Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff made his NFL debut on Sunday. The Rams ultimately fell to the Miami Dolphins 14-10. Goff tallied 17 completions on 31 attempts for 134 yards.
The Rams’ offense has struggled all season, so as the new starter, Goff has the challenge of trying to lead the offense to some sort of consistency. Running back Todd Gurley hasn’t been nearly as productive as he was in 2015 because opposing defenses are keying in on the run game.
The 2016 first overall draft pick will make his second career start next week at the New Orleans Saints.
The New Orleans Saints tied the Denver Broncos at 23-23 with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter. The Saints’ ensuing extra point attempt was blocked by Broncos rookie safety Justin Simmons and returned by Will Parks, also a rookie safety, for two points.
The play was reviewed to make sure Parks didn’t step out of bounds. Parks was wearing white cleats which blended into the sideline, so the call very difficult. The play was not overturned after it was reviewed.
The Broncos advanced to 7-3, and have a bye next week. The Saints sunk to 4-5, and will play the Carolina Panthers this Thursday.
The Minnesota Vikings fell to 5-3 with a 22-16 overtime loss to the Detroit Lions. After starting 5-0, the Vikings cooled off. The Vikings have lost three straight games following their bye week.
The Vikings had a 16-13 lead with 23 seconds left, but Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completed two passes that set up kicker Matt Prater’s 58-yard field goal.
While the Vikings played better in this loss than they had in the previous two, they showed their need for improvement. The Vikes will try to get back on track when they play the Washington Redskins this week.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for 513 yards, four touchdowns, and no picks during the Raiders’ 30-24 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Carr is the third player in NFL history to throw for 500 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Y.A. Tittle (1962) and Ben Roethlisberger (2014) are the other two players who have reached that mark.
While Carr set a franchise record for passing yards, the Raiders set a league record with 23 penalties on the day. The Raiders gave up 200 yards to penalties.
The Raiders advanced to 6-2, and will face the 6-2 Denver Broncos next week.
New York Giants safety Landon Collins totaled eight tackles, two interceptions, and one touchdown during the Giants’ 17-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in London.
Collins’s big highlight was his 45-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter.
Collin’s pick-six was one of the Giants defense’s four interceptions. The Giants advanced to 4-3 with the win, and have a bye next week.
After serving a four-game suspension for Deflategate, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led the Pats to a 33-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Brady was nothing short of spectacular, completing 28 of 40 attempts for 406 yards, three touchdowns, and no picks. Tight end Martellus Bennett hauled in all of Brady’s touchdown passes.
TE Rob Gronkowski had his biggest game of the season thus far. He totaled five receptions and 109 receiving yards.
The Patriots advanced to 4-1 with the win. They will face the Cincinnati Bengals at home next week.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones totaled 12 receptions, 300 receiving yards, and a touchdown during the Falcons’ 48-33 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Jones is one of only six receivers in NFL history to record 300 receiving yards in a game.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 28 of 37 passes for 503 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception.
The Falcons’ 3-1 record is the best in the NFC South. They face the Denver Broncos next week.