By Marc Lawrence — ESPN’s senior NFL writer Bill Barnwell put a spin on the NFL’s wild Week One performances by the league’s quarterbacks. The NFC’s worst team from 2019 won, while the defending NFC champs lost. The team everyone insisted was tanking for top 2021 quarterback prospect Trevor Lawrence won, in part because Philip Rivers threw an interception while his team was trailing late in the fourth quarter. The biggest passing day for a winning quarterback came from an old guy we’ve started to count out, and the worst performance came from a young star we were expecting to break out. And somewhere in the middle of that, two of the greatest quarterbacks who ever lived dueled in front of an empty stadium in New Orleans. Week One can be misleading, but here are a few quarterback awards for the opening week of action: The Matt Schaub Award for Prolific Pick-Sixes goes to Tom Brady … The Uh-Oh Award for Possibly Waking Up a Sleeping Dragon goes to Gardner Minshew … The Nothing to Lose Award for Excellence in a Hopeless Situation Award went to Gardner Minshew. Read more on last week’s other award winners here.
The Los Angeles Clippers fell to 0-8 in games in which they could have won and advanced on to the Conference Finals when they choked against the Nuggets. In the process they blew a 3-1 series lead, marking the 4th time they’ve lost a series despite holding a 2-game lead. They are the only franchise with four such losses. They now have a .333 series win pct. when leading by two games. Every other team in NBA history has a winning record.
Grinding Out The Profits
Ready To Rock-n-Roll From this week’s PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER: After last week’s thrashing at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens, it should be noted that the Cleveland Browns are 10-4 ATS in games when coming off a loss of 30-plus points, including 6-0 ATS the last six. Thought you’d like to know