Derrick Henry's 76-yard run
I couldn't really think of a clever title, but do I really need one? Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry did what he does best to get the team going after three straight drives of nothing. Henry ran for 76 yards, putting the Titans up on the Buffalo Bills, 7-6.
taylor lewan gives thumbs up after being carted off during scary hit
Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan was carted off before halftime after hitting his head on the back of another player. Lewan remained down and not moving, making everyone hold their breath. The cart came out, and Lewan gave a thumbs up as he was being taken back to the locker room. He is being evaluated for a concussion.
Derrick Henry's second td of the night gives titans the lead
Henry is basically carrying the Titans by himself as his teammates are dropping like flies. Henry ran the ball in for a three-yard touchdown in the third quarter to give the Titans a 24-23 over Buffalo.
titans stop josh allen qb sneak to win
The Titans' defense was able to stop Allen on a fourth down QB sneak from the three-yard line, sealing the 34-31 win over the Bills.
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After being knocked out (literally) of the game last weekend, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones returned to practice on Thursday on a limited basis. Jones' status is still up in the air, as he is currently progressing through concussion protocol and has to be cleared in order to play this week.
Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers are struggling this season, but they finally snapped their losing streak last week. Could this be the spark they need to keep things going? Roethlisberger says they still have a lot of work to do. "We're not by any means going to sit here and say we're fixed; we're this great offense. We're not there yet. We still have a long way to go." Well, at least he's aware.
In probably one of the best quotes I've heard this entire season, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale said of Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert... well, I'll just leave it here.
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After fracturing his ribs during Week Two's game, Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was back at practice on Wednesday. While it's still up in the air whether he will be on the field for Sunday's game, head coach Brian Flores says he would play if it were up to Tagovailoa.
The New York Jets are on a bye this week, and that gives them some time to get their shit together, respectfully speaking. Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson hasn't exactly impressed the way some other rookies have, but he plans to keep working even while he's on a short break. "I'm going home to see my family - I haven't seen them in a while. And I'm going to work with my quarterback coach, John Beck, that I train with. He's super close with our staff as well, so I'm excited to go and just work on some of the things I feel like I can clean up. I'm going to watch the first five games, see what I really want to put an emphasis on, and how I can just clear my mind and spend a little time with the family and then be ready to come back and get after it next week."
Tyrod Taylor is still out this week for the Houston Texans, but head coach David Culley says he'll be the starter when he's healthy. Rookie Davis Mills has been playing in Taylor's place for the past few weeks. "Tyrod comes back and he's healthy, he's our starting quarterback. As far as the quarterback situation, he gives us our best chance to win."
The Kansas City Chiefs' defense isn't doing so hot so far this season, and that's an understatement. Another issue with KC is the number of turnovers they've had on offense. It's very un-Patrick Mahomes-like. However, Mahomes said these types of issues have nothing to do with the defense's struggles. "That's kind of how I have my mindset going into every single game is that, when we get an opportunity to go out there and have success and be successful, we have to capitalize on that. It has nothing to do with whatever is happening on the other side of the ball. It's just our job as an offense on this team."
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The San Francisco 49ers are on a bye this week, and both quarterbacks are having injury issues. Perfect timing? Head coach Kyle Shanahan thinks starter Jimmy Garoppolo should be ready to go by Week Seven, when they take on the Indianapolis Colts. "I think he'll be ready to go next week when we get back. That's the plan. I know he's doing a lot better than he was last week."
Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson and the New York Jets in general are struggling so far this season. New head coach Robert Saleh is making his point (while at the same time doing something he shouldn't) by comparing him to one of the best in the game right now: Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen. "It's not easy being a rookie quarterback, never has been, never will be. Josh Allen the first five games of his rookie year, the numbers were the same as what our guy is going through. I know it can be frustrating sometimes, but it's going to start clicking. It's a rollercoaster ride and you have to take the good with the good, and the bad with the bad."
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The Chicago Bears have made their second-best decision regarding the quarterback position since drafting Justin Fields in April. Fields was named the starter by head coach Matt Nagy (if you believe him, anyway) on Wednesday not only for Week Five, but moving forward.
