INDIANA HS FOOTBALL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE SEMI-FINAL SCORES
CROWN POINT 44, PORTAGE 14
LAFAYETTE JEFF 34, LAKE CENTRAL 28
CARROLL 35, PENN 7
WARSAW 14, ELKHART 9
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 35, HOMESTEAD 0
FISHERS 49, FORT WAYNE NORTHROP 7
NOBLESVILLE 35, ZIONSVILLE 10
WESTFIELD 28, CARMEL 9
BROWNSBURG 48, BEN DAVIS 20
AVON 25, PIKE 14
CATHEDRAL 44, LAWRENCE NORTH 35
LAWRENCE CENTRAL 42, NORTH CENTRAL 0
PERRY MERIDIAN 38, TECH 8
WARREN CENTRAL 58, SOUTHPORT 0
CENTER GROVE 14, FRANKLIN CENTRAL 10
COLUMBUS NORTH 41, JEFFERSONVILLE 14
MERRILLVILLE 55, MUNSTER 20
HAMMOND CENTRAL 42, HAMMOND MORTON 21
VALPARAISO 42, LAPORTE 3
CHESTERTON 28, MICHIGAN CITY 20
CONCORD 31, GOSHEN 6
MISHAWAKA 35, SOUTH BEND ADAMS 6
FORT WAYNE NORTH 49, ANDERSON 9
FORT WAYNE SNIDER 41, FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER 6
DECATUR CENTRAL 31, MCCUTCHEON 13
PLAINFIELD 35, HARRISON 28
FRANKLIN 35, TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 34
WHITELAND 63, TERRE HAUTE NORTH 3
BLOOMINGTON NORTH 56, SEYMOUR 38
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 35, COLUMBUS EAST 7
EVANSVILLE NORTH 24, FLOYD CENTRAL 7
CASTLE 42, NEW ALBANY 14
NEW PRAIRIE 42, LOWELL 6
HOBART 42, HIGHLAND 25
NORTHRIDGE 34, LOGANSPORT 24
NORTHWOOD 52, SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 24
LEO 42, EAST NOBLE 13
COLUMBIA CITY 49, DEKALB 7
MISSISSINEWA 62, HUNTINGTON NORTH 35
KOKOMO 28, WESTERN 8
BREBEUF JESUIT 35, MOORESVILLE 14
RONCALLI 69, CRISPUS ATTUCKS 0
CONNERSVILLE 27, NEW CASTLE 20
NEW PALESTINE 33, GREENFIELD-CENTRAL 9
MARTINSVILLE 42, BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 14
EAST CENTRAL 42, SILVER CREEK 6
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 21, JASPER 18
BOONVILLE 28, EVANSVILLE REITZ 27
WEST LAFAYETTE 52, CALUMET 12
HANOVER CENTRAL 42, GRIFFITH 21
KNOX 22, WEST NOBLE 0
JIMTOWN 28, JOHN GLENN 7
NORWELL 37, FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 0
YORKTOWN 22, GARRETT 13
BISHOP CHATARD 41, HAMILTON HEIGHTS 14
GUERIN CATHOLIC 34, TIPPECANOE VALLEY 14
DANVILLE 36, WESTERN BOONE 34, OT
MONROVIA 21, SPEEDWAY 20
OWEN VALLEY 28, GIBSON SOUTHERN 21
PIKE CENTRAL 22, WEST VIGO 15
LAWRENCEBURG 28, GREENSBURG 0
BATESVILLE 35, INDIAN CREEK 34
SOUTHRIDGE 49, CORYDON CENTRAL 21
HERITAGE HILLS 35, CHARLESTOWN 25
ANDREAN 28, LAVILLE 6
BREMEN 53, LAKE STATION 7
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 48, LEWIS CASS 27
ROCHESTER 50, BENTON CENTRAL 26
FORT WAYNE LUERS 42, CHURUBUSCO 9
EASTSIDE 42, MANCHESTER 21
EASTBROOK 42,. ALEXANDRIA 14
BLUFFTON 29, TIPTON 18
LINTON-STOCKTON 35, SOUTHMONT 29
SULLIVAN 30, CASCADE 14
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 21, SHENANDOAH 6
LAPEL 41, EASTERN HANCOCK 13
TRITON CENTRAL 24, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 19
SCECINA 48, CLARKSVILLE 18
NORTH POSEY 55, PAOLI 31
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 49, TELL CITY 21
CULVER 61, SOUTH CENTRAL-UNION MILLS 0
NORTH JUDSON 25, TRITON 6
TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 48, NORTH VERMILLION 28
PARK TUDOR 42, FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 26
WEST CENTRAL 40, TAYLOR 0
CARROLL-FLORA 35, TRI-CENTRAL 7
ADAMS CENTRAL 55, SOUTH ADAMS 20
NORTHFIELD 21, MADISON-GRANT 14
SHERIDAN 42, MONROE CENTRAL 26
HAGERSTOWN 41, TINDLEY 0
KNIGHTSTOWN 44, CAMBRIDGE CITY 13
NORTH DECATUR 25, MILAN 14
LUTHERAN 63, CLOVERDALE 0
COVENANT CHRISTIAN 35, RIVERTON PARKE 6
TECUMSEH 49, NORTH DAVIES 20
PROVIDENCE 28, WEST WASHINGTON 12
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SEMI-STATE
CLASS 1A | FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (32-4) VS. SOUTHWOOD (31-3) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT
CLASS 3A | NORTHWOOD (28-6) VS. BELLMONT (29-6) | APPROX. 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT
CLASS 2A | ANDREAN (29-5) VS. WAPAHANI (30-5) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
CLASS 4A | LAKE CENTRAL (29-9) VS. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (31-1) | APPROX. 2:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM CT
3. COLUMBUS EAST
CLASS 3A | WESTERN BOONE (26-6) VS. PROVIDENCE (29-6) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT
CLASS 4A | YORKTOWN (33-2) VS. FLOYD CENTRAL (30-6) | APPROX. 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT
CLASS 1A | INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (18-17) VS. TECUMSEH (30-4) | 1 PM ET / 12 PM CT
CLASS 2A | INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (30-5) VS. LINTON-STOCKTON (27-5) | APPROX. 2:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM CT
INDIANA SOCCER STATE FINALS
FRIDAY, OCT. 28
CLASS 1A BOYS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL | PARK TUDOR 9, GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN 0
> PARK TUDOR BOYS ROLL TO FIRST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
> PARKER SATRE OF GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN EARNS CATO MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD
> FINAL RECORDS: PARK TUDOR (20-2-1), GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (11-8-3)
RECAP | BOX SCORE
CLASS 2A GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL | EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 4, LEO 0
> HAMNER’S HAT TRICK DELIVERS MEMORIAL REPEAT TITLE
> TIGERS’ EMILY MATTINGLY EARNS WYNNS MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARD
> FINAL RECORDS: EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (22-0-1), LEO (18-5)
RECAP | BOX SCORE
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
CLASS 2A BOYS | BREBEUF JESUIT (16-4-1) VS. MISHAWAKA MARIAN (17-1-2) | 11 AM ET / 10 AM CT
CLASS 3A BOYS | COLUMBUS NORTH (18-1-1) VS. NOBLESVILLE (14-3-3) | 1:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM CT
CLASS 3A GIRLS | CARMEL (18-2-2) VS. NOBLESVILLE (19-1) | 4 PM ET / 3 PM CT
CLASS 1A GIRLS | PARK TUDOR (20-1-1) VS. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (12-8-2) | 6:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM CT
CROSS COUNTRY STATE FINALS
Site: LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Wabash Valley Sports Center, 599 S. Tabortown Road, Terre Haute, IN 47803. Course Layout
Times: Girls at 12 pm ET followed by their awards ceremony; Boys at 2:30 pm ET followed by their awards ceremony.
Admission: All ticket sales will be digital only via GoFan ticketing. No cash. Please purchase tickets online in advance and present your purchase verification on your phone to gain admittance at the gate. $15 per person. Children age 5 or younger admitted free. Note: Wifi and cell service around the facility can be spotty and delay the process in having your ticket available to redeem. To assist with entering the facility faster, please have your ticket pulled up and ready as you are approaching the gate to enter. A purchased ticket can only be validated one time. If you choose to leave the facility, you will be required to purchase another ticket.
Feeder Semi-States: Brown County, Shelbyville, New Haven, New Prairie.
Streaming: Exclusively at IHSAAtv.org.
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL OPENING DAY SCHEDULE
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 9
EAST CAROLINA 27 BYU 24
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 42 LOUISIANA TECH 34 2OT
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
NO. 2 OHIO STATE AT NO. 13 PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX
NO. 7 TCU AT WEST VIRGINIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN
NOTRE DAME AT NO. 16 SYRACUSE | 12 P.M. ET | ABC
ARKANSAS AT AUBURN | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
OKLAHOMA AT IOWA STATE | 12 P.M. | FS1
BOSTON COLLEGE AT UCONN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
SOUTH FLORIDA AT HOUSTON | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
GEORGIA TECH AT FLORIDA STATE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TOLEDO AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
MIAMI (OHIO) AT AKRON | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AT MORGAN STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
ST. FRANCIS (PA) AT SACRED HEART | 12 P.M. | ESPN3
PRESBYTERIAN AT MARIST | 12 P.M. | ESPN3
MIAMI (FLA.) AT VIRGINIA | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3
PENN AT BROWN | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGETOWN AT LAFAYETTE | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN+
CORNELL AT PRINCETON | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN AT KENNESAW STATE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
COLGATE AT BUCKNELL | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
DRAKE AT STETSON | 1 P.M. | ESPN3
FORDHAM AT HOLY CROSS | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
CAMPBELL AT NORTH CAROLINA A&T | 1 P.M. | ESPN3
EAST TENNESSEE STATE AT WOFFORD | 1:30 P.M. | ESPN+
HARVARD AT DARTMOUTH | 1:30 P.M. | ESPN+
MERCER AT VMI | 1:30 P.M. | ESPN+
BRYANT AT GARDNER-WEBB | 1:30 P.M. | ESPN+
CHARLOTTE AT RICE | 2 P.M. | ESPN3
EASTERN KENTUCKY AT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN3
HOWARD AT NORFOLK STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
NC CENTRAL AT DELAWARE STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTH DAKOTA AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
CHATTANOOGA AT FURMAN | 2 P.M. | ESPN3
SAMFORD AT THE CITADEL | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTHERN AT JACKSON STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN3
WILLIAM JEWELL COLLEGE AT LINDENWOOD | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
RUTGERS AT MINNESOTA | 2:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
OLD DOMINION AT GEORGIA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
MONTANA AT WEBER STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
UT MARTIN AT HOUSTON CHRISTIAN | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
INDIANA STATE AT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
WESTERN ILLINOIS AT MISSOURI STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
UIW AT TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
UTAH TECH AT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
ALCORN STATE AT GRAMBLING | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
TENNESSEE STATE AT MURRAY STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
UNI AT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS | 3 P.M. | ESPN3
TENNESSEE TECH AT EASTERN ILLINOIS | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA VS. NO. 1 GEORGIA (JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA) | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
NO. 8 OREGON AT CAL | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
NO. 9 OKLAHOMA STATE AT NO. 22 KANSAS STATE | 3:30 P.M. ET | FOX
NO. 10 WAKE FOREST AT LOUISVILLE | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
NO. 17 ILLINOIS AT NEBRASKA | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
NO. 20 CINCINNATI AT UCF | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
SMU AT TULSA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTHWESTERN AT IOWA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2
NEW MEXICO STATE AT UMASS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
TEMPLE AT NAVY | 3:30 P.M. | CBS SPORTS NETWORK
ROBERT MORRIS AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTH TEXAS AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
ILLINOIS STATE AT NORTH DAKOTA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
ALABAMA A&M VS. ALABAMA STATE (BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA) | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
ROBERT MORRIS AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
MISSOURI AT NO. 25 SOUTH CAROLINA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
SOUTH ALABAMA AT ARKANSAS STATE | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
JACKSONVILLE STATE AT AUSTIN PEAY | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
PORTLAND STATE AT EASTERN WASHINGTON | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
ABILENE CHRISTIAN AT NORTH DAKOTA | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
NICHOLLS AT LAMAR | 4 P.M. | ESPN3
NORTH ALABAMA AT CENTRAL ARKANSAS | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
NO. 19 KENTUCKY AT NO. 3 TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN
NO. 10 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AT ARIZONA | 7 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
COLORADO STATE AT BOISE STATE | 7 P.M. | FS1
COASTAL CAROLINA AT MARSHALL | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
UAB AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
CAL POLY AT UC DAVIS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
MICHIGAN STATE AT NO. 4 MICHIGAN | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
NO. 15 OLE MISS AT TEXAS A&M | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
ARIZONA STATE AT COLORADO | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
BAYLOR AT TEXAS TECH | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
PITT AT NO. 21 NORTH CAROLINA | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
SE LOUISIANA AT MCNEESE | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
SAM HOUSTON AT TARLETON | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | ESPN+
IDAHO AT SACRAMENTO STATE | 9 P.M. | ESPN+
STANFORD AT NO. 12 UCLA | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
SAN DIEGO STATE AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FS1
NEVADA AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
WYOMING AT HAWAI’I | 11:59 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2022
DENVER BRONCOS VS JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (WEMBLEY) 1:30P (BST) 9:30A ESPN+
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CHICAGO BEARS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
TENNESSEE TITANS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 3:05P (CT) 4:05P CBS
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P FOX
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
NEW YORK GIANTS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT BUFFALO BILLS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*
MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2022
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN
PHILADELPHIA 6 HOUSTON 5 (10)
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
GAME 2, PHI @ HOU, FOX
MONDAY, OCT. 31
GAME 3, HOU @ PHI, FOX
TUESDAY, NOV. 1
GAME 4, HOU @ PHI, FOX
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2
GAME 5, HOU @ PHI, FOX (IF NECESSARY)
FRIDAY, NOV. 4
GAME 6, PHI @ HOU, FOX (IF NECESSARY)
SATURDAY, NOV. 5
GAME 7, PHI @ HOU, FOX (IF NECESSARY)
ATLANTA 136 DETROIT 112
ORLANDO 113 CHARLOTTE 93
CLEVELAND 132 BOSTON 123 OT
INDIANA 127 WASHINGTON 117
PHILADELPHIA 112 TORONTO 90
MILWAUKEE 119 NEW YORK 108
MINNESOTA 111 LA LAKERS 102
SAN ANTONIO 129 CHICAGO 124
DENVER 117 UTAH 101
PHOENIX 124 NEW ORLEANS 111
PORTLAND 125 HOUSTON 111
VEGAS 4 ANAHEIM 0
NEW JERSEY 1 COLORADO 0
NY ISLANDERS 6 CAROLINA 2
BOSTON 4 COLUMBUS 0
VANCOUVER 5 PITTSBURGH 1
WINNIPEG 3 ARIZONA 2
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
REALMUTO, PHILS RALLY PAST ASTROS IN 10 TO OPEN WORLD SERIES
HOUSTON (AP) J.T. Realmuto homered in the 10th inning and the Philadelphia Phillies, saved by right fielder Nick Castellanos’ sliding catch, rallied past the Houston Astros 6-5 Friday night in the World Series opener.
Down 5-0 early against Astros ace Justin Verlander, the Phillies became the first team in 20 years to overcome a five-run deficit to win a World Series game.
They can thank Castellanos for getting the chance. Known much more for his bat than glove, he rushed in to make a terrific grab on Jeremy Pena’s blooper with two outs in the ninth inning and a runner on second.
“All in all, it was a great game, a great come from behind victory, and it just showed the resilience of the club again and how tough they are and they just never quit,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said.
Realmuto, who hit a tying, two-run double in the fifth off Verlander, completed the comeback when he led off the 10th by sending a fastball from Luis Garcia into the seats in right field.
Realmuto became the first catcher to hit an extra-inning home run in the World Series since Carlton Fisk waved his walk-off fair in the 12th inning of Game 6 in the 1975 Series against Cincinnati at Fenway Park.
Big-hitting Bryce Harper added two singles for the Phillies in his World Series debut.
Kyle Tucker homered twice for the Astros, who had been 7-0 in this postseason.
“Disappointing, yeah, for sure,” Verlander said. “I need to do better. No excuses.”
Houston had a chance in the 10th when Alex Bregman doubled with one out. After Yuli Gurriel drew a two-out walk, David Robertson bounced a wild pitch that put runners on second and third.
Pinch-hitter Aledmys Diaz was then hit by a 2-0 pitch from David Robertson – but plate umpire James Hoye ruled that Diaz leaned into the pitch and didn’t permit him to go to first to load the bases.
Diaz grounded out on a 3-1 pitch to end it.
The last team to blow a 5-0 lead in the World Series was the 2002 San Francisco Giants, who squandered their chance in Game 6 to close out the Angels and win the title under manager Dusty Baker.
Baker saw it happen again this time as manager of the Astros, by the same 6-5 final score.
The 106-win Astros hadn’t lost to anyone since Philadelphia beat them on Oct. 3 behind Aaron Nola to clinch a wild-card spot as a third-place team and earn its first playoff trip in 11 years.
Houston raced out to a big lead thanks in large part to Tucker’s two homers. But the Phillies stormed back as Verlander again struggled in the World Series.
Perfect as he took a 5-0 lead into the fourth, he exited after the fifth with the score 5-all. That left him 0-6 with a 6.07 ERA in eight career World Series starts — hardly the line for a pitcher who’s expected to soon pick up his third Cy Young Award.
The Astros fell to 0-5 in World Series openers and dropped their first game this postseason after sweeping in the AL Division Series and AL Championship Series.
Seranthony Dominguez pitched a scoreless ninth to get the win when Castellanos made another stellar ninth-inning catch this postseason, this one definitely a game-saving play.
With Jose Altuve on second base after his two-out single and stolen base, Pena hit a ball that came off the bat at 68 mph and went only about 200 feet. Castellanos ran a long way, then with a lunge made the inning-ending catch while sliding to the ground.
In the opener of the NL Division Series against Atlanta, Castellanos drove in three runs and helped preserve the lead with a somewhat similar catch in the ninth of that 7-6 win.
In the World Series for the fourth time in six years – and after losing to Atlanta in six games last year – these Astros are looking to give Baker his first title as a manager and get their second championship after winning it in 2017, a title tainted by a sign-stealing scandal.
The surprising Phillies, who have two championships, are in the World Series for the first time since 2009. They bounced back from a 21-29 start that led to manager Joe Girardi’s firing with a 66-46 finish to reach the playoffs.
They won their eighth pennant by dispatching the San Diego Padres in five games in the NLCS under Thomson.
Tucker had the orange-clad home crowd rocking early as he became the first player in franchise history with a multi-home run game in the World Series. One of the few players in the majors to hit without batting gloves and suddenly exuding attitude, he had four RBIs a year after finishing the Fall Classic without one.
The normally mild-mannered Tucker punctuated his first homer with a nifty bat flip and mixed in an expletive as he screamed toward the dugout while beginning his trot.
Nola took a perfect game into the seventh inning in his last trip to Minute Maid Park, more than three weeks ago when Philadelphia secured its first playoff spot since 2011. Things didn’t go nearly as smooth in his return Friday.
Tucker sent an off-speed pitch from Nola soaring high and into the seats in right field to put Houston up 1-0 with no outs in the second. Gurriel, Chas McCormick and Martin Maldonado added singles for another run.
Pena, the ALCS MVP, doubled to open Houston’s third before Yordan Alvarez grounded out. He was initially ruled safe, but the Phillies challenged the call, and it was overturned.
Bregman, who was Nola’s roommate at LSU, walked before Tucker went deep again, knocking a ball into the stands behind the bullpen in right-center to extend it to 5-0.
Verlander, who had an MLB-best 1.75 ERA in the regular season, allowed six hits and five runs in five innings. He joined Roger Clemens as the only pitchers in major league history to make a World Series start in three different decades but still could not claim that elusive World Series win. Friday was his 12th career start in a postseason series opener, tying him with Jon Lester for most in MLB history.
Verlander, who started his third Series opener, retired the first 10 batters before Rhys Hoskins singled with one out in the fourth. Harper and Castellanos singled for a run and Alec Bohm hit a two-run double to cut the lead to 5-3.
Brandon Marsh opened the fifth with a double before Kyle Schwarber walked. Realmuto sent them both home with a double off the wall in left-center to tie it at 5-all.
Nola allowed six hits and five runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Philadelphia’s Zack Wheeler opposes Framber Valdez when the series continues Saturday night.
BIG 10 FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
• Conference action continues this week, with five Big Ten contests highlighted by four divisional matchups. Indiana, Maryland, Purdue and Wisconsin will enjoy byes this week, with the complete schedule appearing to the right.
• Two Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Michigan and Ohio State are both 7-0. The Wolverines and Buckeyes are both undefeated in conference play at 4-0.
• Four Big Ten teams appear in the AP Poll this week, highlighted by two of the top five teams. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 4 Michigan, No. 13 Penn State and No. 17 Illinois, with Maryland also receiving votes.
