What are the most compelling on-field story lines so far of the 2017 season?


Putting aside the off-field trouble that cast a shadow over his legacy, on the field, Peterson is in the same class as legends like Barry Sanders, Jim Brown and Walter Payton. After all, Hall of Famers Sanders, Brown and Payton are the only other backs to ever rush for 150-plus yards in 19-plus games.

Much has been made of the fact that Goff and the Vikings’ journeyman-turned-standout quarterback, Case Keenum, were together on the Rams’ roster last season. But don’t forget that the Eagles’ Nick Foles, currently filling in for Wentz as the starter in Philadelphia, also was there during the 2016 offseason. The Rams released Foles at his request just before training camp. …

“It’s awesome,” Raiders Coach Jack Del Rio said in a postgame interview with CBS, which carried the game.

Indeed it was. It was a game with a little bit of everything. There were officiating controversies. There was Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch being ejected for running on the field from the sideline during a scuffle between the teams and making contact with an official.

One thing that would help in that regard is a team or two and a few players emerging to make this season considerably more captivating. Thursday night’s game was only a start.

Think about it.

Fitzgerald seems slightly underrated, probably because he’s spent his career on a team that does not often make its way into the national limelight. He’s also been held back by quarterback play that could charitably be termed “spotty.” And yet, he’s third all-time in receptions (1,234) and third in receiving yards (15,545). He’s caught passes in 211 consecutive games, second in history only to Jerry Rice’s 274.

When he was a kid growing up in Minneapolis, Fitzgerald had access to Vikings training camp, thanks to his sportswriter father, and current Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter took the younger Fitzgerald under his wing. It’s crazy to think about, but there was some question as to whether Fitzgerald had the speed to succeed coming out of college. Now 34, Fitzgerald has shifted more to the slot — and he’s still performing at a Pro Bowl level, thanks to his impeccable work habits.
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