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domingo, 17 de septiembre de 2017

#Knockeando Bellator MMA #181 y #182

Bellator MMA 181 y 182
Por Daniel “Mr. Clutch” Mercado Castro
Bellator 181 fue desde el Win Star World Casino Resort en Tackerville, Oklahoma, con la batalla estelar siendo la trilogía entre Campos vs Girtz. Y que clase de batalla estelar fue entre Derek Campos (19-6) ante Brandon Girtz (14-7) en un catchweight de 158 libras. La pelea fue palo a palo desde el primer campanazo hasta que el doctor decidió parar la misma al finalizar el 2do asalto. Campos con un impresionante rodillazo le abrió la frente a Girtz arrancando la pelea y esa cortadura fue vital para que el arbitro le diera el triunfo vía TKO (detenida por el doctor a los 5 minutos del 2do asalto). La pelea estaba literalmente pareja rumbo al tercer asalto. Cosas que pasan y no dudo que ocurra una 4ta pelea para el deleite de los que pedían más.
John Salter (14-3) ganó su 6ta pelea consecutiva al vencer vía sumisión con un Rear Naked Choke a Kendall Grove (23-17). Salter le propinó un Takedown a Grove y no tardó mucho en lograr el Tap Out. La victoria del Middleweight llegó a los 4:37 del 1er asalto. Emily Ducote (6-2) sobrevivió una cerrada batalla de Flyweights Femeninos ante Jessica Middleton (2-2) para alzarse con un triunfo decisión unánime (29-27, 29-28 y 29-28). Joe Warren  (15-6) a sus 40 años dominó sin mayores problemas a Steve García (7-2) para derrotarlo vía decisión unánime (30-27, 30-27 y 30-27). Warren se pone en ruta rumbo a la reconquista del título Bantamweight.
Bellator 182 fue desde el Turning Stone Resort Casino de Verona, New York, donde el evento estelar fue la pelea de Koreshkov vs Njokuani. El ruso Andrey Koreshkov (20-2) no perdió mucho tiempo en recordarles a todo que es material de campeón al derrotar a Chidi Njokuani (17-5-1) vía TKO a los 4:08 del 1er asalto. Koreshkov le propinó un Takedown a Njokuani y de ahí lo demás fue historia. 41 strikes entre codazos y puños prosiguieron el Takedown hasta que el arbitro decidió detener el combate por falta de defensa de Njokuani. Sin duda Big John le dio una inmensa oportunidad para que peleara. El ruso vuelve a poner en su mirilla la faja.
Fernando González (27-14) sorprendió al poderoso Brennan Ward (14-6) con un Guillotine a los 1:02 del 3er asalto. Lo que parecía que sería una victoria para Ward, González aprovechó una error y se apuntó el triunfo. El intento de Takedown de Ward fue su mortal error. Bruna Ellen (4-1) derrotó a Veta Arteaga (3-2) vía decisión dividida (29-28, 28-29 y 29-28) en una reñida pelea de Flyweights Femeninos. El Ground and Pound de Ellen le dio la victoria; pero la pelea fácil pudo haber sido un empate. AJ McKee (9-0) sigue plantando bandera en Bellator MMA y su división Featherweight. McKee dominó con codazos y patadas a Blair Tugman (10-7) para llevarse la victoria vía decisión unánime (30-27, 30-26, 30-26). McKee puso a sangrar a Tugman y nunca le dio oportunidad para que este estableciera su plan. Con la 9na victoria consecutiva empata la marca de Ben Askren al comenzar su carrera en la empresa. McKee retó abiertamente a otro joven talentoso, James Gallaguer (7-0), a quien bauticé “Baby McGregor”.































Tacleando la NFL: Semana 1 de la NFL



Tacleando la NFL- 1era Semana
Por Daniel “Mr. Clutch” Mercado Castro
            Y comienza la nueva temporada de la NFL con la defensa del campeonato de los Patriots. Todo empezó bien en la nueva temporada para los Patriots y finalizando el 3er periodo estaban ganando 27-21. Ahí comenzó la virazón de los Chiefs, quienes ganaron 42-27 el juego, con un 4to parcial de 21-0, aguando la celebración del campeonato que New England ganó en el Super Bowl pasado viniendo de abajo 28-3 ante los Falcons. La defensa de los Chiefs no tan solo dejo en 0 TD al gran Tom Brady, si no que es la 1era derrota en la era de Brady que los Patriots pierden en juego (105-1) cuando entran al 4to parcial arriba en el marcador, también es la 1era vez que los Patriots permiten 42 puntos en la era del coach Bill Belichick. Alex Smith lanzó 4 TD en el juego por los Chiefs y Kareem Hunt estableció una marca de más yardas desde el scrimmage en su debut con 246 yardas. Hunt recibió dos TD y corrió para uno adicional. La ofensiva de New England la marcó Mike Gillislee con tres rush TD’s.
            Los Ravens blanquearon 20-0 a los Bengals al propinarle 5 sacks y 4 intercepciones al QB Andy Dalton. Joe Flacco lanzó un TD, Terrance West aportó un rush TD y Justin Tucker se fue de 2-2 en Field Goals. Tyrod Taylor lanzó dos TD en la victoria 21-12 de los Bills sobre los Jets. Mike Tolbert corrió para un TD. Los Jaguars abusaron 29-7 de los Texans con una 1era mitad que ganaron 19-0, un TD lanzado de Blake Bortles y 3 Field Goals de Jason Myers. Debido al pasó de huracán Irma por la Florida el juego entre Dolphins vs Buccaneers fue movido para la Semana 11. Los Panthers dominaron 23-3 a los 49ers combinando dos TD lanzados de Cam Newton con 3 Field Goals de Graham Gano. Los Rams apabullaron 46-9 a los Colts gracias a un TD lanzado de Jared Goff y rush TD para Todd Gurley. Los Packers salieron airosos 17-9 de un duelo de pura defensa ante los Seahawks gracias a un TD de Aaron Rodgers. Carson Wentz lanzó dos TD en la victoria 30-17 de sus Eagles sobre los Redskins. Derek Carr lanzó dos TD en el triunfo 26-16 de sus Raiders sobre los Titans. Giorgio Tavecchio logró 4 Field Goals.
            Los Falcons esta vez no permitieron que le sacaran el juego del buche y mantuvieron la ventaja para vencer 23-17 a los Bears. Matt Ryan lanzó un TD, Devonta Freeman completó un rush TD y Matt Bryant se fue de 3-3 en Field Goals. Ben Roethlisberger lanzó dos TD a las manos de Jesse James para que sus Steelers vencieran 21-18 a los Browns. Antonio Brown recibió 11 pelotas para un total de 182 yardas en su debut de temporada. Los Browns tienen 13 derrotas consecutivas en juegos inaugurales y Big Ben con 11 victorias sobre los Browns sobrepasa el total de victorias de todos los QB de los Browns desde el 1999. Los Steelers tienen 21-2 ante los Browns. El hermanito de JJ Watt, TJ Watt, realizó 7 tacles, 6 solos, 2 sacks y una intercepción para los Steelers. ¡Que promesa! La defensa de los Lions interceptó 3 pases de Carson Palmer y Matthew Stafford lanzó 4 TD en la victoria 35-23 sobre los Cardinals. Dak Prescott lanzó un TD y Dan Bailey se fue de 4-4 en Field Goals en la victoria 19-3 de los Cowboys sobre los Giants. El boricua Jonathan Casillas (Giants) realizó 5 tacles, 3 solos. Jason Witten de los Cowboys estableció una marca franquicia de yardas recibidas con 11,947.
            El clásico juego del lunes fue un doble choque. A primera hora los Vikings vencieron 29-19 a los Saints gracias a 3 TD lanzados de Sam Bradford en el retorno de Adrian Peterson a Minnesota pero en uniforme de los Saints. Precisamente fue su reemplazo, el novato Dalvin Cook, quien rompió la marca franquicia de Peterson de más yardas corriendo en su debut con 127 yardas. Los Broncos vencieron 24-21 a los Chargers gracias a dos TD lanzados y uno corriendo de Trevor Siemian. Philip Rivers lanzó 3 TD en la derrota.




























































































































