Alex Okafor, DE, New Orleans Saints: Okafor was carted to the locker room after limping off the field with an unspecified leg injury that he suffered on a Washington TD pass in the fourth quarter.
On Monday, it was revealed that the Saints have lost Okafor to a season-ending Achilles tendon tear. According to ESPN’s Mike Triplett, backup defensive tackle David Onyemata and backup edge rushers Hau’oli Kikaha, Trey Hendrickson and Al-Quadin Muhammad should all play greater roles going forward.
Norman hails Doctson’s ‘first-round catch’: After injury derailed his rookie year, Josh Doctson is finally making big plays for the Redskins this year, and none has been bigger than his 38-yard reception that set up Rob Kelley’s game-winning touchdown in Washington’s stunning 17-14 victory over the Seahawks. “That’s a first-round guy, and that’s a first-round catch,” Washington corner Josh Norman said of Doctson’s grab.
They play with such speed and tempo, resulting in 3.25 goals per game. This is the first Devils team since Ilya Kovalchuk was on the roster that never feels out of a game: To wit, they lead the NHL this season with three wins when trailing entering the third period. (And they’ve trailed going into the third in only seven of their 20 games.)
They also have players that demand your attention: Taylor Hall, better than a point per game, which is something his former team could certainly use now; rookies Nico Hischier and Jesper Bratt, blazing fast and offensively creative; rookie Will Butcher, with 16 points from the blue line; and Miles Wood, a delightful crease-crashing pest.
Here’s the reason they’re more entertaining than other offensive powers such as the Tampa Bay Lightning: They’re not really solid on that whole “defense” thing. They give up 35 shots per game. They are the NHL’s worst possession team (45.95 percent Corsi at 5-on-5). For every briskly paced offensive chance they create, they also surrender one.