We would be remiss to mention that last night’s Sunday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs was perhaps the best game of the NFL season so far. A back and forth game, the Patriots ultimately prevailed with a late field goal 43-40. The Patriots showed they are still the team to beat in the AFC and the Chiefs, though putting up a good fight, earned their first loss of the season. We have a feeling you may see these two teams play again in the post-season.
Plenty of action to get to this weekend!
In college football, it was a day full of upsets which likely means a big shakeup in regards to the national college football playoff rankings.
The biggest upset of Saturday was #13 LSU upsetting #2 Georgia by a score of 36-16, a very significant margin of victory. The Georgia loss, at least temporarily, boosts Notre Dame into the playoff picture as they defeated Pittsburgh 19-14, while Alabama and Ohio State also stayed undefeated. #4 Clemson had a bye week this week as they prepare to play undefeated North Carolina State next weekend.
Other big upsets included #6 West Virginia losing to unranked Iowa State 30-14, #17 Oregon defeating #7 Washington 30-27 in overtime, #8 Penn State falling to unranked Michigan State in the final minute at home 21-17, undefeated #19 Colorado gaining its first defeat at the hands of USC 31-20 and #16 Miami as well as #21 Auburn also losing.
In the Saturday night prime time game, #12 Michigan showed they are for real by stomping #15 Wisconsin 38-13 to improve their record to 6-1 with a 4-0 record in the Big Ten. The Wolverines only loss is an opening day loss to undefeated #5 Notre Dame.
On the professional front, it’s been an interesting day early on in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers came back in the last minute with a Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown touchdown to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 28-21. The Atlanta Falcons outscored the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a shootout 34-29, and the Miami Dolphins outlasted the Chicago Bears 31-28 in overtime.
Other scores include:
Los Angeles Chargers 38 – Cleveland Browns – 14
Seattle Seahawks 27 – Oakland Raiders – 3 from London
Minnesota Vikings 27 – Arizona Cardinals 17
New York Jets 42 – Indianapolis Colts 34
Washington Redskins 23 – Carolina Panthers 17
Houston Texans 20 – Buffalo Bills 13
The afternoon NFL games include the LA Rams at the Denver Broncos, the Baltimore Ravens taking on the Tennessee Titans, and the Jacksonville Jaguars versus the Dallas Cowboys.
Sunday night’s game is the Kansas City Chiefs at the New England Patriots and the Monday Night Football game is the San Francisco 49ers at the Green Bay Packers.
Last night, the New York Giants got absolutely stomped by the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles 34-13 at Met Life Stadium. In the off-season, Giants officials publicly told everyone under the sun that the team was one running game away from competing for a Super Bowl. Well, it appears that while the Giants have acquired a running game, they have completely fallen off in every other facet of the sport. Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley had a fabulous night, but the rest of the team struggled again. Quarterback Eli Manning looked lost, his offensive line failed to block, the wide receivers were unable to get their hands on the ball and the defensive secondary looked like Swiss cheese. Meanwhile, second year Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz looked the best he has all year since returning from last year’s season ending injury.
At 1-5, the New York Giants pretty much announced to the entire league that they are on the clock and will be drafting the highest ranking quarterback available in the next NFL draft.
Eli Manning insisted he can still play after the game.
You can’t spell Denial without Eli.
Call Him The Brees.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees set the all time career passing yards record last night on Monday Night Football against the Washington Redskins. Brees passed the record previously held by quarterback Peyton Manning with a 62 yard touchdown pass. The Saints immediately celebrated the accomplishment as Brees handed the football to a representative of the Canton Football Hall Of Fame and shared a moment with his family. The Saints went on to beat the Redskins 43-19.
**NOTE** – Starting tomorrow 10/10, this will become the Image Of The Day instead of Image Metaphor Of The Day. Let’s face it – sometimes the pictures are metaphors, sometimes they’re irony, and sometimes they don’t stand for anything. So, to use the proper nomenclature, we are dropping “Metaphor” from the title. Deal.
Plenty of action and upsets in both college and professional football this weekend!
On the college side of things, Alabama, Georgia and Clemson all rolled against their opponents while #3 Ohio State looked a bit lethargic in its 49-26 victory over Indiana following its huge win at Happy Valley last weekend. The Buckeyes looked hungover for most of the game, only pulling away from the Hoosiers in the 4th quarter. But hey, a win is a win and Ohio State is 6-0 on the season.
