NFL Update: What You Need To Know

Another NFL Sunday has come and gone and now you must face the reality that tomorrow is Monday. Since the NFL Playoff race is heating up and probably more importantly, the Fantasy Football Playoff race is heating up, I will cover the things you need to know from today’s NFL action.

The Titans won 24-20 over the Bengals. The Titans once again found a way to win, although they should have won by more, but a dropped TD pass from Marcus Mariota to Rishard Matthews and a fumble at the goal line by rookie receiver Corey Davis kept 14 points off the scoreboard. AJ Green put the Bengals up 20-17 with a 70 yard TD reception, but Mariota led the Titans down the field and found Demarco Murray open in the flats, before Murray fought his way into the end zone for the game winner.

The Chargers once again found a way to lose a close game, falling to the Jaguars in overtime 17-20. The win moves Jacksonville to 6-3 on the season to remain atop the AFC South along with the Titans.

The Falcons gave the Cowboys a 20 piece in their first game since Ezekiel Elliot was actually suspended (what a shitshow that has been, btw), with the Dirty Birds winning 27-7. However, they lost Devonta Freeman early in the game due to injury.

New Orleans took Buffalo out to the woodshed for and old school ass whooping, with the final score being 47-10. Mark Ingram (3 TDs) and Alvin Kamara (1 TD) both rushed for more than 100 yards and Michael Thomas hauled in over 100 yards through the air, but Drew Brees failed to throw a touchdown pass. The Saints are 7-2 and appear to be serious contenders.

Speaking of serious contenders, The Los Angeles Rams have to be the story of the season so far, after beating the Texans 33-7, the Rams now sit at 7-2, atop the NFC West and with the NFL’s largest point differential (+134!!!). Goff threw for 355 yards and 3 TDs, with Robert Woods having a career day bringing in 171 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Todd Gurley finished with 68 yards on the ground and through the air, while Sammy Watkins found the end zone as well. The days of Deshaun Watson seem like so long ago for the Texans.

The Vikings are also sitting pretty at 7-2, with Case Keenum throwing for 300+ yards, 4 touchdowns, and leading Minnesota to a 38-30 win over the Redskins, who fall to 4-5 and in real danger of missing the Playoffs.

The Steelers became the fourth 7-2 team in the league with a win in Indianapolis against the overmatched Colts, scoring twice in the 4th quarter, capped by a Chris Boswell 33-yard field goal as time expired. The Steelers once again struggled on the road and Antonio Brown was held in check with just 47 yards, but rookie Juju Smith-Schuster had another big day with 97 receiving yards and a TD, while Le’Veon Bell picked up 80 yards on the ground.

In games that most of our readers don’t care about, the Packers beat the Bears 23-16 to move to 5-4, while the Lions pulled away from the Browns late to also move to 5-4, and the Lions and Packers remain tied for second in the NFC North. Tampa Bay beat the Jets 15-10 in what seems to have been a boring ass game. And finally, San Francisco picked up their first win of the season behind C.J. Beathard’s 288 passing yards and 2 TDs , beating the pathetic ass New York Giants, who fall to 1-8 on the year.

The Patriots are up 41-16 in their Sunday Night Football game against the Broncos, with Tom Brady currently having 3 TD passes to 3 different receivers. If anything else exciting happens in this game, you won’t be the only one who went to bed early, so you will be excused.

Follow the blog on twitter @BarnBurnerBlog as well as myself @BarnBurnerSlim

{Banner image from AP}

Leave a Reply