Uh oh are we two for two on weekly reports?! Don’t get carried away you know I’ll get lazy soon enough. Without further ado let’s get to this weeks look around the world of sports.
With only one head coaching opening available what way will the Cleveland Browns go? A Pre-Season Super Bowl pick it’s obvious the Browns have a talented roster. Can the next hsead coach get the best out of Baker Mayfield and get his career back on track, that will be priority number one.
Personally if the Browns are leaning towards an offensive overhaul they should lean towards an offensive coach. And this year’s cycle has a few of them. Both Josh McDaniels and Eric Bieniemy bring terrific pedigrees to the table. With McDaniels of course being a multi-time Super Bowl Coordinator and also has previous head coaching experience. That said, both of the previous coaching situations did not go over well, struggling in both Denver and St. Louis. Bieniemy has been the coordinator for one of the more electric offenses in the game over the past few seasons, could this be his time? Only time will tell.
Divisional Round Matchups
So we should’ve pulled a Costanza and picked the opposite last week, limping to a 1-3 record. That said if you used the scores and picked on a super teaser card you went 4-0. After a great wild card weekend with all games being decided by 8 points or less and two overtime games. Will this weekend bring the same amount of chaos or will some resemblance of order be restored?
Minnesota Vikings v. San Francisco 49ers (-7.0)
This game will be interesting, something about the Vikings going into one of the toughest stadiums in the NFL and winning in OT screams “Team of Destiny”. Not so fast. Though I don’t see this game being a blowout, I do think it will be hard to keep Kirk Cousins within the confines of the offense with such an imposing defensive unit. I think a big turnover will seal the Vikings fate late.
Niners 30-24 #WilliamHill Big Teaser Pick Vikings +17.5
Seattle Seahawks v. Green Bay Packers (-5.0)
The Seahawks aren’t coming off of their most impressive win of the year, but it was quintessential Seattle football. Junk up the game, run off schedule plays, and make one more big play than your opposition. Personally I don’t know if the Packers have the toughness to get it done this game. Overall their division was a very inconsistent one and they were the best of the bunch. With a defense that has been playing well throughout the season, I think it’s the offense that eventually will let them down.
Seattle 17-10 #WilliamHill Big Teaser Pick Seahawks +14.5
Houston Texans v. Kansas City Chiefs (-10.0)
This game quietly might be the game of the week if these two offenses are able to assert themselves. Personally i think these two teams might jump out to a quick surge before the defenses tighten up in a hotly contested contest. The Texans showed great heart in coming back from the initial Bills punch last week and I think the two score line might be too big.
Kansas City 24-20 #WilliamHill Big Teaser Pick Texans +19.5
Tennessee Titans v. Baltimore Ravens (-10)
This game will come to down to two things, which team controls the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and if Lamar Jackson continues doing Lamar Jackson things. Both of these teams thrive on establishing the run both in time of possession and as an assertion of dominance. If Tennessee can show that they can not only run the ball but finish drives it will help their case in an upset bid. I don’t however think they will have an answer for LJ (no one has so far this year), and if he is remotely as proficient as he’s been most of the year the chasm will be too great.
Ravens 31-17 #WilliamHill Big Teaser pick Titans +19.5
Well I think this is the match up we all wanted. The defending National Champion Clemson Tigers will face off against the favored Tigers from LSU. One thing we know is that a Tiger will reign supreme for one more year (sorry I couldn’t resist). This game is an interesting one to call because LSU’s defense put on a masterful performance against the Sooners in the playoff game and I think the LSU offense just broke another record after compiling sixty-three total points behind eight total touchdowns from Hesiman trophy winner Joe Burrow.
On the other hand the Clemson Tigers took down a very formidable Buckeyes team ripe with NFL talent and neutralized the nation’s top player Chase Young. This juggernaut from LSU sounds much like the team that opposed Clemson last year from the SEC, and we all remember how that game turned out. This will be Dabo Swinney’s fourth National Championship appearance in 5 years and potentially winning his third title could cement his legacy as one of the greatest coaches of all time. With the win Clemson also will be the first back to back national champion with consecutive undefeated seasons since 94-95.
Clemson 38-30 #WilliamHill Big Teaser Pick Clemson +15.5
In less then a week two potential title contenders have lost big pieces to their teams. The West leading Lakers lost Anthony Davis after a nasty fall on his tailbone. The injury isn’t considered serious but AD has had a few quiet injury scares over the course of the season and how long will his luck last? The Philadelphia 76ers Center Joel Embiid had a nasty finger dislocation Sunday night which later revealed torn ligaments requiring surgery. Truthfully I just hope he is able to return after his reevaluation in two weeks.
All NBA news hasn’t been doom and gloom, as two blasts from the past potentially will take part in the All Star game festivities in Chicago. Dwight Howard has put his name in this year’s Dunk Contest, and Derek Rose looks to join the Skills Challenge in front of his home fans. Absolutely love this and hope both of them are able to have exciting performances.
The UFC 246 Main Event will be all about legacy. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is coming off of two straight losses and a third could slowly end his career. “The Notorious” Conor McGregor is trying to reclaim his place atop the Fight Games elite, after a 4th round submission at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov. Both fighters legacy’s are at stake, but perhaps Conor’s would be more damaged by a defeat. Even though all fighters within his sphere of influence crave a chance to fight him due to the revenue and notoriety his fights generate. A lot of the shine on Conor’s box office viability dims with a loss on January 18th. This fight is all about legacy and it will be a big opportunity for both of these men.
With each passing slam we ask, “Is this the year the Big 3 fall?” And with each year we are greeted with a resounding “NO!”. I do not see this trend changing with the upcoming Australian Open the first slam of 2020. With the current national crisis giving this years tournament a more somber tone. The play at Rod Lever Stadium should be world class with hopefully Rafa pulling out number 19, The Joker bringing home title number 17, or Roger Federer further cementing his legacy as the GOAT.
On the female side of the draw things are always a little more interesting. Considering we now have hit year three in the Serena Williams major drought period. Over the last three years many new faces have emerged, yet none have taken control of the WTA. Many of the new faces have actually dethroned Ms. Williams on their way to greatness. That being said the female game still revolves around her powerful groundstrokes and I think three years is long enough for her to tie Margaret Court with her 24th grand slam title.