TGIF * Turf Show with the family!
* Thank god it’s football
How was this hectic second week in the NFL? A week after blasting their competition, NFC West decided to pull things a little closer for more convenience in one-possession games. rams 27-24 victory over the Colts was a microcosm of how the afternoon was going to play out for the division.
Los Angeles remains tied for first place after the win as the 49ers and Cardinals also claimed wins on Sunday. The Seahawks weren’t invited by the winner’s circle and now sit last in the division. Someone finally had to be a victim in the Old West and be thankful that there was only them. Let’s go ahead and check the results of each division match.
Cardinals deliver Viking funeral to Minnesota in narrow victory
This week, the Cardinals have probably had the best and perhaps luckiest ending of the weekend, thanks to a failed field goal that Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said, “should be easy”.
Kyler Murray, or Baby Yoda, as we should be starting to call him, threw for 400 yards and added three more touchdowns as part of his scorching start. Murray’s 400 yards were the second highest yield of his career after racking up 406 yards against the Eagles last season. Kyler also ran for a floor score which was the 17th in his career, setting a new franchise record for QBs. If he continues that hot streak, he will become an MVP favorite before we know it.
Since the defense couldn’t follow through on a recall performance after last week’s win over the Titans, they don’t have any highlights so I’ll stick to the offense. Rookie wide receiver Rondale Moore looked impressive again, making seven passes for 114 yards, including that gnarly 77-yard touchdown on an absurd play from Murray:
Tight end Maxx Williams also caught seven assists as he fell six yards from the mark of the century. Oh yeah, and AJ Green did stuff too. Nothing good Williams or Moore, but he had three receptions for 44 yards and this touchdown at the start of the third quarter:
Next week: The Redbirds travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars. Chandler Jones will likely have 20 sacks in this game, so Trevor Lawrence might think about making himself sick.
Cry Eagles Cry as they lose the defensive battle against the 49ers
Don’t let 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa fool you by any means. I don’t care if he looks harmless, as this photo with some French Bulldogs seems to illustrate:
These puppies should thank their lucky stars for not being on the Philly offensive line shielding quarterback Jalen Hurts from his anger in a 17-11 victory over the Eagles. Bosa seems to be back after the Torn ACL that ended its 2020 campaign. He recorded a pair of sacks in the afternoon, bringing his total to three over the year, including this vicious on Hurts, who suffered a lot:
On the offensive end of the ball, wide receiver Deebo Samuel added to his surprising start to 2021 by catching six more passes for 93 yards. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo rocked a slow start to the game, scoring 22-30 for 189 yards and a touchdown while shooting one to himself. There weren’t many highlights for him, but that throw at the end of the second quarter was ridiculously good:
In other news, San Francisco may want to try and wrap their running backs in bubble wrap every game. A week after losing Raheem Mostert for the season, the Niners lost three more backs who were trying to replace it. In five minutes, starter Elijah Mitchell injured his right shoulder, then JaMycal Hasty injured his ankle, and finally rookie Trey Sermon left the game with a concussion. Hasty and Sermon did not return while Mitchell did, but he will undergo further testing once the team returns to the bay.
Next week: The 49ers welcome the Packers on Sunday night football in a game that could rival their two rashes on the team in 2019. Aaron Rodgers is likely beating some cheesy heads, so Green Bay should lose easily.
Derrick Henry is the only Titans’ Ten-I-See to win against the Seahawks
It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but I’m already more than grateful to the Tennessee Titans who went from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win 33-30 in overtime against the Seahawks. Seriously, that result made me incredibly happy to see the Hawks take a 24-9 halftime lead thanks to plenty of second-half calls about as tasteless as Pete Carroll’s gum.
The loss marked the first loss in an opener at home for Carroll, as his teams were 11-0 in that span. This was only the fourth time in team history that the Seahawks have lost as they led by at least 15 points at halftime and the first since losing to the St. Louis Rams 33 -27 in overtime in 2004.
It was all compliments from All-Pro running back Derrick Henry who scored two touchdowns in the final quarter of regulation to rally the Titans from a 30-16 deficit in the fourth quarter. According to ESPN, Henry continues to make history:
“Henry now has four career games with at least 150 rushing yards and three or more touchdowns. Only Barry Sanders (six), Jim Brown (six) and LaDainian Tomlinson (five) have more. Eric Dickerson also had four. Henry also became the 18th player in league history with at least 10 games from 150 yards rushing. The Titans are 10-0 in those games.
There were some silver liners for Seattle given that Russell Wilson has performed well in what will likely be another season where he doesn’t win the MVP award. Wilson had 22 of 31 for 343 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Tyler Lockett continues his breakneck pace as he caught eight more pigskins for 178 yards with that 63-yard gallop home:
Although King Henry made the Hawks’ defense look like his peasants, linebacker Bobby Wagner was about the only Seattle defenseman willing to show up.
Wagner filled out the stats sheet, winning a sack, a loss tackle and two QB hits to go along with his 20 tackles (16 solo). His bag on Tannehill in the red zone at third and goal was just plain dirty:
Next week: The Seahawks pay a visit to the Vikings in hopes of slicing their frustrations and ruining their home opener.
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