MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Baltimore 7 LA Dodgers 3
Washington 6 Minnesota 2
Seattle 5 Cincinnati 3
NY Yankees at Detroit postponed
Toronto 8 Boston 0
Texas 10 Tampa Bay 9
Cleveland 4 LA Angels 3
Kansas City 8 Chicago White Sox 6
Oakland 5 Houston 3
Atlanta 3 Philadelphia 1
NY Mets 9 Arizona 0
Milwaukee 7 Miami 5
Colorado 2 St. Louis 1
Pittsburgh 6 San Francisco 3
San Diego 4 Chicago Cubs 0
Thursday, September 12
Arizona D’Backs @ New York Mets 1:10 pm
New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers 1:10 pm
Milwaukee Brewers @ Miami Marlins 1:10 pm
Kansas City Royals @ Chicago White Sox 2:10 pm
St. Louis Cardinals @ Colorado Rockies 3:10 pm
Chicago Cubs @ San Diego Padres 3:40 pm
Pittsburgh Pirates @ San Francisco Giants 3:45 pm
Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays 7:07 pm
Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies 7:15 pm
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Baltimore Orioles 7:15 pm
Washington Nationals @ Minnesota Twins 7:40 pm
Tampa Bay Rays @ Texas Rangers 8:05 pm
Oakland Athletics @ Houston Astros 8:10 pm
Cincinnati Reds @ Seattle Mariners 10:10 pm
Friday, September 13
Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs 4:05 pm
Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nationals 7:05 pm
New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays 7:07 pm
Los Angeles Dodgers @ New York Mets 7:10 pm
Baltimore Orioles @ Detroit Tigers 7:10 pm
Minnesota Twins @ Cleveland Indians 7:10 pm
Oakland Athletics @ Texas Rangers 8:05 pm
Houston Astros @ Kansas City Royals 8:15 pm
Milwaukee Brewers @ St. Louis Cardinals 8:15 pm
San Diego Padres @ Colorado Rockies 8:40 pm
Cincinnati Reds @ Arizona D’Backs 9:40 pm
Tampa Bay Rays @ Los Angeles Angels 10:07 pm
Chicago White Sox @ Seattle Mariners 10:10 pm
Miami Marlins @ San Francisco Giants 10:15 pm
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New York City FC 1 Toronto FC 1
Houston 2 Minnesota 0
Colorado 2 Los Angeles 1
Real Salt Lake 1 San Jose 0
Chicago 105 Phoenix 76
Seattle 84 Minnesota 74
MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Taylor 2 IU East 0
Wilmington 5 Earlham 0
WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Earlham 2 Marietta 1
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TENNIS
#1 SINGLES JAACK STIRN (B) DF MARK COX (L) 7-5, 6-0
#2 SINGLES MICHAEL DALRYMPLE (L) DF BRET ERTEL (B) 6-3. 6-2
#3 SINGLES BRANDON DURAN (L) DF LANDER WESTERFIELD (B) 6-2, 6-0
#1 DOUBLES LANNIE SCHWARTZ & KURT ORTZEL (B) DF ZACH HALL & JACOB LONGO (L) 6-2, 7-5
#2 DOUBLES EVAN MCMILLION & WILL WADE (B) DF JARRIN ERVIN & DILLON ASHER (L) 6-2, 7-5
SINGLES TYLER WYLES (L) DF NICK WENDEL (B) 7-6 (7-3)
DOUBLES TRAVIS SCHWARTZ & TANNER SCHWARTZ (B) DF DEVIN BROOKS & AUSTIN BROOKS (L) 8-5
LINCOLN 3-6 HOSTS UNION CITY ON THURSDAY
BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER-NCC/AREA
Muncie Central 2 Mississinewa 1
GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER – NCC/AREA
Muncie Central 3 Marion 1
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
Friday, Sep. 13
Anderson at Marion 7 pm
Kokomo at McCutcheon 7 pm
Lafayette Jeff at Harrison 7 pm
Logansport at Tech 7 pm
Richmond at Muncie Central 7 pm
Friday, Sep. 13
Centerville at Winchester 7 pm
Hagerstown at Union County 7 pm
Northeastern at Lincoln 7 pm
Union City at Knightstown 7 pm
Saturday, Sep. 14
Wes-Del at Tri, 2 pm
Friday, Sep. 13
Heritage Christian at Eastern Hancock, 7 pm
Monroe Central at Southern Wells, 7 pm
Shenandoah at Lapel, 7 pm
Connersville at South Dearborn 7:30 pm
East Central at Franklin County 7 pm
Lawrenceburg at Greensburg 7 pm
Rushville at Batesville 7 pm
Saturday, Sep. 14
Wes-Del at Tri, 2 pm
TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
#20 Washington State at Houston
Arkansas State at #3 Georgia
Pittsburgh at #13 Penn State
#6 Ohio State at Indiana
#21 Maryland at Temple
New Mexico at #7 Notre Dame
Stanford at #17 Central Florida
#2 Alabama at South Carolina
#24 USC at BYU
Arizona State at #18 Michigan State
#19 Iowa at Iowa State
Idaho State at #11 Utah
Kent State at #8 Auburn
Lamar at #16 Texas A&M
#9 Florida at Kentucky
Northwestern State at #4 LSU
Florida State at #25 Virginia
Hawaii at #23 Washington
#1 Clemson at Syracuse
#5 Oklahoma at UCLA
#12 Texas at Rice
Portland State at #22 Boise State
Montana at #15 Oregon
Eastern Michigan at Illinois
Georgia Southern at Minnesota
UNLV at Northwestern
TCU at Purdue
Northern Illinois at Nebraska
Miami at Cincinnati
Akron at Central Michigan
Florida Atlantic at Ball State
Louisiana Tech at Bowling Green
Buffalo at Liberty
Ohio at Marshall
Murray State at Toledo
Georgia State at Western Michigan
Juicy stat: MLB sets record for most home runs in a season
Major League Baseball hitters have punctuated a power-packed year by shattering the record for most home runs in a season.
Jonathan Villar of the Baltimore Orioles connected Wednesday night for the 6,106th homer. That topped the mark of 6,105 set in 2017.
There are plenty more to come, too – the record was broken with 18 days left in the regular season. The rise in home runs during recent seasons has been tied to changes in the baseballs that have made them fly farther.
Villar’s three-run shot off Caleb Ferguson of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camden Yards was the 22nd home run of the night. It was Villar’s career-high 21st homer.
“Somebody told me after the homer. That’s unbelievable,” Villar said. “That’s impressive for me, not for me, it’s for the team because we hit it here. That’s awesome. They put the bat in the Hall of Fame. I’m excited for that.”
The Orioles have allowed a record 280 homers.
“The home runs are up everywhere and it’s tough to keep the ball in the ballpark. It’s tough to keep the ball in this ballpark on a humid night when the ball was traveling,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said after a 7-3 win. “I’ve seen enough home runs here from the other side so it’s nice to get one from our side.”
New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso leads the majors with 47 home runs.
The Minnesota Twins top the majors with 277 after Jorge Polanco connected in the third inning against Washington ace Stephen Strasburg at Target Field. The Twins’ total is the most for a team in a single season.
In August, big league batters broke the monthly home run record for the third time this year when they hit 1,228 home runs, the Elias Sports Bureau said. That surpassed the 1,142 in June and 1,135 in May.
There were 5,585 home runs last year.
Lewis HR spoils another no-hit bid, Seattle beats Reds 5-3
There’s not much of a scouting report on Seattle Mariners rookie Kyle Lewis. After two major league games, an impressive one is taking shape.
Lewis broke up a no-hitter bid with a home run for the second consecutive game, helping the Mariners to a 5-3 win over Sonny Gray and the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.
“You don’t know guys as well for sure when they first come up,” Reds manager David Bell said. “But we have an idea how to attack him. It says a lot about him. His first couple games, you can clearly see why he’s been a top prospect and talent. It doesn’t’ take long to see that. He’s a guy that just kind of pops out at you. You can see it when he walks out on the field. It looks like he’s going to be a good one.”
Just as he did on Tuesday night against the Reds’ Trevor Bauer, Lewis delivered Seattle’s first hit of the game with a towering homer. In Tuesday’s 4-3 win, Lewis hit a solo home run to left field in the fifth inning for his first career hit. On Wednesday, he sent Gray’s 105th pitch of the game into right field for a three-run homer in the seventh, his second major league hit.
“The way the ball jumps off the bat, we’ve seen a few guys with that kind of power here,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “That ball was in the air forever.”
Lewis is the 24th rookie since 1908 to homer in each of his first two games, and the third Mariners player to accomplish the feat. The 6-foot-4 right fielder is one of the crown jewels in the Mariners’ rebuild. He’s getting his first taste of the majors after being called up with three other prized rookies on Tuesday and is quickly becoming a clubhouse favorite because of his timely hits and inspiring backstory after recovering from a catastrophic knee injury.
After hustling around the bases Tuesday night, Lewis admitted he tried to enjoy the experience Wednesday.
Cubs lose 4-0 to Pads, fall into tie for 2nd wild-card spot
If this was Chris Paddack’s final start of 2019, he will have finished his rookie season with a brilliant performance that hurt the Chicago Cubs in their pursuit of a wild-card spot.
Paddack pitched six strong innings and the San Diego Padres beat the Cubs 4-0 Wednesday night, dropping Chicago into a tie with Milwaukee for the second NL wild-card spot. Manuel Margot homered off San Diegan Cole Hamels and also made a spectacular catch in center field.
“That’s something I took into my start today, making stuff personal,” the 23-year-old Paddack said. “They’re not going to get a wild-card run if we can’t. That’s just basically what I told myself.”
The Cubs lost for the second straight night and for the fifth time in six games. Milwaukee beat Miami 7-5 in its first game since reigning MVP Christian Yelich suffered a season-ending knee injury. Philadelphia and the New York Mets are two games behind the Cubs and Brewers.
Hamels (7-7) didn’t get out of the fifth. The left-hander, who went to Rancho Bernardo High, allowed one run on four hits, struck out six and walked four in 4 1/3 innings.
“It’s not fun,” said Anthony Rizzo, who tripled off Paddack in the second inning but then made two straight outs against the right-hander. “We’ve got to win games. Just because we won one game, doesn’t mean we’re going to catapult into a winning streak.”
Paddack (9-7) held Chicago to three hits while striking out seven and walking one. He retired the side in order in three of his first four innings. After Rizzo tripled to right leading off the second, Paddack retired the side in order.
A shocker: US beaten by France 89-79 in World Cup quarters
No gold. No medal. No more winning streak.
The U.S. reign atop international basketball has ended – this time, thwarted by France at the World Cup.
For the first time since 2006, the U.S. sent NBA players to a major international tournament and won’t win gold. Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 16 rebounds and France beat the U.S. 89-79 in the World Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, rallying from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to pull off the upset.
“Any loss hurts,” U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said. “And in this situation, it hurts more. But life goes on. This is very important and we would have loved to have won … but we’re all grown, we all have families and lives and life goes on.”
The U.S. had won 58 consecutive tournament games in FIBA and Olympic competition, starting with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships and continuing through every FIBA Americas, World Cup and Olympics event since. It was bidding to become the first nation to win three consecutive World Cups, after winning three straight Olympic golds in that span.
The best the Americans can do now in China is finish fifth, and they’re assured of their worst finish in a big tournament with NBA players since placing sixth at the 2002 world championships. They’re going home with a berth in the 2020 Olympics secured but no medal.
Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points for the U.S., all of them coming in the first three quarters. The Americans came up scoreless on six consecutive possessions down the stretch, the drought that allowed the French to take control of a back-and-forth game for the final time.
“Just got to take it like a man at this point,” U.S guard Kemba Walker said. “We lost. There’s nothing we can do. We competed. We’ve been competing since day one that we got to training camp. But we gave it everything we’ve got. I know we’re Team USA and things of that nature and they’ve been winning for a lot of years, but you know, we didn’t get a chance to pull it off.”
Nando De Colo scored 18 for France. The French held the U.S. to 4 for 15 shooting in the fourth quarter – and benefited from the Americans going 4 for 11 from the foul line in the final 10 minutes.
“We came here to win gold,” Gobert said. “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. A lot of people counted us out, but we got the win.”
Gobert said beating the Americans wasn’t the goal – winning gold is.
Report: Justify failed drug test before Triple Crown run
The New York Times says Justify won the 2018 Triple Crown after a failed postrace drug test at a California track that could have kept the horse out of the Kentucky Derby.
The newspaper reported Wednesday that Bob Baffert-trained Justify tested positive for the drug scopolamine after winning the Santa Anita Derby, one of the final prep races for the Kentucky Derby. Justify went on to win the Derby and took the Preakness and Belmont stakes to complete the Triple Crown.
The Times said instead of a speedy disqualification, the California Horse Racing Board took more than a month to confirm the results. The newspaper also reported that instead of filing a public complaint, the board made decisions behind closed doors as it moved to drop the case and lighten the penalty for horses found to have scopolamine in their systems.
The newspaper said test results, emails and internal memorandums show how California regulators waited nearly three weeks, until the Kentucky Derby was only nine days away, to notify Baffert of the positive test. Then, two months after the Belmont victory, the board disposed of the inquiry altogether during a closed-door executive session.
“We take seriously the integrity of horse racing in California and are committed to implementing the highest standards of safety and accountability for all horses, jockeys and participants,” the California Horse Racing Board said in a statement.
A CHRB spokesman said the organization would have a further statement Thursday.
The Times said Baffert didn’t respond to multiple attempts seeking comment.
McIlroy tops Koepka for PGA Tour player of the year
Rory McIlroy is the PGA Tour player of the year, and even he was a little surprised.
In a vote of the players, who presumably gave as much weight to the whole season as the four biggest weeks, McIlroy won the Jack Nicklaus Award over Brooks Koepka. It was the third time McIlroy won the award, and the first time without having won a major.
“I’m at a loss for words,” McIlroy said Wednesday.
Moments earlier, McIlroy was sitting down with Nicklaus at The Bear’s Club in South Florida to receive the Byron Nelson Trophy for having the lowest adjusted scoring average when a bronze of the Nicklaus Award was placed on the table. McIlroy looked at it and said, “I’ve already got two of those,” he said.
“Well, you’ve got three now,” Nicklaus told him.
McIlroy won three times, including The Players Championship and the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup and its $15 million prize. He also had a tour-best 14 top 10s and finished out of the top 20 only four times in the 19 tournaments he played.
“I couldn’t be more proud to win this award for the third time,” McIlroy said. “Yeah, very … somewhat surprised, but honored that my fellow players thought enough of my year to award me this honor again.”
Koepka, who won the PGA of America’s player of the year based on points, was seen as the favorite for the tour’s award.
He won three times, same as McIlroy, led the FedEx Cup in the regular season and won the money title by nearly $2 million over McIlroy. What stood out the most in Koepka’s season, however, were the majors. He won the PGA Championship, joining Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back winners since the PGA switched to stroke play in 1958. Koepka was runner-up at the Masters and the U.S. Open, and he tied for fourth in the British Open, nine shots behind.
Nicklaus (1973), Woods (2005) and Jordan Spieth (2015) are the only other players to have finished in the top four in every major for the year.
“Brooks had an incredible year – an incredible two, three years, whatever it is,” McIlroy said. “He’s the No. 1 player in the world golf ranking. … I think this speaks volumes of what PGA Tour players feel is important. I think players don’t just feel that four weeks a year is important. It’s more than that. We play a lot more. Why do we play 25 times a year if only four weeks are important?
“I think that’s a huge vote of confidence from the players that we play for more than maybe what the narrative suggests.”
Patriots’ Brown practices, status for Sunday’s game unclear
Patriots receiver Antonio Brown practiced with the team for the first time on Wednesday, a day after his former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions.
Before the practice session, coach Bill Belichick declined to answer numerous questions about Brown, including his status for Sunday’s game at Miami. He deferred to the Patriots’ statement late Tuesday in which they said they were aware of the lawsuit and “take these allegations very seriously.”
“Antonio and his representatives have made statements, so I’m not going to be expanding on any of those,” Belichick said. “They are what they are. We’ve looked into the situation. We’re taking it very seriously all the way through the organization. I’m sure there are questions, but I’m not going to enter into the discussion about that.”
Brown has denied the allegations. Darren Heitner, a lawyer representing Brown, told The Associated Press his client plans to countersue. The NFL has declined to comment but will be opening an investigation into the matter.
Belichick was asked specifically about the possibility of Brown being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list by Roger Goodell. That special designation, which is used at the discretion of Goodell to allow the league to conduct investigations into possible violations of the league’s personal conduct policy, would prevent Brown from practicing or attending games while on the list.
Brown would, however, be eligible to continue being paid on the one-year deal he signed Monday with the Patriots that could pay him $15 million this season.
“We’re preparing for one day at a time,” Belichick said.
In the less than five-minute portion of practice open to the media, Brown wore a No. 1 jersey and a visor with his helmet while going through warmup drills with teammates. Brown has worn No. 84 throughout his previous nine NFL seasons, but that number is currently being worn by Patriots tight end Ben Watson.
Brown wasn’t present in the locker room during the 45-minute period open to reporters. His locker, which is situated two stalls away from quarterback Tom Brady, had both doors shut.
Chargers tight end Henry suffers knee injury in opener
Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry will be placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury.
Henry fractured the upper part of his left tibia during Sunday’s 30-24 overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts. He was injured during the second half but returned to the game and played in overtime. He had four receptions for 60 yards, including a 17-yard catch in overtime.
This is the second straight season that Henry has been seriously injured. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during offseason workouts last year but returned for the playoffs.
Henry will continue to be evaluated but the timeframe for his return has not been determined. Los Angeles (1-0) is at Detroit this week.
