The Cowboys season has hit a crossroad with their 24-22 loss to the previously winless New York Jets. Their three-game winning streak is a distant memory with now a three-game losing streak. The offense failed in critical moments. The defense was shredded in the first half. Brett Maher kissed a 40-yard field goal attempt. Even with injuries, this should not have happened.
The 49ers moved to 5-0 for first time since 1990 and get their most impressive win to date this season, going on the "road" and knocking off the Rams 20-7 despite missing their starting offensive tackles, fullback and a cornerback. Also, QB Jimmy Garoppolo now has his second five-game winning streak as a 49er. The time has come to take the Niners seriously as a legitimate NFC contender.
Sam Darnold returned and the Jets looked like a real football team. They beat the Cowboys, 24-22, their first win under Adam Gase. Darnold led a first-half offensive explosion and it was enough as the defense held on in crunch time. The Jets (1-4) won't make the playoffs, but this was a badly needed win for team morale.
As easy as it is to second-guess in hindsight the Seahawks' decision to pass on Nick Chubb last year in favor of Rashaad Penny, consider this: Chubb might not be starting for Seattle either with the way Chris Carson is playing. With Penny sidelined again, Carson hit triple-digits for the third week in a row with 124 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. He caught four passes for 35 yards. Said Pete Carroll: "The last few weeks, he's just been on fire. He's just so tough. I love the way he plays."