fourth week The 2022 NFL season kicked off Thursday night with a Cincinnati Bengals win overshadowed by a frightening injury to the Miami Dolphin QB Toa Tagoviloawho suffered a concussion and was hospitalized for a short period.
The timing of the concussion sparked new scrutiny for Tagoviloa’s strike four days earlier against Buffalo. The independent neurotrauma consultant who evaluated Tagovailoa was fired Thursday.
Sunday’s game started early (9:30 AM ET) as the Minnesota Vikings faced the New Orleans Saints at Tottenham Hotspur in London. The bout came to the final seconds, when Will Lutz’s 61-yard field attempt hit the straight post and the crossbar but didn’t go down well.
Our NFL Nation reporters are reacting to the biggest quick and pending questions coming out of this week’s games and looking forward to what’s next. Let’s go to it.
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what do you know: The Vikings are 3-1 although their defense and defense are overhauled in the move to a new coach Kevin O’ConnellThere is a lot of work going on. Their own teams won Sunday’s game in London – Place Kicker Greg Joseph He kicked five field goals, including what proved to be the game-winner from 47 yards—and was only sealed when Saints player Will Lutz hit the straight post and crossbar from 61 yards. Meanwhile, the offense was broken up and he struggled to get shots before the hour of play. The defense gave up vast yards at inopportune times.
He’s a quarterback Kirk Cousins Will you be able to hone in on this offense? Cousins had a decent streak Sunday, completing 25 of 38 passes for 273 yards, and making a key pass in the game to determine the game-winning field goal. But he missed the recipient Justin Jefferson Open twice in the end area and look uncomfortable in the pocket in this new scheme. – Kevin Seifert
Next match: Opposite the Bears (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
what do you know: Even changing a quarterback could not save the Saints, as their troubles followed them to London. The Saints struggled to cover special teams and blundered into gambling and quarterbacks Andy Dalton He had a strip sack at the end of the first half, giving the Vikings short leeway in a close match. The Saints have had some persistent issues that have followed them up all season and kept them from winning.
What are the saints doing in the quarterback going forward? Dalton certainly didn’t come in and fix the Saints’ problems, especially considering that the result was, in the end, the same for the past three games. It made the orb move enough to think about what the saints might do in the meantime James Winston He cures his back problem that he has dealt with during the past month. If Winston is healthy to play next week, will the Saints play Winston when he’s not at 100% or try to move forward with Dalton? – Catherine Terrell
Next match: v. Seahawks (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)
what do you know: The biggest strength in Cincinnati right now is its defense. Miami outplayed the Bengals but was reinforced by two interceptions from Vonn Bell’s safety. Cincinnati allows for the second fewest landings per engine. The unit that carried the Bengals through the 2021 postseason is good enough to do so again this season.
What’s going on with receiver Ja’Marr Chase?
Chase had four catches for 81 yards, but the teams defend Chase not to let him have big games against them. Miami consistently rolled safety to Chase’s side and forced the Cincinnati quarterback Joe Borough To find other receiving targets. For this T. Higgins It was a phenomenal performance—seven grabs for 124 yards and a touchdown. – Ben Baby
Next match: At the Ravens (Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET)
what do you know: quarterback Toa Tagoviloa He was taken to the hospital after a terrifying concussion injury. It was the second game in a row that Tagoviloa hit the ground hard and sparked an investigation launched by the NFL Players Association to see if proper protocols were followed – as well as amending the protocols themselves. Dolphins’ defense played well, all things considered, but it was hard for anyone to focus on anything else after watching Tagovailoa leave the field on a stretcher. There is no timetable for his return, according to coach Mike McDaniel, who is commenting a bleak cloud from a footballing perspective on what has been an exciting start to the season.
Can this team stay hot with Teddy Bridgewater in the quarterback?
We saw the good and the bad of Bridgewater in two quarters of action on Thursday. He hit Tyreek Hill on a pass traveled 64.1 air yards, per NFL Next Gen Stats, but he also threw a tough interception for what could have been a Dolphins drive. He’s a veteran who’s been in situations like this before and won’t panic when the lights come on. Miami has an easy schedule over its next seven games, with only two teams playing the playoff one season ahead. And with a defense that plays better than the stats suggest, Bridgewater could theoretically keep the Dolphins in a playoff match while they exercise patience with Tagovailoa. – Marcel Louis Jacques
Next match: At the Jets (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)