MVPs on Monday Night
It’s the reigning Super Bowl MVP against the reigning NFL MVP when Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Baltimore to take on Lamar Jackson and the Ravens on Monday Night Football. So many MVPs.
Neither quarterback has thrown an interception this season, with Jackson throwing for 479 yards and four touchdowns in two games and Mahomes throwing for 513 yards and five touchdowns. Jackson also has 99 yards rushing. Both QBS also have a plethora of offensive weapons to choose from, both in the air and on the ground.
Baltimore’s pass rush got an upgrade this season in the forms of Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe, and they will have their hands full with the Chiefs’ offense. That being said, I’m giving the Ravens the edge and the win in what promises to be a high-scoring and, frankly, super fun game.
From Herro to Hero
The Miami Heat hold a 3-1 lead over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, and that is, in no small part, thanks to Tyler Herro. The 20 year-old, yes I said 20 year-old, rookie had 37 points off the bench to give the Heat the Game 4, 112-109, win.
If Boston has any chance of making a Denver-like comeback, the Celtics have to limit turnovers, which has been an issue for them in this series. Boston has committed 16 per night to Miami’s 11.3. The Celtics have outshot and outrebounded the Heat, but it’s the turnovers that have made the difference.
Game 5 is tonight at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT. Will the Miami Heat earn their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2014? Fangirls says yes.
Western Conference Finals
After last night’s 114-108 win, the Los Angeles Lakers have a 3-1 series lead over the Denver Nuggets. Now, these are the same Denver Nuggets who came back from 3-1 deficits to both the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers, but these Denver Nuggets look exhausted and LeBron and the Lakers may just be too much.
Denver’s Jamal Murray finished Game 4 with 32 points, three rebounds and eight assists, but he was 0-3 from three-point land. With James guarding him in the game’s final minutes, Murray was 0-for-2 shooting. The Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic was held to just 16 points.
Dwight Howard got the start for the Lakers and had 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Anthony Davis had 34 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Game 5 is tomorrow night at 9 pm ET/6 pm. Maybe it’s the LA girl in me, but I see the King getting one step closer to the crown.
Cowboys vs. Seahawks
After winning a very Seattle-like game in Week 2, Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys will be in Seattle on Sunday to take on Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, who are coming off a very Seattle-like victory of their own.
The Cowboys’ offense is a juggernaut, with Prescott going 34-of-47 for 450 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions and scoring three rushing touchdowns of his own. Ezekiel Elliot rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown, while CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper and Dalton Schultz had great games at receiver. So, Jamal Adams and the Seahawks’ defense has their work cut out for them.
That being said, though the Cowboys look unstoppable, they’re not, and if not for the onside kick heard ‘round the world, they’d probably be 0-2 right now. This is a matchup between what should be two of the NFC’s top teams, and it’s an opportunity for Dallas to show that all that talent can gel on both sides of the ball.
But, the Seahawks have Wilson and Adams, and their talent, plus their instincts, may just come out on top. Set your DVRs Fangirls. This is going to be a good one.
Though it feels like it just started, Major League Baseball is going into its final weekend of the regular season. An unprecedented 16 teams will make the playoffs and if they started today, the Wild Card Round would look like this.
No. 1 Dodgers** vs. No. 8 Giants
No. 2 Braves** vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs* vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres* vs. No. 5 Cardinals
No. 1 Rays** vs. No. 8 Blue Jays*
No. 2 Twins* vs. No. 7 Indians*
No. 3 Athletics** vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 White Sox* vs. No. 5 Yankees*
A * means the team has clinched a spot and ** means the team has won their division.
And the magic numbers to clinch playoff spots are as follows: Miami Marlins 2, Cincinnati Reds 3, New York Giants 4, St. Louis Cardinals 4 and Houston Astros 1
Peanuts ✅. Cracker Jack ✅. Bring on the playoffs.