TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
#1 Clemson 49 Citadel 0
#13 Cincinnati 55 Austin Peay 20
#19 Louisiana 34 Georgia State 31 OT
#11 Oklahoma State 16 Tulsa 7
#25 Pitt 21 Syracuse 10
#7 Notre Dame 52 South Florida 0
#14 Central Florida 49 Georgia Tech 21
#17 Miami Florida 47 #18 Louisville 34
Marshall 17 #23 Appalachain State 7
South Alabama at #5 Florida (Cancelled)
Kent State at #23 Kentucky (Cancelled)
Colorado at #10 Texas A&M (Cancelled)
Furman at #15 Tennessee (Cancelled)
Charlotte at #12 North Carolina (Cancelled)
#6 LSU at Rice (Cancelled)
Liberty 30 Western Kentucky 24
Navy 27 Tulane 24
Troy 47 Middle Tennessee 14
USTA 24 Stephen F. Austin 20
Boston College 26 Duke 6
SMU 65 N. Texas 35
Louisiana Tech 31 Southern Mississippi 30
Texas State 38 Louisiana Monroe 17
North Carolina State 45 Wake Forest 42
UTEP 17 Abilene Christian 13
Boston 117 Miami 106
Dallas 4 Tampa Bay 1
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Oakland 6 San Francisco 0
Philadelphia 3 Toronto 1
Chicago White Sox 5 Cincinnati 0
Milwaukee 5 Kansas City 0
Houston 3 Arizona 2
Minnesota 8 Chicago Cubs 1
Seattle 4 San Diego 1
Detroit 5 Cleveland 2
NY Yankees 8 Boston 0
Tampa Bay 3 Baltimore 1
LA Angels 4 Texas 3
Miami 7 Washington 3
St. Louis 5 Pittsburgh 4
NY Mets 7 Atlanta 2
LA Dodgers 6 Colorado 1
NFL WEEK 2
Sunday, September 20, 2020
New York Giants at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals 1:05p (MST) 4:05p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC
Monday, September 21, 2020
New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS GOLF-SECTIONAL @ UNION COUNTY
- Richmond 348
- Franklin County 357
- Hagerstown 391
- Northeastern 396
- Connersville 413
- Union County 413
- New Castle 431
- Centerville 437
- Lincoln 482
- Esther Etherington, Richmond 82
- Camryn Brewer, Franklin County 84
- Gracie Graf, Franklin County 86
- Nicole Mears, Franklin County 86
BY TEAM (area)
RICHMOND – 348
Esther Etherington, 82
Ashlynn Spurrier, 88
Zoe Brock, 88
Isabella Roll, 90
Makinzie Laughlin, 96
LINCOLN – 482
Allison Frost, 110
Shayna Morris, 118
Lindsay Schunk, 126
Alexis Worl, 128
Zariah Davis, 129
CENTERVILLE – 437
Aurora Biava, 105
Alexandra Goodwin, 111
Karis Koyles, 104
Hailie Ridge, 117
Morgan Hale, 119
HAGERSTOWN – 391
Shay Doerstler, 95
Morgan Rector, 92
Sydney Rector, 98
Sophia Mull, 106
Madison Ervin, 128
NORTHEASTERN – 396
Rebecca Schneider, 110
Baylee Wissler, 89
Madison Fields, 105
Zoe Cline, 99
Jasmine Shuler, 103
UNION COUNTY – 413
Olivia Curry, 101
Emma Kassens, 90
Morgan Ball, 111
Madysson McClure, 111
Peyton Shepler, 111
GIRLS GOLF SECTIONAL @ Muncie Central
- Delta 346
- Muncie Central 360
- Yorktown 362
- Daleville 373
- Wapahani 386
- Blue River 390
- Jay County 412
- Wes-Del 412
- Randolph Southern 431
- Monroe Central INC
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Connersville 48 Rushville 14
Fort Wayne Dwenger 31 Fort Wayne Carroll 21
South Decatur 41 Edinburg 15
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER
Kokomo 2 Richmond 1 OT
Logansport 2 Marion 1
Harrison 6 Kokomo 0
Connersville 6 Franklin 0
Greensburg 3 Rushville 1
Delta 3 New Palestine 0
Mt. Vernon 1 East Central 1
Mt. Vernon 6 Chatard 3
Westfield 6 Pendleton Heights 0
Legacy Catholic 11 Preble Shawnee 0
Reading 4 Madison 0
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER
Richmond 2 Kokomo 0
Lafayette Jeff 11 Muncie Central 0
Harrison 12 Indy Tech 0
Tri-County 7 Union County 0
New Palestine 6 Delta 3
East Central 7 Seymour 0
Miami East 5 Kenton Ridge 2
HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
Richmond 3 Marion 0
Richmond 3 Indy Tech 0
South Newton 2 Lafayette Jeff 1
Harrison 2 South Newton 0
Seton 2 Anderson Prep 1
Seton 2 Tri 0
Knightstown 2 Seton 0
McCutcheon 3 Providence 1
Dwenger 3 McCutcheon 1
Lawrenceburg 2 Muncie Central 0
Muncie Central 2 Hauser 0
Knightstown 2 Monroe Central 1
Cowan 3 Union County 1
Knightstown 2 Anderson Prep 0
Cathedral 3 Greenfield-Central 1
Indiana Deaf 3 Union 1
New Castle 3 Providence 1
Franklin Monroe 3 Milton-Union 0
Mason 3 Bellbrook 0
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TENNIS
Harrison 5 Richmond 0
Richmond beats Kokomo for 3rd in NCC
Marion 4 Kokomo 1
Boys @Centerville Invite…Jack Martin (Third) 18:10
Boys….First, Mylan Nocton (Individual Champion)
Girls…First, Emily Tedder (Individual Champion)
@ South Adams
Boys..Seventh, Top Finisher 18th Bryce Pennington @ 18:37
Girls…Bailey Puckett 14th 21:16
@ South Adams
Burris- 16:27 (1st) (PR) Miller- 16:38 (2nd) (PR) Landis- 17:46 (10th) (PR) Chamberlain- 17:56 (11th) (PR) K. Shumaker- 18:04 (12th) C. Shumaker- 18:15 (13th) Anderson- 19:20 (28th) (PR) Weesner- 19:51 (46th) (PR) Daniels- 20:05 (49th) (PR)
NCC FOOTBALL STANDINGS
Lafayette Jeff 3 – 0/5 – 0
Marion 3 – 0/3 – 2
Muncie Central 2 – 0/2 – 1
Indianapolis Tech 2 – 0/2 – 2
Harrison 2 – 1/3 – 2
Kokomo 1 – 2/1 – 4
Logansport 0 – 3/1 – 4
Richmond 0 – 3/0 – 4
Anderson 0 – 3/0 – 5
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Indianapolis Roncalli at Harrison
Kokomo at Anderson
Lafayette Jeff at Marion
Logansport at Richmond
McCutcheon at Indianapolis Tech
TRI-EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS
Centerville 4 – 0/4 – 1
Knightstown 3 – 0/3 – 1
Union County 3 – 1/3 – 1
Tri 2 – 1/3 – 2
Lincoln 1 – 1/1 – 1
Winchester 1 – 2/1 – 4
Union City 1 – 3/1 – 4
Hagerstown 0 – 5/0 – 5
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE
Lincoln at Knightstown
Centerville at Northeastern
Shenandoah at Hagerstown
Tri at Winchester
Union City at Union County
TOP AP HEADLINES
Michigan-Ohio State finale highlights 3rd Big Ten schedule
The Big Ten’s third football schedule of the 2020 season is highlighted by Michigan-Ohio State on Dec. 12, the final day of the conference’s regular-season and the latest date the rivals have ever played.
The Big Ten released an eight-games-in-eight-weeks schedule on Saturday that will start the weekend of Oct. 24. Just three days ago, the conference reversed course and decided to play a fall football season after postponing on Aug. 11 because of concerns about COVID-19.
Week 1 features Nebraska at Ohio State, two teams that were at the forefront of the grassroots push to play fall ball in the Big Ten. Michigan will play at Minnesota in the Little Brown Jug rivalry to open the season.
In Week 2, Ohio State will play at Penn State on Halloween. The Buckeyes at No. 2 and Penn State at No. 7 were the highest ranked Big Ten teams in the preseason AP Top 25.
The regular season concludes as usual with the Buckeyes and Wolverines facing off. Michigan and Ohio State have played 103 times, but never later than November.
The Big Ten championship game will be played Dec. 19 in Indianapolis, matching the East and West Division champions. The conference has said it will give all its teams the opportunity to play on Dec. 19. The tentative plan is to match teams with similar finishes in the respective division standings.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana will host Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 24, to open its eight-game 2020 regular season, the Big Ten Conference announced Saturday morning. Each team will play a ninth game during a newly created Big Ten Champions Week the weekend of Dec. 19, with details to be announced at a later time.
Special date games, including Fridays, will be determined and announced at a later date along with game times and television designations.
The Hoosiers will also welcome Michigan (Nov. 7), Maryland (Nov. 28) and Purdue (Dec. 12) to Memorial Stadium.
IU will travel to Rutgers (Oct. 31), Michigan State (Nov. 14), Ohio State (Nov. 21) and Wisconsin (Dec. 5).
Per Big Ten guidelines, fans will not be permitted in 2020.
INDIANA 2020 SCHEDULE
Oct. 24 vs. Penn State
Oct. 31 at Rutgers
Nov. 7 vs. Michigan
Nov. 14 at Michigan State
Nov. 21 at Ohio State
Nov. 28 vs. Maryland
Dec. 5 at Wisconsin
Dec. 12 vs. Purdue
Dec. 19 Big Ten Champions Week – East vs. West
Eight-Game, 2020 Ohio State Football Schedule Announced
Schedule released by league after it announced a return to competition Sept. 16
Columbus, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference released its new 2020 fall football schedule on Saturday, Sept. 19. The Ohio State Buckeyes will now kick off its eight-game regular season on Oct. 24 with a home game at Ohio Stadium against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The Big Ten’s 2020 football campaign of games had previously been modified to reflect conference-only games on Aug. 5, and then was postponed entirely by the league on Aug. 11 because of uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
A return to competition was announced by the Big Ten on Sept. 16.
“The Big Ten’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) adopted significant medical protocols including daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and an enhanced data-driven approach when making decisions about practice/competition,” according to the Big Ten release. “The COP/C voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of Oct. 23-24, 2020. The decision was based on information presented by the Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force, a working group that was established by the COP/C and Commissioner Kevin Warren to ensure a collaborative and transparent process.”
Ohio State’s 2020 schedule will feature its season opener against Nebraska Oct. 24, which will be followed consecutively with games Oct. 31 at Penn State, Nov. 7 at home vs. Rutgers, Nov. 14 at Maryland, Nov. 21 home vs. Indiana, Nov. 28 at Illinois, Dec. 5 at Michigan State and Dec. 12 home vs. Michigan.
Special date games, such as Friday games, will be determined and announced at a later date.
As announced Wednesday, all Big Ten teams will play a ninth game on championship weekend, Dec. 18-19, with the East Division and West Division champion playing for the outright Big Ten crown and the 12 other teams matching up in a unique, east vs. west, #2 vs. #2, #3 vs. #3, etc. format
The Big Ten will require student-athletes, coaches, trainers and other individuals that are on the field for all practices and games to undergo daily antigen testing. Test results must be completed and recorded prior to each practice or game. Student-athletes who test positive for the coronavirus through point of contact (POC) daily testing would require a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result of the POC test.
Ohio State Sports Update
Ohio State’s additional fall sports – men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball – are planning for a spring season consistent with the NCAA decision to move their championships to the spring. Updates regarding Big Ten fall sports other than football, as well as winter sports that begin in the fall including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s hockey, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and wrestling, will be announced at a later date.
Ohio State’s 2020 Football Schedule
Oct. 24 – Nebraska
Oct. 31 – at Penn State
Nov. 7 – Rutgers
Nov. 14 – at Maryland
Nov. 21 – Indiana
Nov. 28 – at Illinois
Dec. 5 – at Michigan State
Dec. 12 – Michigan
Dec. 19 – B1G Championship Game
FSU coach Norvell tests positive for virus before Miami
Florida State coach Mike Norvell has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not coach the Seminoles in-person this week as they prepare for Miami.
Norvell released a statement Saturday saying he tested positive a day earlier but is feeling fine. He said his wife and daughter tested negative Saturday.
Florida State athletic director David Coburn said Norvell is isolating, which lasts a minimum of 10 days.
“We will continue to test staff and student-athletes as we have been,” Coburn said in a statement. “We have communicated with Commissioner John Swofford and Miami athletic director Blake James. At this point, based on our testing this week, we have no reason to believe that the Miami game is in jeopardy.”
Deputy head coach Chris Thomsen is taking over Norvell’s duties, but the first-year Florida State head coach said he still intends to contribute.
“I will remain involved remotely as much as possible to help our team continue to prepare,” Norvell said. “I’m grateful to the administration, players and staff for their commitment to the protocols we have in place, which have helped us limit contact with others and allowed us to continue moving forward.”
Thomsen has 24 years of college coaching experience and was head coach at Division II Abilene Christian from 2005-11, where he went 51-21.
Florida State lost its season opener at home to Georgia Tech last week and was off Saturday. The Seminoles play at the rival Hurricanes next Saturday.
Norvell, who came to Florida State from Memphis after last regular season, is the first major college football coach known to have tested positive for the coronavirus in season.
Toledo coach Jason Candle and UCLA coach Chip Kelly tested positive earlier this year.
Hubbard scores, No. 11 Oklahoma State survives Tulsa, 16-7
True freshman quarterback Shane Illingworth made Oklahoma State’s usually high-powered offense look normal for just long enough to help the 11th-ranked Cowboys avoid a huge upset.
Oklahoma State stayed in it with defense, and Illingworth rallied the Cowboys to a 16-7 victory over Tulsa on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
Trailing 7-3 late in the third quarter, Oklahoma State received a big offensive spark when Illingworth entered the game and immediately connected on his first three passes, including the two longest plays of the day, hitting Tylan Wallace for completions of 36 and 29 yards.
Chuba Hubbard, who led the nation in rushing last year, was limited to 35 yards in the first half. His 3-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter put Oklahoma State ahead for good.
Illingworth completed 4 of 5 passes for 74 yards in just over a quarter of work, helping Wallace finish with four receptions for 94 yards. Freshman Alex Hale made three field goals, two in the fourth quarter, from 27, 40 and 29 yards.
