HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL-SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
1: Merrillville [9-1] at Crown Point [6-4]
2: Penn [6-4] at Warsaw [8-2]
3: Carroll (Fort Wayne) [7-3] at Homestead [10-0]
4: Westfield [6-4] at Carmel [7-3]
5: Brownsburg [7-3] at Zionsville [4-6]
6: Southport [7-3] at Ben Davis [6-4]
7: Lawrence North [4-6] at Warren Central [7-3]
8: Franklin Central [5-5] at Center Grove [5-5]
9: Valparaiso [10-0] at LaPorte [3-7]
10: Mishawaka [7-3] at Elkhart Central [9-2]
11: Fort Wayne Northrop [5-5] at Fort Wayne Dwenger [9-1]
12: McCutcheon [6-4] at Harrison (West Lafayette) [8-2]
13: Decatur Central [9-2] at Indianapolis Cathedral [8-2]
14: Franklin [8-2] at New Palestine [10-0]
15: Bloomington South [6-4] at Castle [6-4]
16: Jeffersonville [4-6] at Floyd Central [8-2]
17: Lowell [7-4] at Hobart [9-2]
18: Plymouth [9-2] at New Prairie [10-1]
19: Leo [10-1] at East Noble [11-0]
20: Mississinewa [10-1] at Marion [9-2]
21: Pendleton Heights [7-4] at Mount Vernon (Fortville) [9-2]
22: Lebanon [5-5] at Indianapolis Roncalli [6-5]
23: East Central [11-0] at Mooresville [9-2]
24: Evansville Memorial [9-1] at Evansville Central [9-2]
25: Knox [10-1] at Calumet [9-1]
26: Jimtown [7-4] at Mishawaka Marian [10-1]
27: Fort Wayne Concordia [6-5] at Peru [6-5]
28: West Lafayette [9-2] at Indianapolis Chatard [10-1]
29: Indianapolis Ritter [7-4] at Danville [6-5]
30: Vincennes Lincoln [7-4] at Princeton [3-8]
31: Lawrenceburg [10-1] at Greensburg [7-4]
32: Southridge [9-2] at Heritage Hills [11-0]
33: Rensselaer Central [9-2] at Andrean [8-3]
34: LaVille [9-2] at Lewis Cass [10-1]
35: Fairfield [6-5] at Eastside [9-2]
36: Eastbrook [9-2] at Eastern (Greentown) [11-0]
37: Western Boone [10-1] at South Vermillion [7-4]
38: Indianapolis Scecina [8-3] at Heritage Christian [10-1]
39: Triton Central [8-3] at Providence [5-6]
40: Evansville Mater Dei [9-2] at North Knox [8-3]
41: Culver [7-4] at North Judson [6-4]
42: Lafayette Central Catholic [8-3] at Traders Point Christian [9-1]
43: Madison-Grant [4-7] at South Adams [11-0]
44: Adams Central [10-1] at Northfield [7-4]
45: Parke Heritage [10-1] at North Vermillion [10-1]
46: Park Tudor [3-7] at Indianapolis Lutheran [10-0]
47: North Decatur [10-1] at Milan [9-2]
48: West Washington [10-1] at Perry Central [7-4]
VOLLEYBALL STATE FINALS
Class A State Championship
11 am ET / 10 CT | Cowan (29-4) vs. Trinity Lutheran (30-5)
Class 2A State Championship
1 pm ET / 12 CT | Wapahani (31-5) vs. Heritage Christian (29-4)
Class 3A State Championship
3 pm ET / 2 CT | Bellmont (25-10) vs. Brownstown Central (32-5)
Class 4A State Championship
5 pm ET / 4 CT | Hamilton Southeastern (29-4) vs. New Castle (34-1)
GIRLS BASKETBALL THIS WEEK
Delta 58 Muncie Central 51
West Lafayette 68 Logansport 37
New Palestine 68 Connersville 17
Friday, Nov. 8
Lebanon at Kokomo, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 9
Harrison at Marion , 2:30 pm
Lawrence North at Anderson, 1:30 pm
Perry Meridian vs. Lafayette Jeff, noon, South Dearborn MS
Friday, Nov. 8
Northeastern at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 9
Milan at Union County, 7:30 pm
Bluffton at Winchester, 7:30 pm
Randolph Southern at Centerville, 7:30 pm
Southern Wells at Union City, 7:30 pm
Tri at Waldron, 7:30 pm
Friday, Nov. 8
Blackford at Daleville, 7:30 pm
Burris at Union, 6 pm
Northeastern at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm
Waldron at Blue River, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 9
Daleville at Anderson Prep, 7:30 pm
Frankton at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm
IMSA at Union, 2 pm
Randolph Southern at Centerville, 7:30 pm
Friday, Nov. 8
Batesville at Hauser, 7:30 pm
Greensburg at Jac-Cen-Del, 7:30 pm
New Castle at Rushville, 7:30 pm
Rising Sun at Franklin County, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 9
East Central at Heritage Christian, 2:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at Batesville , 7:30 pm
New Washington at South Dearborn, noon, South Dearborn
Decatur Central vs. Connersville, 11:30 am, Southport
Ritter vs. Connersville, 4:30 pm, Southport
NFL Week 10 Games
Oakland 26 LA Chargers 24
Sunday November 10, 2019
Detroit @ Chicago1:00pm
Buffalo @ Cleveland1:00pm
Atlanta @ New Orleans1:00pm
Kansas City @ Tennessee1:00pm
Arizona @ Tampa Bay1:00pm
Baltimore @ Cincinnati1:00pm
Giants @ Jets1:00pm
Miami @ Indianapolis4:05pm
Carolina @ Green Bay4:25pm
Rams @ Pittsburgh4:25pm
Minnesota @ Dallas8:20pm
Monday November 11, 2019
Seattle @ San Francisco8:15pm
All game times Eastern
Week 11 Games
Thursday November 14, 2019
Pittsburgh @ Cleveland8:20pm
Sunday November 17, 2019
Jets @ Washington1:00pm
Atlanta @ Carolina1:00pm
Jacksonville @ Indianapolis1:00pm
Buffalo @ Miami1:00pm
New Orleans @ Tampa Bay1:00pm
Dallas @ Detroit1:00pm
Denver @ Minnesota1:00pm
Houston @ Baltimore1:00pm
Arizona @ San Francisco4:05pm
New England @ Philadelphia4:25pm
Cincinnati @ Oakland4:25pm
Chicago @ Rams8:20pm
Monday November 18, 2019
Kansas City @ Chargers8:15pm
All game times Eastern
Boston 108 Charlotte 87
San Antonio 121 Oklahoma City 112
Miami 124 Phoenix 108
LA Clippers 107 Portland 101
NBA TV SCHEDULE
Fri Nov 8, 2019
Detroit @ Indiana 7:00 pm FS-DET+
Memphis @ Orlando 7:00 pm FS-SE
Cleveland @ Washington 7:00 pm ESPN
Sacramento @ Atlanta 7:30 pm NBCS-CA
Golden State @ Minnesota 8:00 pm FS-N
Toronto @ New Orleans 8:00 pm FS-NO
New York @ Dallas 8:30 pm FS-SW
Philadelphia @ Denver 9:00 pm ALT
Milwaukee @ Utah 9:00 pm FS-WI
Brooklyn @ Portland 10:00 pm NBCS-NW
Miami @ LA Lakers 10:30 pm NBA TV
Sat Nov 9, 2019
Boston @ San Antonio 5:00 pm FS-SW
New Orleans @ Charlotte 7:00 pm FS-NO
Houston @ Chicago 8:00 pm NBCS-CHI+
Dallas @ Memphis 8:00 pm FS-SE
Golden State @ Oklahoma City 8:00 pm FS-OK
Sun Nov 10, 2019
Denver @ Minnesota 3:30 pm ALT
Indiana @ Orlando 6:00 pm FS-IN
Charlotte @ Philadelphia 6:00 pm NBCS-PH+
Milwaukee @ Oklahoma City 7:00 pm FS-OK
Cleveland @ New York 7:30 pm FS-OH
Brooklyn @ Phoenix 8:00 pm YES
Atlanta @ Portland 9:00 pm NBCS-NW
Toronto @ LA Lakers 9:30 pm SportsNet L
Toronto 2 Vegas 1
Washington 5 Florida 4
Philadelphia 3 Montréal 2
NY Rangers 4 Carolina 2
Pittsburgh 4 NY Islanders 3
Ottawa 3 Los Angeles 2
Chicago 5 Vancouver 2
Colorado 9 Nashville 4
Calgary 5 New Jersey 2
Columbus 3 Arizona 2
San Jose 6 Minnesota 5
November 8, 2019
Tampa Bay (45%) @ Buffalo (55%)2:00PM
Boston (59%) @ Detroit (41%)7:30PM
New Jersey (41%) @ Edmonton (59%)9:00PM
Vancouver (51%) @ Winnipeg (49%)8:00PM
* Estimated win probability in parentheses.
All game times Eastern
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#24 Indiana 75 Mount St. Mary 52
Fort Wayne 61 Illinois Chicago 60
Xavier 70 Utah 63
Kansas 84 Indiana State 72
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Fort Wayne 91 Manchester 80
Rutgers 73 Bryant 71
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TV SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Friday, Nov. 8
No. 24 Auburn vs. Davidson (Annapolis, MD) | 6 p.m. | CBSSN
Eastern Kentucky at No. 2 Kentucky | 7 p.m. | SEC Network
Colorado State at No. 4 Duke | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
No. 9 North Carolina at UNC Wilmington | 7 p.m.
UIC at No. 14 Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPNU
Siena at No. 19 Xavier | 7 p.m.
North Texas at No. 25 VCU | 7 p.m.
Florida Atlantic at Miami | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Arkansas State at Ole Miss | 7 p.m. | SEC Network+
Coppin State at Virginia Tech | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Bowling Green at No. 22 LSU | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Sam Houston State at Mississippi State | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Northern Kentucky at Missouri | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
East Carolina at Navy | 8:30 p.m. | CBSSN
UNC Greensboro at No. 3 Kansas | 9 p.m. | ESPNU
Weber State at No. 17 Utah State | 9 p.m.
SIU-Edwardsville at Iowa | 9 p.m. | Big Ten Network
No. 16 Baylor vs. Washington (Anchorage, AK) | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN
Arizona State vs. Colorado (Shanghai, China) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Saturday, Nov. 9
Robert Morris at Notre Dame | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Nicholls at Pitt | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Stony Brook at No. 12 Seton Hall | 2:30 p.m.
Kansas City at Oklahoma State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Texas at No. 23 Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1
Bethune-Cookman at No. 13 Texas Tech | 8 p.m.
Oklahoma vs. Minnesota (Sioux Falls, SD) | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Rhode Island at No. 7 Maryland | 9 p.m. | FS1
Boise State at No. 15 Oregon | 11 p.m.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at No. 8 Gonzaga
Sunday, Nov. 10
Boston College at South Florida | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Wyoming at South Carolina | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Florida State at No. 6 Florida | 1 p.m. | ESPN
Youngstown State at No. 5 Louisville | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Columbia at Wake Forest | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Colgate at Clemson | 3 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
UMass Lowell at No. 18 Ohio State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Detroit Mercy at N.C. State | 4 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
James Madison at No. 11 Virginia | 6 p.m. | ESPNU
Binghamton at No. 1 Michigan State | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Illinois at No. 21 Arizona | 9 p.m.
TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
Sat Nov 9th
(19) Iowa @ (18) Wisconsin 12:00 PM
(22) Kansas State @ Texas 12:00 PM
Maryland @ (3) Ohio State 12:00 PM
Vanderbilt @ (6) Florida 12:00 PM
(5) Penn State @ (13) Minnesota 12:00 PM
(12) Baylor @ Texas Christian 12:00 PM
East Carolina @ (15) Southern Methodist12:00 PM
(23) Wake Forest @ Virginia Tech 3:00 PM
Connecticut @ (17) Cincinnati 3:00 PM
(1) Louisiana State @ (2) Alabama 3:00 PM
(20) Appalachian State @ South Carolina7:00 PM
Missouri @ (8) Georgia 7:00 PM
(16) Notre Dame @ Duke 7:00 PM
(4) Clemson @ North Carolina State 7:00 PM
Iowa State @ (10) Oklahoma 8:00 PM
Wyoming @ (21) Boise State 10:00 PM
Nevada @ (25) San Diego State 10:00 PM
All game times Eastern
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE: WEEK 11
Saturday, Nov. 9
Penn State at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ABC
Vanderbilt at Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Florida State at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Maryland at Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX
Texas Tech at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Purdue at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
UMass at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
East Carolina at SMU | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Western Kentucky at Arkansas | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Baylor at TCU | 12 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. | FS1
Kansas State at Texas | 12 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Georgia Tech at Virginia | 12:30 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Air Force at New Mexico | 2 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet
UTSA at Old Dominion | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Stanford at Colorado | 3 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks
Charlotte at UTEP | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
South Alabama at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
LSU at Alabama | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Illinois at Michigan State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1
Southern California at Arizona State | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
UAB at Southern Miss | 3:30 p.m. | NFL Network
Louisville at Miami | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Wake Forest at Virginia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network
Georgia Southern at Troy | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
UConn at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
New Mexico State at Ole Miss | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
Iowa at Wisconsin | 4 p.m. | FOX
North Texas at Louisiana Tech | 4 p.m. | Stadium on Facebook
Georgia State at UL Monroe | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Florida International at Florida Atlantic | 6 p.m. | Stadium
Missouri at Georgia | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Washington State at California | 7 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks
Appalachian State at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Utah State at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Clemson at N.C. State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Notre Dame at Duke | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
Liberty at BYU | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Tennessee at Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Iowa State at Oklahoma | 8 p.m. | FOX
Wyoming at Boise State | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN
Nevada at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN+
San Jose State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | Spectrum Sports
Raiders rally to beat Chargers 26-24
Derek Carr engineered another late winning drive. Karl Joseph delivered the sealing defensive play.
It may not have come easy, but the Oakland Raiders managed to pull out another dramatic victory that has put them squarely in the AFC playoff race.
Josh Jacobs scored on an 18-yard run with 1:02 remaining and the Raiders pulled out their second thriller in five days, beating the Los Angeles Chargers 26-24 on Thursday night.
“We just found a way to win. That says so much about our team,” Carr said. “Some nights are just tougher than others. This was just one of those nights that was just tougher. You see our team with the resilience. No one cared, No one flinched.
It was a repeat performance from Sunday when Carr’s late TD pass to Hunter Renfrow and Joseph’s pass breakup in the end zone delivered a 31-24 win over Detroit. This time the late-game heroics came after Philip Rivers threw a 6-yard pass to Austin Ekeler that gave the Chargers (4-6) a 24-20 lead with 4:02 remaining.
Carr completed three passes to Jalen Richard and two to Hunter Renfrow to start the game-winning 75-yard drive before Jacobs finished it off with his seventh touchdown of his rookie season, running through a big hole created by center Rodney Hudson and guard Richie Incognito.
“As soon as I saw it, I was just thinking, `Go!'” he said. “I knew this would either be a big run or a first down and luckily it was a big run.”
Daniel Carlson missed the extra point, putting more pressure on the tired Raiders defense to stop Rivers. Trayvon Mullen was called for holding on a fourth-down pass to extend the drive, but Joseph then intercepted a fourth-down pass from Rivers to seal it.
“That says a lot about our team,” coach Jon Gruden said. “We have a lot of resilient guys. We compete. You may beat us. But we’ll be a hard out to get. We’ll battle.”
Rivers threw interceptions on his first two drives, falling into a 10-0 hole when Erik Harris took the second back 56 yards for a TD . But Rivers responded by throwing two TD passes, including the go-ahead score to Ekeler in his final start at the Coliseum. But he fell short at the end.
“You give a team 10 points at their place and then you have the ball with a chance to win at the end and you have eight snaps and go nowhere, it’s going to be tough to win,” Rivers said.
The Raiders blew a chance to open up the game in the third quarter, settling for a field goal after driving to the 4 on the opening drive and then missing a 53-yard field goal in the next drive after DeAndre Washington got stuffed for no gain on third-and-1.
The Chargers settled for a field goal after getting inside the 10 later in the quarter.
Melvin Gordon had 22 carries for 108 yards and a TD that put the Chargers up 14-10 in the second quarter.
The Raiders responded with their first sustained drive of the game and took a 17-14 lead at the half on Carr’s 9-yard pass to rookie fullback Alec Ingold with 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Hunt’s countdown over; Browns back eager to play again
Kareem Hunt learned humility during his time away from football for two violent, off-field altercations, the lengthy layoff forcing him to grow up.
It was a tough lesson. A needed one.
While serving his eight-game NFL suspension for losing control of his emotions and being captured on videotape shoving and kicking a woman during an argument in a hotel hallway while he played for Kansas City, the Browns running back gained a deeper appreciation for all he’s been given – and how quickly it can vanish.
His long wait is over. He’s been counting down since his career stopped suddenly.
“Like 342 days,” he said.
Hunt will return to the field this week for the first time since the league punished him for his disturbing behavior.
On Sunday, Hunt, the former league rushing champion, will make his debut for Cleveland – his hometown – as the Browns (2-6) host the Buffalo Bills (6-2).
“I’m just excited. A lot of mixed emotions, high and low,” he said, speaking to reporters for the first time since Aug. 15. “It’s going to be a very fun, emotional game, and I’m definitely going to be excited to get out there and do whatever I can to play the role and help this team win.”
This is Hunt’s second chance. He can’t count on a third.
He knows every move on and off the field is being watched.
“I’m under a microscope,” he said following practice Thursday, which marked 342 days since the Chiefs released him. “I’m not trying to put anything in jeopardy. I had a lot of time to think about, if I get in this situation, how I’m going to handle this? If I get in this situation, how am I going to handle that? This happened, how am I going to handle that?
“You get a lot of time to really reflect and think about those things. I’m good with it.”
Celtics beat Hornets 108-87 in Walker’s return to Charlotte
As he peered up at the videoboard suspended above the court, Kemba Walker broke into a wide smile and tears trickled down his cheeks.
The Hornets honored their all-time leading scorer with a highlight video Thursday night, giving the Boston Celtics point guard a hero’s welcome in his return to Charlotte. As the tribute ended, the crowd erupted with a loud, one-minute standing ovation.
“It was special,” Walker said. “Just to be back here and the amount of love I have been getting today and leading up to this day. The video just topped it off. It made me really emotional. I was trying to hold it in, but I couldn’t. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to.”
Jayson Tatum scored 23 points, and Walker got what he ultimately wanted – a victory – in his homecoming game as the Celtics soundly defeated the Charlotte Hornets, 108-87.
It was an underwhelming performance by Walker’s standards.
The three-time All-Star who once scored 60 points on this court was held to 14 on 4-of-12 shooting, and didn’t make his first field goal until three minutes into the third quarter.
Walker said the video didn’t impact his play on the court, but coach Brad Stevens believed it contributed.
“Yeah, it’s really hard,” Stevens said. “He had the right idea coming into the game but you knew right after they played that video, that probably was going to be a tough start. That was really cool and a great tribute by the Hornets. I know how much he appreciated it.”
Walked played eight seasons in Charlotte before signing with the Celtics after Hornets owner Michael Jordan elected not to give Walker a five-year, $221 million supermax contract.
But he left on good terms with the organization and its fans. After the game, Walker stayed on the court hugging members of the organization, including some of the ushers.
“It’s always great to see Kemba,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “I love that guy. He has a great spirit. He’s a great competitor and a wonderful person. I think it was a good night for him and for all of us. Both teams have moved on, but it’s always good to see him.”
Gordon Hayward added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who scored 17 points off 21 Charlotte turnovers.
Miles Bridges had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Hornets, who had their three-game win streak snapped. Charlotte was just 6 of 31 from 3-point range.
Clippers beat Trail Blazers 107-101 for Rivers’ 900th win
The Clippers were kings of the fourth quarter. Portland star Damian Lillard lost his crown, at least for a night anyway.
Lou Williams made a go-ahead jumper with 58 seconds left, then added a 3-pointer and finished with 26 points to lift Los Angeles over the Trail Blazers 107-101 on Thursday for coach Doc Rivers’ 900th career victory.
“Doc never stops going and grinding,” Kawhi Leonard said. “He never gets bored.”
Lillard and CJ McCollum led Portland with 22 points apiece, but surprisingly both got blanked in the fourth quarter. That’s usually Lillard’s time to shine, but the Clippers’ defense wasn’t having it.
“Usually I can make those shots down the stretch, but they weren’t falling,” Lillard said. “They were coming out to guard me and picking up full court. Pat Beverley did a good job on defense.”
Lillard missed four shots and went 0 for 3 from 3-point range, while McCollum also missed four shots.
“It’s the third game that we’ve won, in my opinion, completely because of our defense,” Rivers said. “Our offense was below average. If you can win a game and not play well offensively, that says a lot about your team.”
Leonard had 27 points, 13 rebounds and six turnovers after missing a nationally televised loss to Milwaukee the previous night as part of load management for his knee.
“Over the last six minutes of the game, we got stops, got rebounds and made our free throws. Lou also made a big 3 for us,” Leonard said. “We played good defense and stuck in there the whole game and we stayed positive. It was a grind-out win for us.”
Leonard and Williams combined to score the Clippers’ final 15 points. Leonard sealed the win with four straight free throws as fans chanted “MVP! MVP!”
Aldridge’s season-high 39 lead Spur past Thunder 121-112
Dejounte Murray had been making himself miserable in the film room. Watching turnover after turnover, he promised Spurs teammate LaMarcus Aldridge things were going to change against Oklahoma City on Thursday night.
Aldridge was the benefactor of Murray’s improved play at point guard, scoring a season-high 39 points to help San Antonio roll over the Thunder 121-112.
“I tell him every day, you’re too great of a player to just go missing in action,” Murray said. “It’s on me being a point guard and the rest of the team. We’ve got to make sure a guy like that is well-involved early from the jump.”
Murray had with a career-high 10 assists along with 17 points and eight rebounds. The 22-year-old played 26 minutes as San Antonio continues to restrict his play after he missed last season following right knee surgery.
Murray, who was averaging 3.0 turnovers per game, had seven turnovers in back-to-back losses entering Thursday’s game.
“I’ve got to stop being sloppy,” Murray said.
The Spurs had a season-high 32 assists in snapping their two-game skid. DeMar DeRozan added 16 points and nine assists for the Spurs.
Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 21 for the Thunder, who entered the game on a two-game winning streak.
“We were hanging around there, we just couldn’t get enough stops,” Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said.
