NFL Notebook: Will Cowboys blame game finally sink Jason Garrett?

Rushing through the NFL's Week 9 slate in preparation for Week 10.

Arizona Cardinals
— The trade deadline came and went without a Patrick Peterson trade, the anticipated result after Peterson reaffirmed his commitment to the franchise.

— The Cardinals released former starting quarterback Sam Bradford on Saturday, eight months after signing the 2010 No. 1 pick to a 1-year, $20M contract.

— Arizona is a massive 17-point road underdog against the 8-1 Chiefs.
 

Atlanta Falcons
— The Falcons, depleted defense and all, are suddenly right back in playoff contention after three consecutive wins. Atlanta is 4-4 with the Browns up next.

— Julio Jones scored his first touchdown since November of 2017, and he's now just 13 yards shy of 10,000 in his career.

— Rookie fourth-round pick Ito Smith has scored a touchdown in four of his last five games.




Baltimore Ravens
— Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that head coach John Harbaugh was firmly on the hot seat after two consecutive losses, and the Ravens didn’t do much to help his cause by losing to Pittsburgh later in the day.

— This development comes after owner Steve Bisciotti admitted in February that he considered making a change following Baltimore's third consecutive season without a playoff berth. The Ravens are 4-5.
 

Buffalo Bills
— Nathan Peterman now has three touchdown passes and 12 interceptions across his career. Despite attempting 49 passes, he totaled just 189 yards on Sunday.

— Josh Allen is still a possibility to start against the Jets on Sunday, and Sean McDermott said Monday that Derek Anderson, if cleared, would start ahead of Peterman in the event Allen isn't ready.

— The Bills now trail only the Giants, Raiders, and 49ers in the "race" for the first overall pick next April.


 

Carolina Panthers
— Cam Newton is quietly having an outstanding season, particularly as a passer. Newton has completed 67.3 percent of passes for 1,893 yards, 15 touchdowns, and four interceptions, while rushing for 342 yards and four touchdowns.

— Despite trailing the Saints, Carolina has the third-best record in the NFC at 6-2. The hiring of 65-year old Norv Turner as offensive coordinator is turning into one of the offseason's best moves.

— The Panthers face another red-hot team to start Week 10, drawing the Steelers on Thursday Night Football.
 

Chicago Bears
— The Bears were out-gained 264-190 in Sunday's…41-9 win. Odd, to say the least.

— Kyle Fuller, Adrian Amos, and Leonard Floyd all got in on the fun with interceptions of Nathan Peterman, not to be outdone by Eddie Jackson's fumble recovery for a touchdown. Khalil Mack missed Sunday's game.

— Chicago has matched its 2017 win total of five and leads the NFC North.
 

Cincinnati Bengals
— The Bengals caught a break when it was determined that A.J. Green would not need toe surgery, but Green is expected to miss their next two games.

— Tyler Boyd will be tasked with carrying the load with Green out, and he has a chance for a monster game against the Saints' secondary.
 

Cleveland Browns
— Hue Jackson, fired last Monday, appeared on First Take on Friday, where he called his firing "a little premature" but did take much of the blame for the Browns' struggles.

— Former Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians hinted that he might have interest in the Browns' vacancy, also promoting his former colleague Chuck Pagano's candidacy.


 

Dallas Cowboys
— Amari Cooper scored an early touchdown in his Cowboys debut, finishing with 58 yards on five receptions.

— Sean Lee exited Monday's game with a hamstring injury. In nine years, Lee has never played all 16 games in a season.

— The heat has been turned up on Jason Garrett, whose Cowboys are just 3-5 through the first half of the season and sit in third in the NFC East.

— The Cowboys' loss was their first at AT&T Stadium this season.



Denver Broncos
— The Broncos moved on from a franchise staple in Demaryius Thomas, dealing him to Houston last week. Thomas ranks second in franchise history with 9,055 receiving yards, and he was a key member of Denver's championship team in 2015.

— Vance Joseph's decision-making was as questionable as ever late in Sunday's loss, when he seemed to be content with letting Brandon McManus attempt the potential game-winning field goal from 51 yards out. McManus missed.

— The loss to the Texans was Case Keenum's first game without an interception this season.

— Bradley Chubb was rewarded for his breakthrough with October's Defensive Rookie of the Month award.
 

Detroit Lions
— The Lions traded Golden Tate to the Eagles before the trade deadline, landing a third-round pick. General manager Bob Quinn was reportedly only willing to deal Tate if he returned a Day 2 draft pick. Tate had more than 1000 yards in three of his four full seasons with Detroit.

