Published on August 23, 2014
doing it.” Foles had one of the best statistical seasons in NFL history as he led the Philadelphia Eagles to a division title in his sopho- more season and Chip Kel- ly’s first as coach. Foles replaced Michael Vick in October, went 8-2 as the starter and finished with 29 touchdown passes and two interceptions in 11 starts, including a playoff loss to New Orleans. He set an NFL record for best TD/interception ratio and his passer rating of 119.2 was the third highest in NFL history. Some things to know about the NFC East: REPLACING D-JAX: Kelly made the bold- est move of his short ten- ure when he released three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jack- son after the best season of his career. The Eagles couldn’t even get a low- round draft pick for Jack - son, so they cut him. Kelly never explained the move, but Jackson’s hefty con- tract and me-first attitude are probably why. They’re counting on Jeremy Maclin to return to form after knee surgery cost him all of last season. They’re hoping Riley Coo- per builds on his break- out year. They need rook- ie Jordan Matthews to con- tribute right away. Sec- ond-year tight end Zach Ertz has big potential, and the versatile Darren Spro- les, acquired from New Orleans, could end up replacing some of Jack- son’s touches. EIGHT IS ENOUGH: Jay Gruden is the eighth head coach employed by owner Dan Snyder in 16 years in Washington. A for- mer Arena League quar- terback who ran Cincin- nati’s offense for three seasons, Gruden brings a West Coast style along with a reputation for being a players’ coach. Getting along with RG3 is one thing. Figuring out how to win games is a tough- er task. The Redskins have plenty of playmakers on offense with Jackson join- ing Alfred Morris (2,888 yards rushing in 2012-13), Pierre Garcon (NFL-high 113 catches in 2013) and Jordan Reed (45 catches in nine games). Defense is another story. The Redskins need produc- tive seasons from some of their 30-something veter- ans on D. NEW-LOOK GIANTS: The Giants were big play- ers in free agency for a change. They signed 19 veteran free agents, includ- ing 10 on offense. Running back Rashad Jennings moves into a starting role, and cornerbacks Domi- nique Rodgers-Cromart- ie and Walter Thurmond bolstered the secondary. The Giants finished strong, going 7-3 after an 0-6 start. Their defense made a turn- around after Jon Beason was acquired from Caroli- na at midseason. B2 Post Register Saturday, August 23, 2014 SPORTS great motivation for me to come out. Where else would I rather be? This is a lot better than any cubicle I could probably think of. It’s a pretty good office.” Since Brady took over as the Patriots’ starter, the Jets have had nine quar- terbacks start. Meanwhile, the Bills have had 11 and the Dolphins a whopping 16. Given the constant turnover everywhere else, it’s no coincidence the Patriots have won 11 of the last 13 division titles. The exceptions: 2002, when New York won it, and 2008, when Brady missed 15 games with a knee injury and Miami won. All three of the Patri- ots’ rivals think they might be on to something as far as setting up their futures under center. Miami’s Ryan Tannehill enters his third season, while New York’s Geno Smith and Buffalo’s EJ Manuel are going into their second. “I think that’s obviously your chief rival and your biggest enemy,” the Jets’ Rex Ryan said of the Patri- ots. “You probably respect them more than anybody, but you also at the same time know you don’t like them. Here are a few things to know about the AFC East: SOARING JETS?: Ryan and offensive coordina- tor Marty Mornhinweg are giving Smith every oppor- tunity to establish himself as the team’s quarterback for now and beyond, even with Michael Vick on the roster. The Jets haven’t made the playoffs in three sea- sons, so there’s pressure on Ryan to build on last year’s 8-8 finish. While Smith has shown flash- es, the Jets won’t hesitate to pull him if he struggles and plug in Vick. Regard- less of who’s under cen- ter, the offense should be improved with the addi- tions of wide receiver Eric Decker and running back Chris Johnson. NEW-LOOK DOLPHINS: Miami is trying to put the bullying scandal that rocked the franchise and the rest of the league far behind. Joe Philbin is back as coach, but GM Jeff Ireland was fired and replaced by Dennis Hickey. One of the Dolphins’ top con- cerns was to keep Tanne- hill more upright — and give him the opportuni- ty to get the ball to Mike Wallace more often — after Miami allowed an NFL-high 58 sacks. Left tackle Brandon Albert was signed to improve protec- tion. RB Knowshon More- no, if healthy, should also help new coordinator Bill Lazor’s offense. homer in the sixth. Corey Toups’ RBI double brought home Luis Valenzuela, a wild pitch by Rockies pitch- er Alec Kenilvort allowed Brandon Downes to score and a sac fly by O’Hearn drove in Toups for the Chu- kars’ final runs in the bot- tom of the sixth. Idaho Falls ended the game with a 4-6-3 double play in the seventh. Matt Strahm earned the win, giving