Students celebrated Notre Dame’s 33-17 victory over Miami in the Sun Bowl. “The game was awesome,” senior Fred Jung said. “I had a really great time both at the game and around the city of El Paso.” Most students agreed the best part of the trip was seeing the overflowing support for the football team. “Although my friends and I did not go to the planned Notre Dame festivities, it was incredible to see the amount of Notre Dame supporters just at the tailgating scene,” Jung said. For senior Silvana Martinez and sophomore Walter Myers, both of whom are El Paso residents, the Sun Bowl was a unique opportunity for them to experience a major Notre Dame event in their hometown. “The whole weekend was great,” Martinez said. “There was a huge turnout of not only Notre Dame students, but also locals who embraced our school and became supporters. “One of the best parts about the game was the fact that all of the cheers and traditions associated with the student section at Notre Dame Stadium were brought to Sun Bowl Stadium. It was awesome to see students doing push-ups after Notre Dame scores.” Myers agreed with his fellow El Pasoan. “I have never seen this much hype surrounding the Sun Bowl. It was amazing,” he said. As a member of the Notre Dame Club of El Paso, Myers helped in the preparation for the game itself and the activities surrounding it. “We organized a canned food drive for a local homeless shelter, and anyone who brought a can was given ‘The Shirt,’” he said. “We also organized the battle of the bands event inside the El Paso Convention Center and the pep rally, which was unfortunately cancelled due to inclement weather.” The irony of the title of “Sun Bowl” was evident, as the kickoff temperature was 34 degrees and snow was on the ground. For many students, the weather was the sole letdown of the weekend. “I was expecting warm weather, so the sweatshirt and jeans I wore on game day were definitely not enough,” Jung said. “It felt like South Bend,” Martinez said. “I do not think any of us were expecting as much snow as we got.” Despite the weather, the Irish victory and time spent with friends over the New Year’s weekend made the Sun Bowl experience one to remember. “I think the best part of my weekend was seeing all of my school friends and having them meet my home friends,” Martinez said. “When I found out Notre Dame would be playing in the Sun Bowl, I was ecstatic because I knew my last Notre Dame football game as a student would be in my hometown. It was a great last hurrah.” “El Paso did a great job of keeping the environment both hospitable and safe,” Myers said. “I’m really proud of both my city and school.”
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4, -110)Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPNESPN might have been happy to land this game when the schedule was released in the spring, but the network is now stuck with two winless and increasingly lifeless teams in Week 4. The good news in terms of entertainment value for this “Monday Night Football” matchup is the desperation factor. Plus, the Steelers and Bengals love to hate each other no matter what kind of stakes are attached. Give us the team with better coaching and home-field advantage.Prediction: Steelers 23, Bengals 16 This seems to sum up the difficulty of weekly NFL picks and predictions: Two winless teams opened as favorites in Week 4, according to consensus betting lines at Sportsbook Review. Apparently the throw-out-the-record-book cliche applies to almost every pro football game, not just rivalries.The 2019 NFL season thus far has presented its share of surprises, including the rebounds of a handful of teams that failed to make the playoffs last year. MORE: Get the latest NFL odds at Sportsbook ReviewFour teams that missed the postseason in 2018 — the Bills (3-0), Lions (2-0-1), Packers (3-0) and 49ers (3-0) — are undefeated through the first three weeks of the 2019 season. This year marks the fourth time (2013, 2003 and 2002) at least four teams have started the season undefeated through their first three games after missing the postseason the previous year since 1990, when the current playoff format was put in place.One of those teams is guaranteed to remain undefeated through Week 4, as San Francisco has a bye this week. As for the rest, here are our picks and predictions for Week 4 of the 2019 NFL season, all the way through the Monday night game in Pittsburgh.NFL POWER RANKINGS:Colts, Lions join 49ers, Bills in rise; Eagles, Seahawks dipNFL picks, predictions for Week 4Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers (-4 1/2, -106)Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime VideoAaron Rodgers is the last quarterback a struggling Eagles defense wants to see, but Philadelphia might have even bigger problems on the other side of the ball in Green Bay. Unless the Eagles are able to manufacture a better rushing attack, or if Alshon Jeffrey returns to give them a needed boost in the passing game, they will have trouble scoring against the NFL’s second-best defense in terms of points allowed. The short week could be a factor, too, with the road team dealing with more injuries than the home team.Prediction: Packers 24, Eagles 20Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (-7 