B/R Daily Radar: Hottest Stories for Monday, October 3
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We all live for sports, and this past weekend did not disappoint. However, it did bring up a few questions to start the week.
Is October the best sports month of the year? Are the Detroit Lions the real deal? Will a star player avoid injury next week in the NFL, or is it inevitable? Should the Philadelphia fans be worried both their teams lost yesterday? Or will their teams bounce back and prove their elite status? Is the SEC the best conference in the country? And should the Big East drop football or expand?
All that and much more ahead on B/R's Daily Radar.
No. 1: Detroit Lions Second Straight Comeback Win Makes Them 4-0
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Heat Index: 10 out 10 because the Lions are proving they're the real deal
A few years ago the Detroit Lions were the laughing stock of the NFL as they finished 0-16. Now they are one of the most exciting teams in the NFL.
Down 27-3 to the Dallas Cowboys, the Lions did the unthinkable in Cowboys Stadium and came back and won. The 24-point comeback win ties for the largest deficit overcome in any game in Lions' franchise history.
Two Tony Romo interceptions were returned for touchdowns, which lets you know that it's not just the Lions' offense that continues to improve.
This marks the second straight week the Lions have comeback from large deficits to win the game. In fact, the join the Buffalo Bills as the only two teams ever to have back-to-back wins overcoming at least an 18 point deficit.
Detroit will host their division rival the Chicago Bears next week, and thankfully it will be on a Monday night.
Biggest Question Asked: Are the Detroit Lions for real?
Biggest Question Answered: Yes, two weeks and two comeback wins prove the Lions are no longer a team to over look, especially since they've shown they can play really well on the road.
Related Links: Matthew Stafford Says This Win is "Crazy" (Detroit Free Press)
Power Ranking 5 Best Comeback Wins Thus Far (Bleacher Report)
No. 2: Jets vs. Ravens Proves NFL Teams Still Play Defense
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Heat Index: 9 out of 10 because everybody loves offense more
The Baltimore Ravens scored three defensive touchdowns on Sunday night, which is the most in franchise history. The New York Jets were hoping to get their first road win, but instead they lost for the second week in a row.
Rex Ryan's old defense got the best of him, but he should be happy knowing his defense returned an interception for a touchdown and only held the Ravens to a total of 267 yards. That's almost as many yards as Joe Flacco threw for against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
However, the Jets' offense couldn't get anything going because the Ravens showed the world that a dominant defense can easily win games for you.
In fact, a little over an hour into Sunday's first set of games, 201 points had already been scored. The lowest score of Week 4 was 17-10, and the highest was 49-23.
NFL teams are scoring much more these days, which is fine because fans do love touchdowns, but coaches hate giving them up.
The Ravens were able to please both last night, and in doing so they made sure nobody forgot that their defense is the true heart and sole of their team. Maybe teams will strive to be more like them and have superb defenses? Probably not because everybody loves a high-powered offense.
Biggest Question Asked: Will the New York Jets Bounce Back?
Biggest Question Answered: No, the Jets were in fact even worse than a week ago, and now they must prepare to play Tom Brady in New England, which is no easy task.
Related Links: Ravens' D Reminds Rex Ryan of Old Times (ESPN)
Week 4 Biggest Winners and Losers (Bleacher Report)
No. 3: New Week Brings New NFL Injuries to Star Players
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Heat Index: 8 out of 10 because injuries are always important to keep track of, especially with crucial players
When the NFL lockout killed the normal offseason routine for teams, everyone knew that the 2011 season might feature a ton of injuries.
That's been exactly the case unfortunately, as Week 4 took down a few top players.
Ben Roethlisberger injured his foot in the loss to the Houston Texans, and once the game was over he was seen wearing a walking boot. This is not good news for the 2-2 Steelers, whose options for a backup quarterback would be Charlie Batch or Dennis Dixon.
Rashard Mendenhall also suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday, and his status for next week is questionable.
Andre Johnson was also injured in that game, which is a crushing blow to the Texans. They have new players stepping up, but they're not even close to the same team without Johnson. His status is unknown for next week as the team will run tests on his right leg. It is believed to be a hamstring injury, but watching the play where Johnson pulls up it looks much worse.
Twitter blew up on Sunday when these two players were hurt, and at first things seemed to be very serious. Thankfully, it doesn't appear to be season ending for either of these two star players.
Biggest Question Asked: Will Big Time Players Avoid Injuries This Week?
Biggest Question Answered: No, they did not, and it's likely new players will be injured next week.
Related Links: Keep Up With the Latest Injury Report for Every Team (CBS Sports)
Week 4 Injuries and How They Affect Your Fantasy Football Team (Bleacher Report)
No. 4: Michael Vick and Eagles ‘Dream Team’ Fall to 1-3
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Heat Index: 8 out of 10 because the Eagles keep dropping faster than a Michael Vick scramble
Labeled the "Dream Team" because of their big offseason additions, the hype built up around the Philadelphia Eagles has come crashing down after their third straight loss.
