The Washington Redskins are all of a sudden on a winning streak, as they have won in each of the last two weeks after starting the season 1-8.
Today’s victory may have been the Redskins most shocking of the season. Washington traveled to Carolina and stunned the Panthers by beating them 29-21.
The MVP of the game for the Redskins was second-year running back Derrius Guice, as he ran all over the Panthers’ defense.
Guice needed just 10 carries to amass 129 rushing yards. He also rushed for two touchdowns, becoming just the fifth player since 1948 to record that stat line.
Adrian Peterson had a big game for the Washington Redskins on the ground as well, rushing for 99 yards on 13 carries. He also rushed for a touchdown of his own, as the duo of Guice and Peterson combined for 328 yards and three scores.
As great of a victory as it was for the Redskins, it was an equally embarrassing one for the Carolina Panthers.
Carolina needed to pick up a victory to even their record to 6-6 and keep their playoff hopes alive. By losing to the Redskins, the Panthers’ playoff hopes are now fleeting.
Dallas Cowboys Hit a New Low in Third-Straight Defeat, Losing to the Bears 31-24
The Dallas Cowboys are lucky they play in the NFC East, because despite their failures they are somehow clinging to first place in their division.
While they can take some solace in the standings, Dallas has endured three grueling losses in a row, the latest of which coming at the hands of the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.
While Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky looked better last week, he is by no means the type of player you fear to go up against.
Yet the Cowboys made him look like the best guy on the field at times, as he shockingly carved up their defense for four touchdowns.
All told, Trubisky was 23-for-31 for 244 yards and three touchdown passes. He also added that touchdown on the ground, rushing for a total of 63 yards on 10 carries.
The Cowboys offense on the other hand had no answer for the Bears vaunted defense, as they were able to move the ball but went into the fourth quarter with only seven points on the board.
It was really just more of the same for the Cowboys, as the offense has just stalled over the last couple of weeks.
There may be enough blame to go around for Dallas, but at the end of the day, all of it is going to fall on the head coach as Jason Garrett is in the hottest of seats.
It would be really hard to see the Cowboys make a coaching change midseason, especially when they are still clinging to a lead in the division.
Still, the Philadelphia Eagles could move even with the Cowboys if they beat the lowly New York Giants on Monday Night Football this week. An Eagles win would put two teams with losing records atop the NFC East.
Dallas does own the tiebreaker over the Eagles (for now), after beating them earlier in the season. But the Cowboys will have to travel to Philadelphia in two weeks with the division potentially hanging in the balance.
The Cowboys do have the luxury of controlling their own destiny, as three-straight wins to close out the season would not only clinch a playoff berth but also a playoff game played in Jerry World, as division winners get the home field advantage in the first round.
Some changes need to be made for Dallas to capitalize on that opportunity, otherwise the Eagles might just sneak past them instead.
Josh Gordon and Kenyan Drake’s Seasons Epitomize Winning and Losing in the NFL
Each year one of the big storylines we always follow in the NFL is if any team will either go undefeated, or winless through the 16-game schedule.
After the Cincinnati Bengals finally picked up their first victory of the season Sunday, the suspense was lifted from that storyline, as every team in the NFL had at least one win and one loss.
While that situation has been resolved for every team, it hasn’t been for every player, as Josh Gordon and Kenyan Drake are in the midst of their own unique seasons.
Josh Gordon began the season with the New England Patriots, playing in six games. During the span when Gordon was on the roster, the Patriots went a perfect 8-0.
Then after he was released, the Patriots suffered their first loss of the season to the Baltimore Ravens. In a strange turn of events, the Patriots have actually lost two of their four games since releasing Gordon.
Gordon was then claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks and has played in three games with the team. While his impact has been minimal, the Seahwaks are 3-0 in those games, giving Gordon a perfect 11-0 record for the season.
On the other hand, Kenyan Drake has yet to receive a win this season. First playing for the Miami Dolphins, Drake was part of an 0-6 team before he was traded to the Arizona Cardinals.
Drake had a great first game with the Cardinals, amassing 162 total yards of offense and nearly leading his new team to an upset victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Still, Arizona lost that game and has lost the last three games since.
Because of getting traded on a gameday and having a bye with both teams, Drake’s season has been cut short by three games. All told, Drake is 0-10 on the season, with just three more chance to get a win.
What makes matters worse is that since Drake was traded, the Dolphins have won three of their last five games.
So whatever it is about Josh Gordon and Kenyan Drake this season, they seem to either be bringing the magic or taking it away, regardless of their impact on the field.
Derrick Henry is Quietly Leading the Tennessee Titans into the Playoffs
The running back position is in the midst of a resurgence in the NFL, as there are countless talented runners popping up all over the league.
Backs like Ezekiel Elliot, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara are often mention as the best in the NFL, with others like Saquon Barkley and Nick Chubb getting some acknowledgment as well.
One guy that often gets overlooked is Derrick Henry, as the Tennessee Titans running back has actually been the best rusher in the league over his past 16 games.
Henry is one of the bigger running backs in the NFL, at 6’3″ and nearly 240 pounds. He uses his size to create great power and combines that with speed and athleticism, making him one of the hardest players to get to the ground.
The Titans are on a three-game winning streak, which has put them at 7-5 on the season. During their winning streak, Henry has been an absolute beast, rushing for nearly 500 yards.
Tennessee is currently tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card race, with the 9-3 Buffalo Bills currently sitting in the best position to secure one of the two playoff spots.
The Titans need to finish out the season strong over the last four weeks to make the playoffs, but with the way Henry is playing, they are a team that no one wants to see in the first round.
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