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Week 3 begins with Thursday Night feature game Rams at the 49ers at 8:25 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

​THURSDAY NIGHT NOTES:

LOS ANGELES RAMS at SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

September 21, 2017

Week 3 begins on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, NFLN) as the San Francisco 49ers host the Los Angeles Rams at Levi’s Stadium in a battle of NFC West rivals. The 49ers and Rams meet for the 135th time in series history, with San Francisco holding a 67-64-3 advantage. Rookie head coaches SEAN MC VAY of Los Angeles and KYLE SHANAHAN of San Francisco meet for the first time in the division rivalry. The Rams look to rebound from a 27-20 loss to Washington in Week 2. Los Angeles running back TODD GURLEY had 136 scrimmage yards with two touchdowns last week and joins Kansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT as the only players in the NFL with at least 100 rushing yards (128) and 100 receiving yards (104) this season. The 49ers, who seek their first win of the season, held Seattle to 12 points in their Week 2 loss. Running back CARLOS HYDE rushed for 124 yards last week and has six touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving) in his past six games against the NFC West.

 

For the Week 3 Rams-49ers capsule, click here.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFL NETWORK, NFLmedia.com

 

FT. Lauderdale’s St. Thomas Aquinas High School has most NFL Players; Florida leads all States; Miami heads all Hometowns

SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL

OF FORT LAUDERDALE MOST NFL PLAYERS

Saint Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), with 12 players, tops the list of high schools with the most players on 2017 NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters, the NFL announced today.

NFL players hail from 1,363 high schools in 46 states and the District of Columbia, seven countries and a U.S. territory (American Samoa). The totals are based on the 1,695 men on Kickoff Weekend rosters.

HIGH SCHOOLS WITH THE MOST NFL PLAYERS

High School, City, State Number NFL Players

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

12 Geno Atkins, CIN; Giovani Bernard, CIN; Joey Bosa, LAC; Phillip Dorsett, NE; Marcus Gilbert, PIT; Bobby Hart, NYG; Lamarcus Joyner, LAR; Brandon Linder, JAX; Michael Palardy, CAR; Jake Rudock, DET; James White, NE; Sam Young, MIA

Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, CA

7 Jayon Brown, TEN; Jurrell Casey, TEN; Kaelin Clay, BUF; DeSean Jackson, TB; Marcedes Lewis, JAX; Jamize Olawale, OAK; JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT

Glades Central High School, Belle Glade, FL

6 Kelvin Benjamin, CAR; Travis Benjamin, LAC; Jatavis Brown, LAC; Cre’von LeBlanc, CHI; Deonte Thompson, CHI; Clive Walford, OAK

Glenville High School, Cleveland, OH

6 Frank Clark, SEA; Jayrone Elliott, DAL; Ted Ginn, Jr., NO; Willie Henry, BAL; Cardale Jones, LAC; Marshon Lattimore, NO

Chandler High School, Chandler, AZ

5 Brett Hundley, GB; Cameron Jordan, NO; Paul Perkins, NYG; William Poehls, JAX; Markus Wheaton, CHI

Colton High School, Colton, CA

5 Nat Berhe, NYG; Tyler Ervin, HOU; Jimmy Smith, BAL; Daniel Sorensen, KC; Shareece Wright, BUF

Crenshaw High School, Los Angeles, CA

5 Dominique Hatfield, LAR; Marcus Martin, CLE; Brandon Mebane, LAC; Hayes Pullard, LAC; De’Anthony Thomas, KC

Lakewood High School, St. Petersburg, FL

5 Rodney Adams, MIN; Dante Fowler, Jr., JAX; Shaquill Griffin, SEA; Austin Reiter, CLE; Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, NYG

West Monroe High School, West Monroe, LA

5 Michael Hunter, NYG; Barkevious Mingo, IND; Cam Robinson, JAX; Andrew Whitworth, LAR; Xavier Woods, DAL

Woodland Hills High School, Pittsburgh, PA

5 Rob Gronkowski, NE; Quinton Jefferson, LAR; Rontez Miles, NYJ; Lafayette Pitts, JAX; Ejuan Price, LAR

 

11 high schools have four players each in the NFL this year. 40 schools boast three NFLers, while 168 have two players apiece:

