NFL News and Rumors: SuperMariota to the rescue
Here we are through 10 weeks of NFL play featuring the crumbling reigning Super Bowl champ Philadelphia Eagles and the red hot Indianapolis Colts. Who would have thought this would be the case at the start of the season but alas a lot is happening in the NFL world through 10 weeks.
Scroll through to find the latest on what’s happening around the NFL…
- Marcus Mariota out-does Tom Brady
- The Bucs need a QB
- Fall Eagles Fall
- Are the Steelers back?
SuperMariota shines against the Pats
Coming off stellar performance against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football last week, Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota picked up right where he left off. Perhaps you saw his unbelievable inside-zone read and pulling the ball out of the running back’s hands at the very last second or his 9-yard scramble TD run. The QB has proven time and time again that he can get it done both in the air and on the ground.
This performance carried over to Sunday’s game against the visiting New England Patriots as Mariota threw for 228 yards on 16-of-24 passes, two touchdowns and zero interceptions in a commanding 34-10 win over the Gronk-less Pats.
But there was one play in particular vs. the Patriots that Mariota added another element to his already impressive resume: receiver. First, it was the Patriots that tested Tom Brady’s receiver skills, but as Brady turned to go up field, he stumbled over his own feet short of the first down. Then it was Mariota’s turn and the Titans’ execution and Mariota’s feet in the open field resulted in a 21-yard first down.
Watch the play HERE.
The Titans (5-4) travel to take on division rival Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts (4-5) at 10 AM (PT) this Sunday.
Has the FitzMagic run its course?
Whether it’s Jameis Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need a QB to step up. After Winston threw four interceptions in one game and getting benched last Sunday, Fitzpatrick got the start vs. Washington.
But take a look at this stat: Fitzpatrick threw for 406 yards on the day! That is surely enough to win a game or at least put up some serious points on the board, right? Wrong. Fitzpatrick threw two interceptions on the day and the Bucs only put up three points on the board.
How is that even possible? Well, turnovers plagued the Bucs. The two interceptions along with four fumbles (two were lost) will do it.
Read more on the Bucs QB situation HERE.
The Bucs (3-6) travel to take on OBJ and the New York Giants (1-7) at 10 AM (PT) this Sunday.
Fall Eagles Fall
I guess anything can happen in a division rival game, right? Just when you thought the Cowboys were done, the search for a new QB to replace Dak Prescott was on, the Cowboys had you asking more questions after a bad home loss to the Tennessee Titans last Monday on MNF and now this 27-20 win on the road vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.
The IT factor in last night’s Cowboys win was Ezekiel Elliott. He was hungry and he ate. 19 carries for 151 yards, his fifth time rushing for over 150 yards in a game. The Eagles had no answer and no pride after literally getting leaped over by Zeke.
Read more on Zeke HERE.
But what happened to the Eagles who are currently sitting at 4-5 (2-4 in the conference and therefore behind the 3-3 Cowboys)? Head coach Peterson, “Starting with myself, all of us, we just need to look at ourselves in the mirror. Are we doing enough and we giving enough…?”
This poor performance from the Eagles resulted in boos from the crowd as Prescott scampered into the end zone just before halftime.
Read up on the boos HERE.
Philadelphia has a tough road test ahead in Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints (8-1) at 1:25 PM (PT) this upcoming Sunday.
Pittsburgh is rolling
Can we say the Pittsburgh Steelers are officially back? After starting off the season with questions, not knowing the status of running back Le’veon Bell, and Antonio Brown’s trade rumors, the Pittsburgh Steelers are on a roll after a commanding 52-21 win over the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football.
The Steelers are riding a five-game win streak after starting off the season 1-2-1. Big Ben Roethlisberger is spreading the wealth, creating explosive plays, all while running back James Conner continues to impress. Pittsburgh is sitting at 6-2-1 and the leader of the AFC North division. Looking at their schedule ahead, the Steelers must win these next four games with Jacksonville and Denver ahead, then hosting the Chargers and then at Oakland before rounding out the season with New England, New Orleans and Cincinnati.
Pittsburgh hits the road to the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6) this Sunday, kickoff set for 10 AM (PT).