Upon Further Review - Week 9 - Nov 5, 2018

By: Nabeela Damji

Monday, November 5, 2018


Raiders @ 49ers

Nick Mullens FINALLY got his twitter account verified.  All he need to do was beat the Raiders in Thursday Night Football. 

 It was looking like this game was going to be a doozy, with both teams having a COMBINED total of TWO wins, but it was anything but that.  Well, at least for the 49ers anyway.

Mullens was 16 of 22 for 262 yards and three TD”s in the 49ers dominant 34-3 win over the Raiders. The former undrafted free agent had a 151.9 passer rating, the highest for a QB with at least 15 attempts in the NFL since the merger in 1970.  TD passes went to Pierre Garcon and Kendrick Bourne on the opening two drives, while George Kittle was set up for a third. Raheem Mostert added a 52 yard TD and the 49ers defense had eight sacks for the first time since 2009.

The Raiders, who lost their fourth straight, saw Derek Carr go 16 for 22 for 171 yards and was sacked seven times, before being replaced by backup A.J McCarron, who sacked once more for good measure apparently.

Rams @ Saints

Me all week: “Guys, there is NO WAY the Saints are going to win this one

Me Sunday night: *Google’s how to erase people’s memories*


The Rams came into this one undefeated, and the Saints came into this one with no defense. How do you think this one played out?

Lavin Kamara had three first half TDs as the Saints did everyone in the NFC a favor and handed the Rams the first loss of the season with a 45-35 win in the Dome.

Kamara joined Jim Brown as the only players 23 or younger with 3+ TDs in three games in a single NFL season.

What the hell were you doing when you were 23? Exactly.

 Drew Brees passed for 346 yards and four touchdowns in the Saints seventh straight win. Michael Thomas broke the Saints single game receiving record against the Rams, with 211 on the night, and celebrated by showing some love to former pro bowl wide receiver Joe Horn.

Jared Goff passed for 391 yards and three TDs and rallied to tie it up at 35 with 21 unanswered points in less than 21 minutes. 

Both teams scored touchdowns on each of their first two possessions, with Kamara’s 11-yard run, and Todd Gurley’s 8-yard score. Seriously, who else were you expecting?

Steelers @ Ravens

Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes, and ran for a score to help the Steelers beat the Ravens and their first ranked defense 23-16 on Sunday. Against Baltimore, the Steelers racked up 395 yards and converted 10 of 16 third down plays in the win.

James Conner rushed for 107 yards and scored a TD for the Steelers, who have now won four straight since this loss to the Ravens on September 30.

Big Ben was 28 of 47 for 270 yards, and his 1-yard run gave the Steelers a 20-6 lead the third quarter.

This was the third straight loss for the Ravens, who managed to score only one touchdown, and had two field goals in the first half to trail 14-6. Baltimore got another field goal to get within a touchdown with just over five minutes left, but couldn’t get it done.


Bears @ Bills

So at this point, were just used to the Bills losing like this, right?

The Bears forced four turnovers, including two returned for touchdowns less than four minutes apart, as the Bears mauled the Bills 41-9 in Buffalo. The Bills haven’t topped 10 points five times this season, and their four turnovers were one short of a season worst.

Jordan Howard had two TD runs, Eddie Jackson scored on a 65-yard fumble retune and Leonard Floyd returned a tipped pass, all in the second quarter alone.

The Bears did however allow their first TD run that ended in a Bills touchdown scored by none other than everyone’s favorite QB Nathan Peterman. He threw three interceptions in his first career start since their loss to Baltimore, and finished 31 of 49 for 187 yards.

Chicago has now won their second straight and improved to 5-3, their best start through eight games since 2013.  QB Mitchell Trubisky finished 12 of 20 for 135 yards, an interception and a two yard TD to tight end Trey Burton.

The Bills, have lost their fourth straight, and dropped to 2-7, their worst record through nine games since 2010. They have been outscored 157-46 in their past six games.

Buccaneers @ Panthers

The Carolina Panthers grabbed a win at home, beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 42-28 in a divisional matchup on Sunday.

Cam Newton completed 19 of 25 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Christian McCaffrey racked up 157 total yards and scored twice in the win. Carolina has scored a total of 99 points in their last nine quarters, and scored touchdowns on five straight possessions Sunday. Defensive End Mario Addison raised his team leading sack total to 7 ½, with three in Sundays game.

The Fitzmagic fizzled out after Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two costly interceptions- one on the games second possession that led to a TD, and the other late in the fourth.  He finished with 243 yards passing and four TD’s, two to Adam Humphries and O.J Howard, and almost led the comeback that saw the deficit cut to seven before running out of gas.


Chiefs @ Browns

The last time Mahomie Mahomes (I need to trademark that and make t shirts) and Baker Mayfield met up, they combined for an epic 1,700 yards in offense. 

What. The. Hell.

Could they do it again in their first matchup as pros?


Mahomes passed for 375 yards, threw three TD passes, two of those going to Cleveland native Travis Kelce, and Kareem Hunt had two scoring runs and one receiving runs as the Chiefs beat the Browns 37-21 Sunday.

