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#pounditSaturday, October 24, 2020

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Atlanta Falcons send perfect tweet during Cowboys-Cardinals game

Atlanta Falcons

The Arizona Cardinals held a 28-3 lead against the Dallas Cowboys on “Monday Night Football” at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and before anyone could make the joke, the Atlanta Falcons were all over it.

When the score became 28-3, the Falcons sent a tweet telling people not to even bother with the jokes.

For those with a short football memory, 28-3 was the lead the Falcons held in Super Bowl LI before losing 34-28 in overtime against the New England Patriots. The Falcons have heard plenty of jokes and know to expect them now.

Atlanta has even shown a few times over the last several months they now have a sense of humor over it. The Falcons were actually one of the fine parts of a bad sports weekend in Atlanta.

Video: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman mock military flyover prior to Packers-Bucs game

Joe Buck

FOX announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were caught mocking pregame military flyovers ahead of Sunday’s Green Bay Packers-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Buck and Aikman, who comprise FOX’s No. 1 NFL announcing team, were heard on a hot mic making fun of the flyover.

Here’s how the conversation went:

Aikman: That’s a lot of jet fuel just to do a little flyover.
Buck, in a mocking voice: That’s your hard-earned money and your tax dollars at work!
Aikman: That stuff ain’t happening with Kamala-Biden ticket. I’ll tell you that right now, partner.

Flyovers before games are deducted from military pilot training budgets and counted as training hours for pilots. Newsweek reported in 2018 that the Air Force was lifting limits on flyover events in an effort to help generate interest in members of the public becoming pilots.

Buck and Aikman also got another reminder to be careful any time a microphone is around. FOX announcers should know better than anyone about the consequences of a hot mic.

Ezekiel Elliott replaced by Tony Pollard after fumble problems continue

Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott was replaced by Tony Pollard in the Dallas Cowboys’ backfield after some fumble problems continued for the lead back.

Elliott entered Monday night’s game between his Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas with three fumbles (two lost) on the season. Then he lost fumbles on consecutive possessions in the first half of the embarrassing 38-10 defeat.

Elliott was replaced by Tony Pollard on the team’s possession after his second fumble. The Cowboys ended up punting on the possession. Elliott returned on the possession after that, though Pollard mixed in.

Zeke finished the game with 49 yards on 12 carries. Pollard had 31 yards on 10 carries.

Elliott is still the main back, but the fumbles are a huge problem. Four lost fumbles is too many for an entire season. To lose that many in six games is inexcusable.

Zeke is in his fifth season with the Cowboys and only had five lost fumbles prior to this year. This has become a concerning trend this season.

Patrick Mahomes explains why Chiefs went run-heavy against Bills

Patrick Mahomes

The Kansas City Chiefs leaned heavy into their rushing game during Monday night’s 26-17 win over the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., which was different from what many fans are used to seeing.

KC rushed the ball 46 times for 245 yards and a touchdown. They passed just 26 times for 225 yards and two touchdowns.

The Chiefs entered the game fourth in the NFL with 287.8 passing yards per game and 14th in the league with 119.4 rushing yards per game. So why the switch in terms of offensive focus? Quarterback Patrick Mahomes says the Chiefs adjusted to what the defense was giving them.

“It’s kind of similar to what we’ve been seeing the last few games. They’re playing coverage deep,” Mahomes said of the Bills during his postgame interview with FOX. “They’re staying over the top of Tyreek (Hill) and some of these fast guys that we have. And if teams are going to do that, we got to run the football.”

Another factor that Mahomes did not mention was the weather. It was rainy during the game, which leads to a wet ball that is harder to throw. That may explain why both the Chiefs and Bills attempted fewer passes than usual. Josh Allen went just 14/27 for 122 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Bills entered the game second in the league in passing yards per game at 308.

The Chiefs are now 5-1 and proved they can beat you in many different ways.

Jordan Poyer’s wife Rachel Bush wants Bills fans at games

Rachel Bush

The Buffalo Bills could have used the support of their home fans during Monday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Bills Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Rachel Bush believes that.

Bush, who is the wife of Bills safety Jordan Poyer, sent a few tweets late in the game saying that having fans would make a big difference. She even hashtagged her post with a message to say let us in.

Alas, fans were not allowed to attend the game. The Bills lost 26-17 and struggled to put up points throughout most of the game.