 CFL AND NFL LAUNCH JOINT FLAG FOOTBALL INITIATIVE
CFL/NFL Flag Football tournament to take place at Grey Cup week in Ottawa, winner to compete in the NFL FLAG Championships during Pro Bowl Week
The Canadian Football League (CFL) and National Football League (NFL) today launched a flag football program that will engage hundreds of kids across the country. The program for Canadian youth will culminate in a national flag football tournament during the week of the 105th Grey Cup presented by Shaw in Ottawa, with the winner travelling to Pro Bowl week in Orlando, FL to participate in the NFL FLAG Championships.
The CFL/NFL Flag Football initiative will teach kids the fundamentals of the game and promote physical activity. Alongside skills development, participants will receive lessons in teamwork, sportsmanship, and other lessons that help them succeed both on and off the field.
"This flag football tournament series is an exciting example of our continued commitment to grow the game," said Glen Johnson, CFL Senior Vice President of Football. "Developing programming for youth football with our partners at the NFL promotes a healthy lifestyle and the continued success of our sport in a fun and safe way."
"We are excited to partner with the CFL on youth initiatives in Canada," added David Thomson, Managing Director, NFL Canada. "Both leagues share the goal of strengthening the interest, awareness and participation in football among Canadians. This is a great opportunity to showcase the talent, dedication and achievements of local flag leagues during the CFL's Grey Cup week in Ottawa and the NFL's Pro Bowl week in Orlando, Florida."
Coed teams of 11-12-year old athletes will take part in nine regional tournaments to be held in CFL cities throughout the fall, coming together for a national tournament during Grey Cup week in the nation's capital. The winner of this tournament will compete in the NFL FLAG Championships during Pro Bowl week next January in Orlando, FL.
Each regional tournament will feature eight teams with a maximum 10 players each. Participants will meet current CFL players, interact with CFL cheer teams and mascots, and enjoy football-themed games and activities alongside their matches in each CFL market. Each regional tournament's victorious team will win a trip to Ottawa to play in the CFL/NFL Flag Football Championship during Grey Cup Week.
Here is the list of the upcoming regional tournaments:
  • Edmonton: Saturday, September 23rd at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium
  • BC: Saturday, September 30th at W.J. Mouat Secondary in Abbotsford, BC
  • Montreal: Saturday, October 7th at Collège André-Grasset
  • Saskatchewan: Sunday, October 8th at Mosaic Stadium
  • Ottawa: Sunday, October 15th at TD Place Stadium
  • Calgary: Sunday, October 15th at Shouldice Athletic Park
  • Hamilton: Sunday, October 22nd at Tim Hortons Field
  • Winnipeg: Sunday, October 22nd at Investors Group Field
  • Toronto: Saturday, October 28th at Birchmount Stadium
National tournament:
  • Tuesday, November 21st at the University of Ottawa (Gee-Gees Field)
Participants for the program have been selected through CFL member teams and local organizations. More information can be found at CFL.ca/flag. Both the CFL and the NFL will continue to invest in youth football programming and promote increased physical activity.

A LOOK AT 2017 NFL KICKOFF WEEKEND ROSTERS;

ALABAMA & LSU LED ALL COLLEGES WITH 39 NFL PLAYERS
​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 BREAKDOWNQuarterbacks 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













NFL Foundation to Contribute $1 Million 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.

DE INTERÉS – SEGUNDA SEMANA

A NO TENER PÁNICO. Desde la realineación en 2002, 108 de los 180 equipos en postemporada (el 60 por ciento) arrancaron el año con marca de 1-1 o 0-2, incluyendo ocho equipos la temporada pasada y cinco campeones divisionales: Atlanta (NFC Sur), Dallas (NFC Este), Green Bay (NFC Norte), Kansas City (AFC Oeste) y Seattle (NFC Oeste). 
Un vistazo a cómo los clubes que llegaron hasta la postemporada en 2015 y 2016 comenzaron sus campañas:
2015                                                                 2016
Equipo
Después de dos juegos
Resultado en Postemporada
Equipo
Después de dos juegos
Resultado en Postemporada
Arizona
2-0
Avanzó hasta el Campeonato de Conferencia
Atlanta
1-1
Avanzó hasta el Super Bowl LI
Carolina
2-0
Avanzó hasta el Super Bowl 50
Dallas
1-1
Avanzó hasta la vuelta Divisional
Cincinnati
2-0
Avanzó hasta la vuelta de Comodines
Detroit
1-1
Avanzó hasta la vuelta de Comodines
Denver
2-0
Ganó el Super Bowl 50
Green Bay
1-1
Avanzó hasta el Campeonato de Conferencia
Green Bay
2-0
Avanzó hasta la vuelta Divisional
Houston
2-0
Avanzó hasta la vuelta Divisional
Houston
0-2
Avanzó hasta la vuelta de Comodines
Kansas City
1-1
Avanzó hasta la vuelta Divisional
Kansas City
1-1
Avanzó hasta la vuelta Divisional
Miami
0-2
Avanzó hasta la vuelta de Comodines
Minnesota
1-1
Avanzó hasta la vuelta de Comodines
New England
2-0
Ganó el Super Bowl LI
New England
2-0
Avanzó hasta el Campeonato de Conferencia
New York Giants
2-0
Avanzó hasta la vuelta de Comodines
Pittsburgh
1-1
Avanzó hasta la vuelta Divisional
Pittsburgh
2-0
Avanzó hasta el Campeonato de Conferencia
Seattle
0-2
Avanzó hasta la vuelta Divisional
Oakland
1-1
Avanzó hasta la vuelta de Comodines
Washington
1-1
Avanzó hasta la vuelta de Comodines
Seattle
1-1
Avanzó hasta la vuelta Divisional 

-- NFL --
MAESTROS DE LA CAPTURALos JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, liderados por las cuatro capturas del el ala defensiva CALAIS CAMPBELL, registraron 10 capturas en su victoria de la primera semana en Houston, un pico de liga.
Con siete capturas el domingo contra Tennessee, los Jaguars superarán a los Seattle Seahawks de 1998 (16) para la mayor cantidad de capturas de un equipo a lo largo de las primeras dos semanas de una temporada desde que la captura se convirtió en estadística oficial, en 1982.   
Los equipos con las mayores cantidades de capturas a lo largo de las primeras dos semanas de una temporada desde 1982:
EQUIPO
TEMPORADA
MAYOR CANTIDAD DE CAPTURAS DE UN EQUIPO A LO LARGO DE LA SEGUNDA SEMANA

