–Baltimore’s preseason streak is finally over. The Ravens record string of 24 consecutive preseason victories was finally ended Monday night by Washington on a late 49 yard field goal by Joey Slye. Even though Washington guard Sam Cosmi called it a stupid streak before the game, the Commanders celebrated like they had just won a playoff game. Meanwhile,Baltimore coach John Harbaugh lauded his players for playing so well during the streak. “They respect what it takes to play the game,’’ he said. And despite the streak being on the line, Harbaugh didn’t play Lamar Jackson so he treated it like another preseason game. Very few preseason games are memorable. This one was.
–The NFL keeps trying to keep the game safer but they got another reminder last week that the players are still often at risk. Two players were strapped on a stretcher Saturday and carted off the field and hospitalized after suffering head and neck injuries. Fortunately, neither seems to have suffered a serious injury and both were released from the hospital. New England cornerback Isaiah Bolden collided with a teammate in the fourth quarter of the Patriot-Green Bay game and the rest of the game was called off. The Patriots also called off two practices with the Titans this week. Tampa Bay quarterback John Wolford suffered a neck injury when he was sacked by the Jets. The two teams finished the game.
–The NFL went ahead and played the Chargers-Saints game in Los Angeles despite the hurricane and earthquake that hit the area. Since the field is covered, the game went off without a hitch despite the small crowd. But it made no sense for the league to expect the fans to attend a preseason game in those conditions.
–Kenny Pickett of the Steelers has put three touchdowns on the board in three games. So the AFC North is loaded in quarterback with Pickett, Joe burrow, Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson. At least one wild card figures to come out of this division with the Bengals the team to beat.
–San Francisco’s Brock Purdy made his debut after being injured in the playoffs last year as he completed 4 of 5 passes for 65 yards and directed 10 play 69 yard drive against Denver and the 49ers went on to win 21-20. If he picks up where he left off before the injury, the 49ers figure to be a contender.