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Arizona Cardinals inactive list vs 49ers interesting

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The Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers list their inactives ahead of Sunday’s season opener

So, Arizona Cardinals running back Eno Benjamin makes the 53-man roster, runnig back D.J. Foster does not.  Foster gets signed off practice squad due to Keesean Johnson going on the COVID list.

Now Foster gets to play and Benjamin is inactive for Sunday’s opener against the San Francisco 49ers.  Makes sense.

Bnejamin is one of seven inactive players for the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon.  Also inactive is quarterback Brett Hundley. That means Chris Streveler will be the backup to starter Kyler Murray.

Also inactive for the Cardinals is offensive linemen Josh Jones and Josh MIles.  Safety Deionte Thompson is also a surprise scratch for Sunday’s game.

The decisions on Foster and Streveler over Benjamin and Hundley are quite interesting however.  Cardinals coach Kliff KIngsbury must have seen something he liked in matchups, otherwise its a head scratcher.

As for the 49ers, Cardinals fans who are also Arizona State fans will also be disappointed with this list.  The 49ers have deactivated rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk.

Aiyuk is expected to be very productive for the 49ers this season.  However he has been nursing an injury all week.

Also on the 49ers inactive list is cofrnerback Jason Verrett.  That does not come as a surprise given his injury status this week as well.

The other inactives for the 49ers include linebacker Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles and offensive linemen Kentavius Street and Ben Garland.  Quarterback C.J. Bethard is also inactive.

As of now, the game looks to still be on.  The air quality has been holding around 170.  The NFL will not allow teams to practice or play when that number reaches 200 or higher.

These inactives may come down to matchups each week.  The Cardinals do not have a lot of injuries right now, though that could change as well after Sunday  Let’s certainly hope everyone stays healthy after this one.

 

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Did Teddy Bridgewater help or hinder the Panthers in Week 3?

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Did the performance of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater help or hinder the Carolina Panthers during their Week 3 win at the Los Angeles Chargers?

The long wait for a win is finally over for the Carolina Panthers. A fine effort saw them come away from SoFi Stadium with a notable 21-16 success at the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3 that might propel them to bigger and better things going forward.

This is not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination. The Carolina Panthers are bracing themselves for a clash against stud quarterback Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals next weekend. With the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, and New Orleans Saints also upcoming in the next few weeks.

If new head coach Matt Rhule can get his young roster to build momentum, then there might just a chance the Panthers can become a nice surprise at this stage of their rebuild.

There is much work to be done, but this will do Carolina’s morale going forward a tremendous amount of good.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is going to be a key component in any success that comes their way. The signal-caller provided a reliable presence under center for the Panthers at the Chargers in a solid if not spectacular performance that ultimately came down to a dramatic stand from the defense in the dying moments.

There is a lot of scrutiny on Bridgewater during what is his second chance at a starting opportunity. The early signs have been mainly positive, but did the former first-round pick help or hinder the Panthers during an elusive first victory of the campaign?

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Chicago Bears: 3 overreactions after Week 3 win at Falcons

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The Chicago Bears lost their first game of the season and the world is burning

I wrote the bulk of this intro before the Chicago Bears came back and won. In fact, I’m actually going to leave my headline and copy below it to show just how bad of a hole the Chicago Bears were in. So here it is.

Everybody knew that this Chicago Bears team wasn’t quite ready to make a Super Bowl run. They scraped by two bad teams that have not been impressive this year. The team hasn’t been the same team that we saw in the past couple of years. They’ve essentially played one quarter in both of their games to this point.

As I’ve said though, they’ve been able to win up until now. And perhaps that has been enough for the Bears staff to avoid making any big changes. But as Week 4 is in the rearview mirror, all of that went down the drain. Chicago finally lost a game as their fourth-quarter comeback fell short.

Despite the fact that they almost came back, this should not be a result that anybody is proud of. The offense looked dead for most of the game against a Falcons defense that was riddled by injuries and just plain bad, even without injuries. The defense struggled against a Falcons receiving core that didn’t have the most talented receiver of his generation in Julio Jones.

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Bengals’ tight end Drew Sample will be a key player against the Eagles

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As the Bengals seek their first win of the season, tight end Drew Sample will have to make a big impact against the Eagles.

After an offseason full of optimism, the Cincinnati Bengals find themselves without a win through their first two weeks of play. On Sunday, they will have another chance to get rookie Joe Burrow his first career win over another winless team in the Philadelphia Eagles.

To come away with a win for the first time this year, the Bengals will need tight end Drew Sample to have a big day. The second-year tight end has already put together two solid performances, but will need to continue his upward trend in week three.

Going into the Bengals’ week two matchup against the Browns, Sample was not the starting tight end in Zac Taylor’s offense. However, after a devastating injury to C.J. Uzomah that took him out for the season, Sample will be Cincinnati’s top tight end for the rest of the year.

In Uzomah’s absence against the Browns, Sample had an impressive showing. With 7 receptions and 45 yards, the 2019 second-round pick was tied for a team-high in catches on the night.

Week three features favorable matchups for Drew Sample

Leading the team in receptions against the Browns, it is clear that Sample is a player that Burrow trusts. The two will need to continue having a solid connection to exploit the Eagles’ weakness against tight ends.

Through just two games, the Eagles’ defense has already given up four touchdowns to tight ends. Against Philly, Logan Thomas of the Washington Football Team found the end zone once in week one while Los Angeles Rams’ tight ends scored three times in week two.

The Bengals have not been strong in the red-zone so far this season. If they can utilize Drew Sample against the Eagles in the same way Philadelphia’s first two opponents have, it could be the key to turning things around in the money zone.

However, Sample won’t only be needed as a pass-catcher. He will also be needed as a blocker, which is considered by most to be his biggest strength.

According to Pro Football Focus, Sample has a run-blocking grade of 67.7 after two games. With star running back Joe Mixon struggling to get anything done on the ground so far this season, Sample will be crucial as a blocker if the Bengals want to get him going.

With an overall grade of 74.4, Sample is PFF’s #14 tight end after two games. In his first full game as a starter, he should be able to exploit the Eagles’ defense for the best game of his young career.

To avoid starting with an 0-3 record for their second straight season, the former second-round pick Sample is going to have to step up in a big way.

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