Chicago Bears-Pittsburgh Steelers: Fans Weigh in on Sunday’s Matchup

By Wanda Wiedman / @WandaW63

The Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) will head to Soldier Field to make it a 3-0 start against the Chicago Bears (0-2), who look to overcome a horrendous outing last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Though sports media networks and sports writers have given their opinion and assessment of this matchup, it seems only right to ask fans how they feel about their team in this game.

To share their opinion on these two teams is Bear Fan extraordinaire and Editor at Windy City Gridiron, Lester Wilfong Jr., and Raymond Vega, Los Angeles Sheriff and Steelers fan. Continue reading “Chicago Bears-Pittsburgh Steelers: Fans Weigh in on Sunday’s Matchup”

Kansas City Chiefs: A Tale of Two Games

by Neta Davis // @ND622

Two weeks into the 2017 season and the Kansas City Chiefs have won two very different games. One an offensive juggernaut against the current Super Bowl Champions; the other, a nail-biting defensive battle that was up for grabs until the last seconds of the game.

The Chiefs are presenting themselves as a cohesive, focused team whose sum is greater than the total of its players. At times playing to their potential; other times having to fight back by calling upon every bit of reserved spirit left in them. Players drop the ball (literally and figuratively) and their teammates make up the shortcoming.

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So You Want To Win In Fantasy, Huh?

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

By Emily Chae // @emgchae

This year I have three fantasy teams, two where I play with strangers and one with former co-workers. Regardless of PPR or standard league, there are some players being overlooked this season. This week we will review who were the top dogs on my teams and sleeper picks for week 3.

The off-season was a mess of trades, cuts and new recruits.  This can make fantasy picks a bit tricky this year.   Also, knowing who is injured is critical in a fantasy match up.  Team injuries are always updated here.

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Three Happy Things For Jaguars Fans

AFC Coordinator Sharona

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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Patriots Right the Ship vs Saints

By Traci MCartney // @traciamc

Sunday, September 17: 36 – 20 Win 

After the home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on the national stage last week,  the New England Patriots needed  to come out of Week 2 with a convincing win. They completed that task with a win in New Orleans over the Saints, 36-20.  Tom Brady looked like well, Tom Brady, throwing for over 400 yards and three touchdowns, completing 30 of 39 pass attempts, earning him an impressive 139.6 passer rating.

With Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola out on offense, and Dont’a Hightower out on defense, it was unclear how the team was going to perform. But faith in Bill Belichick and the rest of the coaching staff insured that the Patriots, even on the road, would bounce back from their loss the week before.

The offense really came to life, with three touchdowns in the first quarter, with passes to Rex Burkhead, Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan respectively.  Brady even played referee, making a case for the crew to pick up the flag thrown for an illegal pick since the block was within  one yard from the line of scrimmage limit. Mike Gillislee scored a fourth touchdown in the second quarter following fullback James Develin into the end zone, and with a 28 yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal, the Patriots had 30 points by halftime, allowing only 13 for Drew Brees and the Saints.

But as good as the offense was, there was a price – injuries. Rex Burkhead and Rob Gronkowski both left the game with rib and groin injuries respectively. Gronk’s injury was particularly concerning, as it looked at first like he might have reinjured  the back which caused him to  miss the end of the 2016 season and the Super Bowl. Continue reading “Patriots Right the Ship vs Saints”

Cleveland Browns: Bright Spots and The Dark Side

By Cleveland Kate // @ClvlndK8

Week 2 has come and gone and the Cleveland Browns are winless. While I’m trying not to channel the Ghosts of Seasons Past, last year’s 1-15 record isn’t far enough away for comfort.

Bright Spots: Rookie Quarterback DeShone Kizer, a Notre Dame product, won the hearts of fans during the preseason. Each week he made mistakes, but he seemed to be learning quickly and we saw progress as he got rid of the ball faster, started leading  his receivers and started to throw the ball away to avoid sacks. All those lessons seemed lost over the past two weeks as he racked up NINE sacks, FOUR interceptions and only ONE touchdown. Yet, for the first time in recent years, fans have the hope that he will improve, that he could be our QB of the Future and are showing patience as he develops.

