Todd Schlopy was on the slopes, teaching kids how to ski race, a placekicker who’d grown disillusioned with football.

Many of the laughs the cast has shared this month, on screen and off, have stemmed from the rivalry between the Yankees and the Red Sox—and most of them have been initiated by Rodriguez.

There were only 28 NFL teams at the time, so that meant there were only 28 jobs for kickers in the league. Schlopy had been in and out of training camps for a few years, and although he kept coming closer, he had been unable to make a final roster. And, unlike the minor league system in baseball, he lamented that he had nowhere else to play.

Lockett, meanwhile, scored six times (3.0 OTD) as a rookie, but only once last year (2.3 OTD). He’s not getting much work near the goal line, but his overall target load is enough to expect improvement in the second half. Don’t be surprised if both Richardson and Lockett end up scoring right around two or three touchdowns the rest of the way.

San Francisco gave up 33 points, yes, so this might seem like an odd space to credit its defense, but we’re going to do it anyway. Outside of the minute in the second quarter in which Philadelphia scored an offensive touchdown and tacked on another score moments later on a pick-six, the 49ers played some pretty good defense.

Beathard was pressured mercilessly by a relentless Eagles front seven, who took advantage of Joe Staley’s departure due to injury to pin its collective ears back and go after Beathard with reckless abandon.

It’s as much an indictment of San Francisco’s suddenly thin line (and offense) as it was a display of why the Eagles are true contenders, who get plenty of credit for their flashy offense (it was at times Sunday, even in a driving rain) but should get some more attention for their defense. Fletcher Cox, Vinny Curry, Chris Long, Brandon Graham and Mychal Kendricks all harrassed the rookie quarterback and form one of the league’s better front sevens.
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