2018 NFL Season: Week 2

2018 NFL Season: Week 2

Another tie and a smattering of upsets.

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Week 2 of the 2018 NFL season featured plenty of action to discuss, from another surprising tie due to another missed field goal at the last minute to several upsets. It is safe to say that none of us expected this season to start as it has for numerous teams. There is a lot to be discussed, and who knows how this will affect certain teams moving forward. Of course, this is the NFL, so one can never be 100% sure of anything, unlike in certain other American sports leagues. With that said, let us dig into some of the more notable games this week.

Kansas City Chiefs 42, Pittsburgh Steelers 37

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes continued his hot start to this season by throwing for 326 yards, SIX touchdowns, no interceptions and a 154.8 passer rating against Pittsburgh. Mahomes broke the NFL record for touchdown passes thrown by a QB over his first three games, despite not throwing one in his first game. In addition, Mahomes threw more touchdowns than incomplete passes. The Steelers fell into a hole early, only to make a comeback with a chance to win. It was not enough, despite QB Ben Roethlisberger having a decent day with 455 passing yards and four total touchdowns, as the Steelers defense was atrocious.

 Cleveland Browns 18, New Orleans Saints 21

Cleveland had multiple opportunities to win this game, but continuously fell short thanks to the woes of kicker Zane Gonzalez, who missed two extra points and two field goals, including one at the end that would have tied the game. The normally potent Saints offense was stifled as the Browns defense stepped up to the plate. The Saints defense was sturdy as well and were a key factor in their victory. A late touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor to Antonio Callaway to tie the game at 18-18 was thrown to waste as Gonzalez missed the extra point. New Orleans kicked a field goal to take the lead soon after, and the aforementioned miss by Gonzalez decided the outcome.

Minnesota Vikings 29, Green Bay Packers 29

The second tie of the season, this was a rollercoaster of a game at Lambeau Field. Officiating was questionable for both sides, but the outcome largely came down to missed field goals by both teams. Packers kicker Mason Crosby missed a game-winning 52-yard field goal attempt after Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer called a timeout, sending the game to overtime. Crosby initially made the attempt as the timeout was taken. Minnesota kicker Daniel Carlson missed three field goals, including a game-winner at the end of overtime, leading to his release by the Vikings in the aftermath.

Oakland Raiders 19, Denver Broncos 20

Facing a 19-7 deficit late in the third quarter, Case Keenum led the Broncos to a last-minute victory concluding with a game-winning field goal by Brandon McManus. Denver led for a total of six seconds of game time but prevailed thanks to strong play on both sides of the ball in the fourth quarter, as well as a blocked extra point that proved to be the difference in a one-point victory.

New England Patriots 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 31

Jacksonville made a statement by thrashing New England on their home turf, perhaps most surprisingly with their offense. Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles had a career day, lighting up the Patriots defense with four touchdowns. Tom Brady was shaky for his standards and the Jaguars defense shut down star tight end Rob Gronkowski, limiting him to two receptions for 15 yards.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn't sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It's obvious your calling wasn't coaching and you weren't meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn't have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn't your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that's how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “It's not what you say, its how you say it."

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won't even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don't hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That's the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she's the reason I continued to play."

I don't blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn't working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The Stress Of Searching For The Perfect Internship, As Told By College Students

College students need to start getting professional experience sooner or later, why not now?

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One of the most stressful questions to ask a college student is "What are you doing this summer?" The search for a summer internship is relentless, even if you start the process earlier than others. But it is not the reality of having a summer internship that stresses college students so much, but rather the unrealistic expectations associated with such internship and other professional opportunities.

For example, as an undergraduate student interested in law, most law firms do not usually offer many internship positions for undergraduate students, especially if you are entering your sophomore or junior year. Additionally, most internships require multiple years of experience in that specific career field in order to qualify for an interview. Yet, how can years of previous experience be automatically expected when most undergraduate students are unsure of what career path they want to pursue? Some undergraduate students do not even have a specific major let alone a binding career plan for themselves.

When companies tirelessly demand these unrealistic expectations of undergraduate students, specifically underclassmen, their list of requirements worsen the concerning levels of stress and anxiety amongst college students. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, 61% of college students who seek counseling services report being affected by anxiety, 49% to depression, and 45% to stress. Because stress and anxiety levels for college students are increasing at unprecedented rates, the pressures and frustration of landing the perfect summer internship only negatively contribute to these statistics.

As a result, any company, corporation, firm, etc. offering internship positions to college students need to acknowledge the effects of their job descriptions and guidelines on an undergraduate student's mental stability. Furthermore, companies must improve their standards for internship positions in order to grant undergraduate students first-hand experience that will gradually expand their knowledge of the career field of their choice. Officials responsible for reading and reviewing internship applications should considerably and realistically review the applications of undergraduate college students. These students have to gain professional experience in their career field sooner or later, so why not now?

Additionally, the frantic search for a summer internship perpetuates false expectations for an undergraduate's resume. Nowadays, college students are expected to be over-involved in various organizations. These extracurriculars, whether they be leadership positions, work-study options, or internships all contribute towards the image of the "perfect resume". This picture-perfect resume perpetuates the unrealistic expectations for undergraduate students, emphasizing their already high levels of stress and anxiety.

Realistically, a freshman or sophomore in college lacks years of experience working in their career field, but these students should not feel stressed or anxious about the lack of experience represented on their resume. There is a way to promote healthy competition as long as that competition is realistic. Underclassmen should not feel stress because they do not have the same resume as upperclassmen.

In moments of stress, college students need to realize what expectations are within their reach. Having multiple years of experience in their career fields by their sophomore year of college is extremely unlikely for underclassmen. However, students are not wholly responsible for recognizing this during their internship and job search. Companies, corporations, and hiring officials should be responsible for addressing realistic expectations for internship candidates. This recognition will address rising levels of stress and aniety amongst college students, spreading awareness about growing mental stability concerns.

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