High School, City, State NFL Players High School, City, State NFL Players
De La Salle Catholic High School, Concard, CA 4 Miami Northwestern High School, Miami, FL 4
Elder High School, Cincinnati, OH 4 Pickerington High School Central, Pickerington, OH 4
Lakeland High School, Lakeland, FL 4 Servite High School, Anaheim, CA 4
Mansfield High School, Mansfield, TX 4 Timpview High School, Provo, UT 4
Miami Central High School, Miami, FL 4 Westlake High School, Austin, TX 4
Miami Norland High School, Miami Gardens, FL 4    
Number of high schools with 3 NFL players: 40
Number of high schools with 2 NFL players: 168
Number of high schools with 1 NFL player: 1,134

HOME STATES: Florida tops the list of states with the most NFL players (212), followed by California (191) and Texas (179):

STATES WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS
State NFL Players State NFL Players
Florida 212 Pennsylvania 59
California 191 New Jersey 52
Texas 179 South Carolina 52
Georgia 120 North Carolina 49
Ohio 82 Illinois 41
Alabama 62 Michigan 40
Louisiana 59 Virginia 38

 

HOMETOWNS: Miami heads the list of hometowns with the most players (25), followed by Houston (17), Fort Lauderdale (15) and Cincinnati (14):

HOMETOWNS WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS

​Hometown NFL Players Hometown NFL Players
Miami, FL 25 Las Vegas, NV 11  
Houston, TX 17 New Orleans, LA 11  
Fort Lauderdale, FL 15 Tampa, FL 11  
Cincinnati, OH 14 Birmingham, AL 10  
Pittsburgh, PA 12 Dallas, TX 10  
Washington, DC 12 Detroit, MI 10  
Cleveland, OH 11 Los Angeles, CA 10  


NFL PLAYERS PER CAPITA
: The District of Columbia, with one NFL player for every 54,702 residents, leads the list of NFL players per capita. Louisiana (one in 76,837) and Alabama (one in 77,093) round out the top three. The national average is one NFL player per 184,546 U.S. residents.

STATES WITH MOST NFL PLAYERS PER CAPITA

State Population * NFL Players NFL Players Per Capita
District of Columbia 601,723 11   1 NFL player per 54,702 people
Louisiana 4,533,372 59   1 NFL player per 76,837 people
Alabama 4,779,736 62   1 NFL player per 77,093 people
Georgia 9,687,653 120   1 NFL player per 80,730 people
Florida 18,801,310 212   1 NFL player per 88,685 people
South Carolina 4,625,364 52   1 NFL player per 88,949 people
Mississippi 2,967,297 24   1 NFL player per 123,637 people
Hawaii 1,360,301 11   1 NFL player per 123,664 people
Texas 25,145,561 179   1 NFL player per 140,478 people
Ohio 11,536,504 82   1 NFL player per 140,689 people
United States 308,745,538 1,673 1 NFL player per 184,546 people
* Based on most recent published U.S. Census Data (2010).

NOTE: To obtain a complete list of NFL players’ high schools, states and hometowns, click he​re​​

 

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NFL Kickoff Weekend Rosters sees Alabama & LSU leading all colleges with 39 players

 

A LOOK AT 2017 NFL KICKOFF WEEKEND ROSTERS;

 

​SEC COUNTRY: Alabama and LSU tied for the most players on NFL Kickoff 2017 active rosters with 39 each, the NFL announced today. LSU has ranked first the past three years, with 42 players in 2016, 40 in 2015 and 38 in 2014 on Kickoff Weekend rosters.

A total of 259 colleges were represented on Kickoff Weekend active rosters. The colleges with the most players in the NFL:

COLLEGE PLAYERS COLLEGE PLAYERS COLLEGE PLAYERS COLLEGE PLAYERS
Alabama 39 Ohio State 35 California 28 Texas 25
LSU 39 Florida State 34 Notre Dame 28 Wisconsin 24
Southern California 37 Miami 34 UCLA 27 Penn State 23
Clemson 35 Georgia 30 Auburn 26 Stanford 23
Florida 35 Oklahoma 30 Michigan 25 Utah 23

 

A breakdown by position of colleges with the most players in the NFL:

POS. SCHOOL PLAYERS POS. SCHOOL PLAYERS
C Florida, Missouri 3   DT Alabama 7
G Alabama 4   DE Arkansas, Penn State, Southern California 5
T Florida, Iowa 5   LB Florida State 8
TE Notre Dame, Stanford 5   DB Florida 10
QB Michigan State, Southern California 4   P Miami, Tennessee 3
RB Alabama, Oklahoma 6   K Florida State, Texas, UCLA 2
WR Clemson 7

 

QB BREAKDOWN: Quarterbacks were in the spotlight once again on Kickoff Weekend and the NFL has now had at least one rookie quarterback start in Week 1 in 10 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the NFL since at least 1950.

A by-the-numbers look at the 32 starting quarterbacks in Week 1 (including projected starters for Miami and Tampa Bay):

4 Rookie or 2nd-year Kizer, Cle (Rookie); Prescott, Dal; Goff, LAR; Wentz, Phi
17 1st-round Draft picks Palmer, Az; Ryan, Atl; Flacco, Bal; Newton, Car; Stafford, Det; Rodgers, GB; Bortles, Jax; Smith, KC; Rivers, LAC; Goff, LAR; Cutler*, Mia; Bradford, Min; Manning, NYG; Wentz, Phi; Roethlisberger, Pit; Winston*, TB; Mariota, Ten
5 6th-Round Draft picks or later, or undrafted Taylor, Buf (Round 6); Siemian, Den (Round 7); Tolzien, Ind (undrafted); Brady, NE (Round 6), Hoyer, SF (undrafted)
8 No. 1 overall picks Palmer, Az; Newton, Car; Stafford, Det; Smith, KC; Goff, LAR; Bradford, Min; Manning, NYG; Winston*, TB
10 Drafted No. 75 overall or later, or undrafted Taylor, Buf; Prescott, Dal; Siemian, Den; Savage, Hou; Tolzien, Ind; Brady, NE; McCown, NYJ; Wilson, Sea; Hoyer, SF; Cousins, Was
18 Younger than 30 years old Taylor, Buf; Newton, Car; Glennon, Chi; Dalton, Cin; Kizer, Cle; Prescott, Dal; Siemian, Den; Stafford, Det; Savage, Hou; Bortles, Jax; Goff, LAR; Bradford, Min; Carr, Oak; Wentz, Phi; Wilson, Sea; Winston*, TB; Mariota, Ten; Cousins, Was
6 From California, most of any state Palmer, Az; Rodgers, GB; Smith, KC; Goff, LAR; Brady, NE; Carr, Oak
*Projected starter

THE TALL AND SHORT OF IT: On NFL Kickoff rosters, there were 291 players weighing under 200 pounds, 286 players under six feet tall, and 332 players weighing over 300 pounds.

San Francisco has 14 players weighing less than 200 pounds, the most of any team in that category. New England and Tampa Bay have the most players under six-feet tall with 13 each. Detroit and Green Bay both have 13 players weighing over 300 pounds, the most in the league.

A team-by-team player dimension breakdown based on 2017 Kickoff rosters:

AFC

TEAM

UNDER 200 LBS. UNDER 6-FEET OVER 300 LBS.
Baltimore 7   7   12  
Buffalo 11   11   12  
Cincinnati 7   6   8  
Cleveland 5   8   9  
Denver 8   11   8  
Houston 10   11   11  
Indianapolis 9   10   9  
Jacksonville 9   8   11  
Kansas City 9   8   12  
LA Chargers 6   10   9  
Miami 8   6   11  
New England 8   13   10  
NY Jets 8   8   12  
Oakland 7   6   10  
Pittsburgh 8   8   11  
Tennessee 8   10   11  


​NFC

TEAM

UNDER 200 LBS. UNDER 6-FEET OVER 300 LBS.
Arizona 11   9   10  
Atlanta 12   11   9  
Carolina 8   10   12  
Chicago 11   9   11  
Dallas 9   7   9  
Detroit 10   11   13  
Green Bay 8   7   13  
LA Rams 9   8   10  
Minnesota 13   8   10  
New Orleans 8   9   9  
NY Giants 9   6   11  
Philadelphia 13   11   8  
San Francisco 14   9   11  
Seattle 8   9   9  
Tampa Bay 10   13   10  
Washington 10   8   11  

