1 Gamble Fails For The Colts
First year Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich gambled and lost today by going for it on 4th and short in near midfield late in overtime. When the Colts failed, the Texans completed a quick pass, spiked the ball and kicked the game-winning field goal. Afterward, Reich said “I’m not playing to tie” and his players backed him up. Still, a puzzling decision to most of us watching.
#Colts can hang a new banner that reads “Gave away a game just to avoid a tie!”
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) September 30, 2018
2 But It works for the Titans
The Titans aren’t pretty (although their new uniforms are sweet) but they’re 3-1 after an OT upset of the Eagles. Like the Colts, the Titans gambled on a fourth down play instead of kicking, but they made the yardage and ended up winning on Marcus Mariota’s TD pass to Corey Davis.
That’s life in the #NFL.
— Brian Billick (@CoachBillick) September 30, 2018
3 We May Never Hear The Word ‘Fitzmagic’ Again in Our Lifetime
It was a great two-week run, but the magic is truly gone for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bucs, who were crushed by Chicago 48-10. Jameis Winston will more than likely be the starter from here on out, but that doesn’t really alter the fact that the clock has struck midnight and the Bucs are turning back into the average team we thought they were.
The #Bucs have a bye week next week.
— PewterReport (@PewterReport) September 30, 2018
4 New England Win(x)
Only Winx was a surer thing than New England ending a two-game losing streak. All of last week’s negative takes were obliterated with a 38-7 thrashing of Miami today.
— Kyle Van Noy (@KVN_03) September 30, 2018
5 Free Josh Rosen
The rookie QB got the start today for Arizona and was impressive in a heartbreaking loss to Seattle. Rosen was 15 of 27 for 180 yards and a TD, and was universally praised despite a less-than-creative offense and a receiving corps that struggled to catch the ball.
Don’t pay attention to Rosen’s 1st half stats. Without the drops, he’s at 200 yards at least. The kid can play and he’s fearless. Love it.
— Dave Pasch (@DavePasch) September 30, 2018
I'll take Cardinal Drops for 500 Alex.
— Dave Burns (@Burnsy987) September 30, 2018
6 The Lions Need A Fashion Consultant
Not sure who convinced the Detroit Lions that an all-grey uniform was the way to go. Although I suppose the bland combo is a perfect look for a team that has only played three (and lost three) playoff games since 2000.
7 How did the Browns lose that?
Despite moving the ball all day behind Baker Mayfield, Cleveland coughed up a 14-point lead and lost to the Raiders in overtime. Mayfield will be a star, but now that the Browns know they can win a game, they have to figure out how to put a game away.
Ok. We can’t do that. Just sayin’.
— Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) October 1, 2018
8 Who Would Be A Falcons Fan?
Two years removed from a Super Bowl they should have won, the Falcons continue to torment their fan base with close losses. Today’s 1-point defeat at the hands of Cincinnati comes on the heels of last week’s OT loss to the Saints.
“It really comes down to making one more play… That’s the difference right now between 4-0 and 1-3 for the Falcons.”
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) October 1, 2018
9 Steelers Losing Touch With the Pack
Baltimore’s win over Pittsburgh means the Ravens are 3-1 and atop the NFC North with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers – the pre-season pick to win the division – are tied with the Browns at 1-2-1 and looking like a hot mess, with the Le’Veon Bell situation affecting things off and on the field. To be fair, though, Bell doesn’t play defense and that’s a big problem in Pittsburgh.
Joe Flacco and the Ravens get a huge division win in Pittsburgh!
Flacco's 363 pass yards are the most any Ravens QB has ever had against the Steelers. pic.twitter.com/ezY8qMXA1h
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 1, 2018
10 Earl Thomas Situation Is Brutal
Thomas held out for a contract extension, but the Seahawks wouldn’t budge. He showed up and played, picking off three passes in the first week but today was carted off with a fractured leg. Now he’s likely to miss the rest of the season and will have little bargaining power coming off rehab. The whole mess can be summed up in the photo of Thomas flipping the bird to the Seattle sideline.
And Earl Thomas is down and getting carted off with a cast. Exactly why he wanted to get paid. And why no one — NO ONE — should criticize a player wanting to get his when he can.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) September 30, 2018