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Quick Hitters: Week 10, 2019 NFL Season

For the fourth consecutive week, I’m doing my NFL predictions in this format, due to other time consuming projects.

So with that being said, here are my Week 10 prediction via the bullet points below:

  • I’ll take the Chargers over the Raiders, as I expect Anthony Lynn’s bunch to build off last week’s monumental home victory against the Green Bay Packers
  • I’ll take the Bears to snap their four-game losing streak because their defense is just too good to keep enduring this string of bad luck
  • Despite this game screaming “let down”, I still like the Ravens over the Bengals, as John Harbaugh’s bunch is starting to peak at just the right time
  • I’ll take the Bills over the Browns because I expect Sean McDermott’s bunch to use this opportunity to get within a game of the idle New England Patriots for first place in the AFC East
  • I’ll take the Chiefs over the Titans because Mike Vrabel’s bunch is too inept offensively. Plus, that ineptitude could be even more glaring with the potential return of Patrick Mahomes, as Ryan Tannehill isn’t capable of going possession-for-possession with the league’s reigning MVP
  • The Falcons should be better coming out of their bye. However, the Saints are coming off a bye as well and are playing the best ball right now, despite the unbeaten record of the San Francisco 49ers. The Saints, with Drew Brees in his second game back, will be too much for the Falcons. Especially in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Yes, the Saints will make it seven in a row this season
  • In the Week 10 “Futility Bowl”, I like the Jets because they are a little more complete than the Giants on both sides of the ball
  • I’ll take the Buccaneers to win their first game at Raymond James Stadium this season against Bruce Arians’ former team, the Cardinals
  • I like the Colts to bounce back at home against the Dolphins
  • I’ll take the Packers to rebound at home against the Panthers
  • Despite the Rams coming off their bye week on a two-game winning streak, I just can’t go against Mike Tomlin’s bunch right now. Steelers to go over .500 for the first time all season
  • This game is will be a back-and-forth battle, with the Cowboys winning it 20-17 at the buzzer
  • The Seahawks are the perfect candidate to deal the last unbeaten team, the 49ers, a loss. However, their defense isn’t the L.O.B. defense of old this season. Plus, Russell Wilson still gets sacked way too many times. Look for Jimmy Garoppolo to replicate what he did last week against the Cardinals, look for Nick Bosa and the Golden Rush defense to sack Wilson five or six times, and look for the 49ers to remain unbeaten at Week 10’s end

Quick Hitters: The Rest Of The Week 9 Slate

Due to my continued relentlessness in knocking out movies on my watch list, I have decided to once again do my weekly NFL predictions in this format.

So with that being said, here are the rest of my Week 9 predictions via the bullet points below:

  • I’ll take the Jaguars over the Texans because this week is the perfect one for the Jaguars to finally be over .500 for the first time since Week 4 of last season
  • I’ll take the Bills to bounce back against the hapless Redskins
  • Despite the possibility of no Patrick Mahomes this week, I’ll take the Chiefs over the Vikings because I just can’t see Andy Reid’s bunch having a four-game losing streak at Arrowhead Stadium
  • I’ll take the Dolphins over the Jets because this game is one of the few winnable ones for Brian Flores’ bunch
  • In a battle of teams (Bears and Eagles) coached by former Andy Reid assistants, I’ll take the Super Bowl 52 champions because I expect them to build off last week’s big road win against the Bills
  • I’ll take the Steelers in an upset over the Colts because they won’t win at Heinz Field without T.Y. Hilton
  • I’ll take the Panthers to bounce back at home against a Titans team that barely won their past two games
  • I’m finally picking the Raiders to win, as I see them feeding off the crowd in their first game at RingCentral Coliseum since Week 2
  • Despite this being considered a trap game for the Seahawks, I just can’t see them losing at The Link against the Buccaneers
  • Despite losing Bradley Chubb (partial torn left ACL) and Joe Flacco (herniated disc) to IR, along with trading Emmanuel Sanders to the 49ers, the Broncos have more than enough to defeat the under-achieving Browns in this game, which is something they’ll indeed do. Look for 100 yards or more on the ground from Phillip Lindsay and look for a three-sack game from Von Miller
  • Logic says to take the Packers against the Chargers. Especially with how well the Packers have looked this entire season. However, they are due for a road loss against a team whose losses have all been decided by seven points or less. Matter of fact, two of the Chargers’ wins have been decided six points or less. Overall, seven of the Chargers’ games have been decided by one possession. This game will be decided by one possession as well, but the home team will come out on top in this one
  • I’ll take the Ravens over the Patriots because I feel like John Harbaugh’s bunch will emerge strong out of their Week 8 bye. Plus, the Patriots have to lose sooner or later
  • I’ll take the Cowboys over the Giants because Jason Garrett’s bunch will also emerge strong out of their Week 8 bye, along with the fact that they will build off their Week 7 victory against the Eagles