Photo by Ken Blaze, USA TODAY Sport

Defensive Coordinator Gregg “3G” Williams  has brought a “Come Get Some” attitude that has long been missing here in Cleveland. While we battle perennial defensive greats Baltimore and Pittsburgh, we continued to get pushed around on the field and never had the talent or attitude to get some back.  That is changing this year with the addition of Rookie Jabrill Peppers.  His status as an alumni of the University of Michigan aside, fans look forward to what excitement he will bring to the field, whether it’s returning punts or flying around on defense.

And let’s not forget the #1 overall pick in this year’s draft, Myles Garrett. His injury near the end of preseason caused a lot of angst for fans, but we want him back healthy and ready to wreak havoc on opponents. While Head Coach Hue Jackson refuses to name a time frame for his return, I’m hopeful that he’ll get back on the field for the Week 4 match versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Division Games Matter!

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The Pride Report Week 2

by Sonja Greenfield //  @Mom23RN

Welcome to the 2017 Season Lions Fans!

After a Jekyll and Hyde start to the Campaign for Super Bowl 52 with another come from behind win for the Lions,  the team took their talents to MetLife Stadium in New York to face the New York Giants.  The Giants were coming off of a loss to their division rival Dallas Cowboys.  Their Diva wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. was still dealing with an ankle injury from preseason, and cornerback Janoris Jenkins would be out for the game as well.  Could the League’s highest paid player lead his team to victory in hostile territory?   Well, he did.  quarterback Matthew Stafford showed leadership and wheels.  He got the Lions ahead, and the defense and the rest of the team, did what they needed to do to secure the 24-10 Victory.

King Of The Pride:  While Stafford has done some big things, last night belonged to the defense and defensive end Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah.  While battling injuries last year, and not having the best first game of the season, the Lions first pick from the 2013 draft had a beast of a night.  He had 6 tackles, 3 sacks and 1 forced fumble.   Not a bad day!  Honorable mentions goes to rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis and rookie cornerback Jamal Agnew.  Davis had 3 tackles, and 1 sack.  Unfortunately, he had to leave the game with a concussion.   Jamal Agnew had an 88 yard punt return for a touchdown that put the Giants away.  That was the first punt return for a touchdown since Eddie Drummond did it in 2002.  It’s been a long time Lions fans!

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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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Seahawks Take the “Ugly Win”

By Shannon Sanchez // @ShannonSanchez3

It was ugly, in many ways unsatisfying, but it was a win.

It started out very promising and looked like the Seahawks were going to dominate.  On opening possession, the offense sustained a drive that took 16 plays and 6:22 of the first quarter, which ended in a 25 yard field goal by Blair Walsh.

The defense was dominant in the first quarter as well, keeping San Francisco from converting a first down on their first drive.  After an exchange of 3 and outs, the Seattle defense capitalized as Bobbie Wagner intercepted a Brian Hoyer pass.  There was a fumble on the play which Richard Sherman recovered at the SF 36.  This set up a second field goal for Seattle, which made the score 6 – 0.

In the second quarter, Carlos Hyde found some daylight and took advantage for a 61 yard run that ended at the Seattle 22 yard line.  After

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the long gain, San Francisco was unable to go further than the 22 and kicked a field goal.  Seattle still on top 6-3.

Seattle’s offense was unable to gather any more momentum in the first half.  Russell Wilson was under pressure and sacked, key drops from Tyler McEvoy and CJ Procise and holding penalties all combined to stymie the offense for the remainder of the first half.

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Dolphins vs Chargers: It all comes down to the Kickers

LisaBy Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

The Miami Dolphins opened their 2017 season against the Los Angeles Chargers with a win using a balanced offensive attack that saw Jay Ajayi grind out 122 yards and newly acquired Quarterback Jay Cutler go for a respectable 24/33 with one touchdown and no interceptions. Taking full advantage of Miami’s outstanding Wide Receiving core that saw former first round pick Davante Parker with four catches for 85 yards.

Rounding off the attack was Dolphins Field Goal kicker Cody Parkey.  After hitting his first three field goal attempts, the Jupiter Florida native hit a crucial fourth field goal from 54 yards with 1:05 to play in the fourth quarter, giving Miami it’s first lead of the game with a 19-17 score.

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