• Michigan and Ohio State are two of only three teams in the country with top-10 rankings in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The Wolverines rank third defensively and sixth offensively, while the Buckeyes check in at second offensively and fifth defensively. The only other team to appear in the top 10 of both categories is Georgia.
• With its 54-10 win against Iowa, Ohio State has now scored at least 45 points in six straight games, the longest streak by a Big Ten team since 1903. Quarterback C.J. Stroud threw four touchdown passes in the contest, marking the 12th time in his career that he has thrown for at least four scores to pass J.T. Barrett for the most in school history. Stroud has thrown at least two touchdown passes in 12 straight games, the third-longest streak by a Big Ten player since 2000.
• Michigan is 7-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1974-75. It is the third time under head coach Jim Harbaugh that the Wolverines have started with a 7-0 mark to begin the season (2016, ‘21).
• Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford completed 23-of-31 passes for 295 yards and four touchdowns against Minnesota to become the career completions leader at Penn State. He also tied a career high with four touchdown passes in the contest.
• Illinois leads the nation in both scoring defense (8.9 points allowed per game) and total defense (221.1 yards allowed per game). The Illini also rank in the top three nationally in both relative scoring defense (second) and relative total defense (third).
• Led by running back Chase Brown, Illinois ranks fourth nationally in relative rushing offense and 14th in the country in relative total offense. Brown leads the nation with 1,059 rushing yards this season, with 619 of those yards coming after contact.
• Maryland has scored at least 27 points in a school-record 10 consecutive games dating back to last season’s final two contests. The Terps have also won 16 games in a row when scoring 30 or more points. Freshman running back Roman Hemby leads all Big Ten freshmen with seven rushing touchdowns this season.
• With its 24-17 victory against Indiana, Rutgers improved to 56-6 under head coach Greg Schiano when allowing less than 20 points in a game, 57-19 when winning the turnover battle, 58-9 when having more rushing yards and 27-3 when allowing no sacks. Rutgers leads the Big Ten and is third in the country with four blocked kicks, while the punt team has allowed -8 return yards on the season, second-best nationally.
• Iowa’s Jack Campbell was named a finalist for the 2022 William V. Campbell Trophy on Oct. 26. Now in its 33rd year, the Campbell Trophy is presented annually to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete. Each of the 15 finalists, chosen from a group of 156 semifinalists, will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2022 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to the 64th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Las Vegas on Dec. 6, where one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 33rd Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.
• The 2022 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game.
• The 2022 campaign features 94 All-Big Ten honorees (first-, second-, third-team or honorable mention) selected by either the coaches or the media last season. Ohio State leads the way, welcoming back 17 All-Big Ten honorees this season. Each team has at least one All-Big Ten performer returning this season, with 56 of the 94 returning All-Big Ten players coming from the East Division.
COLLEGE GAMES OF THE WEEK
OHIO STATE AT PENN STATE
(OHIO STATE NOTES)
Ohio State travels to State College, Pa., for a 12 noon game against the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday, Oct. 29. This is the 30th consecutive year the two teams will meet on the gridiron, all since Penn State joined the Big Ten Conference in 1993. The average margin of victory over the last six games has been 6.3 points. The noon start snaps a streak of five consecutive primetime kickoffs between the teams at Beaver Stadium. The 2009 game at Beaver Stadium was the last time the teams did not start before 7:44 p.m. EDT. This game won’t feature one of Penn State’s celebrated stadium “white-outs,” but Beaver Stadium will be rocking, regardless, to the tune of white stripes. Ohio State, No. 2, and No. 13 Penn State are each nationally ranked for a sixth consecutive meeting and for the 23rd time in their 38 contests. Ohio State is 7-0 overall, 4-0 in the Big Ten and coming off a tougher-than-it-reads, 54-10, win over Iowa and its highly ranked defense. Ohio State has won eight consecutive games.
OHIO STATE-PENN STATE: THE SERIES f Ohio State and Penn State are meeting for the 30th consecutive year and for the 38th time in a series that originated in 1912. Ohio State has won five consecutive games over Penn State, nine of the last 11 and leads the all-time series in wins, 22-14.f The average margin of victory during Ohio State’s current five-game winning streak in the series is seven points. Saturday will be the 28th meeting between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions since Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1993. In that span, Ohio State is 20-7 vs. Penn State with an 8-6 record in games played at Beaver Stadium.
(PENN STATE NOTES)
PENN STATE HOSTS OHIO STATE FOR TOP-15 MATCHUP • OPENING KICK: No. 13/13 Penn State hosts No. 2/2 Ohio State for the Penn State Stripe Out game on Saturday. Kickoff is set for noon in Beaver Stadium with a broadcast on FOX. The 2022 Penn State football season is presented by PSECU. • SERIES HISTORY: Penn State meets Ohio State for the 38th time in program history and the 21st time where both teams are ranked in the AP Top 25. In 2021, Penn State fell 33-24 at Ohio State. Sean Clifford threw for 361 yards and a touchdown on 35 completions. Jahan Dotson recorded 11 receptions for 127 yards, while Parker Washington tallied nine receptions for 108 yards. Ji’Ayir Brown forced and recovered a fumble and Curtis Jacobs had two tackles for loss. • BIG NOON KICKOFF MAKES HAPPY VALLEY DEBUT: Penn State will host Big Noon Kickoff, FOX’s college football pregame show, live from University Park for the first time ever on Saturday. The broadcast will begin at 10 a.m. and lead up to kickoff between the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes at noon. • SPREAD THE WEALTH: Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Sean Clifford threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns against Minnesota. The four touchdowns were to four different receivers: Tyler Warren (38 yards), Theo Johnson (18), Parker Washington (35) and Mitchell Tinsley (20). Johnson, Warren and Washington all caught their first touchdown receptions of the season, while Johnson finished the game with a career-high 75 yards. • TIG’S TAKEAWAYS: Ji’Ayir “Tig” Brown continues to make big plays for the Nittany Lions. On Saturday against Minnesota, Brown picked off a pass in the third quarter and returned it 35 yards to setup a Penn State touchdown drive. The senior has had a hand in 12 takeaways in his PSU career (nine interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery) and has helped force four takeaways in 2022 with three interceptions and a forced fumble. • THE OPPOSITION: Ohio State is 7-0 this season and 4-0 in Big Ten play after a 54-10 win over Iowa last Saturday. The Buckeyes tallied 360 yards. C.J. Stroud threw for 286 yards and four touchdowns. Emeka Egbuka, Julian Fleming and Marvin Harrison Jr. each caught one touchdown. Ohio State held Iowa to 158 total yards. The Buckeyes forced six turnovers, including three fumbles and three interceptions.
KENTUCKY AT TENNESSEE
No. 19/17 Kentucky will face No. 3/3 Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, Saturday, Oct. 29 for a 7 p.m. ET kick off on ESPN, looking to be bowl eligible for the sixth consecutive season.
The Wildcats are coming off their open date, and a chance for key players to get healthier. Before that, then-No. 22/22 Kentucky defeated then-No. 16/17 Mississippi State, 27-17, marking UK’s second ranked triumph of the season. It is the third-straight season, and fourth instance in the last five seasons, that UK has won two games against ranked opponents. Prior to 2018, the Wildcats had just one season with multiple wins against ranked foes in the previous 40 years (two in 2007).
Quarterback Will Levis made his return to game action against the Bulldogs, sitting out the week prior after suffering a foot injury. The Wildcats had 478 yards of total offense against the Bulldogs, spread even with 239 passing yards and a season-high 239 rushing yards. Kentucky’s open date last weekend provided the opportunity for key Cats to get healthier before its border battle in Knoxville.
When Kentucky and Tennessee met last season at Kroger Field, things did not start well for the Cats. In fact, the early portion of the game could not have been much worse, especially for the UK defense.
Tennessee took the opening kickoff and, on it’s first play from scrimmage, scored on a 75-yard pass from Hendon Hooker to JaVonta Payton. The Vols led 7-0 just 11 seconds into the game.
After Kentucky tied the game on a Kavoisey Smoke touchdown run, the Vols struck quickly again. This time, it took UT three plays to cover 75 yards, the final 72 coming on a pass from Hooker to Velus Jones. Tennessee had scored 14 points in four plays and a total of 37 seconds off the clock.
• Tennessee leads the series 82-26-9, while it has won the last three out of five meetings.
• Tennessee leads 43-11-6 in games played in Knoxville.
• Kentucky has outscored Tennessee 125-119 in the last five meetings.
• The Volunteers have a one-game winning streak over the Wildcats.
• In 2021, Tennessee defeated Kentucky in a heartbreaking 45-42 loss in Lexington, UK’s only home loss of the season.
• The Cats last defeated the Vols on Oct. 17, 2020, 34-7, in Knoxville. Prior to that road triumph, Kentucky had not won in Knoxville since 1984.
• The two teams have played annually since 1919, excluding 1943 when neither team played because of World War II.
• With 117 games played between the two teams, it is the third-most played rivalry in the Southeastern Conference. It is behind Auburn-Georgia (126) and Ole Miss-Mississippi State (118).
• Biggest UK win: 56 (56-0) in 1893 in Knoxville
• Biggest UT win: 52 (52-0) in 1994 in Knoxville
A UK Win Would…
• Make Kentucky 6-2 and clinch bowl eligibility for the sixth-straight season.
• Give UK a win over the highest-ranked Tennessee team in school history. UK’s current highest ranked win over Tennessee was in 1957, a 20-6 win over the No. 12 Volunteers.
• Be the fourth-highest ranked win in school history, following victories over No. 1 Oklahoma on Jan. 1, 1951 (13-7 in Sugar Bowl/New Orleans), No. 1 Ole Miss in 1964 (27-21 in Jackson) and No. 1 LSU in 2007 (43-37, three overtimes in Lexington).
• Be the highest-ranked win in an opponent’s campus stadium in school history. The current mark is the 24-20 upending at No. 4-rated Penn State in 1977. (Note: the 1964 win at Ole Miss was in Jackson.)
• Split the series with Tennessee over the last six games, 3-3.
• Give Kentucky back-to-back road wins at Tennessee for the first time since 1962 and ‘64 and only the third time in school history (also 1910 and ‘12).
• Give UK its third win over a ranked opponent this season, marking the first time doing so since 2018 and just the fifth time doing so in program history (also 1951, 1976, 1977).
• Extend Stoops’ all-time record of wins at Kentucky to 65 and his all-time record of SEC wins at Kentucky to 32
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Heading into a five-week gauntlet of SEC play, the third-ranked Tennessee Volunteers wrap up their three-game homestand Saturday night when the No. 19/17 Kentucky Wildcats visit Neyland Stadium for the 118th all-time meeting in the series (7 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Two days out from the SEC East divisional clash, head coach Josh Heupel met with members of the media Thursday morning to wrap up media proceedings for the week and preview the border battle. With his Vols off to a 7-0 start for the first time since 1998, Heupel praised his team’s ability to ‘refocus, regroup and be consistent’ in their approach to practice every single week.
“The only (game) that matters as a competitor is the next one, right?” Heupel remarked. “Everyone is talking about the last one, but you’re only as good as your next performance. Being able to refocus, regroup and be consistent. What’s been great about this team and the reason that one week at a time up until this point we’ve found a way to be the best team on the field is their preparation and the way they practice. At the end of the day, you have to go cut it loose on gameday and play harder for longer than your opponent.”
In a matchup to pits the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense against a top-10 scoring defense, the Vols will aim to make a statement early on. This season, Tennessee is outscoring its opponents 96-24 in the first quarter, but Heupel made sure to emphasize the importance of playing sharp for the full 60 minutes.
“It’s important that you play well for 60 minutes,” Heupel said. “Would we love to get off to a fast start? Yes, absolutely, but you guys have seen games unfold differently, and you just have to keep playing. Would love to start fast, but we will go play ball and play for 60 minutes.”
The Vols will look to record their fifth win over a ranked opponent this season when the Wildcats come to town for Saturday’s border battle under the lights. UT will be rocking its “Dark Mode” uniforms for the game, which will feature a black helmet for the first time in program history.
The matchup will pit the SEC’s top scoring offense and second-ranked scoring defense against one another. Tennessee enters the game having scored 30 or more points in 10 straight games (longest active streak in the SEC) while Kentucky hasn’t allowed more than 24 points in 11 consecutive games (longest active streak in the FBS).
Saturday’s contest will be televised on ESPN as Chris Fowler (PxP), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline) will have the call. Kickoff is slated for 7:06 p.m. ET.
NEED TO KNOW
Another Week, Another Ranked Showdown
Saturday night’s primetime showdown against No. 19/17 Kentucky will mark the fifth time in eight games that the Vols will face a top-25 opponent. By taking down then No. 3/1 Alabama two weeks ago, Tennessee recorded its fourth victory over a ranked opponent this season. UT and TCU are the only FBS programs this season with four victories over AP Top 25 ranked teams at the time of meeting. It’s the first time since 1998 that the Vols have defeated four or more ranked teams in a regular season and first time since 2001 if you include bowl game victories. Head coach Josh Heupel is 5-4 against ranked teams in his two seasons leading the Big Orange.
Hyatt Flying High
Jalin Hyatt has elevated his game to new heights this season, entering Saturday’s contest ranked among the SEC and national leaders in a handful of receiving categories after three consecutive impressive performances. The South Carolina native is one receiving touchdown shy of tying the Tennessee single season record and leads the FBS with 12 touchdown catches this season after three straight multi-scores games. Hyatt is the first UT receiver to record multiple touchdown receptions in three straight games since Marcus Nash in 1997 and also ranks fifth nationally in receiving yards per game (109.9).
The junior wideout has been a big play machine this season, leading the country with nine 30-plus yard receiving played, eight 40-plus yard receiving plays and three 60-plus yard receiving plays. Hyatt is coming off a seven-catch, 174-yard, two-touchdown outing in the first half against UT Martin following a legendary performance in UT’s win over Alabama on Oct. 15 where he recorded six catches for a career high 207 yards and five touchdowns.
Fast, Fun, Real
In the last two seasons combined under head coach Josh Heupel (including 2022), Tennessee is averaging a nation-best 2.92 plays per minute. During that same span, the Vols are averaging a nation-best 1.74 offensive points per minute. Ohio State is second in that category at 1.57. This season alone, the Vols are first in the nation in offensive points per minute (1.87) and sixth in offensive plays per minute (2.84).
Of UT’s 56 scoring drives this season, 31 have come in two minutes or less (55.4 percent). From 2018-20, Heupel’s UCF teams averaged a nation-high 3.04 plays per minute. Since the start of the 2018 season, Heupel-coached teams lead the nation in offensive plays per minute (2.99, min. – multiple seasons coached), offensive points per minute (1.68, min. – multiple seasons coached) and offensive plays per game (77.87, min – multiple seasons coached).
Ball Hawking, Aggressive Defense Paying Dividends
The Vols’ defense under coordinator Tim Banks has been aggressive and opportunistic all year long, forcing 13 turnovers through seven games, which ranks tied for second most in the SEC. For comparison, UT had just 13 takeaways in 13 games last season. The Big Orange also rank fourth in the league in tackles for loss per game (6.29) and sacks per game (2.43).
Tennessee leads series, 82-26-9
Saturday’s meeting between the Vols and Wildcats will be the 118th in the all-time series. Tennessee has played and beaten Kentucky more than any other opponent in program history.
The Big Orange are 34-3 against the Cats since 1985, but UK has come away victorious in two of the previous five meetings, including the last time the two programs faced off inside Neyland Stadium in 2020. UT emerged with a hard-fought 45-42 victory over No. 18 Kentucky in Lexington last season.
Kentucky is led by Mark Stoops, who is in the midst of his 10th season as head coach and has built the Wildcats into one of the league’s most consistent programs during his tenure in Lexington. Stoops has led UK to 10-plus wins in two of the past four years and has the Cats ranked inside the top 20 entering this weekend’s matchup.
Dynamic senior signal caller Will Levis leads the Wildcats’ offense. His combination of athleticism, arm strength and improved accuracy have him among the top NFL draft prospects at the quarterback position this year. In six games played, Levis is completing nearly 70 percent of his passes for 1,635 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Levis has a talented trio of wide receivers to distribute the ball to in Tayvion Robinson (25 rec., 392 yds, 3 TDs), Barion Brown (24 rec., 350 yds, 2 TDs) and Dane Key (20 rec., 322 yds, 3 TDs). Brown is also a dangerous return man who is a valuable weapon on special teams.
To compliment the passing attack, the Wildcats boast one of the SEC’s top running backs in senior Chris Rodriguez Jr. After missing the first four games of the season, Rodriguez has provided a jolt to UK’s ground game with 72 carries for 395 yards (5.5 avg) and three scores, averaging 131.7 yards per contest over the Cats’ last three games.
Kentucky also features one of the conference’s top defenses, something that has become a staple under Stoops’ during his time as head coach. The Wildcats rank second in the league in scoring defense (16.4 points per game) and total defense (295.4 yards per game) entering Saturday’s game.
OKLAHOMA STATE AT KANSAS STATE
The Basics The Oklahoma State football team (6-1 overall; 3-1 Big 12) travels to Manhattan, Kansas, this week to face Kansas State (5-2 overall; 3-1 Big 12), with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, October 29, in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. On the Air The game will be televised by FOX with Jason Benetti, Brock Huard and Allison Williams on the call. It will also be carried live on the Cowboy Radio Network, with Dave Hunziker handling play-by-play, John Holcomb providing analysis and Robert Allen reporting from the sideline. Fans outside of the Cowboy Radio Network can listen to the OSU broadcast for free through The Varsity Network app. In the Rankings The Oklahoma State football team was voted No. 9 this week in both the AP Top 25 and the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll. It marks the 20th consecutive AP poll that the Cowboys have been ranked in the top 15, which continues the longest streak in school history. Including 2022, OSU has now reached the top 10 of the AP poll at some point in 11 of the past 15 seasons and has seen a top 15 ranking in the AP poll in 13 of those 15 seasons. Although the first College Football Playoff rankings won’t be released until November 1, it’s worth noting that OSU has been part of the CFP rankings in six of the past seven seasons entering 2022. Kansas State is ranked No. 22 in both major polls. It marks the third consecutive AP-ranked opponent that Oklahoma State has faced, as well as its fourth in its past five games. 20 Straight Polls in the AP Top 15 Oklahoma State has been ranked in the top 15 of every Associated Press poll since October 3, 2021, which is a school record streak of 20 consecutive sets of rankings. Here are longest streaks in school history: Consecutive Polls in the AP Top 15 1. 20(2021-22) 2. 17 (2016-17) 17 (2010-11) 4. 14 (1984) 5. 12 (1988) 6. 11 (1985) 7. 9 (2008) 8. 8 (2015) The Series Saturday’s game marks the 69th overall meeting between Oklahoma State and Kansas State in a series that dates to 1908. The 2022 season also marks the 13th consecutive year the teams have played. OSU holds a 42-26 all-time advantage in the series, including a 19-17 edge in games played in Manhattan. The Cowboys have won nine of the past 13 meetings in the series, including each of the past three, and have won two of the past three games played in Manhattan. Coach Mike Gundy is 9-5 in his career against K-State, while KSU coach Chris Klieman is 0-3 against the Cowboys. Oklahoma State from a Distance The No. 9 Oklahoma State football team is 6-1 following comeback win over then-No. 20 Texas in last week’s game. It marks the second straight season and the ninth time in the Mike Gundy era that the Cowboys have started 6-1 or better. The Cowboys are now 20-3 in their past 23 overall games, are on a school-record home winning streak of 13 straight games and have also fared well on the road by winning three of their past four and six of their past eight road games. Coach Mike Gundy’s team pillars of “Discipline and Toughness” (DAT for short), have continued a years-long run of success into this season, and the Cowboys are still putting impressive numbers to back up the motto.
Coming off a tough 38-28 road loss to No. 8 TCU, 22ndranked Kansas State will get a crack at yet another top10 Big 12 foe as it hosts No. 9 Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Wildcats and Cowboys are currently in a tie for second place in the Big 12 standings at 3-1. The Homecoming game will kick at 2:30 p.m. from Bill Snyder Family Stadium and be televised nationally on FOX. 1 K-State is 5-2 this season with both losses coming against teams that are currently ranked (No. 7 TCU, No. 23 Tulane). This week’s game will mark the first time that the Wildcats will face top-10 teams in consecutive weeks since 2017 (No. 6 TCU, No. 9 Oklahoma) and the first time that the Cats will face three top-10 teams in the same season since 2014 (No. 5 Auburn, No. 6 TCU, No. 5 Baylor). 2 Last time out, K-State battled through a physical game in Fort Worth and led the ballgame, 28-10, late in the second quarter. The Horned Frogs responded with touchdowns on the final drive of the first half and opening drive of the second half on their way to a 38-28 win. Quarterback Will Howard came off the bench and shined for the Cats, finishing with 225 yards passing on 13-of-20 aim with two scores. 3 During the TCU contest, running back Deuce Vaughn went over 1,000 career receiving yards, while he enters this week with 2,790 career rushing yards. He is the eighth Big 12 player all-time to reach 2,500 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in a career, but the quickest to ever do so as he accomplished the feat in his 30th career game. Second on the list is Oklahoma’s DeMarco Murray (38 games).
