BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA

NCC

New Palestine 71 Richmond 47. RHS falls to 1-2

Brownsburg 77, Tech 43

Harrison 90, North Montgomery 39

Kokomo 66, Lebanon 53

Lafayette Jeff 92, Morton 44

Logansport 96, Career Academy 44

Marion 71, North Side 52

McCutcheon 53, Covington 49

Noblesville 59, Anderson 42

Guerin Catholic at Central, 7:30 pm, ppd.

Rochester at Logansport, 7:30 pm, ppd.

TEC

Connersville 46, Winchester 44, OT

Cowan 54, Hagerstown 38

Tri 58, Daleville 55, OT

Wapahani 51, Centerville 29

Union City at Ansonia (Ohio), 6 pm, ppd.

MEC

Cowan 54, Hagerstown 38

Eastern Hancock 62, Tri-Central 53

Monroe Central 65, Wes-Del 36

Shenandoah 82, Tipton 48

Tri 58, Daleville 55, OT

Wapahani 51, Centerville 29

Whitko 71, Randolph Southern 50

Blue River at Southern Wells, 7:30 pm, ppd.

EASTERN INDIANA

Connersville 46, Winchester 44, OT

East Central 50, Oldenburg 40

Greensburg 81, South Decatur 73

Lawrenceburg 52, Switzerland County 37

South Ripley 66, Franklin County 63

Southwestern 59, Batesville 44

PIONEER

Bethesda Christian 59, Crosspointe Christian 28

Greenwood Christian 65, Lutheran 55

Burris 58, Lapel 54

University 58, Liberty Christian 42

Seton Catholic at Anderson Prep © , 7:30 pm, ppd.

HOOSIER HERITAGE

Greenfield 45, Speedway 35

New Castle 43, Jay County 38

New Palestine 71, Richmond 47

Yorktown 51, Mississinewa 49

Delta at Hamilton Heights, 7:30 pm, ppd.

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL-NCC/AREA

NCC

Huntington North 69, Marion 22

Indiana Deaf 48, Tech 9

West Lafayette 46, Kokomo 40

Westfield 72, McCutcheon 62

Logansport at Clinton Prairie, 7:30 pm, ppd.

TEC

Union County 42, South Decatur 31

Lincoln at Winchester , 7:30 pm, ppd.

Oldenburg at Hagerstown, 1:30 pm, ppd.

MEC

Cowan 68, Anderson Prep 12

Randolph Southern 41, Union 27

Shenandoah 86, Burris 39

EASTERN INDIANA

Greensburg 59, Rushville 48

Hauser 69, South Dearborn 41

South Ripley 45, Franklin County 32

HOOSIER HERITAGE

Frankton 58, Pendleton Heights 56

Lapel 62, New Castle 32

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD-TOP 25

#1 Alabama 52 Arkansas 3

Utah 38 #21 Colorado 21

#9 Georgia 49 #25 Missouri 14

#14 Northwestern 28 Illinois 10

#13 Coastal Carolina 42 Troy 38

#22 Oklahoma State 42 Baylor 3

#16 Iowa 28 Wisconsin 7

#17 North Carolina 62 #10 Miami FL 26

LSU 37 #6 Florida 34

#15 USC 43 UCLA 38

#18 BYU 28 SDSU 14

COMPLETE SCOREBOARD

No. 1 Alabama 52, Arkansas 3

No. 14 Northwestern 28, Illinois 10

No. 9 Georgia 49, No. 25 Missouri 14

Utah 38, No. 21 Colorado 21

Rutgers 27, Maryland 24 (OT)

Minnesota 24, Nebraska 17

Penn State 39, Michigan State 24

Louisville 45, Wake Forest 21

Eastern Michigan 41, Northern Illinois 33

Ball State 30, Western Michigan 27

UAB 21, Rice 16

Buffalo 56, Akron 7

No. 13 Coastal Carolina 42, Troy 38

Toledo 24, Central Michigan 23

Army 15, Navy 0

No. 16 Iowa 28, Wisconsin 7

No. 22 Oklahoma State 42, Baylor 3

Memphis 30, Houston 27

No. 17 North Carolina 62, No. 10 Miami 26

Tennessee 42, Vanderbilt 17

Florida State 56, Duke 35

Appalachian State 34, Georgia Southern 26

Boise State 17, Wyoming 9

LSU 37, No. 6 Florida 34

TCU 52, Louisiana Tech 10

No. 15 USC 43, UCLA 38

Auburn 24, Mississippi State 10

Virginia Tech 33, Virginia 15

New Mexico 49 Fresno State 39

Stanford at Oregon State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Hawaii 38 UNLV 21

Michigan at No. 4 Ohio State — CANCELED

Ole Miss at No. 5 Texas A&M — POSTPONED

No. 8 Cincinnati at No. 24 Tulsa — POSTPONED

No. 11 Oklahoma at West Virginia — CANCELED

Purdue at No. 12 Indiana — CANCELED

No. 20 Texas at Kansas — CANCELED

Incarnate Word at Arkansas State — CANCELED

Miami (Ohio) at Bowling Green — CANCELED

Ohio at Kent State — CANCELED

Utah State at Colorado State — CANCELED

Washington at Oregon — CANCELED

Cal at Washington State — CANCELED

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEXT WEEK

Thursday, Dec. 17

UL Monroe at Troy | 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 18

Marshall vs. UAB (CUSA Championship Game) | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Buffalo vs. Ball State (MAC Championship Game in Detroit, Michigan) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Washington at USC (Pac-12 Championship Game) | 8 p.m. | FOX

Saturday, Dec. 19

Ohio State vs. Northwestern (Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis, Indiana) | 12 p.m. | FOX

Texas A&M at Tennessee | 12 p.m.

Iowa State vs. Oklahoma (Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | ABC

Vanderbilt at Georgia | 12 p.m.

Louisiana at Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt Championship Game) | 12 p.m.

Air Force at Army | 3 p.m. | CBSSN

Missouri at Mississippi State | 3:30 p.m.

Ole Miss at LSU | 3:30 p.m.

Notre Dame vs. Clemson (ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, North Carolina) | 4 p.m. | ABC

Alabama vs. Florida (SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | CBS

Tulsa at Cincinnati (AAC Championship Game) | 8 p.m. | ABC

San Jose State vs. Boise State (Mountain West Championship Game)

Florida State at Wake Forest

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#20 Florida State 83 Florida 71

#12 Tennessee 65 Cincinnati 56

#16 North Carolina 73 NC Central 67

#17 Texas Tech 77 Texas A&M-CC 57

Florida Gulf Coast 66 Miami FL 62

Toledo 64 Kansas City 57

South Florida 58 Wofford 56

IUPUI 69 Tennessee State 67

Syracuse 101 Boston College 63

Akron 97 Cedarville 49

Bryant 81 Stony Brook 72

UNC Ashville 80 High Point 67

TCU 73 Texas A&M 55

Tulane 67 UAPB 56

Detroit 67 Western Michigan 57

Dixie State 73 Denver 70

Dayton 85 Mississippi State 82 2OT

South Alabama 76 Southern Miss 75

Oklahoma State 67 Wichita State 64

Colorado State 89 CSU Pueblo 77

UAB 65 Eastern Tennessee 61

Eastern Kentucky 81 Transylvania 60

Pittsburgh 67 Gardner Webb 50

Western Carolina 104 North Carolina A&T 98

Bakersfield 76 Idaho 66

Winthrop 95 USC Upstate 77

Wyoming 93 Utah Valley 88

Central Michigan 84 Valparaiso 79

Eastern Illinois 92 Western Illinois 88

Loyola Marymount 81 UC Santa Barbara 76

Louisiana Monroe 66 Stephen F Austin 55

Ole Miss 78 North Carolina Wilmington 58

North Florida 80 Florida International 77

Oklahoma 85 Florida A&M 54

VCU 77 Old Dominion 54

BYU 82 Utah 64

Arizona 69 UTEP 61

Manhattan 87 Rider 77

Auburn 74 Memphis 71

Ball State 82 Illinois State 66

North Dakota State 53 North Dakota 52

Georgia 79 Samford 75

Louisiana 61 Louisiana Tech 56

Purdue 80 Indiana State 68

Arkansas 100 Central Arkansas 75

St. Peters 53 Niagara 49

Oregon 74 Washington 71

Belmont 81 Lipscomb 71

Clemson 64 Alabama 56

Cal State Northridge 89 Pepperdine 84

South Dakota 91 South Dakota State 78

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#3 Connecticut 79 UMass – Lowell 23

Northern Iowa 65 #22 South Dakota State 48

Central Michigan 79 Cincinnati 62

Memphis 69 McNeese State 48

Iowa State 85 North Dakota State 64

Houston Baptist 103 McMurry 30

Wright State 75 Detroit 55

Ole Miss 86 Mississippi Valley 46

Kansas State 66 Omaha 59

Louisiana Monroe 68 Northwestern State 55

Southern Utah 84 Grand Canyon 83

South Carolina State 69 North Carolina Asheville 60

Valparaiso 75 Western Michigan 51

Milwaukee 61 Green Bay 58

Kansas City 89 Southern Illinois Edwardsville 81

Army 51 Quinnipiac 50

Northern Kentucky 61 Robert Morris 33

Oakland 76 Illinois Chicago 70

Nevada 74 Sacramento 61

Michigan State 86 Iowa 82

Southern Illinois 72 Austin Peay 54

Pepperdine 54 New Mexico State 46

UNLV 54 Wyoming 46

St. Peter’s 63 Iona 54

Dixie State 81 Park University 52

IUPUI 75 Fort Wayne 36

NBA PRE-SEASON

Cleveland 107 Indiana 104

Oklahoma City 121 San Antonio 108

Toronto 111 Charlotte 100

Dallas 112 Milwaukee 102

Memphis 107 Minnesota 105…Desmond Bane 12p, 4r

Golden State 107 Denver 105

Utah 119 Phoenix 105

BALL STATE FOOTBALL

MUNCIE, Ind. — For the first time in 12 years, the Ball State football team is headed to Detroit. The Cardinals scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter Saturday to win 30-27 over Western Michigan at Scheumann Stadium.

Ball State (5-1, 5-1 MAC) clinched the MAC West Division title with its fifth straight victory and will play in the MAC Championship game Friday, Dec. 18 against East champ Buffalo. The conference announced the Cardinals and Bulls will also represent the MAC in bowl games.

“Such a credit to the team because nobody panicked on the sideline,” head coach Mike Neu said. “We hung together. We just kept battling and fighting … Really the credit goes to the players. They earned a ticket to Detroit. Our ultimate goal is not to win the MAC West. Our ultimate goal is to win the MAC Championship.”

Ball State scored the winning points Saturday in the final minute on a 22-yard field goal from Jack Knight, capping a dominant fourth quarter. But the rally truly started late in the third. With Western Michigan driving near midfield and looking to go up three scores, BSU’s defense made a game-changing play. Christian Albright tipped WMU quarterback Kaleb Eleby’s pass in the flat, and Chris Agyemang picked it off. Momentum swung in the Cardinals’ favor at that point.

Drew Plitt threw a touchdown pass to Yo’Heinz Tyler early in the fourth quarter to cut the WMU lead to 27-19. The defense then made a stop, and BSU drove for the game-tying score. Plitt, who finished the day with 249 yards passing and three touchdowns, found Justin Hall for a short pass that Hall took 55 yards to the end zone. Tyler added a 2-point conversion to tie the game.

After a red zone defensive stand for the Cardinals and punts by both teams, BSU took over near midfield with 2:46 to play. The Cardinals methodically worked the ball to the 5-yard line, and Knight came on to send the game-winner through the uprights.

It wasn’t over quite yet. Pandemonium broke out as WMU (4-2, 4-2 MAC) lateraled the ball around the field in desperation on the final play. BSU appeared to stop the play, and both teams came onto the field. A Western Michigan player ended up with the ball and ran for the end zone. Just as that happened, many viewers at home had their ESPN feed cut. The officials reviewed the play, which featured multiple penalties, including an illegal forward pass that officially ended the game. Then, a different type of pandemonium, broke out.

The Cardinals joined in celebration at midfield, the culmination of a year-long mission to reach Detroit. Now the mission in even bigger, as they go in search of the program’s first MAC championship since 1996.

“My hat is off to the seniors for staying in there during those tough years, and we all saw the same thing in each other and we knew that we could have a moment like this,” Neu said. “It’s a great accomplishment right now, but it’s not our ultimate goal.”

Hall caught 10 passes for a career-high 175 yards and two touchdowns. Early in the game, he surpassed the school record for career receptions formerly held by KeVonn Mabon. Hall now has 252 career receptions. Tye Evans scored BSU’s first touchdown of the day on a 7-yard run in the first quarter.

Ball State’s defense buckled down after allowing 325 yards and 20 points in the first half. After Western Michigan scored again on its first possession of the second half, the Cardinals held the Broncos without a score on their final five possessions.

Senior inside linebacker Jaylin Thomas led the way with a career-high 16 tackles, while Brandon Martin had 14 and Bryce Cosby 11.

Fans can follow the Cardinals in the days leading up to the championship game with Ball State Football Championship Week presented by Northwest Bank and Community Hospital of Anderson. The MAC Championship game will kick off Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN from Ford Field.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

Arizona fired head coach Kevin Sumlin on Saturday, the school announced.

“When we hired Kevin three years ago, we had very high hopes for our football program,” Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we simply have not seen the results and upward trajectory in our program that we needed to, and I believe now is the time for a change in leadership.”

Sumlin was on the hot seat entering this season following a series of disappointing campaigns with the Wildcats.

