Monday, Oct. 12
Los Angeles Chargers (1-3) at New Orleans (2-2), Monday 8:15 p.m. EDT, ESPN.
Drew Brees seems to be to enhance on his 3-0 file in opposition to the workforce that drafted him twenty years in the past. The Chargers enter Monday night time’s sport having misplaced three straight and having fallen the previous 5 occasions they’ve performed on a Monday night time. Brees was a second-round draft selection by the Chargers in 2001 and spent 5 seasons with the franchise earlier than becoming a member of the Saints in 2006. Brees is now the NFL’s all-time main passer.
—Deshaun Watson, Texans, threw for a season-high 359 yards and three touchdowns as Houston obtained its first win, 30-14 over the Jaguars.
—Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers, threw for 313 yards — his eighth 300-yard sport — and two touchdowns as Carolina gained its third consecutive sport, 23-16 over the winless Falcons.
—Kyler Murray, Cardinals, went 27 of 37 for 380 yards and a landing in a 30-10 win on the Jets.
—Derek Carr, Raiders, completed with 347 yards passing and three touchdowns in his first win at Kansas Metropolis after six defeats, 40-32. KC’s Patrick Mahomes completed with 340 yards passing and two touchdowns together with an interception.
—Jared Goff, Rams, threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns and ran for an additional in a 30-10 romp at Washington.
—Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins, threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns as Miami upset San Francisco 43-17
—Todd Gurley, Falcons, had 121 yards on 14 carries, together with a 35-yard TD in Atlanta’s 23-16 loss to Carolina.
—Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys, ran 91 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-34 shootout victory in opposition to the Giants.
—Tyreek Hill, Chiefs, who rushed for a rating in opposition to Las Vegas, now has 36 receiving touchdowns and 5 speeding touchdowns throughout his profession. He joined Jerry Rice (197 receiving touchdowns, 10 speeding touchdowns general) as the one gamers with a minimum of 35 receiving touchdowns and 5 speeding touchdowns since 1970.
—Brandin Cooks, Texans, had a season-high 161 yards receiving and a TD in a 30-14 win over Jacksonville
—Chase Claypool , Steelers, scored 4 touchdowns, and the rookie turned the primary Pittsburgh participant to attain 4 occasions in a sport since WR Roy Jefferson it in 1968. He’s additionally the primary rookie since a minimum of 1950 to catch three touchdowns and add one other on the bottom and the primary Canadian to have three scoring catches in a single sport since Joe Rooney of the Duluth Eskimos on Oct. 23, 1927. Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia 38-29.
—Travis Fulgham, Eagles, caught 10 passes for 152 yards and a landing within the loss to the Steelers.
—Travis Kelce, Chiefs, had eight catches for 108 yards and a landing in a 40-32 loss to the Raiders.
—CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys, had eight receptions for 124 yards within the 37-34 win over the Giants. Lamb is the second participant with a minimum of 5 receptions in every of his first 5 profession video games in NFL historical past, becoming a member of Terry Glenn in 1996.
—Jason Sanders, Dolphins, kicked three area targets within the closing two minutes of the primary half, one thing that hasn’t been executed since a minimum of 2000. Sanders made 5 area targets general, giving him a franchise file 14 straight to open the season.
—Graham Gano, Giants, had three area targets of a minimum of 50 yards for the Giants, from 55, 50 and 54, plus a 28-yarder in a loss at Dallas.
—Isaiah Rodgers, Colts, had the longest return by a participant within the league this season, a 101-yard kickoff return at Cleveland.
—Rams DT Aaron Donald, a two-time Defensive Participant of the Yr, had 4 sacks in a dominating efficiency within the Rams’ 30-10 victory at Washington. He has 7 1/2 sacks via 5 video games. Teammate Troy Reeder had three sacks. Donald and Reeder are the primary teammates to get a minimum of three sacks in the identical sport since Week 17 of the 2015 season.
—Rookie Patrick Queen highlighted Baltimore’s stout defensive efficiency with a 52-yard fumble return for his first NFL landing in a 27-3 win over Cincinnati. The Ravens had seven sacks, together with one for Queen.
—Stephon Tuitt, Steelers, had 1 1-2 of the workforce’s 5 sacks of Carson Wentz in a 38-29 victory.
Philip Rivers, Colts, began his 229th consecutive sport, tying him with Corridor of Fame lineman Bruce Matthews for the second longest in league historical past. Brett Favre began 297 video games in a row. Rivers additionally turned the fifth quarterback with 5,000 completions, becoming a member of Favre, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
STREAKS & STATS
Kansas Metropolis’s 40-32 residence loss to Las Vegas snapped a franchise-record 13-game successful streak. … The Ravens have pressured a turnover in 18 straight video games, the longest energetic streak within the NFL and second-longest in franchise historical past. Baltimore has 32 takeaways throughout the 18-game run … Since Lamar Jackson turned the Ravens starter in Week 11 of the 2018 season, Baltimore has scored a minimum of 20 factors in 28 straight regular-season video games. That ties the 1999-2000 Rams for the second-longest such streak; Denver, from 2012-14, owns the longest at 30. … The Panthers gained their third straight and snapped a five-game shedding streak to their NFC South rival, beating Atlanta for less than the second time of their previous 10 conferences. … San Francisco is 2-0 this season at MetLife Stadium with blowout wins over the Jets and Giants, however has misplaced all three video games at residence. … Arizona scored touchdowns on drives of 96, 89, 75 and 70 yards in routing the Jets 30-10. … Bengals rookie QB Joe Burrow has been sacked 22 occasions in 5 video games, seven on Sunday by Baltimore. Beforehand, he was sacked eight occasions in Philadelphia. … Within the Browns’ 32-23 victory, they rolled up 228 yards passing within the first half and 383 complete yards for the sport on the Colts’ protection that was permitting the fewest passing yards, factors and led the NFL in interceptions.