The Cats have been stellar on defense, allowing just 19.7 points per game and 374.6 total yards per game. This week, the Cats rank 16th nationally in turnover margin, 17th in interceptions, 18th in fourth down defense, 23rd in scoring defense, 23rd in sacks and 24th in tackles for loss. The Cats have kept each of their Big 12 opponents this year under their season scoring average entering its game against K-State.
STILLWATER, Okla. – No. 25 Kansas State saw early momentum from a Malik Knowles’ 99-yard kickoff-return touchdown flattened by Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders and a Cowboys’ first-half scoring flurry, and the Wildcats saw their perfect start to the season end during a 31-20 loss. K-State’s bid to remain undefeated after four games for the first time since 2012 effectively came to a halt shortly after Knowles’ magical kickoff return with 6 minutes, 18 seconds left in the first quarter offered promise. Knowles fielded the kickoff down the right side at the 1, weaved past three defenders off blocks, stiff-armed another defender as he hit the middle of the field, then adjusted and angled back to the right side the final 50 yards into the end zone and a 10-7 lead. K-State’s 123 non-offensive touchdowns since 1999 are the most in the nation, as are its 56 combined kickoff- and punt-return touchdowns since 2005. Unfortunately for K-State, their cheers on the sideline didn’t last too long. K-State hadn’t allowed an opponent to score 24 points this season. Oklahoma State put up 24 unanswered points in less than 18 minutes. The Wildcats trailed 31-13 at halftime and couldn’t scratch back within single digits the rest of the way. Oklahoma State entered 98th in scoring offense and with some apparent questions after the Cowboys fought off their first three opponents in Missouri State (23-16), Tulsa (28-23) and at Boise State (21-10) without scoring 30 points in any game. However, the Cowboys exploded with their best showing of the season, as the Wildcats were unable to solve Sanders and Jaylen Warren, who nearly had both 100 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards despite missing some time in the second half due to injury. Sanders threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, as the Cowboys scored on drives of 75, 73 and 90 yards. Sanders completed 22 of 34 for 344 yards and two touchdowns to go along with nine carries for 18 yards and one touchdown. Warren had 27 carries for 123 yards and added four catches for 81 yards. Senior wide receiver Tay Martin had a game-high nine catches for 100 yards and one score. K-State used both of its quarterbacks. Sophomore quarterback Jared Lewis came off the sideline to complete 10 of 19 passes for 148 yards with one touchdown and one interception after starter Will Howard suffered an injury. Howard, in his first career start in a full-capacity road environment, went 4 of 12 for 50 yards and had three carries for a team-high 28 yards. However, Howard also suffered one costly lost fumble late in the first quarter that resulted in a touchdown and the Wildcats trailed 21-10.
WEEK 8 NFL CAPSULES
DENVER AT JACKSONVILLE
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER All-time series tied, 6-6
STREAKS Broncos have won 3 of last 4
LAST GAME 9/19/21: Broncos 23 at Jaguars 13
LAST GAME AT SITE (first meeting in London)
LAST WEEK L 16-9 vs. N.Y. Jets
COACH VS. OPP. Nathaniel Hackett: 0-0
PTS. FOR 14.3
PASSING Russell Wilson: 116-198-1,442-5-3-83.4
RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 66-234-3.5-1
RECEIVING Courtland Sutton: 34-454-13.4-1
PTS. AGAINST 16.4
SACKS Bradley Chubb: 5.5
INTs Caden Sterns: 2
TAKE/GIVE -1 (7/8)
PUNTING (NET) Corliss Waitman: 45.1 (40.6)
KICKING Brandon McManus: 50 (5/7 PAT; 15/19 FG)
QB RUSSELL WILSON has 3+ TD passes in each of his 2 career starts vs. Jax. Passed for 222 yards & 3 TDs with 125.4 rating in only career start in London (10/14/18 vs. Raiders, w/ Sea.). • QB BRETT RYPIEN completed 24 of 46 atts. (52.2 pct.) for 225 yards in 1st start of season last week. • RB MELVIN GORDON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Since entering NFL in 2015, ranks 2nd among RBs with 8,737 scrimmage yards (6,378 rush, 2,359 rec.). • RB LATAVIUS MURRAY had 2nd rush TD of season last week & 1st with Den. Had 79 scrimmage yards (44 rush, 35 rec.) in his last game vs. Jax. (10/13/19 w/ NO). Had rush TD in Week 4 London game (vs. Min., w/ NO). • WR JERRY JEUDY tied career high with 7 catches for 96 yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON set career highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (159) in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with 6+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. Has 355 rec. yards (118.3 per game) in his past 3 vs. AFC South. • TE GREG DULCICH (rookie) had 6 catches for 51 yards in Week 7. • LB BRADLEY CHUBB is 1 of 5 in AFC with 5+ sacks (5.5) & 2+ FFs (2) this season. • LB ALEX SINGLETON led team with 11 tackles last week. Aims for 4th in row with 9+ tackles. Has 2 TFL in 2 of past 3. • DE DRE’MONT JONES tied season high with 2 sacks last week. Chubb & Jones (4.5 sacks) are 1 of 3 pairs of AFC teammates each with 4.5+ sacks in 2022. • S KAREEM JACKSON has 6+ tackles in 5 of past 6. Had INT in last meeting.
LAST WEEK L 23-17 vs. N.Y. Giants
COACH VS. OPP. Doug Pederson: 1-0
PTS. FOR 22.1
PASSING Trevor Lawrence: 155-246-1,707-9-4-88.9
RUSHING Travis Etienne: 68-415-6.1-1
RECEIVING Christian Kirk: 32-458-14.3-4
PTS. AGAINST 19.6
SACKS Josh Allen: 3
INTs Andre Cisco, Devin Lloyd (R): 2
TAKE/GIVE -1 (9/10)
PUNTING (NET) Logan Cooke: 50.5 (45.4)
KICKING Riley Patterson: 43 (13/14 PAT; 10/11 FG)
QB TREVOR LAWRENCE passed for season-high 310 yards last week, his 3rd-career game with 300+ pass yards. Aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Passed for 319 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 93.4 rating in only career start in London (10/17/21 vs. Mia.). • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE had career-high 114 rush yards & 1st-career rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had season-high 7 catches for 96 yards last week. Had 57 rec. yards in only career game vs. Den. (10/18/18 w/ Az.). • WR MARVIN JONES aims for 3rd in row with 55+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 55 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC West with rec. TD. Had 7 catches for 100 yards & TD in only career London game (10/17/21 vs. Mia.). • WR ZAY JONES had 54 rec. yards in Week 7. • TE EVAN ENGRAM has 65+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had 5 catches for 82 yards & TD in only career game vs. Den. (10/15/17 w/ NYG). • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN aims for 3rd in row with 12+ tackles. Has TFL in 3 of past 4. Had 10 tackles, sack & PD in only career game vs. Den. (11/8/20 w/ Atl.). Only AFC player with 70+ tackles (70) & sack this season. • LB TRAVON WALKER (rookie) had 2nd sack of season last week. • LB DEVIN LLOYD has 6+ tackles in each of 7 games this season & lead all rookies with 63 tackles. • CB DARIOUS WILLIAMS had career-high 8 tackles & season-high 3 PD in Week 7. • S ANDRE CISCO had 8 tackles & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home.
CAROLINA AT ATLANTA
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Falcons lead all-time series, 34-20
STREAKS Falcons have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 12/12/21: Falcons 29 at Panthers 21
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/31/21: Panthers 19, Falcons 13
LAST WEEK W 21-3 vs. Tampa Bay
COACH VS. OPP. Steve Wilks: 0-1
PTS. FOR 17.7
PASSING P.J. Walker: 31-44-297-2-0-104.1
RUSHING D’Onta Foreman: 27-155-5.7-0
RECEIVING DJ Moore: 27-273-10.1-2
PTS. AGAINST 21.3
SACKS Brian Burns: 5.0
INTs Many tied: 1
TAKE/GIVE -2 (6/8)
PUNTING (NET) Johnny Hekker: 49.4 (44.4)
KICKING Eddy Piniero: 46 (10/10 PAT; 12/13)
QB P.J. WALKER completed 16 of 22 atts. (72.7 pct.) for 177 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.5 rating in Week 7, his 1st-career start with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB D’ONTA FOREMAN had career-high 145 scrimmage yards (118 rush, 27 rec.) last week, his 4th-career game with 100+ rush yards. • RB CHUBA HUBBARD rushed for 63 yards & 1st rush TD of season last week. Rushed for 82 yards & TD in last road meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with rush TD. • WR DJ MOORE had season-high 7 receptions for 69 yards & 2nd rec. TD of season in Week 7. Had 6 catches for 84 yards in last meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 7 of his 8 career games vs. Atl. & aims for his 5th in row at Atl. with 50+ rec. yards. • TE TOMMY TREMBLE had 1st rec. TD of season last week, his 3rd career TD. • DE BRIAN BURNS had sack & 2 TFL last week, his 5th sack of season & has 5+ sacks in each of his 1st 4 career seasons. Is 1 of 3 in NFC (Micah Parsons & Za’Darius Smith) with 5+ sacks (5) & 8+ TFL (8). • DE YETUR GROSS-MATOS has TFL in 2 of his past 3. Had sack in last road meeting. • DT DERRICK BROWN had 2 TFL in last meeting. Has 6 PD in his past 6. • LB FRANKIE LUVU has 5+ tackles in 4 of his 5 games this season. Has 3+ TFL in 2 of his past 3 on road. • LB SHAQ THOMPSON has 10+ tackles in 4 of his past 5 vs. Atl. & aims for his 4th in row at Atl. with 10+ tackles. • CB DONTE JACKSON had season-high 10 tackles last week. Has 7 PD & 2 INTs in his past 7 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with PD. • DB MYLES HARTSFIELD aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ tackles.
LAST WEEK L 35-17 at Cincinnati
COACH VS. OPP. Arthur Smith: 1-1
PTS. FOR 23.3
PASSING Marcus Mariota: 92-150-1,179-7-4-90.4
RUSHING Tyler Allgeier (R): 70-285-4.1-1
RECEIVING Drake London (R): 26-315-12.1-2
PTS. AGAINST 24.4
SACKS Grady Jarrett: 4.5
INTs Many tied: 1
TAKE/GIVE +2 (10/8)
PUNTING (NET) Bradley Pinion: 47.6 (41.7)
KICKING Younghoe Koo: 49 (16/16 PAT; 11/14 FG)
QB MARCUS MARIOTA had TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 118.8 rating in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd start in row with 100+ rating. Is 1 of 3 QBs (Joe Burrow & Trevor Lawrence) with 7+ TD passes (7) & 3+ rush TDs (3) in 2022. • RB TYLER ALLGEIER (rookie) rushed for 50 yards & 1st career TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row overall with 50+ rush yards. • TE KYLE PITTS had 5 catches for 61 yards in last meeting. • WR DRAKE LONDON ranks 3rd among rookies in rec. yards (315) & tied-3rd in receptions (26). • WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS aims for his 3rd in row at home with 55+ rec. yards. • WR DAMIERE BYRD had career-long 75-yard rec. TD last week, his 6th-career TD catch. • DL GRADY JARRETT had sack & PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home. Had FR in last meeting. Has 5 TFL in his past 5 at home vs. Car. • LB RASHAAN EVANS led team with 13 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row overall & 3rd in row at home with 10+ tackles. Is 1 of 3 NFC LBs (Jordyn Brooks & Roquan Smith) with 4+ games (4) with 10+ tackles in 2022. • LB LORENZO CARTER had sack last week & has 2.5 sacks in 2022. • LB DEANGELO MALONE (rookie) had 1st-career sack in Week 7. • S JAYLINN HAWKINS tied his career high with 10 tackles & had 3rd PD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. • S RICHIE GRANT had 4th-career TFL last week. Has 5+ tackles in 6 of his 7 games in 2022 & aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ tackles.
CHICAGO AT DALLAS
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Cowboys lead all-time series, 13-12
STREAKS Cowboys have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 12/5/19: Cowboys 24 at Bears 31
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/25/16: Cowboys 31, Bears 17
LAST WEEK: W 33-14 at New England (Mon.)
COACH VS. OPP. Matt Eberflus: 0-0
PTS. FOR 18.0
PASSING Justin Fields: 76-136-1,048-5-6-74.6
RUSHING Khalil Herbert: 75-464-6.2-3
RECEIVING Darnell Mooney: 20-294-14.7-0
PTS. AGAINST 18.9
SACKS Roquan Smith: 2.5
INTs Eddie Jackson: 3
TAKE/GIVE +1 (12/11)
PUNTING (NET) Trenton Gill (R): 48.1 (42.0)
KICKING Cairo Santos: 42 (9/11 PAT; 11/11 FG)
QB JUSTIN FIELDS totaled 261 yards (179 pass, 82 rush) & 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. 85.2 rating last week. Is 1 of 2 QBs (Lamar Jackson) with 2 games of 80+ rush yards in 2022. Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ rush yards & 6th in row with 45+ rush yards. Since 2021, ranks 4th among QBs with 784 rush yards. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY rushed for 62 yards & had 23rd-career rush TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD & 14th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. Rushed for 86 yards in last meeting. • RB KHALIL HERBERT had 87 scrimmage yards (62 rush, 25 rec.) & 1st-career TD catch in Week 7. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. Herbert (526 scrimmage yards) & Montgomery (421) are 1 of 2 RB duos (Ezekiel Elliott & Tony Pollard) each with 400+ scrimmage yards in 2022. • WR DARNELL MOONEY led team with 53 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road & 5th in row overall with 50+ rec. yards. • LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 12 tackles & had sack & INT in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles & sack. Leads NFL with 78 tackles & has 8+ tackles in each of 1st 7 games in 2022. • LB ROBERT QUINN had 2nd TFL of season last week. Had 11.5 sacks & 14 TFL in 14 games with Dal. in 2019. • DB EDDIE JACKSON had sack in last meeting. Has 5+ tackles in 6 of his past 7 on road. • DB JAQUAN BRISKER (rookie) had 7 tackles & 1st-career INT in Week 7. Ranks tied3rd among rookies with 42 tackles & aims for his 7th in row with 5+ tackles. • DB KYLER GORDON (rookie) had 1st-career INT last week.
LAST WEEK W 24-6 vs. Detroit
COACH VS. OPP. Mike McCarthy: 18-7
PTS. FOR 19.1
PASSING Dak Prescott: 33-54-341-1-1-77.8
RUSHING Ezekiel Elliott: 109-443-4.1-4
RECEIVING CeeDee Lamb: 37-479-12.9-2
PTS. AGAINST 14.9
SACKS Micah Parsons: 7
INTs Trevon Diggs: 3
TAKE/GIVE +6 (12/6)
PUNTING (NET) Bryan Anger: 47.1 (41.6)
KICKING Brett Maher: 56 (11/12 PAT; 15/17 FG)
QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 19 of 25 atts. (76 pct.) for 207 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 113.3 rating in Week 7. Since 2020, has 3,646 pass yards (280.5 per game) & 33 TDs (29 pass, 4 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 108.4 rating in 13 home starts. Has 100+ rating in 5 of his past 6 home starts. Passed for 334 yards & TD in last meeting. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 2 rush TDs in Week 7, his 13th career game with 2+ rush TDs last week, 3rd-most in NFL since 2016. Rushed for 81 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Had 160 scrimmage yards (140 rush, 20 rec.) in last home meeting. • RB TONY POLLARD led team with season-high 109 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 26 rec.) last week, his 7th career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6. • WR CEEDEE LAMB led team with 70 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6. • LB MICAH PARSONS had 20th sack in 23rd career game in Week 7, tied-3rd fewest games to 20 sacks since 1982. Is 1 of 2 (Nick Bosa) with 25+ TFL (28) & 20+ sacks since 2021. • DE DORANCE ARMSTRONG had 3rd-career FR last week. Armstrong & Parsons are only pair of NFC teammates each with 5+ sacks in 2022. • DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had 1st FF & 2nd FR of season last week. • DE SAM WILLIAMS (rookie) had 1st 2 career sacks, 1st FF & 2nd-career FR last week. • CB TREVON DIGGS had 17th-career INT last week, tied with Dwight Hicks for 2ndmost INTs by player in 1st 35 games since 1970. • S DONOVAN WILSON aims for his 3rd in row with sack.
MIAMI AT DETROIT
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Dolphins lead all-time series, 7-5
STREAKS Lions have won past 3
LAST GAME 10/21/18: Lions 32 at Dolphins 21
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/9/14: Lions 20, Dolphins 16
LAST WEEK W 16-10 vs. Pittsburgh
COACH VS. OPP. Mike McDaniel: 0-0
PTS. FOR 21.0
PASSING Tua Tagovailoa: 101-150-1,296-9-3-105.9
RUSHING Raheem Mostert: 87-388-4.5-1
RECEIVING Tyreek Hill: 57-773-13.6-2
PTS. AGAINST 23.6
SACKS Jaelan Phillips: 3
INTs Jevon Holland: 2
TAKE/GIVE -2 (7/9)
PUNTING (NET) Thomas Morstead: 45.8 (40.7)
KICKING Jason Sanders: 45 (15/16 PAT; 10/13 FG)
QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 21 of 35 atts. (60 pct.) for 261 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 92.7 rating last week. Has 90+ rating in 4 of 5 starts this season. Is 5-1 with 11 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 105.9 rating in 6 career starts vs. NFC. • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT led team with 109 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 30 rec.) & had 1st TD catch of season last week. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & TD in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. • RB CHASE EDMONDS has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC North. • WR TYREEK HILL had team-high 7 catches for 72 yards last week. Aims for 5th in row with 7+ catches. Has 70+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 career games vs. NFC North. Has 397 rec. yards (132.3 per game) in 3 road games this season. Leads NFL with 57 catches & 773 rec. yards in 2022. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE led team with 88 rec. yards in Week 7 & aims for 3rd in row with 85+ rec. yards. Has 531 rec. yards (106.2 per game) in his past 5 vs. NFC. Hill & Waddle (621 rec. yards) are only pair of teammates each with 600+ rec. yards in 2022. • TE MIKE GESICKI has 6+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD has PD in 2 of his past 3 on road & 5 of his past 6 vs. NFC. Leads NFL with 27 INTs since 2017. • CB NOAH IGBINOGHENE had 1st-career INT last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. • CB JUSTIN BETHEL had 7 tackles & INT in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. • S JEVON HOLLAND had 5 tackles & 2nd INT of season in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. • LB JAELAN PHILLIPS had career-high 8 tackles, 2 TFL & 1.5 sacks last week.
LAST WEEK L 24-6 at Dallas
COACH VS. OPP. Dan Campbell: 0-0
PTS. FOR 24.3
PASSING Jared Goff: 132-212-1,583-11-6-90.6
RUSHING Jamaal Williams: 92-411-4.5-6
RECEIVING Amon-Ra St. Brown: 28-275-9.8-3
PTS. AGAINST 32.3
SACKS Aidan Hutchinson (R): 4.5
INTs DeShon Elliott, Will Harris: 1
TAKE/GIVE -6 (5/11)
PUNTING (NET) Jack Fox: 48.7 (39.7)
KICKING Michael Badgley: 6 (0/0 PAT; 2/2 FG)
QB JARED GOFF has 849 pass yards (283 per game) & 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 107.7 rating in 3 home starts in 2022. Has 115+ rating in 5 of his past 7 home starts. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 4+ TD passes & 100+ rating & 8th in row at home with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 355 yards in his last start vs. Mia. (11/1/20 w/ LAR). • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS rushed for 79 yards last week & aims for his 6th in row with 50+ rush yards. Has 2 rush TDs in 2 of his 3 home games this season. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT aims for his 3rd in row at home with 85+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row at home with TD. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN has 43 receptions (8.6 per game) for 465 yards (93 per game) & 6 rec. TDs in his past 5 at home. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 8+ catches & rec. TD. • WR KALIF RAYMOND led team with 5 catches for 75 yards in Week 7 & aims for his 3rd in row 5+ receptions. • WR JOSH REYNOLDS has 6+ catches & 80+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON has 4 rec. TDs in his past 5 at home. Ranks 3rd among NFC TEs with 315 rec. yards. • DE AIDAN HUTCHINSON had 1.5 sacks last week & leads all rookies with 4.5 sacks. • CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had 2nd-career FR last week. Has 6 PD in his past 5 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with PD. • CB JEFF OKUDAH had career=high 15 tackles & 5th-career TFL in Week 7. • S DESHON ELLIOTT aims for his 3rd in row with TFL & 4th in row with 8+ tackles.
ARIZONA AT MINNESOTA
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Vikings lead all-time series, 15-12
STREAKS Vikings have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 9/19/21: Vikings 33 at Cardinals 34
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/14/18: Vikings 27, Cardinals 17
LAST WEEK W 42-34 vs. New Orleans (Thu.)
