HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
By Jan Clark
Saturday was a predictable day for the Richmond girls volleyball team, finishing 2-1 in the RHS Invitational. Closing out the home season, the Red Devils, now 13-12, defeated Franklin County 25-15, 25-11, defeated Fort Wayne North 25-16, 25-10 and lost to a good New Palestine outfit in the finals 25-17, 25-11.
“I thought we played really really well this morning and I knew we were going to have a hard fought match against New Pal,” said coach Russ Uhte. “They have some heavy hitters on the front row and we knew we were going to have to be especially good on defense against them. Unfortunately we weren’t able to pull it out.”
The Red Devils were never seriously challenged in their matches with Franklin County and Fort Wayne North. Against New Palestine, set one was much closer than set two.
In set one JaKaia Lotz had back-to-back kills early on followed by an Ashley Clark kill and a Laurelai DePew service ace. Clark had another kill to keep Richmond close 8-10. A DePew kill, Molly Morken kill and Rayonna Rogers ace highlighted the latter stages of the set but the Dragons kept their margin intact. Richmond trailed 9-2 and 14-3 to open set two and New Pal stayed comfortably ahead.
For the day, Clark led Richmond in kills with 11 and shared honors in blocks with Ella Wilson, two each. DePew led in digs with 20, Morken in assists with 24 and Lauren Uhte in aces with eight,.
The Red Devils now anxiously await the IHSAA state tournament draw at 7 p.m. Sunday. They return to action next Saturday in the North Central Conference tournament at Logansport.
“I think I’m about as nervous as anybody about the draw,” coach Uhte said.
Cumulative stats — Clark 11 kills, 2 digs, 2 blocks; DePew 6 aces,10 kills, 20 digs, 1 block; Uhte 8 aces, 2 kills, 7 digs, 17 assists; Morken 3 aces, 4 kills, 15 digs, 24 assists; Rogers 4 aces, 8 kills, 6 digs, 1 block; Wilson 3 kills, 3 digs, 3 assists, 2 blocks; Juday 4 aces, 18 digs; McKee 6 aces, 5 kills, 1 assist, 1 block; Lotz 7 kills, 2 digs, 1 block; Wolfe 10 digs, 3 assists; Weber 11 digs; Thompson 3 digs.
HAGERSTOWN: The Lady Tigers captured their 6th straight Wayne County Tournament Saturday by defeating Centerville in the first match 25-20 25-6 and 25-16. Regan Tinkle had 17 kills and Jessica Swimm had 16. Carli Morris had 13 digs and 10 service points; Camryn Bradway had 9 digs and 12 service points; Tori Kelley had 8 digs; and Halley Rogers had 39 assists and 9 digs.
They defeated Northeastern in the championship match by the scores of 25-8 25-8 and 25-10.
Regan Tinkle had 12 kills, 15 service points with 6 aces; Jessica Swimm had 16 kills; Hallie Rogers had 25 assists and 6 kills; Carli Morris had 12 digs; Ashley Vinson had 14 service points with 5 aces; Carli Cox had 9 service points and Tori Kelley had 8 digs. The Lady-Tigers raise their overall record to 24-2. They will host Union County on Tuesday, travel to New Castle on Wednesday, and will finish their regular season on Thursday night at home (Senior Night) against Centerville.
Huntington North 2 Marion 0
New Palestine 2 Union County 0
Muncie Central 2 Huntington North 1
New Palestine 2 Monroe Central 1
Muncie Central 2 Marion 0
New Castle 3 Fort Wayne Luers 0
Frankfort 2 Kokomo 0
Goshen 2 Marion 0
Kokomo 2 Marion 0
HAGERSTOWN: Halcomb Repeats as TEC CC Champ, Teams Place Second
Elijah Halcomb won the individual boys’ TEC cross country championship for the second consecutive year, running an impressive 16:58.7 on the rigorous course at Union City’s Harter Park. The boys’ placed second as a team behind defending champ Lincoln who put four runners in the top ten. Quentin Osborne earned All-TEC honors along with Halcomb by placing ninth, but Blake Creech, in his best race of the year, just missed a top-ten spot, placing eleventh. Quaid Mull was close behind in 12th. Adam Nadler placed 21st, Carter Jenkins 22nd, and Joey Auker 30th.
Ava Moore earned All-TEC for the Lady Tigers by placing eighth, and the girls were solid across the board, though handily outpaced by a very strong Centerville squad. Taylor Pass was 16th, Ella Nicholson 17th, Jewels Warfel, 19th, Jenna Smith 21st, Haven Regan 22nd, and Teresa Rojas 29th, to put all seven girls in the top 30.
Coach Kent Gray commented, ” I was happy with our overall performances today, for the boys and girls both. Halcomb just dominated his race, Blake Creech ran his heart out today, and our team times for both sexes were close to our best of the year on a demanding course. Our ladies really scrapped for every place to pull a second. Ava Moore passed three Centerville girls in the final 200 meters to take eighth, and Taylor Pass and Jenna Smith probably had their best outings of the season. If we run as well at sectional next week as we did here, we will certainly be taking both squads to the regional.”
Top Five Boys’ Team Scores: Lincoln 35, HHS 52, Centerville 69, Northeastern 109, Union County 114
Top Five Girls’ Team Scores: Centerville 33, HHS 71, Union County 72, Lincoln 83, Winchester 104
LINCOLN: TEC Conference Meet at Barter Park in Union City
Lincoln Boys Team came home with Team Title with a score of 35 points. Lincoln also had 4 individuals achieve all-conference honors by finishing in the Top 10.
3 Dylan McCullum 17:21
4.Trenton Bertsch 17:34
- Blake Smith 17:40
- Payton McGriff 17:50
- Andon Ross 18:59
- Keaton Southerland 20:10
- Gavin Newton 20:24
Lincoln Girls Team finished in 4TH place. Lincoln had two girls achieve all-conference honors.
- Bailey Puckett 20:59
- Kali Hetisimer 22:31
- Marie Gerkin 24:40
- Emily Lightfield 30:35
- Emily Powers 30:54
Official Team Scores
- Cambridge City Lincoln 35
- Hagerstown 52
- Centerville 69
- Northeastern 109
- Union County 114
- Winchester Community 133
- 12 Elijah Halcomb 16:58.7 Hagerstown
- 12 Luke Bantz 17:14.0 Union County
- 12 Dylan McCullum 17:21.7 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 12 Trenton Bertsch 17:34.6 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 10 Blake Smith 17:40.4 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 11 Daniel Stuckey 17:42.6 Centerville
- 9 Chase Cates 17:48.3 Northeastern
- 12 Payton McGriff 17:50.8 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 10 Quentin Osborne 18:04.6 Hagerstown
- 10 Mylan Nocton 18:05.9 Centerville
- 11 Blake Creech 18:17.3 Hagerstown
- 9 Quaid Mull 18:31.5 Hagerstown
- 9 Alec Erbse 18:50.4 Centerville
- 11 Luke Paddock 18:57.5 Union County
- 10 Andon Ross 18:59.2 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 12 Josiah King 19:02.4 Knightstown
- 9 Grant Luebbe 19:08.2 Northeastern
- 10 Bryson Hoober 19:08.5 Centerville
- 9 Aidan Moystner 19:09.9 Winchester Community
- 11 Dalton Grap 19:14.8 Tri
- 12 Adam Nadler 19:31.1 Hagerstown
- 9 Carter Jenkins 19:33.3 Hagerstown
- 12 Trey Williams 19:42.5 Tri
- 10 Gage Patterson 19:43.6 Winchester Community
- 12 Trenton Sanders 19:47.1 Winchester Community
- 10 Cameron Nocton 19:55.3 Centerville
- 12 Bailey Moistner 20:07.6 Northeastern
- 12 Keaton Southerland 20:10.1 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 9 Bradley Meadows 20:14.7 Union County
- 10 Joey Auker 20:16.9 Hagerstown
- 9 Luke Cannarella 20:23.2 Centerville
- 9 Gavin Newton 20:24.0 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 10 Mathew Stephen 20:26.3 Northeastern
- 11 Aaron Limburg 20:35.0 Centerville
- 11 Gannen Stockton 20:46.3 Northeastern
- 9 Conner Austerman 21:12.9 Northeastern
- 12 Justin Lane 21:14.8 Knightstown
- 9 Jack Hodgkin 21:15.2 Union County
- 9 Damyan Jones 21:36.9 Knightstown
- 11 Collin Perry 21:43.6 Union City
- 12 Dawson Ridge 21:46.4 Winchester Community
- 10 Dra Johnson 21:47.7 Northeastern
- 9 Brock Hays 22:05.7 Winchester Community
- 9 Ethan Powers 22:24.2 Union County
- 11 Mahlon Page 22:29.3 Union County
- 11 Michael Vore 23:13.9 Union City
- 9 Parker Glandon 24:13.0 Tri
- 10 Jack Dodd 26:18.5 Union County
- 12 Garrett Abney-Booker 26:40.3 Northeastern
Official Team Scores
- Centerville 33
- Hagerstown 71
- Union County 72
- Cambridge City Lincoln 83
- Winchester Community 104
- 11 Emily Tedder 20:32.5 Centerville
- 10 Bailey Puckett 20:59.0 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 11 Ella Baldwin 21:10.9 Winchester Community
- 10 Priscilla Kelley 21:17.6 Union County
- 9 Marrisa Cates 21:50.1 Northeastern
- 9 Chloe Scales 22:15.3 Centerville
- 11 Kali Hetisimer 22:31.8 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 9 Ava Moore 23:10.7 Hagerstown
- 9 Aubrey Morgan 23:13.5 Centerville
- 9 Mia Lickfelt 23:13.8 Centerville
- 11 Lydia Nevels 23:19.7 Centerville
- 11 Journey Cornett 23:36.9 Centerville
- 11 Genny Antrim 23:43.0 Union County
- 11 Chloe Wyatt 23:56.7 Union City
- 11 Vanessa West 24:27.7 Union County
- 10 Taylor Pass 24:31.4 Hagerstown
- 11 Ella Nicholson 24:32.3 Hagerstown
- 10 Marie Gerkin 24:40.6 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 11 Jewelianna Warfel 24:48.6 Hagerstown
- 10 Jill Berger 25:22.0 Northeastern
- 9 Jenna Smith 25:26.0 Hagerstown
- 10 Haven Ragen 25:34.4 Hagerstown
- 12 Whitney Jester 25:34.7 Winchester Community
- 11 Kalin Baumbauer 26:10.1 Union County
- 12 Emma Sharpe 26:30.4 Union County
- 9 Sylaris Denney 26:52.1 Union City
- 9 Johannah Nelson 27:16.0 Union County
- 10 Ella Parker 27:16.3 Centerville
- 12 Teresa Rojas 27:29.5 Hagerstown
- 10 Paige Zettel 27:43.0 Northeastern
- 12 Ara Cowper 28:03.4 Winchester Community
- 10 Gabi Rogers 28:46.3 Winchester Community
- 11 Ashley Rees 30:13.8 Winchester Community
- 9 Emily Lightfield 30:35.1 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 12 Emily Powers 30:54.4 Cambridge City Lincoln
- 11 Sienna Frye 46:57.6 Winchester Community
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS
- Lincoln (Cambridge) 55
- Union City Westside 62
- Northeastern 65
- Centerville 70
- Knightstown 142
- Driver 161
- Tri 161
- 8 Conner Walser 11:54.7 Union City Westside
- 8 Nolan Drake 12:03.5 Northeastern
- 8 Riley Jaynes 12:22.7 Centerville
- 7 Donovan Shinaver 12:46.1 Union City Westside
- 8 Brody Puckett 12:46.5 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 8 Landon Pearson 12:48.3 Union County
- 8 Luke Williams 12:50.2 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 8 Michael Roberson 13:17.9 Knightstown
- 8 Seth Ingalls 13:20.8 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 7 Conner Cline 13:22.2 Union City Westside
- 7 Nathan Carmichael 13:27.1 Tri
- 8 Abraham Wilson 13:27.7 Knightstown
- 6 Grayson Hawkins 13:29.2 Centerville
- 7 Lucas Chamness 13:29.7 Northeastern
- 7 Dalton Justice 13:30.6 Northeastern
- 8 Ben Withers 13:51.2 Centerville
- 6 Dustin Lunsford 13:53.2 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 7 Ayven Fields 14:01.9 Northeastern
- 6 Ethan Bymaster 14:05.0 Hagerstown
- 7 Jaden Cornett 14:08.6 Centerville
- 7 Cory Nash 14:10.2 Hagerstown
- 6 Brandt Benjamin 14:13.1 Northeastern
- 8 Christian Davis 14:16.5 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 7 Brennan Hoggatt 14:18.4 Union City Westside
- 6 Tate Chasteen 14:39.9 Centerville
- 8 Kaemen Coon 14:43.4 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 7 Kayden Smith 14:50.3 Northeastern
- 8 Hunter Kisgen 14:53.3 Driver
- 8 Fox Hutton 14:55.9 Centerville
- 7 Ronnie Dotson 15:00.2 Union City Westside
- 7 John Crawford 15:02.6 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 6 Aiden Houchins 15:07.8 Tri
- 7 Mathew Truitt 15:17.4 Northeastern
- 6 Logan Seal 15:24.5 Northeastern
- 7 Daniel Jones 15:28.8 Northeastern
- 6 Carter Campbell 15:34.6 Driver
- 8 Wyatt Sawyer 15:35.6 Northeastern
- 6 Desmond Ervin 15:37.4 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 6 Cooper Cline 15:37.8 Northeastern
- 6 Bryce Tippett 15:38.5 Driver
- 7 Rizael Payne 15:39.2 Hagerstown
- 6 Spencer Mummert 15:39.5 Tri
- 8 Eric Parker 15:39.9 Centerville
- 6 Aiden Mendenhall 15:45.9 Driver
- 6 Abram Jarvis 15:48.0 Centerville
- 6 Aaden Linder 15:52.5 Union City Westside
- 6 Nathaniel Partin 15:55.1 Union City Westside
- 5 Levi Clark 15:59.2 Union City Westside
- 6 Scott O’Connor 16:05.8 Union City Westside
- 8 Kristopher Lawrence 16:07.9 Driver
- 6 McCormac Anderson 16:08.4 Driver
- 7 Luke Cottrell 16:15.9 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 8 Noah Wilson 16:20.4 Knightstown
- 8 Daniel Wilson 16:20.8 Knightstown
- 7 Anthony Wyant 16:26.3 Union City Westside
- 6 Braxton Dick 16:27.5 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 7 Piper Smith 16:29.0 Tri
- 6 Gavin Elmore 16:31.1 Union City Westside
- 6 Kyler Davis 16:57.7 Knightstown
- 6 Gavin Straszheim 16:58.0 Centerville
- 6 Domynic Jones 17:00.0 Knightstown
- 6 Logan Smith 17:02.9 Centerville
- 6 Greysen Davis 17:08.6 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 6 Jake Jenkins 17:17.7 Knightstown
- 8 Quentin Keen 17:27.9 Driver
- 6 Teratin Goecke 17:29.4 Union County
- 8 Tyler Neal 17:42.0 Driver
- 8 Hayden Kisgen 18:09.8 Driver
- 8 Elijah Berry 18:22.0 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 7 Oliver Patterson 18:26.8 Tri
- 6 Ben Bates 18:31.8 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 6 Aiden Shaffer 18:41.1 Northeastern
- 6 Josiah Berry 19:20.0 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 7 Braydon Munchel 19:24.2 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 8 Wezlee Brown 19:32.3 Hagerstown
- 6 Grant Elliott 19:34.5 Union City Westside
- 6 Kaleb Moore 19:47.8 Northeastern
- 6 Gabe Tap 20:49.2 Union City Westside
- 6 Isaac Livesay 21:22.6 Knightstown
- 5 Cayden Hartman 23:03.1 Union City Westside
- 6 Peter Hicks 23:19.8 Northeastern
- 6 Kyson Wright 23:21.2 Centerville
- 6 Rogan Auker 25:43.6 Driver
GIRLS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Official Team Scores
- Centerville 22
- Union City Westside 50
- Driver 63
- Union County 93
- 7 Kaylynn Wolfal 13:15.5 Centerville
- 6 Jillian Chew 13:26.5 Tri
- 8 Kendra Shipman 13:40.6 Centerville
- 7 Ava Jefferis 13:43.6 Union City Westside
- 7 Addyson Pitcock 14:09.0 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 6 Lyla Williams 14:11.0 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 7 Ena Durbin 14:17.5 Union City Westside
- 8 Laney Foster 14:20.1 Centerville
- 6 Ava Houchins 14:41.3 Tri
- 7 Heather Crull 15:01.0 Northeastern
- 6 Adenech Jarvis 15:02.4 Centerville
- 6 Madeline Keen 15:04.5 Driver
- 6 Elizabeth Nevels 15:10.4 Centerville
- 6 Ellie Rose 15:11.6 Driver
- 7 Elliott Jones 15:32.6 Lincoln (Cambridge)
- 7 Peyton Conteen 15:39.1 Tri
- 5 Carter Allyson 15:42.4 Union City Westside
- 8 Bentley Ankrom 15:52.5 Hagerstown
- 7 Morgan Martin 15:56.3 Centerville
- 6 Jasmin Buggs 15:57.2 Union City Westside
- 8 Amelia Cannon 16:04.0 Union County
- 6 Mariah Manning 16:12.5 Driver
- 6 Cylie Coyle 16:17.7 Union County
- 7 Jazmia Todd 16:32.8 Tri
- 6 Savannah Cross 16:57.2 Hagerstown
- 7 Ryann James 17:03.7 Driver
- 6 Trinity Culberson 17:07.0 Driver
- 7 Erica Grubbs 17:16.2 Driver
- 6 Aubrey Simmons 17:18.5 Driver
- 6 Avery Blunk 17:18.9 Hagerstown
- 6 Meliyah Cannon Dic… 17:26.4 Knightstown
- 8 Julia West 17:29.6 Union County
- 8 Juztice Slick 17:31.7 Northeastern
- 6 Campbell Kerns 17:32.9 Union City Westside
- 8 Julianna Goecke 17:35.6 Union County
- 8 Bailey Boatright 17:36.3 Union County
- 6 Whitney Williams 17:37.5 Centerville
- 6 Chloe Barker 17:40.5 Driver
- 6 Brooklyn Williams 17:53.4 Centerville
- 6 Gracie French 18:06.4 Driver
- 6 Kelly Martin 19:00.7 Driver
- 6 Kylie Stillwell 19:01.3 Driver
- 6 Zoe Peschel 19:02.0 Driver
- 7 Laynie Halper 19:23.5 Driver
- 6 Ella Schroeder 19:29.3 Driver
- 8 Alicah Cannon Dick… 19:40.0 Knightstown
- 7 Lindey Rees 19:40.6 Driver
- 6 Kaydence Burchett 21:27.4 Union County
- 6 Kallie Russell 24:37.4 Lincoln (Cambridge)
HIGH SCHOOL STATE GIRLS GOLF
1 Homestead 605
2 Evansville North 617
3 Zionsville 635
4 Westfield 643
5 Carmel 648
6 NorthWood 680
7 Noblesville 682
8 Columbus North 685
9 Culver Academies 693
10 Evansville Memorial 715
11 Crown Point 723
12 Lake Central 744
13 Lapel 759
14 Gibson Southern 764
15 Penn 787
EARLHAM ATHLETICS ROUND-UP
Volleyball opens HCAC play with four-set win over Bluffton
RICHMOND, Ind. – With one of its key offensive contributors sidelined due to illness, Earlham College volleyball had to fight through four sets before posting a 3-1 (15-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-17) win over Bluffton, in both teams’ Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener on Saturday afternoon at the Druley Performance Gym.
Sophomore outside hitter Abbey Zanatta paced the Quakers with 17 kills on 46 swings for a .239 attack percentage, while sophomores Caroline Mulvihill and Giselle Mora each charted 11 kills. Mulvihill turned the double-double with 15 digs on the afternoon.
Senior setter Lauren Jackson was credited with 42 assists while running an Earlham offense that hit .151 for the match.
The Beavers’ Remi Bower tallied a match-high 21 kills and was the only Bluffton player to post a double-digit kills total. Carley Lester was next among Bluffton kills leaders with eight.
After the two teams split the first two sets, Earlham (13-5, 1-0 HCAC) jumped out to a 7-3 lead in set three following a kill from Zanatta, and still had a three-point advantage at 10-7. Bluffton chiseled away at the Quakers’ lead, eventually knotting the set at 10-10 on a Brooke Kleman kill, forcing Earlham to call a timeout.
Bluffton eventually carved out a 20-17 lead after three straight points for the Beavers off the serve of Courtney Weekley, before a Sarah Dickman termination ended the Bluffton run at 20-18. The Quakers rattled off the next three points, including a pair of Jackson service aces, to take a 21-20 advantage. With the score knotted a 22-22 following a Mora kill, Earlham posted three straight points off Dickman’s serve to complete the set three victory and take a 2-1 lead.
The set three win for Earlham gave the Quakers the momentum they needed heading into set four, and the Maroon and White jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Bluffton eventually tied the set at 12-12, but Earlham won 12 of the next 14 points to advance to match point; after a pair of late points by the Beavers, the Quakers’ Mulvihill finished off the set.
Earlham returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 9, when it hosts No. 23 Transylvania at 7:00 p.m. at the Druley Performance Gym.
Burt sets Earlham 8K XC benchmark at Louisville Classic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Earlham College sophomore Austin Burt set what is believed to be a new school cross country record at the 8K distance with his result in Saturday’s “Live In Lou” Cross Country Classic Blue 8K race at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park.
Burt ran the course in 25:25.8 – shaving nearly 70 seconds off his previous personal collegiate best 8K time of 26:42.1, posted during his freshman season at the Oberlin Inter-Region Rumble.
He was 53rd overall out of 276 runners in the Silver 8K race.
“I ran a really solid race and it was a lot of fun. It was the most mentally prepared I’ve ever been,” said Burt, citing his ever-improving adjustment to collegiate cross country. The relatively flat and looped course also appealed to Burt’s track roots.
The previous best 8K time for an Earlham men’s cross country runner was 25:39 back in 1996.
