Browns first-round pick David Njoku said he did not “feel good” about getting his quarterback hurt on a missed block in Cleveland’s 38-24 loss to the Lions Sunday, but he also learned something from it: DeShone Kizer has a chance to be something special.
“He’s playing with a (bruised) rib. I see the bruise. It’s a big (mark),” Njoku, a tight end, told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “He’s going to be a great one, I believe. We obviously started slow this season, and there’s no excuse for that as well. So we’ve just got to pick up the pieces and just keep working.”
The Islanders outshot the Flyers 16-12 in the first period and 13-10 in the second.
Michael Raffl put the Flyers back on top with a breakaway goal 46 seconds into the middle period. The goal was Raffl’s first in 22 games this season and came with assists for Sean Couturier and Ivan Provorov. Raffl had zero points in 21 games before scoring against Greiss.
It was the first of four meetings between the teams, who play again in Philadelphia on Friday afternoon.
A stellar four-touchdown performance on Thursday night saved Ben Roethlisberger from “C” status. He’s been effective at times, but has missed throws he usually makes, particularly deep downfield, failing to complete 16 of his first 18 attempts beyond 31 yards. He has had moments of indecision in the pocket and just recently raised his QB rating from the low 80s. But the vintage Big Ben moments have been strong and provide hope for the playoff push. He seems to be surging at the right time. — Jeremy Fowler