HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL

Centerville 52 Union City 50… The Indians were defeated by the Centerville Bulldogs in a close matchup, 50-52. They were led in scoring by Lutz with 13, Claywell with 12 points and 4 steals and Green with 10. Livingston and Green each had 7 rebounds. They move to 7-3 on the season and will play again on Tuesday against Winchester. The JV was victorious over Centerville with a score of 55-20. Smith led the team with 16, Corona had a double double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Jodi Carpenter had 10 points and 6 steals. They are now 7-1 and will play two games on Saturday starting at 4pm.

Northeastern 76 Seton Catholic 23

NORTHEASTERN:  Willow Runyon with 30 points, Emma Wright with 13 points, Jenna McFarland with 8 points, Sidney Dill with 6 points,

Kenzie Chasteen with 5 points, Anna Drake and Maddie Fields with 3 points each, and Morgan Benjamin and Kelli Drake scoring 2 points each.

SETON:  Lydia Reichley 13 pts Kim Lichtenberger 6 pts Emma Berger 4 pts

Tri 44 Randolph Southern 38

Union County 40 Hagerstown 31

 

BOYS HS BASKETBALL

Lincoln 69 Anderson Prep Academy 67…Cameron Gwin hit 8-3’s for 24 points.

 

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#1 Gonzaga 81 Washington 79

#3 Duke 84 Hartford 54

#13 Texas Tech 65 Arkansas Pine Bluff 47

#14 North Carolina 97 North Carolina Wilmington 69

#15 Virginia Tech 89 VMI 68

#17 Buffalo 89 LeMoyne 55

#19 Ohio State 77 Illinois 67

#21 Villanova 69 Temple 59

#24 Nebraska 78 Minnesota 85

Bluffton 82 Earlham 80 2OT

Butler 70 Brown 55

Louisville 86 Central Arkansas 41

North Texas 80 Indiana State 69

Miami Ohio 65 Wright State 62

Toledo 101 Detroit 57

Illinois Chicago 94 Illinois State 75

Cleveland State 82 Bowling Green 64

Xavier 82 Ohio 61

Purdue Fort Wayne 68 Akron 65

Ball State 75 Loyola Chicago 69

Northern Illinois 71 UC Davis 62

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#9 Tennessee 65 Stetson 55

#10 North Carolina State 83 Hampton 51

#14 Minnesota 75 Incarnate Word 39

#15 Syracuse 96 Maryland Eastern shore 51

#16 Iowa 73 Iowa State 70

#20 DePaul 76 Northwestern 60

#22 South Carolina 80 Appalachian State 50

Indiana 66 Butler 46

Miami Ohio 78 Cincinnati 65

Ohio 80 Purdue 73

Michigan State 102 Oakland 58

Duquesne 64 Penn State 58

Illinois 75 Indiana State 57

Nebraska 58 Kansas 52

Washington 69 Ohio State 59

Bluffton 63 Earlham 53

Akron 67 St. Bonaventure 58

Toledo 65 Cleveland State 60

Eastern Michigan 60 Detroit 53

Illinois Chicago 62 Evansville 54

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

Golden State 129 Cleveland 105

Denver 124 Orlando 118 OT

Washington 131 Atlanta 117

Oklahoma City 114 Brooklyn 112

New Orleans 132 Dallas 106

Milwaukee 115 Detroit 92

Minnesota 121 Charlotte 104

Toronto 113 Philadelphia 102

Memphis 96 LA Clippers 86

LA Lakers 121 San Antonio 113

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Edmonton 3 St. Louis 2

Anaheim 4 Chicago 2

San Jose 5 Carolina 1

 

TOP HEADLINES

 

Butler beats Brown at Hinkle

Butler improved to 6-2 on the season with a 70-55 win over Brown Wednesday night at
Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Paul Jorgensen led the Bulldogs with 19 points as Butler won its 47th consecutive
home game against a non-conference opponent.

"It was good to be back at Hinkle, to be able to get the taste of that loss (at
Saint Louis) out of our mouth," said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. "Our bench gave us
a good spark in the first half, but we went a little flat in the second half. We'll
watch the video, learn from it, and move on to the next one."

Kamar Baldwin and Henry Baddley each added 12 points for the Bulldogs, who never
trailed in the game and led by as many as 24 early in the second half. An early 11-0
run gave Butler a 25-8 lead and the Bulldogs kept the visitors at arm's length the
rest of the way.

Jorgensen went 3-of-6 from behind the arc as Butler hit nine three-pointers as a
team. Fourteen fast break points contributed to Butler's offensive output.

Butler committed a season-low seven turnovers. Aaron Thompson led the Bulldogs with
six rebounds and four assists. Baldwin also had four assists.

Desmond Cambridge led the Bears (6-4) with 15 points. Butler limited Brown to
36-percent shooting, including a 4-of-23 performance from three-point range.

The Bulldogs return to action Saturday, hosting Northern Illinois at Hinkle
Fieldhouse. Tickets are still available for the 4:30 p.m., which will air on FS1
nationally.


EARLHAM BASKETBALL ROUND-UP
EARLHAM RELEASE
WOMEN

BLUFFTON, Ohio – Missed shots plauged Earlham in their 63-53 loss against Bluffton on the road.

Earlham shot well below their season average in this matchup. The Quakers went 25.7 percent from field-goal range when they are averaging 38.2 percent, and 17.4 percent from three, 12.5 percentage points below their season average.

Bluffton’s bench outscored Earlham’s 21-12. Kayla Bowling lead the Quakers in scoring with 15 points. Camryn White and Zoe Curtis each had 10 points tying for second highest scorers. White’s seven rebounds were team-leading as well.

Earlham won the turnover battle. They forced 17 turnovers by the Beavers while only giving the ball up 13 times. Earlham also won in rebounding. The Quakers tallied 45 rebounds while Bluffton only earned 36.

Saturday, December 8 women’s basketball returns home to match up with Manchester at 2pm. They are currently 1-1 in conference.

MEN

RICHMOND, Ind. – A double overtime thriller with Bluffton ends in a narrow loss for the Quakers

Earlham shot well above their season average from field-goal range but below average from three. The Quakers won the rebound total, earning four more than Bluffton.

Earlham turned the ball over 19 times during the game, four more times than Bluffton, but the Quakers had three more steals than the Beavers.

Qawi Rucker accounted for a season-high 36 points and nine rebounds. He was 14-19 from field-goal range and 7-11 from the charity stripe. Darrell Hutchison and Isaiah Ware tallied 13 points each. The final score was 82-80.

Saturday, December 8 Earlham men’s basketball returns to face Manchester at home at 4:00pm.


Bengals receiver A.J. Green out for the season with injury

Bengals receiver A.J. Green will be sidelined for the rest of the season with an injured toe on his right foot.

The Bengals placed him on injured reserve Wednesday. Green got hurt on Oct. 28, missed three games with the injury, and returned last Sunday against Denver. He aggravated it while running a route, and he’s getting medical opinions on whether he should have surgery.

Green finishes with 46 catches for 694 yards – both career lows – and six touchdowns.

The Bengals also activated cornerback Davontae Harris from the injured reserve list on Wednesday. Harris suffered a knee injury in September.

Cincinnati (5-7) has lost four straight and six of seven. The Bengals play the Chargers (9-3) in Los Angeles on Sunday.

 

Trubisky expects to return when Bears host Rams

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky expects to return against the Los Angeles Rams after missing the past two games because of a right shoulder injury.

Trubisky says he feels “really close to 100 percent” and he’s “just gotta show” coach Matt Nagy he will be ready for the primetime matchup against Aaron Donald and the NFC West champions at Soldier Field on Sunday.

Nagy says he feels “strong that he will play,” though he wouldn’t quite commit to it.

Trubisky was hurt sliding late in a win over Minnesota on Nov. 18. He was hit by the Vikings’ Harrison Smith on the left side, resulting in his throwing shoulder getting driven into the ground.

Chase Daniel has started the past two games.

 

Ravens rookie Lamar Jackson faces biggest test vs Chiefs

Since taking over as the starting quarterback, rookie Lamar Jackson has revitalized the Baltimore Ravens running attack and kept opposing offenses off the field by dominating time of possession.

He will need do that again this week to help slow down the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs, who lead the NFL with 37 points per game.

“It will be very helpful if we could do that,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “They score in a variety of ways very quickly so time of possession would be very helpful for us.”

Jackson has emerged as a playmaker in place of Joe Flacco, who has been sidelined with a hip injury since Nov. 4. Flacco was not expected to be a full participant in practice on Wednesday, but Harbaugh said Flacco’s activity will be “ramped up” later this week.

Until then Jackson is poised to make his fourth consecutive start. He has led Baltimore to three consecutive victories, but faces his biggest challenge this week in a raucous Arrowhead Stadium.

“I just feel like those guys are going to have read my lips sometimes,” Jackson said about adjusting to the crowd noise. “I heard Kansas City can be very loud. I’m going to have to do my job and speak up.”

Chiefs coach Andy Reid has been impressed by the young quarterback. Jackson will look to make plays against a Kansas City defense that is allowing 122 yards rushing per game.

“He can run like a running back. He’s as fast as a receiver and he can throw like a son of a gun. That’s a good combination to have,” Reid said.

The Ravens have run for more than 200 yards in each of the last three games and hold the sixth and final postseason spot in the AFC. Baltimore (7-5) also is within a half-game of the first-place Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North.

This upcoming game features the Ravens’ top-ranked defense against the Chief’s No. 1 offense. The players, however, are just focused on winning and not any statistics.

 

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders hurt

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was helped off the practice field Wednesday after crumpling to the ground on a pass play and grabbing his left ankle.

Sanders, who became the Broncos’ No. 1 receiver with the trade of Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans last month, missed four games last season with a right ankle injury.

Sanders leads the Broncos (6-6) with 71 catches for 868 yards and four touchdowns. He’s also run for a touchdown and thrown for a touchdown.

The Broncos have lost several starters to injuries, including star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (fractured fibula) last weekend. He avoided going on IR, however, unlike offensive linemen Matt Paradis, Ronald Leary and Max Garcia and tight ends Jake Butt, Jeff Heuerman and Troy Fumagalli.