Mahomes, who played in his 10th career game Sunday, has 29 TD passes and 3, 185 passing yards, both the most by a player in his first 10 career games in NFL history. He’s also the only QB in league history to pass for at least 3,000 yards in the first 10 NFL games.

Ten games.  The guy has only played 10 games. 

Cleveland, on the other hand, lost their fourth straight with Mayfield going 29 of 42 for 297 yards and throwing two TD passes to Duke Johnson.

The Chiefs scored a TD on each of its first three possessions in the first half, and took a 28-15 lead in the third with Mahomes 13 yard TD to Kelce.


Jets @ Dolphins

I kind of feel bad for Sam Darnold.  There, I said it.  Don’t at me.

Rookie Jerome Baker and a staunch Dolphins defense (huh), bested Sam Darnold and the Jets 13-6 on Sunday.

Darnold threw four interceptions and was sacked four times in the loss, and was 21 of 39 for 229 yards.

T.J Mcdonald and Walt Aikens made interceptions that ended the Jets final two possessions, and the Dolphins ended a two game losing streak in the process. 

Brock Osweiler improved to 2-2 as a starter (yay), and went 15 of 24 for 139 yards and was sacked four times.

The Jets lost their third in a row and have scored a total of 33 points in that streak. 

Lions @ Vikings

The Vikings defense came for the Lions in a lopsided 24-9 win at home Sunday afternoon.

Danielle Hunter had 3 1/2 of the Vikings franchise record 10 sacks, plus a fourth quarter fumble returned for a touchdown in the win.  So yeah, he put in work.

Minnesota limited Detroit to a season-low 214 total yards, while the Lions streak of 25 consecutive games with at least 14 points came to a halt


Falcons @ Redskins

Julio Jones 12-game touchdown drought came to an end as the Falcons beat the Redskins 38-14 in Washington Sunday. Jones made seven receptions for 121 yards in the win.

Matt Ryan completed 26 of 38 passes for 350 yards and four touchdowns, including the 35-yard screen to Jones. The Falcons defense held the Redskins to 35 first-quarter yards, while Adrian Peterson was held to 17 yards on nine carries.  Alex Smith was 30 of 46 for 306 yards, and interception and a touchdown.

Texans @ Broncos

Demaryius Thomas’ welcome home party hit an all time high, when ex teammate Brandon McManus missed 51-yard attempt went wide, giving the Texans a close 19-17 win on Denver.

DeShaun Watson targeted Thomas three times for 61 yards, including back-to -back grabs on Houston’s opening drive. However, it wasn’t all pretty.  His fourth quarter blunders included a false start and lining up in the wrong spot- which led to him running over to Watson to ask him what to do.  Seriously.  

Watson’s 36th career TD throw was to DeAndre Hopkins that put the Texans up 13-3. The only other QB’s in NFL history to have 35 or more TD passes in their first 16 NFL games were Kurt Warner and Dan Marino.

Case Keenum threw a 5-yard TD to tight end Jeff Heuerman, and then running back Phillip Lindsay lost a yard, setting up McManus for the field goal.

Houston joined the 1970 New York Giants as the only reams since the merger to win six straight following a 0-3 start.

Chargers @ Seahawks

The Chargers held to beat the Seahawks 25-17 on Sunday.

Phillip Rivers threw two touchdowns Melvin Gordon ran for 113 yards as the Chargers won their fifth straight.

The Seahawks had a late surge, after a pass interference call against Michael Davis on the final play of regulation gave Seattle an unlimited down and a chance to send this one into overtime. Russell Wilson’s 6-yard TD to Nick Vannett with less than two minutes remaining cut the lead to one score.  The Seahawks then got the ball back with 1:24 at their own 22, and made their way to the Chargers 44 with 50 seconds left. Wilson’s final attempt for Moore was tipped by Jahleel Addae ad was incomplete. Wilson was 26 of 39 for 235 yards.

Rivers became the fourth QB in league history to start 200 straight games, while Keenan Allen had 124 yards on six receptions for the Chargers.

Packers @ Patriots

Everyone in the world: “Are you ready to watch the GOAT battle it out”

Me: Sorry, I already watched the Saints game…


Moving on…

The Brady/Rodgers matchup was everything we wanted it to be, but in the end it was the dude with five rings that walked away victorious. 

Tom Brady threw for 294 yards and a TD, while James White ran for two scores as the Patriots beat the Packers 31-17 Sunday Night.

Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 43 passes and had two TD’s but couldn’t take the lead after tying the game in the third at 17 apiece after Rodgers hit Jimmy Graham for a 15-yard pass for his second TD on the season. Late in the third, with both teams tied at 17, Rodgers fumbled for Green Bay, which led to Julian Edelman hitting up White on a 37-yard catch-and-run to set up a TD. On the next possession, Brady hit up Josh Gordon for a 55-yard TD.  Gordon caught five passes for 130 yards on the night, in his 12th 1-yard receiving game of his career.

Packers Jermaine Whitehead was ejected in the second quarter, after being called for unnecessary roughness.  Whitehead was the replacement after Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was traded last week.