BOYS HS BASKETBALL
Connersville 63 Seton Catholic 46
Greensburg 73 Portage 63
Zionsville 63 Bloomington South 62 OT
Indianapolis Cathedral 78 Richmond 52
Connersville 63 Seton Catholic 46
Greensburg 73 Portage 63
Franklin 57 South Bend Adams 29
Indianapolis HomeSchool 78 Northwest Home 65
Bloomington South 64 Richmond 58 (Richmond’s Lucas Kroft named to All-Tourney team)
Indianapolis Cathedral 80 Zionsville 78 2OT (Armaan Franklin scores 28, named tourney MVP)
Fishers 65 Kokomo 57
Kokomo 48 Lebanon 36
Muncie Central 65 Jay County 53
Plainfield 70 McCutcheon 45
Kokomo 48 Lebanon 36
GIRLS HS BASKETBALL
Jennings County 56 Richmond 55
Union City 60 Blue River 58 OT
Northeastern 60 Liberty Christian 29
Union City 63 Morristown 51
Orleans 39 Hagerstown 38
Scottsburg 79 Connersville 52
HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING
1 Roncalli 329
2 New Palestine 162.5
3 Greenfield Central 160.5
4 Shenandoah 154
5 East Noble 142
6 Fishers 134.5
7 Southern Wells 128
8 Charlestown 120
9 Triton Central 117
10 Franklin County 116.5
11 Lapel 109.5
12 Knightstown 108.5
13 Valparaiso 107.5
14 Mississinewa 97
15 Connersville 94
16 Shelbyville 87.5
17 Eastern 81
18 Richmond 80.5
18 Hagerstown 80.5
20 Daleville 75
21 Benton Central 70
21 Lebanon 70
23 Northeastern 68
24 Rushville 65
25 Danville 64.5
26 Columbus North 60
27 Columbus North 60
28 Beech Grove 51
29 Union County 41
30 Chatard 38
31 Western Boone 33
32 Greensburg 20
#10 Florida 41 #7 Michigan 15
Virginia 28 South Carolina 0
Nevada 16 Arkansas State 13 OT
#2 Clemson 30 #3 Notre Dame 3
#1 Alabama 45 #4 Oklahoma 34
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#3 Tennessee 96 Tennessee Tech 53
#5 Kansas 87 Eastern Michigan 63
#6 Nevada 86 Utah 71
#8 Michigan State 88 Northern Illinois 60
#12 Auburn 95 N. Florida 49
#13 Ohio State 82 High Point 64
#14 North Carolina 82 Davidson 60
Western Kentucky 83 #15 Wisconsin 76
#16 Kentucky 71 Louisville 58
Princeton 67 #17 Arizona State 66
#19 Mississippi State 103 BYU 81
#21 Buffalo 87 Canisius 72
#22 Houston 80 New Jersey Institute/Technology 59
Purdue 73 Belmont 62
Purdue Fort Wayne 84 North Dakota 73
Ball State 116 Delaware State 57
Xavier 74 DePaul 65
Valparaiso 97 Purdue Northwestern 61
Dayton 94 Georgia Southern 90
Florida 77 Butler 43
Penn State 74 Maryland Baltimore County 52
Nebraska 79 Southwest New Mexico State 38
Rutgers 70 Maine 55
Florida Atlantic 73 Illinois 71 OT
Marilyn 78 Radford 64
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#6 Stanford 69 Cal State Northridge 43
#11 Oregon State 92 Bakersfield 52
#13 Texas 104 Northwestern State 66
#18 Kentucky 71 Sacred Heart 43
Creighton 85 #19 DePaul 82
#20 Gonzaga 78 Loyola Marymount 53
#22 Marquette 85 Providence 46
#23 Texas A&M Texas Pan-American 61
St. Francis IL 63 IU East 62 OT
Georgetown 68 Xavier 61
Milwaukee 129 Brooklyn 115
Houston 108 New Orleans 104
Washington 130 Charlotte 126
Atlanta 111 Cleveland 108
Utah 129 New York 97
Boston 112 Memphis 103
Denver 122 Phoenix 118
Golden State 115 Portland 105
San Antonio 122 LA Clippers 111
New Jersey 2 Carolina 0
Minnesota 3 Winnipeg 1
Vegas 4 Los Angeles 1
San Jose 7 Edmonton 4
Boston 3 Buffalo 2
NY Islanders 4 Toronto 0
Washington 3 Ottawa 2
Tampa Bay 6 Montréal 5
Florida 2 Philadelphia 1
Pittsburgh 6 St. Louis 1
NY Rangers 4 Nashville 3
Dallas 5 Detroit 1
Chicago 3 Colorado 2
Arizona 5 Anaheim 4
Vancouver 3 Calgary 2
Lawrence lights up Notre Dame, No. 2 Clemson cruises 30-3
When Clemson’s Dabo Swinney entrusted a team with championship aspirations to freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence in September, this is what the Tigers’ coach had in mind.
Lawrence threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns and No. 2 Clemson beat No. 3 Notre Dame 30-3 on Saturday in the Cotton Bowl to reach the College Football Playoff title game. The Tigers (14-0) will play either No. 1 Alabama – for a fourth straight season in the playoff – or No. 4 Oklahoma on Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, California.
“This is what we came here to do,” Swinney said. “This senior group just won their 54th game and they’re going back to their third national championship in four years.”
Clemson’s overpowering and experienced defensive line, led by ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant, smothered Ian Book and the Fighting Irish (12-1), holding them to 248 yards. “Our guys, they got it done in the trenches,” Swinney said.
On offense, freshmen led the way. Lawrence, making his 10th career start, was 27 for 39 and did not throw an interception against a Notre Dame defense that had been one of the best on the country. Freshman receiver Justyn Ross had six catches for 148 yards and two long touchdowns.
The Irish hung around for a quarter, with the team’s exchanging field goals. But early in the second quarter, Notre Dame All-America cornerback Julian Love went out with what coach Brian Kelly said after the game was a head injury and Lawrence started taking apart the Irish secondary.
Lawrence hooked up with Ross on a deep throw down the sideline and the big receiver beat Love’s backup, Donte Vaughn, for a tackle-breaking, 52-yard score early in the second quarter. The Irish looked as if they might be able to keep it close to halftime, but the offense couldn’t keep that ferocious Clemson front, even without suspended star tackle Dexter Lawrence, out of the backfield.
In the final 2 minutes, Trevor Lawrence connected with Ross on a 42-yard score and with Tee Higgins for a one-handed, 19-yard touchdown reception – again over Vaughn – with 2 seconds left in the second quarter. Lawrence was 13 for 15 for 229 yards in the quarter.
That made it 23-3 at half and once again the Fighting Irish looked outclassed against the best of the best. Not so different from the 42-14 loss to Alabama in the 2012 BCS championship game or the 44-28 loss to Ohio State in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl. In fact, Notre Dame is 0-8 in BCS and New Year’s Six games since winning the Cotton Bowl in 1993.
Though to be fair, Clemson has been doing this to everyone since Lawrence settled in. The Tigers haven’t had an opponent stay within 20 points since a close call against Syracuse on Sept. 29.
That was Lawrence’s first game as a starter, one he didn’t finish because of a head injury, and Clemson’s first after quarterback Kelly Bryant left the team.
Bryant, a senior, led the Tigers to the playoff last season and a semifinal loss to Alabama. He was pivotal in an early victory this season at Texas A&M. But Lawrence is a rare talent, a potential first overall NFL draft pick. When Lawrence took over, the ceiling on Clemson’s potential rose. Now it is being realized.
With a powerful arm, quick release, poise in the pocket and signature flowing blond hair, Lawrence is positioned to become one of college football’s biggest stars. It will help to have receivers such as Ross, Higgins and Amari Rogers, all underclassmen. And a runner like sophomore Travis Etienne, who broke a 62-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
But Lawrence is the leader. In his 11th start, he will try to become the first true freshman quarterback to lead his team to a national championship since Oklahoma’s Jamelle Holieway in 1985.
No. 1 Alabama beats No. 4 Oklahoma 45-34 to reach title game
This season’s Alabama juggernaut has yet to be stopped, and Oklahoma’s shaky defense sure wasn’t going to get in the way.
Maybe Clemson can.
Tua Tagovailoa threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns and No. 1-ranked Alabama beat No. 4 Oklahoma 45-34 on Saturday night in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl .
The high-scoring Sooners reached the semifinal despite a porous defense that was no match for Alabama’s diverse attack, and the defending champion Crimson Tide led 28-0 after only 17 minutes.
Alabama (14-0) advanced to the national championship game for the fourth consecutive season and will play Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, California against familiar foe Clemson, which beat Notre Dame 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl. The Tigers, ranked No. 2, and Alabama will face off in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row, and have split two title games.
“They’ve got a great program and a great team,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “I’m sure it’ll be a great challenge for us, and I’m sure we’ll need to play better than we did today.”
Saban spiked his headset during one of his several sideline tirades. He lobbed oranges during the postgame celebration.
“It was more fun throwing the oranges,” he said.
Tagovailoa’s performance argued for a Florida recount in the Heisman Trophy vote. He finished as the runner-up to Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray but won sweet consolation by completing 24 of 27 passes, with scores to four receivers.
“It’s always good to see your hard work pay off,” said Tagovailoa, who played on a sore left ankle. His completion percentage was an Orange Bowl record.
While Tagovailoa connected on his first nine passes for 184 yards, Murray was sacked twice before he threw a pass, and his first completion came with his team already down 21-0.
Peach Bowl: Gators rout Michigan 41-15 to cap comeback year
Florida capped its big comeback season – and left Michigan reeling again.
Lamical Perine had a 5-yard scoring catch and 53-yard touchdown run to lead No. 10 Florida’s strong rushing attack Saturday, helping the Gators affirm their return to relevance with a 41-15 rout of No. 8 Michigan in the Peach Bowl.
After finishing 4-7 in 2017, Florida enjoyed a dramatic turnaround in Dan Mullen’s first season as coach.
The victory put Florida (10-3) in position to enter next season as a Top 10 team.
“In year one, to come here and to know where we were this time a year ago to where we are today, it’s special to me,” Mullen said. “… To finish as a 10-win season, one of the Top 10 teams in the country, that’s pretty special.”
Florida (10-3) closed the season with four straight wins.
“I don’t know many teams that’d be lining up to play us right now,” Mullen said.
Michigan (10-3) closed a promising season with two straight lopsided losses.
Feleipe Franks ran and passed for touchdowns to lead Florida’s offense.
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson led Florida’s defense with two interceptions, including one returned 30 yards for a touchdown with less than five minutes remaining. Gardner-Johnson’s first interception early in the second half, when Florida led only 13-10, set the tone for the Gators.
“We showed a lot of heart and a lot of fight and treated it like a regular week,” Gardner-Johnson said. “I don’t know how they prepared. But I don’t think they prepared too well.”
The Wolverines faced the unenviable task of having four top starters, including top rusher Karan Higdon and leading tackler Devin Bush, skip the game to focus on the NFL draft.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said he thought his Michigan players recovered from allowing 567 yards in a 62-39 loss to Ohio State to close the regular season, ending the Wolverines’ hopes for a spot in the College Football Playoff.
“I thought they were ready. … I thought they were emotionally ready, yeah,” Harbaugh said, adding he still considered the season to have been “very good.”
“It would have been a great season had we won this game,” he said. “Didn’t get that done.”