After winning just nine games through Sumlin’s first two seasons, Arizona lost all of its five games this season, including a 70-7 loss to Arizona State on Friday. Opponents outscored the team 199-87 this year.

Overall, the Wildcats posted a 9-20 record since the 56-year-old coach joined them on a five-year deal in January 2018.

The sideline boss’ buyout is worth $7.5 million, according to The Athletic’s Chris Vannini.

Sumlin previously enjoyed successful campaigns as the head coach at Houston (2008-11) and Texas A&M (2012-17).

Defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads will serve as Arizona’s interim head coach until the school finds a new coach.

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Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard will miss the remainder of the 2020 season and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft, head coach Mike Gundy said Saturday, according to Tulsa World’s Frank Bonner II.

“Chuba’s chosen to go to the NFL,” said Gundy.

The redshirt junior has been dealing with a nagging injury for much of this year. He’s missed the Cowboys’ last two games and had 14 carries in the entire month of November. He hasn’t played since a 41-13 loss at Oklahoma on Nov. 21.

The Sherwood Park, Alberta, native decided to return to Stillwater at the end of the 2019 season after leading the FBS in rushing with 2,904 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Hubbard has 133 carries for 625 yards and five touchdowns this season.

The announcement comes just hours ahead of Oklahoma State’s regular-season finale against Baylor. Along with Hubbard, the Cowboys could be without fellow running back LD Brown and star receiver Tylan Wallace, who are both game-time decisions.

Dezmon Jackson is expected to see an expanded role on Saturday.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte announced Saturday that Tom Herman will remain head coach of the Longhorns.

“I want to reiterate Tom Herman is our coach,” Del Conte said in a statement obtained by Brett McMurphy of Stadium.

The Longhorns were rumored to be pursuing three-time national championship-winning head coach Urban Meyer. But the current Fox Studio host told officials he’s not pursuing any coaching jobs due to health, according Brian Dahls and Kirk Bohls of Hook’em.com.

The 45-year-old head coach has struggled to meet the expectations of Texas supporters; the Horns are currently 6-3 this season after finishing with an 8-5 record in 2019. Herman has produced a 31-18 record in four seasons in Austin.

The Longhorns have not produced a losing season under Herman, but have made only one appearance in the Big 12 title game. Texas has not won the conference championship since 2009.

The sideline boss hired offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich and defensive coordinator Chris Ash this past offseason. Herman cited the difficult transition of installing a new scheme in a pandemic-shortened offseason as a reason why Texas wasn’t successful in 2020, according to ESPN’s Sam Khan Jr.

Herman has three years remaining on a guaranteed contract that pays him $6 million per season.

The Longhorns are waiting to learn about their bowl game destination after their regular-season finale against Kansas was canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the roster.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS

Arkansas State hired Alabama assistant Butch Jones as its new head coach Saturday, the school announced.

“Butch Jones’ outstanding record of success at both the G5 and P5 levels is evident, and we’re excited to having him leading our football program into the future,” Arkansas State athletic director Terry Mohajir said in a statement.

“Our candidate pool was fantastic, but following extensive and positive conversations with Butch, while also looking at his winning history, coaching and leadership abilities and vision for our program, we became confident he was the clear choice to be our next head coach.”

The Red Wolves’ head coaching job was vacant after Blake Anderson resigned to become the coach at Utah State earlier this week.

Jones owns an 84-54 record as a head coach after previously coaching Central Michigan (2007-09), Cincinnati (2010-12), and Tennessee (2013-17). The 52-year-old has been an assistant on Nick Saban’s coaching staff at Alabama since 2018.

The 52-year-old will be Arkansas State’s 31st all-time head coach.

“It is truly an honor and privilege to be the head football coach at Arkansas State University,” Jones said. “It is a position that I take great pride in, and I look forward to connecting with our student-athletes to build upon the strong tradition of excellence both on and off the field of play.”

The Red Wolves posted a 4-7 record this season, marking the school’s first losing campaign since 2010.

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(PURDUE RELEASE)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —  Trevion Williams scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Purdue beat Indiana State 80-68 on Saturday.

Williams shot 13 for 18 (72.2%) and did most of his damage in the first half scoring 18, though he made all four shot attempts after halftime.

It was Williams’ second career 30-point game. He set a career-high 36 last season against Michigan.

Eric Hunter Jr. scored 13 points, Sasha Stefanovic scored 12 and Aaron Wheeler 10 with 13 rebounds for Purdue (4-2).

Purdue had a 40-24 rebounding advantage. The Boilermakers remained unbeaten at home this season with their third win.

Cooper Neese scored 22 points for Indiana State (1-1) going 7-for-11 shooting including 4 for 8 from 3-point range. Tyreke Key scored 18 and Jake LaRavia 10.

Key’s jumper three minutes in gave the Sycamores a 10-1 lead. The moment was short lived as Purdue recovered quickly with a 13-5 run.

Later, Williams threw down a dunk with 8:44 before halftime for an 18-17 Boilermakers lead and they led the rest of the way. It was 38-29 at halftime and Indiana State never drew within five the rest of the way.

PURDUE 80, INDIANA STATE 68 (Postgame notes)

Purdue improved to 4-2 with an 80-68 win over Indiana State at Mackey Arena on Saturday night.

The win improved Purdue to 30-4 all-time against Indiana State … the 88.2 winning percentage is the third-best in school history against a single opponent.

Purdue is now 15-2 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2016-17 season.

Purdue improved to 23-3 on December 12, having won seven straight games on the date.

The win was Purdue’s seventh straight non-conference home win … since the start of the 2015-16 season, Purdue is 37-2 against non-conference foes at Mackey Arena (Villanova, Texas).

Indiana State managed just six offensive rebounds … Purdue has now held five of its six opponents to seven or fewer offensive rebounds.

Purdue improved to 44-1 since the start of the 2017-18 season when shooting at least 48.0 percent from the field … Purdue started the game just 2-of-9, but finished the game by making 28 of its last 45 shots (.622) … Purdue shot 55.6 percent (30-of-54) from the field.

Purdue is now 38-2 since the start of the 2017-18 season when scoring at least 80 points.

Trevion Williams recorded his second career 30-point game with a 30-point, 11-rebound, 2-assist performance … he became the eighth player in Purdue history with at least two 30-point, 10-rebound games … he becomes the third player nationally this year to have a 30-point, 11-rebound, 2-assist performance (Moses Wright of Georgia Tech; Tre Mitchell of UMass).

Aaron Wheeler recorded his second career double-double with a 10-point, 13-rebound, 4-block game … his 13 rebounds were a career high.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS

No. 2 Baylor is pausing team activities indefinitely due to COVID-19 protocols, head coach Scott Drew announced Saturday.

The Bears have postponed Sunday’s showdown against No. 13 Texas and Tuesday’s matchup vs. Tarleton State as a result. A decision on next Saturday’s game against Kansas State has yet to be made.

“This is a disappointing time for everyone involved with our program, but we will always prioritize the health and safety of our student-athletes,” Drew said in a statement. “The Big 12 Conference prepared for this possibility by leaving the final week of the regular season open, and we look forward to hosting Texas at a later date. Our program will return to competition as soon as we can do so safely.”

Drew tested positive for COVID-19 last month and missed Baylor’s first two contests during his 10-day quarantine period.

Top-ranked Gonzaga is also on pause through Dec. 14 after two people within the program tested positive for the coronavirus.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS

Florida standout forward Keyontae Johnson, the Southeastern Conference’s preseason player of the year, collapsed coming out of a timeout against rival Florida State and needed emergency medical attention. Johnson was taken off the floor on a stretcher and rushed to Tallahassee Memorial for evaluation.

The Gators said he was in critical but stable condition at the hospital.

Johnson had just dunked in transition before he fell to the floor as the team broke its huddle. Several Gators were in tears and a couple buried their faces in towels as coach Mike White gathered his team to say a prayer.

The game continued a few minutes later, but the Gators were clearly affected by the scary scene of seeing one of their teammates in the midst of a medical emergency.

Florida (3-0) was ahead 11-3 after Johnson’s dunk. The 20th-ranked Seminoles (2-0) scored the next seven points. Florida State pulled away from there and led 45-35 at halftime, outscoring the Gators 42-24 after Johnson’s collapse.

Johnson, a 6-foot-5 junior from Norfolk, Virginia, averaged a team-high 14 points last season to go along with 7.1 rebounds. He also led the Gators with 38 steals.

Like most of his teammates, Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 during the summer. Although the cause of Johnson’s ailment was not immediately known, the coronavirus can lead to myocarditis, a viral infection of the heart muscle. At its most severe, myocarditis can lead to sudden cardiac arrest and has been a documented cause of death for young, otherwise healthy athletes.

The Southeastern Conference mandates strict protocols, including rigorous heart testing, before players can be cleared to return to play following positive COVID-19 tests.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS

 Miami coach Jim Larranaga responded angrily Saturday to the possibility the NCAA will ease its rules and grant all transfers immediate eligibility.

The change would benefit the Hurricanes because Elijah Olaniyi would be able to play for them this season. But Larranaga blasted the timing of a possible change, which could come next week.

“Why would you make a decision like this in the middle of December?” Larranaga said. “If you are going to make changes, why aren’t you making them before the season starts?

“If they pass the rule that Elijah can play, it would be sure nice to have him. But from what I understand, that decision is not going to be announced until like 5 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon. Are you kidding me? That’s a joke. We have to wait until the last minute. We play at 6.”

Larranaga described as “ridiculous” the indecision by the NCAA amid a worsening coronavirus pandemic.

“We canceled the basketball season in March,” Larranaga said. “We canceled the ACC tournament. We canceled the NCAA tournament. We don’t know this is a serious matter and we’ve got people dying, and that there are spikes all over the place and that kids are going to get sick?”

Miami (3-1) is scheduled to host Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Larranaga made his comments shortly after the Hurricanes’ 66-62 loss to Florida Gulf Coast.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim came to Mike Krzyzewski’s defense two days after Alabama bench boss Nate Oats questioned the legendary Duke head coach for wanting the NCAA to reassess the current collegiate season.

“Everybody knows Mike K is a friend of mine, but Mike said in the summer in September and October that we should delay the season,” Boeheim said Saturday, according to Syracuse.com’s Mike Waters.

“For some young coach who should know better, but didn’t, to suggest that Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t want to play because he lost a couple games? Yeah, he’s only won 1100. Anybody who knows anything about college basketball knows that Mike Krzyzewski said that in the very beginning.”

Oats believed the timing of Krzyzewski’s comments was curious, considering that the Blue Devils were coming off their largest non-conference home loss in Coach K’s 40 years in charge.

Boeheim didn’t take too kindly to that notion and fired back at Oats for making such an assumption.

“I feel bad for somebody who would make a statement like that,” Boeheim said. “I can understand the bloggers do that because that’s what they do. All the unknown people out there that have that voice. But Mike Krzyzewski isn’t saying that because he doesn’t want to play or he doesn’t have a good team.

“It’s sad to see somebody say something like that. It speaks to somebody’s character.”

Duke canceled the remainder of its non-conference scheduled for the 2020-21 campaign on Thursday. The Blue Devils were supposed to play Gardner-Webb on Dec. 19.

NFL NEWS

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is expected to start Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, according to The Athletic’s Dan Duggen.

Jones missed the Giants’ previous game due to a hamstring injury but returned to practice this week, participating in a limited capacity. A final check on the quarterback’s hamstring Saturday also went well, Duggan adds.

Colt McCoy started in Jones’ place in Week 13 in an upset victory over the Seattle Seahawks. In his first start of the season, McCoy threw for 105 yards and one touchdown. The veteran quarterback will presumably return to backup duties.

The 5-7 Giants are currently in first place in the NFC East, holding a tiebreaker over the Washington Football Team.

Jones has completed just over 63% of his passes this season but has thrown more interceptions (9) than touchdowns (8) thus far.

NFL NEWS

The Carolina Panthers are expected to hand out fines of at least $10,000 to players who violated COVID-19 protocols during the team’s bye week, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Wide receivers D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, and Ishmael Hyman, defensive tackles Derrick Brown and Zach Kerr, linebacker Shaq Thompson, offensive tackle Greg Little, and punter Michael Palardy were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

A number of those eight players met outside of the team facility. Players are prohibited from meeting or practicing outside team headquarters under protocols created by the NFL and NFL Players Association.

The Panthers could also potentially be the latest team to face discipline from the league for violating COVID-19 protocols.

The Las Vegas Raiders and New Orleans Saints were both fined $500,000 and lost sixth- and seventh-round draft picks, respectively, for breaking protocols. Meanwhile, the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots were hit with $350,000 fines for their violations.

Carolina sits at the bottom of the NFC South with a 4-8 record and is set to play the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

NFL WEEK 14: INSIDE THE NUMBERS

BRONCOS VS. PANTHERS

  • The Broncos and Panthers met in Super Bowl 50 (2015 season) and again in Week 1 of 2016, with Denver winning both games (24-10 in SB 50 and 21-20 in 2016). Since the start of the 2016 season, the Broncos have gone 31-45 and have not made the playoffs, while the Panthers have gone 33-43 with one playoff appearance (2017 — lost in Wild Card round).
  • The Broncos fell to the Chiefs, 22-16, in Kansas City in Week 13. One more loss (or tie) this season would doom Denver to its fourth consecutive losing season. Denver has not had back-to-back losing seasons at any point from 1972 to 2017.
  • The Panthers lost to the Vikings, 28-27, on the road in Week 12 before their bye week. Carolina has a takeaway in 11 straight games despite having just five interceptions this season. The Panthers have recovered an NFL-high 12 of their opponents 16 fumbles in 2020 (75.0 percent).
  • Teddy Bridgewater has completed 70.2 percent of his passes this season, second best in the NFL behind Drew Brees (NO, 73.5) and on pace to be the best single-season mark in Panthers history. Drew Lock has completed 55.4 percent of his passes this season, worst in the NFL. The last Denver QB to finish a season with the worst completion percentage in the NFL was Tim Tebow in 2011 (all ranks among qualified QBs).
  • D.J. Moore, 924 receiving yards, and Robby Anderson, 912, have the third-most receiving yards by a teammate duo this season. With Curtis Samuel, 517 receiving yards, they have the second-most receiving yards by a teammate trio. (KC: Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman). The Panthers may be without Moore or Samuel or both this week as they have been put on the COVID/Reserve list.
  • Tim Patrick had his first career multi-touchdown day against the Chiefs, hauling in two TD catches. Patrick, undrafted in 2017 and signed by Denver in 2018, leads the Broncos with 607 receiving yards this season, one of two undrafted players leading their team in receiving yards (Damiere Byrd, NE — 518).