 

Newton says he’ll be ready to play vs Browns; coach unsure

Cam Newton insists he’ll be ready to play against the Browns despite lingering pain in his throwing shoulder.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera wasn’t quite as certain Wednesday saying, “We’ll see. We’re not even to Friday.”

More than 20 months after having surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, Newton is still experiencing discomfort. Coordinator Norv Turner has limited Newton’s downfield throws this season and twice has replaced Newton with backup Taylor Heinicke when lining up for Hail Mary passes.

Newton reps were limited in practice – as they have been for several weeks – as part of Rivera calls “the new normal.”

The Panthers (6-6) are a half-game behind the Vikings in the race for the second NFC wild card spot.

 

Giants safety Collins facing shoulder surgery, out Sunday

New York Giants safety and leading tackler Landon Collins is going to miss Sunday’s game against Washington with a shoulder injury that may require surgery.

Coach Pat Shurmur confirmed Wednesday that Collins will be out Sunday and that his injury probably will require surgery.

Collins was not in the locker room before practice to comment.

An All-Pro in 2106 and a two-time Pro Bowler, Collins was hurt in Sunday’s overtime win against the Chicago Bears. He left the game late in the first half after assisting on a tackle against halfback Tarik Cohen. He returned at least twice in the second half and finished with five tackles, giving him 95 for the season.

“Landon displays what he is, he’s a very tough guy, very good tackler, he’s made a lot of plays for us, especially close to the line of scrimmage,” Shurmur said of Collins’ season. “I’ve said it numerous times, in a sport where toughness is required, he’s got a lot of it, so that’s what I appreciate about him.”

Collins has led the Giants in tackles in each of his first three seasons. His contract expires after this season.

Veteran Michael Thomas and rookie Sean Chandler probably will share Collins’ workload on Sunday.

“Obviously we’re going to miss him, but it’s an opportunity for young guys to step up, our new guys to step up,” said Thomas, who had five tackles Sunday. “You don’t just replace a guy like LC, two-time Pro Bowl player, All-Pro safety. You don’t just replace that, so that’s my brother, we’re going to ride for him.”

Chandler, who had one tackle against the Bears, said he would be ready.

Chandler was an undrafted free agent out of Temple. He played in the NFLPA bowl game in January and was coached by Thomas, who signed with the Giants as a free agent in the offseason.

 

George scores 25 of 47 in 4th, rallies Thunder past Nets

Once Paul George got going, he didn’t slow down until he carried the Oklahoma City Thunder to their biggest comeback victory ever.

George scored 25 of his 47 points in a sensational fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds left that gave the Thunder a 114-112 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

George rallied the Thunder from a 23-point deficit and finished a point shy of his career high, leading them to a fourth straight victory in a game they trailed big for much of the way.

But they got close and then got the ball to George on their last possession, and there was no surprise he nailed the shot.

“Yeah, it felt good,” George said. “I had the hot hand, I knew I had the hot hand. I just felt good all game.”

Russell Westbrook had his 108th career triple-double to snap a tie with former Nets star and coach Jason Kidd for third in NBA history, finishing with 21 points, 17 assists and 15 rebounds.

But it was George, whose slow started helped send the Thunder into their big hole, who made sure they climbed out of it. And Westbrook made sure George knew not to lose his confidence even when his shot wasn’t falling.

“My job is to make sure that I constantly keep telling him to stay aggressive, to play his game because he’s that type of guy, man,” Westbrook said. “He can get hot. He’s a superstar in this league and as you seen tonight when he gets hot he can change the game for us.”

 

LeBron scores 42 as Lakers surge past Spurs late, 121-113

LeBron James had no idea why he was so tired. He slept 11 hours overnight, missing his company Christmas party in the process, and then had a 2 1/2-hour nap before the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against San Antonio.

Perhaps his body just knew he would need all that stored-up energy to hold off the Spurs during a frantic finish.

James scored 20 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter and Josh Hart hit two clutch 3-pointers in the final minutes of the Lakers’ fourth straight victory, 121-113 on Wednesday night.

Kyle Kuzma had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who lost Brandon Ingram to a sprained left ankle in the first quarter. Los Angeles still beat the Spurs for the first time in three tries this season, but only after James dramatically took control of another fourth quarter during his third 40-point game since joining the Lakers.

“It’s the fourth quarter, and my teammates look at me to make plays,” James said with a shrug. “Sometimes it doesn’t happen that way but I put that type of pressure on my back because I love my teammates giving me that responsibility.”

James went 7 of 8 from the field with three 3-pointers in the fourth, but he was quick to point out he had plenty of help from younger Lakers, even after Ingram went down. Kuzma scored nine points in the fourth, including a key dunk on a pass from James with 2:13 left, while Hart and Lonzo Ball both hit big 3s.

Everything added up to an impressive finish by the Lakers, who improved to 15-9 with their eighth win in their last nine home games.

“You just know” when James is about to take over a game, Hart said. “I’ve said it before. He’s the best ever to put on a uniform. When it’s happening, sometimes it’s amazing. People should stop criticizing, shut up and enjoy his greatness.”

 

Curry’s 42 leads Warriors past Cavs in faux Finals rematch

Their fierce rivalry is over, reduced to only memories.

The Warriors and Cavaliers had something special, four straight NBA Finals that Steph Curry will one day savor.

Some day.

“It was historical,” Curry said. “I’ll definitely sit back on the couch in 10 or 12 years when it’s all over and think about what it was like to play here, and how high the stakes were every time we came into this building.”

Right now, Curry and the Warriors aren’t ready to reminisce.

Curry made nine 3-pointers and scored 42 points, Kevin Durant added 25 and Golden State returned to face a very different looking Cleveland team for the first time since winning another NBA title and beat the Cavaliers 129-105 on Wednesday night.

Fully healed after missing 11 games with a strained groin, Curry scored nine points in less than a minute midway through the fourth quarter to help the Warriors pull away for their eighth straight win over their former Finals rivals. Curry added nine rebounds and seven assists, and Durant had 10 rebounds and nine assists.

It was Golden State’s first visit to Cleveland since June, when the Warriors completed a sweep to win their third championship in four years.

Nothing in Quicken Loans Arena felt or looked the same.

“The energy before the game, after the game,” Durant said, noting the changes in Cleveland. “There were more media members here the last couple of years. We were talking about that before we ran out on the floor. That was a circus right here during the Finals. You start thinking about the great memories you had, especially the championship.

 

Hachimura’s shot lifts No. 1 Gonzaga over Washington 81-79

In the closing seconds of a tie game, Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins dribbled out high looking for somewhere to pass the ball.

He spotted Rui Hachimura near the free throw line.

“They left Rui open where he is automatic,” Perkins said.

Hachimura sank a turnaround jumper with 0.6 seconds left, lifting the top-ranked Bulldogs to an 81-79 victory over in-state rival Washington on Wednesday night.

Hachimura had 26 points for Gonzaga (9-0), which has won 12 of its past 13 games against the Huskies.

“We wanted Rui to take that shot in that situation,” teammate Zach Norvell Jr. said. “He shoots that shot a lot.”

Washington missed a halfcourt try as the final buzzer sounded.

Norvell finished with 14 points, Corey Kispert added 13 and Brandon Clarke had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Gonzaga, which struggled against Washington’s zone defense.

“It’s a handful,” Zags coach Mark Few said. “They adjust really well.”

Jaylen Nowell scored 26 for Washington (6-3), which was in the preseason Top 25 before losing at No. 8 Auburn. Matisse Thybulle added 18 points.

“We did a good job in the second half slowing the game down and finding the open man on offense,” Washington coach Mike Hopkins said. “We showed a lot of heart and a lot of toughness.”

The Bulldogs were held well below their season average of 98 points per game, which ranked second in the nation.

Hachimura, a junior from Japan who leads the team in scoring, had 18 points as Gonzaga took a 40-30 halftime lead.

Washington shot just 39 percent in the first period, while Gonzaga shot 41 percent and sank all 10 of its free throws.

 

Cardinals strike gold, get Goldschmidt from Diamondbacks

The St. Louis Cardinals struck gold in their search for a big hitter, acquiring slugging first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in a blockbuster trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Eager to push for the playoffs after a three-year absence, St. Louis sent pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson Kelly, minor league infielder Andy Young and a 2019 draft pick to Arizona.

A six-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner at 31, Goldschmidt was among the top players available in the trade market. He hit .290 with 33 home runs and 83 RBIs last season.

“We’ve been busy this offseason working to upgrade our lineup, and today we are excited to announce the acquisition of one of the game’s premier players,” Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said in a statement.

Goldschmidt has a $14.5 million salary next year, receives a $1 million assignment bonus for the trade and will be eligible for free agency after next season. The Cardinals have a history of acquiring top hitters and then signing them to long-term deals, including Mark McGwire and Matt Holliday.

St. Louis went 88-74 last season and felt it needed a boost in the middle of a lineup that includes Matt Carpenter, Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina to compete with the likes of Milwaukee and the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. The Cardinals’ postseason drought is their longest since 1997-99.

Free-agent slugger Bryce Harper has supposedly been on the Cards’ wish list, too, with the winter meetings coming up this weekend. Last offseason, the Cardinals had worked out a deal with Miami for NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, but he refused to waive his no-trade clause.

Arizona went 82-80 in the NL West and finished behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado, which both made the playoffs.

The Diamondbacks parted ways with a homegrown player who grew to be the face of the franchise but is nearing the end of an extremely team-friendly contract. The quiet slugger was selected by Arizona in the eighth round of the 2009 draft and made his major league debut in 2011.

In 2013, Goldschmidt hit 36 home runs and drove in 125. In 2017, he matched that home-run high with 36 and drove in 120. He is a .297 career hitter with 209 home runs, and was runner-up in the NL MVP voting in 2013 and 2015.

 

NFL refs back official accused of calling player vulgar name

The NFL Referees Association is questioning why the league isn’t focusing more attention on Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes for threatening umpire Roy Ellison following Buffalo’s game at Miami last weekend.

Ellison has been placed on administrative leave while the NFL investigates Hughes’ accusation that Ellison called him a vulgar name during the game.

In a statement released Wednesday, NFLRA executive director Scott Green says the association expects the NFL’s investigation to clear Ellison while turning the focus on Hughes.

