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NY Jets sign RB Kalen Ballage following injury to Le’Veon Bell

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The NY Jets have signed running back Kalen Ballage following an injury to Le’Veon Bell.

The NY Jets have decided to bring back a familiar face. It looks like former Miami Dolphins running back Kalen Ballage will be heading to New York after all.

Ballage’s agent took to Instagram on Tuesday to announce the news that Ballage had signed with the Jets. Of course, many will remember that the Jets originally traded for the former Dolphins draft pick back on August 27th.

Originally, the Jets agreed to ship a conditional seventh-round draft choice to their division rivals for Ballage. However, the trade was voided just three days later as a result of a failed physical.

Ballage, who was dealing with a hamstring injury this summer, was eventually released by Miami on September 5th with an injury settlement. Following multiple injuries to Jets running backs, the team decided to give him another shot.

Fourth-round rookie La’Mical Perine remains sidelined with an ankle injury which prompted the team to promote Josh Adams from the practice squad on Sunday. But after Le’Veon Bell went down twice with a hamstring injury, the Jets evidently needed to make an outside move.

Adams will likely receive a full-time promotion to the active roster ahead of Week 2, or at the very least, be one of the two game-day promotions once again. With Bell expected to miss “a couple of weeks,” expect veteran Frank Gore to be the team’s lead back.

Spelling Gore will be Adams, who scored his first touchdown with the Jets on Sunday, and we’ll likely see some of Ballage now as well.

What are the NY Jets getting in Kalen Ballage?

A fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Ballage made a name for himself at Arizona State tying the FBS single-game touchdown record by scoring eight touchdowns against Texas Tech in his junior season.

Unfortunately, despite a promising start to his NFL career, Ballage struggled mightily in 2019 running behind an abysmal Dolphins offensive line. But he did find his most success playing under head coach Adam Gase in 2018.

That’s likely where the Jets’ interest comes from.

Ballage never found his footing in Miami, primarily due to his own struggles. But perhaps he could turn things around with the Jets now that he’s reunited with his former head coach.

Next: NY Jets Report Card: Grading the Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills

One thing’s for sure though. Much like the other running backs on the roster, he’s going to need some help.

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Kyler Murray is Arizona Cardinals Week Two MVP

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Kyler Murray completed two of his biggest passes this season. One was a 54-yard pass to Andy Isabella, while the other was a 48-yard pass to Christian Kirk. Both passes led to a score for the Cardinals. Murray ended the game with 285 passing yards on 26 completions, with DeAndre Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald combining for 15 of them.

Besides finishing with a touchdown pass, he also had two touchdown runs – one for 21 yards. This makes Murray the first Cardinals quarterback since 1969 with a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown in consecutive games.

The second-year quarterback had another record in Sunday’s win as well. Last year, he was the first rookie to start the season with at least 25 completions in his first two games of the season. This year, Murray started his first two games of the season with at least 25 completions.

The defensive front that recorded eight sacks against Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz ended up with only three against Murray. His elusiveness allowed him to escape Chase Young and company and he ended up with over 60 yards rushing.

There were also a couple “firsts” in Sunday’s win. Hopkins caught his first touchdown pass, and linebacker Devon Kennard recorded his first sack. Hopkins is also the first player in NFL history to have the most receptions in his first two games on a new team.

Speaking of the defensive side, linebacker De’Vondre Campbell wins the MVP for Vance Joseph’s defense. Campbell finished with 10 total tackles and two pass breakups.

Campbell played well in coverage as well. He was all over tight end Logan Thomas and did not allow a touchdown in coverage.

Next: Cardinals 2-0 for first time in five years

Campbell also stopped numerous Washington players from getting a first down.  Both Murray and the defense look to continue their success against the Detroit Lions next Sunday in Arizona.

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Can the Atlanta Falcons avoid 0-3 against the Chicago Bears?

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The Atlanta Falcons are hoping to avoid an 0-3 start in 2020.

