Shortly after Josh Rosen declared for the 2018 NFL draft, USC quarterback Sam Darnold followed in his footsteps. Darnold made the news official with an Instagram post on Wednesday evening.
As they lined up for their field goal attempt, the Jaguars jumped and were called for a neutral zone infraction on the play, giving the Bills a first-and-goal at the 1-yard line:
Two street performers strum fiddles under ornate cast-iron balconies in the French Quarter of New Orleans as Alvin Kamara strolls through the streets. He walks past art galleries, voodoo stores and antique shops. Fans follow behind, the horde continually growing, all ages and genders and ethnicities, the whole city chasing after him. Chefs come out of restaurants with aprons on, asking for pictures. “Rookie of the Year!” is a frequent greeting. An elderly man tells him he already has plane tickets to Minnesota for the Super Bowl; the man’s wife says that she was the one who sent Kamara a box of Airheads last week. “Thank you so much from our whole city,” she beams, hugging him tight.
He continues through the eccentric scene that is Jackson Square, past the tarot card readers and the psychics and the men dressed up as female pirates and the women painted bronze who stand on carts and pose as statues. Two adolescent street drummers ask if he could help them pull apart their buckets that got stuck together; Kamara stops and spends a few minutes tugging, straining, using his foot as leverage until he finally pries them apart. They thank him and he continues, through cobblestone corridors, past Creole cottages, the whole city of New Orleans at his feet, adoration awaiting on every corner.
Andrews said she told Payton, “You have to tell him.” Payton then said he would tell him and let him know he had the choice to stay or go.
Swinging back to that Seahawks offense . . . the good news is that they made some history a week ago: Seattle became the third team since 1950 to have more penalty yards than offensive yards in a game and still win. The bad news is that, over the last three games, they rank 32nd in the NFL in total offense (228.7 yards per game, less than the Bryce Petty-led Jets and the Savage/Yates/Heinicke-led Texans). And those numbers were boosted by Russell Wilson Bortlesing Blake Bortles in Bortles’ own backyards (in the Week 14 loss at Jacksonville, Wilson threw three interceptions as Seattle fell behind 27-10 before TD passes of 61 and 74 yards in the final 10 minutes salvaged the stat line).
On the replayed down, Adoree’ Jackson muffed the punt, which was recovered by the Chiefs:
It was quite the NFL’s version of “ball don’t lie.” Or at least, it appeared it was going to be that way.
After being given a second chance, the Chiefs ran three plays resulting in a loss of two yards. On fourth-and-12, Harrison Butker attempted a 48-yard field goal from the Tennessee 30, and it was no good.
So by the end of everything happened, all that happened was that the Chiefs gave the Titans nine yards.
Football can be weird at times, and it’s always unpredictable.