Girlfriend of Browns DE Smith killed in roadside accident
The girlfriend of Browns defensive end Chris Smith was killed in a roadside accident that happened after his car spun out on the highway.
The team said Petara Cordero, died when she was struck by an oncoming car on I-90 West at around 2 a.m. Wednesday. Cordero was a passenger in Smith’s Lamborghini, which had a tire malfunction and he struck the median wall.
Cordero exited the vehicle and was standing on the road’s shoulder when a car driven by a 47-year-old woman smashed into the passenger side of Smith’s car.
According to a Cleveland police report provided by the Browns, Cordero was transported to Fairview Hospital and pronounced dead.
Police said other the driver admitted drinking. No charges have been field and toxicology reports are pending.
Smith was not impaired or injured, police said.
Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam offered their condolences to Smith, who signed as a free agent with the team last year. He played one season in Cincinnati and three in Jacksonville.
“Words cannot describe the sorrow we feel for Chris following the loss of his girlfriend, Petara,” the Haslams said.
“Our entire organization mourns with Chris, his family and the Cordero family. We will do everything possible to offer them our support, comfort and any resources in this most difficult time.”
Cleveland’s players were told of the accident during a meeting and coach Freddie Kitchens visited Smith at his home.
Smith and Cordero recently celebrated the birth of a daughter, Haven Harris Smith. He had been excused from the team’s exhibition against Indianapolis last month for the baby’s arrival.
Week 2 Games
Thursday September 12, 2019
Tampa Bay @ Carolina 8:20pm
Sunday September 15, 2019
San Francisco @ Cincinnati 1:00pm
Chargers @ Detroit 1:00pm
Jacksonville @ Houston 1:00pm
Buffalo @ Giants 1:00pm
Indianapolis @ Tennessee 1:00pm
Arizona @ Baltimore 1:00pm
Minnesota @ Green Bay 1:00pm
New England @ Miami 1:00pm
Seattle @ Pittsburgh 1:00pm
Dallas @ Washington 1:00pm
Kansas City @ Oakland 4:05pm
Chicago @ Denver 4:25pm
New Orleans @ Rams 4:25pm
Philadelphia @ Atlanta 8:20pm
Monday September 16, 2019
Cleveland @ Jets 8:15pm
All game times Eastern
REMATCH OF NFC CHAMPIONSHIP HIGHLIGHTS WEEK 2 SLATE
To help celebrate the NFL’s 100th season, each week will feature an NFL100 Game of the Week. Each game will be a nod to a momentous game played, a fierce rivalry that spans decades, a matchup of original teams and/or a game in which history was made . The NFL has designated the Cleveland-New York Jets matchup as the Week 2 NFL100 GAME OF THE WEEK because Monday Night Football, now in its 50th season, began with a Browns-Jets contest – and an American cultural institution was born. With Keith Jackson, Howard Cosell and Don Meredith in the booth, on Sept. 21, 1970, Cleveland topped the Jets, 31-21, at Municipal Stadium in the season-opener. Cleveland’s HOMER JONES scored to open the second half on a 94-yard kickoff return and the Browns’ BILLY ANDREWS intercepted Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE NAMATH and scored on a 25-yard return to ice the game late in the fourth quarter. This week’s game will be the 781st in Monday Night Football history.
Rookies exploding onto the scene, flawless passer ratings, long-distance strikes and white-knuckle comebacks highlighted maybe the most thrilling Kickoff Weekend ever. What will the NFL do for an encore?
This week’s NFC Championship rematch could be a classic in the making. Fresh off a last-second victory to open 2019, DREW BREES and NEW ORLEANS travel to meet the LOS ANGELES RAMS (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX), who defeated CAROLINA. It’s one of six rematches of last season’s playoff games on the NFL schedule. Head coaches SEAN PAYTON and SEAN McVAY, two of the top offensive minds in the game, each saw their teams score 30 points in their victorious season openers. They weren’t alone in putting points on the scoreboard.
On the heels of the most prolific offensive season in its history, the NFL picked up where it left off. The league combined for 90 touchdowns, most ever on Kickoff Weekend (89 in 2002 and 2011). Teams also combined for 776 points, the third-highest total in league history for an opening week. Only the 791 points in Week 1 of 2012 and the 788 in 2002, when the NFL expanded to 32 teams, were higher. BALTIMORE led the way, heading to the halftime locker room with 42 points, the most by any team ever in a season-opening half. KANSAS CITY and TENNESSEE also posted 40-plus points in their games, marking the first opening week ever in which three road teams scored 40-or-more points. And points most certainly weren’t the only common thread.
To recap Week 1:
- ROOKIE PASS-CATCHERS: Four rookies – Tennessee’s A.J. BROWN (100), Baltimore’s MARQUISE BROWN (147), Detroit’s T.J. HOCKENSON (131) and Washington’s TERRY McLAURIN (125) – posted 100-yard receiving games in their NFL debuts. It marked the first week ever in which more than two rookies recorded at least 100 receiving yards in their NFL debuts. Hockenson’s total broke the 59-year-old NFL record held by MONTY STICKLES (123) for a tight end in his debut. Marquise Brown, meanwhile, became the first player in NFL history with two touchdown receptions of at least 40 yards in his NFL debut.
- UNPRECEDENTED PASSER RATINGS: Thirteen quarterbacks had a passer rating of 115 or higher (minimum 10 attempts). That’s the most in any week in NFL history, breaking the record of 12 set in Week 3 of the 2017 season. Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON and Dallas’ DAK PRESCOTT became the first players to post the highest-attainable passer rating (158.3) in a season-opener (min. 20 attempts), with Jackson (22 years, 244 days) becoming the youngest player to finish any game with a 158.3 passer rating (min. 20 attempts).
- EXPLOSIVE PLAYS: Overall, 15 offensive touchdowns covered at least 40 yards, an NFL record for Kickoff Weekend. The prior record was 14 in 1991. With two more Sunday, Philadelphia wide receiver DeSEAN JACKSON (31) joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (36) as the only players to record more than 30 touchdowns of 50-plus yards in NFL history.
- CONTAGIOUS COMEBACKS: NEW ORLEANS scored twice in the final minute to deny HOUSTON, 30-28, in a Monday night opener for the ages. In NFL history among season-opening games, Saints kicker WIL LUTZ (58 yards) recorded the longest game-winning field goal with no time remaining. Five triumphant clubs erased second-half deficits. BUFFALO trailed 16-0 and won, and PHILADELPHIA trailed 17-0 before winning. The only other year in which multiple teams overcame deficits of at least 16 points to win their Week 1 games was 1999, when both Arizona and Dallas closed 21-point gaps to win on Kickoff Weekend. Also this past weekend, both INDIANAPOLIS and ARIZONA trailed 24-9 in the second half and sent their games to overtime.
HOPE REMAINS IN ABUNDANCE: In 2018, seven teams opened 2-0. Only two – KANSAS CITY and the LOS ANGELES RAMS – made the postseason.
- Since 1990, when the NFL adopted the 12-team playoff format, 144 of the 235 teams (61.3 percent) to start 2-0 have qualified for the postseason.
- Since 1978, when NFL teams began playing 16-game schedules, and excluding the abbreviated season of 1982, 195 of the 313 teams (62.3 percent) to start 2-0 advanced to the postseason.
- Of those 313 teams, only 128 (40.9 percent) won their division titles.
INTRACONFERENCE CLASHES: In addition to the Saints and Rams, two other Week 2 games feature matchups of 1-0 teams. Earlier, at Lambeau Field, GREEN BAY with a win over MINNESOTA (1 p.m. ET, FOX) can start the year with a 2-0 record in the NFC North, and start 2-0 overall for the first time since 2015. In OAKLAND, the Raiders can also jump to 2-0 in their division with a win over KANSAS CITY (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS). Raiders running back JOSH JACOBS became the first player since Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDAINIAN TOMLINSON in 2001 with at least 100 scrimmage yards and two rushing touchdowns in his NFL debut. Meanwhile, Chiefs quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES has more passing yards (5,759) and passing touchdowns (53) than any player ever over his first 20 games. The Kansas City-Oakland game is one of seven division contests to dot the schedule, including TAMPA BAY at CAROLINA, who kick off Week 2 on Thursday night (8:20 p.m. ET, NFLN).
FAMILIAR TERRITORY: After authoring an incredible comeback to defeat the NEW YORK JETS last week, BUFFALO returns to MetLife Stadium to meet the NEW YORK GIANTS. It’s the first time a road team has played at the same stadium in consecutive weeks since BALTIMORE did it Oct. 16-23, 2016, also at MetLife Stadium. MIAMI later this season will also travel to New York in consecutive weeks, Dec. 8-15.
NO NEED TO PANIC: Since realignment in 2002, 126 of the 204 playoff teams (61.8 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including 10 teams last season, the most since 2002, and six division champions – BALTIMORE (AFC North), CHICAGO (NFC North), DALLAS (NFC East), HOUSTON (AFC South), NEW ENGLAND (AFC East) and NEW ORLEANS (NFC South).
Last season, the HOUSTON TEXANS became the first team in NFL history to win nine consecutive games following an 0-3 start. They also were the first team to win its division after starting 0-3 since the San Diego Chargers in 1992.
A look at how playoff clubs in 2017 and 2018 began their seasons:
|Team||After 2 games||Playoff Result||Team||After 2 games||Playoff Result|
|Atlanta||2-0||Advanced to Divisional||Baltimore||1-1||Advanced to Wild Card|
|Buffalo||1-1||Advanced to Wild Card||Chicago||1-1||Advanced to Wild Card|
|Carolina||2-0||Advanced to Wild Card||Dallas||1-1||Advanced to Divisional|
|Jacksonville||1-1||Advanced to AFC Champ||Houston||0-2||Advanced to Wild Card|
|Kansas City||2-0||Advanced to Wild Card||Indianapolis||1-1||Advanced to Divisional|
|L.A. Rams||1-1||Advanced to Wild Card||Kansas City||2-0||Advanced to AFC Champ|
|Minnesota||1-1||Advanced to NFC Champ||L.A. Chargers||1-1||Advanced to Divisional|
|New England||1-1||Advanced to Super Bowl LII||L.A. Rams||2-0||Advanced to Super Bowl LIII|
|New Orleans||0-2||Advanced to Divisional||New England||1-1||Won Super Bowl LIII|
|Philadelphia||1-1||Won Super Bowl LII||New Orleans||1-1||Advanced to NFC Champ|
|Pittsburgh||2-0||Advanced to Divisional||Philadelphia||1-1||Advanced to Divisional|
|Tennessee||1-1||Advanced to Divisional||Seattle||0-2||Advanced to Wild Card|
LEADING OFF: Arizona rookie quarterback KYLER MURRAY threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut against Detroit on Kickoff Weekend.
With 300 passing yards on Sunday at Baltimore (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Murray can join CAM NEWTON (2011) as the only players to pass for at least 300 yards in each of their first two career games in NFL history.
If Murray repeats his Week 1 performance by passing for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday, he would become the first player in league history to pass for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns in each of their first two career games.
JACK & DAK IN THE BOX: Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON passed for 324 yards and five touchdowns in Week 1, while Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns. They became the first players to record a 158.3 passer rating – the highest-attainable mark – in a season opener (min. 20 attempts) in NFL history. Jackson, at 22 years, 244 days-old, became the youngest player in NFL history with a perfect passer rating (min. 20 attempts).
If Jackson (vs. Arizona, 1:00 PM ET, FOX) or Prescott (at Washington, 1:00 PM ET, FOX) pass for at least four touchdowns on Sunday, they would join RYAN FITZPATRICK (2018), PATRICK MAHOMES (2018) and DREW BLEDSOE (1997) as the only players in NFL history to pass for at least four touchdowns in each of their team’s first two games of a season.
The players to throw at least four touchdowns in each of their team’s first two games of a season in NFL history:
|PLAYER||SEASON||TEAM||GAME 1 PASSING TDs||GAME 2 PASSING TDs|
|Ryan Fitzpatrick||2018||Tampa Bay||4||4|
|Patrick Mahomes||2018||Kansas City||4||6|
|Drew Bledsoe||1997||New England||4||4|
Additionally, dating back to Week 17 of 2018, Prescott has recorded at least 350 passing yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions in consecutive games. Prescott can become the first player to pass for at least 350 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in three consecutive games in NFL history.
Week 2 features two matchups between Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks as Jackson, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, faces off with Arizona’s KYLER MURRAY, the 2018 Heisman winner, while Thursday night’s matchup features Tampa Bay’s JAMEIS WINSTON (2013) and Carolina’s CAM NEWTON (2010). This marks the first time in which two games feature Heisman-winning starting quarterbacks in the same week in NFL history.
ROOKIE RECEIVERS: In Week 1, four rookies – Tennessee wide receiver A.J. BROWN (100 receiving yards – selected in the second round, 51st overall, out of Mississippi), Baltimore wide receiver MARQUISE BROWN (147 – selected in the first round, 25th overall, out of Oklahoma), Detroit tight end T.J. HOCKENSON (131 – selected in the first round, 8th overall, out of Iowa) and Washington wide receiver TERRY McLAURIN (125 – selected in the third round, 76th overall, out of Ohio State) – each recorded at least 100 receiving yards in their NFL debuts. It marked the first week in which three-or-more rookies have each recorded at least 100 receiving yards in their debuts in NFL history.
With at least 100 receiving yards in Week 2, they would join WILL FULLER (2016), DESEAN JACKSON (2008) and DON LOONEY (1940) as the only players in NFL history to record at least 100 receiving yards in each of their first two career games.
The players to record at least 100 receiving yards in each of their first two career games:
|PLAYER||SEASON||TEAM||GAME 1 REC. YARDS||GAME 2 REC. YARDS|
Additionally, with two touchdown receptions on Sunday vs. Arizona (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Marquise Brown can become the first player in NFL history to record at least two touchdown receptions in each of his first two career games.
SCHUSTER & LADDERS: Pittsburgh wide receiver JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER has 2,421 career receiving yards and 14 receiving touchdowns in 31 career games.
Smith-Schuster, who will be 22 years and 297 days old on Sunday vs. Seattle (1:00 PM ET, FOX), needs 79 receiving yards to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (22 years, 310 days) as the youngest player in NFL history to reach 2,500 career receiving yards.
The youngest players to reach 2,500 career receiving yards in NFL history:
|Randy MossHOF||Minnesota||22 years, 310 days|
|Larry Fitzgerald||Arizona||23 years, 31 days|
|Mike Evans||Tampa Bay||23 years, 35 days|
|Odell Beckham Jr.||New York Giants||23 years, 39 days|
|JuJu Smith-Schuster||Pittsburgh||22 years, 297 days*|
GET YOUR KITTLE CORN READY: San Francisco tight end GEORGE KITTLE has 1,946 career receiving yards in 32 career games and set the NFL record for most receiving yards by a tight end (1,377) in a single season in NFL history in 2018.
With 54 receiving yards on Sunday at Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Kittle would tie DAVE KOCOUREK (33 games) as the third-fastest tight end to reach 2,000 career receiving yards in NFL history. The only tight ends to reach 2,000 career receiving yards in fewer games are Pro Football Hall of Famers MIKE DITKA (30 games) and KELLEN WINSLOW SR. (31 games).
The tight ends to reach 2,000 career receiving yards in the fewest games in NFL history:
|PLAYER||TEAM||GAMES TO REACH 2,000 REC. YARDS|
|Kellen Winslow Sr.HOF||San Diego||31|
|Dave Kocourek||Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers||33|
|Rob Gronkowski||New England||34|
|Kellen Winslow Jr.||Cleveland||34|
|George Kittle||San Francisco||32* (1,946 yards)|
|*Has 1,946 receiving yards in 32 career games|
THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW:
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS
Week 2 of the NFL’s 100th season gets underway on Thursday, September 12 (8:20 PM ET, NFL Network) as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to Bank of America Stadium to take on the Carolina Panthers in an early season NFC South showdown. The Buccaneers and Panthers meet for the 38th time with Carolina holding the all-time series advantage at 23-14. In Week 13 of the 2018 season, Tampa Bay quarterback JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 249 yards with two touchdowns and a 114.4 passer rating in the Buccaneers’ 24-17 victory over Carolina.
Last week, Winston surpassed VINNY TESTAVERDE (14,820 passing yards) for the most passing yards in franchise history. Buccaneers wide receiver CHRIS GODWIN registered a touchdown reception in the team’s Week 1 loss and has six touchdown catches in his past seven against the NFC South. In 2018, Tampa Bay wide receiver MIKE EVANS, who holds the franchise records for receiving yards (6,131) and touchdown catches (40), joined A.J. GREEN & Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first five seasons.
Carolina running back CHRISTIAN McCAFFREY had 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns, along with 10 receptions for 81 yards, in the Panthers’ Week 1 loss. McCaffrey, who also had 125 rushing yards and 11 receptions in Week 12 of the 2018 season, is the first player in the Super Bowl era to record at least 120 rushing yards and 10 receptions in multiple games. In 13 career games against Tampa Bay, Panthers quarterback CAM NEWTON has 29 total touchdowns (20 passing, nine rushing), his most against any opponent. Panthers defensive tackle GERALD McCOY spent nine seasons (2010-2018) with Tampa Bay and totaled 54.5 sacks, the third-most in franchise history.
Thursday’s contest marks the first of seven games exclusively televised on NFL Network this season and will be produced by FOX. The game will feature Joe Buck, Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink on the call.
