Tuesday’s Den: Nobody asked me, but……..

13) Washington 17, Seattle 15:
— Seahawks scored TD with 0:15 left, but 2-point play failed.
— DK Metcalf caught only one pass for 13 yards.
— Seattle is 3-1 if it scores 28+ points, 0-7 if it doesn’t.
— Six of Seahawks’ last seven games stayed under the total.

— Washington is 3-0 since its bye, scoring 24.3 ppg. 
— Washington is 8-4-1 in last 13 games with spread of 3 or less.
— Washington is 13-7 ATS last 20 games coming off a win.
— Five of last six Washington games stayed under the total.

12) Max Scherzer signed a 3-year, $130M deal with the Mets Monday, as billionaire owner Steve Cohen opens his wallet to improve his ballclub. Mets have spent $258M or so on free agents in the last four days.
11) Texas Rangers are also spending a lot of money; they gave 2B Marcus Semien $175M Sunday, then gave SS Corey Seager a 10-year, $325M deal Monday.

Part of reason playing in Texas appeals to free agents is the tax status there; Rangers play 81 home games, nine in Houston, nine in Seattle and three in Tampa, all states with zero tax status for athletes. That’s 102 games, nearly two-thirds with zero tax status. It matters.

10) If I’m a free agent pitcher, I’d want to know if the universal DH is going to be a thing, before I picked my next employer. Hopefully the universal DH will become official this winter.

Seattle Mariners signed P Robbie Ray to a 5-year, $115M deal Monday.

9) Oklahoma Sooners had a rough few days:
— Football coach Lincoln Riley jumped to USC
— Backup QB Spencer Rattler entered the transfer portal
— A hotshot high school QB who committed to Oklahoma de-commited. Wonder where he is going to wind up (USC?)

8) Minnesota 100, Indiana 98– Domantas Sabonis had 16 points, 25 rebounds, 10 assists for the Pacers; he is the first NBA player with 25 rebounds and 10 assists in a game since Maurice Lucas in 1980.

7) When Michigan plays Iowa this weekend in the Big 14 title game, it’ll be the first time the Wolverines have played in the championship game. Was surprised when I heard that. Hell, Northwestern’s even played in two of them.

Big 14 started playing a league championship game in 2011.

6) Random stat: over the last three football seasons, Big 14 teams are 17-4 ATS when playing teams from the MAC. There were no meetings in 2020 because of COVID, so that is 17-4 over two seasons.

5) Drew Brees is keeping busy since he retired from the NFL; he works for NBC, has an endorsement deal with Lowe’s, has stock in an online betting company, and now has a deal where he reads Bible verses on pray.com

Interesting contrast; not lot of people get paid for reading the Bible while also endorsing sports betting.

4) One of the funnier parts of NFL games is when an official throws a flag for pass interference, then one or two other refs throw a flag too, selling the call to make it look like an obvious foul.

3) Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy tested positive for COVID, will miss Thursday night’s game in New Orleans.

2) Florida Gators hired U of Louisiana coach Billy Napier to be its next football coach; Napier is 39-12 coaching the Ragin’ Cajuns- he will coach them in the Sun Belt title game this week, then is off to Gainesville.

1) LSU hired football coach Brian Kelly away from Notre Dame; Kelly was 113-40 in South Bend— he won more games there than Knute Rockne. Notre Dame made the national playoff two of last three years- they’re 11-1 this year, ranked 6th in country. 

Monday’s Den: Wrapping up an NFL Sunday

New England 36, Tennessee 13:
— Tennessee ran ball for 270 yards, but was minus-4 in turnovers.
— Titans averaged only 3.7 yards/pass attempt.
— Patriots had 10 drives; three TD’s, tried six field goals
— New England had TD drives of 37-56-21 yards.
— Patriots had 17-yard edge in field position. 

— New England won seven of last eight games, scoring 33.1 ppg.
— Patriots scored 135 points in winning last three home games.
— Since 2015, New England is 30-14-3 ATS as home favorites.
— Patriots are +16 in turnovers in their wins, minus-6 in losses.
— New England has 22 takeaways in last eight games (+15)

NJ Jets 21, Houston 14:
— Jets outscored Houston 10-0 in second half.
— Jets ran ball for 157 yards, outgained Texans 266-202.
— Six of last eight Jet games went over the total. 
— Jets have been outscored 68-24 in first quarter, 189-65 in first half.

— Texans in second half: 21 plays, 45 yards, 3 first downs.
— Houston is 2-8 ATS last ten games as home favorites.
— Under is 7-2 in Texans’ last nine games.
— Underdogs are 4-0-1 ATS in last five series games.

NY Giants 13, Philadelphia 7:
— Eagles turned ball over four times on 10 drives (minus-4)
— Philly averaged only 3.9 yards/pass attempt.
— Philly ran ball for 215.2 ypg last five games (98.6 ypg previous five)
— Eagles are 9-14 ATS last 23 games as a road favorite.

— Giants won their last three home games.
— Eagles outgained Giants 332-264.
— Giants are 11-6 ATS last 17 games coming off a loss.
— Last five Giant games stayed under the total.

Tampa Bay 38, Indianapolis 31:
— Fournette had 131 total yards, four TD’s.
— Tampa Bay ran ball for 142 yards (5.3 yards/carry).
— Bucs have 42 TD’s on 117 drives this season.
— Last ten games, Tampa Bay is +11 in turnovers.

— Indianapolis led 24-14 at halftime.
— Bucs in 2nd half: 30 plays, 222 yards, 24 points.
— Colts turned ball over three times in five 2nd half drives.
— Six of their last eight games went over the total.

Atlanta 21, Jacksonville 14:
— Atlanta was perfect in red zone (21 points/3 drives)
— Atlanta is 4-2 ATS TY in games with spread of 3 or less points.
— Falcons led seven of last nine games at halftime.
— Atlanta has been outscored 176-89 in second half.  

— Jacksonville converted 9-16 on 3rd down, outgained Atlanta 357-332.
— Jaguars are 7-14 ATS in last 21 home games.
— Last five games, Jacksonville was outscored 77-21 in first half.
— Jaguars lost 24 of their last 26 games.

Miami 33, Carolina 10:
— Newton was 5-21 passing, with two INT’s; not good.
— Carolina lost seven of last nine games after a 3-0 start.
— Carolina is 0-6 if it allows more than 14 points.
— Last nine games, Panthers were outscored 128-63 in second half.