COACH VS. OPP. Kliff Kingsbury: 1-0
PTS. FOR 22.3
PASSING Kyler Murray: 184-281-1,667-7-4-83.7
RUSHING Eno Benjamin: 57-265-4.6-2
RECEIVING Zach Ertz (TE): 37-320-8.6-2
PTS. AGAINST 25.1
SACKS J.J. Watt: 2.5
INTs Many tied: 1
TAKE/GIVE +5 (10/5)
PUNTING (NET) Andy Lee: 46.5 (37.9)
KICKING Matt Prater: 22 (4/4 PAT; 6/6 FG)
QB KYLER MURRAY had TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 100.4 rating in Week 7. Aims for his 5th in row overall & 5th in row on road with 25+ rush yards. Has rush TD in 2 of his 3 road starts this season. Completed 29 of 36 atts. (80.6 pct.) for 400 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 117.6 rating & had rush TD in last meeting. • RB JAMES CONNER aims for his 12th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. • RB ENO BENJAMIN set career highs in scrimmage yards (113) & rush yards (92) & had 3rd-career rush TD last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had 10 catches for 103 yards in season debut last week, his 13th-career game with 10+ receptions & 38th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Had rec. TD in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with TD catch. Had 5 rec. TDs in 5 road games last season & aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • TE ZACH ERTZ has 6+ catches in 5 of his past 6 & aims for his 6th in row on road with 6+ receptions. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Min. • DE J.J. WATT leads all active players with 183 TFL. • DE ZACH ALLEN had TFL & PD last week. Is only DL in 2022 with 5+ TFL (5) & 5+ PD (career-high 6). • LB ISAIAH SIMMONS (56-yard INT-TD) & CB MARCO WILSON (38-yard INT-TD) each had 1st career TD in Week 7 & became 1st pair of Az. teammate with INT-TD in same game since 2015 (Week 3: Justin Bethel & Tyrann Mathieu). • S BUDDA BAKER had TFL & PD last week. Had FR-TD in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with 8+ tackles & 2+ TFL. • S JALEN THOMPSON had 2 PD last week & has 5 PD in his past 4.
LAST WEEK Bye (W 24-16 at Miami in Week 6)
COACH VS. OPP. Kevin O’Connell: 0-0
PTS. FOR 23.2
PASSING Kirk Cousins: 151-228-1,502-9-5-88.7
RUSHING Dalvin Cook: 94-450-4.8-4
RECEIVING Justin Jefferson: 46-654-14.2-2
PTS. AGAINST 19.7
SACKS Za’Darius Smith: 5.5
INTs Harrison Smith: 2
TAKE/GIVE +4 (10/6)
PUNTING (NET) Ryan Wright (R): 45.0 (43.1)
KICKING Greg Joseph: 39 (12/14 PAT; 9/13 FG)
QB KIRK COUSINS had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.2 rating in Week 6. Has 833 yards (277.7 per game) & 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 101.2 rating in 3 home starts in 2022 & aims for his 4th in row at home with 250+ pass yards & 90+ rating. Had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 122.4 rating in last meeting. Has TD pass in 36 straight games, longest active streak in NFL & tied-6th longest streak all-time. • RB DALVIN COOK had 4th rush TD of season in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD & 5th in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. Had 148 scrimmage yards (131 rush, 17 rec.) in last meeting. Ranks 3rd among active players with 110.5 scrimmage yards per game. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 6 catches for 107 yards in Week 6. Has 18 career games with 100+ rec. yards, 3rd-most ever by player in 1st 3 career seasons (Odell Beckham Jr. & HOFer Randy Moss – 19). Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Had TD catch in last meeting. • WR ADAM THIELEN had 51st-career rec. TD in Week 6 & surpassed Wes Welker (50) for 3rd-most by undrafted player since 1967. Had 11 catches for 123 yards & rec. TD in last home meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Az. with 5+ catches & rec. TD. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 4th sack of season in Week 6 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 2+ TFL. Has 8 sacks in 4 career games vs. Az. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Az. with 2+ sacks & 5th in row overall vs. Az. with sack. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH had 2 sacks, incl. 50th-career sack, in Week 6. Aims for his 7th in row with TFL & needs TFL for 4th-career season with 10+ TFL (2018-20). • S HARRISON SMITH had 31st-career INT & 9th-career FF in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Az. with sack. Is only active player with 30+ INT & 15+ sacks (16.5).
LA RAIDERS AT NEW ORLEANS
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Raiders lead all-time series, 7-6-1
STREAKS Raiders have won past 2
LAST GAME 9/21/20: Saints 24 at Raiders 34
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/11/16: Raiders 35, Saints 34
LAST WEEK: W 38-20 vs. Houston
COACH VS. OPP. Josh McDaniels: 0-0
PTS. FOR 27.2
PASSING Derek Carr: 134-211-1,520-9-4-91.3
RUSHING Josh Jacobs: 111-633-5.7-6
RECEIVING Davante Adams: 37-509-13.8-5
PTS. AGAINST 25.0
SACKS Maxx Crosby: 6
INTs Duron Harmon: 2
TAKE/GIVE -1 (4/5)
PUNTING (NET) AJ Cole: 51.4 (44.2)
KICKING Daniel Carlson: 61 (13/14 PAT; 16/16 FG)
QB DEREK CARR completed 21 of 27 atts. (season-high 77.8 pct.) for 241 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with season-high 116.2 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 0 INTs & 3rd in row with 110+ rating. Has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 109.7 rating in 2 career starts vs. NO. Has 2 TD passes in each of 3 road games this season. • RB JOSH JACOBS rushed for 143 yards & tied career high with 3 rush TDs last week, his 10th-career game with 2+ rush TDs, 2nd-most in NFL since 2019. Is 5th player since 2000 with 140+ rush yards & rush TD in 3 straight games. Can become 5th player ever with 150+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 4 straight games. Had 105 scrimmage yards (88 rush, 17 rec.) in last meeting. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 6 rush TDs & 3rd with 633 rush yards this season. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS led team with 8 catches for 95 yards last week & aims for his 4th in row with 95+ rec. yards. Has 55+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. NO. Has TD catch in each of 3 road games this season. Is 1 of 4 in NFL with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 7 seasons. • WR HUNTER RENFROW has 55+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. • WR MACK HOLLINS had 2nd TD catch of season in Week 7. • TE DARREN WALLER had 12 catches for 105 yards & TD in last meeting. • DE MAXX CROSBY had PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road with TFL & 3rd in row on road with sack & 2+ TFL. Had PD in last meeting. Leads NFL with 11 TFL in 2022. • DE CHANDLER JONES has TFL in 2 of 3 career games vs. NO. • LB DIVINE DEABLO had 11 tackles & TFL last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. • S DURON HARMON had 6 tackles & 73-yard INT-TD last week, 1st-career TD.
LAST WEEK: L 42-34 at Arizona (Thu.)
COACH VS. OPP. Dennis Allen: 0-0
PTS. FOR 25.0
PASSING Andy Dalton: 83-131-946-7-4-90.1
RUSHING Alvin Kamara: 77-351-4.6-0
RECEIVING Chris Olave (R): 32-495-15.5-2
PTS. AGAINST 28.6
SACKS Demario Davis: 5
INTs Tyrann Mathieu: 1
TAKE/GIVE -10 (6/16)
PUNTING (NET) Blake Gillikin: 48.3 (41.5)
KICKING Wil Lutz: 49 (16/16 PAT; 11/15 FG)
QB ANDY DALTON had season highs in completions (30), pass yards (361) & TD passes (4) in Week 7, his 32nd-career 300-yard game & 7th-career game with 4+ TD passes. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.7 rating in 2 career starts vs. Raiders. • QB JAMEIS WINSTON had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs in only career start vs. Raiders (10/30/16 w/ TB). Has 100+ rating in 3 of his 4 career home starts with NO. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 7 receptions & 105 scrimmage yards (56 rec., 49 rush) in Week 7. Aims for his 4th in row with 6+ catches & 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 397 receptions & can surpass HOFer LaDainian Tomlinson (398) for 2nd-most catches by RB in 1st 6 career seasons. Had 9 catches, 174 scrimmage yards (95 rec., 74 rush) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. • WR CHRIS OLAVE led team with 7 receptions & 106 rec. yards in Week 7 & is only rookie with 2 games with 100+ rec. yards. Leads all rookies with 32 receptions & 495 rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. • TE JUWAN JOHNSON tied his career high with 2 rec. TDs in Week 7. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had sack & 2 TFL last week. Has 8 sacks & 8 TFL in his last 6 at home. Ranks 2nd among active players with 111.5 career sacks. • LB DEMARIO DAVIS had career-high tying 5th sack of season in Week 7. Had TFL & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Raiders with 6+ tackles. • LB PETE WERNER led team with 7 tackles & had career-high 2 TFL & PD last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 6+ tackles. • CB MARSHON LATTIMORE has 7 PD in his past 7 at home. • S TYRANN MATHIEU aims for his 3rd row vs. LV with FR & PD.
NEW ENGLAND AT NY JETS
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Patriots lead all-time series, 69-53-1
STREAKS Patriots have won past 12
LAST GAME 10/24/21: Jets 13 at Patriots 54
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/19/21: Patriots 25, Jets 6
LAST WEEK L 33-14 vs. Chicago (Mon.)
COACH VS. OPP. Bill Belichick: 36-12
PTS. FOR 22.1
PASSING Mac Jones: 67-103-799-2-6-70.8
RUSHING Rhamondre Stevenson: 98-487-5.0-4
RECEIVING Jakobi Meyers: 26-355-13.7-2
PTS. AGAINST 20.9
SACKS Matthew Judon: 8.5
INTs Jack Jones (R), Jalen Mills: 2
TAKE/GIVE -2 (13/15)
PUNTING (NET) Jake Bailey: 43.2 (35.4)
KICKING Nick Folk: 47 (17/17 PAT; 10/12 FG)
HC BILL BELICHICK has 324 career wins, incl. postseason, & can surpass HOFer George Halas (324) for 2nd-most wins ever by HC. Only HOFer Don Shula (347) has more. • QB MAC JONES passed for 307 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 111.7 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with 0 INTs. • QB BAILEY ZAPPE (rookie) has 100+ rating in 3 of 4 games this season. Leads all rookie QBs with 781 pass yards, 5 TD passes & 100.9 rating this season. • RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON led team with 98 scrimmage yards (career-high 59 rec., 39 rush) & had rush TD & career-high 8 catches last week. Aims for 4th in row with 90+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row with rush TD. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS rushed for 106 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with rush TD. Has rush TD in 5 of his past 6 vs. division & 4 of his past 5 on road. • WR DEVANTE PARKER led team with 68 rec. yards in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rec. yards. Had TD catch in his last game vs. NYJ (12/19/21 w/ Mia.). • WR JAKOBI MEYERS had rec. TD last week & has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Has 55+ rec. yards in 4 of his 5 games this season. Had 5 catches in last meeting. • LB MATTHEW JUDON had PD & season-high 2.5 sacks in Week 7. Has sack in 6 of 7 games this season & 2+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Had sack in last road meeting. Leads NFL with 8.5 sacks in 2022, his 4th-career season with 8+ sacks. • LB ANFERNEE JENNINGS had sack & 1st-career FF & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks. • LB JA’WHUAN BENTLEY led team with 10 tackles & had TFL in Week 7.
LAST WEEK: W 16-9 at Denver
COACH VS. OPP. Robert Saleh: 0-2
PTS. FOR 22.7
PASSING Zach Wilson: 58-101-693-1-2-73.6
RUSHING James Robinson (w/ Jax.): 81-340-4.2-3
RECEIVING Garrett Wilson (R): 28-314-11.2-2
PTS. AGAINST 19.6
SACKS Quinnen Williams: 5
INTs Lamarcus Joyner: 3
TAKE/GIVE +2 (11/9)
PUNTING (NET) Braden Mann: 47.6 (43.4)
KICKING Greg Zuerlein: 55 (16/17 PAT; 13/15 FG)
QB ZACH WILSON aims for his 4th start in row overall & 5th in row at home with 0 INTs. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 200+ pass yards. • RB MICHAEL CARTER had 74 scrimmage yards (45 rec., 29 rush) last week. Had 104 scrimmage yards (67 rec., 37 rush) & 8 catches in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with 85+ scrimmage yards. • RB JAMES ROBINSON makes NYJ debut. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. AFC East. • WR COREY DAVIS had rec. TD in last meeting & has rec. TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. NE. • WR GARRETT WILSON ranks 2nd among rookies with 28 catches & 4th with 314 rec. yards. • WR BRAXTON BERRIOS had 7 catches for career-high 73 yards in last home meeting. • DT QUINNEN WILLIAMS had PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NE with TFL. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 0.5+ sacks. • DT SHELDON RANKINS had sack in last home meeting. • DE JOHN FRANKLIN-MYERS aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Has 0.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Had sack & FF in last home meeting. • LB QUINCY WILLIAMS aims for his 14th in row with 5+ tackles. Had PD in last meeting. • CB SAUCE GARDNER (rookie) led team with season-high 10 tackles & had 3 PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ PD. Is only player in NFL with PD in 7 games this season & joined Jairus Byrd as only players since 2000 with PD in each of 1st 7 career games. Leads NFL with 12 PD. • S LAMARCUS JOYNER had 3rd INT of season in Week 7.
PITTSBURGH AT PHILADELPHIA
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Eagles lead all-time series, 47-29-3
STREAKS Steelers have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 10/11/20: Eagles 29 at Steelers 38
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/25/16: Eagles 34, Steelers 3
LAST WEEK: L 16-10 at Miami
COACH VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 2-2
PTS. FOR 15.3
PASSING Kenny Pickett (R): 87-127-771-2-7-66.8
RUSHING Najee Harris: 100-329-3.3-1
RECEIVING Diontae Johnson: 38-337-8.9-0
PTS. AGAINST 23.1
SACKS Alex Highsmith: 6.5
INTs Minkah Fitzpatrick: 3
TAKE/GIVE -2 (10/12)
PUNTING (NET) Pressley Harvin: 44.4 (41.1)
KICKING Chris Boswell: 45 (9/9 PAT; 12/16 FG)
QB KENNY PICKETT (rookie) completed 32 of 44 atts. (72.7 pct.) for 257 yards last week. Has 250+ pass yards in each of 1st 2 career road starts. Leads all rookies in completions (87) & ranks 2nd in pass yards (771). • RB NAJEE HARRIS led team with 80 scrimmage yards (65 rush, 15 rec.) last week. Has TD in 5 of 6 career games vs. NFC. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON aims for his 4th in row overall & 13th in row on road with 5+ catches. Has 50+ rec. yards in 10 of his past 11 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 70+ rec. yards. • WR GEORGE PICKENS (rookie) had 6 catches for 61 yards & 1st-career TD last week & has 6+ catches & 60+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 338 rec. yards. • WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had 5 catches in Week 7 & has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. • TE PAT FREIERMUTH led team with 8 catches for 75 yards last week. Has 7+ catches & 75+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • DT CAMERON HEYWARD aims for 3rd in row with TFL & has TFL in 7 of his past 8 on road. Had sack in last meeting. • LB ALEX HIGHSMITH ranks 4th in NFL with career-high 6.5 sacks this season. • LB MYLES JACK led team with 10 tackles last week. Aims for 8th in row with 6+ tackles. Has 10 tackles in 3 of his past 4 on road. • LB DEVIN BUSH had 6 tackles, TFL & PD last week. • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK had 6 tackles & PD in Week 7. Has PD in 2 of past 3.
LAST WEEK: Bye (W 26-17 vs. Dallas in Week 6)
COACH VS. OPP. Nick Sirianni: 0-0
PTS. FOR 26.8
PASSING Jalen Hurts: 123-184-1,514-6-2-98.4
RUSHING Miles Sanders: 105-485-4.6-4
RECEIVING A.J. Brown: 33-503-15.2-2
PTS. AGAINST 17.5
SACKS Haason Reddick: 4.5
INTs C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Darius Slay: 3
TAKE/GIVE +12 (14/2)
PUNTING (NET) Arryn Siposs: 45.9 (40.3)
KICKING Jake Elliott: 33 (15/16 PAT; 6/7 FG)
PHILADELPHIA can match best start in franchise history (7-0 in 2004). • QB JALEN HURTS had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.6 rating in Week 6. Has 14 TDs (8 rush, 6 pass) in his past 6 home starts. Has most rush TDs (19) by QB in 1st 25 career starts all-time. Is 1 of 4 QBs (Josh Allen, Joe Burrow & Patrick Mahomes) with 300+ pass & rush yards combined per game (301.2) in 2022 (min. 4 starts). • RB MILES SANDERS had 4th rush TD of season in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rush TD & 4th in row at home with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR A.J. BROWN had 5 catches for team-high 67 rec. yards & 2nd rec. TD of season in Week 6. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 153 yards & rec. TD in his only career game vs. Pit. (10/25/20 w/ Ten.). • WR DEVONTA SMITH had 7th-career TD catch in Week 6. Has 5+ catches in 4 of his past 5. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT has 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in 2 of his 3 home games in 2022. Ranks 1st among NFC TEs with 357 rec. yards this season. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM had sack & FR in last home meeting. • DT FLETCHER COX had 2 sacks & FF in last home meeting. • LB HAASON REDDICK has 4.5 sacks, 3 FFs & 2 FR in his past 4. Since 2020, is 1 of 2 (T.J. Watt) with 10+ games (10) with 1.5+ sacks. • S C.J. GARDNER-JOHNSON had 1st-career 2 INT game in Week 6. CB JAMES BRADBERRY tied his career high with 4 PD in Week 6. Has PD in each of 1st 6 games this season. CB DARIUS SLAY has 2 PD & 3rd INT of season in Week 6. Slay, Gardner Johnson (3) & Bradberry (2) are only trio of teammates in 2022 each with 2+ INTs. Since 2016, Slay (91 PD) & Bradberry (91) rank tied-1st in PD among active players.
TENNESSEE AT HOUSTON
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Titans lead all-time series, 22-18
STREAKS Titans have won 4 of last 5
LAST GAME 1/9/22: Titans 28 at Texans 25
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/9/22
LAST WEEK W 19-10 vs. Indianapolis
COACH VS. OPP. Mike Vrabel: 5-3
PTS. FOR 19.2
PASSING Ryan Tannehill: 95-146-1,097-6-3-92.7
RUSHING Derrick Henry: 134-536-4.0-5
RECEIVING Robert Woods: 20-230-11.5-1
PTS. AGAINST 21.3
SACKS Denico Autry: 5
INTs David Long: 2
TAKE/GIVE +3 (10/7)
PUNTING (NET) Ryan Stonehouse (R): 54.9 (46.5)
KICKING Randy Bullock: 37 (13/13 PAT; 8/9 FG)
QB RYAN TANNEHILL aims for 4th in row overall & 5th in row vs. division with 0 INTs. Has 95+ rating in 3 of past 4. Passed for 287 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 138.9 rating in last meeting. Has 100+ rating in 4 of his past 5 starts vs. Hou. • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for season-high 128 yards last week, his 28th-career game with 100+ rush yards, 2nd-most in NFL since 2016. Aims for 5th in row with 130+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row with 100+ rush yards. Has rush TD in 4 of past 5. Has 673 rush yards (224.3 per game) & 7 rush TDs in his past 3 vs. Hou. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Hou. with 200+ rush yards & 2+ rush TDs. Has 100+ rush yards in 9 of his past 10 vs. division. Aims for his 4th in row on road with rush TD. Is only player in NFL with 500+ rush yards & 5+ rush TDs in each of past 6 seasons. • WR ROBERT WOODS aims for his 4th in row vs. Hou. with TD catch. • WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE had 78 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with 75+ rec. yards. • TE AUSTIN HOOPER led team with season-high 56 rec. yards last week. • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had 6 tackles, 2 TFL & sack in Week 7. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles & 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with TFL. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5 vs. division. • DL DENICO AUTRY had sack & PD last week. Aims for 4th in row with sack. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Hou. with PD. • LB BUD DUPREE had 2nd sack of season in Week 7. • LB DAVID LONG aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles & INT & 4th in row with PD. • S ANDREW ADAMS had career-high 10 tackles & 76-yard INT-TD last week.
LAST WEEK L 38-20 at Las Vegas
COACH VS. OPP. Lovie Smith: 2-2
PTS. FOR 17.7
PASSING Davis Mills: 132-207-1,350-7-5-83.6
RUSHING Dameon Pierce (R): 106-504-4.8-3
RECEIVING Brandin Cooks: 28-281-10.0-1
PTS. AGAINST 22.8
SACKS Jerry Hughes: 4
INTs Jalen Pitre (R): 2
TAKE/GIVE +2 (8/6)
PUNTING (NET) Cameron Johnston: 49.3 (43.4)
KICKING Ka’imi Fairbairn: 46 (10/10 PAT; 12/14 FG)
QB DAVIS MILLS completed 28 of 41 atts. (68.3 pct.) for season-high 302 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT with 95.8 rating last week, his 5th-career game with 300+ pass yards. Has 2 TD passes in 2 of past 3. Passed for 301 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 128.5 rating in last meeting. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 105 rating in his past 3 starts vs. division. Has 0 INTs & 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5 home starts. • RB DAMEON PIERCE (rookie) led team with 117 scrimmage yards (92 rush, 25 rec.) last week. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 3 of past 4. Leads rookies with 504 rush yards this season. • RB REX BURKHEAD has 65+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. • RB DARE OGUNBOWALE had 5 catches for career-high 54 rec. yards last week. • WR BRANDIN COOKS aims for 3rd in row at home with 7+ catches & 55+ rec. yards. • WR NICO COLLINS has 65+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had 67 rec. yards in last meeting. • WR PHILLIP DORSETT had 45 rec. yards & 1st TD catch of season in Week 7. • WR CHRIS MOORE had 1st TD catch of season last week. • TE JORDAN AKINS led team with season-high 68 rec. yards in Week 7. • S JONATHAN OWENS led team with 10 tackles last week, his 4th game this season with 10+ tackles, most among all DBs. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD. • CB DESMOND KING had 5 tackles & TFL in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 6+ tackles & 2+ PD. • LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 9 tackles & TFL last week. Had 2 TFL & PD in last meeting. • DE RASHEEM GREEN had season-high 2 TFL & sack last week. Has 0.5+ sacks in 4 of 5 games this season.