Quick Hitters: San Francisco 49ers Vs. Arizona Cardinals Prediction

With all the movie assessing that I have recently done, I have once again decided to do my weekly NFL predictions in this format. Or should I say my prediction for the 49ers-Cardinals game, as that’s the only Week 9 game that’s mandatory to meet my Halloween deadline. And since I’ve now established that, here’s my prediction via the bullet point below:

  • The Cardinals have been a scrappy bunch Weeks 5 through 7, as they were on a three-game winning streak during that span. However, the three teams that they defeated are a combined 3-21. As for the 49ers, they are undefeated and have two defeated two winning teams this season. Plus, defense and the running game travel, two things that the 49ers have. The Cardinals will give them a fight because the Cardinals almost always play the 49ers tough at University of Phoenix Stadium. However, their effort won’t be effort, as I see the 49ers finding a way to remain undefeated.

Quick Hitters: Week 8, 2019 NFL Season

From a regular site update standpoint, I’m back in the swing of things.

However, I’ve also been locked into other blogging projects, thus my Week 8 NFL picks being in this format once again.

So with that being said, here are my predictions via the bullet points and bold text below:

  • Washington Redskins Vs. Minnesota Vikings-I’ll take the Vikings because they are one of the hottest teams in the league right now and I don’t see them losing against a lowly Redskins team.
  • Seattle Seahawks Vs. Atlanta Falcons-I’ll take the Seahawks because I feel that they can bounce back from last week’s disappointing home loss against the Baltimore Ravens. Plus, this might be the worst Falcons team in the Matt Ryan since Tony Gonzalez’ last season (2013) in the league, so there’s no way that they beat the Seahawks this week.
  • Philadelphia Eagles Vs. Buffalo Bills-This is a must win game for the Eagles, but the dormant state of their offense is a recipe for disaster against a championship caliber Bills defense. So with that being said, I like the Bills in this one.
  • Los Angeles Chargers Vs. Chicago Bears-I’ll take the Bears because their ferocious defense will be too overpowering for the Chargers’ shaky offensive line.
  • New York Giants Vs. Detroit Lions-I’ll take the Lions because they are too good to be losers of three in a row. Especially against a Giants team that has been sputtering for the past three weeks.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs. Tennessee Titans-I’ll take the Buccaneers because I think they’ll be fresh against a Titans team that almost lost its third straight game last week against the Chargers.
  • Denver Broncos Vs. Indianapolis Colts-I’ll take the Colts because they are the better team.
  • Cincinnati Bengals Vs. Los Angeles Rams-I’ll take the Rams because they looked rejuvenated last week against the Falcons, and they will build off of that against the 0-7 Bengals.
  • Arizona Cardinals Vs. New Orleans Saints-I’ll take the Saints because the return of Drew Brees will galvanize that whole team.
  • New York Jets Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars-I’ll take the Jaguars because their imposing defense will be too much for Sam Darnold & Company.
  • Carolina Panthers Vs. San Francisco 49ers-I’ll take the 49ers because their running game will punish the Panthers run defense, along with the fact that their Golden Rush defense will make life miserable for Kyle Allen and the Panthers offense.
  • Cleveland Browns Vs. New England Patriots-I’ll take the Patriots because the Browns aren’t ready to be a serious challenger to them.
  • Oakland Raiders Vs. Houston Texans-I’ll take the Texans because I like their chances of rebounding at home this week.
  • Green Bay Packers Vs. Kansas City Chiefs-I’ll take the Chiefs because I don’t see them losing three in a row at Arrowhead Stadium.
  • Miami Dolphins Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers-I’ll take the Steelers because I expect them to build off of their Week 6 win against the Chargers coming out of their bye week.

Steve Believes: 2019 LCS Round

                                                       The Divisional Series round has come to an end, as I got each series length wrong (one three-game sweep, three winner take all Game 5s). However, three of the four teams that I picked to win in the Divisional Series round all advanced, with the Atlanta Braves being the only prediction that I got incorrect.

