the Dallas Cowboys won their game on Sunday but lost much more. With six minutes left in the third quarter, defender Duck Prescott suffered a devastating ankle injury. It was a severe blow to the Cowboys, who will have to find a way to continue without their most important player, and another reminder, as if we needed it, of the risks associated with playing in the NFL.
After the game, a 37-34 victory, the team reported that Prescott had suffered a complex fracture and a sprained right ankle. It̵
Putting football aside, it’s hard not to have feelings for Prescott as a person. Earlier this year, he made headlines after revealing his struggle with depression. He also said he had come to terms with the deaths of both his mother, who died in 2013 of colon cancer, and his brother, who took his own life earlier this year. In sports, some tend to treat mental illness as a weakness, and Prescott’s honesty about his own struggles has been refreshing and courageous. Attachment to him among his peers was obvious, as players from both the Giants and the Cowboys knelt in shock when Prescott was taken off the field.
The weather feels particularly brutal. Prior to the injury at Prescott, the biggest story in the NFL on Sunday involved the return of Washington quarterback veteran Alex Smith. Smith suffered a horrific leg injury in 2018 that led to life-threatening complications and is seen as a potential career. When he replaced Kyle Allen in the quarterback, it was his first action in the NFL in two years.
Commentator Joe Theisman, whose name is synonymous with horrific sports injuries, thanks to a complex fracture that ended his career in football on Monday in 1985, spoke to many NFL fans when discussing Smith’s return: “It’s just spectacular to you see him again on the football field. I am so excited and excited about him. “
It’s hard not to be impressed that Smith not only overcame a devastating injury (and 17 surgeries), but actually reached a point where he could play in the NFL again. With that in mind, watching Smith return to action against the Los Angeles Rams was not entirely a joyous experience. Shortly after entering the game, Smith was fired from Rams’ defensive attacks by Aaron Donald. Smith was not harmed in the play, but it was difficult to witness, given all he had been through.
The Rams beat Washington 30:10, but that was almost pointless. Smith’s return was one of those good moments we all love to share, a positive story during the year they were in short supply. So, of course, it can’t go on. A few hours later, a tearful Prescott was taken off the field with doubts about his future. While we all love a good story about returning to the NFL, it’s hard not to wish there weren’t so many of them.
Statistics of the week
Two. That’s the number of times the New York Jets have penalized in a fourth and one situation, and both cases came in the first five minutes of their game against the Arizona Cardinals. If you’re wondering when the last time something happened, it never will (or at least not since 1994, when they started watching things like that). You have to give credit to head coach Adam Gaze for finding entirely new ways for the Jets to give up before they even started. The Cardinals, as you probably guessed, continued to win 30-10, while the Jets are now 0-5 for the season.
MVP of the week
It wasn’t just that Wide successor to the Pittsburgh Steelers Chase Claypool scored four touchdowns during the team’s 38-29 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, that was the way he did it. Claypool had three touchdowns and a quick touchdown, a feat no other rookie has accomplished. Now the Steelers are 4-0 to start the season, good enough for their best start since 1979.
Video of the week
Here’s the good news, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff: You just scored a touchdown and your team is moving toward what will ultimately be a 30-10 win over Washington. The bad news? Well, you have so corrupted the holiday of “kicking football”, this is something that people will remember.
Quote of the week
“I took very sad walks on this ramp, but not today. I will enjoy this one. “- Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr in his team’s 40-32 victory over Kansas City Chefs at Arrowhead Stadium
It turns out that the Chiefs are still mortal. In the first half, it seemed that the leaders had a good game in hand, as the Super Bowl champions lead double-digit double-digit at one point in the second quarter. It was felt, however, that after the half-time a completely different team of Chiefs came out on the field. Kansas City did not score in the second half until four minutes left. By this time, the Raiders were comfortable. The Raiders eventually handed over their first loss to the Chiefs last November. Carr had probably his best game as a pro, throwing 347 yards and three touchdowns.
Elsewhere around the league
* In their first game of the era since Bill O’Brien, Houston Texas won their first win of the season, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-14. Of course, this happened mainly because the Jaguars are one of the few teams to have started their season almost as badly as Houston, but when you are 0-4, you will take any victory.
* Russell Wilson can still cook then. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback showed his Pluto-like composure to give DK Metcalf a touchdown pass of 15 seconds to secure a 27-26 victory over the Vikings in Minnesota. Now the Seahawks are 5-0 for the first time in their history.
* Less than four years ago, it looked like Dan Quinn was about to seal the Atlanta Falcon Super Bowl title. Then his team collapsed with a 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots in one of the most scandalous losses in NFL history. On Sunday, after losing to the Carolina Panthers at 0-5 for the season, Quinn was fired along with general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Falcons starting quarterback Matt Ryan is 35 years old and the way things are going, Atlanta may be able to draft Trevor Lawrence as his replacement with the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft.
* After missing two ankle sprains, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garopolo returned on Sunday but did not continue. The Miami Dolphins beat the Niners 30-7 at halftime, and head coach Kyle Shanahan decided to get CJ Beathard to start the second half. The Dolphins eventually won with a final score of 43-17. The question now is whether this bench was to protect Garoppolo from injury or a sign of things to come.
* The coronavirus continues to affect teams in the NFL. Additional positive tests for both the New England Patriots and the Tennessee Titans forced the league to rework almost the entire schedule, and in the case of the Patriots, rescheduled a game that had already been rescheduled.
* When the New Orleans Saints play at the Los Angeles Chargers this week, they will be without Michael Thomas. On Sunday, the team announced that Thomas would not play the match on Monday for disciplinary reasons, with reports that he had an argument with a teammate during training.