“I was proud of our team,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “We got put in a unique situation there for a while, had to regroup, particularly on offense. Defense was fabulous. I’m thrilled with the guys for fighting through all the adversity and finding a way to win at the end.”
For Tulsa, Zach Smith completed 18 of 28 passes for 164 yards and one touchdown, a 16-yard toss to Josh Johnson with 1:38 left in the first half that put the Golden Hurricane up 7-3.
The Golden Hurricane had trouble capitalizing on their opportunities, going 0 for 12 on third downs, while numerous poorly timed penalties also set them back. They ended up being flagged for 15 penalties totaling 120 yards, including a touchdown taken off the board in the fourth quarter due to a false start on 3rd-and-goal.
“Just didn’t put things away when we had opportunities,” Tulsa coach Philip Montgomery said. “Got to convert when you’re in the red zone. You’ve got to make those opportunities count and finish them with touchdowns. But I was proud of our football team. I thought we played extremely hard and obviously just needed to get over the hump there at the very end.”
Lawrence, No. 1 Clemson overwhelm The Citadel 49-0
Trevor Lawrence threw nine passes Saturday. Three of them went for touchdowns.
It was that kind of day for No. 1 Clemson.
Lawrence and star running back Travis Etienne got plenty of rest as the top-ranked Tigers rolled to a 49-0 victory over The Citadel.
Lawrence was 8 for 9 for 168 yards, including first-half scoring passes of 54 and 17 yards to Frank Ladson Jr. and 44 yards to Amari Rodgers.
“Might have been my most efficient day since I’ve been here,” he said. “That was just fun.”
Lawrence also rushed for his third TD already this season, leading the way as the Tigers (2-0) improved to 35-0 against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision. Clemson came out fast, stayed sharp and played just about everybody available in the runaway victory.
“Good to see that maturity and leadership, no matter who we play,” coach Dabo Swinney said.
Lawrence missed his first throw – Rodgers dropped a ball that hit his hands – before hitting his last eight.
The Heisman Trophy favorite was largely done when Clemson went up 28-0 in the first quarter. He returned for one second-quarter series and quickly added points with a perfectly thrown pass down the left side to Ladson.
“It was good for us to take care of business early and build depth,” Lawrence said.
Backup quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei, the freshman heir apparent to Lawrence, rushed for his first two college touchdowns in the rout against the Bulldogs (0-2).
No. 17 Miami runs past No. 18 Louisville 47-34 in ACC opener
D’Eriq King threw three touchdown passes and No. 17 Miami used big plays to beat No. 18 Louisville 47-34 on Saturday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
King threw a 75-yarder touchdown pass to Jaylon Knighton in the third quarter, a series after Cam’Ron Harris ran 75 yards for a score on the way to finishing with 134 yards on nine carries.
Miami (2-0) led 20-6 at halftime before Louisville (1-1) scored twice in a wild third to get within seven. The Hurricanes answered both TDs on their next snap with an unbalanced look against an out-of-place defense, with Knighton wide open for his catch that made it 34-20. Knighton also had a 3-yard TD run in the first half after King threw a 17-yard scoring pass to Will Mallory.
The ‘Canes had 10 chunk plays of at least 18 yards, including seven passing.
“We talked about creating more explosive plays through the passing game, which we were able to do,” Miami coach Manny Diaz said, “but we obviously had some through the running game, as well. We can still be so much better. The explosive plays, it was who we wanted to be.”
Said Louisville coach Scott Satterfield, “Just too many big plays. Two two-play drives that went for six. You gotta at least make the offenses drive the ball.”
King also hit Brevin Jordan (seven catches, 120 yards) with a 47-yard TD pass in the fourth to finish with 325 yards on 18-of-30 passing. That spoke volumes about his protection, which allowed the dual-threat QB time to scout the defense and find receivers who were often open.
So much so that King’s nine yards rushing on eight carries were just a footnote on a night his arm helped lead an 86-yard TD drive and three others of 75.
NFL PREVIEWS WEEK 3
NFL PREVIEW: ATLANTA FALCONS (0-1) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (0-1)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 15-11
STREAKS: Falcons have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 11/18/18: Cowboys 22 at Falcons 19
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/27/15: Falcons 39, Cowboys 28
QB MATT RYAN passed for 450 yards & 2 TDs in Week 1. Has 51,636 pass yards & surpassed HOFer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for 9th-most in NFL history. Passed for 285 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 109.1 rating in last game at Dal. Had 300+ pass yards in 6 of his 8 starts on road in 2019. • RB TODD GURLEY had 56 rush yards & rush TD in Atl. debut in Week 1. Has 253 scrimmage yards (126.5 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in 2 career games vs. Dal. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with TD catch. Leads NFL with 71 scrimmage TDs since 2015. • WR JULIO JONES had 9 catches for 157 yards last week. Has 16 career games with 150+ rec. yards, 4th-most in NFL history. Reached 800 receptions in his 127th game in Week 1, 2ndfastest to 800 in NFL history. Has 468 rec. yards (117 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 4 career games vs. Dal. WR CALVIN RIDLEY had career-best 9 receptions for 130 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 3rd career game with 2+ TD catches. WR RUSSELL GAGE set career-highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (114) in Week 1. Jones, Ridley & Gage are 1st trio of teammates each with 9+ receptions & 100+ rec. yards in same game in NFL history. • DT GRADY JARRETT had 1.5 sacks last week, his 4th career game with 1.5+ sacks. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. DE TAKKARIST MCKINLEY had sack & PD last week. DE DANTE FOWLER had 0.5 sacks in Atl. debut in Week 1. LB DEION JONES led team with 9 tackles & had TFL in Week 1. Had 4 tackles, 2 TFL & PD in his last game vs. Dal. (11/12/17).
QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 266 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 92.5 rating in Week 1. Had 2,620 pass yards (327.5 per game) & 20 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 108.7 rating & 2 rush TDs in 8 home starts in 2019. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with rush TD. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 127 scrimmage yards (96 rush, 31 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Leads NFL with 39 games of 100+ scrmimage yards since 2016. Had 924 scrimmage yards (115.5 per game) & 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in 8 home games last season. Had 201 scrimmage yards (122 rush, 79 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. • WR AMARI COOPER led team with 10 receptions & 81 rec. yards in Week 1, his 8th career game with 10+ catches. Has 87 receptions for 1,420 yards (109.2 per game) & 11 rec. TDs in 13 career home games with Dal. Rookie WR CEEDEE LAMB had 5 catches for 59 yards in NFL debut last week. WR MICHAEL GALLUP had 50 rec. yards in Week 1. Had 5 rec. TDs in 7 home games last season. • DE ALDON SMITH had career-high 11 tackles & sack in Week 1, his 1st sack since 11/15/15. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. Atl. LB JAYLON SMITH tied for team-lead with 11 tackles last week. Has 5+ tackles in each of his past 16 home games. CB CHIDOBE AWUZIE had INT in Week 1, his 4th career INT. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 2+ PD. Had 7 tackles in last meeting. S DARIAN THOMPSON had 10 tackles last week, his 2nd career 10+ tackle game.
The Cowboys won the most-recent meeting between these teams in 2018 in Atlanta, a 22-19 victory on Brett Maher’s 42-yard field goal as time expired. The Falcons had won the previous three games in the series.
Dallas lost its opener Sunday night at the Rams, 20-17. Since the start of last season, the Cowboys are 1-7 (.125) in one-score games (second worst in NFL; Bengals, 0-9) compared to 7-2 (.778) in games decided by nine or more points (t-sixth best in NFL).
The Falcons are 0-1 for a third straight year after Sunday’s 38-25 home loss to Seattle — the most points allowed in their season opener since 1987 at Tampa Bay (48-10 loss). The Falcons dropped to 12-2 all-time when gaining 500+ total yards (504), with the only other loss coming last year versus Seattle as well (510).
Matt Ryan threw for 450 yards in Week 1, his sixth career 400-yard game and most yards in any career loss. Three Falcons had at least 100 receiving yards (Julio Jones, 157; Calvin Ridley, 130; and Russell Gage, 114), the first such game in Falcons history.
Dak Prescott hasn’t been intercepted in his last 223 pass attempts going back to last November, the longest streak in Cowboys history. Troy Aikman held the previous mark at 216 passes in 1999.
Dallas had an NFL-best +81 scoring differential in the fourth quarter last season, while Atlanta ranked fourth at +54. They were the only two teams ranking in the top 10 of the category that did not reach the playoffs.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 108 (Atl), 83 (Dal) | XM: 380 (Atl), 225 (Dal)
NFL PREVIEW: DETROIT LIONS (0-1) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (1-0)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 100-72-7
STREAKS: Packers have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/29/19: Packers 23 at Lions 20
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/14/19: Packers 23, Lions 22
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 297 yards & TD vs. INT for 77.2 rating in Week 1. Passed for 1,257 yards (314.3 per game) & 7 TDs vs. INT for 99.2 rating in 4 road starts in 2019. Has 2+ TD passes in 9 of his past 10 starts vs. GB. Has 100+ rating in 4 of his past 5 starts vs. GB. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON had 114 scrimmage yards (93 rush, 21 rec.) in Det. debut last week. In 19 career games vs. GB, has 1,975 rush yards & 16 rush TDs, both most vs. any opponent. Aims for his 9th in row at GB with rush TD. Rookie RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 1st career rush TD in Week 1. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY has 14 receptions for 371 yards (92.8 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in 4 career games vs. GB. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC North. WR DANNY AMENDOLA had 5 receptions for team-high 81 yards last week. WR MARVIN JONES had 55 rec. yards in Week 1. Has 7 rec. TDs in 7 career games vs. GB. Has 329 rec. yards (109.7 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in 3 career games at GB. TE T.J. HOCKENSON had 5 receptions for 56 yards & TD catch last week. • DE TREY FLOWERS had 6 tackles, sack & FF in Week 1. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 vs. NFC North. LB JAMIE COLLINS had 13 tackles, sack & FF in his only career game vs. GB (11/30/14 w/ NE). DB TRACY WALKER led team with 7 tackles & had 2 TFL & PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with PD. CB DESMOND TRUFANT has 3 TFL, 2 PD, INT & FR in 5 career games vs. GB.
QB AARON RODGERS passed for 364 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.5 rating in Week 1, his 16th career game with 300+ pass yards & 4+ TD passes, tied-4th most in NFL history. Has 47,310 career pass yards & surpassed HOFer FRAN TARKENTON (47,003) for 12th-most in NFL history. Has 41 TDs vs. 8 INTs for 104.7 rating in 20 career starts vs. Det. Has 2+ TD passes in 4 of his past 5 home starts vs. Det. • RB AARON JONES rushed for 66 yards & TD last week. Had 143 scrimmage yards (100 rush, 43 rec.) in last meeting. Had 11 scrimmage TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.) in 8 home games in 2019 & aims for his 5th in row at home with TD. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had career-high 14 receptions for 156 yards & 2 TDs in Week 1, his 9th career game with 2+ TD catches. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 6 vs. Det. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 90+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR MARQUEZ VALDES-SCANTLING had 96 rec. yards & TD catch last week. WR ALLEN LAZARD had rec. TD in Week 1. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH had sack last week. Had sack vs. Det. in last home meeting. Has 6.5 sacks in 7 games vs. NFC North w/ GB. LB PRESTON SMITH has 2.5 sacks in 3 career games vs. Det. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY led team with 12 tackles in GB debut in Week 1, his 13th career game with 10+ tackles. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had sack, INT & recorded a safety last week, 1st player with sack, INT & safety in same game since CALAIS CAMPBELL (2016).
- Green Bay won both meetings with Detroit last season, capping fourth-quarter comebacks with a Mason Crosby field goal as time expired in both wins — 23-22 at home in Week 6 and 23-20 in Detroit in Week 17. The Lions had won the previous four games in the series.
- Green Bay won at Minnesota last week, 43-34 — its most points scored all-time in a season opener. The Packers’ 522 net yards were their second most ever in a divisional road game, behind their 569 yards at Tampa Bay in 1980.
- Detroit was outscored 21-0 in the fourth quarter last week against the Bears, turning a 23-6 lead into a 27-23 loss. It was the Lions’ largest fourth-quarter blown lead in a loss since also blowing a 17-point advantage against the Bears in Week 5 of the 1988 season (led 27-10, lost 31-27).
- Matthew Stafford made his 150th career start last week, with a career record of 69-80-1. He has more attempts (5,738), completions (3,583) and yards (41,322) through 150 starts than any QB in NFL history; his 257 passing touchdowns rank eighth through 150 starts (Aaron Rodgers is first with 327).
- Aaron Rodgers passed for 364 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions last week against Minnesota. It was his 19th career game with at least 4 TD and no picks, third most all-time behind Drew Brees (25) and Tom Brady (23).
- Green Bay has won seven straight home openers since a 30-22 setback versus the 49ers in 2012. That’s the second-longest active streak of its kind, behind the Seahawks (11 straight).
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Greg Jennings, Brock Huard, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 111 (Det), 81 (GB) | XM: 381 (Det), 226 (GB)
NFL PREVIEW: MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-1)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 16-7-1
STREAKS: Colts have won past 5
LAST GAME: 12/18/16: Colts 34 at Vikings 6
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/16/12: Colts 23, Vikings 20
QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 259 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 118.6 rating in Week 1. Had 15 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 101.2 rating in 8 road starts in 2019. Has 8 TDs vs. INT for 110.6 rating in his past 4 starts vs. AFC. • RB DALVIN COOK had 50 rush yards & 2 rush TDs last week, his 4th-career 2-rush TD game. Has 4 rush TDs in his past 5 on road. Has 692 scrimmage yards (98.9 per game) & 4 rush TDs in 7 career games vs. AFC. RB ALEXANDER MATTISON totaled career-high 80 scrimmage yards (50 rush, 30 rec.) in Week 1. • WR ADAM THIELEN led team with 6 receptions for 110 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 3rd career game with 2+ rec. TDs. Has 3 rec. TDs in his past 4 on road. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. TE KYLE RUDOLPH had 8 receptions for 97 yards in last meeting. Had TD catch in only career game at Ind. (9/16/12). • LB ERIC KENDRICKS led team with 10 tackles & had TFL in Week 1. Had 9 tackles in last meeting. Has 4 PD in 4 career games vs. AFC South. LB ANTHONY BARR had 6 tackles in Week 1. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE has 6.5 sacks, 6 TFL & 3 FFs in 8 career games vs. Ind. Had sack & FF in his last game at Ind. (11/17/19 w/ Jax.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. & 4th in row vs. AFC South with FF. S ANTHONY HARRIS aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT & 4th in row on road with PD. S HARRISON SMITH had 7 tackles & PD in his last game at Ind. (9/16/12). Has 4 PD, FF & FR in 6 career games vs. AFC South.
