1st Down: The Miami Dolphins got a real double blow on Thursday Night Football this week, not only losing the game to the Cincinnati Bengals but also appearing to lose Tua Tagovailoa to injury. Just a few days after controversy swirled about his concussion status, it looks like he may well have one for sure this time as he left the game with head and neck issues and went to the hospital in the 27-15 defeat. The injury, a scary one that led to Tua being carted off, took place in the second quarter on a sack.
2nd Down: As for the rest of the game, the Bengals saw quarterback Joe Burrow throw for 287 yards and two touchdowns on 20-31 through the air. Tee Higgins was his favorite target, finding the wide receiver seven times for 124 yards and one of those TD’s. Teddy Bridgewater filled in when Tua went down and he found Tyreek Hill 10 times (out of his 14 receptions) for 160 yards. The Bengals’ D forced two turnovers, helping them to 2-2 while the Fins fell to their first loss of the season and now sit at 3-1.
3rd Down: The Los Angeles Angels haven’t had the kind of season they would have hoped for, but they have definitely had a bright spot as far as Shohei Ohtani is concerned. The two-way superstar dazzled once again on Thursday night, going into the eighth inning with a no-hitter before it was broken as his team won 4-2 over the Oakland A’s at home. The reigning MVP struck out 10 batters (and got a hit to make it 14 games in a row with one) before Connor Capel broke the no-no. He had an RBI, too, further underlining his MVP credentials.
4th Down: The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs just took a big change in direction, again, as Alex Bowman has been announced as out for this weekend’s race at Talladega. The driver of the #88 car has ‘concussion-like’ symptoms following a hard crash at Texas on Sunday, and he will be taking the week off to hopefully recover. Bowman is currently last in the standings, and he will surely be in last if he can come back for the final race of the round at the Charlotte Roval. Should he return, he’d need to win to advance. Bowman will be replaced by Noah Gragson at the superspeedway. Bowman is the second Cup Series driver to miss a race with concussion-related woes, joining Kurt Busch, who is still out, on the sidelines.