Fun Fact of the Day: Yesterday, the Boston Red Sox completed a 4-game sweep of the New York Yankees for the first time since 1990.
Week 2 highlights. This week was filled with player injuries, so don’t be surprised if you hear a bunch of grumbling about fantasy teams around the office. Here are the biggest stories coming out of this weekend’s games:
New England Patriots beat Miami Dolphins (31-24). With Pats QB Tom Brady serving a 4-game suspension because of Deflategate, his stand-in Jimmy Garoppolo stepped up in a big way. Garoppolo was annihilating the Dolphins, when he got knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury at the end of the first half. Unsuspecting rookie Jacoby Brissett was tossed into the game in his place. Brissett managed to hold onto the lead and he’s expected to be QB1 in this week’s game against the Houston Texans.
Minnesota Vikings beat Green Bay Packers (17-14). After getting traded to the Vikings 2 weeks ago, new QB Sam Bradford had an impressive debut against the Packers. And it was a good thing too, because the Vikings’ superstar running back Adrian Peterson hobbled off the field in the middle of the game with a knee injury. TBD on the damage and when he is expected to return.
Dallas Cowboys beat Washington Redskins (27-23). Folks in Washington are starting to grumble about QB Kirk Cousins and so are his teammates. He’s been missing open receivers and even threw a ridiculous 4th quarter interception to a defender in the end zone. He certainly doesn’t look like the same poised and efficient QB that he was at the end of last season.
We see what you were trying to do there, Rex… After 2 disappointing losses to start the season, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Many people think that Ryan was sneakily trying to use Roman as a scapegoat for the team’s struggles. That’s because the Bills’ offense was actually bouncing back, whereas the defense has been looking as weak as ever. Not good for Ryan, because he’s supposed to be a defensive whiz. Hopefully, ditching Roman buys Ryan enough time to turn things around, or he’ll be out on the street looking for a job too.
Week 3 highlights. This was a huge week in college football. For the first time in history, the top 3 teams played on the road against other ranked teams. Some of them performed well when tested… others not so much. Here are the games you should know about:
#10 Louisville beat #2 Florida State (63-20). This highly anticipated matchup quickly turned into an unwatchable blowout. Louisville’s athletic QB Lamar Jackson has now accumulated 18 touchdowns in 3 games, and is everybody’s new favorite to win the Heisman. With this impressive win, Louisville has rocketed up to the #3 spot in the rankings and FSU has plummeted down to #13.
#1 Alabama beat #19 Ole Miss (48-43). At one point, Ole Miss was leading by a whopping 21 points and it looked like they were going to take down football behemoth Alabama for the 3rd straight year. Then Alabama staged an impressive comeback and showed why they’re the best football team in the country.
Unranked N. Dakota State beat #13 Iowa (23-21). This was the biggest win in N. Dakota State history. After all, it’s not every day that a lowly FCS team embarrasses a top-ranked FBS team. (Psst—FCS stands for Football Championship Subdivision. The FCS schools are also in Division I, but most big time football programs like Iowa are in the FBS or Football Bowl Subdivision. The FBS schools typically have better athletes because they can offer more athletic scholarships and are eligible to play in bowl games and the College Football Playoffs.)
Unranked Cal beat #11 Texas (50-43). This game ended with some drama and controversy. In the last 2 minutes, Cal tried to cement its win with one more touchdown, but its running back started celebrating a little too early and dropped the ball at the 1-yard line. The refs ruled it a fumble, and because no one recovered the ball Cal regained possession. Cal ran out the clock to take home victory.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Chicago Bears. Tune in to see the Eagles' rookie QB Carson Wentz. The team traded up to get him #2 in the NFL draft and so far he’s lived up to the hype, including a win against the Cleveland Browns last week. Now, Eagles fans are clamoring to get on board the “Wentz wagon,” including fan VP Joe Biden. Meanwhile, the Bears need to get their offense going after a lackluster loss to the Houston Texans in Week 1. 8:30pm ET on ESPN
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