REGIONAL FOOTBALL PAIRINGS
Warsaw [9-2] at Merrillville [10-1]
Carmel [8-3] at Homestead [11-0]
Ben Davis [7-4] at Zionsville [5-6]
Center Grove [6-5] at Warren Central [8-3]
Valparaiso [11-0] at Mishawaka [8-3]
Fort Wayne Dwenger [10-1] at Harrison (West Lafayette) [9-2]
Indianapolis Cathedral [9-2] at New Palestine [11-0]
Floyd Central [9-2] at Bloomington South [7-4]
New Prairie [11-1] at Hobart [10-2]
East Noble [12-0] at Mississinewa [11-1]
Indianapolis Roncalli [7-5] at Mount Vernon (Fortville) [10-2]
Mooresville [10-2] at Evansville Memorial [10-1]
Mishawaka Marian [11-1] at Knox [11-1]
Indianapolis Chatard [11-1] at Fort Wayne Concordia [7-5]
Danville [7-5] at Vincennes Lincoln [8-4]
Heritage Hills [12-0] at Lawrenceburg [11-1]
Lewis Cass [11-1] at Andrean [9-3]
Eastside [10-2] at Eastbrook [10-2]
Heritage Christian [11-1] at Western Boone [11-1]
Evansville Mater Dei [10-2] at Triton Central [9-3]
North Judson [7-4] at Lafayette Central Catholic [9-3]
South Adams [12-0] at Adams Central [11-1]
North Vermillion [11-1] at Indianapolis Lutheran [11-0]
North Decatur [11-1] at West Washington [11-1]
STATE VOLLEYBALL FINALS
Class A State Championship
Final | Cowan def. Trinity Lutheran (3-2) 30-28, 25-19, 21-25, 23-25, 15-5
Class 2A State Championship
Final | Heritage Christian def. Wapahani (3-0) 27-25, 25-18, 25-23
Class 3A State Championship
Final | Brownstown Central def. Bellmont (3-1) 22-25, 25-21, 34-32, 25-19
Class 4A State Championship
Final | New Castle def. Hamilton Southeastern (3-1) 23-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-18
GIRLS HS BASKETBALL NCC-AREA
Harrison (West Lafayette) 64 Marion 36
Lawrence North 68 Anderson 31
Randolph Southern 60 Centerville 29
Union (Modoc) 42 Indiana Math & Science 8
Union County 57 Milan 27
Waldron 49 Tri 33
Winchester 62 Bluffton 39
Union City 67 Southern Wells 31
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL THIS WEEK
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Logansport at Central Catholic, 7:30 pm
Marion at Oak Hill, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Anderson at Fishers, 7:30 pm
Taylor at Kokomo, 7:30 pm
Friday, Nov. 15
Anderson at Richmond , 7:30 pm
Lafayette Jeff at Tech , 7:30 pm
McCutcheon at Logansport, 7:30 pm
Central at Marion, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 16
East Central at Richmond, 7:30 pm
Kokomo at West Lafayette, 7:30 pm
Marion at Wabash, 7:30 pm
Central at Frankton, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Blue River at Centerville, 7:30 pm
Tri at Morristown, 7:30 pm
Union County at South Decatur, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Nov. 13
New Castle at Union City, 7:30 pm
Friday, Nov. 15
Anderson Prep at Lincoln, 7:30 pm
Batesville at Union County, 7:30 pm
Blue River at Tri, 7:30 pm
Centerville at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm
Franklin County at Northeastern, 7:30 pm
Lapel at Hagerstown, 7:30 pm
Winchester at Knightstown , 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 16
Franklin County at Centerville, 7:30 pm
Hagerstown at Knightstown, 7:30 pm
Northeastern at Cowan, 7:30 pm
Union City at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Blue River at Centerville, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, Nov. 13
Madison-Grant at Wes-Del, 7:30 pm
Thursday, Nov. 14
Union at Shenandoah, 6:30 pm
Friday, Nov. 15
Blue River at Tri, 7:30 pm
Centerville at Eastern Hancock, 7:30 pm
Daleville at Bluffton, 7:30 pm
Wes-Del at Randolph Southern , 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 16
Eastern Hancock at Triton Central, 7:30 pm
Northeastern at Cowan, 7:30 pm
Union City at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm
Wapahani at Union, 6 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Columbus East at Batesville, 7:30 pm
East Central at Franklin County, 7:30 pm
Greensburg at North Decatur, 7:30 pm
Madison at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm
Switzerland County at South Dearborn, 7:30 pm
Friday, Nov. 15
Batesville at Union County, 7:30 pm
Franklin County at Northeastern, 7:30 pm
Greensburg at Franklin, 7:30 pm
Mt. Vernon at Connersville, 7:30 pm
Scottsburg at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 16
East Central at Richmond, 7:30 pm
Franklin County at Centerville, 7:30 pm
Lawrenceburg at Rising Sun, 7:30 pm
North Decatur at Batesville, 7:30 pm
South Dearborn at Rushville, 7:30 pm
TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
#10 Florida 56 Vanderbilt 0
#17 Minnesota 31 #4 Penn State 26
#1 Ohio State 73 Maryland 14
#25 SMU 59 E. Carolina 51
#12 Baylor 29 TCU 23 3OT
#2 LSU 46 #3 Alabama 41
#20 Cincinnati 48 Connecticut 3
Texas 27 #16 Kansas State 24
Virginia Tech 36 #19 Wake Forest 17
#13 Wisconsin 24 #18 Iowa 22
#6 Georgia 27 Missouri 0
#15 Notre Dame 38 Duke 7
#5 Clemson 55 North Carolina State 10
#9 Oklahoma 42 Iowa State 41
#22 Boise State 20 Wyoming 17 OT
Purdue 24 Northwestern 22
Illinois 37 Michigan State 34
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#7 Maryland 73 Rhode Island 55
#8 Gonzaga 110 Arkansas Pine Bluff 60
#12 Seton Hall 74 Stony Brook 57
#13 Texas Tech 79 Bethune Cookman 44
#15 Oregon 106 Boise State 75
Texas 70 #23 Purdue 66
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TV SCHEDULE SUNDAY
Sunday, Nov. 10
Boston College at South Florida | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Wyoming at South Carolina | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Florida State at No. 6 Florida | 1 p.m. | ESPN
Youngstown State at No. 5 Louisville | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Columbia at Wake Forest | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Colgate at Clemson | 3 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
UMass Lowell at No. 18 Ohio State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Detroit Mercy at N.C. State | 4 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
James Madison at No. 11 Virginia | 6 p.m. | ESPNU
Binghamton at No. 1 Michigan State | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Illinois at No. 21 Arizona | 9 p.m.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#3 Stanford 97 San Francisco 71
#7 Oregon State 86 UC Irvine 57
#10 Mississippi State 91 Southern Miss 58
#11 UCLA 74 Loyola Marymount 52
#12 Florida State 70 LSU 62
St. Mary’s IN 69 Earlham 63
Butler 74 Wagner 58
Dayton 60 Toledo 42
Illinois 78 Holy Cross 75 OT
COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL SCORES
Earlham 3 Hanover 2
Indiana 3 Rutgers 0
Penn State 3 Purdue 1
MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER SOCRES
Ohio State 1 Rutgers 0
Bradley 2 Evansville 1
Boston 135 San Antonio 115
New Orleans 115 Charlotte 110
Houston 117 Chicago 94
Oklahoma City 114 Golden State 108
Dallas 138 Memphis 122
Sun Nov 10, 2019
Denver @ Minnesota 3:30 pm ALT
Indiana @ Orlando 6:00 pm FS-IN
Charlotte @ Philadelphia 6:00 pm NBCS-PH+
Milwaukee @ Oklahoma City 7:00 pm FS-OK
Cleveland @ New York 7:30 pm FS-OH
Brooklyn @ Phoenix 8:00 pm YES
Atlanta @ Portland 9:00 pm NBCS-NW
Toronto @ LA Lakers 9:30 pm SportsNet L
Tampa Bay 5 Buffalo 3
NY Islanders 2 Florida 1
Philadelphia 3 Toronto 2
Montréal 3 Los Angeles 2
Ottawa 4 Carolina 1
Pittsburgh 3 Chicago 2
Washington 5 Vegas 2
Minnesota 4 Arizona 3
Colorado 4 Columbus 2
St. Louis 3 Calgary 2
San Jose 2 Nashville 1
Edmonton (45%) @ Anaheim (55%)9:00PM
Philadelphia (41%) @ Boston (59%)7:00PM
Toronto (50%) @ Chicago (50%)7:00PM
Vegas (54%) @ Detroit (46%)5:00PM
Florida (46%) @ NY Rangers (54%)1:00PM
New Jersey (38%) @ Vancouver (62%)4:00PM
Dallas (48%) @ Winnipeg (52%)2:00PM
November 11, 2019
Ottawa (44%) @ Carolina (56%)7:00PM
Arizona (42%) @ Washington (58%)7:00PM
November 12, 2019
Detroit (36%) @ Anaheim (64%)10:00PM
Florida (41%) @ Boston (59%)7:00PM
Minnesota (49%) @ Los Angeles (51%)10:30PM
Columbus (39%) @ Montreal (61%)7:00PM
Pittsburgh (50%) @ NY Rangers (50%)7:30PM
Edmonton (50%) @ San Jose (50%)10:30PM
Arizona (46%) @ St. Louis (54%)8:00PM
Nashville (46%) @ Vancouver (54%)10:00PM
Colorado (52%) @ Winnipeg (48%)8:00PM
* Estimated win probability in parentheses.
All game times Eastern
NFL Week 10 Games
Sunday November 10, 2019
Detroit @ Chicago1:00pm
Buffalo @ Cleveland1:00pm
Atlanta @ New Orleans1:00pm
Kansas City @ Tennessee1:00pm
Arizona @ Tampa Bay1:00pm
Baltimore @ Cincinnati1:00pm
Giants @ Jets1:00pm
Miami @ Indianapolis4:05pm
Carolina @ Green Bay4:25pm
Rams @ Pittsburgh4:25pm
Minnesota @ Dallas8:20pm
Monday November 11, 2019
Seattle @ San Francisco8:15pm
All game times Eastern
Week 11 Games
Thursday November 14, 2019
Pittsburgh @ Cleveland8:20pm
Sunday November 17, 2019
Jets @ Washington1:00pm
Atlanta @ Carolina1:00pm
Jacksonville @ Indianapolis1:00pm
Buffalo @ Miami1:00pm
New Orleans @ Tampa Bay1:00pm
Dallas @ Detroit1:00pm
Denver @ Minnesota1:00pm
Houston @ Baltimore1:00pm
Arizona @ San Francisco4:05pm
New England @ Philadelphia4:25pm
Cincinnati @ Oakland4:25pm
Chicago @ Rams8:20pm
Monday November 18, 2019
Kansas City @ Chargers8:15pm
All game times Eastern
EARLHAM COLLEGE ROUND-UP
Volleyball advances to first HCAC championship with 3-2 win over Hanover
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The third-seeded Earlham College volleyball team will advance to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament championship for the first time since joining the HCAC after a 3-2 (25-18, 25-27, 25-23, 18-25, 18-16) win over two-seeded Hanover College, on Saturday evening.
The Quakers will play no. 1 seed Transylvania University on Sunday, Nov. 10, at Transylvania University’s Clive Beck Center.
Sophomore Sarah Dickman led Earlham (20-8) with 20 kills on 58 attacks with a .275 attack percentage. Sophomore Caroline Mulvihill added 18 kills, junior Julia Stewart tallied 17 kills and sophomore Giselle Mora charted 10 kills. Earlham totaled 74 kills. Senior Sydney Ameluxen led the team in digs with 25 while she was one of five Quakers that recorded double digit digs. As a team, the Quakers had a .244 hitting percentage.
Senior Lauren Jackson finished the night with 61 assists as she continues to add to her historic assist record now totaling 4,089 for her career.
Senior Angelica Carpio totaled three of the Quakers five aces on the night.
Hanover (18-11) was led offensively by Adrianne Vance with 24 kills with teammate Emma Rolf adding 16 kills. The Panthers hit .199 for the match.
Ally Williams had a match-high 29 digs to lead Hanover.
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College women’s basketball team opened their regular season versus St. Mary’s (Ind.) with a 63-69 loss.
St. Mary’s (1-0) came alive in the fourth quarter by scoring 26 points compared to Earlham’s 12. The Belles outscored the Quakers 19-5 over the final five minutes. Earlham led for 25:54 minutes of the 40:00 minutes of regulation. The Quakers opened the fourth quarter with five straight points for a game-high 13-point lead at 56-43. With five minutes to go, the Quakers were up by eight points. Multiple baskets by the Belles tied the game at 62 with 1:05 to play.
The Belles scored the first six points of the game before the Quakers got on the board by a jump shot by senior Kyra Joseph. Earlham’s defense and pressure caused St. Mary’s to commit 27 turnovers while the Quakers scored 23 points off of turnovers. Earlham scored 40 points in the paint versus St. Mary’s 26. Overall, the Belles shot 23-50 from the floor for a 46 percent mark. The Quakers shot just 37.7 percent (26-69).
In the first quarter, the Quakers shot 22 shots compared to the Belles nine. The only quarter Earlham did not shoot more shots was the third quarter as St. Mary’s shot three more. The Belles got to the free throw line 26 times whereas the Quakers shot 12.
The bench provided 31 of the Quakers 63 points. Freshman Neely Trenshaw provided a spark instantly off the bench on the defensive end. She recorded seven points, five steals and four rebounds in 20 minutes of play. Senior Amy Weisner added nine points in 13 minutes off the bench while junior Rosie Newhart totaled seven points and six rebounds. Leading the way for the Quakers was junior Kayla Bowling with 15 points. Senior Camryn White assisted five times to lead the Quakers.
The Belles were led Giavanna Paradiso with 27 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 11 of 13 from the field.
Earlham (0-1) will be back in action on Tuesday, November 12 when they host DePauw University at 7:00 p.m.
IU EAST MEN’S SOCCER
CENTERVILLE, Ind. – The Indiana University East men’s soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the River States Conference Championships with a 4-0 win over Ohio Christian in the quarterfinals on Nov. 9.
The No. 3 seeded Red Wolves scored twice in each half as they defeated the Trailblazers for the second time this season.
UPDATING THE RECORDS
With its first post-season win at home, IU East is now 13-6. Ohio Christian finishes the season at 4-14.
* The Red Wolves grabbed an early lead as Trevor Lenke scored at 3:26 with assists from Nathan Dove and Hassan Abdalah.
* Pedro Ferro scored off a corner kick as Lenke and Montell James assisted.
* IU East put the match away with goals in the second half from Alex Izaga and Randy Betancourt.
