NFL roundup: Brady, Rodgers struggle as surprise Panthers shine

by Jacob Fuller

Rob Issa, FISM News


Two of the most accomplished QBs in NFL history, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, are off to their worst combined start in the duo’s career.

Both Brady and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers are 3-4 following disappointing losses by their teams on Sunday.

Brady had another subpar performance in Tampa’s 21-3 loss to the dismal Carolina Panthers, even as the Panthers played their first game after trading away star running back Christian McCaffrey to the 49ers for future draft picks.

Phillip Walker, who entered the season projected as low as 4th on the Panthers’ depth chart, found himself in the starting quarterback role Sunday as injuries have sidelined Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and Matt Corral. Walker was an efficient 16-of-22 for 177 yards and two touchdowns on the day, as his counterpart Brady struggled to find consistency.

Rodgers had similar struggles in Green Bay’s 23-21 loss to the lowly Washington Commanders.

“You have to play as a team. You have to take accountability. You have to work hard. You have to have discipline,” Brady said after the Buccaneers lost for the third time in four weeks. “Commitment. Mental and physical toughness. These are all character traits. We have a lot of great guys in the locker room. We’re going to go in [Monday] morning, we got a short week. We’ve got to work hard to try to fix it.”

The Buccaneers have a quick turnaround this week, as they host the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.

The Packers have a tough, rested opponent coming up. They’ll visit the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night.

“I’m not worried about this squad. In fact, this might be the best thing for us,” Rodgers said. “This week, nobody’s going to give us a chance. Going to Buffalo on Sunday Night Football, a chance to get exposed. Shoot, it might be the best thing for us.”

Dolphins 16, Steelers 10

In other NFL games, Tua Tagovailoa returned from a concussion and led the Miami Dolphins to a 16-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Chiefs 44, 49ers 23

Patrick Mahomes lit up one of the best defenses in the NFL as he threw for 423 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a 44-23 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Giants 23, Jaguars 17

Jaguars wide receiver Christian Kirk was tackled inside the 1-yard line as time expired as the New York Giants held for a 23-17 victory over Jacksonville.

Jets 16, Broncos 9

The New York Jets are off to a shocking 5-2 start following a 16-9 win over the Denver Broncos, who were missing quarterback Russell Wilson.

Breece Hall opened the scoring with a 62-yard touchdown run in the 1st quarter.

Ravens 23, Browns 20

Gus Edwards ran for two touchdowns and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns 23-20.

Cowboys 24, Lions 6

Dak Prescott threw his first touchdown pass of the season in his first game back since Week 1 to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 24-6 win over the Detroit Lions.

Seahawks 37, Chargers 23

Rookie Kenneth Walker III ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns, Geno Smith threw two TD passes and the Seattle Seahawks upset the Los Angeles Chargers 37-23.

Titans 19, Colts 10

Andrew Adams returned an interception 76 yards for a touchdown to lead the Tennessee Titans to a 19-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Bengals 35, Falcons 17

Joe Burrow passed for 345 yards and three touchdowns in the first half alone and the Cincinnati Bengals cruised past the Atlanta Falcons 35-17.

Raiders 38, Texans 20

Josh Jacobs rushed for 143 yards and three second-half touchdowns as the Las Vegas Raiders routed the Houston Texans 38-20.