WASHINGTON AT INDIANAPOLIS
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Colts lead all-time series, 21-10
STREAKS Colts have won past 4
LAST GAME 9/16/18: Colts 21 at Washington 9
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/30/14: Colts 49, Washington 27
LAST WEEK W 23-21 vs. Green Bay
COACH VS. OPP. Ron Rivera: 2-0
PTS. FOR 17.9
PASSING Taylor Heinicke: 20-33-201-2-1-85.5
RUSHING Antonio Gibson: 71-273-3.8-2
RECEIVING Terry McClaurin: 27-440-16.3-2
PTS. AGAINST 22.3
SACKS Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne: 3.5
INTs Jonathan Allen, Darrick Forrest: 1
TAKE/GIVE -5 (4/9)
PUNTING (NET) Tress Way: 47.9 (44.7)
KICKING Joey Slye: 29 (8/9 PAT; 7/9 FG)
QB TAYLOR HEINICKE completed 20 of 33 atts. (60.6 pct.) for 201 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 85.5 rating. Has 80+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts. Had 14 TDs (13 pass, 1 rush) vs. 8 INTs & 89.9 rating in 8 road starts last season. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 77 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 18 rec.) & 4th-career TD catch last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 overall & 12 of his past 13 on road. Aims for his 5th in row with 3+ catches. • RB BRIAN ROBINSON (rookie) rushed for career-high 73 yards last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 60+ rush yards. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 5 catches for 73 yards & 2nd rec. TD of season in Week 7. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. • WR CURTIS SAMUEL had 5 catches & 79 scrimmage yards (53 rec., 26 rush) last week. Leads team with 39 receptions. • DT JONATHAN ALLEN aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack & PD. • DT DARON PAYNE has sack in 2 of his 3 road games this season & aims for his 4th in row on road with TFL. • DE EFE OBADA has sack in 2 of his past 3. • LB COLE HOLCOMB led team with 9 tackles last week. Has 6+ tackles in 22 of his 25 career road games. Aims for his 9th in row on road with 8+ tackles. • CB KENDALL FULLER had 5th PD of season last week. • S KAMREN CURL had 7 tackles last week. Has 5+ tackles 9 of his past 10 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road in 2022 with 5+ tackles. • S DARRICK FORREST aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD.
LAST WEEK L 19-10 at Tennessee
COACH VS. OPP. Frank Reich: 1-0
PTS. FOR 16.1
PASSING Sam Ehlinger: Expected to make 1st-career start
RUSHING Jonathan Taylor: 91-386-4.2-1
RECEIVING Michael Pittman: 44-475-10.8-1
PTS. AGAINST 20.0
SACKS Yannick Ngakoue: 3.5
INTs Many tied: 1
TAKE/GIVE -7 (7/14)
PUNTING (NET) Matt Haack: 42.2 (39.7)
KICKING Chase McLaughlin: 37 (7/7 PAT; 10/11 FG)
QB SAM EHLINGER expected to make 1st-career start. Selected in 6th round of 2021 NFL Draft. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had 85 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 27 rec.) & career-high 7 catches last week. Has 85+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 8 of his past 9 at home. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC with 95+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. • RB NYHEIM HINES had 5 catches in Week 7, his 3rd game with 5+ catches this season, tied 3rd-most among RBs. • RB DEON JACKSON has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 55+ rec. yards. Has 8+ catches & 70+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 home games this season. • WR PARRIS CAMPBELL led team with career-high 10 catches for season-high 70 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 55+ rec. yards. • WR ALEC PIERCE (rookie) has 60+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 home games this season. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER has sack in 2 of past 3. • DT GROVER STEWART led team with career-high 12 tackles in Week 7. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had 5 tackles & sack last week & has sack in 2 of past 3. Has 5 sacks in his past 4 vs. NFC East. • LB BOBBY OKEREKE had 10 tackles, season-high 2 PD & 1st FR of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. • CB KENNY MOORE had 1st sack of season in Week 7. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. Had 9 tackles & TFL in last meeting.
SAN FRANCISCO AT LA RAMS
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER 49ers lead all-time series, 75-67-3
STREAKS 49ers have won past 7
LAST GAME 10/3/22: Rams 9 at 49ers 24
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/9/22: 49ers 27, Rams 24 (OT)
LAST WEEK: L 44-23 vs. Kansas City
COACH VS. OPP. Kyle Shanahan: 8-3
PTS. FOR 20.7
PASSING Jimmy Garoppolo: 119-185-1,456-9-4-95.7
RUSHING Jeff Wilson: 88-454-5.2-2
RECEIVING Brandon Aiyuk: 32-402-12.6-3
PTS. AGAINST 19.0
SACKS Nick Bosa: 7
INTs Talanoa Hufanga: 3
TAKE/GIVE -3 (9/12)
PUNTING (NET) Mitch Wishnowsky: 44.8 (39.9)
KICKING Robbie Gould: 42 (15/15 PAT; 9/12 FG)
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 303 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 99.3 rating last week, his 11th-career 300-yard game. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TD passes. Had TD pass vs. 0 INTs & 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 starts vs. LAR. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 62 yards (38 rush, 24 rec.) in team debut last week. Has 732 scrimmage yards (104.6 per game) in 7 total games this season. Had 158 scrimmage yards (89 rush, 69 rec.) in Week 6 at LAR (w/ Car.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with 150+ scrimmage yards. • RB JEFF WILSON rushed for 74 yards & TD in Week 4 meeting. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6. Had 115 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 4 meeting. Has 6 TDs (3 rec., 3 rush) in his past 6 vs. LAR. Aims for his 4th in row vs. LAR with TD & 5th in row vs. LAR with 115+ scrimmage yards. • WR BRANDON AIYUK led team with 7 receptions last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. Had 107 rec. yards in last road meeting. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 6 catches for 98 yards & 1st rec. TD of season in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ rec. yards & 4th in row with 5+ catches. Has 5+ receptions in 7 of his past 8 vs. LAR. • DL NICK BOSA had 7th sack of season last week & has sack in 5 of his past 6. Had 2 sacks in Week 4 meeting. Has 13.5 sacks & 18 TFL in his past 12 on road. • LB FRED WARNER aims for his 10th in row vs. LAR & 17th in row on road with 5+ tackles. • CB CHARVARIUS WARD tied his career high with 10 tackles last week. • S TALANOA HUFANGA had 3rd INT of season last week. Had INT-TD in Week 4 meeting.
LAST WEEK Bye (W 24-10 vs. Carolina in Week 6)
COACH VS. OPP. Sean McVay: 3-8
PTS. FOR 17.3
PASSING Matthew Stafford: 160-225-1,576-6-8-84.6
RUSHING Darrell Henderson: 46-181-3.9-2
RECEIVING Cooper Kupp: 56-607-10.8-4
PTS. AGAINST 21.0
SACKS Aaron Donald: 4
INTs Five tied: 1
TAKE/GIVE -5 (8/13)
PUNTING (NET) Riley Dixon: 48.0 (39.9)
KICKING Matt Gay: 38 (11/11 PAT; 9/10 FG)
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD aims for his 4th in row at home with 250+ pass yards & TD pass. Passed for 254 yards in Week 4 meeting. Has 27 TD passes vs. 13 INTs for 100.2 rating in 12 home starts with LAR. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 12th-career rush TD in Week 6 & has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. • WR COOPER KUPP had 14 receptions for 122 yards in Week 4 meeting. Had 7 catches for 118 yards & rec. TD in last home meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. SF with 115+ rec. yards. Aims for his 10th in row at home with 75+ rec. yards & 15th in row at home with 5+ catches. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 5 catches for 63 yards & 2nd rec. TD of season in Week 6. • WR BEN SKOWRONEK had 1st=career rush TD in Week 6. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ receptions. • TE TYLER HIGBEE had 10 catches for 73 yards in Week 4 meeting. Had 6 catches for 55 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last home meeting. Has 5+ catches in 7 of his past 8 at home. • DL AARON DONALD had 2 TFL in Week 4 meeting & aims for his 5th in row vs. SF with TFL. Has 5 sacks & 7 TFL in his past 5 at home vs. SF. Since 2014, leads NFL with 102 sacks & 156 TFL. • LB BOBBY WAGNER aims for his 5th in row at home in 2022 with 6+ tackles. Has 5+ tackles in each of his 21 career games vs. SF. • DB JALEN RAMSEY had INT in last home meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. SF with PD. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Is only DB with 2+ sacks (2) & 5+ PD (5) in 2022.
NY GIANTS AT SEATTLE
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Giants lead all-time series, 10-9
STREAKS Seahawks have won 4 of last 5
LAST GAME 12/6/20: Giants 17 at Seahawks 12
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/6/20
LAST WEEK W 23-17 at Jacksonville
COACH VS. OPP. Brian Daboll: 0-0
PTS. FOR 21.4
PASSING Daniel Jones: 126-189-1,223-6-2-90.8
RUSHING Saquon Barkley: 143-726-5.1-4
RECEIVING Saquon Barkley (RB): 25-180-7.2-0
PTS. AGAINST 18.6
SACKS Dexter Lawrence: 4
INTs Julian Love: 1
TAKE/GIVE +3 (9/6)
PUNTING (NET) Jamie Gillan: 49.4 (41.0)
KICKING Graham Gano: 58 (13/13/ PAT; 15/17 FG)
NEW YORK GIANTS are 3rd team ever (2000 Minnesota & 1998 New Orleans) to have 6 wins each with final score margin of 8-or-fewer points in each win in 1st 7 games of a season. Leads NFL with 173.4 rush yards per game in 2022. • QB DANIEL JONES totaled 309 yards (202 pass, career-high 107 rush) & 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 94 rating last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 90+ rating. Ranks 2nd among QBs with 343 rush yards in 2022. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 135 scrimmage yards (110 rush, 25 rec.) in Week 7. Leads NFL in scrimmage yards (906) & ranks 2nd in rush yards (726) in 2022. Is only player with 85+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 7 weeks. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. • WR DARIUS SLAYTON had 58 rec. yards & 1st TD catch of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 50+ rec. yards. • WR WAN’DALE ROBINSON (rookie) led team with 6 catches & had 50 rec. yards in Week 7. • S JULIAN LOVE led team with 9 tackles & had 2nd-career FR last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY had 1st-career FF in Week 7. • DL DEXTER LAWRENCE has sack in 3 of his past 4. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 2.5 sacks in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with sack. • LB TAE CROWDER had PD last week. Had 7 tackles & sack in last meeting. • CB ADOREE’ JACKSON had 7 tackles & season-high 2 PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row overall with PD & 4th in row on road with 6+ tackles.
LAST WEEK: W 37-23 at L.A. Chargers
COACH VS. OPP. Pete Carroll: 5-2
PTS. FOR 26.1
PASSING Geno Smith: 158-215-1,712-11-3-107.7
RUSHING Kenneth Walker (R): 67-411-6.1-4
RECEIVING Tyler Lockett: 41-468-11.4-2
PTS. AGAINST 26.6
SACKS Many tied: 3
INTs Tariq Woolen (R): 4
TAKE/GIVE +2 (12/10)
PUNTING (NET) Michael Dickson: 48.8 (44.4)
KICKING Jason Myers: 63 (18/19 PAT; 15/16 FG)
QB GENO SMITH completed 20 of 27 atts. (74.1 pct.) for 210 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 105.5 rating in Week 7. Leads NFL in comp. pct. (73.5), 5th-highest by QB in team’s 1st 7 games of season since 1970. Leads NFC & ranks 3rd in NFL in rating (107.7). Appeared in 2 games (1 start) with NYG in 2017. • RB KENNETH WALKER rushed for 168 yards & 2 TDs in Week 7, most rush yards by rookie in 2022 & became 1st Sea. rookie with 150+ rush yards & 2+ rush TDs in single game since 1983 (Curt Warner). Leads NFL with 353 rush yards since Week 5 & aims for his 4th in row with 85+ rush yards & rush TD. • WR TYLER LOCKETT led team with 7 receptions last week. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his past 6. Had 6 catches for 63 yards in last meeting. • WR MARQUISE GOODWIN had 67 rec. yards & 2nd-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week, his 1st 2 TD catches of season. • LB JORDYN BROOKS ranks 2nd in NFL with 73 tackles. Had 11 tackles in last meeting. Aims for his 18th in row with 8+ tackles, longest such streak in NFL since 2000. • LB DARRELL TAYLOR had 3rd sack & 3rd FF of season & 1st-career FR last week. Aims for his 3rd in row overall & 3rd in row at home with sack & FF. Taylor & rookie CB COBY BRYANT (4 FFs – most in NFL) are only pair of teammates each with 3+ FF in 2022. • DE SHELBY HARRIS had 2 PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. • CB TARIQ WOOLEN (rookie) ranks tied-1st in NFL with 4 INTs. Has PD in 6 of his 1st 7 career games & aims for his 6th in row with PD. • S RYAN NEAL had career high 4 PD & 3rd-career INT last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 7+ tackles & PD. Blocked punt for safety in last meeting.
GREEN BAY AT BUFFALO
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Bills lead all-time series, 8-5
STREAKS Packers have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 9/30/18: Bills 0 at Packers 22
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/14/14: Bills 21, Packers 13
LAST WEEK L 23-21 at Washington
COACH VS. OPP. Matt LaFleur: 0-0
PTS. FOR 18.3
PASSING Aaron Rodgers: 163-244-1,597-11-3-94.9
RUSHING Aaron Jones: 78-432-5.5-1
RECEIVING Allen Lazard: 26-340-13.1-4
PTS. AGAINST 20.9
SACKS Rashan Gary: 6
INTs Jaire Alexander, De’Vondre Campbell: 1
TAKE/GIVE -4 (5/9)
PUNTING (NET) Pat O’Donnell: 46.0 (40.1)
KICKING Mason Crosby: 36 (15/15 PAT; 7/8 FG)
QB AARON RODGERS had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 99 rating last week. Passed for 298 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 21 TDs vs. INT for 129.3 rating in his past 7 SNF starts. Aims for his 8th in row on SNF with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating. • RB AARON JONES had career-high 9 receptions, 76 scrimmage yards (53 rec., 23 rush) & 2 rec. TDs in Week 7, his 3rd-career game with 2+ TD catches. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his last 4. Had rush TD in last meeting. Has 1,163 scrimmage yards (96.9 per game) & 9 TDs (5 rush, 4 rec.) in 12 career SNF games. • RB A.J. DILLON has 4 rush TDs in his past 5 on SNF. • WR ALLEN LAZARD had 6 catches & team-high 55 rec. yards in Week 7. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 6 on road. Aims for his 4th in row on SNF with rec. TD. • LB RASHAN GARY has 6 sacks & 7 TFL in last 7 games. Aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with sack & 2 TFL. • LB QUAY WALKER (rookie) led team with career-high 13 tackles & had 1st-career PD last week. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 51 tackles & is 1 of 2 rookies (Devin Lloyd) with 7 games of 5+ tackles. • LB PRESTON SMITH has 7 sacks & 7 TFL in his past 7 on SNF & aims for 5th in row on SNF with sack. Had sack in only career game vs. Buf. (12/20/15 w/ Was.). • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL had 12 tackles, career-high 3 TFL & 1st-career INT-TD in Week 7. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 10+ tackles. • CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had INT in last meeting. Has 11 PD in 10 career SNF games. • CB RASUL DOUGLAS had season-high 10 tackles & 3 PD in Week 7, his 5th-career game with 3+ PD. Has 5 PD & 2 INTs in his past 4 in primetime.
LAST WEEK Bye (W 24-20 at Kansas City in Week 6)
COACH VS. OPP. Sean McDermott: 0-1
PTS. FOR 29.3
PASSING Josh Allen: 160-239-1,980-17-4-109.1
RUSHING Josh Allen (QB): 47-257-5.5-2
RECEIVING Stefon Diggs: 49-656-13.4-6
PTS. AGAINST 13.5
SACKS Von MIller: 6
INTs Jordan Poyer: 4
TAKE/GIVE +3 (13/10)
PUNTING (NET) Sam Martin: 48.2 (43.1)
KICKING Tyler Bass: 48 (21/21 PAT; 9/11 FG)
QB JOSH ALLEN completed 27 of 40 atts. (67.5 pct.) for 329 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 117.6 rating in Week 6, his 12th-career game with 300+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes, tied with Andrew Luck for 4th-most such games ever by player in 1st 5 seasons. Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating. Has 8 TDs vs. INT with 135 rating in 2 home games this season. Is 3-0 as starter on SNF. Has 3+ TD passes & 105+ rating in 6 of his past 7 in primetime. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had season-high 107 scrimmage yards (season-high 85 rush, 22 rec.) in Week 6. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. • WR STEFON DIGGS led team with 10 catches & tied season high with 148 rec. yards in with TD catch in week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 8+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Has 13 games with 100+ rec. yards since joining Buf. in 2020, 4th-most in NFL. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 80+ rec. yards & TD catch. Aims for his 4th in row vs. GB with rec. TD. Has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5 in primetime. • WR GAVE DAVIS aims for 3rd in row with 70+ rec. yards & TD catch. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 in primetime. • TE DAWSON KNOX had 1st TD catch of season in Week 6. • LB VON MILLER had 2 sacks in Week 6, his 22nd-career game with 2+ sacks, tied 3rd-most among active players. Aims for 4th in row with sack. Has TFL in 3 of 4 career games vs. GB. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 in primetime. • CB TARON JOHNSON had 6 tackles & 1st INT of season in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles & PD. Had sack & FF in last meeting. • CB KAIIR ELAM (rookie) aims for 3rd in row with INT.
CINCINNATI AT CLEVELAND
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Bengals lead all-time series, 51-46
STREAKS Browns have won past 4
LAST GAME 1/9/22: Bengals 16 at Browns 21
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/9/22
LAST WEEK: W 35-17 vs. Atlanta
COACH VS. OPP. Zac Taylor: 1-5
PTS. FOR 24.7
PASSING Joe Burrow: 186-270-2,097-15-5-102.6
RUSHING Joe Mixon: 121-405-3.3-2
RECEIVING Ja’Marr Chase: 47-605-12.9-6
PTS. AGAINST 18.9
SACKS Trey Hendrickson: 3.5
INTs Vonn Bell: 3
TAKE/GIVE 0 (8/8)
PUNTING (NET) Kevin Huber: 44.7 (37.9)
KICKING Evan McPherson: 49 (16/17 PAT; 11/13 FG)
QB JOE BURROW completed 34 of 42 atts. (season-high 81 pct.) for season-high 481 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs with season-high 138.2 rating & had rush TD last week, becoming 3rd player ever with 475+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & rush TD in single game. Aims for 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes & 4th in row with rush TD. Has 315+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes in 2 of 3 career starts vs. Cle. Has 0 INTs in 5 of past 6 road starts. Has 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs in 3 of 4 career starts in primetime. • RB JOE MIXON had 91 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 33 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. Had 110 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 46 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in his last game vs. Cle. (11/7/21). Has 558 scrimmage yards (138.5 per game) & 5 rush TDs in his past 4 vs. Cle. • WR JA’MARR CHASE had 8 catches for 130 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 7th-career game with 125+ rec. yards, 2nd-most ever by player in 1st 25 games. Aims for 3rd in row with 125+ rec. yards & 2 TD catches. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 6 rec. TDs in 2022. • WR TYLER BOYD had 8 catches for career-high 155 yards & TD in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Has 7+ catches, 70+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. Cle. • WR TEE HIGGINS had 5 catches for 93 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON had sack last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. Had sack in his last game vs. Cle. (11/7/21). Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. AFC North. • LB SAM HUBBARD had sack & PD in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks & PD. Had 2 TFL & sack in his last game vs. Cle. (11/7/21).