— Matthew Stafford was sacked ten times by the Vikings' defense on Sunday, blowing past his previous career-high (low?) of seven.

— The Lions' season has quickly gone off the rails after winning three of four games, as they're coming off two mostly non-competitve losses and sit last in the NFC North.


 

Green Bay Packers
— The Packers made two trades prior to last week's deadline, dealing Ty Montgomery to the Ravens and starting safety HaHa Clinton-Dix to the Redskins.

— Safety Jermaine Whitehead was bizarrely ejected during the first half of Sunday's loss, after slapping the facemask of David Andrews.

— Aaron Rodgers has been held a completion percentage of less than 56 percent three times this season. When he was named MVP in 2014, he had just one such game.

— The midseason report card is not positive for Mike McCarthy, whose Packers are just 3-4-1 as he attempts to earn a 13th season as head coach.
 

Houston Texans
— The Texans made the largest splash ahead of the trade deadline, landing Demaryius Thomas from the Broncos. Thomas, who had five consecutive 1000-yard seasons in Denver, helps compensate for the loss of Will Fuller.

— Thomas' first game with the Texans came in his old stomping grounds in Denver, and he impressed with 61 yards in the first half.
 

Indianapolis Colts
— The Colts, once 1-5, face an extremely favorable second-half schedule, with the Texans and Dolphins as their only over-.500 opponents. Still, they'd presumably need to finish 6-2 to have a chance at a playoff berth.

— Quenton Nelson became the first offensive guard in NFL history to be named Offensive Rookie of the Month.
 

Jacksonville Jaguars
— The Jaguars' game against the Steelers was flexed out of Sunday Night Football for Week 11, and I'll safely say it wasn’t because of the Steelers.

— Jacksonville's Week 10 match up with the Colts has to be considered a must-win, particularly after the Titans' win on Monday night. A loss would move the Jaguars to sole possession of last place in the AFC South.

— The Jaguars dealt Dante Fowler Jr. to the Rams prior to the deadline, ending the disappointing tenure of the 2015 third overall pick.


 

Kansas City Chiefs

— In nine games, Patrick Mahomes has surpassed Alex Smith's 2017 touchdown pass total (26), with 29. The Chiefs have the AFC's best record at 8-1.

— Kareem Hunt has now scored a touchdown in eight consecutive games, and he has seven touchdowns in his last three games alone.

— The Chiefs have perhaps a warmup game against the Cardinals in Week 10 before a highly-anticipated matchup with the Rams in Mexico City the following Monday.
 

Los Angeles Chargers
— Philip Rivers is the only quarterback with at least two touchdown passes in each of his starts this season.

— The Chargers have won five consecutive games, and their next three opponents — Raiders, Broncos, Cardinals — have a combined record of 6-19.

— Los Angeles finally cut ties with embattled kicker Caleb Sturgis, promoting Mike Badgley from the practice squad.
 

Los Angeles Rams
— There will be no undefeated team this season, as the Rams suffered their first loss against the Saints on Sunday.

— Cooper Kupp returned from a knee injury that caused him to miss two weeks, totaling 89 yards and a touchdown.

— The Rams showed some fight even in a losing effort, coming back to tie the game at 35 on the road after trailing 35-14 in the second quarter.
 

Miami Dolphins
— Kenny Stills was surprisingly active for Sunday's game, though he was only targeted once and finished with 19 yards.

— The Dolphins now lead the NFL in defensive interceptions with 15.

— Adam Gase called Ryan Tannehill's shoulder situation "weird" on Monday. He doesn’t appear close to returning, even with a bye week up next.




Minnesota Vikings
— The Vikings recorded 10 sacks against the Lions, setting a new franchise record and vaulting to the top of the NFL leaderboard this season.

— Danielle Hunter had a monster game on Sunday, totaling 3.5 sacks and returning a fumble for a touchdown. Hunter is the NFL's new leader in sacks with 11.5. Vikings were fortunate to have locked him up when they did…

— Adam Thielen scored a touchdown against Detroit, but he fell well short of extending his historic streak of 100-yard games, finishing with just 22.


New England Patriots
— Don’t look now, but the Patriots have won six consecutive games since the sky-is-falling Week 3 loss to Detroit. They face an AFC East opponent in four of their final seven games.

— Josh Gordon's 130 yards on Sunday night were his most since December 8, 2013. That the Patriots were able to deliver on offense without Rob Gronkowski and Sony Michel is impressive.

— Sunday marked Tom Brady's first career win over Aaron Rodgers, though the two had faced off only once before.