CHANCE OF WINNING:

PANTHERS: 63.7%

BRONCOS 36.3%

HOUSTON AT CHICAGO

  1. The Texans are 4-0 all-time against the Bears, making this one of four matchups between current NFL franchises in which one team is undefeated against the other (Eagles 11-0 vs. Jets, Vikings 5-0 vs. Texans, Eagles 5-0 vs. Texans).
  2. The Texans have allowed at least 350 total yards in 17 straight games, the longest streak by any team in the Super Bowl era.
  3. Deshaun Watson has 14,822 combined passing and rushing yards in 50 career games, the most by any player in NFL history over the first 50 games of his career.
  4. The Bears were 5-1 but have lost six straight to drop to 5-7. They will be looking to avoid joining the 1994 Eagles, 2012 Cardinals and 2018 Panthers as the only teams in NFL history to be 4+ games over .500 and then lose seven straight.
  5. The Bears have scored 46.3 percent of their points this season in the fourth quarter, on pace to be the highest percentage by any team since the 1997 Bills (49.0).
  6. Allen Robinson II has had a 20+ yard catch in 10 straight games, the longest streak by a Bears player since Jeff Graham had a 10-game streak in 1995.

CHANCE OF WINNING:

CHICAGO 55.9%

HOUSTON 44.1%

DALLAS AT CINCINNATI

  1. The Cowboys have won eight of 12 all-time meetings with the Bengals, including each of the last three. They’ve scored at least 20 points in 11 of those 12 games, with the lone exception being a 26-3 loss in Week 9, 2004, Cincinnati’s last win over Dallas. The Bengals are 3-2 at home versus the Cowboys all-time.
  2. The Cowboys lost in Baltimore, 34-17, on Tuesday night, dropping to 3-9 this season, tied for their fourth-worst 12-game start ever, and worst since 1989 (1-11). The 294 rushing yards they allowed on Tuesday were their second most this season (307 against Cleveland in Week 4).
  3. The Bengals lost to the Dolphins, 19-7, in Miami on Sunday, their fourth straight defeat. Cincinnati has a 2-3 record and a +11 point differential at home this season, compared to a 0-6-1 record with a -82 point differential on the road.
  4. Michael Gallup was targeted a team-high 11 times against Baltimore, and hauled in seven catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. The seven catches were tied for the second most in his career, and his six first downs were his second most in a game (Week 11, 2019 at Detroit — nine catches, seven first downs).
  5. Tyler Boyd had just one catch in the loss to Miami, but it went for a 72-yard touchdown, the longest catch of his career. Boyd also attempted a pass on Sunday that fell incomplete, making him 1-for-2 this season and 1-for-3 in his career.
  6. The Bengals are averaging just 4.3 yards on first down this season, the worst mark in the league. They ranked 28th last season at 4.9 yards. Dallas ranks 19th this year at 5.5 yards per first down.

CHANCE OF WINNING

CINCINNATI 62.1%

DALLAS 37.9%

TENNESSEE AT JACKSONVILLE

  1. The Titans have won four of their five meetings with the Jaguars since the start of the 2018 season but have averaged just 8.0 points per game in Jacksonville during that time (1-1) compared to 35.0 points per game at home (3-0).
  2. Jacksonville put up a season-high 30 points in their Week 2 loss in Tennessee. It was their best offensive game of the season not just in terms of points, but also net yards (480) and rushing yards (165).
  3. At 8-4, the Titans are one win away from a fifth consecutive winning season. That would extend the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL (Patriots – 19; Seahawks – 8; Chiefs – 8 including 2020) and mark the second-longest streak in franchise history — the Oilers had seven straight winning seasons from 1987-1993.
  4. Corey Davis set career highs with 11 receptions and 182 receiving yards in last week’s loss to the Browns. His 11 catches were the most by a Titan since Kendall Wright had 12 on December 15, 2013, while his 182 yards were the most by a Titan since Kenny Britt had 225 yards on October 24, 2010.
  5. The Jaguars have allowed at least 24 points in 11 straight games (all losses) beginning with their Week 2 defeat to the Titans. A team has allowed 24 points in 12 straight games in a single season just twice in NFL history, the Browns in 2016 and the Packers in 1951.
  6. James Robinson has recorded at least 90 yards from scrimmage in six straight games, equalling the longest streak of the season, set by Alvin Kamara (NO) from Weeks 2-8. Robinson’s 1278 scrimmage yards this season are the fourth most by a rookie in Jaguars franchise history.

CHANCES OF WINNING:

TENNESSEE 61.2%

JACKSONVILLE 38.8%

KANSAS CITY AT MIAMI

  1. This matchup is a rematch of the longest game in NFL history, a Divisional Playoff on Christmas Day 1971 at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. It took just over five and a half quarters for the Dolphins to upset the Chiefs, 27-24. KC leads the all-time regular-season series, 14-13; Miami has swept three postseason meetings.
  2. The Chiefs, who enter with a seven-game winning streak, have five wins this season by double-digit margins, but their last four games have been close. Each has been decided by six points or fewer, and in three of them, Kansas City overcame halftime deficits to win.
  3. After allowing 62 points in dropping their first two home games, the Dolphins have won four straight at Hard Rock Stadium, yielding only 45 points. This is their longest home winning streak since a five-game run in 2016 — the last season in which they made the postseason.
  4. Patrick Mahomes’ streak of 22 consecutive games with a touchdown pass is the longest current streak in the league and the longest in franchise history. Mahomes’ run of five straight games with at least 300 passing yards is the NFL’s longest streak of 2020.
  5. Tua Tagovailoa’s streak of 136 consecutive passes without an interception is the longest ever by a Dolphin to begin a season. It is the longest streak by a rookie to begin a career since 2016, when the Cowboys’ Dak Prescott had no interceptions in his first 176 attempts.
  6. Patrick Mahomes has 31 touchdown passes and two interceptions this season, and his interception percentage of 0.43 would be third lowest in a qualifying season all-time. He faces a Miami defense that ranks second in the league with 21 takeaways, led by Xavien Howard’s league-high eight interceptions.

CHANCES OF WINNING:

MIAMI 51.1%

KANSAS CITY 48.9%

ARIZONA AT NY GIANTS

  1. The Cardinals allowed a season-high 38 points in their 38-28 loss to the Rams last week, their third straight defeat. Arizona is averaging 281.3 yards of offense during its losing streak, a figure which ranks 30th in the NFL since Week 11 after leading the NFL through Week 10 with 425.4 yards per game.
  2. Kyler Murray had three touchdown passes in the loss, giving him 22 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns this year. He is the third player in NFL history to have 20+ passing TD and 10+ rushing TD in a season, joining Cam Newton (twice; 2015 and 2011) and Kordell Stewart (1997).
  3. DeAndre Hopkins surpassed the 1000-yard mark for the season in the loss, his fourth straight 1000-yard campaign and the sixth of his career. He is the second player in franchise history to have 1000 receiving yards in his first season as a Cardinal, along with Anquan Boldin in 2003.
  4. The Giants’ 17-12 victory in Seattle last week was their fourth consecutive win, their longest win streak over the last four seasons. New York has allowed fewer than 20 points in each of its last three games — the last time it did that was in 2009.
  5. Wayne Gallman Jr. did not score a touchdown for the first time in six games but had a career-high 135 yards in the win. This season, he has 400 yards on 75 carries (5.3 yards per carry) on the road versus 104 yards on 34 carries (3.1 YPC) at home.
  6. The Giants are 80-45-2 (.639) all-time against the Cardinals, the third-best record for any team versus another in NFL history among matchups with at least 100 games played. Arizona has won three straight in the series overall and three straight matchups in New York.

CHANCES OF WINNING

ARIZONA 52.2%

NY GIANTS 47.8%

MINNESOTA AT TAMPA BAY

  1. The Vikings evened their record with a 27-24 overtime win over Jacksonville, their fifth win in six games. Minnesota had a season-high four takeaways in the win, giving the Vikings 11 in their last five contests after having six through their first seven games.
  2. Dalvin Cook had 120 rushing yards and 59 receiving yards in the win, giving him 1564 scrimmage yards for the year. He is the fourth player in team history to have consecutive seasons with 1500+ scrimmage yards, joining Adrian Peterson (2007-10), Ted Brown (1980-81) and Chuck Foreman (1975-76).
  3. Justin Jefferson had 121 receiving yards last week, surpassing the 1000-yard plateau for his career. The 12 games he needed to reach that figure are tied for the second fewest by any player in the Super Bowl era, along with Randy Moss, Anquan Boldin and Marques Colston (Odell Beckham Jr. — 11 games).
  4. The Buccaneers dropped their last two games prior to their bye last week, both by a score of 27-24. They allowed a season-high 543 yards in their Week 12 loss to the Chiefs, the most they have allowed in a regulation (non-overtime) home game in the last 35 years (since 1985).
  5. Rob Gronkowski had a season-high 106 yards in Week 12, his 29th career 100-yard game. That is the second-most 100-yard games ever by a tight end behind only Tony Gonzalez (31). Gronkowski is the fifth tight ever to have 10 seasons with 500+ receiving yards.
  6. After losing six straight against the Buccaneers, the Vikings have won the last two in this series. Minnesota lost six straight in Tampa between 1998-2008 before winning in overtime in their last visit in 2014. The Vikings are winless when facing Tom Brady, as he is 5-0 versus Minnesota in his career.

CHANCES OF WINNING

TAMPA BAY 68.5%

MINNESOTA 31.5%

INDIANAPOLIS AT LAS VEGAS

  1. The Raiders have won two of their last three meetings with the Colts, including a 31-24 road win last season. Seven of the teams’ nine meetings since 2000 have been decided by one possession.
  2. Indianapolis improved to 4-0 following a loss this season, holding on to beat the Texans, 26-20, in Houston last week. The Colts are 6-0 this season when allowing 21 points or fewer, compared to 2-4 when allowing 22 or more.
  3. Las Vegas is 7-5 despite allowing 28.9 points per game, 28th in the NFL. Only two other teams have had a winning record through 12 games while allowing that many points per game: the 1950 New York Yanks (7-5, 30.6 ppg) and the 2000 St. Louis Rams (8-4, 30.6 ppg).
  4. Philip Rivers will be making his 29th career start against the Raiders, breaking a tie with John Elway for the most all-time. Rivers has the most QB wins (18), completions (584), passing yards (7103) and touchdown passes (47) against the Raiders by any player all-time.
  5. Last week, Derek Carr had his ninth career game with 300+ passing yards and 3+ touchdown passes, tying Rich Gannon for the most such games in franchise history. Carr’s 22 TD passes this season are his most since 2017 (22), and he has eight TD passes and no interceptions in his career against the Colts.
  6. In last week’s win over the Jets, Darren Waller became just the fourth tight end in NFL history to tally 200+ receiving yards and 2+ receiving touchdowns in a game, joining Jackie Smith (1963), Rich Caster (1972) and Shannon Sharpe (2002).

CHANCES OF WINNING

LAS VEGAS 57%

INDIANAPOLIS 43%

NY JETS AT SEATTLE

  1. The Jets and Seahawks will meet for just the fourth time in the last 15 years, with Seattle winning each of the previous three by double digits. The last time the Jets won in Seattle was on August 31, 1997, a 41-3 win behind five touchdown passes by Neil O’Donnell.
  2. The Jets were unable to complete the comeback against the Raiders last week, scoring two fourth quarter touchdowns but allowing the game-winning TD with 0:05 remaining. New York is hoping to avoid becoming the 10th team ever to start a season 0-13 and first since the 2017 Browns (finished 0-16).
  3. The Seahawks fell to the Giants last week, 17-12, their first home loss of the season and lowest home point total since 2017 against the Rams (7 points). Seattle is averaging just 327.0 total net yards per game in their last four after ranking third in the NFL through Week 9 with 415.0 total yards per game.
  4. Ty Johnson rushed for 104 yards against Las Vegas, becoming the first Jets player with 100+ rushing yards since Isaiah Crowell on October 7, 2018. That snapped a streak of 38 straight games without a 100-yard rusher, the longest such streak in franchise history.
  5. Last week, DK Metcalf led the Seahawks with 80 receiving yards, putting him at 2019 yards for his career. He is the fastest player in Seahawks history to reach 2000 receiving yards, doing so in his 28th game.
  6. The Jets fired their defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, as the Jets rank 30th in scoring defense (29.4) and 29th in total defense (398.8 YPG allowed). However, the Seahawks and their opponents have combined for 793.1 yards per game this season, most in the league.