“What’s been more rewarding is breaking that mental barrier and seeing what I’m capable of, getting a 70-second PR – that’s pretty rewarding – and then, on top of that, getting ready to beat it again,” said Burt. “I’ve got a few more races this season, and I think I can P.R. and in theory beat it again.”
“I’ve had the mentality; I just needed that time – the performance – to prove it to myself, because I know I’m capable of being in the mix, but it was just a matter of putting up that performance and knowing that I can do it,” added Burt.
Junior Noah Scherf also made a strong showing at the Louisville Classic, clocking a 26:16.1 at the 8K distance to finish 117th in the field. Sophomore Cade Orchard posted a 26:50.1 and was 160th overall.
Earlham men’s cross country returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 19, when the Quakers compete in the Oberlin College Inter-Region Rumble.
2019 “LIVE IN LOU” CROSS COUNTRY CLASSIC
E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park – Louisville, Kentucky
Men’s Silver 8K (23rd of 40 teams, 276 runners)
53. Austin Burt, 25:25.8 (53)
117. Noah Scherf, 26:16.1 (117)
160. Cade Orchard, 26:50.1 (159)
172. Bineyam Tumbo, 26.59.6 (171)
209. Israel Ramos, 27:38.2 (208)
212. Ian Gorley, 27:44.9 (211)
229. Henry Foultner, 28:14.7 (228)
Women’s XC competes at Live In Lou Classic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Earlham College women’s cross country team had runners in two different races during Saturday’s Live In Lou Cross Country Classic, held at the E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park.
In the women’s Blue 5K race, junior Mairead Blatner was the top finisher with a time of 22:13.9, finishing 399th in the field of 533 runners.
The majority of the Earlham women’s cross country contingent race in the women’s Silver 5K, which ultimately was shortened to a 3.9K race for points only due to part of the field following the lead vehicle onto the wrong course. Redshirt junior Shabnam Fayyaz was the top Earlham runner in the Silver race, finishing 181st overall and 179th in points.
Earlham cross country returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 19, when the Quakers run in the Oberlin Inter-Region Rumble.
2019 “LIVE IN LOU” CROSS COUNTRY CLASSIC
E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park – Louisville, Kentucky
Women’s Silver (33rd of 38 teams, 253 runners)
(Wrong course – 3.9 K distance, using score only)
181. Shabnam Fayyaz, 23:41.0 (179)
203. Elena Stirn, 24:09.6 (201)
206. Shianna Bellingham, 24:13.9 (204)
212. Jasmine Lorenzana, 24:57.7 (210)
220. Greta Shaffer, 25:16.1 (218)
225. Lindsey Gearin, 25:29.8 (223)
226. Serena Pisacano, 25:30.7 (224)
Mynatt leads field through 18 holes at Wabash Classic
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – Earlham College senior Nate Mynatt was alone atop the leaderboard after Saturday’s first round of the Wabash Classic, held at the Crawfordsville Country Club.
Mynatt carded an even-par 70 in Saturday’s round, and held a one-stroke lead over Parkland College’s Jack Halstead and Oakland City University’s Noah Onyett.
Mynatt was joined among the top 10 by senior Graham Sherard (72, +2), who was tied for fourth. Sophomore Jared Stone was just outside the top 10 in a tie for 12th place, after firing a four-over 74. Junior Garrett Schuler (78, +8) was tied for 28th, while sophomore Kim Kang (80, +10) was tied for 35th out of 53 golfers in the field.
As a team, Earlham was second through 18 holes with a 294 (+14), and trailed leader Parkland College by two strokes. The Quakers had a three-stroke lead over third-place Oakland City University, and a four-stroke lead over the host squad from Wabash in fourth place.
Round two of the Wabash Classic will be played on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Crawfordsville Country Club.
Field hockey stopped by #15 Centre
RICHMOND, Ind. – Visiting Centre College scored once in the first quarter and again in the third, and the 15th-ranked Colonels escaped Darrell Beane Stadium on Saturday with a 2-0 win over the Earlham College field hockey team.
Megan Coomes put Centre on the scoreboard at the 12:19 mark of the opening frame, when she found a loose ball in front of the cage and beat Earlham goalie Meg Murphy for the unassisted score.
Coming out of the halftime break with its 1-0 lead intact, Centre extended its advantage to 2-09 with Sarah Biggs penalty corner goal with 13:12 showing on the third quarter clock.
Centre outshot Earlham, 20-5, with Murphy charting six saves in the Earlham cage. Centre’s Sienna Joseph registered three saves for the Colonels.
Earlham field hockey returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 6, when it travels to Lexington, Ky., to face Transylvania University. Game time is slated for 12:00 p.m.
Indiana Men’s Golf Set for the Marquette Intercollegiate
Erin, Wis. – Indiana Men’s Golf head to Wisconsin this week for the Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills Golf Course. The first round of the three-day, 54-hole event will tee off Sunday at 10 a.m. ET. The teams will play 18-holes each day with the final round teeing off Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. ET.
Erin Hills Golf Course • Erin, Wis.
Par 70 2• 7,515
Live Scoring via GolfStat
TEAMS COMPETING (12)
Ball State, Georgia State, Indiana, Liberty, Marquette, Miami (Ohio), Northwestern, Purdue, South Florida, UC Davis, UCLA, Wisconsin
1.) Brock Ochsenreiter (Sr.; 73.59)
2.) Ethan Shepherd (Jr.; 74.28)
3.) Mitch Davis (So.; 73.41)
4.) Jack Sparrow (Gr.; 75.71)
5.) Harry Reynolds (So.; 74.70)
Ind.) Drew Giacchetto (Fr.; College debut)
The Marquette Intercollegiate is in its seventh year of competition with 2019 marking the first time Indiana has participated in the event. Erin Hills Golf Course was home to the 2017 U.S. Open which saw Brooks Koepka claim the title. In addition, the course also hosted the 2011 U.S. Amateur.
This year’s field include 12 teams, including Liberty who is ranked No. 21 in this week’s Golfweek College Rankings.
- Indiana’s team lineup this week is the same group that has competed in the first two tournaments of the season. Altogether, the five in the team lineup have combined for 287 career rounds.
- Sophomore Mitch Davis has led the Hoosiers in scoring thus far, averaging a 74.00. He tied for 16that the Windon Memorial event Sept. 16-17. Davis had an impressive debut for Indiana last season, averaging a 73.27 which is the second-best ever average for an Indiana freshman.
- Senior Brock Ochsenreiter is the most experienced of the group as he has played 99 career rounds, averaging a 73.59. He led the Hoosiers last year with a 72.56 average as he finished in the top=10 three times, highlighted by a second-place finish in the Steelwood Collegiate in October.
- Junior Ethan Shepherd has posted a 74.83 average this season, including shooting a 70 in the first round of the prestigious Olympia Fields event last time out.
- Sophomore Harry Reynolds had his best round of his career earlier this season as he shot a 69 in day three at Windon Memorial to finish tied for 30th. He averaged a 74.57 in 2018-19, the 11thbest ever for an IU freshman. His best finish came at the Chatham Hills Collegiate at 18th.
- Jack Sparrow was granted a sixth year of eligibility after missing the majority of last season with an injury. For his career, Sparrow has played in 68 rounds.
- The Marquette Intercollegiate will mark the debut for freshman Drew Giacchetto, who is competing as an individual. Giacchetto is a native of Canton, Mass. and has a pair of top-10 finishes in the AJGA circuit to his credit, as well as a 2017 Kingman Cup individual title and a pair of team Kingman Cup championships.
Tournament No. 1 Recap – Windon Memorial
Indiana earned a top-10 finish at the first event of the year at Windon Memorial, highlighted by a top-20 outing from sophomore Mitch Davis, who tied for 16th. Davis led the field in par-3 scoring and bogeyed just one hole on the final day. Harry Reynolds (T30) and Jack Sparrow (T35) each carded a round of 69 in the event.
Tournament No. 2 Recap – Olympia Fields
Last time out, the Hoosiers competed in the prestigious Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational amongst the nation’s best Sept. 20-22. Ochsenreiter led the Indiana lineup as he moved up four spots on the final day to finish tied for 54th.
TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
#6 Oklahoma 45 Kansas 20…..Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley was dissecting his team’s latest easy victory, this time a 45-20 blowout of Kansas, when he was interrupted by the sound of a toilet flushing in the nearby visiting locker room.
“That’s what they thought of my play-calling,” Riley said with a sardonic grin.
It wasn’t that bad, coach.
Heisman Trophy hopeful Jalen Hurts threw for 228 yards and two touchdowns while running for two more. Rhamondre Stevenson added 109 yards rushing and a score on just five carries. And the sixth-ranked Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) still ripped off seven straight scores to put the game away early.
Not to mention allow them to cruise to their 22nd straight true road win, the second-longest streak since at least World War II in major college football. Bud Wilkinson’s Sooners won 25 from 1953-58.
“Every team in the country circles our team and the offense and we like that,” said Riley, whose Sooners had 545 yards. “What’s exciting is you see glimpses of what it can be, and it’s on us to turn those glimpses into longer stretches of dominant play.”
It might take some better play in next weekend’s Red River Showdown with No. 11 Texas.
“I know that’s always a hot topic on the outside,” Riley said, “but that wasn’t mentioned before the game, not one time. Maybe we didn’t handle the early start, whatever it was. But we can do better.”
Carter Stanley threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns for Kansas (2-4, 0-2), including a pair to Stephon Robinson, while sophomore running back Pooka Williams followed his breakthrough 252-yard rushing performance against the Sooners a year ago with 137 on Saturday.
“Our football team, I talked to them coming off the field. There’s no hang-dog,” Kansas coach Les Miles said. “They want to do what we set out to do. They’re going get there. And it’s going to be – they are going to take the strides they need to have the success they want to have.”
The rout most people anticipated didn’t happen right from the start.
In fact, the Jayhawks outplayed the Sooners throughout most of the first quarter.
They had forced a punt but were pinned at their goal line midway through the quarter when Stanley marched them 98 yards. And when the senior quarterback lofted a pass to Daylon Charlot for a 22-yard TD, the home fans that stuck out a 30-minute lightning delay cheered the 7-0 lead.
“There’s still improvement,” Miles said afterward. “You can see it.”
Hurts and the Sooners eventually got on track, though.
They answered the touchdown with one of their own when Trey Sermon plunged in from 2 yards out. Hurts added a TD run of his own, then found CeeDee Lamb just before halftime to give Oklahoma a 21-7 lead.
#5 LSU 42 Utah State 6….Joe Burrow didn’t sound too impressed with his latest historically significant performance for unbeaten LSU.
Burrow became the first LSU quarterback to eclipse 300 yards passing in four straight games and threw for five touchdowns to help the fifth-ranked Tigers defeat Utah State 42-6 on Saturday.
“Last year, we would have been very happy” with a 36-point victory margin and 601 yards of offense, Burrow said. “But this is a new team and a new offense. Things have changed around here when you are not happy with this performance.”
Perhaps that’s a wise stance considering what’s coming up on the Tigers’ schedule. Three of their next four games are against teams that spent the past week ranked in the top 10: No. 10 Florida, No. 7 Auburn and No. 1 Alabama.
Burrow, who has finished only one fourth quarter this season because of lopsided scores, has completed 78.3 percent of his passes for 1,864 yards and 22 touchdowns through five games as he remains on pace to threaten most LSU single-season passing records.
He completed 27 of 38 passes for 344 yards and was intercepted once on a tipped pass against Utah State before being replaced by Myles Brennan on LSU’s second series of the fourth quarter. Burrow also rushed for 42 yards and touchdown. In three games this season, Burrow has passed for at least five TDs, including his school-record six at Vanderbilt.
“Our goal is simple when we have the ball,” said receiver Ja’Marr Chase, who caught his sixth touchdown pass this season. “Go out there and put on a display. It’s fun out there.”
Justin Jefferson caught two scoring passes for LSU (5-0). His second TD on a 39-yard throw put Burrow beyond 300 yards. Burrow’s other TD strikes went to Derrick Dillon and tight end Thaddeus Moss.
#19 Michigan 10 #14 Iowa 3…..Leaning on a sack-making, turnover-producing defense, No. 19 Michigan earned a desperately needed win.
Zach Charbonnet ran for a 2-yard touchdown to give the Wolverines an early double-digit lead and their defense did the rest in a 10-3 win over No. 14 Iowa, forcing four turnovers and tallying eight sacks Saturday.
“A defensive masterpiece,” coach Jim Harbaugh said.
The Wolverines (4-1, 2-1 Big Ten) were held scoreless over the final three quarters because they could not run or pass effectively, scoring just three points off the Hawkeyes’ turnovers.
“We’re fortunate the defense came out and played they way they did,” Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson said. “Kept us in the game.”
Iowa (4-1, 1-1) failed to take advantage of favorable field position on its final two drives with a chance to extend the game or possibly win it with a touchdown and 2-point conversion. The Hawkeyes turned the ball over on downs at the Michigan 44 with 37 seconds left after a penalty- and sack-filled drive forced them to punt with a fourth-and-36 at midfield on the previous possession.
“We didn’t help ourselves with some costly errors,” coach Kirk Ferentz said.
Iowa running back Mekhi Sargent fumbled on his team’s first snap, giving up the ball at the Hawkeyes 18. Michigan, though, had to settle for a field goal after gaining just 6 yards. The Wolverines took a 10-0 lead on their next drive, which started with a 51-yard pass to Nico Collins and finished with Charbonnet’s 2-yard run.
Iowa avoided a shutout with Keith Duncan’s 22-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
The Hawkeyes, though, did not score again. The sacks they gave up led to them finishing with 1 yard rushing. And Nate Stanley completed slightly more than half of his passes.
Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye led the way with 2 1/2 sacks before leaving the game, appearing to hurt his left hamstring.
#12 Penn State 35 Purdue 7…..Purdue quarterback Jack Plummer took another hard sack then dragged himself to his feet. He tried to shake the pain out of his right arm before taking a slow walk to his team’s locker room.
The first half was mercifully over. No. 12 Penn State cruised to a 35-7 rout of the Boilermakers, but the punishment continued in the second.
The Nittany Lions (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) rolled behind 10 sacks, one shy of the program’s single-game record. They held the Boilermakers (1-4, 0-2) to 104 total yards – including minus-19 rushing. A week after shutting out Maryland, the Nittany Lions were dominant again.
“Defensively we’re doing some special things right now,” Penn State coach James Franklin said. “We’re playing championship level defense right now, and we’ve been doing it for a number of weeks.”
Sean Clifford threw for 264 yards with three touchdowns and ran for another score for Penn State. The offense scored on its first four drives and that was enough.
Yetur Gross-Matos and Shaka Toney combined for five sacks and six other Nittany Lions defenders had a hand in at least one.
“Going into the year, we knew that we had a lot of guys that were good,” linebacker Micah Parsons said. “The way that we’re clicking right now and everyone’s vibing and playing off each other, it’s really special.”
Playing without starting quarterback Elijah Sindelar and star receiver Rondale Moore, the Boilermakers didn’t cross midfield until their sixth possession midway through the second.
Penn State jumped out fast with four scoring drives lasting no more than 3:41.
KJ Hamler beat single coverage for a 23-yard touchdown catch to open the scoring and Clifford added a 3-yard touchdown run to cap Penn State’s second possession. The Nittany Lions turned a three-and-out by Purdue into an easy score immediately after when Jahan Dotson caught a pass over the middle and raced 72 yards, getting a good block from Hamler on the way to the end zone.
Penn State finished another quick drive with a 7-yard pass from Clifford to tight end Pat Freiermuth early in the second quarter. Noah Cain finished with 105 yards on 12 carries and added a 2-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth.
Clifford completed 20 of 29 passes.
Purdue finally broke Penn State’s seven-quarter shutout streak dating to Week 3 when Plummer connected with Amad Anderson Jr. on a 15-yard touchdown pass. Anderson’s catch made it 28-7 in the second quarter.
Plummer finished with 119 yards on 13-for-27 passing. He was sacked on two of Purdue’s final three plays of the first half. He was replaced in the fourth quarter with Aidan O’Connell.
Texas Tech 45 #21 Oklahoma State 35
#8 Wisconsin 48 Kent State 0….A team with a good running back and a stout defense is tough to beat. Just ask Kent State coach Sean Lewis.
Following a 48-0 loss Saturday at No. 8 Wisconsin, the 33-year-old Lewis, who played quarterback and tight end for the Badgers from 2004-07, said Wisconsin has the best running back, the best offensive line and the best defense in the country.
Jonathan Taylor had a career-high five touchdowns (four rushing and one receiving), Zack Baun had three of the Badgers’ nine total sacks, and the eighth-ranked Badgers coasted to a second 5-0 start in three seasons. Wisconsin started 12-0 in 2017 before losing to Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.
“It’s the culture and the foundation they’ve established for a very long time,” Lewis said of Wisconsin. “Their ability to run the football, to dictate the pace of the game. For them to have 75 snaps, for us to have 45 (snaps), that’s what they want to do. They want to play the game at their pace, their style of play and really dictated some things.”
Taylor had 19 rushes for 186 yards, eclipsing the 100-yard mark for the 27th time in 32 career games with the Badgers.
“It’s still a long season ahead, and to be consistent, you’ve got to play through a whole season knowing that you can’t just have a couple games,” Taylor said. “There’s still a long way to go, but I’ll continue to try and be as efficient as possible.”
Baun’s career-high three sacks led a Wisconsin defense that has now pitched three shutouts in a season for the first time since 1937. The Badgers, who entered the day with the nation’s top-ranked defense, held Kent State (2-3) to 124 yards of total offense. Jack Sanborn had two sacks and Chris Orr, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Northwestern, also added a pair of sacks for a unit that has allowed four touchdowns through five games.
“Guys are playing with more confidence,” Orr said. “Guys are really glued in to their alignment and assignment. … We’re not reinventing the wheel.”
Dustin Crum and Woody Barrett combined for just 64 yards on 10-of-17 passing. Most of those yards came on a 28-yard completion to receiver Raymond James.
“Dustin Crum is our starting quarterback,” Lewis said. “He will continue to start and lead us. But those guys will continue to push each other on a daily basis and kind of like the running backs, they’re sharing the workload and making sure that we understand the big picture here.”
The Golden Flashes have played two ranked opponents this season and were outscored 103-16 in those matchups. Kent State lost to then-No. 8 Auburn 55-16 on Sept. 14.
#10 Florida 24 #7 Auburn 13…. Lamical Perine was too slow to play for Auburn three years ago, a hurtful evaluation that’s stuck with him.
He showed plenty of speed while running away from the Tigers – and a few guys he played against in high school – in the Swamp on Saturday.
Perine broke loose for an 88-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Florida’s defense delivered another gem and the No. 10 Gators beat seventh-ranked Auburn 24-13 in a matchup of unbeaten teams.
Perine broke linebacker K.J. Britt’s tackle at the line of scrimmage and scampered down the sideline for the program’s longest TD run in more than 30 years. It gave the Gators (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) extra breathing room in a game they never trailed.
Doing it against Auburn was extra special.
“Almost brought tears to my eyes,” said Perine, whose run was the longest for Florida since Emmitt Smith’s 96-yarder against Mississippi State in 1988.
Perine finished with a career-high 130 yards on 14 carries and had Smith waiting to congratulate him afterward.
The junior from Theodore, Alabama, closed out Florida’s 10th consecutive victory. But Florida’s defense really carried the team.
Jon Greenard and David Reese were the stars of the show for Florida, which has given up a measly 16 points in four home games this season.
The Gators kept JaTarvious Whitlow in check and harassed freshman quarterback Bo Nix, whose father, Patrick, upset top-ranked Florida in Gainesville in 1994.
“That’s the kind of defense we expect to play around here,” Florida coach Dan Mullen said.
Auburn (5-1, 2-1) finished with 269 yards – the ninth-fewest in coach Gus Malzahn’s seven seasons -and converted just 2 of 14 third-down tries. The Tigers also had four turnovers and six three-and-outs.
“We just didn’t get it done offensively,” Malzahn said. “That starts with me. I’ve got to do a better job of having our guys ready. … Any time you turn the ball over four times on the road, you’re going to have a tough time winning.”
Nix completed 11 of 27 passes for 145 yards, with a touchdown and three interceptions – his first turnovers since the season opener. He was sacked twice, once for a 22-yard loss in which he looked completely lost.
#9 Notre Dame 52 Bowling Green 0….With Southern California on the horizon for No. 9 Notre Dame, Brian Kelly wanted his team to show explosiveness against Bowling Green on Saturday.
The Fighting Irish did, and plenty of it.
Ian Book threw a career-high five touchdown passes and had only four incompletions in a little more than two quarters of work and the defense earned its first shutout since 2014 in a 52-0 victory over the Falcons.
“I thought Ian did a nice job,” said Kelly after the Irish (4-1) matched their largest margin of victory of the season from 66-14 win over New Mexico last month. “Obviously a lot of good things happened as we had an opportunity to do things against an undermanned Bowling Green team today.
“They handled themselves like a team that had a vision of what they wanted to accomplish and they went out and they did it,” Kelly said.
The Irish had 573 total yards, with senior Tony Jones Jr. rushing over 100 for the third time this season. Jones had 102 yards on seven carries. Notre Dame limited the Falcons (1-4) to 228 yards.
Book completed 16 of 20 for 261 yards before giving way to backup Phil Jurkovec at the 4:11 mark of the third quarter. Jurkovec, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, added a TD pass in the third quarter, a 7-yarder to Avery Davis.
“(Kelly) challenged us to focus on ourselves,” said Book, who did not throw a touchdown pass last week in Notre Dame’s 35-20 victory over Virginia. “We wanted to go out there and put up some points and have an attention to details.”
After going three-and-out on their first possession, the Irish drove 80 yards in six plays and 1:58, culminating with Book’s 17-yard scoring pass to Tommy Tremble. Scoring passes to Cole Kmet (21 yards) and Chase Claypool (34 yards) made it 21-0 after the first quarter. Book then hit Claypool (8 yards) and Javon McKinley (25 yards) with scoring passes in the second quarter for a 35-0 halftime lead.
Meanwhile, the Irish defense, which had eight sacks and produced five turnovers in a 35-20 victory over Virginia last week, earned its first shutout since a 31-0 blanking of Michigan. The Irish managed two sacks and one takeaway but had seven quarterback hurries of Bowling Green’s two quarterbacks.
