SCOREBOARD

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

St. Louis 13 Atlanta 1

Washington 7 LA Dodgers 3 (10)

 

Thursday, October 10

(LDS) Tampa Bay Rays @ Houston Astros 8:37 pm

Friday, October 11

(LCS) Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals 8:08 pm

Saturday, October 12

(LCS) Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals 4:08 pm

Monday, October 14

(LCS) St. Louis Cardinals @ Washington Nationals TBD

 

NBA PRE-SEASON

Detroit 124 Dallas 117

Orlando 97 Atlanta 88

Miami 108 Charlotte 94

New Orleans 127 Chicago 125

Milwaukee 133 Utah 99

 

NHL SCOREBOARD

Buffalo 5 Montréal 4

Philadelphia 4 New Jersey 0

Vancouver 8 Los Angeles 2

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

NCC

Friday, Oct. 11

Kokomo at Harrison  7 pm

Logansport at Lafayette Jeff  7 pm

Marion at Tech  7 pm

McCutcheon at Muncie Central  7 pm

Richmond at Anderson  7 pm

TEC

Lincoln at Winchester  7 pm

Northeastern at Knightstown  7 pm

Tri at Hagerstown  7 pm

Union City at Centerville  7 pm

Union County at Monroe Central, 7:30 pm

ELSEWHERE

Eastern Hancock at Shenandoah  7 pm

Union County at Monroe Central 7:30 pm

Wes-Del at Traders Point 7 pm

Franklin County at Batesville 7 pm

Greensburg at East Central 7:30 pm

Lawrenceburg at Connersville 7 pm

Rushville at South Dearborn 7 pm

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER – SECTIONAL

Seton Catholic 2 Wapahani 0

Knights town 5 Centerville 0

New Castle 1 Jay County 0

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

The Hagerstown Varsity Volleyball team lost in straight sets to New Castle to bring their overall record to 25-3. Regan Tinkle turned in 10 kills and Halley Rogers had 15 assists and 7 digs.

The JV defeated New Castle16-25, 25-22, 17-15. Kenzie Johnson 6 kills, 14 Svc pts
Makayla Matanich 5 kills Makynna Matanich 8 Svc pts Gwen Cox 11 digs
Allison Ayotte 14 assists. Their overall record:is  21-2 .

 

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Purdue 3 Indiana 2

Transylvania 3 Earlham 0

Youngstown State 3 IUPUI 2

Wright State 3 Cleveland State 1

 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Transylvania 2 Earlham 1 2OT

 

MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Transylvania 4 Earlham 0

Indiana 0 Kentucky 0 2OT

Drake 1 Evansville 0

Cincinnati 3 Cleveland State 2 OT

VCU 2 Dayton 1 OT

 

Top 25 College Football Games

Fri Oct 11th

(20) Virginia @ Miami (FL)8:00 PM

Colorado @ (13) Oregon10:00 PM

 

Sat Oct 12th

(23) Memphis @ Temple12:00 PM

South Carolina @ (3) Georgia12:00 PM

(6) Oklahoma @ (11) Texas12:00 PM

(16) Michigan @ Illinois12:00 PM

Florida State @ (2) Clemson3:00 PM

Michigan State @ (8) Wisconsin3:00 PM

(25) Cincinnati @ Houston3:00 PM

(1) Alabama @ (24) Texas A&M3:00 PM

Washington State @ (18) Arizona State3:00 PM

Texas Tech @ (22) Baylor4:00 PM

Southern California @ (9) Notre Dame7:00 PM

(10) Penn State @ (17) Iowa7:00 PM

Louisville @ (19) Wake Forest7:00 PM

(7) Florida @ (5) Louisiana State8:00 PM

(15) Utah @ Oregon State8:00 PM

Hawaii @ (14) Boise State10:00 PM

 

College football TV schedule and times

WEEK 7

Wednesday, Oct. 9

Appalachian State at Louisiana | 8 p.m. | ESPN2

 

Thursday, Oct. 10

Syracuse at N.C. State | 8 p.m. | ESPN

UL Monroe at Texas State | 9:15 p.m. | ESPNU

 

Friday, Oct. 11

Colorado State at New Mexico | 8 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 20 Virginia at Miami | 8 p.m. | ESPN

Colorado at No. 13 Oregon | 10 p.m. | FS1

 

Saturday, Oct. 12

No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Texas (Dallas, TX) | 12 p.m. | FOX

Mississippi State at Tennessee | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

No. 16 Michigan at Illinois | 12 p.m. | ABC

Maryland at Purdue | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 23 Memphis at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

South Carolina at No. 3 Georgia | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Miami (OH) at Western Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Rutgers at Indiana | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Toledo at Bowling Green | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Georgia Tech at Duke | 12:30 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Ball State at Eastern Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Old Dominion at Marshall | 2:30 p.m. | Stadium

New Mexico State at Central Michigan | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Florida State at No. 2 Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

No. 1 Alabama at No. 24 Texas A&M | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Kent State at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Northern Illinois at Ohio | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Washington State at No. 18 Arizona State | 3:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks

Michigan State at No. 8 Wisconsin | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 25 Cincinnati at Houston | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

BYU at South Florida | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

UConn at Tulane | 3:45 p.m. | ESPNU

Texas Tech at No. 22 Baylor | 4 p.m. | FS1

Georgia State at Coastal Carolina | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Iowa State at West Virginia | 4 p.m. | ESPN

Rhode Island at Virginia Tech | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

UNLV at Vanderbilt | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Middle Tennessee at Florida Atlantic | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

San Jose State at Nevada | 4 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet

UAB at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Army at Western Kentucky | 7 p.m. | Stadium

UMass at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

North Texas at Southern Miss | 7 p.m. | Stadium on Facebook

Ole Miss at Missouri | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Charlotte at Florida International | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Fresno State at Air Force | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 10 Penn State at No. 17 Iowa | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Southern California at No. 9 Notre Dame | 7:30 p.m. | NBC

Louisville at No. 19 Wake Forest | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Nebraska at Minnesota | 7:30 p.m. | FS1

Arkansas at Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Navy at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSU | 8 p.m. | ESPN

No. 15 Utah at Oregon State | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks

Hawai’i at No. 14 Boise State | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2

Wyoming at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Washington at Arizona | 11 p.m. | FS1

 

NFL

Week 6 Games

Thursday October 10, 2019

Giants @ New England 8:20pm

 

Sunday October 13, 2019

Carolina @ Tampa Bay 9:30am

Houston @ Kansas City 1:00pm

Philadelphia @ Minnesota 1:00pm

Cincinnati @ Baltimore 1:00pm

Seattle @ Cleveland 1:00pm

New Orleans @ Jacksonville 1:00pm

Washington @ Miami 1:00pm

Atlanta @ Arizona 4:05pm

San Francisco @ Rams 4:05pm

Dallas @ Jets 4:25pm

Tennessee @ Denver 4:25pm

Pittsburgh @ Chargers 8:20pm

 

Monday October 14, 2019

Detroit @ Green Bay 8:15pm

All game times Eastern

 

Week 7 Games

Thursday October 17, 2019

Kansas City @ Denver 8:20pm

 

Sunday October 20, 2019

San Francisco @ Washington 1:00pm

Rams @ Atlanta 1:00pm

Houston @ Indianapolis 1:00pm

Oakland @ Green Bay 1:00pm

Miami @ Buffalo 1:00pm

Jacksonville @ Cincinnati 1:00pm

Minnesota @ Detroit 1:00pm

Arizona @ Giants 1:00pm

Chargers @ Tennessee 4:05pm

New Orleans @ Chicago 4:25pm

Baltimore @ Seattle 4:25pm

Philadelphia @ Dallas 8:20pm

 

Monday October 21, 2019

New England @ Jets 8:15pm

All game times Eastern

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL HEADLINES

Kendrick slam in 10th lifts Nats over Dodgers 7-3, into NLCS

Howie Kendrick and the Washington Nationals got down again but were never out – and they finally ended their streak of playoff series futility in grand fashion.

Kendrick hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the 10th inning and the Nationals, boosted by a lightning rally against Clayton Kershaw, beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Wednesday night in Game 5. They advanced to the NL Championship Series starting Friday at St. Louis.

“I was hoping for any moment,” said Kendrick, a 36-year-old veteran who was hitless in his first four at-bats.

In their first season since star slugger Bryce Harper left as a free agent, the Nationals became the first team in major league history to rally from three or more runs down twice in elimination games during the same postseason.

“It’s not just one player, it’s a team,” left fielder Juan Soto said.

The wild-card Nationals won a playoff series for the first time since the team moved to Washington ahead of the 2005 season, and the franchise reached the NLCS for the second time in 51 seasons. The Nationals overcame a 19-31 start, finished 93-69 and then rallied from a 3-1, eighth-inning deficit to beat Milwaukee 4-3 in the NL wild-card game.

Then they bounced back from down 2-1 in the series against the Dodgers, who set a team record with 106 regular-season wins.

“Oh, man, keep fighting,” Anthony Rendon said. “I think that’s the story of maybe this organization.”

Rendon and Soto homered on consecutive pitches to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the eighth against Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young Award winner. Soto had started the comeback from a 3-0 hole with an RBI single in the sixth off starter Walker Buehler and then hit a 449-foot drive halfway up the right-field pavilion off Kershaw, the longest home run of the 20-year-old’s big league career.

Adam Eaton walked against Joe Kelly leading off the 10th, Rendon doubled on a drive that lodged in the left-field wall and Soto was intentionally walked.

Kendrick was 4 for 19 with one RBI in the series and had made a pair of errors at first base in the Game 1 loss. He fouled off a pitch and then hit a 97 mph fastball over the wall in dead center for his second career slam. The other was a game-ending, 11th-inning drive against San Francisco in August 2017. Cody Bellinger chased the ball all the way to the wall, putting his arms up against the fence as he ran out of room.

“It was electric. Probably the best moment of my career,” said Kendrick, a 14-year big league veteran who played for the Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels. “We never gave up. The city had faith in us. The fans had faith in us. We believed in ourselves, everybody came through for us.”

Dodgers fans started exiting as the bases emptied, realizing their team’s streak of NLCS appearances would not reach four.

“I’m looking in the crowd,” Rendon said. “I’m enjoying it.”

The seven-time defending NL West champion Dodgers remain without a World Series title since 1988.

“Disappointing is probably an understatement,” manager Dave Roberts said.

Daniel Hudson got the win, retiring Will Smith on a drive to the right field warning track with one on and one out in the ninth, then getting Chris Taylor on a liner to center.

Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect 10th for Washington, with center fielder Michael A. Taylor making a diving catch on Justin Turner for the final out.

 

10-spot: Cards oust Braves from NLDS with record 1st inning

The St. Louis Cardinals turned the diamond into a giant pinball machine, dinging hits all over SunTrust Park.

By the time the Atlanta Braves finally got the third out, it was the most productive first inning in postseason history.

The Cardinals scored 10 runs their first time up and dealt Atlanta another playoff heartbreak, routing the Braves 13-1 in decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series on Wednesday.

“That was crazy,” said Marcell Ozuna, one of five players who batted twice in the stunning outburst. “We got a good opportunity – and we took it.”

Before many fans had reached their seats, the Cardinals were already booking plans for the NL Championship Series, where they will face Washington in a best-of-seven set beginning Friday at Busch Stadium. The wild-card Nationals knocked off the favored Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 in their own Game 5, getting a grand slam from Howie Kendrick in the 10th inning.

It will be St. Louis’ first NLCS trip since 2014.

“We know we can beat anyone at this point,” Kolten Wong said.

For the Braves, it might take a while to get over this debacle.

After pitching seven scoreless innings in a Game 2 win, Mike Foltynewicz retired only one hitter before getting yanked. First baseman Freddie Freeman booted a potential double-play ball that might have limited the damage. The Cardinals scored their final run of the inning on a strikeout – a wild pitch in the dirt that skipped away from catcher Brian McCann.

“We just strung together a bunch of great at-bats,” Wong said.

It was Atlanta’s 10th straight postseason round loss since its last victory 18 long years ago, tying the ignominious mark set by the Chicago Cubs between 1908 and 2003.

Carrying on the tradition that started at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, moved on to Turner Field and is now becoming an annual occurrence at SunTrust Park, it was a visiting team that got to celebrate in the A-T-L.

The Cardinals broke out T-shirts and caps, hopped around in the middle of the infield and gathered on the pitcher’s mound for a team portrait with the center field video board looming as a backdrop.

For the 13th time in 21 postseason appearances since moving to Atlanta, the Braves finished the year with a loss on their home field.

“It was more of a shock than anything,” said Josh Donaldson, whose homer provided the lone Atlanta run. “You don’t expect something like that to happen, especially with how well we played all season.”

The Cardinals batted around and got more than halfway through their order a second time before the Braves even came to the plate.

Tommy Edman, Dexter Fowler and Wong all had two-run doubles as St. Louis equaled the highest-scoring inning in postseason history, a record set by the Philadelphia Athletics against the Chicago Cubs in the 1929 World Series. It was matched by the Detroit Tigers (1968 World Series vs. St. Louis), the Anaheim Angels (2002 ALCS vs. Minnesota) and, now, the Cardinals.

 

Braves’ McCann retires at 35 following loss to Cardinals

Brian McCann’s Atlanta homecoming didn’t end the way he hoped.

McCann is retiring after a 15-year career that included two stints with his Atlanta hometown Braves, making the announcement Wednesday after the 13-1 loss to St. Louis in the decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series.

“It’s sad but it’s time,” the 35-year-old said softly in the somber Atlanta clubhouse as he made his announcement. “I had a long career. Fifteen years is a long time, catching every day. I got to play in my hometown.”

McCann, from Duluth High School in the Atlanta area, played his first nine seasons with the Braves. Following three seasons with the New York Yankees and two with Houston, McCann returned to Atlanta to renew a friendship with Braves manager Brian Snitker that began in the minors.

“I’ve known Snit for a long time, since he was a Double-A manager,” the seven-time All-Star said. “I enjoyed the chance to do this with him.”

McCann won a World Series title with Houston in 2017 but couldn’t realize his dream of helping to bring Atlanta its second championship.

“This organization is where it needs to be going into the future,” he said. “It’s got so much talent. I’m really proud I got to put this uniform on again.”

McCann’s announcement produced a quick response from former teammate Chipper Jones, who tweeted McCann is “the best out there” and “one of my favorite teammates ever.”

Jones described McCann as “a true pro, a leader of men, a great father and a best friend!”

McCann started in every game of the series but hit only .188. He was only one part of the middle of the Braves’ lineup that struggled against Cardinals pitching.

McCann’s final regular season was more productive. He hit .249 – his highest average since 2013 – with 12 homers and 45 RBIs while he shared playing time with Tyler Flowers.

“I wanted to be a part of this team, to be back home and play in front of my family every night,” McCann said, adding he didn’t think he would change his mind on ending his playing career.

McCann ranks fifth in Atlanta history with 236 doubles, sixth with 706 RBIs, seventh with 1,139 hits and eighth with 188 home runs. Overall, he hit .262 with 282 homers.

“I went to high school here, I grew up here, I got to play nine years here to start my career,” he said. “I got to play with some of my heroes growing up and coming back to play with a new generation, I’d say it was a success.”

 

Sabathia’s shoulder healing, could be on Yanks’ ALCS roster

CC Sabathia could be on the New York Yankees’ roster for the AL Championship Series after missing the previous round with an achy left shoulder.

The left-handed Sabathia sat out New York’s three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Division Series, but manager Aaron Boone said the 39-year-old is feeling “considerably better” after throwing a bullpen session Wednesday.

“Frankly, looked really good,” Boone said. “I was really excited about how he looked.”

Outfielder Aaron Hicks has also recovered from a right elbow flexor strain and is an option for the roster, and relievers Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton are fine after suffering minor injuries Monday night, Boone said. New York will open the ALCS on Saturday against either Houston or Tampa Bay, which are set to play a winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday night.

Sabathia, a 19-year veteran who plans to retire after the postseason, spent the final week of the regular season preparing to pitch in relief for the AL East champions before his shoulder flared and kept him off the ALDS roster. Boone said Sabathia is an option for the ALCS, but the Yankees haven’t decided on their bullpen. If Sabathia is active, he’ll pitch in relief either as a lefty specialist or to face three or four hitters.

Sabathia was 5-8 with a 4.95 ERA in the regular season, notching his 3,000th career strikeout and 250th win. Boone wanted to gauge how Sabathia felt Thursday before making a decision.

“I think that’s the biggest thing: How is he going to be able to recover?” Boone said. “Do we think he can pitch in a game and legitimately bounce back and be an option the next day if he were to face a hitter or something like that?”

Hicks joined the team at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday after working out at the club’s facility in Tampa, Florida, during the ALDS. New York hoped to watch him play simulated games in the Bronx, but rain forced players to stay inside. He faced live pitching in the cage and did other work.

Hicks told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he is healthy enough to play. Boone agrees, but the manager said there is “trepidation” about activating him because he hasn’t appeared in a game since Aug. 3.

“Obviously hasn’t had the kind of reps or games that you’d like, but he has certainly put himself in a position to be considered,” Boone said.

Hicks batted .235 with 12 home runs and a .769 OPS in 59 games this season. Brett Gardner, his replacement in center field, clubbed 10 home runs in September and another during the ALDS.

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEWS

INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. RUTGERS

(INDIANA NOTES)

RUTGERS (1-4, 0-3) VS. INDIANA (3-2, 0-2)

Kickoff: Noon EDT

Date: Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019

Location: Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) – Bloomington, Ind.

TV: BTN: Lisa Byington (p-b-p) & J Leman (analyst)

Radio: IU Radio Network; Sirius 108, XM 210, Internet 965: Don Fischer, Buck Suhr & Joe Smith

 

INDIANA STAT LEADERS

Passing

Michael Penix Jr.: 71-102, 809 Yds, 6 TD, 2 INT

Rushing

Stevie Scott III: 76-281, 4 TD, 3.7 Avg

Receiving

Whop Philyor: 31-371, 3 TD, 12.0 Avg

Defense

LB Reakwon Jones: 29 T, 0.5 TFL, 1 QBH

LB Micah McFadden: 19 T, 0.5 S, 4.5 TFL, 1 QBH

DT Demarcus Elliott: 15 T, 2 S, 2 TFL

 

RUTGERS STAT LEADERS

Passing

Artur Sitkowski: 38-60, 523 Yds, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing

Isaih Pacheco: 58-215, 4 TD, 3.7 Avg

Receiving

Raheem Blackshear: 18-234, 3 TD, 13.0 Avg

Defense

LB Tyshon Fogg: 46 T, 1 TFL, 1 QBH

LB Olakunle Fatukasi: 31 T, 0.5 S, 2.5 TFL, 1 PBU

LB T. Maddox-Williams: 26 T, 1 S, 3 TFL, 3 QBH

 

SETTING THE SCENE • Indiana (3-2, 0-2 B1G East) welcomes Rutgers (1-4, 0-3 B1G East) for the school’s 107th Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 12. Kickoff is set for noon EDT at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on BTN. • IU owns a 44-56-6 record on Homecoming. • The Hoosiers will host the Scarlet Knights for the second time (2015) on Homecoming. • Saturday marks the sixth meeting between the two programs and the third in Bloomington. • Indiana has won the last three games in the series: on Nov. 5, 2016 (33-27, A), on Nov. 18, 2017 (41-0, H) and on Sept. 29 2018 (24-17, A). • IU is 3-2 overall against RU and 1-1 at Memorial Stadium. • The Hoosiers will wear special uniforms to commemorate the university’s bicentennial. THE COACHES • Tom Allen was named Indiana’s head coach on Dec. 1, 2016, and made his debut at the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl against Utah. The New Castle, Ind., native joined IU as associate head coach/defense on Jan. 15, 2016. In Allen’s two seasons as head coach, 21 Hoosiers have earned All-Big Ten honors and 15 have been drafted or invited to NFL camps. (full bio on page 18) • Nunzio Campanile was elevated to interim head coach on Sept. 29, 2019. Campanile, who is in his second year at Rutgers, serves as offensive coordinator. He has also coached running backs (2018) and tight ends (2019). NEWS & NOTES • Michael Penix Jr. earned his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor after he went 33-of-42 (78.6 percent) for 286 yards with a career-best three passing TDs and one rushing score at No. 25 Michigan State. • The Tampa native completed a school-record 20-straight passes, the second-longest streak in conference history behind Chuck Long’s 22-consecutive completions in 1984. • Whop Philyor reached double-digits in receptions for a program-record third time with 14 (T-1st nationally in 2019), which shares third on Indiana’s single-game list. • The Tampa Plant graduate topped 100 yards for the third time in his career with 142 yards (6th-most in the B1G in 2019) and hauled in a career-best two scores. • Philyor’s 6.2 grabs per game rank fourth in the league (T-23rd nationally), and his 74.2 yards sit fifth. • IU is third in the Big Ten in passing offense (304.0, 21st nationally) and third-down conversions (48.5, 14th), and fourth in time of possession (32:47, 20th) and first downs (23.4, T-35th). • True freshman cornerback Tiawan Mullen broke up a team season-high four passes against the Spartans and shares sixth in the conference with 1.0 passes defended per game.

