By Marc Lawrence — Maybe it was forgotten during a 2019 campaign in which he was hampered by injuries, but Alvin Kamara is a great running back. Not good, but great. According to NFL.com Kamara continues to go about his business, a dual threat with a smooth game who can seemingly do it all even though you really don’t notice as much as you should. He had a game-high 13 catches for a team-high 139 yards with two scores and 58 yards rushing on just six carries in last week’s Sunday night loss to the Packers … Meanwhile, once again, the Falcons built a double-digit fourth-quarter lead and watched it slowly whittle away as they’ve now blown 15-point leads in consecutive games. Safe to say, Dan Quinn’s tenure in Atlanta can’t survive these back-to-back ridiculous collapses … We might never know what a technically sound Josh Allen looks like, but who cares? Now in his third year, the Buffalo quarterback’s play is at once exhilarating and exasperating … To read more on what we learned on each team click here.
Minnesota’s stunning postseason losing streak reached 18 straight losses when the Twins were eliminated in two straight games by Houston yesterday. ESPN reports the Twins’ playoff streak is not only a major league record, but is the longest in U.S. sports history. The NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks lost 16 straight playoff games from 1975 to 1979. Before the Twins, the previous MLB record belonged to the Boston Red Sox, who lost 13 playoff games in a row starting with the infamous Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Heck, playing 18 holes of golf is tough these days, let alone losing 18 skins in a row. Egad.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER: With quarterback injuries surrounding the team, the Denver Broncos signed QB Blake Bortles as a possible replacement. Bortles is 0-8 SU and 1-7 ATS in his last eight NFL starts. But so too was Cam Newton when he took over in New England, going 0-8 SU and 1-6-1 ATS in his prior eight starts before signing with the Patriots. Safe to safe Bortles is not Superman.