“I think there’s not a hole on their defense,” Falcons coach Scot Loeffler said. “They’ll be a top-five team. They’re a great football team in my opinion.”
Grant Loy completed 13 of 25 passes for 106 yards and Quintin Morris had 10 receptions for 92 yards for the Falcons.
#11 Texas 42 West Virginia 31
#3 Georgia 43 Tennessee 14…..Georgia came from behind for a second straight game and continued its recent domination of division rivals.
Jake Fromm threw two touchdown passes, Georgia’s defense delivered a dominant second-half performance and the No. 3 Bulldogs recovered from a slow start to beat Tennessee 43-14 on Saturday night.
Georgia (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) has won 15 straight matchups with SEC Eastern Division opponents since falling 24-10 to Florida on Oct. 29, 2016.
Georgia trailed for most of the second quarter before scoring two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the first half to take command. That came two weeks after the Bulldogs rallied from a 10-7 halftime deficit to beat Notre Dame 23-17.
“When we see adversity, we want to run straight at adversity,” Fromm said. “That’s what we’re doing right now. We’re taking it in. We’re going out, we’re going to go change something in the game and make it in our favor.”
Fromm went 24 of 29 for 288 yards and threw two touchdown passes in the final two minutes of the first half to turn a 14-13 deficit into a 26-14 halftime lead. Georgia ended up scoring the game’s final 33 points.
Georgia took the lead for good 20-14 on Fromm’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Lawrence Cager with 1:59 left in the half. After Tennessee’s Brent Cimaglia missed a 47-yard field-goal attempt wide left with 59 seconds remaining, Georgia drove again and scored on Fromm’s 7-yard pass to George Pickens with nine seconds left.
“We pushed them a little bit there in the first half,” Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt said, “(and) they did what good teams do.”
Georgia’s Rodrigo Blankenship made field goals from 50, 34 and 27 yards to improve to 11 of 11 this season. Brian Herrien and D’Andre Swift combined to run for 160 yards and each had a 1-yard touchdown run as Georgia outrushed Tennessee 238-70.
“We’ve got a big physical football team,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “We’ve got to keep getting better and get rid of some of the errors.”
Tennessee (1-4, 0-2) has lost its last six matchups with Football Bowl Subdivision teams and is off to its slowest start since 1988, when it dropped its first six games. Tennessee’s lone win this season was a 45-0 blowout of Football Championship Subdivision program Chattanooga.
But the Volunteers made this one interesting for a while.
#4 Ohio State 34 #25 Michigan State 10…..Justin Fields looked less like Superman and more like a mere mortal at times against No. 25 Michigan State on Saturday night. But that was bound to happen to the Ohio State sophomore quarterback at some point this season.
The Georgia transfer, who had accounted for 23 touchdowns in his first five games as starter, ran into a stout defense, got chased around, sacked and intercepted for the first time in his college career. But he stayed cool and engineered enough explosive plays to help No. 4 Ohio State bury the Spartans.
Fields threw two touchdown passes and plunged in for another score as the Buckeyes overcame an inauspicious start to roll to a 34-10 win. J.K. Dobbins rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown and is well on his way to the best season of his Ohio State career.
“I think we showed flashes, but we weren’t really consistent the whole game on the offensive side,” Fields said. “If we get better at that and more consistent about that, I think we’ll definitely be one of the best offenses in the country.”
The Buckeyes (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) had to work to figure out Michigan State’s defense at the beginning, after blowing out every opponent through the first five games. They gained just 16 yards on 16 plays – with zero rushing yards – in the first quarter but finally got unstuck. Dobbins, Fields and two other backs then piled up 323 yards on the ground in the next three quarters.
“We were killing ourselves,” Dobbins said of the strange first quarter. “We had to get that fixed, get it going, then the offense started to roll.”
Fields finished 17 for 25 for 206 yards and was sacked three times – twice by Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie, who finished with 11 tackles.
#24 SMU 43 Tulsa 37 3OT
#13 Oregon 17 California 7
Stanford 23 #15 Washington 13……Cameron Scarlett rushed for a career-high 157 yards and a touchdown, quarterback Davis Mills had another impressive game in place of injured starter K.J. Costello before apparently getting hurt himself, and Stanford pulled off its biggest win of the season, stunning No. 15 Washington 23-13 on Saturday night.
The Cardinal (3-3, 2-2 Pac-12) extended their home winning streak to six games, dating to 2007, against the Huskies with a plodding, methodical offense that kept Washington quarterback Jacob Eason on the sidelines for long chunks of the game.
Stanford dominated Washington (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) in nearly every offensive category and held an 18-minute edge in time of possession.
Jet Toner added three field goals to help the Cardinal, who have won back-to-back games following a three-game losing streak.
Mills was crisp until coming out of the game for an unknown reason in the middle of a scoring drive in the fourth quarter. Mills was 21-of-30 passing for 293 yards and a touchdown, but spent the final 9 minutes on the sidelines with what appeared to be a bag of ice wrapped around his left calf. Jack West ran the offense down the stretch.
Stanford got a big lift from its defense, which harassed Eason into an interception and forced a punt on Washington’s first two drives in the fourth quarter.
Eason was 15 of 35 for 181 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
#16 Boise State 38 UNLV 13
Maryland 48 Rutgers 7
Nebraska 13 Northwestern 10
Minnesota 40 Illinois 17
Central Michigan 42 Eastern Michigan 16
Ball State 27 Northern Illinois 20
Ohio 21 Buffalo 20 OT
Toledo 31 Western Michigan 24
Indiana 3 Northwestern 1….. BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– The Indiana volleyball team picked up their first conference win of the season, beating Northwestern 3-1 (26-24, 25-22, 21-25, 27-25) on Saturday at Wilkinson Hall.
In the first set against Northwestern, the Hoosiers got out to a 4-1 lead, and would eventually go up 13-8. After Northwestern responded with a 3-0 run to close the gap, the Hoosiers pushed the lead back to 17-13.
With the score tied score tied 23-23 Northwestern challenged a call that could have make it 24-22 NU, but the call stood, and the score remained tied.
Down 24-23, IU won three straight set points wtih Breana Edwards recording two consecutive kills and would go on to win 26-24 with the help of a Deyshia Lofton ace that secured set point.
With the score tied 3-3 in the second set, the Hoosiers used a 3-0 run to go up 6-3 before Northwestern used a 4-0 run of their own to go up 7-6. Two straight aces by Deyshia Lofton would later tie the score 12-12, and two kills by Breana Edwards would give IU a 14-13 lead.
The Hoosiers challenged a call late in the second set that would’ve made it 22-22, but they won challenge and instead went up 23-21. They would go on to win 25-22.
After the Hoosiers scored the first two points in set three, Northwestern used a 5-0 run to take the lead 5-2. After Northwestern pushed the lead to 15-10, the Hoosiers used a 5-1 run that included two kills and a solo block by Deyshia Lofton to close the gap to 16-15. Northwestern would go on to win 25-21.
Indiana got out to a 3-0 lead in the fourth set thanks to a Kamryn Malloy ace and consecutive block assists by Kari Zumach and Deyshia Lofton. The score would remain within two for the remainder of the match.
The Hoosiers challenged a late call that would have given Northwestern a 26-25 lead, but IU won the challenge and instead went up 26-25. They would go on to win 27-25 on a match-clinching kill by Breana Edwards.
The Hoosiers improved to 12-5 overall and 1-3 in Big Ten play. Northwestern drops to 9-6 overall and 0-3 in the Big Ten.
Senior Deyshia Lofton filled the box score, recording14 kills, five blocks, five digs, and three aces. She led the match with 22 total points.
Senior Victoria Brisack contributed a double-double for the Hoosiers with 17 assists and 13 digs. It is her fifth double-double of the season.
Freshman Emily Fitzner led Indiana with a season-high 28 assists, bringing her weekend total to 52.
Junior Kamryn Malloy impacted both sides of the court with 14 digs, eight kills, three blocks, and one ace.
Sophomore Breana Edwards led IU with 16 kills.
Senior Megan Sloan tallied a season-high eight blocks.
Indiana had 15 blocks vs. Northwestern, marking the eighth time this season Indiana has recorded double-digit blocks.
Penn State 3 Iowa 0
Maryland 3 Michigan State 2
Wisconsin 3 Nebraska 0
Minnesota 3 Rutgers 1
Wright State 3 IUPUI 0
Central Michigan 3 Kent State 1
Bowling Green 3 Buffalo 0
Eastern Michigan 3 Ohio 1
Akron 3 Miami Ohio 0
Northern Illinois 3 Toledo 1
Ball State 3 Western Michigan 1
MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Cincinnati 1 Temple 1 2OT
Oakland 3 Wright State 2 OT
IUPUI 2 Milwaukee 2 2OT
Southern Illinois at Edwardsville 3 Valparaiso 0
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS – AMERICAN LEAGUE
NY Yankees 8 Minnesota 2… The 103-win New York Yankees ran out identical, relentless lineups in consecutive games for the first time all year, and manager Aaron Boone believes he knows what’s next for the A-team Bombers.
“Throttle down,” he said.
Didi Gregorius hooked a slump-busting grand slam during a seven-run third inning and the Yankees pummeled the Minnesota Twins again, cruising to an 8-2 victory Saturday for a 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series.
Uber driver-turned-rookie big leaguer Randy Dobnak struggled in an unexpected start, and the Twins lost their record 15th consecutive postseason game, including 12 straight against the Yankees. The latter is the longest postseason skid for one club against another in major league history, topping Boston’s dominance over the Angels from 1986-2008. Minnesota hasn’t won a playoff game since Johan Santana bested the Yankees in their 2004 Division Series opener – exactly 15 years earlier.
“Our guys know that we can turn it around,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.
Coaches and players on both sides have downplayed that history, most of which predates current rosters. It’s all too familiar for fans in Minnesota, where the teams will play Monday’s Game 3 in the best-of-five series.
“We’ll have all kinds of fire power ready to go Monday,” Boone said.
Gregorius’ shot blew Game 2 wide open while New York batted around. The switch-hitter staggered after connecting for the first time since Sept. 10, looping his bat from one hand to another and mashing on bubble gum while he watched the ball fly. Gregorius, set to become a free agent after the season, batted .194 during September and was 0 for 3 in Game 1.
“I expect this from Didi,” Boone said. “Just when you think you’ve got him down, he’s got a big swing in him.”
Boone had predicted that if Gregorius could just find a hole, big hits might follow. Sure enough, Gregorius squibbed an infield single in his first at-bat before lifting his homer into the second deck in right field.
Gregorius said he was processing the at-bat during his unusual reaction to the slam. Relief pitcher Tyler Duffey struck out Gregorius on a high fastball Friday, a similar pitch to the one Gregorius crushed.
“I was ready for it this time,” he said.
Finally featuring nearly all its stars after placing 30 players on the injured list during the regular season, New York has grinded away at Twins pitching. The Yankees worked eight walks for the second straight game, and Aaron Judge led the way with two hits and two free passes.
“They were really good, especially on breaking balls,” Duffey said. “If you weren’t close to the plate, it didn’t even seem like they wanted to even think about swinging.”
Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka pitched one-run ball for five innings for the win, striking out seven and handing off to New York’s fearsome bullpen after 83 pitches. Tanaka’s career postseason ERA climbed to 1.54, still second lowest by a New York starter with a minimum of four starts behind Monte Pearson’s 1.01.
“I actually don’t get too caught up on being good in the postseason and all that,” Tanaka said through a translator. “Come to think about it, I think it’s still a small sample. My thing is just go out there and be the best that you can be, compete.”
Dobnak faltered in just his 10th big league appearance, taking the loss a week after his wedding in Maryland. The undrafted right-hander allowed Edwin Encarnacion’s RBI single in the first inning, stranded two in the second and loaded the bases with no outs in the third before being pulled.
A night after giving up Gleyber Torres’ tiebreaking double, Duffey scuffled again. The right-hander followed Dobnak and allowed a sacrifice fly to Giancarlo Stanton, an RBI hit to Torres and plunked Gary Sanchez before Gregorius’ drive.
“We’re going to go to Duffey in those types of spots consistently,” Baldelli said.
New York scored four runs off relievers a night after piling up seven in a 10-4 victory. The Yankees are 15-2 against the Twins in the playoffs, and these two games were the most lopsided during Minnesota’s losing streak. The teams played for 3 hours, 34 minutes, a night after dragging on for 4:15.
Yankee Stadium rocked early after Friday’s blowout. Fans in left field shouted “Uber!” at Dobnak while he warmed up, and Judge encouraged more noise from the bleachers before first pitch.
Gregorius took a curtain call while fans chanted his name after the slam, the 12th in New York’s postseason history. The Bronx Bombers connected for only one homer Saturday after driving 306 of them during the regular season, one behind the Bomba Squad Twins for the major league record.
Tanaka left with a seven-run lead, but Boone ran out top middlemen Tommy Kahnle and Adam Ottavino to guide the game into the late innings. Tyler Lyons and Jonathan Loaisiga closed up with an inning each. Yankees pitchers gave up six hits, one walk and struck out 13, leaving the Twins with a .197 batting average in the two games.
“We won a hundred games a lot of different ways,” catcher Mitch Garver said. “And it seems like we’re not doing that right now.”
Twins: Baldelli had no concerns about Arraez after the second baseman sprained his right ankle last weekend and had a busy night Friday. Arraez doubled twice.
Yankees: Boone confirmed several players will be keeping ready at the team’s complex in Tampa, Florida, through the postseason, including OF Clint Frazier, 1B Mike Ford and LHP Jordan Montgomery.
Yankees RHP Luis Severino (1-1, 1.50) makes his seventh postseason start and his fourth appearance of an injury-marred season. Severino was sharp in three September regular-season starts after missing nearly the entire season with shoulder and lat issues.
All-Star Jake Odorizzi (15-7, 3.51) will start for Minnesota after being passed over in Game 2. He said he wasn’t bothered by the decision.
Houston 3 Tampa Bay 1….. Gerrit Cole carried his splendid September into an outstanding October and Alex Bregman handed fans chanting MVP the mighty swing they craved and the Houston Astros survived a wild ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on Saturday night for a 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series.
Cole, 5-0 with a 1.07 ERA in six starts last month, set an Astros postseason record with 15 strikeouts in 7 2/3 scoreless innings to win his franchise-record 17th straight decision. The 15 strikeouts tied for third-most in a postseason game, the highest total since Roger Clemens had 15 in the 2000 AL Championship Series for the New York Yankees against Seattle.
Cole (1-0), who led the majors with 326 strikeouts in the regular season, extended his major league record with his 10th straight game with at least 10 Ks. The Rays were unable to string anything together off of him on a night he induced 33 swings and misses – the most since MLB started tracking the stat in 2008 – and threw a career-high 118 pitches.
Kevin Kiemaier doubled with two outs in the eighth and Cole was lifted after putting on Willy Adames with Cole’s first walk. The right-hander received a standing ovation as he walked off the mound and waved to the crowd just before he reached the dugout. Roberto Osuna took over and struck out Yandy Diaz to end the inning before running into trouble in the ninth.
Austin Meadows and Tommy Pham hit consecutive singles and Ji-Man Choi walked to load the bases. The Rays cut the lead to 3-1 when Avisail Garcia grounded into a forceout that scored Meadows. Osuna walked Brandon Lowe, reloading the bases, and Astros manager AJ Hinch brought in Will Harris.
Travis d’Arnaud worked the count full, then struck out on a high cutter, and Kiermaier grounded to first baseman Yuli Gurriel, who flipped to Harris, who stepped on first for the save.
Cole’s performance came after fellow ace and Cy Young Award contender Justin Verlander pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Astros to a 6-2 win in the opener on Friday.
Game 3 of the best-of five series is Monday in Florida.
There were no outs in the fourth when Bregman, who hit a career-best 41 home runs in the regular season, homered off Blake Snell (0-10. All seven of Bregman’s homers have come off All-Stars, including two against Chris Sale and one each vs. Trevor Bauer, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber and Kenley Jansen.
His shot gave the Astros a home run in 27 straight games, extending a franchise record.
After Lowe’s error at second gifted Houston two runs in the opener, another error on helped in the seventh. Adames bobbled Gurriel’s leadoff grounder to shortstop, then bounced the thorw to first. Carlos Correa doubled and Martin Maldonado blooped a run-scoring single to left.
Correa added a two-out RBI single off Nick Anderson in the eighth for a 3-0 lead.
Snell, the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner, sat out from July 22-Sept. 17 after arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips in his left elbow. He didn’t get out of the third inning in any of his three September starts, but said he hoped to give the Rays five innings on Saturday. Instead he was lifted one batter after Bregman’s homer, finishing with four hits and a strikeout in 3 1/3 innings.
Correa helped Cole out with a fantastic defensive play to start the game. Diaz led off with a grounder toward Correa, who grabbed the ball backhanded while on the run and spun around for the throw to Gurriel that just beat a sliding Diaz.
Former Astro Charlie Morton, who got the win in the Rays wild-card victory, will start against Zack Greinke. Morton pitched for the Astros from 2017-18 and played a big role in their 2017 World Series title. He won Game 7 of AL Championship Series against the Yankees and Game 7 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium to give Houston its first championship.
Morton had a tough time in his last start against Houston when he gave up a season-high six runs in four innings, which tied his shortest start of season, in a 15-1 win by Astros on Aug. 27. Greinke, acquired from Arizona at the trade deadline, went 8-1 with a 3.02 ERA in 10 starts after the trade capped by a gem in his last start when he came two outs shy of his first no-hitter on Sept. 25 against Seattle.
Braves suggest they will ‘evaluate’ tomahawk chop after season
The Atlanta Braves are well known for their “tomahawk chop,” in which fans are given foam tomahawks or use their arms and sing along to a distinctive warchant. That practice has also been criticized by people who feel it is disrespectful to Native Americans.
The latest criticism came from St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley, whose mother is full-blooded Cherokee. Helsley said that the tomahawk chop “devalues” both Cherokee and Native American history.
The Braves responded to Helsley’s quote by stating that they would “continue to evaluate” the in-game experience and engage in “continued dialogue” with the Native American community.
The statement doesn’t really hint at changes, and they’re unlikely to make any major ones unless the league intervenes. That was what it took for the Indians to eliminate their Chief Wahoo logo. The Braves have been associated with the tomahawk chop for nearly three decades, and unless MLB has something to say about it, it’s not likely to end anytime soon.
RECAP | Indy Eleven 3 : 0 Memphis 901 FC
An energized home crowd and some early goals provided the spark Indy Eleven needed to cruise to a 3-0 win over Memphis 901 FC in front of 13,134 fans at Lucas Oil Stadium.
With the victory, Indy Eleven (18W-9L-5L, 59 pts.) leapt a trio of squads to reclaim second place in the crowded USL Championship Eastern Conference and snapped a four-game losing streak. Indy now sits three points behind first place Pittsburgh Riverhounds FC with two games remaining in the regular season.
With this weekend’s results, Indy Eleven now controls its own destiny regarding home-field advantage for at least its first USL Championship Playoffs contest later this month. The top four teams in each conference will host games in the single-elimination postseason tournament the weekend of Oct. 25-27.
As opposed to its usual late-game dramatics, Indy Eleven tonight took away most doubt by the middle of the first half courtesy of forward Cristian Novoa’s first goal for the Boys in Blue in the 13th minute and defender Karl Ouimette’s second of the season in the 22nd minute Indy’s leading goal scorer, Tyler Pasher, provided the final tally off the bench, notching his 11th ogoal of the campaign in the 77th minute.
Second-year goalkeeper Jordan Farr made his first start since late July in place of the injured Evan Newton and collected three saves en route to his third shutout in five starts this season. The clean sheet was Indy’s 11th in 16 home games and 13th overall in USL Championship action, making it the second stingiest defense in the 36-team league
Indy Eleven will close out its regular season slate with a huge top-five match-up next Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Tampa Bay Rowdies before returning home for Fan Appreciation Night on Wednesday, Oct. 16 vs. Swope Park Rangers
Indiana 130 Sacramento 106
LA Lakers 123 Golden State 101
Orlando 125 San Antonio 89
Buffalo 7 New Jersey 2
Montréal 6 Toronto 5
NY Rangers 4 Ottawa 1
Florida 4 Tampa Bay 3
Pittsburgh 7 Columbus 2
Carolina 3 Washington 2
St. Louis 3 Dallas 2
Detroit 5 Nashville 3
Colorado 4 Minnesota 2
Boston 1 Arizona 0
Calgary 3 Vancouver 0
Edmonton 6 Los Angeles 5
Anaheim 3 San Jose 1
Kevin Na shoots 61 and takes lead in Las Vegas
Kevin Na made 10 birdies on Saturday, and the one putt that came to his mind after matching his best score was a par.
Na was in a bunker right of the green on the par-3 fifth hole, and he blasted out some 20 feet by the hole leaving a par putt with about 6 feet of break. He made the putt for par and was on his way.
“I thought that was the biggest putt today,” Na said.
He finished with three birdies on the last four holes for a 10-under 61, tying his personal best on the PGA Tour. It gave him the 54-hole record in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and a two-shot lead over Patrick Cantlay.
“Somebody asked me that yesterday. They said, `Do you feel like over the ball you’re just going to make everything?’ No, it’s not that,” Na said. “I feel comfortable and I feel confident. And all I’m trying to do is hit good putts.”
They’re ending up in the right spots. Na has gained about 5.5 strokes to the field in putting in his last two rounds of 62 on Friday and 61 on Saturday. He finished at 22-under 191.
Na lives in Las Vegas and captured his first PGA Tour title at this tournament in 2011. He was pumping his fist after every putt down the stretch at the TPC Summerlin, which yielded six scores of 63 or better and produced an average score of 67.75.
Cantlay was staying with him until he failed to get up-and-down from a bunker on the reachable par-4 15th and made bogey from the bunker on the par-3 17th. He closed with a 15-foot birdie putt for a 63.
Cantlay won the tournament two years ago and was runner-up last year. He wasn’t bothered by sharing the lead going into the third round, shooting 63 and finishing two shots behind.
