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#19 Clemson 74 Sam Houston 59
IUPUI 76 Boston College 69
Indiana State 80 McKendree 63
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Hoosiers defense shuts down No. 24 Marquette in 96-73 upset
Indiana coach Archie Miller challenged his defense to play with the same intensity and passion they showed last week.
The encore performance was even better.
The Hoosiers dominated one of the nation’s most potent offenses by forcing a string of early turnovers, drawing fouls and converting miscues into points in a 96-73 blowout over No. 24 Marquette on Wednesday night.
“They stepped up in a big-time game on an unbelievable stage,” Miller said. “I was just really proud of the approach, the intensity level to start the game. It was a tough-minded, confident team tonight.”
It went just the way Miller had hoped. After giving up 90 points combined in last week’s first two victories, Indiana (3-0) demonstrated it was no fluke.
The Hoosiers limited Marquette to 42.4 percent shooting from the field and 5 of 21 on 3-pointers. They forced 14 turnovers and never let the Golden Eagles (2-1) get closer than 18 after scoring the first seven points of the second half.
Five Indiana players scored in double figures, led by Romeo Langford with 22 and Evan Fitzner with 16.
But the most impressive performance came from freshman point guard Rob Phinisee, who had 12 points and eight assists and held Markus Howard in check most of the night.
Tanner’s 3-pointers help Radford stun Notre Dame, 63-60
Radford is closer to Tobacco Road than Notre Dame is but that didn’t stop senior guard Caleb Tanner and the Highlanders from making a point to their Atlantic Coast Conference neighbors Wednesday night.
“Coming in here and beating an ACC team is huge,” said the 6-foot-1 Tanner, who scored 20 points, 18 of them from beyond the 3-point line, as Radford moved to 3-0 with a 63-60 victory over Notre Dame.
Coach Mike Jones’ Highlanders, who earned an NCAA bid last March by winning the Big South Tournament, beating LIU Brooklyn in the first round before losing to eventual champ Villanova, also got a double-double from Ed Polite Jr. – 16 points and 11 rebounds – and 11 from Travis Fields Jr.
“The guys came out with the right mentality – we fought hard on the defensive end,” Jones said. “It’s a huge accomplishment for them.”
Junior forward John Mooney had career highs in points (24) and rebounds (12) and T.J. Gibbs added 11 points for coach Mike Brey’s Irish (2-1).
“I’ve been worried about this one for about four days because they (the Highlanders) are old and good and they’re way better than us right now,” said Brey, whose team missed the NCAA tournament last season, lost in the second round of the NIT and is rebuilding with four freshmen.
Tanner, who had 14 points at halftime thanks to four 3-pointers, and his teammates overcame a 34-28 halftime deficit and led by as many as six points late. The Irish had a chance to send it into overtime, but Gibbs couldn’t get a shot off from mid-court as time expired.
“We never get worried,” said Tanner, who hit 7 of 11 from the field, including 6 of 9 3-pointers. “We’re a very confident team. We love adversity so when it hits, this team rises up.”
Mooney finished 8-of-16 shooting from the field, including 6 of 9 from beyond the arc. Gibbs’ 11 points came on 5-of-16 shooting, including a 0-of-7 effort from long distance.
“It really doesn’t (mean anything),” Mooney said of his performance after the loss. “We didn’t get it done at the end.”
Mooney was on fire from the start and ended the first half with 18 points, tying his previous best of 18 at North Carolina last Feb. 12. His start wasn’t what he wanted – Mooney went up for a dunk and it was denied by Radford’s Mawdo Sallah with the game scoreless less than two minutes in.
Justice scores 29, IUPUI stuns BC, 76-69
IUPUI coach Jason Gardner had an extra reason to smile on his 38th birthday.
Cameron Justice scored five of his game-high 29 points in the closing three minutes, carrying IUPUI to a 76-69 upset of Boston College on Wednesday night.
“It was a great win for our team,” Gardner said after the school picked up just its second-ever victory over an Atlantic Coast Conference school.