Harbaugh said he does not plan staff changes.
Florida compiled 427 total yards, including 257 on the ground.
Perkins, Zaccheaus lead Virginia over South Carolina 28-0
Shortly after winning the Belk Bowl and earning Virginia its first bowl victory since 2005, quarterback Bryce Perkins raised the bar.
“This is the first step toward making big strides,” Perkins said. “Next year we want the Coastal Division – and the ACC championship.”
That would mean knocking off perennial ACC power Clemson, which has won four straight conference titles.
For now though, the Cavaliers (8-5) will have to settle for savoring a 28-0 victory over South Carolina in the Belk Bowl, a win that snapped the longest bowl drought in the ACC.
Perkins threw three touchdown passes to Olamide Zaccheaus, the game’s Most Outstanding Player, and Virginia’s 14th-ranked pass defense dominated a South Carolina team that had averaged more than 38 points over its previous five games.
Perkins completed 22 of 31 passes for 208 yards and ran for 81 yards. Zaccheaus had 12 catches for 100 yards and Jordan Ellis ran for 106 yards and a touchdown as Virginia held more than a 24-minute edge in time of possession.
Perkins said he felt chemistry with Zaccheaus the first day he transferred in last year from Arizona Western Community College – and his favorite target agreed.
“The biggest thing with me and Bryce is we get along so well off the field – and that just carries over,” Zaccheaus said. “Even when I might not make a play or he might not make a play, it’s like, `Who wants it on the next play?’ We’re the same that way.”
Virginia’s defense was relentless.
Purdue downs Belmont
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – What at one time looked like a laugher turned interesting for Purdue. But style points don’t matter, as Purdue’s 73-62 win vs. Belmont was a thing of beauty for a Boilermaker squad that was looking for more mojo as it heads into Big Ten play.
The Boilers (8-5) looked like they were gonna cruise by a sneaky-good Belmont squad today in Mackey, leading by 23 points (55-32) with 10:30 left in the game. But that’s when the Bruins made a run … a big run … to cut Purdue’s lead to seven points (61-54) with 5:23 left in the game.
But credit some clutch free throw shooting from an unlikely source down the stretch to give the Boilers a cushion to victory. Nojel Eastern drained six freebies in a row in crunch time to keep Belmont at bay and help Purdue avoid an embarrassing meltdown loss. He had hit just 3-of-12 free throws this year (.250) but connected on 6-of-7 today.
Purdue’s free throw shooting loomed big all game, as the Boilers hit 18-of-24 (75 percent). Belmont also connected on 75 percent of its freebies but only shot four free throws all game.
Carsen Edwards was his usual excellent self, scoring a game-high 24 points. Edwards has been the team’s bellwether all season, averaging a Big Ten-high 26.0 points when the day dawned. That ranks No. 3 in the nation.
Matt Haarms chipped in with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in one of his best efforts of the season. He helped the Purdue bench total 35 points today. Huge.
Belmont arrived in West Lafayette playing well, sporting a 9-1 record and coming off victories vs. UCLA and Western Kentucky.
Purdue was coming off an impressive 95-67 home win vs. Ohio. The 95 points were a season high, as the Boilers found their touch from long range by hitting 14 3-pointers. To back up that win with this effort vs. Belmont is a boon for Purdue, a program which has won 19 non-con home games in a row.
This game puts a bow on the Boilermakers’ non-conference schedule. Purdue made some strides and learned some things while playing outside of the league, but it let myriad opportunities to notch a marquee win slip away.
Purdue will open Big Ten play at home on January 3 vs. Iowa Then, the Boilers play the next two on the road at Michigan State and at Wisconsin.
Purdue closed out its non-conference slate with a 73-62 win over Belmont in front of a sold-out crowd of 14,804 at Mackey Arena. Purdue enters the teeth of Big Ten play with an 8-5 overall record.
Purdue finished non-conference play with three top-100 KenPom wins, one fewer than last year’s total of four.
Purdue made a season-low seven 3-pointers (tied with Ball State).
Purdue held Belmont almost 30 points below its season average in scoring with 62 points … it entered the game by averaging 89.5 points per game.
Purdue’s bench scored 35 points, the second-highest total of the season (Robert Morris – 37).
Purdue improved to 12-2 under Matt Painter in the first game back after the Holiday break.
Belmont set a school record for most 3-point attempts by an opponent (38).
Purdue won its 19th straight non-conference home game, the fourth-longest streak in Mackey Arena history … it marks the 28th time (in 51 seasons) that Purdue has gone unbeaten in non-conference play at home and the ninth time in 15 seasons under Matt Painter.
Purdue has won 12 straight games when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent.
Purdue closes the 2018 calendar year with a 25-10 record.
Carsen Edwards scored 24 points, his fifth straight game of at least 20 points and 11th 20-point game of the season … Edwards has scored at least 10 points in 33 straight games dating to last year … since the start of last year, Edwards has scored 1,022 points in 50 games, averaging 20.4 points per game … he moved into 25th on the school’s career scoring list (1,382 points) and into seventh on the career 3-pointers made list (196) … Edwards has made a 3-pointer in 25 straight games, tied for the second-longest streak in Purdue history.
Matt Haarms tallied 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots for his best performance of the season … Haarms now has 99 career blocked shots in 50 career games.
Butler loses to Florida
Florida got out to a blazing start and never looked back, topping Butler, 77-43,
Saturday afternoon in Gainesville, Fla.
It was the second match-up between the teams this season, as Butler took a 61-54
victory over the Gators Nov. 23 as part of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
The Bulldogs finish the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 9-4 record;
Florida improves to 8-4 on the season.
In getting behind 21-0 in the first half, the Bulldogs missed their first 11
attempts from the field. Jordan Tucker’s three-pointer nine minutes into the contest
put Butler on the scoreboard for the first time. Conversely, Florida opened the game
by making 10 of their first 13 shots.
Florida shot 54 percent in the contest, including a sizzling 64 percent in the first
half. Butler shot 31 percent. The Gators also controlled the glass, holding a 46-18 edge.
Kamar Baldwin led Butler with nine points; Tucker added eight. Five Florida players
registered double figures.
The Bulldogs open BIG EAST play Wednesday night, hosting Georgetown for a 7 p.m.
tip. For both of Butler’s opening BIG EAST home contests (also including Saturday,
Jan. 5 with Creighton), only a limited number of tickets remain.
Irish Finish Non-Conference Schedule With Win Over Coppin State
NOTRE DAME – Notre Dame (10-3) wrapped up the non-conference portion of its schedule on Saturday afternoon inside Purcell Pavilion with a 63-56 victory over Coppin State. The Irish are now 9-1 at home this season.
Three Irish players finished in double figures in the points column. Junior T.J. Gibbs scored a team-high 15 points. Junior John Mooney recorded 14 points and freshman Dane Goodwin added 13 to give the Irish the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
It took the Irish a while to shake off the rust from the Christmas break on Saturday, as Notre Dame held a 29-27 lead over the Eagles at the halftime break. The Irish led by as many as 10 points in the first frame but a late push from the visitors cut the advantage to two after the opening 20 minutes of play.
The Eagles carried their momentum from the end of the first half into the beginning of the second, as the visitors outscored the Irish 19-9 over the first eight minutes of the half to take a 44-36 lead. After the score moved to 47-39 Notre Dame scored 17 of the next 19 to regain the lead at 56-49 with five minutes left in regulation. The Irish didn’t trail the rest of the way and went on to win by a final score of 63-56.
NOTRE DAME PLAYER OF THE GAME
Goodwin was efficient on the offensive end, going 4-for-7 from the field en route to his 13 points. The freshman also added six boards and an assist in 34 minutes of action.
NOTRE DAME STAT OF THE GAME
The Irish finished with just six turnovers in the contest and have now recorded less than 10 turnovers in eight of 13 games this season.
NOTES OF THE GAME
The Irish are 2-0 against the Eagles in the series.
For the 10th time this season and 18th time in his career, Mooney finished in double figures in the points column.
Goodwin scored 13 points, marking the fourth time the freshman has hit double-digit points in a game this year.
Durham tied his career high in blocked shots with six and has now notched three or more blocks in eight games this season. The junior leads the Irish with 39 blocks on the season. Durham’s six block performance gives the junior four games this season of five or more blocks.
For the 11th time this season and 45th time in his career, Gibbs finished in double figures with 15 points.
The Irish open ACC play on New Year’s Day, as the team travels to Blacksburg, Virginia, to face Virginia Tech at 1 p.m. ET. The game will air on ESPNU.
No. 16 Kentucky tops Louisville 71-58 in Bluegrass rivalry
Tyler Herro better get used to being the center of attention after a career performance that also showed how No. 16 Kentucky has progressed since its season-opening blowout loss to Duke.
The freshman guard had a career-high 24 points, Keldon Johnson added 15 and the Wildcats beat Louisville 71-58 on Saturday in this fierce Bluegrass rivalry.
A close game for 10 minutes quickly swung toward the Wildcats (10-2) behind an 11-0 run for a 31-17 lead. The spurt typified their success on both ends. They kept the Cardinals (9-4) from passing and driving inside and grabbed offensive rebounds leading to second and third chances.
Herro thrived the most, making his first three attempts on the way to finishing 10 of 13 from the field with four 3-pointers. That surpassed his previous best of 18 achieved twice, most recently on Dec. 1 against UNC Greensboro.
“I felt like I was in a rhythm since warmups,” said Herro, who has averaged 16.7 points over his past six games. “But I feel like my shot’s going to work all the time.”
Johnson was just 5 of 13 but helped Kentucky keep a double-digit lead for much of the final 30 minutes. The Wildcats won their third in a row overall and 10th of 12 in the Bluegrass rivalry.
Kentucky’s latest victory was more notable, coming a week after it controlled then-No. 9 North Carolina 80-72 in Las Vegas. Though the most challenging part of the Wildcats’ season begins with next week’s Southeastern Conference opener at Alabama, they appeared to have turned a corner in many phases since the Blue Devils thumped them 118-84 last month.
“At the beginning of this year we were a bad defensive team,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “Unwilling passers, `I’m only passing if I don’t have a shot.’ We had guys so focused on themselves they couldn’t play for us.
“You know what, I missed it. I missed it as a coach. After I saw it, (I said) we are going back to these things and get better at this stuff.”
Calipari credited Herro and Johnson for starting Kentucky’s offensive flow.
“We started playing and he got by a guy,” the coach added, “Keldon got by a guy, and then we opened up the offense a little bit and played a little different than we’ve been playing. But he (Herro) played well. He also rebounded the ball, ends up with five rebounds.”
Azubuike returns, No. 5 Kansas beats Eastern Michigan 87-63
Udoka Azubuike’s return from injury couldn’t have come at a more opportune time for Kansas. It couldn’t have played out much better, either.
Azubuike scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds after an ankle sprain sidelined him for the last four games, leading No. 5 Kansas past Eastern Michigan 87-63 on Saturday in its final tune-up before Big 12 play.
His return comes just four days before the Jayhawks’ (11-1) conference opener against No. 25 Oklahoma, so for him to get a chance to play in live game action – let alone in the dominating fashion he did – was invaluable as the team enters the throes of one of the nation’s toughest conferences.
“It was really important for me moving forward,” Azubuike said. “We understand that the conference (schedule) is coming and all that. This game was really important to me, to the team, to everyone else, just building my confidence up.”
