Eagles defensive tackle Jalen Carter has added another big play to his rookie of the year highlight reel.
Carter forced Buccaneers running back Rachaad White to fumble just before halftime, setting up an Eagles field goal and giving Philadelphia a 13-3 lead at the break.
On the play, Carter initially was rushing Bucs quarterback Baker Mayfield, but as soon as Mayfield threw the ball to White, Carter turned and ran downfield, catching up to White and punching the ball out of his hands. It was a tremendous athletic play for the rookie, who has impressed all season.
The Eagles have mostly controlled the first half, as Carter and the Eagles’ defense have handled the Buccaneers.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow started despite not being 100 percent because of his strained right calf.
He went 3-of-6 for 27 yards on the first drive, leading Cincinnati from its own 25 to the Los Angeles 37. Bengals kicker Evan McPherson missed a 56-yard field goal.
The Rams began their opening drive at their own 46 and needed only four plays to score what they thought was a touchdown. Tutu Atwell ran down the sideline for 24 yards to the end zone.
Replay reversed the ruling, with the replay official deciding Atwell stepped out at the 2-yard line.
DJ Reader sacked Matthew Stafford for a 9-yard loss on first down at the 2, and then Stafford threw two incompletions. Brett Maher made a 30-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead for the Bengals with 8:22 remaining in the first quarter.
Through the first two games of this season, Eagles wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus hadn’t caught a single pass. Tonight, he’s making a major impact.
Zaccheaus caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jalen Hurts in the second quarter tonight in Tampa Bay — and that pass was set up by an earlier 24-yard catch from Zaccheaus on the same drive.
The 26-year-old Zaccheaus arrived in Philadelphia this offseason after playing the last four years with the Falcons. Ordinarily he’s a backup, but tonight he’s getting an opportunity thanks to an injury to Quez Watkins, and making the most of it.
The Eagles lead the Buccaneers 10-3 late in the second quarter.
Eagles safety Justin Evans is questionable to return with a neck injury.
Terrell Edmunds has replaced Evans.
Evans went into the sideline medical tent before walking to the training room for further examination.
He had one tackle before leaving.
Evans was a second-round pick of the Bucs in 2017 but injuries limited him to 24 games in two seasons. He did not play for three years before returning with the Saints last season.
Philadelphia has a 3-0 lead over the Bucs after a quarter.
The Eagles have 91 yards and two red zone trips, but they have yet to score a touchdown. Philadelphia went for it on fourth-and-one on their first drive and Kenneth Gainwell was stopped for a loss by Ryan Neal and Antoine Winfield Jr.
Britain Covey gave them good field position on their second possession, returning a Jake Camarda punt 52 yards to the Tampa Bay 44. The drive stalled at the 18, and Jake Elliott kicked a 36-yard field goal with 3:05 remaining in the first quarter.
Last month, the Dolphins flirted with the idea of trading for Colts running back Jonathan Taylor. Now that Taylor’s four weeks on the reserve/PUP list are coming to an end, will the Dolphins do it again?
Given the way Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane are performing, why would they? Whatever the Colts want, why give it up for a position where there’s really no need?
Beyond Mostert and Achane, they have Chris Brooks and Salvon Ahmed, who was not active on Sunday against the Broncos.
With Mostert and Achane scoring four touchdowns each on Sunday, I asked Mostert after the game whether this would end the talk of a potential Taylor trade before the October 31 deadline.
“There’s always going to be talk, but, you know, I just don’t listen to it nor does anybody else,” Mostert said. “We all just try to go out here and do our thing.”
Achane’s quick adjustment to the NFL makes it easier for the Dolphins to stand pat.
“I think he did a great job,” Mostert said of Achane. “You know, he’s a rookie. He understands the scheme and he’s a sponge. I keep saying that over and over. He’s definitely a sponge.”
While they compete for playing time and touches, they are teammates. They work together with group success as the main objective.
“I mean it’s one of those things where we all just try to try to help each other out,” Mostert said. “We have one goal and that’s to win. That’s our main thing.”
The main thing has become a weekly thing for the Dolphins. The performance of Mostert and Achane should keep the Taylor trade talk from becoming a daily thing, again, once he’s able to play.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott had his best game as a Patriot, rushing for 80 yards on 16 carries in the team’s win over the Jets on Sunday. Elliott didn’t celebrate long before turning his attention to Week 4.
The Patriots play the Cowboys on Sunday.
Elliott spent seven seasons with the Cowboys after they made him a first-round pick.
“It’s going to be fun,” Elliott said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN. “I’m excited to go back to Dallas, a place where I have so much history, my home in the offseason. It will be cool to get back in AT&T [Stadium].”
The Cowboys cut Elliott in a cost-cutting move in the offseason. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team didn’t offer Elliott a reduced contract, because they didn’t want to “insult” him.
Elliott remained a free agent until Aug. 16, and the Cowboys repeatedly expressed the idea that they were leaving the door open for a possible reunion that never happened.
“I was definitely disappointed, but everything happens for a reason,” Elliott said. “God has his plan for us. I’m excited for this next chapter in my life. I’m excited to be a Patriot. I’m excited to go chase a Super Bowl here.”
Elliott had hoped to finish his career with the Cowboys, in the same backfield with his good friend, Dak Prescott, but it was not to be.
“No one wants to leave the team they’re with, but more importantly, I’m very happy with where I’m at,” Elliott said.
