NFL wrap – Blair Walsh, Seahawks, Jared Goff, Titans, Cowboys
Bye, bye Blair
It’s clear Blair Walsh is still suffering mental scars after missing a simple field goal at the end of the Wild Card game last season. Walsh was cut by the Vikings during the week after missing his fourth extra point of the season, to go with his four missed field goals. Walsh is a quality kicker when at his best and should get an opportunity elsewhere in the future, however must get his head right. Just goes to show the cut-throat world of the NFL.
Seahawks stun Patriots
The Seahawks have arguably done the impossible by travelling to Foxboro and taking a win off the Patriots. Doug Baldwin hauled in three touchdown passes from Russell Wilson, while the Patriots relied on LaGarrette Blount for three rushing TDs. While the win doesn’t ease the wounds of the 2015 Super Bowl loss, it does show everyone in the league what the Seahawks are capable of once their offense is firing.
Rams turn to Goff
After claiming their second touchdown-less win of the season, the Los Angeles Rams have decided to start 2016 number one pick Jared Goff at quarterback. It’s an interesting decision to make a quarterback change with the team still well and truly in playoff contention, however Case Keenum has thrown eight interceptions in his last four matches, so maybe its not all that surprising. It’ll be interesting to see how the rookie handles his first NFL start against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Titans dominate Packers
Marcus Mariota and DeMarco Murray turned in highlight after highlight in the Titans upset win over the Packers. Running back Murray ran for a 75-yard touchdown and amazingly threw for another in the first quarter alone, as the Titan scored 35 first half points. Mariota threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns and the defence picked off Aaron Rodgers twice in the dominant performance.
Cowboys roll on with Dak
The Dallas Cowboys are now the best team in the league after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers to improve to 8-1. Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott again played a leading role in the Cowboys’ come from behind victory, and the youngster is set to keep the starting quarterback job after Tony Romo said he would not “stand in the way” of the team’s “magical” run this season. Even if Prescott does begin to struggle, the Cowboys have a very handy back up in the experienced Romo.