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Last Week In Sports: September 19, 2022

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We have a new WNBA champion! More on them later, but congrats to the Las Vegas Aces for coming through in an unforgettable WNBA Finals. We have MLB teams clinching playoff spots left and right (including our Team of the Week!), and some major NFL blowouts and upsets worthy of recognition. With no further ado, let’s get into those teams of the week:

MLB Team of the Week

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These guys just can’t stop winning. Last week, the Dodgers won five of their six games, including an unbelievable THREE shutouts. They clinched their playoff berth n Monday, clinched the division on Tuesday, and have their eyes set on taking home-field advantage through the playoffs. They are just clicking on all cylinders and have been almost all season, with a +332 run differential that leads the league by 123. With Julio Urias, Tyler Anderson, and Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers have a playoff rotation to be reckoned with. It looks like yet again the National League runs through Los Angeles.

WNBA Team of the Week

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Predictably, the Las Vegas Aces are our WNBA Team of the Week! They took home the first WNBA Finals in franchise history, knocking off the Connecticut Sun in a must-watch four game series that looked like it could have gone either way in any given moment.

Chelsea Gray was named Finals MVP after a series that allowed her to show off her scoring prowess, including a 20-point performance in the series’ deciding game. League MVP and DPOY A’ja Wilson obviously held her own and chipped in tremendously, including three double-doubles and ten total blocks in just four games. Guards Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young were their usual selves, moving the ball well and knocking down shots from all over, and the big hero of Game 4 was Riquna Williams, who couldn’t miss in the fourth quarter while icing the series. Aces head coach Becky Hammon just became the first WNBA coach to win the Finals in her first season at the helm since the league’s inaugural season, in which every coach was a rookie coach. Congratulations to all within the Aces organization, including owner Mark Davis, team president Nikki Fargas, and general manager Natalie Williams.

NFL Team of the Week

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This was a hard one. The New York Jets won. The New York Giants are 2-0. The Bills somehow made the Titans look worse than they did in a game they lost to the Titans. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers finally shook off the New Orleans Saints. The Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, and the aforementioned Jets all mounted furious comebacks, each overcoming a fourth quarter deficit of at least 13 on the road and winning their games outright.

Any single one of these teams is deserving of recognition, so this week’s NFL Team of the Week may be a bit controversial: the Jacksonville Jaguars. After the last few seasons, it feels like it’s always a shocker when the Jaguars manage to win. Last week, they didn’t just win; the Jaguars blew out the Indianapolis Colts, shutting out Matt Ryan and Co. en route to a 24-0 victory. Trevor Lawrence had one of his best games as the Jags’ signal caller, displaying efficiency with a 83.3% completion percentage with two touchdowns and zero interceptions, while offseason addition Christian Kirk is earning every penny in his big deal, catching both touchdowns and racking up 78 receiving yards. The Jacksonville Jaguars are in first place. I didn’t expect to write that today.

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