Monday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports Sunday……

— In the history of the NFL, there have been 692 games where one team was +5 or better in turnovers; those teams are 657-30-5.

In playoff games, teams with a +5 or better turnover ratio were 26-0 before the Chargers lost in Jacksonville Saturday night— now they’re 26-1.

Bills 34, Dolphins 31
— Buffalo led 17-0 early in 2nd quarter.
— Dolphins led 24-20 midway thru 3rd quarter.
— Bills outgained Miami, 423-231.
— Last three Buffalo games went over the total.
— Bills host Cincinnati in next round Sunday afternoon.

— Bills won their last eight games, scoring 32-35-35-34 in last four.
— Last three games, Buffalo converted 30-53 third down plays.
— Miami lost six of its last seven games overall. 
— Dolphins’ last six games were all decided by 6 or less points. 
— Miami lost its last five playoff games; their last win was in 2000.

Giants 31, Vikings 24
— QB Jones threw for 301 yards, ran for 78 more.
— Giants’ first four drives: 35 plays, 316 yards, 24 points.
— Giants outgained Minnesota, 431-332.
— Giants converted 7-13 third down plays.
— Giants visit Philadelphia in next round Saturday night.

— Last six years, #6-seeds are 9-3 SU/11-1 ATS in this round of playoffs.
— Giants are 14-4 ATS this season, 6-2 as a road underdog.
— Kirk Cousins is now 1-3 in his career in playoff games.
— Over was 8-2 in Minnesota’s last ten games.
— Vikings were 13-5 this season, but were outscored by 10 points.

Bengals 24, Ravens 17
— Bengals scored on a 98-yard fumble return for a TD with 11:37 left, after QB Huntley lost the ball trying to score on a QB sneak.
— Ravens outgained Cincinnati 364-234, to no avail.
— Baltimore was 9-2 this year giving up 20 or less points, 1-6 if they give up 20+.
— In their last seven games, Baltimore scored 13.1 ppg.
— Since 2015, Ravens are 1-4 in playoff games.

— Cincinnati won its last nine games (12-3 ATS last 15).
— Bengals converted 7-13 on third down, Ravens 3-11.
— Bengals’ first two drives: 24 plays, 114 yards, 9 points.
— Bengals’ last five drives: 30 plays, 117 yards, 7 points.
— Bengals are 12-0 this season if they score 21+ points.

— Next weekend’s playoff schedule:
Saturday:
Jaguars @ Chiefs (-8.5)
Giants @ Eagles (-7)

Sunday:
Bengals @ Bills (-4.5)
Cowboys/Bucs winner @ 49ers

— Former Cardinals’ coach Kliff Kingsbury is going to be paid $5.5M a year every year thru 2027 by Arizona; will be interesting to see if/when he gets back into coaching. 

— Cubs signed 1B/DH Trey Mancini for two years, $14M.

— Xavier 80, Marquette 76— Musketeers have won 11 games in a row, scoring 80+ points in their last five; Marquette scored 48 points in first half of this game, only 28 in second half.

— Rutgers 68, Ohio State 64 OT— These teams split two meetings this season, with the games decided by total of five points.

— St John’s 85, UConn 74— Huskies have lost four of their last five games, after a 14-0 start. Red Storm was +11 in turnovers (21-10); they shot 62.2% inside arc. 

— There were five games in the MAAC Sunday; all five were decided by 7 or fewer points, four of them were decided by 4 or fewer points.

— Memphis 61, Temple 59— Teams combined to shoot 8-52 on the arc; Temple led 45-36 with 8:43 left in the game. Memphis improves to 13-5, 3-2 in AAC. Ugly game, though.

— Missouri State 64, Indiana State 62— Loss drops the Sycamores into a 3-way tie for first in Missouri Valley, with Southern Illinois/Belmont. Missouri State made 16-17 on foul line, Indiana State made 8-14. 

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.