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JFL, Playoff Edition, Divisional Title Games

Posted on: January 14th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

It will be Jew vs. Jew in the AFC Conference Finals next week.

It should come as no surprise that Mitchell Schwartz played on every offensive down (87) for the #1 seed Kansas City Chiefs in their 31-13 win over the visiting Indianapolis Colts, plus another five (17%) on special teams.

The Chiefs will face the #2 seed New England Patriots, making their eighth straight Conference final after outscoring the Los Angeles Chargers 35-7 in the first half en route to the 41-28 win. Nate Ebner made one tackle in 27 special teams plays (79 percent).

Of course, you realize what this means (barring any unforeseen circumstances): There will be a Jewish player in Super Bowl LIII.

In other football news… well, there isn’t much. The only thing of note is the post-season analysis of Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen.

JFL, end of- and post-season

Posted on: January 7th, 2019 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

Another football season has come — and mostly gone — for the JFLers, .

Mitchell Schwartz completed another complete season, appearing on every offensive play for the Kansas City Chiefs who will host the Indianapolis Colts next Saturday as the #1 seed. Schwartz was named to the 1st-Team All-Pro Team for the first time; he had been selected for 2nd team twice. The Chiefs finished tied with the LA Chargers for the best record in the AFC.

Not a great rookie season for Arizona Cardinals’ signal-caller Josh Rosen. There were a lot of growing pains — literally and figuratively– in his freshman campaign. The Cardinals finished with the worst record in the NFL (3-13). I wish I could say there were more flashes of brilliance, but no. Here’s hoping he has a better supporting cast next year.

Nate Ebner had another strong season for the New England Patriots (11-5, first in the AFC East). After missing seven games in 2017 due to injury, he appeared in all but one this year. He had a career high 13 tackles (4 solo, 9 assisted) and was awarded the team’s 2018 Ed Block Courage Award, given to the player who “best exemplifies the principles of courage and sportsmanship while also serving as a source of inspiration.” The Pats host the Chargers on Sunday.

Ali Marpet also appeared on every for his team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11, fpoirth, NFC South). he received a goodly amount of praise for his work. Maybe someday he’ll vie for All-Pro honors with Schwartz? From SB Nation: “Marpet grew into his own this season. He’s physical and violent at the point of attack. There are countless plays a game where he dominates his opponent. If he played on a better team he’d get more notice.”

“Newly-discovered” JFLer Jordan Dangerfield appeared in every game for the Pittsburgh Steelers. (9-6-1, 2nd, AFC North). The safety made six tackles (5 combined, one solo).

Another addition to the tribe: kicker Greg Joseph of the Cleveland Browns. He got the call a couple of weeks into the season when the team’s kicker was unable to get the job done. Joseph, who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, connected on 17 of 20 field goal attempts, the longest coming in at 51 yards, and 25 of 29 extra point conversions. he also had one tackle.  The Brown at 7-8-1 (third AFC North) had their best season since (2014 when they went 7-9. They were 1-31 over the last two seasons. The last time they were over .500 was over a decade ago when they were 10-6 in 2007.

Photo of Mitchell Schwartz  Photo of Josh Rosen  Photo of Nate Ebner  Photo of Ali Marpet  Photo of Jordan Dangerfield

From left, Mitchell Schwartz, Josh Rosen, Nate Ebner, Ali Marpet, and Jordan Dangerfield. Sorry, no “official” head shot of Joseph.

JFL Update, Week 16

Posted on: December 25th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Josh Rosen completed 12 of 23 pass attempts for just 87 yards as the Arizona Cardinals (3-12, fourth in NFC West and worst in the league) were crushed by the visiting Los Angeles Rams, 31-9. On the bright side, he did lead the team in rushing with 49 yards on four attempts. The Cardinals’ only touchdown pass came from Larry Fitzgerald, the first of his career. Although Rosen has obviously been having his problems, Fitzgerald believes he has the goods to make it with the team.

Free safety Nate Ebner appeared in 25 special team plays (86 percent) as the New England Patriots (10-5, first in AFC East and clinched the division) beat the host Buffalo Bills, 24-12. He made an assist on one tackle.

