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BOB GIBSON DIES AT 84
Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, the dominating St. Louis Cardinals pitcher who won a record seven consecutive World Series starts and set a modern standard for excellence when he finished the 1968 season with a 1.12 ERA, died Friday. He was 84.
The Cardinals confirmed Gibson’s death shortly after a 4-0 playoff loss to San Diego ended their season. He had long been ill with pancreatic cancer in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
Gibson’s death came on the 52nd anniversary of perhaps his most overpowering performance, when he struck out a World Series record 17 batters in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series against Detroit.
One of baseball’s most uncompromising competitors, the two-time Cy Young Award winner spent his entire 17-year career with St. Louis and was named the World Series MVP in their 1964 and ’67 championship seasons. The Cards came up just short in 1968, but Gibson was voted the National League’s MVP and shut down opponents so well that baseball changed the rules for fear it would happen again.
Gibson died less than a month after the death of a longtime teammate, Hall of Fame outfielder Lou Brock. Another pitching great from his era, Tom Seaver, died in late August.
“I just heard the news about losing Bob Gibson and it’s kind of hard losing a legend. You can lose a game, but when you lose a guy like Bob Gibson, just hard,” Cardinals star catcher Yadier Molina said. “Bob was funny, smart, he brought a lot of energy. When he talked, you listened. It was good to have him around every year. We lose a game, we lose a series, but the tough thing is we lost one great man.”
At his peak, Gibson may have been the most talented all-around starter in history, a nine-time Gold Glove winner who roamed wide to snatch up grounders despite a fierce, sweeping delivery that drove him to the first base side of the mound; and a strong hitter who twice hit five home runs in a single season and batted .303 in 1970, when he also won his second Cy Young.
Baseball wasn’t his only sport, either. He also starred in basketball at Creighton and spent a year with the Harlem Globetrotters before totally turning his attention to the diamond.
Averaging 19 wins a year from 1963-72, he finished 251-174 with a 2.91 ERA, and was only the second pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts. He didn’t throw as hard as Sandy Koufax, or from as many angles as Juan Marichal, but batters never forgot how he glared at them (or squinted, because he was near-sighted) as if settling an ancient score.
Gibson snubbed opposing players and sometimes teammates who dared speak to him on a day he was pitching, and he didn’t even spare his own family.
“I’ve played a couple of hundred games of tic-tac-toe with my little daughter and she hasn’t beaten me yet,” he once told The New Yorker’s Roger Angell. “I’ve always had to win. I’ve got to win.”
Equally disciplined and impatient, Gibson worked so quickly that broadcaster Vin Scully joked that he pitched as if his car was double-parked.
Ball in hand, he was no nonsense on the hill. And he had no use for advice, scowling whenever catcher Tim McCarver or anyone else thought of visiting the mound.
“The only thing you know about pitching is you can’t hit it,” Gibson was known to say.
His concentration was such that he seemed unaware he was on his way to a World Series single game strikeout record (surpassing Sandy Koufax’s 15) in 1968 until McCarver convinced him to look at the scoreboard.
During the regular season, Gibson struck out more than 200 batters nine times and led the National League in shutouts four times, finishing with 56 in his career. In 1968, thirteen of his 22 wins were shutouts, leading McCarver to call Gibson “the luckiest pitcher I ever saw. He always pitches when the other team doesn’t score any runs.”
He was, somehow, even greater in the postseason, finishing 7-2 with a 1.89 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 81 innings. Despite dominating the Tigers in the 1968 Series opener, that year ended with a Game 7 loss – hurt by a rare misplay from star center fielder Curt Flood – and a rewriting of the rules that he would long resent.
Gibson’s 1.12 ERA in the regular season was the third lowest for any starting pitcher since 1900 and by far the best for any starter in the post-dead-ball era, which began in the 1920s.
His 1968 performance, the highlight of the so-called “Year of the Pitcher,” left officials worried that fans had bored of so many 1-0 games. They lowered the mound from 15 to 10 inches in 1969 and shrank the strike zone.
“I was pissed,” Gibson later remarked, although he remained a top pitcher for several years and in 1971 threw his only no-hitter, against Pittsburgh.
Gibson had a long major league career even though he was a relatively late bloomer and was in his early 30s in 1968. Signed by the Cards as an amateur free agent in 1957, he had early trouble with his control, a problem solved by developing one of baseball’s greatest sliders, along with a curve to go with his hard fastball. He knew how to throw strikes and how to aim elsewhere when batters stood too close to the plate.
Hank Aaron once counseled Atlanta Braves teammate Dusty Baker about Gibson.
“Don’t dig in against Bob Gibson; he’ll knock you down,” Aaron said, according to the Boston Globe. “He’d knock down his own grandmother if she dared to challenge him. Don’t stare at him, don’t smile at him, don’t talk to him. He doesn’t like it. If you happen to hit a home run, don’t run too slow, don’t run too fast. If you happen to want to celebrate, get in the tunnel first. And if he hits you, don’t charge the mound, because he’s a Gold Glove boxer.”
Only the second Black (after Don Newcombe) to win the Cy Young Award, he was an inspiration when insisting otherwise. Gibson would describe himself as a “blunt, stubborn Black man” who scorned the idea he was anyone’s role model and once posted a sign over his locker reading “I’m not prejudiced. I hate everybody.”
But he was proud of the Cards’ racial diversity and teamwork, a powerful symbol during the civil rights era, and his role in ensuring that players did not live in segregated housing during the season.
He was close to McCarver, a Tennessean who would credit Gibson with challenging his own prejudices, and the acknowledged leader of a club which featured whites (McCarver, Mike Shannon, Roger Maris), Blacks (Gibson, Brock and Flood) and Hispanics (Orlando Cepeda, Julian Javier).
“Our team, as a whole, had no tolerance for ethnic or racial disrespect,” Gibson wrote in “Pitch by Pitch,” published in 2015. “We’d talk about it openly and in no uncertain terms. In our clubhouse, nobody got a free pass.”
Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty, who is Black, grew close to Gibson in recent years. The right-handers would often talk, the 24-year-old Flaherty soaking up advice from the great who wore No. 45.
“That one hurts,” said Flaherty, the Cardinals’ losing pitcher Friday night. “He’s a legend, first and foremost, somebody who I was lucky enough to learn from. You don’t get the opportunity to learn from somebody of that caliber and somebody who was that good very often.”
“I had been kept up on his health and where he was at. I was really hoping it wasn’t going to be today. I was going to wear his jersey today to the field but decided against it,” he said.
Born Pack Robert Gibson in Omaha on Nov. 9, 1935, Gibson overcame childhood illness that nearly cost him his life. His father died soon before his birth, and he grew up in poverty. His mother was a laundry worker, trying to support Gibson and his six siblings.
“Growing up without a father is a hardship and deprivation that is impossible to measure,” Gibson wrote in “From Ghetto to Glory,” one of a handful of books he published.
Gibson went to Omaha Tech High School and stayed in town, attending Creighton from 1954-57, and averaging 20.2 points during his college basketball career. The roughly 6-foot, 2-inch Gibson, who seemed so much taller on the mound, spent the 1957-58 season with the Globetrotters before turning his full attention to baseball.
At Omaha in the minor leagues, he was managed by Johnny Keane, who became a mentor and cherished friend, “the closest thing to a saint” he would ever know in baseball.
Gibson was often forced to live in separate hotels from his white teammates and was subjected to vicious taunts from fans, but he would remember Keane as “without prejudice” and as an unshakeable believer in his talent.
His early years with the Cardinals were plagued by tensions with manager Solly Hemus, who openly used racist language and was despised by Gibson and other Cardinals. Hemus was fired in the middle of the 1961 season and replaced, to Gibson’s great fortune, by Keane.
The pitcher’s career soon took off. He made the first of his eight National League All-Star teams in 1962, and the following year went 18-9 and kept the Cardinals in the pennant race until late in the season.
In 1964, a year he regarded as his favorite, he won three times in the last 11 games as the Cardinals surged past the collapsing Philadelphia Phillies and won the National League title. Gibson lost Game 2 of the World Series against the New York Yankees, but he came back with wins in Games 5 and 7 and was named the MVP.
The series was widely regarded as a turning point in baseball history, with the great Yankee dynasty falling the following year and the Cardinals embodying a more modern and aggressive style of play. Keane stuck with Gibson in Game 7 even after the Yankees’ Clete Boyer and Phil Linz homered in the ninth inning and narrowed the Cardinals’ lead to 7-5. He would later say of Gibson, who retired Bobby Richardson on a pop fly to end the series, that he had a commitment to “his heart.”
Gibson was also close to Keane’s successor, Red Schoendienst, who took over in 1965 after Keane left for the Yankees. Gibson enjoyed 20-game seasons in 1965 and 1966 and likely would have done the same a third straight year, but a Roberto Clemente line drive broke his leg in the middle of the season. (Gibson was so determined he still managed to finish the inning).
Gibson returned in September, finished 13-7 during the regular season and led the Cardinals to the 1967 championship, winning three times and hitting a home run off Red Sox ace Jim Lonborg in Game 7 at Boston’s Fenway Park. The final out was especially gratifying; he fanned first baseman George Scott, who throughout the series had been taunting Gibson and the Cards.
But 1968 was on a level few had seen before. He began slowly, losing five of his first eight decisions despite an ERA of 1.52, and fumed over the lack of hitting support. (“Starvation fare,” Angell would call it).
But from early June to late August, Gibson was unbeatable. He won 15 straight decisions, threw 10 shutouts and at one point allowed just three earned runs during 101 innings. One of those runs scored on a wild pitch, another on a bloop hit.
He was at his best again in the opener of the World Series, giving a performance so singular that his book “Pitch by Pitch” was dedicated entirely to it.
On a muggy afternoon in St. Louis, facing 31-game winner Denny McLain and such power hitters as Al Kaline – who also died this year – Norm Cash and Willie Horton, he allowed just five hits and walked one in a 4-0 victory. Gibson struck out at least one batter every inning and in the ninth fanned Kaline, Cash and Horton to end with 17, the final pitch a slow breaking ball that left Horton frozen in place.
“I was awed,” Tigers second baseman Dick McAuliffe later said. “He doesn’t remind me of anybody. He’s all by himself.”
In Game 4, Gibson homered as he led the Cards to a 10-1 romp over McLain and 3-to-1 advantage in the series. But the Tigers won the next two and broke through in the finale against Gibson, who had a one-hitter with two out in the seventh inning, and the score 0-0.
Gibson allowed two singles before Flood, a Gold Glove center fielder, misplayed Jim Northrup’s drive to left center and the ball fell, before the warning track, for a two-run triple. The Cardinals lost 4-1 and Gibson would grimace even decades later when asked about the game.
By the mid-1970s, his knees were aching and he had admittedly lost some of his competitive fury. On the last day of the 1974 season, with a 2-1 lead and a division title possible, he gave up a two-run homer to the Montreal Expos’ Mike Jorgensen in the eighth inning and the Cards lost 3-2.
He retired after 1975, humiliated in his final appearance when he gave up a grand slam home run to the Chicago Cubs’ Pete LaCock. (When the two faced off a decade later, at an old-timers game, Gibson beaned him).
Gibson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1981, and the Cards retired his uniform number. He had a far less successful career as a coach, whether for the New York Mets and Braves in the 1980s, or for the Cardinals in 1995.
He was married twice, most recently to Wendy Gibson, and spent much of his retirement at his longtime home in the Omaha suburb of Bellevue. He was active in charitable causes and hosted a popular golf event in Omaha that drew some of the top names in sports.
Gibson worried that young people were forgetting about baseball history, and he spoke with dismay about a Cardinal player who knew nothing about Jackie Robinson. But in 2018, Gibson himself was honored when the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra commissioned a rap song in his honor.
The lyrics inspired by “From Ghetto to Glory” – “He was a game changer The complete gamer Throw a pitch so fast It’ll rearrange ya He’s no stranger He’s Bob Gibson been on a mission He changed the game forever The pitcher was his position.”
LAKERS POUND HEAT
Anthony Davis got most of his points with a feathery shooting touch. LeBron James flexed his muscle to bulldoze his way to damage. And whenever the lead looked even the tiniest bit threatened, the Los Angeles Lakers had an answer.
The NBA Finals are halfway to a coronation.
James finished with 33 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, Davis made 14 of his first 15 shots on the way to 32 points, and the Lakers took a 2-0 lead in the title series by beating the short-handed Miami Heat 124-114 on Friday night. The Lakers shot 51%, making 16 consecutive shots from 2-point range in a stretch that started late in the first quarter and ended late in the third.
James and Davis were the first Lakers duo to score at least 32 points in a finals game since Game 3 against New Jersey in 2002, when Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant did it.
“It’s very humbling that we can be even mentioned with those greats,” James said.
Shaq and Kobe got rings that year.
James and Davis are two wins away.
“Those guys are playing at an extremely high level, and hopefully we can get two more wins,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.