 

(RUTGERS NOTES)

SERIES HISTORY

All-Time: Indiana leads, 3-2

At Indiana: Tied, 1-1

Last Meeting: Sept. 29, 2018

Indiana 24, Rutgers 17 (at RU)

Last Rutgers Win: Oct. 17, 2015

Rutgers 55, Indiana 52 (at IU)

NOTABLE • Rutgers is set for its third Big Ten road game of the season and second inside the division. • Rutgers, “The Birthplace of College Football,” has played the most games in college football history (1,354) and is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first game this year. VERSUS INDIANA • Saturday will mark the sixth meeting on the gridiron between Rutgers and Indiana since first playing in 2014. The Scarlet Knights won the first two matchups, while the Hoosiers have taken the last three. • Rutgers won the first game in 2014 by the score of 45-23, its largest margin of victory over a Big Ten opponent since joining the conference. • In the 2015 meeting in Bloomington, Rutgers tied its school record with a 25-point comeback in a 55-52 victory that featured 1,223 combined yards of total offense. The 55 points are the most scored by Rutgers in a Big Ten game since joining the conference.

LAST GAME: PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers football (1-4, 0-3) was topped by Maryland (3-2, 1-1), 48-7, on Saturday afternoon at SHI Stadium. The game was presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Redshirt freshman Johnny Langan, in his first career start, went 13-of25 passing for 163 yards, adding 59 yards on the ground with a rushing touchdown. Junior wide receiver Bo Melton led the Scarlet Knights with a 49-yard catch from Langan to set up the score. Sophomore running back Isaih Pacheco paced the offense with 78 rushing yards. On defense, junior linebacker Tyreek Maddox-Williams recorded a team high seven tackles. Sophomore linebacker Drew Singleton posted his first career sack, with fifth-year senior Willington Previlon also took down the quarterback. Junior defensive lineman Julius Turner blocked a Maryland extra point attempt and sophomore defensive lineman Mike Tverdov denied a field goal attempt.

 

PURDUE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. MARYLAND

(PURDUE NOTES)

PURDUE-MARYLAND SERIES DATA Maryland leads 2-0 Current Streak: Maryland has won the last two meetings. In West Lafayette: First Meeting First Meeting: Dec. 29, 2006 – Maryland won 24-7 in Champs Sports Bowl. Last Meeting: Nov. 10, 2016 – Oct. 1, 2016 – Maryland won 50-7 at home. Noteworthy: The 2006 Boilermakers were the nation’s only team to play 13 regular-season games without an open week. Purdue, which had 20 players make their first career starts, returned to the bowl scene and finished with an 8-6 record. Curtis Painter, with the benefit of playing one more game, broke Drew Brees’ Big Ten season record with 3,985 passing yards (now the second-most in conference history). Mike Otto set a school record with 50 career starts at left offensive tackle – every game he played over four seasons. Defensive end Anthony Spencer led the nation with 26.5 tackles for loss en route to earning first-team All-American honors. HOMECOMING HISTORY Today’s Homecoming game is the 97th in school history. The Boilermakers have a 51-41-4 record in these autumn celebration games, dating to a 3-0 victory over Northwestern on Nov. 5, 1921. Maryland is the 16th different Homecoming opponent for the Boilermakers. Among Big Ten schools, Purdue has yet to play Nebraska and Rutgers for Homecoming. Here is the breakdown by conference foe: Wisconsin (21 games), Illinois (19), Iowa (15), Northwestern (14), Minnesota (9), Michigan State (4), Indiana (2), Michigan (2), Ohio State (2) and Penn State (1). Homecoming 2020 will be Oct. 31 against Northwestern. HONORING THE CRADLE OF ASTRONAUTS Purdue is known as the Cradle of Astronauts, and the Boilermakers are wearing a moon-inspired helmet and astronaut-themed patch on their uniform. The numbers on the helmet stripe – 2, 25 and 64 – represent Purdue men on the moon, Purdue astronauts and space missions by Purdue astronauts. The coaching staff is donning apparel with the logo that appears on the patch. For its halftime show, the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band will be joined by a group of astronaut alumni. The show celebrates their accomplishments in space exploration, and the astronauts will be recognized. WECLOME, MARYLAND Maryland is making its first appearance at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Boilermakers boast a 6-4-1 record in initial games against current Big Ten opponents at Ross-Ade. Rutgers will make its maiden visit Oct. 10, 2020.

KING-SIZE PERFORMANCE Freshman running back King Doerue made his first start against Minnesota on Sept. 28 and rushed for 94 yards on 20 carries (4.7 average) and two touchdowns to go with four receptions for 32 yards and a score. He became the first true freshman with three touchdowns in a game for the Boilermakers since John Standeford against Northwestern at Northwestern on Oct. 14, 2000 (all receiving). Since then, two redshirt freshman have had three-touchdown games – Kory Sheets at Indiana in 2005 (all rushing) and Rob Henry vs. Minnesota in 2010 (all rushing). SPREADING THE WEALTH Jeff Brohm’s offense has utilized a number of Purdue’s talented receivers this season. Paced by Rondale Moore’s Big Ten-best 7.3 receptions per game, 12 different Boilermakers have at least one catch on the year and nine different players have scored at least one touchdown via the passing game thus far. YOU’RE GOING TO PLAY In Jeff Brohm’s two-plus season with the Boilermakers he has shown that he is not shy about playing guys, no matter their experience, especially at wide receiver. Jackson Anthrop led the team in receiving as a redshirt freshman in 2017, Rondale Moore exploded onto the college football scene as a true freshman last season and this year true freshman David Bell has already posted impressive numbers in his first five games.

YOUTH MOVEMENT Including 10 starters, the Boilermakers have had 27 true or redshirt freshman play in the fi rst three games. WR Amad Anderson Jr. (R-Fr.), WR David Bell (T-Fr.), OL Will Bramel (R-Fr.), RB King Doerue (T-Fr.), TE Payne Durham (R-Fr.), S Jalen Grahm (T-Fr.), DT Lawrence Johnson (R-Fr.), DE George Karlaftis (T-Fr.), QB Jack Plummer (R-Fr.) and CB Cory Trice (R-Fr.) have started for Purdue. CB Cam Allen (T-Fr.), RB Alfred Armour (R-Fr.), LB Elijah Ball (R-Fr.), TE Kyle Bilodeau (T-Fr.), WR Jordan Bonner, P Brooks Cormier (T-Fr.), DE Branson Deen (R-Fr.), S Marvin Grant (T-Fr.), OL Jimmy McKenna (R-Fr.), OL Eric Miller (R-Fr.), CB Jordan Rucker (R-Fr.), WR TJ Sheffield (T-Fr.), LB Jack Smith (R-Fr.), DB Kadin Smith (R-Fr.), DT Jack Sullivan (R-Fr.), WR Kory Taylor (R-Fr.) and WR Milton Wright (T-Fr.) have seen action in games as reserves and on special teams. KARLAFTIS CRUSHING IT Freshman defensive end George Karlaftis paces Purdue with eight tackles for loss and four sacks. He ranks third in the Big Ten with an average of 1.60 tackles for loss per game and tied for seventh with 0.80 sacks per game. Karlaftis came up with an interception and a sack against TCU, becoming the first Purdue true freshman to do so in a game since Torri Williams at Iowa on Nov. 6, 2004.

 

(MARYLAND NOTES)

The University of Maryland football team will play its second straight Big Ten road game on Saturday when it travels to West Lafayette, Indiana for the first time ever to take on Purdue. The game will kick at noon and be broadcast on BTN and the Maryland Sports Radio Network. Against Rutgers, RB Javon Leake returned the opening kickoff of the second half 100 yards for his second career kick return touchdown, marking the first time any Big Ten team has returned a kick to the house this season. With a WR DJ Turner punt return touchdown in Week One vs. Howard, Maryland is one of only five FBS teams with both a kick return and punt return touchdown this season, joining Appalachian State, Houston, UCLA and Utah State. Maryland leads the Big Ten in both kick return average (29.44 ypr) and punt return average (15.13 ypr). RB Anthony McFarland Jr. has tallied seven rushing touchdowns through five games this season (2 vs. Howard, 2 vs. Syracuse, 1 at Temple, 2 at Rutgers), the ninth highest total in the country and the most for a Maryland RB in the first five games of the season since Keon Lattimore also had seven in 2007. The Maryland defense has tallied 16 sacks through four games, the 19th highest total in the country and the Terrapins most over a five-game span since Maryland finished the year with 18 (1 at Michigan, 2 vs. Ohio State, 3 at Nebraska, 7 vs. Rutgers, 5 vs. Boston College) in 2016. LB Keandre Jones has 4.5 to lead the Terps, the sixth highest total in the Big Ten and 20th best in the country. Maryland has forced a turnover in 17 straight contests, the third-longest streak in the FBS, trailing only Mississippi State (21) and Syracuse (19). The Terps, who notched a takeaway in every game last season continued the streak last week at Rutgers when they picked off the Scarlet Knights twice, first by LB Ayinde Eley and then by LB Isaiah Davis, his first career interception. The Terps have forced nine turnovers and only lost five, a plus-four margin this season, the 21st best in the country and top five in the Big Ten. Maryland won the turnover battle in four of the first five games. Senior DB Antoine Brooks Jr. has totaled 30 solo tackles this year, the most per game in the Big Ten and the 15th highest total in the country. Brooks has led Maryland in tackles in three of the five games and tallied a career-best 13, all solo, at Temple (9/14). All three of the Terps wins this season have been by at least 40 points (79 vs. Howard, 43 vs. Syracuse, 41 at Rutgers), making Maryland one of only three teams in the country (Ohio State and Wisconsin) to have three 40-plus point wins. It is the first time since 1974 that Maryland has had three 40-plus point wins in a single season. Maryland has 207 points through five games, the highest total in the first five games of a season in program history and the most over any five game span since scoring 223 during a five game win streak in the 2002 season. The Terps 41.4 points per game is the 14th highest in the country and fourth-most in the Big Ten.

 

NOTRE DAME VS. USC GAME NOTES

(NOTRE DAME NOTES)

IRISH VS. TROJANS – BY THE NUMBERS

3 Brian Kelly is the first Irish coach to post three or more shutouts in his Notre Dame career since Lou Holtz. The last Irish shutout took place in 2014 vs. Michigan (31-0), and Kelly’s first shutout as the Notre Dame head coach came vs. Wake Forest in 2012 (38-0).ˆ 3 Only two Irish coaches have totaled more wins vs. USC than Brian Kelly’s six victories: Lou Holtz (nine) and Frank Leahy (eight). 4 Brady Quinn, Tommy Rees, Jimmy Clausen, Ron Powlus and Ian Book are the only quarterbacks in Notre Dame history to record four or more touchdown passes in three games in their career. Book joined the group after recording five passing touchdowns vs. Bowling Green. 4 QB Ian Book threw just four incomplete passes vs. Bowling Green, a total which was one fewer than his passing touchdowns total. Phil Jurkovec completed five of seven passes and added a touchdown, which put the Irish at equal amounts of touchdowns thrown to incomplete passes. 5 QB Ian Book threw five touchdown passes in the first half vs. Bowling Green, matching his career high in a game (vs. New Mexico, 2019) and marking the first time in program history an Irish QB recorded five touchdown passes in a half. 6 S Jalen Elliott notched an interception to end the first half vs. Bowling Green, totaling six interceptions since the beginning of 2018. Only two players in the FBS have recorded more (Andre Cisco, Syracuse – 9 and Jevon Holland, Oregon – 8). 10 Brian Kelly is in his 10th season as the head coach at the University of Notre Dame. He is the fifth Irish coach to spend a decade or more at the school (Knute Rockne, 13; Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Lou Holtz 11). 14 Notre Dame has won 14 consecutive games at Notre Dame Stadium, including a 6-0 clean slate last season. It is the third-longest winning streak at home for the Irish since Notre Dame Stadium opened in 1930. 20 Last week, Irish quarterbacks totaled nine completions for 20 or more yards, which ties for the FBS lead (Texas Tech and Miami, Fla.). 20 Notre Dame remains perfect in redzone-scoring percentage, converting on 20-of-20 visits inside the 20. 17 of those scores were touchdowns (10 rushing, seven passing). Just three other teams boast perfection in the redzone (Tulane, Iowa and LSU), and of those teams, only LSU (26) has totaled more redzone touchdowns than the Irish. 30 Notre Dame has held its opponents to 30 points or less in 19 consecutive games, a streak only topped by Washington (20) for the FBS lead in that category. The streak spans defensive coordinator Clark Lea’s entire tenure with the Irish. 51.6 Notre Dame’s defense leads the FBS in opponent passing attempts per touchdown, holding squads to 51.6 attempts per touchdown. This averages nearly 10 more attempts per touchdown than any other FBS team. The Irish are most closely trailed in this category by Mississippi State (41.9). With 52 total points vs. Bowling Green, it marked the second time this season the Irish recorded at least 50 points. The last time Notre Dame reached that plateau in multiple games in a season was in 2011, when the Irish did it twice (vs. Air Force and vs. Navy). It is Notre Dame’s largest shutout margin since 1996, when Lou Holtz’s Irish beat Rutgers, 62-0. 270 The Notre Dame Stadium sell-out streak stands at 270 consecutive games, the second-longest in NCAA history. 351ˆ Games coached by Brian Kelly in his career, second among active coaches in the NCAA to Mack Brown (North Carolina). 1,211 Notre Dame running backs have gone 1,211 carries without losing a fumble – dating back to Nov. 21, 2015. It is the longest active streak in the FBS, trailed by Northwestern’s 1,152-carry streak.

LAST TIME: SOUTHERN CAL • November 24, 2018 – In the final game of Notre Dame’s regular season, the Irish traveled to the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and defeated the Trojans 24-17. • Notre Dame overcame its largest deficit of the season (10 points) in a win that saw WR Chris Finke and RB Tony Jones Jr. catch touchdown passes from QB Ian Book, while RB Dexter Williams rushed for another. CB Julian Love totaled a career-high 12 tackles, while S Alohi Gilman added 10 and CB Troy Pride Jr. and LB Drue Tranquill each added nine. • Completing an undefeated season, the Irish punched their ticket to the College Football playoff as a No. 3 seed and played No. 2 Clemson in the Cotton Bowl.

ENTERING GAME 6 TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS • For the first time in Notre Dame history, an Irish team recorded six touchdown passes in two games during the same season (vs. New Mexico and vs. Bowling Green). The six touchdown passes match the Irish team record for passing touchdowns in a game. • With 52 total points vs. Bowling Green, it marked the second time this season the Irish recorded at least 50 points. The last time Notre Dame reached that plateau in multiple games in a season was in 2011 when the Irish did it twice (vs. Air Force and vs. Navy). • Against Bowling Green, Notre Dame’s 35-0 halftime lead was the largest since opening a 35-0 halftime margin over Rutgers in 1996. • The Irish notched a top-10 ranking for the 22nd-consecutive week – the fourth-longest active streak in college football (behind Alabama, Clemson and Georgia). This is the most consecutive weeks within the top 10 for Notre Dame since 1991 (50). • Notre Dame has been ranked in the top 25 for 35-consecutive weeks, the longest such streak for the Irish since the 1997 season. • The contest vs. Virginia marked the second-consecutive week Notre Dame appeared in the week’s highest-ranked matchup (lowest total of both squads’ rankings). From 2015-2018 among all FBS teams, it has only happened three times: Alabama (Weeks 7-8, 2016; Weeks 10-11, 2018) and Penn State (Weeks 8-9, 2017). As the current AP rankings stand, the only other team with scheduled back-to-back top-ranked matchups in 2019 is Florida in Weeks 6-7.

 

(USC NOTES)

USC FOOTBALL GOES TO NO. 9 NOTRE DAME FOR ANNUAL INTERSECTIONAL CLASH THEMES *USC takes a break from Pac-12 competition and begins October play when it goes to No. 9 Notre Dame for the 91st edition of the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football. *The game is a battle between schools with perhaps the country’s most glorious gridiron heritages. The winner gets year-long possession of the jeweled Shillelagh. *The Trojans have won 11 of the past 17 meetings with the Irish, but all 6 losses have been since 2010. Troy has won 6 of the past 11 in South Bend, but has dropped the past 3, including in 2015 just 6 days after Clay Helton was installed as USC’s interim head coach. *USC, which was off last week after its loss at Washington, has beaten the Irish the last 5 times that Troy was coming off a bye. *This equals the earliest on the calendar that USC has played Notre Dame. *This is just the fifth Trojan night game ever at Notre Dame Stadium (2011 was the first) and also ties for the latest USC-ND kickoff time ever. *Expect a sellout again at Notre Dame Stadium (the past 270 contests there have been at capacity). *USC’s offense has averaged nearly 30 points and 430 total yards per game despite having 3 different starting quarterbacks to date (JT Daniels, Kedon Slovis, Matt Fink). Slovis, a true freshman who missed the Washington game with a concussion, has completed nearly 78% of his aerials (the second best mark in the nation). USC’s receiving corps is among the nation’s elite: WRs Michael Pittman Jr. (Top 25 nationally in receptions and receiving yards), Tyler Vaughns (15th on USC’s career receptions chart) and Amon-Ra St. Brown (already with 84 catches in his young career). The Trojan offensive line–led by OT Austin Jackson and OG Alijah Vera-Tucker–has allowed just 6 sacks to date. The Trojan running game, coming off a 212- yard outing at Washington, has 3 dynamic rushers in TBs Vavae Malepeai, Stephen Carr and Markese Stepp. The offense, however, has been hampered by turnovers (13 overall), with a third of opponents’ points coming directly after a miscue. USC’s defense is young (9 starters are freshmen or sophomores) and has been hampered by injuries to key personnel (i.e. S Talanoa Hufanga, DL Christian Rector, CB Olaijah Griffin, ILB Jordan Iosefa), although the bye week helped with their recovery. Other defenders making an impact include ILBs John Houston Jr. and Palaie Gaoteote IV, DLs Jay Tufele, Marlon Tuipulotu and Drake Jackson and S Isaiah Pola-Mao. PK Chase McGrath has yet to miss a kick in 2019 and WR Velus Jones Jr. has moved to second on USC’s career kickoff return ladder, trailing only Adoree’ Jackson. *Under 10th-year head coach Brian Kelly, the winningest active coach in FBS, Notre Dame has won its last 14 home games, including big last week over Bowling Green. ND’s offense is first nationally in red zone offense, having scored on all 20 trips in the red zone, and in the Top 15 in passing efficiency and scoring offense. QB Ian Book, 16th in the country in passing efficiency, is a threat throwing (1,254 yards, 13 TDs) and running (139 yards) the ball. RB Tony Jones Jr. leads the Irish ground attack, while WR Chase Claypool and TE Cole Kmet are the top pass catchers. The Irish defense, which has held its last 19 opponents to 30 points or less, is second nationally in turnover margin, fifth in tackles for loss, 13th in scoring defense and 17th in pass defense. Key defenders include LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, S Alohi Gilman, LB Drew White and LB Asmar Bilal. RANKINGS *USC is not ranked in the AP sports media or Amway coaches poll this week. Notre Dame is ninth in the AP poll and 10th by the coaches. SERIES *Notre Dame leads the series with USC, which began in 1926, 48-36-5 (not including Troy’s 2005 victory that was later vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 48-37-5). Including that 2005 vacated game, USC has won 11 of the last 17 meetings and 14 of the last 23 (including 8 in a row from 2002 to 2009), but ND has won 6 of the last 9. Since 1967, USC has gone 25-23-3 (not including the 2005 vacated game; original record: 26-23-3). *In South Bend, USC is 13-26-1 (not including the 2005 vacated game; original record: 14-26-1), with 2 other USC losses in Chicago. USC has lost in its last 3 trips to South Bend, but Troy had won the previous 5 times there and 6 of the previous 8.

