Rookies Struggle and Pats Bounce Back, NL Central and West to Be Decided in Playoffs

Jonathan Grant | October 1st, 2018

The NFL season had been fairly kind to the rookie class of quarterbacks that found their way to the league this year. The key word: had. Sunday knocked them all, as a unit, back down to reality, dealing them all a loss on the day. Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen went a combined 0-4 on Sunday. Some had more success than others, but none of them played all that well. Mayfield and his Cleveland Browns were in it late, but he turned the ball over for a fourth time in overtime and took the blame. Perhaps the best of the foursome was Josh Rosen. His Cardinals got a touchdown, no interceptions, and 180 yards out of him on just 15-27 passing in his first start. The other two were awful, but none more so that Josh Allen who as abysmal on the day.

Elsewhere, the New England Patriots put their foot on the neck of division rivals Miami to emphasize that they are not done just yet. They were 1-2 ahead of the game, and the Dolphins were flying high. They no longer are after they were taken to the woodshed 38-7 in Foxborough. The Falcons lost their third game of the season to fall to 1-3, losing by just a point to the Cincinnati Bengals. And finally, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers went back to Jameis Winston as they were destroyed by the Chicago Bears, now though to be contenders, 48-10. The Bears now apparently have a great offense to pair with that fearsome defense, so look out for them.

The regular season for Major League Baseball is so long that you’d think it would be enough to separate teams and give the divisions a clear winner. That’s usually the case, but that is not so this year in the National League. Both the NL Central and NL West will need a one-game playoff on Monday to determine the winner of each division. All four teams are already locked into the playoffs, but this is still a vital game. The winners will play a best of series. The losers a one game Wild Card game. In the Central, the Milwaukee Brewers head to Chicago to take on the Cubs. The winner of the game will win the Central and will have home field advantage in the NL due to a superior record. In the West, the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Colorado Rockies. The loser of the game will play the loser of the other game on Tuesday. The winner, though, will go on to face the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS and will have home field advantage due to having won more games than the NL East winners. What a season we’ve had, here’s to hoping the postseason is just as great!

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