Thursday’s Den: Doing some thinking out loud…….

— Thru three weeks, underdogs are 27-19-2 ATS in the NFL; under is 29-18-1.

Home underdogs are 14-9-1 ATS.

— NL East is the only divisional race still in doubt;
Mets 5, Marlins 4 (10)— Eduardo Escobar knocked in all five runs for the Mets.

Nationals 3, Braves 2 (10)— CJ Abrams had the walk-off hit. Mets have a one-game lead over Atlanta; teams play three times in Atlanta this weekend, weather permitting.

— Braves don’t have a sacrifice bunt this season, the only team since 1955 to do that (excluding the shortened 2020 season). Previous low for sacrifice bunts in a full season is four.

— Marlins have a backup catcher Nick Fortes: he has been the Marlins’ DH 12 times this year, and went 1-39 in those games, with six walks. Not good. 

— Marlins are the only major league team that has never had a player hit for the cycle.

— We send prayers out to the people in Florida who are in the way of that terrible storm; the people broadcasting from Florida on the Weather Channel were actually wearing baseball batting helmets when they were on the air.

Not sure why people have to be outside in conditions like that, but they were.

— Some college football games have been affected by the storm:
East Carolina at South Florida was moved from Tampa to Miami.

Eastern Washington-Florida game was moved from Saturday night to Sunday at noon.

SMU-Central Florida game has been moved from Saturday to Sunday at 1pm.

South Carolina-SC State game was moved up from Saturday at noon to Thursday night.

Wake Forest-Florida State game is still scheduled to be played 3:30 Saturday in Tallahassee. 

— In the NFL, Tennessee Titans have been outscored 57-7 in second half of their first three games.

— Arizona Cardinals have been outscored 56-13 in the first half of games; they’ve converted only 12 of 43 third down plays this season.

— Bill Belichick’s all-time coaching record: 322-158, one of the all-time greats.
Belichick’s record with someone other than Tom Brady at QB: 73-83.

— Patriots’ QB Mac Jones has a high ankle sprain, which medical people on TV say is a multi-week injury. Brian Hoyer is New England’s backup QB; he is in his 13th season, is 16-23 as an NFL starter. Hoyer’s last win came in 2016, for the Bears (0-14 as a starter since then)

— Since the start of the 2021 season, NFL teams with the worst record in games decided by 8 or fewer points: 

0-7 Buffalo
0-6-1 Houston
2-8-1 Detroit
3-8 Carolina

— Before the season, if you had the Eagles/Dolphins as the NFL’s only unbeaten teams thru three weeks, then you should go buy a lottery ticket. 

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.