The timing is particularly brutal. Before Prescott’s injury, the biggest NFL story on Sunday was about the return of veteran Washington quarterback Alex Smith. Smith suffered a horrific leg injury in 2018, an injury that resulted in life-threatening complications and was seen as a potential career end. When he replaced Kyle Allen as quarterback, it was his first NFL action in two years.
Commentator Joe Theismann, whose name is synonymous with horrific sports injuries due to the compound fracture that ended his career on Monday Night Football in 1985, spoke on behalf of many NFL fans when discussing the Smith’s response: “It’s just spectacular to see him on a soccer ball again. field. I am so delighted and excited for him.
It’s hard not to be impressed with Smith not only overcoming a devastating injury (and 17 surgeries), but reaching a point where he could play in the NFL again. That being said, watching Smith’s return to action against the Los Angeles Rams hasn’t been an entirely joyous experience. Shortly after entering the game, Smith was sacked by Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Smith was not injured on the play, but it was hard to see, given everything he’s been through.
The Rams beat Washington 30-10, but that was almost irrelevant. Smith’s return has been one of those feel-good moments we all love to share, a positive story in a year when they are rare. So, of course, this couldn’t last. Hours later, a tearful Prescott was transported off the field with his future in doubt. While we all love a great NFL comeback story, it’s hard not to wish there weren’t so many.
Stat of the week
Of them. That’s the number of times the New York Jets have faced each other in a fourth-and-one situation, and both of those instances came within the first five minutes of their game against the Arizona Cardinals. If you are wondering when the last time something happened, well it never would be (or at least not since 1994 when they started tracking such things). You have to pay homage to Head Coach Adam Gase for finding entirely new ways for the Jets to give up before they’ve even started. The Cardinals, as you probably guessed, won 30-10 while the Jets are now 0-5 this season.
MVP of the week
It wasn’t just that Récepteur large des Pittsburgh Steelers Chase Claypool scored four touchdowns in the team’s 38-29 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, that’s how he did it. Claypool had three receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown, a feat no other rookie has ever accomplished. The Steelers are now 4-0 to start the season, good enough for their best start since 1979.
video of the week
Here’s the good news, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff: You just scored a touchdown and your team is headed for what will ultimately be a 30-10 victory over Washington. The bad news? Well, you botched the ‘football doping’ celebration so much that people will remember.
Quote of the week
“I have taken a lot of sad walks on this ramp, but not today. I will take this one. – Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in his team’s 40-32 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium
Turns out bosses are deadly after all. In the first half, it looked like the Chiefs had the game well in hand, as the Super Bowl champions led the Raiders in double digits at one point during the second quarter. However, it was as if an entirely different Chiefs team had taken over after half-time. Kansas City didn’t score in the second half before four minutes were left. At this point, the Raiders were comfortably in the lead. The Raiders ended up handing the Chiefs their first loss since last November. Carr might have had his best game as a professional, scoring 347 yards and three touchdowns.
Elsewhere in the league
* In their first game in the post-Bill O’Brien era, the Houston Texans claimed their first win of the season, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-14. Granted, this has mostly happened because the Jaguars are one of the few teams that started their season almost as badly as Houston, but when you go 0-4 you will have every possible victory you can get.
* Russell Wilson can still cook then. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback displayed his Pluto-like composure to throw a touchdown pass to DK Metcalf with 15 seconds left to secure a 27-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The Seahawks are now 5-0 for the first time in their history.
* Less than four years ago, it looked like Dan Quinn was close to sealing a Super Bowl title for the Atlanta Falcons. Then his team fell apart with a 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots in one of the most infamous losses in NFL history. On Sunday, after the loss to the Carolina Panthers left the Falcons 0-5 for the season, Quinn was fired along with general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Falcons starting quarterback Matt Ryan is 35 and the way things are going Atlanta may be able to draft Trevor Lawrence as their replacement with the No.1 pick in next year’s draft.
* After missing two games with a sprained ankle, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo made his comeback on Sunday, but it didn’t last. The Miami Dolphins beat the Niners 30-7 at halftime and head coach Kyle Shanahan has ruled CJ Beathard to start the second period. The Dolphins ended up winning by the final score of 43-17. The question now is whether or not this benching was aimed at protecting Garoppolo from injury or a sign of things to come.
* The coronavirus continues to affect NFL teams. Further positive tests for the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans forced the league to rework pretty much the entire schedule and, in the case of the Patriots, to reschedule a game that had already been rescheduled.
* When the New Orleans Saints take on the Los Angeles Chargers this week, they will be without Michael Thomas. On Sunday, the team announced that Thomas would not play Monday’s game for disciplinary reasons, with reports indicating he had an altercation with a teammate during training.