The last time the Atlanta Falcons started the season with three straight losses, it was 2007. While the 2020 team is far more talented, they cannot get it together on the field. Getting a win this week will be tough as the Falcons defense will be without as many as four starters.

How does it week three go with the Bears in town? The Blogging Dirty staff weighs in.

Jeff Benedict – Site Expert

Rookie corner A.J. Terrell was a bright light on a very dark defense last week against the Cowboys. He only allowed two catches for seven yards.

If you haven’t heard, the Falcons will be without the corner this week as he becomes the NFL’s first COVID casualty and will miss this week. Unfortunately, that means that the Falcons are going to have to rely on Isaiah Oliver and Darqueze Dennard, who has been atrocious.

No Takk McKinley, Ricardo Allen, and Dante Fowler could spell disaster for the Falcons. Matt Ryan and the offense will have another terrific day but it won’t be enough.

Ross Terrell – Contributor

All the pressure is on Atlanta with this game. An embarrassing loss in week two, a listless loss in week one, and they’re still question about the run game.

Atlanta, sorry, Dan Quinn – needs this win for his coaching career.

If Atlanta has any hopes of making the playoffs, they need to show what they’re about Sunday, on the road. But seeing this team so far, they don’t.

Joe Beasley – Contributor

The Falcons are 0-2 heading into a game with the Chicago Bears. Dan Quinn jas expressed to us for the 100th time that everyone is pissed off. It might be in his best interest to make sure his team shows that on the field. Matt Ryan has played great, the offensive line is doing a good job as well.

Russell Gage has been producing when given the opportunity to do so. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this Falcons team will do just enough for the victory but Quinn loses his job after the game.

Next: Injury report wont be kind to Atlanta Falcons in Week 3

Ethan Johnson – Contributor

The beginning of the season couldn’t possibly get any worse for the Atlanta Falcons. As for the Bears, they are 2-0, and Mitchell Trubisky should be salivating at the thought of facing the dreadful Falcons secondary.

With that being said, I think this game could actually be rather close thanks to the Falcons offense. Chicago will score a lot, but so will Atlanta. Ultimately, I cannot pick the Falcons because, as I said last week, I have no confidence in this coaching staff.

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Buffalo Bills: How to watch in Week 3 and final thoughts

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This is where to watch the Buffalo Bills in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams as well as some final thoughts about the game.

The Buffalo Bills will be returning to Bills Stadium for a Week 3 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. This is one of the marquee games on Sunday as it is the only one with two undefeated teams facing each other.

How to watch the Buffalo Bills in Week 3

Game time: 1 PM EST

Channel: FOX

Broadcast Team: Chris Myers, Greg Jennings, Brock Huard

Final Thoughts prior to the Buffalo Bills Week 3 matchup

Is Josh Allen for real?

All eyes will be on Josh Allen to see if the start to the year is real or just a result of playing against lesser teams. Through the first two games, Allen is leading the league in passing yards with 727 yards, six passing touchdowns, no interceptions along with one rushing touchdown.

While it is early, he should be discussed among MVP hopefuls and a win here will only cement his place in those discussions.

Can a return from Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano turn the defense around?

On the defensive side of the ball, the question is how the defense will look hopefully with Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano back. They both missed the game last week against the Miami Dolphins and Ryan Fitzpatrick was able to move the ball almost at ease.

This is a good Rams offense and if the Buffalo Bills defense has a similar performance, this could end up being a shootout.

Big matchup on the outside

Among the individual matchups, there may be none better than Stefon Diggs going up against Rams’ corner Jalen Ramsey. The addition of Diggs has really unlocked this offense and the wide receiver has had a tremendous start to the year with 239 receiving yards, which is tied for the league lead.

Next: Who are the X-Factors for the Bills in Week 3?

It remains to be seen just how often the two will lineup across from one another but when they do, it will be must-watch TV.

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