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All aboard the #WentzWagon. The rookie was impressive in the Eagles 34-3 throttling of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The future of the Eagles rests on his shoulders and he is doing just fine.     Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Cam Newton was battered and beaten as the Vikings sacked him eight times in route to their 22-10 victory.
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Yikes!  I don’t know about you, but November can’t come fast enough after that presidential debate last night.  What I gathered most is that every city Trump mentioned he also made sure to say if he had property there or not.  We’re not here to talk about that though.  It was quite a solemn night in Miami where the Marlins honored the late Jose Fernandez.  Very emotional scene.  And then Dee Gordon hits a lead-off homerun.  I mean he crushed it.  Tell me Fernandez wasn’t there and had a little something to do with it.  There was a higher power at Marlins Park Monday night.  The Stack is here today though with reaction to all of the week 3 NFL action so let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Tuesday, September 27th:


Buffalo 33 Arizona 18


A lot of people were surprised about this one, but I’m not one of them.  Early kickoff for a western NFL team against a team desperate for a win.  LeSean McCoy was huge and Carson Palmer’s struggles continued.  Arizona will be fine and while I should have gone with the Bills, they were the much better team in this one.  That bad snap that was returned for a touchdown certainly didn’t help matters.


Minnesota 22 Carolina 10


Ask Cam Newton if he thinks the Vikings defense will be the best defense the Panthers face all season.  I bet he will say yes.  The Vikings spotted the Panthers ten points early and turned on the jets after that with eight sacks and three interceptions.  They won despite the fact that they have lost several key players with injuries and had only 35 yards at the half.  Yikes!  This team is for real and the rest of the NFL is recognizing that too.


Denver 29 Cincinnati 17


Trevor Siemian is quickly proving that John Elway may have made the best decision by letting Brock Osweiler go.  Siemian was sensational Sunday throwing for over 300 yards and four touchdowns as the Broncos contained Andy Dalton and the Bengals.  Huge road win for the Broncos.  They are for real this year and I was wrong about them.


Green Bay 34 Detroit 27


The Packers jumped out to a 31-3 lead behind four Aaron Rodgers touchdowns in the first half.  They had to hang on for dear life and yes they won, but Rodgers only threw for 205 yards.  I’m not one of the people saying that Rodgers has lost anything (I didn’t say it after their week 2 loss to the Vikings either), but for those that say Rodgers is back, maybe we need to take a look at the total game before declaring that everything is OK in Green Bay.


Baltimore 19 Jacksonville 17


Has there been a more disappointing this early NFL season than the Jaguars?  I mean seriously.  Some people (I’m among them) thought this team had it, but throwing two interceptions late and getting a field goal blocked doomed them.  Now they get to travel to London for a game against the Colts.  If they don’t win, will Gus Bradley come back with them?  Out of the five NFL teams the Ravens are the least impressive, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.


Miami 30 Cleveland 24


Speaking of disappointments, even in a win the Dolphins were sorely disappointing.  Had it not been for three missed field goals by a kicker the Browns signed just two days before, the Browns would have gotten a very impressive victory and the Adam Gase honeymoon in Miami would officially be over.  One thing is for certain, the Cleveland Browns have a magnificent weapon in Terrelle Pryor.  144 receiving yards, 35 passing yards and 21 rushing yards.  Wow!  Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!


Washington 29 New York Giants 27


The Giants couldn’t have shot themselves in the foot anymore in the fourth quarter than what they did.  Odell Beckham Jr.’s nifty catch and run to the five-yard line looked like it was going to set up the Giants for the death blow, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against a Giants offensive lineman killed momentum and then Eli Manning pulled an Eli Manning by throwing two fourth quarter interceptions.  This was quite the statement win for Washington.


Oakland 17 Tennessee 10


Speaking of offensive lineman who made dumb moves, Taylor Lewan did that for the Titans negating a play that would have set up first and goal and a chance to tie the game.  The Raiders weren’t great, but they did enough to get the road win and that is all that matters.  They are 2-0 in early kickoffs this year which will help if they want to win division.  The Titans need to get Marcus Mariota going faster.


Seattle 37 San Francisco 18


The only thing that Seahawks fans really care about is the health of Russell Wilson’s knee.  It’s a sprained MCL.  Could be a lot worse.  At the Jets next week and then a bye. We’ll see how the Seahawks play this, because their season is at stake with regards to Wilson’s health.  The Seahawks crushed the 49ers in this one.


