Should the 49ers have gone all-in?

The 49ers’ 44-23 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday reinforced both sides of the debate surrounding Thursday’s dramatic trade for Christian McCaffrey. If you loved the deal — which saw San Francisco give up 2023 second-, third- and fourth-round picks plus a fifth-rounder in 2024 — you saw flashes suggesting the running back could be … Read more

How did the Eagles, Cowboys, Giants improve so much in 2022?

It hasn’t even been two years since the NFC East was the laughingstock of the NFL. During the final game of the 2020 regular season, a fading 4-10-1 Philadelphia team benched quarterback Jalen Hurts in the middle of a game in which he had a 25.4 passer rating against 6-9 Washington, which was guaranteed a … Read more

Answering big NFL quarterback questions: Breakouts, concerning starts

6:40 AM ET ESPN staff We’re through four weeks of the 2022 NFL season, and we’ve seen a little bit of everything when it comes to quarterback play. Massive breakouts from some young rising stars. Confusing struggles from big-money veterans. Surprising stellar performances from former backups getting a shot to start. Plenty of signal-callers trying … Read more

Patriots rookie QB Bailey Zappe throws first career touchdown pass

GREEN BAY, Wis. – New England Patriots rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe threw his first career touchdown pass in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, connecting with receiver DeVante Parker on a 25-yard score. It was the first touchdown pass thrown by a rookie in the NFL this season, according to … Read more

Vikings score first in London with 15-yard strike to Alexander Mattison

The Minnesota Vikings scored two consecutive touchdowns on their opening drive Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. The second one counted. After K.J. Osborn‘s 5-yard touchdown reception was called back by an offensive pass interference penalty, running back Alexander Mattison scored on a 15-yard screen pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mattison, who is playing … Read more

Has the sparkle around Formula One’s Singapore Grand Prix started to fade?

SINGAPORE — As Fernando Alonso sipped champagne on the Marina Bay podium, and firework smoke settled into the night sky hovering above Singapore’s capacity-filled street circuit, a bunch of journalists crowded around Bernie Ecclestone in the paddock, eager for his thoughts on what was an historic night for Formula One. “Could Singapore one day be … Read more

Cincinnati Bengals’ Tyler Boyd scores TD on 56-yard catch-and-run

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A catch, a thud and a whole lot of open field. That was the recipe for Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd to reel off a 56-yard touchdown in Sunday’s game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. On the final play of the first quarter, Boyd caught a pass … Read more

NFL Week 2 injuries – Updates on Allen Lazard, Alvin Kamara, Damien Williams and others

5:13 PM ET NFL NationESPN As Week 2 of the NFL season continues, injuries have caused teams to dig into their depth charts and make a few changes to their rotations. The Dallas Cowboys suffered a massive loss in Week 1 after quarterback Dak Prescott fractured his right thumb against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Owner … Read more

Los Angeles Chargers’ Zander Horvath scores TD on 1-yard pass from Justin Herbert

8:58 PM ET Lindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketball Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print KANSAS CITY — Quarterback Justin Herbert faked a handoff, then looked to his right where he found fullback Zander Horvath … Read more

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Minkah Fitzpatrick scores TD on pick-six

1:23 PM ET Brooke PryorESPN Staff Writer Close Previously covered the Kansas City Chiefs for the Kansas City Star and Oklahoma University for the Oklahoman. Follow on Twitter Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print CINCINNATI, Ohio — Minkah Fitzpatrick didn’t waste any time making a splash play. The Pittsburgh Steelers safety jumped the route … Read more