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The Friday 5: October 18th

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Patrick Mahomes

The Kansas City Chiefs snapped their two-game losing streak last night, beating the Denver Broncos 30-6, but they suffered a loss nonetheless. 

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes left the game early in the second quarter with a knee injury. As reported by Adam Shefter, the MRI results were “the best-case scenario” and the reigning MVP will miss about three games. Chiefs, and NFL fans everywhere, breathe a big sigh of relief. 


Jalen Ramsey’s True Hollywood Story

Ask and you shall receive. Demand, bad mouth your city and organization, and don’t go to work, and you shall get the trade you asked for.

After weeks of discord, cornerback Jalen Ramsey got his wish, and the Jacksonville Jaguars sent him to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a 2020 first round draft pick and first and fourth round picks in 2021. 

Ramsey is the league’s best corner, but since he doesn’t play offensive line, it will be interesting to see if he can spark the 3-3 Rams and turn their season around. We could see as early as Sunday when the Rams travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons. Welcome to Hollywood, Jalen!


NFL Must-See TV – Division Matchups Edition

The AFC South showdown between the 4-2 Houston Texans and the 3-2 Colts takes place in Indy. From the looks of it, these two are going to battle it out all season to win the division. Texans’ QB DeShaun Watson is one to watch, as he looks to continue his strong season of a 69.7 completion percentage, 1,644 yards passing, 12 TD, and three interceptions. He’s also a Fangirl Playbook favorite topic, so we’re a little biased. That being said, advantage Texans.

For the Sunday Night matchup, we’ve got a big rivalry with big implications. The 3-3 Philadelphia Eagles will be deep in the heart of Texas to play the 3-3 Dallas Cowboys. Dak and Zeke will look to end their three-game skid, while the Eagles want to bounce back from a rough loss to the Vikings. It looks like both teams will be without their #1 wide receivers, Amari Cooper (Dallas) and DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia). Not to be dramatic, but even at this point in the season, this is a must win game for both teams. May the odds be ever in your favor. 


NFL Must-See TV – Fun to Watch 

Saints vs. Bears – The 5-1 New Orleans Saints are heading to Chi-town to face Da Bears. The Saints 22nd ranked defense will be up against Khalil Mack and a Bears defense that will look to bring pressure to QB Teddy Bridgewater. Chicago is “cautiously optimistic” that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will be back under center. Whether or not that’s a good thing remains to be seen. This is an important game for the Bears. There’s a big difference between 4-2 and 3-3.

Ravens vs. Seahawks – We’ve got a battle of the QBs at Century Link Field on Sunday when Lamar Jackson and the 4-2 Baltimore Ravens battle Russell Wilson and the 5-1 Seahawks. Wilson, who is a leading MVP candidate, has thrown 14 touchdowns and 0 interceptions this season, while Jackson has thrown 11 TDs and five interceptions. He’s also rushed for 460 yards. QBs and defense will make this game fun to watch.


The NBA and China

As discussed on this week’s Fangirl Playbook, the NBA is embroiled in controversy with China, after Houston Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey tweeted a photo of Hong Kong protestors with the caption, “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.” Listen here for background.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the repercussions have been “substantial.” China has canceled its NBA programming which has major financial implications, and the country asked the NBA to fire Morey. Silver said that’s not happening and said, “We wanted to make an absolutely clear statement that the values of the N.B.A., these American values — we are an American business — travel with us wherever we go. And one of those values is free expression.”

We’ll keep an eye on this story, as it looks like it will be at the forefront for quite some time.

Tracy Sandler

Tracy Sandler

I created Fangirl Sports Network as a place for female sports fans to follow their favorite teams with content and coverage that speaks directly to females. It started with one and then eight and now 32 NFL Fangirls and 15 NBA Fangirls.