*The Trojans’ last visit to South Bend was in 2017 under the lights, as No. 13 Notre Dame–behind RB Josh Adams’ 191 rushing yards with 3 touchdowns and QB Brandon Wimbush’s 106 rushing yards with 2 scores along with 2 passing TDs–jumped out to a 28-point halftime lead and easily defeated No. 11 USC, 49-14. It was the most points by the Irish against USC since also getting 49 in 1977, as well as their second largest victory margin over the Trojans since 1966 (51-0). *In 2018 in Los Angeles in the teams’ most recent meeting, QB Ian Book threw for 352 yards and 2 touchdowns and RB Dexter Williams ran for a TD to help undefeated No. 3 Notre Dame overcome a 10-0 deficit and score 24 unanswered points en route to a 24-17 victory over USC in the Coliseum. The loss ended USC’s season with a 5-7 record, its first losing campaign and first bowl-less non-sanction year since 2000. See page 4 for a complete recap of that most recent matchup. GOOD BYES *USC is 97-46-4 in all regular season games it has played following byes. Since 1955, the Trojans are 58- 17-1 following byes (6 of those losses and the tie were to UCLA). (Not including 2 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty; original records: 99-46-4 overall, 60-17-1 since 1955.) VERSUS ND AFTER BYE *USC has a 7-4-1 record against Notre Dame when the Trojans were coming off a bye week leading into the game. Troy’s wins were in 1932-39-72-80-2004-08-09, the losses in 1937-41-42-47 and the tie in 1948. USC has won the past 5 such meetings. EARLIEST USC-ND GAME *This Saturday’s (Oct. 12) meeting equals the earliest on the calendar that USC and Notre Dame have played (also in 1963, a 17-14 Irish win). USC-ND AT NIGHT *This year’s USC-Notre Dame game is just the fifth Trojan night game ever at Notre Dame Stadium (2011 was the first and it also happened in 2013, 2015 and 2017). It also ties with those games as the latest USCND game ever, as all 12 such night encounters in Los Angeles were 5 p.m. starts. AT NIGHT *USC owns a 178-64-4 (.732) all-time record at night, including 106-29-4 in the Coliseum, 57-28 on the road and 15-7 at neutral sites. (Does not include 5 wins and 1 loss vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 183-65-4, .734 overall, 109-29-4 in the Coliseum, 17-8 at neutral sites.) IN OCTOBER *USC has a 309-121-19 (.709) all-time record while playing in the month of October (not including 5 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty; revised record: 314-121-19, .713). ARTIFICIAL TURF *USC is 43-29-1 in its last 73 games on artificial turf (not including 3 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 46-29-1). RAIN/COLD/SNOW *USC has a 23-23-2 record in games in which it rained during a major portion of the contest. USC’s last rain game was versus Notre Dame at home in 2016 (USC won, 45-27). *USC is 12-11-1 in “cold weather” games (where the cold temperature had such an impact on the game that it was mentioned in the media’s game recaps). The last time USC played a “cold weather” game was at Utah in 2016 (a 31-27 loss when it was 45 degrees at kickoff). The coldest game in USC history: 20 degrees in the snow at Notre Dame in 1957 (a 40-12 loss). The second coldest USC games were 29 degrees at the 1949, 1952 and 1959 Notre Dame games in South Bend and the 2013 Colorado road game. *The last time USC played in snow was Nov. 30, 1957 at Notre Dame (the Irish won, 40-12). It was 20 degrees. The 1965 USC-Notre Dame game in South Bend was played in sleet and rain (the Irish won that one, 28-7).

LAST MEETING: QB Ian Book threw for 352 yards and 2 touchdowns and RB Dexter Williams ran for a TD to help undefeated No. 3 Notre Dame overcome a 10-0 deficit and score 24 unanswered points en route to a 24-17 victory over USC before 59,821 fans in the Coliseum and a national ABC audience. The loss ended USC’s season with a 5-7 record, its first losing campaign and first bowl-less non-sanction year since 2000. USC jumped out to a 10-0 lead (ND’s biggest deficit of 2018), as TB Vavae Malepeai had a 14-yard TD run on the game-opening drive and then PK Michael Brown hitting a 30-yard field goal early in the second quarter. Notre Dame scored late in the half on Book’s 24-yard pass to WR Chris Finke. A pair of lost fumbles stalled USC first-half drives deep in Irish territory (at the ND 33- and 15-yard lines). Williams gave Notre Dame the lead for good on a 52-yard scoring burst early in the second half and PK Justin Yoon added a 46-yard field goal late in the third quarter. Book’s 51-yard TD pass to RB Tony Jones Jr. extended ND’s lead late in the fourth quarter before USC answered right back on QB JT Daniels’ 20-yard scoring toss to WR Tyler Vaughns with 48 seconds to play. But the Irish recovered the ensuing on-side kick. USC held the ball for 34:11, but the Irish managed slightly more total yards (473 to 443). USC’s 443 total yards were the most surrendered by ND in 2018. Troy converted 7-of-15 first downs, but was penalized 8 times. Daniels completed a USC-record 37 passes (on 51 attempts) for a careerbest 349 yards in the game. He hit his first 4 passes of the game and 6 of his first 7, was 16-of-17 in the first quarter, connected on 18 of his first 19 throws (including 14 completions in a row) and finished the first half 26-of-31 for 244 yards. Vaughns had a career-high and game-leading 12 catches for 120 yards (with 10 grabs in the first half), while WR Amon-Ra St. Brown had a personal-best 10 receptions (8 in the opening half) for 94 yards and WR Michael Pittman Jr. had 7 catches for 91 yards. TB Aca’Cedric Ware ran for 68 yards on 13 carries. ILB Cameron Smith had a game-best 12 tackles. For Notre Dame, Book was 22-of-39 passing, Williams ran for 97 yards on 16 carries and caught 5 passes for 54 yards and Finke had 7 receptions for 86 yards. Book’s completion percentage was a season-low 56.4% (he entered the game second nationally at 72.6%). The crowd was the smallest for a USC-Notre Dame game in the Coliseum since 1960 (28,297).

 

NFL NEWS AND PREVIEWS

Chiefs’ Hill close to returning while other stars remain out

The Chiefs could get star wide receiver Tyreek Hill back for Sunday’s game against Houston, though that may be just about the end of the positive news on the injury front.

The Chiefs placed defensive tackle Xavier Williams on injured reserve after he sustained a high ankle sprain in last weekend’s 19-13 loss to the Colts. He was among a handful of crucial players that went down during the game, many of whom could still be out for Week 6.

Left tackle Eric Fisher remains out after core muscle surgery. Defensive tackle Chris Jones, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and offensive lineman Andrew Wylie all missed practice Wednesday after they were hurt during the game against the Colts.

The Chiefs signed veteran defensive tackle Terrell McClain and offensive lineman Stefan Wisniewski to provide some depth up front.

 

Chargers dealt another setback as Pouncey placed on IR

The Los Angeles Chargers have been dealt another setback with center Mike Pouncey going on injured reserve Wednesday.

Coach Anthony Lynn said the nine-year veteran will have season-ending neck surgery after being injured during the first half of last Sunday’s 20-13 loss to the Denver Broncos. Dan Feeney will move to center and Forrest Lamp will take over at left guard.

This is the second significant injury the Chargers have had on their offensive line. Left tackle Russell Okung remains on the non-football injured list as he deals with blood clots.

Los Angeles signed offensive lineman Ryan Groy to take Pouncey’s spot.

The Chargers (2-3) host Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

 

Franchise QB? Rosen will remain Dolphins’ starter

Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores says this year’s quarterback competition has been decided, and Josh Rosen is the winner.

After supplanting veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 3, Rosen will start for the third game in a row Sunday against Washington, and the job will remain his going forward, Flores said Wednesday.

Rosen ranks 34th in the 32-team NFL in passer rating, completion percentage and touchdown passes. The Dolphins are 0-4, and Rosen has a 3-12 career record as a starter.

But the Dolphins want him to play so they can determine whether he might become their franchise quarterback. He was the No. 10 overall draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 and started 13 games for them as a rookie.

 

Jets’ Copeland finishes suspension, suing supplement company

Brandon Copeland is back from his suspension and he’s taking aim at a company he says sold him “contaminated” supplements.

The New York Jets linebacker is suing the company after he took a recovery supplement that contained a banned substance that didn’t appear on the product’s label. Copeland failed an NFL-issued drug test on April 15 and was suspended the first four games of the regular season on Aug. 21 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancers.

Copeland is planning to file his lawsuit later this week in New Jersey. He wouldn’t name the company or the supplement since it is a soon-to-be pending legal matter.

“I don’t hold my head down or anything like that,” Copeland said Wednesday after his first practice since training camp. “I know the person I am, my family knows the person I am. People who know me know the person I am. If anyone knows my journey and my story, it really doesn’t really make sense for me to try to cheat the game or cheat myself at this point in time, coming off the best season of my life on the field, off the field.”

The 28-year-old Copeland had a career-high five sacks last season, his first with the Jets after stops with Baltimore, Tennessee and Detroit from 2013-17 after being undrafted out of Penn. He re-signed with New York in March as a free agent, and was expected to be a starter at outside linebacker.

During the offseason, Copeland said a nutritionist recommended a supplement to help his body recover. He sent it to other nutritionists to review and they verified that the ingredients listed on the product were not among those banned by the NFL. Copeland says he also used the NFL’s app to check it out himself.

“However,” Copeland said, “unfortunately, this supplement in particular was contaminated.”

Once he got the letter from the league saying he was suspended, Copeland issued a statement denying he knowingly took anything illegal. He also gathered all the supplements he was taking and sent them to a third-party science laboratory for testing.

“It cost literally $745 per supplement to test,” he said. “A lot of people ask, `Why don’t you just test your stuff?’ Well, you pay $30, $40 for a supplement and then you’ve got to pay $745 for a laboratory to test and it takes them multiple weeks to do it.

“It confirmed that one of the supplements had the banned substance in it.”

Copeland said he has copies of all of the previous drug tests he has taken, and they were all negative – as are the three he has taken since the one he failed.

 

LA Rams RB Todd Gurley misses practice with bruised thigh

Todd Gurley missed practice Wednesday with a bruised left thigh, and the Los Angeles Rams don’t know whether their star running back will play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Coach Sean McVay says Gurley’s injury “caught us all off-guard” when Los Angeles went back to work following several days without practice. The Rams (3-2) haven’t played since last Thursday, when they lost 30-29 at Seattle.

A difficult matchup for the Rams would be even tougher without Gurley, their top ball-carrier for five seasons. Since McVay took over in 2017, Gurley is the NFL’s leader in yards rushing (2,826), yards from scrimmage (4,262) and rushing touchdowns (35).

McVay refused to predict whether Gurley will face the Niners at the Coliseum.

“He’s so tough and he plays through so many different things,” McVay said. “But there’s still so much time (before Sunday). Even though we did play on a Thursday, we want to be smart with him.”

The team initially thought Gurley’s thigh problem was typical postgame soreness, but the Rams held him out of practice along with cornerback Aqib Talib, who has bruised ribs. Being without either veteran would be a significant setback to the Rams’ hopes of ending their two-game losing streak – just their second skid of McVay’s career.

“You think it’s your typical bumps and bruises, and then it ends up being a little bit more than that,” McVay said.

Ever since Gurley missed playing time down the stretch of Los Angeles’ Super Bowl run last season with a balky left knee, the running back’s health has been a constant source of conversation around the defending NFC champions.

That’s much to the dismay of Gurley, who has grown increasingly curt about the knee woes that could be the Rams’ primary motivation for his decreased workload on Sundays this season.

Gurley is a quiet 18th in the NFL this season with 270 yards rushing. He also has 14 receptions, but his overall touches are down significantly after he was in the NFL’s top five in each of the past three seasons.

The Rams insist they aren’t managing Gurley’s playing time, but opposing coaches have all agreed Los Angeles is trying to keep Gurley fresh for the long haul of this season and several more afterward. Gurley’s four-year, $60 million contract extension – with a record $45 million guaranteed – doesn’t even kick in until next year.

Malcolm Brown has 114 yards and two touchdowns in his fifth season as Gurley’s backup. Brown never had more than 63 carries in a season during his first four years behind Gurley, but the gifted athlete already has 26 carries in five games.

 

NFL WEEK 6 GAME BY GAME PREVIEWS

NFL PREVIEW: NEW YORK GIANTS (2-3) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-0)​

WEEK 6 // THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2019 // 8:20 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN

LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 6-4

STREAKS: Patriots have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 11/15/15: Patriots 27 at Giants 26

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/6/11: Giants 24, Patriots 20

GIANTS NOTES

QB DANIEL JONES (rookie) had 336 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.7 rating & 2 rush TDs in only career road start. Makes 1st career start vs. AFC. Ranks 2nd among rookie QBs in rating (85.4) & tied for 2nd in TD passes (4). • RB SAQUON BARKLEY has 1,140 scrimmage yards (114 per game) & 8 TDs (5 rush, 3 rec.) in 10 career road games. Has 135+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. Since entering NFL in 2018, ranks 3rd among all players in scrimmage yards (2,339). • TE EVAN ENGRAM has 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC. Has 5+ catches in 7 of past 8. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR GOLDEN TATE had 110 scrimmage yards (97 rec., 13 rush) in only career game at NE (11/23/14 with Det.). WR STERLING SHEPARD has 7+ catches & 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 6+ catches. Rookie WR DARIUS SLAYTON had 1st career TD catch in Week 5. • LB MARKUS GOLDEN has 4.5 sacks in past 4. Had sack & FF in only career game vs. NE (9/11/16 with Ari.). S ANTOINE BETHEA had team-high 11 tackles in Week 5. Has 9+ tackles in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 5th in row at NE with 8+ tackles. S JABRILL PEPPERS had 5 tackles & FF in Week 5. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 7+ tackles. CB JANORIS JENKINS has 13 PD in past 10. Is 1 of 3 players with 5+ FF (6) & 5+ INT-TDs (7) since 2012. Aims for his 5th in row on road with PD. Rookie DL DEXTER LAWRENCE had sack & FF last week.

PATRIOTS NOTES

PATRIOTS have given up 34 points through 5 games, 5thfewest through 5 games since 1970 merger. • QB TOM BRADY passed for 348 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT with 106.1 rating last week. Surpassed HOFer BRETT FAVRE (71,838) for 3rd-most career passing yards in NFL history & needs 18 passing yards to surpass PEYTON MANNING (71,940) for 2nd place. Aims for 4th in row at home with 250+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Had 334 pass yards, 2 TD passes & 92.8 rating in last meeting. • RB SONY MICHEL had season-high 123 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 32 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has TD in 3 of past 4. RB JAMES WHITE had 72 scrimmage yards (26 rush, 46 rec.) & 6 catches in Week 5. Has TD in 2 of past 3 at home. RB BRANDON BOLDEN had 29-yard TD catch last week. • WR JULIAN EDELMAN led team with 8 catches for 110 yards & TD in Week 5. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4 at home & 3 of past 4 vs. NFC East. WR JOSH GORDON had 82 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in only career game vs. NYG (10/7/12 with Cle.). TE RYAN IZZO had 1st career TD catch last week. • LB JAMIE COLLINS had sack, FF & FR in Week 5. Aims for 4th in row with sack. Only player in NFL with 4+ sacks (4.5) & 3+ INTs (3) in 2019. LB DONT’A HIGHTOWER had 4 TFL, 1.5 sacks & PD last week. Rookie DE CHASE WINOVICH aims for 3rd in row with sack. Leads all rookies in sacks (4). CB JASON MCCOURTY had 18th career INT in Week 5.

Players to Watch

Three of the NFL’s top defensive backs in terms of PFF coverage grade will suit up on Thursday night, and all three play for the Patriots. Jonathan Jones and Jason McCourty own the two highest coverage grades among qualifying cornerbacks through five weeks, and Devin McCourty ranks second among safeties and fourth among all qualifying defensive backs in coverage grade. Daniel Jones and the Giants’ injury-plagued offense will face an uphill battle finding the end zone, let alone a win in Foxborough this week.

Fantasy Football Preview

The Patriots have allowed all of 34 points through five weeks, easily the fewest in the league. Of course, of their five opponents, none are among the 20 teams with at least 100 points so far. And with games against the “rookie quarterback, third-string running back” Giants and the “comedy of errors” Jets in the next two weeks, the Patriots could be looking at a record-setting points-allowed pace. Is it the best defense we’ve ever see? No, almost certainly not. But for fantasy? It doesn’t really matter. This is our game’s top unit, and with Week 15-17 matchups against the Bengals, Bills, and Dolphins, there’s no reason not to invest.

Greenline Preview

The Patriots have been bet down from an opening -17.5 with the Giants finding some backing at the start of the week. This total has also dropped 1.5 points with the juice applied to the over total. In this matchup of the top overall defense against the 32nd-ranked defense, Greenline sees value in the current total but little discernible edge in the spread price.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX, NFL Network, Amazon Prime (8:20 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli SIRIUS: 81 (NYG), 83 (NE) | XM: 225 (NYG), 226 (NE)

 

NFL PREVIEW: Carolina Panthers (3-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3)

WEEK 6 // SUNDAY, OCT. 13, 2019 // 9:30 AM ET // TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM (LONDON) // REFEREE: WALT ANDERSON

LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 23-15

STREAKS: Buccaneers have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/12/19: Buccaneers 20 at Panthers 14

LAST GAME AT SITE: First meeting in London

PANTHERS NOTES

QB KYLE ALLEN passed for 181 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 85.6 rating last week. Is 1st QB to have 0 INTs & go 4-0 in 1st 4 career starts in Super Bowl era. Has 2+ pass TDs vs. 0 INTs & 110+ rating in 2 of past 3 starts on road. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY matched career high with 237 scrimmage yards (176 rush, 61 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 5. Joined HOFer THURMAN THOMAS (1991) as only players with 500+ rush yards (587) & 250+ rec. yards (279) in team’s 1st 5 games in NFL history. Has 371 scrimmage yards (123.7 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in past 3 vs. TB. Rookie RB REGGIE BONNAFON had career-high 80 rush yards & 1st career rush TD last week. • WR D.J. MOORE had 6 catches for team-high 91 yards in Week 5. Had 9 catches for 89 yards in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with 80+ rec. yards. WR CURTIS SAMUEL has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 on road. Aims for 3rd in row vs. TB with 5+ catches & 85+ rec. yards. TE GREG OLSEN had 6 catches for 110 yards in Week 2 meeting. • LB LUKE KUECHLY had team-high 12 tackles & PD last week. Had 18 tackles in last meeting. Since 2012, leads NFL in tackles (1,004). DE MARIO ADDISON had sack & FF in Week 5. Has 7 sacks in past 6 vs. TB. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. Rookie LB BRIAN BURNS had sack, FF & 53-yard FR-TD last week. Leads all NFC rookies in sacks with 3.5. DT GERALD MCCOY had 54.5 sacks in 9 seasons (2010-18) with TB.

