HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TONIGHT– NCC/AREA

Anderson at Richmond 7 pm (RADIOTROY.COM, Pre-Game @ 6:30)

Harrison at Kokomo  7 pm

Tech at Marion  7 pm

Lafayette Jeff at Logansport  7 pm

Muncie Central at McCutcheon  7 pm

Centerville at Union City  7 pm

Hagerstown at Tri  7 pm

Knightstown at Northeastern  7 pm

Monroe Central at Union County 7 pm

Winchester at Lincoln  7 pm

Batesville at Franklin County, 7 pm

Connersville at Lawrenceburg, 7 pm

East Central at Greensburg, 7 pm

South Dearborn at Rushville, 7 pm

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER SECTIONALS

Mt. Vernon 5 Richmond 1

Union County 4 Wapahani 1

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL– NCC/AREA

Hagerstown 3 Centerville 2

HAGERSTOWN-The Lady-Tigers defeated Centerville tonight to capture the TEC in a very

hard fought battle. The scores were 24-26 25-14 25-16 24-26 15-7. Regan

Tinkle set a school record for kills with 32; Jessica Swimm added 19 kills;

Hallie Rogers set a school record with 51 assists and she also had 16 digs;

Carli Morris had 29 digs; Ashley Vinson had 25 service points and Kenzie

Slagle had 18 service points. The Lady-Tigers finish the season with a 22-4

(8-0) record and will play Centerville next Thursday night in the first

match of the sectional at 6:00 PM at Cambridge City. The Junior Varsity

finished their season by defeating Centerville by the scores of 25-23 and

25-20. They finished with a record of 21-1 and 8-0 in the TEC.

 

CENTERVILLE-Kate Wilson had 14 kills, Morgan Toschlog had

23 digs, and Skyler Murray had 26 assists. Centerville finished regular season 20-9

and plays in sectionals Thursday against Hagerstown.

Centerville JV fell to Hagerstown 23-25, 20-25. Emma Henson had 3 aces and 2 kills.

Aly Blake had 3 kills and Lilly Waters had 8 assists. Emma Ulm led the team with 13

digs. The Bulldogs finished their season 13-4. 

 

Monroe Central 3 Blue River 0

Eastbrook 3 Marion 1

Carmel 3 Kokomo 0

Union County 3 National Trail 0

Logansport 3 Winamac 1

Yorktown 3 New Castle 1

Lincoln 3 Northeastern 0

 

NORTHEASTERN COACH RESIGNS

Longtime Northeastern football Coach Mike Roeder surprised everyone Thursday following his announcement he was resigning. Roeder coached at Northeastern for 22 seasons and won 113 games during that span. The Knights are 5-2 this season and 5-1 in the TEC as they prepare for a huge conference game against Knightstown tonight.

 

MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

IU EAST RELEASE

WILMORE, Ky. – The Indiana University East men’s soccer team gave up a pair of goals

in the second half as the Red Wolves fell 3-1 at Asbury University in a River States

Conference match on Thursday, Oct. 4.

IU East is 3-8-0, 0-3-0. Asbury 6-4-1, 3-0-1.

Kevin Mendoza scored for the Red Wolves at 28:45 to tie match at 1-1. Mendoza’s goal

was his first of the season.

The Eagles scored the game-winner at 49:39 and then added the final goal at 59:40.

Denis Herrera continues to lead IU East with 34 shots and six goals this season.

Gianluca Marchetti had two saves in his third straight start in goal for the Red

Wolves.

The Red Wolves return to action at home against Midway University on Saturday, Oct.

6. The conference match is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

IU EAST RELEASE

WILMORE, Ky. – The Indiana University East women’s soccer match against Asbury

University was postponed due to weather on Thursday, Oct. 4.

A make-up date for the River States Conference affair will be announced later. IU

East is 4-3-2 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

The Red Wolves return home to face conference foe Midway University on Saturday,

Oct. 6. The contest at Centerville High School is at 1 p.m.

 

St. Louis 3 Dayton 1

North Carolina 2 Notre Dame 1

Ball State 2 Northern Illinois 1

South Florida 2 Cincinnati 1

Western Michigan 2 Miami Ohio 1 2OT

Butler 0 Xavier 0 2OT

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE TENNIS

IU EAST RELEASE

IU EAST 9, EARLHAM 0

RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University East women’s tennis team defeated Earlham

College by a 9-0 score on Oct. 4 in a matchup of crosstown opponents on the Kyle Tom

Courts at Glen Miller Park.

No. 2 singles Morgan Jackson, No. 4 singles Krystal Schmidt and No. 6 singles Bri

Ayres all won by 6-0, 6-0 scores.

Thais Mendez improved to 12-1 in singles this fall with a win at No. 1 singles

against Earlham’s Anna Hahn, who came into the match with just one loss.

IU East plays at NCAA Division III opponent Cedarville University on Oct. 6. First

serves are at 2 p.m.

 

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL SCOREBOARD

Ball State 3 Toledo 0 

  

NFL SCOREBOARD

New England 38 Indianapolis 24

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

Milwaukee 3 Colorado 2 (10)

LA Dodgers 6 Atlanta 0

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Boston 4 Buffalo 0

Pittsburgh 7 Washington 6 (OT)

NY Islanders 2 Carolina 1 (OT)

Nashville 3 NY Rangers 2

Columbus 3 Detroit 2 (OT)

Chicago 4 Ottawa 3 (OT)

Winnipeg 5 St. Louis 1

Dallas 3 Arizona 0

Colorado 4 Minnesota 1

Philadelphia 5 Vegas 2

 

NBA PRESEASON

Indiana 110 Houston 100

LA Lakers 128 Sacramento 123

 

TOP HEADLINES

Brady reaches 500 TD passes in Patriots’ 38-24 win

On a night when he reached 500 career touchdown passes, Tom Brady welcomed back a buddy with one of his three scoring tosses Thursday, then connected with a newcomer who could help him reach more milestones.

Brady also sneaked in for a rushing touchdown and the New England Patriots put together their second straight win after a mediocre start to the season, beating Indianapolis 38-24.

Brady’s 500th went to Josh Gordon, recently acquired from Cleveland, where he basically was unavailable through NFL suspensions for all but five games over the past three seasons. But, as he often does, Brady spread the wealth, hitting running back James White 10 times for 77 yards, and greeting the return of buddy Julian Edelman by completing seven for 57 yards to him.

“We wanted to get him the ball and he made some great plays,” Brady said about Edelman. “Just good to have him out there. We all want it to be perfect when we go out and it was great to have him out there … healthy and having fun.”

As for 500 TD passes, third on the career list behind Peyton Manning (539) and Brett Favre (508), Brady called it a collective mark.

“I think all these things like that, milestones, there are so many people that contribute, all the people that have really worked hard,” he said. “A quarterback doesn’t throw to himself.

“These are all great team awards, pretty cool.”

 

Jags’ Ramsey fires back at Chiefs ‘return specialist’ Hill

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey doesn’t view Kansas City Chiefs speedster Tyreek Hill as much of a matchup concern.

At least not as a receiver.

Ramsey fired back at Hill on Thursday, pointing out that his two Pro Bowl appearances came as a returner.

“I don’t like how whoever has made it a matchup me against Tyreek,” Ramsey said three days before the Chiefs (4-0) host the Jaguars (3-1).

“He’s good for what he does for their team. He made All-Pro as a return specialist. Let’s get that right – as a return specialist – his rookie year. He went to two Pro Bowls as a return specialist – return specialist – two years.

“I made All-Pro in my position as a corner, went to the Pro Bowl as a corner. So it’s not a wide receiver versus corner matchup, so we can get that out of the way off the bat.”

Hill called Ramsey a “great player, obviously” a day earlier, but Ramsey seemed to take offense to some of Hill’s other remarks.

“He obviously thinks high of himself, so he’s all right, I guess,” Hill said. “I can’t wait to line up against him, and I hope he presses me.”

 

Self-defense: Browns’ Peppers taking heat from angry fans

Jabrill Peppers has started playing self-defense.

The Browns defensive back said Thursday – his 23rd birthday – that he has stopped going out in public by himself in downtown Cleveland following hostile confrontations with fans unhappy with the way he’s played.

Peppers said he has endured verbal taunts and some joking in the past, but that lately some of the encounters have nearly gotten physical.

“When you walk up on another man, that’s a hostile situation,” Peppers said following practice. “For me, I have way more to lose than the average guy. So it puts me in kind of a funky situation where I can’t even go get daily toiletries or things without having to worry about something like that.”

Peppers did not give any specifics about the altercations. However, on Wednesday he told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram about an “aggressive” exchange in a drug store where “my boy had to pull me away one time.”

Peppers said he has been confronted numerous times and believes some of the grief he’s taken is because he went to Michigan and plays in a city where rival Ohio State fans are abundant.

“Sometimes it’s more so jokes, but as of late it’s kind of a little bit more different situation than just verbal,” he said.

Peppers also tried to clarify comments that Browns fans are “very, very wishy-washy.” The former Michigan star said he wasn’t referring to die-hard Browns fans, but rather to an overall environment that exits in Cleveland – and other cities.

 

Ryu sharp, Dodgers hit 3 HRs, beat Braves 6-0 in NLDS opener

The Dodgers made a surprising and much dissected decision to start Hyun-Jin Ryu over Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the NL Division Series.

Swell choice.

The South Korean left-hander pitched seven dominant innings and Los Angeles launched three home runs to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-0 on Thursday night.

Ryu delivered in his first postseason start since 2014. He allowed four singles – all with two outs – struck out eight and walked none.

“He was in control. There was a lot of soft contact,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He was doing what he wanted to do. It was good to see, and we needed that one.”

The only slip Ryu made was when he mistook the second out of the fourth inning for the last out and started walking toward the dugout. He laughed upon realizing the gaffe.

The 31-year-old Ryu missed 3 1/2 months of the season with a groin strain and returned Aug. 15 to post a 1.88 ERA in 52 2/3 innings.

“When he came back we weren’t sure who we were going to get,” teammate Enrique Hernandez said. “It seemed like he didn’t miss a beat.”

Dodgers great Sandy Koufax was among those who gave Ryu a standing ovation as he walked to the dugout after his final pitch.

 

Moustakas scores Yelich in 10th, Brewers top Rox in opener

Extra innings, two outs and the winning run on third in Game 1 of the playoffs.

Short on playoff experience, the Milwaukee Brewers dealt for veteran Mike Moustakas over the summer to produce in just this kind of spot.

Good deal.

Moustakas scored MVP front-runner Christian Yelich with a two-out single in the 10th inning, and the Brewers bounced back to beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Thursday in their NL Division Series opener.

After giving up two runs in the ninth that made it 2-all, the Brewers regrouped and soon celebrated. Making their first postseason appearance since 2011, they won their ninth straight game overall.

Moustakas had already produced for Kansas City in October, hitting .304 in the 2015 World Series to help beat the Mets.

He’s doing it again in Milwaukee after being acquired from the Royals in late July.

“Being in a postseason a couple years back, it definitely helps,” Moustakas said.

Chants of “Mooose!” echoed around Miller Park after the winning hit.

Game 2 is Friday in Milwaukee with Colorado’s Tyler Anderson opposing Jhoulys Chacin, who led Milwaukee with 35 starts this year. He started Monday when the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 in the NL Central tiebreaker at Wrigley Field.

 

Kyrie tells fans: I’ll be back ‘if you guys will have me’

Boston point guard Kyrie Irving says he intends to re-sign with the Celtics next summer.

At a fan event at TD Garden on Thursday , Irving told the crowd, “If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here.”

Irving signed a five-year, $94 million deal with Cleveland prior to the 2015-16 season but asked for a trade last summer. He has a player option for next season and can become an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

Despite injuries to Irving and top free agent Gordon Hayward, the Celtics finished with 55 wins last season before losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals in seven games.

 

Ronaldo faces growing heat from sponsors over rape case

Cristiano Ronaldo faced growing heat Thursday from sponsors over a rape allegation in the United States after Nike and video game maker EA Sports expressed concern about the conduct of the soccer superstar, who has denied the accusations.

The five-time world player of the year, who was seen driving into the Juventus practice complex in the morning, received public backing from the Italian club, which said it would not judge him on the 2009 assault claim by a Nevada woman.

The show of support came shortly after Nike broke its silence in a statement to The Associated Press that described the company’s unease over its association with Ronaldo, which started in 2003. The latest terms signed in 2016 are worth a reported $1 billion, and Ronaldo has suggested that it was a deal “for life.”

But the Beaverton, Oregon-based company is troubled by details emerging from a lawsuit filed last week in a Nevada state court by the accuser, who alleges she was raped by Ronaldo in Las Vegas. Police have also re-opened an investigation.

