J.J. Watt wasn’t sure his finger was still attached after Texans’ win vs. Bengals

Following his team’s 13-9 win at the Bengals on Thursday night, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said he wasn’t sure the finger he injured in Houston’s Week 1 loss to the Jaguars will still attached to his hand.

“It was really great until the last three plays and then I was literally adjusting it and feeling it as I was running around and trying to chase that guy on the last play,” Watt said of his finger, per ESPN.com. “I’m honestly kind of scared to take my glove off. I honestly don’t know what it looks like.”

“He looks better than ever,” the Jets coach said Wednesday. “He actually looks quicker. Laterally, he looks just as good as he always has.”

Fantasy football owners should be on alert, because Bowles’ Jets gave up 110 rushing yards to Bills running back LeSean McCoy last week. Week 2 could provide another long afternoon for a New York defense in the midst of a rebuild.

“It’s not much of a change schematically,” Bowles explained when asked about the transition of thinking when it comes to defending Lynch a week after defending McCoy. “You still have to be gap conscious in your gaps as far as running the defense, but a great back is a great back.

“(McCoy) is great in a different way, and then you have Marshawn, great in a different way. You have to prepare for them all the same. They’re good backs and they are going to be tough every week, so we just have to get ready.”
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Still, there could be a conversation about holding by King.

The receiver was at the 48 when the ball was thrown (and the ball never even got to the line of scrimmage):

Because DPI cannot happen until the ball is thrown, we cannot have pass interference on this play because the players were not, as the rule says “more than one yard beyond the line of scrimmage … from the time the ball is thrown.”

There is some restriction at the top of the route, and there is contact as both players make a play on the ball.

Neither one of those teams is getting much love from our panel this week, either. Nobody, wisely, is picking the Jets to win at Oakland this Sunday, and there’s only one pick for the Colts to beat the Cardinals in Indianapolis.

Let’s flip that around, looking at the teams that do still look like the top of the heap in the NFL. The Patriots disappointed all but one picker last week, but none of the humans represented here thinks Tom Brady and Co. will struggle against the same Saints pass defense that made Sam Bradford look like, well, Tom Brady.

Seattle, despite a woeful performance by a woeful offensive line, is looking like a lock this week hosting the 49ers. Remember when that rivalry meant can’t-miss games? Maybe it will again … in like five years.

Sam Bradford spent his one active week of the 2017 season as the NFL’s best quarterbacks. Now he’s battling a cartilage issue that could keep him out for one week or six — head coach Mike Zimmer wasn’t entirely clear on the issue.
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