BUCS NOTES

QB JAMEIS WINSTON had 204 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.6 rating last week. Has 824 pass yards (274.7 per game) & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.1 rating in past 3 vs. Car. Has 100+ rating in 5 of past 6 vs. NFC South. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Car & 5th in row overall with 100+ rating. • RB PEYTON BARBER had 82 rush yards & TD in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car with rush TD. RB RONALD JONES has 70+ rush yards in 3 of past 5. • WR CHRIS GODWIN had 7 catches for team-high 125 yards & 2 rec. TDs last week. Leads NFL with 6 rec. TDs & ranks 3rd in rec. yards (511). Has 625 rec. yards (104.2 per game) & 8 rec. TDs in past 6. Aims for his 3rd in row with 125+ rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs & 3rd in row vs. Car. with 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD. WR MIKE EVANS has 4 rec. TDs in past 3. Since 2014, ranks 4th in NFL in rec. yards (6,471) & rec. TDs (44). • LB SHAQUIL BARRETT leads NFL with 9 sacks. Had 3 sacks in last game vs. Car. LB LAVONTE DAVID is only player with 900+ tackles (919), 20+ sacks (21.5) & 15+ FFs (18) since 2012. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Car. with 7+ tackles. LB KEVIN MINTER had team-high 10 tackles in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row with 9+ tackles. CB VERNON HARGREAVES had career-high 12 tackles & PD in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with PD. Rookie CB SEAN MURPHY-BUNTING had 5 tackles & 1st-career INT in Week 5. S JORDAN WHITEHEAD has 5 PD in past 2 & aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ PD.

Players to Watch

Kyle Allen is coming off two ugly performances in Weeks 4 and 5 largely because of some ugly fumbles, but he’s still performed above expectation when pushing the ball downfield. Among the 34 signal-callers with 25 or more attempts of 10-plus air yards, he ranks 13th in passing grade (84.3), seventh in adjusted completion percentage (63.6%) and 10th in passer rating (125.4) on such throws. He’s also been charted as accurate on 46.9% of his throws of 10-plus air yards, the ninth-highest percentage among qualifying quarterbacks through Week 5.

Opposite of Allen, Chris Godwin and the Bucs’ offense will look to put up points in droves. Godwin leads all qualifying wideouts in PFF receiving grade (91.3), and Jameis Winston‘s passer rating when targeting Godwin is 156.9.

Fantasy Football Preview

Take out Week 17 of last year, when he barely played, and Christian McCaffrey has had 100-plus yards from scrimmage in 12 of his last 13 games, including at least 179 in four of five this year. The one exception? Week 2, when he totaled only 53 yards … against these Buccaneers, who have also kept Saquon Barkley, Alvin Kamara, Todd Gurley and the 49ers’ backfield in check. You’re using McCaffrey in every league, every scenario, no matter what, but no one can be shocked if he has a slightly down Week 6.

Greenline Preview

The Bucs picked up quite a bit of steam after their impressive Week 4 win over the Rams. They let down backers last week, failing to cover against the Saints in their NFC South showdown. Bettors seem to have taken note as this week’s line opened as a pick ’em but has continued to slide toward the Panthers, currently given a -2 spread. Greenline seems some value in that spread but will need to be acted on quickly with this number seemingly on the move.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NFL Network (9:30 AM ET): Rich Eisen, Kurt Warner, Steve Mariucci, Michael Irvin, Melissa Stark (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Al Groh SIRIUS: 108 (Car), 81 (TB) | XM: 383 (Car), 225 (TB)

 

NFL PREVIEW: Cincinnati Bengals (0-5) at Baltimore Ravens (3-2)

WEEK 6 // SUNDAY, OCT. 13, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // M&T BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: All-time series tied, 23-23

STREAKS: Bengals have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/18/18: Bengals 21 at Ravens 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/18/18

BENGALS NOTES

QB ANDY DALTON completed 27 of 38 passes (71.1 pct.) for 262 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & season-high 107.6 rating last week. Has 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs in his past 3 vs. Bal. Has 3,786 pass yards vs. Bal., most vs. any opponent. • RB JOE MIXON had season-high 109 scrimmage yards (93 rush, 16 rec.) last week. Had rush TD in last meeting. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. • WR TYLER BOYD led team with 10 catches for 123 yards & TD last week, 5th career 100-yard game. Has 5+ catches, 90+ rec. yards & TD in 2 of past 3 vs. Bal. Is 1 of 2 WRs (MICHAEL THOMAS) with multiple 10-catch, 100-yard games this season. WR AUDEN TATE had 1st-career TD catch last week. Aims for 4th in row with 3+ catches. TE TYLER EIFERT had 5 catches for 68 yards & TD catch in his last game at Bal. (11/27/16). Has 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 on road vs. division. • DT GENO ATKINS has 3 sacks in past 2 vs. Bal. DE CARLOS DUNLAP had 4 tackles & TFL in Week 5. Has sack & PD in 2 of his past 3 at Bal. Since entering league in 2010, Atkins (72) & Dunlap (73.5) are only pair of teammates with 70+ sacks each. DE SAM HUBBARD had 9th career sack in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Bal. with sack & 5+ tackles. LB NICK VIGIL had team-high 13 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 11+ tackles. Aims for 4th in row vs. Bal. with PD. Has 28 tackles (14 per game) in past 2 vs. division. CB DRE KIRKPATRICK had 8 tackles & 2 PD in Week 5. Has PD in 8 of past 9 vs. Bal.

RAVENS NOTES

QB LAMAR JACKSON passed for 161 yards & TD & rushed for 70 yards last week. Tied ROBERT GRIFFIN III (21 games) as QBs to reach 1,000 career rush yards in fewest games. Had 119 rush yards in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 2+ pass TDs & 95+ rating. • RB MARK INGRAM had rush TD last week. Had 162 scrimmage yards (104 rush, 58 rec.) & TD catch in his last game vs. Cin. (11/11/18 with NO). Has TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC North. RB GUS EDWARDS had 115 rush yards & TD in last meeting. • WR WILLIE SNEAD had 51 rec. yards in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Rookie WR MARQUISE BROWN had TD catch last week. Leads all rookies in catches (21) & rec. yards (326) & ties for lead in rec. TDs (3). Brown (3) & WR MILES BOYKIN (2) are only pair of rookie teammates with 2+ TD catches each in 2019. TE MARK ANDREWS had 5 catches for 45 yards in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row at home with TD catch. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY had FF & FR in OT last week to set up game-winning FG. Aims for 7th in row at home with PD. CB BRANDON CARR aims for 7th in row vs. Cin. with PD. CB MAURICE CANADY had FF & team-high 7 tackles in Week 5. S EARL THOMAS had INT in his last game vs. Cin. (10/11/15 with Sea.). LB JOSH BYNES had INT in season debut last week. LB PERNELL MCPHEE had sack in Week 5.

Players to Watch

Throwing the ball 10 or more yards beyond the line of scrimmage, Lamar Jackson has thrown an inaccurate, uncatchable ball 47.3% of the time. Only Cam Newton, Mitchell Trubisky and Josh Rosen have logged worse percentages than Jackson on such throws. The Bengals’ defense is nothing to be scared write home about, but Jackson’s flawed accuracy shows up against the best and worst NFL defenses. Cincinnati needs to capitalize and force the young Ravens signal-caller to throw into tight windows.

Offensively, the Bengals lack star power. With AJ Green and now John Ross battling injuries, Tyler Boyd has become the focal point of the offense. And while he does rank 22nd at his position in PFF receiving grade (75.1), he has just one touchdown on the year. Quarterback Andy Dalton has just a 64.5 passing grade playing with a dismal offensive line and just one healthy high-end receiving talent in Boyd. Points, wins, happiness, etc. are all hard to come by in Queen City right now.

Fantasy Football Preview

Five weeks into the season, Tyler Boyd is fourth in the league with 50 targets, and they might be the quietest 50 targets in the league. No wide receiver with as many yards as Boyd has only one touchdown, and he still hasn’t had a target in the end zone. It’s worth noting, though, that Boyd is 11th in the league in yards after the catch this year, while the Ravens are second in yards after the catch per reception allowed. With A.J. Green still out and John Ross joining him on the sideline now, Boyd is the last ticket in town.

Greenline Preview

The Bengals are the worst-ranked team according to our ELO metric with the third-worst defense in the NFL. They have actually caught some backing on their spread after opening as 13.5 point dogs — this spread has moved two points to 11.5. With the total rising slightly, Greenline has plays on both the spread and total in this AFC North matchup.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Jay Feely (field reporter) SIRIUS: 108 (Cin), 81 (Bal) | XM: 383 (Cin), 225 (Bal)

 

NFL PREVIEW: Seattle Seahawks (4-1) at Cleveland Browns (2-3)

WEEK 6 // SUNDAY, OCT. 13, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 12-6

STREAKS: Browns have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/20/15: Browns 13 at Seahawks 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/23/11: Browns 6, Seahawks 3

SEAHAWKS NOTES

QB RUSSELL WILSON completed 17 of 23 passes (73.9 pct.) for 268 yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 151.8 rating in Week 5. Is 1st QB with 12+ pass TDs (12) & 0 INTs in team’s 1st 5 games in NFL history. Had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.3 rating in last meeting. Aims for 6th in row with 100+ rating. • RB CHRIS CARSON rushed for 118 yards & had rec. TD in Week 5. Has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 3 vs. AFC. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 51 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 5. Has 4 rec. TDs in past 4 vs. AFC North. Rookie WR DK METCALF had 2nd career TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 60+ rec. yards. TE WILL DISSLY had team-high 81 rec. yards in Week 5. Leads all TE with 4 rec. TDs in 2019. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards & 3rd in row on road with 50+ rec. yards & rec. TD. • LB BOBBY WAGNER had 6 tackles & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 7+ tackles. LB K.J. WRIGHT led team with 10 tackles & had PD last week. Has 10+ tackles & PD in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with 7+ tackles & TFL. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had TFL, FF & FR in Week 5. Has 8 sacks in his past 8 games on road. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with PD. S TEDRIC THOMPSON had 2nd career INT last week. LB MYCHAL KENDRICKS has 3 sacks & 6 TFL in past 4 on road. Aims for his 5th in row on road with TFL.

BROWNS NOTES

QB BAKER MAYFIELD has 120+ rating & 70+ comp. pct. in 3 of past 5 at home. Has 125+ rating & 80+ comp. pct. in 2 of 3 career home games vs. NFC. • RB NICK CHUBB had 87 rush yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 85+ rush yards. Has 115+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 at home. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (LEONARD FOURNETTE) with 85+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 5 games of season in 2019. RB DONTRELL HILLIARD has rush TD in 2 of his past 4. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. aims for 3rd in row at home with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 7 catches for 108 yards in only career game vs. Sea. (11/9/14 with NYG). WR JARVIS LANDRY had 4 catches for 75 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards. Had 7 catches for 59 yards in only career game vs. Sea. (9/11/16 with Mia.). TE RICKY SEALS-JONES had 52 rec. yards in his last game vs. Sea. (9/30/18 with Ari.). • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack last week. Has 8 sacks in his past 6. Aims for 3rd in row at home with sack & 4th in row vs. NFC with sack. Leads AFC with 7 sacks. DE CHAD THOMAS had 1st career sack last week. DT LARRY OGUNJOBI had 2 TFL in Week 5. Aims for 4th in row at home with sack. DT SHELDON RICHARDSON had 44 tackles, sack, FF & INT in 2017 with Sea. LB JOE SCHOBERT had 11 tackles & TFL in Week 5. Has 11+ tackles in 3 of past 4 & leads AFC in tackles (54). S DEMARIOUS RANDALL had season-high 8 tackles & 2 PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with PD.

Players to Watch

After his stunning performance in Week 5, Russell Wilson enters his bout with the Browns as PFF’s highest-graded quarterback in terms of passing grade (89.0). Including plays negated by penalty, Wilson has logged 16 big-time throws, including the beaut’ to Tyler Lockett against the Rams on Thursday Night Football this past week, and just two turnover-worthy plays. Among quarterbacks with at least 100 aimed pass attempts this season, he owns the fourth-lowest percentage of inaccurate, uncatchable targets through Week 5.

Baker Mayfield has undoubtedly underwhelmed so far this season. The second-year signal-caller hasn’t had an ideal situation with a suspect offensive line and questionable play-calling, but he still has more turnover-worthy plays (7) than big-time throws (6) and just a 72.0 passing grade through five games. He’s not the only one that needs to be better in Cleveland, but it all starts with him. The Browns need him to right the ship if they’re going to make a deep postseason run.

Fantasy Football Preview

Pete Carroll was true to his word about Chris Carson after the back lost a fumble in each of the season’s first three games. He said the team wouldn’t shy away from Carson, and they haven’t, instead doubling down on his usage. After Carson played on only 56.1% of the team’s offensive snaps in Weeks 1-3, he’s played 80.7% the last two weeks, including 62 of 73 snaps in Week 5 despite Rashaad Penny’s return to action (Penny played only 11 snaps). That sort of playing time makes Carson a borderline RB1.

Greenline Preview

Points could be on tap in this matchup of two offenses ranked in the top 10 while also having two defenses ranked in the bottom 10. After opening as -2.5 point favorites, this line has started to drop with some recency bias coming into effect after the Browns clunker on Monday Night Football. Continue to monitor Greenline with this spread expected to move to see where the best price and side is to bet in this game.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Sea), 83 (Cle) | XM: 384 (Sea), 226 (Cle)

 

NFL PREVIEW: New Orleans Saints (4-1) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)

WEEK 6 // SUNDAY, OCT. 13, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // TIAA BANK FIELD // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 4-2

STREAKS: Saints have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/27/15: Jaguars 27 at Saints 38

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/2/11: Saints 23, Jaguars 10

SAINTS NOTES

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER had 314 pass yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 131.3 rating in Week 5, his 6th career game with 300+ yards. Has 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3 road starts. Aims for his 4th start in row on road vs. AFC with TD pass & 90+ rating. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 104 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 42 rec.) last week. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 5 of past 7. Has 411 scrimmage yards (102.8 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 career games on road vs. AFC. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL in scrimmage TDs (33) & 4th in scrimmage yards (3,729). • WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 182 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 5. Leads NFL in catches (45) & rec. yards (543). Since 2016, leads NFL in catches (366) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (4,330). Aims for his 3rd in row with 9+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. TE JARED COOK had 1st TD catch with NO last week. • DE CAMERON JORDAN has 6 sacks in past 6 on road. Is 1 of 2 players (J.J. WATT) with 70+ sacks (74.5), 40+ PD (44) & 10+ FFs (10) since 2011. DE MARCUS DAVENPORT led team with 2 sacks & FF last week, his 2nd career game with 2+ sacks. Rookie DE CARL GRANDERSON had 1st career sack in Week 5. DT SHELDON RANKINS had sack last week. Has 4 sacks in his past 5 on road. LB DEMARIO DAIVS tied for team lead with 7 tackles & 2 PD last week. Has 8+ tackles in 4 of his past 5 on road. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had 2 PD last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ PD. Since 2017, ranks 3rd in NFL with 35 PD. S VONN BELL aims for his 4th in row with PD.

JAGS NOTES

QB GARDNER MINSHEW (rookie) had 374 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 101.9 rating & rushed for 42 yards last week. Is 1 of 3 QBs in SB era with 100+ rating & 0 INTs through 1st 4 career starts. Aims for 4th in row with 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating & 3rd in row at home with 105+ rating. Leads all rookies in TD passes (9) & rating (105.6). • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 108 rush yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (NICK CHUBB) with 85+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 5 games of season in 2019. • WR DJ CHARK had career highs in catches (8), rec. yards (164) & rec. TDs (2) in Week 5. 2nd player in franchise history with 160+ rec. yards & 2+ rec. TDs in single game (JIMMY SMITH). Aims for 3rd in row at home with 75+ rec. yards & TD catch. Leads AFC in rec. yards (485) & TD catches (5) this season. WR DEDE WESTBROOK had 7 catches for 82 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career home games vs. NFC. WR MARQISE LEE had TD catch in last meeting. • DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 7 sacks in his past 6 at home. Had 2 sacks in his last game vs. NO (12/18/16 with Ari.). DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had 2 sacks & FF last week. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC. Rookie DE JOSH ALLEN had 6 tackles & sack last week. Ranks 2nd among AFC rookies with 3 sacks. LB MYLES JACK led team with 9 tackles & 2 PD in Week 5.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter)

SIRIUS: 113 (NO), 135 (Jax) | XM: 386 (NO), 228 (Jax).

Players to Watch

Teddy Bridgewater hasn’t been asked to do a lot since taking over for the injured Drew Brees in New Orleans. Among the 30 quarterbacks with at least 100 dropbacks this season, Bridgewater ranks dead last in ADOT at 5.9. However, he is executing the Saints’ conservative gameplan to perfection and  thrived when upping his aggressiveness a tad in the Saints’ Week 5 win over Tampa Bay. He owns the second-lowest percentage of inaccurate, uncatchable passes through Week 5 and earned a season-best 86.6 passing grade while logging a season-high 7.2 ADOT.

Gardner Minshew currently ranks ninth in PFF passing grade (75.3) among qualifying quarterbacks. More than just a mustache and fun backstory, Minshew also ranks third in PFF passing grade (92.8) on throws of 10-plus air yards this season. Only Carson Wentz and Patrick Mahomes have earned higher passing grades on such throws through Week 5.

Fantasy Football Preview

Marshon Lattimore struggled when shadowing DeAndre Hopkins in Week 1, but he went back to shadowing in Weeks 4 and 5 (against Amari Cooper and Mike Evans, no less) and had much more success. The two combined to go 4-of-8 receiving in Lattimore’s coverage for 39 scoreless yards, including Evans’ goose-egg in Week 5. D.J. Chark has been off to an electric start this season, but don’t be surprised if he sees Lattimore in coverage this week and struggles as a result.

Greenline Preview

Teddy Bridgewater and his 5.9 ADOT has now led the Saints to three straight victories and covers. This spread has actually moved against the Saints — after opening as a pick ’em, it has slid out to -1.5 for Jacksonville. With the total dropping slightly, Greenline offers some value on both the spread and total in this matchup.

 

NFL PREVIEW: Houston Texans (3-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-1)

WEEK 6 // SUNDAY, OCT. 13, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

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

STREAKS: Chiefs have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 10/8/17: Chiefs 42 at Texans 34

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/20/13: Chiefs 17, Texans 16

TEXANS NOTES

QB DESHAUN WATSON completed 28 of 33 passes (84.8 pct.) for 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 158.3 passer rating & rushed for 47 yards last week. Became 1st player in NFL history to pass for 400+ yards & 5+ TDs with 5-or-fewer incompletions in single game. Aims for 5th in row on road with 2+ pass TDs & 110+ rating. Passed for 261 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 119.8 rating in last meeting. • RB CARLOS HYDE had team-high 60 rush yards & TD last week. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row on road vs. AFC West with rush TD. RB DUKE JOHNSON had 9 catches for 78 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. KC (11/4/18 with Cle.). • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had 7 catches for 88 yards last week. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 on road. Had 3 TD catches in last meeting. Aims for 5th in row vs. KC with TD catch. WR WILL FULLER had career highs in catches (14), rec. yards (217) & rec. TDs (3) in Week 5. Became 4th player in NFL history with 14+ catches, 200+ rec. yards & 3+ rec. TDs in single game. Had 2 TD catches in last meeting. WR KEKE COUTEE had season-high 72 rec. yards last week. TE DARREN FELLS had 2 TD catches in Week 5. • DE J.J. WATT aims for 4th in row with sack. Has 4.5 sacks & FF in 4 career games vs. KC. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS had 2 TFL last week. Aims for 3rd in row on road with sack. S TASHAUN GIPSON had 21st career INT last week. Had 79-yard INT TD & 2 PD in his last game vs. KC (10/7/18 with Jax.).