“We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation,” Nike said in an email to the AP.

One of the wealthiest and most gifted soccer players of all time, Ronaldo wears Nike boots and appears in its advertising. The Portugal captain is also the face of the EA Sports FIFA video game franchise, appearing on the cover of the 2019 game that was released worldwide last week.

 

Father testifies on pay for play at college hoops programs

The father of a top-rated college basketball prospect testified Thursday that his son was offered thousands of dollars on the sly to play at major programs before a corruption scandal derailed the promising player’s collegiate career.

At a federal trial over allegations about dirty money in college hoops, Brian Bowen Sr. said that an aspiring agent, Christian Dawkins, told the father he could pocket $50,000 if his son played at the University of Arizona, $150,000 at Oklahoma State or $100,000 at Creighton. Bowen said there was some interest from Oregon but didn’t recall a cash offer.

Bowen told a Manhattan jury it was his understanding the offers were being made by assistant coaches at the schools, though he never spoke to them directly about money. He said the Oklahoma State offer, which included an additional $8,000 for a car, came from then-assistant coach Lamont Evans, a defendant in the investigation who’s pleaded not guilty.

Dawkins, former amateur coach Merl Code and former Adidas executive James Gatto, have pleaded not guilty to charges they committed fraud by secretly funneling money from Adidas to families of prospects to get them to attend colleges sponsored by the athletic wear company. The son, Brian Bowen Jr., eventually landed at Louisville, an Adidas school, after the defendants engineered a promise of $100,000 for his family. Bowen ultimately transferred to South Carolina, but was never cleared to play college basketball before opting to pursue a professional career.

Gatto’s attorney and a taped conversation in evidence at the trial have suggested the deal to sign with Louisville had to compete with an undisclosed offer to lure Brian Bowen Jr. to Oregon, which is sponsored by Nike. Oregon has denied it knew of any deal.

“The criminal case announced last year charging the three men with fraud resulted in the school announcing that Bowen wouldn’t play for the Cardinals, though he could remain on scholarship if he chose to stay. It also led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino – who was never named in prosecutors’ criminal complaints – as the investigation became public amid the school’s appeal of NCAA sanctions from its embarrassing escort scandal.”

 

Mickelson has 6 straight birdies; 2 shots back at Silverardo

Phil Mickelson had six straight birdies and shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to pull within two strokes of leader Sepp Straka in the PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open.

Coming off a winless performance in the U.S. Ryder Cup loss to Europe, the 48-year-old Mickelson birdied Nos. 9-14 and closed with four straight pars on the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa.

I’ve been putting well, like I can putt,” Mickelson said. “But I was surprised at some of the shots I’ve hit. Honestly, I hit it just terrible and today was kind of an anomaly. Don’t let the good round fool you. I’m not at all at my best. A few things clicked and it was fun.”

He was 0-2 in France at the Ryder Cup.

“I had two terrible weeks at BMW and the Tour Championship,” Mickelson said. “But I’ve become a great putter week in and week out with a few bad weeks as opposed to in the past I’ve kind of an average putter with a few spikes. I’m back to putting well again and rolling it in the way I did all last year.”

Straka birdied the final three holes for a 63. The Austrian played alongside Mark Mulder, the former major league pitcher who opened with a 75.

“I really wasn’t expecting that right out of the gates,” Straka said. “But I had a good game plan and I just tried to do it shot by shot. I really didn’t do a lot of special things. My putter was really hot, and I putted the ball really well. Other than that, you know, I just took advantage of my chances.”

Chase Wright had a 64, playing the last three holes in 4 under with an eagle on the par-5 16th and two birdies. He’s playing in his second career PGA Tour event after earning a card in the Web.com Tour Finals.

  

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES

#1 ALABAMA AT ARKANSAS

  • Alabama has won 11 straight meetings against Arkansas, including a 2007 win that was later vacated. In Arkansas’ last win over Alabama in 2006, Darren McFadden and Felix Jones combined for 177 yards on the ground for the Razorbacks.
  • The Crimson Tide are scoring 54.2 points per game, most in the FBS and 11.0 more than any other SEC team (Georgia — 43.2). Alabama’s 271 points through its first five games this season are 40 more than Alabama has had in any other season of the Nick Saban era through as many games.
  • Tua Tagovailoa has completed 75.0 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns and no interceptions. The only two others in the FBS this century to complete 75.0+ percent of their passes with 10+ touchdowns and no interceptions through five team games are Mitchell Trubisky (2016) and Geno Smith (2012).
  • Arkansas went 3-for-12 on third down last week against Texas A&M and has converted 29.3 percent of its third downs this season, the worst mark among Power 5 teams.
  • Rakeem Boyd notched career highs in rushes (10) and receptions (four) last week against Texas A&M (excluding JUCO season). In the last two weeks combined, he and J.K. Dobbins (Ohio St.) are the only two Power 5 players with 100+ rushing yards and 70+ receiving yards (Boyd has 113 and 72, respectively).

 

MARYLAND AT #15 MICHIGAN

  • Michigan leads the all-time series 6-1, and has gone 3-1 against Maryland since the Terps moved to the Big Ten for the 2014 season. In the last three meetings (all Michigan wins), the Wolverines have outscored Maryland 122-13.
  • Maryland is averaging 6.2 yards per rush this season, the highest mark in the Big Ten and second among Power 5 teams (Georgia Tech). However, Maryland’s 565 passing yards rank them last among Power 5 teams. Georgia Tech is the only Power 5 team to attempt or complete fewer passes than Maryland.
  • Ty Johnson had 11 carries for 123 yards (11.2 YPC) and a score in Maryland’s last game. He is averaging 7.5 yards per carry over his historic career. In the last 20 seasons, the only Power 5 players (min. 300 career attempts) with better rushing averages are Melvin Gordon III (7.8) and Felix Jones (7.7).
  • Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State are the only Big Ten teams with 1000+ passing and 1000+ rushing yards this season. Michigan has committed 46 penalties this season, tying them with USC for second most among Power 5 teams (Ole Miss — 49).
  • Karan Higdon has run for 119.8 yards per game, second in the Big Ten to only Jonathan Taylor (157.0). His 6.3 yards per carry leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth among Power 5 runners (min. 70 carries). He notched a career-high 30 carries in last week’s win over Northwestern.

 

NORTHWESTERN AT #20 MICHIGAN STATE

  • Northwestern has beaten Michigan State in each of the last two seasons; in those two games, the Spartans had 869 passing yards compared to just 146 rushing yards. Mark Dantonio has gone 63-31 (.670) against Big Ten teams while at Michigan State, but just 5-4 against Northwestern.
  • Northwestern has won four straight road games against Big Ten opponents, averaging 35.3 points per game in those contests. Michigan State has won its last four home games against Big Ten opponents, and has allowed just 12.5 points per game in those four games.
  • In two career starts against Michigan State (both wins), Clayton Thorson completed 72.3 percent of his passes (60/83) for 637 yards and five touchdowns (one INT), and ran for a score in each game. Thorson has more career pass attempts (1350) than any other active player in the FBS.
  • Through four games, Michigan State has allowed 161 rushing yards, the fewest by a Big Ten team through as many games since Michigan allowed just 74 yards in 2006. Northwestern is averaging 2.6 yards per rushing attempt this season, worst among Power 5 teams and third lowest in the FBS.
  • Felton Davis III and Cody White caught two touchdowns apiece against Northwestern last season. The duo has combined for 144.5 receiving yards per game this season; Purdue’s top duo (Moore & Hopkins) is the only team-leading duo in the Big Ten combining for more yards per game this season.

 

#19 TEXAS VS. #7 OKLAHOMA

  • This will be the first time since the 2012 season that Texas and Oklahoma will meet as ranked opponents. From 2000 to 2012, this game was a top 25 showdown in 12 of 13 seasons. This will be the 113th meeting between these teams (first played in 1900); Texas leads all-time, 61-46-5.
  • If Texas can pull off a win over the Sooners, it would be the Longhorns’ first 3-0 start in Big 12 play since 2013. They allowed a combined 30 points in wins over TCU and Kansas State, while Oklahoma has allowed 30.0 points per game in its two conference games thus far.
  • Through five games, Sam Ehlinger has thrown for 1185 yards and run for 153 yards. In the last 20 seasons, the only Texas players to reach 1000+ passing yards and 150+ rushing yards in as many games were Colt McCoy in 2008 and Vince Young in 2005.
  • Oklahoma has five different players with multiple rushing touchdowns this season, tied with Georgia Tech and Texas Tech for the most in the FBS. The Sooners also have six players averaging at least 5.0 yards per carry, tied with GT and UCF for the most in the FBS (min. 10 rushes).
  • Kyler Murray is averaging 13.4 yards per pass attempt this season and 6.2 yards per rushing attempt. The only player in the last 20 seasons (min. 20 pass attempts in season) to average 13.0+ yards per pass attempt and at least 6.0 yards per rushing attempt was Murray himself, who also did so last season.

 

KANSAS AT #9 WEST VIRGINIA

  • West Virginia has gone 5-1 against Kansas since joining the Big 12 for the 2012 season. Will Grier threw two touchdowns and ran for two more in a 56-34 victory last season. In the last four meetings (all WVU wins), the average margin of victory was 29.3 points.
  • Despite a 2-3 record, Kansas has outscored its opponents 144-121. This is the Jayhawks’ first season with a positive point differential through five games since 2009 (203-90, +113).
  • Carter Stanley completed 75.0 percent of his passes (24/32) with three touchdowns and no interceptions last week vs. Oklahoma State. UVa’s Bryce Perkins is the only other Power 5 QB in 2018 to have three or more touchdowns, no interceptions and a 75.0+ completion percentage (min. 30 attempts) in a game.
  • West Virginia is averaging 372.8 passing yards per game, third most in the FBS behind Washington State (410.4) and Texas Tech (407.6). WVU is one of three teams in the FBS (Ohio St., Wash St.) to have 330+ passing yards in four games this season, and both others have played five games (WVU has played four).
  • David Sills V is averaging 73.5 receiving yards per game and has caught five touchdowns, while Gary Jennings Jr. is averaging 77.8 yards per game and has six touchdowns. Hawaii is the only other team in the FBS to have multiple players with 70.0+ receiving yards per game and at least five receiving TDs.

 

BOSTON COLLEGE AT #23 NORTH CAROLINA ST.

  • Boston College leads NC State 9-6 all-time in this series, which was first played at Fenway Park in 1936 (BC won 7-3). BC has won each of its last two trips to Raleigh and three of five overall in the series since Steve Addazio took over in 2013.
  • Boston College has scored 216 points through five games this season (43.2 points per game). Last season through five games, the Eagles scored just 88 points (17.6 points per game).
  • AJ Dillon ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns against Temple last week. He now has four career games of 160+ rushing yards and two or more rushing touchdowns; that’s tied for the most by any active FBS player since the start of last season.
  • North Carolina State is seeking its first 5-0 start since 2002. The Wolfpack have gone 32-for-54 (59.3 percent) on third down this season. Alabama (37/62, 59.7 percent) is the only Power 5 team converting a higher percentage of its third-down attempts.
  • Ryan Finley has notched 13 300-yard passing games in his NC State career, second most in school history behind Philip Rivers (19) and ahead of Russell Wilson (12).

 

#5 LSU AT #22 FLORIDA

  • LSU has won four of the last five games in this series, including a 17-16 victory last year in Gainesville. The Gators are just 2-8 in their last 10 games versus AP Top 10 opponents.
  • The Tigers have opened 5-0 in 2018, their longest winning streak at any point in a season since winning their first seven games of the 2015 season. LSU has allowed 21 or fewer points in all five games, and in nine straight going back to last November — the longest active streak in the FBS.
  • Joe Burrow set career highs of 292 yards passing, three passing touchdowns and 96 rushing yards in last week’s 45-16 win over Ole Miss. That’s the most rushing yards by an LSU quarterback since Anthony Jennings had 119 against Texas A&M in 2014.
  • Florida allowed a season-low 202 yards in last week’s 13-6 win at then-No. 23 Mississippi State. It was the Gators’ first game allowing no touchdowns since a 30-3 win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl in January 2017.
  • Feleipe Franks had thrown multiple touchdown passes in six straight games before going without one against Mississippi State. For the season he has four times as many touchdowns as interceptions (12/3), compared to a 1.1 TD/interception ratio last year (9/8).

