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Pro Hogs Update: NFL’s Opening Weekend and MLB Playoff Push

Who made an impact in NFL’s Week 1?

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL season is underway and the final push for a playoff spot is in full swing in MLB. Plenty of former Razorbacks were involved with both. Here are a few notable performances, starting with the NFL

NFL - Week 1

AJ Derby won the matchup between Razorback tight ends as his Denver Broncos beat Hunter Henry’s Los Angeles Chargers. Derby had three catches for 34 yards, while Henry didn’t make a catch. Derby had two catches come on a touchdown drive, which was critical in Denver’s 24-21 win.

A pair of defensive linemen made their names known in the season opener on Thursday. Trey Flowers and Deatrich Wise Jr. each had a sack in the Patriots loss to Kansas City. That came after a huge celebration for New England’s Super Bowl win, which Flowers was a part of.

In the first game of the Monday Night Football doubleheader, Jarius Wright had one catch for 21 yards. The Vikings cruised to a win over the New Orleans Saints, who had Mitchell Loewen on special teams duty.

A handful of other Razorbacks got some playing time on defense and special teams and got at least a tackle. That list includes Jeremiah Ledbetter, Darius Philon, Chris Smith, and Robert Thomas. On the offensive side, Travis Swanson and Jason Peters both started. Bret Goode was the long snapper for each of the Green Bay Packers’ kicks and punts. Martrell Spaight also saw some special teams duties.

Aside from that, the rest of the Razorbacks found themselves on inactive lists, including Darren McFadden, Ryan Mallett, Jeremy Sprinkle, and Brandon Allen.

Major League Baseball

Andrew Benintendi’s up and down season continues. After being named the AL Rookie of the Month for August, he’s had a rough start to September. This month he’s hitting .231 with 6 RBI’s and 10 K’s.

After looking seemingly unbeatable, the Los Angeles Dodgers are now on an 11 game losing streak. Logan Forsythe has played in all of those games and it hasn’t gone well for him. He’s hitting just .200 in that time with 2 RBI’s.

Dallas Keuchel had a rough start his last time out. He gave up six hits and four earned runs in 5 23 innings. That loss gave him a 12-4 record on the season and his ERA is now pushed just north of 3.

Those three are the Hogs looking likely to make the playoffs, the rest in the majors will likely be done for the year at the conclusion of the regular season. This part of the season includes the September call ups, including Brian Anderson who is now with the Miami Marlins and has had a decent start, hitting .257 so far.

Matt Reynolds had a solid series against Cincinnati for his New York Mets, reaching base seven times in his 14 plate appearances. Craig Gentry just got taken off the 10-Day DL for a finger injury and should be back with Baltimore soon.