Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer
And let the Super Bowl rematch fun begin.
And let the Super Bowl rematch fun begin.
The Eagles have a 95 percent chance of making the playoffs and are the current favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, per FPI. They raced out to a 5-1 record -- the best in the NFL -- despite playing four of their first six games on the road. Monday's game against the Redskins marks the first of three straight at home, a chance for the Eagles to separate even further from the pack.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco on struggling offense: "I wouldn't say we're overall trying to fix something that's completely broken. We can't look at it that way. We got to keep our heads up and play one game at a time. This is where we are right now. There's nothing we can do to go back in time and change it at this point."
Andy Dalton sometimes has a tendency to force passes to A.J. Green, but he made a really nice decision and a nice throw to hit Brandon LaFell for a touchdown instead. The Steelers were keying in on A.J. Green in the end zone and he just wasn't open there. Dalton looked sharp on the Bengals' game-tying drive, which was highlighted by a 16-yard pass to Green a few plays prior. Joe Mixon got things started off with a 25-yard run. The Bengals started Jeremy Hill this game, but Mixon could end up being the key here. They should incorporate him more.
Bucs safety T.J. Ward is very frustrated by a lack of playing time right now. "I came here to be an impact player," Ward said. "I'm at my wits' end. I did not come here to rotate. I did not come here to be a part-time player."
Dolphins QB Matt Moore said it's great to be 4-2 with all the "craziness" that's gone on this season.
Mark Ingram said he absolutely plans to make Sean Payton deliver on his claim that he would provide free pedicures if everyone wore the right cleats this week and handled the slippery Lambeau Field turf. Players don't like wearing the longer screw-in metal cleats because they're uncomfortable. But Payton demanded it this week and showed clips of players slipping at Lambeau throughout the week.
The last time the Chargers had a return for a touchdown was a 65-yard punt return for a score by Micheal Spurlock in a December 2012 game against the New York Jets.
More Ron Rivera on Cam Newton and two big passes he missed: ‘'He overthrew Christian and he overthrew Kelvin. Those are some things you wish you could have back and he knows it too. On both of those I saw him, his expression right after he missed them.''
You can't help but feel really good about where the Rams are right now. They're as healthy as a team can expect to be through 7 weeks, but everything is clicking. Defense has allowed only 39 points in the last 14 quarters, while settling in under Wade Phillips. Special teams continues to be a strength, as has been the case for a while now. And the offense, a decade-long hindrance, looks good. Todd Gurley looks like one of the NFL's best RBs again, and QB Jared Goff, with a much better offensive line and weapons all around him, is light years ahead of where he was as a rookie. Sean McVay may be running away with Coach of the Year honors.
49ers CB Rashard Robinson headed to locker room after landing on Dez Bryant's knees. Robinson has battled some form of injury in basically every game this season. Ahkello Witherspoon replaced him.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh on wide receiver Mike Wallace trying to get back in the game after suffering a concussion: "That's Mike. It's not surprising. Mike's a tough guy. He was adamant about wanting to get back in the game. He's got some kind of a concussion to some degree. We will find how, over the next couple days, shakes out. That doesn't surprise me."
Adam Humphries coughing up the ball and then that coverage bust plus a 15-yard penalty on that final drive doomed the Bucs today. At 2-4, their season is starting to slip away. They can't count on a late season run like last year with such a back-loaded divisional schedule.
Not a bad first quarter for Ezekiel Elliott with 59 yards on seven carries. In his last two quarters of action he has 20 carries for 140 yards. It took longer than he or the Cowboys wanted, but the running game is finally finding its rhythm.
Justin Britt is now on the sideline getting looked at by Seahawks trainers after walking off the field on his own power. Rookie Ethan Pocic, who was rotating with Mark Glowinski at left guard, is now playing center.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera on the play of Cam Newton: ‘'I thought he had his moments. The option, the pitch wasn't his fault. That ball should be caught but we'll work on it, we'll get better at it. And then the ball ricocheted in the air [for a pick-6], That's not his fault. . .. Again give them credit. They played a heck of a defensive football game.''
The Dolphins have now won 12 straight games decided by seven points or fewer, extending a team record.
Dez Bryant will have a 17-yard completion turn into a drop after the Niners challenge this play.
David Irving had eyes on him during the anthem to see if he would have some kind of protest. He briefly raised his fist during the end of the anthem. But he just recorded his third sack in two games this season to force a punt.
Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin says he has to do a better job on plays like the one that turned into a 76-yard interception return for a touchdown by safety Eddie Jackson.
Big play by Travis Benjamin on 65-yard punt return for a TD and Chargers have their first lead of the season in the opening quarter, a 7-0 advantage over the Broncos. Chargers have been outscored 50-14 in the first quarter so far this season.
A fumble by A.J. Derby to go with an end-over-end punt down the middle of the field by Riley Dixon that was returned for a touchdown and the Broncos have successfully negated the best of goal-line stands from the defense.
Linebacker Terrell Suggs on the Ravens falling to 3-4 on the season: "We can't concede because we ain't out yet. The magic still can happen. We only have two AFC losses. We saw in '12 [their Super Bowl season] what momentum can do. We have to stick in there and get the [s---] fixed."
The highest-scoring fantasy quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, kicker and team defense/special teams from the 1 p.m. ET game block were all started in fewer than 10 percent of ESPN leagues: QB: Josh McCown, 24.46 (4.45 percent started) WR: Kenny Stills, 26.5 (4.08 percent) TE: O.J. Howard, 27.8 (0.90 percent) K: Kai Forbath, 24 (9.13 percent) D/ST: Chicago Bears, 29 (1.80 percent)
The Dolphins aren't ready to name their starting quarterback for Thursday's game against the Ravens. The team is waiting for Jay Cutler to get further evaluated on his chest.