NFL Upon Further Review

By: Nabeela Damji

Monday, October 22, 2018

BRONCOS @ CARDINALS 
The Broncos snapped a four-game losing streak at the hands of the struggling Cardinals on Thursday Night with an impressive 45-10 win.
Todd Davis retuned Josh Rosen’s deflected pass for a TD and Chris Harris Jr took another back 53-yards for a TD as the Broncos took an early 21-3 lead. Rosen threw three interceptions and fumbled twice.
And it went from bad to worse. He limped off the field after being sacked for the sixth time, but afterward said he was fine. The Cardinals who were down 35-3 at the half, fell to 0-4 at home for the first time since 1979. Case Keenum completed 14 of 21 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown with one interception for the Broncos.
TITANS @ CHARGERS 
The Chargers held on for their fourth straight win with a 20-19 victory over the Titans on Sunday in London.
Tennessee drove 89 yards over the final five minutes before Marcus Mariota’s 1-yard pass to TE Luke Stocker pulled them to within on point. Then with 31 seconds remaining in the game, the Titans decided to go for a 2-pointer.
It didn’t’ work.
Adrian Phillips broke up Mariota’s pass attempt to seal the victory for the Chargers, who were without running back Melvin Gordon. Austin Ekeler earned his first start in place of Gordon, and ran for 42 yards on 12 carries.
Philip Rivers completed 19 of 26 passes for 306 yards, and threw two TD passes in the win. Mariota was 24 of 32 for 237 yards with an interception.
PATRIOTS @ BEARS 
The Pats were without star TE Rob Gronkowski Sunday.
Did that change anything?
Not so much.
Tom Brady threw three TD’s as the Pats held on to beat the Bears 38-31 Sunday. New England also got two special teams TD’s in the win, and Brady improved to 5-0 against Chicago, who are one of five teams yet to beat him. He was 25 of 36 for 277 yards in the win. Van Noy became the first Pats player to return a blocked punt for a TD since Tedy Bruschi in 1996. His 29-yard return gave New England a 31-24 lead with just under six in the third. Josh Gordon caught four passes for 100 yards, and set up a 2-yard reception by James White to make it 38-24 with less than nine left in the game. White then tried to haul it in but was stopped just short of the goal line. White had 57 yards receiving, two TD’s and ran for a team high 40 yards. Mitchell Trubisky completed 26 of 50 passes for 333 yards, two TD’s and two interceptions. He also ran for a career high 81 yards and a score.
BILLS @ COLTS 
Oh, Buffalo.  Is winning really that hard?
The Bills third ranked defense (seriously) couldn’t slow down the Colts who ran for 220 yards in their 37-5 win on Sunday afternoon.  The win for the Colts snapped a four-game losing streak, and celebrated their franchise 300th win since moving from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1984. Andrew luck went 17 of 23 with 156 yards, and threw two TD passes to T.Y Hilton and one each to Marlon Mack and Eric Swoope.  Buffalo, on the other hand, had a lone field goal in the entire second half.
After benching Nathan Peterman and starting Derek Anderson in place of injured Josh Allan, the Bills have lost two straight and three of four.  In the loss, Anderson went 20 of 31 with 175 yards three interceptions and a lost fumble in his first start since December 2016. The Bills have had only two TD’s in their last four games.
Yikes.
SAINTS @ RAVENS 
Speaking of Baltimore…
Missing the first conversion of your career with 24 seconds left in a game is not really he best feeling. Just ask Justin Tucker.
Seriously, the guy was 222 for 222 and was the only NFL kicker without a miss (112 for 112) since the placement of the ball was moved back I 2015.
Tucker missed the first conversion of his career just after the Ravens scored a potential tying TD, giving the Saints a narrow 24-23 victory in Baltimore.
In other news: no lead is safe, and no record is safe when you’re up against Drew Brees. Drew Brees was 22 of 30 for 212 yards and threw two TD passes and racked up a couple more milestones in the win. Down 10 points, Brees brought the Saints back against a unit that allowed only 12 second half points all season. With less than 5 mins left, he threw a TD pass to Michael Thomas to put the Saints up 21-17.
Brees also threw his 500th career TD pass, connecting with Benjamin Watson on a 1-yard score. He joins Brett Farve, Tom Brady, and Peyton Manning as the only QB’s in league history with 500 TD passes.
And more milestones… With the win, Brees defeated the Ravens for the first time, and became one of three QB’s – along with Farve and Manning – to beat every team in the league. Joe Flacco completed 23 of 39 passes for 279 yards in the loss.
TEXANS @ JAGUARS 
Man, things were going so well for the Jaguars.  And things were going not-so-well for the Texans. What the hell happened?
Well, Deshaun Watson threw a TD pass, Lamar Miller ran for 100 yards and a score as the Texans took a 20-7 win over the Jaguars in Jacksonville on Sunday. The Jaguars, on the other hand, turned the ball over three times, benched QB Blake Bortles, lost their third straight and had a meltdown in the lock room after.
So yeah.
Watson completed 12 of 24 passes for 139 yards including a 10-yard TD to DeAndre Hopkins to put Houston up 20-0 in the third quarter.