WEEK 2 // THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 2019 // 8:20 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY
LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 23-14
STREAKS: Panthers have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 12/2/18: Panthers 17 at Buccaneers 24
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/4/18: Panthers 42, Buccaneers 28
QB JAMEIS WINSTON has 14,822 career pass yards & surpassed VINNY TESTAVERDE (14,820) for most pass yards in franchise history. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with 110+ rating. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. division with 350+ pass yards & 115+ rating. • RB RONALD JONES had career-high 93 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 18 rec.) in Week 1. RB PEYTON BARBER has 85+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR MIKE EVANS has 85+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at Car. Is franchise leader in rec. yards (6,131) & rec. TDs (40). WR CHRIS GODWIN had TD catch last week. Had 101 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 7 games vs. NFC South. TE O.J. HOWARD had 2 TD catches in his last game vs. Car. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC South with rec. TD. TE CAMERON BRATE is 1 of 3 TEs (TRAVIS KELCE & ZACH ERTZ) with 20+ TD catches (20) since 2016. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 7 tackles & TFL last week. Has 20 tackles (10 per game), 1.5 sacks & PD in past 2 vs. Car. Aims for 4th in row vs. division with 10+ tackles. Rookie LB DEVIN WHITE had 6 tackles in NFL debut in Week 1. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had sack in TB debut last week, his 15th career sack. CB VERNON HARGREAVES had 15-yard INT-TD in Week 1, 1st INT-TD by TB player since ROBERT MCCLAIN (47-yard INT-TD on 9/17/17). DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 56 career sacks, 3rd-most among active DTs.
QB CAM NEWTON has 10 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 110.4 rating & 5 rush TDs in 6 career home starts vs. TB. Has 29 total TDs (20 pass, 9 rush) in 13 career games vs. TB, most vs. any opponent. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 2+ TD passes. Has 58 rush TDs since 2011, tied-most among active players. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 209 scrimmage yards (128 rush, 81 rec.), 10 catches & 2 rush TDs in Week 1. Is only player in SB era with 120+ rush yards & 10+ catches in multiple games. Has 5 career games with 10+ catches, tied-3rd most among RBs since 1950. Has 318 scrimmage yards (159 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2 vs. TB. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 150+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR DJ MOORE had 7 catches for 76 yards in Week 1. TE GREG OLSEN had 76 rec. yards & TD catch in last home meeting. Among active TEs, ranks 2nd in catches (670) & rec. yards (7,883) & 4th in rec. TDs (57). • DT GERALD MCCOY spent 9 seasons (2010-18) with TB & had 54.5 sacks, 3rd-most in franchise history. DE MARIO ADDISON has 8 sacks & 3 FFs in 9 career games vs. TB. Had career-high 3 sacks in last home meeting. LB LUKE KUECHLY had 8 tackles in Week 1. Has 956 tackles since 2012, most in NFL. CB DONTE JACKSON had PD last week & had INT in only career home game vs. TB. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 2 PD, INT & sack in Week 1. Is 1st Panthers DB with sack & INT in same game since CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN (12/15/13).
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NFL Network (8:15 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter), Kristina Pink (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli SIRIUS: 81 (TB), 83 (Car) | XM: 225 (TB), 226 (Car)
Arizona Cardinals (0-0-1) at Baltimore Ravens (1-0)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // M&T BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT
REGULAR SEASON SERIES HISTORY: EADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 4-2 STREAKS: Ravens have won 4 of past 5 LAST GAME: 10/26/15: Cardinals 26 at Ravens 18 LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/26/15
QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 308 yards & 2 TDs in NFL debut last week. Is 5th QB selected No. 1 overall to pass for 300+ yards in 1st-career start. Had 54 pass attempts, 2ndmost by player in his NFL debut. Makes first career road start. • RB DAVID JOHNSON had 137 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 55 rec.) & TD catch in Week 1. Has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 4 on road vs. AFC. Is 1 of 5 RBs in NFL history with 30+ rush TDs (31) & 10+ rec. TDs (12) in 1st 50 career games. Is 1 of 2 RBs (TODD GURLEY) with 40+ total TDs (43) since 2015. • WR LARRY FITZGERALD had 8 catches for 113 yards & TD last week, his 48th career 100+ yard game. Has 117 career TD catches & surpassed ANTONIO GATES (116) for 6thmost in NFL history. Had 98 rec. yards in his last game at Bal. (10/30/11). Rookie WR KEESEAN JOHNSON had 5 receptions in NFL debut last week, tied-2nd most among rookies in Week 1. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE had 56 catches for 645 yards & 5 TDs with Bal. (including postseason) in 2018. • LB TERRELL SUGGS spent 16 seasons (2003-18) with Bal. & had franchise-record 132.5 sacks, 35 FFs & 7 INTs. Had 2 sacks & FF in Ari. debut last week. Has 134.5 career sacks, most among active players. LB CHANDLER JONES had sack, FF & FR in Week 1. Had 7 sacks in 8 games on road last season. Has 54.5 sacks since 2015, most in NFL. LB JORDAN HICKS had 14 tackles & 2 TFL in Ari. debut last week. Had INT & PD in only career game vs. Bal. (12/18/16 with Phi.).
RAVENS’ 42 first-half points last week were most in season opening half in NFL history. Became 1st team since 1967-68 to score 40+ points in consecutive season-opening games. • QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 17 of 20 (85 pct.) for 324 yards with 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 158.3 rating last week. Became 7th QB in NFL history with 300+ pass yards, 5+ TDs & 158.3 rating in single game. Became youngest player in NFL history with 158.3 passer rating (min. 20 attempts). Since entering league in 2018, has 701 rush yards, most among QBs. • RB MARK INGRAM led team with 107 rush yards & 2 TDs last week in Bal. debut. Has 214 scrimmage yards (107 per game) in 2 career games vs. Ari. RB GUS EDWARDS aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC with 80+ rush yards. • WR MARQUISE BROWN (rookie) had team-high 147 rec. yards & 2 TDs last week in NFL debut. Became 1st player in NFL history with 2 TD catches of 40+ yards in NFL debut. WR WILLIE SNEAD had TD catch last week. TE MARK ANDREWS had a rec. TD & set career-highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (108) last week. • S EARL THOMAS had INT last week in Bal. debut. Has 4 career INTs vs. Ari., most vs. any opponent. Since entering league in 2010, leads all active safeties in INTs (29). CB MARLON HUMPHREY had INT last week. Has 3 INTs & 9 PD in his past 4 vs. NFC. LB PATRICK ONWUASOR led team with 5 tackles & had sack last week. Has 1.5 sacks, FF & PD in past 2 vs. NFC.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Brandon Gaudin, Cris Carter, Peter Schrager (field reporter) SIRIUS: 94 (Ari), 81 (Bal) | XM: 383 (Ari), 225 (Bal)
San Francisco 49ers (1-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY: LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 9-4 STREAKS: 49ers have won 2 of past 3 LAST GAME: 12/20/15: Bengals 24 at 49ers 14 LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/25/11: 49ers 13, Bengals 8
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO had TD pass in Week 1. Is 7-2 as starter with SF. Has 585 pass yards (292.5 per game) & 3 TDs vs. INT for 102.9 rating in 2 career road starts vs. AFC. Has 250+ pass yards in 6 of 7 career road starts. • RB MATT BREIDA has 5.3 yards per carry since 2018, 5thhighest among RBs (min. 150 attempts). • TE GEORGE KITTLE led team with 8 receptions & 54 rec. yards in Week 1. Has 5+ receptions in 8 of his past 9 on road. Had 522 rec. yards (130.5 per game) & 3 TDs in 4 games vs. AFC in 2018. WR RICHIE JAMES had 39-yard TD catch last week, his 2nd career rec. TD. • LB DEE FORD had sack & FF in SF debut in Week 1. Has 8 FFs since 2018, most in NFL. Had sack & FF in only career game vs. Cin. (10/21/18 with KC). Rookie DE NICK BOSA has sack in NFL debut last week. CB RICHARD SHERMAN had 31-yard INT-TD & 2 PD in Week 1, his 3rd-career INT-TD. Has 32 career INTs, 2nd-most among active players. Has 103 PD since 2011, 2nd-most among active players. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with PD. CB AHKELLO WITHERSPOON had 25-yard INTTD last week, his 1st career INT-TD. Was 1 of 3 DBs (JASON MCCOURTY & RASHAAN MELVIN) with 3 PD in Week 1. LB MARK NZEOCHA had 1st career INT last week. LB FRED WARNER led team with 9 tackles & had FF & PD in Week 1. Has 7+ tackles in 8 of 9 career road games. DE ARIK ARMSTEAD had 10th career sack last week.
QB ANDY DALTON posted career-highs in completions (35) & pass yards (418) with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 106.5 rating last week. Aims for 6th in row vs. NFC West with 2+ pass TDs & 90+ rating. Had 1,275 pass yards (212.5 per game) & 11 TDs vs. 4 INTs with 92.5 rating in 6 home games last season. • RB JOE MIXON had 889 scrimmage yards (111.1 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 8 home games last season. Aims for 3rd in row at home vs. NFC with 85+ scrimmage yards. RB GIOVANI BERNARD had 63 scrimmage yards last week. Has 168 scrimmage yards (84 per game) in 2 career home games vs. NFC West. • WR JOHN ROSS set career highs last week with 7 catches for 158 yards & 2 TDs. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Has 4 rec. TDs in 4 career games vs. NFC. WR TYLER BOYD had team-high 8 catches for 60 yards last week. Had 620 rec. yards (77.5 per game) & 6 TDs in 8 home games last season. TE C.J. UZOMAH had 4 catches for 66 yards last week. TE TYLER EIFERT has 5 rec. TDs in 4 career games vs. NFC West. • DE CARLOS DUNLAP had 7 tackles, 2 TFL & sack last week. Had FF in last meeting. Has 6 sacks in past 6 vs. NFC. DE SAM HUBBARD led team with 10 tackles & 2 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home with sack. DT GENO ATKINS had 2 sacks in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. SF with sack. Since entering NFL in 2010, leads all DTs with 71 sacks. CB DRE KIRKPATRICK had sack & FF last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 98 (SF), 111 (Cin) | XM: 384 (SF), 228 (Cin)
Los Angeles Chargers (1-0) at Detroit Lions (0-0-1)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY: LEADER: Chargers lead all-time series, 7-4 STREAKS: Chargers have won 7 of past 8 LAST GAME: 9/13/15: Lions 28 at Chargers 33 LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/24/11: Lions 38, Chargers 10
QB PHILIP RIVERS completed 25 of 34 (73.5 pct.) for 333 yards & 3 TDs for 121.3 rating last week. Had 403 pass yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. In 8 road games last season, had 1,928 pass yards (241 per game) & 16 TDs vs. 6 INTs with 104.7 rating. Aims for 11th in row vs. NFC with 2+ pass TDs. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had career-high 154 scrimmage yards & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) last week, incl. game-winning 7-yard TD run in OT. Aims for 4th in row with TD. RB JUSTIN JACKSON had 57 rush yards last week. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with 8 catches for 123 yards & TD last week. Had career-high 15 catches for 166 yards in last meeting. Has 41 catches (13.7 per game) for 456 yards (152 per game) in 3 career games vs. NFC North. Has 207 catches since 2017, tied with JULIO JONES & ADAM THIELEN for 3rd in NFL. WR MIKE WILLIAMS aims for 3rd in row on road with rec. TD. TE HUNTER HENRY had 4 catches for 60 yards last week. Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC with rec. TD. • DE JOEY BOSA had 8 tackles & sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has 5 sacks in 4 career games on road vs. NFC. DE MELVIN INGRAM had sack last week. Had 5 sacks & FF in 8 road games last season. LB THOMAS DAVIS led team with 14 tackles last week in LAC debut. Ranks 2nd among active players in career tackles (1,091). LB KYZIR WHITE had career-high 9 tackles last week. CB CASEY HAYWARD had 3 tackles & PD last week. Has PD in 5 of past 6 on road vs. NFC.
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 385 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110 rating in Week 1. Has 619 pass yards (309.5 per game) & 5 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 114.4 rating in 2 career games vs. LAC. Aims for 3rd in row vs. LAC with 2+ TD passes. • RB KERRYON JOHNSON had 273 scrimmage yards (91 per game) & rush TD in 3 home starts last season. Has 326 scrimmage yards (108.7 per game) in 3 career games vs. AFC. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC with 100+ rush yards. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON (rookie) led team with 131 rec. yards & had TD catch in his NFL debut last week. Surpassed MONTY STICKLES (123 rec. yards) for most rec. yards by TE in his NFL debut in NFL history. WR DANNY AMENDOLA had 7 catches for 104 rec. yards & TD in Det. debut in Week 1, his 9th career game with 100+ rec. yards. WR KENNY GOLLADAY had TD catch last week. WR MARVIN JONES had TD catch in his last game vs. LAC (9/20/15 with Cin.). Has 7 rec. TDs in his past 7 home games. Aims for his 4th in row at home with TD catch. • LB DEVON KENNARD had career-high 3 sacks in Week 1, his 4th career game with 2+ sacks. S TRACY WALKER led team with career-high 9 tackles & had 2 PD & INT last week, his 2nd career INT. CB RASHAAN MELVIN had 8 tackles & 3 PD in Det. debut last week. CB DARIUS SLAY had INT in only career game vs. LAC (9/13/15). DT DAMON HARRISON was 1 of 3 DL with 2 PD in Week 1. Rookie LB JAHLANI TAVAI had sack in NFL debut last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon, Jay Feely (field reporter) SIRIUS: 127 (LAC), 108 (Det) | XM: 385 (LAC), 229 (Det)
Minnesota Vikings (1-0) at Green Bay Packers (1-0)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
Regular Season History
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 59-53-3 STREAKS: Vikings have won 3 of past 4 LAST GAME: 11/25/18: Packers 17 at Vikings 24 LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/16/18: Vikings 29, Packers 29
QB KIRK COUSINS had 140.8 passer rating & TD pass in Week 1. Has 1,142 pass yards (380.7 per game) & 10 TDs vs. 1 INT for 129.3 rating in 3 career games vs. GB. Had 425 pass yards & 4 TDs in only career start at GB. Aims for his 4th in row vs. GB with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TDs & 115+ rating. Has 23 TDs vs. 6 INTs & 106.1 rating in 12 career games vs. NFC North. • RB DALVIN COOK rushed for 111 yards & 2 TDs in Week 1, his 3rd career game with 100+ rush yards & 2nd career game with 2+ rush TDs. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • WR ADAM THIELEN had TD catch in Week 1. Has 8+ catches in 4 of his past 5 vs. GB. Had 20 catches for 256 rec. yards (128 per game) & 2 TDs in 2 games vs. GB in 2018. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with 125+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR STEFON DIGGS had 17 receptions for 205 yards (102.5 per game) & 3 TDs in 2 games vs. GB in 2018. Aims for his 6th in row vs. GB & 8th in row vs. NFC North with TD catch. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had sack & 2 TFL last week. Has 2.5 sacks in his past 3 at GB. Has 35 sacks since 2016, 5th-most in NFL. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had sack in Week 1. Has 6.5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 8 vs. GB. LB ANTHONY BARR had sack last week. Has 4 sacks in his past 5. S HARRISON SMITH led team with 9 tackles & had 2 PD in Week 1. Has 3 INTs & 1.5 sacks in his past 4 vs. GB. Since 2012, is only player with 20+ INTs (20) & 10+ sacks (12). S ANTHONY HARRIS had 2 INTs in Week 1, his 2nd career game with 2+ INTs.
QB AARON RODGERS had TD pass & 91.4 rating in Week 1. Has 41 TDs vs. 6 INTs & 110 rating in 21 career games vs. Min. Has 16 TDs vs. 1 INT & 100.8 rating in his past 9 starts at home. Since 2016, has 19 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 119.5 rating in 7 home starts vs. NFC North. Has 339 career TD passes & needs 4 TDs to surpass HOFer FRAN TARKENTON (342) for 9th-most in NFL history. • RB AARON JONES had 5 rush TDs in 5 home games in 2018. Aims for his 4th in row at home with rush TD. Had 93 scrimmage yards & rush TD in last meeting. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 8 rec. TDs in 7 home games last season. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Min. & 5th in row at home with TD catch. Has 35 rec. TDs since 2016, 2nd-most in NFL. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had TD catch in Week 1. Ranks 3rd among active players with 72 career rec. TDs. • LB BLAKE MARTINEZ led team with 7 tackles & had sack in Week 1. Has 43 tackles (10.8 per game) in his past 4 vs. Min. LB PRESTON SMITH had 1.5 sacks in GB debut last week. Has 2 sacks & INT in 2 career games vs. Min. LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH had sack in Week 1. S ADRIAN AMOS had INT in GB debut last week. Has 2 PD & INT in his past 2 vs. Min. CB KEVIN KING had 1st-career sack last week. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had 2 PD in Week 1. Has 5 PD & INT in his past 4 at home. CB TRAMON WILLIAMS had 2 PD last week & ranks 3rd among active players with 32 career INTs.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 99 (Min), 83 (GB) | XM: 386 (Min), 226 (GB)
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) at Houston Texans (0-1)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY
LEADER: Texans lead all-time series, 20-12 STREAKS: Texans have won past 2 LAST GAME: 12/30/18: Jaguars 3 at Texans 20 LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/30/18
QB GARDNER MINSHEW (rookie) completed 22 of 25 (88 pct.) last week, the highest completion pct. by QB in NFL debut in league history (min. 15 attempts). Completed his first 13 pass attempts, the longest streak to start a career over past 40 seasons. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 94 scrimmage yards last week (66 rush, 28 rec.). Had 124 scrimmage yards (100 rush, 24 rec.) & rush TD in only career meeting (9/10/17). Has 550 scrimmage yards (91.7 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 6 career games vs. division. • WR DJ CHARK had 4 catches for career-high 146 yards & 1st-career TD last week. WR CHRIS CONLEY led team with 6 catches for career-high 97 yards & TD last week. Has 3 rec. TDs in past 3 on road. WR DEDE WESTBROOK had TD catch last week. WR MARQISE LEE has 18 catches for 234 yards (58.5 per game) & TD in past 4 vs. division. • CB JALEN RAMSEY tied for team-lead with 5 tackles last week. Aims for 4th in row at Hou. with 2+ PD. Since entering league in 2016, is 1 of 2 players (MALCOLM BUTLER) with 190+ tackles (198) & 40+ PD (44). CB A.J. BOUYE had 6 INTs & 32 PD in 4 seasons with Hou. (2013-16). DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has 7.5 sacks in past 4 vs. Hou. Aims for 3rd in row on road with sack. Has 25 sacks since joining Jax. in 2017, 6th in NFL. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE has 3.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 2 games at Hou.
