Biggest story for all 32 NFL teams: Oct. 17 edition

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Welcome to the first edition of “Today’s Biggest Story for all 32 NFL Teams”. Every Monday through Friday evening, we’ll look at the one headline you need to see for each team.

So much happens in a single day around the NFL that it’s almost impossible to keep up. However, that’s ultimately the “job” of a fan — to try and at least keep some semblance of track with it. That’s where we’ll be coming in to help throughout the week.

Every weekday, we’ll go team by team throughout the league and look at the one story that you need to see from all 32 teams. It may not be the whole picture, but it’ll give you an idea of the state of each franchise daily.

We begin with the biggest stories from Tuesday, Oct. 17.

AFC East


The Buffalo Bills (3-2) playoff odds have improved following their bye week, according to this from The Buffalo News.


Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald believes the Miami Dolphins (3-2) have renewed reasons for optimism following their 20-17 Week 6 win over the Atlanta Falcons.


As improbable as it would have seemed in August, the New York Jets (3-3) now believe they can make a postseason run, according to this from ESPN. 


The New England Patriots have undergone lots of changes since last season’s Super Bowl. Mike Reiss of ESPN has plenty of details on the alterations here.

NFC East


The Dallas Morning News has the very latest on running back Ezekiel Elliott’s status and his chances to continue suiting up for the Dallas Cowboys anytime soon after his six-game suspension was reinstated.


According to this from CBS Sports, more than 600,000 Philadelphia Eagles fans have signed a petition to have official Pete Morelli banned from officiating their favorite team’s games.


Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Daily News writes that the New York Giants (1-5) must play much better going forward if head coach Bob McAdoo wants to retain his position beyond the 2017 campaign.

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Quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins offensive line make the Redskins offense a dangerous one for other teams to contend with, according to this feature at ESPN.

AFC North


The Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) have renewed hopes of salvaging the 2017 campaign following two consecutive wins. For the resurgence to continue, they must show they can beat the Steelers on Sunday, according to Katherine Terrell of ESPN.


Scott Patsko of expects the Cleveland Browns (0-6) to fight to the end with the San Francisco 49ers for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.


Baltimore Ravens team columnist John Eisenberg writes that the club is stuck in mediocrity and looking for a way out. The Ravens (3-3) travel to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Vikings (4-2) in Week 7.


According to a piece at, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant — who had been rumored of late to want a trade out of the Steel City — wants to remain with the Steelers.

NFC North


Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer of The Chicago Tribune ask if the Chicago Bears Week 6 victory over the Ravens — which pushed the Bears to 2-4 — legitimizes Chicago as a team on the rise.


Kyle Meinke of has the latest on 11 Detroit Lions (3-3) — including quarterback Matt Stafford — who missed practice today as the team towards its Week 7 bye.


Fox Sports Wisconsin has an interesting feature detailing Green Bay Packers quarterbacks not named Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre who have taken a regular season snap over the past 25 seasons, a list totaling just 16 names.


Minnesota Vikings third round rookie running back Jerick McKinnon — who amassed 95 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in a win over the Packers Sunday — has plenty to celebrate, according to Chris Tomasson of

AFC South


Andrew Walker summarizes the Indianapolis Colts Monday Night Football loss to the Tennessee Titans in this piece for


According to Jay Busbee of Shutdown Corner for Yahoo!, the Jacksonville Jaguars have sent a letter to Jacksonville’s military affairs and veterans department apologizing for kneeling during the national anthem when the team played in London on September 24.


In a report shared at NBC’s Pro Football Talk website, Charean Williams writes about how the Houston Texans — a defensive focused club in recent seasons — has quickly become a team that leans more on its offensive attack.


According to an ESPN feature, quarterback Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans (3-3) showed that they have a great deal of potential in their Monday Night Football win over the Colts.

NFC South


According to this piece from ESPN, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is day-to-day with a mild sprain in his throwing shoulder.

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As the Atlanta Falcons (3-2) prepare to face the New England Patriots (4-2) in Week 7, they are reportedly shrugging off talk about their historic collapse in last year’s Super Bowl, a game where Atlanta gave up a 28-3 lead and ultimately lost to the Pats.


The Carolina Panthers have released quarterback Brad Kaaya after promoting quarterback Garrett Gilbert from its practice squad, according to this piece from The Charlotte Observer‘s Joseph Person.


In Week 7, the New Orleans Saints will be the first team to get a crack at a full game with the Green Bay Packers without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as ESPN details here.

AFC West


In this feature for the Denver Post, Nicki Jhabvala and Mark Kiszla debate whether the Denver Broncos (3-2) are playoff contenders or pretenders.


In this piece from The MMBQ, Jacob Feldman suggests that the Kansas City Chiefs achilles heel has been exposed.


Eric D. Williams of ESPN suggests that the Los Angeles Chargers — coming off a big win over the Oakland Raiders Sunday — should embrace their powder blue uniforms.


According to The Mercury News, the Oakland Raiders are excited to have veteran linebacker NaVorro Bowman on board, following the team signing him after his release from the 49ers.

NFC West


According to a piece at, veteran running back Adrian Peterson — who flashed in his team debut Sunday — has brought energy and electricity to the Arizona Cardinals.


With defensive lineman Arik Armstead potentially out for the remainder of the seaon, the San Francisco 49ers have signed two defensive linemen today to help fill the gap, as reported by the Sacramento Bee.

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As the Los Angeles Rams prepare to host the Arizona Cardinals in an NFC West duel in London this week, this report from the L.A. Times suggests that the Rams realize that veteran runner Adrian Peterson is still a threat.


According to this from the Sporting News, Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson is playing with a new mindset and finding success.