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Sunday Scaries: Dak

Week 5 saw an increase in penalties and game postponements but it did little to prepare us for Sunday’s biggest story.

DO IT FOR DAK:

COWBOYS 37, GIANTS 34: Another shootout for the Cowboys took a backseat to the day’s biggest Cowboys (and NFL) news. Quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending compound fracture of his right ankle and will miss the rest of the season. Meanwhile, his expected recovery is reportedly set for four to six months.

The injury (look it up if you want to see it. It’s gross and I’m not going to post it) came from a play where Prescott was scrambling. His reaction to the injury was heartbreaking and something football fans will not forget anytime soon.

Between his brother’s suicide during the offseason and the negations for a new contract, this has not been a banner year for Prescott.

I don’t get saddened by watching football but this was an exception. No matter what people think of the Cowboys, Prescott is a popular figure around the NFL. People are very much in his corner and wishing for a speedy recovery.

Andy Dalton takes over at quarterback now for the NFC East-leading Cowboys.

THE IRRESISTIBLE FORCE:

RAIDERS 40, CHIEFS 32: Early on, it looked like the Chiefs were going to run the Raiders out of the building again in Arrowhead Stadium. Down 21-10, the Raiders launched a comeback behind big throws to Henry Ruggs III and the much-maligned Nelson Agholor.

A scoreless third quarter gave way to Las Vegas-issued chaos. The Raiders scored 16 points in the fourth and got an interception from Patrick Mahomes to aid the cause.

It was the first Raiders win in Kansas City since 2012 and it ended a 13-game winning streak for the defending Super Bowl champions. As for the Chiefs, here is Travis Kelce on yesterday’s debacle:

The loss is not on Kelce. It was definitely a team loss but it speaks to a greater problem. The Chiefs have barely been the Chiefs this season. They don’t look like a Super Bowl champion to me. They look like a team ripe to get beat.

BROWNS 32, COLTS 23: The Cleveland Browns are 4-1 for the first time since 1994 and these two dudes were roaming the sideline in those brown and orange colors:

I don’t know if the Browns have enough gas to get a playoff berth but if they can somehow scratch out a win in their remaining three outings against the Steelers and Ravens, they have a chance.

Baker Mayfield got the best of Philip Rivers as the latter threw a pair of costly interceptions and had a hard time keeping Myles Garrett off his back.

AFC > NFC:

DOLPHINS 43, 49ERS 17: While not many people figured on the Raiders beating the Chiefs, I can’t think of a more stunning result than Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins laying the 49ers to waste in their building. Fitzpatrick threw for 350 yards and three scores.

Jimmy Garoppolo got benched despite the 49ers being relatively healthy now on offense. With their most difficult stretch of the season on the way, the 49ers may not be much longer for a potential playoff run.

STEELERS 38, EAGLES 29: Before we heap praise on the Pittsburgh Steelers, a quick word on Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Travis Fulgham, who looked like a cross between Calvin Johnson and Michael Irvin on Sunday. The practice squad star caught 10 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown. How uncommon is that performance for an Eagles wide receiver?

Fulgham has entered rare air. It’s hard to speculate whether he can keep it up, but it’s a great sign for the Eagles if he can.

Speaking first-year wide receivers, Pittsburgh’s Chase Claypool stole the show. The rookie receiver from Notre Dame tallied four touchdowns (three receiving scores, one rushing) in the victory to pace Pittsburgh.

Claypool’s big day continued off the field when fired off a candidate for NFL-related tweet of the year:

Well done, Chase. The 4-0 Steelers might be the best team in the AFC.

GONE AND GOODBYE:

PANTHERS 23, FALCONS 16: After dropping to 0-5 on the season, the Falcons not only ended the Dan Quinn era but also let go of General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. As for the game, Atlanta wasted Todd Gurley’s best performance as a Falcon (121 yards, TD) thanks to a porous defensive effort. Carolina ran up nearly 450 yards of total offense including 313 yards from Teddy Bridgewater.

Ultimately what happened on the field took a backseat to what happened off the field. We’ll always have 28-3, Dan and Thomas.

SEAHAWKS 27, VIKINGS 26: On the same night where LeBron vs. Michael Jordan went into full overdrive, Russell Wilson continued to show that he might be the most clutch player in sports right now (yeah, I said it!).

Minnesota held a 13-0 second half lead but it didn’t last long into the third quarter. Seattle rattled off three touchdowns in less than three minutes to grab an eight-point lead. However, Minnesota rallied back and led 26-21 with two minutes left. Instead of kicking a field goal to go up eight, they opted to go for it on a 4th and 1 from the Seattle 6. The Alexander Mattison run came up short.

Then, Wilson went to work. He led a 94-yard drive that took just over 90 seconds to complete. He hit D.K. Metcalf in the end zone for the game-winning score with :15 seconds left.

Ball game. He is the MVP leader…for now.

RAMS 30, REDSKINS 10: No offense to the Rams but there’s only only notable thing about this game:

After missing nearly two years of action, Alex Smith returned to play quarterback for the Washington Football Team on Sunday. He finished 9 of 17 for 37 yards. It was marvelous to see him get back onto the field.

THE REST:

CARDINALS 30, JETS 10: Jets gonna Jets. Kyler Murray had all the answers for Arizona…and 380 yards passing to break the team’s two-game losing streak.

RAVENS 27, BENGALS 3: Keep an eye on a few items out of this game including Lamar Jackson rushing for just three yards. He battled a knee injury during the week. That might be problematic when the Ravens and Eagles meet next week. Meanwhile, poor Joe Burrow got sacked seven times.

TEXANS 30, JAGUARS 14: The Texans finally looked like the Texans again in part thanks to the oldest head coach in NFL history – Romeo Crennel. Houston got same help in the form of the season’s worst play of the year:

Remember when the Jaguars were 1-0?

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