Aldridge finished 19 for 23 from the field and made 10 straight bridging the first and second half.
“LaMarcus was a beast, his rhythm was really good,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “He shot quickly, he made quick decisions and he also passed it out of there when he got doubled or there was a crowd. He did a great job of finding other people. He played a really smart game offensively.”
Aldridge had a combined 22 points and shot 8 for 23 during the Spurs’ two-game skid but made a 21-foot jumper against the Thunder to open the game.
“I definitely put the work in,” Aldridge said. “Just waiting for my shot to come back. The first one felt good, after that I just tried to stay with it.”
Chris Paul had 19 points and five assists in 31 minutes.
Pens rally to win 4-3 in OT, ending Isles’ 10-game streak
After two terrific periods, the New York Islanders abandoned their strong fundamental play in the third.
And in a flash, their 10-game winning streak was over.
Bryan Rust scored his second goal of the game in overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied past the Islanders 4-3 on Thursday night in Brooklyn.
Pittsburgh erased a three-goal deficit in the third period and snapped its three-game skid. Jared McCann had a goal and two assists, and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins. Matt Murray made 20 saves.
“These are definitely character-building wins,” Rust said. “For us as a team, that just kind of breeds confidence throughout the lineup.”
Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck and Adam Pelech scored for New York. Semyon Varlamov stopped 35 shots.
Rust, who extended his point streak to five games, took the puck from Islanders center Brock Nelson behind the net and scored on a wraparound 3:25 into the extra session.
“Rusty is playing with a hunger and you can see it in his game,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “His speed is so evident, and he is hard to play against because he can track pucks down, strip defenseman from behind and that’s what he brings to this team. He has the ability to score. He is finishing for us, but his second effort for us is impressive.”
McCann ended Varlamov’s shutout bid when his wrist shot got by the goalie 1:38 into the third to spark the Penguins’ comeback. Pittsburgh defensemen John Marino and Brian Dumoulin helped set up the play.
Rust and Malkin followed up McCann’s goal with scores of their own as the Penguins wiped out their three-goal deficit in 7:10.
McCann, Malkin and Rust combined for seven points.
Donskoi scores 3 goals as Avalanche beat Predators 9-4
With a dizzying flurry of goals in one electric eight-minute stretch, the Colorado Avalanche rediscovered their offense and ended nearly four years of frustration at home against Nashville.
Joonas Donskoi scored his first career hat trick and Colorado used a six-goal second period to beat the Predators 9-4 on Thursday night.
Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and three assists before sitting out the third with an upper-body injury. Cale Makar and Ryan Graves each added a goal and two assists for the Avalanche, who snapped an eight-game home losing streak to Nashville dating back to Jan. 8, 2016.
Colorado coach Jared Bednar said MacKinnon was held out as a precaution.
It was the sixth time the Avalanche scored at least nine goals – and their eight-minute outburst marked the fastest six goals in franchise history. The Quebec Nordiques scored six times in 8:06 during a game in 1992.
“It doesn’t happen too often, so when it happens you have to enjoy it,” said forward Andre Burakovsky, who had a goal and two assists. “It was fun to see so many guys score, and that’s what we need. We need everyone on the team.”
The Avalanche managed just two goals in the previous three games, and Donskoi topped that all by himself with a big night. He has eight goals this season, one behind MacKinnon for the team lead.
“That felt good,” Donskoi said. “I don’t think I’ve ever scored a hat trick in any league, so it was fun.”
Not for Nashville, which fell apart on defense for the second time in four games. The Predators gave up four goals in the third period of a 6-5 overtime loss to Calgary last week.
“I feel like we lost every battle. We didn’t compete,” defenseman Roman Josi said. “We got embarrassed out there.
WHERE DOES CLEMSON STAND IN THE NATIONAL PLAYOFF HUNT?
The first CFB Playoff poll was released Tuesday evening. Here are some scenarios heading into Week 11 for Clemson football and the rest of the nation.
The Clemson football team was ranked No. 5 in the nation in the first CFB Playoff poll of the season.
The Tigers were ranked behind Ohio State, LSU, Alabama and Penn State in the debut rankings, but there’s certainly no reason for Clemson football fans to panic.
As we head into week 11, here’s a look at the top-10, the teams still vying for a playoff spot and some scenarios to keep your eye on.
CFB Playoff Rankings: Top-10
- Ohio State
- Penn State
The Playoff Picture, Scenarios
Big Ten: Ohio State, Penn State, Minnesota
Big 12: Oklahoma, Baylor
Pac-12: Oregon, Utah
SEC: Alabama, LSU, Georgia
At this point, this is what the playoff picture looks like. There aren’t any Group of 5 teams that could sneak into the picture. Clemson is the lone ACC team with a chance.
Minnesota and Baylor still have to be considered until they lose a game. One loss for either of those programs would likely mean elimination, as it would for Clemson as well.
LSU (No. 2) and Alabama (No. 3) will play each other this week. The winner will likely take over the No. 1 spot and the loser is expected to fall to No. 5. Ohio State (No. 1) and Penn State (No. 4) will play each other in a couple of weeks. The loser of that game will likely drop to No. 5 or No. 6 in the poll while the winner will be No. 1 or No. 2.
That means that an undefeated Clemson would likely be penciled in as the No. 3 team in the nation following the game between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions.
As much as the playoff committee hates the Tigers’ schedule, though, Clemson fans will need to watch and see if the committee tries to keep the loser of LSU-Alabama at No. 4 instead of moving the undefeated Tigers into the spot.
Georgia at No. 6 will have to win-out and win the SEC Championship to be considered and it seems that the two one-loss Pac-12 teams are going to be left out barring some upsets to either Clemson, the Big Ten or the SEC teams.
At this point, it seems that the committee is trying to set up a top-four that will feature two SEC teams- between Alabama, LSU and Georgia. Clemson will be, in my opinion, if they win-out. The Big Ten Champion will likely be in even with one loss and the SEC Champion will be in regardless. That leaves one spot that could go to a one-loss Pac-12 Champion, one-loss Big 12 Champion (assuming Baylor loses) or a one-loss SEC team. Expect the committee to take the one-loss SEC team.
NFL PREVIEWS: WEEK 10
Detroit Lions (3-4-1) at Chicago Bears (3-5)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS
LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 99-74-5
STREAKS: Bears have won past 2
LAST GAME: 11/22/18: Bears 23 at Lions 16
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/11/18: Bears 34, Lions 22
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 406 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 110.4 rating last week, his 9th career game with 400+ pass yards. Aims for his 4th in row with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TDs & 110+ rating. Aims for his 3rd in row at Chi. with 2+ TD passes. Ranks 2nd in TD passes (19), 4th in pass yards (2,499) & 5th in rating (106) in 2019. • RB J.D. MCKISSIC had career-high 72 scrimmage yards (40 rec., 32 rush) & TD catch in Week 9, his 3rd career rec. TD. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY had 4 catches for team-high 132 rec. yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. Had 6 catches for 78 yards & TD in last road meeting. Ties for NFL lead with 7 rec. TDs in 2019. WR MARVIN JONES led team with 8 catches & had 126 rec. yards & TD in Week 9, his 9th career game with 100+ rec. yards. Has 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. WR DANNY AMENDOLA has 8+ catches & 90+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. • DE TREY FLOWERS had sack & 2 TFL last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DT DAMON HARRISON had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. LB CHRISTIAN JONES led team with 11 tackles last week, his 5th career game with 10+ tackles. CB DARIUS SLAY has 10 PD & 2 INTs in his past 5 vs. Chi. Has 2+ PD in 3 of his past 4 at Chi. Has 20 PD vs. Chi., most vs. any opponent. Since 2013, leads NFL with 94 PD. CB JUSTIN COLEMAN has 3+ PD in 2 of his past 3 on road.
QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY completed 23 of 30 passes (76.7 pct.) for 355 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 148.6 rating & had rush TD in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Det. with TD pass & 0 INTs. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY (rookie) had 76 scrimmage yards (40 rush, 36 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 9, his 1st career game with 2+ TDs. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Ranks 2nd among rookie RBs in rush yards (406) & rush TDs (5). RB TARIK COHEN had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row at home vs. Det. with rush TD. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 6 catches for 133 yards & 2 TDs in last home meeting. Has 3 rec. TDs in 3 career games vs. Det. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with 7+ catches & his 5th in row at home with 5+ receptions. WR TAYLOR GABRIEL has 5+ receptions in 2 of his 3 career games vs. Det. • LB KHALIL MACK has 2 sacks in last home meeting. Has 7 sacks, 3 FFs & FR in his past 5 at home vs. NFC North. Has 16 games with sack & FF since 2015, most in NFL. LB ROQUAN SMITH aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 10+ tackles & sack. LB LEONARD FLOYD had sack last week & sack in last home meeting. Has 2+ sacks in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. NFC North. S EDDIE JACKSON had GW 41-yard INT TD with 6:00 left in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 2+ PD. CB KYLE FULLER had INT in last meeting. Since 2017, leads NFL with 50 PD & ties-2nd in INTs (12).
Baltimore Ravens (6-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-8)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK
LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 24-23
STREAKS: Ravens have won past 2
LAST GAME: 10/13/19: Bengals 17 at Ravens 23
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/18: Bengals 34, Ravens 23
QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 17 of 23 passes (73.9 pct.) for 163 yards & TD for 107.7 rating & rushed for 61 yards & season-high 2 TDs last week. Has 329 rush yards (109.7 per game) & 4 rush TDs in past 3. Rushed for career-high 152 yards & TD in Week 6 meeting, 4th-most rush yards by QB in single game in NFL history, incl. playoffs. Leads all players with 6.43 yards per carry average in 2019 (min. 50 attempts). • RB MARK INGRAM had season-high 144 scrimmage yards (season-high 115 rush, 29 rec.) last week. Had rush TD in Week 6 meeting & 162 scrimmage yards (104 rush, 58 rec.) & TD catch in only career game at Cin. (11/11/18 with NO). RB GUS EDWARDS had 1st rush TD of season in Week 9. • WR MARQUISE BROWN (rookie) had team-high 48 rec. yards last week. Has 3 rec. TDs in 3 career road games. Ranks tied for 3rd among AFC rookies with 374 rec. yards. Brown (3) & MILES BOYKIN (2) are only pair of rookie WR teammates each with 2+ TD catches in 2019. TE NICK BOYLE had season high 5 catches & rec. TD last week. TE MARK ANDREWS had 6 catches for 99 yards in Week 6 meeting. • S EARL THOMAS had 2 PD & INT last week. Had INT in only career game at Cin. (10/11/15 with Sea.). CB MARCUS PETERS has INT in 2 of past 3. Aims for 4th in row with PD. CB MARLON HUMPHREY had 70-yard FR-TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with FR-TD. Had INT in Week 6 meeting. LB PATRICK ONWUASOR had sack & FF last week.
