- Chiefs Remain only Undefeated Team: The Kansas City Chiefs played the opening game of the season against the Patriots and actually won pretty handily. Since then the Chiefs have not looked back winning each week and remaining the only undefeated team in the NFL. This week saw Kansas City host Washington on Monday Night Football. Alex Smith was excellent with 293 passing yards and another 56 rushing. Once again Kareem Hunt impressed, after having a relatively quiet game, Hunt exploded in the fourth quarter. Hunt recorded 51 yards in the fourth quarter, matching his yardage for the first three. Those yards set up two short Chiefs field goals, and another win for KC.
- Postseason Bracket Set: This MLB Postseason should be very interesting. Granted it doesn’t come with the same 108 year old curse drama that last year’s did, but we’ll have to make do. This postseason boasts three teams with more than 100 wins, the frontrunners for both league’s Cy Young, both clear favorites for Rookie of the Year, and more than a few MVP candidates. The only thing really missing is a Norse God and the greatest player of his generation, Sorry Angels fans. First are the wild card games which should be as entertaining as ever, but the real treat comes in game one of the ALDS between Boston and Houston, as Chris Sale will face Justin Verlander. Now that is what October baseball is all about.
- Big Week for Watson Lifts Texans: DeShaun Watson is looking more and more like the answer at QB for the Houston Texans. This weekend saw Watson dig into the Titans to the tune of 283 yards and 4 TD’s in the air. On top of that he contributed another 24 yards on his feet during what became a 57-14 rout. This marked the most points ever scored by the Texans, breaking a record which stood since 2014. Numbers like that make you wonder why Tom Savage started week 1.
- Are the Bills for Real?: Maybe. Sharing a division with the Patriots is by no means enviable no matter how bad the defense looks. However, the Bills stand in sharp contrast to the Pats at present, as the Bills defense has been outstanding so far. Rookie Sean McDermott has built around defense and it shows as they have allowed the league’s fewest points thus far. They have also excelled at ball protection, allowing just one turnover this season. They are coming off two straight wins against the Broncos and Falcons to make a 3-1 record for the year. Maybe it’s past time to take them seriously.
- Rams Among Surprise Contenders: On the season’s eve few expected the Rams to have enough offensive punch to make serious noise for a playoff spot. However, the Rams have gotten off to a good start, winning three of their first four contests. One of the big pitfalls of the team last year was their offense. This year this has been revamped as they own a league leading 35.5 points per game. Much of the difference for this year’s squad is the use of Todd Gurley. Rookie Coach Sean McVay has designed much of the offense around Gurley, and not just his legs. So far this season Gurley has recorded 20 catches for 234 yards and three TDs. Last year he had 43 passes for 327 yards and zero scores.
- The Miami Dolphins. That is all: The Dolphins played another terrible game of football this weekend, only this time it was in London. Miami became the first team to be shutout in a game across the Atlantic, as the Saints beat them 20-0. On top of this, the Dolphins offense has been brutal the last two weeks as they have recorded just six points over the last eight quarters of football. Although Jay Cutler’s time has not been pretty thus far (see the first quarter red-zone pick he threw), neither has an O-Line that allowed four sacks and couldn’t stop drawing penalties. If this continues, it will be another disappointing winter in South Beach.
- Terry Collins wasn’t even out the Door: Yet the Mets organization, just couldn’t resist turning the situation very ugly. Terry Collins is the longest tenured manager of the Mets as of this season, he has managed for seven seasons, which is far more than anyone anticipated when he was hired before the 2011 season. As his contract expired at the end of this dreadful Mets season, many, both in and out of the organization, expected this to be Collins’ swan song. The hope amongst fans of the team and sport, would be that the two could part amicably, with Collins forever entrenched in Mets history, as longest tenured manager, and for his two postseason berths and 2015 NL Pennant. However, with only about a week before game 162, reports came out that Collins had lost allies within the front office, and could not even keep a handle on his clubhouse anymore. The report was rife with anonymous quotes from front office sources and players. One of the players even accused Collins of making them all “miserable.” GM Sandy Alderson threatened to fire anyone who made anonymous quotes, and David Wright called his teammates “cowardly.” Cowardly indeed.
- Jaguars forget to Play D: Despite a good start to the season, and a promising looking defense, the Jaguars still have a knack for looking, just so much like the Jaguars. Sunday saw them playing against the surprisingly multi-win New York Jets. Jets RB Bilal Powell got the handoff and broke through the line before falling. Jacksonville’s defense thought he was down on contact, only oh no he was not. Powell got up and continued running, easily scoring past several shocked Jags defenders. The Jaguars ended up losing in overtime, and the Jets scored two touchdowns, both on the ground, both totaling more then 65 yards. Play until the whistle!
- The Patriots: Do not look much like the defending champs right now. Admittedly it is only the end of week four, and Brady and Belichick cannot be counted out. However, the Patriots now find themselves staring up at the Buffalo Bills in the standings, and sharing a record with the New York Jets, after Sunday’s 33-30 loss to Carolina. That is not what many bookmakers had going into this season. The big culprit thus far has been the defense, which has allowed a league worst 32 points per week. Just one year removed from pacing the league in points allowed (just 15.6 per game), the Patriots D bears little resemblance to the 2016-’17 championship defense. Just to compound this, the Pats secondary has allowed 300 yards in each of the first four games played.
- The Giants will Win. Right?: One week removed from losing a heartbreaker to division rival Philadelphia, the Giants needed a win. Beginning a season 0-3 is bad enough, but by its very nature, 0-4 is that much worse. Now the Giants know how 0-3 and 0-4 feels after another crushing loss to the Buccaneers. Sunday’s defeat came by a score of 25-23. Just one week after Eagles Rookie Jake Elliott iced the Giants on a 61 yard field goal, Nick Folk walked the game off on a 34 yard winner as time expired. It’s getting more difficult to be optimistic about these Giants, as little has gone right thus far. Perhaps a good draft pick is all that’s left to look ahead to.
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