Green says Hughes has a history of being flagged for personal misconduct and arguing with officials.

“While we are disappointed that the NFL has yet to address that aspect of the incident, we look forward to working with the league during its review, and will ensure that Roy’s rights are protected during this process,” Green said.

TV video shows the player confronting Ellison in the tunnel near the locker room and accusing him of using a derogatory term. Hughes waved his index finger and shouted, “I’ll catch you! I’ll catch you, guaranteed!” before being pulled away by a teammate.

Ellison was suspended in 2013 for making a derogatory statement to Washington tackle Trent Williams during a game.

 

Philbin: Winston Moss was let go because of ‘fit’ with team

Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin said that it wasn’t easy to let associate head coach Winston Moss go from the coaching staff, but that he came to the decision because he “just didn’t feel like the fit right now was where it needs to be.”

Philbin spoke on Wednesday before his first practice as the interim coach to replace the fired Mike McCarthy . Moss posted a message on Twitter on Tuesday that appeared to question that Packers leadership and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

“Find somebody that is going to hold (hash)12 (Rodgers’ jersey number) and everybody in this building to a (hash)LombardiStandard,” read part of Moss’ tweet , citing former Packers coach and Hall of Famer Vince Lombardi.

When asked about the tweet, Philbin said the decision didn’t have to do with just one factor. He then recounted what he told the team earlier this week.

“We’ve got to be professional, accountable, respectful and punctual – those are the four things that we’ve got to do the next four weeks,” he said. “And if we do all those things we’ll be in good shape.”

Moss joined the Packers’ staff in January 2006, a week after McCarthy was hired as head coach. An NFL linebacker for 11 seasons, Moss primarily oversaw the outside linebackers.

When longtime defensive coordinator Dom Capers was fired after last season, Mike Pettine was hired as his replacement. The Packers turned to Philbin, the offensive coordinator and former Dolphins head coach, to take over for McCarthy for the last four games of the season.

Moss’ limited interactions in recent years with the media were also often either brief or contentious.

 

USA Gymnastics files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

USA Gymnastics is turning to bankruptcy in an effort to ensure its survival.

The embattled organization filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on Wednesday as it attempts to reach settlements in the dozens of sex-abuse lawsuits it faces and to forestall its potential demise at the hands of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

USA Gymnastics filed the petition in Indianapolis, where it is based. It faces 100 lawsuits representing 350 athletes in various courts across the country who blame the group for failing to supervise Larry Nassar, a team doctor accused of molesting them.

Kathryn Carson, who was recently elected chairwoman of the board of directors, said the organization is turning to bankruptcy to speed things up after mediation attempts failed to gain traction.

“Those discussions were not moving at any pace,” Carson said. “We as a board felt this was a critical imperative and decided to take this action.”

The filing does not affect the amount of money available to victims, which would come from previously purchased insurance coverage, she said. Carson said the insurance companies “are aware we’re taking this action and our expectation is they will come to the table and pay on our coverage.”

Carson added: “This is not a liquidation. This is a reorganization.”

One that USA Gymnastics hopes will buy it enough time to fend off the USOC’s intent to decertify it.

The USOC on Nov. 5 took steps to remove USAG as the sport’s governing body at the Olympic level – a step that’s taken only under the most extreme circumstances. In an open letter to the gymnastics community, USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said “you deserve better,” and that the challenges facing USA Gymnastics were more than it was capable of overcoming as currently constructed.

Carson said the legal maneuvering Wednesday delays the USOC’s efforts to strip its designation as a national governing body.

“We always have a dialogue going with them and intend to make it clear with them we have a lot to talk about and we want to keep that going,” Carson said.

USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky disagreed.

“While we fully understand that USAG believes this restructuring will begin to solve deficiencies we’ve identified, the filing does not impact our Section 8 complaint and that process will move forward,” Sandusky said.

 

MEN'S SOCCER: TWO RED WOLVES EARN NAIA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE HONORS

RICHMOND, Ind. - Dumi Kumwenda and Liam Healy represented the Indiana University
East men's soccer program on the national Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete list
announced during the recent national tournament.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information
director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a
4.0 scale, must have achieved a junior academic status and must be in at least their
third semester at the institution.
Kumwenda and Healy were among 532 players on the Scholar-Athlete lists.
Kumwenda, a junior from Blantyre, Malawi, is a business administration major with a
computer information systems concentration.
Healy, a junior from Perth, Australia, is a criminal justice major.
IU East recently completed the program's second NAIA season. The Red Wolves won 10
matches, including a seven-match winning streak late in the year, and reached the
River States Conference tournament semifinals for the second consecutive season.

 

 

2018 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 14

NFC

CLINCHED: Los Angeles Rams – NFC West division title


LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-1
)
 (at Chicago (8-4), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

Los Angeles clinches a first round bye with:

1)    LAR win


NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-2
)
 (at Tampa Bay (5-7), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

New Orleans clinches NFC South division title with:

1)    NO win or tie OR

2)    CAR loss or tie


New Orleans clinches a playoff berth with
:

1)    MIN loss + PHI loss or tie + WAS loss or tie

AFC

 

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-2) (vs. Baltimore (7-5), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Kansas City clinches a playoff berth with:

1)    KC win or tie OR

2)    MIA loss or tie + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-3) (at Miami (6-6), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

New England clinches AFC East division title with:

1)    NE win or tie

HOUSTON TEXANS (9-3) (vs. Indianapolis (6-6), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Houston clinches AFC South division title with:

1)    HOU win + TEN loss or tie OR

2)    HOU tie + TEN loss

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (9-3) (vs. Cincinnati (5-7), Sunday, 4:05 PM ET, CBS)

Los Angeles clinches a playoff berth with:

1)    LAC win + MIA loss or tie + DEN loss or tie + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie OR

2)    LAC tie + MIA loss + DEN loss + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie as long as both IND and TEN both don’t tie

 

 

BOB WETTIG BASKETBALL FIRST ROUND

Dec. 27 Seton Catholic vs. Lighthouse East,                                         10 am

Dec. 27 Illinois CRU vs. Bloomington South,                                        11:30 am

Dec. 27 Connersville vs. South Bend Adams,                                       1 pm

Dec. 27 Zionsville vs. Indianapolis Home School,                               2:30 pm

Dec. 27 Greensburg vs. Franklin,                                                            4 pm

Dec. 27 Indianapolis Cathedral vs. Northwest Home School,          5:30 pm

Dec. 27 Lighthouse South at Richmond,                                               7 pm

Dec. 27 Portage vs. Indianapolis Tindley,                                             8:30 pm

 

 

COLLEGE BOWL SCHEDULE

Date Bowl Time/TV
Dec. 15 Gildan New Mexico Bowl: North Texas vs. Utah State 2 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 15 AutoNation Cure Bowl: Tulane vs. Louisiana 2:30 p.m., TBD
Dec. 15 Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State vs. Arizona State 2:30 p.m., ABC
Dec. 15 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl: Eastern Michigan vs. Georgia Southern 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 15 R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: MTSU vs. Appalachian State 9 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 18 Cheribundi Tart Boca Raton Bowl: UAB vs. Northern Illinois 7 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 19 DXL Frisco Bowl: Ohio vs. San Diego State 8 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 20 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl: USF vs. Marshall 8 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 21 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl: Toledo vs. FIU 12:30 a.m. ESPN
Dec. 21 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Western Michigan vs. BYU 4 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 22 Birmingham Bowl: Memphis vs. Wake Forest 12 p.m.., ESPN
Dec. 22 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: Houston vs. Army 3:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 22 Dollar General Bowl: Troy vs. Buffalo 7 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 22 Hawai’i Bowl: Hawaii vs. Louisiana Tech 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 26 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl: Boise State vs. Boston College 1:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 26 Detroit Bowl: Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech 5:15 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 26 Cheez-It Bowl: TCU vs Cal  9 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 27 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl: Duke vs. Temple 1:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 27 New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Miami vs. Wisconsin  5:15 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 27 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl: Vanderbilt vs. Baylor  9 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 28 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Purdue vs. Auburn 1:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 28 Camping World Bowl: Syracuse vs. West Virginia 5:15 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 28 Valero Alamo Bowl: Washington State vs. Iowa State 9 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 29 Chck-Fil-A Peach Bowl: Michigan vs. Florida 12 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 29 Belk Bowl: Virginia vs. South Carolina 12 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 29 Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl: Arkansas State vs. Nevada 1:15 p.m., CBSSN
Dec. 31 Military Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech 12 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 31 Hyundai Sun Bowl: Pitt vs. Stanford 2 p.m.., CBS
Dec. 31 Redbox Bowl: Michigan State vs. Oregon 3 p.m., FOX
Dec. 31 AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Missouri vs. Oklahoma State  3:45 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 31 Holiday Bowl: Utah vs. Northwestern 7 p.m., FS1
Dec. 31 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl: N.C. State vs. Texas A&M 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 1 Outback Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Iowa  12 p.m., ESPN2
Jan. 1 VRBO Citrus Bowl: Penn State vs. Kentucky 1 p.m., ABC
Jan. 1 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: UCF vs. LSU 1 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Game: Ohio State vs. Washington 5 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 1 Allstate Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Texas 8:45 p.m., ESPN

College Football Playoff schedule 

Date Bowl Time/TV
Dec. 29 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic:  Notre Dame vs. Clemson  4 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 29 Capital One Orange Bowl: Alabama vs. Oklahoma 8 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 7 College Football Playoff championship 7 p.m., ESPN

 

 

NFL GAME-BY-GAME PREVIEWS

Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8) at Tennessee Titans (6-6)

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 8:20 PM ET | Nissan Stadium | Referee: John Parry

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 27-20

STREAKS: Titans have won past 3

LAST GAME: 9/23/18: Titans 9 at Jaguars 6

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/31/17: Titans 15, Jaguars 10

JAGS NOTES:

QB CODY KESSLER completed 18 of 24 (75 pct.) for 150 yards & 90.6 rating & added 28 rush yards in Week 13. In his only career start vs. Ten. (10/16/16 with Cle.), completed 26 of 41 (63.4 pct.) for career-high 336 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 105.3 rating. Has 220+ pass yards in 3 of 5 career starts on road. Aims for his 4th road start in row with 90+ rating. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE rushed for 95 yards & 2 TDs in Week 12. Aims for his 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. In his last game vs. Ten. (12/31/17), had 136 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 67 rec.). Has 197 scrimmage yards (98.5 per game) & rush TD in 2 career meetings. Has 509 scrimmage yards (101.8 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 career games vs. division. RB T.J. YELDON had 90 scrimmage yards (46 rec., 44 rush) in last meeting. Led team with 7 catches & 49 rec. yards last week. • WR DONTE MONCRIEF had TD catch in his last game on Thursday (11/24/16 with Ind. vs. Pit.). Has 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 4 on road. WR DEDE WESTBROOK has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. • DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had 2 TFL, sack & PD last week. Had 3 TFL & 2 sacks in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd meeting in row with 2+ TFL. LB TELVIN SMITH had 12 tackles, TFL & FF in Week 13. Had team-high 8 tackles & sack in last meeting. In his past 3 road meetings, has 33 tackles (11 per game), 2 sacks, 2 TFL & FF. LB MYLES JACK had 10 tackles & FR last week. CB D.J. HAYDEN had 2 PD & INT last week.