In something that absolutely not a single person saw coming, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is struggling this season and that's putting it nicely. He agrees, which is the first step in admitting there's a problem. "I need to be better. I need to fight through and figure out how to make better decisions, how to make better throws, be a better football player. That's why I said I'm not going to quit. I'm not doing that. I'm not giving up on this season. No one in the building is." Okay, but maybe you should.
San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo injured his calf during Sunday's game and sat out the first half. He didn't practice Wednesday, but isn't yet ruling himself out of Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. When asked if he would still be hurting this weekend if he takes the field, he said, "I'd be battling through it probably. We'll take it day by day. It hurts, but it is what it is at this point. I'm not going to put anything in stone yet."
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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was absent from practice again on Thursday, making it the second straight practice missed. While it was said that he was just dealing with some back soreness, it is somewhat alarming that he's missing yet another day of work. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman gave an update on his status.
The Arizona Cardinals are currently undefeated, and a lot of that is due to quarterback Kyler Murray. While he's currently being talked about within the ever-elusive "MVP Conversation," Murray says he's not really thinking about that right now. "It's a long season, and I was always raised and taught that if you win as a team, the individual accolades will come. That's how I treated it in high school, that's how I treated it when I won the Heisman, same thing for now. I'm not really worried about MVP or anything like that."
Earlier this week, Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera said that he wants quarterback Taylor Heinicke to calm down a little bit and focus on managing the game better. In other words: Stop doing too much. Heinicke says he takes no issue with Rivera's comments. "I have no problem with it. That's what every quarterback should be - game manager. You take what's there, take what's given, and you move the ball down the field."
I know he's supposed to say this stuff, but Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera is really buttering up his opponent for next week. Rivera kind of over-did it when it came to talking about Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. "I mean, this is a savvy guy, this is a guy that's been doing it a long time and has had a lot of success. He's a league MVP. So you know, he's a really good football player. He's got a good arm. He still makes all the throws. He is a little older, but with that comes wisdom and experience. And that's what you see from Matt." Is it, though?
Oh no. Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had some strong words to say about this week's game against the Los Angeles Chargers and I'm just going to leave them here and call it a jinx. "It was always looked at as another home game and that's no disrespect, it's a fact. The way you practice, the way you meet, it felt like a home game. I fully expect Raider Nation to take over the majority of the stadium again. They usually do." Oh no.
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DJ Chark gets injured early
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark got injured very early on during Thursday's game. Chark was rolled up on from behind and was quickly carted off. He was initially listed as questionable before being downgraded to out with a fractured ankle. It appears his season is likely over.
James Robinson puts Jags on the board first
After a heartbreaking injury early in the game, the Jaguars were able to get on the board first. Running back James Robinson made it into the endzone on a six yard run, putting the Jags up, 7-0.
~ Halftime ~
The Jaguars led the Cincinnati Bengals at halftime, 14-0. Jacksonville's two scores came from the Robinson touchdown and a rushing touchdown from Trevor Lawrence. The Bengals were completely held out of the first half.
Burrow tosses TD to open second half
The Bengals didn't do much in the first half, but they entered the second half swinging. CJ Uzomah caught a 22-yard touchdown from Joe Burrow to bring the score to 14-7.
Joe mixon ties the game
Jacksonville was rolling in the first half, but that's not the case in the second. After Burrow's first touchdown, running back Joe Mixon was able to run it in for a one-yard touchdown, making it a tie game at 14-14.
Another one for James Robinson
With his second touchdown of the night, Robinson finds the endzone with a four-yard run, putting the Jaguars back on top 21-14.
Field goal seals the win for cincy
A 35-yard field goal from Evan McPherson sealed the win for the Bengals, 24-21. The Bengals sit atop the AFC North currently at 3-1.
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy said all three quarterbacks will have the chance to start Week Four. So, where does that leave them? No final decisions have been made yet, but Andy Dalton and Justin Fields practiced on Wednesday. Nagy is still insisting that Dalton is the starter if he's healthy. I'm waiting on the edge of my seat.
One of the best things about having a rookie quarterback is that you have to, at some point, basically expect some growing pains. That's what happened with New England Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones last Sunday. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels mentioned that it's expected, but it also can't become the norm. "You may have a bad quarter, may have a bad day, you may have a bad week, but it doesn't mean you can let that snowball into a bad season. Just taking as much as you can from each opportunity to learn. The adversities are sometimes our best teachers."