LAST WEEK L 23-20 at Baltimore
COACH VS. OPP. Kevin Stefanski: 4-0
PTS. FOR 24.0
PASSING Jacoby Brissett: 146-233-1,584-6-5-82.3
RUSHING Nick Chubb: 126-740-5.9-8
RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 34-422-12.4-4
PTS. AGAINST 26.6
SACKS Myles Garrett: 6
INTs Grant Delpit, Denzel Ward: 1
TAKE/GIVE -4 (6/10)
PUNTING (NET) Corey Bojorquez: 48.5 (39.9)
KICKING Cade York (R): 54 (15/17 PAT; 13/16 FG) QB JACOBY BRISSETT completed 22 of 27 atts. (81.5 pct.) for 258 yards with 106.5 rating last week. Passed for 233 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT in only career start vs. Cin. (10/29/17 w/ Ind.). Has 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 99.6 rating in his past 4 starts vs. AFC North. • RB NICK CHUBB had 107 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 16 rec.) & rush last week. Has 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 5 of past 6. Has 130+ scrimmage yards & 2 rush TDs in 2 of his past 3 vs. Cin. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 430 scrimmage yards (107.5 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 4 home games this season. Leads NFL with 740 rush yards & 8 rush TDs & is 5th player ever with 8+ rush TDs in each of 5 seasons. • RB KAREEM HUNT had 3rd rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. Has 585 scrimmage yards (117 per game) & 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in 5 career games on MNF. • WR AMARI COOPER led team with 74 rec. yards in Week 7. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had 51 rec. yards & TD catch in his last game vs. Cin. (12/30/20 w/ Dal.). Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 on MNF. • WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES has 70+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Cin. • DE MYLES GARRETT aims for 3rd in row overall & 5th in row vs. Cin. with sack. Has sack in 6 of 7 career games vs. Cin. Has 5 TFL in 4 career games on MNF. • DT TAVEN BRYAN had 1st sack of season last week. • LB JEREMIAH OWUSU-KORAMOAH had 2 PD, TFL & 2nd FF of season last week. • CB MARTIN EMERSON (rookie) had 1st-career sack in Week 7. Has PD in 2 of past 3.
NFL PREVIEW: WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 8
FLYING TO HISTORY: The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (6-0) return to action this week following their Week 7 bye. They are the last remaining undefeated team in the league and are looking to match their best start to a season in franchise history (7-0 in 2004).
Philadelphia leads the league with a +12 turnover differential and has a league-low two giveaways through their first six games. With no turnovers against Pittsburgh on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), the Eagles will become the second team in the Super Bowl era with two-or-fewer giveaways through their first seven games of a season, joining the 2017 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (one giveaway).
The teams with the fewest giveaways through their first seven games of a season in the Super Bowl era:
|Kansas City Chiefs||2017||1|
|Green Bay Packers||2020||3|
|New England Patriots||2015||3|
|San Diego Chargers||2014||3|
|*Through six games|
Quarterback JALEN HURTS led all quarterbacks with 10 rushing touchdowns last season and in 2022 again leads the position with six rushing touchdowns entering Week 8. Hurts, who also had three rushing touchdowns as a rookie in 2020, enters Sunday with 19 career rushing touchdowns and can become the fourth quarterback with at least 20 rushing touchdowns in his first three seasons in the Super Bowl era.
The quarterbacks with the most rushing touchdowns in their first three seasons in the Super Bowl era:
|*In third season|
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SCARY GOOD DUO: Cincinnati enters Week 8 having won four of their past five games and have scored at least 30 points in each of their past two games. Quarterback JOE BURROW ranks second in the league with 2,097 passing yards and third with 15 touchdown passes, while wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE ranks sixth with 605 receiving yards and tied for second with six touchdown receptions.
Last week, Burrow and Chase connected on touchdowns of 32 and 41 yards. In their 23 games together as Bengals teammates, they have now connected on 11 touchdowns of at least 30 yards, tied for the fourth-most such touchdowns by a quarterback and wide receiver duo each under the age of 26 in NFL history.
When Cincinnati travels to Cleveland on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Burrow will be 25 years and 325 days old while Chase will be 22 years and 244 days old.
The quarterback-wide receiver duos each under the age of 26 with the most 30-yard touchdown connections in NFL history:
|QB & WR DUO||TEAM||30+ YARD TOUCHDOWNS|
|Daunte Culpepper & Randy MossHOF||Minnesota||13|
|Dan MarinoHOF & Mark Clayton||Miami||12|
|John Hadl & Lance AlworthHOF||San Diego Chargers||12|
|Joe Burrow & Ja’Marr Chase||Cincinnati||11|
|Andrew Luck & T.Y. Hilton||Indianapolis||11|
Burrow has scored a rushing touchdown in each of the past three weeks and has recorded at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in each of the past two games. In Week 7, he earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after becoming the third player in NFL history with at least 475 passing yards, three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown in a single game.
On Monday night, Burrow can become the first player in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards and a rushing touchdown in three straight games. He can also join JACK KEMP (1960) as the only players ever with at least three touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in three consecutive games.
Since entering the league in 2021, Chase ranks fourth among all players with 2,060 receiving yards and second with 19 touchdown receptions. Monday will mark his 25th career game and with a touchdown reception, he will join ODELL BECKHAM JR. as the only players in the Super Bowl era with at least 2,000 receiving yards and 20 touchdown receptions in their first 25 career games.
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MINNESOTA MILESTONES: Minnesota (5-1) enters the week sitting atop the NFC North, having won four consecutive games prior to their Week 7 bye. They rank fourth in the NFC with 242 passing yards per game, led by quarterback KIRK COUSINS and wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON.
Cousins entered the year as one of three quarterbacks with at least 300 completions in each of the past seven seasons. In 131 games over his 11-year career, Cousins has totaled 2,976 completions. With 24 completions against Arizona on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Cousins will tie DEREK CARR (132 games) as the third-fastest player in NFL history to reach 3,000 career completions. Only MATTHEW STAFFORD (125 games) and MATT RYAN (130) reached the mark in fewer games.
The players to reach 3,000 career completions in the fewest games in NFL history:
|Derek Carr||Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders||132|
|Kirk Cousins||Washington, Minnesota||131*|
|*Has 2,976 career completions|
Jefferson enters the week ranked third in the NFL with 654 receiving yards this season and has totaled over 100 receiving yards in each of his past three games. Since entering the league in 2020, Jefferson has 18 career games with at least 100 receiving yards, tied for the most in the league over that span.
With at least 100 receiving yards on Sunday, Jefferson will tie ODELL BECKHAM JR. (19 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (19) for the most games with at least 100 receiving yards by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history.
The players with the most games with at least 100 receiving yards in their first three seasons in NFL history:
|Odell Beckham Jr.||N.Y. Giants||19|
|*In third season|
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HOME COOKING: Buffalo’s JOSH ALLEN and Detroit’s JARED GOFF are two of three quarterbacks to record at least four touchdown passes in multiple games this season. Allen totaled four touchdown passes in each of his two 2022 home games (Weeks 2 and 5), while Goff also reached the mark in his past two home games (Weeks 2 and 4).
If Allen records at least four touchdown passes against Green Bay on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC) or if Goff does so against Miami (1:00 PM ET, CBS), they will become the fourth and fifth different players to record at least four touchdown passes in three consecutive home games. Allen can also join TOM BRADY (2021) as the only players ever with four-or-more touchdown passes in each of their first three home games of a season.
The players with at least four touchdown passes in the most consecutive home games in NFL history:
|PLAYER||TEAM||SEASON(S)||CONSECUTIVE HOME GAMES|
|Tom Brady||Tampa Bay||2020-21||5|
|Drew Brees||New Orleans||2018||3|
|Drew Brees||New Orleans||2013||3|
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HENRY IN HOUSTON: Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY enters Week 8 as one of three players in the league with at least 500 rushing yards (536) and five rushing touchdowns (five) this season. He has totaled over 100 rushing yards in each of his past three games and has a rushing touchdown in four of his past five.
When Tennessee travels to meet Houston on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS), Henry will be facing an opponent that he has had historic recent success against. In his past three games against the Texans, Henry has totaled 673 rushing yards (224.3 per game) and seven rushing touchdowns. In each game, he has recorded at least 200 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Henry can join EDDIE GEORGE (four consecutive games vs. Cleveland from 1999-2000) as the only players ever with at least two rushing touchdowns in four consecutive games against a single opponent and become the first player in league history to record at least 150 rushing yards in four consecutive games against a single opponent.
Derrick Henry’s past three games against Houston:
|WEEK, SEASON||RUSHING YARDS||RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS||FINAL SCORE|
|Week 17, 2021||250||2||TEN 41, HOU 38|
|Week 6, 2020||212||2||TEN 42, HOU 36|
|Week 17, 2019||211||3||TEN 35, HOU 14|
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SILVER AND BLACK ATTACK: Las Vegas running back JOSH JACOBS totaled 155 scrimmage yards (143 rushing, 12 receiving) and tied his career high with three rushing touchdowns, while wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS led the team with eight receptions and 95 receiving yards in the Raiders’ Week 7 win.
Jacobs ranks tied for second in the NFL with six rushing touchdowns and fourth with 774 scrimmage yards this season and has recorded at least 150 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in each of his past three games. If he reaches those marks again at New Orleans on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), he can become the fifth player in NFL history with at least 150 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in four consecutive games and first since Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON in 2006 (Weeks 8-11).
The players with the most consecutive games with at least 150 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in NFL history:
|LaDainian TomlinsonHOF||San Diego Chargers||2006||4|
|Larry Johnson||Kansas City||2005||4|
|Priest Holmes||Kansas City||2002||4|
|Josh Jacobs||Las Vegas||2022||3*|
Adams has 37 receptions for 509 yards and five touchdowns this season, including at least one touchdown catch in each of his past three road games. Since entering the NFL in 2014, he ranks tied for first among active players in touchdown receptions (78), fourth in receptions (706) and fifth in receiving yards (8,630).
With two more receiving touchdowns this season, Adams can become the fourth player in NFL history with at least 700 receptions and 80 receiving touchdowns in his first nine career seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MARVIN HARRISON, CALVIN JOHNSON and JERRY RICE.
The players with at least 700 receptions and 80 receiving touchdowns in their first nine seasons in NFL history:
|Jerry RiceHOF||San Francisco||708||118|
|Davante Adams||Green Bay, Las Vegas||706*||78*|
|*In ninth season|
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ROOKIE RUNNING INTO RECORD BOOKS: Seattle running back KENNETH WALKER ties for the lead among rookies with four rushing touchdowns this season and ranks third with 410 rushing yards. Over the past three weeks, he leads all players with 352 rushing yards (117.3 per game).
Walker has rushed for at least 85 yards and a touchdown in each of his past three games, including a 167-yard and two-touchdown rushing performance in Week 7, the most rushing yards by a rookie in a single game this season.
With at least 85 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown against the New York Giants on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Walker will become the fifth rookie to record at least 85 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in four-or-more consecutive games in the Super Bowl era, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers FRANCO HARRIS (six consecutive games in 1972) and CURTIS MARTIN (four in 1995), as well as ROBERT EDWARDS (four in 1998) and ALFRED MORRIS (four in 2012).
The rookies with at least 85 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the most consecutive games in NFL history:
|Robert Edwards||New England||1998||4|
|Curtis MartinHOF||New England||1995||4|
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TWO AT A TIME: Entering Week 8, Dallas linebacker MICAH PARSONS ranks second in the NFL with eight sacks and leads all players with four games with at least two sacks.
With two sacks against Chicago on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Parsons will become the first player to record at least two sacks in five of his team’s first eight games of a season since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.
Parsons, who is appearing in his 24th career game and led all rookies with three games with at least two sacks last season, can also surpass SHAWNE MERRIMAN (seven games) and ALDON SMITH (seven) for the most games with a least two sacks by a player in his first 25 games since 1982.
The reigning Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year enters Sunday with 21 career sacks and can surpass Merriman (22.5 sacks) and JOEY BOSA (22) for the fourth-most sacks by a player in his first 25 career games since 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS (25), VON MILLER (24.5) and Smith (23.5) have more.
The players with the most sacks in their first 25 career games since 1982:
|Derrick ThomasHOF||Kansas City||25|
|Aldon Smith||San Francisco||23.5|
|Shawne Merriman||San Diego Chargers||22.5|
|Joey Bosa||San Diego/L.A. Chargers||22|
|*Through 23 games|
NFL PREVIEW: THE STARTING 11
Close games and comebacks continue to be calling cards of the 2022 campaign. No prior season in NFL history has had more games (84) that have been within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter or decided by one touchdown or less (49 games in 1999 and 2022) through the first seven weeks. There have also been 34 games this year in which a team came back to win or tie after trailing in the fourth quarter, tied with the 2012 and 1989 seasons for the most ever through Week 7.
Three division leaders return from their bye week looking to resume their momentum as the league heads towards the midway point of the 2022 season.
The NFL’s last remaining unbeaten team and NFC East leading PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (6-0) look to match their best start to a season in franchise history (7-0 in 2004). One of the keys to the club’s start to the season has been ball control. Philadelphia leads the league in:
- Plays per game (70.7), the third-highest mark by a team that began their season 6-0 in NFL history, trailing only the 1977 Dallas Cowboys (73.7) and 2013 Denver Broncos (71.3).
- Time of possession (33:59), the fourth-highest average time of possession by a team that won each of their first six games of a season since 1977, trailing only the 1991 New Orleans Saints (35:20), 2007 New England Patriots (35:13) and 2019 San Francisco 49ers (34:46).
The BUFFALO BILLS (5-1), who lead the AFC East and possess the league’s top points margin (+95), host the GREEN BAY PACKERS (3-4) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC). The Bills are looking for their fourth win this season over a 2021 division winner, having previously defeated the Los Angeles Rams (Week 1), Tennessee (Week 2) and Kansas City (Week 6).
Atop the NFC North, the MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-1) come off their bye having won four consecutive games, three of which featured a fourth-quarter comeback victory. Quarterback KIRK COUSINS has thrown a touchdown pass in 36 consecutive games and can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (36 games from 2002-04) for the sixth-longest such streak in the Super Bowl era.
The Eagles (3-0), Bills (2-0) and Vikings (3-0), who each host a Week 8 game following their Week 7 bye, are the only three teams remaining in 2022 with perfect home records.
Also in Week 8, the third international game of the 2022 season will take place at Wembley Stadium in London between the DENVER BRONCOS (2-5) and JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-5). The Broncos (six games) and Jaguars (five) are two of the nine teams this season who have played in at least five games with a final score margin of eight-or-fewer points.
The Starting 11 entering Week 8…
1. INTRASTATE RIVALRIES: Three games on the Week 8 schedule feature intrastate matchups…
- In Pennsylvania (1:00 PM ET, CBS), PITTSBURGH (2-5) visits Lincoln Financial Field to take on PHILADELPHIA (6-0). Each of the five meetings between the two clubs over the past 20 years has been won by the home team. The Eagles are 9-0 in home games against Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl era.
- In California (4:25 PM ET, FOX), the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-4) visit the LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-3) as the NFC West rivals meet for the second time this season. On Monday Night Football in Week 4, the 49ers defeated the Rams, 24-9, as NICK BOSA registered two of the team’s season-high seven sacks. San Francisco has won seven consecutive regular-season meetings over Los Angeles dating back to 2019, with the Rams earning a 20-17 win over the 49ers at SoFi Stadium in the NFC Championship game last season en route to the Super Bowl LVI title.
- In Ohio on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), CINCINNATI (4-3) visits CLEVELAND (2-5) in a battle between AFC North foes. The Browns have won four consecutive meetings between the two clubs, Cleveland’s longest winning streak against a division opponent since realignment in 2002.
- In California (4:25 PM ET, FOX), the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-4) visit the LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-3) as the NFC West rivals meet for the second time this season. On Monday Night Football in Week 4, the 49ers defeated the Rams, 24-9, as NICK BOSA registered two of the team’s season-high seven sacks. San Francisco has won seven consecutive regular-season meetings over Los Angeles dating back to 2019, with the Rams earning a 20-17 win over the 49ers at SoFi Stadium in the NFC Championship game last season en route to the Super Bowl LVI title.
2. NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 9.33: The average final score margin of 9.33 points this season is the lowest average final score margin through Week 7 since 1970. Only three other seasons since the merger (1982, 1983 and 2016) have had an average score margin of fewer than 10 points through the first seven weeks.
3. NOTE THAT MATTERS: The combined winning percentage by NFC East teams this season is .741 (20-7), the highest winning percentage by a single division through the first seven weeks of a season since 2002. Only on two other occasions since realignment has a division had a winning percentage of .700-or-higher through the first seven weeks, the 2013 AFC West (.704; 19-8) and 2020 NFC West (.704; 19-8).
4. SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: When TENNESSEE (4-2) visits HOUSTON (1-4-1) on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS), two of the five running backs with at least 500 rushing yards this season will be in action. Titans running back DERRICK HENRY, who leads the NFL in rushing yards (6,843 yards) since 2017, ranks fourth with 536 rushing yards in 2022 while Houston running back DAMEON PIERCE leads all rookies and ranks fifth among all running backs with 504 rushing yards this season.
Henry looks to continue his rushing dominance over the AFC South since he entered the league in 2016. In 35 career games, Henry has averaged 99 rushing yards per game against the AFC South, the third-highest rushing yards per game average against a single division since 1970 (minimum 20 games). Only Pro Football Hall of Fame running backs BARRY SANDERS (104.7 rushing yards per game against the NFC Central) and ERIC DICKERSON (102.1 rushing yards per game against the NFC Central) have a higher average.
Including 128 rushing yards against Indianapolis last week, Henry has rushed for at least 100 yards in nine of his past 10 division games. He has an NFL-record five career games with at least 200 rushing yards and multiple rushing touchdowns, including each of his past three games against the Texans.
5. SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: The DENVER BRONCOS (2-5) and JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-5) head to Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday (9:30 AM ET, ESPN+) in a matchup that features two of the five AFC defensive units allowing fewer than 20 points per game this season. Each club is led by a first-year defensive coordinator – the Broncos’ EJIRO EVERO and the Jaguars’ MIKE CALDWELL.
Denver enters Week 8 ranked second in total defense (286 yards allowed per game) and pass defense (173.1 yards allowed per game) and third in scoring defense (16.4 points allowed per game). Jacksonville leads the NFL with 48 passes defensed this season and ranks tied for fourth in the AFC in scoring defense (19.6 points allowed per game). The Broncos and Jaguars are two of three AFC teams (Buffalo) to allow fewer than 14 points in three games in 2022.
6. STREAK SPEAK: Five teams enter Week 8 on a winning streak of at least four games as Philadelphia has opened the season with six consecutive wins and Minnesota, the New York Giants, the New York Jets and Tennessee have each won their past four contests. The last season in which five teams were each on a five-or-more game winning streak at the same time was 2017.
The Giants and Jets have each won their first four games in the month of October, the first time both clubs have been on a four-game winning streak at the same time since 2008 (Weeks 8-12). With victories in Week 8, both clubs can join the 2021 GREEN BAY PACKERS, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, 2017 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES and 2007 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS as the only teams since 2002 to go 5-0 in the month of October in a season. Each of the four previous teams to accomplish the feat finished the season as the No. 1 overall seed in their respective conferences.
7. DID YOU KNOW?: Seattle rookie running back KENNETH WALKER is the only player in the NFL this season with two rushing touchdowns of at least 65 yards. His first career rushing touchdown was a 69-yard run in Week 5 and last week, he registered a 74-yard rushing touchdown. Walker is the first rookie with two rushing touchdowns of at least 65 yards since SAQUON BARKLEY (2018). Seattle (4-3) hosts Barkley and the New York Giants (6-1) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX).
8. UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINE: When CLEVELAND (2-5) hosts CINCINNATI (4-3) on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), it will be a family affair as BILL CALLAHAN, Cleveland’s offensive line coach, and his son, BRIAN CALLAHAN, Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator, meet for the fifth time as division rivals since 2020.
The Browns rushing attack under Bill Callahan, who has been Cleveland’s offensive line coach since 2020, ranks second in rushing yards per game (149.8) and third in yards per rush attempt (4.98) over the past three seasons. Cleveland is one of five AFC teams to allow one-or-fewer sacks in four games in 2022.
Brian Callahan, Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator since 2019, helped the Bengals to a Super Bowl LVI appearance last season as the team ranks fifth in passing yards per game (264.8) and sixth in scoring offense (26.4 points per game) since the beginning of the 2021 season. The Bengals enter Week 8 ranked second in average time of possession (32:25) and third in third down efficiency (49.5 percent; 46 of 93).
9. TREND TIME: Since 2017, head coach SEAN MCDERMOTT‘s first season with Buffalo, the Bills have won each of their three Sunday Night Football appearances, the only team with multiple wins and no defeats on Sunday night games over the past six seasons.
Buffalo, who is coming off a Week 7 bye, is also a perfect 5-0 under McDermott after their bye week, one of three teams to earn a victory after their bye in each of the past five years. Pittsburgh is also 5-0 after their bye since 2017 and has a Week 9 bye in 2022 following their Week 8 meeting with Philadelphia. Tennessee is 6-0 since 2017 after their bye week, including 5-0 under head coach Mike Vrabel, following their Week 7 victory over Indianapolis. McDermott can become the third head coach ever to win each of his first six games following a bye, joining ANDY REID (first 13 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DON SHULA (seven).
Under head coach Matt LaFleur, Green Bay is 16-2 in games with a start time of 7:00 PM ET or later, including 13 consecutive wins in primetime games, the longest such streak since 1970. With their victory on Sunday Night Football in Week 2, the Packers surpassed the Indianapolis Colts (12 consecutive primetime wins from Week 9, 2004 to Week 7, 2007) and Pittsburgh Steelers (12 consecutive primetime wins from Week 9, 2007 to Week 9, 2009) for the longest streak of primetime wins since the merger.