TITANS NOTES:

QB MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 282 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 90.4 rating & rushed for team-high 43 yards last week. Since entering league in 2015, has 5 games with 250+ pass yards & 40+ rush yards, tied for 2nd-most in NFL over span. In his past 2, has completed 42 of 58 (72.4 pct.) for 585 yards (292.5 per game) with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 120.3 rating. Has 8 pass TDs vs. 2 INTs for 96.5 rating in 7 career meetings. Ranks 3rd in AFC with 68.6 comp. pct. (188 of 274). • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for TD last week. Has 90+ scrimmage yards & TD in 3 of his 5 career games vs. Jax. In 2 career home meetings, has 214 scrimmage yards (107 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.). Has 3 rush TDs in his past 2 at home. RB DION LEWIS has 110+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 4 on Thursday. • WR TAYWAN TAYLOR had 3 catches for career-high 104 yards in Week 13. Has 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. WR COREY DAVIS had TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD & his 3rd in row at home with TD catch. Has 125+ scrimmage yards & TD in 2 of his past 4. TE ANTHONY FIRKSER had 1st-career TD catch last week. • LB JAYON BROWN had 5 tackles, sack & PD last week. Is 1 of 2 NFL players (DARIUS LEONARD) with 70+ tackles (70) & 6+ sacks (6) in 2018. DT JURRELL CASEY had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Had sack & FF in last meeting. Has sack in each of his past 2 vs. Jax. CB MALCOLM BUTLER had INT last week.

 

New York Jets (3-9) at Buffalo Bills (4-8)

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | New Era Field | Referee: Alex Kemp

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Bills lead all-time series, 61-54

STREAKS: Bills have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/11/18: Bills 41 at Jets 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/10/17: Bills 21, Jets 12

JETS NOTES:

QB SAM DARNOLD (rookie) has 563 pass yards (281.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. division. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 220+ pass yards & 20+ comp. QB JOSH MC COWN has 404 pass yards (202 per game) in his past 2 starts. • RB ISAIAH CROWELL had 107 scrimmage yards (98 rush, 9 rec.) last week. Had rush TD in Week 10 meeting. Has 4 rush TDs in 6 road games this season. Has 60+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 5 vs. division. RB ELIJAH MC GUIRE has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. • WR JERMAINE KEARSE had 7 catches for 59 yards in last road meeting. WR ROBBY ANDERSON led team with 4 catches & 48 rec. yards last week. TE CHRISTOPHER HERNDON leads all rookie TEs with 28 catches, ranks 2nd with 345 rec. yards & ties for 2nd with 3 TD catches. WR QUINCY ENUNWA leads team with 35 catches & 427 rec. yards. • LB AVERY WILLIAMSON had 9 tackles last week. Has 42 tackles (10.5 per game), 2 TFL, sack & FF in his past 4. Aims for his 6th in row with 8+ tackles. Had 11 tackles & FF in last meeting. Has 20 tackles, sack & FF in 2 career games vs. Buf. Since entering league in 2014, is 1 of 4 NFL players with 450+ tackles (468) & 10+ sacks (14.5). S JAMAL ADAMS had 11 tackles, sack & FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Had TFL & PD in last meeting. Is only AFC player with 85+ tackles (88) & 10+ PD (12) this season. CB MORRIS CLAIBORNE tied career-high with 4 PD in last meeting. LB DARRON LEE had 11 tackles in last game vs. Buf.

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN (rookie) passed for 231 yards with 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs & rushed 9 times for 135 yards (15 avg.) last week. His 135 rush yards are most by QB in single game in franchise history & he is 1st QB in SB era to rush for 95+ yards in consecutive games. Became 4th player in NFL history (WALTER PAYTON, TOBIN ROTE & MICHAEL VICK) with 2+ TD passes & 125+ rush yards in single game. Is 1 of 2 NFL QBs (CAM NEWTON) with 350+ rush yards (389) & 4+ rush TDs (4) in 2018. • RB LE SEAN MC COY had 64 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 12 rec.) last week. Had 113 rush yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 110+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Jets. Has 95+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 8 at home. Since 2017, has 838 scrimmage yards (93.1 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 9 games vs. division. • WR ZAY JONES had 67 rec. yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 3 TD catches in his past 3. Set career-highs with 8 catches & 93 rec. yards with TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jets with TD. WR ISAIAH MC KENZIE had career-high 46 rec. yards last week. Rookie WR ROBERT FOSTER had 3 catches for 105 yards in last meeting. • S MICAH HYDE had INT last week. Had INT in last meeting & in 2 of his past 3 vs. Jets. LB MATT MILANO had 6 tackes & INT in last meeting. Has 4 TFL, 3 PD, INT & FR in his past 4 at home. S JORDAN POYER had sack in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 meetings.

 

Carolina Panthers (6-6) at Cleveland Browns (4-7-1)

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | FirstEnergy Stadium | Referee: Walt Anderson

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 4-1

STREAKS: Panthers have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME: 12/21/14: Browns 13 at Panthers 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/28/10: Browns 24, Panthers 23

PANTHERS NOTES:

QB CAM NEWTON passed for 300 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 2+ pass TDs & 100+ rating in 6 of his past 7. Has 13 TD passes vs. 2 INTs for 107.4 rating & 5 rush TDs in his past 6 vs. AFC. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has 268 rush yards (53.6 per game) & 5 rush TDs in his past 5 vs. AFC North. • RB CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY had 161 scrimmage yards (106 rush, 55 rec.) & TD catch in Week 13. Is 1st player in NFL history with 50+ rush yards & 50+ rec. yards in 5 consecutive games. In his past 6, has 859 scrimmage yards (143.2 per game) & 10 TDs (5 rush, 5 rec.). Since Week 8, leads NFL with 859 scrimmage yards & 10 TDs. Has 535 scrimmage yards (107 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rec., 3 rush) in his past 5 vs. AFC. • WR CURTIS SAMUEL had career-high 6 receptions & team-high 88 rec. yards in Week 13. Has 4 TDs (3 rec., 1 rush) in his past 5. WR DEVIN FUNCHESS had rec. TD last week. Has 5 TD catches in his past 6 vs. AFC. • LB LUKE KUECHLY has 47 tackles, 4 PD, 2 INTs & FR in his past 6 vs. AFC. Has 8+ tackles in 11 of his past 12 road games. Has 100 tackles in 2018 & has 100+ tackles in all 7 career seasons. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (DARIUS LEONARD & BLAKE MARTINEZ) with 100+ tackles (100) & 2+ sacks (2) this season. DT KAWANN SHORT had sack in Week 13. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. Had sack in last meeting. CB DONTE JACKSON leads NFL rookies with 4 INTs.

BROWNS NOTES:

QB BAKER MAYFIELD (rookie) passed for career-high 397 yards last week. His 397 pass yards are most by rookie in single game in franchise history. Has completed 40 of 54 (74.1 pct.) for 431 yards (215.5 per game) with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.9 rating in 2 career games vs. NFC. Leads NFL rookies with 2,639 pass yards, 18 TD passes & 91.1 rating. Is averaging 263.9 pass yards per game, 2nd-highest among rookie QBs (ANDREW LUCK, 273.4) since 1970 (min. 200 att.). • RB NICK CHUBB (rookie) had 72 scrimmage yards (41 rec., 31 rush) last week. Has 299 scrimmage yards (149.5 per game) with 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 2 at home. Has 256 rush yards (128 per game) with 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 2 vs. NFC. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. has 241 scrimmage yards (80.3 per game) with 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD catch. • WR JARVIS LANDRY led team with 6 catches & 103 rec. yards last week. Had TD catch in his only career meeting (11/13/17 with Mia.). Has TD catch in 4 of his past 6 vs. NFC South. TE DAVID NJOKU has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. WR RASHARD HIGGINS had TD catch in Week 13. • DE MYLES GARRETT had 1.5 sacks last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Ties for 2nd in AFC with 11.5 sacks. CB DAMARIOUS RANDALL has 9 tackles, 3 PD & INT in 2 career games vs. Car. LB JOE SCHOBERT had 11 tackles & .5 sack last week. CB DENZEL WARD ranks 2nd among NFL rookies with 11 PD & ties for 2nd with 3 INTs.

 

Atlanta Falcons (4-8) at Green Bay Packers (4-7-1)

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Lambeau Field | Referee: Walt Coleman

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 15-14

STREAKS: Falcons have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/17/17: Packers 23 at Falcons 34

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/8/14: Packers 43, Falcons 37

FALCONS NOTES:

QB MATT RYAN ranks 3rd in NFL with 3,814 pass yards & is 1 of 3 in league with 3,500+ yards & 100+ rating (109.3) in 2018. In his past 4 vs. GB (incl. playoffs), has 1,307 pass yards (326.8 per game) with 12 TDs vs. 1 INT for 124.9 rating. Has 1,057 pass yards (352.3 per game) with 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 107.8 rating in his past 3 on road. Aims for 4th in row on road with 330+ pass yards & 100+ rating. • RB TEVIN COLEMAN had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB (incl. postseason) with TD. Has 3 TD catches in his past 3 on road. RB ITO SMITH ranks 2nd among NFC rookies with 4 rush TDs. • WR JULIO JONES leads NFL with 1,323 rec. yards & ranks 4th with 86 receptions this season. Had 5 receptions for 108 yards in last meeting. In his past 4 vs. GB (incl. postseason), has 28 catches for 576 yards (144 per game) & 3 TDs. Has 25 receptions for 375 yards (125 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 3 on road. TE AUSTIN HOOPER had TD catch last week. • LB VIC BEASLEY, JR. had 74-yard FR-TD last week, his 2nd-career TD. Had sack & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with sack. LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL had 8 tackles & sack in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row with 6+ tackles. LB DEION JONES led team with careerhigh 15 tackles & had sack in Week 13. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT. DT GRADY JARRETT had sack & 2 FFs last week, his 1st-career FFs.