Seattle Seahawks
1998
16

Dallas Cowboys
1994
14

Houston Oilers
1982
14

Muchos empatados
     
13





Jacksonville Jaguars
2017
10*

*Ingresando en la segunda semana
-- NFL --
IRRUMPIENDO EN ESCENATres novatos –el de Kansas City KAREEM HUNT (148), el de Minnesota DALVIN COOK (127) y el de Jacksonville LEONARD FOURNETTE (100)– acarrearon al menos 100 yardas cada uno en sus respectivos debuts en la NFL la semana pasada. 
Con otro desempeño de 100 yardas terrestres en la segunda semana, Cook, Fournette y Hunt podrían cada uno convertirse en el primer novato desde 2005 (CADILLAC WILLIAMS) con al menos 100 yardas por tierra en cada uno de los primeros dos partidos de su equipo en la temporada.
La última vez que más de un novato acarreó 100 yardas en cada uno de los primeros dos juegos de la temporada de sus equipos fue 1979, cuando OTTIS ANDERSON, de los St. Louis Cardinals, y WILLIAM ANDREWS, de los Atlanta Falcons, lograron tal hazaña.
Los novatos con al menos 100 yardas por tierra en cada uno de los primeros dos partidos de la temporada de su equipo desde 1970:
JUGADOR
EQUIPO
TEMPORADA
Cadillac Williams
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2005
Edgerrin James
Indianapolis Colts
1999
Marshall Faulk
Indianapolis Colts
1994
Billy Sims
Detroit Lions
1980
Ottis Anderson
St. Louis Cardinals
1979
William Andrews
Atlanta Falcons
1979
Earl Campbell
Houston Oilers
1978
-- NFL --
EN LA COCINA DE KCEl corredor novato de Kansas City KAREEM HUNT acumuló 246 yardas desde la línea de golpeo (148 acarreando, 98 recibiendo) y tres anotaciones totales en el triunfo en la primera semana de los Chiefs 42-27 en New England. 
Con 200 yardas desde la línea de golpeo en la segunda semana contra Philadelphia, Hunt superaría a BILLY SIMS (445 yardas en 1980) en mayor cantidad de yardas desde la línea de golpeo registrada por un novato en los primeros dos juegos de la temporada de su equipo.
Los novatos con las mayores cantidades de yardas desde la línea de golpeo en los primeros dos juegos de la temporada de su equipo:
JUGADOR
EQUIPO
TEMPORADA
YARDAS DESDE LA LÍNEA DE GOLPEO EN LOS PRIMEROS DOS PARTIDOS DE LA TEMPORADA
Billy Sims
Detroit Lions
1980
445
Marshall Faulk
Indianapolis Colts
1994
360
Ottis Anderson
St. Louis Cardinals
1979
359
Alan Ameche
Baltimore Colts
1955
347
Sid Blanks
Houston Oilers
1964
320




Kareem Hunt
Kansas City Chiefs
2017
246*
*Ingresando en la segunda semana
El receptor de los Chiefs TYREEK HILL, que tuvo una recepción anotadora de 75 yardas en la victoria de Kansas City durante el Fin de semana inaugural, puede extender su racha de cinco juegos consecutivos de temporada regular con alguna anotación de al menos 65 yardas, una marca de la NFL
-- NFL --
PASADORES PROLÍFICOSEl mariscal de campo de Dallas DAK PRESCOTT tiene 3,935 yardas aéreas, 24 pases anotadores y cuatro intercepciones a lo largo de los 17 partidos de su carrera. Si Prescott lanza un pase de anotación antes de una intercepción el domingo en Denver, alcanzaría  los 25 pases anotadores con las menores cantidades de intercepciones en su carrera en la historia de la NFL.
Los jugadores con las menores cantidades de intercepciones en su carrera al momento de su 25º pase anotador:
JUGADOR
EQUIPO
INTERCEPCIONES AL MOMENTO DE SU 25º PASE ANOTADOR
Nick Foles
Philadelphia
5
Kurt Warner^
St. Louis Rams
5
Dan Marino^
Miami
6
Chad Pennington
New York Jets
7
Robert Griffin III
Washington
8



Dak Prescott
Dallas
4*
*24 pases anotadores en su carrera
^Miembro del Salón de la Fama
El mariscal de campo de Green Bay AARON RODGERS tiene 298 pases anotadores en su carrera y puede convertirse en el 11º jugador en la historia de la NFL con 300 pases anotadores. En 12 temporadas en la NFL, Rodgers, que ahora enfrenta a Atlanta en el clásico de domingo por la noche de la segunda semana, tiene 4,699 intentos de pase y puede superar a PEYTON MANNING (5,306) para la menor cantidad de intentos de pase al momento de su 300ª anotación aérea en su carrera.  
Los mariscales de campo con las menores cantidades intentos de pase en su carrera al momento de su 300º pase anotador:
​JUGADOR
EQUIPO
INTENTOS DE PASE AL MOMENTO DE SU 300º PASE ANOTADOR
Peyton Manning
Indianapolis
5,306
Tom Brady
New England
5,321
Dan Marino^
Miami
5,460



Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay
4,699*
*298 pases anotadores en su carrera
^Miembro del Salón de la Fama​
-- NFL --

ALAS CERRADAS TERRORÍFICAS. El ala cerrada de Dallas JASON WITTEN tuvo siete recepciones para 59 yardas y una anotación en el triunfo de los Cowboys 19-3 contra los New York Giants en la primera semana. Witten, que se pasó los 15 años de su carrera con los Cowboys y tiene 11,947 yardas recibiendo en su carrera, superó al miembro del Salón de la Fama MICHAEL IRVIN (11,904) en mayor cantidad de yardas recibiendo en la historia de la franquicia.
Con 53 yardas recibiendo el domingo en Denver, Witten se sumará a TONY GONZÁLEZ (15,127) como los únicos alas cerradas en la historia de la NFL con al menos 12,000 yardas recibiendo en su carrera.
Los alas cerradas con las mayores cantidades de yardas recibiendo en la historia de la NFL:
JUGADOR
EQUIPO(S)
TEMPORADAS
YARDAS RECIBIENDO EN SU CARRERA
Tony González
Kansas City, Atlanta
1997-2013
15,127
Jason Witten
Dallas
2003-presente
11,947*
Antonio Gates
Los Angeles Chargers
2003-presente
11,209*
Shannon Sharpe^
Denver, Baltimore
1990-2003
10,060
Ozzie Newsome^
Cleveland
1978-90
7,980
*Activo

^Miembro del Salón de la Fama

El ala cerrada de los Los Angeles Chargers ANTONIO GATES tiene 111 recepciones anotadoras en su carrera, empatando a González para la mayor cantidad en la historia por un ala cerrada. Con una recepción anotadora el domingo contra Miami, Gates se convertirá en la líder histórico de la NFL en recepciones anotadoras entre los alas cerradas.
Los alas cerradas con las mayores cantidades de recepciones anotadoras en la historia de la NFL:
JUGADOR
EQUIPO(S)
TEMPORADAS
RECEPCIONES ANOTADORAS EN SU CARRERA
Tony González
Kansas City, Atlanta
1997-2013
111
Antonio Gates
Los Angeles Chargers
2003-presente
111*
Rob Gronkowski
New England
2010-presente
68*
Jason Witten
Dallas
2003-presente
64*
Shannon Sharpe^
Denver, Baltimore
1990-2003
62
*Activo

^Miembro del Salón de la Fama

-- NFL --​
HACIENDO HISTORIAEl mariscal de campo de New England TOM BRADY y el mariscal de campo de New Orleans DREW BREES se encontrarán por tercera ocasión en sus carreras cuando los Saints reciban a los Patriots el domingo. El juego marca la primera vez en la historia de la NFL en la que dos mariscales de campo con al menos 10 selecciones para el Pro Bowl (Brady, 12; Brees, 10) se enfrentarán uno contra el otro en la temporada regular.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 2
NO NEED TO PANIC: Since realignment in 2002, 108 of the 180 playoff teams (60 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including eight teams last season and five division champions – Atlanta (NFC South), Dallas (NFC East), Green Bay (NFC North), Kansas City (AFC West) and Seattle (NFC West). 
A look at how playoff clubs in 2015 and 2016 began their seasons:
 2015                                                                 2016
Team
After 2 games
Playoff Result
Team
After 2 games
Playoff Result
Arizona
2-0
Advanced to Conf. Champ
Atlanta
1-1
Advanced to Super Bowl LI
Carolina
2-0
Advanced to Super Bowl 50
Dallas
1-1
Advanced to Divisional
Cincinnati
2-0
Advanced to Wild Card
Detroit
1-1
Advanced to Wild Card
Denver
2-0
Won Super Bowl 50
Green Bay
1-1
Advanced to Conf. Champ
Green Bay
2-0
Advanced to Divisional
Houston
2-0
Advanced to Divisional
Houston
0-2
Advanced to Wild Card
Kansas City
1-1
Advanced to Divisional
Kansas City
1-1
Advanced to Divisional
Miami
0-2
Advanced to Wild Card
Minnesota
1-1
Advanced to Wild Card
New England
2-0
Won Super Bowl LI
New England
2-0
Advanced to Conf. Champ
New York Giants
2-0
Advanced to Wild Card
Pittsburgh
1-1
Advanced to Divisional
Pittsburgh
2-0
Advanced to Conf. Champ
Seattle
0-2
Advanced to Divisional
Oakland
1-1
Advanced to Wild Card
Washington
1-1
Advanced to Wild Card
Seattle
1-1
Advanced to Divisional 
-- NFL --
SACK MASTERSThe JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, led by defensive end CALAIS CAMPBELL’s four sacks, recorded a league-high 10 sacks in their Week 1 victory at Houston.
With seven sacks on Sunday against Tennessee, the Jaguars will surpass the 1998 Seattle Seahawks (16) for the most team sacks through the first two weeks of a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.   
The teams with the most sacks through the first two weeks of a season since 1982:
TEAM
SEASON
MOST TEAM SACKS THROUGH WEEK 2

