Matt Ryan and crew claim a much-needed victory against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The concept of “parity” is alive and well following an NFL “Week 3” Sunday in which the Indianapolis Colts won their home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs to improve their regular season record to 1-2 overall.
Indianapolis needed plenty of help from the Chiefs along the way.
A botched “fake” field goal, a missed field goal, and a very timely unsportsmanlike conduct penalty gave Matt Ryan and the Colts the opportunity to beat the odds on Sunday to the tune of a 20-17 intra-conference victory over one of the premier teams in the National Football League.
Colts feature back Jonathan Taylor had 21 carries to go with 71 rushing yards on the day, but it was head coach Mike Vrabel and new quarterback Matt Ryan who were potentially saved from a week of hefty media criticism thanks to the upset win.
Indianapolis’ underdog point spread likewise covered (obviously), although the odds of the point spread bet were very close to even.
The Colts will host Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans this Sunday afternoon, October 2nd, in a game that could have AFC South division-leading ramifications (depending on how the Jaguars fare against Philadelphia).
The Houston Texans will be at home against the LA Chargers after dropping a close 23-20 decision on a last-second field goal to the Chicago Bears.
Notre Dame Gets Back On Track With Win Over Tar Heels
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have won two in a row after knocking off the North Carolina Tar Heels 45-32 on Saturday.
The squad will rest this week, and then head to Las Vegas for a showdown against the #19 BYU Cougars on October 8th.
Although the Fighting Irish’s national title hopes were likely sunk for the 2022-23 season against Marshall, Notre Dame still has an opportunity to play “spoiler” this year against the Cougars, the #5 Clemson Tigers, and the #6 USC Trojans.
The Purdue Boilermakers out of West Lafayette also own a 2-2 record in NCAA Division I football after beating Florida Atlantic 28-26.
IU Basketball Players Sign With “Hoosiers For Good” Collective
The Indy Star recently reported that 11 basketball players from the University of Indiana have agreed to terms with the “Hoosiers For Good” collective, which connects local student athletes with charitable organizations.
The NIL agreement is worth a reported $425,000 and includes contracts to utilize the Name, Image, and Likeness of 10 IU men’s basketball players along with one member of the IU women’s basketball team.
Cleveland Guardians Win American League Central Division
The Cleveland Guardians will participate in the first MLB Playoff season to include “Wild Card” teams.
Having claimed the American League Central division, Cleveland will enter the postseason as the AL’s #3 seed behind the Yankees and Astros.
Their first-round opponents will most likely be either the Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, or Seattle Mariners (although there still remains an outside chance that another AL team could sneak into one of the Wild Card positions.
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