PACKERS NOTES:

QB AARON RODGERS has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3 at home. In 8 career meetings (incl. postseason), has 2,622 pass yards (327.8 per game) with 21 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 112.9 rating. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Atl. with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has 1,512 pass yards (302.4 per game) with 16 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 127.9 rating in his past 5 at home vs. NFC South. • RB AARON JONES had rush TD last week. In his past 4, has 420 scrimmage yards (105 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.). His 6 TDs since Week 10 are tied for most in NFL over span (CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY). Aims for his 5th in row with TD. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS ties for 2nd in NFL with 11 TD catches & ranks 5th with 85 receptions this season. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Had 8 catches for 99 yards & TD in last meeting. Since 2016, ties for NFL lead with 33 TD catches (ANTONIO BROWN). TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 9 rec. TDs in 12 career meetings. • LB BLAKE MARTINEZ leads NFC with 106 tackles in 2018. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 5 tackles & sack in last meeting. LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 10 tackles & 2.5 sacks in his past 2 vs. Atl. Has 9 sacks in his past 8 vs. NFC South. DL DEAN LOWRY had sack in Week 13. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack.

 

Indianapolis Colts (6-6) at Houston Texans (9-3)

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | NRG Stadium | Referee: Bill Vinovich

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 25-8

STREAKS: Colts have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 9/30/18: Texans 37 at Colts 34 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/5/17: Colts 20, Texans 14

COLTS NOTES:

QB ANDREW LUCK has 3+ TD passes in 8 of his past 9. In last meeting, completed 40 of 62 (64.5 pct.) for 464 yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 108.5 rating. In 9 career games vs. Hou., has 21 TD passes vs. 6 INTs for 90.5 rating. Has 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 32 TD passes & 3rd with 332 completions. • RB MARLON MACK has 275 scrimmage yards (91.7 per game) & 2 rush TDs in his past 3 on road. Had rush TD in his last game vs. Hou. (12/31/17). Rookie RB NYHEIM HINES had 9 catches for 63 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Is 1 of 2 NFL rookies (SAQUON BARKLEY) with 250+ rush yards (288) & 250+ rec. yards (298). • WR T.Y. HILTON had 8 catches for 77 yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 75+ rec. yards. Since Week 10, ties for NFL lead with 434 rec. yards. Had 4 catches for 115 yards in last meeting. Has 115+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 meetings. TE ERIC EBRON tied career-high with 10 catches for 81 yards in Week 13. Had 40 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has 2+ TD catches in 2 of his past 4. Leads NFL TEs with 11 TD catches. WR ZACH PASCAL had rec. TD in last meeting. • LB DARIUS LEONARD (rookie) had 8 tackles & TFL last week. Had 13 tackles & sack in Week 4 meeting. In 5 career road games, has 57 tackles (11.4 per game), 7 TFL, 3 sacks & 3 FFs. Leads NFL with 122 tackles & is only player with 100+ tackles & 5+ sacks (6) in 2018. DL DENICO AUTRY set career-highs with 3 sacks & 2 FFs in Week 13.

TEXANS NOTES:

TEXANS are 1st team in NFL history to win 9 consecutive games immediately following 0-3 start to season. Houston’s 9 game win streak is longest active streak in league. • QB DESHAUN WATSON completed 22 of 31 (71 pct.) for 224 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 102.1 rating. Has 11 TD passes vs. 2 INTs for 123.2 rating in his past 5. In his only career start vs. Ind. (9/30/18), completed 29 of 42 (69 pct.) for 375 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 102.8 rating & rushed for 41 yards with TD. Has 8 TD passes vs. 0 INTs for 138.4 rating in his past 3 at home. Since entering league in 2017, is 1 of 2 NFL QBs (RUSSELL WILSON) with 100+ rating (101.8) & 500+ rush yards (644). • RB LAMAR MILLER rushed for 103 yards last week. Has 265 rush yards (132.5 per game) & rush TD in his past 2. Aims for his 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & has 99+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6. Has 537 scrimmage yards (107.4 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 5 at home. • WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS had 91 rec. yards last week. Had 10 catches for 169 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd meeting in row with 85+ rec. yards & TD catch. Rookie TE JORDAN THOMAS had TD catch last week. Has 4 TD catches in his past 5. Rookie WR KEKE COUTEE had 11 catches for 109 yards in last meeting. • DE J.J. WATT had 2 sacks & 2 FFs in last meeting. Has 2+ sacks in 3 of his past 5 vs. Ind. Has 4.5 sacks in his past 5. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 2 sacks & FR-TD in last meeting.

 

Baltimore Ravens (7-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (10-2)

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Arrowhead Stadium | Referee: Tony Corrente

SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 4-3

STREAKS: Ravens have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 12/20/15: Chiefs 34 at Ravens 14

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/7/12: Ravens 9, Chiefs 6

RAVENS NOTES:

QB LAMAR JACKSON (rookie) passed for 125 yards & rushed for 75 yards with TD in Week 13. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD & his 4th in row with 70+ rush yards. Is 1 of 2 NFL QBs (CAM NEWTON) with 400+ rush yards (404) & 3+ rush TDs (3). QB JOE FLACCO has 494 pass yards (247 per game) with 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 80.3 rating in 2 career meetings. • RB GUS EDWARDS (rookie) led team with 82 rush yards last week. Has 315 rush yards (105 per game) & rush TD in his past 3. Is 1 of 2 undrafted rookies (PHILLIP LINDSAY) with 375+ rush yards in 2018. RB KENNETH DIXON has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 & 3 of his past 5. • WR MICHAEL CRABTREE had 7 catches for 60 yards in his last game vs. KC (12/10/17 with Oak.). WR WILLIE SNEAD IV has 50+ rec. yards in 6 of his past 9. Rookie TE MARK ANDREWS led team with 47 rec. yards last week. Has 121 rec. yards (60.5 per game) in his past 2. Leads rookie TEs with 384 rec. yards & is 1 of 2 (CHRISTOPHER HERNDON) with 25+ catches (26) & 200+ rec. yards (384). • LB C.J. MOSLEY has 37 tackles (7.4 per game) in his past 5 on road. Has 8+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 vs. AFC West. LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH had 4 tackles & 2 sacks in last meeting. LB TERRELL SUGGS has 2.5 sacks, FF & FR in his past 3 vs. AFC West. Had 9 tackles, sack, FF & FR in his last game at KC (12/10/06). CB BRANDON CARR appeared in 64 games & recorded 236 tackles, 65 PD & 8 INTs in 4 seasons with KC (2008-11).

CHIEFS NOTES:

QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 295 yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.0 rating & rushed for 52 yards last week. Is 1 of 2 NFL QBs (MITCHELL TRUBISKY, Week 4) to throw 4+ TD passes & rush for 50+ yards in single game in 2018. Has 7 games with 4+ TD passes this season, 2nd-most in single season in NFL history. Has completed 74 of 99 (74.7 pct.) for 1,059 yards (353 per game) with 13 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 140.1 rating in 3 career games vs. AFC North. Leads NFL with 41 TD passes & is 1 of 3 different QBs in league annals with 40+ TD passes in team’s 1st 12 games of season. • RB SPENCER WARE rushed for 47 yards with TD last week. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in each of his past 2 vs. AFC North. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 12 catches for 168 yards & 2 TDs in Week 13. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & TD. Leads NFL TEs with 1,082 rec. yards in 2018 & is 1 of 2 TEs in NFL history (GREG OLSEN) with 3 consecutive seasons with 1,000+ rec. yards. Kelce & WR TYREEK HILL (1,119 rec. yards) are 1 of 2 pairs of NFL teammates with 1,000+ rec. yards each in 2018. Hill has 100+ rec. yards & 2+ TD catches in 2 of his past 3. Is only NFL player with 1,000+ rec. yards & 100+ rush yards (118) this season. TE DEMETRIUS HARRIS & WR CHRIS CONLEY each had TD catch in Week 13. • LB DEE FORD had 1.5 sacks & FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF. Leads NFL with 6 FFs. DT CHRIS JONES had sack in Week 13. Aims for his 9th in row with sack.

 

New England Patriots (9-3) at Miami Dolphins (6-6)

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Hard Rock Stadium | Referee: Pete Morelli

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 53-50

STREAKS: Patriots have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME: 9/30/18: Dolphins 7 at Patriots 38

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/11/17: Dolphins 27, Patriots 20

PATRIOTS NOTES:

QB TOM BRADY completed 24 of 32 (75 pct.) for 311 yards with 1 TD vs. 1 INT for 102.5 rating last week. Has 579 career TD passes (incl. postseason), tied with PEYTON MANNING for most in NFL history, incl. playoffs. In Week 4 meeting, passed for 274 yards with 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 94.2 rating. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 meetings & 5 of his past 7 vs. Mia. Has 2+ TD passes in 4 of his past 5 vs. division. Has won each of past 5 starts vs. division & is 12-1 (.923) in his past 13 vs. AFC East. • RB SONY MICHEL (rookie) rushed for 63 yards last week. Had 112 rush yards & TD in only career meeting. In his past 2 games vs. division, has 245 rush yards (122.5 per game) & 2 rush TDs. Ranks 4th among rookies with 649 rush yards & is 1 of 3 rookies (SAQUON BARKLEY & PHILLIP LINDSAY) averaging 70+ rush yards per game (72.1). RB JAMES WHITE had 7 catches for 92 yards last week. Had 112 scrimmage yards (68 rec., 44 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. RB JAMES DEVELIN had 2 rush TDs last week. • WR JOSH GORDON had rec. TD in Week 13. Has 339 rec. yards (84.8 per game) & 2 TD catches in his past 4. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 5 TD catches in his past 6 vs. Mia. WR JULIAN EDELMAN aims for his 4th in row on road with 80+ rec. yards. • S DEVIN MC COURTY had 7 tackles & sack in last road meeting. DL ADAM BUTLER had sack in Week 13. Had sack in last meeting. DB JONATHAN JONES had INT last week.