Coach Bill Self said he spoke with Azubuike about the decision to start him this morning, and the junior said he was good to go. Self was hoping he could play around the 20 minutes he did, but didn’t expect as effective of a performance as this.
“He did about as well as I thought he could do,” Self said.
Azubuike’s presence opened helped Kansas thrive offensively as the Jayhawks racked up a season-high 25 assists and had 10 players score. Quentin Grimes was second on the team with 16 points, and Devon Dotson added 15 as well.
“He opens up different opportunities for the offense,” Dotson said of Azubuike. “When you get the angles, you just throw it over to him and get the easy two. He’ll clear up a lane.”
Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy said the Eagles (6-7) prepped and planned for Azubuike to go, but didn’t expect him to play 20 minutes and put up 23 points.
Banton helps Western Kentucky beat No. 15 Wisconsin 83-76
Western Kentucky rode a big performance from a freshman guard to another win over an AP Top 25 opponent.
Dalano Banton nearly had a triple-double and the Hilltoppers caught fire in the second half to beat No. 15 Wisconsin 83-76 on Saturday.
Banton had eight points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, helping Western Kentucky beat a ranked foe for the second time this season. The Hilltoppers upset then-No. 13 West Virginia in November.
No. 15 Wisconsin (10-3) visited a mid-major school for the first time since the 2014-15 season and couldn’t contend with the Hilltoppers’ 67.8 percent shooting in the second half.
“Second half specifically, Western Kentucky took advantage of a lot of our mistakes and made us pay,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. “I knew watching them on film they were better than a 6-6 team. If you get some confidence and get going, which we allowed them to do, they took advantage of it and that had a snowball effect.”
Taveion Hollingsworth led Western Kentucky (7-6) with 22 points, and Charles Bassey had 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting while mostly guarded by preseason All-American Ethan Happ.
Brad Davison led Wisconsin with 26 points, and Happ had 20 points and 12 rebounds, although Western Kentucky outworked the Badgers 38-31 on the glass. The Badgers were outscored 40-38 in the paint.
“Everybody contributed, everyone sat down on their man,” Hollingsworth said. “We let our defense create the offense. We were getting stops and guarding their best players how they needed to be guarded and it created momentum for us.”
The Diddle Arena crowd of 7,614 wasn’t necessarily welcoming of Davison, who was greeted with a chorus of boos any time he touched the ball. Davison drew a charge and hit a free throw with two seconds left in Wisconsin’s 81-80 win last year in Madison, Wisconsin.
Princeton stuns No. 17 Arizona State 67-66
Princeton’s basketball team took a little Christmas vacation in the desert and capped it off with a stunning upset of No. 17 Arizona State.
Richmond Aririguzoh sank two free throws with 24.8 seconds remaining and Princeton held on to beat the Sun Devils 67-66 on Saturday, a week after the Sun Devils had beaten then-No. 1 Kansas on the same floor.
“We spent three days before this game out here together,” the Tigers’ Devin Cannady said, “and I think that brought us even closer and we believed that we could come into this game and win.”
The Tigers (7-5) beat a ranked opponent for the first time since a victory over then-No. 25 Harvard in 2012. Princeton beat a top 17 team for the first time since a victory over UCLA in the NCAA Tournament in 1996. Princeton coach Mitch Henderson was a member of that Tigers team.
“As seniors, our goal since we came in as freshmen was to knock off a ranked opponent,” Cannady said. “We would have liked to have had Arizona State ranked even higher after that Kansas win. But we came in with that same confidence and we checked that goal off.”
Arizona State (9-3) had three shots in the final seconds to win the game. But, as was the case most of the afternoon, the ball wouldn’t fall.
The Sun Devils, who hadn’t played since that 80-76 win over Kansas a week ago, shot 32 percent (20-of-62) against Princeton and made only two of 15 3-pointers. The Tigers were only slightly better at 35 percent (20-of-57) but hit 10 of 31 3s.
Cannady scored 21 to lead Princeton, including 5 of 12 3s. Jerome Desrosiers added a career-best 16 points and Aririguzoh and Sebastian Much scored 13 apiece.
Murray scores 46, hits 9 3s as Nuggets hold off Suns 122-118
There was no getting around the pain in his right ankle, so Jamal Murray figured out a way to deal with the injury.
“I was trying not to move as much, kind of relied on my shot,” Murray said.
He’s rarely shot it better than he did Saturday night.
Murray scored 46 points and made a career-high nine 3-pointers, carrying the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets to a 122-118 victory over the Phoenix Suns, the adrenaline from a big night helping him deal with the ankle.
Murray was 16 for 24 from the field with the second-most points he’s scored in a game this season. He scored 31 a night earlier in a win over San Antonio.
The Suns almost overcame a 22-point, fourth-quarter deficit, drawing to 113-110 on Mikal Bridges’ 3-pointer with 1:51 to play. T.J. Warren hit a 3 to cut the lead to 117-113 with 30 seconds remaining, but the Nuggets closed it out with free throws in the final seconds.
Nikola Jokic added 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for Denver, while Malik Beasley came off the bench to hit a career-high five 3-pointers for his 15 points.
“He’s my security blanket,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said of Jokic. “At the end of the game, when the ball goes to him I know something good is going to happen.”
Rookie Deandre Ayton scored a season-high 33 points and added 14 rebounds for the Suns. Ayton made 12-of-13 shots in the second quarter for 24 points, the highest-scoring quarter by a Suns rookie and sixth-highest by any Sun in franchise history.
“I don’t think I started off playing well,” Ayton said. “Coach took me out and I got my second wind and went out and forgot about the scoreboard and just played hard.”
Wizards say John Wall ‘likely’ to have surgery on left heel
Washington point guard John Wall has been told that he needs surgery to address bone spurs in his left heel, a procedure that would keep the five-time All-Star sidelined for at least six months.
Wizards coach Scott Brooks said it is “likely” that Wall will have the surgery, though the team’s medical staff was still collecting information and going through all possible options with their point guard before finalizing any decision. The Wizards were at home for a game with Charlotte on Saturday night.
“I’ve been with him for almost three years,” Brooks said. “He’s as tough as they come. He never complained. He wanted to compete for his team, but it got to a point where he had to make some tough decisions. And that’s why he met with a specialist.”
Wall has yet to address the surgical option publicly. He walked through the Wizards’ locker room Saturday night with a gray protective boot on his left foot. The Wizards tried to manage his pain situation by limiting him in some practices and shootarounds, but rest is no longer the best option.
“He’s a great talent,” Charlotte coach James Borrego said. “Great player.”
Wall went to Wisconsin to see Green Bay Packers associate team physician Dr. Robert Anderson on Saturday. Surgery and other options were discussed at that meeting with Anderson, who is considered an elite doctor when it comes to athletes dealing with foot and ankle problems – as evidenced by a client list that has included, among others, Cam Newton, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Derek Jeter.
Wall played in 32 of Washington’s 36 games this season entering Saturday, averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 assists even while dealing with the heel pain – which has been an issue for him many times over the past two to three years. But the Wizards have struggled this season, with the 24th-best record in the 30-team NBA to this point, and losing Wall would obviously be a significant blow.
Giannis’ triple-double helps Bucks turn away Nets 129-115
Giannis Antetokounmpo got turned away early but made the clutch plays late.
One of the NBA’s most dynamic dunkers shook off a rare rejection and helped the Milwaukee Bucks turn away Brooklyn’s attempt to rally from a 23-point deficit in a 129-115 win over the undermanned Nets on Saturday.
Antetokounmpo had his third triple-double of the season with 31 points , 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Khris Middleton scored 29 points, despite a quad injury. The Bucks, who have won three straight and seven of eight, extended their NBA-best record to 25-10.
They nearly squandered their big lead after the Nets went on a 14-0 run in the fourth, and Shabazz Napier’s 7-footer with 4:51 left trimmed the deficit to seven.
“I think there was a pretty major lapse, the start of the fourth quarter,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.
Middleton and Antetokounmpo, the Bucks’ two best players, reasserted control.
After a bucket by Middleton, Antetokounmpo scored six straight and also drew a charge on former teammate Jared Dudley in a 57-second span of the fourth that ended with the Bucks rebuilding a 15-point lead with 3:10 left. The Bucks were back on their way to their third straight win and seventh in eight games.
“He was phenomenal in the last five minutes,” Budenholzer said.
But a 6-foot-11 forward known for making highlight reels drew social media buzz after a dunk attempt in the first quarter was blocked by Nets center Jarrett Allen.
Leave it to Antetokounmpo to finish strong.
Harden scores 41, Rockets beat Pelicans 108-104
James Harden is on a run the NBA hasn’t seen since Oscar Robertson.
Harden had 41 points and six assists to become the first player since the Hall of Fame guard to record at least 35 points and five assists in seven consecutive games, and the Houston Rockets beat the New Orleans Pelicans 108-104 on Saturday night.
“That’s what I play for,” Harden said when asked about being compared to the Big O. “That’s what you play the game of basketball for, to be mentioned in the name with the greats. Obviously, I have a long way to go, but that’s what I put my jersey on for, that’s what I lace my shoes up for, to go out there and be the best that I can be and when it’s all said and done, be mentioned as one of the best basketball players to ever touch a basketball.”
Harden had 26 points in the first half and reached 40 for the third straight game. He was 7 for 16 from 3-point range and made all 14 free throws. He regularly juked Pelican defenders off their feet to draw fouls, including two fouls from behind the arc for another easy six points.
“I’ve said it a thousand times – and I don’t think I’m wrong because I get to watch it every night – but you don’t get better than what he does offensively,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “No one’s better. Then he’s also coming up with steals and rebounds. I mean, he does a lot. I think people sometimes are just trying to look to find holes in his game – and I think everybody has a little something. He doesn’t make every shot.”
Anthony Davis looked sluggish a night after scoring a season-high 48 points in a victory over Dallas, taking only five shots in the first half and finishing with 22 points. Julius Randle led the Pelicans with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Houston led 77-76 after three and scored the first seven points of the fourth period, five coming from Danuel House Jr. on a reverse layup and an open 3-pointer. The Rockets extended their lead to 101-86 with 5:57 left, but the Pelicans went on a 13-2 run, with Davis scoring six, to cut the deficit to 103-99.
Erne scores tiebreaker late, Lightning beat Canadiens 6-5
Adam Erne made a strong case for more playing time with the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.
The 23-year-old forward scored twice in the third period, including the go-ahead goal with 1:02 left, and the Lightning extended their point streak to 14 games with a 6-5 victory Saturday night over the Montreal Canadiens.
After tying it 5-all at 9:36 of the third, Erne got the winner from the right circle.
“Late in the game we wanted to work the puck down low in their zone and make sure we didn’t turn it over,” he said.
The left wing had been scratched in eight of the previous 15 games.
“I’m just trying to earn my spot,” Erne said. “Each night it’s an opportunity to prove to the coaches and the management staff that I can be in the lineup each night.”
Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak to 10 games (six goals, 15 assists) with a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. He is the 14th player in NHL history to post multiple point streaks of 10 or more games in consecutive seasons. The only other player to do so since 1994-95 is Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin (2007-08 and 2008-09).
The Lightning, who are 13-0-1 during their current run, also got goals from Yanni Gourde, Anton Stralman and Tyler Johnson. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 33 saves.
Tampa Bay (30-7-2) has 62 points through 39 games, the same amount as the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens, who set the NHL record for most points in a season with 132.
This is the fastest Tampa Bay has reached 30 victories.