 

FLORIDA STATE AT #17 MIAMI FL

  • Miami beat Florida State, 24-20, last season, snapping a seven-game losing streak against the Seminoles. This will be the first time the two face off in Miami with Florida State not ranked since 2008; the Seminoles beat the ‘Canes, 41-39.
  • The Seminoles picked up a conference win at Louisville last week after losing their first two conference games. Florida State has not started out 1-3 or worse in conference play since 2009, finishing 4-4 in conference play and 7-6 overall.
  • Since Florida State’s loss to Syracuse where he threw for 178 yards and no touchdowns, Deondre Francois has thrown for a combined 646 yards and six touchdowns, including a career-high four TDs last week against Louisville. Florida State is 8-1 since 2016 when Francois throws for at least 250 yards and one touchdown.
  • Since losing to LSU in the first week, Miami is 4-0 and has outscored opponents 204-51 in those games. This includes beating UNC, 47-10, last week, the Hurricanes’ largest margin of victory against a conference opponent since beating Duke, 52-7, in 2005.
  • Romeo Finley got the turnover chain after intercepting UNC’s Chazz Surratt, returning it for 83 yards and the score. It was the longest interception return for a touchdown by a Hurricane since Maurice Sikes in 2002 against Florida (97).

 

IOWA STATE AT #25 OKLAHOMA STATE

  • Oklahoma State has won 11 of the last 15 meetings, including six straight dating back to 2012. In those six games, Oklahoma State has outscored Iowa State 248-161.
  • The Cyclones lost to TCU, 17-14, and are now 0-2 in conference play. They threw for only 79 yards, their fewest in a game since 2012 against Texas Tech (73 yards).
  • David Montgomery makes up 93.6 percent of Iowa State’s rushing yards this year. That is the highest percentage by any player in the FBS.
  • Oklahoma State beat Kansas, 48-28, in Lawrence thanks to 568 total yards. The Cowboys have 2725 total yards on the season, the fifth most in the FBS.
  • Taylor Cornelius threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns at Kansas despite having only 15 completions, the fewest by a Cowboy who threw for 300 yards since Zac Robinson against Houston in 2008 (14 completions for 320 yards).

 

#4 CLEMSON AT WAKE FOREST

  • Clemson has won the last nine meetings, with Wake Forest’s last victory coming on October 9, 2008. In those nine games, Clemson has outscored Wake Forest 327-121, scoring at least 30 points in eight of the nine games.
  • Clemson is 5-0 for the fourth consecutive season after a 27-23 win over Syracuse. The Tigers had 19 rushing first downs in the game, tied for their most since November 2012 (20 against NC State).
  • Clemson has four players — Tee Higgins, Amari Rodgers, Justyn Ross and Hunter Renfrow — with at least 200 receiving yards. This is the first time in the last 20 years Clemson has had at least four players with 200 or more receiving yards through five games of the season.
  • After two consecutive losses, Wake Forest rebounded to beat Rice, 56-24. Despite putting up 56 points, the Demon Deacons had the ball for less than 23 minutes on the field, their lowest time of possession in a 50-point game over the last 20 seasons.
  • Greg Dortch joined Western Michigan’s Jayden Reed as the only FBS players this season with four receiving touchdowns in a game with his performance against Rice. He is the only player in school history with four receiving touchdowns in a game, something he also did last season against Louisville.

 

ARIZONA STATE AT #21 COLORADO

  • The Sun Devils have won eight of the nine matchups in series history, with the Buffs’ one win coming in 2016. This is the first time the two are facing off when Colorado is ranked, and the first when either team is ranked since 2014 (ASU was No. 16).
  • Arizona State is coming off a 52-24 win against Oregon State, tied for the team’s most points scored against a Pac-12 opponent since October 2015 (lost to Oregon, 61-55). The Sun Devils’ 396 rushing yards against Oregon State were their most in a conference game since November 1997 against Oregon (405).
  • Eno Benjamin ran for 312 yards in the win against Oregon State, averaging 10.4 yards per carry. He broke the school record for rushing yards in a game, originally set by Ben Malone in 1973 (250 yards).
  • The Buffs have outscored their opponents 161-71 as they have their first 4-0 start since 1998. They have scored at least 30 points in all four games, their longest streak in a season since having five in a row in 2002.
  • Laviska Shenault Jr. is averaging 145.3 receiving yards per game, the highest rate in the FBS. His 581 receiving yards are the most by a Colorado player through four team games since Paul Richardson Jr. in 2013 (621).

 

INDIANA AT #3 OHIO STATE

  • The Hoosiers have not beaten the Buckeyes since October 8, 1988. Ohio State has put up at least 30 points in 14 consecutive games against Indiana.
  • This is only the fourth time in the last 20 seasons Indiana has started out 4-1 or better (also 2015, 2007, 2005). The Hoosiers had 11 third-down conversions in their win last week against Rutgers, tied for their most since November 30, 2013, against Purdue (16).
  • Stevie Scott has 464 rushing yards, the third most among FBS true freshmen behind Oregon State’s Jermar Jefferson (727) and Kansas’ Pooka Williams Jr. (474). However, he has rushed for only 76 yards in his last two games, both against Big Ten opponents.
  • Ohio State beat Penn State last week, 27-26, the Buckeyes’ first road win against an AP Top 10 opponent since October 2016 against Wisconsin. Ohio State has only two wins when trailing by at least 10 in the fourth quarter in the last 20 seasons, and both have come against Penn State in the last two meetings.
  • Ohio State already has two receivers, Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill, with at least 300 receiving yards. The last time Ohio State had two players reach this plateau through five games was in 2014 with Michael Thomas and Devin Smith.

 

#13 KENTUCKY AT TEXAS A&M

  • This will be the first time Kentucky and Texas A&M meet since 1953. The series is tied 1-1, as the Aggies beat the Wildcats in Lexington, 7-6, in their most recent matchup.
  • Kentucky is 5-0 for the first time since 2007. The Wildcats have allowed 10 or fewer points in three consecutive games, something they had not done in a season since 1979.
  • Benny Snell continues to lead the SEC in rushing yards with 639 (with Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams in second at 582). That’s the most rushing yards by an SEC player through five team games since 2015 (Leonard Fournette, Nick Chubb, Alex Collins).
  • Texas A&M beat Arkansas, 24-17, after losing to Alabama in the previous week. The Aggies held Arkansas to 248 total yards, their fewest allowed against a conference opponent since 2015 against Vanderbilt (148).
  • Trayveon Williams had another game rushing for at least 150 yards and two touchdowns last week against Arkansas, his second this year. The last Aggie to have two such games in a season was Johnny Manziel in 2012.

 

SMU AT #12 CENTRAL FLORIDA

  • UCF is 7-1 all-time against SMU, with SMU’s lone win coming in 2011 (38-17). UCF has won all four of its home games in the series by a combined score of 143-48.
  • SMU has had a penchant for big plays this year, with five offensive touchdowns of 50+ yards — tied for fourth most in the FBS behind Memphis (9), Oklahoma (7) and Houston (6).
  • Braeden West is one of four FBS players with 300+ rushing yards and 150+ receiving yards so far this year, along with Arizona State’s Eno Benjamin, Memphis’ Darrell Henderson and Rice’s Austin Walter.
  • UCF has now won 17 straight games while scoring 30+ points in each one. The 17-game streak both winning and scoring 30+ points is tied for the longest streak by any FBS team since 1980; Florida State also had a 17-game streak from January 1, 2013, to September 6, 2014.
  • Over his last two games, McKenzie Milton has thrown for seven touchdowns and rushed for another five. In the last 10 years, the only other FBS player to reach both of those totals over a two-game span is Louisville’s Lamar Jackson during his Heisman season in 2016 (September 1-9).

 

VANDERBILT AT #2 GEORGIA

  • Georgia has won 20 of its last 23 games against Vanderbilt, with all three Vandy wins over that span coming by four points or fewer. The Commodores won their last game at Georgia in 2016 (17-16) despite having just 171 yards of offense.
  • Vanderbilt has lost its last 20 true road games against AP Top 25 opponents, the third-longest active streak among Power 5 teams behind Colorado (28) and Purdue (23).
  • Kalija Lipscomb’s 43 receptions are the second most by any SEC player over his team’s first five games of a season in the last 20 years, behind only Alabama’s Amari Cooper in 2014 (52).
  • Georgia continues to do a great job taking care of the ball. The Bulldogs have had 17 games since the start of last season in which they had one or zero turnovers, the most such games in the FBS.
  • At home in his career, Jake Fromm has completed 71.1 percent of his passes and has 16 passing touchdowns against just two picks. His career passer rating at home (192.9) is the best by any FBS QB dating back to 2000 (minimum 150 attempts), percentage points ahead of Sam Bradford (192.9).

 

#8 AUBURN AT MISSISSIPPI STATE

  • Auburn blew out Mississippi State in each of the last two seasons, 38-14 and 49-10. The Tigers now have eight wins by 24+ points against the Bulldogs since 2002, the most by any SEC team against any opponent over that span.
  • Auburn’s defense picked off just six passes all of last season but already has seven this year. The Tigers are one of four Power 5 teams to have already surpassed their INT total from last year, along with Kansas, Syracuse and Georgia Tech.
  • Jarrett Stidham has thrown 12 TD passes to just one interception in true road games in his career, giving him the best TD/INT ratio of any active FBS QB in true road games (minimum 100 attempts).
  • Mississippi State’s offense has dried up over the last two weeks, as the Bulldogs managed just seven and six points against Kentucky and Florida, respectively. It marked the first time Mississippi State was held to seven points or fewer in back-to-back games since September 13-20, 2008.
  • With Kylin Hill (7.7) and Aeris Williams (7.0), Mississippi State is one of four FBS teams with multiple players averaging 7.0+ yards per carry this season (minimum 20 rushes), along with Appalachian State, Maryland and Utah State.

 

#10 WASHINGTON AT UCLA

  • UCLA has won its last eight home games against Washington. The last time the Bruins lost at home to the Huskies was on November 11, 1995 (38-14).
  • Washington has had a very stingy pass defense, allowing just one passing TD in five games. In the last 20 years, the only other Pac-12 team to allow one or zero passing TD through five games of a season was USC in 2009 (0).
  • Myles Gaskin has had at least 50 rushing yards in each of his last 16 games, tied with UNLV’s Lexington Thomas for the second-longest active streak in the FBS behind FAU’s Devin Singletary (18).
  • UCLA is the first Pac-12 team to start 0-4 since Oregon State in 2011, and will be looking to avoid becoming the first Pac-12 team to start 0-5 since Washington went 0-12 in 2008.
  • Freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson leads the Bruins in passing yards, while freshman Kazmeir Allen leads the squad in rushing yards. Minnesota and Texas Tech are the only other FBS teams with a freshman leader in both categories this year.

 

NEBRASKA AT #16 WISCONSIN

  • Wisconsin has won five straight against Nebraska. In the past 30 years, the only other team to have a five-game winning streak against the Huskers is Texas, which beat Nebraska six times in a row from 2002-10.
  • Nebraska has lost a program-record eight straight games, the second-longest active losing streak in the FBS behind UTEP (17). Since the start of the streak (November 4, 2017), the Huskers are allowing 44.0 points per game, fourth highest in the FBS.
  • Adrian Martinez passed for 323 yards and ran for another 91 against Purdue last week. He was the first Big Ten freshman to have at least 320 and 80 since Minnesota’s Adam Weber did so twice in 2007.
  • Wisconsin has won 16 straight regular-season conference games while holding its opponents under 25 points in each one. The last team to have a longer streak of regular-season conference games both winning and allowing under 25 points was Miami (FL) in the Big East from 1999-2002 (23 straight).
  • Jonathan Taylor’s 628 rushing yards are the third most by any Big Ten running back over his team’s first four games of a season in the past 10 seasons (since 2009), behind Indiana’s Tevin Coleman in 2014 (691) and Indiana’s Jordan Howard in 2015 (675).

 

#6 NOTRE DAME AY #24 VIRGINIA TECH

  • Notre Dame and Virginia Tech have played just once, a 34-31 Virginia Tech win on November 19, 2016. The Hokies have lost their last six home games against AP Top 25 opponents, having not beaten a ranked foe at home since September 26, 2009, against No. 9 Miami (FL) (31-7).
  • Notre Dame’s win over then-No. 7 Stanford last week was its fifth win over an AP Top 25 opponent since the start of last season. Only Alabama and Ohio State (six each) have more wins over ranked foes over that span.
  • Ian Book is one of three FBS quarterbacks to have 7+ passing TD and zero interceptions so far this year, along with Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa (14) and Boise State’s Brett Rypien (12).
  • Notre Dame might have trouble running the ball against Virginia Tech, which has held its opponents under 150 rushing yards in seven straight games, tied for the third-longest active streak in the FBS (Fresno State 10, Clemson 8, Michigan State 7).
  • Damon Hazelton is one of only two Power 5 players to have caught a TD pass in every one of his team’s games this year, along with Colorado’s Laviska Shenault Jr.