The Eagles shouldn't have lost on Sunday, but they let the San Francisco 49ers come from behind to win 24-23. Philadelphia had a 23-3 lead with nine minutes left in the third quarter, but they choked big time.
The offense didn't make any plays late in the game, and the defense proved they're not as elite as we all thought they were.
Philadelphia has to rebound on the road next week against the Buffalo Bills or else their season might be over. There are still a lot of games left to play, but things aren't looking good for the Eagles.
The big question before the game was answered, but after the loss it created a new one. Who's to blame for the Eagles 1-3 start, and should Andy Reid be fired? These are obviously questions nobody thought we'd hear this early in the season.
Biggest Question Asked: Will Vick Stay Healthy?
Biggest Question Answered: He took some big hits, but thankfully he didn't re-injure himself or suffer a new injury. Unfortunately, the Eagles lost despite a strong performance from their quarterback.
Related Links: "Scared & stupid is no way to win" (Philadelphia Daily News)
5 Things We Learned From Eagles Loss (Bleacher Report)
No. 5: St. Louis Cardinals Stun Cliff Lee, Even Series with Phillies
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Heat Index: 7 out of 10 because the NFL trumps MLB, every time
As if the Eagles collapse wasn't enough torture of Philadelphia fans, their beloved Phillies suffered the same fate blowing a 4-0 lead to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The biggest concern in this loss was that Cliff Lee blew it for the Phillies, which was a huge surprise considering the fact that he's been on fire as of late. Coming into Sunday's game Lee was 87-1 when he had at least a 4-0 lead.
Chris Carpenter only lasted three innings for the Cardinals, and pretty much everyone except St. Louis thought the Phillies had this game wrapped up.
That wasn't the case as Albert Pujols delivered what turned out to be the game winning RBI, and now the five-game series is tied 1-1.
Cheer up Philadelphia, your teams may have lost yesterday, but at least you've still got It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia going strong. Oh wait, today's forecast is rain, so I guess not.
Biggest Question Asked: Will the Phillies Pitching Dominate?
Biggest Question Answered: No, their rotation isn't perfect, which gives the Cardinals great confidence. Game 3 is set for Tuesday in St. Louis, and the Phillies will feel good sending Cole Hamels to the mound, or will they?
Related Links: Cardinals Refuse to Quit (ESPN)
Power Ranking Each MLB Playoff Team After the Weekend (Bleacher Report)
No 6: SEC Sits at No. 1 and No. 2 of Top 25
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Heat Index: 7 out of 10 because it's no surprise the SEC is dominating
The No. 1 LSU Tigers had no trouble against Kentucky on Saturday, and to the surprise of some people, the Alabama Crimson Tide jumped to No. 2 in the Top 25 after dismantling the Florida Gators.
Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide took the No. 2 spot from the Oklahoma Sooners, and they have every right of being ahead of the Sooners.
In my opinion, this is actually good for Oklahoma because they no longer have the pressure that comes with sitting at the top.
The SEC began the 2011 college football with eight teams ranked in the Top 25, and after five weeks there are still six teams in the polls.
They're the best conference in the country, and it's going to stay that way for quite some time.
Biggest Question Asked: Will the SEC Win Another BCS National Championship?
Biggest Question Answered: This remains to be seen, but with three teams in the top 10, the chances of the SEC winning it's sixth BCS National Championship in a row are very good.
Related Links: Alabama Defense is Too Good (AL.com)
10 Games That Will Shape the BCS Title (Bleacher Report)
No. 7: Big East Football Looking to Expand
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Heat Index: 6 out of 10 because the Big East always plays second fiddle to the SEC. Well... more like fifth or sixth
The presidents of the Big East have voted that an expansion would be OK. This isn't a shock because the conference needed to do something to salvage football after Syracuse and Pittsburgh left.
They haven't sent any invitations to any teams, but they're pursuing a few teams, according to Andy Katz.
His sources said that the Big East is discussing teams such as Navy, Army, Air Force, Temple, Central Florida.
They've also looked into SMU, which would be a good addition if TCU doesn't change their mind because then they'd had a real rival game in their conference.
The Big East will always be better in basketball, and if they're not careful they could lose football all together. It's wise for them to try and expand, but none of these teams are that enticing to television companies that would want to broadcast their games.
Biggest Question Asked: Will the Big East Expand?
Biggest Question Answered: No definitive answer yet, but it looks as though the Big East is trying to save football. Although, it's doubtful they the Big East would ever contend for a National Title any time soon.
Related Links: Big East Looking To Expand (ESPN)
How Big East Can Save the World (Bleacher Report)