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NFL WEEK 10: Mickelson Believes in Manning Cast Curse, Hunt is a Hero and Newton Energizes Carolina

The last incredulous chapter of a barely credible NFL season saw the return of one hero, the premature return of another, and Odell Beckham Jr. losing in his Rams debut. In short, nobody knows anything, much less what will happen next.

Bruce Arians was not happy as the Bucs lost again, the Titans won a sixth on the trot, and a fifth against one of last season’s playoff teams, while the Patriots returned to home games scoring more than 45 points. That has never happened before.

The home advantage was maintained with only five away teams winning. Oh, and there was the first draw of the season, not that Najee Harris knew much about it, as the Lions took a significant step toward 0-16-1.

And at the Manning Cast, Al Michaels went back to MNF and Phil Mickelson flipped Peyton and Eli.

THE CAMBACK

Cam Newton announced his return to Carolina storybook style, scoring on his first play as he helped the Panthers seal an upset, season-changing victory at Arizona.

While starter PJ Walker took most of the plays, Newton was able to make a huge impact when he appeared after meeting Carolina last week in the wake of Sam Darnold’s injury.

His first two touches in a Panthers jersey brought touchdowns: the first a two-yard rushing touchdown, the second a pass to Robby Anderson.

Cam Newton roars after scoring a rushing touchdown on his first play since rejoining Carolina

Cam Newton roars after scoring a rushing touchdown on his first play since rejoining Carolina

After scoring, coincidentally on the same field where he scored his first NFL touchdown 10 years ago, Newton ripped off his helmet and roared, ‘I’m back!’ to a grateful television camera.

He drew an unsportsmanlike 15-yard penalty, but few could envy Newton for the display of excitement.

I’ll put it like this: This time last week, I was eating a bowl of cereal. Do you feel Me? So, I told coach Rhule that it would never happen again, ” he said.

‘So that just puts things in perspective. After going to church, being with my children and not even watching football; it was simply about maximizing the person I need to be and therefore it was all a rush of emotions.

But I still know a lot of people in the media, newspaper headlines, blogs, they want to talk about me and it’s not about me and I keep saying this. This was a flawless team victory. ”

Stephon Gilmore wasn’t the only one to praise Newton, adding: ‘He’s a great teammate, he’s a great worker … He’s a great person. I think he will bring a lot of energy to this team. ‘

YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT GOLF

There have been some excellent guests at the Manning Cast, but Phil Mickelson is right there after showing up during the second quarter of the 49ers’ 31-10 win over the Rams.

“This was a humble night,” Sean McVay said after the LA Rams’ all-in loss when San Francisco won at home for the first time in more than a year.

Odell Beckham Jnr caught two passes for 18 yards on three goals in a tough Rams debut

Odell Beckham Jnr caught two passes for 18 yards on three goals in a tough Rams debut

Odell Beckham Jnr caught two passes for 18 yards on three goals in a tough Rams debut

Fresh from winning the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Arizona and with the Wanamaker Trophy on display, Eli Manning asked Mickelson if he could dispel any truths about the Manning Cast Curse.

“No, I think it’s one thing, and that’s why I’m not playing next week,” Mickelson said. ‘I didn’t know if he would transfer to golf or not. I think it’s real. ‘

All active NFL players who have been invited this season have lost the following week (Travis Kelce, Russell Wilson, Rob Gronkowski, Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady and Josh Allen).

Mickelson was excellent, asking Peyton about how he reads defenses, the meaning of ‘Omaha’ and questioning Eli about why his former teammate Odell Beckham Jr. failed to make it to Cleveland.

Phil Mickelson showed off his knowledge of the NFL during an appearance on the Manning Cast

Phil Mickelson showed off his knowledge of the NFL during an appearance on the Manning Cast

Phil Mickelson showed off his knowledge of the NFL during an appearance on the Manning Cast

BIG MAN TOUCHDOWN

It’s a shame to see that one of the best moments of the season doesn’t count for anything. Still, memories of Robert Hunt’s outburst and stunt jump will linger for a long time.

In the fourth quarter of the Dolphins’ surprise win over the Ravens, Tua Tagovailoa backed away and threw a desperate pass to running back Myles Gaskin.

But guard Hunt, who had not declared himself eligible, grabbed him and ran into the end zone, flipping over the line when he broke the plane, before landing head first.

Text book.

Robert Hunt jumps on the plane in acrobatic style at an all-ages time in Miami

Robert Hunt jumps on the plane in acrobatic style at an all-ages time in Miami

Robert Hunt jumps on the plane in acrobatic style at an all-ages time in Miami

TEDDY’S BUSINESS DECISION

Teddy Bridgewater and the Broncos were brought back to earth by Philadelphia after an excellent week nine victory over Dallas.

They scored an offensive touchdown during a 30-13 loss that will be remembered for something Bridgewater didn’t do.