Strong safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on three defensive plays (3 percent) and another 19 (66 percent) on special teams as the Pittsburgh Steelers lost on a late fourth-quarter touchdown by Drew Brees and the host New Orleans Saints, 31-28. According to ESPN, the Steelers, at 8-6-1, “have almost no chance to be a wild-card team. Their best path to the playoffs is with a Week 17 victory against Cincinnati, combined with a Ravens loss. They could theoretically be a wild-card team if they win, and the Colts and Titans tie.”

Mitchell Schwartz and the host Kansas City Chiefs (11-4, T-first AFC West) dropped their second straight, losing to host Seattle Seahawks, 38-31. Schwartz once again appeared on every offensive down (61) plus another five (15 percent) on special teams, even though he had missed practice sessions due to a knee injury. Brother (and former JFLer) Geoff contributed this piece to SB Nation, suggesting on ways the system needs to improve when it comes to picking offensive linemen for the Pro Bowl. I wonder if he would have done so had not Mitchell been snubbed?

Ali Marpet also appeared on every offensive play (80) for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-10, fourth, NFC South) plus another 5/19% on special teams in a 27-20 loss to the host Dallas Cowboys.

Greg Joseph connected on two field goals to help the Cleveland Browns beat the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, 26-18. With their 7-7-1 record (third, AFC North), the Browns have their best mark since they were 10-6 in 2007.

JFL Update, Week 15

Posted on: December 19th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Free safety Nate Ebner appeared in 18 special team plays (90 percent) as the New England Patriots continued their less-than-usually-dominating season with a 17-10 loss to the host Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pats are still atop the AFC East with their 9-5 record. String safety Jordan Dangerfield was in on 13 plays (65 percent) for the Steelers, who lead the AFC North with a record of 8-5-1.

Not a great day for Josh Rosen and the Arizona Cardinals, pummeled by the host Atlanta Falcons, 40-14. Once again, Rosen was without a touchdown, hitting on 13 of 22 passing attempts with two interceptions (one of which was brought back for a touchdown, the fourth time he has done that in his rookie year) and a rating of just 38.4. He ran twice for eiight yards, was sacked six times, and lost a fumble. The loss dropped the Cardinals’ record to 3-11, last in the AFC West.

Mitchell Schwartz and the host Kansas City Chiefs. The teams are tied for first in the AFC West with 11-3 records. Schwartz once again appeared on every offensive down (60) plus another four (17 percent) on special teams. Some fans are upset that he was not selected for the 2019 Pro Bowl.

Ali Marpet also appeared on every offensive play (50) for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-9, T-third, NFC South) plus another 3/13% on special teams in a 20-12 loss to the host Baltimore Ravens.

If one were being generous, one might say that Greg Joseph‘s only field goal of the day — 40 yards in the second quarter — was the difference in the Cleveland Browns’ 17-16 win over the host Denver Broncos. At 6-7-1, the browns still have a shot at a post-season slot.

JFL Update, Week 14

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

What a cool ending to the game between the host Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots (9-4, first in AFC East) on Sunday. In case you missed “The Miracle in Miami,” here it is:

Almost an afterthought, but Nate Ebner appeared in 25 plays (78 percent) on special teams and had an assist on a tackle.

Mazel tov to Mitchell Schwartz and the 11-2 Kansas City Chiefs. They clinched a playoff berth with their 27-24 overtime win over the visiting Baltimore Ravens. Schwartz once again appeared on every offensive down (86) plus another seven (24 percent) on special teams.

No miracle for Josh Rosen and the Arizona Cardinals (3-10, T-third, NFC West) in this Hanukkah week. They were crushed — relatively speaking — by the visiting Detroit Lions, 17-3. Rosen completed 26 of 41 passes for 240 yards (tied for second for season-high) with no touchdowns and one interception. He also ran twice for three yards.

Ali Marpet also appeared on every offensive play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-8, third, NFC South) plus another 4/15% on special teams) as the visiting New Orleans Saints scored 17 fourth-quarter points to take the contest, 28-14.