QB DESHAUN WATSON passed for 268 yards & 3 TDs with 114.3 rating last week & rushed for 40 yards & TD. Became fastest player in NFL history to reach 6,000+ pass yards & 800+ rush yards (24 games). Had 234 pass yards, 66 rush yards & rush TD in last meeting. Had 2,111 pass yards (263.9 per game), 15 TDs (13 pass, 2 rush) & 105.4 rating in 8 home games last season. • RB CARLOS HYDE led team with 83 rush yards last week in Hou. debut. Had 73 scrimmage yards & rush TD in only career game vs. Jax. (12/24/17 with SF). RB DUKE JOHNSON had 90 scrimmage yards last week in Hou. debut. Had rec. TD in only career game vs. Jax. (11/19/17 with Cle.). Has 2,203 rec. yards since entering league in 2015, most among RBs. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS led team with 8 catches for 111 yards & 2 TDs last week. Had career-high 12 catches for 147 yards in last meeting. Aims for 5th in row at home vs. Jax. with 7+ catches. WR WILL FULLER had 2 catches for 69 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row vs. Jax. with 4+ catches. WR KENNY STILLS had rec. TD last week in Hou. debut. • DE J.J. WATT has 16 sacks vs. Jax., 2nd-most vs. any opponent. Has 9.5 sacks & 3 FFs in past 6 home meetings. Aims for 4th in row vs. division with sack. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS had sack & 1st career INT last week. Has 6 sacks & FF in past 5 at home vs. Jax. S TASHAUN GIPSON had 16 PD & 6 INTs in 3 seasons (2016-18) with Jax.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton SIRIUS: 135 (Jax), 119 (Hou) | XM: 387 (Jax), 230 (Hou)
New England Patriots (1-0) at Miami Dolphins (0-1)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // HARD ROCK STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 54-50 STREAKS: Dolphins have won 2 of past 3 LAST GAME: 12/9/18: Patriots 33 at Dolphins 34 LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/9/18
QB TOM BRADY passed for 341 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with a 124.9 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ pass TDs & 120+ rating. Has 90+ rating in 4 of past 5 vs. Mia. Has 250+ pass yards in 5 of past 6 vs. division. • RB JAMES WHITE had 82 scrimmage yards last week (56 rec., 26 rush). Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with TD. Since entering league in 2014, has 19 rec. TDs, most among RBs. RB SONY MICHEL has 6 rush TDs in past 4, incl. postseason. RB REX BURKHEAD led team with 44 rush yards last week & had 41 rec. yards on 5 catches. • WR ANTONIO BROWN makes NE debut. Has 115+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road vs. AFC East. Since entering league in 2010, leads all players in catches (837) & rec. yards (11,207). WR JULIAN EDELMAN led team with 6 catches for 83 yards last week. Aims for 5th in row with 6+ catches & 80+ rec. yards, incl. postseason. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Mia. & 5th in row vs. division with rec. TD. WR PHILLIP DORSETT led team with career-high rec. yards (95) & rec. TDs (2) last week. Has TD catch in 4 of past 5, incl. postseason. WR JOSH GORDON had 3 catches for 73 yards & TD last week. • CB JASON MCCOURTY led team with 7 tackles & 3 PD last week. Aims for 5th in row with PD, incl. postseason. CB DEVIN MCCOURTY had 6 tackles & INT last week. LB DONT’A HIGHTOWER had 6 tackles last week. Had sack in last meeting. DE DEATRICH WISE had sack & FF last week.
QB RYAN FITZPATRICK passed for 185 yards & TD last week in Mia. debut. Aims for his 5th in row as starter vs. NE with 250+ pass yards, 2+ pass TDs & 95+ rating. • RB KENYAN DRAKE scored game-winning 52-yard TD in last meeting, part of 69-yard TD that was longest play from scrimmage to win game with no time remaining in 4th quarter since 1970. Has 272 scrimmage yards (136 per game) in last 2 at home vs. NE. Aims for 3rd in row at home vs. division with TD. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 3 catches for team-high 75 yards last week. Rookie WR PRESTON WILLIAMS had TD catch in NFL debut last week. WR JAKEEM GRANT had TD catch in last home game vs. NE (12/11/17). WR ALBERT WILSON has 274 rec. yards (68.5 per game) & 3 TDs in past 4 at home. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had 2 INTs in last home game vs. NE (12/11/17). Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with 2+ PD. Has 11 INTs since 2017, tied with DARIUS SLAY for 2nd-most in NFL. CB ERIC ROWE led team with career-high 11 tackles last week. Had 50 tackles, 11 PD & INT in 3 seasons with NE (2016- 18). S MINKAH FITZPATRICK had 6 tackles last week. Has 17 tackles (8.5 per game), 2 PD & INT in 2 career games vs. NE. S RESHAD JONES had 5 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NE with PD. S BOBBY MCCAIN has 8 tackles, sack & INT in past 2 meetings. LB JEROME BAKER aims for 3rd meeting in row with 7+ tackles.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 125 (NE), 146 (Mia) | XM: 388 (NE), 231 (Mia)
Buffalo Bills (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH
REGULAR SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER: All-time series tied, 6-6 STREAKS: Giants have won past 3 LAST GAME: 10/4/15: Giants 24 at Bills 10 LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/16/11: Giants 27, Bills 24
QB JOSH ALLEN completed 24 of 37 passes (64.9 pct.) for career-high 254 yards with TD pass & rushed for 38 yards & TD last week. Has pass TD, rush TD & 85+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 9 rush TDs since entering league in 2018, most among QBs. • RB FRANK GORE has 14,768 career rush yards, 4th-most alltime, & 18,564 career scrimmage yards, 5th-most all-time. Has 286 scrimmage yards (95.3 per game) in 3 career road games vs. NYG. RB DEVIN SINGLETARY (rookie) had 98 scrimmage yards last week in NFL debut. RB T.J. YELDON had rec. TD in only career game vs. NYG (9/9/18 with Jax.). • WR JOHN BROWN led team with 7 catches for 123 yards & TD last week in Buf. debut. Had rec. TD in last meeting (12/24/17 with Ari.). WR ZAY JONES has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 on road. WR COLE BEASLEY had 5 catches for 40 yards last week in Buf. debut. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches. Had 6 catches for 94 yards & rec. TD in his last game vs. NYG (12/30/18 with Dal.). • LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS aims for 4th in row vs. NFC with 6+ tackles. LB MATT MILANO has 23 tackles, 3 TFL & INT in past 3 on road. DE JERRY HUGHES led team with 1.5 sacks & tied for lead with 2 PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. DE TRENT MURPHY had FR & PD last week. Had sack & FF in his last game vs. NYG. (9/25/16 with Was.). S JORDAN POYER tied for team lead with 9 tackles & sack last week.
QB ELI MANNING had 306 pass yards & TD pass last week, his 51st career game with 300+ pass yards. Ranks 7th in NFL history in pass yards (56,287) & 8th in TD passes (361). Aims for his 4th in row with 300+ pass yards. Had 3 TD passes in his last game vs. Buf. (10/4/15). Has 1,736 pass yards (289.3 per game) & 11 TDs vs. 3 INTs in 6 home starts vs. AFC East. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 139 scrimmage yards (120 rush, 19 rec.) in Week 1. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 14 of his 17 career games. Had 1,064 scrimmage yards (133 per game) & 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in 8 home games last season. Has rush TD in 3 of 4 career games vs AFC. Since 2018, leads NFL with 8 games of 100+ rush yards. • TE EVAN ENGRAM set career highs in receptions (11) & rec. yards (116) & had TD catch in Week 1. His 11 catches were most by NYG TE since JEREMY SHOCKEY (12 catches) on 11/11/07. Was 1 of 4 players (JAMISON CROWDER, CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY & MICHAEL THOMAS) with 10+ catches in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC with 75+ rec. yards. • S ANTOINE BETHEA tied for team-lead with 7 tackles in NYG debut last week. Since 2016, ranks 2nd among safeties with 295 tackles. CB JANORIS JENKINS had PD in Week 1 & has 6 PD in his last 4 at home. LB ALEC OGLETREE had 6 tackles & PD last week. Since 2013, is only LB with 50+ PD (52), 10+ FFs (12) & 10+ INTs (11). Had 7+ tackles in each of his 6 home games with NYG in 2018.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 103 (Buf), 113 (NYG) | XM: 389 (Buf), 232 (NYG)
Seattle Seahawks (1-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY
LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 9-8 STREAKS: Steelers have won 2 of past 3 LAST GAME: 11/29/15: Steelers 30 at Seahawks 39 LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/18/11: Steelers 24, Seahawks 0
QB RUSSELL WILSON had 2 TD passes & 134.6 rating in Week 1. Has 2+ TD passes in 12 of his past 13 road starts. Had 18 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 114.5 rating in 8 road games last season. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 2+ TD passes & 115+ rating. Had 345 pass yards & 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 147.9 in only career game vs. Pit. Has 16 TDs vs. 1 INT for 136.5 rating in 5 career games vs. AFC North. • RB CHRIS CARSON had 81 scrimmage yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 9 total TDs in his last 8 games. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 6th in row overall with rush TD. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC with 2+ TDs. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 44-yard TD catch in Week 1, his 8th career TD catch of 40+ yards. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with rec. TD. Rookie WR DK METCALF had 89 rec. yards in NFL debut last week. • LB BOBBY WAGNER had 9 tackles & 2 TFL in Week 1. Had 12 tackles, FF & PD in only career game vs. Pit. (11/29/15). Is 1 of 2 LBs (LUKE KUECHLY) with 900+ tackles (923) since 2012. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had sack in Sea. debut last week. Is 1 of 4 defensive players (AARON DONALD, CHANDLER JONES & CAMERON JORDAN) with 50+ TFL (54) & 25+ sacks (25.5) since 2016. DT QUINTON JEFFERSON had 2 sacks last week, his 1st career multi-sack game. CB TRE FLOWERS led team with career-high 10 tackles & had FR in Week 1. S BRADLEY MCDOUGALD has 4 FF since 2018, tied-most among DBs.
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 276 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home vs. Sea. with 115+ rating & 6th in row vs. NFC with 3+ pass TDs & 105+ rating. Has 56,470 career pass yards, 6th-most all-time. • RB JAMES CONNER had 65 scrimmage yards last week. Had 747 scrimmage yards (106.7 per game) & 8 rush TDs in 7 home games last season. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC with TD. RB JAYLEN SAMUELS aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC with TD. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 6 catches for team-high 78 yards last week. Has 548 yards (109.6 per game) & 3 TDs in past 5 vs. NFC. WR DONTE MONCRIEF has rec. TD in only career game vs. Sea. (10/1/17 with Ind.). WR JAMES WASHINGTON had 2 catches for 51 yards last week. WR RYAN SWITZER tied for team-lead with 6 catches last week. TE VANCE MCDONALD has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 at home vs. NFC West. • LB DEVIN BUSH led all rookies last week with team-high 11 tackles. LB T.J. WATT has 7 sacks in past 6 at home. Aims for 4th in row vs. NFC with sack. LB BUD DUPREE had sack last week. LB MARK BARRON had 6 tackles last week in Pit. debut. DE CAMERON HEYWARD had 8 tackles last week. Had sack in last game vs. Sea. Has 5.5 sacks in past 3 at home vs. NFC. Rookie S KAMERON KELLY had 8 tackles last week in NFL debut. CB JOE HADEN has 13 tackles & 2 INTs in past 2 at home.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter) SIRIUS: 106 (Sea), 82 (Pit) | XM: 390 (Sea), 227 (Pit)
Indianapolis Colts (0-1) at Tennessee Titans (1-0)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY
LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 33-15 STREAKS: Colts have won past 2 LAST GAME: 12/30/18: Colts 33 at Titans 17 LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/30/18
QB JACOBY BRISSETT completed 21 of 27 (77.8 pct.) for 190 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 120.7 rating last week. Passed for 212 yards & TD in only career road start vs. Ten (10/16/17). Aims for 9th start in row on road with pass TD. • RB MARLON MACK led league with career-high 174 rush yards & rush TD last week. Has 466 rush yards (116.5 per game) & 5 TDs in past 4. Had 119 rush yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Ten. with rush TD. • WR T.Y. HILTON led team with 8 catches for 87 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 10th career multi-TD game. Has 27 catches for 424 yards (106 per game) & 2 TDs in last 4 road games. Had 35 catches for 684 yards (114.0 per game) in 6 games vs. division last season. TE ERIC EBRON had 60 rec. yards & TD in last meeting. Has 5 TDs in past 6 vs. AFC South. Has 7 TDs in past 10 overall. • LB DARIUS LEONARD tied for team lead with 7 tackles last week. Has 15 tackles (7.5 per game), 2 INTs, sack & FF in 2 career games vs. Ten. Has 170 tackles since entering league in 2018, most in NFL. DE JUSTIN HOUSTON had sack last week in Ind. debut. Has 3 sacks in 3 career games vs. Ten. Since entering league in 2011, is only player with 75+ sacks (79.5), 10+ FFs (14) & 4+ INTs (4). DE KEMOKO TURAY had sack & FF last week. DT DENICO AUTRY had 8 sacks in 6 games vs. division last season. S MALIK HOOKER had 5 tackles & INT last week. CB KENNY MOORE had INT in last meeting.
QB MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 248 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 133.3 rating last week. Has 905 pass yards (301.7 per game) & 5 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 92.2 rating in 3 home starts vs. Ind. Has 99.9 rating in 8 career home games vs. division. • RB DERRICK HENRY led team with 159 scrimmage yards & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, including career-long 75-yard rec. TD. Joined HOFer TONY DORSETT as only players in NFL history with 75+-yard TD catch & 99-yard TD run in career. Has 765 scrimmage yards (153 per game) & 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5. Has 251 scrimmage yards (125.5 per game) & rush TD in past 2 home games vs. Ind. • WR A.J. BROWN (rookie) had 3 catches for team-high 100 yards last week in NFL debut. WR COREY DAVIS had 35 catches for 521 yards (65.1 per game) & 3 TDs in 8 home games last season. TE DELANIE WALKER led team with 5 catches for 55 yards & 2 TDs last week. Had rec. TD in last game vs. Ind. (11/26/17). Has 35 catches for 303 yards (60.6 per game) & 2 TDs in 5 career home meetings. • S KEVIN BYARD had INT last week. Has 5 INTs in past 4. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 9+ tackles. Leads NFL with 13 INTs since 2017. CB LOGAN RYAN had team-high 8 tackles, 1.5 sacks & INT last week. Aims for 4th in row with sack. CB MALCOLM BUTLER had INT last week. DE CAMERON WAKE led team with 2.5 sacks & safety in Ten. debut last week. Since entering league in 2009, leads all players with 100.5 sacks.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta SIRIUS: 136 (Ind), 121 (Ten) | XM: 391 (Ind), 233 (Ten)
Dallas Cowboys (1-0) at Washington Redskins (0-1)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2019 // 1:00 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 71-43-2 STREAKS: Cowboys have won 5 of past 6 LAST GAME: 11/22/18: Redskins 23 at Cowboys 31 LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/21/18: Redskins 20, Cowboys 17
QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 25 of 32 for 405 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 158.3 rating, the highest attainable mark, in Week 1. Is 1 of 4 QBs in NFL history with 158.3 rating on 30+ attempts. Became 5th QB with 400+ pass yards, 4+ TDs & 0 INTs in season opener in NFL history. Has 10 total TDs (6 pass, 4 rush) vs. 0 INTs & 102 rating in 6 career games vs. Was. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Was. with pass TD & rush TD. In past 5 on road vs. NFC East, has 10 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 108.8 rating. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had rush TD in Week 1. Has 18 TDs (15 rush, 3 rec.) in 19 career road games. Has 546 scrimmage yards (109.2 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 5 career games vs. Was. Has 100+ rush yards in 4 of his past 5 on road vs. NFC East. Since 2016, leads NFL in scrimmage yards (5,310) & rush yards (4,101). • WR AMARI COOPER had 106 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Had 8 catches for 180 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. TE JASON WITTEN had rec. TD last week. Needs rec. TD to become 5th TE in NFL history with 70+ TD catches. WR MICHAEL GALLUP set career-highs in receptions (7) & rec. yards (158) last week. WR RANDALL COBB had TD catch in Dal. debut in Week 1. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had FF, FR & 0.5 sacks last week. Has 3.5 sacks, FF & INT in his past 4 vs. Was. LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH had 10 tackles, FF, PD & 0.5 sacks in Week 1. LB JAYLON SMITH had FF in last meeting. S JEFF HEATH had 8 tackles & 2 PD in Week 1. Had FF in last meeting.
