Looking comfy in Jim Bob Cooter’s offense, the Lions’ signal caller completed nearly 71 percent of his passes after Detroit’s bye week in 2015. With news that the Lions are planning to push the pace in 2016, Staff could throw the ball upwards of 640 times in 2016. While losing Calvin Johnson obviously hurts, opening the season opposite a Vontae Davis-less Colts should get the momentum going.
If you have any memory of how the Cincinnati Bengals’ season ended, then you might understand why Vontaze Burfict might be hesitant to discuss the Pittsburgh Steelers in great depth. The Bengals fell completely apart in the final 90 seconds of the home playoff loss to their rivals, and Burfict had a hand in it. After a Bengals fumble, 15-yard penalties by Burfict and Adam Jones put an injured Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers in the unexpected position of stealing the game.
New York Jets linebacker David Harris is expected to play in the team's season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 11 after leaving Saturday's preseason game with a shoulder injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Harris, who underwent X-rays on Saturday and an MRI on Sunday, suffered a bruised shoulder that will likely take two weeks to heal, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. Harris sustained the injury on the final play from scrimmage in the first half, according to Cimini. He was buried under a pile on a run play and was immediately taken to the locker room. "We definitely don't want to lose Dave," cornerback Buster Skrine said, according to Cimini. "That's our defensive leader."