The Latest: Already 7 PATs missed in Sunday matches
Latest on Week 5 in the NFL (All Time EDT):
The kickers are struggling at the start of Sunday.
There have already been seven more points missed in the league, with Houston’s Ka’imi Fairbairn being the worst in missing both of his PAT attempts.
Fairbairn made his season debut last week after opening the year on the injured reserve, but had no extra point tries as the Texans were shut out 40-0. On Sunday, his first attempt was wide on the right and his second missed was wide on the left against the Patriots.
This is the second time in franchise history that the Texans have missed two extra points in a game and the first since Fairbairn also missed two in a 27-20 loss to the Falcons on October 6, 2019. .
There were three missed PATs in Houston. Nick Folk also missed the extra point on a New England touchdown in the second quarter.
The first misfire on Sunday came in London when Matt Ammendola’s attempt for the New York Jets hit the strut left in the third quarter of their loss to Atlanta.
Matthew Wright hit the right upright for a first quarter miss for the Jaguars against the Titans and Mason Crosby’s second quarter attempt for the Packers against the Bengals resonated from the left upright.
Cody Parkey missed for New Orleans in Washington.
– Kristie Rieken reporting from Houston
New Orleans’ Taysom Hill was whisked off the field on a cart after a blow to the head from Washington’s William Jackson III as he attempted to catch a pass. Hill grabbed his head as he was on the pitch. Jackson was reported for a personal foul.
Hill, the quarterback the Saints use in various roles, had a catch before being injured early in the second quarter. Hill has three rushing touchdowns this season.
The Saints and Washington are tied at 13.
– Stephen Whyno, reporting from Landover, Maryland
Washington ultimately blocked an opponent from scoring in the opening practice of a game, but things are never dull for their defense which has fallen short of expectations so far this season.
Cole Holcomb intercepted New Orleans quarterback Jameis Winston on a poorly thrown pass under pressure. On the Saints’ next possession, Winston found Deonte Harris wide open for a 72-yard touchdown – the longest of any player’s career in the NFL. Defensive Rookie of the Year, Chase Young, landed his first sack in the Saints’ next practice and forced a Winston fumble that was picked up by Daron Payne of Washington.
New Orleans leads 7-6.
—Stephen Whyno reporting from Landover, Maryland
Tight end Sammis Reyes is active for Washington against New Orleans and is expected to become the first Chilean player to appear in an NFL game.
A converted basketball player who moved to the United States as a teenager, Reyes didn’t start playing football until early this year. He took the NFL International Player Pathway program and got a three-year contract with Washington, his “dream team,” as his girlfriend and family live in the area.
Reyes was inactive for the first four games of the season and gets that chance after Logan Thomas lands on the injured reserve with a hamstring injury. Coach Ron Rivera has repeatedly called Reyes as a big part of the team’s future.
Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is active and one of his favorite targets is also for Sunday’s visit to Pittsburgh.
Bridgewater will start after leaving last week’s loss to Baltimore with a concussion. Wide receiver Courtland Sutton is also active although he is considered doubtful after turning an ankle in practice on Friday.
Elsewhere, the Minnesota Vikings are holding back running back Dalvin Cook for the second time in three games with a sprained ankle. Cook has been listed as questionable to play against Detroit. He had nine runs last week in a loss to Cleveland, splitting the time in the backfield with Alexander Mattison. Cook did not play two weeks ago in a win over Seattle, having suffered an injury in the team’s second game in Arizona.
Cook had a career-high 206 rushing yards last year against the Lions.
The NFL is back in London after a one-year hiatus. The Atlanta Falcons face the New York Jets at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a 1-3 team matchup.
London has not been kind to the rookie quarterbacks. They are 0-4 in the English capital since the NFL started hosting regular season games there in 2007.
Jets QB Zach Wilson wants to change that by building on his success in New York’s 27-24 overtime victory over the Tennessee Titans last week.
Falcons counterpart Matt Ryan will be starved of top receiver Calvin Ridley as the team tries to bounce back from a 34-30 loss to the Washington football team.
It was 63 degrees Fahrenheit and partly cloudy before the 2:30 p.m. kickoff.