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Familiar Cousins

Despite a reluctance to giving him a long-term contract, the Washington Redskins have grown accustomed to the strong play of QB Kirk Cousins. This year is no different as Cousins has completed over 66 percent of his passes with nine TDs against only two INTs and a QB rating of 106.4. That’s been good enough to get Washington off to… Read more »

Super Comeback

When last we left the Patriots and Falcons, New England was capping the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history by overcoming a 28-3 deficit en route to a 34-28 victory. The win marked New England’s fifth SB championship in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era while leaving Atlanta winless in two tries at the ring. The stakes aren’t nearly as big… Read more »

Push To Play

The last time USC and Notre Dame faced each other with national championship implications on the on the line, Reggie Bush famously pushed Matt Leinart into the end zone to secure a Trojans victory. It’s taken a dozen years for both teams to get back to that elite level, but there’s much at stake tonight as the Trojans (6-1) head… Read more »

Minute By Minute

The New York Yankees seem to be most comfortable when they’re facing an 0-2 deficit. They came back from such a hole to beat the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS and once again have won three straight after dropping the first two to Houston in the ALCS. Now with a chance to advance to the World Series, the Yankees head… Read more »

Dodgeball

Talk of the LA Dodgers possibly going 11-0 in the postseason came to an end last night as the Cubs took Game 4 of the NLCS, 3-2. Whether that further derails the Dodgers efforts to get back to the World Series for the first time since 1988 will begin to be answered tonight as the Dodgers and Cubs meet in… Read more »

Houston We Have A Problem

The Houston Astros looked to be in solid shape in the ALCS after taking the first two games of the series at home. A Game 3 loss to the Yankees didn’t appear to be too problematic when they carried a 4-0 lead into the seventh inning of yesterday’s Game 4.  But an Aaron Judge HR in the seventh followed by… Read more »

Golden State Of Mind

Much of the NBA off-season was spent by teams trying to beef up their lineups to compete with the defending-champion Golden State Warriors. One of the most aggressive teams was the Houston Rockets, who added All-Star Chris Paul to a lineup that already features superstar James Harden. Whether that new Rockets combination is up to the challenge of competing with… Read more »

No Luck This Time

The Indianapolis Colts had hoped that Andrew Luck could make his season debut tonight at Tennessee, where he is 5-0 in his career versus the Titans. But Luck remains sidelined following shoulder surgery, meaning the Colts will once again go with Jacoby Brissett at QB. The news isn’t all bad as Brissett has steadied the Colts (2-3) after a 46-9… Read more »

Bear Necessity

For the Chicago Bears to become competitive in the NFC, they knew they had to acquire a franchise quarterback. That was the goal when the Bears took Mitchell Trubisky out of North Carolina with the second overall pick in the 2017 draft. Trubisky showed signs of being the answer in his first NFL start last week versus the Vikings. But… Read more »

Early Yank

The playoffs started inauspiciously for Yankees ace Luis Severino when he was pulled after just 1/3 of an inning against the Twins in the AL Wild Card game. Luckily for Severino, New York rebounded to pull out the victory and gave Severino a shot at redemption in Game 4 of the ALDS, where he pitched seven solid innings in a… Read more »

Hunter Mentality

The defending-champion Clemson Tigers look to be heading back to the college football playoffs after impressive wins over Auburn, Louisville and Virginia Tech. But Dabo Swinney’s crew may be facing its first signs of adversity if QB Kelly Bryant isn’t able to go this week. Bryant, who has stepped in capably for departed QB Deshaun Watson, hurt his ankle in… Read more »

From Wentz They Came

The Philadelphia Eagles and QB Carson Wentz are off to a solid start with the Eagles (4-1) leading the NFC East and Wentz tossing 10 TDs against only 3 INTs. But Philly had a similarly strong start last year only to hit a rough 2-9 patch midseason and finish with a disappointing 7-9 record. Wentz and Philadelphia will try to… Read more »

Goal In Mind

The Washington Capitals (2-0-1) are off to another strong start to the regular season behind Alex Ovechkin’s seven goals. But if Washington needed a reminder of the real goal this year, they’ll get it tonight as the Pittsburgh Penguins come to town. Pittsburgh has ended the Caps’ season each of the last two years despite Washington’s winning the President’s Trophy. … Read more »

