TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

#Florida 38 South Carolina 24

North Carolina State 30 #24 Pittsburgh 29

#21 Tennessee 35 Missouri 12

TCU 33 #9 Texas 31

#2 Alabama 52 #13 Texas A&M 13

#12 North Carolina 26 Boston College 22

#15 Cincinnati 28 S. Florida 7

#17 Oklahoma State 47 Kansas 7

SMU 30 #25 Memphis 27

#4 Georgia 27 #7 Auburn 6

Iowa State 37 #18 Oklahoma 30

Arkansas 21 #16 Mississippi State 14

Tulsa 34 #11 Central Florida 26

#20 LSU 41 Vanderbilt 7

#1 Clemson 41 Virginia 23

 

INDIANA BOYS TENNIS – SECTIONALS

at Connersville

Connersville 3 Franklin County 2

 

at Richmond

Centerville 4 Northeastern 1

 

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER

Central Christian 11 Seton Catholic 0 (Friday)

Oak Hill 6 Jay County 2

 

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER

Yorktown 9 Shelbyville 1

 

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

@ Richmond Invitational

FIRST PLACE: New Palestine

SECOND PLACE: Richmond

THIRD PLACE: Union County

FOURTH PLACE: Winchester

FIFTH PLACE: Franklin County

Richmond 2 Franklin County 0

Richmond 2 Winchester 0

Richmond 2 Union County 0

New Palestine 2 Richmond 0

New Palestine 2 Union County 0

New Palestine 2 Franklin County 0

New Palestine 2 Winchester 0

Union County 2 Franklin County 0

Winchester 2 Franklin County 0

Hagerstown wins Wayne County Tourney 2-0

Centerville 1-1

Lincoln 0-1

Northeastern 0-2

 

Munster 3 McCutcheon 1

Greensburg 3 Rushville 0

Shelbyville 3 E. Central 1

Delta 3 Wes-Del 0

Blue River 3 Tri 0

 

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

@ Marion

1 Lafayette Jeff 41

2 Harrison 42

3 McCutcheon 59

4 Muncie Central 150

5 Indianapolis Tech 161

6 Kokomo 175

7 Anderson 193

8 Richmond 197

9 Logansport 216

10 Marion 232

 

TOP AP HEADLINES

PATRIOTS-CHIEFS GAME POSTPONED

The NFL postponed this week’s game between New England and the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs after “positive COVID-19 tests on both teams.” Patriots starting quarterback Cam Newton and Chiefs practice squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu were both added to the NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list released on Saturday afternoon.

The NFL said Saturday that the game, originally scheduled for 4:25 p.m. EDT on Sunday, will be played Monday or Tuesday, a move that would be possible only if there is no wider spread of the disease on the rosters.

Newton has started all three games for New England. Ta’amu has not appeared in a game but would have spent time in meetings with Super Bowl MVP Pat Mahomes and the team’s other QBs.

Newton’s agent did not immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

It is the second game this weekend that has been affected by COVID-19. After an outbreak on the Titans, the matchup between Pittsburgh and Tennessee was postponed – originally for a day or two, and then until Oct. 25 as the positive tests accumulated.

To fit it in, the Steelers’ game against Baltimore that day was pushed back to Nov. 1.

The Patriots had been planning to fly to Kansas City on Saturday afternoon. Instead, players left the facility to await further instructions. The team said in a statement that the COVID-positive player has entered self-quarantine and that players, coaches and staff who were in close contact with him were tested Saturday morning and all were negative.

With Newton now unavailable while he quarantines, Brian Hoyer is expected to start in his place. He has been Newton’s backup in each of the Patriots’ previous three games.

How long Newton is sidelined is to be determined.

According to NFL guidelines, for players who test positive and are showing symptoms at least 10 days must pass between when symptoms first occurred and 72 hours since symptoms last occurred. In that scenario a player would likely miss a minimum of two games.

But if a player tests positive and is asymptomatic, he can return 10 days after the initial positive test or just five days if he has two consecutive negative tests.

Earlier this week, Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty said the league might have grown overconfident after making it through training camps and the first two weeks of the season without a major outbreak.

“But at the end of the day, we are in a pandemic,” he said. “So what happened in Tennessee, although it kind of shocks us, it’s not really surprising. I think we all knew at some point we might get some positive tests.

“So it’s like, `We got this,'” he said. “I think this is just a little shocker, but it’s also a wakeup call, like `Hey, the virus is still here and it will affect any and everybody. It doesn’t care that we’re trying to play football.'”

If the game is played Tuesday night, it puts the Chiefs in a considerable bind. They are scheduled to play the Las Vegas Raiders the following Sunday, then have a Thursday night matchup in Buffalo four days later. That means the defending Super Bowl champions could face the prospect of playing three games in just nine days.

It’s also possible the NFL could reschedule the Bills-Chiefs game, giving Kansas City a bit of a reprieve.

“I honestly feel like us as an organization has done a great job. It’s holding each other accountable,” Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said this week of team’s effort to keep players healthy. “I mean, it’s something that can happen to anybody. You don’t look down on anybody that it’s happening to, but it’s kind of the way 2020 in the world has been.”

Mahomes praised Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder, who was instrumental in helping the NFL develop its testing and protocol before the start of training camp, with creating an environment where players, coaches and staff felt safe.

“Rick and his staff and the whole organization has done a great job of keeping us socially distant, making us wear masks – even when people try to slip and not wear them, making sure that they’re wearing masks and we hold each other accountable,” Mahomes said. “Then you kind of accept what happens. I’m just going to make sure that we keep emphasizing that. Make sure that we continue to wear our masks, socially distance and try to prepare ourselves so that we’re not harming anyone else or ourselves.”

 

NFL PREVIEWS

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

CARDS NOTES:

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.

PANTHERS NOTES:

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 // 4:25 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

COLTS NOTES:

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.

BEARS NOTES:

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

JAGUARS NOTES:

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.

BENGALS NOTES:

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)

BROWNS NOTES:

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.

COWBOYS NOTES:

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

SAINTS NOTES:

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.

LIONS NOTES:

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

VIKINGS NOTES:

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.

TEXANS NOTES:

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

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

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.

DOLPHINS NOTES:

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

CHARGERS NOTES:

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.

BUCS NOTES:

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)

RAVENS NOTES:

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.

WASHINGTON NOTES:

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)

GIANTS NOTES:

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.

RAMS NOTES:

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: 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)

BILLS NOTES:

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.

RAIDERS NOTES:

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

EAGLES NOTES:

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.

49ERS NOTES:

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

FALCONS NOTES:

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.

PACKERS NOTES:

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.

 

NFL: INSIDE THE NUMBERS

ARIZONA AT CAROLINA:

The Panthers have won four straight games against the Cardinals, including the 2015 NFC Championship Game, and a 38-20 win in Week 3 last season. Carolina is 12-5 all-time against the Cardinals (including postseason), its best record against any NFC team.

Arizona lost to Detroit, 26-23, at home on Sunday, allowing a field goal as time expired. Since the start of last season, the Cardinals are now 6-2-1 when scoring more than 25 points, and 1-9 when scoring 25 or fewer. They’re 1-9-1 when allowing more than 25 points in that span.

The Panthers got their first win of the season with a 21-16 decision against the Chargers. It was their second game with zero turnovers this season. Since 2014, Carolina is 24-1 when committing zero turnovers, with the lone loss coming in Week 1 against Las Vegas.

Kyler Murray threw three interceptions on Sunday, tying a career high. He also ran just five times for 29 yards. Arizona is 0-8-1 when he has five or fewer rushes, and 7-3 when he has six or more.

Teddy Bridgewater has finished with identical completion percentages of 78.6 in his last two games (33/42 in Week 2, 22/28 in Week 3). In his other 35 career starts, he’s had a higher percentage just once — an 85.0 percent mark (17/20) in Week 15, 2015 against Chicago.

Arizona has limited opponents to a 28.6 percent conversion rate on third down this season, the best in the league. The Panthers’ have allowed opponents to convert 56.8 percent of their third downs, second worst in the league (Giants, 58.1 percent).

 

INDIANAPOLIS AT CHICAGO

Chicago has won six of the last eight regular-season games with Indianapolis, but the Colts beat the Bears in Super Bowl XLI after the 2006 season, 29-17. The Bears have won exactly one playoff game in two appearances since Super Bowl XLI while the Colts have won six games in eight playoff appearances.

The Colts defeated the Jets last week, 36-7, with three defensive interceptions for the second straight game. They returned two of the three for touchdowns in Week 3, which is only the third game in franchise history they’ve had multiple pick-sixes (also September 1968 and October 1970).

The Bears are the first team in NFL history to win two games in a single season where they were trailing by at least 16 points in the fourth quarter (Week 1 at Det, Week 3 at Atl). This season, teams that trail by 16+ points at any point in the fourth are 2-18 — the Bears are 2-0 and everyone else is 0-18.

Philip Rivers is the first QB in NFL history to complete at least 75.0 percent of his passes in each of his first three starts with a team. Rivers was pressured on 294 of his dropbacks last season, tied for fourth most in the NFL. This season, he has been pressured 26 times, third fewest in the league (min. 50 att.).

Nick Foles became the sixth Bears QB in franchise history with three passing touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a game after Mitchell Trubisky became the fifth in Week 1. The Bears are the first team ever to have two different QBs with 3+ pass TD in the fourth quarter of a game in the same season.

Jonathan Taylor has 261 scrimmage yards this season, the third-most through three career games by a Colts rookie. Only Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk (432 in 1994) and Edgerrin James (335 in 1999) had more.

