Archive for September, 2018

Kamara runs for 3 second-half TDs, Saints beat Giants 33-18

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

In a game when Drew Brees didn't throw a touchdown and NFL leading receiver Michael Thomas was limited to four catches, the New Orleans Saints won with other options - Alvin Kamara and a defense that didn't live up to its much-maligned status. Kamara ran for three second-half touchdowns, Wil Lutz matched his career high with four field goals and the Saints' defense shut down the New York Giants after giving up an early touchdown in a 33-18 win on Sunday. "This was a complete game, everything came together," said Kamara, who ran for 134 yards and scored on runs of 9, 4 and 49 yards.

Kamara runs for 3 second-half TDs, Saints beat Giants 33-18

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

In a game when Drew Brees didn't throw a touchdown and NFL leading receiver Michael Thomas was limited to four catches, the New Orleans Saints won with other options — Alvin Kamara and a defense that didn't live up to its much-maligned status. Kamara ran for three second-half touchdowns, Wil Lutz matched his career high with four field goals and the Saints' defense shut down the New York Giants after giving up an early touchdown in a 33-18 win on Sunday. "This was a complete game, everything came together," said Kamara, who ran for 134 yards and scored on runs of 9, 4 and 49 yards.

Are Roughing the Passer Penalties Decreasing? Tracking the Week 4 Quarterback Hits

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Is… is… is the NFL relaxing on the roughing the passer calls? Through the first three weeks of the season, the referees threw 34 flags for roughing the passer, which was more than twice the total over the same period last year, according to ESPN. Last week the NFL released a video showing legal and illegal hits on quarterbacks, with head official Al Riveron repeatedly emphasizing the phrase “most, if not all, of his body weight.” As astutely noted by Packers LB Clay Matthews, who has been called for roughing the passer twice this season, the video conveniently left out his controversial roughing calls for which he wasn’t even fined.

Rivers throws for 3 TDs as Chargers rally to beat 49ers

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

After all they've been through, a two-touchdown deficit wasn't going to faze the Los Angeles Chargers. ''We've been rock-bottom, so it's only up,'' running back Melvin Gordon said after the Chargers rallied for a 29-27 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Gordon played a significant part in the comeback, rushing for 104 yards on 15 carries to go with his seven receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown.

Bill Belichick praises locker room leadership for energetic bounce-back

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

FOXBORO -- When the Patriots lose, it doesn't take much for the attention to turn away from the field toward the locker room. Especially when they lose two in a row in the fashion they did in Jacksonville and Detroit. Maybe the answers are in there?Are

Raiders know they dodged premature end to season by beating Browns in OT

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

The Raiders hadn't been as dreadful as their record suggested after three defeats, so it stands to reason that they wouldn't be as good as their first win suggests they could be, either. Or to leave it to the experts, coach Jon Gruden, who has been on the defensive since the day he freed Khalil Mack into his true place in the universe, opted not to declare Sunday's 45-42 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns the turning of the corner.

49ers kick themselves for letting a win slip away against Chargers

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

CARSON -- The 49ers had a steady stream of injuries throughout Sunday's game, surrendered 20 unanswered points and gave up two interceptions that easily could have been avoided. "We should've won the game," 49ers center Weston Richburg said following the 29-27 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Quarterback C.J. Beathard, making his first start of the season in place of injured Jimmy Garoppolo, threw an interception that deflected off tight end Garrett Celek's hands in the third quarter.

Thomas breaks leg, sends angry parting message to Seahawks

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Angry over his contract situation, Thomas had already said he would skip some practices. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, now he won't be in the games, either. The safety was injured in the fourth quarter while defending Arizona's Chad Williams, who caught a tying touchdown pass.

Thomas breaks leg, sends angry parting message to Seahawks

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Angry over his contract situation, Thomas had already said he would skip some practices. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, now he won't be in the games, either. The safety was injured in the fourth quarter while defending Arizona's Chad Williams, who caught a tying touchdown pass.

QB Beathard shows grit during Niners’ narrow loss to Bolts

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Although C.J. Beathard knew he should slide, the San Francisco 49ers desperately needed a first down in the fourth quarter of a two-point game. ''Especially in a situation like that, on third down when you're inches away from converting, it could change the game if we get that first,'' Beathard said. After he caught his breath, the Niners still dropped to 1-3 with a 29-27 loss Sunday.