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Weekly sports update: Oct. 1-7

The past week in the world of sports brought us week 4 of the NFL regular season with the end to the MLB regular season beginning postseason play. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State continue to shine in college football conference play, a couple roster moves were made after games concluded in week 4 in the NFL, and controversy surrounds the Jacksonville Jaguars as questionable video of head coach Urban Meyer surfaces.

NFL week 4

The Dallas Cowboys continued their successful start to the season by beating the Carolina Panthers 36-28 and moving to 3-1 on the season. The Arizona Cardinals continued their success as well, handing the Los Angeles Rams their first loss of the season with a score of 37-20. 

The New York Jets and New York Giants both got their first wins of the season. The Jets pulled off the upset against the Tennessee Titans, winning in overtime as Titans kicker Randy Bullock missed the potential game-tying field goal as time expired. The Giants also won in overtime due to a walk-off touchdown by running back Saquon Barkley.

The Denver Broncos lost their first game to the Baltimore Ravens 23-7, as did the Las Vegas Raiders as they lost to the Los Angeles Chargers 28-14.

The Arizona Cardinals remain the only unbeaten team, and the Jacksonville Jaguars remain the only winless team.

Controversy in Jacksonville

In addition to being winless so far in the 2021 season, the Jacksonville Jaguars have more heat coming their way. After losing a Thursday night game on Sept. 30 to the Cincinnati Bengals, head coach Urban Meyer chose to not fly home with the team and instead went to a local bar. Video surfaced of Meyer while seemingly under the influence of alcohol.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan released a statement regarding the incident.

“I have addressed this matter with Urban,” Khan said. “What I will say is his conduct last weekend was inexcusable. I appreciate Urban’s remorse which I believe is sincere. Now, he must regain our trust and respect.” 

MLB regular season is over

The MLB regular season has ended and the playoff picture is set. The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees earned the two American League wild card spots while the Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros round out the rest of the American League playoff picture.

 For the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers ended up with the wild card spots. The San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers won their respective divisions to round out the National League bracket.

Wild card games recap

The two wild card games took place on Oct. 5 and 6 as the Boston Red Sox handled the New York Yankees on Oct. 5 by a score of 6-1, earning the right to play the Tampa Bay Rays in a five-game series. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League wild card game thanks to a walk-off home run by Chris Taylor. They move on to play the San Francisco Giants.

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State continue to shine

Both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State remained undefeated as the Sooners beat the Kansas State Wildcats 37-31 and the Cowboys topped the Baylor Bears 24-14. 

The win moved Oklahoma State up to No. 12 in the country while Oklahoma stayed at No. 6. The Sooners go on to play No. 21 Texas Longhorns on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. in the Red River Rivalry showdown at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Oklahoma State has the week off for their bye. 

Roster moves in the NFL 

The Dallas Cowboys released linebacker Jaylon Smith on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Because Smith signed a six-year $68 million extension in 2019, the Cowboys still have to pay Smith $7.6 million this year to fulfill his contract, but they will save money in the 2022 season and beyond. Smith has already reportedly signed a contract to play for the Green Bay Packers.

The New England Patriots also traded cornerback and former defensive player of the year, Stephon Gilmore, to the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers traded a 2023 six-round draft pick for Gilmore.  

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