Let’s check in on John Elway’s QB shuffle: Trevor Siemian returned as the starter for the Broncos, and was 19-of-41 for a meek 200 yards with three interceptions. He was sacked three times. It seems like a good time to remind everyone of Elway’s QB record in Denver. Boy did he get lucky landing Peyton Manning. Hall of Fame QBs show up in free agency what, once a generation?
If you thought the Falcons were “back” because they beat the banged-up Cowboys, held off a freshly injured Seahawks team in Seattle, and pulled away from Tampa late … well, not so much. Against a real defense: The Falcons could only must 5.4 ypp at home against the Vikings. Last year’s MVP, Matt Ryan, had his worst game of the season, with just 173 yards passing and his 2nd worst rating of the season (72.9). Atlanta was 1-for-10 on 3rd down.
Keenan Allen, finally healthy, is quietly having a Top 5 season for a WR in the NFL. After catching 10 passes for 105 yards and a TD against the Browns Sunday, Allen became the 1st player to have 10+ catches, 100+ yards and 1+ TD in three straight games over the past 15 seasons. Allen only played eight games in 2015 due to injury and then his 2016 season ended in the opener. He’s having the best season of his young career.
Russell Wilson threw a 4th quarter TD pass Sunday in the win over the Eagles, giving him a staggering 15 for the season. It’s tied for the most in a season in NFL history (Eli Manning, 2011). Wilson has four games left to break the record.
Jimmy Garoppolo’s starting debut with the 49ers went swimmingly (26-of-37, 293 yards), beating the Bears on the road 15-14 and with the new franchise QB orchestrating the game-winning drive. Garoppolo easily outdueled #2 pick Mitchell Trubisky, as the 49ers outgained the Bears 388-147, had a 23-8 1st down advantage, and Garoppolo’s only turnover came on a play in which his receiver had the ball stolen in the air.
As Wisconsin waits for Aaron Rodgers to return from shoulder surgery, they’re relegated to … watching Brett Hundley. Even though he orchestrated the game-tying field goal at the end of regulation, and the game-winning TD in overtime. Hundley rushed for nearly as many yards (66) as he passed (84). He seems to be alternating good games and bad, which is a reminder ahead of the meeting with the Browns next week.
Josh McCown shredded the Chiefs secondary for 331 yards and a touchdown in a stirring 38-31 upset. The passing day cements the greatest season of McCown’s journeyman career, setting career-highs in completion percentage (67.3), yards (2,549), and touchdowns (17). The Jets were supposed to win at best a few games this year; McCown is the primary reason they’re 5-7.