Monday NFL preview: Steelers begin life without Ben Roethlisberger

Justin Houston's pass-rushing skills will be on display on MNF (1:41)

Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden break down how Justin Houston's pass-rushing ability will be an asset for the Chiefs and a challenge for the Packers in the upcoming Monday Night Football matchup. (1:41)

NFL Nation reporters look ahead to what Monday has in store for each team.


Buffalo Bills: The Bills are riding high after a bounce-back win on the road against the Dolphins, but they'll need to address some injury situations in the upcoming week. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins has a calf injury that led to him sitting out the final three quarters of Sunday's game, while running back LeSean McCoy is still nursing his hamstring injury. McCoy told me after the game he needs to find a "medium" between being tough and being smart about his injury. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins begin Week 4 with several questions following their 41-14 loss to the Bills. The biggest is how to fix an underachieving defense, which has three Pro Bowlers in Ndamukong Suh, Brent Grimes and Cameron Wake. -- James Walker

New England Patriots: Tom Brady is off to the best three-game start of his career, and in that sense, the Patriots' bye week couldn't come at a worse time. The team is off in Week 4 after trouncing the Jaguars 51-17 on Sunday. Brady was asked if this is the best he has ever played and he simply said, "I'm just happy we're 3-0." On Monday, players are expected to review the game. -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets: The Jets on Monday will await word on right guard Willie Colon, who sustained a potentially serious knee injury. It also will be a regrouping day for the Jets, who have plenty of corrections to make -- especially along the offensive and defensive lines. -- Rich Cimini


Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens relied heavily on Steve Smith (13 catches for 186 yards and two touchdowns) because they didn't have their second-best target. Tight end Crockett Gillmore stood on the sideline for the fourth quarter, and coach John Harbaugh declined to say what was wrong. Gillmore was looked at by trainers for a possible concussion earlier in the game. -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals: What in the world is going on with Jeremy Hill? The Bengals running back had just 21 yards in a 12-carry outing in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Ravens. When I asked Hill after the game where he was mentally following that performance, he said he was fine. Hill added he and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson spoke coming off the field, and both were in agreement: the back is getting close. They are optimistic he will eventually turn it around. -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns: The Browns will find out if they will lose Joe Haden today when he has an MRI for his ribs. Haden played after injuring his ribs in the first play of the loss to Oakland. X-rays taken during the game were negative. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers must cope with the loss of Ben Roethlisberger, who suffered a sprained MCL and will miss four to six weeks, according to reports from ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortenson. Coach Mike Tomlin addresses the media at noon Monday and will no doubt put up a united front for his team, which will turn to veteran backup Michael Vick. The Steelers remain loaded with offensive weapons, but losing Roethlisberger will hurt. -- Jeremy Fowler


Houston Texans: Texans defensive end J.J. Watt had kind words for one Tampa Bay player Sunday: rookie kicker Kyle Brindza, who missed three field goals and an extra point. "Their field goal kicker kind of helped us out a little bit," Watt said. "Appreciate that." -- Tania Ganguli

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts came out of a game injury-free for the first time all season. Cornerback Jalil Brown, who has started the past two games because of injuries to Greg Toler and Darius Butler, left the game momentarily but returned several plays later. The Colts hope to have Butler back for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars: Safeties Sergio Brown (calf) and Josh Evans (knee) left Sunday's game against New England with injuries, which meant the Jaguars had to use a rookie and a cornerback in their spots. The team will have updates on their status on Monday, and the Jaguars could be in trouble with a game against Andrew Luck looming. -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans: The Titans will almost certainly have Jason McCourty, their best cornerback, on the field for the first time this season when they return to action on Oct. 11 against Buffalo. McCourty (groin) should help prevent things like Andrew Luck's late-game explosion that crushed the Titans on Sunday. -- Paul Kuharsky


Denver Broncos: The Broncos may have depth issues at running back after their Sunday night game in Detroit. Both C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson left the game with injuries. Anderson, after being evaluated for a concussion, was cleared to return and played plenty in the second half. Thompson, however, left the game with a neck injury and did not return. He will be evaluated more Monday. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs: Getting big offensive plays will be a focus against the Packers. The Chiefs have struggled to assemble long touchdown drives. Of their six touchdowns, one was scored by the defense and two were set up by the defense, which forced a turnover each time inside the opponents' 15-yard line. The Chiefs don't figure to get many turnovers against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has a streak of 545 passes at home without an interception. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders are 2-1 and have secured both wins in the final seconds. In Week 2 against Baltimore, the offense went on a game-winning drive. Sunday at Cleveland, Charles Woodson preserved the win with a game-clinching interception in the final seconds. New coach Jack Del Rio said good teams find ways to win, and he is pleased to see both units clinch wins. -- Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers: Falling to 1-2 after a humbling 31-7 loss to the Vikings on the road, San Diego safety Eric Weddle said the Chargers need a more consistent approach heading into Week 4. "We have to get back, focus in, prepare and sacrifice everything," Weddle said. "That is all I have ever known. Hopefully, guys take the same approach and take it serious, and we will move on." -- Eric D. Williams


Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys like to say they want to challenge defenses in many ways through the air and on the ground. They did not challenge Atlanta much through the air with Brandon Weeden looking almost exclusively at his runners and tight ends. The Cowboys will have to figure out a way to stretch the field with Weeden's arm in order to keep defenses honest with the run. When the Falcons figured out the Cowboys weren't going to take chances outside, they were able to shut down the Cowboys. If the Cowboys don't take at least some chances, Weeden's job will be even more difficult. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants: The Giants return to practice Monday and hope to have Victor Cruz on the field with them for the first time since Aug. 17. As he has been throughout his recovery, Cruz is optimistic he's on the cusp of returning, and if he gets through this week of practice without any setbacks, he could make his 2015 season debut Sunday in Buffalo. -- Dan Graziano

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles can relax Monday and enjoy their first win of the 2015 season. Coach Chip Kelly will address the media and assess injuries to his offensive line. Left tackle Jason Peters and right guard Andrew Gardner left Sunday's game against the Jets. -- Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins: As the Redskins return to work Monday, they need to figure out a way to get their defense to help by making some plays. One problem vs. the Giants was the inability to cause any turnovers. Through three games, they've recovered one fumble and intercepted no passes. The defensive front has been solid, but they lack playmakers along the line. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has forced one fumble, giving him 16 since entering the NFL in 2011. But he can't do it alone, and losing corner DeAngelo Hall and his 43 career interceptions to a toe injury for at least three to four weeks does not help. -- John Keim


Chicago Bears: The Bears return home from Seattle with a record of 0-3. Coach John Fox needs to reboot the team and focus on making improvements over the final 13 games. That begins on special teams, where players were unhappy the kickoff return unit surrendered a long touchdown for the second consecutive week. The Bears also need help on offense after being shut out for the first time since 2002. The team misses quarterback Jay Cutler (hamstring), who traveled to Seattle and worked out prior to the game. The Bears better hope Cutler can return soon. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions: The Lions are going to wake up with a harsh reality Monday morning -- facing 0-3 and having to go to the toughest place in the NFL to play, Seattle, in a prime-time Monday night game. With Arizona after that, there's a legitimate chance the Lions could be looking at an 0-5 start. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers: With Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams upgraded from questionable to probable on Sunday, the Packers should feel good about their offense heading into Monday Night Football against the Chiefs. The Packers believe the ankle injuries both players sustained in Week 2 against the Seahawks should not be much of a factor. Defensively, however, there's reason for concern because safety Morgan Burnett will miss his second game in three weeks because of a calf injury. -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings: Cornerback Xavier Rhodes will go through the NFL's concussion protocol this week after safety Andrew Sendejo ran into him on Sunday. As the Vikings head to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos, they'll have to hope Rhodes -- their top cover corner -- is able to play. -- Ben Goessling


Atlanta Falcons: The strong game by Devonta Freeman, who rushed for a career-high 141 yards and three touchdowns against the Cowboys, means the Falcons will have a decision to make when rookie Tevin Coleman returns from a fractured rib. Do they start Coleman or Freeman? It looks as if Atlanta has a powerful two-headed attack. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers: Coach Ron Rivera gave players the day off last Monday because he was pleased with the overall "team effort'' in the longest regulation game in team history. It's doubtful he'll do the same this week after his defense gave up 380 yards and more big plays on third down than he cares to count. The biggest concern is with defensive end Charles Johnson, who was carted off the field with a severe hamstring injury. Rivera admitted it didn't look good. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints: Another week of "Drew Brees shoulder watch" kicks off today as he tries to return from the bruised rotator cuff that sidelined him Sunday. Brees again stressed in postgame interviews it's an issue of "functionality" rather than pain tolerance. So it will come down to how much strength and velocity he has on his throws by the end of the week. The Saints host a Cowboys team that is even more depleted by injuries next Sunday night. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: It appears the Bucs have a kicking conundrum. Kyle Brindza missed an extra point and three field goals during the loss to the Texans, all after he converted a 58-yard attempt in the second quarter . Despite being gashed for 413 yards, Tampa Bay's defense played well enough to win, but the special-teams miscues were too much to overcome. This was a missed chance to gain a second consecutive victory on the road. Now the Bucs will face the undefeated Panthers in Week 4 at Raymond James Stadium, where coach Lovie Smith has yet to earn a win. -- Andrew Astleford


Arizona Cardinals: When the Cardinals wake up Monday morning, they're going to find themselves among the best teams -- if not the best team -- in the NFL at the moment. They came out of Sunday's win over San Francisco healthy, and with the Rams' tough front seven coming to Glendale next week, the Cardinals can't afford to be beat up for another week. -- Josh Weinfuss

St. Louis Rams: The Rams find themselves in a precarious position after losing a winnable 12-6 game to the Steelers on Sunday. They now must hit the road to face the Cardinals and Packers the next two weeks. And while the Rams have a knack for springing upsets, if they don't find a way to get one or two victories, they're staring in the face of a 1-4 start with the threat of relocation after the season. -- Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers: Back to the drawing board? The Niners need to figure out something quick with Colin Kaepernick's stunning regression in a 47-7 loss at Arizona on Sunday. The playbook has been simplified, but the Cardinals' defense also took note, picking him off four times with two pick-sixes. Kaepernick's four turnovers resulted in 24 points for the Cardinals. Kaepernick promised all offseason a "7torm" was coming. I don't think he meant like this. -- Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have something special in rookie Tyler Lockett. The third-round pick gave them a boost with a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half against the Bears. He has now reached the end zone in two of three games, giving the Seahawks a special-teams weapon they were missing last year. -- Sheil Kapadia