* James assisted on the score by Izaga, while Cole Fosbrink helped on the final goal.
* The 13th victory extends the school record for wins in a season.
* IU East goalkeeper Aaron Gipson had a pair of saves as he recorded his fourth shutout of the season.
* The Red Wolves are 3-0 in quarterfinal matches during RSC Championships action.
* Overall, IU East is 3-2 in post-season play.
* In four matches against Ohio Christian, the Red Wolves are 3-1 with three straight wins. IU East has a 10-2 advantage in goals against the Trailblazers.
IU East travels to the University of Rio Grande for the RSC Championships Semifinal contest on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The match against the No. 2 seeded RedStorm gets underway at 5 p.m.
Burrow, No. 1 LSU hold on for 46-41 win over No. 2 Alabama
Joe Burrrow sprinted toward the LSU fans to celebrate a monumental victory, and moments later was hoisted on the shoulders of two beefy teammates.
They carried him only partway across the field. The ride isn’t finished for Burrow and No. 1 LSU but the quarterback’s masterful performance Saturday in a 46-41 victory over nemesis and second-ranked Alabama marked a huge step toward the Tigers’ championship goals.
Burrow passed for 393 yards and three touchdowns, answered challenge after challenge and helped end the eight-year string of futility that started with the national title game in January 2012. Now, their sights are set on another shot at national and Southeastern Conference championships.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron said that for the first time he told his players pre-Alabama, “You’re the better team.”
“We’ve finally got the tools that we need to beat those guys,” Orgeron said. “To have a championship team, you’ve got to have a championship quarterback.”
The Tigers (9-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 2 CFP) are no longer second fiddle in the SEC West, or maybe in the playoff rankings. And Burrow stamped himself as the Heisman Trophy front-runner with a gutty performance when he answered every challenge from `Bama.
And the challenges were plentiful.
That came as no surprise to Burrow.
“I knew they were going to come back,” he said. “That’s Alabama on the other side, dynasty. I was really happy with the way we responded.”
The Crimson Tide (8-1, 5-1, No. 3 CFP) rallied from a 33-13 halftime deficit to three times to pull within a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It kept going from game seemingly over to game on.
The showdown lived up to its billing as a duel between two high-powered offenses and star quarterbacks with President Donald Trump attending. Tua Tagovailoa launched an 85-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith with 1:21 left after the Tigers’ own scoring march.
Justin Jefferson recovered the onside kick and LSU ran out the clock, finally triumphant over their SEC West nemesis.
Burrow completed 31 of 39 passes. ran for 64 yards and was carried most of the way off the field by two teammates.
The ride isn’t over for LSU. Burrow said titles are what he was after when he transferred to LSU from Ohio State.
“We’re not done yet,” the two-year starter said. “It’s Game 9. We’ve got three more regular-season ones and the SEC championship. This was never our goal. We’ve got bigger goals than this.”
Book throws 4 TDs, No. 15 Notre Dame routs Duke 38-7
Ian Book trusted his legs to pick up chunks of yardage for No. 15 Notre Dame. The touchdowns came from his arm.
Book rushed for a career-best 139 yards and threw four touchdown passes and the Fighting Irish routed Duke 38-7 on Saturday night.
Book finished 18 of 32 for 181 yards passing, Chris Finke caught touchdown passes of 18 and 6 yards, and Chase Claypool and George Takacs also had short scoring catches.
C’Bo Flemister rushed 2 yards for a TD for the Fighting Irish (7-2, No. 15 CFP). In winning their second straight and fifth in six games, they rolled up 469 total yards, led 21-0 before the Blue Devils picked up their second first down and kept them at bay the rest of the way.
“It’s hard to win in November,” Book said. “You want to win every single game in November. It’s huge. … We’re still playing for a lot of things here.”
Book became the first Notre Dame quarterback with 100 yards both rushing and passing since Brandon Wimbush did it two years ago against Wake Forest.
“He’s just a heck of a football player,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said.
Book has accounted for seven touchdowns in his last two games, both victories over Atlantic Coast Conference schools. He threw for two TDs last week against Virginia Tech, then rushed for the winning score with 29 seconds left to beat the Hokies.
The Blue Devils kept him from crossing the goal line in this one, prompting Book to quip that “I need to get faster.
“I need to get in the end zone,” he said. “I’m kind of upset about it. But fast DBs, they caught me. … I was able to get the first downs … but I want to get in the end zone.”
Quentin Harris was 16 of 28 for 102 yards for Duke (4-5) with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Young late in the second quarter. The Blue Devils have lost three straight and four of five since starting 3-1.
No. 13 Minnesota stays unbeaten vs No. 5 Penn State, 31-26
The progress made by Minnesota in coach P.J. Fleck’s third season had been met by natural skepticism outside the long-languishing program, with even the most ardent fans in full prove-it mode for this game of unbeaten teams against Penn State.
From start to finish, the Gophers matched the moment. They took down the Nittany Lions with a narrative-altering performance.
Jordan Howden picked off Sean Clifford’s pass in the end zone with 1:01 left, the third interception thrown by Penn State’s quarterback, and 13th-ranked Minnesota held on for a 31-26 victory on Saturday afternoon for its first win over a top-five team in 20 years.
“I’m just so proud to be a Gopher, and I speak for our whole team when I say that,” said Fleck, who declared the game ball he handed afterward to the school president for the entire state.
Tanner Morgan passed for 339 yards and three touchdowns in a dismantling of fifth-ranked Penn State’s staunch defense, as Minnesota (9-0, 6-0, No. 17 CFP) stayed on track for its first trip to the Big Ten championship game. For a program has not won the conference since a shared title in 1967, this is a whole new world.
“As an athlete and just in life,” Morgan said, “you should want pressure because that means your life is significant.”
The first sellout crowd for the Gophers at home in four years swarmed the field after the clock ran out, reveling in the first win at home over a top-five team since a shutout of No. 1 Michigan in 1977. The Gophers scrambled the College Football Playoff picture a bit, too, after Penn State (8-1, 5-1, No. 4 CFP) emerged with a top-four spot in the first edition of the rankings.
“We knew they were a good football team,” Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said. “It’s hard to be undefeated.”
Rashod Bateman got the Gophers going with a 66-yard score on their first possession that covered 95 yards. He finished with seven catches for 203 yards, the second-most in program history. Tyler Johnson had seven receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown, too, as Morgan found opening after opening in the Penn State zone to produce enough early gains the Gophers could bank for the inevitable late rally by the Nittany Lions. Morgan went 18 for 20, his second game of the season with a 90% or better completion rate.
“He was reading us very well. He kind of knew what we were in and what they could to do expose us there,” linebacker Jan Johnson said. “They hit their plays. He made their throws.”
Fields, No. 3 Ohio State overwhelm Maryland 73-14
Justin Fields threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the first half Saturday, and No. 3 Ohio State hardly missed suspended defensive star Chase Young in a 73-14 romp over Maryland.
A team that gave the Buckeyes (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten, CFP No. 1) headaches last season was no trouble this time, even without the fierce pass rushing of Young. The preseason All-American was suspended Friday while Ohio State investigates a possible NCAA violation involving a loan.
“We went through a little adversity this week,” coach Ryan Day said. “Adversity reveals character, and our character was at the forefront of this game. I felt we came out and showed we’re made of something special here.”
J.K. Dobbins rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns as the Buckeyes built a 42-0 halftime lead and the backups added to it in the second half.
Fields tossed touchdown passes to Binjimen Victor, K.J. Hill and Chris Olave before taking a seat in the second half. His backup, Chris Chugunov threw another one in the third quarter. Ohio State piled up 705 yards of offense and 40 first downs.
The Buckeyes defense, without Young, held the Terrapins to a single yard of offense in the first quarter and 139 yards for the game. Anthony McFarland, who rushed for 298 yards against the Buckeyes last season, managed only 7 yards on six carries.
Maryland quarterback Josh Jackson left after the first quarter and didn’t return until the third. He was spelled by Tyrrell Pigrome, but neither was particularly effective. Jackson finally got the Terps on the board in the third quarter with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Dontay Demus, a drive set up by three consecutive 15-yard penalties against Ohio State.
“This was a team loss,” Maryland coach Mike Locksley said. “All three phases, coaches, players, all included and I didn’t like the way we showed up and played today.”
No. 11 Baylor needs 3 OTs against TCU to stay undefeated
No. 11 Baylor needed a 51-yard field goal in the closing minute of regulation just to keep playing. The Bears were then celebrating after the first overtime, thinking the game was over before a replay review gave TCU a touchdown on an incredible leaping catch.
The Bears finally had their 11th consecutive victory and remained undefeated when Grayland Arnold came down with a fourth-down interception in the end zone in the third overtime for a 29-23 win over TCU on Saturday.
“There were a lot of times in that game where a lot of the world probably thought we were going to lose just from the situations we were in,” Arnold said. “Once we got that second chance, we were like we’ve got another opportunity to play football.”
Charlie Brewer ran for a 3-yard touchdown in the first overtime before throwing TD passes in the next two extra periods to Denzel Mims – a lunging and reaching grab for a 20-yard score on fourth down in the second overtime before a leaping 4-yarder that won it for the Bears (9-0, 6-0 Big 12, No. 12 CFP).
“I knew it was crunch time and it was time for like grown-man football,” said Mims, whose three catches in overtime matched his three in regulation.
Arnold picked off Max Duggan’s fourth-down pass in the end zone. That came six plays, and a facemask penalty that put the ball at the 1, after Duggan’s scramble and spinning move along the sideline on what was initially ruled a 20-yard touchdown before replay review showed he stepped out at the 3.
“We’re just a tough, hard-nosed, resilient group of guys that goes out there and just competes and plays,” Baylor coach Matt Rhule said. “We’re not perfect, but a lot of teams would have lost that game today.”
After Brewer’s 3-yard TD run to start overtime, the Bears were already celebrating a victory when officials initially ruled that Te’Vailance Hunt came down out of bounds on the fourth-down play. But the replay showed Hunt came down with his hand in bounds before the rest of his body fell outside the end zone, resulting in a 24-yard touchdown for TCU (4-5, 2-4).
Dicker FG sends Texas over No. 20 Kansas State 27-24
Texas needed a win to keep any lingering Big 12 title hopes alive.
The Longhorns got it behind the same fourth-quarter formula they used a few weeks ago: Give up a late lead before quarterback Sam Ehlinger engineers a long drive to set up a Cameron Dicker field goal as time expires.
Dicker’s 26-yarder lifted the Longhorns to a 27-24 victory over No. 20 Kansas State on Saturday. The victory keeps Texas in the hunt for a return trip to the Big 12 championship game with three games left.
With two losses already, they’ll still need some help. But the Longhorns (6-3, 4-2) at least are still alive. They fought back after falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter, then rallied again after letting their own big lead evaporate.
“It could have been a really, really bad scene,” Texas coach Tom Herman said. “The win is obviously very important for us. The way that it happened, to be down 14-0 in the blink of an eye … We put ourselves on the ropes (this season) and we took a step toward swinging and scratching and clawing our way off.”
Dicker has booted two-game winners on the final play in Texas’ last three games. His 33-yarder beat Kansas in a wild 50-48 finish on Oct. 19.
Against Kansas, Ehlinger had 71 seconds to get the Longhorns within scoring range, and he did it with a frantic but crisp push. Against Kansas State, the Longhorns went 65 yards in 13 plays and sucked the final 6 minutes, 45 seconds off the game clock.
This time, Texas looked to be setting up for the field goal until Ehlinger surged into the end zone on a keeper. After an illegal formation penalty nullified the touchdown, Ehlinger fell on the ball the next play and Dicker trotted on for the kick
“As bad as we all wanted to score to cap off that drive, the smart thing was to set up the field goal and not let them get back on the field,” Ehlinger said.
Even that might have had some uncertainty.
Taylor’s big day helps No. 16 Badgers edge No. 18 Iowa 24-22
The best players close out games, and that’s what Jonathan Taylor did Saturday night.
Taylor rushed for 130 of his season-high 250 yards in the fourth quarter, and Danny Davis ran for a touchdown and caught another as No. 16 Wisconsin outlasted No. 18 Iowa 24-22.
Taylor became the first running back this season to rush for more than 100 yards against Iowa as Wisconsin (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten, No. 13 College Football Playoff) held on to the Heartland Trophy, given each year to the winner of this game. The Badgers have beaten Iowa four straight times.
“Jonathan has been great all season, but I think he holds himself to a high standard,” teammate Quintez Cephus said. “He wanted to come out here and do what he did today. He told us he was going to be better, and he did it. Props to him.”
Taylor’s 250 yards on 31 carries are the most ever by a Wisconsin player against Iowa, surpassing the previous high of 216 by Ron Dayne in 1999.
“We wanted it a lot, together as a whole team,” Taylor said. “It’s essential, it’s a Big Ten West game and we have four (games) lined up. So we’ve got to make sure we’re on. It’s November and everyone is going to try to be at their best, and you’ve got to make sure that you’re able to play for 60 minutes.”
Cephus caught five passes for 94 yards and his fourth touchdown of the season to help Wisconsin stay in contention for the Big Ten West crown.
Davis’ two scores – a 17-yard run and a 4-yard reception – helped the Badgers take a 14-6 lead at halftime.
“It felt good,” Davis said. “Getting the chance to contribute to this team, and scoring, it’s a big opportunity. I think receivers did a good job of stepping up. Of course, JT (Taylor) went for 250, so, we’ll take some of the credit with the blocking game. It was a great game all around.”
After a 27-yard touchdown to Cephus from Jack Coan made it 21-6 at the end of the third quarter, the Hawkeyes (6-3, 3-3, No. 18 CFP) outscored the Badgers 16-3 in the fourth but couldn’t come all the way back. Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley was stopped short of the goal line on a potential game-tying two-point conversion attempt with 3:12 remaining.
“I saw that it was draw and I was kind of second hat to the draw,” Wisconsin outside linebacker Zack Baun said. “The collision that Chris (Orr) had with that dude (Stanley) really symbolizes what this rivalry is: mano (a) mano, strength on strength. Chris from Wisconsin won that one. We said the more physical team would win, and that play in itself kind of resembled that.”
Indiana pulls away late, downs pesky Portland State 85-74
A second consecutive win to open the season didn’t come easily for Indiana because its defense fell far short of coach Archie Miller’s expectations.
The Hoosiers’ 85-74 home triumph over pesky Portland State on Saturday wasn’t without its positives, but Miller shook his head about his team’s lack of toughness in guarding the ball, allowing a backcourt to hit eight 3-pointers and sending the Vikings to the foul line for 32 free throws.
“To be honest with you in the first week as we kind of look at things, if we don’t get our defense going in another direction here, we’re going to experience some really hard moments in games,” Miller said. “We can’t get stops. There’s just some alarming things out there defensively.”
