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It’s time to stop underrating the Titans, plus Aaron Judge, Paul Goldschmidt win MLB’s biggest awards

It's time to stop underrating the Titans, plus Aaron Judge, Paul Goldschmidt win MLB's biggest awards

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If you’re still underrating the Titans, I don’t know what more they can do to convince you. Tennessee beat Green Bay, 27-17, Thursday for its seventh win in eight games, and, as they do it so often, they did it on their terms.

If you can’t stop Henry — and many teams can’t — the Titans will feed him. That helps Tannehill play efficient football. The Titans have the second-best red zone offense this year, and the defense is very solid. Combine it all, and the Titans are a team no one will want to face down the stretch or in the playoffs.


All rise, Yankees fans… and hope it’s not for the last time. Aaron Judge was named AL MVP on Thursday, receiving 28 of 30 first-place votes. Shohei Ohtani received the other two after yet another historic season.

  • Judge hit an AL-record 62 home runs, seventh-most in a season in MLB history.
  • Judge also hit .311, just barely missing out on the AL Triple Crown; Luis Arraez hit .316 to take the AL batting title.
  • This marks the 23rd time a Yankee has won AL MVP, but the first since Alex Rodriguez in 2007. He’s the first Yankees outfielder to win it since Mickey Mantle in 1962.

Judge, of course, is a free agent. Whether he returns to the Bronx remains to be determined, but GM Brian Cashman said the team has made offers to Judge. Whatever contract Judge signs will be a big one, though there are many reasons why it may not age well. That doesn’t matter, writes MLB expert Mike Axisa.

  • Axisa: “He turns 31 soon after Opening Day, so the contract figures to include a lot of decline years, plus he’s 6-foot-7. There is very little track record of hitters that size having success in their 30s. … Counterpoint: Comparing Judge to other players is folly because there are no other players like him. He’s been an outlier his entire life and career because of his size, his athleticism, and his all-around baseball skills.”

On the NL side, Paul Goldschmidt won his first career MVP award. He received 22 first-place votes, while Manny Machado got seven and Nolan Arenado got one. It’s the 21st MVP award in Cardinals history and first since Albert Pujols in 2009. Our MLB expert Matt Snyder says the hardware is a huge boost for Goldschmidt’s Hall-of-Fame chances.

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