QB PHILIP RIVERS completed 36 of 46 passes (78.3 pct.) for 363 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs last week in Ind. debut, his 28th-career game with 350+ pass yards, surpassing HOFer DAN MARINO (27) for 5th-most in NFL history. Passed for 307 yards in his last game vs. Min. (12/15/19 with LAC). Ranks 6th all-time in pass yards (59,634) & TD passes (398). • RB NYHEIM HINES had 73 scrimmage yards (45 rec., 28 rush) & tied career high with 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB JONATHAN TAYLOR led team with 89 scrimmage yards (67 rec., 22 rush) & had 6 catches last week in NFL debut, the 2nd-most rec. yards by rookie RB in NFL debut since 2000 (KAREEM HUNT, 98 in 2017). • WR T.Y. HILTON had 4 catches for 53 yards last week. Had 45 rec. yards in last meeting. Has 75+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. NFC North. WR PARRIS CAMPBELL set career highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (team-high 71) last week. TE JACK DOYLE had 49 rec. yards in Week 1. Had 4 catches in last meeting. • LB DARIUS LEONARD led team with 9 tackles last week. Had 4 sacks, 3 PD, 2 INT & FF in 6 home games last season. DE JUSTIN HOUSTON had sack last week & is 1 of 5 active players with 90+ career sacks (90.5). Had 3 TFL, 2 PD & sack in his last game vs. Min. (10/18/15 with KC). DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had TFL last week in Ind. debut. Had 2.5 sacks in only career game vs. Min. (9/9/18 with SF). DE DENICO AUTRY led team with 2 sacks last week, his 6th-career game with 2+ sacks.
The Colts have won five straight games against the Vikings dating back to the 2000 season following a streak of five straight wins by the Vikings from 1969-1997. The last time the Vikings beat the Colts was a 39-28 win on December 21, 1997 behind Randall Cunningham’s four touchdown passes.
Minnesota lost to Green Bay in its opener, 43-34, allowing 522 total net yards. It was the most points allowed in a season opener in franchise history and the second-most total yards (526 in 1984 vs. SD).
The Colts lost their seventh straight season opener, 27-20 to the Jaguars. They hold the longest active losing streak in season openers and the second-longest such streak in franchise history (lost eight straight openers from 1984-1991).
Adam Thielen caught six passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns against Green Bay, with both scores coming in the fourth quarter. He is the fourth Viking all time with 100+ receiving yards and 2+ receiving TD in a team’s first game (also Cris Carter, Ahmad Rashad and Rickey Young).
Philip Rivers completed 36-of-46 passes for 363 yards, one TD and two INT in the loss to Jacksonville, his most completions in a season opener in his career. It was his seventh game with multiple interceptions since the start of last season, second most in the NFL behind Jameis Winston (9).
Nyheim Hines had both a rushing and receiving touchdown for the Colts in Week 1. He is only the fourth Colts player all time with a rushing and receiving score in a season opener, joining Edgerrin James in 2000, Tom Matte in 1967 and Lenny Moore in 1961 and 1964.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Tim Brando, Robert Smith, Megan Olivi (field reporter) SIRIUS: 106 (Min), 146 (Ind) | XM: 390 (Min), 228 (Ind)
NFL PREVIEW: BUFFALO BILLS (1-0) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (0-1)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // HARD ROCK STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 60-47-1
STREAKS: Bills have won 5 of past 6
LAST GAME: 11/17/19: Bills 37 at Dolphins 20
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/17/19
QB JOSH ALLEN passed for career-high 312 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.6 rating & rushed for 57 yards & TD last week, his 18th-career rush TD, tied for the 2nd-most by QB through 1st 3 seasons in NFL history. Has 11 TDs (8 pass, 3 rush) vs. INT for 114.9 rating in his past 3 vs. Mia. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 4 of his past 5 vs. division. Had 18 TDs (11 pass, 7 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 92.6 rating in 8 road games last season. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 5 catches last week. Rushed for 75 yards in last meeting. RB ZACK MOSS had TD catch last week in NFL debut, becoming 1st Buf. rookie RB with rec. TD in NFL debut since at least 1970. • WR STEFON DIGGS led team with 8 catches for 86 yards last week in Buf. debut. Had TD catch in only career game vs. Mia. (12/16/18 with Min.). WR JOHN BROWN had 6 catches for 70 yards & TD last week. Had 9 catches for 137 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with 5+ catches, 80+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with TD catch. WR COLE BEASLEY had 58 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with 4+ catches. TE DAWSON KNOX had TD catch in last meeting. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had PD last week. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 vs. Mia. Has 2+ PD in 2 of his past 3 on road. S JORDAN POYER had FF last week. Had FR in last meeting. LB MATT MILANO had 5th-career INT last week. Had 2 PD in last meeting. DE MARIO ADDISON had 2 TFL & sack last week in Buf. debut.
QB RYAN FITZPATRICK completed 20 of 30 passes (66.7 pct.) for 191 yards last week. Passed for 323 yards in last meeting. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 vs. Buf. Passed for 12 TDs vs. 6 INTs for 92 rating in 7 home games last season. Passed for 11,654 yards & 80 TDs in 4 seasons with Buf. (2009-12). • RB MYLES GASKIN led team with 66 scrimmage yards (40 rush, 26 rec.) last week & had career-high 4 catches. RB JORDAN HOWARD had rush TD last week in Mia. debut. Had 111 scrimmage yards (96 rush, 15 rec.) & rush TD in his last game vs. Buf. (10/27/19 with Phi.). Aims for his 7th in row vs. AFC East with rush TD. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 4 catches for team-high 47 yards last week. Had 7 catches for 135 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ catches & 110+ rec. yards. WR PRESTON WILLIAMS had 41 rec. yards last week. Set career highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (82) in last meeting. TE MIKE GESICKI aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD catch. • DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had sack in only career game vs. Buf. (12/18/16 with Cle.). DE SHAQ LAWSON had 108 tackles, 16.5 sacks & 5 FFs in 4 seasons with Buf. (2016-19). Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. DT CHRISTIAN WILKINS had sack & career-high 2 PD last week. LB KYLE VAN NOY had 5 tackles & TFL last week in Mia. debut. Has 4 sacks & 3 FFs in his past 4 vs. Buf. LB JEROME BAKER led team with career-high 16 tackles & had sack & FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with FF.
Buffalo is 5-1 against Miami in the last three seasons, including winning the last three in a row. The Bills could make it four straight wins over Miami for just the third time in franchise history and the first since 2006-2007.
The Bills are trying to go 2-0 for the second straight season. They haven’t won their first two games in consecutive seasons since 1991 to 1993, the final three seasons of their four-year Super Bowl losing streak.
Miami is trying to avoid consecutive 0-2 starts after a loss at New England on the opening weekend. The Dolphins have had only one streak of consecutive 0-2 starts in franchise history, doing so in four straight years from 2006 to 2009.
Josh Allen threw for 312 yards and ran for 57 in Buffalo’s week 1 win over the Jets. In doing so, he became the third Bills player to have 300 yards passing and 50 yards rushing in a single game (Rob Johnson — 2001, Tyrod Taylor — 2016).
Jerome Baker recorded 13 solo tackles for Miami against the Patriots in week 1. No player has made more solo tackles in a game in nearly two years, since Darius Leonard made 15 solo tackles for the Colts against Washington in week 2 of the 2018 season.
Buffalo had eight players with multiple receptions against the Jets in week 1, tying the franchise record for most players with 2 catches in a game. The Bills’ wide receiver corps had 23 receptions in week 1, second only to Atlanta’s group (27).
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta SIRIUS: 133 (Buf), 113 (Mia) | XM: 384 (Buf), 229 (Mia)
NFL PREVIEW: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (0-1) AT NEW YORK JETS (0-1)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: RON TORBERT
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 10-3
STREAKS: 49ers have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/11/16: Jets 23 at 49ers 17 (OT)
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/30/12: 49ers 34, Jets 0
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 259 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 103 rating in Week 1. Has 275+ pass yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ rating. Is 1 of 5 QBs with 10 games of 100+ rating since 2019. • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT had 151 scrimmage yards (95 receiving, 56 rushing) & TD catch last week. Has 9 scrimmage TDs (7 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 7 & aims for his 8th in row with TD. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. RB JERICK MCKINNON had 6th career TD catch in Week 1. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 4 catches for 44 yards in Week 1. Has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Ranks 2nd among TE with 2,989 rec. yards since 2017 & 3rd among TE in receptions (220). WR KENDRICK BOURNE has 3 rec. TDs in his past 4 on road. • DL NICK BOSA had 2nd career FF in Week 1. DL DEE FORD has 3.5 sacks & FF in his past 4 on road. Is 1 of 6 players with 10+ FFs since 2017. DL D.J. JONES had 3rc career sack in Week 1. LB FRED WARNER had 10 tackles & PD in Week 1, his 11th career game with 10+ tackles. Has 4 PD in his past 4 on road. CB RICHARD SHERMAN had 5 tackles & 2 INTs in his last game at NYJ (10/2/16 w/ Sea.). Has 3 INTs & FF in 2 career games vs. NYJ & aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with INT. Leads active players with 35 career INTs. CB EMMANUEL MOSELEY had career-high 15 tackles last week, his 2nd career 10+ tackle game. S JAQUISKI TARTT had 4th-career INT in Week 1.
QB SAM DARNOLD completed 21 of 35 passes (60 pct.) for 215 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Has 1,202 pass yards (300.5 per game) & 11 TDs (10 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 117 rating in his past 4 vs. NFC. Has 8 TDs (6 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 101.2 rating in his past 4 at home. • RB FRANK GORE had 86 scrimmage yards (48 rush, 38 rec.) in only career game vs. SF (10/8/17 with Ind.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC West with 80+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 3rd in NFL history with 15,371 career rush yards & 4th with 19,267 career scrimmage yards. Had 13,956 scrimmage yards & 75 TDs in 10 seasons with SF (2005-14). • WR JAMISON CROWDER led team with 7 catches for 115 yards last week, his 7th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 5+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR BRESHAD PERRIMAN has 5+ catches, 110+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. TE CHRIS HERNDON had 6 catches for 37 yards in Week 1. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. • S MARCUS MAYE set career highs in tackles (10) & sacks (2) & had 2 PD & FF last week. Only DB in NFL with sack & FF in Week 1. Had 6 PD in 8 home games last season. S BRADLEY MCDOUGALD had 6 tackles, FR & PD last week in NYJ debut. CB BRIAN POOLE had 9 tackles, sack & PD last week. CB BLESSUAN AUSTIN had 8 tackles, TFL & FF in Week 1. Has 2 PD & FF in 2 career games vs. NFC. LB NEVILLE HEWITT had 7 tackles & PD last week.
San Francisco is 10-3 all-time against the Jets, including a 6-1 record on the road. The Jets won the most-recent meeting in 2016 in San Francisco, 23-17, prevailing in overtime after an 11-point fourth-quarter comeback.
The 49ers blew an early 10-point lead in falling to Arizona at home last week, 24-20. San Francisco’s 180 rushing yards allowed were its most in a game since Week 7 of the 2017 season against Dallas (265 yards).
The Jets managed just 254 total yards in their 27-17 Week 1 loss to the Bills, with 52 coming on the ground. In 2019 they ranked last in the NFL in total yards per game (273.0) and next-to-last in rushing (78.6; Dolphins, 72.3).
Sam Darnold is 4-3 in seven career starts against NFC teams, with 14 touchdowns, six interceptions and a 95.7 passer rating. In 20 starts versus AFC opponents, Darnold is 7-13 with 23 TD, 23 interceptions and a 76.0 rating.
Raheem Mostert had a career-long 76-yard reception for a touchdown in last week’s loss to Arizona, his seventh straight regular season game with a touchdown. That’s the longest active streak in the NFL, and the longest by a 49er since Terrell Owens scored in eight straight games in 1998.
After converting 45.0 percent of their third downs last season (fifth best in NFL), the 49ers were just 2-for-11 on third down against Arizona. That was tied for the worst third-down performance in Week 1, with Chicago.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 132 (SF), 94 (NYJ) | XM: 385 (SF), 230 (NYJ)
NFL PREVIEW: LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-0) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (0-1)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 21-17-1
STREAKS: Eagles have won 7 of past 8
LAST GAME: 12/16/18: Eagles 30 at Rams 23
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/4/14: Eagles 34, Rams 28
QB JARED GOFF completed 20 of 31 attempts (64.5 pct) for 275 yards in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 275+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. Passed for 339 yards in last meeting. Has 850 pass yards (283.3 per game) for 8 TDs vs. 1 INT for 107.2 rating in 3 career road starts vs. NFC East. • RB MALCOLM BROWN had 110 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 31 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 1, his 1st career 100-yard game & 2nd career 2-TD game. • WR ROBERT WOODS led team with 6 catches & 105 rec. yards last week. Has 95+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has 180 rec. yards (90 per game) in 2 career games vs. Phi. WR COOPER KUPP had 4 receptions for 40 yards in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row on road with rec. TD. Had 5 catches for 118 yards & rec. TD in his only career game vs. Phi. (12/10/17). TE TYLER HIGBEE aims for his 4th in row on road with 100+ rec. yards. • DL AARON DONALD had sack last week. Has 5 sacks in his past 5 on road. Is 1 of 3 (CHANDLER JONES & VON MILLER) with 70+ sacks (73) since 2014. DL MICHAEL BROCKERS had sack last week. LB LEONARD FLOYD had sack in LAR debut in Week 1. Had sack in last game vs. Phi. (11/3/19 w/ Chi.). LB MICAH KISER had career-high 7 tackles & team-high 2 PD last week. CB JALEN RAMSEY had 6 tackles & PD last week. Had INT in only career game vs. Phi. (10/28/18 w/ Jax.). Has PD in 4 of his past 5 vs. NFC East. Rookie S JORDAN FULLER led team with 8 tackles in NFL debut last week.
QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 270 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs in Week 1. Had 12 TDs vs. 2 INT for 94 rating in 8 home games last season. Passed for 291 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 100.8 rating in only career game vs. LAR (12/10/17). • RB MILES SANDERS had 648 scrimmage yards (81 per game) & rush TD in 8 home games last season. Led all rookies in 2019 with 1,327 scrimmage yards (818 rush, 509 rec.). Was 1 of 4 RBs (DALVIN COOK, LEONARD FOURNETTE & CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY) with 800+ rush yards & 500+ rec. yards last season. • TE ZACH ERTZ had rec. TD in Week 1. Has 9+ receptions & 90+ yards in 4 of his past 5 home games. TE DALLAS GOEDERT led team with 8 receptions for career-high 101 yards & TD catch last week, his 1st career 100-yard game. WR DESEAN JACKSON has 12 receptions for 208 yards (104 per game) & rec. TD in 2 career games vs. LAR. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with 100+ rec. yards. WR ALSHON JEFFERY had 8 receptions for 160 yards in last meeting. Rookie WR JALEN REAGOR had 55-yard catch in NFL debut last week. • LB NATHAN GERRY led team with 10 tackles & 2 TFL last week, his 3rd career game with 10+ tackles. DE BRANDON GRAHAM has 5.5 sacks in his past 6 at home. DE JOSH SWEAT had sack & FF in Week 1, his 5th career sack & 1st career FF. S RODNEY MCLEOD had 8 tackles & PD in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. CB DARIUS SLAY has 2 PD & INT in 3 career games vs. LAR. Leads NFL with 104 PD since 2013.
The Eagles have won the last six meetings between these teams, including one-score wins in Los Angeles in 2017 (43-35) and 2018 (30-23). They’ve averaged 32.2 points during the win streak, with at least 30 points in each of the last five meetings.
The Eagles jumped to a 17-0 second-quarter lead against Washington last week, but didn’t score again in their 27-17 loss. It was Philadelphia’s largest blown lead in a road game since Week 4 of 1995 at Oakland (led 17-0, lost 48-17).
The Rams won their season opener for a fourth straight season last week, 20-17 at home versus the Cowboys. They have a 10-2 record in the month of September since 2017, second best in the NFL to the Chiefs (11-0).
Jared Goff and Carson Wentz were the first and second overall picks, respectively, in the 2016 NFL draft. Goff has a 34-21 (.618) record in 55 career starts, with a 91.7 passer rating. Wentz is 32-25 (.561) in 57 starts, with a 92.3 passer rating.
Dallas Goedert had eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown last week versus Washington, his first career 100-yard game. Since Week 12 of last season, Goedert’s 42 receptions rank third in the NFL among tight ends (regular season only), behind the Rams’ Tyler Higbee (51) and the 49ers’ George Kittle (43).
The average age of the Rams’ starters and reserves in Week 1 (54 players) was 25 years and 220 days. Only the Jaguars had a younger team last week, at 25 years and 208 days.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 156 (LAR), 98 (Phi) | XM: 386 (LAR), 231 (Phi)
NFL PREVIEW: DENVER BRONCOS (0-1) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-0)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 15-8-1
STREAKS: Broncos have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 11/25/18: Steelers 17 at Broncos 24
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/20/15: Steelers 34, Broncos 27
QB DREW LOCK completed 22 of 33 passes (66.7 pct.) for 216 yards & TD for 95 rating last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TD pass, 0 INTs & 90+ rating. • RB MELVIN GORDON rushed for 78 yards & TD last week, his 37th-career rush TD, 4th-most since 2016. Has 4 TDs in his past 3 vs. AFC North. Had 512 scrimmage yards (102.4 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 road games last season with LAC. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY rushed for 110 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 90+ rush yards & rush TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC North. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON has 85+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. Had 34 catches for 624 yards (78 per game) in 8 road games last season. WR JERRY JEUDY had 4 catches for 56 yards last week, 3rd-most rec. yards by Den. rookie in NFL debut since 2000. WR TIM PATRICK had 4 catches in Week 1. TE NOAH FANT led team with 5 catches for 81 yards & TD last week, his 4th-career rec. TD. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 50+ rec. yards. • DT JURRELL CASEY had 6 tackles & career-high 2 PD last week in Den. debut. Has 5 TFL & 2 sacks in his past 3 vs. Pit. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. LB ALEXANDER JOHNSON led team with 12 tackles last week, his 4th-career game with 10+ tackles. LB JEREMIAH ATTAOCHU had sack in Week 1. Had 2 TFL in only career game vs. Pit. (10/12/15 with SD). S KAREEM JACKSON had 6 tackles & PD last week. Has 5 PD & INT in his past 3 on road. S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 6 tackles in Week 1.
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 21 of 32 passes (65.6 pct.) for 229 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 117.8 rating last week, his 29th-career game with 3+ TD passes & 0 INTs, 6th-most in NFL history. Completed 40 of 55 passes (72.7 pct.) for 380 yards & 3 TDs for 94.5 rating in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Den. with 40+ completions & 70+ comp. pct. • RB JAMES CONNER had 95 scrimmage yards (53 rush, 42 rec.) in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row at home with TD & 3rd in row vs. AFC West with 2+ TDs. RB BENNY SNELL led team with career-high 113 rush yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 90+ rush yards. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 6 catches for team-high 69 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 2nd-career game with 2 TDs. Tied career high with 13 catches for 189 yards & TD in last meeting. WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had 6 catches for 57 yards in Week 1. Has 60+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. WR JAMES WASHINGTON had 5th-career TD catch last week. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 60+ rec. yards. • LB T.J. WATT had 2 PD, INT & TFL last week, his 4th-career INT. Had 10.5 sacks & 5 FFs in 8 home games last season. LB VINCE WILLIAMS had 3 TFL & sack last week. Had sack in last meeting. DT CAMERON HEYWARD had 1st-career INT in Week 1. Had sack in last home meeting. DE STEPHON TUITT had sack last week. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK has 4 INTs in his past 5 at home. CB MIKE HILTON had sack & PD in Week 1. Had PD in last meeting.
The Broncos have won four of the last five games against the Steelers, including two playoff wins (2011 Wild Card game, 2015 Divisional Round). Four of those five games were decided by seven points or less.
Denver lost its first game of the year, 16-14 to the Titans, on a Stephen Gostkowski field goal with 17 seconds remaining. It was the Broncos’ fourth loss by two points or fewer since the start of 2019, most in the NFL. No other team has more than two such losses in that span.
The Steelers defeated the Giants in Week 1, 26-16, while holding them to just 1.45 yards per rush. It was only the third time in the last 25 years that Pittsburgh has held its opponent under 1.50 yards per rush (minimum 20 attempts).
Melvin Gordon III had 78 rush yards and a touchdown in his Broncos debut, becoming the second player with 75+ rush yards and a rush TD in his first game with the team (Joe Dudek, 1987). He also lost a fumble, his fourth since the start of 2019, tied for the most by a running back (Chris Carson, Nick Chubb).
Benny Snell Jr. led the Steelers with 113 yards on 19 carries against the Giants. Since his debut last season, the Steelers are 5-1 when Snell plays and has 10 or more carries but just 2-6 when he does not.
The Broncos had 10 players with at least one reception in Week 1, their fourth consecutive season doing so at least once (five total games). They are one of three teams with five such games since the start of 2017, along with the Buccaneers (seven) and Ravens (six).
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon, Jay Feely (field reporter)
SIRIUS: 134 (Den), 99 (Pit) | XM: 387 (Den), 232 (Pit)
NFL PREVIEW: CAROLINA PANTHERS (0-1) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-1)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 24-15
STREAKS: Buccaneers have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 10/13/19: Panthers 37 at Buccaneers 26
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/13/19
QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER passed for 270 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 98.9 rating in Car. debut last week. Passed for 314 yards with 4 TDs vs. INT for 131.3 rating in his last start vs. TB (10/6/19 w/ NO). • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 134 scrimmage yards (96 rush, 38 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 1. Became 2nd player since 1970 (CHUCK FOREMAN) with 25+ rush TDs (26) & 15+ rec. TDs (15) in 1st 50 games. Has 538 scrimmage yards (89.7 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in 6 career games vs. TB. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 130+ scrimmage yards. • WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 6 catches for 115 yards & TD catch in Car. debut last week, his 9th career 100-yard game. WR D.J. MOORE had 54 rec. yards in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 7+ receptions & 70+ rec. yards. Aims for his 7th in row vs. NFC South with 80+ scrimmage yards. WR CURTIS SAMUEL had 5 receptions last week. Had rush TD & rec. TD in last meeting. • LB SHAQ THOMPSON led team with 12 tackles in Week 1, his 8th career game with 10+ tackles. DE BRIAN BURNS had sack in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with sack. Rookie DT DERRICK BROWN had TFL & PD in NFL debut last week. CB RASUL DOUGLAS had 2 PD in Car. debut in Week 1. S TRE BOSTON had 6 tackles & FF last week. Has 5 PD in his past 4 vs. NFC South. Rookie S JEREMY CHINN had 8 tackles in NFL debut last week.
QB TOM BRADY passed for 239 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs & had rush TD in TB debut last week. Passed for 307 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.6 rating in his last game vs. Car. (10/1/17 w/ NE). Ranks 2nd in NFL history in pass yards (74,810) & TD passes (543). • RB RONALD JONES had 82 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 16 rec.) in Week 1. Had rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 137 scrimmage yards (108 rush, 29 rec.) & rush TD in his only career game vs. Car. (10/6/19 w/ Jax.). • WR MIKE EVANS had rec. TD last week. Had 9 catches for 96 yards in last meeting. Has 5+ receptions in 3 of his past 4 vs. Car. at home. WR CHRIS GODWIN led team with 6 catches & 79 rec. yards in Week 1. Had 10 receptions for 151 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Car. with 100+ rec. yards. WR SCOTTY MILLER set career-highs with 5 receptions & 73 rec. yards in Week 1. TE O.J. HOWARD had rec. TD last week, his 13th career TD catch. • LB LAVONTE DAVID tied for team-lead with 11 tackles & had 2 TFL in Week 1. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. Car. LB DEVIN WHITE tied for team-lead with 11 tackles & had TFL & PD last week, his 3rd career game with 10+ tackles. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had 3 sacks in 2 games vs. Car. in 2019. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL had sack last week. Has 6 sacks in his past 3 & aims for his 4th in row with sack.
These teams split their two meetings in 2019, with the Buccaneers winning in Week 2 in Charlotte (20-14) and the Panthers coming out on top in Week 6 in London, 37-26. Carolina matched a franchise record with seven takeaways in the London game, including five interceptions of Jameis Winston.
Carolina’s 34-30 loss to the Raiders in Week 1 extended its losing streak to nine games, tied for second longest in team history (15 straight spanning the 2001 and 2002 seasons). The Panthers have allowed 30 or more points in five straight games, and 20+ points in 13 straight — both franchise records.
Tampa Bay had three turnovers in last week’s 34-23 loss in New Orleans, and has an NFL-high 44 giveaways since the start of last season (the Panthers are tied for second most with 35). The Buccaneers haven’t opened 0-2 in a season since losing their first three games in 2014.
Last week’s game was Tom Brady’s first with multiple interceptions since the 2018 AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs (won in OT). His third-quarter interception was returned for a touchdown by Janoris Jenkins, Brady’s third straight game with a pick-six (including postseason).
Christian McCaffrey rushed for just 68 yards on 38 carries (1.8 ypc) in last year’s two games against Tampa Bay, which had the NFL’s top rush defense in 2019 (73.8 ypg). The two games were also the only two since the start of last season in which McCaffrey failed to reach 90 scrimmage yards (53 and 57 in the two games).
Tampa Bay has an NFL-high 142 penalties since the start of last season (nine in Week 1), while the Panthers’ 92 penalties over the same span (five in Week 1) are the second fewest in the league (Colts, 84).
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Lindsay Czarniak (field reporter) SIRIUS: 119 (Car), 82 (TB) | XM: 382 (Car), 227 (TB)
NFL PREVIEW: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-0) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (1-0)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 29-21
STREAKS: Titans have won 5 of past 6
LAST GAME: 11/24/19: Titans 42, Jaguars 20
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/24/19
QB GARDNER MINSHEW completed 19 of 20 passes (career high 95 pct.) for 173 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 142.3 rating last week & became 4th QB in NFL history with a 95+ comp. pct. (min. 20 attempts) in a single game. Passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 108.2 rating in only career game vs. Ten. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 3+ TD passes & 105+ rating. • RB JAMES ROBINSON led team with 90 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 28 rec.) last week in NFL debut, the 4th-most scrimmage yards by an undrafted rookie RB in Week 1 since 1970. • WR DJ CHARK had TD catch last week. Had 5 catches in last meeting. Had 5 rec. TDs in 7 road games last season. WR KEELAN COLE led team with 5 catches for 47 yards & had TD catch last week. Rookie WR LAVISKA SHENAULT had TD catch last week in NFL debut. WR CHRIS CONLEY had 49 rec. yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • DE/LB JOSH ALLEN has 2 sacks & FF in 2 career games vs. Ten. Had 4 sacks in 8 road games last season. LB MYLES JACK had 11 tackles & sack last week. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with 7+ tackles. LB JOE SCHOBERT had 8 tackles & TFL last week. Aims for his 8th in row vs. AFC South with 8+ tackles. CB C.J. HENDERSON had 3 PD & INT in NFL debut last week, becoming 5th rookie in franchise history with INT in Week 1. CB TRE HERNDON had PD last week & had PD in last meeting. S JOSH JONES tied career high with team-high 12 tackles last week. S ANDREW WINGARD had 1st-career INT last week.
QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 29 of 43 passes (67.4 pct.) for 249 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 97.9 rating last week, his 10th game with 2+ TD passes since 2019, tied for most in AFC (LAMAR JACKSON). Passed for 259 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 155.8 rating in last meeting. Has 10 TDs (8 pass, 2 rush) for 107.3 rating in 5 career games vs. Jax. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 130+ rating. Had 17 TDs (14 pass, 3 rush) for 120.8 rating in 6 home games last season. • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for 116 yards last week, his 7th game with 100+ rush yards since 2019, tied for most in NFL (NICK CHUBB & EZEKIEL ELLIOTT). Rushed for 159 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 7 rush TDs in his past 3 vs. Jax. Has rushed for 605 yards (151.3 per game) & 6 TDs in his past 4 vs. division. • WR A.J. BROWN had 5 catches last week. Had 4 catches for 135 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 110+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR COREY DAVIS led team with 7 catches for 101 yards last week. TE JONNU SMITH had 9thcareer TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 60+ rec. yards. TE MYCOLE PRUITT had rec. TD in Week 1. • S KEVIN BYARD led team with 9 tackles & had PD & 1st-career FF last week. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. S KENNY VACCARO had 6 tackles, TFL & PD in Week 1. Had sack in last meeting. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had TFL last week in Ten. debut. Has 3 TFL, 2 sacks & FR in his past 2 vs. Jax. DE JEFFERY SIMMONS had 4 tackles & 1st-career FR in Week 1.
