Two-Minute Drill: Haaland Rescues City Vs Old Team, Flacco To Start In Week 2

Jonathan Grant | September 15th, 2022

1st Down: Erling Haaland didn’t have to wait too long to face his former team. The Manchester City star striker took to his new home pitch on Wednesday night to face his old side, Borussia Dortmund, and he did what he always seemingly does: put the ball into the net. Dortmund took a shock lead in the second half through Englishman Jude Bellingham only for City to see defender John Stones score a long-range stunner to equalize. Haaland then scored a leaping, outside-of-the-left-boot finish to give his team a 2-1 win. Real Madrid left it late at home to RB Leipzig, scoring twice in the last 10 minutes for a 2-0 win while PSG won 3-1 in Israel against Maccabi Haifa. Chelsea, meanwhile, saw Graham Potter’s debut fizzle as they drew 1-1 at home to FC Salzburg.

2nd Down: The New York Jets didn’t get the best of reviews from their fans following week 1’s 24-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but that apparently hasn’t changed the mind of head coach Robert Saleh in regards to his quarterback selection. It’s being reported that Joe Flacco will be back under center for week 2’s contest with the Cleveland Browns despite fans cheering actively for Mike White to take over the role. Flacco did finish 37-59 for 307 yards and a TD, but much of that was during a time when the game was long since determined…

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3rd Down: Donovan Mitchell made some headlines on Wednesday in a couple of ways as he put on a interview (with Brian Windhorst) following his move from Utah to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The trade that surprised many wasn’t expected, even by Mitchell, with him stating that he thought he was headed ‘home’ to New York to be a member of the Knicks. On top of that, Mitchell also said he disagreed with Danny Ainge’s assessment that the team didn’t believe in one another. Ainge, in charge of basketball ops for the Jazz, opted to ‘blow’ the team up and start over, of course, but Mitchell doesn’t see eye-to-eye despite being on a new team and in another conference now.

4th Down: 2021 Indycar champion Alex Palou will be returning to the team that helped him win that title after months of speculation and lawsuits. Palou announced a couple of months ago that he intended to leave the team only to be sued by Chip Ganassi Racing, resulting in the two sides coming to a settlement that will see him remain on board. He won the last race of the season this past Sunday, at Laguna Seca, so that might have helped the two see the same picture. Felix Rosenqvist will stay at Arrow McLaren SP after it appeared that he would have to step aside for Palou’s entry.

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