                                                      Check out the bullet points and text below to see whom I’m picking to advance to the World Series:

  • Washington Nationals Vs. St. Louis Cardinals-The Nationals dethroned a two-time reigning National League champion, as they rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win 7-3 against the Los Angeles for their first playoff series win since 1981 when they were the Montreal Expos. As for the Cardinals, they were propelled by Molina magic, as the youngest (Yadier) of those three brothers had both the game-tying and game-winning RBIs in Game 4 to help his team force a Game 5 against the Braves. The Cardinals ended up winning the latter of those two games, 13-1. Based on the Cardinals history and the fact that they get home-field advantage in this round, logic says to pick them. But Washington’s three-headed monster of starting pitching will shorten the games and this series, as I have the Nationals winning the National League pennant in five games.
  • New York Yankees VsHouston Astros-These two teams meet in this round for the second time in three years. And just like 2017, the Astros have home-field advantage. Early big leads and timely insurance runs against the Minnesota Twins are the reasons why the Yankees have advanced to this round for the second time in three years, while the Astros got all that they could handle from the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees have a tendency to turn the game over to their bullpen quite often, whereas the Astros also boast a three-headed monster of starting pitching that can and has proven to go deep into games. I had the Yankees going the distance (five games) against the Twins in the last round and advancing to this round. And as for this round, I have them going the distance but losing, as I don’t see them beating the three-headed monster of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zach Greinke four times in a seven-game series. 

     Yep, it’s going to be Nationals vs. Astros in the World Series.

     Tune in on October 22 to whom I will pick to win it all.

Quick Hitters: The Rest Of The Week 7 Slate

On Thursday, I made my prediction of the Kansas City Chiefs Vs. Denver Broncos matchup separate from all these other predictions, due to both the router reset that day and my prediction of that game being due that day. Plus, I’ve been spending a lot of recent time knocking movies off my watch list.

But worry not because I have the rest of my Week 7 NFL picks right on time, so let’s get right into it:

  • I’ll take the Atlanta Falcons over the Los Angeles Rams because the Falcons are way too talented to be this bad (1-5), along with the fact that the Rams are ripe for the picking right now.
  • I’ll take the Buffalo Bills over the Miami Dolphins because the Dolphins are 1-6 in their past seven games at New Era Field and this current Dolphins team isn’t good enough to make it 2-6. Especially against that championship level defense that the Bills possess.
  • I’ll take the Jacksonville Jaguars over the Cincinnati Bengals because the Sacksonville defense will exploit the Bengals being minus left offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, along with Leonard Fournette continuing his resurgence on the ground.
  • I’ll take the Detroit Lions over the Minnesota Vikings because the Lions will use the horrible officiating in last week’s 23-22 loss against the Green Bay Packers as motivation.
  • I’ll take the aforementioned Green Bay Packers over the Oakland Raiders because I’m not quite sold on the Raiders just yet.
  • I’ll take the Indianapolis Colts over the Houston Texans because I look for the home team (Colts) to build off their big Week 5 victory at Arrowhead Stadium against the Chiefs coming out of their bye week.
  • I’ll take the New York Giants over the Arizona Cardinals because I don’t see the Cardinals winning at MetLife Stadium this week.
  • I’ll take the San Francisco 49ers over the Washington Redskins because the 49ers have looked dominant coming out of their bye week, while the Redskins needed a failed two-point conversion attempt by the Dolphins to win the 2019 Toilet Bowl.
  • I’ll take the Tennessee Titans over the Los Angeles Chargers because Derrick Henry will help the Titans win the time of possession battle against a Chargers team that has allowed two 100-yard rushers thus far this season.
  • I’ll take the Chicago Bears over the New Orleans Saints because the Bears will come back strong from their bye week, along with the fact that I just don’t see Teddy Bridgewater lighting up the Khalil Mack-led Bears defense.
  • I’ll take the Seattle Seahawks over the Baltimore Ravens because I don’t see a Ravens defense that no longer has Terrell Suggs and C.J. Mosley shutting down a Seahawks offense that is led by Russell Wilson, the current favorite to win League MVP this season.
  • I’ll take the Philadelphia Eagles over the Dallas Cowboys because Dak Prescott will fail in trying to beat the Eagles with a neutralized Dallas rushing attack. Philadelphia currently boasts the league’s number one defense against the run.
  • I’ll take the New York Jets over the New England Patriots because the Jets will build off their big Week 6 win against the Cowboys with another big win this week. Plus, the Patriots are due for a loss sooner or later.

Quick Hitters: Kansas City Chiefs Vs. Denver Broncos Prediction

Going back to this past Friday (October 11, 2019), about a week’s worth of work was postponed, due most likely to the skipping of the weekly reset of our router. And for that, I personally apologize.