Jimmy Butler finished with 25 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds for Miami, which played without injured starters Bam Adebayo (neck and left shoulder) and Goran Dragic (torn left plantar fascia). The Heat scored 39 points in the third quarter and that was only good enough to cut a 14-point halftime deficit to a 10-point hole going into the fourth, mainly because they just couldn’t get enough stops.
“Look, I love these guys. I love the way we compete,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We have to figure out how to overcome this and get over the top.”
Game 3 is Sunday night. It’s unclear if Dragic, Adebayo or both could return; each lobbied to play Friday night, before the Heat had to make the call to keep them sidelined.
It’s also unclear how much it will matter.
This is the 24th time that James has had a 2-0 series lead; his teams in Cleveland, Miami and LA are 23-0 in the previous instances. And the last time the Lakers franchise wasted a 2-0 lead was in the 1969 finals against Boston.
“Until we win four games, we haven’t accomplished our goal,” Lakers guard Alex Caruso said. “It’s been over a year together and we’ve talked about the same goal from Day One. We’re still here chasing that same goal. Until we get four wins, we’re staying hungry.”
Kelly Olynyk scored 24 points for the Heat, who trailed by as many as 32 in Game 1 and – even without Adebayo and Dragic – were far more competitive in Game 2. Miami got within nine points in the fourth, but never got close enough to truly put a scare into the Lakers.
“Maybe we’ve just got to play a lot harder, to know that’s how we’re going to squeak out a win in the end,” Butler said. “There really isn’t too much to say to our guys. We understand what we have to do.”
Tyler Herro had 17, Kendrick Nunn scored 13 and Jae Crowder had 12 for the Heat. Herro and Meyers Leonard took Dragic’s and Adebayo’s spots in the starting lineup.
“We had it right there on the edge, but we just couldn’t push it over,” Olynyk said. “We can build on that.”
Rajon Rondo had 16 points, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma each had 11 for the Lakers – who improved to 4-0 in these playoffs when wearing the Kobe Bryant-inspired “Black Mamba” uniforms, one of many tributes to the Lakers legend who died Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash.
“This is what it’s all about,” James said. “We’re thinking about the Bryant family … and hopefully we’re making them proud.”
Heat: Miami led for 53 seconds in the first quarter and have led for 10:44 out of 96 minutes played in the series. … The Heat have rallied from a 2-0 series hole only once in eight previous tries, that one being the 2006 NBA Finals. … Spoelstra collided with official Eric Lewis while trying to call time with 7:49 left. They both got a laugh out of it.
Lakers: Jeanie Buss, the team’s owner and president, was in the bubble for the game. … Flea, the bassist from the Red Hot Chili Peppers – formed in Los Angeles – performed the national anthem. … James, in his 10th NBA Finals, has a 2-0 lead in the title series for the first time. … The Lakers took a season-high 47 3s, making 16.
Herro, at 20 years, 256 days, became the youngest player to start an NBA Finals game. He did so eight days younger than Magic Johnson was when he started Game 1 of the title series for the Lakers against the Philadelphia 76ers on May 4, 1980. They’re the only 20-year-olds to start; Tony Parker is the third youngest, at 21 years, 18 days for San Antonio in Game 1 against New Jersey on June 4, 2003.
The Lakers had a knack in the second half for making clutch 3’s whenever it seemed like Miami was poised to threaten. Rondo made a 3 with 37.2 seconds left in the third to push a nine-point lead back to 12, Kuzma connected 47 seconds into the fourth to make the lead 13 and, with the Heat within nine, Markieff Morris hit with 9:41 left to make it 111-99.
From 21-year-old budding superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. to 36-year-old reliever Craig Stammen, the San Diego Padres tossed aside more than two decades of futility and brought joy to a city that’s had its sports psyche beaten down for far too long.
Stammen and eight fellow relievers combined on a four-hitter in a brilliant, record-setting effort that sent the Padres over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 Friday night in the deciding Game 3 of their NL wild-card series.
The Padres won a postseason series for the first time in 22 years and advanced to face the NL West rival Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series at Arlington, Texas, starting Tuesday.
Stammen, making his first start in 10 years, said the Padres weren’t wrapped up in past playoff failures, including being eliminated from the playoffs by the Cardinals three times since 1996.
“We’re trying to write our own piece of history right now,” said Stammen, who mentioned the Padres’ return to a brown and gold color scheme. “It’s icing on the cake to maybe turn the page on some of the San Diego struggles in the playoffs against the Cardinals, turn the page on maybe some struggles within the organization, the blue Padres, and now we’re the brown Padres. Excited to build some memories with the new colors.”
The nine pitchers marked the most used in a nine-inning shutout in any big league game since at least 1901.
With starters Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet unavailable due to injuries suffered in their final regular-season starts, rookie manager Jayce Tingler was forced to tap the Padres’ already-stressed bullpen and it came through magnificently. San Diego became the first team in baseball history to use eight or more pitchers in three straight postseason games.
“What those guys did this series and tonight, wow,” Tingler said. “They’ve been overworked, they’ve been overtaxed. Man to man, everybody came up and said, `I’m good, give me the ball. I’m good, give me the ball.’ Tonight, for me, was as team-oriented as so many guys contributed again. That’s who we are. That’s why we’re going to continue to keep playing.”
Trevor Rosenthal, who started his career with the Cardinals, struck out the side in the ninth and the team began celebrating in empty Petco Park. Players gestured toward fans who watched from balconies overlooking the ballpark. Fans crowded downtown and honked car horns and chanted.
This was the first postseason series victory for the Padres since the 1998 NLCS.
While the Padres celebrated, the Cardinals found out Hall of Famer Bob Gibson had died.
“It’s kind of hard losing a legend,” catcher Yadier Molina said. “You can lose a game, but when you lose a guy like Bob Gibson, just hard. Bob was funny, smart, he brought a lot of energy. When he talked, you listened. It was good to have him around every year. We lose a game, we lose a series, but the tough thing is we lost one great man.”
All four Division Series feature matchups between division rivals. All seven Central teams lost in the first round, with the Cardinals joining Cincinnati, the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Chicago White Sox and Minnesota.
Tatis, who homered twice and drove in five runs in Thursday night’s wild 11-9 victory, doubled into the left-field corner off losing pitcher Jack Flaherty with one out in the fifth and scored on Eric Hosmer’s two-out double to right-center.
The Padres added on against reliever Alex Reyes in the seventh, on a bases-loaded walk to Hosmer, Manny Machado’s fielder’s choice and an error on third baseman Tommy Edman.
Rookie Jake Cronenworth homered in the eighth.
The Padres rewarded their long-suffering fans by winning one of the most meaningful games of any kind in San Diego in a long time. The city’s only major professional championship remains the San Diego Chargers’ 1963 AFL title. The Chargers headed to Los Angeles after the 2016 season, leaving the Padres as the only pro team in San Diego, which lost NBA franchises to Houston and Los Angeles.
The Padres lost 4-1 to the Detroit Tigers in the 1984 World Series and were swept by the New York Yankees in the 1998 Fall Classic.
The 36-year-old Stammen, who hadn’t started since 2010 with the Washington Nationals, pitched a perfect first inning and made way for Tim Hill with one on and two out in the second. Hill retired Matt Carpenter, got the first two outs of the third and then handed off to Pierce Johnson. Johnson loaded the bases on a single and a walk but struck out rookie cleanup hitter Dylan Carlson.
Rookie Adrian Morejon tossed a perfect fourth and struck out two to open the fifth before Kolten Wong singled and San Diegan Tommy Edman reached on Tatis’ throwing error from shortstop.
Austin Adams came on and struck out Paul Goldschmidt, who hit a three-run homer in St. Louis’ 7-4 win in Game 1. Adams wound up with the win.
St. Louis had another scoring chance in the sixth when Yadier Molina hit a one-out double off rookie Luis Patino and took third on Paul DeJong’s grounder. Patino got Dexter Fowler to fly out to the warning track in right-center to end it.
Emilio Pagan threw a perfect seventh and Drew Pomeranz walked one in the eighth.
The bullpen had been one of the Padres’ strengths coming into the season but lost several members to injuries, including closer Kirby Yates, who led the majors with 41 saves last year. General manager A.J. Preller replenished it just before the trade deadline.
Stammen had a seesaw regular season, going 4-2 with a 5.63 ERA in 24 appearances.
Flaherty was brilliant as well, allowing one run and six hits in six innings while striking out eight and walking two.
The loss ended a season that saw the Cardinals shut down by a virus outbreak in the early going. Manager Mike Shildt’s team earned a playoff spot by last Sunday by winning on the final day of the regular season.
MARLINS SWEEP CUBS
The Miami Marlins didn’t need a hand from a fan at Wrigley Field to knock the Chicago Cubs out of the playoffs this time. They did just fine on their own, and they showed they’re hardly bottom feeders.
Garrett Cooper homered against Yu Darvish in a two-run seventh, hard-throwing rookie Sixto Sanchez dominated for five innings and the Miami Marlins won their first playoff series in 17 years, beating the Cubs 2-0 Friday to complete a two-game wild card series sweep.
Miami will face Atlanta in the NL Division Series in Houston starting Tuesday.
Led by manager Don Mattingly and CEO Derek Jeter, the Marlins remained unbeaten in all seven postseason series they have played following triumphs in the 1997 and 2003 World Series. And this time, in empty Wrigley Field, they didn’t need an assist from the crowd. In Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, fan Steve Bartman deflected Luis Castillo’s foul ball as Cubs left fielder Moises Alou tried to make a leaping catch, which led to an eight-run, eighth-inning rally.
“The one thing that we talked about us all year was why not us?” Mattingly said. “With this kind of pitching, you can do anything. … You feel like you’ve got a good shot at kind of stopping almost anybody if you make pitches.”
Miami lost 105 games in 2019 and became the first team to reach the playoffs after a 100-loss season. The Marlins finished second in the NL East at 31-29 being beset by a virus outbreak early this season that forced 18 players from the field following the opening series and prevented them from playing for more than a week.
The Marlins had T-shirts with “Bottom Feeders” in their dugout Friday, a reference to a remark by Ricky Bottalico, a former Phillies pitcher and current NBC Sports Philadelphia analyst, after the Marlins’ opening-day win in Philadelphia.
“I want to thank Ricky Bottalico for that motivation,” closer Brandon Kintzler said.
Chicago, the NL Central champion, went 3 for 27 (.111) with runners on base in the series. Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo combined to go 0 for 12 Friday and finished the series 1 for 24. The trio is 19 for 142 (.134) with 52 strikeouts and six walks in the postseason since the 2016 World Series title as Chicago has lost nine of 13.
Chicago missed the playoffs last year for the first time since 2014, then scored one run in its return. The Cubs haven’t advanced since the 2017 team lost in the NLCS.
“Just numb,” Rizzo said,
Cooper gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead with two out in the seventh with a drive into the seats beyond the left-field wall. Matt Joyce doubled off the glove of diving center fielder Ian Happ, and Miguel Rojas chased Darvish with an RBI single.
“That’s probably the best feeling I’ve had in my baseball career, the biggest home run that I’ve had in my baseball career,” Cooper said. “It’s just something that you can’t explain.”
Sanchez overpowered the Cubs, striking out six and giving up four hits. The 22-year-old right-hander walked two and hit two batters.
Winner Brad Boxberger threw 1 1/3 innings. Richard Bleier got two outs in the seventh and Yimi Garcia worked the eighth.
Kintzler, a former Cub, gave up a leadoff double to Jason Heyward in the ninth. But he struck out the next three batters, pumping his right arm after he got pinch hitter Jason Kipnis swinging on a 2-2 pitch to end the game.
Darvish, who took the loss, gave up two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. The four-time All-Star struck out six and walked two in his first playoff appearance since Game 7 of the 2017 World Series, when he got knocked out early pitching for the Dodgers in a loss to the Houston Astros.
While Darvish delivered the sort of performance that put him in the NL Cy Young conversation, the Cubs – who ranked among the worst in the majors with a .220 average – couldn’t get their offense going. They got just five hits after managing four in a 5-1 loss on Wednesday.
“I feel like we were competing against the other team and our struggle,” Baez said. “We couldn’t get hot. We couldn’t compete and it didn’t go our way. We didn’t play half of the season and for me the second half is so important. You can make your first half disappear.”
The Marlins lost six of 10 against the Braves, including a 29-9 romp at Atlanta on Sept. 9. It was the most runs allowed by Miami and the most scored by the Braves.
All seven Central Division teams lost in the first round, going a combined 2-14. NL Central teams were 1-8, with the Reds and Brewers also getting swept.
Marlins: The Marlins held OF Starling Marte out of the lineup because of a small nondisplaced fracture of the bone running between his left pinky and wrist. He was hit by a fastball in the ninth inning Wednesday.
TITANS-STEELERS GAME MOVED TO WEEK 7
The Tennessee Titans now know when they are rescheduled to play the Pittsburgh Steelers after the first NFL game postponed by a COVID-19 outbreak.
