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Jarvis Landry will miss at least three games with the sprained medial collateral ligament the Browns five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver suffered in Sunday's 31-21 win over the Houston Texans. The Browns announced Tuesday they placed Landry on injured reserve. USA TODAYCleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry will miss at least 3 games on injured reserve

By Caroline Framke

The idea of a series starring Black characters on a historically Black, monied island that’s completely unconcerned with the white power structures beyond it is a juicy one. Created by Karin Gist of Fox’s “Star” and “Revenge,” and executive produced by Lee Daniels, “Our Kind of People” embraces its singularity. Whereas something like HBO Max’s “Gossip Girl” takes pains to diversify the typically white social strata of the Upper East Side, “Our Kind of People” unfolds in the Oak Bluffs corner of Martha’s Vineyard, where the “Black elite” have long established their wealthy bonafides. In theory, adapting Lawrence Otis Graham’s history of the area (“Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class”) into a primetime soap opera is a sharp idea. In execution, at least in the first two episodes screened ahead of the show’s Sept. 21 linear premiere, “Our Kind of People” depends so heavily on exposition and constant plot machinations that it barely gives itself room to breathe.

Case in point: the very first line of the series from Nikki Vaughn (Alana Bright), a teenager moving to the Vineyard with her mother Angela (Yaya DaCosta) and aunt Patricia (Debbi Morgan). As they leave Boston in a convertible and whirlwind of giddy anticipation, wind whipping through their hair like, in Patricia’s words, “a white woman’s shampoo commercial,” Nikki leans into the front seat and says, “did you know that the Black elite have been coming here since the late 1800’s?” Yes, of course they know that defining characteristic of the place they’re moving to, where Angela’s recently deceased mother spent every summer working as a maid for those very Black elite. Nikki would know that, too. But in its haste to get the Fox audience on board, or at least its white audience that wouldn’t necessarily know the history of the Bluffs, “Our Kind of People” immediately makes its actors speak like encyclopedias rather than fully formed characters. Just about every scene follows in this line’s footsteps, dropping exposition and moving the plot forward with relentless speed.

Some level of clunkiness is of course to be expected in a show’s initial episodes, especially if it’s a soap doing its best to pack in as much drama as possible. In the first episode alone, “Our Kind of People” introduces the Vaughns’ thorny history on the island, throws several parties and a fashion show, and includes a secret society induction, a sisterhood brunch, a hostile business takeover and several family secrets and quite literally throws a woman overboard. As Angela sets out to make her mark with her natural hair care line, a genuinely moving tribute to her mother’s memory, she hits obstacles in the form of old money snobbery and Leah Franklin-Dupont (Nadine Ellis), whose family and imposing father (Joe Morton) has deep roots in Bluffs history. There are the requisite romances, as seen between Leah and her newly committed husband (an underused Morris Chestnut) and Angela and local businessman Tyrique (Lance Gross). For the most part, though, it’s the Angela versus Leah rivalry that fuels the series, a fact that not a single scene will ever let you forget. DaCosta and Ellis are well up to the task of shouldering this weight, but rarely get the chance to act as anything other than dispensers of truth and/or barbed bon mots.

Network dramas always have to work hard to keep people engaged, and can therefore be more prone to burning through story like nothing else on TV, especially if they’re soaps. But it’s frustrating to watch this one not only throw everything at the wall to see what sticks, but fail to give its characters enough space to be people outside of the twists defining their lives from second to salacious second. “Our Kind of People” has plenty of intrigue inherent in its premise and location without having to make its ever-changing plots the stars of the show.

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NFL Power Ranking: Where are the 1-1 Chicago Bears?

Windy City Gridiron 21 September, 2021 - 07:16pm

We go around the interwebs to see what the experts think about the Bears this week...

It’s been a while since Chicago’s offense has anyone believing they can hang with the top teams in the NFL, and their defense will need to stack a few good games together before the analysts feel good about giving them their due. But let’s see what the experts think this week about the 1-1 Bears.

NFL.com moved the Bears up one spot to 25.

The Bears can thank their defense for delivering the first win of their season. Chicago forced four second-half turnovers against the Bengals, picking off Joe Burrow on three consecutive pass attempts in a 20-17 victory. Roquan Smith had his first career pick-six, while Eddie Jackson forced a fumble that led to a field goal. The Bears needed these splash plays to cover for an offense that lost Andy Dalton to a knee injury. Dalton dodged a major catastrophe, and it appears the veteran will remain the starter ahead of Justin Fields if he’s healthy enough to play. Bears fans might not like it, but Dalton looked like the better quarterback against the Bengals.

Here’s how Yahoo Sports has it this week.

Justin Fields looked a beat late on most of his throws. But, he was a rookie coming off the bench cold. He should be a lot better in Week 3 with a full week of practice, if he gets the start.

