That was one awesome week in sports! The top team in both the English Premier League and La Liga fell, the MLB homefield advantage race is heating up, and three players have separated themselves in the Heisman Trophy race. Also, a couple of massive injuries to Super Bowl contenders happened in NFL Week 2. Check out our weekly sports update and don’t forget to check the latest sportsbook odds at MyBookie!
Weekly Sports Update – September 16th Edition
Man City Falls to Norwich, Man United Locks Up Goalie DeGea
Is there parity in soccer? Based on Norwich City’s 3-2 victory over Manchester City, the answer is yes! A major underdog, Norwich upset Man City behind not only excellent play, but a raucous home crowd. Sounds like it shouldn’t matter much, but Liverpool is 5-0 so far in the English Premier League while Man City is 3-1-1. Even a couple of toe stubs during the season can lead to a lost EPL Championship.
Manchester United is 2-2-1. Man United is one of the youngest teams in the English Premier League. They locked up their goalie, David De Gea, to a long-term contract. Just a few weeks ago everyone said Man U. had no shot at the Championship. They’ve got 8 points along with Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, and Leicester.
That’s only 2 points off Man City. Everyone’s chasing 15 points leading Liverpool.
Sociedad Beats Atletico Madrid Sending Sevilla to the Top
Norwich beating Manchester City got most of the press, but Atletico Madrid falling to Sociedad in La Liga might have been the bigger upset. Sociedad is now 2-1-1 after the win. They’ve got 7 points.
Atletico has 9 points. The loss put them in second place and a point behind Sevilla. Barcelona is 2-1-1 with 7 points. La Liga could still end up Atletico battling Barca for the title. But, Madrid’s loss to Sociedad no doubt means there’s more parity in the Spanish league than many of us thought.
Yankees, Astros, Braves Tied with Best Record in MLB with Dodgers Half a Game Back
With only a few weeks left in the Major League Baseball Regular Season, the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Atlanta Braves are tied for the best record in baseball. The preseason World Series favorite Dodgers are only a game behind the Stros, Yanks, and Tomahawks for the best record.
Reason? L.A. has played one less game as of Sep. 16 than the other teams. Whichever squad gets homefield advantage should have a serious leg up on their competition in what’s shaping up as a crazy competitive MLB Postseason.
After Three NCAAF Weeks, Hurts, Tua, and Burrow Lead Heisman Race
Clemson is the top ranked team in the nation. Not only that, but quarterback Trevor Lawrence is likely to be the first player taken in next April’s NFL Draft. Although all that is true, Lawrence hasn’t been nearly as impressive under center for the Tigers as so many expected him to be. After three weeks, Lawrence’s Heisman Trophy winning odds have floated up to +800.
That doesn’t sound like a big float up. But Trevor was a +250 odds choice along with Tua Tagovailoa before the season started. So, it’s a big move in the other direction for Clemson’s quarterback.
Speaking of Tua, the Alabama gunslinger had another great game in Bama’s big win over South Carolina. Tua has thrown for a ridiculous 1,007 passing yards in only 3 games. He’s thrown 12 TD passes and no interceptions while completing 76.9%. Tua’s Heisman Trophy odds are +250, same as former teammate Jalen Hurts’ odds.
Hurts has a shot to become the third Oklahoma quarterback in a row to win the Heisman. His stats are as mind-boggling as Tagovailoa’s. Hurts has thrown for 880 yards and 9 TDs with no picks. He’s completing 80.3% of his passes. Jalen has also rushed 38 times for 373 yards and 4 touchdowns. That’s in only 3 games.
Right now, Hurts might be the slight choice over Tua. Both Oklahoma’s quarterback and Alabama’s quarterback could be looking over their shoulder at the third choice in future books, though, LSU gunslinger Joe Burrrow.
Who knew the Baton Rouge Tigers would find a quarterback? Traditionally, LSU has struggled to recruit the best high school signal-callers. Not this time. Burrow is a former Ohio Mr. Football player. He went to Baton Rouge after losing out on starting at Ohio State.
Burrow has thrown for 1,122 yards, 11 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Although he has the 2 picks while Hurts and Tua have 0 picks, many Heisman watchers favor Burrow because LSU has already beaten a Top 10 ranked team, Texas, on the road. Burrow led the Tigers to a victory over the Longhorns in Week 2.
We’ll get to see Tua and Joe face off later this season. It might not matter who wins that duel if Jalen continues dominating like he has.
Fury Works Hard to Beat Wallin, Canelo Jumping Two Weight Classes to Fight Kovalev
Tyson Fury stopped Otto Wallin via unanimous decision, but he didn’t look good doing it. Fury, using his usual head movement to get his opponent off kilter style, suffered a massive cut above his right eye. Luckily, the cut didn’t cause Fury to have to tap out.
Tyson battles Deontay Wilder in February next year. The cut must heal and Tyson must get back to training. If one of those things doesn’t happen, or neither, a decent possibility, he won’t be ready for the massive rematch with Deontay.
In other boxing news, the most marketable star in the sport, Canelo Alvarez, will jump two weight classes to take on light heavyweight power puncher Sergey Kovalev. Alvarez is showing that he has absolutely no fear. He’s giving up natural weight to Sergey as well as a bunch of inches.
Kovalev should be favored in the fight because he’s got a decent jab while we have no idea if Canelo can carry the weight he’s going to have to carry to take on Sergey.
Injuries to Steelers Big Ben and Saints Brees in NFL Week 2
NFL Week 2 turned into a horror show if you’re a Saints or Steelers fan. Let’s start with the Steelers. Big Ben Roethlisberger, the 2-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, needs elbow surgery. Big Ben doesn’t believe he must get surgery. However, the doctors will make the final determination. Without Big Ben, Pittsburgh could be in some trouble.
Like the Steelers, the Saints could be in some trouble, but their situation is much less dire. They could lose Drew Brees for 6 weeks after the future hall of fame quarterback suffered a thumb injury in Week 2. Brees will undergo surgery as soon as possible. But, he’s likely to come back one-hundred percent.
More importantly, backup Teddy Bridgewater has NFL starting experience. If Bridgewater can get into a groove while Brees is out, he’ll solidify his position as the heir apparent. If he can maintain a .500 record for the Saints without Brees, New Orleans could still make the playoffs.
Have a great week!
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