Philadelphia Eagles Week 2 recap

By Roxaan Herrera // @roxaaneh

FINAL: Eagles – 20; Chiefs – 27

Some losses are not pretty and other losses are just ugly. Sunday’s loss to Kansas City falls somewhere in the middle. Playing against a team that had 11 days of rest was no easy task but I think the Eagles, and second year quarterback Carson Wentz, played a very decent game despite two huge turnovers and an offensive line that failed to protect him during key plays.

I can’t blame the o-line, though, because they actually have improved and more often than not gave quarterback Wentz a lot of time to throw the ball. I would have loved for him to get rid of it instead of holding on to it for as long as he did, which caused him to get sacked or fumble the ball.

Overall, Wentz showed NFL fans he is able to put the game on his back and run with the ball if needed and he threw for a total of 333 yards, completing almost half of his attempts at 25 of 46. I am not a big of that those numbers but I am happy that we were able to utilize wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith who both had better games than the last, with 92 and 66 receiving yards respectively.

Eagles veteran tight end Zach Ertz has been a great option, being able to finish big plays and added 97 receiving yards as well. Admittedly, I am getting a little impatient with the lack of use for our running backs. Darren Sproles has been nothing short of amazing, always a dependable back and great for special teams, but we need to start using our big guy, LaGarrett Blount. I don’t want another DeMarco Murray on our hands…we all know how great that turned out.

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Three Happy Things For Jaguars Fans

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by Sharona // @SportsBySharona

The Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Tennessee Titans in Week 2, but it wasn’t all bad for fans of the team. Coming off a big win in Week 1 over AFC South rival Houston Texans, the Jaguars were poised at the top of the division. Alas, it was doomed not to last as they fell to the Titans 37-16.

It is still early and they can certainly rebound with a win in London, England over former AFC Central foe the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are currently undefeated and sit atop the AFC North but as the saying goes any given Sunday. The Ravens defense is playing lights out but their offense has suffered several injuries. It remains to be seen who takes the win across the pond.

In the meantime, we are here help Jaguars fans feel better heading into that tilt. So, here are three things Jags fans can take away from the game to make them feel better.

Rookie running back Leonard Fournette is the real deal. The former LSU product is fifth in the league in rushing yards at 140 despite having a lackluster game (14/40/1). He is second in the league in rushing attempts only trailing to Denver Broncos CJ Anderson at 45. He has been everything fans could have hoped for and then some. Just watch this grown man run versus the Titans.

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Fantasy Football Update Week 2

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Fantasy football predictions are not as easy as we think, are they?

Highlights from each league

Originals League: SUH and a Half Men topped the league with 156.07 fantasy points. She had a tough battle with FitzOn (that’s me) who came in 2nd with 143.53 points. SUH’s top point scorers were QB Philip Rivers (Chargers) with 31.07 and RB C.J. Anderson (Broncos) with 30.40.

>> NEW LEADER: Bongs over Brussels Sprouts

Female Free #1: With another league win, Gpodawund scored 121.98 points in week 2 of fantasy football. Her top performer was RB Ty Montgomery (Packers) scoring 26.00 points. Most of us could have had a win with what was left on her bench. Coming in second place this week is Andria’s Legit Team, 115.32. RB Todd Gurley II (Rams) and WR Mike Evans (Buccaneers) scored 25.10 and 18.80 points, respectively to help her grab a win.

>> LEADER: Gpodawund

Female Free #2: A commanding win was had by BrownLee in this league, scoring 137.40 fantasy points. Kareem Hunt was her top point scorer with TE Rob Gronkowski (Patriots) racking up 20.60 points until sidelined due to injury. Football n Heels finished second place this week, with 112.98 points. Tom Brady topped her team. Sitting on the bench was WR Martavis Bryant (Steelers) with 17.30 points. Might see him moving up the ranks for week 3.

> LEADER: BrownLee

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Kevin White’s Series of Unfortunate Events

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By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

This was supposed to be his year. Do or die he was going to prove once and for all he is not a bust. The Chicago Bears 2015 number one draft pick, Kevin White, has been riddled with a series of unfortunate injury events that has swallowed up any NFL career dream he may have had.

With a fractured scapula, he is gone for the season and placed on IR.  What a travesty.

White redshirted in 2010 at Lackawanna College, hoping it would set the stage for a spectacular season. But due to a missed financial aid deadline, he was ineligible. This forced him to sit out the second season. (Event #1) But, he waited patiently and became a sensational senior at West Virginia.

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Titans fall to Raiders at home: Titans 16-26 Raiders

Official Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

After a dismal pre-season with only one win over the Carolina Panthers (and two of the four pre-season games with no Titan touchdown); hopes were high that they Titans would start this year off with a win.

The Titans had the home field advantage and yes, the Titan fans are showing up now.  I know that the team has complained in the past that there are more opposing fans at every home game but this game there was plenty of two-tone blue in the stands on Sunday.   Nashville Mayor, Megan Berry, was at the game, and the entire Nashville Predators hockey team were present as they symbolic 12th man.

Nissan Stadium got an update last year, the practice facility at St. Thomas Sportspark got an update this year. The GM Jon Robinson has been wheeling and dealing and trying to fill in any weak spots that were noted last year with free agents and a few high performing rookies. Tons of support for our home team. So if you shake all that up and stir it together you’ll get a winning team, right?  Well almost. Continue reading “Titans fall to Raiders at home: Titans 16-26 Raiders”

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Fantasy Football Update Week 1

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Fantasy Football Reporter

Week 1 is in the books.

 

Highlights from each league

Originals League: KikoWalk had an amazing 161.07 points with a surprising 41 of them coming from the Jacksonville Jaguars defense. Drago Unchained earned second spot with a big game from rookie RB Leonard Fournette, also from the Jaguars. Kareem Hunt‘s amazing 47.6 stats gave Bongs over Brussel Sprouts a comfortable third place finish.

