The Patriots are still the hottest team in the NFL, plus explaining the Peng Shuai situation

Congratulations, pals! We’ve made it to Friday! There’s a football-packed weekend ahead of you followed by a brief week and Thanksgiving. I’ll be on holiday next week, however prior to I go, here are my most popular handles Thanksgiving food:

  • Overrated: cranberry sauce
  • Underrated: sweet potatoes
  • Just plain bad and constantly will be: green bean casserole

All right, ideally you’re still checking out and not tweeting mean things at me. Let’s get to it.

Good early morning to everybody however specifically to…

THE BRAND-NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (WHICH DOMINANT DEFENSE)

The Patriots have actually determined their gaining formula: a hard-nosed, ground-and-pound offense and a strong defense — the latter of which is really striking its stride.

New England produced 134 hurrying lawns, Mac Jones tossed a goal to Nelson Agholor and the defense tape-recorded 4 interceptions and 4 sacks en path to a 25-0 win. It’s the Patriots’ 5th straight win. Here’s our Tyler Sullivan on the most significant factor for New England’s streak:

  • Sullivan: The Patriots’ defense continues to be the backbone of this winning streak and its improved play over the last month-plus has raised the ceiling for this team exponentially. They were able to apply pressure on Ryan early and often, and from every which way … In all, Ryan was sacked four times on the night and was hit a total of 12 times.” 

Playing on the roadway on a brief week, the Patriots’ defense did not avoid a beat. It’s the very first time given that 2005 that New England has actually held 3 successive challengers within a season to single digits. Up next for Bill Belichick and business? A house date with the AFC-leading Titans next Sunday.

A month earlier, that video game didn’t appear like much. Now, presuming Tennessee can beat Houston this weekend (and I understand it threatens to presume, however still) it will include the groups with the 2 longest active winning streaks in the NFL.

The Patriots are really back.

Honorable points out:

  • At this rate, Stephen Curry will remain in this area each time he plays. He had 40 points with 9 three-pointers Thursday versus the Cavaliers. He outscored Cleveland BY HIMSELF 20-8 in the 4th quarter. He is just ridiculous.
  • Dick Vitale is back! The renowned college basketball broadcaster, who revealed in October that he had actually been identified with lymphoma, will call Tuesday’s face-off in between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 UCLA. The 82-year-old is still getting treatment, however his return will definitely bring a smile to the face of college basketball fans all over.

And not such an excellent early morning for…

BIG 10 GUYS’S BASKETBALL

Raise your hand if you’re a ranked Big Ten group that lost to an unranked non-conference opponent in in the last 5 days. Illini, Wolverines, Terrapins and Buckeyes, we’re taking a look at you!

That’s right, the Big Ten had an AP-ranked guys’s basketball group lose to an unranked non-conference opponent 4 days in a row. It’s the very first time that’s ever occurred. The newest event came last night when No. 19 Ohio State was up to unranked Xavier, 71-65.

Earlier in the week, this took place: 

  • Wednesday: No. 20 Maryland lost to George Mason
  • Tuesday: No. 4 Michigan lost to Seton Hall
  • Monday: No. 10 Illinois lost to Marquette

The upsets are triggering a lot of shuffling in Gary Parrish’s Top 25 and 1. Last season, the Big Ten controlled the routine season and dissatisfied in the NCAA Tournament.

This season, it’s not waiting till March.

Shohei Ohtani, Bryce Harper take house MVP awards ⚾


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The year 1900 marks what’s referred to as the “Modern Era” in baseball. Since then, there have actually been 2,229 circumstances of a pitcher recording a minimum of 150 strikeouts in a season. There have actually been 353 circumstances of a batter striking 40 crowning achievement in a season.

There has actually been ONE — count ’em, ONE — circumstances of a gamer doing BOTH in a season… and it’s not Babe Ruth.