QB RYAN FINLEY (rookie) makes 1st NFL start. • RB JOE MIXON had 77 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 11 rec.) & TD catch in Week 8. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Had 84 rush yards in last home meeting. Has 326 scrimmage yards (108.7 per game) in past 3 at home vs. division. • WR TYLER BOYD had 6 catches for 65 yards in Week 8. Has 10+ catches & 120+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 at home. Had 91 rec. yards & TD catch in last home meeting. Aims for 4th in row at home vs. division with rec. TD. WR ALEX ERICKSON had 6 catches for team-high 97 yards in Week 8. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ catches. WR AUDEN TATE aims for 4th in row with 65+ rec. yards. Had 91 rec. yards in Week 6 meeting. TE TYLER EIFERT had 6 catches for season-high 74 yards in Week 8. • DT GENO ATKINS has 5 sacks in his past 4 at home. Had 2 sacks in last home meeting. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 at home vs. Bal. DE CARLOS DUNLAP had TFL & PD in Week 8. Had 3 PD in last home meeting. Since entering league in 2010, Atkins (74) & Dunlap (73.5) are only pair of teammates with 70+ sacks each. DE SAM HUBBARD has sack in 2 of past 3 vs. Bal. S JESSIE BATES had team-high 7 tackles & PD in Week 8. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of past 3 vs. Bal. CB B.W. WEBB aims for 3rd in row at home with 2+ PD. LB NICK VIGIL had 5 tackles & PD in Week 8. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 9+ tackles. Had 13 tackles, PD & FR in Week 6 meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Bal. with PD.
Buffalo Bills (6-2) at Cleveland Browns (2-6)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT
LEADER: Browns lead all-time series, 11-9
STREAKS: Bills have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/18/16: Browns 13 at Bills 33
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/3/13: Browns 37, Bills 24
QB JOSH ALLEN completed 14 of 20 passes (70 pct.) for 160 yards & TD for 110.4 rating & rushed for TD last week. Became 4th QB in NFL history with 20+ TD passes & 12+ rush TDs in 1st 2 seasons. Since entering league in 2018, leads all QBs with 12 rush TDs & ranks 2nd with 878 rush yards. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY (rookie) had career-high 140 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 45 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. His 3 TDs are 3rd-most among rookie RBs. RB FRANK GORE aims for 3rd in row vs. Cle with rush TD. Had 94 rush yards in only career game at Cle. (12/30/07 with SF). Ranks 4th in NFL history with 15,185 rush yards & needs 85 rush yards to surpass HOFer BARRY SANDERS (15,269) for 3rd-most in league annals. • WR JOHN BROWN led team with 4 catches for 76 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Has 21 catches for 462 rec. yards (115.5 per game) & 2 TDs in 4 career games on road vs. AFC North. WR COLE BEASLEY aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Had 6 catches for 56 yards & TD in his last game vs. Cle. (11/6/16 with Dal.). • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had sack last week. Has 5 PD, 2 INTs & FF in past 3 vs. AFC North. S JORDAN POYER had 7 tackles & FF in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. Only AFC safety with sack, FF & INT in 2019. DT JORDAN PHILLIPS has 5 sacks & FF in his past 4. DE JERRY HUGHES had sack last week. Had 1.5 sacks & FF in last road meeting.
QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 273 yards & TD for 90.7 rating & rushed for 22 yards last week. Surpassed BERNIE KOSAR (5,432) for most pass yards by QB in 1st 2 seasons in franchise history (5,688). • RB NICK CHUBB had 91 scrimmage yards (65 rush, 26 rec.) last week. Is 1 of 2 in AFC (LEONARD FOURNETTE) with 90+ scrimmage yards in 7 games this season. Has 852 scrimmage yards (121.7 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 7 at home. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 95+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 2nd in AFC in rush yards (803) & scrimmage yards (964). • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had 5 catches for team-high 87 yards last week. Became 3rd-fastest in NFL history to reach 6,000 rec. yards (67 games). Aims for 4th in row at home with 6+ catches. Has 28 catches for 632 yards (126.4 per game) & 5 TDs in his past 5 vs. AFC East. WR JARVIS LANDRY had 6 catches & rec. TD in Week 9. Had 9 catches for 92 yards & TD in his last game vs. Buf. (12/31/17 with Mia.). WR ANTONIO CALLAWAY had season-high 56 rec. yards last week. • DE MYLES GARRETT has 5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 3 at home. Has 8 sacks in 4 career games vs. AFC East. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 10 sacks in 2019. DE OLIVIER VERNON aims for 3rd in row with sack. DT LARRY OGUNJOBI had sack & PD last week. Has sack in 3 of past 4 at home. Rookie LB MACK WILSON had 5 tackles, PD & 1st-career sack in Week 9.
Atlanta Falcons (1-7) at New Orleans Saints (7-1)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 51-48
STREAKS: Saints have won past 3
LAST GAME: 11/22/18: Falcons 17 at Saints 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/18
QB MATT RYAN has 2,838 pass yards (315.3 per game) & 16 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 100.3 rating in his past 9 at NO. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with 300+ pass yards, 2+ TDs & 100+ rating. Has 1,995 pass yards (332.5 per game) & 17 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 120.4 rating in his past 6 vs. NFC South. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN had 102 scrimmage yards (63 rec., 39 rush) in Week 8. Has 898 scrimmage yards (112.3 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in 8 career games vs. NO. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • WR JULIO JONES had 10 catches for 152 yards in Week 8, his 9th career game with 10+ receptions & 150+ rec. yards. Had 11 catches for 147 yards in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row at NO with 140+ rec. yards. Since 2015, leads NFL in receptions (470) & rec. yards (7,113). TE AUSTIN HOOPER had 6 catches for 65 yards & TD in Week 8. Aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. Leads all TEs in catches (52) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (591) & rec. TDs (5) in 2019. WR CALVIN RIDLEY has 15 catches for 239 yards (119.5 per game) & 4 TDs in 2 career games vs. NO. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO, 3rd in row on road & 4th in row vs. division with TD catch. • LB DEION JONES had 10 tackles, 2 TFL & INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at NO with INT. LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL aims for his 3rd in row on road with 9+ tackles. DT GRADY JARRETT led team with 8 tackles & had sack in Week 8. S DAMONTAE KAZEE had INT in last meeting.
QB DREW BREES completed 34 of 43 passes (79.1 pct.) for 373 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 116.4 rating in Week 8. Had 4 TDs vs. INT & 111.9 rating in last meeting. Has 8,224 pass yards & 53 TDs vs. Atl., both most vs. any opponent. In his past 9 at home, has 2,994 pass yards (332.7 per game) & 26 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 127.5 rating. • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 405 scrimmage yards (101.3 per game) in 4 career games vs. Atl. Since 2017, is 1 of 2 RBs (TODD GURLEY) with 20+ rush TDs (23) & 10+ rec. TDs (10). RB LATAVIUS MURRAY had 157 scrimmage yards (102 rush, 55 rec.), 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) & career-high 9 catches in Week 8. Aims for his 3rd in row with 150+ scrimmage yards & TD. Has 198 scrimmage yards (99 per game) & rush TD in 2 career games vs. Atl. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 11 catches for 112 yards & TD in Week 8. Aims for his 6th in row with 8+ receptions & 80+ rec. yards. Leads NFL in catches (73) & rec. yards (875) in 2019. Has 394 career receptions & needs 7 catches to surpass JARVIS LANDRY (400) for most by player in 1st 4 seasons. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had sack in Week 8. Has 6 sacks in his past 4 & aims for his 5th in row with sack. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Atl. with 2+ sacks. Since 2016, is only player with 40+ sacks (40.5) & 20+ PD (23). CB MARSHON LATTIMORE has 7 PD & 2 INTs in 4 career games vs. Atl. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Atl. with 2+ PD. Since 2017, ties-3rd in NFL with 39 PD.
New York Giants (2-7) at New York Jets (1-7)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
LEADER: Giants lead all-time series, 8-5
STREAKS: Giants have won 5 of past 6
LAST GAME: 12/6/15: Jets 23 at Giants 20
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/24/11: Giants 29, Jets 14
QB DANIEL JONES (rookie) had 210 pass yards & TD vs. INT last week. Has 300+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2 of his 1st 3 career starts on road. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 95 scrimmage yards, incl. careerlong 65-yard catch, in Week 9. Has 135+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Has 9 TDs (5 rush, 4 rec.) in 11 career road games. Since 2018, ranks 3rd in scrimmage yards (2,657) & tied-7th in scrimmage TDs (18). • WR GOLDEN TATE had 6 catches last week & aims for his 5th in row with 6+ receptions. Had 8 catches for 116 yards in his only career game at NYJ (with Det.) & has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 career games vs. NYJ. TE EVAN ENGRAM had 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 4th in row on road with TD catch. Is 1 of 5 TEs with 150+ (153) receptions since 2017. • S JABRILL PEPPERS led team with career-high 12 tackles & had PD & FF in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF. Aims for his 9th in row on road with 5+ tackles. S ANTOINE BETHEA had 9 tackles, INT & FR last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with FR & aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 8+ tackles. Is 1 of 2 active DBs (ERIC WEDDLE) with 25+ INTs (25) & 9+ sacks (9.5). DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 17 sacks, 4 PD & 2 FFs in 71 games (2015-19) with NYJ. LB MARKUS GOLDEN has 3 sacks & FR-TD in his past 3 on road. LB ALEC OGLETREE had 9 tackles, 2 PD & INT in his last game vs NYJ (11/13/16 with LAR).
QB SAM DARNOLD passed for 260 yards & TD for 85.4 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 5 at home. Has 679 pass yards (339.5 per game) with 5 TDs vs. INT for 121.4 rating in his past 2 vs. NFC. • RB LE’VEON BELL had 121 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 55 rec.) last week. Has TD in 2 of his past 4 at home with NYJ. Had 182 scrimmage yards (118 rush, 64 rec.) in only career game vs. NYG (12/4/16 with Pit.). Has 3 TDs in 4 career games vs. NFC East. RB BILAL POWELL had 8 catches for career-high 91 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. • WR JAMISON CROWDER had 8 catches for team-high 83 yards & TD in Week 9. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 4+ catches. Had 87 rec. yards & TD catch in his last game vs. NYG (12/9/18 with Was.). Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 vs. NYG. Has 3 career rec. TDs vs. NYG, most vs. any opponent. WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS had 10 catches for 133 yards in his last game vs. NYG (10/15/17 with Den.). Is 1 of 2 active WRs (LARRY FITZGERALD) with 700+ catches (707), 9,000+ rec. yards (9,562) & 60+ TD catches (62) in career. WR ROBBY ANDERSON has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 at home. • S JAMAL ADAMS had 1st sack of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC East with PD. LB BRANDON COPELAND had team-high 8 tackles & sack in Week 9. LB JORDAN JENKINS had 3rd sack of season last week. Rookie DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS had sack last week.
Arizona Cardinals (3-5-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD
LEADER: Cardinals lead all-time series, 11-9
STREAKS: Cardinals have won past 3
LAST GAME: 10/15/17: Buccaneers 33 at Cardinals 38
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/13: Cardinals 13, Buccaneers 10
QB KYLER MURRAY (rookie) passed for 241 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 130.7 rating in Week 9. Leads NFL rookie QBs in pass yards (2,229) & rating (89.2). Ranks 2nd among all QBs in rush yards (313). • RB DAVID JOHNSON had 143 scrimmage yards (98 rec., 45 rush) in only career game vs. TB (9/18/16). Has 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 5 against NFC South. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. NFC South with 100+ scrimmage yards & his 6th in row overall vs. NFC South with TD. RB KENYAN DRAKE had 162 scrimmage yards (110 rush, 52 rec.) & rush TD in Ari. debut last week., his 3rd career game with 100+ rush yards. • WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 27 catches for 355 yards (88.8 per game) & 5 TDs in his past 4 vs. TB. Aims for his 5th in row vs. TB with rec. TD. Rookie WR KEESEAN JOHNSON had 1st career TD catch last week. Rookie WR ANDY ISABELLA had 88-yard rec. TD in Week 9, his 1st career TD. • LB CHANDLER JONES had sack last week. Had 2 sacks in last meeting & had 4 sacks in 3 career games vs. TB. Aims for his 4th in row vs. TB with sack. Since 2015, leads NFL with 63 sacks & ranks 2nd in FFs (17). LB TERRELL SUGGS had sack in his last game at TB (10/12/14 with Bal.). S BUDDA BAKER had career-high 3 PD in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row with 13+ tackles. Since 2017, is 1 of 2 DBs (JAMAL ADAMS) with 225+ tackles (234) & 4+ FF (4). CB PATRICK PETERSON has 3 INTs & 4 PD in 3 career games vs. TB.
QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 335 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 103.9 rating last week. Is 1 of 4 QBs (PATRICK MAHOMES, PHILIP RIVERS & MATT RYAN) with 5+ games (5) of 300+ pass yards in 2019. Aims for his 4th in row with 300+ pass yards. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his 4 career home starts vs. NFC West. • RB RONALD JONES had 67 rush yards & TD last week. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB DARE OGUNBOWALE had rush TD in Week 9 & has rush TD in 2 of his past 3. • WR MIKE EVANS had 12 catches for 180 yards & rec. TD in Week 9. Is 1st player in NFL history with 11+ receptions & 180+ rec. yards in consecutive games. Joined A.J. GREEN (2016) & WES WELKER (2011) as only players with 8+ catches, 150+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of their team’s 1st 8 games of a season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ari. with TD catch. WR CHRIS GODWIN has 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 vs. NFC West. Evans (842) & Godwin (766) are only pair of teammates in 2019 each with 700+ rec. yards. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had sack & 2 TFL last week. Had 2 FFs & FR in last meeting. Rookie LB DEVIN WHITE had career-high 12 tackles & 2 FFs in Week 9, his 1st career FFs. LB SHAQUIL BARRETTT leads NFL with 10.5 sacks in 2019. Had sack in only career game vs. Ari. (10/18/18 with Den.). Has 5 sacks & 2 FFs in 3 home games in 2019.
Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) at Tennessee Titans (4-5)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 27-22
STREAKS: Titans have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/18/16: Titans 19 at Chiefs 17
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/6/13: Chiefs 26, Titans 17
QB PATRICK MAHOMES has 100+ rating & TD pass in 8 of past 9 on road. Has 972 pass yards (324 per game) with 7 TDs vs. INT for 109.2 rating in past 3 vs. AFC South. QB MATT MOORE passed for 275 yards & TD for 103.9 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 250+ pass yards & 100+ rating. • RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS had career-high 125 rush yards last week, incl. 91-yard TD run, longest in NFL this season. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has TD in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC South. RB LESEAN MCCOY aims for 3rd in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 341 scrimmage yards (113.7 per game) & rush TD in 3 career games vs. Ten. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 6 of 8 career games on road vs. AFC South. • WR TYREEK HILL had 6 catches for season-high 140 yards & TD last week. Became 6th player in NFL history with 20+ TDs of 40+ yards in 1st 4 seasons. Aims for 4th in row with 70+ rec. yards. WR SAMMY WATKINS had 7 catches for 63 yards in Week 9. Had TD catch in his only career game vs. Ten. (12/24/17 with LAR). Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 6+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. TE TRAVIS KELCE had 7 catches for 62 yards last week. Had TD catch in 2017 playoff meeting. • DT CHRIS JONES had 3rd sack of season last week. Has 9 sacks in his past 8 on road. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH has sack in 2 of past 3. Had sack in only career game at Ten. (10/16/16 with Cle.). S TYRANN MATHIEU aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with PD.
QB RYAN TANNEHILL passed for season-high 331 yards & TD for 82.3 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 2+ TD passes & 105+ rating. Passed for 205 yards & TD in only career game vs. KC (9/21/14 with Mia.). Has 2+ TD passes & 120+ rating in 3 of past 4 vs. AFC West. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 99 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 36 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, 6th career game with 2+ TDs. Has 799 scrimmage yards (114.1 per game) & 8 rush TDs in past 7 at home. RB DION LEWIS had season-high 53 scrimmage yards (33 rec., 20 rush) last week. • WR A.J. BROWN (rookie) had 4 catches for team-high 81 yards in Week 9. Only rookie in NFL with 80+ rec. yards in 3 games this season. Leads AFC rookies with 429 rec. yards. WR ADAM HUMPHRIES had 65 rec. yards last week. Had 4 catches in only career game vs. KC (11/20/16 with TB). WR TAJAE SHARPE aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • CB LOGAN RYAN had team-high 10 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 8+ tackles & PD. Has 5 PD, INT & sack in past 2 on road. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC West with FF. CB MALCOLM BUTLER has 6 PD & INT in past 4. LB HAROLD LANDRY had 8 tackles, sack & 1st-career INT in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB RASHAAN EVANS aims for 5th in row with 9+ tackles. LB SHARIF FINCH had 2nd sack of season last week. LB KAMALEI CORREA had sack in Week 9. DT JURELL CASEY has sack in 2 of his past 3.
Miami Dolphins (1-7) at Indianapolis Colts (5-3)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 4:05 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 45-27
STREAKS: Colts have won past 2
LAST GAME: 11/25/18: Dolphins 24 at Colts 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/25/18
QB RYAN FITZPATRICK passed for season-high 288 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.8 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 244 yards with 2 TDs for 93.3 rating in his last game at Ind. (9/21/15 with NYJ). Has 2+ TD passes & 105+ rating in 2 of past 4 vs. AFC South. • RB KALEN BALLAGE has rush TD in 2 of his past 4. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 4 catches for 57 yards & TD in Week 9. Has TD catch in 4 of past 5. Aims for 4th in row with 55+ rec. yards. WR ALLEN HURNS has 5+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at Ind. TE MIKE GESICKI had career highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (95) last week. • CB NIK NEEDHAM (rookie) led team with 9 tackles & had 1st-career sack last week. CB JOMAL WILTZ had career-high 8 tackles & 1st-career INT in Week 9. Has 4 PD in past 2. CB ERIC ROWE leads team with 5 PD. S RESHAD JONES has PD in 2 of his past 4. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Ind. with PD. DE TACO CHARLTON has sack in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. Leads team with 4 sacks this season. Rookie DT CHRISTIAN WILKINS (rookie) had 2 TFL & 1stcareer sack in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles. LB JEROME BAKER had 7 tackles & PD last week. Leads team with 54 tackles in 2019. LB RAEKWON MCMILLAN had 8 tackles in Week 9. Had 7 tackles & FF in last meeting. LB DAVON GODCHAUX had 5 tackles & sack last week. LB VINCE BIEGEL aims for 3rd in row on road with 5+ tackles.
QB JACOBY BRISSETT has 1,103 pass yards (275.8 per game) with 9 TDs vs. INT for 103.6 rating in 4 home games this season. QB BRIAN HOYER completed 17 of 26 passes (65.4 pct.) for 168 yards with 3 TDs vs. INT for 105.9 rating in season debut last week. Passed for 273 yards & 3 TDs in only career start vs. Mia. (10/25/15 with Hou.). • RB MARLON MACK had 89 rush yards last week. Has 85+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Had 85 rush yards in last meeting. Has rush TD in 3 of past 5 at home. Ranks 5th in AFC with 679 rush yards in 2019. • WR ZACH PASCAL had 5 catches for team-high 76 yards & TD last week. Has 5+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & TD in 2 of past 3. WR CHESTER ROGERS had 5th-career TD catch in Week 9. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 4 at home. Had 49 rec. yards in last meeting. TE ERIC EBRON has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. Had 5 catches for 45 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for 5th in row vs. AFC South with TD catch. TE JACK DOYLE had 2nd TD catch of season last week. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • DE JUSTIN HOUSTON had sack, FF & FR & 1st-career safety last week. Aims for 5th in row with sack. LB DARIUS LEONARD aims for 5th in row with 9+ tackles. Had 10 tackles & sack in last meeting. Has INT in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC South. CB KENNY MOORE had 1st INT of season in Week 9. Had PD in last meeting. Rookie CB MARVELL TELL had 1st-career FF & PD last week.
Carolina Panthers (5-3) at Green Bay Packers (7-2)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 4:25 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 8-6
STREAKS: Panthers have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/17/17: Packers 24 at Panthers 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/19/14: Packers 38, Panthers 17
QB KYLE ALLEN had 232 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 84.4 rating last week. Has 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 93.1 rating in 5 career road starts. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 166 scrimmage yards (146 rush, 20 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 9. Became 6th player in NFL history with 1,200+ scrimmage yards (1,244) & 13+ TDs (13) in team’s 1st 8 games of season. Joined JIM BROWN (1963) as only players with 150+ scrimmage yards & TD in 6 of team’s 1st 8 games of season. Aims for his 7th in row with rush TD. Had 136 scrimmage yards (73 rec., 63 rush) & TD catch in last meeting. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in scrimmage yards (4,295) & ties for 2nd in scrimmage TDs (33). • WR D.J. MOORE had 7 catches for 101 yards in Week 9, his 2nd career 100-yard game. Aims for his 5th in row with 5+ receptions. WR CURTIS SAMUEL had rec. TD in Week 9 & had 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in his past 3. TE GREG OLSEN had 9 catches for 116 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with rec. TD. • LB LUKE KUECHLY has 8+ tackles in 10 of 12 career games vs. NFC North. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT. LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 11 tackles, sack & career-high 3 TFL last week. S ERIC REID had 11 tackles, 5th career sack & 3rd career FF last week. CB DONTE JACKSON had 7th career INT & 1st career FR last week & has 3 INTs in his past 3. S TRE BOSTON had 12th career INT last week.
QB AARON RODGERS has 1,520 pass yards (304 per game) & 15 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 102.5 rating in 5 career games vs. Car. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Car. with 2+ TD passes. Has 18 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 123.9 rating in his past 6 home starts vs. NFC South. Aims for his 7th in row at home vs. NFC South with 2+ TDs & 100+ rating. • RB AARON JONES has 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 8 at home. Aims for his 4th in row at home vs. NFC South with rush TD. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 11 scrimmage TDs & is 1 of 2 RBs (CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY) with 400+ rush yards (450) & 350+ rec. yards (354) in 2019. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS aims for his 5th in row with TD catch. Has 5 rec. TDs in 2019, tiedmost among RBs (AUSTIN EKELER). • WR DAVANTE ADAMS led team with 7 catches last week. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with TD catch. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 7 at home. TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 8 rec. TDs in his past 9 vs. Car. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. • LB PRESTON SMITH had sack last week. Has 4.5 sacks & FF in his past 4 at home. LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH has 5.5 sacks in his past 5. Za’Darius Smith (8.5) & Preston Smith (8) are only pair of teammates each with 8+ sacks in 2019. LB BLAKE MARTINEZ led team with 12 tackles last week & leads NFL with 95 tackles in 2019. Has 12+ tackles in 6 of his past 7 at home. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER ranks 2nd in NFL with 11 PD.