The Jaguars and Titans split two meetings in 2019 with Jacksonville winning 20-7 at home in Week 3 and Tennessee winning 42-20 at home in Week 12. The Titans have won their last six home games against the Jaguars and they have scored at least 30 points in four of the six victories.
The Jaguars defeated the Colts, 27-20, in Jacksonville in Week 1. Jacksonville has won three of its last four games despite trailing after the first quarter in each. In total, the Jaguars have trailed at the end of the first quarter in their last six games and have not had a lead at the end of the first quarter in nine straight games.
The Titans were victorious against the Broncos, 16-14, in Denver on Monday. Tennessee has not started the season with a 2-0 record since 2008. Only Cleveland has longer streak of seasons without a 2-0 start (last time: 1993).
Gardner Minshew II completed 19 of 20 passes (95.0 percent) for 173 yards and three touchdowns against the Colts. Minshew is one of three quarterbacks all-time to have a game with a completion percentage of 95.0+ and three or more touchdown passes (Philip Rivers and Drew Brees, once each).
Ryan Tannehill threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Broncos. Tannehill has multiple touchdown passes in each of his last eight regular-season games, tied for the longest such streak in franchise history (Marcus Mariota, 2016) and the longest active streak in the NFL.
The Jaguars played 13 first-year players in Week 1, the most in the NFL and three more than the next closest team (Packers, 10). Meanwhile, the Titans played three first-year players in Week 1, tied for the second-fewest behind the 49ers (2). Jacksonville has the youngest active roster in the NFL while Tennessee has the third oldest.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, AJ Ross (field reporter)
SIRIUS: 211 (Jax), 103 (Ten) | XM: 389 (Jax), 233 (Ten)
NFL PREVIEW: WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (1-0) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-0)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2020 // 4:05 PM ET // STATE FARM STADIUM // REFEREE: LAND CLARK
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 76-46-2
STREAKS: Washington has won past 2
LAST GAME: 9/9/18: Washington 24 at Cardinals 6
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/9/18
QB DWAYNE HASKINS passed for 178 yards with TD vs. 0 INTs for 82.5 rating in Week 1. • RB PEYTON BARBER had 2 rush TDs last week, his 3rd career game with 2+ rush TDs. Had rush TD in his last game vs. Az. (11/10/19 w/ TB). • WR TERRY MCLAURIN led team with 5 receptions & 61 rec. yards in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches. WR STEVEN SIMS had 50 rec. yards in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. TE LOGAN THOMAS had 3rd career TD catch last week. • DE CHASE YOUNG (rookie) had 1.5 sacks & FF in NFL debut in Week 1. DE RYAN KERRIGAN had 2 sacks & FR last week, his 18th career game with 2+ sacks. Has 2.5 sacks, 4 TFL, 3 PD & FF in 5 career games vs. Az. Is 1 of 5 with 90 sacks (92) since 2011. DT MATT IOANNIDIS had 1.5 sacks in Week 1. Has 6 sacks in his past 6 on road. Had sack, FF & FR in last meeting. DT DARON PAYNE had 0.5 sacks & FF last week, his 2nd career FF. DE MONTEZ SWEAT had 8th career sack & 2 TFL last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 4th in row with TFL. LB JON BOSTIC tied for team-lead with 8 tackles & had sack in Week 1. Has 6+ tackles in 6 of his past 7 games on road. S LANDON COLLINS had 5 tackles & 2 TFL last week. Since 2015, leads all DBs with 33 TFL. S TROY APKE had career-high 8 tackles in Week 1. CB FABIAN MOREAU had 5th career INT last week. CB JIMMY MORELAND had 1st career INT in Week 1.
QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 230 yards with TD vs. INT & had 91 rush yards & rush TD last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 5 of his 8 career starts at home. • RB KENYAN DRAKE rushed for 60 yards & TD in Week 1. Aims for his 5th in row with rush TD. Has 426 scrimmage yards (106.5 per game) & 5 rush TDs in 4 career home games with Az. RB CHASE EDMONDS had 2nd career TD catch last week. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had career-high 14 receptions for 151 yards in Az. debut last week, his 10th career game with 10+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with rec. TD. Since 2013, ranks 3rd in receptions (646) & rec. yards (8,753). WR LARRY FITZGERALD had 4 receptions last week. Has 52 catches for 674 yards (84.3 per game) & 3 TDs in 8 career games vs. Was. Ranks 2nd in NFL history in receptions (1,382) & rec. yards (17,117). Has catch in 244 consecutive games, 2nd-longest streak in NFL history (HOFer JERRY RICE – 274 games). • LB CHANDLER JONES had sack in Week 1. Had 7 sacks in 8 home games last season. Has 3 sacks & FF in 4 career games vs. Was. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with sack. Leads NFL with 61 sacks since 2016. LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL had 7 tackles in Az. debut last week. S BUDDA BAKER tied his career high with 15 tackles last week. Had 5+ tackles in all 8 of his home games last season. Had 11 tackles in last meeting. CB PATRICK PETERSON had PD last week. Had sack in last meeting. CB BYRON MURPHY had 2 PD in Week 1, his 2nd career game with 2+ PD.
Washington has won 10 of the last 12 meetings between these teams, including each of the last two in 2017 and 2018. The starting quarterbacks in the 2018 game in Arizona — a 24-6 Washington win in Week 1 — were Alex Smith and Sam Bradford.
Washington overcame an early 17-0 deficit to defeat the Eagles at home last week, 27-17. They will look to open 2-0 for the first time since 2011; among current franchises, the only teams to go longer without a 2-0 start are the Browns (last done in 1993), Titans (2008) and Colts (2009).
Arizona had lost four straight season openers before Sunday’s 24-20 win at San Francisco. It was the Cardinals’ ninth game since the start of last season decided by six or fewer points (4-4-1 record), tied for second most in the NFL (Lions, 10).
DeAndre Hopkins had a career-high 14 receptions for 151 yards in Week 1. That’s tied for the most receptions in NFL history by a player in his debut with a team; Jamison Crowder also had 14 in his debut with the Jets last season.
Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw four interceptions in 22 attempts in his first two games last year, both off the bench. In his eight starts since then he’s been intercepted just three times in 212 attempts, with none in his last three games.
The Cardinals are 5-1 over the last two seasons when gaining 400 or more net yards (as they did last week), versus 1-10-1 when not. Their 29 first downs in Week 1 were their most in any game since Week 13 of the 2015 season at St. Louis (also 29).
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn, Sara Walsh (field reporter) SIRIUS: 108 (Was), 83 (AZ) | XM: 380 (Was), 225 (AZ)
NFL PREVIEW: BALTIMORE RAVENS (1-0) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (0-1)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2020 // 4:25 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 8-2
STREAKS: Ravens have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 11/17/19: Texans 7 at Ravens 41
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/21/14: Texans 25, Ravens 13
QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 20 of 25 passes (80 pct.) for 275 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 152.1 rating & rushed for 45 yards last week, his 3rd-career game with 3+ TD passes & 150+ rating (min. 10 attempts), most by QB in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history. Passed for 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 139.2 rating in last meeting. Had 23 TDs (20 pass, 3 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 115 rating in 8 road games last season. • RB MARK INGRAM had 2 TD catches in last meeting & has TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. Hou. Has 523 scrimmage yards (104.6 per game) & 3 TDs in his past 5 vs. AFC South. Rookie RB J.K. DOBBINS (rookie) rushed for 2 TDs last week, most by player in NFL debut in franchise history. RB GUS EDWARDS rushed for 112 yards & TD in last meeting. • WR MARQUISE BROWN had 5 catches for team-high 101 yards last week, his 2nd-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Had 6 rec. TDs in 7 road games last season. WR WILLIE SNEAD had 4 catches for 64 yards & TD last week. TE MARK ANDREWS had 5 catches for 58 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 3rd game with 2+ rec. TDs since 2019, tied-most in NFL. Had 4 catches for 75 yards & TD in last meeting. • DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. Hou. DT MATTHEW JUDON had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. Rookie LB PATRICK QUEEN led team with 8 tackles & had sack & FF in NFL debut last week. LB L.J. FORT had 6 tackles & 1st-career FF last week. CB MARLON HUMPHREY had INT last week.
QB DESHAUN WATSON completed 20 of 32 passes (62.5 pct.) for 253 yards & TD vs. INT & rushed for TD last week. Is 1 of 3 QBs (JOSH ALLEN & DAK PRESCOTT) with 15+ rush TDs (15) since 2017. Has 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. Had 18 TDs (14 pass, 4 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 103.3 rating in 7 home games last season. • RB DAVID JOHNSON had 109 scrimmage yards (77 rush, 32 rec.) & rush TD in Hou. debut last week. Had rush TD in his last game vs. Bal. (9/15/19 with Az.). RB DUKE JOHNSON has TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Since 2015, ranks 2nd among RBs in rec. yards (2,580) & 3rd in catches (279). • WR WILL FULLER led team with 8 catches for 112 yards last week, his 9th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. WR RANDALL COBB has 24 catches (4.8 per game) in 5 career games vs. AFC North. WR KENNY STILLS aims for his 3rd in row vs. Bal. with 4+ catches. TE JORDAN AKINS had 19-yard TD catch last week. TE DARREN FELLS had 5 rec. TDs in 8 home games last season. • DE J.J. WATT aims for his 3rd in row vs. Bal. with sack. Has 96 career sacks, tied 2nd-most since 2011. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Bal. with FF. Had 5 TFL, 3 sacks & 3 FFs in 8 home games last season. LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM led team with 8 tackles last week. Has 6 PD & INT-TD in 3 career home games vs. AFC North. Led team with 10 tackles in last meeting. LB JACOB MARTIN had sack last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. CB GAREON CONLEY has 3 PD in 2 career games vs. Bal.
- The Ravens are 9-2 all-time against the Texans including the postseason, tied for their best record against any opponent (also Jets).
- The Ravens have gone 12 straight regular-season games without trailing in the second half, the longest streak by any NFL team since the Bears had a 12-game streak from 1933-34. The last team to have a streak longer than 12 games was the Packers from 1929-30 (18).
- Lamar Jackson has 45 touchdown passes and nine interceptions in his career, making him the only player in NFL history to reach 40 career TD passes before he threw his 10th career pick.
- Deshaun Watson needs 31 passing yards on Sunday to become the first player in NFL history to reach 10,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in his first 40 career games.
- Including postseason, the Texans are 9-0 in their last nine games following a loss within that same season. Six of those nine wins have come by three points or fewer.
- The Texans are allowing an NFL-high 168.3 rushing yards per game since Week 11 of last season.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 119 (Bal), 82 (Hou) | XM: 382 (Bal), 227 (Hou)
NFL PREVIEW: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-0) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (1-0)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2020 // 4:25 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 63-55-1
STREAKS: Chiefs have won 11 of past 12
LAST GAME: 12/29/19: Chargers 21 at Chiefs 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/9/18: Chiefs 38, Chargers 28
QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 24 of 32 passes (75 pct.) for 211 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 123.3 rating last week, his 16th game with 3+ TD passes since 2018, most in NFL. Has 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 100.1 rating in 4 career games vs. LAC. Aims for his 8th win in row vs. division as starter. Had 16 TDs (15 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 107.8 rating in 8 road games last season. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE rushed for 138 yards & TD in NFL debut last week, 3rd-most rush yards by rookie in Week 1 since 2000 [KAREEM HUNT (148 in 2017) & CADILLAC WILLIAMS (148 in 2005)]. RB DARREL WILLIAMS aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAC with TD. Had 3 rush TDs in 6 road games last season. • WR TYREEK HILL had 5 catches for 46 yards & TD last week. Had 61 rec. yards in last meeting. Had 25 catches (5 per game) in 5 road games last season. WR SAMMY WATKINS led team with 7 catches for 82 yards & had rec. TD last week. WR MECOLE HARDMAN has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games on road vs. division. WR DEMARCUS ROBINSON had TD catch in last meeting. TE TRAVIS KELCE had 6 catches for 50 yards & TD last week. Had 7 catches for 92 yards & TD in last road meeting. • DT CHRIS JONES led team with 1.5 sacks last week. Had sack in last meeting. Has sack in 5 of his past 6 on road. DE FRANK CLARK had sack last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. LAC with sack. Had 6 sacks in 8 road games last season. S TYRANN MATHIEU led team with 8 tackles last week. S L’JARIUS SNEED (rookie) had 1st-career INT in NFL debut last week.
QB TYROD TAYLOR passed for 208 yards last week. Has passed for 474 yards (237 per game) & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 101.2 rating in 2 career starts vs. KC. • RB AUSTIN EKELER led team with 84 rush yards last week. Has 347 scrimmage yards (115.7 per game) & TD in his past 3 vs. KC. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 5+ catches. Had 731 scrimmage yards (91.4 per game) in 8 home games last season. RB JOSHUA KELLEY rushed for 60 yards & TD last week in NFL debut, becoming first LAC rookie with rush TD in Week 1 since HOFer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (2001). • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 4 catches last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. KC with 8+ catches, 70+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 6th in row vs. division with 5+ catches. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 4 catches for 69 yards last week. Has 75+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. KC. Aims for his 7th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. TE HUNTER HENRY led team with 5 catches for 73 yards last week. Had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 5+ catches. • DE JOEY BOSA had 2 TFL & sack last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. division. DE MELVIN INGRAM had 3rd-career INT last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. KC. DE UCHENNA NWOSU had sack last week. DT JERRY TILLERY had sack in Week 1. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 3rd-career FF last week. Had FF in last home meeting. CB CASEY HAYWARD led team with 2 PD & career-high 12 tackles last week.
The Chiefs have won 15 of their last 16 AFC West games, with the only defeat coming at home against the Chargers on December 13, 2018 — by one point. That victory is the only one for the Chargers in the last 12 meetings between the two sides.
After starting last season 6-4, Kansas City has won 10 straight games, regular season and playoffs. The streak began last November with a win over the Chargers in Mexico City. Each of the last seven victories has come by a double-digit margin; since 2000, only the 2007 Patriots (eight games) have had a longer streak of wins by 10 or more points.
Los Angeles’ 16-13 win at Cincinnati last week was just the third victory for the team since 2007 in a regular-season or postseason game in which they scored fewer than 17 points. The Chargers had dropped 36 of their previous 38 games when failing to reach 17 points.