QB CASE KEENUM passed for career-high 380 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 117.6 rating in Week 1, his 7th career game with 3+ TD passes. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating. • RB CHRIS THOMPSON had 7 receptions last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with 5+ catches. RB ADRIAN PETERSON has 474 scrimmage yards (94.8 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 5 career games vs. Dal. Had 99 rush yards in last home meeting (10/21/18). Has 106 rush TDs, tied with HOFer JIM BROWN for 5th-most all-time. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN (rookie) had 5 catches for 125 yards & TD last week. Is first Was. rookie with 100+ rec. yards in NFL debut. TE VERNON DAVIS had 48-yard TD catch in Week 1. Ranks 3rd among active TEs with 63 career rec. TDs. WR TREY QUINN had TD catch last week, his 2nd career rec. TD. • LB RYAN KERRIGAN has 6 sacks & FF in his last 6 vs. Dal. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Dal. with 2+ sacks. Since 2014, is 1 of 3 players (CHANDLER JONES & VON MILLER) with 60+ sacks (60). S LANDON COLLINS had 7 tackles in Was. debut last week. Aims for his 7th in row vs. Dal. with 5+ tackles. CB JOSH NORMAN aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with FF. Has 68 PD since 2014, 3rd most among CBs. Is only CB with 10+ FFs (11) since 2014. Rookie LB COLE HOLCOMB had 8 tackles & 2 TFL in NFL debut last week. CB QUINTON DUNBAR led team with career-high 9 tackles in Week 1.
Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) at Oakland Raiders (1-0)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2019 // 4:05 PM ET // OAKLAND-ALAMEDA COUNTY COLISEUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 63-52-2 STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 3 LAST GAME: 12/30/18: Raiders 3 at Chiefs 35 LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/2/18: Chiefs 40, Raiders 33
CHIEFS have scored 25+ points in 22 straight games, longest streak in NFL history. • QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 25 of 33 (75.8 pct.) for 378 yards & 3 TD vs. 0 INTs with 143.2 rating last week. Surpassed HOFer KURT WARNER (5,613) for most passing yards by player in 1st 20 games. Aims for 13th in row with 2+ pass TDs. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Oak. with 275+ pass yards, 2+ pass TDs & 105+ rating. • RB LESEAN MCCOY had 93 scrimmage yards last week in KC debut. Has 364 scrimmage yards (182 per game) & rush TD in past 2 vs. Oak. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road vs. AFC West. RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS had 65 scrimmage yards & rush TD last week. Aims for 8th in row with TD, including postseason. • WR SAMMY WATKINS led league last week with careerhigh 198 rec. yards on 9 catches, incl. 3 TDs, his 1st-career 3-TD game. TE TRAVIS KELCE had 3 catches for 88 yards last week. Had 12 catches for 168 yards & 2 TDs in last road meeting. Aims for 3rd in row on road vs. Oak. with rec. TD. • DE FRANK CLARK had INT last week in KC debut. Since entering league in 2015, is 1 of 2 players (KHALIL MACK) with 35+ sacks (35) & 2+ INTs (2). DT CHRIS JONES had 1.5 sacks in last road meeting. LB ANTHONY HITCHENS aims for 3rd in row vs. Oak. with 9+ tackles. CB KENDALL FULLER had 7 tackles & TFL last week. Had FF in last road meeting.
QB DEREK CARR completed 22 of 26 (84.6 pct.) for 259 yards & TD with 121 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home vs. KC with 3+ pass TDs & 100+ rating. Has 250+ pass yards, pass TD & 120+ rating in 3 of past 4 at home. • RB JOSH JACOBS (rookie) led team with 113 scrimmage yards & 2 rush TDs last week in NFL debut. His 85 rush yards were most among rookies in Week 1. Became 1st RB since ISAIAH CROWELL in 2014 with 2 rush TDs in 1st NFL game. RB JALEN RICHARD had 126 scrimmage yards in last home game vs. KC. • WR TYRELL WILLIAMS had 6 catches for team-high 105 yards & TD last week in Oak. debut. Had rec. TD in last home game vs. KC (9/9/18 with LAC). TE DARREN WALLER recorded career highs with 70 rec. yards on team-high 7 catches last week in Oak. debut. WR-KR DWAYNE HARRIS returned kickoff 72 yards in 4th quarter last week. • S LAMARCUS JOYNER had 6 tackles & TFL last week. Had INT in his last game vs. KC (11/19/18 with LAR). S KARL JOSEPH had team-high 7 tackles last week. LB TAHIR WHITEHEAD had 6 tackles last week. Had FF in last home meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. KC with 7+ tackles. DE BENSON MAYOWA led team with 2 sacks & FF last week in Oak. debut. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & FF. Had sack in last game vs. KC (11/11/18 with Ari.). Rookie DE CLELIN FERRELL had sack & PD last week in NFL debut.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 94 (KC), 81 (Oak) | XM: 383 (KC), 225 (Oak)
Chicago Bears (0-1) at Denver Broncos (0-1)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2019 // 4:25 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY
LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 8-7 STREAKS: Broncos have won past 2 LAST GAME: 11/22/15: Broncos 17 at Bears 15 LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/11/11: Broncos 13, Bears 10
QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY has 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 105.4 rating in 4 career road starts vs. AFC. Has 40+ rush yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC. • RB TARIK COHEN led team with 8 catches in Week 1. Has 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in his past 4 vs. AFC. Since 2017, ranks 4th among RBs with 132 receptions & is 1 of 6 RBs with 1,100+ rec. yards (1,127). • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 7 receptions for 102 yards last week, his 10th career 100-yard game. TE TREY BURTON had TD catch in only career game vs. Den. (11/5/17 with Phi.). • LB KHALIL MACK has 10 sacks, 3 FFs & 14 TFL in 8 career games vs. Den. Had 2 sacks in his last game at Den. (10/1/17 with Oak.). Had career-high 5 sacks at Den. on 12/13/15 (with Oak.). Has 49 sacks since 2015, tied-3rd most in NFL. DT AKIEM HICKS had sack last week. Had 4.5 sacks, 4 PD & 3 FFs in 8 games on road in 2018. LB DANNY TREVATHAN had 275 tackles, 5 INTs, 3 sacks & 3 FFs in 4 seasons (2012- 15) with Den. LB LEONARD FLOYD had 2 sacks in Week 1, his 5th career game with 2+ sacks. CB KYLE FULLER had 2 PD in Week 1. Had 12 PD & 5 INTs in 8 games on road in 2018. Has 2+ PD in 7 of his past 8 vs. AFC. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. AFC with INT. S EDDIE JACKSON had 4 PD, 2 INTs, incl. 41- yard INT-TD & FF in 6 games on road in 2018. Has FF in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. AFC. LB AARON LYNCH had sack last week. Had sack in only career game vs. Den. (10/19/14 with SF).
QB JOE FLACCO passed for 268 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 105.3 rating last week in Den. debut. Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC with pass TD. • RB PHILLIP LINDSAY had 66 scrimmage yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC with rush TD. RB ROYCE FREEMAN led team with 56 rush yards last week. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON led team with career-highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (120) last week. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 5 catches for 86 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC with 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. In past 6 at home, has 39 catches for 524 yards (87.3 per game) & 3 TDs. WR DAESEAN HAMILTON tied career-high with 7 catches for 47 yards & TD in last game vs. NFC (12/9/18 vs. SF). • LB VON MILLER has 2 sacks & FF in 2 career meetings.Aims for 4th in row vs. NFC North with sack. Has 11.5 sacks & 6 FFs in past 8 vs. NFC. Since entering league in 2011, leads NFL with 98 sacks. LB BRADLEY CHUBB had 3 tackles & PD last week. Has 7.5 sacks & FF in 4 career games vs. NFC. LB JOSEY JEWELL led team with career-high 14 tackles last week. DE DEREK WOLFE had sack in last meeting. DE ADAM GOTSIS has 2 sacks, 2 PD & FF in past 3. CB CHRIS HARRIS has INT in 2 of past 4. Had FF in his last home game vs. NFC North (10/4/15 vs. GB). CB ISAAC YIADOM had career-high 8 tackles last week. S KAREEM JACKSON had team-high 2 PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ PD.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 98 (Chi), 83 (Den) | XM: 384 (Chi), 226 (Den)
New Orleans Saints (1-0) at Los Angeles Rams (1-0)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2019 // 4:25 PM ET // LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL COLISEUM // REFEREE: WALT ANDERSON
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY
LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 41-32 STREAKS: Saints have won 2 of past 3 LAST GAME: 11/4/18: Rams 35 at Saints 45 LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/26/17: Rams 26, Saints 20
QB DREW BREES passed for 370 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 105.8 rating in Week 1. Has 116 career games with 300+ pass yards & 62 career games with 350+ pass yards, both most in NFL history. Has 902 pass yards (300.7 per game) & 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.2 rating in his past 3 vs. LAR. Needs 193 pass yards to become 1st player in NFL history with 75,000 career pass yards. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 169 scrimmage yards (97 rush, 72 rec.) last week. Including postseason, has 415 scrimmage yards (138.3 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in 3 career games vs. LAR. Is 1 of 2 players (TODD GURLEY) with 3,000+ scrimmage yards (3,315) & 30+ TDs (31) since 2017. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY had rush TD in NO debut last week. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 10 catches for 123 yards in Week 1. Is 1 of 2 WRs (ANTONIO BROWN) with 10+ games (10) of 10+ catches since 2016. Has 26 receptions for 371 yards (123.7 per game) & 3 TDs in 3 career games vs. LAR. Had career-high 211 rec. yards in last meeting. Since 2016, leads NFL with 331 catches. WR TED GINN had 101 rec. yards in Week 1, his 6th career 100-yard game. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had sack last week. Has 3 sacks in his past 3 vs. LAR. DE TREY HENDRICKSON had 1st career 2-sack game in Week 1. CB P.J. WILLIAMS had 2nd career sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with 3+ PD. LB ALEX ANZALONE had sack last week. Had INT in last meeting.
RAMS defeated NO 26-23 in OT in NFC Champ. last season. • QB JARED GOFF had TD pass in Week 1. Has 959 pass yards (319.7 per game) & 8 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 104.2 rating in 3 career games vs. NO. Passed for 391 yards & 3 TDs with 115.7 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NO with 2+ TD passes. • RB TODD GURLEY had 101 scrimmage yards in Week 1. Has 296 scrimmage yards (98.7 per game) & rush TD in 3 career games vs. NO. Has 1,093 scrimmage yards (136.6 per game) & 11 TDs (9 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 8 at home. Since entering NFL in 2015, leads league in scrimmage yards (6,531) & scrimmage TDs (56). RB MALCOLM BROWN had 2 rush TDs in Week 1, his 1st career game with 2+ TDs. • WR ROBERT WOODS led team with 8 catches & 70 rec. yards last week. Has 70+ rec. yards in 8 of his past 9 home games. WR BRANDIN COOKS had 6 catches for 114 yards & TD in last meeting. Had 107 rec. yards in NFC Champ. at NO. WR COOPER KUPP has 13 catches for 205 yards (102.5 per game) & TD catch in 2 career games vs. NO. • DT AARON DONALD has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. NO. Had 9.5 sacks & 2 FFs in 8 home games in 2018. LB CORY LITTLETON led team with career-high 14 tackles & had 2 PD, INT, FF & FR in Week 1. Has 19 PD since 2017, tied-most among LBs. LB DANTE FOWLER had 2 sacks last week, his 2nd career game with 2+ sacks. LB CLAY MATTHEWS had sack in LAR debut last week. LB SAMSON EBUKAM had FF & FR in Week 1.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter) SIRIUS: 127 (NO), 82 (LAR) | XM: 385 (NO), 227 (LAR)
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) at Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, 2019 // 8:20 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY
LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 17-13-1 STREAKS: Eagles have won past 2 LAST GAME: 9/6/18: Falcons 12 at Eagles 18 LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/14/15: Falcons 26, Eagles 24
QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 313 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121 rating in Week 1, his 14th career game with 300+ pass yards & 10th career game with 3+ TD passes. Joined HOFer SONNY JURGENSON & DONOVAN MCNABB as only QBs in franchise history with multiple games of 2+ 50-yard TD passes. Has 95+ rating in 4 of his past 5 on road. • RB DARREN SPROLES leads all active RBs in catches (550), rec. yards (4,832) & rec. TDs (32). Needs 2 rush TDs to become 7th player in NFL history with 25+ rush TDs & 30+ rec. TDs. RB JORDAN HOWARD had rush TD in only career game vs. Atl. (9/10/17 with Chi.). • WR DESEAN JACKSON had 8 catches for 154 yards & 2 TDs, including 2 50-yard TDs, in Week 1. Joined HOFer JERRY RICE (36) as only players with 30+ 50-yard TDs (31) in NFL history. Has 6 games with 100+ rec. yards on Kickoff Weekend, tied with HOFer MICHAEL IRVIN (6) for most in NFL history. WR ALSHON JEFFERY had rec. TD & rush TD last week, his 1st career rush TD. Had 136 rec. yards in only career game vs. Atl. (10/12/14 with Chi.). TE ZACH ERTZ had 5 catches in Week 1. Since 2013, is 1 of 2 TEs (TRAVIS KELCE) with 400+ receptions (442). • DT FLETCHER COX has 3.5 sacks in his past 4 vs. Atl. (including postseason). Had 7.5 sacks in 8 games on road in 2018. Aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. DT TIMMY JERNIGAN had sack in Week 1.
QB MATT RYAN passed for 304 yards & 2 TDs in Week 1, his 54th career game with 300+ pass yards. Had 2,452 pass yards (306.5 per game) & 18 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 118 rating in 8 home games last season. Has 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5 vs. NFC East. Has 297 career TD passes & needs 3 TDs to become 12th QB in NFL history with 300 career TDs. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN has 16 TDs (14 rush, 2 rec.) in 15 home games since 2016. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD. Has 5 rush TDs in his past 6 vs. NFC East. • WR JULIO JONES had 6 catches & rec. TD in Week 1. Has 704 receptions in 112 games & joined ANTONIO BROWN (111) & HOFer MARVIN HARRISON (114) as only players with 700+ catches in 1st 115 games in NFL history. Has 45 receptions for 698 yards (116.3 per game) & 3 TDs in 6 career games (including postseason) vs. Phi. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Phi. with 9+ catches & 6th in row vs. Phi. with 100+ rec. yards, including postseason. WR CALVIN RIDLEY had 64 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Had 6 rec. TDs in 8 home games in 2018. TE AUSTIN HOOPER led team with 9 receptions in Week 1. • DT GRADY JARRETT had sack & FF last week. Had 5 sacks & 3 FFs in his past 4 at home. DT TYELER DAVISON led team with career-high 8 tackles in Week 1. LB DEION JONES has 20 tackles (10 per game), 3 PD & INT in 2 career games vs. Phi. S DAMONTAE KAZEE has PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC East.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Jason Taylor SIRIUS: 81 (Phi), 83 (Atl) | XM: 225 (Phi), 226 (Atl)
Cleveland Browns (0-1) at New York Jets (0-1)
WEEK 2 // MONDAY, SEPT. 16, 2019 // 8:15 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY
LEADER: Browns lead all-time series, 13-12 STREAKS: Jets have won 5 of past 6 LAST GAME: 9/20/18: Jets 17 at Browns 21 LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/15: Jets 31, Browns 10
QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 25 of 38 passes for 285 yards & 1 TD passlast week. Had 201 pass yards & 100.1 rating in NFL debut vs. NYJ in 2018. Has 2+ TD passes in 6 of 7 career road games. • RB NICK CBUBB led team with 75 rush yards last week. Has 489 rush yards (69.9 per game) & 6 total TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in past 7 on road. RB DONTRELL HILLIARD scored first career TD last week. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. led team with 7 catches for 71 yards last week in Cle. debut. Had 6 catches for 149 yards & TD in only career game vs. NYJ (12/6/15 with NYG). Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC East with 100+ rec. yards & TD. Has 755 rec. yards (94.4 per game) & 7 TDs in 8 career games on MNF. WR JARVIS LANDRY had 4 catches for 67 yards last week. Has 30 catches for 389 yards (97.3 per game) & 2 TDs in 4 career road meetings. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC East with 8+ catches. TE DAVID NJOKU had TD catch last week. • DE MYLES GARRETT led team with 2 sacks last week, his 5th career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 2+ sacks. Has 7 sacks & FF in past 7 road games. DE OLIVIER VERNON has 4 sacks in past 3 at NYJ. DT SHELDON RICHARDSON had 242 tackles, 40 TFL, 18 sacks & 5 FFs in 4 seasons with NYJ (2013-16). LB JOE SCHOBERT led team with 9 tackles last week. Had INT in last meeting. CB DENZEL WARD had 4 tackles & FF in last meeting.
