NFL October Recap

Entering the month of October only three teams in the NFL remained undefeated: the San Francisco 49ers, the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs. Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers started off the month of October annihilating the so-far underwhelming Cleveland Browns. Staying on the west coast, current MVP front-runner, Russell Wilson threw for four touchdowns giving the Seahawks a 30-29 victory over their division-rival Los Angeles Rams. In Cincinnati, two head coaches of winless teams met up: Zac Taylor with the Cincinnati Bengals and Kliff Kingsbury with the Arizona Cardinals. With 3 seconds left, Arizona Kicker Zane Gonzalez knocked a field goal through the uprights taking the Cardinals to a record of 1-3-1. Across the pond at the new Tottenham Stadium, Jon Gruden and the Raiders met up with former Raider Khalil Mack and his Chicago Bears. Raiders’ Running Back Josh Jacobs, rushed for 123 yards en route to a Raider win. Two of the NFL’s most storied franchises squared off in America’s Game of the Week, as Dak Prescott’s Cowboys welcomed Aaron Rodgers’ Packers to AT&T Stadium. The Packers took a 31-3 lead in the third quarter and were able to stave off a late comeback from the Cowboys. Green Bay won with a final score of 34-24. The Packers continued their winning ways week six with a 23-22 win over the Detroit Lions Monday Night. However, this win did not come without controversy as the referees called illegal-hands-to-the-face twice on Lions Defensive End Trey Flowers, which ended up gifting Green Bay a chip-shot field goal to win the game. Replays showed that there was no hands-to-the-face at all in either scenario. The two best quarterbacks from the 2017 NFL Draft dueled in Kansas City, as Deshaun Watson’s Texans traveled to Arrowhead Stadium to play Patrick Mahomes’ Chiefs. The game was tightly contested throughout, but with two minutes remaining the Texans converted a fourth and three to seal the game, handing Kansas City their second straight loss. In Miami, a battle of two winless teams took place. The Dolphins were not able to get much going until their last drive. Ryan Fitzpatrick took Miami all the way down Redskins Territory and scored a touchdown to make it a one-point game with 30 seconds remaining. Instead of kicking an extra point and trying to take the game to overtime, first-year head coach Brian Flores decided to try a two-point conversion to give the Dolphins the lead. The Washington Redskins forced an incomplete pass on the two-point try giving them their first win of the year. In a battle of two similar teams, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan led his team to another win over Sean McVay’s Rams. The Niner defense held the Rams to seven points. In the Sunday Afternoon headliner, Sam Darnold, Quarterback of the New York Jets, returned after an absence due to mononucleosis, or mono to play the Cowboys. Darnold and the Jets stopped a potential game-tying two-point try, giving the Jets the victory.

By Tanay Desai 

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