 

UTAH AT #14 STANFORD

  • Stanford is just 1-3 in its last four games against Utah dating back to 1996. That is the Cardinal’s worst record against any opponent they’ve played at least four times over that span.
  • Utah is coming off of an unusual game against Washington State in which the Utes allowed 445 passing yards and zero rushing yards. The last FBS team to allow that many passing yards while allowing zero or negative rushing yards was Michigan State against Baylor in the Cotton Bowl on January 1, 2015.
  • Zack Moss has rushed for a touchdown in each of his last six games, the fourth-longest active streak in the FBS behind FAU’s Devin Singletary (18), Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill (11) and Memphis’ Darrell Henderson (8).
  • The normally stout Stanford defense has been vulnerable lately, allowing 524 and 550 yards over its last two games. It’s the first time Stanford has allowed 500+ yards in back-to-back games since November 3-10, 2007.
  • Last week’s 39-yard scamper against Notre Dame was Bryce Love’s 17th career rushing touchdown of 30+ yards. In the last 20 years, the only FBS player to have more 30-yard TD runs is San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey (21).

 

 NFL PREVIEWS

Tennessee Titans (3-1) at Buffalo Bills (1-3)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | New Era Field | Referee: Tony Corrente

SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 27-15

STREAKS: Titans have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 10/11/15: Bills 14 at Titans 13

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/21/12: Titans 35, Bills 34

TITANS NOTES:

  • QB MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 344 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 99.4 rating & rushed for 46 yards with TD in Week 4. Has 6 games with pass TD & rush TD since entering league in 2015, tied for 6th-most among NFL QBs. Since 2015, is 1 of 3 NFL QBs (KIRK COUSINS & CAM NEWTON) with 60+ pass TDs (60) & 10+ rush TDs (10). • RB DION LEWIS had 153 scrimmage yards (129 rush, 24 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his last game vs. Buf. (12/24/17 with NE). Has 130+ scrimmage yards & TD in 2 of his past 3 meetings. RB DERRICK HENRY has 454 rush yards in 4th Q since 2017, 2nd-most in NFL (KAREEM HUNT). • WR COREY DAVIS set career-highs with 9 catches & 161 rec. yards, his 1st-career 100+ yard game, & had GWTD catch last week. Is 1st Titan with 150+ rec. yards & TD catch in single game since JARED COOK (12/24/11). WR TAJAE SHARPE had TD catch in Week 4. • S KEVIN BYARD led team with career-high 11 tackles last week. CB MALCOLM BUTLER had 10 tackles, sack & FF in Week 4. Had sack & FF in his last game vs. Buf. (12/24/17 with NE). Is 1 of 2 in NFL (JOSH NORMAN) with 200+ tackles (215) & 45+ PD (48) since 2015. DT JURRELL CASEY had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. Has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in past 3. LB WESLEY WOODYARD had 9 tackles in last meeting. LB JAYON BROWN had career-high 10 tackles, 2 TFL & sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. CB LOGAN RYAN has 30 tackles & 2 TFL in his past 3 vs. Buf.

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN (rookie) threw for 245 yards & TD in only career home start (9/16/18 vs. Chargers). Has 2 rush TDs, tied for 2nd-most among NFL QBs. • RB LE SEAN MC COY had 130 rush yards & TD in last game vs. Ten. (11/23/14 with Phi.). Aims for his 3rd meeting in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. In past 9 at home, has 1,005 scrimmage yards (111.7 per game) with 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.). Since joining Bills in 2015, has 90+ scrimmage yards in 17 of his 21 home games (81 pct.). RB CHRIS IVORY has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 4 vs. Ten. • WR KELVIN BENJAMIN has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. TE CHARLES CLAY is 1 of 4 active TEs with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 5 seasons (2013-17). Has 165 catches in 4 seasons with Buf., 4th-most by TE in franchise history. • S JORDAN POYER had INT last week. Has 39 tackles (7.8 per game), INT, FF & 2 PD in past 5 at home. S MICAH HYDE has 3 PD in past 4 at home. LB LORENZO ALEXANDER has 4 TFL & sack in past 3 at home. CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 3 PD last week. Since entering league in 2017, has 4 games with 3+ PD, tied for 2nd-most in NFL. Ranks 5th in NFL with 22 PD since 2017. Rookie LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS leads team with 30 tackles. Is only AFC player with 30+ tackles (30) & 4+ PD (4) in 2018. DE JERRY HUGHES had 3 TFL last week. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ten. Rookie S SIRAN NEAL had 1st-career sack last week.

 

New York Giants (1-3) at Carolina Panthers (2-1)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Bank of America Stadium | Referee: Jerome Boger

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 5-4

STREAKS: Panthers have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/20/15: Panthers 38 at Giants 35

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Panthers 38, Giants 0

GIANTS NOTES:

QB ELI MANNING passed for 255 yards with 1 TD last week. Has 343 career TD passes & surpassed HOFer FRAN TARKENTON (342) for 7th-most TD passes in NFL history. Passed for 245 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 96.7 rating in last meeting. In 3 career games at Car., has 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 89.9 rating. Has 576 pass yards (288 per game) with 3 TDs & 0 INTs for 113.2 rating in past 2 on road. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY (rookie) had 100 scrimmage yards (56 rec., 44 rush) & rush TD in Week 4. Is 5th player in NFL history with 100+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 4 career games. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 225 scrimmage yards (112.5 per game) & rush TD in 2 career road games. Has 453 scrimmage yards, most among NFL rookies in 2018. • WR ODELL BECKHAM, JR. had 6 catches for 76 yards & TD in last meeting. In 3 career games on road vs. NFC South, has 24 receptions for 325 yards (108.3 per game) & 3 TDs. WR STERLING SHEPARD had 10 catches for 77 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. • S LANDON COLLINS tied career high with 14 tackles in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Led team with 9 tackles in last meeting. DE OLIVIER VERNON had 2 sacks in only career meeting (11/24/13 with Mia.). LB ALEC OGLETREE had 9 tackles in his last game vs. Car. (11/6/16 with LAR). Has 17 tackles & INT in past 2. Rookie DT B.J. HILL had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB JANORIS JENKINS has 2 INT-TDs, 8 PD & FF in his past 7 on road.

PANTHERS NOTES:

QB CAM NEWTON aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rating. Had 4 TDs (2 pass, 2 rush) & 108 rating in Week 3. Has 3 career games with 2+ TD passes & 2+ rush TDs, 2nd-most all-time. Has 57 career rush TDs, most by QB in NFL history. Has 4 rush TDs in his past 3 at home. Passed for 340 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.9 rating & added 100 rush yards in last meeting. • RB CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY had career-high 184 rush yards in Week 3. Has 95+ scrimmage yards in all 3 games in 2018. In his past 4 at home, has 483 scrimmage yards (120.8 per game) & TD catch. RB C.J. ANDERSON had rec. TD in Week 3, his 1st TD with Car. • WR DEVIN FUNCHESS led team with 67 rec. yards & TD in Week 3. Had TD catch in last meeting. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 6 at home. Since entering league in 2011, WR TORREY SMITH ranks 3rd among active NFL players with 16.4 yards per reception (min. 200 catches). • LB LUKE KUECHLY had 5 tackles & INT in Week 3. Had 15 tackles in last meeting. In 3 career meetings, has 33 tackles (11 per game) & 2 PD. Since entering league in 2012, leads NFL with 844 tackles. Rookie CB DONTE JACKSON had 7 tackles & 2 INTs in Week 3, his 1st-career multi-INT game. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles & INT. Has 3 INTs in 2018, tied for NFL lead. DE EFE OBADA had sack & INT in Week 3 in NFL debut. DE MARIO ADDISON has 4.5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 5 at home.

 

Miami Dolphins (3-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-1)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Paul Brown Stadium | Referee: Craig Wrolstad

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 15-6

STREAKS: Dolphins have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 9/29/16: Dolphins 7 at Bengals 22

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/16

DOLPHINS NOTES

QB RYAN TANNEHILL has 120+ rating in 2 of past 3. Has 90+ rating in 2 of past 3 meetings. Is 10-2 in his past 12 starts. Ranks 2nd in AFC in comp. pct. (69.1 pct.) & 3rd in rating (106.1). • RB FRANK GORE had TD catch last week. Had 101 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 19 rec.) in his last game vs. Cin. (10/29/17 with Ind.). Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his 3 career meetings. RB KENYAN DRAKE has TD in 4 of past 6 on road. • WR KENNY STILLS had 74-yard TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with TD catch. Since entering league in 2013, has 16.3 yards per catch avg., 2nd-highest among NFL players (min. 200 catches). WR ALBERT WILSON has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3. Is 1 of 4 active players with 5+ TD catches (9), rush TD (1) & pass TD (1) in career. • LB KIKO ALONSO led team with 12 tackles last week. Aims for 4th in row with 12+ tackles. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 46 tackles & is only NFL player with 40+ tackles & INT this season. Had career-high 22 tackles in 10/13/13 meeting (with Buf.). DE CAMERON WAKE has 4 sacks, 2 TFL, FF & FR in his past 3 meetings. S RESHAD JONES has 38 tackles (9.5 per game), 2 TFL & FR in his past 4 on road. CB XAVIEN HOWARD has 3 INTs & 4 PD in his past 3. CB BOBBY MC CAIN had INT last week. Had sack & PD in last meeting. DE ANDRE BRANCH had FF in last meeting.

BENGALS NOTES

BENGALS recorded GW-TD pass with under 10 seconds remaining in 4th Q last week for 2nd time in franchise history (10/10/99). • QB ANDY DALTON completed 29 of 41 (70.7 pct.) for 337 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 109.5 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 330+ pass yards. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4. Ties for 2nd in NFL with 11 TD passes. • RB GIOVANI BERNARD had 96 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 27 rec.) & 2 rush TDs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 85+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had 104 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 25 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in 10/31/13 meeting. In his past 4 at home, has 436 scrimmage yards (109 per game) & rush TD. Since entering leauge in 2013, is 1 of 2 active players (LE’VEON BELL) with 3,000+ rush yards (3,055) & 2,000+ rec. yards (2,138). • WR A.J. GREEN caught GW 13-yard TD with 7 seconds remaining in 4th Q last week. In 3 career meetings, has 30 catches (10 per game) for 366 rec. yards (122 per game) & 2 TDs. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Mia. with 10+ catches & 125+ rec. yards. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 5 TD catches. WR TYLER BOYD had career-high 11 catches for 100 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 90+ rec. yards. • DT GENO ATKINS had sack last week. In past 3 vs. Mia., has 3.5 sacks & 4 TFL. Aims for 4th meeting in row with sack. Has 8.5 sacks in past 10 at home. DE CARLOS DUNLAP aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has sack in 5 of past 6.

 

Baltimore Ravens (3-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-2-1)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | FirstEnergy Stadium | Referee: Clay Martin

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 29-9

STREAKS: Ravens have won past 5

LAST GAME: 12/17/17: Ravens 27 at Browns 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/17/17

RAVENS NOTES:

  • QB JOE FLACCO passed for 363 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 109.5 rating last week. Has 350+ pass yards in 2 of past 3. Passed for 288 yards with TD & had rush TD in last meeting. Has 11 TD passes vs. 5 INTs for 90.5 rating in his past 6 vs. Cle. Aims for 4th meeting in row with 90+ rating. Has 2+ pass TDs in each of past 3 vs. division. • RB JAVORIUS ALLEN led team with 70 rush yards in last meeting. Has 262 scrimmage yards (65.5 per game) with 2 TD catches in past 4 vs. Cle. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4. RB ALEX COLLINS had TD catch last week. Has TD in 4 of his past 5. • WR JOHN BROWN had 3 catches for 116 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4. Aims for 4th in row with 85+ rec. yards. Has 22.5 yards per catch avg. in 2018, 2nd-highest in NFL (DE SEAN JACKSON) among players with 15+ catches. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has 26 TD catches since 2015, tied for 5th-most in NFL. • LB C.J. MOSLEY had 5 tackles & 3 PD in last meeting. Has 8+ tackles in 7 of his past 10 vs. division. S ERIC WEDDLE aims for his 5th in row vs. Cle. with INT. LB TERRELL SUGGS has sack & FF in 2 of past 3 meetings. In his past 6 on road, has 3.5 sacks, 4 TFL, FF & 5 PD. CB BRANDON CARR aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with INT. In 6 career meetings, has 3 INTs & 9 PD. LB MATTHEW JUDON had sack & 3 TFL in last meeting. Has 5 TFL & 2 sacks in past 4 vs. division. LB TIM WILLIAMS had sack last week.