QB SAM DARNOLD completed 28 of 41 passes for 175 yards & 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 84.9 rating last week. Has TD pass in all 7 career home games. RB LE’VEON BELL had 92 scrimmage yards & rec. TD last week in NYJ debut. Has 744 scrimmage yards (124 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 6 career games vs. Cle. Has 8,088 career scrimmage yards & surpassed HOFer ERIC DICKERSON (64 games) to become fastest player in NFL history to 8,000 scrimmage yards (63 games). • WR JAMISON CROWDER had career-high 14 catches for 99 yards last week in NYJ debut. WR ROBBY ANDERSON has 19 catches for 259 yards (86.3 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3 at home. WR QUINCY ENUNWA has 8 catches for 150 yards (75 per game) & TD in past 2 games vs. Cle. • S JAMAL ADAMS had 6 tackles & PD last week. Has 203 tackles since entering league in 2017, most among safeties. S MARCUS MAYE had 4 tackles & INT in his only career meeting (10/8/17). CB TRUMAINE JOHNSON tied for team lead with 8 tackles last week. Had FF in last game vs. Cle. Since entering league in 2012, is 1 of 2 CBs (RICHARD SHERMAN) with 20+ INTs (22) & 3+ FFs (3). CB DARRYL ROBERTS tied for team lead with 8 tackles last week. LB C.J. MOSLEY had 5 tackles, 17-yard INT-TD & FR last week in NYJ debut. Had INT in his last game vs. Cle. (12/30/18 with Bal.). LB JORDAN JENKINS had sack last week. Had sack & FF in last meeting.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN (8:15 PM ET): Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Tony Boselli, Ross Tucker (field reporter) SIRIUS: 81 (Cle), 83 (NYJ) | XM: 225 (Cle), 226 (NYJ)
NFL WEEK 2 PLAYERS TO WATCH AND FANTASY NOTES
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers
NFL Players to Watch
Vernon Hargreaves III earned an impressive 84.9 coverage grade across his 34 coverage snaps in Week 1, allowing just one reception from three targets for 14 yards and snagging a pick-six in the process. On his interception, Hargreaves made an outstanding break on the ball covering San Francisco 49ers’ Tevin Coleman on a short hitch and turned Jimmy Garoppolo’s errant throw into six points. Hargreaves will see a mix of two talented Carolina Panthers pass-catchers in Curtis Samuel and second-year Maryland product DJ Moore against Carolina in Week 2. The Panthers duo combined for 10 receptions and 108 receiving yards from 14 targets in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams.
Fantasy Football Preview
Don’t panic about Cam Newton and the Panthers’ passing game yet. A Week 1 matchup against the Rams is scary for any quarterback, especially when Aqib Talib is on the field. Last year, the Rams allowed 26.4 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks when Talib was inactive but cut that number basically in half (13.8) when he played. You’d have liked Newton to do better than his 7.8-point outing in Week 1, but cut him some slack until he faces a friendlier defense.
Spread: CAR -6.5 | Total: 49.5
Look ahead lines had this spread pegged at -5.5 before Week 1. The Bucs had an atrocious start to 2019, and this line adjusted out to -6.5 and even -7 in some spots. With both offenses in the top half of our offensive ranking, Greenline is intrigued by a certain side of the total.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Arizona Cardinals @ Baltimore Ravens
NFL Players to Watch
Rookie Oklahoma product Marquise Brown turned eight routes into 147 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 against the hapless Miami Dolphins. He turned a short slant route into a 47-yard touchdown on his first trip to the end zone and burned Minkah Fitzpatrick on a go route from the slot for and 83-yard touchdown soon after. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound speedster is just scratching the surface and should see a favorable matchup against an Arizona secondary without Patrick Peterson. The Cardinals gave up 321 yards on targets to the slot or outside receivers against Detroit, the third-highest total of any NFL defense in Week 1.
Fantasy Football Preview
Kyler Murray came out in his first career game and got hit in the mouth. And then he rebounded fine. His PFF grade through the third quarter against the Lions was 35.6, but then he put up a 78.9 in the fourth quarter as the Cardinals came back to tie the game. Sure, you’d rather four quarters of production, but for a debuting rookie behind a bad offensive line facing one of the league’s most fearsome defensive fronts, that’s reassuring. He’ll be fine.
Spread: BAL -13.5 | Total: 37
The second-largest spread price in Week 2 pits our 28th-ranked Cardinals against the seventh-ranked Ravens. The spread has held firm since the open, but the total has been pounded from an opening of 41 finally settling in at a market consensus of 47. Greenline can help answer whether that move was too extreme.
San Francisco 49ers @ Cincinnati Bengals
NFL Players to Watch
Only Jameis Winston turned in a lower passing grade than Jimmy Garoppolo among quarterbacks with 20-plus dropbacks in Week 1. Jimmy G threw a terrible interception to Vernon Hargreaves III that resulted in a pick-six and really struggled pushing the ball downfield the few times he aired it out. He finished the game with a week-low 5.5 average depth of target and just a 6.2 yard per attempt average. He also completed just one of the seven attempts he three 10-plus yards down the field. Cincinnati’s defense isn’t among the league’s best by any means, but Sam Hubbard, Geno Atkins and Carl Lawson will feast on Jimmy G and the 49ers’ offense if they can’t stretch the field. The Bengals trio combined for 12 total pressures against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1.
Fantasy Football Preview
There are plenty of big names to be nervous about coming out of Week 1 because of frustrating fantasy performances. George Kittle definitely is not one of them. Yes, we would have liked more than 54 yards, especially considering he had eight receptions, but Kittle played 91.0% of the 49ers’ offensive snaps, had 10 targets when no one else on the team topped three and had two touchdowns called back due to penalty. Kittle is still firmly the fantasy TE2.
Spread: CIN -1.5 | Total: 45
Quite a bit of market uncertainty seems to exist around the 2019 Bengals. After opening as a pick ’em, this line moved out to -1.5 in most spots favoring the home Bengals. With two defenses in the bottom fourth of our defensive rankings, make sure to check out Greenline to see if there’s a play on the total.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Detroit Lions
NFL Players to Watch
The Chargers will be in bad spot offensively for as long as Trent Scott takes the field as the team’s starter at left tackle in place of the injured Russell Okung. Scott allowed five total pressures and was beat an additional two times against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1, earning a dismal 48.3 single-game pass-blocking grade in the process. Including his poor performance this past week, Scott has earned just a 48.7 overall grade, a 42.3 pass-blocking grade and a 54.2 run-blocking grade across 198 career offensive snaps. Expect Matt Patricia and the Lions’ defense to seek out ways to expose Scott on Sunday.
Fantasy Football Preview
T.J. Hockenson is here. It’s not a stretch at all to say the Detroit tight end had the best debut game of any rookie tight end ever, and he did it with plenty of deep plays — his average depth of target of 18.2 yards was almost six yards deeper than the deepest tight end’s last year (Rob Gronkowski, 12.5 yards). He won’t maintain that aDOT, and he probably won’t continue to haul in 131 yards a game, but he’s definitely now on the TE1 radar.
Spread: DET +2.5 | Total: 48
The Lions played three and a half quarters of solid football in Week 1 before letting Arizona climb back into the game. With 20 places between these two teams’ ELO rankings, is 2.5 points too great of an obstacle for the road favorite Chargers?
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
NFL Players to Watch
Rookie center Garrett Bradberry learned quickly that Atlanta Falcons veteran defensive interior Grady Jarrett is the real deal in Week 1. Bradberry earned just a 35.1 overall grade and a 51.5 run-blocking grade against Atlanta in Week 1. He also allowed one pressure and got beat an additional two times in his 11 pass-blocking snaps. And things don’t get any easier for the rookie in Week 2, as he should see a ton of Green Bay Packers star defensive interior Kenny Clark this upcoming Sunday. Clark had an unspectacular start to the 2019 season against the Chicago Bears in Week 1, but he earned 90.5 and 87.5 overall grades in 2018 and 2017, respectively.
Fantasy Football Preview
The Vikings led 14-0 before seven minutes had passed in Week 1 and never saw the lead get lower than that, so don’t attach too much to the fact that the team attempted only 10 passes. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are still stars, and they’ll get theirs in the long run, even if this team is more run-heavy than in recent years. The player you might want to worry about, though? Kyle Rudolph. The tight end played on every single one of the team’s offensive snaps in Week 1, but saw zero targets and stayed in to block more than anything else. He’s off the fantasy radar unless and until something changes.
Spread: GB -3 | Total: 44
This rivalry game is the tightest Week 2 matchup according to our various team rankings. The spread has pushed out to the key -3 number after opening at -2.5 with the total sliding two points from the opening 46 down to 44.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans
NFL Players to Watch
All eyes will be on rookie signal-caller Gardner Minshew in his first career start against the Texans in Week 2. The former Washington State gunslinger finished the 2018 season ranked seventh in passing grade (89.1) and first in adjusted completion percentage (80.7%) among draft-eligible quarterbacks. He also ranked third in the class in turnover-worthy play percentage (1.69%), recording just 12 turnover-worthy plays across his 708 dropbacks. And his NFL debut couldn’t have gotten off to a better start, as he completed 22-of-25 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns on his way to an 87.4 passing grade against the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense in Week 1. He doesn’t have a ton of arm talent, but he throws with great anticipation for a rookie and very well could surprise people going against a Texans defense that struggled against New Orleans on Monday Night Football this past week. Houston’s coverage unit was so bad the team’s brass already released veteran Aaron Colvin, and JJ Watt tallied just one pressure going against New Orleans’ offensive line.
Fantasy Football Preview
Carlos Hyde comfortably outworked Duke Johnson during their Cleveland tenure in 2018. That wasn’t the case in Week 1 — Johnson played 41 snaps compared to 23 for Hyde — but we’re still seeing a split. Hyde had 10 carries, Johnson had nine. Johnson’s receiving work (five targets compared to one for Hyde) means he’s still the back you want in Houston, but the overall split and its efficacy (they combined for 140 rushing yards on 19 carries) means neither one currently looks like anything more than a flex option.
Spread: HOU -8.5 | Total: 43.5
After placing their starting quarterback on IR, the Jaguars opened as 10-point dogs but have been bet down to 8.5 after the Texans’ narrow defeat on Monday night. These teams are within three places of each other according to our overall ELO ranking. Check out Greenline to see if this is enough to make up for the loss of a starting quarterback on the road for the Jaguars.
New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
NFL Players to Watch
Losing Trey Flowers this offseason had many questioning the Patriots’ pass-rush entering the 2019 season. And while New England didn’t get much pressure against Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers in Week 1, third-year defensive lineman Deatrich Wise Jr. showed he may be capable of filling Flowers’ shoes. Wise recorded four total pressures on just 16 pass-rush snaps on his way to a team-high 79.1 pass-rush grade against Pittsburgh in Week 1. No other Patriots defensive lineman earned a pass-rush grade above 62.0 in the contest. Wise is in a prime position to build off his strong start to the 2019 NFL season going against an atrocious offensive line in South Beach. The Dolphins had three different offensive linemen allow three or more pressures in Week 1, including Julie’n Davenport and Danny Isidora.
Fantasy Football Preview
Lamar Jackson had a 60.0 PFF passing grade in 2018. He had a 93.6 in Week 1. Tom Brady had an 88.6 passing grade in 2018. How high can it climb in Week 2 against this woeful Dolphins team? Sure, that was a small sample, and a lot of Jackson’s improvements have to be credited to Jackson himself, but Miami looks like a team to use all of your weapons against in 2019, and to do so hungrily.
Spread: MIA +19 | Total: 47.5
The spread that refuses to settle in Week 2, this line opened with the Patriots favored by 15.5 on the road and has continued to climb currently settled at 19 for the road favorites. If it closes at this price, it would be the biggest road spread the Patriots have had to overcome in over 10 years. A whopping 29 spots separate these two teams’ ELO rankings and defensive rankings, and 24 spots separate their offensive rankings. Check Greenline to see if these ranking discrepancies are enough to justify a play on either side at the current market price.
Buffalo Bills @ New York Giants
NFL Players to Watch
Rookie cornerback DeAndre Baker, a first-round pick out of Georgia, is in desperate need of a bounce-back week. Cowboys’ Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup gave Baker fits in Week 1, torching the young cornerback for 132 yards, three first downs and a touchdown as a duo. He earned, as you’d expect, a dismal 28.4 coverage grade for his efforts (or lack thereof) against Dallas. And things don’t get any easier for the rookie against Buffalo, especially if he’s pitted against Bills speedster John Brown at any point in the game. Brown caught 7-of-9 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown against the New York Jets in Week 1.
Fantasy Football Preview
Only four starting quarterbacks in Week 1 put up a lower overall grade than Josh Allen’s 52.3, and only one put up a lower rushing grade than Allen’s 44.1 (among those who actually logged a carry). Yes, he salvaged a wholly respectable fantasy day of 22.0 points thanks to a late-game comeback that included a rushing score and a passing score, but he’s going to have to cut down on the turnovers and improve overall for him to be anything like a fantasy option.
Spread: NYG +1.5 | Total: 43.5
The Giants have surprisingly been bet down after opening as 2.5 home dogs. With some oddsmakers moving all the way to pick ’em, has this line over adjusted too much for a team ranked 29th in our ELO rankings?
Seattle Seahawks @ Pittsburgh Steelers
NFL Players to Watch
Steelers’ TJ Watt and Javon Hargrave earned 89.1 and 82.0 pass-rush grades, respectively, going against the New England Patriots’ offensive line in Week 1. The duo combined for a whopping 11 pressures and two additional pass-rush wins across 40 combined pass-rush opportunities. In other words, Seattle’s offensive line is in for a rough Week 2 outing against Pittsburgh. While DJ Fluker and Ethan Pocic allowed just one pressure between the two of them, Justin Britt, Duane Brown and Germain Ifedi all earned sub-70.0 pass-blocking grades and allowed nine total pressures as a trio against Cincinnati in Week 1. Expect this to be a lopsided affair in the trenches in favor of Watt, Hargrave & Co.
Fantasy Football Preview
There were 124 receivers to see at least one target in Week 1. By PFF overall grading, Pittsburgh’s receivers ranked 35th (JuJu Smith-Schuster), 84th (James Washington), 97th (Ryan Switzer), 101st (Diontae Johnson), 102nd (Johnny Holton) and a cool 124th (Donte Moncrief). Yes, they were facing one of the game’s best secondaries in New England, but that’s a horrifying collection of grades for what was supposed to be a powerful receiving offense. If the Steelers don’t rebound in Week 2, we can start to get very concerned.
Spread: PIT -4 | Total: 46.5
Between these two evenly matched teams, the only big ranking discrepancy is on the offensive side, where the Seahawks rank ninth and the Steelers slot in at 19th. With a handful of Steelers players currently listed as questionable, this line has moved from an opening of -4.5 down a full point in some spots. Greenline offers a play and with this line still moving, the question is when is the correct time to pounce.
Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans
NFL Players to Watch
Kemoko Turay, the Colts’ second-year Rutgers product, had a career day against the Los Angeles Chargers’ hapless offensive line in Week 1. He recorded four pressures in just 15 pass-rush snaps en route to a 94.9 pass-rush grade on the day. And Turay will have another favorable matchup going against Titans left tackle Dennis Kelly on Sunday. Replacing the suspended Taylor Lewan, Kelly recorded a 56.9 pass-blocking grade and allowed three pressures on his 30 pass-blocking snaps against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1.
We can’t move onto the next game without discussing Titans rookie wideout AJ Brown. The former Ole Miss standout was electric in his NFL regular season debut, catching three of his four targets for 100 yards and forcing several missed tackles along the way.
Fantasy Football Preview
The Colts led for exactly zero seconds of their Week 1 game. Despite the unfavorable gamescript, Marlon Mack played 48 snaps compared to 17 for Nyheim Hines, reassuring for investors who might have been worried about Mack’s gamescript sensitivity a year ago. Hines still had four targets while Mack didn’t get a single one, so he’s not a pure bell-cow by any means, but if Mack can continue to see the field that much even if the Colts trail, he’ll be a borderline RB1 in 2019.
Spread: TEN -3 | Total: 45
The new-look Colts had a surprisingly solid start to the NFL season taking the Chargers to overtime. With two defenses ranked in the top-10, this total could be slightly mispriced as oddsmakers continue to struggle to peg the Colts correctly to start the season.
Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins
NFL Players to Watch
La’el Collins enters Week 2 as the highest-graded offensive tackle in football after a strong performance against the New York Giants highlighted by several impact blocks in the run game. He’ll look to build on his hot start with another dominant outing against a Washington Redskins defensive front lacking top-end talent outside of veteran Ryan Kerrigan. With Amari Cooper drawing a ton of rave reviews (and rightfully so) for his fiery performance in Week 1, Michael Gallup is getting enough attention for his strong start to his sophomore season in the NFL. The former Colorado State phenom caught all seven of his targets against New York for 158 yards and five first downs while also forcing three missed tackles after the catch.
Redskins rookie wideout Terry McLaurin also deserves some love for his NFL regular season debut and will be a player to watch against Dallas and in the weeks following. McLaurin caught 5-of-7 targets for 125 yards and a score against Philadelphia in Week 1, earning an 84.7 receiving grade in the process.
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Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup each topped 100 yards in Week 1. The last time the Cowboys had two 100-yard receivers in the same game, Matt Cassel was the starting quarterback back in Week 9 of 2015 when Cole Beasley and Dez Bryant did it. Whether it is Gallup’s development or an improved Dak Prescott or the Kellen Moore offense, we’ll have to wait and see, but this offense appears to have an element we haven’t seen from it in some time.
Spread: WAS +4.5 | Total: 46.5
The Cowboys had one of the best starts to the 2019 season with their offense looking like a revelation under new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. After opening at 44, this total has risen up to 46.5. Greenline can tell you whether that adjustment is correct or the market is overvaluing one week of data on the Cowboys.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders
NFL Players to Watch
Derek Carr and Tyrell Williams both exceeded expectations in the Raiders’ season opener against the Denver Broncos on Monday night. Carr earned the second-highest passing grade of any quarterback in Week 1 at 92.6, and Williams led the way with 86.2 receiving grade, 105 yards and a score. Carr really thrived throwing the football quickly after the snap, as he completed 16-of-18 passes thrown within 2.5 seconds of the snap for 165 yards and a score while averaging 4.5 air yards per target. Jon Gruden’s offensive gameplan put Carr and the Raiders’ front-five in a position to succeed against a very good Denver Broncos defensive front.
With Tyreek Hill expected to “miss a few weeks” with a shoulder injury, Kansas City will lean on Sammy Watkins to fill the void similar to how he did against Jacksonville in Week 1. Watkins torched the Jags’ defense, catching 9-of-11 targets for 198 yards, three touchdowns and two additional first downs en route to a 91.4 receiving grade.
