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JFL Update, Week 10

Posted on: November 14th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

In a meeting of the MOTs, Mitchell Schwartz and the host KC Chiefs came out on top, beat Josh26-14. Schwartz  appeared on all 59 offensive plays plus 4 (16 percent) on special teams. Rosen was 22 of 39 on passing with one TD and two interceptions. The Chiefs are on top of the AFC West with a 9-1 mark, tied with the LA Rams for best in the NFL. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are 2-7, third in the NFC West.

A November 9 article in the KC Star took note of Schwartz’s durability:

Image result for mitchell schwartzSchwartz, now in his seventh NFL season and third as starting right tackle for the Chiefs, has the longest current streak of consecutive snaps (6,934) of any player in the NFL, and his 102 consecutive games started ranks first among offensive tackles. He could reach the 7,000-consecutive snaps milestone at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

“That doesn’t happen very often,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “You saw the other guy (Joe Thomas) there Sunday (in Cleveland), he was doing a show or something on the sidelines. It is quite a feat. You go back to the Denver game (last year) where I sat a bunch of the guys and he wanted to be out there. If sat (Schwartz) down, he would have done that too, but he wanted to be out there.”

The 59 plays puts Schwartz just short of the mark.Finger crossed for next Monday’s meeting with the Rams, which is also in the news. The two teams were scheduled to play in Mexico City. Not gonna happen. According to a press release from the NFL:

The NFL announced today that it will move the Monday, November 19, Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Rams game originally scheduled for Estadio Azteca in Mexico City to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.

The decision is based on the determination – in consultation with the NFLPA and following a meeting and field inspection this afternoon by NFL and club field experts as well as local and independent outside experts – that the playing field at Estadio Azteca does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency and will not meet those standards by next Monday.

Safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on four defensive plays (7 percent) and another 19 on special teams (61 percent) as the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1, first AFC North) crushed the visiting Carolina Panthers, 52-21. Dangerfield made one tackle and was also credited with a “combination” tackle.

Kicker Greg Joseph did not attempt any field goals but hit on four PATs as the Cleveland Browns (3-6-1, fourth, AFC North) beat the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 28-16.

Nate Ebner appeared on 27 special teams plays (90 percent) with two tackle assists as the New England Patriots (7-3, first, AFC East) were beat up by the host Tennessee Titans, 34-10.

Ali Marpet appeared on all 69 offensive plays plus another three (15 percent) on special teams for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6, fourth NFC South) in a 16-3 loss to the visiting Washington Redskins.

 

JFL Update, Week 9

Posted on: November 6th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Mitchell Schwartz appeared on all of the KC Chiefs’ 63 offensive plays plus another six (26 percent) on special teams in a 37-21 win over the host Cleveland Browns. The Chiefs are 8-1 to lead the AFC West. Kicker Greg Joseph hit on a 51-yard field goal, his only points on the day since the Browns (2-6-1, fourth, AFC North) tried and failed to convert three two-point PAT attempts.

For the second consecutive week, Nate Ebner appeared on 22 special teams plays (81 percent this time) with an assist on a tackle as the New England Patriots (7-2, first, AFC East) beat the visiting Green Bay Packers, 31-17.

Ali Marpet appeared on all 67 offensive plays plus another four (12 percent) on special teams for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5, fourth NFC South) in an agonizing 42-28 loss to the host Carolina Panthers.

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1, first AFC North) safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on 17 special team plays (68 percent) in a 23-16 win over the host Baltimore ravens.

QB Josh Rosen and the Arizona Cardinals (2-6, 3rd NFC West) had their bye week.

 

JFL Update, Week 8

Posted on: October 30th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

QB Josh Rosen tossed two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to lead the Arizona Cardinals (2-6, third, NFC West) to an 18-15 win over the visiting San Francisco 49ers. The rookie QB had his best game to date, completing 23 of 40 passes for 252 yards (one interception). He also rushed for 12 yards in two attempts.

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Mitchell Schwartz appeared on all of the KC Chiefs’ 58 offensive plays plus another five (17 percent) on special teams in a 30-23 win over the visiting Denver Broncos. The Chiefs are 7-1 to lead the AFC West.

Ali Marpet appeared on all 88 offensive plays plus another five (15 percent) on ST for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4, T-3 NFC South) in an agonizing 37-34 loss to the host Cincinnati Bengals. The Bucs scored 18 points in the fourth quarter but could not overcome a 27-9 halftime deficit.

Kicker Greg Joseph hit on field goals of 34 and 45 yards (and missed one from 41) but it didn’t make much of a difference as his Cleveland Browns (2-5, fourth, AFC North) lost to the host Pittsburgh Steelers, 33-18. Safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on four defensive plays (6 percent) and another 20 (67 percent) on ST for the Steelers (4-2-1, first AFC North).

In the Monday Night Football contest, Nate Ebner appeared on 22 special teams plays (79 percent) as the New England Patriots (6-2, first, AFC East) scored two touchdowns in the fourth to seal the deal, 25-6, over the host Buffalo Bills. Ebner appeared to recover  fumble on a kick-off but the play was reserved on review.

 

JFL Update, Week 7

Posted on: October 22nd, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

QB Josh Rosen had a tough go of it for the Arizona Cardinals (1-6, T-3, NFC West) in their 45-10 loss to the visiting Denver Broncos on Thursday. He was 21 of 39 in passing with one TD and three interceptions, two of which were run back for Bronco touchdowns. Rosen also rushed once for 14 yards. Rosen sustained a sprained toe which might impact his next game.

Mitchell Schwartz appeared on all of the KC Chiefs’ 70 offensive plays plus another eight (30 percent) on special teams in a 45-10 win over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals. The Chiefs are 6-1 to lead the AFC West.

Ali Marpet — who recently signed a six-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3, third, NFC South) — appeared on all of the team’s 95 (!) offensive plays plus another six (18 percent) on ST in a 26-23 overtime win over the visiting Cleveland Browns (2-4-1, fourth, AFC North). Kicker Greg Joseph did not have any field goal attempts but connected on three PATs for the Browns. Nice piece on the rookie in The Times of Israel.

Greg Joseph celebrates after the Cleveland Browns defeated the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, October 7, 2018. (Jason Miller/Getty Images via JTA)

Nate Ebner appeared on 27 ST plays (82 percent) as the New England Patriots (5-2, first, AFC East) beat the host Chicago Bears, 38-31. He assisted on one tackle.

Jordan Dangerfield and the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2-1, first, AFC North) were in their bye week.

 

 

JFL Update, Week Six

Posted on: October 16th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Geoff Schwartz and the visiting Kansas City Chiefs suffered their first loss of the year, coming at the hands of Nate Ebner‘s New England Patriots, 43-40. Schwartz appeared on all 54 offensive plays plus another eight (22 percent) on special teams. Ebner was in on 27 special team plays (75 percent) and assisted on a tackle. The Chiefs are 5-1, tops in the AFC West; the Patriots are tied for first with the Miami Dolphins with a 4-2 mark.

Josh Rosen got the start behind center for the Arizona Cardinals (1-5, T-3rd NFC West) in their 27-17 loss to the host Minnesota Vikings. Rosen completed 21 of 31 pass attempts for 240 yards (longest, 40), no touchdowns, and one interception. He was sacked four times for a loss of 32 yards.

Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2-1, 2nd AFC North) strong safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on four plays with the defensive unit (7 percent) and 20 (74 percent) on special teams in their 28-21 win over the host Cincinnati Bengals.

Ali Marpet appeared in all 66 offensive plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3, 3rd NFC South) plus another four (14 percent) on special teams, making one tackle in the team’s 34-29 loss to the host Atlanta Falcons.

Kicker Greg Joseph connected on two field go attempts (33 and 28 yards) but the Cleveland Browns (2-3-1, 4th AFC North) fell to the visiting Los Angeles Chargers, 38-14. He also appeared on five special team plays (17 percent).

JFL update, Week 5

Posted on: October 8th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Greg Joseph‘s 37-yard field goal with two seconds left on the clock in OT gave the Cleveland Browns (2-2-1, T 3 NFC North) a 12-9 win over the visiting Baltimore Ravens. Joseph — who was signed for the second game of the years after the Browns’ opening-day kicker proved to be a deficit — also connected on a 35-yarder in the third quarter but missed from 55 away as regulation ran out. He also clanked one off the goal posts on a PAT attempt.