BROWNS NOTES:

  • QB BAKER MAYFIELD (rookie) passed for 295 yards with 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. His 295 pass yards were 5thmost by No.1 overall pick in his 1st-career start in SB era. • RB CARLOS HYDE had 82 rush yards & TD last week. Rushed for 55 yards in only career meeting (10/18/15 with SF). Has 160 rush yards (80 per game) & 3 TDs in past 2 at home. Since 2016, is 1 of 8 with 2,000+ rush yards (2,211) & 20+ total TDs (22). Rookie RB NICK CHUBB had 3 carries for 105 yards, incl. rush TDs of 63 & 41 yards last week. Is 1st player in NFL history with 100+ rush yards & 2+ rush TDs on 3 or fewer carries. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. had rush TD in last meeting. Has 143 scrimmage yards (71.5 per game) in his past 2 vs. Bal. Since 2015, leads NFL RBs with 1,825 rec. yards & ranks 2nd among RBs with 197 catches. • WR JARVIS LANDRY had TD catch last week. Has 209 rec. yards (104.5 per game) in past 2 at home. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 7+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. TE DAVID NJOKU had 1st-career TD catch in 9/17/17 meeting at Bal. • DE MYLES GARRETT has 4 sacks, 3 TFL & 3 FFs in his past 4 vs. division. LB JOE SCHOBERT had careerhigh 14 tackles & sack last week. Has 49 tackles (9.8 per game), 3 PD & 2 FRs in past 5 vs. division. DT LARRY OGUNJOBI has 6 TFL in past 4. Is 1 of 5 in AFC with 6+ TFL (6) & 3+ sacks (3) in 2018. LB JAMIE COLLINS, SR. has 17 tackles, 3 TFL & sack in his past 2 vs. Bal.

 

Green Bay Packers (2-1-1) at Detroit Lions (1-3)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Ford Field | Referee: John Hussey

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 98-70-7

STREAKS: Lions have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/31/17: Packers 11 at Lions 35

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/31/17

PACKERS NOTES:

  • QB AARON RODGERS has 34 TD passes vs. 6 INTs for 109.4 rating in 16 career games vs. Det. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Det. with 4+ TD passes & 100+ rating. In his past 9 vs. division, is 7-1-1 with 23 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.9 rating. • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had 113 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 31 rec.) in last meeting. RB AARON JONES had 82 scrimmage yards (65 rush, 17 rec.) & rush TD in Week 4. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS led team with 8 catches for 81 yards in Week 4. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 6. Has 4 TD catches in his past 4 vs. Det. Aims for 4th in row vs. NFC North with TD. Since 2016, leads NFL with 25 rec. TDs. WR RANDALL COBB had TD catch in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had TD catch last week, his 1st-career TD with GB. Has 6 TDs in his past 6 on road. Since 2012, leads NFL TEs with 54 TD catches & ranks 2nd in receptions (442) & rec. yards (5,303). • DT MIKE DANIELS had sack in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. LB BLAKE MARTINEZ led team with 9 tackles & had sack in Week 4. Has 19 tackles, 3 TFL, sack, FF & 2 PD in past 3 vs. Det. Aims for 4th in row on road vs. NFC North with PD. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL with 175 tackles. Rookie CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had 1st-career INT in Week 4. LB KYLER FACKRELL had career-high 3 sacks last week, his 1st-career multi-sack game. DL KENNY CLARK had FF & FR in Week 4. In his past 4 vs. division, has 3 sacks & FR.

LIONS NOTES:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD aims for 4th in row with 100+ rating. Has 1,416 pass yards (354 per game) with 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 118.3 rating in his past 4 meetings. Aims for 5th in row vs. GB with 300+ pass yards, 2+ TDs & 95+ rating. Has 1,470 pass yards (294 per game), 11 TDs & INT for 118.3 rating in his past 5 vs. NFC North. • RB KERRYON JOHNSON (rookie) rushed for 1st-career TD last week. Is averaging 83 scrimmage yards per game in past 2. RB THEO RIDDICK leads NFL RBs with 207 receptions since 2015. • WR GOLDEN TATE had 8 catches for 132 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 20 catches for 294 yards (98 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 3 meetings. Aims for 3rd in row vs. GB with 7+ receptions & 100+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 at home. WR MARVIN JONES, JR. has 25 receptions for 507 yards (101.4 per game) & 6 TDs in 5 career meetings. Aims for 3rd in row vs. GB with TD. In his past 5 vs. NFC North, has 24 receptions for 467 yards (93.4 per game) & 6 TDs. • DE EZEKIEL ANSAH has 4 sacks in his past 2 at home. Aims for 3rd in row at home with sack. Has 6 sacks in 5 career home meetings. LB JARRAD DAVIS led team with 11 tackles & FF in Week 4. Had career-high 12 tackles & 1st-career INT in last meeting. Has 25 tackles & INT in 3 career home games vs. division. CB DARIUS SLAY had INT & 3 PD in last meeting. Has 4 INTs & 7 PD in his past 4 at home. Since 2017, leads NFL in INTs (9) & PD (30).

 

Jacksonville Jaguars (3-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Arrowhead Stadium | Referee: Brad Allen

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Jaguars lead all-time series, 6-5

STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 3

LAST GAME: 11/6/16: Jaguars 14 at Chiefs 19

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/6/16

JAGS NOTES:

QB BLAKE BORTLES completed 29 of 38 (76.3 pct.) for 388 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 114.8 rating last week. Has 375+ pass yards in 2 of past 3. In last meeting, passed for 252 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT & rushed for 54 yards. Since entering the league in 2014, is 1 of 2 NFL QBs (RUSSELL WILSON) with 15,000+ pass yards (16,023) & 1,500+ rush yards (1,542). • RB T.J. YELDON had 100 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 48 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ scrimmage yards. Had TD catch in last meeting. Has 65+ scrimmage yards & TD in 2 of past 3 on road. RB LEONARD FOURNETTE has 874 scrimmage yards (109.3 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 8 career road games. • WR DEDE WESTBROOK set career highs with 9 catches & 130 rec. yards last week. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. WR DONTE MONCRIEF had 109 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 4. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had rec. TD in only career meeting (10/30/16 with Ind.). WR KEELAN COLE has 195 rec. yards (65 per game) in past 3 on road. • DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 3 sacks & 5 TFL in past 4. Had sack in his last game vs. KC (12/7/14 with Az.). Aims for 3rd in row on road with 2+ TFL. Since 2017, ranks 3rd in NFL with 17.5 sacks. DT MALIK JACKSON had sack in Week 4. Aims for 5th in row with TFL. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had sack last week. In past 6 on road, has 7 sacks, 5 TFL & 3 FFs. CB A.J. BOUYE had 4 tackles & 2 PD in his last meeting (9/18/16 with Hou.). LB TELVIN SMITH aims for 3rd in row with TFL.

CHIEFS NOTES:

QB PATRICK MAHOMES had 304 pass yards with TD & 1st-career rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 300+ pass yards. Passed for 314 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.5 rating in only career home start (9/23/18 vs. SF). Leads NFL with 14 pass TDs & ranks 2nd with 126.5 rating. Ties for 2nd-most TD passes (14) in team’s 1st 4 games of season in NFL history. • RB KAREEM HUNT had 175 scrimmage yards (121 rush, 54 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has 7 games with 100+ rush yards since entering league in 2017, tied for 2nd-most in NFL. Has 3 rush TDs in past 2. Has 9 TDs (7 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 8. Has 494 scrimmage yards (123.5 per game) with 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in past 4 at home. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,616 rush yards & 3rd with 2,130 scrimmage yards. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 7 catches for 78 yards & TD last week. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. In his past 10 at home, has 65 catches (6.5 per game), 864 rec. yards (86.4 per game) & 5 TD catches. WR TYREEK HILL has 3 TD catches in past 4. Is 1 of 5 in NFL with 350+ rec. yards (364) & 3+ TD catches (3). WR CHRIS CONLEY has TD catch in 2 of past 3. • LB DEE FORD had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of past 4 at home. LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had sack in Week 4. Has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in past 2. Had 3 sacks in his only career meeting (9/8/13). Has 6 sacks, 8 TFL & 2 FFs in his past 6 at home. CB ERIC MURRAY had 1st-career INT last week.

 

Denver Broncos (2-2) at New York Jets (1-3)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | MetLife Stadium | Referee: Pete Morelli

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 19-15-1

STREAKS: Broncos have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/10/17: Jets 0 at Broncos 23

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/12/14: Broncos 31, Jets 17

BRONCOS NOTES:

  • QB CASE KEENUM passed for 245 yards last week. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 6 road starts. Since 2017, is 1 of 4 NFL QBs with 4,500+ pass yards (4,535), 25+ TD passes (25) & 66+ comp. pct (66.2). • RB PHILLIP LINDSAY (rookie) rushed for 69 yards & TD last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Is only NFL rookie with 300+ scrimmage yards (312), rush TD (1) & rec. TD (1). Rookie RB ROYCE FREEMAN had 8 carries for 67 yards (8.4 avg.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD. Freeman (219 rush yards, 3 rush TDs) & Lindsay (267, 1) are only pair of RB teammates with 200+ rush yards & TD run each in 2018. • WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has 18 catches (9 per game) for 217 yards (108.5 per game) with 2 TDs in past 2 meetings. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NYJ with TD catch. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS is 1 of 2 NFL players (ALVIN KAMARA) with 300+ rec. yards (314) & 50+ rush yards (53). TE JEFF HEUERMAN (57 rec. yards) & rookie WR COURTLAND SUTTON (51) set career-highs in rec. yards last week. • LB VON MILLER had sack in last meeting. In 3 career games vs. NYJ, had 4.5 sacks & 7 TFL. Since entering league in 2011, leads NFL with 87.5 sacks. LB BRANDON MARSHALL had 7 tackles, 3 TFL, sack & FF in last meeting. LB TODD DAVIS had sack last week. Has 7+ tackles in 3 of past 4. S DARIAN STEWART had INT in last meeting. DE ADAM GOTSIS had sack & FR in last game vs. NYJ.

JETS NOTES:

  • QB SAM DARNOLD (rookie) threw for TD last week. Passed for 334 yards in only career home start (9/16/18 vs. Mia.). Leads rookie QBs with 868 pass yards. • RB ISAIAH CROWELL ties for third in NFL with 4 rush TDs. Since entering league in 2014, is 1 of 8 active RBs with 3,000+ rush yards (3,289), 25+ rush TDs (25) & 100+ catches (101). RB BILAL POWELL has 70+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Since 2016, ranks 3rd among NFL RBs with 4.77 yards per carry avg. (min. 200 carries). Has 225 scrimmage yards (112.5 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2 at home. Aims for 4th in row at home with TD. • WR QUINCY ENUNWA led team with 66 rec. yards last week. Has 173 rec. yards (86.5 per game) in his past 2 at home. Has 16 catches for 1st downs, tied for 6th-most in AFC. WR ROBBY ANDERSON has 483 rec. yards (80.5 per game) & 4 TD catches in his past 6 at home. TE JORDAN LEGGETT had 1st-career TD catch last week. • LB AVERY WILLIAMSON had 9 tackles, FF & PD last week. Has 23 tackles & 2 sacks in past 2. Had FF in only career meeting (12/11/16 with Ten.). S JAMAL ADAMS had career-high 12 tackles last week. Had TFL in last meeting. Has 31 tackles, tied for 2nd-most among NFL safeties. LB DARRON LEE has 4 TFL & 2 sacks in past 4 at home. CB TRUMAINE JOHNSON had INT & 2 PD in last game vs. Den. (11/16/14 with Rams). DE LEONARD WILLIAMS had sack & 2 TFL last week. Has 2+ TFL in 2 of past 3.

