1. Adrian Peterson
Running back Adrian Peterson is hoping to reboot his career with the New Orleans Saints. But he didn’t see much playing time in the season opener, totaling just 18 yards on six carries. “I didn’t sign up for nine snaps,” he said. Had Peterson’s production not tanked, and had he not suffered a season-ending injury in 2016, he wouldn’t have had to sign with New Orleans in the first place.
2. Video replay
Last Sunday, Kirk Cousins fumbled with 1:29 left in the Redskins’ 30-17 loss to the Eagles. But video replays suggested the play should have been ruled an incomplete pass. In a world with 14 different camera angles, telephoto zoom lenses and slow motion video, we still can’t get replay right. What a first-world problem.
The Cincinnati Bengals fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese this week after their offense failed to score a touchdown in two games. The Bengals became the first team since 1939 to open the season with two home games and not score a touchdown in either. We all know what the real problem is: The Bengals don’t have Jay Gruden anymore.
4. Leg-shaving accident
Apoel Nicosia, a Real Madrid player, suffered an infected hair follicle while shaving his legs, his team manager said. Nicosia was forced to sit out a game. A former English player, Gary Lineker, says Nicosia has the strategy all wrong. Soccer players should do as Lineker did — wax your legs.
Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will be working against his son, Wes, the Washington Redskins’ tight ends coach, in Sunday’s game in Los Angeles. Phillips equates good coaching to good teaching.