“It’s a four-round tournament. It’s what I expect out here,” Cantlay said. “Everybody can shoot the lights off this place, especially with the weather like it was today. That’s the attitude for tomorrow. I know it’s going to take a lot of birdies. Fortunately, that’s an attitude I’m comfortable with, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Pat Perez had a 62 and was four shots behind. Sam Ryder (64) and Lucas Glover (66) were another shot back.
Conditions were warm and calm, ideal for scoring and it showed. Tony Finau had a 62 to take the lead as the final groups were teeing off. He finished the day seven shots behind. Denny McCarthy and Luke List each posted 63.
“It’s hard to look at some of those numbers when you haven’t even teed off – you see 8s and 9s (under) out there – and not play impatient,” Ryder said after a bogey on the 18th for his 64.
Na and Cantlay came out firing.
Na has been doing his damage on the greens.
Jaye Marie Green starts fast for 64 to take LPGA Tour lead
Jaye Marie Green sometimes struggles not to look too far ahead, and she had a double dose of that Saturday.
She caught herself thinking about becoming only the second player in LPGA Tour history with a 59, and winning her first tournament at the Volunteers of America Classic. By the end of the day, she was happy enough with a 7-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Cheyenne Knight.
Green started with six birdies in seven holes and eight birdies through 10 holes. She ran into a few problems down the stretch, saved herself with two big putts and wound up with her first lead going into the final round.
“When you’re in the middle of it, you don’t really realize like I only had two pars through 10 holes,” Green said. “I was like, `Oh my gosh. I’m like … ah, forget about it.’ If it’s my time to shoot in the 50s, it will happen. But it didn’t, and I was happy with how things went.”
Cheyenne Knight, the 22-year-old Texan with plenty of support at Old American Golf Club, birdied the last hole for a 67 to get into the final group. Katherine Perry (66) and Solheim Cup player Brittany Altomare (68) were two shots behind.
None of the leading four players has won on the LPGA Tour.
For Knight and Perry, even more is at stake – full cards for next year.
Perry is No. 118 on the LPGA Tour money list, while Knight is at No. 120. Both likely need to finish in the top five to earn enough money to crack the top 100 and avoid going to the eight-round Q-Series qualifier.
There’s also that matter of winning.
Green is in her sixth year and had a great chance four months ago at the U.S. Women’s Open when she went into the final round one shot out of the lead, only to make three bogeys on the back nine for a 73 to finish three shots behind.
“At the U.S. Open what I learned was I was always picturing myself holding the trophy,” Green said. “I’m like, `Jaye, you’re not there yet.’ So today that was coming in my mind. I was like, `Jaye, it’s the third round. There’s so much golf left, just stay focused.’ … I feel like I did a good job of doing that today.”
She felt numb at the start with a simple plan of giving herself chances. The difference was the putts kept going in. She had a 28 on the front nine, started the back nine with a birdie and then ran into trouble late until two key putts.
Coming off back-to-back bogeys, Green’s 45-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole raced by the cup and just off the green. But she made the 25-foot putt coming back to avoid a third straight bogey, and then holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole to regain control.
She was at 14-under 199.
Knight, who grew up in Texas and had her 80-year-old grandmother in the gallery, made an 18-foot birdie putt down the slope on the final hole that broke the tie for second and put her in the final group before a home crowd. She’s from Aledo, about an hour away, close enough to get plenty of support as she goes for her first win.
“I looked at the board and saw that I needed a birdie to be in the last group,” Knight said. “So, I kind of buckled down on that putt. I really saw it going in visually, and to see it go in and everyone screaming, it was awesome.”
It’s a great chance for Americans – they occupy the first four spots on the leaderboard – to win for only the third time this year on the LPGA Tour.
Sei Young Kim was in fifth place, five shots behind after a 67.
This is the final full field of the year on the LPGA Tour. The top 80 on the money list have the best status, while the top 100 do not have to go the Q-Series.
Hamlin wins pole at Dover for start of 2nd playoff round
Denny Hamlin turned a lap of 166.984 mph at Dover to start the second round of the playoffs on the pole.
Hamlin will lead the field to green in his 500th career NASCAR Cup Series start. The two-time Daytona 500 winner has four wins this season in the No. 11 Toyota and remains a top contender to win his first career Cup championship.
Playoff drivers took up most of the top 10: Martin Truex Jr. starts third, Kevin Harvick fourth and Chase Elliott fifth. William Byron and Ryan Blaney also start in the top 10.
Kyle Busch was the worst qualifier among the 12 playoff drivers and starts 18th.
Richard Petty at Trenton in 1970 and Matt Kenseth at New Hampshire in 2013 are the only drivers to win their 500th start.
NFL: WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK
BRADY GOES FOR HISTORY: New England quarterback TOM BRADY ranks fourth in NFL history with 71,575 passing yards during his 20-year NFL career.
With 366 passing yards on Sunday at Washington (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Brady would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (71,838) and PEYTON MANNING (71,940) for the second-most career passing yards in NFL history.
The players with the most career passing yards in NFL history:
|Drew Brees*||San Diego Chargers, New Orleans||74,845|
|Peyton Manning||Indianapolis, Denver||71,940|
|Brett FavreHOF||Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota||71,838|
|Tom Brady*||New England||71,575|
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PAT & MATT’S FAST STARTS: Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES, who leads the league with 1,510 passing yards, and Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN, who leads the NFC with 1,325 passing yards, have passed for at least 300 yards in each of their team’s first four games this season.
If Mahomes (vs. Indianapolis, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) or Ryan (at Houston, 1:00 PM ET, FOX) pass for at least 300 yards on Sunday, they would join Pro Football Hall of Famers KURT WARNER (6 in 2000) and STEVE YOUNG (6 in 1998), as well as PEYTON MANNING (5 in 2009 and 2013) as the only players in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards in each of their team’s first five games of a season.
The players with at least 300 passing yards in each of their team’s first five games of a season in NFL history:
|PLAYER||TEAM||SEASON||GAMES WITH 300+ PASSING YARDS TO BEGIN SEASON|
|Kurt WarnerHOF||St. Louis Rams||2000||6|
|Steve YoungHOF||San Francisco||1998||6|
|Patrick Mahomes||Kansas City||2019||4*|
|#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player|
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RUDOLPH DASHES TOWARD HISTORY: Pittsburgh quarterback MASON RUDOLPH completed 24 of 28 pass attempts (85.7 percent) for 229 yards with two touchdowns and a 124.6 passer rating in Week 4 to earn his first career victory as a starter. It also marked Rudolph’s third consecutive game with two touchdown passes.
With at least two touchdown passes on Sunday vs. Baltimore (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Rudolph would become the third player in NFL history to pass for at least two touchdowns in each of his first four career games.
The players with at least two passing touchdowns in each of their first four career games in NFL history:
|PLAYER||TEAM||SEASON||GAMES WITH 2+ TD PASSES TO BEGIN CAREER|
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NOT YOUR AVERAGE QB: Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON, who is tied for the league lead with 10 touchdown passes, also leads all quarterbacks with 238 rushing yards this season. Including his 695 rushing yards – the most among quarterbacks in 2018 – Jackson now has 933 career rushing yards in 20 career games.
With 67 rushing yards in his 21st career game on Sunday at Pittsburgh (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Jackson would tie ROBERT GRIFFIN III (21 games) as the fastest quarterback to reach 1,000 career rushing yards in NFL history.
The quarterbacks to reach 1,000 career rushing yards in the fewest games in NFL history:
|PLAYER||TEAM||GAMES TO REACH 1,000 RUSH YARDS|
|Robert Griffin III||Washington||21|
|*Has 933 rush yards entering Sunday|
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SACK BARRETT: Tampa Bay linebacker SHAQUIL BARRETT leads the NFL with nine sacks through four weeks in 2019. Barrett, who notched one sack in Week 1, three sacks in Week 2 and four sacks in Week 3, added yet another sack to his total, as well as an interception and a forced fumble, in the Buccaneers’ Week 4 win.
With one sack on Sunday at New Orleans (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Barrett would join Pro Football Hall of Famer KEVIN GREENE (1998) as the only players to reach 10 sacks in their team’s first five games of a season since 1982 when the individual sack became an official statistic.
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THE SCARLET KNIGHT RISES: New England defensive back DEVIN McCOURTY leads the NFL with four interceptions this season, having recorded one interception in each of the Patriots’ first four games of 2019.
With an interception on Sunday at Washington (1:00 PM ET, CBS), McCourty would become the third player in the Super Bowl era to record at least one interception in his each of his team’s first five games of a season.
The players with an interception in each of their team’s first five games of a season in the Super Bowl era:
|PLAYER||TEAM||SEASON||GAMES WITH INTERCEPTION TO BEGIN SEASON|
|Devin McCourty||New England||2019||4*|
YOUNG PASSERS PLAYING & WINNING AS NFL ENTERS WEEK 5
To help celebrate the NFL’s 100th season, each week will feature an NFL 100 Game of the Week. Each game is a nod to a momentous game played, a fierce rivalry that spans decades, a matchup of original teams and/or a game in which history was made . The NFL has designated the Bills-Titans game (1:00 PM ET, CBS) as the NFL100 Game of the Week to remember the Music City Miracle during the 1999 playoffs. On January 8, 2000, in Nashville, ROB JOHNSON and the Bills climbed out of a 12-0 hole in the second half, on the strength of two ANTOWAIN SMITH rushing touchdowns. After STEVE McNAIR led a go-ahead field-goal drive with 1 minute, 48 seconds, on the fourth-quarter clock, giving the Titans a 15-13 advantage, Johnson answered. Having lost his shoe with no time to put it back on his foot, Johnson completed a sideline pass to PEERLESS PRICE, who stopped the clock at the Titans’ 24-yard line. With 16 seconds left, STEVE CHRISTIE’s 41-yard kick put Buffalo on top, 16-15. Then, it happened. … The brainchild of Titans special-teams coordinator ALAN LOWRY, “Home Run Throwback” was executed several times in practice after Lowry first saw it at a 1981 SMU-Texas Tech game. The key cog in the play, FRANK WYCHECK, had thrown a 61-yard touchdown three weeks earlier at Atlanta; offensive coordinator LES STECKEL installed that play after watching Wycheck killing time at practice by throwing the ball with Pro Football Hall of Famer BRUCE MATTHEWS … Christie’s pooch kickoff went to LORENZO NEAL, who handed off to a trailing Wycheck, drawing most of the Bills’ kick coverage. Wycheck then lateraled across the field to KEVIN DYSON, who returned the ball 70 yards for the game-winning touchdown as Tennessee prevailed, 22-16, en route to a berth in Super Bowl XXXIV.
QUARTERBACKS NOT ONLY GETTING YOUNGER, THEY’RE ALSO WINNING: Pittsburgh quarterback MASON RUDOLPH earned his first NFL win as a starter on Monday. In fact, 11 of the 15 winning clubs this past week had a starting field general who has yet to see his 27th birthday. The Steelers’ victory marked the 39th win by a starting quarterback age 26-or-younger this season.
The most wins by quarterbacks under age 26-or-younger, through four weeks of play, in NFL history:
Rudolph joined Carolina’s KYLE ALLEN, New Orleans’ TEDDY BRIDGEWATER, the New York Giants’ DANIEL JONES, Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES, Tennessee’s MARCUS MARIOTA, Cleveland’s BAKER MAYFIELD, Jacksonville’s GARDNER MINSHEW, Chicago’s MITCHELL TRUBISKY, Philadelphia’s CARSON WENTZ and Tampa Bay’s JAMEIS WINSTON as quarterbacks age 26-or-younger to win last week.
This week, at least four games match up youthful quarterbacks. Minshew’s Jaguars travel to Carolina to play Allen (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Winston and the Buccaneers are at New Orleans to play Bridgewater (1:00 PM ET, FOX), and one of the New York Jets’ young starters, either SAM DARNOLD or LUKE FALK, will be in Philadelphia to meet CARSON WENTZ (1:00 PM ET, CBS), and Rudolph’s Steelers host Baltimore and LAMAR JACKSON (1:00 PM ET, CBS).
BIG GAMES ON TAP: Two weeks can mean a night-and-day difference in the National Football League.
Exhibit A is the AFC North, where the CLEVELAND BROWNS and PITTSBURGH STEELERS two weeks ago were near the bottom looking up. This week, the Browns are in first place and the Steelers are just a game out with a prime opportunity to gain important ground at home against Baltimore.
Like the Browns and Steelers, the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS and GREEN BAY PACKERS didn’t qualify for the 2018 playoffs. However, each of those NFC teams begin Week 5 in first place preparing for a division leader on the opposite sideline. Cleveland is one of 14 teams standing at either 2-2 or 2-1-1 entering Week 5
The 49ers (3-0), off to their best start in 21 years, return from an early bye to host the Browns (2-2) on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN). San Francisco with a win can achieve its first 4-0 record since Pro Football Hall of Famers JOE MONTANA and JERRY RICE led their club to a 10-0 start in 1990.
Also looming large on the Week 5 docket is a clash between the Packers (3-1) and the leaders of the NFC East, the DALLAS COWBOYS (3-1), at AT&T Stadium (4:25 PM ET, FOX).
The captain has turned on the fasten-seatbelt sign. The NFL enters October with a lot left to be determined in an already exciting 100th season.
ORIGINAL TEAMS MEET IN LONDON: The 2019 London series kicks off on Sunday, when an original NFL franchise, the CHICAGO BEARS, faces an original AFL franchise, the OAKLAND RAIDERS.
That contest (1:00 PM ET, FOX) marks the first NFL game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The new facility will become the 187th venue to host a regular-season or postseason game in the 100 years of the National Football League.
This week marks the Raiders’ third appearance as a regular-season home team in London. It’s the fourth straight season and the fifth time in six years that the Raiders have hosted a regular-season game internationally, having played at Wembley Stadium in 2014 and 2018 as well as games at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca in 2016 and 2017.
The Bears also have played in the United Kingdom twice before, both at Wembley Stadium (preseason in 1986 and regular season in 2011).
The NFL and Tottenham Hotspur have an agreement for a minimum of two games per year to be played through 2028. The state-of-the-art stadium features a retractable-grass field with an artificial surface underneath that will be used for NFL games. It also has customized NFL features, such as purpose-built locker rooms, medical and media facilities and a dedicated entrance.
By the end of the 2019 season, the NFL will have played 28 regular-season games in London, with 31 of 32 teams having participated. The Green Bay Packers are the only team that has yet to play there.
INTERNATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE: Since 2007, when the NFL played its first regular-season game in the United Kingdom, the league has been remarkably pleased with the passion and knowledge of the UK fans as well as the resulting growth in the NFL’s international popularity. For the teams, traveling to London is a unique road trip, allowing the coaches and players to spend more time together than they would for a domestic trip. And when those teams return from either London or Mexico City with a win, those wins have proven significant.
The last nine teams that have won an international game have earned playoff berths later that season:
|TEAM||YEAR, RESULT||LOCATION||SEASON RESULT|
|Philadelphia||2018||Def. Jacksonville, 24-18||Wembley Stadium, UK||Advanced to NFC Divisional playoffs|
|L.A. Chargers||2018||Def. Tennessee, 20-19||Wembley Stadium, UK||Advanced to AFC Divisional playoffs|
|Seattle||2018||Def. Oakland, 27-3||Wembley Stadium, UK||Advanced to NFC Wild Card playoffs|
|New England||2017||Def. Oakland, 33-8||Estadio Azteca, Mexico||Advanced to Super Bowl LII|
|Minnesota||2017||Def. Cleveland, 33-16||Twickenham Stadium, UK||Advanced to NFC Championship|
|L.A. Rams||2017||Def. Arizona, 33-0||Twickenham Stadium, UK||Advanced to NFC Wild Card playoffs|
|New Orleans||2017||Def. Miami, 20-0||Wembley Stadium, UK||Advanced to NFC Divisional playoffs|
|Jacksonville||2017||Def. Baltimore, 44-7||Wembley Stadium, UK||Advanced to AFC Championship|
|Oakland||2016||Def. Houston, 27-20||Estadio Azteca, Mexico||Advanced to AFC Wild Card playoffs|
NO SUCH THING AS A SAFE LEAD: Three teams, all of which were on the road, erased deficits of at least 10 points last week to register important wins. Both the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES and KANSAS CITY CHIEFS came back from 10 down to win gritty games at Green Bay and Detroit, respectively. Meanwhile, the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, behind rookie quarterback GARDNER MINSHEW, climbed over a 17-3 obstacle at Denver to win a thriller, 26-24.
Through four weeks, five games have featured a team coming back to win or tie after trailing by 10-or-more points. Since the 1970 merger, only the 2011 (9), 1979 (8) and 2018 (7) seasons have had more such games through the first four weeks.
Also through four weeks this season, three games have featured a team coming back to win or tie after trailing by 17-or-more points. Since the 1970 merger, only the 2011 (6), 1999 (4) and 2014 (4) seasons have had more such games through the first four weeks.
TURNOVERS AT RECORD LOWS: The TENNESSEE TITANS have committed one turnover, fewest in the NFL through four weeks. One of the more interesting aspects of the NFL’s current era that separates it from previous periods is that teams are turning over the ball less frequently. The amount of interceptions and fumbles lost has decreased dramatically in recent years. In each of the last three seasons (2017-19), the NFL through four weeks of play has reached some of its lowest marks in the turnover category since the 1970 AFL-NFL league merger.
The fewest turnovers through four weeks, 1970-present:
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) at Carolina Panthers (2-2)
LEADER: All-time series tied, 3-3 STREAKS: Panthers have won past 2 LAST GAME: 9/13/15: Panthers 20 at Jaguars 9 LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/25/11: Panthers 16, Jaguars 10
QB GARDNER MINSHEW (rookie) passed for 213 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 97.2 rating last week. Has highest passer rating (106.9) by rookie in 1st 4 career games in SB era (min. 50 attempts). Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ pass TDs. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had career-high 225 rush yards last week, 1st 200-yard rushing performance in NFL this season. Aims for 5th in row with 85+ scrimmage yards. Only player in AFC with 400+ rushing yards in 2019 (404). Rookie RB RYQUELL ARMSTEAD had career-high 42 rush yards & had TD catch last week, 1st career TD. • WR DEDE WESTBROOK had team-high 5 catches for 66 yards in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. WR DJ CHARK has 50+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 3 of past 4. WR CHRIS CONLEY has TD catch in 2 of his past 4 vs. NFC. TE JAMES O’SHAUGHNESSY aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. • DE CALAIS CAMPBELL aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC with sack. Has 28 sacks since joining Jax. in 2017, 3rd-most in NFL. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had PD last week. Has sack in 5 of 6 career road games vs. NFC. LB MYLES JACK had 6 tackles last week. Aims for 6th in row on road with 6+ tackles. Rookie LB QUINCY WILLIAMS led team with 8 tackles last week. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 28 tackles. S RONNIE HARRISON had 1st career INT in Week 4. CB JALEN RAMSEY aims for 4th in row vs. NFC with PD.
QB KYLE ALLEN passed for 232 yards & had 89.3 rating. Is 3rd QB (JEFF HOSTETLER & PATRICK MAHOMES) in SB era to win 1st 3 career starts on road. Joined CARSON WENTZ (2016) as only QBs in SB era to go 3-0 with 0 INTs in their 1st 3 career starts. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 179 scrimmage yards (93 rush, 86 rec.), 10 receptions & rush TD last week. Joined HOFer JIM BROWN (1963) as only players in NFL history with 3 games of 175+ scrimmage yards & TD in their team’s 1st 4 games of season. Has 6 career games with 10+ receptions, tied with LARRY CENTERS & HOFer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON for most such games by RB in NFL history. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. • WR D.J. MOORE aims for his 3rd in row at home with 7+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. TE GREG OLSEN has 6+ receptions & 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Jax. with rec. TD. • DE MARIO ADDISION had 2 sacks & 2 TFL last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. LB LUKE KUECHLY had 7 tackles & sack in last meeting. Has 992 tackles since 2012, most in NFL. LB SHAQ THOMPSON led team with 12 tackles & had sack in Week 4, his 2nd consecutive game with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. LB BRUCE IRVIN had sack last week in Car. debut. Had FF in only career game vs. Jax. (10/23/16 with Oak.).
Players to Watch
What was supposed to be Nick Foles versus Cam Newton is now Gardner Minshew versus Kyle Allen. Minshew has been a revelation compared with his draft slotting and is the 10th highest graded quarterback in the NFL through four weeks. When kept free from pressure, he is completing 76.8% of his passes and averaging 8.2 yards per attempt, compared with 53.8% and 5.9 when under pressure. It’s an even bigger gap for Allen, who completes 81% of his passes and averages 9.8 yards per attempt when kept free from pressure, but 50% and just 4.6 yards per attempt when facing the heat.
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The Gardner Minshew story gets its toughest chapter in Week 5, running into a Panthers defense that has allowed a league-best 181.8 passing yards per game so far this year, the only team under 200. Despite facing a relative murderer’s row of Jared Goff, Jameis Winston, Kyler Murray, and Deshaun Watson, the Panthers haven’t allowed a single quarterback to pass 208 yards. If Minshew can put it together in Week 5, the story gets really interesting.
Of course the guy with the mustache would be 3-0 against the spread when starting. Bettors may have taken note with this line opening at -4 for the home favorite before sliding down. It doesn’t look like it will stop at -3.5, either, so it is worth it to check Greenline quickly to get the recommended play at the right price.
- The Jaguars and Panthers both joined the NFL in 1995 as expansion teams. They have split their six head-to-head matchups all-time, but Carolina has more overall wins (192-172), division titles (6-3), playoff appearances (8-7) and Super Bowl appearances (2-0).
- The Jags have gone 26 consecutive drives without a turnover, the second-longest active streak in the NFL (Titans, 46). They have turned the ball over just three times this season, tied for third fewest in the league, but have forced just two turnovers, tied for second fewest (Denver, zero).
- The Panthers are tied with the Patriots for the NFL lead in sacks with 18, which is also the Panthers’ most through four games in franchise history. Carolina has 11 players with at least half a sack this season, most by any team.
- Gardner Minshew II ranks sixth in the NFL in completion percentage this season at 69.4 percent. That is also the highest completion percentage by a player in his first four career games in the Super Bowl era (minimum 60 attempts).
