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Coming up on Wednesday, Sports Spotlight interview with Eastmoor Academy RB Savon Edwards, Jr.!

Savon Edwards Jr. (megasportsnews.com photo)

 

Savon Edwards #2 of Eastmoor is an unstoppable player (Toni Fisher photo)

Colleges should take a look at this electrifying all-purpose RB! No team has stopped him the past two years. We will discuss all of that in our 1-on-1 interview with this soft-spoken young athlete from one of the Columbus City League’s best teams, Eastmoor Academy.

Week 8 starts with Thursday Night Football, Dolphins visiting the Texans

PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW:

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT HOUSTON TEXANS

October 25, 2018

Week 8 gets underway on Thursday, October 25 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) as the Houston Texans welcome the Miami Dolphins to NRG Stadium. The Dolphins and Texans face off for the ninth time with Houston holding a 7-1 series advantage. In the last meeting between the two teams, Dolphins quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL completed 18 of 19 passes (94.7 percent) for 282 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating – the highest-attainable mark – in Miami’s 44-26 home victory on October 25, 2015.

In Week 7, Dolphins quarterback BROCK OSWEILER passed for two touchdowns and running back KENYAN DRAKE rushed for a 54-yard score in the team’s loss to Detroit. Dolphins linebacker KIKO ALONSO ranks second in the NFL with 66 tackles and is the only player with at least 50 tackles and three forced fumbles (three) this season. Running back FRANK GORE has 18,087 career scrimmage yards in his 14-year NFL career and can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS(18,190) for the sixth-most scrimmage yards in league history.

Houston’s defense, led by defensive end JADEVEON CLOWNEY (two sacks and a fumble recovery) and safety TYRANN MATHIEU (one sack and one interception), held Jacksonville to 259 total net yards in Week 7 en route to a 20-7 victory over the Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Clowney, who is tied for second in the AFC with nine tackles for loss this season, has 46 TFL since 2016, the second-most in the NFL over the span (CHANDLER JONES, 49). Texans defensive end J.J. WATT has seven sacks in his past five games and is one of two NFL players (VON MILLER) with at least seven sacks (seven) and four forced fumbles (four) this season.

For the Week 8 Miami-Houston capsule, click here​.

 

Top Seven statistical highlights from Week 7 Sunday, October 21, 2018

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SEVEN FROM SUNDAYWEEK 7

​A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 9:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 21st, the seventh week of the 2018 season.

  • New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 percent) for 212 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 114.9 rating in the Saints’ 24-23 victory at Baltimore.

Brees, who has 501 career touchdown passes, became the fourth player in NFL history with at least 500 career touchdown passes, joining PEYTON MANNING (539), Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (508) and TOM BRADY (504).

With today’s win against the Ravens, Brees joins Manning and Favre as the only quarterbacks to defeat all 32 current NFL teams.

 

  • Minnesota wide receiver ADAM THIELEN had nine receptions for 110 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings’ 37-17 victory over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

    Thielen has recorded at least 100 receiving yards in each of Minnesota’s first seven games this season, tyingCHARLEY HENNIGAN (seven consecutive games in 1961) as the only players in NFL history with 100 or more receiving yards in each of his team’s first seven games of a season. Thielen became the fifth player to record seven consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards in a single season in NFL history.

​Thielen, who went undrafted in 2013, is the fourth undrafted player in the common draft era to record at least seven games with 100 or more receiving yards in a single season, joining ROD SMITH (8 games in 2000),WES WELKER (8 in 2011) & VICTOR CRUZ (7 in 2011).

 

  • Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in Rams’ 39-10 victory at San Francisco. The Rams, who are the league’s only unbeaten team, begin the season 7-0 for the first time since 1985.

​Gurley, who has 14 total touchdowns (11 rushing, three receiving) this season, is the third different player with at least 14 touchdowns in his team’s first seven games to start a season, joining Pro Football Hall of FamerJIM BROWN (15 in 1958) and PRIEST HOLMES (14 in 2002 and 14 in 2004).

