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NFL Week Two: Winners and Losers

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Week two saw some breakthroughs and a few interesting results. Here are my winners and losers:

Winners:

  1. Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson had a rushing touchdown that helped the Texans defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 13-9.
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: They had to wait a week to play due to Hurricane Irma, but it was worth it as quarterback Jameis Winston had a touchdown pass. Cornerback Ronald McClain had a pick six as the Bucs pounded the Chicago Bears 29-7.
  3. Atlanta Falcons: Running back Devonta Freeman rushed for two touchdowns. Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for a touchdown as the Falcons dominated the Green Bay Packers 34-23.
  4. Kansas City Chiefs: Running back Kareem Hunt rushed for two touchdowns as the Chiefs held off the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20.
  5. Miami Dolphins: They, too had to wait a week due to Irma, but quarterback Jay Cutler threw for 230 yards and a touchdown. Kicker’s Cody Parkey’s four field goals that helped the Dolphins stave off the Los Angeles Chargers 19-17.
  6. Washington Redskins: Running back Chris Thompson rushed for two touchdowns as Washington had 229 rushing yards in their win over the Los Angeles Rams 27-20.
  7. Denver Broncos: Quarterback Trevor Siemian threw for four touchdowns. Running back C.J. Anderson rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown. Cornerback Aqib Talib had a pick six as the Broncos defeated the Dallas Cowboys 42-17.
  8.  Detroit Lions: Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns. Cornerback Jamal Agnew had a 88-yard punt return for a touchdown. Key defensive stops helped the Lions defeat the New York Giants 24-10.

Couple of shout-outs: first to Browns left tackle Joe Thomas who passed the 10,000 consecutive snaps mark against the Baltimore Ravens. He’s currently at 10,062. Also to Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, who set an NFL record for most touchdown catches by tight end. Both were in losing efforts as the Browns lost to 24-10. And the Chargers were edged out by the Dolphins 19-17. I believe both Thomas and Gates are Hall of Famers.

Losers:

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals having to settle for field goals in their loss to Houston. The Bengals haven’t scored a touchdown since Obama was still in office, no seriously, they haven’t scored a touchdown in regular season play since last season. They’ve since fired their offensive coordinator.
  2. Green Bay Packers: Missing their two starting tackles, having only 59 rushing yards, and turnovers were the Packers’ undoing in their loss to Atlanta.
  3. Dallas Cowboys: Quarterback Dak Prescott throwing a pick six and having 20 incompletions, also running back Ezekiel Elliott being held to a NFL career-low eight rushing yards doomed the Cowboys in their loss to Denver.
  4. Philadelphia Eagles: Despite having the advantage in time of possession, more total yards, and first downs, turnovers stalled drives in their loss to Kansas City.
  5. Minnesota Vikings: Without quarterback Sam Bradford, the offense struggled in their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-9.
  6. Jacksonville Jaguars: Turnovers and penalties cost the Jaguars in their loss to the Tennessee Titans 37-16.
  7. New York Giants: Being only 4 for 12 on third downs, 62 rushing yards and quarterback Eli Manning being sacked five times doomed the Giants in their loss to Detroit.

Storylines Going Into Week Three:

Tampa Bay goes to Minnesota. New England hosts Houston. NY Giants meet Philadelphia. Detroit battles Atlanta. Seattle goes to Tennessee. Kansas City meets LA Chargers. Oakland travels cross-country to face Washington. Can Dallas rebound against Arizona?

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Bills Put O.J. Simpson’s #32 Back in Rotation for First Time Since 1977

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O.J. Simpson

For the first time since 1977 the Buffalo Bills have put #32, the number famously associated with O.J. Simpson, back into circulation and new free agent signee Senorise Perry is now wearing the number during OTAs, according to ESPN.

“I thought it was retired, but then I was told it was available. Boom, I took it,” Perry said of the number, according to The Athletic.

“I know the situation. I know that greatness comes with that number, playing in Buffalo. But I’m willing to take anything that comes my way. I’m going into my sixth year, and I know what it takes to get in this league and stay here. With that number on my back, I know I’m doing well for my family.”

Simpson rushed for 10,183 yards and 57 touchdowns, leading the NFL in rushing four times during his nine seasons playing for the Bills, but his post-career life has been marred with numerous troubles with the law and his controversial trial, and outcomes, stemming from the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, which he was acquitted for in 1995, but found liable by civil court for wrongful death.

Simpson, 71, was sentenced to prison in 2008 for armed robbery and kidnapping after entering a Las Vegas hotel room to recover stolen memorabilia items, and paroled in 2017.

“Whatever they do is fine with me,” Simpson said, according to the Athletic. “That’s how I feel. When I played there, I tried to honor the team. Since I left, I always tried to honor the Bills.

“And, to be honest, it’s not something I think about. There’s too much else going on in life.”

Simpson’s number was never retired, although he is on the team’s Wall of Fame at New Era Field.

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Bucs’ Jason Pierre-Paul Automobile Accident Blamed on Bad Weather

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A recent automobile accident the occurred in Broward County in South Florida involving Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass rushed Jason Pierre-Paul is being attributed to bad weather, according to TMZ Sports.

According to the report which cites a crash report that they had obtained regarding the accident, Pierre-Paul was driving a $350,000 Ferrari 88 Pista when he crashed into a concrete barrier back on May 2nd.

Officials believe that Pierre-Paul lost control of the car around 2:38 AM and collided with a concrete barrier on I-95 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, adding that there were no skid marks or debris found in the roadway. Officers did not believe that Pierre-Paul was under the influence of drugs or alcohol and did not test him for it.

In conclusion, officers believe “weather conditions”, more specifically wet roads, caused Pierre-Paul to lose control of the car and crash into the concrete barrier. Pierre-Paul and a passenger in his car were transported to a nearby hospital.

Pierre-Paul is considered likely to miss the entire 2019 NFL season after suffering a fractured neck due to the accident.

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Panthers’ Greg Olsen Donates $2.5 Million to Pediatric Cardiac Center

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Carolina Panthers veteran tight end Greg Olsen, and his wide, recently made a $2.5 million donation to help establish the HEARTest Yard Pediatric Cardiac Center in Charlotte, North Carolina o expand access to vital therapies that improve survival rates and quality of life for children with congenital disease, according to an official announcement from the Atrium Health Foundation.

“While most know Greg Olsen as a Pro Bowl Tight End for the Carolina Panthers, we at Levine Children’s know him and his wife, Kara, as visionary leaders and champions for pediatric congenital heart disease,” said Stacy Nicholson, MD, president of Levine Children’s, as he announced the transformational gift, according to an official release.

Greg and Kara Olsen started the HEARTest Yard initiative in 2012, initially focusing on home health care for children with congenital heart disease. The Olsens have a son with a congenital heart defect. Back in 2017, the couple helped launch a cardiac neurodevelopmental clinic at Levine Children’s, which is currently one the few such clinics in existence in the United States.

“This new center will be a game changer for the children of the Carolinas,” said Nancy Dobrolet, MD, director of the cardiac neurodevelopmental clinic.  “Thanks to the Olsens, and their many supporters, we provide the best comprehensive cardiac care in the country for young heart patients.”

The HEARTest Yard Pediatric Cardiac Center, scheduled to open in 2021.

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