 

JACKSONVILLE AT CINCINNATI

Jacksonville has won their last two meetings with the Bengals by a combined score of, 50-24. Jacksonville has out-gained Cincinnati, 365-62, on the ground over the two games.

Jacksonville has been outscored, 35-7, in the first quarter this season, the worst first-quarter point differential in the NFL. The Jaguars have led after the first quarter just five times since the start of the 2018 season, fewest in the NFL during that span.

Cincinnati (0-2-1) has failed to win any of their first three games for the third time in the last four seasons. The Bengals are 2-18-1 in their last 21 games dating back to the end of the 2018 season.

Jacksonville’s undrafted rookie, James Robinson, has gained 339 yards from scrimmage in his first three NFL games, second-most among rookies this season (Clyde Edwards-Helaire — 342). Only four other active players have gained more yards from scrimmage in their first career games than Robinson (Saquon Barkley, Dalvin Cook, Kareem Hunt, Adrian Peterson).

Joe Burrow has attempted 141 passes, the most by any quarterback in their first three NFL games in the last 60 years. Overall, the Bengals have called for passes on 68.9 percent of their plays this season — only the Giants have a higher percentage (69.7 percent).

Both Joe Burrow and Gardner Minshew II have completed at least five passes to eight different receivers, tied for the most in the NFL this season (Daniel Jones, Tom Brady).

 

CLEVELAND AT DALLAS

The Browns have a winning record through three games for the first time since 2011, when they also started the year 2-1. This is the first time Cleveland has had a winning record at any point in a season since holding a 7-6 record entering Week 15 in 2014.

After posting 570 yards of offense in Week 2, the Cowboys had 522 in their loss last week, marking the first time in team history that they have had consecutive games with 500 or more yards of offense. Dallas leads the NFL in total offense this year with 490.7 yards per game, 31.0 more than the next-closest team (Packers – 459.7).

Cleveland has a 15-13 all-time record against Dallas but is 0-4 against the Cowboys since rejoining the NFL in 1999. Dallas is one of two teams that the Browns have not beaten since then (0-5 versus Philadelphia).

Nick Chubb is the third Brown since 1960 to have consecutive games with at least 100 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, joining Jim Brown (1962-63 and 1965) and Leroy Kelly (1967).

After passing for 450 yards in Week 2, Dak Prescott posted a career-high 472 last week. Prescott’s 922 yards are the third most in a two-game span over the last 60 years (1985 Phil Simms — 945, 2011 Tom Brady — 940).

Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson each had over 100 receiving yards last week, giving the Cowboys now four receivers with a 100-yard game this season (most in NFL). Dallas is the only team with three players with 200+ receiving yards this year (Cooper — 267, Gallup — 246, Lamb — 230).

 

NEW ORLEANS AT DETROIT

The Saints, who have allowed over 30 points in back-to-back games for the first since 2016, have suffered consecutive losses for the first time since 2017. During 2017, New Orleans had a losing record through three games (1-2), but finished atop the NFC South with an 11-5 record.

The Lions picked up their first win of 2020 last week in Arizona, recording three takeaways after forcing zero turnovers in their opening two games. Detroit is 2-10 in its last 12 home games, including dropping each of its last five. It has not lost six or more consecutive home contests since a 9-game streak spanning 2008 and 2009.

These teams have split 25 all-time regular season meetings, with each posting a 12-12-1 record against the other. Detroit has won three of the last four, but New Orleans won the most recent matchup in 2017, 52-38. The 52 points are tied for the Saints’ second most in a game in franchise history.

In last week’s loss to the Packers, Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes and completed 80.6 percent of his passes. It was the 16th game of his career with at least three touchdown passes and a completion percentage of at least 80.0 percent, second most since 1960 (Peyton Manning — 17).

The NFL leader in both scrimmage yards (438) and touchdowns (6), Alvin Kamara posted career-high marks last week in both scrimmage yards (197) and receiving yards (139). He is the first player since former Saint Reggie Bush (2008) with 150+ rushing yards and 250+ receiving yards thru a team’s first three games.

Matthew Stafford threw for 270 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Detroit’s win last week. Since 2015, the Lions are 25-14-1 when Stafford does not throw an interception, compared to 10-25 when he does.

 

MINNESOTA AT HOUSTON

The Vikings are 0-3 for the sixth time in franchise history (first since 2013), and have lost five games in a row dating back to last year, their longest losing streak since dropping six straight in 2011. The 102 points that Minnesota has yielded are its most allowed through three games in franchise history.

The Texans are winless through three games for the fifth time in franchise history. The last time it happened was in 2018, a season in which they ultimately won the AFC South with an 11-5 record. Houston has gone 0-4 through four games just twice — in 2005 and 2008.

Minnesota holds a 4-0 all-time record against Houston, with its last two wins coming by a combined 35 points (17 in 2012; 18 in 2016). The Vikings are one of two teams that the Texans have never beaten in their history (also Philadelphia, 0-5).

Deshaun Watson threw for two touchdowns in the loss last week, giving him 75 touchdown passes in his career. It took him 41 career games to reach that mark, tying Matthew Stafford for the fourth fewest in NFL history behind only Patrick Mahomes (30), Dan Marino (31) and Kurt Warner (35).

Kirk Cousins threw two interceptions in Minnesota’s loss last week giving him an NFL-high six on the year (tied with Carson Wentz) and matching his total from 2019. Cousins has completed 59.0 percent of his pass attempts this year, a figure that ranks 31st among 33 qualifiers (minimum 14.0 pass attempts per team game).

Justin Jefferson caught seven passes for 175 yards last week, the most receiving yards by a first-year player for any team since 2018, and the third most by a Vikings first-year player all-time. Sammy White had a 210-yard game in 1976 and Randy Moss had a 190-yard game in 1998.

 

SEATTLE AT MIAMI

The Seahawks are off to a 3-0 start for the seventh time in franchise history and the first time since 2013, a season which ended with them winning Super Bowl XLVIII (48). That season also marks the only time that Seattle remained undefeated after four games.

The Dolphins picked up their first win of 2020 with a 31-13 victory over the Jaguars last Thursday, their largest victory since 2018 (18 points). After a 0-7 start to begin 2019, Miami has gone 6-6.

Miami is 8-4 all-time against Seattle, including 6-1 at home. Each of the five meetings (regardless of location) dating back to 2001 have been decided by seven points or fewer, and each of the last three have been decided by three or fewer.

Russell Wilson is the fifth player in NFL history to throw four or more touchdown passes in three straight games, and the first to do so in the first three games of a season. His 14 touchdown passes are the most through three games of a season in NFL history.

Tyler Lockett caught nine passes for 100 yards and a career-high three touchdowns last week while DK Metcalf had four receptions for 110 yards and a score. They are the only teammate duo this year with 250 or more receiving yards (Metcalf — 297, Lockett — 259), and their 556 combined yards are the most of any duo in 2020.

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for two scores and ran for one in Miami’s win last week while also completing a career-high 90.0 percent (18/20) of his passes (minimum five attempts). He has completed 71.1 percent of his pass attempts this season after posting a 62.0 completion percentage in his first year as a Dolphin in 2019.

 

LA CHARGERS AT TAMPA BAY

The Chargers are 8-3 against the Buccaneers all-time, but Tampa Bay has won the last two meetings. Both teams have scored 21+ points in each of the last four meetings.

Los Angeles fell at home to Carolina last week, 21-16. The Chargers have gone 3-11 in one-possession games since the start of last season, the most such losses in the NFL over that span.

Tampa Bay has outscored its opponents, 31-0, in the first quarter this season, the most points scored and fewest points allowed in the NFL. The Buccaneers have been outscored, 61-51, in the other three quarters.

Justin Herbert is the third player in NFL history with 300+ passing yards in each of his first two career games, joining Cam Newton and Kyler Murray. No player has had 300+ in each of his first three games.

Tom Brady had three touchdown passes last week for the 98th time in his career (including postseason). That is one shy of Drew Brees and Peyton Manning (99 each) for the most all-time.

The gaps in age (20 years, 219 days) and in career starts (284) between Tom Brady and Justin Herbert would be the largest all-time between opposing starting quarterbacks.

 

BALTIMORE AT WASHINGTON

The all-time series between Washington and Baltimore is tied 3-3 but Washington has won the last two, including a 16-10 win in Baltimore in 2016 when these teams last met. FedExField is 29 miles from M&T Bank Stadium as the crow flies, the shortest distance between any two teams who don’t share a stadium.

The Ravens fell to the Kansas City Chiefs, 34-20, at home on Monday night. Baltimore returns to the road where it is 9-1 in last 10 games, outscoring opponents by 188 total points. That is the largest point differential in 10-game span of road games since the 1984-85 49ers (+201).

Washington lost to the Browns in Cleveland, 34-20, in Week 3. The team trailed, 17-7, at the half and has trailed by double digits at halftime in its last five games. That is tied for the longest such streak in franchise history (1954).

Lamar Jackson has 4904 career passing yards and 2083 career rushing yards in 34 games. The fastest player to reach both 5000 career passing yards and 2000 career rushing yards in NFL history was Michael Vick who reached those milestones in 39 career games.

Washington selected a defensive lineman in the first round of each of the last four drafts (Chase Young, 2020; Montez Sweat, 2019; Da’Ron Payne, 2018 and Jonathan Allen, 2017). All four players have at least a half-sack this season and they have combined for 6.5 of Washington’s 13 total sacks.