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Gardner Minshew was one of Week 1’s biggest surprises, replacing an injured Nick Foles and putting up an 87.8 PFF grade and notching a 100% adjusted completion percentage (his three incompletions came on two drops and a batted pass). That’s great for the rookie, but it’s fair to wonder how much of his performance came because of gamescript and the fact that the Chiefs are amenable to passing production. Derek Carr, who tied for our top overall quarterback grade in Week 1, could be the next to test the hypothesis that the Chiefs allow plenty of fantasy numbers, and that makes him a viable streaming option in Week 2.
Spread: OAK +7.5 | Total: 52.5
The Raiders shocked the league Monday night turning turmoil into triumph in their opening week victory. This total has actually dropped a full point down to 52.5 from the open. With two of the three worst defenses in the NFL according to our rankings duking it out, is that line movement correct?
Chicago Bears @ Denver Broncos
NFL Players to Watch
Rookie guard Dalton Risner had a stellar start to his NFL career against Oakland on Monday night. He earned an 84.2 overall grade and 80.0-plus marks as both a run-blocker (80.3) and pass-blocker (83.3) across 62 offensive snaps. He allowed zero total pressures in his 35 pass-blocking snaps, as well. Risner, however, will face a much tougher test in Week 2 than he did against the Raiders’ defensive front in Week 1. Bears interior defensive linemen Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman both pose as challenges for Risner this upcoming week. Hicks earned a 92.0 overall grade in Chicago a year ago, and Goldman wasn’t too far behind with his 89.0 overall grade in 2018.
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It’s fair to question exactly how much an offense facing its old defensive coordinator really matters — it’s not like Vic Fangio was in the Bears’ quarterback meetings — but all things equal, you’d rather not see it. The fact that Mitchell Trubisky put up only a 49.1 PFF grade (30th of 32 qualified QBs) and a 62.1 passer rating (better only than Jameis Winston’s) in Week 1 would already be cause for concern without the fact that he’s going against Fangio and the Broncos. Trubisky still has upside for the year, but don’t count on it in Week 2.
Spread: DEN +2.5 | Total: 40.5
The lowest total of Week 2 belongs to the Bear-Broncos matchup. Is it quality defense or atrocious offense holding this total down? Greenline can offer insight on how to play both the spread and total in this game.
New Orleans Saints @ Los Angeles Rams
NFL Players to Watch
Rams’ Joseph Noteboom and Rob Havenstein both turned in poor performances against the Panthers in Week 1. Both offensive linemen earned sub-50.0 overall grades and run-blocking grades while also allowing eight total pressures as a duo. They’ll have to right the ship in a hurry going against a Saints defensive line that mauled Deshaun Watson early and often in Week 1. Cameron Jordan and Trey Hendrickson combined for nine total pressures in New Orleans’ 30-28 win over the Texans last week.
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One of the party lines around these parts was that Todd Gurley could still be extremely effective for fantasy even with a reduced touch load. And while that’s true (he generated 101 yards on 15 touches in Week 1), his lack of work near the end zone has to be a concern. In Week 1, Gurley had no touches inside the red zone. Malcolm Brown got five red-zone carries, including two inside the five-yard line that both resulted in touchdowns. If that continues, Gurley could be frustrating all year.
Spread: LAR -2.5 | Total: 53
After squeaking out a wild victory on Monday night, the Saints have to travel to LA for a rematch of the NFC Championship. As the third- and fourth-best teams according to our ELO rankings, both of these offenses also are in the top five. The biggest discrepancy is our defensive rankings, where the Saints are 16th and the Rams are third. Along with home-field advantage, is this enough for the Rams to be the play at less than a field goal favorite?
Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons
NFL Players to Watch
Desean Jackson’s return to Philadelphia got off to an impressive start in Week 1, as the 32-year-old speedster hauled in eight of his nine targets for 154 yards and two touchdowns on his way to an 88.7 overall grade against Washington. Only 18 of his 154 receiving yards came after the catch, six of his eight receptions went for either a touchdown or first down and he finished the game with a 15.6 average depth of target. Jackson will test Atlanta’s secondary in more ways than one, putting the pressure on safeties Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal to limit the big play.
Grady Jarrett had himself a day against Minnesota despite coming home with the loss. He tore apart the Vikings’ interior offensive line en route to a 92.4 overall grade and a 95.1 pass-rush grade on the day. Going against one of – if not the – best interior offensive line in football – Jarrett will need to be at his best again to have a significant impact on Sunday.
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The stack is a very popular and often successful fantasy football strategy, particularly in DFS. Pairing a quarterback and his pass-catcher lets you double up on production. And the Eagles are doing their level best to render it moot. DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz all had between six and nine targets in Week 1; out of the backfield, Darren Sproles, Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders all had either two or three. Even Nelson Agholor (5) and Dallas Goedert (3) were relevant. The Eagles’ ridiculous assortment of receiving weapons means that it’s one of the deepest and potentially best offenses in 2019, but it makes figuring out who to pair with Carson Wentz in a given week a daunting task.
Spread: ATL +1 | Total: 51
The PFF Game of the Week brought to you by BetMGM is the Sunday nightcap with two teams whose offenses rank in the top-10 league-wide. After opening as a pick ’em, this line appears to have the most disagreement between bookmakers with some holding to the opening line while others range all the way to Eagles -2. Depending on prices dealt, a moneyline bet on the Eagles could be the play if found at straight up -110 odds.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Cleveland Browns @ New York Jets
NFL Players to Watch
Denzel Ward needs a bounce-back game after falling victim to the AJ Brown Show against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1. Ward gave up a big 47-yard gain to Brown and was called for a penalty to start his sophomore season in the NFL, and he earned just a 29.0 single-game coverage grade as a result. He’ll likely be asked with covering a combination of Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder against the Jets this week, two receivers that can win in multiple ways if given the opportunity to do so.
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Remember when the Jets were downplaying Le’Veon Bell’s role in the preseason? Ty Montgomery was great in training camp, they said, and he’d have plenty to do. Adam Gase has no history of using a bell-cow back. All that jazz. Well, in Week 1, Bell got 17 of the Jets’ 18 backfield carries, all of the backfield targets and played 100% of the team’s offensive snaps. He’s a monster.
Spread: NYJ +2.5 | Total: 45
Both teams had disappointing starts to the 2019 season. After opening as a pick ’em, this has slid out to Jets being priced as a home dog at +2.5. With the Jets being the worst team according to our ELO rankings, is this drop enough to make them a buy at the current market price?
IU EAST MEN’S SOCCER
(IU EAST RELEASE)
UPLAND, Ind. – One goal came early, while the other was late.
The Indiana University East men’s soccer team fell for the second straight match as Taylor University posted a 2-0 victory over the Red Wolves on Sept. 11.
Taylor’s first goal was before three minutes had expired with the final tally coming in the with under 90 seconds remaining.
IU East is now 3-2 and Taylor is 3-2-2.
The Red Wolves had 17 shots with eight being on goal.
Taylor’s Adam Siegelin scored the first goal of the match at the 2:12 mark.
Josiah Wieland had the other goal for the Trojans on a breakaway at 88:41.
IU East is now 1-2 on the road this season.
IU East goalkeeper Aaron Gipson had one save with just three shots on goal for the second contest in a row.
The Red Wolves return home for their next match, which is against Lincoln College on Sept. 13. The affair at Centerville High School gets underway at 7 p.m.
Indiana Earns First Women’s Golfer of the Week Honor
Hoosiers’ Schmid scores seven-under 209 at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational
Golfer of the Week
Priscilla Schmid, Indiana
Jr. – Montevideo, Uruguay – IMG Academy – Tourism, Hospitality & Event Management
- Tied for second at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., after scoring a three-round total of 209 (-7)
- Tallied a 68 on day two of the invitational, her second-best career round
- Carded 12 birdies and 49 holes at-or-below par
- Earns her first Golfer of the Week award
- Last Indiana Golfer of the Week: Mary Parsons (April 17, 2019)
Weiler Named Big Ten Golfer of the Week
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Junior Joe Weiler was named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week after recording his second top-three finish of the season. It marks the first weekly honor of Weiler’s career.
Weiler, a Bloomington, Indiana, native, earned the award after recording a third-place showing at the Gopher Invitational this past weekend in Minnesota. Weiler recorded a 54-hole tally of 3-under par 210 (71-68-71) to finish just three shots behind medalist William Buhl of Arkansas (-6).
Weiler was the only player in the field to record three rounds of even-par or better and his 210 tied a career-low tournament score set the previous week at the Island Resort Intercollegiate.
He leads the Boilermakers in stroke average through two events, averaging 70.00 per 18 holes. Through 108 holes this year, he’s had just one double bogey. He’s been at even or under-par in all six rounds this season, tied for the fifth-longest streak in school history.
For his career, Weiler ranks 13th in school history in career stroke average at 74.00 strokes per round.
The Boilermakers will compete at the Windon Memorial Classic at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Illinois, next Monday and Tuesday.
Iowa and Nebraska Earn Big Ten Weekly Cross Country Awards
Hawkeyes’ Nathan Mylenek and Huskers’ Erika Freyhof are this week’s honorees
Men’s Athlete of the Week
Nathan Mylenek, Iowa
Sr. – Clarkston, Mich. – Pontiac Notre Dame
- Placed second at the season-opening Hawkeye Invitational with a personal-best 6K time of 18:16 while helping Iowa earn the team title
- Posted the third-fastest 6K time in program history, just six seconds off the school record
- Earns his first career Athlete of the Week award
- Last Iowa Men’s Athlete of the Week: Jeff Thode (Oct. 19, 2010)
Women’s Athlete of the Week
Erika Freyhof, Nebraska
Jr. – Hamilton, Mich. – Hamilton
- Finished third in a 306-runner field in Nebraska’s season-opening race at the Augustana Twilight in Sioux Falls, S.D., covering the 5K course in a personal-best 17:01.13
- Topped her previous personal-best 5K time by 17 seconds
- Earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honors last year
- Collects her second career Athlete of the Week accolade
- Last Nebraska Women’s Athlete of the Week: Erika Freyhof (Sept. 5, 2018)
2019 Big Ten Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week
Sept. 5 Isaac Harding, Jr., MICH
Sept. 11 Nathan Mylenek, Sr., IOWA
BIG 10 VOLLEYBALL THIS WEEKEND
All 14 Big Ten programs take the court this weekend with five top-20 matchups occurring over the country: #23 Purdue vs. #22 Louisville, #8 Minnesota vs. #10 Oregon (BTN+), #1 Stanford at #4 Penn State (BTN), #8 Minnesota vs. #1 Stanford (BTN+) and #10 Oregon at #4 Penn State (BTN+). • Seven Big Ten programs are ranked in the latest coaches’ poll released by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), with four teams ranked among the top 10 for the third week in a row. Nebraska is No. 2 in the poll, Penn State is No. 4, Minnesota is No. 8 and Wisconsin is ninth. Illinois is 14th, Purdue is No. 23 and Michigan is No. 24. • The Big Ten volleyball television package features at least 48 matches this season — 38 on BTN (including seven doubleheader broadcasts), six on the ESPN family of networks (one on ESPN, two on ESPN2 and three on ESPNU) and four on FS1. BTN’s volleyball coverage is the most extensive in Network history and will include the debut of the B1G Volleyball Report on Sept. 18. The B1G Volleyball Report will air throughout October following doubleheader matches on Wednesday nights with highlights and analysis from across the Conference. • Penn State’s Kaitlyn Hord earned Player of the Week. The sophomore averaged 3.3 kills, hit .545 percent in two straight-set wins and was named tournament MVP. Rutgers’ Karysa Swackenberg was named Defensive Player of the Week after averaging 4.3 digs per set and serve received at .952 percent. Minnesota’s Kylie Miller claimed Setter of the Week after posting 79 assists and averaged 13.2 helpers per set. Northwestern’s Temi Thomas-Ailara averaged 4.2 kills per set for the Wildcats, earning Freshman of the Week. • Six Big Ten programs rank in the top 25 of national hitting percentage: No. 2 Penn State (.432), No. 11 Indiana (.341), No. 12 Iowa (.338), No. 14 Michigan (.334), No. 16 Northwestern (.325) and No. 21 Illinois (.320). • The Big Ten leads the nation among all conferences in hitting percentage, averaging a .299 clip. • Five Big Ten students rank in the top 15 of national hitting percentage: Penn State’s Serena Gray is second in the nation averaging a .653 clip, Penn State’s Kaitlyn Hord is fourth (.582), Northwestern’s Olivia Viscuso is sixth (.578), Indiana’s Deyshia Lofton is eighth (.542) and Wisconsin’s Dana Rettke is 13th (.504). • Illinois’ Jacqueline Quade, Purdue’s Caitlyn Newton and Minnesota’s Stephanie Samedy are ranked in national kills per set. Quade is 10th with 5.23 kills per set, Newton is 11th with 5.22 and Samedy is 17th with 4.92 kills per set. • Five students are ranked in the top 25 of assists per set. Minnesota’s Kylie Miller paces the conference at No. 3 averaging 13.0 helpers per set. Nebraska’s Nicklin Hames is sixth with 12.0, Wisconsin’s Sydney Hiller is ninth with 11.8, Penn State’s Gabby Blossom is 21st with 11.33 and Northwestern’s Payton Chang is No. 25 with 11.11 assists per set. • Two Big Ten students are listed in the top 10 of blocks per set. Michigan State’s Naya Gros is fifth averaging 1.85 rejections per set and Purdue’s Blake Mohler is ninth with 1.80 per set. • Four active Big Ten coaches have recorded at least 600 career wins: Penn State’s Russ Rose (1,277), Nebraska’s John Cook (725), Michigan State’s Cathy George (642) and Michigan’s Mark Rosen (621). Rose ranks first among active Division I coaches in career victories, while Cook ranks 9th, George is 14th and Rosen is No. 17.
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019
Oakland at Michigan State+ 7:00 pm
Friday, Sept. 13, 2019
Northwestern vs. Georgia 10:00 am
FGCU vs. Indiana 10:00 am
Iowa vs. Wyoming 11:00 am
High Point at #2 Nebraska+ 1:00 pm
Tulane vs. Ohio State 2:00 pm
New Hampshire vs. Rutgers 3:00 pm
#22 Louisville vs. #23 Purdue 4:00 pm
UC Davis vs. Iowa 5:30 pm
Indiana vs. Cleveland State 6:00 pm
#10 Oregon vs. #8 Minnesota+ 6:00 pm
South Carolina vs. #9 Wisconsin 6:00 pm
Northwestern at Duke 7:00 pm
Arkansas at Maryland+ 7:00 pm
Navy at #24 Michigan+ 7:00 pm
#14 Illinois at Illinois State 8:00 pm
Ohio State at Western Kentucky 8:00 pm
Denver at #2 Nebraska+ 8:30 pm
#1 Stanford at #4 Penn State* 9:00 pm
Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019
Quinnipiac at Rutgers 10:00 am
RV UCF vs. #14 Illinois 11:00 am
Northwestern at American 12:00 pm
George Mason at Maryland+ 1:00 pm
Loyola Marymount at #2 Nebraska+ 2:00 pm
#9 Wisconsin at Clemson 3:00 pm
Indiana at #15 Kentucky 4:00 pm
Ohio State at Bowling Green 5:00 pm
Rutgers at Colgate 5:30 pm
#1 Stanford vs. #8 Minnesota+ 5:30 pm
Princeton at Maryland+ 7:00 pm
Iowa at South Dakota 7:30 pm
#10 Oregon at #4 Penn State+ 8:00 pm
#7 Marquette vs. #14 Illinois 8:30 pm
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019
Eastern Michigan at #24 Michigan+ 1:00 pm
North Carolina at Michigan State+ 1:00 pm
Indy Eleven 2 : 0 Ottawa Fury FC
INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, September 11, 2019) – Indy Eleven used a pair of goals by midfielder Ayoze and a stout defensive effort to post a 2-0 win over Ottawa Fury FC at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The club-record 22nd straight home game without a loss propelled Indy Eleven (16W-5L-5D, 53 pts.) to a share of the top spot in the Eastern Conference with New York Red Bulls II, on which Indiana’s Team holds a game in hand on as the season enters the final six weeks of play.
Ayoze started his dangerous night early, striking from distance in the 6th minute and creating numerous chances from his spot on the left wing. The veteran Spanish winger doubled his pleasure from 20 yards out in the 55th minute, his third goal of the season putting the nail in the coffin of a listless Ottawa side
Indy Eleven goalkeeper Evan Newton made four saves on the evening to post his ninth shutout of the season and Indy’s 12th overall, good for the second most in the 36-team USL Championship. The win pushed Indy’s impressive home record in 2019 to 10W-0L-4D, a ledger that includes a 19-4 advantage in goals scored and 10 shutouts.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1883 In an American Association contest, John Reilly hits for the cycle, collecting three singles, a double, triple, and home run in the Red Stockings’ 27-5 rout of the visiting Pittsburgh Alleghenys at the Bank Street Grounds. Next week, the 24 year-old Cincinnati first baseman will accomplish the feat for the second time at the same ballpark when the team beats the first-place Philadelphia Athletics, 12-3.
1930 The last major league bounced home run is hit by Dodger catcher Al Lopez at Ebbets Field as the NL joins the American League, which had enacted the rule change in 1929. The player who hits the ball over the wall on a bounce will now be awarded a ground-rule double.
1932 In the bottom of the ninth, Johnny Frederick hits his major league record-setting sixth pinch-homer of the season, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Cubs. The Brooklyn outfielder’s major league mark will not be broken for 68 years until another Dodger, Dave Hansen, strokes seven round-trippers coming off the bench in 2000.