The Jaguars, from the Horizon Conference, beat Georgia Tech on December 29, 2001 for their only other win against an ACC member.
“Honestly, it’s a great feeling,” Justice said. “We talked about this when we first saw it on the schedule. We felt like we can go into here and Richmond and play well and come out with the `W.’ ”
It was the first-ever meeting between the schools and was part of the Fort Myers Tipoff.
“If they look into the mirror today, they’ll know they didn’t give effort,” BC coach Jim Christian said.
Evan Hall added 16 points and 10 rebounds for IUPUI (2-1). Justice, a junior transfer from Vanderbilt, went 7 of 19 from the floor and was 13 of 13 from the free-throw line.
Jordan Chatman led Boston College (2-1) with 20 points, Wynston Tabbs had 15 and Ky Bowman 14 with nine rebounds.
The teams were tied at 64 with just under five minutes to play before IUPUI went on a quick 5-0 spurt. Justice capped it with a jumper in the lane.
After a basket by Bowman, Justice nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing, making it 72-66 with 1:38 to play.
BC sliced it to 72-69, but Nick Rogers hit a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 28.9 second left to seal it.
Michigan routs Villanova in championship rematch
Charles Matthews set the tone with a slam and celebrated by flexing to the crowd.
Quickly, the rematch turned into a rout.
Matthews scored 19 points, Ignas Brazdeikis had 18 and No. 18 Michigan beat No. 8 Villanova 73-46 Wednesday night in their first meeting since last season’s national championship game.
Villanova captured its second title in three years with a 79-62 victory over Michigan in April but was completely overmatched in the second game at its newly renovated Pavilion.
“I don’t think when I’m out there,” Matthews said, explaining his emotional reaction to a basket less than 90 seconds into the game. “It was a fun, exciting game. I got the dunk and I screamed.”
Eric Paschall scored 10 points and Phil Booth had nine for the Wildcats (2-1).
The Wolverines (3-0) jumped ahead early and never let up. They led 10-2 less than five minutes in and expanded the lead to 22-8 on Matthews’ jumper midway through the opening half. A 17-3 run followed, giving Michigan a 39-13 lead. Matthews’ dunk and consecutive 3-pointers from Isaiah Livers and Jordan Poole highlighted the run.
Williamson, No. 1 Duke rout Eastern Michigan 84-46
Zion Williamson tossed up an alley-oop lob for RJ Barrett, and on the next trip downcourt, Barrett returned the favor by setting up a dunk for Williamson.
For these high-flying Blue Devils, that No. 1 ranking sure seems to fit.
Williamson scored 21 points, Barrett added 20 and Duke routed Eastern Michigan 84-46 on Wednesday night in its first game this season as the nation’s top-ranked team.
“It is great to be No. 1, but nobody really cares who’s No. 1 right now,” Williamson said. “The goal is to win a championship in March.”
Javin DeLaurier and Jack White added 10 points apiece for the Blue Devils (3-0). Playing two days after leapfrogging Kansas for the top spot in the AP Top 25, they looked every bit the part of a top-ranked team.
They shot 47 percent, turned 20 turnovers by the Eagles into 31 points and took command with an early 21-1 run keyed by an assortment of dunks by Williamson.
Damari Parris had nine points to lead outmanned Eastern Michigan (3-1), which shot 31 percent and was stuck in single-digit scoring for about 17 1/2 minutes.
Unlike their last game – in which Army hung with them for about 30 minutes three days earlier – the Blue Devils took the drama out of this one early.
“Everything we did kind of worked,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “but the reason it worked is because we played so hard.”
Williamson put Duke up by 20 for good midway through the first half with the highlight of the night – leaping so high to pull in a seemingly errant alley-oop pass that his armpits were even with the rim before he dunked – and Barrett made it a 30-point game with a bucket with about five minutes before halftime.
“The atmosphere got the best of us the first 6-7 minutes of the game,” Eastern Michigan coach Rob Murphy said. “It was a struggle for us to score in the first half, and once you get down in this building … it’s pretty hard to come back.”
