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John Brown unlikely to be a reliable source of scores


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:15 am ET) Arizona rookie wide receiver John Brown is sure to be one of the hottest names on the waiver wire ahead of Week 4, but Fantasy owners might be searching for fool's gold if they are looking to bolster their receiving corps with the young Cardinals wide out.

Through the first three weeks of his career, Brown looks like a bonafide red-zone monster, having hauled in three touchdowns, including two in Sunday's win over the 49ers. However, he also had just 52 receiving yards in the game, with almost all of his value coming from those two scores. Unfortunately, an early proclivity for scoring doesn't necessarily mean a player has a nose for the end zone.

Over the past five seasons, 14 rookies have caught two touchdowns in a game while failing to top 55 yards in that same game, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com's play index. And though some of them -- Jimmy Graham, Dez Bryant, Rob Gronkowski -- went on to stardom, the collective isn't particularly impressive as a whole. Over their next two games played, the 14 players accounted for 10 total touchdowns but just 149 Fantasy points overall, an average of just 5.3 points per game.

Brown has been the best Fantasy option in the Cardinals' receiving corps so far, but he won't be much use if -- when -- the touchdowns run dry. He is just third on the team in targets and could be a big-time disappointment moving forward. 


Steelers could be without three defensive players for a while


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:09 am ET) Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a sprained MCL Sunday against the Panthers and will undergo an MRI Monday, according to ESPN. 

Linebacker Jarvis Jones likely needs wrist surgery after getting hurt Sunday and will be sidelined indefinitely. Cornerback Ike Taylor could also miss some time after suffering a broken arm against Carolina.


Making sense of Baltimore's backfield, post-Taliaferro breakout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9:48 am ET) It took just about every other back being unavailable, but Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro got the chance to shine in Week 3 against the Browns.

Taliaferro led the Ravens in rushing yards Sunday, racking up a team-high 91 on 18 carries, including a 31-yard long run and a 1-yard touchdown. However, he was actually less effective on a per-touch basis than Justin Forsett, who averaged 5.7 yards per carry to Taliaferro's 5.1. Is Taliaferro a star in the making, or just a flash in the pan?

Among the four players who have had at least 10 carries through three games against the Browns, Taliaferro actually ranked fourth in yards per carry, as the Browns are giving up 5.2 yards per carry to opposing running backs. Though you will certainly want to go out and add Taliaferro, be mindful of the fact that he did his work against a team that has been pitiful against the run thus far.

The Ravens have seemed to be looking for reasons to push Bernard Pierce down the depth chart this season, but it is not clear if Taliaferro's performance in Week 3 will be enough to do that for good. With Taliaferro's emergence, the Ravens look to have three dependable options in the back field, meaning he is likely to be working in a crowded backfield for the time being. Taliaferro is an interesting pickup, though likely not a Fantasy starter at this point. 


Eddie Lacy working on improving run game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:43 am ET) After facing three of the league's best run defenses through three weeks, it probably comes as no surprise the Packers rank 27th in rushing offense, averaging 78.7 rushing yards per game.

Perhaps even more alarming is that star running back Eddie Lacy is averaging 37.7 rushing yards per game and 3.1 yards per carry after averaging 78.5 and 4.1, respectively, in 2013.

"We have to change our mind-set," Lacy said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We had a few opportunities as backs that we didn't take advantage of, whether we made the wrong read or tried to press too much. It's a long season and we're going to get it to where we need it to be.

"We just have to figure out better ways to run the ball. I don't know if I have to be more patient or speed things up but one way or another I'm responsible for the run game."


Panthers DST gets steamrolled


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:55 am ET) After opening the season with two strong performances, the Panthers DST got run over Week 3 by the Steelers. Carolina allowed a whopping 264 rushing yards and 454 total yards in the 37-19 loss. Pittsburgh averaged 7.8 yards per carry.

