Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, NHL and EPL Preview

by Alec McMordie

For the first time since the days of late July, the Monday sports card features a light schedule with only two games representing the major four sports. MLB has the day off before the Wild Card round of the playoffs begins on Tuesday. The NBA Finals begins on Wednesday after Miami defeated Boston last night in the sixth game of the Eastern Conference Finals.

After a prime-time showdown, last night, between future Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees for Sunday Night Football, the Monday Night Football showdown features a duel between the two quarterbacks that have won the last two NFL Most Valuable Player awards.

Patrick Mahomes has led the reigning Super Bowl champions to a 2-0 start this season. The 2018 league MVP completed 27 of 47 passes last Sunday for 302 yards in Los Angeles while rallying the Chiefs to a late touchdown to force overtime where they defeated the Chargers by a 23-20 score. Mahomes added another 54 yards on the ground for 356 of total yardage in the game.

Lamar Jackson followed up his team’s 38-6 victory over Cleveland in the opening week of the season by leading the Ravens to a 33-16 victory last week at Houston. Last year’s MVP completed 18 of 24 passes for 204 yards while adding 54 rushing yards. Baltimore has won fourteen straight games in the regular season. The Ravens also possess the best point differential in the NFL as they have outscored their first two opponents by +49 points. Jackson is completing 77.6% of his passes this season.

BetAnySports lists the Ravens as a 3.5-point favorite for this showdown with the total set at 54. ESPN broadcasts the game with the kickoff scheduled for 8:15 PM ET.

The Stanley Cup playoffs return to action tonight after the Dallas Stars forced a sixth game in the finals with their 3-2 victory in double overtime against Tampa Bay on Saturday. Head coach Jon Cooper announced that Steven Stamkos will not return to the ice for the rest of the playoffs with the lower-body injury that he has been dealing with since late February. Stamkos did play in Game 4 where he scored a dramatic goal in his limited ice time to help inspire the Lightning to secure their third win in this series.

The puck drops shortly after 8 PM ET on NBC. BetAnySports lists Tampa Bay as a -160 money line favorite with the total set at 5.

Two matches take place Monday afternoon in the English Premier League. At 12:45 PM ET, Aston Villa plays at Fulham while at 3 PM ET Arsenal plays at the defending champions, Liverpool. Both games are televised on the Peacock app. BetAnySports lists Fulham as a -0.25 goal-line favorite with the total set at 2.5. They then have Liverpool as a -1 goal-line favorite with that over/under installed at 3.5.

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