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Daily Almanac for Monday, September 10, 2018

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NFL upcoming important dates

COURTESY OF THE NFL

 

 

  • Beginning on the Tuesday following the third weekend of regular season games, the claiming priority is based on the inverse order of the standing of clubs in the current season’s games.
  • NFL London Series, Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders, New Tottenham Stadium
  • Fall League Meeting, New York, New York

 

NFL Week 2 Thursday Night Football Game: Ravens visiting Bengals in early AFC North Division battle

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW:

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS

September 13, 2018

Week 2 gets underway on Thursday, September 13 (8:20 PM ET, NFL Network) as the Baltimore Ravens travel to Paul Brown Stadium to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in an early-season AFC North showdown. The Ravens and Bengals meet for the 45th time with the all-time series tied 22-22. In Week 17 of the 2017 season, Cincinnati quarterback ANDY DALTON connected on a 49-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver TYLER BOYD with 44 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to secure a 31-27 victory over Baltimore. Bengals cornerback DARQUEZE DENNARD also had an 89-yard interception-return touchdown in the contest.

​Last week, Cincinnati running back JOE MIXON recorded 149 scrimmage yards (95 rushing, 54 receiving) and a rushing touchdown and wide receiver A.J. GREEN had six catches for 92 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ 34-23 victory at Indianapolis. The Bengals scored 24 unanswered points in the second half, punctuated by an 83-yard fumble-return touchdown by safety CLAYTON FEJEDELEM with 24 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Bengals defensive tackle GENO ATKINS, who recorded a sack in Week 1, has 62 sacks since entering the league in 2010, the most among NFL defensive tackles over the span.

Baltimore quarterback JOE FLACCO completed 25 of 34 passes (73.5 percent) and threw three touchdowns, including scoring passes to JOHN BROWNMICHAEL CRABTREE and WILLIE SNEAD in each of their team debuts, as the Ravens defeated the Bills 47-3 on Kickoff Weekend. The Ravens had six different players score an offensive touchdown in the contest. Baltimore linebacker C.J. MOSLEY is the only NFL player with at least 450 tackles (474), eight sacks (eight) and eight interceptions (eight) since entering the league in 2014.

Thursday’s contest marks the first of seven exclusively televised games on NFL Network this season and will be produced by FOX. The game will feature Joe Buck, Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Kristina Pink and Mike Pereira on the call.

For the Week 2 Baltimore-Cincinnati capsule, click here.

 

 

 

 

NFL Kickoff Weekend: Top Seven Highlights from Sunday’s action

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

SEVEN FROM SUNDAYKICKOFF WEEKEND

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 9, the first week of the 2018 season.

  • ​There were several notable Kickoff Weekend records set and milestones reached on Sunday:
    • The 88 combined points by Tampa Bay (48) and New Orleans (40) are the most points scored in a single game on Kickoff Weekend in NFL history. The previous record was held by the Philadelphia Eagles (45) and Washington Redskins (42) who combined for 87 points on September 28, 1947.
    • New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for three touchdowns against Tampa Bay and has 37 career touchdown passes in season-opening games, the most in NFL history, surpassing the previous record of 34 held by PEYTON MANNING.
    • New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS recorded a career-high 16 catches for 180 yards and one touchdown against Tampa Bay. Thomas’ 16 catches are the most by a player on Kickoff Weekend in NFL history, surpassing the previous record of 15 held by KEENAN ALLEN (September 13, 2015 vs. Detroit).
    • Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD had 76 receiving yards against Washington. Fitzgerald (1,068 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches) is one of five players with at least 1,000 career receiving yards and eight touchdown catches in season-opening games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (1,385 yards, nine touchdowns), ANDRE REED (1,225, 10), RANDY MOSS(1,194, 10) and DON MAYNARD (1,025, nine).
  • Tampa Bay quarterback RYAN FITZPATRICK passed for 417 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions and rushed for a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 48-40 win at New Orleans. With his performance, Fitzpatrick joined Washington’s MARK RYPIEN (November 10, 1991 against Atlanta) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for at least 400 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions and rush for a touchdown in a single game.

    Buccaneers wide receiver DE SEAN JACKSON had 146 receiving yards and two touchdowns, including a 58-yard touchdown catch, in the win. Jackson has 27 career touchdowns of at least 50 yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famers LANCE ALWORTH and TERRELL OWENS for the third-most in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (36) and RANDY MOSS (29) have more in league annals.