Baltimore has scored at least a point in its last 95 halves of regular-season football. The longest such streak in NFL history is 96 by the Saints from 2015 to 2018. The Ravens have scored 54 first-half points this season, third most in the NFL, and Washington has allowed 54 first-half points this season, tied for fourth most in the league.

 

NY GIANTS AT LA RAMS

These teams last met in Week 9 of 2017, with the Rams winning, 51-17, snapping a seven-game losing streak against New York. The 51 points were the third most scored by either side in their 44 matchups — the Rams won 55-14 in 1966, and 52-37 in 1948.

The Giants fell to San Francisco, 36-9, at home on Sunday, starting 0-3 for just the third time since 1996 (also 2013 and 2017). They’ve now been outscored, 79-38, this season — their 38 points and -41 differential are both second worst in the league behind the Jets (37, -57).

Los Angeles fell to 2-1 after a 35-32 loss in Buffalo last week. They rallied from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit to take a 32-28 lead before allowing the game-winning score with 15 seconds left. The largest deficit the Rams have ever faced in a game they won is 24 points, against Tampa Bay in Week 14, 1992.

No Giants player has rushed for 100 yards total this season, with Daniel Jones the leading rusher at 92 yards, fourth most by any quarterback. Jones’ 48 yards last week against San Francisco were the second most in his career (54 in Week 9, 2019 against Dallas).

Jared Goff is 12/15 for 194 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter this season, giving him a perfect passer rating of 158.3, best in the league. He also leads the league with a perfect rating on attempts that travel at least 20 yards in the air, going 5/6 for 139 yards and a touchdown.

The Rams are averaging 7.5 yards per first down, best in the league. The Giants are averaging just 5.0 yards, good for 25th in the league. New York’s 3.8 yards per second down rank 31st in the NFL.

 

BUFFALO AT LAS VEGAS

The Raiders have won eight of the last 12 meetings with the Bills dating back to 1992, but Buffalo took the last meeting, 34-14, in Buffalo in 2017. The Bills have scored at least 24 points in each of the last five meetings, their second longest active streak against any opponent (Jaguars, six straight).

Buffalo is seeking its first 4-0 start since 2008, when it started 4-0 but finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs. This season, the Bills have scored the most first-half points (59) and allowed the fewest (16). However, they’ve allowed 61 second-half points, second most in the NFL (Falcons, 74).

Las Vegas fell in New England, 36-20, on Sunday, allowing 250 rushing yards — its most since Week 10 of 2015 (263 yards to Minnesota). The Raiders are allowing 5.6 yards per rush this season, third most in the NFL behind the Titans (5.8) and the Lions (5.7).

Josh Allen has 1038 passing yards and 10 touchdowns this season, making him the sixth player in NFL history to tally 1000+ passing yards and 10+ touchdowns through the first three team games in a season. He’s the second Bills player to accomplish the feat, joining Jim Kelly, who became the first NFL passer to do so back in 1991.

Derek Carr has not thrown an interception in 267 pass attempts, the longest active streak and longest streak by a Raider since his own 332-attempt streak in 2018. However, he has lost three fumbles this season — all in the last two weeks — tied with Buffalo’s Josh Allen for most in the NFL.

Bills running backs have not scored a rushing touchdown since Week 9 of last season, a span of 234 carries, by far the longest active streak in the NFL (Bears are second with 70). Meanwhile, the Raiders have allowed two rushing touchdowns in each of their games this season — only the Panthers (7) have allowed more rushing scores this season.

 

PHILADELPHIA AT SAN FRANCISCO

For the first time since 1999, the Eagles have yet to win a contest three games into the season after tying with the Bengals in Week 3. Only two teams (out of 251) that have ever gone winless through the first four games of the season went on the make the playoffs — the 1992 Chargers and the 1963 Bills.

The 49ers did not attempt a single punt in their 36-9 win over the Giants, the team’s first contest without a punt since December 19, 1993 (446 games in between, including postseason).

The Eagles have won six of their last eight games versus the 49ers, including a 33-10 victory in the most recent matchup (2017). Philly committed seven turnovers across the six wins and seven turnovers across the two losses.

Carson Wentz has a 42.8 passer rating after halftime this season (86.9 in first half), which is the lowest in the NFL this year by far (minimum 20 attempts — Baker Mayfield has the second lowest at 66.3).

For the first time in nine games, the 49ers failed to reach 100 rushing yards, snapping the team’s longest such streak since 2013 (also eight games). However, three different rushers got into the end zone, include rookie wide out Brandon Aiyuk for his first-ever career touchdown.

Since 2019, the 49ers are allowing just 32.3 receiving yards per game to tight ends (fewest) while the Eagles are allowing 40.7 yards per game to tight ends (third fewest).

 

ATLANTA AT GREEN BAY

After blowing a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys, the Falcons squandered a 16-point lead in the final period in their Week 3 loss to the Bears. Since 1925, teams with a 14+ point lead in the fourth quarter have won 98.2 percent of the time, and Atlanta is the only team two lose two such games consecutively.

The Packers have started 3-0 in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1965 and 1966. Green Bay’s 122 points scored are its most thru three games all-time, breaking the 115-point mark set in 1996.

The Packers are 16-14 against the Falcons all-time, but are 11-4 when playing at home. The most recent matchup in the series was played at Lambeau, and the Packers won, 34-20 (December 9, 2018).

Aaron Rodgers has a 112.0 passer rating over nine career games against Atlanta (including postseason), the second-best rating versus the Falcons all-time (Kurt Warner — 114.2; minimum 100 attempts).

Allen Lazard had a career-high 146 receiving yards on six catches in the 37-30 win over the Saints, the most by an Iowa State alumni since Jim Doran had 154 yards against Pittsburgh on September 24, 1960. Lazard was averaging 31.2 receiving yards per game in his career prior to last week.

Calvin Ridley has had 100+ receiving yards in all three games this season after having just three such games prior to 2020. In his only career game against Green Bay, Ridley was held to just one catch and 10 receiving yards (December 9, 2018).

 

#4 GEORGIA ROLLS #7 AUBURN

The Mailman delivered for Georgia in his first college start, teaming with a dominant defense to lead the Bulldogs to an eye-opening victory in the first Top 10 matchup of the college football season.

Stetson Bennett threw for 240 yards and a touchdown, solidifying his hold on the quarterback job as No. 4 Georgia romped past No. 7 Auburn 27-6 Saturday night.

The Bulldogs (2-0) buried Auburn (1-1) with a 24-0 blitz in the first half, getting a pair of 1-yard TD runs from Zamir White to extend their domination of the Deep South’s oldest rivalry.

“Pretty cool” was the way Bennett described it.

“It’s so easy to play football,” he said, “when the defense plays as well as they did, when you run the ball as well as we did, and the guys on the outside are making plays like they did,.”

Even with a catchy nickname, which he picked up during his high school days after he wore a U.S. Postal Service cap in an effort to get noticed, Bennett was never viewed as a starting candidate for the Bulldogs.

He initially walked on at Georgia, left for a junior college hoping to boost his chances of playing elsewhere, and only returned to the Bulldogs last season when they desperately needed an experienced backup behind Jake Fromm.

Over the summer, Bennett was far down the depth chart. Jamie Newman and JT Daniels were transfers who had started at other schools. Redshirt freshman D’Wan Mathis was viewed as a talented prospect.

Even when Newman opted out of the season, Bennett was left to take snaps with the third team.

“He came to me and asked where he was and why he was not getting more snaps,” coach Kirby Smart said. “But he didn’t cry about it, he didn’t leave or transfer, he didn’t have his parents call. He just kept working and working and working. When he got an opportunity, he took advantage of it.”

After Mathis struggled in the season opener at Arkansas, and with Daniels still not cleared to play after undergoing major knee surgery, Bennett came on to throw a pair of TD passed that sparked the Bulldogs to a 37-10 victory.

That earned him a start against Auburn.

The opportunity may have been a long time coming, but Bennett sure took advantage of it before a socially distanced crowd of 20,524 at Sanford Stadium.

“My goal was always to start here,” the fourth-year junior said. “That’s why I came here in the first place.”

Bennett didn’t make any major mistakes while completing an efficient 17 of 28 passes, including a 21-yard touchdown to George Pickens.

Kearis Jackson was Bennett’s favorite receiver, hauling in nine catches for 147 yards.

Auburn was held to a pair of field goals. The offense simply never got going behind Bo Nix, who completed just 21 of 40 passes for 177 yards. The running game was no help at all, held to 39 yards and a 1.8-yard average per carry.

Nix’s run of 251 consecutive passes without an interception was snapped with a third-quarter pick by Mark Webb, ending the second-longest active streak in college football behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence.

“They played about as good as they could play, and we played about the worst we could play, and it showed on the field,” Nix said. “We just got beat.”

Georgia rushed for 202 yards. White led the way with 88 yards on 19 carries.

NEW DATE

The teams had traditionally played in November, but a revamped Southeastern Conference schedule in this pandemic-affected season moved the game up to Week 2. It was their earliest meeting since the very first game in the series was played in February 1892.

No matter the time of year, Georgia kept the upper hand with a fourth straight victory over Auburn. The Bulldogs have won 13 of the last 16 meetings.

THE TAKEAWAY

Auburn: Coach Gus Malzahn is sure to face renewed criticism after his offense turned in another miserable performance against the Bulldogs. The Tigers have scored a total of 37 points in the last four games in the series.

“They won the line of scrimmage,” Malzahn said. “We really got whipped in all three phases. We got outcoached.”

Georgia: Smart was willing to play multiple quarterbacks against Auburn, but it wasn’t necessary with Bennett’s performance.

