INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

6A

Crown Point                      17                          Merrillville                                         13

Valparaiso                          21                          Penn                                                   0

Fort Wayne Snider           49                          Homestead                                       35

Carmel                                41                          Lafayette Jeff                                   21

North Central                    42                          Fishers                                                7

Warren Central                 55                          Lawrence Central                            7

Avon                                    38                          Brownsburg                                      0

Center Grove                    23                          Franklin Central                               6

 

5A

Michigan City                    49                          LaPorte                                              7

Concord                              17                          Elkhart Central                                 14

Harrison                             19                          Kokomo                                             16

New Palestine                   78                          Anderson                                           0

Decatur Central                21                          Indianapolis Cathedral                   14

Bloomington South         28                          Martinsville                                       25 2OT

Columbus East                  51                          Bedford North Lawrence              14

Castle                                  55                          Terre Haute South                          34

 

4A

Lowell                                 20                          Hammond Morton                         14

Mishawaka                        27                          South Bend St. Joseph                   23

Angola                                27                          NorthWood                                      26

Fort Wayne Dwenger      14                          Fort Wayne Wayne                         13

Marion                                26                          Mississinewa                                    9

Mooresville                        49                          Greenwood                                       14

East Central                       57                          Edgewood                                         22

Evansville Central             49                          Boonville                                           20

 

3A

West Lafayette                 51                          Andrean                                             24

Brebeuf Jesuit                   42                          Blackford                                           13

Mishawaka Marian          35                          Maconaquah                                    7

Fort Wayne Luers             27                          Bellmont                                            14

Indianapolis Chatard       42                          Indian Creek                                     6

Tri-West                             31                          Sullivan                                              27

Brownstown Central       35                          Batesville                                           28

Evansville Memorial        56                          Gibson Southern                              28

 

2A

Whiting                               37                          Boone Grove                                    19

Bremen                               42                          Bluffton                                             13

Eastbrook                           27                          Lewis Cass                                        25

Lapel                                   42                          Shenandoah                                      41 OT

Indianapolis Scecina        34                          Triton Central                                   30

Western Boone                49                          North Putnam                                  8

Paoli                                    21                          Providence                                        17

Southridge                         35                          Evansville Mater Dei                      25

 

1A

Triton                                  29                          North Judson                                    17

Pioneer                               70                          Lafayette Central Catholic            7

Adams Central                  38                          Southwood                                       0

Monroe Central                29                          Union City                                         0

South Putnam                   55                          Traders Point Christian                  8

Indianapolis Lutheran     32                          Hagerstown                                      13

North Vermillion               22                          Attica                                                 6

North Central                    14                          West Washington                           0

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL

Northeastern                     52                         Randolph Southern                       34

Batesville                            60                          Hauser                                               29

Chesterton                         32                          Highland                                            31

Cloverdale                          81                          Riverton Parke                                 28

Culver Academy               34                          Culver                                                 30

Edinburgh                           83                          Indianapolis Metropolitan            17

Floyd Central                     63                          Evansville Harrison                         47

Fort Wayne North            47                          Whitko                                               32

Franklin County                56                          Rising Sun                                          33

Fremont                              59                          Eastside                                             38

Greensburg                        61                          Jac-Cen-Del                                      37

Heritage Hills                     46                          Northeast Dubois                            15

Heritage                             52                          Leo                                                     26

Jeffersonville                     66                          North Harrison                                 44

Jennings County               74                          Rock Creek Academy                      39

Lakeland                             46                          DeKalb                                               26

Muncie Burris                    58                          Union (Modoc)                                22

North Daviess                   46                          Shoals                                                23

Oak Hill                               71                          Peru                                                    19

Parke Heritage                  69                          North Montgomery                        52

Providence Cristo Rey     36                          Christel House Academy               26

Rushville                             67                          New Castle                                       53

Seeger                                 48                          Crawfordsville                                  27

Union County                    46                          Milan                                                  32

Waldron                             57                          Blue River                                          51

Washington                       43                          North Knox                                       32

West Vigo                          45                          Shakamak                                          33

Western                              57                          Eastern (Greentown)                      49

White River Valley           47                          Mitchell                                             46

Zionsville                            52                          Danville                                              50

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-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

 

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)

 

NBA SCOREBOARD

LA Clippers 120 Orlando 95

Houston 119 Brooklyn 111

Indiana 107 Chicago 105

Oklahoma City 134 Washington 111

New York 118 Dallas 106

Memphis 110 Utah 100

Toronto 107 Phoenix 98

Golden State 116 Minnesota 99

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Florida 4 Winnipeg 2

Vancouver 7 Colorado 6

Arizona 4 Carolina 3

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL FRIDAY

Pittsburgh 23 #25 Virginia 13

Middle Tennessee 29 Western Kentucky 10

Arizona 42 Colorado 34

 

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Central Michigan 3 Ball State 0

Cincinnati 3 Wichita State 0

Valparaiso 3 Loyola – Illinois 2

IUPUI 3 Milwaukee 2

Missouri State 3 Evansville 0

Florida State 3 Notre Dame 1

Illinois 3 Ohio State 1

Dayton 3 St. Louis 1

Xavier 3 Butler 0

 

MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Central Florida 1 Cincinnati 0

Wright State 4 Milwaukee 0

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Ball State 1 Western Michigan 0 2OT

 

IU EAST SPORTS ROUND-UP

IU EAST RELEASE

MEN’S BASKETBALL

LIVONIA, Mich. – Bishop Smith hit a 3-pointer off of a spin dribble with less than

five seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game, and the Indiana University

East men’s basketball team went on to a 90-85 double-overtime victory against

Lourdes University on Nov. 2 in the first game of Madonna University’s Bernie

Holowicki Classic.

NAIA Division II No. 2 IU East escaped with a 2-0 record. Lourdes is 1-1.

IU East erased a 67-60 Lourdes lead in the last minute of regulation. Bishop Smith

scored all eight IU East points in the last-minute comeback. Jaylen McKay forced a

crucial turnover with 24 seconds remaining and IU East trailing 68-65. He also

blocked a potential game-winning shot for Lourdes at the buzzer. Garrett Silcott

chased down a long offensive rebound in the waning seconds to give Smith the second

chance he needed to knock down the game-tying shot.

