Broncos slam own quarterbacks for COVID-19 debacle
Not many NFL teams would have done better down to their QB5, but the expected disaster transpired Sunday for the Broncos.
Practice-squad wide receiver Kendall Hinton, a former college quarterback at Wake Forest promoted to the active roster with all four Denver quarterbacks placed Saturday on the COVID-19 restricted list, had zero passing yards in the first half and just 13 for the game in a 31-3 loss Sunday to New Orleans.
The NFL denied Denver’s requests to postpone the game after Broncos backup quarterback Jeff Driskel tested positive for COVID-19, and fellow quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and practice-squad veteran Blake Bortels were ruled out for Sunday’s game because they’d come in close contact with Driskel in a positional meeting in which none of them were wearing masks, breaking league protocols.
“In a controlled and socially distanced area, we let our masking slip for a limited amount of time,” Lock tweeted Sunday. “An honest mistake, but one I will own. I sincerely apologize and I fully understand why these safety precautions are so important. Doing the right thing for a majority of the time is not good enough.”
Hinton completed just one of nine pass attempts with two interceptions, with his lone connection not coming until a 13-yarder to Noah Fant early in the third quarter.
“I was disappointed on several levels, that our QBs put us in that position, that our QBs put the league in that position,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said. “We count on them to be the leaders of our team, the leaders of our offense, and those guys made a mistake.”
Saints backup Taysom Hill also had just 14 passing yards in the first half, but Drew Brees’ replacement ran for two scores and finished with 132 combined yards (78 passing) for NFC South-leading New Orleans (9-2).
King of the Hill
The Chiefs would love to play again in Tampa at the conclusion of the season, and the defending champions certainly seem intent on returning to the Super Bowl.
Tyreek Hill had 203 of his career-high 269 receiving yards and scored two of his three touchdowns in the first quarter as the Chiefs downed Tom Brady and the Buccaneers 27-24 at Raymond James Stadium.
Patrick Mahomes finished with 462 passing yards, the second-most in his career, and combined with Brady (345) for 807.
Mahomes connected with Hill (13 receptions) for a 75-yard TD 6:49 into the game and then found him for another 44-yard score for a 17-0 lead barely five minutes later. Hill punctuated his second score by doing a backflip into the end zone.
“It feels good, but I feel like there’s still a lot of work to do,” said Hill, who went over 1,000 receiving yards (1,021) for the season. “I’m always looking to get better. … I want to be the best receiver in the game. So I’m going to continue to work hard.”
Hill’s first-quarter total was the most receiving yards in one quarter since Baltimore’s Qadry Ismail posted 210 yards in the third quarter for the Ravens in 1999. It marked the 15th-most in one game in NFL history, led by Rams receiver Flipper Anderson’s 336 in 1989 against New Orleans.
Smash of the Titans
Only one of the last 13 NFL MVP winners was not a quarterback, but Derrick Henry should be in the conversation to join Adrian Peterson (2012) on that list.
Henry ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns as Tennessee (8-3) dominated, 45-26, in a first-place showdown with Indianapolis (7-4) in the AFC South.
Henry, who broke an OT scoring run in last week’s win over Baltimore, leads the NFL with 1,257 rushing yards through 11 games with 12 touchdowns. The defending NFL rushing leader is on pace for a career-high 1,828 yards on the ground.
“Anytime the O-line is getting movement and getting Derrick going, it’s a good thing for the Titans,” Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. “I think we’re at our best whenever Derrick is rolling. … Derrick was running his tail off today.”
A.J. Brown added a 42-yard scoring return on an onside kick and a 69-yard TD reception as the Titans put up 449 yards of total offense against a Colts defense that came in ranked second in the league in yardage (298.1 per game) and fifth in scoring defense (20.8 ppg).
Browns, Brownson Make History
Despite only one of their eight wins coming against teams currently with a winning record, Cleveland (8-3) also moved closer to its first playoff berth since 2002 with a 27-25 win over Jacksonville (1-10).
Baker Mayfield threw for 258 yards with TD passes to Jarvis Landry (8-143) and Austin Hooper as the Browns (8-3) clinched at least a .500 record for the first time since 2007 (10-6).
“We’ve played in a bunch of different games and we’ve had to find a way to win in a bunch of different ways and that’s not going to change,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. “We’re just trying to go 1-0 each week. We get to eight [wins] and we have a bunch more games to go. We’re not really concerned with the past.”
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