Andrew Shaw had two goals, and Kenny Agostino, Jordie Benn and Brett Kulak also scored for the Canadiens. Phillip Danault had three assists, and Antti Niemi stopped 26 shots.
IUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
RICHMOND, Ind. – Indiana University East women’s basketball team came up just short
to 12th-ranked University of St. Francis as the Fighting Saints posted a 63-62 win
over the Red Wolves on Dec. 29.
The Red Wolves had three players in double figures led by Bailey Dreiman with 16
points against the squad from Joliet, Ill.
Libby Springmier and Addie Brown both finished with 14 points for the Red Wolves.
IU East is 4-11, while St. Francis is 10-4.
The Red Wolves trailed most of the second period and by as many as seven points, but
the first half ended on a high note as Dreiman drilled a 3-pointer to tie the
contest at 26-26.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Fighting Saints built a 48-42 advantage before the
Red Wolves fought back to take the lead in the final moments.
With the final basket of regulation, St. Francis leading scorer Kaitlin Aylward hit
a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left to tie the game at 57-57.
Aylward led the Fighting Saints with 25 points, which was her second highest total
of the season.
Elizabeth Philpot led the Red Wolves with 10 rebounds, which is the third time she
reached double digits in that category this season.
IU East played its most recent overtime contest last season as the Red Wolves won
94-90 at WVU Tech.
The last overtime affair on Lingle Court was also a season ago as the Red Wolves
beat Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) 121-118.
The Red Wolves are 2-6 against ranked teams this year.
This was the second time this season that IU East faced a ranked team called the
University of St. Francis. The Red Wolves beat the school from Ft. Wayne 58-55 back
in November. That St. Francis was No. 14 at the time.
The Red Wolves resume their River States Conference schedule at Asbury University on
Jan. 3. The game is schedule to get underway at 5:30 p.m.
Hoosiers Defeat No. 12 North Carolina, 19-16
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Indiana wrestling team took down No. 12 North Carolina at the South Beach Duals on Saturday.
- The Hoosiers fell behind 13-0 as North Carolina won the first four bouts of the dual match.
- Senior Jake Danishek pinned Josh McClure to get the Hoosiers six points.
- The Hoosiers tied the dual 13-13 with a major decision, 18-5, by Jake Cavaciu.
- Indiana took their first lead of the dual with a 3-2 decision by Norman Conley to put Indiana up 16-13.
- Jake Kleimola put Indiana up 19-13 with a 4-1 decision.
- Indiana improves to 3-3 overall and North Carolina drops to 3-2.
- The Hoosiers last ranked win came February 19, 2017 against #20 Appalachian State, 21-12. Prior to that it was against #20 Minnesota on December 11, 2015.
- The last top-15 win for Indiana came on Feb. 25, 2008 when the No. 21 Hoosiers beat No. 10 Northwestern, 24-14.
- Jake Danishek won his 12th match of the season and got his fourth pin of the season. Danishek has won his last five matches.
- Norman Conley’s 3-2 decision came against returning All-American and #11 Chip Ness.
- Bryce Martin has won five of his last six matches and improves to 11-4 on the season and 4-2 in dual matches.
- Martin and Danishek are a combined 8-4 in dual matches.
- Jake Covaciu won his first dual match at Indiana with an 18-5 major decision. Covaciu a two-time Indiana State Champion, transferred from Wisconsin.
Up next the Hoosiers continue dual action tomorrow against #8 Cornell, #7 North Carolina State and #20 North Dakota State.
125: Joe Heilmann (UNC) dec. Liam Cronin (IU) 7-6
133: Gary Wayne Harding (UNC) MD Paul Konrath (IU) 15-7
141: AC Headlee (UNC) dec. #16 Cole Weaver (IU) 2-1
149: Austin O’Connor (UNC) dec. Breyden Bailey (IU) 7-4
157: Jake Danishek (IU) Fall Josh McClure (UNC) 6:23
165: Bryce Martin (IU) dec. Sawyer Davidson (UNC) 5-2
174: Jake Covaciu (IU) MD Will MacDonald (UNC) 18-5
184: Norman Conley (IU) dec. #11 Chip Ness (UNC) 3-2
197: Jake Kleimola (IU) dec. Hunter Queen (UNC) 4-1
285: #15 Cory Daniel (UNC) dec. Rudy Streck (IU) 8-2
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Hoosiers Win Big Ten Opener In Overtime At Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Indiana Women’s Basketball held on for an 85-83 overtime win in the Big Ten opener at Illinois on Friday night.
Indiana opened up the game with a 26-20 lead after the first quarter as it shot 64.3 percent from the floor. In the second, on back-to-back 3 pointers by Penn Indiana built its largest lead at 15 with 6:06 to play.
It paved the way for a 47-38 lead for Indiana at the break, but the third quarter was anything but kind. The Hoosiers would be outscored, 30-18, in the frame and trailed 68-61 heading in to the fourth quarter.
Chipping its way back and facing its largest deficit of nine with 8;20 remaining, Indiana got a boost from a triple from sophomore guard Jaelynn Penn along with three straight turnovers and a 4-for-4 performance at the line from Gulbe, who crashed the offensive glass and got to the line in the bonus. In the waning minutes, both teams had chances to break the 77-all tie, but all attempts were thwarted as the game went to five extra minutes of play.
In overtime, Indiana drew first blood on a steal from Yeaney led to a layup in transition. The Fighting Illini regained a brief one-point lead on a Brandi Beasley free throw. But Yeaney would regain things back for good as she made her way to the line, where she finished the night 4-for-6.
With 1:22 remaining in overtime, senior forward Kym Royster came up big with a conventional 3-point play on an offensive rebound and putback to go up 84-80. On the following possession, the Illini answered on a jumper from senior forward Alex Wittinger.
With 36.7 remaining, Indiana would hold the ball on its final seconds of its shot clock but a missed IU shot led to a Yeaney offensive rebounds which drew a foul and sent her to the line. She converted on both with four seconds left in the game.
On Illinois’ final possession, they drew a foul with .04 remaining as it made the first and went for the miss and rebound on the second but the shot was airballed and turned over to the Hoosiers who held on for the win.
Redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg led the way with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists. It marked her ninth-consecutive game in double figures.
Penn scored her sixth game in double figures with 19 points and tied a career-high five 3-pointers going 5-for-9 from the 3-point line.
Redshirt junior forward Brenna Wise and sophomore guard Bendu Yeaney also finished the game in double figures, each adding 12 points. Yeaney also led the way with three steals
Indiana improved to 16-21 in Big Ten season openers and have won its last two overtime games (last vs. Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament).
The Hoosiers played in their first overtime game of the season on Friday night.
On the glass, IU won the advantage, 43-39. Patberg led the way with seven boards while Wise and Yeaney each added six.
NFL PREVIEWS WEEK 17
Miami Dolphins (7-8) at Buffalo Bills (5-10)
Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | New Era Field | Referee: John Hussey
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 60-44-1
STREAKS: Bills have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/2/18: Bills 17 at Dolphins 21
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/17/17: Bills 24, Dolphins 16
MIAMI had 1 player named to 2019 Pro Bowl: CB XAVIEN HOWARD. • QB RYAN TANNEHILL had 1 TD vs. 1 INT & 82.8 rating last week. Had 3 TDs vs. 1 INT & 103.6 rating in Week 13 meeting. Has 99+ rating in 4 of his past 5 vs. Buf. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB KENYAN DRAKE had rec. TD in last meeting. Has 378 scrimmage yards (75.6 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rec., 2 rush) in his past 5 on road. Has 70+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. AFC East. Rookie RB KALEN BALLAGE has 170 scrmmage yards (85 per game) & rush TD in his past 2. • WR DANNY AMENDOLA needs 5 receptions for 5th career season with 60+ receptions. WR DE VANTE PARKER had TD catch in last meeting. Has 20 catches for 281 yards (70.3 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in his past 4 vs. Buf. • DE ROBERT QUINN had sack last week. Has 4 sacks in his past 4 & aims for his 5th in row with sack. Had sack & FF in Week 13 meeting. Since 2013, is only player in NFL with 50+ sacks (53.5) & 20+ FFs (21). DE CAMERON WAKE has 5 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 5 vs. Buf. Aims for his 3rd in row at Buf. with sack & TFL. Ranks 4th among active players with 97.5 career sacks. CB XAVIEN HOWARD had 2 INTs & 2 PD in Week 13 meeting. Has 2+ PD in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ INTs. DE ANDRE BRANCH had sack & FR in Week 16.
QB JOSH ALLEN (rookie) passed for 217 yards & rushed for 30 yards last week. Passed for 231 yards with 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs & rushed for career-high 135 yards & TD in Week 13 meeting. Has 85+ rating in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 5th in row at home with rush TD. Ranks 2nd among QBs with 536 rush yards & leads NFL with 6.7 average yards per rush (min. 75 atts.). • RB LE SEAN MC COY has 360 scrimmage yards (120 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 career home games vs. Mia. Aims for his 4th in row at home vs. Mia. with 95+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. • WR ZAY JONES led team with 5 catches for 67 yards & TD catch last week. Has 3 TD receptions in his past 4. Had 67 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in last meeting. Rookie WR ROBERT FOSTER has 490 rec. yards (81.7 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 6. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 90+ rec. yards. Leads all rookies in 2018 with 3 games of 100+ rec. yards. • LB LORENZO ALEXANDER led team with career-high 14 tackles & had INT last week. Had sack in Week 13 meeting. S JORDAN POYER had sack & INT in Week 16. Had INT in only career home meeting (12/17/17). Aims for his 5th in row vs. Mia. with PD. S MICAH HYDE had FR last week. Rookie LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS aims for his 6th in row at home with 8+ tackles. Is 1 of 3 AFC rookies (DARIUS LEONARD & JESSIE BATES) with 100+ tackles (109).
Detroit Lions (5-10) at Green Bay Packers (6-8-1)
Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Lambeau Field | Referee: Alex Kemp
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 98-71-7
STREAKS: Lions have won past 3
LAST GAME: 10/7/18: Packers 23 at Lions 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/6/17: Lions 30, Packers 17
LIONS had 1 player named to 2019 Pro Bowl: CB DARIUS SLAY. • QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 3,511 pass yards this season, his 8th consecutive season with 3,500+ yards. In his past 6 vs. GB, has 1,819 pass yards (303.2 per game) with 14 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 113.4 rating. Aims for his 4th in row vs. GB with 2+ pass TDs & 100+ rating. • RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Has 3 rush TDs in 3 career meetings. Since 2013, ranks 2nd among active NFL players with 43 rush TDs. RB ZACH ZENNER had 67 scrimmage yards (45 rush, 22 rec.) in Week 16. In 7 career games with 10+ offensive touches, has 482 scrimmage yards (68.9 per game) & 5 rush TDs. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY leads team with 70 receptions & 1,063 rec. yards in 2018, his 1st-career season with 1,000+ yards. Has 13 receptions for 204 yards (102 per game) in his past 2. In 2 career meetings, has 178 rec. yards (89 per game) & 2 TDs. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with 80+ rec. yards & TD. Has 6+ receptions & 75+ yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • CB DARIUS SLAY has 3+ PD in 2 of his past 3. Has 4 INTs & 8 PD in his past 6 vs. NFC North. Since 2016, leads NFL in PD (54) & ranks 2nd in INTs (13). LB JARRAD DAVIS has 28 tackles (9.3 per game), INT & 3 PD in 3 career meetings. Aims for his 4th in row vs. GB with 8+ tackles. DE ROMEO OKWARA had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. Had sack last week.
