There were not many positives out of Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the Bills, but rookie left tackle Mekhi Becton was a big one. Everything about Becton is big.
Becton played a very clean game. He gave up one sack, but it could have been ruled a coverage sack. He manhandled opponents and moved people off of the ball. His pass protection was strong against a good rusher in Jerry Hughes.
Go on Twitter and check out former lineman Brian Baldinger’s tape review of Becton to see some highlights. Baldinger was gushing over him.
Becton gets an even stiffer test this week with the 49ers coming to town. The Jets offensive coaches have to be digging deep to find ways of stopping Nick Bosa. Last year’s defensive rookie of the year is relentless when it comes to rushing the quarterback. He will line up over Becton for most of the day, and the rookie will get to show whether he is up for one of the toughest tests he’ll face this year.
Bosa had nine sacks last season and 16 tackles for loss. If Sam Darnold is going to have any chance against the 49ers, he’ll need Becton to have a strong encore.
Giants’ Golden Tate wears Kobe Bryant, Chadwick Boseman cleats
CHICAGO – Golden Tate’s season debut is also a tribute to two fallen icons.
Tate unveiled in Sunday’s Giants pregame warm-ups new Nike “Forever” cleats with facial images of Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant and actor Chadwick Boseman. Both the basketball star and the actor who portrayed Jackie Robinson in the movie “42” in one of his many prominent roles died earlier this year.
The cleats are white with black-and-white art.
After missing the season-opener with a hamstring injury, Tate was activated to play against the Bears, meaning quarterback Daniel Jones has the full supporting cast of Tate, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley available in the same game for the first time in his 14 career starts.
Custom cleats only are permitted under NFL rule during warm-ups and must be standardized once the game starts, with the exception of one week during the season when players order special designs to recognize a charity or cause.
What channel is Eagles vs. Rams on today? Time, TV schedule for Week 2 NFL game
A disappointed Philadelphia team that blew a 17-point lead to the hapless Washington Football Team heads home to face a Los Angeles Rams squad that perhaps overachieved in many eyes when it defeated Dallas in Week 1.
The Eagles’ (0-1) offensive line was ravaged by injury, giving way to the Washington defensive that was able to sack Carson Wentz eight times. Lane Johnson should be back to help address the protection issue as should running back Miles Sanders who also missed Week 1 with a lower-body injury. Wentz started last week’s game hot, going 12 of 15 for 174 yards with 2 touchdowns before the half but only finished 24 for 42 with 270 yards.
The Rams (1-0) silenced the offseason hype of the Cowboys with a 20-17 win that came down to the final seconds. One of the biggest surprises of Week 1 was the performance of running back Malcolm Brown who carried the ball 18 times for 79 yards and scored twice. Reigning Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald could have a huge day against the injured Eagles offensive line. Donald tossed Cowboys players around like rag dolls and finished with a sack and four quarterback hits.
Two streaks will clash when these teams meet, as the Eagles have won the last six games against the Rams, most recently in 2018, but Sean McVay is 4-0 in his career when his team plays in a 1 p.m. game in the Eastern Time Zone.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Eagles vs. Rams game on Sunday, including kickoff time, TV channels and a full Week 2 NFL schedule.
What channel is Eagles vs. Rams on today?
- TV channel (national): Fox
- TV channel (Philadelphia): WTXF
- TV channel (L.A.): KTTV
- Live stream: Fox Sports app, fuboTV
Kevin Kugler and Chris Spielman are on the call, joined by Laura Okmin as sideline reporter. Former NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino will float amongst broadcasts to give his analysis of officiating.
For those looking for radio information, the Eagles broadcast can be heard on SiriusXM channel 231, or the Rams broadcast can be heard on SiriusXM channel 386.
In Canada, viewers can watch Eagles vs. Rams on DAZN, which has rights to every NFL game.
Eagles vs. Rams start time
- Date: Sunday, Sept. 20
- Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Philadelphia vs. Rams is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET, one of six regional early games on Fox. Most of Pennsylvania and Southern California will have access to the game. The rest of the country will have access to Detroit vs. Green Bay, Minnesota vs. Indianapolis, San Francisco vs. New York Jets, Dallas vs. Atlanta or Carolina vs. Tampa Bay.