Seattle Seahawks
1998
16

Dallas Cowboys
1994
14

Houston Oilers
1982
14

Many tied
     
13





Jacksonville Jaguars
2017
10*

*Entering Week 2
-- NFL --
BURSTING ONTO THE SCENEThree rookies – Kansas City’s KAREEM HUNT (148), Minnesota’s DALVIN COOK (127) and Jacksonville’s LEONARD FOURNETTE (100) – rushed for at least 100 yards in their NFL debuts last week. 
With another 100-yard performance in Week 2, Cook, Fournette and Hunt can each become the first rookie since 2005 (CADILLAC WILLIAMS) with at least 100 rushing yards in each of his team’s first two games of the season.
The last time multiple rookies rushed for 100 yards in each of their team’s first two games of the season was 1979 when OTTIS ANDERSON of the St. Louis Cardinals and WILLIAM ANDREWS of the Atlanta Falcons both accomplished the feat.
The rookies with at least 100 rushing yards in each of his team’s first two games of the season since 1970:
PLAYER
TEAM
SEASON
Cadillac Williams
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2005
Edgerrin James
Indianapolis Colts
1999
Marshall Faulk
Indianapolis Colts
1994
Billy Sims
Detroit Lions
1980
Ottis Anderson
St. Louis Cardinals
1979
William Andrews
Atlanta Falcons
1979
Earl Campbell
Houston Oilers
1978

-- NFL --
KC COOKINGKansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT amassed 246 scrimmage yards (148 rushing, 98 receiving) and three total touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 42-27 Week 1 win at New England. 
With 200 scrimmage yards in Week 2 against Philadelphia, Hunt would surpass BILLY SIMS (445 yards in 1980) for the most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first two games of the season.
The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in his team’s first two games of the season:
PLAYER
TEAM
SEASON
SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN 1ST 2 GAMES OF SEASON
Billy Sims
Detroit Lions
1980
445
Marshall Faulk
Indianapolis Colts
1994
360
Ottis Anderson
St. Louis Cardinals
1979
359
Alan Ameche
Baltimore Colts
1955
347
Sid Blanks
Houston Oilers
1964
320




Kareem Hunt
Kansas City Chiefs
2017
246*
*Entering Week 2
Chiefs wide receiver TYREEK HILL, who had a 75-yard touchdown catch in Kansas City’s Kickoff Weekend victory, can extend his NFL-record streak of five consecutive regular-season games with a touchdown of at least 65 yards
-- NFL --
PROLIFIC PASSERSDallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT has 3,935 passing yards, 24 touchdown passes and four interceptions through 17 career games. If Prescott throws a touchdown pass before an interception on Sunday at Denver, he would reach 25 career touchdown passes with the fewest career interceptions in NFL history.
The players with the fewest career interceptions at the time of their 25th touchdown pass:
PLAYER
TEAM
INTs AT TIME OF 25TH TD PASS
Nick Foles
Philadelphia
5
Kurt Warner^
St. Louis Rams
5
Dan Marino^
Miami
6
Chad Pennington
New York Jets
7
Robert Griffin III
Washington
8



Dak Prescott
Dallas
4*
*24 career touchdown passes
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS has 298 career touchdown passes and can become the 11th player in NFL history with 300 touchdown passes. In 12 NFL seasons, Rodgers, who plays Atlanta on Sunday Night Footballin Week 2, has 4,699 pass attempts and can surpass PEYTON MANNING (5,306) for the fewest pass attempts at the time of their 300th career touchdown pass.  
The quarterbacks with the fewest career pass attempts at the time of their 300th touchdown pass:
​PLAYER
TEAM
PASS ATTEMPTS AT TIME OF 300TH TD PASS
Peyton Manning
Indianapolis
5,306
Tom Brady
New England
5,321
Dan Marino^
Miami
5,460



Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay
4,699*
*298 career touchdown passes
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

-- NFL --
TERRIFIC TIGHT ENDSDallas tight end JASON WITTEN had seven receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown in the Cowboys’ 19-3 victory against the New York Giants in Week 1. Witten, who has spent his entire 15-year career with the Cowboys and has 11,947 career receiving yards, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (11,904) for the most receiving yards in franchise history.
With 53 receiving yards on Sunday at Denver, Witten will join TONY GONZALEZ (15,127) as the only tight ends in NFL history with at least 12,000 career receiving yards.
The tight ends with the most receiving yards in NFL history:
PLAYER
TEAM(S)
SEASONS
CAREER RECEIVING YARDS
Tony Gonzalez
Kansas City, Atlanta
1997-2013
15,127
Jason Witten
Dallas
2003-present
11,947*
Antonio Gates
Los Angeles Chargers
2003-present
11,209*
Shannon Sharpe^
Denver, Baltimore
1990-2003
10,060
Ozzie Newsome^
Cleveland
1978-90
7,980
*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 Los Angeles Chargers tight end ANTONIO GATES has 111 career touchdown receptions, tied with Gonzalez for the most all-time by a tight end. With one touchdown catch on Sunday against Miami, Gates will become the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions among tight ends.
The tight ends with the most touchdown receptions in NFL history:
PLAYER
TEAM(S)
SEASONS
CAREER TOUCHDOWNS
Tony Gonzalez
Kansas City, Atlanta
1997-2013
111
Antonio Gates
Los Angeles Chargers
2003-present
111*
Rob Gronkowski
New England
2010-present
68*
Jason Witten
Dallas
2003-present
64*
Shannon Sharpe^
Denver, Baltimore
1990-2003
62
*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

-- NFL --​
HISTORY IN THE MAKINGNew England quarterback TOM BRADY and New Orleans quarterback DREW BREESwill meet for the third time in their careers when the Saints host the Patriots on Sunday. The game marks the first time in NFL history in which two quarterbacks with at least 10 Pro Bowl selections (Brady, 12; Brees, 10) will face off against each other in the regular season.