GREEN BAY NOTES:
PACKERS had 2 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: WR DAVANTE ADAMS & QB AARON RODGERS. • QB AARON RODGERS passed for 442 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 103.8 rating & had 2 rush TDs last week. Is only player in NFL history with multiple games of 400+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 2+ rush TDs (10/2/11 vs. Den.). In his past 3 vs. Det., has 947 pass yards (315.7 per game) with 11 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.9 rating. Aims for his 7th in row vs. Det. with 2+ TD passes. Has 27 pass TDs vs. 1 INT for 109.4 rating in his past 12 vs. division. • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had career-high 156 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 61 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Had rush TD in last home meeting. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 11 receptions for 71 yards & TD in Week 16. In his past 4 at home, has 29 catches for 363 yards (90.8 per game) & 6 TDs. Has 7 TDs in his past 7 at home vs. NFC North. Had 9 catches for 140 yards & TD in last meeting. WR JAKE KUMEROW had careerhigh 68 rec. yards & 1st-career TD last week. Rookie WR EQUANIMEOUS ST. BROWN led team with career-high 94 rec. yards in Week 16. • LB BLAKE MARTINEZ had 7 tackles & sack last week. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 132 tackles this season, his 2nd consecutive season with 100+ tackles. In his past 4 vs. Det., has 3 sacks & FF. LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 5 sacks & 9 TFL in 6 career home meetings.
Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10) at Houston Texans (10-5) Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | NRG Stadium | Referee: Pete Morelli
LEADER: Texans lead all-time series, 20-13
STREAKS: Jaguars have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 10/21/18: Texans 20 at Jaguars 7
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/10/17: Jaguars 29, Texans 7
JACKSONVILLE had 1 player named to 2019 Pro Bowl: CB JALEN RAMSEY. • QB CODY KESSLER passed for 106 yards & 86.9 rating last week. Has 89.6 rating in 7 career road starts. Aims for his 8th start in row on road with 80+ passer rating. QB BLAKE BORTLES had 93.8 rating last week. Has 300+ pass yards in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. division. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 71 scrimmage yards (43 rush, 28 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 6. Had 124 scrimmage yards (100 rush, 24 rec.) & rush TD in only career meeting (9/10/17). RB CARLOS HYDE led team with 47 rush yards in Week 16. Had 78 rush yards & TD in only career meeting (12/10/17 with SF). • WR DEDE WESTBROOK led team with 7 receptions & 45 rec. yards last week. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. AFC South with 5+ catches. • DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had sack, FF & FR in Week 16. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 2 TFL. Has 6 sacks in his past 5 on road vs. AFC South. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had sack last week. Had 2 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in his last game at Hou. (9/10/17). LB TELVIN SMITH had 33-yard INT-TD in Week 16, his 3rd-career INT-TD. CB JALEN RAMSEY has 7 PD & 2 INTs in his past 6. Has 8 PD, INT & FR in 2 career games at Hou. Aims for his 3rd in row at Hou. with 3+ PD. CB A.J. BOUYE had 6 INTs & 32 PD in 4 seasons with Hou. (2013-16).
HOUSTON had 4 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: LB JADEVEON CLOWNEY, WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS, LB BENARDRICK MC KINNEY & DE J.J. WATT. • QB DESHAUN WATSON completed 29 of 40 (72.5 pct.) for 339 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 114.5 rating & had 2 rush TDs last week. Has 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 125.2 rating in his past 4 at home. Has 7 TDs vs. 1 INT & 116.7 rating in 3 career home starts vs. division. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB LAMAR MILLER rushed for 100 yards & TD in Week 7 meeting. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. Jax. Has 467 scrimmage yards (116.8 per game) & 3 rush TDs in his past 4 at home. • WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Jax. with rec. TD. Has 5 TD catches in his past 6 vs. division. Has 103 receptions in 2018, his 2nd-career season with 100+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row with 9+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Rookie WR VYNCINT SMITH had 1st-career TD catch last week. • DE J.J. WATT has 3+ sacks in 3 of his past 6 vs. Jax. Has 4.5 sacks & 3 FFs in his past 4 vs. AFC South. Has 14.5 sacks & needs .5 sacks to join HOFer REGGIE WHITE (5) as only players since 1982 with 4+ seasons with 15+ sacks. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had sack, FF & FR last week. Had 2 sacks & FR in last meeting. Has 5 sacks & 2 FRs in his past 5 vs. division. Has 52 TFL since 2016, tied 3rd-most in NFL.
New York Jets (4-11) at New England Patriots (10-5) Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Gillette Stadium | Referee: Walt Coleman
LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 62-53-1
STREAKS: Patriots have won past 5
LAST GAME: 11/25/18: Patriots 27 at Jets 13
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/31/17: Patriots 26, Jets 6
NEW YORK NOTES:
NEW YORK had 3 players named for 2019 Pro Bowl: S JAMAL ADAMS, K JASON MYERS & RS ANDRE ROBERTS. • QB SAM DARNOLD (rookie) completed 24 of 35 (68.6 pct.) for 341 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.4 rating in Week 16. Has 594 pass yards (297 per game) & 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 113.6 rating in his past 2. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Ranks 2nd among rookie QBs in passing yards (2,698) & pass TDs (17). • RB ELIJAH MC GUIRE had 85 scrimmage yards (50 rec., 35 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, his 1st-career multi-TD game. Has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 3. Aims for his 4th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. • WR ROBBY ANDERSON had career-high 9 catches for 140 yards & rec. TD in Week 16, his 5th-career 100-yard game. Has 20 receptions for 312 yards (104 per game) & 3 TDs in his past 3. Aims for his 4th in row with 75+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR JERMAINE KEARSE had 66 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. • S JAMAL ADAMS led team with 10 tackles last week. Had 10 tackles & 3 PD in last meeting. Has 20 tackles, 2 PD, FF & FR in his past 3 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with 10+ tackles & PD. Is 1 of 2 safeties (JOHN JOHNSON) with 100+ tackles (104) & 10+ PD (12) in 2018. DL HENRY ANDERSON had sack last week. Has 4.5 sacks in his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB FRANKIE LUVU had sack last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road.
NEW ENGLAND NOTES:
NEW ENGLAND had 2 players named for 2019 Pro Bowl: QB TOM BRADY & CB STEPHON GILMORE. • QB TOM BRADY has 4,105 pass yards & is 1 of 4 QBs in NFL history with 10+ seasons of 4,000+ pass yards. Completed 20 of 31 (64.5 pct.) for 283 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.4 rating in Week 12 meeting. Has 10 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 98.9 rating in his past 4 at home vs. NYJ. Aims for his 5th in row at home & 6th in row overall vs. NYJ with 2+ TD passes. • RB SONY MICHEL (rookie) rushed for 116 yards & TD last week. Rushed for 133 yards & TD in only career meeting. Ranks 4th among rookie RBs with 881 rush yards. RB JAMES WHITE had rush TD in Week 16. Had 78 scrimmage yards in Week 12 meeting. Since 2016, leads all RBs in receptions (199), TD catches (14) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (1,692). • WR JULIAN EDELMAN had TD catch last week. Had 84 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 12 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYJ with 80+ rec. yards. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI had rec. TD in last meeting. Has 3 TD catches in his past 4 at home vs. NYJ. • DL TREY FLOWERS had sack in last meeting. DL DEATRICH WISE, JR. had sack in Week 12 meeting. CB STEPHON GILMORE had INT & 3 PD in last meeting. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 18 PD. CB J.C. JACKSON had INT last week & ties for 2nd among rookies with 3 INTs.
Dallas Cowboys (9-6) at New York Giants (5-10) Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | MetLife Stadium | Referee: Clay Martin
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 65-45-2
STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 3
LAST GAME: 9/16/18: Giants 13 at Cowboys 20
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/10/17: Cowboys 30, Giants 10
DALLAS clinched NFC East division title for 2nd time in past 3 seasons. • COWBOYS had 5 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, CB BYRON JONES, DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE, G ZACK MARTIN & T TYRON SMITH. • QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 20 of 25 (80 pct.) with 1 pass TD vs. 0 INTs for 106.8 rating & had rush TD last week. Has 100+ rating in 4 of his past 5. In his past 3 vs. NYG, has 760 pass yards (253.3 per game) with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.7 rating. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT leads NFL in rush yards (1,434) & scrimmage yards (2,001) in 2018, his 1st-career season with 2,000+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 9th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. In 4 career meetings, has 386 scrimmage yards (96.5 per game) & 2 rush TDs. Has 522 scrimmage yards (174 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 3 vs. division. • WR AMARI COOPER leads team with 974 rec. yards this season & needs 26 yards for his 3rd career 1,000-yard season. Rookie WR MICHAEL GALLUP had TD catch last week. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had sack in Week 16. Has 2.5 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 3 vs. NYG. Rookie LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH led team with career-high 15 tackles last week. Ranks 4th in NFL with 129 tackles. DE RANDY GREGORY had sack, FF & FR in Week 16. Has sack in 3 of his past 4.
NEW YORK NOTES:
GIANTS had 3 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: Rookie RB SAQUON BARKLEY, S LANDON COLLINS & K ALDRICK ROSAS. • QB ELI MANNING passed for 309 yards with 1 TD vs. 1 INT for 101.7 rating last week. In his past 2 vs. division, has 494 pass yards (247 per game) with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 109 rating. Completed 33 of 44 (75 pct.) for 279 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 98.6 rating in last meeting. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY (rookie) ranks 3rd in NFL with 1,886 scrimmage yards & ties for 4th with 14 scrimmage TDs. Had 77 scrimmage yards (43 rush, 34 rec.) & rush TD in Week 16. Had 108 scrimmage yards (80 rec., 28 rush) in last meeting. In 5 career games vs. division, has 787 scrimmage yards (157.4 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.). Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC East with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR STERLING SHEPARD had 6 catches for 113 yards last week. In his past 3 at home vs. NFC East, has 18 receptions for 210 yards (70 per game) & TD. TE EVAN ENGRAM had 6 catches for 87 yards in Week 16. Aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ receptions. TE SCOTT SIMONSON had 1st-career TD catch last week. • LB OLIVIER VERNON has 4.5 sacks, FF & FR in his past 6 vs. division. Has 3.5 sacks & FF in his past 4. S CURTIS RILEY had INT last week. Has INT in 2 of his past 3. Rookie LB TAE DAVIS had career-high 7 tackles & 2nd-career sack in Week 16.
Carolina Panthers (6-9) at New Orleans Saints (13-2) Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Referee: Bill Vinovich
LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 24-23
STREAKS: Saints have won past 3
LAST GAME: 12/17/18: Saints 12 at Panthers 9
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/3/17: Saints 31, Panthers 21
PANTHERS had 2 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: LB LUKE KUECHLY & G TRAI TURNER. • QB KYLE ALLEN (rookie) is expected to make 1st-career start in Week 17. • RB CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY had 120 scrimmage yards (53 rush, 67 rec.) & 50-yard TD pass in last meeting & became 1st player since 1985 with 50+ rush yards, 50+ rec. yards & 50+ pass yards in single game. Leads NFL RBs with 106 receptions, most by RB in single season in NFL history. Joined HOFer LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (2003) & MATT FORTÉ (2014) as only players in NFL history with 1,000+ rush yards (1,080) & 100+ receptions (106) in single season. In 7 road games this season, has 795 scrimmage yards (113.6 per game) & 6 TDs (3 rush, 3 rec.). Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. division with 130+ scrimmage yards. • WR D.J. MOORE ranks 2nd among NFL rookies with 707 rec. yards. Has 16 catches for 268 yards (89.3 per game) & TD catch in his past 3 on road. Rookie TE IAN THOMAS had 48 rec. yards & 1st-career TD last week. • LB LUKE KUECHLY had 13 tackles, 2 TFL & PD in Week 15 meeting. Aims for his 6th in row vs. NO with 8+ tackles. In his past 7 on road vs. NFC South, has 63 tackles, 10 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 3 FRs, INT & 5 PD. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had INT & FF in last meeting, his 2nd-career game with both INT & FF. DE MARIO ADDISON has 3.5 sacks & FF in his past 4 vs. division.
