A. Antonio Brown
. The Steelers' star receiver scored another touchdown last week in a win over the Jets but this time simply handed the ball to a fan in the stands. He had
already been flagged and fined multiple times this season for"sexually suggestive" behavior following touchdowns. Perhaps Brown has learned to keep those
kinds of thing in the…er…locker room.
B. Bengals . The Bengals have turned into the Bungals since winning at the Jets in Week 1. They are 1-3 in their last four games, with the lone victory coming at home against lowly Miami. And to add insult to injury, following its loss at Dallas this past Sunday, Cincinnati now has to face a New England squad that has Tom Brady back under center.The Patriots are -9.5 home favorites, per Bovada Sportsbook.
C. Cook, Jared . Cook missed Green Bay's Week 5 win over the Giants because of an ankle injury. He may have missed it due to trauma, anyway. Last Tuesday he found a chicken head in his Buffalo Wild Wings order. "Typically, this doesn't happen," the Packers' tight end reported a restaurant employee as saying. Ya think?!?!
D. Double overtime . Tennessee could have lost to Appalachian State. Tennessee should have lost to Florida. Tennessee would have lost to Georgia if not for a successful, game-ending Hail Mary. Another thriller saw the Volunteers finally lose, as they staged an incredible second-half comeback but fell at Texas A&M 45-38 in double-overtime last Saturday.
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E. Ezekiel Elliott . Elliott was living it up at Concrete Cowboy bar in Dallas last Friday night and early Saturday morning. Perhaps he should make it a weekly routine prior to home games. After all, the Cowboys' rookie running back proceeded to rush for 134 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-14 win over the Bengals. GT Bets has Dallas at +160 to win the NFC East.
F. Finals . The WNBA Finals are locked up at 1-1 heading back to Los Angeles for Game 3. Alana Beard helped the Sparks upset Minnesota with a buzzer-beater in Game 1 before the Lynx bounced back to dominate Game 2 by a 79-60 margin. L.A. is a -3.5 home favorite on Friday, as indicated by MyBookie.ag.
G. Gurley, Todd . You're not in St. Louis anymore. Gurley probably wishes he was, because his second season in the NFL-now in Los Angeles-has not been a good one. The former UGA star is averaging a mere 2.7 yards per carry through five games. It doesn't help when opposing defenses don't have to pay any attention to the quarterback (ahem, Case Keenum).
H. Hurricane Matthew . The hurricane wreaked some havoc on last week's college football schedule in the southeastern United States. More than one game (none to the extent of Notre Dame vs. N.C. State) was severely impacted, another (Georgia vs. South Carolina) was moved to Sunday, and another (LSU vs. Florida) was postponed altogether. Now the SEC is scrambling to find a way to reschedule LSU-Florida, and right now it's looking dicey.
I. Indians . Are we on course for a World Series between two once-moribund franchises in the Indians and Cubs? Following their respective division series, it's still possible. After Cleveland ended David Ortiz's career with a three-game sweep of Boston on Monday, Chicago staged a dramatic ninth-inning comeback in Game 4 to eliminate San Francisco on Tuesday. The Indians (Kluber) are -127 home favorites over Toronto (Estrada) in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday, according to BetOnline Sportsbook.
J. Jimmie Johnson . Johnson booked an automatic spot in the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup by taking the checkered flag at last week's event in Charlotte. Kevin Harvick started on the pole but struggled with engine issues and finished 38th in a 40-car field. Harvick is now dead last in the standings among the 12 drivers who are still in the hunt for the Sprint Cup title.
K. Kyrgios, Nick . What a difference a week makes. Coming off the biggest title of his career in Tokyo, Kyrgios-the player who once told Stan Wawrinka that a fellow ATP professional banged his girlfriend-blatantly tanked a second-round match in Shanghai on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Australian was fined $16,500 for "lack of best efforts" following a 6-3, 6-1 loss to Mischa Zverev.
L. Lowry, Kyle . Lowry said last week that he plans to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Raptors. The 30-year-old guard is making $12 million this season and has a $12 million player option for 2016-17. Although Lowry says he prefers to remain in Toronto, he is prepared to join a free-agent class that could include Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, and Blake Griffin.
