Defenses score first three TDs in Week 7

Sunday October 20th, 2013

It was not a good Sunday start for Sam Bradford and Jeff Fisher. It was not a good Sunday start for Sam Bradford and Jeff Fisher. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

When the offenses decide to catch up to the defenses on the NFL's seventh Sunday of the 2013 season, I'm sure a lot of coaches will appreciate it. As it stands, the first three touchdowns of the day came from the defensive side of the ball.

We started with St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, who threw a pick-six to Carolina Panthers defensive back Captain Munnerlyn on the first play of the game. With 14:54 left in the first quarter, Bradford tried to get one over to receiver Brian Quick, but the ball appeared to be deflected, and Munnerlyn caught a pop fly that he returned 45 yards for the quick score (GIF below courtesy of Turf Show Times):

The second pick-six of the day came from Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who telegraphed a pass to Brandon Gibson from his own 20 with 13:32 left in the first quarter of Miami's game against the Bills. Rookie slot corner Nickell Robey, who's been one of the better sub-package defensive backs in the league this year, jumped the route and returned the ball 19 yards for the touchdown.

Then, there was Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon, who fell apart against one of the Atlanta Falcons' many blitzes early in the game. He fumbled with 12:03 left in the first quarter, and Atlanta safety Thomas Decoud returned it 30 yards for yet another defensive score (GIF from The Big Lead):

Three defensive touchdowns in just a few minutes, and Matt Schaub is inactive today. As Slim Pickens once asked, what in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is going on here?

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