CHANCES OF WINNING

SEATTLE 78.6%

NY JETS 21.4%

GREEN BAY AT DETROIT

  1. The Packers beat the Eagles last week, 30-16, their third straight game with 30 or more points and their league-leading ninth this season, two more than any other team. The franchise record for 30-point games in a single season in 11 in 2011.
  2. Aaron Rodgers had three touchdowns and no interceptions in the win, his eighth game this season with three or more TD passes and no interceptions. That is tied for the most such games in a single season all-time with himself in 2014 and Tom Brady in 2007.
  3. Aaron Jones had 130 rushing yards, including a career-long 77-yard run for a touchdown, the longest TD run by a Packer in the last 15 years. He surpassed 3000 career rushing yards in the win, becoming the fourth Packer in the Super Bowl era to reach that figure in 50 games or fewer.
  4. The Lions beat the Bears last week, 34-30, despite trailing by 10 points in the fourth quarter. It was the first time in six seasons that they came back to win when facing a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit and the first time in seven seasons that they won a game when allowing 30 or more points.
  5. Matthew Stafford had three touchdowns in the win, while also passing for a season-high 402 yards, his 10th career 400-yard game He is the seventh player in league history to have 10+ games with 400+ passing yards.
  6. The Packers have won three straight against the Lions, including a 42-21 victory in Week 2. That was Green Bay’s 101st all-time win versus Detroit, the third most for one team versus any single opponent in league history (Giants — 104 versus Washington; Bears — 102 versus Lions).

CHANCE OF WINNING

GREEN BAY 62.8%

DETROIT 37.2%

ATLANTA AT LA CHARGERS

  1. The Falcons lost to the Saints last week, 21-16, their 26th straight loss when scoring under 20 points. Atlanta is one of two teams with no wins when scoring under 20 points in the last five seasons, along with Cincinnati.
  2. Matt Ryan completed 19 of 39 pass attempts in the loss, his second game in the last nine seasons he completed less than half of his pass attempts (also Week 1, 2018). He has a 52.2 completion percentage over his last three games, the lowest mark among 29 players with 50+ pass attempts since Week 11.
  3. Calvin Ridley had 108 receiving yards, his fifth 100-yard game this year after having three total through his first two career seasons, and his first since Week 5. He and Keenan Allen are two of six players this year leading their teams outright (no ties) in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
  4. The Chargers suffered their largest loss in franchise history last week with a 45-0 defeat in New England. It marked the first time they were shut out over the last six seasons, while the 45 points are tied for the most they have allowed in the last 20 seasons.
  5. Justin Herbert failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time in his career in the loss. He is the only first-year player in the Super Bowl era to throw at least one TD pass in each of his first 10 career games.
  6. The Falcons are 8-2 all-time versus the Chargers but lost the last meeting between these teams in 2016, 33-30, in overtime. Atlanta has never faced the Chargers in Los Angeles but is 6-0 all-time when facing the Chargers away from home.

CHANCE OF WINNING

ATLANTA 54.2%

LA CHARGERS 45.8%

NEW ORLEANS AT PHILADELPHIA

  1. New Orleans has won seven of the last nine games between those teams, with three of those wins coming in the postseason, including their last meeting in the 2018 Divisional Round. Prior to this run, Philadelphia had won six straight against the Saints.
  2. The Saints beat the Falcons, 21-16, in Atlanta on Sunday, extending their winning streak to nine games. It’s just the fourth time they’ve had such a streak in a single season (also 2018 — 10, 2009 — 13, 1987 — 9). They’ve allowed just 44 total points in their last five games.
  3. The Eagles fell to the Packers, 30-16, in Green Bay on Sunday, and have now lost four in a row for the first time since a five-game streak in 2016. This is the first time they’ve gone four straight games in a season without scoring more than 17 points since a four-game streak in 2004.
  4. Michael Thomas had nine catches for 105 yards on Sunday, his second 100-yard performance in his last three games (both against Atlanta). It was his 21st career 100-yard receiving game. Only Marques Colston (28) and Joe Horn (27) have more such games with the Saints.
  5. Jalen Hurts will make his first career start in this game. He came on in relief of Carson Wentz in the loss to Green Bay, going 5-for-12 for 109 yards, and also threw his first career touchdown and interception.
  6. The Saints have had just 139 passing plays that resulted in an incompletion, interception, sack, or tackle for loss this season, eight fewer than any other team in the NFL. The Eagles have had 253 such plays, 31 more than any team in the league.

CHANCE OF WINNING

NEW ORLEANS 64.1%

PHILADELPHIA 35.9%

WASHINGTON AT SAN FRANCISCO

  1. San Francisco has won five of the last six games between these teams, most recently getting a 9-0 win in Washington in Week 7 last season. Including the postseason, Washington is 3-12-1 all-time in road games versus San Francisco, most recently getting a win in Week 15, 2004.
  2. Washington has won three straight games following a 2-7 start, its first three-game winning streak since Weeks 6-8, 2018. With a win over Pittsburgh on Monday, Washington became the first team in NFL history with a losing record to win a road game against a team with an 11-0 or better record.
  3. The 49ers fell to the Bills, 34-24, as the home team in Arizona on Monday night, their fourth loss in their last five games. It was the fourth time this season they’ve reached 400 yards of offense (402) — they’re 2-2 in those games. They were a perfect 6-0 in such games last season.
  4. Alex Smith had four completions of at least 25 yards in the win over Pittsburgh, and now has 12 such completions over his last five games. In his previous 11 games dating back to Week 1 of the 2018 season, he had just nine.
  5. Rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk had five catches for 95 yards against Buffalo, his first game since Week 10 (COVID). In his last four games, he’s averaged 6.5 catches and 94.0 yards. In his first five games, he averaged 2.8 catches and 33.0 yards.
  6. Both of these teams have benefited from yards after the catch this season. San Francisco’s 1809 total YAC this season ranks third in the NFL and second in the NFC (Rams, 1915), while Washington ranks sixth in the NFL and third in the NFC with 1715.

CHANCE OF WINNING

SAN FRANCISCO 60.4%

WASHINGTON 39.6%

PITTSBURGH AT BUFFALO

  1. The Steelers have won 10 of the last 12 games between these teams (including postseason), but the Bills got a 17-10 win in Week 15 last season, their first win over Pittsburgh since 1999. Pittsburgh won its first two games in Buffalo in 1972 and 1978, then lost seven straight from 1980-1999 before winning the last four.
  2. Pittsburgh’s quest for a perfect season ended with a 23-17 loss at home against Washington on Monday. The Steelers have now scored fewer than 20 points in consecutive weeks after scoring at least 24 in each of their first 10 games. They haven’t done so in three straight started by Ben Roethlisberger since Weeks 6-8, 2013.
  3. The Bills beat the 49ers, 34-24, on the road on Monday, the sixth time this season they’ve reached at least 30 points. That’s already tied for their most in a full season since they had seven such games in 2004 (also six in 2016). The franchise record is nine 30-point games.
  4. Anthony McFarland Jr. finished as Pittsburgh’s leading rusher against Washington with 15 yards, and the team only had 21 total rushing yards. It was their fewest since they had 19 against Baltimore in Week 4, 2018, and just the seventh time since 1950 they’ve had 21 or fewer (1-6 in those games).
  5. Josh Allen threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns against the Niners, his third game this season with at least 300 yards and four touchdowns, the most ever in a single season by a Bills quarterback. Only two other players have had at least three such games in their Bills careers — Jim Kelly (4) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (3).
  6. Both teams have done most of their damage this season in the first half — Pittsburgh’s +84 point differential in the first two quarters ranks second in the league (Green Bay, +98), while Buffalo ranks fifth at +72.

CHANCES OF WINNING

PITTSBURGH 54.4

BUFFALO 45.6

BALTIMORE AT CLEVELAND

  1. The Ravens have taken eight of the last 10 meetings against the Browns, including a 38-6 victory in Baltimore in Week 1 this season. The Ravens are also 10-2 in their last 12 trips to Cleveland, most recently claiming a 31-15 win in Week 16 last season.
  2. Baltimore defeated Dallas, 34-17, on Tuesday, rushing for 294 yards in the win. It was the fourth most rushing yards in franchise history and the second time in three seasons the Ravens have tallied 290+ rushing yards (also December 30, 2018 vs. Cleveland) — they had done so just three times in their first 22 seasons.
  3. Gus Edwards (101 yards), Lamar Jackson (94) and J.K. Dobbins (71) all rushed for 70+ yards in Tuesday’s win, just the second time in franchise history the Ravens have had three players rush for 70+ yards (also December 30, 2018 vs. Browns). It’s the second time this season any team has done so — the Browns themselves also did so in Week 4, also against the Cowboys (Beckham Jr., Hunt, Johnson).
  4. Cleveland downed Tennessee, 41-35, for its fourth straight victory — the second time the Browns have won four in a row this season. The Browns are seeking their first five-game win streak since taking five straight from September 18 to October 23, 1994 — every other team has at least three such streaks since then.
  5. Baker Mayfield threw four touchdowns and no interceptions in the win over Tennessee and enters Week 14 without an interception in 156 attempts — two shy of Drew Brees for the longest active streak in the NFL. He now has 70 career passing touchdowns in 42 career games, becoming the fastest Browns passer to reach 70 career touchdowns — Otto Graham is the next-fastest, doing so in 52 games.
  6. Nick Chubb is averaging 6.01 yards per carry, second in the NFL behind only Arizona’s Kyler Murray (6.52; min. 100 carries). Meanwhile, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson ranks third with 5.77 yards per carry, while Gu

CHANCES OF WINNING

BALTIMORE 61.2%

CLEVELAND 38.8%

NFL PREVIEWS WEEK 14

NFL PREVIEW: DENVER BRONCOS (4-8) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-8)

WEEK 14 // SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 4-1

STREAKS: Broncos have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME: 9/8/16: Panthers 20 at Broncos 21

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/11/12: Broncos 36, Panthers 14

BRONCOS NOTES:

QB DREW LOCK passed for 151 yards & had 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. Has 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT in 2 career starts vs. NFC. Has 2 TD passes in 2 of his past 3 on road. • RB MELVIN GORDON rushed for season-high 131 yards last week. Has 80+ rush yards in 2 of past 3. Has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 career road games vs. NFC South. Has 685 rush yards this season & is 1 of 2 in NFL (TODD GURLEY) with 600+ rush yards in each of past 6 seasons. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. NFC. • WR TIM PATRICK had 4 catches for 44 yards & career-high 2 TDs last week. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC South. Has 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 on road. Rookie WR JERRY JEUDY has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC South. Has 65+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Ranks 3rd among AFC rookies with 594 rec. yards & 4th with 38 catches. Jeudy & WR KJ HAMLER (27) are only pair of rookie WR teammates each with 25+ catches this season. TE NOAH FANT had 4 catches for 57 yards in Week 13. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Has career-high 44 catches & is 1st TE in Den history with 40+ catches in each of 1st 2 seasons. • LB BRADLEY CHUBB has 5+ tackles & sack in 2 of past 3. Has TFL in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC South. LB JEREMIAH ATTAOCHU had sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. DE SHELPBY HARRIS had 2 PD last week, 2nd game with 2 PD this season. CB KAREEM JACKSON led team with 10 tackles & had PD last in Week 13. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 5+ tackles. S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 8 tackles & TFL last week.

PANTHERS NOTES:

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER passed for 267 yards & TD vs. INT in Week 12. Needs 181 pass yards for 2nd-career 3,000-yard season (3,321 pass yards in 2015). Passed for 269 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 92.4 rating in only career start vs. Den. (10/4/15 w/ Min.). Has 95+ rating in 3 of his 5 home starts this season. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY has 374 scrimmage yards (124.7 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 games this season. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TDs. Has 11 TDs (9 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 7 at home. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL with 5,817 scrimmage yards & 4th with 45 scrimmage TDs. RB MIKE DAVIS had 79 scrimmage yards (55 rush, 24 rec.) in Week 12. Aims for his 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Is 1 of 3 RBs (ALVIN KAMARA & J.D. MCKISSIC) with 50+ receptions (52) this season. • WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 4 catches for 94 yards & TD catch in Week 12. Is 1 of 2 (STEFON DIGGS) with 4+ receptions in each of 1st 12 games this season. Had 3 receptions for 123 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. Den. (10/7/18 w/ NYJ). Needs 88 rec. yards for 1st-career 1,000-yard season. WR D.J. MOORE aims for his 3rd in row at home with 95+ rec. yards. Needs 76 rec. yards for 2ndconsecutive 1,000-yard season. Anderson (912) & Moore (924) are 1 of 2 pairs of teammates (TYREEK HILL & TRAVIS KELCE) each with 900+ rec. yards this season. • S JEREMY CHINN (rookie) had 13 tackles, FF & 2 FR-TDs in Week 12 & became 3rd player (FRED EVANS & AL NESSER) with 2 FRTDs in single game in NFL history. Leads all rookies with 86 tackles. DE BRIAN BURNS has 3 sacks in his past 4. LB SHAQ THOMPSON had FR in last meeting.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss (field reporter) SIRIUS: 106 (Den), 121 (Car) | XM: 385 (Den), 225 (Car)

NFL PREVIEW: HOUSTON TEXANS (4-8) AT CHICAGO BEARS (5-7)

WEEK 14 // SUNDAY, DEC. 6, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Texans lead all-time series, 4-0

STREAKS: Texans have won past 4

LAST GAME: 9/11/16: Bears 14 at Texans 23

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/11/12: Texans 13, Bears 6

TEXANS NOTES:

QB DESHAUN WATSON completed 26 of 38 passes (68.4 pct.) for 341 yards & rushed for 38 yards & TD last week. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Aims for 4th in row with 315+ pass yards. Has 927 pass yards (309 per game) & 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.1 rating in 3 career games vs. NFC North. Aims for 5th in row on road with 1+ TD pass, 0 INTs & 90+ rating. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 3,542 pass yards & tied-3rd with 110 rating this season. • RB DAVID JOHNSON rushed for TD last week & has rush TD in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chi. with TD. Has 313 scrimmage yards (104.3 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in his past 3 vs. NFC North. RB DUKE JOHNSON had season-high 6 catches in Week 13. Had 101 srimmage yards (81 rec., 20 rush) & 7 catches in only career game vs. Chi. (12/24/17 with Cle.). Has TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR BRANDIN COOKS aims for 4th in row with 65+ rec. yards & 3rd in row with 5+ catches. WR KEKE COUTEE led team with 8 catches for career-high 141 rec. yards last week. WR CHAD HANSEN set career highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (101) in season debut last week. • DE J.J. WATT had season-high 4 TFL & 5th sack of season last week. Had TFL in last road meeting. Has 4 PD in past 3. DE JACOB MARTIN had sack in Week 13. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC North. LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM aims for 5th in row with 9+ tackles. Leads NFL with 118 tackles this season. LB TYRELL ADAMS aims for 3rd in row with 12+ tackles. S A.J. MOORE had 1st-career sack last week.

