Another Week 10 Upset

November 16, 2021

By: Carlos Alvarez

Good Morning,

We’ve got another Week 10 upset, the first college hoops poll of the regular season and the first pitch of MLB awards week. All that and more in today’s Tuesday Sportsletter.

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Niners Neutralize Rams in Another Week 10 Upset


49ers def. Rams (31-10) to Hand Los Angeles 2nd Straight Double-Digit Loss


Another upset to cap off Week 10? The wildest week of the NFL season needed one more surprise to end it, and that surprise came in San Francisco. The 49ers shredded the Rams (31-10) behind a dominant defensive effort and a near-perfect outing from QB Jimmy Garoppolo. The Niners had lost four straight early in the season, but they were the only NFC West team to secure a win in Week 10. Four of the 49ers’ next five opponents have losing records, too. Watch out for San Fran coming down the stretch.


QB Comparison

J. Garoppolo (SF): 15/19, 182 yards, 2 TDs

M. Stafford (LAR): 26/41, 243 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs


Other Top Performers

WR D. Samuel (SF): 10 touches, 133 yards, 2 TDs

WR C. Kupp (LAR): 11 receptions, 122 yards


NFC West Standings

Cardinals (8-2)

Rams (7-3)

49ers (4-5)

Seahawks (3-6)


Watch: 49ers Roll Rams on Monday Night Football (31-10)


Additional Storylines

ESPN: 49ers Win 1st Home Game in More Than a Year

Washington Post: 49ers Spoil Rams Debuts for Odell Beckham Jr. & Von Miller



The College Hoops Top-25


Duke & Michigan Climb in College Basketball\’s First AP Poll of Regular Season


The opening week of the NCAA hoops season is in the books, and there’s some movement at the top. After early-season losses, Villanova, Texas and Kentucky slide. Meanwhile, Michigan and Duke surged two spots. Gonzaga and UCLA — last year’s Final Four matchup — retain the top two spots. The Sportsletter will have more consistent nightly coverage of college basketball once the conference season begins.


NCAA AP Top-10

1. Gonzaga (3-0) | —

2. UCLA (3-0) | —

3. Kansas (2-0) | —

4. Michigan (2-0) | ↑2

5. Villanova (1-1) | ↓1

6. Purdue (2-0) | ↑1

7. Duke (3-0) | ↑2

8. Texas (1-1) | ↓3

9. Baylor (2-0) | ↓1

*10. Illinois (2-1) | ↑1


Full AP Top-25


*No. 10 Illinois Upset by Marquette on Monday Night (67-66)


Additional Storylines

ESPN: Duke Moves Up, Freshmen Impress in Week 1 Debuts

CBS Sports: Gonzaga’s Drew Timme Makes Case for Top Player With 37 Points in Win Over Texas



Here Comes the Hardware


Randy Arozarena (Rays) & Jonathan India (Reds) Win MLB Rookie of the Year Awards


The first announcements of MLB Awards Week came on Monday afternoon with Rays’ OF Randy Arozarena (AL) and Reds’ 2B Jonathan India (NL) taking home the honors. Arozarena starred in last year’s postseason, but 2021 marked his first full season as an MLB rookie. Arozarena beat out Luis Garcia (Astros) and teammate Wander Franco (Rays) with 124 points from the voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. India received all but one of the first-place votes — Marlins pitcher Trevor Rogers received the other.


Rookie of the Year Stats

R. Arozarena (TB): .274 BA | 20 HRs | 69 RBIs | 20 SBs

J. India (CIN): .269 BA | 21 HRs | 69 RBIs | 12 SBs


Awards Week Schedule

Tuesday: Manager of the Year

Wednesday: Cy Young

Thursday: MVPs


Additional Storylines

MLB: Arozarena, India Claim Top Rookie Hardware

Yahoo! Sports: Randy Arozarena’s Legend Continues to Grow

BBWAA: Jonathan India Nearly Unanimous as NL Rookie of the Year



\"🏀\" NBA: Suns Extend Win Streak to 9

Monday brought another ‘W’ for the Phoenix Suns courtesy of 72 combined points from the trio of Chris Paul (21), DeAndre Ayton (22) and Devin Booker (29), including 19 from CP3 in the 4th quarter to down the Timberwolves (99-96). The win marks the ninth straight victory for Phoenix (10-3).


\"🏒\" NHL: Lightning Beat Isles, Push Point Streak to 8

After a rough start to the season, the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions are back on track. Monday’s 4-1 win over the Islanders pushed the Bolts’ point streak to eight games. Brayden Point had a goal and an assist in the win, and Tampa Bay is rolling again.



\"⚽️\"  The NWSL Championship Preview

The Chicago Red Stars will face off against the Washington Spirit in the 2021 NWSL Championship, set for noon ET on Saturday, November 20 at Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. (NWSL)


\"⚾️\"  MLB Free Agent Predictions

Major League Baseball\’s offseason is officially underway, with free agents able to sign wherever they please. Here are some projected landing spots for the top 20 free agents. (CBS Sports)


\"🏀\"  NBA Power Rankings

The NBA\’s last remaining one-loss team suffered its second defeat when the Golden State Warriors fell to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. But they’re still No. 1 in the Week 5 Power Rankings… (ESPN)




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