Los Angeles Rams (5-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 4:25 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH
LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 15-8-2
STREAKS: Steelers have won past 3
LAST GAME: 9/27/15: Steelers 12 at Rams 6 (St. Louis)
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/24/11: Steelers 27, Rams 0
QB JARED GOFF passed for 372 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.3 rating in Week 8. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 2+ TDs. • RB TODD GURLEY had rush TD in Week 8. Has 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 4 & aims for his 5th in row with TD. Since 2015, leads all RBs in scrimmage yards (6,866), rush yards (4,902) & scrimmage TDs (63). • WR COOPER KUPP had 7 catches for career-high 220 yards & TD in Week 8, most rec. yards in single international game in NFL history. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 7+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. Has 5 games with 100+ rec. yards in 2019, most in NFL. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 792 rec. yards & needs 78 rec. yards to surpass career-high 869 rec. yards (2017). WR ROBERT WOODS has 5+ catches in 10 of his past 11 on road. WR BRANDIN COOKS had TD catch in only career game vs. Pit. (12/17/17 with NE). • DT AARON DONALD had sack & 3 TFL in Week 8. Had sack & 3 TFL in last meeting. Has 5 sacks & 11 TFL in 6 career games vs. AFC North. Has 5 sacks, FF & FR in his past 5 on road. Since 2015, ranks 2nd in NFL with 55.5 sacks. LB DANTE FOWLER aims for his 3rd in row with 1.5+ sacks. Had sack in only career game vs. Pit. (10/8/17 with Jax.). LB CORY LITTLETON is only LB with 25+ PD (25) & 5+ sacks (6.5) since 2017. CB JALEN RAMSEY has 15 tackles, 7 PD & 3 INTs in 2 career games vs. Pit. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with INT.
QB MASON RUDOLPH completed career-high 26 passes (26 of 35, 74.3 pct.) for 191 yards & TD with 84.3 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC with 2+ TD passes. Has 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 98.1 rating in 4 career home starts. • RB JAMES CONNER aims for his 5th in row with TD. Has 449 scrimmage yards (112.3 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 4. Is 1 of 2 in AFC with 4+ rush TDs (4) & 2+ rec. TDs (2). RB TREY EDMUNDS had career-high 73 rush yards last week. RB JAYLEN SAMUELS had career highs in catches (13) & rec. yards (73) in Week 9, most catches by RB in single game in franchise history. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER became 1st player in NFL history to record 200 career catches before 23rd birthday. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. Has 22 catches for 370 yards (92.5 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 4 vs. NFC. WR JAMES WASHINGTON had season-high 4 catches for 69 yards last week. TE VANCE MCDONALD had 3rd TD catch of season in Week 9. Had rec. TD in his last game vs. LAR (9/12/16 with SF). • LB BUD DUPREE had 2 sacks, FF & FR last week. Aims for 5th in row at home with sack. Rookie LB DEVIN BUSH had 7 tackles, TFL & PD last week. Has PD in 4 of past 5. Leads all rookies with 66 tackles. LB T.J. WATT had 1.5 sacks last week. Has 6.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 5. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK had 96-yard INT-TD last week, longest in NFL this season. Has 3 INTs in past 2. Aims for 5th in row with PD.
Minnesota Vikings (6-3) at Dallas Cowboys (5-3)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 8:20 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 12-11
STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/1/16: Cowboys 17 at Vikings 15
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/3/13: Cowboys 27, Vikings 23
QB KIRK COUSINS had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 94.2 rating last week. Has 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.5 rating in his past 3 on road. Has 876 pass yards (292 per game) & 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 117 rating in 3 career games at Dal. Aims for his 4th in row at Dal. with 2+ TD passes. Ranks 3rd with 112 rating in 2019. • RB DALVIN COOK had 116 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 45 rec.) last week. Has 7 games with 100+ scrimmage yards in 2019, most in NFL. Has 744 scrimmage yards (148.8 per game) & 4 rush TDs in 5 road games in 2019. Leads NFL with 894 rush yards & ranks 2nd with 1,232 scrimmage yards. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 8 receptions for 59 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 7+ catches & 140+ rec. yards. Ranks 2nd in NFC with 18.7 average yards per reception in 2019. WR ADAM THIELEN had 7 catches for 86 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road vs. NFC East with 7+ receptions & 115+ rec. yards. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC East with TD catch. Rookie WR BISI JOHNSON aims for his 3rd in row on road with rec. TD. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 2 sacks & 3 TFL in last meeting. Aims for his 8th in row vs. NFC East with sack. Needs 1.5 sacks to become youngest to 50 sacks since 1982. S HARRISON SMITH had sack & FF last week. Since 2014, is only player with 15+ INTs (16) & 10+ sacks (12). DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had sack & tied his career-high with 3 TFL last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. Had FF & FR in last meeting.
QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 257 yards with 3 TDs vs. INT for 101.7 rating in Week 9. Had TD pass & 108.3 rating in last meeting. Has 100+ rating in 6 of 7 career starts vs. NFC North. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC North with 2+ TD passes. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 139 yards last week & aims for his 4th in row with 100+ rush yards. Has 24 games with 100+ rush yards since 2016, most in NFL. Had 105 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 19 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Has 715 scrimmage yards (143 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 career home games vs. NFC North. • WR AMARI COOPER had 80 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with 120+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Has 526 rec. yards (131.5 per game) & 4 TDs in 4 home games in 2019. WR MICHAEL GALLUP had 4th career TD catch last week. Has 7+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. TE BLAKE JARWIN aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. • DE ROBERT QUINN had sack in his last game vs. Min. (12/16/18 with Mia.). Has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home with Dal. DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 4 sacks in his past 3 at home vs. NFC North. DE MICHAEL BENNETT had sack in Dal. debut last week. S XAVIER WOODS had INT & FF last week & aims for his 3rd in row with INT. CB JOURDAN LEWIS had 63-yard FR-TD in Week 9, his 1st career TD.
Seattle Seahawks (7-2) at San Francisco 49ers (8-0)
WEEK 10 // MONDAY, NOV. 11, 2019 // 8:15 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP
LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 24-16
STREAKS: Seahawks have won 9 of past 10
LAST GAME: 12/16/18: Seahawks 23 at 49ers 26
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/16/18
QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 378 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 133.7 rating last week. Has 90 wins, incl. postseason, in 1st 8 seasons, tied with BEN ROETHLISBERGER (90) for 2nd-most in NFL history (TOM BRADY – 100). Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 117.3 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 10th in row vs. NFC West with 110+ rating. Leads NFL with 22 TD passes & 118.2 rating. • RB CHRIS CARSON had 133 scrimmage yards (105 rush, 28 rec.) in Week 9, his 10th career game with 100+ rush yards. Has 356 scrimmage yards (118.7 per game) & rush TD in 3 career games vs. SF. Aims for his 4th in row vs. SF & 8th in row vs. NFC West with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had career-high 13 receptions for 152 yards & 2 TDs, his 7th career game with 100+ rec. yards & 3rd career game with 2 rec. TDs. Rookie WR DK METCALF set career-highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (123) & had TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. Leads all rookies in rec. yards (525), ties for 1st in TD catches (5) & ranks 3rd in catches (29). WR JOSH GORDON makes Sea. debut. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 11 tackles & had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 3 sacks, 6 TFL, FF, 2 FRs, 8 PD & 4 INTs, incl. 98-yard INT-TD in his past 6 vs. SF. LB MYCHAL KENDRICKS had sack & FF last week, his 3rd career game with sack & FF. LB K.J. WRIGHT aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles.
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO completed 28 of 37 passes (75.7 pct.) for 317 yards & career-high 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 136.9 rating, his 3rd career game with 300+ pass yards. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Is 1 of 5 QBs to win 16 of his 1st 18 starts since 1950. • RB TEVIN COLEMAN had rush TD in his last game vs. Sea. (11/20/17 with Atl.). Aims for his 3rd in row at home with SF with TD & aims for his 5th in row on MNF with rush TD. RB MATT BREIDA has 322 scrimmage yards (107.3 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in 3 career games on MNF. Had 96 scrimmage yards in last meeting. • WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 7 catches for 112 yards & TD in Week 9, his 20th career game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row with SF with TD catch. Had 10 catches for 135 yards & TD in his last game vs. Sea. (9/9/18 with Den.). TE GEORGE KITTLE had 79 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 6+ catches. • DL NICK BOSA (rookie) aims for his 3rd in row at home with 2+ sacks. DL DEFOREST BUCKNER had sack last week & has 5 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 FRs in his past 5 at home. Had 2 sacks & 4 TFL in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 2+ sacks. DL DEE FORD had sack in Week 9 & has 3.5 sacks & FF in his past 4. CB RICHARD SHERMAN had 99 PD & 32 INTs in 105 games (2011-17) with Sea. Has 35 INTs, tied-most among active players.
No. 24 Hoosiers Open Season With 75-52 Win Over Mount St. Mary’s
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 24 Indiana Hoosiers Women’s Basketball team (1-0) opened up the regular season at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Thursday night with a 75-52 victory over the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers. Sophomore guard Grace Berger scored a career-high 24 points, while freshman forward Mackenzie Holmes added 15 points for the Hoosiers.
After trailing 6-3 early, the Hoosiers went on a 7-0 run to take a 10-6 lead at 5:50 in the first quarter. Indiana would not trail again.
Back-to-to back 3-pointers by Mount St. Mary’s after the first media timeout triggered an Indiana timeout. The Hoosiers responded with back-to-back 3-pointers by redshirt-freshman Chanel Wilson to take a 25-18 lead to end the first quarter.
The Hoosiers scored two quick baskets with layups by Holmes and Berger to start the second quarter and a block on the defensive end by Holmes helped draw a Mountaineers timeout at the 8:15 mark in the second quarter.
Berger started 6-of-6 from the field with three 3-pointers including one at the 7:15 mark in the second quarter to give the Hoosiers a 32-18 lead.
Indiana made six-straight baskets during a 21-3 run over a 4:37 stretch in the second quarter, capped off by a Holmes layup. Berger scored 12 points during the run.
Indiana hit the 50-point mark in the first half on a Holmes layup with 1:13 remaining in the first half. The Hoosiers led the Mountaineers 50-26 at the half.
Mount St. Mary’s outscored the Hoosiers by one in a back-and-forth third quarter but Indiana continued to lead, 66-43.
The Hoosiers went on a 6-0 run to begin the fourth quarter and a sophomore forward Aleksa Gulbe layup with 7:39 remaining gave the Hoosiers their largest lead of the game at 29.
Indiana won their seventh-consecutive season opener with a 75-52 win over Mount St. Mary’s on Thursday night.
The Hoosiers shot 47.5 percent from the field compared to The Mount’s 37.3 percent.
Indiana also won the rebound battle heavily with 42 compared to Mount St. Mary’s 25.
In the first half, the Hoosiers shot 64.5 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from behind the arc.
The Indiana defense proved its resilience by holding The Mount scoreless through the final five minutes of action.
Berger scored the third-most points in a season opener to lead the Hoosiers on offense with a career-high 24 points. She also dished out four assists, while grabbing seven rebounds.
Holmes netted her first career points as she ended the night in double figures with 15 points. She went 6-for-9 from the floor.
Junior guard Jaelynn Penn made her 72nd consecutive start for Indiana. The Louisville, Ky., native grabbed three rebounds and secured two assists.
Freshman forward Jorie Allen scored her first two career points as a Hoosier.
