Happy Monday, friends and fans!
This weekend in the NFL, several former Oklahoma Sooners made big plays for their respective teams. In one of Sunday’s more highly anticipated matchups, Baker Mayfield helped guide the Cleveland Browns to a 49-38 shootout victory on the road over the Dallas Cowboys.
On the day, the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner completed 19 of 30 pass attempts for 165 yards and a pair of touchdowns. More importantly, Mayfield now has the Browns sitting at 3-1 for the first time since 2001.
On the other side of this marquee matchup, rookie WR CeeDee Lamb had arguably his best day as a pro to date. In total, the first-round pick hauled in five balls for 79 yards and the first two scoring receptions of his young career. He also added 26 yards on three punt returns.
Those two players’ performances were just a slice of the heavy OU representation throughout the NFL day. For more on other Sooners who also showed out, check out the rest of today’s links.
Now onto this week’s Monday edition of Hot Links! Many former Oklahoma stars shine in the pros, the 2020 NBA Finals heats up, off-the-field family drama leads to on-field brawl between NFL players and more!
- Joe Mixon went completely off against the Jacksonville Jaguars, helping lead his Cincinnati Bengals to the 35-23 win. By the end of the contest, Mixon finished with 151 yards rushing and two TDs on 25 carries. He also added 30 receiving yards and another score on six receptions. Boomer!
- Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals weren’t fortunate enough to grab a win on Sunday, but even in a 31-21 losing effort to the Carolina Panthers, K1 racked up three passing touchdowns and 78 yards on the ground, including this electric 48-yard run.
- The Baltimore Ravens’ Mark Andrews continues to make a case for himself that he’s the top tight end in the game today. In a 31-17 win over the Washington Football Team, the former Mackey Award winner hauled in three passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns.
- Speaking of the Ravens, Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown also lit up the nameless team from D.C. with four catches for 86 yards on Sunday.
- Kenny Stills was the recipient of a sweet 24-yard scoring laser on fourth down from Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson. Unfortunately, Houston lost the game to the Minnesota Vikings, 31-23, and remain winless in 2020.
- Jalen Hurts spelled Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz a few times on Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers. He didn’t record any passing statistics, but in three rushing attempts, Hurts picked up 18 yards, including this 14-yard gainer on third and a mile. Philly went on to win, 25-20.
- Don’t forget to check out Allen’s post on the adversity Lincoln Riley and this OU football program currently faces. After falling to 0-2 to begin Big 12 play, there are clearly more than a few red flags that need immediate addressing, but looking back to before the season began, could this surprising start actually have been expected?
- In case you missed it, make sure you listen to Kamiar and Stephen’s thoughts on the CCM Postgame Podcast, where the guys discuss what happened with Oklahoma at Iowa State, and what the potential fallout from the back-to-back losses could be going forward. Keep in mind, this pod may contain some NSFW language.
Around the Sports World
- On Sunday, Jimmy Butler put the Miami Heat on his back with a lights-out 40-point triple-double performance to avoid an insurmountable hole against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. With the 115-104 Heat win, this NBA Finals series is now 2-1 in favor of L.A. Game Four is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. CT on ABC.
- Cleveland Browns starting running back Nick Chubb suffered an MCL injury during his team’s 49-38 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. On Monday, head coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed that Chubb would be placed on IR, meaning he will miss at least the next month of the season. Fortunately, surgery is not required and he could return at some point in November.
- On Sunday, Ryan Mutombo, the son of Basketball Hall of Fame center Dikembe Mutombo, announced his verbal commitment to the Georgetown Hoyas. With this decision, the 6’11” youngster is following in his father’s footsteps by playing his college ball at the historic university in the nation’s capital.
- Immediately following the Los Angeles Rams’ 17-9 victory over the winless New York Giants on Sunday, L.A. CB Jalen Ramsey engaged in a fist fight with NY WR Golden Tate. Allegedly, Ramsey left Tate’s sister while she was pregnant for another woman, so one can assume this is a personal matter that spilled over into the work environment. Possible punishment from the league has not yet been levied.
Former Eagles WR Golden Tate and Jalen Ramsey exchanged punches after Giants loss to Rams— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 4, 2020
Jalen dumped Tate’s sister who was pregnant with their baby last year
- Two NFL games are set to kick off tonight. First up, it’s the New England Patriots at the Kansas City Chiefs on CBS at 6:05 p.m. CT. This game was originally scheduled for Sunday, but was pushed back a day due to some late COVID testing. Later, the Atlanta Falcons will visit the Green Bay Packers at 7:50 p.m. CT on ESPN for the true Monday Night Football game of the week. Football fans, grab your snacks, grab a seat and enjoy this evening with what should be some entertaining action on the gridiron.
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