  • New England quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 277 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 102.2 passer rating in the Patriots’ 27-20 win over Houston. Brady, who is 41 years, 37 days old, became the third quarterback in NFL history to throw a touchdown pass in a season-opening game at the age of 41 or older, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers GEORGE BLANDA (45 years, 0 days) and WARREN MOON (41 years, 292 days).
  • Washington running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown and had 70 receiving yards in the Redskins’ 24-6 win at Arizona. Peterson, who has 12,372 career rushing yards and 100 career rushing touchdowns, became the seventh player in NFL history to record at least 12,000 rushing yards and 100 rushing touchdowns. The six other players to accomplish the feat – MARCUS ALLENJIM BROWNMARSHALL FAULKWALTER PAYTONEMMITT SMITH and LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON – are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

​Peterson surpassed Faulk (12,279) and Brown (12,312) for the 10th-most rushing yards in NFL history.

 

  • Kansas City wide receiver/punt returner TYREEK HILL had seven catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns, including a 58-yard touchdown catch, and a 91-yard punt-return touchdown in the Chiefs’ 38-28 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers.

    Hill joined Pro Football Hall of Famer BOB HAYES (December 8, 1968 vs. Pittsburgh) and TAVON AUSTIN (November 10, 2013 at Indianapolis) as the only players in NFL history to record a 50+ yard touchdown catch and a 90+ yard punt-return touchdown in a single game.

    Hill has 13 career touchdowns of at least 50 yards (six receiving, four punt-return, two rushing, one kick-return) in 32 career games and is tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS and DEVIN HESTER for the most 50+ yard touchdowns in a player’s first 35 career games in NFL history.

  • Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD recorded seven catches for 76 yards in the Cardinals’ loss to Washington. Fitzgerald has recorded at least one reception in 212 consecutive games and surpassed TONY GONZALEZ (211) for the second-longest streak of consecutive games with a catch in NFL history. Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE holds the record with at least one catch in 274 consecutive games from 1985-2004.
  • The CLEVELAND BROWNS and PITTSBURGH STEELERS played to a 21-21 tie at FirstEnergy Stadium. Sunday’s game marked the first Kickoff Weekend game to end in a tie since September 19, 1971, when the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos played to a 10-10 tie.

​Cleveland rookie cornerback DENZEL WARD recorded two interceptions in his NFL debut. Ward, who is 21 years, 134 days old, became thefourth-youngest player in NFL history with at least two interceptions in a single game. Only DICKY MOEGLE (21 years, 39 days on October 23, 1955), MARCUS WILLIAMS (21 years, 114 days on December 31, 2017) and CHAMP BAILEY (21 years, 117 days on October 17, 1999) accomplished the feat at a younger age.

 

Ward became the first rookie to record multiple interceptions in a season-opening game since Indianapolis’ EUGENE DANIEL on September 2, 1984 against the New York Jets.

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Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had nine catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. Brown has 10,003 receiving yards in 116 career games and tied TORRY HOLT (116) for the second-fewest games to reach 10,000 receiving yards in NFL history. Only CALVIN JOHNSON (115 games) reached the milestone in fewer career games.

 

NFL Digital Media offers fans more content and connection to the game

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

“The Checkdown” & “Around the NFL” Expand Brand Reach with New Live Shows on Twitter

NFL Digital Media announces a complete lineup of products, features and series that not only ensure fans never miss a game wherever they are, but also provides a deeper connection to the conversations, players and teams they love to follow.

Live game streaming will be more broadly available than ever before. For the first time, live local and most primetime games are available on phones and tablets across all wireless carriers at no charge through the NFL app, Yahoo Sports and other Verizon-owned mobile properties. NFL Network exclusive games are available for OTT streaming on phones and require authentication on tablets and other devices. Fans can access live games on desktop and connected TV devices by logging in with their TV provider on NFL.com, the NFL app, or the applicable TV network or provider’s digital platform. NFL Sunday Ticket customers will also be able to stream through NFL and DirecTV apps and sites.​

NFL RedZone and NFL Network are available across devices on an authenticated basis through the NFL app and NFL.com.​

In addition to accessing live games, the redesigned NFL app includes an all-new Game Center that provides up-to-the-minute scoring, in-game highlights, statistical insights and animated drive charts. On phones, fans can also access NFL Network live, as well as subscribe to NFL RedZone.​

“From the redesigned NFL app to new live shows, our digital team is driven to develop products, platforms and content franchises that keep a highly engaged NFL fan base connected to the game, teams and players they love,” said David Jurenka, NFL Senior Vice President of Digital Media. “We’re excited to unveil more content across our digital and social channels that bring fans even closer to all the moments that make every NFL season special.” ​

Complementing the live game viewing experience is a host of digital-first programming that engages a social media-savvy NFL audience.​

