COLLEGE FOOTBALL– THURSDAY
#12 Central Florida 52 Temple 40
Northern Illinois 36 Akron 26
Ohio 59 Western Michigan 14
Pittsburgh at #25 Virginia
Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee
Colorado at Arizona
TOP 25 SATURDAY SCHEDULE
Louisville at #2 Clemson
#24 Iowa State at Kansas
Nebraska at #10 Ohio State
#19 Syracuse at Wake Forest
#20 Texas A&M at Auburn
Florida State at #21 North Carolina State
#6 Georgia at #9 Kentucky
#13 West Virginia at #17 Texas
#16 Iowa at Purdue
#14 Penn State at #5 Michigan
#22 Boston College at Virginia Tech
Missouri at #11 Florida
#15 Utah at Arizona State
#4 Notre Dame at Northwestern
Louisiana Tech at #18 Mississippi State
#1 Alabama at #3 LSU
#7 Oklahoma at Texas Tech
#23 Fresno State at UNLV
California at #8 Washington State
NFL THURSDAY NIGHT
San Francisco 34 Oakland 3
Denver 110 Cleveland 91
Philadelphia 122 LA Clippers 113
Oklahoma City 111 Charlotte 107
Sacramento 146 Atlanta 115
Boston 117 Milwaukee 113
Portland 132 New Orleans 119
Winnipeg 4 Florida 2
Dallas 2 Toronto 1
NY Islanders 3 Pittsburgh 2
Montréal 6 Washington 4
Ottawa 4 Buffalo 2
Detroit 4 New Jersey 3
Nashville 4 Tampa Bay 1
St. Louis 5 Vegas 3
Calgary 6 Colorado 5
Edmonton 4 Chicago 0
NY Rangers 3 Anaheim 2
Philadelphia 5 Los Angeles 2
Columbus 4 San Jose 1
DC 2 Columbus 2 (Columbus wins shootout 3 – 2)
Real Salt Lake 3 Los Angeles FC 2
Indiana 96 Southern Indiana 62
Purdue 75 Marian 56
Notre Dame 76 Central State 54
WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Butler 3 Providence 2 (Big East semifinal)
Georgetown 3 Xavier 1 (big East semifinal)
Bowling Green 3 Miami Ohio 0
INDIANA HS FOOTBALL SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH-UPS
1: Crown Point [4-6] at Merrillville [7-3]
2: Valparaiso [8-2] at Penn [8-2]
3: Fort Wayne Snider [8-2] at Homestead [7-3]
4: Carmel [8-2] at Lafayette Jeff [9-1]
5: North Central (Indianapolis) [8-2] at Fishers [4-6]
6: Lawrence Central [4-6] at Warren Central [10-0]
7: Brownsburg [10-0] at Avon [8-2]
8: Center Grove [7-3] at Franklin Central [3-7]
9: Michigan City [8-2] at LaPorte [4-6]
10: Elkhart Central [6-5] at Concord [5-5]
11: Harrison (West Lafayette) [5-5] at Kokomo [5-5]
12: Anderson [3-7] at New Palestine [10-0]
13: Indianapolis Cathedral [6-5] at Decatur Central [9-1]
14: Martinsville [8-2] at Bloomington South [5-5]
15: Columbus East [9-2] at Bedford North Lawrence [8-2]
16: Terre Haute South [4-6] at Castle [6-4]
17: Hammond Morton [9-2] at Lowell [9-2]
18: South Bend St. Joseph [7-4] at Mishawaka [10-1]
19: NorthWood [11-0] at Angola [11-0]
20: Fort Wayne Dwenger [10-1] at Fort Wayne Wayne [9-2]
21: Marion [11-0] at Mississinewa [10-1]
22: Greenwood [4-7] at Mooresville [10-1]
23: East Central [10-1] at Edgewood [8-3]
24: Boonville [11-0] at Evansville Central [10-1]
25: Andrean [10-1] at West Lafayette [11-0]
26: Blackford [8-3] at Brebeuf Jesuit [9-2]
27: Maconaquah [9-2] at Mishawaka Marian [7-4]
28: Fort Wayne Luers [7-4] at Bellmont [2-9]
29: Indianapolis Chatard [9-2] at Indian Creek [7-4]
30: Tri-West [7-4] at Sullivan [9-2]
31: Batesville [9-2] at Brownstown Central [10-1]
32: Evansville Memorial [11-0] at Gibson Southern [9-2]
33: Boone Grove [9-2] at Whiting [11-0]
34: Bremen [9-2] at Bluffton [7-4]
35: Lewis Cass [7-4] at Eastbrook [10-1]
36: Lapel [7-4] at Shenandoah [10-1]
37: Indianapolis Scecina [10-1] at Triton Central [10-1]
38: North Putnam [8-3] at Western Boone [11-0]
39: Providence [9-2] at Paoli [11-0]
40: Evansville Mater Dei [6-5] at Southridge [8-3]
41: Triton [8-3] at North Judson [6-5]
42: Pioneer [11-0] at Lafayette Central Catholic [5-6]
43: Southwood [11-0] at Adams Central [11-0]
44: Monroe Central [9-2] at Union City [5-6]
45: Traders Point Christian [10-1] at South Putnam [5-6]
46: Hagerstown [9-2] at Indianapolis Lutheran [8-3]
47: North Vermillion [10-1] at Attica [8-3]
48: North Central (Farmersburg) [8-1] at West Washington [9-2]
HS GIRLS BASKETBALL-THURSDAY SCOREBOARD
Alexandria 54 Cowan 42
Argos 47 Caston 26
Avon 53 Martinsville 40
Benton Central 87 Attica 29
Bloomington South 76 Pike 61
Boone Grove 53 Gary 21st Century 11
Bremen 62 Tippecanoe Valley 48
Christel House Academy 27 Traders Point Christian 18
Clinton Central 48 Frontier 18
Clinton Prairie 67 Fountain Central 37
Decatur Central 69 Bloomington North 42
Elkhart Memorial 54 Mishawaka 52 OT
Forest Park 41 Tell City 32
Frankton 50 Tri-Central 20
Greencastle 73 Cascade 45
Greenfield-Central 67 Greenwood 50
Hebron 52 Knox 49
Kankakee Valley 80 North Newton 32
LaVille 36 Jimtown 14
Lawrence Central 55 Southport 53
Lawrence North 52 Noblesville 32
Lebanon 37 Guerin Catholic 32
Mishawaka Marian 67 Wawasee 18
Monrovia 46 Park Tudor 41
Mount Vernon (Fortville) 46 Franklin 44
New Palestine 71 Connersville 17
North Vermillion 43 North Putnam 42
NorthWood 59 South Bend Riley 20
Penn 46 LaPorte 35
Pike Central 54 Evansville Reitz 35
Plymouth 51 New Prairie 23
Rensselaer Central 45 West Central 16
Rossville 73 Faith Christian 29
Shenandoah 84 Elwood 37
Silver Creek 64 New Washington 26
Southern Wells 41 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 37
Southwood 49 Blackford 23
Triton Central 69 Speedway 26
Twin Lakes 44 Lewis Cass 39
Valparaiso 65 Hobart 31
West Lafayette 42 Carroll (Flora) 24
West Noble 66 Bethany Christian 35
Westview 53 East Noble 48 OT
Whiting 39 Kouts 36
Woodlan 33 Garrett 24
West Washington 74 Indianapolis Manual 39
South Ripley 63 Crothersville 50
Southwestern (Hanover) 61 Henryville 26
Austin 86 Clarksville 14
HS VOLLEYBALL STATE FINALS-SATURDAY
Class A State Championship | 11 am ET
Barr-Reeve (33-5) vs. Pioneer (30-9)
Class 2A State Championship | 1 pm ET
Christian Academy of Indiana (30-9) vs. North Judson-San Pierre (26-7)
Class 3A State Championship | 3 pm ET
Northview (36-2) vs. New Castle (34-5)
Class 4A State Championship | 5 pm ET
Avon (33-3) vs. Yorktown (33-0)
Mullens has sterling debut in 49ers 34-3 win over Raiders
Nick Mullens got several hundred congratulatory text messages, a phone call from Brett Favre and his Twitter account verified.
Delivering the most productive game by a quarterback in his NFL debut since the merger leads to many accolades.
Mullens threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns and the San Francisco 49ers thoroughly dominated the Battle of the Bay, beating the Oakland Raiders 34-3 on Thursday night.
The former undrafted free agent out of Favre’s alma mater Southern Mississippi finished 16 for 22 in place of the injured C.J. Beathard and had a 151.9 passer rating, the highest for a quarterback with at least 15 attempts in an NFL debut since the 1970 merger.
