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It’s been a fairly ugly game so far in Detroit today, and injury news has made it uglier.
Scherff appeared to hurt his shoulder, and Washington’s offensive line suffered and gave up pressure a few times after Scherff exited the game. Slay appeared to hurt his leg, but the Lions’ defense was able to hold on its first drive without him.
Neither team has gotten close to the end zone and both teams have missed field goals. The Lions have also made a field goal and lead 3-0.
The officials forced Browns rookie quarterback Cody Kessler to leave Sunday’s game in the second quarter to be checked for a concussion.
Kessler grabbed for his helmet after taking a hit from Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap after releasing a pass. He was escorted to the sideline by referee Ed Hochuli, then TV cameras caught Kessler talking with an independent neurologist on the sideline.
Kessler eventually jogged on his own to the locker room.
The Browns had already been using Kevin Hogan as a change-of-pace running quarterback. Hogan became the sixth different player to take snaps at quarterback for the Browns this season.
The Browns got an Isaiah Crowell touchdown run to cap the drive on which Kessler was forced out to go up 10-7. The Bengals answered right back with a long touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to Brandon LaFell to go up 14-10.
Geno Smith has thrown his first touchdown pass since returning to the starting job and the Jets have scored their first offensive touchdown since the second quarter of their Week Five loss to the Steelers.
Smith hit Quincy Enunwa over the middle and Enunwa ran away from the Ravens defense for a 69-yard touchdown that ended a long spell without a touchdown for the Jets offense. The score cut the Ravens’ lead to 10-7 after the first 15 minutes at the Meadowlands.
Smith ended his first quarter back in the starting job 3-of-7 for 88 yards, so the big play was an outlier after two ineffectual drives to open the game. The Jets also saw center Nick Mangold leave with an ankle injury. His return is called questionable.
The first of those drives was followed by punter Lachlan Edwards letting a snap go through his hands for a Ravens touchdown and the second saw the Jets defense give up a 53-yard pass to Mike Wallace before settling down to force a Justin Tucker field goal.
Turnovers and injuries have been the story of the day so far in Philly.
Eagles cornerback Ron Brooks has been carted off with a leg injury. He seemed to injure his right knee without contact while trying to make a tackle.
With Brooks out, safety Malcolm Jenkins is expected to fill Brooks’ slot role.
The game between the Vikings and Eagles remains scoreless through one quarter.
The good news is the Saints can score in a hurry. The bad news is they can give points up just as quickly.
They have multiple problems at the moment, beginning with the way the Chiefs came back to take a 14-7 lead.
Spencer Ware took a screen pass 46 yards for the touchdown, blowing his way through a number of bad tackles and bad angles against the league’s worst defense, in terms of points allowed.
And then things got tougher for their offense, as left tackle Terron Armstead was just helped off the field by athletic trainers. He had just some back from a knee injury, and backup Andrus Peat is out with a groin injury. That left journeyman Tony Hills at left tackle.
The Chiefs then pounced, with a tipped pass falling into the hands of safety Daniel Sorensen, who returned it 48 yards for a touchdown and a quick 14-point turnaround.
The Bills scored touchdowns in the first quarter of all four games in their current winning streak, but they couldn’t get the ball in the end zone over the first 15 minutes in Miami.
Their only points of the quarter came on a Dan Carpenter field goal in the final minute. The score was set up by a 30-yard Brandon Tate punt return that gave the Bills the ball on Miami’s 30-yard-line.
Carpenter’s kick tied the score at 3 and the score remained tied through the remaining seconds of the opening quarter. The Dolphins got their points at the end of a 15-play, 64-yard drive that opened the game. Jay Ajayi ran well and Ryan Tannehill threw for three first downs, but things petered out after a holding penalty on center Mike Pouncey.
Bills running back LeSean McCoy came into the game with a hamstring injury, but has run the ball three times and been on the field for a few other plays early in the game. The Bills have only run nine overall, so that’s helped keep the workload down even if the Bills haven’t shown signs of limiting McCoy.
The injury bug primarily has hit the Vikings on the offensive side of the ball this year. It’s now possibly striking on defense.
Safety Andrew Sendejo has been carted off after suffering a lower leg injury. Officially listed as questionable, he suffered the injury after making a first quarter interception of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.
The game has featured five turnovers in the first quarter, with three from Wentz and two from Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford.
The Vikings got the ball back after a Wentz fumble, and then Bradford promptly fumbled.
The Bradford fumble apparently was returned for a touchdown by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, but replay review showed that Jenkins was down by contact after recovering the ball.
