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Top 10 Headlines to Know About Sports This Week

top 10 headlines you need to know about to understand and join the conversation this week about sports

This Week in Sports Talk (TWIST) is our weekly roundup of top headlines and current news events from the past seven days in the world of pro sports, plus a preview of what’s up next. Heading into the week of November 7, 2021, here are the top 10 headlines you need to know about to understand and join the conversation this week about sports, including football, baseball, hockey and basketball news.

top 10 headlines to know to join the talk about sports this week: November 7, 2021

It’s been a huge week in the world of sports, and there’s a lot of football being played today. This morning will also see the 50th running of the New York City Marathon, after last year’s race was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. Good to luck to all the runners! New York is making a comeback and we’re totally here for it.

top 10 headlines you need to know about to understand and join the conversation this week about sports

The top 10 headlines you need to know about to understand and join the conversation this week about sports. Today is the 50th running of the New York City Marathon.

Meanwhile, here’s what to know heading into a new week about sports.

1. Highlights (and lowlights) of Week 8 in the NFL

In hindsight, the NFL’s Week 8 should give hope to anyone who has ever felt overlooked or underestimated. As CBS Sports aptly put it, the games were full of “shocking underdog wins, overtime finishes and backup quarterbacks excelling.”

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the triumph of the underdogs

For instance, Dallas Cowboys (6-1) backup quarterback Cooper Rush helped lead his team to a 20-16 road win against the Minnesota Vikings (3-4).

The New England Patriots (4-4) upset the LA Chargers (4-3) to hand Los Angeles their second consecutive loss. And most astoundingly of all, New York Jets (2-6) replacement quarterback Mike White threw for 405 yards in a stunning upset over the Cincinnati Bengals (5-3).

Mike White. Photo Credit: NY Post.

The Kansas City Chiefs entered Monday’s game reeling from losses to the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans in two of their last three games. But they were able to rebound with a 20-17 win over the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. It wasn’t pretty, and they aren’t the team they’ve been in the past few seasons. But a win is a win. Whew!

other items of note from Week 8

Sadly, another of the big headlines coming out of last week is the number of injuries to key players. While each of these guys scored impressive wins, their teams may have won a battle and are now on their way to losing the war.

The Tennessee Titans (6-2) have to deal with the brutal news that their star running back Derrick Henry is seriously injured. He’s suffering from a broken foot, and could be out for the rest of the season. Henry currently leads the NFL with 937 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Jameis Winston will miss the remainder of the 2021 season after the Saints (5-2) quarterback suffered a torn ACL and damage to his MCL in New Orleans’ win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-2) in Week 8.

2. Week 9 Thursday Night NFL Game

The New York Jets (2-6) were the talk of the town – and our friendly football pool – all week after they upset the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8. Quarterback Mike White made a phenomenal first start. In our little corner of the world, we all lost our heads a bit and starting making crazy bets that the Jets could pull it off again. But it all came crashing back to reality pretty quickly on Thursday night. White suffered an arm injury in the first half. And the Indianapolis Colts (4-5) ended the night with a 45-30 win.

After a 1-4 start to the season, the Colts have won three of their last four games. Will they be able to climb back into the playoff race? Perhaps. As for the Jets? Like Charlie Brown and his football with Lucy, we keep thinking “this time its gonna happen!” It never does.

3. NFL Week 9 – notable games still to come

Our Sports Desk characterizes Week 9 as one that would’ve been full of great games – but isn’t. For example, the Green Bay Packers at the Kansas City Chiefs would have been a great matchup, but now Aaron Rogers is off the field (more on that below). The Tennessee Titans against the LA Rams would have been a great game, but now Derrick Henry is on the IR list.

Still, here are some of the matchups that people will probably be talking about on Monday morning.

Green Bay Packers (7-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-4)

The Packers are in the midst of a seven-game winning streak. But today they’ll be without quarterback Aaron Rodgers, after he tested positive for COVID-19. A number of key defensive players have also been ruled out or are questionable for today’s game. Will young, inexperienced quarterback Jordan Love be able to handle the Chiefs? Rodgers certainly didn’t think so when he went ballistic after the team drafted him in 2019. Tune in and see whether Love can prove him wrong . . .

