13) Chiefs 34, Ravens 20;
— Chiefs won their first three games, scoring 34-23 -34 points.
— KC kicker made two 58-yard FG’s last week; he missed a PAT and a FG in this game.
— Last 4+ years, Chiefs are 11-2 ATS as a road underdog.
— Chiefs won last four series games, by 20-3-5-14 points.
— Lamar Jackson is 0-3 against the Chiefs, 21-1 vs everyone else.
— Baltimore converted 3-9 on third down, Kansas City 10-13.
— Ravens are 9-16 ATS in last 25 games as a home favorite.
12) Tennessee Titans are 3-0 this season, but they haven’t covered a spread yet; their three wins are by a total of six points. Titans have turned ball over only once, are +4 in turnovers.
11) I’m not a big fan of NFL teams trading star players for draft picks:
— Houston traded WR DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona, they’re 0-3, scoring 19 ppg.
— Arizona is 2-1, scoring 29 ppg.
— Minnesota traded WR Stefon Diggs to Buffalo; they’re 0-3, despite scoring 25 ppg. Vikings have converted only 9-25 third down plays.
— Buffalo is 3-0, scoring 31 ppg.
10) Nick Foles will be Chicago’s starting QB when the 3-0 Bears host Indianapolis Sunday; he came off the bench Sunday and led the Bears to a 30-26 comeback win in Atlanta.
9) College football spread results in conference games so far:
— Home favorites 7-10-1 against the spread
— Home underdogs 7-5 against the spread
8) Arkansas landed Florida transfer Felipe Franks as its new QB this fall, ending a two-year debacle where eight (8!!!) different kids played QB for the Razorbacks- one of them is the grandson of Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones.
Arkansas has lost its last 20 SEC games; Franks needs a lot of help.
7) Sam Pittman is the new football coach at Arkansas; like a lot of football coaches, Pittman has lived a little bit of a nomadic existence. Here are the coaching stops he’s made:
1984-85: Pittsburg State (GA)
1986: Offensive coordinator at a high school in Oklahoma
1987-88: Head coach at a high school in Missouri
1989-90: Head coach at a different high school in Missouri
1991: Offensive line coach at a junior college
1992-93: Head coach at that junior college
1994-95: Offensive line coach at Northern Illinois
1996: Offensive line coach at U of Cincinnati
1997-98: Offensive line coach at Oklahoma
1999: Assistant head coach, Western Michigan
2000: Offensive line coach, Missouri
2001: Offensive line coach, Kansas
2003-06: Offensive line coach, Northern Illinois
2007-11: Offensive line coach, North Carolina
2012: Offensive line coach, Tennessee
2013-15: Offensive line coach, Arkansas
2016-9: Offensive line coach, Georgia
2020: Head coach, Arkansas
This man must be great at packing; he’s paid his dues. Have to root for the guy.
6) I try to keep politics out of this space, but seriously? Donald Trump supposedly spent $70,000 on personal hairstyling “for television” and wrote it off on his taxes as a business expense. He paid $70,000 for that mess? I call BS on that.
As a bald man, I have to laugh; what a fraud he is.
5) Lakers-Heat NBA final is first time ever the NBA final is between two teams who both missed the playoffs the year before.
4) 5th-seeded Miami is lowest-seeded NBA team to make the finals since the 1995 Rockets, who beat Orlando in the finals that year.
3) If Seattle has a WNBA team, why can’t they have an NBA team? One of the great injustices in pro sports history was Seattle losing the SuperSonics- they supported the team, but they refused to build a new arena they didn’t need, so the league took their team away.
12 years later, Seattle has a new arena (they’re getting an NHL team); next time an NBA team needs to move, Seattle should be the first option.
2) Surprising news: LA Clippers told coach Doc Rivers to take a hike after seven years; Clippers lost to Denver in the playoffs, blowing a 3-1 series, when they led by 10+ points in each of those last three losses.
Rivers had a 356-208 regular season record with the Clippers , was 27-32 in playoff games; he won the 2008 NBA title coaching Boston. If he still wants to coach, he won’t be unemployed for long.
1) If the baseball playoffs started today (they do):
AL East: Tampa Bay, New York
AL Central: Minnesota, Cleveland
AL West: Oakland, Houston
AL wild cards: Chicago, Toronto
NL East: Atlanta, Miami
NL Central: Chicago, St Louis
NL West: Los Angeles, San Diego
NL wild cards: Cincinnati, Milwaukee