Open Thread: Week 3 Sunday games

Brian Bassett,

Since the Jets are playing on Monday night, here’s some of the games I’ll be keeping an eye on today.  Feel free to leave your comments about Sunday’s games below!

USATSI_8088637_110579513_lowresGreen Bay at Detroit (1:00PM) — So far, it’s been a rough road for Green Bay despite their comeback win against the Jets.  Facing off against their first divisional opponent should give us more clues as to how good this Packers team truly is.  If the Packers defense can slow down the Lions a little bit for Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers, look for the Packers to move to 2-1.

San Diego at Buffalo (1:00PM) — How good is Buffalo?  Hosting the high-flying Chargers offense today might give us some better indications.  The Bills are playing above the level where many expected, but can they keep their win streak alive against Philip Rivers?  Look for the Buffalo defense to get tested early and often.

Washington at Philadelphia (1:00PM) — DeSean Jackson returns to Philadelphia … how will the crowd respond?  Jackson didn’t want to leave town, but was forced to earlier this year when the Eagles cut him unceremoniously due to potential gang ties … an almost quaint story-line in the wake of the public backlash against the league in the last few weeks.  Jackson has been battling injury since last week’s game, so might not be able to have the sort of impact he’d like to have with Kirk Cousins and the Washington offense, but look for him to do his best to prove the Eagles wrong.  Either way, it’s a tall task for a backup quarterback going up against one of the most dynamic offenses in football despite Nick Foles’ early struggles this season.  The Darren Sproles Show will need to have a big day against one of the suprisingly best defenses in football.

Denver at Seattle (4:25PM) — It’s been over a decade since a Super Bowl matchup has reconvened the following season.  Manning and the Broncos struggled on a neutral field last February against the Legion of Boom.  Will it be even worse with Manning playing against one of the league’s best defenses who also get the benefit of the 12th Man?  Look for Manning to take advantage of the newly returned Wes Welker who will likely be lined up against a recent addition to the LoB.  Of Manning’s six touchdowns so far this season only one has been thrown to a wide receiver.  Look for those numbers to start swinging the other way with Welker back in the fold.

Injury Report: Milliner doubtful, Decker questionable

Dee Milliner (ankle/quadriceps) was listed as doubtful for Monday’s game against the Bears after not practicing Saturday.

Eric Decker (hamstring) is questionable after a limited practice.

Chris Johnson, Willie Colon, Nick Mangold, Nick Bellore, Josh Bush, AJ Edds and Quinton Coples are all probable after a full practice.

Bears receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall are questionable. Five Bears are out: Roberto Garza, Shea McClellin, Sherrick McManis, Jeremiah Ratliff, Matt Slauson. Trevor Scott is doubtful; Jared Allen, Chris Conte and Josh Morgan are probable.

GEICO SportsNite: Jets injuries

GEICO SportsNite has reaction from the Jets, as Rex Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg discuss the injuries the team has to overcome.

Daily Links: Bad News Bears

  • Chris Johnson looks fresh as Jets emphasize run [Newsday]
  • If no Decker, Gang to lean on ground game [ESPN NY]
  • Jets can’t overlook Bears running back Matt Forte [NY Post]
  • Santonio Holmes looks to get ‘Jetribution’ against former team [NY Post]
  • Jets worry meter: Can running game rebound vs. Bears? [NJ]
  • Quarless fined $8K for scuffle with Jets [Green Bay Press Gazette]
  • Oday Aboushi ready for increased role, and to talk trash [Metro]

Wilkerson fined $20K

Muhammad Wilkerson was fined $20,000 by the league for his ejection during the Packers game.

Wilkerson was seen throwing punches after players started shoving each other.

He was called for unnecessary roughness and subsequently ejected.