What happened in Buffalo? A Denver Fan’s Take

Official Denver Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

Bills 26 – 16 Broncos

The perfect trap game? We won’t know until Denver plays a few more. A trap game implies or infers, depending on if you’re reading or hearing it said, that a bad team surprises a good team.

Whether Denver got out played by a better team, or shot themselves in the foot, we will know soon enough. For me, it was about being out coached.

Rick Dennison knew exactly how to beat Trevor Siemian and Mike McCoy either had more faith in his quarterback than it warranted or he got out coached. In my keys to the game with our Buffalo Bills reporter Mary Pesarchick,  it was exactly what Buffalo needed to do. They loaded the box and made Siemian throw where he’s not comfortable. The loaded box stopped the run (sort of), but also stopped the short pass game because the receivers couldn’t get YAC (yards after catch). This forced Siemian to take chances that weren’t successful.

They also gave him Emmanuel Sanders for much of the game until he became Siemian’s first read and then starting jumping his routes. The result was two interceptions, as well as two dropped ones, but Siemian was also off on most of his throws all day. This could be because they played Zone and kept giving him one look pre-snap and then changed it post snap.

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Seattle Seahawks Painful Questions

By Shannon Sanchez // @shannonsanchez3

Tennesee 33- Seattle 27

This weekend was guaranteed not to be a typical weekend in the NFL.  With the reaction to the harsh comments from President Trump, there was not going to be a business as usual attitude.  From the outset, the game had a different feel, with both teams opting to stay in the locker room for the national anthem.  

The defense began the game with performances that we have come to expect.  They forced a three-and-out on the first drive.  Defensive end Michael Bennett and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson were among many notable participants in shutting down Tennessee.  Then Seattle received the ball on their 20 to start their drive and that is where things began to get interesting.  Seattle went three-and-out with the offensive line getting penalized three times, two holding penalties and one unnecessary roughness all on just one third down play.

From that moment, the game turned into a flag fest and both teams paid dearly.  Tennessee had two touchdowns taken away and Seattle had a key interception by safety Kam Chancellor taken back because of defensive pass interference on cornerback Richard Sherman.  This sparked outrage by Sherman who took off his helmet to continue arguing with the official, and that caused an additional unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that took Tennessee from their 44-yard line to Seattle’s 25-yard line, for a gain of 31 yards.  

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Panthers Good, Bad, Ugly and Beautiful

Official Carolina Panthers Reporter

By Kristen Swift // @kswift_RN

Saints 34  – Panthers 13

Charlotte, NC–  Entering their third game of the 2017 season, the Carolina Panthers had defensive momentum on their side.  That momentum dissipated quickly on Sunday.   After two impressive first series, that momentum disintegrated into two field goals. Here is the Good, Bad, Ugly and Beautiful from Sunday’s game.

The Good:  Running back Jonathan Stewart ran extremely hard on Sunday. He now only trails former Carolina Panther running back (breast cancer advocate extraordinaire) Deangelo Williams by 46 yards for the franchise record.   Running back Christian Mccaffrey had the first 100-yard receiving game by a running back in Carolina since 2011. ( Hey, Stewart!!)

Wide receiver Samuel Curtis has the longest rush of the season for 30 yards.  

Only one penalty for each team.  Kicker Graham Gano is 8 for 8.  He should be 9-9 (see the bad)

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Brady Engineers Another Game Winning Drive as Patriots Top Texans

Official Patriots Reporter

By Traci McCartney //  @traciamc

Patriots 36-Texans 33

In a game where both the offense and defense seemed to struggle, the Patriots pulled out a win on yet another quarterback Tom Brady game winning, game ending drive (the 50th in his career). Brady connected on a 25 yd pass to speedster wide reciever Brandin Cooks, who made a spectacular catch to put the Patriots ahead 36-33 after the successful 2 point conversion attempt, leaving the Texans with 23 seconds left for Houston Texans’ rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson to make something happen. It wasn’t meant to be.

This wasn’t one of the Patriots’ best games, and as I mentioned last week, the Texans’ defense is tough – they’re big and they’re fast, and even with their starting secondary depleted, they managed to give Patriots receivers a difficult time. Thoughts on this game….

