While Cam Newton was being examined for an injury following a hit, Blake Bortles was making turnover after turnover after turnover and Mike Glennon was drawing social-media pleas that he be replaced by rookie Mitch Trubisky, Tom Brady was old dependable again.
The New England Patriots’ 40-year-old QB, fresh off a season-opening stinker, looked like the five-time Super Bowl winner against the New Orleans Saints. Just how good was he? How about historically good?
Bortles had a dismal day for the Jaguars, with two interceptions and a lost fumble. Glennon’s two interceptions are likely to prompt calls for Trubisky, the second overall pick in the NFL draft.
Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis agrees that a playmaking wide receiver is a need — but only after the team finds an explosive running back with 4.3 speed who can make meaningful gains on first and second downs. That ought to be the Redskins’ top offseason priority, Portis believes, even if they continue developing Samaje Perine and get a healthy Chris Thompson back for third-down situations.
Pro Football Focus, whose grading system provides one outside gauge of NFL players’ productivity, attests to the Redskins’ injury-ravaged season at running back.
Of the six backs graded, only Perine, a rookie from Oklahoma, played enough snaps to earn a statistically meaningful grade (46.3 on a 100-point scale). Of the remaining five, late-season signee Kapri Bibbs earned the highest marks (62.8). In limited duty, Rob Kelley and Byron Marshall showed promise.
Yet all those priorities take a back seat to quarterback if Cousins doesn’t return.
Aaron Rodgers did it to the Cowboys again. Was there any doubt when he took the field Sunday for that final drive that he would guide the Packers to at least a tying FG attempt? He and the Packers got the winning TD, however, and they continue to pile up victories as some of their injured offensive contributors begin to return. Rookie RB Aaron Jones looks capable of helping out considerably.