CHARACTER PLAYBOOK, POWERED BY EVERFI AND PRESENTED BY 
THE NFL AND UNITED WAY, REACHES 88,000 STUDENTS IN FIRST YEAR
Program Expands with New Virtual Classroom Experience 
in all 32 NFL Markets and Addition of 360 Schools
Character PlaybookTM, a digital character education program powered by digital learning innovator EVERFI, Inc. and presented by the NFL and United Way, has helped 88,000 middle school students in nearly 30 states learn how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships in its first year.
Building off this success, the program will expand to 360 more schools and introduce a new virtual classroom experience called Character Playbook LIVE. These interactive events, hosted by NFL teams and United Ways beginning in Week 2 of the regular season, will engage more students in the important conversation of why character matters. NFL players will host live events with their local United Way. For the second year, Verizon will sponsor an additional 220 schools in 11 select markets.
Data compiled by EVERFI during the program's first year indicates that approximately 1,300 teachers helped students complete more than 170,000 hours of learning, which led to increased understanding of key social-emotional topics—a 41 percent increase based on pre- and post-assessment scores.
By the end of the program's first year:
  • 74 percent of students were more likely to believe they deserve to be treated with respect
  • 70 percent raised their expectations about how to treat others​
  • 69 percent said the program helped them identify actions they can take to treat people with respect
  • 66 percent better defined the role they can play in resolving conflict 
"We are pleased with the positive strides Character Playbook has made on students' understanding of these critical topics and look forward to expanding its impact," said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. "Character Playbook is a program for all students, athletes and non-athletes alike, and addresses values we prioritize as a league. EVERFI and United Way, our nonprofit partner for over 40 years, have been instrumental throughout this process and understand the importance of educating students on these issues in an accessible and interactive way."
The data around social-emotional learning indicates a growing need in classrooms. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning found that students who participated in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs saw an 11 percentile point gain in achievement in social and emotional skills, attitudes, behavior and academic performance. Character Playbook is addressing these issues head on and supporting students in building the skills they need to be successful contributors to their communities through improved communication skills, recognizing positive and negative influences, managing their emotions, resolving conflicts and stepping up for one another.
"I was extremely fortunate because I had two parents who, from an early age, instilled in me the importance not only of education, but also strong values and high character," said Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver LARRY FITZGERALD. "The more exposure I've had to successful and high-achieving people in all walks of life, I've found that those traits are consistent among them. What makes this program so valuable is that it lays the foundation early and provides kids the skills and understanding to develop these qualities that not only benefit them individually, but also the communities they live in. "
"Good character is a critical building block of strong individuals and strong communities," said President and CEO of United Way Worldwide BRIAN GALLAGHER. "By helping young people develop and recognize healthy relationships, Character Playbook is providing our next generation with the tools to succeed. It's another great example of how the NFL and United Way are combining the love of team with a deep commitment to community to make a difference."
Student Testimonial:
"I never thought a program could help me with my social life outside and inside the house. Because I'm a person that gets mad over a little thing. This program helps me learn how to calm myself down with breathing and stuff like that. And I also learned that you have to have the right amount of people that can help build you up instead of tearing you down....this program helped me through a lot of problems." 
  • Donald, 8th grader, Brick Avon Academy, NJ
Teacher Testimonial: 
"Thanks to Character Playbook, my students learned how to interact with others in a mature and healthy manner, a manner that extends respect to the people they meet."
  • California teacher 
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About United Way Worldwide:
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Supported by 2.8 million volunteers, 9.8 million donors worldwide, and more than $4.7 billion raised every year, United Way is the world's largest privately-funded nonprofit. We're engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide to create sustainable solutions to the challenges facing our communities. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, students and more. For more information about United Way, please visit UnitedWay.org. Follow us on Twitter: @UnitedWay and #LiveUnited.
About The NFL Foundation:
The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country.  The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football and the communities that support our game. For more information on the NFL Foundation, visit: NFLFoundation.org.
About EVERFI, Inc.:
EVERFI, Inc. is the leading education technology company that provides learners of all ages education for the real world, through innovative and scalable digital learning. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription model and has certified over 16 million learners in critical skill areas.  Some of America's leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, TPG Growth, The Rise Fund, Advance Publications, and Rethink Education, and Rethink Impact.  The EVERFI Education Network powers more than 4,200 partners in their education initiatives across all 50 states and Canada. Learn more at EVERFI.com

EL FÚTBOL AMERICANO YA ESTÁ DE REGRESO Y AQUÍ SE VIENE LA SEGUNDA SEMANA

Los Chargers reciben a los Dolphins cuando la franquicia retorna a Los Angeles.
Los Falcons hacen la apertura del estadio Mercedes-Benz el domingo por la noche contra los Packers. 

La NFL hizo que el pasado fin de semana vuelva el fútbol americano y la temporada ahora se encamina a su segunda semana. 
Todos quieren tener un buen arranque de campaña, ya que la historia ya mostró que los equipos que salen victoriosos en su apertura de temporada tienen más del doble de chances de alcanzar la postemporada que los que hayan perdido su primer partido. Pero eso no significa que un inicio en 0-1 es imposible de revertir, debido a que casi el 25 por ciento de los equipos que fueron derrotados en su arranque de campaña igualmente clasificaron a la postemporada. 

Desde 1978, cuando la NFL adoptó el calendario de 16 partidos (y excluyendo la temporada acortada de 1982):
De los 570 equipos que ganaron en la apertura… 297 llegaron a la postemporada (179 ganaron títulos divisionales)
De los 571 equipos que perdieron en la apertura… 137 llegaron a la postemporada (79 ganaron títulos divisionales)

(Nota: Hay un número diferente de equipos ganadores y perdedores en juegos de arranque de temporada debido a que la NFL tuvo 31 equipos en cada temporada entre 1999 y 2001, lo que crea un número impar para el total de resultados.)

La segunda semana arranca con el Fútbol Americano de jueves por la noche, cuando los Houston Texans visiten a los Cincinnati Bengals (NFL Network, 8:25 PM, hora de New York). Los dos equipos se combinan para nueve clasificaciones a la postemporadas desde 2011 (Cincinnati, cinco, y Houston, cuatro).

En la tarde del domingo, los Chargers realizan su regreso a Los Angeles para el primer partido de la franquicia en casa en LA desde 1960, oportunidad en la que el equipo recibe a los Miami Dolphins en su apertura de temporada regular jugando de local en el StubHub Center (4:05 PM, hora de New York, CBS). Y, esa noche en horario central (8:30 PM, hora de New York, NBC), los Atlanta Falcons inaugurarán su nuevo hogar –el estadio Mercedes-Benz– cuando reciban a los Green Bay Packers en la revancha del Juego de Campeonato de la NFC de la temporada pasada en el clásico de domingo por la noche. 