— Dolphins won last four games, giving up 11.5 ppg.
— Miami gave up four TD’s on opponents’ last 47 drives.
— Dolphins allowed 17 or less points in their wins.
— Dolphins are 0-7 when they give up more than 17 points.
— Miami is 22-12-3 ATS in last 36 home games.  

Cincinnati 41, Pittsburgh 10:
— Steelers are 0-2-1 in last three games, giving up 41-41 points in last two.
— Bengals took opening kickoff, drove 75 yards for quick 7-0 lead.
— Bengals led 31-3 at halftime after a pick-6 with 0:23 left in half.
— Pittsburgh is 4-8 ATS in last 12 games on artificial turf.

— Cincy’s first four drives: 34 plays, 226 yards, 24 points.
— Mixon ran ball for 165 yards, two TD’s.
— Cincinnati scored 31+ points in five of last six games.
— Bengals are 7-1 scoring 24+ points, 0-3 otherwise.
— Cincinnati won three of last four series games. 

Denver 28, LA Chargers 13:
— Chargers lost four of last six games, after a 4-1 start.  
— LA’s first four drives: 21 plays, 64 yards, 3 first downs, no points.
— Bolts are 6-10-1 ATS in last 17 games coming off a win.
— Last five games, Chargers lost field position by 8+ yards four times.

— Denver is 25-7 ATS in their last 32 post-bye games
— Surtain broke game open with third quarter pick-6.
— Nine of 11 Denver games stayed under the total.
— Denver gave up 16 or less points in its wins, 26.6 ppg in losses.

San Francisco 34, Minnesota 26:
— Over is 5-0 in Vikings road games this year.
— Nwangwu ran a kickoff back 99 yards for a Viking TD.
— Minnesota has been outscored 91-22 in last 2:00 of each half.
— Minnesota has led by 7+ points in every game this year.

— 49ers won four of their last five games.
— San Francisco outgained Vikings 423-323.
— Last three games, 49ers ran ball for 156-171-208 yards.
— Niners had 10-yard advantage in field position. 

Green Bay 36, LA Rams 28
— Rams were 0-3 in November, giving up 28-31-36 points.
— Stafford threw a pick-6 all three of those games.
— Last three games, Rams are minus-5 in turnovers.
— Last seven games, LA converted only 28-83 on 3rd down. 

— Packers won/covered all five home games TY.
— Green Bay started three drives inside Rams’ 30-yard line.
— Pack is 11-5-2 ATS last 18 games with spread of 3 or less points.
— Last three years, Green Bay is 9-0 ATS coming off a loss.

Baltimore 16, Cleveland 10:
— Browns scored 17 or fewer points in six of last seven games. 
— Cleveland ran ball 17 times for only 40 yards.
— Last four games, Cleveland converted 16-56 third down plays.
— Browns are 2-6 ATS in last eight AFC North road games.

— Jackson threw INT’s on 3 straight drives in 2nd quarter.
— NFL teams had lost 52 games in row when throwing 4+ INTs.
— Baltimore’s last three wins were by 3-3-6 points.
— Ravens won 23 of last 27 series games.

— USC hired 38-year old Lincoln Riley as its new football coach; Riley went 55-10 in his time coaching the Sooners. Unclear if Oklahoma’s bolting to the tougher SEC was a factor in Riley’s decision to jump ship.

Baseball signings:
— Toronto signed P Kevin Gausman to a 5-year, $110M deal.
— Texas signed SS Marcus Semien to a 7-year, $175M deal.
— Rangers also signed P Jon Gray for four years, $56M
— Marlins gave P Sandy Alcantara a 5-year, $65M extension.
— Minnesota gave OF Byron Buxton a 7-year, $100M deal. 

Monday’s Den: Wrapping up an NFL Sunday

Minnesota 34, Green Bay 31:
— Green Bay’s first 4 drives: 26 plays, 120 yards, 3 points.
— Green Bay’s last 4 drives: 29 plays, 318 yards, 28 points.
— Packers tied game with 75-yard TD pass with 2:08 left.
— In Rodgers’ last four starts, Green Bay converted 26-51 on third down.

— Vikings drove 64 yards in 2:06, kicked GW FG with 0:00 left.
— Minnesota was 9-13 on third down, Packers 7-11.
— Nine of Vikings’ ten games were decided by 7 or fewer points.
— Underdogs covered five of last six series games.

Indianapolis 41, Buffalo 15:
— Colts won/covered six of last eight games, after an 0-3 start.
— Taylor ran ball 32 times for 185 yards, four TD’s.
— Colts were plus-4 in turnovers (4-0).
— Indy is 11-7-1 ATS last 19 games as a road underdog.
— Last seven weeks, Colts outscored opponents 129-61 in first half.

— Colts in first half: 4 series- 32 plays, 182 yards, 24 points.
— Indy ran ball for 264 yards, threw for only 106.
— Six of their last eight games went over the total.
— Bills are 2-3 in last five games, after a 4-1 start.

Houston 22, Tennessee 13:
— Texans end their 8-game losing streak.
— Houston won despite being outgained, 420-190.
— Texans had 13-yard edge in field position.
— Under is 6-2 in Texans’ last seven games.

— Tennessee had its 6-game winning streak end.
— When you’re minus-5 in turnovers, you always lose.
— Tannehill threw INTs on three of last four possessions.
— Last four years, Tennessee is 8-11 ATS as home favorites.

Cleveland 13, Detroit 10:
— Detroit is winless, but is 6-4 vs spread. 
— Lions threw for exactly 77 yards two games in a row.
— Last seven games, Lions were outscored 104-32 in first half.
— Seven of last eight Detroit games stayed under the total.

— Browns outgained Detroit, 349-245
— Browns are 5-8 ATS last 13 games as home favorite.
— Cleveland outscored foes 48-15 in last 2:00 of each half.
— Browns scored 17 or fewer points in five of last six games.

San Francisco 30, Jacksonville 10:
— First five drives: 52 plays, 324 yards, 27 points.
— 49ers outgained Jacksonville, 333-200.
— Four of their five wins have come on the road.
— Last two years, 49ers are 5-2 ATS as road favorites.