The #5 LSU Tigers were upset by the #22 Florida Gators 27-19, ending their undefeated run to start the season. Both teams are now 5-1.
#6 Notre Dame took care of business when it traveled to Blacksburg Virginia to take on #24 Virginia Tech. The Irish won 45-23 and are looking like one of the teams to beat this year as they are also 6-0.
In other college games:
#19 Texas defeated #7 Oklahoma on a late field goal 48-45 in the annual Red River Rivalry.
Mississippi State upset #8 Auburn 23-9, Texas A&M beat #13 Kentucky 20-14 in overtime on the road, Utah surprised #14 Stanford 40-21 and Northwestern shocked #20 Michigan State 29-19.
Turning to the pros, there were plenty of close games and surprises in the NFL as well.
The New York Giants came to play against the Carolina Panthers, putting up big numbers with Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley, and they led late in the game, but Carolina hit a 63 yard field goal as time expired to steal the win 33-31.
Meanwhile, the other Big Apple team, the New York Jets, stunned the visiting Denver Broncos as rookie quarterback Sam Darnold slung the ball all over the field and won 34-16.
The Detroit Lions defeated the Green Bay Packers 31-23, primarily because the Pack’s kicker Mason Crosby had a terrible day, missing on 5 attempts.
The Minnesota Vikings held off the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles 23-21 in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game.
And the Cleveland Browns defeated the Baltimore Ravens to earn its second win of the season (along with one tie) to give it more wins so far this year than the past two years combined.
Buffalo 13 – Tennessee 12
Cincinnati 27 – Miami 17
Kansas City 30 – Jacksonville 14
Pittsburgh 41 – Atlanta 17
LA Chargers 26 – LA Raiders 10
Arizona 28 – San Francisco 18
LA Rams 33 – Seattle 31
The Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys are playing in Sunday Night Football and tomorrow night features the Washington Redskins at the New Orleans Saints.
The Seattle Seahawks star safety Earl Thomas suffered a fractured lower leg yesterday which will likely end his season. Thomas had an off-season holdout due to a contract dispute, but reluctantly joined his teammates for the start of the NFL football season. He had been hoping for a long term contract in case a debilitating injury should take place. Well karma struck and Thomas is deservedly pissed. The injury likely will cost him the contract and several million dollars. A true insult to injury.
One more jumping off the Seahawks bandwagon…
Recapping some of the weekend football action:
On the college side of the things, the top two teams in the country, Alabama
and Georgia, both took care of business and routed their opponents.
#3 Clemson lost their starting quarterback to injury but were still able to
come back against a game Syracuse squad, winning in the 4th quarter with a
In the biggest game of the day, #4 Ohio State marched into Happy Valley PA to
play the #9 Penn State Nittany Lions. Both teams entered the matchup with
undefeated records and despite a raucous, rowdy “White Out” Penn State crowd,
the Ohio State Buckeyes rallied from a 4th quarter 12 point deficit to win the
game 27-26. The Nittany Lions had a chance to win the game, but a very
questionable play call on 4th and 5 late in the game was stuffed by the Buckeye
In another battle of undefeated squads, #7 Stanford lost to #8 Notre Dame in
South Bend as the Irish rolled to a 38-17 victory over the Cardinal.
Also, undefeated #12 West Virginia defeated #25 Texas Tech in a high scoring
game 42-34, #14 Michigan rallied from being down 17-0 to win 20-17 against
Northwestern, #19 Oregon defeated #24 California 42-24 giving the Golden
Bears their first loss of the season and unranked Virginia Tech did the same
to the #22 Duke Blue Devils, winning 31-14.
In today’s early NFL action, the Cincinnati Bengals shocked the Atlanta Falcons
in Atlanta with a touchdown 7 seconds left in the game to win 37-36. Despite
the win, the Bengals lost their starting TE Tyler Eifert to a gruesome ankle
injury in the 3rd quarter.
There were 2 games that went to overtime with the Tennessee Titans defeating
the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles 26-23 and the Houston
Texans defeating the Indianapolis Colts 37-34 as time expired in the overtime
The hype over the Miami Dolphins undefeated start and potential demise of the
New England Patriots was quickly extinguished as the Patriots won 38-7. As with
the Cincinnati Bengals, the Patriots also lost their starting TE Rob
Gronkowski in the 3rd quarter due to an ankle injury.