Holland Woods and Matt Hauser each hit four 3-pointers to keep the small-but-feisty Vikings (1-1) close for about 30 minutes. Woods finished with a game-high 27 points and Hauser had 21.
“We’ve got to be better on the ball,” said Al Durham, who led his team with 18 points. “We’ve got to be better at help (defense). We’ve got to be able to close out and be able to guard. We’ve got a couple of things to work on and fine tune in practice.”
The Hoosiers (2-0) led just 58-53 with 11:41 remaining.
“The way we play, I think that we’re always going to be in it,” said Portland State coach Barret Peery. “Our guys keep coming. We’re going to pressure. We always play fast. I wasn’t scared of how we would play.”
Durham scored five points in a 6-0 run as the bigger Big Ten team finally pulled away and gradually increased its advantage in the final 10 minutes.
“I’ve always been more of a let-the-game-come-to-me (guy),” said Durham, who was an efficient 7-of-11 shooting. “I don’t have to force anything. I know my teammates are going to find me. I’m going to find open shots. I feel like being efficient is really key for me.”
Justin Smith scored 16 points for the Hoosiers, who hit 50 percent of their shots, dominated the board 42-24 and committed just 10 turnovers against Portland State’s full-court press.
In just his second college game Trayce Jackson-Davis contributed his first double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
“In practice, my teammates are always pushing me to rebound,” Jackson-Davis said. “We do a lot of rebounding drills, so I thought that was big coming into the game.”
Portland State finished 21-of-51 (41.2 percent) from the floor.
Miller reiterated what the Hoosiers will be focusing on in practice.
“There were some really good things to take out of it,” he said. “We’re 2-0, we have some time here to regroup and hopefully we can take some steps defensively to start looking the part that we have to.”
Longhorns use strong finish to pull upset at No. 23 Purdue
Matt Coleman III scored 22 points and Gerald Liddell added a career high 14 on Saturday night to help Texas upset No. 23 Purdue 70-66.
The Longhorns (2-0) have won seven straight dating to last season’s run to the NIT championship and they became the first non-conference team to beat the Boilermakers on their home court in nearly three years.
Sasha Stefanovic scored 14 points to lead Purdue (1-1). Eric Hunter Jr. and Jahaad Proctor each had 12.
The Boilermakers looked like they were in control when they scored seven straight to take a 62-57 lead with 3:14 to play.
But the Longhorns forced three straight turnovers and the next seven to take a 64-62 lead on a 3-pointer from Jase Febres with 1:25 to go.
Purdue only got two more baskets the rest of the game.
Texas: The Longhorns passed a key early-season test. They went into Mackey Arena, which has been nothing but trouble for visitors the last four-plus seasons, and pulled off the upset by grinding out a victory. It’s a promising sign that the Longhorns could be on their way back.
Purdue: This one will sting for Purdue. The Boilermakers looked like they were about to pull away late, but their inability to take care of the ball and make free throws proved costly in the end. And now they’ll have to start working on a new home-court winning streak.
Texas: Coleman had four rebounds and seven assists while Liddell also grabbed a career-high eight rebounds. … Febres finished with 11 points and Jericho Sims scored 10 despite playing most of the night in foul trouble. … Texas was 9 of 22 on 3s and shot 53.3% from the field.
Purdue: Stefanovic made his first four shots, all 3s, after sitting out Wednesday’s opener with a foot injury. … The Boilermakers were 8 of 16 on 3s and shot 41% from the field. … Purdue had a 36-24 rebounding edge. … The last non-conference team to win in West Lafayette was then No. 3 Villanova in November 2016. … Purdue also had an 18-game home-court winning streak snapped.
Butler MBB Moves to 2-0 with 79-53 Win Over New Orleans
Butler jumped out early on New Orleans and kept their foot on the gas in taking a 79-53 win Saturday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Aaron Thompson and Bryce Nze each posted double-doubles as Butler moved to 2-0 on the season.
New Orleans, the preseason pick to win the Southland Conference title, is now 1-1.
Making their first four attempts from behind the arc, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 16-4 lead at the first media timeout. The lead had grown to 23-5 eight minutes into the contest.
Nze led all scorers with 18 points, adding 10 rebounds for his second double-double in as many games as a Bulldog. Thompson registered the second double-double of his career with 12 points and 10 assists.
The Bulldogs shot 48 percent from the field, including 9-of-19 from behind the arc.
“That’s a good team we played tonight,” said Butler coach LaVall Jordan. “They’re a veteran group who is physical and applies pressure on defense. I was really pleased with a lot of what we did tonight. This group shows a willingness to be coached and to hold each other accountable on the court. That’s been there from day one.”
Butler handed out 18 assists on 29 made field goals, while committing only six turnovers. The Bulldogs converted 16 New Orleans turnovers into 23 points.
Citing a “unique week” that saw Butler down to six available players at the end of Wednesday’s season-opening win over IUPUI, the Bulldogs had a few players return to action Saturday.
Kamar Baldwin, after playing just five minutes in the opener due to a rib cartilage injury, came off the bench to play 14 minutes Saturday. He had four points and two assists. Henry Baddley missed the opener, but had seven points and five rebounds Saturday.
Jordan Tucker, who also missed Wednesday’s opener, had 15 points, while Sean McDermott added 13 points on 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range to go along with eight rebounds. McDermott had 26 points Wednesday.
New Orleans had three players in double figures, led by Damion Rosser’s 13. The Privateers shot 43 percent from the field.
Up next for the Bulldogs is a Tuesday night match-up against Minnesota. The 8:30 p.m. tip is part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, which annually pairs up teams from the BIG EAST and Big Ten Conferences. Tickets for the game at Hinkle Fieldhouse are still available.
Celtics’ Hayward breaks left hand, out at least a month
Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward will miss at least a month with a broken left hand after colliding with San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge on Saturday night.
The Celtics say Hayward was sent for an X-ray that confirmed the diagnosis. Hayward, who did not return to the game, could undergo surgery that will keep him out a few weeks to a month, Boston coach Brad Stevens said.
“Going to get with the doctors tomorrow and decide if he needs to do surgery or not,” Stevens said. “Sounds like should he decide that the surgery option (is best, it) might actually be a better timeline. So, we’ll see what that all plays out to be.”
Hayward winced in pain after banging his left hand against Aldridge’s chest attempting to get past the Spurs forward on a screen late in the first half. Hayward appeared to jam the hand once or twice more against Aldridge before exiting the game.
Hayward had nine points and two rebounds in 15 minutes before exiting. He is averaging 20.3 points this season for the Celtics, who have won six straight entering Saturday’s game.
The 6-foot-7 forward missed most of the 2017 season after breaking his leg six minutes into Boston’s season opener.
“This one doesn’t feel near as bad as it did two years ago,” Stevens said. “So, he’ll be back. Be off for a few weeks or a month or whatever it is.”
QB Hoyer to make 1st start with Colts; Brissett ruled out
The Indianapolis Colts have ruled out starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett for Sunday’s game against Miami.
It gives backup Brian Hoyer a chance to make his first start with the Colts.
Brissett suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee during last weekend’s loss at Pittsburgh. He did limited work in practice this week.
On Friday, coach Frank Reich said he expected Brissett to be a game-time decision.
But Saturday, the Colts announced Brissett wouldn’t play and promoted third-string quarterback Chad Kelly from the practice squad to the active roster. Indy also promoted receiver Marcus Johnson to the active roster.
Indy (5-3) released receiver Deon Cain and defensive tackle Kyle Peko.
BACK TO BACK! WVU Tech wins RSC Men’s Cross Country Championship, qualifies for NAIAs
PITTSBURGH — WVU Tech had four individuals earn all-conference honors to lead the Golden Bears to the 2019 River States Conference Men’s Cross Country Championship on Saturday, Nov. 9 from Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pa. WVU Tech placed first of 11 schools competing in the championship hosted by Carlow (Pa.) University.
WVU Tech advances as a team to the NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championship Nov. 22 in Vancouver, Wash., with the RSC’s automatic team qualification. It is the second RSC title in a row for the Golden Bears, who scored 40 points in the team standings to edge out runner-up Point Park (Pa.) University with 48.
Michael Ecker-Randolph placed first individually to lead WVU Tech to the title. He was named the RSC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Year with a time of 26 minutes, 1 second in the 8,000-meter race. He was one of four Golden Bears to make it into the All-RSC First & Second Teams, which were for the top 14 finishers.
WVU Tech had three of the top five finishers with Nathan Morton (26:47) coming in fourth and Dan Nehnevaj (26:47) right behind in fifth. Aidan Hearne (27:48) was 11th for second team all-conference. Korbin Taylor (28:28) placed 19th overall to set the winning team score as the fifth WVU Tech runner to finish.
Justin Spoon from Asbury (Ky.) University was the individual runner-up. Ecker-Randolph won by 21 seconds, but Spoon was alone in second place at 26:22. Point Park’s Xavier Stephens (26:44) finished third.
The top four individuals not from team champ WVU Tech qualified for the NAIA national meet. Joining Spoon and Stephens in that group were Point Park’s Brody Carlin (26:57) in sixth place and Ohio Christian University’s Jonathan Canaan-Gardner (27:11) in seventh place. Point Park led the conference with five members of the All-RSC teams, and the Pioneers had six of the top 15 placements overall.
Asbury placed third in the team standings with 92 points. Led by Spoon, the Eagles had five runners in the top 26 places. Ohio Christian took third with 139 points and two runners in the top 10. IU Kokomo was fifth with 150 points followed by University of Rio Grande (Ohio) in sixth with 152, including two in the top 10.
WVU Tech head coach Jeremy Bloom was voted by his peers as the RSC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. The RSC Newcomer of the Year was Rio Grande’s Austin Setty, a freshman who finished 10th overall.
The RSC Men’s Cross Country Champions of Character Team was named with one individual nominated by each coach who is the one on their team who best exhibits the five values of NAIA Champions of Character: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Servant Leadership and Sportsmanship.
2019 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM & INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Team Champion: WVU Tech
Team Runner-Up: Point Park (Pa.)
RSC Runner of the Year: Michael Ecker-Randolph (26:01), WVU Tech
RSC Coach of the Year: Jeremy Bloom, WVU Tech
RSC Newcomer of the Year: Austin Setty, Fr., Rio Grande (Ohio)
ALL-RSC FIRST TEAM
- Michael Ecker-Randolph (26:01), WVU Tech
- Justin Spoon (26:22), Asbury (Ky.)
- Xavier Stephens (26:44), Point Park (Pa.)
- Nathan Morton (26:47), WVU Tech
- Dan Nehnevaj (26:47), WVU Tech
- Brody Carlin (26:57), Point Park (Pa.)
- Jonathan Canaan-Gardner (27:11), Ohio Christian
ALL-RSC SECOND TEAM
- Drake Dickerson (27:36), Ohio Christian
- Keshawn Jones (27:43), Rio Grande (Ohio)
- Austin Setty (27:44), Rio Grande (Ohio)
- Aidan Hearne (27:48), WVU Tech
- Doug Kostelansky (27:57), Point Park (Pa.)
- Bryan Guitierrez (28:10), Point Park (Pa.)
- Carlos Polanco (28:19), Point Park (Pa.)
RSC MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER TEAM
John Bowling — Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College
Tyler Walz — Brescia (Ky.) University
Evan Antes — Carlow (Pa.) University
Chance Klipstone — IU East
Jordan Fivecoate — IU Kokomo
Ben Bradford — Midway (Ky.) University
Noah Booze — Ohio Christian University
Carlos Polanco — Point Park (Pa.) University
Dean Freitag — University of Rio Grande (Ohio)
Marcus Vital — WVU Tech
THREE PEAT! Point Park (Pa.) holds off WVU Tech for third RSC Women’s XC title in a row
PITTSBURGH — Point Park (Pa.) University held off WVU Tech by three points to win its third-straight River States Conference Women’s Cross Country Championship on Saturday from Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Pioneers scored 55 points to slip past the runner-up Golden Bears with 58. The meet was hosted by Carlow (Pa.) University.
Point Park made its conference titles in 2017, 2018 and 2019 with the win. The Pioneers advance to the NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championship Nov. 22 in Vancouver, Wash., with the RSC’s automatic team qualification.
Alyssa Campbell placed first overall as the RSC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year to lead Point Park to the championship. She ran the 5,000-meter race in 18:46 to win by 29 seconds. She was the conference runner-up last year to prolific former teammate Anna Shields.
Point Park had three of the top seven finishers with Reba Bartram (19:28) taking third and Alyssa Frausto (20:16) seventh as the Pioneers’ other All-RSC selections, both on the first team. Alex Barr (21:21) was 17th, and Alyssa Boyd (22:02) was 27th as Point Park’s other top-five scorers to clinch the title.
WVU Tech had a conference-high four All-RSC performers. Earning All-RSC second team were Carmen Camino (20:33) in eighth, Kaeley Boyd (20:43) in ninth, Michaela O’Dell (21:05) in 12th and Jaelynn Parks (21:05) in 13th. The Golden Bears also had Kara Sandusky (21:20) in 16th to round out their top five.
Lexi Campbell placed second individually and led IU Kokomo to third place as a team. She had a time of 19:15 and was joined on All-RSC by teammate Casey Lechner (20:50) in 11th place.
IU East placed fourth with top finisher being Edmalie Cruz-Sanchez (21:17) in 15th. Ohio Christian University placed fifth with Alyssa Turrentine (19:44) fourth overall. Midway (Ky.) University placed sixth with Sadie Taylor (20:46) registering 10th place. For the complete team results and standings, click the links above.
The top four individuals not from team champ Point Park qualified for NAIAs as individuals. In addition to Jackson (IU Kokomo) and Turrentine (Ohio Christian), that group also included Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College’s Carlee Salyers (20:06) in fifth place and Carlow (Pa.) University’s Larissa Kijowski (20:08) in sixth place.
Point Park’s Jim Spisak was voted by his peers as the RSC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. Salyers, a freshman, was named the RSC Newcomer of the Year. She was the top finisher new to the conference.
The RSC Women’s Cross Country Champions of Character Team was named with one individual nominated by each coach who is the one on their team who best exhibits the five values of NAIA Champions of Character: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Servant Leadership and Sportsmanship.
2019 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM & INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Team Champion: Point Park (Pa.)
Team Runner-Up: WVU Tech
RSC Runner of the Year: Alyssa Campbell (18:46), Point Park (Pa.)
RSC Coach of the Year: Jim Spisak, Point Park (Pa.)
RSC Newcomer of the Year: Carlee Salyers, Alice Lloyd (Ky.)