CHIEFS NOTES

QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 321 yards & TD with 91.9 rating last week. Is 1 of 5 QBs in NFL history to pass for 300+ yards in each of team’s 1st 5 games of season. Has 20 TD passes in past 8 at home. Aims for 4th in row vs. AFC South with 300+ pass yards. • RB LESEAN MCCOY has TD in 2 of past 3 at home. Has 459 scrimmage yards (114.8 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 4 career games vs. Hou. RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 at home. • WR TYREEK HILL has 5+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. WR SAMMY WATKINS aims for his 4th in row vs. Hou. with TD catch. WR BYRON PRINGLE had careerhigh 6 catches for 103 yards & 1st-career TD catch last week. Rookie WR MECOLE HARDMAN had 4 catches for 79 yards in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 75+ rec. yards. WR DEMARCUS ROBINSON has TD catch in 3 of past 4 at home. TE TRAVIS KELCE aims for 6th in row with 70+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 98 yards in last meeting. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had INT last week. Had 89 tackles, 3 sacks & 2 INTs in 2018 with Hou. CB BASHAUD BREELAND aims for 3rd in row at home with KC with 4+ tackles. LB DAMIEN WILSON had career-high 12 tackles last week. DE FRANK CLARK had 2 sacks in only career game vs. Hou. (10/29/17 with Sea.). DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had sack in his last game vs. Hou. (12/2/18 with Cle.).

Players to Watch

Among the 105 NFL defensive linemen with 100 or more pass-rushing snaps this season, the Texans’ JJ Watt ranks second in PFF pass-rushing grade at 88.6. Totaling 21 hurries, nine hits and five sacks, Watt also ranks first in pass-rush win rate (25.9%) and eighth in pressure percentage (16.5%) among the same group of qualifiers.

Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz will see the lion’s share of Watt’s pass-rushing snaps on Sunday. Among the 62 offensive tackles with 120 or more pass-blocking snaps this season, he ranks eighth in pass-blocking grade (80.0) and tied for fourth in pass-blocking efficiency (98.1).

Fantasy Football Preview

Since the start of the 2017 season, Patrick Mahomes leads the league in games with at least four passing touchdowns with eight. Deshaun Watson leads in games with at least five, with three. We’ll see how healthy Mahomes is after getting banged up Sunday night, but this is a matchup of maybe the league’s two best fantasy quarterbacks and could provide massive fantasy numbers.

Greenline Preview

By far the highest total on the weekend, this number has dropped slightly off the open but is still almost a touchdown more than any other game on this slate. The Chiefs have the first-ranked offense but are coming off by far their worst performance of the season. The Texans have the 10th-ranked offense and are coming off by far their best performance of the season. Some recency bias is again in effect with the Chiefs opening as -7.5 point favorites but now dropping to -5 in most spots. Greenline can point you in the right direction for plays on both the spread and total in this exciting AFC matchup.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 146 (Hou), 108 (KC) | XM: 387 (Hou), 229 (KC)

 

NFL PREVIEW: Washington Redskins (0-5) at Miami Dolphins (0-4)

WEEK 6 // SUNDAY, OCT. 13, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // HARD ROCK STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 8-4

STREAKS: Dolphins have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/13/15: Dolphins 17 at Redskins 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/13/11: Dolphins 20, Redskins 9

REDSKINS NOTES

QB COLT MCCOY completed 19 of 27 passes (66.7 pct.) for 119 yards last week. Had 210 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 71.5 rating in only career game vs. Mia. (9/25/11 with Cle.). QB CASE KEENUM has 7 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 85.8 rating in his past 5 road starts. Has 270+ pass yards in 3 of his 4 career starts vs. AFC East. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his 3 career road games vs. AFC East. has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Ranks 5th in NFL history in rush TDs (107) & 8th in rush yards (13,426). RB CHRIS THOMPSON led team with 5 receptions in Week 5. Is 1 of 3 RBs (AUSTIN EKELER & CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY) with 25+ catches (25) & 250+ rec. yards (268) in 2019. • WR TERRY MCLAURINranks 2nd among rookies in receptions (19) & rec. yards (308). Is 1 of 2 rookie WRs (MARQUISE BROWN) with 3 rec. TDs in 2019. WR PAUL RICHARDSON has rec. TD in 2 of his past 4. Rookie WR STEVEN SIMS had 65-yard rush TD last week, his 1st career TD. • LB RYAN KERRIGAN had 2 sacks & 2 FFs in last game at Mia. Has 3 sacks in his past 4 on road. DL JONATHAN ALLEN had 10th career sack in Week 5. Rookie LB COLE HOLCOMB had career-high 10 tackles last week & leads NFC rookies with 37 tackles in 2019. S MONTAE NICHOLSON had 3rd career INT last week. S LANDON COLLINS aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC East with 5+ tackles.

DOLPHINS NOTES

QB JOSH ROSEN completed 17 of 24 passes (career-high 70.8 pct.) for 180 yards & TD vs. INT with 88.9 rating in Week 4. • RB KENYAN DRAKE had season-high 73 scrimmage yards (44 rush, 29 rec.) in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 3+ catches & 3rd in row at home vs. NFC with 75+ scrimmage yards. RB KALEN BALLAGE has 148 scrimmage yards (74 per game) & TD in his past 2 vs. NFC. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 4 catches for team-high 70 yards & TD in Week 4. Has 3+ catches & 50+ yards in 3 of past 4. Rookie WR PRESTON WILLIAMS aims for 4th in row with 4+ catches. Ranks 3rd among AFC rookies in catches (15) & 4th in rec. yards (201) this season. WR ALBERT WILSON had 4 catches for 63 yards in only career games vs. Was. (10/2/17 with KC). Had 187 rec. yards (93.5 per game) & 2 TDs in 2 games vs. NFC last season. • S RESHAD JONES had PD & team-high 9 tackles in Week 4. Had 12 tackles, TFL & PD in last meeting. Aims for 5th in row vs. NFC East with 8+ tackles. S BOBBY MCCAIN aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. CB XAVIEN HOWARD has 5 PD in his past 5 at home. CB ERIC ROWE had 6 tackles & PD in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row at home with PD. LB JEROME BAKER aims for 4th in row at home with 6+ tackles. LB RAEKWON MCMILLAN had season-high 8 tackles in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row at home vs. NFC with 6+ tackles. DE TACO CHARLTON aims for 3rd in row with sack.

Players to Watch

Among the 87 NFL cornerbacks with 100 or more coverage snaps played through Week 5, the Redskins’ Quinton Dunbar ranks fourth in coverage grade (86.8) and second in passer rating allowed (46.7). He’ll have every opportunity to improve on his strong start to the season, as well, going against the hapless Dolphins passing attack in Week 6.

Put simply, Josh Rosen hasn’t been good in Miami. He’s been highly inaccurate and currently owns PFF’s fourth-lowest passing grade (53.3) among qualifying quarterbacks.

Fantasy Football Preview

If a football game takes place with no fantasy intrigue, does it make a sound? Terry McLaurin is the only player likely to see time in this game who has reached even 60 PPR points this season, while Preston Williams’ 41.1 points leads for the Dolphins. Ultimately, the softness of the matchup in both directions does actually make McLaurin, Williams, DeVante Parker and Adrian Peterson perhaps most of all interesting fantasy plays, but this is not an inspiring game.

Greenline Preview

This game features two of the four lowest-ranked teams in the NFL according to ELO and two of the bottom-five offenses. Washington has fired its coach with Miami firing most of its best players in an all-out effort to tank. Greenline can offer some betting plays if you can actually stomach watching this matchup.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Sam Rosen, Ronde Barber, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter) SIRIUS: 121 (Was), 111 (Mia) | XM: 388 (Was), 230 (Mia)

 

NFL PREVIEW: Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) at Minnesota Vikings (3-2)

WEEK 6 // SUNDAY, OCT. 13, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // U.S BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 14-10

STREAKS: Vikings have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 10/7/18: Vikings 23 at Eagles 21

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/15/13: Vikings 48, Eagles 30

EAGLES NOTES

EAGLES became 1st team with 10 sacks & 2 defensive TDs in single game in NFL history in Week 5. • QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 189 yards & TD in Week 5. Had 311 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.3 rating in last meeting. Has 10 TDs vs. 0 INTs in his last 4 vs. NFC North. Has 3+ TDs & 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3 on road. • RB JORDAN HOWARD rushed for 62 yards & TD last week. Has 606 scrimmage yards (101 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 6 career games vs. Min. Had 109 rush yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. Min. (12/30/18 with Chi.). Aims for his 3rd in row at NFC North with 2+ TDs & 4th in row overall with rush TD. • TE ZACH ERTZ had 57 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 5. Had 10 catches for 110 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 6+ receptions in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Min., incl. postseason. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 7+ catches. Since 2013, leads TEs with 466 receptions. WR ALSHON JEFFERY led team with 6 catches last week. Has 9 TD catches in 11 career games, incl. postseason, vs. Min. WR NELSON AGHOLOR has 3 rec. TDs in his past 4 vs. NFC North. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM had career-high 3 sacks last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with sack. DE DEREK BARNETT aims for his 3rd in row with sack. CB ORLANDO SCANDRICK had 2 sacks, 2 FFs & 44-yard FR-TD in Week 5, 4th DB with 2+ sacks & TD in single game since 1982. LB NATHAN GERRY had 51-yard INT-TD in Week 5, his 1st career TD.

VIKINGS NOTES

QB KIRK COUSINS completed 22 of 27 passes (81.5 pct.) for 306 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 138.6 rating. Has 607 pass yards (303.5 per game) & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.8 rating in his past 2 vs. NFC East. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 300+ pass yards & 100+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK had career-high 218 scrimmage yards (132 rush, career-high 86 rec.) in Week 5. Has 4 games with 100+ rush yards in 2019, most in NFL. In 10 career home games, has 1,146 scrimmage yards (114.6 per game) & 8 TDs (7 rush, 1 rec.). Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ rush yards & rush TD. • WR ADAM THIELEN led team with 7 catches for 130 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 2nd career game with 2+ rec. TDs. Had 7 receptions for 116 yards & TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC East with 7+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD catch. WR STEFON DIGGS had 10 catches in last meeting. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 6 at home. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 2 sacks last week, his 7th career game with 2+ sacks. Has 5 sacks in his past 5. Had sack in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC East with sack. DE IFEADI ODENIGBO had 1st career sack last week. LB ANTHONY BARR had 2nd career INT last week. CB MIKE HUGHES tied his career high with 3 PD in Week 5. S HARRISON SMITH has 6 PD & INT in his past 5.

Players to Watch

While the box score tells a bit of a different story, Carson Wentz ranks second behind Russell Wilson in PFF passing grade through Week 5 at 88.4. His box-score production has suffered largely because of drops. No quarterback has had more drops from receivers than Wentz (15).

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, on the other hand, ranks 20th in PFF passing grade (64.8) with four big-time throws and six turnover-worthy plays. He did, however, earn an impressive 84.6 passing grade against the Giants in Week 5. He’ll need a similar output against Philly to secure the win on Sunday.

Fantasy Football Preview

Zach Ertz is averaging more than eight targets a game (8.6, to be exact), but the results haven’t quite been there like fantasy managers might have wanted. He hasn’t reached even 75 yards in a game yet this year, didn’t score his first touchdown until Week 5, and while yes, he’s averaging those 8.6 targets, that’s largely on the back of his 15-target Week 2 effort; he hasn’t topped eight targets in a game otherwise. A tight end who averages 8.6 targets and 62.4 yards a game with touchdown opportunities is still a weekly must-start, but so far at least, Ertz isn’t putting up the top-three numbers those who drafted him likely expected.

Greenline Preview

The Vikings finally got their passing offense rolling in a runaway victory over the Giants. They now head home for a showdown of the fifth- and sixth-ranked teams according to our ELO metric. With both offenses and defenses ranked in the top half of the league, this matchup figures to come down to quarterback play. This line has held strong at -3 with the juice flipping from the home favorite to the road dog. This could be a precursor to the line moving down with Greenline needing some movement to find value on either side of this spread.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Phi), 82 (Min) | XM: 385 (Phi), 227 (Min)

 

NFL PREVIEW: Atlanta Falcons (1-4) at Arizona Cardinals (1-3-1)

WEEK 6 // SUNDAY, OCT. 13, 2019 // 4:05 PM ET // STATE FARM STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: All-time series tied, 15-15

STREAKS: Falcons have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/16/18: Cardinals 14 at Falcons 40

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/27/13: Cardinals 27, Falcons 13

FALCONS NOTES

QB MATT RYAN passed for 330 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 102.6 rating & had rush TD last week. Is 1 of 5 players (PATRICK MAHOMES, PEYTON MANNING, HOFer KURT WARNER, & HOFer STEVE YOUNG) to have 300+ pass yards in each of his team’s 1st 5 games in NFL history. Aims for his 10th in row on road with 2+ TDs & 5th in row on road with 300+ pass yards. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN had 70 scrimmage yards (40 rec., 30 rush) & rec. TD in Week 5. Has 5 rush TDs in his past 3 vs. NFC West. Had 2 rush TDs in his last game vs. Ari. (11/27/16). • WR JULIO JONES has highest rec. yards per game (95.6) in NFL history. Has 20 catches for 306 yards (102 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in past 3 vs. Ari. WR CALVIN RIDLEY had 88 rec. yards & TD last week. Has rec. TD in 4 of past 5 on road. WR MOHAMED SANU had rec. TD last week. Has 5+ catches in 6 of past 7. TE AUSTIN HOOPER ranks 2nd in catches (34) & 3rd in rec. yards (363) among TEs in 2019. Aims for his 4th in row with 6+ catches. • LB DEION JONES had team-high 11 tackles in Week 5. Had 41-yard INT-TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row with 8+ tackles. DT GRADY JARRETT had 7 tackles, TFL & FF in Week 5. Had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. Has 4 TFL & 2 FFs in his past 3 on road. CB DESMOND TRUFANT has 3 PD, INT & FF in his past 3 vs. NFC West. LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles & TFL. LB VIC BEASLEY has 5 sacks in his past 4 vs. NFC West. Had sack in last meeting.

CARDS NOTES

QB KYLER MURRAY (rookie) had 253 pass yards, career-high 93 rush yards & rush TD in Week 5 win. Leads all rookie QBs in pass yards (1,324). Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Is 1st rookie since MARCUS MARIOTA (12/6/15) with 250+ pass yards & 90+ rush yards in single game. • RB DAVID JOHNSON had 156 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 65 rec.) last week. Has rec. TD in 3 of past 4 at home. Has 262 scrimmage yards (131 per game) & 2 TDs in 2 games vs. Atl. Aims for his 3rd in row with 125+ scrimmage yards. RB CHASE EDMONDS had career-high 86 scrimmage yards (68 rush, 18 rec.) & rush TD in Week 5. • WR LARRY FITZGERALD had team-high 6 catches last week. Has 256 rec. yards (85.3 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in his past 3 vs. NFC South. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 5+ catches. WR CHRISTIAN KIRK has 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 5th in row with 4+ catches. • LB CHANDLER JONES has 5 sacks, 3 FFs & 2 FRs in his past 6. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. NFC South with 2+ sacks. LB TERRELL SUGGS has 3.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 3 at home. LB JORDAN HICKS had 6 tackles, TFL & PD last week. Ties for 3rd in NFL with 54 tackles. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 10+ tackles. Rookie CB BYRON MURPHY had careerhigh 9 tackles & PD last week. Has 5+ tackles & PD in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. LB HAASON REDDICK has 4 PD & 3 TFL in past 4. Aims for his 8th in row with 6+ tackles.

Players to Watch

Grady Jarrett has been one of few bright spots for the Falcons’ defense to start the 2019 season. After signing a monster contract in the offseason, Jarrett currently leads all interior defensive linemen in PFF pass-rushing grade (88.5).

Jarrett will face a tough test against Arizona’s interior offensive line on Sunday. Yes, you read that correctly. The Cards’ interior offensive line has actually come out of the gates on fire. Guards Justin Pugh and J.R. Sweezy have both earned 74.0-plus pass-blocking grades so far this year, and center A.Q. Shipley is right there with them with his 74.0 pass-blocking grade through Week 5.

Fantasy Football Preview

By now, everybody knows about the Cardinals’ defensive struggles against tight ends. But Atlanta TE Austin Hooper is a valuable commodity no matter the matchup. He’s top-five at the position in targets, receptions, yards, yards after the catch, first downs and, of course, PPR points, where he’s second. An average tight end might be a smash play against Arizona, but Hooper has been far more than average so far this year.

Greenline Preview

The Sweatlanta Falcons have to be one of the most frustrating teams to back from a gambling perspective. Bettors appear to have forgotten their 1-4 ATS record to start 2019 quickly, as this line has moved toward the Falcons. After opening at -1, it has slid out to -2.5 for the road favorites. The total has also been on the move, opening at 49.5 before moving two numbers to 51.5 in most spots. Greenline sees some value on both the spread and the total in this matchup of two teams that have underachieved to start 2019.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Megan Olivi (field reporter) SIRIUS: 94 (Atl), 211 (Ari) | XM: 389 (Atl), 231 (Ari)

 

NFL PREVIEW: San Francisco 49ers (4-0) at Los Angeles Rams (3-2)

WEEK 6 // SUNDAY, OCT. 13, 2019 // 4:05 PM ET // LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL COLISEUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 67-66-3

STREAKS: Rams have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/30/18: 49ers 32 at Rams 48

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/30/18

49ERS NOTES

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO completed 20 of 29 passes (69 pct.) for 181 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 108.5 rating in Week 5. Had 292 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs in only career game vs. LAR. Has TD passes in 11 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL. Has 101 rating in 3 career games vs. NFC West. • RB MATT BREIDA had 129 scrimmage yards & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 5, his 2nd career 2+ TD game. Aims for his 4th in row with 85+ scrimmage yards. Had 104 scrimmage yards in only career game at LAR (12/31/17). Leads NFL with 6.5 yards per carry average (min. 50 atts.). RB TEVIN COLEMAN rushed for 97 yards & had 1st rush TD with SF last week. Had 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) in only career game vs. LAR (12/11/16 with Atl.). Has 4 rush TDs in his past 5 vs. NFC West. • TE GEORGE KITTLE led team with 6 catches for 70 yards & rec. TD in Week 5. Has 50+ rec. yards in 9 consecutive games, 2nd-longest active streak in NFL (TRAVIS KELCE – 11 games). Has 347 rec. yards (115.7 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 3 vs. LAR. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with rec. TD. WR MARQUISE GOODWIN aims for his 3rd in row at LAR with TD catch. • DL DEFOREST BUCKNER had sack & FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF & 4th in row with sack. Has 4 sacks & 6 TFL in his past 3 vs. NFC West. Rookie DL NICK BOSA had 2 sacks, FF & FR in Week 5. Ties for 3rd among rookies with 3 sacks in 2019. CB RICHARD SHERMAN had 34th career INT last week, 2nd-most among active players.

RAMS NOTES

QB JARED GOFF had 395 pass yards & TD vs. INT for 83.3 rating last week. Has 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 136.3 rating in past 3 vs. SF. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 120+ rating & 3rd in row overall with 395+ pass yards. • RB TODD GURLEY had 2 rush TDs in Week 5. Has 235 scrimmage yards (117.5 per game) & 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec) in his past 2 vs. SF. Has 16 TDs (14 rush, 2 rec.) in past 6 vs. NFC West. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 2+ rush TDs. Since 2015, leads all RBs in rush yards (4,817), scrimmage yards (6,768) & all players in TDs (61). • WR COOPER KUPP had team-high 9 catches for 117 yards & TD last week. Ranks 2nd in receptions (41) & 4th in rec. yards (505). Has 120+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Aims for his 4th in row with 9+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD. WR BRANDIN COOKS has 321 rec. yards (107 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in his past 3 at home vs. division. Has 4 rec. TDs in 4 games vs. SF. TE GERALD EVERETT set career highs for catches (7) & rec. yards (136) in Week 5. • DT AARON DONALD has 10.5 sacks in his past 5 vs. NFC West & 7 sacks in past 4 vs. SF. Aims for his 5th in row vs. SF with sack. LB CORY LITTLETON has 2 INTs, inlcuding 19-yard INTTD, & 2 sacks in past 2 vs. SF. Has 8+ tacklesin 8 of his past 9 at home. S JOHN JOHNSON has 8+ tackles in 4 of past 5 at home. Rookie LB TROY REEDER had career-high 13 tackles last week, most by a rookie in a single game in 2019.

