Recap – Week 4

Whilst the Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins were on their bye week we saw three games, yes THREE, go in to overtime and a dramatic end to Monday Night Football.

 

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Minnesota Vikings v LA Rams  

31-38

Jared Goff had a historical night for the LA Rams, starting with 4 first half touchdown passes. He set career highs in passing yards (465) and touchdowns (5), he is the first Rams quarterback with five touchdowns in a game since Kurt Warner during the Rams’ 1999 Super Bowl-winning season.
His offense racked up 557 yards and six scoring drives against a Vikings defense that was previously the highest praised.

The diversity in LA’s play-calling comes from its variety of runners and receivers, one of whom each week seems to stand out above the rest. This week, it was Cooper Kupp‘s turn, he also set career highs with 162 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Other players did get 100+ scrimmage yards; Brandin Cooks (126), Robert Woods (101) and Todd Gurley (166), they each scored a touchdown and received at least five touches.

Kirk Cousins rebounded from an embarrassing showing against the Bills. He passed for 422 yards, setting a franchise record for most passing yards through four games. His accuracy and relationship with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs is difficult for any defense to defend. Thielen has 473 receiving yards through four games, the most by a Vikings receiver, breaking Randy Moss‘ 2003 record.
Cousins displayed out-of-pocket mobility on a game-high 19-yard run.

The walls gradually closed in on Cousins, as his defamed offensive line grew overwhelmed by a relentless pass rush from Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, Michael Brockers and rookie John Franklin-Myers. Three of the Rams’ four takedowns of Cousins came on the Vikings’ final five plays.


Up Next: 

Vikings v Eagles –  Sunday October 7th (4:25pm)

Rams v Seahawks – Sunday October 7th (4:25pm)

 

 

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Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots 

7-38

Patriots owner Robert Kraft has now seen his team win 300 times since he took over in 1994.

The Patriots’ defense had a sensational day, only letting the Dolphins score right near the end when facing a 38-0 whitewash. By the time Brock Osweiler replaced Ryan Tannehill at quarterback and Frank Gore scored Miami’s only touchdown of the game they’d already waved the surrender flag. This change came with only 10 minutes remaining of the game and Patriots rookie running back Sony Michel had already got more rushing yards than the entire Dolphins offense had in total yards.

Michel and James White impressed for New England combining for 224 yards from scrimmage on 41 touches. White‘s two touchdowns made him the 51st Patriot to accomplish 100 points in his career.

It wasn’t just White that was making the history books, Tom Brady tied with Vinny Testaverde‘s NFL record of throwing touchdown passes to 70 different targets. Rob Gronkowski also joined in by getting four receptions and moving in to fourth place on the Patriots’ all-time reception list (491). Gronk is now only 48 receiving yards away from moving in to second on that list.

Brady‘s offense was just as good, if not better, than the defense. Cordarrelle Patterson took advantage of busted coverage on a pick play for a 55-yard score. Phillip Dorsetthad a nice touchdown catch of his own. On his Patriots debut Josh Gordon reeled in his lone two targets for 32 yards. Rob Gronkowski caught four of seven for 44 yards before having to leave the game with an ankle injury late in the third quarter. Brady will be excited to have Julian Edelman back for the Thursday’s meet-up with the Colts. The possession receiver should be available after serving his four-game suspension.

The Dolphins seemed to prove rather than quell suspicions that their 3-0 start was aided by a friendly schedule. Tannehill was sacked just twice and still managed to get only 100 yards passing in just over three quarters. He also mishandled a shotgun snap that Kyle Van Noy recovered deep in Dolphins territory to set up James White‘s 22-yard touchdown scurry. New England’s defense not only stifled Miami’s ground attack but also  took away the jet sweeps and trick plays that broke Oakland’s in Week 3.

 

Up Next:

Dolphins v Bengals – Sunday October 7th (1pm) 

Colts v Patriots – Thursday October 4th (8:20pm) 

 

 

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Philadelphia Eagles v Tennessee Titans

23-26 (OT)

One of three games that went to overtime this week saw the current Super Bowl champions lose by the equivalent of a field-goal to the Tennessee Titans.

