Tuesday, January 31

Bills make loud assertion on opening evening, plus Fantasy Football recommendation for the remainder of Week 1


Happy Friday, everybody! Hope you are nicely.

Let’s get proper to it.

Good morning to everybody however particularly to…


Josh Allen can clear up any drawback, any time. Von Miller can create any drawback, any time. Put that collectively, and Buffalo goes to be a serious drawback for any opponent this season.

The Super Bowl-favorite Bills rumbled into Los Angeles and dominated the Super Bowl-champion Rams, 31-10, to make a statement on opening night.

  • Allen threw for 3 touchdowns and ran for one more, making a number of jaw-dropping performs within the second half, when Buffalo outscored Los Angeles 21-0.
  • It’s Allen’s twenty first sport with a minimum of one passing landing and a minimum of one speeding landing since he entered the league in 2018, eight greater than anybody else over that span.
  • Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis mixed for 12 catches, 210 yards and two touchdowns.
  • The Bills sacked Matthew Stafford seven occasions — essentially the most a Sean McVay-coached workforce has ever allowed in a sport — and picked him off thrice. Miller had two of the sacks.

While the ultimate rating wasn’t remotely shut, this was removed from a breeze for Buffalo. After scoring a landing on their first drive, the Bills turned the ball over on three of their subsequent 4 possessions: an Allen interception that Isaiah McKenzie ought to have caught, a James Cook fumble on his first profession contact, a discipline objective after which one other Allen interception — to enter the half tied 10-10.

Cue the Josh Allen takeover — main (and ending) three consecutive landing drives to begin the second half:

  • A landing cross to McKenzie
  • A ridiculous landing run on Third-and-goal shortly after a 47-yard throw to Davis
  • A 53-yard landing cross to Diggs whereas on the run

After working only one time for 7 yards within the first half, Allen ran 9 occasions for 49 yards and the aforementioned rating within the second. He hit two big deep passes after principally throwing shorter stuff within the first half, and but he nonetheless managed to finish 26 of his 31 passes on the evening for an 84 p.c completion fee, a franchise report (min. 20 passes). There’s merely nothing he could not — or did not — do final evening.

On the opposite aspect, Miller proved price each cent of the giant contract he signed this offseason, residing within the backfield of his former workforce. Five completely different Bills had a sack. Between Miller and up to date early picks Gregory Rousseau, Boogie Basham and A.J. Epenesa, the Bills have invested a ton of their cross rush. So far, so good.

Overall, it is a robust assertion made by Buffalo (and a strong statement received by Caesars Sportsbook).

Honorable mentions

And not such an excellent morning for…

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Many of the most important stars — Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey — are again for the Rams, however make no mistake: This just isn’t the identical workforce that received the Super Bowl seven months in the past. At least not but.

Gone are Odell Beckham Jr., Robert Woods, Andrew Whitworth, Austin Corbett and, after all, Miller. Those losses aren’t insignificant, and that confirmed:

  • Allen Robinson, introduced in to switch Beckham Jr. and/or Woods, had one catch for 12 yards on simply two targets.
  • Without Whitworth and Corbett, the new-look offensive line was below siege from a relentless Buffalo cross rush.
  • Without Miller, the Rams registered simply two sacks, the identical quantity Miller had by himself.

The outcome? The second-largest season-opening loss by a defending Super Bowl champion ever. Not nice. It’s also the first time McVay, at 0-1, has ever been under .500 during a season.

There has been precisely one sport this NFL season to react to, so the pure tendency is to overreact. It’s all we’ve. The Rams can be advantageous. Robinson will construct chemistry with Stafford, the road will jell and the protection will enhance.

The Rams are too well-coached and have an excessive amount of expertise for these issues not to occur. But Thursday evening was very a lot the rudest of awakenings.

Not so honorable point out

Sun stun Sky with late-game rally, advance to WNBA Finals 🏀

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Welcome to the WNBA Finals, Connecticut Sun! Fueled by a surprising late-game run, the Sun closed out the Sky with a 72-63 Game 5 win.

  • The Sun trailed by 11 with 7:10 to go earlier than a 22-2 run that included Connecticut scoring every of the final 18 factors.
  • All 5 Sun starters scored in double figures, with Jonquel Jones and DeWanna Bonner every contributing 15. Alyssa Thomas had a near-triple-double with 12 factors, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

It’s Connecticut’s fourth Finals journey, however the franchise continues to be searching for its first title. In order to assert that title, they will must beat the Aces, who received two of the three conferences through the common season.

Sports world reacts to Queen Elizabeth II’s dying

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Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British historical past, died at 96 years previous Thursday after 70 years on the throne. Her dying despatched shockwaves across the globe, and the sports activities world was no exception.

Fantasy soccer Friday: Who to begin, who to take a seat and extra 🤔


The NFL is again, which is superior. That means fantasy football is again, which can also be superior. That additionally means deciding who’s going to be in your beginning lineup is again, which is… lower than superior. More like “keep-you-up-at-night annoying.”

Lucky for you, our fantasy gurus are right here that can assist you make your selections. We’ll begin with Dave Richard’s all-encompassing  Starts, Sits, Sleepers and Busts for each sport. One of Dave’s prime sleepers is…

  • Richards: Trey Lance‘s sleeper attraction places him within the top-12 amongst Fantasy quarterbacks this week… Whatever draw back there’s with Lance as a passer is a minimum of partially made up by his speeding. He averaged 10.3 rush makes an attempt within the three video games he performed a big chunk of the snaps in and averaged 5.2 yards per carry.”

I really like this take: In two begins final 12 months, Lance totaled 120 speeding yards on 24 makes an attempt, and he is dealing with a Bears workforce that is anticipated to battle. For what it is price, fantasy knowledgeable Jamey Eisenberg named Lance his Start of the Week in his excellent Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em column, too.

Here are position-by-position previews for Week 1 as nicely:

Who will win the NL East? ⚾

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The NL East went from snoozer to thriller in seemingly the blink of an eye fixed, and we’re now arrange for one heck of a end because the Mets and Braves vie for the division crown. The Mets led the division by 10 1/2 video games at first of June, however that lead is now simply 1/2 sport as Atlanta is an MLB-best 63-24 since June 1.

The Mets have not been too shabby themselves at 53-34 over that span, sixth in MLB. Our consultants picked their NL East champion in their latest Batting Around roundtable, and this is Matt Snyder’s take:

  • Snyder: I’m going with the Mets. I believe it is hilarious that each groups might win 100 video games and one must be a wild card after 88 wins took the division crown final season — after which led to a World Series title. That would not have something to do with who will win it this 12 months, clearly, I’m simply considering out loud. I dig the Mets having such a straightforward schedule and seeing them get up to dismantle the Pirates Wednesday after three straight dangerous losses helped a little bit.”

What we’re watching this weekend 📺

We’re watching Serie A all weekend lengthy on Paramount+. Same with NWSL on Paramount+.


🏈 Louisville at UCF, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2
🏈 Boise State at New Mexico, 9 p.m. on CBS Sports Network


🏈 No. 1 Alabama at Texas, Noon on FOX
🏈 No. 24 Tennessee at No. 17 Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m. on ABC
🏈 No. 20 Kentucky at No. 12 Florida, 7 p.m. on ESPN
🏈 No. 9 Baylor at No. 24 BYU, 10:15 p.m. on ESPN


🏈 Here’s the Week 1 NFL schedule.
🏀 Sun at Aces, 3 p.m. on ABC


2022-09-09 16:52:42 Zachary Pereles

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