The NFL wonders why ratings are dropping and this week proved why. There weren’t many good games played in the league this weekend and even saw one end in a tie after kickers failed to do their jobs. However, there were some stories and things that caught my eye, despite fantasy football not being so kind this week. Here’s the week that was in the NFL in my eyes.
There’s no tying in football!
Well, actually there is. The prime time, Sunday Night Football matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, a clash of two NFC West powerhouses, ended in a tie. That seems like two smash mouth defenses getting the job done, but in the end, the kickers from both teams blew the game. After Seattle knotted the game up late in the fourth quarter at 3-3, the two teams went to overtime. Arizona won the toss and kicked a field goal on their first possession. Seattle responded with a field goal of their own to extend the game. Late in the extra quarter, Carson Palmer connected with J.J. Nelson for 40 yards to put the Cardinals in position to end the game with a field goal. They chose to give the ball to running back David Johnson twice, getting rejected from the end zone both time. Then they took a delay of game penalty. Kicker Chandler Catanzaro came on to attempt the game-winning, 24-yard field goal, but hit it off the left upright. Seattle marched down the field, got in field goal range, and ran one play before Stephen Hauschka was called upon to steal the victory. Unfortunately for Seattle, Hauschka’s 28-yard kick sailed wide left with seven seconds left, which would run out, ending the game in a tie. These kickers should be ashamed of themselves as they have ONE JOB and that is to kick the ball through the uprights.
Paging Jared Goff
The Los Angeles Rams (still weird to type) lost to the New York Giants 17-10 over in London, England. Case Keenum threw four interceptions, including one with less than a minute left from inside the Giants 20-yard line. Before being asked a question, head coach Jeff Fisher addressed the media by saying he was sticking with Keenum and that he would address the receiving position before the quarterback position. The Rams selected quarterback Jared Goff with the first pick in the most recent NFL draft, yet he seemingly won’t be playing anytime soon. Either he isn’t ready yet or isn’t as good as he thought. Or maybe Fisher won’t start him until he gets a contract extension, something he certainly does not deserve. With the loss on Sunday, Fisher racked up career loss No. 160, which ranks him third all-time. He is five losses away from tying the all-time loss record, set by Dan Reeves. Yet, somehow, Fisher remains employed as a head coach in the NFL. Things that make you go hmm….
Jack Del Rio gets last laugh on Jaguars
Five years ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars fired Jack Del Rio after nine seasons and a 68-71 record, with five games left in the season. Fast forward five years later when Del Rio returned to Jacksonville for the first time as a head coach since being canned. His Raiders went in and won easily, 33-16 to improve to 5-2 and 4-0 on the road. Quarterback Derek Carr gave the game ball to Del Rio in the locker room following the victory. Since Del Rio was let go by the Jags, they are 18-57 and haven’t won more than five games in a season. Joke’s on you, Jaguars, as Jack Del Rio came in and was victorious with his new team.
Eagles hand Vikings first loss of the season
Sam Bradford’s return to Philadelphia, where he was traded from just eight days before the season began, did not go as planned. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson dialed up his defense to 10 and pressured Bradford all game, sacking him six times and forcing three turnovers. Those three turnovers were Bradford’s first three all season, after going 4-0 in his first four starts with the purple and gold. Philadelphia was able to expose one of the glaring issues of the Vikings, the offensive line.
Denver showed Brock Osweiler why he wasn’t worth all that money
Brock Osweiler looked to be the heir apparent to succeed Peyton Manning as the Denver Broncos quarterback, especially after helping the Broncos win the Super Bowl last season. He thought he should be paid among the best quarterbacks in the game today, but John Elway did not sign him to the contract he was seeking. Instead, Osweiler went where the grass was greener to Houston and the Texans shelled out a bunch of money to him. Osweiler and the Texans traveled to Denver for the Monday Night Football game and Osweiler did not have a warm homecoming. He finished 22-41 for 131 yards and a fumble. He was being hurried and hit all night long, but avoided being sacked. That wasn’t enough. Trevor Siemian, who took over the reins of the Broncos quarterback position, threw for 157 yards and a touchdown. CJ Anderson (107 rushing yards, touchdown) and Devontae Booker (83 yards, touchdown) led the way offensively for Denver, who snapped a two-game losing streak.