Here's a look at stories from around the league on Thursday, Sept. 21.
1. The commish is about to get a contract extension.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who works for the league's 32 owners, is very close to getting a contract extension, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. Goodell's current deal expires in 2019.
Interestingly, Schefter wrote that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was a dissenting voice and wanted to open the search. Jones reportedly told fellow owners he thinks Goodell makes "way too much money" and wanted to restructure how the commissioner gets compensated, but was "shot down," a source told Schefter.
Goodell made more than $30 million in 2014 and 2015, according to the league's filings – but his pay going forward may not be known because the league has relinquished its tax-exempt status and therefore no longer has to file public tax reports, Schefter wrote.
The spin here seems pretty simple: As far as owners are concerned, the checks keep chasing, and Goodell shields the owners from a bevy of issues, so despite some negatives they're fine with keeping things the way they are.
2. Aaron Rodgers can touch 'em all Sunday.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers owns wins against 30 of the NFL's 31 other teams. He can cross the final team off that list Sunday by beating the Cincinnati Bengals.
Rodgers has a 91-46 record since becoming the Packers' starter in 2008, plus a 9-7 record in the playoffs. He has most often beaten the NFC North-rival Chicago Bears (14-4).
Here's one Rodgers stat Bills fan may enjoy:
Pro Football Reference offers split stats that are broken up by many categories: Rodgers vs. teams in different divisions, Rodgers in night games, Rodgers in domes, Rodgers in September, October, November ... so on and so forth. If you order all of those different splits by QB rating, Rodgers' worst split is games against the Buffalo Bills: He owns a 67.8 rating against the Bills in two career games, a 2010 blowout and a 2014 loss.
3. More London games could be coming.
The NFL will already play in London four times this season. ESPN's Kevin Seifert spoke with the NFL's international executive vice president, Mark Waller, and came away thinking more London games could be coming sooner rather than later.
An interesting part of the article was that the NFL estimates 40,000 fans bought tickets to all four games this season.
"You know what that sounds like, don't you?" Seifert wrote. "A fan base."
Compare that with California teams struggling to sell tickets. The Chargers couldn't even sell out a 27,000-seat soccer stadium (their temporary home) last week, reporting a paid attendance of 25,381. "Tens of thousands of empty seats likely at Rams-49ers game," read another headline today.
4. Alex Smith could make things hard on the Chiefs next year.
When the Chiefs traded up in the draft for QB Patrick Mahomes, sending the Bills their 2018 first-rounder, they assured Alex Smith hw would be their starting quarterback this season. But as for next year?
"They didn't acquire Mahomes to sit on the bench forever," ESPN's Adam Teicher wrote ... but then again, if Smith's play stays this good all year, how can they bench him next season?
5. Ty Montgomery's workload could be decreased.
Packers RB Ty Montgomery leads all running backs in snaps played through two weeks, but the Packers could lighten his load, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote.
Montgomery is a top fantasy football scorer in PPR leagues, but this news isn't exactly bad news for his owners. He's not losing snaps due to poor production, but rather the team wants to make sure he's fresh for the long run.