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Friday, 6 September 2019

'Bazooka leg' punter steals show in NFL opener


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In the latest edition of the NFL's longest rivalry, which also marked the start to the 100th NFL season, Green Bay did just enough to see off Chicago 10-3 at Soldier Field.

But the star of the show was not who many might expect. Some were arguing Green Bay's punter J.K. Scott was the MVP with an average of 47.6 yards from a whopping nine punts, including a 63-yarder.

If his numbers didn't do the talking, his flexibility certainly got NFL fans hyped and caught the eye of commentators.

https://twitter.com/thecheckdown/status/1169814254377037825

"He just hit a game-wining 63-yard bomb in the fourth quarter," NFL analyst and former punter Pat McAfee said of Scott.

McAfee is renowned for his social media videos about the performance of special teams players, especially punters, and there was not doubt he was impressed by Scott.

https://twitter.com/PatMcAfeeShow/status/1169814790337753091https://twitter.com/MarquesEversoll/status/1169775253469499393https://twitter.com/SHANKK50/status/1169814297947574272https://twitter.com/WesHod/status/1169813877783060481https://twitter.com/ringer/status/1169814366016819202https://twitter.com/Peter_Bukowski/status/1169798584629248000https://twitter.com/ByRyanWood/status/1169813927141793792

The Bears were first on the board with an opening quarter Eddy Pineiro field goal but the visiting Packers responded quickly, with Aaron Rodgers connecting with Jimmy Graham for an eight-yard score early in the second quarter - the only touchdown of the night.

Eleven of the following 12 drives resulted in punts as both sides' defences held strong, before Mason Crosby slotted home a 39-yard field goal in the final period with five minutes left on the clock as the Packers beat their NFC North rivals.

Green Bay have won 16 of the last 19 regular-season meetings between the two, and now lead the head-to-head with Chicago 98-95, with six ties.

https://twitter.com/ByCasagrande/status/1169815158488817665https://twitter.com/packers/status/1169814290867658752

Each team had 10 penalties on the night, there was only a total of 467 yards of offence, and several drops.

They both controlled the line of scrimmage almost all night, and Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was particularly bothered by it, going 26 of 45 for 228 yards.

Rodgers was 18 for 29 for 203 yards, hardly vintage A-Rod, and certainly unlike his performance in leading the Packers back from a 20-point hole in the second half of the 2018 opener against the Bears.

https://twitter.com/thecheckdown/status/1169779729559195649

The NFL opted to go for a history-tinged opener rather than having the Super Bowl champions host the first game.

New England will be at home to Pittsburgh on Sunday night, and it's unlikely that game will be so dominated by defence or mistakes.

- with AAP

In the latest edition of the NFL's longest rivalry, which also marked the start to the 100th NFL season, Green Bay did just enough to see off Chicago 10-3 at Soldier Field.

But the star of the show was not who many might expect. Some were arguing Green Bay's punter J.K. Scott was the MVP with an average of 47.6 yards from a whopping nine punts, including a 63-yarder.

If his numbers didn't do the talking, his flexibility certainly got NFL fans hyped and caught the eye of commentators.

https://twitter.com/thecheckdown/status/1169814254377037825

"He just hit a game-wining 63-yard bomb in the fourth quarter," NFL analyst and former punter Pat McAfee said of Scott.

McAfee is renowned for his social media videos about the performance of special teams players, especially punters, and there was not doubt he was impressed by Scott.

https://twitter.com/PatMcAfeeShow/status/1169814790337753091https://twitter.com/MarquesEversoll/status/1169775253469499393https://twitter.com/SHANKK50/status/1169814297947574272https://twitter.com/WesHod/status/1169813877783060481https://twitter.com/ringer/status/1169814366016819202https://twitter.com/Peter_Bukowski/status/1169798584629248000https://twitter.com/ByRyanWood/status/1169813927141793792

The Bears were first on the board with an opening quarter Eddy Pineiro field goal but the visiting Packers responded quickly, with Aaron Rodgers connecting with Jimmy Graham for an eight-yard score early in the second quarter - the only touchdown of the night.

Eleven of the following 12 drives resulted in punts as both sides' defences held strong, before Mason Crosby slotted home a 39-yard field goal in the final period with five minutes left on the clock as the Packers beat their NFC North rivals.

Green Bay have won 16 of the last 19 regular-season meetings between the two, and now lead the head-to-head with Chicago 98-95, with six ties.

https://twitter.com/ByCasagrande/status/1169815158488817665https://twitter.com/packers/status/1169814290867658752

Each team had 10 penalties on the night, there was only a total of 467 yards of offence, and several drops.

They both controlled the line of scrimmage almost all night, and Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was particularly bothered by it, going 26 of 45 for 228 yards.

Rodgers was 18 for 29 for 203 yards, hardly vintage A-Rod, and certainly unlike his performance in leading the Packers back from a 20-point hole in the second half of the 2018 opener against the Bears.

https://twitter.com/thecheckdown/status/1169779729559195649

The NFL opted to go for a history-tinged opener rather than having the Super Bowl champions host the first game.

New England will be at home to Pittsburgh on Sunday night, and it's unlikely that game will be so dominated by defence or mistakes.

- with AAP

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