NEW ORLEANS NOTES:
SAINTS had 5 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: T TERRON ARMSTEAD, QB DREW BREES, DE CAMERON JORDAN, WR MICHAEL THOMAS & C MAX UNGER. • QB DREW BREES leads NFL in comp. pct. (74.4) & rating (115.7) this season. In his past 3 at home vs. Car., has 1,016 pass yards (338.7 per game) with 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 106 rating. In his past 8 at home vs. division, has 2,521 pass yards (315.1 per game) with 19 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 114.4 rating. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 105 scrimmage yards (82 rec., 23 rush) & 2 rush TDs last week. Had 103 scrimmage yards (67 rush, 36 rec.) & rush TD in Week 15 meeting. In 5 career home games vs. NFC South, has 607 scrimmage yards (121.4 per game) & 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.). Aims for his 8th in row vs. division with 85+ scrimmage yards. RB MARK INGRAM has 761 scrimmage yards (84.6 per game) & 5 rush TDs in his past 9 meetings. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS leads NFL in receptions (120) & ranks 7th in rec. yards (1,376) in 2018. Has 1,464 rec. yards (91.5 per game) & 7 TD catches in 16 career games vs. division. • DE CAMERON JORDAN has 6.5 sacks in his past 6 at home vs. NFC South. Has 2+ sacks in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. division. LB DEMARIO DAVIS led team with 8 tackles & had sack in last meeting. DT SHELDON RANKINS had FF in Week 16. Has career-high 8 sacks this season.
Atlanta Falcons (6-9) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-10) Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Raymond James Stadium | Referee: Brad Allen
LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 26-24
STREAKS: Falcons have won past 4
LAST GAME: 10/14/18: Buccaneers 29 at Falcons 34
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/18/17: Falcons 24, Buccaneers 21
FALCONS had 2 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: WR JULIO JONES & C ALEX MACK. • QB MATT RYAN passed for 239 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.9 rating in Week 16. In his past 5 vs. TB, has completed 126 of 180 (70 pct.) for 1,562 yards (312.4 per game) with 11 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.9 rating. Has 1,617 pass yards (323.4 per game) with 15 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 124.9 rating in 5 games vs. division this season. Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC South with 2+ pass TDs & 100+ rating. • RB TEVIN COLEMAN has career-highs in rush yards (755) & scrimmage yards (1,022) this season. In his past 3 vs. TB, has 255 scrimmage yards (85 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with TD. RB BRIAN HILL rushed 8 times for career-high 115 yards (14.4 avg.) in Week 16. • WR JULIO JONES leads NFL with 1,539 rec. yards & ties for 7th with 104 receptions this season. Has 3 career seasons with 100+ catches & 1,500+ rec. yards. Had TD catch last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TD. Rookie WR CALVIN RIDLEY had team-high 90 rec. yards & TD last week. Leads NFL rookies with 789 rec. yards & 9 TD catches. • LB DEION JONES led team with 14 tackles & had FF last week. Has 34 tackles (11.3 per game), FF & INT in his past 3 vs. division. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC South with 10+ tackles. CB BRIAN POOLE had INT in Week 16. Aims for his 3rd in row with INT.
TAMPA BAY NOTES:
QB JAMEIS WINSTON completed 34 of 48 (70.8 pct.) for 336 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 97.2 rating in Week 16. In his past 3 at home, has 774 pass yards (258 per game) with 6 TDs vs. 1 INT for 100.1 rating. Has 1,236 pass yards (309 per game) with 14 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 120.4 rating in his past 4 meetings. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Atl. with 3+ pass TDs & 110+ rating. • RB PEYTON BARBER has career-highs in rush yards (805) & rush TDs (5) this season. Had 106 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 24 rec.) & TD catch in last meeting. Has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 3 vs. Atl. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. NFC South. RB JACQUIZZ RODGERS had 7 receptions for 55 yards & rush TD in Week 16. • WR MIKE EVANS had 6 receptions for 90 yards & TD last week. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 1,418 rec. yards & 1st averaging 17.7 yards per catch (min. 50 receptions) this season. Has 5 TD catches in his past 6 vs. Atl. In 7 home games this season, has 628 rec. yards (89.7 per game) & 2 TDs. WR ADAM HUMPHRIES tied career-high with 10 receptions for 79 yards last week. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. • DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 2 sacks & FR in his past 4 vs. division. Leads TB with 11.5 sacks this season. Had sack in last meeting. Rookie DT VITA VEA had sack in Week 16. LB LAVONTE DAVID has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. In his past 3 at home vs. Atl., has 29 tackles (9.7 per game) 5 TFL & INT.
Cleveland Browns (7-7-1) at Baltimore Ravens (9-6) Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | M&T Bank Stadium | Referee: Shawn Smith
LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 29-10
STREAKS: Ravens have won 5 of past 6
LAST GAME: 10/7/18: Ravens 9 at Browns 12 (OT)
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/17/17: Ravens 24, Browns 10
CLEVELAND had 2 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: DE MYLES GARRETT & rookie CB DENZEL WARD. • QB BAKER MAYFIELD (rookie) passed for 284 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.9 rating last week. Had 342 pass yards & 1 TD vs. 1 INT for 81.7 rating in last meeting. Has 2+ TD passes in 5 of his 6 career road starts. Has 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 105.5 rating in 4 career games vs. division. Has 24 TD passes in 2018, 2nd-most by a rookie QB selected No. 1 in common draft era. • RB NICK CHUBB (rookie) rushed for 112 yards in Week 16. Has 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 6 on road. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 on road. Has 243 scrimmage yards (121.5 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 2 vs. division. Is 1 of 3 rookies (SAQUON BARKLEY & PHILLIP LINDSAY) with 1,000+ scrimmage yards (1,125) & 10+ TDs (10) in 2018. • WR JARVIS LANDRY has 5+ catches in 7 of his past 9 vs. AFC North. TE DAVID NJOKU had 73 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Had 69 rec. yards in last meeting. Had TD catch in only career game at Bal. (9/17/17). • DE MYLES GARRETT has 5.5 sacks, 4 TFL & FF in his past 5 on road. Has 6.5 sacks & 3 FFs in 8 career games vs. division. LB JOE SCHOBERT had sack & FF last week. Has 27 tackles, 3 PD, 2 FRs, FF & sack in his past 4 vs. division. LB JAMIE COLLINS has 29 tackles (9.7 per game), 4 TFL & 2 sacks in his past 3 vs. Bal.
BALTIMORE had 3 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: LB C.J. MOSLEY, S ERIC WEDDLE & G MARSHAL YANDA. • QB LAMAR JACKSON (rookie) passed for career-high 204 yards & 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 101.3 rating last week. Has completed 41 of 67 (61.2 pct.) & has 285 rush yards (95 per game) & rush TD in 3 career home starts. • RB GUS EDWARDS (rookie) had 105 scrimmage yards (92 rush, 13 rec.) in Week 16. Has 337 rush yards (112.3 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 3 at home. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 100+ rush yards. RB KENNETH DIXON has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. • WR WILLIE SNEAD IV aims for his 6th in row vs. division with 5+ receptions & 50+ rec. yards. Rookie TE MARK ANDREWS had 68-yard TD catch in Week 16. Leads rookie TEs in rec. yards (498), ties for 3rd in receptions (30) & ranks 4th in TD catches (3). • LB TERRELL SUGGS had sack in Week 5 meeting. Has 19 career sacks vs. Cle., most vs. any opponent. Has 4 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in his past 4 at home vs. Cle. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Cle. with sack & FF. S ERIC WEDDLE had sack in last meeting. Has 4 INTs & 4 PD in his past 5 vs. Cle. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Cle. with INT & PD. LB PATRICK ONWUASOR had teamhigh 9 tackles, 2 sacks & FF last week, his 2nd-career multi-sack game. CB TAVON YOUNG had 62-yard FR-TD in Week 16, his 2nd-career TD.
Los Angeles Chargers (11-4) at Denver Broncos (6-9) Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | Broncos Stadium at Mile High | Referee: John Parry
LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 65-51-1
STREAKS: Broncos have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 11/18/18: Broncos 23 at Chargers 22
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/11/17: Broncos 24, Chargers 21
LOS ANGELES NOTES:
LOS ANGELES had 7 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: WR KEENAN ALLEN, RB MELVIN GORDON, DE MELVIN INGRAM, rookie S DERWIN JAMES, ST ADRIAN PHILLIPS, C MIKE POUNCEY & QB PHILIP RIVERS. • QB PHILIP RIVERS passed for 401 yards with 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 91.3 rating in Week 11 meeting. Has 4,132 pass yards & is 1 of 4 QBs in NFL history with 10+ seasons of 4,000+ pass yards. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 6 of 7 road games in 2018. • RB MELVIN GORDON had rush TD last week. Had 156 scrimmage yards (87 rec., 69 rush) in last meeting. Has 234 scrimmage yards (117 per game) & rec. TD in 2 career games at Den. Has 438 scrimmage yards (146 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 3 on road. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 120+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had nine receptions for 89 yards & TD in Week 11 meeting. Has 4 TDs in 3 career games at Den. Aims for his 4th in row at Den. with TD catch. Needs 7 receptions for 2nd-straight 100+ catch season. TE ANTONIO GATES had 80 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 11 meeting. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 at Den. • LB MELVIN INGRAM had 2 FRs last week. Has 3.5 sacks in his past 4 vs. Den. Aims for his 4th in row at Den. with sack. DE JOEY BOSA had 1.5 sacks in his last game at Den. (9/11/17). Rookie S DERWIN JAMES is only player in NFL with 90+ tackles (99), 3+ sacks (3.5) & 3+ INTs (3).
DENVER had 2 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: rookie RB PHILLIP LINDSAY & LB VON MILLER. • QB CASE KEENUM had 202 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs in Week 16. Passed for 205 yards in last meeting. Has career-high 3,598 pass yards in 2018. Has 2+ TD passes in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC West. • RB PHILLIP LINDSAY (rookie) had 106 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 27 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 11 meeting. Has 1,037 rush yards & is 3rd undrafted rookie (DOMINIC RHODES & LE GARRETTE BLOUNT) since 1970 with 1,000+ rush yards. Rookie RB ROYCE FREEMAN had rush TD in last meeting. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON (rookie) had 65 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 16. Had 78 rec. yards in Week 11 meeting. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. Ties for 4th among rookies in rec. TDs (4) & ranks 4th in rec. yards (679). Ranks 4th among AFC WRs with 16.6 yards per catch average (min. 40 receptions). Rookie WR DAE SEAN HAMILTON had TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rec. TD. • LB VON MILLER had sack & INT in last meeting. Ties for 3rd in NFL with 14.5 sacks. Since entering league in 2011, leads NFL with 98 sacks. Rookie LB BRADLEY CHUBB had sack & 2 TFL in Week 11 meeting. Is only rookie with 10+ sacks (12) in 2018. Miller & Chubb are 1 of 2 pairs of defensive teammates (CHRIS JONES & DEE FORD) with 12+ sacks each this season.