BEARS NOTES:

QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY completed 26 of 34 attempts (76.5 pct.) for 267 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 108.3 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 25+ completions. QB NICK FOLES passed for career-high 471 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 120.4 rating in his last start vs. Hou. (12/23/18 w/ Phi.). • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 111 scrimmage yards (72 rush, 39 rec.) & 2 rush TDs last week, his 2nd-career game with 2 rush TDs. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 10 of his 11 games this season. Needs 62 scrimmage yards for 2nd-consecutive 1,000+ scrimmage yard season. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON led team with 6 receptions for 75 yards last week. Aims for his 6th in row with 6+ catches. Is 1 of 2 NFC WRs (DEANDRE HOPKINS) with 10 games of 5+ receptions in 2020. Need 96 rec. yards for 2nd-consecutive 1,000-yard season. WR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 59 rush yards & 1st rush TD of season last week, his 8th-career rush TD. WR ANTHONY MILLER has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. Rookie TE COLE KMET had 2nd-career TD catch in Week 13. • LB KHALIL MACK had sack in his last game vs. Hou. (11/21/16 w/ Oak.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with TFL. LB ROQUAN SMITH is 1st player since LUKE KUECHLY (2018) with 100+ tackles (110) & 15+ TFL (15) in single season. LB DANNY TREVATHAN had 11 tackles & sack in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with sack. S EDDIE JACKSON has PD in 4 of his past 5. Has FF in 2 of his past 3 at home.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Hou), 81 (Chi) | XM: 382 (Hou), 226 (Chi)

NFL PREVIEW: DALLAS COWBOYS (3-9) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-9-1)

WEEK 14 // SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY:

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

STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 3

LAST GAME: 10/9/16: Bengals 14 at Cowboys 28

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/9/12: Cowboys 20, Bengals 19

COWBOYS NOTES:

QB ANDY DALTON spent 9 seasons (2011-19) with Cin. & is alltime franchise-leader in completions (2,757) & pass TDs (204) & ranks 2nd in pass yards (31,594). Passed for season-high 285 yards & had 2 TDs vs. INT last week. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 95 scrimmage yards (77 rush, 18 rec.) in Week 13. Had 171 scrimmage yards (134 rush, 37 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Has 1,058 scrimmage yards in 2020, his 5th-straight 1,000+ scrimmage yard season. Is 1st player with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 7+ scrimmage TDs (7) in each of 1st 5 seasons since ADRIAN PETERSON (2007-11). • WR AMARI COOPER had 4th rec. TD of season last week. Has 80+ rec. yards in 4 of his 6 road games this season. Needs rec. TD to become 1st player since MIKE WALLACE (2009-14) with 5+ TD catches in each of 1st 6 seasons. Needs 109 rec. yards for 3rd-consecutive 1,000-yard season. Rookie WR CEEDEE LAMB had 6 catches for 46 yards last week. Has 8 games with 5+ receptions this season, most among rookies. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 59 receptions in 2020. WR MICHAEL GALLUP led team with 7 receptions & 86 yards & had TD catch in Week 13. TE DALTON SCHULTZ ranks tied-2nd among NFC TEs with career-high 48 receptions. • LB JAYLON SMITH led team with 12 tackles last week, his 18thcareer game with 10+ tackles. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 112 tackles in 2020, his 3rd-consecutive 100+ tackle season. DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE has 2.5 sacks, 5 TFL, FF & FR in his past 4 on road. S DARIAN THOMPSON had 2nd-career INT in Week 13. CB CHIDOBE AWUZIE aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles.

BENGALS NOTES:

QB BRANDON ALLEN completed 11 of 19 passes (57.9 pct.) for 153 yards & TD vs. INT last week. • RB JOE MIXON has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. Has 584 scrimmage yards (146 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 4 at home. RB GIOVANI BERNARD had 96 scrimmage yards (50 rush. 46 rec.) & 6 catches in last meeting. Has 75+ scrimmage yards & TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has 513 scrimmage yards this season (260 rec., 253 rush) & is 1 of 2 RBs (FRANK GORE) with 400+ scrimmage yards in each of past 8 seasons. • WR TYLER BOYD had 72-yard TD catch last week. Has 70+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Has 9+ catches & 85+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC East. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 at home. Has 73 catches this season & is 1 of 6 WRs with 70+ catches in each of past 3 seasons. WR A.J. GREEN had 4 catches for 50 yards in last meeting. Rookie WR TEE HIGGINS had 5 catches for 56 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Has 70+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 at home. Ranks 2nd among rookies in rec. yards (729), tied-2nd in catches (53) & 3rd in rec. TDs (5). TE DREW SAMPLE had 7 catches for 49 yards last week. • S JESSIE BATES led team with career-high 13 tackles & had 1st FF of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC East. S VONN BELL aims for 3rd in row with FR. Has 10+ tackles in 2 of past 3. Had 10 tackles, 2 FR, FF & PD in his last game vs. Dal. (9/29/19 with NO). DE SAM HUBBARD tied career-high with 10 tackles in Week 13. Has 4 TFL in 3 career games vs. NFC East.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): TBD SIRIUS: 135 (Dal), 134 (Cin) | XM: 383 (Dal), 229 (Cin)

NFL PREVIEW: TENNESSEE TITANS (8-4) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-11)

WEEK 14 // SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // TIAA BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 30-21

STREAKS: Titans have won 6 of past 7

LAST GAME: 9/20/20: Jaguars 30 at Titans 33

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/19/19: Jaguars 20, Titans 7

TITANS NOTES:

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 29 of 45 passes (64.4 pct.) for season-high 389 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 104.8 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ rating. Passed for 239 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 145.7 rating in Week 2 meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Jax. with 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 145+ rating. Has 11 TDs (10 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 118.8 rating in 4 games vs. division this season. • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for 60 yards last week. Has 100+ rush yards in 3 of past 4. Has 4 rush TDs in past 3. Rushed for 84 yards in Week 2 meeting. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. Jax. Has 558 scrimmage yards (186 per game) & 5 rush TDs in his past 3 vs. division. Has 100+ rush yards in 8 straight road games, tied 2nd-longest streak in NFL history. RB JEREMY MCNICHOLS rushed for 1st-career TD in Week 13. • WR A.J. BROWN aims for 3rd in row with 85+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had 4 catches for 135 yards & TD in his last game vs. Jax. (11/24/19). Has TD catch in 4 of his past 5 vs. division. Aims for 4th in row on road with rec. TD. WR COREY DAVIS set career highs in catches (11) & rec. yards (182) & had TD catch last week. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had rec. TD in Week 2 meeting. • S KEVIN BYARD aims for 9th in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 5 of his past 6 on road. S KENNY VACCARO had FR last week. Had 2 PD & sack in Week 2 meeting. CB MALCOLM BUTLER led team with 8 tackles last week. Had 11 tackles & 2 PD in Week 2 meeting. Has 5 PD in his past 3 vs. Jax. Has PD in 7 of his past 8 vs. division. LB HAROLD LANDRY had INT in Week 2 meeting.

JAGS NOTES:

QB MIKE GLENNON completed 28 of 42 passes (66.7 pct.) for 280 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs last week. • RB JAMES ROBINSON (rookie) had 108 scrimmage yards (78 rush, 30 rec.) & rush TD last week, his 7th game with 100+ scrimmage yards, tied with CLARK GAINES (7 games in 1976) for most by undrafted rookie in common-draft era. Aims for 7th in row with 90+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had 120 scrimmage yards (102 rush, 18 rec.) & rush TD in Week 2 meeting. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 5 of 6 home games this season. Leads rookies with 1,278 scrimmage yards (968 rush, 310 rec.), tied 2nd-most by undrafted rookie in common-draft era. • WR DJ CHARK had 84 rec. yards in Week 2 meeting. Had 76 rec. yards in last home meeting. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. Has 7+ catches in 2 of his past 3 at home. WR KEELAN COLE had 6 catches for 58 yards & TD in Week 2 meeting. Has TD catch in 4 of his past 5 vs. division. Rookie WR LAVISKA SHENAULT had 2nd-career TD catch last week. Rookie WR COLLIN JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row with 65+ rec. yards. TE TYLER EIFERT had season-high 6 catches in Week 13. Had rec. TD in Week 2 meeting. • LB MYLES JACK had 11 tackles & FR last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 9+ tackles. Had 11 tackles & PD in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 5th in row at home with TFL. LB JOE SCHOBERT led team with 12 tackles & had sack & 43-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st-career TD. DE DAWUANE SMOOT had 2 sacks in Week 13, 2nd-career game with 2 sacks. Aims for 3rd in row with sack.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta SIRIUS: 146 (Ten), 136 (Jax) | XM: 384 (Ten), 230 (Jax)

NFL PREVIEW: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-1) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (8-4)

WEEK 14 // SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // HARD ROCK STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 14-13

STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/24/17: Dolphins 13 at Chiefs 29

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/21/14: Chiefs 34, Dolphins 15

CHIEFS NOTES:

CHIEFS clinched playoff berth for 6th-consecutive season, tied longest streak in franchise history (1990-95). • QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 25 of 40 passes (62.5 pct.) for 318 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 95.6 rating last week, his 5th consecutive game with 315+ pass yards, tied 3rd-longest streak in NFL history. Aims for 8th in row with 95+ rating. Has 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 131.7 rating in 3 games vs. AFC East this season. Has 15 TDs (14 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 114.2 rating in 6 road games this season. Leads NFL with 3,815 passing yards. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE (rookie) has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. AFC East. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. RB LE’VEON BELL aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR TYREEK HILL aims for 7th in row with 50+ rec. yards & 5th in row with 6+ catches. Has rec. TD in 5 of past 6. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Had 6 catches for 109 yards in last meeting. Ties for NFL lead with 13 rec. TDs. TE TRAVIS KELCE had 8 catches for 136 yards & TD last week. Aims for 6th in row with 8+ catches. Leads TEs with 1,114 rec. yards, becoming 1st TE ever with 1,000+ rec. yards in 5 seasons. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had 7 tackles, TFL & season-high 2 INTs last week, his 2nd-career game with 2 INTs. Aims for 3rd in row with INT. Had 7 tackles & sack in only career game vs. Mia. (10/25/18 with Hou.). S DANIEL SORENSEN has 5+ tackles in 10 of past 11. Had 2 PD in last meeting. Has INT in 3 of past 4 on road. LB ANTHONY HITCHENS aims for 5th in row with 6+ tackles. DT CHRIS JONES had PD in Week 13. Had PD in last meeting.

DOLPHINS NOTES:

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA (rookie) completed 26 of 39 passes (66.7 pct.) for career-high 296 yards & TD vs. INT for 97.8 rating last week, becoming 2nd QB in SB era (JEFF KEMP) with 1+ TD pass & 0 INTs in each of 1st 5 career starts. Has 95+ rating in 3 of his past 4. Has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 96 rating in 3 home starts. Leads rookies with 99.4 rating (min. 100 attempts). • RB MYLES GASKIN had career-high 141 scrimmage yards (90 rush, 51 rec.) last week. Has 125+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. Rookie RB LYNN BOWDEN had career-high 52 scrimmage yards (41 rec., 11 rush) & 4 catches in Week 13. RB MATT BREIDA had 117 scrimmage yards (90 rush, 27 rec.) in only career game vs. KC (9/23/18 with SF). • WR DEVANTE PARKER has 6+ catches & 60+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had 5 catches for 63 yards in last meeting. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 on road. WR JAKEEM GRANT had career high 107 rec. yards in last meeting. TE MIKE GESICKI had 88 rec. yards on career-high 9 catches & had rec. TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Has 537 rec. yards this season & is 1st Mia. TE with 50+ rec. yards in consecutive seasons since CHARLES CLAY (2013-14). • CB XAVIEN HOWARD aims for 5th in row with INT. Has 8 PD in past 4. Leads NFL with career-high 8 INTs this season. CB NIK NEEDHAM aims for 3rd in row with INT. LB KYLE VAN NOY set career highs in sacks (3) & TFL (5) & had 8 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB SHAQ LAWSON had PD & season-high 2 sacks in Week 13. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had 32 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 3 PD & FF in 2019 with KC.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 82 (KC), 137 (Mia) | XM: 381 (KC), 227 (Mia)

NFL PREVIEW: ARIZONA CARDINALS (6-6) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (5-7)

WEEK 14 // SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Giants lead all-time series, 80-45-2

STREAKS: Cardinals have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME: 10/20/19: Cardinals 27 at Giants 21

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/20/19

CARDS NOTES:

QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 3 TDs vs. INT last week. Has 22 TDs passes & 10 rush TDs this season & joined CAM NEWTON (2011 & 2015) & KORDELL STEWART (1997) as only QBs with 20+ TD passes & 10+ rush TDs in single season in NFL history. Completed 14 of 21 (66.7 pct.) for 104 yards in last meeting. Has 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5 starts on road. • RB KENYAN DRAKE had rush TD in Week 13. Aims for his 4th in row overall & 5th in row on road with rush TD. Has 16 rush TDs since joining Az. in Week 9 of 2019, tied 3rd-most in NFL in that span. RB CHASE EDMONDS had career-high 150 scrimmage yards (126 rush, 24 rec.) & career-high 3 rush TDs in last meeting. Has TD in 4 of 6 road games this season. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had 8 catches for 52 yards & TD catch last week. Has 10 games with 5+ receptions in 2020, tied 2ndmost in NFL. Had 6 receptions for 116 yards in his only game at NYG (9/21/14 w/ Hou.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with 6+ catches & 85+ rec. yards. Is only player with 85+ receptions & 1,000+ rec. yards in each of past 4 seasons. TE DAN ARNOLD had career-high 3rd rec. TD of season last week. • S BUDDA BAKER led team with 12 tackles & had TFL last week. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has 20 tackles (10 per game) in 2 career games vs. NYG. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with PD. Needs 6 tackles for 3rd-straight 100+ tackle season. CB PATRICK PETERSON had sack & PD in last meeting. LB MARKUS GOLDEN had 11.5 sacks & 15 TFL in 23 games (2019-20) with NYG. LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL has 4 TFL in his past 5. LB JORDAN HICKS needs 7 tackles for 2nd-straight 100+ tackle season.

