The Titans dethrone the Patriots

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

The defending Super Bowl Champions started their playoff run with 2 huge questions Saturday night in Foxboro.

First Question: Could the Patriots defense stop the explosive running back Derrick Henry?

Answer: NO. The Patriots defense struggled with Henry all night long. When a running back ends his night with numbers like 182 rushing yards and a touchdown on 34 carries, you can pretty much assume the Titans controlled the line of scrimmage all night. He also added a 22-yard reception to finish with a total of 204 total yards from scrimmage.

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Crazy, fun, exhausting. NFL Wildcard Weekend: Bills vs Texans

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman //@DaynaOG

Before Saturday, this was the game most people had a hard time picking a winner for. The Houston Texans and the Buffalo Bills are similar, well-matched teams. In what turned out to be another heart breaker for the Bills fans, the Texans held on to win 22-19, advancing to the divisional round of the playoffs.

This game wasn’t close, to begin with. The Bills had a 16 point lead in the middle of the 3rd quarter. But then Houston flipped the switch and turned this game on its head. In what felt to be frantic fashion, Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson showed everyone why Texans fans love him so, tying the game up and taking it to overtime, and winning the game.

But that simple recap doesn’t begin to tell the story of this wild Wildcard game. This game was crazy, in the most fun way possible.

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AFC Wild Card preview

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

The year’s first postseason game will kick off on Saturday afternoon with the Houston Texans playing host to the Buffalo Bills.

Houston Texans – This will be the Texans 6th wild card appearance and they’re 3-2 in the wild card round. With the division locked up, Texans coach Bill O’Brien sat most of his starters including his star receiver and quarterback during last week’s game against the Tennessee Titans. But the biggest news came earlier this week, as the Texans activated defensive end, J.J. Watt, off injured reserve. Watt was injured early in the season after tearing his pectoral muscle.

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Dolphins: A week 16 recap, and where do the Dolphins stand in the 2020 Draft?

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

On a day where the Miami Dolphins honored the NFL 100 greatest football team in history, the 1972 perfect season Dolphins, the Cincinnati Bengals came to town, sporting the worst record in the NFL this season.

The Dolphins looked to secure their 4th win of the season, starting strong, taking the opening drive 11 plays for 75 yards with Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hitting defensive end, Christian Wilkins, for the 1-yard score.

The Dolphins would then go on to score on their next possession, which saw wide receiver Devante Parker earn his first-ever 1,000-yard receiving season. From there,  the Dolphins looked to be rolling to an easy win.

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NFL 100 honors the 1972 Dolphins team

Lisa
Lisa Johnson,
NFL Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

This Sunday, the Miami Dolphins will face the Cincinnati Bengals. Many Dolphins fans will concern themselves only with the outcome of the game and what draft position the Dolphins will eventually end with.

But to the older fans and former players, this game will have another meaning.

You see this Sunday, the Miami Dolphins will honor the “1972 Perfect Season Team” as part of the NFL 100 Greatest in a special halftime ceremony. Every player from the ’72 team will receive a special personalized golden football.

“It’s always special to be around the guys who came together to accomplish what no other team in the 100-year history of the NFL has ever done – the perfect season,” said Hall of Fame Head Coach Don Shula. “It’s only fitting as the League closes out this milestone season that the 1972 Dolphins are officially recognized with an honor that we always knew was true – that they are the greatest team in NFL history.”

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NFL players….they’re just like us

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

The biggest news this past week was the Patriots and what their people may or may not have done on the sidelines.  But the most awesome thing is what happened after the game.

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Kansas City Chiefs clinch the AFC West.

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

The Kansas Chiefs are your 2019 AFC West division Champions. And, of course, what’s a championship without some controversy.

Prior to the Chiefs game on Sunday against the New England Patriots in Foxboro, the team’s equipment went missing. According to CBS Sports, the Chiefs would have been required to forfeit to the Patriots if the equipment didn’t show up before the game’s kickoff, which was scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET. The haul of baggage included roughly 35 helmets and 35 pairs of shoulder pads.

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Bowling for Bell

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

You know how in the winter, or anytime really when that one coworker of yours is sneezing, coughing and blowing their nose constantly.  Oh…and they may or may not be using hand sanitizer in between.  And you ask them, “uhh…are you OK?  Are you coming down with something?”  And they instantly say, “I’m fine…I sound worse than how I feel.”   You give them the side-eye cause they look like death warmed over, and pray that they don’t give you their crud. But the bottom line is, they just won’t go home??

Well, that’s sort of the opposite happened with Jets running back Le’Veon Bell.  He had the flu and was sent home so that he wouldn’t get the rest of his teammates sick.  Which is a smart move, because why would you want to get anyone sick?  Though, in the interest of full disclosure, I did risk getting people sick in college once.  But it was finals week, and I only had strep throat.  So, I wore a mask and sat in the back of the class.  I passed, no one got sick.  Replay first down.

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Panthers fire Rivera – Who’s next?

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

In news that shocked me this week, the Carolina Panthers have fired head coach Ron Rivera after nine seasons.If a guy can coach a team to 5-7 while their star quarterback (Cam Newton) has been out since week 2, is any coach safe in this league?

It seems as if once one team fires their head coach before the season ends, a couple of others decide to follow suit. Who else could be on the head coach chopping block before the end of the year?

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The Dolphins aren’t looking ahead

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

Following Sunday’s defeat of the Philadelphia Eagles, one thing became very apparent: Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores remain focus on this year and this year only.

The Dolphins entered the Eagles game with a 2-9 record and are vying for the 2nd overall pick in 2020’s draft with the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants.

A lot of times in the NFL,  what the “experts” predict goes the opposite way, and this Dolphins season is a prime example of that fact.

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