1/2, +110)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThis is a perfect chance for Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield to turn around his so-far disappointing season; Cleveland needs to avoid falling another game behind Baltimore in the early AFC North race, and the Ravens’ defense is not what it once was. The problem: Mayfield is the second-best QB in the game based on the numbers this season. There’s little reason to believe Lamar Jackson can’t torch the Browns’ banged-up secondary with complimentary help from the ground attack.Prediction: Ravens 30, Browns 20Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans (-5, -110)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxKyle Allen will start in place of Cam Newton again for the Panthers, and against a shaky Texans pass defense, he has a chance to put up more impressive numbers and further complicate the team’s QB matters moving forward. In part because of those secondary struggles in Houston, and even though Carolina has its share of holes, the Panthers have the better defense. That will be the difference despite Deshaun Watson’s best efforts.Prediction: Panthers 26, Texans 24Washington Redskins at New York Giants (-2 1/2, -115)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxThe good news for the quarterbacks in this game is both pass defenses are terrible. Washington doesn’t have to deal with Saquon Barkley, but if Daniel Jones plays anywhere near as well as he did against Tampa Bay, he’ll be a problem for the Redskins. Jay Gruden desperately needs this win, but unless he gives his team a rookie QB spark of its own, he won’t get it.Prediction: Giants 17, Redskins 14Los Angeles Chargers (-16 1/2, -110) at Miami DolphinsSunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThis week the Chargers get the bingo-board free space that is the Dolphins, and they need it following a second straight loss. This is a rare case in which a West-Coast team traveling to the East Coast for an early kickoff isn’t a factor.Prediction: Chargers 31, Dolphins 10Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis Colts (-7, -105)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThanks in part to injuries to T.Y. Hilton, Darius Leonard and Malik Hooker, this game isn’t a lock for the Colts. Indianapolis will need another good performance from what’s left of its defense to shut down Josh Jacobs, and Marlon Mack will need to be effective against what has been a decent Oakland run defense. We’ll take overall talent in this one, though. The home team, which also has better coaching, is simply better.Prediction: Colts 26, Raiders 17Kansas City Chiefs (-7, +120) at Detroit LionsSunday, 1 p.m. ET, FoxKudos to the Lions for reaching Week 4 without a loss, and their tight wins against the Chargers and Eagles over the last couple weeks are notable upsets. They won’t manage an upset this week, though. An indoor matchup against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs was going to be tough enough for Detroit with Darius Slay, but the star corner is dealing with a bad hamstring. Kerryon Johnson might have his moments against a vulnerable Kansas City run defense, but even if he does, it won’t be enough.Prediction: Chiefs 30, Lions 21New England Patriots (-7 1/2, +110) at Buffalo BillsSunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSSecond-year Bills quarterback Josh Allen was asked about this game moments after Buffalo beat Cincinnati to improve to 3-0, and he delivered a cliche response: “We’re going to try and stick to what we do.” Kids say the darnedest things, don’t they? If the Bills repeat what they’ve shown the Patriots on film, they have no chance of beating New England and taking control of the AFC East. Expect Buffalo’s stingy defense to put up a fight, but unless Allen delivers a passing performance that rivals that of Tom Brady, Buffalo can’t score enough points.Prediction: Patriots 23, Bills 13Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons (-4, -110)Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBSThis game is difficult to pick in part because these teams are equally confusing. They’re also similarly desperate 1-2 teams operating in winnable divisions. The Titans have the better defense, especially with the Falcons having lost Keanu Neal to injury. They also have the better rushing attack, spearheaded by Derrick Henry, making Tennessee a logical pick. If this game comes down to the wire, though, we trust Matt Ryan over Marcus Mariota at quarterback. Plus, Dan Quinn needs this win.Prediction: Falcons 27, Titans 24Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams (- 10, +110)Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, FoxThe Buccaneers need a chance to rebound from their disastrous loss to the Giants, and their schedule won’t allow it. Tampa Bay’s improved pass rush can’t help it enough against Los Angeles’ diverse attack, and the Rams have the rare defensive-back talent that’s capable of containing Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.Prediction: Rams 28, Buccaneers 20Seattle Seahawks (-5, -110) at Arizona CardinalsSunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, FoxThis is a tricky game for the Seahawks’ iffy pass defense against a team that loves to