Speaking of rookie QBs, Trevor Lawrence is also dealing with something similar. The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't won a game this season, but Lawrence says he can feel himself growing and learning in his first season in the NFL. "I feel like every week I've gotten better. I definitely feel the progress. I feel like I'm seeing it really well. I feel good about where I am."
While we're talking about teams that haven't been playing well this season, may I present to you the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger seems to be one of the more significant problems, showing his age and inability to move around as much as he would probably like. Roethlisberger is (of course) saying that nothing is on any one person or position. "I think there's not this one big glaring thing. It's just a little thing here, a little thing there, which I think is why we can be encouraged as an offense that it's not that far off."
Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill might be down two receivers this week, as both Julio Jones and AJ Brown are dealing with injuries. However, Tannehill somehow isn't worried (I am). "Something we believe in this organization is 'next man up' mentality. Not sure who is going to end up trotting out there on Sunday, but I'm confident in whoever it is."
I love a good revenge game. But apparently, Jacoby Brissett doesn't. With Tua Tagovailoa still out due to a rib issue, Brissett will be starting another week for the Miami Dolphins. And he gets to play his old team, the Indianapolis Colts. Brissett spent four seasons with the team. "I'm not in here for like a revenge game or anything like that. I want to go to win."
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Tom Brady's return to New England is being drilled into our heads this week (I'm already sick of it), but I'm going to talk about the other quarterback in this situation: Patriots rookie Mac Jones. It has to be somehow harder on him than us to constantly hear about Brady's return while he's the new guy just trying to get through his first rodeo. Jones, however, is turning his focus on correcting last week's mistakes. "I think just fixing the corrections from the game we just played is obviously really important and then moving on with the game plan for this week. It will definitely be exciting. Tampa Bay is a great team, and it's a new week. We're excited, and the only thing we can do is focus on each day, and then when Sunday comes, we'll just go out there and play as hard as we can." I hope Jones doesn't turn on ESPN this week.
Houston Texans rookie quarterback Davis Mills made his first NFL start last week because of an injury to starter Tyrod Taylor. Because he didn't get a lot of time to prepare for the start, we should assume the team should take off the training wheels a little bit, and we should expect him to do more in his second start in Week Four. Head coach David Culley explains: "Well, he's going to have a lot more put on him than we put on him last week. I feel like he'll be able to handle that. We're just going to run our offense and let him handle it from there."
With Ryan Fitzpatrick still out for the Washington Football Team, it's up to quarterback Taylor Heinicke to take the reins. But head coach Ron Rivera wants him to rein it in just a smidge. "When Taylor manages things and doesn't force things, you can see him move the ball for us. But when he tries to do more than he needs to, bad things seem to happen." The good news? They have the Atlanta Falcons next week, so they have a chance to work out those kinks.
Sam Darnold (yes, that same one) completed 23 of 34 passes for 304 yards and rushed for two touchdowns for the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, securing a 24-9 win AND (AND!) a 3-0 start. Imagine doing that with the Jets. You can't!
Some highlights and lowlights:
Sam Darnold's touchdown run gives panthers early lead
Can we talk about the change of scenery Sam Darnold has had since being on the godforsaken New York Jets? Darnold went 4-for-5 for 68 yards on this touchdown drive, and capped it off with a five yard run to put the Carolina Panthers up 7-0 on the Houston Texans.
Christian McCaffrey declared out quickly with hamstring injury
It's never a good sign when players are injured and are declared OUT immediately. Running back Christian McCaffrey headed into the blue medical and never came out.
davis mills throws first nfl touchdown
Here's a stat for you: Texans QB Davis Mills is the first quarterback to throw a touchdown in his first start since Ryan Mallett. Mills threw a 64-yard touchdown drive (impressive), and took the score to a comfortable 7-6.
Jaycee horn carted off in third quarter
The injuries really mounted up for the Panthers. Probably their best players, in McCaffrey and then Jaycee Horn were both quickly declared out with injuries. Horn was carted off with a no-contact injury in this play.
tommy tremble touchdown gives panthers lead
Tight end Tommy Tremble (yeah that's a real name) gave the Panthers a 14-6 lead with a 7-yard touchdown after a 91-yard touchdown drive.
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