The Cubs Clinch

Fun Fact of the Day:  This season will be the 15th in a row that the Cleveland Browns will start multiple quarterbacks—the longest streak such streak.


Today’s Rundown

NFL

New York Jets beat Buffalo Bills (37-31). The Jets took home victory last night, overcoming their 5 game losing streak to the Bills. Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick made some early mistakes, but finished with a solid win against one of his former teams. During the game, Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall left to the locker room with a knee injury, but healed quickly and was back on the field in no time. The NFL’s concussion protocol was also on full display last night. Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was hit by 3 defenders and looked woozy. The refs immediately sent him to the sideline for some concussion tests—a nice recovery after last Thursday’s game, when the refs missed 2 helmet-to-helmet hits on Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton.

 

MLB

Late night excitement.  Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs clinched their first NL Central Division title in 8 years!  And they did it in the most anticlimactic way possible. Early in the night, the Cubs missed their first opportunity to clinch by losing at home to the Milwaukee Brewers (5-4). Bummed out fans poured out of Wrigley Field. Fortunately, just a few hours later, the St. Louis Cardinals handed the Cubs the division title by losing to the San Francisco Giants.

That’s for me to know and you to find out.  MLB has suspended the San Diego Padres general manager for 30 days because the team was keeping sketchy medical records. Instead of recording all their players’ medical treatments in MLB’s central database, the Padres kept some of the info hush-hush to make their players look more attractive for trades.


Hot Read

If you didn’t make any plans for the weekend, thank the football gods, because you’ll have plenty to watch!  Here’s your jam-packed schedule for the weekend…

NFL

Week 2 games to watch. It’s time to get NFL Sunday Ticket, because this week’s games are spectacular. Here’s what you have to know about the top games this Sunday:

Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers. Expect a feisty game between these division rivals. Last year, during Week 8, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict gave Steelers’ running back Le’Veon Bell a season-ending knee injury. When the teams met again in the AFC wild card game, the Steelers came out on top, but Burfict landed 2 more big hits on QB Big Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown. You should expect tensions to be at an all time high, even though the Steelers say they aren’t looking for revenge. Maybe it helps that Burfict won’t be there; he was suspended 3 games for his series of dirty plays. 1pm ET on CBS

Kansas City Chiefs @ Houston Texans.  Last year, the Chiefs beat the Texans twice, once in the regular season and another embarrassing 30-0 blowout in the wild card round of the playoffs. This time around it might not be so easy, because the Texans have some new faces on the roster including QB Brock Osweiler and running back Lamar Miller. 1pm ET on CBS

Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings. Shhh!  Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is keeping this week’s starting QB a secret. He’s not telling the media, and he might not even tell his team before the game. Too bad, he’s not fooling anybody. Sure, he could be starting QB Shaun Hill like he did last week, but the Packers are prepared for and expecting Sam Bradford. The Vikings picked up Bradford from the Philadelphia Eagles, after their former starting QB Teddy Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury. Bradford’s expected to be QB1 as soon as he’s learned the Vikings’ playbook. 8:30pm ET on NBC

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Week 3 games to watch.  There are some stellar college football matchups this weekend.  There’s no need to leave your couch really.  Here are the top games for you to tune into this Saturday:

#2 Florida State @ #10 Louisville.  This is the most highly anticipated game of the week! Both these teams have athletic QBs in Lamar Jackson (Louisville) and Deondre Francois (FSU), so expect points on points on points. 12pm ET on ABC

#1 Alabama @ #19 Ole Miss.  The past 2 seasons Ole Miss has managed to take down football behemoth Alabama. Tune in to see whether they can do it again against the national championship favorite. 3:30pm ET on CBS

#3 Ohio State @ #14 Oklahoma.  Even though Oklahoma’s backup QB called Ohio State’s defense “basic,” Oklahoma will have their work cut out for them. Over the first 2 games, the Buckeyes have scored 125 points and kept their opponents to a measly 13 points. 7:30pm ET on FOX

#12 Michigan State @ #18 Notre Dame.  Both of these teams are trying to recover from lackluster starts to the season: Michigan State had trouble putting away lowly Furman and Notre Dame lost to Texas. Michigan State is favored and didn’t play last week, so they’ve had extra time to prepare. 7:30pm ET on NBC

 

See you Monday for your recap, Goalposters!