Fitz is Out, Jameis is In
The Chicago Bears dominated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-10 at Soldier Field Sunday. Monday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Dirk Koetter announced Jameis Winston will start the team’s next game, Week Six against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky completed 19 of 26 passes (73.1 percent) for 354 yards and six touchdown passes with no interceptions for a 154.6 passer rating in the win. Trubisky threw five first-half touchdown passes to five different receivers – Josh Bellamy, Trey Burton, Tarik Cohen, former Atlanta Falcon Taylor Gabriel and Allen Robinson – and became the second quarterback in league history to throw at least five touchdown passes to five different receivers in the first half of a single game. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes to five different receivers in the first half against the Bears on November 9, 2014.
Trubisky, who threw for 289 yards and rushed for 53 yards in the first half, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young (December 23, 1991) and Michael Vick (November 15, 2010) as the only players since 1991 with at least 250 passing yards and 50 rushing yards in the first half of a single game.
Kamara + Saints Run Past Giants
In a game which Drew Brees did not throw a touchdown and wide receiver Michael Thomas caught only four passes, it was Norcross’s own Alvin Kamara that powered the New Orleans Saints past the New York Giants 33-18. Kamara had 19 carries for 134 yards and three touchdowns on the day.
“This was a complete game, everything came together,” said Kamara, who scored on runs of 9, 4 and 49 yards. “[Wil] Lutz making big kicks, those were as big as anything. The defense came up big, the O-line did a great job. That was the big difference. You know, the running game has been building. I just get behind those big guys and we get some big runs.”
The Saints are 3-1 and currently lead the NFC South.
Meanwhile the Saints defense rebounded after a tough game against Atlanta, giving up only four plays of 20 yards or more to the New York Giants.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw a touchdown pass in the Giants’ loss to New Orleans. Manning has 343 career touchdown passes and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (342) for the seventh-most touchdown passes in league history.
Next week, the Carolina Panthers (2-1) return from their bye week and host the New York Giants (1-3). Kickoff is 1:00 PM at Bank of America Stadium in Uptown Charlotte. The New Orleans Saints (3-1) host the Washington Redskins (2-1) next Monday night. Kickoff is 8:15PM at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome