Vikings beat the 49ers 32-31 on a walk off touchdown / 2pt conversion, San Francisco led for most of the game:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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It might only be the preseason but wow did the Minnesota Vikings finish their week 3 football game in style. After trailing the San Francisco 49ers for all four quarters, the Vikings ended up coming back and scoring the go ahead touchdown / 2pt conversion with no time left on the clock at the end of the game. Minnesota’s entire team stormed the field in an amazing team celebration. If you were watching the game unfold you had to think to yourself that this is one of the best moments of 2017 preseason. Vikings Quarterback Taylor Heinicke scored the game winning 2 pt conversion and it was a culmination of a never quit attitude from Mike Zimmer’s team. At half time Minnesota was trailing 14-0 but the purple team kept their eye on the prize and never lost hope. People will say that this game doesn’t mean anything because it’s the preseason but make no mistake about it a team can grow from experiences like this and the Vikings should get a boost in morale. When the 2nd and the 3rd guys on the roster show they can step up and win games as well, it’s a good sign that the overall make up of the team is well. There were a number of points in this game where the Vikings could have thrown in the towel but they wouldn’t settle for that. If you expect to be contending for a Super Bowl you’re going to need resilience like the Vikings showcased. The NFC better watch out because Minnesota has made some good moves this off-season and should be able to get back to the playoffs after going 8-8 last year. The winning formula for this team will always be defense as long as Zimmer is the head coach. Anticipate a lot of big defensive performances from Minnesota as the regular season gets on the way.

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A hot first half propels Wayne State past Walsh 28-9, the Warriors improve to 1-0 on the season:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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The Wayne State University Warriors started the 2017 season off on the right foot beating Walsh University 28-9 on the road in North Canton, Ohio. Wayne State put up all 28 points in the first two quarters showing they have the ability to come out of the gate with a ton of momentum. Quarterback D.J Zezula was red hot throwing for 3 touchdown passes and 149 yards for the day. Zezula didn’t throw a single interception in the game and proved he is still one of the better passers in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Zezula did lose two fumbles in this contest so he has to improve a little bit in the ball security aspect of the game as a runner. However other than that D.J Zezula has been an outstanding leader for the Warriors and it’s a lot of fun to watch this kid operate. Romello Brown also had a great day for Wayne State rushing for 112 yards on the ground. With the one two punch of Zezula and Brown the Warriors offense can overwhelm defenses quickly. Brown had more carries than all the other GLIAC RBs had in week 1, so it’s obvious Head Coach Paul Winters knows he has a special player running the football and that’s why we are seeing Brown in a workhorse role. The third stand out for the “road warriors” (pun intended) was Darece Roberson. Roberson was spectacular in this ball game, he took advantage of the Walsh defense all day finishing with 95 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the opposite of the ball you can’t safe enough about Wayne State’s defensive output and mental toughness. The whole group was locked in for all four quarters and that’s the reason Walsh was only able to put 9 points on the board. Anthony Pitt led the charge for WSU contributing 9 tackles, while Dustin Carlin added 7 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 tackle for loss. In the secondary Ronny Bryant was sensational for the green and gold, he showcased his ball hawk skills with 2 interceptions. Wayne State will host the Indianapolis University Greyhounds in their next game, the Greyhounds are coming off a huge win against Grand Valley State University. The Warriors and Greyhounds will meet September 16th at Tom Adams Field kick off is slated for 6:00 P.M.

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The New Orleans Saints blanked the Houston Texans 13-0, it’s rare to see an NFL team shut out:

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The NFL is loaded with the best football players on earth and that’s why it’s so rare to see an NFL team shut out. Usually one running back or wide receiver will break a tackle and find the end zone but that wasn’t the case for the Texans because the Saints defense brought it for all four quarters. In fact New Orleans registered 4 sacks and neither Tom Savage nor DeShaun Watson could put a singe point on the board. Adam Bighill and Rafael Bush were the most notable Saints defenders, Bighill recorded 5 tackles and a sack. While Bush had an outstanding night putting up 3 tackles and 1 sack. New Orleans is normally known as an exceptional offensive football team. However this year the Saints also have a defense that can win them football games as well. That hasn’t been the case since Greg Williams was in the Big Easy so you have to like where this team is headed if you’re a fan of the black and gold. Drew Brees had a decent night throwing for 11 completions out of 15 passing attempts for 76 yards. Brees didn’t throw a touchdown or an interception but during those 15 passes you could definitely see that the veteran signal caller is ready to put together a big season. The 17th year QB out of Purdue still is one of the smartest football minds in the game and Brees can dissect anything a defense throws at him. It will be interesting to see how the Saints move on from Brandin Cooks but expect Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, Willie Snead, and Coby Fleener to pick up the slack. The aerial attack is always booming in New Orleans and it’s going to take a lot more than the loss of one player to stop the Saints from airing it out. On the opposite sideline the Texans defense played well holding New Orleans to only 13 points. At the same time though it’s the same old story for the Texans and Bill O’Brien. Each year Houston dominates on the defensive side of the ball but struggles to manufacture offense. Watson threw for just over 100 yards but still has a ways to go to become a full time NFL starter. When it was all said and done though give credit to Sean Payton and his team because they got the job done. Houston has been a playoff team recently so they aren’t any easy win by any means.

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Seahawks continue to look impressive they beat a good Chiefs team 26-13:

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The Seattle Seahawks continued their impressive 2017 preseason by topping the Kansas City Chiefs 26-13. The Chiefs are a very good football and actually won a playoff game last season. So to see the Seahawks come in and handle the Chiefs so convincingly is a very impressive victory. Seattle improves to 3-0 for the preseason and to be honest from a roster stand point they look like they have a lot of great players. One player who was exceptional in the Seahawks win was Defensive End Frank Clark. While Clark only finished the contest with 1 tackle if you plug in the film and watch the game it’s clear Clark was punishing offensive lineman. Frank Clark constantly got pressure on Alex Smith and it’s intensity like that which will cause quarterbacks to crack mentally during the regular season. Clark is coming off a 10 sack season a year ago, so the 3rd year pass rusher has a ton of upside and should be terror on the football field for the Seahawks defense. If Michael Bennett, Kam Chancellor, Bobby Wagner, Earl Thomas, and Richard Sherman can also play their best football. There’s a good chance the Seahawks could go back to the Super Bowl this season and it’s all because this team built up through the draft. Nobody knew if Seattle was going to rebound after losing most of their offensive line and Marshawn Lynch. It’s clear Pete Carroll and the front office knew what they were doing and that’s why Seattle has been able to limit the fallout. Seattle was supposed to be a team that was trending downward but because of great football decisions this team should have a chance to do something special. Kansas City doesn’t look as complete as Seattle does and right now if you had ask which team will go further? It’s easy to believe the Seahawks will, they have an outstanding defense and an emerging offense.

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Patriots beat Lions on late field goal 30-28, lose Edelman for foreseeable future with possible ACL tear:

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The New England Patriots battled back to defeat the Detroit Lions 30-28 but there was a huge loss in that victory when Julian Edelman was carted off the field with a knee injury. It appears Edelman tore his ACL and if that’s the case it’s very likely New England will lose their star wide receiver for the season. Edelman just signed a new $11 million dollar contract in June and was expected to be a big contributor to the Patriots offense. After going for 1,106 yards last season it’s clear New England is going to miss this guy and now Brandin Cooks, Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan are going to have to uplift their play to alleviate the loss of Eldeman. Tom Brady will have to be better as well and the situation is definitely what Bill Belichick wanted to avoid. The preseason is time where you want to get your starters in condition but you don’t want to leave those valuable players in too long because injuries can happen. New England had to find that out the hard way but at the end of the day this team still can be dominant this upcoming season. They are just too deep at all the playmaker positions (running back / wide receiver) and luckily so because any other year they might not be able to overcome the loss of such a key player. It will be interesting to see the adjustments the Patriots make schematically to fill the role Edelman leaves behind. The Patriots liked to use Julian Edelman on a number of bubble screens so either Cooks or Hogan will have to take those plays going forward. At the end of the day though any way you slice it Julian Edelman is going to missed and the Patriots have to find away to adjust and move on.

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