13) Ravens 24, Cardinals 17— Baltimore has now won 22 exhibition games in a row, going 20-2 ATS in those 22 games. They led this game 24-7, but Arizona scored two TD’s and had the ball late with a chance to tie, but the Ravens won/covered. Again.
12) Kyler Murray had the play chart and a headset on during the 4th quarter; Arizona moved the ball better when he was calling plays.
You think modern quarterbacks know that 40-50 years ago, QB’s called their own plays?
11) Whats up with the Cardinals’ new black helmets? They looked like the Atlanta Falcons, with the black helmets/black jerseys. Maybe the helmets would look better with white jerseys or red jerseys. Their regular white helmets are still better, though.
10) Super Bowl champion Rams are a home underdog to Buffalo in Week 1; they’re just second Super Bowl champ in last 20 years to be a home dog in Week 1 the following season.
Six years ago, Denver was a home dog to Carolina in Week 1, but that was because Peyton Manning retired and Trevor Siemian was Denver’s new QB. Rams still have the same excellent quarterback they had last year.
9) Russell Wilson will be the Broncos’ 6th different starting QB the last six years.
8) What happens if the Cleveland Browns are 7-4, or 8-3 when Deshaun Watson’s suspension ends? What happens then? Does Watson automatically step in and start?
7) During the Eagles-Browns game Sunday, Cleveland strategy officer Paul DePodesta was on the TV broadcast, talking about the Browns’ chances this year.
People forget, but the Jonah Hill character in Moneyball, the nerdy assistant who came up with new mathematical strategies to run a baseball franchise, is actually DePodesta, who played baseball and football in college at Harvard.
DePodesta did not approve of the way his character was portrayed in the movie, but now he works for one of the most inept franchises in the NFL. Wonder if he recommended giving Watson $46M a year?
6) With one game left in Week 2 of preseason games, over is 21-11 this summer. Under is 8-7 so far this week.
5) Mets 10, Phillies 9:
— Alec Bohm hit two HR’s, knocked in six runs. Philly still lost.
— Juan Segura’s career OPS in .741; his career OPS against the Mets is .895.
Mark Canha hit two homers, knocked in five runs for the Mets, who lead Atlanta by 4 games in the NL East race.
4) Last year, Nate Fisher was employed by the First National Bank of Omaha deciding whether to approve commercial loans; Sunday, he threw three scoreless innings for the Mets.
The 26-year-old lefty went undrafted out of college at Nebraska before pitching in 12 games at Class A in the Seattle organization, but when COVID hit the next year, Fisher entered banking- he re-signed with the Mariners in June, 2021, and now, he’s in the big leagues.
3) Quote of the Day, part 2
“I didn’t even know who this guy was when he came into the game today.”
Mark Canha, talking about when Fisher entered Sunday’s game in relief.
2) Lions 27, Colts 26— Hard Knocks should be more upbeat this week, with Detroit getting its first win this summer. Down 27-20 with 0:38 left. Indianapolis scored a TD, but went for two points and the win. Lions stopped them, which should be a good scene in this week’s show.
1) If the baseball playoffs started today (they do not):
NL; Mets, Cardinals, Dodgers. Wild Cards- Braves, Padres, Phillies
AL: New York, Guardians, Astros. Wild Cards- Rays, Blue Jays, Mariners