“McCown takes it over the goal line. Two-point conversion coming,” Andrew Siciliano, host of DirecTV’s Red Zone Channel, tells viewers from a set nearly 2,500 miles across the continent after one of the more than 1,600 plays he binge-watched with them earlier this month.
The Panthers limited the 49ers to just 217 yards, forced two turnovers, and sacked Brian Hoyer four times in the win. The Panthers defense only let the 49ers in the red zone one time, and they also limited San Francisco to a 2-of-11 showing on third down conversions.
It has been more than four years since Andy Reid took his talents from Philadelphia to Kansas City to coach the Chiefs. On Sunday, Reid and the Chiefs play the Eagles in Kansas City in what figures to be an emotional day for Reid, who coached the Eagles for 14 years, and Eagles coach Doug Pederson is one of Reid’s former assistants.
Reid has led the Chiefs to the playoffs in three of his four seasons in Kansas City, and the Eagles haven’t been to the postseason since Reid was fired.
That’s okay. Not everyone needs to feel the same way.
Aaron Hernandez, Rae Carruth, O.J. Simpson and Ray Rice were left off. Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder before he died in prison, and Carruth was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. Simpson’s transgressions came well after his playing career was over, and the Rice incident effectively ended his career. There’s no sense in debating those players’ place on this list.
Instead, we narrowed the focus to players who were hated while they were on the field. That hate could be for any number of reasons. It could be a dirty player. A selfish player. A greedy player. A player who had off-field issues. Or a player who simply annoyed us.
“At the end of the day, we’re going to keep it classy,” Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick told reporters this week. “We’re going to keep it professional. But it’s just one of those games.’’
Their two losses have come by a combined 13 points. Their four wins have come by an average of nearly two touchdowns, thanks in large part to quarterback Jared Goff getting better and a potent running game.
In the Rams’ four wins this season, Goff has thrown seven TDs and no INTs with a gaudy 113.1 passer rating. In the Rams’ two losses, those numbers are quit different: one TD pass, three INTs and a 61.2 passer rating.