The Mailman is rapidly becoming one of college football’s feel-good stories of 2020, though Smart won’t hesitate to turn to Mathis or Daniels if the offense bogs down.

“Stetson has got to get better. We’ve got to get better,” Smart said. “But he’s not one of those kids who thinks he’s arrived. I’m sure he’ll be right back in here working to get better for next week.”

EJECTED

A safety from each team was ejected because of targeting.

Auburn’s Smoke Monday was tossed for a hit on Jackson in the first quarter. Georgia star Richard LeCounte got the boot in the second period for a helmet-to-helmet collision with Auburn receiver Shedrick Jackson.

INJURY REPORT

After rushing for 41 yards on five carries, Georgia running back James Cook left the game in the second quarter with an injured right shoulder. Smart downplayed the injury, saying Cook could have come back in the game if needed.

UP NEXT

Auburn welcomes Arkansas (1-1) to Jordan-Hare Stadium next Saturday. The Razorbacks will be coming off a 21-14 upset of No. 16 Mississippi State.

Georgia hosts its second straight ranked opponent when No. 21 Tennessee (2-0) visits Sanford Stadium.

 

TULSA UPSETS #7 CENTRAL FLORIDA

There is something about UCF that brings the best out of Tulsa.

Zach Smith threw three touchdown passes and Tulsa erased an 18-point first-half deficit to beat No. 11 UCF 34-26, snapping the Knights’ 21-game home winning streak Saturday night.

The Golden Hurricane (1-1) made it two straight wins over UCF (2-1), which was plagued by penalties (18 for 124 yards) and turned the ball over three times.

“New year, new season,” Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said. “We’ve got a lot of talent on this football team. On the road in a tough environment . I’m proud of these guys for sticking together. We’ve always been a gritty, tough, hard-nosed football team and we proved that again tonight.”

Smith threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Keylon Stokes to give Tulsa a 31-26 lead with 12:56 remaining. Zack Long added a 34-yard field goal with 1:30 remaining to make it 34-26.

UCF (2-1) drove into Tulsa territory, but after a holding penalty pushed the Knights out of the red zone Dillon Gabriel’s Hail Mary pass fell incomplete.

Gabriel was 28-of-51 for 330 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

“There were opportunities in the game that we didn’t take advantage of,” Gabriel said. “I put this on me. There has to be better QB play. I have to execute at a higher level.”

Tulsa was the last team to beat UCF at home with a 35-20 win on November 19, 2016, when Scott Frost was the Knights’ head coach. The Golden Hurricane also upset UCF last season 34-31 in Tulsa.

Smith threw for 273 yards and T.K. Wilkerson rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown to lift the Golden Hurricane to their first win against a Top 15 opponent since 1991. Stokes had six catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.

“I thought we found ways to run the football, we got some explosive runs,” Montgomery said. “And we found ways to protect Zach and give him time. Our offensive line and tight ends did a fantastic job to help us push the ball down the field.”

UCF led 23-5 with 1:39 left in the second quarter after Cole Schneider, the Knights’ starting left guard, lined up at fullback and scored on a 1-yard run. Tulsa answered quickly to make the score 23-12 at halftime when Josh Johnson hauled in a 48-yard touchdown pass from Smith.

Tulsa recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half and on the next play Smith threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Sam Crawford Jr. to make it 23-19. After UCF got a 26-yard field goal from Daniel Obarski, Wilkerson scored on a 2-yard run to make it 26-25, and Tulsa missed the PAT.

“Turnovers were huge in the football game,” UCF coach Josh Heupel said. “We gave up the one play at the end of the half. We had a turnover on the kickoff. At the end of the day all three facets of the game have to work together. We have to play better complementary football.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Tulsa: The Golden Hurricane have two wins over UCF in their past five games.

UCF: The Knights’ long-shot College Football Playoff hopes take a major blow.

THERE’S A FLAG ON THE PLAY

Many of UCF’s 18 penalties were pre-snap infractions. The Knights had 19 false start penalties in the past two games.

“Offensively you start moving and then you get yourself behind the chains,” Heupel said. “Eventually you’re not going to be able to overcome those things and it costs us a ball game tonight.”

THE SAFETY DANCE

The first quarter featured safeties from both teams. UCF linebacker Eriq Gilyard tackled Smith in the end zone on QB keeper to give the Knights a 9-0 lead with 7:35 remaining in the quarter.

Tulsa returned the favor when linebacker Zaven Collins stopped Otis Anderson in the end zone to make it 16-2 with 2:16 remaining.

STREAKS AND NOTES

Tulsa’s last win over a Top 15 team was a 35-34 win over No. 15 Texas A&M on September 21, 1991. .. UCF is 1-5 in their last six one-score games dating back to the 2019 Fiesta Bowl.

INJURY REPORT

UCF wide receiver Marlon Williams stayed on the ground for several minutes after the final play before leaving the field with assistance.

UP NEXT

Tulsa will host Cincinnati on October 17.

UCF will travel to Memphis on October 17.

 

TCU STUNS #9 TEXAS

Texas ran out of comebacks against Max Duggan and TCU.

The Horned Frogs quarterback ran for the go-ahead score with 4 minutes left and the defense made it stand with a goal-line fumble recovery to beat No. 9 Texas Saturday in a game that had 26 penalties and ended with TCU taking a safety to run out the final seconds of a 33-31 victory.

In doing so, the Horned Frogs (1-1, 1-1) dealt another tough blow to the Big 12’s College Football Playoff hopes now that Texas and Oklahoma, the league’s highest-ranked teams at the beginning of the season, each have early home losses to unranked opponents.

“Find a way. You’ve got to take ball games,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. He’s now 7-2 against Texas since TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012.

“Anybody we play in the state … We know their players, so our kids play hard, and our kids, their families get a chance to come to the ball games,” Patterson said. “So, you know, it’s one of those games.”

Even with that history, Texas was stunned to walk off the field with the loss after being so close to another big escape. A week ago, Texas rallied late to win in overtime at Texas Tech.

After Duggan’s touchdown, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger marched the Longhorns to the lip of the end zone. A 52-yard pass to Keaontay Ingram put Texas in scoring position, but Ingram then fumbled on the TCU 1-yard-line with 2:32 to play.

Backed up with little room to move, TCU inched its way forward before Taye Barber ran 9 yards to pick up a critical first down that let the Horned Frogs bleed out the game clock. Duggan took a deep snap to the back of the end zone to run out the final 6 seconds.

Patterson never considered punting.

“It was better to take the safety than it was try and punt it and let them be able to get a long throw. You wanted to take the ball out of their hands,” Patterson said. ‘”‘Simple.”

Duggan led TCU’s upset of Texas last season as a freshman. He made his first start of the disrupted 2020 season after missing much of training camp while treating a previously undiagnosed heart condition. He passed for 231 yards and ran for 79 more and scored twice. His late 26-yard TD run caught the Texas defense by surprise as he had a clear path to the end zone.

Ehlinger threw four touchdown passes on an otherwise difficult day for him. Ehlinger was just 17 of 36 for 236 yards. His 14 touchdown passes in three games lead the nation.

Ehlinger last touchdown throw to Malcolm Epps gave Texas its first lead early in the fourth quarter. On the final drive, Ehlinger said he had an option to keep the ball instead of handing off to Ingram on the fumble.

“I talked to him. I reminded him that as much as we love this, it’s just a game. It’s not life or death,” Ehlinger said. “I told him it’s certainly not on him.

Griffin Kell kicked four field goals for the Horned Frogs.

“Griffin bailed us out quite a bit today,” Duggan said.

THE TAKEAWAY

TCU: Duggan’s play and a rugged defensive effort after an opening loss to Iowa State gives TCU hope the Horned Frogs may be able to compete for the Big 12 title. Duggan was sharp on throws early and late, and had the stamina to find the moves and the speed for the late touchdown even after getting hit hard several times during the game.

Texas: The Longhorns now find themselves in a fight to get to the Big 12 title game with a huge game against Oklahoma next week. Ehlinger can’t do everything for the Longhorns every week. The defense was much better this week and held the Horned Frogs to field goals instead of touchdowns on several key drives, but broke when it mattered at the end.

“I need to have deep conversation with our leadership council and find out the psyche of our team,” Texas coach Tom Herman said. “We’ve got to find a way to make sure that whatever it is that caused the breakdowns today doesn’t happen again’.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Texas will tumble out of the Top 10 in more bad news for the Big 12.

MESSY GAME

The penalties started from the opening kickoff and never let up. It took three tries just to get the opening kickoff done. The first penalty by TCU wiped out a big tackle that pinned Texas deep and the next one – on the re-kick – negated a Longhorns kickoff return inside the TCU 5. The game officials then picked up a flag on a long run that set up TCU’s first touchdown. On the first possession of the second quarter, Texas starting linebacker Juwan Mitchell was ejected for targeting on a big hit on Duggan.

“We beat ourselves,” Ehlinger said. “We shouldn’t even be thinking big picture right now with the amount of small mistakes that we made.”

The NCAA single-game record for penalties is 36, set in 1986 by Fresno State and San Jose State.

UP NEXT:

TCU hosts Kansas State next Saturday

Texas plays Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas next Saturday.

 

ARKANSAS UPSETS #16 MISSISSIPPI STATE

Two coaches and almost three years since Arkansas last won a Southeastern Conference game, the Razorbacks took down the team that was the talk of college football last week.

Feleipe Franks threw two touchdown passes and Arkansas intercepted K.J. Costello three times as the Razorbacks broke a 20-game SEC losing streak by upsetting No. 16 Mississippi State 21-14 on Saturday night.

