Monday Afternoon Quarterback


1 Yikes, Jimmy Garoppolo is done

Very sad news for 49ers’ fans who were hoping that Jimmy G could lead them to the promised land. Now it’s up to CJ Beatherd, who played well at times last season, to steer the sure-to-be-dispirited ship.

2 Pats in trouble?

Garoppolo’s old team, New England, is 1-2 after former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s Detroit Lions put a hurting on Bill Belichick and Co. The Pats are now two games behind the 3-0 Miami Dolphins in the AFC East.

3 Clay Matthews Flagged Again

The Packers’ linebacker was whistled for a controversial roughing the passer penalty for the second week in a row and is generally concerned about the direction the game is going. Matthews says he went up to Alex Smith – who he sacked – and asked “What do you think? What can I do differently?”

4 WTF Minnesota?

The Vikings went in as 17-point favourites against the winless (and before today, hapless) Buffalo Bills. But the Bills’ defense came to play and rookie QB Josh Allen led the way with a touchdown pass and two running TD’s in what was one of the NFL’s biggest-ever upsets.

5 Titans Jags Ugly All Around

What’s worse than a game with no touchdowns? A game with no touchdowns where the teams are wearing pretty much the same colours.

6 Drew Brees, Superstar

The Saints’ QB was on fire as New Orleans got an important division win on the road against Atlanta. Brees was an astounding 39 of 49 for 396 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for two scores, including this beauty:

7 NY Giants 1 Texans 0

A battle of two winless teams saw Big Blue come out on top, even though few in the media seemed to support them.

8 Chosen Rosen Gets His Chance

With Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen getting starts this week, there was plenty of noise about Arizona doing the same with their rookie, Josh Rosen. He didn’t start, but did get some playing time, completing 4 of 7 passes for 36 yards and one interception.

9 Do Raiders Fans Get a Rebate?

The Jon Gruden era is off to a slow start, amid talks of unrest in the front office. But the $100 Million Man still has the support of Marshawn Lynch, who said the team can turn it around, despite what his post-game interview looked:

10 Carson Wentz Is Back

The Eagles’ signal-caller made his long-awaited return from last season’s ACL injury in a tight win over the Colts. Wentz was 25/37 for 255 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.


One more game to go, with Ryan ‘FitzMagic’ Fitzpatrick and the surprising 2-0 Buccaneers hosting the equally surprising – in a bad way – and dysfunctional Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bucs are one-point favourites – markets here.

What do you think?