Tuesday night football galore, plus a bowling game update
Tuesday usually marks the start of a new NFL week. But this week is most unusual.
The COVID-19 outbreaks among several teams forced postponements that extended the first round of the fantastic playoffs by an additional day, only adding to the suspense and stress of this wacky weekend. So instead of welcoming you for a new week, as I usually do on Tuesday, I welcome you return at week 15.
Let’s have some Tuesday night football, folks.
Seattle Seahawks (5-8) vs. Los Angeles Rams (9-4)
7 p.m. ET, Fox
These NFC West rivals have each won their last two games after long losing streaks. The Rams can tie the Cardinals for the division’s best record with a win and the Seahawks can avoid a sweep and stay alive in the playoff race if they are victorious. LA is a seven-point home favorite and the Rams won, 26-17, in Seattle earlier this year.
7 p.m. ET, Fox
A 7-7 record is good enough for a playoff berth in the current NFC standings. This is what Philadelphia and Washington argue in their first meeting of the season. The Cowboys ended Washington’s four-game winning streak last week, but the team is still alive and well in the playoff race. Philadelphia reclaims quarterback Jalen Hurts after a one-game absence. The Eagles, winners of three of their last four games, are 6.5 point favorites.
The two games on Monday night were ugly. They were very important to the playoff standings, however. Thanks to a winning field goal from Daniel Carlson, the Raiders’ playoff hopes are still alive after a 16-14 win over the Browns. And the Vikings won a particularly ugly game in Chicago, 17-9. But Minnesota was not going for style points. The victory propelled him to the seventh seed in the NFC, the last conference playoff spot in the extended playoffs.
Fantastic players react to the brutal week: Apart from the Thursday night football Game between the Chiefs and the Chargers, Week 15 was brutal for fantasy football. The same stars who brought your team to the playoffs probably reduced your chances of making it through the weekend. Craig Ellenport documented the frustration as managers took to Twitter to voice their grievances.
IDP players of the week 16 to add: Matt De Lima looks at next week in the latest iteration of his IDP Whistleblower Report. De Lima again recommends Dolphins safety Brandon Jones and Steelers defensive end Chris Wormley after a strong performance. See what other players need to be picked up.
Chris Godwin made for the year: Tampa Bay main receiver Chris Godwin is out for the season with an ACL tear. He suffered the injury in an embarrassing shutout loss to the Saints in which Leonard Fournette and Mike Evans also left early with injuries.
Antonio Brown joins the buccaneers: Tom Brady & Co. will receive reinforcements when Antonio Brown, who last played in Week 6 and missed time with a suspension and ankle injury, joins the squad this week. Brown’s suspension was the result of his presentation of a fake vaccination card.
There are five games around the league on Tuesday after Wizards-Nets was postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases. Doug Vazquez, two-time NBA SO / UP guest coach, joins me to make bets for the Timberwolves-Mavericks and Lakers-Suns.
SI Betting will be releasing a detailed Christmas article on the NBA later this week with picks for all five of the league’s stacked slate games.
Anthony Davis absent for at least four weeks: Lakers star Anthony Davis is expected to miss about a month with an MCL sprain. The Lakers are already grappling with a spate of COVID-19 cases and Davis’ injury only compounds the blow.
New NBA COVID-19 protocols introduced: The league and the players’ association have agreed to new protocols that involve an increase in testing and the use of masks in light of a growing number of virus cases around the NBA.
There’s a pair of bowls on the schedule Tuesday: The famous Idaho Potato Bowl starts at 3:30 p.m. ET between Kent State and Wyoming and the Tropical Smoothie Frisco Bowl between UTSA and San Diego State begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Both games are on ESPN.
College Football Composite Bowl Game Choices: Looking to bet on these two games? Richard Johnson’s composite model has choices for dozens and dozens of bowls games to keep things interesting before the college football playoffs start on New Years Eve.
Bowl Match Watch Rankings: Ross Dellenger presents a reason to watch every game of the bowl season. See where Tuesday’s games are ranking and plan the rest of your week accordingly with a busy bowl schedule in mind.
Players to watch in each bowl game: If the reasons Dellenger provided weren’t enough for you to tune in, Johnson highlights a player from every bowl team that’s worth watching.
SI Sportsbook Bowl Game Spreads: Visit SISB for the latest odds and spreads for each bowl game.
That’s all for today. Good luck in closing your fantastic matches. I’ll get back to you on Thursday.