Kirk Cousins broke out of an early-season slump, roasting the Raiders for 365 passing yards and three touchdowns. The Washington defense also did a stellar job shutting down Oakland’s high-flying offense, holding Derek Carr to 118 yards and picking him off two times.
Washington still has plenty of injury question marks. Tight end Jordan Reed missed Week 3 with shoulder, toe, and chest injuries, and will likely be questionable once again. Running back Rob Kelley also sat out with a rib injury, but he should return on Monday night.
Of course, it’s not just Hunt that’s driving the Chiefs’ offense. Alex Smith is playing some of the best football of his career, throwing for 774 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions. He’s quickly squelched any talk of a quarterback controversy, with rookie Patrick Mahomes sitting and learning as planned. The Chiefs’ defense is also top-notch despite the loss of Eric Berry, with Justin Houston putting up four sacks so far.
That puts pressure on a position group that’s been mostly invisible in 2017. Matthews, the team’s top wideout, ranks third on the roster in receiving yards behind tailback LeSean McCoy and tight end Charles Clay. With four catches and 57 yards, rookie Zay Jones is the team’s next-most effective receiver. That is dire.
Buffalo’s inability to stretch the field with its wideouts has played a major role in Tyrod Taylor’s slow start; the QB has thrown for only 186 yards per game to begin season. Fortunately for the Bills, his accurate passing and the team’s stout defense has kept them afloat.
Almost no one expected the Raiders offense to look this bad.
In giving his annual state of the NHL address hours before Monday’s Stanley Cup Final opener, commissioner Gary Bettman devoted a sizable portion defending the effectiveness of the league’s controversial coach’s challenge system, which has been under constant scrutiny since its implementation two seasons ago.
It was fitting then that a coach’s challenge led to the reversal of the series’ first goal early in Game 1, scored by one the NHL’s biggest stars.
A pinpoint shot from the blue line by Predators defenseman P.K. Subban beat Penguins goalie Matt Murray 7:13 into the first period. On the surface, it appeared Nashville was off to an early lead. Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan felt otherwise and challenged whether Filip Forsberg was offside as the Predators gained the attacking zone.
Teams are curious to see if Buffalo makes the biggest pitch for Kevin Shattenkirk, Friedman wrote Tuesday.
But Botterill’s approach to free agency is unknown.
In Pittsburgh, where Botterill cut his teeth, drafting and developing talent in-house or executing smart, timely trades was key to the Penguinsr Stanley Cup runs. He expressed little interest in a quick fix while outlining his offseason plans last week, and a new contract for Jack Eichel remains priority No. 1, especially in the wake of Connor McDavid’s reported megadeal.
No doubt Botterill will have the cap space and financial backing to be a major player for Shattenkirk, should he so choose.
Buffalo’s acquisition of Marco Scandella Friday coupled with Botterill’s Hockey Jerseys Cheap insistence Giants Cheap Jerseys he’ll avoid the big bang means Sabres fan can probably forget about Shattenkirk.