Oakland Raiders (4-11) at Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | Arrowhead Stadium | Referee: Shawn Hochuli
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 62-52-2
STREAKS: Chiefs have won 7 of past 8
LAST GAME: 12/2/18: Chiefs 40 at Raiders 33
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/10/17: Chiefs 26, Raiders 15
QB DEREK CARR had 89.7 rating last week. Completed 29 of 38 (76.3 pct.) for 285 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.2 rating in last meeting. Has 913 pass yards (304.3 per game) & 7 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 94.7 rating in his past 3 vs. KC. Needs 136 pass yards for 1st-career 4,000-yard season. • RB DOUG MARTIN rushed for 107 yards & TD in Week 16. Had rush TD in Week 13 meeting. Had 105 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 42 rec.) in his only career game at KC (11/20/16 with TB). Has rush TD in 4 of his past 5. RB JALEN RICHARD had rush TD last week. Had 126 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 31 rec.) in last meeting. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 6 on road. Ranks 2nd among AFC RBs with 66 catches. • TE JARED COOK had 7 receptions for 100 yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on road & 2 of his past 3 at KC. Ranks 2nd among AFC TEs in rec. yards (868), receptions (65) & ranks 3rd in rec. TDs (6). WR JORDY NELSON led team with 7 receptions for 75 yards last week. Had 10 catches for 97 yards in Week 13 meeting. • LB TAHIR WHITEHEAD had 7 tackles & FF in last meeting. Has 7+ tackles in 4 of his past 5 on road. Ranks 5th in AFC with 117 tackles & is 1 of 6 players with 100+ tackles in each of past 3 seasons. S KARL JOSEPH had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & TFL. S ERIK HARRIS had INT last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with INT & PD.
KANSAS CITY NOTES:
KANSAS CITY had 6 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: T ERIC FISHER, LB DEE FORD, WR TYREEK HILL, TE TRAVIS KELCE, QB PATRICK MAHOMES & FB ANTHONY SHERMAN. • QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 273 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 103.4 rating last week. Had 295 pass yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120 rating & had career-high 52 rush yards in Week 13 meeting. Leads NFL with 48 TD passes, tied for 4th-most pass TDs in single season in NFL history. Has 10 games with 3+ TD passes in 2018, most in league. Has 110+ passer rating in 5 of his 7 career home starts. • RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS had 140 scrimmage yards (103 rush, 37 rec.) & TD catch last week, his 1st-career 100-rush yard game. Has 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. RB SPENCER WARE has rush TD in 4 of his 5 career games vs. Oak. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 12 catches for 168 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 1,274 rec. yards in 2018 & needs 54 rec. yards to surpass ROB GRONKOWSKI (1,327 in 2011) for most by TE in single season in NFL history. WR TYREEK HILL is 1 of 3 (DE ANDRE HOPKINS & DAVANTE ADAMS) with 1,300+ rec. yards (1,378) & 10+ TD catches (11) in 2018. • DL CHRIS JONES has sack in NFL-record 11 straight games. Had 1.5 sacks in Week 13 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Oak with sack. LB DEE FORD had 1.5 sacks & FF in last meeting. Has 4.5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 5 vs. Oak. Has 8 sacks & 4 FFs in his past 7 at home.
San Francisco 49ers (4-11) at Los Angeles Rams (12-3) Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum | Referee: Jerome Boger
LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 68-66-3
STREAKS: Rams have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 10/21/18: Rams 39 at 49ers 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/31/17: 49ers 34, Rams 13
SAN FRANCISCO NOTES:
49ers had 2 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: FB KYLE JUSZCZYK & TE GEORGE KITTLE. • QB NICK MULLENS has 848 pass yards (282.7 per game) with 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 90.8 rating in his past 3. Has 275+ pass yards & 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3. In 2 career games vs. NFC West, has 689 pass yards (344.5 per game) with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 101.1 rating. • RB MATT BREIDA has 451 scrimmage yards (90.2 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 5. Has 1,075 scrimmage yards in 2018, his 1st-career season with 1,000+ scrimmage yards. Rookie RB JEFF WILSON, JR. has 95+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 4. • TE GEORGE KITTLE led team with 7 receptions for 74 yards last week. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 775 YAC & ranks 2nd among TEs with 1,228 rec. yards this season. His 1,228 rec. yards are most by SF TE in single season in franchise history. In his past 2 vs. LAR, has 198 rec. yards (99 per game) & TD. WR KENDRICK BOURNE had 73 rec. yards in Week 16. • DL DE FOREST BUCKNER leads team with careerhigh 12 sacks this season. Had sack & FR last week. Has 3 sacks, FR & 5 TFL in his past 2. Has 4 sacks & 6 TFL in his past 2 vs. NFC West. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 2+ sacks. LB ELIJAH LEE tied career-high with 12 tackles in Week 16. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Since entering league in 2011, CB RICHARD SHERMAN leads NFL with 32 INTs & ranks 2nd with 103 PD.
LOS ANGELES NOTES:
RAMS had 4 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: DT AARON DONALD, QB JARED GOFF, RB TODD GURLEY & ST CORY LITTLETON. • QB JARED GOFF completed 19 of 24 (79.2 pct.) for 216 yards with 1 pass TD vs. 0 INTs for 118.1 rating & had rush TD last week. In 7 home games this season, has 2,538 pass yards (362.6 per game) with 18 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 115.2 rating. Has 5 pass TDs vs. 0 INTs for 137.8 rating in his past 2 vs. SF. • RB TODD GURLEY leads NFL with 21 scrimmage TDs & ranks 4th with 1,831 scrimmage yards this season. Needs 169 scrimmage yards in Week 17 for his 2nd consecutive 2,000-yard season (2,093 scrimmage yards in 2017). In 5 career games vs. SF, has 510 scrimmage yards (102 per game) & 8 TDs (6 rush, 2 rec.). RB C.J. ANDERSON rushed for 167 yards & TD in team debut last week. • WR ROBERT WOODS had 89 rec. yards & 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) in Week 16, his 4th career multi-TD game. In 5 games vs. division in 2018, has 520 scrimmage yards (104 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush). WR BRANDIN COOKS had 64 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career meetings. • DT AARON DONALD had 7 tackles & 3 sacks last week. Leads NFL with 19.5 sacks this season & needs 3 sacks in Week 17 to tie HOFer MICHAEL STRAHAN (22.5 in 2001) for most sacks in single season since 1982. Has 7 games with 2+ sacks this season, tied for 2nd-most in single season since 1982.
Chicago Bears (11-4) at Minnesota Vikings (8-6-1) Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | U.S. Bank Stadium | Referee: Clete Blakeman
LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 60-52-2
STREAKS: Vikings have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 11/18/18: Vikings 20 at Bears 25
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/31/17: Vikings 23, Bears 10
BEARS had 5 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: RB TARIK COHEN, CB KYLE FULLER, DT AKIEM HICKS, S EDDIE JACKSON & LB KHALIL MACK. • QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY completed 25 of 29 (careerhigh 86.2 pct.) for 246 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 113.5 rating in Week 16. In his past 3 vs. NFC North, has completed 63 of 89 (70.8 pct.) for 755 yards (251.7 per game) with 6 pass TDs vs. 2 INTs for 109.5 rating & rush TD. Is 1 of 2 QBs in 2018 (DESHAUN WATSON) with 400+ rush yards (405) & 95+ rating (96). • RB JORDAN HOWARD rushed for 53 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. RB TARIK COHEN is 1 of 3 players (CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY & EMMANUEL SANDERS) with rush TD (2), TD catch (5) & pass TD (1) this season. Has 1,137 scrimmage yards in 2018, his 1st-career 1,000-yard season. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON led team with 6 receptions for 85 yards last week. Has team-high 754 rec. yards in 2018. Rookie WR ANTHONY MILLER had TD catch last week. Has TD in 4 of his past 7. • LB KHALIL MACK has 4.5 sacks & FF in his past 4. Had sack, FF & FR in his last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with sack. Leads team with 12.5 sacks this season, his 4th consecutive season with 10+ sacks. Rookie LB ROQUAN SMITH had 9 tackles & sack in Week 16. In 5 career games vs. division, has 41 tackles & 3 sacks.
VIKINGS had 4 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: LB ANTHONY BARR, DE DANIELLE HUNTER, S HARRISON SMITH & WR ADAM THIELEN. • QB KIRK COUSINS ranks 3rd in NFL with 405 completions, his 2nd-career season with 400+ completions. Has 4,166 pass yards in 2018, his 4th consecutive season with 4,000+ pass yards. Completed 21 of 28 (75 pct.) for 253 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 137.9 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating. Has 100+ rating in 2 of 3 career meetings. • RB DALVIN COOK had 108 scrimmage yards (73 rush, 35 rec.) last week. In his past 4, has 460 scrimmage yards (115 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). RB LATAVIUS MURRAY had 111 rush yards & 2 TDs in last home meeting. • WR ADAM THIELEN ranks 4th in NFL with 110 receptions & 5th with 1,335 rec. yards. Is 3rd undrafted WR in common draft era with 100+ catches & 1,300+ rec. yards in single season. WR STEFON DIGGS aims for his 7th in row vs. NFC North with TD catch. Has 19 receptions for 191 yards (95.5 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 2 vs. Chi. TE KYLE RUDOLPH had 9 catches for career-high 122 yards & 2 TDs last week. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER has 3 sacks in his past 3. Has 5.5 sacks & FR in his past 5 at home vs. division. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN aims for his 3rd in row & 3rd in row vs. division with sack. Has 3.5 sacks in his past 4 vs. NFC North.
Cincinnati Bengals (6-9) at Pittsburgh Steelers (8-6-1) Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | Heinz Field | Referee: Carl Cheffers
LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 61-35
STREAKS: Steelers have won past 6
LAST GAME: 10/14/18: Steelers 28 at Bengals 21
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/22/17: Steelers 29, Bengals 14
CINCINNATI had 1 player named to 2019 Pro Bowl: DT GENO ATKINS. • QB JEFF DRISKEL had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & career-high 123.4 rating in Week 16. Has 108.9 rating in 3 career road games. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 1+ TD pass & 0 INTs. • RB JOE MIXON has 596 scrimmage yards (119.2 per game) & 3 rush TDs in his past 5. Had 84 scrimmage yards & rush TD in last meeting. Is 1 of 2 AFC RBs (PHILLIP LINDSAY) with 1,000+ rush yards (1,063) & 8+ rush TDs (8) in 2018. Is 1 of 3 AFC players (MELVIN GORDON & TYREEK HILL) with 5+ games of 130+ scrimmage yards in 2018. • WR JOHN ROSS had TD catch in Week 16. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 5 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North & 4th in row on road with TD catch. TE C.J. UZOMAH had rec. TD in Week 16, his 5th-career TD. • DT GENO ATKINS has 3 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 5. Since entering NFL in 2010, leads all DTs with 71 sacks. Is 1 of 5 with 9+ sacks in each of past 4 seasons. DE CARLOS DUNLAP has 4 TFL & 2 PD in his past 4 vs. Pit. Rookie S JESSIE BATES led team with 9 tackles last week. Had 10 tackles in only career meeting. Ranks 3rd among safeties with 108 tackles in 2018. Is only rookie with 100+ tackles & 3+ INTs (3) this season. Bates & S SHAWN WILLIAMS (100 tackles) are the only safety teammates in NFL with 100+ tackles each.