GIANTS NOTES:

QB DANIEL JONES passed for 223 yards & TD vs. INT & had 35 rush yards in last meeting. Has 45+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. QB COLT MCCOY had TD vs. INT in 1st start of season last week. • RB WAYNE GALLMAN had career-high 135 rush yards in Week 13, his 1st-career 100-yard game. Has 6 rush TDs in his past 6 & aims for his 3rd in row at home with rush TD. RB ALFRED MORRIS had 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, his 1st-career TD catch & 6th-career game with 2+ TDs. • TE EVAN ENGRAM has 4+ receptions in 5 of his past 6. Is 1 of 2 NFC TEs (T.J. HOCKENSON) with 40+ receptions (48) & 500+ rec,. yards (508). Is 1 of 2 TEs (TRAVIS KELCE) with 40+ receptions in each of past 4 seasons. WR GOLDEN TATE had 6 receptions for 80 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Az. with 6+ receptions & 70+ rec. yards. WR DARIUS SLAYTON aims for his 3rd in row at home with 5+ receptions & 50+ rec. yards. • LB BLAKE MARTINEZ ranks 3rd in NFL with 111 tackles, his 4thstraight 100+ tackle season. Had 10 tackles in only career game vs. Az. (12/2/18 w/ GB). Has 9+ tackles in 4 of his 5 home games this season. DL LEONARD WILLIAMS tied his career-high with 2.5 sacks last week. Has sack in 4 of his 5 home games this season. Has career-high 8.5 sacks this season & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DE JABAAL SHEARD has 2 sacks & 6 TFL in 3 career games vs. Az. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had PD & 4th-career FF last week. S JABRILL PEPPERS had sack & 2 PD last week. Has 2+ PD in 4 of his past 5. Bradberry (16) & Peppers (10) are only pair of NFC DB teammates each with 10+ PD this season.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): TBD SIRIUS: 108 (AZ), 132 (NYG) | XM: 386 (AZ), 231 (NYG)

NFL PREVIEW: MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-6) AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (7-5)

WEEK 14 // SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 2020 // 1:00 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 33-22

STREAKS: Vikings have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/24/17: Buccaneers 17 at Vikings 34

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/26/14: Vikings 19, Buccaneers 13 (OT)

VIKINGS NOTES:

QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 305 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 99.5 rating in Week 13. Is 1 of 3 QBs (PATRICK MAHOMES & AARON RODGERS) with 11 games with 90+ rating this season. Has 26 TD passes & is only QB with 25+ TD passes in each of past 6 seasons. Aims for his 4th in row with 3+ TD passes & 300+ pass yards. Passed for 317 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 124.7 rating & had rush TD in only career game vs. TB (10/25/15 with Was.). • RB DALVIN COOK had 179 scrimmage yards (120 rush, 59 rec.) in Week 13. Has 4 games with 175+ scrimmage yards in 2020, most in NFL. Has 644 scrimmage yards (128.8 per game) & 8 TDs (7 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 road games this season. Had 169 scrimmage yards (97 rush, 72 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Leads NFL in scrimmage yards (1,564) & rush TDs (13). • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON (rookie) had 9 receptions for 121 yards & TD catch last week. Has 1,039 rec. yards & became 5th rookie in SB era with 1,000+ rec. yards in 1st 12 career games. Aims for his 4th in a row with TD catch. WR ADAM THIELEN had 8 catches for 75 yards & TD catch last week. Aims for his 4th in row with rec. TD. Had 5 catches for 98 yards in last meeting. Ranks 3rd in NFL with career-high 12 rec TDs this season. • LB ERIC KENDRICKS leads team with 107 tackles, his 5thconsecutive 100+ tackle season. LB ERIC WILSON tied for team lead with 11 tackles last week. Has sack & 2 TFL in 2 of his past 3 on road. Is only player with 3+ sacks (3) & 3+ INTs (3) this season. Rookie CB CAMERON DANTZLER had INT, FF & FR in Week 13, all 1st of his career. S HARRISON SMITH had 0.5 sacks & INT last week. Since 2012, ranks 3rd in INTs (27)

BUCS NOTES:

QB TOM BRADY passed for 345 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs in Week 12. Is 1 of 4 NFC QBs (KIRK COUSINS, AARON RODGERS & RUSSELL WILSON) with 5+ games (5) with 3+ TD passes this season. Has 18 seasons with 3,000+ pass yards, tied with HOFer BRETT FAVRE (18) for most in NFL history. Has 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 108 rating in 5 career starts vs. Min. & aims for his 6th in row vs. Min. with 100+ rating. • RB RONALD JONES had 103 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 37 rec.) & 1st-career rec. TD in Week 12. Needs 19 scrimmage yards for 2nd-consecutive 1,000+ scrimmage yard season. Has 3 rush TDs in his past 4 at home. • WR MIKE EVANS had 2 rec. TDs in Week 12. Has 11 games with 2+ TD catches, 4th-most in NFL since 2014. Ranks 4th in NFL with 11 rec. TD in 2020. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD catch. WR CHRIS GODWIN had 8 catches for 97 yards in Week 12. Has 5+ receptions in 7 of his 8 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ catches. WR ANTONIO BROWN has 7+ receptions in 2 of his past 3. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI had 6 catches for season-high 106 rec. yards in Week 12. Has 29 career 100-yard games, 2nd-most by TE in NFL history. • LB LAVONTE DAVID ranks 2nd in tackles (1,096) & tied-2nd in TFL (126) since entering NFL in 2012. Aims for his 9th in row at home with 7+ tackles. Had 14 tackles & 3 TFL in only career home game vs. Min. (10/26/14). LB DEVIN WHITE is only player with 100+ tackles (109) & 5+ sacks (5) this season. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 9+ tackles. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL is 1 of 2 (AARON DONALD) with 8+ sacks in each of past 4 seasons.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): TBD SIRIUS: 83 (Min), 138 (TB) | XM: 380 (Min), 228 (TB)

NFL PREVIEW: INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (8-4) AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (7-5)

WEEK 14 // SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 2020 // 4:05 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 9-7

STREAKS: Raiders have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 9/29/19: Raiders 31 at Colts 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/28/18: Colts 42, Raiders 28 (Oakland)

COLTS NOTES:

QB PHILIP RIVERS completed 27 of 35 passes (77.1 pct.) for 285 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.3 rating last week. Aims for 5th in row with 275+ pass yards. In 28 career games vs. Raiders, has 47 TD passes, most vs. any opponent. Has 3,263 pass yards this season, becoming 5th QB in NFL history with 3,000+ pass yards in 15+ seasons. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR (rookie) had career-high 135 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 44 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 110+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 4th among rookies with 880 scrimmage yards & 609 rush yards this season. RB NYHEIM HINES rushed for TD in Week 13. Has 5 TDs (3 rec., 2 rush) in his past 3 on road. • WR T.Y. HILTON set season highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (110) & had TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 80+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC West. Has 518 rec. yards this season & is 1 of 2 in NFL (JULIO JONES) with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 9 seasons. Rookie WR ZACH PASCAL had 72 rec. yards in last meeting. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 6 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. Had 9 tackles & FF in only career game vs. Raiders (10/28/18). DE JUSTIN HOUSTON had 3 sacks, FF & safety in Week 13, becoming 4th player since 2000 with 3+ sacks in 8 career games. Is 4th player since 2000 with 2 safeties in single season. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Raiders with FR & 3rd in row vs. AFC West with sack. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had season-high 2 sacks last week. Had sack in only career game vs. Raiders (11/1/18 with SF).

RAIDERS NOTES:

QB DEREK CARR passed for season-high 381 yards & had 3 TDs vs. INT for 97.9 rating last week. Has 275+ pass yards, 3 TD passes & 95+ rating in 2 of past 3. Has 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 120.8 rating in 3 career games vs. Ind. Has 17 TDs (16 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 115.1 rating in his past 7 vs. AFC South. Has 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 4 of 5 home games in 2020. • RB JOSH JACOBS had 108 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 29 rec.) in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC South with 80+ scrimmage yards. Aims for 3rd in row at home with rush TD. RB DEVONTAE BOOKER rushed for 50 yards last week. RB JALEN RICHARD has 60+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ind. • TE DARREN WALLER had 13 catches for career-high 200 yards & season-high 2 rec. TDs last week, becoming 4th TE in NFL history with 200+ rec. yards & 2+ TDs in single game. Has 85+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had 7 catches for 53 yards in last meeting. Ranks 2nd among TEs with 77 catches & 742 rec. yards. Rookie WR HENRY RUGGS had 84 rec yards & GW 46-yard TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. WR NELSON AGHOLOR has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 at home. • DE MAXX CROSBY had 1st-career FR last week. Had 2 PD & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row at home with TFL. DE CLELIN FERRELL had season-high 6 tackles & 1st 2 sacks & FFs of season in Week 13. LB NICHOLAS MORROW had 5 tackles & sack last week. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ tackles & 3rd in row with TFL. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with PD. CB TRAYVON MULLEN had INT last week. Has INT in 2 of past 3.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 108 (Ind), 132 (LV) | XM: 386 (Ind), 231 (LV)

NFL PREVIEW: NEW YORK JETS (0-12) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (8-4)

WEEK 14 // SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 2020 // 4:05 PM ET // LUMEN FIELD // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 11-8

STREAKS: Seahawks have won past 3

LAST GAME: 10/2/16: Seahawks 27 at Jets 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/11/12: Seahawks 28, Jets 7

JETS NOTES:

QB SAM DARNOLD completed 14 of 23 passes (60.9 pct.) for 186 yards & season-high 2 TDs vs. INT for season-high 97.4 rating & rushed for TD last week. Has 12 TDs (11 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 111.6 rating in his past 5 vs. NFC. • RB FRANK GORE has 1,945 scrimmage yards (108.1 per game) in 18 career games vs. Sea., most vs. any opponent. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Has 523 rush yards this season, his 16th season with 500+ scrimmage yards, most in NFL history. Ranks 3rd in NFL history with 15,870 rush yards & 4th with 19,836 scrimmage yards. RB TY JOHNSON rushed for career-high 104 yards & 1st-career TD last week. RB JOSH ADAMS rushed for season-high 74 yards in Week 13. • WR JAMISON CROWDER had 5 catches for 47 yards & season high 2 TDs last week, his 2nd-career game with 2 rec. TDs. Has 5+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC West. Has 6+ catches in 4 of his past 5 on road. WR BRESHAD PERRIMAN has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Had TD catch in only career game vs. Sea. (11/3/19 with TB). Rookie WR DENZEL MIMS has 40+ rec. yards in each of 1st 6 career games. • DT QUINNEN WILLIAMS aims for 4th in row with .5+ sacks. Has 10 tackles, 2 sacks & FF in 2 career games vs. NFC West. LB NEVILLE HEWITT led team with 12 tackles & had sack in Week 13. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has 10+ tackles in 2 of past 3. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC West. CB ARTHUR MAULET had 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Rookie CB JAVELIN GUIDRY had career-high 6 tackles & 2 FFs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with FF. S MARCUS MAYE had FR in Week 13.

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 309 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 133.5 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 2+ TDs vs. 0 INTs & 130+ rating. Has 20 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 117.1 rating in 6 home games this season. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 5 of his past 6 at home. • RB CHRIS CARSON had season-high 110 scrimmage yards (65 rush, 45 rec.) & TD catch in Week 13. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD & 5th in row at home with 75+ scrimmage yards. Is 1 of 3 RBs (KAREEM HUNT & ALVIN KAMARA) with 4+ rush TDs (4) & 4+ rec. TDs (4) this season. • WR DK METCALF had 5 receptions for team-high 80 yards last week. Has 80+ rec. yards in 6 of his past 7 at home. Has 8 rec. TDs in his past 7 at home. Leads NFL with 1,119 rec. yards & ranks 5th in rec. TDs (9). WR TYLER LOCKETT had 6 receptions for 63 yards in Week 13. Has 13 rec. TDs in his past 15 at home. Metcalf (1,119) & Lockett (834) are 1 of 2 WR duos (ROBBY ANDERSON & D.J. MOORE) each with 800+ rec. yards this season. • S JAMAL ADAMS had sack in Week 13. Has career-high 7.5 sacks in 2020, tied with ROMAN HARPER (2011) for 2nd-most sacks by DB in single season since 1982. Was selected in 1st round (6th overall) in 2017 NFL Draft by NYJ & had 25 PD, 12 sacks, 6 FFs & 4 FRs in 46 games (2017-19) with NYJ. LB BOBBY WAGNER has 3 TFL & 3 PD in his past 4. Had 10 tackles & sack in last meeting. Has 9-straight 100+ tackle seasons since entering NFL in 2012. S QUANDRE DIGGS had career-high 4th INT of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row with INT. DE CARLOS DUNLAP tied his career high with 3 sacks in his last game vs. NYJ (12/1/19 w/ Cin.).

