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NFL opens 100th Season Thursday, September 5 with Packers at the Bears

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Since the NFL launched in 1920, no other rivalry has contained more vivid history than the GREEN BAY PACKERS and CHICAGO BEARS. And since AARON RODGERS became a starter in 2008, few NFL rivalries have carried as many playoff implications.

Rodgers and rookie Packers head coach MATT LaFLEUR this week make the 34-minute flight to Chicago, where the Bears will host Thursday’s historic opener (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC). The Packers have 56 wins on Kickoff Weekend, most in the NFL, including the longest active streak in the NFC, four games. Chicago’s 54 Kickoff Weekend wins rank second.

Victory at venerable Soldier Field, the league’s oldest stadium, has proven significant during the Rodgers era. In nine of the last 10 years, the winner of the lakefront game between these clubs has advanced to the playoffs. In seven of the last nine seasons, the winner of this Soldier Field game has gone on to win the division. And in 2010, a Windy City win in the NFC Championship also gave the Packers a trip to Super Bowl XLV.

A different team has won the NFC North each of the last three years, the NFL’s only division with that distinction, and the division hasn’t seen a repeat winner since 2014.

Entering this year, the Bears are kings of that hill after capturing the NFC North under their own rookie head coach, MATT NAGY, and second-year starting quarterback MITCHELL TRUBISKY, the second-overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. On the path to the postseason, Chicago finished 12-4 to capture the NFC’s No. 3 seed, joining the HOUSTON TEXANS (AFC South) as the two teams to complete a “worst-to-first” turnaround in 2018. In 15 of the past 16 seasons, at least one team has won its division the season after finishing in last place.

Thursday also marks the Bears’ first game under new defensive coordinator CHUCK PAGANO. The former Colts head coach inherits a unit that led the NFL in fewest points allowed (17.7 per game), takeaways (36), interceptions (27), interception touchdowns (five), fewest rushing yards (80.0 per game) and fewest net yards per pass play (5.3). KYLE FULLER tied for the league lead with seven interceptions and EDDIE JACKSON tied for the league lead with two interception-touchdowns. Meanwhile, KHALIL MACK (12.5 in 2018) is one of just three NFL players with at least 10 sacks in each of the last three seasons.

For the Week 1 Green Bay-Chicago capsule, click here​.​

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL Week 1 Preview (100th Season Opens)

 

To help celebrate the NFL’s 100th season, each week will feature an NFL100 Game of the Week. Each game will be a nod to a momentous game played, a fierce rivalry that spans decades, a matchup of original teams and/or a game in which history was made . The NFL has designated the Packers-Bears contest as the NFL100 GAME OF THE WEEK for Week 1. In arguably the league’s richest all-time rivalry, the Packers and Bears will meet for the 199th time, including the postseason, in a series that spans all 10 NFL decades. The franchises first met Nov. 27, 1921, when the eventual NFL champion Chicago Staleys shut out the Packers, 20-0, but Green Bay leads the series, 97-95-6. Combined, the two organizations have accounted for 22 world championships,13 for Green Bay, nine for Chicago (No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, all-time). The two teams have also combined to put 53 individuals in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 28 from the Bears (No. 1 all-time) and 25 from the Packers (No. 2 all-time), with respect to those who spent the majority of their careers with a club.

Welcome to 2019. Expect new teams to earn playoff berths, a few consistent players and clubs to excel again, records to fall and young players to forge ahead as they introduce themselves to our collective excitement. It’s a familiar script, a story that has fueled the league’s popularity for 99 years. The blanks will be filled in come February.

What is known this week is that every team holds fast to a dream: Super Bowl LIV in Miami. And with history as an indication, every team has a legitimate shot.

  • THE FIELD IS OPEN: In 2018, two teams – the HOUSTON TEXANS (AFC South) and CHICAGO BEARS (NFC North) – won their divisions after finishing in last place the year before. In 15 of the past 16 seasons, at least one team finished in first place in its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place.

