The New Orleans Saints have felt all off-season that they were just one blown call away from reaching the Super Bowl last year. And with Drew Brees now 40 years old, the clock is ticking on the Saints adding a second championship in the Brees-Sean Payton era. They’ll try to make another run beginning tonight as New Orleans hosts the Houston Texans at the Superdome. The Texans are also coming off a playoff run but did some major shaking up in the preseason. After RB Lamar Miller went down with an ACL tear, the Texans shipped off defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney and acquired offensive pieces Kenny Stills, Laremy Tunsil and Carlos Hyde. Tunsil’s acquisition will be especially important if Bill O’Brien’s team is to cut down on the league-high 62 sacks QB Deshaun Watson suffered last year. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game as well as the Denver-Oakland contest and the complete schedule for Week 1, click HERE.

After hovering around the .500 mark for most of the season, the Arizona Diamondbacks (75-68) are making a strong push to get into the NL wild card picture. Winners of 11 of their last 13, the D-backs have made up 3 1/2 games on the Cubs for the final wild-card spot and sit just 1 1/2 games behind Chicago coming into tonight’s game against the Mets.  For New York (72-70), a 15-1 stretch in July and August has given way to an 11-14 slump that has dropped the Mets into fifth place for the second wild card. Merrill Kelly (10-13, 4.69) will get the start for Arizona in the series opener at Citi Field, while New York will counter with Jacob deGrom (8-8, 2.76). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full MLB schedule, click HERE.

The Astros 21-1 cakewalk over Seattle yesterday is indicative of how Houston has been playing of late. A.J. Hinch’s club has won 16 of its last 20 to overtake the LA Dodgers for the top spot in the latest Dunkel MLB rankings. The Yankees, Twins, and Braves all remain the same to round out the Top 5. To get the complete Dunkel MLB rankings, click HERE.

Week 2 of the college football season is in the books with Clemson and Alabama continuing to hold on to the top two spots after beating Texas A&M and New Mexico State, respectively. Ohio State, Georgia, and Oklahoma round out the Top 5 with LSU jumping up to No. 6 after its win at Texas. To get the full Dunkel FBS and FCS rankings, click HERE.

And the WNBA wrapped up its regular season yesterday with the Washington Mystics the clear favorite to win their first championship as the playoffs are set to begin on Wednesday. The Mystics have a sizable lead over No. 2 Connecticut, while Los Angeles slipped past Las Vegas for the top spot among the Western Conference teams. To get Dunkel’s complete WNBA rankings, click HERE.

 

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