Baltimore (4-1) matched one of the best begin in franchise historical past with a 27-3 victory over Cincinnati. The earlier time was 2012, after they gained the Tremendous Bowl. … Pittsburgh is 4-0 for the primary time since 1979 following a 38-29 win in opposition to Philadelphia. … On the different finish of the standings, the Falcons and Jets fell to 0-5. Atlanta is there for the primary time since 1997, turning up the warmth much more on coach Dan Quinn. Similar factor for Adam Gase in New York: The 0-5 begin is the third in Jets historical past, becoming a member of 1980 and ’96. The ’96 workforce went 1-15 and had the worst begin in franchise historical past at 0-8.
The NFL has juggled its regular-season schedule due to coronavirus outbreaks with Tennessee and New England. Denver’s sport at New England, initially scheduled for Sunday after which moved to Monday night time when the Patriots had extra optimistic COVID-19 exams, now will probably be performed subsequent Sunday afternoon. Kansas Metropolis’s sport at Buffalo, which was presupposed to be performed Thursday night time, has been moved again to Monday, Oct. 19.
Tuesday night time’s sport with the Payments on the Titans, which initially was to be performed Sunday, stays on schedule regardless of one other optimistic take a look at lead to Tennessee.
Different modifications: Jets at Chargers strikes from Week 6 to Week 11; Jaguars at Chargers strikes from Week 8 to Week 7; Chargers at Broncos strikes from Week 11 to Week 8; Chargers at Dolphins strikes from Week 7 to Week 10; Dolphins at Broncos strikes from Week 6 to Week 11.
QB Alex Smith accomplished his exceptional comeback 693 days after a damaged tibia and fibula, 17 surgical procedures and a life-threatening an infection put his profession in jeopardy. Smith began off like his outdated self, finishing 5 of 6 passes on brief dump-offs after relieving injured starter Kyle Allen late within the second quarter as Washington misplaced to the Rams 30-10. He completed 9 of 17 for 37 yards within the rain behind a struggling offensive line.
ROMEO, OH ROMEO
Romeo Crennel obtained a victory as Houston’s interim coach, changing the fired Invoice O’Brien, and at 73 turn into the oldest coach in NFL historical past, passing Corridor of Famer and league founder George Halas, who was 72 in his final sport with the Bears in 1967. Houston improved in opposition to the run beneath Crennel, a former defensive coordinator. After permitting an NFL-worst 181.8 yards a sport beneath O’Brien, Houston restricted the Jaguars to 75.
The Cowboys had one other slight improve within the pandemic-reduced crowd at 25,147. AT&T Stadium has 80,000 everlasting seats. … Cleveland had roughly 12,000 followers when it beat Indianapolis. … A sparse, socially distanced crowd of 6,656 attended Carolina’s win in Atlanta at 75,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium. … Houston had 12,413 followers readily available to see its first win of the season. … There have been 4,708 in attendance for the Steelers’ victory over the Eagles in Pittsburgh.
Dallas QB Dak Prescott suffered a damaged proper ankle and was to endure surgical procedure. He was taking place within the arms of DB Logan Ryan on the finish of a 9-yard run when his decrease proper leg obtained caught beneath Ryan and appeared to snap. … Eagles guard Lane Johnson was carted to the locker room at Pittsburgh with an ankle damage. The Steelers misplaced Professional Bowl left guard David DeCastro (stomach damage) and WR Diontae Johnson (again) … Cardinals star LB Chandler Jones was dominated out on the Jets after a first-half biceps damage. … Carolina misplaced three defensive starters at Atlanta: DE Brian Burns (concussion); CB Donte Jackson (toe) and deal with Kawann Brief (shoulder). Falcons CB Kendal Sheffield left with an injured proper ankle and DE Takk McKinley sustained a groin damage. … Cincinnati DT D.J. Reader (knee), WR A.J. Inexperienced (hamstring) and DT Sam Hubbard (left elbow) had been harm at Baltimore … Jacksonville WR D.J. Chark injured his ankle at Houston.
For the second week in a row a participant was ejected for focusing on after a success on a Texans participant. Jaguars security Josh Jones was disqualified for his hit on Brandin Cooks after he made a 23-yard catch early within the third quarter. The penalty got here every week after Minnesota’s Harrison Smith was ejected for his helmet-to-helmet hit on tight finish Jordan Akins. Akins sustained a concussion from the hit by Smith. Cooks was not injured.
“I’ve been known as each title within the guide. Folks hate me, folks love me, relying on the week. That exterior noise isn’t vital. The factor is vital is training and getting everyone prepared.” — Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick after main a 43-17 victory at San Francisco.
“It’s positively insane, it’s loopy. However I don’t actually like to consider breaking information or making historical past. It’s tremendous cool however it’s not one thing I’m going into the sport considering ‘I’m going to attempt to make historical past at present.’” — Steelers rookie WR Chase Claypool after scoring 4 touchdowns in a 38-29 win in opposition to Philadelphia.
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