Head Coach Teri Moren
“Well, I was really happy. I thought the first half we played a solid twenty minutes. Very disappointed in the second half and how we started the third quarter. I thought we were sluggish and slow out of the gate. We had too many turnovers particularly in the second half. We really just couldn’t get any rhythm or run outs. I thought we had, at times, our shot selection was not what it needed to be. I thought we saw really good minutes from Grace Berger tonight. Early on in the first half, obviously, she hit a couple timely threes to get us going. It was great to see Mackenzie Holmes look comfortable. On a night where Jaelynn Penn only shoots the ball twice, I thought Ali Patberg didn’t miss by far. It was not a good game for Ali. Overall, we are happy with the win, but we know this that we need to be so much better with the win especially in the second half at finishing off opponents.”
Indiana will play their second of three-consecutive home games to open the year at Noon on Nov. 10 against Nicholls State. Tip is set for 12 p.m. ET.
Purdue WBB’s Harris Named to Wade Watch List
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association formally announced the 2019-20 Preseason Wade Trophy Watch List on Thursday, and Purdue’s Ae’Rianna Harris was among the 30 players from across the country to be honored.
The Wade Trophy will be awarded for the 43rd year in 2020. It is one of the most respected national player of the year awards in women’s college basketball. Since 2001, it has been presented to the WBCA NCAA Division I National Player of the Year.
With this recognition, Harris now has five preseason honors heading into the 2019-20 season, along with Preseason All-Big Ten, Lisa Leslie Award Watch List, No. 24 in ESPNW’s Preseason Top-25 and Citizen Naismith Trophy Watch List.
Harris will enter her senior campaign as the NCAA active blocked shots leader with 284 career rejections, more than 40 ahead of the next Division I player on the list, Lauren Cox from Baylor. The Indianapolis native can add to record-breaking haul with 158 rebounds to break the program career mark of 968, held by Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton.
The list of candidates for the Wade Trophy is composed of players selected by the WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America Selection Committee. The committee will review the list in January to determine if additional players will be added based on their play during the first half of the 2019-20 season.
Harris and the Boilermakers will tip off the 2019-20 campaign at Mackey Arena on Sunday, Nov. 10 against Milwaukee. It will be Boilermaker Kid’s Club Day and Service Appreciation Day. Any current or retired military members, police officers, firefighters or hospital staff can purchase a $2 general admission ticket by calling 765.494.3194 or by visiting the ticket box office at Mackey Arena.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1920 At a meeting held to dismiss Ban Johnson, a new twelve-team National League format is agreed to by the owners of the eleven dissenting clubs and one of the five teams still loyal to the American League president. This revolutionary plan for a new senior circuit will be dismissed a few days later.
1928 Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly approve a referendum that will allow professional sports to be played on Sundays on a local option basis within the commonwealth. After admitting to using $200,000 of his funds, Braves’ owner Judge Emil Fuch will plead nolo contendere to spending money to influence the outcome of the election, resulting in the team being fined $1,000 in Municipal Court.
1950 After Walt Dropo led the American League with 144 RBIs, the BBWAA selects the first baseman as the American League’s Rookie of the Year. The 26 year-old slugger, who easily outpointed Yankee southpaw Whitey Ford, is the first Red Sox player to win the award.
1951 In one of the closest votes in the history of the award, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America names Yankees catcher Yogi Berra (.294, 27, 88) as the American League’s Most Valuable Player. The Yankees catcher, who will also cop the honor in 1954 and 1955, edges out the Browns’ 20-game winner Ned Garver, who was told he had won the award by a representative from the BBWAA before a recount gave the Bronx Bomber backstop a slight edge.
1967 The Mets obtain Art Shamsky from the Reds in exchange for infielder Bob Johnson, who will play only 16 games for his new team before being traded to Atlanta. New York’s newest outfielder will hit 42 home runs playing in a part-time role during his four seasons with the team.
1977 Hall of Fame skipper Bucky Harris dies on his 81st birthday in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1924, the ‘Boy Wonder’ became the player-manager for the Senators, winning a World Championship with Washington in his first year at the helm at the age of 27.
1983 Mets reliever Jesse Orosco garners four votes for the National League Most Valuable Player Award, ending a six-year drought in which not one player on the team received a single vote for the honor. The last time a writer cast an MVP vote for a New York National Leaguer was on the 1976 ballot when the writers gave Tom Seaver was given consideration.
1983 Dale Murphy (.302, 36, 121) joins Ernie Banks (1958-59), Joe Morgan (1975-76), and Mike Schmidt (1980-81) as one of the four National Leaguers who has won the MVP award in consecutive seasons. The soft-spoken Braves’ outfielder receives 21 of the 24 votes cast by the writers.
1990 Darryl Strawberry, the Mets all-time home run leader (252), ends his eight-year turbulent tenure with New York. The slugging right fielder signs a five-year free-agent deal with his hometown Dodgers.
1999 The U.S. House of Representatives passes H. Res. 269, calling for former White Sox outfielder ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson to be honored. Representative Jim DeMint (R-SC), who represents Jackson’s hometown of Greenville, drafted the resolution to pay tribute to the local legend, who was banned from professional baseball due to his involvement in the 1919 Black Sox scandal and thus is ineligible from becoming a member of the Hall of Fame.
2000 Jerry Manuel is selected by the BBWAA as the American League Manager of the Year. The White Sox skipper led his club to their first playoff appearance in seven years despite having the 21st lowest payroll of the 30 major league teams.
2004 Jason Bay (.282, 26, 82) becomes the first Pirates player, as well as the first Canadian, to win the National League Rookie of the Year. The 26 year-old British Columbia native married his college girlfriend, Kristen, two days ago.
2004 Receiving 27 of 28 first-place votes, Bobby Crosby (.239, 22, 64) wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award. The Oakland shortstop, who is the son of former big leaguer infielder Ed Crosby, joins Harry Byrd (1952), Jose Canseco (1986), Mark McGwire (1987), Walt Weiss (1988), and Ben Grieve (1998) as the sixth A’s freshman to be honored by the BBWAA.
2005 Joining Dean Chance, Bartolo Colon becomes the second Angels’ pitcher, the first in 41 years, to win the Cy Young Award. The 32 year-old Halo hurler from the Dominican Republic, who led the American League with 21 victories, is the only player named on every ballot.
2007 In front of 7,000 fans at Straub Park, Tampa Bay announces the team is changing its name from the Devil Rays to the Rays, revealing uniforms featuring the colors of Columbia blue, Navy blue, and gold with a yellow sunburst logo, that will replace the 11 year-old franchise’s original hues of green and blue and its insignia of a cartilaginous fish. Other options considered for names included the ‘Aces,’ ‘Bandits,’ ‘Cannons,’ ‘Dukes,’ ‘Stripes,’ and the ‘Nine,’ the personal favorite of team owner Stuart Sternberg.
2008 Former Boston players Bill Lee, Mo Vaughn, Mike Greenwell, Wes Ferrell, Frank Sullivan, and Everett Scott, as well as former scout George Digby and former executive Ed Kenney Sr., are inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. The team also recognizes Ted Williams’ homer in his last at-bat and Curt Schilling’s performance (bloody sock) in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS for their special significance in Red Sox history.
2008 The Brewers hire Willie Randolph as bench coach to work with the team’s new manager Ken Macha. The 54 year-old former Mets manager compiled a 302-253 record during his 3+ years tenure in New York before being dismissed in June.
2010 Jhonny Peralta and the Tigers come to terms on an $11.25 million, two-year contract keeping the shortstop in Detroit. The agreement solidifies the left side of the team’s infield for the next couple of years with the re-signing of third baseman Brandon Inge to a similar deal three weeks ago.
2010 ESPN announces Jon Miller and Joe Morgan will no longer do Sunday Night Baseball, ending the pair’s 21-year tenure behind the mike. Network executive vice president Norby Williamson thanked the Hall of Famers for their outstanding body of work but did not name any replacements.
2012 The Orioles announced the hiring of Dan Duquette as their executive vice president for baseball operations, replacing Andy MacPhail. The 53 year-old former Red Sox general manager (1994-2002), who inked a three-year deal with the Birds, takes over a franchise that has suffered through 14 successive losing seasons.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY
1919 World Series
Even a casual baseball fan can tell you a little something about the Black Sox scandal of 1919. The very fiber that held the game together was challenged when the news broke a year after the series that a fix was on from the first inning of game. Eight members of the participating White Sox including pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Claude (Lefty) Williams, outfielders Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch, first baseman Chick Gandil, shortstop Swede Risberg, third baseman Buck Weaver and reserve infielder Fred McMullin were all charged with conspiring to fix the outcome of the Fall Classic against the Cincinnati Reds. Cynics were tipped off before the Series even started when the pre-game betting odds swapped shortly before the first game. Chicago’s White Sox were originally slated as heavy favorites, but were later changed to underdogs in favor of the Cincinnati Reds. Despite the rumors, most fans and members of the press accepted the games to be true, but all that would change in 1920 as suspicions turned into confessions.
The first Game of the 1919 scandal featured an outstanding and “authentic” performance by the Reds’ pitcher Dutch Ruether. In addition to going the distance in a six hitter, he went three for three with two triples and three runs batted in. Greasy Neale, who would go on to lead his team in hitting with a .351, also performed well at the plate in tandem with teammate Jake Daubert. The White Sox put on quite a show themselves, losing 9-1 in questionable fashion. Nothing changed the following day as Cincinnati’s Slim Sallee faired the same, tossing a 4-2 Game 2 victory that was sealed by a Larry Kopf two run triple in the fourth. Dickey Kerr, an up and coming rookie for the White Sox, drew the start for Game 3. Apparently untouched by the scandal, the tough lefthander refused to roll over and threw a three hit 3-0 winner to put Chicago back in the race (whether they wanted to be or not).
The inspired Reds, unaware that a fix was on, pitched back-to-back shutouts in Games 4 and 5 on the arms of Jimmy Ring (2-0) and Hod Eller (5-0) who sat down six consecutive batters. But wait! It wasn’t over yet… In any other year, the Series would have ended there, but 1919 was different. Due to the intense postwar interest, the commissioner of baseball had decided to extend this Fall Classic to a best-of-nine affair.
To curb further suspicion, the Black Sox decided to make a reasonable effort and rebounded in the following two games with 5-4 and 4-1 victories. Cincinnati “dominated” the final outing “with a little help” from their crooked rivals in a 10-5 stomp that started with four runs in the first inning. The Reds had won their first World Championship in their first Fall Classic appearance. Unfortunately, the victory would be bittersweet after the scandal had been confirmed a year later. The Black Sox had been able to camouflague their deception by being selective in their misdeeds. Joe Jackson had batted a Series-leading .375 but acknowledged that he had let up in key situations. Buck Weaver had also performed well at the plate by hitting .324. Chick Gandil had game-deciding hits in two outings and Eddie Cicotte had tossed a one-run game to avoid elimination.
