Here’s the latest edition of Rant and Rise for October 2, 2012:
In what was supposed to be an exciting matchup between two of the top contenders in the NFC, the Bears had no trouble at all against the Cowboys in their 34-18 win on Monday as Tony Romo threw five interceptions and the offense missed out on numerous opportunities to make big plays. Chicago’s defense looked like one of the best in the league and if Jay Cutler can continue that chemistry with Brandon Marshall (seven catches for 138 yards with one touchdown) like he displayed on Monday, this team has what it takes to compete with the best in the NFC.
For the first time since moving to Washington, the Nationals earned their first NL East title on Monday. Thanks to a strong pitching rotation, this team has enough weapons to make a strong run at the World Series–even without Stephen Strasburg.
As for the Tigers, it was unbelievable to see them clinch the division on Monday after their 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals considering they were trailing the Chicago White Sox by three games in the AL Central not too long ago. Detroit is one of the hottest teams in baseball right now and with the amount of talented players on offense–don’t be surprised if this team ends up in the World Series.
Oakland Athletics Clinch Playoff Berth
Speaking of playoff clinches, the Athletics clinched at least a playoff berth thanks to a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday and even have a shot at the AL West title. If they can win their final two matchups against Texas, they’ll be crowned division champions instead of playing in the Wild Card spot.
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