1936 Kid Elberfeld, at age of 61, grounds out to third as he pinch-hits for the Fulton team in the Kitty League.
1947 Pirates’ outfielder Ralph Kiner hits a record eight home runs in four games. Tony Lazzeri had hit seven round-trippers in four games in 1936.
1952 At Forbes Field, the Pirates become the first team to use protective headgear, a precursor to the batting helmet, that protects the players’ temples. Branch Rickey’s innovation, worn both at the plate and in the field in the Bucs’ twin bill split with Boston, is a plastic hat with a foam layer attached to the hat band.
1953 The Dodgers clinch a pennant at the earliest date ever in baseball history with a 5-2 victory over the Braves at County Stadium. Carl Erskine gets the win when Brooklyn, who clinches consecutive titles for the first time in franchise history, goes up 13 games up on Milwaukee with 12 left to play.
1958 At Connie Mack Stadium, Giants’ leadoff hitter Jim Davenport singles and a hits a three-run inside-the-park home run during an eight-run first inning. Johnny Antonelli pitches a complete game for his 15th victory of the season as San Francisco routs the Phillies, 19-2.
1959 En route to a 21-15 season with the Giants, 33 year-old Toothpick Sam Jones throws a four-hitter against Philadelphia to become the second black major leaguer to win twenty games. In 1955, the right-hander from Ohio lost twenty games pitching for the Cubs.
1961 Frank Lary wins his 20th game of the season, the second time he has accomplished the feat, when he goes the distance in the Tigers’ 3-1 victory over Kansas City. The 31 year-old right-hander will finish the season with a 23-9 record, which includes a league-leading 22 complete games.
1962 Tom Cheney sets a major league mark for K’s in a single game by striking out 21 batters, throwing all 16 innings in the Senators’ 2-1 victory over the Orioles. The 27 year-old right-handed fireballer tosses 228 pitches in the three-hour and 59-minute Memorial Stadium contest.
1962 One game behind the front running Dodgers, the Giants lose Willie Mays, their All-Star center fielder, when he is hospitalized for nervous exhaustion. The ‘City by the Bay’ will drop six games in a row, but will recover along with ‘Say Hey Kid’ in time to beat Los Angeles in a playoff to win the National league pennant.
1963 “I look up into the stands, and it looks like Ebbets Field. The Mets are wonderful, but you can’t take the Dodger out of Brooklyn” – DUKE SNIDER, – addressing the Mets fans on his special night at the Polo Grounds. In a pregame ceremony with his former Dodgers teammates, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, and Ralph Branca in attendance, Duke Snider is honored by the Mets with a special ‘night’ at the Polo Grounds, which coincidentally marks the last time the Giants, now located in San Francisco, will ever play in their once long-time home in Harlem. The ‘Silver Fox’, obtained by the last-place expansion team in April, has recently requested to be traded to a contender.
1964 Orioles southpaw Frank Bertaina records his first major league victory when he tosses a one-hitter to beat the A’s at Memorial Stadium, 1-0. The losing pitcher Bob Meyer, who yields the game’s lone run on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, also gives up just one hit in his complete-game effort in the seventh double one-hitter in baseball history
1965 Mets rookie Dick Selma, in his second major league start, establishes a franchise mark when he strikes out 13 batters. The 21 year-old right-hander goes the distance in New York’s ten-inning, 1-0 victory over Milwaukee at Shea Stadium.
1969 The Mets sweep the Pirates in a twin bill when Jerry Koosman and Don Cardwell both go the distance in 1-0 victories. Both starters drive in the only run scored in each game.
1972 In his final appearance in a big league uniform, 29 year-old right-hander Denny McLain, who will finish his ten-year career with a 131-92 record, is tagged with the loss when he gives up three runs in the ninth inning without retiring a batter in the Braves’ 7-5 loss to Cincinnati at Atlanta Stadium. The last batter the one-time 30-game winner, rumored to have been involved with gambling and bookmaking during his time in the major leagues, will face is Pete Rose, who will be banned from baseball for life for wagering on the game.
1974 Mike Schmidt hits an eighth inning three-run bomb, his 36th home run and final one this season, off Jerry Reuss in Philadelphia’s 6-4 comeback victory over the Pirates at Veterans Stadium. The 24 year-old third baseman becomes the first Phillies player to lead the league in home runs since Chuck Klein hit 28 round-trippers in 1933.
1976 At age 53, Minnie Minoso becomes the oldest player to get a hit in a regular season game as he singles in three at-bats as the designated hitter for the White Sox. Angels’ southpaw Sid Monge gives up the historic hit.
1979 Carl Yastrzemski, in a 9-2 Red Sox victory over the Yankees, collects his 3000th hit, an eighth-inning single off Jim Beattie at Fenway Park. After Captain Carl’s milestone marker, the game pauses for a lengthy on-field celebration of the historic moment.
1984 Striking out Marvell Wynne in the sixth inning, Dwight Gooden breaks the season strikeout record for a rookie. By whiffing 16 Pirates, Doc’s total of 251 is six more than Herb Score’s 1955 mark.
1987 Eddie Murray, passing Boog Powell, becomes the Orioles’ all-time home run leader when he hits his 304th round-tripper for Baltimore in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Cal Ripken will move past his buddy for first-place honors, hitting his 334th four-bagger in 1996.
1995 During a WGN pregame radio broadcast at Wrigley Field, Cubs announcer Harry Caray remarks to the team’s skipper Jim Riggleman, “Well, my eyes are slanty enough, how ’bout yours?”, referring to Hideo Nomo, the Japanese rookie hurler scheduled to start for the Dodgers. The veteran announcer, known for not backing off for his on-the-air off-handed comments, does issue an apology, calling the incident “unfortunate.”
1996 Alex Rodriguez, in an 8-5 win over the Royals, sets a major league shortstop record with his 88th extra base hit. The Mariners infielder’s first-inning double off Chris Haney in the Kauffman Stadium contest establishes the new mark.
1996 With two home runs and a single, Yankee center fielder Bernie Williams has eight RBIs, helping the Bronx Bombers defeat Detroit, 12-3.
1998 Cubs’ slugger Sammy Sosa becomes the fourth major leaguer to hit 60 home runs in a season when he blasts a seventh-inning three-run shot off Milwaukee’s Valerio de los Santos in a 15-12 victorious slugfest at Wrigley Field. The Chicago right-fielder joins Babe Ruth (1927 Yankees), Roger Maris (1961 Yankees), and Mark McGwire (1998 Cardinals) in reaching one of baseball’s most cherished milestones.
2000 On the same date the mark was established 68 years ago, Dave Hansen breaks Johnny Frederick’s 1932 record for pinch-hit home runs in a single season with his seventh round-tripper coming off the bench. The Dodger pinch-hitter’s historic homer, a seventh-inning three-run blast off Diamondback right-hander Curt Schilling, isn’t enough to prevent the team’s 5-4 loss to Arizona at Bank One Ballpark.
2002 A jury, and not a judge or umpires, will decide whether Alex Popov actually controlled Barry Bonds’ record-setting 73rd home run in his glove. Popov, who lost possession of the ball valued at approximately $1 million after being mobbed by fans, claims the historic horsehide should belong to him and not Patrick Hayashi, who ended up with the valuable souvenir.
2005 Making his season debut with just 20 games left in the regular schedule, Barry Bonds returns to the Giants lineup with a bang, lining a double in his first at-bat and barely missing hitting his 704th career homer. The 41 year-old slugger had been placed on the disabled list at the start of the season due to an infection following knee surgery.
2006 The Braves are mathematically eliminated from the division race as the Mets beat the Marlins, 6-4. The New York victory ends Atlanta’s streak of fourteen straight division titles, the longest run for any professional sport.
2006 At 39 years and 9 days old, Luis Gonzalez becomes the oldest player to hit 50 doubles in one season. The Diamondbacks outfielder, who also holds the club’s record for two baggers, surpasses Hall of Famer Tris Speaker, who was 38 years, 107 days old when he last legged a hit to second.
2008 In the 2-1 victory over the Nationals, Jorge Cantu goes deep in the fourth inning, making the Marlins the first team in big league history to have four infielders hit 25 home runs in the same season. The Florida third baseman joins first baseman Mike Jacobs (32), second baseman Dan Uggla (30), and shortstop Hanley Ramirez (29) in accounting for 116 of the Fish’s 188 big flies this year.
2015 Atlanta loses its 11th consecutive home game, dropping a 6-4 decision to the Mets at Turner Field. The defeat matches a franchise mark established in 1931, when the team played at Braves Field in Boston.
2017 The Twins set a Target Field record for most homers in a game in the eight-year old ballpark, going deep seven times in the team’s 16-0 pounding of the Padres. The septet of round-trippers blasted by Brian Dozier, Jorge Polanco, Jason Castro (2), Eddie Rosario, Eduardo Escobar, and Kennys Vargas marks the first time in history that a team hits a home run in each of the first seven innings.
2017 Behind Corey Kluber’s complete game performance, the Indians extended their winning streak to 20, beating the Tigers at Progressive Field, 2-0. The Tribe’s winning ways, which began August 24 against the Red Sox in Boston, ties American League record mark the team now shares with 2002 A’s.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS-1984
NEW YORK [Wednesday]-In a dazzling display of virtuoso pitching by a 19-year-old rookie, Dwight Gooden fired the Mets to a 2‚0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight, struck out 16 batters and hurtled past strikeout records set by Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan and Herb Score.
The tall and taciturn right-hander from Tampa, Fla., overpowered the Pirates on five hits, gave no walks and pitched his second straight shutout and seventh straight victory and ended the evening with more strikeouts than any other rookie in history. He passed that milestone in the sixth inning when he struck out Marvell Wynne. It was his 11th strikeout of the night and the 246th of his brief career in the big leagues, and it broke the record set by Score for the Cleveland Indians 29 years ago.
But there was more. By the time he had finished, Gooden had a total of 251 strikeouts in 202 innings in 29 games. He also had broken Ryan’s club record of 14 strikeouts by a rookie in a game, set in 1969, and Seaver’s one-season record of 13 games with 10 or more strikeouts, set in 1971. Gooden, who pitched a one-hitter against the Cubs last Friday night, now has won 16 games in his first season past the Carolina League, where he struck out 300 batters in 191 innings last year. And he stopped the Pirates last night on 120 pitches, only 28 of them called balls.
“He’s great,” said Chuck Tanner, the Pirate manager. “He’s a smoothie, and we’ll see him doing it years from now. Our guys weren’t saying anything at all in the dugout. They didn’t have time. They were striking out so fast, they had to run back on the field.”
“Sometimes you think about it,” Gooden said later of his success, in a rare touch of personal reaction. “You think about it going home, or lying in bed before falling asleep. You think, “Am I dreaming?'”
Dwight Gooden won the Rookie of the Year title in 1984, went 24‚4 with 268 strikeouts in winning the Cy Young Award in ’85 and helped lead the Mets to the World Series championship in ’86. But his was a story of paradise lost: he was admitted to a drug rehab center in 1987 and was never again as dominant. He did have a last hurrah for the Yankees in ’96-a 2‚0 no-hitter against Seattle at Yankee Stadium.
|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Buffalo Bills||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||17||16||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|New England Patriots||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||33||3||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Miami Dolphins||0||1||0||.000||1.0||10||59||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|New York Jets||0||1||0||.000||1.0||16||17||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Oakland Raiders||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||24||16||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Kansas City Chiefs||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||40||26||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Chargers||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||30||24||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Denver Broncos||0||1||0||.000||1.0||16||24||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Baltimore Ravens||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||59||10||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||0||1||0||.000||1.0||20||21||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Cleveland Browns||0||1||0||.000||1.0||13||43||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||0||1||0||.000||1.0||3||33||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tennessee Titans||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||43||13||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Houston Texans||0||1||0||.000||1.0||28||30||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Indianapolis Colts||0||1||0||.000||1.0||24||30||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||0||1||0||.000||1.0||26||40||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Dallas Cowboys||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||35||17||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Philadelphia Eagles||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||32||27||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Washington Redskins||0||1||0||.000||1.0||27||32||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|New York Giants||0||1||0||.000||1.0||17||35||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|San Francisco 49ers||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||31||17||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||30||27||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Seattle Seahawks||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||21||20||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Arizona Cardinals||0||0||1||.500||0.5||27||27||0-0-1||0-0-0||0-0-1||0-0-0||1 T|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Green Bay Packers||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||10||3||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Minnesota Vikings||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||28||12||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Detroit Lions||0||0||1||.500||0.5||27||27||0-0-0||0-0-1||0-0-1||0-0-0||1 T|
|Chicago Bears||0||1||0||.000||1.0||3||10||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|New Orleans Saints||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||30||28||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Carolina Panthers||0||1||0||.000||1.0||27||30||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Atlanta Falcons||0||1||0||.000||1.0||12||28||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||0||1||0||.000||1.0||17||31||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|NY Yankees||95||51||.651||–||53 – 22||42 – 29||51 – 17||16 – 15||16 – 11||7 – 3||L 1|
|Tampa Bay||87||60||.592||8.5||43 – 32||44 – 28||38 – 29||20 – 13||16 – 13||8 – 2||L 1|
|Boston||76||70||.521||19||36 – 39||40 – 31||32 – 36||21 – 11||16 – 15||3 – 7||L 5|
|Toronto||57||89||.390||38||29 – 42||28 – 47||23 – 37||17 – 18||14 – 17||3 – 7||W 2|
|Baltimore||47||98||.324||47.5||23 – 51||24 – 47||21 – 46||10 – 18||9 – 22||2 – 8||W 1|
|Minnesota||89||56||.614||–||41 – 32||48 – 24||20 – 12||38 – 22||23 – 11||6 – 4||L 1|
|Cleveland||86||61||.585||4||43 – 29||43 – 32||18 – 16||43 – 24||19 – 13||7 – 3||W 4|
|Chi White Sox||64||81||.441||25||35 – 38||29 – 43||15 – 18||31 – 31||12 – 18||4 – 6||L 1|
|Kansas City||54||92||.370||35.5||29 – 44||25 – 48||10 – 23||28 – 40||8 – 19||7 – 3||W 1|
|Detroit||43||100||.301||45||19 – 50||24 – 50||12 – 15||20 – 43||6 – 27||4 – 6||W 1|
|Houston||95||52||.646||–||56 – 19||39 – 33||19 – 13||18 – 13||47 – 17||7 – 3||L 2|
|Oakland||86||60||.589||8.5||48 – 27||38 – 33||17 – 16||23 – 7||35 – 28||7 – 3||W 2|
|Texas||73||74||.497||22||41 – 30||32 – 44||14 – 11||18 – 16||32 – 36||6 – 4||W 1|
|LA Angels||67||80||.456||28||35 – 37||32 – 43||15 – 14||13 – 18||27 – 40||2 – 8||L 4|
|Seattle||60||86||.411||34.5||31 – 40||29 – 46||13 – 17||16 – 14||25 – 45||3 – 7||W 2|
|Atlanta||91||56||.619||–||47 – 28||44 – 28||43 – 23||20 – 13||16 – 14||8 – 2||W 1|
|Washington||80||64||.556||9.5||41 – 29||39 – 35||36 – 29||16 – 13||18 – 16||4 – 6||W 1|
|NY Mets||75||70||.517||15||41 – 29||34 – 41||35 – 34||12 – 18||13 – 13||6 – 4||W 3|
|Philadelphia||75||70||.517||15||42 – 33||33 – 37||31 – 33||20 – 13||14 – 19||5 – 5||L 1|
|Miami||51||94||.352||39||29 – 48||22 – 46||20 – 46||10 – 23||12 – 14||3 – 7||L 3|
|St. Louis||81||64||.559||–||46 – 26||35 – 38||16 – 14||40 – 26||16 – 13||5 – 5||L 2|
|Chi Cubs||77||68||.531||4||47 – 24||30 – 44||17 – 17||31 – 29||17 – 14||4 – 6||L 2|
|Milwaukee||77||68||.531||4||43 – 31||34 – 37||20 – 11||37 – 30||12 – 15||8 – 2||W 6|
|Cincinnati||67||79||.459||14.5||40 – 35||27 – 44||16 – 15||29 – 38||14 – 15||4 – 6||L 2|
|Pittsburgh||64||82||.438||17.5||31 – 41||33 – 41||11 – 21||25 – 39||16 – 17||5 – 5||W 1|
|X-LA Dodgers||94||53||.639||–||56 – 20||38 – 33||21 – 9||22 – 11||43 – 24||6 – 4||L 1|
|Arizona||75||71||.514||18.5||36 – 33||39 – 38||15 – 15||13 – 13||33 – 37||5 – 5||L 4|
|San Francisco||70||76||.479||23.5||31 – 40||39 – 36||11 – 16||14 – 18||36 – 34||4 – 6||L 1|
|San Diego||68||77||.469||25||35 – 39||33 – 38||14 – 18||13 – 16||30 – 34||5 – 5||W 2|
|Colorado||62||84||.425||31.5||36 – 35||26 – 49||15 – 15||12 – 17||27 – 40||3 – 7||W 2|
|x – New York City FC||29||15||9||5||54||36||18||9-5-1||6-4-4||54|
|x – Philadelphia||29||15||6||8||54||42||12||10-3-2||5-3-6||51|
|Orlando City SC||30||9||8||13||37||41||-4||6-2-7||3-6-6||35|
|x – Los Angeles FC||29||19||6||4||76||32||44||11-2-1||8-4-3||63|
|Real Salt Lake||29||14||4||11||41||35||6||11-1-3||3-3-8||46|
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Conference