“I think I’m here for a reason. This is my opportunity to prove that I can play,” Mullens said. “Today’s thing was just attack your job and worry about what matters. What mattered most tonight was the team and how we played.”
The Niners (2-7) couldn’t have played much better in snapping a six-game losing streak and winning for just the second time in two years without Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback.
Mullens threw TD passes to Pierre Garcon and Kendrick Bourne on the opening two drives and connected on a 71-yard one-handed catch-and-run play to George Kittle to set up a third TD pass to Kittle. Raheem Mostert added a 52-yard TD run and the defense generated eight sacks for the first time since 2009.
But the story of the game was Mullens, got rid of the ball quickly and took advantages of several breakdowns in coverage for big plays, including the 24-yard TD pass to a wide-open Garcon on the opening drive.
“It was cool that he didn’t change under the big lights and these circumstances,” cornerback Richard Sherman said. “We’re not really surprised. We’ve seen him do it in practice. He plays with a lot of confidence.”
With Garoppolo out for the season and Beathard having lost nine of 10 career starts, the inevitable question will be whether Mullens will take over as starter for the next game Nov. 12 against the New York Giants.
Milton throws 3 TDs, No. 9 UCF holds off Temple 52-40
No. 9 UCF only knows one way to answer questions about where it stands among the elite teams in college football – keep winning.
The defending American Athletic Conference champions remained unbeaten Thursday night, pulling away from Temple late for a 52-40 victory that extended the nation’s longest winning streak and gave the Knights (8-0, 5-0) sole possession of first place in the AAC East Division.
Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame are only other undefeated teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. They’re among the front-runners in the race for spots in the four-team College Football Playoff, while UCF remains a longshot despite a sparkling record dating to last season.
“I’m not even concerned about that right now,” coach Josh Heupel said. “Our job is to go 1-0 every week. … If you do that, you probably deserve to go play for something special at the end of the year.”
McKenzie Milton threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns, Greg McCrae rushed for 188 yards and one TD, and the Knights defense forced two turnovers and held Temple to six points after halftime.
Anthony Russo completed 31 of 52 passes for 444 yards and four touchdowns for Temple (5-4, 4-1), which had a three-game winning streak snapped despite gaining 670 yards on a night the teams combined to gain exactly 1,300.
Taj McGowan scored on runs of 1 and 10 yards for UCF, the latter finishing a long drive that put the Knights up 49-40 after Temple (5-4, 4-1) nearly rallied to tie it.
Milton, returning to the lineup after missing a game with an undisclosed injury, finished 17 of 33 with one interception. Dredrick Snelson scored on a 19-yard reception and Michael Colubiale had TD catches of 9 and 19 yards.
Ventell Bryant had seven receptions for 107 yards and two TDs for the Owls. Russo completed passes to 11 different receivers, including Branden Mack and Randle Jones, who scored while building a 34-28 halftime that lasted less than a minute into the third quarter.
Maryland Gov. Hogan says Durkin firing not the end of story
Though DJ Durkin has been fired as Maryland’s football coach, Gov. Larry Hogan says questions remain regarding the decision to reinstate him in the first place.
Hogan was among several state politicians who criticized the University System of Maryland board of regents for reinstating Durkin from administrative leave on Tuesday. Hogan approved the decision by University President Wallace Loh on Wednesday to dismiss Durkin, saying Thursday, “We’re in a better place.”
Hogan can’t understand how the board reached the decision to bring back Durkin, and plans to investigate after next week’s gubernatorial election.
“We’ve called for public hearings to get to the bottom of this and figure out if more needs to be done,” Hogan said. “We can ask for peoples’ resignations at some point if we feel that that’s the proper step, but the last thing we’re going to do is try to politicize the process four days before an election.
“We’re going to do a thorough review. We’re going to find out what happened and get to the bottom of it.”
Injured Oklahoma back Rodney Anderson to enter NFL draft
Injured Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson will forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
Anderson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second game of this season against UCLA. He made the announcement that he would not return to the Sooners on Thursday on social media.
“With my degree already in hand and after much discussion with my family, I have chosen to set my sights on the NFL and focus on preparing for the 2019 NFL Draft,” he said in the statement. “This was not an easy decision, but I believe I am ready for this next step.”
Anderson’s star rose quickly. He didn’t start until the middle of last season, but he eventually ran for 1,161 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught five touchdown passes to help the Sooners reach the College Football Playoff. He ran for 201 yards in the Rose Bowl against Georgia. In his best game last season, he had 290 yards and four touchdowns from scrimmage in a regular-season win over TCU.
Starting with last year’s Oct. 21 game at Kansas State, he led all Power Five players the rest of the season with 1,333 yards from scrimmage and 16 total touchdowns in eight games.
Anderson opened this season with 100 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries against Florida Atlantic. He ran for 19 yards and a touchdown against UCLA before getting hurt on the last play of the first quarter.
The knee injury was the third season-ending injury of his career. He suffered a broken leg in the second game of the 2015 season, and a neck injury before the 2016 season even started sidelined him for the year.
With that history in mind, Anderson chose not to risk it again at the college level again.
“I thoroughly enjoyed these past four years in Norman and am proud to have worn the crimson and cream,” he said. “The bonds I formed with my teammates, coaches and friends are special to me and being selected captain this season has truly been an honor.”
Irving scores 28, Celtics beat Bucks 117-113
The Boston Celtics went outside and stayed there while knocking off the last of the NBA’s unbeatens with a barrage of 3-pointers.
The Celtics set a franchise record for 3-pointers with 24 in a 117-113 win over the Bucks on Thursday night, handing Milwaukee its first loss of the season.
“We got a lot of open looks. We were taking what they were giving us,” said Gordon Hayward, who hit three 3-pointers while scoring a season-high 18. “Those are big shots for us. We have to be able to hit those.”
Kyrie Irving led Boston with 28 points, including six 3-pointers as the Celtics shattered the club record of 19 and came up one short of the NBA record.
Al Horford also scored 18, hitting four from beyond-the-arc, and Marcus Morris made five 3-pointers to finish with 17 points.
“It was probably a little more than we wanted to shoot, but those were the shots that were there,” said Horford, who also led the Celtics with eight assists. “We definitely want to be better, but we did a good job. I just felt like we moved the ball well. That was encouraging to see.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to the lineup after missing one game while in the NBA’s concussion protocol and led Milwaukee with 33 points and 11 rebounds.
Antetokounmpo helped lead the Bucks to a 62-22 advantage in points-in-the-paint, but it wasn’t quite enough for Milwaukee to overcome Boston’s outside shooting.
“We were all shooting really well,” Morris said. “We were just knocking them down and our guys got hot.”
Hernangomez, Paul Millsap lead Nuggets past Cavs 110-91
The Denver Nuggets aren’t getting too excited about their early season success.
Denver moved to 7-1 with a 110-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, the Nuggets’ best start since going 8-0 in 1976-77.
The Nuggets are keeping their feet on the ground despite having the second-most wins in the NBA.
“I love the 7-1 start, but it doesn’t mean a lot to me, to be honest,” coach Michael Malone said. “For us, the only real success will be measured in the postseason.”
Juancho Hernangomez scored 23 points and Paul Millsap added 16 to lead six players in double figures.
The Nuggets won their third straight. On Wednesday night in Chicago, they beat the Bulls 108-107 in overtime on Millsap’s put-back with 0.1 seconds left.
Millsap, in his 13th season, is not only being productive, but he’s also a veteran voice in the locker room.
“We can’t be content,” he said. “We can’t be complacent. We just want to stay in the moment.”
Jordan Clarkson led Cleveland with 17 points, and Cedi Osman added 13. Collin Sexton, the No. 8 overall pick, had 12 points. The Cavaliers dropped to 1-7. They have split two games under “acting” coach Larry Drew.
Denver shot 6 for 17 in the first quarter and fell behind 29-17. After cutting it to 38-34, the Nuggets finished the second period on 16-4 run that included 13 straight points.
Embiid leads 76ers past Clippers 122-113
Joel Embiid wants to be the NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year this season.
He is off to a solid start.
Embiid had 41 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 122-113 on Thursday night.
It was Embiid’s sixth game already this season with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds. Philadelphia fans rained down “MVP! MVP!” chants on the big man.
“It’s great,” Embiid said. “It’s just about being aggressive and staying within the concepts of the system.”
Ben Simmons added 14 points and 11 assists, bouncing back nicely from one of his worst games as a pro. Markelle Fultz provided a spark late in the third quarter and finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists while helping Philadelphia improve to 5-0 at home.
But it was Embiid leading the way for the Sixers.
“He’s tough, he’s skilled, he can shoot, he basically can do everything,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.
Philadelphia led by as many as 11 in the final quarter on Embiid’s follow dunk, but the advantage was just three with 6:16 remaining.