Los Angeles 37 Tampa Bay 32


Holy cow!  The Rams scored four touchdowns in this one.  Todd Gurley had two touchdown runs and the Buccaneers defense provided surprisingly little resistance.  Yes they had a pick six of their own, but they did not play a strong game and poor clock management after the over hour rain lightning delay crushed their chances of winning this one.  Not a good loss for the Bucs, but a very good win for the Rams.


Indianapolis 26 San Diego 22


Phillip Rivers and company could not take advantage of the Colts’ injury ravaged secondary and the Andrew Luck-T.Y. Hilton combo was huge in the Colts first win of the season.  They needed this one too as they travel to London to take on the Jaguars.


Kansas City 24 New York Jets 3


Have you had a bad day at work?  Ryan Fitzpatrick shares your pain.  He threw six interceptions including an interception on each of the five final drives in the game.  The Chiefs defense was tremendous in this one and a great start if you had them in fantasy football.


Philadelphia 34 Pittsburgh 3


The shocker of the day.  Carson Wentz is for real.  I am asking to get on the #WentzWagon if there is room.  His play was tremendous and the Eagles defense made life hell for Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense.  This was quite the statement win for the Eagles.  It’s a bad loss for the Steelers, but they will be just fine.  They get Le’Veon Bell back after all.


Dallas 31 Chicago 17


The score doesn’t indicate just how badly the Cowboys outplayed the Bears.  The Bears are the walking wounded right now.  Injuries have ravaged their defense and no Jay Cutler played a role too.  The Cowboys are a team to be reckoned with this season that is for sure.


Atlanta 45 New Orleans 32


It didn’t matter that this was the ten-year anniversary of the Superdome reopening after Hurricane Katrina.  The Falcons tore apart the Saints defense.  Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman provided a great one-two punch at running back and the Falcons are now alone in first place in the NFC South.  It is going to be a long year in the Big Easy.


Coming up Wednesday or Thursday: Thoughts from the Marlins plus college football weekend forecast

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Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died on Sunday in a boating accident. The news shocked the Marlins and the baseball community as a whole. He was only 24 years old. Sunday's game between the Marlins and Atlanta Braves was cancelled.     Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Arnold Palmer (middle) passed away on Sunday at the age of 87. He is "The King" of golf and is beloved by pros and amateurs alike.
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After losing to Auburn Saturday night (in which they didn't give up a touchdown) and falling to 2-2 on the season, LSU fired Les Miles. Miles was with LSU for 12 years and won one national title.
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Normally on Mondays The Stack reacts to Sunday’s NFL action.  Not today.  Too much happened on Sunday for us not to react to.  Most of it is sad.  We’ll try to get to our week 3 NFL recap on Tuesday which will include tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints (8:30 PM ET ESPN).  It is the tenth anniversary of when the Superdome reopened following Hurricane Katrina.  The Saints beat the Falcons if you recall.  I will go out on a limb and say they win again tonight.  Now though, let’s get to the rest of the news in “the stack” for today, Monday, September 26th:


Arnold Palmer passes away


The King (of golf) has passed away.  The man who is perhaps more well-known for his drink than his play died on Sunday at the age of 87 due to heart complications.  We of course are talking about Arnold Palmer.  Palmer is one of the best golfers of all time.  He won seven majors which is low when you compare it to the likes of Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.  Palmer is revered by golfers young and old.  The guys on the tour looked up to Palmer.  He was golf.  He is golf.  His 62 tour wins ranks fifth all-time.  Four of Palmer’s seven major titles came at Augusta at the Masters.  It sucked not seeing him hit the honorary tee shot on that opening Thursday of the Masters and when he didn’t do that (recovering from shoulder surgery if I recall), you had the sense that perhaps he wasn’t going to be around forever.  Unfortunately he was not.  His spirit will live on, but Sunday was a painful day for so many golfers, both professional and for those who just love the game and love to play it.  Whether you watched him or not, we must thank Palmer for helping make golf what it is today.  Today there is sorrow, tomorrow there will be sorrow, but the good times will be remembered and his legacy will live on forever.


Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez dies in boating accident


Tragedy struck early Sunday morning when Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident.  He was 24 years old.  Think about that for a moment.  24 years old.  Fernandez was one of the brightest pitchers in Major League Baseball.  Though he underwent Tommy John surgery a couple of years ago, Fernandez came back with a dominating presence.  He was 16-8 this season and was an all-star.  He was just coming off of a 12 strikeout performance against the Washington Nationals earlier this week.