Josh Rosen made his second NFL start a good one, leading the Arizona Cardinals to their first win of the season (1-4, fourth in NFC West) with a 28-18 win over the host San Francisco 49ers. Rosen completed 10 of 25 pass attempts for 170 yards — 75 of those coming on a TD pass in the first quarter.

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Tackle Mitchell Schwartz once again appeared on every offensive play (70, plus another six (25 percent) on special teams, as the Kansas City Chiefs remained unbeaten (5-0, first in AFC West) took a 30-14 decision over the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars.

Kicker Greg Joseph was 2-for-2 in field goal attempts (25 and 28 yards) for the Cleveland Browns (1-2-1, T-3, AFC North) in their 45-42 overtime loss to the host Oakland Raiders. He also made two PATs.

Strong safety Jordan Dangerfield made one tackle on special teams, participating in 17 plays (63 percent) as the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2-1, T 3 AFC North) crushed the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 41-17.

On Thursday, the New England Patriots (3-2, 2nd, AFC East) beat the Indianapolis Colts, 38-24.  Free safety Nate Ebner appeared on 24 special teams plays (77 percent).

Tackle Ali Marpet and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2, third, NFC South) were on their bye week.

Playing catch-up

Posted on: October 5th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Had a great time in London, but the timing meant that I missed quite a bit in the world of sports. So very quickly…

I’ll be doing a full JML season recap in the days to come. For now, know that of the eight teams in the Division Series, five have Jews on their roster including:

  • Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Ian Kinsler, Boston Red Sox
  • Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
  • Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Max Fried, Atlanta Braves

Pederson —  who set a franchise record for most lead-off home runs in the regular season — gave the Dodgers the only run they would need in a 6-0 whitewash over the visiting Atlanta Braves with a two-strike, lead-off home run.

Fried walked one and struck out one in 1.1 innings of relief.

Braun was 2-for-5 as the Brewers took Game One in their NLDS match-up with the visiting Colorado Rockies, 3-2 in 10 innings.

Kinsler and the Sox host the Yankees in Game One tonight. As I post this, Bregman and the Astros are hosting the Cleveland Indians.

Onward…

Hard to believe, but the NHL Season began this week. Here are the Jice-men:

Brandon Leipsic scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for the Vancouver Canucks (1-0-0) in Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the visiting Atlanta Flames on Wednesday. The decider can 2:20 into the third period. Leipsic played just 8:27.

Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs (1-0-0), played 14:55 in a 3-2 overtime win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

Jason Demers, Arizona Coyotes (0-1-0), played 23:39 in a 3-0 loss to the Dallas Stars last night.

Jakob Chychrun, also on the Coyotes, has a bad knee and has not been cleared for contact.

Jason Zucker played 19:38 for the Minnesota Wild (0-1-0) in their 4-1 loss to the host Colorado Avalanche last night.

Andre Burakovsky played 14:04 in the Washington Capital’s opener, a 7-0 win over the visiting Boston Bruins, on Wednesday. The next day, the Caps (1-0-1) lost a wild one to the host Pittsburgh Penguins, 7-6, in overtime. He played 10:16 in that one.

Veteran Michael Cammalleri — the leader in goals scored among Jewish NHLers — is currently inactive.

Onward…

Over in the NBA, Omri Casspi has found a home: he is a member, once again, of the Memphis Grizzlies. Their season begins October 17 against the host Indiana Pacers. Unfortunately, the fragile Israeli is hurt again, although it doesn’t look too serious.

Finally…

Over in the NFL…

Week Five began last night as the New England Patriots (3-2, second in the AFC East) beat the Indianapolis Colts, 38-24.  Free safety Nate Ebner appeared on 24 special teams plays (77 percent).

Tackle Mitchell Schwartz appeared on all 78 offensive plays a plus another five (18 percent) for the Kansas City Chiefs (4-0, first in AFC West) in their 27-23 win over the host Denver Broncos.

Tackle Ali Marpet appeared on all 63 offensive plays plus two more (7 percent) on special teams as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2, third in the NFC South) in their 48-10 loss to the host Chicago Bears.