Aquí un vistazo a unas cuantas realidades interesantes al llegar a la segunda semana
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-0) en KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-0) (Domingo, FOX, 1:00 PM, hora de New York)                 
  • El mariscal de campo de Philadelphia CARSON WENTZ lanzó 307 yardas y dos anotaciones –incluyendo una anotación de 58 yardas al receptor NELSON AGHOLOR– en el triunfo de los Eagles 30-17 en Washington. Wentz mejoró a 4-0 en su carrera como titular en el mes de septiembre con siete pases anotadores, una intercepción y un índice de pasador de 101.8.  
  • Los Eagles sellaron la victoria sobre los Redskins cuando el ala defensiva BRANDON GRAHAM forzó un balón suelto en una captura en la que el tackle defensivo FLETCHER COX devolvió el ovoide 20 yardas hasta la anotación con 1:29 por jugarse.
  • El entrenador en jefe de Kansas City ANDY REID se pasó 14 temporadas (1999-2012) con los Eagles, compilando una marca de equipo de 130 victorias de temporada regular y 10 triunfos en postemporada, mientras que se alzó con seis títulos divisionales y llegó a cinco Campeonatos de la NFC. 
  • En el Fin de semana inaugural el jueves por la noche, los Chiefs derrotaron a New England 42-27. El corredor novato KAREEM HUNT acumuló 246 yardas desde la línea de golpeo (148 acarreando, 98 recibiendo) –la mayor cantidad en la historia por un jugador en su debut en la NFL– y logró tres anotaciones. El mariscal de campo de Kansas City ALEX SMITH registró un índice de pasador de 148.6 contra los Patriots y se convirtió en el primer mariscal de campo en completar al menos el 80 por ciento de su pases (80.0) para 350 yardas (368), con cuatro anotaciones (cuatro) y ninguna intercepción, contra los campeones defensores del Super Bowl.
BUFFALO BILLS (1-0) en CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-0) (Domingo, CBS, 1:00 PM, hora de New York)                 
  • El entrenador en jefe de Buffalo SEAN MC DERMOTT la semana pasada se anotó la primera victoria de su carrera como entrenador en jefe en el triunfo de los Bills 21-12 sobre los New York Jets. McDermott estuvó la últimas seis temporadas como coordinador defensivo de Carolina, ayudando a que los Panthers ganen tres títulos divisionales y llegasen al Super Bowl 50.
  • En la victoria de la semana pasada sobre los Jets, el corredor LE SEAN MC COY acarreó 110 yardas y el mariscal de campo TYROD TAYLOR lanzó dos pases anotadores. Taylor y el mariscal de Carolina CAM NEWTON son los únicos jugadores con al menos 5,000 yardas aéreas y 10 acarreos anotadores desde el inicio de la temporada 2015.  
  • Los Panthers limitaron a San Francisco a tres puntos y 217 yardas totales (51 acarreando, 166 pasando) en el triunfo de Carolina 23-3 de la primera semana en el estadio Levi's. 
  • El mariscal de campo de Carolina CAM NEWTON lanzó sendos pases anotadores al receptor RUSSELL SHEPARD (40 yardas) y al corredor JONATHAN STEWART (nueve) en ese triunfo. En su debut en la NFL, el corredor novato CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY lideró el equipo con cinco recepciones y 85 yardas desde la línea de golpeo (47 acarreando, 38 recibiendo).
DALLAS COWBOYS (1-0) en DENVER BRONCOS (1-0) (Domingo, FOX, 4:25 PM, hora de New York)                 
  • El mariscal de campo de Dallas DAK PRESCOTT lanzó 268 yardas y una anotación en el triunfo de los Cowboys 19-3 sobre los New York Giants. El ala cerrada JASON WITTEN, que tuvo 59 yardas y una anotación, acumula 11,947 yardas recibiendo en su carrera y superó al miembro del Salón de la Fama MICHAEL IRVIN (11,904) en la mayor cantidad en la historia de la franquicia. 
  • En la victoria del equipo en la primera semana, la defensiva de Dallas limitó a los Giants a tres puntos y 233 yardas totales (35 acarreando, 198 pasando) mientras que registraba tres capturas –incluyendo dos por parte del ala defensiva DEMARCUS LAWRENCE– y una intercepción (del esquinero ANTHONY BROWN).  
  • El mariscal de campo de Denver TREVOR SIEMIAN lanzó dos pases anotadores –ambos al receptor BENNIE FOWLER III– y acarreó la anotación final en el triunfo de los Broncos 24-21 sobre los Los Angeles Chargers en el Fin de semana inaugural. Siemian se unió al miembro del Salón de la Fama JOHN ELWAY y a BRIAN GRIESE como los únicos mariscales de campo de los Broncos en registrar múltiples pases anotadores y un acarreo anotador en una apertura de primera semana. 
  • El ala defensiva de los Broncos SHELBY HARRIS selló la victoria para Denver al bloquear el intento de gol de campo de 44 yardas de los Chargers que hubiera definido el juego habiendo un segundo en el reloj.
GREEN BAY PACKERS (1-0) en ATLANTA FALCONS (1-0) (Domingo, NBC, 8:30 PM, hora de New York)
  • Este partido será el primero de la temporada regular de la NFL disputado en el flamante estadio Mercedes-Benz de Atlanta. Se espera que este escenario, que será sede del Super Bowl LIII el 3 de febrero de 2019, tenga su único techo retráctil abierto por primera vez para este juego (si lo permiten las condiciones climáticas).
  • El duelo es la revancha del Juego de Campeonato de la NFC de la temporada pasada, que los Falcons ganaron 44-21. El mariscal de campo de Atlanta MATT RYAN lanzó 392 yardas y registró cinco anotaciones (cuatro pasando, una acarreando) en ese partido, mientras que el receptor JULIO JONES tuvo nueve recepciones para 180 yardas y dos anotaciones.
     
  • Los Packers abrieron la temporada con un triunfo en casa 17-9 sobre Seattle. El mariscal de campo AARON RODGERS lanzó 311 yardas con una anotación, y el corredor TY MONTGOMERY agregó 93 yardas desde la línea de golpeo con un acarreo anotador. 
  • Contra los Seahawks, los receptores RANDALL COBB (nueve recepciones para 85 yardas) y JORDY NELSON (siete recepciones para 79 yardas con un anotación) se combinaron para 16 recepciones y 164 yardas, con un anotación.
     
  • Los Falcons debieron recurrir a una respuesta defensiva profundo en su territorio hacia el final del partido para asegurarse un triunfo 23-17 en Chicago en la primera semana. El ala defensiva BROOKS REED selló la victoria con una captura en el cuarto intento desde la yarda cinco de Atlanta con tres segundos por jugarse. 
  • El de Atlanta AUSTIN HOOPER tuvo dos recepciones para 128 yardas, incluyendo una anotación de 88 yardas, la recepción anotadora más larga lograda por un ala cerrada en una apertura de temporada en la historia de la NFL.
DETROIT LIONS (1-0) en NEW YORK GIANTS (0-1) (Lunes, ESPN, 8:30 PM, hora de New York)                 
  • Los Lions abrieron la temporada con un triunfo 35-23 sobre Arizona, cuando el equipo regresó desde una desventaja de 17-15 en el cuarto periodo. La temporada pasada, Detroit ganó ocho partidos habiendo estado en desventaja en el último cuarto, la mayor cantidad lograda por un equipo en una sola temporada en la historia de la NFL.
  • El mariscal de campo de Detroit MATTHEW STAFFORD lanzó 292 yardas y cuatro anotaciones en el triunfo sobre los Cardinals y tiene 27 marchas definitorias de juegos en el último período o en la prórroga desde 2011, la mayor cantidad por un mariscal en la NFL a lo largo de ese lapso. El receptor novato KENNY GOLLADAY tuvo dos recepciones anotadoras en el último período, incluyendo una de 45 yardas, en su debut en la NFL.
  • Los Giants ganaron 50 aperturas en casa en la historia de la franquicia y son uno de apenas cuatro equipos en la historia con al menos 50 victorias en arranques de campaña junado de local.
  • La semana pasada, en Dallas, el mariscal de campo de los Giants ELI MANNING titularizó su 200° partido consecutivo, uniéndose al miembro del Salón de la Fama BRETT FAVRE (297) y a PEYTON MANNING (208) como los únicos mariscales de campo en la historia de la NFL en salir como titulares en al menos 200 juegos cons
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 GRAHAMforced 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 MONTGOMERYadded 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 GOLLADAYhad 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




​THE WEEK THAT WAS – KICKOFF WEEKEND

KICKING THINGS OFF: A look at some notes from across the league on Kickoff Weekend 2017:

  • The DALLAS COWBOYS defeated the New York Giants 19-3 on Sunday Night Football and the DENVER BRONCOSbeat the Los Angeles Chargers, 24-21 on Monday Night Football. The Cowboys and Broncos both improved to 38-19-1 (.667*) on Kickoff Weekend, tied for the top mark in the NFL*Note: Ties for both teams occurred prior to 1972 and do not count in winning percentage.

    The Broncos have won six consecutive games on Kickoff Weekend, the longest active streak in the NFL
     
  • The GREEN BAY PACKERS defeated the Seattle Seahawks 17-9 on Kickoff Weekend at Lambeau Field. The Packers have won their past five home openers and have an NFL-best 55 wins on Kickoff Weekend
     
  • Denver’s VANCE JOSEPH (24-21 vs. Los Angeles Chargers), Buffalo’s SEAN MC DERMOTT (21-12 vs. New York Jets), and the Los Angeles Rams’ SEAN MC VAY (46-9 vs. Indianapolis) all won in their Kickoff Weekend debuts. 

    The Rams’ 46 points under McVay marked the third-highest total in a head coach’s debut since 1933, trailing only the debuts of BOB SNYDER with the 1947 Los Angeles Rams (48-7 win at Pittsburgh) and BUD CARSON with the 1989 Cleveland Browns (51-0 win at Pittsburgh). 
  • New England quarterback TOM BRADY passed for 267 yards in the Patriots’ Week 1 loss to the Chiefs. Brady (4,075) joined PEYTON MANNING (4,736) and DREW BREES (4,597) as the third quarterback with at least 4,000 career passing yards in season-opening games.
     