Perhaps the reason why Fernandez was on a boat in the wee hours of Sunday morning is that his scheduled start on Sunday got pushed back to Monday when the Marlins would face the New York Mets.  That is a decision now that I’m sure manager Don Mattingly and others in the Marlins organization will think about for days, weeks, months and years to come.  The question will need to be asked in the coming days why Fernandez was even on a boat at that time of night, but we don’t need to think about that at this time.


The scene was incredibly sad at Marlins Park when Marlins president David Samson, Mattingly and the entire Marlins team came to the press conference.  It is one of the more powerful scenes you will ever see sports.  There are few people in baseball and sports otherwise that are so revered by their teammates and other players, but Fernandez was certainly one of them.  Fans loved him.  He was a good kid.  His story is one of perseverance trying time and time again to get in the U.S. from Cuba.  Finally on the fourth try he got in. 


We hear news of this far too often in sports.  This one though has struck me more than others though.  Perhaps it is that Fernandez was so young.  Perhaps that it is that I followed what Fernandez was doing more than other players.  Perhaps it is that he is a superstar.  I don’t know.  What I do know though is that my heart aches for Fernandez’s family, his baseball family and the Marlins organization as a whole.  This feels like it should be a nightmare that you should be able to wake up from.  It isn’t.  RIP Fernandez.  You will be missed, but never forgotten.


Les Miles out at LSU


LSU wanted more of Les last year.  After two losses in September this year, they wanted less of him.  LSU fired head coach Les Miles Sunday, a day after his team lost 18-13 to Auburn when they were a half-second away from getting the final play off that would have resulted in the game-winning touchdown.  Think about that for a moment.  The Bayou Bengals (aka Tigers) were a half-second away from improving to 3-1 and still having Miles as their head coach.  Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was also given the boot.  What ultimately did Miles in was his inability to recruit a big time quarterback to LSU.  Think about that for a moment.  A school that consistently has top-five, top-ten recruiting classes can’t get a highly ranked quarterback to come in and lead a team that consistently has tremendous wide receivers and a running back like Leonard Fournette.  It just shouldn’t happen.  Miles is 114-34 in 12 seasons in Baton Rouge.  That includes one national championship and two national championship appearances overall.  Ed Orgeron takes over as interim head coach. 


This is Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s fault.  I kid of course, but at the end of the day all of the schools in the SEC are trying to replicate the success that Saban is having at Alabama.  It creates unrealistic expectations for fans bases of other SEC schools.  Maybe it’s just the South in general where football is considered a religion.  Saban was just about canned last year, but Miles was able to keep his job after word of Jimbo Fisher was linked to the job.  Perhaps that is why the hook was so quick on Miles this year.  This was supposed to be the year that LSU took down Alabama with Brendan Harris at quarterback.  Where do the Tigers go from here?  Maybe they go back to the Fisher well.  Maybe it’s Todd Herman at Houston.  Tough to find guys who are better and more qualified that Miles.  How does LSU respond?  We’ll see just what kind of team LSU is here on out, but news of this firing wasn’t stunning.  Now it’s just a matter of who is next in the SEC and who LSU will tab as their next head coach.


Coming up Tuesday: Week 3 NFL reaction

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With Carolina descending into protest and chaos this week, hopefully the Panthers can provide a little bit of a distraction and a chance to unify on Sunday when they take on the Vikings.     Lauren Petracca-USA TODAY Sports

It’s another Football Friday and week 3 in the NFL is underway.  I don’t know about you, but I feel like a damn fool today for doubting that the New England Patriots could beat the Houston Texans starting Jacoby Brissett at quarterback.  They drummed the Texans 27-0.  Pretty embarrassing performance by the Texans.  0-1 to start out the week.  Let’s find out what other games we’ll get wrong in “the stack” for today, Friday, September 23rd:


Arizona Cardinals @ Buffalo Bills 1 PM ET FOX


The Bills’ backs are against the wall.  Early kickoff for a west coast team.  Be aware of the upset here, but the Cardinals are the more talented team.


Prediction: Cardinals 27 Bills 20


Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers 1 PM ET FOX


What’s going on in Charlotte right now is way more important than this game.  As a city tries to heal from the police shooting that took place earlier this week, hopefully the Panthers can help in that healing process.  Against a Vikings team that has a lot of people who need healing right now (Adrian Peterson, Matt Kalil, Sharrif Floyd), expect the Panthers to come away with a win in this one.