Usually, I would have had all my weekly NFL picks by now, but the aforementioned recent lagging connection in updating this site and my commitment to other projects caused a stoppage in that. And with that being, I’ll give you all a quick hitter, as today is the first day of Week 7 for the 2019 NFL season.

The week starts off with AFC West rivals, as the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Denver to take on the Broncos in the Mile High City.

The game is a matchup of two teams going in complete opposite directions, with the Chiefs losing back-to-back weeks at Arrowhead Stadium against the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans, while the Broncos have won two in a row following a dismal 0-4 start.

The purge of the defensive side of the ball (releasing Eric Berry and Justin Houston, trading Dee Ford) this past off-season and the recent absence of Chris Jones has gradually made the Chiefs’ defensive unit worse than they were last season. Especially in the sack department, as they racked up ZERO combined sacks of Jacoby Brissett and Deshaun Watson. Plus, they have allowed a 100-yard rusher in four consecutive games. Look for Phillip Lindsay to make it five consecutive games, and look for the Broncos to snap a four-game home losing streak against a Chiefs team that is traveling on a short week.

Impact Players Of Week 5, 2019 NFL Season

                             Last week once again marked some more reinvented territory for me, as I recognized one player from 14 of Week 4’s winning teams and three players from the other winning of that week.

                            And as for this week, at least one player from each of the 15 winning teams for Week 5 will be recognized, as both the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions had their bye week.

                          Check out the bullet points and text below to see which minimum 15 players got recognized as the Impact Players Of The Week for Week 5:

