San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) breaks a tackle attempt by Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey to score during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.
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Patrick’s payback for Super Bowl LV was nothing short of vintage Patrick Mahomes. Good lord, man.
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr (4) scrambles as Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Las Vegas.
(AP Photo/Abbie Parr)
Broncos 23 Raiders 32
Naturally, Josh McDaniels’ first win as Raiders coach comes against the Broncos franchise with whom he didn’t even last two full seasons. If Derek Carr doesn’t open his eyes, McDaniels won’t last two seasons in Vegas either.
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – OCTOBER 02: Bailey Zappe #4 of the New England Patriots attempts a pass during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 02, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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Patriots 24 Packers 27 (OT)
If you had Bailey Zappe as the first rookie to throw a TD pass in 2022 — congrats.
J.J. Watt didn’t just play this game days after a heart procedure … he made perhaps the play of the game. I sincerely hope he stays healthy enough to finish his career with a contender so he can win the Super Bowl title he richly deserves.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 02: Kamren Curl #31 of the Washington Commanders tackles Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys during the second half at AT&T Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.
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Commanders 10 Cowboys 25
Apparently, Washington’s debut of the all-black uniforms was them dressing for their own funeral.
Now the lone NFC East team with a losing record, the (usually) Burgundy and Gold again demonstrated the most frustrating thing about them: Even as they correct what ails them, they create a new problem.
Carson Wentz stops taking sacks? Here’s two picks. Outrush Dallas 142-62? Here’s 11 penalties for 136 yards (two of them offsetting much-needed takeaways for the team ranked second-to-last in turnover ratio at minus-6) — more penalties than points scored.
There’s plenty of season left — but that’s not the benefit Washington thinks it is.
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – OCTOBER 02: Quarterback Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills scrambles with the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Bills 23 Ravens 20
Look, it’s a bad look that Baltimore is the first team in NFL history to blow 17+ point leads to lose their first two home games — but John Harbaugh’s fourth-quarter gamble was absolutely the right call. Did y’all not see what Josh Allen did in Kansas City last postseason?! Put the game in Lamar’s hands — especially while the Ravens defense is such a liability.
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – OCTOBER 02: Miles Sanders #26 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs past Travon Walker #44 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on October 02, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J.
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Bears 12 Giants 20
Chicago’s historically inept passing attack was so bad that it didn’t even matter that New York literally ran out of QBs. The Bears are as underwhelming as Saquon Barkley is impressive for the Giants through four games. This dude should be getting MVP consideration.
Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA – OCTOBER 02: Chase Claypool #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts to make a catch that was intercepted by Jordan Whitehead #3 of the New York Jets in the third quarter at Acrisure Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Jets 24 Steelers 20
No matter how old Ben Roethlisberger looked or how uncharacteristically unimpressive the Steelers defense has been, Pittsburgh has gone 15 straight seasons without a losing campaign because they consistently beat teams obviously worse than they are. If this doesn’t happen in 2022, this will be Mike Tomlin’s first losing season.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper (2) can’t make the catch as Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell (24) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/Danny Karnik)
Browns 20 Falcons 23
Why do I get the sense that every team that “lost” the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes will beat the Browns this year?
Indianapolis, Indiana – OCTOBER 02: Dylan Cole #53 of the Tennessee Titans and Kevin Byard #31 of the Tennessee Titans reacts as Teair Tart #93 of the Tennessee Titans intercepts as pass during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Titans 24 Colts 17
Look, I know “Titan Up” is a thing in Tennessee, but this is kinda ridiculous.
Still can’t believe NT Teair Tart tipped, tracked, picked off & posed with a head stand on this play!
Could Seattle really be better off with Geno Smith at QB? He’s historically efficient, he’s cheap and fifth-round rookie Tariq Woolen’s fine start implies the Seahawks will use the bushel of picks acquired in the Russell Wilson deal will lay the foundation for a PNW rebirth.
HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 02: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers dives to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Houston, Texas.
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Chargers 34 Texans 24
I know I stopped doing the “Who The Hell Cares” game a long time ago but truly …
New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is sacked and concedes a turnover during an NFL match between Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022.
(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
CINCINNATI, OHIO – SEPTEMBER 29: Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa #1 of the Miami Dolphins is sacked by defensive tackle Josh Tupou #68 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2nd quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium on Sept. 29, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Dolphins 15 Bengals 27
Tua Tagovailoa should never have played this game. Period.