ESPN has the Bears up 2 spots to 24th overall and they give Chicago’s surprise fantasy football player.

Let me preface this by saying that outside of David Montgomery, the Bears have very few viable fantasy options. However, the Bears are high on Mooney, who caught 61 passes for 631 yards as a rookie last year. Through two games, Mooney has been targeted 15 times. The second-year wideout has been Chicago’s most productive receiver, with 11 receptions for 92 yards. — Jeff Dickerson

CBS Sports is keeping the Bears at 24 this week .

With Andy Dalton hurting, it’s time for Justin Fields to start. He didn’t look good coming in for Dalton against Cincinnati, which has to be a concern.

Here’s how the USA Today has it.

23. Bears (26): As predicted, this team doesn’t have a good enough supporting cast to make rookie QB Justin Fields wildly successful at this point. You Chicagoans owe injured Andy Dalton an apology.

Sports Illustrated has the Bears at 25th overall after 2 games.

The Bears tried to create a deliberate plan for when the Justin Fields era would begin (even if they wouldn’t exactly share that plan with the rest of us), and then football happened, with Andy Dalton’s injury forcing Fields into an extended role against the Bengals and injecting even more chaos into the most scrutinized QB situation in the NFL. In the long run, I think it’ll be good to rip the Band-Aid off and get Fields out there gaining experience.

Here’s how the Sporting News has it.

The Bears got on the board with Andy Dalton getting more out of their offense and the defense starting to live up more to its reputation. They also learned there will be plenty of lumps with Justin Fields, even though he might help their offense in different ways and will make it better in time.

The Bears travel to play the Cleveland Browns for week three, and that game will tell us a lot about this this Bears team.

What are your thoughts on the power rankings this week?

NFL Power Ranking: Where are the 1-1 Chicago Bears?

Chicago Bears Wire 21 September, 2021 - 07:16pm

We go around the interwebs to see what the experts think about the Bears this week...

It’s been a while since Chicago’s offense has anyone believing they can hang with the top teams in the NFL, and their defense will need to stack a few good games together before the analysts feel good about giving them their due. But let’s see what the experts think this week about the 1-1 Bears.

NFL.com moved the Bears up one spot to 25.

The Bears can thank their defense for delivering the first win of their season. Chicago forced four second-half turnovers against the Bengals, picking off Joe Burrow on three consecutive pass attempts in a 20-17 victory. Roquan Smith had his first career pick-six, while Eddie Jackson forced a fumble that led to a field goal. The Bears needed these splash plays to cover for an offense that lost Andy Dalton to a knee injury. Dalton dodged a major catastrophe, and it appears the veteran will remain the starter ahead of Justin Fields if he’s healthy enough to play. Bears fans might not like it, but Dalton looked like the better quarterback against the Bengals.

Here’s how Yahoo Sports has it this week.

Justin Fields looked a beat late on most of his throws. But, he was a rookie coming off the bench cold. He should be a lot better in Week 3 with a full week of practice, if he gets the start.

ESPN has the Bears up 2 spots to 24th overall and they give Chicago’s surprise fantasy football player.

Let me preface this by saying that outside of David Montgomery, the Bears have very few viable fantasy options. However, the Bears are high on Mooney, who caught 61 passes for 631 yards as a rookie last year. Through two games, Mooney has been targeted 15 times. The second-year wideout has been Chicago’s most productive receiver, with 11 receptions for 92 yards. — Jeff Dickerson

CBS Sports is keeping the Bears at 24 this week .

With Andy Dalton hurting, it’s time for Justin Fields to start. He didn’t look good coming in for Dalton against Cincinnati, which has to be a concern.

Here’s how the USA Today has it.

23. Bears (26): As predicted, this team doesn’t have a good enough supporting cast to make rookie QB Justin Fields wildly successful at this point. You Chicagoans owe injured Andy Dalton an apology.

Sports Illustrated has the Bears at 25th overall after 2 games.

The Bears tried to create a deliberate plan for when the Justin Fields era would begin (even if they wouldn’t exactly share that plan with the rest of us), and then football happened, with Andy Dalton’s injury forcing Fields into an extended role against the Bengals and injecting even more chaos into the most scrutinized QB situation in the NFL. In the long run, I think it’ll be good to rip the Band-Aid off and get Fields out there gaining experience.

Here’s how the Sporting News has it.

The Bears got on the board with Andy Dalton getting more out of their offense and the defense starting to live up more to its reputation. They also learned there will be plenty of lumps with Justin Fields, even though he might help their offense in different ways and will make it better in time.

The Bears travel to play the Cleveland Browns for week three, and that game will tell us a lot about this this Bears team.

What are your thoughts on the power rankings this week?

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