PITTSBURGH had 6 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: WR ANTONIO BROWN, RB JAMES CONNER, G DAVID DE CASTRO, DT CAMERON HEYWARD, C MAURKICE POUNCEY & T ALEJANDRO VILLANUEVA. • QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 380 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 108.8 rating last week. Had 369 pass yards & 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 100.7 rating in last meeting. Is 6-0 with 92.7 rating in his past 6 starts vs. Cin. Leads NFL with 4,842 pass yards & needs 158 pass yards to become 6th player in NFL history with 5,000+ pass yards in single season. • RB JAMES CONNER had 129 scrimmage yards (111 rush, 18 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 6 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with 125+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR ANTONIO BROWN had 14 catches for 185 yards & 2 TDs last week. Had 105 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Leads NFL with franchise-record 15 TD catches. Is 1st player in NFL history with 6-consecutive 100+ catch seasons. WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 11 catches for 115 yards in Week 16. Had 7 receptions for 111 yards in Week 6 meeting. Has 106 catches in 2018 & is youngest player in NFL history to reach 100 receptions in single season. • DT CAMERON HEYWARD has 2 sacks, FR & 4 PD in his past 4 at home vs. Cin. LB T.J. WATT had sack last week. Has 6 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 5 at home. Has 4 sacks in 5 career home games vs. division. DE STEPHON TUITT has sack in 2 of his past 3.
Arizona Cardinals (3-12) at Seattle Seahawks (9-6) Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | CenturyLink Field | Referee: Ron Torbert
LEADER: Series tied, 19-19-1
STREAKS: Seahawks have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 9/30/18: Seahawks 20 at Cardinals 17
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/31/17: Cardinals 26, Seahawks 24
ARIZONA had 1 player named to 2019 Pro Bowl: CB PATRICK PETERSON. • QB JOSH ROSEN (rookie) passed for 180 yards & TD with 88.5 rating in only career meeting. Has 80+ rating in 2 of 4 career starts vs. division. • RB DAVID JOHNSON had 67 scrimmage yards (35 rush, 32 rec.) & TD catch in Week 16. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD. Had 112 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 41 rec.) & rush TD in Week 4 meeting. Has 419 scrimmage yards (139.7) & 4 rush TDs in his past 3 vs. Sea. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 350 scrimmage yards (87.5 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 4 vs. division. • WR LARRY FITZGERALD had 6 receptions for 53 yards & 32-yard TD pass last week, his 1st-career pass TD. Has 5+ receptions in 3 of his past 5 on road. Has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 6 vs. Sea. Rookie WR TRENT SHERFIELD led team with 6 catches for 62 yards last week. Has 60+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. • DE CHANDLER JONES had sack in last meeting. Has 8.5 sacks & 2 FFs in 6 career games vs. Sea. Aims for his 4th in row at Sea. with 1.5+ sacks. Since 2016, leads NFL in sacks (40) & ranks 2nd in TFL (55). CB PATRICK PETERSON has 2 PD, FR & INT in his past 5 vs. division. Since entering NFL in 2011, ties for 3rd in INTs (23). DE BENSON MAYOWA had sack, FF & PD in Week 16. Has 4 sacks & FF in his past 6 vs. NFC West.
SEATTLE had 2 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: rookie P MICHAEL DICKSON & LB BOBBY WAGNER. • QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 271 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.2 rating last week. Has 7 games with 3+ TD passes this season, most in single season in franchise history. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 vs. Az. Has 571 pass yards (285.5 per game) & 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 114.2 rating in his past 2 at home vs. Az. Has 100+ rating in 6 of his past 7. • RB CHRIS CARSON rushed for 116 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 1,029 rush yards in 2018, his 1st-career season with 1,000+ rush yards. Aims for his 4th in row with 90+ rush yards & TD. In 4 career games vs. NFC West, has 483 scrimmage yards (120.8 per game) & rush TD. • WR DOUG BALDWIN had 7 receptions for 126 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. In his past 3 at home vs. Az., has 24 receptions for 395 yards (131.7 per game) & 4 TDs. Aims for his 4th in row at home vs. Az. with 90+ rec. yards & TD. WR TYLER LOCKETT leads team with 899 rec. yards & needs 101 for his 1st-career 1,000 yard season. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 12 tackles last week. Has 32 tackles, sack, FF, FR & 98-yard INT-TD in his past 3 vs. division. Has 124 tackles this season & has 100+ tackles in all 7 career seasons. DE FRANK CLARK leads team with career-high 12 sacks this season. Has 4 sacks in his past 5 at home.
Philadelphia Eagles (8-7) at Washington Redskins (7-8) Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | FedExField | Referee: Craig Wrolstad
LEADER: Redskins lead all-time series, 85-76-5
STREAKS: Eagles have won past 3
LAST GAME: 12/3/18: Redskins 13 at Eagles 28
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/10/17: Eagles 30, Redskins 17
EAGLES had 3 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: G BRANDON BROOKS, DT FLETCHER COX & TE ZACH ERTZ. • QB NICK FOLES completed 35 of 49 (71.4 pct.) for franchise-record 471 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 120.4 rating last week. Is 1st QB in franchise history with multiple games of 400+ pass yards & 4+ pass TDs (11/3/13 at Oak.). In his past 4 starts vs. Was., has 1,118 pass yards (279.5 per game) with 5 TDs vs. 1 INT for 95 rating. • RB DARREN SPROLES had 108 scrimmage yards (76 rec., 32 rush) & TD catch last week. Has 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in his past 4. Had rush TD in his last meeting. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Was. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with TD. • TE ZACH ERTZ had 12 receptions for 110 yards & 2 TDs in Week 16. Has franchise-record 113 catches in 2018, most receptions by TE in NFL history (JASON WITTEN, 110 in 2012). Has 32 catches for 377 yards (94.3 per game) & TD in his past 4 vs. Was. WR NELSON AGHOLOR had 5 catches for 116 yards, incl. career-long 83-yard TD last week. • DE CHRIS LONG had 2 sacks & FF in Week 16, his 10thcareer multi-sack game. LB NIGEL BRADHAM has 31 tackles (10.3 per game), sack & 3 PD in his past 3 on road vs. NFC East. Leads team with 93 tackles & needs 7 tackles in Week 17 for his 2nd-career season with 100+ tackles. S MALCOLM JENKINS aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with sack.
REDSKINS had 2 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: LB RYAN KERRIGAN & T TRENT WILLIAMS. • QB JOSH JOHNSON passed for 153 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TD pass. Passed for 240 yards & 2 TDs in only career start vs. Phi. (10/11/09 with TB). • RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 119 yards in Week 16. Has 13,318 career rush yards & surpassed HOFer ERIC DICKERSON (13,259) for 8th-most in NFL history. Has 216 rush yards (108 per game) & 2 rush TDs in his past 2 vs. Phi. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 95+ rush yards & TD. Has 427 scrimmage yards (71.2 per game) & 4 rush TDs in his past 6 at home. RB CHRIS THOMPSON has 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in his past 4 vs. Phi. Has TD in 4 of his past 6 meetings. • WR JAMISON CROWDER led team with 5 receptions & 78 rec. yards last week. Has 30 receptions for 479 yards (79.8 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 6 vs. NFC East. Has 18 catches for 351 yards (117 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 3 at home vs. division. WR MICHAEL FLOYD had TD catch in Week 16, his 1st TD with Was. • LB RYAN KERRIGAN had sack last week. Has 4 sacks & FF in his past 3. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. In his past 6 at home vs. Phi., has 7 sacks, 3 FFs, 2 FRs & 24-yard INTTD. Has 6 sacks & FF in his past 4 at home. LB MASON FOSTER led team with 9 tackles & had sack in Week 16. Leads team with 123 tackles, his 3rd-career season with 100+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with INT.
Indianapolis Colts (9-6) at Tennessee Titans (9-6) Sunday, December 30, 2018 | 8:20 PM ET | Nissan Stadium | Referee: Walt Anderson
LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 32-15
STREAKS: Titans have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 11/18/18: Titans 10 at Colts 38
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/16/17: Titans 36, Colts 22
INDIANAPOLIS had 2 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: TE ERIC EBRON & rookie G QUENTON NELSON. • QB ANDREW LUCK completed 31 of 47 (66 pct.) for 357 yards & 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 94 rating last week. Passed for 297 yards & 3 TDs for 143.8 rating in last meeting. Is 10-0 in his career as starter vs. Ten. Has 1,725 pass yards (287.5 per game) & 16 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 117 rating in his past 6 vs Ten. Aims for his 7th in row vs. Ten. with 2+ TD passes. Needs 4 TD passes to become 5th player with 2 seasons of 40+ TD passes. Has 4,308 pass yards & is 1 of 6 players with 4,000+ pass yards in 4 of 1st 7 seasons. • RB MARLON MACK had rush TD last week. Had 61 rush yards & TD in Week 11 meeting. Has 3 rush TDs in his past 3 on road. • WR T.Y. HILTON led team with 7 receptions & 138 rec. yards last week. Had 9 catches for 155 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 90+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at Ten. Has 4 TD catches in his past 5 vs. Ten. • LB DARIUS LEONARD (rookie) leads NFL with 155 tackles & needs 5 tackles to become 1st rookie since LUKE KUECHLY (164 in 2012) with 160+ tackles. Had 7 tackles, sack, INT & FF in Week 11 meeting. Has 70 tackles (11.7 per game), 4 sacks & 3 FFs in 6 career road games. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 8+ tackles. Has 50 tackles (10 per game) in 5 games vs. division. DL DENICO AUTRY had sack in last meeting. Has 5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 2 on road. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with sack. DL JABAAL SHEARD had 1.5 sacks in Week 11 meeting.
TENNESSEE had 3 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: DT JURRELL CASEY, P BRETT KERN & T TAYLOR LEWAN. • QB MARCUS MARIOTA completed 10 of 13 (76.9 pct) & had 101.4 rating last week. Has 905 pass yards (301.7 per game) & 5 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 92.2 rating in 3 home starts vs. Ind. Has 99.9 rating in 8 career home games vs. division. QB BLAINE GABBERT had TD pass & 123.7 rating last week. Has TD pass & 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 at home. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 84 rush yards & TD last week. Since Week 14, leads NFL with 492 rush yards & 7 rush TDs. Aims for his 5th in row at home & 5th in row overall with rush TD. Had 131 rush yards & TD in last home meeting (10/16/17). • WR COREY DAVIS has rec. TD in 2 of his past 4 at home. WR TAYWAN TAYLOR had team-high 64 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Had TD catch in only career home game vs. Ind. (10/16/17). • LB WESLEY WOODYARD led team with 10 tackles & had sack in Week 16. Is 1 of 2 (DARIUS LEONARD) with 4+ games (4) of 10+ tackles & 1+ sack in 2018. Needs 1 tackle for 3rd-career 100+ tackle season. S KEVIN BYARD had INT last week. Leads NFL with 12 INTs since 2017. CB MALCOLM BUTLER had 56-yard INT-TD in Week 16, his 1st-career INT-TD. Rookie LB HAROLD LANDRY had sack last week.
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