Players to Watch

The NFL average through Week 5 for offenses running the football with two or fewer wide receivers in formation between the 10-yard lines on early downs is 4.4 yards per carry. Kyle Shanahan and his 49ers are blowing that average out of the water with their 5.6 yards per carry average on such runs and, as a result, rank inside the top-10 in yards per carry when running the football on early downs so far this season.

Los Angeles needs standout performances on defense to keep San Francisco’s run-heavy offense at bay. Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers lead the team in run-defense grade at 87.3 and 85.1, respectively.

Fantasy Football Preview

Matt Breida got the headlines Monday night, but this appears to genuinely be a committee backfield. Jeff Wilson Jr. was a healthy inactive, but it was just about an even split otherwise, with Breida playing 26 snaps, Tevin Coleman 25 and Raheem Mostert 24. Coleman led the way with 16 carries (compared to 11 for Breida and 7 for Mostert), while Breida had the only three targets from this group. Ultimately, with the way the 49ers are running the ball (though monitor the Kyle Juszczyk situation), both Breida and Coleman are flex plays with upside, but there doesn’t appear to be much chance of getting a workhorse in San Francisco.

Greenline Preview

The 49ers look to continue their undefeated ways on the road in Los Angeles on Sunday. This total has jumped two full points in some spots since the opening 49. At the current 50.5-51 number, Greenline has a play on a certain side of the total but needs to be acted on quickly with this line continuing to be on the move.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Jennifer Hale (field reporter)

SIRIUS: 133 (SF), 83 (LAR) | XM: 384 (SF), 226 (LAR)

 

NFL PREVIEW: Tennessee Titans (2-3) at Denver Broncos (1-4)

WEEK 6 // SUNDAY, OCT. 13, 2019 // 4:25 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 22-15-1

STREAKS: Titans have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/11/16: Broncos 10 at Titans 13

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/8/13: Broncos 51, Titans 28

TITANS NOTES

QB MARCUS MARIOTA completed 13 of 22 passes (59.1) for 183 yards last week. Has 3+ TD passes & 125+ rating in 2 of past 3 on road. Is only QB in NFL to start every game in 2019 & have no giveaways. • RB DERRICK HENRY led team with 78 rush yards & TD last week. Has TD in 4 of past 5. Has 483 scrimmage yards (120.8 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 4 on road. Has rush TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. AFC West. Since Week 14 of 2018, leads NFL in rush yards (973) & rush TDs (10). RB DION LEWIS had rush TD in his last game vs. Den. (11/12/17 with NE). • WR A.J. BROWN (rookie) has 3+ catches & 90+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career road games. Ranks 2nd among AFC rookies in rec. yards (250) & ties for 2nd in rec. TDs (2). WR ADAM HUMPHRIES had team-high 4 catches last week. Has 6+ catches & 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 4 on road. TE DELANIE WALKER has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 on road. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC West with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. • S KEVIN BYARD had 5 tackles & INT in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. CB LOGAN RYAN had team-high 9 tackles & 9th career sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. Has 2+ PD in 3 of past 4 on road. Had INT in his last game vs. Den. (12/18/16 with NE). Has 7 PD & INT in his past 4 vs. AFC West. CB MALCOLM BUTLER has PD in 3 of 4 career games vs. Den. LB HAROLD LANDRY had 7 tackles & sack in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row with sack & 2 TFL.

BRONCOS NOTES

QB JOE FLACCO completed 14 of 20 passes (70 pct.) for 182 yards with TD vs. INT & 94.2 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 65+ comp. pct. • RB PHILLIP LINDSAY had season-high 147 scrimmage yards (114 rush, 33 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has 130+ scrimmage yards & TD in 2 of past 3. RB ROYCE FREEMAN had 61 rush yards in Week 5. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 at home. Lindsay (469) & Freeman (353) are only pair of RB teammates with 350+ scrimmage yards each this season. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 4 catches for team-high 92 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS aims for 4th in row at home with 5+ catches & 85+ rec. yards. Had 11 catches for 100 yards & TD in his last game vs. Ten. (12/11/16). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 7+ catches. TE JEFF HEUERMAN has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. • LB VON MILLER has 10.5 sacks in his past 10 at home. Has sack & FF in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ten. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 2 TFL & sack. LB ALEXANDER JOHNSON had 9 tackles, 2 PD, TFL & 1st-career INT in Week 5. S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 8th-career INT last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD & 3rd in row at home with 2+ PD. S KAREEM JACKSON had team-high 10 tackles & FF in Week 5. Has 6 PD in his past 3 at home. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 2+ PD. CB DUKE DAWSON had 4 tackles & 1st-career FR last week.

Players to Watch

Rookie AJ Brown leads all Titans players with 10 or more routes run this season in yards per route run (2.38), yet he still ranks just fourth on the team in targets, with just 19 through Week 5. He needs more opportunities in Tennessee’s offense.

Denver features two of the NFL’s highest-graded receivers through Week 5 in Emmanuel Sanders (82.5) and Courtland Sutton (82.6). The duo has combined for 50 receptions, 708 receiving yards, 19 first downs and five touchdowns despite underwhelming play from Joe Flacco under center.

Fantasy Football Preview

Remember Delanie Walker? The Titans don’t seem to. The veteran tight end started the season strong, with two touchdowns in Week 1 and at least six targets in each of the first three weeks. The last two weeks, though, he’s had a total of four targets, catching a pair of them for 14 total yards. Darren Waller is the only tight end to top even 24 receiving yards against the Broncos this year, and it’s looking like Walker won’t be the next one to join him.

Greenline Preview

The Broncos smacked around the Chargers on Sunday, getting their first win of the season and a cover for Greenline’s written picks. With this week’s spread number continuing to move in the direction of the Broncos, does Greenline find value on Denver two weeks in a row?

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, John Schriffen (field reporter) SIRIUS: 108 (Ten), 81 (Den) | XM: 383 (Ten), 225 (Den)

 

NFL PREVIEW: Dallas Cowboys (3-2) at New York Jets (0-4)

WEEK 6 // SUNDAY, OCT. 13, 2019 // 4:25 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: Cwoboys lead all-time series, 7-4

STREAKS: Jets have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/19/15: Jets 19 at Cowboys 16

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/11/11: Jets 27, Cowboys 24

COWBOYS NOTES

QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for a career-high 463 yards & 2 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 83.8 rating in Week 5. Ties for 2nd in NFL with 11 pass TDs & 4th in pass yards (1,606). Has 879 pass yards (293 per game) & 7 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 108.7 rating in past 3 on road. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 91 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 29 rec.) & rush TD in Week 5. Has rush TD in 4 of past 5. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 4 of past 5 on road. Since 2016, leads NFL in scrimmage yards (5,725) & tied for 2nd in total TDs (38). • WR AMARI COOPER had career-high 226 rec. yards & TD last week, his 3rd-career game with 200+ rec. yards. Has 11 rec. TDs in 14 games with Dal. Has 3 rec. TDs in past 3 vs. AFC East. WR MICHAEL GALLUP had 113 rec. yards & rec. TD in Week 5. Has 7+ catches & 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 4th in row with 6+ catches. WR RANDALL COBB had 2 rec. TDs in only career game vs. NYJ (9/14/14 with GB). • LB JAYLON SMITH had 9 tackles, sack & PD in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 5th in row with 9+ tackles. LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH has 8+ tackles in 5 of past 6 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row with 9+ tackles. DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE has 2 sacks & FF in past 3 on road. Had 7 tackles, 4 TFL & sack in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC East with sack. CB CHIDOBE AWUZIE has 4 PD & 2 INTs in past 3 on road. Aims for his 4th in row with 6+ tackles. S XAVIER WOODS aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles.

JETS NOTES

QB SAM DARNOLD completed 28 of 41 passes (68.3 pct) with TD pass in his Week 1 start. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with TD pass & 0 INTs. Has 2+ TD, 0 INTs passes & 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3 at home. • RB LE’VEON BELL had 88 scrimmage yards (45 rec. 43 rush) & 7 catches last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home with NYJ with 90+ scrimmage yards. Had 134 scrimmage yards (77 rec., 57 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in only career game vs. Dal. (11/13/16 with Pit.). Has 404 scrimmage yards (134.7 per game) in 3 career games vs. NFC East. RB BILAL POWELL had 79 scrimmage yards (54 rec., 25 rush) & rush TD in last meeting. RB TY MONTGOMERY had 10 catches for 98 yards in only career game vs. Dal. (10/16/16 with GB). • WR ROBBY ANDERSON has 80+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 at home & 100+ rec. yards & TD in 3 of past 4 at home vs. NFC. WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS had 47 rec. yards in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with 5+ catches & 50 + rec. yards. WR JAMISON CROWDER has 278 rec. yards (92.7 per game) in his past 3 games vs. Dal. • S JAMAL ADAMS had 6 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. CB BRIAN POOLE had FF last week. LB NEVILLE HEWITT had career-high 10 tackles in Week 5. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row at home with PD. DL STEVE MCLENDON had 1st sack of season last week. DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 4 tackles & half sack in last meeting.

Players to Watch

Among the 88 receivers with at least 100 routes run through Week 5, Amari Cooper (84.7) and Michael Gallup (83.1) rank fifth and sixth, respectively, in PFF receiving grade. The Dallas duo has combined for 52 receptions, 851 receiving yards, 29 first downs and six touchdowns. Gallup ranks first in yards per route tun (3.49), while Cooper ranks third at 2.93.

Jamal Adams and Brian Poole have been fantastic playing safety and slot cornerback, respectively, for the Jets’ defense so far this season. However, the same can’t be said for the team’s outside cornerbacks. Trumaine Johnson, Nate Hairston and Daryl Roberts have all earned coverage grades below 64.0 through Week 5. The trio has also allowed 68.6% of their collective targets to be completed for 429 yards, 18 first downs and three touchdowns.

Fantasy Football Preview

The jury is out on Sam Darnold’s pro career in a vacuum, but at least for this iteration of the Jets, his absence has been significant. The Jets have totaled 23 points, 419 passing yards and zero passing touchdowns in the three games Darnold has missed to mononucleosis. The Jets and Dolphins could combine their point totals so far this season and would still be comfortably the lowest-scoring team.

Greenline Preview

Dallas laid an egg at home against the Packers last week and now travels to New York with the possible return of Sam Darnold on the horizon. The Cowboys opened as 10.5-point road favorites, but this number has dropped dramatically, crossing the key number 10 all the way down to 7.5. Despite this drastic move, Greenline may still lean toward the Jets with this line movement potentially not being drastic enough yet.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter)

SIRIUS: 134 (Dal), 82 (NYJ) | XM: 385 (Dal), 227 (NYJ)

 

NFL PREVIEW: Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-3)

WEEK 6 // SUNDAY, OCT. 13, 2019 // 8:20 PM ET // DIGNITY HEALTH SPORTS PARK // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 22-8

STREAKS: Chargers have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/2/18: Chargers 33 at Steelers 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/12/15: Steelers 24, Chargers 20 (San Diego)

STEELERS NOTES

QB MASON RUDOLPH passed for 131 yards with TD vs. INT & 100.2 rating last week. Had 174 pass yards & 2 TD passes in only career road start. Rookie QB DEVLIN HODGES completed 7 of 9 passes (77.8 pct.) for 68 yards with 98.1 rating in 1st career game last week. • RB JAMES CONNER had 55 rush yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. Had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC West. RB JAYLEN SAMUELS had TD catch in last meeting. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER led team with 7 catches for 75 yards & TD in Week 5. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had 40 catches for 489 yards (122.3 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in 4 games vs. AFC West in 2018. WR JAMES WASHINGTON had season-high 52 rec. yards last week. Rookie WR DIONTAE JOHNSON has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. TE VANCE MCDONALD aims for 5th in row vs. AFC West with 5+ catches. • LB DEVIN BUSH (rookie) had 8 tackles & 1st career INT last week. Leads all rookies in tackles (45) & is 1 of 3 AFC rookies (MAXX CROSBY & CLELIN FERRELL) with both sack & INT this season. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. LB T.J. WATT had 3 TFL & sack in Week 5. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB BUD DUPREE aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB VINCE WILLIAMS had season-high 9 tackles, sack & PD last week. DT CAMERON HEYWARD has 3.5 sacks & FF in past 2. Had PD & TFL in last meeting. CB MIKE HILTON had INT last week.

CHARGERS NOTES

QB PHILIP RIVERS completed 32 of 48 passes (66.7 pct.) for 211 yards last week. Has 315+ yards, 2+ TDs & 100+ rating in 2 of past 3. Had 299 pass yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 115.4 rating in last meeting. Aims for 5th in row vs. Pit. with 2+ TD passes. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 86 rec. yards on career-high 15 catches last week, most by RB in 2019. Leads RBs in catches (39), rec. yards (356) & rec. TDs (3). RB MELVIN GORDON has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Had 94 scrimmage yards (52 rec., 42 rush) in his last game vs. Pit. (10/12/15). RB JUSTIN JACKSON had 82 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 19 rec.) & 1st career rush TD in last meeting. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 14 catches for 148 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 120+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of past 3 at home & 2 of past 3 vs. AFC North. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had season-high 6 catches for 74 yards last week. WR TRAVIS BENJAMIN had TD catch in last meeting. • DE JOEY BOSA had 2 TFL & sack last week. Has 6 sacks in his past 6 at home. Had sack in last meeting. Has 5.5 sacks & FF in 6 career games vs. AFC North. Rookie DT JERRY TILLERY had sack last week. LB UCHENNA NWOSU had career-high 7 tackles, sack & 1st career FF in Week 5. LB KYZIR WHITE had 2nd-career INT last week. DB DESMOND KING had 68-yard PR-TD in Week 5. CB CASEY HAYWARD has PD in 4 of past 5. Had 5 tackles & PD in last meeting.

Players to Watch

Offensive linemen Matt Feiler and David DeCastro are the Steelers’ two highest-graded players of the offensive side of the ball through Week 5, and deservedly so. As a duo, Feiler and DeCastro have allowed just 12 total pressures across 364 combined pass-blocking snaps.

Defensively, the Chargers have almost completely relied on Joey Bosa to create pressure off the edge. He’s the only Bolts defensive linemen with a pass-rushing grade above 70.0 through Week 5.

Fantasy Football Preview

Most yards allowed to the slot through five weeks: Pittsburgh at 716. Most targets: Pittsburgh, 74. Most receptions: Pittsburgh, 54. Most first downs: Pittsburgh, 32. Most touchdowns: Pittsburgh has the second-most with five. It’s been a quiet couple of weeks for Keenan Allen after a huge start to the season, but don’t be surprised if he gets back on track Sunday.

Greenline Preview

The Sunday nightcap features the Chargers at home against the potential third-string quarterback for the Steelers. The spread has oscillated between -7 and -6.5 with little scoring expected on this low total of 41. Featured as our Game of the Week, Greenline leans slightly toward the Steelers with the over a distinct possibility, especially if the total begins to fall on quarterback news from the Steelers.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Rod Woodson SIRIUS: 81 (Pit), 83 (LAC) | XM: 225 (Pit), 226 (LAC)

 

NFL PREVIEW: Detroit Lions (2-1-1) at Green Bay Packers (4-1)

WEEK 6 // MONDAY, OCT. 14, 2019 // 8:15 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 98-72-7

STREAKS: Lions have won past 4

LAST GAME: 12/30/18: Lions 31 at Packers 0

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/30/18

LIONS NOTES

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 291 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.6 rating in Week 4. Needs 352 pass yards to become fastest to 40,000 in NFL history (146 games). Has 1,133 pass yards (283.3 per game) & 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 122 rating in his past 4 vs. GB. • RB KERRYON JOHNSON had 157 scrimmage yards (125 rush, 32 rec.) in Week 4, his 3rd career game with 100+ rush yards. Had 85 scrimmage yards (70 rush, 15 rec.) in his last game vs. GB (10/7/18). Has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in past 3 on road. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY matched career high with 2 rec. TDs in Week 4. Has 178 rec. yards (89 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in 2 career games vs. GB. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with rec. TD. WR MARVIN JONES had team-high 77 rec. yards in Week 4. Has 515 rec. yards (85.8 per game) & 7 rec. TDs in 6 games vs. GB. Aims for his 4th in row vs. GB with rec. TD. Rookie TE T.J. HOCKENSON had rec. TD in Week 4. Leads all rookie TEs in rec. yards (166) & rec. TDs (2). • CB JUSTIN COLEMAN had 2 PD, FF & FR in Week 4. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ PD. DB TRACY WALKER had career-high 12 tackles & TFL in Week 4. Has 9+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. CB DARIUS SLAY has 5 PD & INT in past 3 vs. GB. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ PD on road vs. division. LB JARRAD DAVIS has 36 tackles (9 per game), 4 PD, INT & sack in 4 games vs. GB. DB QUANDRE DIGGS had INT in last meeting. DT MIKE DANIELS had 29 sacks in 7 seasons (2012-18) with GB.

PACKERS NOTES

QB AARON RODGERS had 238 pass yards in Week 5. Has 3+ TDs & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 vs. Det. In 9 home starts vs. Det., has 17 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 109.4 rating. Has 1,398 yards (394.5 per game) & 12 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.1 rating in his past 4 on Monday. • RB AARON JONES had career-high 182 scrimmage yards (107 rush, career-high 75) & tied single-game franchise-record with 4 rush TDs in Week 5. Is 2nd player since 1970 with 100+ rush yards, 75+ rec. yards & 4+ rush TDs in single game. Leads NFL with 8 rush TDs in 2019 & aims for his 5th in row with rush TD. Has 8 rush TDs in his past 6 at home & aims for his 7th in row at home with rush TD. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5 vs. Det. Has 7+ catches & 80+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Has 35 rec. TDs since 2016, 2nd-most in NFL. WR GERONIMO ALLISON has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH had 2 sacks in Week 5, his 5th career game with 2+ sacks. LB PRESTON SMITH had sack & PD last week. Had sack & 2 TFL in his last game vs. Det. (10/23/16 with Was.). LB BLAKE MARTINEZ led team with 8 tackles in Week 5, his 11th consecutive game with 7+ tackles. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Det. with 5+ tackles. CB KEVIN KING had INT & FF last week, his 1st career FF. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ PD. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had 3 PD & 2nd career INT in Week 5. Leads NFL with 9 PD & has 2+ PD in 4 of 5 games in 2019.

Players to Watch

Lions receivers Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay have both been fantastic in contested-catch situations so far this season. Jones has caught 7-of-9 contested-catch opportunities, while Golladay has caught 10 of his 18 contested targets. Among the 26 receivers with at least eight contested targets through Week 5, Jones and Golladay rank second and eighth, respectively, in contested-catch percentage.

Jaire Alexander did not have a good outing against Amari Cooper and the Cowboys, and he faces another tough challenge with Jones and Golladay coming to Green Bay. After earning a season-low 45.3 coverage grade in Week 5, Alexander owns a 77.8 coverage grade on the year with an NFL-high 11 forced incompletions.

Fantasy Football Preview

The Packers’ offense did plenty to beat the Cowboys in Week 5, but the job was done almost entirely by Aaron Jones, who had 182 of the team’s 335 yards of offense. That meant that despite leading the team to 34 points, Aaron Rodgers finished only 24th among quarterbacks in fantasy scoring in Week 5, not even reaching 10 points. Rodgers is still passing plenty (his 36.0 pass attempts per game is the third-highest mark of his career) and getting decent passing yardage (261.4, middle of the road for his career), but he’s not throwing for touchdowns. So far, Rodgers has averaged only 1.2 passing scores per game. It would be his first time as a starter averaging under 1.6 passing touchdowns per game.

Greenline Preview

Monday night showcases the two teams sitting atop the NFC north as Matthew Stafford and the Lions travel to Lambeau. This total has clung to 47, with the Lions coming off their bye and the Packers showing their ability to establish the run in last week’s dominating performance over Dallas. With both teams ranked in the top half of the league according to our defensive rankings, Greenline offers no real edge on the total. The Lions have found backing on the spread — after opening as six-point ‘dogs, it has settled in at -4.5. Right now, Greenline finds some value on that number, but with it continuing to move, action needs to happen quickly.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN (8:15 PM ET): Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, James Lofton, Hub Arkush (field reporter) SIRIUS: 81 (Det), 83 (GB) | XM: 225 (Det), 226 (GB).

