Who’s looking good for the 2017 NFL playoffs as we approach the rough halfway point of the regular season? Who’s already stuck scraping for a wild card or bust?
Prior to Sunday, the 49ers’ previous five games (all losses) had been decided by a combined total of 13 points. So they had reason to feel they were close to breaking through. Dallas thrashed them with Ezekiel Elliott, but they were at least a little encouraged by the fact that quarterback C.J. Beathard didn’t look overwhelmed in his first career start. Even if the 49ers don’t win a game all season, the Niners believe Beathard has progressed to the point in which they can get a good look at him to help them decide whether and where he fits into their quarterback picture in 2018 and beyond. That’s something the final team on our list can’t say.
While the trio of stars have put up some big numbers this season, the Steelers quarterback admitted that he needs to get wide receiver Martavis Bryant in on the action as well.
“Hopefully, it’s lots of touchdown passes,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We need to get the ball to him, to everybody, we all need to score points. There are opportunities there. That’s why I told him to come talk to me.
“We’ve had opportunities with deep balls that were just missed whether it was me overthrowing him or it’s the Chicago game where he slows down a little bit or this last game where he doesn’t see the ball coming out of my hand. There are plays to be had. We just have to make them.”
The Browns left tackle left Sunday’s game against the Titans in the third quarter with a triceps injury. The 10-time Pro Bowler, who had never missed a play in 11 seasons, was injured on a 3-yard Duke Johnson run to the left side of the line.