Yet, later in that game, Bennett was flagged for nailing unsuspecting, defenseless center Nick Mangold in the back. Apparently Mangold’s family is less important than Bennett’s.
Bennett, while with the Buccaneers, had gone after players’ knees in game-ending kneel-down situations — while decrying those who did the same. He’s another who demands respect in return for none.
The Eagles’ average margin of victory in their seven wins is 12 points. They’re 6-0 in conference play, which could help them in a tiebreaker for home-field advantage in the playoffs.
What’s impressive about the Eagles’ first-half run, aside from their rising-star quarterback Carson Wentz, is the fact that they don’t appear satisfied.
After their 33-10 win over the winless 49ers last week, several players were upset at how sloppy the Eagles played.
“I feel like a loss right now,” right tackle Lane Johnson said, according to ESPN.
Long, the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long, was the first guard the Bears drafted in the first round since 1960. He rewarded their faith in him with three straight Pro Bowl seasons, even moving to tackle in 2015. Chicago signed him through 2021. Long struggled through injuries for eight games in 2016 before being shut down as the Bears stumbled to a 3-13 season. Still, he’s one of the closest things to a cornerstone player to come out of this first round.
The Notre Dame standout was the top tight end in the draft. After missing almost the entire 2014 season due to injury, he had a breakout 2015 with 13 touchdowns and was voted to the Pro Bowl. But he suffered an ankle injury in the game that sidelined him for the first eight games of 2016, which, in addition to injuries to A.J. Green and Gio Bernard, contributed to the Bengals missing the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons.
Since it was announced that Timberlake would be performing at this year’s big game, Twitter has been alight with the #JusticeForJanet hashtag, as users call out the privilege suggested by Timberlake being asked to perform again, while Jackson was not.
Timberlake has stayed mum about including Jackson in his halftime show, although he recently told Beats 1 host Zane Lowe that the two had “absolutely” made peace.
But Jackson family insiders say that just because the singer has forgiven Timberlake for not standing up for her when she was vilified for the incident, she hasn’t forgotten.