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Week 3 begins with Thursday Night Football: Jets visiting the Browns






September 20, 2018



Week 3 kicks off at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland as the Browns host the New York Jets on Thursday, September 20 (8:20 PM ET, NFL Network). The Jets and Browns meet for the 25th time in the regular season with the all-time series tied 12-12. In their last meeting (Week 5 of 2017 season), Jets quarterback JOSH MC COWN threw two second-half touchdown passes and safety MARCUS MAYE recorded his first-career interception as New York defeated Cleveland 17-14.

Last week, Jets rookie quarterback SAM DARNOLD passed for 334 yards with one touchdown, and safety JAMAL ADAMS and linebacker JORDAN JENKINS each recorded a sack and forced fumble in New York’s 20-12 loss to Miami. Darnold, who was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, became the youngest player in NFL history (21 years, 103 days old) to throw for at least 300 yards in a single game, surpassing the previous record held by JACKY LEE (21 years, 137 days old), who threw for 331 yards on November 25, 1960. ​

Cleveland quarterback TYROD TAYLOR connected with rookie wide receiver ANTONIO CALLAWAY on a game-tying 47-yard touchdown with 1:16 remaining the fourth quarter at New Orleans in Week 2, but a Saints field goal with 21 seconds remaining secured a 21-18 victory over the Browns. Defensive lineman LARRY OGUNJOBI recorded two sacks in the contest and ties for second among NFL defensive linemen with three sacks in 2018. Browns wide receiver JARVIS LANDRY has recorded at least five receptions in 19 consecutive games, tied with LAVERANUES COLES (19 from September 29, 2002 to October 12, 2003) for the second-longest streak in league annals.

For the Week 3 New York-Cleveland capsule, click here.


Daily Almanac for Monday, September 17, 2018: Constitution & Citizenship Day in the U.S.




Formerly called “I am an American Day” (1940) and then “Citizenship Day” (1952), this observance’s long new name (2004) is called Constitution Day for short. It marks the anniversary of the date in 1787 when the final draft of the Constitution of the United States was signed by delegates to the Constitutional Convention after months of wrangling. The framers of the Constitution had been arguing constantly as they met in secret, but they had leaked reports to the press indicating that all was well. “So great is the unanimity, we hear, that prevails in the convention, upon all great federal subjects, that it has been proposed to call the room in which they assemble ‘Unanimity Hall.’” The Federalists (as they came to be called) argued through June and most of July and reached an agreement on July 16. After deciding to leave out a bill of rights — because everyone was worn-out and they thought there was no need for such a list — the framers completed the final draft on September 17 and made it ready for submission to the states for ratification. The American Bar Association and other organizations make an effort to mark this anniversary by sponsoring symposia and, in some cases, offering free legal advice.


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NFL Week 2 Top Statistical Highlights




A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 16, the second week of the 2018 season.

  • Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES completed 23 of 28 attempts (82.1 percent) for 326 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions for a 154.8 passer rating in the Chiefs’ 42-37 win at Pittsburgh.

    Mahomes, who threw four touchdown passes in Week 1, has 10 touchdown passes in two weeks, the most by a quarterback in NFL history through his team’s first two games of a season. The previous record of nine touchdown passes was held by PEYTON MANNING (2013), DREW BREES (2009) and CHARLEY JOHNSON (1965). Manning’s 2013 Denver Broncos and Brees’ 2009 New Orleans Saints advanced to the Super Bowl in their respective seasons. ​

    Mahomes, who started the final game of the 2017 season and the first two games of this season for the Chiefs, has 10 touchdown passes in his first three career games. His 10 touchdown passes are the most by a player in his first three career games in NFL history, surpassing MARCUS MARIOTA (eight) and MARK RYPIEN (eight).

    At 22 years, 364 days old, Mahomes is the youngest quarterback in NFL history with at least six touchdown passes in a single game. The previous record was held by NICK FOLES (24 years, 287 days), who threw seven touchdown passes on November 3, 2013.​

  • Tampa Bay quarterback RYAN FITZPATRICK completed 27 of 33 attempts (81.8 percent) for 402 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 144.4 passer rating in the Buccaneers’ 27-21 victory over Philadelphia.

    Fitzpatrick, who threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns in Week 1, joins PATRICK MAHOMES (2018) and DREW BLEDSOE (1997) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least four touchdown passes in each of their team’s first two games of a season.

