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Seattle Seahawks Come Back to Beat the Cleveland Browns in Back-and-Forth Affair

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When they took the field against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, the Cleveland Browns looked like a completely different team than the one that got blown out by the San Francisco 49ers six days prior.

Baker Mayfield once again looked like the quarterback that set the rookie touchdown record last season, as he got the Browns out to a 20-6 lead early on in the second quarter.

Cleveland had gotten off to a fast start when Dontrell Hillard returned the opening kick 62 yards. The Browns quickly drove the ball down the field and Nick Chubb scored the first touchdown of the game.

Seattle responded with a touchdown of their own, but missed the extra-point attempt.

Mayfield then rushed for a touchdown of his own on the Browns next drive.

Mayfield then hit Ricky Seals-Jones on a beautiful touchdown pass on the Browns third drive of the game, as everything was coming easily against the Seahawks.

From that point on though, Seattle’s defense began to tighten up and Cleveland would not find the end zone again until the fourth quarter.

The Seahawks blocked a punt and intercepted two of Mayfield’s passes, completely changing the momentum of the game.

Seattle cut their deficit going into the second half to just two points, when Russell Wilson hit Jaron Brown for a touchdown pass with 22 seconds remaining in the first half.

Wilson hit Brown with another touchdown pass in the third quarter to give the Seahawks their first lead of the game at 25-20.

The turning point in the game came at the start of the fourth quarter with the Browns trying to score in the red zone. On a fourth-and-goal, Jarvis Landry caught a pass but fumbled trying to extend the ball over the goal line.

The Browns caught a huge break though, as the Seahawks were flagged for having 12 men on the field. Cleveland had another chance to punch the ball in and Nick Chubb was about to do just that when the whistle was blown.

Browns HC Freddie Kitchens made the questionable decision to challenge the previous play, hoping that Landry had crossed the plane before the fumble. The call would not be reversed though and the Browns turned it over on downs.

Cleveland was able to score a touchdown on the ensuing possession, but failing to score initially could have cost them greatly.

Wilson ultimately drove his team down the field for another touchdown, marking his third fourth quarter comeback of the season six weeks in.

In doing so, Wilson continues to make his early case to be this year’s MVP. Wilson completed 23 of his 33 passes for 295 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for 31 yards and an additional touchdown.

The Seahawks hung on to beat the Browns 32-28 and advanced to 5-1 on the season. Seattle will square off against the Baltimore Ravens next week, in what should be an ultra-competitive affair.

Meanwhile the Browns season just keeps getting more difficult. After dropping to 2-4 with this loss, Cleveland will have to face the New England Patriots next week.

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Colin Kaepernick to Workout for NFL Teams on Saturday

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We are three years removed from when Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the national anthem, creating widespread controversy.

The movement Kaepernick sparked was very divisive, as he hoped to bring light to racial inequality and police brutality in this country. While Kaepernick was lauded as a hero by some, he was also antagonized by others and ultimately became a martyr for his cause as he lost his job because of his protest.

No team in the NFL has been willing to sign Kaepernick since he became a free agent in 2017, but maybe tides are turning as the NFL has set up a workout for Kaepernick to meet with all teams interested in his services.

It is worth noting that Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, claiming that team owners were colluding to keep him out of the league. The trial never went to court, with the two sides agreeing to a confidential settlement in February.

While the NFL is giving Kaepernick another opportunity to return to the field, it is fair to question if this is a disingenuous ploy.

Reports indicate that Kaepernick’s representation was told of his workout on short notice and only had a few hours to accept the invitation. It is also being held on a Saturday, which is atypical for this type of a workout.

The odds are still stacked against Kaepernick, with a return to the NFL not being guaranteed just because some teams are going to watch him workout.

One team would still have to be brave enough to bring on all of the publicity that would come with signing Kaepernick, which teams have been hesitant to do in the past.

Still, the bottom line is that Kaepernick is far more talented than some of the quarterback’s we have been watching play over the last couple of years and should still be playing in the NFL.

In Kaepernick’s last season, he had a great 4:1 touchdown to interception ratio with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions thrown.