DOLPHINS NOTES:

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 16 of 24 (66.7 pct.) with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 103.6 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. In 3 home starts in 2018, has completed 53 of 75 (70.7 pct.) for 656 yards (218.7 per game) with 8 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 116.3 rating. Has won each of his past 8 starts at home. • RB FRANK GORE has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. Had TD catch in last meeting. Has 346 scrimmage yards (86.5 per game) & 2 TD catches in 4 career games vs. NE. Has 18,414 career scrimmage yards & needs 43 to surpass HOFer LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (18,456) for 5th-most in NFL history. RB KENYAN DRAKE had TD catch in Week 13. Has 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in his past 2. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Had 193 scrimmage yards (114 rush, 79 rec.) in last home meeting. • WR DE VANTE PARKER had rec. TD in Week 13. WR KENNY STILLS had TD catch last week. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. WR DANNY AMENDOLA leads team with 48 catches & 469 rec. yards. Had 230 catches & 12 TDs in 5 seasons with NE (2013-17). • LB KIKO ALONSO led team with 11 tackles & had TFL last week. Had 12 tackles in last meeting. Is only NFL player with 100+ tackles (106) & 3+ INTs (3) in 2018. CB XAVIEN HOWARD had 2 INTs in Week 13, his 5th-career multi-INT game. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ INTs. Has 3 games with 2+ INTs this season, most in NFL. Had 2 INTs & 3 PD in last home meeting.

 

New Orleans Saints (10-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-7)

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Raymond James Stadium | Referee: Jerome Boger

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 32-21

STREAKS: Buccaneers have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/9/18: Buccaneers 48 at Saints 40

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/31/17: Buccaneers 31, Saints 24

SAINTS NOTES:

QB DREW BREES leads NFL in comp. pct. (75.5 pct.) & rating (123.2) & ranks 3rd in pass TDs (30). Completed 37 of 45 (82.2 pct.) for 439 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 129.5 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. TB with 100+ rating. In 3 games vs. division in 2018, has 1,006 pass yards (335.3 per game) with 10 TDs vs. 1 INT for 127.9 rating. • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 421 scrimmage yards (140.3 per game) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 3 career meetings. Aims for his 4th in row vs. TB with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. In 9 career games vs. NFC South, has 994 scrimmage yards (110.4 per game) & 9 TDs (7 rush, 2 rec.). RB MARK INGRAM has 100+ rush yards in 2 of his past 4. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS is 1 of 2 in NFL (ADAM THIELEN) with 90+ receptions (91) & 8+ TD catches (8). Had career-high 16 receptions for 180 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 90+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 career meetings. Rookie WR KEITH KIRKWOOD aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 7 tackles, 2 sacks, FF & FR last week. Aims for his 3rd in row overall & 3rd in row vs. division with 2+ sacks. Has 5 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 PD in his past 6 at TB. DT DAVID ONYEMATA set career-highs in tackles (7) & sacks (3) & had 1st-career FF last week. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had career-high 10 tackles, FF & FR in Week 13. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF. Has PD in all 3 career meetings.

BUCS NOTES:

QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 249 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 114.4 rating last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating. In his past 3, has completed 61 of 84 (72.6 pct.) with 6 TDs vs. 1 INT for 119.1 rating. Has 300+ pass yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC South. • RB PEYTON BARBER had rush TD in Week 13. Aims for his 4th in row with rush TD. In his past 2 vs. NO, has 158 scrimmage yards (79 per game) & rush TD. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row at home vs. division with TD. • WR MIKE EVANS ranks 3rd in NFL with 1,121 rec. yards in 2018. Has 16 receptions for 284 yards (94.7 per game) & TD in his past 3. Had 7 catches for 147 yards & TD in last meeting. In 6 home games this season, has 542 rec. yards (90.3 per game) & 2 TDs. WR CHRIS GODWIN had 5 receptions for 101 yards & TD in Week 13, his 2ndcareer 100-yard game. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with TD catch. Has TD in 4 of his past 5 vs. division. WR ADAM HUMPHRIES has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5. Has 15 receptions for 143 yards (71.5 per game) & 3 TDs in his past 2 vs. NFC South. • DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL ties for 4th in NFL with 11.5 sacks. Aims for his 4th in row & 3rd in row at home with sack. S ANDREW ADAMS tied franchise record with career-high 3 INTs in Week 13. Is 5th NFL player since 2010 with 3+ INTs in single game. LB LAVONTE DAVID led team with 12 tackles & had sack last week.

 

New York Giants (4-8) at Washington Redskins (6-6)

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | FedExField | Referee: Carl Cheffers

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Giants lead all-time series, 99-68-4

STREAKS: Redskins have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 10/28/18: Redskins 20 at Giants 13

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/23/17: Redskins 20, Giants 10

GIANTS NOTES:

QB ELI MANNING passed for 316 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. division with 275+ pass yards & 90+ rating. In his past 5 on road, has 1,507 pass yards (301.4 per game) with 9 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 107 rating. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY (rookie) rushed for 125 yards in Week 13. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 954 rush yards & 1,556 scrimmage yards in 2018. His 954 rush yards are most by rookie in franchise history. Aims for his 6th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 440 scrimmage yards (146.7 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 3. • WR ODELL BECKHAM, JR. had TD catch & threw 49- yard TD pass last week. Is 1st player since 1924 (EDDIE KAW & BENNY BONTON) with multiple games with both pass TD & rec. TD in single season. Leads team with 1,052 rec. yards this season & is only player in NFL history with 1,000+ rec. yards & multiple TD passes in single season. Has 4 TD catches in his past 4. Had 8 receptions for 136 yards in last meeting. WR RUSSELL SHEPARD had 59 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 13. • S LANDON COLLINS is only NFL safety with 90+ tackles (96) & 4+ PD (4) in 2018. Has 27 tackles, sack & FF in his past 3 meetings. LB ALEC OGLETREE had 10 tackles & 2 INTs, incl. 8-yard INT-TD last week. Has 4 INT-TDs since 2014, most among active NFL LBs. Rookie DL B.J. HILL had career-high 3 sacks in Week 13. Ranks 3rd among NFL rookies with 5 sacks this season.

REDSKINS NOTES:

QB MARK SANCHEZ aims to make 1st start since 11/26/15 (with Phi.). Passed for 292 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 96.1 rating in last game vs. NYG (12/28/14 with Phi.). • RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 98 yards, incl. 90- yard rush TD in Week 13. Has 16 TD runs of 50+ yards & surpassed HOFer BARRY SANDERS (15) for most such runs in NFL history. Has 106 career rush TDs, tied with HOFer JIM BROWN (106) for 5th-most all-time. Has 13,132 career rush yards & needs 128 to surpass HOFer ERIC DICKERSON (13,259) for 8th-most in NFL history. Had season-high 149 rush yards & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. • TE JORDAN REED had TD catch in his last home meeting (1/1/17). Has 6+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Leads team with 54 receptions & 558 rec. yards in 2018. WR JOSH DOCTSON has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. NFC East. • LB RYAN KERRIGAN has 5 sacks, FF & PD in his past 3 at home. Aims for his 4th in row at home with sack & his 5th in row at home with TFL. In his past 3 vs. NYG, has 5.5 sacks & FF. In 7 career home meetings, has 5 sacks & INT-TD. CB JOSH NORMAN had INT last week. Has 2 FFs, FR & INT in his past 5 at home. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with PD. Is only NFL player with 10+ INTs (12) & 10+ FFs (11) since 2014. LB MASON FOSTER ranks 2nd in NFC with 102 tackles in 2018, his 3rd-career 100-tackle season.

 

Cincinnati Bengals (5-7) at Los Angeles Chargers (9-3)

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 4:05 PM ET | StubHub Center | Referee: John Hussey

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Chargers lead all-time series, 19-14

STREAKS: Bengals have won past 4

LAST GAME: 9/20/15: Chargers 19 at Bengals 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/1/13: Bengals 17, Chargers 10

BENGALS NOTES:

QB JEFF DRISKEL completed 25 of 38 (65.8 pct.) for 236 yards with 1 TD vs. 1 INT for 80.6 rating in 1st-career start last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD pass. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 4. • RB JOE MIXON had 95 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 13 rec.) last week. Has 250 scrimmage yards (125 per game) in his past 2. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. Since entering league in 2017, is 1 of 6 AFC RBs with 1,900+ scrimmage yards (1,924) & 10+ TDs (10). RB GIOVANI BERNARD had 139 scrimmage yards (123 rush, 16 rec.) in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chargers with 55+ rush yards. • WR TYLER BOYD had team-high 97 rec. yards in Week 13. Aims for his 3rd in row with 85+ rec. yards. In his past 4 on road, has 330 rec. yards (82.5 per game) & TD catch. Leads team with 69 catches & 938 rec. yards. WR JOHN ROSS has TD catch in 3 of his past 5 on road & 4 of his past 6 overall. WR CODY CORE had 30-yard TD catch last week, his 1st-career TD catch. • S SHAWN WILLIAMS led team with 9 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 10+ tackles & INT. Is only NFL player with 80+ tackles (82) & 4+ INTs (4) in 2018. Rookie S JESSIE BATES has 8+ tackles in each of his 5 career road games. Is 1 of 3 NFL rookies (FRED WARNER & LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH) with 85+ tackles (87) & 5+ PD (5). DT GENO ATKINS had sack in last meeting. Rookie DE SAM HUBBARD has sack in 2 of his past 3.