  • New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 291 yards with one touchdown for a 104.7 rating in the Saints’ 29-19 loss at Minnesota on Monday Night Football. Brees, who has 34 career touchdown passes on Kickoff Weekend, tied PEYTON MANNING (34) for the most career touchdown passes in season-opening games
     
  • Cleveland rookie quarterback DE SHONE KIZER made his first-career start against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Kickoff Weekend. At least one rookie quarterback has started in Week 1 in 10 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the NFL since at least 1950.  
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PROLIFIC PASSERSMinnesota quarterback SAM BRADFORD completed 27 of 32 passes (84.4 percent) for 346 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 143.0 passer rating in the Vikings’ 29-19 victory over New Orleans on Monday Night Football. Kansas City quarterback ALEX SMITH passed for 368 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions on 28 of 35 passing (80.0 percent) in the Chiefs’ 42-27 win against New England in Foxborough on Thursday night. 
Bradford and Smith are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to complete 80 percent of their passes with at least 325 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a season-opening game.
QUARTERBACK
TEAM
COMP.
ATT.
COMP. PCT. 
PASS YARDS
TDS
INTS
RATING
Sam Bradford
Minnesota 
27
32
84.4
346
3
0
143.0
Alex Smith
Kansas City 
28
35
80.0
368
4
0
148.6
Smith, who led the Chiefs to a victory over the Super Bowl LI Champion Patriots, is the first quarterback in league history with at least 350 passing yards, four touchdowns, a completion percentage of 80 or higher and no interceptions against the defending Super Bowl champion.
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ROOKIES ROCKET OUT OF GATESThree rookie running backs – Kansas City’s KAREEM HUNT (148 rushing yards), Minnesota’s DALVIN COOK (127) and Jacksonville’s LEONARD FOURNETTE (100) – each rushed for at least 100 yards in their NFL debuts on Kickoff Weekend.
Hunt, Cook and Fournette are the first trio of rookie running backs with at least 100 rushing yards in Week 1 since OTTIS ANDERSON (193 rushing yards), WILLIAM ANDREWS (167) and JERRY ECKWOOD (121) in 1979
2017

1979
PLAYER
TEAM
RUSH YARDS

PLAYER
TEAM
RUSH YARDS
Kareem Hunt
Kansas City
148

Ottis Anderson
St. Louis Cardinals
193
Dalvin Cook
Minnesota
127

William Andrews
Atlanta
167
Leonard Fournette
Jacksonville
100

Jerry Eckwood
Tampa Bay
121

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FAST-RISING FALCON: Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES had four catches for 66 yards in the Falcons’ 23-17 win at Chicago on Kickoff Weekend. 
Jones, who has 501 career receptions, reached 500 catches in his 80th career game, tying ANQUAN BOLDIN for the fewest games to reach the milestone in NFL history
The players to reach 500 career receptions in the fewest games in NFL history:
PLAYER
TEAM
GAMES
Julio Jones
Atlanta 
80
Anquan Boldin
Arizona
80
Antonio Brown
Pittsburgh
84
Larry Fitzgerald
Arizona
87
Andre Johnson
Houston
88

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COWBOY CORNERSTONE: Dallas tight end JASON WITTEN had seven catches for 59 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 19-3 win against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football. Witten, who has 11,947 career receiving yards in 15 seasons with the Cowboys, passed Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (11,904) for the most career receiving yards in franchise history
The players with the most receiving yards in Dallas Cowboys history:
PLAYER
SEASONS
RECEIVING YARDS
Jason Witten
2003-2017
11,947*
Michael Irvin^
1988-1999
11,904
Tony Hill
1977-1986
7,988
Drew Pearson
1973-1983
7,822
Bob Hayes^
1965-1974
7,295
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer


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BIG-PLAY BROWN: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had 11 catches for 182 receiving yards in the Steelers’ 21-18 victory at Cleveland on Kickoff Weekend. His 182 receiving yards are the third-most on Kickoff Weekend in the past 10 seasons
Brown has six career games with at least eight catches and 180 receiving yards, tied for the third-most in NFL history
The players with the most career games with at least eight receptions and 180 receiving yards:
PLAYER
TEAM(S)
GAMES

Isaac Bruce
St. Louis Rams
7

Charley Hennigan
Houston Oilers
7

Antonio Brown
Pittsburgh Steelers
6*

Lance Alworth^
San Diego Chargers
6

Andre Johnson
Houston Texans
6

*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
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IRON-MANNING: New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING passed for 220 yards in the Giants’ Week 1 loss to the Cowboys. 
Manning, who made his first career start for the Giants on November 21, 2004 against Atlanta, is the third quarterback in NFL history to start at least 200 consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (297) and PEYTON MANNING(208)
The most consecutive games started by a quarterback in NFL history:
PLAYER
TEAM(S)
SEASONS
CONSECUTIVE GAMES STARTED

Brett Favre^
Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota
1992-2010
297

Peyton Manning
Indianapolis
1998-2010
208

Eli Manning
New York Giants
2004-present
200*

Philip Rivers
Los Angeles Chargers
2006-present
177*

Joe Flacco
Baltimore
2008-2015
122

*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

NFL FOUNDATION, USA FOOTBALL, GENYOUTH AND FUEL UP TO PLAY 60 EXPAND COMMITMENT TO 
YOUTH HEALTH AND WELLNESS THROUGH NFL FLAG-IN-SCHOOLS
Program Provides Underserved Communities with Resources to Get Students Active Through Flag Football
NFL FLAG Kits Distributed to 4,700 New Schools, Reaching 2.5 Million More Students for the 2017-18 School Year
The NFL, USA Football, GENYOUth and Fuel Up to Play 60 announced today the expansion of the NFL FLAG-In-Schools Program, which aims to increase physical activity of youth by providing flag football resources to underserved communities. Since 2014, the partners' efforts have resulted in 4.3 million students becoming more active before, during and after school through NFL FLAG-In-Schools. This year, NFL FLAG Kits will be distributed to an additional 4,700 schools nationwide, reaching approximately 2.6 million new students. The expansion was made possible by a renewed commitment from the NFL Foundation, amounting to nearly $1.5 million.
"Football is a fun and engaging sport that teaches participants valuable life lessons both on and off field. We are excited to expand the NFL FLAG-in-Schools program and offer more kids the opportunity to get involved in the sport and have fun," said NFL Vice President of Youth and High School Football ROMAN OBEN. "This partnership provides much-needed resources to schools throughout the country to sustain their physical activity programs and positively impact students' health and wellness."
NFL-FLAG-in Schools Kits will be provided to 4,700 schools at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. The kits include footballs, flag belts, kicking tees, posters and a physical education (PE) curriculum designed by SHAPE America for elementary and middle school students, to get active and learn the basics of football in a fun environment.
New this year, digital NFL FLAG-In-Schools training modules, including video-based instructions, will be available free of charge to PE teachers nationwide and provide more educators access to the training. The modules follow a curriculum developed by USA Football and SHAPE America that meets national standards for continuing education. Teachers can access the training modules via the website: http://www.shapeamerica.org.
"Since the introduction of this partnership, and its subsequent expansions, each year we've heard resounding, positive feedback from educators who have received NFL FLAG Kits regarding the effectiveness of this turnkey solution and its ability to inspire both boys and girls to be physically active," said CEO of GENYOUth ALEXIS GLICK. "We heard the national call for more strategies to help kids participate in high-quality physical education and other opportunities to be active before, during and after school, and our partnership to deliver NFL FLAG-In-Schools Kits was our answer to that call."
The program has seen notable success since its inception in 2014. Seventy-one percent of the schools receiving kits are high-need schools: 40% or more of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Ninety-eight percent of teachers reported using the kits in their PE class with nearly half (47%) also using them after school. Earlier this year, PE teachers who previously received NFL FLAG-In-Schools Kits participated in a Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisors' focus group and reported the following benefits:
  • Participants reported using NFL FLAG-In-Schools Kits in PE class, at recess, in intramurals, in tournaments, before and after school and in Fuel Up to Play 60 events;
  • The program has significantly increased PE teachers' confidence and ability to teach/coach flag football;
  • Participants overwhelmingly felt their FLAG-In-Schools programs were successful - citing student enthusiasm for the game, especially girls' interest in the game, older students' willingness to teach younger students how to play and flag football's increasing popularity over other sports as reasons for the success; and
  • Participants representing a variety of school sizes unanimously reported that all of their PE students participate in FLAG-In-Schools, adding that a sizable amount of interest among students was generated by intramural play and recess play
Additionally, schools report that the program has helped them to increase female students' participation in physical activity at school. In fact, NFL FLAG-In-Schools sparked such an interest in Miami-Dade County Public Schools that the district developed 50 new varsity middle school girls flag leagues with 1,100 girls now playing varsity flag football. This is a key advantage, given a 2016 study by Tufts University School of Medicine and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, which showed that girls are at greater risk than boys of falling short of in-school physical activity recommendations.
To learn more about NFL FLAG-in-Schools, visit FuelUpToPlay60.com. To find or start an NFL FLAG league in your community, visit NFLFLAG.com and for updates follow @NFLPlayFootball and @GENYOUth on Twitter.