Embiid then scored nine of the next 12 points, including an emphatic dunk over Boban Marjanovic with 1:39 remaining that gave Philadelphia a 117-109 lead.
Indiana downs Southern Illinois
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana found its basketball offense.
You’d better believe this is a big deal.
Yes, it came in an exhibition against NCAA Division II power Southern Indiana Thursday night at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, but don’t underestimate the significance.
The Hoosiers under second-year coach Archie Miller loom as a defensive force of the first order. If high-octane offense follows, possibilities can become probabilities.
The 96-62 manhandling of the Screaming Eagles was Exhibit No. 1.
IU shot 55.6 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range. Six players scored in double figures topped by freshman Demezi Anderson’s 14, all in the second half.
“We have a very deep team, a very versatile team that can do a lot of different things,” sophomore forward Justin Smith says. “Our offense is very free moving with a lot of opportunities to get involved. Everybody took advantage of what the defense gave them and were able to capitalize.”
Adds junior guard Johnny Jager: “Everybody is very unselfish. We play within our offense. Nobody cares who gets the credit as long as we get the W.”
This game didn’t count. Next Tuesday against Chicago State, it will.
The Hoosiers look ready.
They dominated with balance and depth that had senior forward Juwan Morgan, one of the Big Ten’s best, playing just 25 minutes, which were two fewer minutes than senior guard Zach McRoberts.
Morgan had 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting.
Miller wants more.
“He has to demand the ball, get it where he wants it when he wants it. He has to do that earlier in the game where he doesn’t freelance as much.”
Depth is likely to be a season-long theme. IU played 13 against USI and almost certainly would have been 15 if Devonte Green and Race Thompson weren’t banged up.
Eleven Hoosiers scored.
“It’s getting more comfortable in the motion offense and being patient on offense,” Smith said. “The focus early has been a lot of defense. It’s the same system, but we’ve tweaked it a little bit. We’re trying to get comfortable with everybody in different spots.”
Adds forward Evan Fitzner: “We found the open man really well. We played fast. That’s what Coach wants us to do. It was the result of playing fast and doing what we wanted offensively.”
Miller wants more.
“We have to develop a better chemistry on offense. We have to play like we did in the second half (60 percent shooting, 66.7 percent from three-point range).
“The first half was not smooth. That’s where we’ll have the biggest climb. We have to get that offensive identity. Get these guys where they’re successful.”
For those who see heralded freshman guard Romeo Langford as a score-first threat, consider his two steals in the game’s opening minutes that resulted in a pair of dunks. His steal and dunk earned BTN video acclaim. He finished with four steals, 13 points and five rebounds.
Again, Miller wants more.
“Romeo has to get better defensively,” he said. “He’s very gifted in the passing lanes. He can get his hands on a lot of balls.”
Indiana had gotten defensive in throttling Loyola in a closed scrimmage a few days earlier, holding a team that reached last season’s Final Four to 48 points, and if it wasn’t the same Rambler personnel, that missed the point, which was these Hoosiers already were in shut down mode.
That surfaced early against USI, a traditional NCAA Division II power coming off a 20-11 season.
“We’re a very versatile (defensive) team,” Smith said. “We can play a lot of guys in different positions. We’re athletic and long and able to get in the passing lanes and make it difficult for offenses to score. We’re using our length to the best advantage.”
Added USI coach Rodney Watson: “Indiana’s length and their Pack-line defense created a lot of problems.”
Indiana countered the Screaming Eagles’ three-guard attack with its own three-guard approach, but it was Smith, a 6-7 forward, who lit up the scoreboard early.
He had seven of the Hoosiers’ first nine points as the home team quickly surged to leads as large as nine points in the first seven minutes.
Through it all, Indiana kept up the defensive pressure, at one stretch forcing USI into a series of air balls and turnovers.
By halftime, the Hoosiers led 39-20. Eight minutes into the second half, they were up 60-34 en route to going 26-0 against non-Division I programs in exhibitions since the 2004-05 season.
With the regular season starting, Miller wants more.
“We have a long team, a quick team, an active team. I hope we’ll be a team that does a better job of converting off turnovers. Part of it is that competitiveness.
“Our first half defense was locked in. In the second half, our defense wasn’t locked in at all.
“We’ve got some teachable stuff. There will be a lot to talk about with transition defense.”
Purdue defeats Marian
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Ryan Cline scored 23 points and the Purdue defense forced 21 turnovers in rolling past Marian University in an exhibition game at Mackey Arena 75-56.
The win improved Purdue to 25-0 in exhibition games under 14th-year head coach Matt Painter. The 19-point victory was Purdue’s seventh straight by at least 19 points in exhibition action.
This one, however, was a little more difficult than most. The Knights, ranked eighth in the country in NAIA while boasting Division I transfers up and down the lineup, hung with the Boilermakers for most of the first half, using an 8-0 run to cut Purdue’s lead to 25-24 with 1:39 to play.
But the Boilermakers ended the half on a flurry, outscoring the Knights over the last 1:24 to take a 32-24 halftime lead.
After trading 3-pointers early in the second half, the Boilermakers went on a 13-0 run over four-plus minutes for a 50-31 lead with 14:02 to play. Cline sparked the run with three straight triples to end the run to break the game wide open. Purdue would push the lead to 26 at 61-35 on an Aaron Wheeler dunk with 9:19 to play, before coasting in for the final 19-point margin.
Cline led the Boilermaker surge in second half, scoring 15 of his game-high 23 points, including five of his seven 3-pointers. Cline also added five assists against zero turnovers in 28 minutes of action.
Matt Haarms tallied 12 points with five rebounds and Evan Boudreaux and Trevion Williams combined for 18 points and nine rebounds in 27 minutes between them.
The Boilermakers went 29 of 70 from the field (.414), 7 of 30 from 3-point range (.233) and 10 of 13 (.769) from the free throw line. Purdue had just seven turnovers and outrebounded the Knights 37-34. Purdue had 14 offensive rebounds which resulted in 24 second-chance points.
Purdue opens its 121st season of play Tuesday, Nov. 6, against Fairfield at 7 p.m. ET, at Mackey Arena. Tickets are still available at 800.49SPORT or online at PurdueSports.com.
Irish Down Marauders 76-54 In Preseason Exhibition Game
NOTRE DAME RELEASE
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The Irish got the 2018 season underway on Thursday evening inside Purcell Pavilion, defeating Central State by a final score of 76-54 in the team’s lone preseason exhibition.
Junior T.J. Gibbs led the Irish offense, scoring a game-high 17 points in the contest. Two other Notre Dame players finished in double figures, as junior John Mooney added 11 and freshman Dane Goodwin chipped in 10.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Notre Dame controlled the first half, building a 10-point lead at 17-7 with just under 12 minutes left in the frame. After the Marauders cut the lead to four at 28-24 the Irish closed the opening 20 minutes strongly, scoring 14 of the final 16 points to take a 42-26 lead into the halftime break. Gibbs led the squad in scoring at the intermission with nine points.
The Irish continued to grow their lead in the second stanza, quickly extending the lead to 20-points at 48-28 with 17:30 left in the game. The Notre Dame led by as many as 30 points in the second half before winning by a score of 76-54.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Gibbs was the catalyst for the Irish, posting 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting, including three makes from beyond the arc. The guard also grabbed two rebounds, dished out two assists and registered two steals in the victory.
NOTRE DAME STAT OF THE GAME
The Irish showed their depth off in Thursday’s exhibition, as the bench scored 36 points. Goodwin led the way for the reserves with 10 points in his first taste of collegiate action.
NOTES OF THE GAME
With the win, the Irish are 38-0 in exhibitions under Brey.
Notre Dame outrebounded the Marauders 48-35 on the evening.
The Irish totaled seven steals and seven blocks on the defensive end.
Sophomore D.J. Harvey led Notre Dame in rebounding with eight boards and added nine points.
Freshman Robby Carmody scored nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor.
Notre Dame opens the regular season against UIC at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in Purcell Pavilion. The game will air live on ACC Network Extra via the WatchESPN app
Ogunbowale Named an AP Preseason All-American
NEW YORK – The Associated Press announced its picks for women’s basketball preseason All-Americans on Thursday as Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale was one of the five players honored. Joining Ogunbowale on the list were Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu, Louisville’s Asia Durr, UConn’s Katie Lou Samuelson and Baylor’s Kalani Brown.
Ogunbowale earned her first All-America honors last season as a junior. The Milwaukee native earned Second Team honors from the AP, USBWA, USA Today and espnW, while also being selected to WBCA’s 10-player All-American list.