Poyer had 10 tackles and is on his way to his third straight season with over 100 tackles for the Bills. He and Bush have been together since his time in Cleveland, back when LeBron was saying hi to Rachel.

Daniel Jones drew funny comparison to Lamar Jackson for ridiculous speed

Daniel Jones

People don’t really think of it often, but New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is among the fastest in the league at his position.

How fast is Jones? He has three of the top seven speeds recorded by quarterbacks this season, with Lamar Jackson making up the other four. Jones hit 20.64 mph on a 49-yard run Sunday, a play that even confused the cameraman.

That prompted Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton to make a funny comparison after Sunday’s win, calling Jones “Daniel Jackson.”

It feels like a long time ago when many questioned the Jones pick. He’s shown a commitment to making himself better, and it’s clearly paying dividends. It looks like the Giants have a franchise quarterback in the making.

Derrick Henry had great comment about his speed on 94-yard touchdown run

Derrick Henry

Derrick Henry was an animal in his Tennessee Titans’ 42-36 overtime win over the Houston Texans in Nashville, Tenn. on Sunday.

Henry rushed for an incredible 212 yards on 22 carries and had two catches for 52 yards. Not only did he rush for the winning touchdown in overtime, but he also had an unreal 94-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Seeing someone who is 250 pounds run away from fast defensive backs is truly astounding. Henry actually reached a speed of 21.6 mph on the run, which is impressive. But Henry wasn’t satisfied.

Henry said after the game that speed was too slow and he wants to get to 22 mph.

You have to love his attitude. Even after putting together one of the best runs of the season, he still wasn’t satisfied. Remember, Henry also has a 99-yard touchdown run under his belt.

Henry led the NFL in rushes, rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns last season. He’s on his way to repeating as the league’s rushing champion.

Raheem Mostert likely headed for IR with ankle injury

Raheem Mostert

The San Francisco 49ers continue to deal with brutal injury luck in the 2020 season.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that running back Raheem Mostert is likely to be placed on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. That will sideline Mostert for at least three weeks.

The Niners are already shorthanded at running back. Tevin Coleman is also on IR, so the team will have to lean on some combination of Jerick McKinnon, JaMycal Hasty, and Jeff Wilson out of the backfield for the time being.

Injuries have been a major problem for San Francisco all season. It got so bad early on that they had a very fitting problem getting players MRIs. Things have improved, but they’re still in a pretty bad situation.

Stephon Gilmore’s wife takes shot at refs over controversial call

Stephon Gilmore

The New England Patriots didn’t do a whole lot right in their loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, but there was one flag in the second half that they may not have deserved. The penalty was called on Stephon Gilmore in the end zone, and the All-Pro cornerback’s wife clearly thought it was unwarranted.

During the first half of Monday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills, a Chiefs defensive back was flagged for pass interference only for the flag to be picked up. Gilmore’s wife Gabrielle was watching, and she couldn’t help but take a shot at Sunday’s officiating crew for the questionable call on her husband.

The flag on Gilmore came on 3rd-and-6 with the Broncos at the Patriots’ 8-yard line. It gave Denver an automatic first down. You can see the play below:

For what it’s worth, the penalty didn’t really matter. It set the Broncos up with 1st-and-goal, but they still had to settle for a field goal to put them ahead 15-3. Had they scored a touchdown and take a three-possession lead, it would have been a much more controversial call.

Gabrielle Gilmore has been very outspoken on social media as of late. She also defended the reigning Defensive Player of the Year recently over an Adam Schefter report she was not pleased about.

Leonard Fournette has mature reaction to being inactive in Week 6

Leonard Fournette

Numerous reports have indicated that Leonard Fournette could be a troublesome teammate with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Judging by his latest tweet, there’s been a pretty clear change in attitude since joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Fournette was inactive for the Buccaneers’ Week 6 win over the Green Bay Packers. The running back has been nursing an injured ankle, and coach Bruce Arians did not want to risk aggravating the injury when he had three solid backs available.

Fournette admitted in a tweet that he would have been furious with the decision when he was younger, but things are different now.

It seems like Fournette is a long way away from his Jacksonville exit, which was reportedly pushed for by veteran players. He has yet to play a huge role for the Bucs, but it seems he’s growing up a bit during his time there.