Eagles’ Zach Ertz catches ricochet pass that was destined to be an interception

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. On Sunday Zach Ertz was both, and on one play.

The pass from Carson Wentz was awful. He totally missed a Chiefs’ defender who was just sitting on the route. This will almost always result in an interception, but the ball popped up perfectly to tight end Zach Ertz, who never gave up on the play.

It would have been understandable if he pulled up, because it really wasn’t close — but by keeping up a head of steam, he was able to catch the ball and run down the field. For a while it looked like he’d score, but we can forgive not getting into the end zone because after all, he turned nothing into something.

With Rice, the league issued a two-game suspension that was later changed to an indefinite ban after the video of Rice knocking out his then-fiancee went public. Rice’s wife, the victim, was present at his disciplinary hearing and gave a statement in support of her husband.

Goodell admitted he “didn’t get it right” with Rice’s discipline, and the league revised its domestic violence policy as a result and instituted that six-game threshold for players who violate it.

Greg Hardy was accused, and initially convicted, of domestic violence against a former girlfriend. The complaint alleged that Hardy hit her, dragged her, and threw her on a futon covered with firearms. Hardy’s conviction was overturned on appeal, in part because his accuser did not cooperate with prosecutors.

She also did not cooperate with the league’s investigation. Still, Hardy was suspended for 10 games, which is more than the baseline. The policy allows for that if there are “aggravating factors.” But his suspension was reduced to four games on appeal.
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Carson Wentz, Eagles players react to Jordan Matthews getting traded to Bills

There’s always room for debate about Jordan Matthews’s value as a player, but there’s no debate he was a really good dude who will be missed in the Philadelphia Eagles locker room. JMatt was especially tight with Philadelphia’s franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz.

Ryan Mallett, Ravens: He was awful too, and he’s Baltimore’s starter while Joe Flacco is dealing with a back injury that was supposed to be healed up a long time ago. Mallett missed targets and ended his night with a pair of interceptions. John Harbaugh offered some qualified praise after the game: “I think he’s doing OK given the circumstances.”

Jamies Winston, Buccaneers: He had a good night, giving fans a taste of just what this offense is capable of after a pair of scoring drives to open the game. But he also had a very Jamies-like moment with this throw:

Jay Cutler, Dolphins: Zero f**ks were asked, and none was given. Cutler did everything he needed to do in his preseason debut, which was mostly just prove that he wasn’t overly rusty after being kinda retired. He finished 3-of-6 with 24 yards. The most encouraging sign for the Dolphins and fantasy footballers was that four of his six throws were targeted to DeVante Parker, or as Cutler dubbed him “a faster Alshon [Jeffery].”

Carson Wentz, Eagles: Even Wentz had a rough night on Thursday. He was off the mark with his throws on Philly’s first two drives, before settling into things on the third one. That one looked promising, until LeGarrette Blount fumbled to end the effort. By the way, the Eagles O-line doesn’t look so hot.
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