Getting back into their own building depends on the results of continued testing. The Titans’ outbreak expanded by two more players testing positive Friday, pushing the team’s total to 14 within the past week.
The outbreak forced the NFL to postpone Tennessee’s game from Sunday to Oct. 25 in Week 7, forcing the Steelers into their unplanned bye. Pittsburgh now will play Baltimore on Nov. 1 with the Ravens’ bye now pushed to Week 7 instead of Week 8, which had been the bye for both teams.
Officials from the NFL and the players’ union also were in Nashville on Friday, meeting with the Titans and reviewing the way the team is handling the matter. The NFL and the players’ union also agreed to continue daily testing, including bye weeks, for the foreseeable future in a decision shared with teams Friday.
Coach Mike Vrabel has said he’s very confident that the Titans have followed the league protocols precisely and that nobody was to blame for this outbreak during a pandemic.
“We continue to follow protocol from the NFL that was set forth, and that continues to change and adapt and adjust,” Vrabel said Thursday. “Whatever the NFL tells us that we’re required to do and we’re supposed to do as positive tests come in, that’s what we’ll do.”
The NFL already had postponed the Titans’ game Sunday against Pittsburgh. That came a day after the league said it hoped the teams would play Monday or Tuesday. But another positive test result Thursday led to the postponement and Friday’s rescheduling.
Then the Titans added a pair of wide receivers to the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday: veteran Adam Humphries and Cameron Batson, who’s on the practice squad. Each new positive test requires the team’s infectious control officer to track down everyone in contact with those people.
The Minnesota Vikings (0-3) again had no positive test results Friday, leaving them on target to visit Houston (0-3) on Sunday as scheduled after losing 31-30 to the Titans last week. The Viking returned to work and practice at their facility on Thursday.
The Titans (3-0) instead find themselves on an unexpected bye, hoping to return to work inside their own building Monday or Tuesday. But further testing could delay that return, and more positives could jeopardize the Titans’ next scheduled game Oct. 11 against the Buffalo Bills in Nashville.
With the NFL rescheduling their game with the Steelers, the Titans announced Friday that capacity will be expanded as well from the planned 10%, or about 7,000, to 15% with 3,000 more seats available.
Tennessee’s outbreak started with a defensive back on the practice squad added to the reserve/COVID-19 list on Sept. 24. Then outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen’s test result came back positive on Saturday, preventing him from traveling with Tennessee to Minnesota.
On Tuesday, the Titans placed three players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, including defensive captain and lineman DaQuan Jones and long snapper Beau Brinkley, with five other team personnel testing positive. Outside linebacker Kamalei Correa became the fourth player on that list Wednesday, and rookie cornerback Kristian Fulton became the fifth Thursday.
With the new cases, the Titans’ total is now 14: seven players and seven other organization members just since last Saturday. Vrabel said he’s confident the Titans have followed the contact tracing protocol to identify anyone at risk from being close together.
The NFL alerted teams Thursday of new procedures to follow when dealing with an outbreak or having been exposed to a team having an outbreak.
“We’ll do exactly what the league asks us to do for the safety of the players and their families, and our staff and their families,” Vrabel said Thursday.
Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer said he’s proud of how his Vikings have handled the changes in stride. Zimmer says there haven’t been the usual complaints and griping.
“We’ve obviously had to do a lot of extra things that we don’t normally do – point-of-care contact test, our normal testing, then you’ve got to sit in your car and wait until you get to go into the facility,” Zimmer said Friday. “We’ve had to adjust schedules at times, but they’ve handled it really well.”
NFL AND UNION CONTINUE DAILY TESTING
The NFL and its players’ union have agreed to continue daily COVID-19 testing except on game days until further notice.
The league also told teams daily testing will be required for players and coaches during their clubs’ bye weeks to help mitigate spread of the virus. That means players and coaches will have to stick around during the bye, according to the memo sent Friday to all 32 teams and obtained by The Associated Press.
The NFL sent a memo to teams Thursday detailing new procedures for teams dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak or exposed to a team having an outbreak. The Tennessee Titans are the league’s first team with an outbreak during the season with 14 positives among players and personnel over the past week.
The NFL also reminded teams Friday that the league’s agreement with the NFL Players Association in August means players who miss tests can be punished with a $50,000 fine for a first missed test and a one-game suspension without pay for a second missed test. Additional missed tests can lead to further discipline.
Any player or coach who misses a daily test without prior approval during the bye week will have to have five negative PCR tests 24 hours apart before being allowed back inside his team’s facility. That puts them at risk for further punishment.
GAROPPOLO OUT THIS SUNDAY
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will miss his second straight start with a sprained ankle for the San Francisco 49ers, clearing the way for Nick Mullens to make another start.
Garoppolo got hurt two weeks ago in a win against the New York Jets and hasn’t practiced since then. The Niners had held out hope he could get on the practice field Friday but they decided to hold him out and listed him as out for the game.
“If Jimmy could have played this week, he would have,” coach Kyle Shanahan said.
The Niners will also be without starting running back Raheem Mostert (knee), tight end Jordan Reed (knee), defensive end Dee Ford (back), cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (concussion), linebacker Dre Greenlaw (quadriceps) and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring) against the Eagles on Sunday night.
San Francisco will be getting some key pieces back this week with All-Pro tight end George Kittle set to return after missing two games with a knee injury and No. 1 receiver Deebo Samuel set to make his 2020 debut after breaking his foot during the offseason.
Kittle is one of the most important pieces to San Francisco’s offense as both a dominating run blocker and the team’s biggest threat in the passing game.
His 216 catches for 2,945 yards are the most ever for a tight end in his first three NFL seasons.
Samuel caught 57 passes for 802 yards and three TDs as a rookie last season and also made big contributions in the running game. He had 14 carries for 159 yards and three scores.
“It adds some excitement. You can get the ball into those guys’ hands,” Mullens said. “George and Deebo, those guys bring energy. They bring great energy. They’re leaders of this football team. That helps the entire offense, that helps the team. They’ve done great in practice. Very fast and very phsyical. Great mindsets. We’re pumped to have those guys out there.”
They will provide a big boost to Mullens, who has played well in place of Garoppolo over his career. He threw for 343 yards and a touchdown in a win last week against the Giants in his first start in nearly 21 months.
Mullens has been very productive when he has played, with his 2,620 yards passing in nine career starts ranking third most at that juncture of a career, trailing only Patrick Mahomes and Andrew Luck.
“I feel like San Francisco is blessed to probably have two starters, quite frankly,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said this week. “The guy is a smart kid, he’s a hard worker. He puts the time in. You can see that in the way he plays. He doesn’t make mistakes. It’s rare that you see a poor decision, a bad throw or something like that on tape. He’s just constantly processing the information, doing the right thing with the football, helping his team win and just letting the offense work for him.”
THOMAS OUT VS. LIONS
The New Orleans Saints ruled out top receiver Michael Thomas and five other starters for Sunday’s game against the Lions in Detroit.
Thomas, a two-time All-Pro who last season set an NFL single-season record with 149 catches, practiced throughout this week as he tries to come back from a sprained ankle suffered in Week 1. However, the Saints ultimately decided Friday that he would not be ready to return this weekend.
Also out for Sunday are: starting cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) and Janoris Jenkins (shoulder); tight end Jared Cook (groin); left guard Andrus Peat (ankle); and defensive end Marcus Davenport (elbow, toe).
Lattimore practiced Wednesday and Jenkins on Thursday, but were both absent Friday.
Saints coach Sean Payton had expressed optimism that Davenport, who has yet to play this season because of an elbow injury, would return Sunday. But after practicing Wednesday, Davenport did not practice the rest of the week and the club’s official injury report reflected a new toe injury.
With Davenport not playing in the first three weeks, opposing offenses have been blocking top Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan with double-teams and he has yet to have a sack after having 15 1/2 last season.
Peat has not practiced since his injury during last Sunday night’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. Cook also had not practiced since apparently pulling his groin against Green Bay.
NFL PREVIEW: ARIZONA CARDINALS (2-1) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-2)
WEEK 4 // SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: RON TORBERT
LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 10-4
STREAKS: Panthers have won past 2
LAST GAME: 9/22/19: Panthers 38 at Cardinals 20
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/30/16: Panthers 30, Cardinals 20
QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 270 yards & had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) last week. Is 3rd QB since 1970 with rush TD in each of team’s 1st 3 games of season. Has 12 TDs (9 pass, 3 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 87.8 rating in 9 career road starts. Passed for 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs & had 69 rush yards in last meeting. • RB KENYAN DRAKE rushed for 73 yards last week. Has 4 rush TDs in his past 3 on road & aims for his 4th in row on road with rush TD. Had 92 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 10 rec.) & rush TD in only career game vs. Car. (11/13/17 w/ Mia.). • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS led team with 10 catches & 137 rec. yards last week. Is only player with 2 games of 10+ receptions this season. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 14th in row on road with 5+ receptions. Had 5 catches for 53 yards in only career game vs. Car. (9/20/15 w/ Hou.). WR LARRY FITZGERALD had rec. TD in last meeting. Has 33 catches for 406 yards (101.5 per game) & rec. TD in 4 career games at Car. Aims for his 5th in row at Car. with 7+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. WR ANDY ISABELLA had 1st career 2-TD game last week. • LB CHANDLER JONES had 2 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in last meeting. Has 8 sacks & 3 FFs in his past 5 on road. LB JORDAN HICKS led team with 11 tackles in last meeting. LB DEVON KENNARD aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in only career game vs. Car. (11/18/18 w/ Det.). DT JORDAN PHILLIPS aims for his 3rd in row with sack. S BUDDA BAKER led team with 8 tackles last week. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 9+ tackles.
QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER passed for 235 yards with TD vs. 0 INTs for 113.5 rating last week. Has 90+ rating in 5 of his past 6 starts. Passed for 335 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 108 rating in only career start vs. Az. (12/10/15 w/ Min.). • RB MIKE DAVIS had 91 scrimmage yards (46 rush, 45 rec.) & TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ receptions & 75+ scrimmage yards. Is 1 of 2 RBs (ALVIN KAMARA) with 2 games of 8+ receptions this season. Has 244 scrimmage yards (81.3 per game) & 3 rush TDs in his past 3 vs. Az. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with rush TD. • WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 5 catches for 55 yards in Week 3. Is 1 of 4 NFC WRs (DEANDRE HOPKINS, DK METCALF & CALVIN RIDLEY) with 20+ receptions (20) & 275+ rec. yards (278) this season. WR D.J. MOORE led team with 65 rec. yards in Week 3. Had 52-yard TD reception in last meeting. Aims for his 9th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. WR CURTIS SAMUEL had 4 catches for 45 yards last week. Had 5 catches for 53 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • DE BRIAN BURNS had sack & FF last week. Had sack in last meeting. Rookie DT DERRICK BROWN had career-high 3 TFL last week. LB SHAQ THOMPSON had team-high 13 tackles with FF & FR in Week 3. Led team with 11 tackles & had sack in last meeting. CB DONTE JACKSON had INT in Week 3. Had 2 INTs in last meeting. Rookie S JEREMY CHINN had career-high 12 tackles last week. Leads all rookies with 26 tackles in 2020.
NFL PREVIEW: INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (2-1) AT CHICAGO BEARS (3-0)
WEEK 4 // SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD
LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 23-19
STREAKS: Bears have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 10/9/16: Bears 23 at Colts 29
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/9/12: Bears 41, Colts 21
QB PHILIP RIVERS completed 17 of 21 passes (season-high 81 pct.) for TD & season-high 125.6 rating last week & became 6th QB in NFL history with 400 career TD passes. Aims for 4th in row with 75+ comp. pct. Has 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC North. Leads NFL with 78.3 comp. pct., 3rd-highest in NFL history through Week 3 (min. 50 attempts). • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR (rookie) rushed for 59 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 182 rush yards & tied-2nd with 2 rush TDs this season. RB NYHEIM HINES had 61 scrimmage yards (40 rec., 21 rush) in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 55+ scrimmage yards. Is 1 of 4 in AFC with rush TD & rec. TD this season. • WR T.Y. HILTON led team with 52 rec. yards last week. Had 10 catches for 171 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 6+ catches & 75+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 6 vs. NFC North. TE MO ALIE-COX had 3 catches for 50 yards & TD in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Ranks tied-4th among TEs with 181 rec. yards. • LB DARIUS LEONARD led team with season-high 11 tackles & had TFL & PD last week. Has 10+ tackles in 2 of his past 3. DE JUSTIN HOUSTON had sack in Week 3. Has sack in 4 of his past 5. Aims for 3rd in row on road with sack. Had 3 sacks, FF & PD in only career game at Chi. (12/4/11 with KC). DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had sack & FR in his last game vs. Chi. (12/23/18 with SF). Has 7.5 sacks in his past 6 vs. NFC North. CB XAVIER RHODES had 2 INTs last week, incl. INT-TD. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with PD.