 

Atlanta Falcons (1-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2-1)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET | Heinz Field | Referee: John Parry

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 13-2-1

STREAKS: Steelers have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/14/14: Steelers 27 at Falcons 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/12/10: Steelers 15, Falcons 9

FALCONS NOTES:

  • QB MATT RYAN has 1,065 pass yards (355 per game) & 10 TDs vs. 1 INT for 137.9 rating in past 3. Aims for 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TDs & 100+ rating. Passed for 310 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 102.3 rating in last meeting. In his past 4 on road vs. AFC, has 1,150 pass yards (287.5 per game), 7 TDs & 1 INT for 111.3 rating. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN has 300 scrimmage yards (100 per game) & rush TD in his past 3 on road. Has 598 scrimmage yards (99.7 per game) & 2 rush TDs in his past 6 on road vs. AFC. RB TEVIN COLEMAN has 249 scrimmage yards (83 per game) & TD catch in past 3. Rookie RB ITO SMITH had 1st-career rush TD last week. • WR JULIO JONES led team with 9 receptions for 173 yards in Week 4. Has 13 games with 150+ rec. yards since entering league in 2011, most in NFL over span. Has 17 catches for 318 yards (159 per game) is his past 2 road games. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 7+ receptions & 100+ rec. yards. WR CALVIN RIDLEY leads NFL rookies with 264 rec. yards & 6 TDs in 2018. His 6 rec. TDs are most by rookie in his team’s 1st 4 games of season in NFL history. • DE TAKKARIST MC KINLEY had 3 sacks last week, his 1st-career multi-sack game. Aims for 4th in row with sack. Has 4 sacks & FF in his past 2 vs. AFC. S DAMONTAE KAZEE had 7 tackles & 1st-career INT in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. CB ROBERT ALFORD aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with PD. Since 2015, leads NFL with 59 PD.

STEELERS NOTES:

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has completed 43 of 57 (75.4 pct.) for 598 yards (299 per game) with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.2 rating in two career meetings. In his past 5 at home vs. NFC, has 1,660 pas yards (332 per game) with 14 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 117.6 rating. Has 98+ rating in 12 of his past 14 games at home. Leads NFL with 1,414 pass yards (353.5 per game) & ranks 5th with 119 comp. • RB JAMES CONNER is 1 of 2 in AFC (MELVIN GORDON) with 200+ rush yards (232) & 150+ rec. yards (164) in 2018. • WR ANTONIO BROWN had TD catch in Week 4. Had 10 catches for 123 yards in last meeting. In his past 9 vs. NFC, has 76 catches (8.4 per game) for 935 yards (103.9 per game) & 8 TDs. In his past 6 at home, has 679 rec. yards (113.2 per game) with 6 TDs. WR JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 at home. Since entering league in 2017, ranks 7th in AFC with 1,333 rec. yards. TE VANCE MC DONALD has 2 TD catches of 75+ yards since 2016, tied for most in NFL. • LB JON BOSTIC tied for team lead with 9 tackles last week. Has 5 TFL & 2 sacks in past 4. DT CAMERON HEYWARD has 5 TFL & 3 sacks in past 3 vs. NFC. LB BUD DUPREE has 4 TFL, 2 sacks & INT-TD in his past 5 vs. NFC. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB JOE HADEN had INT in his last game vs. Atl. (11/23/14 with Cle.). LB VINCE WILLIAMS had 9 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home vs. NFC with TFL.

 

Oakland Raiders (1-3) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-2)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 4:05 PM ET | StubHub Center | Referee: Alex Kemp

SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 62-52-2

STREAKS: Chargers have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/31/17: Raiders 10 at Chargers 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/31/17

RAIDERS NOTES:

  • QB DEREK CARR completed 35 of 58 (60.3 pct.) for 437 yards with 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 92.4 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 340+ pass yards. In his past 5 vs. division, has 1,412 pass yards (282.4 per game) with 8 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 99.4 rating. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with 90+ rating. Ranks 4th in NFL with 120 completions & 71.0 comp. pct. • RB MARSHAWN LYNCH had 119 scrimmage yards (101 rush, 18 rec.) in last meeting. Has 337 scrimmage yards (84.3 per game) with 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 career games vs. Chargers. Aims for 3rd in row on road with rush TD. Has 492 scrimmage yards (82 per game) & 5 rush TDs in past 6 on road. RB DOUG MARTIN has 187 scrimmage yards (93.5 per game) with rush TD in 2 career meetings. • WR AMARI COOPER had 8 catches for 128 yards & TD last week. Has 8+ catches & 110+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had 3 catches for 115 yards, incl. 87-yard TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with 110+ rec. yards. TE JARED COOK had 8 catches for 110 yards & 2 TDs last week. Leads NFL TEs with 370 rec. yards & ties for 3rd with 2 TD catches. WR JORDY NELSON aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Had 105 rec. yards & TD in only career meeting (11/6/11 with GB). • LB TAHIR WHITEHEAD led team with 12 tackles last week. S REGGIE NELSON had INT last week. Leads all active players with 37 INTs. LB BRUCE IRVIN had sack last week. Has 3.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 3 meetings. CB GAREON CONLEY had 36-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st-career INT.

CHARGERS NOTES:

  • QB PHILIP RIVERS passed for 250 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 97.2 rating in Week 4. Has 3+ TD passes in 4 of past 5. Aims for 6th in row with 97+ rating. In last meeting, passed for 387 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135.8 rating. Has 51,504 career pass yards & surpased HOFer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for 8th-most in NFL history. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 159 scrimmage yards (104 rush, 55 rec.) & TD catch last week. Has 5 TDs (3 rec., 2 rush) in past 3. Aims for 4th in row with TD. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. In 4 career meetings, has 390 scrimmage yards (97.5 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush). Leads AFC with 475 scrimmage yards. RB AUSTIN EKELER had rec. TD in Week 4. Has 351 scrimmage yards this season & joins Gordon (475) as only pair of RB teammates with 350+ scrimmage yards each in 2018. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 9 catches for 133 yards & TD & had 27-yard FR-TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with 8+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & TD. TE ANTONIO GATES had TD catch last week. Has 115 career rec. TDs, most among TEs in NFL history. • S DERWIN JAMES (rookie) had 7 tackles, 2 PD & sack last week. Has sack in 3 of 4 career games. Is 1 of 2 players in NFL (CARLOS DUNLAP) with 3+ sacks (3) & 5+ PD (6) this season. CB CASEY HAYWARD has 4 PD in his past 4 vs. division. DE MELVIN INGRAM has 1.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 2 home meetings.

 

Minnesota Vikings (1-2-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-2)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | Lincoln Financial Field | Referee: Walt Coleman

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 13-10

STREAKS: Vikings have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 10/23/16: Vikings 10 at Eagles 21

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/23/16

VIKINGS NOTES:

QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 422 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 117.3 rating last week. Has 4 games with 400+ pass yards since 2016, most in NFL. Had 303 pass yards, 3 TDs & INT for 110.7 rating in his last game vs. Phi. (10/23/17 with Was.). In 4 career meetings at Phi., has 1,329 pass yards (332.3 per game) with 12 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 112 rating. Aims for 5th in row at Phi. with 100+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK has 649 scrimmage yards (92.7 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 7 career games. • WR ADAM THIELEN had 8 catches for 135 yards & TD in Week 4. Joined HOFer RANDY MOSS (2007) & ISAAC BRUCE (2004) as only players with 100+ rec. yards in each of team’s 1st 4 games since 1970. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 100+ yards & TD. WR STEFON DIGGS had 11 receptions for 123 yards last week. Has 6 TDs in his past 7. WR ALDRICK ROBINSON had 2 TD catches in Week 4, his 1st-career multi-TD game. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 6 tackles & sack last week. Aims for 5th in row with sack. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 6+ tackles & sack. CB XAVIER RHODES had INT & FF in last meeting. S HARRISON SMITH has 14 tackles & FR in 2 career meetings. Since entering league in 2012, leads NFL safeties with 11 sacks. Rookie CB MIKE HUGHES tied for team lead with career-high 7 tackles & had 1st-career FF in Week 4. Is 1 of 3 NFL rookies with INT (1) & FF (1) in 2018. S ANDREW SENDEJO had INT in last meeting.

EAGLES NOTES:

REMATCH of 2017 NFC Champ. Game, which Phi. won 38-7. • QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 348 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 99.4 rating last week. Is 9-0 in his past 9 home starts. In his past 6 at home, has 1,464 pass yards (244 per game) with 18 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 110.9 rating. • RB JAY AJAYI had 99 scrimmage yards (73 rush, 26 rec.) in 2017 NFC Champ. Game vs. Min. Has 3 rush TDs in his past 4 at home. • WR ALSHON JEFFERY had 8 catches for 105 yards & TD in Week 4. Had 85 rec. yards & 2 TDs in 2017 NFC Champ. Game. In his past 8 vs. Min. (incl. playoffs), has 46 catches for 702 yards (87.8 per game) & 8 TDs. TE ZACH ERTZ led team with 10 catches for 112 yards last week. Has 10+ receptions in 2 games in 2018, most by NFL TE. Ranks 2nd among NFL TEs in catches (183) & rec. yards (1,967) since 2016. WR JORDAN MATTHEWS had 56-yard TD catch last week in his 1st game with Phi. since 2016. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM had sack & FF in last meeting. DE DEREK BARNETT aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB JORDAN HICKS had 11 tackles & sack in last meeting. Has 15 tackles, 1.5 sacks & 3 PD in his past 2 at home. DT FLETCHER COX has 3 sacks in his past 4. LB NIGEL BRADHAM had sack & PD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Min. with 7+ tackles. S COREY GRAHAM led team with 9 tackles in Week 4. Had INT in 2017 NFC Champ. Game. Rookie CB AVONTE MADDOX had 1stcareer INT last week.

 

Arizona Cardinals (0-4) at San Francisco 49ers (1-3)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | Levi’s Stadium | Referee: Shawn Smith

SERIES NOTES

LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 29-24

STREAKS: Cardinals have won past 6

LAST GAME: 11/5/17: Cardinals 20 at 49ers 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/5/17

CARDS NOTES:

  • QB JOSH ROSEN (rookie) had TD pass & 88.5 rating in 1st-career start last week. • RB DAVID JOHNSON had 112 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 41 rec.) & rush TD in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. Has 356 scrimmage yards (89 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 4 vs. SF. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 2+ TDs. Has 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 6 on road vs. division. Since 2016, ranks 3rd in NFL with 119 scrimmage yards per game (min. 20 games). • WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 5 rec. TDs in his past 6 meetings. Has 2,169 rec. yards & 17 TD catches vs. SF, both most vs. any opponent in his career. Ranks 3rd in NFL history in rec. yards (15,686) & receptions (1,249). TE JERMAINE GRESHAM had TD catch in last meeting. WR CHAD WILLIAMS had 1st-career TD catch last week. • LB CHANDLER JONES aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has 3 sacks in his past 3 vs. SF. Aims for 5th in row vs. SF with TFL. Since 2015, leads NFL with 43.5 sacks & ties for 1st with 56 TFL. DT OLSEN PIERRE has 1.5 sacks & PD in 2 career meetings. In 6 career games vs. NFC West, has 3.5 sacks, FF & PD. S ANTOINE BETHEA has 7+ tackles in 4 of past 5 on road vs. NFC West. CB PATRICK PETERSON has 2 INTs & 5 PD in past 4 on road. Had FR in last meeting. Has INT, 2 PD & FR in his past 3 on road vs. division. S TRE BOSTON led team with career-high 11 tackles last week. Aims for 6th in row with 6+ tackles.

49ERS NOTES:

QB C.J. BEATHARD had career-high 298 pass yards with 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs in Week 4. Passed for 294 yards & had rush TD in last meeting. Aims for 5th start in row with 200+ pass yards. • RB MATT BRIEDA ranks 3rd in NFL with 313 rush yards in 2018. Has 347 scrimmage yards (115.7 per game) & rush TD in his past 3. • WR MARQUISE GOODWIN has 18 catches for 312 yards (78 per game) & TD in his past 4 at home. TE GEORGE KITTLE led team with 6 receptions for career-high 125 yards & TD in Week 4. Ranks 3rd among NFL TEs with 316 rec. yards & leads TEs with 218 YAC this season. Has 416 rec. yards & TD in his past 5. WR PIERRE GARÇON has 2 TDs in 4 career meetings. Has 11 receptions for 178 yards (89 per game) in his past 2 vs. division. WR KENDRICK BOURNE has TD catch in 2 of past 3. • DE DE FOREST BUCKNER has 2 sacks, 3 TFL, FR & PD in 3 career meetings. Has 3.5 sacks in his past 4. LB REUBEN FOSTER had career-high 14 tackles in last meeting. Has 20 tackles (10 per game) in 2 career home games vs. division. LB MALCOLM SMITH has sack, FR & INT in his past 5 vs. Az. DB ANTONE EXUM, JR. had 32-yard INT-TD & 3 PD in Week 4, his 1st-career TD. Has 12 tackles, sack, FF & INT-TD in his past 2. DL SHELDON DAY had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home with PD. Rookie LB FRED WARNER is 1st rookie since 2000 with 10+ tackles in 4 consecutive games to begin career. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 43 tackles.