— Jaguars lost 23 of their last 25 games. 
— Last three years, Jaguars are 6-11 ATS as home underdogs.
— Nine of their last ten games stayed under the total.
— Jacksonville already has six losses by 10+ points.

Miami 24, NJ Jets 17:
— Dolphins scored  TD on first drive of each half.
— Miami won its last three games, giving up 12 ppg.
— Last four Dolphin games stayed under the total.
— Miami has given up 60 plays of 20+ yards, has only 38 themselves.

— Jets lost seven of last eight games; last five games, they used four QB’s.
— Last four years, Jets are 2-10 ATS in AFC East home games.
— Jets lost nine of last 11 games against Miami.
— Last four years, Jets are 13-26 ATS coming off a loss.

Washington 27, Carolina 21:
— Washington kicked two FG’s in last 4:13 for winning margin.
— Washington had an 11-yard edge in field position.
— Washington was 6-13 on third down, Carolina 2-9.
— Washington ran ball for 190 yards, outgained Panthers 369-297.

— Carolina lost six of last eight games after a 3-0 start.
— Carolina is 0-6 if it allows more than 14 points.
— Newton threw for 180 yards, ran for 46 more in first ’21 start.
— Panthers are 4-8 ATS last 12 games as home favorites.

Baltimore 16, Chicago 13:
— Backup QB Huntley drove Ravens 72 yards in 1:19, scored winning TD with 0:22 left.
— On first 10 drives, Ravens managed only three Tucker FG’s.
— Ravens converted 7-15 on third down, Chicago 2-11
— Last five games, opponents are 20-76 on third down

— Five drives with Fields at QB: 29 plays, 152 yards, no points.
— Five drives with Dalton at QB: 24 plays, 186 yards, 13 points.
— Bears outgained Baltimore, 353-299.
— Chicago lost last five games, last two by total of five points. 

Philadelphia 40, New Orleans 29:
— Saints lost last three games, after a 5-2 start.
— Last three weeks, New Orleans was outscored 50-13 in first half.
— New Orleans has 30 plays of 20+ yards, their opponents have 44.
— Down 34-7 after three quarters, Saints scored 22 points in garbage time.

— Eagles converted 12-21 third down plays.
— Last four games, Philly ran ball for 217 ypg (98.6 ypg previous five games)
— Four of last five Philly games went over the total.
— Eagles won three of last four games to even record at 5-5. 

Cincinnati 32, Las Vegas 13:
— Bengals in 2nd half: 5 drives- 37 plays, 187 yards, 22 points.
— Cincinnati scored 31+ points in four of last five games.
— Bengals are 5-1 scoring 24+ points, 0-3 otherwise.
— Cincy was 8-16 on third down, Raiders were 1-7

— Raiders lost last three games, outscored 59-17 in second half. 
— Raiders converted only 13 of last 48 third down plays.
— Las Vegas is 12-17-1 ATS in last 30 games with spread of 3 or less.
— Since moving to Las Vegas, Raiders are 5-9 SU at home (6-8 ATS)

Arizona 23, Seattle 13:
— Cardinals had TD drives of 82-92 yards on two of first three drives.
— Arizona outgained Seahawks, 413-266.
— Arizona has 48 plays of 20+ yards; their opponents have 26.
— Cardinals are 8-3 ATS this season.

— Last two games with Wilson back at QB, Seattle has one TD on 18 drives.
— In those two losses, Seattle was outgained, 806-474.
— Seahawks lost seven of their last nine games overall.
— Cardinals are 7-2 ATS in last nine visits to Seattle.

Kansas City 19, Dallas 9:
— Dallas went 3/out on six of 12 drives.
— Cowboys averaged only 4.0 yards/pass attempt.
— Last four Dallas games stayed under the total.
— Dallas is 5-10 ATS last 15 games with spread of 3 or less points.

— First three drives: 21 plays, 154 yards, 16 points.
— Chiefs allowed only 11.8 ppg in last four games.
— Kansas City is 5-0 if it allows 17 or less points, 2-4 if they allow more.
— Five of Chiefs’ last six games stayed under the total.
— Kansas City is 16-6-1 ATS in last 23 games with spread of 3 or less.

LA Chargers 41, Pittsburgh 37:
— Steelers scored 27 points in 4th quarter, still came up short.
— Pittsburgh had TD drives of 3-11 yards; they blocked a punt.
— Chargers outgained the Steelers, 533-300.
— Last five years, Steelers are 13-4 ATS as road underdogs.

— Herbert hit Mike Williams for 53-yard TD with 2:09 left.
— Chargers’ first five drives: 49 plays, 355 yards, 27 points.
— Chargers averaged 8.7 yards/pass attempt.
— Last four years, LA is 5-17-1 ATS as home favorites.
— Eight of their ten games were decided by 7 or fewer points.

Monday’s Den: Wrapping up an NFL Sunday

Detroit 16, Pittsburgh 16:
— Detroit is winless, has gone WLWLWLWW vs spread. 
— Lions ran ball for 229 yards, threw for only 77.
— Detroit converted 4-18 third down plays.
— Lions missed 48-yard FG in overtime.

— Rudolph was 30-50/242 passing, starting on short notice.
— Steelers were minus-3 in turnovers, didn’t lose.
— Pittsburgh’s only TD came on their first drive of game.
— Last five games, Steelers gave up 18.4 ppg.
— Underdogs are 6-0 ATS in Pittsburgh home games this year. 

Washington 29, Tampa Bay 19:
— Tampa Bay lost last two games, giving up 36-29 points.
— Brady threw INT’s on two of first three drives.
— Buccaneers’ two TD drives were 43-47 yards.
— Underdogs are 7-0-1 ATS in last eight meetings with Washington.

— Washington converted 11-19 on third down, 2-2 on 4th down.
— Washington in 1st half: four drives- a TD, three field goals.
— Heinicke threw for 256 yards and a TD.
— Last four Washington games stayed under the total.

Tennessee 23, New Orleans 21:
— Saints scored TD with 1:16 left, failed on 2-point play to tie game.
— Saints’ kicker missed PAT on other two TD’s.
— Underdogs are 8-1 ATS in New Orleans games this season.
— Last three years, Saints are 8-1-1 ATS coming off a loss.

— Tennessee won eight of last nine games (7-2 ATS)
— Titans’ two TD drives were 56-19 yards.
— Saints outgained Tennessee, 373-264.
— Last four games, Titans ran for only 82.8 yards/game. 
— First six weeks, Titans ran for 165 yards/game.