For the majority of the game the Titans lulled the Eagles in to a false sense of security. That wall came tumbling down by a precision air attacked orchestrated by Marcus Mariota that eventually led to their overtime victory.
The comeback started late in the third quarter with Tennessee trailing 17-3. A 2-yard touchdown by Mariota put them back in the game. But it was a game-changing, five-play drive late in the fourth quarter that exposed the Eagles. The Titan’s offensive line was much stronger and Mariota kicked off the drive with a 51-yarder to Corey Davis, whose speed and ability coupled with Mariota‘s dime drop put Tennessee just outside the red zone. An 8-yard run by the QB coupled with a 7-yard pass to Taywan Taylor set up an 11-yard touchdown pass to Tajae Sharpe. The drive that finished with a bowling-theme victory celebration in the end zone, swung the game’s momentum back into Tennessee’s favor even with Jake Elliott’s 30-yard field goal forcing overtime. After struggling early on,  Mariota impressed over the last 20 minutes, completing 30 of 43 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns.

Tennessee converted on three fourth downs in overtime, one of which came on a costly Eagles penalty before Mariota threw a 10-yard pass to Davis in the end zone to secure the comeback win. The impressive, 16-play, 75-yard drive showcased what the Titans can achieve when hope is threatened. Their offense looked perfectly fine without the recently departed Rishard Matthews.

The Eagles’ defense just couldn’t handle the late comeback and newfound momentum from the Titans.

 

Up Next:

Vikings v Eagles –  Sunday October 7th (4:25pm)

Titans v Bills – Sunday October 7th (1pm) 

 

 

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Cincinnati Bengals v Atlanta Falcons

37-36

Cincinnati impressed the whole afternoon and it paid off, the game ended in pure glory for Andy Dolton and his team when he found A.J. Green for a 13 yard, go-ahead touchdown with just seven seconds left on the clock. The veteran quarterback threw for 337 yard and three touchdowns, whilst having to overcome the loss of Tyler Eifert who left with a horrific right ankle injury following a third-quarter catch.

Matt Ryan was nearly perfect for the Falcons, repeatedly finding big-money targets Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and rookie Calvin Ridley. Ryan was lucky to see Bengals’ Tony McRae drop a would-be pick six with minutes remaining.

Tyler Eifert is trying to stay positive about his situation stating “with the support of my family, friends, trainers, teammates and coaches, this will soon be another obstacle that was overcome and life will go on.” He also thanked everyone for their prayers and well wishes.


Up Next:

Dolphins v Bengals – Sunday October 7th (1pm) 

Falcons v Steelers – Sunday October 7th (1pm) 

 

 

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Chicago Bears

10-48

The Fitzpatrick magic finally fizzled, he was sent to the bench after struggling through two quarters. He threw high repeatedly and grappled with Chicago’s relentless pass rush. After the veteran QB became the first player in NFL history to throw for 400+ pass yards in three consecutive games to open the season, he completed just nine of 18 attempts for 126 yards and one interception, for a 49.8 passer rating. Jameis Winston entered the game at halftime trailing 38-3.
Winston didn’t do a whole lot better than Fitzpatrick. On his first possession, the Khalil Mack hit his arm causing the ball to fly in the air for an interception. He was repeatedly engulfed by a Bears’ pass rush. Winston finished 16-of-20 for 145 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
It will be discussed far and wide this week as to whether Winston, back from suspension, will come in as the starting quarterback or if Fitzpatrick will start against the Falcons. Dirk Koetter has some extra time to decide, with next week being his team’s bye week.
Mitchell Trubisky put on a first half show for the home fans with a parade of deep shots on an overmatched Tampa defensive secondary. In just two quarters the quarterback connected on passes of 47, 39, 34, 33 and 30 yards, throwing for 5 touchdowns and a 158.3 QB rating, perfection. His offensive line did a exquisite job giving him time for materialize and speed the ball. Trubisky entered Sunday’s game with 9 touchdown passes in 15 starts, he threw for 6 scores against the Buccaneers.

The Bears’ offense bewildered Tampa’s defenders with creative formations, which included getting a touchdown to Taylor Gabriel on a pop-pass when both Trubisky and backup QB Chase Daniel were both in the backfield together. Tarik Cohen was ungovernable for much of the game with 7 receptions, 121 yards and a touchdown.


Up Next:

Week 5 is Bye Week for both teams

 

 

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Detroit Lions v Dallas Cowboys

24-26

The Dallas Cowboys are back to winning ways.