While he may not be a top starting quarterback in the NFL anymore, it is hard to believe he couldn’t outperform someone like Bryan Hoyer, who just lost a game for the Indianapolis Cots on Sunday.

There are plenty of teams that could use Kaepernick’s services this season and beyond. The question is if any team will actually jump at the same opportunity they have shied away from for three years now.

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Seahawks Give the San Francisco 49ers Their First Loss in NFC West Showdown

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The San Francisco 49ers cruised through the first half of their schedule, winning eight-straight games to start the season.

Featuring a great defense and a dynamic running game, the 49ers looked like the best team in the NFC before facing their toughest test of the season on Monday night against their division rival, the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle has a solid defense in their own right, but the distinguishing factor proved to be the quarterback position, as Russell Wilson is having an MVP-caliber season.

Wilson ended up getting the job done, handing San Francisco their first loss in an overtime affair.

If you want any indication of how back-and-forth this game was, take a look at the win probability chart as momentum shifted countless times throughout the game.

San Francisco jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter and really dominated the entire half in general.

One big turning point came in the second quarter, as Jadeveon Clowney scored the first touchdown of the game for Seattle on a fumble recovery.

Clowney had to be the Seahawks MVP in this game, as he was constantly blowing up plays at the line of scrimmage.

The stats don’t even tell the full story of how incredible Clowney played, putting Jimmy Garoppolo in terrible positions all night long.

Seattle began to run away with the game in the second half, scoring 14 unanswered points to a take a 21-10 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Then it was Wilson’s turn to have a costly fumble, as DeForest Buckner made an incredible play for San Francisco to score a momentum-shifting touchdown on a strip-sack.

The Niners converted the two-point attempt to cut Seattle’s lead to a field goal, once again making it anyone’s game. Ultimately each team traded field goals, with San Francisco sending the game into overtime at the end of the fourth quarter.

Seattle won the coin toss to receive the ball first in overtime and Wilson promptly marched his team down the field in search of the game-winning touchdown.

Wilson then made the most shocking mistake of the day, throwing just his second interception of the season.

Garoppolo was able to get his team into field goal range, but unfortunately for San Francisco, starting kicker Robbie Gould was injured and unable to play this week.

That put rookie Chase McLaughlin on the field in the most pressure-packed moment of the season and the young kicker folded under that pressure.

To get a better understanding of how wide left the kick was, here is the view from the tunnel.

The missed field goal opened the door for Wilson and the Seahawks, as they ultimately got the job done to win their second-straight overtime game.

The win opens up the NFC West division race, as the Niners now have just a half game lead on the Seahawks for first place.

Seattle now has their bye week, so they could be in first before they take the field again on November 24th.

The best part of this season’s rivalry between the Seahawks and the 49ers is that the two teams will meet again for the last week of the season, with the division and a first-round playoff bye likely hanging in the balance.

After watching this Monday night game play out, this matchup has proven to be must-watch television moving forward.

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Former Michigan State Star Receiver Charles Rogers Dead at 38

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Former Michigan State Spartans and Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers has reportedly passed away at 38 years old.

Rogers’ former teammate Chris Baker confirmed the news on social media, after speaking with the family.

Rogers was a superstar at Michigan State, putting together an incredible two-year run with the Spartans. He still holds school record for his 27 touchdowns, as well as owning the record for most receiving yards in a game with 270.

Randy Moss held an NCAA record for 13 consecutive games with a touchdown catch, until Rogers broke the record during his career.

Across two seasons, Rogers caught 135 passes for 2,821 yards and 27 touchdowns.

In 2002, Rogers won the Fred Biletnikoff Award for being the top receiver in the nation and was a unanimous All-American.

Rogers made one of the great catches in history of college football in a game against Notre Dame, beating double-coverage to make a remarkable catch at the back of the end zone.

Following his collegiate career, Rogers was selected with the second overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

Due to a combination of injury and substance-abuse related issues, Rogers’ NFL career never quite panned out, as he played 15 games across three seasons before being forced into early retirement.

Rogers is survived by his eight children and mother Cathy.

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