Wowzer. All of that and Taylor Swift, too.
The Cowboys succeeded only in making Joshua Dobbs look like Lamar Jackson. The Cardinals scored on all five of their first-half possessions and piled up 187 rushing yards by halftime. Dallas committed 13 penalties, ten of them in the first half. Yes, Dak threw a red zone interception, his first pick of the season. Yes, he did throw that into triple coverage.
Surprised? Why? The Cardinals own the Cowboys in the desert, having won eight of their last ten meetings in AZ.
Seventy points and 700 yards. Gee, you don’t see that every day. Actually, nobody had ever seen that combination in the NFL until yesterday, when the Dolphins relegated the Broncos to an FCS school. I’m trying to think if we’ve ever seen a team with more speed than the Dolphins. The answer is no.
Look at it this way, Bears. At least you get to play the Broncos next.
Bears coach Matt Eberflus says he’s going to take a “hard look” at everything. I’ll save you some time and trouble, pal. I’ve already looked. Hard. At everything. Your team sucks.
C.J. Stroud is an absolutely beautiful thrower of the football. Gorgeous. And how about the wheels that Texans fullback Andrew Beck displayed on that 85-yard kickoff return? Also, it was great to see Coach Ryans get his first win.
I was hoping that Brandon Staley would get fired, even in victory. I would say I’ve never seen a coach make a worse decision, but the truth is that Staley does stuff like that all the time. His Charger team was up 28-24 with the ball late in the game and facing a fourth and one at their own 24. Punt the ball. Play defense. You have a four-point lead. Duh. But Staley elected to go for it. The play got stuffed, setting up the Vikings for a possible go-ahead touchdown on a short field. It didn’t blow up in Staley’s face only because Vikings fans were so noisy that Kirk Cousins could not cleanly set up a play from the LA 6, resulting in a game-sealing tipped-pass interception for the Chargers. The Vikings could have avoided all that chaos by simply spiking the ball to stop the clock. Did you hear Jimmy Johnson wear out both Staley and Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell after the game?
What do you do if you’re down 17-0 in the fourth quarter at home? Well, if you’re Jordan Love and the Packers you just reel off 18 unanswered to beat the Saints. Nuthin’ to it.
MNF DOUBLE-HEADER PICKS
Eagles 30 Bucs 20
Bengals 27 Rams 24