Ezekiel Elliott  impressed with a marvelous over-the-shoulder catch for 34 yards to set up Brett Maher‘s game-winning field goal. Elliotwas the best player on the field for Dallas, leading in rushing yards with 152 yards on 25 carries and on the receiving end with 88 yards and a touchdown on four receptions. The All-Pro running back leads the NFL in rushing yards (3,040) and 100-yard rushing games (14) since he entered the league as the 4th overall pick in 2016.
Dak Prescott is also having an impressive season. On Sunday he lead the Cowboys to their most points (26) and passing yards (255) since the beginning of December 2017.

Coming off an impressive victory over the Patriots last week their first half performance was dismal. Coach Matt Patricia emphasized at halftime that their performance was unacceptable on defense. Elliott‘s 38-yard touchdown came one play after Romeo Okwara lost a sack to an unnecessary roughness penalty.
Whilst their defense looked better in the second half and with their offense leading to Golden Tate‘s 38-yard touchdown that gave Detroit a one-point lead with two minutes remaining, second-year linebacker Jarrad Davis was beaten by Elliott for the downfield strike that led to the Lions’ demise.


Up Next:

Packers v Lions – Sunday October 7th (1pm)

Cowboys v Texans – Sunday October 7th (8:20pm)

 

 

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Buffalo Bills v Green Bay Packers

0-22

Despite the hefty brace on his left knee Aaron Rodgers impressed. He completed 22 of 40 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He should have had at least two other interceptions, but, luckily for him the Bills’ defense couldn’t hold on to the ball.  The QB had good mobility in the pocket and darted to slide on numerous occasions, despite that knee brace. He totaled 31 yards on five carries, including a long of 15 yards. Even not being 100% fit he showed enough on Sunday to give any defensive coordinator nightmares.

Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen showed the ups and downs of a rookie signal-caller on full display. A week after he guided the Bills to an impressive 27-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings, he came back down to earth with an inconsistent performance against the Packers’ defense. His first half was one to forget, entering halftime he’d only completed a disappointing 5 of 19 passes for 58 yards and an interception, while posting a 17.9 passer rating. This year’s seventh overall pick didn’t top 100 passing yards until the fourth quarter and was consistently under pressure, the Packers sacked Allen seven times. Allen finished the game completing 16 of 33 passes for 151 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.


Up Next:

Titans v Bills – Sunday October 7th (1pm)

Packers v Lions – Sunday October 7th (1pm)

 

 

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Houston Texans v Indianapolis Colts

37-34 (OT)

The Colts forced one of three to go to overtime when Andrew Luck passed short middle to Nyheim Hines for a 9 yard touchdown that tied the game with just 51 seconds left on the clock. Although they ultimately lost in overtime after coach Frank Reich choose to go for it from his own 43 with 24 seconds left , which, led to an incompletion from Luck and Houston’s game-winning drive,  Andrew Luck and Indy’s air attack are a step forward.

Luck thrived under pressure with the game on the line and authored a nine-play, 85-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown march that brought the Colts within 31-29 of Houston. He then found Chester Rogers for the two-point conversion to send the game into overtime. Luck accumulated a remarkable 464 yards and four scores at 7.5 yards per attempt. Indy’s ground game however produced just 41 yards at 2.4 yards per rush.
Deshaun Watson nearly won the game with a deep shot in overtime that DeAndre Hopkins just couldn’t get in the end zone. Watson did strike gold on the next possession with a 24-yard strike to Hopkins that set up Ka’imi Fairbairn‘s 37-yard game-winner. Watson threw for 375 yards and showed some of the same traits that made him a league-wide sensation last year. Hopkins was typically brilliant while rookie Keke Coutee  had a breakout performance. Watson‘s protection remains a concern, with the Colts’ overachieving defense racking up seven sacks and nine tackles for loss.

J.J. Watt impressed on the defense last week with three sacks against the Giants. On Sunday, it was Jadeveon Clowney’s turn with two sacks , which included a key takedown in overtime. Watt was not to be outshone, piling up a pair of takedowns including a strip-sack of Luck at the Indy 5-yard line that set up Watson‘s short scoring strike to Hopkins.

The Texans broke their nine-game losing streak.

 

Up Next:

Cowboys v Texans – Sunday October 7th (8:20pm)

Colts v Patriots – Thursday October 4th (8:20pm)

 

 

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NY Jets v Jacksonville Jaguars

12-31

Blake Bortles had a much better week. He got Leonard Fournette back, although it was brief and T.J. Yeldon back at full strength. Bortles impressed with his improvisions, he dropped, clutched, hesitated, scrambled and threw his way to multiple gains for first downs, and when he threw from the pocket, he was sharper than ever. He impressed with 29-of-38, 388 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

The Jets offense didn’t look very adventurous this week, Bilal Powell ran eight times for 26 yards. Isaiah Crowell rushed four times for a net gain of zero yards. To top off and bad day, he was tackled in the end zone for a safety.

