Thursday night started the week with a faceoff between the division rivals Steelers and Ravens. The Steelers took a huge loss last week when starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a knee injury against the St. Louis Rams. With Roethlisberger out, it was Michael Vick’s time to shine. There’s some controversy within the Steeler’s fan base about the signing of Vick as backup, but disregarding his past (that he did his time for) he’s a great asset, and a very mobile quarterback. He finished that game throwing for 124 yards, and a score of his own. Le’veon Bell also had an impeccable game against the Ravens running for 129 yards and a touchdown. However, the Steelers kicker Josh Scobee did not have an impressive game. He missed two potential game winning field goals both wide left. To tie up the game in the final seconds of regulation, Ravens K Justin Tucker kicked a 42 and a 52 yard field goal. Steelers took their second loss of the season putting them at 2-2, and the Ravens 1-3. This win for the Ravens ended their worst start in franchise history.
On Sunday, the Eagles faced one of their division rivals the Redskins. DeMarco Murray finally made moves in Philly with a 31 yard run. This was the first play all season that was over 20 yards. Sam Bradford was beat up on Sunday, he was repeatedly sacked and unprotected throughout the whole game. Kirk Cousins gets his own touchdown, adding to the lead 13-0. Bradford threw to Zach Ertz for a touchdown, but because of illegal formation on the offense, it was taken away. They were in field goal range, but first time kicker for the Eagles, Caleb Sturgis missed the uprights. In the second half, Bradford threw to Riley Cooper for a 62 yard touchdown pass, where Sturgis missed the uprights again. Bradford escapes the sack and finds Brett Celek giving them another touchdown, and Sturgis finally makes the extra point. This tied the game at 13-13. Bradford hits Miles Austin for a 39 yard touchdown pass, and they take the lead for the first time, 20-16. With the Redskins on offense, Garcon gets the ball and scores a touchdown with 26 seconds left. The Eagles tried to make a comeback with 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Eagles are 4th & 16, they try one last ditch play to keep it alive, but the Redskins pick it off ending the game. The game ended 23-20, the Eagles fell to 1-3, and the Redskins go 2-2.
The Cowboys fell to the Saints 26-20. The Cowboys are now 2-2 and the Saints 1-3. Drew Brees had an exceptional game after missing last week due to a bruised rotator cuff on his throwing arm. He completed 33 of 41 throws for 359 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also threw his 400th career touchdown pass in overtime becoming the fifth quarterback in NFL history joining Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, and Tom Brady. The Dallas Cowboys are at a huge disadvantage with so many injuries. The injuries should not be used as an excuse, there’s still plenty of talent.
The Bills were without Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy and lost to the Giants 24-10. Odell Beckham Jr. broke a record for the most receiving yards in the first 16 games by any receiver with 1,612 passing Bill Groman who held the record of 1,593 in 1960-1961.