Hamstrung

The NLDS series between the Cubs and Nationals has been marked by a pair of aching hamstrings. Yesterday, Nats ace Max Scherzer overcame his hamstring injury to toss 6 1/3 hitless innings, but it wasn’t enough as the Cubs eventually won, 2-1, to take a 2-1 series lead. With the chance to advance to their third straight NLCS on the… Read more »

Case For Bradford

There was excitement in Minnesota on opening day when the Vikings beat the Saints, 29-19, and QB Sam Bradford looked like his vintage self. But the knock on Bradford is that he can’t stay healthy and sure enough he ended up missing the last three games with a knee injury. In his place stepped backup Case Keenum, who couldn’t keep… Read more »

Unhappy Returns

The last time the Packers and Cowboys met in Dallas, Aaron Rodgers pulled out a last-minute thriller in the playoffs that ended Dallas’ magical run behind rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Whether from the hangover of that game or the looming suspension of Elliott, the Cowboys (2-2) have not played with the same fire this year. They’ll need to… Read more »

National Deficit

The Washington Nationals got a stellar performance out of Stephen Strasburg last night, but couldn’t manage to score any runs off Kyle Hendricks in a 3-0 loss to the Cubs in the first game of the NLDS. Looking to avoid falling in an 0-2 deficit, the Nationals will turn to Gio Gonzalez (15-9, 2.96) today against the Cubs Jon Lester… Read more »

Diamond In The Rough

To win their one-game playoff over Colorado, Diamondbacks’ manager Torey Lovullo had to exhaust his pitching staff by throwing both starters Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray. That has forced Lovullo to turn to Taijuan Walker (9-9, 3.49) to start tonight’s NLDS opener against Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw (18-4, 2.31). Giving the Diamondbacks some hope is the fact that Walker has… Read more »

Pat Answer

It’s not often that the New England Patriots have their fans wondering what’s wrong. But that’s the situation after last weekend’s 33-30 home loss to Carolina that left that Pats at a pedestrian 2-2.  More problematic is the way the defense has been playing. After four games, the Pats have allowed 32 points per game and 456.8 yards per game… Read more »

Welcome Matt

The NHL regular season starts tonight with the reigning back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins taking the ice against St. Louis. For Pittsburgh, the biggest change is the absence of long-time goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who went to Las Vegas in the expansion draft. That makes Matt Murray, who split time with Fleury over the last two seasons, the clear No…. Read more »

Judge And Jury

In what looked like it could be a transition year for the New York Yankees turned into another playoff appearance as the Bombers finished just two games behind the Red Sox in the AL East and clinched a wild card spot. By far the biggest impact came from rookie Aaron Judge, who set a first-year record with 52 HRs while… Read more »

In The Hunt

The Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) have started out as one of the hottest teams in the NFL and look to be in the hunt for their first Super Bowl championship since 1970. A big part of their resurgence has been the addition of rookie running back Kareem Hunt into their offense. Hunt is setting all kinds of records in his… Read more »

Punchless In Seattle

The Seattle Seahawks rough start (1-2) has been marked by an offense that has had a tough time generating much consistency. Last week the Seahawks showed signs of snapping out of their offensive funk as Russell Wilson tossed 4 TDs against zero picks in a losing effort against Tennessee. Tonight, Wilson will try to guide Seattle to a win as… Read more »

Memory Lane

Lane Stadium will be the site of the Virginia Tech-Clemson contest tonight with the Hokies looking to erase the memory of the last time the Tigers paid a visit. On that day in 2011, Clemson easily dispatched Tech, 23-3, and marked the beginning of a dominance in the ACC that culminated in last year’s national championship. The Tigers (4-0) are… Read more »

Golden Memory

The last time the Miami Hurricanes traveled to Duke in 2015, they had just let go of coach AL Golden and proceeded to pull off one of the greatest miracle plays in college football history. Down 27-24 with six seconds left, the Hurricanes ran an eight-lateral kick off return all the way back for a game-winning TD. Tonight, the Canes… Read more »