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – KICKOFF WEEKEND

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 10, the first week of the 2017 season.

  • Atlanta tight end AUSTIN HOOPER had two catches for 128 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown reception in the Falcons’ 23-17 win at Chicago. Hooper’s 88-yard touchdown is the longest TD catch by a tight end in a season opener in NFL history

  • Los Angeles Rams cornerback TRUMAINE JOHNSON and safety LAMARCUS JOYNER each had an interception-return touchdown and defensive end MORGAN FOX recorded a safety in the team’s 46-9 win over Indianapolis. 

The RAMS are the first team in NFL history to record two interception-return touchdowns and a safety in a season opener.

The Rams’ two interception-return touchdowns are tied for the most ever in a season opener and Los Angeles is the first team to accomplish the feat on Kickoff Weekend since the 2007 Minnesota Vikings (September 9, 2007 vs. Atlanta).

  • The Jacksonville Jaguars, led by defensive ends CALAIS CAMPBELL (four sacks) and DANTE FOWLER, JR. (one sack, 53-yard fumble-return touchdown), defeated Houston 29-7 at NRG Stadium. 

The JAGUARS, who had 10 sacks and a defensive touchdown in the contest, are the second team in NFL history with at least 10 sacks and a defensive touchdown in a season-opening game. The Los Angeles Raiders recorded 10 sacks and had a 76-yard interception-return touchdown in the team’s 31-0 victory against the New York Jets on September 8, 1985.

  • Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 292 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 113.1 passer rating in the Lions’ 35-23 win over Arizona. Stafford, who led the Lions back from a 17-15 fourth-quarter deficit, has 27 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime since 2011, the most such drives by a quarterback in the NFL over the span

Last year, the Lions won eight games when trailing in the fourth quarter, the most by a team in a single season in NFL history. 

  • Cleveland rookie quarterback DE SHONE KIZER passed for 222 yards with a touchdown and rushed for a TD against Pittsburgh in his first career start. Kizer’s start marks the 10th consecutive season a rookie quarterback has started on Kickoff Weekend, the longest streak since at least 1950

  • Pittsburgh rookie linebacker T.J. WATT had two sacks and an interception in the Steelers’ 21-18 win at Cleveland. Watt is the first player to record at least two sacks and an interception in an NFL debut on Kickoff Weekend since sacks became an official statistic in 1982

     
  • Oakland kicker GIORGIO TAVECCHIO converted all four of his field-goal attempts in the Raiders’ 26-16 victory at Tennessee. Tavecchio, who connected on two 52-yard field goals in the contest, is the first player in league history to make two field goals of at least 50 yards in his NFL debut. He also joins SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI as the only players in team history to convert multiple 50-yard field goals in a single game.

JOSH BROWN SUSPENDED SIX GAMES FOR VIOLATION OF NFL’S PERSONAL CONDUCT POLICY
​JOSH BROWN SUSPENDED SIX GAMES FOR VIOLATION OF NFL'S PERSONAL CONDUCT POLICY
The NFL notified Josh Brown that he will be suspended for the first six games of the 2017 NFL season for violating the league's Personal Conduct Policy.
In August 2016, Brown was suspended for the first game of the 2016 season after an investigation into an incident on May 22, 2015 with his then wife.
In October 2016, the King County (WA) Sheriff's Office announced publicly that it had closed its investigation in connection with the 2015 incident. As part of its report, however, the Sheriff's Office released a volume of documents from its investigation. These documents, which previously had been withheld from the public and the NFL, contained information regarding a series of other incidents separate from the May 2015 incident.
The league then placed Brown on the Commissioner Exempt list and initiated an investigation into those incidents. Following a comprehensive investigation, which included a review of the documents and interviews with Brown and several other people, the league concluded there was a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy that warranted a six-game suspension.
Brown was advised of this determination and elected to accept the discipline and begin serving the suspension immediately.

SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS HIGH SCHOOL
OF FORT LAUDERDALE HAS MOST NFL PLAYERS;
FLORIDA LEADS ALL STATES;
MIAMI TOPS HOMETOWNS
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).

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 2 
SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 2

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 17, the second week of the 2017 season.

  • New England quarterback TOM BRADY completed 30 of 39 passes (76.9 percent) for 447 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 139.6 passer rating in the Patriots’ 36-20 win at New Orleans. Brady has 52 career games with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions, passing PEYTON MANNING (51) for the most such performances in NFL history.  

Brady (61,849 passing yards and 456 touchdown passes) and New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES (66,402 and 466) entered the game with a combined 128,251 passing yards and 922 touchdown passesBoth totals are the most in NFL history for opposing starting quarterbacks in a game

  • Kansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT rushed for two touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 27-20 win over Philadelphia. Hunt, who scored three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) in his NFL debut last week, is the first player in NFL history to have at least three rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns in his first two career games

Hunt has scored five touchdowns in his first two career games. Only DUTCHSTERNAMAN (six) of the 1920 Decatur Staleys has scored more touchdowns in his first two career games. 

Hunt had a 53-yard rushing touchdown in the win over Philadelphia. Combined with his 78-yard touchdown reception in Week 1, Hunt is the third player in NFL history to record a 50+ yard scrimmage touchdown in each of his first two career games (DUB JONES, 1950 and ALAN AMECHE, 1955).

  • Los Angeles Chargers tight end ANTONIO GATES had a touchdown catch in the team’s loss against Miami. Gates has 112 career touchdown catches and passed TONY GONZALEZ (111) for the most receiving touchdowns by a tight end in NFL history

Gates’ 112 touchdown receptions are the sixth-most in NFL history.

  • Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 23 of 35 passes (65.7 percent) for 243 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 104.8 passer rating in the Steelers’ 26-9 win over Minnesota at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger has thrown a touchdown pass in 45 consecutive home games, the third-longest streak in NFL history and the longest active streak. Only DREW BREES (60 games) and TOM BRADY (47) have longer streaks all-time. 

     
  • The BALTIMORE RAVENS recorded four interceptions and three sacks in the team’s 24-10 win against Cleveland. The Ravens, who had five sacks and intercepted four passes in Week 1 at Cincinnati, are the only team with at least four interceptions and three sacks in each of its first two games of a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

​The Ravens are the third team since 1970 – and the first since the 1992 Pittsburgh Steelers – to have at least four interceptions in each of the first two games of a season. The 1971 Cleveland Browns are the only other team to accomplish the feat since 1970.

  • Cleveland tackle JOE THOMAS started his 162nd consecutive game in the Browns’ loss at Baltimore. Thomas, who entered the game having played 9,996 consecutive offensive snaps, reached 10,000 consecutive snaps played on the Browns’ fourth offensive play of the game.
Thomas, who played every snap of today’s game and extended his consecutive snap streak to 10,062, has not missed an offensive snap in his 11-year NFL career.

  • Indianapolis running back FRANK GORE had a rushing touchdown in the Colts’ overtime loss to Arizona, his 75th career TD run.
​​Gore, who also has 16 career receiving touchdowns, is the sixth player in NFL history with at least 75 rushing touchdowns and 15 receiving touchdowns in his career, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MARCUS ALLENJIM BROWNMARSHALL FAULKWALTER PAYTON and LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON.​​

Detroit at New York Giants, 8:30 PM (ESPN)