Due to a lack of ground game Sam Darnold was forced to throw 34 times. He missed his target occasionally and was nearly intercepted twice, but he did make a number of excellent throws. Jets’ offensive problems stemmed from receivers dropping a handful of on-target attempts. Two straight drops killed what could have been a key drive just before half time.

Jets host a ferocious looking Denver on Sunday whilst the Jags travel to face the most impressive offense in the league.

 

Up Next:

Broncos v Jets – Sunday October 7th (1pm)

Jaguars v Chiefs – Sunday October 7th (1pm)

 

 

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Seattle Seahawks v Arizona Cardinals 

20-17

Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen got his first career start, completing 15 of 27 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown with some impressive throws. His receivers didn’t help out much early in the game. Wide receivers Christian Kirk, Larry Fitzgerald and J.J. Nelson all dropped passes, and Fitzgerald uncharacteristically dropped two in the first half. Rosen had perfect ball placement on deep passes to both Kirk and Nelson but could only sit back and watch as they let the ball squirt away. Nelson‘s worst dropped past came when the catch would have set the Cardinals up with a first-and-goal.
A young Rosen showed poise throughout the game and led the team late in the fourth quarter to the game-tying score with a laser sharp 22-yard strike to Chad Williams.  The rookie QB’s future looks bright.

The Seahawks produced 171 yards rushing on 34 carries, with Rashaad Penny contributing 49 yards on nine attempts and quarterback Russell Wilson putting his dime in with 21 yards on four carries.

The Seahawks’ attack produced 331 total yards of offense. Seahawks kicker Sebastian Janikowksi had a shaky first half but came through when it mattered most with a 40-yard effort in the third quarter and a jaw dropping game-winning 52-yard field goal late on. He wasn’t the only one to have a shaky day, the defense had one too and will now need to overcome the loss of safety Earl Thomas, who suffered a lower left leg fracture.

 

Up Next:

Rams v Seahawks – Sunday October 7th (4:25pm)

Cardinals v 49ers – Sunday October 7th (4:25pm)

 

 

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Cleveland Browns v Oakland Raiders

42-45 (OT)

Both quarterbacks desperately needed the win, Baker Mayfield, to prove that last weeks win wasn’t just a fluke and that the Browns were right to name him as their starting QB and Derek Carr to end Oakland’s horrendous start to the season and finally get a win. The latter got it, but not before our third overtime of the day.

Mayfield got off to a wobbly start, Raiders’ cornerback Gareon Conley picked off a pass intended for Antonia Callaway and scored a 36 yard return touchdown. The rookie soon settled down which resulted in Cleveland leading 28-14 in the third quarter. Luck wasn’t on his side as the Browns got two untimely turnovers that led to a Raiders second half comeback; a fumble at their 11-yard line which lead to a Raiders’ touchdown three plays letter than cut the score to 28-21 and another one at his 20-yard line resulting in Oakland taking a 31-28 lead.

To his credit, the first overall pick of this years’ draft took responsibility for the loss, telling reporters after the game, “I’m the quarterback of this team, it’s on me.”
He also apologized to his defense stating, “We gave the Raiders a chance to be on offense too many times. When you give an offense like that, with the players they have, so many chances, it’s not going to turn out well for you. Our defense played well. We just gave them the ball on our side of the field too many times.”

Mayfield showed athleticism by escaping potential sacks and displayed his arm strength more than enough times to put the Browns in position to win, proving why put their faith in him by naming him as starter. With the loss, Mayfield learned a valuable lesson that will help to advance his professional career.

The Raiders offense took a while to find their feet and were helped dramatically by offensive blunders from the Browns. They finally got Amari Cooper fully involved, with Derek Carr finding him eight times for 128 yards and a touchdown. It was an encouraging afternoon for a Raiders offense that were still looking for their first win.   Jared Cook flourished in the middle of the field again for the Raiders.

Praise is due to Carr, who had an average day. He made the throws when needed and stood tall in the pocket despite immense pressure. Both Carr and Coach Gruden will be happy that for once this season the question will not be about their losing streak.

