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What Had Happened Was: 9/16/16

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Thanks to a ridiculous night by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick — he really threw for 374 yards — the New York Jets stuck it to their former coach Rex Ryan and his current team, the Buffalo Bills, by a score of 37-31. Fitzpatrick was 14-for-15 Thursday night on throws between 10 and 30 yards, but it wasn’t all check downs and short stuff. Fitzpatrick also completed a career-high 10 passes that went 15 yards or more, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

“I went up to him during the game and said, ‘Man, you’re hot right now,’ “Jets receiver Brandon Marshall said.

Here’s the best of what you missed from Thursday night’s NFL matchup.



After more than a year, Sandra Bland’s family has finally received some justice in the death of the 28-year-old African-American woman, who was mysteriously found dead in a Texas county jail cell after being arrested during a traffic stop. The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Waller County Jail in Hempstead, Texas, will pay a combined $1.9 million in the wrongful death lawsuit.



Here’s rapper Bobby Shmurda’s first interview since his plea deal.

What’s it like to go on a first date with musical artist Sean Paul, after all?

A conversation with Chicago rapper Noname, about patience and privacy as well as her first solo project.

Hold up, how many times did rapper Vince Staples almost get run over in this music video with DJ duo GTA?



Every morning we’ll hit you here with the best of what we saw on social media the previous night. Why? Why not?





Our brother Jason Reid is asking the important question for this Sunday’s slate of NFL games: What’s up with the Dallas Cowboys? And does Washington have the goods and the game plan to beat them?

How ’bout them Cowboys! Things appear to be so thoroughly bleak for Dallas these days; it’s easy to forget the season is only one week old. Despite an offensive line that’s the envy of the league and a top-five wide receiver in Dez Bryant, owner Jerry Jones’ team just keeps on losing. The Cowboys’ biggest problem (as always) is how to save the season without the injured Tony Romo, who has spent much more time counseling his replacements than actually quarterbacking the team. It would be complete hyperbole to suggest that the Cowboys face a must-win situation on the road Sunday against the Washington Redskins; they’ve been down for so long now, it’s reasonable to wonder whether they’ll rise up again anytime soon. At AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, last week, the New York Giants rallied in the fourth quarter for a 20-19 victory. For Dallas, a disturbing trend continued. Consider: The Cowboys last won at “Jerry World” when they defeated the Giants – in the 2015 season opener. After starting 2-0 last fall with Romo under center, Dallas has dropped 13 of 15. The last 15 games while Romo has chilled on the sidelines in workout gear, the Cowboys are 1-14. Dallas hasn’t had such a rough time since its 2-26 run from October 1988 through the 1989 season. Not good. Not good at all.


Ryan Cortes is a staff writer for The Undefeated. Lemon pepper his wings.

Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn't drop his second album.