M. Marian Gaborik . "Damn the World Cup of hockey!" That must be what the Kings were thinking when they learned that veteran forward Marian Gaborik sustained a broken right foot while playing for Team Europe. L.A. place Gaborik on injured reserve last week and he is expected to be sidelined until at least late November. The Kings are +900 at BookMaker to win the Western Conference.
N. Navy . The Midshipmen lost to fellow service academy Air Force 28-14 on Oct. 1, but they bounced back like champs last weekend. Navy upset previously undefeated and then-No. 6 Houston 46-40 by rushing for 306 yards and winning the turnover battle three to zero.
O. Odor, Rougned . What were Blue Jays' more excited about: that their team won, or the way in which it won? It's a tough call. Not only did Toronto complete a three-game sweep of Texas in the ALDS by winning 7-6 in 10 innings this past Sunday, but it also ended on a throwing error by public enemy No. 1-Odor.
P. Peppers, Jabrill . Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is already campaigning for his star linebacker to win the Heisman Trophy, and why not? Peppers has 10 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, 14 punt returns for 249 yards and a touchdown, three kick returns for 95 yards, and five quarterback keepers for 98 yards and two scores. Remember Charles Woodson, anyone? Bovada Sportsbook has the Wolverines at +1000 to win the National Championship.
Q. Qualifying . World Cup qualifying continued last week in Europe. Through three matches, group leaders are France, Switzerland, Germany, Serbia, England, Spain, Belgium, Croatia, and…Montenegro.
R. Roll Tide . Head coach Nick Saban thinks the Tide should have rolled to an even greater extent against Arkansas.That is despite the fact that they won 49-30 after the defense forced five turnovers and scored two touchdowns. Saban walked to shake hands when the clock expired looking as if Auburn had just stunned Alabama with another kick six. 'Bama is a -12.5 favorite at Tennessee on Saturday, per GT Bets.
S. Strong, Charlie . Strong recently took over defensive play-calling duties at Texas; he might as well not have. The Longhorns gave up at least 40 points for a fourth time already this season as they went down to Oklahoma 45-40 in the Red River Rivalry last Saturday. It also marked the third consecutive contest in which Texas has allowed more than 500 yards of offense. "I want to win out," Strong said afterward. Yeah, that's funny. 5Dimes Sportsbook has the 'Horns as -13.5 home favorites over Iowa State this weekend.
T. Tom Brady . Line: 28 of 40, 406 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions. That's not bad for your first game back. Heck, that's not bad for any game. The Patriots are +300 favorites at MyBookie.ag to win the Super Bowl.
U. Ultimate fighting . Much-maligned defensive end Greg Hardy announced earlier this week that he is putting football on the backburner to pursue a career in the MMA. Well, if there is one thing we know Hardy is good at, it's fighting.
V. Vic Beasley . Beasley recorded 3.5 sacks in the Falcons' 23-16 win at Denver last weekend. That's like more sacks than the entire franchise had notched in the last five years combined! After losing at home to the Bucs in Week 1, Atlanta suddenly finds itself at 4-1 and way out front in the NFC South. BetOnline Sportsbook has the Falcons as +6.5 underdogs at Seattle on Sunday.
W. Woods, Tiger . For Tiger fans, Thursday was set to be a holiday. Taking a long lunch break? To heck with that; how about an entire sick day? But those grand designs were erased when Tiger withdrew from the Safeway Open, this week's PGA Tour event that was supposed to mark the start of the 14-time major champion's comeback.
X. Xavier Henry . The former Kansas Jayhawk was released by the Bucks last month. Henry, the 12thoverall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, suited up for nine games with the Lakers in 2014-15 before playing in the D-League last season.
Y. Yu Darvish
. Not one. Not two. Not three…. No, four home runs were hit by the Blue Jays off Darvish in Game 2 of their ALDS last Friday. Darvish became the first
pitcher in Rangers' playoff history to give up four homers in a single game. Toronto prevailed on the road via a 5-3 decision before finishing off its
three-game sweep of Texas two days later.
Z. Zetterberg, Henrik .The Red Wings' 36-year-old captain returned from a knee injury to take part in last Saturday's preseason finale against Toronto. He is expected to have the green light for Thursday's opener at Tampa Bay. "You don't want to get told that you're going to play less or that you're going to sit out games," Zetterberg commented. "But I think it's also that you've got to learn where you're at, too, with your body and your age." Detroit is a +150 underdog against the Lightning, according to BookMaker.
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