NFL OPENING SERIES ARIZONA/DENVER
Snyder returns after successful playoff run in Indianapolis. Until then, newcomer Chris Casher is out to make a splash. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Rex Burkhead of the Arizona Cardinals carries during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) catches a pass in front of Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (25) during the first half of an NFL football game on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Rontez Miles of the New York Giants carries during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sept. 24, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams drops back to pass against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game at the Oakland Coliseum on September 17, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Warren Hill #93 of the San Francisco 49ers tackles John Brown #81 of the Arizona Cardinals in the second half during an NFL football game at Levi’s Stadium on September 24, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Jon Gruden celebrates after the team’s win against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 09: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers passes against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Heinz Field on September 9, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) David Bakhtiari #65 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with teammates after he caught a pass for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) Scott Tolzien #4 of the Indianapolis Colts scrambles against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 10, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) –
Some taking notes in Pittsburgh and Buffalo:
Cornerback Terrence Mitchell is a very intriguing offseason acquisition. His experience and versatility might be appealing to the team’s coaching staff. If he builds chemistry quickly with new cornerback Phillip Gaines, the team could have a nice secondary.
STRONG REVIEW: Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez continues to be one of the best in the game.
DOWNWARD TREND: The Colts were hoping rookie J.J. Dielman would come in and block someone’s return, but that hasn’t happened. Also, first-round pick Malik Hooker is still watching from the sideline while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
You could make a strong case that the game between the Steelers and Ravens was better than the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots game. The Steelers and Ravens should continue to meet every season in December because of the wealth of talent on both rosters.
STRONG REVIEW: The Bills have some very talented players, but none of them have been more remarkable than safety Jordan Poyer.
DOWNWARD TREND: Sammy Watkins missed the first four games because of his football-playing suspension and recently underwent hip surgery. He’s still learning the ropes.