Carolina mustered one sack, by defensive end Mario Addison, and zero turnovers. The Panthers DST will try to bounce back Week 4 at Baltimore.


Graham Gano goes for seven points


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:51 am ET) Panthers kicker Graham Gano converted a pair of 40-yard field goals and a PAT in the Week 3 loss to the Steelers. He'll visit the Ravens in Week 4.

Panthers get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:49 am ET) The Panthers got some minor contributions in their Week 3 loss to the Steelers. Wideout Brenton Bersin made a 29-yard catch, and receiver Jason Avant caught two of six targets for 12 yards.

Greg Olsen finds paydirt


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:47 am ET) Panthers tight end Greg Olsen continued his strong start to the season with another touchdown catch Week 3 against the Steelers. Early in the fourth quarter, Olsen caught an out route and turned upfield for a 37-yard touchdown.

He finished with five grabs on seven targets for 69 yards. Olsen has 224 receiving yards and two scores entering Week 4 at Baltimore.


Philly Brown up and down in first start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:44 am ET) With Carolina hurting at receiver, Panthers rookie Philly Brown got his first start Week 3 and had some strong moments, catching seven passes for 66 yards. But Brown made a huge mistake that virtually killed his team's comeback chances.

Early in the fourth quarter, he fumbled a punt return and the Steelers receovered for a touchdown.

An Onio State product, Brown drew nine targets, second-most on the team. The catches were the first of his career. He'll look to improve Week 4 at Baltimore.


Kelvin Benjamin posts first 100-yard game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:37 am ET) Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin stayed on the fast track to stardom Sunday night with his first 100-yard game. He caught eight passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Steelers.

Benjamin made a slew of contested catches, including a 35-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter from Derek Anderson. Benjamin drew a game-high 11 targets and is now averaging nine targets per game.

While he again dropped a couple passes, Benjamin has clearly emerged as Carolina's No. 1 receiver. He has 253 receiving yards and two scores entering Week 4 at Baltimore.


Derek Anderson plays well in relief


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:31 am ET) Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson relieved Cam Newton in the fourth quarter of the Week 3 loss to the Steelers and played well. Anderson completed 5 of 6 throws for 80 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown to rookie wideout Kelvin Benjamin.

Anderson will go back to the bench for Week 4 at Baltimore.


Steelers DST scores in Week 3 rout


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:28 am ET) The Steelers DST enjoyed itself Sunday night in Carolina, producing three sacks, two turnovers and a touchdown in a 37-19 win.

The biggest play came early in the fourth quarter when the Panthers' Philly Brown fumbled on a punt return and safety Robert Golden recovered in the end zone. It was one of two fumble recoveries for Pittsburgh, which got a sack-fumble from outside linebacker Jarvis Jones.

Linebacker Arthur Moats and nose tackle Steve McLendon also sacked Cam Newton. Pittsburgh allowed just 42 rushing yards in what was easily its top defensive performance this year.

The Steelers DST has a chance to dominate again Week 4 against the lowly Buccaneers.


Shaun Suisham nails three field goals


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:19 am ET) Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham was perfect on three field-goal attempts Sunday night, hitting from 42, 24 and 45 yards. He added four PATs for a 13-point night.

Suisham plays the Bucs in Week 4.


Steelers get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:17 am ET) A number of Steelers contributed to the Week 3 win in Carolina. Among them, receiver Justin Brown caught two of four passes for 10 yards. Fullback Will Johnson was targeted once without a catch.

Markus Wheaton makes four grabs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:16 am ET) Steelers second-year wideout Markus Wheaton caught four passes for 35 yards in the blowout win of the Panthers. Wheaton was targeted five times, tied for second on the team behind Antonio Brown's 10.

Wheaton plays the Buccaneers in Week 4.


Heath Miller more involved Week 3


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:14 am ET) Steelers tight end Heath Miller caught four of five targets for 51 yards in the 37-19 win in Carolina. Miller, who had a 30-yard grab, had amassed just 61 receiving yards in the first two games.

