Are the Steelers doomed without Le’Veon Bell?

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After months of DeflateGate uncertainty in Boston, it’s actually the Pittsburgh Steelers who find themselves shorthanded due to suspension for Thursday’s NFL season opener. The Steelers will be without one of the NFL’s most prolific offensive weapons in Le’Veon Bell, one of the last true bell cow running backs left in the league.

Bell’s serving a suspension stemming from a marijuana arrest in 2014. It’s only two games, but Bell’s absence leaves the Steelers searching for a way to fill the void.

First, the ground game. The scouts from the 18 NFL teams in attendance had to grade Miller positively for his pass catching skills and his ability in the open field. We still don’t know how well Miller can run routes, but the early results are intriguing.

So now the Chargers have until Tuesday to decide whether to move the team to Los Angeles, where the franchise was founded in 1960, or remain in San Diego, where it has played for the past 55 years.

In December, the Chargers announced that the team had entered into an agreement to lease land for a temporary training facility in Orange County, should the team exercise its option to move to Los Angeles.

The Chargers agreed to lease part of a Costa Mesa office campus, along with a nearby 3.2 acres for temporary offices and a practice facility. The land in Costa Mesa would serve as the initial location of the team’s office headquarters and practice and training facilities.
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Faulconer’s last-ditch proposal to keep the team here was a projected $1.2 billion new stadium in Mission Valley, current site of Qualcomm Stadium, which included a potential $375 million in public contribution.

Bears vs. Buccaneers 2015 live stream: Start time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The Chicago Bears have won four of their last five meetings with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but when they visit Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, they’re facing a team that has dramatically improved over the last couple of seasons.

Two years ago, the Bucs finished 4-12 and ranked dead last in the NFL in total offense. The 2014 season was even less kind to Tampa Bay, and the Bucs finished with the worst record in the league, earning the top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. They used it to select quarterback Jameis Winston, and an offense that averaged fewer than 300 yards per game a season ago is now putting up 374.2 yards per game, good for seventh in the league.

What I would expect is that the Cardinals will now do a lot more substituting to make sure they matchup well with opposing offenses and also maximize the various skill sets of the players set to try to fill in for Mathieu over the next few weeks.

Will that work? I have no idea. Ultimately we all just kind of have to wait and see. I do know that this is a huge blow to a defense which had been playing pretty well of late, even as their offense overwhelmingly garnered most of the attention. I still see the Cardinals as one of the teams to beat in the NFC as we get closer and closer to the playoffs, but I’d be lying if I said I thought for sure they would win their first postseason game this year.

But the Rams hold a 6-8 record, good for third place in the NFC West but not particularly impressive. At one point, they had a five-game losing skid derailing their season, but strong play in the past two games has resulted in a pair of wins. With Case Keenum starting at quarterback, the Rams beat the Detroit Lions, 21-14 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-23. They downed the Buccaneers last week.

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