By Anthony McClean, Editor-In-Chief Emeritus
While we saw another week of upsets, comebacks and, continued stellar play from the Field Generals, the untimely season-ending injury to Dallas’ Dak Prescott on Sunday casts a sad pall on the week’s action.
In the midst of having a career season for the Cowboys, the former Mississippi State standout would see his year come to an abrupt end against their NFC East rivals from Jersey.
Prescott was being tackled by Giants’ defensive back Logan Ryan on a 9-yard run with 6:33 remaining in the third quarter. The quarterback was in tears as he was carted off the field with his right leg in an air cast.
Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle. He’s set to be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason after playing on the $31.4 million franchise tag in 2020.
The Cowboys can use the tag on him again next March, which would cost $37.7 million, or allow him to test the free-agent market. At this point, let’s hope that Prescott can just get back on the field again.
Teddy Bridgewater, Carolina (Win at Atlanta)
A modest 3-game winning streak has quietly put the Panthers atop the NFC South following their win against the Falcons. Teddy Ballgame has definitely stepped up his play during this period. No. 5 currently leads the league in completion percentage (73.4), is fifth in passing yards (1,460) and has 34 completions on third down, ranking second in the league. The Panthers have not allowed a sack over the last two games, the first time they did that in consecutive weeks since 2011. Carolina’s eight sacks allowed are tied for 10th-fewest in the NFL and fifth-best in franchise history through five games.
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City (Loss vs. Las Vegas)
Leave it to K.C.’s longest and most bitter rival to find a way to derail the defending champs and hand them their first loss since November of last year. Las Vegas tallied seven plays that covered 20+ yards on Sunday, including two touchdowns. Penalties also hurt the Chiefs, as they were hit with 10 flags for 94 yards. While Mr. Mahomes had another stellar performance — 340 passing yards and three total touchdowns — it wasn’t enough to defeat the Silver and Black. With the acquisition of RB LeVeon Bell, the Chiefs may have added another weapon in their arsenal as they prepare for the Buffalo Bills.
Kyler Murray, Arizona (Win at N.Y. Jets)
It didn’t take long for the Cardinals and Mr. Murray to right the ship. A battle against the hapless Jets are instant tonic for anybody starving for a win. Murray threw for a career-best 380 yards in a 30-10 win over the Jets, completing 27 of 37 throws for a 103.4 passer rating and a 37-yard TD pass to DeAndre Hopkins. Murray added 31 yards and a touchdown rushing. The 380 yards passing were the most for a Cardinal since Carson Palmer threw for 419 in Jacksonville in 2013.
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore (Win vs. Cincinnati)
For this week, it was the Ravens’ defense that was a huge part of Baltimore’s near shutout of the Bengals. How so you may ask? How about seven sacks, 15 quarterback hits, nine tackles for loss and three forced turnovers, one of which produced a touchdown. The Ravens have forced a turnover in 18 straight games, the longest active streak in the league. Offensively, there was a bit of sluggishness on Sunday. LJ just completed 51 percent of his passes for 180 yards. The reigning NFL MVP threw an interception for the second straight game and, ran only two times — a career-low — for three yards. Cause for alarm? Head Coach John Harbaugh stated after the game, “We’re just trying to move the ball and score points by any means necessary.”
Deshaun Watson, Houston (Win vs. Jacksonville)
Yes, Virginia. The Texans will not go winless this season. There was definitely a huge sigh of relief coming from the Lone Star state following Houston’s win against Jacksonville. The Texans scored 30 points in a regular season game for the first time in nearly a calendar year — Week 6 at Kansas City when the Texans upset the Chiefs in Arrowhead 31-24. As for Mr. Watson, he threw for a season-high 359 yards and three touchdowns. Overall, the Houston offense gained a season-high 486 total net yards (129 rushing, 357 passing) and 24 first downs (seven rushing, 16 passing, one by penalty).
Russell Wilson, Seattle (Win vs. Minnesota)
Add another solid and exciting chapter to the never-ending story of Mr. Wilson’s illustrious career. Credit No. 3 with his 34th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime, postseason included. It’s the most in the NFL since Wilson came into the league in 2012. It was ugly at times. It was beautiful at times. All the while, it was exhilarating including the fourth and goal game-winner from Wilson to DK Metcalf with 15 seconds remaining to seal the comeback win. All in all, Seattle is now 5-0 for the first time in franchise history heading into their bye week.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes had his 20th career game with at least 300 passing yards in the Chiefs’ loss to the Raiders. He’s the fourth quarterback with 20 games with at least 300 passing yards in his first four seasons in NFL history, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Kurt Warner (26 games), Dan Marino (22), as well as Andrew Luck (21).
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