He'll take on the Buccaneers in Week 4.


Antonio Brown unstoppable on Sunday night


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:12 am ET) Steelers receiver Antonio Brown tormented the Panthers on Sunday Night Football, catching all 10 of his targets for 90 yards and two touchdowns and drawing a 19-yard pass interference flag too.

Brown stretched out for a 30-yard grab on a second-quarter go route. He dragged his feet to secure his first touchdown, a 7-yarder in the back corner of the end zone early in the third quarter. Brown capped that quarter with another 7-yard scoring catch.

This was the 19th straight game in which Brown has caught at least five passes. Brown will look to keep rolling Week 4 against the Buccaneers.


Ron Rivera: I removed Cam Newton to protect him


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:03 am ET) Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he pulled quarterback Cam Newton in the fourth quarter of the 37-19 loss to Pittsburgh to protect him. The Steelers sacked Newton three times and hit him at least three other times.

"We can't do anything unless we protect the quarterback," Rivera told reporters, adding he didn't want to see Newton get hit any more.


LeGarrette Blount dominates garbage time


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) With the Steelers blowing out the Panthers, running back LeGarrette Blount replaced Le'Veon Bell and took advantage of a tired Carolina defense. Blount ran 10 times for 118 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown to make the score 37-13.

Blount had a 50-yard run and averaged 11.8 yards per carry. He could have more garbage-time opportunities Week 4 against winless Tampa Bay.


Ben Roethlisberger ends touchdown drought


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who had failed to lead a touchdown drive in more than eight quarters, threw for 196 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday night's 37-19 win at Carolina. Roethlisberger completed 22 of 30 throws and did not commit a turnover.

As usual, Big Ben's favorite target was Antonio Brown. The duo hooked up 10 times for 90 yards, including a pair of 7-yard scores in the third quarter. The first was vintage Big Ben as he pump faked, scrambled out of the pocket and flipped it to the back corner of the end zone where Brown tapped his feet in.

Roethlisberger will try to keep it going Week 4 against the Buccaneers.


Le'Veon Bell rips Panthers for 157 total yards


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell ripped Carolina for a career-high 147 yards on 21 carries in a Week 3 blowout win. Bell busted an 81-yard run in the third quarter that was the longest Steelers' run in 44 years.

Bell added two catches on four targets for 10 yards. It was his second 100-yard rushing game this year, third of his career. He averaged 7.0 yards per carry.

Bell is up to 315 rushing yards heading into Week 4 against Tampa Bay.


Mike Tolbert leaves with apparent knee injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Panthers running back Mike Tolbert left the game against Pittsburgh late in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury. Tolbert ran three times for 4 yards and caught all three of his targets for 20 yards before being forced out.

Cam Newton just so-so on SNF


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Panthers quarterback Cam Newton completed 24 of 35 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in Sunday night's loss to the Steelers. Newton ran twice for 7 yards and lost a fumble on a sack.

Newton was under heavy pressure as his line couldn't hold up against the Steelers' rush. He took three sacks and was seen walking gingerly at times. Newton's highlight came early in the fourth quarter when he found tight end Greg Olsen for a 37-yard touchdown.

Newton didn't finish the game because it was a blowout. He'll visit the Ravens in Week 4.


Cairo Santos has quiet day against Miami


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos was not needed in Week 3's 34-15 win over the Dolphins in Miami. Santos did not have a field goal attempt, but added four extra points in the win. 

Caleb Sturgis goes 2 for 3 in Week 3 loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis missed a 48-yard kick early in the second quarter, but bounced back with a pair of field goals in a 34-15 loss to Kansas City in Week 3. Sturgis drilled a 22-yard shot at the end of the first half and booted a 51-yard kick in the third quarter. He converted 2 of 3 field goal attempts and added one extra point in the defeat.