NFL Week 9 Preview

In these weekly previews, I’ll highlight the results that I found shocking from the previous week, as well as preview the game I am most looking forward to from the weekend ahead. As we get later into the season, I may add some other sections to this, including playoff positioning and a look forward to the upcoming draft. 

The Top Games From Week 8

This space will be less about games that were shocking based on preseason expectations and more about the games that had the most impact on the standings as we move past the halfway point in the schedule. This week, I’m highlighting two games because of brief coverage about the trade deadline, but it will usually be three games like it has been in previous weeks. Here are the two games that had the most impact:
New Orleans Saints 30 – Minnesota Vikings 20
I predicted a score of 31-27 in favor of the Saints, so I was pretty close (for them at least), so revenge was had… in a mid-season game that they would have had months to recover from anyway. But a win is a win, and with both teams fighting for their lives within their divisions, the Saints are probably quite pleased to come away with a victory. Drew Brees had only 120 yards passing and a touchdown, but the Saints were bolstered by their defense, with P.J. Williams returning a Kirk Cousins’ interception for a touchdown late in the third quarter which put the Saints up by two touchdowns. They added a field goal to go up 30-13, and only a late Adam Thielen touchdown made the score look as close as it ended up, and the Saints left Minnesota 6-1 (with six wins in a row) and in first place in the NFC South. 

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Premier League – Week 11 Power Rankings

Overall, it was a pretty ho-hum Week 10 this week, at least as far as our Power Rankings go. The majority of the clubs are not moving from last week, with only some minor shuffling at the bottom of the top 10.

As a reminder, these Power Rankings are only for matches played in the league, so even though Crystal Palace lost this week in the Carabao Cup against Championship club Middlesbrough, they still move up a spot after a draw against the much higher-ranked Arsenal. Additionally, with half the Premier League playing in the Carabao Cup this week, we may see some tired legs this weekend, which could impact performance for some of the clubs.

Note: Records presented as W-D-L
Results as of matches played through 29 October 2018

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Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 11) Part 2

Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday, there is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup.

Arsenal v. Liverpool

Location: Emirates Stadium

Liverpool are favored to win, although the margin suggests all three outcomes are in play. This one is expected to have at least 3 goals scored.

Arsenal are chasing their 8th straight win under Unai Emery, although this is the hardest match they’ve faced during that stretch. This side has a lot of talent and could be very scary if they continue to realize their potential. Arsenal (home) is averaging 2 goals scored/game and conceding 1 goal/game.

Liverpool have drawn only two games, against Chelsea and Manchester City. Otherwise they’ve only recorded wins so far on the season. Although they were unable to keep a clean sheet (and lost my DFS contest for me) I expect Liverpool to try to create some separation by winning this match. Liverpool (away) is averaging 1.6 goals scored/game and 0.6 goals conceded/game.

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Weekend Preview on Thursday (Week 11) Part 1

Disclaimer: This series is examining the games days prior to matchday, there is always the possibility for injuries, coach selections, etc. They may be updated to reflect most accurate starting lineup.

AFC Bournemouth v. Manchester United

Location: Dean Court, Bournemouth

Manchester United are favorites even though they are traveling to Bournemouth. Expected goals is currently at 3, with United winning by 1.

Bournemouth are coming off a 3-0 victory over Fulham, and although Fulham received a 73′ minute red card, though most of the damage had already been done. Bournemouth were ahead 2-0 before the sending off. Bournemouth (home) are averaging 2 goals/game at home and are conceding an 1 goal/game.

Manchester United managed a win over Everton even after Pogba missed a penalty kick after a seemingly endless run up (though he did score on the rebound). Anthony Martial contributed another goal to the cause. Chris Smalling and Nemanja Matic’s performances left something to be desired — both picked up yellow cards and Smalling gave away a penalty to give Everton a glimmer of hope. Manchester United (away) are scoring on average 1.8 goals/game on the road and are conceding the exact same amount (1.8 goals/game).

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