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🏈Giants Earn First Win, Jets Take Brutal Loss

October 20, 2020
SOURCE: MIKE STOBE/GETTY IMAGES
SOURCE: MIKE STOBE/GETTY IMAGES

The GIST: The Giants finally grabbed their first win yesterday, beating the Washington Football Team (WFT) 20–19 (!!!), but if you’re a Jets fan, all we can say is...sorry.

LFG: At long last, the Giants looked like a functioning football team this week with solid defensive plays and properly executed TD passes. They led the majority of the game, until the WFT tied it up in the fourth quarter. Thankfully for the G-men, rookie linebacker Tae Crowder had a clutch scoop and score to give New York the 20–13 lead with just a few minutes remaining.

  • But Washington wasn’t done fighting. With less than a minute remaining, they scored a TD to make it 20–19. Instead of going for a tie, the WFT tried for the two-point conversion, but, to the Giants’ relief, were unable to make it to the end zone.
  • While it wasn’t pretty, it was definitely a win, marking head coach Joe Judge’s first victory in the NFL. Let’s hope they can keep it going this week when the Giants face the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football.

Rock bottom: The Jets lost 24–0 to the Miami Dolphins yesterday, their first shut-out loss against Miami since 1983. And yes, it was as brutal as it sounds. At 0-6, the Jets are the only winless team in the league, meaning it’s time to start thinking about changes.

  • With this season lost (and increasingly more embarrassing), the Jets made another move right after yesterday’s game by trading defensive tackle Steve McLendon to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for the Bucs’ 2022 sixth-round draft pick. Here’s hoping the next move is to fire head coach Adam Gase. Harsh, but needed.

🏈Patriots Lose to Broncos

October 20, 2020
SOURCE: STEVEN SENNE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
SOURCE: STEVEN SENNE/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The GIST: Surprisingly, the Patriots played a game yesterday. Unfortunately, their lack of practice was v. evident in their 18–12 loss to the Denver Broncos.

What do you mean, surprisingly?: With new COVID-19 developments, it wasn’t clear if yesterday’s game would even happen. The Pats shut down Friday’s practice due to another positive COVID-19 test and placed three more players on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday. Astonishingly (or not), the NFL didn’t postpone the Pats’ game for a third time against the Broncos. Play on, we guess?

How’d we look?: With very little practice over the last two weeks, pretty rusty. After falling behind 18–3 and sustaining several injuries just in the first half, the Pats attempted a comeback that included QB Cam Newton suddenly becoming a wide receiver (something the Patriots tried before...unsuccessfully).

  • Sadly, the Pats ultimately lost to kicker Brandon McManus a Broncos squad that scored only field goals, no TDs. Yikes.

What’s next for the Pats?: The San Francisco 49ers, led by former Patriot backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo, on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET. Here’s hoping the Pats turn things around — they’re 2-3 through five games, marking their first time being under .500 since 2002. Eek.

🏈Washington Football Team Fall to NY Giants

October 20, 2020
SOURCE: RICKY CARIOTI/THE WASHINGTON POST
SOURCE: RICKY CARIOTI/THE WASHINGTON POST

The GIST: Washington Football Team (WFT) head coach Ron Rivera said they’d try to win now against a weak NFC (National Football Conference) East. Unfortunately, they lost to their lowly NFC East opponent NY Giants 20–19. So close.

Dare we ask what happened?: The WFT fell behind early before attempting a furious comeback. Then, Riverboat Ron was out in full force with audacious calls. After wide receiver Cam Sims scored his first NFL touchdown with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, Rivera elected for the two-point conversion to win the game as opposed to kicking the easier one-point conversion to tie it. Clearly, the gamble didn’t pay off. Sigh.

What else?: Besides the incomplete pass for the two-point conversion, QB Kyle Allen made an error at another crucial moment. He fumbled the football when the game was tied at 13, which led to the Giants’ game-winning play. Hold onto that football like you’re holding onto hope for a COVID-19 vaccine ASAP.

What’s next?: The WFT need to stay aggressive and hopefully win (what a novel concept) on Sunday against another NFC East foe, the Dallas Cowboys, who are without star QB Dak Prescott. Here we go!

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Dodgers Headed to World Series

October 20, 2020
SOURCE: COOPER NEILL/MLB PHOTOS VIA GETTY IMAGES
SOURCE: COOPER NEILL/MLB PHOTOS VIA GETTY IMAGES

The GIST: Big day in LA yesterday! The Dodgers brought the fireworks and advanced to the World Series for the third time in four years. Happy Monday!

⚾️How was Game 7?: It was nerve-wracking as hell. The Dodgers’ pitchers gave us heartache to start Game 7 of the NLCS, but managed to hold the Atlanta Braves to just two runs in the first two innings.

World Series bound! Who’re they playing?: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are built differently than the Dodgers, with less star power but still a lot of depth. Maybe, just maybe, this will finally be the year the Dodgers overcome their postseason woes and win their first World Series in over 30 years.

  • Game 1 starts tomorrow at 8:09 p.m. ET/5:09 p.m. PT. Ride that momentum!

🏈Anything else?: Yes, but you were better off celebrating the Dodgers’ win. On the gridiron, the Rams’ sloppy play led to a 24–16 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Rams need to clean that up before facing the 5-1 Chicago Bears next Monday.

🏈Bears are 5-1 for First Time Since 2012

October 20, 2020
SOURCE: BRIAN BLANCO/AP PHOTO
SOURCE: BRIAN BLANCO/AP PHOTO

The GIST: Though the weather may be worse than average, it’s still a beautiful Monday in Chicago because the Bears are 5-1 for the first time since 2012. Oh happy days!

In control: The Bears defense was the MVP in yesterday’s 23–16 win over the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers’ opening drive suffered a Chicago sack followed by an interception, creating the first opportunity the Bears were able to capitalize on to create their early lead.

  • The defense stayed strong and didn’t allow any of the Panthers’ 12 first-half red zone (between the 20-yard and goal line) plays to gain more than five yards, keeping Carolina out of the end zone until the fourth quarter. Pretty impressive.

Seize the day: QB Nick Foles is looking more comfortable with every snap (and every Meek Mill song), releasing the ball quickly and effectively yesterday. He came out firing, completing nine of his first 10 throws, and ended with one TD pass and one run in on a QB sneak.

  • This game shows how serious of a playoff contender the Bears are. While this team is nowhere near perfect, we’ve seen improvement every game, which is critical as Chicago faces tougher teams in the coming weeks.