Lots of drama, storylines for the MNF double header

 

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC and NFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

It’s the first Monday Night Football of the 2019 season, it will be a doozy of a doubleheader, and not just because of the play on the field.

One team starts their quest to revenge what they see as a stolen NFC Championship, and two teams that had some offseason drama. And then there are the Broncos, who are just trying to right the ship. Add to this what will hopefully be great games on the field, and we should have a fantastic kick-off to Monday Night Football.

Houston Texans vs New Orleans Saints
7:10p ET

I’m sure when the powers that be scheduled this matchup, they saw a team that felt cheated out of a possible Super Bowl, the Saints, and a team with a young, talented quarterback and a stout defense going head to head. And we could still get that game, but a few things have changed.

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Stand outs from preseason week 3 in the AFC West

 

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC and NFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Its been often said that week 3 of the NFL preseason is the dress rehearsal for the season. As I mentioned in my NFC West injury report, Rams head coach Sean McVay has turned that theory on its head but sitting his starters, and a few other teams are following suit. This gives some unknowns extra time to shine, and increase their chances of making the team.

In the AFC West, we all know the major superstars that are starters, but who are the new guys? Who is making a strong case for themselves?

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Preseason week 2 for the AFC and NFC West

 

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC and NFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

One of the nice things about covering both the AFC and NFC West teams is in the preseason is they usually play each other. It makes it easy to do a weekly preseason round up, but it also makes for a very long article. Stick with me, people.

Week 2 of the preseason gave most fans a good look at their backups. And yes there were lots of mistakes, but…its preseason.  Let’s take a look at the games played so far.

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How the AFC West looked after the first week of preseason

 

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC West NFC West

 

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

We all understand that preseason games are rarely an indicator for a season’s success or failure. For half of the AFC West, they really hope that statement holds true. While Kansas City looked as dominant as many expected, no one expected the Raiders to roll over the Rams.

Of course, most teams were without their starters, and it was obvious that coaches were holding back as they should, but let’s not let that stop us from going over a few talking points about those first games.

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Football is BACK! Pro Football Hall of Fame Game 2019

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor Reporter AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

It wasn’t pretty. And the final two minutes may have been the biggest mess I have ever seen. (Three false starts? In a row? Are you kidding me????)

But – it was FOOTBALL!

At times, it wasn’t much fun for fans of the Atlanta Falcons or the Denver Broncos.  At times it was amazing.

If you’ve missed it as much as I have, then knowing that the season is finally here was enough to keep you excited throughout the game.

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Pat Bowlen: PFHOF Class of 2019

 

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor Reporter AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Pat Bowlen shaped the Broncos into one of the most storied franchises in NFL history during his 35 years as an owner. As a Browns fan, believe me when I say that I’ve seen first hand what his impact was on those teams!

With Bowlen at helm, the Broncos have advanced to playoffs 18 times, won 13 division crowns, seven AFC championships and three Super Bowl titles (XXXII, XXXIII and 50).

Sadly, he passed away on June 13th, 2019, but football fans will have the chance to honor him at this years Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival where he is a member of the Class of 2019.

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Champ Bailey: PFHOF Class of 2019

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

When we were dividing up the articles for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, I jumped on the chance to write about Champ Bailey. Most of you know I am a lover of defense, and Champ was in a class by himself.

Cornerback Champ Bailey was drafted in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft. It almost seems impossible that it was that long ago simply because it feels like he just left the game yesterday. Champ spent his first five seasons with Washington, then moving on to Denver in 2004.

His stats are staggering. Impressive from the start, Champ had five interceptions in his rookie year, including three against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct 17, 1999. In Denver, he had three division titles, started in two AFC Championship games, and one Super Bowl. 52 career interceptions, returned for 464 yards and 4 touchdowns. First Team All-Pro 4 times, Second Team All-Pro 4 times, voted to 12 Pro Bowls and named in the All-Decade Team for the 2000s. He holds the NFL record for most consecutive games with an interception (5).

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2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor Reporter AFC North and NFC South

It’s finally here! The real harbinger that the NFL season is about to begin: The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival in Canton, Ohio!

Events have been occurring all summer which will culminate on the first weekend in August as we honor eight new additions to the hall and the start of preseason football.

As we prepare for this annual event, the ladies of Our Turf are here to get you prepared. We’ll be featuring each of this year’s eight enshrinees in articles during the upcoming 10 days: Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed, and Johnny Robinson.

I’ll be on hand covering most of the events over the weekend and sharing the sights and sounds with you! Let’s look at the schedule of upcoming events for the August 1-4 festival.

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Saying goodbye to Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

The NFL lost a legend last week in the passing of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.

This news is even sadder because Bowlen was scheduled to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this fall as a Contributor to the game. This annual ceremony is one of my favorite sporting events. It’s a shame Mr. Bowlen will not be there in person to accept the honor but it will give the league a great platform to recognize an important figure in the game.

The 75-year-old native of Wisconsin purchased the Broncos in 1984 and lead the ship on an epic run. As a Browns fan, I know this first hand!

During his tenure, the Broncos have seven AFC championships and three Super Bowl victories. They have also made the playoffs 18 times since he bought the team, making the Broncos one of the most successful NFL franchises of the past thirty years.

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Mentor or Adversary: The NFL Veteran’s Dilemma

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

 

We hear it all the time… “That veteran will be mentoring the young guys, showing them the ropes.” But is that really true? And even more, is it really fair to expect a veteran who wants the starting job to spend any time at all helping the rookie who wants to take his job?

That seems to be the big story in Denver this week as quarterback Joe Flacco is taking heat for saying it’s not his job to be a mentor to newly drafted QB Drew Lock.

And I don’t blame him.

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