ALL-RSC FIRST TEAM
1. Alyssa Campbell (18:46), Point Park (Pa.)
2. Lexi Jackson (19:15), IU Kokomo
3. Reba Bartram (19:28), Point Park (Pa.)
4. Alyssa Turrentine (19:44), Ohio Christian
5. Carlee Salyers (20:06), Alice Lloyd (Ky.)
6. Larissa Kijowski (20:08), Carlow (Pa.)
7. Alyssa Frausto (20:16), Point Park (Pa.)
ALL-RSC SECOND TEAM
8. Carmen Camino (20:33), WVU Tech
9. Kaeley Boyd (20:43), WVU Tech
10. Sadie Taylor (20:46), Midway (Ky.)
11. Casey Lechner (20:50), IU Kokomo
12. Michaela O’Dell (21:05) WVU Tech
13. Jaelynn Parks (21:05), WVU Tech
14. Madeline Jones (21:09), Brescia (Ky.)
RSC WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER TEAM
Rachel McCoy — Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College
Charisse Sallade — Asbury (Ky.) University
Madline Jones — Brescia (Ky.) University
Katie Winter — Carlow (Pa.) University
Brooke Perreira — IU East
Lexi Jackson — IU Kokomo
Madeline Segars — Midway (Ky.)
Lauryn Rutan — Ohio Christian
Alex Barr — Point Park (Pa.)
Kelsey Miller — Rio Grande (Ohio)
Kaeley Boyd — WVU Tech
MSOC Release: Ohio State Defeats Rutgers, 1-0, to Advance in Big Ten Tournament
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 8 Ohio State (7-10-1, 2-6-1) defeated No. 9 Rutgers (7-8-3, 1-7-1), 1-0, in the Big Ten Tournament play-in-game to advance and play Indiana tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Ohio State opened the match with a shot by Xavier Green that was steered wide by the Rutgers keeper and set the tone for the day.
Parker Siegfried made a couple of nice saves early in the contest to keep it scoreless through the first 20 minutes.
The Buckeye offense peppered the Scarlet Knights with nine shots and six on goal in the first half before going into the break scoreless.
Ohio State drew a foul in the 48th minute and to set up a free kick just outside the box. Bennati lined up a shot that was blocked and Xavier Green got to the rebound, but the shot sailed wide right.
Keeping the pressure on the defense, the Buckeyes continued to put shots in to test the Scarlet Knights before they connected in the 65th minute.
Jack Holland put a shot on target that was deflected out of bounds and resulted in a Buckeye corner. Holland booted a cross in front of the net and connected with Devyn Etling who headed in his team leading sixth goal of the season to put the Buckeyes on top.
Rutgers tried to manufacture attempts late but could not get past the Ohio State defense as the match came to a close and the Buckeyes advanced.
Etling scored his sixth goal of the season bring his point total to 12 for the campaign.
Holland contributed his eighth assist on the year.
Holland increased his team leading point total to 18.
Parker Siegfried tallied his sixth clean sheet of the season bringing his career total to 18.
Shots: Ohio State 15, Rutgers 6
Saves: Rutgers 7, Ohio State 3
Shots on Goal: Ohio State 7, Rutgers 3
Corner Kicks: Rutgers 6, Ohio State 3
Ohio State will play host Indiana at 1 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament.’
Purdue Wrestling Goes 2-1 at Journeymen Northeast Duals
Troy, N.Y. – Led by undefeated performances from five individuals, the Purdue wrestling team posted a 2-1 mark at the Journeymen Northeast Duals at Hudson Valley Community College on Saturday. The Boilermakers rolled past Buffalo, 32-8, and Utah Valley, 30-12, before suffering a narrow 22-19 loss at the hands of No. 8 Arizona State.
No. 11 junior Devin Schroder led the effort at 125 pounds, posting two technical falls and a major decision as he outscored his three opponents by a combined 44-3. He needed only 2:37 to record an 18-0 win over Buffalo’s Kevin Meloni, topped Utah Valley’s Josiah Nava 16-1 in 2:06, and finished the day with a 10-2 major decision over 20th-ranked Brandon Courtney of Arizona State.
Ninth-ranked senior Dylan Lydy knocked off a pair of highly-ranked wrestlers at 174 pounds, following up his 12-3 major decision over Buffalo’s Jake Lanning with a 4-2 tie-breaker win over No. 12 Kimball Bastian of Utah Valley and a 3-1 decision over No. 10 Anthony Valencia, which required a buzzer-beating takedown to seal the victory.
Other unbeaten individuals Saturday were sophomore Parker Filius at 141 pounds, eighth-ranked freshman Kendall Coleman at 157 pounds and freshman Thomas Penola at 197 pounds. Penola had an especially impressive victory in the match against Buffalo, earning an 8-6 victory over Sam Schuyler, who holds a No. 10 ranking from FloWrestling and the No. 11 mark from The Open Mat.
Junior Max Lyon was 2-1 on the day with his only loss coming at the hands of top-ranked Zahid Valencia of Arizona State. Lyon rolled up a 12-2 major decision over Tanner Orndorff of Utah Valley, who is ranked No. 25 on FloWrestling and No. 17 on TrackWrestling.
“Today was the next step in our journey to March,” said head coach Tony Ersland. “We did some good things today and I was happy with the way we competed, but we just need to keep improving. It’s about trying to compete at a high level all the time, and never be satisfied with your effort.”
Purdue captured eight-of-10 matches in their win over Buffalo, took seven-of-10 against Utah Valley and split five-to-five against the Sun Devils, but surrendered bonus points in four of their five losses.
The Boilermakers return to action in a week, heading to Fargo, North Dakota for a dual at North Dakota State. The two sides will meet Sunday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. CT, live on FloWrestling.
Purdue 32, Buffalo, 8
125: No. 11 Devin Schroder (PUR) def. Kevin Meloni (BUF), TF 18-0 (2:37)
133: No. 20 Derek Spann (BUF) def. Marshall Craig (PUR), TF 15-0 (5:56)
141: Parker Filius (PUR) def. John Arceri (BUF), D 5-2
149: No. 13 Griffin Parriott (PUR) def. Kyle Todrank, MD 12-4
157: No. 8 Kendall Coleman (PUR) def. Hunter Shaut, MD 13-4
165: Troy Keller (BUF) def. Emil Soehnlen (PUR), D 5-2
174: No. 9 Dylan Lydy (PUR) def. Jake Lannings (BUF), MD 12-3
184: Max Lyon (PUR) def. Pete Acciardi, Fall 5:36
197: Thomas Penola (PUR) def. Sam Schuyler (BUF), D 8-6
285: David Eli (PUR) def. Nolan Terrance (BUF), D 6-4
Purdue 30, Utah Valley 12
125: No. 11 Devin Schroder (PUR) def. Josiah Nava (UV), TF 16-1 (2:06)
133: Isaiah Delgado (UV) def. Marshall Craig (PUR), D 5-4
141: Parker Filius (PUR) def. Cameron Hunsaker (UV), D 3-2
149: Nate Limmex (PUR) def. Landon Knutzen (UV), Fall 6:36
157: No. 8 Kendall Coleman (PUR) def. Jed Loveless (UV), D 6-3
165: No. 7 Demetrious Romero (UV) def. Emil Soehnlen (PUR), D 6-4
174: No. 9 Dylan Lydy (PUR) def. No. 12 Kimball Bastian (UV), TB1 4-2
184: Max Lyon (PUR) def. Tate Orndorff (UV), MD 12-2
197: Thomas Penola (PUR) def. Jaylen Woodruff (UV), Fall 4:53
285: No. 12 Tate Orndorff def. David Eli (PUR), Fall 1:30
Purdue 19, No. 8 Arizona State 22
125: No. 11 Devin Schroder (PUR) def. No. 20 Brandon Courtney (ASU), MD 10-2
133: Josh Krammer (ASU) def. Marshall Craig (PUR), MD 12-4
141: Parker Filius (PUR) def. Navonte Demison (ASU), D 9-3
149: No. 17 Josh Maruca (ASU) def. Nate Limmex (PUR), D 4-0
157: No. 8 Kendall Coleman (PUR) wins by forfeit
165: No. 6 Josh Shields (ASU) def. Emil Soehnlen (PUR), MD 12-2
174: No. 9 Dylan Lydy (PUR) def. No. 10 Anthony Valencia, D 3-1
184: No. 1 Zahid Valencia (ASU) def. Max Lyon (PUR), Fall 4:01
197: Thomas Penola (PUR) def. Cade Beishay (ASU), D 3-2
285: No. 4 Tanner Hall (ASU) def. David Eli (PUR), TF 20-3 (5:47)
RECAP | Indy Eleven Ousted from Postseason in Eastern Conference Final
Indy Eleven was a minute away from qualifying for its first USL Championship Final, however, it was back-to-back defending league champion Louisville City FC that would have the final say in a 3-1 victory after added extra time in front of 7,171 fans at IUPUI Carroll Stadium.
Indy forward Tyler Pasher pushed the home side forward midway through the second half with a goal that looked as if it would stand as the match-winner. And it would have until the fourth of as many minutes of stoppage time, when LCFC striker Antoine Hoppenot stunned the crowd with a shot off a corner kick that snuck through traffic, pushing the match to 30 minutes of added extra time. In the first extra session it was Magnus Rasmussen giving the visitors the lead four minutes in, while Luke Spencer’s conversion from the penalty spot seven minutes from time sealed the result for the defending champs.
The defeat ended the most successful season in Indy Eleven’s six-year history, as the Boys in Blue notched club records in regular season wins (19), standings points (63) away wins (6), and home wins (13), while also adding its first two victories in USL Championship play. Despite the numerous accomplishments achieved across the season, Indiana’s Team will head into the offseason thinking about the opportunity that was in front of it this afternoon at Carroll Stadium.
“The reality is we’ve done really well this season. The club has come forward a long way,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie. “We put ourselves in a great position to host the Eastern Conference Final.”
It was Indy Eleven who would create the most opportunistic looks of the first 15 minutes as neither side gave the other an early edge. A pair of crosses from Pasher nearly connected with forward Dane Kelly and midfielder Kenney Walker, respectively, but neither materialized into shots on goal as the tug of war for the Eastern Conference Final got off the ground.
Fans would wait 36 minutes before the game’s first true chance would present itself. Indy midfielder Macauley King played a lofted ball into the box after a Walker effort on goal had been blocked. King’s cross would find Kelly at the penalty spot, where the Jamaican snapped a header that forced Louisville ‘keeper Chris Hubbard into an impressive, acrobatic tip save.
Six minutes later, King connected with a header from a Walker corner that nearly gave the Boys in Blue the lead, but the effort glanced inches wide of the right post. Indy continued the pressure 60 seconds later when Pasher drove into the Louisville box before laying a driven cross down for a teammate, but Hubbard would coolly collect, his action ending a tight first 45 minutes.
The first chance of the second half came from out of nowhere a minute in, as Indy defender Paddy Barrett nearly caught Hubbard off his line with a lofted ball from midfield, but the LCFC ‘keeper scampered back to get both paws on the ball to steer it wide. Two minutes later, a deep corner connected with Louisville defender Paco Craig, whose headed effort softly glanced past the post. Indy generated a chance from a corner as well seven minutes later, but Karl Ouimette was unable to redirect fellow defender Ayoze’s service on frame.
Despite a flurry of Louisville corners, it was a quick counter by the Boys in Blue that broke the deadlock 67 minutes into the match. A lofted back-heel flick by Kelly over Louisville’s backline freed Pasher into space. The Canadian took one large touch forward before slotting home a low, left-footed effort, giving Indy the upper hand down the stretch.
Louisville began pressing harder in search of an equalizer, which they nearly found in the 81st minute. Indy ‘keeper Jordan Farr was caught in no man’s land after an awkward clearance that turned into a shot from Louisville’s Abdou Mbacke Thiam. The chip hung in the air for what seemed an eternity before clonking off the cross bar and away from the net, keeping Indy’s lead alive at 1-nil.
Louisville substitute George Davis IV tested Farr again six minutes later after the forward played a whipping cross into the box, forcing Farr to into an aerial save. From there, Indiana’s Team launched a counter that freed Pasher for a clean look on goal in the Louisville box, but the Canadian’s effort flew over.
Despite Indy’s best efforts to hold onto the lead, Hoppenot leveled the match in the 94th minute after a corner was cleared to the waiting midfielder. Hoppenot sent in a one-time effort that glided through a box full of players and somehow into the back of the net, sending Louisville’s sizable away support into a frenzy – and the match into extra time at one all.
Four minutes into stoppage time Louisville took their first lead of the match, set up by a back heel flick from Thiam that connected with Rasmussen in the Indy box. Rasmussen took one touch before passing the ball into the bottom left corner of Farr’s net, keeping the momentum squarely on the side of the visitors.
Indy almost drew level in the 101st minute after a darting run from Pasher resulted in a cross for Indy substitute Ilija Ilic, who would settle and send an effort on net only to see a Louisville defender block the equalizer attempt.
Louisville earned their chance to put the game away after a being awarded a dubious penalty in the 111th minute after Farr collided with LCFC’s Brian Ownby in the box. Spencer stepped up to take the penalty in the 113th minute, which he placed in the top right corner to secure the insurance goal.
Louisville went on to withstand Indy’s attempts from there on out, bringing an end to the Eleven’s impressive postseason run and a home undefeated streak across all competitions that spanned 27 games dating back to last July.
“Those players have done us proud,” Rennie said. “We’re going to keep improving and make sure we’re right up there at the top.”
NFL PREVIEWS: WEEK 10
Detroit Lions (3-4-1) at Chicago Bears (3-5)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS
LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 99-74-5
STREAKS: Bears have won past 2
LAST GAME: 11/22/18: Bears 23 at Lions 16
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/11/18: Bears 34, Lions 22
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 406 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 110.4 rating last week, his 9th career game with 400+ pass yards. Aims for his 4th in row with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TDs & 110+ rating. Aims for his 3rd in row at Chi. with 2+ TD passes. Ranks 2nd in TD passes (19), 4th in pass yards (2,499) & 5th in rating (106) in 2019. • RB J.D. MCKISSIC had career-high 72 scrimmage yards (40 rec., 32 rush) & TD catch in Week 9, his 3rd career rec. TD. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY had 4 catches for team-high 132 rec. yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. Had 6 catches for 78 yards & TD in last road meeting. Ties for NFL lead with 7 rec. TDs in 2019. WR MARVIN JONES led team with 8 catches & had 126 rec. yards & TD in Week 9, his 9th career game with 100+ rec. yards. Has 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. WR DANNY AMENDOLA has 8+ catches & 90+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. • DE TREY FLOWERS had sack & 2 TFL last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DT DAMON HARRISON had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. LB CHRISTIAN JONES led team with 11 tackles last week, his 5th career game with 10+ tackles. CB DARIUS SLAY has 10 PD & 2 INTs in his past 5 vs. Chi. Has 2+ PD in 3 of his past 4 at Chi. Has 20 PD vs. Chi., most vs. any opponent. Since 2013, leads NFL with 94 PD. CB JUSTIN COLEMAN has 3+ PD in 2 of his past 3 on road.
QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY completed 23 of 30 passes (76.7 pct.) for 355 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 148.6 rating & had rush TD in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Det. with TD pass & 0 INTs. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY (rookie) had 76 scrimmage yards (40 rush, 36 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 9, his 1st career game with 2+ TDs. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Ranks 2nd among rookie RBs in rush yards (406) & rush TDs (5). RB TARIK COHEN had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row at home vs. Det. with rush TD. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 6 catches for 133 yards & 2 TDs in last home meeting. Has 3 rec. TDs in 3 career games vs. Det. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with 7+ catches & his 5th in row at home with 5+ receptions. WR TAYLOR GABRIEL has 5+ receptions in 2 of his 3 career games vs. Det. • LB KHALIL MACK has 2 sacks in last home meeting. Has 7 sacks, 3 FFs & FR in his past 5 at home vs. NFC North. Has 16 games with sack & FF since 2015, most in NFL. LB ROQUAN SMITH aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 10+ tackles & sack. LB LEONARD FLOYD had sack last week & sack in last home meeting. Has 2+ sacks in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. NFC North. S EDDIE JACKSON had GW 41-yard INT TD with 6:00 left in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 2+ PD. CB KYLE FULLER had INT in last meeting. Since 2017, leads NFL with 50 PD & ties-2nd in INTs (12).
Inside Lions numbers: Matthew Stafford is playing tremendously, leading the league in passing yards per game (312.4) and ranking fifth in passer rating (106.0). (The league average is 92.7.) His efforts have the Lions’ passing attack ranked fourth in EPA and net yards per attempt.
Inside Lions roster: When Detroit signed Marvin Jones to a five-year, $40 million deal in 2016, it looked like an overpay for the ex-A.J. Green’s sidekick. But Jones has made one of GM Bob Quinn’s first signings look smart and is on pace for another strong season. Coming off a season-high 126 yards, Jones is moving toward his second 1,000-yard slate and with 42 catches through eight games is also tracking to smash his season reception high. Now the 32nd-highest-paid receiver, the 29-year-old Jones is signed through 2020 and has been more effective in Detroit than he was in Cincinnati.
Inside Bears numbers: Chicago’s passing attack is embarrassingly bad, as its average of 5.0 net yards per attempt is better than only the anemic Jets. Mitchell Trubisky’s average of 5.6 yards per attempt ranks last among qualified quarterbacks.
Inside Bears roster: An effect of Trubisky’s freefall, Chicago has received next to nothing from its tight ends. High-priced free agent Trey Burton, who posted 569 yards receiving and six touchdowns in 2018, leads the Bears’ tight ends with a ghastly 84 yards in seven games. Coupled with former second-round pick Adam Shaheen’s 249 yards in three seasons and a whiff on Dion Sims in 2017, GM Ryan Pace has struggled to fill this position. Burton’s $8M-average annual value contract does not make him a logical cut candidate until 2021.
Baltimore Ravens (6-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-8)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK
LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 24-23
STREAKS: Ravens have won past 2
LAST GAME: 10/13/19: Bengals 17 at Ravens 23
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/18: Bengals 34, Ravens 23
QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 17 of 23 passes (73.9 pct.) for 163 yards & TD for 107.7 rating & rushed for 61 yards & season-high 2 TDs last week. Has 329 rush yards (109.7 per game) & 4 rush TDs in past 3. Rushed for career-high 152 yards & TD in Week 6 meeting, 4th-most rush yards by QB in single game in NFL history, incl. playoffs. Leads all players with 6.43 yards per carry average in 2019 (min. 50 attempts). • RB MARK INGRAM had season-high 144 scrimmage yards (season-high 115 rush, 29 rec.) last week. Had rush TD in Week 6 meeting & 162 scrimmage yards (104 rush, 58 rec.) & TD catch in only career game at Cin. (11/11/18 with NO). RB GUS EDWARDS had 1st rush TD of season in Week 9. • WR MARQUISE BROWN (rookie) had team-high 48 rec. yards last week. Has 3 rec. TDs in 3 career road games. Ranks tied for 3rd among AFC rookies with 374 rec. yards. Brown (3) & MILES BOYKIN (2) are only pair of rookie WR teammates each with 2+ TD catches in 2019. TE NICK BOYLE had season high 5 catches & rec. TD last week. TE MARK ANDREWS had 6 catches for 99 yards in Week 6 meeting. • S EARL THOMAS had 2 PD & INT last week. Had INT in only career game at Cin. (10/11/15 with Sea.). CB MARCUS PETERS has INT in 2 of past 3. Aims for 4th in row with PD. CB MARLON HUMPHREY had 70-yard FR-TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with FR-TD. Had INT in Week 6 meeting. LB PATRICK ONWUASOR had sack & FF last week.
QB RYAN FINLEY (rookie) makes 1st NFL start. • RB JOE MIXON had 77 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 11 rec.) & TD catch in Week 8. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Had 84 rush yards in last home meeting. Has 326 scrimmage yards (108.7 per game) in past 3 at home vs. division. • WR TYLER BOYD had 6 catches for 65 yards in Week 8. Has 10+ catches & 120+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 at home. Had 91 rec. yards & TD catch in last home meeting. Aims for 4th in row at home vs. division with rec. TD. WR ALEX ERICKSON had 6 catches for team-high 97 yards in Week 8. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ catches. WR AUDEN TATE aims for 4th in row with 65+ rec. yards. Had 91 rec. yards in Week 6 meeting. TE TYLER EIFERT had 6 catches for season-high 74 yards in Week 8. • DT GENO ATKINS has 5 sacks in his past 4 at home. Had 2 sacks in last home meeting. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 at home vs. Bal. DE CARLOS DUNLAP had TFL & PD in Week 8. Had 3 PD in last home meeting. Since entering league in 2010, Atkins (74) & Dunlap (73.5) are only pair of teammates with 70+ sacks each. DE SAM HUBBARD has sack in 2 of past 3 vs. Bal. S JESSIE BATES had team-high 7 tackles & PD in Week 8. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of past 3 vs. Bal. CB B.W. WEBB aims for 3rd in row at home with 2+ PD. LB NICK VIGIL had 5 tackles & PD in Week 8. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 9+ tackles. Had 13 tackles, PD & FR in Week 6 meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Bal. with PD.
Inside Ravens numbers: Lamar Jackson is averaging 76.9 rushing yards per game, on track to be the highest season mark by a quarterback. Jackson ran for 152 yards against the Bengals in Week 6, the third-best mark by a quarterback in a game (trailing two Michael Vick performances).
Inside Ravens roster: At the same time, Jackson is on pace to log 198 carries. For reference, Vick, Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Tim Tebow or current Jackson backup Robert Griffin III never surpassed 140. While Jackson holds the post-merger record for QB runs in a season (147), the Ravens turning their quarterback loose to this degree is obviously risky. Newton is the only quarterback in the past 50 years to exceed 130 rushing attempts in multiple seasons, and he has nearly 40 pounds on Jackson.
Inside Bengals numbers: Cincinnati is last in rushing yards per game (59.5) and rushing yards per game allowed (177.6). Their offense-defense rush yardage differential of minus-945 yards is the worst by a team through eight games in the Super Bowl era.
Inside Bengals roster: Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton-to-Ryan Finley baton pass points the longtime starter out of Ohio come 2020, and a trade partner should emerge. Although Dalton has not been regarded as an above-average passer in years, a team like the Bears – who lack a first-round pick and have a veteran-laden defense – profile as a logical suitor. Dalton’s deal runs through next season and calls for a $17.5 million base salary. It would be a surprise if the Bengals could not get at least a mid-round pick for the 32-year-old Dalton.
Buffalo Bills (6-2) at Cleveland Browns (2-6)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT
LEADER: Browns lead all-time series, 11-9
STREAKS: Bills have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/18/16: Browns 13 at Bills 33
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/3/13: Browns 37, Bills 24
QB JOSH ALLEN completed 14 of 20 passes (70 pct.) for 160 yards & TD for 110.4 rating & rushed for TD last week. Became 4th QB in NFL history with 20+ TD passes & 12+ rush TDs in 1st 2 seasons. Since entering league in 2018, leads all QBs with 12 rush TDs & ranks 2nd with 878 rush yards. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY (rookie) had career-high 140 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 45 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. His 3 TDs are 3rd-most among rookie RBs. RB FRANK GORE aims for 3rd in row vs. Cle with rush TD. Had 94 rush yards in only career game at Cle. (12/30/07 with SF). Ranks 4th in NFL history with 15,185 rush yards & needs 85 rush yards to surpass HOFer BARRY SANDERS (15,269) for 3rd-most in league annals. • WR JOHN BROWN led team with 4 catches for 76 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Has 21 catches for 462 rec. yards (115.5 per game) & 2 TDs in 4 career games on road vs. AFC North. WR COLE BEASLEY aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Had 6 catches for 56 yards & TD in his last game vs. Cle. (11/6/16 with Dal.). • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had sack last week. Has 5 PD, 2 INTs & FF in past 3 vs. AFC North. S JORDAN POYER had 7 tackles & FF in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. Only AFC safety with sack, FF & INT in 2019. DT JORDAN PHILLIPS has 5 sacks & FF in his past 4. DE JERRY HUGHES had sack last week. Had 1.5 sacks & FF in last road meeting.
QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 273 yards & TD for 90.7 rating & rushed for 22 yards last week. Surpassed BERNIE KOSAR (5,432) for most pass yards by QB in 1st 2 seasons in franchise history (5,688). • RB NICK CHUBB had 91 scrimmage yards (65 rush, 26 rec.) last week. Is 1 of 2 in AFC (LEONARD FOURNETTE) with 90+ scrimmage yards in 7 games this season. Has 852 scrimmage yards (121.7 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 7 at home. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 95+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 2nd in AFC in rush yards (803) & scrimmage yards (964). • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had 5 catches for team-high 87 yards last week. Became 3rd-fastest in NFL history to reach 6,000 rec. yards (67 games). Aims for 4th in row at home with 6+ catches. Has 28 catches for 632 yards (126.4 per game) & 5 TDs in his past 5 vs. AFC East. WR JARVIS LANDRY had 6 catches & rec. TD in Week 9. Had 9 catches for 92 yards & TD in his last game vs. Buf. (12/31/17 with Mia.). WR ANTONIO CALLAWAY had season-high 56 rec. yards last week. • DE MYLES GARRETT has 5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 3 at home. Has 8 sacks in 4 career games vs. AFC East. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 10 sacks in 2019. DE OLIVIER VERNON aims for 3rd in row with sack. DT LARRY OGUNJOBI had sack & PD last week. Has sack in 3 of past 4 at home. Rookie LB MACK WILSON had 5 tackles, PD & 1st-career sack in Week 9.
Inside Bills numbers: Buffalo’s strength of victory is .176 (combined record of teams beaten), the lowest mark among current playoff teams. Their passing attack needs to step up against tougher competition, as the Bills currently rank just 24th in pass offense EPA despite facing five of the bottom eight pass defenses according to EPA.
Inside Bills roster: Jordan Phillips has helped compensate for Buffalo’s lack of sack production from its defensive ends; Sean McDermott benched first-round pick Ed Oliver to make room for him in the starting lineup. The former Dolphin castoff has six sacks – tops among defensive tackles this season. That total also nearly doubles the Bills’ defensive end starters’ sack work, with Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy combining for 3.5. With Hughes in his age-31 season and underwhelming ex-first-rounder Shaq Lawson in a contract year, the Bills will soon have a key need at edge rusher.
Inside Browns numbers: Odell Beckham has been insanely underused in the red zone, seeing just four targets there (tied for 98th in the league). Beckham is averaging career-lows in receiving yards per game (71.9), receptions per game (4.9) and touchdowns per game (0.13).
Inside Browns roster: While the Browns are trudging through a wildly underwhelming season, they will deploy one of the most talented backfield tandems in recent memory Sunday. Controversial free agent signing Kareem Hunt will join the NFL’s No. 4 rusher, Nick Chubb. The 2017 rushing champion, Hunt was having a better 2018 season before the video showing him kicking a woman at a Cleveland hotel drove him out of Kansas City. Chubb still figures to be Cleveland’s A-side back, but with the Browns’ much-hyped passing game in tatters, the ability to lean on a high-caliber backfield duo represents faint hope.
Atlanta Falcons (1-7) at New Orleans Saints (7-1)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 51-48
STREAKS: Saints have won past 3
LAST GAME: 11/22/18: Falcons 17 at Saints 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/18
QB MATT RYAN has 2,838 pass yards (315.3 per game) & 16 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 100.3 rating in his past 9 at NO. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with 300+ pass yards, 2+ TDs & 100+ rating. Has 1,995 pass yards (332.5 per game) & 17 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 120.4 rating in his past 6 vs. NFC South. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN had 102 scrimmage yards (63 rec., 39 rush) in Week 8. Has 898 scrimmage yards (112.3 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in 8 career games vs. NO. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • WR JULIO JONES had 10 catches for 152 yards in Week 8, his 9th career game with 10+ receptions & 150+ rec. yards. Had 11 catches for 147 yards in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row at NO with 140+ rec. yards. Since 2015, leads NFL in receptions (470) & rec. yards (7,113). TE AUSTIN HOOPER had 6 catches for 65 yards & TD in Week 8. Aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. Leads all TEs in catches (52) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (591) & rec. TDs (5) in 2019. WR CALVIN RIDLEY has 15 catches for 239 yards (119.5 per game) & 4 TDs in 2 career games vs. NO. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO, 3rd in row on road & 4th in row vs. division with TD catch. • LB DEION JONES had 10 tackles, 2 TFL & INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at NO with INT. LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL aims for his 3rd in row on road with 9+ tackles. DT GRADY JARRETT led team with 8 tackles & had sack in Week 8. S DAMONTAE KAZEE had INT in last meeting.