First-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 138 yards in his NFL debut, Thursday’s victory over Houston. It was the most rushing yards in the NFL in Week 1, and Edwards-Helaire was the third player ever to rush for at least 100 yards in a Chiefs debut (Kareem Hunt — 148 in 2017; Christian Okoye — 105 in 1987).
Fourth-year man Austin Ekeler rushed for 84 yards in Week 1 — second most in his career — and is now 45 yards short of 1500 for his career. He would become the fourth player to compile 1500 rushing yards and 1500 receiving yards since 2017, joining Todd Gurley II, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara.
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, who turns 25 on Thursday, has already won an NFL MVP and a Super Bowl MVP. Chargers signal-caller Tyrod Taylor is 31 years old and is playing for his fourth NFL team. Among quarterbacks with at least 1000 career pass attempts, Taylor has the second-lowest interception percentage at 1.44; Mahomes is third at 1.59.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter)
SIRIUS: 111 (KC), 81 (LAC) | XM: 381 (KC), 226 (LAC)
NFL PREVIEW: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-0) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-0)
WEEK 2 // SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2020 // 8:20 PM ET // CENTURYLINK FIELD // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 9-8
STREAKS: Seahawks have won past 2
LAST GAME: 11/13/16: Seahawks 31 at Patriots 24
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/14/12: Seahawks 24, Patriots 23
QB CAM NEWTON completed 15 of 19 passes (78.9 pct.) for 155 yards & 100.7 rating & rushed for 75 yards & 2 TDs last week in NE debut, his 7th career game with 2+ rush TDs, tied for most all-time by QB. Became 1st QB with 60 career rush TDs in NFL history. Completed 25 of 30 passes (83.3 pct.) for 256 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 110.6 rating & rushed for 63 yards in his last game vs. Sea. (11/25/18 with Car.). • RB SONY MICHEL rushed for TD last week. Has 85+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC. Had 5 rush TDs in 8 road games last season. RB JAMES WHITE aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Has 446 scrimmage yards (111.5 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 4 on SNF. Since 2016, leads all RBs in rec. TDs (20) & ranks 2nd in catches (278) & rec. yards (2,406). • WR JULIAN EDELMAN had 5 catches for team-high 57 yards last week. Has 16 catches for 208 yards (104 per game) & TD in 2 career games vs. Sea., incl. SB XLIX. Aims for his 7th in row vs. NFC West with 7+ catches, incl. postseason. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 110+ rec. yards. WR N’KEAL HARRY had career-high 5 catches for 39 yards in Week 1. • CB STEPHON GILMORE had INT last week, his 7th since 2019, most in NFL. Had 4 INTs in 8 road games last season. CB J.C. JACKSON had 2 PD & INT in Week 1. Has 4 PD & 2 INTs in his past 3 on road. S DEVIN MCCOURTY had 5 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT. S ADRIAN PHILLIPS led team with 9 tackles & had INT last week.
QB RUSSELL WILSON completed 31 of 35 passes (88.6 pct.) for 322 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 143.1 rating in Week 1, tied for the 3rd-highest single game comp. pct. (min. 35 atts.) in NFL history. Has 30,056 pass yards & 4,022 rush yards & joined HOFer STEVE YOUNG as only players in NFL history with 30,000+ pass yards & 4,000+ rush yards. Had 19 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 105.6 rating in 8 home starts in 2019. Has 641 pass yards (320.5 per game) & 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.5 rating in 2 career games vs. NE. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with 3+ TD passes & 120+ rating. • RB CHRIS CARSON had 66 scrimmage yards (45 rec., 21 rush) & 2 TD catches last week. Has 100+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB CARLOS HYDE had rush TD in Sea. debut in Week 1. • WR TYLER LOCKETT led team with 8 receptions & had 92 rec. yards last week. Had 7 rec. TDs in 8 home games last season. WR DK METCALF had 4 catches for team-high 95 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. TE GREG OLSEN had 60th career rec. TD in Sea. debut last week. • S JAMAL ADAMS had 12 tackles, sack & 2 TFL in Sea. debut in Week 1. Had INT-TD in his last game vs. NE (9/22/19 w/ NYJ). LB BOBBY WAGNER had 7 tackles & 2 PD last week. Has 10+ tackles in 4 of his past 5 at home. S QUANDRE DIGGS had 2 PD & INT in Week 1. Has 4 INTs in 6 games with Sea. S MARQUISE BLAIR had 7 tackles & FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with FF. DE BENSON MAYOWA had sack in Sea. debut last week.
The Patriots and Seahawks have met just once since New England defeated Seattle in Super Bowl 49, a 31-24 win for the Seahawks at Foxborough in 2016. This will be the first game in NFL history in which both teams will have a head coach aged 68 or older (Pete Carroll, 69 and Bill Belichick, 68).
The Patriots defeated the Dolphins, 21-11, at home in Week 1 avenging their Week 17 loss from last season. New England has won eight straight games against the NFC, including its Super Bowl 53 win over Los Angeles, dating back to a loss to Detroit in Week 3 of 2018.
The Seahawks won at Atlanta, 38-25, in Week 1, despite allowing 506 yards of total offense to the Falcons. That was the fourth game since 2015 in which the Seahawks have allowed 500+ total net yards and still won (4-0). No team in the NFL has more than two such wins over that span and only Tennessee (1-0) has also not lost such a game.
Cam Newton passed for just 155 yards in his Patriots debut but he also led the team with 75 yards rushing on a game-high 15 carries. Newton has been his team’s leading rusher 36 times in his career, tied with Randall Cunningham for the most such games by quarterback in the Super Bowl Era (since 1966).
Russell Wilson completed 31 of 35 passes (88.6 percent) for 322 yards and four touchdowns and a 143.1 rating. Since the start of 2018, Wilson has a passer rating of 110.0 which ranks third in the NFL behind Drew Brees (115.3) and Patrick Mahomes (110.4; minimum 300 attempts).
Six Patriots rushed for 20 or more yards against Miami, including quarterback Cam Newton, wide receiver Julian Edelman and four different running backs. The last time a team had six or more players rush for 20+ yards in the same game was the 1986 Bears on December 7 versus Tampa Bay.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Mike Holmgren SIRIUS: 81 (NE), 83 (Sea) | XM: 226 (NE), 225 (Sea)
NFL PREVIEW: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-0) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (1-0)
WEEK 2 // MONDAY, SEPT. 21, 2020 // 8:15 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: All-time series tied, 6-6-1
STREAKS: Saints have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 9/11/16: Raiders 35 at Saints 34
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/18/12 (Oakland): Saints 38, Raiders 17
QB DREW BREES had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 96.5 rating in Week 1. Has 25 TDs (23 pass, 2 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 108.6 rating in 11 career starts vs. Raiders. Passed for 423 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 131.3 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Raiders with 2+ TD passes & 120+ rating. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 67 scrimmage yards (51 rec., 16 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Has 14 games with 2+ TDs since 2017, 2nd-most in NFL. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ rush TDs. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY had 48 rush yards last week. Had 2,278 rush yards & 20 rush TDs in 3 seasons (2014-16) with Raiders, incl. career-high 1,066 rush yards in 2015. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS has 473 catches & can surpass JARVIS LANDRY (481) for most receptions in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had TD catch in NO debut last week. Had 86 rec. yards & TD catch in his last game vs. Raiders (9/9/19 w/ Den.). TE JARED COOK had 5 receptions for team-high 80 yards in Week 1. Had 122 receptions for 1,584 yards & 8 TDs in 2 seasons (2017-18) with Raiders. • DE CAMERON JORDAN has 11.5 sacks in his past 6 on road & aims for his 7th in row on road with sack. DE CARL GRANDERSON had sack & 1st career FF last week. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 6 tackles & sack last week. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had PD last week. CB JANORIS JENKINS had 9 tackles & 36-yard INT-TD in Week 1. Leads active players with 8 career INT-TDs. S C.J. GARDNERJOHNSON led team with 10 tackles & had PD last week.
QB DEREK CARR completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 pct.) for 239 yards & TD for 107.5 rating last week. Passed for 319 yards & TD for 98.5 rating in last meeting. Has passed for 1,685 yards (337 per game) & 11 TDs vs. INT for 108.9 rating in 5 career games vs. NFC South. Aims for his 8th in row vs. NFC with 95+ rating. Had 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 100.9 rating in 8 home games last season. • RB JOSH JACOBS had 139 scrimmage yards (93 rush, 46 rec.) & 3 rush TDs last week, his 4th-career game with 2+ rush TDs, tied 3rd-most since 2019. Has 536 scrimmage yards (134 per game) & 7 rush TDs in his past 4 vs. NFC. Aims for his 3rd in row in primetime with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD & 6th in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. • TE DARREN WALLER had team-high 6 catches last week. Had 41 catches for 536 yards (67 per game) in 8 home games last season. WR HENRY RUGGS had 55 rec. yards last week, the 2nd-most rec. yards by Raider rookie in NFL debut since 1990. WR NELSON AGHOLOR had TD catch last week in LV debut. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with rec. TD. • DE MAXX CROSBY has 5 sacks & FF in his past 3 at home. LB CORY LITTLETON had 5 tackles & PD last week in LV debut. Had 2 PD in his last game vs. NO (5/19/19 with LAR). S JOHNATHAN ABRAM led team with career-high 13 tackles last week. S LAMARCUS JOYNER had 4 tackles & PD in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with PD. CB DAMON ARNETTE had PD in Week 1.
These teams last met in Week 1 in 2016, when the Raiders snapped a three-game losing streak against the Saints with a 35-34 win in the Superdome, outscoring New Orleans 22-10 in the fourth quarter. A Michael Crabtree two-point conversion with 47 seconds left provided the final margin after a 61-yard field goal attempt by Wil Lutz as time expired was no good.
The Saints opened their season with a 34-23 win over the Buccaneers. They had just 271 net yards in the game — 189 passing yards, and 82 rushing yards. It was the 105th time in team history they’ve scored at least 34 points, and the 271 net yards are the fewest in any of those games.
The Raiders beat the Panthers, 34-30, in Carolina last week, the fourth time in the last five seasons they’ve started the year with a win. Oakland was called for just three penalties in Week 1, tied for its fewest in a game in the last four seasons (done three other times).
Alvin Kamara had a rushing and receiving touchdown in the week 1 win over Tampa Bay, his seventh career game finding the endzone in the air and on the ground. That’s two more such games than any Saint — Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas each did it five times.
Josh Jacobs had three rushing touchdowns in Week 1, becoming the first Raider to do so since Latavius Murray, who is now with New Orleans, had three in Week 9 of 2016. Only two Raiders have rushed for three touchdowns more than once — Marcus Allen (five times) and Pete Banaszak (twice).
New Orleans had an average starting field position of their own 42-yard line in Week 1, second-best in the league (Baltimore, 44). They forced the Bucs to start at their own 18-yard line on average, worst in the league.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN (8:15 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner SIRIUS: 81 (NO), 83 (LV) | XM: 226 (NO), 225 (LV)
Astros’ Verlander needs elbow surgery, likely out thru 2021
Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and is expected to be out through the 2021 season, ending his bid to make a late return for a playoff push.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1+-minute video.
“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.
The 37-year-old right-hander threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.
“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”
Houston manager Dusty Baker said he was hopeful Verlander would return, but he was also fearful of how things were looking.
“I talked to him this morning,” Baker said. “He’s not crazy about the outcome, but it is what it is. He has to get it taken care of. He’s pitched for years. He’s been a warrior and a leader. Hopefully, this will prolong his career, and he can be back to pitching. I always told him he’s a medical marvel, and he’s a great physical specimen.”
Houston general manager James Click said he and Verlander spoke earlier this week about trying to plan the rest of the season if the throwing session on Wednesday had gone well.
“Tuesday, we had long a conversation about what he was going to be able to give, and he was already mapping out `Can I come back and pitch on Monday against Seattle just given where we are in the standings, where they are in the standings?'” Click said. “We had a long talk about that. We had a long talk mapping out Wednesday then Monday then Saturday and what that does the rest of the way through.”
Tigers manager Gardenhire announces immediate retirement
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire announced his immediate retirement barely over an hour before Saturday night’s game against Cleveland, saying he’s been “stressed out” and not feeling well.
The news came in an abruptly called video conference around 5 p.m. as Detroit prepared to play the Indians at Comerica Park.
Bench coach Lloyd McClendon is taking over as manager for the rest of the season, which is scheduled to end Sept. 27. Detroit was 21-29 heading into Saturday night’s game and was unlikely to make the postseason.
Gardenhire, who turns 63 next month, was in his third season as Detroit’s manager after he previously had a 13-year run with the Minnesota Twins that included six AL Central titles.
He’s had to oversee a significant rebuild with the Tigers that included a 114-loss season in 2019.
Gardenhire missed time recently because of stomach issues, and he indicated Saturday that the stress of managing was difficult.
“It’s been wonderful here, but I also know I have to take care of myself,” Gardenhire said. “When you come to the ballpark, and you’re stressed out all day, and your hands are shaking, that’s not fun. I’ve got grandbabies, I’ve got kids that I need to take care of, and my wife, and as I told Al, I’m going to step back and take care of myself and try to get healthy.”
General manager Al Avila said he made a routine visit to Gardenhire’s office Saturday, when the manager told him about the decision.
“I’d like to congratulate Gardy on one of the best managerial careers, really in major league baseball history,” Avila said. “His leadership and hard work over the last three seasons has put us in a position to get closer to our goal of bringing back winning baseball to Detroit.”
Tim Anderson homers twice, White Sox overpower Reds 5-0
Tim Anderson hit two of Chicago’s five solo homers, and the White Sox – already guaranteed a playoff spot – took another step toward the AL Central title by overpowering the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Saturday night.
Chicago has won eight of its last 10 games, securing at least a wild card and its first postseason appearance since 2008.
“Just ride the wave now because this team has been fun to watch,” said Nomar Mazara, who started the homer spree.
Jose Abreu hit his fifth homer in eight games as the White Sox piled them up, including three in a row in the eighth off Robert Stephenson. Abreu has 18 homers overall.
The Reds managed six hits as they had their season-high winning streak snapped at six games. Cincinnati (26-27) wasted a chance to move above .500 for the first time since its season-opening win over the Tigers.
They fell a game behind St. Louis for second place in the NL Central as the Cardinals rallied to beat the Pirates 5-4.
“Sorry, I’m a little testy tonight,” said Trevor Bauer, who gave up the first two homers. “It sucks. I hate losing, especially in those situations.”