 

Up Next:

Ravens v Browns – Sunday October 7th (1pm)

Raiders v Chargers – Sunday October 7th (4:05pm)

 

 

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San Fransisco 49ers v LA Chargers

27-29

The Niners spent the first week of many without number one QB Jimmy Garoppolo who’s out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Coming in for Jimmy G is no easy task but C.J. Beathard displayed toughness and confidence against an undefeated LA Chargers.
The bulk of Beathard‘S career-high 298 passing yards went to George Kittle for 125 yards, who scored a monumental 82 yard touchdown. Beathard showed enough to reinforce coach Kyle Shanahan’s trust in him.
Whilst the Niners will be happy to see the return of Matt Breida next week, the losses of Joe Staley and Dante Pettis due to knee injuries will hurt for however long they are out.

The Chargers have been know to find ways to self-sabotage winnable games. Sunday looked to be headed in that direction but the Bolts pulled out a two-point victory thanks to two of their young stars, Melvin Gordon and Derwin James.
Gordon was the Chargers best offensive player with 159 yards on 22 touches and led the team in receptions (7), whilst being behind their most successful drives.
Rookie safety Derwin James, impressed for the defense, recording three QB hits, a sack and forced the game-winner interception via the blitz. Although we’re only four weeks in he’s on track to being named as a  Defensive Rookie of the Year shortlister.

Caleb Sturgis had a less than average week. He missed his first two attempts on Sunday, a field goal and an extra point, which prompted the Chargers to attempt a two-point conversion on their next touchdown. The kicker then missed another extra point in the second half and was later spotted looking somber on the bench, alone. He turned it around when the Bolts needed it most, after falling down one point in the fourth quarter. Sturgis stepped up and his successful 21-yard field goal with under eight minutes left was the difference. The 29 year old is 67% on extra points and 77% on field goals, which isn’t quite cut-worthy, so he’s safe for now.

 

Up Next:

Cardinals v 49ers – Sunday October 7th (4:25pm)

Raiders v Chargers – Sunday October 7th (4:05pm)

 

 

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New Orleans Saints v NY Giants

33-18

The dismal Saints team who entered the week on a league-worst 34.3 points per game, 6.9 yards per play, and 421 yards per tilt was nowhere to be found.
They impressed this week bottling up Odell Beckham Jr and Saquon Barkley for most of the game. OBJ was held to five catches for 17 yards with just six minutes remaining. The Saints’ defense compiled three sacks, two of which came from Demario Davis, and two forced fumbles.

Taysom Hill impressed for New Orleans. The backup quarterback played a key role throughout the game. At one point the Saints were poised to go 3-and-out for the second straight drive but Hill outsmarted the Giant’s defense and tossed a fake-punt pass for a first down. The QB returned a kick, played lead-blocker for Alvin Kamara, ran over a defensive back on a 19-yard run, and played a big role as a read-option quarterback in the red zone.
The impressive performance may have boosted Hill‘s ego a little too much at one point, he got overzealous on one QB keeper when he should have handed it to Kamara for a touchdown. He learned from it and later atoned on the exact same play giving it to the running back for a score.
Hill’s threat as a runner in the red zone is clear, it’ll be interesting to see if the Saints stick with Hill when Mark Ingram returns from suspension next week.

 

The Giants started off well with a march for a 75-yard touchdown drive on 10 plays with seven first downs. That’s where the excitement of watching them stopped, on their next four dives they generated 63 total yards on 20 plays with four first downs. Tony Romo, commentating for CBS seemed to show signs of lethargy at one point late in the third quarter noting “I feel like every pass is like 3 yards for the Giants.”
The Saints defense had an upper hand over the giants, they had been bombarded by deep shots through three weeks resulting in New York not being able to take advantage with anything downfield. That inability was the difference Sunday.

 

Up Next:

Redskins v Saints – Monday October 8th (8:15pm)

Giants v Panthers – Sunday October 7th (1pm)

 

 

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Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers

26-14

One of, if not the most fiercest rivalries in the NFL did not result in a disappointing show.

The two teams combined for 28 first half points but offensively things started to slow down in the second. Defensively they heated up with 11 drives, five punts, four field goals (all from Ravens’ Justin Tucker) and a fatal interception.

Baltimore dominated the Steelers with lengthy scoring drives of 12, 11 and 14 plays in the final two frames. Pittsburgh were unable to get James Conner going on early downs limiting their third-down play-calling. The Steelers converted just two of their 11 third-down attempts, and Pittsburgh’s night ended with Ben Roethlisberger forcing a third-and-long pass to John Brown in triple coverage, only to throw right into the gut of Anthony Levine, who was hiding in plain sight for a pick.