 

  • Tampa Bay kicker CHANDLER CATANZARO converted the game-winning 59-yard field goal with 1:50 remaining in the Buccaneers’ 26-23 overtime win over Cleveland.

​Catanzaro’s 59-yarder is the longest game-winning field goal in overtime since the regular-season overtime rule was instituted in 1974, surpassing the previous record of 57 yards set by Oakland’s SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI (October 19, 2008 vs. the New York Jets).

At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first seven weeks of the 2018 season, marking the first time that a season has featured at least one overtime game in each of its first seven weeks.

 

  • Los Angeles Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS completed 19 of 26 passes (73.1 percent) for 306 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 137.7 rating in the Chargers’ 20-19 victory over Tennessee before a crowd of 84,301 at London’s Wembley Stadium.

    Rivers, who threw touchdowns of 75 and 55 yards, became the first quarterback with two touchdown passes of at least 50 yards in the 23 NFL games played in London since 2007. By the end of the 2018 season, the NFL will have played 24 regular-season games in London, with 29 of 32 teams having participated.

    Rivers, who has 60 career games with at least 300 passing yards, is the sixth player in NFL history to record at least 60 such games, joining DREW BREES (112), PEYTON MANNING (93), TOM BRADY (84) and Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (63) and BRETT FAVRE (62).

  • ​Carolina wide receiver CURTIS SAMUEL rushed for a touchdown and quarterback CAM NEWTON threw two touchdowns passes, including a one-yard pass to tight end GREG OLSEN with 1:22 remaining in the fourth quarter, in the Panthers’ 21-17 victory over Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Panthers, who trailed 17-0 in the fourth quarter, recorded the largest fourth-quarter comeback victory in franchise history.

The HOUSTON TEXANS defeated Jacksonville, 20-7, in Week 7. The Texans are the sixth team since 1970 to win four consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start to a season, joining the 1970 New York Giants, 1986 Los Angeles Raiders, 1998 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Pittsburgh Steelers and 2011 Kansas City Chiefs.

The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS defeated Chicago, 38-31, at Soldier Field. The Patriots, who scored 38 points in both Week 4 and Week 5 and 43 points in Week 6, are the fifth team since 1970 to score at least 38 points in four consecutive games in a single season, joining the 2014 Dallas Cowboys, 2004 Indianapolis Colts, 2000 St. Louis Rams and 1998 Minnesota Vikings.

 

  • Detroit rookie running back KERRYON JOHNSON rushed for 158 yards on 19 carries (8.3 average) in the Lions’ 32-21 victory at Miami.

Johnson is the first Lions running back with at least 150 rushing yards in a single game since JAHVID BEST(163 vs. Chicago on October 10, 2011). The Lions combined for 248 rushing yards on Sunday, the most by the franchise in a single game since November 23, 1997 (249 yards vs. Indianapolis).

 

 

NFL announces plans for 100th season in 2019

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NFL TO CELEBRATE 100TH SEASON IN 2019 WITH YEAR-LONG “NFL 100″ NATIONAL EVENTS ​

The National Football League will celebrate its 100th Season in 2019 with a year-long series of “NFL 100″ events, initiatives and programming centered around fans, players and communities, it was announced tonight.

The historic and unprecedented celebration will salute the millions of fans who love the game; highlight the unifying nature of football and its positive impact in communities; bring together generations of past, present and future players; and look ahead to the NFL’s next 100 years. In the coming months, information will be shared about national and local “NFL 100″ plans and ways fans can join in the celebration.

A special “NFL 100″ logo, unveiled tonight during halftime of the Thursday Night Football game, will be prominently displayed throughout the 100th season – during celebrations on the field, in stadiums, game broadcasts, NFL Films and NFL Network programming, and digital and social media content. In addition, the “NFL 100″ logo will be featured on game balls and on every player’s game jersey in the neck area. NFL business partners will also use the logo in activations and on an array of merchandise.

“For nearly 100 years, the NFL has been part of the fabric of America, unifying communities and bringing fans together to support their favorite teams and players.” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We have the greatest fans in the world. Next year, we will join our fans in celebrating what this incredible game means to each of us.”

Additional Background

‘NFL 100″ will officially kick off at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta and will be featured during offseason events like the Draft in Nashville and enshrinement week at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. The celebration will ramp up during the lead-up to the Kickoff of the 2019 season in September and continue throughout the season, culminating at Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

Among the planned celebratory programs:

  • Weekends in local team markets will bring together high school football programs with fan festivals and NFL games that celebrate past, present and future players and coaches.
  • A blue-ribbon panel of former players, general managers, coaches, NFL historians and media will select the All-Time Team and the 10 greatest coaches in NFL history. The All-Time Team and many other on-field accomplishments will be celebrated throughout next year.
  • NFL Media – including NFL Network and NFL Films – will offer original programming and content to celebrate the 100th season across multiple platforms.

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NFL Transactions for Week 7

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

The following are the​ NFL transactions for Wednesday, October 17. Transactions will be published each day after they are circulated to NFL clubs. This public version will ​include waiver requests, assignments via waivers, terminations, free agent signings, reserve list and practice squad additions and deletions, and trades. It will not include waiver claims, tryouts, suspensions, etc.​​

PERSONNEL NOTICE

DATE: Wednesday, 10/17/2018

 

WAIVER SYSTEM TRANSACTIONS

 
TERMINATIONS VIA WAIVER SYSTEM
 
KANSAS CITY
McQuay, Leon DB Southern California  
 
NEW YORK GIANTS
Coley, Stacy WR Miami    
Deayon, Donte DB Boise State    
 
SAN FRANCISCO
Wick, Cole TE Incarnate Word  
 

ACTIVE LIST ADDITIONS

 
 
FREE AGENT SIGNINGS
 
MIAMI
Smith, Maurice DB Georgia  
 
PHILADELPHIA
McDougle, Dexter DB Maryland  
 
TAMPA BAY
Bond, Devante LB Oklahoma  
 

RESERVE LIST ADDITIONS

 
CLEVELAND
Burgess, James LB Louisville  
Reserve/Injured from Waived/Injured
 
MIAMI
Allen, Chase LB Southern Illinois  
Reserve/Injured
Brendel, Jake C UCLA  
Status Changed to Reserve/Injured; Designated for Return
(Also see OTHER TRANSACTIONS/COMMENTS)
Hull, Mike LB Penn State  
Status Changed to Reserve/Injured; Designated for Return
(Also see OTHER TRANSACTIONS/COMMENTS)
 
NEW YORK JETS
McGuire, Elijah RB Louisiana-Lafayette  
Status Changed to Reserve/Injured; Designated for Return
(Also see OTHER TRANSACTIONS/COMMENTS)
 
PHILADELPHIA
Vaeao, Destiny DT Washington State  
Reserve/Injured from Waived/Injured
 

PRACTICE SQUAD TRANSACTIONS

 
ADDITIONS
 
HOUSTON
Ferguson, Josh RB Illinois  
Exception
 
LOS ANGELES RAMS
Howard, Travin LB Texas Christian  
 
NEW YORK JETS
Joseph, Dieugot T Florida International  
 
PHILADELPHIA
Craig, Winston DT Richmond  
 
SAN FRANCISCO
Delaire, Ryan DE Towson  
Exception
 
CONTRACT TERMINATED BY CLUB
 
NEW YORK JETS
Henderson, De’Angelo RB Coastal Carolina  
OTHER TRANSACTIONS/COMMENTS
 
RETURNED TO PRACTICE
 
DETROIT
Jones, Andy WR Jacksonville  
Remains on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform
 
HOUSTON
Hal, Andre DB Vanderbilt  
Remains on Reserve/Non-Football Illness
 
MIAMI
Brendel, Jake C UCLA  
Remains on Reserve/Injured; Designated for Return
Hull, Mike LB Penn State  
Remains on Reserve/Injured; Designated for Return
 
NEW YORK JETS
McGuire, Elijah RB Louisiana-Lafayette  
Remains on Reserve/Injured; Designated for Return
 
WASHINGTON
McGee, Stacy DE Oklahoma  
Remains on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform
 

 

 

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