Vegas in 2020.

NFL London Games

Chicago Bears @ Oakland Raiders – Sunday, October 6 (Tottenham)

Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sunday, October 13 (Tottenham)

Cincinnati Bengels @ LA Rams – Sunday, October 27 (Wembley)

Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday, November 3 (Wembley)

The second at the new stadium will be on Sunday, October 13 between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who will be the home team.

English defensive end Efe Obada exploded onto the NFL scene during the 2018 season with the Panthers with a sack and interception in his first game and was named as the NFC player of the week.

Jared Goff’s LA Rams lost in the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots

After a week’s break, the next match will see the LA Rams host the Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley on Sunday, October 27.

Last year’s Super Bowl runner’s up, the Rams, will be hoping their star players like Todd Gurley, Aaron Donald and Jared Goff can inspire them to another run in the post-season.

The final match of the London Games will be on Sunday, November 3, when the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Houston Texans.

The Jags, who share an owner with Fulham, will be playing in their seventh consecutive season in London.

New quarterback Nick Foles, who won the Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles two seasons ago, will have to content with the defensive might of the the Texans who boast three-time defensive player of the year J.J. Watt in their ranks.

Nick Foles joined the Jaguars in the off-season

Following this season’s matchups, a total of 31 of the 32 NFL teams will have played games in London.

Ticketing details for all games will be announced in the near future. Fans can register their interest in purchasing tickets by visiting www.nfl.com/uk.

The full NFL schedule for the 2019 season will be announced at 1am on Thursday morning.

NFL: Carolina Panthers offensive linesman Taylor Hearn ‘knocked out in street fight’

16 Mar

NFL star Taylor Hearn bit off more than he could chew on Thursday night as it’s reported he was ‘knocked out’ in a street fight, according TMZ.

The Carolina Panthers star, measuring in at 6 foot 4 inches and 22.5 stones, was outside a bar in August, Georgia when he got into a row with fellow revellers.

Taylor Hearn at the 2018 NFL Combine.

After a verbal disagreement there was some pushing and shoving between Hearn and several others.

Hearn then reacts to being hit by one man and unleashes a hit of his own before his opponent turns around and punches him in the head, which sees him it he floor.

The Panthers guard, 23, does get up despite the hefty blow and police arrived shortly later, although TMZ report no one was arrested.


Watch the video of Taylor Hearn being knocked out here


Hearn has just completed his rookie season, playing four time in the offensive line.

It’s unknown if the NFL or the Carolina Panthers will sanction Hearn for the incident.

NFL Super Computer predicts every division ahead of the new season

5 Sep

The new NFL season is set to start with the Philadelphia Eagles hoping to retain the Super Bowl following their stunning triumph in February.

But they’re not going to have it their own way with the New England Patriots, still led by coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, gunning for revenge having lost the showpiece in Minneapolis.

Quarterback NIck Foles lifts the Vince Lombardi trophy.

There will be others out to win the Vince Lombardi trophy with the Los Angeles Rams fancied among bookmakers, along with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Minnesota Vikings.

Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars, who you can hear live on talkSPORT 2 every week as part of our NFL coverage, are also in with a chance thanks to their stunning defense.

But how will the eight divisions of the NFL look at the end of the regular season?

We got talkSPORT’s world famous Super Computer on the case and it’s given us the standings below.

NFL Matchday Live is on talkSPORT 2 every Sunday with Red Zone updates and exclusive commentary of all Jacksonville Jaguars games. Then talkSPORT brings you Sunday Night Football from 1am plus the play-offs and the Super Bowl

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