Daniel Jones snatches a Giants victory from the jaws of defeat
This week, New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur benched 15 year veteran Eli Manning in favor of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones as they headed into Tampa to battle the Buccaneers. After spotting the Buccaneers a 28-10 halftime lead and losing running back Saquon Barkley to injury, Jones led the Giants to the largest come-from-behind victory in 49 years, stunning Tampa Bay 32-31.
Jones finished the game 23/36 for 336 yards and two touchdowns. In the second half, the Giants defense bent but didn’t break as they held Tampa Bay to three points even though, it looked as if Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston would carve up the Giants with little resistance.
However, coming out of halftime, Jones would find McEachern High School alum Evan Engram on a 75 yard touchdown pass and it fired up Big Blue. Sterling Shephard was back in the lineup after missing the previous game with a concussion, had seven catches for 100 yards, including a 36-yarder that set up the winning touchdown.
Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans had eight receptions for 190 yards and three touchdowns. Winston finished the afternoon 23/37 for 380 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Kyle Allen steps in f0r Cam Newton, leads Carolina to victory against Arizona
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera ended his press conference early Thursday, frustrated with the incessant questions regarding his team’s biggest star, quarterback Cam Newton. Friday, he was ruled out with an ankle injury. Backup quarterback Kyle Allen steps in and showed everyone the moment was not too big for him. He fired four touchdown passes on the day, leading the Panthers past the Arizona Cardinals 38-20 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ.
Allen, who grew up in nearby Scottsdale, finished the day 19/26 for 261 yards, with the aforementioned four touchdown passes. Running back Christian McCaffrey toted the rock 24 times for 153 yards and a touchdown, punctuated by a 76 yard touchdown run with 1:53 remaining in the third quarter.
Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray was held in check by the Carolina defense, limited to 173 passing yards on 30 completions, while throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions. Since the end of last season, the Cardinals are 1-8-1 at home. Meanwhile, the Panthers get their first win of the season.
No Brees, no problem Kamara as the Saints beat Seahawks
Backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdown passes without any interceptions and running back Alvin Kamara had 161 total offensive yards and chipped in with two touchdowns of his own as the New Orleans Saints beat the Seattle Seahawks 33-27 at CenturyLink Field.
This was the first home loss Seattle has suffered in September in the Pete Carroll era.
Deonte Harris took a punt back 53 yards for a score in the first quarter, and Vonn Bell picked up Chris Carson’s third lost fumble in three games, and returned it 33 yards for a TD in the second quarter.
Bridgewater was helped by Seattle’s pass rush being unable to create consistent pressure. The debut of Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah playing together on the defensive line yielded minimal results. Seattle had zero sacks, only two quarterback hits. While Bridgewater got rid of the ball quickly, he was largely comfortable in the pocket most of the afternoon.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson finished the game with 406 passing yards completing 32/50 passes and two touchdowns.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel to Los Angeles to play the Rams in the Coliseum. The Bucs will not play another home game until Nov. 10. The Carolina Panthers will face the 2-1 Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. The New Orleans Saints will return home to face the 3-0 Dallas Cowboys next Sunday night. Finally, the Atlanta Falcons will continue to face AFC South as the Tennessee Titans pay a visit to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the first time.
Additional reporting by the Associated Press