HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL-SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

CLASS 6A

Sectional 1

Merrillville 10, Crown Point 9

 

Sectional 2

Warsaw 35, Penn 18

 

Sectional 3

Homestead 38, Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 14

 

Sectional 4

Carmel 35, Westfield 7

 

Sectional 5

Zionsville 44, Brownsburg 41

 

Sectional 6

Ben Davis 50, Southport 10

 

Sectional 7

Warren Central 34, Lawrence North 7

 

Sectional 8

Center Grove 49, Franklin Central 14

 

CLASS 5A

 

Sectional 9

Valparaiso 45, LaPorte 0

 

Sectional 10

Mishawaka 42, Elkhart Central 36

 

Sectional 11

Ft. Wayne Dwenger 42, Ft. Wayne Northrop 0

 

Sectional 12

Lafayette Harrison 45, McCutcheon 7

 

Sectional 13

Cathedral 42, Decatur Central 12

 

Sectional 14

New Palestine 49, Franklin 14

 

Sectional 15

Bloomington South 32, Castle 6

 

Sectional 16

Floyd Central 31, Jeffersonville 7

 

CLASS 4A

 

Sectional 17

Hobart 20, Lowell 0

 

Sectional 18

New Prairie 35, Plymouth 27

 

Sectional 19

East Noble 14, Leo 7

 

Sectional 20

Mississinewa 31, Marion 28

 

Sectional 21

Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 21, Pendleton Hts. 14

 

Sectional 22

Roncalli 34, Lebanon 14

 

Sectional 23

Mooresville 17, E. Central 14

 

Sectional 24

Evansville Memorial 38, Evansville Central 14

 

CLASS 3A

 

Sectional 25

Knox 19, Calumet 12, OT

 

Sectional 26

Mishawaka Marian 14, Jimtown 13

 

Sectional 27

Ft. Wayne Concordia 56, Peru 6

 

Sectional 28

Bishop Chatard 42, W. Lafayette 14

 

Sectional 29

Danville 34, Cardinal Ritter 17

 

Sectional 30

Vincennes 34, Princeton 21

 

Sectional 31

Lawrenceburg 35, Greensburg 14

 

Sectional 32

Heritage Hills 27, Southridge 7

 

CLASS 2A

 

Sectional 33

Andrean 44, Rensselaear 34

 

Sectional 34

Cass 56, LaVille 21

 

Sectional 35

Eastside 34, Fairfield 0

 

Sectional 36

Eastbrook 42, Eastern (Greentown) 12

 

Sectional 37

Western Boone 56, S. Vermillion 14

 

Sectional 38

Heritage Christian 27, Scecina 8

 

Sectional 39

Triton Central 20, Providence 0

 

Sectional 40

Ev. Mater Dei 35, N. Knox 6

 

CLASS A

 

Sectional 41

North Judson 15, Culver 14

 

Sectional 42

Lafayette Catholic 34, Traders Point Christian 16

 

Sectional 43

Ssouth Adams 47, Madison-Grant 20

 

Sectional 44

Adams Central 38, Northfield 28

 

Sectional 45

North Vermillion 42, Parke Heritage 40

 

Sectional 46

Lutheran 49, Park Tudor 6

 

Sectional 47

North Decatur 21, Milan 20

 

Sectional 48

West Washington 20, Perry Central 0

 

 

REGIONAL FOOTBALL PAIRINGS

CLASS 6A

Warsaw [9-2] at Merrillville [10-1]

Carmel [8-3] at Homestead [11-0]

Ben Davis [7-4] at Zionsville [5-6]

Center Grove [6-5] at Warren Central [8-3]

 

CLASS 5A

Valparaiso [11-0] at Mishawaka [8-3]

Fort Wayne Dwenger [10-1] at Harrison (West Lafayette) [9-2]

Indianapolis Cathedral [9-2] at New Palestine [11-0]

Floyd Central [9-2] at Bloomington South [7-4]

 

CLASS 4A

New Prairie [11-1] at Hobart [10-2]

East Noble [12-0] at Mississinewa [11-1]

Indianapolis Roncalli [7-5] at Mount Vernon (Fortville) [10-2]

Mooresville [10-2] at Evansville Memorial [10-1]

 

CLASS 3A

Mishawaka Marian [11-1] at Knox [11-1]

Indianapolis Chatard [11-1] at Fort Wayne Concordia [7-5]

Danville [7-5] at Vincennes Lincoln [8-4]

Heritage Hills [12-0] at Lawrenceburg [11-1]

 

CLASS 2A

Lewis Cass [11-1] at Andrean [9-3]

Eastside [10-2] at Eastbrook [10-2]

Heritage Christian [11-1] at Western Boone [11-1]

Evansville Mater Dei [10-2] at Triton Central [9-3]

 

CLASS 1A

North Judson [7-4] at Lafayette Central Catholic [9-3]

South Adams [12-0] at Adams Central [11-1]

North Vermillion [11-1] at Indianapolis Lutheran [11-0]

North Decatur [11-1] at West Washington [11-1]

 

 

2019 ALL-TEC FOOTBALL TEAM

2019 TEC Player of the Year: Cole Campbell (12)- Winchester

2019 ALL TEC

Shane Berry (12) -Northeastern

Josh Berger (12) -Northeastern

Cade Bray (12) -Northeastern

Nate Pardo(12) -Northeastern

Cullen Browning (12) -Northeastern

Wesley Mull (12) -Northeastern

Liam Orcutt (11) -Knightstown

Ben Newby (11) -Knightstown

Sam Thomas (11) -Knightstown

Aiden Orcutt (12) -Knightstown

Max Muncy (12) -Knightstown

Cole Campbell (12)- Winchester

Brenden Thompson (12)- Winchester

Joe Anderson (12)- Winchester

Trenton Edwards (11)- Winchester

Kollin Orr (11) -Winchester

Ryan Dickenson (11)-Centerville

Collin Snyder (12) -Centerville

Drew Vanwinkle (12) -Centerville

Jayden Hindsley (12) -Union City

Tony Payne Able (12) -Union City

Hunter Clay (11) -Union City

Jadon Locke (12)-Hagerstown

Collin Romack (12)-Hagerstown

Dennis Trosper (12)-Tri

Vade Dishman (11)-Tri

Jacob Ervin (11) -Lincoln

Wyatt Mathews (12) -Union County

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Alex Mikesell (10)- Northeastern

Ashton Martin (10) -Northeastern

Aaron Reagan (11) -Knightstown

Robert Porter (11) -Knightstown

Elijah Love (11) -Winchester

Brooks Burelison (10)-Winchester

Javontae Pamplin (10) -Centerville

Zach Thomas (10) -Centerville

Braxton Wright (12) -Union City

Blayne Daniels (10) -Union City

Cade Johnson (12)- Hagerstown

Tyler Kingery (11)- Tri

Josh Miles (11)- Lincoln

Derek Grissom (11) – Union County

 

 

VOLLEYBALL STATE FINALS

Class A State Championship
11 am ET / 10 CT | Cowan (29-4) vs. Trinity Lutheran (30-5)

Class 2A State Championship
1 pm ET / 12 CT | Wapahani (31-5) vs. Heritage Christian (29-4)

Class 3A State Championship
3 pm ET / 2 CT | Bellmont (25-10) vs. Brownstown Central (32-5)

Class 4A State Championship
5 pm ET / 4 CT | Hamilton Southeastern (29-4) vs. New Castle (34-1) 

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL – NCC/AREA

Northeastern 74 Randolph Southern 27….The Lady Knights showed they were ready to play during their season opener at Randolph Southern. The Knights used quickness to their advantage and were able to catapult through the game. Defensive stops and quick releases allowed the Lady Knights to control the game against a physical Southern squad. Leading for the Knights were Jenna McFarland with 26 points, Willow Runyon with 15 points, Taylor Farris with 10 points, Emma wright with 6 points, and Kelli Drake and Aunika Railsback dishing in 4 more points each. Also scoring for the Knights were Chloe Cook with 3 points and Alizah Rankin, Kelsey Cottongim, and Maddie Austerman all scoring 2 points. The Lady Knights play their home opener Friday, November 15th vs. Franklin County with JV tipoff at 6pm.

Blue River 50 Waldron 44

Rushville 68 New Castle 37

 

NCC

Saturday, Nov. 9

Harrison at Marion , 2:30 pm

Lawrence North at Anderson, 1:30 pm

Perry Meridian vs. Lafayette Jeff, noon, South Dearborn MS

 

TEC

Saturday, Nov. 9

Milan at Union County, 7:30 pm

Bluffton at Winchester, 7:30 pm

Randolph Southern at Centerville, 7:30 pm

Southern Wells at Union City, 7:30 pm

Tri at Waldron, 7:30 pm

 

MEC

Saturday, Nov. 9

Daleville at Anderson Prep, 7:30 pm

Frankton at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

IMSA at Union, 2 pm

Randolph Southern at Centerville, 7:30 pm

 

EASTERN INDIANA

Saturday, Nov. 9

East Central at Heritage Christian, 2:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at Batesville  , 7:30 pm

New Washington at South Dearborn, noon, South Dearborn

Decatur Central vs. Connersville, 11:30 am, Southport

Ritter vs. Connersville, 4:30 pm, Southport

 

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 25

#2 Kentucky 91 Eastern Kentucky 49

#3 Kansas 74 North Carolina Greensboro 62

#4 Duke 89 Colorado State 55

#9 North Carolina 78 North Carolina Wilmington 62

#14 Memphis 92 Illinois Chicago 46

Washington 67 #16 Baylor 64

#17 Utah State 89 Weber State 34

#19 Xavier 81 Siena 63

#22 LSU 88 Bowling Green 79

#24 Auburn 76 Davidson 66

#25 VCU 59 N. Texas 56

ELSEWHERE

Merrimack 71 Northwestern 61

Wisconsin 65 Eastern Illinois 52

Illinois 83 Grand Canyon 71

Iowa 87 Southern Illinois Edwardsville 60

Eastern Michigan 93 Siena Heights 51

West Virginia 94 Akron 84

Dartmouth 68 Buffalo 63

Missouri 71 Northern Kentucky 56

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TV SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Saturday, Nov. 9

Robert Morris at Notre Dame | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Nicholls at Pitt | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Stony Brook at No. 12 Seton Hall | 2:30 p.m.

Kansas City at Oklahoma State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas at No. 23 Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1

Bethune-Cookman at No. 13 Texas Tech | 8 p.m.

Oklahoma vs. Minnesota (Sioux Falls, SD) | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Rhode Island at No. 7 Maryland | 9 p.m. | FS1

Boise State at No. 15 Oregon | 11 p.m.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at No. 8 Gonzaga

 

Sunday, Nov. 10

Boston College at South Florida | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Wyoming at South Carolina | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Florida State at No. 6 Florida | 1 p.m. | ESPN

Youngstown State at No. 5 Louisville | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Columbia at Wake Forest | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Colgate at Clemson | 3 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

UMass Lowell at No. 18 Ohio State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Detroit Mercy at N.C. State | 4 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

James Madison at No. 11 Virginia | 6 p.m. | ESPNU

Binghamton at No. 1 Michigan State | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Illinois at No. 21 Arizona | 9 p.m.

 

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

TOP 25

#2 Baylor 120 Grambling 46

#9 Louisville 76 Murray State 40

South Florida 64 #15 Texas 57

#16 Notre Dame 84 Loyola Maryland 60

#17 Michigan State 110 Detroit 52

#18 DePaul 98 Miami Ohio 79

#22 Arkansas 82 New Orleans 52

#25 Michigan 76 Western Michigan 55

Eastern Michigan 95 Olivet College 38

 

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Indiana 112 Detroit 106

Orlando 118 Memphis 86

Cleveland 113 Washington 100

Sacramento 121 Atlanta 109

Toronto 122 New Orleans 104

Minnesota 125 Golden State 119 OT

New York 106 Dallas 102

Denver 100 Philadelphia 97

Utah 103 Milwaukee 100

Brooklyn 119 Portland 115

LA Lakers 95 Miami 80

 

NBA TV SCHEDULE

Sat Nov 9, 2019

Boston @ San Antonio                  5:00 pm               FS-SW

New Orleans @ Charlotte            7:00 pm               FS-NO

Houston @ Chicago                        8:00 pm               NBCS-CHI+

Dallas @ Memphis                         8:00 pm               FS-SE

Golden State @ Oklahoma City 8:00 pm               FS-OK

 

Sun Nov 10, 2019

Denver @ Minnesota                    3:30 pm               ALT

Indiana @ Orlando                         6:00 pm               FS-IN

Charlotte @ Philadelphia            6:00 pm               NBCS-PH+

Milwaukee @ Oklahoma City     7:00 pm               FS-OK

Cleveland @ New York                  7:30 pm               FS-OH

Brooklyn @ Phoenix                      8:00 pm               YES

Atlanta @ Portland                         9:00 pm               NBCS-NW

Toronto @ LA Lakers                      9:30 pm               SportsNet L

 

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Tampa Bay 3 Buffalo 2

Detroit 4 Boston 2

Winnipeg 4 Vancouver 1

Edmonton 4 New Jersey 0

 

 

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Penn State 3 Indiana 0

Ball State 3 Western Michigan 1

Purdue 3 Rutgers 0

Butler 3 Seton Hall 2

Cincinnati 3 S. Florida 0

St. John’s 3 Xavier 0

Evansville 3 Indiana State 0

Valparaiso 3 Southern Illinois 2

Notre Dame 3 Florida State 0

Wright State 3 Illinois Chicago 1

Miami Ohio 3 Akron 1

Omaha 3 Fort Wayne 1

Dayton 3 LaSalle 1

Ohio State 3 Wisconsin 1

 

 

MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Wright State 6 IUPUI 1

 

 

MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY

North Dakota 7 Miami Ohio 1

Notre Dame 3 Ohio State 2 OT

 

 

NFL Week 10 Games

Sunday November 10, 2019

Detroit @ Chicago1:00pm

Buffalo @ Cleveland1:00pm

Atlanta @ New Orleans1:00pm

Kansas City @ Tennessee1:00pm

Arizona @ Tampa Bay1:00pm

Baltimore @ Cincinnati1:00pm

Giants @ Jets1:00pm

Miami @ Indianapolis4:05pm

Carolina @ Green Bay4:25pm

Rams @ Pittsburgh4:25pm

Minnesota @ Dallas8:20pm

 

Monday November 11, 2019

Seattle @ San Francisco8:15pm

All game times Eastern

 

Week 11 Games

Thursday November 14, 2019

Pittsburgh @ Cleveland8:20pm

 

Sunday November 17, 2019

Jets @ Washington1:00pm

Atlanta @ Carolina1:00pm

Jacksonville @ Indianapolis1:00pm

Buffalo @ Miami1:00pm

New Orleans @ Tampa Bay1:00pm

Dallas @ Detroit1:00pm

Denver @ Minnesota1:00pm

Houston @ Baltimore1:00pm

Arizona @ San Francisco4:05pm

New England @ Philadelphia4:25pm

Cincinnati @ Oakland4:25pm

Chicago @ Rams8:20pm

 

Monday November 18, 2019

Kansas City @ Chargers8:15pm

All game times Eastern

 

 

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

Sat Nov 9th

(19) Iowa @ (18) Wisconsin                        12:00 PM

(22) Kansas State @ Texas                           12:00 PM

Maryland @ (3) Ohio State                          12:00 PM

Vanderbilt @ (6) Florida                               12:00 PM

(5) Penn State @ (13) Minnesota             12:00 PM

(12) Baylor @ Texas Christian                    12:00 PM

East Carolina @ (15) Southern Methodist12:00 PM

(23) Wake Forest @ Virginia Tech            3:00 PM

Connecticut @ (17) Cincinnati                   3:00 PM

(1) Louisiana State @ (2) Alabama           3:00 PM

(20) Appalachian State @ South Carolina7:00 PM

Missouri @ (8) Georgia                                 7:00 PM

(16) Notre Dame @ Duke                             7:00 PM

(4) Clemson @ North Carolina State        7:00 PM

Iowa State @ (10) Oklahoma                      8:00 PM

Wyoming @ (21) Boise State                      10:00 PM

Nevada @ (25) San Diego State                 10:00 PM

All game times Eastern

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE: WEEK 11

Saturday, Nov. 9

Penn State at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ABC

Vanderbilt at Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Florida State at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Maryland at Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX

Texas Tech at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Purdue at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

UMass at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

East Carolina at SMU | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Western Kentucky at Arkansas | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Baylor at TCU | 12 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Kansas State at Texas | 12 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Georgia Tech at Virginia | 12:30 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Air Force at New Mexico | 2 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet

UTSA at Old Dominion | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

Stanford at Colorado | 3 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks

Charlotte at UTEP | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

South Alabama at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

LSU at Alabama | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Illinois at Michigan State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Southern California at Arizona State | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

UAB at Southern Miss | 3:30 p.m. | NFL Network

Louisville at Miami | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Wake Forest at Virginia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Georgia Southern at Troy | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

UConn at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

New Mexico State at Ole Miss | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Iowa at Wisconsin | 4 p.m. | FOX

North Texas at Louisiana Tech | 4 p.m. | Stadium on Facebook

Georgia State at UL Monroe | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Florida International at Florida Atlantic | 6 p.m. | Stadium

Missouri at Georgia | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Washington State at California | 7 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks

Appalachian State at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Utah State at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Clemson at N.C. State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Notre Dame at Duke | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Liberty at BYU | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Tennessee at Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Iowa State at Oklahoma | 8 p.m. | FOX

Wyoming at Boise State | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN

Nevada at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN+

San Jose State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | Spectrum Sports

 

 

TOP HEADLINES

Purdue Hosts Texas in Saturday Night Showdown at Mackey

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 23-ranked Purdue men’s basketball team wraps up its brief season-opening homestand Saturday as Texas visits Mackey Arena for the first time. Tip will be at 7:05 p.m. ET, and will be televised by FS1 and available on the FOX Sports App. Brian Anderson and the legendary Bill Raftery will handle the call courtside. On the radio dial, the game will be broadcast on the Purdue Radio Network and online at TuneIn.com, with Larry Clisby, Rob Blackman and Ralph Taylor handling the duties, beginning with the Purdue Basketball Pregame Show at 6 p.m. ET. Live stats will be provided on PurdueStats.com, and Twitter updates available at @BoilerBall.

THE MAIN TALKING POINTS

1) Texas is the first Big 12 team to play at Mackey Arena since Dec. 2004. Coach Painter has never faced a Big 12 team at Mackey Arena.

