Aren’t you glad to have football back?! We sure are here at EWFN! Stay tuned, as there is more news to come. For now, here is our recap of how things went in the NFC East this week.
Washington Football Team vs. Los Angeles Chargers:
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick got hurt in his debut with the Washington Football Team. Before the injury (which ended up as an incomplete pass), he was only 3/5 for 13 yards, had a fumble in the second quarter, and ran for two yards on one carry. The “Team” will now turn to Taylor Heinicke at the quarterback position. It was 13–9 Chargers at the half. Right into the third quarter, Heinicke was able to drive the team down the field for a TD. However, the game began to fizzle out from there onward. The Chargers were able to come back and score, winning the game 20-16. There seemed to be a lot of fumbles (three) for the “Team”, with two coming from RB Antonio Gibson (one of which he lost) and the aforementioned Fitzpatrick fumble (which was recovered by TE Logan Thomas).
Fitzpatrick injury update: Serious hip injury, a hip subluxation. An MRI on Monday morning will reveal the severity of the injury.
Monday morning update: Fitzpatrick is expected to miss multiple weeks now, with the possibility of being multiple months if his hip is actually broken. This means that Heinicke will be the starter with QB Kyle Allen as his backup. I wouldn’t be surprised if they added a free-agent QB to either their active roster or practice squad.
Tuesday update: Fitzpatrick has now been placed on IR, and is expected to miss six to eight weeks of football. Being on short-term IR means that a player can technically come back after missing three games, so we’ll see Fitzpatrick makes it back sooner rather than later. Also, QB Kyle Shurmur has signed with the WFT practice squad, so he will serve as the QB3 option for now, as Allen will backup Heinicke.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons:
During the first half of the game, the Eagles played some good defense, being especially tight in the red zone (forcing two successive 4th-and-goals that resulted in FGs). They forced the Falcons to punt in their remaining two drives (three plays for four yards and six plays for eight yards) after the Falcons’ up-tempo offense had put up two long 14-15 play drives for 72-74 yards. Going into the half, it was 15–6 Eagles, with all six Falcons points coming off of field goals (21 and 27-yarders). There were still growing pains with QB Jalen Hurts, but he handled himself well, especially when he led the team to a late first-half TD in a two-minute drill.
In the second half, we again have to give it to the defense, as this was the time when they truly took over. The Falcons failed to move the ball against them, as QB Matt Ryan was continually put in uncomfortable situations, ending the game with three sacks and nine QB hits. Another highlight that I would like to point out was Philadelphia’s punter Arryn Siposs, who was able to pin the Falcons down deep in their own end zone several times, with stats of four punts for 189 yards, a 47.3-yard average, and three punts within the 20-yard line. These defensive stops (four punts and two turnover on downs) continued to put the offense in great situations to score (midfield, the ATL 22-yard line, the ATL 31-yard line), with the game ending with a 32–6 Eagles win. They now lead the NFC East.
Key Note: The Philadelphia Eagles have decided to give starting left tackle (LT) Jordan Mailata a four–year contract extension worth up to $64 million, with more than half of his extension being guaranteed. Adam Schefter reports on Twitter that the deal could potentially even reach $80 million. It seems that the Eagles have found their “Blind Side” protector in the form of a rugby player who they drafted in the seventh round in 2018. More details are to come in the form of an extension spotlight article within the next few days.
Minor Notes: S Marcus Epps (concussion), TE Zach Ertz (hamstring), and WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (ankle) all did leave the game partially, if not fully.
New York Giants vs. Denver Broncos:
This game started out slow as expected. The starting QB–WR– RB trio has not played a lot of games together if any, as RB Saquon Barkley is coming back from injury and is still considered new to offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. WR Kenny Golladay was not even targeted during the first 15 minutes of the game. After the first quarter, the score was 0–0 as the Broncos were trying to figure things out as well.
This trio will need to learn to work with each other quickly, as they were down 17–7 going into the fourth quarter. As of that point, Golladay only has one catch (a 17–yarder), with WRs Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard catching QB Daniel Jones’ eye a few times each. Both of the Broncos touchdowns came through the air (a two-yarder by WR Tim Patrick and a four-yarder by TE Albert Okwuegbunam). QB Daniel Jones played average at best (22/37 for 267 passing yards and a TD) in the little time that they possessed the ball (24:52), as the Broncos dominated the clock (35:08). Jones did have a rushing score at the very end of the game, with two seconds remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter. It was that quarter where Golladay was targeted a bit more, and he ended his night with four receptions and 54 yards. RB Melvin Gordon III had himself a game with 101 rushing yards on 11 carries and three receptions for 17 yards, capping his performance off with a 70-yard rushing TD. The final score was 27–13 Broncos.
Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TNF):
A previous article was released here on Thursday Night’s opening game.
Key Notes since Thursday’s game:
a) Starting right tackle (RT) La’el Collins has been suspended five games by the NFL for violation of the substance–abuse policy. This was first reported by NFL Insider Ian Rapoport. The suspension comes as Collins failed to appear for testing. This means that the Cowboys will have to do some shuffling on their offensive line once again till at least Week 7 (which would be their bye week). As of right now, we can expect to not see him until the Cowboys Week 8 matchup vs. the Minnesota Vikings. Until then, expect him to appeal the decision.
b) Just as that news was trickling in, it seems that WR Michael Gallup will also be missing some time on the field, though this time a player will be out due to injury. He is expected to miss at least a few weeks (potentially up to five) with a calf strain. It is hard to tell when exactly he injured it. My guess would be during his toe-tap sideline catch over CB Sean Murphy–Bunting.
c) Update: Gallup has since been put on IR, which means that he could be back as early as three weeks. It seems like he will miss around three to five weeks total in any case.
NFC East Standings
Philadelphia Eagles (1–0)
Dallas Cowboys (0–1)
Washington Football Team (0–1)
New York Giants (0–1)
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Edited By: Rupayan “Abs” Samanta.