49ers suffer serious injury losses in latest win
Jimmy Garoppolo was sharp, San Francisco's running game was efficient and the defense delivered another dominating performance. The opener of a two-game East Coast swing for the 49ers looked good on the scoreboard with a 37-15 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday but proved costly on the injury report. The Niners (3-2) lost starting cornerback Emmanuel Moseley to a season-ending knee injury, safety Jimmie Ward to a broken hand, star edge rusher Nick Bosa to an injured groin and kicker Robbie Gould to a bruised knee.news.yahoo.com
NFC North roundup: Lions, Packers, Bears and Vikings head into Week 2 winless after ugly openers
The Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears all lost their season openers, with the entire NFC North heading into Week 2 winless. Jared Goff led an inconsistent and conservative attack in his debut as Lions quarterback, targeting tight end T.J. Hockenson and running backs Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift a combined 30 times. Next week: at Green Bay Packers on Monday Night FootballGreen Bay Packers (0-1) -- Saints 38, Packers 3Well, that couldn’t have gone much worse. Vikings rookie tackle Christian Darrisaw missed the game with a groin injury, with star linebacker Anthony Barr out with a knee issue. David Montgomery had 108 yards and a touchdown on 16 rushes on one bright note for the Bears.mlive.com
Inside the locker room: Lions struggle stopping much of anything against 49ers’ versatile attack
“Definitely gotta stop the run, that’s first and foremost,” Trey Flowers said of Detroit’s defensive performance. We got play-action wide open, passes down the field wide open, so it starts with stopping the run. “I think just the way they play, obviously, you know that’s a very good team. We had tackles for losses in our run game, we’re not capitalizing on third down. The tape I saw on the right was...I told him after the game he’s better on the left and he’s more comfortable on the left.mlive.com
Halftime analysis: Detroit Lions defense getting ripped to open another season
The Detroit Lions started four new defensive players in their season opener on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, plus had Trey Flowers and Romeo Okwara at new positions. That’s nearly a first down every time San Francisco snapped the football. San Francisco rookie quarterback Trey Lance opened the scoring with a simple 5-yard pass out of a zone-read play action. Detroit drove back the other way for the equalizer, with Jared Goff hitting T.J. Hockenson with a 6-yard touchdown pass. On their very next series, San Francisco running back Elijah Mitchell ran untouched for a 38-yard touchdown.mlive.com
No. 16 La.-Lafayette tops UTSA 31-24 in First Responder Bowl
(AP Photo/Matt Strasen)DALLAS – Louisiana-Lafayette’s seemingly comfortable 17-point lead over UTSA disappeared during the second half of the First Responder Bowl. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette drove 72 yards in 12 plays to beat UTSA 31-24 on Saturday at SMU’s Ford Stadium. “We made it entertaining again,” Louisiana-Lafayette coach Billy Napier said. UTSA outgained Louisiana-Lafayette 431 yards to 411, had two turnovers to the Ragin’ Cajuns’ one and missed a field goal attempt. UTSA: The Roadrunners, playing in the program’s second bowl, fell short of compiling the first four-game winning streak in the program’s nine-year history.
Coastal Carolina knocks off No. 21 La.-Lafayette 30-27
– Massimo Biscardi made a 40-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to give Coastal Carolina a 30-27 victory over No. “We’ve never been in this position before,” second-year Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell said. Coastal Carolina took a 13-7 lead with 1:03 left in the half when McCall capped an 84-yard march with a 13-yard scoring pass to Marable. The Cajuns drove 77 yards in 54 seconds, with Lewis scoring on a quarterback draw with 5 seconds left. The second half started like the first, with both teams scoring on their first possession.
Week 2 Preview: Trevor Lawrence launches Heisman campaign
FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, Clemson's Trevor Lawrence throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida State, in Clemson, S.C. Lawrence is a candidate for the 2020 Heisman Trophy award. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)This college football season is already so odd that it’s unclear whether this is Week 1 or Week 2. 1 Clemson and Trevor Lawrence begin their season at Wake Forest, a solid opportunity for the star quarterback and preseason Heisman front-runner to launch a campaign. The Sooners' new starter is the first non-transfer to begin the season as QB1 since before Trevor Knight in 2014. One coach who could really use a win to start this season, though, is Les Miles of Kansas.