MORE: NFL Week 2 TV coverage map
NFL schedule Week 2
Thursday, Sept. 17
|Cincinnati at Cleveland||8:20 p.m.||NFL Network|
Sunday, Sept. 20
|Atlanta at Dallas||1 p.m.||Fox|
|Detroit at Green Bay||1 p.m.||Fox|
|Minnesota at Indianapolis||1 p.m.||Fox|
|Buffalo at Miami||1 p.m.||CBS|
|San Francisco at New York Jets||1 p.m.||Fox|
|Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia||1 p.m.||Fox|
|Denver at Pittsburgh||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Carolina at Tampa Bay||1 p.m.||Fox|
|Jacksonville at Tennessee||1 p.m.||CBS|
|New York Giants at Chicago||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Washington at Arizona||4:05 p.m.||Fox|
|Baltimore at Houston||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|Kansas City at Los Angeles Chargers||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|New England at Seattle||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
Monday, Sept. 21
|New Orleans at Las Vegas||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
Eagles schedule 2020
|1||Sept. 13||@Washington||1 p.m.||–|
|2||Sept. 20||Rams||1 p.m.||–|
|3||Sept. 27||Bengals||1 p.m.||–|
|4||Oct. 4||@49ers||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|5||Oct. 11||@Steelers||1 p.m.||–|
|6||Oct. 18||Ravens||1 p.m.||–|
|7||Oct. 22||Giants||8:20 p.m.||NFL Network|
|8||Nov. 1||Cowboys||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|10||Nov. 15||@Giants||1 p.m.||–|
|11||Nov. 22||@Browns||1 p.m.||–|
|12||Nov. 30||Seahawks||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|13||Dec. 6||@Packers||4:25 p.m.||–|
|14||Dec. 13||Saints||4:25 p.m.||–|
|15||Dec. 20||@Cardinals||4:05 p.m.||–|
|16||Dec. 27||@Cowboys||4:25 p.m.||–|
|17||Jan 3||Washington||1 p.m.||–|
Rams schedule 2020
|1||Sept. 13||vs. Dallas Cowboys||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|2||Sept. 20||at Philadelphia Eagles||1 p.m.||Fox|
|3||Sept. 27||at Buffalo Bills||1 p.m.||Fox|
|4||Oct. 4||vs. New York Giants||4:05 p.m.||Fox|
|5||Oct. 11||at Washington Redskins||1 p.m.||Fox|
|6||Oct. 18||at San Francisco 49ers||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|7||Oct. 26||vs. Chicago Bears||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|8||Nov. 1||at Miami Dolphins||1 p.m.||Fox|
|10||Nov. 15||vs. Seattle Seahawks||4:25 p.m., Fox|
|11||Nov. 23||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|12||Nov. 29||vs. San Francisco 49ers||4:05 p.m.||Fox|
|13||Dec. 6||at Arizona Cardinals||4:05 p.m.||Fox|
|14||Dec. 10||vs. New England Patriots||8:20 p.m.||Fox|
|15||Dec. 19 or 20||vs. New York Jets||TBD|
|16||Dec. 27||at Seattle Seahawks||4:05 p.m.||CBS|
|17||Jan. 3||vs. Arizona Cardinals||4:25 p.m.||Fox|
Josh Donaldson rips MLB umpires after ejection: ‘They don’t care’
Minnesota Twins third basemen Josh Donaldson is still furious with Major League Baseball’s umpires.
Just two days after his ejection at home plate right after hitting a home run, Donaldson doubled down and ripped into the league’s umpires, going as far to say there’s “no accountability” with the group and that they “don’t care.”
“[If] the umpire consistently isn’t doing [his] job correctly, that’s affecting our careers, that’s affecting our success,” Donaldson told reporters on Saturday in a video call, per the Star Tribune. “At the end of the day, there’s no reprimand, no accountability for the guys that are making the decision. As a matter of fact, they don’t care. They don’t care at all, most of them.
“They just want to get the game over with, for the most part, and it’s pretty sad because guys are making six figures a year and there’s no accountability.”
With Minnesota trailing the Chicago White Sox 3-2 Thursday before the eventual 4-3 loss, plate umpire Dan Bellino called a strike when Donaldson checked his swing on a 2-1 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli had to come out and diffuse the tension between Bellino and Donaldson, before the third basemen homered down the left-field line on the next throw.
After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it. Bellino immediately ejected him as Donaldson realized he had missed home plate and returned to touch it before continuing to argue and kick more dirt on it.
Earlier in the game, Donaldson argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“It doesn’t matter to them,” he told reporters on Saturday. “They don’t realize we’re playing for our families, we’re playing for our livelihood.”
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