 

HEIGHT, WEIGHT & AGE AVERAGES FOR 2017 AFC & NFC ROSTERS

AFC            
Team Height Weight Age (Years) Experience Rookie & 1st year Players Age 30 & Over
Baltimore 6.20   248.15   26.72   4.34   11   14 *
Buffalo 6.15 + 245.83   26.81 * 4.74 * 12   10  
Cincinnati 6.20   246.43   25.45   3.75   14   7  
Cleveland 6.19   248.72 * 24.17 + 2.55 + 16 * 3 +
Denver 6.19   245.38   26.02   3.92   7   5  
Houston 6.19   246.00   25.70   3.75   11   6  
Indianapolis 6.19   244.96   25.66   3.60   13   6  
Jacksonville 6.19   245.83   25.62   3.74   9   6  
Kansas City 6.20   243.90   25.90   4.02   7   6  
LA Chargers 6.19   244.89   25.94   3.75   13   6  
Miami 6.18   245.04   26.55   4.53   11   11  
New England 6.16   247.51   26.47   4.74 * 5 + 8  
NY Jets 6.20   243.89 + 25.68   3.55   11   3 +
Oakland 6.19   248.45   25.96   3.79   11   6  
Pittsburgh 6.22 * 248.00   26.13   4.34   9   7  
Tennessee 6.16   246.81   26.45   4.64   8   10  
AFC Average 6.19 246.24 25.95 3.98 10.50 7.13
NFC Average 6.18 244.54 26.15 4.22 10.56 7.81
All NFL Average 6.18 245.39 26.05 4.10 10.53 7.47
* AFC high
+ AFC low
NFC            
Team Height Weight Age (Years) Experience Rookie & 1st year Players Age 30 & Over
Arizona 6.21 * 246.34   27.47 * 5.43 * 8   14 *
Atlanta 6.14   239.32 + 26.45   4.32   8   6  
Carolina 6.19   247.58 * 26.77   4.91   9   13  
Chicago 6.17   243.75   26.49   4.28   6 + 9  
Dallas 6.15   244.00   26.02   4.36   10   7  
Detroit 6.19   246.96   25.68   3.62   15 * 6  
Green Bay 6.19   246.53   25.81   4.17   11   9  
LA Rams 6.19   243.75   25.11 + 3.42 + 12   3 +
Minnesota 6.20   242.11   26.19   3.98   12   6  
New Orleans 6.17   244.32   26.23   4.19   13   9  
NY Giants 6.19   246.08   25.70   3.85   12   6  
Philadelphia 6.13 + 243.96   26.47   4.75   9   9  
San Francisco 6.17   244.08   25.75   3.85   14   8  
Seattle 6.19   242.58   25.77   3.92   11   5  
Tampa Bay 6.17   245.36   26.42   4.62   7   10  
Washington 6.17   245.92   26.02   3.81   12   5  
NFC Average 6.18 244.54 26.15 4.22 10.56 7.81
AFC Average 6.19 246.24 25.95 3.98 10.50 7.13
All NFL Average 6.18 245.39 26.05 4.10 10.53 7.47
* NFC high
+ NFC low

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL Foundation helping out with $1 Million contribution to Hurricane Irma relief efforts

The NFL Foundation will contribute $1 million to Hurricane Irma relief efforts to be split evenly between the American Red Cross and the five living former American Presidents’ One America Appeal, it was announced today.

Both organizations will address the immediate needs of those impacted throughout Florida and the Florida Keys, while some of the Red Cross funds will support the hardest hit areas in the Caribbean.

The NFL Foundation’s donation will match the respective $1 million contributions of the Jacksonville Jaguars to Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund, the Miami Dolphins to the AARP Foundation Miami Dolphins Hurricane Irma Relief Fund and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the American Red Cross.

Our thoughts are with the various communities impacted by both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma during this difficult time. The entire NFL family – including players, teams, and fans – is committed to continuing to support relief efforts.

The NFL encourages fans to text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Hurricane Relief and to visit oneamericaappeal.org to donate to the fund.