After a lengthy investigation in 1920, the members of Chicago’s tainted team were amazingly acquitted the following year despite their own confessions (which were recanted later). All of the players involved were banned from baseball because of their undeniable link to gamblers. The league offices were constantly denying accusations from the press that professional baseball itself was in on the take and made every effort to assure the fans that the 1919 scandal was an isolated incident. “Regardless of the verdict of juries,” the commissioner said in a statement, “no player that throws a ball game, no player that entertains proposals or promises to throw a game, no player that sits in a conference with a bunch of crooked players and gamblers where the ways and means of throwing games are discussed, and does not promptly tell his club about it, will ever again play professional baseball.” To this day participants in the Black Sox conspiracy have been denied entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL BEST GAMES
Alabama 14, Penn State 7
Jan. 1, 1979; New Orleans, La.; Sugar Bowl
Alabama claims 16 national championships in its illustrious history. The NCAA’s list counts 14. No matter how many titles you credit to the Crimson Tide, one moment more than any stands out as the most iconic: the goal-line stand in the 1979 Sugar Bowl, which allowed Alabama to claim the ’78 national championship. Penn State had fielded undefeated teams in 1968, ’69 and ’73, but none had been rewarded with a national title. This time, the Nittany Lions went to New Orleans as the nation’s lone unbeaten, with a chance for Joe Paterno to claim an undisputed first championship against Bear Bryant and No. 2 Alabama. The game proved to be a tense, defense-first affair, with no points until the end of the second quarter. Tony Nathan broke off a 30-yard run, and Penn State, thinking it was going to get the ball back, instead was pushed on its heels. With eight seconds left in the half, Jeff Rutledge connected with Bruce Bolton for a diving 30-yard TD to put Bama ahead.
After a diving Pete Harris interception, Penn State got its only points of the day as Chuck Fusina connected with Scott Fitzkee for a 17-yard score. The Tide retook the lead after Lon Ikner returned a punt 62 yards, setting up Major Ogilvie’s go-ahead eight-yard TD. A Rutledge fumble at the 19-yard line gave Penn State its chance. On second down at the six, Fusina found Fitzkee, who was just barely stopped by a fantastic goal-line tackle by Don McNeal that deserves as much credit as the plays that happened next. On third down, Matt Suhey plunged over the top but was stopped at the foot line. Penn State used a timeout and decided to go over the top again: This time, Mike Guman got the ball and was met high by Barry Krauss, short of the goal line. Penn State could have gotten another chance thanks to a bad punt, but it was negated by a penalty for too many men on the field. It had two more chances, ending with a turnover on downs and an interception. Penn State waited another four years for a title, while the goal-line stand propelled Alabama to a split championship with USC, Bryant’s fifth.
SUPER BOWL HISTORY-16
MY SUPER BOWL: JOE GIBBS
We’re talking 47 years later. At that time, I knew the importance of it, I didn’t know beyond being in the now at the time. I wasn’t looking down the road. When you’re an athlete, when you’re playing games and you’ve lost two and this is the third one, it’s like you’re lucky you’re still in here. You lose three out of three, it would have been awful for those of us in the AFL and AFL fans. Even at the time, it was bigger than just us, we were playing for the league, for other players and fans around the country. As well as ourselves. This is the greatest opportunity any kid could dream of, to be in the ultimate game, to be in the championship game, that’s what you dream of, what you work toward. It was huge. I wasn’t thinking about years down the road.
Weeb Ewbank didn’t change the routine from the regular season, no curfew until night before the game – what did you do at night? Go out? Stay in the hotel? Hounded by fans? Coach Ewbank wanted us to keep our normal routine. Many of the guy’s families were down there – wives, children. Today you talk about players letting the team down, making silly mistakes. We worked as a team. We were responsible people.
It meant a whole lot to us that our coaches trusted us. Basically the week of the game, I went out with Jim Hudson most of the time, we were back at the hotel at a reasonable hour. I can’t even speak for the other guys, we went own separate ways with our own cliques, one or two guys. We approached it like we did in the regular season.
Fans?It was just not like that – we’d walk into a restaurant, if there were folks in from NY or NJ or Baltimore they may say ‘Hey’. In Fort Lauderdale, we didn’t have throngs waiting outside the hotel or in the lobby. It was pretty calm. I remember going to a practice, we were gathered in the lobby, just the guys, the team, just waiting for the rain to stop so we could get on the busses. Today it’s different. You’re more in the limelight. There is a lot more in getting from point A to point B.
I knew what I was saying (with the guarantee).It was an accumulation of being told individually and collectively that we were going to get killed. It was a no contest. I was angry, I was tired of hearing that. It just so happened he pushed a button, I just said ‘hey, I got news for you man. We’re going to win. I guarantee it. ‘ He pissed me off. It just came out. I got news for you, we’re going to win the game, I guarantee it. Thinking about it now, we weren’t trained to be blowing our own horns. In college and by coach Ewbank, none of us beat on our chests talking about how good we were.
At that time, after 10 days of being told, immediately after we beat the Raiders in the championship, people started talking about the Super Bowl, we came out as big underdogs.
No (didn’t know how big the guarantee would become)… A couple of offensive linemen were busting my chops, these guys have to play in the pits against the best defense supposedly in the history of the NFL. ‘What the heck are you doing, Namath?’ Coach Ewbank was the most riled up, understandably too. Weeb had been around a long time – he knew, he had a sense, he didn’t tell us, until he confronted me on the field the morning after I said it, he felt like we had them where we wanted them overconfident. Now I’ve given them ammunition to be put on the bulletin board. Three of us standing out there on the field before practice, the offensive coordinator, Ewbank and me. Weeb was undressing me about what I said, as hot as I’ve ever seen him. Weeb never cursed. I’m listening. And then finally he finished. He stops and I say ‘Coach, I think this is your fault. You’re the one who told us we’re going to win. I was just confident because of you.’ And he stopped, ‘oh, oh, Get out, Joe!’ And I got out of his way.
I meant it so sincerely (waving my finger No. 1),going off that field I was able to look up, I usually ran with my head down, my posture wasn’t that great, I looked up and I saw all these people above the tunnel, screaming, waving their hands, the smiles on their faces, man it was– that was the statement, we did it. the AFL. We did it, we won the championship. I never saw so many happy faces in my life. I can see them today. That’s what inspired that. Just raising that hand. That was the only time I ever raised my hand, making that gesture. Never before in any level did I do that. The finality of that – we finally got there. Yeah.
I do remember it was the physical feeling of having done it. Fortunately we had been in some other big games, been in locker rooms before when beaten rivals, all meant a lot to us. The locker room was very happy, after leaving the locker room and getting in the car with my friend, Joe Hirsch (I think this is the spelling) We still kept the regular routine. Joe would drive us back from games at Shea. We got in the car with Joe and my girlfriend. As we’re driving along, my body was so alive. I just burst out with laughter. It would quiet down, Joe didn’t say anything, he was a quiet guy. We’re riding along, I would just explode again. I never had my body feel that way before. Then when we did get back, to the hotel my mind’s eye, Willie Lanier, Emmitt Thomas, there were three Kansas City Chiefs waiting there to say nice going.
I had planned on … in college I was studying arts and science, thinking about coaching and teaching. If we didn’t win that game, I would probably have become a terrific coach. Somehow a teacher or a coach.
Probably (there is a personal memory from the Super Bowl we don’t know about).Factually. (Laughing a lot) But everything I have felt should be shared I have shared.
STORY OF THE GAME
Fullback John Riggins’ Super Bowl-record 166 yards rushing on 38 carries sparked Washington to a 27-17 victory over AFC champion Miami. It was Riggins’ fourth straight 100-yard rushing game during the playoffs, also a record. The win marked Washington’s first NFL title since 1942, and was only the second time in Super Bowl history NFL/NFC teams scored consecutive victories (Green Bay did it in Super Bowls I and II and San Francisco won Super Bowl XVI).
The Redskins, under second-year head coach Joe Gibbs, used a balanced offense that accounted for 400 total yards (a Super Bowl-record 276 yards rushing and 124 passing), second in Super Bowl history to 429 yards by Oakland in Super Bowl XI. The Dolphins built a 17-10 halftime lead on a 76-yard touchdown pass from quarterback David Woodley to wide receiver Jimmy Cefalo 6:49 into the first period, a 20-yard field goal by Uwe von Schamann with 6:00 left in the half, and a Super Bowl-record 98-yard kickoff return by Fulton Walker with 1:38 remaining.
Washington had tied the score at 10-10 with 1:51 left on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Joe Theismann to wide receiver Alvin Garrett. Mark Moseley started the Redskins’ scoring with a 31-yard field goal late in the first period, and added a 20-yarder midway through the third period to cut the Dolphins’ lead to 17-13. Riggins, who was voted the game’s most valuable player, gave Washington its first lead with 10:01 left when he ran 43 yards off left tackle for a touchdown on a fourth-and-1 situation. Wide receiver Charlie Brown caught a 6-yard scoring pass from Theismann with 1:55 left to complete the scoring.
The Dolphins managed only 176 yards (142 in first half).
Theismann completed 15 of 23 passes for 143 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. For Miami, Woodley was 4 of 14 for 97 yards, with 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Don Strock was 0 for 3 in relief.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1970
Tom Dempsey, a New Orleans Saints kicker who was born with half a right foot and without a right hand, kicked a 63-yard field goal against the Detroit Lions at Tulane Stadium on this date. The kick, 7 yards farther than the previous longest field goal in pro history, Bert Rechichar’s 56-yarder for Baltimore in 1953, now shares the record as the longest in N.F.L. history. The following article appeared in The Times two days after the kick.
NEW YORK-A dozen reasons flashed through Tom Dempsey’s mind yesterday as he tried to put into perspective the magnitude of his record 63- yard field goal on Sunday that made him the focus of pro football’s millions of fans. “The adrenalin was working,” he said by telephone from New Orleans. “The snap was perfect, the ball was placed perfectly -and I had the strength. I’m still stunned today thinking about it. Tomorrow, I’ll have to get my mind on the next game. But this is my day.”
It was no ordinary day as football Sundays go, and Dempsey is no ordinary player. “I learned as a kid from my father that there was no such word as “can’t,’ ” he related. “He’d make me try everything, and I wouldn’t be satisfied until I was good at everything I tried. And in high school my coach wouldn’t let me feel different. I had a tendency to feel sorry for myself. But the coach would say, “Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Come on, keep working.'”
Dempsey, who was born in Milwaukee on Jan. 27, 1947, moved to California as a youngster and played high school football at Encinitas. He remembered going onto the field as a tackle, wearing a shoe that had been sawed in half and sewn, and that sometimes he’d hear an opponent say, “Aw, this guy can’t do nothing.”
“I’d go out there and knock the hell out of them,” said Dempsey.
Dempsey does only kicking now, and he wears a custom-made shoe that costs $200. He started kicking the ball when he was in his second and final year at Palomar Junior College. He still wore the sawed-off shoe, but he placed tape across the front of the foot stub. Last year he joined the New Orleans Saints. He entered Sunday’s game with a mediocre record for the season of five field goals in 15 attempts. The Detroit Lions, favored by 10 points, were leading, 17‚16, with two seconds left. The 66,910 fans in Tulane Stadium grew quiet as it was apparent the Saints were going to try a field goal from their own 37.
“I usually don’t tell the fellows anything before I try a field goal,” said Dempsey. “But I went into the huddle and said, “Fellows, this is going to be a pretty long one-so give me an extra second of blocking.'” When the ball sailed through the uprights-so far away that Dempsey couldn’t tell whether it was good-he had broken the mark by 7 yards and lifted the Saints to a 19‚17 triumph.
Tom Dempsey’s 63-yard field goal was equaled in October 1998 by Jason Elam of the Denver Broncos in a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Mile High Stadium. Kicks generally carry farther in the rarefied Denver air if all other conditions are equal, but a 63-yard field goal is remarkable at any altitude.