After pounding their first two opponents by a combined score of 70-10, things were great for the Cowboys, until suddenly they weren’t. Losing All-Pro cornerback Trevon Diggs to a torn ACL suffered in Thursday’s practice changes things. Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn no longer has TWO shutdown corners (Stephon Gilmore being the other one) to tie up opposing offenses. Plus, Diggs has been an interception machine. Dallas now has to go shopping for an available veteran corner. I vote for Bryce Callahan.
That’s 13 straight regular season wins for the 49ers. They are devastating when they get McCaffrey, Deebo and Kittle going at the same time.
Of course, I’m looking ahead. Of course, I am. October 8. Cowboys at ‘Niners. That may well be 4-0 vs. 4-0. And those are the two best defenses in football.
Remember Monday when Giants coach Brian Daboll said he wouldn’t rule out Saquon Barkley playing vs.the 49ers on TNF? The Giants will be lucky to have Barkley back on the field by November. That is the dreaded “high” ankle sprain, and that is no trifling matter.
The Panthers will be without rookie QB Bryce Young Sunday against the Seahawks. While Young is hobbling with an ankle injury, veteran Andy Dalton will get the start. Right now Dalton is a better NFL quarterback than is Young. Things could get interesting if the Panthers pull the upset.
Unlike last week, there’s nothing “lackluster” about Saturday’s college football slate. The sked features eight matchups between teams that are 3-0 or better. Check it out:
Ohio State at Notre Dame
Colorado at Oregon
Rutgers at Michigan
UCLA at Utah
Oregon State at Washington State
Iowa at Penn State
BYU at Kansas
Memphis at Missouri
While not a battle of unbeatens, Ole Miss at Alabama has plenty of tradition and plot lines. ‘Bama is having a tough time protecting its quarterback. The Tide have given up 12 sacks in three games.
After a couple of years of remarkably smooth sailing, the UTSA Roadrunners have hit some choppy waters. I’m intrigued to find out how they will play Saturday at Tennessee.
That was quick work by a group of Louisville Cardinals football players who rushed to the scene of an automobile crash earlier this week near the team’s stadium. Video posted by Louisville police shows at least five Cardinals righting the flipped vehicle back onto its wheels before first responders arrived. The driver will be all right.
Yeah, I was waiting for some folks to start accusing Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick of delivering a dirty hit on the play that ended Nick Chubb’s season. Sure enough, there is some such chirping, especially on social media. Fitpatrick insists he had no intent to injure Chubb, calling him a “great player” who “makes the game a lot better when he’s playing.” I just hope we see Chubb playing again.
A tip of the cap to retiring USNWT member Julie Ertz, who exits the pitch with a pair of World Cup titles and universal respect from teammates and opponents.
I leave you today with this ominous quote from Murderous Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. “If sportswashing is going to increase my GDP by way of one percent, then I will continue doing sportswashing. I don’t care.”
I sure as hell care. And you should, too.