 
New Orleans Saints
— Michael Thomas set a new franchise record with 211 receiving yards in Sunday's win. He also won praise for his touchdown celebration, which paid homage to Joe Horn's flip phone celebration…

— Alvin Kamara recorded his third three-touchdown game of the season on Sunday, doing so in the first half alone.

— Drew Brees is two touchdown passes shy of tying Brett Favre for second all-time.

— The Saints now have the NFL's longest win streak at seven games, though the Panthers' success continues to ensure they don’t run away with the NFC South.

— New Orleans is holding a workout that will include former Cowboys' receiver Dez Bryant this week. Bryant, who recently turned 30, has not resurfaced in the NFL since being released by Dallas in April.


New York Giants
— Rookie backup quarterback Kyle Lauletta was arrested last Tuesday after allegedly coming close to hitting a police officer with his car. The 4th-round pick has been considered next in line for snaps if Eli Manning is benched or misses time.

— Jason La Canfora reported that a quarterback change is still likely at some point this season, though Lauletta's arrest might delay it.
 

New York Jets
— Center Spencer Long struggled mightily in the second half against Miami, but Todd Bowles said that his removal was only due to injury. Injured or not, Bowles drew criticism for keeping him in the game too long.

— Sam Darnold threw four interceptions to take the league-lead in what is quickly becoming an ugly rookie season, even if he is the victim of a supporting cast.

— Bowles said Monday that he is not considering benching Darnold "right now." That makes sense - subbing in 39-year old Josh McCown wouldn’t translate to nearly enough wins for contention.

— Bowles' tenure is likely approaching the end of the line as the Jets further remove themselves from any hope of contention.


Oakland Raiders
— A 34-3 loss to a third-string quarterback might be rock-bottom for Jon Gruden's Raiders.

— The Raiders released pass-rusher Bruce Irvin on Saturday, after 2 1/2 seasons with the team.


Philadelphia Eagles
— The Eagles gained a half-game on the Redskins during their bye week; they sit one game behind Washington and control their own fate with two head-to-head match ups.

— Starting defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan returned to practice on Monday after offseason back surgery forced him to sit out the first two months.


 

Pittsburgh Steelers
— James Conner joined none other than Le'Veon Bell (2014) as the two Steelers to reach 1,000 yards from scrimmage in only eight games.

— The Steelers are suddenly in command of the AFC North at 5-2-1, having won four consecutive games, and a road win over the Ravens proved they are much improved from five weeks ago, when they lost to Baltimore handily.

— Updates on Le'Veon Bell's plans are few and far between, but he has until November 13 to report to the team if he wants to play this season.


San Francisco 49ers
— Undrafted second-year quarterback Nick Mullens started in place of the injured C.J. Beathard on Thursday and was fantastic, going 16-of-22 for 262 yards and three touchdowns.

— Mullens earned the start for San Francisco's Week 10 game against the Giants, even with Beathard expected to be healthy.

— With Thursday's win, the 49ers moved to 2-15 in games not started by Jimmy Garoppolo since the start of last season.


Seattle Seahawks
— The Seahawks seem to either win or lose quietly, and it was a loss this week at the hands of the surging Charles.

— Seattle's schedule is anything but promising over the next three weeks, with the Rams, Packers, and Panthers on the docket. Only the Packers game is at home.


 

Tennessee Titans
— Marcus Mariota had easily his highest passer rating of the season at 119.9, helping Tennessee snap a three-game losing streak.

— The Titans recorded five sacks from five different players on Monday, shutting-out Dallas in the second half.

— Tennessee suddenly finds itself one game out of a playoff spot at 4-4, though that could take a hit with the Patriots as their next opponent.
 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
— The firing of Mike Smith doesn’t seem to have changed much for the Buccaneers' defense, which allowed six touchdowns on Sunday after being gashed for 576 yards by the Bengals in Week 8.

— Dirk Koetter announced that Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the starting quarterback for Week 10. Fitzpatrick threw four touchdowns on Sunday, but he also tossed two interceptions and failed to get much of a connection going with Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson.
 

Washington Redskins
— The Redskins' inconsistent play has been a theme this season, and it continued with a listless defensive performance against Atlanta.

— Little-known Maurice Harris came out of nowhere to haul in ten receptions in Sunday's loss. He finished with 124 yards.

— Alex Smith's 46 pass attempts were tied for his most in the last two seasons. He was also Washington's leading rusher with … 22 yards.

— The Redskins remain in the lead in the NFC East at 5-3, but you'd have a tough time convincing many that they will win it.

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