The Checkdown, NFL Digital Media’s football culture brand, expands to a live show streaming on Twitter every Thursday and Sunday from 7:45-8:15 pm ET to engage a young and differentiated audience and drive them into the Thursday Night Football and Sunday Night Football match-ups that follow.​

Hosted by a rotating cast of personalities including NFL Network host Colleen Wolfe, NFL Network analyst James Jones and comedian Megan GaileyThe Checkdown aggregates the buzziest conversations happening throughout the week on social to a live interactive digital audience.​

“Twitter is a natural platform for us to build excitement around the NFL and leverage the live conversations fans are already having on game days, said Mark Pesavento, NFL Media Vice President of Digital Content. “As a social brand, The Checkdown show offers our audience a connection into the primetime games from a voice that resonates with them.”​

Gailey and Jones will serve as hosts of the first three Thursday editions of The Checkdown, as well as the regular hosts every Sunday. Starting Week 4, Wolfe will be joined by a rotation of NFL Network analysts including Michael IrvinSteve Smith Sr., and Reggie Bush.​

In addition to The Checkdown, NFL Media’s Around the NFL podcast team – Dan HanzusGregg RosenthalMarc Sessler and Chris Wesseling – bring their unique take on NFL storylines to the Twitter audience with a new weekly live show streaming Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00 pm ET.​

With more than 10 billion minutes of video watched across the NFL’s digital and social properties last year, the NFL Digital Media team has introduced new brands that will continue to deliver compelling content for fans:​

 

NFL Throwback

NFL Throwback is a new cross-platform brand for historical content, connecting social audiences of today to the history of the game by celebrating classic moments, colorful characters and incredible achievements. When following NFL Throwback on social, fans are treated to a blend of historical photos, archival footage, historical game broadcasts and unique animations.

NFL Life – Kirk Cousins & Richard Sherman

  • All episodes now available on: NFL.com, NFL app

NFL Life is a multi-platform docu-series offering an intimate look at some of the game’s brightest stars at different stages of their football careers. The first two installments of the new series focus on new Vikings QB Kirk Cousins and his journey to become the face of the franchise in Minnesota, as well as 49ers CB Richard Sherman, who is back on the field with a new team following an Achilles injury last season.

So far, episodes of NFL Life have accrued more than 6 million total views across all available platforms.

Below is a look at additional content available this season from NFL Digital Media:

HOME ASSISTANT CONTENT

NFL in :60

  • Offering NFL news updates in the morning, evening and all the top stories during the day
  • Now available on Alexa enabled devices with Google Assistant enabled devices coming soon

NFL in :60 is your official daily NFL news update on the top stories from around the league. From the latest headlines to the NFL storylines you need to know on your favorite team and playmakers. Multiple updates throughout the day keep you up to speed on all the latest, straight from the NFL Network News Desk.

PODCASTS

RapSheet and Friends

  • Produced by Westwood One, new episodes post every Wednesday

NFL Network National Insider Ian Rapoport provides exclusive information and in-depth analysis on the biggest news in the National Football League. Rapoport is joined by fellow NFL reporters Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero to discuss the inside story on the most newsworthy topics of the week.

Around the NFL

  • Three new episodes each week, posting Monday, Wednesday and Friday

NFL.com’s Dan Hanzus, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler and Chris Wesseling break down the latest football news, with a dash of mirth.

Move the Sticks with Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks

  • Three new episodes each week, posting Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Former NFL scouts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks break down the latest news and action around the league from a scout’s perspective, alongside NFL player personnel executives.

The Dave Dameshek Football Program

  • Two new episodes each week, posting Tuesday and Thursday
  • Special streaming video edition, sponsored by Old Navy, every Thursday at 6 pm ET on NFL.com

Dave Dameshek sets his gaze on the NFL landscape to analyze, celebrate and, when necessary, offer improvements to America’s true national pastime from a true fan’s perspective.

NFL Fantasy Live

  • Two new episodes each week, posting Monday and Thursday

Michael Fabiano and Marcas Grant provide detailed fantasy football analysis, combining in-depth stats and film study to help you win your league and earn bragging rights over your friends, co-workers and family.

Game Theory & Money

  • New episodes each week, posting Thursday

NFL Media analytics expert Cynthia Frelund and Matt “Money” Smith focus on the most compelling matchups and unique statistical information while projecting how players and teams will perform based on advanced analytics.

ABOUT NFL MEDIA

NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL.com, the NFL app and NFL RedZone.

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can be streamed live through the NFL app and via Watch NFL Network on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices tablet (Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Roku and Xbox One). Access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.

 

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