QB NICK FOLES passed for 3 TDs vs. INT for 95.2 rating in Chi. debut last week. Has 850 pass yards (283.3 per game) & 5 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 98.4 rating in 3 career games vs. Ind. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC South with 270+ pass yards. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 6th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 3 of his 4 career games vs. AFC. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had tied his career high with 10 catches for 123 yards & rec. TD last week, his 4th career game with 10 catches. Had 5 receptions for 82 yards in his last game vs. Ind. (1/1/17 w/ Jax.). Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ind. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 5+ catches. Has 5+ receptions in 8 of his past 9 at home. WR ANTHONY MILLER has TD catch in 2 of his past 3. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 6 catches for 60 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 16 career games with 2+ rec. TDs, tied 3rd-most by TE in NFL history. Has 2 rec. TDs in 2 career games vs. Ind. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 50+ rec. yards. • LB KHALIL MACK had 0.5 sacks last week. Aims for his 5th in row at home with sack. DT AKIEM HICKS had 1.5 sacks last week. Is 1 of 3 (JOEY BOSA & JASON PIERRE-PAUL) with sack in each of 1st 3 games in 2020. LB DANNY TREVATHAN has 33 tackles (11 per game) & 2 PD in 3 career games vs. Ind. Had career-high 19 tackles vs. Ind. on 11/8/15 (w/ Den.). S EDDIE JACKSON led team with 7 tackles last week. S TASHAUN GIPSON had 1st INT with Chi. last week. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. IND.
NFL PREVIEW: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-2) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (0-2-1)
WEEK 4 // SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP
LEADER: Jaguars lead all-time series, 13-9
STREAKS: Jaguars have won past 2
LAST GAME: 10/20/19: Jaguars 27 at Bengals 17
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/20/19
QB GARDNER MINSHEW completed 30 of 42 passes (71.4 pct.) for 275 yards & rushed for season-high 22 yards last week, his 3rd-career game with 70+ comp. pct. Passed for 255 yards & TD & rushed for 48 yards in last meeting. Is 1 of 3 in AFC with 100+ rating (101.3) & 70+ comp. pct. (73.8) this season. • RB JAMES ROBINSON (rookie) had career-high 129 scrimmage yards (83 rec., 46 rush) & 2 rush TDs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 339 scrimmage yards, most by undrafted player in 1st 3 career games in common draft era. RB CHRIS THOMPSON had season-high 5 catches in Week 3. • WR DJ CHARK had 53 rec. yards in last meeting. Has 9 rec. TDs since 2019, 3rd-most among AFC WRs. Rookie WR LAVISKA SHENAULT had career-high 5 catches last week. Ranks tied4th among rookies with 11 catches this season. WR KEELAN COLE had TD catch in last meeting. WR CHRIS CONLEY had 83 rec. yards in last meeting. TE TYLER EIFERT had 185 catches for 2,152 yards & 24 TDs in 7 seasons (2013-19) with Cin. • LB MYLES JACK aims for his 4th in row with 11+ tackles. Had 2 PD & INT in last meeting. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. Ties for NFL lead with 33 tackles. LB JOE SCHOBERT had 8 tackles & TFL in Week 3. Has 8+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 vs. Cin. DE/LB JOSH ALLEN had 2 TFL & 1st sack of season last week. Had 2 TFL & sack in last meeting. CB C.J. HENDERSON ranks 2nd among rookies with 4 PD this season.
QB JOE BURROW (rookie) passed for 312 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 105.5 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 90+ rating. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 91 completions, most by rookie QB in 1st 3 career games in NFL history. • RB JOE MIXON had 65 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 16 rec.) last week. Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC South & 3rd in row vs. Jax. with TD. Has 403 scrimmage yards (134.3 per game) & 2 rush TDs in his past 3 at home. RB GIOVANI BERNARD had season high 55 rec. yards in Week 3. • WR TYLER BOYD led team with 10 catches for 125 yards last week, his 3rd game with 10+ catches since 2019, tied 2nd-most among WRs. Aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches for 55 yards in last meeting. WR A.J. GREEN had 5 catches last week. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3. Has TD catch in 3 of 4 career games vs. Jax. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 5+ catches, 90+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Rookie WR TEE HIGGINS had 1st 2 TD catches of career last week. • DE CARLOS DUNLAP led team with 9 tackles & had TFL & PD in Week 3. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. Jax. Has 7.5 sacks, 4 PD & 2 FFs in his past 5 at home. Dunlap (81.5) & DT GENO ATKINS (75.5) are only pair of active teammates each with 75+ career sacks. DE CARL LAWSON had 2 sacks & FF last week. Has 5 sacks in his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. DE SAM HUBBARD had sack in Week 3. Had 2 PD in last meeting.
NFL PREVIEW: CLEVELAND BROWNS (2-1) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (1-2)
WEEK 4 // SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN
LEADER: Browns lead all-time series, 15-13
STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 4
LAST GAME: 11/6/16: Cowboys 35 at Browns 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/8/12: Cowboys 23, Browns 20 (OT)
QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 16 of 23 passes (69.6 pct.) for 156 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 117.3 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating. • RB NICK CHUBB rushed for 108 yards & 2 TDs last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards & 2 rush TDs. Has 397 scrimmage yards (132.3 per game) & 5 rush TDs in his past 3 vs. NFC. Ties for NFL lead with 4 rush TDs this season & ranks 4th with 292 rush yards. RB KAREEM HUNT had 64 scrimmage yards (46 rush, 18 rec.) & TD catch in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Chubb (292) & Hunt (204) only pair of teammates each with 200+ rush yards this season. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had 4 catches for team-high 59 yards last week. Has 5 rec. TDs in 7 career games vs. Dal. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC East. WR JARVIS LANDRY had 4 catches in Week 3. Had 4 catches for 66 yards in only career game vs. Dal. (11/22/15 with Mia.). Has 15 catches (7.5 per game) in his past 2 vs. NFC East. Rookie TE HARRISON BRYANT had 1st career TD catch last week. • DE MYLES GARRETT had 2 sacks, FF & FR last week, his 7th game with 2+ sacks since 2018, 3rd-most in NFL. Aims for 3rd in row with sack & FF. Has 7 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 5 vs. NFC. Ranks tied-3rd in AFC with 3 sacks this season. DT SHELDON RICHARDSON had sack & PD in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB B.J. GOODSON had INT & FR last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. S KARL JOSEPH had 1st INT of season in Week 3.
QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 472 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 93.6 rating last week. Is 2nd QB (JAMEIS WINSTON) with 450+ pass yards in consecutive games in NFL history. Passed for 247 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 141.8 rating in last meeting. Has 90+ rating in 16 of his past 17 starts at home. Has 300+ pass yards in 4 of his past 5 at home & aims for his 3rd in row at home with 300+ pass yards. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 58 scrimmage yards (34 rush, 24 rec.) last week. Rushed for 92 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with rush TD & 5th in row at home with 120+ scrimmage yards. • WR AMARI COOPER had 9 catches for 86 yards last week. Had 8 receptions for 128 yards & TD catch in his last game vs. Cle. (9/30/18 w/ Raiders). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with 8+ catches & 125+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 90+ rec. yards. WR MICHAEL GALLUP had 6 catches for team high 138 yards & rec. TD last week. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 5 at home. WR CEDRICK WILSON had 5 catches for career-high 107 yards & 1st 2 career rec. TDs last week. WR CEEDEE LAMB leads NFL rookies in catches (16) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (230). • DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had sack in last game vs. Cle. (10/29/17 w/ Min.). LB JAYLON SMITH aims for his 3rd in row at home with 9+ tackles & PD. LB ALDON SMITH had 3 sacks last week, 2ndcareer game with 3+ sacks. Rookie CB TREVON DIGGS led team with 9 tackles & had PD & FF in Week 3.
NFL PREVIEW: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-2) AT DETROIT LIONS (1-2)
WEEK 4 // SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH
LEADER: All-time series tied, 12-12-1
STREAKS: Lions have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 10/15/17: Lions 38 at Saints 52
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/19/14: Lions 24, Saints 23
QB DREW BREES passed for 288 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.8 rating last week. Has 94 career games with 3+ TD passes, most in NFL history. Has 2,246 pass yards (320.9 per game) & 18 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 104.2 rating in 7 career starts vs. Det. Aims for his 3rd in row at Det. with 325+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 13 receptions with career-high 197 scrimmage yards (career-high 139 rec., 58 rush) & 2 rec. TDs last week. Has 2 TDs in 5 consecutive games, longest streak of games with 2+ TDs since HOFer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (8 games in 2006). Had 87 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 12 rec.) in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 2+ rush TDs. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS aims for his 5th in row on road vs. NFC North with 5+ receptions. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 4 catches for 56 yards & TD last week, his 2nd TD with NO. Had 6 catches for 87 yards in his last game vs. Det. (9/27/15 w/ Den.). TE JARED COOK has 6 rec. TDs in his past 6 on road & aims for his 4th in row on road with TD catch. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 2 sacks & INT-TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with PD. Has 11.5 sacks in his past 7 on road. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 7 tackles & sack last week. Had 10 tackles in only career game vs. Det. (9/28/14 w/ NYJ). Has 8+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 on road. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had 27-yard INT-TD in last meeting. Has 7 PD in his past 7 on road. S MALCOLM JENKINS led team with 9 tackles & had TFL last week.
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 270 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with 300+ pass yards & 5th in row vs. NO with 2+ TD passes. Has 2+ TD passes in 4 of his past 5 at home. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON had 85 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 10 rec.) last week. Has 60+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NO. Ranks 4th in NFL history with 111 rush TDs & 5th with 14,425 rush yards. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY had 6 catches for 57 yards & rec. TD in season debut last week. Had 6 rec. TDs in 8 home games last season. WR MARVIN JONES had 51 rec. yards in Week 3. Had 6 catches for 96 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Has 7 TD catches in his past 5 at home. WR DANNY AMENDOLA has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. TE T.J. HOCKENSON had 4 catches for 53 yards last week. Is 1 of 3 TEs (HUNTER HENRY & TRAVIS KELCE) with 50+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 games. • LB JAMIE COLLINS had 6 tackles & INT last week. Is only LB with 25+ sacks (25.5) & 10+ INTs (11) since 2013. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC South with 6+ tackles & TFL. DE TREY FLOWERS has 4 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 6 at home. Rookie CB JEFF OKUDAH had 2 TFL & 1st-career INT in Week 3. S DURON HARMON had 1st INT with Det. last week, his 18th career INT. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. DB TRACY WALKER led team with 11 tackles last week, his 4th-career game with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD.
NFL PREVIEW: MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-3) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (0-3)
WEEK 4 // SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS
LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 4-0
STREAKS: Vikings have won past 4
LAST GAME: 10/9/16: Texans 13 at Vikings 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/23/12: Vikings 23, Texans 6
QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 251 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 96.4 rating last week. Has 90+ rating in 6 of his past 7 vs. AFC. • RB DALVIN COOK had 199 scrimmage yards (career-high 181 rush, 18 rec.) & rush TD last week. Is 1 of 2 (CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY) with 5+ games (5) of 170+ scrimmage yards since 2019. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 on road & 7 of his past 8 overall. Is 1 of 5 RBs with 15+ rush TDs (17) since 2019. • WR ADAM THIELEN had rec. TD in Week 3. Had 7 catches for 127 yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his 3 career road games vs. AFC South. Rookie WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON set career highs with 7 catches for 175 yards, incl. 71-yard TD catch, most rec. yards by Min. rookie since HOFer RANDY MOSS (190 rec. yards in Week 5, 1998). TE KYLE RUDOLPH had TD catch in Week 3. Had rec. TD in 5 of his past 6 on road. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had sack & FF last week. Has 3.5 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in his past 2 at Hou. Aims for his 3rd in row at Hou. with 1.5 sacks. Aims for his 5th in row on road vs. AFC South with sack & 6th in row overall vs. AFC South with FF. LB ERIC KENDRICKS led team with 10 tackles & had PD last week. Is 1 of 2 (MYLES JACK) with 10+ tackles in each of 1st 3 games of 2020. Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC South with 8+ tackles. S HARRISON SMITH had 9 tackles, TFL & INT last week. Had sack & FF in only career game at Hou. (12/23/12). Since 2014, is only DB with 15+ INTs (19) & 10+ sacks (12). S ANTHONY HARRIS had 8 tackles & PD last week. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road.