Indianapolis 23, Jacksonville 17:
— Jaguars gave up blocked punt for TD on their first series.
— Jacksonville is minus-10 in turnovers (4-14)
— Jaguars are 4-1-2 ATS in last seven visits to Indy.
— Jaguars ran ball for 179 yards, averaged 4.0 yards/pass.

— Indy’s first two series: 18 plays, 116 yards, 10 points.
— Colts rest of game: 44 plays, 167 yards, 6 points.
— Colts have 20 takeaways in last nine games (+11)
— Last seven weeks, Colts outscored opponents 105-54 in first half.
— Last five years, Indy is 7-12-2 ATS in AFC South home games.

New England 45, Cleveland 7:
— Cleveland had 84-yard TD drive first time it had ball.
— Rest of game, Browns ran 46 plays for 162 yards, no points..
— Browns scored 17 or fewer points in four of last five games.
— Cleveland is 8-13 ATS in last 21 road games.
— Over is 4-1 in Browns’ five road games.

— Patriots were 7-9 on third down, Cleveland 1-11.
— New England had ball eight times, scored six TD’s.
— You’re reading armadillosports.com
— New England won five of last six games, scoring 34 ppg.
— Since 2013, Patriots are 44-23-3 ATS at home.

Dallas 43, Atlanta 3:
— Falcons threw INTs on three straight drives in 2nd half.
— Falcons converted 1-11 on third down, had only 11 first downs.
— Atlanta has been outscored 153-82 in second half. 
— Atlanta is 12-17 ATS in last 29 games coming off a win.

— Cowboys blocked punt for TD; they led 36-3 at halftime.
— In first half, Cowboys had four TD’s on five drives.
— Dallas outgained the Falcons, 431-214.
— Dallas covered eight of nine games this season.

Buffalo 45, NJ Jets 17:
— Buffalo averaged 11.7 yards/pass attempt.
— Bills scored TD on first three drives of second half.
— Last seven games, Bills are +14 in turnovers.
— Over is 8-3-2 in Bills’ last 13 road games.

— Jets gave up 54-31-45-45 points in last four games.
— Last six Jet games went over the total.
— Last four years, Jets are 13-25 ATS coming off a loss.
— Jets have been outscored 61-14 in first quarter, 168-47 in first half.

Minnesota 27, LA Chargers 20:
— Vikings drove 66-68 yards for second half TD’s to win game.
— Minnesota had 10-yard edge in field position.
— Eight of Vikings’ nine games were decided by 7 or fewer points.
— Five of Vikings’ last seven games stayed under the total.
— Last eight years, Vikings are 21-10 ATS vs AFC opponents.

— Chargers lost three of last four games, after a 4-1 start.  
— Chargers ran 55 plays for 253 yards, Vikings 72 for 381 yards.
— Herbert averaged only 4.8 yards/pass attempt.
— Last four years, LA is 5-16-1 ATS as home favorites.
— Chargers are 6-9-1 ATS last 16 games coming off a win.

Carolina 34, Arizona 10:
— Panthers had TD drives of 15-41 yards, in first 6:21 of game.
— Panthers had an 11-yard edge in field position.
— Six drives in first half, Carolina scored two TD’s, kicked three FG’s.
— Carolina allowed 14 or fewer points in all five of its wins.

— Backup QB’s McCpy/Steveler struggled with starter Murray (ankle) out.
— Carolina outgained the Cardinals 341-169.
— Arizona converted 4-13 on third down, Carolina 7-15.
— Last seven years, Arizona is 11-21 ATS as a home favorite.

Green Bay 17, Seattle 0:
— Seahawks get shut out for first time in ten years.
— Seattle gained only 208 yards, averaged 3.1 yards/pass attempt.
— Seahawks lost six of their last eight games overall.
— Four of Seahawks’ last five games stayed under total.

— Packers didn’t score TD until 10:37 mark of 4th quarter.
— Green Bay won eight of last nine games (8-0-1 ATS)
— Last three years, Green Bay is 14-6 ATS as a home favorite (4-0 in ‘21).
— Last seven Packer games stayed under the total.

Philadelphia 30, Denver 13:
— DB Slay ran fumble back 83 yards for TD when Eagles led 20-13. 
— Philly in first half; five drives- 43 plays, 270 yards, 2 TD’s, 2 FG’s.
— Last four weeks, Philly converted 25-48 on third down.
— Philly 236-176-214 YR last three games (98.6 ypg previous five games)

— Broncos were 1-11 on third down, Eagles 6-13.
— Denver’s last four drives: 19 plays, 105 yards, 4 first downs, no points.
— Eight of ten Denver games stayed under the total.
— Denver gave up 16 or less points in its wins, 26.2 ppg in losses.

Kansas City 41, Las Vegas 14:
— Chiefs scored on 7 of 9 drives, missed FG on an 8th drive.
— Mahomes threw for 406 yards, five TD’s.
— Williams, Kelce both had 100+ receiving yards.
— Chiefs outgained Raiders, 516-299
— Chiefs are 15-4 ATS last 19 AFC West road games.

— Last two games, Raiders were outscored 37-10 in second half.
— Kansas City was 9-15 on third down; Las Vegas 1-9.
— Kansas City won 14 of last 17 meetings in this rivalry.
— Chiefs scored 30+ points in seven of last eight meetings.
— Raiders converted 12 of last 41 third down plays.

Minnesota 87, Princeton 80, 2OT:
— Gophers win the first-ever Asheville Classic.
— Minnesota survived 15-29 shooting on foul line.
— Gophers had 10 players transfer LY; they’re got a whole new team. 

Saturday’s Den: Happy Felix Unger Day!!!

13) “On November 13, Felix Unger was asked to leave his place of residence. That request came from his wife……..”

When I was a kid, The Odd Couple was one of my favorite TV shows; that is how the show started every week, with Tony Randall’s character Felix sadly leaving his home, and showing up at the door of his friend, sportswriter Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman), needing a place to live.

It was a great TV show, very funny. If you find The Odd Couple on TV somewhere, it is well worth your time.

Today is November 13; happy Felix Unger Day!!! 