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon, Jay Feely (field reporter) SIRIUS: 82 (NYJ), 137 (Sea) | XM: 381 (NYJ), 227 (Sea)

NFL PREVIEW: GREEN BAY PACKERS (9-3) AT DETROIT LIONS (5-7)

WEEK 14 // SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 2020 // 4:25 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 101-72-7

STREAKS: Packers have won past 3

LAST GAME: 9/20/20: Lions 21 at Packers 42

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/29/19: Packers 23, Lions 20

PACKERS NOTES:

QB AARON RODGERS passed for 295 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.9 rating last week. Became 7th player in NFL history & fastest player (193 games) to reach 400 career TD passes. Leads NFL with 36 TD passes & is 1st QB with 5 career seasons of 35+ TD passes. Has 7 games with 120+ rating in 2020, tied 2nd-most in single season in NFL history. Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 107.6 rating in Week 2 meeting. Has 2+ TD passes in 9 of his past 10 vs. Det. Has 3+ TD passes & 110+ rating in 5 of his 6 road games this season. • RB AARON JONES rushed for 130 yards & TD last week. Had 236 scrimmage yards (168 rush, 68 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 140+ scrimmage yards. Has 4 rush TDs in 5 road games this season. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 10 receptions for 121 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 4 games with 10+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2020, tied 2nd-most in single season in NFL history. Is 3rd player in NFL history with 5+ catches & rec. TD in 7 straight games. Can become 1st player since 2018 (ANTONIO BROWN) with rec. TD in 8 straight games. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 4 at Det. TE ROBERT TONYAN had career-high 8th rec. TD of season last week, tied-most among TEs (TRAVIS KELCE) in 2020. Aims for his 4th in row with TD catch. Had rec. TD in Week 2 meeting. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH had 1.5 sacks last week & aims for his 3rd with sack. Had sack in Week 2 meeting. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL with 10.5 sacks this season. DE KINGSLEY KEKE had 2nd-career game with 2 sacks last week. S DARNELL SAVAGE had INT in Week 13. Aims for his 3rd in row with INT & 6th in row with PD.

LIONS NOTES:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 402 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 109.4 rating in Week 13 & became 7th QB in NFL history with 10+ games (10) with 400+ pass yards. Aims for his 5th in row at home vs. GB with 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. Has 2+ TD passes in 10 of his past 11 vs. GB. Has 44,303 career pass yards, 5th-most by QB in 1st 12 seasons in NFL history. • RB ADRIAN PETERSON had 2 rush TDs last week. Has 28 career games with 2+ rush TDs & surpassed HOFer JIM BROWN (27) for 3rd-most such games in NFL history. Has 11 seasons with 5+ rush TDs, tied with HOFer WALTER PAYTON (11) for third-most in NFL history. Has 2,016 rush yards vs. GB, most vs. any opponent. Has 17 TDs (16 rush, 1 rec.) in 20 career games vs. GB. RB KERRYON JOHNSON had rush TD in Week 2 meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. GB with rush TD. • WR MARVIN JONES led team with 8 receptions for season-high 116 yards & TD catch last week, his 10th-career 100+ rec. yard game. Has 8 rec. TDs in 8 career games vs. GB & aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. GB with TD catch. TE T.J. HOCKENSON had 7 receptions for 84 yards last week. Leads NFC TEs in receptions (52) & rec. yards (614). WR KENNY GOLLADAY has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 career home games vs. GB. Aims for his 5th in row vs. GB with 70+ rec. yards. • LB JAMIE COLLINS had 10 tackles last week. Had sack in Week 2 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with sack. DE ROMEO OKWARA had sack, FF & blocked PAT last week. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 2.5 sacks & 2 PD in his past 4.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): TBD SIRIUS: 146 (GB), 136 (Det) | XM: 384 (GB), 230 (Det)

NFL PREVIEW: ATLANTA FALCONS (4-8) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (3-9)

WEEK 14 // SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 2020 // 4:25 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 8-2

STREAKS: Falcons have won 6 of past 7

LAST GAME: 10/23/16: Chargers 33 at Falcons 30 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/23/12: Falcons 27, Chargers 3 (San Diego)

FALCONS NOTES:

QB MATT RYAN passed for 273 yards & TD in Week 13. Has 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 105.8 rating in 3 career starts vs. Chargers. Has 1,442 pass yards (288.4 per game) & 8 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 98.7 rating in 5 road starts this season. Has 54,622 career pass yards & can surpass PEYTON MANNING (54,828) for most pass yards by QB in 1st 13 seasons in NFL history. • RB TODD GURLEY had 156 scrimmage yards (105 rush, 51 rec.) & rush TD in his only career game vs. LAC (9/23/18 w/ LAR). Has 3 rush TDs in his past 4 on road. Has 79 TDs in 84 games & can become 5th player in NFL history with 80+ TDs in 1st 85 games. • WR JULIO JONES had 6 receptions for 94 yards in Week 13. Has 7+ catches & 125+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. Had 9 receptions for 174 yards in last meeting. Is 1 of 4 (DEANDRE HOPKINS, TRAVIS KELCE & JARVIS LANDRY) with 50+ receptions in each of past 7 seasons. Needs 2 receptions to become 4th player with 850+ catches in 1st 10 seasons. Needs 104 rec. yards to join HOFer JERRY RICE (13,275) as players with 13,000+ rec. yards in 1st 10 seasons. WR CALVIN RIDLEY had 5 catches for 108 yards last week, his 8th-career 100-yard game. Has 5+ receptions in 9 of 11 games this season. Is 1 of 3 WRs (TYREEK HILL & TYLER LOCKETT) with 50+ receptions, 800+ rec. yards & 7+ rec. TDs in each of past 3 seasons. • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN led team with 13 tackles last week, his 7th-career 10+ tackle game. LB DEION JONES had 10 tackles last week. Had INT in last meeting. Since 2016, is only player with 30+ TFL (31) & 10+ INTs (11). DE STEVEN MEANS had career-high 2 sacks & FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & FF.

CHARGERS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN HERBERT (rookie) passed for 209 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 200+ pass yards. Has 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 105+ rating in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111 rating in 3 career games vs. NFC South. Leads rookies with 3,224 pass yards & 23 TD passes, both most by rookie in Chargers history. • RB AUSTIN EKELER led team with 68 scrimmage yards (36 rush, 32 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 65+ scrimmage yards. Has 140+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has 589 scrimmage yards (328 rush, 261 rec.) this season & is 1 of 4 RBs with 250+ rec. yards in each of last 4 seasons. RB KALEN BALLAGE has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 5 catches for 48 yards last week. Has rec. TD in 5 of past 6. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC South. Has 7+ catches & 95+ rec. yards in 5 of 6 home games this season. Ties for NFL lead with 90 catches in 2020. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 43 rec. yards in Week 13. Has 70+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. • DE JOEY BOSA has 7 TFL (3.5 per game) in his past 2. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has sack in 5 of 6 career games vs. NFC South. DT JERRY TILLERY had 6 tackles & FF in Week 13. Has FF in 2 of his past 3 at home. Rookie LB KENNETH MURRAY led team with career-high 14 tackles, 2 TFL & had 1st-career sack last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 81 tackles. LB NICK VIGIL had 8 tackles & TFL last week. S RAYSHAWN JENKINS aims for 9th in row with 5+ tackles. Has TFL in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC South.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): TBD SIRIUS: 135 (Atl), 134 (LAC) | XM: 383 (Atl), 229 (LAC)

NFL PREVIEW: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-2) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-8-1)

WEEK 14 // SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 2020 // 4:25 PM ET // LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 16-12

STREAKS: Saints have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/18/18: Eagles 7 at Saints 48

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/11/15: Eagles 39, Saints 17

SAINTS NOTES:

NEW ORLEANS clinched playoff berth for 4th-consecutive season in Week 13. • QB DREW BREES passed for 363 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 153. 2 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at Phi. with 295+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. QB TAYSOM HILL passed for 232 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 107 rating & rushed for 83 yards in Week 13. Aims for his 6th in row with 40+ rush yards. • RB ALVIN KAMARA rushed for 88 yards & TD last week. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. Had 108 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 37 rec.) & had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 100+ scrimmage yards, incl. postseason. Is 1st player with 1,300+ scrimmage yards & 13+ TDs in 3 of 1st 4 seasons since ADRIAN PETERSON (2007, 2009-10). • WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 9 receptions for 105 yards in Week 13 & became fastest player to reach 500 career catches (69 games). Had 12 catches for 171 yards & TD vs. Phi. in 2018 NFC-D (1/13/19). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 90+ rec. yards & TD catch, incl. postseason. WR TRE’QUAN SMITH had TD catch in Week 13. Set career highs with 10 receptions for 157 yards & TD catch in last meeting. TE JARED COOK is 1 of 2 TEs (TRAVIS KELCE) with 5+ rec. TDs in each of past 3 seasons. • DE CAMERON JORDAN has 4 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 3. Is 1 of 4 with 5+ sacks in each of past 9 seasons. DE TREY HENDRICKSON ranks tied-3rd in NFL with career-high 10.5 sacks. Has sack in 5 of his 6 road games this season. LB DEMARIO DAVIS has 2+ TFL in 2 of his 3 career games vs. Phi. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE has 3 INTs in 2 career games vs. Phi., incl. postseason.

EAGLES NOTES:

QB JALEN HURTS (rookie) is expected to make 1st career start in Week 14. Passed for 109 yards & TD vs. INT last week. • RB MILES SANDERS has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Has 1,449 rush yards on 297 career attempts (4.9 average), 4th-highest yards per carry since 2019 (min. 275 attempts). RB BOSTON SCOTT has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. • TE ZACH ERTZ has 5+ receptions in 2 of his past 3 at home. Is 1 of 2 TEs (TRAVIS KELCE) with 500+ receptions (551) & 5,000+ rec. yards (5,952) since 2013. Needs 5 receptions to surpass JIMMY GRAHAM (556) for 3rd-most by TE in 1st 8 seasons in NFL history. TE DALLAS GOEDERT led team with 5 receptions & 66 rec. yards in Week 13. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. WR GREG WARD had 57 rec. yards & career-high 4th rec. TD of season last week. WR ALSHON JEFFERY has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 career games vs. NO. • DT FLETCHER COX has 4 sacks in his past 5 & aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. Had 6 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in last home meeting. Has 5.5 sacks & has 5+ sacks in 5 of his past 6 seasons. DE BRANDON GRAHAM has 3 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in 5 career games vs. NO, incl. postseason. LB T.J. EDWARDS had 2nd-career sack in Week 13. LB ALEX SINGLETON led team with 12 tackles last week. Has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ tackles. CB DARIUS SLAY had INT in his last game vs. NO (10/15/17 with Det.). Has 6 PD in 4 career games vs. NO & aims for his 5th in row vs. NO with PD. Has 109 PD since 2013, most in NFL.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): TBD SIRIUS: 83 (NO), 138 (Phi) | XM: 380 (NO), 228 (Phi)

NFL PREVIEW: WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (5-7) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (5-7)

WEEK 14 // SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 2020 // 4:25 PM ET //STATE FARM STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 18-10-1

STREAKS: 49ers have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 10/20/19: 49ers 9 at Washington 0

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/23/14: 49ers 17, Washington 13 (San Francisco)

WASHINGTON NOTES:

QB ALEX SMITH passed for 296 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 92.3 rating last week. Has 30+ completions in 2 of his past 3 on road. Was selected No. 1 overall in 2005 draft by SF & passed for 14,280 yards & 81 TDs in 80 games (2005-12). • RB ANTONIO GIBSON (rookie) has 8 rush TDs in his past 6. Ranks tied-3rd in NFL in rush TDs (11) & ranks 3rd among rookies in rush yards (659). RB J.D. MCKISSIC set career highs in receptions (10) & rec. yards (70) last week. Is 1 of 3 RBs (MIKE DAVIS & ALVIN KAMARA) with 6+ games (6) of 5+ receptions this season. Ranks 2nd among RBs in receptions (career-high 56) & rec. yards (career-high 408) this season. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN is 1 of 3 NFC WRs (DAVANTE ADAMS & DEANDRE HOPKINS) with 7 games of 7+ receptions this season. Has career-high 71 receptions for 977 yards in 2020. Can become 1st Was. WR with 1,000+ rec. yards in single season since 2016 (PIERRE GARCON & DESEAN JACKSON). TE LOGAN THOMAS had career-high 9 receptions for career-high 98 yards & rec. TD last week. Has career highs in catches (43), rec. yards (426) & rec. TDs (5) this season. WR CAM SIMS had careerhigh 5 receptions for 92 yards last week. • LB JON BOSTIC led team with 10 tackles & had 3rd-career INT last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with 7+ tackles. DE MONTEZ SWEAT had career-high 3 PD in Week 13. Is 1 of 3 DL (CALAIS CAMPBELL & J.J. WATT) with 3 PD in single game this season. DE CHASE YOUNG leads all rookies with 4.5 sacks & 7 TFL this season. Rookie S KAMREN CURL aims for his 6th in row with 8+ tackles.