QB DREW BREES completed 34 of 43 passes (79.1 pct.) for 373 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 116.4 rating in Week 8. Had 4 TDs vs. INT & 111.9 rating in last meeting. Has 8,224 pass yards & 53 TDs vs. Atl., both most vs. any opponent. In his past 9 at home, has 2,994 pass yards (332.7 per game) & 26 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 127.5 rating. • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 405 scrimmage yards (101.3 per game) in 4 career games vs. Atl. Since 2017, is 1 of 2 RBs (TODD GURLEY) with 20+ rush TDs (23) & 10+ rec. TDs (10). RB LATAVIUS MURRAY had 157 scrimmage yards (102 rush, 55 rec.), 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) & career-high 9 catches in Week 8. Aims for his 3rd in row with 150+ scrimmage yards & TD. Has 198 scrimmage yards (99 per game) & rush TD in 2 career games vs. Atl. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 11 catches for 112 yards & TD in Week 8. Aims for his 6th in row with 8+ receptions & 80+ rec. yards. Leads NFL in catches (73) & rec. yards (875) in 2019. Has 394 career receptions & needs 7 catches to surpass JARVIS LANDRY (400) for most by player in 1st 4 seasons. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had sack in Week 8. Has 6 sacks in his past 4 & aims for his 5th in row with sack. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Atl. with 2+ sacks. Since 2016, is only player with 40+ sacks (40.5) & 20+ PD (23). CB MARSHON LATTIMORE has 7 PD & 2 INTs in 4 career games vs. Atl. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Atl. with 2+ PD. Since 2017, ties-3rd in NFL with 39 PD.
Inside Falcons numbers: The Falcons’ defense is ranked last in points allowed per drive (2.98), much due to a quiet pass rush that ranks last in sack rate (2.7 percent). Atlanta needs more from D-lineman Grady Jarrett, who is tied for 69th in pressures with 19 after tying for 27th with 53 a season ago.
Inside Falcons roster: The Lions and Falcons discussed a Devonta Freeman trade before the deadline, but the sixth-year back will remain in Atlanta until season’s end. Freeman’s numbers are down from his pre-injury version. He’s averaging a career-low 3.4 yards per carry – a full yard down from his previous healthy season (2017). The two-time Pro Bowler could be a cut candidate next season for the cap-strapped Falcons, but with the dead money ($6 million) outweighing the cap savings ($3.5M) for such a move, the team may have to ride it out with its expensive starter.
Inside Saints numbers: Sean Payton’s team has owned third down, ranking fourth defensively (32 percent conversion rate allowed) and eighth offensively (45.2 percent conversion rate). Drew Brees was a wizard on third down in his Week 8 return, completing 8-for-10 third- down pass attempts for 98 yards and six first downs.
Inside Saints roster: The current CBA has made developing offensive linemen a sketchy proposition, leading to many teams seeking free-agent solutions. But the Saints may have hit big on another O-line draft choice. Two years after first-rounder Ryan Ramczyk quickly became a top-tier right tackle, the Saints have seen 2019 Round 2 pick Erik McCoy shine at center. The Texas A&M product rates as Pro Football Focus’ No. 2 overall center. McCoy has helped the Saints recover from Max Unger’s mid-offseason retirement and profiles as a rare resource – a quality O-lineman on a cheap contract.
New York Giants (2-7) at New York Jets (1-7)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
LEADER: Giants lead all-time series, 8-5
STREAKS: Giants have won 5 of past 6
LAST GAME: 12/6/15: Jets 23 at Giants 20
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/24/11: Giants 29, Jets 14
QB DANIEL JONES (rookie) had 210 pass yards & TD vs. INT last week. Has 300+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2 of his 1st 3 career starts on road. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 95 scrimmage yards, incl. careerlong 65-yard catch, in Week 9. Has 135+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Has 9 TDs (5 rush, 4 rec.) in 11 career road games. Since 2018, ranks 3rd in scrimmage yards (2,657) & tied-7th in scrimmage TDs (18). • WR GOLDEN TATE had 6 catches last week & aims for his 5th in row with 6+ receptions. Had 8 catches for 116 yards in his only career game at NYJ (with Det.) & has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 career games vs. NYJ. TE EVAN ENGRAM had 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 4th in row on road with TD catch. Is 1 of 5 TEs with 150+ (153) receptions since 2017. • S JABRILL PEPPERS led team with career-high 12 tackles & had PD & FF in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF. Aims for his 9th in row on road with 5+ tackles. S ANTOINE BETHEA had 9 tackles, INT & FR last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with FR & aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 8+ tackles. Is 1 of 2 active DBs (ERIC WEDDLE) with 25+ INTs (25) & 9+ sacks (9.5). DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 17 sacks, 4 PD & 2 FFs in 71 games (2015-19) with NYJ. LB MARKUS GOLDEN has 3 sacks & FR-TD in his past 3 on road. LB ALEC OGLETREE had 9 tackles, 2 PD & INT in his last game vs NYJ (11/13/16 with LAR).
QB SAM DARNOLD passed for 260 yards & TD for 85.4 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 5 at home. Has 679 pass yards (339.5 per game) with 5 TDs vs. INT for 121.4 rating in his past 2 vs. NFC. • RB LE’VEON BELL had 121 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 55 rec.) last week. Has TD in 2 of his past 4 at home with NYJ. Had 182 scrimmage yards (118 rush, 64 rec.) in only career game vs. NYG (12/4/16 with Pit.). Has 3 TDs in 4 career games vs. NFC East. RB BILAL POWELL had 8 catches for career-high 91 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. • WR JAMISON CROWDER had 8 catches for team-high 83 yards & TD in Week 9. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 4+ catches. Had 87 rec. yards & TD catch in his last game vs. NYG (12/9/18 with Was.). Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 vs. NYG. Has 3 career rec. TDs vs. NYG, most vs. any opponent. WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS had 10 catches for 133 yards in his last game vs. NYG (10/15/17 with Den.). Is 1 of 2 active WRs (LARRY FITZGERALD) with 700+ catches (707), 9,000+ rec. yards (9,562) & 60+ TD catches (62) in career. WR ROBBY ANDERSON has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 at home. • S JAMAL ADAMS had 1st sack of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC East with PD. LB BRANDON COPELAND had team-high 8 tackles & sack in Week 9. LB JORDAN JENKINS had 3rd sack of season last week. Rookie DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS had sack last week.
Inside Giants numbers: Saquon Barkley is averaging 2.9 yards per carry over his last four games, the worst average he has posted over a four-game stretch in his NFL or college career. Things may not improve against the Jets, who lead the league in rush defense EPA and fewest yards per rush attempt allowed (3.1).
Inside Giants roster: With teams relentlessly targeting first-rounder DeAndre Baker – Pro Football Focus’ second-lowest-graded cornerback – and Janoris Jenkins a trade/cut candidate next year, corner remains a glaring Giants need. The team will at least see if its 2018 supplemental draft pick has any value, however, with Sam Beal being activated this week. The Giants sacrificed a third-round choice to take the Western Michigan product, but he has spent his 1½-year NFL career on IR.
Inside Jets numbers: The Jets’ passing attack owns the league’s highest interception rate (4.7 percent) and lowest net yards per attempt average (4.3). Their league-worst pass offense EPA of -89.8 is 65.7 points behind the 31st-ranked Giants, a margin similar to the one separating the top-ranked Chiefs (113.5) and 16th-ranked Rams (49.8).
Inside Jets roster: Cornerback Trumaine Johnson is now on the Jets’ IR list, and it’s safe to assume the free-agency misfire will tag the Jets with $12 million in dead-money charges once he’s cut in 2020. Fired GM Mike Maccagnan’s veteran investment record is downright spooky. Big-ticket expenses Johnson, CB Darrelle Revis, CB Antonio Cromartie and, thus far, LB C.J. Mosley produced little. DE Muhammad Wilkerson burned the Jets after his 2016 extension, the team is headed for a grievance with offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, and RB Le’Veon Bell has not justified his $13M-per-year price tag.
Arizona Cardinals (3-5-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-6)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD
LEADER: Cardinals lead all-time series, 11-9
STREAKS: Cardinals have won past 3
LAST GAME: 10/15/17: Buccaneers 33 at Cardinals 38
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/13: Cardinals 13, Buccaneers 10
QB KYLER MURRAY (rookie) passed for 241 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 130.7 rating in Week 9. Leads NFL rookie QBs in pass yards (2,229) & rating (89.2). Ranks 2nd among all QBs in rush yards (313). • RB DAVID JOHNSON had 143 scrimmage yards (98 rec., 45 rush) in only career game vs. TB (9/18/16). Has 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 5 against NFC South. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. NFC South with 100+ scrimmage yards & his 6th in row overall vs. NFC South with TD. RB KENYAN DRAKE had 162 scrimmage yards (110 rush, 52 rec.) & rush TD in Ari. debut last week., his 3rd career game with 100+ rush yards. • WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 27 catches for 355 yards (88.8 per game) & 5 TDs in his past 4 vs. TB. Aims for his 5th in row vs. TB with rec. TD. Rookie WR KEESEAN JOHNSON had 1st career TD catch last week. Rookie WR ANDY ISABELLA had 88-yard rec. TD in Week 9, his 1st career TD. • LB CHANDLER JONES had sack last week. Had 2 sacks in last meeting & had 4 sacks in 3 career games vs. TB. Aims for his 4th in row vs. TB with sack. Since 2015, leads NFL with 63 sacks & ranks 2nd in FFs (17). LB TERRELL SUGGS had sack in his last game at TB (10/12/14 with Bal.). S BUDDA BAKER had career-high 3 PD in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row with 13+ tackles. Since 2017, is 1 of 2 DBs (JAMAL ADAMS) with 225+ tackles (234) & 4+ FF (4). CB PATRICK PETERSON has 3 INTs & 4 PD in 3 career games vs. TB.
QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 335 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 103.9 rating last week. Is 1 of 4 QBs (PATRICK MAHOMES, PHILIP RIVERS & MATT RYAN) with 5+ games (5) of 300+ pass yards in 2019. Aims for his 4th in row with 300+ pass yards. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his 4 career home starts vs. NFC West. • RB RONALD JONES had 67 rush yards & TD last week. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB DARE OGUNBOWALE had rush TD in Week 9 & has rush TD in 2 of his past 3. • WR MIKE EVANS had 12 catches for 180 yards & rec. TD in Week 9. Is 1st player in NFL history with 11+ receptions & 180+ rec. yards in consecutive games. Joined A.J. GREEN (2016) & WES WELKER (2011) as only players with 8+ catches, 150+ rec. yards & TD catch in 3 of their team’s 1st 8 games of a season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ari. with TD catch. WR CHRIS GODWIN has 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 vs. NFC West. Evans (842) & Godwin (766) are only pair of teammates in 2019 each with 700+ rec. yards. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had sack & 2 TFL last week. Had 2 FFs & FR in last meeting. Rookie LB DEVIN WHITE had career-high 12 tackles & 2 FFs in Week 9, his 1st career FFs. LB SHAQUIL BARRETTT leads NFL with 10.5 sacks in 2019. Had sack in only career game vs. Ari. (10/18/18 with Den.). Has 5 sacks & 2 FFs in 3 home games in 2019.
Inside Cardinals numbers: Arizona’s defense, ranked 29th in points allowed per drive (2.59), is an issue. It is also poor in the clutch, ranking 20th in red-zone touchdown rate allowed (58.8 percent) and 28th in the third-down conversion rate allowed (46.6 percent).
Inside Cardinals roster: Arizona has tried to find a place for linebacker Haason Reddick, playing the former college pass rusher at three different linebacker spots. The team recently benched the 2017 first-rounder for Joe Walker, whom Steve Wilks’ 2018 staff plucked off the Eagles’ practice squad. But both Reddick and Walker rate as bottom-five Pro Football Focus linebackers. With the Cards having signed the nomadic Zach Brown after their 49ers loss, it would not surprise to see the eighth-year veteran playing alongside Jordan Hicks at inside linebacker.
Inside Buccaneers numbers: Jameis Winston, who has thrown 12 interceptions, ranks 16th in net yards per attempt (6.6). However, he is tied for the league lead in turnovers (16).
Inside Buccaneers roster: Bruce Arians confirmed this week Ronald Jones has supplanted Peyton Barber as the Bucs’ running back starter. With this season now about building toward 2020, it’s smart for the Bucs to take a closer look at last year’s second-round pick. Jones has outproduced Barber, averaging 4.1 yards per carry to the incumbent’s 3.3 in the backs’ near-even handoff split. Tampa Bay ranked in the NFL’s bottom fourth in rushing from 2016-18; the team ranks 19th on the ground this season.
Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) at Tennessee Titans (4-5)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 27-22
STREAKS: Titans have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/18/16: Titans 19 at Chiefs 17
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/6/13: Chiefs 26, Titans 17
QB PATRICK MAHOMES has 100+ rating & TD pass in 8 of past 9 on road. Has 972 pass yards (324 per game) with 7 TDs vs. INT for 109.2 rating in past 3 vs. AFC South. QB MATT MOORE passed for 275 yards & TD for 103.9 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 250+ pass yards & 100+ rating. • RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS had career-high 125 rush yards last week, incl. 91-yard TD run, longest in NFL this season. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has TD in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC South. RB LESEAN MCCOY aims for 3rd in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 341 scrimmage yards (113.7 per game) & rush TD in 3 career games vs. Ten. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 6 of 8 career games on road vs. AFC South. • WR TYREEK HILL had 6 catches for season-high 140 yards & TD last week. Became 6th player in NFL history with 20+ TDs of 40+ yards in 1st 4 seasons. Aims for 4th in row with 70+ rec. yards. WR SAMMY WATKINS had 7 catches for 63 yards in Week 9. Had TD catch in his only career game vs. Ten. (12/24/17 with LAR). Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 6+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. TE TRAVIS KELCE had 7 catches for 62 yards last week. Had TD catch in 2017 playoff meeting. • DT CHRIS JONES had 3rd sack of season last week. Has 9 sacks in his past 8 on road. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH has sack in 2 of past 3. Had sack in only career game at Ten. (10/16/16 with Cle.). S TYRANN MATHIEU aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with PD.
QB RYAN TANNEHILL passed for season-high 331 yards & TD for 82.3 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 2+ TD passes & 105+ rating. Passed for 205 yards & TD in only career game vs. KC (9/21/14 with Mia.). Has 2+ TD passes & 120+ rating in 3 of past 4 vs. AFC West. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 99 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 36 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, 6th career game with 2+ TDs. Has 799 scrimmage yards (114.1 per game) & 8 rush TDs in past 7 at home. RB DION LEWIS had season-high 53 scrimmage yards (33 rec., 20 rush) last week. • WR A.J. BROWN (rookie) had 4 catches for team-high 81 yards in Week 9. Only rookie in NFL with 80+ rec. yards in 3 games this season. Leads AFC rookies with 429 rec. yards. WR ADAM HUMPHRIES had 65 rec. yards last week. Had 4 catches in only career game vs. KC (11/20/16 with TB). WR TAJAE SHARPE aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • CB LOGAN RYAN had team-high 10 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 8+ tackles & PD. Has 5 PD, INT & sack in past 2 on road. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC West with FF. CB MALCOLM BUTLER has 6 PD & INT in past 4. LB HAROLD LANDRY had 8 tackles, sack & 1st-career INT in Week 9. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB RASHAAN EVANS aims for 5th in row with 9+ tackles. LB SHARIF FINCH had 2nd sack of season last week. LB KAMALEI CORREA had sack in Week 9. DT JURELL CASEY has sack in 2 of his past 3.