12) West Virginia 74, Pitt 59:
— 902nd career win for Bob Huggins, tying Bob Knight for 5th on all-time list.
— How is Huggins not in the college basketball Hall of Fame?
— 24 NCAA tournaments, two Final Fours, four Elite 8’s, nine Sweet 16’s. All in all, 33-24 in NCAA Tournament games. He is a Hall of Famer, for sure.

11) Furman 80, Louisville 72 (OT):
— Furman (+9) made 12-28 on arc, Louisville 7-29.
— Paladins start four seniors; this is a great win for them.
— Louisville coach Mack is suspended for first few games, for off-court stuff.

10) Oakland (+16.5) 56, Oklahoma State 55
— Oakland lost by 27 to West Virginia Tuesday.
— Oakland played 8 guys, including five freshmen, one senior.
— Oklahoma State was only 6-12 on foul line.

9) North Carolina 94, Brown 87— Is this a red flag for the Tar Heels? Brown hadn’t played a Division I game in over 600 days; Brown was up six points with 12:04 left. Brown shot 55.6% inside arc, scored 1.23 points/possession. 

8) UCLA 86, Villanova 77, OT
— Villanova’s 7th man played only 7:00- they’re not deep.
— Villanova led by 10 with 9:24 left.
— Wildcats lost despite making 11-24 on the arc.

— UCLA outrebounded Villanova 46-32.
— Bruins shot 52.5% inside arc; Villanova, 38.6%.
— High-level game for November 12.

7) When Cal-Riverside upset Arizona State Thursday night, they also banked an $85,000 check from the Sun Devils, what they call “a guarantee game”. If you’re paying a team $85,000 to show up and play, they’re not supposed to beat you.

6) NC-Greensboro 70, Northern Kentucky 69 OT
— UNCG led by 10 points at halftime.
— UNCG trailed by 7 with 7:54 left.
— Northern Kentucky was 10-33 on arc, 13-32 inside arc.

5) Eastern Michigan 103, Illinois State 98, 2OT:
— Illinois State led by 16 late in first half.
— EMU was 32-43 on foul line, ISU 23-28.
— Illinois State turned ball over 22 times (-7).

4) Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur tested positive for COVID, won’t be calling plays Sunday, when Denver hosts the Eagles. Former Alabama coach Mike Shula is expected to be the Broncos’ play caller.

3) Brent Strom quit as pitching coach of the Astros couple weeks ago, signed on with the Diamondbacks Friday; lot of people thought Strom was retiring. Back in the 60’s, Strom was the second person to have Tommy John Surgery on his elbow- he pitched five years in the majors, for three different teams.

2) Lefty hurler Andrew Heaney signed a one-year, $8.5M deal with the Dodgers. Heaney was 8-9, 5.83 in 23 starts this past year, but the Dodgers signed him up.

1) Cincinnati 45, South Florida 28— Bearcats are now 0-4 ATS in last four games; unsure if it matters to pollsters, but it can’t help much. Cincinnati led 31-7 early in second half- they outgained USF 506-346, but turned ball over three times. USF had four turnovers.

Boise State 23, Wyoming 13— Cowboys (+13.5) scored on a 74-yard TD pass with 0:04 left- they got the backdoor cover, giving Boise backers a horrific bad beat. 


Wednesday’s Den: Wrapping up the first night of college basketball

Unusually busy Tuesday night; 183 college basketball games, 304 of the 358 D-I teams in action all over the country. NBA, NHL, three MAC football games. Remote got a workout tonight.

13) UC San Diego (+16.5) 80, California 67:
— Tritons are in their second year of D-I basketball.
— Cal led by 11 in first half, but went 5-18 on arc, 14-24 on foul line.
— Mark Fox went 10-28 in Pac-12 his first two years at Cal; this isn’t good. 

12) Kansas 87, Michigan State 74:
— Agbaji scored 29 points, going 3-6 on arc, 8-8 on line.
— Usually better to play Izzo teams early in season; his teams start to gel after New Year’s.

11) Duke 79, Kentucky 71:
— Duke won despite going 1-13 on arc.
— Duke shot 30-48 (62.5%) inside arc.
— Kentucky big man Tshiebwe had 17 points, 19 rebounds.
— Rest of Wildcats shot 33% from floor.

10) Houston (-19) 83, Hofstra 75 OT
— Hofstra led by 13 points in second half.
— Houston was 15-25 on line, Hofstra 5-5.
— Hofstra was 12-42 on arc, 17-31 inside arc.

9) Western Illinois (+17) 75, Nebraska 74:
— Nebraska went 2-6 on foul line in final 0:55.
— Leathernecks outrebounded Nebraska, 57-37.
— Cornhuskers went 14-45 last two years; this isn’t good.

8) Navy (+15.5) 66, Virginia 58:
— Middies made 11-21 three-point shots.
— Navy outrebounded Virginia 35-30.

7) Northern Illinois (+19.5) 71, Washington 64:
— Huskies made 12-23 shots on the arc.
— Washington shot 26.7% from the floor.
— Washington was 20-38 last two years, now this……

6) Sacred Heart 86, LaSalle 81 OT:
— LaSalle hasn’t has winning season in A-14 since 2013.
— Sacred Heart out rebounded LaSalle 50-41.
— Atlantic 14 teams aren’t supposed to lose to NEC teams.

5) Citadel (+10.5) 78, Pittsburgh 63:
— Citadel had lost 46 in a row to ACC teams.
— Jason Roche was 8-14 from floor, all behind the arc.
— Pitt’s roster has been depleted by injuries/off-court stuff.

4) Miami OH (+10) 72, Georgia Tech 69:
— Miami outscored Tech 9-0 over final 2:29.
— RedHawks shot 57.6% inside arc, only 6-31 on arc.
— MAC teams stepped up pretty well Tuesday.

3) Ohio State (-16.5) 67, Akron 66
— Akron took lead on a 4-point play with 0:06 left.
— Buckeyes hit a short jumper in lane with 0:01 left for win.
— Ohio State led by 14 late in first half. 

2) Indiana (-24.5) 68, Eastern Michigan 62:
— Mike Woodson wins his debut coaching his alma mater.
— Indiana led this game 40-19 early in 2nd half.
— EMU cut lead to 58-57 with 2:47 left; gutty effort.

1) All in all, an interesting day/night; 3pm games at Manhattan, Washington State got things underway. There is so much to sort out as teams start to play games with fans in stands, as we get a little closer to normal.