Mazara was in a 3-for-25 slump with 11 strikeouts when he connected off Bauer (4-4) in the fifth inning for his first homer.
“Oh man, I think everybody was waiting for that moment,” Mazara said. “It felt good.”
One out later, Anderson’s ninth homer made it 2-0. Bauer had allowed only two earned runs in his last three starts combined. He went seven innings and gave up five hits while throwing 107 pitches.
Anderson connected again in the eighth off Stephenson, and Yasmani Grandal and Abreu followed with homers during a seven-pitch sequence. It was the second time this season that the White Sox hit three homers in a row.
“It was the ice breaker to pull away a little more,” Anderson said. “To go back-to-back-to-back, that says a lot about our lineup and what we can do when we’re clicking.”
Left-hander Dallas Keuchel went four innings in his return from back spasms and allowed four hits while fanning seven. Keuchel threw 75 pitches in his first start since Sept. 6. The Reds stranded five in scoring position against the left-hander.
“I felt as expected – really rusty,” Keuchel said. “It felt foreign on the mound.”
Twins clinch 2nd straight playoff spot, beat Mills, Cubs 8-1
Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sano and Josh Donaldson homered as the Minnesota Twins clinched a second straight postseason berth with an 8-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.
The Twins are guaranteed at least a wild-card berth. They trail the Chicago White Sox by three games in the AL Central with six games to play. The White Sox have eight games remaining.
“It’s special in there,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “You only get so many opportunities to earn something like that, to celebrate it. We’re going to celebrate every time we have the opportunity. The guys are ready. They’re just ready to see what comes next.
“We’re going to take tonight and have some fun, and get ready to go going forward.”
Coming off a no-hitter on Sunday against Milwaukee, Cubs starter Alec Mills (5-4) wasn’t nearly as sharp in this one, allowing four runs and six hits in six-plus innings. He struck out seven and walked one as Chicago’s five-game winning streak ended.
“Baseball’s funny; I actually think my stuff today was better than it was last time,” Mills said. “I know that may sound crazy. I made a couple of mistakes and the Twins took advantage.”
Rosario and Mitch Garver had a two-run pinch-hit single as Minnesota rebounded after dropping four of five on the current road trip against both Chicago teams.
The Twins, who won the division last year, will make back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 2009-10.
Minnesota starter Michael Pineda (2-0) permitted one run on four hits in five innings.
Ex-Padres France, Torrens keep San Diego from clinching
The San Diego Padres have waited 14 years to get back to the playoffs, so standing by for at least one more day without clinching won’t hurt anything.
With their magic number down to one, the Padres were done in by former teammates Ty France and Luis Torrens, who backed left-hander Justus Sheffield’s strong effort as the Seattle Mariners beat San Diego 4-1 Saturday night.
The Padres, who have the NL’s second-best record behind the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, were in position to clinch a spot in the expanded playoffs after the Cincinnati Reds lost 5-0 to the Chicago White Sox. But France hit an RBI single in the first inning off rookie Luis Patino, who started after Mike Clevinger was scratched with biceps tightness, and Torrens had a two-run double in the third off former Mariners reliever Dan Altavilla (1-3).
Kyle Lewis homered off Adrian Morejon in the fifth, his 11th, and Sheffield (4-3) held San Diego to one run and six hits in six innings, struck out five and walked two. He threw a career-high 99 pitches.
Sheffield “located pretty well, didn’t give us too many pitches to drive,” Padres rookie manager Jayce Tingler said. “I thought we had some traffic, had some guys on. We just weren’t able to get the big hit maybe like we got from Manny (Machado) last night. We had some scoring opportunities, had some guys on and just didn’t get the big hit tonight.”
Yoshihisa Hirano loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth before starting a 1-2-3 double play on rookie Jake Cronenworth’s comebacker. He retired Jurickson Profar on a grounder for his third save in three tries.
San Diego’s magic number remains at one going into Sunday’s finale in the series that was moved from Seattle because of poor air quality due to wildfires.
Happ, Frazier lift Yanks over Red Sox for 10th straight win
Less than two weeks removed from a slide that threatened to derail their season, the New York Yankees are on the cusp of another postseason berth.
J.A. Happ pitched eight scoreless innings, Clint Frazier hit a two-run home run and the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 8-0 Saturday night for their 10th consecutive win.
New York has beat Boston 12 straight times dating to last season, tying the Yankees’ longest winning streak in baseball’s most historic rivalry.
“It’s probably a little bit fluky, a little aberration,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It’s a collection of a few series where obviously they haven’t quite been the same team this year.”
New York was on a 5-15 slide and missing star sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton before starting this streak. Now, the Yankees’ magic number is one to ensure themselves a fourth consecutive postseason berth. The Yankees can clinch Sunday with a win or a loss by the Seattle Mariners.
The Yankees improved to 31-21 and earned their 28th consecutive winning season, the second-longest streak in big league history behind their 39 in a row from 1926-64.
Happ (2-2) allowed four hits and struck out nine. It’s his second win of the season over the Red Sox. He allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings in a victory against them last month in New York.
He said the way he’s been able to turn his season around after a slow start is something he isn’t taking for granted.
“I don’t think I can put it into words,” Happ said. “I appreciate the support from the players here in this room. It certainly means a lot and feels good.”
Happ has a 3.25 ERA over 44 1/3 innings pitched this season. That is second on the team among pitchers with at least five starts, behind only ace Gerrit Cole (3.00).
‘Hit ’em!’ Stars hammer Tampa 4-1 to open Stanley Cup Final
Dallas Stars players on the bench yelled at their teammates, “Hit ’em!” They did, over and over, the body checks and the shouts easily heard throughout an arena left empty because of the pandemic for this most unusual Stanley Cup Final.
The well-rested Stars came out and hammered the banged-up Tampa Bay Lightning, taking it to them for two periods and relying on goaltender Anton Khudobin to close the door in the third to win 4-1 Saturday night for a 1-0 lead. By the time the talented Lightning got rolling, it was too late.
“I don’t even know if you need to take a shower after the first two periods,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “They came out, they were skating and I think we probably dipped our toes in the water a little bit and watched them skate around for a bit.”
Game 1 started looking every bit like Dallas had four days off since winning the Western Conference final and Tampa Bay just one after clinching the East. The Stars, who grinded their way through the playoffs with tight-checking toughness, came out hitting, knowing the Lightning are not fully healthy.
“They were right on top of us,” said Yanni Gourde, who scored Tampa Bay’s only goal. “They were on top of us right from the get go, so we’ve got to adjust and do a better job.”
Blake Comeau hit 6-foot-6 Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman on one of the first shifts, and Joel Kiviranta crushed top center Brayden Point into the boards to set up Joel Hanley’s first NHL goal of any kind. Defenseman Esa Lindell also got into the action early with Point, cross-checking him and leveling him in open ice.
“That’s just the makeup and identity of our team,” Comeau said. “I think we’re playing our best hockey when we’re engaged emotionally, physically, and getting in on the forecheck, pressuring their D, and everyone on our team has done a good job. When there’s a chance to finish the hit, you finish the hit.”
Four of the Stars’ 25 first-period hits were on Point, who missed two games in the Eastern Conference final and is visibly playing through pain. No. 2 center Anthony Cirelli injured his right leg in the sixth game of that series 48 hours before this one started.
Hanley and Jamie Oleksiak continued the Stars’ postseason trend of getting goals from defensemen, and Kiviranta scored late in the second period to provide some breathing room. Khudobin continued to shine in his first playoffs as the starter, making 35 often spectacular saves.
California cool, Matthew Wolff takes detour to US Open lead
Matthew Wolff might be too young to realize he’s supposed to hit fairways to have a chance to win the U.S. Open. Or maybe he’s so good it doesn’t matter.
Wolff hit only two fairways Saturday and still matched the lowest score ever at Winged Foot in a major, a 5-under 65 that gave the 21-year-old Californian a two-shot lead over Bryson DeChambeau going into the final round.
Whether it was the first cut or the nasty rough, Wolff kept giving those hips one last swivel before blasting away and giving himself birdie chances. He made enough of them to seize control, and then let so many others crumble.
Patrick Reed, tied for the lead at the turn, couldn’t find the fairway and paid dearly with a 43 on the back nine. Reed had a three-shot lead after two holes. He walked off the 18th green with a 77 and was eight shots behind.
Collin Morikawa won the PGA Championship last month in his first try at age 23. Wolff is playing his first U.S. Open at age 21. Is he next?
“I’m probably going to be a little antsy. It’s the U.S. Open, and I have a lead,” Wolff said. “I’m going to try to keep my nerves as calm as they can be. I put myself in a really good spot. I did everything that I could do up until this point, and tomorrow I’m going to go out there, I promise you I’m going to try my best.”
He was at 5-under 205. Not since Francis Ouimet in 1913 – also the last time the U.S. Open was played in September – has a player won the U.S. Open in his debut.
DeChambeau could easily have gone the same route as Reed, missing left and right, gouging his way out of the grass. But after opening with two bogeys, he kept scrambling away – 15 straight holes with nothing worse than par. He rallied with two late birdies until missing a short par putt on the 18th for a 70.
He will be in the final group for the first time in a major, another quiet affair with no spectators on the course.
The U.S. Open began with 21 players under par. There were six going into the weekend. Now it’s down to three, with Louis Oosthuizen efficiently putting together a 68 to finish at 1-under 209.
Hideki Matsuyama (70), Xander Schauffele (70) and Harris English (72) were at even-par 210. Another shot back was Rory McIlroy, who posed his 68 some three hours before the leaders finished.
“It doesn’t take much around here … and all of a sudden you’re right in the thick of things,” McIlroy said. “No matter where I am at the end of the day, I feel like I’ve got a pretty good shot.”
It all depends on Wolff, an NCAA champion at Oklahoma State who won on the PGA Tour in his third event as a pro last summer in the 3M Open in Minnesota.
From the first cut of rough on the opening hole, he hit it to right level of the contoured green for a 15-foot birdie. From the right rough on No. 4, he wound up with another 15-foot birdie putt. And then he really poured it on.
He drove next to the green on the short par-4 sixth, getting up-and-down from a bunker for birdie. He holed a 12-foot birdie on the par-3 seventh. And when he finally hit his first fairway on No. 8, he missed a 6-foot birdie attempt.
His lone bogey came on the 16th when he was in such a bad lie in the rough he couldn’t reach the green. And he finished with a most fortuitous hop. His iron off the tee hopped into the thick rough and back out to the first cut. He ripped 7-iron to 10 feet for one last birdie.
“If I don’t hit fairways tomorrow, I know I can play well,” Wolff said with a smile. “Even when I was in the rough, I had a bunch of good numbers and a bunch of good lies.”
Nadal still rusty after break; Djokovic still angry
Rafael Nadal still has to shed some rustiness following a seven-month break from tennis as he prepares to chase a record-extending 13th French Open title.
Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, still appears to have some anger issues two weeks after getting kicked out of the U.S. Open for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball in a fit of anger.
Nadal’s first tournament back ended with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open on Saturday. That was after Djokovic earned a verbal warning for smashing his racket on the red clay midway through a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over German qualifier Dominik Koepfer.
Nadal, a nine-time champion in Rome, had never lost to the 15th-ranked Schwartzman in nine previous meetings. But Schwartzman dictated the baseline rallies and produced a series of drop-shot winners as Nadal uncharacteristically made unforced errors and struggled to get his first serve into play.
For two months during the lockdown, Nadal said, he didn’t touch a tennis racket.
“It’s a completely special year — an unpredictable year,” Nadal said. “At least I played three matches.”
While Nadal won his opening two matches this week in straight sets, his rustiness showed from the start against Schwartzman.
Nadal committed nearly twice as many unforced errors as Schwartzman, 30 to 17, and won only 29 of 63 points on his serve — resulting in five breaks.
“Losing that many serves you can’t expect to win a match,” Nadal said. “So something that I have to fix. I know how to do it.”
Nadal, who chose not to play the U.S. Open due to travel concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, had not played a tournament since winning a title in Acapulco, Mexico, in February. He now has one week to regroup before he attempts to win a record-extending 13th French Open title.
Roland Garros starts next weekend.
“I’m going to keep working and keep practicing with the right attitude and I’m going to try to give (myself) a chance to be ready,” Nadal said.
Schwartzman came up with a series of clutch shots, perhaps none better than during the second game of the second set when he won a 17-shot rally to save a break point by running down a drop shot and passing Nadal with a forehand that landed on the line.
“It was my best match ever,” Schwartzman said.
Nadal suggested he struggled with the humidity on a warm evening at the Foro Italico.
“Conditions out there was much heavier than the previous days in terms of the bounces of the ball,” Nadal said. “Was difficult to push him back. He did a great job.”
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1902 The White Sox’ first no-hitter in franchise history is tossed by Jim Callahan when he defeats the Tigers, 2-0. The right-handed utility player, called Nixey by his teammates, will accumulate 99 victories on the mound but will pitch in only eight of his 13 seasons in the major leagues.
1907 At Exposition Park in Pittsburgh, Nick Maddox no-hits the Dodgers, 2-1. At the age of 20 years and ten months, the Pirates hurler becomes the youngest pitcher and the second rookie to throw a no-hitter.
1908 In the bottom of the ninth inning at South Side Park, Freddy Parent, while being walked intentionally by Eddie Plank, reaches out and pokes a shallow sac fly to right field. The unexpected sacrifice scores the winning run in the White Sox’ 1-0 walk-off victory over the A’s and gives Frank Smith, who held the A’s hitless, his second career no-hitter.
1911 Bill Bergen ends his major league career with the lowest lifetime batting average for a position player in major league history by hitting an anemic .170 during his 11-year tenure with the Reds and Superbas. The 33 year-old backstop, who had only one year of batting above .200, also holds the records for lowest season batting average for a regular-season (.139 in 1909) and the longest streak of at-bats without a hit (46 in 1909), a mark since surpassed by Chris Davis, who goes 0-for-54 over 2018-2019 with Orioles.
1912 Smoky Joe Wood, losing to Detroit, 6-4, fails to break Walter Johnson’s record of 16 consecutive victories, established earlier in the season. Joe Lake gets the win, pitching the last five innings after replacing starter Bill Covington, who allowed only one hit through four innings when he was tossed out of the game by the umpire in the fifth.
1919 On Babe Ruth Day in Boston, the Bambino scores the winning run in both ends of the doubleheader when the Red Sox sweeps Chicago, 4-3 and 5-4. Ironically, the contests mark the last time the future Hall of Famer player dons a Red Sox uniform in Fenway Park before being dealt to the Yankees in the off-season.