2) The Boilermakers return two starters (Matt Haarms and Nojel Eastern) from last year’s team that posted a 26-10 record and reached the Elite Eight for the first time since 2000.

3) Purdue has held 28 of its last 33 opponents at home to under 70 points. The teams to reach 70 are SIU Edwardsville (75; Nov. 10, 2017), Michigan (88; Jan. 25, 2018), Penn State (73; Feb. 18, 2018), Ball State (75; Nov. 10, 2018) and Iowa (70; Jan. 3, 2019).

4) Jahaad Proctor’s 26 points were the most for a player making his Purdue debut since Glenn Robinson had 30 points on Nov. 28, 1992 (UConn).

5) Matt Haarms’ seven blocked shots vs. Green Bay were the fifth most in a game in school history (more later in packet).

6) Purdue’s 45 wins by 20 or more points since the start of the 2015-16 season are the third most nationally (Gonzaga – 70; Villanova – 47).

7) With its No. 23 preseason national ranking, Purdue has been ranked in five straight AP preseason Top 25 polls, the longest streak in school history.

8) Purdue is 56-2 (.966) over its last 58 games with the Paint Crew in attendance (79-76 vs. Villanova in 2016; 64-63 to Ohio State in 2018).

9)  Purdue will enter Saturday’s game with an 18-game homecourt winning streak, the fifth-longest streak in America. The Boilermakers own a nation’s-best 64-4 (.941) home record over the last four years and since the start of 2017-18 are a combined 32-1 (.970) at Mackey Arena (loss to Ohio State).

10) Purdue’s 20-game non-conference home court winning streak is the fourth longest in school history. Purdue’s last loss to a non-conference foe came against defending National Champion and No. 3-ranked Villanova on Nov. 13, 2016 (79-76).

THE SERIES

  • Purdue and Texas have met just four times, but all four games have been very competitive, decided by 10 points or less.
  • Satrurday’s game is a return trip from last year’s meeting in Austin, won by Texas 72-68, despite 40 points by Texas native Carsen Edwards.
  • The Boilermakers have a history with Shaka Smart, as his VCU team defeated Purdue in the second round of the NCAA Tournament 94-76 en route to its Final Four appearance in 2011.

 

 

 

Butler MBB Hosts Southland Conference Favorite New Orleans Saturday Night at Hinkle

GAME 2:  BUTLER (1-0) VS. NEW ORLEANS (1-0)Saturday, Nov. 9;  7PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.

TV:  FSN affiliates – @VinceWelch & @NickBahe

RADIO:  93.5FM/107.5FM/1070AM – @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

TuneIn Radio App, SiriusXM Internet 987

@BUTLERMBB  |  BUTLERSPORTS.COM

THE SERIES

Butler Leads, 1-0

Streak: Butler, W1

First Meeting: Butler, 57-44, 1/5/13 (Hinkle Fieldhouse)

  • Sean McDermott led Butler with 26 points (10-11 FG; 4-5 3FG) in Wednesday’s win over IUPUI.
  • Bryce Nze posted a double-double in his Butler debut with 11 rebounds and 11 points vs. IUPUI.
  • In Bryce Golden’s first career start, he posted career-highs of 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
  • Butler assisted on 21 of its 35 made field goals vs. IUPUI.
  • Butler finished the game against IUPUI with only six available players.
  • The Bulldogs limited IUPUI to 47 points on 37-percent shooting, including 3-of-21 from three-point range.
  • Butler shot 59 percent from the field against IUPUI.
  • New Orleans is the preseason favorite to win the Southland Conference title according to the league’s coaches.
  • The Bulldogs return four of their top six scorers from 2018-19.
  • Butler posted a 12-4 record at Hinkle Fieldhouse in 2018-19.
  • Butler has won 51 consecutive non-conference home games (second-longest active streak nationally behind Duke)
  • The Bulldogs have now won their home opener in 21 consecutive seasons. That dates back to 1998 when Southwest Missouri State (now referred to as Missouri State) won a 72-57 decision at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
  • Twenty-five of Butler’s 31 regular season games in 2019-20 are scheduled against power conference opponents.
  • Butler has made the postseason in 13 of the last 14 seasons.
  • Kamar Baldwin is No. 16 on Butler’s all-time scoring list with 1,456 career points.
  • Aaron Thompson’s 142 assists in 2018-19 are 10th on Butler’s single-season list.

 

 

Lillard scores 60 points in Trail Blazers’ loss to Nets

Damian Lillard’s career- and franchise-high scoring game wasn’t enough for the Portland Trail Blazers to get their first home win of the season.

Lillard scored a career-high 60 points for Portland in the Trail Blazers’ 119-115 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 34 points and Kyrie Irving had 33 for Brooklyn to help send Portland to its fourth straight loss.

“He got 60, but luckily for us he would of needed 65,” Dinwiddie said of Lillard after the game.

Lillard set a franchise record with the highest-scoring game of the season in the NBA. He was 19 of 33 from the field, 7 of 16 from 3-point range and made all 15 of his free throws.

“We tried zone, box-and-one, we tried blitz, we threw the kitchen sink at him,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said of Lillard. “He just kept making incredible shots.”

“It’s fine,” Lillard said about his 60 points coming in a loss. “It’s whatever. Anytime you set records it’s obviously good. I guess it’s not as fun losing.”

Irving, the NBA’s second-leading scorer coming in to the game, did his part in the guard matchup for the Nets. He had nine fourth-quarter points and hit a shot to put the Nets up 117-112 with 17.8 seconds left.

“The game could have gone either way as well as (Lillard) was playing,” Irving said. “Anytime someone has a big performance like that, it can go either way when he can really take over the game like he did.”

Irving was also proud of Dinwiddie’s performance.

“I’m just trying to stay on him to stay aggressive to be the kind of player he wants to be,” Irving said of his backcourt mate. “Tonight was a fresh start for him going into this road trip.”

CJ McCollum struggled for most of the night for Portland, missing 14 of his first 16 shots and finishing with only eight points on 4-of-19 shooting. The normally efficient McCollum has struggled to start the season from the field, shooting 38% overall and just 32%from the 3-point line.

 

 

Siakam scores 44 points, Raptors beat Pelicans 122-104

The Toronto Raptors tried to balance celebrating an impressive performance by Pascal Siakam and concern over injuries to two of their top players.

Siakam matched a career high with 44 points in the Raptors’ 122-104 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.

As Siakam drained shots, Toronto’s medical staff was evaluating injuries to starting point guard Kyle Lowry and sixth-man Serge Ibaka.

Lowry suffered a fractured left thumb and Ibaka has a severely sprained ankle. That means the defending NBA Champions will likely be depleted – at least in the immediate future.

But, Siakam showed again Friday he can lead the Raptors to victories as his 44 points matched the career high from a game against the Washington Wizards on Feb. 13. The NBA’s Most Improved Player last season scored 16 in the first quarter Friday, and finished 17 of 28 from the floor. He also had 10 rebounds.

Siakam attempted a career-high 10 3-pointers, making five. The confident deep shooting is just another sign of his continued growth.

“He’s got the green light to make any move he wants at this point,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “No, I’m serious man. We’re just trying to get him to see how far he can go here. Drive it, post it, shoot the three, drive it in transition, play pick and roll; we want him to get as many reps as he can.”

The 6-foot-9 Siakam briefly ran the Toronto offense to start the fourth quarter with Lowry out and Fred VanVleet resting. Siakam said a rare opportunity to play point guard was an opportunity to work on his ball-handling and overall game.

“I’m just trying to continue to improve, continue to get better and just do what I do- just be myself,” he said.

Toronto used a 45-point second quarter to take control of the game and improved to 6-2. The Pelicans slipped to 1-7.

 

 

Jokic hits late jumper, Nuggets stun Sixers with big rally

Nikola Jokic lofted the winning shot and then pleaded for it to fall as he tumbled to the floor.

“I was hoping,” he said. “I mean, you’re happy that you didn’t miss, because then everybody will be mad at you. The whole arena is going to be disappointed.”

Instead, the Denver Nuggets big man sent the fans home with a game they won’t soon forget.

Jokic hit a 20-foot jumper on a broken play with 1.2 seconds remaining, helping the Nuggets rally from a 21-point, fourth-quarter deficit to stun the Philadelphia 76ers 100-97 on Friday night.

It’s the largest fourth-quarter comeback in their history, the team said.

Jokic scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, none bigger than his jumper from the left side of the court that he saw go in from the floor. Before his shot, Jokic was trying to get the ball to Paul Millsap, who couldn’t get off an attempt. He passed it back to Jokic.

On the next possession, Jokic drew an offensive foul on Joel Embiid by fronting him near the basket. It was the sixth foul on a frustrated Embiid.

“I’m kind of heavy. He needs to push a lot just to push me out,” Jokic cracked. “I felt he pushed me too strong.”

Embiid saw things different after watching the replay.

“If you want to call that foul, especially at that time of the game, it’s kind of (expletive), especially because he was hooking me before that foul actually happened,” Embiid said.

A similar feeling for Sixers coach Brett Brown.

“I’ve just seen the foul that was called on Joel and I have no words,” Brown said. “When you see that particular play, I have no words. We give them credit. We weren’t able to find a way to win on the road.”

Denver hung in there with defense until the offense picked up. Will Barton hit two free throws to seal the win.

 

 

Davis’ 26 send Lakers past Heat 95-80 for 7th straight win

Miami trimmed the Los Angeles Lakers’ lead to six points with nearly nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, and Staples Center buckled in for a big finish between two NBA division leaders.

Instead, the Heat missed their next 13 shots and scored only six more points all night.

The Lakers have two of the world’s best offensive players in their lineup, but they’re leading the overall NBA standings because of what they’re doing on the other end.

“One thing about it – if your offense is behind your defense, you’re a really, really good team,” LeBron James said. “And I’m OK with that right now.”

Anthony Davis had 26 points and nine rebounds, and James scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ seventh consecutive victory, 95-80 over the Heat on Friday night.

James hit a pair of clutch 3-pointers in the waning minutes to seal another impressive win for the Lakers, who haven’t lost since their season opener against the Clippers.

Davis and James both had moments of brilliance with the ball in their hands, but the Lakers are looking impressive on the defensive end during their outstanding start.

“I had high expectations about what we could be,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “We have a ton of defensive talent, (and) because the care factor has been high, it’s come together pretty quickly.”

Miami went 4 of 19 in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers held the Heat to one field goal and six points in the final 8:54. LA limited the Heat to 6-of-35 shooting on 3-pointers and outrebounded them 48-37 to win a meeting of division leaders off to outstanding starts to the new season.

 

 

Timberwolves outlast Russell, Warriors, 125-119 in OT

The Minnesota Timberwolves needed every one of Andrew Wiggins’ 40 points to outlast D’Angelo Russell and the Golden State Warriors.

Wiggins scored the tying basket late in regulation and the Timberwolves overcame Russell’s career-high 52 points to beat the Warriors 125-119 in overtime Friday night.

“We believe in him,” Timberwolves forward Robert Covington said. “This coaching staff, this organization believes in him. Now he’s starting to see it, he’s starting to feel it. He’s just going out there, he’s being comfortable. Not hesitating.”

Wiggins and the Timberwolves trailed 110-106 with 29 seconds left in regulation. But after two free throws by Karl-Anthony Towns and a forced jump ball by Covington, Wiggins tied it on a drive with 5.6 seconds left. Russell’s 3-pointer at the buzzer missed.

In overtime, Wiggins hit a clinching 3 with 23 seconds to help the Timberwolves snap a two-game losing streak.

“It definitely feels good, knowing that we got that fight,” Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie said. “Every game is not going to be a game where we can just be front-running and win from the beginning.”

Wiggins played 45 minutes, handling point guard duties for a good portion of the game. He had seven assists and zero turnovers. In Wiggins’ last three games, he has scored 25, 30 and 40 points.

“He’s hungry,” Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders said.

Wiggins was not made available to reporters after the game.

Towns battled through foul trouble to score 20 points and grab 14 rebounds. Covington had 17 points and 11 rebounds.

It took all of them to edge Russell and the Warriors, who have lost five of six.

 

 

Chiefs’ Mahomes to start against Titans, barring setbacks

Patrick Mahomes will start for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, just over two weeks after the quarterback’s season was jeopardized by a dislocated kneecap.

Mahomes never missed a practice after hurting his knee on a Thursday night against Denver, even though some thought the seriousness of the injury could sideline the league MVP for months.

But it turned out there was no structural damage, and it became a waiting game to see when Mahomes would return. He practiced on a limited basis the first week before being ruled out against Green Bay, then was limited again last week before being inactive against Minnesota.

“We knew how we’ve been doing the whole process of the injury,” Mahomes said after Friday’s practice. “I knew I had a chance once I talked to all those doctors, and they said that as long as I was functioning well, moving well, that I could play this week.”

Matt Moore started the past two games for Kansas City. The journeyman had been coaching high school football when the Chiefs lost backup Chad Henne to a broken ankle in the preseason and gave him a call. Moore wound up playing solidly in losing to the Packers and beating the Vikings.

His performances, along with improved play from the defensed, helped to keep the Chiefs (6-3) atop the AFC West and in the hunt for a first-round playoff bye while Mahomes was out.

“Unless something happens here, he’ll be the guy that plays,” Reid said of Mahomes, who had been eager to play. “You can go whatever direction you want to go with it. I’m going to see after this practice, but right now, that’s what it looks like.”

Mahomes has thrown for 2,180 yards with 15 touchdowns and one interception through six-plus games, building on his record-setting debut as the starter. Even after missing more than two games, Mahomes is tied for seventh in the league in TD passes and is second in quarterback rating.

 

 

No. 3 Ohio State sits star DE Chase Young, who blames loan

 No. 3 Ohio State announced Friday it will not play star defensive end Chase Young against Maryland this weekend amid concerns he violated NCAA rules by taking a loan last year from someone he describes as a “family friend.”

The surprising move was disclosed in the team’s status report and depth chart for Saturday’s game. Ohio State said only that Young was being held out because of a “possible NCAA issue from last year” the athletic department is “looking into.” The school did not elaborate or say how long he might be out.

Young, however, took to Twitter a short time later.

“I made a mistake last year by accepting a loan from a family friend I’ve known since the summer before my freshman year at OSU,” he wrote on his verified Twitter account Friday morning. “I repaid it in full last summer and I’m working with the University and NCAA to get back on the field as soon as possible.”

Tim Nevius, an attorney and former NCAA investigator, confirmed he is working with Young. He tweeted that Young “took a small loan from a close family friend last year to cover basic life expenses. Loan was repaid months ago and we’re working to restore his eligibility.”

The suspension has been the first hint of off-field trouble or any significant adversity for the Buckeyes, who are ranked No. 1 in the current playoff rankings with legitimate hopes for a national championship in coach Ryan Day’s first season in charge. A year ago, Ohio State had just emerged from a scandal that saw coach Urban Meyer suspended for three games for mismanaging domestic-abuse allegations against a former assistant coach.

Meyer, citing health reasons, retired at the end of the season, and Day was elevated to the top job. His team has rolled, winning every game by at least 24 points behind a prolific offense and a stingy defense.

Young, a 6-foot-5, 265-poiund junior from Hyattsville, Maryland, leads the nation in sacks with 13.5 after a dominant performance two weeks ago against Wisconsin that thrust him into the Heisman Trophy race. He was a preseason Associated Press All-American and is projected to be one of the first players taken in next year’s NFL draft.

The Buckeyes are 42-point favorites against Maryland and will be heavily favored next week against Rutgers whether Young plays or not. Their final two games, however, will have Big Ten and national championship implications: at home against No. 5 Penn State and on the road against archrival No. 14 Michigan.

Nevius, a former college athlete at Dayton, also tweeted that “unfair and outdated NCAA rules punish athletes for making ends meet while enriching everyone else.”

The NCAA last month took the first step toward allowing college athletes to cash in on their fame, voting to permit them to “benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness.” The NCAA’s three divisions have been told to create the necessary new rules immediately and have them in place no later than January 2021.

 

 

Report: Chase Young took loan from NFLPA-certified agent

Chase Young will miss Ohio State’s game on Saturday against Maryland while the school’s athletic department looks into an eligibility matter concerning the junior defensive lineman. Young revealed that the eligibility issue surrounds a loan he received from a “family friend” he met the summer before his freshman year at Ohio State. Young says he has paid back the loan in full.

Though Young said he took money from a “family friend,” Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said on Twitter he heard the friend is also an NFLPA-certified agent.

NCAA rules prevent players from accepting money from agents, which is why the Buckeyes are sitting out the defensive star. Whether this was a case of Young accepting money from a legitimate friend or from an agent trying to bribe him is in question. Their determination could affect the punishment in the matter.

FS1’s Joel Klatt later said the friend was not an agent. The precedent for punishment in a situation similar to Young’s tends to be a 1-2 game suspension. Kentucky’s Denzil Ware was suspended one game in 2017 for something similar, though that was a bowl game and he later transferred to an FCS school.

Even a two-game suspension would not seem too problematic for Ohio State. They face Maryland and Rutgers — both games they should win without Young — before concluding the season against Penn State and Michigan, where they definitely would want the stud.

 

 

Hamstring to keep Vikings WR Adam Thielen out vs Cowboys

The Minnesota Vikings don’t need a lesson on the lasting nature of hamstring trouble. They endured a tough one just last year.

Running back Dalvin Cook had a long absence in 2018 because of a hamstring injury. Now wide receiver Adam Thielen could be sidelined for the rest of the month.

The Vikings ruled Thielen out for Sunday night at Dallas, increasing the possibility the two-time Pro Bowl pick will rest for the Nov. 17 game against Denver. With the following bye, Thielen would get four weeks of recuperation before the Dec. 1 game at Seattle.

The rest may get him to full strength for the final stretch.

“Whenever the doctors say he’s ready, then he’s ready,” coach Mike Zimmer said this week, describing Thielen’s condition as not a “long-term deal.”

Last season, Cook hurt his hamstring in the second game. He missed the next one but played 11 days later, only to suffer a setback and find himself out of action for the next four games. Everybody is different, but the quick-twitch acceleration provided by the hamstring is a must for a skill-position player and needs careful treatment.

“It’s a tricky thing. Your body can feel good when you go out there, and then all of a sudden it comes out of nowhere,” Cook said.

His advice to Thielen?