 

Hurricane Irma over the Virgin Islands at peak intensity on September 6, 2017 as the second most intense Atlantic hurricane on record in terms of sustained winds. MODIS image captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite via wikipedia

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NFL moves into Week 2 with Bengals hosting Texans, Browns at Ravens; Game Previews

FOOTBALL HAS RETURNED & HERE COMES WEEK 2

Chargers host Dolphins as franchise returns to Los Angeles
Falcons open Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday night against Packers

The NFL got back to football last weekend and the season now heads into Week 2.

Everybody wants to get off to a good start as history has shown that teams that are victorious in their season openers are more than twice as likely to reach the playoffs than losers of an opening game. But that doesn’t mean an 0-1 start is impossible to overcome as nearly 25 percent of teams that lost the opener went to the playoffs.

Since 1978 when the NFL went to the 16-game schedule (and excluding the abbreviated season of 1982):

Of the 570 teams which won openers… 297 went to the playoffs (179 won division titles)

Of the 571 teams which lost openers… 137 went to the playoffs (79 won division titles)

(Note: There are a different number of winning and losing teams in season opening games due to the fact that the NFL had 31 teams in each season from 1999 to 2001, which creates an odd number for the total number of results.)

Week 2 kicks off with Thursday Night Football as the Houston Texans visit the Cincinnati Bengals (NFL Network, 8:25 PM ET). The two teams have combined for nine playoff berths since 2011 (Cincinnati, five and Houston, four).

On Sunday afternoon, the Chargers make their return to Los Angeles for the franchise’s first home game in LA since 1960 as the team hosts the Miami Dolphins in their regular-season home opener at StubHub Center (4:05 PM ET, CBS). And, that night in primetime (8:30 PM ET, NBC), the Atlanta Falcons will open their new home – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – when they host the Green Bay Packers in a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game on Sunday Night Football.

Here’s a look at a few interesting storylines entering Week 2:

 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-0) at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-0) (Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET)

 

  • Philadelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ passed for 307 yards and two touchdowns – including a 58-yard TD to wide receiver NELSON AGHOLOR – in the Eagles’ 30-17 win at Washington. Wentz improved to 4-0 in his career as a starter in the month of September with seven touchdown passes, one interception and a 101.8 passer rating.
  • The Eagles sealed the victory over the Redskins when defensive end BRANDON GRAHAM forced a fumble on a sack which defensive tackle FLETCHER COX returned 20 yards for a TD with 1:29 remaining in the game.

 

  • Kansas City head coach ANDY REID spent 14 seasons (1999-2012) with the Eagles, compiling a team-record 130 regular-season wins and 10 postseason victories while capturing six division titles and making five NFC Championship appearances.
  • In the Kickoff Weekend opener on Thursday night, the Chiefs defeated New England 42-27. Rookie running back KAREEM HUNT amassed 246 scrimmage yards (148 rushing, 98 receiving) – the most ever by a player in his NFL debut – and scored three touchdowns. Kansas City quarterback ALEX SMITH posted a 148.6 passer rating against the Patriots and became the first quarterback to complete at least 80 percent of his passes (80.0) for 350 yards (368) with four touchdowns (four) and no interceptions against the defending Super Bowl champion.

 

BUFFALO BILLS (1-0) at CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-0) (Sunday, CBS, 1:00 PM ET)

 

  • Buffalo head coach SEAN MC DERMOTT notched his first career victory as a head coach last week in the Bills’ 21-12 win over the New York Jets. McDermott spent the previous six seasons as Carolina’s defensive coordinator, helping the Panthers win three division titles and advance to Super Bowl 50.

 

  • In last week’s victory over the Jets, running back LE SEAN MC COY rushed for 110 yards and quarterback TYROD TAYLOR threw two touchdown passes. Taylor and Carolina’s CAM NEWTON are the only players with at least 5,000 passing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns since the start of the 2015 season.

 

  • The Panthers limited San Francisco to three points and 217 total yards (51 rushing, 166 passing) in Carolina’s 23-3 Week 1 victory at Levi’s Stadium.
  • Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON threw touchdown passes to wide receiver RUSSELL SHEPARD (40 yards) and running back JONATHAN STEWART (nine) in the win. In his NFL debut, rookie running back CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY led the team with five receptions and 85 scrimmage yards (47 rushing, 38 receiving).

