November 12, 2021

By: Carlos Alvarez

Happy Friday,

The weekend is here, and so is another full plate of sports. The fall football menu is a feast this weekend — both NFL and college. It’s mid-November where every game counts.

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OBJ Heads to L.A.


NFL Headlines: Rams Sign WR Odell Beckham Jr. / Panthers Bring Back QB Cam Newton


Two big name free agents found new homes (or old homes) on Thursday. The Los Angeles Rams won the Odell Beckham Jr. sweepstakes just hours after the Carolina Panthers brought back former QB Cam Newton in the wake of Sam Darnold’s injury. Here’s the latest on the big additions for the NFL’s stretch run…


WR Odell Beckham Jr.  Rams

The former Browns wide receiver was released by the team last week. After clearing waivers, Beckham Jr. found the Super Bowl contender he was looking for. The Rams signed him Thursday to add firepower to an already loaded offense. QB Matthew Stafford has another weapon — one he’s familiar with from their experience together at the Pro Bowl. OBJ becomes the second high-profile addition to the Rams after L.A. acquired pass-rusher Von Miller from the Broncos.


QB Cam Newton  Panthers

The Panthers made a call to their former MVP quarterback on Thursday and signed him to a $10 million deal for the remainder of the season. Carolina QB Sam Darnold suffered a shoulder injury last week that should keep him out for 4-6 weeks. Newton played nine seasons for the Panthers from 2011-2019 before being released. He then joined the Patriots for one season before getting cut during this year’s preseason. QB P.J. Walker is expected to start this Sunday against the Cardinals.


Additional Storylines

CBS Sports: How Odell Beckham Jr. Fits Within the Rams Offense

Yahoo! Sports: Cam Newton Deserved a Better Ending, And He’ll Get it in Carolina



Dolphins Down Ravens on TNF


Miami Defense Suffocates Baltimore (22-10) On Thursday Night Football


Week 10 kicked off with an upset on Thursday night, as the Dolphins (3-7) locked down the Ravens (6-3) en route to a 22-10 victory to mark their second straight win. Jacoby Brisset originally got the start for Miami due to Tua Tagovailoa, but left the game with a knee injury while taking a sack early in the third quarter. Tua then came in and gave a gutsy performance, throwing for an efficient 158 yards on 8/13 passing. He also iced the game down the stretch with a 64-yard completion to Albert Wilson that set up a 1-yard touchdown on a QB sneak to make it a two-score game with 1:53 remaining.


Baltimore’s Offense Lays an Egg

The biggest surprise was Baltimore’s offense, or lack thereof. Their 10 points last night was the lowest amount they’ve ever scored in a game with Lamar Jackson starting, and it came against the 30th ranked defense in the league. Jackson was visibly frustrated on the sidelines at points throughout the game, and for good reason. He was under constant pressure all night as Miami’s defensive pressure was simply too much for Baltimore’s O-Line, resulting in four sacks in the process.


QB Comparison

Jackson (BAL): 26/43, 238 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Brissett (MIA): 11/23, 156 yards

Tagovailoa (MIA): 8/13, 158 yards


Watch: Ravens vs. Dolphins Week 10 Highlights


Additional Storylines

CBS Sports: Miami\’s Defense Torments Lamar Jackson to Earn Second Win in a Row

Yahoo! Sports: Ravens Join List of Contenders With Bad Losses, Look Horrible in Defeat to Dolphins



\"🏀\" NBA: Clippers Win 6th Straight

The L.A. Clippers started the season with an abysmal 1-4 record, but they’ve reeled off six straight following Thursday’s win over the Heat (112-109). Paul George (27 points) has led the way with 26.0 ppg during the streak.


\"🏒\" NHL: Kings Capture NHL-Best 7th Straight

The L.A. Kings are riding a league-best seven-game win streak after goaltender Jonathan Quick shut out the Senators (2-0) on Thursday. Quick had 34 saves in the win where nine Ottawa players were in COVID-19 protocol.


BONUS: UC Riverside Shocks Arizona State With 3/4 Court Buzzer-Beater


Yesterday was Veteran’s Day, a time to honor the sacrifices of those people who have served in the armed forces—a group that includes several athletes. (Sports Illustrated)


\"🏈\"  Players & Coaches With the Most at Stake

Who are the NFL players and head coaches with the most to gain or lose across the rest of the 2021 season? Let\’s run through 24 people with a lot on the line. (ESPN+)


\"🏀\"  NBA Power Rankings

The Warriors are No. 1. This early in the season, there are still some massive jumps up and down the board as things settle in but small sample sizes abound. (NBC Sports)



(USA Today)


UConn Football Hires Former NFL Coach Jim Mora

(CBS Sports)


Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray Resigns to Enter Alcohol Abuse Program

(Yahoo! Sports)


Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Vucevic Tests Positive for COVID-19



105-Year-Old Woman Sets World Record in 100-Meter Dash

(USA Today)



The Must-Watch List

NFL Week 10 (Sunday)

Falcons at Cowboys (1:00 pm)

Saints at Titans (1:00 pm)

Browns at Patriots (1:00 pm)

Seahawks at Packers (4:25 pm)

Chiefs at Raiders (8:20 pm)

Full NFL Week 10 Schedule


College Football (Saturday)

#6 Michigan at Penn State (Noon)

#8 Oklahoma at #13 Baylor (Noon)

#1 Georgia at Tennessee (3:30 pm)

#19 Purdue at #4 Ohio State (3:30 pm)

#11 Texas A&M at #15 Ole Miss (7:00 pm)

#9 Notre Dame at Virginia (7:30 pm)

#16 NC State at #12 Wake Forest (7:30 pm)

Full College Football Schedule



Bucks at Celtics (Fri. 7:30 pm)

Bulls at Warriors (Fri. 10:00 pm)

Heat at Jazz (Sat. 5:00 pm)

Full NBA Schedule



Flames at Maple Leafs (Fri. 7:00 pm)

Blues at Hurricanes (Sat. 7:30 pm)

Penguins at Capitals (Sun. 7:00 pm)

Full NHL Schedule


Soccer (FIFA World Cup Qualifiers)

USMNT vs. Mexico (Fri. 9:10 pm)


NCAA Basketball

#4 Villanova at #2 UCLA (Fri. 11:30 pm)

#5 Texas at #1 Gonzaga (Sat. 10:30 pm)


UFC Fight Night

Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez (Sat. 4:00 pm)


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