- Christian McCaffrey is only the second player in the Super Bowl era with at least 400 rushing yards (411) and 200 receiving yards (218) through four team games of a season. He joins Detroit’s Blly Sims in 1980 (539 rush yards, 206 receiving yards).
- The Jaguars are 7-33 against NFC opponents over the last 10 years, going either 0-4 or 1-3 in each season from 2009-2018. The Panthers are 8-2 against AFC opponents dating back to 2016 Week 14, the third-best interconference record in the NFL in that span.
Arizona Cardinals (0-3-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-4)
LEADER: Bengals lead all-time series, 6-5 STREAKS: Cardinals have won 3 of past 4 LAST GAME: 11/22/15: Bengals 31 at Cardinals 34 LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/24/11: Bengals 23, Cardinals 16
QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 241 yards & had 1st career rush TD in Week 4. Is 1 of 2 NFC QBs (MATT RYAN) with 20+ completions in each of team’s 1st 4 games in 2019. Is tied3rd in NFL with 106 completions & is 1 of 4 QBs with 100+ completions in 1st 4 starts since 1970. • RB DAVID JOHNSON had 139 scrimmage yards (99 rec., 40 rush) last week. Is 1 of 3 active RBs (ALVIN KAMARA & DARREN SPROLES) with 4+ games (4) of 90+ rec. yards. Has 6+ receptions in 3 of his past 4. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with TD. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR LARRY FITZGERALD had 5 catches in Week 4. Has 1,326 career receptions & surpassed HOFer TONY GONZALEZ (1,325) for 2nd-most catches in NFL history. Has 22 receptions for 288 yards (96 per game) & 2 TDs in 3 career games vs. Cin. Aims for his 3rd in row at Cin. with 90+ rec. yards & TD catch. • LB CHANDLER JONES has 4.5 sacks, 4 TFL & FF in his past 5 on road vs. AFC. Since 2015, leads NFL with 56.5 sacks. LB TERRELL SUGGS had 1.5 sacks & FF last week. Leads all active players with 136 sacks. Had career-high 3 PD in his last game at Cin. (9/13/18 with Bal.). Has 3 sacks in his past 4 at Cin. LB JORDAN HICKS led team with 12 tackles & had 2 FFs & 0.5 sacks in Week 4. Leads NFL with 48 tackles & is only player in NFL with 10+ tackles in each of 1st 4 games. LB HAASON REDDICK had sack & TFL last week.
QB ANDY DALTON passed for 171 yards last week. Has 469 pass yards (234.5 per game), 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 96.7 rating in 2 career games vs. Ari. Aims for 7th in row vs. NFC West with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. • RB JOE MIXON had team-high 62 rush yards last week. Has 95+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. RB GIOVANI BERNARD had 8 catches for a career-high 128 rec. yards in last meeting. • WR TYLER BOYD has 6+ catches & 60+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Aims for 4th in row vs. NFC West with 8+ catches. WR JOHN ROSS has rec. TD in 3 of his past 5 at home. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC with 110+ rec. yards & TD. WR AUDEN TATE had team-high 50 rec. yards last week. TE TYLER EIFERT had 2 TD catches in last meeting. Has 6 rec. TDs in 5 career games vs. NFC West. • DT GENO ATKINS had sack in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. NFC West. DE CARLOS DUNLAP had sack in last home meeting. Since entering league in 2010, Atkins (72) & Dunlap (73.5) are only pair of teammates each with 70+ sacks. DE SAM HUBBARD had 5 tackles last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home. LB NICK VIGIL led team with 11 tackles, 2 PD & FF last week. CB DRE KIRKPATRICK had 6 tackles & TFL in Week 4. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ tackles. S JESSIE BATES had 6 tackles & 1st career FR last week. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ tackles.
Players to Watch
Kyler Murray is the rookie that gets the most attention, for obvious reasons, but second-round cornerback Byron Murphy has delivered some nice performances, too. After allowing six receptions for 81 yards on eight targets in Week 1, he has allowed just seven receptions for 61 yards on 14 targets over the past three weeks.
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Seven different running backs have scored at least 14 PPR points against the Bengals so far — and just to remind everyone, they’ve played four games. They are second-worst in yards allowed to the position, touchdowns allowed, and receptions … and David Johnson is third in the league in RB receptions so far, back to his old pass-catching ways. Expect a big game from the Cardinals running back.
After both teams in this matchup were blown out in Week 4 and unable to move the ball effectively, this total has dropped from its opening 48.5. The spread can be found anywhere from -4.5 to -3.5 for the home team Bengals. Greenline sees little value in the spread but offers a potential play on the total if it continues to see some movement.
- The Bengals hold a 6-5 advantage in the all-time series with the Cardinals and are 4-0 at home. Seven of the 11 games have been decided by one possession, including each of the last four.
- The Cardinals are winless through four games for the second consecutive season. They have been outscored by 46 points in the first half, third-worst in the NFL, but have outscored opponents by five points in the second half.
- The Bengals have started 0-4 for the 11th time in franchise history, second most 0-4 starts all-time (Lions, 13). They have just 198 rushing yards this season, the sixth fewest by any team through four games in the last 60 years.
- Kyler Murray has attempted 169 passes this season, third most in the NFL and third most by any player in his first four career games in the last 50 seasons. He has also rushed for 113 yards, third most among quarterbacks this season (Lamar Jackson, 238; Josh Allen, 131).
- Andy Dalton was sacked eight times in the Bengals’ loss to the Steelers last week, most in his career. He fumbled the ball twice and has five fumbles on the season — he had a total of five fumbles in his previous 30 games combined.
- The Bengals started 4-1 in 2018, but have gone 2-13 since, the worst record in the NFL since Week 6 last season. In that same span, the Cardinals have gone just 2-12-1, the third-worst record in the league.
Atlanta Falcons (1-3) at Houston Texans (2-2)
LEADER: All-time series tied, 2-2 STREAKS: Falcons have won 2 of past 3 LAST GAME: 10/4/15: Texans 21 at Falcons 48 LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/4/11: Texans 17, Falcons 10
QB MATT RYAN passed for 397 yards last week, his 12th career game with 375+ pass yards. Had 256 pass yards & 112.6 rating in last meeting. Has 919 pass yards (306.3 per game) & 6 TDs vs. INT for 108.2 rating in his past 3 on road vs. AFC. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN had 149 scrimmage yards (81 rec., 68 rush) & 3 rush TDs in last meeting. Has 95+ scrimmage yards in 5 of 6 career games vs. AFC South. RB ITO SMITH had 5th career rush TD last week. • WR JULIO JONES has 11,048 career rec. yards & reached 11,000 in fewest games (115) in NFL history. Has 537 rec. yards (107.4 per game) & 5 TDs in 5 career road games vs. AFC South. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC South & 6th in row on road with TD catch. Is only player with 8,000+ scrimmage yards (8,340) since 2014. TE AUSTIN HOOPER had 9 receptions for careerhigh 130 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 6+ catches. WR CALVIN RIDLEY has 3 rec. TDs in his past 4 on road. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL led team with career-high 17 tackles & had 2 TFL & 2 FFs last week. Aims for his 8th in row on road with 5+ tackles. DE ADRIAN CLAYBORN had 9th career FF last week. LB DEION JONES has 41 tackles (10.3 per game) & 3 TFL in 4 career road games vs. AFC. CB DESMOND TRUFANT has 4 PD in his past 4 on road. Had 3 PD & 2 FRs in last meeting. DT GRADY JARRETT aims for his 4th on row on road with TFL.
QB DESHAUN WATSON passed for 160 yards & rushed for a TD last week. Aims for 4th in row at home with rush TD. • RB CARLOS HYDE had team-high 58 rush yards last week. Had 71 rush yards in only career game vs. Atl. (12/18/16 with SF). RB DUKE JOHNSON had 56 rush yards in Week 4, incl. career-long 40-yard run. Had TD catch in only career game vs. Atl. (11/11/18 with Cle.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 2,247 rec. yards since entering league in 2015, 2nd-most among RBs (JAMES WHITE). • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS led team with 5 catches for 41 yards in Week 4. Aims for 8th in row with 5+ catches. Had 9 catches for 157 yards in last meeting. WR KENNY STILLS had TD catch in his last game vs. Atl. (10/15/17 with Mia.). Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC South. • DE J.J. WATT had sack, FF & FR last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had 2 PD & sack in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC South. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS had sack & FF in Week 4. Aims for 5th in row with sack. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (SHAQUIL BARRETT & CLAY MATTHEWS) with sack in each of team’s 1st 4 games of 2019. LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM led team with career-high 14 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 10+ tackles. LB BENARDRICK MCKINNEY had 12 tackles, FR & PD in Week 4. LB BRENNAN SCARLETT had sack & FF last week. CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH aims for 4th in row with 2+ PD.
Players to Watch
After earning himself a big contract extension in the offseason, Grady Jarrett is proving why that was a smart move by the Atlanta Falcons. His 87.7 PFF pass-rushing grade ranks fourth among all players on the defensive interior, something that Texans fans won’t want to hear heading into their matchup this weekend. Their offensive line features just two players, Laremy Tunsil and Zach Fulton, who have produced PFF pass-blocking grades of 70.0 or higher so far this season.
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Julio Jones can’t score! Kidding, obviously — Week 4 was Jones’ first game without a touchdown since Week 13 of last year, breaking a string of seven straight games with a touchdown. Jones’ nine receiving touchdowns in that stretch is as many as or more than nine different teams managed in that span, and at least half as many as every team but the Chiefs.
The Falcons are the team in this matchup with a defense knocking on the door of the top 10. The Texans find themselves at 24th in defensive rankings with name recognition but lacking performance to start 2019. Both Deshaun Watson and Matt Ryan have graded similarly in 2019 with Ryan struggling much more under pressure. Greenline offers a play with the market consensus established at -5 for the Texans.
- The home team has won each of the four previous meetings between these teams, with the Falcons earning a 48-21 victory over Houston in Atlanta in the most recent matchup in 2015. The Texans are one of three teams, along with the Steelers and Ravens, whom the Falcons have never defeated on the road.
- The Falcons are 1-11 against the AFC since Oct. 23, 2016, the worst winning percentage in interconference games during that period. Atlanta’s six straight interconference losses is its longest skid against the AFC since it lost seven in a row from Oct. 3, 1999-Dec. 3, 2000.
- Atlanta’s Julio Jones (8891) and Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins (7696) rank second and third, respectively, among NFL players in receiving yards since Hopkins entered the league in 2013. Jones became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 11,000 receiving yards, doing so in 115 games, during Atlanta’s Week 4 loss to Tennessee.
- DeShaun Watson has thrown 221 consecutive passes without an interception at home, the longest streak in franchise history. Watson has been picked off just three times overall in 14 games since Week 7 of last season. Among quarterbacks with at least 300 pass attempts over that span, only Aaron Rodgers (2) has thrown fewer interceptions.
- The Falcons have not forced a turnover in all three of their losses this season, and they’re 2-9 since Oct. 1, 2017 when failing to record a takeaway. Among NFC teams, only the 49ers (13) have had more games with zero takeaways during that period.
- Whitney Mercilus is the second player in Texans history to record at least one sack in each of the season’s first four games (Antonio Smith, 2011). Mercilus has forced at least one fumble in three straight games, one shy of teammate J.J. Watt’s team record set from Dec. 2-23, 2012.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) at New Orleans Saints (3-1)
LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 33-21 STREAKS: Buccaneers have won 2 of past 3 LAST GAME: 12/9/18: Saints 28 at Buccaneers 14 LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/9/18: Buccaneers 48, Saints 40
TAMPA BAY scored single-game record 55 points in Week 4. • QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 385 yards with 4 TDs vs. INT for 120.5 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 375+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes. Has 970 pass yards (323.3 per game) & 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 118.1 rating in his past 3 road starts vs. NFC South. • RB PEYTON BARBER had rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD. RB RONALD JONES had 2nd career rush TD in Week 4. Has 70+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4. • WR MIKE EVANS had 89 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Tied for NFL lead with 4 TD catches in 2019. Has 233 rec. yards (116.5 per game) & rec. TD in his past 2 vs. NO. WR CHRIS GODWIN led team with career highs in receptions (12) & rec. yards (172) & had 2 TDs in Week 4, his 2nd-career game with 2+ TD catches. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 5. Has 2 TD catches in his past 3 vs. NO. TE CAMERON BRATE had 2 rec. TDs in last game vs. NO. Is 1 of 5 TEs with 20+ rec. TDs (21) since 2016. • LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had sack & FF in Week 4. Leads NFL with 9 sacks, tied for most by player in team’s 1st 4 games of season since 1982. Is 1 of 3 players with sack in each of 1st 4 games of 2019. DT NDAMUKONG SUH had 37-yard FR-TD last week, his 2nd-career FR-TD. Had 1.5 sacks in his last game vs. NO (1/20/19 with LAR – NFC Champ.). LB LAVONTE DAVID had 11th career INT last week, 2nd-most by LB in TB history. Is only player with 15+ FFs (15) & 10+ INTs (11) since 2012.
QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 23 of 30 passes (76.7 pct.) for 193 yards last week. Aims for his start 3rd in row with comp pct. of 70+. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 89 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 20 rec.) in Week 4. Has 508 scrimmage yards (127 per game) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in 4 career games vs. TB. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. TB with 140+ scrimmage yards & 2+ TDs. Among RBs since 2017, ranks 2nd in scrimmage TDs (33), 2nd in receptions (182) & 4th in scrimmage yards (3,625). • WR MICHAEL THOMAS led team with 9 receptions for 95 rec. yards last week. Since 2016, leads league with 355 receptions & has 15 games with 9+ catches, tied-most in NFL. Has 47 receptions for 535 yards (107 per game) & rec. TD in 5 career games vs. TB. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 10+ catches. WR TED GINN aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. TB & 3rd in row vs. NFC South with rec. TD. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 at home vs. TB. Since 2013, is 1 of 2 players (J.J. WATT) with 60+ sacks (64.5) & 30+ PD (37). S VONN BELL led team with 10 tackles & had 2 FRs & FF in Week 4. Is 1 of 3 players (DEFOREST BUCKNER & CORY LITTLETON) with 10+ tackles, FF & FR in single game in 2019. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 7+ tackles. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had 11th career game with 2+ PD last week. Had 2 PD, FF & INT in last game vs. TB. Aims for his 5th in row vs. TB with PD.
Players to Watch
One of the premier player matchups in the NFL this week sees Buccaneers edge defender Shaquil Barrett go up against Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk at offensive tackle for the Saints. Barrett is on pace to smash the single-season sack record, but will be trying to get past a pair of bookend tackles who have yet to allow a sack on a combined 510 pass-blocking snaps this season.
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Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods feasted on the Buccaneers in Week 4, because slot receivers all feast on the Buccaneers. Dating back to the start of last year, Tampa Bay has allowed the second-most receptions, second-most yards, second-most touchdowns, and third-highest passer rating on slot receptions. Meanwhile, Michael Thomas has the best yards per route run on slot receptions over the past three seasons (3.66) by almost a full yard over second (A.J. Green, 2.85).
Teddy Bridgewater continues to supply just enough offensive spark to allow the Saints to continue their winning ways in the absence of Drew Brees. Consensus betting markets are moving the other direction, however, after the Bucs’ big road win over the Rams in Week 4. This line opened at -5.5 for the Saints but has slid down to a field goal spread. Greenline finds little value in the spread at that price but may have a play on the total if some line movement comes into the market.
- The Buccaneers and Saints have split the season series in each of the previous four campaigns, with each winning twice on the other’s home field over that span. New Orleans has won 15 of its last 17 regular-season home games dating back to Oct. 15, 2017, but was dealt a 48-40 loss by Tampa Bay at the Superdome in the 2018 opener.
- New Orleans kept sole possession of the NFC South lead with last week’s 12-10 win over the Cowboys, its first victory without scoring an offensive touchdown since Oct. 25, 1998 (a 9-3 win over Tampa Bay). The Saints have just three offensive TDs over their last three games, their fewest in any three-game span since Sean Payton became head coach in 2006.
- The Buccaneers have allowed 30 or more points in 11 of 20 games since the start of the 2018 season, tied with the Dolphins for the most in the NFL during that period. Including the postseason, the Saints are 19-1 when scoring 30 points or more since 2017, with the lone loss coming to the Bucs last season.
- Tampa Bay’s Chris Godwin and Mike Evans lead all NFL teammate duos with a combined 754 receiving yards through this season’s first four weeks. They also became the first tandem in Buccaneers history to each surpass 170 receiving yards in a game in the same season when Godwin tallied 172 in last week’s 55-40 win over the Rams.
- The Buccaneers have allowed league lows of 59.3 rushing yards per game and 2.9 yards per rush attempt thus far in 2019, and their 237 rushing yards allowed are the second-fewest in franchise history for the first four games of a season (233, 1999). New Orleans, meanwhile, has not allowed an individual 100-yard rusher in 26 straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL.
- Bucs linebacker Shaquil Barrett’s nine sacks are tied for the most by any player through a season’s first four games (Mark Gastineau, NYJ, 1984; Kevin Greene, Car, 1998; Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, GB, 2001). (Note: Sacks did not become an official NFL statistic until 1982).
Minnesota Vikings (2-2) at New York Giants (2-2)
LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 15-10 STREAKS: Vikings have won past 2 LAST GAME: 10/3/16: Giants 10 at Vikings 24 LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/21/13: Giants 23, Vikings 7
QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 233 yards last week. Has 275+ pass yards in 2 of his past 3 starts at NYG. Has 2,533 pass yards (281.4 per game) & 20 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 105.1 rating in his past 9 starts on road vs. NFC East. • RB DALVIN COOK had 70 scrimmage yards & rush TD in Week 4. Is 1 of 5 RBs with 70+ scrimmage yards in each game & is only player in NFL with rush TD in each of team’s 1st 4 games of 2019. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD. • WR STEFON DIGGS led team with 7 receptions for 107 yards last week, his 11th career 100-yard game. Has 10+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. NFC East. WR ADAM THIELEN has 22 receptions for 368 yards (122.7 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 3 vs. NFC East. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. NFC East with 100+ rec yards & TD catch. TE KYLE RUDOLPH aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with rec. TD & 7th in row vs. NFC East with 5+ catches. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER has 3 sacks in his past 4. Has 5 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 4 vs. NFC East. Aims for his 5th in row with sack vs. NFC East. LB ERIC KENDRICKS led team with 12 tackles last week, his 11th career game with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 4th in row with 7+ tackles. S HARRISON SMITH has 14 tackles & 35-yard INT-TD in 2 career games vs. NYG. Is only player with 20+ INTS (21) & 10+ sacks (12) since 2012. DT SHAMAR STEPHEN had 4th career sack last week. LB ANTHONY BARR aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with PD.
QB DANIEL JONES (rookie) passed for 225 yards with TD vs. 2 INTs & had 33 rush yards last week. Ranks 2nd among rookie QBs with 95.9 rating. Is 1 of 4 QBs (JOSH ALLEN, DESHAUN WATSON & RUSSELL WILSON) with 2+ rush TDs in 2019. • RB WAYNE GALLMAN had career-high 118 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 55 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 4, his 1st career game with 2+ TDs. Is 1 of 3 NFC RBs (ALVIN KAMARA & CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY) with 50+ rush yards, 50+ rec. yards & 2+ TDs in single game this season. • WR STERLING SHEPARD led team with 7 receptions for 76 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 6+ catches. TE EVAN ENGRAM had 54 rec. yards last week. Among TEs in 2019, ranks 2nd in rec. yards (331), 3rd in receptions (27) & tied-3rd in TD catches (2). WR GOLDEN TATE makes NYG debut. Has 5+ catches in 6 of his past 8 vs. NFC North. • CB JANORIS JENKINS had 2 INTs & 3 PD last week, his 3rd career game with 2+ INTs. Has 7 PD in past 4 vs. NFC North. Has 8 PD in his past 5 at home. S JABRILL PEPPERS had 32-yard INT-TD & 2 PDs last week, his 1st-career INT-TD. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD & 6th in row with 6+ tackles. LB MARKUS GOLDEN had 0.5 sacks last week. Had 3 tackles, 0.5 sacks & PD in last game vs. Min. (10/14/18 with Ari.). Rookie LB OSHANE XIMINES had 0.5 sacks last week & is 1 of 3 NFC rookies with 2+ sacks in 2019. LB DAVID MAYO led team with career-high 8 tackles in Week 4.
Players to Watch
Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins has been very Jekyll and Hyde in his play so far this season. Through four weeks, he has allowed the third-most yards in the league among cornerbacks, with 297 yards coming on throws into his coverage. However, those yards are split by 34 coming in Weeks 1 and 4 combined and 163 in Weeks 2 and 3, so which player will show up on Sunday against the Vikings?
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Golden Tate is expected to make his Giants debut after serving a four-game suspension. Since the start of the 2012 season, Jarvis Landry and Antonio Brown are tied for the second-most forced missed tackles on receptions, at 94 each. Tate leads the way in that span … with over 50% more than those guys, at 142. He’s a forced-missed-tackle machine.
The Vikings continue their road trip east with a matchup in New York featuring two evenly ranked offenses. Kirk Cousins has led the Vikings to an offensive ranking within three places of the Giants. Surprisingly, the Vikings have found some backers with this line moving out to -5 for the road favorites in certain spots. Greenline sees some value on one side of this spread but slippage or line movement could occur.
- The Vikings have won six of their last eight meetings with the Giants but will be facing New York for the first time at MetLife Stadium since a 23-7 loss there in 2013. The home team has won five of the past six matchups between the clubs, with Minnesota’s last road victory in the series coming in 2007.
- Daniel Jones will attempt to become the first Giants rookie quarterback to win his first three NFL starts since Phil Simms won his first four in 1979. Jones can join Lamar Jackson (2018), Carson Wentz (2016) and Ben Roethlisberger (2004) as the only active QBs to go 3-0 as a starter during their rookie season.
- Dalvin Cook is the third player since 2009 with over 400 rushing yards and five or more rushing touchdowns through a season’s first four games (Adrian Peterson, 2013; DeMarco Murray, 2014). Cook is also the third player in Vikings history to start a season with a rushing TD in four straight games (Chuck Foreman, 4, 1975; Bill Brown, 6, 1968).