Bishop Smith scored all 17 of his points in the second half and the overtimes. Nate

Niehoff also had 17 points.

IU East concludes its stay at the Bernie Holowicki Classic with a matchup against

tournament host Madonna on Nov. 3. Tipoff time is 5 p.m.

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University East women’s basketball team began its

season with a 72-51 loss to third-ranked Southeastern University on Lingle Court

during the opening day of the First Bank of Richmond Classic on Nov. 2.

Addie Brown led the Red Wolves with 13 points.

Jaycee Coe topped the Fire with a game-high 24 points in the first-ever meeting

between the two schools.

It was the 54th straight regular season win for Southeastern, which is located in

Lakeland, Fla.?

IU East is 0-1. Southeastern is 1-0.

IU East finishes the First Bank Richmond Classic against No. 13 Lindsey Wilson

College (0-1) on Nov. 3. The game against the NAIA Division I Blue Raiders gets

underway at 2 p.m.

Lindsey Wilson fell 74-35 to NAIA Division II No. 15 Indiana Wesleyan University in

Friday’s other contest on Lingle Court.

Indiana Wesleyan (2-2) faces Southeastern in Saturday’s opener at noon.

 

VOLLEYBALL

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University East volleyball team fell in three sets at

Indiana University Kokomo on Nov. 2 in a matchup of the River States Conference’s

division leaders.

Final score: 25-14, 25-20, 25-23 in what was also a rematch of the 2017 RSC

tournament championship match.

IU East is 22-8 overall and 11-4 in the River States Conference. IU Kokomo (30-4,

15-0) extended its winning streak to 21 matches.

IU East’s loss, coupled with Point Park’s five-set win against WVU Tech, means the

RSC East title will be decided on the final day of the regular season. The Red

Wolves need a win at Cincinnati Christian University on Nov. 3 to be assured of a

share of the division crown.

 

TOP HEADLINES:

Kershaw stays with Dodgers for $93M, 3-year deal

Clayton Kershaw has heard the chatter that he’s in decline. He’s eager to prove the doubters wrong while wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform.

The ace agreed to a $93 million, three-year contract Friday after initially opting out of his previous deal and choosing free agency.

“There’s been a lot of people saying that I’m in decline or not going to be as good as I once was,” he said. “I’m looking forward to proving a lot of people wrong with that.”

Kershaw opted out of a $215 million, seven-year contract that had two seasons remaining at a total of $65 million. Signed in January 2014, it called for salaries of $32 million next year and $33 million in 2020.

The new deal involves a $23 million signing bonus, payable in equal installments on June 30 in each of the next three years, and annual salaries of $23,333,333.

“I wanted to stay here, so financial, everything aside, it was more valuable to me to just stay here,” he said.

Also Friday, the Dodgers made $17.9 million qualifying offers to two of their other free agents: pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu and catcher Yasmani Grandal.

Kershaw gets an additional $28 million in guaranteed money. The new agreement includes $4 million annually in performance bonuses, in four $1 million increments for 24, 26, 28 and 30 games started, which could raise the deal’s value to $105 million over three years.

The left-hander also can earn award bonuses of $1.5 million for winning the NL Cy Young Award or $500,000 for finishing second or third in the voting.

Kershaw, his wife Ellen and their two young children make their offseason home in the Dallas area, and if the Texas Rangers had had a winning season “it would have been something to consider for sure,” he said.

 

Kershaw gets $93M deal, leaving Harper, Machado atop market

Washington outfielder Bryce Harper and Boston closer Craig Kimbrel were among just seven free agents who received $17.9 million qualifying offers from their former clubs Friday, when Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed to a $93 million, three-year contract rather than test the market.

Left-handers Patrick Corbin (Arizona) Dallas Keuchel (Houston) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (Los Angeles Dodgers) also received offers as did outfielder A.J. Pollock (Diamondbacks) and catcher Yasmani Grandal (Dodgers).

Players have until Nov. 12 to accept. If a team makes a qualifying offer to a player who signs a major league contract with another club before the June amateur draft, his former club would receive a draft pick as compensation at the end of the first round.

Just five of 73 players given qualifying offers have accepted since the process began in 2012.

The Chicago Cubs exercised their $20 million option on left-hander Cole Hamels, who went 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts after he was acquired from Texas on July 27. The Cubs traded left-hander Drew Smyly to the Rangers, clearing from the payroll his $7 million salary. That is $1 million more than the Rangers would have owed the Cubs if Hamels’ option had been declined, which would have triggered a $6 million buyout and allowed him to go free.

Kershaw terminated a $215 million, seven-year contract that had $65 million remaining at $32 million next year and $33 million in 2020. The new deal calls for a $23 million signing bonus, payable in equal installments on June 30 in each of the next three years, and annual salaries of $23,333,333. He can earn $4 million annually in performance bonuses, in four $1 million increments for 24, 26, 28 and 30 starts, which could raise the deal’s value to $105 million over three years.

 

Cubs exercise option on Hamels, trade Smyly to Texas

The Chicago Cubs exercised their $20 million option on Cole Hamels on Friday, solidifying their rotation for next year, and traded fellow left-hander Drew Smyly to the Texas Rangers.

Hamels, who turns 35 in December, went 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts after he was acquired in a July 27 trade with Texas – a frequent trade partner for Chicago since Theo Epstein took over the Cubs’ front office in 2011. Had the Cubs declined the option and paid a $6 million buyout, the Rangers would have paid the Cubs an additional $6 million.

The 29-year-old Smyly is heading to Texas after missing his only year in Chicago as part of his recovery from Tommy John surgery in June 2017. The Cubs also parted with a player to be named in exchange for a player to be named.

Smyly signed a $10 million, two-year contract with Chicago last December. He was healthy at the end of last season, but the contending Cubs ran out of time in terms of bringing him back.

Chicago also claimed infielder Jack Reinheimer off waivers from the New York Mets. The 26-year-old Reinheimer hit .167 in 21 games with New York this year.