up one run on two hits while striking out three and walking none in three innings for his first win of the year. He said the 7-0 lead gave him con- fidence upon taking the mound. “Just staying ahead, trusting my defense,” Strahm said. “Just let your defense work.” Rockies starter Alex Rodriguez took the loss, giving up seven runs on four hits while striking out one and walking two in 0.2 innings. The fourth rain delay in as many nights inter- rupted game two around 6:45 p.m. with a 1-0 Chu- kars lead after one inning. Luis Valenzuela, who was ruled safe sliding into third with his right hand extend- ed after Wander Franco’s one-out single, scored on Samir Duenez’s sacrifice fly in the next at-bat to put Idaho Falls on the score- board before the tarp was pulled out for 27 minutes. Desmond Henry scored on a Luis Jean throwing error with one out in the bottom of the second for the Chukars’ final run of game two. Torey Deshazi- er, who earned the win, got out of a jam in the fourth inning with a 5-4-3 double play. He struck out Omar Carrizales with runners on first and second to get out of another jam in the fifth. “Pitching’s going to be a huge point,” Ramirez said. “Like I told the guys, ‘If you want to make a push in these last 12 games, pitch- ing is going to keep us in the game.’ ” Kevin Padlo’s solo homer cut it to 2-1 in the top of the sixth and Chu- kars reliever Sam Lewis then struck out the next three batters. The game ended when Carrizales grounded into a force out from Valenzuela to Jecks- son Flores in the seventh. The Chukars begin a four-game road series at Orem tonight with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. POST REGISTER Freshman Taylor Han- cock broke a scoreless tie in the 60th minute with a strike from 20 yards and the Bonneville High School boys soccer team opened the season with a 2-0 win over Minico on Friday in Rupert. Jose Salgado crossed the ball and Hancock one- timed it past the keeper. Six minutes later Jony Barrientos ripped a free kick into the top left corner from 25 yards out to make it 2-0. “They really looked good,” Bonneville coach Chris Watts said. “We’ve been really young for the past two years, and they’ve worked hard to be where they are today.” Bonneville (1-0) plays at Blackfoot on Tuesday. HILLCREST 5, POCA- TELLO 0: At Pocatello, Tan- ner Chapple popped in two goals and Hillcrest cruised to a season-opening win. The Knights led 1-0 after Chapple’s goal in the 32nd minute, assisted by Clay- ton Salmons. It stayed that way until the 52nd minute, when Chandler Serr con- verted an assist from Josh Englis to double the lead. The Knights added goals from Chapple (Eddy Cruz assist), Cameron Rusch (Rydder Driggs assist) and Englis (from Serr) to put the game out of reach. Hillcrest coach Bryan Johnston said his team had 20 shots, including one off the woodwork and three more off the crossbar. The Knights graduated 11 seniors including eight to nine starters depending on the game. “Already in training this has been a great team to work with,” he said. “Real- ly blue collar.” The Knights (1-0) host Century on Tuesday. SKYLINE 4, RIGBY 1: At Rigby, Skyline scored three second-half goals and pulled away for a noncon- ference win. Carlos Murillo scored the lone goal for the Tro- jans. “We came out hard and caught them off guard,” Rigby coach Bart Mower said. “We’re not the easy win that we used to be.” Rigby plays at Idaho Falls on Tuesday. Girls soccer HILLCREST 9, POCATELLO 0: At Hillcrest, Mallory Keisling, Tarynda Bateman and Katry Redd had two goals each and the new-look Knights opened the season with a dominat- ing nonconference win. Taya McBride, Court- ney Cushings and Roxanne Hoffman also scored for the Knights, who led 5-0 at halftime. Keisling, Redd, Taylor Gregory and Sonja Johnson added assists. “A lot of these kids are juniors and seniors, but they’ve been waiting in the wings biding their time,” Hillcrest coach Dave Coff- man said. “They’ve been very patient. But now it’s their team, it’s their time.” The Knights (1-0) play at Century on Tuesday. BONNEVILLE 8, MINICO 0: At Bonneville, freshman Jackie Mendoza had two goals and two assists and Bonneville rolled to a win over Minico. Jazzy Hill added two goals, Lexi Ryerson, Makayla Christensen, Sam Atterberry and Makyla Ledezma also scored and Ashley Williams chipped in three assists. “It was a great way to start,” Bonneville coach Michael Wedman said. The Bees (1-0) host Blackfoot on Tuesday. SKYLINE 5, RIGBY 1: At Idaho Falls Soccer Complex, Citlalli Sanchez scored twice while Megan Aumeier added a goal and an assist as Skyline rolled to a season-opening victo- ry. Sanchez scored 4:30 into the game before the lead doubled on a Rigby own-goal in the first half. Sanchez scored again the 57th minute (assisted by Nicole Morrison), Aumeier scored on a PK in the 65th minute and Nicole Morri- son finished the scoring in the 73rd minute. Women’s soccer IDAHO STATE 4, MINOT STATE 2: At Pocatello, Maria Sanchez scored two goals and chipped in an assist in her ISU debut to lead