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The NFL season got underway last Thursday with the Broncos edging the Panthers, 21-20, in a rematch of Super Bowl 50. The week came to an end on Monday with the Los Angeles Rams taking the field for the first time in 22 years, only to be blanked by the San Francisco 49ers. The Rams' long awaited home opener is this Sunday against the Seahawks. As for the Packers, we survived a close game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, winning 27-23 and clinching the win on a defensive stop late in the game. Our next opponents are the Vikings, also on the road.
The Patriots played their first Brady-less game of the season, edging the Cardinals after a potential game-winning FG was unsuccessful. Their next opponents are the Miami Dolphins, who were defeated by Seattle.
Week 2 Predictions
N.Y. Jets @ Buffalo (Thu.)
Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh
Tennessee @ Detroit
Baltimore @ Cleveland
Dallas @ Washington
New Orleans @ N.Y. Giants
San Francisco @ Carolina
Miami @ New England
Kansas City @ Houston
Seattle @ Los Angeles
Tampa Bay @ Arizona
Jacksonville @ San Diego
Atlanta @ Oakland
Indianapolis @ Denver
Green Bay @ Minnesota
Philadelphia @ Chicago (Mon.)
Off to a good start; went 10-6 in Week 1!
Number One's Upset of the Week: The nod for the opening week goes to the Oakland Raiders, for their gutsy 35-34 road victory over the New Orleans Saints. The Raiders got the TD they needed, but decided to go all in and go for two instead of kicking a PAT that would tie it. They say that when you're on the road, you should go for the win, and that's exactly what happened. Their all in gamble worked out, and the Raiders left New Orleans victorious.
Meahwhile in Canada, the second edition of the Battle of Alberta ended with the Calgary Stampeders surviving in overtime against the Edmonton Eskimos. The Stampeders have the league's best record at 9-1-1, with their only loss coming in the first game of the season. The Toronto Argonauts received a much needed victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, avoiding a season series sweep. The Argos and Tiger-Cats are tied at 5-6, narrowly behind the 5-4-1 Ottawa Redblacks.
Week 13 begins tomorrow in Hamilton, as the Tiger-Cats will host the Montréal Alouettes. The Argos will head to Winnipeg on Saturday to face off against the red hot Blue Bombers, who have won six straight. The Redblacks will be back in action later that day against the Stampeders in their second meeting of the season; their first ended in a 26-26 tie. On Sunday, the Edmonton Eskimos will face off against the 1-10 Saskatchewan Roughriders.
With two and a half weeks left in the MLB season, the playoff race in the American League is crowded! In the East, only the Rays are out of it. Regarding the Wild Cards, five teams are separated by two games for those spots. It's going to be a fun home stretch, especially for the Yankees, who have nothing but divisional opponents remaining in our schedule. Tonight begins a four-game set at Fenway. The Yankees are four games behind Boston for the division. The plot thickens.
My four-part series about the history of MLB's playoff format continues tomorrow. This week's post will be about the birth of Divisional Play and the League Championship Series, and the era that lasted from 1969-1993.
The #1 Burning Question of the Week: Who will win the AL East?