After Darius Slay recovered a fumble from Melvin Gordon, Bridgewater had a chance to tackle Slay before he made an 83-yard touchdown. He opted for personal safety first.

“I’d like to see all of us go after him a little bit better offensively and try to take that guy down,” said head coach Vic Fangio. I’d like to see Teddy at least make fun of the guy.

Bridgewater said: ‘I’m there, the opportunity to just dive in, sacrifice myself, do whatever I can to help the team, and in that moment I failed.

I recognize it. That’s one of those moments where I have to acknowledge the fact that I didn’t give everything I had in me on that play. ‘

“I was hoping Teddy wouldn’t try (to tackle),” Slay said after the game. Because I would have given him a good arm.

TO MAKE OR NOT TO MAKE?

There have been a lot of games spoiled this season by taunting calls, so it was good to see the umpires didn’t react after Justin Jefferson threw the ball to Keenan Allen.

While Chargers fans may have felt otherwise, the Vikings catcher insisted there was no disrespect …

EXPLOSION OF THE PAST

Dan Quinn was fired by the Falcons five games last season. He’s now Dallas ‘defensive coordinator, but it was the Cowboys’ offense that did the damage by taking a 36-3 lead in the first half. Dallas won 43-3 to establish their NFC credentials.

But shame the poor Falcons, who were bombarded with abuse after falling – you guessed it – 28-3 down …

PRIME TIME CALL

Mike Zimmer had a lot to smile about after the Vikings played aggressively and won in Los Angeles.

And after showing Brandon Staley a thing or two about fourth downs, Deion Sanders called him up during press assignments Monday.

Sanders, who worked with Zimmer in Dallas in the mid-1990s, has been in the hospital for 15 days due to complications from foot surgery.

Now Jackson State head coach Sanders said, ‘Hi everyone. That was a great victory that my man had yesterday. I chose him, I knew he was going to be dominant yesterday. You are not going to let any young coach beat you. I know better than that, man.

When asked how he was doing, Sanders replied: ‘I’m holding on, I’m getting better every day.’

Sorry, I haven’t been able to locate it for about two weeks. He’s been to the hospital, ” Zimmer added.

BRUTAL BRUCE

Consecutive losses for the Bucs. While this was barely news two years ago, now that Tom Brady is in the building, this may be just one thing.

Brady threw two interceptions in the first quarter, only the second time in his career and the first since 2012, as a result of Tampa Bay’s undisciplined loss to Washington 29-19.

Brady didn’t want to talk about it afterward, it lasted one minute and 44 seconds in front of reporters.

But Arians was happy to explain the interceptions, adding: ‘It has nothing to do with the receivers. Was the.’

Bruce Arians and Tom Brady on the sidelines during an unexpected loss in Washington

Bruce Arians and Tom Brady on the sidelines during an unexpected loss in Washington

Bruce Arians and Tom Brady on the sidelines during an unexpected loss in Washington

He continued on a similar line.

It has nothing to do with skill. It’s about execution and being a smart soccer team. We are a very dumb soccer team. And that’s a reflection of the coaches.

“It is very alarming to see the energy in every practice and come up with the lack of execution and the energy it takes to win on Sunday. We have a lot of soul searching to do.

‘The energy and passion are very repairable. Sanctions have to be corrected sooner or later. The first play of the game: they are changing and we jump out of the game. They don’t even execute a play and we jump out of play. The stupidity has to go away if we’re going to go anywhere. ‘

SEAHAWKS SINKING

Russell Wilson returned after healing from an injury to his right middle finger.

With this evidence, he came back too soon as the Seahawks were humiliated 17-0 by Green Bay.

The last time the Seahawks didn’t score was in the second week of 2011, but after the worst game of his career, Wilson said: “It felt good on the finger. The problem tonight was that I had two bad plays. That’s what it really was.

When the Seahawks sank to 3-6, DK Metcalf was sent off for this …

He then tried to re-enter the game, but will likely face a fine rather than a suspension.

After the game, he said he was: ‘Tired of losing.’

NEW RULES?

Missing Ben Roethlisberger due to Covid, the Steelers did the unthinkable and were held back 16-16 by Detroit, which at least won’t go 0-17.

But 0-16-1 remains an option after kicker Ryan Santoro missed a 46-yard field goal to win the game in overtime.

There was some confusion over the rules, as Steelers running back Najee Harris was unaware the games could be tied, and Lions running back Godwin Igwebuike hoped for a second overtime period.

‘I didn’t even know you could tie in the NFL. In my mind, I was sitting on the bench saying, “I have another room left,” Harris said. But someone came up to me and said, ‘that’s it.’ I’ve never had a tie before in my life.

Igwebuike added: ‘I’m back there like,’ How many overtime can we do? ‘ And they are like “three”. I heard ‘two, one’ and we said, ‘Hey, whatever’s going on, we’re about to put in all our effort.’

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