Cody Kessler replaced Blake Bortles, and threw a TD pass, but also fumbled and threw and interception. The Jaguars also failed to score in the first half for the third straight week, the first time they’ve done so in franchise history, and have been outscored 57-0 in the opening two quarters in losses to the Chiefs, Cowboys, and Texans.
LIONS @ DOPHINS 
After being outscored 78-44 in their first two games, the Lions clawed their way back to .500 with a 32-21 win over the Dolphins. Kerryon Johnson rushed for 158 yards and the Lions netted 248 yards on the ground, their highest total in 21 years in the win. Matthew Stafford was 18 of 22 for 217 yards and two TD’s in the win. Johnson carried 19 times and barely needed a quarter to reach 100 yards. He ran for 24 on the Lions first play and later drew a 71-yard gain. The Lions longest running play since 2011, to set up a field goal. The Dolphins lost for the first time at home this season, and lost a couple people along the way.  Receiver Albert Wilson was sidelined in the first half, and Kenny Stills limped to the locker room with a minute left in the game.
Brock Osweiler threw for 239 yards for Miami, and tried to rally with a 54 yard TD from Kenyan Drake and Danny Amendola’s 24 yard scoring reception, but it wasn’t; enough.
VIKINGS @ JETS 
The Minnesota Vikings had never defeated the New York Jets on the road. That all changed on Sunday.
Kirk Cousins threw two TD passes, Latavius Murray ran for two scores as the Vikings won their third straight victory in a 37-17 win over the Jets on Sunday.
Vikings Wide Receiver Adam Thielen became the fifth plater in the NFL history to get at least 100 yards receiving in seven consecutive games.  He caught nine passes for 110 yards and a TD in the win. Cousins was 25 of 40 for 241 yards.
Sam Darnold was 17 of 42 for 26 yards and a TD pass to Chris Herndon, but was intercepted three times in a loss than snapped the Jets’ two game winning streak.
PANTHERS @ EAGLES 
Note to the Eagles dance troupe: No lead is safe.
The Panthers overcame a 17-point deficit, their biggest comeback in franchise history, to hand the defending Superbowl Champs their third loss this year with a 21-17 win in Philadelphia.
Cam Newtown threw a 1-yard TD pass to Greg Olsen with 1:22 left, and Julius Peppers sacked Carson Wentz forcing a fumble on fourth down from the Panthers 14 to seal the deal. Newton finished 25 of 39 for 269 yards and ran for 49.
Carson Wentz’s 11-yard TD pass to Alshon Jeffrey gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead in the second, while Zach Ertz had catches for 15 and 22 yards before the score. Wentz then tossed a 1 yarder to Dallas Goedert to make it 17-0 in the third. Paging Nick Foles…
BROWNS @ BUCCANEERS 
Can the Browns just win or lose in regulation? Seriously.  Chandler Catanzaro’s 59-yard field goal- the longest ever in overtime- was enough the give the Bucs a 26-23 win over the Browns. Catanzaro missed an extra point in the first half, as well as a 40-yard field goal in the final play of regulation. Jamies Winston completed 32 of 52 passes for 365 yards and no TD’s.  He was sacked four times, threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. The Browns forced four turnovers, two interceptions and two fumbles, and wasted a scoring opportunity when Baker Mayfield fumbled backwards on picking up the first down in the final minutes of the second quarter.
COWBOYS @ REDSKINS 
What the hell is the rule that lead to a “snap infraction” penalty? Don’t ask anyone on the Cowboys or the Redskins.  They don’t know either. So, here’s what happened.
A Redskin’s lineman moved early, but the flag went up against the Cowboys long snapper L.P Ladoceur because he moved the ball illegally.
Sure. Moving on…
The Redskins narrowly edged the Cowboys 20-17 on Sunday to keep top spot in the NFC East after Cowboys Brett Maher missed the potential tying kick.
Washington won consecutive games for the first time this season, while Dallas dropped to 0-4 on the road and 3-4 heading into their bye week.
Alex Smith finished 14 of 25 for 178 yards, and the Redskins limited Ezekiel Elliottt o 34 yards on 15 carries, the second lowest total of his pro career.
Dak Prescott was 22 of 35 for 273 yards, with a TD pass and TD run.
RAMS @ 49ERS  The Rams are 7-0. *goes online to buy a Rams jersey* Todd Gurley scored three TD’s and Jared Goff threw two TD passes as the Rams beat the 49ers 39-10 on Sunday for their first 7-0 start since 1985. Gurley scored on a 7-yard run in the second quarter and a 1-yard run in the third. His 12-yard catch capped off his fifth three-touchdown game in the past two seasons, and his14 TD’s this season tie Priest Holmes for the most through seven games in the Super Bowl era.
C.J. Beathard has thrown seven interceptions and lost three fumbles in four starts as the Niners have committed 14 straight turnovers since their last takeaway on Sept 30th.
BENGALS @ CHIEFS 
Patrick Mahomes.
Tyreek Hill.
Also, Kareem Hunt.
I could really go on
Mahomes threw for a whopping 358 yards and four TD’s under the bight lights of Sunday night, as the Chiefs scooped up their sixth win of the season with a 45-10 route of the Cincinnati Bengals. Kareem Hunt nabbed three TD’s in the win. Mahomes was 28 of 39 and connected with eight targets.  Hill had seven catches for 68 yards and a score.  Travis Kelce had five catches for 95 yards as the Chiefs racked up 551 yards on offense.
On the other, very lonely, side Andy Dalton was held to just 148 yards passing with a TD and an interception.
The Bengals are 3-16 on Sunday Night, losing nine straight.