NFL News and Rumors: Time to ring the Bell in Pittsburgh
1/4 of the way through NFL season
What is happening around the NFL through four complete weeks of football action?
- Le’Veon Bell expected to return in week 7
- Why wait, Bell?
- The Broncos were thissss close
- Officiating the Raiders/Browns game
Let's get caught up to speed through four full weeks of NFL action...
Bell expected to return week 7
In a war of settling contracts, extensions, max deals, trade rumors, and franchise tags, one name and one impressive talent is finally coming out of hiding in week 7 of NFL action: Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell.
Just announced yesterday reported by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Bell plans to report back to the Steelers in week 7, which is BYE week for Pittsburgh.
Think Bell is rusty or that this was all for nothing? In an interview with ESPN, Bell explained, “My intentions [when this started], I'm going to save myself for when you want to make a long-term deal," said Bell, who added that, once on the field, "I'll be fully committed and give you everything I have."
Pittsburgh (1-2-1), who is currently in last place in the AFC North, will host Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns in week 8, followed by at Baltimore in week 9, and then hosting Carolina in week 10.
Why wait, Bell?
There is a lot of concern and confusion over Bell’s return date. Bell told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that he is expecting to return in week 7 (AKA BYE week). And while Steelers fans (and Fantasy Football owners) are excited to see Bell back on the football field, many are also confused and upset with to wait three more weeks.
First of all, Bell claims that he has maintained his physical readiness. He has also mentioned how he feels about the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers, who are tied with the 1-2-1 Cleveland Browns in last place of the AFC North division.
With both those points on the table, why is Le’Veon Bell waiting? If Bell says he’s in football shape and feels discouraged by the Steelers record one quarter into the season, and getting into the playoffs becoming less and less likely, why wait to return week 7?
Because Bell is set to finish what he started. And after Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas’ contract negotiations and holding out of his contract since the offseason and then suffering a possible season-ending leg injury last Sunday vs. Arizona, it puts clarity on what Bell wants.
The Broncos were thisssss close
What a show both the visiting Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) and host Denver Broncos (2-2) put on display under the Monday Night Football lights last night. Chiefs rookie QB Patrick Mahomes was once again impressive and did something that is very uncommon and yet so impressive… he threw a pass left-handed. He is right-handed. It was nice.
Mahomes went 28-for-45 with 304 total passing yards and one touchdown. On the other side, Broncos QB Case Keenum threw for 245 yards on 21-of-33 passing attempts but one interception. Unfortunately for Denver, he overthrew WR Demaryius down the sideline by mere inches.
Broncos rookie and former Oregon Duck running back Royce Freeman once again earned the start for Denver and had an impressive touchdown run, showing patience behind lineman and running through tacklers to his way to the end zone. Freeman finished with 8 carries for 67 yards and one touchdown.
Officiating the Browns at Raiders
Did the Browns get screwed? Or did the Raiders? Both teams had questionable calls go against them in this 45-42 OT win for the Oakland Raiders (1-3) over the visiting Cleveland Browns (1-2-1).
One example, Raiders running back Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch was about to go full Beast Mode to his next victim, the Browns defense. He shaked off his first tackler, while dodging another towards the sideline with some other dude hanging on for dear life, but the referee blew his whistle and called the play dead. Even the announcers called the whistle “a bit early” and Lynch was clearly upset by the call while still running down the sideline. There was a lot of green in front of Lynch that could have turned in six points…
Another example, the Browns defensive line absolutely enclosed Raiders QB Derek Carr and what looked like stripped the ball away from him, clearly. However, the officials called that Carr’s hand was coming forward and therefore an incomplete pass… the ball was recovered by the Browns with lots of real estate ahead. This play happened in the fourth quarter with 6:25 to go and the Browns up 35-34…