 

DALLAS COWBOYS (1-0) at DENVER BRONCOS (1-0) (Sunday, FOX, 4:25 PM ET)

 

  • Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT passed for 268 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 19-3 win over the New York Giants. Tight end JASON WITTEN, who had 59 yards and a touchdown, has 11,947 career receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (11,904) for the most in franchise history.
  • In the team’s Week 1 victory, the Dallas defense limited the Giants to three points and 233 total yards (35 rushing, 198 passing) while recording three sacks – including two by defensive end DEMARCUS LAWRENCE – and an interception (cornerback ANTHONY BROWN).

 

  • Denver quarterback TREVOR SIEMIAN threw two touchdown passes – both to wide receiver BENNIE FOWLER III – and rushed for a score in the Broncos’ 24-21 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Kickoff Weekend. Siemian joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY and BRIAN GRIESE as the only Broncos quarterbacks to record multiple touchdown passes and a TD run in a Week 1 opener.
  • Broncos defensive end SHELBY HARRIS sealed the victory for Denver by blocking the Chargers’ potential game-tying 44-yard field goal with one second remaining in the game.

 

GREEN BAY PACKERS (1-0) at ATLANTA FALCONS (1-0) (Sunday, NBC, 8:30 PM ET)

 

  • This will be the first regular-season NFL game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The stadium, which will host Super Bowl LIII on February 3, 2019, is expected to have its unique retractable roof open for this game (weather conditions permitting) for the first time.
  • The contest is a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game which the Falcons won 44-21. Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN passed for 392 yards and scored five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) in that game while wide receiver JULIO JONES had nine catches for 180 yards and two TDs.
  • The Packers opened the season with a 17-9 home victory over Seattle. Quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 311 yards with one touchdown and running back TY MONTGOMERY added 93 scrimmage yards with a rushing TD.
  • Against the Seahawks, wide receivers RANDALL COBB (nine catches for 85 yards) and JORDY NELSON (seven catches for 79 yards with one TD) combined for 16 catches and 164 yards with one touchdown.
  • The Falcons used a late defensive stand deep in their own territory to hold on for a 23-17 win at Chicago in Week 1. Defensive end BROOKS REED sealed the victory with a sack on fourth down from the Atlanta five-yard line with three seconds remaining in the game.
  • Atlanta’s AUSTIN HOOPER had two catches for 128 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown, the longest TD reception by a tight end in a season opener in NFL history.

DETROIT LIONS (1-0) at NEW YORK GIANTS (0-1) (Monday, ESPN, 8:30 PM ET)

 

  • The Lions opened the season with a 35-23 win over Arizona as the team rallied from a 17-15 fourth-quarter deficit. Last season, Detroit won eight games when trailing in the fourth quarter, the most by a team in a single season in NFL history.
  • Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 292 yards and four touchdowns in the win over the Cardinals and has 27 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since 2011, the most by a QB in the NFL over that span. Rookie wide receiver KENNY GOLLADAY had two touchdown catches in the fourth quarter, including a 45-yarder, in his NFL debut.
  • The Giants have won 50 home openers in franchise history and are one of only four teams all-time with at least 50 victories in home openers.
  • Last week at Dallas, Giants quarterback ELI MANNING started his 200th consecutive game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE(297) and PEYTON MANNING (208) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to start at least 200 consecutive games.

 

 

NFL WEEK 2 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 17-18

(All times local)

Thursday, September 14 Sunday, September 17 (cont’d)
Houston at Cincinnati, 8:25 PM (NFLN) Chicago at Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM
Miami at Los Angeles Chargers, 1:05 PM
Sunday, September 17 New York Jets at Oakland, 1:05 PM
Cleveland at Baltimore, 1:00 PM Dallas at Denver, 2:25 PM
Buffalo at Carolina, 1:00 PM Washington at Los Angeles Rams, 1:25 PM
Arizona at Indianapolis, 1:00 PM San Francisco at Seattle, 1:25 PM
Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1:00 PM Green Bay at Atlanta, 8:30 PM (NBC)
Philadelphia at Kansas City, 12:00 PM
New England at New Orleans, 12:00 PM Monday, September 18
Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 1:00 PM Detroit at New York Giants, 8:30 PM (ESPN)

 

GAME PREVIEWS WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

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