“I think the biggest jump in Arike’s game this summer has been in her leadership,” Karen & Kevin Keyes Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said. “She’s done a tremendous job with the freshmen. She’s encouraging; she’s really leading. She’s always led by example, now she’s doing it vocally.”
Ogunbowale, along with returning starters Marina Mabrey, Jackie Young, Jessica Shepard and Brianna Turner, are a major reason the Irish were ranked No. 1 in both the Preseason AP Poll and Coaches Poll. It marks the second time Notre Dame will begin the season ranked No. 1 (prior was 2016-17), but the first time in both polls.
The four returning starters from last season averaged a combined 65.3 points. Factor in Brianna Turner’s 2016-17 average of 15.3 and number shoots up to 80.6 – the most for a returning starting five over the last 15 years.
The Irish officially kick off the season on Friday, Nov. 9, when they host Harvard inside Purcell Pavilion at 4 p.m. ET. Notre Dame will then celebrate its 2018 national championship with the banner drop on Monday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., ahead of the matchup with Penn.
Fans can still purchase tickets by visiting und.com/buytickets, or by swinging by the Murnane Family Ticket Center inside the main entrance of Purcell Pavilion, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cubs’ Jason Heyward, Giants’ Mark Melancon keep contracts
Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward and San Francisco reliever Mark Melancon let the deadline pass for exercising opt-out provisions in their contracts.
Doing the same were two Cuban outfielders who have been major disappointments and spent all of this season in the minor leagues: Boston’s Rusney Castillo and Arizona’s Yasmany Tomas.
Heyward keeps the $184 million, eight-year deal that pays him $106 million in the next five seasons. The others all have two years left in their contracts: Melancon is owed $28 million, Tomas $32.5 million and Castillo $24.5 million.
They all had to make their decisions by Wednesday night.
The 29-year-old Heyward, who in 2016 helped the Cubs to their first title in 108 years, hit .270 with eight homers and 58 RBIs in 127 games this season. He is owed $20 million in 2019, $21 million in each of the following two seasons and $22 million apiece in the final two years. If he has 550 plate appearances next year, he would again have the right to void the deal and become a free agent.
Melancon, 33, was 1-4 with a 3.23 ERA and three saves in 41 relief appearances, allowing 11.1 hits per nine innings for the second straight year and a .302 opponents’ batting average in 2018. He has made 73 appearances in the first two seasons of a $62 million, four-year deal and is due $14 million in each of the final two seasons.
The 31-year-old Castillo has appeared in just 99 games since agreeing in August 2014 to a $72.5 million, seven-year contract and has not played in the major leagues since he was sent outright to the minors on June 20, 2016.
He hit .319 with five homers and 59 RBIs for Triple-A Pawtucket this year and is owed $11 million next year and $13.5 million in 2020. By keeping him in the minors, the Red Sox ensured his salary would not count on their luxury-tax payroll; under a change made after the 2016 season, he would count if he were brought up and sent outright to the minors again.
Tomas, who turns 28 this month, was sent outright to the minors April 2 and hit .262 with 14 homers and 65 RBIs for Triple-A Reno. His $68.5 million, six-year deal calls for $15.5 million next year and $17 million in 2020.
Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2-1) at Baltimore Ravens (4-4)
Sunday, November 4, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | M&T Bank Stadium | Referee: Craig Wrolstad
LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 24-21
STREAKS: Steelers have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 9/30/18: Ravens 26 at Steelers 14
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/1/17: Steelers 26, Ravens 9
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 257 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 94.3 rating last week. Has passed for 780 yards (390 per game) with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT in his past 2 vs. Bal. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 330+ pass yards. In his past 5 vs. division, has 1,741 pass yards (348.2 per game) with 7 TDs vs. 5 INTs. Ranks 2nd in NFL averaging 327.1 pass yards per game. • RB JAMES CONNER had career-high 212 scrimmage yards (146 rush, 66 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 8. Is 4th different 1st-or-2nd year player with 2+ rush TDs in 4 of his team’s 1st 7 games of season, joining HOFers STEVE VAN BUREN (1945), JIM BROWN (1958) & ERIC DICKERSON (1983). Has 4 games with 100+ scrimmage yards & 2 TDs in 2018, most in NFL. Is 1 of 2 NFL players (TODD GURLEY) with 900+ scrimmage yards (922) & 8+ TDs (9). • WR ANTONIO BROWN had 74 rec. yards & 2 TD catches last week. Leads NFL with 8 TD catches this season & is 5th player since 1970 with 8+ TD catches in 6 consecutive seasons. Has 7 TD catches in his past 5. Has 275 rec. yards (137.5 per game) & TD catch in his past 2 vs. Bal. WR JU JU SMITHSCHUSTER had TD catch in only career game at Bal. • LB T.J. WATT had sack & 2 TFL last week. Has 4 sacks in his past 3. Since entering league in 2017, is 1 of 3 NFL players (KHALIL MACK & CAMERON JORDAN) with 80+ tackles (89), 12+ sacks (14) & INT (1). CB JOE HADEN had INT & 2 TFL last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ PD.
QB JOE FLACCO completed 28 of 42 (66.7 pct.) for 363 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 109.5 rating in Week 4 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with 2+ TD passes. In his past 6 at home, has 1,501 pass yards (250.2 per game) with 12 TDs vs. 1 INT for 97.5 rating. Has 1,037 pass yards (345.7 per game) in 3 games vs. AFC North in 2018. Rookie QB LAMAR JACKSON threw 1st-career TD pass in Week 8. • RB ALEX COLLINS had rush TD last week. Had TD catch in last meeting. Has 3 rush TDs in his past 3. Has 293 scrimmage yards (97.7 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 3 vs. Steelers. Has 6 rush TDs in his past 7 at home. RB JAVORIUS ALLEN has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 3 at home. • WR JOHN BROWN had 3 catches for 116 yards (38.7 avg.) & TD catch in last meeting. In 2 career meetings, has 13 catches for 312 yards (156 per game) & TD catch. WR WILLIE SNEAD IV has 50+ rec. yards in each of his 3 career games vs. AFC North. Rookie TE HAYDEN HURST had 1st-career TD catch in Week 8. • LB C.J. MOSLEY had 11 tackles last week. Has 27 tackles (13.5 per game) in his past 2. Has 34 tackles (11.3 per game), 2 TFL, 2 PD & FF in his past 3 vs. Pit. LB TERRELL SUGGS has 3 sacks in his past 4. LB MATTHEW JUDON had 10 tackles & TFL in Week 8. CB ANTHONY LEVINE, SR. had 5 tackles, 3 PD & INT in last meeting. S TONY JEFFERSON had 6 tackles, FF & FR in last game vs. Pit.
Chicago Bears (4-3) at Buffalo Bills (2-6)
Sunday, November 4, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | New Era Field | Referee: Shawn Smith
LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 7-5
STREAKS: Bears have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 9/7/14: Bills 23 at Bears 20 (OT)
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/7/10: Bears 22, Bills 19
QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY passed for 220 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 102.7 rating last week. Has 1,223 pass yards (305.8 per game) & 13 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 113.1 rating in his past 4. Is only QB with 15+ TD passes (15) & 250+ rush yards (296) this season. Has thrown 5 TDs vs. 1 INT for 112.8 rating & has rush TD in 3 career road games vs. AFC. • RB JORDAN HOWARD had 81 rush yads & TD last week. Has 563 scrimmage yards (140.8 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 career road games vs. AFC. RB TARIK COHEN had 110 scrimmage yards, incl. 70-yard TD catch last week. Is 2nd player since 1970 (BRIAN WESTBROOK) with a TD pass, rec. TD, rush TD & PR-TD all of 20+ yards in his 1st 2 seasons. Has 488 scrimmage yards (122 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rec., 1 rush) in his past 4. Aims for 4th in row vs. AFC with TD. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 98 rec. yards & TD catch in 10/25/15 meeting with Jax. TE TREY BURTON has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC. Leads NFC TEs with 4 TD catches. Rookie WR ANTHONY MILLER had TD catch last week. Ties for 2nd among NFL rookies with 3 rec. TDs in 2018. • LB KHALIL MACK has 3 sacks, 2 FFs, FR & 27-yard INTTD in his past 3 on road. Has 2 sacks, FF & FR in 3 career games vs. Buf. CB KYLE FULLER has 3 PD & 2 INTs in his past 2 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. AFC with 2+ PD. LB DANNY TREVATHAN aims for 7th in row on road vs. AFC with 6+ tackles. DT AKIEM HICKS has 2 sacks & 3 FFs in past 3 on road. Aims for 4th in row on road with FF.
