By: Frank Hyden
There were a few upsets yesterday but also some potent offenses on display and only one undefeated team remains that way and one winless team stays that way. Let’s get to the rundown.
–The New Orleans Saints beat the Carolina Panthers 27-24 as Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater each threw 2 touchdowns as the Saints edged the Panthers despite not having either Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
–The Buffalo Bills beat the New York Jets 18-10 behind 6 field goals from kicker Tyler Bass as they kept the Jets winless. Josh Allen put up numbers, passing for 307 yards and rushing for 61 more, but no touchdowns is a bad look for this suddenly struggling offense.
-The Cleveland Browns won a wild one over the Cincinnati Bengals 37-34 as the lead changed hands over and over. This is the first time in NFL history that 5 go-ahead TD passes happened in the 4th quarter. It was a duel between Baker Mayfield and Joe Burrow. Mayfield had 5 touchdown passes while Burrow had 406 yards passing. Wild game. The Browns are now 5-2.
-The Washington Football Team beat the Dallas Cowboys 25-3 in another pathetic showing for the Cowboys. Andy Dalton was knocked from the game with a concussion after a dirty hit.
-The Green Bay Packers beat the Houston Texans 35-20 behind a great game by Aaron Rodgers, who threw 4 TDs and Davante Adams, who had 2 TDs and 196 yards receiving. Green Bay moved to 5-1 with the win.
-The Detroit Lions beat the Atlanta Falcons 23-22 as Matthew Stafford threw a TD to T.J. Hockenson as time expired. The Falcons found a new way to lose, with Todd Gurley scoring a TD late and the Lions surging back the other way to win after the Falcons had a 95+% chance of victory.
-The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Tennessee Titans 27-24 to remain undefeated at 6-0. The Steelers took a big lead early but the Titans rallied and nearly tied it but Stephen Gostowski missed a 46 yard field goal late in the 4th quarter.
-The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Las Vegas Raiders 45-20 to move to 5-2 on the season. Tom Brady threw for 4 touchdowns and ran for another as he continues to defy age and play well.
-The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos 43-16 in a well-rounded performance that saw them return an interception 50 yards for a touchdown as well as a 102 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Chiefs moved to 6-1 with the win.
-The Los Angeles Chargers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 39-29 as Justin Herbert continues to impress, throwing for 347 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win.
-The San Francisco 49ers destroyed the New England Patriots 33-6 as Cam Newton struggled with 3 INTs and got benched late. The 49ers got 112 yards rushing and 3 TDs from Jeffrey Wilson and 115 yards receiving from Brandon Aiyuk. The patriots are now 2-4 on the season.
-The Arizona Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks 37-34 in Overtime. Russell Wilson had 84 yards rushing and 388 yards passing with 3 touchdowns but also 3 interceptions. Kyler Murray had 67 yards rushing and 360 yards passing with 3 touchdowns but only 1 interception. The game was incredible but there was a legendary effort play that was the true highlight for me. Budda Baker got an INT and raced towards the end zone, free and clear. All of a sudden, you see D.K. Metcalf racing towards him and gaining ground rapidly. Metcalf gets him down inside the 10 and saves a touchdown. That’s one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen in a game. Here’s a YouTube video of it from multiple angles. The SkyCam angle is the most impressive in my eyes as there’s no one in frame and then suddenly, BAM!, there he is. Keep in mind, Metcalf is listed at 229lbs.
This ranks up there with Larry Allen chasing down and preventing a Pick-6. I can’t put it above that because Allen was listed at 325lbs. Here’s a clip of it with Dan Dierdorf, Al Michaels, and Frank Gifford being blown away by watching this. I’m sure there’s plenty of others I’m missing, I remember one time watching Terrell Owens when he was on the Cowboys sprinting hard downfield (starts at 1:00) to get a block on a Patrick Crayton TD reception. Another personal favorite was Benjamin Watson chasing down Champ Bailey as Bailey took a Tom Brady INT from one end zone to the other but got caught at the end. Here’s a video of that. This was incredible, Watson goes well over 100 yards to chase him down. That kind of effort, that’s inspiring.
Metcalf’s hustle was also in a losing game so it might not be remembered as long as it should but man, that was amazing. I love effort plays like that.
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