Greg Joseph‘s two field goals proved to be the difference in the game, giving the Cleveland Browns (5-7-1, third, AFC North) a 26-20 win over the visiting Carolina Panthers. Joseph connected from 49 yards with less than a minute left in the second quarter to tie the game at 17-17 and 41 in the fourth to seal the deal.

Safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on 16 special team plays (64 percent) as the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5-1, first, AFC North) lost a tough one to the host Oakland Raiders, 24-17.

JFL Update, Week 13

Posted on: December 4th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

Josh Rosen led the Arizona Cardinals (3-9, third in NFC West) to an improbable 20-17 win over the host Green Bay Packers. Rosen was 11-26 for 149 passing yards with no TDs or interceptions. He rushed for 33 yards on one play, but also had a -1 on anther for a total of 32 yards. Depending on whose stats you go by Rosen is either 30th out of 31 qualifying quarterbacks in Total QBR (ESPN) or 30th among all QBS (NFL). Either way, it’s not very good, but given his rookie status, you hope he’s learning and that the Cardinals will provide him with a better supporting cast in years to come.

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Mitchell Schwartz played all 71 offensive downs for the KC Chiefs and another seven (22 percent) as the KC Chiefs (10-2, first in AFC West) held off a late charge by the host Oakland Raiders for a 40-33 win.

Nate Ebner returned to action after missing last week’s game for the New England Patriots. He appeared on 20 special teams plays (80 percent) as the Pats (9-3, first in AFC East)  beat the visiting Minnesota Vikings, 24-10.

Ali Marpet appeared on all 65 offensive plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-7. third in NFC South) plus another four (17 percent) as his crew beat the visiting Carolina Panthers, 24-17.

Safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared in 19 special teams plays (63 percent) and recovered one of the team’s own fumbles as the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4-1, first in AFC North) gave up 18 fourth quarter points to the visiting LA Chargers to lose, 33-30, the winning score coming on a field goal with 4:10 left to play.

Greg Joseph did not attempt a field goal for the Cleveland Browns (4-7-1, fourth in AFC North) in their 29-13 loss to the host Houston Texans. he made one PAT, the browns failing on a two point conversion following their second TD.

It was pointed out to me during the NY-Chicago game that the Bears have two players with apparently Jewish surnames (Tarik Cohen and Eddie Goldman), neither of whom are MOT. “A rose by any other name…”

JFL Update, Week 12

Posted on: November 27th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

It looked good for a little while at least: Arizona Cardinals (2-9, T-third, NFC West) quarterback Josh Rosen threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald four minutes into the first quarter. That was followed by a field goal a little bit later for a 10-0 lead. But that was it for the Cardinals’ scoring and it all went downhill from there as the host LA Chargers roared back for a 45-10 win. Rosen ended the day completing 12 of 19 passes for 105 yards with that TD plus an interception and was sacked for an 11-yard loss. He also rushed twice for negative one yard. And, to add insult to non-injury, there was this.

Kicker Greg Joseph did not attempt any field goals but hit on five PATs as the Cleveland Browns (4-6-1, fourth, AFC North) beat the host Cincinnati Bengals, 35-20.

Safety Jordan Dangerfield appeared on three defensive plays (5 percent) and another 18 on special teams (67 percent) as the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3-1, first AFC North) fell to the host Denver Broncos on a fourth quarter touchdown, 24-17.

Ali Marpet appeared on all 73 offensive plays plus another five (18 percent) on special teams for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7, T-third NFC South) in a 27-9 win over the visiting San Francisco 49ers.

Nate Ebner was not active for the New England Patriots (8-3, first, AFC East) in their 27-13 win over the host NY Jets. From CBSSports.com on Nov. 23, “Ebner was a surprise addition to Friday’s injury report, logging a limited participation in practice after having been unlisted to begin the week. The veteran safety appears to have suffered a knee injury of undisclosed severity during practice.” But at least he won his bet with Tom Brady over the Michigan-Ohio State game.

Mitchell Schwartz and the KC Chiefs (9-2, first AFC West) were in their bye week.

 

JFL Update, Week 10

Posted on: November 14th, 2018 by Ron Kaplan

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

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.

 

   
 

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