“The mood in the locker room was probably everything you might expect,” first-year Arkansas Sam Pittman said. “The kids have gone for a long time without having an opportunity to win. And against a team, I mean, that’s a ranked football team and for us to come in here their place and win, the guys are ecstatic.”

A week after a record-breaking and stunning upset against LSU, the Bulldogs (1-1) and new coach Mike Leach hardly looked like the same team. Costello was 43 of 59 for 313 yards and one touchdown.

“I didn’t think we read the field very well,” Leach said. “Most of our problems out there – offense, defense, special teams – were because our eyes just weren’t in the right place. We’re not experienced enough or talented enough for that.”

Costello and the Air Raid shredded LSU for a Southeastern Conference record 623 yards passing, but the Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs in the red zone twice in the fourth quarter and also lost a fumble against Arkansas. They were 6-of-17 on third down.

“There’s so much momentum to be had that we didn’t seize, regardless of the coverage,” Costello said. “I mean, we completed the ball all over the field, but we’ve got to finish in critical situations. And I’ve got to take care of the football, bottom line.”

Kylin Hill, the Bulldogs’ leading rusher from a season ago, left the game after taking a hard hit in the first quarter and never returned.

Greg Brooks Jr. returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown to put Arkansas (1-1) on top early and the Razorbacks led 14-7 at the half.

Arkansas managed only 275 yards of total offense and 24 minutes of possession. That turned out to be enough.

Franks was 20-of-28 for 212 yards.

“It’s just a start,” Franks said. “It’s a great start. We’ll celebrate and then next week prepare to get another one. That’s the thing about the SEC. It’s not a one-week season. We’ll enjoy it, but we’ll get to work next week and try to get a win.”

Arkansas had not won an SEC game since beating Mississippi Oct. 28, 2017, under Bret Bielema. The past two seasons under Chad Morris the Razorbacks went winless in the SEC and then hired Pittman, a longtime offensive line coach, away from Georgia.

THE TAKEAWAY

Arkansas: Defensive coordinator Barry Odom had gone up against Leach’s Air Raid when both were in the Big 12. Unlike LSU, which played lots of man-to-man, Arkansas used plenty of zone defense. The Razorbacks allowed plenty of yards but made Mississippi State settle for small chunks.

Mississippi State: The loud voices of praise Leach will be quiet this week. Bulldogs fans have gone through the full Leach experience in two weeks, pulling a stunning upset and tossing out a clunker as a favorite.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Mississippi State could be a one-week wonder.

UP NEXT

Arkansas will travel to face Auburn next Saturday.

Mississippi State will head to Kentucky.

 

IOWA STATE BEATS #18 OKLAHOMA

It was another milestone win for Matt Campbell’s rising program at Iowa State. For Oklahoma, it was another crushing loss.

Breece Hall scored the go-ahead touchdown on an 8-yard run with 4:06 left and Isheem Young intercepted Spencer Rattler’s pass in the end zone on No. 18 Oklahoma’s final drive, giving Iowa State a 37-30 victory Saturday night.

The Sooners (1-2, 0-2 Big 12), beaten at home by Kansas State last week, dropped back-to-back regular-season games for the first time since 1999. They lost in Ames for the first time since 1960.

“It was a great feeling to pull a W out and make history,” Young said.

The Cyclones (2-1, 2-0) wore down the Sooners with the running of Hall, who rushed for 139 yards. Iowa State’s Brock Purdy passed for 254 yards and had a 2-yard touchdown run to tie it at 30.

“It’s our senior class,” said Campbell, Iowa State’s fifth-year coach. “We’ve got 16 seniors who came here on a dream that we someday could turn Iowa State football around. They came here at 3-9 and believed in us and believed in our vision.”

The win was celebrated by a crowd of 13,724 at Jack Trice Stadium. No fans were allowed for the Sept. 12 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette.

“It was definitely noticeable,” Purdy said of the crowd. “Obviously, when you have explosive plays it’s nice to have people behind your back and going crazy.”

Isaiah Thomas seemed to turn momentum in the Sooners’ favor when he sacked Purdy, causing him to fumble at the Cyclones 39. Four plays later, Rattler found Jeremiah Hall for a 4-yard touchdown pass that put Oklahoma up 30-23 with 8:17 left.

Kene Nwangwu returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards, setting up Purdy’s short touchdown run that tied it.

“If you ask me, that’s the play of the game,” Campbell said. “If that doesn’t happen, I don’t know what the outcome is.”

Rattler had played a strong game, committing no turnovers before Young stepped in front of his pass to Charleston Rambo to secure one of Campbell’s biggest wins in in Ames.

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley called it a “very, very gut-wrenching loss.”

“We were one play short,” he said. “Obviously, our back is against the wall as a football team. We know that, we accept that. Our guys are hurt.

“Most of our guys haven’t experienced a start to the season like this. It’s still about how you respond. I believe I know how this group will. Despite the sickening feeling in my stomach right now and how disappointed we are, we know there are the makings of a good football team in there right now. I’ll continue to ride with this team. There are a lot of guys who are down, but they aren’t out of the fight.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Oklahoma: Defense is still a problem. A week after failing to protect a 21-point, third-quarter lead against Kansas State, the Sooners were gashed by the Cyclones. A prime example came in Saturday’s third quarter. After a defensive holding penalty extended an Iowa State drive, Oklahoma gave up a 65-yard touchdown pass and the Cyclones owned a 23-20 lead.

Iowa State: Purdy completed 12 of 24 passes and the defense came up big when it had to.

STREAK ENDED

Sophomore kicker Gabe Brkic’s school-record streak of 18 consecutive field goals ended just before halftime when his 54-yard try sailed wide right as time expired. Brkic was the only FBS kicker to make all his field goals and point-after attempts in 2019, going 17 for 17 and 52 for 52. He made a 51-yarder early in the fourth quarter to even the score at 23.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Sooners began the season as a playoff contender and were No. 3 before losing to Kansas State. They likely will fall out of the Top 25.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma faces Texas at Dallas on Saturday.

Iowa State hosts Texas Tech on Saturday.

 

ALABAMA ROUTS TEXAS A&M

Mac Jones launched his first pass far to John Metchie III for a 78-yard touchdown. It was most definitely a sign of things to come.

Jones passed for a career-high 435 yards and four touchdowns, including a pair of deep throws to Metchie and an even longer one to Jaylen Waddle, and No. 2 Alabama romped past No. 13 Texas A&M 52-24 on Saturday.

Briefly threatened early, Jones and the Crimson Tide (2-0) flexed their considerable big-play muscle in the passing game to put away the Aggies (1-1).

“Our guys stayed the course and kept competing in the game,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “That’s really what we wanted to do.”

For a team once known for running the ball, Bama aired it out.

Metchie looked like the Tide’s latest major receiving threat, alongside Waddle and DeVonta Smith.

Jones topped that initial score with an 87-yard TD to Waddle, who had sprinted past two Aggies defenders to make the grab with nothing but green in between himself and the end zone. Metchie and Jones hooked up for a 63-yarder in the fourth, giving the sophomore five catches for 181 yards.

Waddle said the emerging receiver possesses “sneaky speed.”

“He got to showcase that today,” he said.

Jones finished 19-of-26 passing for a second straight surgically precise performance marred by one interception off a deflection.

“We won, so it’s a good game,” Jones said, when asked if it was his best performance.

Waddle had 142 yards receiving and his touchdown catch was tied for the fifth longest in program history, according.

It came after three Alabama penalties in four plays. Jones’ three career pass touchdowns of 85-plus yards are the most by a Tide quarterback.

Najee Harris rushed for two short touchdowns and safety Daniel Wright scored on a 47-yard interception return against Kellen Mond.

Mond put up big numbers but it wasn’t nearly enough. He completed 25 of 44 passes for 318 yards with three touchdowns – and the pick six. Ainias Smith had six catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

“We’ve got to stop the big plays, learn to be more efficient on offense and take advantage of some more of those opportunities to be able to play and compete,” Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We had some opportunities. I’m disappointed we didn’t do it, but there’s still a lot to work with, some of our young guys.”

But Alabama was off to the races after the Aggies scored two quick first-half touchdowns to tie the game.

“I think guys were shocked that we were right there with them,” linebacker Buddy Johnson said. “And there’s no reason to feel that way. It’s important that the leaders keep everyone in the moment, stay in the moment and don’t get carried away.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas A&M: The offense couldn’t get Isaiah Spiller and the running game going after getting undone by turnovers in a 17-12 win over Vanderbilt. Smith, a converted receiver, emerged as another needed threat in the passing game.

Alabama: Any questions about production of the Tide’s passing game after Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III have been answered. The defense is still not dominating all four quarters.

WRIGHT’S DAY

Wright had the huge defensive play and one that drew the ire of Saban. He tried to push Smith out of bounds on the 47-yard touchdown play but failed.

“I just didn’t like the way he approached and finished,” Saban said. “He should have gotten the guy out of bounds and he didn’t.”

STREAKS & MILESTONES

Alabama has won the last eight meetings and 19 straight home openers, moving to 14-0 under Saban. The coach is also 20-0 against former assistants turned head coaches like Fisher. … Saban’s 201 wins matches Georgia’s Vince Dooley for third all-time in conference history behind Steve Spurrier (206) and Bear Bryant (292).

QUOTABLE

“I’ve always said, to me, what makes Bama so special, they’re very disciplined and they also capitalize off other teams’ mistakes.” Mond.