QB DESHAUN WATSON completed 19 of 27 passes (70.4 pct.) for 264 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for season-high 110.7 rating last week. Has 1,804 pass yards (300.7 per game), 17 TDs (15 pass, 2 rush) & 109.8 rating in his past 6 at home. • RB DAVID JOHNSON had rush TD last week. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3. Has 352 scrimmage yards (117.3 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 career games vs. Min. Since 2015, ranks tied2nd among RBs in TD catches (15) & 5th in rec. yards (2,290). RB DUKE JOHNSON has 85+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC North. Ranks 3rd among RBs in catches (279) & rec. yards (2,580) since 2015. • WR RANDALL COBB had 4 catches for team-high 95 yards & 1st TD of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 55+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 106 yards & TD in his last game vs. Min. (11/10/19 with Dal.). Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC North. WR WILL FULLER had 4 catches for 54 yards & TD in Week 3. WR BRANDIN COOKS had 7 catches for 116 yards & TD in his last game vs. Min. (9/27/18 with LAR). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with 7+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. • DE J.J. WATT had sack & FF in only career game vs. Min. (12/23/12). Has 4 sacks & FF in his past 3 vs. NFC North. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD. DE CHARLES OMENIHU aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC North. S ERIC MURRAY had FF & PD in Week 3.
NFL PREVIEW: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (3-0) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-2)
WEEK 4 // SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // HARD ROCK STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 8-4
STREAKS: Dolphins have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 9/11/16: Dolphins 10 at Seahawks 12
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/25/12: Dolphins 24, Seahawks 21
QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 315 yards & 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 130.7 rating last week. Is 5th QB in NFL history with 5+ TD passes in consecutive games. Is 1st QB with 4+ TD passes in each of 1st 3 games of season. Leads NFL with 14 TD passes, most by QB in 1st 3 games of season in NFL history. Has 24 games with 130+ rating, most in NFL since 2012. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 4th in row overall with 130+ rating. Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 125.9 rating in only career game at Mia. (11/25/12). • RB CHRIS CARSON aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ TDs. Has 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 6 vs. AFC. RB CARLOS HYDE has 142 scrimmage yards (71 per game) & rec. TD in 2 career games vs. Mia. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 9 receptions for 100 yards & 3 TDs in Week 3, his 4th career game with 2+ TD catches. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 8+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. Tied for NFL-lead with 22 TD catches since 2018 (TYREEK HILL). WR DK METCALF had 4 catches for 110 yards & rec. TD last week. Is only player with 90+ rec. yards & TD catch in each of 1st 3 games. Aims for his 5th in row with rec. TD. TE GREG OLSEN had TD catch in his last game vs. Mia. (11/24/13 w/ Car.). • LB BOBBY WAGNER had 9 tackles & PD last week. Had 9 tackles & INT in only career game at Mia. (11/25/12). LB K.J. WRIGHT had 10 tackles in Week 3. Had 11 tackles & sack in last meeting. DT JARRAN REED had sack & FF last week. CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN had career-high 11 tackles & 4th-career INT in Week 3.
QB RYAN FITZPATRICK completed 18 of 20 passes (career-high 90 comp. pct., min. 10 attempts) for 160 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 133.3 rating & rushed for 38 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 100+ rating. Has 8 TDs (6 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 104.8 rating in his last 4 vs. NFC. Aims for his 7th in row at home with 90+ rating. • RB MYLES GASKIN had career-high 95 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 29 rec.) last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ scrimmage yards & 5+ catches. RB JORDAN HOWARD had rush TD in Week 3 & is only AFC RB with rush TD in each of 1st 3 games of 2020. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC West. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 5 catches for team-high 69 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ catches. Leads AFC WRs with 10 rec. TDs since 2019. WR PRESTON WILLIAMS had 1st TD catch of season in Week 3. TE MIKE GESICKI aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Ranks 6th among NFL TEs with 175 rec. yards this season. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had 13th-career INT last week, tied 3rd-most in NFL since 2017. Had 6 tackles in last meeting. S BOBBY MCCAIN aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC West with PD. LB KYLE VAN NOY had sack, FF & FR in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. Ties for AFC lead with 2 FFs. LB JEROME BAKER led team with 8 tackles & had TFL & PD last week. Ranks 3rd in AFC with 30 tackles this season.
NFL PREVIEW: LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (1-2) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-1)
WEEK 4 // SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
LEADER: Chargers lead all-time series, 8-3
STREAKS: Buccaneers have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/4/16: Buccaneers 28 at Chargers 21
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/11/12: Buccaneers 34, Chargers 24
QB TYROD TAYLOR passed for 268 yards & TD for 96.5 rating & rushed for 53 yards in only career start vs. TB (10/22/17 with Buf.). Has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC South. Rookie QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 35 of 49 passes (71.4 pct.) for 330 yards & TD last week. Became 2nd player since 1970 (KYLER MURRAY) with 300+ pass yards in each of 1st 2 career games. • RB AUSTIN EKELER led team with 143 scrimmage yards (84 rec., 59 rush) & had rush TD & 11 catches last week, his 3rd-career game with 10+ catches, 2nd-most among RBs since 2018. Aims for 3rd in row with 140+ scrimmage yards. Has 964 scrimmage yards (96.4 per game) & 9 TDs (6 rec., 3 rush) in his past 10 on road. Leads AFC with 378 scrimmage yards. RB JOSHUA KELLEY ranks 4th among AFC rookies with 225 scrimmage yards. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team with season-high 13 catches for 132 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 95+ rec. yards. Leads AFC with 24 catches & ranks 2nd with 265 rec. yards. WR MIKE WILLIAMS has 70+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. TE HUNTER HENRY had 5 catches for 50 yards in Week 3. Aims for his 6th in row with 5+ catches. • DE JOEY BOSA is 1 of 3 in NFL (AKIEM HICKS & JASON PIERREPAUL) with sack in each of 1st 3 games of 2020. Had sack in last meeting. Has 5 sacks in 4 career games vs. NFC South. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. CB CASEY HAYWARD had PD last week. Had INT in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC South with PD. S RAYSHAWN JENKINS had sack in Week 3.
QB TOM BRADY passed for 297 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.8 rating last week. Has 59 career games with 3+ TD passes & 0 INTs, most in NFL history. Has 2,452 pass yards (306.5 per game) & 15 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 97.3 rating in 8 career starts vs. Chargers. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chargers with 300+ pass yards. Ranks 2nd in NFL history with 547 career TD passes. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 63 scrimmage yards in his last game vs. LAC (12/8/19 w/ Jax.). RB RONALD JONES had 73 scrimmage yards (53 rush, 20 rec.) last week. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. • WR MIKE EVANS had 2 rec. TDs in Week 3. Is 1 of 3 (TYREEK HILL & DK METCALF) with rec. TD in each of 1st 3 games of 2020. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. WR CHRIS GODWIN had 5 catches for 64 yards & rec. TD last week. Has 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. WR SCOTTY MILLER led team with 83 rec. yards in Week 3. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 5 rec. TDs in 4 career games vs. Chargers & aims for his 5th in row vs. Chargers with TD catch. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had INT last week. Had 15-yard INT-TD in last meeting. Had 14 tackles in only career home game vs. Chargers. Has FF in 2 of his past 3 at home. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had 2 sacks last week. Has 4 sacks in his past 4 at home. LB DEVIN WHITE has FR in 2 of his past 3 at home. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL is 1 of 3 (JOEY BOSA & AKIEM HICKS) with sack in each of 1st 3 games of 2020.
NFL PREVIEW: BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-1) AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (1-2)
WEEK 4 // SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL
LEADER: All-time series tied, 3-3
STREAKS: Washington has won past 2
LAST GAME: 10/9/16: Washington 16 at Ravens 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/9/12: Washington 31, Ravens 28 (OT)
LAMAR JACKSON passed for 97 yards & TD & rushed for season-high 83 yards last week. Has passed for 16 TDs vs. INT & 120.4 rating in his past 6. Has 14 TDs (10 pass, 4 rush) vs. 0 INTs & 103.6 rating in 8 career games vs. NFC. Has 16 TDs (15 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT & 132.8 rating in his past 5 on road. Ranks 2nd among NFL QBs with 182 rush yards this season. • RB MARK INGRAM had 73 scrimmage yards (53 rush, 20 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in his last game vs. Was. (10/8/18 with NO). Aims for his 4th in row vs. Was. with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has 5 rush TDs in his past 4 vs. NFC East. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD. RB GUS EDWARDS aims for his 3rd in row on road with 70+ scrimmage yards. Rookie RB J.K. DOBBINS had 4 catches in Week 3. Ranks tied-2nd among rookie RBs with 2 TDs. • WR MARQUISE BROWN has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3. Has 2 rec. TDs in his past 2 vs. NFC. WR WILLIE SNEAD has 2 TD catches in his past 2 vs. NFC. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 on road. TE MARK ANDREWS had 2 TD catches in his past 2 on road. Since 2019, leads all TEs with 12 rec. TDs. TE NICK BOYLE had 1st TD catch of season in Week 3. • CB MARCUS PETERS has PD in 2 of his past 3. Had FF in only career game vs. Was. (10/2/17 with KC). Has INT in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC. Has 9 PD, 4 INTs & 2 INT-TDs in his past 6 on road. CB MARLON HUMPHREY has PD in 2 of his past 3 on road. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC East & 3rd in row vs. Was. with sack. Leads all DL with 4 PD this season.
QB DWAYNE HASKINS passed for 224 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 2+ TDs vs. 0 INTs & 120+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts at home. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. AFC with 2+ TD passes. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON (rookie) had 60 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 11 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Is only NFC rookie RB with 150+ scrimmage yards (156) & 2+ TDs (2) in 2020. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 52 scrimmage yards (37 rec., 15 rush) in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 4 catches for team-high 83 yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ receptions & 6th in row at home with 60+ rec. yards. WR DONTRELLE INMAN had 1st career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. • DE CHASE YOUNG leads all rookies with 2.5 sacks in 2020. DE RYAN KERRIGAN has 2+ sacks in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 0.5+ sacks. Had sack in last meeting. DE MONTEZ SWEAT had sack last week. Has 4 sacks & 6 TFL in his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TFL. DT JONATHAN ALLEN tied for team-lead with 9 tackles & had sack last week. Has 7 sacks in his past 7 vs. AFC. LB JON BOSTIC aims for his 4th in row with 7+ tackles & TFL. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Bal. with 5+ tackles. S LANDON COLLINS had 12 tackles, sack & 2 TFL in his last game vs. Bal. (10/16/16 w/ NYG). Has 5 TFL in his past 4 at home. CB KENDALL FULLER has 5 PD in 3 career games vs. Bal.
NFL PREVIEW: NEW YORK GIANTS (0-3) AT LOS ANGELES RAMS (2-1)
WEEK 4 // SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2020 // 4:05 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 26-16
STREAKS: Giants have won 7 of past 8
LAST GAME: 11/5/17: Rams 51 at Giants 17
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/21/14: Giants 37, Rams 27 (St. Louis)
QB DANIEL JONES rushed for season-high 49 yards last week. Is 1 of 3 NFC QBs (KYLER MURRAY & RUSSELL WILSON) with 10+ games (10) of 20+ rush yards since 2019. Has 20 TDs (18 pass, 2 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 99.7 rating in 7 career road starts. Has 2+ TD passes in 4 of his past 5 starts on road. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of 5 career road games vs. NFC West. • WR GOLDEN TATE led team with 5 catches last week. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 5 vs. LAR. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Rams with 5+ receptions. WR DARIUS SLAYTON had team-high 53 rec. yards in Week 3. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 6 on road. TE EVAN ENGRAM had 70 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 on road. • LB BLAKE MARTINEZ had 9 tackles & sack in Week 3. Is only LB with 30+ tackles (30) & 2+ sacks (2) in 2020. Had 12 tackles, sack & 2 TFL in only career game vs. LAR (10/28/18 w/ GB). LB MARKUS GOLDEN had 2.5 sacks & FF in his last game vs. LAR (1/1/17 w/ Az.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with sack. DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had sack in Week 3. Has 4 TFL in 5 career games vs. NFC West. DB LOGAN RYAN had 7 tackles & 2 PD last week. Had 5 tackles & sack in only career game vs. LAR (12/4/16 w/ NE). CB JAMES BRADBERRY leads NFL with 9 PD in 2020. Had sack & INT in his last game vs. LAR (9/8/19 w/ Car.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR & 5th overall with 2+ PD. CB JULIAN LOVE led team with career-high 11 tackles in Week 3.
QB JARED GOFF passed for 321 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 111.6 rating & had rush TD last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 7 of his past 8 starts. Has 29 games with 2+ TD passes since 2017, 3rdmost in NFL. Passed for 311 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 146.8 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 4th start in row at home with 275+ pass yards. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 120 scrimmage yards (career high 114 rush, 6 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 120+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. • WR COOPER KUPP has 9 receptions for 107 yards & rec. TD last week. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. WR ROBERT WOODS had 5 catches with 104 scrimmage yards (74 rec., 30 rush) & TD catch in Week 3. Is 1 of 2 (ALVIN KAMARA) with 175+ rec. yards (193) & 50+ rush yards (63) in 2020. Had 70 rec. yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. TE TYLER HIGBEE had TD catch in last meeting. • DL AARON DONALD had 2 sacks, FF & FR last week. Is 1 of 3 (CHANDLER JONES & J.J. WATT) with 15+ games (15) of 2+ sacks since 2014. Had sack, FF & FR in last meeting. Has 7.5 sacks in his past 7 at home. DL MORGAN FOX had 1st sack of season last week. LB LEONARD FLOYD had sack last week. Has TFL in 2 of his 3 career games vs. NYG. S JOHN JOHNSON had 8th career INT last week. CB TROY HILL led team with 8 tackles in Week 3 & aims for his 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. S TAYLOR RAPP has 6+ tackles in 6 of his past 7 at home.
