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The Heat won Game 2 by controlling the physical battle.


USC’s Sam Darnold is viewed by many, including a current NFL offensive coordinator, as the premier quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft class, but that opinion is far from unanimous.

Both the Giants and Jets, along with the Cleveland Browns could be in the market for one of the top passers when the Draft gets underway on April 26, but one former scout had a harsh criticism of Darnold.

However, Darnold came unglued in a 24-7 defeat against Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl when he finished just 26-of-45 passing for 356 yards and one interception.

Darnold’s struggles in the Cotton Bowl aside, Shonka is not impressed by this current crop of quarterbacks.

Absolutely not, Shonka said. Quantity doesn’t make quality. So tired of hearing this is a great quarterback group, like this is the Class of’83 or something.

Game 3 was another street fight, and Philadelphia didn’t back down.

There were 31 fouls and four technicals called in the first half, an opening 24 minutes where Wade and Justin Anderson got feisty, Winslow stepped on Embiid’s broken-off goggles and the teams took 45 free throws.

Some basketball was played on occasion as well. There were 14 lead changes and nine ties in the half, the Heat taking a 64-63 lead into the break.

Philadelphia landed the first blow, going on a 15-3 run in the first quarter to take a 32-21 lead. Miami got within four to end the opening quarter, and by then the physicality was already amped-up on both ends.

The NFL schedule for the 2018 season was set Thursday night, so you can start circling dates on your calendar. Potential playoff and Super Bowl previews, scintillating quarterback showdowns and reunion games are among the highlights. 

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