The first two Monday Night Football games of the season took place on Monday, and both of them ended up being big-time blowouts. In the first game of the doubleheader, the New York Jets trounced the Detroit Lions 48-17. And that was despite falling behind 7-0 on the first play of quarterback Sam Darnold’s career. The rookie QB bounced to go 16 of 21 in the air and had two touchdowns while his defense intercepted five passes of their own. In the other game, the Los Angeles Rams defeated Jon Gruden in his first game back with the Oakland Raiders by a score of 33-13. The Raiders led 13-10 at halftime, but the Rams scored 23 unanswered points in the second half to pull away. Derek Carr had three interceptions for the Raiders, and Jared Goff had two touchdowns for the Rams, helping explain how the game turned.
It came a day later than originally planned, but it did not disappoint. The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series’ final regular season race of the season at Indianapolis took place, and for the second year in a row, it had a thrilling finish. Brad Keselowski went back-to-back to win at the Brickyard, giving Roger Penske his first ever NASCAR victory at the track where he has tasted so much success in Indycar. The race also confirmed the playoff field, with Alex Bowman and Jimmie Johnson squeezing their way in. Kyle Busch clinched the regular season championship despite a poor day.
In other playoff news, the FedexCup will definitely not be going to Jordan Spieth this year. Rain also had pushed the final round of the BMW Championship to Monday, and the biggest story out of it is that Spieth will not be in the field of 30 at the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Keegan Bradley won the tournament, vaulting his way up to #6 in the standings and within a shot at the title as a result. It was his first Tour win in six years. The Tour Championship will include Tiger Woods for the first time since 2013.
Also in playoff-related news, it has been reported by the Athletic that both the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are united on one issue: their fury at Josh Donaldson’s move to Cleveland at the waiver trade deadline. The contention is reportedly due to the fact that they did not believe he was healthy at the time of the trade, which in theory would violate the rules. It’s interesting to see that both teams are concerned with this.