NFL PREVIEW: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-1) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-0)
WEEK 4 // SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2020 // 4:25 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 19-14-3
STREAKS: Chiefs have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 12/8/19: Chiefs 23 at Patriots 16
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/14: Chiefs 41, Patriots 14
QB CAM NEWTON passed for 162 yards & TD vs. INT & rushed for 27 yards last week. Has 5 TDs (4 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 96.5 rating & 132 rush yards (66 per game) in 2 career games vs. KC. Has 92.9 rating in his past 8 on road. Ties for NFL lead with 4 rush TDs this season. • RB SONY MICHEL had season-high 140 scrimmage yards (117 rush, 23 rec.) last week. Has rushed for 105+ yards & 2 TDs in 2 of 3 career games vs. KC, incl. postseason. RB JAMES WHITE aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with 5+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Since 2016, leads all RBs in rec. TDs (20) & ranks 2nd in catches (278) & rec. yards (2,406). RB REX BURKHEAD had 98 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 49 rec.) & career-high 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 3. Has 2 rush TDs in his past 2 vs. KC, incl. postseason. Has TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC West, incl. postseason. • WR JULIAN EDELMAN has 7+ catches & 95+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. KC, incl. postseason. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC West. Has 105+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • CB STEPHON GILMORE had PD last week. Had PD & FR in last meeting. Has 9 PD in 7 career games vs. KC. CB JONATHAN JONES had 7 tackles & tied career high with 2 PD last week. CB J.C. JACKSON had 6 tackles, PD & FR last week. Had INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC West with PD. S DEVIN MCCOURTY had season-high 2 PD in Week 3. Had FF in last meeting. LB CHASE WINOVICH had sack & FF last week.
QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 31 of 42 passes (73.8 pct.) for 385 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 133.5 rating & rushed for 26 yards & TD last week, his 9th-career game with 4+ TD passes, most in NFL since 2018. Became fastest player in NFL history (34 games) to reach 10,000 career pass yards. Has 8 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 102.2 rating in 3 career games vs. NE, incl. postseason. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE (rookie) had 134 scrimmage yards (career-high 70 rec., 64 rush) last week. Leads all rookies with 342 scrimmage yards this season. • WR TYREEK HILL had 5 catches for 77 yards & TD in Week 3. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (MIKE EVANS & DK METCALF) with TD catch in each of 1st 3 games of 2020. Has 337 rec. yards (112.3 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in 3 career games vs. NE. Has 105+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. WR SAMMY WATKINS had team-high 7 catches for 62 yards last week. Has 7+ catches in 2 of his past 3. WR MECOLE HARDMAN had 4 catches for 81 yards & TD in Week 3. Had TD catch in last meeting. TE TRAVIS KELCE had 6 catches for 87 yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NE with 5+ catches. Leads all TEs in catches (21) & rec. yards (227). • DT CHRIS JONES had 2 sacks & 2 FFs last week. Has sack in 4 of his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with sack. Ties for AFC lead with 3.5 sacks this season. DE FRANK CLARK had sack in Week 3. Has sack in 4 of his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with sack. LB BEN NIEMANN had FR & 1st-career sack last week. S TYRANN MATHIEU has 5 PD in his past 4 at home.
NFL PREVIEW: BUFFALO BILLS (3-0) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (2-1)
WEEK 4 // SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2020 // 4:25 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: LAND CLARK
LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 21-18
STREAKS: Raiders have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 10/29/17: Raiders 14 at Bills 34
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/4/16: Raiders 38, Bills 24 (Oakland)
QB JOSH ALLEN completed 24 of 33 passes (72.7 pct.) for 311 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 128.9 rating & rushed for TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 4+ TD passes & 125+ rating. Is 1st player in NFL history with 10+ TD passes (10) & 2+ rush TDs (2) through team’s 1st 3 games of season. Has 19 career rush TDs, 2nd-most by QB in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history. Leads AFC with 10 TD passes & 124.8 rating this season. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had season-high 121 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 50 rec.) last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. RB T.J. YELDON has 80+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC West. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 4 catches for 49 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC West with 75+ rec. yards. WR JOHN BROWN aims for his 3rd in row on road with 50+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC West. WR COLE BEASLEY led team with 6 catches for 100 yards in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 5+ catches. Rookie WR GABRIEL DAVIS had 4 catches for 81 yards last week. TE TYLER KROFT had 2 rec. TDs last week. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had FR in Week 3. Had 2 PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had PD in last meeting. Has 5 PD & INT in his past 3 vs. AFC West. CB LEVI WALLACE had 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. S JORDAN POYER had career-high 14 tackles last week. Ties for lead among AFC safeties with 25 tackles this season. LB MATT MILANO had sack last week.
QB DEREK CARR completed 24 of 32 passes (75 pct.) for 261 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.4 rating last week. Passed for 313 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 2 TDs & 0 INTs in 2 of 3 career games vs. Buf. Has 11 TDs (10 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 107.8 rating in his past 7 at home. Is only player in NFL with 100+ rating & 70+ comp. pct. in each of 1st 3 games this season. • RB JOSH JACOBS rushed for team-high 71 yards last week. Has 914 scrimmage yards (114.3 per game) & 7 rush TDs in 8 career home games. Ties for 2nd among AFC RBs with 3 rush TDs this season. RB JALEN RICHARD aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with 50+ scrimmage yards. • TE DARREN WALLER aims for his 3rd in row at home with 8+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Ranks 2nd among TEs with 20 catches. TE FOSTER MOREAU had TD catch in Week 3. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. WR HUNTER RENFROW led team with 6 catches for 84 yards & 1st TD of season last week. Has 4+ catches in 2 of his past 3 at home. WR ZAY JONES had 90 catches for 1,037 yards & 9 TDs in 36 games with Buf. (2017-19). • DE MAXX CROSBY had 1st 2 sacks of season last week, his 2ndcareer game with 2+ sacks. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with sack. Has 5 sacks in his past 4 at home. LB NICHOLAS MORROW led team with season-high 9 tackles in Week 3. LB CORY LITTLETON had 6 tackles & TFL last week. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 at home. S JOHNATHAN ABRAM had 1st-career INT last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD.
NFL PREVIEW: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (0-2-1) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-1)
WEEK 4 // SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2020 // 8:20 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH
LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 18-13-1
STREAKS: 49ers have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 10/29/17: 49ers 10 at Eagles 33
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/28/14: 49ers 26, Eagles 21
QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 225 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) last week. Had 2 TDs vs. INT in last meeting. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 on road. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 250+ pass yards. • RB MILES SANDERS had 107 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 12 rec.) last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 4 on road. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. • TE ZACH ERTZ had 7 receptions for 70 yards last week. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Since 2013, leads NFL TEs in receptions (540) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (5,873). WR GREG WARD led team with career-high 8 catches for 72 yards & TD catch in Week 3, his 2nd career rec. TD. WR ALSHON JEFFERY had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC West with 50+ rec. yards. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM had 2 sacks & 3 TFL in Week 3, his 7th career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. SF with sack. Has 9 TFL in his past 5 on road. DT FLETCHER COX had sack last week. Had sack in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on SNF. DE DEREK BARNETT had 4th career game with 2 sacks in Week 3. Has 4.5 sacks in his past 4 on road. LB NATHAN GERRY led team with 8 tackles in Week 3. CB DARIUS SLAY aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 5+ tackles. S JALEN MILLS had 1.5 sacks last week, his 1st career sacks.
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO has 122.2 rating in 3 career starts on SNF. QB NICK MULLENS passed for 343 yards with TD vs. 0 INTs for 108.9 rating last week. Has 1,360 pass yards (272 per game) & 7 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 95.8 rating in 5 career home starts. • RB JERICK MCKINNON had 77 scrimmage yards (39 rec., 38 rush) & rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row with TD. RB JEFF WILSON had 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, his 3rd career game with 2 TDs. • TE GEORGE KITTLE has 13 receptions for 215 yards (107.5 per game) & rec. TD in 2 career games on SNF. Aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with 80+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 7 of his past 8 at home. Rookie WR BRANDON AIYUK had 5 catches with 101 scrimmage yards (70 rec., 30 rush) & 1st career rush TD in Week 3. WR DEEBO SAMUEL has 185 scrimmage yards (92.5 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) in 2 career games on SNF. WR KENDRICK BOURNE aims for his 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. • LB FRED WARNER led team with 7 tackles & had 2nd career INT last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD & 7th in row at home with 9+ tackles. DL ARIK ARMSTEAD has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has 2 sacks in 3 career games on SNF. DL EZEKIEL ANSAH has 5 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in 3 career games vs. Phi. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 1.5+ sacks & FF. DL DION JORDAN had sack & FR in SF debut last week. DL KERRY HYDER has sack in 3 of his past 4 & aims for his 5th in row with TFL. S MARCELL HARRIS had career-high 2 FFs last week.
NFL PREVIEW: ATLANTA FALCONS (0-3) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-0)
WEEK 4 // MONDAY, OCT. 5, 2020 // 8:15 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 16-14
STREAKS: Falcons have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/9/18: Falcons 20 at Packers 34
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/9/18
QB MATT RYAN passed for 262 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 97.5 rating in last meeting. Has 11 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 98.2 rating in 4 career starts at GB. Aims for his 5th in row at GB with 2+ TDs. • RB TODD GURLEY rushed for 80 yards & TD last week. Had 195 scrimmage yards (114 rush, 81 rec.) & rec. TD in his last game vs. GB (10/28/18 w/ LAR). Had 159 rush yards in only career game at GB (10/11/15 w/ Rams) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with 150+ scrimmage yards. • WR JULIO JONES had 8 receptions for 106 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Had 11 catches for 259 yards & TD in 12/8/14 meeting at GB. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with 100+ rec. yards. Has 75+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 on road. WR CALVIN RIDLEY led team with 5 catches for 110 yards last week, 1st player since 2018 (JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER & ADAM THIELEN) with 100+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 games of season. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 7+ receptions, 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. • DT GRADY JARRETT had sack & 2 TFL last week. Has 4.5 sacks in his past 5. Aims for his 8th in row with TFL. DE CHARLES HARRIS had 1st sack with Atl. last week. LB DEION JONES has 4 PD in 3 career games vs. GB & aims for his 4th in row vs. GB with PD. Rookie LB MYKAL WALKER led team with 8 tackles & had 1st career FF in Week 3.. CB ISAIAH OLIVER had 7 tackles & 2 PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ PD. S DAMONTAE KAZEE had 5th-career FF last week.
QB AARON RODGERS passed for 283 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 124.9 rating last week. Has 2,165 pass yards (309.3 per game) & 17 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 111.1 rating in 7 career starts vs. Atl. Has 8 TDs vs. 1 INT for 112.2 rating in 3 career home starts vs. Atl. & aims for his 4th in row at home vs. Atl. with 2+ TDs & 100+ rating. • RB AARON JONES had 86 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 17 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD. Had 106 scrimmage yards (78 rush, 28 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Has 18 TDs (16 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 12 at home. Has 2+ rush TDs in 3 of his past 4 at home. Since 2019, leads NFL with 24 scrimmage TDs. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 7 receptions for 81 yards & TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with rec. TD & 4th in row vs. Atl. with 7+ catches. WR ALLEN LAZARD set career highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (146) & had rec. TD last week. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4. TE ROBERT TONYAN had career high 5 catches for 50 yards & TD in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH had FF & FR last week. Had sack in only career game vs. Atl. (12/2/18 w/ Bal.). DL KINGSLEY KEKE had 2 sacks & FF last week, his 1st 2 career sacks. LB TY SUMMERS led team with career-high 9 tackles in Week 3. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had PD in Week 3. Had career-high 10 tackles & PD in last meeting.
TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL: INSIDE THE NUMBERS
#3 FLORIDA VS. SOUTH CAROLINA
Florida is 12-2 at home against South Carolina since the Gamecocks joined the SEC in 1992, losing only in 2010 and 2014.
Last week Kyle Trask became the fifth FBS quarterback in the last 25 seasons to throw for 400+ yards with 6+ touchdown passes and no picks in a season opener, along with Kentucky’s Tim Couch (1998), Hawaii’s Colt Brennan (2007), Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty (2014) and Cincinnati’s Gunner Kiel (2014).
Florida’s 642 total yards against Ole Miss were the fourth most by an SEC team in its conference opener in the last 25 seasons, behind Texas A&M in 2014 (680) and Alabama in 2017 (677) and 2014 (672).
South Carolina has just seven turnovers over its last nine games dating back to September 28 of last season, tied for the third fewest in the FBS over that span behind Oregon State and San Diego State (five each).