Robert Morris’ Josh Williams matches NCAA record with 15 3s
Josh Williams matched an NCAA record with 15 3-pointers and set a school mark with 49 points to lift Robert Morris over Mount Aloysius 104-57 on Wednesday night.
Williams sank his 15th 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left – and Robert Morris leading by 44 points – to tie Keith Veney’s record for Marshall from Dec. 14, 1996. Williams missed a 3-pointer a few seconds earlier, but an offensive rebound gave him another chance.
Williams’ 3 with six minutes left surpassed Maurice Carter’s school record of 42 points, set against Eastern Michigan on Nov. 26, 2002.
The Colonials also hit a school-best 22 shots from beyond the arc. Jon Williams and Matty McConnell each added two 3s, and three others came off the bench and made one apiece for Robert Morris (1-2).
Josh Williams, who sat out last season after transferring from Akron, finished 16 of 26 from the floor, including 15 of 25 from distance. McConnell added 12 points and Jon Williams had six with a game-high five assists.
Julian Stover had 26 points, including 18 of 19 from the free-throw line, to lead Mount Aloysius.
No. 11 Michigan St pulls away, beats Louisiana-Monroe 80-59
Cassius Winston gave his offensively challenged team a needed boost.
Winston scored 14 of his 23 points in the opening minutes of the second half, bouncing back from a rough start to help No. 11 Michigan State beat Louisiana-Monroe 80-59 on Wednesday night.
The point guard said he had to be aggressive because “we were struggling to get points on the board.” Michigan State made just 28 percent of its shots overall in the first half and was even worse on 3-pointers, connecting on 2 of 19.
“I could make 2 of 19,” coach Tom Izzo said.
Winston’s surge helped Michigan State lead 51-35 at the 16:52 mark after it was ahead by six points at halftime.
“Cassius is capable of that a lot,” Izzo.
Winston was 9 of 22 from the field, including 3 of 10 on 3-pointers, after going 2 of 9 overall and 0 for 5 beyond the arc in the first half.
“I didn’t let the first half affect my confidence,” he said.
The Spartans (2-1) lost Nick Ward midway through the first half with a sprained right ankle. Ward went down and pounded the court with both fists. He got up on his own and hobbled off the court, trying to keep weight off his right leg. Ward did not return after scoring four points and grabbing three rebounds in five minutes.
“I don’t think it’s anything serious,” Izzo said.
No. 10 Kentucky coasts past North Dakota 96-58
As No. 10 Kentucky works through initial growing pains, it can feel good about its first lopsided win this season.
PJ Washington set a career high with 25 points and grabbed a season-best seven rebounds, Tyler Herro added 18 points and the Wildcats rolled over North Dakota 96-58 on Wednesday night.
The Wildcats (2-1) finally got the dominant effort they sought after a rough first week in which Duke beat them by 34 points before they scraped by Southern Illinois. They had to shake off an initial back-and-forth with the Fighting Hawks (2-1), who led 13-12 before Washington’s 3-pointer put Kentucky ahead to stay. The Wildcats outscored North Dakota 27-7 over 9:46 for a 39-20 cushion and led by 38 in the closing minutes.
That initial basket was big for Washington, Kentucky’s top returning scorer who managed just 11 points through two games. He went on to post a season-high 10 points by halftime before scoring 15 more after the break. He finished 9 of 13 from the field, including a career-best 4 of 5 from behind the arc to surpass his previous best of 22 points against Mississippi State in January.
“I just tried to be solid and try to get rebounds, get out and try to create for everybody,” Washington said. “Once I saw a couple go in, it opened up for me.”
Herro was just as relieved to regroup from a scoreless performance against SIU.
He went 7 of 12 with a 3-pointer to top his 14-point debut against Duke, and Kentucky shot 53 percent in the opening game of the Ohio Valley Hardwood Showcase. The Wildcats scored 31 points off 20 turnovers with 12 steals, including a career-high five by Herro.
EARLHAM MEN’S BASKETBALL: Men’s hoops upended at home by Wabash
RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College men’s basketball dropped a 79-64 decision to visiting in-state rival Wabash College, in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday night at the Druley Performance Gym.