“Just don’t let that one game turn into two, three, four. I kind of dealt with that,” Cook said. “Just take your time and re-evaluate it. Just do what’s best for you and don’t come back until you’re 100 percent. We need that guy on the field.”

Thielen was hurt during a first-quarter touchdown reception on Oct. 20 at Detroit and held out the next week against Washington. It was the first absence of his six-year NFL career. He returned to the lineup last Sunday at Kansas City before aggravating the injury and being sidelined in the first quarter.

The Vikings also declared nose tackle Linval Joseph (knee) out for Sunday and listed cornerback Trae Waynes (ankle) as questionable. The 10th-year veteran Joseph has come back strong this season after being banged up with multiple injuries for much of 2018, with 40 tackles, 10 quarterback hits and three sacks.

Joseph has only missed five games in six years with the Vikings. Zimmer declined to answer a question on Friday about whether Joseph’s injury could be long term.

 

 

Falcons QB Ryan to return from ankle injury against Saints

Quarterback Matt Ryan has been removed from the Atlanta Falcons injury report and appears set to play against the New Orleans Saints.

Ryan had only limited participation in Friday’s practice. But that was enough for coach Dan Quinn to say the veteran quarterback was ready for Sunday’s game.

A bye week helped Ryan recover after a sprained right ankle forced him to miss his first game since 2009 in the Falcons’ loss to Seattle two weeks ago.

The Falcons (1-7) still have injury concerns as they try to end a six-game losing streak.

Running back Ito Smith (neck), defensive end John Cominsky (ankle) and left guard Wes Schweitzer (concussion) have been ruled out. Cornerback Desmond Trufant (toe) is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision.

 

 

Most compelling matchups in college football Week 11

November is here, and with it comes the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season ahead of Week 11. Those rankings won’t stand for long, though, thanks to some outstanding matchups this weekend.

The biggest game of the college football season so far is taking place in Tuscaloosa this Saturday, but that’s not the only big-time matchup on the Week 11 slate. With that in mind, we’re breaking down the most compelling, biggest games of the week.

No. 4 Penn State vs. No. 17 Minnesota

Before LSU and ‘Bama clash, a couple of undefeated Big Ten teams will battle in Minneapolis. The Golden Gophers have been one of the nation’s most pleasant surprises all season and have a shot to keep that going with one of the biggest games in modern program history. Head coach P.J. Fleck has this team rowing the boat toward a potential Big Ten title. But it has to beat a Penn State squad that features incredible balance and one of the best defenses in the nation.

Minnesota has been dominating opposing defenses with a punishing run game, led by senior running back Rodney Smith, who’s well on his way to a 1,000-yard season. However, the Nittany Lions feature the nation’s second-best run defense — allowing just 68.4 yards per game on the ground. With that in mind, Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan needs to have the best game of his season on Saturday, and the Golden Gophers must slow down Sean Clifford and Co., to have a shot at keeping the dream alive.

No. 12 Baylor vs. TCU

Nobody saw this coming. Baylor enters college football Week 11 atop the Big 12 standings (over Oklahoma) with an undefeated 8-0 record. Matt Rhule’s Bears are coming off a narrow win over West Virginia last Friday night and also survived a double-overtime thriller against Texas Tech a few weeks back. So, they haven’t been blowing teams out like some of the other teams among the elites in the nation.

Now Baylor is on the road this Saturday for a game against a TCU squad with its back against the wall. At 4-4 on the season, the Horned Frogs are desperate to win a couple more games and qualify for a bowl game. TCU’s defense was sharp early in the year but has been susceptible to the big play of late. Both teams put points on the board on a regular basis, and this game could get wild.

No. 18 Iowa vs. No. 13 Wisconsin

Iowa and Wisconsin are each looking up at Minnesota entering Week 11. Both programs sport 3-2 records in the Big Ten and are two games back of the Golden Gophers with four games left to play, including a matchup against Minnesota. So, the Big Ten West is still very much up for grabs, especially if Penn State beats Minnesota on Saturday.

That being said, one more loss for either team likely means this goal is dead in 2019.

The blueprint for Iowa and Wisconsin is eerily similar, not only in terms of what each team needs to do the rest of the season, but how they are built to play every Saturday. Defense and running lead the way. Given that Wisconsin has the electric Jonathan Taylor, and that it’s at home, we’re leaning toward the Badgers winning this one.

Iowa State vs. No. 9 Oklahoma

The last time we saw either of these teams play, they lost. Oklahoma was stunned by Kansas State as its defense fell apart in a big way, and Iowa State fell to Oklahoma State thanks to a monster game from Chuba Hubbard.

The Sooners are still technically in the playoff chase, despite the one loss. If they win out and take the Big 12 title game, that may be enough, especially if Jalen Hurts keeps on playing like he has all year and the offense is putting up nearly 50 points per game.

But that dream will die if the Sooners can’t slow down the Cyclones’ offense on Saturday. Win or lose, if Oklahoma’s defense continues to regress like we saw two weeks ago, the playoff committee is going to favor a more balanced team. Period.

No. 2 LSU vs. No. 3 Alabama

It’s a shame that the schedule makers didn’t save the best for last and feature LSU and Alabama in prime time. Instead, we’re going to be watching the two best teams in the nation battle it out in Tuscaloosa in the afternoon (3:30 p.m. ET on CBS).

Undefeated juggernauts going head-to-head. Some of the best offensive talent in the nation on one field. It’s going to be epic.

The big question everyone has on their mind is whether Tua Tagovailoa ( ankle surgery ) will start for the Crimson Tide, or if it’s going to be Mac Jones. Reportedly, he’s expected to play . But if Tagovailoa is held out, then the ‘Bama defense will have to step up and play its best game of the season to slow down Heisman favorite Joe Burrow and his electric LSU offense.

 

 

NFL PREVIEWS: WEEK 10

Detroit Lions (3-4-1) at Chicago Bears (3-5)

WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 99-74-5

STREAKS: Bears have won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/22/18: Bears 23 at Lions 16

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/11/18: Bears 34, Lions 22

LIONS NOTES:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 406 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 110.4 rating last week, his 9th career game with 400+ pass yards. Aims for his 4th in row with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TDs & 110+ rating. Aims for his 3rd in row at Chi. with 2+ TD passes. Ranks 2nd in TD passes (19), 4th in pass yards (2,499) & 5th in rating (106) in 2019. • RB J.D. MCKISSIC had career-high 72 scrimmage yards (40 rec., 32 rush) & TD catch in Week 9, his 3rd career rec. TD. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY had 4 catches for team-high 132 rec. yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. Had 6 catches for 78 yards & TD in last road meeting. Ties for NFL lead with 7 rec. TDs in 2019. WR MARVIN JONES led team with 8 catches & had 126 rec. yards & TD in Week 9, his 9th career game with 100+ rec. yards. Has 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. WR DANNY AMENDOLA has 8+ catches & 90+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. • DE TREY FLOWERS had sack & 2 TFL last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DT DAMON HARRISON had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. LB CHRISTIAN JONES led team with 11 tackles last week, his 5th career game with 10+ tackles. CB DARIUS SLAY has 10 PD & 2 INTs in his past 5 vs. Chi. Has 2+ PD in 3 of his past 4 at Chi. Has 20 PD vs. Chi., most vs. any opponent. Since 2013, leads NFL with 94 PD. CB JUSTIN COLEMAN has 3+ PD in 2 of his past 3 on road.

BEARS NOTES:

QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY completed 23 of 30 passes (76.7 pct.) for 355 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 148.6 rating & had rush TD in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Det. with TD pass & 0 INTs. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY (rookie) had 76 scrimmage yards (40 rush, 36 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 9, his 1st career game with 2+ TDs. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Ranks 2nd among rookie RBs in rush yards (406) & rush TDs (5). RB TARIK COHEN had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row at home vs. Det. with rush TD. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 6 catches for 133 yards & 2 TDs in last home meeting. Has 3 rec. TDs in 3 career games vs. Det. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with 7+ catches & his 5th in row at home with 5+ receptions. WR TAYLOR GABRIEL has 5+ receptions in 2 of his 3 career games vs. Det. • LB KHALIL MACK has 2 sacks in last home meeting. Has 7 sacks, 3 FFs & FR in his past 5 at home vs. NFC North. Has 16 games with sack & FF since 2015, most in NFL. LB ROQUAN SMITH aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 10+ tackles & sack. LB LEONARD FLOYD had sack last week & sack in last home meeting. Has 2+ sacks in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. NFC North. S EDDIE JACKSON had GW 41-yard INT TD with 6:00 left in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 2+ PD. CB KYLE FULLER had INT in last meeting. Since 2017, leads NFL with 50 PD & ties-2nd in INTs (12).

 

Inside Lions numbers: Matthew Stafford is playing tremendously, leading the league in passing yards per game (312.4) and ranking fifth in passer rating (106.0). (The league average is 92.7.) His efforts have the Lions’ passing attack ranked fourth in EPA and net yards per attempt.

Inside Lions roster: When Detroit signed Marvin Jones to a five-year, $40 million deal in 2016, it looked like an overpay for the ex-A.J. Green’s sidekick. But Jones has made one of GM Bob Quinn’s first signings look smart and is on pace for another strong season. Coming off a season-high 126 yards, Jones is moving toward his second 1,000-yard slate and with 42 catches through eight games is also tracking to smash his season reception high. Now the 32nd-highest-paid receiver, the 29-year-old Jones is signed through 2020 and has been more effective in Detroit than he was in Cincinnati.

Inside Bears numbers: Chicago’s passing attack is embarrassingly bad, as its average of 5.0 net yards per attempt is better than only the anemic Jets. Mitchell Trubisky’s average of 5.6 yards per attempt ranks last among qualified quarterbacks.

Inside Bears roster: An effect of Trubisky’s freefall, Chicago has received next to nothing from its tight ends. High-priced free agent Trey Burton, who posted 569 yards receiving and six touchdowns in 2018, leads the Bears’ tight ends with a ghastly 84 yards in seven games. Coupled with former second-round pick Adam Shaheen’s 249 yards in three seasons and a whiff on Dion Sims in 2017, GM Ryan Pace has struggled to fill this position. Burton’s $8M-average annual value contract does not make him a logical cut candidate until 2021.

 

Baltimore Ravens (6-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-8)

WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 24-23

STREAKS: Ravens have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/13/19: Bengals 17 at Ravens 23

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/18: Bengals 34, Ravens 23

RAVENS NOTES:

QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 17 of 23 passes (73.9 pct.) for 163 yards & TD for 107.7 rating & rushed for 61 yards & season-high 2 TDs last week. Has 329 rush yards (109.7 per game) & 4 rush TDs in past 3. Rushed for career-high 152 yards & TD in Week 6 meeting, 4th-most rush yards by QB in single game in NFL history, incl. playoffs. Leads all players with 6.43 yards per carry average in 2019 (min. 50 attempts). • RB MARK INGRAM had season-high 144 scrimmage yards (season-high 115 rush, 29 rec.) last week. Had rush TD in Week 6 meeting & 162 scrimmage yards (104 rush, 58 rec.) & TD catch in only career game at Cin. (11/11/18 with NO). RB GUS EDWARDS had 1st rush TD of season in Week 9. • WR MARQUISE BROWN (rookie) had team-high 48 rec. yards last week. Has 3 rec. TDs in 3 career road games. Ranks tied for 3rd among AFC rookies with 374 rec. yards. Brown (3) & MILES BOYKIN (2) are only pair of rookie WR teammates each with 2+ TD catches in 2019. TE NICK BOYLE had season high 5 catches & rec. TD last week. TE MARK ANDREWS had 6 catches for 99 yards in Week 6 meeting. • S EARL THOMAS had 2 PD & INT last week. Had INT in only career game at Cin. (10/11/15 with Sea.). CB MARCUS PETERS has INT in 2 of past 3. Aims for 4th in row with PD. CB MARLON HUMPHREY had 70-yard FR-TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with FR-TD. Had INT in Week 6 meeting. LB PATRICK ONWUASOR had sack & FF last week.

BENGALS NOTES:

QB RYAN FINLEY (rookie) makes 1st NFL start. • RB JOE MIXON had 77 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 11 rec.) & TD catch in Week 8. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Had 84 rush yards in last home meeting. Has 326 scrimmage yards (108.7 per game) in past 3 at home vs. division. • WR TYLER BOYD had 6 catches for 65 yards in Week 8. Has 10+ catches & 120+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 at home. Had 91 rec. yards & TD catch in last home meeting. Aims for 4th in row at home vs. division with rec. TD. WR ALEX ERICKSON had 6 catches for team-high 97 yards in Week 8. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ catches. WR AUDEN TATE aims for 4th in row with 65+ rec. yards. Had 91 rec. yards in Week 6 meeting. TE TYLER EIFERT had 6 catches for season-high 74 yards in Week 8. • DT GENO ATKINS has 5 sacks in his past 4 at home. Had 2 sacks in last home meeting. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 at home vs. Bal. DE CARLOS DUNLAP had TFL & PD in Week 8. Had 3 PD in last home meeting. Since entering league in 2010, Atkins (74) & Dunlap (73.5) are only pair of teammates with 70+ sacks each. DE SAM HUBBARD has sack in 2 of past 3 vs. Bal. S JESSIE BATES had team-high 7 tackles & PD in Week 8. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of past 3 vs. Bal. CB B.W. WEBB aims for 3rd in row at home with 2+ PD. LB NICK VIGIL had 5 tackles & PD in Week 8. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 9+ tackles. Had 13 tackles, PD & FR in Week 6 meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Bal. with PD.

 

Inside Ravens numbers: Lamar Jackson is averaging 76.9 rushing yards per game, on track to be the highest season mark by a quarterback. Jackson ran for 152 yards against the Bengals in Week 6, the third-best mark by a quarterback in a game (trailing two Michael Vick performances). 

Inside Ravens roster: At the same time, Jackson is on pace to log 198 carries. For reference, Vick, Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Tim Tebow or current Jackson backup Robert Griffin III never surpassed 140. While Jackson holds the post-merger record for QB runs in a season (147), the Ravens turning their quarterback loose to this degree is obviously risky. Newton is the only quarterback in the past 50 years to exceed 130 rushing attempts in multiple seasons, and he has nearly 40 pounds on Jackson.

Inside Bengals numbers: Cincinnati is last in rushing yards per game (59.5) and rushing yards per game allowed (177.6). Their offense-defense rush yardage differential of minus-945 yards is the worst by a team through eight games in the Super Bowl era. 

Inside Bengals roster: Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton-to-Ryan Finley baton pass points the longtime starter out of Ohio come 2020, and a trade partner should emerge. Although Dalton has not been regarded as an above-average passer in years, a team like the Bears – who lack a first-round pick and have a veteran-laden defense – profile as a logical suitor. Dalton’s deal runs through next season and calls for a $17.5 million base salary. It  would be a surprise if the Bengals could not get at least a mid-round pick for the 32-year-old Dalton.

 

 

Buffalo Bills (6-2) at Cleveland Browns (2-6)

WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

LEADER: Browns lead all-time series, 11-9

STREAKS: Bills have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/18/16: Browns 13 at Bills 33

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/3/13: Browns 37, Bills 24

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN completed 14 of 20 passes (70 pct.) for 160 yards & TD for 110.4 rating & rushed for TD last week. Became 4th QB in NFL history with 20+ TD passes & 12+ rush TDs in 1st 2 seasons. Since entering league in 2018, leads all QBs with 12 rush TDs & ranks 2nd with 878 rush yards. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY (rookie) had career-high 140 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 45 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. His 3 TDs are 3rd-most among rookie RBs. RB FRANK GORE aims for 3rd in row vs. Cle with rush TD. Had 94 rush yards in only career game at Cle. (12/30/07 with SF). Ranks 4th in NFL history with 15,185 rush yards & needs 85 rush yards to surpass HOFer BARRY SANDERS (15,269) for 3rd-most in league annals. • WR JOHN BROWN led team with 4 catches for 76 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Has 21 catches for 462 rec. yards (115.5 per game) & 2 TDs in 4 career games on road vs. AFC North. WR COLE BEASLEY aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Had 6 catches for 56 yards & TD in his last game vs. Cle. (11/6/16 with Dal.). • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had sack last week. Has 5 PD, 2 INTs & FF in past 3 vs. AFC North. S JORDAN POYER had 7 tackles & FF in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. Only AFC safety with sack, FF & INT in 2019. DT JORDAN PHILLIPS has 5 sacks & FF in his past 4. DE JERRY HUGHES had sack last week. Had 1.5 sacks & FF in last road meeting.

BROWNS NOTES:

QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 273 yards & TD for 90.7 rating & rushed for 22 yards last week. Surpassed BERNIE KOSAR (5,432) for most pass yards by QB in 1st 2 seasons in franchise history (5,688). • RB NICK CHUBB had 91 scrimmage yards (65 rush, 26 rec.) last week. Is 1 of 2 in AFC (LEONARD FOURNETTE) with 90+ scrimmage yards in 7 games this season. Has 852 scrimmage yards (121.7 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 7 at home. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 95+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 2nd in AFC in rush yards (803) & scrimmage yards (964). • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had 5 catches for team-high 87 yards last week. Became 3rd-fastest in NFL history to reach 6,000 rec. yards (67 games). Aims for 4th in row at home with 6+ catches. Has 28 catches for 632 yards (126.4 per game) & 5 TDs in his past 5 vs. AFC East. WR JARVIS LANDRY had 6 catches & rec. TD in Week 9. Had 9 catches for 92 yards & TD in his last game vs. Buf. (12/31/17 with Mia.). WR ANTONIO CALLAWAY had season-high 56 rec. yards last week. • DE MYLES GARRETT has 5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 3 at home. Has 8 sacks in 4 career games vs. AFC East. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 10 sacks in 2019. DE OLIVIER VERNON aims for 3rd in row with sack. DT LARRY OGUNJOBI had sack & PD last week. Has sack in 3 of past 4 at home. Rookie LB MACK WILSON had 5 tackles, PD & 1st-career sack in Week 9.

 

Inside Bills numbers: Buffalo’s strength of victory is .176 (combined record of teams beaten), the lowest mark among current playoff teams. Their passing attack needs to step up against tougher competition, as the Bills currently rank just 24th in pass offense EPA despite facing five of the bottom eight pass defenses according to EPA.