Prediction: Panthers 24 Vikings 17


Denver Broncos @ Cincinnati Bengals 1 PM ET CBS


The Broncos defense has been very good so far this year, but we’ll see if they can be as dominant on the road without DeMarcus Ware.  A.J. Green bounces back to have over 100 yards and the Bengals get a win.


Prediction: Bengals 24 Broncos 16


Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers 1 PM ET FOX


The Lions ended their long losing streak at Lambeau Field last year and then proceeded to lose on a Hail Mary at home last year.  The Packers offense may not be what they once were, but in their home opener, they won’t need a Hail Mary to win.  Jordy Nelson scores again and Aaron Rodgers silences his doubters (I am not one of them).


Prediction: Packers 27 Lions 17


Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars 1 PM ET CBS


Let’s go Jacksonville.  This could be your last straw this year to make a statement that you can win the AFC South after last week’s dreadful performance in San Diego.  I don’t think the Ravens are as good as their 2-0 record and I think the Jaguars are better than their 0-2 record, but they haven’t shown it this season.  Sunday they will though.


Prediction: Jaguars 27 Ravens 22


Cleveland Browns @ Miami Dolphins 1 PM ET CBS


There should be no bigger lock this week than the Dolphins over the Browns.  Browns are starting their third string rookie quarterback (Cody Kessler) and do not have Corey Coleman (broken hand).  If the Dolphins can’t win this one they have no hope for the rest of this season.


Prediction: Dolphins 27 Browns 6


Washington @ New York Giants 1 PM ET FOX


The Giants have not looked stellar so far in their first two wins, but they have a chance to put Washington on the ropes after only three weeks.  Of course all eyes will be on Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman.  What a fascinating battle.  Who will lose their cool first?  My money is on Norman since Beckham Jr.’s team will be up most of the game in this one.


Prediction: Giants 27 Washington 17


Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee Titans 1 PM ET CBS


Last year’s game between these two teams ended in controversy with the Raiders winning.  This year’s game won’t be ending in controversy.  Raiders are the better team.  They will need their defense to step up in this one and stop the “Smash Mouth” offense of the Titans.  It won’t be easy, but the Raiders find a way to win to start 2-0 on the road on early kickoffs.


Prediction: Raiders 27 Titans 17


San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks 4:05 PM ET FOX


Will Seattle’s offense finally wake up?  They have to take advantage of playing a team like the 49ers at home.  15 points in two games is unacceptable.  One touchdown in 22 drives is unacceptable.  Seahawks wake up and win big.


Prediction: 49ers 31 49ers 10


Los Angeles Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05 PM ET FOX


The Rams are still looking for their first touchdown of the season and head coach Jeff Fisher was having some fun with his team this week.  The Buccaneers were humbled last week in their 40-7 blowout loss to the Cardinals.  They come back with focus this week and Jameis Winston has a bounce back game to lead the Bucs to victory.


Prediction: Bucs 23 Rams 9


San Diego Chargers @ Indianapolis Colts 4:25 PM ET CBS


There should be points a plenty in this one.  Philip Rivers has to be licking his chops going against the injury-ravaged secondary of the Colts which means that Andrew Luck knows he is going to have to match Rivers tit for tat.  The Colts will be playing with a little more desperation though looking for their first win of the season.  I think they find a way to get it.


Prediction: Colts 30 Chargers 27


New York Jets @ Kansas City Chiefs 4:25 PM ET CBS


If Brandon Marshall doesn’t play for the Jets that is going to make things very difficult for their offense.  They still have Matt Forte though.  I understand the Chiefs do a good job of avoiding turnovers, but they don’t score a lot.  Will Jamaal Charles play in this one?  We’ll see how the Jets do against him and on the deep ball with Darrelle Revis.  Jets are more talented and will find a way to win in this one.


Prediction: Jets 24 Chiefs 20


Pittsburgh Steelers @ Philadelphia Eagles 4:25 PM ET CBS


Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has received plenty of praise through two weeks and right fully so leading the Eagles to a 2-0 record.  He hasn’t played against a team like Pittsburgh yet and after going against the Steelers with that offense and defense, Wentz will learn that he has a lot to learn.


Prediction: Steelers 31 Eagles 10


Chicago Bears @ Dallas Cowboys 8:30 PM ET NBC


No Jay Cutler for the Bears?  I don’t care how bad the Cowboys defense is.  They aren’t going to lose to a team that looked a tad inept at home against Philadelphia on Monday night.  The rookies lead the Cowboys to victory.


Prediction: Cowboys 27 Bears 10


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