Monday, November 2, 2015

The Raven Report 11.2.15: #Royals #LeVeonBell #Brees #Broncos

By @nevaRWilliams

Well folks, its all over. The Kansas City Royals took the crown to become the 2015 World Series Champions.

Royals catcher and World Series MVP Salvador Perez drove in the tying run in the ninth inning, and singled to lead off the 12th inning, which set up Jarred Dyson's run on a pinch hit by Christian Colon. During the series, Perez hit .364, while anchoring the Kansas City pitching staff.

As they have done all season, Kansas City rallied and fought back, this time in the ninth inning against Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia of the New York Mets. Lorenzo Cain had a huge bases clearing three-run double that officially put the final nail in the Mets coffin.

All in all, it turned out to be a more entertaining series than people would have believed at first. Congratulations to the Royals and the people of Kansas City. Soak it up now, as pitchers and catchers report in just over 100 days.

Tough news for the Steel City. Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Le'Veon Bell is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a torn right MCL, suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon. Bell caught a pass from Ben Roethlisberger, whom just returned from injury himself, when Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict tackled Bell, with his knee rolling awkwardly under him. Bell will be re-evaluated today, but it's expected that he will be confirmed to be out for the season. Bell had just 511 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season after getting a late start due to a suspension. Sources say that former St. Louis Rams running back Isaiah Pead will have a tryout for the Steelers to help with their roster issue.

Unfortunately, Le'Veon Bell was not the only injury from Week 8 of the NFL season. While facing the San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens wide out Steve Smith was lost for the season with a torn Achilles. Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte had a knee injury of his own on Sunday, against the Minnesota Vikings. His status as of right now is still unknown.

Elsewhere around the league, Drew Brees and Eli Manning lit up the scoreboard in New Orleans, but the Saints came out victorious 52-49 over the Giants. Brees threw for SEVEN touchdowns and 511 yards, with only 1 interception. Tight end Benjamin Watson had 147 yards and 1 touchdowns while Marques Colston had 114 yards and a touchdown of his own. Wide outs Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead had 2 touchdowns each of their own. On the other sideline, Eli Manning had 350 yards passing and 6 touchdowns, with 3 of them going to star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Both the Giants and Saints are now 4-4.

Another game that stood out to me was the Sunday Night game of the week, which saw the Denver Broncos improve to 7-0 over the previously undefeated Green Bay Packers, 29-10. Peyton Manning had 340 yards passing, but the real story was the Broncos defense that held Aaron Rodgers to just 77 yards passing on the night. Along with that, Eddie Lacy only had 38 yards rushing. The Broncos defense had 3 sacks on Rodgers, to go with 7 QB hits. It should go without saying that this was Rodgers and Green Bay's worst played game of the season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are back in action tonight as they travel o Philadelphia, to take on the young 76ers. It should be a good game to help the Cavs continue to gel early on in the season, coming off of their 102-92 home opening win against the Miami Heat on Friday. Tip-off is at 7 PM on FOX Sports Ohio.

And in case you missed it, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett will be suspended for this week's game Nov. 7 against Minnesota. Barrett, 20, was cited with a misdemeanor charge for operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI). A breathalyzer test revealed Barrett had a BAC just above the 0.08 legal limit in Ohio for drivers 21 years of age or older. But, at 20, the legal limit stands at 0.02. When J.T. was released, it was teammate and backup quarterback Cardale Jones who picked him up and took him home. Barrett if eligible to return the following week for Ohio State's game versus Illinois.

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