the Bengals to a non- conference win at Davis Field. The American Falls grad scored in the 28th and 49th minutes for the Bengals, who also got two goals from Amanda Ellsworth. ISU hosts Wyoming at 4 p.m. Friday at Davis Field. Second-half goals lift Bees to opening win LOCAL ROUNDUP AFC From Page B1 NFC From Page B1 From Page B1 CHUKARS ASSOCIATED PRESS GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers threw for two touchdowns and Eddie Lacy ran for a first-quar- ter score in the Green Bay Packers’ 31-21 preseason victory Friday night over the Oakland Raiders. The game was stopped for several minutes in the second quarter after Raid- ers linebacker Sio Moore was taken off the field with a neck injury. He gave a thumb-up sign as he was wheeled off to a standing ovation. Moore was taken to a hospital. The Packers’ Julius Pep- pers recorded his first sack of the preseason, and the Raiders’ offense struggled with new quarterback Matt Schaub. He did lead the Raiders into the red zone in the third quarter against backups, but a touchdown pass to former Packers receiver James Jones was overturned on review. Schaub was 13 of 27 for 110 yards. Rodgers was 9 of 20 for 139 yards playing into the second quarter. Preseason games PATRIOTS 30, PANTHERS 7: At Foxborough, Mass., Tom Brady threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns, Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 60-yard field goal and New England shut down Cam Newton and Carolina. The third preseason game for both teams was no contest as the Patriots outgained the Panthers 405- 271. Brady led the Patriots (2-1) to scores on three of his five series and completed 17 of 21 passes. Newton was 8 for 12 for 88 yards and was sacked three times. All five of his possessions ended in punts. GIANTS 35, JETS 24: At East Rutherford, N.J., Geno Smith and Michael Vick each threw touchdown passes with the Jets’ starting offense, and the defense mostly shut down Eli Manning before the Giants’ backups rallied for a victory. Smith was 9 of 14 for 137 yards, including a 1-yard scoring toss to rookie Jace Amaro. Vick replaced Smith to start the second half, and after a rough first series in which he was sacked and lost a fumble, he led an 11-play, 76-yard drive capped by a go-ahead 3-yard TD to Eric Decker. Vick finished 4 of 5 for 34 yards in his two series for the Jets (2-1). LIONS 13, JAGUARS 12: At Allen Park, Mich., Reggie Bush broke free for an 86-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, one of only a few offensive highlights as Detroit edged Jacksonville in a penalty-filled game. Blake Bortles threw for 158 yards and a touchdown for the Jaguars. Jacksonville started Chad Henne, but Bortles — the third pick in this year’s draft — was impressive in relief. He completed 10 of 16 passes, including a 13-yard touch- down to Allen Hurns. Around the NFL Manziel fined $12,000 for middle finger flip: At Cleveland, Johnny Manziel has been slapped on the finger. The NFL fined the Brown rookie quarterback $12,000 on Friday for flipping his mid dle finger at Washington’s sideline, a person familiar with the penalty told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the ruling has not been made public. Manziel said he was reacting to incessant taunt- ing by the Redskins during Monday night’s nationally televised game when he made the gesture while running back to Cleveland’s huddle. Rodgers has 2 TDs, Packers beat Raiders NFL ROUNDUP tude his team displayed. Bradley Smith showed flashs of brilliance in his first game as Bonneville’s starting quarterback. He threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns, while adding a score on the ground on a nifty run toward the end of the game. He made a cou- ple of bad throws, but his 40.9 completion percent- age is more indicative of a few dropped passes and an elite defense than Smith’s performance. “I’m happy with my per- formance, but I can always do better,” Smith said. “There were some passes I could’ve hit.” Bonneville lineman Conlan Smtih said Valor Christian will help his team down the road, especially off the field. “Our team definite- ly needs to hit the weight room,” he said. Sentiments like this are why Armstrong wanted to play such a tough oppo- nent. He wanted this game to serve as motivation and guidance for his young team, and he believes that will lead to good results down the road. Perhaps the biggest neg- ative from this game was a wrist injury to receiver Brenden Tamayo. No one will know the severity of the injury until after he gets an X-ray. If Tamayo’s injury isn’t major, Armstrong will be almost completely positive about this game. He want- ed to see how his team would react to a blowout, and he liked what he saw from his players. “I found out my team has heart,” Armstrong said. From Page B1 BEES Mike Roemer / Associated Press Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) dives into the end zone for a touchdown as Oakland middle linebacker Nick Roach (53) defends during the first half of a preseason game Friday in Green Bay, Wis.