    Since the NFL expanded to 32 teams in 2002, two clubs have gone “worst to first” en route to a Super Bowl victory – the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles and the 2009 New Orleans Saints.

    Since the NFL adopted the 12-team playoff format in 1990, at least four teams every season have qualified for the playoffs after failing to make the postseason the year before. Seven teams that missed the postseason in 2017 – Baltimore (10-6), Chicago (12-4), Dallas (10-6), Houston (11-5), Indianapolis (10-6), the Los Angeles Chargers (12-4) and Seattle (10-6) – earned a playoff berth in 2018.

  • MOST-EVER SUPER BOWL WINS: The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS won their sixth Lombardi Trophy last year and begin their quest to break a tie with their Kickoff Weekend opponent, the PITTSBURGH STEELERS, for the most-ever Super Bowl victories. The AFC stalwarts clash to open Sunday Night Football (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC). By winning another title this season, New England would also join Pittsburgh as the only teams to win consecutive Super Bowls on two occasions.
  • RECORDS WITHIN REACH: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES (520) needs 20 touchdown passes and New England quarterback TOM BRADY (517) needs 23 to surpass PEYTON MANNING (539) for the most all-time. Brees (34) also needs two games of four-or-more touchdown passes to eclipse Manning (35) for the most four-touchdown games in NFL annals. And, Brees (9,783) needs 387 pass attempts to leap Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (10,169) for most on the all-time list. Brady will play his 20th season with the Patriots, tying two Pro Football Hall of Famers, Washington’s DARRELL GREEN and the Rams’ JACKIE SLATER, for the second-most seasons with one franchise in NFL history. Detroit’s JASON HANSON (21) owns the league record. Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle AARON DONALD can become the first player in league history to earn three consecutive AP Defensive Player of the Year honors. With a third overall, Donald would tie J.J. WATT (2012, 2014-15) and Pro Football Hall of Famer LAWRENCE TAYLOR (1981-82, 1986) for most all-time. Buffalo Bills running back FRANK GORE (14,748) needs 522 rushing yards to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (15,269) for third on the all-time list. Gore (18,544) also needs 611 yards from scrimmage to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (19,154) for fourth on the all-time list. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD (1,303) needs 23 receptions to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (1,325) for second on the NFL’s all-time list. Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (1,549) holds the career record. Fitzgerald (9) also needs 1,000 receiving yards to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (10) for second on the NFL’s all-time list of most 1,000-yard seasons. Rice (14) holds the career record.
  • SUCCESS WITH FIRST-YEAR LEADERS: Seven teams enter this season with a new head coach, KLIFF KINGSBURY in Arizona, ZAC TAYLOR in Cincinnati, FREDDIE KITCHENS in Cleveland, VIC FANGIO in Denver, MATT LaFLEUR in Green Bay, BRIAN FLORES in Miami, ADAM GASE with the New York Jets and BRUCE ARIANS in Tampa Bay. Four rookie head coaches have led their teams to the playoffs over the last two seasons: MATT NAGY (Chicago) and FRANK REICH (Indianapolis) in 2018, and SEAN McVAY (Los Angeles Rams) and SEAN McDERMOTT (Buffalo) in 2017. Kingsbury, Kitchens, Fangio, LaFleur and Flores are all first-time head coaches in 2019.
  • FAMILIAR FACES IN NEW PLACES: Several notable players were on the move during the offseason and preseason, including quarterbacks JOE FLACCO (Denver) and NICK FOLES (Jacksonville); running backs LE’VEON BELL (New York Jets), MARK INGRAM (Baltimore), FRANK GORE (Buffalo) and LESEAN McCOY (Kansas City); wide receivers ODELL BECKHAM JR. (Cleveland), ANTONIO BROWN (Oakland) and DeSEAN JACKSON (Philadelphia) and KENNY STILLS (Houston); tight end JARED COOK (New Orleans); tackles TRENT BROWN (Oakland) and LAREMY TUNSIL (Houston); guard RODGER SAFFOLD (Tennessee); center MITCH MORSE (Buffalo); defensive ends EZEKIEL ANSAH (Seattle), FRANK CLARK (Kansas City), JADEVEON CLOWNEY (Seattle), TREY FLOWERS (Detroit) and CAMERON WAKE (Tennessee); defensive tackles MALIK JACKSON (Philadelphia) and GERALD McCOY (Carolina); linebackers KIKO ALONSO (New Orleans), DEE FORD (San Francisco), CLAY MATTHEWS (Los Angeles Rams), C.J. MOSLEY (New York Jets) and TERRELL SUGGS (Arizona); cornerbacks ROBERT ALFORD (Arizona), BRADLEY ROBY (Houston) and STEVEN NELSON (Pittsburgh); and safeties LANDON COLLINS (Washington); TYRANN MATHIEU (Kansas City), EARL THOMAS (Baltimore) and ERIC WEDDLE (Los Angeles Rams).
  • YOUNG STARS TAKE THE STAGE: Last season, seven rookies – New York Giants running back SAQUON BARKLEY, Seattle punter MICHAEL DICKSON, Los Angeles Chargers safety DERWIN JAMES, Denver running back PHILLIP LINDSAY, Indianapolis guard QUENTON NELSON, Dallas linebacker LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH and Cleveland cornerback DENZEL WARD – earned Pro Bowl honors.

