On the surface, the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons are teams that seem to be heading in opposite directions. With new head coach Matt Rhule on the sidelines, the Panthers are 3-4 but have played close in just about every game this season. On the flip side, Atlanta is 1-6, fired head coach Dan Quinn, and has lost three games by epic collapses in the fourth quarter.
Matthew Stafford had the ball and Matt Prater knew it was time to start kicking. Good call. Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley gave one of the NFL’s best comeback quarterbacks a shot to lead the Detroit Lions to victory, and Stafford took advantage.
Hat tips Calling linebacker Foyesade Oluokun a bright spot amid the muck of 2020 feels like an understatement through seven games. He’s clearly played above his sixth-round draft status, and indeed looks every bit an unexpected Pro Bowler. As has been the case all season long, Oluokun was flying to the football all game long, including a clutch pass break-up on the goal line late in the first quarter.