Inside Bills roster: Jordan Phillips has helped compensate for Buffalo’s lack of sack production from its defensive ends; Sean McDermott benched first-round pick Ed Oliver to make room for him in the starting lineup. The former Dolphin castoff has six sacks – tops among defensive tackles this season. That total also nearly doubles the Bills’ defensive end starters’ sack work, with Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy combining for 3.5. With Hughes in his age-31 season and underwhelming ex-first-rounder Shaq Lawson in a contract year, the Bills will soon have a key need at edge rusher.

Inside Browns numbers: Odell Beckham has been insanely underused in the red zone, seeing just four targets there (tied for 98th in the league). Beckham is averaging career-lows in receiving yards per game (71.9), receptions per game (4.9) and touchdowns per game (0.13). 

Inside Browns roster: While the Browns are trudging through a wildly underwhelming season, they will deploy one of the most talented backfield tandems in recent memory Sunday. Controversial free agent signing Kareem Hunt will join the NFL’s No. 4 rusher, Nick Chubb. The 2017 rushing champion, Hunt was having a better 2018 season before the video showing him kicking a woman at a Cleveland hotel drove him out of Kansas City. Chubb still figures to be Cleveland’s A-side back, but with the Browns’ much-hyped passing game in tatters, the ability to lean on a high-caliber backfield duo represents faint hope.

 

 

Atlanta Falcons (1-7) at New Orleans Saints (7-1)

WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN

LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 51-48

STREAKS: Saints have won past 3

LAST GAME: 11/22/18: Falcons 17 at Saints 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/18

FALCONS NOTES:

QB MATT RYAN has 2,838 pass yards (315.3 per game) & 16 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 100.3 rating in his past 9 at NO. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with 300+ pass yards, 2+ TDs & 100+ rating. Has 1,995 pass yards (332.5 per game) & 17 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 120.4 rating in his past 6 vs. NFC South. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN had 102 scrimmage yards (63 rec., 39 rush) in Week 8. Has 898 scrimmage yards (112.3 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in 8 career games vs. NO. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • WR JULIO JONES had 10 catches for 152 yards in Week 8, his 9th career game with 10+ receptions & 150+ rec. yards. Had 11 catches for 147 yards in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row at NO with 140+ rec. yards. Since 2015, leads NFL in receptions (470) & rec. yards (7,113). TE AUSTIN HOOPER had 6 catches for 65 yards & TD in Week 8. Aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. Leads all TEs in catches (52) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (591) & rec. TDs (5) in 2019. WR CALVIN RIDLEY has 15 catches for 239 yards (119.5 per game) & 4 TDs in 2 career games vs. NO. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO, 3rd in row on road & 4th in row vs. division with TD catch. • LB DEION JONES had 10 tackles, 2 TFL & INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at NO with INT. LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL aims for his 3rd in row on road with 9+ tackles. DT GRADY JARRETT led team with 8 tackles & had sack in Week 8. S DAMONTAE KAZEE had INT in last meeting.

SAINTS NOTES:

QB DREW BREES completed 34 of 43 passes (79.1 pct.) for 373 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 116.4 rating in Week 8. Had 4 TDs vs. INT & 111.9 rating in last meeting. Has 8,224 pass yards & 53 TDs vs. Atl., both most vs. any opponent. In his past 9 at home, has 2,994 pass yards (332.7 per game) & 26 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 127.5 rating. • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 405 scrimmage yards (101.3 per game) in 4 career games vs. Atl. Since 2017, is 1 of 2 RBs (TODD GURLEY) with 20+ rush TDs (23) & 10+ rec. TDs (10). RB LATAVIUS MURRAY had 157 scrimmage yards (102 rush, 55 rec.), 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) & career-high 9 catches in Week 8. Aims for his 3rd in row with 150+ scrimmage yards & TD. Has 198 scrimmage yards (99 per game) & rush TD in 2 career games vs. Atl. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 11 catches for 112 yards & TD in Week 8. Aims for his 6th in row with 8+ receptions & 80+ rec. yards. Leads NFL in catches (73) & rec. yards (875) in 2019. Has 394 career receptions & needs 7 catches to surpass JARVIS LANDRY (400) for most by player in 1st 4 seasons. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had sack in Week 8. Has 6 sacks in his past 4 & aims for his 5th in row with sack. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Atl. with 2+ sacks. Since 2016, is only player with 40+ sacks (40.5) & 20+ PD (23). CB MARSHON LATTIMORE has 7 PD & 2 INTs in 4 career games vs. Atl. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Atl. with 2+ PD. Since 2017, ties-3rd in NFL with 39 PD.

 

Inside Falcons numbers: The Falcons’ defense is ranked last in points allowed per drive (2.98), much due to a quiet pass rush that ranks last in sack rate (2.7 percent). Atlanta needs more from D-lineman Grady Jarrett, who is tied for 69th in pressures with 19 after tying for 27th with 53 a season ago.

Inside Falcons roster: The Lions and Falcons discussed a Devonta Freeman trade before the deadline, but the sixth-year back will remain in Atlanta until season’s end. Freeman’s numbers are down from his pre-injury version. He’s averaging a career-low 3.4 yards per carry – a full yard down from his previous healthy season (2017). The two-time Pro Bowler could be a cut candidate next season for the cap-strapped Falcons, but with the dead money ($6 million) outweighing the cap savings ($3.5M) for such a move, the team may have to ride it out with its expensive starter.

Inside Saints numbers: Sean Payton’s team has owned third down, ranking fourth defensively (32 percent conversion rate allowed) and eighth offensively (45.2 percent conversion rate). Drew Brees was a wizard on third down in his Week 8 return, completing 8-for-10 third- down pass attempts for 98 yards and six first downs.

Inside Saints roster: The current CBA has made developing offensive linemen a sketchy proposition, leading to many teams seeking free-agent solutions. But the Saints may have hit big on another O-line draft choice. Two years after first-rounder Ryan Ramczyk quickly became a top-tier right tackle, the Saints have seen 2019 Round 2 pick Erik McCoy shine at center. The Texas A&M product rates as Pro Football Focus’ No. 2 overall center. McCoy has helped the Saints recover from Max Unger’s mid-offseason retirement and profiles as a rare resource – a quality O-lineman on a cheap contract.

 

 

New York Giants (2-7) at New York Jets (1-7)

WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: Giants lead all-time series, 8-5

STREAKS: Giants have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 12/6/15: Jets 23 at Giants 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/24/11: Giants 29, Jets 14

GIANTS NOTES:

QB DANIEL JONES (rookie) had 210 pass yards & TD vs. INT last week. Has 300+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2 of his 1st 3 career starts on road. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 95 scrimmage yards, incl. careerlong 65-yard catch, in Week 9. Has 135+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Has 9 TDs (5 rush, 4 rec.) in 11 career road games. Since 2018, ranks 3rd in scrimmage yards (2,657) & tied-7th in scrimmage TDs (18). • WR GOLDEN TATE had 6 catches last week & aims for his 5th in row with 6+ receptions. Had 8 catches for 116 yards in his only career game at NYJ (with Det.) & has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 career games vs. NYJ. TE EVAN ENGRAM had 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 4th in row on road with TD catch. Is 1 of 5 TEs with 150+ (153) receptions since 2017. • S JABRILL PEPPERS led team with career-high 12 tackles & had PD & FF in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF. Aims for his 9th in row on road with 5+ tackles. S ANTOINE BETHEA had 9 tackles, INT & FR last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with FR & aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 8+ tackles. Is 1 of 2 active DBs (ERIC WEDDLE) with 25+ INTs (25) & 9+ sacks (9.5). DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 17 sacks, 4 PD & 2 FFs in 71 games (2015-19) with NYJ. LB MARKUS GOLDEN has 3 sacks & FR-TD in his past 3 on road. LB ALEC OGLETREE had 9 tackles, 2 PD & INT in his last game vs NYJ (11/13/16 with LAR).

JETS NOTES:

QB SAM DARNOLD passed for 260 yards & TD for 85.4 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 5 at home. Has 679 pass yards (339.5 per game) with 5 TDs vs. INT for 121.4 rating in his past 2 vs. NFC. • RB LE’VEON BELL had 121 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 55 rec.) last week. Has TD in 2 of his past 4 at home with NYJ. Had 182 scrimmage yards (118 rush, 64 rec.) in only career game vs. NYG (12/4/16 with Pit.). Has 3 TDs in 4 career games vs. NFC East. RB BILAL POWELL had 8 catches for career-high 91 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. • WR JAMISON CROWDER had 8 catches for team-high 83 yards & TD in Week 9. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 4+ catches. Had 87 rec. yards & TD catch in his last game vs. NYG (12/9/18 with Was.). Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 vs. NYG. Has 3 career rec. TDs vs. NYG, most vs. any opponent. WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS had 10 catches for 133 yards in his last game vs. NYG (10/15/17 with Den.). Is 1 of 2 active WRs (LARRY FITZGERALD) with 700+ catches (707), 9,000+ rec. yards (9,562) & 60+ TD catches (62) in career. WR ROBBY ANDERSON has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 at home. • S JAMAL ADAMS had 1st sack of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC East with PD. LB BRANDON COPELAND had team-high 8 tackles & sack in Week 9. LB JORDAN JENKINS had 3rd sack of season last week. Rookie DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS had sack last week.

 

Inside Giants numbers: Saquon Barkley is averaging 2.9 yards per carry over his last four games, the worst average he has posted over a four-game stretch in his NFL or college career. Things may not improve against the Jets, who lead the league in rush defense EPA and fewest yards per rush attempt allowed (3.1).

Inside Giants roster: With teams relentlessly targeting first-rounder DeAndre Baker – Pro Football Focus’ second-lowest-graded cornerback – and Janoris Jenkins a trade/cut candidate next year, corner remains a glaring Giants need. The team will at least see if its 2018 supplemental draft pick has any value, however, with Sam Beal being activated this week. The Giants sacrificed a third-round choice to take the Western Michigan product, but he has spent his 1½-year NFL career on IR.

Inside Jets numbers: The Jets’ passing attack owns the league’s highest interception rate (4.7 percent) and lowest net yards per attempt average (4.3). Their league-worst pass offense EPA of -89.8 is 65.7 points behind the 31st-ranked Giants, a margin similar to the one separating the top-ranked Chiefs (113.5) and 16th-ranked Rams (49.8).

Inside Jets roster: Cornerback Trumaine Johnson is now on the Jets’ IR list, and it’s safe to assume the free-agency misfire will tag the Jets with $12 million in dead-money charges once he’s cut in 2020. Fired GM Mike Maccagnan’s veteran investment record is downright spooky. Big-ticket expenses Johnson, CB Darrelle Revis, CB Antonio Cromartie and, thus far, LB C.J. Mosley produced little. DE Muhammad Wilkerson burned the Jets after his 2016 extension, the team is headed for a grievance with offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, and RB Le’Veon Bell has not justified his $13M-per-year price tag.

 

Arizona Cardinals (3-5-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)

WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Cardinals lead all-time series, 11-9

STREAKS: Cardinals have won past 3

LAST GAME: 10/15/17: Buccaneers 33 at Cardinals 38

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/13: Cardinals 13, Buccaneers 10

CARDS NOTES:

QB KYLER MURRAY (rookie) passed for 241 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 130.7 rating in Week 9. Leads NFL rookie QBs in pass yards (2,229) & rating (89.2). Ranks 2nd among all QBs in rush yards (313). • RB DAVID JOHNSON had 143 scrimmage yards (98 rec., 45 rush) in only career game vs. TB (9/18/16). Has 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 5 against NFC South. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. NFC South with 100+ scrimmage yards & his 6th in row overall vs. NFC South with TD. RB KENYAN DRAKE had 162 scrimmage yards (110 rush, 52 rec.) & rush TD in Ari. debut last week., his 3rd career game with 100+ rush yards. • WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 27 catches for 355 yards (88.8 per game) & 5 TDs in his past 4 vs. TB. Aims for his 5th in row vs. TB with rec. TD. Rookie WR KEESEAN JOHNSON had 1st career TD catch last week. Rookie WR ANDY ISABELLA had 88-yard rec. TD in Week 9, his 1st career TD. • LB CHANDLER JONES had sack last week. Had 2 sacks in last meeting & had 4 sacks in 3 career games vs. TB. Aims for his 4th in row vs. TB with sack. Since 2015, leads NFL with 63 sacks & ranks 2nd in FFs (17). LB TERRELL SUGGS had sack in his last game at TB (10/12/14 with Bal.). S BUDDA BAKER had career-high 3 PD in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row with 13+ tackles. Since 2017, is 1 of 2 DBs (JAMAL ADAMS) with 225+ tackles (234) & 4+ FF (4). CB PATRICK PETERSON has 3 INTs & 4 PD in 3 career games vs. TB.

BUCS NOTES:

QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 335 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 103.9 rating last week. Is 1 of 4 QBs (PATRICK MAHOMES, PHILIP RIVERS & MATT RYAN) with 5+ games (5) of 300+ pass yards in 2019. Aims for his 4th in row with 300+ pass yards. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his 4 career home starts vs. NFC West. • RB RONALD JONES had 67 rush yards & TD last week. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB DARE OGUNBOWALE had rush TD in Week 9 & has rush TD in 2 of his past 3. • WR MIKE EVANS had 12 catches for 180 yards & rec. TD in Week 9. Is 1st player in NFL history with 11+ receptions & 180+ rec. yards in consecutive games. Joined A.J. GREEN (2016) & WES WELKER (2011) as only players with 8+ catches, 150+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of their team’s 1st 8 games of a season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ari. with TD catch. WR CHRIS GODWIN has 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 vs. NFC West. Evans (842) & Godwin (766) are only pair of teammates in 2019 each with 700+ rec. yards. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had sack & 2 TFL last week. Had 2 FFs & FR in last meeting. Rookie LB DEVIN WHITE had career-high 12 tackles & 2 FFs in Week 9, his 1st career FFs. LB SHAQUIL BARRETTT leads NFL with 10.5 sacks in 2019. Had sack in only career game vs. Ari. (10/18/18 with Den.). Has 5 sacks & 2 FFs in 3 home games in 2019.

 

Inside Cardinals numbers: Arizona’s defense, ranked 29th in points allowed per drive (2.59), is an issue. It is also poor in the clutch, ranking 20th in red-zone touchdown rate allowed (58.8 percent) and 28th in the third-down conversion rate allowed (46.6 percent).

Inside Cardinals roster: Arizona has tried to find a place for linebacker Haason Reddick, playing the former college pass rusher at three different linebacker spots. The team recently benched the 2017 first-rounder for Joe Walker, whom Steve Wilks’ 2018 staff plucked off the Eagles’ practice squad. But both Reddick and Walker rate as bottom-five Pro Football Focus linebackers. With the Cards having signed the nomadic Zach Brown after their 49ers loss, it would not surprise to see the eighth-year veteran playing alongside Jordan Hicks at inside linebacker.

Inside Buccaneers numbers: Jameis Winston, who has thrown 12 interceptions, ranks 16th in net yards per attempt (6.6). However, he is tied for the league lead in turnovers (16). 

Inside Buccaneers roster: Bruce Arians confirmed this week Ronald Jones has supplanted Peyton Barber as the Bucs’ running back starter. With this season now about building toward 2020, it’s smart for the Bucs to take a closer look at last year’s second-round pick. Jones has outproduced Barber, averaging 4.1 yards per carry to the incumbent’s 3.3 in the backs’ near-even handoff split. Tampa Bay ranked in the NFL’s bottom fourth in rushing from 2016-18; the team ranks 19th on the ground this season.

 

Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) at Tennessee Titans (4-5)

WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 27-22

STREAKS: Titans have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/18/16: Titans 19 at Chiefs 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/6/13: Chiefs 26, Titans 17

CHIEFS NOTES:

QB PATRICK MAHOMES has 100+ rating & TD pass in 8 of past 9 on road. Has 972 pass yards (324 per game) with 7 TDs vs. INT for 109.2 rating in past 3 vs. AFC South. QB MATT MOORE passed for 275 yards & TD for 103.9 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 250+ pass yards & 100+ rating. • RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS had career-high 125 rush yards last week, incl. 91-yard TD run, longest in NFL this season. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has TD in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC South. RB LESEAN MCCOY aims for 3rd in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 341 scrimmage yards (113.7 per game) & rush TD in 3 career games vs. Ten. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 6 of 8 career games on road vs. AFC South. • WR TYREEK HILL had 6 catches for season-high 140 yards & TD last week. Became 6th player in NFL history with 20+ TDs of 40+ yards in 1st 4 seasons. Aims for 4th in row with 70+ rec. yards. WR SAMMY WATKINS had 7 catches for 63 yards in Week 9. Had TD catch in his only career game vs. Ten. (12/24/17 with LAR). Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 6+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. TE TRAVIS KELCE had 7 catches for 62 yards last week. Had TD catch in 2017 playoff meeting. • DT CHRIS JONES had 3rd sack of season last week. Has 9 sacks in his past 8 on road. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH has sack in 2 of past 3. Had sack in only career game at Ten. (10/16/16 with Cle.). S TYRANN MATHIEU aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with PD.

TITANTS NOTES:

QB RYAN TANNEHILL passed for season-high 331 yards & TD for 82.3 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 2+ TD passes & 105+ rating. Passed for 205 yards & TD in only career game vs. KC (9/21/14 with Mia.). Has 2+ TD passes & 120+ rating in 3 of past 4 vs. AFC West. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 99 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 36 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, 6th career game with 2+ TDs. Has 799 scrimmage yards (114.1 per game) & 8 rush TDs in past 7 at home. RB DION LEWIS had season-high 53 scrimmage yards (33 rec., 20 rush) last week. • WR A.J. BROWN (rookie) had 4 catches for team-high 81 yards in Week 9. Only rookie in NFL with 80+ rec. yards in 3 games this season. Leads AFC rookies with 429 rec. yards. WR ADAM HUMPHRIES had 65 rec. yards last week. Had 4 catches in only career game vs. KC (11/20/16 with TB). WR TAJAE SHARPE aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • CB LOGAN RYAN had team-high 10 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 8+ tackles & PD. Has 5 PD, INT & sack in past 2 on road. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC West with FF. CB MALCOLM BUTLER has 6 PD & INT in past 4. LB HAROLD LANDRY had 8 tackles, sack & 1st-career INT in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB RASHAAN EVANS aims for 5th in row with 9+ tackles. LB SHARIF FINCH had 2nd sack of season last week. LB KAMALEI CORREA had sack in Week 9. DT JURELL CASEY has sack in 2 of his past 3.

 

Inside Chiefs numbers: Kansas City must get better in the red zone. A year ago, the Chiefs ranked second in red-zone touchdown rate (71.8 percent) and scored a league-high 51 red zone touchdowns. In 2019, the Chiefs are 27th in red-zone touchdown rate (44.8 percent) and rank 21st in red-zone touchdowns (13). 

Inside Chiefs roster: Kansas City has quietly improved in pass defense in recent weeks, doing so despite injuries to Chris Jones, Frank Clark and Kendall Fuller. One key bright spot for DVOA’s No. 4 unit: second-year UDFA Charvarious Ward, who has become the team’s most dependable cornerback. Pro Football Focus’ No. 17 corner played 100% of the Chiefs’ snaps the past two weeks and helped them hold the Vikings to their second-lowest yardage total (308) of the season. With Jones and Patrick Mahomes extensions possible in 2020, finding rookie-deal starters is paramount for the Chiefs.

Inside Titans numbers: Tennessee’s offense has improved since Ryan Tannehill took over, averaging 23.3 points over his three starts after averaging 14.8 points over Marcus Mariota’s six starts. Tannehill has averaged 6.8 net yards per attempt, significantly ahead of Mariota’s mark of 5.5 (league average 6.4). 

Inside Titans roster: Malcolm Butler’s broken wrist will disband Tennessee’s high-caliber cornerback trio for 2019’s remainder. Pro Football Focus viewed Butler as a mid-pack cornerback this season, and it gave Logan Ryan and Adoree’ Jackson top-25 grades. In Butler’s stead, the Titans will turn to fourth-year corner LeShaun Sims. A former sixth-round pick, Sims started nine games from 2016-18. With Mahomes possibly returning this week, it’s a bad time for the Titans to be shorthanded here.

 

Miami Dolphins (1-7) at Indianapolis Colts (5-3)

WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 4:05 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 45-27

STREAKS: Colts have won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/25/18: Dolphins 24 at Colts 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/25/18

DOLPHINS NOTES:

QB RYAN FITZPATRICK passed for season-high 288 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.8 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 244 yards with 2 TDs for 93.3 rating in his last game at Ind. (9/21/15 with NYJ). Has 2+ TD passes & 105+ rating in 2 of past 4 vs. AFC South. • RB KALEN BALLAGE has rush TD in 2 of his past 4. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 4 catches for 57 yards & TD in Week 9. Has TD catch in 4 of past 5. Aims for 4th in row with 55+ rec. yards. WR ALLEN HURNS has 5+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at Ind. TE MIKE GESICKI had career highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (95) last week. • CB NIK NEEDHAM (rookie) led team with 9 tackles & had 1st-career sack last week. CB JOMAL WILTZ had career-high 8 tackles & 1st-career INT in Week 9. Has 4 PD in past 2. CB ERIC ROWE leads team with 5 PD. S RESHAD JONES has PD in 2 of his past 4. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Ind. with PD. DE TACO CHARLTON has sack in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. Leads team with 4 sacks this season. Rookie DT CHRISTIAN WILKINS (rookie) had 2 TFL & 1stcareer sack in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles. LB JEROME BAKER had 7 tackles & PD last week. Leads team with 54 tackles in 2019. LB RAEKWON MCMILLAN had 8 tackles in Week 9. Had 7 tackles & FF in last meeting. LB DAVON GODCHAUX had 5 tackles & sack last week. LB VINCE BIEGEL aims for 3rd in row on road with 5+ tackles.

COLTS NOTES:

QB JACOBY BRISSETT has 1,103 pass yards (275.8 per game) with 9 TDs vs. INT for 103.6 rating in 4 home games this season. QB BRIAN HOYER completed 17 of 26 passes (65.4 pct.) for 168 yards with 3 TDs vs. INT for 105.9 rating in season debut last week. Passed for 273 yards & 3 TDs in only career start vs. Mia. (10/25/15 with Hou.). • RB MARLON MACK had 89 rush yards last week. Has 85+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Had 85 rush yards in last meeting. Has rush TD in 3 of past 5 at home. Ranks 5th in AFC with 679 rush yards in 2019. • WR ZACH PASCAL had 5 catches for team-high 76 yards & TD last week. Has 5+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & TD in 2 of past 3. WR CHESTER ROGERS had 5th-career TD catch in Week 9. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 4 at home. Had 49 rec. yards in last meeting. TE ERIC EBRON has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. Had 5 catches for 45 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for 5th in row vs. AFC South with TD catch. TE JACK DOYLE had 2nd TD catch of season last week. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • DE JUSTIN HOUSTON had sack, FF & FR & 1st-career safety last week. Aims for 5th in row with sack. LB DARIUS LEONARD aims for 5th in row with 9+ tackles. Had 10 tackles & sack in last meeting. Has INT in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC South. CB KENNY MOORE had 1st INT of season in Week 9. Had PD in last meeting. Rookie CB MARVELL TELL had 1st-career FF & PD last week.

 

Inside Dolphins numbers: Ryan Fitzpatrick may be getting on one of those rolls. Over his past four games, he has produced a 95.3 passer rating (92.7 is average) and eight touchdowns (seven passing, one rushing). He has kept the turnovers relatively low, with three interceptions and one lost fumble over the span.

Inside Dolphins roster: Fitzpatrick will have less to work with this week. In a two-hour span Monday, news emerged of running back Mark Walton’s four-game suspension and promising rookie wideout Preston Williams’ ACL tear. Both had become key cogs in the Dolphins’ offense. Kalen Ballage (2.0 yards per carry) will take over at running back, though this could be a window to examine seventh-round rookie Myles Gaskin – a 5,000-yard rusher at Washington. This is a major blow for Williams, a UDFA who was on pace to become only the second Dolphins rookie receiver to surpass 800 yards.

Inside Colts numbers: Each Colts game has been decided by one score, making them just the eighth team in league history to start a season with eight straight one-score games. Indianapolis ranks third in the red zone offensively (67.9 percent touchdown rate) and 10th defensively (51.9 percent touchdown rate allowed), a crucial element for a team playing in so many close games.

Inside Colts roster: With 37 starts to his name, Brian Hoyer is a better backup option than most teams possess. Hoyer’s 13 Browns starts in 2014 look borderline miraculous, considering he went 7-6 before vacating the job for Johnny Manziel, and he piloted the 2015 Texans to the playoffs with 19 TD passes in 11 games. Hoyer threw three in a winnable Steelers game, and with Frank Reich pulling the strings, Jacoby Brissett’s $4 million-per-year backup will be in position to succeed against the Dolphins.

 

Carolina Panthers (5-3) at Green Bay Packers (7-2)

WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 4:25 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 8-6

STREAKS: Panthers have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/17/17: Packers 24 at Panthers 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/19/14: Packers 38, Panthers 17

PANTHERS NOTES:

QB KYLE ALLEN had 232 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 84.4 rating last week. Has 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 93.1 rating in 5 career road starts. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 166 scrimmage yards (146 rush, 20 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 9. Became 6th player in NFL history with 1,200+ scrimmage yards (1,244) & 13+ TDs (13) in team’s 1st 8 games of season. Joined JIM BROWN (1963) as only players with 150+ scrimmage yards & TD in 6 of team’s 1st 8 games of season. Aims for his 7th in row with rush TD. Had 136 scrimmage yards (73 rec., 63 rush) & TD catch in last meeting. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in scrimmage yards (4,295) & ties for 2nd in scrimmage TDs (33). • WR D.J. MOORE had 7 catches for 101 yards in Week 9, his 2nd career 100-yard game. Aims for his 5th in row with 5+ receptions. WR CURTIS SAMUEL had rec. TD in Week 9 & had 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in his past 3. TE GREG OLSEN had 9 catches for 116 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with rec. TD. • LB LUKE KUECHLY has 8+ tackles in 10 of 12 career games vs. NFC North. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT. LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 11 tackles, sack & career-high 3 TFL last week. S ERIC REID had 11 tackles, 5th career sack & 3rd career FF last week. CB DONTE JACKSON had 7th career INT & 1st career FR last week & has 3 INTs in his past 3. S TRE BOSTON had 12th career INT last week.

PACKERS NOTES:

QB AARON RODGERS has 1,520 pass yards (304 per game) & 15 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 102.5 rating in 5 career games vs. Car. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Car. with 2+ TD passes. Has 18 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 123.9 rating in his past 6 home starts vs. NFC South. Aims for his 7th in row at home vs. NFC South with 2+ TDs & 100+ rating. • RB AARON JONES has 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 8 at home. Aims for his 4th in row at home vs. NFC South with rush TD. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 11 scrimmage TDs & is 1 of 2 RBs (CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY) with 400+ rush yards (450) & 350+ rec. yards (354) in 2019. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS aims for his 5th in row with TD catch. Has 5 rec. TDs in 2019, tiedmost among RBs (AUSTIN EKELER). • WR DAVANTE ADAMS led team with 7 catches last week. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with TD catch. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 7 at home. TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 8 rec. TDs in his past 9 vs. Car. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. • LB PRESTON SMITH had sack last week. Has 4.5 sacks & FF in his past 4 at home. LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH has 5.5 sacks in his past 5. Za’Darius Smith (8.5) & Preston Smith (8) are only pair of teammates each with 8+ sacks in 2019. LB BLAKE MARTINEZ led team with 12 tackles last week & leads NFL with 95 tackles in 2019. Has 12+ tackles in 6 of his past 7 at home. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER ranks 2nd in NFL with 11 PD.

 

Inside Panthers numbers: Christian McCaffrey is leading the NFL with 155.5 scrimmage yards per game and 13 touchdowns. If he maintained his current pace over the next eight games, McCaffrey would become the first player in league history to record 2,400 scrimmage yards and 25 touchdowns in a season. Even if he doesn’t reach that plateau, McCaffrey could join LaDainian Tomlinson (2006), Priest Holmes (2003), Marshall Faulk (2000), and Emmitt Smith (1995) as the only players to post over 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. Tomlinson and Faulk were named MVP in those seasons.

Inside Panthers roster: Cam Newton’s IR placement is a brutal break for both parties. Kyle Allen simply does not provide the kind of ceiling the former No. 1 pick did, when healthy, and a Carolina future without the cornerstone quarterback is now very real. If Allen continues to play well, however, the Panthers have an intriguing trade chip. Newton’s foot problems bring down his trade value, but it is not farfetched to see a franchise take on the 30-year-old ex-MVP’s $18.6 million 2020 salary and secure exclusive negotiating rights for extension talks.

Inside Packers numbers: Green Bay ranks 22nd in third-down conversion rate (36.5 percent). The Packers have particularly struggled on third-and-long situations. They rank 27th in conversion rate on third & 10+ passing plays (13.3 percent). 

Inside Packers roster: Green Bay has invested significantly to upgrade its secondary, but the team has relied on 36-year-old Tramon Williams extensively this season. Kevin King and Josh Jackson, Packers second-round picks from 2017 and ’18, are not reliable. Jackson has played 68 defensive snaps this season, and Pro Football Focus rates King as its No. 87 cornerback. Despite the Packers’ 7-2 start, they have the league’s 21st-ranked pass defense.

 

Los Angeles Rams (5-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4)

WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 4:25 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 15-8-2

STREAKS: Steelers have won past 3

LAST GAME: 9/27/15: Steelers 12 at Rams 6 (St. Louis)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/24/11: Steelers 27, Rams 0

RAMS NOTES:

QB JARED GOFF passed for 372 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.3 rating in Week 8. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 2+ TDs. • RB TODD GURLEY had rush TD in Week 8. Has 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 4 & aims for his 5th in row with TD. Since 2015, leads all RBs in scrimmage yards (6,866), rush yards (4,902) & scrimmage TDs (63). • WR COOPER KUPP had 7 catches for career-high 220 yards & TD in Week 8, most rec. yards in single international game in NFL history. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 7+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. Has 5 games with 100+ rec. yards in 2019, most in NFL. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 792 rec. yards & needs 78 rec. yards to surpass career-high 869 rec. yards (2017). WR ROBERT WOODS has 5+ catches in 10 of his past 11 on road. WR BRANDIN COOKS had TD catch in only career game vs. Pit. (12/17/17 with NE). • DT AARON DONALD had sack & 3 TFL in Week 8. Had sack & 3 TFL in last meeting. Has 5 sacks & 11 TFL in 6 career games vs. AFC North. Has 5 sacks, FF & FR in his past 5 on road. Since 2015, ranks 2nd in NFL with 55.5 sacks. LB DANTE FOWLER aims for his 3rd in row with 1.5+ sacks. Had sack in only career game vs. Pit. (10/8/17 with Jax.). LB CORY LITTLETON is only LB with 25+ PD (25) & 5+ sacks (6.5) since 2017. CB JALEN RAMSEY has 15 tackles, 7 PD & 3 INTs in 2 career games vs. Pit. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with INT.

STEELERS NOTES:

QB MASON RUDOLPH completed career-high 26 passes (26 of 35, 74.3 pct.) for 191 yards & TD with 84.3 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC with 2+ TD passes. Has 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 98.1 rating in 4 career home starts. • RB JAMES CONNER aims for his 5th in row with TD. Has 449 scrimmage yards (112.3 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 4. Is 1 of 2 in AFC with 4+ rush TDs (4) & 2+ rec. TDs (2). RB TREY EDMUNDS had career-high 73 rush yards last week. RB JAYLEN SAMUELS had career highs in catches (13) & rec. yards (73) in Week 9, most catches by RB in single game in franchise history. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER became 1st player in NFL history to record 200 career catches before 23rd birthday. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. Has 22 catches for 370 yards (92.5 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 4 vs. NFC. WR JAMES WASHINGTON had season-high 4 catches for 69 yards last week. TE VANCE MCDONALD had 3rd TD catch of season in Week 9. Had rec. TD in his last game vs. LAR (9/12/16 with SF). • LB BUD DUPREE had 2 sacks, FF & FR last week. Aims for 5th in row at home with sack. Rookie LB DEVIN BUSH had 7 tackles, TFL & PD last week. Has PD in 4 of past 5. Leads all rookies with 66 tackles. LB T.J. WATT had 1.5 sacks last week. Has 6.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 5. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK had 96-yard INT-TD last week, longest in NFL this season. Has 3 INTs in past 2. Aims for 5th in row with PD.

 

Inside Rams numbers: It’s been a so-so start for CB Jalen Ramsey over his first two games with the Rams, as he has allowed 11 catches on 14 targets for 158 yards and five first downs. The L.A. pass defense is solid, ranking 11th in EPA and 13th in net yards per attempt. But Ramsey must be dominant to be worth the cost (two first-rounders and a fourth-rounder) it took to get him from the Jags. 

Inside Rams roster: With QB Jared Goff certainly not a lock to live up to his summer extension and RB Todd Gurley’s contract looking like a major misstep, Brandin Cooks’ concussion trouble becomes a bigger-picture problem. The Rams guaranteed Cooks $50 million; he’s tethered to their payroll through at least 2022. Cooks is one of the team’s five cornerstone players, and this represents a crucial point for both parties. The Rams should consider sitting their deep threat for a bit, as he’s now suffered four documented concussions since entering the pros.

Inside Steelers numbers: Pittsburgh’s defense has forced 10 turnovers over its last three games, driving the Steelers’ three-game win streak. The Steelers have forced at least two turnovers in seven consecutive games, and are leading the NFL with a 23.3 percent takeaway rate. 

Inside Steelers roster: While Pittsburgh should beware of a contract-year outlier, Bud Dupree has already matched his season sack high with six. The 2015 first-round pick has never lived up to his draft status, but suddenly, he and 2017 first-rounder T.J. Watt (7.5 sacks, a staggering 20 QB hits) look like one of the league’s best edge tandems. The Steelers should not rush into extension talks with Dupree, but they’ve drafted five first-round linebackers in seven years. It would look good for the franchise if one of them finally signed a second contract.

 

Minnesota Vikings (6-3) at Dallas Cowboys (5-3)

WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 8:20 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 12-11

STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/1/16: Cowboys 17 at Vikings 15

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/3/13: Cowboys 27, Vikings 23

VIKINGS NOTES:

QB KIRK COUSINS had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 94.2 rating last week. Has 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.5 rating in his past 3 on road. Has 876 pass yards (292 per game) & 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 117 rating in 3 career games at Dal. Aims for his 4th in row at Dal. with 2+ TD passes. Ranks 3rd with 112 rating in 2019. • RB DALVIN COOK had 116 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 45 rec.) last week. Has 7 games with 100+ scrimmage yards in 2019, most in NFL. Has 744 scrimmage yards (148.8 per game) & 4 rush TDs in 5 road games in 2019. Leads NFL with 894 rush yards & ranks 2nd with 1,232 scrimmage yards. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 8 receptions for 59 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 7+ catches & 140+ rec. yards. Ranks 2nd in NFC with 18.7 average yards per reception in 2019. WR ADAM THIELEN had 7 catches for 86 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road vs. NFC East with 7+ receptions & 115+ rec. yards. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC East with TD catch. Rookie WR BISI JOHNSON aims for his 3rd in row on road with rec. TD. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 2 sacks & 3 TFL in last meeting. Aims for his 8th in row vs. NFC East with sack. Needs 1.5 sacks to become youngest to 50 sacks since 1982. S HARRISON SMITH had sack & FF last week. Since 2014, is only player with 15+ INTs (16) & 10+ sacks (12). DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had sack & tied his career-high with 3 TFL last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. Had FF & FR in last meeting.

COWBOYS NOTES:

QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 257 yards with 3 TDs vs. INT for 101.7 rating in Week 9. Had TD pass & 108.3 rating in last meeting. Has 100+ rating in 6 of 7 career starts vs. NFC North. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC North with 2+ TD passes. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 139 yards last week & aims for his 4th in row with 100+ rush yards. Has 24 games with 100+ rush yards since 2016, most in NFL. Had 105 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 19 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Has 715 scrimmage yards (143 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 career home games vs. NFC North. • WR AMARI COOPER had 80 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with 120+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Has 526 rec. yards (131.5 per game) & 4 TDs in 4 home games in 2019. WR MICHAEL GALLUP had 4th career TD catch last week. Has 7+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. TE BLAKE JARWIN aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. • DE ROBERT QUINN had sack in his last game vs. Min. (12/16/18 with Mia.). Has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home with Dal. DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 4 sacks in his past 3 at home vs. NFC North. DE MICHAEL BENNETT had sack in Dal. debut last week. S XAVIER WOODS had INT & FF last week & aims for his 3rd in row with INT. CB JOURDAN LEWIS had 63-yard FR-TD in Week 9, his 1st career TD.

 

Inside Vikings numbers: Defensive ends Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen are dominant, ranking first and third in pressures with 54 and 49, respectively. Their battles against Cowboys tackles La’el Collins and Tyron Smith, who are ranked top-15 at their positions in pass-blocking efficiency, will be must-see TV. 

Inside Vikings roster: Minnesota has enjoyed a relatively injury-free season, but WR Adam Thielen’s hamstring trouble throws the Vikings off axis. Stefon Diggs caught one pass for four yards against the Chiefs in Week 9. With so much of this passing attack funneled through Thielen and Diggs, either’s absence reveals the sizable quality gap between Minnesota’s high-end receiver tandem and the rest of its skill-position arsenal. Second-round tight end Irv Smith Jr. has shown promise, his 207 receiving yards outdoing Kyle Rudolph. .

Inside Cowboys numbers: Dallas leads the league in net yards per pass attempt (8.1) and third-down conversion rate (50 percent), and it is fourth in yards per rush attempt. Excelling in nearly every category, the Cowboys’ offense is ranked first in offensive EPA and second in points per drive.

Inside Cowboys roster: Various issues have kept the Cowboys from fielding complete defensive lines in recent years. Suspensions and the lack of a true DeMarcus Lawrence complement lowered Dallas’ pass-rushing ceiling. Trades of sixth- and seventh-round picks brought Robert Quinn and Michael Bennett to Dallas; the former now has 6.5 sacks in six games and the versatile Bennett put a team-high four hits on the Giants’ Daniel Jones in Week 9. The revamped group looks like the Cowboys’ best pass rush since the DeMarcus Ware years, and the franchise has done well to quickly recover from the Taco Charlton mistake.

 

Seattle Seahawks (7-2) at San Francisco 49ers (8-0)

WEEK 10 // MONDAY, NOV. 11, 2019 // 8:15 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 24-16

STREAKS: Seahawks have won 9 of past 10

LAST GAME: 12/16/18: Seahawks 23 at 49ers 26

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/16/18

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 378 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 133.7 rating last week. Has 90 wins, incl. postseason, in 1st 8 seasons, tied with BEN ROETHLISBERGER (90) for 2nd-most in NFL history (TOM BRADY – 100). Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 117.3 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 10th in row vs. NFC West with 110+ rating. Leads NFL with 22 TD passes & 118.2 rating. • RB CHRIS CARSON had 133 scrimmage yards (105 rush, 28 rec.) in Week 9, his 10th career game with 100+ rush yards. Has 356 scrimmage yards (118.7 per game) & rush TD in 3 career games vs. SF. Aims for his 4th in row vs. SF & 8th in row vs. NFC West with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had career-high 13 receptions for 152 yards & 2 TDs, his 7th career game with 100+ rec. yards & 3rd career game with 2 rec. TDs. Rookie WR DK METCALF set career-highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (123) & had TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. Leads all rookies in rec. yards (525), ties for 1st in TD catches (5) & ranks 3rd in catches (29). WR JOSH GORDON makes Sea. debut. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 11 tackles & had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 3 sacks, 6 TFL, FF, 2 FRs, 8 PD & 4 INTs, incl. 98-yard INT-TD in his past 6 vs. SF. LB MYCHAL KENDRICKS had sack & FF last week, his 3rd career game with sack & FF. LB K.J. WRIGHT aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles.

49ERS NOTES:

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO completed 28 of 37 passes (75.7 pct.) for 317 yards & career-high 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 136.9 rating, his 3rd career game with 300+ pass yards. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Is 1 of 5 QBs to win 16 of his 1st 18 starts since 1950. • RB TEVIN COLEMAN had rush TD in his last game vs. Sea. (11/20/17 with Atl.). Aims for his 3rd in row at home with SF with TD & aims for his 5th in row on MNF with rush TD. RB MATT BREIDA has 322 scrimmage yards (107.3 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in 3 career games on MNF. Had 96 scrimmage yards in last meeting. • WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 7 catches for 112 yards & TD in Week 9, his 20th career game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row with SF with TD catch. Had 10 catches for 135 yards & TD in his last game vs. Sea. (9/9/18 with Den.). TE GEORGE KITTLE had 79 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 6+ catches. • DL NICK BOSA (rookie) aims for his 3rd in row at home with 2+ sacks. DL DEFOREST BUCKNER had sack last week & has 5 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 FRs in his past 5 at home. Had 2 sacks & 4 TFL in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 2+ sacks. DL DEE FORD had sack in Week 9 & has 3.5 sacks & FF in his past 4. CB RICHARD SHERMAN had 99 PD & 32 INTs in 105 games (2011-17) with Sea. Has 35 INTs, tied-most among active players.

 

Inside Seahawks numbers: Russell Wilson leads the NFL in passer rating (118.2) on the strength of his league-best 7.5 percent touchdown rate. (League average is 92.7.) Wilson’s league-leading 22 touchdown passes are the most by a player through nine games while throwing fewer than two interceptions, beating Drew Brees’ record of 21 set in 2018.

Inside Seahawks roster: The only team to submit a waiver claim on WR Josh Gordon, Seattle has a situation that should not ask too much of the historically unreliable talent. Gordon will slide into a Tyler Lockett complementary role, and with the Seahawks owing a non-guaranteed $1 million to the mercurial talent, this seems like a worthwhile flier. The loss of Will Dissly hurt the Seahawks, though Russell Wilson’s outing against the Buccaneers didn’t show it. Gordon likely has one more chance to establish consistency, with his (somehow) first crack at unrestricted free agency coming in March.

Inside 49ers numbers: Some cracks opened in San Francisco’s defense in Week 9, as the 49ers allowed a season-high 25 points against Arizona. Run defense is an issue, as the 49ers have allowed 283 yards, two touchdowns, and 6.3 yards per attempt on the ground over the past two weeks. Kyle Shanahan’s team remains the premiere defense in the NFC, however, leading the conference in EPA and fewest points allowed per drive (1.02).

Inside 49ers roster: The NFL’s last remaining unbeaten stands to receive a boost; stalwart left tackle Joe Staley is due back from the broken fibula that sidelined him for six games. San Francisco has managed to produce the NFL’s No. 2-ranked rushing attack largely without its six-time Pro Bowler, so the Tevin Coleman- and Matt Breida-fueled ground corps will be in an even stronger position to deliver in the 49ers’ toughest test to date.

 

Grading each NFL team halfway through the season

The NFL season is at least half over for all 32 teams. That means realistic assessments can be made about where teams are at, how well they’re doing, and how much hope they have the rest of the way.

 

Many teams are having great seasons. Others are, without question, failing miserably. And some sit comfortably — or perhaps uncomfortably — in the middle. Who’s who? Here’s a grade for each of the 32 NFL teams so far for the 2019 season.

 

Arizona Cardinals (3-5-1) — C

 

There’s nothing particularly good or bad about what the Cardinals have done thus far this season. Kyler Murray has shown real progress at quarterback, and the offense has a lot to be happy about. Ultimately, they have yet to win a game against a quality team, the offensive line has real issues, and they’re not going anywhere this season. Still, progress has been made. For a team like this, that is the point.

 

Atlanta Falcons (1-7) — F

 

The Falcons’ defense is simply atrocious. The Matt Ryan-led offense has been competent enough most weeks, but it doesn’t matter much what they do when the defense is allowing upwards of 31 points per game. For a guy like head coach Dan Quinn, who built his name as a defensive coordinator, that’s unbearable and unacceptable. At the rate things are going, it could ultimately cost him his job.

 

 

Baltimore Ravens (6-2) — A-

 

Baltimore’s convincing win over the New England Patriots shows what they can be at their very best. They have a quality defense and, thanks in large part to Lamar Jackson, an offense that has proven incredibly tough to slow down. Just ask Bill Belichick, whose Patriots were torched by Jackson. The only slight blemish on the record is a home loss to the lowly Cleveland Browns, which makes less sense with each passing week, but overall the first half could not have gone much better for the Ravens.

 

Buffalo Bills (6-2) — A-

 

It’s hard to know if the Bills are for real. Their best win is against the Tennessee Titans, but they have yet to win a game against a team with a winning record. That said, 6-2 is 6-2, and with games against the Browns, Dolphins, Broncos, and Jets left on the schedule, they have a good shot to get to at least 10 wins and make the playoffs. They’ve beaten who they need to beat and have one of the toughest pass defenses in the league. That’s a good combination.

 

Carolina Panthers (5-3) — B+

 

The Panthers have picked up nice wins against the Texans, Jaguars, and Titans, and they’ve positioned themselves for a playoff chase as a result. Christian McCaffrey is amazing and singlehandedly ensures offensive success. Carolina has the look of a good but not great team, and the question remains whether Kyle Allen, who is the quarterback for the foreseeable future, has what it takes to lead them to the playoffs and beyond.

 

Chicago Bears (3-5) — D

 

The Bears are wasting one of the better defenses in the sport because their offense is beyond awful. Matt Nagy’s scheme is not working, and with each passing week it becomes more and more clear that Mitchell Trubisky is not the franchise quarterback for this team. The Bears’ season isn’t necessarily over yet, and the defense is good enough to steal a win in any game. However, the Bears need points, and they’re 27th in points scored. That troubling trend doesn’t look like it will change anytime soon, either.

 

Cincinnati Bengals (0-8) — F

 

Being winless this late into the season is an automatic failing grade. The only bright side is the Bengals seem to have come to the realization that Andy Dalton is neither a short-term nor long-term answer at quarterback. Otherwise, there’s not a lot to say about them. The defense isn’t great, the offense is inept, and the team needs a top-to-bottom rebuild starting this offseason if they expect to contend for a playoff spot at any time in the near future.

 

Cleveland Browns (2-6) — F

 

Sometimes it is necessary to grade relative to expectations. The Browns were the offseason’s most-hyped team. They have demonstrated that none of it was deserved. Odell Beckham Jr. and Baker Mayfield have not forged a connection, and Mayfield has looked shaky at best. Freddie Kitchens’ playcalling has been bad and he’s looked out of his depth as a head coach. The Browns forgot to bother with putting together a good enough offensive line. All these issues have come home to roost, leaving the Browns’ ambitions essentially dead in the water already. This season is shaping up to be a total and complete failure for them.

 

Dallas Cowboys (5-3) — B

 

It’s very tough to figure out what to make of the Cowboys, who are clearly talented but maddeningly inconsistent. They’ve beaten up on bad teams, but have fallen short against the Saints and Packers and suffered an increasingly embarrassing loss to the Jets on the road. Still, it would be a mistake to count this team out, as they’re finally getting healthy and have the pieces to make a playoff run. They just need to find some measure of consistency and improve against the best in the league.

 

Denver Broncos (3-6) — D

 

At least they have a good defense. That’s about the sum of accomplishments for these Broncos, who found out the hard way that Joe Flacco is not the answer at quarterback. He may have played his last game with the team, but he isn’t helped by the fact that the scheme is way too conservative, as he quite adeptly pointed out. Ultimately, this is another team that might need an extensive teardown if John Elway has the guts to go through with it.

 

Detroit Lions (3-4-1) — C-

 

The Lions had such a promising start to the season, and it wasn’t long ago that they were playing for first place in the NFC North. That game went south, partially because of the officiating, and their entire season has faded along with it. The Lions have one of the league’s worse defenses and that’s going to keep them from contention despite a very good season from Matthew Stafford. It’s tempting to think of what might’ve happened had the Green Bay game gone differently, but their defensive vulnerability was always going to lead to problems.

 

Green Bay Packers (7-2) — A

 

By and large, the Packers have been great. They’re in firm control of the NFC North and look to be on their way to the playoffs, potentially even with a bye. There have been a couple games where they’ve been off — their recent performance against the Los Angeles Chargers is very worrisome — but they have all the weapons to make a deep run. Of note is their defense, which looks vastly improved and has allowed just 21 points per game.

 

Houston Texans (6-3) — A-

 

Here’s what we know: Deshaun Watson is as good a quarterback as there is in the NFL. The defense is pretty good. The offensive line still has question marks. A win over the Chiefs indicates that they absolutely have what it takes to beat the better teams in the league. Whether they can be consistent enough to pull it off remains a question, but the Texans have to rank as one of the AFC’s more dangerous teams, and they’re certainly more or less doing their job so far.

 

Indianapolis Colts (5-3) — B+

 

The Colts have handled Andrew Luck’s preseason retirement as seamlessly as they possibly could have, and Jacoby Brissett has them in the playoff hunt anyway. There are certainly concerns — Adam Vinatieri looks like a shell of himself, for instance — but the scheme is very solid, and the entire team is sturdy in nearly every department. The kicker situation probably needs to be sorted ahead of any potential playoff appearance, but the fact that there’s even a chance of a playoff appearance is a testament to what the Colts have been able to do.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5) — C-

 

The Jaguars are the same as they have been over the last few years. The defense is pretty good and keeps them in many games. The offense is too inconsistent and too often fails to score enough points for the team to win. Gardner Minshew’s bubble burst in Week 9, and now we’ll see if Nick Foles can provide the offensive boost the Jaguars hoped he would when they signed him. A fractured collarbone knocked Foles out for the first half of the season, but a strong second half could mean another trip to the playoffs for Jacksonville.

 

Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) — A-

 

It is a testament to the strength of the Chiefs’ offensive scheme that head coach Andy Reid has basically made Matt Moore look capable of running a high-powered offense. Still, this team isn’t quite as dominant as it was last year, and Patrick Mahomes has looked a little more vulnerable even when healthy. The defense also retains a lot of its previous issues. With that in mind, the Chiefs are a high-risk, high-reward team. That offense, at its peak, is good enough to outscore anybody. The defense is enough of an issue that it could cost them a playoff game. So far, so good for now, though.

 

Los Angeles Chargers (4-5) — C

 

The Chargers’ season looked headed for disaster two weeks ago, but they’ve rallied with two straight wins, most impressively in their home domination of the Green Bay Packers last week. Now that they’re more healthy on defense, they look like a force to be reckoned with. Melvin Gordon also looked more like himself in that game, so things are trending upward. It remains to be seen if that’s a one-off, though — if it’s the real Chargers, they’re going to win several more games. They’ve just been so inconsistent it is hard to judge by nine games.

 

Los Angeles Rams (5-3) — B-

 

Maybe it’s a Super Bowl hangover, but this is not quite the same Rams team as last year. Jared Goff looks a little bit more shaky, even at home. It’s somewhat surprising that it’s offensively where the Rams lag behind, as they’ve been pretty solid defensively. They also acquired Jalen Ramsey to boost that side of the ball after trading Marcus Peters. If the Rams can start scoring freely again, they’re going to be in very good shape, but they’re battling back from third place in the NFC West heading into Week 10.

 

Miami Dolphins (1-7) — F

 

The Dolphins might be a little angry that they beat the Jets and cost themselves draft positioning, which says all you need to know about their priorities this year. They’re terrible and they expected to be terrible. They’re a little more threatening with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center as opposed to Josh Rosen, but not much more. They’re perhaps better than, say, the Jets, but they’re still awful. Don’t expect that to change this year.

 

Minnesota Vikings (6-3) — B+

 

The story of the Vikings’ season can be told as the tale of Kirk Cousins. When their quarterback is good, they win. When he’s not, they lose. Early in the year, Cousins seemed scared to throw downfield, and the Vikings started a modest 2-2. Since then, they’re 4-1 and Cousins has turned himself loose a bit more. The defense is great, so the Vikings have a shot as long as Cousins is competent. That’s the big question mark for Minnesota going forward.

 

New England Patriots (8-1) — A

 

The Patriots have looked great all year and their defense has turned teams over left and right. However, their 17-point loss to the Ravens has renewed criticisms of a soft schedule and a lack of quality opposition boosting their record. The Ravens are a unique opponent, so one loss doesn’t mean we need to re-evaluate everything we thought about New England. They’re still elite, and they’re probably still the favorite to come out of the AFC and win another title. Some upcoming tough games — including against the Eagles, Cowboys, Texans, and Chiefs — should be telling.

 

New Orleans Saints (7-1) — A

 

The Saints survived an injury to Drew Brees with some outstanding play from Teddy Bridgewater, who did not lose a start. Now Brees is back, and it’s hard to envision what could slow this team down. Their remaining schedule is forgiving and, with Brees back, the offense should be elite. The defense, meanwhile, is holding opponents below 20 points per game. A team with few weaknesses, the Saints could easily be called the NFC favorite at this point, especially when you consider what they were able to do without their starting quarterback.

 

New York Giants (2-7) — D+

 

The Giants at least had the good sense to bench Eli Manning and see what they had in Daniel Jones, which is probably the best thing that’s happened to them all season. The early returns have been mixed, but Jones has flashed potential, and they’ve been been competitive in many of their losses. The big issue is the defense, which is awful and ensures that Jones and Saquon Barkley have to put in ridiculous efforts to outscore opponents. There’s talent here, but it’s largely limited to the offense, and there is a lot of work to be done.

 

New York Jets (1-7) — F

 

The existence of the Cleveland Browns is really the only thing preventing the Jets from claiming the title of the NFL’s biggest disaster in 2019. Sam Darnold missed time with mono and has struggled since his return. Adam Gase looks to be completely in over his head as coach and there’s chatter that he’s in danger of losing his players. Injuries haven’t helped. There’s very little reason for optimism about both the present and future of this team right now. They are, simply, a disaster.

 

Oakland Raiders (4-4) — C

 

A .500 record gets an average grade for the Raiders. They can be fun to watch on offense, led by Derek Carr and Josh Jacobs. They’re the opposite on defense, where they’re often torched by opposing quarterbacks. Moreover, the organization still seems to be figuring out what direction they want to go in. Despite being 4-4, they’re not really a legitimate playoff contender — they’re essentially the AFC version of the Lions in that their defense simply isn’t up to the task.

 

Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) — B-

 

The Eagles have a pair of bad losses to Atlanta and Detroit, and a couple good wins against the Packers and Bills. That essentially sums them up — it feels like they can beat anyone on any given day, but they can lose to anyone, too. The defense looks quite vulnerable at times, and the passing offense has never really hit its potential. They appear good enough to challenge for a back-end playoff spot, but they’re not quite a Super Bowl contender.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4) — B-

 

Given the circumstances, the Steelers are doing an impressive job of dealing with adversity. They started off 1-4 but have won three in a row on the strength of a high-quality defense, which is keeping them in a lot of games. Mason Rudolph, in for the injured Ben Roethlisberger, looks like a capable game manager. Their remaining schedule is a mixed bag, but the Steelers at least have the goods on defense to give good teams problems, which could get them into the playoff race. That poor start, however, could doom them.