Meanwhile, though, there’s a brewing storm over the fact that now the world knows that Rodgers is unvaccinated. He may have committed multiple COVID-19 protocol violations since the start of the season. As a result, the NFL could fine the Packers or even take away draft picks. The press corps is up in arms because Rodgers had said he was “immunized” back in August, and he has been appearing without a mask at indoor press conferences in violation of NFL and local safety protocols. Oy vey. This is far from over.

Cleveland Browns (4-4) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-3)

This is an important AFC North divisional game. Cleveland is coming off a frustrating loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  A week after being anointed the darlings of the NFL, the Bengals lost to the New York Jets.  Both teams will be desperate for a win to stay on pace in the suddenly competitive division.

Arizona Cardinals (7-1) at San Francisco 49ers (3-4)

The experts are split on how this game is likely to go. The Cards may be without their starting quarterback, Adorable Kyler Murray. Some reporters and betting experts believe that even if Colt McCoy has to step in for Murray, the Cardinals have enough offensive firepower to handle the 49ers. But Vegas has the Cards as 2.5 point underdogs.

LA Chargers (4-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-5)

Justin Herbert and the Chargers are coming off of a disappointing 27-24 loss to the New England Patriots. But the Eagles throttled the Detroit Lions, 44-6, in week 8. The Chargers won four of their first five games but then cooled off rather dramatically. Watch to see if they rebound today.

Atlanta Falcons (3-4) at New Orleans Saints (5-2)

As we preciously noted, the Saints lost their starting quarterback last week. They also take the field today without star wide receiver Michael Thomas. Falcons star receiver Calvin Ridley took himself out of competition due to his struggle with mental health issues. So both teams are undermanned. The Saints have named Trevor Siemian as their starting quarterback today, and Vegas has the Saints as 6-point favorites.

4. NFL Moves at the trade deadline

Rams acquire Von Miller from Broncos

The Los Angeles Rams (7-1) are clearly intent on making a play to win the Super Bowl this season. On Monday they acquired star pass rusher Von Miller from the Denver Broncos in exchange for a second and third round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Von Miller. Photo Credit: CNN.

Miller will be joining one of the best defenses in the league – the Rams defense already leads the NFL in sacks. This comes after the team had already acquired quarterback Matt Stanford, who’s on a potential MVP regular season run. 

Browns release Odell Beckham Jr.

The Cleveland Browns are releasing three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Both sides have agreed upon a financial settlement, which will make it easier for another team to claim him.

In a gesture of paternal protectiveness, in an Instagram video Beckham’s father blamed his son’s struggles on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Suffice it to say, that didn’t sit well with Mayfield. We just want to know what’s gonna happen to that bespoke orange and brown Rolls Royce OBJ rolled up in in 2019 after he was traded to Cleveland from the New York Giants. If you’re selling it, hit us up, man. We love that thing!

5. college football week 10 results

There were a few surprises in college football yesterday.

The Arkansas Razorbacks upset No. 17 Mississippi State with a last-minute 31-28 win.  No. 18 Kentucky also lost a close contest to Tennessee, 45-42, in an SEC faceoff. In the SEC West, No. 12 Auburn fell to No. 13 Texas A&M, 20-3.

Some games played out as expected, though. No. 3 Alabama defeated LSU, 20-14.

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The first installment of the College Football Playoff Rankings was released on Tuesday, and to the surprise of no one, the undefeated Georgia Bulldogs took the No. 1 spot. Alabama is right behind them at No. 2, with a 7-1 record. Rounding out the top 5? No. 3: Michigan State (8-0). No. 4: Oregon (7-1). And No. 5: Ohio State (7-1).

The Georgia Bulldogs. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Look at the Big 10 in the big leagues! As native Midwesterners, we can’t help being proud about this. Even though Michigan State and Ohio State are the two teams we love to hate as lifelong Wolverines.

6. Atlanta Braves win the World Series in 6

The Atlanta Braves took home their first title since 1995 with a shutout 7-0 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Game 6. Jorge Soler was named the MVP of the World Series. He is just the fourth Brave ever to hit three home runs in a single World Series.