QB DEREK ANDERSON passed for 290 yards in Week 8. Has 275+ pass yards in 2 of his past 3 starts vs. NFC. • RB LE SEAN MC COY had 82 rec. yards last week. Had 162 scrimmage yards (133 rush, 29 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in his last game vs. Chi. (12/22/13 with Phi.). Has 99+ scrimmage yards in each of his 4 career meetings. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chi. with 110+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. RB CHRIS IVORY had 131 scrimmage yards (65.5 per game) in his 2 career games vs. Chi. • WR KELVIN BENJAMIN had 3 catches for 65 yards in his last game vs. Chi. (10/22/17 with Car.). TE CHARLES CLAY had 58 rec. yards & TD in his last game vs. Chi. (10/19/14 with Mia.). WR ZAY JONES had 55 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. • S MICAH HYDE had 3 PD & INT in his last game vs. Chi. (12/18/16 with GB). Has 6 PD & 2 INTs in his past 4 meetings. DE JERRY HUGHES has 4.5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 5 vs. NFC North. Has 2.5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 4. LB LORENZO ALEXANDER had 2 sacks & FF last week, his 2nd-career game with 2+ sacks. Has 3.5 sacks, FF & INT in his past 3. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home. Rookie LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS had 8 tackles, TFL & PD last week. Has 8+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 games. Ranks 3rd among NFL rookies with 62 tackles. CB PHILLIP GAINES had career-high 10 tackles in Week 8. LB MATT MILANO had 7 tackles & 2 PD last week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) at Carolina Panthers (5-2)
Sunday, November 4, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Bank of America Stadium | Referee: Tony Corrente
LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 22-13
STREAKS: Panthers have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/24/17: Buccaneers 19 at Panthers 22
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/24/17
TAMPA BAY NOTES:
QB RYAN FITZPATRICK passed for 194 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 154.9 rating last week. Has 1,356 pass yards (339 per game) & 11 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 114.4 rating in past 4 starts. Is only QB in 2018 with 3 games (min. 10 atts.) with 140+ rating. Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 105.7 rating in 4 career games vs. NFC South. • RB PEYTON BARBER rushed for 85 yards & TD last week. Has 264 scrimmage yards (88 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 3 vs. division. • WR MIKE EVANS had 6 catches for 179 yards, incl. career-long 72-yard TD catch in Week 8. Has 16 catches for 295 yards (98.3 per game) & TD in past 3 on road vs. Car. WR DE SEAN JACKSON had 60-yard TD catch last week, his 24th-career TD of 60+ yards & surpassed HOFer JERRY RICE (23) for most all-time. Has 223 yards (111.5 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2 on road vs. division. Had 87 rec. yards & TD catch in his last road game at Car. (11/22/15 with Was.). TE O.J. HOWARD had TD catch last week. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC South. • DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 2 sacks last week. Has sack in 6 consecutive games, tied for longest streak in franchise history (SIMEON RICE). Is 1 of 5 players with 7+ sacks in each of past 3 seasons. LB LAVONTE DAVID has 40 tackles (10 per game), 2 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 FRs in his past 4 at Car. Since entering NFL in 2012, is only player with 800+ tackles (820) & 15 FFs (18). DT GERALD MC COY had sack in last meeting.
QB CAM NEWTON had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.9 rating & had rush TD last week. Has 21 career games with 2+ TD passes & 1+ rush TDs, most in NFL history. Leads all QBs in rush yards (309) & rush TDs (4) in 2018. Has 13 TDs (8 pass, 5 rush) & 105.9 rating in 5 career home games vs. TB. Aims for 7th in row with 2+ TD passes. • RB CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY had 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 8. Has 269 scrimmage yards (89.7 per game) & rush TD in his past 3 at home vs. NFC South. Since 2017, is 1 of 2 NFL RBs (ALVIN KAMARA) with 120+ receptions (124). • TE GREG OLSEN had career-high 181 rec. yards in 10/10/16 meeting. Had 55th-career TD catch last week & became 5th TE in NFL history with 650+ receptions (651) & 55+ rec. TDs (55). Rookie WR D.J. MOORE had careerhigh 90 rec. yards last week. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 15.6 yards per reception average (min. 15 catches) in 2018. WR DEVIN FUNCHESS had 120 rec. yards & TD in 1/3/16 meeting. • LB LUKE KUECHLY aims for 5th in row vs. TB with 8+ tackles. Has 875 tackles since 2012, most in NFL. DE JULIUS PEPPERS had sack & 2 FRs in last meeting. Aims for 4th in row vs. TB with sack. Has 19.5 sacks vs. TB, most vs. any opponent in his career. DE MARIO ADDISON has 3 sacks in his past 3 vs. TB. Rookie DB DONTE JACKSON had 1st-career sack last week. Is only NFL rookie with 3+ INTs (3), 1+ sack (1) & 1+ FF (1).
Kansas City Chiefs (7-1) at Cleveland Browns (2-5-1)
Sunday, November 4, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | FirstEnergy Stadium | Referee: Ron Torbert
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 12-11-2
STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/27/15: Browns 13 at Chiefs 17
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/9/12: Browns 30, Chiefs 7
KANSAS CITY NOTES:
QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 303 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 125 rating last week. Is 4th QB in NFL history with 4+ TD passes in 3 consecutive games. Is 1 of 3 different QBs in NFL history with 25+ TD passes (26) in his team’s 1st 8 games of season. Has completed 89 of 136 (65.4 pct.) for 1,238 yards (309.5 per game) with 15 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 125.2 rating in past 4 on road. Has 110+ rating in 3 of his past 4 on road. Leads NFL with 2,526 pass yards & 26 TD passes & ranks 4th with 115.3 rating. • RB KAREEM HUNT had TD catch last week. Has 681 scrimmage yards (136.2 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rec., 3 rush) in his past 5. Has 489 scrimmage yards (122.3 per game) with 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in his past 4 on road. Aims for 8th in row with TD. Ranks 4th in NFL with 592 rush yards. • WR TYREEK HILL has 897 rec. yards (112.1 per game) & 10 TD catches in his past 8 on road. Ties for 2nd in NFL with 7 TD catches. TE TRAVIS KELCE had 79 rec. yards & TD last week. Had 6 catches & rec. TD in last meeting. Has 5 TD catches in his past 5 on road. WR SAMMY WATKINS had 8 catches for 107 yards & 2 TDs last week. • LB DEE FORD had 3 sacks & 2 FFs last week. Has 7 sacks in his past 6. Has sack in 2 of his past 4 on road. LB ANTHONY HITCHENS has 12+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had 6 tackles & .5 sack in his last game vs. Cle. (11/6/16 with Dal.). DT CHRIS JONES has 4 sacks in his past 4. LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had sack & TFL in his last meeting (10/27/13).
QB BAKER MAYFIELD (rookie) threw 2 TD passes last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 6th in row with 20+ completions. Has 580 pass yards (290 per game) in 2 career home starts. • RB NICK CHUBB (rookie) rushed for 65 yards last week. Has 145 rush yards (72.5 per game) & rush TD in his past 2. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. has 151 scrimmage yards (75.5 per game) in his past 2 at home. Since 2015, leads all NFL RBs with 1,944 rec. yards & ranks 3rd with 208 catches. • WR JARVIS LANDRY has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 4 at home. TE DAVID NJOKU aims for his 3rd in row at home with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3. Rookie WR ANTONIO CALLAWAY & TE SETH DE VALVE each had TD catch last week. • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack in Week 8. Has 4.5 sacks, 3 TFL, 3 PD & 2 FFs in his past 4 at home. LB JOE SCHOBERT has 27 tackles, 6 PD, 2 FRs & FF in his past 4 at home. LB JAMIE COLLINS, SR. led team with 11 tackles & had FF last week. Had 7 tackles in his last game vs. KC (9/29/14 with NE). LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY has 10+ tackles in 5 of his past 8 at home. Rookie CB DENZEL WARD had 7 tackles, TFL, FR & PD last week. Ties for lead among NFL rookies with 3 INTs & ranks 1st with 9 PD. CB DERRICK KINDRED had 5 tackles, FF & INT last week. DT LARRY OGUNJOBI is 1 of 7 NFL DTs in 2018 with 4+ sacks (4) & 6+ TFL (6).
