Tuesday’s List of 13: Nobody asked me, but…….

13) Last 10 years, NFL teams that won by 28+ points in Week 1 are 1-10 vs spread in Week 2. 

NFL teams that lost by 28+ points in Week 1 are 7-3-1 vs spread in Week 2. 

12) Gardner Minshew is Jacksonville’s new starting QB; he has an interesting story:

— Minshew was at Troy State for a semester but transferred to Northwest Mississippi CC.
— He led Northwest Mississippi to the 2015 NJCAA national championship, then moved on to play ball at East Carolina.
— He split playing time in two years at ECU, then was going to transfer to Alabama for his last year, sit on the bench in hopes of learning under Nick Saban and becoming a coach someday. 

— But he transferred to Washington State instead, because they needed a QB last year, and he lit the Pac-12 up under coach Mike Leach.
— He threw 50+ passes in 10 of his 13 starts at Wazzu, was Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year .
— Now he is Jacksonville’s starting QB. He’ll be able to write a great book someday.  

11) Last four years in the NFL, the teams that played on Thursday night in Week 1 have covered seven of eight games in Week 2. This year, that would be Green Bay/Chicago.

10) If you’re an Arizona Cardinal fan, 4th quarter of Sunday’s game with Detroit had to be very exciting, with Kyler Murray leading a comeback from down 24-6 to force OT. 

First three quarters were ugly; it will be interesting to follow them this season. Once they play some games and that offense is on film more, will defenses find it easier to stop them? 

9) 49ers intercepted three passes at Tampa Bay Sunday; they picked off two passes all of last season.

8) Strange fact of the day:

Odell Beckham Jr wore a watch while he played Sunday; the watch is a Richard Mille 011 Orange Storm, which sold for $160,000 when it was first produced in 2014, but is supposed to be worth as much as $340,000 now- only 30 of them were made.

7) Saints 30, Texans 28:
— Houston led 14-3 at the half but allowed 27 points in 2nd half.
— Watson threw for 268 yards, ran for 40 more but took some big hits.
— Game went over the total despite a scoreless first quarter. 

— Lutz kicked a 58-yard FG at the gun for the dramatic win.
— Total yardage was 510-414; Brees threw ball for 370 yards.
— Thomas, Ginn both had 100+ receiving yards. 

6) Raiders 24, Broncos 16
— ESPN should make Levy-Griese-Riddick the regular Monday night broadcast team; they’re very good.
— Down 21-6 with around 8:00 left, Denver kicked a field goal that didn’t help them at all.
— David Carr had a very big game; completed 22-26 passes. 

5) Jacksonville traded a 5th-round draft pick to the Steelers for QB Josh Dobbs, who will back up Gardner Minshew. Dobbs was a 2-year starter in college at Tennessee. 

4) Lynn Swann resigned as USC’s athletic director; would be nice if the school hired someone to be AD who didn’t play football for the Trojans- their last three athletic directors were Mike Garrett, Pat Haden and Swann. 

3) Since August 1st, Cardinals’ P Jack Flaherty has allowed three earned runs in 54 IP. 

2) San Francisco Giants are 69-75 in Bruce Bochy’s last season as manager, but a word of caution— the Giants have the best record in baseball (33-15) in one-run games, meaning they’re likely to regress some next year, especially with a new (and probably lesser) manager in 2020.

1) Red Sox fired team president Dave Dombrowski the year after they won the World Series; seriously? 

Is there no loyalty left in the world? Unless he was showing up to work drunk, how do you fire a guy whose Boston teams finished first three of his four years there, and still has an outside shot at making the playoffs this year? 

Lot of internal politics in professional sports, lot of back stabbing.

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.