DeVonta Smith wins Offensive MVP after Record-Setting First Half

The final game of a college football season in a pandemic, a season that was uncertain to be played in the summer and filled with disruptions in the fall, ended in the most predictable fashion: Alabama (13-0) as national champion for the sixth time in the last 12 years under coach Nick Saban.

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith set multiple records and was named Offensive Most Valuable Player of Monday night's 52-24 win over Ohio State in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Smith, who was awarded the Heisman Trophy last Tuesday, exited the game early in the third quarter with a right hand injury. He returned to the sideline in the fourth quarter with his hand heavily bandaged. When asked post game about the status of this injury Smith said, "I'll be all right".

Monday night marked the fifth time in Smith's career he registered 200 or more receiving yards in a game. His career best for receiving yards in a game was 274 against Ole Miss on Sept. 28, 2019. This kid is going places. Good luck to him.

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Words Cannot Describe

I was going to do a recap of the NFL Playoffs last weekend but I only have one game on my mind... The Browns vs Steelers. JUST WILD.

The Cleveland Browns overcame it all. The burden of carrying the mantle of a franchise that’s long been a punchline, JuJu Smith-Schuster making TikToks, a schedule ravaged by a COVID-19 outbreak, practicing just once over the last two weeks and a rival that for years has treated them like a harmless little brother. 

 AND THEY WENT OFF!

The Browns dismantled the Pittsburg Steelers 48-37 in the wild-card round Sunday night, picking up the franchise’s first postseason victory in more than a quarter-century and earning a trip to Kansas City this Sunday to face the defending Super Bowl champions.

The victory was the Browns' first postseason triumph of any kind since beating New England on New Year's Day 1995. This being just three months before Mayfield was even born. Good luck this weekend boys.

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NFL PLAYOFF PICKS WEEK 1

Ready for some NFL PLAYOFF PICKS!?

Here ya go...

Colts (+6.5) at Bills

Josh Allen has too many weapons to choose from for the Colts to shut him down. Philip Rivers may play well, but in the end Allen and the Bills will make enough big plays to host a game in the divisional round of the playoffs for the first time in 27 years.

Also, seems like the Bills are having too much fun this year. Any sports team that I’ve been on that is relaxed and having fun make winning look easy. Watching this video from practice below demonstrates exactly what I mean. 

 Score Prediction: Bills 34, Colts 20

Rams at Seahawks (-3)

At the start of the season fans were chanting "Russell Wilson for MVP" in the streets. Now he fell quickly out of that conversation as fast as he rose to the top of it. I can't say he's done much since then to make people think of him as MVP material but Russell is getting too deep into his career to blow a shot at enhancing his legacy on a team that quite possibly will be led by John Wolford. I like Seattle to win a close, low-scoring game.

Score Prediction: Seahawks 16, Rams 13.

Buccaneers (-8) at Washington

This is a closer game than people think. Washington’s defense matches up well with Tampa Bay’s offense. But in the end I think Tom Brady makes a big play, Alex Smith comes up short, and the Buccaneers advance.

Score Prediction: Buccaneers 20, Washington 14.

Ravens (-3.5) at Titans 

The Ravens are coming on strong at the right time, and the Titans’ defense is highly suspect. I think Lamar Jackson will have a big game as he earns his first playoff win.

Score Prediction: Ravens 27, Titans 21.

Bears (+10.5) at Saints

Even being a die hard Bears fan I know they won't win against The Saints. The Saints have the best defense Mitch Trubisky has faced this season, and I don’t think he’s going to be up to the challenge. New Orleans will win comfortably.

Score Prediction: Saints 30, Bears 20 :(

Browns (+6) at Steelers

Well everyone on the Browns has COVID-19 so... yikes. This week, the Steelers show they’re the better team. And that's about it!

Score Prediction: Steelers 27, Browns 17.

 

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