In other games, the Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the NY Jets 31-12, the
Dallas Cowboys beat the Detroit Lions 26-24, the Chicago Bears crushed the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-10 and the Green Bay Packers blanked the Buffalo Bills
The late afternoon games include the Cleveland Browns vs the Oakland Raiders,
The Seattle Seahawks vs the Arizona Cardinals, San Franciscio 49ers vs the
Los Angeles Chargers and the New Orleans Saints vs the New York Giants. As
of 530p EST, all of these games were relatively close approaching halftime.
Tonight’s Sunday night matchup is the Baltimore Ravens vs. the Pittsburgh
Steelers on NBC. Monday Night Football on ESPN tomorrow will feature the
Kansas City Chiefs versus the Denver Broncos.
Plenty of action over the weekend in college and professional football.
In the college ranks, the big story of Saturday was the upset of #13 Virginia Tech by unranked Old Dominion University. Old Dominion was a 29 point underdog, but scored 28 points in the 4th quarter of the game to stun the undefeated-no-more Hokies.
The #7 Stanford Cardinals overcame a 17 point deficit at halftime on the road in one of the loudest stadiums in college football, defeating the #20 Oregon Ducks in overtime 38-31.
The Black Knights of Army gave the #5 Oklahoma Sooners a scare on their home turf, taking it to overtime with their triple option threat, but the Sooners prevailed with a late stand 28-21.
And while most of the top teams won easily, there were several teams with undefeated records entering the weekend who garnered their first losses including Missouri, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Iowa and Indiana.
On the pro side of things, there were plenty of surprises and upsets in this third week of the NFL season.
The New Orleans Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons 43-37 on the road in overtime in an exciting shootout game.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes continued his hot start to the season throwing another 3 TDs as they defeated the San Francisco 49ers 38-27. Worse for the Niners, their starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo may be lost for the season with a serious knee injury.
The winless Buffalo Bills shocked the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis, dominating the Vikes for a 27-6 victory.
The New York Giants got their first win of the season defeating the Houston Texans 27-22 in Texas.
And Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz made a successful comeback today with a 20-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Last night, the Cleveland Browns did something they hadn’t accomplished in two years. They won a game! Having suffered through miserable season after miserable season, Browns fans got to witness their team comeback against the New York Jets to win 21-17. The Browns were down 14-0 when starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor went down with an injury late in the second quarter. Rookie and first overall draft pick Baker Mayfield stepped in and lead the team to score a field goal right before the half making it 14-3. In the second half, it was all Browns as Mayfield methodically picked apart the Jets defense and ended up winning the game 21-17.
With the victory, Cleveland erupted in the streets. Fans hugged and bars broke open kegs of Bud Light which were to be offered free to patrons once the Browns won a game, courtesy of Anheuser Busch. A new star was born as Baker Mayfield now seems poised to take the reins from Taylor as the team’s starting quarterback.
The New York Jets were left to wonder what happened. Championing their own rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, the team saw a dominant first half fizzle as Darnold struggled mightily in the second half to move his offense. Throwing two interceptions in the final 2 minutes of the game sealed the deal.
Forbes Magazine today named the Dallas Cowboys as the most valuable franchise in the NFL for the 12th straight year. The team is worth $5 billion dollars annually. The New England Patriots placed second and the New York Giants placed third on the list.
We all know the Dallas Cowboys are marketed as “America’s Team” but are they really? I mean technically, Jerry Jones, owner of the Cowboys, presides over a private organization. The only publicly owned team in America is the Green Bay Packers. THEY should be America’s team. The Packers have won 13 league championships, the most in NFL history, with nine pre-Super Bowl NFL titles in addition to four Super Bowl victories. The Packers won the first two Super Bowls in 1967 and 1968 and were the only NFL team to defeat the American Football League (AFL) prior to the AFL–NFL merger. The Vince Lombardi Trophy is named after the Packers’ coach Lombardi, who guided them to their first two Super Bowls. Seems like a no brainer. By the people, for the people…
Yeah yeah yeah, we know, Dallas has got the better cheerleaders…