Did you know that neither Manhattan or Manhattanville are in Manhattan? 

Eastern Michigan has 11 new players this year; they hung in pretty well at Indiana; who are the coaches who are best at putting together a roster quickly? Times have changed; not too many teams have a lot of continuity. 

Monday’s Den: Wrapping up an NFL Sunday……

Denver 30, Dallas 16:
— Denver led this game 30-0 with 5:00 left; go figure.
— Broncos ran ball for 190 yards, outgained Dallas 407-290.
— Denver was 8-15 on third down, Cowboys 5-13.
— Denver gave up 16 or less points in its wins, 25.3 ppg in losses.

— First eight Dallas drives: 37 plays, 130 yards, 5 first downs, 0 points.
— Cowboys were stopped on downs on their first two drives.
— Last 4 games, Cowboys are minus-4 in turnovers; they were +7 in first four.
— Broncos won their last four visits to Dallas.

Cleveland 41, Cincinnati 16:
— Browns opened scoring with a 99-yard pick-6.
— Cleveland also had a 17-yard edge in field position.
— Mayfield averaged 9.0 yards/pass attempt.
— Browns had scored 14-17-10 points in previous three games.

— Bengals allowed 34-41 points in last two games.
— Cleveland averaged 7.8 yards/play.
— Last five years, Bengals are 5-10 ATS as a home favorite.
— Browns won six of last seven series games.

Baltimore 34, Minnesota 31, OT
— Vikings are 1-4 in games decided by 4 or fewer points.
— Minnesota started game with TD drives of 79-94 yards.
— Otherwise, Vikings ran 36 plays for 121 yards, 10 points.
— Vikings ran back opening kick of 2nd half 98 yards for TD.

— Baltimore won five of last six games, scoring 29.5 ppg. 
— QB Jackson ran ball for 120 yards, threw for 266 more.
— Ravens: 89 plays, 500 yards. Vikings: 52 plays, 318 yards.
— Baltimore is 4-1 in games decided by 6 or less points.

Miami 17, Houston 9:
— Texans lost last eight games, seven of them by 8+ points.
— Houston was in red zone four times, scored nine points.
— Houston was outscored 119-17 in last four road games.
— There were two TD’s, nine turnovers in this game.

— Miami scored 10 points in last 1:07 of second quarter.
— Dolphins scored 17 points in both their wins.
— Miami ran ball 25 times for only 47 yards.
— Last five years, Miami is 8-2-2 ATS as home favorites.  

New England 24, Carolina 6:
— New England won 4 of last 5 games, scoring 31.8 ppg.
— Patriots ran ball for 151 yards, threw for only 122.
— New England has 10 takeaways in last four games (+5)
— Patriots are +8 in turnovers in their wins, minus-6 in losses.

— Carolina lost five of last six games after a 3-0 start.
— Panthers threw three INT’s on last four drives.
— Under is 7-2 in Carolina games this season.
— Last six games, Panthers were outscored 93-45 in second half.

Jacksonville 9, Buffalo 6:
— Only 32nd game in last 20 years with no TD’s.
— Bills kicked FG’s on first two drives, didn’t score again.
— Buffalo was in Jaguar territory on six of nine drives.
— Last two games, Bills have no TD’s, 3 FG’s in first half.

— Jaguars won two of last three games, after an 0-20 skid.
— K Wright made a 55-yard FG, missed 42-yarder wide left.
— Jaguars converted 28 of 94 third down plays (29.8%).
— Six of their last seven games stayed under the total.

NY Giants 23, Las Vegas 16:
— Raiders were in red zone six times, scored 16 points.
— Raiders missed 25-yard FG, shortest miss in NFL this year.
— Las Vegas outgained Giants 403-245.
— Last four years, Raiders were 2-5-1 ATS as road favorites.

— Giants took lead for good on a pick-6 1:32 into second half.
— Giants ran ball for 149 yards, threw for only 96.
— Giants are 10-6 ATS last 16 games coming off a loss.
— Giants have been outscored 64-12 in last 2:00 of each half.

Atlanta 27, New Orleans 25:
— Falcons kicked GW 29-yard field goal at 0:00 for the win.
— Atlanta averaged 10.4 yards/pass attempt.
— Falcons led their last six games at halftime.
— Atlanta won/covered last four games away from home.

— Saints scored three TD’s in 6:56 span, after trailing 24-6.
— NO failed on 2-point conversions after last two TD’s.
— Underdogs won/covered six of their eight games.
— New Orleans has 19 plays of 20+ yards, their opponents have 37.

LA Chargers 27, Philadelphia 24:
— Chargers kicked 29-yard FG with 0:02 left for win.
— LA didn’t punt; three TD’s, 2 FG’s, stopped on downs twice.
— Chargers got in red zone on six of seven drives.
— Herbert averaged 9.4 yards/pass attempt.

— Chargers outgained Eagles, 445-331.
— Philly ran for 176 yards, converted 8-12 on third down.
— Eagles lost six of their last eight games.
— Philly is 0-4 SU at home TY, losing by 6-12-6-3 points.

Kansas City 13, Green Bay 7:
— First start for QB Love; only TD came on their last drive.
— Packers went 3/out on half of their ten drives.
— Green Bay was 2-12 on third down, minus-2 in turnovers.
— Last four Packer games stayed under the total.

— Chiefs were outgained, 301-237.
— KC in second half: 25 plays, 88 yards, 5 first downs, no points.
— Mahomes completed only 20-37 passes, averaged 4.2 yards/attempt.
— Kansas City is 0-4 ATS at home this season.

Arizona 31, San Francisco 17:
— Backup QB McCoy was 22-26/249 in place of injured Murray.
— Arizona won eight of first nine games (6-2 ATS).
— Arizona is 5-0 SU/ATS on road, scoring 34.8 ppg.
— Under Kingsbury, Arizona is 14-6-1 ATS on the road.

— 49ers are 0-4 SU at home, giving up 29.8 ppg.
— Thru eight games, 49ers are minus-10 in turnovers.
— Last five games, SF converted 14-56 third down plays.
— Last five years, 49ers are 4-9-1 ATS in NFC West home games.

Tennessee 28, LA Rams 16:
— Titans’ defensive line totally dominated the Rams’ OL.
— Tennessee scored two TD’s in 0:11 span in 2nd quarter.
— Tennessee won/covered seven of last eight games.
— Titans didn’t have offensive play longer than 16 yards. 

