Titans suffer shutout loss to Baltimore Ravens 21-0

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen //@ksc47

Ravens 21 – Titans 0

Let’s just put it out there and get it over with. The Titans punted on every single drive, and quarterback Marcus Mariota was sacked eleven times.  

There was nothing to cheer about if you are a Titans fan. This game was the first time that the Titans were shut out at home since the team has been in Nashville. The Tennessee offensive line did not have an answer for the Ravens rushing attack, and Mariota was scrambling without success each and every quarter.

The team did not seem to have a good game plan this week, or last week against the Buffalo Bills for that matter.  Titans’ defensive coordinator Dean Pees did not figure out how to shut down the Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco. Pees didn’t seem to have any inside track for how to beat his old team.

The Titans’ offense was even worse. The receivers didn’t have the ability to get open for Mariota, and the offensive line was getting run over. The running backs just couldn’t run. At all. They kept getting stuffed and losing yards.

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Cincinnati Bengals off to a cool 4-1 start

Marquita Quinones OTFB reporter

By Marquita Quinones //@Latinlove729

Cincinnati Bengals are off to a cool start with a 4-1 record heading into our sixth week. Although the path to victory has not been a smooth one the Bengals have managed to only fall behind the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, which puts them in second place in the AFC.

Examples of that “rocky path” are their defeat over the Atlanta Falcons by one point, and then having to overcome a 17-point deficit this past Sunday to beat the Miami Dolphins at home. Luckily, due to a couple of wild touchdowns from defensive ends Sam Hubbard and Michael Johnson, they were able to beat a team that was favored to win by six points in another come-from-behind victory.

This style of winning has caused some to be cautiously optimistic and not ready to declare this “the year”. In fact, most believe the Bengals should’ve dominated a team like the Dolphins, but let’s face it even good teams have off weeks. The difference between a legitimate contender and an average team is finding a way to win, even when they aren’t playing their best game. That is what Cincinnati did this week.

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Where do the Philadelphia Eagles go from here?

Roxaane Herrera Philadelphia Eagles Reporter

By Roxaane Herrera // @rxnlzbth

Eagles 34  Giants 13

After a rainy night in the Meadowlands, Eagles managed to get an easy win. Now what? I’ll go ahead and volunteer to be a Negative Nancy today because, quite frankly, I am not happy with this win.

After two disappointing back to back losses, a win was desperately needed. Especially against a division rival, and a team with a losing record at that. It just isn’t a sweet victory as say beating the Minnesota Vikings – a team that the Eagles demolished last year in the NFC Championship.

Newly signed and returning wide receiver Jordan Matthews has been another weapon for quarterback Carson Wentz. He added 26 yards for the team, but I think having more options downfield will only help Wentz. WRs Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery continue to shine this season, and having Jeffery back has been a major threat for defenses.

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What shall we call Kenny Golladay?

Sonja Greenfield Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield//@Mom23RN

2nd-year wide receiver Kenny Golladay has been receiving plenty of praise from the Detroit faithful the past few weeks.  Despite the team’s rocky start, Golladay is emerging as a fan favorite.

Fans originally weren’t so happy with him when he was drafted.  So far this season he has scored 3 touchdowns and caught 27 passes for 428 yards.  He has also made some impressive catches so far this season.   The catches he made last week against Green Bay were enough to make retired wide receiver and future Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson proud.

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Fins Up, Bear Down: Who Emerges the Victor?

Wanda Wiedman, Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

The 3-1 Chicago Bears are now refreshed coming off an early bye week. It was not ideally the best situation having already built a winning momentum. But the NFL gods deemed it so and now they hit the road with fresh legs against the 3-2 Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins have just come off a terrible beatdown by the Cincinnati Bengals and continue to pile up injuries in the process. Especially with a banged up offensive line, quarterback Ryan Tannehill may be in deep trouble against a fierce Chicago defense.

As a Bears fan, I expect there to be at least 3 sacks and 2 fumbles in this game, not to mention an interception or two. But then again, that could also happen to Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky if the protection isn’t there. 

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New York Giants are so close, yet so far

Marquita Quinones New York Giants Reporter

By Marquita Quinones // @LatinLove729

Panthers 33 – Giants 31

“So close but yet so far” is my theme at this point in the season when watching the New York Giants play. 

After a 27-22 win against the Houston Texans, I knew things were looking up.  Unfortunately, that was overshadowed by the 33-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints which brought me back to reality.

However, Sunday brought new hope and confidence as the New York Giants faced off against the Carolina Panthers.

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Five games, Five wins for the LA Rams

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
LA Rams Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @Lucyrk78

LA Rams 33 – Seattle Seahawks 31

The Los Angeles Rams continued their winning streak with a tight 33-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

This was a close game – and one on the road that many teams would have lost. But not the Rams!

There is only one other team, the Kansas City Chiefs, who have yet to lose a game. If this trend continues, Week 11 could be the most exciting of the season.

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The Dolphins second straight loss has fans worried

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Lisa Johnson,
Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

Bengals 27 – Dolphins 17

As the Miami Dolphins rolled into Cincinnati, hopes were high that they would bounce back after that horrible showing in New England.

The first couple series showed the Dolphins offense poised and ready to take control. Building a 17 point lead by half-time had Dolphins fans rejoicing. Then, as most fans will tell you, came the most frustrating thing about football…a momentum swing.

Going into the third quarter the Dolphins offense seemed to completely fall apart. Protection disappeared. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill made some very questionable decisions while under heavy pressure. Turnovers, penalties, and mostly momentum had clearly swung the Bengals way.

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Seattle Seahawks, life after the LOB

Senior Sports Editor
Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Los Angeles Rams 33 – Seattle Seahawks 31

The Seattle Seahawks played the current divisional leader, the Los Angeles Rams, at home on Sunday. Although the game ended in a close loss for Seattle, the fans got a glimpse of what life after the LOB would look like, and it wasn’t all bad.

Hey, remember when teams used to be able to play defense? Yeah, me too. Good times. Well, the Seattle Seahawks had one of the best of all times. The Legion of Boom will go down in history for their stealth-like quality that destroyed offenses, including the highest scoring offense of all time, the Peyton Manning led 2013 Denver Broncos.

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Mistakes, missed field goals result in Packers 31-23 loss to Lions

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78 

Detroit Lions 31 – Green Bay Packers 23

The Green Bay Packers were plagued by a series of poor calls and poor plays again Sunday, as they fell to the Detroit Lions 31-23 Sunday.

The most glaring – kicker Mason Crosby missed four field goals and an extra point attempt before finally getting one through with just 2 seconds left in the game.

According to ESPN Stats & Information research, he became the first NFL kicker to miss four field goals and an extra point in the same game since Rolf Benirschke of the Chargers in 1980. At one point, Crosby even changed his cleats after missing his third field goal in the first half.

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