 

San Francisco 49ers (8-0) — A+

 

The last undefeated team looks like the NFC’s best, largely on the strength of a defense that absolutely stuffs every offense it sees. Only the Steelers and Cardinals — a surprising pair — have cracked 20 points against the Niners in 2019, with opponents managing just 12.8 points per game against the San Francisco defense. They’ve done this despite some injuries on offense that they’re putting behind them now, suggesting there’s room to grow on that side of the ball. That’s a scary thought — the 49ers don’t need an elite offense to win with a defense like this. There’s a ton to like about this team.

 

Seattle Seahawks (7-2) — A

 

Russell Wilson is having an MVP-caliber season and the Seahawks are actually using their passing attack to beat most of their foes. Their losses have come against quality teams in the Saints and Ravens, so they beat everyone they should beat. The defense isn’t quite up to the standard the Seahawks have set this decade, which is the concern for them going forward. It’s worth noting that they have yet to face the undefeated 49ers, whom they expect to challenge for the division crown, and that Week 10 matchup should be an excellent barometer.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6) — D

 

The Bucs are just really bad defensively. That’s the long and short of it. Their 252 points allowed is third worst in the league, and they’ve shown no real ability to stop anyone consistently all season. The offense can actually play, but you never know when Jameis Winston might be responsible for a backbreaking turnover, and his protection is awful as well. This means the Buccaneers play entertaining, high-scoring games, but don’t win many of them. Fun, but not functional, essentially — and Winston hasn’t answered all the questions about whether he’s good enough to be a winning quarterback for this team.

 

Tennessee Titans (4-5) — C

 

The good news? The Titans allow just 18.3 points per game. Bad news? They only score 18.7. Malcolm Butler’s season-ending injury is a blow for the defense, too, meaning the Titans may have already played their best football of the season. Marcus Mariota has been benched for Ryan Tannehill, who probably isn’t the answer. The Titans are a solid defensive team without a quarterback — in other words, decidedly average and unlikely to change much in the second half.

 

Washington Redskins (1-8) — F

 

As usual, the Redskins have fallen into their role as the NFL’s resident soap opera. They became the first team to fire their coach in 2019 when Jay Gruden was booted in early October. There has been the constant leaking of questions about Dwayne Haskins’ ability to learn a playbook. There has been the still-ongoing Trent Williams affair. And there has been unwatchable football on the field, with Washington having essentially reverted to a bland, ineffective run-first team since Gruden’s firing. The problems here, as usual, start at executive level and aren’t getting better. They’re a mess, and they look set to stay a mess for the foreseeable future.

 

 

MATCH PREVIEW | INDY ELEVEN HOSTS LOUISVILLE CITY FC IN EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL SHOWDOWN

USL Championship Playoffs  |  Eastern Conference Final
Saturday, November 9, 2019 – 3:00 P.M. ET
Michael A. Carroll Stadium  |  Indianapolis, Ind.  

2019 MEETINGS:

Indy Eleven  1 : 1  Louisville City FC | Saturday, June 29

Indy Eleven and Louisville City FC played to a stalemate in the first regular-season Louisville-Indianapolis Proximity Association Football Contest of 2019. Indy midfielder Tyler Pasher opened the scoring at Lucas Oil Stadium nine minutes in after slotting home a ball played into the box by Thomas Enevoldsen. Louisville equalized five minutes before the hour mark after an incredible free kick from midfielder Paolo DelPiccolo brought the match level. The draw pushed Indy’s home undefeated streak to 17 games of the now 25-match run in regular season play. 

STORYLINES

Saturday marks the most important edition yet of the Louisville-Indianapolis Proximity Association Football Contest series, which Indy Eleven trails by a slim 2W-3L-3D margin when factoring in USL Championship regular season, postseason and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches.

It was LCFC capturing the most pivotal LIPAFC fixture to date last year on Oct. 20, a 4-1 win at Louisville Slugger Field in the USL Championship Eastern Conference Quarterfinals that began their march to a second consecutive league title.

The Boys in Blue have clearly rebounded from last year’s postseason disappointment, posting its first ever home and away wins in USL Championship Playoffs action across the last two Saturdays. This weekend’s fixture will be the third playoff match hosted by Indy Eleven in club history, as Indiana’s Team looks to extend the home undefeated streak to 28 games in all competitions.

Indy’s structurally sound defense in the playoffs has helped the club advance to its first Eastern Conference Final. The Boys in Blue are yet to allow a goal in 180 minutes of playoff action, with goalkeeper Jordan Farr recording both clean sheets.

Indy Eleven hasn’t allowed more than one goal in a match in its last six contests spanning back to early October.

First-year Indy Eleven forward Ilija Ilic spent the 2015-18 seasons as a member of Louisville City FC, making 75 appearances and scoring 17 goals for the Kentucky team. The Serbian has scored and assisted twice each in 17 appearances for the Boys in Blue during 2019, with one assist coming in the match at Louisville Slugger Park on Aug. 30.

Louisville defender Shaun Francis made two appearances for the Indiana Invaders in 2008. The defender has made 13 starts in 15 appearances for the club, recording one assist.

 

 

OP/ED (USA TODAY)

Is suspension warranted for high school football coach who ran up the score?

Plainedge (New York) High School football coach Rob Shaver and his team picked up a big win last week against South Side High School. But according to a county rule, their 61-13 victory was a little too big.

Shaver has been suspended and will miss Saturday’s game against Lynbrook because the margin of victory against South Side exceeded the Nassau County limit of 42 points.

The rule states that the coach must explain to a committee how he made adjustments to avoid increasing the score. That committee determined Shaver should have pulled his starters entering the final quarter. Shaver later told Newsday he kept his starters in the game out of concern for a comeback. He is the first coach to be suspended for violating the rule, instituted three years ago by Nassau County Section 8.

The suspension has prompted debate about the 42-point rule, the act of running up the score and the psychological effect blowouts have on players from the losing team.

Mitch Abrams, president of Learned Excellence for Athletes and a sports psychologist, says when people hear about Shaver being suspended one game for running up the score, they “equate this to a bullying situation.”

“It’s a stronger person beating up on a weaker person, even though they were evenly matched coming in,” Abrams said. “They were both undefeated and no one foresaw this blowout.

“The provocative part is that we underestimate people’s resilience, especially athletes. Might there be people who are really demoralized or upset about this? Yeah. Do I think it’s going to be a lasting scar on their psyche? Unlikely. In fact, if anything, it’s more likely to create bulletin board material for next year. It could very well be a motivator.”

Tyler Bradstreet, director of clinical and sport psychology for Texas Tech athletics, said there is a connection between bullying and poor sportsmanship, but he would “call this a sportsmanship issue.”

“Sportsmanship is a matter of ethics, and it depends on how you define fairness, respect and a sense of fellowship with your competitors.”

Dr. Robert Zayas, executive director of the New York Public High School Athletic Association, said his state has 11 sections, and he is not aware of any section other than Nassau County that has the 42-point limitation.

“We are a membership-led organization of almost 800 schools and our membership hasn’t expressed any interest in creating any kind of rule to address that issue,” Zayas said.

Messages left by USA TODAY Sports to reach Shaver were not returned. But Plainedge superintendent Ed Saline posted a letter to the community online: “It is my opinion that Coach Shaver was ‘done wrong’ by this group of self-professed experts on sportsmanship. Who said they are experts on sportsmanship? Who appointed these people to run this kangaroo court, being the judge, jury, and executioners?”

He added: “What are you teaching children by saying play fairly, but now you are playing too well, don’t play anymore for the rest of the game. Where’s the life lessons?”

Bruce Howard, director of communication for the National Federation of State High School Associations, said he has not heard of any similar rule.

“The rule in our football rulebooks gives the state association the option of implementing a running clock once the score reached a certain point, usually in the second half,” Howard said. He said the running clock comes into play at “35, 40 or 45 points.” He added that some states have mercy rules that end games once a lead reaches a certain point.

The argument for the running clock over a mercy rule is that no one wants to discourage non-starters from playing their best if starters are pulled, and sometimes, substitutes can increase the lead.

“We are talking about high school sports here,” Abrams said. “It’s not like the BCS, where you get more points in your rankings by how bad you blew people out. I think it’s probably a little overblown about serious psychological impact it will have on people. Athletes need to be resilient. But we need to be mindful this is high school, not college, not pro … and we know high school should be more reasonable about, ‘What are the lessons we want to teach.’ ”

 

  

SPORTS EXTRA:

THIS DAY IN SPORTS

1950       After twenty-one years with the club, Luke Appling is released by the White Sox, allowing him to become the manager of the Memphis Chicks of the South Atlantic League. The 43 year-old future Hall of Fame infielder, known as ‘Old Aches and Pains’ to his teammates, compiled a lifetime batting average of .310 during his two-plus decades with Chicago.

1953       The United States Supreme Court, reaffirming its earlier position, rules, 7-2, baseball is a sport and not a business. This decision exempts baseball from anti-trust laws, which are a collection of federal and state government laws that regulates the conduct and organization of corporations, generally to promote fair competition.

1982       Brewers’ shortstop Robin Yount (.331, 29, 114) wins the American League MVP unanimously. The 26 year-old future Hall of Famer (1999) captures all 27 first place votes, easily beating runners-up Eddie Murray and Doug DeCinces.

1983       University of Alabama’s first baseman Dave Magadan wins the Golden Spike Award as the United States top amateur player. The Tampa, Florida native, who was selected by the Mets in the second round of the draft in June, hit .535 in NCAA play for the CWS runner-up Crimson Tide.

2000       Dusty Baker, after posting the best record in baseball this season, is named by the BBWAA as the National League Manager of the Year. The 51 year-old skipper, who guided the Giants to a 97-65 record, joins Tony La Russa (White Sox ’83 and A’s ’88 and ’92) as the only three-time winner of the award.

2001       After exercising Omar Daal’s $4.5 million contract option for 2002 yesterday, the Phillies trade him to the Dodgers for minor league pitchers Eric Junge and Jesus Cordero. Philadelphia acquired the right-hander along with Travis Lee, Nelson Figueroa, and Vicente Padilla in the 2000 deal which sent Curt Schilling to the Diamondbacks.

2002       Dusty Baker signs a four-year deal to pilot the Cubs, leaving the Giants after guiding the club to a pennant this season. The three-time National League Manager of the Year compiled an 840-715 record during his ten-year tenure with San Francisco.

2004       “You want the truth. You can’t handle the truth. The truth of this situation is an extremely talented bunch of guys who want to look at all directions except where they should really look and kind of make excuses for what happened. At the end of the day, boys, don’t tell me how rough the water is, you bring in the ship.” – STEVE STONE, Cubs veteran broadcaster criticizing the team for making excuses during an October interview on WGN radio. The Cubs, hoping to fill the void created by Steve Stone’s resignation, hire former Diamondback manager and current Fox television analyst Bob Brenly to broadcast games on WGN. After spending twenty years in the broadcast booth, Stone left Chicago after his on-air comments concerning the team’s swoon in the wild-card race angered manager Dusty Baker and some of the players.

2004       Roger Clemens (18-4, 218, 2.98), after coming out of retirement to pitch for his hometown team, becomes the oldest hurler to win the Cy Young Award. The 42 year-old ‘Rocket’ has received the honor a record seven times and becomes the first to win the award with four different teams: Red Sox (1986-87, 1991), Blue Jays (1997-98), Yankees (2001), and the Astros (2004).

2005       After leading a very young Braves team to the East Division title, Bobby Cox is named the National League’s Manager of the Year. The well-respected field boss becomes the first skipper, in either league, ever to win the award in consecutive years.

2005       Bud Selig, after delivering his annual address to major league general managers, tells reporters he favors revised congressional legislation that would suspend players for a half-season for using steroids. Also, the commissioner, while admitting the postseason umpiring calls need to be examined, continued to state his opposition to use instant replay for baseball.

2005       Ozzie Guillen is selected as the American League’s Manager of the Year after guiding his team to a World Championship. The White Sox skipper joins his former field boss Bobby Cox, the NL’s selection, as a recipient of the honor this season.

2008       Participants in a team-sponsored high school program aimed at helping Bronx youths pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction, along with a few players, remove rain-soaked dirt from the former Yankee Stadium and bring it across the street to the site of the team’s new $1.3 billion field. The soil is mixed with the new stadium’s dirt around home plate and pitcher’s rubber, which were also removed during the ceremony from the ‘House that Ruth Built’.

2011       In his native Venezuela, Wilson Ramos is kidnapped at gunpoint from his Santa Ines home. The 24 year-old Nationals’ catcher, after being held captive for two days, will be rescued unscathed after the exchange of heavy gunfire by the police results in the arrest of his five alleged abductors.

 

WORLD SERIES HISTORY

1920 World Series

Cleveland Indians (5) vs Brooklyn Robins (2)

As America was welcoming in a new and promising decade, baseball was longing for days gone by. The 1919 World Series had sparked a major controversy amid rumors of a gambling fix. Eight members of the participating Chicago White Sox were all charged with conspiring to throw the Fall Classic against the Cincinnati Reds. After a lengthy investigation and highly publicized trial (lasting until 1921), the Black Sox were acquitted despite their own confessions (which were recanted later). However, all of the players involved were later banned from baseball because of their undeniable link to gamblers.

Throughout the 1920 season, the league offices were constantly denying accusations from the press that professional baseball itself was in on the take and made every effort to assure the fans that the 1919 scandal was an isolated incident. In an effort to win back the fan’s approval, the commissioner decided on another best-of-nine series and went to great lengths to promote the integrity of baseball in the papers. Still, many wondered if the fan’s trust in baseball and more specifically, the World Series would ever fully recover. Only time would tell as the National League’s Brooklyn Robins (who would later become the Dodgers) returned for their second series appearance against the American’s Cleveland Indians.

In Game 1, Cleveland’s starting right-hander, Stan Coveleski, stifled Brooklyn’s line-up in a five hit, 3-1 opening winner, but the Robins answered back quickly in Game 2 with a fantastic performance by Burleigh Grimes, who tossed a seven hit, shutout that ended in a 3-0 series-tying victory.

Brooklyn maintained their momentum over the Indians in Game 3 on the arm of Series veteran Sherri Smith, who threw a 2-1, three hitter to take the early lead. Coveleski returned for Game 4 against Leon Cadore, who had gone the distance in one of the longest games in baseball history just five months earlier, a twenty-six inning 1-1 tie with Boston. Surprisingly, the Brooklyn workhorse only lasted one inning (in his only Series start) which ended in a 5-1 Cleveland decision.

With the Series tied at two games apiece, Brooklyn’s Burleigh Grimes, returned to rematch Cleveland’s Jim Bagby. This time, the Indians line-up came out swinging and promptly loaded the bases in the bottom of the first. Elmer Smith, a twenty-eight year-old outfielder, stepped up to the plate and into the record books by smashing the first grandslam in World Series history. The historic blast scored Charlie Jamieson, Bill Wambsganss, Tris Speaker (as well as Smith) sending the home team crowd into a deafening frenzy that set the tone for the rest of the game. The score remained 4-0 until the fourth when Bagby homered off of his rival with two men on base. Now with a 7-0 lead, the Indians looked to have the advantage, although their pitcher had already given up Series high eight hits in 4+ innings. Brooklyn had yet to score, but was headed in the right direction with Pete Kilduff and Otto Miller on base and in scoring position. Relief pitcher Clarence Mitchell, who had entered the game in the fourth, was Brooklyn’s next batter. The versatile Robin, who was used as a pinch-hitter, outfielder and utility infielder hit a sharp line drive to second baseman Bill Wambsganss who caught the ball, stepped on the bag and tagged out a returning Miller to complete the first triple play (completely unassisted) in World Series history. After managing to score a run in the ninth, Brooklyn fell to the Indians in an 8-1 loss.

Cleveland remained in control and went on to shutout the Robins in both Games 6 and 7. Brooklyn’s recently acquired Waiter Mails threw a superb three hit, 1-0 winner and Coveleski returned for his third five hitter of the Series in a 3-0 masterpiece. Amazingly, the Indian’s pitching staff had held the Robins to just two runs in the final forty-three innings of the Series on their way to their first World Championship.

The victory was bittersweet though as the team was still recovering from the loss of one of it’s own. Ray Chapman, a twenty-nine year-old shortstop known for excellent defense and leadership, died after being struck by a pitch on August 16 in New York. His teammates had persevered, gone the distance and went on to dedicate their win in his memory. For the second consecutive season, a “first-timer” had won the championship, but this time… it was legit.

The 1920 season will also be remembered as the year that witnessed the birth of one of sports greatest dynasties and the death of another. The New York Yankees, previously known as the laughable Highlanders, purchased an outfielder/pitcher named George Herman Ruth from the financially strapped Boston Red Sox. Ruth, who had hammered twenty-nine home runs (a Major League record for Boston in 1919), brought the game into a new era in 1920 by knocking out fifty-four. He also set attendance records at the Polo Grounds as he and the Yankees, playing their home games in the Giants’ park, outdrew John McGraw’s team by more than 350,000.

 

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BEST GAMES

SMU 20, TCU 14

Nov. 30, 1935; Fort Worth, Texas

The Southwest Conference played football for another 60 years, but it may have reached its peak in the 1935 showdown between 10-0 SMU and 10-0 TCU, which had the legendary Sammy Baugh. The fireworks-filled game featured 677 total yards, a huge number for the time. Touchdowns by Bob Finley and Bobby Wilson allowed SMU to take a 14-0 lead in the second quarter, but a Jimmy Lawrence TD closed the gap to 14-7 at halftime. The score held into the fourth quarter, when Baugh found Lawrence for the tying TD. It led to a stunning play for the SMU win.

On fourth down at the 37-yard line, Finley dropped back to pass instead of punting and launched a risky deep ball that he perfectly dropped over two defenders and into the hands of Wilson, who hauled in a brilliant catch and scored. SMU held Baugh — who attempted 44 passes, according to the AP — and the Horned Frogs on their final few possessions and secured the Southwest championship. SMU went on to the Rose Bowl, where it lost to Stanford, 7-0, while TCU beat LSU in the Sugar Bowl, 3-2.

 

 

SUPER BOWL HISTORY-20

MY SUPER BOWL: MIKE DITKA

Hall of Fame tight end Mike Ditka coached the Bears from 1982-92, leading Chicago to a 46-10 win over New England in Super Bowl XX.