Hamels gives manager Joe Maddon a deep group of starting pitchers as the Cubs try for their fifth consecutive playoff appearance. Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana and Yu Darvish also are expected to return, with Mike Montgomery and Tyler Chatwood waiting in the wings.

Hamels, a former first-round pick, made his major league debut with Philadelphia in 2006. He is 156-114 with a 3.40 ERA in 13 big league seasons.

He was working on perhaps the worst season of his career when Chicago got him from Texas for right-hander Eddie Butler, minor league pitcher Rollie Lacy and a player to be named. He was 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts with the last-place Rangers at the time of the trade, but the Cubs felt a change of scenery and a pennant race might help him get back on track.

 

Cavaliers’ Kevin Love has foot surgery, out at least 6 weeks

The Cavaliers are missing another star.

Forward Kevin Love will be out at least six weeks – and maybe longer – after surgery on his left foot, another blow to a team in disarray in its first season following LeBron James’ departure.

Love, who injured his left big toe in Cleveland’s first exhibition game, had the operation Friday in New York at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The team said his timeline to return to basketball activity will be updated in about six weeks, which means he could be out even longer.

The 30-year-old Love played in Cleveland’s first four games before the pain became intolerable. He underwent tests this week and said doctors were still trying to determine the best course of action. Love said the injury became so severe he was having trouble walking and it was affecting his game as he made only 32 percent of his shots in his four games.

Earlier this week, Love said surgery had not been ruled out and the team’s medical staff, with input from outside physicians, decided that was the best option for the injury to heal completely.

Love’s injury and extended recovery are going to make things even tougher on a team that is 1-7 and regrouping after coach Tyronn Lue was fired Sunday. Cleveland is trying to develop young players while staying competitive, but with Love out it’s going to be even harder.

Love signed a $120 million, four-year extension with the club last summer shortly after James left as a free agent.

The five-time All-Star as missed 45 games because of injuries over the past two seasons. He averaged 19.0 points and 13.5 rebounds before being sidelined by the injury.

It’s been quite a week for the Cavs, beginning with Lue’s dismissal.

 

Fired Browns coach disputes owner’s claim of ‘discord’

Hue Jackson didn’t lose his nerve.

Fired this week by the Browns after winning just three of 40 games in two plus-seasons, Jackson on Friday disputed owner Jimmy Haslam’s assertion there was “internal discord” on the coaching staff that made his dismissal – along with offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s – necessary.

Days after being let go, Jackson appeared on ESPN to defend his record, describe regrets and essentially audition for another job.

On Monday, Haslam, who has fired four coaches in six years, intimated that in-fighting between Jackson and Haley were at the root of his decision to make a change halfway through the season.

Jackson disagreed with his former boss and said he wanted to “set the record straight.”

“I don’t really think it was truly just about internal discord,” said Jackson, who went 1-15, 0-15 and 2-5-1 with Cleveland. “I think that’s a strong word. I think you have disagreements with coaches – with Todd, with (defensive coordinator) Gregg Williams, with Amos Jones, who is also the special teams coordinator. I don’t think that’s internal discord. I think when you look at it, the organization made a decision to go in a different direction.”

Jackson knows he didn’t win nearly enough, and he has some misgiving about the way he handled things. Following a recent loss to Tampa Bay, a frustrated Jackson said he intended to “dive in” and help Haley. Jackson said he was only trying to help, but the comments widened a rift with Haley and sent a shockwave through the team’s front office.

Jackson feels that ultimately the decision to let him go was to protect rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, who may finally end the franchise’s search for a long-term QB.

“I think when you really stop to look at it, it’s truly really about Baker Mayfield,” Jackson said. “I think they want to do everything they can to put him in a situation. You got the first pick of the draft, who I think is going to be a franchise quarterback who is going to be a sensational player, and he’s not playing as well. So again, here is a perfect storm to move forward and move on. And I have to respect the decision that they made.”

 

Vikings’ Dalvin Cook: ‘Once I get back, it’s going to be on’

Since the Minnesota Vikings made him their top draft pick last year, Dalvin Cook has played in only seven of a possible 24 regular-season games.

That means the early lessons have been just as much about handling injuries and making the most of the inaction as they’ve been about picking up the playbook and adjusting to NFL speed.

“I’ve just been gaining knowledge from my teammates, all the older guys,” Cook said. “The guys in my room have just been pushing me through it. I’ve been learning through this whole process, and I’m just trying to become a better player and better person.

“That’s what I’ve been getting from the whole experience, and it’s nothing negative. Yeah, I’ve been injured and banged up, but I’m just learning through the whole experience. Once I get back, it’s going to be on.”

That’s the kind of attitude that pushed him through the grueling rehab after a torn ACL in his left knee, suffered in the fourth game of his rookie season against Detroit. He stayed ahead of schedule and was ready in time for the opener this year, contributing 95 total yards in his first performance under new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, who eagerly sought to maximize the versatile and elusive Cook’s impact as a ball carrier and a pass-catcher as soon as he was hired last winter.

This fall has, by some measures, been more frustrating because of the seemingly minor hamstring injury Cook experienced on a hot afternoon in Green Bay on Sept. 16. He was ruled out of the following game, listed as questionable to play at Los Angeles on Sept. 27 and lined up at tailback in a limited role that night. Cook was deemed questionable again to play at Philadelphia on Oct. 7 and against Arizona on Oct. 14, but he ultimately watched both of those games from the sideline, too.

 

Chargers RB Gordon questionable for Sunday’s game

Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is questionable for Sunday’s game at Seattle.

Gordon missed the Chargers’ last game on Oct. 21 in London against Tennessee due to a hamstring injury. The fourth-year running back was listed as a full participant during Friday’s practice after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday.

Coach Anthony Lynn said that if Gordon is feeling well he would likely to play. Gordon is fifth in the AFC in yards from scrimmage (745) and is seventh in rushing (466).

Defensive ends Joey Bosa (foot) and Christopher Landrum (hip) as well as linebacker Kyzir White (knee) have been ruled out.