 

COLLEGE SPORTS NEWS

EARLHAM SPORTS ROUND-UP

Men’s soccer upended in HCAC road clash at Transylvania

RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College men’s soccer allowed three goals early in the opening half and never recovered in a 4-0 loss at Transylvania University, Wednesday evening at Pat Deacon Stadium.

The Pioneers’ Mitchell Crispin scored what would ultimately prove to be the game winner in the sixth minute, and tacked on his second goal of the game in the 22nd minute. In between, Transylvania was credited with an Earlham own goal, giving the Pioneers a 3-0 lead at the halftime break.

Devin Craig added an insurance goal in the 67th minute, with Crispin getting the assist.

Transy outshot Earlham, 22-3, with Quaker keeper Henry Wildes finishing with eight saves. Three different Pioneer keepers combined for the shutout with one save.

Earlham men’s soccer will face Hanover College in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Hanover, Ind.

 

Women’s soccer drops double OT heartbreaker to Transy

RICHMOND, Ind. – Transylvania’s Abby Baker scored with 57 seconds remaining in the second overtime period to lift the Pioneers to a 2-1 win over Earlham College, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s soccer matchup on Wednesday at Matlack-Messer Stadium.

Earlham slipped to 0-2-0 in the conference, 7-4-0 overall, while Transylvania improved to 3-6-2, 1-0-1 in the HCAC.

After a scoreless opening half, Baker scored Transy’s first goal of the game when she converted a penalty kick in the 49th minute.

The Quakers knotted things up at 1-1 in the 69th minute, when Nicole Burkett scored her seventh goal of the season on a blast from just outside the top of the 18-yard box. Burkett had to work her way around a pair of Transy defenders before beating Pioneer keeper Morgan Patton for the score.

Neither team was able to find the go-ahead goal over the remainder of regulation or in the first overtime period. With time close to expiring in the second overtime, Transylvania was awarded a direct kick from approximately 20 yards out. Baker buried her attempt in the upper right corner, providing the golden goal for the Pioneers.

Transy outshot Earlham, 16-13, with Quakers keeper Mel Johnson recording four saves. Patton finished with five saves in the Pioneers goal.

Earlham will look to get back into the win column on Saturday, Oct. 12, when it travels to Hanover College. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m.

 

Volleyball falls to #21 Transylvania in HCAC home clash

RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College women’s volleyball played three tough sets against visiting Transylvania University, before eventually falling to the 21st-ranked Pioneers, 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-22), in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match on Wednesday night at the Druley Performance Gym.

Sophomore outside hitter Sarah Dickman paced the Quakers (13-6, 1-1 HCAC) with 12 kills on 34 swings for a .265 hitting percentage, while junior pin hitter Julia Stewart chalked up nine terminations and hit .250 for the match. Dickman and Stewart each had double-doubles with 10 and 11 digs respectively.

Senior libero Sydney Ameluxen finished with a team-high 17 digs.

Senior setter Lauren Jackson charted 30 assists while leading an Earlham attack that hit at a .162 clip.

However, Transylvania hit .293 over the three sets, led by Ellie Stigger’s 21 kills on 34 attacks against just two errors – a .559 attack percentage. Jordan Horne finished with 12 kills while Emmie Bender logged seven terminations.

Earlham women’s volleyball returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 12, when the Quakers travel to Cincinnati to face Mount St. Joseph. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m.

 

BIG 10 VOLLEYBALL THIS WEEK

  • Big Ten play continues this weekend with all 14 programs competing. Conference play includes two top 20 matchups: No. 6 Minnesota at No. 17 Illinois (BTN/Fox Sports App) and No. 6 Minnesota at No. 7 Wisconsin (BTN/Fox Sports App).
    • Seven Big Ten programs are either ranked or receiving votes in the latest coaches poll released by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, with four teams ranked among the top 10. Nebraska is No. 5, Minnesota is No. 6, Wisconsin is No. 7 and Penn State is No. 8. Illinois is 17th, Purdue is No. 20 and Michigan is receiving votes.
    • Eleven Big Ten volleyball teams are ranked in the top 60 of the NCAA RPI: No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 7 Nebraska, No. 11 Minnesota, No. 19 Penn State, No. 22 Illinois, No. 29 Purdue, No. 36 Michigan, No. 39 Indiana, No. 51 Ohio State, No. 53 Iowa and No. 56 Michigan State.
    • This season’s BTN volleyball coverage is the most extensive in Network history. The Network’s newly themed Wednesday Night Block Party (#BTNBlockParty) will continue throughout October. Wednesday night coverage will include the debut of the B1G Volleyball Report on Sept. 18. The B1G Volleyball Report will air throughout October following doubleheader matches on #BTNBlockParty nights with highlights and analysis from across the Conference.
    • The first #BTNBlockParty broadcast match between No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Stanford was the most-watched volleyball match in Big Ten Network history, according to Nielsen. The rematch of last season’s national championship averaged 226,765 viewers, which eclipsed a mark previously set by the Nebraska vs. Minnesota match in October of 2018.
    • Wisconsin’s Sydney Hilley earned Player and Setter of the Week after setting Wisconsin to two wins over top-five teams for the first time in program history as the then-No. 13 Badgers defeated then-No. 5 Penn State and then-No. 2 Nebraska last weekend averaging a .339 hitting percentage. Illinois’ Ashlyn Fleming was named Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Illini with 11 blocks for 1.57 stuffs per set in two wins. Illinois’ Diana Brown claimed Co-Freshman of the Week honors after totaling 82 assists for an 11.71 assists per set average for the Illini. Michigan’s May Pertofsky posted 3.50 kills per set with a .356 attack percentage in Michigan’s two sweeps of Maryland and Ohio State, earning Co-Freshman of the Week.
    • Hilley was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week for her performances against then-No. 5 Penn State and then-No. 2 Nebraska. The junior is the sixth Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week in Wisconsin history and claims the first honor of her career.
    • Four Big Ten programs rank in the top 15 of national hitting percentage: No. 5 Michigan (.289), No. 9 Wisconsin (.282), No. 10 Penn State (.282) and No. 14 Minnesota (.274).
    • Minnesota currently leads the nation in kills per set averaging 15.41. Wisconsin is ninth in the country with 14.43 and Ohio State is No. 24 averaging 13.79 kills per set.
    • Three programs rank in the top 25 of assists per set with Minnesota leading the nation at 14.41. Wisconsin is eighth with 13.57 helpers per set. Michigan ranks 21st with 12.94.
    • Four Big Ten students rank in the top 15 of national hitting percentage: Penn State’s Kaitlyn Hord is fifth in the nation averaging a .467 clip, Penn State’s Serena Gray is 10th (.433), Wisconsin’s Dana Rettke is 13th (.425) and Maryland’s Katie Myers is 14th (.424).
    • Four students are ranked in the top 25 of assists per set. Minnesota’s Kylie Miller paces the nation at No. 1 averaging 11.93 helpers per set, Wisconsin’s Sydney Hilley is seventh with 11.40, Michigan’s Mackenzi Welsh is 14th with 11.20 and Penn State’s Gabby Blossom is 22nd with 10.93 helpers per set.
    • Four active Big Ten coaches have recorded at least 600 career wins: Penn State’s Russ Rose (1,282), Nebraska’s John Cook (732), Michigan State’s Cathy George (649) and Michigan’s Mark Rosen (628). Rose ranks first among active Division I coaches in career victories, while Cook ranks 9th, George is 14th and Rosen is No. 17.

 

Ohio State Making Stops at Rutgers, No. 8 Penn State

Buckeyes are looking to snap a three-match skid

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Conference play continues for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team with a pair of matches on the road this weekend. The Buckeyes are visiting Rutgers at 7 p.m. Friday before heading to No. 8 Penn State for a Saturday night showdown on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m.

HISTORY WITH THE SCARLET KNIGHTS & NITTANY LIONS

Ohio State has a commanding 10-1 lead in the all-time series with Rutgers. The Buckeyes have won the last eight meetings, including last year’s five-set thriller. Ohio State erased a 2-1 deficit to beat the Scarlet Knights, led by Lauren Witte and Adria Powell with 17 kills apiece.

Penn State has a 49-16 advantage in its series against Ohio State, dating back to 1981. The teams split last season’s home-and-home series. The Buckeyes upset the No. 4 Nittany Lions in four sets for their first win over the squad since 2016. Mia Grunze had the first double-double of her career behind 12 kills and 13 digs. PSU earned a sweep in the rematch two weeks later. Bia Franklin had a career night with 11 kills and 13 points.

SCOUTING REPORT

Rutgers (6-9, 0-4 B1G) is looking for its first Big Ten win of the season. The Scarlet Knights are on a six-match skid, having claimed just two sets during that time. Last week, Rutgers fell to No. 2 Nebraska in straight sets and dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 7 Minnesota. As a team, the Scarlet Knights rank third in the conference and 21st nationally with 2.64 blocks per set.

Penn State (10-3, 3-1 B1G) suffered its first league loss in a 3-1 setback to No. 13 Wisconsin last week but bounced back by sweeping Iowa. The Nittany Lions have a .282 hitting percentage to check in at No. 10 nationally. Kaitlyn Hord leads the Big Ten and is fifth in the country with a .467 attacking clip while Serena Gray is behind her in 10th (.433). Gabby Blossom is averaging 10.93 assists per set to sit 22nd nationally.

LAST TIME OUT

The Buckeyes (8-8, 1-3 B1G) are looking to get back in the win column after losing the last three matches. Ohio State came up short to Michigan State and Michigan last weekend in straight sets. Madison Smeathers had a season-high 12 kills and Becca Mauer dished out a season-best 34 assists with five digs and two rejections against the Spartans. Elle Sandbothe tallied 12 kills versus the Wolverines.

FIRST SELLOUT IN COVELLI

Sunday’s match against Michigan was the first sellout crowd in Ohio State’s 48-year history. The arena hit capacity as 3,994 fans packed the Covelli Center for the first sellout in the new facility.

BY THE NUMBERS

As a team, Ohio State averages 13.79 kills per set to sit at No. 24 in the national rankings, paced by Mia Grunze at 3.24 kills per set. Kylie Murr leads the Big Ten and is 15th in the country behind 5.30 digs per set. Mac Podraza (7.51) and Becca Mauer (7.40) have split the settings duties as of late. At the net, seven Buckeyes have double-digit blocks – Lauren Witte (44), Elle Sandbothe (41), Podraza (28), Jordan Fry (21), Grunze (18), Adria Powell (13) and Gabby Gonzales (11).

UP NEXT

The Buckeyes return to Columbus to host Iowa in a midweek matchup on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

 

WOMEN’S SOCCER: IU EAST APPEARS IN NATIONAL RATINGS FOR FIRST TIME

RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University East women’s soccer program’s winning ways caught the attention of the voters who cast the ballots for the NAIA’s national rankings.

IU East checked in at No. 38 in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches Poll for Oct. 9. The Red Wolves received mention in the national poll for the first time in the program’s three-year history.

IU East started this week with an 8-2-1 record. The Red Wolves have won their last three matches and are unbeaten in their last six contests. IU East is 5-0-0 at home this season. The Red Wolves are 16-4-2 since October 1 of last season

IU East’s case for rating recognition was bolstered by the Red Wolves’ No. 31 ranking in the recent NAIA Women’s Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI), a computer ranking used as part of the national tournament selection process.

Keiser (Fla). is the No. 1 team in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches Poll.

IU East’s next match is Oct. 12 at home against Asbury University in a rematch of the 2018 River States Conference Championship title match. Match time is 1 p.m. at Centerville High School in the first contest of a women’s-men’s River States Conference soccer doubleheader.

 

WOMEN COLLEGE GOLF

Buckeyes Set to Compete in 2019 Tar Heel Invitational

Tournament runs Friday through Sunday in Chapel Hill 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s golf team travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., this weekend to compete in the 44th-annual Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational. The competition will run Friday through Sunday at the UNC Finley Golf Course. Eighteen holes will be played each day with fixed tee times on Friday and Saturday and a shotgun start on Sunday. The 18-team field will feature three Big Ten teams. 

TOURNAMENT TIDBITS
Name: Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational
Course: UNC Finley Golf Course (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Yardage: 6,379-yards, Par 72

Format: Play 5, count 4
Schedule of Play:
Friday, Oct. 11 (First Round | 18 holes with tee times beginning at 8:51 a.m. ET)
Saturday, Oct. 12 (Second Round | 18 holes with tee times beginning at 8:51 a.m. ET)

Sunday, Oct. 13 (Final Round | 18 holes with a shotgun start at 9:15 a.m. ET)
Field (18 teams):
Alabama

Arkansas

Charlotte

Clemson

Duke

Furman

Kentucky

Michigan

Michigan State

NC State

North Carolina

Ohio State

Rollins

South Carolina

Tulane

UNCW

Virginia

Wake Forest

BUCKEYE LINEUP

  1. Lauren Peter | So.
  2. Aneka Seumanutafa | So.
  3. Skylar Thompson | So.
  4. Yukie Sasaki | Jr.
  5. Adeena Shears | Sr.

IND. Kristin Jamieson | Fr.

WEATHER FORECAST
The Weather Channel is forecasting temperatures in the low-70s throughout the event with partly cloudy skies all three days.

PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT RECAP

Sophomore Lauren Peter led the Buckeyes at the Windy City Collegiate shooting 1-under 215 to tie for 11th overall Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Chicago. She is leading the Ohio State women’s golf team with an average score of 73.7 through the first two tournaments of the season.

 

BIG 10 HOCKEY THIS WEEK

  • The 2019-20 Big Ten hockey season opens on Friday night, with all seven teams taking the ice for nonconference competition …
  • Penn State was tabbed the favorite in the 2019-20 Big Ten hockey preseason coaches’ poll. Notre Dame was selected second, with Wisconsin capturing third …
  • The coaches also selected Preseason All-Big Ten teams, highlighted by a pair of 2018-19 individual award winners. All seven schools were represented on the Preseason All-Big Ten teams, led by Michigan State and Penn State with four honorees each …
  • The preseason teams also include eight students who were Academic All-Big Ten honorees last season in Michigan State’s Patrick Khodorenko and Jerad Rosburg, Notre Dame’s Cal Burke and Cale Morris, Ohio State’s Tanner Laczynski, Penn State’s Alex Limoges and Kris Myllari, and Wisconsin’s Wyatt Kalynuk …
  • Four Big Ten teams appear in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. Notre Dame is ranked No. 8 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 9 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Penn State follows at No. 13/10, Ohio State checks in at No. 12/14, while Wisconsin rounds out the list at No. 16/15. Michigan is receiving votes in the USCHO.com poll, while Minnesota is receiving votes in both …
  • The 2019-20 Big Ten hockey regular season will feature the most extensive slate of television coverage in college hockey, with more than 70 total games. The lineup is highlighted by a package of 26 national broadcasts to be carried on BTN, seven broadcasts on NBCSN, two broadcasts on both NHL Network and ESPNU, and a game on FS1 …
  • Big Ten rosters will feature five 2019 NHL first-round draft picks this season: Michigan’s Cam York (No. 14) and John Beecher (No. 30), Minnesota’s Ryan Johnson (No. 31), and Wisconsin’s Alex Turcotte (No. 5) and Cole Caufield (No. 15). In all, Big Ten rosters feature 55 players who have been selected in the NHL Draft …
  • Nearly nine percent of NHL players came from Big Ten schools in 2018-19, as 87 standouts from Big Ten programs competed in the NHL, an average of 12.4 per school. For those who do not continue playing hockey, the Big Ten provides access to some of the largest alumni networks in the world with 5.7 million alumni and nearly 580,000 students …
  • Every Big Ten program ranked among the top 11 on the national attendance list for the 2018-19 season. Wisconsin led the way in second with 10,044 fans per game, followed by Minnesota (third, 7,944), Ohio State (fourth, 6,437), Penn State (seventh, 5,801), Michigan (eighth, 5,628), Michigan State (10th, 5,461) and Notre Dame (11th, 5,368). Combined, Big Ten programs averaged 6,662 fans per game …

 

ALSO:

Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun accused of sex discrimination

Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun has been accused of sexual discrimination by a former associate athletic director at the University of Saint Joseph, the Division III school where Calhoun now works.

Jaclyn Piscitelli filed a lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court against the small Catholic school, which began admitting men in 2018.

She alleges she was fired after complaining about the conduct of men in the athletic department, including the 77-year-old Calhoun, after he was hired to form and coach the school’s men’s basketball team.

She alleges, among other things, that the former UConn coach once called her “hot” and on another occasion forced her to clean up coffee grounds he spilled, telling her it was something his wife would do for him at home.

Messages seeking comment were left Wednesday with both the school and Calhoun, who is not name as a defendant in the lawsuit.

 

NBA postpones Nets-Lakers media sessions in Shanghai

The NBA called off scheduled media sessions Wednesday for the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers in Shanghai, and it remains unclear if the teams will play in China this week as scheduled.

The teams were practicing in Shanghai, where at least two other NBA events in advance of the start of the China games were canceled as part of the ongoing rift that started after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey posted a tweet last week that showed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.

“Given the fluidity of the situation, today’s media availability has been postponed,” the league said. By nightfall Wednesday in China, which is 12 hours ahead of Eastern time in the U.S., the availabilities had not been rescheduled – though having them on Thursday remains possible.

An NBA Cares event in Shanghai that was to benefit Special Olympics was called off, as was a “fan night” celebration that was to be highlighted by the league announcing plans to refurbish some outdoor courts in that city. And workers in multiple spots around Shanghai were tearing down large outdoor promotional advertisements for Thursday’s Lakers-Nets game.

The teams are also supposed to play Saturday in Shenzhen. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver met with players from both the Nets and Lakers on Wednesday in Shanghai, telling them that the league’s intention remains to play the games as scheduled.

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo has joined the list of companies that have suspended – for now, at least – ties with the NBA, and that only adds to the uncertainty over whether the China games will be played. Vivo was a presenting sponsor of the Lakers-Nets games, and on Wednesday there was no reference to the game in Shanghai on the list of upcoming events scheduled at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Other firms such as apparel company Li-Ning announced similar moves earlier this week, as the rift was just beginning.

Silver said Tuesday in Tokyo that he supports Morey’s right to free speech. Several Chinese companies have suspended their partnership with the NBA in recent days, and Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said it will not broadcast the Lakers-Nets games.

“I’m sympathetic to our interests here and to our partners who are upset,” Silver said. “I don’t think it’s inconsistent on one hand to be sympathetic to them and at the same time stand by our principles.”

All around China, stores that sell NBA merchandise were removing Rockets-related apparel from shelves and many murals featuring the Rockets – even ones with Yao Ming, the Chinese great who played for Houston during his NBA career – were being painted over.

Effects were even felt in at least one NBA arena Tuesday night.

In Philadelphia, where the 76ers were playing a Chinese team – the Guangzhou Loong Lions – two fans were removed by arena security for holding signs and chanting in support of Hong Kong. The signs read “Free Hong Kong” and “Free HK.” The sentiment was not different from Morey’s since-deleted tweet last week of an image that read, “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.”

The 76ers and Wells Fargo Center, the team’s home arena, released statements Wednesday confirming that the fan removal took place and explaining why.

“During the second quarter of last night’s 76ers game, Wells Fargo Center security responded to a situation that was disrupting the live event experience for our guests,” the arena’s statement said. “After three separate warnings, the two individuals were escorted out of the arena without incident. The security team employed respectful and standard operating procedures.”

Meanwhile, Silver’s sentiments were also a talking point in Miami, where San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich spoke out in support of how the commissioner is handling the situation.

“And it wasn’t easy for him to say,” Popovich said. “He said that in an environment fraught with possible economic peril. But he sided with the principles that we all hold dearly, or most of us did until the last three years. So I’m thrilled with what he said.”

Other NBA coaches have not been so willing to discuss the situation. Philadelphia’s Brett Brown said he did not wish to get into specifics of the China-NBA rift, though he said he has been to that country many times and is always blown away by how popular the game is there.

