By Joel Deering
Did you miss a lot of the sports action this weekend? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a quick recap of what you may have missed from around the NFL, NCAA Football, and more!
Jimmy Garoppolo’s Undefeated No More
Up until this weekend, Jimmy Garoppolo hadn’t lost a game as a starter in the NFL. The Minnesota Vikings made a change to Garoppolo’s record in Week 1. Not only did the Vikings give Garoppolo his first loss as a starter, but they did it while making him look like a bad QB. The Vikings picked off Garoppolo 3 times, and they kept his completion percentage to under 50%.
Aaron Rodgers left the game against the Chicago Bears with a knee injury in the first half, after which the Bears built a 17-0 lead going into half time. They then extended the lead to 20-0. Then the Bears’ worst nightmare happened…….. Aaron Rodgers returned to the game. After being down 20-0, Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a field goal in the third quarter, and the three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to seal a 24-23 victory over the Chicago Bears. If you turned this game off at half time, you really missed out.
NFL Injuries Continue Piling Up
Significant injuries continue to occur around the NFL. A few injuries to keep your eye on are those to Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (MCL Sprain), Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (Hanstring), Titans QB Marcus Mariota (Elbow), Titans TE Delanie Walker (Dislocated Ankle), and Panthers TE Greg Olsen (Foot). Then we saw injuries like the one to Aaron Rodgers. He suffered a knee injury against the Bears, but then later returned to the game. Worth keeping your eye on that situation. Unfortunately, I’m sure we’ll see plenty more injuries as the season goes on.
Much too my surprise, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lit up the New Orleans Saints in the highest scoring Week 1 game in NFL history. There was a combined 88 points scored. I thought it was going to be an easy win for the Saints with Ryan Fitzpatrick starting, but who we actually saw was Ryan Fitzmagic. Fitzmagic threw for 417 yards and 4 touchdowns as the Buccaneers beat the Saints 48-40.
The Browns Didn’t Lose, But Also Didn’t Win
The Cleveland Browns are already better than last season!!!!!! Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean they won a game. Cleveland went into overtime against the Steelers tied at 21. Both teams had an opportunity to win the game, but thanks to poor field goal kicking, the game ended in a tie. Even though it’s not a win, Browns fans should be happy they didn’t lose again.
Kentucky Finally Beats Florida
For the first time since 1986, the Kentucky Wildcats beat the Florida Gators in football. Kentucky came away with a 27-16 victory, a victory they’ve been seeking for 32 years. Kentucky should feel pretty good right now, and it sure looks like they do.
Georgia Tech Losses to the AAC for the First Time Since 1996
Another streak was broken in College Football this weekend, but this one isn’t a loss worth celebrating. Georgia Tech suffered a 49-38 loss at the hands of USF, which became the first time since 1996 that they lost to a team from the AAC. The last team from the AAC to beat Georgia Tech was Navy.
Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson Out For Season
The Oklahoma Sooners took a big blow in their win over the UCLA Bruins this weekend, losing their starting RB, Rodney Anderson, to a knee injury. Anderson will miss the rest of the season. Anderson was listed as one of the top Heisman contenders entering the season, and he had already made a big impact for the Sooners before getting injured. It’s safe to say Anderson’s Heisman chances are done. Now the question becomes, how will the Sooners do without him?
Kansas Jayhawks Finally Get A Road Win
46 consecutive road games. That’s how many times in a row the Kansas Jayhawks’ football team lost on the road. 46 times in a row! Well now they have a streak of 1 consecutive road game won after beating CMU 31-7. Before this road victory, the last time they won a road game was all the way back on September 12th of 2009.
Serena Williams Stunned…. and Heated
Serena Williams was upset and stunned by 20-year-old Naomi Osaka in the U.S. Open this weekend. While it was a great win for Osaka and a shocking loss for Williams, what was more shocking was how Williams was treated during the match. Williams was given several penalties for the wrong reasons. The notion was that the umpire thought Williams was cheating because she received coaching. “I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose,” Williams said. Williams ripped that umpire for the penalties she received during the match, which had an impact on the outcome.