 

Los Angeles Rams (4-0) at Seattle Seahawks (2-2)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 4:25 PM ET | CenturyLink Field | Referee: Clete Blakeman

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 23-16

STREAKS: Seahawks have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/17/17: Rams 42 at Seahawks 7

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/17/17

RAMS NOTES:

RAMS are 4-0 for 1st time since 2001 (started 6-0). • QB JARED GOFF completed 26 of 33 (78.8 pct.) for career-high 465 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for perfect 158.3 rating last week. Is 5th player in NFL history with 450+ pass yards, 5+ TDs & 0 INTs in single game. Became 1st QB in NFL history with 350+ pass yards & 75+ completion pct. in 3 consecutive games. Ranks 1st in rating (127.3), 2nd in pass yards (1,406) & ties for 2nd in TD passes (11) in 2018. • RB TODD GURLEY aims for 3rd in row with 150+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 338 rush yards, 532 scrimmage yards & 6 TDs. Had 180 scrimmage yards (152 rush, 28 rec.) & career-high 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. • WR BRANDIN COOKS had 7 receptions for 116 yards & TD last week. Had TD catch in only career game vs. Sea. (10/30/16 with NO). WR COOPER KUPP set career-highs with 9 receptions, 162 rec. yards & 2 TDs in Week 4. Has 5 TDs in his past 5. WR ROBERT WOODS aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards & TD. Has 22 receptions for 315 yards (105 per game) & TD in his past 3 on road vs. NFC West. • DT AARON DONALD had 2 sacks last week. Has 6 games with 2+ sacks since 2015, 2nd-most among NFL DTs (KAWANN SHORT, 8). Tied career-high with 3 sacks & FF in last meeting. Rookie DL JOHN FRANKLIN-MYERS had 1st-career sack & FF last week. S JOHN JOHNSON has 22 tackles, FF & 3 PD in his past 3.

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

  • QB RUSSELL WILSON has 8 pass TDs vs. 0 INTs for 102 rating in his past 4 at home. Has 14 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 95.4 rating in his past 11 vs. Rams. Aims for 5th in row at home vs. division with 0 INTs. Since 2017, ties for NFL lead with 41 TD passes (TOM BRADY). • RB MIKE DAVIS set career-highs in rush yards (101) & TD rushes (2) in Week 4. Has 188 scrimmage yards (94 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 2 vs. division. • WR DOUG BALDWIN has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. Rams. In his past 7 at home vs. NFC West, has 45 catches for 628 yards (89.7 per game) & 6 TDs. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 5 at home. Since 2015, ranks 3rd in NFL with 29 TD catches. WR TYLER LOCKETT has TD catch in 3 of his past 4. Had career-high 130 rec. yards & TD in 12/15/16 meeting. • LB BOBBY WAGNER aims for 9th in row vs. Rams with 7+ tackles. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Since entering league in 2012, ranks 3rd in NFL with 795 tackles. DE DION JORDAN had 7 tackles & sack in last meeting. DE FRANK CLARK had sack & FF in last meeting. Has 7 sacks, 8 TFL & FF in his past 9. Has 3 sacks in his past 4. DT JARRAN REED has 3 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 2. Aims for 3rd in row with sack & 2+ TFL. Rookie CB TRE FLOWERS had 6 tackles & 1st-career FF last week. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles. CB

 

Dallas Cowboys (2-2) at Houston Texans (1-3)

Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 8:20 PM ET | NRG Stadium | Referee: Bill Vinovich

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 3-1

STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 3

LAST GAME: 10/5/14: Texans 17 at Cowboys 20 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/26/10: Cowboys 27, Texans 13

COWBOYS NOTES:

  • QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 255 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.6 rating last week. Has 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) & 93.9 rating in 4 career road games vs. AFC. Since entering league in 2016, ranks 2nd among NFL QBs with 12 rush TDs. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had career-high 240 scrimmage yards (152 rush, 88 rec.) & TD catch last week. Is 3rd player in team history with 150+ rush yards & 50+ rec. yards in single game. Has 719 scrimmage yards (119.8 per game) & 8 TDs (7 rush, 1 rec.) in 6 career games vs. AFC. In his past 6 road games, has 832 scrimmage yards (138.7 per game) & 7 TDs. Has 100+ rush yards in 4 of past 5 on road. Since 2016, leads NFL in rush yards (3,040) & rush TDs (24). • TE GEOFF SWAIM had 1st-career TD catch last week. WR COLE BEASLEY has 5 rec. TDs in his past 8 vs. AFC. WR TERRANCE WILLIAMS had 71 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. Has 3 TD catches in his past 2 vs. AFC South. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had career-high 8 tackles & 3 sacks last week. Has 2 games with 3+ sacks since 2017, 2nd-most in NFL. Has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 3 on road vs. AFC. In his past 10 road games, has 9.5 sacks, 2 FFs & 3 FRs. S JEFF HEATH aims for 3rd in row on road vs. AFC with FF & PD. Has 2 FFs, INT & 3 PD in his past 4 vs. AFC. LB JAYLON SMITH aims for 3rd in row on road with sack. CB CHIDOBE AWUZIE tied career-high with 8 tackles in Week 4.

TEXANS NOTES:

  • QB DESHAUN WATSON passed for 375 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 102.8 rating & rushed for 41 yards with TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 300+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. In his past 4 at home, has 1,154 pass yards (288.5 per game) with 14 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 114.5 rating. Ranks 4th in AFC with 1,246 pass yards & is only NFL QB with 1,200+ pass yards & 150+ rush yards (161) in 2018. • RB LAMAR MILLER has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. NFC. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 7 of past 10 at home. Since 2014, ranks 3rd among active RBs with 5,398 scrimmage yards. • WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS had 10 catches for 169 yards & TD last week. Has 5 games with 10+ catches & 100+ rec. yards since 2015, tied for 4th-most in NFL. Has 11 TD catches in past 9 at home. Since 2017, has 695 rec. yards (77.2 per game) & 11 TD catches in 9 games at home. WR WILL FULLER V had TD catch last week. Has 6 TD catches in his past 7 at home. Has 3 TD catches in his past 4 vs. NFC. Rookie WR KEKE COUTEE had 11 catches for 109 yards in NFL debut last week, 2nd-most catches by player in 1st-career game in NFL history. • DE J.J. WATT had 2 sacks & 2 FFs last week. Has 14 sacks, 16 TFL, 3 FFs & 2 FRs in his past 11 at home. In his past 4 vs. NFC, has 6 sacks, 8 TFL & FF. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 2 sacks & FR-TD in Week 4. Has 12 TFL, 5 sacks & FF in his past 6 vs. NFC. Has 8 TFL in his past 5 at home. S TYRANN MATHIEU had INT in 11/2/14 meeting (with Az.).

 

Washington Redskins (2-1) at New Orleans Saints (3-1)

Monday, October 8, 2018 | 8:15 PM ET | Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Referee: Carl Cheffers

SERIES NOTES:

LEADER: Redskins lead all-time series, 17-9

STREAKS: Redskins have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/19/17: Redskins 31 at Saints 34

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/19/17

REDSKINS NOTES:

QB ALEX SMITH passed for 214 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126 rating in his last game vs. NO (10/23/16 with KC). In 3 games with Was., has 767 pass yards (255.7 per game) with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 102.2 rating. In his past 10 on road, has 2,837 pass yards (283.7 per game), 23 TDs & 4 INTs for 118.6 rating. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON had 120 rush yards & 2 TDs in Week 3. Has 102 career rushing TDs & moved into sole possession of 7th place on all-time rush TD list. Has 281 rush yards (93.7 per game) & TD in his past 3 on road. RB CHRIS THOMPSON had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Has 8 TDs (4 rush, 4 rec.) in his past 8 on road. Has 10 TD catches since 2014, 3rdmost among NFL RBs. • WR JAMISON CROWDER had TD catch in Week 3. TE JORDAN REED had 8 receptions for 64 yards & 2 TDs in his last Monday game (10/23/17 vs. Phi.). Had 2 rec. TDs in his last game vs. NO (11/15/15). WR PAUL RICHARDSON, JR. had rec. TD in Week 3, his 1st TD with Was. • LB RYAN KERRIGAN has sack in 2 of 3 career meetings. Has 1.5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 4 Monday games. DL JONATHAN ALLEN had 2 sacks in Week 3, his 1stcareer multi-sack game. Rookie DL DARON PAYNE had 1st-career sack in Week 3. LB ZACH BROWN has 9+ tackles in 8 of his past 11 on road. Has 31 tackles, 3.5 sacks & FR in 4 career Monday games.

SAINTS NOTES:

QB DREW BREES aims for 3rd in row at home vs. Was. with 300+ pass yards. In his past 8 at home, is 7-1 with 2,418 pass yards (302.3 per game) & 13 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 114.3 rating. Has 71,740 career pass yards & needs 201 yards to surpass HOFer BRETT FAVRE (71,838) & PEYTON MANNING (71,940) for most in NFL history. • RB ALVIN KAMARA leads NFL with 611 scrimmage yards in 2018. Had career-high 134 rush yards & 3 rush TDs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 175+ scrimmage yards. In his past 7 at home, has 813 scrimmage yards (116.1 per game) & 9 TDs (5 rush, 4 rec.). Had 116 scrimmage yards (74 rec., 42 rush) & TD catch in last meeting. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS has 46 catches for 498 yards (99.6 per game) & 5 TDs in his past 5 at home. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 10+ receptions & TD. WR TED GINN, JR. has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. Was. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had sack in last meeting. Has 4 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 3. Has 9 sacks, INT-TD & 8 PD in his past 9 at home. S VONN BELL led team with career-high 13 tackles & had sack & FF in last meeting. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 11 tackles & 2 sacks in Week 4, his 2nd-career 2-sack game. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (DARIUS LEONARD) with 35+ tackles (37) & 2+ sacks (2) in 2018. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had 1st-career FR last week. Has 2 INTs, 8 PD & FF in his past 4 at home. DT TYELER DAVISON had sack & FF in Week 4.

 

SPORTS EXTRA

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY:

1906 – Henry Mathewson (New York Giants’ pitcher) walks 14 men.

1907 – Canadian Interprovincial Rugby Football Union plays first game (Montreal 17, Toronto 8).

1907 – Philadelphia Athletics’ pitcher Rube Vickers no-hits Washington Senators, 4-0 in five-inning game.

1912 – Billy Mallett of Hamilton Tigers kicks 9 singles in a game.

1912 – New York Yankees win final game at Hilltop stadium.

1921 – First World Series radio broadcast, New York Yankees beat New York Giants 3-0 (World Series #18).

1922 – New York Yankees and New York Giants play an infamous 3-3 tie World Series game (World Series #19).

1941 – Mickey Owens drops a third strike, Tom Hendrick reaches first safely, would have been the last out, instead New York Yankees score 4 and win 7-4.

1942 – Saint Louis Cardinals beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 1, in 39th World Series.

1953 – New York Yankees break own record with 5th consecutive World Series win – Billy Martin’s 12 hits set record (World Series #50).

1956 – Yogi Berra becomes the fourth New York Yankees’ player to hit a World Series Grand Slam (World Series #53).

1969 – Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints kicks 55-yard field goal.

1980 – Kansas City Royals’ Willie Wilson establishes a major league record for the most at-bats in a season with 705.

1980 – New York Yankees set American League attendance mark at 2,627,417.

1982 – New Jersey Devils first game, ties Pittsburgh Penguins 3-3 at the Meadowlands Coliseum.

1985 – Louisiana’s Grambling Tigers, coached by Eddie Robinson, win record 324th football game.

1990 – Death of Peter Taylor, English football player and manager (born 1928).

2001 – The Atlanta Braves defeat the Florida Marlins 20-3 to clinch the National League East title and becomes the first team in professional sports to win 10 consecutive division titles.

2001 – Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks the single season home run record with his 71st and 72nd home runs of the year. Both are off pitcher Chan Ho Park of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

2001 – The Seattle Mariners break the Major League Baseball record for wins in a season set by the 1998 New York Yankees, winning their 115th game, defeating the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field. The Mariners finish the season 116-46.

  

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY-OCTOBER 5

1888      At Swampoodle Grounds in Washington, D.C., James Francis Galvin of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys becomes baseball’s first pitcher to record his 300th victory when he defeats the hometown Senators, 5-1. The 31 year-old ‘Pud’, a workhorse who will win 20 games 10 of the 14 seasons he plays in the big leagues, will end his career with 361 victories.

1905      The Beaneaters suffer their 100th loss of the season when they drop the first game of a Washington Park doubleheader, 11-5, to the Superbas, a team that has already lost 103 games. It is the first occurrence in major league history that two teams with triple-digit losses have been opponents.