Either way, Bradford already is having his roughest day as a Viking. Especially since on the team’s first drive of the game he underthrew receiver Charles Johnson for what would have been an easy touchdown.
If Bradford doesn’t settle down quickly, it’s going to be a long day for the Vikings.
The Saints have a horrible defense, for sure.
But they at least don’t have to worry about being in deep holes early.
It’s the fourth straight game in which the Saints have scored a touchdown on their opening drive, a franchise record.
They need that kind of performance, as they’re last in the league in scoring defense, giving up 33.6 points per game.
The Jets are losing, which is familiar enough this season, but the way they went down 7-0 shows a little creativity.
A snap from long snapper Tanner Purdum to punter Lachlan Edwards flew through Edwards’ hands and into the end zone where it was recovered by Ravens wide receiver Chris Moore for a touchdown. It’s windy at the Meadowlands, but the snap didn’t appear to be affected by it enough that Edwards should have missed the ball completely.
The punt came at the end of Geno Smith’s first drive in his return to the starting job. He was 1-of-3 for eight yards, although a third down pass to Charone Peake should have been caught for a first down that would have kept the drive alive.
It didn’t, however, and the Jets were trailing just a few moments later.
There’s nothing like an old-fashioned offensive tackle touchdown.
The Titans drove 78 yards in 10 plays. A dropped snap on the PAT kick never gave it a chance.
Mariota was 5-of-5 for 47 yards on the opening drive. Luck was 4-of-6 for 52 yards.
The Bengals got the ball first Sunday. The Browns provided little opposition on the first drive.
A 5-yard touchdown run by Giovani Bernard opened the scoring. The Bengals went 75 yards in seven plays.
The Broncos’ running game is struggling, but the guy at the top of the tailback depth chart isn’t feeling the heat.
“I’ve got nothing to lose,” Anderson recently said, via Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post. “I wasn’t supposed to be here. I wasn’t supposed to be in this position or this spot.”
Undrafted in 2013, Anderson got some sage advice from former Broncos safety Mike Adams.
“[H]e told me, my rookie year, you can go out there and make 10 great plays and one bad play and that’s why you were undrafted,” Anderson said. “Other guys, they can go out there and make 10 bad plays and one amazing play and that’s why they were drafted.”
Anderson, who signed a four-year, $16 million contract in March, has a career-low average of 3.5 yards per carry. With fourth-round rookie Devontae Booker likely to get more reps, that means Anderson could be getting fewer.
“There’s nothing wrong in the National Football League when two running backs can make plays,” Anderson said. “I’m actually happy that he’s coming along, I’ve been helping him through the whole way. I’m just glad he’s here.”
Still, Anderson had hoped that a workhorse performance in the Super Bowl would lead to a bell cow role in 2016. If looks like the Broncos are moving toward a two-man committee approach, fueled in part by Anderson not generating the kind of yardage he has in the past.
The Giants got off to an ugly start this morning in London, but a big game from safety Landon Collins earned them a hard-fought 17-10 comeback win over the Rams.
Collins had two interceptions in the game, one a spectacular pick-six that gave the Giants their first touchdown, and one that set up their second touchdown. When he wasn’t intercepting Case Keenum, Collins was making tackles and was generally all over the field. He played an outstanding game.
The Giants’ offense did not play much of a game. Eli Manning struggled to make big plays, and running backs Paul Perkins and Rashad Jennings couldn’t find many holes against a good Rams front seven. But the Giants’ offense didn’t need to do much more than protect the football, and after a Larry Donnell fumble on the first drive, the Giants did just that.
The Rams did not do that. Keenum threw four interceptions and the Rams also fumbled three times, although they recovered all three of them. The Rams’ offense isn’t making many big plays, Todd Gurley is struggling to find room to run, and L.A. isn’t putting many points on the board. The Rams’ last offensive play was a bizarre interception on which Keenum threw into the end zone and Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was the only player in the vicinity.
The fans in London haven’t been treated to a lot of good football games. This one was far from a thriller, although it remained close until the end, and it saw two teams with legitimate playoff hopes. For the Giants, who improve to 4-3, those playoff hopes were bolstered today. The Rams, in falling to 3-4, looked like a team that needs to make another plan on offense.
The Giants have their first lead of the day in London.
After falling behind 10-0 early, battling back to a 10-10 tie in the second quarter and then fighting to a stalemate for most of the second half, the Giants now lead 17-10.
The lead came thanks to a Rashad Jennings touchdown run set up by a Landon Collins interception, his second of the day. Collins returned the first interception for a touchdown and has been easily the best player on the field in this game.
Now the Rams have nine minutes to try to come back. They’d be wise not to throw in Collins’ direction.