 

Hall runs wild and Pitt beats No. 23 Virginia, 23-13

Darrin Hall had already had a big night against a team that game-planned to stop him when he put a dazzling cap on it.

Hall ran for 229 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 75-yard burst one play after Virginia had awakened it fans by closing to within 14-13, and Pittsburgh beat No. 23 Virginia for the fourth year in a row, 23-13 on Friday night.

Hall also had a 41-yard scoring run in the first half and a two-yard run in the third quarter, capping a drive that ended with an injury-depleted Cavaliers defense looking incapable of stopping the bruising 225-pound tailback.

“That’s all we do. We just continue to fight, continue to wear down the defense,” said Hall, who carried just 19 times.

The two-yard run capped a 15-play, 84-yard march and gave the Panthers a 14-10 lead and seemed to wear Virginia down.

“Even on short yardage, I was getting 4 yards before I was even touched,” he said.

The Panthers (5-4, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) moved into first place in the Coastal Division.

“That’s great. That’s awesome,” left guard Connor Dintino said. “But next week we’ve got (Virginia Tech). We’ve got to go 1-0. That’s it. We’re not thinking ahead.”

With 738 rushing yards in the last two games, they seem to be hitting their stride.

“We did it the old fashioned way, running the football for 250 yards,” coach Pat Narduzzi said. “Darrin Hall was a beast.”

Bryce Perkins threw for 205 yards and a touchdown for Virginia (6-3, 4-2, No. 23 CFP), but Pittsburgh never allowed him to get untracked in the running game and sacked him five times for 46 yards in losses. The Cavaliers’ three-game winning streak was snapped.

 

Oladipo leads balanced Pacers past Bulls 107-105

Whenever the Indiana Pacers needed a big play, Victor Oladipo delivered.

It was an all-too-familiar finish for the Chicago Bulls.

Oladipo had 25 points and 14 rebounds, Darren Collison made a tiebreaking jumper down the stretch, and the Pacers topped the Bulls 107-105 on Friday night.

“The great thing about this team is we respond well,” Oladipo said. “We get on each other. We get upset at each other. We challenge each other, but at the end of the day, we’re still a family.”

Myles Turner added 18 points and Collison finished with 14 as Indiana earned its fifth consecutive road win for its longest such streak since April 2012. Turner also matched a career high with six blocked shots, including Antonio Blakeney’s desperate jumper as the final seconds ticked off.

The Pacers trailed by as many as 18 early in the second quarter.

“We stayed with it,” coach Nate McMillan said. “We started to get some stops. Second unit came in and got us back into the game, and the second half, we had to fight and score, and get stops.”

Indiana appeared to be in solid shape with a 95-91 lead with 30.5 seconds left. But Blakeney converted a four-point play after he was fouled by Collison on a 3-point try from the top of the key.

“I’m just shooting with confidence,” said Blakeney, who finished with a career-high 22 points. “I’ve been working hard.”

Collison then made up for the mistake with a pullup jumper with about 18 seconds remaining, putting Indiana back in front. The veteran guard was 6 for 15 from the field.

Chicago then had three chances on its final possession and came up empty. Zach LaVine missed a fadeaway jumper and Justin Holiday was off on an open 3-pointer before Blakeney was blocked by Turner.

 

Curry, Durant lead the way in Warriors’ 7th straight win

Draymond Green is playing the best coach Steve Kerr has ever seen, doing all the little things on both ends to spark his team.

Stephen Curry’s shot is on from everywhere, while Kevin Durant is his usual efficient, dominant self.

The two-time defending NBA champions know they can be even better.

Durant had 33 points and 13 rebounds, Curry contributed 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-99 on Friday night for their seventh straight win.

“Our fourth-quarter defense was tremendous, everybody flying to the ball. I thought Draymond set the tone,” Kerr said. “I’m not sure if I’ve seen Draymond play better since I’ve been here than what he’s doing right now. His defense has always been fantastic, but he’s taking such good care of the ball. He had a couple turnovers tonight but over the course of the last few weeks, just the decision-making, the poise, the ability to play through adversity, he knows how much we need him. He’s lifting everybody else up. It’s been really fun to watch him play.”

Klay Thompson scored 22 points and hit consecutive 3-pointers 50 seconds apart early in the fourth to put Golden State ahead 91-89 with 10:17 to play. Green then got back-to-back baskets, one helped by goaltending.

Derrick Rose played five minutes in the first quarter for Minnesota and scored three points, then didn’t return because of left ankle soreness – two nights after the 2011 MVP scored a career-high 50 points in a victory against Utah.

Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 22 points. Minnesota was outrebounded 61-39.

Jimmy Butler scored 21 for Minnesota after sitting out Wednesday to rest. Tyus Jones also returned and had eight points on 3-for-11 shooting after missing the win over the Jazz because of a sore right foot.

 

Harden out again for Rockets, likely to return Saturday

James Harden is missing his third straight game with a strained left hamstring and Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni says he will probably return Saturday.

Harden has worked out without discomfort but the Rockets are playing on back-to-back nights, starting Friday at Brooklyn.

Because he wouldn’t use Harden in both games after returning from injury, D’Antoni is opting to wait the extra day and bring Harden back Saturday at Chicago. He says if the Rockets were just playing Friday and then been off, Harden likely would have played against the Nets.

The league MVP was hurt near the end of a loss to Utah on Oct. 24 and Houston had been routed in both games since.

 

Djokovic and Federer win to set up Paris Masters semifinal

Novak Djokovic remains on course for a fifth Paris Masters title after beating Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Friday to set up a semifinal against Roger Federer.

Federer advanced to their 47th career meeting by beating Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-4, his sixth straight win against the Japanese player.

Chasing his 100th career title after winning the Swiss Indoors last Sunday, the 20-time Grand Slam champion was hardly troubled. He saved a break point with a sharp volley at the net when serving for the set at 5-4 and then broke Nishikori at the start of the second set to take firm control.

Federer has won this tournament only once, back in 2011, and has not played here since 2015. He was given a huge ovation by the crowd after his win.

Now he has to find a way past Djokovic, the Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion who has beaten Federer in their past three meetings and leads him 24-22 overall.