- Jabrill Peppers’ interception return for a touchdown last week against the Redskins was the Giants’ seventh pick-6 since 2017, tied with the Bengals for the third-most in the NFL over that period (Bears, 8; Rams, 7). The Giants are the only team to return an INT for a touchdown in each of the last five seasons.
- The Vikings have lost five of their last six road games dating back to Week 11 of last season and have committed 12 turnovers over those contests. Conversely, they’re 4-1 at home with just one giveaway during that period. Minnesota is 32-6 under Mike Zimmer when having a plus turnover margin and 10-19-1 when on the negative side.
- Golden Tate will make his Giants debut after completing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Tate has had at least one reception in 104 consecutive games, the third-longest active streak among players currently on NFL rosters (Larry Fitzgerald, 231; Julio Jones, 107).
Chicago Bears (3-1) at Oakland Raiders (2-2)
LEADER: All-time series tied, 7-7 STREAKS: Bears have won 3 of past 4 LAST GAME: 10/4/15: Raiders 20 at Bears 22 LAST GAME AT SITE: First meeting in London
QB CHASE DANIEL completed 22 of 30 (73.3 pct.) for 195 yards & TD for 101.4 rating last week. Has 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 93.1 rating in 3 career road starts. Aims for 4th road start in row with 200+ pass yards & TD. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY (rookie) had 53 rush yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 65+ scrimmage yards. RB TARIK COHEN had 7th career rec. TD last week. Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 5 vs. AFC. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON led team with 7 catches & 77 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ receptions & 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. WR JAVON WIMS had career-high 56 rec. yards in Week 4. • LB KHALIL MACK had 1.5 sacks & FF last week. Has 4.5 sacks & 3 FFs in past 3 games. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF & 4th in row with sack. Is 1 of 2 defensive players (WHITNEY MERCILUS) with 4+ sacks (4.5) & 4+ FFs (4) in 2019. Had 40.5 sacks, 11 PD & 9 FFs in 4 seasons (2014-17) with Oak. LB NICK KWIATKOSKI led team & tied career high with 9 tackles & had sack & FF last week. DE ROY ROBERTSON-HARRISON had career-high 1.5 sacks last week. DT NICK WILLIAMS set career highs in sacks (2) & TFL (2) & had 1st career FR. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. CB KYLE FULLER has 13 PD & 7 INTs in his past 8 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT & 5th in row overall with PD. S EDDIE JACKSON has 5 PD, 2 FRs, FF & 41-yard INT-TD in his past 5 on road.
QB DEREK CARR passed for 189 & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 105.4 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ pass TDs & 100+ rating. Had 196 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. INT in only career game vs. Chi. • RB JOSH JACOBS (rookie) had 108 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 29 rec.) last week. Leads all rookies with 364 scrimmage yards in 2019. • WR TYRELL WILLIAMS aims for 5th in row with TD catch. Is only player in NFL with TD catch in each of team’s 1st 4 games of 2019. Had 4 catches for 118 yards & TD in only career game in London (10/21/18 with LAC). WR TREVOR DAVIS had 74 rush yards last week, incl. 60-yard TD run, his 1st career rush TD. Is only AFC WR with rush TD this season. TE DARREN WALLER led team with 7 catches for 53 yards in Week 4. Leads TEs with 33 receptions this season, tied with ANTONIO GATES (2007) for most catches by TE through team’s 1st 4 games of season in NFL history. Rookie TE FOSTER MOREAU had 1st career TD catch in Week 4. • S LAMARCUS JOYNER had 7 tackles, 2 TFL & PD last week. S KARL JOSEPH had TFL, PD & FR in Week 4. S ERIK HARRIS had 3rd career INT last week. LB TAHIR WHITEHEAD had team-high 8 tack. in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Chi. with 9+ tackles & TFL. LB NICHOLAS MORROW had 7 tackles, TFL & PD last week. Rookie DE MAXX CROSBY had 2 PD & 1st career FF in Week 4.
Players to Watch
Are the Bears better with Chase Daniel at quarterback? With Mitch Trubisky currently doubtful to face the Raiders in London on Sunday, their backup is likely to get the chance to follow up an impressive performance last weekend. Against the Vikings, he attempted just five passes 10-plus yards downfield but completed four of them for 88 yards. The level of efficiency he can provide could be key for the Bears offense to get back on track.
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Darren Waller has been a machine for the Raiders so far this year, but his work has mostly come over the whole field. Oakland hasn’t targeted the tight end in the end zone yet this year on 37 targets; no other tight end has more than 14 targets without one in the end zone. If Waller isn’t getting the scoring opportunities, his scoring potential could be capped.
Gruden lost his favorite grinder, Vontaze Burfict. This should put to rest the argument of body blow equals success as the Raiders sport the NFL’s worst defense. The Bears own the second-best defense in the NFL, with the line movement buying into a low-scoring affair by dropping a point from the open. Keep checking Greenline if this line continues to move for potential plays to open up in what is expected to be a low-scoring, one-sided affair.
- Chicago is 1-0 all-time in London, beating Tampa Bay at Wembley Stadium, 24-18, in Week 7 of the 2011 season. Oakland is one of nine franchises to have played multiple games in London. The Raiders have lost both games, to the Dolphins in 2014 and to the Seahawks in 2018.
- The Bears have won three in a row overall and are 2-0 on the road in 2019 — the last time Chicago started 3-0 on the road was in its 2006 NFC Championship season. The Bears’ defense has held its last six opponents to 15 or fewer points, their longest streak since the 1986 team did so in seven straight.
- The Raiders scored 31 points in their Week 4 victory over the Colts, their most in a regulation win since beating the Chiefs, 31-30 in Week 7 of the 2017 season. Oakland ran for 188 yards, its most in a game since going for 210 yards, also against Indianapolis, in Week 16 of the 2016 season.
- Oakland averages 5.08 yards per carry, sixth best in the NFL this season. Chicago holds opponents to 2.96 yards per carry, second fewest league-wide (TB — 2.93). The longest run the Bears have allowed this season went for 14 yards.
- Derek Carr has a 72.1 completion percentage through four games, besting his franchise record of 71.0 from last season. He, Matt Ryan and Russell Wilson are the only quarterbacks in the NFL to have completed at least 60.0 percent of their passes in four straight games to begin the 2019 season.
- Since the Raiders sent Khalil Mack to the Bears before last season, he has forced 10 fumbles, two more than any other player. The Bears are 10-2 when Mack gets at least one sack; only the Rams in Aaron Donald’s games (11-0) and the Chiefs/49ers in Dee Ford’s (11-1) have been better (min. 10 games).
New York Jets (0-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-2)
LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 10-0 STREAKS: Eagles have won past 10 LAST GAME: 9/27/15: Eagles 24 at Jets 17 LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/18/11: Eagles 45, Jets 19
QB LUKE FALK completed 12 of 22 (54.5 pct.) for 98 yards in 1st career start in Week 3. QB SAM DARNOLD completed 28 of 41 (68.3 pct) & threw a TD pass in his Week 1 start. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC with TD pass & 0 INTs. • RB LE’VEON BELL has 90+ scrimmage yards in 9 of his past 10. Has 316 scrimmage yards (128 per game) & 2 TDs in 2 career games vs. NFC East. Since entering league in 2013, ranks 2nd with 84.6 rush yards per game. RB BILAL POWELL had 75 scrimmage yards (31 rush, 44 rec.) in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC East with TD. • WR ROBBY ANDERSON aims for 9th in row with 3+ catches. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has rec. TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. Phi. WR JAMISON CROWDER aims for his 3 in row on road vs. NFC with 4+ catches. • S JAMAL ADAMS had INT in Week 3. Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC with 6+ tackles. CB TRUMAINE JOHNSON had 3 PD in his only career game vs. Phi. (12/10/17 with LAR). Aims for 6th in row vs. NFC East with PD. CB BRIAN POOLE had PD & career-high 12 tackles in Week 3. Had sack in his last game vs. Phi. (9/6/18 with Atl.). LB C.J. MOSLEY aims for his 3rd in row with INT. Had 13 tackles & FF in his last game vs. Phi. (12/18/16 with Bal.). LB NEVILLE HEWITT had 4 tackles & sack in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. DL LEONARD WILLIAMS has 1.5 sacks in 2 career road games vs. NFC East.
QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 113.2 rating in Week 4, his 11th career game with 3+ TD passes. Has 2,095 pass yards (299.3 per game) & 14 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 108.9 rating in his past 7 at home. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 250+ pass yards & 2+ TDs. • RB JORDAN HOWARD had 115 scrimmage yards (87 rush, 28 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) last week, his 1st career game with both rush & rec. TD. Had 81 rush yards & rush TD in only career game vs. NYJ (10/28/18 with Chi.). Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC East with rush TD. Rookie RB MILES SANDERS had career-high 72 rush yards in Week 4. • TE ZACH ERTZ led team with 7 catches & 65 rec. yards last week. Has 70 receptions for 795 yards (99.4 per game) & 6 rec. TDs in his past 8 at home. Since 2013, leads all TEs with 461 receptions. WR ALSHON JEFFERY has TD catch in 3 of his past 4. Had 8 catches for 105 yards in only career game vs. NYJ (9/22/14 with Chi.). TE DALLAS GOEDERT had 5th career rec. TD last week. • DE DEREK BARNETT had sack & FF last week. DE BRANDON GRAHAM had TFL & 5th career FR last week. LB NIGEL BRADHAM had 2 PD & his 3rd career INT in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. LB ZACH BROWN Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles vs. NYJ. S MALCOLM JENKINS had 6 tackles & 2 FFs in last meeting. Has 5 TFL in his past 6 vs. AFC East.
Players to Watch
It feels like we aren’t talking enough about how good quarterback Carson Wentz has been in 2019. Our highest graded quarterback in the league among players with at least 50 dropbacks, Wentz struggled in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons, but has been impressive the rest of the way. His numbers for the year are modest, but he’s also been the unluckiest quarterback in the NFL when it comes to drops, with his receivers failing to hold onto 12 catchable passes through four weeks.
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The Eagles are singularly vulnerable to deep receivers so far this year, as we’ve seen in big games against them by Terry McLaurin (23.5 PPR points in Week 1), Julio Jones (27.6 in Week 2), Calvin Ridley (24.5 in Week 2), Marvin Jones (22.1 in Week 3), and Davante Adams (28.0 in Week 4). Unfortunately for the Jets, they are almost singularly unable to attack that way. The Jets are one of only two teams with only one deep reception this year, with 1 completion on 8 targets (the other, the Saints, have only attempted three deep balls). Add in either a struggling Luke Falk or a just-back Sam Darnold, and they aren’t set up to exploit the Eagles’ weakness.
Here we have two defenses that rank in the top half of the league, with the Jets owning the fifth-best mark. The total market has dropped to a low of 43.5 with a wide -13.5 spread. If the lean is toward the home favorites covering, does the total continue to fall closely behind?
- The Eagles have gone 10-0 all-time against the Jets — this is the only remaining matchup of teams that existed at the merger in 1970 in which one team has never beaten the other.
- Philadelphia has scored a touchdown on each of its last seven trips to the red zone, the longest active streak in the NFL. Conversely, the Jets have allowed points on each of their opponent’s last 51 trips to the red zone, also the longest active streak in the NFL.
- Adam Gase went 14-8 in his first 22 games as an NFL head coach, which was tied for ninth in the NFL in that span (Week 1, 2016 — Week 7, 2017). However, he has since gone 9-20 in his last 29 games, ranking 35th in the NFL in that span (Week 8, 2017 — Week 4, 2019).
- The Jets have just one offensive touchdown through three games, and they along with the 2019 Dolphins, are the first teams who can say this since the 2009 Browns. The Jets are 0-2 when scoring a non-offensive touchdown this season — the rest of the NFL is 12-2 in such games.
- Le’Veon Bell has accounted for 42.3 percent of the Jets’ scrimmage yards and 59.4 percent of all touches this season, both highest in the NFL. For the Jets, 31.9 percent of all passes have been thrown behind the line of scrimmage, highest in the NFL.
- Carson Wentz leads the NFL in passing yardage (385), passing touchdowns (five) and first downs (23) in third-down situations this season. He and the Eagles have converted 56.1 percent of all third-down opportunities, best in the NFL.
Baltimore Ravens (2-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3)
LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 25-21 STREAKS: Steelers have won 4 of past 5 LAST GAME: 11/4/18: Steelers 23 at Ravens 16 LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/30/18: Ravens 26, Steelers 14
QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 24 of 34 (70.6 pct.) for 247 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs with 96.1 rating & rushed for 66 yards last week. Aims for 5th in row with 95+ rating. Since entering league in 2018, has 933 rush yards, most among QBs. • RB MARK INGRAM led team with 71 rush yards in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 100+ rush yards & 2+ rush TDs. Had rush TD in his last game vs. Pit. (12/23/18 with NO). Has TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. • WR WILLIE SNEAD had 10th career TD catch & team-high 61 rec. yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Pit. with 6+ catches. Rookie WR MILES BOYKIN had rec. TD in Week 4. Rookie WR MARQUISE BROWN aims for 3rd in row on road with 45+ rec. yards. Boykin (2) & Brown (2) are only pair of rookie teammates each with 2+ TD catches in 2019. WR SETH ROBERTS aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with 70+ rec. yards. TE MARK ANDREWS had TD catch in Week 4. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4. Ranks 2nd among TEs with 3 rec. TDs this season. • S EARL THOMAS led team with 8 tackles last week. Since entering league in 2010, leads all active safeties in INTs (29). CB MARLON HUMPHREY had 2 PD last week. Has INT in 2 of past 3 on road. Aims for 4th in row vs. division with PD. CB BRANDON CARR aims for 4th in row on road with PD. CB MAURICE CANADY had 1st career INT last week. LB MATT JUDON has sack in 3 of past 4. Had sack & PD in last meeting. LB TYUS BOWSER had sack in Week 4.
QB MASON RUDOLPH completed 24 of 28 passes (85.7 pct.) for 229 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with career-high 124.6 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 2+ pass TDs. • RB JAMES CONNER had season-high 125 scrimmage yards (42 rush, 83 rec.) & career-high 8 catches & TD catch last week. Has TD in 6 of his past 7 at home. Had 163 scrimmage yards (107 rush, 56 rec.) & TD catch in last meeting. Aims for 6th in row vs. division with 90+ scrimmage yards. RB JAYLEN SAMUELS had 1st career rush TD & career-high 8 catches in Week 4. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 7 catches for 78 yards in last meeting. Has 75+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Rookie WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had career-high 6 catches for 77 yards & TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards & TD. TE VANCE MCDONALD has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Bal. with 3+ catches. • LB DEVIN BUSH (rookie) had 9 tackles, 3 TFL, sack & PD last week. Leads all rookies in tackles (37) & tied for lead in TFL (3). LB MARK BARRON led team with 11 tackles & INT in Week 4. Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC North with 8+ tackles. LB T.J. WATT had 1.5 sacks & FR last week. Has 9.5 sacks in past 8 home games. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with sack. LB BUD DUPREE had sack & FF last week. DT CAMERON HEYWARD had team-high 2.5 sacks & FF in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division wit 2+ sacks.
Players to Watch
Something to look for in this one as the Ravens try to get back on track is how often they use play action. In Week 1, they used it on 50% of Lamar Jackson’s dropbacks, 40.9% in Week 2, 20% in Week 3 and 25.6% in Week 4. For the season, Jackson is completing 61.5% of his passes and has thrown five touchdowns and no interceptions when using play action.
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Surface numbers can fool you. Mason Rudolph’s surface numbers in two weeks as a starter — 38-of-55 passing, 403 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception — look good enough, but it’s worth noting that more than two-thirds (68.2%) of his passing yards so far this year have come after the catch. Luke Falk’s 60.1% is the next-lowest percentage. In other words, Rudolph’s receivers have been helping him a lot. On the other hand, no team has allowed more yards after the catch this year than the Ravens’ 668, so it’s possible Rudolph’s run could continue.
An old rivalry with new faces at quarterback as Lamar Jackson faces off against Mason Rudolph. Rudolph had his best passing grade last week. Bettors seem to be buying in as the total has risen two full points since the open in some spots. Is this an overcorrection? Only Greenline can provide the answer.
- These teams are 19-19 against each other since 2000, but Pittsburgh has won four of the last five meetings. This will be the first meeting between the teams without Joe Flacco or Ben Roethlisberger starting since December 30, 2007, when the Ravens’ Troy Smith beat the Steelers’ Charlie Batch, 27-21.
- Baltimore has lost back-to-back games after its 2-0 start, allowing 500+ total yards in consecutive games for the first time in franchise history. Last week’s loss to Cleveland was the first time the Ravens have failed to outrush their opponent since Lamar Jackson became the starting quarterback.
- After starting 0-3, Pittsburgh notched its first win of the season on Monday night, crushing the Bengals, 27-3. It was the first time the Steelers’ defense has had 8+ sacks and more interceptions than touchdown passes allowed since October 10, 1983 at Cincinnati.
- Lamar Jackson is the first player in NFL history to tally 1100+ passing yards and 200+ rushing yards through his first four games of a season. His 10 touchdown passes are the most through four games in franchise history.
- Mason Rudolph is the fourth player in NFL history to throw multiple touchdown passes in each of his first three career games, joining Mark Rypien (first four), Jay Cutler (first four) and Marcus Mariota (first three).
- In last week’s game, Jaylen Samuels became the first player in the Super Bowl era with at least three completions, five carries and five receptions in the same game. Samuels and James Conner became the third duo in the Super Bowl era to tally 8+ carries and 8+ receptions each in the same game, joining the 49ers’ Paul Hofer and Earl Cooper on September 14, 1980 and the Chargers’ Gary Anderson and Lionel James on December 22, 1985.
Buffalo Bills (3-1) at Tennessee Titans (2-2)
LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 27-16 STREAKS: Bills have won past 2 LAST GAME: 10/7/18: Titans 12 at Bills 13 LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/11/15: Bills 14, Titans 13
QB JOSH ALLEN passed for 153 yards & rushed for TD last week. Has rush TD in 4 of past 5. Had rush TD in last meeting. Since entering league in 2018, has 8 rush TDs, most among QBs. QB MATT BARKLEY passed for 127 yards last week. Had 316 pass yards & career-high 3 pass TDs in only career game vs. Ten. (11/27/16 with Chi.). • RB FRANK GORE had season-high 109 rush yards last week. Has TD in 3 of 4 career games at Ten. Became 4th player in NFL history with 15,000 career rushing yards. RB T.J. YELDON had 4 catches for 68 yards in Week 4. • WR JOHN BROWN had 69 rec. yards last week. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 4 on road. WR COLE BEASLEY had team-high 7 catches for 75 yards in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches. Rookie TE DAWSON KNOX had 58 rec. yards last week. Ranks 2nd among rookie TEs with 144 rec. yards in 2019. • S JORDAN POYER had 6 tackles & FF in Week 4. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 on road & 2 of past 3 vs. AFC South. S MICAH HYDE had 16th career INT last week. LB MATT MILANO had 6 tackles & PD in Week 4. Had 10 tackles in last meeting. LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS led team with 11 tackles & 2 TFL, & had PD last week. Has PD in 5 of his past 6. Had FF & PD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 7+ tackles & PD. LB LORENZO ALEXANDER had 5 tackles last week. Has 4 PD in his past 4. Has sack & PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. CB LEVI WALLACE had 6 tackles & PD in Week 4.
QB MARCUS MARIOTA completed 18 of 27 (66.7 pct.) for 227 yards, 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 129.7 rating last week. Has 90+ rating in 4 of past 5. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. Is only QB in NFL to start every game in 2019 & have no giveaways. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 100 rush yards last week. Has TD in 7 of his past 9. Aims for 5th in row at home with 90+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row vs. AFC East with rush TD. Since Week 14 of 2018, leads NFL in rush yards (895) & rush TDs (10). • WR COREY DAVIS had season-high 5 catches for 91 yards & 5th career TD catch in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC East with TD catch. Rookie WR A.J. BROWN had 3 catches for 94 yards & 2 TDs last week. Ranks 2nd among AFC rookies in rec. yards (223) & tied for 2nd in rec. TDs (2). TE DELANIE WALKER has 5 catches & 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. AFC East. • S KEVIN BYARD had 7 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. CB MALCOLM BUTLER had 6 tackles last week. Has PD in 6 of his past 7. Has INT in 2 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. LB RASHAAN EVANS led team with career high 10 tackles last week. LB HAROLD LANDRY had 2 sacks last week, his 1st career multi-sack game. Has sack in 2 of past 3. DT JURRELL CASEY had sack, FF & FR in Week 4. Had 1.5 sacks in last home meeting.
Players to Watch
Bills cornerback Levi Wallace continues to be one of the best stories in the NFL. And after going from walk-on to starter at Alabama, he has now gone from undrafted free agent to starter in Buffalo. Owning the 20th highest PFF coverage grade among cornerbacks with at least 100 snaps on the field, he is starting to make a name for himself on the Bills’ defense.
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There are 21 running backs with at least six runs of 10-plus yards. Of those 21, 20 have at least 27 carries, and most of them have 50-plus. And then there is Bills rookie Devin Singletary, who has seven runs for double-digit yardage out of only 10 carries so far, a ridiculous success rate. Singletary missed Weeks 3 and 4, but assuming he makes it back on the field for Week 5, he’s a chunk play waiting to happen.
The Bills were sitting at one-point ‘dogs in this matchup against the Titans until Jonathan Jones knocked Josh Allen into the concussion protocol midway through Week 4. This line has jumped out to -3 with some spots holding onto -2.5. Some line shopping is required with Greenline finding value on certain sides of both the spread and total.
- The last three meetings between the Bills and the Titans have been decided by a single point, with Buffalo winning the last two (2015 and ’18) and Tennessee winning the other (2012). Only four other matchups in NFL history have had three straight games decided by one point or less — the most recent previous occurrence was from 1966 to ’69 between the 49ers and Eagles.
- The Titans defeated the Falcons, 24-10, in Atlanta in Week 4, Tennessee’s seventh consecutive win against non-divisional opponents. The Titans have only turned the ball over once this season, their second-fewest giveaways through four games in team history (2013). However, they have punted 25 times already in 2019, most in the NFL.