Elliott, who is Rhamondre Stevenson’s backup, had only 12 carries for 42 yards and five receptions for 14 yards in the first two games combined. The Patriots used him more Sunday.
“We’re getting a little bit of a feel for some of the things with him and vice versa,” coach Bill Belichick said.
Although Elliott initially billed Sunday’s game in Arlington as “just another game,” it won’t be. He wants to remind the Cowboys of the two rushing titles, the 8,262 rushing yards and the three Pro Bowls that he had with them.
The Bengals made star quarterback Joe Burrow’s availability official. He will dress and is expected to start in Monday Night Football.
Burrow, whose strained calf had him with a questionable designation, does not appear on the inactive list.
The Bengals, though, also made two other quarterbacks active. Jake Browning and Reid Sinnett, who was elevated from the practice squad, also will dress. Because Sinnett is not on the active roster, he cannot be the emergency quarterback.
The Bengals’ inactives are tight end Irv Smith Jr. (hamstring), wide receiver Trenton Irwin, running back Chris Evans, defensive tackle Jay Tufele, offensive lineman Jackson Carman, offensive lineman Trey Hill and cornerback DJ Ivey.
The Rams will have wide receiver Puka Nacua, who was questionable with an oblique injury. Nacua also was questionable last week but played 69 of 80 offensive snaps and made 15 catches for 147 yards.
In two games, Nacua has 25 catches on 35 targets for 266 yards and no touchdowns.
The Rams’ inactives are running back Zach Evans, offensive lineman Kevin Dotson, offensive lineman Warren McClendon and defensive lineman Earnest Brown IV.
The Jets have a quarterback problem. The Jets do not have a viable quarterback solution.
Since losing Aaron Rodgers only 14 days ago with a ruptured Achilles tendon, the Jets — after somehow beating the Bills — have lost to the Cowboys and the Patriots with Zach Wilson at quarterback.
Every Jets fan wants the team to do something. As explained on last night’s Football Night in America just as the uproar was commencing, there’s not much that can be done.
There is no viable free-agent option. Carson Wentz? Give me a freaking break. Matt Ryan? He had all four legs in the glue factory last year, with all due respect. Tom Brady? He’s not interested in playing, and he definitely wouldn’t want to play behind that line.
Also, anyone who would show up tomorrow would need time to learn the offense and get ready to play. It’s the equivalent of changing a tire on a moving car. Even when the car is barely sputtering in first gear, it’s not easy to do.
Some keep throwing around the idea of trading for Kirk Cousins. With what? The non-existent first-round and second-round picks that remain tied up in the playing-time condition of the Aaron Rodgers trade? And why would the Vikings throw in the towel on their season after three games?
Teams who have backups need their backups. Teams who have a third guy who could be sent to New York would want a premium that the Jets aren’t in a position to surrender.
Even then, the new quarterback would have to get up to speed.
That was what the first six weeks of the regular season were supposed to be for Rodgers. Getting him and everyone else up to speed in an offense designed specifically for him. Now, they’ve had to pivot back to Wilson.
Then there’s the offensive line. It has not been good. If Rodgers hadn’t been injured two weeks ago, would he have survived against the Cowboys? The Patriots? Will he have survived against the Chiefs?
The blocking has not been good. The running game has been dreadful. It all ties together on offense.
Which means that, for the Jets to steal another win before their Week 7 bye (most likely, at Denver in 13 days), they’ll need to hope the defense can play basically a perfect game. In any game the defense doesn’t, the Jets will likely be screwed.
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is expected to start against the Rams on Monday Night Football despite being less than 100 percent, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.
Burrow strained his right calf on the second day of training camp and didn’t return from the injury until after the preseason. He has not played like himself thus far with 304 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception and aggravated his injury late in the Week 2 loss to the Ravens.
He was a limited participant in Friday’s and Saturday’s practices.
The Bengals don’t have much of an option behind Burrow, with Jake Browning as the No. 2. He has never made a regular-season start.
The team elevated quarterback Reid Sinnett from the practice squad. Sinnett spent the offseason with the team but only signed to the practice squad last week after the Bengals lost Will Grier to the Patriots.
The Bengals will announce their inactives at 6:45 p.m. ET.
The Buccaneers added linebacker Devin White (groin) and offensive lineman Cody Mauch (back) to the injury report last week, in the middle of the practice week, and both had questionable designations for Monday Night Football.
Both will dress tonight.
So, too, will defensive tackle Vita Vea (pectoral).
Cornerback Carlton Davis (toe) will miss a second consecutive game as he was among the team’s inactives.
The Buccaneers’ other inactives are defensive tackle Calijah Kancey (calf), linebacker SirVocea Dennis (hamstring), defensive tackle Deadrin Senat, outside linebacker Markees Watts, offensive lineman Brandon Walton and tight end Payne Durham.
Vaughn, who briefly left the squad the first week of the season because of disappointment over his role, will make his season debut. The Bucs placed Chase Edmonds on injured reserve, allowing Vaughn to move up the depth chart and serve as the third running back on game day.
In 2022, Vaughn had a career-low 17 carries and a career-low 3.1 yards per rush last season. He played 37 snaps on offense and 189 on special teams.
The Eagles’ inactives are receiver Quez Watkins (hamstring), cornerback Mario Goodrich, running Boston Scott (concussion), offensive lineman Tyler Steen, defensive tackle Moro Ojomo and tight end Albert Okwuegbunam. Quarterback Tanner McKee will dress as the emergency third quarterback.