Say hey there to your 2021 AL MVP, Shohei Ohtani. The two-way super star took house all 30 first-place votes and ended up being the 4th Angel to win the award, signing up with Mike Trout (2019, 2016, 2014), Vladimir Guerrero (2004) and Don Baylor (1979). Ohtani published a 9-2 record on the mound, and his 46 homers were 2nd in Angels history behind Troy Glaus, who struck 47 in 2000. He really did it all, composes MLB specialist Dayn Perry:

  • Perry:  “It’s common enough to hear about players who ‘do it all,’ but in Ohtani’s case that claim approaches the literal, at least in baseball terms. Add it all up, and Ohtani’s combined WAR of 9.1 led not just the AL but all the majors this season and did so by a large margin. Yes, WAR is a bit of a blunt instrument, but it’s right in this case when it pegs Ohtani as the best player in the game for 2021.”

While it’s an extraordinary win for Ohtani, it’s even much better for the individual who put $30,000 on Ohtani to win MVP on March 19, 2021. Ohtani had 30/1 chances at that point, significance Caesars Sportsbook is paying $900,000 on that bet alone.

On the NL side of things, Phillies slugger Bryce Harper made a little history himself, ending up being simply the 5th gamer to win MVP with several groups. Harper, who likewise won as a National in 2015, vanquish present National Juan Soto, to name a few, for the award. He’s the 6th Phillies gamer to win MVP.

Pete Prisco’s selects for Week 11 🏈


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Pete Prisco’s Week 11 choices are here, and with a season record of 90-60-1, he deserves listening to.

Here are his handles 2 of the weekend’s leading video games:

  • Packers at Vikings:  “Minnesota was impressive last week winning on the road against the Chargers. But this Packers team will get the offense back on track again to go with a defense that will slow Cousins in what is a big game. Packers take it. Pick: Packers 24, Vikings 19
  • Cowboys at Chiefs: This is the game of the week, and it should be an offensive shootout between Patrick Mahomes and Dak Prescott. This past Sunday night, Mahomes got the offense back to what we expected to see before the season. That will carry over here. The Cowboys will score their points as well since the Chiefs defense still isn’t great, so look for a high-scoring game with the Chiefs coming out on top. Pick: Chiefs 34, Cowboys 30

The newest on the Peng Shuai circumstance 🎾


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Here are some essential updates surrounding Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai’s disappearance :

  • Shuai hasn’t been seen for over 2 weeks given that implicating retired Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual attack in a since-deleted social networks post Nov. 2.
  • On Nov. 14, Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) president Steve Simon required an examination.
  • On Nov. 17, Shuai supposedly sent out Simon an e-mail stating the WTA did not seek her approval or confirmation prior to launching its declaration. The e-mail likewise states, “(t)he news in that release, including the allegation of sexual assault, is not true” which Shuai is safe. Simon questioned if Shuai was pushed into composing the post.
  • On Thursday, Simon doubled down on an earlier risk to pull WTA’s company with China.

Several tennis stars, consisting of popular females’s gamers Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams, have actually shared tweets with the hashtag #whereispengshuai prompting that action be taken.

What we’re seeing this weekend 📺

Friday

🏀Lakers at Celtics (-2), 7:30 p.m. on ESPN | LeBron James might return for the Lakers.

Saturday

🏈No. 7 Michigan State at No. 4 Ohio State (-19), Noon on ABC | Two Big Ten groups with playoff goals satisfy in Columbus.
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No. 5 Villanova vs No. 17 Tennessee, 1 p.m. on ESPNews | The Wildcats scored 100 last time out (versus Howard.)
🏈No. 21 Arkansas at No. 2 Alabama (-20.5), 3:30 p.m. on CBS | The Crimson Tide want to keep their area inside the leading 4 of the CFP rankings
🏀No. 18 North Carolina vs No. 6 Purdue, 4 p.m. on ESPNews | Purdue has actually scored 96, 92 and 96 points in its very first 3 contests this season.

Sunday

🏈Packers at Vikings (+1.5), 1 p.m. on FOX | A timeless NFC North clash with Green Bay and Minnesota fighting for playoff positioning.
🏈Colts at Bills (-7), 1 p.m. on CBS and Paramount+ | This would be a declaration win for either group.
🏈Cowboys at Chiefs (-2.5), 4:25 p.m. on FOX | I should not need to describe why you ought to be seeing this one.



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