    Fitzpatrick connected on 75-yard touchdown passes to wide receiver DE SEAN JACKSON and tight end O.J. HOWARD in the contest. He has four touchdown passes of at least 50 yards this season, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE NAMATH (four in 1972) for the most 50+ yard touchdown passes through a team’s first two games of a season in NFL history.

    Jackson, who has 23 career touchdowns of at least 60 yards, tied Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (23) for the most such touchdowns in league annals.

  • New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS had 12 catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints’ 21-18 win against Cleveland.

    Thomas, who had a franchise-record 16 catches in Week 1, has 28 receptions in the Saints’ first two games of 2018 and surpassed ANDRE RISON (26 catches in 1994) for the most by a player in his team’s first two games to start a season in NFL history.

  • Tennessee safety KEVIN BYARD threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to rookie defensive back DANE CRUIKSHANK on a fake punt in the first quarter of the Titans’ 20-17 win against Houston.

    Byard’s 66-yard touchdown pass was the longest by a defensive player in the Super Bowl era, surpassing the previous long of 18 yards set by Los Angeles Rams defensive back ED MEADOR on November 19, 1967.

  • Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI converted all three of his extra-point attempts in the Colts’ 21-9 victory at Washington.

    Vinatieri, who has 2,501 career points in 23 career seasons, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer MORTEN ANDERSEN (2,544) as the only players in NFL history with at least 2,500 career points.

  • The MINNESOTA VIKINGS and GREEN BAY PACKERS played to a 29-29 tie at Lambeau Field. Sunday’s game marked the second consecutive week with a tie (Cleveland-Pittsburgh in Week 1). This is the first season to feature a tie in each of the first two weeks since 1971, which saw Miami and Denver tie 10-10 in Week 1 and Atlanta and the Los Angeles Rams tie 20-20 in Week 2.
  • Other notable performances from Sunday’s games:
    • Miami running back FRANK GORE rushed for 25 yards in the Dolphins’ 20-12 win at the New York Jets. Gore, who has 14,112 career rushing yards, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer CURTIS MARTIN (14,101) for the fourth-most rushing yards in NFL history.
    • Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 39 of 60 attempts (65 percent) for 452 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 104.3 passer rating in the Steelers’ loss to Kansas City. Roethlisberger has 51,852 career passing yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for seventh place on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage leaderboard.
    • Denver rookie running back PHILLIP LINDSAY had 111 scrimmage yards (107 rushing, four receiving) in the Broncos’ 20-19 win against Oakland. Lindsay, who had 102 scrimmage yards (71 rushing, 31 receiving) in his NFL debut last week, became the first undrafted player in NFL history to record at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first two career games.
    • Oakland quarterback DEREK CARR completed 29 of 32 for a 90.6 completion percentage in the Raiders’ loss at Denver. Carr’s 90.6 completion percentage was the fourth-highest in a single game in NFL history among quarterbacks with at least 20 attempts in a game.

      ​​Among quarterbacks with at least 20 passing attempts, Carr’s 288 passing yards are the most by a quarterback who completed at least 90 percent of his attempts in a single game in NFL history. He is the only quarterback with at least 30 pass attempts and a 90+ completion percentage in a single game.


NFL to donate money to Hurricane Florence relief efforts




Tropical Depression Florence on September 16, 2018 By NASA - https, Public Domain, https

The NFL Foundation will contribute $1 million to Hurricane Florence relief efforts, it was announced today by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The contribution will be distributed to organizations that will address the immediate needs of those impacted throughout the Carolinas and other areas.

“The NFL family sends its support to the individuals, families and communities affected by Hurricane Florence,” said Goodell. “Natural disasters like this are devastating. As communities in and around the Carolinas recover and rebuild, we hope these funds will provide some measure of relief in the days, weeks and months ahead.”

The NFL encourages fans to text FLORENCE to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Hurricane Florence relief.


As usual, St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale has the most NFL Players






Saint Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), with 15 players, tops the list of high schools with the most players on 2018 NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters, the NFL announced today.

NFL players hail from 1,332 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 1,694 men on Kickoff Weekend rosters.


