The NFL season is moving along, despite what could be a major disruption that was revealed today.
While everyone watches to see how an outbreak of COVID-19 cases plays out, the rest of the football action is still going to move forward, starting with this Thursday’s game between the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets. Many teams are dealing with issues right now, and the presence of COVID-19 could spell even greater disaster.
COVID-19 Makes Unwelcome Appearance
First, the really bad news. The Tennessee Titans have announced that three players and five members of the team’s workforce have tested positive for COVID-19 – and these aren’t false positives. The team is now on lockdown, and the Minnesota Vikings, who played the Titans this past Sunday (and lost), are also closing their facilities temporarily.
The Titans are supposed to play the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend and the Vikings are scheduled to go up against the Houston Texans. Things could fall apart really quick if the NFL isn’t able to get this under control well ahead of the games.
The Bears Lose Confidence In Trubisky
The Chicago Bears won over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3 after – and only after – putting Nick Foles in that game. Now the Bears have designated Foles as the starting quarterback for next Sunday’s matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, and Mitch Trubisky has to be concerned about his future with the team.
Foles started playing on last Sunday’s game during the third quarter. He actually led his team to a comeback victory, overcoming a 26-10 deficit with 6 and a half minutes remaining. He threw for 188 yards, scored three touchdowns and got one interception. Finally, he completed 16/29 passes. The Bears meet the Indianapolis Colts this weekend, and all eyes are on Noles.
Expect Some Upsets
The game between the Broncos and the Jets on Thursday should be highly disputed, as it includes two of the three less efficient offenses in the league so far in the season. The Broncos have guys like Melvin Gordon and Jerry Jeudy who can make good plays, but they often run out of steam.
Next Sunday the Baltimore Ravens will compete against the Washington Football Team (WFT). It is not an easy week for the Ravens since they won’t have been able to rest after Sunday’s game, but quarterback Lamar Jackson is up for a good challenge. Thus far, Washington has won its previous two games Baltimore; however, WFT defensive end Chase Young could be out due to a groin injury, and that might help the Ravens develop their offense.
Burrow To Step Up
The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cincinnati Bengals will compete this coming Sunday, as well. Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow is one of the guys who stands out as a promising figure for the team, but he has taken 14 sacks in the first three games. Likewise, Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew has also taken ten sacks. After receiving a painful initiation into the NFL, it’s time for Burrow to shine, starting with this game.
Another coming game on Sunday will be between the Seattle Seahawks against the Miami Dolphins. The Seahawks have an advantage in this game, as quarterback Russell Wilson seems to be at MVP status. On the other hand, Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t slouching, either. Given a stronger offense, though, and despite the absence of Chris Carson, the Seahawks shouldn’t have too much difficulty.
Jerry Jones Calls Out Prescott
The Cleveland Browns will face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, and Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has something to prove – or not. After being thrown under the bus today by Jerry Jones, who essentially said he wasn’t a first-rate QB, Prescott will either come out to prove him wrong or he’ll clam up. The latter would not be typical Preston. The Browns have shown better play in the last two games after receiving a dramatic loss in Week 1, which will add pressure on the Cowboys. However, Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott will do the best to make the Cowboys move and play hard.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Christian Kirksey will be out of the season for at least a couple of weeks. He injured his shoulder in a game against the New Orleans Saints last Sunday, and this isn’t the first time he’s had to deal with an injury. The Packers will compete against a not too strong Falcons team in Week 4, and Ty Summers is expected to step in for Kirksey. It’s time for him to make a name for himself.