Female Free #1: Tops in our league was Gpodawund with 140.84 points. Again, RB Kareem Hunt from the Kansas City Chiefs helped her win with his 43.1 point day. Golden Tate Bridge was a close second. Her top scorers being the LA Rams defense with 28 points.

Female Free #2: BrownLee produced an unbelievable 170.08 points in Week 1! She has an incredible overall team, complete with Kareem Hunt, who was outstanding. Tough to compete against that.

Female BuyIn: Defending champ, The McGibblets, is tops in the league after Week 1 with 147.42 points. Her ‘Chiefsiest’ performer was Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill with 23.3 points. The irony here is that on her bench, from the same team, is Kareem Hunt!!

Coed BuyIn: Scoring in at 134.98 points, and in first place, is Pink Panthers. Thanks to Kareem Hunt and QB Derek Carr, she remained at the top of the pack in the first week of action.

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Patriots Shocked in 42-27 loss to KC Chiefs

By Traci McCartney // @traciamc

Thursday, September 7: 42-27 Loss

It was supposed to be a celebratory night. The New England Patriots had prepared a spectacle to unveil the brand new Super Bowl championship banner from their unlikely victory against the Atlanta Falcons this past February. They brought back standout players from each victory before, and the atmosphere was electric at Gillette Stadium.

The first game in a new football season is always so exciting, and a home opener after winning a Super Bowl just takes it to another level. The Patriots with Tom Brady at the helm are, after all, almost unbeatable at home.  They had seemingly had a great offseason adding some offensive weapons to Brady’s arsenal, especially important with the season ending loss of Julian Edelman to a torn ACL in preseason. But Thursday night was like going to bed and having the best dream, to being woken up from a nightmare.

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Philadelphia Eagles: Week 1 Recap

By Roxaan Herrera // @roxaaneh

Sunday, September 10: 30-17 Win

I have a bad habit of overthinking everything. I tend to over-analyze essentially every portion of my life. It can be unhealthy and it rises my anxiety level to an ultimate high. I’ve noticed that it gets worse during fall. Gee, I wonder why…

My Philadelphia Eagles never fail to make their football games interesting. There always has to be added drama of some sort. Sure, Doug Pederson, let’s throw in a fancy play in the middle of the game and shake things up by going off the normal playbook and into your “Risky Plays” playbook and give all Eagles fans a heart attack feeling by making questionable play calls Week 1 right when your players are driving down the field effectively and calmly. I’m sure it’s just a tactic of yours, Coach Pederson, to keep us fans on our toes as you test out these questionable calls that put our players at risk only to reel it back in and come out with a win.

Which is why I have vowed to not focus on the negatives this year and remain optimistic, regardless of wins or losses. I mean, I’m always an optimistic fan. I will always defend my team, and sometimes emotions get the better of me and all logic goes out the window.

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Welcome to the 2017 NFL Season

By Neta Davis // @ND622

Thursday, September 7: 42-27 Win

“It’s happening again—another national game and another national embarrassment,” I thought as the New England Patriots marched down the field and easily scored the first touchdown of the game. 

And then RB Kareem Hunt, very talked up in the Kansas City press, fumbled his first NFL carry–the epitome of a facepalm moment.  I grimaced as the quarter continued and the Patriots seemed to be on offense again instantly, marching down the field for their second touchdown.  When replay showed the catch wasn’t in control and the six points nullified, it gave me a little peace. 

Then, the Kansas City Chiefs defense made a spectacular stop on a fourth-and-one play.  “Well, at least the defense is looking respectful,” I admitted.  Then the Chiefs went 90 yards and scored, tying the game, and holding the Patriots to a field goal on their next score but allowing another touchdown 15 minutes later.  Right before the half, KC scored another touchdown.  Now the butterflies in my stomach were going to town.

There are a few teams in the NFL that haven’t had it easy nor made it easy on themselves, never meeting their potential and not pulling through in the critical moments like key games and playoffs.  The Chiefs are one of those teams.  Having not won a Super Bowl in almost 50 years and very rarely making it through to the higher eschelons of the playoffs, they have deservedly earned the adjective “Chiefsiest”—as in last year’s Pittsburgh game was the Chiefsiest thing ever—developing and playing to your potential during the season and then putting on a disappointing performance when least affordable.  

Alex Smith courtesy: chiefs.com

But, something happened at Foxborough.  The Chiefs started believing in themselves, and kept themselves in the game.  Keeping the score within a winning gap through the first half.  And Hunt kept getting the ball and atoning; Alex Smith had something to prove, and boy did they both shine. Continue reading “Welcome to the 2017 NFL Season”

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Green Bay Packers Control The Field in Season Opener

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78

Sunday, September 10: 9-17 Win

Phew! For the first half of the Green Bay Packers season opener against the Seattle Seahawks, it was quite the nail-biter. While Green Bay has been able to take the win over Seattle for the past three seasons at Lambeau Field, I’m still always nervous when facing the Seahawks.

As it always is when the NFC North superstars face each other, it was an exciting game, aptly named the “Game of the Week”. From the surprising ejection of Jeremy Lane early in the game, to BOTH the offense and defense playing at the highest caliber, to Martellus Bennett taking a 15-yard penalty for standing up for Aaron Rodgers, there was no shortage of things to keep an eye on.

I love Aaron Rodgers. Anytime I mention him, I am quick to note that I find him to be the best quarterback in the entire league. And as a Chicagoan, I also absolutely love Martellus Bennett. I was heartbroken to see him leave my city, and haven’t stopped beaming since he was signed to Green Bay.

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