National Football League
It was a big weekend for Alex Collins. After his cross country move to Baltimore, he was thrown into action immediately, getting 42 yards on seven carries. It wasn’t all good, as he did lose a fumble in the 4th quarter, but despite that John Harbaugh said that Collins earned more playing time with his performance.
After not getting a reception in his first game, Hunter Henry had seven catches (a career high) for 80 yards. Jason Peters also recovered from his injury and started in his normal spot for the Philadelphia Eagles. He wasn’t the only offensive linemen getting a big workload as Travis Swanson was on the field for all of the Lions offensive snaps on Monday Night Football.
AJ Derby was on the field for the Broncos but didn’t haul in any receptions. Jarius Wright had his second reception of the season for Minnesota. Those were the only offensive players for the Hogs as Brandon Allen, Ryan Mallett, Jeremy Sprinkle, and Darren McFadden were either inactive or just didn’t play.
Several players had big games defensively for their various teams. Chris Smith had six tackles and a sack for the Cincinnati Bengals. Deatrich Wise Jr. also got a sack for the second straight week.
Darius Philon had three tackles, including one for a loss in the Chargers’ loss. Outside of that a handful of Razorbacks played but didn’t make a huge impact. That list includes Jeremiah Ledbetter, Martrell Spaight, Mitchell Loewen, and Robert Thomas. On special teams, Brett Goode was his normal, reliable self on long snaps.
Major League Baseball
Two former Diamond Hogs are officially in the playoffs now. Both Dallas Keuchel’s Houston Astros and Logan Forsythe’s Los Angeles Dodgers are officially division champions. They will likely be joined by Andrew Benintendi as soon as the Red Sox clinch their division.
Keuchel’s ERA is back under 3.00 after a solid start to win his 13th of the season. Forsythe continues to have a rough September, hitting just .200, and will likely be utilized as a pinch hitter in the postseason. Benny is back on the upswing as his roller coaster season continues. In the past week he’s 10-30 with 8 RBI’s and four doubles.
Elsewhere, James McCann is still the Tigers starting backstop, hitting .261 for the year and coming off a three-hit performance on Saturday. Brian Anderson is still doing reasonably well in his September call up in Miami.