“If the crowd is for Novak that’s also good, as long as the (arena) is full. I know I have fans here, I can’t complain,” Federer said. “I have an enormous amount of support around the world. But for my fans to get into the match, I also have to play some good tennis.”

Federer lost to Djokovic most recently in the Cincinnati Masters final in August.

“I hope I play better than in Cincinnati because I really didn’t play well,” Federer said. “It was the worst day of my career for returning. I missed all the second returns.”

 

SATURDAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES:

#20 TEXAS A&M AT AUBURN

  • Texas A&M leads this series 5-3 all-time, but the teams have gone an even 3-3 against the other since A&M joined the SEC in 2012. In fact, in these six meetings, the road team has won every game.
  • Texas A&M is averaging 462.5 yards per game this season and allowing 328.1 yards per game (134.4 yard differential). That differential ranks third in the SEC behind only Alabama and Georgia — Auburn ranks ninth.
  • There are seven Power 5 players with at least 1000 scrimmage yards this season. The only one of the seven gaining at least 5.0 yards per rush and 10.0 yards per catch is Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams.
  • Last season, Auburn had seven games with 200+ passing yards and 200+ rushing yards, which tied for the second-most games in the FBS (Ohio St — eight; Oklahoma – seven). Auburn reached these marks in its last game against Ole Miss (269 rushing, 215 passing) — that was its first time doing so this season.
  • JaTarvious Whitlow ran for 170 yards and had 38 receiving yards in his last game against Ole Miss. The last SEC freshman with 170+ rushing yards and 30+ receiving yards was Marcus Lattimore in 2010.

 

LOUISVILLE AT #2 CLEMSON

  • Clemson leads this series 4-0 all-time as they have met in each of the last four seasons since Louisville joined the ACC. These teams met as ranked opponents in each of the last two seasons. The Tigers won by 26 last season (47-21), while the three prior meetings were all one-possession games.
  • Louisville has lost five straight games since getting its only FBS win of the season over Western Kentucky. They are allowing 43.0 points per game over this five-game losing streak — that is the fourth-worst mark among Power 5 teams since the date of that first loss (September 22).
  • In his last three games, Jawon Pass has averaged 275.7 passing yards and totalled three passing touchdowns and one interception. In his first five games, he averaged 152.0 passing yards, totalling four passing touchdowns and seven interceptions.
  • Clemson has set its season-high passing yardage mark in each of its last two games, but has also had two of its three lowest rushing totals of the season in these games. Clemson held FSU to -21 rushing yards last week, the best mark by Clemson’s defense since holding Furman to -29 rushing yards in 1996.
  • Trevor Lawrence had 314 passing yards and four touchdowns against Florida State last week. The last true freshmen in the ACC with at least 300 passing yards and four touchdowns in a game were Deshaun Watson (2014) and Brad Kaaya (2014).

 

#24 IOWA STATE AT KANSAS

  • Iowa State has won seven of the last eight games in this series. Last year’s 45-0 Iowa State win over Kansas was the Cyclones’ largest shutout victory over an FBS opponent since a 69-0 win over Colorado State in 1980.
  • Iowa State averaged just 17.5 points per game in August/September of this season, but finished October averaging 39.3 points per game. That +21.8 increase was the largest by any FBS team from August/September to October this year.
  • David Montgomery has been the ultimate workhorse for the Cyclones, carrying the ball 144 times in six games played (24.0 per game). His 24.0 carries per game are the most in the FBS among players with at least five games played this season.
  • Kansas beat TCU 27-26 last week despite allowing 504 yards to the Horned Frogs. Prior to last week, the Jayhawks had lost their last 43 games in which they allowed 500+ total yards to their opponent.
  • Pooka Williams Jr. is the only FBS freshman with at least 600 rushing yards and 200 receiving yards this season.

 

NEBRASKA AT #10 OHIO STATE

  • Ohio State leads this series 5-1 all-time, and has won three of the four meetings since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011. These teams have met in each of the last two seasons, with Ohio State winning both games by an average margin of 50.5 points.
  • Nebraska has scored 49.0 PPG in its last two games (both wins) after scoring 23.3 PPG in its first six games (six losses). Nebraska has five games with 200+ passing and 200+ rushing yards (including the last three in a row) — Alabama is the only other Power 5 team with as many such games (six).
  • Adrian Martinez has 1656 passing yards and 408 rushing yards this season. The last Power 5 true freshmen to total 1600+ passing and 400+ rushing yards were Jalen Hurts in 2016, Lamar Jackson in 2015 and Robert Griffin III in 2008.
  • Ohio State has failed to reach 100 rushing yards in each of its last two games — that hadn’t happened for the Buckeyes in back-to-back games since 2009. They do, however, have two games with 450+ passing yards (including 470 in their last game). They and Ole Miss are the only Power 5 teams to do this in multiple games.
  • Dwayne Haskins is tied for the FBS lead with 30 passing touchdowns and is completing 71.1 percent of his passes. In the last 20 seasons, the only Big Ten QB to have 30+ passing TDs and a 70.0+ completion percentage in a season is Russell Wilson (2011).

 

#19 SYRACUSE AT WAKE FOREST

  • Wake Forest has won the last two matchups against Syracuse, outscoring the Orange, 92-52. In the four previous games, Syracuse won each time, outscoring Wake Forest, 109-53.
  • Syracuse has won two straight, beating North Carolina State, 51-41, last week. The Orange have 349 points this season, their most through eight games since 1904 (400 points).
  • Eric Dungey threw for 411 yards and three touchdowns in Syracuse’s win over North Carolina State. He is the first Syracuse quarterback to throw for at least 400 yards and three passing touchdowns since Zack Mahoney in 2016.
  • Wake Forest’s last home game was against Clemson, losing 63-3. It was the team’s worst loss at home since losing 76-0 to North Carolina State on November 21, 1908. Wake Forest is 2-3 at home this season, and 0-2 against ranked opponents.
  • Greg Dortch’s 751 receiving yards trail only North Carolina State’s Kelvin Harmon (794) for most in the ACC. It is the most by a Wake Forest receiver since Michael Campanaro in 2013 (803).