“Just massive amounts of basketball courts and you’re looking out and there’s no available court,” Brown said. “It’s just people playing on a court. I took a (lower-level) Australian team to China and the story comes there was 400 million viewers watching not the true national team. You’re just reminded of the popularity of the sport.”

The NBA is not the first major corporation to deal with criticism from China over political differences. Mercedes-Benz, Delta Air Lines, hotel operator Marriott, fashion brand Zara and others also have found themselves in conflicts with China in recent years.

After Morey’s tweet was deleted, Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said Morey does not speak for the organization. Joe Tsai, who recently completed his purchase of the Nets and is a co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has said the damage to the NBA’s relationship with China “will take a long time to repair.”

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1904       Pilgrims right-hander Bill Dinneen, starting on the last day of the season on one day’s rest, beats Highlander hurler Jack Chesbro when the 41-game winner uncorks a ninth-inning wild pitch, snapping a 2-2 tie to give the team their second consecutive American League pennant. Boston’s Big Bill finishes the campaign completing every game he started during the season, throwing 337.2 consecutive innings without being relieved during his streak of 37 consecutive complete games.

1920       Indians’ Bill Wambsganss becomes the only player in World Series history to complete an unassisted triple play when he makes a leaping catch, steps on second base, and then tags the runner arriving from first base. After the play, a dead calm engulfs Cleveland’s League Park as the hometown fans try to digest what they had just witnessed.

1920       Outfielder Elmer Smith becomes the first player to hit a grand slam in World Series history when the Indians defeat the Robins and Burleigh Grimes, 8-1. In the same game, Jim Bagby becomes the first pitcher to hit a home run in World Series history.

1923       In the first postseason game ever played at Yankee Stadium, veteran Giants outfielder Casey Stengel becomes the first player to hit a World Series homer in the Bronx ballpark, breaking a 4-4 deadlock in the top of the ninth inning with an inside-the-park round-tripper off Joe Bush. The Game 1 matchup is the first Fall Classic contest to be broadcast nationally.

1924       With the score tied at 3-3 and one out in the bottom of the 12th in Game 7 of the World Series, Senators’ backstop Muddy Ruel lifts a high catchable foul pop-up which Giant catcher Hank Gowdy misses when he stumbles over his mask. Given a second chance, Ruel then doubles and eventually scores the winning run, making the Senators World Champs.

1948       The largest crowd ever to attend a World Series game, 86,288 fans, jam into Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium to witness a showdown between two future Hall of Famers. Braves’ southpaw Warren Spahn beats Bob Feller and the Indians in Game 5 of the Fall Classic, 11-5.

1951       In Game 6 of the Fall Classic, the Yankees become World Champions for the 14th time in franchise history when they beat the Giants, 4-3. The Bronx Bombers’ big blow is a three-run triple hit by Hank Bauer off Dave Koslo in the sixth inning.

1956       In Game 7 of the World Series, Johnny Kucks, allowing just three singles, blanks Brooklyn, 9-0, to give the Yankees their 17th World Championship in franchise history. In the last postseason game played at Ebbets Field, the 24 year-old right-hander ends the game by striking out Jackie Robinson, which turns out to be the Dodger infielder’s final major league at-bat when he decides to retire after being traded to the Giants in the off-season.

1957       With a 5-0 victory over the defending World Champions in Game 7 at Yankee Stadium, Milwaukee wins its first World Series championship since the ‘Miracle Braves’ won the title in 1914 representing Boston. The Most Valuable Player of the Fall Classic is right-hander Lew Burdette, who hurled three complete-game victories, including today’s shutout.

1957       Starting Game 7 on just two days rest, Lew Burdette pitches the Braves to a World Championship as he blanks the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium, 5-0. The 30 year-old right-hander, named the Series MVP, tosses 24 consecutive scoreless innings and posts a 0.64 ERA in his three Fall classic victories.

1962       In Game 5 of the World Series, Tom Tresh belts an eighth-inning homer off Jack Sanford to give the Bronx Bombers a 5-3 comeback win over the Giants at Yankee Stadium. The rookie shortstop’s dad, Mike Tresh, who hit only two home runs in his dozen big league seasons, before the at-bat left his seat behind home plate and moved to the standing-room section in Yankee Stadium, hoping to bring his son good luck.

1963       The Mets announce the club has ‘traded’ coaches with the Giants, bringing Wes Westrum to New York in exchange for Cookie Lavagetto, who is recovering from a serious illness and requested a position nearer to his home in Oakland. Mets manager Casey Stengel met and became fond of his new coach during the recent All-Star Game, and will be replaced by him as the team’s second skipper in franchise history when the 75 year-old ‘Old Perfessor’ retires in 1965.

1964       At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle, facing Barney Schultz, slams the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth inning out of the Bronx ballpark, giving New York a dramatic 2-1 walk-off victory and two games to one advantage over St. Louis in the Fall Classic. ‘The Mick’s’ game-winning round-tripper, his 16th Fall Classic round-tripper, breaking the previous mark set by Babe Ruth, makes him the fifth major leaguer to end a World Series game with a home run.

1968       Bob Gibson goes the distance in his eighth consecutive World Series game, losing Game 7 to Detroit, 4-1. The only time the St. Louis Cardinal right-hander, who will compile a 1.89 postseason ERA, didn’t finish a Fall Classic contest was in his first appearance in 1964 when he tossed eight innings against the Yankees.

1968       In the fifth inning of Game 7 of the World Series, Dal Maxvill pops out to first base, becoming the first major leaguer to go 0-for-22 in the Fall Classic. The Cardinal shortstop surpasses the single series infamous mark previously shared by Gil Hodges (1952 – Dodgers), Red Murray (1911 – Giants), Billy Sullivan (1906 – White Sox), and Jimmy Sheckard (1906 – Cubs).

1968       Cardinal fireballer Bob Gibson sets the mark for total strikeouts (35) in a World Series but loses the seventh and deciding game to Tigers, 4-1.

1970       In the first World Series game to be played on artificial turf, Boog Powell, Ellie Hendricks, and Brooks Robinson homer to power the Orioles past the Reds, 4-3. Baltimore’s offensive output in Game 1 of the Fall Classic overcomes Cincinnati’s 3-0 early lead at Riverfront Stadium.

Amazon Pitching, Defense, and Three-Run Homers:

The 1970 Baltimore Orioles

1973       In the fifth and deciding game, the Mets win the National League pennant, beating the Reds, 7-2. Tom Seaver bests Jack Billingham in the Shea Stadium showdown.

1973       During oral arguments in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Potter Stewart is handed a note with the startling news that Vice President Agnew had just resigned. The message also informs the glum Republican Justice, a big Reds fan, that the Mets are ahead of Cincinnati in the NLCS, 2-0.

1976       The Royals gain their first postseason victory in franchise history when they beat the Yankees, 7-3, in Game 2 of the ALCS. Kansas City southpaw Paul Splittorff, pitching 5.2 innings in relief, is credited with the victory.

1978       The Yankees obtain Dave Righetti along with Juan Beniquez, Mike Griffin, Paul Mirabella, and minor leaguer Greg Jemison from the Rangers for Mike Heath, Sparky Lyle, Larry McCall, Dave Rajsich, Domingo Ramos and cash. The 19 year-old southpaw, who will toss a July 4th no-hitter in 1983, will spend 11 seasons with the Bronx Bombers, compiling a 74-61 (.548) record and saves 224 games for the team.

1978       Prior to the start of Game 1 of the World Series, the Dodgers retire the uniform #19 of Jim Gilliam, their coach who died suddenly two days ago as the result of a massive brain hemorrhage. The 49 year-old former All-Star LA infielder will become the team’s first player not inducted into the Hall of Fame to receive this honor.

1982       The Brewers become the first team to overcome an 0-2 start in a best of a five-game LCS and take the American League pennant by winning the remaining three games against the Angels.

1993       The BBWAA selects Chicago slugger Frank Thomas as the American League’s Most Valuable Player. The first baseman, who ranked among the top ten of the league’s nine offensive categories, batted .317 with 41 home runs and knocked in 128 runs for the division-winning White Sox.

1999       Scoring more than 19 NFL teams, the Red Sox establish a major league record for most runs and biggest margin of victory in a postseason game as they rout the Indians, 23-7, to tie the 5-game series at two games apiece.

2000       In a 2-0 Seattle victory, the Mariners (9) and Yankees (13) combined for 22 strikeouts to set an ALCS record in Game 1 of the series.

2003       The Cubs take a 2-1 game advantage in the NLCS when they beat the Marlins in extra innings at Pro Player Stadium, 5-4. The eventual winning run scores in the top of the 11th when Doug Glanville triples off Florida’s Brandon Looper to plate Kenny Lofton, who had singled after the first out was made in the frame.

2003       With six hits in six consecutive at-bats, Kenny Lofton sets an NLCS record and ties the ALCS mark. Gary Matthews (Phillies-1983), Will Clark (Giants-1989), Steve Buechele (Pirates-1991), and Javy Lopez (Braves-1996) all held the previous NL distinction with five consecutive hits, and Paul Molitor (Blue Jays-1993) established the major league standard, now shared with the Cub flychaser, with reaching safely six times in six consecutive at-bats.

2005       The Phillies fire Ed Wade as their general manager, although the team( 88-74) has had three straight winning seasons and missed a chance of being the wild card by only one game this season. Philadelphia has not played in the postseason for 12 consecutive years, including the last eight seasons with Wade calling the shots.

2005       Rafael Palmeiro is spared perjury charges when a Congressional subcommittee decides to not prosecute him following its investigation. The former Orioles’ first baseman/DH had piqued the legislators’ interest when he tested positive for steroids four months after pointing his finger at the committee during a Capitol Hill hearing, emphatically denying that he had used performance-enhancing substances.

2008       Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel is informed of the death of his mother his mother earlier in the day at a Virginia hospital after a brief illness. The grieving skipper, one of ten of June’s children, stays with the team and directs his club to an 8-5 victory against the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park in Game 2 of the NLDS.

2009       In Matt Holliday’s first at-bat at home since his critical error allowed LA to stage an amazing comeback victory, the Cardinals’ left fielder receives a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 47,296 at Busch Stadium. The former NLCS MVP award winner (Colorado – 2007), who will become a free agent after the season, is touched by the fans’ reaction and very appreciative of their support.

2009       The Dodgers advance to their second consecutive National League championship series, beating St. Louis 5-1 to complete a three-game sweep of the Redbirds in the NLDS. Solid pitching by late-season pick-up Vicente Padilla and timely hitting by Andre Ethier, who had three extra-base hits, and Manny Ramirez, who broke out of a slump with three hits and two RBIs, close out the series, which will be best remembered for the team’s dramatic Game 2 comeback when Matt Holliday’s error on James Loney’s ninth-inning two-out line drive leads to a stunning two-run walk-off rally.

2010       Behind the solid starting pitching of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels, the Phillies complete the franchise’s first playoff sweep when Hamels throws a complete-game, five-hit 2-0 NLDS victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Philadelphia will have an opportunity to become the first team to win three consecutive National League pennants since the war-time Cardinals raised flags from 1942 to 1944.

2011       Ranger left fielder Nelson Cruz hits the first walk-off grand slam in major league playoff history when his 11th inning round-tripper beats Detroit, 7-3, in Game Two of the ALCS. The victory in Arlington gives Texas a 2-0 advantage in the seven-game series.

 

THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1926

In the seventh inning of Game 7 of the World Series between the Yankees and the Cardinals at Yankee Stadium, St. Louis was leading by 3‚2 with two outs, but New York had the bases loaded. It was the last great Yankees rally of the Series. The Cardinals’ second baseman and manager, Rogers Hornsby, summoned a famous pitcher, well past his prime at 39, to relieve Jesse Haines and face the dangerous 22-year-old rookie Tony Lazzeri.

NEW YORK-Forty thousand pairs of eyes peered anxiously through the gray mist toward the bullpen out in deep left. There was a breathless pause, and then around the corner of the stand came a tall figure in a Cardinal sweater. His cap rode rakishly on the corner of his head. He walked like a man who was going nowhere in particular and was in no hurry to get there. He was a trifle knock-kneed and his gait was not a model of grace and rhythm.

Any baseball fan would have known him a mile away. It was Grover Cleveland Alexander. Alexander the Great was coming in to pull the Cardinal machine out of the mudhole. The ancient twirler, who had gone nine full innings the day before, was shuffling in where younger men feared to tread.

On any other day he would have been sitting contentedly on the bench, chewing his quid and ruminating on life. This time he was plucked out from the bullpen and thrust into the limelight as the last hope of the Cardinals. He warmed up in that leisurely, methodical way of his, and as he faced Tony Lazzeri, fresh young slugger from the Coast, he was outwardly as unconcerned as if it were a spring exhibition game. Throughout the park there came a silence. The fans slid forward to the edge of their seats. Hardly a mother’s son of them seemed to be moving a muscle, but old Alex was undisturbed.

He had been through all that before. Apparently there wasn’t a nerve in his body. Ball one to Lazzeri was low and the crowd stirred, but Alex calmly carved the outside corner with a strike, like a butcher slicing ham. Another one outside and Lazzeri fouled it into the stand. The Yankee was now in the hole. “This lad is in a tighter fix than I am,” thought Alex, and so he essayed a low curve that one of the Singer midgets couldn’t have hit. Lazzeri swung and missed. The deed was done. Alex took off his glove and shuffled again to the bench. The Cardinals, young and impetuous, pounded his back and hugged him madly, but old Alex took it with placid good humor-not the shadow of a smile on his face.

Only once did he turn his head and send a half-smile toward the stand and we suspect that that was his only gesture of triumph.

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
5 0 0 1.000 0.0 155 34 2-0-0 3-0-0 4-0-0 3-0-0 5 W
4 1 0 .800 1.0 90 70 1-1-0 3-0-0 3-1-0 1-1-0 1 W
0 4 0 .000 4.5 26 163 0-3-0 0-1-0 0-3-0 0-1-0 4 L
0 4 0 .000 4.5 39 101 0-2-0 0-2-0 0-3-0 0-2-0 4 L
West Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
4 1 0 .800 0.0 148 113 1-1-0 3-0-0 3-1-0 1-0-0 1 L
3 2 0 .600 1.0 103 123 2-1-0 1-1-0 2-1-0 1-1-0 2 W
2 3 0 .400 2.0 103 94 1-2-0 1-1-0 2-2-0 0-1-0 1 L
1 4 0 .200 3.0 90 106 0-2-0 1-2-0 1-2-0 1-1-0 1 W
North Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
3 2 0 .600 0.0 161 123 1-1-0 2-1-0 2-2-0 1-1-0 1 W
2 3 0 .400 1.0 92 122 0-2-0 2-1-0 2-1-0 1-0-0 1 L
1 4 0 .200 2.0 99 114 1-2-0 0-2-0 1-2-0 1-1-0 1 L
0 5 0 .000 3.0 80 136 0-2-0 0-3-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 5 L
South Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
3 2 0 .600 0.0 131 110 2-1-0 1-1-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 1 W
3 2 0 .600 0.0 113 115 1-1-0 2-1-0 2-2-0 1-0-0 1 W
2 3 0 .400 1.0 111 118 1-1-0 1-2-0 2-2-0 1-1-0 1 L
2 3 0 .400 1.0 98 76 0-2-0 2-1-0 1-3-0 0-2-0 1 L
National Football Conference
East Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
3 2 0 .600 0.0 131 90 2-1-0 1-1-0 2-2-0 2-0-0 2 L
3 2 0 .600 0.0 141 111 2-1-0 1-1-0 2-2-0 1-0-0 2 W
2 3 0 .400 1.0 97 125 1-2-0 1-1-0 2-2-0 1-1-0 1 L
0 5 0 .000 3.0 73 151 0-3-0 0-2-0 0-4-0 0-3-0 5 L
West Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
4 0 0 1.000 0.0 127 57 2-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 4 W
4 1 0 .800 0.5 133 118 2-1-0 2-0-0 2-1-0 2-0-0 2 W
3 2 0 .600 1.5 146 134 1-1-0 2-1-0 2-2-0 0-1-0 2 L
1 3 1 .300 3.0 100 138 0-2-1 1-1-0 0-2-1 0-1-0 1 W
North Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
4 1 0 .800 0.0 119 93 2-1-0 2-0-0 3-1-0 2-0-0 1 W
2 1 1 .625 1.0 97 95 1-1-0 1-0-1 1-0-1 0-0-0 1 L
3 2 0 .600 1.0 87 69 1-1-0 2-1-0 2-1-0 1-1-0 1 L
3 2 0 .600 1.0 112 73 2-0-0 1-2-0 2-2-0 0-2-0 1 W
South Division
W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
4 1 0 .800 0.0 115 116 3-0-0 1-1-0 3-1-0 1-0-0 3 W
3 2 0 .600 1.0 129 107 1-2-0 2-0-0 1-2-0 0-1-0 3 W
2 3 0 .400 2.0 147 148 0-2-0 2-1-0 2-3-0 1-1-0 1 L
1 4 0 .200 3.0 102 152 1-1-0 0-3-0 1-1-0 0-0-0 3 L

 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Carolina Hurricanes 4 4 0 0 8 3 17 11 2-0-0 2-0-0 4-0-0
Buffalo Sabres 4 3 0 1 7 3 18 11 2-0-0 1-0-1 3-0-1
Boston Bruins 3 3 0 0 6 3 7 4 3-0-0 3-0-0
Washington Capitals 4 2 0 2 6 2 10 10 0-0-2 2-0-0 2-0-2
Toronto Maple Leafs 4 2 1 1 5 2 16 13 1-1-1 1-0-0 2-1-1
New York Rangers 2 2 0 0 4 2 10 5 1-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0
Philadelphia Flyers 2 2 0 0 4 2 8 3 2-0-0 2-0-0
Detroit Red Wings 3 2 1 0 4 2 10 9 1-1-0 1-0-0 2-1-0

Montreal Canadiens 3 1 0 2 4 0 13 14 1-0-2 1-0-2
10 Tampa Bay Lightning 3 1 1 1 3 1 11 10 1-0-0 0-1-1 1-1-1
11 Pittsburgh Penguins 3 1 2 0 2 1 9 9 1-2-0 1-2-0
12 New York Islanders 3 1 2 0 2 1 7 8 1-2-0 1-2-0
13 Florida Panthers 3 1 2 0 2 1 9 14 1-1-0 0-1-0 1-2-0
14 Columbus Blue Jackets 3 1 2 0 2 1 7 14 1-1-0 0-1-0 1-2-0
15 New Jersey Devils 3 0 2 1 1 0 6 16 0-0-1 0-2-0 0-2-1
16 Ottawa Senators 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 9 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0
Western Conference
GP W L OTL Pts ROW GF GA Home Road L10
Anaheim Ducks 3 3 0 0 6 3 8 3 2-0-0 1-0-0 3-0-0
St. Louis Blues 3 2 0 1 5 2 8 7 1-0-1 1-0-0 2-0-1
Edmonton Oilers 3 3 0 0 6 3 14 9 2-0-0 1-0-0 3-0-0
Colorado Avalanche 2 2 0 0 4 2 9 5 2-0-0 2-0-0
Vegas Golden Knights 3 2 1 0 4 2 12 6 1-1-0 1-0-0 2-1-0
Nashville Predators 3 2 1 0 4 2 13 9 2-1-0 2-1-0
Winnipeg Jets 4 2 2 0 4 1 14 15 2-2-0 2-2-0
Calgary Flames 3 1 1 1 3 1 9 9 1-0-1 0-1-0 1-1-1

Vancouver Canucks 3 1 2 0 2 1 10 8 1-0-0 0-2-0 1-2-0
10 Los Angeles Kings 3 1 2 0 2 1 11 17 1-2-0 1-2-0
11 Dallas Stars 4 1 3 0 2 1 10 12 0-1-0 1-2-0 1-3-0
12 Chicago Blackhawks 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 4 0-1-0 0-1-0
13 Arizona Coyotes 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-2-0
14 Minnesota Wild 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 9 0-2-0 0-2-0
15 San Jose Sharks 4 0 4 0 0 0 5 17 0-1-0 0-3-0 0-4-0