CHARGERS NOTES:

QB PHILIP RIVERS completed 26 of 36 (72.2 pct.) for 299 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.4 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes in each of team’s 1st 12 games this season, tied for 3rd-longest streak to begin season in NFL history. Has completed 145 of 226 passes (64.2 pct.) for 1,675 yards (279.2 per game) with 10 TDs vs. 6 INTs for 90.1 rating in 6 career games vs. Cin. In his past 8 at home, has completed 71.4 pct. of passes (202 of 283) for 2,685 yards (335.6 per game) with 20 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 118.8 rating. • RB AUSTIN EKELER has 481 scrimmage yards (80.2 per game) with 4 TDs (3 rec., 1 rush) in his past 6 at home. Rookie RB JUSTIN JACKSON rushed for career-high 63 yards & 1st-career TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rush yards. Is averaging 8 yards per carry (15 carries for 120 yards) in his past 2. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 14 catches for 148 yards & TD in Week 13. Aims for his 5th in row with TD catch. Had 8 catches for 106 yards in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD catch. Since 2017, has 103 catches (7.4 per game) for 1,342 rec. yards (95.9 per game) with 7 TD catches in 14 home games. WR MIKE WILLIAMS has 3 TD catches in his past 3 at home. • DE JOEY BOSA had sack in Week 13. Has 3 sacks in his past 2. Rookie S DERWIN JAMES had INT & 3 PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with INT. CB DESMOND KING had 10 tackles, 2 PD & 73-yard PR-TD last week.

 

Denver Broncos (6-6) at San Francisco 49ers (2-10)

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 4:05 PM ET | Levi’s Stadium | Referee: Shawn Smith

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 7-6

STREAKS: 49ers have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 10/19/14: 49ers 17 at Broncos 42

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/31/10: 49ers 24, Broncos 16

BRONCOS NOTES:

QB CASE KEENUM threw TD pass & had 95.5 rating in Week 13. Has 300+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in 2 of his past 3 starts vs. NFC. Has 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 on road. • RB PHILLIP LINDSAY (rookie) rushed for career-high 157 yards & 2 TDs, incl. 65-yard TD, last week. Is 1 of 2 undrafted rookies (DOMINIC RHODES, 12/16/01 vs. Atl.) since 1970 with 150+ rush yards & 2 rush TDs in single game. Ties for rookie lead with 8 rush TDs & ranks 2nd with 937 rush yards. Is 1 of 4 undrafted rookies since 1970 with 1,000+ scrimmage yards (1,126) in single season. • WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. Since 2017, has 520 rec. yards (86.7 per game) & 5 TD catches in 6 games vs. NFC. Rookie WR COURTLAND SUTTON had team-high 85 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 75+ rec. yards. Leads all AFC rookies with 558 rec. yards. Leads NFL averaging 19.9 yards per catch (min. 25 catches). • LB VON MILLER had 1.5 sacks last week. Aims for his 5th in row with sack & has 8.5 sacks in his past 7. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 12.5 sacks. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has 1+ sack in each of his 7 career games vs. NFC West. LB TODD DAVIS had 10 tackles & career-high 3 TFL last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10 tackles. Is 1 of 3 in NFL with 90+ tackles (92), 5+ PD (7) & 5+ TFL (5). Rookie LB BRADLEY CHUBB had sack last week. Leads NFL rookies with 10 sacks.

49ERS NOTES:

QB NICK MULLENS set career-highs in completions (30) & pass yards (414) with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 95.3 rating in Week 13. Has 250+ pass yards in 3 of 4 career starts. • RB ALFRED MORRIS had 93 rush yards & TD in only career start vs. Den. (10/27/13 with Was.). Rookie RB JEFF WILSON, JR. had career-high 134 scrimmage yards (73 rec., 61 rush) & 8 receptions last week. Is 1 of 3 rookie RBs (SAQUON BARKLEY & NYHEIM HINES) with 8+ receptions in single game this season. • TE GEORGE KITTLE has 23 catches for 372 yards (93 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 4 at home. Has 312 rec. yards (104 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 3 vs. AFC. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC with 100+ rec. yards & TD. Leads NFL TEs with 572 YAC in 2018. Rookie WR DANTE PETTIS set career-highs in receptions (5), rec. yards (129) & TDs (2) last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 75+ rec. yards & TD. • DL DE FOREST BUCKNER had 7 tackles & 2 sacks last week, his 4th-career multi-sack game. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 2+ TFL. Has 25 tackles, 3.5 sacks & 2 PD in his past 4 at home vs. AFC. Rookie LB FRED WARNER had 8 tackles in Week 13. Has 28 tackles (9.3 per game) & 2 PD in 3 career games vs. AFC. Is 1 of 4 NFL rookies with 90+ tackles (91) in 2018. DL RONALD BLAIR had sack last week. LB MALCOLM SMITH had 9 tackles, FR & 69-yard INT-TD vs. Den. in Super Bowl XLVIII (with Sea.) & was named SB MVP.

 

Detroit Lions (4-8) at Arizona Cardinals (3-9)

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | State Farm Stadium | Referee: Shawn Hochuli

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Lions lead all-time series, 32-28-5

STREAKS: Cardinals have won 7 of past 8

LAST GAME: 9/10/17: Cardinals 23 at Lions 35

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/16/14: Cardinals 14, Lions 6

LIONS NOTES:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 1,344 pass yards (268.8 per game) with 9 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 101.9 rating in 5 road games this season. Completed 29 of 41 (70.7 pct.) for 292 pass yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 113.1 rating in last meeting. In his past 6 vs. NFC West, has 1,765 pass yards (294.2 per game) with 16 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 108.2 rating. • RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT has 149 rush yards (74.5 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 2. Has 264 rush yards (88 per game) & 3 TDs in 3 career meetings. Aims for his 3rd in row at Az. with 70+ rush yards & TD. Since 2013, has 43 rush TDs, 2nd-most among active players. RB THEO RIDDICK aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with TD catch. Has 6+ receptions in 3 of his past 4 on road. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY has TD catch in 2 of his past 4. Has 3 rec. TDs in 4 career games vs. NFC West. Leads team in receptions (55) & rec. yards (854) this season. WR MARVIN JONES, JR. had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC West with TD. TE LEVINE TOILOLO had career-high 90 rec. yards last week. • DE EZEKIEL ANSAH has 10 sacks in his past 8. Has 3 sacks, FF & FR in his past 2 on road vs. NFC West. DT DAMON HARRISON had 7 tackles, sack, FF & FR in Week 13. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC West with 7+ tackles & sack. CB QUANDRE DIGGS had INT & 2 PD last week. CB DARIUS SLAY has 12 INTs since 2016, 2nd-most in NFL over span.

CARDS NOTES:

QB JOSH ROSEN passed for 149 yards & earned 3rd win as starter last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 2+ TD passes. Has 80+ rating in 2 of his past 4 at home. • RB DAVID JOHNSON had 90 scrimmage yards (67 rec., 23 rush) in his last meeting. Had 2 rush TDs in 10/11/15 meeting. Has 1,656 scrimmage yards (118.3 per game) & 13 TDs (10 rush, 3 rec.) in 14 home games since 2016. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. Since entering league in 2015, ranks 3rd in NFL with 40 TDs. Rookie RB CHASE EDMONDS had career-high 53 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 1st-career TDs. • WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 3 TD catches in his past 3. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 3 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with TD. Ranks 2nd all-time in rec. yards (16,053) & 3rd in receptions (1,281). Needs 1 reception to pass HOFer JERRY RICE (1,281 receptions with SF) for most catches by player with 1 team in NFL history. • DE CHANDLER JONES had sack last week. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 12 sacks this season. Since 2016, leads NFL with 40 sacks & 54 TFL. Has 5.5 sacks in his past 4. Had sack in last meeting. LB GERALD HODGES tied careerhigh with 13 tackles in Week 13. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. S ANTOINE BETHEA leads NFL safeties with 97 tackles in 2018. Bethea & S BUDDA BAKER (78) are 1 of 2 teammate safety duos (SHAWN WILLIAMS & JESSIE BATES) with 75+ tackles each in 2018.

 

Philadelphia Eagles (6-6) at Dallas Cowboys (7-5)

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | AT&T Stadium | Referee: Clete Blakeman

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 64-51

STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/11/18: Cowboys 27 at Eagles 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/19/17: Eagles 37, Cowboys 9

EAGLES NOTES:

QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 306 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 98.9 rating last week. Has 13 career games with 300+ pass yards, 2nd-most in franchise history (DONOVAN MC NABB, 27). Completed 32 of 44 (72.7 pct.) for 360 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 102.5 rating in Week 10 meeting. Has 90+ rating in all 4 career meetings. In 4 starts vs. division this season, has 1,180 pass yards (295 per game) with 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 107.5 rating. • RB JOSH ADAMS (rookie) rushed for career-high 85 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ rush yards. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3. RB DARREN SPROLES had rush TD in Week 13. Had 103 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 17 rec.) in his last game at Dal. (10/30/16). • TE ZACH ERTZ had 9 receptions for 83 yards last week. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 93 catches & 2nd among TEs with 978 rec. yards. His 93 receptions are most in single-season in franchise history. WR GOLDEN TATE had 7 catches for 85 yards & TD in Week 13. Had 8 receptions for 132 yards & 2 TDs in his last game at Dal. (9/30/18 with Det.). • DE BRANDON GRAHAM had sack & FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with sack. Has 4 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 4 at Dal. S MALCOLM JENKINS had sack in Week 13. Had 7 tackles & FF in last meeting. In his past 5, has 2 FFs, FR, sack & INT. LB NIGEL BRADHAM has 23 tackles, sack, FR & 3 PD in his past 3 on road vs. division. LB NATHAN GERRY had 1st-career INT last week.

COWBOYS NOTES:

QB DAK PRESCOTT has completed 46 of 59 (78 pct.) for 537 yards (268.5 per game) with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.5 rating & rush TD in his past 2. Has rush TD in 5 of his past 7. Had 270 pass yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 102.8 rating & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with rush TD. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,150 rush yards & 1,573 scrimmage yards in 2018. Has 779 scrimmage yards (155.8 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 5. Since Week 9, is only player in NFL with 500+ rush yards (531) & 750+ scrimmage yards (779). In 3 career meetings, has 476 scrimmage yards (158.7 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.). Has 140+ scrimmage yards in all 3 career meetings. • WR AMARI COOPER has 16 catches for 255 yards (127.5 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. In 2 career meetings, has 9 receptions for 141 yards (70.5 per game) & TD. Rookie WR MICHAEL GALLUP had career-high 5 catches for 76 yards last week. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE has 2 sacks & INT in his past 3. Has 8.5 sacks, 2 FFs & INT in his past 8 at home. Rookie LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH led team with 10 tackles in Week 13. Aims for his 6th in row with 8+ tackles. Had 13 tackles & INT in last meeting. Is 1 of 2 NFL rookies (DARIUS LEONARD) with 100+ tackles (100).