Steelers’ poor second-half  was all due to the Ravens’ league-leading defense and their first-year defensive coordinator, Don “Wink” Martindale. Tony Jefferson had an early rip-and-run administering a two-score lead for Baltimore within the first six minutes.
Baltimore’s defense didn’t seem to miss cornerback Jimmy Smith, who returns from suspension next week. Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr held their own and bottled up Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster allowing just three catches for 17 yards in the second half. Anthony Levine helped out by picking Big Ben off in the closing minutes and tallied three passes defensed. Their tight coverage paired nicely with Terrell Suggs and second-year linebacker Tim Williams, who recored a sack.

Baltimore rightfully boasts its most complete defense in some time. They are capable of embarrassing lesser offenses like Buffalo and stifling high-flying attacks like Pittsburgh with equal poise.

 

Up Next:

Ravens v Browns – Sunday October 7th (1pm)

Falcons v Steelers – Sunday October 7th (1pm)

 

 

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Kansas City Chiefs v Denver Broncos 

27-23

There was little drama in the first half with the Broncos going in at the break with a 13-10 lead. The second half, however, was filled with drama, the edge of your seat kind, even for neutral fans.

Kansas City’s league-worst defense was no match for rookie running backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, who combined for 136 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Lindsay‘s slash-and-dash style and Freeman‘s ground-and-pound manner hammered a veteran Chiefs front through the first three quarters, racking up first downs and extending drives to keep Patrick Mahomes off the field.

Denver took a 23-13 lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Chiefs hadn’t trailed in a game by more than 10 points since Week 12 of 2017.

The Chiefs’ offense looked stifled for the majority of the the third quarter. Second-year quarterback Mahomes started to turn things around near the end of the third and mounted an impressive comeback. He made some excellent passes, throwing long to Travis Kelce whilst on the shuffle and more remarkably, finding Kareem Hunt on third down with a left handed throw, whilst being tackled outside the pocket, to set up the next first down.

There were some frustrating moments for Mahomes with his offense giving away needless penalties resulting in yardage losses. By the end of the game the Kansas offense had racked up 9 penalties, including one by the man himself for intentional grounding.

Denver fans could sense the frustration and just got louder and the louder, but, the 23 year old seemed to just drown it all out and looked more focused than ever. The fourth quarter was definitely his most impressive. After a Denver time out he saw that the defense weren’t quite set up and made a quick play to Kelce for a 2 yard touchdown.
His possession outside of the pocket was incredible, he escaped tackles and broke free of others, he threw for 192 passing yards outside of the pocket, becoming the first QB to do so in over a decade.
With 1:39 left on the clock Mahomes handed the ball off to Kareem Hunt who ran for a 4 yard touchdown, the field-goal was good and the Chiefs suddenly had a 27-23 lead. Home fans were not happy in the least as on the drive that set up the winning score Mahomes appeared to snap the ball with no time remaining on the play clock. Neither Craig Wrolstad or his crew blew the whistle, and the ensuing play was a 35-yarder to tight end Demetrius Harris to set it up.
It’s the first time since week 12 of 2007 that the Broncos have blown a 10pt lead and the first time since 2004 that they’ve let a lead of that margin go.

The Chiefs defense had a shaky third quarter but looked much improved in the fourth. They ended the game with 4 sacks to Denver’s 1. The best thing to come out of the third quarter for the defense was Eric Murray‘s interception, the first of his career, with just over nine minutes left.
As the clock ticked down and K.C were praying to keep their lead Case Keenum applied the pressure when Denver most needed it, but it wasn’t enough, they wasted too many chances. Keenum threw long to Demaryius Thomas who could only just get fingertips to it. They then went for the hook and ladder on 4th down with less than a minute left but couldn’t convert it. It went down as a Courtland Hutton fumble, which was eventually overuled to an incomplete pass and an interception by the Chiefs, the game ended there.

There’s already talk about Mahomes pacing the MVP race ahead of Jared Goff and Khalil Mack.

Up Next:

Jaguars v Chiefs – Sunday October 7th (1pm)

Broncos v Jets – Sunday October 7th (1pm)

 

 

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Bye Week for the Carolina Panthers & Washington Redskins

 

Up Next:

Giants v Panthers – Sunday October 7th (1pm)

Redskins v Saints – Monday October 8th (8:15pm)

 

 

 

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