UP NEXT

Alabama visits Mississippi and former Tide offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.

Texas A&M hosts another Top 5 team, No. 3 Florida.

 

SWISS DIVER WINS PREAKNESS

Those hanging around the heavily restricted stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course this week joked around that Authentic would stare down filly Swiss Skydiver whenever she walked past.

“He got a good look at her today,” jockey Robby Albarado said.

Swiss Skydiver added one final memorable moment to cap off a topsy-turvy Triple Crown season, beating favored Authentic by a neck after a stretch duel in the Preakness Stakes run without fans Saturday. She became the sixth filly and first since Rachel Alexandra in 2009 to win the Preakness, which this year served as the third leg of the Triple Crown for the first time.

“She’s just such a special filly,” said trainer Kenny McPeek, who won the Preakness for the first time for his second Triple Crown race victory. “Just a real honor to be around a horse like this.”

Jesus’ Team was a distant third at 40-1 and Art Collector fourth at 2-1. The 145th running of the Preakness at a mostly empty Pimlico came four weeks after the Kentucky Derby and 3 1/2 months since the Belmont as they were held out of order for the first time since the 1930s.

At 11-1 odds, Swiss Skydiver pulled off an upset of 3-2 favorite and Kentucky Derby winner Authentic. Albarado made a powerful move around the final turn that would usually come right by revelers in the infield unable to catch a glimpse of the home stretch.

“I had an opportunity,” said Albarado, who won his second Preakness after 2007 aboard Curlin. “I took advantage of the rail. Johnny stayed off the fence there, made a conscious decision to move at that time. Give or take now. If I make that move now or I wait and get smothered.”

McPeek won a Triple Crown race for the first time since the 2002 Belmont with Sarava, which was the biggest upset in the history of that race. Swiss Skydiver was the first filly to run in the Preakness since 2014, when Ria Antonia finished last.

“I didn’t feel that much tension really,” McPeek said. “I felt like we had her well-prepared. Any horse race, things have to go your way. But every day she was happy, she was bright-eyed.”

It went Swiss Skydiver’s way in part because Authentic’s Hall of Fame jockey, John Velazquez, abandoned the rail, giving Albarado the lane for a near-perfect trip.

“That’s a good filly,” said Authentic and Thousand Words trainer Bob Baffert, who was denied a record-breaking eighth Preakness victory. “He had every chance to get by her. He got beat. He just couldn’t get by her. She dug in. She’s tough.”

Swiss Skydiver avenged her loss in her only other competition against colts, when she finished second to Art Collector in the Blue Grass Stakes on July 11. She since won the Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga on Aug. 15 and finished second in the Kentucky Oaks on Sept. 4.

“She continues to get stronger, and it’s amazing,” McPeek said. “I’ve been doing this for 35 years and you’re around horses and sometimes you run them and they come back tired. She never gets tired. If anything, she makes me tried dragging me around the barn every day.”

Swiss Skydiver ran 1 3/16 miles in 1:53.28 and paid $25.40 to win, $8.40 to place and $5.80 to show.

The Preakness was run with only owners, trainers and essential personnel in attendance, a far cry from the usual mid-May party with patrons in fancy hats and suits in some areas of the track and revelers in shorts and T-shirts in the infield.

Even after canceling the annual infield concert and festivities, the Maryland Jockey Club and Stronach Group that owns Pimlico hoped back in the spring that moving the race to the fall would allow for the possibility of having fans. Instead, all three Triple Crown races went on without them.

Swiss Skydiver made it so each Triple Crown race in 2020 had a different winner. McPeek said he likely wouldn’t have entered her in the Preakness had Belmont winner Tiz the Law run, but trainer Barclay Tagg gave him a rest to point him to the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 7.

Swiss Skydiver is a candidate to challenge them in the Breeders’ Cup Classic or could face older fillies and mares in the Distaff. McPeek is leaning toward the Distaff but will give it some time to make that decision and enjoy the big victory his horse gave him in the Preakness.

“It looked like Authentic got his head in front a little bit and then she fought right back,” McPeek said. “There’s no guarantees in this game, and I’ve had some tough beats: second in the Derby, been second in a bunch of Breeders’ Cup races, third here in the Preakness years back. But I’m just thrilled she fought on.”

 

PHILLIES FIRE GM

Matt Klentak’s inability to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to the postseason or even a single winning season cost him his job as general manager.

Klentak stepped down after a third straight September collapse left the team out of the postseason for the ninth consecutive season. The 40-year-old will be reassigned to another position in the organization and Ned Rice will serve as interim general manager until the Phillies hire someone to run baseball operations.

“We’ve made progress but we haven’t made enough progress fast enough,” Phillies managing partner John Middleton said.

Klentak was hired in October 2015 by team President Andy MacPhail after serving as assistant general manager for the Los Angeles Angels for four seasons. The Phillies were 326-382 in five seasons under Klentak.

Beyond that, the organization has struggled to develop talent in the minors leagues. The Phillies had the worst bullpen ERA in the majors this season and it didn’t improve after Klentak acquired four veterans in trades. Each of those relievers pitched poorly after their arrival.

“I think the problem the Phillies have had for 100 years is they don’t evaluate talent,” Middleton said, citing two periods of successful player development around the World Series championship teams in 1980 and 2008. “That’s a problem that’s haunted us. It was the No. 1 mandate I gave Andy and Matt when they came in and we’re better than we were but we aren’t nearly good enough.”

Klentak’s biggest move was signing Bryce Harper to a $330 million, 13-year deal, though Middleton played a major role in that. Klentak also acquired catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins, trading away top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez to get him.

But Klentak failed to sign Realmuto to a contract extension and he is set to become a free agent after the World Series.

Middleton said he approved dealing Sanchez based on being told by his baseball people the team would give Realmuto the extension. But, he also said he doesn’t hold it against Klentak that he failed to re-sign Realmuto.

Middleton added signing Realmuto remains a priority but financial issues related to COVID-19 are a factor.

“Can you tell me what the governor and the mayor of Philadelphia are going to allow us to have next year in the way of fans because if you do, you know something that I don’t,” Middleton said. “I have no idea what we’re going to be allowed. And obviously that’s going to determine revenues and revenues determines what you can do and what you can’t do.”

Klentak inherited Pete Mackanin as manager and made a switch after the 2017 season, hiring Gabe Kapler. The Phillies went 161-163 under Kapler before Middleton overruled Klentak and MacPhail and fired him last year. First-year manager Joe Girardi was 28-32 this season.

The Phillies went 1-7 in their final eight games. They would’ve made the postseason with two wins in those eight games.

“While I am disappointed that we failed to reach our ultimate goal, I am nevertheless very proud of the progress that this organization made over the last five years and of the people who worked so hard to make it happen,” Klentak said. “I am grateful for all of the support that I received along the way from Phillies ownership, friends and colleagues, and our loyal Phillies fans.”

 

EX-DODGER INVOLVED IN MURDER-SUICIDE

A former professional baseball player sought in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend in a Phoenix suburb was found dead Saturday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the Grand Canyon, police said.

The body of Charles Haeger, 37, was discovered about 4 p.m. on a trail along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona, Sgt. Ben Hoster, a Scottsdale Police Department spokesman said in a statement Saturday night.

Police were seeking Haeger on suspicion of murder and aggravated assault in the fatal shooting Friday, Hoster said.

The victim was identified by police Saturday night as Danielle Breed, 34. Breed owned The Tipsy Coyote Bar and Grill in Scottsdale, the Arizona Republic reported.

Earlier Saturday, Haeger’s unoccupied vehicle was found near Flagstaff in northern Arizona, police said. Flagstaff is 118 miles (190 kilometers) north of Scottsdale.

According to mlb.com, Haeger was a pitcher drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2001, and he played 83 innings in the the major leagues. His career included stints with the Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations.

Hoster said investigators determined that a male roommate of the victim heard gunshots when he returned to the residence Friday and that moments later Haeger emerged from the victim’s bedroom with a handgun.

“Haeger then pointed the handgun at the roommate. The roommate quickly escaped out of the back of the residence, and he was able to get a neighbor to call 911,” Hoster said in a statement.

Responding police found the victim dead in her bedroom, Hoster said.

 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1906       The Cubs post their 116th victory of the season when they beat Pittsburgh at Exposition Park, 4-0. Chicago, who sets a major league mark for wins, completes the season with an astounding .763 winning percentage.

1916       Reds right-hander Christy Mathewson faces Mordecai Brown of the Cubs in the career finale for each pitcher, marking the first time that two future Hall of Famers have made their final appearance in the same game. Both Cooperstown-bound hurlers go the distance in Cincinnati’s 10-8 victory at Chicago’s Weeghman Park.

1924       A smiling Calvin Coolidge, becoming the first U.S. President to attend a World Series opener, shakes hands with Bucky Harris and hands him a baseball, that the Washington skipper places in Senator’s starter Walter Johnson’s glove. The Giants edge the hometown team in 12 innings, 4-3, in the Griffith Stadium contest.

Manager Stanley Harris, in the grandstand, presents President Coolidge with the baseball used to open the World Series. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress

1925       For the first time in the 50-year history of the franchise, the Cubs end the season in last place. The team, managed by Bill Killefer (33-42), Rabbit Maranville (23-30), and George Gibson (12-14), compiles a 68-86 record and finishes 27.5 games behind the first-place Pirates.