  • Los Angeles Rams Vs. Seattle Seahawks-I ended last week’s Impact Player segment with handing out a three-way Impact Player award to Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward and their two starting outside linebackers, T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree, for their thorough domination of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback in the Steelers 27-3 win. And just like that game, this game will also have a three-way award, with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson being one of the players for his 5-yard touchdown pass to his teammate, running back Chris Carson, on fourth-and-goal with 2:28 remaining in the game. Carson, a three-time Impact Player award already, gets a share of this game’s award for catching that aforementioned 5-yard touchdown pass, as well as rushing for 118 yards on 27 carries. And finally, there’s Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright, whom was the closest defender in holding Rams tight end Gerald Everett to a nine-yard reception on a 3rd-and-15 pass play. And as to why that’s important, well a yard or two closer and Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein would have most likely made the possible game-winning field. But instead, Zeurlein missed from 44 yards out, due in large to Wright forcing Everett to go out of bounds, thus making the nine-year linebacker out of Mississippi State the third Impact Player award winner of this game.
  • Arizona Cardinals VsCincinnati Bengals-The trend of three continues, as Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, and Cardinals running back David Johnson and Chase Edmonds accounted for the 62 yards that the Cardinals needed to win the game, 26-23, at the buzzer. And given that all three players put Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez to beat the buzzer from 31 yards out, all three of them get a three-way Impact Player award for this game.
  • Buffalo Bills VsTennessee Titans-After a rough outing the previous week against the New England Patriots, Bills quarterback Josh Allen bounced back, as he went 23-for-32 for 204 net passing yards and two touchdowns, the second of which ( a 7-yarder to Bills wide receiver Duke Williams) was the difference in Buffalo’s margin of victory. Allen then added the final dagger against the Titans, as he picked up five yards on a third-and-three run play to enable the Bills to run out the clock in Nissan Stadium. The Bills have four victories this season, thanks to Allen, whose performance once again gives him another Impact Player award.
  • Chicago Bears VsOakland Raiders-Back in Week 1, a Bears scoring opportunity got thwarted by a momentum-killing interception by their former player in safety Adrian Amos, the inaugural Impact Player award winner. And of course, the Bears lost that game, 10-3. And just like that game, the Bears had a chance to tie or take the lead late against Khalil Mack’s former, as they had the ball on Oakland’s 47-yard line, down 24-21. But Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley killed Chicago’s momentum this time around, as he picked off a Chase Daniel (Bears back-up quarterback) intended for Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller at the Oakland 23-yard line. The Raiders would then go on to run out most of the clock, thus leaving the Bears with only 13 seconds to utilize. The interception was a huge part in the Raiders being over .500 for the second time this season, thus making Conley the Impact Player of this game.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers VsNew Orleans Saints-After guiding the Saints to four drives that ended in field goals, Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater responded, by airing it out with 26 completions in 34 pass attempts for 314 yards and four touchdowns. All four of his touchdown passes proved to be crucial, as all of them either erased early deficits, broke ties or prevented the Buccaneers from late-game rallies. Bridgewater’s performance makes him the Impact Player of this game.
  • Minnesota Vikings VsNew York Giants-It’s another game of three’s company, as three Vikings player get a three-way Impact Player award for this game, with the first player being Kirk Cousins, whom had his best game by far this season, by going 22-of-27 for 306 passing yards (279 net) and two touchdowns. Adam Thielen, the player whom Cousins apologized to in between the loss to the Bears and this game, was the recipient of 130 of those gross yards and both touchdowns, thus making him the second Impact Player of this game. And as for the third Impact Player of this game, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, whom had his fourth 100-yard rushing this season, as the third-year running back out of Florida State rushed for 132 yards on 21 carries.
  • New York Jets VsPhiladelphia Eagles-This award can go to anyone on the Eagles defense, whom allowed 6 points and 128 total net yards. Oh yeah, they also had 10 sacks and two defensive touchdowns. And while I’m tempted to have this game’s Impact Player award be a multi-way award, I instead want to give it to the player whom applied the pressure to enable Eagles linebacker Nathan Gerry to have a 51-yard pick-six. That’s right, I’m taking Eagles defensive end and Super Bowl LII hero Brandon Graham, whom also had three of those 10 sacks. 
  • Baltimore Ravens VsPittsburgh Steelers-After going negative four yards on their first overtime possession, the Ravens seemed destined to lose a third consecutive game. But in the hostile environment of Heinz Field, Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey forced a fumble of Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and proceeded to recover it in Pittsburgh territory. Lamar Jackson & Company then did the rest, as they moved the ball six more yards to set up Justin Tucker’s game-winning field goal from 46 yards out. However, the 46-yarder wouldn’t have been possible without Humphrey going all Charles Tillman with his forced fumble of Smith-Schuster, thus making the third-year cornerback out of Alabama this game’s Impact Player.
  • New England Patriots VsWashington Redskins-It was a bit of a rough game for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, as this week marked the second consecutive week in which he threw a red zone interception. Plus, he got sacked four times by a ferocious Redskins pass rush. However, he withstood all of that to throw for 312 net passing yards and three touchdowns, two of which broke the game open in the second half. Brady’s age-defying performance against the Redskins makes the future Hall Of Famer the Impact Player of this game.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars VsCarolina Panthers-Down seven, the Jaguars had a chance to be over .500 for the first time since this time last season had they scored a touchdown on that last untimed down. But thanks to Panthers outside linebacker Mario Addison chasing around Jaguars Gardner Minshew II on that untimed, and thanks to Panthers inside linebacker Luke Kuechly batting Minshew’s last-second heave on that same play, the Panthers were able to hang on for the 34-27 victory. The two Carolina defensive veterans are the co-Impact Players of this game for collaborating on that final defensive stop.
  • Atlanta Falcons VsHouston Texans-Every time that the Falcons got back in the game via a touchdown, the Texans responded with a touchdown of their own, thanks mostly to the brilliance of quarterback Deshaun Watson. A player with a knack for both getting hit and sacked a lot, Watson played a very clean game, as he had no turnovers and got only hit once, the latter of which didn’t result in a sack. Oh yeah, let’s not forgot his passing numbers, as the third-year quarterback out of Clemson went 28-of-33 for 426 yards and five touchdowns. His performance, along with the performance of Texans wide receiver Will Fuller V (14 reception, 217 yards, three touchdowns), make the quarterback and wide receiver duo co-Impact Players of this game.
  • Denver Broncos VsLos Angeles Chargers-The Chargers inconsistency in stopping the run reared its head again, as they allowed Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay to rush for 114 yards, the last 45 of which came on the Broncos final possession to turn a 17-10 Broncos lead into a 20-10 Broncos lead via a 46-yard Brandon McManus field goal with 1:55 remaining. The 114-yard rushing performance by Lindsay makes him the Impact Player of this game.
  • Green Bay Packers Vs. Dallas Cowboys-Another Aaron (Jones) led the Packers to a fourth consecutive win in AT&T Stadium, as the third-year running back out of UTEP punished the Cowboys with 107 rushing yards and all of Green Bay’s touchdowns via the ground on 19 carries. It was Jones’ second game of 100 yards or rushing against the Cowboys, thus making him the Impact Player of this game.
  • Indianapolis Colts VsKansas City Chiefs-There have been a lot of two-way and three-way Impact Player awards in this entry. But there’s never been a four-way Impact Player award until now, as four Colts get such an honor. I’ll start with Colts defensive end Justin Houston, whom made the Chiefs look stupid for releasing him this past off-season. Houston’s knowledge of the Chiefs offense played a big part in the Colts limiting his former team to 13 points, the lowest single-game point total among Patrick Mahomes’ 24 starts as quarterback for the Chiefs. Plus, Houston racked up a sack against his old team, along with funneling Mahomes into suffering another sack that was split by Colts defensive ends Jabaal Sheard and Komoko Turay. Oh yeah, and there’s Houston’s tackle of Chiefs running back Damien Williams for a 1-yard loss in Kansas City that set up Adam Vinatieri’s crucial 29-yard field goal to make the game a two-possession game with 2:27 remaining. After Houston, the second award winner is Colts running back Marlon Mack, whom helped the Colts enjoy a 37:15 edge in time of possession with 132 yards rushing on 29 carries. After Mack, the third winner is a player whom played a huge role in Mack getting those rushing yards, with that player being Colts left offensive guard Quenton Nelson. It’s no coincidence that Mack ran to the Colts’ offensive left side often, as Nelson was credited multiple times for his blocking in that game. And finally, there’s the sure-handed tight end Jack Doyle, whose recovery of Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker’s onside kick put the finishing touches on the hard fought 19-13 Colts victory.
  • Cleveland Browns VsSan Francisco 49ers-Last week’s Monday Night Football matchup between the Bengals and Steelers started the movement of naming multiple Impact award winners. And just like that Monday Night Football game, I once again name three players as Impact Award winners. I’ll start with 49ers running back Matt Breida, whom set the tone with an 83-yard touchdown run on San Francisco’s first play from scrimmage as a part of his 114-yard rushing night. Joining him is fellow running back Tevin Coleman, whom had a touchdown run (19 yards) of his own and finished three yards shy of joining Breida as the second set of teammates to run for 100 yards or more this season. And finally, 49ers rookie defensive end Nick Bosa had a coming out party in primetime, as he led a San Francisco defensive effort that yielded only three points and 180 total net yards, along racking four sacks as a team and forcing three of the four turnovers. Bosa’s stat line in that game was a tremendous one, as the second overall pick in this past April’s draft had five hits and two sacks (one featured a forced fumble) of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Plus, he also recovered a fumble, along with causing an intentional grounding penalty of Mayfield that should have been another sack for him and put the pressure on Mayfield that led to Richard Sherman’s second interception this season. Bosa’s performance proved why he was worth the number two overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, thus making him the third Impact Player of this game.

