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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Aussie 'MVP' achieves rare NFL history


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It was a bad day for the Philadelphia Eagles with the reigning Super Bowl champions losing 27-21 to Tampa Bay, but there were positives for the Australians in the squad.

The Eagles' rookie punter from Geelong, Cameron Johnston, had another strong game with five punts averaging 46.2 yards (net) to make history for the franchise. He had the third-highest punting average after two games, reportedly the best in 49 years of the NFL. 

https://twitter.com/RoobNBCS/status/1041509426430201856

He booted three of the five punts inside the Buccaneer's 20-yard line and his longest were 65 and 63 yard bombs. Johnston's efforts were among some of the rare highlights for the Eagles on what was a disappointing defeat.

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Even Johnston himself was enjoying the praise, retweeting his biggest fan on social media, former NFL punter Pat McAfee.

"Hammer time for the Australian in Philadelphia," McAfee said.

https://twitter.com/Cam_Johnston/status/1041435775773143047

Meanwhile, for Johnston's Aussie teammate Jordan Mailata, his NFL debut may not be far off after an injury setback to starting left tackle Jason Peters. 

Peters suffered a quadriceps injury early in the game and attempted to play on but had to be replaced by Halapoulivaati Vaitai.

Peters told media after the game that he plans to get himself healthy in time to play next week, but he will be in a race against the clock, and that could open the door for Mailata to step in his place.

https://twitter.com/BrandonGowton/status/1041434054216835073

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The Eagles did not include the former South Sydney Rabbitohs' junior in their 46-man squad in the loss to the Buccaneers.

It was the second straight week offensive tackle Mailata was listed as inactive. 

Peters, a team leader coming off a torn ACL that ended his 2017 season, took the raw Mailata under his wing during the Eagles' training camp and pre-season to teach him the tackle position.

The Eagles had hoped to stash Mailata at the end of their 53-man roster but may have to give him a baptism of fire.

The 21-year-old, 203cm tall, 157kg Mailata only played his first American football game last month in the Eagles' pre-season.

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Elsewhere in the league on Monday morning, the Aussies had mixed results.

Lachlan Edwards had five punts for the New York Jets with two inside 20s, two fair catches and a net average of 43 yards in a 20-12 loss to Miami. Defensive end Adam Gotsis had one tackle in Denver's one-point win over Oakland.

Pittsburgh punter Jordan Berry copped some flack from fans on his five punts for a 31.6 yard net average, with one inside 20, two out of bounds and two returned for a total of 54 yards. His longest punt was 59 yards.

https://twitter.com/dlolley_pgh/status/1041375186367463429

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In other NFL results, Matt Breida rushed for a career-best 138 yards and Robbie Gould set a franchise record for most consecutive made field goals to propel the San Francisco 49ers to a 30-27 home victory over the Detroit Lions.

Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes but was also intercepted twice as the Indianapolis Colts ran out 21-9 winners against the Washington Redskins.

Tennessee Titans almost let a 14-point lead slip as they squeezed past the Houston Texans in a 20-17 triumph thanks to two Ryan Succop field goals in the final quarter.

Los Angeles Rams rolled to a 34-0 victory over the visiting Arizona Cardinals with Todd Gurley rushing for three touchdowns.

https://twitter.com/RamsNFL/status/1041494004548829184

Cleveland Browns blew their chance of victory for the first time since December 13, 2016 after they let a nine-point lead slip in a 21-18 defeat at the New Orleans Saints.

Daniel Carlson missed two field goals in overtime for the Minnesota Vikings as they played out an entertaining 29-29 draw with the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Matt Ryan came out on top in the battle between the star quarterbacks as he ran in for one touchdown and threw two more as the Atlanta Falcons beat Cam Newton's Carolina Panthers 31-24.

https://twitter.com/Jaguars/status/1041468609447567360

Blake Bortles has passed for 377 yards and four touchdowns as the Jacksonville Jaguars avenged last season's loss in the AFC Championship game with a 31-20 victory over the visiting New England Patriots in the NFL.

Antonio Brown broke an NFL catching record but could not stop his Pittsburgh Steelers side from a 42-37 home defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs.

- with AAP

It was a bad day for the Philadelphia Eagles with the reigning Super Bowl champions losing 27-21 to Tampa Bay, but there were positives for the Australians in the squad.

