Nothing is nicer than Gronk’s 69th touchdown

Not only that, but, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com, Gronk’s stats are actually littered with 69s. The touchdown isn’t all we have to celebrate: He’s also at 69.4 yards per game, and his catch percentage is 69.6 percent. What are the odds? I can only chalk it up to divine intervention. If Gronk’s story truly is a Greek myth, Zeus is up there on Mount Olympus, drinking a High Life in his La-Z-Boy with his feet up on the coffee table, watching football and patting himself on the back for orchestrating such a momentous occasion.

Look, I know this sounds like one big joke, and that’s probably because it is.

Reid became head coach in Philadelphia in 1999, took the franchise to a Super Bowl but never won one. He was fired in 2012 and now is in his fifth season in Kansas City. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie decided the Eagles needed a new voice, a new style, a new plan. Lurie is on his second coach since — first Chip Kelly, now Doug Pederson — who happens to have been Reid’s offensive coordinator in Kansas City and who spent 12 years in the league with Reid as a player or coach.

Reid disagreed with Lurie’s decision. It hurt him to leave Philadelphia, a team and a town with which he shared special bonds. He has built a fast and strong team in Kansas City.

Gruden and Washington seek to avoid a huge 0-2 hole.

This game should feature plenty of offensive wizardry.

The sting of losing it for Gruden would be severe. No veteran NFL coach wants to lose to a guy who is in only his second NFL game as a head coach. Especially one he tutored. Especially considering a Washington fan base that is already fretting and antsy.
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Stafford throws 2 TDs as Lions beat Giants and Beckham

So far, so good for Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. Eli Manning and the New York Giants are heading in the opposite direction.

Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return and the Lions beat the Giants 24-10 on Monday night.

The Lions (2-0) sacked Eli Manning five times and Stafford put together another big game while sending the Giants (0-2) to a second straight disappointing performance. Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returned from a sprained left ankle, but New York still struggled offensively.

“We did a nice job of getting in the end zone early and our defense did what they do,” Stafford said.

Immediately after Monday night’s loss McAdoo began his news conference by declaring the blame should be placed on his shoulders. The delay of game — and lack of a timeout — was later placed primarily on his quarterback.

McAdoo began his conference call Tuesday by saying “it’s my responsibility” to make sure the team gets out of its own way and avoids the costly mistakes that plagued the Giants against the Lions.

While Manning took some blame after the game, Flowers appears to remain off-limits. Instead of being critical of Flowers’ play the day after a rough outing, McAdoo was again complimentary of his young tackle.

When asked if Flowers would remain the team’s left tackle moving forward, he didn’t even flinch.

“Yes, absolutely,” McAdoo said. “Ereck is a young player, he did some good things in the ballgame yesterday. He gets singled out and that’s the way it goes in this league. Again, the breakdowns are spread out. It’s not just one player making breakdowns. The breakdowns are spread out and I am included. Throw me in there.”
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Broncos block Chargers’ game-tying FG to give coach Vance Joseph first win

Phillip Rivers and the Chargers made things interesting late in Monday night’s AFC West showdown with the Broncos but the patented Denver defense came up big with the game on the line.

Trailing 24-7 entering the fourth quarter, the Chargers rallied for 14 points in just over two minutes as the Broncos offense managed just 13 plays in the final 11:58 of the game. Four Broncos drives resulted in an interception, fumble, missed field goal and a punt, giving the Chargers every opportunity to rally for their first win since relocating to Los Angeles after last season.

It’s a formula that worked wonders for the Jaguars, and it’s a defense that might make the rest of the NFL a little worried about Jacksonville.

No, Oakland didn’t suddenly go to “Beast Mode” to ground and pound past the Titans. Carr still dropped back 34 times (22 of 32, 262 yards passing, two TDs, two sacks, 114.3 rating). And beyond Lynch rushing 18 times for 76 of those scrimmage yards, the Raiders averaged only 3.9 yards per carry behind their mighty offensive line.

But he was mixed in, with even greater volume than expected in his first game back following a brief retirement. He also ran hard in his vintage way, setting the tone in a gritty matchup that became a field-goal fest instead of the expected shootout between Carr and Marcus Mariota.

The Raiders played with a more physical streak up front on both sides of the ball than the Titans, who pride themselves on having that kind of identity around Mariota. Lynch was particularly key in the second half, catching a 16-yard pass that set up a field goal in the third quarter and helping his team whittle the clock in the fourth quarter.
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