NFL Update: Fly Eagles Fly, McCaffrey TD Triple Crown, Fields Dominantes

Here’s a quick rundown of some recent key NFL performances and news


Vince Kim

Christian McCaffrey’s Historic Touchdown Triple Crown

In his matchup against the LA Rams, 49ers RB Christian McCaffrey recorded a rushing touchdown, receiving touchdown, and passing touchdown, becoming the first player since 2005 to accomplish this rare triple feat in a single game. 

It’s interesting to note that CMC was playing for the struggling Carolina Panthers up until Week 7 before the 49ers then stunned the NFL world by trading their 2023 second, third, and fourth-round draft picks for the league’s top RB. Fans were quick to point out that despite being a menace in both the running and passing games, CMC has struggled with injuries after his first three seasons, missing 23 out of 33 games in the 2020 and 2021 NFL seasons. 

However, the 49ers trade deal has given the team a major offensive playmaker to increase chances for a sixth Super Bowl ring, and McCaffrey’s touchdown triple crown in Week 8 has strengthened their case. 

Eagles Set Best Franchise Start with Undefeated 8-0 Run

The Philadelphia Eagles emerged victorious in Week 9 “Thursday Night Football” after defeating the Houston Texans(1-6-1), going 8-0 for the first time in franchise history. MVP candidate QB Jalen Hurts led the charge in the 29-17 win by throwing a pair of touchdown passes, including a go-ahead score to WR AJ Brown, recording his third straight game with at least two passing touchdowns. Despite their lackluster schedule, it is undeniable that the Eagles still have an explosive offense with weapons like Hurts, Brown, TE Dallas Goedert, and RB Miles Sanders, in addition to a solid defense with the cornerback duo of Darius Slay and James Bradberry. 

But the Eagles face a larger challenge even with an 8-0 start. Since 2010, only 11 teams have started their season with a record of 8-0 or better. None went on to win the Super Bowl. The most recent team with an 8-0 start that went on to win the Super Bowl was the New Orleans Saints led by Drew Brees in 2009. Two years before, QB Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to an undefeated regular season and almost perfect postseason before falling short of the Lombardi Trophy to the New York Giants. It’s up to Jalen Hurts to try to break this 8-0 curse by following with a victorious postseason.

Mixon Cashes in 4 TDs Against the Panthers

Joe Mixon had the game of his career. He ran 153 yards on 22 carries for 4 TDs and had 4 receptions for 58 yards and 1 TD in a 42-21 win against the Carolina Panthers. By scoring 5 total TDs, Mixon recorded the most touchdowns in a single game by a Bengals player in franchise history. He shattered all doubts connected to the struggles he faced in the preceding matchup against the Cleveland Browns and games leading up to Week 9. What makes his feat so impressive is that the Bengals RB scored 3 TDs in the first half alone, the same number of TDs he had all season before Week 9. The Bengals enter their bye week with a happy victory and hope to carry this momentum against the Steelers in Week 11.

Justin Fields Shines in Bears-Dolphins Showdown

To tag “Da Bears Still Suck” on a 3-6 Chicago Bears is somewhat misleading, considering how QB Justin Fields has proven himself to shine even in heavy losses against the Cowboys and Dolphins. Fields made history on Sunday by rushing for 178 yards on just 15 carries, the most rushing yards in a single regular-season game by any NFL quarterback. His highlight of the game came in the third quarter on third down when he ran for a 61-yard touchdown, the longest rushing touchdown of his career. Despite his additional three passing TDs, the Bears fell just short of a win and recorded a 32-35 loss against the Miami Dolphins. But the Bears left Sunday’s game with much more confidence in their second-year QB and now hope to clinch their fourth win against the struggling Detroit Lions in Week 10.