The Departed: Foles Gets Roughed Up
After a sturdy first quarter of the season in St. Louis, Nick Foles came crashing back down to Earth when the Rams trekked to Lambeau Field to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Foles and the Rams only lost by two touchdowns, but Foles was hit and rushed all afternoon long, and he threw four interceptions, completing just 11 of his 3o pass attempts. He was also sacked thrice, and knocked down nine more times.
“Foles wasn’t just knocked around,” Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wrote after the game. “He was pummeled. He was sacked just three times, but he was punished for standing in the pocket and releasing throws that were barely out of his hand when the rush came down on him.”
Through his first four games as a Ram, Foles tossed five touchdown passes and just one interception, including an outing against the Seahawks’ vaunted Legion of Boom.
Now, his numbers through five games read as follows: 57.4 completion percentage, six touchdown passes, five interceptions, 956 yards, and 6.8 yards per attempt.
And, for comparison’s sake, Foles’ Rams now stand even with the Eagles at 2-3 through five weeks.
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Bradley Fletcher‘s time with the Patriots came to an abrupt ending, writes Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
Cornerback Bradley Fletcher struggled to consistently perform with the Patriots, and his brief tenure ended yesterday.
Fletcher, who was released before the Patriots departed for Dallas, suffered a hamstring injury during practice last week. It’s not serious, but a source said he wouldn’t have been able to play today against the Cowboys if needed. However, Fletcher was a healthy scratch in Week 3 against the Jaguars after falling behind cornerback Justin Coleman on the depth chart.
The Bengals went after Cary Williams all game long on Sunday, forcing Seattle’s hand, and came away with the win over the Seahawks, writes Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
“I could have been better,’’ Williams said bluntly, if quietly, in a solemn Seahawks locker room following a 27-24 overtime defeat against the Bengals.
Williams was on the defending end of a couple of early passes to Cincinnati’s leading receiver, A.J. Green. After that, the Seahawks made the somewhat rare move to have Richard Sherman cover Green solely. Sherman usually lines up on the left side of the defense and covers whoever is across from him.
The Seahawks made the move after Green beat Williams for a 72-yard touchdown that was nullified due to a holding penalty.
LeSean McCoy‘s uneven start in Buffalo continues to be bogged down by injuries, according to CBS Sports’s Jason La Canfora.
McCoy, who missed almost all of the preseason with a hamstring injury that he quickly aggravated during an unproductive return last month, has told the team he is going to take every precaution with the lingering problem now. The team is preparing to be without him for at least the rest of this month, sources said.
Jeremy Maclin had a productive afternoon for the Chiefs, but missed a play in the clutch, writes the Columbia Daily Tribune.
Trying to move into field-goal range late in the game, the Kansas City Chiefs turned to former Missouri star Jeremy Maclin. Maclin caught a 23-yard pass to get the Chiefs past midfield, but he bobbled a 9-yard pass as he was going out of bounds on the next play, leaving Cairo Santos a 66-yard attempt that he missed.
Maclin finished with eight catches for 85 yards, but the Chiefs lost to the Chicago Bears 18-17.