Two-Minute Drill: Braves Sweep Mets, Alabama Jumps Georgia

Jonathan Grant | October 3rd, 2022

1st Down: The Atlanta Braves are on top of the NL East by two games over the New York Mets after a long, long summer of chasing following their sweep of the division rivals on Sunday night. For the third game in a row, the defending World Series champions got home runs from both Matt Olson and Dansby Swanson, pushing them to a critical 10-9 win in the season-series. With a two-game edge and that tiebreaker, they now have just one as their magic number having won the game 5-3. Elsewhere, the Milwaukee Brewers lost in 12 innings against the Miami Marlins, giving Philadelphia a two-game edge for the last NL Wild Card spot as time begins to run out. On the home run front, Albert Pujols launched his 702nd while Aaron Judge stayed on 61 for the campaign.

2nd Down: The AP Poll has been released post week 5 of college football, and there has been a change on top. The Alabama Crimson Tide are back in the #1 spot, demoting Georgia to #2 as the two teams had varying ways of winning this past Saturday. The Tide hammered Arkansas for stretches of its game while Georgia struggled mightily to beat Missouri in the end. Ohio State remained in #3 and were the only team to get a first-place vote apart from the aforementioned SEC duo. Michigan, Clemson, USC, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Penn State, all still unbeaten, round out the current top-ten.

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3rd Down: After five rounds of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, we finally have a winner that came from the playoff field as Chase Elliott drove his way to victory lane on Sunday at Talladega to clinch a spot in the round of eight. Four non-playoff drivers in a row had won prior to the relatively tame superspeedway outing which was won by Elliott after a masterful move with two laps to go saw him jump from fifth on a restart to the lead. Elliott held off hard-charging Ryan Blaney at the line while Michael McDowell, Ross Chastain, and Denny Hamlin completed the top-five finishers.

4th Down: Erling Haaland is a monster, and Manchester City are going to be hard to overcome in the long run thanks to his existence as the best striker (and player) in the world. The Citizens’ 6-3 win over rivals Manchester United in the derby on Sunday was further proof, if any was needed, that he’s going to change the way the Premier League is played. Haaland scored a third home hat trick in a row in the thumping ‘W’ while providing two assists for Phil Foden (who also had a ‘hatty’). That’s 14 PL goals for the Norwegian so far, through just eight games, double what anyone else has thus far. City are a point behind Arsenal and are unbeaten in with six wins and two draws.

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