— Rams threw two INT’s in 0:15 span in 2nd quarter.
— LA converted only 4-15 third down plays.
— penalties: Rams 12-115 yards, Tennessee 4-19.
— Tennessee had 16-yard edge in field position, also scored defensive TD. 

Sunday’s Den: Wrapping up a college football Saturday

13) North Carolina 58, Wake Forest 55:
— Demon Deacons led this game 45-27 in third quarter.
— 9-1 Wake gave up 114 points in last two games.
— Total yardage: Wake 615, UNC 546
— Both teams had 110+ yards in penalties. Not a great day for the refs. 

12) Army 21, Air Force 14 OT:
— Since 2005, games between the service academies have gone under the total 40 of 50 times, with one push (40-9-1 under).
— Army actually threw a 79-yard TD pass.
— Air Force tied game with FG with 0:23 left.

11) Arkansas 31, Mississippi State 28:
— Miss State missed 39-yard FG at 0:00 that would’ve forced OT.
— Earlier in game, a different MSU kicker missed a 23-yard FG.
— Miss State QB Rogers threw for 417 yards in losing cause.
— This is Mike Leach, after the game:
“Announce this. There’s an open tryout on our campus for kickers. Anybody that wants to kick or walk on and kick at Mississippi State, we’ll hold a tryout any time you can get over there to our building, providing you’re cleared by the NCAA.”

Alrighty then.

10) Clemson 30, Louisville 24
— Tigers outscored Louisville 13-0 in 4th quarter to escape with a win.
— Louisville three TD’s were on plays of 26-23-51 yards.
— Cardinals ran ball for 223 yards, outgained Clemson 397-340.

9) Oregon 26, Washington 16— 1:58 to go, Washington had ball on their own 10-yard line, 4th-and-10, down 24-16. They don’t go for it, they line up to punt- the fans boo, the center snaps the ball over the punter’s head. Safety for Oregon, game over. No bueno.

Washington had only two timeouts left; this coach is incompetent in game management. Huskies are now 4-5; they’ve been a program that has won a lot. Not anymore.

8) Purdue 40, Michigan State 29:
— Boiler QB O’Connell threw for 536 yards. Lot of yards.
— Purdue converted 11-18 third down plays.
— Boilers outgained Michigan State, 594-458.
— Both sides averaged 9+ yards/pass attempt.

7) Upsets of the Week:
— South Carolina (+20.5) 40, Florida 17
— Illinois (+15) 14, Minnesota 6
— Colorado (+12) 37, Oregon State 34, OT
— Eastern Michigan (+9) 52, Toledo 49
— Central Michigan (+9) 42, Western Michigan 30
— TCU (+7.5) 30, Baylor 28

6) Cincinnati 28, Tulsa 20— Bearcats keep winning, but they’re 0-3 ATS in last three games, and apparently that matters to the geniuses who vote in the top 25 poll. Alabama struggled with LSU this week; will people vote them lower because of that? Didn’t think so.

5) TCU 30, Baylor 28:
— QB Morris threw for 461 yards, 2 TD’s in his first start for TCU.
— Morris is yet another former Oklahoma QB; his dad coached SMU, Arkansas.
— Horned Frogs outgained Baylor, 562-393.

4) Illinois 14, Minnesota 6:
— Golden Gophers are 6-3; in two of those losses, they were favored by 31, 15 points, so it is really a disappointing 6-3 record.

3) Memphis 28, SMU 25:
— Mustangs lose second straight game, after a 7-0 start.
— Memphis outgained SMU, 454-323; they were +2 in turnovers.

2) Miami 33, Georgia Tech 30:
— 5-4 Miami won its last three games, by total of 8 points.
— Miami outscored Tech 16-7 in second half.

1) Iowa State 30, Texas 7:
— Texas is 4-5, has lost four games in a row, giving up 37 ppg.
— Last year, Longhorns fired Tom Herman, who was 32-18 at Texas, 4-0 in bowl games.
— Boosters were mad at him; he didn’t win a national title.
— Maybe they should’ve kept Herman. 

Saturday’s Den: Random stuff on a fall Saturday…….and NHL trends

13) Eight college football coaches have already been fired this season; when a coach gets fired, the school that fires him eats money, sometimes a lot of money.

Since 2010, these schools have eaten the most $$$ after firing coaches:
$31.2M— Auburn
$25.8M— Nebraska
$21.5M— Texas

12) College basketball starts Tuesday; here are couple of early spreads for the twin bill at Madison Square Garden:
— Kansas (-5) vs Michigan State
— Duke (-1.5) vs Kentucky

11) Utah 52, Stanford 7:
— Utah led this game 38-0 at halftime. Not the best entertainment.
— Utes had 440 total yards……at halftime.

10) Nets 96, Pistons 90— Cade Cunningham was the first pick in last summer’s NBA Draft; he is off to a rough start, shooting 13-51 from the floor (25.5%) in his first four pro games. It is only four games; he also has 23 rebounds, 11 assists, but 25.5% is a red flag, for sure.

Maybe it points out the widening gap between the skill level in college ball and the NBA. Guys leave college for the NBA too soon; they keep developing in the NBA, as they keep maturing into adults. NBA teams have lot more assistant coaches than they used to; some of them are just skill development guys, not game-prep guys.

9) Warriors 126, Pelicans 85— I need to hear an explanation why New Orleans fired Stan Van Gundy, after only one season in the Big Easy. Pelicans are 1-10 and sinking fast.

8) QB Jason Brown is starting for South Carolina against Florida this week; he is a transfer from I-AA St Francis PA. Brown will be the third different starting quarterback for the Gamecocks this season; I’m guessing South Carolina will add one or two transfer QB’s this winter.

7) Saw two big-time NBA scorers, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luka Doncic, make shots this week, both with a foot in the center court jump circle. Never thought I’d see the day when guys take jumpshots from just inside half court, but here we are. If guys can make 37.5% of them, or 3 out of every 8 shots, then they’re good shots.

6) Sacramento State basketball coach Brian Katz is retiring after 14 years due to medical reasons; Katz is the winningest coach in Sac State’s Division I history (since 1991) with 150 wins. He was named national mid-major and co-Big Sky coach of the year and led the Hornets to their first postseason game in 53 years at the 2015 CollegeInsider Tournament.

