Chiefs 30, Raiders 29
— Raiders scored TD with 4:27 left, went for 2 points and lead, but failed.
— Carr threw TD passes of 58-48 yards, both to Adams.
— Carr is now 58-75 as an NFL starter.
— Raiders are 12-7 ATS last 19 games as a road underdog.
— Raiders’ four losses are by 5-6-1-2 points.
— Raiders led 17-0 with 5:00 left in first half.
— Chiefs first 3 drives of 2nd half: 33 plays, 207 yards, 20 points.
— Kelce caught 7 passes for only 25 yards, but four TD’s.
— Chiefs won their two hone games by total of four points.
— Chiefs won 13 of last 15 games in this rivalry.
— Monday morning, I had a 9:45am follow-up appointment with my cataract surgeon; was there until 12:50pm (they must make a boatload of $$$!!!). I’m walking out of the office, down a ramp to my car, and this guy coming the other way says (kind of loudly) to me:
“Those two guys you traded to me were no good. They didn’t produce this weekend”
My first thought was, this guy is talking to me and I have no idea who he is— are my eyes screwing up again? Is this guy in my fantasy league?
Then I realize I’m wearing my Oakland A’s cap and this guy is a Mets fan who is ticked off because they lost in the playoffs, and Bassitt-Marte-Canha didn’t do so well. We talked baseball for a couple of minutes, then went our separate ways.
I didn’t have the heart to tell him that the A’s also traded Profar-Manaea to San Diego, and let Bob Melvin bolt Oakland to be manager of the Padres. It isn’t much fun rooting for a team that doesn’t try to win.
— Carolina Panthers fired coach Matt Rhule Monday, after the Panthers’ 1-4 start. Rhule went 11-27 in his tenure at Carolina; he was in the third year of a 7-year, $62M contract. Panthers still owe him over $40M, but owner David Tepper is the NFL’s wealthiest owner, so he told Rhule to take a hike.
Defensive assistant Steve Wilks was named interim coach; he was the head coach for one season with the Arizona Cardinals.
— Since 2016, there have been 137 quarterbacks who threw 50+ passes in a game; those QBs’ teams won 26 of those games.
— Baltimore Ravens’ kicker Justin Tucker has made 61 straight field goals in 4th quarter/OT, 27 of them from 40+ yards out. You can make a solid argument for him as the best kicker ever.
By the way, Tucker is also 23-23 on field goals in last minute of regulation/overtime.
— Washington QB Carson Wentz against the spread:
2016-17— 18-11 ATS (62%)
2018-22— 25-37 ATS (40%).
Wentz is on his third team in three years; he has gone from prospect to suspect.
— Tennessee Titans are 3-2 this season, but haven’t scored in the 4th quarter; they’re the first team since the 2005 49ers to go scoreless in the 4th quarter thru five games- those 49ers went 1-4 in their first five games.
— Undrafted QB’s to win their first five NFL starts:
1985— Dieter Brock, Rams
1986— Mike Tomczak, Bears
1999— Kurt Warner, Rams
2018-19— Kyle Allen, Panthers
2021-22— Cooper Rush, Cowboys
— Detroit Lions went for it on 4th down six times Sunday but went 0-6; since 1991, that is the most times any team has gone for it on 4th down without converting any of them.
— NFL underdogs are 44-32-3 ATS (55.7%) this season, the best %age for underdogs thru five weeks since 2010, when dogs covered 62.2% of time in Weeks 1-5.
Under is 46-32-1 (58.2%) so far this season
— Houston RB Dameon Pierce’s last three games:
Week 3— 20 rushes, 80 yards, TD
Week 4— 14 rushes, 131 yards, TD
Week 5— 26 rushes, 99 yards, TD
Since the start of 2020, Texans are 5-0 against Jacksonville, 4-28-1 against the rest of the NFL.
— SEC basketball has six new head coaches this coming season; six out of 14 is a lot.
— Atlanta Braves signed P Spencer Strider to a 6-year, $75M contract; Strider went 11-5, 2.67 in 31 games (20 starts) this season.
— Georgia Bulldogs’ QB Stetson Bennett turns 25 years old in two weeks; he is less than a year younger than Bengals’ QB Joe Burrow, who is in his 3rd NFL season.
— Odds for the divisional round of the playoffs:
Houston -250, Seattle +210
New York -230, Cleveland +195
Atlanta -200, Phillies +165
Dodgers -225, San Diego +180
— New Jersey Giants hit the jackpot with their new coach Brian Daboll, who interviewed with five other teams before he landed a head coaching gig. Bears, Dolphins also interviewed Daboll last winter.
Daboll was a grad assistant at Michigan State when Nick Saban coached there; he later joined up with Saban again at Alabama in 2017. Daboll was born in Canada, went to that football power U of Rochester.
Sometimes success in the NFL comes from what doesn’t happen; those five teams that passed on Daboll have made the Giants very happy.