New York Jets (3-5) at Miami Dolphins (4-4)
Sunday, November 4, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Hard Rock Stadium | Referee: Walt Coleman
LEADER: Jets lead all-time series, 54-50-1
STREAKS: Dolphins have won past 2
LAST GAME: 9/16/18: Dolphins 20 at Jets 12
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/22/17: Dolphins 31, Jets 28
NY JETS NOTES:
QB SAM DARNOLD (rookie) passed for 334 yards in last meeting. Has 7 TD passes vs. 5 INTs in his past 4. Leads all rookies with 1,705 pass yards & 11 TD passes. • RB ISAIAH CROWELL had 79 rush yards in his only career game at Mia. (9/25/16 with Cle.). Has 371 scrimmage yards (92.8 per game) & TD in his past 4. • WR ROBBY ANDERSON has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 vs. Mia. WR QUINCY ENUNWA had 7 catches for 92 yards in last meeting. WR JERMAINE KEARSE had TD catch in last game at Mia. Rookie TE CHRISTOPHER HERNDON had TD catch last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. • S JAMAL ADAMS had 7 tackles, sack & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row with sack vs. Mia. Has 48 tackles (8 per game) in his past 6 on road. S MARCUS MAYE tied for team lead with 7 tackles last week. Had 7 tackles & INT in his last game vs. Mia. (10/22/17). DT LEONARD WILLIAMS has 5 TFL in his past 5 vs. Mia. Has 4 TFL & 2 sacks in his past 4 at home. LB JORDAN JENKINS had sack, FF & FR in his last game vs. Mia. DT HENRY ANDERSON had sack in last meeting. LB BRANDON COPELAND had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & TFL. Had sack in last meeting. Rookie LB FRANKIE LUVU had 1stcareer sack in Week 8. • K JASON MYERS leads NFL with 18 converted field goals & ranks 3rd in league with 94.7 FG pct. (min. 10 FG att.).
QB BROCK OSWEILER has completed 50 of 75 (66.7 pct.) for 619 yards (309.5 per game) with 5 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 103.1 rating in his past 2 starts at home. QB RYAN TANNEHILL is 9-1 in his past 10 starts at home. Has 3+ TD passes & 120+ rating in 3 of his past 4 at home. In his past 3 vs. Jets, has 668 pas yards (222.7 per game) with 6 TDs vs. 1 INT for 93.4 rating. • RB KENYAN DRAKE had 95 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 37 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Has 375 scrimmage yards (93.8 per game) with 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 4. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 75+ scrimmage yards. RB FRANK GORE has 75+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 6 vs. AFC East. Has 18,145 scrimmage yards & needs 46 yards to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (18,190) for 6th-most in NFL history. • WR DE VANTE PARKER had 6 catches for career-high 134 yards last week. Had 8 catches for 76 yards & TD in his last game vs. NYJ (9/24/17). WR DANNY AMENDOLA had 43 rec. yards & threw 28-yard TD pass last week. TE A.J. DERBY had TD catch in last meeting. • LB KIKO ALONSO had 13 tackles & 2 FFs in last meeting. Has 10+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 at home. DE ROBERT QUINN had sack & 2 TFL in last meeting. LB RAEKWON MC MILLAN had 9 tackles last week. Had FR in last meeting. CB XAVIEN HOWARD had INT in last meeting. Has 6 PD in his past 4 vs. NYJ.
Detroit Lions (3-4) at Minesota Vikings (4-3-1)
Sunday, November 4, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | U.S. Bank Stadium | Referee: Pete Morelli
LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 72-39-2
STREAKS: Lions have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 11/23/17: Vikings 30 at Lions 23
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/1/17: Lions 14, Vikings 7
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 310 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT last week. Has passed for 871 yards (290.3 per game) & 7 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.2 rating in past 3 on road. Aims for 4th in row on road with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has 13 TDs vs. 1 INT for 116 rating in his past 6 vs. division. • RB KERRYON JOHNSON (rookie) had 91 scrimmage yards (69 rec., 22 rush) last week. Has 301 scrimmage yards (100.3 per game) & rush TD in 3 career road games. Ranks 2nd among NFL rookies with 89.1 scrimmage yards per game. RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT has 8 rush TDs in 9 career games vs. NFC North. Since 2015, ties for 3rd in NFL with 29 rush TDs. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY aims for 3rd in row vs. division with 80+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR MARVIN JONES, JR. had 7 catches for 117 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 5thcareer multi-TD game. Had 109 rec. yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 7 TD catches in past 6 vs. NFC North. • LB DEVON KENNARD has 3 sacks in his past 3 on road. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC North with FR. CB DARIUS SLAY has 9 PD & INT in his past 5 on road. Since 2017, leads NFL with 31 PD & ties for 1st (KEVIN BYARD) with 9 INTs. LB JARRAD DAVIS has 25 tackles (8.3 per game), 3 sacks & FF in his past 3 on road. DE ROMEO OKWARA had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row on road & 5th in row with sack. DT DAMON HARRISON had 7 tackles & sack in team debut last week.
QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 359 yards & 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 107.7 rating last week. Had 301 pass yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 106.9 rating & had rush TD in only career game vs. Det. (10/23/16 with Was.). In 7 career games vs. NFC North, is averaging 322.9 pass yards per game with 13 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 108.6 rating. • RB LATAVIUS MURRAY had rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 80+ scrmimage yards & rush TD. Had rush TD in last meeting. Has 3 rush TDs in his past 4 vs. NFC North. • WR ADAM THIELEN had 7 catches for 103 yards & rec. TD last week. Became 2nd player in NFL history (CALVIN JOHNSON in 2012) to have 8 consec. games with 100+ rec. yards & 2nd player (PATRICK JEFFERS in 1999) with 5 consec. games of 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR STEFON DIGGS had 10 receptions for 119 yards & TD last week. Has 29 catches for 352 yards (88 per game) & TD in 4 career games vs. Det. Aims for 4th in row vs. division with rec. TD. TE KYLE RUDOLPH had 2 TD catches in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 at home vs. Det. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had sack & FR in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Det. with sack & 2+ TFL. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Det. with sack. CB XAVIER RHODES had INT in last meeting. Aims for 5th in row at home vs. NFC North with PD. S HARRISON SMITH aims for his 3rd in row with INT. Since entering NFL in 2012, is only player with 20+ INTs (20) & 10+ sacks (12).
Atlanta Falcons (3-4) at Washington Redskins (5-2)
Sunday, November 4, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | FedExField | Referee: Walt Anderson
LEADER: Redskins lead all-time series, 14-9-1
STREAKS: Falcons have won past 5
LAST GAME: 10/11/15: Redskins 19 at Falcons 25
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/7/12: Falcons 24, Redskins 17
QB MATT RYAN passed for 379 yards with 1 TD & 0 INTs for 115.7 rating in Week 7. Has 100+ rating in 5 of his past 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 300+ passing yards. Is averaging 290.7 pass yards per game in past 6 on road vs. NFC East. Since 2014, is 1 of 2 NFL QBs (DREW BREES) with 20,000+ passing yards (20,659). • RB TEVIN COLEMAN had 82 scrimmage yards (50 rush, 32 rec.) & rush TD in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. Has TD in 4 of his past 5 on road. Aims for 4th in row vs. NFC East with rush TD. Rookie RB ITO SMITH has rush TD in 3 of his past 4. • WR JULIO JONES had 9 catches for 104 yards in Week 7. Has 15 receptions for 161 yards (80.5 per game) & TD in 2 career meetings. In 14 career games vs. NFC East, is averaging 109 rec. yards per game & has 8 TDs. Aims for his 10th in row with 5+ catches. Since entering league in 2011, leads NFL with 43 games of 100+ rec. yards. WR MOHAMED SANU has TD catch in 2 of his past 3. WR CALVIN RIDLEY leads rookie WRs & ties for 4th in NFL with 6 TD catches. • DT GRADY JARRETT had 2 sacks in Week 7, his 1stcareer multi-sack game. DE TAKKARIST MC KINLEY had sack in last game. Has 5.5 sacks in his past 6. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC East with sack. S DAMONTAE KAZEE has 22 tackles, 4 PD, 3 INTs & FF in his past 4. Aims for 5th in row with PD. CB ROBERT ALFORD has 60 PD since 2015, most in NFL. DL JACK CRAWFORD had sack in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with sack.
QB ALEX SMITH is 3-1 with 5 TDs vs. 1 INT & 92.4 rating in 4 career home games with Was. Passed for 270 yards & 1 TD with 0 INTs for 125 rating in his last game vs. Atl. (12/4/16 with KC). • RB ADRIAN PETERSON had 149 rush yards, incl. 64-yard TD run, & TD catch last week. Became oldest player (33 years, 221 days) in NFL history with 100+ rush yards & both rush & rec. TD in single game. Has 316 rush yards (105.3 per game) & 2 rush TDs in his past 3 at home. Has 442 scrimmage yards (147.3 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 career games vs. Atl. RB CHRIS THOMPSON has 597 scrimmage yards (99.5 per game) & TD catch in his past 6 at home. • WR PAUL RICHARDSON aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD catch. TE JORDAN REED has 4 rec. TDs in his past 6 vs. NFC South. Has 304 receptions in 59 career games & is 2nd fastest TE in NFL history (HOFer KELLEN WINSLOW, SR.) to reach 300 career catches. • LB RYAN KERRIGAN had 1.5 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has 4 sacks & FF in past 5 at home. Has 3 sacks, FF & 28-yard INT-TD in 3 career games vs. Atl. S D.J. SWEARINGER had 2 INTs last week. Is only player in NFL to record 2 INTs in multiple games this season. Has 2 FFs, FR & sack in past 2 at home. Aims for 3rd in row at home with FF. CB JOSH NORMAN aims for 3rd in row at home with FF. DL MATT IOANNIDIS had career-high 2.5 sacks last week.
