LeSean McCoy’s performance against the Buffalo Bills’ 9-3 Week 2 loss against the Carolina Panthers was certainly one that the veteran running back would like to forget. The 29-year old was held to just nine yards on 12 rushing attempts and on Sunday, he’ll have another difficult task against a stingy Denver Broncos defense that ranks third in the NFL in run defense, allowing an average of just 52 yards-per-game on the ground. However, Denver is not looking past Buffalo’s offense or McCoy after his rare poor outing – an anomaly for the veteran ball-carrier. On Wednesday, Broncos’ defensive coordinator Joe Woods had some extremely high praise for McCoy, likening his skill-set to the legendary
If you're setting your Week 3 Fantasy Football lineups, thinking about trades, or searching the waiver wire, you need to see what SportsLine's advanced computer model has to say. When it comes to ranking players, their model outperformed human experts last season by 25 percent when there was a big difference in ranking -- four spots for a QB, seven for a RB and nine for a WR. Over the course of a season, that can be the difference between missing the playoffs and winning your entire league. One player the model loves this week: Raiders tight end Jared Cook. He's only owned in 61 percent of CBS Sports leagues, but SportsLine's model says he'll be a top-5 tight end this week. Start him with confidence
Much like they did late last season and again this preseason, the Carolina Panthers are cutting back Cam Newton’s practice reps in the hopes of getting their sore-shouldered quarterback through the next 15 weeks. Newton, coming back from offseason shoulder surgery, has been on a pitch count at practice each of the past two weeks. That has made it difficult for him to develop any timing and rhythm, particularly with some of his new pass catchers, such as Christian McCaffrey. Joe Person and Jourdan Rodrigue, the Observer’s Panthers beat writers, debate whether the Panthers are making the right call with Newton. Joe: We’re at Week 3 and again it’s another week where Cam Newton is limited at practice.