Friday’s Den: Random stuff with the weekend here……..

Commanders 12, Bears 7:
— Bears had ball on 6-yard line in last minute, couldn’t score.
— Bears outgained Washington 392-214.
— Washington’s one TD came on a 6-yard drive after a muffed punt.
— Commanders scored total of 47 points in last four games.
— NFC East teams are 10-5 ATS in non-division games.

— Chicago had ball in red zone three times, scored zero points.
— Bears have been outscored 84-39 in first half this season.
— 2nd-year QB Fields is 4-12 as an NFL starter.
— Last 3+ years, Chicago is 10-17-1 ATS coming off a loss.

— Astros 4, Mariners 2
Alvarez hit an opposite field, 2-run homer in 6th inning to give Astros the lead for good.
Astros bullpen got 10 outs, allowed only one hit.
Series heads to Seattle, with Houston leading 2-0

— Prop betting is interesting; was watching this game with a buddy. In top of 8th inning, with game 3-2, my friend got 2-1 odds that another run would be scored the rest of the game. He won the bet when Seattle walked Yordan Alvarez intentionally in the bottom of the 8th, and Alex Bregman dunked a single to right field to score an insurance run for the Astros.

Man on first, two out and Alvarez at the plate; you walk him intentionally? With Bregman up next? I said it when it happened, Alvarez ain’t Barry Bonds; that’s the last time I saw something like that happen, when Arizona walked Bonds with the bases loaded in the 9th inning.

— Central Florida 70, Temple 13
This game was 14-13 with 6:00 left in first half.
UCF outgained Temple, 737-293- they converted 8-9 on third down.
Knights averaged 15.5 yards/pass attempt
Temple lost 70-13 and didn’t turn the ball over at all.

— West Virginia 43, Baylor 40
WVU kicked a 22-yard FG with 0:33 left for the win.
Baylor led 24-17 at halftime.
West Virginia was 7-13 on 3rd down, Baylor 4-11
Baylor threw for 491 yards, turned ball over three times (minus-2)

— Damn it poured here in Albany tonight; driving home from dinner, could hardly see. Been a long time since I’ve seen it rain that hard for an extended time.

— Cleveland-New York game was rained out Thursday, will be played at 1pm Friday; teams haven’t played since Tuesday.

— Austin Riley plays 3B for the Braves; he was a QB and an all-state punter in high school. His dad was a punter for Mississippi State back in the 80’s, and was in training camp with the Detroit Lions a couple times.

After Riley’s sophomore year in high school, his football coach told him he had to decide between the two sports; football team didn’t want him missing summer drills to play baseball, if he was going to be the quarterback. He chose baseball, but still punted for the football team.

Looks like he made the right decision.

— From 2018-21, when NFL games had a total of 49+ points, over hit 58.2% of the time, but so far this season, in games with a total of 49+ points, under is 9-3.

— New England Patriots lost five of their last six road games SU.

Patriots visit Cleveland Sunday; Browns’ three losses this season are by 1-3-2 points.

— Under is 5-0 in Indianapolis Colt games this season; both of the Colts’ wins are by 3 points. Last three games, Indianapolis outscored opponents 26-6 in the second half.

— Arizona Cardinals have been outscored 80-26 in first half this season; they’ve trailed all five games at halftime.

— Colorado State point guard Isaiah Stevens broke his foot, needed an operation and is out for the start of the season. Rams hope to get him back by the start of conference play.

— Penn State has a basketball player Michael Henn; Nittany Lions are the fifth team he’ll play for in seven college seasons:
2017— Cal-Davis
2019— Cal Baptist
2021— Portland
2022— Denver
2023— Penn State
Young man should write a book someday.

— 2018 NBA Draft, the first three picks:
Phoenix- Deandre Ayton
Sacramento- Marvin Bagley
Dallas- Luka Doncic

This is why some teams always lose; passing on Doncic was a huge blunder. Michael Jordan was the third pick in his draft, too. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.