Just a Thought:
Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Case Keenum has 1,134 passing yards in just five games (four starts). That, my friends means he’s thrown for more yards than six-game starters, Blake Bortles and Joe Flacco.
Keenum and the Vikings (4-2) took control of the NFC North division by beating the Green Bay Packers (4-2) by the score of 23-10. Jerick McKinnon finished with 99 yards from scrimmage and a pair of touchdowns. Keenum had a modest day throwing, finishing with 239 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone midway through the first quarter. The win moves Minnesota into first place in the division.
Los Angeles Chargers’ teammates Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa have combined for 13 sacks. That mark is greater than 13 teams’ overall sack total for the season. That total would also be worth more than double that of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ (six total) sacks.
The Chargers (2-4) defeated the Oakland Raiders (2-4) by the final of 17-16. Nick Novak’s late field goal as time expired sealed the deal. Melvin Gordon finished with 150 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. The defense held the Raiders to only 274 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers. Bosa had three tackles and one sack.
The Houston Texans (3-3) knocked off the Cleveland Browns (0-6) by the final of 33-17. Deshaun Watson threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Houston’s defense forced Kevin Hogan (Cleveland’s latest quarterback on the merry-go-round) into three interceptions in his first career start.
The New York Giants (1-5) stunned the Denver Broncos (3-2) by a final 23-10. Orleans Darkwa rushed 21 times for 117 yards. New York’s defense forced three turnovers, including Janoris Jenkins’ interception for a touchdown.
The San Francisco 49ers (0-6) still can’t lock down their first victory, losing to the Washington Redskins (3-2) by the final of 26-24. Chris Thompson finished with 138 yards from scrimmage. Brian Hoyer was pulled in the second quarter in favor of C.J. Beathard, who threw for 245 yards and a touchdown with one interception.
The Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) defeated the Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) by the final of 19-13. LeVeon Bell rushed for 179 yards and one touchdown. Antonio Brown finished with eight catches for 155 yards and a touchdown.
The Rest of the Pack:
The Baltimore Ravens (3-3) lost to the Chicago Bears (2-4) in overtime 27-24. Jordan Howard finished with 167 yards rushing. Joe Flacco finished with 180 passing yards and two interceptions.
The Los Angeles Rams (4-2) took care of the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) by the score of 27-17. Todd Gurley ran for 116 yards. Pharoh Cooper opened the game with a 103 yard kick return for a touchdown.
The New York Jets (3-3) lost to the New England Patriots (4-2) in controversial fashion 24-17. Tom Brady set the league’s all time win record with his 187th win. Jets’ tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins seemingly scored a four yard touchdown, but officials overturned the call after review. After watching the replay it did look like he scored, in my opinion.
On Monday Night Football the Tennessee Titans (3-3) blew past the Indianapolis Colts (2-4) by a final of 36-22. The Titans outscored the Colts 27-9 in the second half. Derrick Henry rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown.
NFC South Round up:
The Atlanta Falcons (3-2) blew a 17-0 halftime lead and fell to the Miami Dolphins 20-17. Jay Ajayi finished with 26 carries for 130 yards. Matt Ryan threw for 248 yards and a touchdown. His interception late in the fourth quarter ended the Falcons’ bid to retake the lead.
The New Orleans Saints (3-2) throttled the Detroit Lions (3-3) by the score of 52-38. Mark Ingram rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns. The Saints forced five turnovers.
Adrian Peterson is back! The Arizona Cardinals (3-3) acquired Peterson last week after a tumultuous time (really a cup of coffee) in New Orleans. He rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona’s 38-33 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3). The team totaled 160 yards on the ground, their highest output of the season. Jameis Winston left the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter. Ryan Fitzpatrick came in and threw for 290 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.