The Stack got back late from Minneapolis and the Vikings game Sunday night plus once again the computer was ornery (sound like a broken record). So we have a few things to talk about including some reaction to the top storylines from Sunday's games so let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Tuesday, October 15:
Chargers tame Colts on MNF
The Indianapolis Colts headed into MNF being heralded as one of the best teams currently in the NFL. While they still very well may be one of the best, they leave San Diego with a loss as the Charges beat the Colts 19-9 thanks to an incredible gameplan that involved a rushing attack that we haven't seen from the Chargers this year. They wanted to keep the ball out of Andrew Luck's hands. They did just that. Ryan Matthews ran for over 100 yards. Danny Woodhead was effective and the Chargers defense kept the Colts out of the endzone. The Chargers needed this win to try and keep pace with the Chiefs and Broncos. What a great game they played. The Colts on a short week now get to prepare for Denver to come to town for Sunday Night Football.
Top storylines from Sunday
There were certainly a few storylines to come out of Sunday's NFL action. Here are a few that stood out:
- Adrian Peterson's decision to play on Sunday was his and his alone. In light of the death of his 2-year old son at a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, hospital Friday, All Day chose to play. He had every right to. It's like therapy. Too bad the rest of his team didn't show up and play inspired for him. The Vikings were thumped by the Carolina Panthers 35-10. Maybe they just stayed in London.
- The Oakland Raiders offensive line is shaky, but ten sacks shaky? Didn't think that was possible, but that's how many sacks they gave up against the Kansas City Chiefs. Seven of them came after halftime. The Chiefs defense is for real. The team is for real too, beating Oakland 24-7 to improve to 6-0.
- The Philadelphia Eagles may have a quarterback controversy on their hands following Nick Foles performance against Tampa Bay on Sunday. He threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles 31-20 win over the Buccaneers. Then again, it was against the winless Bucs. Perhaps we shouldn't get too carried away.
- Houston Texans fans (those who cheered when Matt Schaub got injured either at the game or watching it) should feel embarrassed. Yes the paying fan has a right to express themselves, but you should never cheer for an injury that could be serious, especially when the player is on your team. The number of people who booed I'm sure is a small percentage of the Texans overall fan base, but that slim percentage makes the entire fan base look bad.
- Jacksonville felt disrespected by the 27.5 point spread (27 at kickoff) and played the Denver Broncos tough in Denver. They lost 35-19, but the defense forced a couple of turnovers and wide receiver Justin Blackmon was a beast. No moral wins in this league, but the Jaguars certainly earned the respect of quite a few people Sunday.
- What can't Tom Brady do? Another comeback victory Sunday, this one against the New Orleans Saints when he drove the Patriots the length of the field with a minute left and threw the game-winning touchdown with five seconds left to Kenbrell Thompkins. It looked like the Patriots were simply out of luck in this one. Brady proved that you can never count the Patriots out.
Big inuries from Sunday
The Green Bay Packers were already missing linebacker Clay Matthews with a broken thumb in Sunday's game against the Baltimore, but they suffered a couple of other big injuries on both sides of the ball. Wide receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones both left the game and the news isn't good for Cobb. He has a fractured fibula and will miss 6-8 weeks. Linebacker Nick Perry also went down with a foot injury that later was diagnosed as a broken foot and he will miss at least a month. The Packers prevailed and won Sunday and they will make do with what they have, but it is going to be much more difficult.
The Dallas Cowboys also got hit by the injury bug in their Sunday night game against the Washington Redskins. DeMarcus Ware left with a quad injury and he may miss three to four weeks. Ware has never missed a game in his NFL career says he expects to be back sooner than the given timetable. We'll see. The Cowboys also lost running back DeMarco Murray with a knee injury and it looks like he won't play against Philadelphia on Sunday.
Plenty of other injuries around the NFL Sunday, but we can't get to them all. Plus you probably don't want to read them all. But, the Washington Redskins lost a couple of players for the year, the Minnesota Vikings lost linebacker Desmond Bishop to a torn ACL and safety Harrison Smith's status is up in the air following a turf toe injury. Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub got injured and the "classy" Texans fans cheered. Disgraceful. Anyway, he may play Sunday, but based on how the Texans are falling apart, perhaps he won't even if he's healthy. New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham injured his foot against New England, but fortunately for the Saints, they have a bye week for Graham to heal up. And the status of Gronk remains unclear. Perhaps he will be back next week against the Jets. Until then, we wait.
Dodgers shutout Cardinals
The Los Angeles Dodgers are right back in their series against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS following their 3-0 win in game three. The Cardinals still lead the series, but they are struggling mightily at the plate. They managed just four hits in this one and have just thirteen through three games. They've come through with clutch hits when they needed them, but they'll need a few more to put the Dodgers away for good. They lost David Freese in this one and he may miss game four with tightness in his right calf. He's one of the Cardinals best players. They can ill-afford to be without him for a ton of time. Game four first pitch is today at 8 PM ET on TBS.
Game three of the ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers is today at 4 PM ET on FOX. Both games one and two were close and game two was an absolute thriller. Tigers have the edge because the series is back in Detroit. Should be a great game today.
Coming up Wednesay: Baseball playoff reaction plus other top sports in sports