It appears that things seem to be normalizing again without scheduling changes as of late. Stands are still quite empty but it hasn’t affected the competitive drive of the teams. Thursday Night Football resumed with the Philadelphia Eagles improving to (2-4-1) by edging the (1-6) New York Giants 22-21. Eagles QB Carson Wentz had a tremendous outing tossing for 359 yards and two scores in the win. “I believe this is the first time in NFL history that a division in mid-season doesn’t have a winning record,” chided the Captain.
It was turning out well at first for the winless (0-7) New York Jets until the (5-2) Buffalo Bills found their groove by kicking field goals. Bills Kicker Tyler Bass connected on six field goals to defeat the Jets 18-10.
In Ohio, it was the Governor’s Cup battle between the (5-2) Cleveland Browns who edged the (1-5-1) Cincinnati Bengals 37-34. Browns QB Baker Mayfield shook off his sophomore slump last season with and incredible 297 yards passing and five touchdowns. Mayfield was aided by teammate WR Rashard Higgins with 110 yards of receptions on the day.
Browns All-Pro WR Odell Beckham Jr. left the game with a torn ACL and will be lost for the rest of the season.
“The Pack is back” as the Green Bay Packers (5-1) resurge from last weeks’ routing by defeating the (1-6-1) Houston Texans 35-20. Packers WR Devonte Adams returned from injury to lead his team to a victory 35-20 Adams acquired 196 yards of receptions and two scores. Meanwhile QB Aaron Rogers added to the total by tossing for 283 yards and three scores as well.
(2-5) and in first place in your division? That is what happened when the (2-5) Dallas Cowboys were routed by (2-5) Washington 25-3. Washington’s rookie WR Antonio Gibson was the star leading the rushing attack with 128 yards and a score.
Talk about being “nipped in the bud” that is what happened to the (1-6) Atlanta Falcons who were edged out by the (3-3) Detroit Lions 23-22. Lions QB Matt Stafford appeared in mid-season form completing 340 yards of passing and a score. Lions WR Kenny Golladay has been an unsung hero this season with 114 yards on just six receptions.
It was a family reunion for the (3-4) Carolina Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater as he faced his old team (4-2) New Orleans Saints. However, Saints QB Drew Brees completed 287 yards of passing and two touchdowns to lead the Saints to victory.
Pittsburgh Steelers remain the only undefeated team at (6-0) by holding off the (5-1) Tennessee Titans 27-24. Initially, the Steelers had secured the game by halftime at 17-7. However, the game ended on a missed 46-yard field goal by Titans Kicker Steven Gotskowski with no time remaining. Steelers QB Big Ben Roethlisburger led all passing with 268 yards and two scores.
Is Tom Brady the best Quarterback in the league? His play is surely answering the question as the (5-2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat the Las Vegas Raiders 45-20. “I bet the Patriots are banging their heads against the wall for not re-signing him,” stated the Captain. Brady had a magnificent day tossing for a whopping 369 yards and four touchdowns. Brady has now passed Saints QB Drew Brees with 553 touchdowns in his career. In addition, the Bucs added All-Pro WR Antonio Brown to their roster. Bucs Head Coach Bruce Arians stated that Brown is the Buccaneers “insurance policy” and believes Brown has changed his behavior.
Back on track are the (4-2) San Francisco 49ers who routed the (2-4) New England Patriots 33-6. Niners WR Brandon Aiyuk led all receivers hauling in a catch of 115 yards on just six receptions.
Talk about history repeating itself, it was the same icy-snowy conditions when the (2-4) Denver Broncos fell to the (5-1) Kansas City Chiefs 43-16. In the first half, the Broncos were matching the Chiefs on touchdowns and field goals. However, a 50- yard pick-six for a return touchdown by Chiefs DB Daniel Sorenson and a 102-yard kickoff return by Chiefs Returner Byron Pringle placed a dagger in the Broncos hopes. Broncos QB Drew Lock led all passing 254 yards in the loss.
In Los Angeles, the Chargers get their second win at (2-4) by defeating the (1-6) Jacksonville Jaguars 39-29. Chargers rookie sensation QB Justin Herbert was the star knotting 347 yards and three touchdowns for the victory.
“I hope you stayed up late to see this contest,” chided the Captain. As the (5-2) Arizona Cardinals upset the (5-1) Seattle Seahawks 37-34 in overtime. It was a high-scoring affair with Cardinals QB Kyler Murray completed 353 yards of passing and three scores. Cardinal’s unsung hero Place Kicker Zane Gonzales would boot two crucial field goals, a 44-yarder to send the game to overtime and a 48-yarder to secure the overtime win. “Arizona continues to plunge forward as The End Zones’ surprise team this season.
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