5) Cleveland Browns released WR Odell Beckham; he goes on waivers Monday, can be claimed beginnng 4:00 Tuesday. Myself, I wouldn’t touch the guy with a 10-foot pole; Cleveland will be better off without him. Its an addition-by-subtraction thing.

3) When Louisiana beat Georgia State Thursday night, they clinched the Sun Belt West, and their 4th consecutive berth in the Sun Belt championship game.

2) Baseball stuff:
— Cubs picked up P Wade Miley off waivers from Cincinnati Friday; Miley will be 35 next week; he was 12-7, 3.37 in 28 starts for Cincinnati this year. He had a 2.80 ERA in first half of the year, 4.19 in the second half.
— Cleveland Guardians (Guardians, not Indians) picked ip the $12M option on Jose Ramirez for next season.
— Charlie Blackmon accepted the $21M player option from Colorado for next year.

1) How does Iowa have a mobile sports betting app, but New York doesn’t? Our politicians need to get this done next year. Seriously, it is costing the state a lot of money.

New York Times ran a great story few weeks ago about a guy who for the last year, has been biking from his home in Washington Heights in Manhattan, over the George Washington Bridge and makes modest bets (most of them in the $2-$15 range), then cycles home to watch the games on TV/Interweb. Guy is risking his life to place bets. People like to bet; would be nice if for once, the politicians gave people something they like.

NHL trends (thru Friday)
— Won last three games.
— Ducks are 1-4 on road (over 4-1).
— Over 7-2 last nine. 

— They’re 0-11, giving up only 10 goals in last four games.
— Coyotes were outscored 15-3 in last five games.
— One of their losses was in SO, at Buffalo.
— Arizona was outscored 15-5 in three home games.

— Won four of last six games.
— 4-0 at home, 1-3 on road.
— Under is 3-1 in their road games. 

— Lost their last three games.
— 4-1 at home, 1-4 on road.
— Over is 3-1 in last four games.

— Flames are 5-1 on road, 1-3 at home.
— Under 3-1 at home; over 3-1 last four road tilts.
— Flames are 0-3 in OT games at home.

— Hurricanes are 9-0, scoring 37 goals.
— Under is 3-1 in their last four home games.
— Only three of their wins were by one goal.

— Blackhawks are 1-11, with two OT losses.
— Over is 3-1-1 in their road games.
— Chicago was outscored 20-10 in five road games (0-5)

— Colorado is 3-5 in its last eight games.
— Three of four road games went over. 

— Won three of their last four games.
— Blue Jackets are 4-1 at home, with two wins in OT.
— Columbus is 3-0 after a loss, 2-3 after a win.

— Dallas lost four of its last five games.
— Under is 8-2 in Dallas games (last two over).
— Under is 3-0 in their home games.
— All four Dallas wins came in OT/SO.

— Red Wings lost last four games, outscored 16-7.
— Under is 4-1 in their home games.
— Over is 4-2 in their road games.

— Oilers won nine of first ten games, scoring 40 goals.
— Oilers are 3-0 on road, outscoring foes 12-5.
— Over is 5-1-1 in last seven games.
— Only loss was 5-3 at home to the Flyers. 

— Panthers are 9-1, with only loss in shootout. 
— Under is 4-0 in their road games.
— Over is 4-2 in their home games.
— Florida is 6-0 at home, outscoring foes 28-14.

Los Angeles
— LA won last four games, after a 1-6 start.
— Kings are 5-2 at home, 0-4 on road.
— Under is 8-2 in their last ten games.

— Wild is 6-3, with all six wins by one goal.
— Over is 4-0 in their home games, 0-5 on road.
— All three of their home wins were in overtime.

— Canadiens are 2-4 at home, 1-5 on road.
— Five of their last seven games went over.
— Montreal scored two or fewer goals in 9 of 12 games.

— Predators won five of last six games, after 1-4 start.
— Under is 5-1 in their home games, 2-3 on road.
— Nashville is 2-0 in OT/SO

New Jersey
— Devils lost three of last four games.
— Devils lost three of last four home games.
— New Jersey is 2-2 in OT/SO.

NY Islanders
— Five of Islanders’ last six games stayed under total.
— Islanders haven’t played a home game yet; they’re 4-4.

NY Rangers
— Rangers lost last two games, both in OT.
— Under is 7-2 in their last nine games.
— Rangers are 1-2 at home, 5-3 on road.

— Senators lost six of last seven games.
— Ottawa lost its last four home games.
— Over is 3-1-1 in last five Ottawa games.

— Flyers are 3-2 at home, 2-2 on road.
— Last four games overall stayed under total.
— Over is 4-1 in their home games, 1-3 on road.

— Pittsburgh lost three of last four games, outscored 15-6.
— Over is 2-0 in Penguin road games.

St Louis
— St Louis won seven of first nine games.
— St Louis is 3-1 at home, 4-1 on road.
— Blues allowed 18 goals in nine games.

San Jose
— Sharks lost four of their last six games.
— Over is 4-1 in San Jose’s last seven games.
— Sharks are 3-2 at home, 3-2 on road.

— Seattle is 3-2 last five games, after a 1-5 start.
— Kraken are 3-2 at home, 1-5 on road. 
— Over is 4-1-1 in their road games.  

Tampa Bay
— Lightning won three of last four games, giving up six goals.
— Over is 3-2 in their home games, 2-2-1 in road games.
— Lightning is 2-3 at home, 3-2 on road.
— They split four OT/SO games.

— Toronto won last four games (two in OT)
— Under is 4-1 in their last five games.
— Under is 3-1 in Toronto road games.
— Maple Leafs are 5-2 at home, 1-3 on road.  

— Canucks are 1-4 at home, 3-3 on road.
— Under is 6-0-1 in their last seven games.
— Vancouver scored nine goals in last five games. 

— Knights won four of last three games, after 1-4 start.
— They’re 2-3 at home, 3-2 on road.
— Under is 4-2 in their last six games. 

— Caps lost three of their last four games.
— Washington is 3-1 after a loss.
— Washington is 1-4 after a win.
— Under is 3-1 in Caps’ last four games. 

— Jets won six of their last seven games.
— Jets are 4-0 at home, 2-4 on road.
— Over is 6-2 in last eight Winnipeg games.