- The Bills fell to the Patriots, 16-10, in Buffalo last week. The Bills have held their opponent under 20 points in all four games this season. That ties their franchise-long streak of games to start a season without giving up 20 points (2017). Since the start of 2017, Buffalo’s defense has as many interceptions (39) as passing touchdowns allowed, the best opponent TD/INT ratio in the NFL over that span.
- Marcus Mariota threw for three touchdowns in the win over Atlanta after having no passing touchdowns the week before, a loss to Jacksonville. Mariota has played in 60 career games for the Titans (59 starts) and Tennessee’s record is 30-30. He has a TD-to-INT ratio of 51-to-13 (3.92) in the 30 wins and 25-to-29 (0.86) in the 30 losses.
- Frank Gore rushed for 109 yards in the loss to New England at the age of 36 years and 138 days. He became the second-oldest player in NFL history to rush for 100+ yards in a game behind only MacArthur Lane, who was 36 years and 199 days old when he rushed for 144 yards with Kansas City on October 1, 1978 at Buffalo.
- The Titans and Bills have each played three games this season in which the combined score was less than 40 points, tied with the Bears for the most such games in the NFL. Tennessee has allowed 15.5 points per game this season, fourth best in the NFL, while Buffalo has allowed 15.8 points per game, tied for fifth best.
New England Patriots (4-0) at Washington Redskins (0-4)
LEADER: Redskins lead all-time series, 6-4 STREAKS: Patriots have won past 3 LAST GAME: 11/8/15: Redskins 10 at Patriots 27 LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/11/11: Patriots 34, Redskins 27
PATRIOTS joined 2012 Chicago Bears as only teams since 2000 with 15+ sacks (18) & 10+ INTs (10) through 4 games. • QB TOM BRADY passed for 150 yards last week. Has 2+ pass TDs & 100+ rating in 4 of past 5. Aims for 4th in row vs. Was. with 295+ pass yards, 2+ pass TDs & 95+ rating. • RB SONY MICHEL led team with 63 rush yards last week. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. RB JAMES WHITE had teamhigh 8 catches for 57 yards in Week 4. Aims for 4th in row vs. NFC with 95+ scrimmage yards. Since 2015, leads all RBs in receptions (259), rec. yards (2,273) & rec. TDs (20). RB BRANDON BOLDEN had 9th career rush TD last week. • WR JULIAN EDELMAN had 5 catches for 55 yards & TD in last meeting. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. NFC East. WR JOSH GORDON had 46 rec. yards last week. Has 7 catches for 135 yards (67.5 per game) & 2 TDs in 2 career road games vs. NFC East. • S DEVIN MCCOURTY aims for 5th in row with INT. 1st player in NE history with INT in each of team’s 1st 4 games of season. CB J.C. JACKSON had 2 INTs & blocked punt last week, 1st player since 1989 (ERIK MCMILLAN) with 2+ INTs & blocked punt in single game. Aims for 4th in row on road with PD. LB JAMIE COLLINS had sack & INT last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack & PD. Only player in NFL with 3+ sacks (3.5) & 3+ INTs (3) in 2019. LB KYLE VAN NOY had team-high 8 tackles & 2 sacks & career-high 2 FFs in Week 4.
QB CASE KEENUM had 272 pass yards & rush TD in only career game vs. NE (12/1/13 with Hou.). Has 270+ pass yards in 3 of his 4 career starts vs. AFC East. Rookie QB DWAYNE HASKINS had 107 pass yards & 23 rush yards in NFL debut last week. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON has 168 scrimmage yards (84 per game) & rush TD in 2 career games vs. NE. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC with 50+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 5th in NFL history with 107 rush TDs & 8th in rush yards (13,408). RB CHRIS THOMPSON led team with 56 rec. yards last week. Is 1 of 2 RBs (AUSTIN EKELER) with 4+ catches in each of team’s 1st 4 games of 2019. • WR PAUL RICHARDSON aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD catch. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 5 at home. Rookie TERRY MCLAURIN leads all rookies with 3 rec. TDs & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (257) & receptions (16). • LB RYAN KERRIGAN has 1.5 sacks, FF & PD in his past 2 at home vs. AFC East. Is 1 of 2 players (J.J. WATT) with 80+ sacks (85.5), 20+ FFs (25) & 20+ PD (23) since 2011. S LANDON COLLINS has 3 PD & FF in 4 career games vs. AFC East. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with Was. with 8+ tackles. S MONTAE NICHOLSON had 1st career FR last week. CB QUINTON DUNBAR had career-high 2 INTs & 2 PD last week, his 9th career game with 2+ PD. Rookie LB COLE HOLCOMB had 1st career FF in Week 4.
Players to Watch
Among cornerbacks with at least 100 snaps on the field this season, the Patriots boast the third-highest and sixth-highest graded players at the position. Jonathan Jones has been targeted 23 times, giving up just 10 receptions for 105 yards and allowing an NFL passer rating of 57.3 on throws into his coverage. Meanwhile, Jason McCourty has allowed just 12 receptions for 120 yards from 26 targets.
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Only three teams (Miami, Cincinnati, and the played-three-games Jets) have scored fewer points than Washington’s 66 so far, and it’s worth noting that Washington has seen its point total go down each week (27 to 21 to 15 to 3). Meanwhile, the Patriots have allowed only 27 points through four weeks — only the Bears are within double that. Add in that the Patriots have comfortably the league’s best PFF defense (89.8) and coverage (91.3) grades, and that we don’t even know which of three different names will start for Washington this week, and things look bad for our nation’s capital.
The Patriots failed to cover the spread for the second straight week, with bettors reacting quickly seeing the road favorite spread fall from an opening of -16.5 to -15. The total has also seen significant line movement, dropping 2.5 points from an opening 46. Are these overcorrections or correctly in line with Greenline predictions?
- The Redskins are 6-4 (.600) all-time against the Patriots, the second-best record by any team against the Patriots (including postseason) behind the 49ers (8-5, .615). New England has won the last three meetings, however.
- This will mark the 18th time in NFL history a 4-0 team will match up against an 0-4 team. The 4-0 teams have a 15-2 record over the previous 17, including wins in the last nine matchups (last 0-4 team to beat a 4-0 team was Packers over Cowboys in 1975).
- The Patriots are the fourth team since the 1970 merger to not trail over their first four games of a season, along with the 1983 Raiders, 2004 Falcons and 2009 Saints. The only one of those that extended its streak to five games was the 2009 Saints.
- Tom Brady has led his team to a 4-0 start for the fifth time, second most all-time among starting QBs behind Peyton Manning (seven times). With those four wins, Brady now has more wins after turning 42 years old than all other QBs in NFL history combined.
- The Redskins have allowed their opponents to convert 63.0 percent of their third downs this season, the highest opponent third-down percentage through four games by any team in the last 25 years.
- Terry McLaurin has caught a TD pass in all three career games he has played in, making him the first Redskins player to have a TD catch in each of his first three career games since Charlie Brown in 1982.
Denver Broncos (0-4) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-2)
LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 64-51-1 STREAKS: Chargers have won 2 of past 3 LAST GAME: 12/30/18: Chargers 23 at Broncos 9 LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/18/18: Broncos 23, Chargers 22
QB JOE FLACCO passed for 303 yards, 3 TDs vs. 1 INT & 98.9 rating last week, his 9th career 300-yard, 3-TD game. Aims for 3rd in row vs. LAC with TD pass & 100+ rating. • RB PHILLIP LINDSAY had 106 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 27 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in only career game vs. LAC (11/18/18). Has rush TD in 2 of 4 career road games vs. division. RB ROYCE FREEMAN aims for 6th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Had 103 scrimmage yards (60 rush, 43 rec.) & career-high 8 catches in last meeting & rush TD in last road meeting. • WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 5 catches for team-high 104 yards in Week 4, his 19th career 100-yard game. WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 6 catches for 62 yards & careerhigh 2 TDs last week. Aims for 4th in row on road with 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Had 78 rec. yards in last road meeting. Rookie TE NOAH FANT had 1st career TD catch last week. • LB VON MILLER had 2 sacks last week, 18th career game with 2+ sacks. Became 6th-fastest player in NFL history to reach 100 career sacks (124 games). Aims for 5th in row on road vs. LAC with sack. Has 16 career sacks vs. LAC, most vs. any opponent. LB TODD DAVIS had team-high 12 tackles in Week 4. Had 2 PD in last road meeting. DE DEMARCUS WALKER had 3rd career sack last week. CB CHRIS HARRIS had INT in last road meeting. S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 7 tackles & 2 PD in Week 4. Has 7+ tackles & 2+ PD in 2 of past 3.
QB PHILIP RIVERS completed 24 of 30 passes (80 pct.) for 310 yards, 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 131.9 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards, 2+ pass TDs, 0 INTs & 100+ rating. Has 44 career pass TDs vs. Den., 2nd-most vs. any opponent. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 122 scrimmage yards (60 rush, 62 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Joined PRIEST HOMES as only undrafted RBs in common-draft era with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD in 3 of team’s 1st 4 games of season. Has rush TD in 5 of past 6. Has TD in 2 of 4 career games vs. Den. RB MELVIN GORDON had 156 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 87 rec.) in last home meeting. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 7 vs. division. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 9 catches for 89 yards & TD in last home meeting. Has TD catch in 2 of past 4 vs. division. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches. WR DONTRELLE INMAN had 5 catches for team-high 76 yards last week. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with TD catch. • DE JOEY BOSA had 3 tackles & 0.5 sack last week. Had sack in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 vs. Den. DE ISAAC ROCHELL had 7th career sack last week. DB DESMOND KING had FF & career-high 2.5 sacks last week. Had FF in last meeting. CB CASEY HAYWARD has PD in 6 of 7 career games vs. Den. CB MICHAEL DAVIS had 1st career INT in Week 4.
Players to Watch
In his fourth season out of Ohio State, edge defender Joey Bosa is having his highest-graded season so far. From 119 pass-rushing snaps through four weeks, he has racked up three sacks, three hits and 10 hurries, averaging a pressure once every 7.4 pass-rushing snaps. He has also been a force against the run, with 10 of his 16 solo tackles resulting in a defensive stop.
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Melvin Gordon timed his return well, getting a shot against a Denver team that has allowed at least one touchdown to running backs each week so far, including multiple scores to Josh Jacobs and Aaron Jones. And of course, we saw Leonard Fournette cut them up for 225 rushing yards in Week 4, plus another 42 for Ryquell Armstead. (And now Bradley Chubb is lost for the year.) The big question for the Chargers is how they will deploy their Gordon/Austin Ekeler combo, but there’s every chance both could have a big week.
Denver has found serious backing after an opening of -7.5. This has slid through the key number and currently sits at -6.5. Was this too big of a correction? Greenline is intrigued by a certain side at this price.
- The Broncos have won 11 of the last 15 regular-season meetings in the series, after the Chargers had gone 9-2 versus Denver between 2006 and 2011. In 2018, the teams split two sloppy contests that produced a total of 10 turnovers, 38 penalties and seven fumbles.
- Denver has dropped eight straight games dating back to last December; a loss on Sunday would mark just the third time the Broncos have ever lost as many as nine straight contests. The team is also in danger of starting a season 0-5 for the first time in its 60-year existence.
- The Chargers have the No. 3 passing offensive in the NFL at 300.3 net yards per game; they also rank in the top five in the league in average time of possession, yards per play, plays of 20-plus yards and third-down efficiency. Yet LAC is only 14th in scoring, averaging 22.5 points per game.
- Joe Flacco has started a season 0-4 for the first time in his 12 NFL seasons, but some of his numbers are among the best of his career. Flacco’s completion percentage of 66.2 is the highest he’s ever had through four games in a season, and his yards per attempt (7.27) is on pace for the second highest of his career.
- Melvin Gordon III is expected to play on Sunday; he returned to the Chargers last weekend after ending a contract dispute. Gordon’s replacement, Austin Ekeler, leads the NFL with six total touchdowns and ranks fifth with 490 scrimmage yards. The Chargers’ Keenan Allen is tied for the league lead with 34 receptions and tops all players with 452 receiving yards.
- Led by Ekeler’s 24 catches for 270 yards, the Chargers lead all teams in receiving totals from their running backs: 34 receptions for 321 yards and four touchdowns. Denver’s defense has allowed only 11 receptions by running backs in 21019 — fewest in the NFL.
Green Bay Packers (3-1) at Dallas Cowboys (3-1)
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 15-13 STREAKS: Packers have won 5 of past 6 LAST GAME: 10/8/17: Packers 35 at Cowboys 31 LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/8/17
QB AARON RODGERS passed for 422 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 93.4 rating last week, his 8th career game with 400+ pass yards. Has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 114.4 rating in 2 career starts at Dal. Has 16 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 103.6 rating in 9 games (incl. playoffs) vs. Dal. Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC East with 2+ TD passes & 90+ rating. • RB AARON JONES had rush TD last week. Aims for his 4th in row with rush TD. Had 125 rush yards & TD in last meeting. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 10 catches for career-high 180 yards in Week 4. Had 7 receptions for 66 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 5+ catches in 16 of his past 17 on road. Has 5 rec. TDs in past 3 on road vs. NFC East. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had rec. TD last week. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at Dal. & 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC East. WR GERONIMO ALLISON had rec. TD in Week 4. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with rec. TD. • LB BLAKE MARTINEZ led team & tied career high with 15 tackles last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 12+ tackles. Had 12 tackles & PD in last meeting. LB PRESTON SMITH has 1.5 sacks, 2 TFL & FR in his past 2 vs. Dal. Has 3 sacks in 4 career games at Dal. LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH has 7 sacks & 6 TFL in his past 6 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. CB KEVIN KING had 2 PD last week. S ADRIAN AMOS had 3 tackles & FR in his last game vs. Dal. (9/25/16 with Chi.). CB TRAMON WILLIAMS has 5 PD in his last 3 vs. Dal.
QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 223 yards last week. Has 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 107.7 rating in 3 career games (incl. playoffs) vs. GB. Aims for his 4th in row, incl. playoffs, vs. GB with 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Aims for his 11th in row at home with 90+ rating. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT has 398 rush yards (132.7 per game) in 3 career games, incl. playoffs, vs. GB. Aims for his 4th in row with 100+ rush yards, incl. playoffs, vs. GB. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 18 of 23 career home games with Dal. Since 2016, leads NFL with 5,634 scrimmage yards & is 1 of 2 RBs (TODD GURLEY) with 30+ rush TDs (31). • WR AMARI COOPER had 6 catches for 120 yards & 2 TDs in only career game vs. GB (12/20/15 with Oak.). Has 9 rec. TDs in 7 career home games with Dal. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD catch. WR RANDALL COBB had 470 catches for 5,524 yards & 41 TDs in 8 seasons with GB (2011-18). • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 2 sacks in 3 career games vs. GB. DE ROBERT QUINN has 3.5 sacks in his past 3 vs. GB. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB JAYLON SMITH had 9 tackles & sack last week. Has 9+ tackles in 4 of his past 5 at home. DT MALIEK COLLINS had sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DB CHIDOBE AWUZIE had 3rd career-INT last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH led team with 11 tackles last week.
Players to Watch
Jaire Alexander continues to dominate at cornerback. Of all players at the position to play at least 100 coverage snaps, his 88.3 PFF coverage grade is by far the highest. Targeted 27 times in coverage, he has allowed just 11 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown. He also leads the position with six pass breakups.
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The Packers shut down the Bears in Week 1, but since then, running backs have had their way with Green Bay. Vikings backs went for 218 yards and a touchdown in Week 2; Broncos backs for 293 and two scores in Week 3; Eagles backs for 191 and three scores in Week 4. And now Ezekiel Elliott gets a shot.
Dak Prescott enters into this matchup as the higher graded quarterback with the Cowboys ranked in the top five. The Packers have a defense ranked third with an offense ranking in the top 10. Opening at -4.5, this price was bet down with offerings between -3.5 and -3 depending on juice paid.
- The Packers have won seven of their last eight meetings with the Cowboys in the regular season and postseason. Green Bay has won its last three in Dallas dating back to 2013, with each game decided by four or fewer points — prior to these three wins, Green Bay had gone 5-12 in Dallas all-time (reg & post).
- Green Bay lost its first game of 2019 last Thursday, falling to Philadelphia at home, 34-27. The Packers led the game 10-0 in the first quarter — it was the first time in Aaron Rodgers’ career that his team lost a home game in which it had taken a lead of at least 10 points.
- Dallas dropped its first game of the season last week as well, losing in New Orleans, 12-10. The Cowboys have lost three games when allowing fewer than 20 points since last season, tied with the Broncos and Jaguars for most in the NFL over that span.
- The Packers and Cowboys both have two red-zone takeaways in 2019, trailing only the Steelers (4) and Chiefs (3). Dallas has allowed a touchdown on 35.7 percent of opponents’ red-zone trips, ranking third in the NFL. Green Bay scored TDs on 3-of-7 red-zone trips in Week 4 after going 6-of-7 in Weeks 1-3.
- Aaron Rodgers has gone 3-10 away from home since 2017, the third-worst record in the NFL among quarterbacks with at least 10 road starts in that time. Only Derek Carr (4-14) and Jameis Winston (2-10) have a worse record in road games over the last three seasons.
- Dak Prescott threw for a season-low 223 yards in Dallas’ loss to New Orleans, throwing an interception and zero touchdowns. In Prescott’s starts, the Cowboys have gone 5-9 when he fails to throw a touchdown compared to 30-8 when he throws at least one.
Indianapolis Colts (2-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)
LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 12-9 STREAKS: Colts have won 2 of past 3 LAST GAME: 10/30/16: Chiefs 30 at Colts 14 LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/22/13: Colts 23, Chiefs 7
QB JACOBY BRISSETT passed for 265 yards, 3 TDs vs. INT & 82.2 rating last week. Aims for 5th in row with 2+ TD passes. Only player in NFL with 2+ TD passes in each of team’s 1st 4 games of season in 2019. • RB MARLON MACK has rush TD in 3 of past 4 on road. Has 145+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC West. RB NYHEIM HINES had team-high 6 catches & 39 rec. yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC West with 4+ catches. • WR T.Y. HILTON aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. Had 60 rec. yards & TD catch in 2018 Divisional round game vs. KC. Had career highs in catches (13) & rec. yards (224) in 2013 Wild Card game vs. KC. WR ZACH PASCAL had 4 catches for team-high 72 yards last week. WR CHESTER ROGERS had 4th career TD catch in Week 4. Rookie WR PARRIS CAMPBELL had career-high 5 catches last week. TE JACK DOYLE had rec. TD in Week 4. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC West. TE ERIC EBRON had 48-yard TD catch last week. • LB DARIUS LEONARD aims for his 9th in row with 8+ tackles. Had 14 tackles, FF & FR in 2018 Divisional round game vs. KC. DE JUSTIN HOUSTON had FR last week. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC West. Had 78.5 sacks, 14 FFs & 4 INTs in 8 seasons with KC (2011-18). LB ANTHONY WALKER had sack & team-high 10 tackles in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. CB KENNY MOORE had 13 tackles, 2 sacks & PD in 2018 Divisional round game vs. KC.
CHIEFS have scored 25+ points in 25 straight games, longest streak in NFL history. • QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 315 yards & rushed for career-high 54 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row at home with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Passed for 278 yards & rushed for TD in 2018 Divisional round vs. Ind. • RB LESEAN MCCOY had 89 scrimmage yards (56 rush, 33 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 80+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 5 career games vs. Ind. RB DARREL WILLIAMS had 1st 2 career rush TDs in Week 4. • WR SAMMY WATKINS had 54 rec. yards last week. Had 6 catches for 62 yards in 2018 Divisional round vs. Ind. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC South. WR DEMARCUS ROBINSON aims for 4th in row at home with rec. TD. TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 7 catches for 85 yards in Week 4. Aims for 5th in row with 85+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Ind., incl. postseason, with 7+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. TE DEON YELDER had career-high 43 rec. yards last week. • DT CHRIS JONES had sack & FR last week. Has sack in 6 of past 7 at home. Had sack in last regular-season meeting. DT DERRICK NNADI had 8 tackles & 1st career sack & FF in Week 4. CB KENDALL FULLER had 8 tackles & PD last week. S TYRANN MATHIEU had 1st sack with KC last week. Aims for 5th in row vs. Ind. with PD.
Players to Watch
Any reps we see between Chris Jones on the Chiefs defensive interior and Colts left guard Quenton Nelson are going to be must-see TV this week. Jones has racked up two sacks, five hits and 11 hurries on 144 pass-rushing snaps this season, while Nelson is the second-highest graded left guard in the league and has allowed six total pressures on 165 pass-blocking snaps.
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There are only nine occurrences in NFL history of a team scoring 25 or more points in at least 10 straight games. Only two streaks have topped 14. One of those was the 2012-2013 Broncos, who did it in 18 games. And then there are the Chiefs, who are on an active streak of a whopping 25 straight games of at least 25 points … with no end in sight.
Patrick Mahomes seems to enjoy toying with opponents as he leads the highest-ranked offense and our number two overall ranked team. The -11 price feels right with the total the highest price so far in 2019.
- Indianapolis has gone 7-4 all-time in Kansas City, winning on five of its last six trips to play the Chiefs. The Colts are 12-9 all-time against the Chiefs; only the Steelers (22-11) have a better record against Kansas City among current AFC teams.
- The Colts fell to the Raiders in Week 4, 31-24, dropping their first home game since Week 4 of 2018 (lost to the Texans). All of Indianapolis’ 2019 games have been decided by seven or fewer points; the Lions, Texans and Eagles are the only other teams for which this is true.
- The Chiefs have started 4-0 for the third consecutive season, becoming the first team do so since the Colts from 2005-07. They are the sixth team to do this in the Super Bowl Era (since 1966) — four of the previous five won a Super Bowl within the three year-span.
- The Chiefs are tied for second in the NFL in third-down percentage at 52.4 percent while the Colts rank fifth at 49.0 percent. Indianapolis has allowed conversions on 48.8 percent of third downs, fifth highest in the NFL.
