Tuesday’s Den: Nobody asked me, but…….

13) Miami 20, New Orleans 3:
— Miami scored on a pick-6 in first 5:00 of game.
— Dolphins outgained New Orleans 259-164.
— Miami moves up to the #7-seed in the AFC.
— Miami is first team ever to win 7 in row, lose 7 in row in same year.

— Saints’ first four drives: 13 plays, 7 yards, no first downs.
— New Orleans was 0-12 on third down.
— Over last 14 years, Saints started five QB’s; this season, they’ve started four. 

12) ACC plays its first bowl Tuesday, when Louisville/NC State take the field; over last two seasons, ACC teams are 4-13 SU in bowl games, 5-12 ATS (2-5 as favorites, 3-7 as dogs). 

11) Last five games, Pittsburgh Steelers were outscored 97-9 in the first half.

Steelers offensive line coach Adrian Klemm left Pittsburgh to take the same job at Oregon, not exactly a positive career move, which makes you believe he was getting fired from the Steelers, so they let him leave gracefully. 

10) As a basketball stats nerd, I’m a big believer that assists for 3-pointers should count as 1.5 assists, and that assist opportunities that lead to made free throws should count for half an assist apiece. Its a more accurate way of telling who the best playmakers are. 

9) Nick Foles is the Bears’ 3rd-string QB, but he’s won a Super Bowl, has a 33-29 career won-lost record in the NFL. Why didn’t Chicago trade him for draft picks? Lot of teams could use him, and the Bears could sure as hell use the extra draft picks.

Think about it; how many current starting QB’s is he better than? 

8) This week in the NFL, just this week, teams went for it on fourth down 54 times, getting the first down 34 times (63%). 

7) NFL flip-flopped start times for two games this week; Rams-Ravens moves from 4:25 to 1:00, while Saints-Panthers becomes a 4:25 game. 

Does this mean Lamar Jackson isn’t going to play? 

6) NFL turnover knowledge:
— Last four games, Green Bay is +9 in turnovers.
— Last three games, Raiders are minus-10 in turnovers.
— Last seven games, Kansas City is +14 in turnovers. 

5) Western Michigan 52, Nevada 24:
— Broncos ran a kickoff back 100 yards for a TD.
— Total yardage was 514-242.
— MAC teams improve to 2-5 in bowls this year.
— Nevada’s coach bolted, their QB bolted; this was 31-10 at halftime.
— Favorites have rallied, are now 8-8 ATS in bowls this year. 

4) Apparently the Saints called Drew Brees, Philip Rivers last week, seeing if they were interested in making a comeback. They weren’t, so Ian Book/Blake Bortles were the Saints’ QB’s Monday night. 

3) LA Clippers star Paul George hurt his right elbow, is out 3-4 weeks. 

2) USC is #7 in the latest college basketball poll, highest they’ve been ranked since 1975. 

1) Seeing those commercials for Olympic skiing on TV, I’m reminded of the three times I went skiing in my life. I despise cold weather, hate snow; skiing wasn’t my thing, but the bar in the ski lodge was fun.

As for the actual skiing, I enjoyed the chair lift; after that, it was all downhill!!! 

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.