Heading into Sunday Night Football,Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN has the highest passer rating (108.6) among all quarterbacks with at least 300 pass attempts in primetime games since 1970, while Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS ranks second (106.5).
10. THIS WEEK IN NFL HISTORY: October 28, 2007 (15 years ago) – The New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins, 13-10, at Wembley Stadium in London, England, in the first regular-season game played in London and the first regular-season game played outside of North America. The NFL continues the 2022 international slate in Week 8 as the DENVER BRONCOS (2-5) take on the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-5) at Wembley Stadium on Sunday (9:30 AM ET, ESPN+). The Jaguars have played in London in eight of the past nine seasons and return to Wembley Stadium for the first time since 2019.
11. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Monday’s matchupbetween the Browns and Bengals will mark the eighth time since 1970 that the NFL has played a Monday night game on Halloween. 2022 will mark the fifth-consecutive Monday Night Football game on Halloween since 1990 to feature divisional opponents: 2016 (NFC North – Minnesota 10 at Chicago 20), 2011 (AFC West – San Diego Chargers 20 at Kansas City 23), 2005 (AFC North – Baltimore 19 at Pittsburgh 20) and 1994 (NFC Central – Green Bay 33 at Chicago 6).
VINCE DOOLEY, LONGTIME GEORGIA FOOTBALL COACH, DIES AT 90
ATLANTA (AP) Vince Dooley, the football coach who carried himself like a professor and guided Georgia for a quarter-century of success that included the 1980 national championship, died Friday. He was 90.
The school announced that Dooley died peacefully at his Athens home in the presence of his wife, Barbara, and their four children, including former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley. No cause of death was given.
Dooley was hospitalized this month for what was described as a mild case of COVID-19, but he pronounced himself fully recovered and ready to attend his regular book-signing session at the campus bookstore before an Oct. 15 game against Vanderbilt.
Dooley had a career record of 201-77-10 while coaching the Bulldogs from 1964 to 1988, a stretch that included six Southeastern Conference titles, 20 bowl games and just one losing season.
“Our family is heartbroken by the death of Coach Dooley. He was one of a kind with an unmatched love for UGA!” current Georgia coach Kirby Smart said.
Dooley is the fourth-winningest coach in SEC history, trailing only Bear Bryant, Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier.
“Vince Dooley was one of my favorite people in the world,” Saban said. “Vince represented the University of Georgia and all of college football with tremendous integrity and class as both a coach and athletics director.”
After retiring from coaching, Dooley continued as the school’s AD, a job he held from 1979 until 2004. The field at Sanford Stadium was dedicated in his honor during the 2019 football season.
Josh Brooks, the school’s current athletic director, said the big-money program he now guides “is what it is today because of Vince Dooley.”
Dooley was the second prominent member of Georgia’s storied football history to die in the past two weeks.
Hall of Famer Charlie Trippi, who starred at Georgia in the 1940s and went on to claim an NFL championship with the Chicago Cardinals, died Oct. 19 at the age of 100.
Dooley’s death came just one day before Georgia, the defending national champion and ranked No. 1 in the country, faces one of its biggest rivals, the Florida Gators, in the annual “Cocktail Party” game at Jacksonville, Florida.
Dooley dominated that series during his coaching career, going 17-7-1 against the Gators. The most famous victory came in 1980, when Lindsay Scott hauled in a 93-yard touchdown pass from Buck Belue in the closing minute.
The improbable 26-21 triumph propelled Georgia to a perfect season and their first consensus national title.
Dooley lived long enough to see another championship. When the Bulldogs defeated Alabama in last season’s national title game, the former coach was in Indianapolis to cheer them on.
Dooley withstood the pressure of winning at a football-mad SEC school during an era when Bryant ran a powerhouse program at Alabama. Dooley won over skeptics early on, using a trick play to upset the defending national champion Crimson Tide 18-17 in the 1965 season opener.
The following year, Georgia won the first of his SEC titles. By the time Dooley stepped down from coaching at age 56, he was one of only 10 NCAA Division I-A coaches to win 200 games.
Stoic in his demeanor and elegant with words delivered in a Southern drawl, a renaissance man who dabbled in horticulture, studied Civil War history and wrote numerous books, Dooley had his greatest run of success after landing a running back from tiny Wrightsville, Georgia.
During Walker’s three years between the hedges, the Bulldogs went 33-3, won three straight SEC titles, captured a national title and nearly won another in 1982.
Walker, now running for the U.S. Senate, tweeted a picture of him and Dooley on the field at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium before Georgia’s season-opening victory over Oregon.
“Thank you Coach Dooley, for being one of the greatest men I have ever known,” Walker wrote. “You mean more to me than you’ll ever know.”
Dooley was a graduate of Auburn, one of Georgia’s most hated rivals, and had no head coaching experience when he was hired by the Bulldogs at the age of 32.
It was not a popular hire, as Dooley often noted through the years.
“My qualifications were such there’s no way I would’ve hired myself,” Dooley conceded in a 2014 interview with the school newspaper, The Red & Black.
There were low moments, to be sure.
Near the end of his reign as athletic director, the men’s basketball program was caught up in an embarrassing scandal that led to the resignation of coach Jim Harrick and revelations that his son, an assistant coach, taught a hoops class with a final exam that included questions such as “How many points does a 3-point field goal account for in a Basketball Game?”
Dooley’s four-decade stay ended unceremoniously. He was forced into retirement after a nasty spat with then-university President Michael Adams in 2004.
Dooley never left Athens and remained a fixture around the football program, often sitting in on news conferences conducted by the last coach he hired, Mark Richt, and Smart.
“Obviously one of the greatest coaches of all time,” Richt said. “But also the man who hired me and mentored me in my first head coaching opportunity at Georgia. I owe a lot to Coach.”
Coaching ran in the Dooley blood, for sure.
Vince’s younger brother, Bill, was the head coach at North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Derek held the top jobs at both Louisiana Tech and SEC rival Tennessee.
When Derek returned to Athens as the Volunteers’ coach in 2010, Vince knew he couldn’t pull against his son, but he didn’t want to be seen rooting against the Bulldogs in their own stadium.
So he stayed at home, watching the game on television as Georgia romped to a 41-14 victory.
“In a perfect world, I’d rather him be farther away and not in the same conference,” Vince said.
At Georgia, Dooley coached a plethora of standout players – from Bill Stanfill to Scott Woerner to Rodney Hampton. But his most famous recruit was undoubtedly Walker, a running back who possessed an almost supernatural combination of bruising power and sprinter’s speed.
Walker made his mark in his very first college game, running right over Tennessee defensive back Bill Bates for a touchdown that helped the Bulldogs rally for a 16-15 victory.
“My god, a freshman!” longtime Georgia radio announcer Larry Munson screamed over the air.
Walker rushed for 1,616 yards and 15 touchdowns that season, but the Bulldogs’ national title hopes appeared doomed when they trailed Florida 21-20.
Then Belue and Scott hooked up on perhaps the most famous play in school history. Thanks to another memorable call by Munson, the game would forever be known as “Run, Lindsay, Run.”
Georgia capped its 12-0 season with a 17-10 win over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl to clinch the national championship.
That season would be the pinnacle of Dooley’s career, though the Bulldogs nearly won another national title two years later. Walker won the Heisman Trophy and Georgia was ranked No. 1 heading into the Sugar Bowl after an undefeated regular season.
But No. 2 Penn State captured the championship with a 27-23 victory in what turned out to be Walker’s final college game. He bolted for the upstart U.S. Football League after his junior season.
In his first run for political office, Walker is locked in a tight battle with incumbent U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock. Walker received the endorsement of his former coach in a recent ad.
Dooley was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame in 1998, but he also took pride in running an athletic program that was among the nation’s best in a wide range of sports.
From tennis to swimming, gymnastics to baseball, the Bulldogs won 19 national championships under Dooley.
Dooley was born into an athletic family in Mobile, Alabama on Sept. 4, 1932. He earned a football scholarship to Auburn, where he also played basketball.
Dooley was an outstanding defensive back and captain of the 1953 team, a year in which he played in the College All-Star Game. He graduated from Auburn in 1954 with a degree in business management before serving in the Marine Corps for two years.
In 1956, Dooley became an assistant coach at Auburn and was freshman coach at the school for three seasons before being named head coach of Georgia shortly after the end of the 1963 season, taking over a program in disarray after three straight losing years under Johnny Griffith.
Twenty-five years later, Dooley was carried off the field after his final game, a 34-27 victory over Michigan State in the Gator Bowl.
In addition to his wife and son Derek, survivors include children Deanna, Daniel and Denise.
MAXEY HAS CAREER-HIGH 44, 76ERS BEAT RAPTORS WITHOUT EMBIID
TORONTO (AP) Tyrese Maxey scored a career-high 44 points, carrying the Philadelphia 76ers without Joel Embiid to a 112-90 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.
Embiid sat out because of a sore right knee. A five-time All Star and the reigning NBA scoring champion, Embiid is averaging 27.6 points and 10 rebounds in five games.
The 76ers didn’t miss Embiid and didn’t even need much from James Harden because of Maxey, who made his first 10 shots, seven of them from long range, and didn’t miss until a 3-pointer rimmed out with 8 minutes left in the third quarter.
“I just know how good we can be, I know how talented we are, but we’ve got to match our talent with the energy that we play with, and defensive tenacity,” Maxey said. “Tonight we knew it was going to be extremely hard without Joel. That made guys step up, that made guys do things they don’t normally do.”
Maxey shot 15 for 20 overall, going a career-best 9 for 12 from outside.
“Rese didn’t miss,” 76ers guard Matisse Thybulle said. “They just kept going in.”
Maxey had eight rebounds and four assists. He shot 5 for 6 at the free throw line.
“I thought he was awesome,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said. “He led us in rebounds.”
De’Anthony Melton and Tobias Harris each scored 13 points and Harden had 11 as the 76ers never trailed and won for the second time in six games, splitting a pair north of the border against their Atlantic Division rivals.
YOUNG SCORES 36 POINTS, HAWKS DOWN PISTONS AGAIN 136-112
DETROIT (AP) Trae Young had 36 points and 12 assists in just three quarters, and the Atlanta Hawks overcame Cade Cunningham’s career-high 35 points to beat the Detroit Pistons for the second time in three nights, 136-112 on Friday.
Young scored 35 points when the Hawks won the first matchup 118-113 on Wednesday. He made 16 free throws that night but did most of his damage from the field on Friday, shooting 12 for 20.
“I was able to knock down some shots,” Young said. “I was pretty much getting the same looks. I was getting in the paint, still getting some open 3s, but I was able to knock them down tonight. That was the difference.”
Dejounte Murray had 26 points for Atlanta, which outscored the Pistons 67-45 in the second half.
“I thought we needed to establish our defense,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. “I thought our guys took that challenge. Defensively we were much better in the second half guarding the ball and taking them out of what they wanted to run.”
McMillan couldn’t have asked much more of his dynamic backcourt of Young and Murray, who had 17 assists and one turnover. The Hawks as a whole only made seven turnovers.
MITCHELL, LEVERT SCORE 41 POINTS, CAVS BEAT CELTICS IN OT
BOSTON (AP) A long, chainlink gold chain draped around his neck, Caris LeVert was wearing the spoils of his best night as a Cleveland Cavalier.
“It’s the ‘Junkyard Dog’ we call it. We give it after every game – every win – to the guy that kind of digs in deep and kind of does the dirty work,” he said. “I got it this game.”
It was deserved.
LeVert and Donovan Mitchell each scored 41 points and the Cavaliers rallied to beat the Boston Celtics 132-123 in overtime on Friday night. The last time the Cavs had multiple 40-point scorers was Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals, when LeBron James and Kyrie Irving both had 41.
Cleveland trailed by as many as 15 in the first half and overcame a 75-point first half by the Celtics to earn its fourth straight win.
“For us to have the mental fortitude this early as a younger team that’s honestly trying to get to where the Celtics were last year and continue to build, that says a lot about our character without our elite guard, too,” Mitchell said.
It was LeVert’s best game since joining the Cavs at the trade deadline last season, when he never figured out his role because of injuries. His previous high for Cleveland was 32 points last season against Dallas. He also had six 3s and three steals.
He scored Cleveland’s final 11 points Friday.
BUCKS STAY UNDEFEATED WITH 119-108 VICTORY OVER KNICKS
MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks remained the NBA’s lone unbeaten team by relying on their defense.
That’s just the way Giannis Antetokounmpo likes it.
Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists as the Bucks led nearly the whole way in a 119-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.
Milwaukee (4-0) won despite shooting a season-low 38.5%.
“We have the personnel that can defend on any given night,” Antetokounmpo said. “At the end of the day, as long as we defend, we put ourselves in position to win. That’s our identity moving forward. We cannot go away from that.”
Antetokounmpo scored eight points during an 18-0 run that gave the Bucks a 24-point lead in the third quarter. The Knicks got the margin down to nine in the final two minutes but couldn’t get any closer.
“At the end, I thought we had more urgency and did a better job, but you have to play for 48 minutes against these guys,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I don’t think we did that.”
Milwaukee has beaten Houston, Brooklyn and New York at Fiserv Forum after opening the season with a victory at Philadelphia. The Bucks are halfway through a season-high, six-game homestand.
Antetokounmpo scored 44 points against the Rockets and 43 against the Nets, giving him his highest career point total for a two-game stretch. He was one of seven Bucks to score in double figures Friday.
Brook Lopez had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, while Bobby Portis had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Grayson Allen scored 17 points, Jrue Holiday 16, Jevon Carter 14 and George Hill 12.
GOBERT, WOLVES EXTEND LAKERS’ WINLESS START WITH 111-102 WIN
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Anthony Edwards scored 16 of his 29 points in the third quarter, Rudy Gobert added 22 points and 21 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves extended the Los Angeles Lakers’ winless start with a 111-102 win on Friday night.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth and D’Angelo Russell had 11 points for Minnesota, which won back-to-back games for the first time this season and took control with an 11-4 run midway through the fourth.
“I see a ton of growth opportunity within it on both sides of the ball, with the bench, with everything with the lineup combinations,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said. “I’m a prove-it-to-you guy. I still want to see it more.”
LeBron James scored 28 points for Los Angeles, which was without Anthony Davis due to low back tightness and lost its fifth straight. Russell Westbrook came off the bench for the first time since his rookie season and chipped in with 18 points and eight rebounds.
With his eighth field goal of the night, LeBron James recorded his 1,135th career 20-point game, passing Karl Malone for the most such games in NBA history.
The Lakers’ 0-5 start has been marred by poor shooting, and they were 41.6% from the field and 9 of 29 (31%) from 3-point range against the Timberwolves. Los Angeles entered the day with the league’s lowest shooting percentages, hitting 41.6% from the field and 22.3% from 3.
DEROZAN REACHES 20,000 POINTS BUT SPURS BEAT BULLS 129-124
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Keldon Johnson scored 33 points for San Antonio, spoiling a career milestone for former teammate DeMar DeRozan and leading the Spurs to a 129-124 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
DeRozan had 33 points for Chicago, becoming just the 50th player in NBA history to reach 20,000.
The Spurs improved to 4-2 in what is supposed to be a rebuilding season. They earned their first home win hours after Joshua Primo was waived in a surprise move.
“We’re a family and we stay together,” Johnson said. “We went out on the court and played hard. We’ve been playing hard all year and we continued that tonight.”
The 6-foot-6 Primo was selected by San Antonio with the No. 12 pick in the 2021 NBA draft. He had averaged 7.0 points in four games this season while battling minor injuries.
After the Spurs announced the move with no explanation, the 19-year-old Primo provided a statement to ESPN.
“I know that you all are surprised by today’s announcement,” he said. “I’ve been seeking help to deal with previous trauma I suffered and will now take this time to focus on my mental health treatment more fully.
“I hope to be able to discuss these issues in the future so I can help others who have suffered in a similar way. I appreciate privacy at this time.”
San Antonio shot 53.5% and had seven players score in double figures. Jakob Poeltl had 21 points and 13 rebounds. Zach Collins scored 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting.
Poeltl was 10 for 12 from the field.
BRIDGES LEADS SUNS OVER INJURY-DEPLETED PELICANS 124-111
PHOENIX (AP) Mikal Bridges had his best offensive night of the season to help his Phoenix Suns win a basketball game, then rushed back to the locker room to watch his beloved Philadelphia Phillies finish off a Game 1 win in the World Series.
With two big victories in hand, it was time to break out the Phillies hat and Rhys Hoskins jersey for the postgame press conference.
“Great day,” Bridges said.
Bridges led all scorers with his 27 points and Devin Booker added 16 to lead the Suns over the injury-depleted New Orleans Pelicans 124-111 on Friday.
“My teammates just keep finding me all the time,” said Bridges, who grew up in Philadelphia and was a college star at Villanova. “Just playing hard, staying aggressive, that’s really it.”
The Suns’ usual scoring stars were fairly quiet but they got a productive game from Bridges and their bench players. Torrey Craig finished with 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting, Cameron Payne added 12 points and Bismack Biyombo had 11 points and 13 rebounds.
The Suns scored 60 points in the paint and had a 47-33 rebounding edge.
“That is the difference in the game,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said. “Those are the things that we usually do, but they were better in those areas than we were.”
Bridges shot 10 of 13 from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range.
JETS BEAT COYOTES 3-2 IN OVERTIME TO SPOIL MULLETT DEBUT
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Blake Wheeler scored 32 seconds into overtime and the Winnipeg Jets spoiled the Arizona Coyotes’ Mullett Arena debut with a 3-2 victory Friday night.
Arizona opened the season with six straight road games before returning to the desert and The Mullett.
Mullett Arena, Arizona State University’s new arena, is by far the smallest venue in the NHL and a temporary home until a permanent one is built.
The Coyotes had the early jump in front of 5,000 mullet-wearing fans – headbands with long locks were the giveaway – going up 2-0 on Christian Fischer’s first-period goals.
The Jets whittled their way back.
Cole Perfetti scored in the first period and Winnipeg picked up the pressure in the third, tying it on Mark Scheifele’s goal.
David Rittich, who stopped 19 shots, made a couple of nice saves to start overtime, and Wheeler beat Karel Vejmelka on a one-timer after Pierre-Luc Dubois created a 2-on-1 after stealing the puck from Shayne Gostisbehere.
Vejmelka had 32 saves.
HUGHES SCORES TO BACK VANECEK, DEVILS BEAT AVALANCHE 1-0
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Jack Hughes scored on power play early in the third period and Vitek Vanecek made 24 saves for his first shutout with New Jersey in the Devils’ 1-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.
The Devils won for the fifth time in six games after dropping the first two games of the season. New Jersey also denied defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado’s NHL-best power play six times.
“Honestly, it was really good game. The guys played really well and we just scored the goal,” said Vanecek, who won his first contest with the Devils 6-2 on Tuesday night in Detroit. “That felt really good and now a home game, so I’m really happy with that.”
Hughes scored his third of the season on the power play at 2:59 of the third, shooting the puck past Pavel Francouz. Assists went to Jesper Bratt and Dougie Hamilton. The assist was a team-leading 10th for Bratt who has points in all eight Devils games this season and leads New Jersey with 13 points. Francouz made 22 saves.
“It was a great game by both clubs. It felt like a playoff game,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “This was the right team to play at the right time. We blocked shots. There was a lot of good stuff tonight.”
The Devils appeared to open the scoring with just over five minutes left in the first period but an apparent goal by Miles Wood was nullified when the play was deemed offsides on review.
New Jersey outshot the visitors 8-4 in the opening period. In the second, the Avalanche had a 10-7 shots advantage over the home team as both goaltenders made sterling saves to keep the scoreless game intact.
“We just didn’t have jump,” Avalanche forward Evan Rodrigues said. “We didn’t get enough odd-man rushes.”
The Avalanche were coming off 3-2 shootout win over Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday in which former Rangers netminder Alexandar Georgiev was the winner in his return.
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GAME PREVIEW: COLTS VS. COMMANDERS, WEEK 8
One Big Storyline
At 3-3-1, the Colts have the ninth-best record in the AFC – and are a half-game behind the 4-3 Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. They’re far from buried in the 2022 playoff picture.
So with that backdrop, the move to start Sam Ehlinger at quarterback over Matt Ryan may seem daring – but also has the potential for a significant payoff over the final 10 games of the season.
“Anybody who knows Sam knows that he’s made for moments like this,” head coach Frank Reich said. “That doesn’t mean — is he gonna go in and be offensive player of the week, I’m not saying that. Will he have some growing pains, absolutely he’ll have growing pains.
“But I can tell you this for sure, there’s nobody waving the white flag. That’s not in my DNA, that’s not in our players’ DNA. I wouldn’t do that in a million years. This is about winning — we’re trying to win a championship. That starts with winning an AFC South championship. We’re still in position to do that.”