The Eagles' rookie punter from Geelong, Cameron Johnston, had another strong game with five punts averaging 46.2 yards (net) to make history for the franchise. He had the third-highest punting average after two games, reportedly the best in 49 years of the NFL. 

https://twitter.com/RoobNBCS/status/1041509426430201856

He booted three of the five punts inside the Buccaneer's 20-yard line and his longest were 65 and 63 yard bombs. Johnston's efforts were among some of the rare highlights for the Eagles on what was a disappointing defeat.

https://twitter.com/BleedingGreen/status/1041373782672334850

https://twitter.com/ZackBlatt/status/1041373490295791616

https://twitter.com/RoobNBCS/status/1041378677269901312

https://twitter.com/lawlornfl/status/1041378549037510657

Even Johnston himself was enjoying the praise, retweeting his biggest fan on social media, former NFL punter Pat McAfee.

"Hammer time for the Australian in Philadelphia," McAfee said.

https://twitter.com/Cam_Johnston/status/1041435775773143047

Meanwhile, for Johnston's Aussie teammate Jordan Mailata, his NFL debut may not be far off after an injury setback to starting left tackle Jason Peters. 

Peters suffered a quadriceps injury early in the game and attempted to play on but had to be replaced by Halapoulivaati Vaitai.

Peters told media after the game that he plans to get himself healthy in time to play next week, but he will be in a race against the clock, and that could open the door for Mailata to step in his place.

https://twitter.com/BrandonGowton/status/1041434054216835073

https://twitter.com/Tim_McManus/status/1041442718541594624

The Eagles did not include the former South Sydney Rabbitohs' junior in their 46-man squad in the loss to the Buccaneers.

It was the second straight week offensive tackle Mailata was listed as inactive. 

Peters, a team leader coming off a torn ACL that ended his 2017 season, took the raw Mailata under his wing during the Eagles' training camp and pre-season to teach him the tackle position.

The Eagles had hoped to stash Mailata at the end of their 53-man roster but may have to give him a baptism of fire.

The 21-year-old, 203cm tall, 157kg Mailata only played his first American football game last month in the Eagles' pre-season.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnyTK-dB8we/

Elsewhere in the league on Monday morning, the Aussies had mixed results.

Lachlan Edwards had five punts for the New York Jets with two inside 20s, two fair catches and a net average of 43 yards in a 20-12 loss to Miami. Defensive end Adam Gotsis had one tackle in Denver's one-point win over Oakland.

Pittsburgh punter Jordan Berry copped some flack from fans on his five punts for a 31.6 yard net average, with one inside 20, two out of bounds and two returned for a total of 54 yards. His longest punt was 59 yards.

https://twitter.com/dlolley_pgh/status/1041375186367463429

https://twitter.com/busse50/status/1041429733471334400

In other NFL results, Matt Breida rushed for a career-best 138 yards and Robbie Gould set a franchise record for most consecutive made field goals to propel the San Francisco 49ers to a 30-27 home victory over the Detroit Lions.

Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes but was also intercepted twice as the Indianapolis Colts ran out 21-9 winners against the Washington Redskins.

Tennessee Titans almost let a 14-point lead slip as they squeezed past the Houston Texans in a 20-17 triumph thanks to two Ryan Succop field goals in the final quarter.

Los Angeles Rams rolled to a 34-0 victory over the visiting Arizona Cardinals with Todd Gurley rushing for three touchdowns.

https://twitter.com/RamsNFL/status/1041494004548829184

Cleveland Browns blew their chance of victory for the first time since December 13, 2016 after they let a nine-point lead slip in a 21-18 defeat at the New Orleans Saints.

Daniel Carlson missed two field goals in overtime for the Minnesota Vikings as they played out an entertaining 29-29 draw with the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Matt Ryan came out on top in the battle between the star quarterbacks as he ran in for one touchdown and threw two more as the Atlanta Falcons beat Cam Newton's Carolina Panthers 31-24.

https://twitter.com/Jaguars/status/1041468609447567360

Blake Bortles has passed for 377 yards and four touchdowns as the Jacksonville Jaguars avenged last season's loss in the AFC Championship game with a 31-20 victory over the visiting New England Patriots in the NFL.

Antonio Brown broke an NFL catching record but could not stop his Pittsburgh Steelers side from a 42-37 home defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs.

- with AAP

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