Sunday Summary Just in Case You Missed Something
The Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills definitely put on the show of the day and possibly the show of the season on Sunday. Minnesota ultimately sealed a 33-30 win at the end of overtime when cornerback Patrick Peterson intercepted Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen in the end zone. The exciting OT followed a wild end to regulation. The Vikings were down 27-23 in the final 2 minutes of the 4th quarter when Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson sparked the insanity with a catch on 4th-and-18 that genuinely seemed to defy the laws of physics.
The anticipated coaching match-up between the Indianapolis Colts and the Las Vegas Raiders ended in rookie coach Jeff Saturday and the Colts edging out Josh McDaniels and the Raiders 25-20 on Sunday. There has been much talk about Saturday securing the job with absolutely zero NFL or even college coaching experience, however his is first order of business was putting veteran quarterback Matt Ryan back in the starting spot. The 37-year-old did deliver a 35-yard touchdown pass to Parris Campbell and completed 21 of 28 passes for 222 yards. Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels has been in the rumor mill quite a bit lately about his job being in jeopardy as a result of the teams dismal 1st half of the season. This loss has definitly fueled that fire.
Los Angeles Rams beast wide receiver Cooper Kupp left Sundays game against the Arizona Cardinals in the 4th quarter with an ankle injury. Kupp was breifly attended to on the sideline by trainers before walking into the locker room shortly after for further evaluation. The team has only said that initial testing appears to show he has avoided any worst case scenerio.
The Boston Celtics have won 10 of their first 13 games and currently hold the league's best offensive rating by a pretty comfortable margin. Interim head coach Joe Mazzulla has said that his team's excellent play to begin the season is in line with what his expectations were going in. Star forward Jayson Tatum has to this point been leading the way for Boston's on fire offense. The 24-year-old is averaging 32.3 points, which would destroy his previous career high. He is also attempting 9 free throws per game, which sets him at 3rd most in the league, and is making 87.2% of them. Boston is currently on a 6 game winning streak looking to extend it 7 on Monday night against the Oklahome City Thunder. Joe Mazzulla saying on Saturday when he was asked if he is surprised by the start the team has had:
"No, they're good players and good people. They're better at playing than I am coaching, so I'm not surprised."
Antony Davis pulls off a season high of 37 points and 18 rebounds to help lift the Los Angeles Lakers out of their 5 game losing streak to beat the Brooklyn Nets 116-103 on Sunday night. Davis saying after the game:
“I was watching the Green Bay Packers game and Aaron Rodgers threw a slant to Allen Lazard for 40 yards. He was flexing and that got me motivated. I knew I had to dominate to get this win. With LeBron out, a lot of guys lean on me to get the job done.”
The Miami Marlins have promoted Caroline O’Connor to president of business operations, making them the 1st major U.S. sports franchise to have women serving simultaneously as president and general manager. They made history in November of 2020 by hiring Kim Ng as GM. Ng will be handling the on-field business, wile O’Connor will runs things off the field.
The Houston Astros are currently without a general manager, so in the mean time senior director of baseball operations Bill Firkus will reportedly be handling any free agent negotiations. The standing World Series Champs parted way with GM James Click after he rejected a 1-year contract offer and they were clearly not willing to offer anything more.