Pete Carroll celebrates 62nd birthday with 29-3 drubbing of San Francisco
It was a 0-0 tie when both teams were sent to the locker room for a lightning delay with three minutes left in the first quarter but …. it was all Seattle when the teams returned as the Seahawks cruised to an easy 29-3 in Seattle. The story in this one was the Seahawk’s ball control offense and a stifling defense that has now allowed just 10 points in two games. Colin Kaepernick threw for just 127 yards and was picked three times.
Around the horn in the NFL
To this point in the NFL, 22 of the 31 games have been decided by a touchdown or less ….. an NFL record for two weeks.
Buffalo’s EJ Manuel became just the fifth NFL quarterback since 1979 to lead a team on a winning fourth quarter drive in just his first or second game. The Bills edged Carolina 24-23 on a Manuel two-yard scoring pass to Steve Johnson with two seconds left.
The San Diego Chargers might not have stopped the Eagles but sure had a game plan on how to beat them. The Bolts controlled the ball for 40 minutes and won 33-30 on Nick Novak’s 46-yard field goal with seven seconds to play. Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes, all to Eddie Royal who now has five in two games.
Peyton Manning improved to a perfect 3-0 in showdowns with brother Eli as the Broncos thumped the Giants 41-29 at the Meadowlands. The game was 17-16 in the third quarter before Denver took advantage of Big Blue turnovers to score 21 unanswered points. Eli Manning threw four interceptions and now has seven after two games.
After stinking up Soldier Field for most of the game, Bear QB Jay Cutler was money when it counted hitting Martellus Bennett with a 16-yard TD pass with 10 seconds left to give the Bears a 31-30 win over the Vikings.
Steelers and Bengals look to avoid 0-2 start tonight on Monday Night Football
The Steelers and the bengals both look to avoid 0-2 starts when they square off tonight in Cincinnati. The Steelers were spanked 16-9 at home by the Titans in Week I while the Bengals were blowing a two touchdown lead in Chicago. The Bengals are -6.5 point favorites with the high/low steady at 41. Weather will not be a factor with temperature at game time expected to be around 70 degrees.
MLB News and Notes
Mariano Rivera was honored in Boston Sunday in what was his final scheduled game at Fenway Park. The Red Sox were less hospitable on the diamond pounding the Bombers 9-2 and eliminating them in the AL East.
The Oakland A’s all but locked up the AL West after completing a sweep of the Rangers with a 5-1 win at Texas Stadium. The A’s lead the Rangers by 6 1/2 games with two weeks left in the MLB regular season.
The Nat’s Jordan Zimmermann won his National League high 18th games and Washington routed the Phillies 11-2. The Nats are 8-2 in their L10 and trail the final wild card spot in the National League 4 1/2 games.
Kenseth draws first blood in rain soaked Chase
Matt Kenseth led the most laps and led stablemate Kyle Busch to the checkered flag at Chicagoland, the first race in The Chase, Nascar’s version of the playoffs. It was Kenseth’s six win of the year and he’ll take an eight point lead over Busch into next week’s race at New Hampshire. The race was delayed twice by the deluge that covered the entire midwest causing delays of more than 6 1/s hours.
Furyk still on top as BMW Championship concludes today
The final round of the BMW Championship at Conway Country Club in Lake Forest, Illinois was rained out on Sunday and will be completed Monday. Jim Furyk still leads by a stroke of Steve Stricker and by two over Brandt Snedeker with Tiger Woods lurking just four shots back. The leaders are scheduled to tee off at 9:40 AM EST>
UCLA cracks Top 25, A&M falls to No.10
The UCLA Bruins and Ole Miss were the biggest movers in this week’s college polls. UCLA jumped all the way to No.13 after scoring 38 unanswered points in their 41-21 road win at Nebraska. The Cornhuskers dropped from the Top 25 altogether with the loss. Ole Miss entered the poll by virtue of it’s blowout win at Texas. Johnny Football and the Texas A&M Aggies dropped to No.10 in the polls after losing to No.1 Alabama in what might by this year’s Game of the Year.
The AP Top 25:
1. Alabama (59)
2. Oregon (1)
4. Ohio State
8. Florida State
10. Texas A&M
11. Oklahoma State
12. South Carolina
21. Ole Miss
22. Notre Dame
23. Arizona State
25. Texas Tech
Dropped Out: TCU, Nebraska
(MLB) Atlanta (Minor) +105 over Washington (Haren) (Monday, September 16, 2013 7:05 PM EST)