 

#6 GEORGIA AT #9 KENTUCKY

  • Georgia has won its last eight games against Kentucky, the fourth-longest active streak in the SEC among divisional opponents. The only longer streaks are by Alabama over Arkansas (12), Alabama over Mississippi State (10) and South Carolina over Vanderbilt (10).
  • Kentucky will be the third straight AP Top 15 opponent the Bulldogs have faced, marking the first time Georgia has faced three consecutive AP Top 15 opponents in the regular season since November 1-15, 1969.
  • Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift have rushed for 50+ yards in the same game six times this year, the most of any running back duo in the FBS.
  • Kentucky has allowed just 27 points in the second half in eight games this year. The last FBS team to allow as few points in the second half over the first eight games of a season was Alabama in 2011 (22).
  • Terry Wilson’s seven wins as a starting quarterback this year are the most in the FBS among players who had never played in a game at the FBS level prior to this year (Wilson is a junior college transfer).

 

FLORIDA STATE AT #21 NORTH CAROLINA STATE

  • Florida State leads the all-time series, 26-12, and has won each of the last two meetings in Raleigh. The Seminoles have not won three straight in Raleigh since taking four straight in 1968 & 1992-1996. The Wolfpack look to take back-to-back meetings with the Seminoles for the first time since 2005 & 2006.
  • Florida State fell, 59-10, to Clemson, the program’s worst loss since losing 49-0 at Florida on December 1, 1973, to close out an 0-11 season. The Seminoles had -21 rushing yards in the contest, their first game with negative rushing yards since November 8, 2012, at Virginia Tech.
  • Deondre Francois passed for 180 yards and threw an interception in the loss to Clemson, his third game this season with no touchdowns and at least one interception. He’s the first Florida State quarterback with three or more such games in a single season since Christian Ponder had four such games in 2008.
  • The Wolfpack lost to Syracuse, 51-41, allowing 561 yards in the loss, their most allowed since the 2015 Belk Bowl against Mississippi State (569 yards). NC State has won its first four home games for the third season in a row, but is seeking its first 5-0 start at home since 2003.
  • Ryan Finley threw for a career-high 473 yards while registering his seventh career three-touchdown game. Finley became the first NC State quarterback with 450+ yards and three touchdowns since Mike Glennon on November 17, 2012, at Clemson.

 

#16 IOWA AT PURDUE

  • Purdue leads this series 47-38-3 all-time over Iowa including a 24-15 win last season. Iowa, though, has won nine of the past 12 meetings between these teams. Purdue’s 294 yards in last year’s game were the team’s fewest in any of its seven wins last season.
  • Iowa had more passing and rushing yards than Penn State last week, but lost 30-24. The team had just once touchdown from scrimmage in the game, their second straight game with just one offensive score.
  • Following a four-game stretch in which he threw 14 touchdowns and four interceptions, Nate Stanley in his last two games has thrown one touchdown and three interceptions. Penn State sacked Stanley three times last week, his most taken in any game this season.
  • Purdue is 2-0 against ranked opponents in 2018 after going 0-18 against Top 25 teams from 2012-17. They had won four straight games and increased their point total in each game before losing 23-13 to Michigan State last week.
  • Since September 15 when David Blough threw for a career-high 572 yards against Mizzou, Blough has totalled 2228 passing yards (371.3 per game). Over that span, his passing yardage total ranks third in the FBS, behind only Washington State’s Gardner Minshew II (2450) and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins (2255).

 

#13 WEST VIRGINIA AT #17 TEXAS

  • West Virginia leads Texas 4-3 in this series all-time while the teams have gone an even 3-3 since WVU joined the Big 12 in 2012. Texas went into halftime with a 14-0 lead in this matchup last season behind two Sam Ehlinger TD passes and held the lead the rest of the way, eventually winning 28-14.
  • West Virginia held Baylor to a season-low 287 yards last week, Baylor’s lowest yardage total in a game since Texas held them to 249 yards in October 2017. WVU’s 41 first-half points against Baylor were the most by any Big 12 team in any half of a game this season.
  • David Sills V and Gary Jennings Jr. each caught two touchdowns last week and have combined for 17 this season — that ties them with Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III for the most by any Power 5 duo.
  • Texas’ three-point loss to Oklahoma State last week was its ninth loss by three points or fewer since 2014; Boston College is the only Power 5 team to lose more such games over this span. They have played 13 games overall decided by three points or fewer since 2014, two more than any Big 12 team.
  • Sam Ehlinger had his fifth game last week with 2+ passing touchdowns, 1+ rushing touchdowns and no interceptions. He has two more such games than any other Power 5 QB. The only QBs in Big 12 history to have more games were Bryce Petty (seven in 2013) and Colt McCoy (six in 2008).

 

#14 PENN STATE AT #5 MICHIGAN

  • Penn State won last year’s matchup against Michigan, 42-13. However, the last three times when Michigan was in the Top 5 (AP or College Football Playoff), the Wolverines have won the matchup, outscoring Penn State 100-28 in those games.
  • Penn State beat Iowa, 30-24, at Beaver Stadium after dropping its previous two home games. The Nittany Lions won despite having a season-low 312 total yards.
  • Trace McSorley threw for 167 yards and a score while also rushing for 63 and a touchdown in Penn State’s win over Iowa. He is now the first Penn State quarterback to throw for at least 1500 yards while also rushing for at least 600 yards since Michael Robinson in 2005.
  • Michigan has faced a ranked team in back-to-back games, winning both times. It is the first time the team won back-to-back games where both teams were ranked since 2003. The Wolverines have not won three such games in succession since 1997 (four games including Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day).
  • Karan Higdon ran for 144 yards against Michigan State, his sixth straight game with at least 100 yards. His six games with at least 100 rushing yards trail only Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor (seven) for the most in the FBS.