Houston Texans (5-3) at Denver Broncos (3-5)
Sunday, November 4, 2018 | 4:05 PM ET | Broncos Stadium at Mile High | Referee: Clay Martin
LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 4-2
STREAKS: Broncos have won past 2
LAST GAME: 10/24/16: Texans 9 at Broncos 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/24/16
TEXANS are 5th team since 1970 to win 5 consecutive games immediately folllowing 0-3 start to season. • QB DESHAUN WATSON completed 16 of 20 (80 pct.) for 239 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 156 rating last week. Since entering league in 2017, has 4 games with 4+ TD passes, tied for 2nd-most in NFL over span. Is 1 of 7 NFL QBs with 100+ rating since 2017 (min. 400 att.). • RB LAMAR MILLER rushed for 133 yards & TD in Week 8. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards & TD. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Is only player with 500+ rush yards in each of past 6 seasons (2013-18). Since 2013, is 1 of 4 active RBs with 6,500+ scrimmage yards (6,580). • WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS had 82 rec. yards & 2 TD catches last week. Has 4 TD catches in his past 3. Has 110+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for 4th in row on road with TD catch. Is 1 of 2 NFL players (ANTONIO BROWN) with 400+ catches (414) & 40+ TD catches (40) since 2014. WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS makes team debut. Appeared in 125 games for Den. from 2010-18. Rookie TE JORDAN THOMAS had career-high 2 TD catches last week, incl. his 1st-career rec. TD. • DE J.J. WATT had sack, PD & 2 TFL last week. Has 8 sacks in his past 6. In only career game at Den. (9/23/12), had 2.5 sacks & 4 TFL. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY aims for 3rd in row on road with 2+ sacks. Since 2016, ranks 2nd in NFL with 46 TFL. S TYRANN MATHIEU aims for his 3rd in row with sack.
QB CASE KEENUM passed for 262 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 97.9 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4. Appeared in 10 games for Texans from 2012-14, passing for 2,195 yards with 11 TDs vs. 8 INTs. In 4 home starts with Den., has 1,118 pass yards (279.5 per game) with 5 pass TDs & rush TD. • RB PHILLIP LINDSAY (rookie) had career-high 112 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 17 rec.) with rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row wirh rush TD. Has 358 scrimmage yards (89.5 per game) with 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 career home games. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. Leads all NFL rookies with 531 rush yards. Rookie RB ROYCE FREEMAN has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 at home • WR EMMANUEL SANDERS has 95+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 86 rec. yards in last meeting. Rookie WR COURTLAND SUTTON had career-high 78 rec. yards last week. WR TIM PATRICK had 1st-career TD catch last week. • LB VON MILLER had TFL in last meeting. Has 5.5 sacks, 6 TFL, 2 FFs & FR in his past 4 at home. CB CHRIS HARRIS, JR. had FF & FR in last meeting. Has 3 PD in his past 3 vs. Hou. LB TODD DAVIS has 23 tackles (7.7 per game), 4 PD & INT-TD in his past 3. LB BRADLEY CHUBB leads all rookies with 7 sacks & ranks 2nd with 6 TFL. S DYMONTE THOMAS had 1st-career sack last week. S JUSTIN SIMMONS had INT in Week 8.
Los Angeles Chargers (5-2) at Seattle Seahawks (4-3)
Sunday, November 4, 2018 | 4:05 PM ET | CenturyLink Field | Referee: Shawn Hochuli
LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 26-24
STREAKS: Chargers have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 9/14/14: Seahawks 21 at Chargers 30
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/26/10: Seahawks 27, Chargers 20
LOS ANGELES NOTES:
QB PHILIP RIVERS passed for 284 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 124.2 rating in last meeting. Had 455 pass yards with 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs in his last game at Sea. (9/26/10). In his past 6 vs. NFC, has 1,834 pass yards (305.7 per game) with 15 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 107.8 rating. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 117.8 rating & ties for 3rd with 17 TD passes. • RB MELVIN GORDON aims for his 4th in row with 120+ scrimmage yards & TD. In his past 10 on road, has 1,179 scrimmage yards (117.9 per game) with 14 TDs (9 rush, 5 rec.). In his past 5 vs. NFC, has 577 scrimmage yards (115.4 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rec., 2 rush). Since 2016, is 1 of 2 NFL players (TODD GURLEY) with 3,500+ scrimmage yards (3,742) & 30+ TDs (33). Gordon (745 scrimmage yards) & RB AUSTIN EKELER (538) are only pair of RB teammates with 500+ scrimmage yards each in 2018. • WR TYRELL WILLIAMS had 4 catches for 118 yards & TD in Week 7. Has 236 rec. yards (118 per game) & 3 TD catches in his past 2. WR KEENAN ALLEN has 100+ rec. yards in 7 of his past 10 vs. NFC. Has 70+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. TE ANTONIO GATES had 6 TD catches in his past 5 vs. NFC West. Had 96 rec. yards & 3 TDs in last meeting. • DE MELVIN INGRAM has 3 TFL, 3 PD, 2 sacks & INT in past 3. Had sack & FF in last meeting. DT DARIUS PHILON had sack in Week 7. Has sack in 2 of his past 3. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 8 tackles & INT in Week 7.
QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 248 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 158.3 rating in Week 8 & is 1st QB in franchise history to record 158.3 rating (min. 10 att.). Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.1 rating in only career meeting. Has 11 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 107.9 rating in his past 5 at home. Aims for 4th in row at home with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Aims for 5th in row vs. AFC with 3+ TD passes. • RB CHRIS CARSON had 105 rush yards & TD last week. Is 1 of 4 in NFL (JAMES CONNER, EZEKIEL ELLIOTT & TODD GURLEY) with 3 games with 100+ rush yards in 2018. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 100+ rush yards. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had TD catch in Week 8. Aims for 4th in row & 4th in row vs. AFC with TD catch. Has 6 rec. TDs in 2018, tied for most in NFC. WR DAVID MOORE had career-high 97 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Aims for 4th in row with TD catch. WR DOUG BALDWIN has 6 rec. TDs in his past 6 at home vs. AFC. • DE FRANK CLARK had sack & FR last week. Has 4 sacks, 2 FFs & INT in his past 5 at home. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC West & 3rd in row overall with sack. LB BOBBY WAGNER has 7+ tackles in 7 of his past 8 at home. Had 10 tackles in only career meeting. Since entering NFL in 2012, is 1 of 3 (LUKE KUECHLY & LAVONTE DAVID) with 800+ tackles (815). S BRADLEY MC DOUGALD has 2 INTs & FF in his past 2 vs. AFC West. DT SHAMAR STEPHEN aims for 3rd in row with sack.
Los Angeles Rams (8-0) at New Orleans Saints (6-1)
Sunday, November 4, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Referee: Bill Vinovich
SERIES NOTES: LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 41-32
STREAKS: Rams have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 11/26/17: Saints 20 at Rams 26
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/27/16: Saints 49, Rams 21
LOS ANGELES NOTES:
QB JARED GOFF passed for 295 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111 rating last week. Had 354 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 96.5 rating in last meeting. Is 7-0 with 13 TDs vs. 5 INTs & 97.5 rating in past 7 on road. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rating & 2+ TD passes. • RB TODD GURLEY had 195 scrimmage yards (114 rush, 81 rec.) & TD catch last week. Leads NFL with 15 TDs & is 3rd player (HOFer JIM BROWN & PRIEST HOLMES) in NFL history with 15+ TDs in team’s 1st 8 games of season. Has 217 scrimmage yards (108.5 per game) in 2 career meetings. Aims for 4th in row on road with 2+ rush TDs. Since 2017, is only NFL player with 2,000+ rush yards (2,105) & 20+ rush TDs (24). • WR BRANDIN COOKS ranks 3rd in NFL with 18.4 yards per reception in 2018 (min. 25 catches). Had 215 receptions for 2,861 yards & 20 TDs in 3 seasons with NO (2014-16). WR ROBERT WOODS has 279 rec. yards (93 per game) in his past 3 on road. Has 7 games with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards this season, 2nd-most in NFL (ADAM THIELEN). • DT AARON DONALD had 2 sacks last week, his 8thcareer multi-sack game. Leads NFL with 10 sacks in 2018. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NO & 6th in row overall with sack. Since 2014, leads NFL DTs with 49 sacks. CB MARCUS PETERS had FR in only career meeting (10/23/16 with KC). S JOHN JOHNSON has 4 PD & 3 INTs in his past 4 on road. Aims for 3rd in row on road with INT. LB CORY LITTLETON aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles & sack.
