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Steelers get defensive. The Browns lose Nick Chubb, after which the sport. Plus, the Champions League is again! Specific Instances

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🏈 Good morning to everybody however particularly …


A decide six to begin it. A scoop and rating to win it. Mike Tomlin has by no means had a dropping season, and video games just like the one Pittsburgh performed Monday night time — the place his staff simply finds a method — are precisely why. The Steelers averted a disastrous 0-2 begin to the season with a wild 26-22 win over the Browns.

  • Alex Highsmith had a decide six off Deshaun Watson on the primary play from scrimmage, and he adopted with a strip-sack of Watson within the fourth quarter. T.J. Watt picked up the free ball and scored the game-winning landing.
  • Watt additionally turned Pittsburgh’s all-time sack chief earlier within the recreation.
  • It is the primary time the Steelers have scored a number of defensive touchdowns in a recreation since 2010. Highsmith is simply the second participant within the final 5 seasons with a decide six, a compelled fumble and a sack all in the identical recreation.
  • In between was a complete lot of ugly: The Steelers had been outgained 408-255 and had simply 9 first downs, their fewest in a recreation since 2010.

However that is what the Steelers do towards the Browns in Pittsburgh: win. They’ve received 20 straight regular-season house video games towards the Browns, the second longest streak by any staff over any opponent in NFL historical past. And talking of Tomlin simply successful, his 26 victories over the Browns are most all-time, passing the legendary Chuck Noll.

There are a ton of issues to repair on offense, however making an attempt to repair them with a 1-1 report is a complete lot higher than making an attempt to repair them at 0-2.

Elsewhere Monday night time …

Derek Carr entered the NFL in 2014. Since then, he hasn’t had a single good protection, and the Saints have not began 2-0.

Till now.

Led by one other terrific effort by the protection and a few well timed late offense, New Orleans moved to 2-0 for the primary time since 2013 with a 20-17 win over the Panthers.

  • Carr’s stats — 21 of 36, 228 yards and one interception — weren’t spectacular, however he hit a deep ball (42 yards to Chris Olave, 45 yards to Rashid Shaheed) on each of the Saints’ landing drives.
  • Tony Jones Jr., he of zero touchdowns in his first 19 profession video games, had two TD runs.
  • The protection flummoxed Bryce Younger, who posted an abysmal 4.6 yards per try and managed only one late landing to Adam Thielen.
  • That is the one landing the Saints have allowed this season. It is their fewest allowed via two video games in franchise historical past.

Here is the stat that stands out: Carr is now 2-0 with the Saints after they rating 20 factors or fewer. He was 7-62 with the Raiders after they scored 20 factors or fewer. He needed a staff with an elite protection, and he completely obtained it.

In an NFC South that does not have any top-tier groups, the Saints’ top-tier protection stands out.

😊 Honorable mentions

🤕 And never such a very good morning for …

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If you wish to know the way superior and well-respected Nick Chubb is as a participant and individual, take a look at the athletes who tweeted after his ugly, season-ending knee damage. LeBron James and Lamar Jackson despatched prayers. JJ Watt was “gutted.” Bijan Robinson referred to as Chubb a “position mannequin.” And that is just some.

Chubb is a good working again, however not simply amongst his contemporaries. He is an all-timer.

  • He has 4 seasons of 1,000 yards speeding on at the very least 5.0 yards per carry. The one gamers with extra are Corridor of Famers Barry Sanders and Jim Brown and Corridor of Very, Very Good (if it existed) member Jamaal Charles.
  • Since he entered the league in 2018, Chubb has the most tackles averted (370) and the highest tackles averted fee (25.4%) amongst gamers with at the very least 300 rushes.

Jerome Ford impressed with 16 carries for 106 yards in his absence, however Ford isn’t Chubb. Now the Browns should rely extra on their different large names, and Watson merely is not dwelling as much as it.

  • His three turnovers Monday tied a profession excessive.
  • In eight video games with the Browns, he has 11 whole touchdowns and 9 turnovers.
  • Since taking up as Cleveland’s starter, he ranks thirty second out of 34 certified quarterbacks in anticipated factors added per dropback.

It is simply not ok, and it isn’t significantly shut.

😬 Not so honorable mentions

🏈 Michigan State to fireside Mel Tucker for trigger following sexual harassment allegations

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Michigan State will quickly hearth head soccer coach Mel Tucker for trigger, simply over one week after the college suspended him with out pay amid its investigation into sexual harassment allegations from rape survivor and activist Brenda Tracy.

A proper listening to is slated to start Oct. 5 no matter Tucker’s standing as Michigan State’s coach.

Harlon Barnett has been the Spartans’ appearing coach, and former coach Mark Dantonio returned to this system as an affiliate coach. However the Spartans will start looking for a full-time successor quickly, and Dennis Dodd has potential choices in his set of Michigan State teaching candidates, together with …

  • Dodd: Jonathan Smith, Oregon State coach: The Beavers underrated boss should significantly take into account a transfer to remain in what is going to quickly be the Energy 4. With Oregon State’s impending transfer to the Mountain West, sources are going to say no significantly. Smith, a former Beavers quarterback, constructed this system from ashes to 10 wins final yr. He is a developmental man who would have entry to rather more expertise at Michigan State. … May Smith combat off distractions whereas again channels are labored so he could make the transition at season’s finish?”

⚽ UEFA Champions League is again! Matchday 1 picks, previews

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We’re again! The 2023-24 UEFA Champions League opens at this time with eight matches on the docket and all of them streaming on Paramount+. All instances Jap

  • AC Milan vs. Newcastle, 12:45 p.m. (preview)
  • Younger Boys vs. RB Leipzig, 12:45 p.m.
  • PSG vs. Borussia Dortmund, 3 p.m. (preview)
  • Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Porto, 3 p.m.
  • Manchester Metropolis vs. Purple Star Belgrade, 3 p.m. (preview)
  • Feyenoord vs. Celtic, 3 p.m.
  • Barcelona vs. Antwerp, 3 p.m. (preview)
  • Lazio vs. Atlético Madrid, 3 p.m.

We have now knowledgeable picks for all 16 Matchday 1 video games (eight at this time, eight Wednesday), and I am eager on AC Milan-Newcastle, which options Sandro Tonali dealing with his former squad, as Francesco Porzio highlights.

Oh yeah, and for you USMNT followers on the market, Christian Pulisic hopes to proceed his robust begin for AC Milan after leaving Chelsea. He is considered one of James Benge’s 5 gamers to look at.

  • Benge: “Even earlier than the worldwide break he had hit the bottom working, scoring on his debut away to Bologna earlier than crowning his San Siro bow with a aim towards Torino. Even higher than the targets is likely to be this statistic: three video games, three begins. That alone is one shy of his greatest run in his closing two years at Stamford Bridge. … If he is delivering these kinds of excessive worth probabilities and banging within the form of beautiful aim he netted on debut then Pulisic might effectively show to be an X-factor in a tough group for the Rossoneri.

We even have employees picks for who wins all of it, and 4 of our 5 writers are rolling with reigning champion Manchester Metropolis. No English membership has gone back-to-back because the champion of Europe since Nottingham Forest in 1979-80.

📺 What we’re watching Tuesday

UEFA Champions League, particulars right here
🏀 Mystics at Liberty, 7 p.m. on ESPN
Phillies at Braves, 7:20 p.m. on TBS
🏀 Dream at Wings, 9 p.m. on ESPN

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