1908      Defeating Detroit, 6-1, Ed Walsh wins his 40th game of the season. Big Ed’s win total remains a White Sox single-season record. ‘Big Ed’, a right-hander from Meriden, CT, will finish his 14-year Hall of Fame career with a 195-126 record, and sets the all-time ERA mark with an earned run average of 1.82.

1912      During the Highlanders’ last game to be played at Hilltop Park, Homer Thompson appears in his first and last game in the majors. Although the New York backstop doesn’t come to bat, his debut is memorable as he catches his younger brother Tommy, making the siblings the first brothers to form a battery in American league history.

1914      In the eighth, Robins reliever Pat Ragan throws an immaculate inning when he strikes out the first three batters he faces on nine pitches. Unfortunately the right-handed will give up five runs in the next frame, taking the loss in the team’s 9-5 defeat to the Braves at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field.

1918      Eddie Grant, a captain attached to the 307th Infantry, becomes the first major leaguer to be killed during World War l. The former Giants third baseman is hit by a shell while leading a unit to rescue the Lost Battalion, the name given to a contingent of roughly 554 soldiers of the United States 77th Division isolated by the German forces after an American attack in the Argonne Forest.

1941      In the bottom of the ninth with two outs and two strikes in Game 4 of the World Series, Tommy Henrich appears to be struck out ending the game, but ‘Old Reliable’ reaches first base on Mickey Owen’s passed ball. The catcher’s blunder turns a sure 4-3 Brooklyn win into a heart-breaking 7-4 loss to the Yankees.

1942      Behind the outstanding pitching of rookie Johnny Beazley, the Cardinals stun the baseball world by beating the Yankees, 2-1, to win the World Series in five games.

1947      Al Gionfriddo, inserted in left field for defensive purposes, makes one of most memorable catches in World Series history when he robs Joe DiMaggio of an extra base hit with two men on base in the sixth inning. The outfielder’s heroics help to preserve an 8-5 Dodger victory in Game 6 of the Fall Classic, which will be the 25 year-old’s last game in the major leagues.

1949      Don Newcombe, who allows only four hits and strikes out 11 through eight innings of Game 1 of the World Series, gives up a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth to Tommy Henrich as the Yankees beat the Dodgers, 1-0 . ‘Old Reliable’s shot to right field, the first game-ending home run in the history of the Fall Classic, gives Allie Reynolds the complete game win, and it is Casey Stengel’s first postseason victory.

1951      In Game 2 of the World Series, right fielder Mickey Mantle’s season comes to an immediate end when he severely injures his right knee when his cleats get caught on a drainage cap at Yankee Stadium. Joe DiMaggio’s abrupt call for Willie Mays’ fly ball in center field leads many to believe the last minute call was a contributing factor to the torn cartilage suffered by the 19 year-old rookie.

1953      In the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 6 at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers win their record fifth consecutive World Series in dramatic fashion. Billy Martin, the Series MVP, collects his twelfth hit of the Fall Classic, a single which scores Hank Bauer, giving New York a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Dodgers.

1956      U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, during a morning news conference, indicates he is not in favor of the Washington Senators shifting their franchise to another city and would like to see the District of Columbia get a new baseball stadium, a proposal the Congress has been working on for the past decade. Club president Cal Griffith, who has disclosed other municipalities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Louisville, have made very attractive offers to attract the team, has acknowledged he is willing to stay in the nation’s capital if a new stadium plan is approved.

1957      In the first World Series game ever played in Milwaukee, native son Tony Kubek hits two home runs in the 9-3 rout of the hometown Braves, that puts his Bronx Bombers ahead two games to one in the Fall classic. The Yankee shortstop becomes the second rookie to hit two round-trippers in a Fall Classic game, a feat first accomplished by Charlie Keller, who hit a pair of homers in Game 3 in 1939.

1960      At Forbes Field, Roger Maris becomes the seventh major leaguer to homer in first World Series at-bat. The right fielder’s first-inning round-tripper off Vernon Law gets the Yankees off to a good start, but the Pirates will win Game 1 of the Fall Classic, 6-4.

1963      In Game 4, Mickey Mantle ties Babe Ruth’s record with his 15th World Series home run. The Yankees slugger turns around a Sandy Koufax fastball in the seventh inning to tie the score, but the blast isn’t enough to stave off the Dodgers’ Fall Classic sweep of the Bronx Bombers.

1966      Reliever Moe Drabowsky ties a World Series record by striking out six consecutive batters in the Orioles’ 5-2 Game 1 victory at Dodger Stadium. Brooks and Frank Robinson hit back-to-back homers in the first inning.

1977      Glenn Burke greets Dusty Baker on the dugout steps to congratulate his Dodger teammate for hitting a grand slam against the Phillies in Game 2 of the 1977 NLCS. The greeting, which consists of the two players extending their right arms above their heads and slapping their hands to make a resounding clap, is considered to be the first ‘high five’ in baseball history.

1980      The Yankees break the American League regular attendance season record held by the 1948 Indians with 2,627,417 fans.

1980      Reaching first on a fielder’s choice in the top of the seventh in the 4-0 win over the Twins, Royals’ leadoff hitter Willie Wilson establishes a major league record for the most at-bats in a season with 705. The Kansas City outfielder will collect 230 hits and score 133 runs for the division winning club.

1980      Brewers’ outfielder Ben Ogilvie becomes the first non-American born player to lead the American League in home runs. On the last day of the season, the 31 year-old Panamanian goes deep off Oakland’s Rick Langford for his 41st homer, which ties Reggie Jackson for the most round trippers in the Junior Circuit.

1980      In a duel between two 19-game winners on the last day of the season, Scott McGregor enters the 20-win circle for the first and only time when he bests Len Barker in the Orioles’ 7-1 victory over the Indians. The Cleveland right-hander, who gives up six runs in five innings to finish the campaign with a 19-12 record, will never again come close to being a 20-game winner.

1993      Bob Watson replaces Bill Wood as the general manager of the Astros, making the former Houston player the first black GM in baseball history. Bill Lucas had performed many similar duties for the Braves in the late 1970s, but he never officially held the title.

2001      Arizona’s Albie Lopez hurls a three-hit shutout to beat the Brewers at Miller Park, 5-0. The Diamondback victory clinches a tie for the NL West flag, and with the win, the 30 year-old right-hander avoids becoming the first 20-game loser since Brian Kingman accomplished the feat in 1980.

2001      The Seattle Mariners record their 115th victory of the season when they beat Texas, 6-2, at Safeco Field, breaking the 1998 Yankee record for most wins in an American League season. The team will tie 1906 Cubs for the major league record of 116 wins, when they add their final victory tomorrow in the next to last contest of the campaign.

2001      In the longest 9-inning game in major league history, Barry Bonds breaks and then extends the mark for home runs in a season during the 4 hours and 27 minutes, 11-10 loss to the Dodgers at Pac Bell Park. The Giant outfielder connects off Dodger starter Chan Ho Park to break Mark McGwire’s 1998 record of 70, and then homers again in his next at bat to extend his record to 72.

2001      The Braves maul the Marlins, 20-3 to clinch the National League East title and become the first team in professional sports to win 10 consecutive division titles. The Boston Celtics (1957-65) and Los Angeles Lakers (1982-90) had both won nine in a row.

2001      On the last day of the season, 38 year-old Jamie Moyer (20-6) becomes the oldest first-time 20-game winner when the Mariners beat Texas at Safeco Field, 6-2. The Seattle southpaw will also compile a 21-7 record in 2003.

2002      For the first time in its 42 year-old history, the Angels win a playoff series when they beat Yankees, 9-5, to take the ALDS 3 games to 1. The postseason appearance is the first for the Halos since 1986, when after being a strike away in Game 5 of the ALCS, from advancing to the World Series, the team lost to the Red Sox in seven games. 

2006      At Game 2 of the NLCS played at Petco Park, Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, who recently became baseball’s all-time saves leader, catches the ceremonial first pitch thrown by Lee Smith, the reliever he surpassed with his 479th save. The two ‘firemen’ exchange autographed baseballs after the toss.

2009      The Indians, with six games left on the schedule, announce they have dismissed Eric Wedge, their manager for the past seven years. The Cleveland skipper, whose firing had been rumored for weeks, asks to remain in the dugout to manage the fifth-place Tribe for the remainder of the season.

2010      Hanshin Tigers outfielder Matt Murton breaks Ichiro’s Japanese record for the most hits in a single season when he strokes his 211th hit of the year, a two-run single to center in a game against the Yakult Swallows. The 29 year-old former major leaguer, a 2003 first-round draft pick of the Red Sox who was traded to the Cubs in a four-team deal that included Nomar Garciaparra, also played with the A’s before being released by the Rockies last season.

2011      During the fifth inning of Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cardinals, a squirrel runs across home plate just as Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt begins to deliver a pitch to Skip Schumaker. Umpire Angel Hernandez calls the pitch a ball, much to the chagrin of the right-hander and Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel, who believe that “no pitch” should be called due to the distraction caused by the grey rodent, immortalized by the Redbirds fans as the “rally squirrel”.

 

ON THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-OCTOBER 5, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO-The instant Barry Bonds unleashed his spring-loaded swing tonight, the moment his black maple bat made sweet contact on a pitch, the 1‚0 fastball delivered by Dodgers starter Chan Ho Park shot into the night sky. There was no mistaking its destination, or its place in baseball history. As Bonds’s record-breaking 71st home run arched over the brick wall at Pacific Bell Park, it looked like a piece of confetti falling from a distance. As it landed in the right-center-field seats, the home run triggered a celebration that accompanied the Giants’ sculptured left fielder on his home run trot.

Suddenly, the most glorified baseball record was his, and his alone, with Bonds separating himself from St. Louis’s Mark McGwire. In 1998, McGwire did the unthinkable when he soared past Roger Maris’s 37-year-old record of 61 home runs by finishing with 70 (see Sept. 8). Twenty-four hours after matching McGwire with No. 70 in Houston, Bonds created his own unfathomable scenario at home. After hitting No. 71 in the first inning, he came back with No. 72 in the third inning on a 1‚1 pitch by Park.

This is the totality of Bonds’s incredible power at age 37. And it is why few pitchers have wanted to challenge him over the last two weeks. But with his team out of the pennant race, Dodgers Manager Jim Tracy allowed Park to dare Bonds. Park did not have a chance against a man motivated by the Giants’ playoff race, moved by the recent death of a friend and hungry for baseball history. That was made in the first inning on a 442-foot home run. In the batter’s box, Bonds took a moment to savor the ball’s flight, but quickly rounded the bases to find his teammates, along with his son, Nikolai, at home plate to greet him.

As banners announcing Bonds’s 71st home run unfurled on the light posts above center field, fireworks went off over the boats gathered in McCovey Cove. Beneath the roar from those in the stands, while the sound of horns emanated from the cove beyond right field, Bonds lifted Nikolai and kept pointing to the heavens. A minute later, Bonds made his way into the seats behind home plate to kiss his wife and mother. Then his cellphone rang. It was his father, the former baseball All- Star Bobby Bonds, calling from Bridgeport, Conn., the site of his charity golf tournament.

After a four-minute stoppage, the game resumed and the buzz continued. As if piling on the record books, Bonds hit No. 72.

Barry Bonds hit his 73rd and final home run of the season off Dennis Springer of the Dodgers at Pacific Bell Park two nights later.

 

SPORTS BIRTHDAY’S

Baseball

Alexi Ogando—1983

Sam West—1904

Ray Kroc—1902

Jim Bagby—1889

Claude Ritchey—1873

Long John Reilly—1858

 

Basketball

Jewell Lloyd—1993

Grant Hill—1972

Rex Chapman—1967

Bob Lloyd—1945

Adrian Smith—1936

Peck Hickman—1911

R. William Jones—1906

 

Football

Travis Kelce—1989

Greg Jones—1988

Dennis Byrd—1966

Barry Switzer—1937

Bill Willis—1921

Bill Corbus—1911

Hank Gillo—1894

 

Hockey

Fredrik Olausson—1966

Mario Lemieux—1965

Patrick Roy—1965

Dean Prentice—1932

Roy Conacher—1916

Lorne Chabot—1900

 

Golf

Laura Davies—1963

Lew Worsham—1917

 

Soccer

Careca—1960

Jock Stein—1922

 

Gymnastics

Clara Schroth—1920

 

Swimming

Jack Medica—1914

 

Weightlifting

An Yong-Kwon—1982

 

Ping Pong

Zhang Yining—1981

 

Mixed Martial Arts

Rich Franklin—1974