NEW ORLEANS NOTES:
QB DREW BREES has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.9 rating in past 2 vs. LAR. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Rams with 100+ rating. In past 3 at home, has 1,045 pass yards (348.3 per game), 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 131.1 rating. Aims for 4th in row at home with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Is NFL’s all-time leading passer (72,435 yards) & ranks 4th all-time in TD passes (502). • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Since 2017, is 1 of 2 RBs (TODD GURLEY) with 4 games (4) with both rush & rec. TD. Had 188 scrmimage yards (101 rec., 87 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in only career meeting. Has 10 TDs (6 rush, 4 rec.) in 11 career home games. RB MARK INGRAM had 92 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 29 rec.) last week. Has 567 scrimmage yards (113.4 per game) & 7 rush TDs in his past 5 at home. Aims for 6th in row at home with rush TD. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS has 14 catches for 160 yards (80 per game) & 2 TDs in 2 career games vs. Rams. Has 32 catches for 343 yards (114.3 per game) & 3 TDs in his past 3 at home. Since 2016, is 1 of 2 WRs (ANTONIO BROWN) with 250+ catches (254) & 3,000+ rec. yards (3,051). • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 2 sacks & 2 PD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. LAR & 3rd in row at home with sack. Rookie DE MARCUS DAVENPORT had 2 sacks last week, his 1st-career multi-sack game. Leads NFC rookies with 4 sacks in 2018. DT SHELDON RANKINS had 2 sacks last week, his 1st-career multi-sack game. Aims for 3rd in row at home with sack.
Green Bay Packers (3-3-1) at New England Patriots (6-2)
Sunday, November 4, 2018 | 8:20 PM ET | Gillette Stadium | Referee: Brad Allen
LEADER: Series tied, 5-5
STREAKS: Patriots have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 11/30/14: Patriots 21 at Packers 26
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/19/10: Patriots 31, Packers 27
GREEN BAY NOTES:
QB AARON RODGERS passed for 286 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 102.9 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ rating. Had 368 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.6 rating in last meeting. Has 2+ TD passes in 5 of his past 6 vs. AFC. Has 40,785 career pass yards & surpassed HOFer JOE MONTANA (40,551) for 18th-most all-time. • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had rush TD last week. Has 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 3 vs. AFC. Aims for 3rd in row on road vs. AFC with 100+ scrimmage yards & 2+ TDs. RB AARON JONES had 86 rush yards & TD last week. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 5 catches for 133 yards last week. Has 31 receptions for 373 yards (93.3 per game) & 3 TDs in past 4 vs. AFC. Since 2016, is 1 of 2 WRs (ANTONIO BROWN) with 2,500+ rec. yards (2,572) & 25+ TD catches (28). TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 vs. AFC. Since entering NFL in 2010, ranks 2nd among active players with 70 rec. TDs. Rookie WR MARQUEZ VALDEZSCANTLING aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • LB CLAY MATTHEWS had sack last week. Has 3 sacks & FF in 4 career road games vs. AFC East. LB BLAKE MARTINEZ had 12 tackles & sack in Week 8. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (DARIUS LEONARD) with 60+ tackles (61) & 4+ sacks (4) in 2018. Rookie CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had career-high 5 PD last week, most by player in single game in 2018. DL KENNY CLARK had 2 sacks last week, his 2ndcareer 2-sack game. Aims for 3rd in row with sack.
NEW ENGLAND NOTES:
PATRIOTS aim for 10th consecutive home win. • QB TOM BRADY passed for 324 yards last week. Has 300+ pass yards in 3 of his past 4. Has 8 TD passes vs. 0 INTs for 114.7 rating in his past 3 vs. GB. In his past 10 vs. NFC North, has 23 TD passes vs. 3 INTs for 112.7 rating. Has 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • RB JAMES WHITE had 94 scrimmage yards (79 rec., 15 rush) & rush TD in Week 8. Aims for his 4th in row with 90+ scrimmage yards. Has 4 TD catches in his past 3 vs. NFC. Has 337 scrimmage yards (84.3 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rec., 1 rush) in his past 4 at home. Ranks 2nd among NFL RBs with 55 catches. Rookie RB SONY MICHEL has 316 rush yards (105.3 per game) & 4 rush TDs in 3 career home games. • TE ROB GRONKOWSKI had 7 catches for 98 yards in last meeting. Has 80+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 6 vs. NFC. WR JULIAN EDELMAN had 9 catches for 104 rec. yards last week. Had 473 rec. yards (78.8 per game) & TD catch in his past 6 at home. Has 313 rec. yards (78.3 per game) & 2 TD catches in his past 4 vs. NFC. WR JOSH GORDON had 69 rec. yards & TD catch in his last game vs. GB (12/10/17 with Cle.). In 7 career games vs. NFC North, has 548 rec. yards (78.3 per game) & 3 TD catches. • DE TREY FLOWERS has 7 TFL & 4 sacks in his past 7 at home. LB KYLE VAN NOY had team-high 8 tackles & 2 sacks last week. S DEVIN MC COURTY had 84-yard INT-TD in Week 8, his 1st-career INT-TD.
Tennessee Titans (3-4) at Dallas Cowboys (3-4)
Monday, November 5, 2018 | 8:15 PM ET | AT&T Stadium | Referee: Clete Blakeman
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 8-6
STREAKS: Cowboys have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 9/14/14: Cowboys 26 at Titans 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/10/10: Titans 34, Cowboys 27
QB MARCUS MARIOTA completed 24 of 32 (75 pct.) for 237 yards with 1 TD vs. 1 INT for 92.8 rating & rushed for 38 yards in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row with 90+ rating. Has 2+ TD passes in 7 of his past 9 vs. NFC. In 12 career games vs. NFC, has 3,039 pass yards (253.3 per game) with 24 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 104.3 rating. • RB DION LEWIS had season-high 155 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 64 rec.) in Week 7. Had 93 scrimmage yards (59 rec., 34 rush) & TD catch in his last game vs. Dal. (10/11/15 with NE). Has 65+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC East. RB DERRICK HENRY has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. NFC. • WR TAJAE SHARPE had career-high 101 rec. yards in Week 7. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. WR COREY DAVIS leads team with 30 catches & 395 rec. yards. Has 252 rec. yards (126 per game) & TD catch in his past 2 vs. NFC. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC with 90+ rec. yards. TE LUKE STOCKER had TD catch in Week 7. • LB JAYON BROWN had 7 tackles & sack in Week 7. Has 7+ tackles & sack in 3 of his past 4. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. CB LOGAN RYAN had INT in his only career game vs. Dal. (10/11/15 with NE). LB WESLEY WOODYARD has 7+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC East. DT JURRELL CASEY had 2 sacks & 2 TFL in last meeting. Has 5 TFL & 3 sacks in 5 career games vs. NFC East. S KEVIN BYARD has 9 INTs since 2017, tied for most in NFL over span.
QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 273 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 96.5 rating & had rush TD in Week 7. Has 10 career games with pass TD & rush TD, tied for 3rd-most among players in their 1st 3 seasons in NFL history. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 107.5 rating in his past 3 at home. Is 2-0 with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 146.4 rating in 2 career games on Monday. In 5 career home games vs. AFC, has 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 105.2 rating & 3 rush TDs. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT is averaging 132.8 scrimmage yards per game & has 14 TDs (12 rush, 2 rec.) in 16 career home games. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 100+ rush yards & TD. Has 186 scrimmage yards (93 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 2 career games on Monday. Since entering NFL in 2016, leads league with 15 games of 100+ rush yards. • WR AMARI COOPER makes Dal. debut. Has 16 catches for 239 yards (79.7 per game) & TD catch in 3 career games vs. Ten. Has rec. TD in 2 of 3 career games on Monday. Rookie WR MICHAEL GALLUP had career-high 81 rec. yards & 1st-career TD catch in Week 7. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE has 7 sacks & FF in his past 5 at home. Has 3 sacks & 6 TFL in his past 4. Since 2017, is 1 of 3 (AARON DONALD & CHANDLER JONES) with 20+ sacks (20). LB SEAN LEE has 38 tackles (9.5 per game) & 5 TFL in his past 4 at home. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with 10+ tackles & 2+ TFL. DT DAVID IRVING had sack in Week 7. Has sack in 2 of his past 3.