 

#22 BOSTON COLLEGE AT VIRGINIA TECH

  • Virginia Tech leads the all-time series, 18-8, and has won each of the last three games against BC, holding the Eagles to just 20 combined points. The Hokies have won four of five meetings all-time with a ranked Boston College team, with their lone loss coming at home to No. 2 Boston College on October 25, 2007.
  • The Eagles defeated Miami (FL), 27-14, last Friday, improving to 5-0 at home for the first time since 2009. Boston College forced two turnovers in the win, its seventh game with multiple takeaways; its 19 takeaways are the most through eight games by the team since 2010 (21).
  • AJ Dillon returned from injury to rush for 149 yards and a touchdown, his fourth game this season with 140+ rushing yards. Dillon has rushed for 140+ yards in 10 games over his career, tied with Andre Williams for the second most by a BC rusher since 1996; only Mike Cloud has more (11).
  • Virginia Tech lost, 49-28, to Georgia Tech on Thursday night last week, allowing 465 rushing yards and 0 passing yards in the loss. That’s the most rushing yards allowed by Virginia Tech since allowing 748 yards to Alabama in 1973, and its first time allowing 0 passing yards since losing to West Virginia in 1957.
  • Damon Hazelton caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown in the loss to Georgia Tech, his sixth touchdown of the season. He joins Cam Phillips last season and Isaiah Ford in 2015 as the only Hokies in the last 20 seasons with six or more touchdown catches in the first seven team games of the season.

 

#15 UTAH AT ARIZONA STATE

  • Arizona State won 11 in a row against Utah from 1977-2014, but the Utes have taken two of three meetings since then.
  • Utah has scored 40+ points in each of its last four games, tied with Oklahoma for the second-longest active streak in the FBS behind Houston (8). If they can do so again on Saturday, they would be the first Pac-12 team to score 40+ in five straight conference games since Oregon in 2014.
  • Zack Moss has rushed for at least 60 yards in each of his last 10 games, the longest active streak in the FBS. His 1310 rushing yards since the start of the streak (November 25 of last year) rank third in the FBS.
  • Arizona State played yet another close game last week, a 38-35 victory at USC. The Sun Devils have now played six games this year decided by seven points or fewer, tied for the most in the FBS.
  • Manny Wilkins has thrown just two interceptions in 253 pass attempts this season (0.8 percent). In the past 20 years, the only Pac-12 QB to finish a season with 250+ pass attempts and an interception percentage under 1.0 percent was Marcus Mariota during his 2014 Heisman season (0.9).

 

MISSOURI AT #11 FLORIDA

  • Missouri beat Florida, 45-16, in Columbia last season. The last two times these two met when Florida was ranked, Florida won both times, outscoring Missouri 61-17.
  • Missouri lost to Kentucky, 15-14, and has now lost 11 consecutive games against ranked opponents. The Tigers are 0-3 and are averaging 17.7 points against ranked opponents this season. They are 4-1 and averaging 46.2 points against unranked opponents.
  • Missouri’s Damarea Crockett and Larry Rountree III each rushed for at least 40 yards and a score in the team’s loss to Kentucky. Missouri and LSU are the only two SEC teams with two players with at least 400 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns.
  • Florida lost to Georgia, 36-17, after winning five straight games. The 36 points are the Gators’ most allowed this season. They had 275 total yards against the Bulldogs, their fewest in a game this season.
  • Feleipe Franks had a season-low 105 passing yards against Georgia with a passing touchdown and an interception. Franks had 12 passing touchdowns and two interceptions in the first four games of the season, but has four touchdowns and four interceptions in his last four games.

 

#4 NOTRE DAME AT NORTHWESTERN

  • This will be the first matchup between the two teams since 2014, when Northwestern defeated Notre Dame, 43-40. Notre Dame is 37-9-2 all-time against Northwestern, winning 14 of the last 16 matchups dating back to 1965.
  • Notre Dame is 8-0 for the third time in the last 20 seasons, along with 2012 (made BCS National Championship Game) and 2002 (Gator Bowl). The Irish are one of four remaining unbeaten teams.
  • Dexter Williams rushed for 142 yards and three scores in Notre Dame’s win over Navy, with all three touchdowns coming in the first half. He was the first Notre Dame player to score three touchdowns in the first half of a game since Tony Fisher on November 27, 1999.
  • Northwestern upset Wisconsin, 31-17, and has won four straight games. The Wildcats ran for 182 yards, a season high. Three weeks prior against Michigan State, they had only eight rushing yards.
  • Clayton Thorson had three interceptions in the win over Wisconsin, a career high. It is the first time the Wildcats won despite throwing at least three picks since January 1, 2013 (34-20 bowl win over Mississippi State) and only the fifth time in the last 20 seasons.

 

LOUISIANA TECH AT #18 MISSISSIPPI STATE

  • Mississippi State leads the all-time series, 10-3, and has won three in a row after dropping back-to-back matchups in 1996 and 2008. Louisiana Tech has lost 17 straight against ranked opponents, last winning at No. 23 Fresno State in 2005.
  • Louisiana Tech beat Florida Atlantic, 21-13, on Friday to improve to 6-2, its best start since starting 2012 at 7-1. The Bulldogs have forced a turnover in 15 straight games dating back to October 21 last season, tied with Indiana for the third-longest active streak in the FBS (UCF, 26; Clemson, 16).
  • Teddy Veal had nine receptions against Florida Atlantic after recording 11 catches against UTEP in the previous week. He becomes the fifth different Louisiana Tech receiver since 2000 with 20+ catches over a two-game span, joining Trent Taylor (2015 & 2016), Carlos Henderson (2016), Quinton Patton (2012) and James Jordan (2000).
  • Mississippi State defeated No. 16 Texas A&M, 28-13, closing out a three-game stretch in which all three opponents were ranked. The Bulldogs have allowed only 13.5 points per game – tied for fourth in the FBS – and their 108 points allowed are their fewest through eight games since 1999 (96).
  • Nick Fitzgerald was responsible for all four Bulldog touchdowns against Texas A&M, passing for two touchdowns and rushing for two more. He has 732 rushing yards through eight games, the most by an SEC quarterback through eight team games in a season since Johnny Manziel in 2012 (793 yards).