spread the field. Of course, every game is tricky for the Cardinals and their iffy defense overall. Kyler Murray needs to match his talent with composure, and he can learn how to do just that by watching Russell Wilson gracefully pick apart Arizona both through the air and on the ground.Prediction: Seahawks 31, Cardinals 17Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (-3, +100)Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBSThis is a toss-up, but only because the Bears aren’t getting strong enough play from Mitchell Trubisky. The Vikings are running all over teams with Dalvin Cook, but they’ll see one of the NFL’s best defenses in Chicago. As shaky as Trubisky has been, it’s not like Cousins has been much better.Prediction: Bears 23, Vikings 20Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos (-3, -120)Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBSThe Broncos are one of two winless teams (Steelers) that opened as favorites in Week 4, which means the football world is not yet sold on Gardner Minshew no matter how entertaining the Jaguars’ relief quarterback may be. Based on QB rating, though, Minshew has been better than Joe Flacco, who is up against a Jacksonville defense that should be better than Denver’s dwindling unit.Prediction: Jaguars 17, Broncos 16Dallas Cowboys (-2 1/2, -120) at New Orleans SaintsSunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBCThe Saints salvaged this game’s status as the matchup of the week when they upset the Seahawks without Drew Brees. The Cowboys, though, will make life much tougher on Teddy Bridgewater and/or Taysom Hill, and their linebackers can contain Alvin Kamara to an extent. The other star running back in this game, Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott, is up against a struggling rush defense. He’ll eat up enough yards on the ground to quiet the Superdome crowd, allowing Dak Prescott to stay out of too many third-and-long situations.Prediction: Cowboys 27, Saints 17
gameday cracker 4 TOP WORK The strength of the Eredivisie often gets bad press, especially given some of the flop transfers who have chanced their arm in the Premier League, including Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen, who was stripped of his No.9 shirt in the summer.Eindhoven, though, will be no pushovers, possessing some real star quality which has helped them score 36 goals in nine game – an average of four per game – and concede just THREE in the Dutch top-flight.So who are the players Tottenham need to worry about in the Netherlands? Find out below. Most Popular Premier League Stories changes Hirving LozanoThe Mexican won plenty of fans at World Cup 2018 as he helped his nation knock Germany out of the tournament and he’s carried on where he left off by netting eight goals and creating three in the league.Playing as part of Van Bommel’s front three, Lozano can play on the left or right, making him fairly unpredictable. The Mexican ace could trouble Spurs. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The Spaniard could be the one who got away for Man City. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Pereiro is going from strength to strength. Already a Uruguay international he’s beginning to step up and could soon be on the radar of much bigger clubs as he continues his fourth campaign in the Netherlands.Pereiro, 23, also once had a ten-day trial at Liverpool along with three other Nacional team-mates.AngelinoOnce on the books at Manchester City, the Spanish left-back flew the nest in the summer after loan spells to New York City FC, Girona, Mallorca, and NAC Breda.He’s settled in nicely too with three assists already to his name proving he’s a real threat from the flank. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update tense 4 predicted revealed Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? PSV Eindhoven line up against Inter Milan. whoops Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 4 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury He’s both skilful and a diligent worker willing to track back as well as score goals, while also impressing with his ability at set-pieces.Whoever lines up in defence could be in for a tough evening against the man nicknamed ‘Chucky’.Gaston PereiroThe Uruguayan attacking midfielder can unlock tight defences with his delightful left foot, while his drifting movement can cause anyone marking him some real issues.He’s nimble and quick-witted allowing him to adapt to evolving situations around him and a capable goalscorer with a record of around one in every three matches. 4 SORRY huge blow Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Tottenham Hotspur’s hope of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League could be given another blow tonight if PSV Eindhoven have anything to do with it.The Dutch outfit, like Spurs, have lost their first two clashes in the group stages, being defeated 4-0 by Barcelona and 2-1 by Inter Milan. latest Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? The 21-year-old isn’t just an attacking full-back though and is capable of clamming up the right flank, where Spurs play 37 per cent of their football.It may just be Pep Guardiola had the answer to his left-back troubles at the Etihad the whole time.