I just think the Bears, going back to the days I played, they stood for something. They stood for something before I got there. It was a toughness. They stood for what this city stands for. A toughness. The City of Broad Shoulders … It’s a work ethic. It’s get down and take your lunch bucket to work. Put in eight hours. Come home.

If you’re asking me, there’s no genius to coaching. Coaching’s not about plays. It’s about people. It’s about dealing with people, relating to people. Getting people, putting them in the best position you can to use the talents they have. That’s all.

People forget that I played the game for a long time and I understood the game pretty well. No one had more fun than I did, on and off the field. And I don’t make any bones about it. I don’t apologize for it because I know one thing: when it came time to play, nobody played harder than I did. I was prepared to play. But I was also prepared to have fun.

(Beating the Cowboys 44-0 during regular season) Well, I don’t know exactly what I was thinking. I think I was thinking I was proud as much as anything because I knew at that point (Coach Tom Landry) was proud of the success … That’s the kind of guy he was … I never felt worse in my life after a game. When he came up and he put his arm around me, and he said, ‘You guys are good,’ I said ‘Coach, I’m sorry.’ He said, ‘You guys are good.’ That’s all he said. And we were.

(Losing to the Dolphins in the regular season) Actually, we thought we were gonna beat them. I thought we were gonna beat them. I didn’t think there was any problem. I really didn’t. The way our defense was playing and what we were doing on offense. I thought we were going to beat them. They were good. Anytime you got Dan Marino, you’re good … We went in and we didn’t play good. We got out-coached, period. People argue. We got out-coached. And I take the responsibility off the players for that. We got out-coached. And when you don’t make adjustments to what the other team’s doing, whether it be on offense or defense, then you’re a fool. And we were fools that night.

(on the defense in postseason) That group of guys together, that coaching staff, they’ll go down as … They can rival anybody in history in the sense that the final … how many points did you give up? That’s the criteria of a great defense. The amount (of points you give up) … They gave zero to the Giants, who are a great team. To the Rams, who are a great team. To the Patriots (in the Super Bowl), they gave up 10 … That’s pretty good.

That’s the only place for the Super Bowl. New Orleans. You gotta say it, right? New Orleans.

(Jim McMahon) mooned a helicopter. You know, only Jim could do it. Only Jim could get away with it. I guess a lot of people today would say, ‘Geez, how’d you let him do it?’ Well, I didn’t really know he was doing it. But he did it. What was I going say? Bad boy. Cut it out. I can’t …

I was more engrossed in that football game than I’d ever been. I thought that was one of the best offensive game plans we had … Let me tell you something: 46-10, that’s no indication of the talent. The difference of talent on those two teams? Nothing. It just got away. It got away like a big train running loose …

The Patriots were a solid football team. The problem was they were no match for our defense. No match. Now their defense for our offense, that was a pretty good matchup. But I mean (our defense) killed that poor QB. Those guys, they did look like a bunch of mad dogs in that game.

I’ve always said that was the greatest group of characters that had character, they had a lot of character, that I’ve ever been around. We had a lot of fun … It was fun. I mean, again, I just, I know that when you win, it means a lot to wear a Super Bowl ring and say you’re the world champion. But, god, those guys had a lot of fun doing it.

STORY OF THE GAME

The NFC champion Chicago Bears, seeking their first NFL title since 1963, scored a Super Bowl-record 46 points in downing AFC champion New England 46-10 in Super Bowl XX. The previous record for most points in a Super Bowl was 38, shared by San Francisco in XIX and the Los Angeles Raiders in XVIII.

The Bears’ league-leading defense tied the Super Bowl record for sacks (7) and limited the Patriots to a record-low 7 rushing yards. New England took the quickest lead in Super Bowl history when Tony Franklin kicked a 36-yard field goal with 1:19 elapsed in the first period. The score came about because of Larry McGrew’s fumble recovery at the Chicago 19-yard line.

However, the Bears rebounded for a 23-3 first-half lead, while building a yardage advantage of 236 total yards to New England’s minus 19. Running back Matt Suhey rushed 8 times for 37 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown run, and caught 1 pass for 24 yards in the first half. After the Patriots’ first drive of the second half ended with a punt to the Bears’ 4-yard line, Chicago marched 96 yards in 9 plays with quarterback Jim McMahon’s 1-yard scoring run capping the drive. McMahon became the first quarterback in Super Bowl history to rush for a pair of touchdowns.

The Bears completed their scoring via a 28-yard interception return by reserve cornerback Reggie Phillips, a 1-yard run by defensive tackle/fullback William Perry, and a safety when defensive end Henry Waechter tackled Patriots quarterback Steve Grogan in the end zone.

Bears defensive end Richard Dent became the fourth defender to be named the game’s most valuable player after contributing 11⁄2 sacks. The Bears’ victory margin of 36 points was the largest in Super Bowl history, bettering the previous mark of 29 by the Los Angeles Raiders when they topped Washington 38-9 in Game XVIII.

McMahon completed 12 of 20 passes for 256 yards before leaving the game in the fourth period with a wrist injury. The NFL’s all-time leading rusher, Bears running back Walter Payton, carried 22 times for 61 yards. Wide receiver Willie Gault caught 4 passes for 129 yards. Chicago coach Mike Ditka became the second man (Tom Flores of the Raiders was the other) to play for a Super Bowl winner and coach a team to a victory in the game.

 

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1912

WEST POINT, N.Y.-Jim Thorpe and his redoubtable band of Carlisle Indian gridiron stars invaded the plains this afternoon to match their prowess against the moleskin gladiators of Uncle Sam’s Military Academy, and when the two teams crossed the parade ground in the semi-darkness of late afternoon the Cadets had been shown up as no other West Point team has been in many years. They were buried under the overwhelming score of 27 to 6, figures that no other team has been able to reach against the Cadets since West Point loomed up among the big football teams, and to make the defeat all the more humiliating every Cadet knew deep in his heart that this big score still did not show the relative strength of the two teams, based on today’s performances.
It was a game such as the old reservation has seldom, if ever, staged. In a way, it carried a distinct shock to the 3,000 spectators who had firmly believed that the big Army team had passed the stage where such a thing might happen. But the unexpected did happen, with an exhibition of football by the wards of the Nation that distinctly places the Carlisle team among the great elevens of the year. The Indians simply outclassed the Cadets as they might be expected to outclass a prep school. They played football that won by its steadiness rather than novel formations. Speed and accuracy marked every move of the redskins, and they showed that football can still be spectacular while the so-called old style methods are employed most of the time.
Standing out resplendent in a galaxy of Indian stars was Jim Thorpe, recently crowned the athletic marvel of the age. The big Indian captain added more lustre to his already brilliant record, and at times the game itself was almost forgotten while the spectators gazed on Thorpe, the individual, to wonder at his prowess. To recount his notable performances in the complete overthrow of the Cadets would leave little space for other notable points of the conflict. He simply ran wild, while the Cadets tried in vain to stop his progress. It was like trying to clutch a shadow. He did not make any of the four touchdowns credited to his team, simply because the brilliant Arcasa, Thorpe’s backfield mate, was chosen to carry the ball on three of the four occasions when a plunge meant a score, and Bergie the other time.
Thorpe went through the West Point line as if it was an open door; his defensive play was on a par with his attack and his every move was that of a past master. Thorpe tore off runs of ten yards or more so often that they became common. His zigzagging and ability to hurl himself free of tacklers made his running highly spectacular. In the third period he made a run which, while it failed to bring about anything in points, because of a penalty, will go down in the Army gridiron annals as one of the greatest ever seen on the plains.
After Army punted from behind its own goal line, the ball went directly to Thorpe on West Point’s 45-yard line. It was a high kick, and the Cadets were already gathering around the big Indian when he clutched the falling pigskin in his arms. His catch and his start were but one motion. In and out, zigzagging first to one side and then to the other, while a flying Cadet went hurling through space, Thorpe wormed his way through the entire Army team. Every Cadet in the game had his chance, and every one of them failed. It was not the usual spectacle of the man with the ball outdistancing his opponents by circling them. It was a dodging game in which Thorpe matched himself against an entire team and proved the master.
Jim Thorpe, who four months before won Olympic gold medals in the pentathlon and the decathlon at the Stockholm Games (see July 7), finished the season with 25 touchdowns and 198 points-unthinkable totals for the day. In this game the promising career of an Army halfback ended with a broken knee. His name was Dwight D. Eisenhower, later general of the Army in World War II and 34th president of the United States.

 

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
8 1 0 .889 0.0 270 98 4-0-0 4-1-0 6-1-0 4-0-0 1 L
6 2 0 .750 1.5 158 131 3-2-0 3-0-0 4-1-0 2-1-0 1 W
1 7 0 .125 6.5 103 256 1-4-0 0-3-0 1-5-0 1-2-0 1 W
1 7 0 .125 6.5 96 211 1-3-0 0-4-0 0-6-0 0-4-0 3 L
West Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
6 3 0 .667 0.0 252 204 2-3-0 4-0-0 4-2-0 2-0-0 1 W
5 4 0 .556 1.0 208 240 4-1-0 1-3-0 3-2-0 2-1-0 2 W
4 6 0 .400 2.5 207 194 2-3-0 2-3-0 2-5-0 0-2-0 1 L
3 6 0 .333 3.0 149 170 2-3-0 1-3-0 3-4-0 1-2-0 1 W
North Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
6 2 0 .750 0.0 251 176 3-1-0 3-1-0 4-2-0 2-1-0 4 W
4 4 0 .500 2.0 176 169 3-2-0 1-2-0 4-2-0 1-1-0 3 W
2 6 0 .250 4.0 152 205 0-3-0 2-3-0 2-3-0 1-0-0 4 L
0 8 0 .000 6.0 124 210 0-3-0 0-5-0 0-4-0 0-2-0 8 L
South Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
6 3 0 .667 0.0 238 191 3-1-0 3-2-0 5-1-0 2-1-0 2 W
5 3 0 .625 0.5 182 177 3-1-0 2-2-0 4-3-0 2-0-0 1 L
4 5 0 .444 2.0 176 189 2-3-0 2-2-0 4-3-0 1-2-0 1 L
4 5 0 .444 2.0 168 165 2-2-0 2-3-0 2-4-0 0-2-0 1 L
National Football Conference
East Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
5 3 0 .625 0.0 227 142 3-1-0 2-2-0 4-2-0 4-0-0 2 W
5 4 0 .556 0.5 224 213 3-1-0 2-3-0 3-4-0 1-1-0 2 W
2 7 0 .222 3.5 176 255 1-4-0 1-3-0 2-5-0 1-2-0 5 L
1 8 0 .111 4.5 108 219 0-4-0 1-4-0 0-6-0 0-3-0 3 L
West Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
8 0 0 1.000 0.0 235 102 3-0-0 5-0-0 5-0-0 2-0-0 8 W
7 2 0 .778 1.5 248 230 3-2-0 4-0-0 4-1-0 2-0-0 2 W
5 3 0 .625 3.0 214 174 2-2-0 3-1-0 3-3-0 0-2-0 2 W
3 5 1 .389 5.0 195 251 1-3-1 2-2-0 2-4-1 0-2-0 2 L
North Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
7 2 0 .778 0.0 226 189 4-1-0 3-1-0 4-1-0 3-0-0 1 L
6 3 0 .667 1.0 234 158 4-0-0 2-3-0 5-2-0 1-2-0 1 L
3 4 1 .438 3.0 204 217 2-2-0 1-2-1 2-2-1 0-2-0 1 L
3 5 0 .375 3.5 142 144 1-3-0 2-2-0 2-3-0 1-1-0 4 L
South Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
7 1 0 .875 0.0 195 156 4-0-0 3-1-0 5-1-0 1-0-0 6 W
5 3 0 .625 2.0 209 204 2-2-0 3-1-0 2-3-0 1-1-0 1 W
2 6 0 .250 5.0 230 252 0-3-0 2-3-0 2-5-0 1-2-0 4 L
1 7 0 .125 6.0 165 250 1-3-0 0-4-0 1-4-0 0-0-0 6 L

 

 

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
W L Pct GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Boston 6 1 .857 3-0 3-1 3-1 6-1 6-1 6 W
Toronto 6 2 .750 0.5 4-0 2-2 0-1 3-2 6-2 2 W
Philadelphia 5 3 .625 1.5 2-0 3-3 1-0 3-0 5-3 3 L
Brooklyn 4 4 .500 2.5 3-2 1-2 1-0 1-2 4-4 2 W
New York 2 7 .222 5.0 1-2 1-5 0-3 1-5 2-7 1 W
Central Divison
W L Pct GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Milwaukee 6 3 .667 2-1 4-2 1-0 3-2 6-3 1 L
Indiana 5 4 .556 1.0 4-1 1-3 3-3 5-4 5-4 2 W
Detroit 4 6 .400 2.5 3-2 1-4 2-2 4-6 4-6 1 L
Cleveland 3 5 .375 2.5 2-2 1-3 2-2 3-4 3-5 1 W
Chicago 3 6 .333 3.0 1-2 2-4 1-2 2-5 3-6 1 W
Southeast Division
W L Pct GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Miami 6 3 .667 3-0 3-3 2-0 3-0 6-3 1 L
Charlotte 4 4 .500 1.5 2-2 2-2 2-1 4-4 1 L
Atlanta 3 5 .375 2.5 2-4 1-1 1-2 2-4 3-5 2 L
Orlando 3 6 .333 3.0 3-2 0-4 0-1 2-3 3-6 1 W
Washington 2 6 .250 3.5 1-3 1-3 1-2 2-6 2 L
Western Conference
Northwest Division
W L Pct GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Denver 6 2 .750 3-1 3-1 1-0 3-2 6-2 3 W
Utah 6 3 .667 0.5 5-0 1-3 1-0 4-3 6-3 2 W
Minnesota 5 3 .625 1.0 2-1 3-2 1-1 5-3 1 W
Oklahoma City 3 5 .375 3.0 3-2 0-3 0-2 2-4 3-5 1 L
Portland 3 6 .333 3.5 0-3 3-3 1-1 3-4 3-6 4 L
Pacific Division
W L Pct GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
LA Lakers 7 1 .875 4-0 3-1 0-1 4-1 7-1 7 W
LA Clippers 6 3 .667 1.5 5-1 1-2 2-1 5-2 6-3 1 W
Phoenix 5 3 .625 2.0 3-2 2-1 3-0 4-2 5-3 1 L
Sacramento 3 6 .333 4.5 1-3 2-3 0-1 1-4 3-6 1 W
Golden State 2 7 .222 5.5 1-4 1-3 0-2 2-6 2-7 2 L
Southwest Division
W L Pct GB Home Road Div Conf Last 10 Streak
Houston 5 3 .625 3-1 2-2 2-0 4-0 5-3 2 W
Dallas 5 3 .625 2-3 3-0 1-0 2-2 5-3 1 L
San Antonio 5 3 .625 4-1 1-2 3-2 5-3 1 W
Memphis 2 6 .250 3.0 2-3 0-3 0-1 1-3 2-6 1 L
New Orleans 1 7 .125 4.0 1-3 0-4 0-2 1-4 1-7 3 L

 

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Washington Capitals 17 12 2 3 27 11 69 53 4-1-2 8-1-1 9-0-1
Boston Bruins 16 11 3 2 24 11 58 40 7-0-1 4-3-1 6-2-2
New York Islanders 15 11 3 1 23 10 47 34 7-2-1 4-1-0 9-0-1
Toronto Maple Leafs 17 9 5 3 21 8 58 54 6-2-3 3-3-0 5-3-2
Buffalo Sabres 16 9 5 2 20 8 47 43 5-2-1 4-3-1 4-5-1
Pittsburgh Penguins 16 9 6 1 19 9 55 42 5-3-1 4-3-0 5-4-1
Florida Panthers 15 7 3 5 19 6 55 56 3-1-2 4-2-3 6-1-3
Carolina Hurricanes 16 9 6 1 19 8 52 46 6-3-0 3-3-1 4-5-1

Montreal Canadiens 16 8 5 3 19 7 58 52 4-3-0 4-2-3 6-3-1
10 Philadelphia Flyers 15 8 5 2 18 7 50 48 6-1-1 2-4-1 6-3-1
11 Tampa Bay Lightning 14 7 5 2 16 6 47 49 2-1-1 5-4-1 5-4-1
12 New York Rangers 14 7 6 1 15 7 46 45 4-4-1 3-2-0 5-4-1
13 Columbus Blue Jackets 16 6 7 3 15 6 38 54 3-5-1 3-2-2 3-4-3
14 New Jersey Devils 15 4 7 4 12 3 40 60 2-2-4 2-5-0 4-4-2
15 Ottawa Senators 15 5 9 1 11 5 41 50 4-4-0 1-5-1 4-5-1
16 Detroit Red Wings 18 5 12 1 11 5 39 70 3-5-1 2-7-0 2-7-1
Western Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
St. Louis Blues 17 11 3 3 25 11 54 49 5-1-2 6-2-1 8-2-0
Edmonton Oilers 18 11 5 2 24 10 52 46 6-2-1 5-3-1 4-4-2
Calgary Flames 19 10 7 2 22 8 57 55 6-1-1 4-6-1 6-3-1
Vancouver Canucks 17 9 5 3 21 7 57 45 4-0-2 5-5-1 5-2-3
Nashville Predators 16 9 5 2 20 9 64 52 6-2-2 3-3-0 5-3-2
Colorado Avalanche 16 9 5 2 20 9 58 47 5-2-1 4-3-1 4-5-1
Vegas Golden Knights 17 9 5 3 21 7 52 48 4-3-2 5-2-1 5-2-3
Arizona Coyotes 16 9 5 2 20 8 46 37 4-3-0 5-2-2 6-3-1

Anaheim Ducks 17 9 7 1 19 9 45 43 6-2-1 3-5-0 4-5-1
10 Winnipeg Jets 17 9 7 1 19 7 48 52 4-4-1 5-3-0 5-4-1
11 Dallas Stars 17 8 8 1 17 8 41 42 5-3-1 3-5-0 7-3-0
12 Chicago Blackhawks 15 5 7 3 13 5 38 46 4-3-2 1-4-1 3-5-2
13 San Jose Sharks 17 6 10 1 13 6 46 63 4-4-0 2-6-1 3-6-1
14 Minnesota Wild 16 5 10 1 11 5 42 57 3-1-1 2-9-0 4-5-1
15 Los Angeles Kings 16 5 10 1 11 5 41 63 3-4-0 2-6-1 3-6-1