The Quakers held a 40-34 advantage at the intermission behind some solid shooting from the field, where Earlham went 15-of-31 (.484 FG%) including a 6-of-12 clip from 3-point range. Jamel Barnes drained three of the 3-pointer, and paced the Quakers with 12 points in the opening stanza.
Wabash (1-0) opened the second half with a 24-3 run lasting nearly 10 minutes. The Little Giants’ run was capped at a 15-point lead, 58-43, following a Jack Davidson layup with 10:14 to play in the game. Thomas Sanborn nailed a 3-pointer with 9:28 on the game clock start the Quakers on the come-back trail, but Earlham was unable to cut the Wabash lead to single digits.
Blake Bonin and Darrell Hutchison Jr. each finished with 13 points for the Quakers, while Barnes was held scoreless in the second half to end the game with 12 points. Earlham was outrebounded 51-28, including a 13-6 advantage on the offensive glass, with Barnes leading the Maroon and White with seven boards.
The Quakers shot 20.7 percent (6-of-29) in the second half, and finished the game with a .350 field goal percentage, while the Little Giants shot .509 (29-of-57) from the field.
Earlham returns to action on Monday, Nov. 19, when it travels to Kenyon College for a 6:00 p.m. tip-off. The Quakers will be back at home after the Thanksgiving break on Sunday, Nov. 25, when they host Adrian College in a 3:00 p.m. contest.
LeBron gets 44, passes Wilt in LA’s 126-117 win over Blazers
A floating jumper, a foul and a free throw in the fourth quarter of a tight game.
With a gorgeous three-point play , the King jumped over the Big Dipper.
LeBron James’ inimitable presence has already been felt in his first few weeks in Hollywood. His most impressive game yet for the Lakers included a bit of history when he passed Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA’s career scoring list.
The superstar with no shortage of historic achievements was more excited about leading his surging new team to yet another win.
James had a season-high 44 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, roaring past Chamberlain for fifth place on the scoring chart and leading the Lakers to a 126-117 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
James scored 28 points in the second half and vaulted past Chamberlain’s 31,419 points on that three-point play with 3:55 to go. LeBron finished a memorable night with 31,425 points, and fell just short of his 75th triple-double during his most impressive performance since joining the Lakers.
Afterward, James praised Chamberlain as “One of the most dominant forces we ever had in our game, along with Shaq. One of the greatest Lakers to ever play the game. A 100-point scorer. One of the greatest scorer-rebounders to ever play this game.”
James already has moved from seventh to fifth on the career scoring list during his first 14 games with Los Angeles, passing Dirk Nowitzki and Chamberlain. Five of the top six scorers in NBA history have suited up for the Lakers – including Chamberlain, whose No. 13 hangs high above the Staples Center court.
James hit his first five 3-pointers and finished 13 of 19 from the field, reaching his latest milestone during a dominant performance that had chants of “M-V-P!” raining down from the Staples Center crowd.
Magic come back to beat 76ers 111-106 in Butler’s debut
Everything about Jimmy Butler’s first game with the 76ers was going great, until the fourth quarter.
Butler had 14 points in his Philadelphia debut, but the 76ers collapsed late and lost to Orlando 111-106 after Terrence Ross hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 8.7 seconds left that helped the Magic finish off a big comeback Wednesday night.
“We’re going to be just fine because once we put this together, we’re going to be tough,” said Butler, acquired Monday from Minnesota in a five-player swap.
The four-time All-Star played 33 minutes and shot 6 for 12 from the field after a couple of days spent adjusting to the big trade.
“A lot has been going on, but that’s no excuse for not winning,” he said. “No matter what, we’re expected to win. I’m expecting to win, and we’re expecting to win as a team. So that isn’t an excuse.”
Orlando scored 21 straight points in the fourth quarter, then held the 76ers without a field goal over the final 3 1/2 minutes.