Inside Chiefs numbers: Kansas City must get better in the red zone. A year ago, the Chiefs ranked second in red-zone touchdown rate (71.8 percent) and scored a league-high 51 red zone touchdowns. In 2019, the Chiefs are 27th in red-zone touchdown rate (44.8 percent) and rank 21st in red-zone touchdowns (13).
Inside Chiefs roster: Kansas City has quietly improved in pass defense in recent weeks, doing so despite injuries to Chris Jones, Frank Clark and Kendall Fuller. One key bright spot for DVOA’s No. 4 unit: second-year UDFA Charvarious Ward, who has become the team’s most dependable cornerback. Pro Football Focus’ No. 17 corner played 100% of the Chiefs’ snaps the past two weeks and helped them hold the Vikings to their second-lowest yardage total (308) of the season. With Jones and Patrick Mahomes extensions possible in 2020, finding rookie-deal starters is paramount for the Chiefs.
Inside Titans numbers: Tennessee’s offense has improved since Ryan Tannehill took over, averaging 23.3 points over his three starts after averaging 14.8 points over Marcus Mariota’s six starts. Tannehill has averaged 6.8 net yards per attempt, significantly ahead of Mariota’s mark of 5.5 (league average 6.4).
Inside Titans roster: Malcolm Butler’s broken wrist will disband Tennessee’s high-caliber cornerback trio for 2019’s remainder. Pro Football Focus viewed Butler as a mid-pack cornerback this season, and it gave Logan Ryan and Adoree’ Jackson top-25 grades. In Butler’s stead, the Titans will turn to fourth-year corner LeShaun Sims. A former sixth-round pick, Sims started nine games from 2016-18. With Mahomes possibly returning this week, it’s a bad time for the Titans to be shorthanded here.
Miami Dolphins (1-7) at Indianapolis Colts (5-3)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 4:05 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 45-27
STREAKS: Colts have won past 2
LAST GAME: 11/25/18: Dolphins 24 at Colts 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/25/18
QB RYAN FITZPATRICK passed for season-high 288 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.8 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 244 yards with 2 TDs for 93.3 rating in his last game at Ind. (9/21/15 with NYJ). Has 2+ TD passes & 105+ rating in 2 of past 4 vs. AFC South. • RB KALEN BALLAGE has rush TD in 2 of his past 4. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 4 catches for 57 yards & TD in Week 9. Has TD catch in 4 of past 5. Aims for 4th in row with 55+ rec. yards. WR ALLEN HURNS has 5+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at Ind. TE MIKE GESICKI had career highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (95) last week. • CB NIK NEEDHAM (rookie) led team with 9 tackles & had 1st-career sack last week. CB JOMAL WILTZ had career-high 8 tackles & 1st-career INT in Week 9. Has 4 PD in past 2. CB ERIC ROWE leads team with 5 PD. S RESHAD JONES has PD in 2 of his past 4. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Ind. with PD. DE TACO CHARLTON has sack in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. Leads team with 4 sacks this season. Rookie DT CHRISTIAN WILKINS (rookie) had 2 TFL & 1stcareer sack in Week 9. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles. LB JEROME BAKER had 7 tackles & PD last week. Leads team with 54 tackles in 2019. LB RAEKWON MCMILLAN had 8 tackles in Week 9. Had 7 tackles & FF in last meeting. LB DAVON GODCHAUX had 5 tackles & sack last week. LB VINCE BIEGEL aims for 3rd in row on road with 5+ tackles.
QB JACOBY BRISSETT has 1,103 pass yards (275.8 per game) with 9 TDs vs. INT for 103.6 rating in 4 home games this season. QB BRIAN HOYER completed 17 of 26 passes (65.4 pct.) for 168 yards with 3 TDs vs. INT for 105.9 rating in season debut last week. Passed for 273 yards & 3 TDs in only career start vs. Mia. (10/25/15 with Hou.). • RB MARLON MACK had 89 rush yards last week. Has 85+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Had 85 rush yards in last meeting. Has rush TD in 3 of past 5 at home. Ranks 5th in AFC with 679 rush yards in 2019. • WR ZACH PASCAL had 5 catches for team-high 76 yards & TD last week. Has 5+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & TD in 2 of past 3. WR CHESTER ROGERS had 5th-career TD catch in Week 9. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 4 at home. Had 49 rec. yards in last meeting. TE ERIC EBRON has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. Had 5 catches for 45 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for 5th in row vs. AFC South with TD catch. TE JACK DOYLE had 2nd TD catch of season last week. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • DE JUSTIN HOUSTON had sack, FF & FR & 1st-career safety last week. Aims for 5th in row with sack. LB DARIUS LEONARD aims for 5th in row with 9+ tackles. Had 10 tackles & sack in last meeting. Has INT in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC South. CB KENNY MOORE had 1st INT of season in Week 9. Had PD in last meeting. Rookie CB MARVELL TELL had 1st-career FF & PD last week.
Inside Dolphins numbers: Ryan Fitzpatrick may be getting on one of those rolls. Over his past four games, he has produced a 95.3 passer rating (92.7 is average) and eight touchdowns (seven passing, one rushing). He has kept the turnovers relatively low, with three interceptions and one lost fumble over the span.
Inside Dolphins roster: Fitzpatrick will have less to work with this week. In a two-hour span Monday, news emerged of running back Mark Walton’s four-game suspension and promising rookie wideout Preston Williams’ ACL tear. Both had become key cogs in the Dolphins’ offense. Kalen Ballage (2.0 yards per carry) will take over at running back, though this could be a window to examine seventh-round rookie Myles Gaskin – a 5,000-yard rusher at Washington. This is a major blow for Williams, a UDFA who was on pace to become only the second Dolphins rookie receiver to surpass 800 yards.
Inside Colts numbers: Each Colts game has been decided by one score, making them just the eighth team in league history to start a season with eight straight one-score games. Indianapolis ranks third in the red zone offensively (67.9 percent touchdown rate) and 10th defensively (51.9 percent touchdown rate allowed), a crucial element for a team playing in so many close games.
Inside Colts roster: With 37 starts to his name, Brian Hoyer is a better backup option than most teams possess. Hoyer’s 13 Browns starts in 2014 look borderline miraculous, considering he went 7-6 before vacating the job for Johnny Manziel, and he piloted the 2015 Texans to the playoffs with 19 TD passes in 11 games. Hoyer threw three in a winnable Steelers game, and with Frank Reich pulling the strings, Jacoby Brissett’s $4 million-per-year backup will be in position to succeed against the Dolphins.
Carolina Panthers (5-3) at Green Bay Packers (7-2)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 4:25 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 8-6
STREAKS: Panthers have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/17/17: Packers 24 at Panthers 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/19/14: Packers 38, Panthers 17
QB KYLE ALLEN had 232 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 84.4 rating last week. Has 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 93.1 rating in 5 career road starts. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 166 scrimmage yards (146 rush, 20 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 9. Became 6th player in NFL history with 1,200+ scrimmage yards (1,244) & 13+ TDs (13) in team’s 1st 8 games of season. Joined JIM BROWN (1963) as only players with 150+ scrimmage yards & TD in 6 of team’s 1st 8 games of season. Aims for his 7th in row with rush TD. Had 136 scrimmage yards (73 rec., 63 rush) & TD catch in last meeting. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in scrimmage yards (4,295) & ties for 2nd in scrimmage TDs (33). • WR D.J. MOORE had 7 catches for 101 yards in Week 9, his 2nd career 100-yard game. Aims for his 5th in row with 5+ receptions. WR CURTIS SAMUEL had rec. TD in Week 9 & had 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in his past 3. TE GREG OLSEN had 9 catches for 116 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with rec. TD. • LB LUKE KUECHLY has 8+ tackles in 10 of 12 career games vs. NFC North. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT. LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 11 tackles, sack & career-high 3 TFL last week. S ERIC REID had 11 tackles, 5th career sack & 3rd career FF last week. CB DONTE JACKSON had 7th career INT & 1st career FR last week & has 3 INTs in his past 3. S TRE BOSTON had 12th career INT last week.
QB AARON RODGERS has 1,520 pass yards (304 per game) & 15 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 102.5 rating in 5 career games vs. Car. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Car. with 2+ TD passes. Has 18 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 123.9 rating in his past 6 home starts vs. NFC South. Aims for his 7th in row at home vs. NFC South with 2+ TDs & 100+ rating. • RB AARON JONES has 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 8 at home. Aims for his 4th in row at home vs. NFC South with rush TD. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 11 scrimmage TDs & is 1 of 2 RBs (CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY) with 400+ rush yards (450) & 350+ rec. yards (354) in 2019. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS aims for his 5th in row with TD catch. Has 5 rec. TDs in 2019, tiedmost among RBs (AUSTIN EKELER). • WR DAVANTE ADAMS led team with 7 catches last week. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with TD catch. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 7 at home. TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 8 rec. TDs in his past 9 vs. Car. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. • LB PRESTON SMITH had sack last week. Has 4.5 sacks & FF in his past 4 at home. LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH has 5.5 sacks in his past 5. Za’Darius Smith (8.5) & Preston Smith (8) are only pair of teammates each with 8+ sacks in 2019. LB BLAKE MARTINEZ led team with 12 tackles last week & leads NFL with 95 tackles in 2019. Has 12+ tackles in 6 of his past 7 at home. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER ranks 2nd in NFL with 11 PD.
Inside Panthers numbers: Christian McCaffrey is leading the NFL with 155.5 scrimmage yards per game and 13 touchdowns. If he maintained his current pace over the next eight games, McCaffrey would become the first player in league history to record 2,400 scrimmage yards and 25 touchdowns in a season. Even if he doesn’t reach that plateau, McCaffrey could join LaDainian Tomlinson (2006), Priest Holmes (2003), Marshall Faulk (2000), and Emmitt Smith (1995) as the only players to post over 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. Tomlinson and Faulk were named MVP in those seasons.
Inside Panthers roster: Cam Newton’s IR placement is a brutal break for both parties. Kyle Allen simply does not provide the kind of ceiling the former No. 1 pick did, when healthy, and a Carolina future without the cornerstone quarterback is now very real. If Allen continues to play well, however, the Panthers have an intriguing trade chip. Newton’s foot problems bring down his trade value, but it is not farfetched to see a franchise take on the 30-year-old ex-MVP’s $18.6 million 2020 salary and secure exclusive negotiating rights for extension talks.
Inside Packers numbers: Green Bay ranks 22nd in third-down conversion rate (36.5 percent). The Packers have particularly struggled on third-and-long situations. They rank 27th in conversion rate on third & 10+ passing plays (13.3 percent).
Inside Packers roster: Green Bay has invested significantly to upgrade its secondary, but the team has relied on 36-year-old Tramon Williams extensively this season. Kevin King and Josh Jackson, Packers second-round picks from 2017 and ’18, are not reliable. Jackson has played 68 defensive snaps this season, and Pro Football Focus rates King as its No. 87 cornerback. Despite the Packers’ 7-2 start, they have the league’s 21st-ranked pass defense.
Los Angeles Rams (5-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 4:25 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH
LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 15-8-2
STREAKS: Steelers have won past 3
LAST GAME: 9/27/15: Steelers 12 at Rams 6 (St. Louis)
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/24/11: Steelers 27, Rams 0
QB JARED GOFF passed for 372 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.3 rating in Week 8. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 2+ TDs. • RB TODD GURLEY had rush TD in Week 8. Has 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 4 & aims for his 5th in row with TD. Since 2015, leads all RBs in scrimmage yards (6,866), rush yards (4,902) & scrimmage TDs (63). • WR COOPER KUPP had 7 catches for career-high 220 yards & TD in Week 8, most rec. yards in single international game in NFL history. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 7+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. Has 5 games with 100+ rec. yards in 2019, most in NFL. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 792 rec. yards & needs 78 rec. yards to surpass career-high 869 rec. yards (2017). WR ROBERT WOODS has 5+ catches in 10 of his past 11 on road. WR BRANDIN COOKS had TD catch in only career game vs. Pit. (12/17/17 with NE). • DT AARON DONALD had sack & 3 TFL in Week 8. Had sack & 3 TFL in last meeting. Has 5 sacks & 11 TFL in 6 career games vs. AFC North. Has 5 sacks, FF & FR in his past 5 on road. Since 2015, ranks 2nd in NFL with 55.5 sacks. LB DANTE FOWLER aims for his 3rd in row with 1.5+ sacks. Had sack in only career game vs. Pit. (10/8/17 with Jax.). LB CORY LITTLETON is only LB with 25+ PD (25) & 5+ sacks (6.5) since 2017. CB JALEN RAMSEY has 15 tackles, 7 PD & 3 INTs in 2 career games vs. Pit. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with INT.
QB MASON RUDOLPH completed career-high 26 passes (26 of 35, 74.3 pct.) for 191 yards & TD with 84.3 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC with 2+ TD passes. Has 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 98.1 rating in 4 career home starts. • RB JAMES CONNER aims for his 5th in row with TD. Has 449 scrimmage yards (112.3 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 4. Is 1 of 2 in AFC with 4+ rush TDs (4) & 2+ rec. TDs (2). RB TREY EDMUNDS had career-high 73 rush yards last week. RB JAYLEN SAMUELS had career highs in catches (13) & rec. yards (73) in Week 9, most catches by RB in single game in franchise history. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER became 1st player in NFL history to record 200 career catches before 23rd birthday. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. Has 22 catches for 370 yards (92.5 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 4 vs. NFC. WR JAMES WASHINGTON had season-high 4 catches for 69 yards last week. TE VANCE MCDONALD had 3rd TD catch of season in Week 9. Had rec. TD in his last game vs. LAR (9/12/16 with SF). • LB BUD DUPREE had 2 sacks, FF & FR last week. Aims for 5th in row at home with sack. Rookie LB DEVIN BUSH had 7 tackles, TFL & PD last week. Has PD in 4 of past 5. Leads all rookies with 66 tackles. LB T.J. WATT had 1.5 sacks last week. Has 6.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 5. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK had 96-yard INT-TD last week, longest in NFL this season. Has 3 INTs in past 2. Aims for 5th in row with PD.
Inside Rams numbers: It’s been a so-so start for CB Jalen Ramsey over his first two games with the Rams, as he has allowed 11 catches on 14 targets for 158 yards and five first downs. The L.A. pass defense is solid, ranking 11th in EPA and 13th in net yards per attempt. But Ramsey must be dominant to be worth the cost (two first-rounders and a fourth-rounder) it took to get him from the Jags.
