DeMarcus Lawrence’s 3 sacks help the Cowboys clip the Cardinals’ wings 28-17 in a Monday Night Football showdown:

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The Dallas Cowboys took on the Arizona Cardinals in this week’s Monday Night Football match up and DeMarcus Lawrence was the most impressive player on the field recording 3 sacks. Lawrence was flat out unstoppable for the Cowboys defensive and he frequently pressured Carson Palmer on drop backs. That kept the Cardinals signal caller on his heels all night and eventually shifted the momentum in Dallas’ favor. Dak Prescott took advantage of all the opportunities that the Cowboys defense presented him and Prescott ended up finishing the game with 183 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Ezekiel Elliott ran hard in this contest too, he ended up rushing for 80 yards and 1 touchdown. While in the passing game Dez Bryant and Brice Butler played extremely well. Bryant showed why he is regarded as the “x factor” on a 15 yard touchdown reception plowing through several Arizona defenders for the score. Additionally Brice Butler continued to prove his value to this offense by putting up 90 yards and 1 touchdown. On the defensive side of things Sean Lee led Dallas in tackles, he amassed 8 tackles for the night. Maliek Collins also had a strong performance he contributed 5 tackles and 2 sacks to the Cowboys defensive efforts. Believe it or not Carson Palmer played exceptionally well in this game, Palmer threw for 325 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Larry Fitzgerald was nothing short of spectacular for the Cardinals offense as well. He put on a clinic against the Cowboys defense and tallied up 149 yards and 1 touchdown reception. Tyvon Branch was Arizona’s most notable defender, he went for a team high 11 tackles. Tyrann Mathieu also recorded 4 tackles for the birds. The Cowboys were certainly impressive in this win, they went on the road in a hostile environment and took it to Bruce Arians team. Dallas is 2-1 on the year and is tied with Philadelphia and Washington for the top spot in the NFC East. If the Cowboys can continue to be this sound defensively they will be very tough to beat moving forward.

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Stefon Diggs is putting together a terrific start to the 2017 season, the Viking receiver has already hauled in 4 touchdowns receptions:

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Minnesota Vikings third year receiver Stefon Diggs has came along way since joining the NFL back 2015 and so far Diggs has been the Vikings most prolific receiver. After 3 weeks of NFL action Diggs has managed to haul in 4 touchdown receptions and that’s huge considering Sam Bradford has missed the last two games. With Minnesota’s starting quarterback out of the line up someone had to step up and Stefon Diggs has answered the call playing some of his best football ever. Diggs career high for touchdowns in a season was 4 during his rookie season two years ago. To think we are only three games into the season and Diggs has already matched his career high totals just shows how much the young receiver has developed since becoming a pro. Minnesota has to be extremely happy about that and truthfully the 23 year old receiver has done his part in keeping the Vikings winning season hopes alive. Diggs has been complimented nicely by Adam Thielen who has also really came alive for Minnesota. Together this tandem has done a great job of making plays in the passing game and really the only thing the Vikings are missing is their starting QB. When Bradford comes back there’s a serious chance Diggs and Thielen could greatly improve their production. That’s because Bradford is much more aware than Case Keenum and he can deliver strikes with greater ease. The Vikings will take on the Detroit Lions in their next match up, Detroit has made strides defensively from the Lions of the past. So Diggs will have to do everything he can to get the best of players like Glover Quin and Darius Slay. That won’t be easy to do at all but keep in mind Diggs has bested just about everyone he has lined up against, so you have to like his odds with whoever he takes on. One thing is for certain Stefon Diggs has emerged into an elite receiver in the National Football League and that says a lot about the work Diggs has put in. In a league full of talented receivers Stefon Diggs is still rising above the competition.

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Kirk Cousins was nearly perfect in the Redskins 27-10 win over the Raiders, Chris Thompson goes over 100 yards receiving:

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The Washington Redskins took it to the Oakland Raiders in a Sunday Night Football contest and Kirk Cousins was a big reason Washington handled the Raiders so easily. Cousins was nearly perfect in this match up throwing for 365 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Not only was that stat line impressive Cousins also finished with 25 completions out of 30 passing attempts. When the Redskins quarterback plays this well this team is nearly unstoppable and give a lot of credit to the offensive line for only surrendering 1 sack. Chris Thompson was pretty special for Washington too, Thompson hauled in 150 yards and 1 touchdown through the air. Thompson added 38 yards on the ground as well and looked like an impact player all night long for the Redskins. Other notable performances were turned in by Vernon Davis and Josh Doctson who both caught a touchdown for Washington. Docton’s TD reception was especially impressive because not only did he show off his tremendous leaping ability, it was also his first ever touchdown reception. On the opposite sideline nobody really had it going on for the Raiders. Derek Carr struggled in this game finishing with 112 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree, and Amari Cooper were all kept in check for most of the game too. Jared Cook did end up catching a touchdown reception for Oakland in the 3rd quarter but other than that there wasn’t much happening for the Raiders. Defensively the Redskins were very impressive, Zach Brown was everywhere registering 10 total tackles. While Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith, and Jonathan Allen all put a sack for Washington’s pass rush. Corey James was Oakland’s best defender he had 12 tackles and a forced fumble. Karl Joseph made his presence felt with 8 tackles for the Silver and Black as well. Jay Gruden’s team improves to 2-1 on the year and could end up being a serious competitor in the NFC East when things are all said and done. Especially if Cousins and the Redskins defense can maintain the level of excellence they played with against the Raiders. It was pretty special night at FedEx Field.

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Jordan Howard’s 138 yards and 2 touchdowns help the Bears beat the Steelers in overtime 23-17:

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The Chicago Bears were in an absolute dog fight against the Pittsburgh Steelers but the Bears prevailed in the end. Jordan Howard was spectacular for Chicago’s offense rushing for 138 yard and 2 touchdowns on the day. Howard actually scored the game winning touchdown in overtime and pretty much willed the Bears to victory. Tarik Cohen was also a big part of Chicago’s success, the back up running back recorded 78 rushing yards for the day and was a nice spark plug when Howard was off the field. The combination of Howard and Cohen combined for over 200 rushing yards and this is definitely the winning formula for the Bears moving forward. Mike Glennon didn’t give Chicago much output in this contest he ended up with 101 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Glennon will have to be better if John Fox’s team wants to keep putting up wins but luckily this team at least has a rushing attack to keep them competitive. Ben Roethlisberger had a mediocre day for his own standards, Roethlisberger put up 235 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interceptions. That wasn’t enough to get it done in this match up so Roethlisberger will have to do more in the Steelers next game to get this team back in the win column. Le’Veon Bell scored a touchdown and added 61 yards on the ground for Pittsburgh. While Antonio Brown had a big day going over the 100 yards receiving mark and hauling in 1 touchdown catch. On the defensive side of things Danny Trevathan led the way for the Bears with 10 tackles. Bryce Callahan, Pernell McPhee, and Willie Young all added a sack too. Pittsburgh got a nice outing from Ryan Shazier who had 11 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. J.J Wilcox had a solid performance for the Steelers as well, he had 5 tackles and an interception. Give credit to Bears in this one they did what they needed to do to beat a tough Steelers team. It’s not easy to earn a victory in the National Football League but Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen put the team on their back and made some magic happen.

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Derek Carr has been perfect up to this point with 5 touchdowns and 0 interceptions, Carr is the main reason the Raiders are 2-0:

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The story all off-season was whether or not Derek Carr was going to be able to bounce back from his broken fibula he endured last season? Now we know Carr has not only bounced back, he is playing some of his best football ever. The Raiders are 2-0 on the year and Carr has been exceptional throwing for 5 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. The ability to put up a large amount of production and eliminate turnovers completely has hands down been the recipe for success for Carr. Even before the 2017 season started we knew this guy had some of the best arm talent in the entire league. Carr has raised the bar for even his own expectations and lets be honest the Raiders could be a legitimate Super Bowl contender when the postseason gets here. The Raiders would have had a chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in 2016 but Carr wasn’t able to participate in the playoffs. Oakland has their gunslinger back at the helm now and if Carr can stay healthy this team is a serious threat in the AFC. Another underlining story to this team’s success has been the rapport Michael Crabtree and Carr have developed. Crabtree leads the entire National Football League with 3 touchdown receptions and the veteran receiver has been flat out dominant in the red zone. Carr knows he can always trust Crabtree to make a big play and those two have made plenty of those since the tandem was formed back in 2015. When you also add Marshawn Lynch to this mix to handle the rushing attack, it becomes clear the Raiders can get it done in every facet of the game. Lynch could end up being the x-factor for this team down the stretch because sooner or later the Raiders will have to set the tone by pounding the rock. When this team is churning out a 100 yard rusher each week and throwing for 300 hundred yards through the air every game. That’s when the Oakland will hit their full stride and they will be nearly unstoppable on the football field. Expect the Raiders to get to level very soon.

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