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"The Stack" 9-20-16

Carson Wentz had another strong game to help the Eagles improve to 2-0. He has been a very good rookie quarterback through two games thus far. Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Carson Wentz had another strong game to help the Eagles improve to 2-0. He has been a very good rookie quarterback through two games thus far.
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Adrian Peterson has a torn meniscus in his right knee. The injury news is actually better than what it could have been and how it looked initially. No timetable has been determined for how long AP will be out.
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The Stack is back on this Tuesday and we don’t have a whole lot to talk about today outside of football.  The baseball playoffs are fast approaching, but we still have a little less than two weeks to go before then.  So let’s find out what’s in “the stack” for today, Tuesday, September 20th:

 

Wentz, Eagles fly high against the Bears

 

You know you’re kind of a big deal when you’ve made NFL history and last night Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback (and NDSU alum) Carson Wentz made history by becoming the first rookie quarterback to win his first two career starts and not have a turnover in either game.  That is quite impressive.  Wentz was 21-for-34 for 190 yards and a touchdown.  He took some hits, but he was really impressive.  I said last week that if he beat Chicago I would start believing in the hype a little more.  Well count me in though I’m not on the bandwagon just yet.  Jay Cutler left this game with an injured hand for the Bears who look like they are going to be dreadful this season.  When you don’t have Robbie Gould to make your field goals for you either, yes that will cost you too.  Eagles are 2-0.  Who would have thought? 

 

NFL injury news

 

Most Minnesota Vikings fans (and maybe fantasy owners) are breathing a slight sigh of relief today after hearing that running back Adrian Peterson has a torn meniscus in his right knee according to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.  No timetable has been set for his return.  Peterson has just 50 yards on 31 carries so far this season, but the issue isn’t all on him.  It’s on the Vikings offensive line which has performed very poorly through two games regardless of what excuses guard Alex Boone might give regarding the fans.  Peterson has not been ruled out for this week at Carolina, but I would highly doubt it.  What we likely will see is Peterson sitting out three games and then come back in week 7 following the Vikings bye week in week 6. 

 

In other injury news, Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware is out 4-5 weeks after having surgery to repair a broken forearm.  The Broncos defense should be just fine without him, but Ware is still a key contributor and the good news is he’ll be back.

 

Jimmy Garoppolo is not playing Thursday night against Houston with as he deals with a sprained AC joint.  That means rookie Jacoby Brissett from North Carolina State will start at quarterback and Julian Edelman will back him up.  Somehow, someway, Bill Belichick and company will find a way to beat the Texans I feel.

 

And poor Browns fans.  The 26th different quarterback since the team came back in 1999 will start Sunday at Miami.  That would be rookie Cody Kessler.  Josh McCown is dealing with a shoulder injury of his own.  Basketball season can’t come fast enough for Cleveland.

 

World Cup of Hockey

 

Team USA put up a major stinker Saturday to open up the tournament.  Monday, it was Team Russia fending off Team North America 4-3 and Team Europe taking down Team Czech Republic 3-2 in overtime.  The big game though is tonight when Team Canada takes on Team USA at 8 PM ET on ESPN.  Team Finland and Team Sweden play at 3 PM ET on ESPN.  In exhibition games, Team USA played Team Canada pretty tough.  They’ll need an A+ effort from every guy and then some if they want to beat Canada.  Don’t know if I have a whole heck of a lot of faith that that is going to happen.

 

Coming up Thursday: College football talk, TNF preview, World Cup of Hockey update and other top stories in the sports world 


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