Sunday received off to a rocky begin when the N.F.L. introduced it could delay this week’s sport between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots due to persevering with points with the coronavirus. The choice led to a cascade of adjustments within the coming schedule, and is certain to be a frequent matter of dialog as groups alter on the fly.
As for the day’s motion, there have been stunning outcomes, a number of shut video games and a feel-good comeback by Alex Smith that just about nobody predicted. It was not all excellent news, nevertheless. The 0-5 Atlanta Falcons fired their coach and their common supervisor, and Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys sustained a grotesque damage that seems to have ended his season.
Right here’s what we discovered:
Dak Prescott’s record-setting season is sort of assuredly over. Prescott had scrambled for a 9-yard acquire within the third quarter of Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Giants when the Cowboys quarterback had his legs tangle beneath him as he was tackled. His proper foot appeared to spin round and the veteran sat on the sphere clenching his calf as medical employees ran to assist him. He was in tears as he was taken off the sphere on the again of a cart and was changed by Andy Dalton, who led the crew to a slender 37-34 victory.
Prescott, who threw for at the very least 450 yards in every of his three earlier video games — an N.F.L. first — set a report for probably the most passing yards via the primary 4 video games of the season, with 1,690. The outburst of productiveness adopted an low season during which he failed to return to phrases with Dallas on a long-term contract extension.
No official timetable was given for his restoration, however the crew confirmed that Prescott sustained a compound fracture and dislocation of the ankle and that he would have surgical procedure on it instantly. Workforce proprietor Jerry Jones mentioned he has “little doubt” Prescott will be capable of return because the crew’s chief ultimately and Prescott’s brother shared a photograph of Dak within the hospital smiling. However on prime of an arduous restoration, the ramifications of the damage will probably have an effect on Prescott’s contract negotiations with Dallas this low season.
High Passer: Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick has had greater than his fair proportion of ups and downs in a 16-season profession, and this was one in all his larger ups. Whether or not it is sufficient to give him job safety with Tua Tagovailoa ready within the wings is barely actually recognized by Coach Brian Flores, however Fitzpatrick’s present ratio of three good video games to 2 unhealthy ones this season actually makes an argument for preserving him on the sphere.
High Runner: Ezekiel Elliott
Todd Gurley II of the Falcons had extra dashing yards (and an absurd 8.6 yards a carry), however along with his 105 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns, Elliott deserves credit score for preserving his crew collectively after the lack of quarterback Dak Prescott. Elliott scored his second landing simply three performs after Prescott’s damage, and people factors proved very important in a sport that got here all the way down to the ultimate seconds.
High Receiver: Chase Claypool
Claypool had simply six receptions over the primary three video games of his profession, taking the sphere for lower than 40 % of his crew’s snaps in two of the three video games. In his fourth sport he was completely dominant, changing into the third rookie large receiver in N.F.L. historical past to have 4 touchdowns in a single sport, becoming a member of Jerry Butler (Sept. 23, 1979) and Harlon Hill (Oct. 31, 1954).
One* Sentence About Sunday’s Video games
*Besides when it takes extra.
Browns 32, Colts 23 In October 1994, “Pulp Fiction,” “Forrest Gump,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” and “Jurassic Park” had been all in theaters and the Browns, coached by Invoice Belichick, had been 4-1. Since then, the Browns picked up and moved to Baltimore after the 1995 season, had been resurrected in Cleveland in 1999 and had 56 gamers throw at the very least one cross. However till Sunday they’d not managed one other 4-1 begin.
Raiders 40, Chiefs 32 Not solely did the Chiefs lose for the primary time since Nov. 10, 2019, they did so at house whereas watching a crew look an terrible lot like them: the rookie large receiver Henry Ruggs III used his game-changing velocity to burn Kansas Metropolis’s protection for 113 yards on simply two receptions, one in all which was a 72-yard landing.
Cowboys 37, Giants 34 Dallas must be glad that they invested in a veteran backup, as Andy Dalton might not be excellent, however he’s quite a bit higher than what many groups would have in the event that they misplaced their franchise quarterback for the season. Salvaging a win on this sport was a begin, however the execution will clearly want enchancment.
Ravens 27, Bengals 3 Lamar Jackson had a day properly under his typical requirements, however Baltimore didn’t want a lot from its offense due to a terrific effort from its protection, which reminded Joe Burrow that he’s a rookie. Seven gamers report a sack for the Ravens, together with Patrick Queen, who had 9 tackles, a sack and two fumble recoveries, the second of which he returned 53 yards for a landing.
Seahawks 27, Vikings 26 Seattle isn’t the one undefeated crew, however they’re the primary crew to 5-0 due to Inexperienced Bay’s bye week and numerous delays for different groups attributable to the coronavirus. For Minnesota, the largest concern (moreover dropping to 1-4) was a groin damage sustained by working again Dalvin Cook dinner that would have an effect on him going ahead.
Steelers 38, Eagles 29 A win is a win, however Pittsburgh must be involved each by its secondary struggling in opposition to Philadelphia and one of many crew’s prime low season acquisitions, tight finish Eric Ebron, having a tough fourth quarter during which he fumbled the ball away in a key scenario on one drive and received pushed out of the way in which for a close to interception — the ball hit the bottom earlier than it was caught — on the subsequent one.
Dolphins 43, 49ers 17 Miami outgained San Francisco by almost 200 yards, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three landing passes and Jimmy Garoppolo was benched for his personal security in a sport that went off the rails instantly for the defending N.F.C. champions.
Rams 30, Footballers 10 Los Angeles received a simple win on the street as Jared Goff threw for 309 yards, the rookie working again Cam Akers returned from an damage to common 6.8 yards a carry, Robert Woods hauled in a 56-yard landing cross and Aaron Donald tied his profession excessive with 4 sacks.
Cardinals 30, Jets 10 DeAndre Hopkins’s injured ankle gave the impression to be healed, as he torched the Jets for six catches, 131 yards and a landing, ruining Joe Flacco’s first begin since Week 8 of final season.
Panthers 23, Falcons 16 Todd Gurley turned the clock approach again with 121 yards (on simply 14 carries) and a landing, Calvin Ridley had eight receptions for 136 yards and Atlanta nonetheless misplaced by a landing, at house, to a crew lacking its greatest participant. It makes you surprise how this crew, as constructed, might ever win a sport. So it is sensible that the crew fired Coach Dan Dan Quinn and Common Supervisor Thomas Dimitroff.
Texans 30, Jaguars 14 You’d must work onerous to discover a play executed extra poorly than a fourth-and-1 on the opponent’s 8-yard line during which a crew trailing by 13-7 (Jacksonville) did a direct snap to a working again (James Robinson), had him roll out as if he was going to cross solely to have him merely drop the ball with no contact for a turnover that every one however determined the sport in Houston’s favor.