Greener Pastures

There was a time in the Green Bay-Chicago rivalry when the Bears dominated the series. But that hasn’t been the case of late as the Packers hold a 15-4 edge over the Monsters of the Midway since Aaron Rodgers took over at QB. The run has actually allowed Green Bay to knot up the series at 94-94-6 and given the… Read more »

Rocky Status

The Colorado Rockies are hanging on by a thread to the final wild card spot in the National League. Last night’s 5-4 loss to the Marlins dropped their lead to 1 1/2 games over the Brewers entering the last week of the regular season. Tonight, Bud Black’s team will try to pick up a critical win as the Rockies continue… Read more »

National Priority

The Washington Nationals clinched the NL East with ease this season, but if the team wants to go further in the postseason it will need a healthy Bryce Harper back in its lineup. Harper, who has been out since August 12 with a bone bruise in his left knee, is likely to be reactivated today and may be in Dusty… Read more »

Cardinal Rule

The usually reliable Stanford Cardinal has struggled out of the gate this year with losses to USC (42-24) and San Diego State (20-17) in its first three games.  Tonight, Stanford will host a UCLA team that is coming off its own disappointing 48-45 loss last weekend at Memphis. David Shaw’s team has dominated this series in recent years, winning nine… Read more »

U Turn

The Utah Utes were looking to energize their offense coming into this season so they hired Troy Taylor from Eastern Washington as their new offensive coordinator. Taylor installed an up-tempo scheme and replaced incumbent QB Troy Williams with sophomore Tyler Huntley. The results have been positive so far as Huntley has thrown for 868 yards and 5 TDs while also… Read more »

Young Guns

The struggles on the Rams and 49ers in recent years led both organizations to search for new coaches in the off-season. The result led them to two of the most-sought-after young assistants in the game with Sean McVay heading to the LA and Kyle Shanahan landing in San Francisco. While the records don’t reflect it (the Rams are 1-1, the… Read more »

Indian Summer

The Cleveland Indians continue to play virtually perfect baseball. After having its 22-game winning streak snapped last week, the Indians have won three straight, including last night’s 6-3 victory over the Angels. Their series will continue tonight in Anaheim with Josh Tomlin (9-9, 5.04) taking the mound against LA’s Ricky Nolasco (6-14, 5.11). To get our pick for this game… Read more »

Playoff Chase

Every game counts for the Milwaukee Brewers and last night they took advantage of off days for two teams they’re chasing for the postseason — the Cubs and Rockies — by beating Pittsburgh, 3-0, in the series opener. Tonight, the Brew Crew will look for a similar outing from Chase Anderson (10-3, 2.88), who is 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA… Read more »

Shouldering The Blame

A year after winning the MVP and leading the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl, QB Cam Newton had a rough 2016 campaign. An injured shoulder and passer rating (75.8) over 20 points lower than the year before spelled disaster for the Panthers as they struggled to a 6-10 season. But off-season shoulder surgery looks to have Newton back in… Read more »

Draining The Swamp

The Florida Gators were forced to cancel their game last weekend after Hurricane Irma made conditions in Gainesville unplayable. But officials determined that Ben Hill Griffin Stadium — aka The Swamp — is dry and ready to go for today’s showdown with SEC East rival Tennessee. The Gators are trying to bounce back from their 33-17 loss to Michigan in… Read more »

Miner Detail

It’s been a tough start to the season for the UTEP Miners as they got walloped in their opener against Oklahoma (56-7) and then followed that up with a clunker against Rice (31-14). Sean Kugler’s offense will have to find ways to be more productive tonight as they host Pac-12 opponent Arizona. To get our pick for this game and… Read more »

Seeing Red

The career of Cincinnati’s QB Andy Dalton — aka the Red Rifle — has been marked by solid statistics, but a penchant for not playing well in big games. Unfortunately for Bengals fans, the latter was on full display in Week 1 as Dalton threw 4 picks and registered a measly 28.4 passer rating en route to an ugly 20-0… Read more »

21 Jump Street

The Cleveland Indians just keep rolling along. Last night, the Tribe got another stellar outing from ace Corey Kluber en route to a 2-0 win over the Tigers that marked their 20th straight victory. That ties the AL record set by the Oakland A’s back in 2002. Today, Terry Francona’s team has a chance to stand alone at 21 as… Read more »

