Marcus Hayes: With Jalen Hurts lurking, Eagles' Carson Wentz shows he's no Jared Goff, or even Dak Prescott
Jared Goff was excellent Sunday afternoon, and he won. Dak Prescott threw for 450 yards, accounted for four touchdowns, and completed his ninth fourth-quarter comeback.Meanwhile, Carson Wentz lost his second game in a row, largely because Carson Wentz stunk for the second game in a row.Only this time, the Carson Wentz insurance policy was dressed and active.After Wentz’s second straight disaster, it’s time to see what Jalen Hurts can do. He was active Sunday, ahead of veteran Nate Sudfeld, so we know the Eagles believe he’s ready to run the team. Hurts even entered the game for three plays — a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mark Bradley: The Falcons banked on continuity. Well, they're still bad.
Here’s where the flip side of continuity shows itself. Here’s where the again-chastened players gaze across the locker room at their accentuate-the-positive coach and wonder, “If he’s the guy to lead us upward and onward, why is the whole world laughing at us again?” Here’s where the coach gazes back and says, “What part of ‘FALL ON THE BALL!’ didn’t you gentlemen understand?”Here’s where players and a coach in their sixth season together have heard/said it all a dozen times over, and we on the outside see no evidence — not one speck — that anything has changed. On Feb. 5, 2017, these Falcons ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Larry Stone: Without 12s at CenturyLink, the Seahawks created their own hostile environment — and rode it to a 2-0 record
As he explained just what went wrong on the fateful final play Sunday — “I was trying to be patient and thinking too much” — Cam Newton had a surprising assessment of a mostly empty CenturyLink Field.“I would say it was a hostile environment,” said the Patriots quarterback, who has ample experience in the Clink’s unfriendly confines. “I would still consider it a hostile environment, with them being so comfortable in their home stadium.”Newton was speaking of a subtle, understated and frankly limited home-field advantage for the Seahawks. What they usually get is thundering, in-your-face cacoph...
The Seattle Times
Raiders roar back to beat Saints in Las Vegas debut
The Raiders went to Vegas Monday night and won big.Spotting the New Orleans Saints an early 10-point lead, the Raiders played keepaway on offense and made enough key plays on defense for a 34-24 win in the first game in the history of Allegiant Stadium.Quarterback Derek Carr completed 28 of 38 passes for 282 yards and touchdowns of 3 yards to Alec Ingold, 15 yards to Zay Jones and 1 yard to Darren Waller. Jalen Richard had a 20-yard touchdown run on third-and-10 with 7:43 to go, and Daniel Carlson added field goals of 28 and 54 yards, the latter coming with 1:08 to play.Carr threw a lot to tig...
The Mercury News
Chip Scoggins: Mike Zimmer on Vikings offense, 'Right now we're not very good at anything'
INDIANAPOLIS – At one point in the second half Sunday, Kirk Cousins’ report card stood at 1.8, which would be bad if he were a student and that was his grade-point average, but as an NFL quarterback, a rating that low would make Spergon Wynn wince.Remarkably, it got worse.Yep, Cousins accomplished a nearly impossible feat. He pulled a Blutarsky in passer rating after three quarters.0.0.“Certainly disappointed,” Cousins said. “It was just a poor day.”For him, his team, the whole operation.The Vikings are 0-2 and not close to being competent, which is best reflected in their quarterback’s perfor...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
49ers' Nick Bosa out for season with torn ACL
Nick Bosa’s senior year in high school was just five years ago, and it got ruined by an anterior cruciate ligament tear.Same goes for his second year with the 49ers.Medical tests confirmed that Bosa tore the ACL in his left knee during Sunday’s 31-13 win at the New York Jets, the 49ers announced Monday afternoon.His was the worst of four knee injuries sustained on MetLife Stadium’s suspect, synthetic surface. Solomon Thomas is feared to have torn his left knee’s ACL, too. Raheem Mostert (MCL sprain) is most likely out for Sunday’s return trip to New York to face the Giants, and fellow running ...
The Mercury News
Vikings' Anthony Barr is out for the season
The struggling Vikings defense will have to right the ship this season without linebacker Anthony Barr, who was placed on injured reserve Monday because of a season-ending torn pectoral muscle, coach Mike Zimmer said.Barr, the 28-year-old Pro Bowl player and team captain, suffered the injury near the end of the first quarter of Sunday’s 28-11 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He came up clutching his right shoulder after tackling Colts running back Jonathan Taylor on a 5-yard catch, and seemed to play through the injury for one snap before leaving the game between the first and second quarters.B...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Seahawks defensive back Marquise Blair out for season with knee injury suffered vs. Patriots
Confirming what were the worst fears the moment it happened, Seahawks defensive back Marqiuse Blair will be sidelined for the season after tearing his ACL in Sunday night’s 35-30 win over the New England Patriots, coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday.Carroll made the announcement while also confirming that linebacker/rush end Bruce Irvin will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL when he met the media via Zoom Monday afternoon. Carroll said both will need surgery.“We are going to miss those guys and feel terrible for them,” Carroll said.Blair was injured early in the second quarter ...
The Seattle Times
Lions' problems are 'from the neck up,' LB Reggie Ragland says
Reggie Ragland knows a thing or two about winning. You could argue, it’s all he knows. Outside of his first NFL season in Buffalo, where he was sidelined the entire year with an injury, the Detroit Lions linebacker has won, and won big, at every level.How many guys can say they’ve won a state championship in high school, a national championship in college and a Super Bowl? Probably not too many. So in training camp, when Ragland said he saw the same qualities in this Detroit team as he did with last year’s Kansas City squad, it raised some eyebrows.Or maybe those were eye rolls. It can be toug...
The Detroit News
Adam H. Beasley: The Miami Dolphins did a lot wrong Sunday. Here's an important thing they did right.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores defended his decision to go for the touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the 1 on Sunday this way: “You’ve got to be aggressive to beat a good team.”He’s right, even if the result — a dropped touchdown by Preston Williams in a game the Dolphins lost by a field goal — was ugly.More proof:The analytics website EDJ Sports says Flores’ choice was the fourth-best decision of the week, and it increased the Dolphins’ game-winning chance by 5.4 percent.The strategy — score as many points as possible — was sound. The execution — a perfect ball through Williams’ hands — was not....