1925       In the season finale played at Sportsman’s Park, Tiger outfielder Ty Cobb and Browns first baseman George Sisler, the player-managers of their respective teams, face one another as mound opponents, making it the first time in which both sides use a position player to pitch in relief in the same game, an oddity that will not occur again until 2012. The Georgia Peach throws a perfect final frame in Detroit’s 11-7 victory over St. Louis, with ‘Gorgeous George’ facing only seven batters in his two scoreless innings.

1932       After his skipper compiles a 350-264 (.570) record in four seasons at the helm, Senators owner Clark Griffith, hinting that he may name himself as the next skipper of the club, announces Walter Johnson will not be returning to manage the team next season. The Washington legend will be replaced by Joe Cronin, who will lead the club to an American League pennant next year.

1948       Joe DiMaggio becomes the first major leaguer to appear on a Time Magazine cover for a second time, being featured in an article titled The Big Guy, which details the center fielder’s injury woes during the final week of the American League pennant race. The Yankee Clipper first appeared on the cover of the popular news magazine on July 13th, 1936, during his rookie season.

1948       In a one-game playoff, the Indians, behind the five-hitter tossed by 28 year-old rookie southpaw Gene Bearden, beat the Red Sox for the AL flag, 8-3. The complete-game victory marks the young knuckleballer’s 20th victory of the season.

1951       During Game 1, Giants outfielder Monte Irvin becomes the first player to steal home in a World Series contest since 1928. Twenty-three years ago, Bob Meusel of the Yankees swiped the dish in a 7-3 victory over the Cardinals during the sixth inning of Game 3.

1951       In the opening game of the World Series, the first all-black outfield in major league history makes its appearance when Monte Irvin, Willie Mays, and Hank Thompson take the field for the Giants at Yankee Stadium. Leo Durocher, in a curious move, replaces the previously injured outfielder Don Mueller in right field with Hank Thompson, a third baseman by trade, and uses veteran outfielder Bobby Thomson at the hot corner.

1953       Mickey Mantle, in the third inning of an eventual 11-7 victory in Game 5, blasts a Russ Meyer pitch high into the upper deck of Ebbets Field, a rare occurrence for a left-handed batter, to become only the fourth player in World Series history to hit a grand slam. The Yankees slugger joins teammate Gil McDougald (1951), Elmer Smith (1920), and Tony Lazzeri (1936) in accomplishing the feat.

1955       After more than half a century of futility, the Dodgers finally win a World Championship, thanks to Johnny Podres’ 2-0 shutout of the Yankees in the Bronx. The turning point of the historic contest proves to be an outstanding catch by defensive replacement Sandy Amoros in the sixth inning that robs Yogi Berra of an extra-base hit with two on, resulting in a rally-robbing double play.

1958       With his 3-for-4 performance in Game 3, Hank Bauer establishes a major league record by collecting at least one hit in 17 consecutive World Series games. The Yankee outfielder set the mark playing in three straight Fall Classics from 1956 to 1958.

1959       Fred Haney, stating he wants to spend more time with his family, resigns as the Braves manager and will be replaced by Chuck Dressen. During his three-and-a-half year tenure in the Milwaukee dugout, the 64 year-old embattled skipper compiled a 341-231 (.596) record, resulting into two second-place finishes, two pennants, and a World Championship.

1962       When Willie Mays scores on a surprise bunt by Jose Pagan in Game 1, Whitey Ford sees his World Series consecutive scoreless inning streak come to an end at 33 2/3 innings. Clete Boyer’s seventh-inning home run, however, helps Ford win a record 10th and his final Fall Classic victory as the Yankees defeat the Giants, 6-2.

1964       Thirty minutes after their 9-2 loss to Chicago on the last day of the season, the Giants fire manager Alvin Dark, and then name Herman Franks, a coach on the team, to be his successor. The former controversial skipper, rumored to be on the chopping block before the start of the season, is quoted complaining about the number of black and Hispanic players on his team in a Newsday article printed in August, telling Stan Issacs, “they are just not able to perform up to the white player when it comes to mental alertness”.

1969       The Orioles defeat Minnesota in Game 2 of the ALCS, 1-0, with the game’s lone run coming from a Mark Belanger single, two groundouts, and a bunt single by Paul Blair in the bottom of the 11th inning at Memorial Stadium. Dave McNally goes the distance in the longest complete-game shutout in postseason history.

1969       The Mets beat the Braves 9-5 in the first-ever National League Championship Series playoff game. The eventual World Champions will sweep Atlanta in the best-of-five-game series, before confronting the Orioles in the Fall Classic.

1972       At Montreal’s Parc Jarry, the Mets end the 1972 campaign beating the Expos, 3-1. Although New York finishes ten games over .500, they will become the first club in baseball history to finish a season without any player collecting 100 hits.

1980       The 17-1 trouncing of the Twins proves to be a very historic day for Willie Wilson. The Royals outfielder is the first big-league player to be credited with 700 at-bats in one season, sets the American League record for singles in a season with 184, and joins Garry Templeton to become only the second switch-hitter in history to collect 100 hits from each side of the plate.

1981       The Reds, who blank Atlanta, 3-0, finish with the best record in the National League strike-shortened season (66-42), but will not participate in the postseason. The team does not qualify because the Dodgers and Astros post better records, respectively, for the first half (pre-strike) and second half (post-strike) of play in the Western Division and will face one another in the first-ever ‘NLDS’, under a plan instituted midseason by Giants executive Al Rosen to salvage the season.

1986       Greg Gagne, in the Twins’ 7-3 victory over White Sox at the Metrodome, hits two inside-the-park home runs in the same game, both off Floyd Bannister. The light-hitting Twins shortstop becomes just the 18th modern major leaguer to accomplish this rare feat.

1986       New York sweeps a doubleheader from Boston at Fenway Park, 5-3 and 3-1. Yankee closer Dave Righetti saves both ends of the twin bill, bringing his major league record total to 46.

1987       Toronto drops a 1-0 decision to the Tigers to finish the campaign with seven consecutive losses, including three straight in the season-ending series at Tiger Stadium. The Blue Jay’s defeat, which allows Detroit to clinch the American League East title, completes one of the greatest collapses in baseball history.

1987       On the last day of the season at Arlington Stadium, Charlie Hough and the Rangers lose to the Mariners, 7-4. The Texas knuckleballer is the last pitcher to start 40 games in a season.

1992       In the season finale, the Dodgers are beaten by the Astros, 3-0, to close the season with a 63-99 record, 35 games behind the division-leading Braves. Tom Lasorda’s club is the first in franchise history to finish in last place since 1905 when the team was called the Superbas and played in Brooklyn’s Washington Park.

1992       Rangers slugger Juan Gonzalez, at the age of 22 years, 11 months, and 19 days old, becomes the youngest home run champion in baseball history. ‘Juan Gone,’ who went deep 43 times during the season, is 46 days younger than Joe DiMaggio, who won the crown playing with the Yankees in 1937.

1996       After three consecutive second-place finishes, the Astros fire manager Terry Collins, whose first-place team collapsed down the stretch. The 47 year-old skipper leaves the position with the best winningest percentage in franchise history, compiling a 224-197 (.532) record during his three-year tenure with Houston.

1999       On the last day of the season, Rey Ordonez extends the major league record to 100 errorless games at shortstop, handling 411 chances flawlessly during this span for the Mets. The New York infielder will add another game to the streak on Opening Day next season, before committing an error the next day at the Tokyo Dome.

1999       In a one-game playoff for the NL wild card, the Mets beat the Reds at Cinergy Field, 5-0. New York southpaw Al Leiter goes the distance, limiting Cincinnati to only two hits.

2001       Barry Bonds ties Mark McGwire’s single-season home run record established three years ago as he hits his 70th round-tripper. The historic homer, a shot to right-center at Enron Field, is given up in the ninth inning by Astro rookie hurler Wilfredo Rodriguez in a Giant 10-2 victory.

2001       Rickey Henderson, with his third-inning home run, breaks Ty Cobb’s mark to become the leading run-scorer in baseball history. The 42 year-old Padres outfielder slides into home to punctuate scoring his record-breaking 2,246th run.

2001       Orioles outfielders Tim Raines and Tim Raines Jr. become the second father-son combination to play for the same team on the major league level when they appear in a game against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. In 1990, Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. both played in the same contest for the Mariners.

2001       Alex Rodriguez, scoring the lone run the Rangers’ 16-1 loss to Seattle, hits his 52nd home run, becoming only the fourth major leaguer to hit 50 home runs and 200 hits in the same season. The 26 year-old shortstop joins Hall of Famers Babe Ruth (1921), Hack Wilson (1930), and Jimmie Foxx (1932) in accomplishing the rare feat.

2002       The A’s become the first team in postseason history to hit consecutive home runs to start a game. Leadoff man Ray Durham (an inside-the-park round-tripper) and Scott Hatteberg hit the back-to-back dingers off Rick Reed in team’s eventual 6-3 victory over the Twins in Game 3 of the ALDS at the Metrodome.

2002       Commissioner Bud Selig apologizes to St. Louis fans for the late playoff start time for the Cardinal and Diamondback Game 1 NLDS game, and promises it will not happen again. The 10 p.m. CDT start was due to many of the playoff teams coming from the west and baseball’s desire not to have two games occurring at the same time.

2003       The Cubs win their first postseason series victory since 1908 when the franchise won the World Series. In front of a standing-room crowd of 54,357 at Turner Field, Chicago beat the Braves in the deciding Game 5 of the NLDS, 5-1.

2003       At Pro Player Stadium, Jeff Conine’s perfect peg to catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who holds onto the ball after a collision at home, advances the Marlins to the NLCS. The Florida outfielder’s throw to the plate nails J.T. Snow trying to score on Jeffrey Hammonds’ single for the final out of the team’s 7-6 victory over the Giants in the deciding Game 4 of the NLDS.