Inside Rams roster: With QB Jared Goff certainly not a lock to live up to his summer extension and RB Todd Gurley’s contract looking like a major misstep, Brandin Cooks’ concussion trouble becomes a bigger-picture problem. The Rams guaranteed Cooks $50 million; he’s tethered to their payroll through at least 2022. Cooks is one of the team’s five cornerstone players, and this represents a crucial point for both parties. The Rams should consider sitting their deep threat for a bit, as he’s now suffered four documented concussions since entering the pros.
Inside Steelers numbers: Pittsburgh’s defense has forced 10 turnovers over its last three games, driving the Steelers’ three-game win streak. The Steelers have forced at least two turnovers in seven consecutive games, and are leading the NFL with a 23.3 percent takeaway rate.
Inside Steelers roster: While Pittsburgh should beware of a contract-year outlier, Bud Dupree has already matched his season sack high with six. The 2015 first-round pick has never lived up to his draft status, but suddenly, he and 2017 first-rounder T.J. Watt (7.5 sacks, a staggering 20 QB hits) look like one of the league’s best edge tandems. The Steelers should not rush into extension talks with Dupree, but they’ve drafted five first-round linebackers in seven years. It would look good for the franchise if one of them finally signed a second contract.
Minnesota Vikings (6-3) at Dallas Cowboys (5-3)
WEEK 10 // SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2019 // 8:20 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 12-11
STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/1/16: Cowboys 17 at Vikings 15
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/3/13: Cowboys 27, Vikings 23
QB KIRK COUSINS had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 94.2 rating last week. Has 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.5 rating in his past 3 on road. Has 876 pass yards (292 per game) & 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 117 rating in 3 career games at Dal. Aims for his 4th in row at Dal. with 2+ TD passes. Ranks 3rd with 112 rating in 2019. • RB DALVIN COOK had 116 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 45 rec.) last week. Has 7 games with 100+ scrimmage yards in 2019, most in NFL. Has 744 scrimmage yards (148.8 per game) & 4 rush TDs in 5 road games in 2019. Leads NFL with 894 rush yards & ranks 2nd with 1,232 scrimmage yards. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 8 receptions for 59 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 7+ catches & 140+ rec. yards. Ranks 2nd in NFC with 18.7 average yards per reception in 2019. WR ADAM THIELEN had 7 catches for 86 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road vs. NFC East with 7+ receptions & 115+ rec. yards. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC East with TD catch. Rookie WR BISI JOHNSON aims for his 3rd in row on road with rec. TD. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 2 sacks & 3 TFL in last meeting. Aims for his 8th in row vs. NFC East with sack. Needs 1.5 sacks to become youngest to 50 sacks since 1982. S HARRISON SMITH had sack & FF last week. Since 2014, is only player with 15+ INTs (16) & 10+ sacks (12). DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had sack & tied his career-high with 3 TFL last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. Had FF & FR in last meeting.
QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 257 yards with 3 TDs vs. INT for 101.7 rating in Week 9. Had TD pass & 108.3 rating in last meeting. Has 100+ rating in 6 of 7 career starts vs. NFC North. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC North with 2+ TD passes. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 139 yards last week & aims for his 4th in row with 100+ rush yards. Has 24 games with 100+ rush yards since 2016, most in NFL. Had 105 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 19 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Has 715 scrimmage yards (143 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 career home games vs. NFC North. • WR AMARI COOPER had 80 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 9. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with 120+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Has 526 rec. yards (131.5 per game) & 4 TDs in 4 home games in 2019. WR MICHAEL GALLUP had 4th career TD catch last week. Has 7+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. TE BLAKE JARWIN aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. • DE ROBERT QUINN had sack in his last game vs. Min. (12/16/18 with Mia.). Has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home with Dal. DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 4 sacks in his past 3 at home vs. NFC North. DE MICHAEL BENNETT had sack in Dal. debut last week. S XAVIER WOODS had INT & FF last week & aims for his 3rd in row with INT. CB JOURDAN LEWIS had 63-yard FR-TD in Week 9, his 1st career TD.
Inside Vikings numbers: Defensive ends Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen are dominant, ranking first and third in pressures with 54 and 49, respectively. Their battles against Cowboys tackles La’el Collins and Tyron Smith, who are ranked top-15 at their positions in pass-blocking efficiency, will be must-see TV.
Inside Vikings roster: Minnesota has enjoyed a relatively injury-free season, but WR Adam Thielen’s hamstring trouble throws the Vikings off axis. Stefon Diggs caught one pass for four yards against the Chiefs in Week 9. With so much of this passing attack funneled through Thielen and Diggs, either’s absence reveals the sizable quality gap between Minnesota’s high-end receiver tandem and the rest of its skill-position arsenal. Second-round tight end Irv Smith Jr. has shown promise, his 207 receiving yards outdoing Kyle Rudolph. .
Inside Cowboys numbers: Dallas leads the league in net yards per pass attempt (8.1) and third-down conversion rate (50 percent), and it is fourth in yards per rush attempt. Excelling in nearly every category, the Cowboys’ offense is ranked first in offensive EPA and second in points per drive.
Inside Cowboys roster: Various issues have kept the Cowboys from fielding complete defensive lines in recent years. Suspensions and the lack of a true DeMarcus Lawrence complement lowered Dallas’ pass-rushing ceiling. Trades of sixth- and seventh-round picks brought Robert Quinn and Michael Bennett to Dallas; the former now has 6.5 sacks in six games and the versatile Bennett put a team-high four hits on the Giants’ Daniel Jones in Week 9. The revamped group looks like the Cowboys’ best pass rush since the DeMarcus Ware years, and the franchise has done well to quickly recover from the Taco Charlton mistake.
Seattle Seahawks (7-2) at San Francisco 49ers (8-0)
WEEK 10 // MONDAY, NOV. 11, 2019 // 8:15 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP
LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 24-16
STREAKS: Seahawks have won 9 of past 10
LAST GAME: 12/16/18: Seahawks 23 at 49ers 26
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/16/18
QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 378 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 133.7 rating last week. Has 90 wins, incl. postseason, in 1st 8 seasons, tied with BEN ROETHLISBERGER (90) for 2nd-most in NFL history (TOM BRADY – 100). Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 117.3 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 10th in row vs. NFC West with 110+ rating. Leads NFL with 22 TD passes & 118.2 rating. • RB CHRIS CARSON had 133 scrimmage yards (105 rush, 28 rec.) in Week 9, his 10th career game with 100+ rush yards. Has 356 scrimmage yards (118.7 per game) & rush TD in 3 career games vs. SF. Aims for his 4th in row vs. SF & 8th in row vs. NFC West with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had career-high 13 receptions for 152 yards & 2 TDs, his 7th career game with 100+ rec. yards & 3rd career game with 2 rec. TDs. Rookie WR DK METCALF set career-highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (123) & had TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. Leads all rookies in rec. yards (525), ties for 1st in TD catches (5) & ranks 3rd in catches (29). WR JOSH GORDON makes Sea. debut. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 11 tackles & had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 3 sacks, 6 TFL, FF, 2 FRs, 8 PD & 4 INTs, incl. 98-yard INT-TD in his past 6 vs. SF. LB MYCHAL KENDRICKS had sack & FF last week, his 3rd career game with sack & FF. LB K.J. WRIGHT aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles.
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO completed 28 of 37 passes (75.7 pct.) for 317 yards & career-high 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 136.9 rating, his 3rd career game with 300+ pass yards. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Is 1 of 5 QBs to win 16 of his 1st 18 starts since 1950. • RB TEVIN COLEMAN had rush TD in his last game vs. Sea. (11/20/17 with Atl.). Aims for his 3rd in row at home with SF with TD & aims for his 5th in row on MNF with rush TD. RB MATT BREIDA has 322 scrimmage yards (107.3 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in 3 career games on MNF. Had 96 scrimmage yards in last meeting. • WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 7 catches for 112 yards & TD in Week 9, his 20th career game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row with SF with TD catch. Had 10 catches for 135 yards & TD in his last game vs. Sea. (9/9/18 with Den.). TE GEORGE KITTLE had 79 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 6+ catches. • DL NICK BOSA (rookie) aims for his 3rd in row at home with 2+ sacks. DL DEFOREST BUCKNER had sack last week & has 5 sacks, 2 FFs & 2 FRs in his past 5 at home. Had 2 sacks & 4 TFL in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 2+ sacks. DL DEE FORD had sack in Week 9 & has 3.5 sacks & FF in his past 4. CB RICHARD SHERMAN had 99 PD & 32 INTs in 105 games (2011-17) with Sea. Has 35 INTs, tied-most among active players.
Inside Seahawks numbers: Russell Wilson leads the NFL in passer rating (118.2) on the strength of his league-best 7.5 percent touchdown rate. (League average is 92.7.) Wilson’s league-leading 22 touchdown passes are the most by a player through nine games while throwing fewer than two interceptions, beating Drew Brees’ record of 21 set in 2018.
Inside Seahawks roster: The only team to submit a waiver claim on WR Josh Gordon, Seattle has a situation that should not ask too much of the historically unreliable talent. Gordon will slide into a Tyler Lockett complementary role, and with the Seahawks owing a non-guaranteed $1 million to the mercurial talent, this seems like a worthwhile flier. The loss of Will Dissly hurt the Seahawks, though Russell Wilson’s outing against the Buccaneers didn’t show it. Gordon likely has one more chance to establish consistency, with his (somehow) first crack at unrestricted free agency coming in March.
Inside 49ers numbers: Some cracks opened in San Francisco’s defense in Week 9, as the 49ers allowed a season-high 25 points against Arizona. Run defense is an issue, as the 49ers have allowed 283 yards, two touchdowns, and 6.3 yards per attempt on the ground over the past two weeks. Kyle Shanahan’s team remains the premiere defense in the NFC, however, leading the conference in EPA and fewest points allowed per drive (1.02).
Inside 49ers roster: The NFL’s last remaining unbeaten stands to receive a boost; stalwart left tackle Joe Staley is due back from the broken fibula that sidelined him for six games. San Francisco has managed to produce the NFL’s No. 2-ranked rushing attack largely without its six-time Pro Bowler, so the Tevin Coleman- and Matt Breida-fueled ground corps will be in an even stronger position to deliver in the 49ers’ toughest test to date.
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|New York||2||7||.222||5.5||1-2||1-5||0-3||1-5||2-7||1 W|
|Oklahoma City||4||5||.444||2.5||4-2||0-3||0-2||3-4||4-5||1 W|
|LA Lakers||7||1||.875||—||4-0||3-1||0-1||4-1||7-1||7 W|
|LA Clippers||6||3||.667||1.5||5-1||1-2||2-1||5-2||6-3||1 W|
|Golden State||2||8||.200||6.0||1-4||1-4||0-2||2-7||2-8||3 L|
|San Antonio||5||4||.556||1.0||4-2||1-2||–||3-2||5-4||1 L|
|New Orleans||2||7||.222||4.0||1-3||1-4||0-2||1-4||2-7||1 W|
|1 Washington Capitals||18||13||2||3||29||12||74||55||5-1-2||8-1-1||9-0-1|
|2 Boston Bruins||16||11||3||2||24||11||58||40||7-0-1||4-3-1||6-2-2|
|3 New York Islanders||16||12||3||1||25||11||49||35||8-2-1||4-1-0||9-0-1|
|4 Toronto Maple Leafs||18||9||5||4||22||8||60||57||6-2-4||3-3-0||5-2-3|
|5 Pittsburgh Penguins||17||10||6||1||21||9||58||44||6-3-1||4-3-0||5-4-1|
|6 Montreal Canadiens||17||9||5||3||21||8||61||54||5-3-0||4-2-3||6-3-1|
|7 Philadelphia Flyers||16||9||5||2||20||7||53||50||6-1-1||3-4-1||7-2-1|
|8 Buffalo Sabres||17||9||6||2||20||8||50||48||5-2-1||4-4-1||4-5-1|
|9 Florida Panthers||16||7||4||5||19||6||56||58||3-1-2||4-3-3||5-2-3|
|10 Carolina Hurricanes||17||9||7||1||19||8||53||50||6-3-0||3-4-1||3-6-1|
|11 Tampa Bay Lightning||15||8||5||2||18||7||52||52||3-1-1||5-4-1||6-3-1|
|12 New York Rangers||14||7||6||1||15||7||46||45||4-4-1||3-2-0||5-4-1|
|13 Columbus Blue Jackets||17||6||8||3||15||6||40||58||3-5-1||3-3-2||3-5-2|
|14 Ottawa Senators||16||6||9||1||13||6||45||51||5-4-0||1-5-1||5-5-0|
|15 New Jersey Devils||15||4||7||4||12||3||40||60||2-2-4||2-5-0||4-4-2|
|16 Detroit Red Wings||18||5||12||1||11||5||39||70||3-5-1||2-7-0||2-7-1|
|1 St. Louis Blues||18||12||3||3||27||12||57||51||5-1-2||7-2-1||9-1-0|
|2 Edmonton Oilers||18||11||5||2||24||10||52||46||6-2-1||5-3-1||4-4-2|
|3 Calgary Flames||20||10||7||3||23||8||59||58||6-1-2||4-6-1||5-3-2|
|4 Colorado Avalanche||17||10||5||2||22||10||62||49||6-2-1||4-3-1||4-5-1|
|5 Nashville Predators||17||9||5||3||21||9||65||54||6-2-2||3-3-1||5-2-3|
|6 Vancouver Canucks||17||9||5||3||21||7||57||45||4-0-2||5-5-1||5-2-3|
|7 Vegas Golden Knights||18||9||6||3||21||7||54||53||4-3-2||5-3-1||4-3-3|
|8 Arizona Coyotes||17||9||6||2||20||8||49||41||4-4-0||5-2-2||5-4-1|
|9 Anaheim Ducks||17||9||7||1||19||9||45||43||6-2-1||3-5-0||4-5-1|
|10 Winnipeg Jets||17||9||7||1||19||7||48||52||4-4-1||5-3-0||5-4-1|
|11 Dallas Stars||17||8||8||1||17||8||41||42||5-3-1||3-5-0||7-3-0|
|12 San Jose Sharks||18||7||10||1||15||6||48||64||5-4-0||2-6-1||4-5-1|
|13 Chicago Blackhawks||16||5||7||4||14||5||40||49||4-3-2||1-4-2||3-4-3|
|14 Minnesota Wild||17||6||10||1||13||6||46||60||3-1-1||3-9-0||5-4-1|
|15 Los Angeles Kings||17||5||11||1||11||5||43||66||3-4-0||2-7-1||3-6-1|