“You don’t just click your heels and win NBA games. We will use this as a way to remind everyone that this is the NBA,” said 76ers coach Brett Brown. “Although we lost, the organization of the things we put in put us in decent position. If we can get three shots (in the final minute) instead of three turnovers, maybe we’re talking to each other about a win.”
Nikola Vucevic had 30 points for the Magic, including two clinching free throws with 5.8 seconds remaining.
“They just made a big trade and we knew they were probably going to be very fired up to come in and play well,” said Vucevic, who scored 11 in the fourth quarter. “We stayed poised for 48 minutes. We got down 16 and we kept fighting. Getting stops was the big thing.”
Pistons stun Raptors 106-104 in Casey’s return to Toronto
Dwane Casey’s return to Toronto delivered drama right up until the final second.
Reggie Bullock made the winning shot as time expired and the Detroit Pistons rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Raptors 106-104 on Wednesday night, giving Casey an emotional victory over his former team.
“I felt good for the players,” Casey said. “We were 19 down and didn’t give up, didn’t stop scrapping, didn’t give in.”
Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, Reggie Jackson and Langston Galloway each scored 13 and Stanley Johnson had 12 points for the Pistons, who had lost six of eight.
“He would never say it, but anytime you come back to a place you spent so much time at, had so much success and obviously the fans love him here, to win Coach of the Year and switch jobs in the same year is tough,” Griffin said of Casey. “I think it meant a lot to him. I was just proud of the way we came back and responded.”
Casey raised his arms in triumph, pumped his fist, then ran onto the court to celebrate with his team after Bullock’s tiebreaking basket in the lane.
“It was obviously good to be able to see a coach come from the other end of the court and celebrate with his players,” Bullock said.
Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points and Pascal Siakam and Greg Monroe each had 17 for the Raptors, who have lost consecutive home games after a 7-0 start. Toronto (12-3) also failed to match the best start in franchise history. The Raptors went 13-2 to begin the 2014-15 season.
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, who blossomed under Casey’s leadership, was left fuming afterward about multiple Toronto miscues, including a blown coverage on the final play.
Stephen Curry to miss 3 Texas games while nursing injury
Stephen Curry won’t play during Golden State’s three-game Texas road trip as he recovers from a left groin strain, though he is traveling with the Warriors.
The team traveled Wednesday to Houston, where the two-time defending NBA champions will play Thursday night. They have games Saturday at Dallas and Sunday at San Antonio.
Curry was injured during a Nov. 8 game against the Milwaukee Bucks and has been sidelined the past three games. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated in 10 days. The team says he continues to be monitored by the medical staff as he rehabs from his latest injury.
The two-time MVP played in only 51 regular-season games last season because of a left knee injury and a sprained right ankle. He returned from the knee injury for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals after sitting out the first round of the playoffs.
Curry, 30, is averaging 29.5 points, 6.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 49.2 percent from 3-point range.
Cora gets new deal from Red Sox through 2021 season
Alex Cora brought a new voice and culture to the Boston Red Sox that helped propel them to their latest World Series title.
The Red Sox rewarded him for bringing home a championship in his first year with the team by giving him a new contract with an additional guaranteed year through the 2021 season.
The deal containing the extension was announced Wednesday by Boston also includes a club option for 2022.
In his rookie season as a major league manager, Cora guided the Red Sox to a franchise-record 108 victories and the team’s fourth championship in 15 seasons.
He finished second in the AL Manager of the Year voting announced Tuesday.
“We have consistently been impressed by Alex at every turn,” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said in a statement. “His knowledge of the game, ability to connect with our players, and his incredible instincts and decisiveness led us to an historic championship season. We know we are in good hands and could not be more pleased to know he will be with us for the foreseeable future.”
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was in search of new direction for the club when he fired former manager John Farrell after back-to-back Al Division Series losses in 2016 and 2017.
After the historic regular season, Cora then steered Boston past the 100-win Yankees and Astros in the AL playoffs before downing the Dodgers in the World Series.
“For me, 2018 was not only historic, but it was special as well, both on and off the field,” Cora said in a statement. “We have a great appreciation for our accomplishments this past year, but now our focus moves forward to the season ahead and defending our World Series title.”