 

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4-1) at Oakland Raiders (2-10)

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum | Referee: Ron Torbert

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 12-10

STREAKS: Raiders have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/8/15: Raiders 35 at Steelers 38

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/27/13: Raiders 21, Steelers 18

STEELERS NOTES:

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 281 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 87.4 rating last week. In his past 4, has 1,385 pass yards (346.3 per game) with 10 TDs vs. 6 INTs for 97.6 rating. Passed for 334 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT in his last game vs. Oak. Has 300+ pass yards in 2 of his past 3 road meetings. In 6 road games in 2018, has 2,103 pass yards (350.5 per game) with 10 TD passes. Leads NFL with 3,945 pass yards & ranks 2nd with 341 completions. • RB JAYLEN SAMUELS (rookie) had TD catch in Week 13. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 4. • WR ANTONIO BROWN had 10 catches for 154 yards, incl. 28-yard TD, last week. Has TD catch in 9 of his past 10. Has 115+ rec. yards & TD in 2 of his past 3. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (DAVANTE ADAMS) with 80+ catches (81), 1,000+ rec. yards (1,028) & 10+ TD catches (12) this season. Has 1,000+ rec. yards in 6 consecutive seasons. WR JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Smith-Schuster (83 catches, 1,104 rec. yards) & Brown (81, 1,028) are only pair of teammates with 80+ catches & 1,000+ rec. yards in 2018. • LB T.J. WATT has 3 sacks in his past 4. LB L.J. FORT led team with career-high 12 tackles last week. Rookie S TERRELL EDMUNDS had 7 tackles & his 1st-career sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. DT JAVON HARGRAVE had sack last week. Has 3.5 sacks in his past 3. LB VINCE WILLIAMS has sack in 3 of his past 4.

RAIDERS NOTES:

QB DEREK CARR completed 29 of 38 (76.3 pct.) for 285 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.2 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 8th in row with 0 INTs. In only career meeting, passed for 301 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 96.9 rating. Has 3+ TD passes & 120+ rating in 2 of his past 3 at home. Is 1 of 5 NFL QBs with 3,000+ pass yards (3,112) & 69+ comp. pct. (69.2) in 2018. • RB DOUG MARTIN rushed for 61 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 65+ scrimmage yards & TD. Has 50+ rush yards in each of his past 4. Had rush TD in his only career game vs. Pit. (9/28/14 with TB). RB JALEN RICHARD set career-highs with 126 scrimmage yards & 95 rush yards in Week 13. Averaged 15.8 yards per carry last week (6 carries for 95 yards), highest single-game rush avg. (min. 5 carries) in NFL this season. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. • TE JARED COOK had 7 catches for 100 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. Is 1 of 3 NFL TEs (TRAVIS KELCE & ZACH ERTZ) with 3+ games with 100+ rec. yards this season. WR JORDY NELSON had 10 catches for 97 yards in Week 13. Rookie WR MARCELL ATEMAN had 1st-career TD catch last week. • LB TAHIR WHITEHEAD had 7 tackles & FF last week. Has 30 tackles (10 per game) in his past 3. S REGGIE NELSON had INT in his last game vs. Pit. (12/13/15 with Cin.). Aims for his 4th meeting in row with INT.

 

Los Angeles Rams (11-1) at Chicago Bears (8-4)

Sunday, December 9, 2018 | 8:20 PM ET | Soldier Field | Referee: Craig Wrolstad

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 52-35-3

STREAKS: Bears have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 11/15/15: Bears 37 at Rams 13

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/23/12: Bears 23, Rams 6

RAMS NOTES:

QB JARED GOFF ranks 2nd in NFC with 3,754 pass yards & 3rd in conference with 27 TD passes. Has 300+ pass yards & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4. In his past 3 vs. NFC North, has 967 pass yards (322.3 per game) with 9 TDs vs. 1 INT for 118.7 rating. • RB TODD GURLEY rushed for 132 yards & 2 TDs last week. Leads NFL with 1,649 scrimmage yards & 19 TDs & is 8th different player in NFL history with 1,600+ scrimmage yards & 18+ TDs in his team’s 1st 12 games of season. Had 89 scrimmage yards (45 rush, 44 rec.) & rush TD in only career meeting. In his past 8 on road, has 1,271 scrimmage yards (158.9 per game) & 18 TDs (13 rush, 5 rec.). Aims for his 9th in row on road with TD. • WR BRANDIN COOKS had 62 rec. yards in Week 13 & has 1,026 yards in 2018, his 4th consecutive season with 1,000+ yards. Is 1st player in NFL history with 1,000+ rec. yards with 3 different teams in 3 consecutive seasons. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. WR ROBERT WOODS aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. • DT AARON DONALD leads NFL with 16.5 sacks & 20 TFL in 2018. Had 4 TFL, 2 sacks & FF in Week 13. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ sacks. Has 2+ sacks in 5 of his past 6. Had 7 tackles, 1.5 sacks & FR in only career meeting. S JOHN JOHNSON aims for his 3rd in row with 11+ tackles. LB DANTE FOWLER, JR. has 2 sacks, FF, FR & PD in 4 games since joining Rams.

BEARS NOTES:

QB CHASE DANIEL passed for 285 yards in Week 13. Aims for his 3rd in row with 25+ completions & TD. QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY has 1,427 pass yards (285.4 per game) with 14 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 108.2 rating & 2 rush TDs in his past 5 at home. • RB TARIK COHEN set career-highs in receptions (12), rec. yards (156) & scrimmage yards (186) & threw TD pass in Week 13. Is 1st NFL RB with 12+ catches & 150+ rec. yards in single game since 2013 (SHANE VEREEN, 12/8/13 with NE). Has TD in 4 of his past 5 at home. RB JORDAN HOWARD has 4 rush TDs in 4 career games vs. NFC West. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 5 catches for 79 yards last week. Has 3 TD catches in his past 4 at home. Rookie WR ANTHONY MILLER had rec. TD in Week 13. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4. Ranks 2nd among NFL rookies with 6 rec. TDs. TE ADAM SHAHEEN had TD catch in Week 13. • BEARS lead NFL in TO differential (+12) & INTs (21) & tie for NFC lead with 16 FFs. LB KHALIL MACK had 5 tackles & sack last week. In 5 home games with Chi., has 5 sacks, 3 FFs & FR. DT AKIEM HICKS had 6 tackles, sack & 1-yard TD rush last week. Is 2nd DL in franchise history (WILLIAM “THE REFRIGERATOR” PERRY) with rush TD. CB KYLE FULLER aims for his 3rd in row with INT & his 9th in row with PD. Leads NFL with 18 PD & ties for 2nd with 6 INTs.

 

Minnesota Vikings (6-5-1) at Seattle Seahawks (7-5)

Monday, December 10, 2018 | 8:15 PM ET | CenturyLink Field | Referee: Brad Allen

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 9-5

STREAKS: Seahawks have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/6/15: Seahawks 38 at Vikings 7

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/17/13: Seahawks 41, Vikings 20

VIKINGS NOTES:

QB KIRK COUSINS leads NFL with 350 completions & ranks 6th with 3,490 pass yards this season. In 2 career meetings, has 530 pass yards (265 per game) with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 97.2 rating. Has 848 pass yards (282.7 per game) with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 105 rating in his past 3 on road vs. NFC West. • RB DALVIN COOK had 106 scrimmage yards (84 rush, 22 rec.) & career-high 8 receptions last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY has 2 rush TDs in his past 3 on road. • WR ADAM THIELEN had TD catch in Week 13. Leads NFL with 98 receptions, ranks 2nd with 1,166 rec. yards & ties for 5th with 9 TD catches. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. In 6 road games this season, has 48 catches for 586 yards (97.7 per game) & 5 TDs. Has TD catch in 5 of his past 6 on road. WR STEFON DIGGS has 56 receptions for 550 yards (91.7 per game) & 3 TDs in his past 6 on road. Has TD in 3 of his past 4. Thielen (98) & Diggs (84) are only pair of NFC teammates with 80+ receptions each in 2018. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER ties for 3rd in NFC with 11.5 sacks & ties for 2nd in conference with 16 TFL. Has 6.5 sacks & FR in his past 7 road games. LB ERIC KENDRICKS had career-high 16 tackles & 3rd-career INT in Week 13. Aims for his 6th in row with 7+ tackles. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 3.5 sacks in his past 3 on road vs. NFC West. S HARRISON SMITH has 2 INTs & FR in his past 6.

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

QB RUSSELL WILSON threw 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 140.9 rating last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 110+ rating. Has completed 50 of 69 (72.5 pct.) for 677 yards (225.7 per game) with 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 142 rating in 3 career meetings. In 8 career Monday games, is 6-2 with 16 TD passes vs. 2 INTs for 111.8 rating. Since 2017, leads NFL with 28 TD passes & 127.3 rating in 4th Q (min. 50 atts.). • RB CHRIS CARSON had 108 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 39 rec.) last week. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3. Rookie RB RASHAAD PENNY rushed for 65 yards & TD in Week 13. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 52-yard TD catch last week. Is averaging 16.2 yards per catch this season, 5th-highest in NFL (min. 40 receptions). Had 7 catches for 90 yards in last meeting. WR JARON BROWN had 67 rec. yards & 2 TDs in Week 13, his 1st-career game with 2+ TDs. WR DOUG BALDWIN had TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD. Had 94 rec. yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with TD. • LB BOBBY WAGNER had 12 tackles, sack, FF, FR & 98- yard INT-TD in Week 13, his 1st-career INT-TD & 4th-career TD. Has 12+ tackles in 4 of his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF. In 3 career meetings, has 26 tackles, 2 sacks & INT. DT JARRAN REED had sack last week. Has 4.5 sacks in his past 5 at home. DE FRANK CLARK has 3 sacks in his past 3 at home.