         Well, that’s it for this week’s edition of Impact Players Of The Week.

         Tune in next week to see which players get the Week 6 honors.

Steve Believes: 2019 American League Divisional Series Round

The other half of the Wild Card matchups has finalized, as the Tampa Bay Rays cruised to a 5-1 victory against Oakland Athletics. Their prize? The best team in all of the Majors, the Houston Astros, whom are also the prohibited favorite to win it all for the second time in three seasons.

                                                      Check out the bullet points and bold text below to see whom I picked to win that series, as well as the other American League Divisional Series matchup:

  • Tampa Bay Rays Vs. Houston Astros-The Rays have been a nice story in 2019 under manager Kevin Cash, as he guided them to 96 wins during the regular season, along with their first postseason win since 2013. However, it’s going to end there, as I see the Astros sweeping their way into the ALCS. I just can’t see the Rays beating the three-headed monster of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zach Greinke in a five-game series.
  • Minnesota Twins Vs. New York Yankees-After years of getting pushed around by the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians, the Twins won the American League Central for the first time since 2010. However, they can never seem to avoid the Yankees in this round, as this series marks the fifth time since 2003 of both teams facing each other in this round. Plus, they also met in the 2017 American League Wild Card Play-In Game. Since 2003, the Twins are 2-13 against the Yankees in the postseason, with both those wins coming courtesy of Johan Santana. Santana isn’t walking through that door but neither is Yankees pitcher Domingo German, a starter whom boasted an 18-4 record before being suspended for the rest of this season. The absence of German gives the Twins a little more hope than in previous series against the Yankees. However, I still think growing pains will abound for them, thus why I’m taking the Yankees in this series. But the Twins won’t go down without a fight, which is why I have this series going the full five games.

                                             Well, those are my predictions for the 2019 American League Divisional Series round.

                                             Tune in about a week’s time to my predictions for the American League Championship Series round.