Chargers DE Joey Bosa practices for first time in 2 months
Joey Bosa could possibly make his season debut Sunday.
The Los Angeles Chargers defensive end, who has been out with a foot injury, practiced Wednesday. Coach Anthony Lynn said he was excited to see Bosa practicing with his teammates for the first time since Sept. 5.
Bosa did individual drills during the portion of practice open to reporters and was listed as limited on the team’s practice report. Lynn has continued to stress caution about when Bosa could return, but acknowledged he could play against Denver depending on how well the third-year lineman does in individual and team drills.
“He hasn’t played football in 13-14 weeks, whatever it is. So we have to be careful putting him back in,” Lynn said.
Bosa first injured his foot during training camp, which caused him to miss the preseason. He reinjured it during practice leading up to the opener against Kansas City. Bosa said two weeks ago that he should not have rushed in trying to get back for the first week.
Isaac Rochell, who started three games at defensive end, said Bosa has been a big presence in team meetings even though he hasn’t played.
“He’s super engaged. He’s been locked in at all times. He has been going through scouting reports and the game plan,” Rochell said.
The Chargers are 7-2 and have won six straight despite Bosa’s absence. Los Angeles’ pass rush struggled early in the season, but has 15 sacks in the past four games. Bosa has 23 sacks in two seasons, including an NFL-record 19 in his first 20 games.
Browns interim coach Williams to get shot at full-time gig
As John Dorsey prepares to make a critical decision he knows may shape Cleveland’s football fortunes, the Browns general manager spends a moment every day giving himself a pep talk.
And a stern warning.
“Just make sure you don’t mess it up, that’s what I tell myself,” Dorsey said. “Just don’t mess this thing up.”
Dorsey is in the early stages of heading his first coaching search with the Browns, who have been in a futile pursuit of a competent leader for nearly as long as they’ve been looking for a quarterback.
With the Browns (3-6-1) on their bye this week, Dorsey provided some insight into a quest that will accelerate once the season is completed and conclude with Cleveland’s ninth coach since 1999.
As expected, Dorsey said interim coach Gregg Williams will be one of the candidates interviewed. Dorsey has been impressed with the job that Williams, the team’s fiery defensive coordinator, has done over the past two weeks since taking over for Hue Jackson, who was fired on Oct. 29 after going just 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons.
The Browns beat Atlanta 28-16 on Sunday and have split their two games under the 60-year-old Williams, who Dorsey feels he has provided more than stability.
“I’ve always been a believer of you play the game like you practice and I think these practices have been very competitive,” Dorsey said. “They’ve been very structured, they’ve been very disciplined, and guys have had some energy and that’s the difference I see. There’s been a focus on the little things which I think is important.”
Williams has previous head coaching experience with Buffalo from 2001-2003. He was also the defensive coordinator in New Orleans from 2009-2011, when he guided a group that won the Super Bowl but was also embroiled in the “Bountygate” scandal that resulted in him being suspended by the NFL for one season.
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Green Bay Packers (4-4-1) at Seattle Seahawks (4-5)
Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 8:20 PM ET | CenturyLink Field | Referee: Tony Corrente
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 11-7
STREAKS: Packers have won past 3
LAST GAME: 9/10/17: Seahawks 9 at Packers 17
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/4/14: Seahawks 36, Packers 16
QB AARON RODGERS threw 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.1 rating last week. Passed for 311 yards in last meeting. Has 10 pass TDs vs. 2 INTs for 101.5 rating in 7 career starts vs. Sea. In his past 4 on road, has 1,252 pass yards (313 per game) with 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 98.5 rating. Is 1 of 2 QBs in 2018 (DREW BREES) with 15+ TD passes (17) & less than 2 INTs (1). Has 7 TD passes vs. 0 INTs for 114.1 rating in his past 2 Thursday games. • RB AARON JONES had career-high 172 scrimmage yards (145 rush, 27 rec.) & 2 rush TDs, his 1st-career multiTD game, in Week 10. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 85+ scrimmage yards. Had rush TD in only career Thursday game (9/28/17 vs. Chi.). • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 2 rec. TDs last week. Had 104 rec. yards & TD catch in 12/11/16 meeting. Has 16 rec. TDs in his past 14 on road & has TD in 12 of past 14 road games. Since 2016, ties for NFL lead with 31 TD catches. WR RANDALL COBB had TD catch in last game at Sea. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with TD. TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 4 rec. TDs in his past 5 Thursday games. Had rec. TD in his last game vs. Sea. (12/2/13 with NO). Had 18 TD catches in 3 seasons with Sea. (2015-17). • LB BLAKE MARTINEZ led team with 9 tackles last week. Has 4 TFL & 3 sacks in his past 3 on road. In 2 career Thursday games, has 12 tackles, FR & INT. DT MIKE DANIELS had 7 tackles, 1.5 sacks & FF in last meeting.
QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.2 rating & had 92 rush yards in Week 10. Has 4 pass TDs vs. 0 INTs for 105.9 rating in 2 career home meetings. Has 13 TDs vs. 1 INT for 103.8 rating in his past 6 at home. In his past 6 Thursday games, is 6-0 with 12 pass TDs vs. 3 INTs for 111.9 rating. • RB CHRIS CARSON has 457 scrimmage yards (91.4 per game) & rush TD in 5 career home games. Has 100+ scrimage yards in 3 of his past 5. RB MIKE DAVIS had 1st-career rec. TD last week. Has 182 scrimmage yards (91 per game) & rush TD in his past 2 at home. Rookie RB RASHAAD PENNY had career-high 108 rush yards & 1st-career rush TD last week. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had TD catch in Week 10. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career Thursday games. Has 2 rec. TDs in his past 3 at home. WR DAVID MOORE has 2 TD catches in 2 career home games. TE NICK VANNETT aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. • DE FRANK CLARK has 5 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in his past 4. Has 2 sacks, FF & INT in his past 3 at home. Aims for 3rd in row at home with TFL. CB SHAQUIL GRIFFIN had led team with career-high 10 tackles in last meeting. LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 13 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 13+ tackles & his 6th in row vs. GB with 8+ tackles. Has 29 tackles (9.7 per game) & 5 PD in his past 3 at home.
- The home team has won seven straight between these teams (regular season and playoffs) dating back to 2009. The Seahawks have lost at Green Bay in each of the past three seasons, with Seattle’s last win in the series coming in the 2015 NFC Championship game. The Packers haven’t won in Seattle since 2008.
- Green Bay has lost six straight road games (four this year), its worst road losing streak since dropping six in a row between the 1990 and 1991 seasons. A loss Thursday would saddle the Packers with their longest road losing streak since a nine-game skid from 1978 to ’79.
- Seattle is trying to avoid losing three consecutive home games for the first time since a five-game slide in 2008. The Seahawks are 5-6 at home since the start of last season after going 39-6 (.867) in Seattle from 2012-16, best in the NFL over that span (regular season and playoffs).
- Aaron Rodgers has thrown for multiple touchdowns and no interceptions in each of the last two weeks and six times this season — only Drew Brees (7) has done it more. Rodgers ranks fifth in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) with 67 such games. Rodgers has 17 TDs to one INT this season for an interception percentage of 0.3, on pace to be the lowest in NFL history (min. 300 attempts).
- With 21 touchdowns and five interceptions, Russell Wilson joins Patrick Mahomes as the only QBs with a TD% of 8.0+ and an INT% of 2.0 or lower. The only QBs to do that over a full season are Peyton Manning (2013, 2004), Nick Foles (2013), Rodgers (2011), Tom Brady (2007) and Milt Plum (1960).
- Seattle leads the NFL in rush attempts per game at 32.0, while Green Bay ranks 27th with 22.3 rushes per game. Both teams are productive when they run, with 51.2 percent of the Packers’ rush attempts going for 4+ yards (2nd in NFL — LAR, 53.2) and 50.7 percent of Seattle’s going for 4+ yards (3rd in NFL).