 

#1 ALABAMA AT #3 LSU

  • Alabama has won seven straight games against LSU, holding the Tigers to 17 or fewer points in all seven games (10.4 ppg). This will be the second time the teams have matched up with both inside the top four of the CFP poll, having also done so in 2015 (No. 4 Alabama defeated No. 2 LSU, 30-16).
  • The Crimson Tide are 8-0 for the third straight season, and eighth time in the last 11 campaigns (since 2008). They have won each of their first eight games by at least 20 points, the first FBS team to do so since Oregon in 2013.
  • Tua Tagovailoa has two or more touchdown passes and no interceptions in all eight games this season, the longest such streak by an FBS quarterback in the last 20 years (starting a season or otherwise). An FBS-high 22 of his 25 TD passes have come in the first half.
  • LSU has four takeaways in each of its last two games, and leads the SEC with 19 for the season. The Tigers have at least one takeaway in 12 straight games, last failing to register one in their 24-10 loss at Alabama last year.
  • Nick Brossette leads the SEC with 10 rushing touchdowns. The last LSU player to lead the conference in that category was Charles Scott in 2008 (18).

 

#7 OKLAHOMA AT TEXAS TECH

  • Oklahoma holds a 19-6 lead in the all-time series with Texas Tech and has won each of the last six meetings. The last time these two teams met in Lubbock, they combined for an FBS-record 1708 yards (854 each) in a 66-59 victory by the Sooners.
  • The Sooners routed Kansas State, 51-14, outgaining the Wildcats, 702-245. That 457-yard advantage is Oklahoma’s largest over a Power 5 school since outgaining Kansas 710-216 in 2015. Since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996, OU has outgained FBS opponents by 450+ yards nine times, more than any other team in the FBS.
  • CeeDee Lamb caught four passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns, his seventh straight game with a receiving touchdown. His two touchdowns came on an 82-yard reception and a 57-yard reception, making Lamb the fifth Oklahoma player in the Big 12 era with multiple touchdown catches of 50+ yards in a single game.
  • Texas Tech fell, 40-31, at Iowa State on Saturday, managing just 30 rushing yards — its fewest in a regular-season game since November 5, 2011, at Texas. The Red Raiders also committed three turnovers for the second game in a row, their first time doing so in back-to-back games since October 24 & 31, 2015.
  • Alan Bowman threw three interceptions in the loss, the first Red Raider quarterback to do so since Patrick Mahomes threw four against Oklahoma in 2015. The last Texas Tech true freshman to throw three or more interceptions was Baker Mayfield, who threw three against TCU in 2013.

 

#23 FRESNO STATE AT UNLV

  • Fresno State leads the all-time series with UNLV, 13-7, but the Rebels have won three of the last four meetings, including each of the last two. UNLV has lost its last 20 games against ranked opponents, last winning at No. 15 Arizona State in September 2008.
  • Fresno State beat Hawaii, 50-20, to improve to 7-1 on the year, its best start since starting 8-0 in 2013. The Bulldogs have not committed a turnover in three straight games, their longest streak since September/October 2002; meanwhile, their 83 points off takeaways rank third in the FBS (Alabama, 90; Utah State, 89).
  • Marcus McMaryion passed for 284 yards and four touchdowns in the win, his fifth straight game with multiple touchdown passes. McMaryion has 2142 passing yards this season, becoming the third Bulldog passer since 2000 with 2000+ passing yards through eight team games; he joins Derek Carr (2012 & 2013) and David Carr (2001).
  • UNLV lost, 50-37, to San Jose State on Saturday for its fifth straight loss — its longest losing streak since losing nine straight from October 2014 to September 2015. The Rebels have allowed 500+ yards in each of their last four games; the total of 2178 yards in that span are their most allowed over a four-game span since the first four games of 2014 (2264).
  • Max Gilliam passed for 387 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions against San Jose State, becoming the first UNLV passer since Jon Denton in November 1997 to log at least three touchdowns and at least three interceptions in a game. Denton also did so in November 1996; both of his games were also against San Jose State.

 

CALIFORNIA AT #8 WASHINGTON STATE

  • Cal has won 11 of 13 meetings with Washington State since 2005, including a 37-3 win over No. 8 Washington State in Berkeley last season. The Cougars look to win back-to-back home meetings against the Golden Bears for the first time since 1999 and 2001.
  • Cal defeated No. 15 Washington, 12-10, holding the Huskies to just 250 yards. The Golden Bears have allowed 491 yards over the last two games, their fewest in a two-game span since holding Washington State and Oregon State to a combined 490 yards on November 5 & 12, 2011.
  • Chase Garbers threw for 153 yards against the Huskies, the fewest by a Cal quarterback with at least 20 attempts in a win since Kevin Riley passed for 148 yards in a win over Eastern Washington on September 12, 2009.
  • Washington State won, 41-38, at No. 24 Stanford, defeating ranked opponents in consecutive games for the first time since November 2002. The Cougars are 7-1 for the second straight year and are seeking their first 8-1 start since 2002, and their current 11-game home win streak is their longest since winning 19 straight from 1928-33.
  • Gardner Minshew II completed 40 of 50 passes for 438 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Cardinal. Minshew joins Luke Falk in September 2016 and Alex Brink in September 2007 as the only players in program history to complete 80 percent of their passes and pass for 400+ yards.

 

 

NFL PREVIEWS

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

SERIES HISTORY:

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

PITTSBURGH NOTES:

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.

BALTIMORE NOTES:

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

SERIES NOTES:

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

CHICAGO NOTES:

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.

BUFFALO NOTES:

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

SERIES NOTES:

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.

CAROLINA NOTES:

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

SERIES NOTES:

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).

CLEVELAND NOTES:

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

SERIES HISTORY:

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.).

MIAMI NOTES:

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

SERIES NOTES:

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

DETROIT NOTES:

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.

MINNESOTA NOTES:

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

SERIES HISTORY:

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

ATLANTA NOTES:

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.

WASHINGTON NOTES:

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

SERIES HISTORY:

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

HOUSTON NOTES:

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.

DENVER NOTES:

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

SERIES NOTES:

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.

SEATTLE NOTES:

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

SERIES HISTORY:

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

SERIES HISTORY:

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

TENNESSEE NOTES:

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.

DALLAS NOTES:

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.