Strong safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on 21 special teams plays (72 percent) for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2-1, T-3 AFC North) in their 26-14 loss to the visiting Baltimore Ravens.

Kicker Greg Joseph was 2-for-2 in field goal attempts (25 and 28 yards) for the Cleveland Browns (1-2-1, T-3, AFC North) in their 45-42 overtime loss to the host Oakland Raiders. He also made two PATs.

Rookie QB Josh Rosen made his first NFL start as the Arizona Cardinals dropped to 0-4 (fourth in NFC West) with their 20-17 loss to the visiting Seattle Seahawks. Rosen completed 15 of 27 pass attempts for 180 yards and a touchdown (no interceptions). He also rushed for five yards on one rush.

 

JFL Report, Week 3: MNF

Posted on: September 25th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

The Pittsburgh Steelers almost coughed up a 30-10 halftime lead but managed to hold off the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 30-27. Safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared in 21 special team plays (66 percent) for the Steelers while Ali Marpet took all 74 offensive snaps at center plus another six (15 percent) on ST.

JFL, Week 3

Posted on: September 24th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Welcome your newest JFLers. The update was provided by Bob Wechsler:

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Greg Joseph, the newest Jewish NFL player, made his debut with the Cleveland Browns (1-2) on Thursday in their 21-17 win over the visiting NY Jets. He kicked field goals from 45 and 27 yards. a 45-yard field goal just before halftime…. It was his first NFL kick. Joseph after the Browns’ previous kicker left eight points on the field in a narrow loss the week before. The South Africa native attended a Jewish day school in Boca Raton and played at Florida Atlantic.

Image result for jordan dangerfield, steelersAlso newly certified “kosher” by the Jewish Sports Review: Pittsburgh Steelers safety Jordan Dangerfield. The Steelers visit Ali Marpet and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tonight.

In yesterday’s matches…

Stop the presses: the New England Patriots dropped to 1-2 following their loss to the host Detroit Lions. Nate Ebner appeared in nine special teams plays (36 percent), making a tackle (assisted) for the third straight week.

Mitchell Schwartz appeared on all 76 offensive plays at right tackle and another six (21 percent) on special teams as the Kansas City Chiefs improved to 3-0 following their 38-27 win over the visiting San Francisco Giants.

And mazel tov to Josh Rosen, who made his NFL debut for the Arizona Cardinals in their 16-14 loss to the visiting Chicago Bears. The 0-3 Cardinals scored all their points in the first quarter. Rosen came in at 4:31 in the fourth quarter, and connected on his first NFL attempt (nine yards) one of his four completions in seven tries for 36 yards. He also threw an interception with 1:10 left on the clock to seal the Cardinals’ doom, but that came when he was hit from behind. Rosen rushed once for 12 yards. He appeared in 13 offensive plays (36 percent). Personally, I think the AP story on him was a bit harsh: “Thrust into a difficult position, Rosen failed to lead Arizona’s beleaguered offense to a comeback, throwing an interception on his fifth NFL pass.” Geez, cut the guy some slack. It wasn’t his fault the Cardinals coughed up the lead.

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JFL update, Week 2

Posted on: September 17th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Nate Ebner was a substitute on defense, appearing on one play on defense (one percent) and 17 (71 percent) on special teams where he made one tackle in the New England Patriots’ 31-20 loss to the host Jacksonville Jaguars.

Mitchell Schwartz was the starting right tackle, appearing in 57 plays (98 percent) and another six (17 percent) on special teams as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the host Pittsburgh Steelers, 42-37.

Once again, Ali Marpet is listed at two positions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their 27-21 win over the visiting Philadelphia Eagles. Listed as the starting left guard, the official NFL Gamebook has him playing on all 58 downs at center. He was also in four plays (14 percent) on special teams.

Josh Rosen did not appear for the Arizona Cardinals in their 34-0 blowout at the hands of the host Los Angeles Rams. At o-2, maybe it’s time to give him a chance?

It's time for the 0-2 Cardinals to try rookie Josh Rosen at quarterback

And sorry, Forward, but the Patriots’ Julian Edelman is still not considered Jewish by the sports powers that be.

   
 

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