2003       The Red Sox avoid a 0-3 deficit in the ALDS when Trot Nixon’s pinch-hit 11th inning walk-off homer beats Oakland, 3-1. The Boston outfielder’s accomplishment marks only the fifth time in postseason play that a round-tripper has ended a game, and the first by a pinch-hitter since Kirk Gibson’s historic homer off Dennis Eckersley to win Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

2005       Two-time National League Manager of the Year (1990 and 1992 Pirates) Jim Leyland is named to replace Alan Trammell, who was fired as the Tigers’ manager yesterday. The sixty year-old, who guided the Marlins to a World Championship in 1997, has not managed since resigning as the Rockies skipper in 1999.

2005       With John Hart’s resignation yesterday, the Rangers name his assistant Jon Daniels to be the team’s general manager. The 28 year-old, who is ten months younger than BoSox boss Theo Epstein, becomes the youngest GM in big league history.

2006       Citing the need for a different kind of communicator in the dugout, Jon Daniels, one year after he becomes the youngest GM in big league history, fires veteran skipper Buck Showalter. The Ranger manager compiled a 319-329 record during his four-year tenure in Texas.

2006       At Shea Stadium, Russell Martin’s double kills a promising two on and none out rally as both Dodgers runners are nailed at home in the Mets’ eventual 6-5 victory in Game 1 of the NLDS. Jeff Kent and J.D. Drew both try to score, but the relay from right fielder Shawn Green to second baseman Jose Valentin to Paul Lo Duca allows the catcher to tag each runner during their headfirst slides into the plate.

2008       The Dodgers complete a three-game NLDS sweep of Chicago with a 3-1 victory, winning their first postseason series since 1998. The stunning loss in the playoffs extends the World Series drought for the Cubs into another century.

2009       On the last day of the season in the team’s 10-2 victory at Tampa Bay, the Yankees break a franchise record, thanks to Alex Rodriguez’s three-run blast in the ten-run sixth inning, by hitting their 243rd homer of the season. In the same frame, A-Rod goes deep again, this time with the bases loaded, to extend the club’s mark, and the third baseman sets a new American League record, collecting seven RBI’s in one inning.

2009       On the last day of the campaign, Miguel Tejada hits a fourth-inning double off Nelson Figueroa in the Astros’ 4-0 loss in New York to finish the season with 46, the most in the National League. The Astros’ shortstop, who also was tops the AL with 50 two-baggers playing for the Orioles in 2005, is the first player in baseball history to have led both leagues in doubles.

2010       A day after the season ends, the last-place Pirates fire John Russell, who equaled a franchise record for most losses by a manager in three seasons, compiling a 186-299 record. The other Buc skipper with as many defeats in the same time frame was Fred Haney, posting a 163-299 record from 1953-55.

2010       The Mets fire manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya, a day after the team completes its fourth consecutive disappointing season. Assistant GM John Ricco will be the head of baseball operations on an interim basis until a new GM is hired, who in turn will select the team’s next manager.

2010       Major League Baseball approves a change in the ground rules for Tropicana Field, making a batted ball that caroms off the A- and B-ring catwalks a dead ball with the pitch not counting, instead of being in play as in the past. The Rays requested the change, which will be implemented in the upcoming ALDS, after Jason Kubel’s two-out, ninth-inning pop up hit off one of the catwalks, driving in the go-ahead run in Minnesota’s eventual 8-6 victory over the home team.

2010       On a day three managers are sacked, the Reds give their skipper, Dusty Baker, a two-year contract extension through 2014. Cincinnati is making its first playoff appearance in 15 years.

2010       The Indians name Chris Antonetti as the team’s new general manager, with former GM Mark Shapiro moving into his new position as team president. The transition has been developing over the past few years with Antonetti gradually being given a bigger role in Cleveland’s day-to-day operations, giving Shapiro more time to run the business side of the franchise.

2010       Diamondbacks interim manager Kirk Gibson is given the permanent job, agreeing to a two-year deal with a team option for 2013. The former hard-nosed major leaguer compiled a 34-49 record for the last-place team, after being hired midseason to replace A.J. Hinch.

2012       A day after the regular season comes to an end, the Red Sox fire Bobby Valentine, just ten months into his tenure as their manager. In their worst campaign since 1965, the team finishes in last place with a 69-93 record.

2014       The Giants take six-hours and 23-minutes to defeat Washington at Nationals Park, 2-1, making Game 2 of the NLDS the longest contest in postseason history. San Francisco scores the eventual winning run in the top of the 18th thanks to Brandon Belt’s solo home run off Tanner Roark, hours after the team had sent the game into extra innings by scoring the tying run with two outs in the top of the ninth.

2015       Clayton Kershaw strikes out Melvin Upton to end the third inning of LA’s 6-3 victory over the Padres at Chavez Ravine, becoming the 34th pitcher to record 300 strikeouts in a season, and joins Sandy Koufax, who accomplished the feat three times the 1960’s, as the only the second Dodger to reach the mark. The 27 year-old southpaw is the first pitcher in 13 years to achieve the milestone since Diamondback teammates Curt Schilling (316) and Randy Johnson (334) both pass the plateau in 2002.

2015       In an effort to add more drama to the final day of the regular season, MLB schedules all games to start simultaneously at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The scheduling, similar to the English Premier League’s “Survival Sunday,” also evens the playing field by limiting teams’ ability to rest potential playoff starters based on the results of contests played earlier in the day.

2015       In front of a full house, the team’s 408th consecutive sellout, the Giants lose the season finale when the Rockies scored seven runs in the ninth in the team’s 7-3 loss at AT&T Park. George Kontos, Cody Hall, and Yusmeiro Petit, who set a major league record as the 11th pitcher used by one team in a nine-inning game, were unable to contain Colorado’s offensive outburst in the final frame of the campaign.

 

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Buffalo Bills 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 93 77 2-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 3 W
New England Patriots 2 1 0 .667 1.0 87 66 2-0-0 0-1-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 1 W
Miami Dolphins 1 2 0 .333 2.0 70 65 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-2-0 0-2-0 1 W
New York Jets 0 4 0 .000 3.5 65 131 0-2-0 0-2-0 0-3-0 0-1-0 4 L
 
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Kansas City Chiefs 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 91 60 1-0-0 2-0-0 3-0-0 1-0-0 3 W
Las Vegas Raiders 2 1 0 .667 1.0 88 90 1-0-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 1 L
Los Angeles Chargers 1 2 0 .333 2.0 52 57 0-2-0 1-0-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 2 L
Denver Broncos 1 3 0 .250 2.5 82 98 0-2-0 1-1-0 1-2-0 0-0-0 1 W
 
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Pittsburgh Steelers 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 80 58 2-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 0-0-0 3 W
Baltimore Ravens 2 1 0 .667 1.0 91 56 1-1-0 1-0-0 2-1-0 1-0-0 1 L
Cleveland Browns 2 1 0 .667 1.0 75 88 2-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 2 W
Cincinnati Bengals 0 2 1 .167 2.5 66 74 0-1-0 0-1-1 0-2-0 0-1-0 1 T
 
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Tennessee Titans 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 80 74 1-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0 1-0-0 3 W
Indianapolis Colts 2 1 0 .667 1.0 84 45 2-0-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 2 W
Jacksonville Jaguars 1 2 0 .333 2.0 70 84 1-1-0 0-1-0 1-2-0 1-1-0 2 L
Houston Texans 0 3 0 .000 3.0 57 95 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-3-0 0-0-0 3 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Washington Football Team 1 2 0 .333 0.0 62 81 1-0-0 0-2-0 1-1-0 1-0-0 2 L
Dallas Cowboys 1 2 0 .333 0.0 88 97 1-0-0 0-2-0 1-2-0 0-0-0 1 L
Philadelphia Eagles 0 2 1 .167 0.5 59 87 0-1-1 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-1-0 1 T
New York Giants 0 3 0 .000 1.0 38 79 0-2-0 0-1-0 0-2-0 0-0-0 3 L
 
West Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Seattle Seahawks 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 111 86 2-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0 0-0-0 3 W
Arizona Cardinals 2 1 0 .667 1.0 77 61 1-1-0 1-0-0 2-1-0 1-0-0 1 L
Los Angeles Rams 2 1 0 .667 1.0 89 71 1-0-0 1-1-0 2-0-0 0-0-0 1 L
San Francisco 49ers 2 1 0 .667 1.0 87 46 0-1-0 2-0-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 2 W
 
North Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Green Bay Packers 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 122 85 1-0-0 2-0-0 3-0-0 2-0-0 3 W
Chicago Bears 3 0 0 1.000 0.0 74 62 1-0-0 2-0-0 3-0-0 1-0-0 3 W
Detroit Lions 1 2 0 .333 2.0 70 92 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-2-0 0-2-0 1 W
Minnesota Vikings 0 3 0 .000 3.0 75 102 0-2-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 3 L
 
South Division
  W L T Pct GB PF PA Home Road vs. Conf vs. Div Streak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 1 0 .667 0.0 82 61 1-0-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0 2 W
New Orleans Saints 1 2 0 .333 1.0 88 94 1-1-0 0-1-0 1-1-0 1-0-0 2 L
Carolina Panthers 1 2 0 .333 1.0 68 81 0-1-0 1-1-0 0-1-0 0-1-0 1 W
Atlanta Falcons 0 3 0 .000 2.0 90 108 0-2-0 0-1-0 0-3-0 0-0-0 3 L