1924 The 37 year-old righty Grover Cleveland Alexander goes the distance to earn his 300th victory when the Cubs beat the Giants in 12 innings, 7-3. ‘Old Pete’ will collect 373 wins during his 20-year career with National League teams, which includes stops in Philadelphia and St. Louis.
1931 For the first time in 19 years, Gabby Street appears in a major league game. The 48 year-old Cardinal skipper is 0-for-1, but the backstop displays his old catching skills when he nails Brooklyn runner Babe Herman trying to steal a base.
1932 The Cubs clinch the National League pennant when they beat Pittsburgh, 5-2, thanks to Kiki Cuyler’s seventh-inning bases-loaded triple. The Wrigley Field contest features rookie second baseman Billy Herman’s 200th hit of the season.
1951 Ford Frick, replacing “Happy” Chandler, is selected by the owners to be the third commissioner of the sport. The former National League president, best remembered for suggesting the single-season home run records of Babe Ruth and Roger Maris be listed separately based on the length of the season, will hold the position for fourteen years.
1953 Gene Baker, the other half of the Kansas City Monarchs double play duo along with Ernie Banks, joins his former Negro League teammate, making his major league debut with the Cubs. In 1961, the second baseman will be named manager of the minor league Batavia, New York team, becoming the first black manager in organized baseball.
1954 The Giants clinch the pennant when they beat the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 7-1. The National League champs, finishing the season five games ahead of second-place Brooklyn, will go on to sweep Cleveland in the Fall Classic.
1954 At Cleveland Stadium, fans show support for their once embattled GM Hank Greenberg by wearing “We’re Witcha Hank” buttons. Anyone donning the silver plastic ball charm, distributed by a local laundry earlier in the season, received two tickets for tonight’s game, the Tribe’s 11th consecutive victory, and the 109th win overall for the eventual American League champs.
1955 Willie Mays becomes the seventh player to hit fifty home runs in a season when he connects off Pittsburgh’s Vern Law for the second time in the Giants’ 14-8 victory at the Polo Grounds. The round-tripper is the 24 year-old center fielder’s seventh in six consecutive games.
1958 Thanks to Gus Triandos’ eighth-inning home run, recently acquired Oriole knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits the Yankees at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, 1-0. The contest will mark the last time in this century the Yankees will fail to get a hit in a game.
1959 The San Francisco Giants, bowing to the Dodgers, 8-2, play their last game at Seals Stadium. The transplanted New York team, who compiled a 163-145 record in their two-year stay in the former PCL park, will move to the newly constructed Candlestick Park next season.
1961 In a 13-inning contest, Sandy Koufax goes the distance, beating the Cubs, 3-2, in the last regular-season game played at the LA Memorial Coliseum, a venue originally built for the 1932 Olympics. The Dodgers are leaving the only home they have known since moving from Brooklyn four seasons ago to play in a brand new stadium in Chavez Ravine, located a few miles from downtown Los Angeles.
1966 The Mets’ 3-0 victory over Houston, their 63rd win, assures the team will lose less than a hundred games in a season for the first time in the five-year history of the franchise. The Amazins’, who will finish the campaign in ninth place with a 66-95 record, averaged 113 losses a season during their first four years in the National League.
1966 In his second major league game, Tom Phoebus hurls his second straight shutout in the Orioles’ 4-0 victory over the A’s. In his major league debut five days ago, the 24 year-old right-handed rookie also blanked the Angels, earning a 2-0 complete-game victory at Memorial Stadium.
1968 Mickey Mantle hits his final home run, finishing an 18-year major league career third on the all-time home run list with 536 round-trippers behind only Babe Ruth and Willie Mays when he retires at the end of the season. The homer is given up by Jim Lonborg in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
1969 Bob Moose, giving the Pirates their third win in two days against the eventual world champs, no-hits the first-place Mets at Shea Stadium, 4-0. The 21 year-old right-hander will compile a 14-3 record with a 2.91 ERA for the third-place Bucs this season.
1971 In the completion of a suspended game started in Cleveland six days ago, the ‘visiting’ Senators beat the Indians in Washington DC, 8-6. The 20-inning victory at RFK Stadium will prove to be the team’s final ‘road’ win before the franchise shifts to Texas next season.
1972 After scoring all of their runs in the second inning, the Braves put it on cruise control, beating the Astros, 13-6. Only 2,062 fans are on hand at Atlanta Stadium to enjoy the big inning which features the team collecting 12 hits off five Houston hurlers.
1972 Milt Pappas, with a 6-2 complete-game victory over Montreal at Wrigley Field, wins his 200th major league game. The Cubs’ right-hander becomes the first hurler to reach the milestone without the benefit of a single 20-win season.
1973 The Pirates miss scoring in the top of the 13th inning when Dave Augustine’s ‘home run’ bounces off the top of the fence into the glove of left fielder Cleon Jones, who relays the ball to Wayne Garrett in time for the third baseman to nail Richie Zisk at the plate. In the bottom of the frame, Mets rookie catcher Ron Hodges ends the Shea Stadium contest, which will become known as the ‘Ball on the Wall Game,’ with a one-out single off Bucs’ reliever Dave Giusti, plating John Milner for the 4-3 victory.
1973 After sharing the news on the Today Show, Willie Mays officially announces his retirement at a press conference held at Shea Stadium’s Diamond Club. In five days, the Mets will honor the aging superstar with pre-game ceremony night at the ballpark.
1973 Billy Jean King’s brother, Randy, is not in attendance to watch her win the 100,000 winner-take-all tennis match against Bobby Riggs at the Astrodome. Moffit is at another ballpark, getting a key out in relief when the Giants beat the first-place Reds at Candlestick Park.
1980 In memory of Thurman Munson, a bronze plaque is dedicated to the deceased New York catcher in Yankee Stadium’s Memorial Park. The 32 year-old team captain Munson died last season attempting to land his Cessna Citation at Akron-Canton Airport.
1980 Baltimore hurler Steve Stone ties a club record for the most wins in a season when he beats the Blue Jays for his 24th victory. The Orioles’ right-hander matches the 1970 totals of both Mike Cuellar and Dave McNally.
1983 In the first inning of a 14-1 rain-shortened five-inning victory over the Orioles, the Tigers stroke ten consecutive hits and score 11 runs. Detroit’s opening offense ties the American League record for runs scored to start a game, which was established by the Boston Americans in 1901.
1984 With a 5-4 victory over San Francisco at Jack Murphy Stadium, the Padres win their first division crown. In addition to winning the clincher, Tim Lollar hits a three-run home run in the second inning to help his cause.
1986 Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn becomes only the fifth player since 1900 to steal five bases in a game in the team’s 10-6 loss to Houston at the Astrodome. During his 20-year career, the .338 lifetime hitter will average only 16 stolen bases per season.
1988 Wade Boggs becomes the first player in this century to get 200 hits in six consecutive years. The 30 year-old Red Sox third baseman, who also joins Lou Gehrig by collecting 200 hits and 100 base-on-balls for three straight seasons, will extend the streak to seven straight campaigns in 1989 with 205 hits.
1992 Phillies’ second baseman Mickey Morandini catches Jeff King’s line drive, steps on second doubling up Andy Van Slyke, and tags Barry Bonds to complete an unassisted triple play in a 3-2 loss to the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. The triple killing is the first in the National League since 1927 when Cubs’ shortstop Jimmy Cooney accomplished the rare feat in a contest against the Pirates.
1995 The Rockies, who collect 23 hits, equal a franchise record for runs scored when the team routs the Padres, 20-1. Colorado outfielder Matt Holliday also ties a club mark, accomplished three times previously, with an eight-RBI day, homering twice in the Coors Field contest.
1995 The Padres play their one-thousandth home game without having a rainout. The streak, which began on April 20, 1983, will end on May 12, 1998, a total of 1,184 games over a span of 15 years.
1996 Michael Lasky buys Eddie Murray’s 500th home run ball for $280,000, and it could be worth as much as $500,000 thanks to a 20-year annuity. The new owner, who is the founder of the Psychic Friends Network, plans to put the Camden Yards souvenir on public display for “the people of Baltimore.”
1998 “Let’s end it in the same place it started. In my home state. In front of friends and family. In front of the best fans in the world.”- Cal Ripken, Jr., commenting on ending his consecutive streak. After nearly 16 years of not missing a game, Cal Ripken, quietly and without fanfare, takes himself out of the lineup after playing in a major-league record 2,632 consecutive games. The Orioles shortstop’s consecutive streak ends in Baltimore’s 5-4 loss to the Yankees at Camden Yards in a nationally televised ESPN Sunday night game.
1998 At Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Cardinals’ first baseman Mark McGwire extends his home run record to 65 and should have had his 66th homer of the season, but his fly ball to center field is ruled a ground-rule double due to fan interference, which video replays clearly show as the wrong call. Big Mac’s first inning round-tripper, his 32nd hit as a visiting player, breaks George Foster’s 1977 National League and ties 1927 Babe Ruth’s records for home runs hit on the road.
2002 Oriole infielder Mike Bordick sets a major league record when he plays his 102nd successive game at shortstop without committing an error. Mets middle infielder Rey Ordonez had established the previous mark over the 1999-2000 seasons.
2002 With a 9-3 victory over the Astros at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals clinch the Central Division of the National League. An emotional on-field celebration includes Albert Pujols carrying Darryl Kile’s No. 57 jersey onto the field in tribute of the pitcher who died unexpectedly in June.
2003 Unlike this season, when the Expos played twenty-five percent of its home games in San Juan, the players vote to play their entire 2004 home schedule in Montreal. The MLB owners, who collectively own the franchise, have been considering moving the team permanently to Washington, D.C., Portland (Oregon), or Monterrey (Mexico) or continuing the present format by having the team split home games between different locations (Puerto Rico or Mexico and Montreal).
2003 When Marcus Giles sends Brad Penny’s 3-2 pitch into the stands, the Braves tie the National League record by having six players to hit at least 20 home runs in a season. The Atlanta second baseman joins Javy Lopez, Gary Sheffield, Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones, and Vinny Castilla to equal the mark established by Eddie Mathews (32), Hank Aaron (32), Joe Torre (27), Felipe Alou (23), Mack Jones (31), and Gene Oliver (21) of the 1965 Milwaukee Braves.
2005 At Coors Field, the Rockies tie a franchise record established in 2003 for runs in their 20-1 rout of the Padres, who endure the most lopsided loss of their 36 years of existence. Matt Holliday leads Colorado’s 23-hit attack with two home runs, driving in eight runs to equal a team record shared by three players.
2006 KC skipper Buddy Bell, after a Royals 3-0 loss to the Angels, announces he needs to take a medical leave to treat a growth in his tonsils and will be replaced in the dugout by bench coach Billy Doran. The manager’s wife, Gloria, has also battled tonsil cancer.
2006 Although the team bows to the Blue Jays at the Stadium, the Yankees capture their ninth consecutive AL East title thirty minutes later when the Twins defeat second-place Red Sox. The Bronx Bombers become the second team in the Big Apple this week to pop the champagne as their crosstown rivals, the Mets, clinched the NL East Division two days ago.
2007 September call-up J.R Towles, with his 4-for-4 performance and getting hit with a pitch with the bases loaded, establishes a franchise-record eight RBIs when the Astros rout the Cardinals, 18-1 The outstanding offensive output by the 23 year-old rookie catcher, who started the season with the Single-A Salem Avalanche, helps Houston produce its most lopsided victory in team history.
2008 With a 5-4 win over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field, the Cubs clinch their second straight National League Central Division championship. The victory marks the first time the club will appear in consecutive postseasons since the 1906-08 teams played in the World Series.
2009 The Cubs suspend Milton Bradley for the rest of the year, a day after the turbulent outfielder criticizes the team in a newspaper interview, citing there wasn’t a “positive environment” in the organization, and he could see why the club hasn’t won a championship in the last century. The decision whether Chicago brings back the 32 year-old, who still has two years remaining on a $30 million, three-year contract he signed as a free agent last offseason, will be general manager Jim Hendry’s call, according to manager Lou Piniella.
2010 George Steinbrenner is honored with a 7-by-5-foot, 760-pound monument of bronze atop a granite base in Monument Park. The unveiling of the tribute to the recently deceased Yankee owner is attended by estranged former manager Joe Torre, who is making his first visit to the new Yankee Stadium.
2010 A teenage fan, wearing a red spandex suit with a red mask, is subdued by Matt Diaz after the intruder runs onto the field and eludes a security guard during the Braves-Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves’ left fielder tackles the costumed 17 year-old, who will be released from juvenile detention tomorrow afternoon with the parents apologizing for their son’s actions.
2011 Clayton Kershaw becomes the Dodgers’ first 20-game winner since Ramon Martinez accomplished the feat in 1990. Allowing just one run in 7 1/3 innings, the southpaw gets the victory when LA beats the visiting Giants, 2-1.
2012 The White House announces President Barack Obama’s approval of the ‘Let Teddy Win’ movement. The 44th Chief Executive, a long-time fan of Theodore Roosevelt, lends his bipartisan support in response to Republican Senator John McCain’s call for a congressional investigation about the mascot for Teddy Roosevelt never winning the race among the presidents at National Park.
2012 Washington secures a playoff spot when they beat the Dodgers at Nationals Park, 4-1. The last time there was postseason baseball in the nation’s capital occurred 79 years ago, when player-skipper Joe Cronin and the Senators lost to the Giants in five games in the 1933 World Series.
2013 Yankee designated hitter Alex Rodriguez establishes a major league record with his 24th career grand slam, going deep off George Kontos in the team’s 5-1 victory over the Giants in the Bronx. The two-out seventh-inning bases-loaded round-tripper surpasses the mark established in 1938 by fellow Bronx Bomber Lou Gehrig.
2014 Oliver Perez records the first four-strikeout inning in Diamondback history when a dropped third strike allows the first batter to reach base in the seventh frame of the team’s 5-1 loss to Colorado at Coors Field. The 33 year-old Arizona southpaw becomes the 69th different major league hurler to accomplish the feat.
2019 In the Mets’ 8-1 victory at Great American Ball Park, Pete Alonso goes deep in the eighth inning against Reds’ reliever Sal Romano for his major-league-leading 50th home run. The 24 year-old right-handed slugging first baseman, who is two homers shy of Yankees Aaron Judge’s 2017 rookie record, is the first player to hit 50 round-trippers during the season of his major league debut.
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X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot