Though last week’s big news out of Minnesota that Adrian Peterson would be placed on injured reserve was unfortunate, AD remains positive that he’ll be back this season despite his timeline for return falling somewhere between three and four months. We wish AD well in his recovery, and it’d be great to see him back in time to help the Vikings in a deep playoff run.
Even without his star running back, Sam Bradford continues to shine for the 3-0 Vikings and looked at times like an all-pro in a statement road win at Carolina. After some halftime adjustments, the 2010 NFL Rookie of the Year came out throwing lasers and completed 18 of his 28 passes on the afternoon for 171 yards, no interceptions and this sweet touchdown fade to his tight end:
We saw some other big plays from familiar names this weekend in the NFL. DeMarco Murray rushed for a game-high 114 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and added a team-high five catches for 41 yards — basically the entire Titans offense — in an ugly loss to the Raiders. His first rushing touchdown in Tennessee was rather impressive:
Kenny Stills saw more action in the Dolphins offense this week in an overtime win against the Browns, finishing with five receptions for 76 yards on eight targets. In the same game, Damien Williams made this happen:
The 1-2 Arizona Cardinals have not had a good start to this season. Their stellar safety Tony Jefferson, however, is off to a blistering one. For the third straight game, the former head shark of the Sooner secondary racked up a team-high in tackles with nine to go along with a sack and forced fumble in a loss against the Bills. While the Cards are searching for answers on offense, the defense certainly has a few with Jefferson leading the way.
After three games S Tony Jefferson & $LB Deone Bucannon have played every defensive snap 214 total. Jefferson leads the team in tackles.— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) September 26, 2016
The New York football Giants lost a close one at home against Washington, a hotly contested rivalry game in which Sterling Shepard continued the torrid start to his rookie campaign with five receptions for 73 yards and this juke and touchdown...
This also happened in the same game from Washington punter Tress Way…
Tress Way > Kirk Cousins tbhhttps://t.co/MX6B7NEqnv— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) September 25, 2016
What an absolute dime… More pass plays for Tress, please.
Also getting on the board this week was linebacker Corey Nelson, who registered a tackle for the Broncos in a win at Cincinnati, while defensive end Gerald McCoy got three tackles in a Buccaneers loss against the L.A. Rams.
Right guard Chris Chester is in action tonight for the Falcons as they head to New Orleans for Monday Night Football.
These Sooners also saw action for their respective teams this weekend:
Dominique Alexander (LB - Browns), Blake Bell (TE - 49ers), *Jermaine Gresham (TE - Cardinals), Gabe Ikard (C - Bills), *Lane Johnson (RT – Eagles), *Stacy McGee (DE - Raiders), *Jordan Phillips (DT - Dolphins), *Aaron Ripkowski (FB - Packers), *Trent Williams (LT - Washington), Daryl Williams (OT - Panthers), James Winchester (WR/ST - Chiefs)
The following Sooners were inactive or did not play in Week 3:
Devante Bond (LB – Bucs, IR), James Hanna (TE - Cowboys), Landry Jones (QB - Steelers), Adrian Peterson (RB - Vikings, IR), Donald Stephenson (OT - Broncos), Charles Tapper (DE - Cowboys), Aaron Colvin (CB – Jaguars, suspension)