- Jacoby Brissett is the only QB in the NFL to have thrown multiple touchdowns in four games in 2019. Brissett has a 120.5 passer rating on second down, trailing only Dak Prescott (132.1) and Matt Stafford (123.3). Five of his 10 passing touchdowns have come on second down, trailing only Prescott (6).
- Patrick Mahomes did not throw a touchdown pass in Kansas City’s Week 4 win over the Lions, breaking a streak of 14 straight games with at least two passing TDs. Only Peyton Manning (with Denver) has a longer streak, throwing two-plus TD passes in 15 straight in games spanning the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Cleveland Browns (2-2) at San Francisco 49ers (3-0)
LEADER: Browns lead all-time series, 18-9 STREAKS: Browns have won 4 of past 5 LAST GAME: 12/13/15: 49ers 10 at Browns 24 LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/30/11: 49ers 20, Browns 10
QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 342 yards, TD vs. INT & 102.4 rating last week. Has 100+ rating in 3 of 4 career games vs. NFC. Has TD pass in 1st 17 career starts, 2nd-longest streak to start career since at least 1950 (HOFer KURT WARNER – 23 games). • RB NICK CHUBB had 165 rush yards & career-high 3 rush TDs last week, incl. 88-yard TD run. Joined BOB HOERNSCHEMEYER & CHRIS JOHNSON as only players in NFL history with 2+ runs of 85+ yards in 1st 2 seasons. Aims for 3rd in row with 125+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row on road with rush TD. RB DONTRELL HILLIARD had rush TD in Week 4. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had 73 rec. yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. SF (11/12/18 with NYG). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with TD catch. WR JARVIS LANDRY led team with seasonhigh 8 catches for career-high 167 yards last week. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. TE RICKY SEALS-JONES had 3 catches for 82 yards & 5th career TD catch in Week 4. • DE MYLES GARRETT has 7 sacks in his past 5. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC with sack. DE OLIVIER VERNON had sack last week, 1st with Cle. DT LARRY OGUNJOBI aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB JOE SCHOBERT had career-high 17 tackles & sack in Week 4. Leads AFC in tackles (44). S JERMAINE WHITEHEAD had career-high 8 tackles & 1st career INT & FF last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD.
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO is 4-0 with 1,106 pass yards (276.5 per game) & 6 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 102.1 rating in 4 home starts with SF. Has 11-2 record in 13 career starts & can become 6th QB since 1990 to win 12 of 1st 14 career starts. Has 100+ rating in 4 of his past 5 starts vs. AFC. • RB MATT BREIDA has 85+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has 220 scrimmage yards (110 per game) in 2 games vs. AFC North in 2019. RB JEFF WILSON is 1 of 4 undrafted players (ISAIAH CROWELL, PRIEST HOLMES & DAN REEVES) since 1967 with 2+ rush TDs in 2 of team’s 1st 3 games of season. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ rush TDs. RB RAHEEM MOSTERT has 75+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4. • TE GEORGE KITTLE has 31 receptions for 633 yards (105.5 per game) & 3 TD catches in his past 6 vs. AFC. Has 6+ catches in 4 of his past 5 at home. WR DANTE PETTIS has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC. • DL DEFOREST BUCKNER had 10 tackles, sack, FF & FR in Week 3, 1st DL since VONNIE HOLLIDAY (12/16/01) with stat line. Has 4 sacks in his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row overall & 4th in row at home with sack. LB DEE FORD has sack in 3 of his past 4. Has 9 FFs since 2017, tied-2nd most. CB RICHARD SHERMAN has 2+ PDs in 2 of his past 3. Has 12 PD & 3 INTs in his past 8 vs. AFC North. Ranks 2nd among active DBs with 33 INTs. LB KWON ALEXANDER aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC North with 6+ tackles.
Players to Watch
We saw a big improvement from Baker Mayfield in the win over the Ravens, particularly in his pocket presence, which had been an issue going into the game. He had been responsible for four of the sacks and six of the hurries in terms of pressure being charged to players on offense, but wasn’t responsible for any pressure against himself this past week.
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Five players have more than 12 red-zone carries so far. Four of them — Ezekiel Elliott, Christian McCaffrey, Mark Ingram, and Sony Michel — wouldn’t really surprise you. They all rank in the top 18 in raw carries as well. The fifth? San Francisco’s Jeff Wilson Jr., who has 13 red-zone carries out of 18 carries total. All 13 came in Weeks 2-3 when Tevin Coleman was out. So if Coleman returns in Week 5, that’s something to monitor — but Wilson is acting like Jerome Bettis’ spiritual successor so far.
Monday night finally brings some intrigue with a bounce-back Browns squad facing off against the 3-0 49ers. Mayfield and Jimmy Garoppolo offer similar passing grades, with this total dropping from an opening of 47.5. Check Greenline to see if this was too much and where the best spot resides with the Browns gaining the hook to -3.5 spread.
- The Browns are 12-7 all-time against the 49ers and have won four of the last five dating back to 1993. The Browns won their last matchup in 2015, 24-10, as they put up 481 yards of offense with Johnny Manziel under center.
- The Browns have combined for just 26 points in their two home games (both losses) but have scored 63 points in their two road games (both wins). They haven’t won their first three road games of a season since 1994.
- San Francisco is 3-0 for the eighth time in franchise history and the first time since 1998. The Niners have only started 4-0 three times before and not since 1990.
- Nick Chubb ran for 165 yards and three touchdowns in Week 4 at Baltimore on just 20 attempts. The last Browns player before Chubb with 165+ rushing yards on 20 attempts or fewer was Jim Brown on September 22, 1963 at Dallas (20 attempts, 232 yards).
- Matt Breida (226) and Raheem Mostert (202) each have over 200 rushing yards, one of two teams with two such players this season despite playing just three games. The last 49ers duo to each have 200 rushing yards through three games of a season was Roger Craig and Wendell Tyler in 1985.
- The 49ers have given up just two sacks this season, fewest in the NFL. The Browns have sacked the quarterback 14 times this year, tied for fourth most in the league.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1908 In front nearly 30,000 very enthusiastic fans at South Side Park in the season finale, the White Sox start Doc White, coming off a complete game, on only two days rest in an attempt to thwart the Tigers’ from clinching the pennant. Chicago’s efforts will fail with a 7-0 defeat to Detroit, who capture the AL flag by a half of a game ahead of the Cleveland Naps thanks to a rule that doesn’t require a team to make up a rainout game from earlier in the season.
1923 The first unassisted triple play in National League history occurs when Braves’ shortstop Ernie Padgett catches Phillie’s first baseman Walter Holke’s line drive, doubles up James Tierney at second, and then tags Cliff Lee for the third out.
1923 For only the second time in major league history, two 100-loss teams face one another when the 52-100 Braves beat the 50-102 Phillies in the first game of a season-ending doubleheader, 5-4. Boston, then known as the Beaneaters, was also part of the first occurrence of this rare type of matchup when the 50-100 club played the 45-103 team from Brooklyn in 1905.
1926 In a 10-5 Game 4 victory over the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, Yankee outfielder Babe Ruth becomes the first player to hit three home runs in a World Series game. History will repeat itself when the ‘Sultan of Swat’ once again goes deep three times against the Redbirds in St. Louis in the fourth game of the 1928 Fall Classic.
1933 Umpire Charlie Moran ejects Heinie Manush from Game 4 of the Fall Classic after the Senator outfielder is called out at first base in Washington’s 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Giants at Griffith Stadium. The arbitrator takes exception when the future Hall of Famer pulls on his bow tie, letting it snap back.
1941 In Game 5 of the Fall Classic, Tiny Bonham goes the distance, limiting the Dodgers to just four hits to give the Yankees their 12th World Championship in franchise history. In one inning during the Bronx Bombers’ 3-1 victory at Ebbets Field, the New York fireballing right-hander will need just three pitches to retire the side.
1943 Cardinal batterymates and brothers Mort and Walker Cooper decide to play Game 2 of the World Series on the day their dad, Robert, dies at his home in Independence. After limiting the Yankees to six hits and winning the game, 4-3, Mort heads to Missouri while his younger brother, Walker, who has a 1-for-3 day behind the plate with an eighth-inning single, will stay with the club until the Fall Classic is over.
1945 To promote his nearby Billy Goat Tavern, William Sianis buys tickets to Game 4 of the Fall Classic for himself and Murphy, his pet goat. The bar owner becomes so upset when the Wrigley Field ushers ask his guest to leave, the Greek immigrant places a curse on the team, preventing the Cubs from ever winning a World Series again.
1946 During Game 1 of the World Series, Whitey Kurowski is awarded home plate on a controversial obstruction call after he gets tangled up with Red Sox third baseman Pinky Higgins, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning. The Red Sox rally in the ninth to tie the score, and Rudy York’s home run in the tenth gives Boston an eventual 3-2 victory over the Redbirds at Sportsman’s Park.
1949 In Game 2 of the World Series, only one run is scored again, but Preacher Roe and the Dodgers win this contest at Yankee Stadium, 1-0. Gil Hodges’ second-inning single drives in Jackie Robinson to even up the Fall Classic at a game apiece.
1957 In Game 4, Eddie Mathews’ two-run shot off Bob Grim with one out in the bottom of the tenth inning at County Stadium gives the Braves a 7-5 victory and knots the Fall Classic at two games apiece. The Milwaukee third baseman becomes the third major leaguer, joining Tommy Henrich (1949) and Dusty Rhodes (1954), to end a World Series game with a walk-off home run.
1959 The largest crowd ever to attend a major league game, 92,706 fans, watches a nail-biter as White Sox hurler Bob Shaw beats Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers, 1-0, in Game 5 of the Fall Classic.
1963 The Dodgers complete a four-game World Series sweep of the Yankees as Sandy Koufax wins his second game, 2-1. Frank Howard leads the offense with a home run and a single, the only two hits Whitey Ford gives up, and New York’s first baseman Joe Pepitone’s error (loses a thrown ball in the white-shirted crowd) leads to the decisive run in the seventh inning.
1965 “Hey, skip, bet you wish I was Jewish today, too.” – DON DRYSDALE, commenting after the game about his poor performance on the mound with manager Walt Alston. Sandy Koufax declines to pitch the first game of the World Series against the Twins because the scheduled game occurs Yom Kippur, the most sacred of the Jewish holidays. As the Dodger southpaw attends shul and fasts on the Day of Atonement, Don Drysdale gives up seven runs in three innings in the team’s 8-2 loss at Minnesota’s Metropolitan Stadium.
1966 Jim Palmer becomes the youngest player to pitch a shutout in the World Series when the 20 year-old Oriole right-hander blanks Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers, 6-0. The contest will become more memorable next month when Koufax surprises the baseball world by announcing his retirement, making this game his last major league appearance.
1966 In the Game 2 loss to the Orioles at Dodger Stadium, Willie Davis establishes a World Series record by committing three errors in one game. The center fielder’s blunders come on two consecutive plays in the fifth inning, the first by losing a fly ball in the sun, then by dropping the next fly ball, followed by overthrowing third base.
1978 Despite three solo home runs off Yankees’ ace Catfish Hunter by Kansas City’s third baseman George Brett, the Bronx Bombers win Game 3 of the ALCS, beating the Royals, 6-5.
1980 After the club finishes in last place in each of his first three seasons in the dugout; the Mets extend manager Joe Torre’s contract through the 1982 season. During his five seasons with the team, the future Hall of Fame skipper will compile a 286-420 (.405) record for the struggling franchise.
1980 In the 163rd game of the season, 35 year-old knuckleballer Joe Niekro earns his 20th victory, going the distance to defeat the Dodgers, 7-1, in the winner-take-all contest for the NL West. With the win, the Astros hold on to capture their first title in the 19-year history of the franchise after losing a season-ending three game series to LA, (3-2, 2-1, and 4-3) that forced the one-game playoff.
1981 In Game 1 of the ALDS in Kansas City, Mike Norris throws a six-hit complete game, blanking the Royals, 4-0. Oakland’s appearance in the playoffs makes Billy Martin the first skipper in baseball history to manage four franchises (Twins-1969, Tigers-1972, A’s-1981, and Yankees 1976-78) into postseason play.
1983 In the second game of the ALCS, Oriole hurler Mike Boddicker throws a five-hitter, beating the White Sox at Memorial Stadium, 4-0. The Baltimore right-hander, whose performance evens the series, establishes a playoff record when he strikes out 14 Chicago batters.
1984 Steve Garvey’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gives the Padres a 7-5 walk-off win over the Cubs in Game 4 of NLCS. After losing the first two contests of the best-of-five NLCS, the victory brings the series to a decisive fifth game that San Diego will win to capture the National League pennant.
1985 On the last day of the season, Yankee knuckleballer Phil Niekro becomes the 18th and oldest player in major league history to win his 300th victory when he blanks the Blue Jays, 8-0. The forty-six year and 188 days old pitcher, who will win 318 games, also surpasses Satchel Paige (46 yrs, 75 days) to become the oldest pitcher to throw a shutout in the big leagues.
1991 David Cone ties a National League mark for strikeouts as he fans 19 Phillies en route to a 7-0 victory in the season’s finale. The Mets right-hander finishes the campaign with a league-leading 241 strikeouts, making it second straight season he has led the circuit.
1991 On Fan Appreciation Day at Shea Stadium, Howard Johnson drives in a run with a seventh-inning single to finish the season with a league-leading 117 RBIs. ‘HoJo’ is the first switch-hitter to lead the National League in runs batted in and the first Mets player to accomplish the feat.
1991 After flying out as a pinch-hitter, Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs completes the season hitting .332 to finish each of the first ten seasons of his career with a batting average above .300. Al Simmons, accomplishing the feat in the first 11 seasons of his career with the A’s and the White Sox from 1924-34, and Pirate outfielder Paul Waner, reaching the milestone for a dozen consecutive seasons beginning in 1926, are the only players with the longer streaks than the Boston infielder, who has compiled a .345 average during the past decade.
1995 After taking an early four-run lead in the Jacobs Field contest, the Indians hold on to beat the defending World Champion Yankees, 4-3, in Game 5 of the ALDS. The Tribe will go on to beat Baltimore for the AL flag but will lose their second Fall Classic in three years when the team drops Game 7 in extra innings to Florida.
1995 In Game 3 off the ALDS, Bernie Williams becomes the first major leaguer to hit a home run from each side of the plate in a postseason game. The Yankee outfielder’s second round-tripper, an eighth-inning shot batting left-handed off Bill Risley, is tossed back onto the field by a Mariner fan who is apparently unaware of the historic value of the souvenir.
2000 Reds’ officials announce games at Cinergy Field during the final two seasons will be on played natural grass. The surface in Cincinnati has been artificial turf since 1970 when the ballpark made its debut as Riverfront Stadium.
2000 Chief executive officer John Harrington puts the Red Sox up for trade. Since Jean Yawkey’s death in 1992, the team belonged to a trust bearing her name.
2001 With their 116th win, the Mariners tie the 1906 Cubs as the winningest team in major league history. Bret Boone’s 37th home run of the season and the shutout pitching of five Seattle pitchers prove to be the difference in the 1-0 historic win over the Rangers.
2001 At Camden Yards in front of a full house including Orioles notables Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, and Earl Weaver as well as Commissioner Bud Selig and former President Bill Clinton, Cal Ripken plays his 3,001st and final game. After a hitless night, the 41 year-old Cal watches the last out of the team’s 5-1 loss to the Red Sox from the on-deck circle.
2001 With his 151st pinch hit, Lenny Harris breaks the major league mark for career pinch hits established by Manny Mota. Coming off the Met bench to bat for Rey Ordonez, he lines a 1-2 pitch off Expo starter Carl Pavano for a single to become the career leader in pinch hits.
2003 Defeating the A’s, 5-4, the Red Sox become the seventh team to win the last three games of a best-of-five playoff series. Other teams to overcome a 0-2 deficit include the 1981 Dodgers (Astros-NLDS), 1982 Brewers (Angels-ALCS), 1984 Padres (Cubs-NLCS), 1995 Mariners (Yankees-ALDS), 1999 Red Sox (Indians-ALDS), and the 2001 Yankees (A’s-ALDS).
2005 Reds’ outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. (.301, 35, 92) and Yankee first baseman/DH Jason Giambi (.271, 32, 87) are voted the Comeback Players of the Year in their respective leagues. For the first time, the fans select the winners of the award by voting on MLB.com.
2006 After failing to advance past the first round of the American League playoffs in their previous five postseason appearances, the A’s beat the much-favored Twins, 8-3, to complete a three-game ALDS sweep. The victory, which was the team’s tenth opportunity to win a clinching game, puts Oakland in the ALCS for the first time since 1992.
2007 In Game 2 of the ALDS at Jacobs Field, the Indians score the tying run on a wild pitch thrown by a bug-covered Joba Chamberlain. A rare infestation of insects (midges), which appeared en masse in the eighth inning, impacts the usually reliable rookie Yankees reliever, who suffers his first blown save of the season.
2007 At Wrigley Field, the Diamondbacks beat the Cubs, 5-1, to complete the three-game sweep of their National League division series. The loss for Chicago means the franchise has played for the last 99 years in the Windy City without winning a World Series championship.
2007 With their 17th win in 18 games, the Rockies beat the Phillies at Coors Field, 2-1, completing an NLDS three-game sweep of Philadelphia to advance to their first-ever National League Championship Series. The wild-card team will have to beat the Diamondbacks, their Western division foe, to win the pennant and earn a trip to the World Series.
2009 Joe Mauer wins his third batting title, becoming the first player to accomplish the feat in consecutive seasons since Nomar Garciaparra led the league in 1999-2000. The Twins catcher’s .365 mark establishes a major league record for the highest batting average by a backstop.
2009 With one out in the bottom of the 12th inning in the AL Central tiebreaker, the Twins beat the Tigers, 6-5, when Alexi Casilla’s single plates Carlos Gomez from second base with the winning run. The Metrodome victory finishes an amazing comeback by Minnesota, going 17-4 in the final month to close a seven-game deficit, and completes a colossal collapse for the Tigers, who become the first team in big league history to surrender a three-game lead with only four contests to play.
2010 Rays’ hurler David Price is this year’s recipient of the Oklahoma Sports Museum’s Warren Spahn Award given annually to the best left-handed pitcher in the big leagues. The honor, named after the winningest southpaw in the history of the game, is awarded based on a point system which evaluates performance based on their wins, strikeouts, and earned run average.
2010 The Cardinals exercised their $16 million option for next season with first baseman Albert Pujols. The 30 year-old superstar, a three-time NL MVP, led the circuit with 42 home runs and 118 RBIs.
2010 At Citizens Bank Park, Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay throws the second no-hitter in postseason history when he beats the Reds, 4-0, in Game 1 of the NLDS. Don Larsen became the first hurler to accomplish the feat by throwing a perfect game in the Yankees’ victory over Brooklyn in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.
2011 Robin Ventura, seen by many as a surprise choice, is hired by general manager Ken Williams as the White Sox’s new manager. The former All-Star infielder, who played ten seasons in Chicago after being selected as the team’s first-round pick in 1988, replaces a vocal and often-controversial Ozzie Guillen, who left the Windy City to be the Marlins’ new skipper.
2012 With a year remaining on his contract, Jim Tracy resigns as the manager of the Rockies, a position he has held since his promotion from the club’s bench coach in May of 2009. During his four-year tenure with Colorado, the 2009 NL Manager of the Year compiled a 294-308 record, going 64-98 last season, a franchise mark for losses.
2012 The Orioles eliminate the two-time AL champion Rangers, 5-1, in the American League’s first win-or-go-home wild-card playoff game. The victory sends the surprising Baltimore team into the playoffs for the first time in 15 years, a best-of-five division series against New York.
2012 The Indians name former Boston skipper Terry Francona, rather than Sandy Alomar Jr., who replaced Manny Acta as the interim field boss with six games remaining to be played on the schedule, to be their 42nd manager in franchise history. The 53 year-old’s father, Tito, played with the Tribe from 1959 to ’64.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1928
WESTBURY, L.I.-United States polo is still the greatest in the world. From the rim of defeat and with a patched-up line-up put together in a desperate last-minute attempt to stand off the strongest rush that polo had faced in this country in a quarter of a century, Tommy Hitchcock today led a new United States team to the greatest triumph it has ever scored. In the third game with Argentina for the championship of the Americas, the United States came through, and came through with plenty to spare, 13 to 7. After the third period there was never any question of the ultimate winner.
The biggest crowd ever to witness a polo game in this country fought for admission. One hour before the whistle of Captain Wesley White started play the seats in both the west and east stands had been sold and hundreds of persons stood outside the gates trying to find a way in. The officials then opened up the ends of historic International Field at Meadow Brook and the spectators stood four deep. More than 40,000 were grouped around the playing area.
Winston Guest, Earle A.S. Hopping and Hitchcock kept a constant rain of drives pouring into Argentine territory. Out in front the black-haired, pale-faced W. Averill Harriman was riding the finest polo ponies in the world, and when the ball came out to him he carried on. Six times Harriman carried on to a point for this country, and throughout he played the same type of hard-riding, brilliant No. 1 which had caused so much trouble during the first game and finally carried through the winning goal in that game to give his country the chance to go on to a third match.
Hitchcock found himself playing in the No. 3 position for the first time in his career. The genius of United States polo at least played as fine a game as any ever turned in at that position. He was superb on defense, driving through the narrowest sort of openings to come through with the ball and carry on to an attack, and on other occasions dropping from nowhere all alone to break up the South American combination play. Hitchcock rode through to four goals this afternoon, and his game was far and away better than anything he had displayed in this series. Hitchcock had at last come out of his slump and the United States team rode along the crest with him.
From the beginning it was apparent that this was a different United States team. Hitchcock came out for the start wearing the strange (for him) No. 3 on his back. He was soon in the thick of play and helped with the opening rush of the game. This went wide but it was not much later that the first United States score came. It was on a free hit from the 30-yard line, which is like handing a balloon to Hitchcock and asking him to break it.
The blond-headed Tommy Hitchcock’s fame soon was eclipsed by that of his teammate W. Averill Harriman. Harriman became United States ambassador to the Soviet Union and Britain under President Harry S. Truman and was a two-term governor of New York. Polo lost much of its popularity as a spectator sport after it was removed from the Olympics in 1936.
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