This week in the NFL, the Eagles continued their dominant run with a 51-23 win over the Broncos in Philly, the Panthers edged out the Falcons 20-17 in an in-conference rivalry matchup, and the Texans suffered their first loss after losing sensational QB Deshaun Watson to an ACL injury earlier in the week during a practice.
Kirk Cousins does the improbable
The Washington Redskins have been riddled with injuries during the last few weeks. On Sunday in Seattle, the team was without third year Duke WR Jamison Crowder, starting center Spencer Long, star TE Jordan Reed and offensive tackle Trent Williams, just to name a few. The Skins stormed the House of 12 with an offensive line comprised of free agent signees from the last week and defeated the Seahawks. In the great Russell Wilson’s seventh home loss of his career, Kirk Cousins led the Redskins downfield and hit Josh Doctson inside the five yard line to set up a score from former Tulane fullback Rob Kelley. The defensive unit held on until the last second and broke up a Hail Mary pass to the end zone to secure the win.
Green’s outburst costs the Bengals
AJ Green was ejected during the first half of Cincinnati’s game against the Jaguars after getting into a scuffle with Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey, and his absence was felt as the Bengals went on to lose 23-7 to a Jacksonville team playing without rookie phenom Leonard Fournette — benched by the team after not showing up for the team photo. Ramsey has gotten in the heads of opposing receivers since his days as a Florida State Seminole, but getting a reaction from seasoned WR AJ Green was surprising. The Bengals offense was forced to play without its best wideout and was only able to score a single touchdown through the rest of play. Green was averaging over five catches and 81.7 receiving yards per game before Sunday and QB Andy Dalton heavily relied on him this year after the team started the season 0-3 and Dalton’s play was questioned by fans and critics. Luckily for the Bengals, the league did not suspend AJ Green and he will be eligible to play this Sunday against the Titans.
The J-E-T-S come up big on Thursday night
The Jets have shocked the world this season by amazingly not losing every game, and they kept it up with a 34-21 win against the Buffalo Bills on the first color rush Thursday of November. Journeyman QB Josh McCown and his 140 passing yards was carried to victory by the strong defensive play of the Jets, who had three fumble recoveries. Veteran RB Matt Forte had two scores as the Jets soared over a Buffalo team which has been led to a strong 5-3 record by Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy. The Bills have been discussed as possible AFC Wild Card favorites this season and this loss is a demerit on an otherwise impressive season. Jets fans can’t blame head coach Todd Bowles for having to play with the weak hand he was dealt, but they can certainly rejoice in a win against their hated rivals.
Zeroes and Heroes
When asked during the postgame press conference what he told his team during halftime to try and ignite a flame within them, Giants coach Ben McAdoo struggled to find an explanation and looked around the room for answers. This is an appropriate reaction for the head coach of a 1-7 team looking to cobble together any more wins after losing the majority of their receiving corps early in the season. The New York Giants are crumbling and the speculations have risen about whether or not the team should move on without long-time favorite of New York fans and Tom Brady haters Eli Manning. The Giants look to get their second win against the 0-9 49ers this Sunday.
After going 4-12 and giving Mediocrity Expert Jeff Fischer the boot in 2016, the Los Angeles Rams are sitting pretty with a 6-2 record and the first place spot in the NFC West. After making Sean McVay the youngest head coach in NFL history and bringing defensive genius Wade Phillips onto the staff as defensive coordinator, the Rams are proving that the problem in 2016 was coaching, not talent. In his first year as day-one starting QB, 2016 first overall pick Jared Goff is blossoming into his role and putting the rest of the league on notice. With impressive wins this year including a trip to Jerry World where they beat the Cowboys 35-30 and a 33-0 win against the Arizona Cardinals already under their belt, the Rams are looking to close out this year with their first winning season since 2003.