Around the NFL Week Three: Defending your Pride

Ab Stanley

Over this past weekend the NFL teams and players stood in unity, in direct response to some critical comments made by president Donald Trump. The Associated Press estimated 204 players elected to either kneel or sit during the anthem. Others stood in unison locked in arms as a sign of togetherness. These demonstrations were met by boos and jeers from fans in attendance. I applaud all of those players, coaches, and executives. Now on to the games.

Week three was met with a real sense of desperation. Teams without any wins were salivating to taste that first victory, while others wanted to keep  eating at the winner’s table. They were a few teams trying to sit at the head of the class. Only a couple would make it out this week unscathed.

The Dallas Cowboys (2-1) defeated the Arizona Cardinals (1-2) 28-17 on Monday Night Football. Dak Prescott threw for 183 yards and two touchdowns. He also made the highlight reels on a touchdown run where he somersaulted into the end zone.

A Whoopin in Wembley:
The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1) thrashed the Baltimore Ravens (2-1) 44-7 in London. Marcedes Lewis had four catches for 62 yards and three touchdowns. The Jaguars defense held Baltimore to186 yards of offense and they forced three turnovers. Jacksonville has won their last three games overseas.

Hot Seat:
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is now at a boiling level.

N.Y.  Giants head coach Ben Mcadoo’s seat is now heating up.

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera seat is at lukewarm despite their record.

0-3? Just say no:
The New York Jets (1-2) spanked the Miami Dolphins (1-1) 20-6. Robby Anderson finished with three catches for 95 yards and a score. The Jets defense stifled Miami all day, holding Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi to only 16 yards rushing. The Jets gave up only 225 total yards in the game. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase hinted at personnel changes when they play in London this weekend. The Jets said no to 0-3.

The Chicago Bears (1-2) defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) 23-17 in overtime. Jordan Howard’s 19 yards run sealed the win in the extra session. He finished with 164 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. The Bears as a team rushed for 220 yards with rookie Tarik Cohen adding 78 yards on the ground. Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had ten catches for 110 yards. The Bears said no to 0-3.

The New Orleans Saints (1-2) dismantled Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers (2-1) 34-13. The Saints defense intercepted three of Newton’s passes and sacked the quarterback four times. Drew Brees finished with three touchdown passes. The Saints said no to 0-3.

Can’t Catch a Break:

The Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) lost to the  Green Bay Packers  (2-1) 27-24 in overtime. The Bengals finished with over 300 total yards for the first time all season. A.J. Green had ten catches for 111 yards. Aaron Rodgers finished with 313 yards and three touchdowns.

The Cleveland Browns (0-3) fell to the Indianapolis Colts (1-2) 31-28. T.Y. Hilton had seven catches for 153 yards and a touchdown. Jacoby Brissett ran for two touchdowns and threw for another. DeShone Kizer scored three total touchdowns, but threw three picks.

The New York Giants (0-3) lost to the Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) 27-24. Kicker Jake Elliot nailed a 61 yard field goal as time expired to win the game for the Eagles. Sterling Sheppard finished with seven catches for 133 yards and a touchdown.

The Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) defeated the Los Angeles Chargers (0-3) 24-10. The Chargers out gained the Chiefs in total  yards 330-311. Philip Rivers finished with zero touchdowns and three interceptions. Kareem Hunt rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown for Kansas City. The Chiefs are the only undefeated team in the AFC.

Denver Broncos (2-1) 16Buffalo Bills (2-1) 26. Tyrod Taylor threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns.

New England Patriots (2-1) 36-Houston Texans (1-2) 33. Tom Brady threw five touchdown passes including the go ahead score with 23 seconds left.

Seattle Seahawks (2-1) 27-Tennessee Titans (2-1) 33. Demarco Murray had 115 rushing yards and one touchdown.

Oakland Raiders (2-1) 10-Washington Redskins (2-1) 27. Kirk Cousins threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns.

NFC South Round up: 

The Atlanta Falcons (3-0) squeaked by the Detroit Lions (2-1) 30-26. Devonta Freeman had 106 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Lions had a chance late, but a would be Golden Tate touchdown was reversed to him being down at the one yard line. The Falcons are the only undefeated team in the NFC.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) fell to the Minnesota Vikings (2-1) 34-17. Case Keenum threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns, playing in place of the injured Sam Bradford. Stefon Diggs had seven catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. The Bucs had only 26 yards on the ground as a team. Jameis Winston threw for 328 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Ab Stanley

Atlanta, GA

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