Atlanta Braves World Series MVP Jorge Soler. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The Houston Astros, of course, have a cloud hanging over them from a cheating scandal that rocked the team and discredited the franchise. So it’s fair to say that most people are happy for the Braves – and considering Houston’s loss to be karma.

In other MLB news, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is retiring. Posey has long been known as one of the best catchers in baseball. After missing the 2020 season, in 2021 he came back and helped lead San Francisco to the most wins in the league, while having one of the best seasons of his career. Dude’s going out on a high note! Well played.

7. NBA standings

Ten games into the season, here’s where various teams are in the NBA standings. In the East, the Philadelphia 76ers (8-2) are at the top. And the Detroit Pistons (1-8) – perhaps in a show of solidarity with the Detroit Lions – are in last place.

In the West, the Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors are in first place, while the New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets are tied for last place.

The Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry and LA Lakers’ LeBron James. The two teams fortunes have reversed so far this season. Courtesy Photo.

Pause a moment and ponder this pressing question: what are we to make of the Los Angeles Lakers? LeBron James is out for at least a week with an abdominal strain (keep in mind, this is his 19th season in the NBA). Carmelo Anthony has played well. But as CBS Sports noted, “the Russell Westbrook addition looks ill-conceived.” After blowing a 19-point lead and losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a second time this week, Los Angeles sits at 5-5, in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference.

And how about those Knicks? We here in Gotham are thrilled to see the New York Knicks start the season strong. They even rallied from 20 points down to beat the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks this week! That sound you hear? That would be us, singing and doing our happy dance.

8. Simmons and Philly still at a standoff

According to ESPN, Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers was fined $360,000 for missing Thursday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. The Philadelphia 76ers had been fining Simmons throughout the preseason, as he was a no-show the entire time. He wants to be traded and has made his thoughts on remaining abundantly clear.

Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons takes part in a practice. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The fines stopped once Simmons reported to the team and told them that he was not mentally ready to play. Since then, though, Simmons has reportedly denied the mental health resources that the team has offered, opting to work with the Players’ Union instead.

The 76ers currently have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 8-2 but will need a resolution on the Simmons situation if they hope to maintain it. So far, Philadelphia has been unwilling to trade Simmons for anything less than a player they deem to be a difference-maker. So the standoff goes on . . .

9. Phoenix Suns owner under investigation.

Another week, another owner or coach of a professional sports team under fire for bad behavior or remarks. The NBA announced this week that it is investigating Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver after ESPN reported that he allegedly used the N-word on several occasions and made misogynistic comments in team meetings.

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver. Courtesy Photo.

We’re absolutely shocked that such a thing could be happening in this day and age! Said no one.

If this story sounds familiar, it’s because it’s nearly identical to that of former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who in 2014 was forced to sell his team and banned for life from the NBA after making racist comments to his girlfriend on the phone. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

10. Who says pearls are passé?

We end this week’s roundup with further proof – as if any were needed – that fashion and sports are the perfect match. And no, this has nothing to do with Tom Brady and his supermodel wife Giselle Bündchen. This time, we’re talking baseball.

Atlanta Braves outfielder Joc Pederson began wearing a pearl necklace in games starting in the postseason on September 29. Following the Braves’ World Series win over the Houston Astros, Pederson’s necklace is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Atlanta Braves’ Joc Pedersen wearing his now-famous pearl necklace during the World Series. Courtesy Photo.

The player wore his signature necklace one last time during the Braves’ championship parade on Friday. Now it’s on its way to Cooperstown. The necklace became a touchstone of Atlanta’s World Series run, with the team selling $5 replicas at Truist Park and Braves legend Dale Murphy wearing one while throwing a first pitch during the National League Championship Series.

The fashion crowd has been onto pearls for men for quite some time. We’re thrilled to see Major League Baseball catching up. Come on, NFL – the world is waiting.

This Week in Sports Talk November 7, 2021

That’s our take on the news headlines today and the previews of the week ahead that you need to know to understand and join the talk about sports – including football, baseball, basketball and hockey. Stay safe and strong out there, dear reader. See you next week.

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