Dallas Cowboys Extend Winning Streak; Herbert has nightmares again with Belichick and Patriots

Dallas Cowboys Extend Winning Streak;  Herbert has nightmares again with Belichick and Patriots

Like any beginning of the week, we go with the conclusions after the eighth day of action in the American Football of the NFL.

From the sad injury of Derrick Henry, to the stroke of authority of the Dallas Cowboys winning without their star Dak Prescott.

1. Without their top three available wide receivers and a couple of their starters on the offensive line, the Packers dominated the trenches, proving to be a much more physical team than in years past. Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon refused to go down on first contact.

2. The Cardinals’ offense looked out of sync and made losses, and the defense felt the absences in the front 7. Last year, the Cardinals were fine until Kyler Murray was injured. The quarterback says he’s fine, but he left the game in a boot.

3. The 49ers won a game necessary to keep their aspirations alive. Elijah Mitchell dominated on the ground. Jimmy Garoppolo played a good game and like Kyle Shanahan, they will breathe easy for at least a week. Now the Cardinals and the Rams are coming.

4. The Bears played a very good 1st half and Justin Fields gave us a sensational TD on the ground, but Chicago’s defense deflated in the 2nd half; midfield looked like a free zone and Mitchell was averaging more than 9 yards per carry with 4 minutes to go.

5. Mike White had a memorable performance in his first NFL start for the Jets. He didn’t throw a single pass over 20 yards, but while he threw two interceptions, he didn’t take unnecessary risks that so many hurt them in previous games.

6. Impossible to know if the Bengals were trusting or not, but they squandered a golden opportunity. They bungled an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, and woke up some ghosts from the past. After a great start to the year, the defense was a strainer against QB who made his debut.

7. The Bills offense struggled in the first half and Josh Allen suffered from charges. Luckily for them, they woke up late in the game, and Ed Oliver had an outstanding performance on defense. Buffalo didn’t play well, but he won.

8. Despite how disastrous the season has been for Miami, at least it can be noted that they have not lowered their arms from the attitude. The defense played a good game at Buffalo but it wasn’t enough. Surely the Dolphins will be sellers on the trade deadline.

9. The Steelers defense was the main reason why Pittsburgh won this important divisional duel. They limited the Browns’ powerful running attack to less than 100 yards. The evolution of Najee Harris continues. Chris Boswell had to leave with a concussion.

10. I understand Baker Mayfield has a left shoulder injury, but the Browns’ passing attack has been poor. Jarvis Landry had a costly fumble, and the defense didn’t show up when they needed it most. Jack Conklin suffered a dislocated elbow.

eleven. For some hard-to-understand reason, the Eagles wait for Miles Sanders’ injury to run the ball. Philadelphia dominated the trenches and racked up 165 rushing yards. The defense also dominated with the fronts and had five sacks.

12. It was the worst performance of the season for the Lions. Without Taylor Decker and Frank Ragnow, the offensive line was a problem. The last time Detroit started the season with eight straight losses, they finished the year 0-16.

13. The Panthers understood that even without Christian McCaffrey, they have to attack primarily on the ground, and they recorded 47 carries for 203 yards. Sam Darnold took care of the ball before he came out in shock, and the defense did a good job of limiting Kyle Pitts.

14. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley advised that he will focus on his mental health, and without him, this Falcons offense suffered. The ground defense allowed too many freedoms and as if that were not enough, they did not register a single capture all afternoon.

fifteen. The end result does not demonstrate the overwhelming difference that existed between the Rams and Texans. Stafford threw for 3 TDs and the defense had limited Houston to less than 100 yards before making the headlines. After beating the Giants, Lions and Texans, the schedule gets tough.

16. Tyrod Taylor should be back next week for the Texans, but he’s a quarterback and not a wizard. Without Mark Ingram, the running game was non-existent and the offense went 12 straight quarters without scoring a touchdown before doing it in garbage time against the Rams.

17. The Saints defense has been the spearhead of New Orleans since the start of the season. They forced three losses to the Buccaneers and are going to have to continue at that level given the severe injury to Jameis Winston, who will miss the season. Taysom Hill has not played since Week 5 due to concussion.

18. The Bucs’ offense woke up too late, but the story of the day was penalties. 11 of them for Tampa Bay, which has been an undisciplined team throughout this season. Tom Brady often struggles against the Saints, and yesterday was no exception.

19. Jerry Jeudy is back, but the offense is still a work in progress for Broncos. The defense had 5 sacks and 2 interceptions, although they lost Bryce Callahan through injury. In the end, they just had to close the game, and they had 2 fumbles in 3 plays.

twenty. Washington has lost four games in a row and his campaign seems to be on the mend. The offensive line suffered without three of its starters and flaming kicker Chris Blewitt saw his second and third field goals blocked in a couple of weeks.

twenty-one. New England had its best win of the season. Despite a wave of penalties and somewhat conservative calls, the Patriots controlled the possession clock and their defense bothered Justin Herbert all afternoon. Adrian Phillips was the Evening Star.

22. Like the year before, Justin Herbert again struggled against Bill Belichick’s defense. He threw two interceptions and just completed 50 percent of his passes. The high school continues to suffer injuries, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they add someone before Tuesday.

23. Geno Smith completed his first 14 passes, and he connected over and over with Tyler Lockett. The defense shut out Jacksonville until the final minutes. The rumor is that Russel Wilson could be back in a couple of weeks. Too late for Seattle?

24. The Jaguars offense didn’t start all afternoon. Trevor Lawrence was constantly pressured, and when James Robinson came out with an ankle injury, the running game ceased to exist. As if that were not enough, excess penalties from those directed by Urban Meyer.

25. Although it is not a matter of judgment because there is a long way to go, a debacle would have to occur for the Titans not to win their division. Tennessee proved it could win even when Derrick Henry is not as effective. AJ Brown played a great game and Kevin Byard recorded the final interception. Henry will miss the entire season through injury.

26. Carson Wentz had thrown only one interception all season, but threw two in the crucial game against the Titans, including a crucial one in overtime. Michael Pittman is proving to be a Star, but there were very few carries for Jonathan Taylor.

27. Cooper Rush had some ups and downs for Dallas, but when it mattered most, he kept his composure. Both Cee Dee Lamb and Amari Cooper surpassed 100 yards through the air and Micah Parsons was a tackling machine. Without Dak, the Cowboys proved to be candidates.

28. Primetime troubles continue for Kirk Cousins. The Vikings offense never finished carburating after the opening touchdown. Danielle Hunter was forced out of the game with a shoulder injury. Minnesota appears to be a better team than it really is.

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