Shi Smith had 10 catches against Tennessee in the opener after having 11 catches against the Volunteers last season. He’s the only FBS player to have two 10-catch games against a single opponent since the start of last season.
#24 PITT VS. NC STATE
Pitt beat No. 24 Louisville 23-20 at home last week, bringing them to 3-0 for the first time since 2014. The last time the Panthers started 4-0 was in 2000, and prior to that it was 1991, when they started 5-0.
The Panthers have a 5-4-1 all-time record against NC State. The Wolfpack have won the last two, most recently on October 14, 2017, getting a 35-17 win in Pittsburgh. Pitt’s last win over NC State came in the 2001 Tangerine Bowl.
Pitt has outscored opponents 23-3 in the second half this season, and has allowed an average of 177.0 yards per game, second best in FBS (BYU, 165.0 through two games). The 10.0 points per game allowed by Pitt rank tied for sixth in FBS.
Freshman Jordan Addison had seven catches for 77 yards and a touchdown in the win over Louisville, giving him a team-leading 21 catches for 169 yards. No other Pitt receiver has more than nine receptions. The last freshman to lead Pitt in receiving was Tyler Boyd in 2013.
NC State is coming off a 45-24 loss to No. 20 Virigina Tech, dropping to 1-1 this season. The Wolfpack has now lost seven straight against ranked teams, last getting a win on October 5, 2017 against No. 17 Louisville. Six of those seven losses have been by at least 21 points.
MISSOURI AT #21 TENNESSEE
Tennessee won last season’s meeting, 24-20, after Missouri scored 50 points in each of the two previous meetings. The Tigers have averaged 253.4 rushing yards in the last five meetings with Tennessee while the Volunteers have averaged 194.6 rushing yards in those five games.
Missouri lost to Alabama, 38-19, in its first game, allowing 28 of those points in the first half. Since October 19 of last season, the Tigers have been outscored by 77 points in the first half, second worst in the SEC behind Arkansas (-137).
Shawn Robinson completed 19 of his 25 passes against Alabama (76.0 percent). The transfer from TCU is just the fourth player in the last 15 years to complete at least 75.0 percent of his passes in a game against the Crimson Tide (min. 25 attempts), joining Joe Burrow, Jarrett Stidham and Johnny Manziel.
Tennessee beat South Carolina, 31-27, after losing two consecutive season openers. The Volunteers held the Gamecocks to seven points in the first half, their seventh game holding their opponent to a touchdown or less in the first half since the start of last season.
Josh Palmer had six receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee’s first game of the season — four of those catches came on first down (66 yards). The senior is one of nine active SEC players with over 1000 career receiving yards (1124).
#9 TEXAS VS. TCU
TCU has won five of the last six games in this series, outscoring the Longhorns by 115 points over that span (206-91).
The 119 combined points in Texas’ 63-56 win over Texas Tech last week were the second most ever in a Big 12 conference opener, behind only West Virginia’s 70-63 win over Baylor in 2012.
Sam Ehlinger is the fourth FBS quarterback in the last 25 seasons to throw 5+ TD passes in back-to-back games to start a season, along with Kentucky’s Tim Couch (1998), Rutgers’ Mike McMahon (2000) and Bowling Green’s Omar Jacobs (2005).
TCU is looking to avoid its first 0-2 start under Gary Patterson. The last time the Horned Frogs started a season 0-2 was in 1999.
Matthew Downing threw for 159 yards in TCU’s season-opening loss while Max Duggan threw for 241. It marked the first time TCU had two players throw for 150+ yards in the same game since September 24, 2005, at BYU (Tye Gunn and Jeff Ballard).
#2 ALABAMA VS. #13 TEXAS A&M
Alabama is 10-2 all-time against Texas A&M, with wins in seven straight since a 29-24 home loss in 2012 — the Aggies’ first year in the SEC. It’s Texas A&M’s longest active losing streak versus any opponent.
The Crimson Tide have won 18 consecutive home openers since a 20-17 loss to UCLA in 2001; among SEC teams, only Florida has a longer active streak (30 straight). The Tide have opened 2-0 overall in 16 straight seasons (2004-19), the longest active streak in the FBS.
Texas A&M opened its season with a 17-12 home win over Vanderbilt, the Aggies’ fewest points scored in a win since a 9-6 victory over Nebraska in 2010. They are 2-15 since joining the SEC when scoring fewer than 20 points, with the other win coming in 2017 at Florida (19-17).
In three career starts against Alabama, Kellen Mond has averaged 232.3 yards passing and 67.3 yards rushing, with four pass TD and three rush TD. He’s the first player to have 90+ rushing yards and a rush TD in back-to-back games against Alabama since Darren McFadden of Arkansas had three straight from 2005-07.
Jaylen Waddle had a career-high eight receptions in last week’s 38-19 win over Missouri, for 134 yards and two touchdowns. His 15 career receiving touchdowns are tied for ninth most in program history; teammate DeVonta Smith ranks fourth with 23.
#12 NORTH CAROLINA VS. BOSTON COLLEGE
The Tar Heels lead the all-time series, 5-2, and this is the first matchup since a 34-10 North Carolina win on October 26, 2013. UNC has won all four meetings since Boston College joined the ACC in 2005, with the Eagles’ last win coming in the 2004 Continental Tire Bowl.
North Carolina defeated Syracuse 31-6 in its opener on September 12 for its fourth straight win. The Heels have yielded 13 or fewer points in all those games, the longest active streak in the FBS of allowing 13 or fewer points.
Sam Howell threw for 295 yards in the opener with four passes going for at least 20 yards. He now has had 62 pass plays go for 20+ yards since the start of last season, and among ACC quarterbacks, only Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence (67) has more in this span.
Boston College has just 171 yards rushing, their fewest rushing yards through two games since gaining 161 in 2011. The Eagles led the ACC in rushing yards per game last season at 253.2, the first time they led their conference in average rushing yards since leading the Big East in 2001.
After throwing for 300 yards on 23 attempts for an average of 13.04 yards per attempt in the opener, Phil Jurkovec passed for 210 yards on 38 attempts last weekend for an average of 5.53 yards per attempt. Only two other BC QBs in the last 10 seasons have had 38+ attempts and 210 or fewer yards in a game, Anthony Brown (2017) and Chase Rettig (twice in 2011 and once in 2012).
#15 CINCINNATI VS. SOUTH FLORIDA
Cincinnati leads the all-time series, 10-7, winning the last two matchups after losing the previous three. In the last meeting last November, the Bearcats had just 78 passing yards in a 20-17 win. They’ve been held to less than 200 yards passing in each of their last three meetings, and this is their longest active streak against an AAC opponent of passing for fewer than 200 yards.
After rushing for 276 yards in their season opener against Austin Peay, Cincinnati was held to just 69 yards rushing on 35 attempts in last week’s win over then-No. 22 Army. It was the first time the Bearcats rushed for fewer than 70 yards on 35+ attempts since a 31-17 win over UAB on October 13, 2001.
Gerrid Doaks has had 20+ rushing yards and 60+ receiving yards in each of the first two games. He is the first Bearcat to have two games in a season with 20+ rushing yards and 60+ receiving yards since Isaiah Pead in 2011.
South Florida allowed Notre Dame to rush for 281 yards in a 52-0 loss on September 19. The Bulls have permitted 200+ rushing yards in each of their last five games, and among FBS teams, only Massachusetts has a longer active streak of allowing 200+ rushing yards at seven.
Johnny Ford has a 42-yard run and a 43-yard run this season and is averaging 9.4 yards per carry – second best in the FBS among those with at least 15 attempts. He and Liberty’s Malik Willis are the only two players in the FBS to have played fewer than three games and have a pair of 40+ yard runs.
#17 OKLAHOMA STATE VS. KANSAS
Oklahoma State has won 10 straight against Kansas dating back to 2010, scoring at least 40 points in seven of those games. The Cowboys rushed for at least 200 yards in four of the last five meetings.
Oklahoma State has allowed only 20 points this season, its fewest through two games of the season since 2006 (17). The Cowboys held West Virginia to 68 rushing yards last week — they held only two opponents to 75 or fewer rushing yards last season: West Virginia again (26) and Kansas (39).
LD Brown and Chuba Hubbard both rushed for at least 100 yards with a touchdown against West Virginia. The game moved Hubbard to 3028 career rushing yards, becoming the 10th player in school history with at least 3000 rushing yards.
Kansas risks starting 0-3 on the season since going 0-12 in 2015. The Jayhawks are 3-43 in conference play since that winless season, worst conference record by any FBS team.
Pooka Williams Jr. had a 21-yard touchdown run as well as a 16-yard touchdown run against Baylor. It was his ninth and 10th rushing touchdown of at least 15 yards in his career — those 10 such touchdowns are the most by any Jayhawk in the last 25 seasons.
#25 MEMPHIS VS. SMU
On Saturday, Memphis will have gone 28 days since their season-opening win over Arkansas State on September 5, its largest gap between games since a 28-day gap from the 2017 AAC Championship Game on December 2 and the 2017 Liberty Bowl on December 30. It’s the first time Memphis has played one September game since 1964.
Memphis leads the all-time series 9-3, and has won each of the last six meetings, averaging 51.7 points per game in those contests. Last season, No. 24 Memphis topped No. 15 SMU 54-48 at home.
The Tigers beat Arkansas State 37-24 at home for their first win, their most points in a season opener against an FBS opponent since 1993. Since 2016, the Tigers are 26-4 (.867) at home, the 12th-best record in FBS, and fifth best by a non-Power Five team.
Brady White completed 27 of 37 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns against Arkansas State. It was his fifth career game with at least four touchdown passes, tied for fifth most by any active quarterback. White threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions last year against SMU.
The Mustangs are coming off a 50-7 win over Stephen F. Austin last week, and have now scored an FBS-high 146 points this year. SMU has started the season 3-0 for the second straight year — the Mustangs hadn’t done it prior to that at all since a run of five straight 3-0 starts from 1980 — 1984.
#7 AUBURN VS. #4 GEORGIA
Georgia has won six straight home games against Auburn, last losing to the Tigers at home in 2005 by a single point (31-30).
Georgia has held its last 22 opponents to fewer than 200 rushing yards, the second-longest active streak in the FBS behind Clemson (46).
Stetson Bennett has completed 71.4 percent of his passes over his career, making him one of six active FBS players with a career completion percentage of 70.0 percent or higher (minimum 50 attempts).
Auburn has had no more than one turnover in any of its last eight games, tied with Buffalo for the third-longest active streak in the FBS behind Oregon State (12) and Clemson (10).
Against Kentucky, Seth Williams became the first Auburn player to have at least 100 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in a season opener since Karsten Bailey in 1997.
#18 OKLAHOMA VS. IOWA STATE
In last year’s meeting, Iowa State nearly came back by outscoring Oklahoma, 20-0, in the fourth quarter, but still lost, 42-41. The Cyclones are just 1-13 against the Sooners since 2000, their lone win coming in 2017 (38-31). The last four meetings have been decided by 10 or fewer points.
Oklahoma was up by 14 points entering the fourth quarter against Kansas State, but lost, 38-35. It was the Sooners’ first loss after leading by at least 14 points after three quarters since December 6, 2014 against Oklahoma State. They had won 36 consecutive games when leading by that much after three quarters in between those two losses.
Spencer Rattler threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns against Kansas State, but also threw three interceptions. He’s the first Sooner with at least 350 passing yards, four pass TDs and three picks since Landry Jones on November 27, 2010 against Oklahoma State.
Iowa State bounced back from a loss to Louisiana with a 37-34 win over TCU. However, the Cyclones allowed the Horned Frogs to throw for 400 passing yards after holding the Ragin’ Cajuns to 154 passing yards.
Breece Hall had 154 rushing yards and three touchdowns against TCU and now has 257 rushing yards and four rush TDs on the season. He’s the first Cyclone with at least 250 rushing yards and four rush TDs in the team’s first two games of the season since Ennis Haywood in 2001 (326 rush yards, four rush TDs).
#16 MISSISSIPPI STATE VS. ARKANSAS
Mississippi State has won three in a row over Arkansas and seven of eight in the series after losing 12 of the previous 13 matchups. The Bulldogs have scored 50+ points in each of the last two games, the only SEC team they’ve scored 50+ points against in their last two meetings.
Mississippi State set an SEC record with 623 passing yards in its 44-34 win over then-No. 6 LSU last Saturday. This came after the Bulldogs threw for fewer than 250 yards in all 13 of their games last season. Mississippi State, Georgia Tech and Northwestern were the only Power 5 teams to throw for fewer than 250 yards in all of their games in 2019.
K.J. Costello had 15 pass plays go for 20+ yards in the opener with four TD passes of at least 20 yards. In all of last season, Mississippi State QBs had 10 TD passes of 20+ yards.
Arkansas lost to No. 4 Georgia, 37-10, in last weekend’s opener, extending its losing streak to 10 games. It’s the longest losing streak by a Power 5 team, and only Akron (17) and Old Dominion (11) have longer losing streaks in the FBS.
Rakeem Boyd, who finished sixth in the SEC last season with 1133 rushing yards, was limited to 21 yards on 11 carries in the opener. He is averaging 49.7 rushing yards per game and 3.3 yards per carry in his last three contests after averaging 100.5 yards and 6.7 yards per attempt in his previous 10 games.
#11 CENTRAL FLORIDA VS. TULSA
Tulsa has won 21 straight homes games – the second-longest streak in the FBS behind Clemson (23) – since a 35-20 loss to Tulsa on November 19, 2016. The Golden Hurricanes have won six of seven in the series and the last three against the Knights – this is Tulsa’s longest active winning streak against any AAC team and UCF’s longest active losing streak against an AAC opponent.
UCF has racked up 1292 total yards in winning its first two games – the most yards through two games in the history of the AAC. The Golden Knights have reached the 600-yard mark in both games and have six 600-yard games since the start of last season – tied with LSU for the most in the FBS.
Marlon Williams leads the FBS with 23 receptions and has a conference-best 290 receiving yards. He joins Tulsa’s Keevan Lucas in 2014, as the only players in the history of the AAC to have 23+ receptions and 290+ yards in their first two games.
Tulsa had six sacks in a 16-7 loss to then-No. 11 Oklahoma State on September 19, its most sacks against a ranked foe since also notching six in a 62-35 win over No. 24 Hawaii in the 2010 Hawaii Bowl. The Golden Hurricanes have lost all 19 games they’ve played against ranked foes since. Over the previous three seasons, Tulsa totaled just 40 sacks – the fewest for any team that has been in the FBS every year since 2017.
Zach Smith was 4-for-8 for 18 yards on third downs in the season opener, as Tulsa went 0-for-11 on third downs. It was only the second time since 2000 Tulsa failed to convert a third down, along with October 7, 2017 in a 62-28 loss to Tulane.
#20 LSU VS. VANDERBILT
LSU has won eight in a row against Vanderbilt dating back to 1991, and is 23-7-1 in the all-time series. In last season’s meeting, the Tigers crushed the Commodores, 66-38, the most points scored by either team in the series all-time.
LSU lost at home to Mississippi State, 44-33, becoming the first defending champion to lose its season opener since Michigan in 1998 (Michigan split the title with Nebraska in 1997). The 44 points were the most allowed by the Tigers in their season opener in school history.
Myles Brennan threw for 345 yards with three touchdowns against Mississippi State — he had 353 pass yards all of last season and just two touchdowns combined from 2017-19. He’s the fourth Tiger with at least 300 passing yards and three pass TDs in a game since 2010 (Joe Burrow had 12 such games).
Vanderbilt lost to Texas A&M, 17-12, its fifth consecutive loss against a conference foe. The Commodores scored fewer than 15 points in all five of those losses; they are 1-8 in SEC play since last season, getting outscored by 190 points.
Amir Abdur-Rahman caught five passes for 72 yards and a touchdown in Vanderbilt’s first game of the season. Abdur-Rahman, who suffered a season-ending injury in last season’s opener against Georgia, caught just four passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in 13 games in 2018.
#1 CLEMSON VS. VIRGINIA
Clemson has beaten Virginia by 49 and 45 points in the last two meetings. They will try to join Florida State (three-game streak against Wake Forest from 1993-95 and again from 2012-14) as the only ACC teams in the last 40 years to beat a conference opponent by 40+ points in three straight meetings.
Clemson has won its last seven conference games by 24+ points each (including conference championship games). The last Power 5 team to win eight straight conference games by 24+ points was Florida State, which had an eight-game streak from 2000-01.
Trevor Lawrence is the first ACC quarterback to throw for at least 500 yards on 80.0+ percent completions over his team’s first two games of a season since Florida State’s Jameis Winston in 2013.
Virginia forced seven turnovers in its season-opening win over Duke, tied for the third-most takeaways by any FBS team in a season opener in the last 25 seasons. They trail only Texas A&M in 2002 (10 takeaways against Louisiana) and Miami (Ohio) in 2002 (nine takeaways against UNC).
Against Duke, Lavel Davis Jr. became the first FBS true freshman to have at least 100 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in his team’s season opener since Kansas’ JaCorey Shepherd in 2011.
LANDIS’ NAME PULLED FROM MVP PLAQUES
The name of the former baseball commissioner who never had a Black player in the majors during his long reign is being pulled off all future MVP plaques after more than 75 years.
Kenesaw Mountain Landis won’t be depicted on the annual awards presented by the Baseball Writers’ Association of the America, the group said Friday. The decision came after 89% of its membership voted this week for removal.
“We will no longer will be associated with the Landis name, and the MVP plaques will be nameless in 2020,” BBWAA president Paul Sullivan wrote.
“Hopefully when some sense of normalcy returns in 2021 we can have a healthy debate over whether to add a new name or just leave it as the BBWAA MVP award,” he said.
In a story by The Associated Press in late June, former MVP winners Barry Larkin, Mike Schmidt and Terry Pendleton said they favored pulling Landis’ name because of concerns over his handling of Black players.
Larkin, the Black shortstop voted NL MVP in 1995 with Cincinnati, applauded the decision.
“To me, the MVP award should be something that’s all positive,” Larkin told the AP on Friday. “There shouldn’t be a cloud over it.”
“I think the MVP honor stands on its own. It doesn’t need a name,” he said.
Told of the BBWAA’s ruling, Pendleton, the Black third baseman who won the 1991 NL honor with Atlanta, texted: “It’s the right thing to do!!!”
Major League Baseball will redesign the trophies, said Jack O’Connell, BBWAA secretary-treasurer. The AL and NL winners awards in this virus-shortened season will be announced on Nov. 12.
Landis became MLB’s first commissioner in 1920 and no Blacks played in the majors during his tenure that ended with his death in 1944. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 and Larry Doby followed later that year.
Landis’ legacy is “always a complicated story” that includes “documented racism,” official MLB historian John Thorn has said.
In 1931, Landis had given the BBWAA control of picking and presenting the MVPs. During the 1944 World Series, the BBWAA voted to add Landis’ name to the plaque as “an acknowledgement of his relationship with the writers,” O’Connell said.
Landis died a month later at 78 and soon was elected to the Hall of Fame.
Every AL and NL MVP plaque since then has carried his name — emblazoned with shiny, gold letters twice as big as the actual winner — plus a sizable imprint of his face.
“This is 2020 now and things have changed all around the world. It can change for the better,” Pendleton said earlier. “Statues are coming down, people are looking at monuments and memorials.”
Schmidt, the three-time NL MVP with Philadelphia, previously said: “If you’re looking to expose individuals in baseball’s history who promoted racism by continuing to close baseball’s doors to men of color, Kenesaw Landis would be a candidate.”
“Looking back to baseball in the early 1900s, this was the norm. It doesn’t make it right, though,” said the Hall of Famer, who is white. “Removing his name from the MVP trophy would expose the injustice of that era. I’d gladly replace the engraving on my trophies.”
There has been a lot of debate on social media in recent months over whose name should be on MVP plaques, if anybody at all. Among those getting support were Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues, Negro Leagues great Josh Gibson and Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey, who signed Robinson.
BRADLEY TAKES LEAD
Keegan Bradley likes the way he’s putting. He must really like the idea that the birdie putts he made Friday on his way to a 7-under 65 were not terribly far from the hole.
In his debut in the Sanderson Farms Championship, Bradley made three straight birdies on the back nine to take the lead and closed with another short birdie putt to take a two-shot lead over J.T. Poston and Charley Hoffman.
Bradley, whose victory in the BMW Championship at Aronimink two years ago was his only title in the last eight years, was at 13-under 131 at the Country Club of Jackson.
Poston made five birdies on the back nine for a 67, while Hoffman shot 69.
“I had a blast today playing,” Bradley said. “It’s so fun to be done with the round, done with 36 holes and say, `Man, that was a fun time.’ Sometimes it’s not fun at all. What a great day, and I’m bringing a lot to the weekend that I’m happy about.”
It hasn’t been much fun in the last year for Bradley, who won the PGA Championship as a rookie. He hasn’t had a top 10 since his runner-up finish at the Travelers Championship in June 2019. But he likes how he’s playing and how he’s putting on the fast, pure Bermuda greens.
Also having a blast is M.J. Daffue of South Africa, who gets by on Monday qualifiers and is giving himself another chance. Daffue was a Monday qualifier for the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village, birdied his last hole of the second round to make the cut and tied for 22nd. This was his third time Monday qualifying since July.
Daffue, a 31-year-old who played college golf at Lamar, goes week-to-week, so it shouldn’t be too difficult for him to avoid looking ahead.
“Trying to do everything at once – get all those points at once or trying to win – it will really eat at you,” Daffue said. “So I’m just trying to chip away at it. I’m in a good position. Try to get to a target score for the week and just keep hitting the shots and try to hit good putts.”
Kevin Chappell, among four players who shared the lead after the first round, appeared to be on his way to setting a target in the morning and getting some separation. He followed a 64 with five birdies on the front nine – along with a bogey on the par-5 fifth hole – to reach 12 under.
But then he three-putted the 10th. He chopped his way along the left side of the par-5 11th and made double bogey on the third-easiest hole at Country Club of Jackson. He dropped another shot on the 12th. Chappell shot 40 on the back nine and had to settle for a 72, leaving him five shots back.
“I’ve got as much firepower as I need,” Chappell said. “I’ve got to figure out the bad stuff and limit. I’m physically going to make bad golf swings and hit it in bad places. That’s just kind of where my game is at the moment. But I compounded some mistakes out there and let it get out of hand. Those are the things I’ve got to stop.”
He was in the group at 8-under 136 along with Sergio Garcia (68), Anirban Lahiri (70) and Brandt Snedeker (66).
Garcia, making his Sanderson Farms Championship debut, was putting with his eyes closed. He says he has been doing that a majority of the time all the way back to 2017 when he won the Masters, and sounded surprised to get so many questions. Perhaps no one noticed, or no one has been watching him that closely.
The cut was at 3-under 141, unfortunate for Michael Kim. Since winning the John Deere Classic in July 2018, Kim has made the cut only twice in full-field tournaments, both within three months of his lone victory.
It was good news for Jay McLuen, another Monday qualifier who suffered a heart attack three years ago and was treated with shock paddles in the ambulance. Then, his wife nearly died in April when a tractor fell on them.
He shot 71 and wound up making the cut on the number. He also made the cut in the Puerto Rico Open, where he was given a sponsor exemption.
HATAOKA HAS ONE SHOT LEAD
Nasa Hataoka birdied two of the last three holes for a 4-under 67 and a one-stroke lead Friday in the Shoprite LPGA Classic.
Hataoka. the 21-year-old Japanese player with three LPGA Tour victories, birdied the par-4 16th and par-5 18th to get to 11-under 131 at Seaview’s Bay Course. She hit her approach to 4 feet on 17, and chipped to 3 feet on 18.
“I wasn’t striking the ball as well as yesterday, but I was able to convert my birdie chances where I wanted to and that was good,” Hataoka said. “Today wasn’t about making long putts. It was more like converting the small chances I had.”
Mi Hyang Lee, tied for the first-round lead with Lauren Stephenson after a 63, was a stroke back with Mel Reid after a 69. Reid shot a 64.
“Still have two days left,” Lee said. “Try do my best. I don’t want to think any golf score, just I want to do my golf. That’s my goal.”
Celine Boutier (65) and Amy Olson (66) were 9 under. Georgia Hall, the Cambia Portland Classic winner two weeks ago, had her second straight 67 to join Jennifer Song (69), Jennifer Kupcho (65) and Christina Kim (65) at 8 under.
“Obviously, I took that confidence from a couple weeks ago and my game is in good shape,” Hall said. “I just stayed really relaxed and really enjoyed it. So, let’s see what I can do on the weekend.”
Defending champion Lexi Thompson, winless since the June event last year, was 3 under after a 72. Thompson played alongside two-time tournament champions Stacy Lewis and Anna Nordqvist. Lewis was 2 under after her second straight 70, and Nordqvist was another shot back after a 69.
Nelly Korda and Brooke Henderson, paired together three weeks after Mirim Lee beat them in a playoff in the major ANA Inspiration, were 4 under after matching rounds of 68 and 70. Mirim Lee missed the cut, shooting 73-72.
Earlier Friday, Korda’s 20-year-old brother, Sebastian, became the youngest American man since 1991 to reach the fourth round at the French Open tennis tournament.
“It’s really cool, actually,” Nelly Korda said. “He finished his match when we were driving over and my heart rate was definitely too elevated going to the golf course. It should not be that elevated. But it was really fun.”
The tournament is being contested at 72 holes for only the second time since it began in 1986. The additional round replaced the pro-am that was canceled because there are no spectators. The major KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is next week at Aronimink outside Philadelphia.