Slip Sliding Away

The once high-flying LA Dodgers continue to slip and slide their way back to the pack. Last night, Dave Roberts team had to suffer through two rain delays and didn’t finish until 2:10 a.m PST, but the result wan an all-too-familiar 8-6 loss to the Giants. The defeat now puts the Dodgers’ losing streak at 11 games — the longest… Read more »

Yo, Adrian

The Saints opener in Minnesota tonight also marks a reunion between the Vikings and RB Adrian Peterson. Minnesota’s all-time leading rusher (11,747 yards) left in the off-season after the Vikes showed no interest in resigning him. He joins a Saints backfield that already includes 1,000-yard rusher Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara. For Minnesota, the departure is part of the… Read more »

Front Of The Pack

The Green Bay Packers are no strangers to the postseason, having made the playoffs in each of Aaron Rodgers’ eight years as their starting QB. This year is expected to be no different as Rodgers & Company could be even more formidable with the addition of tight end Martellus Bennett. But they should get severely tested today in their opener… Read more »

Pac Mentality

The road to the Pac-12 championship has usually led through either Stanford or USC in recent seasons and this year looks to be no different. David Shaw’s Cardinal team looked impressive in its opener as they whipped Rice in Australia, 62-7. Clay Helton’s Trojans had a little more difficult time against Western Michigan and were actually tied with the Broncos… Read more »

MAC Attack

It wasn’t a great opening weekend of college football for the MAC as the teams went a combined 4-8 and included blowout losses for Akron (52-0 vs Penn State) and Kent State (56-3 vs Clemson). One of the few teams to come away with a victory was Ohio, albeit against an FCS competitor (59-0 over Hampton). The Bobcats will face… Read more »

New England, Same Story

A new NFL season kicks off tonight, but the story line by the end is expected to be very much the same with the New England Patriots vying for their sixth Super Bowl championship. Confidence is high with the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady tandem back at the helm, but they’ll have to overcome some major losses from last year’s team, including… Read more »

Prized Pupil

Justin Verlander compared his debut with the Houston Astros last night to a student’s first day at school. If that’s how it looked, then give Verlander an A. The former Tiger ace handcuffed the Mariners over six innings, allowing only 1 run in a 3-1 victory that had Houston looking more like its dominant self from the first half of… Read more »

Dirty Dozen

It wasn’t pretty yesterday for LA Angels’ pitchers (9 runs on 16 hits), but manager Mike Scioscia used 12 of them to finally subdue the Oakland A’s, 11-9, in 11 innings. The victory moved the Angels to within just a 1/2 game of the Twins for the second slot in the AL wild card race with LA continuing its series… Read more »

Laboring Through

The first week of the college football season has seen its fair share of wild games, from Ohio State’s second-half beat down of Indiana on Thursday to last night’s wild 34-point comeback by UCLA over Texas A&M. The opening week caps off tonight with a Labor Day special between Georgia Tech and Tennessee in Atlanta. To get our pick for… Read more »

Tech Support

The Virginia Tech Hokies got a monster year out of QB Jerod Evans last season en route to a 10-4 campaign in Justin Fuente’s first year as head coach. But Evans decided to jump to the NFL in the off-season, leaving Fuente with a huge void under center. He’s hoping that redshirt freshman Josh Jackson will solve the problem and… Read more »

Opening Salvo

The college football schedule didn’t waste any time in giving us a championship-caliber matchup in Week 1 with Florida State and Alabama meeting tonight in the Chick-fil-A Classic. Besides pitting a pair of teams that have legitimate championship aspirations, the contest also gives FSU’s Jimbo Fisher a chance to do what no other former Nick Saban assistant has been able… Read more »

Heaven Sent

The LA Angels showed they were all-in to make a run for a playoff spot by acquiring veterans Brandon Phillips from the Braves and Justin Upton from the Tigers over the past two days. The acquisitions fill huge voids at second base and left field, and give reigning AL MVP Mike Trout some additional offensive support in the lineup. LA,… Read more »