  • The Offensive Line needs to do a LOT better than they did this week. Brady was sacked 5 times in the game on Sunday for a loss of 41 yds, and honestly, every time Brady caught the snap, I was afraid for him. Tackle Nate Solder especially seemed unable to block the quick Texan defense. Not only was Brady sacked, but he was hit 8 times, including a hit taken when guard Joe Thuney was run over on the pass to Cooks for the touchdown.
  • Running game was virtually shut down by the Texans’ defense. Only 59 yds rushing and no rushing touchdowns. Offensive line play definitely contributed to the problem here.

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Eagles Fans Speak About Lack of Run Game

 By Roxy Herrera // @roxaaneh  

FINAL: Eagles – 27; Giants 24

Head coach Doug Pederson must have seen the pictures floating around social media this past week because fans were not happy with the lack of running plays that Pederson has been using.   We have, arguably,  two of the best running backs in LeGarette Blount and Darren Sproles, but they hadn’t touched much of the ball the first two games and Eagles fans were understandably upset so they picketed outside the practice field with signs that read “Run the Ball” and somehow word must have gotten through to the coaches because we finally saw a lot of the running game…but the Eagles wouldn’t be the Eagles without some (very avoidable) mistakes.

Nothing against the New York Giants,  but there was no way the Eagles should have let them catch up, only to then take the lead after a lost fumble by tight end Zach Ertz.  The appearances by the RBs proved that they are a force to reckoned with. Blount bulldozed through the Giants’ defense and racked up 67 yards, behind smaller RB  Wendell Smallwood helped bringing in 71 yards. Speaking of small RBs, veteran player Darren Sproles suffered a couple nasty injuries during Sunday’s game; he tore his ACL and broke his arm resulting in him being out for the remainder of the year. His presence on the field will definitely be missed.

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NFL Teams Issue Statements Regarding National Anthem

30 of the 32 NFL Teams have issued statements regarding the current events taking place during the National Anthem before games. Whether they chose to stay in the locker room, kneel, or join arms, the teams want us to understand where they are coming from.  At this time, no statements have been issued by the Dallas Cowboys or the New York Jets.  Here are the links to each team’s statement.

AFC East

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers

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Packers Rally To Beat Bengals in OT

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @lucyrk78

Sunday, September 24: 24-27 Win

This game wasn’t going to be easy from the start. Green Bay was playing without several key starters: wide receiver Randall Cobb, defensive end Mike Daniels, left tackle David Bakhtiari, defensive back Kentrell Brice, cornerback Davon House, and linebackers Jake Ryan and Nick Perry. Adding to the stress of injured players, the temperature made this game the warmest in team history.

If you haven’t been following Cincinnati’s season, you wouldn’t know they came into this game at 0-2. They were aggressive from the start and had a 21-7 lead come halftime. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sacked five times and hit more than 10 times, and most shockingly, the Bengals forced a pick-six when cornerback William Jackson intercepted a pass from Rodgers to wide receiver Jordy Nelson, leading to a 75-yard touchdown. It’s pretty impressive when you think about it. Rodgers has been in the league for 10 years, and this only the second time he’s thrown an interception that’s turned into a touchdown. Another impressive stat? With this win, Aaron Rodgers has now beaten every NFL team. Except, of course, the Packers.

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Miami Dolphins Fall to New York Jets

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Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

 By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

Jets-20  Dolphins- 6

I gave it 24 hrs and rewatched the Dolphins – Jets game.  Twice.  Just to be able to come up with some-thing positive to write about.

As far as the game is concerned, I’ll just quote what Adam Gase said in his  post game presser:   “Jets kicked the s@@t out of us.” End quote.

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Chicago Bears Win in OT, But the Call is Still Out for Trubisky

Official Chicago Bears Fan Reporter

by Wanda Wiedman / @WandaW63

Bears 23, Steelers 17 (OT)

This was one of those matchups that was a no-brainer when it came to winning; every single sports media outlet had Steelers pegged to win.  Against an elite passer such as Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, there was a doubt that the Chicago Bears secondary could stop him. But the Steelers didn’t quite understand the dual threat of Bears running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Together, they masterfully carved up the Steelers defense with precision and grit.

Howard rushed for 138 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns, the latter in a 19-yard sprint in overtime to seal the deal. Cohen, Howard’s partner in crime, rushed for 78 yards on 12 carries. Another rookie that emerged was tight end Adam Shaheen, who not only pulled in his first TD but ran alongside Howard in the overtime hustle, blocking to keep his lane free. Continue reading “Chicago Bears Win in OT, But the Call is Still Out for Trubisky”