Recapping the Eagles first two weeks

Roxaane Herrera, Philadelphia Eagles Reporter

By Roxaane Herrera // @rxnlzbth

After Week 2’s debacle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Philadelphia Eagles decided they needed to bring starting quarterback Carson Wentz back where he belongs. According to head coach, Doug Pederson, Wentz’s return “wasn’t planned”.  It just so happened that he was medically cleared following a loss that Eagles have only themselves to blame.  We’ll just go with what Pederson says.

Backup QB Nick Foles will forever be able to call Philadelphia home. Fans will undoubtedly be grateful for eternity since he brought the first-ever Lombardi trophy to Philly.  But even a Super Bowl MVP is not immune to the fans’ criticism and Foles has received a lot in these first two games. 

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Broncos defeat the Raiders in a classic 4th quarter comeback

Leora Ruzin, Denver Broncos Reporter

By Leora Ruzin // @LeoraKitty78

Raiders 19-20 Broncos

After coming from behind in the 4th quarter to beat the Oakland Raiders, the Denver Broncos remain undefeated.

It is way too early in the season to celebrate though, especially when you play in the same division as the scary-looking Kansas City Chiefs. This should give any Denver fan a reason to be cautiously optimistic.

The Broncos continue to struggle on offense, as quarterback Case Keenum works through the playbook learning curve. Keenum finished the night 19/35, with 222 yards, and one interception. These are stats that would make anyone itchy to hit that ejection seat.

His regression from Week 1 should not be an immediate cause for alarm, however. Halftime adjustments, particularly on the offense, helped the team finally find the end zone in the 2nd half. Keenum was calmer in the pocket during the 2nd half. He even scored a touchdown on a QB keeper early in the 4th quarter.

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Bears defeat Seahawks but have glaring questions

Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Seahawks 17 -24 Chicago

The Chicago Bears pulled off a win at home in Soldier Field against the Seattle Seahawks and it felt good!

It has been long overdue, the Bears won a game at home in regular season. So you could imagine my surprise when some fans expressed disapproval instead of praise.

The Seattle Seahawks entered this game with a depleted defensive core. The absence of K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner was definitely felt on both sides of the ball. But it was the Chicago Bears defense that sealed the win for the team.

However, there are a few glaring questions that need some answers.

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Browns kick Gordon to the curb, but not much else

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Cleveland 18 – 21 New Orleans

For the second week in a row, the Cleveland Browns put up a great fight but came away empty, largely due to problems with the kicking game. After settling for a tie in week one vs the Pittsburgh Steelers, they tried to get that first win in two years down in New Orleans.

Placekicker Zane Gonzalez really struggled, missing two extra points and a field goal to the left, then missed a chance to tie things up with a field goal attempt that went way right.

The offense, while not spectacular, did enough to win but you can’t leave eight points off the board when you are facing a great opponent. Even the defense recovering fumbles by wide receivers Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. wasn’t enough to keep the Browns ahead on the scoreboard. They’ve won the turnover battle the last two weeks, but the offense has only come away with 10 points as a result.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor played an adequate game, and while fans were clamoring to give rookie Baker Mayfield a shot, Taylor managed an amazing deep pass to rookie wide receiver Antonio Callaway for a 47-yard touchdown that could give them the lead, if they had managed to get the extra point. All for naught…

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Despite injuries, Titans beat the Texans

Official Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Titans 20 – 17 Texans

The Titans won their home opener without their top three defensive tackles and their starting quarterback. They also had help from some unexpected plays. 

QB Marcus Mariota was out with an elbow injury from last week’s game against the Dolphins.  He has not been able to grip and throw the ball well since he suffered a late hit during that game. Other injuries are also plaguing the Titans.   

Left tackle Taylor Lewan is out under concussion protocol, right tackle Jack Conklin is still recovering from ACL surgery and backup right tackle Dennis Kelly has been hospitalized with an unnamed virus. Filling in at the tackle positions were Kevin Pamphile and Tyler Marz. 

Jonnu Smith played tight end, replacing Delanie Walker who is out due to surgery he had on the ankle that he fractured  last week. 

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Packers vs Vikings: Win, Lose or DRAW

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Official Reporter Green Bay Packers

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78 

Green Bay Packers 29 – 29 Minnesota Vikings 

Sunday’s Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers game sure lived up to the hype! It was certainly an exciting game, but exciting can mean good and bad. There were a few bits of excitement I could have lived without Sunday.

I might be in the minority here, but I’m okay with the tie. Coming into the game, I knew Minnesota had an overall better team, and I wasn’t sure how effective Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers would be playing with that huge brace on his sprained knee.

Once again, Rodgers proved that as long as his arms are fine, he can play on one leg. He was surprisingly mobile and was able to move when he needed to. I hate to say that we lost this game to the refs and a few questionable calls, but I largely feel like we did. That being said, the defense needs to figure out how Vikings QB Kirk Cousins was able to lead such a comeback, and what we can be done to prevent that the next time we play the Vikings.  Continue reading “Packers vs Vikings: Win, Lose or DRAW”

Tannehill leads Dolphins to Week 2 Division Win

Lisa
Official Reporter, Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

Miami Dolphins 20 – 12 New York Jets

The Miami Dolphins are off and running, bringing home a “W” from their division rivals, New York Jets. And as of right now, they hold first place in the AFC East.

The Defense set the tone early and often, pressuring Rookie Sam Darnold into two interceptions that lead to 14 points for the Dolphins. They also harassed the rookie into making several mental mistakes costing the Jets poor field position and points.  Continue reading “Tannehill leads Dolphins to Week 2 Division Win”

The banged up Seahawks face Chicago Bears on MNF

Dayna O’Gorman Senior Sports Editor

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The Seattle Seahawks are once again on the road this week, heading to Chicago to face a strong Bears team.

The Chicago Bears have improved greatly this offseason. We saw that improvement in their opening game against Green Bay last Sunday. Due to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers pulling off a Superman level performance last week, the Bears didn’t get the win, but the strength of the team can’t be denied.

After watching both the Chicago and the Seattle games last week, I should be quite worried for the Seahawks. Chicago looked really good in its matchup against Green Bay. But its Monday night, kids. And we know what that means. Its Seattle’s favorite day of the week.

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Packers vs. Vikings- getting revenge

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Official Reporter Green Bay Packers

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @lucyrk78

 

I hate to call this a revenge game. But….

This is a big game. And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared to death to watch it. The Minnesota Vikings are a VERY good team. I actually think the Vikings are a better overall team, although the Packers have the better quarterback.

And no one is forgetting that they broke quarterback Aaron Rodgers last year.

Will they be subtly trying to injure him again? I hate to think that, but I just can’t help it. They know that they can stop the Packers from sweeping the division. To top it all off, Rodgers isn’t fully healthy.  Which the Packers absolutely need when facing a team of Minnesota’s caliber.

The Packers hold a 59-52-2 edge in this rivalry although the Vikings have won three of the last four meetings including a sweep of both games in 2017.

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The New York Giants learn from failure

Marquita Quinones NFL Reporter

By Marquita Quinones // @latinlove729

Jaguars 20 – Giants 15

 

If learning from failure results in success, let’s hope New York Giants learned a lot this week. To say the offense struggled would be an understatement. On 25 first down plays against the Jaguars, the Giants were only able to average 3.28 yards, which is the fifth-worst average gain on first downs among all the teams.

It didn’t help that the Giants set themselves back on their very first opening drive. With a penalty earned, the Giants had a first and 17 to begin the drive which resulted in them turning it over on downs. Five of the Giants’ seven penalties of the day came on offense and three of those five came on first downs.

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