49ERS NOTES:

QB NICK MULLENS passed for 316 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 95.7 rating last week, his 4th-career game with 300+ pass yards & 3rd-career game with 3+ TD passes. • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. RB JEFF WILSON had 59 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 12 rec.) last week. Has 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 6. FB KYLE JUSZCZYK had 1st rec. TD of season last week, his 9th-career TD catch. • WR BRANDON AIYUK (rookie) had 5 receptions for team-high 95 yards & rec. TD last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TD catch & 5th in row with 5+ receptions & 75+ rec. yards. WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 6 receptions for 73 yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. TE JORDAN REEDhad 3rd TD catch of season last week. Had 329 receptions for 3,371 yards & 24 TDs in 65 games (2013-18) with Was. • LB FRED WARNER had 2nd-career FR last week. Leads team with 91 tackles & needs 9 tackles for 3rd-consecutive 100+ tackle season. LB DRE GREENLAW aims for his 9th in row with 6+ tackles. DL KERRY HYDER has 3 sacks, 4 TFL & FR in his past 3 & aims for his 4th in row with TFL. Had sack in his last game vs. Was. (12/29/19 w/ Dal.). DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had sack in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with TFL. DL DION JORDAN had 2nd sack of season & 3rd-career FF last week. CB RICHARD SHERMAN has 36 INTs since 2011, most in NFL. CB JASON VERRETT had career-high 11 tackles in Week 13. Had PD in 2 of his past 3. DB JIMMIE WARD has 4+ tackles in each of 1st 11 games this season.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): TBD SIRIUS: 133 (Was), 81 (SF) | XM: 382 (Was), 226 (SF)

NFL PREVIEW: PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-1) AT BUFFALO BILLS (9-3)

WEEK 14 // SUNDAY, DEC. 13, 2020 // 8:20 PM ET // BILLS STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 14-9

STREAKS: Steelers have won 6 of past 7

LAST GAME: 12/15/19: Bills 17 at Steelers 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/11/16: Steelers 27, Bills 20

STEELERS NOTES:

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 33 of 53 passes (62.3 pct.) for 305 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT last week. Aims for 6th in row with 250+ pass yards. Has 2 TD passes in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 2+ TD passes. Has 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 105.4 rating in his past 4 in primetime. • RB JAMES CONNER had 51 scrimmage yards (42 rush, 9 rec.) & TD catch in last meeting. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. Has 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in his past 2 on SNF. RB BENNY SNELL has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches. Has 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. WR DIONTAE JOHNSON led team with 8 catches for 71 yards & had rec. TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 8+ catches. Has 70+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Had 5 catches for 62 yards in last meeting. Has 80+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 75+ rec. yards. Rookie WR CHASE CLAYPOOL has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 on road. Leads rookies with 8 rec. TDs. WR JAMES WASHINGTON had season-high 80 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 13. Had 5 catches for 83 yards in last meeting. • LB T.J. WATT had 2 TFL, sack & FF last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TFL & sack. Had 2 TFL, FF, PD & .5 sack in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC East with .5+ sacks & FF. Leads NFL with 12 sacks. LB ROBERT SPILLANE had sack last week. DE STEPHON TUITT aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had sack & PD in only career game vs. Buf. (12/11/16). S MINKAH FITZPATRICK has 5 PD in his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT.

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN completed 32 of 40 passes (80 pct.) for 375 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 139.1 rating last week. Has 275+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in 3 of past 4. Had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in last meeting. Has career-high 26 TD passes, most in season by Buf. QB since HOFer JIM KELLY (33 in 1991). Has 23 career rush TDs, most by QB since entering NFL in 2018. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 82 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 22 rec.) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. Rushed for 87 yards in last meeting. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. Rookie RB ZACK MOSS has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 10 catches for 92 yards last week, his 3rd game with 10+ catches this season, tied 2nd-most in NFL. Has 90+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Has 6+ catches in 9 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. Had 8+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & TD catch in 4 of his past 5 on SNF. Ties for NFL lead with 90 catches. WR COLE BEASLEY had 9 catches for careerhigh 130 yards & had rec. TD last week. Has 9+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of past 3. Rookie WR GABRIEL DAVIS aims for 3rd in row with 65+ rec. yards & TD catch. TE DAWSON KNOX aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE aims for 3rd in row with INT. Had 2 INTs & TFL in last meeting. Has 2+ PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC North. S MICAH HYDE had season-high 12 tackles & 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD. S JORDAN POYER leads safeties with 96 tackles. LB A.J. KLEIN aims for 3rd in row with PD. Has sack in 3 of past 4. Has 3.5 sacks in his past 2 at home.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Kathryn Tappen (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Ross Tucker SIRIUS: 81 (Pit), 83 (Buf) | XM: 226 (Pit), 225 (Buf), 88 (National)

NFL PREVIEW: BALTIMORE RAVENS (7-5) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (9-3)

WEEK 14 // MONDAY DEC. 14, 2020 // 8:15 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY:

LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 32-11

STREAKS: Ravens have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 9/13/20: Browns 6 at Ravens 38

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/22/19: Ravens 31, Browns 15

RAVENS NOTES:

QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 12 of 17 passes (70.6 pct) for 107 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 101.8 rating & rushed for 94 yards & TD last week, his 11th-career game with 90+ rush yards. Has 95+ rating in 3 of past 4. Aims for 7th in row with 50+ rush yards. Had season highs in comp. pct. (80), passing yards (275), TD passes (3) & rating (152.1) with 0 INTs in Week 1 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cle. with 3+ TD passes & 95+ rating. • RB MARK INGRAM had 91 scrimmage yards (55 rush, 36 rec.) in last road meeting. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. Cle. Aims for his 5th in row on road vs. division with TD. RB GUS EDWARDS led team with season-high 101 rush yards last week. Rushed for 66 yards in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with rush TD. Has rush TD in 3 of past 4 on road. Rookie RB J.K. DOBBINS rushed for 71 yards & TD in Week 13. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ rush yards & rush TD. Had career-high 2 rush TDs in Week 1 meeting. • WR MARQUISE BROWN aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. Had 5 catches for season-high 101 yards in Week 1 meeting. WR MILES BOYKIN had 2nd TD catch of season last week. TE MARK ANDREWS had season-high 2 rec. TDs in Week 1 meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Cle. with TD catch. • CB MARCUS PETERS had 5 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Cle. with PD. Has FF in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. CB MARLON HUMPHREY had 2 PD & INT in Week 1 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with INT. Rookie LB PATRICK QUEEN had 5 tackles & 1st-career INT last week. Had 8 tackles, sack & FF in Week 1 meeting. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 83 tackles.

BROWNS NOTES:

QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 25 of 33 passes (75.8 pct.) for season-high 334 yards & had 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 147 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 250+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 115+ rating. Has 12 TDs (10 pass, 2 rush) vs. 5 INTs in 6 career home starts vs. division. Has 21 TD passes this season & is 8th player in NFL history with 20+ TD passes in each of 1st 3 career seasons. • RB NICK CHUBB led team with 106 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 26 rec.) & had rush TD last week, his 6th game with 100+ scrimmage yards this season, tied 4th-most in NFL. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row with rush TD. Has rushed for 472 yards (118 per game) & 5 TDs in 4 home games this season. RB KAREEM HUNT rushed for 72 yards in Week 1 meeting. Chubb (799) & Hunt (739) only pair of teammates each with 700+ rush yards this season. • WR JARVIS LANDRY had 8 catches for 62 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 8+ catches & rec. TD. Aims for his 8th in row vs. Bal. with 5+ catches. WR RASHARD HIGGINS had 6 catches for team-high 95 yards & TD in Week 13. Rookie WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES had career-high 92 rec. yards & TD catch last week. • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack last week. Had FR & TFL in Week 1 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. division with sack. Has 10.5 sacks this season & is 1 of 3 in NFL with 10+ sacks in each of past 3 seasons. DT LARRY OGUNJOBI had sack last week. Had FF in Week 1 meeting. LB MALCOLM SMITH had 7 tackles & 1st sack & FF of season in Week 13. Had TFL in Week 1 meeting.

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 (Bal), 83 (Cle) | XM: 226 (Bal), 225 (Cle), 88 (National)

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

The New York Mets have made Jared Porter an offer to be their new general manager, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Porter is currently the senior vice president and assistant GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously served as director of pro scouting for the Chicago Cubs and worked with the Boston Red Sox during their World Series-winning seasons in 2004, 2007, and 2013.

The Mets have been searching for a successor to Brodie Van Wagenen since Steve Cohen’s purchase of the franchise was finalized.

Cohen hired former Mets GM Sandy Alderson to act as the team’s president of baseball operations, and Alderson has been running the search for the team’s new GM. He originally stepped down as general manager due to cancer when the Wilpon family still owned the team.

If hired, Porter will be the 14th general manager in franchise history.

Former MLB pitcher and current Diamondbacks executive Dan Haren weighed in on Twitter shortly after the report surfaced, endorsing the hire.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS

The New York Mets have a new starting catcher.

The Mets and free-agent backstop James McCann agreed to a four-year contract for over $40 million, pending a physical, a source told Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

McCann’s pact will include a signing bonus, Morosi adds.

The Los Angeles Angels tried to match the Mets’ offer but couldn’t commit to a deal longer than three years, reports Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times.

McCann slashed .289/.360/.536 with seven home runs in 31 games for the Chicago White Sox in 2020. The 30-year-old was an All-Star in 2019 after accruing 2.3 fWAR.

The Mets have also inked reliever Trevor May in free agency and re-signed right-hander Marcus Stroman to start the offseason.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS

The Tampa Bay Rays have discussed bringing back right-hander Chris Archer, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Archer became a free agent in late October after the Pittsburgh Pirates declined to pick up his $11-million option for 2021. He missed the entire 2020 campaign following surgery for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome in June.

Tampa Bay dealt the 32-year-old to the Pirates before the 2018 trade deadline in exchange for right-hander Tyler Glasnow, outfielder Austin Meadows, and pitching prospect Shane Baz.

Archer spent the first seven years of his career with the Rays. He authored a 3.69 ERA with 1,146 strikeouts across 1,063 innings while earning two All-Star nods and a fifth-place finish in AL Cy Young voting in 2015.

The Rays are looking to fortify their starting rotation after losing Charlie Morton to the Atlanta Braves in free agency.

BOXING

Anthony Joshua absolutely dominated Kubrat Pulev on Saturday at Wembley Arena, defeating the heavyweight challenger via ninth-round knockout.

The bout was Joshua’s first since the Brit regained his heavyweight titles by defeating Andy Ruiz Jr. in a rematch on Dec. 7, 2019. Joshua retained his IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBO heavyweight titles by defeating Pulev.

Pulev (28-2, 14 KOs) was named as a mandatory opponent for Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs). The fight will likely be Joshua’s last before he faces Tyson Fury next year, though a deal has not yet been reached between the two boxers.

Following the fight, Joshua stated he wants to face the best challenger and unify the belts, adding “if that’s Tyson Fury, let it be Tyson Fury.”

Fury currently holds the WBC, The Ring, and lineal heavyweight titles.

COLLEGE HOCKEY

No. 14/rv Buckeyes Fall Against No. 15 Irish

Teams will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday on NBCSN

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14/rv Ohio State men’s hockey team lost game one of a Big Ten series at No. 15 Notre Dame, 3-0, Saturday in Compton Family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, Ind. 

The Buckeyes (2-5-0, 2-5-0-0-1-0 B1G) and Irish (4-3-0, 3-2-0-0-0-0 B1G) will wrap up the series at 5 p.m. Sunday, with the game on NBCSN, NBCSports.com, TSN.ca and Ohio State radio. 

Notre Dame 3, Ohio State – The Short Story

After a scoreless first that saw just eight shots total on net, Notre Dame opened the scoring in the second. The Irish scored twice in less than three minutes in the third for the 3-0 final. Ohio State was outshot, 28-20, as it was shut out for the second time this season. Each team was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. 

Quoting Buckeye head coach Steve Rohlik

“We had a good start and a good push at the beginning. We were exactly where we needed to be to start a game on the road. As the game continued we made some mistakes, and mistakes will cost you against a good team. We have to be better tomorrow night.” 

Ohio State vs. Notre Dame

In the First … There were no goals in the period and just eight shots on net – five for the Irish and three for the Buckeyes. Each team had an abbreviated power play. 

In the Second … The game opened up in the second, with the squads combining for 22 shots on goal. The Irish converted one of their 12 shots, as Graham Slaggert tallied at 9:22 The Buckeyes, who had the only power play of the period, had 10 shots on net. 

In the Third … Notre Dame scored twice in 2:05 in the period to extend its lead to 3-0. Michael Graham made it 2-0 at 7:33 and Alex Steeves followed at 9:38. Shots were 11-7 in favor of Notre Dame in the stanza. The Irish had two power plays, Ohio State one. 

Shots … Ohio State was outshot, 28-20. Tommy Nappier started and had 19 saves for the Buckeyes, allowing three goals, in 49:38. Ryan Snowden closed out the game and stopped all six shots he faced in 10:22. Irish goalie Dylan St. Cyr had 20 saves in 59:59.  

The Buckeyes blocked 13 shots, with Quinn Preston, Grant Gabriele and Travis Treloar each blocking two. 

Special Teams … Each team was scoreless on three power play chances. Ohio State allowed just one power play shot in the game.