    Last year, 39 players age 25 or younger as of Dec. 31, 2018, were selected to the Pro Bowl. And 16 of those 39 were voted AP All-Pro, including New York Jets safety JAMAL ADAMS, Chicago kick-returner TARIK COHEN, Cleveland defensive end MYLES GARRETT, Minnesota defensive end DANIELLE HUNTER, New York Giants kicker ALDRICK ROSAS and the reigning MVP, Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES.

    Three quarterbacks – Oklahoma’s KYLER MURRAY (No. 1 overall, Arizona), Duke’s DANIEL JONES (No. 6, New York Giants) and Ohio State’s DWAYNE HASKINS (No. 15, Washington) – were selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. At least one rookie quarterback has started a Kickoff Weekend contest in 11 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the NFL since at least 1950.

NFL KICKOFF WEEKEND SCHEDULE, SEPT. 5, 8-9

(All times Eastern)

Thursday Sunday (cont.)
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears # 8:20 p.m. NBC Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Chargers 4:05 p.m. CBS
Sunday Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks 4:05 p.m. CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Carolina Panthers 1 p.m. FOX Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals 4:25 p.m. FOX
Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. CBS New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys 4:25 p.m. FOX
Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars 1 p.m. CBS San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:25 p.m. FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins 1 p.m. CBS Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots 8:20 p.m. NBC
Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m. FOX Monday
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets 1 p.m. CBS Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints 7:10 p.m. ESPN
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m. FOX Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders 10:20 p.m. ESPN

 

PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL Network announces programming for Weekends during 2019 season

 

‘NFL GameDay Morning’ Kicks Off Sunday ‘GameDay’ Programming at 9:00 AM ET

‘Good Morning Football: Weekend’ Airs Saturday at 9:00 AM ET

NFL Network to Broadcast 10 Conference USA Games This Season

‘NFL GameDay View’ Airs Saturday at 8:00 AM ET on NFL Network

With the 2019 NFL season – the NFL’s 100th – set to begin this week, NFL Network announces its weekend programming schedule.

This season, NFL Network’s Sunday’s GameDay schedule kicks off at 9:00 AM ET with NFL GameDay Morning Presented by LowesRich Eisen hosts the Emmy-nominated show from Los Angeles, along with Hall of Famers Kurt Warner and Michael Irvin, former head coach Steve Mariucci, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, analytics expert Cynthia Frelund and various NFL Network reporters. NFL GameDay Morning – the most comprehensive pregame show on television – enters its 11th season this year.

NFL Network’s Sunday GameDay programming continues with NFL GameDay Live at 1:00 PM ET, with hosts Rhett Lewis and Kyle Montgomery, Hall of Famer Terrell Davis, and analysts James JonesMarcel Reece and Andrew Hawkins providing in-progress highlights and analysis of the day’s games. At 7:30 PM ETCole Wright and Chris Rose host NFL GameDay Highlights, providing a recap of the day’s action thus far with highlights, postgame press conferences and commentary leading up to kickoff of the Sunday night matchup.

At 11:30 PM ETNFL GameDay Prime airs with Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and host Chris Rose recapping the weekend’s games.

Good Morning Football: Weekend returns on Saturday at 9:00 AM ET, with host Colleen Wolfe, analysts Michael Robinson and DeAngelo Hall, and reporter Mike Garafolo providing three hours of coverage from NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. Good Morning Football: Weekend offers the latest news and analysis from around the NFL heading into Sunday’s slate of games. Additionally, NFL Network reporters stationed across the league will join with the latest from select game sites.

On Saturday at 8:00 AM ETNFL GameDay View breaks down each game and predicts which teams will win. Andrew HawkinsCynthia Frelund and Gregg Rosenthal host the one-hour show and are joined each week by various NFL Network analysts as well as reporters stationed around the NFL. Fans will also have their voices heard as they will have the opportunity to vote on each week’s games. An edition of NFL GameDay View also streams on NFL.com Sunday at 11:30 AM ET with Hawkins and Frelund providing the latest actives/inactives for Sunday’s games, as well as last-minute fantasy advice.

New this season, NFL Network broadcasts 10 Conference USA games beginning Saturday, September 7 at 3:30 PM ET with Grambling State at Louisiana Tech. NFL Network’s schedule of Conference USA games is highlighted by two matchups featuring defending conference champions UAB (vs. South Alabama on September 21 and at Southern Miss on November 9), as well as conference runner-up Middle Tennessee State University (vs. FIU on October 26). Additionally, NFL Network’s schedule includes teams which won bowl games in 2018 in Louisiana Tech (vs. Grambling State on September 7 and vs. Southern Miss on October 19) and FIU (at Middle Tennessee State University on October 26).

Kick-off time for all games is currently scheduled for 3:30 PM ET. Each week, NFL Now airs at 3:00 PM ET providing pre-game analysis, as well as post-game with a recap and highlights.

For NFL Network’s complete 2019 Conference USA schedule, visit: http://tinyurl.com/y64ldhft.

For details on NFL Network’s broadcast teams for Conference USA games, visit: http://tinyurl.com/y38oexum.

Each Saturday starting at 8:00 PM ET, NFL Network presents NFL 100 Game of the Week Classics, a block of programming looking back at a designated NFL 100 Game of the Week utilizing NFL Films’ vault to revisit and reflect on the pivotal moments that shaped each historical matchup.​

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Provided below is the weekend programming schedule for NFL Network during the 2019 NFL regular season (times provided in Eastern Standard Time):

Saturday

7:00 AM – NFL Fantasy Live – Re-Air

8:00 AM – NFL GameDay View

9:00 AM – Good Morning Football: Weekend – LIVE

12 Noon – Good Morning Football: Weekend – Re-Air

3:00 PM – NFL Now – LIVE

3:30 PM – Conference USA Game – LIVE

6:30 PM – NFL Now – LIVE

7:00 PM – NFL Fantasy Live – Re-Air

8:00 PM – NFL 100 Game of the Week Classics

11:00 PM – NFL Fantasy Live – Re-Air

12 Midnight – NFL GameDay View – Re-Air

1:00 AM – NFL 100 Programming

 

Sunday

9:00 AM – NFL GameDay Morning – LIVE

1:00 PM – NFL GameDay Live – LIVE

7:30 PM – NFL GameDay Highlights – LIVE

11:30 PM – NFL GameDay Prime – LIVE

 

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 (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. For NFL Network audio programming, download the TuneIn app.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF NFLmedia.com

 

2019 NFL Kickoff Weekend: What to look for as league opens 100th season

SUPER STARTERS: History indicates that the best way for a team to start its drive toward a Super Bowl championship is to win in Week 1.

The 53 Super Bowl winners have a 43-9-1 record in the Kickoff Weekend games of their title seasons. The Super Bowl LIII champion NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, who host Pittsburgh in their season-opener on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), have won nine of their past 10 home openers played on Kickoff Weekend, the most in the NFL over that span.

Since 1978 when the NFL went to the 16-game schedule, and excluding the abbreviated season of 1982, teams that are victorious in their season-openers are more than twice as likely to reach the playoffs than losers of an opening game:

  • Of the 602 teams that won openers…311 went to the playoffs (189 won division titles).
  • Of the 601 teams that lost openers…147 went to the playoffs (85 won division titles).

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

In 2018, three of the four participants in the conference championships – Kansas City, the Los Angeles Rams and New England – were victorious on Kickoff Weekend, including both Super Bowl teams.

– NFL –

 

STARTING STREAKS: Some clubs have excelled in openers. Below is a sampling of notable active NFL Kickoff milestones and streaks:

  • The CHICAGO BEARS host the GREEN BAY PACKERS on Thursday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC) to kick off the NFL’s 100th season. Green Bay’s 56 Kickoff Weekend wins are the most all-time and Chicago’s 54 wins rank second. The Packers have won their past four Kickoff Weekend games, the longest active streak in the NFC.
  • The DENVER BRONCOS, who begin the season by visiting the OAKLAND RAIDERS on Monday Night Football (10:20 PM ET, ESPN), have posted a .672 winning percentage (39-19-1) on Kickoff Weekend, the top mark in the league. Denver has won its past seven Kickoff Weekend games, the longest active streak in the NFL.
  • The defending AFC West champion KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, who visit the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS in Week 1 (1:00 PM ET, CBS), have won their last four Kickoff Weekend games, tied for the league’s second-longest active streak.
  • The defending NFC East champion DALLAS COWBOYS host the NEW YORK GIANTS in a division showdown (4:25 PM ET, FOX). Dallas and New York face each other on Kickoff Weekend for the fourth time in the last five years. With a winning percentage of .655 (38-20-1), the Cowboys own the best Kickoff Weekend winning percentage in the NFC.
  • The SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, who returned to the playoffs in 2018, host the CINCINNATI BENGALS (4:05 ET, CBS). Seattle has won 10 consecutive home openers, the longest active streak in the league.
  • The WASHINGTON REDSKINS face the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES on the road to start the season (1:00 ET, FOX). Washington has won its past three road openers, the longest active streak in the league.

*From 1920-71, tie games were not included in winning percentage

– NFL –

START ME UP: Some players have excelled in openers. Below is a sampling of notable individual performances on NFL Kickoff Weekend:

  • New England quarterback TOM BRADY has 34 touchdown passes in 16 career Week 1 games and needs one touchdown pass against Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC) to surpass PEYTON MANNING (34) for the second-most touchdown passes in season-opening games in NFL history. New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES leads all players with 37 touchdown passes in 17 career Kickoff Weekend games, as New Orleans hosts Houston on Monday Night Football (7:10 PM ET, ESPN).
  • Brees, who led all players with 439 passing yards on Kickoff Weekend in 2018, has three career 400-yard passing games in season-opening games, the most by any player in NFL history. Los Angeles Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS, who passed for 424 yards in Week 1 last season, and Manning are the only other players with multiple 400-yard passing games on Kickoff Weekend.
  • Washington running back ADRIAN PETERSON has 999 rushing yards in 12 career season-opening games and needs 1 rushing yard on Sunday against Philadelphia (1:00 PM ET, FOX) to become the fifth player with at least 1,000 rushing yards in season-opening games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers EMMITT SMITH (1,247), WALTER PAYTON (1,067) and JIM BROWN (1,043),as well as EDGERRIN JAMES (1,062).

    Peterson also enters the season with nine career rushing touchdowns on Kickoff Weekend and needs one more to join Pro Football Hall of Famer MARCUS ALLEN (12), CHUCK MUNCIE (11) and PRIEST HOLMES (10) as the only players in NFL history with at least 10 rushing touchdowns in season-opening games.

  • Philadelphia wide receiver DESEAN JACKSON, who had 147 receiving yards on Kickoff Weekend in 2018 with Tampa Bay, has five career games with at least 100 yards receiving in Week 1, tied for the second-most all-time. With at least 100 receiving yards against Washington on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Jackson would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (six) for the most 100-yard receiving games on Kickoff Weekend in NFL history.

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START ’EM EARLY: Arizona rookie quarterback KYLER MURRAY, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, is expected to make his first career start against Detroit on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX). With a start by Murray, at least one rookie quarterback will have started in Week 1 in 12 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the NFL since at least 1950.

The rookie quarterbacks to start in Week 1 since 2008:

SEASON QUARTERBACK TEAM STARTING RECORD AS ROOKIE
2008 Joe Flacco Baltimore 11-5
2008 Matt Ryan Atlanta 11-5
2009 Mark Sanchez New York Jets 8-7
2009 Matthew Stafford* Detroit 2-8
2010 Sam Bradford* St. Louis Rams 7-9
2011 Andy Dalton Cincinnati 9-7
2011 Cam Newton* Carolina 6-10
2012 Robert Griffin III Washington 9-6
2012 Andrew Luck* Indianapolis 11-5
2012 Ryan Tannehill Miami 7-9
2012 Brandon Weeden Cleveland 5-10
2012 Russell Wilson Seattle 11-5
2013 EJ Manuel Buffalo 4-6
2013 Geno Smith New York Jets 8-8
2014 Derek Carr Oakland 3-13
2015 Marcus Mariota Tennessee 3-13
2015 Jameis Winston* Tampa Bay 6-10
2016 Dak Prescott Dallas 13-3
2016 Carson Wentz Philadelphia 7-9
2017 DeShone Kizer Cleveland 0-15
2018 Sam Darnold New York Jets 4-9
2019 Kyler Murray*^ Arizona -
*No. 1 overall pick
^Expected to start Week 1

– NFL –

WONDERFUL WILSON: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON has 196 career passing touchdowns and 25,624 career passing yards in 112 career games during his eight-year NFL career.

With four passing touchdowns on Sunday against Cincinnati (4:05 PM ET, CBS), Wilson can surpass TOM BRADY (116 games) to become the fifth-fastest player in league history to reach 200 career passing touchdowns.

The players to reach 200 career passing touchdowns in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) GAMES TO REACH 200 PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Dan MarinoHOF Miami 89
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 99
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 106
Brett FavreHOF Atlanta, Green Bay 107
Tom Brady New England 116
     
Russell Wilson Seattle 112*
*Has 196 career touchdown passes

With four touchdown passes, Wilson would also become the first player in league history with at least 200 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing touchdowns (16) in his first eight seasons.

– NFL –

MOVING ON UP: Washington running back ADRIAN PETERSON enters 2019 with 106 career rushing touchdowns during his 12-year NFL career.

With a rushing touchdown on Sunday at Philadelphia (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Peterson can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (106 rushing touchdowns) for the fifth-most rushing touchdowns in league annals.

The players with the most rushing touchdowns in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS
Emmitt SmithHOF Dallas, Arizona 164
LaDainian TomlinsonHOF San Diego, N.Y. Jets 145
Marcus AllenHOF L.A. Raiders, Kansas City 123
Walter PaytonHOF Chicago 110
Jim BrownHOF Cleveland 106
Adrian Peterson* Minnesota, Arizona, Washington 106
*Active

– NFL –

RINGING THE BELL: Running back LE’VEON BELL makes his New York Jets debut on Sunday against Buffalo (1:00 PM ET, CBS).

Bell, who has 7,996 career scrimmage yards in 62 games, need four scrimmage yards to become the fastest player to reach 8,000 career scrimmage yards in league history.

The players to reach 8,000 career scrimmage yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM(S) GAMES TO REACH 8,000 SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Eric DickersonHOF L.A. Rams 64
Edgerrin James Indianapolis 65
LaDainian TomlinsonHOF San Diego 65
Jim BrownHOF Cleveland 67
Marcus AllenHOF L.A. Raiders 68
     
Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh, N.Y. Jets 62*
*Has 7,996 scrimmage yards​

– NFL –

DUAL THREAT: New England running back JAMES WHITE enters his sixth NFL season with 19 career receiving touchdowns.

With a receiving touchdown against Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), White can join CHUCK FOREMAN (23 receiving touchdowns) and BRIAN WESTBROOK (23) as the only running backs in league history with at least 20 touchdown receptions in their first six seasons. ​

The running backs with at least 20 receiving touchdowns in their first six seasons:

PLAYER TEAM RECEIVING TDs
Chuck Foreman Minnesota 23
Brian Westbrook Philadelphia 23
     
James White New England 19*
*Entering sixth season

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700 CLUB: Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES has 698 receptions for 10,731 yards and 51 touchdowns in 111 career games.

Jones needs two receptions on Sunday at Minnesota (1:00 PM ET, FOX) to become the second-fastest player to reach 700 receptions in NFL history.​

The players to reach 700 career receptions in the fewest games in NFL history:​

PLAYER TEAM(S) GAMES TO REACH 700 RECEPTIONS
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 111
Marvin HarrisonHOF Indianapolis 114
Andre Johnson Houston 120
Brandon Marshall Denver, Miami, Chicago 121
Anquan Boldin Arizona, Baltimore 123
Julio Jones Atlanta 111*
*Has 698 receptions​

KICKOFF PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

QB Ronmel Robinson leads South to 22-7 win over East to open 2019 season on ’1st & Goal’

( By Josh Cassinger)

 

Ronmel Robinson (14) with ball, led the South offensive attack in the 2nd half to take control of game (photo by Toni Fisher)

ROADRUNNER TIRES AND BRAKE STAR OF THE GAME INTERVIEW

It was a tail of two halves as East would dominate the field position game. Average starting position for the Tigers was on the South 34 and the Bulldogs would start at the East 17. Both teams would struggle to move the football in the first half. It would be a scoreless game heading into halftime.
Midway through the third quarter the scoring would start. A 47 yard pass from quarterback Cedric Norvett to receiver Deo Samuel Pierre would set up a 15 yard quarterback scramble by Norvett to make the score 7-0. The very next drive the Bulldogs running back Dawson Clark-Croone would get to the goal line on a 23 yard run, which set up a 1 yard touchdown run by Ronmel Robinson. Robinson would find Daivion Green-Tucker for the two point conversion. After forcing a fumble, South found themselves in a 4th and 15 situation where Robinson would hit tight end Jerome Dillard on a 58 yard fake punt. After holding the Tigers to a three and out the Bulldogs would extend their lead to 22-7 after a Clark-Croone 78 yard touchdown. That ended up being the final score as the South Bulldogs beat the East Tigers 22-7.
This Friday the South Bulldogs will go on the road to take on the Panthers of Linden-McKinley and the East Tigers will head home to take on KIPP Columbus!
The Megasportsnews.com Feature Game will be the Whetstone Braves visiting the Briggs Bruins in a City League cross-division game. This will be the first appearance for both schools on the-now three year old 1st & Goal Broadcast.

Game analyst Joss Cassinger with South QB Ronmel Robinson (photo by Toni Fisher)

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