The Raiders and Vikings wrap up Week 1 of the NFL preseason with the debut of ESPN on MNF tonight in Minnesota at 8:00 ET. Home teams finished 11-4 SU but only 8-6-1 this first week and in a stat that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, 11 of the 15 games went down (I’m counting Saturday’s Saints/Titans game that fell 19-16 in the lower category, as the game opened 37 but closed at 34 1/2 in places). Throw an under in HOF play and his 12 unders in 16 games.
My free play for Monday is against the NY Mets over the Phi Phillies at 7:05 ET. After completing my second straight 3-1 Saturday and Sunday in the MLB, I open the new week with my 15* NL Favorite of the Month. Even though I lost my game total in last night’s game, I have opened the NFLX season by winning THREE of four sides. Don’t miss my 15* MNF Game of the Month tonight.
Brad Childress makes his coaching debut for the Vikings in this, the last of 10 new head coaches this year to do so. Art Shell is also new to Oakland this year, but made his debut in 2006 at the HOF game on Aug. 6. Teams with new head coaches this year have gone 5-4 SU and ATS thus far, giving up hardly any leads. The current lineup for tonight’s game is Minnesota favored by three points with a total of 36.
The Jags scored the most points in the highest scoring game of Week 1 (31-26 over the Dolphins). Four teams totaled more than 400 yards of offense in Week 1, led by Atlanta’s 423 yards in the Falcons’ 26-23 win over the Patriots. New England also gained 400-plus yards in that game (407), joining the Rams (404 against the Colts in a 19-17 win Thursday) and the Saints, who barely passed the 400-yard mark with 401 in its 19-16. beat the Titans on Saturday.
The Jets, Packers, Redskins and Seahawks were tied for Week 1 lows, all scoring just three points. Three teams didn’t gain 200 yards in their Week 1 games. The Chiefs gained just 172 yards in their 24-14 loss to the Texans (Saturday), the Browns gained just 179 in their 20-7 loss to the Eagles ( Thursday) and the Jets had just 185 yards in their 16-3 loss. loss to the Bucs.
Detroit’s 20-13 victory on Friday ended Denver’s four-game preseason winning streak. That modest streak was actually the longest active preseason winning streak of any team. ATS’s longest active winning streak also ended in Week 1, when the Browns saw their seven-game ATS streak end with a 20-7 loss at Philadelphia on Thursday. The 49ers, who beat the Bears 28-14 on Friday, now own the longest active ATS streak with five straight coverages.
The Colts saw their preseason losing streak extended to seven with Thursday’s 19-17 loss in St Louis, and Kansas City matched the Colts’ seven-game losing streak on Saturday when they lost in Houston to the Texans, 24-14. . However, the Colts covered their loss, making them 2-5 ATS during their slide. As for the Chiefs, their SU loss on Saturday was also their seventh straight ATS loss, the longest active preseason streak.
The Dodgers don’t have the longest active winning streak in MLB, but it’s hard not to acknowledge the team’s incredible 15-1 run since July 28. Of course, what makes his current streak even more incredible is that it was directly preceded by a post-All. Star break slide from 1-13! LA owns a 2.42 team ERA over the last 16 games with their starting pitchers throwing at least six innings, all but twice. Since their 11-game winning streak was snapped last Wednesday, LA has won four straight one-run games.
Remarkably, the 53-64 Cleveland Indians open the new week with the longest active streak in MLB, having won six straight games. The Rangers trail just behind the Indians with five straight wins (neither team plays tonight). The Indians’ rise has knocked them out of the basement in MLB’s “money line” rankings, as at minus $1,908 on the year (at $100 per game), they are $89 better than the (Pirates (minus $1,997), who incidentally swept the Cardinals over the weekend.
The longest active losing streak in MLB is owned by the Devil Rays, who lost all six games this week in Seattle and Oakland, respectively. Tampa has now lost 17 of its last 18 road games, including going 1-15 since the break. The Giants have lost five straight games, 16 of their last 19 and 13 of their last 14 on the road. Joining the Giants with five straight losses are the Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers were 76-36 before their losing streak, which is now the second-longest in the past 30 years (since 1977) by a team that was at least 40 games over .500 at the start of the streak. . The 1993 Giants were 89-48 before losing their next eight games. Detroit’s lead in the AL Central has now been cut to just 5 1/2 games over the White Sox, a team that trailed the Tigers a season-high 10 games last Monday.
Things don’t get any easier for Detroit tonight, as the Tigers open a three-game series at Fenway against the Red Sox (7:05 ET), as part of MLB’s 11-game schedule for Monday. The Red Sox swept the Orioles over the weekend, ending a five-game skid and opening the week just one game behind the Yankees in the AL East.
Speaking of the Yankees, they will wrap up their four-game series with the Angels at Yankee Stadium tonight at 7:05 ET (Lackey vs. Johnson). The Angels have taken two of the first three games, including a 5-3 victory on Sunday. The Angels, now 53-50 against New York since 1996, are the only team in the Joe Torre era to have a winning record against the Yankees.
Jered Weaver improved his career record to 8-0 in the victory and became the third pitcher in the past 100 years to go unbeaten in his first 11 major league starts and win at least eight of those games.
Whitey Ford (1950) and Livan Hernandez (1997) were 8-0 at that point in their careers. No pitcher has posted a better mark in his first 11 major league starts since Hooks Wiltse, who won each of his first 12 for the 1904 Giants.
As Jered made history this weekend, his older brother, Jeff, added his 100th career loss (only 83 wins) in the Cardinals’ 3-2 loss to the Pirates on Saturday.
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