High School, City, State Number NFL Players
Saint Thomas Aquinas, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 15 Geno Atkins, CIN; Giovani Bernard, CIN; Joey Bosa, LAC; Bryan Cox, CAR; James Crawford, GB; Phillip Dorsett, NE; Marcus Gilbert, PIT; Rashad Greene, JAX; Bobby Hart, CIN; Gabe Holmes, AZ; Lamarcus Joyner, LAR; Brandon Linder, JAX; Michael Palardy, CAR; James White, NE; Sam Young, MIA
Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, CA 7 Jayon Brown, TEN; Jurrell Casey, TEN; Kaelin Clay, NYG; DeSean Jackson, TB; Marcedes Lewis, GB; Jamize Olawale, DAL; JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
Norcross High School, Norcross, GA 6 Lorenzo Carter, NYG; Jason Croom, BUF; Geremy Davis, LAC; Max Garcia, DEN; Christopher Herndon, NYJ; Alvin Kamara, NO
Serra High School, San Diego, CA 6 Bene’ Benwikere, AZ; Matt Dickerson, TEN; Rasheem Green, SEA; Jordan Lasley, BAL; Dante Pettis, SF; Paul Richardson, WAS
Glenville High School, Cleveland, OH 5 Frank Clark, SEA; Ted Ginn, Jr., NO; Justin Hardee, NO; Willie Henry, BAL; Marshon Lattimore, NO
Lakewood High School, St. Petersburg, FL 5 Shaquem Griffin, SEA; Shaquill Griffin, SEA; Austin Reiter, KC; Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, OAK; Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB
Miami Central High School, Miami, FL 5 Dalvin Cook, MIN; Devonta Freeman, ATL; John Miller, BUF; Deatrick Nichols, AZ; Kevin Pamphile, TEN
Miami Norland High School, Miami, FL 5 Antonio Brown, PIT; Carlton Davis, TB; Ereck Flowers, NYG; Duke Johnson, Jr., CLE; Xavier Rhodes, MIN


12 high schools have four players each in the NFL this year. 48 schools boast three NFLers, while 182 have two players apiece:

High School, City, State NFL Players High School, City, State NFL Players
Chandler High School, Chandler, AZ 4 Oxford High School, Oxford, AL 4
Friendship Collegiate Academy, Washington, DC 4 Pickerington High School, Pickerington, OH 4
Glades Central High School, Belle Glade, FL 4 St. Augustine High School, New Orleans, LA 4
Lowndes High School, Valdosta, GA 4 University High School, Orlando, FL 4
Miami Northwestern High School, Miami, FL 4 West Monroe High School, West Monroe, LA 4
Northwestern High School, Rock Hill, SC 4 Westlake High School, Austin, TX 4
Number of high schools with 3 NFL players: 48
Number of high schools with 2 NFL players: 182
Number of high schools with 1 NFL player: 1,082

: Florida tops the list of states with the most NFL players (211), followed by California (185) and Texas (175):


State NFL Players State NFL Players
Florida 211 Pennsylvania 59
California 185 New Jersey 55
Texas 175 North Carolina 55
Georgia 123 Virginia 47
Ohio 76 Illinois 46
Alabama 60 Michigan 43
Louisiana 59 South Carolina 43


HOMETOWNS: Miami heads the list of hometowns with the most players (24), followed by Houston (20), Fort Lauderdale (16) and Cincinnati (15):


Hometown NFL Players Hometown NFL Players
Miami, FL 24 Detroit, MI 11  
Houston, TX 20 Orlando, FL 11  
Fort Lauderdale, FL 16 Washington, DC 11  
Cincinnati, OH 15 Mobile, AL 10  
New Orleans, LA 14 Tampa, FL 10  
San Diego, CA 12      

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 Georgia (one in 78,761) round out the top three. The national average is one NFL player per 184,988 U.S. residents.​


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
Georgia 9,687,653 123   1 NFL player per 78,761 people
Alabama 4,779,736 60   1 NFL player per 79,662 people
Mississippi 2,967,297 34   1 NFL player per 87,273 people
Florida 18,801,310 211   1 NFL player per 89,106 people
South Carolina 4,625,364 43   1 NFL player per 107,567 people
Delaware 897,934 8   1 NFL player per 112,242 people
Hawaii 1,360,301 10   1 NFL player per 136,030 people
Texas 25,145,561 175   1 NFL player per 143,689 people
Ohio 11,536,504 76   1 NFL player per 151,796 people
United States 308,745,538 1,669 1 NFL player per 184,988 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 here​.


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