Beneath the surface of that 3-3-1 record, though, is an offense ranked 30th in scoring (16.1 points per game) and 30th in turnovers (14). The Colts’ offense enters Week 8 with the fourth-most sacks (24) and second-most plays resulting in lost yardage (52) in the NFL. It’s hard to win when your offense is turning the ball over too frequently, and having negative plays too consistently.
“We know at the quarterback position that it’s not our poor production on offense is not on one person, it’s not on Matt Ryan,” Reich said. “But we also know, as Matt and I talked it through, hey, as head coach and quarterback, ultimately it doesn’t matter. I’m judged on wins and losses, quarterbacks are judged on points, production and turnovers. We understand that’s how it is in this league.”
So enter Ehlinger, the second-year quarterback from Texas who will make his first career start on Sunday against the Washington Commanders. The plan is for Ehlinger to be the Colts’ starting quarterback for the rest of the 2022 season, and the plan is to win with him operating the offense. The first pass he throws on Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium will be his first regular season pass attempt in the NFL. But while Ehlinger may lack in-game experience, his coaches and teammates don’t lack belief in the young quarterback.
“I think Sam is a great quarterback,” linebacker Shaquille Leonard said. “I’ve been with Sam – his second year and seeing his leadership role, seeing the way he carries himself and we have so much confidence in Sam. The way that he’s the first one in the building – I come in, I do my workout, I leave, eat, shower, everything and he’s still in the weight room. He’s always willing to learn. He’s always asking questions. One thing about Sam, his cup is never full. He’s always asking, always wanting to learn. We look forward to it.”
While folks outside the walls of the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center maybe haven’t seen Ehlinger much, the people inside the facility have. Take their word for it: He’ll be ready, and the moment will not be too big for a guy who was a four-year starter at the University of Texas.
“Now that he’s getting his opportunity, I know he’s gonna take full advantage of it,” tight end Kylen Granson, who also played with Ehlinger at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, said. “So it’s all in his preparation — dude prepares like a pro. So he’s gonna play like a pro.”
We’ll get into how this all looks below in 5 Things To Watch. But the biggest thing to know about Ehlinger heading into Week 8 is the Colts trust he can play an important role for a team that believes it can still be a playoff contender in 2022.
“We have a long way to go,” Reich said. “We haven’t proven as an offense that we should be seriously considered for that. We haven’t, not as an offense. But we have an opportunity to turn that around and that’s what we’re going to try to do.”
5 Things To Watch
How Ehlinger’s mobility benefits the offense. Ehlinger is not a run-first quarterback, though he does have the capability to move outside the pocket and make plays with his legs if needed. And the ability to avoid the negative dropbacks that’ve hurt the Colts’ offense this season is an important aspect of what Ehlinger can bring to his first career start.
“There’s a lot of really fast guys in this league and it can’t just be drop back and run around,” Ehlinger said. “I think you within the system, you play within the scheme and defenses can do a good job and take things away. That’s when the extra element comes in. So, not run first. Still being a quarterback first but then using the capabilities that I have when the play breaks down.”
Reich pointed to the handful of times per game a mobile quarterback can scramble on third-and-long – instead of taking a drive-killing sack, throwing a drive-ending incompletion or, worse, throwing an interception, the ability of Ehlinger to try to make something happen with his legs could extend that drive. And that could be the difference between zero points and three points, or zero points and seven points, at a critical point or two during the game.
“There’s an element to where the league’s transitioning to more mobile quarterbacks and I think I am able to offer that,” Ehlinger said.
Will Ehlinger take opportunities to push the ball downfield? On average, Ryan’s passes traveled 6.5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, lowest in the NFL among quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts. And only the New York Giants’ Daniel Jones attempted fewer passes of 20 or more yards than Ryan (12).
Again, not all of that is on Ryan – a lot has to go into a successful shot play before the quarterback even releases the ball. Reich said the Colts called four or five plays that could’ve resulted in downfield passes last week against the Titans, but for whatever reason – coverage, protection, routes, quarterback, etc. – they weren’t there.
Ehlinger worked to improve his arm strength with quarterback guru Tom House in the offseason, and showcased those gains on a 50-yard touchdown to Dezmon Patmon in the Colts’ second preseason game.
“We definitely would like to have that balance of the quick throws, get it out but also have the ability to push the ball down the field because we have guys that can go up and make some plays,” offensive coordinator Marcus Brady said. “We talked about that as a staff. We want to give those guys opportunities if it presents itself. We don’t want to force it down the field, we want to take what the defense is giving us and then kind of go from there.”
Who will step up to take pressure off Ehlinger?
As the Colts got to work this week, Reich relayed a message to Ehlinger: “Hey, relax, play your game,” Reich told his new starting quarterback. “You don’t have to be a hero.”
The Colts want to be more balanced as an offense and lean into their run game more than in previous weeks (although “balance” does not mean a 50/50 run/pass split). Running back Jonathan Taylor had 10 carries for 58 yards last week against the Tennessee Titans, and the Colts may have found something with their shotgun run game, in which Taylor is averaging 4.8 yards per carry this year.
Taylor said he, Nyheim Hines and Deon Jackson will try to do what they can to take some of the pressure off Ehlinger this week.
“It can help him out a ton, especially not only through the run game, but in the passing game as well,” Taylor said. “We need to make sure we’re available for him, whether it’s in protection or it’s through our route running. We need to make sure we’re there for Sam so that he’s not able to put everything on his shoulders and try to make plays down field when he doesn’t see it or it’s not there.”
Ehlinger seems to have taken Reich’s message to heart, and his focus is on letting his teammates make plays on Sunday.
“Just being smart with the football, taking completions, getting the ball in the playmakers’ hands — we got a lot of really good players,” Ehlinger said. “And even in the run game, giving the ball to JT, Nyheim, Deon, let those guys work. Parris (Campbell) is playing great, (Michael Pittman Jr.’s) playing great, Alec (Pierce’s) playing great. Get the ball in their hands and let them be the stars.
The defense, with Shaquille Leonard back. Leonard will be on a snap count, head coach Frank Reich said, but he’ll play for the first time since sustaining a concussion and nose injury in Week 4 against the Tennessee Titans. Leonard was ahead of where the Colts thought he’d be at this point, so while the team is still exercising caution with the three-time first-team All-Pro linebacker – they wanted to do what they could to get him on the field.
We didn’t get an extended look at how the Colts’ defense may change with Leonard on the field back in Week 4, when he sustained that injury on his 16th snap of the game. But dropping a guy who has 11 interceptions and 17 forced fumbles in his career into a solid defense that’s looking for more takeaways can, seemingly, only help.
“He’s the best defensive player in the league,” Reich said.
Seeing if the Colts can play with a lead. The Colts are one of four teams to have not run an offensive play while leading by at least two scores in 2022; only the Atlanta Falcons have faced more plays on defense while trailing by nine or more points than the Colts’ 107.
The Colts have nonetheless been steady on defense: They’re eighth in the NFL in yards per play allowed (5.1), are eighth in sack rate (8.3 percent) and 13th in points allowed (20). But we still haven’t seen what this defense can do with a lead, when offenses have to be more aggressive and take more risks to try to get back into a game. Maybe we’ll see that on Sunday afternoon.
GAME REWIND: PACERS 127, WIZARDS 117
There’s a youth movement underway in Indiana, but the Pacers still have some capable veterans.
Myles Turner and Buddy Hield combined for 52 points to lead Indiana (2-4) to a 127-117 win on Friday night in Washington.
While all the focus over the first week of the season has been on Indiana’s young backcourt duo of Tyrese Haliburton and Bennedict Mathurin, Hield and Turner showed off their combined 15 years of experience against the Wizards (3-2).
For Turner, it was a welcome return. Playing just his second NBA game in nine months, the longest-tenured Pacer reminded fans of what he is capable of on both ends and moved up the franchise leaderboard in style.
Turner tallied 27 points and 10 rebounds, going 7-for-14 from the field, 3-for-4 from 3-point range, and 10-for-10 from the free throw line. He also swatted five shots, moving past Roy Hibbert for fourth place on the Pacers’ career blocks list.
It was impressive showing from Turner, who had just five points on 1-of-7 shooting in his season debut on Wednesday in Chicago. He missed the final 39 games last season with a foot injury and the first four this season with a sprained left ankle.
“I felt like I was just trying to get my feet back up under me that first game and just timing was off,” Turner said. “But I’m a professional. I snapped back quick and it was a great night for me.”
Hield, meanwhile, scored 25 points for the second straight game and stayed hot from beyond the arc, knocking down 5-of-9 3-point attempts.
Haliburton was excellent as well, recording his fifth straight double-double with 25 points and 12 assists.
The Pacers got off to their best start of the season thanks to improved defense and an early 3-point barrage. Turner knocked down a three on Indiana’s opening possession. Washington followed with a 13-5 spurt before Haliburton, Aaron Nesmith, and Hield went back-to-back-to-back from beyond the arc for a 9-0 run.
Meanwhile, the Pacers locked down on the other end. Turner blocked two shots as Indiana limited Washington to just one field goal over 5:31 in the middle of the opening frame.
While the Wizards were ice cold, Hield was red hot, drilling treys at 5:54, 4:30, and 4:01 to cap a 22-2 run for the Pacers and give the visitors a 30-15 lead.
Washington finally found a little rhythm on offense, but another trey and an old-fashioned three-point play from Haliburton helped keep the margin in double digits. It remained that way right up until the buzzer, but Kyle Kuzma’s deep runner made it an eight-point game.
Still, after trailing by 10 or more after the first quarter in each of their first five games of the season, the Pacers nearly flipped the script on Friday, taking a 36-28 lead into the second.
“We came out playing with a lot of pop, a lot of pace,” Hield said of the first quarter. “The first five games we always were getting hit first. We came out and we (were) the ones that were the aggressor first.”
The Blue & Gold quickly extended the lead once again in the ensuing frame. Turner hit another three and then drew several fouls, scoring eight more points from the free throw line, to help pace the attack. A 10-2 Indiana run midway through the frame pushed the Pacers’ lead to 70-50 with 3:20 remaining in the first half.
The Wizards managed to chip a little off that margin before the intermission, but Indiana still took a 75-60 lead into the break.
A Turner jumper and Haliburton triple to open the third quarter quickly upped the lead back to 20, but the Wizards soon mounted a charge. Washington used a 17-6 run to get back within single digits.
Behind the strong play of Bradley Beal, who had nine points and two assists in the frame, the Wizards got as close as seven. But four Indiana free throws in the final minute of the quarter gave the Pacers a 101-90 lead entering the fourth.
The fourth quarter was Turner time. The eighth-year big man threw down a dunk, then converted two layups over the first three minutes of the final frame, pushing the lead to 14 and forcing a Wizards timeout. It didn’t slow him down, as he knocked down his third three of the night coming out of the break.
Still, the Wizards didn’t go away, with back-to-back threes by Kuzma and Beal capping an 8-0 spurt that made it a 114-108 game with 4:56 remaining. But after a timeout by acting head coach Lloyd Pierce, Hield scored five straight and then Haliburton added a jumper of his own to squash Washington’s rally.
All five starters scored at least 15 points for Indiana in the victory. Nesmith finished with 15, seven rebounds, and three assists, while Jalen Smith also managed 15 points and seven boards.
Mathurin had the lowest-scoring game of his young career, but the rookie still managed to reach double figures with 11 points off the bench.
Beal led the Wizards with 31 points and also tallied seven rebounds and four assists. Kristaps Porzingis added 22 points and six rebounds, while Kuzma registered 18 points and nine boards.
The Pacers will wrap up a five-game road trip with a pair of games in Brooklyn. Indiana takes on the Nets on Saturday on the second night of a back-to-back and again on Monday before returning home for a four-game homestand.
Inside the Numbers
Turner’s 27 points are tied for the seventh-most he’s scored in a game in his career. His career-best 40 points also came at Washington a little over a year ago on Oct. 22, 2021.
Indiana shot a season-best 53.6 percent from 3-point range, going 15-for-28 from beyond the arc.
Nesmith reached double figures for the first time as a Pacer and finished three points shy of his career high of 18, set last season for Boston in a game at Philadelphia on Feb. 15.
The Pacers set new season highs for free throws made (30) and attempted (33). Indiana attempted 22 foul shots in the first half alone and made its first 20 to start the game.
You Can Quote Me On That
“When the ball was popping and our movement was good, we were creating shots. When you have five guys that are 3-point threats and we do, we usually do at all times, (if) that ball moves, the defense will eventually break down. That’s all you’re looking for.” -Pierce on Indiana’s offensive success
“Everybody looked great. Everybody played selfless. And everybody is enjoying everybody’s success out there, which is great.” -Hield
“He makes his first three tonight, he gets to the free throw line (10) times. And then obviously he’s always a presence defensively for us. Any time you have guys that can shoot, (centers) that can shoot, it just opens up (the offense).” -Pierce on Turner
“Just aggressiveness and confidence. Confidence has been everything for me. I’ve spent a lot of time trusting the work that I put in and the fruits of my labor are showing.” -Haliburton on where his game has grown the most
“I thought the thing he did the best tonight was in the fourth quarter. Every possession we got a quality shot. Every possession we used clock. That’s leadership, that’s game management, and that’s what you expect out of your point guard.” -Pierce on Haliburton
Stat of the Night
Haliburton has now recorded 10 or more assists in five consecutive games, the longest streak by a Pacer since Mark Jackson accomplished the feat over five games from Dec. 27, 1999 – Jan. 6, 2000. Haliburton is one game shy of matching Don Buse (Nov. 14-27, 1976) for the longest streak in NBA franchise history.
Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle missed Friday’s game to attend senior night for his daughter, Abby, who is a cheer captain at her high school in Dallas. Carlisle will rejoin the team on Saturday in Brooklyn.
Two-way players Kendall Brown and Trevelin Queen left the Pacers to join the team’s G League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, who open training camp on Monday.
The Pacers snapped a four-game road losing streak against the Wizards and won in Washington for the first time since Feb. 23, 2019.
Indiana travels to Brooklyn to open a two-game set against Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and the Nets on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 PM ET.
SARIS’, GEDDES’ OUTSTANDING ATTACKING NIGHT POWERS INDIANA PAST RUTGERS 3-1
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Behind a career night from Morgan Geddes and equally as great night from Mady Saris, the Indiana Volleyball team rattled off its fourth-straight win with a 3-1 victory in Wilkinson Hall.
Geddes provided a career best 17 kills as IU bested Rutgers 25-13, 25-17, 25-27, 25-14 on Friday evening.
The victory marks a fourth straight for the Hoosiers, the first four-game winning streak in the Big Ten since 2008.
Rutgers got back into the match after picking off the third set but IU put the Scarlet Knights to bed in the fourth set to record the victory.
Camryn Haworth recorded a double-double (38 assists, 14 digs) to help pace the Hoosiers’ offense while Mady Saris (five blocks) and Kaley Rammelsberg (four blocks) helped hold Rutgers to just .017 offensively on the evening.
IU begins a brutal stretch of five-consecutive ranked opponents with a Sunday matinee showdown (1:00 PM) in West Lafayette with No. 12 Purdue.
SET 1 (Indiana 25, Rutgers 13)
• Camryn Haworth sent the Hoosiers to an 5-0 early lead following a run on serve that included a pair of kills from Morgan Geddes.
• Mady Saris stuffed Rutgers’ Taylor Humphrey at the net to put IU up 12-2, the first of four solo blocks for Saris on the evening.
• Back-to-back kills from Morgan Geddes sent the Hoosiers up 18-7 and forced Rutgers to its second timeout of the set.
• A Rutgers service error closed out a 25-13 win for IU in the opening frame.
SET 2 (Indiana 25, Rutgers 17)
• IU opened the set on a 4-1 run that featured kills from Kaley Rammelsberg and Mady Saris.
• Savannah Kjolhede recorded an ace off a reception error from Taylor Humphrey to send the Hoosiers up 12-6 and force a timeout.
• Mady Saris recorded another solo block to send IU up 18-12 and cap off a 4-0 run for the Hoosiers.
• Morgan Geddes pounded back-to-back kills to close out a 25-17 second set victory.
SET 3 (Rutgers 27, Indiana 25)
• After getting down 3-7 early, IU forced it back to 7-all off of kills from Mady Saris and Savannah Kjolhede.
• Emily Fitzner recorded an ace off a short serve in the front row to bring IU within one point at 16-17.
• Paula Cerame served IU into the lead for the first time in the set as the Hoosiers took a 19-18 lead late in the game.
• IU would level it at 25-all but Rutgers would rattle off the final two points to send the proceedings to a fourth frame.
SET 4 (Indiana 25, Rutgers 14)
• Mady Saris provided a kill after two errors from Rutgers to send the Hoosiers up 7-2.
• Candela Alonso-Corcelles got her offense going late in the fourth to put IU up 18-9.
• Savannah Kjolhede ended the night with a kill as IU won the fourth set 25-14.
• Mady Saris provided 20 kills, the fourth time she’s had 20+ kills this season. She tallied four solo blocks and seven digs as well.
• Morgan Geddes had a career high 17 kills while hitting .333 with four digs and three blocks.
• Paula Cerame had 18 digs, the seventh game in a row she’s led the match in digs.
• Camryn Haworth recorded a double-double with 38 assists and 14 digs.
INDIANA, MARYLAND CLASH IN DECISIVE MATCHUP
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — It’s shaping up to be a drama-filled final day of the Big Ten men’s soccer regular season.
Indiana (8-3-5, 3-1-3 B1G) will host eighth-ranked Maryland (9-2-4, 5-2-3 B1G) Sunday (Oct. 28) on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium in a match that will help decide the Big Ten regular season champion.
The match will be televised on Big Ten Network with kickoff set for 1 p.m. ET. Fans can also stream the match at foxsports.com/live.
Sunday is also Senior Day for IU men’s soccer as the program celebrates 11 individuals in a pregame ceremony. Additionally, the program will give away eight-star knit caps to the first 250 fans in attendance.
SETTING THE SCENE
• The chase for the 2022 Big Ten regular season championship comes down to the final day, and Indiana is in the hunt for its league-best 18th regular season crown and 33rd overall Big Ten title.
• Sunday will also decide seeding in the Big Ten Tournament. Indiana can finish between No. 1 and No. 5 in seeding depending on results throughout the conference.
• Indiana will celebrate a group of 11 seniors in a pregame ceremony on Sunday. The group includes Trey Kapsalis, Luke Boha, Alex McGill, Daniel Munie, Bryant Pratt, Nyk Sessock, Ryan
Wittenbrink, Ben Yeagley, Herbert Endeley, Karsen Henderlong, and Jake Hooten (Manager). Members of this senior class debuted as early as the 2019 season. Since then, IU owns a 50-14-12 record and won the Big Ten Double in both 2019 and the 2020-21 season.
• Indiana is 6-1-2 at home this season and 3-3-0 against ranked opponents.
• The Hoosiers have scored 31 goals from 14 unique goal scorers this season. Redshirt senior Ryan Wittenbrink leads the Hoosiers in points (18) and shares the team-high for goals (6) with sophomore forward Tommy Mihalic.
• With a win and an Ohio State loss versus Wisconsin, IU would share the Big Ten title with Maryland.
• Should IU win and Ohio State tie, the title would be shared between Indiana, Maryland and Ohio State.
• If both Indiana and Ohio State win, Ohio State would win the title outright.
• The other three Big Ten men’s soccer matches on Sunday will also kick off at 1 p.m. ET and can be streamed on the Big Ten Plus digital platform.
ABOUT THE TERRAPINS
• Maryland comes into the match with a 9-2-4 record and a 4-0-3 mark in Big Ten Conference play. Its last result was a 4-1 win over Delaware and its last conference result was a 1-0 victory against Michigan State.
• The Terrapins are led by 30th-year head coach Sasho Cirovski, who has compiled a 423-162-63 record at Maryland and a 449-175-70 career record over 32 seasons.
• Senior midfielder Malcolm Johnston leads Maryland in goals (5) and points (14), while redshirt sophomore forward Joshua Bolma and redshirt senior defender Nick Richardson each have a team-high six assists. Five Terrapins have recorded at least 10 points this season.
• Indiana has the slight better of the all-time series, winning six matches to Maryland’s five, but the two teams have tied seven times.
• The two teams have met in the final match of the regular season each of the last two campaigns, going 1-1 in those matchups. In the adjusted 2020-21 campaign, IU had already wrapped up its third consecutive Big Ten regular season title when it beat Maryland via a Victor Bezerra brace.
• Last season, IU and Maryland met in College Park with each having a chance at the crown. The Terrapins won, 2-0, but six-win Penn State ended up on top.
• The two teams have met five times in the Big Ten Tournament, with IU advancing in three of those instances.
BOILERS FALL IN 5 AT NORTHWESTERN
EVANSTON, Ill. – The No. 12 Purdue Boilermakers fell in five sets at Northwestern, 23-25, 25-23, 18-25, 17-25, 11-15) despite a Big Ten season-high 16 blocks. With the result, Purdue moves to 15-6 overall and 6-5 in Big Ten play.
The Boilermakers out-blocked the Cats 16-8, marking not only the most in a Big Ten match this season, but ties the season-high (set vs. Milwaukee, 9/3). Raven Colvin set a season-best nine blocks (0-9) while Megan Renner set a career-best six block assists.
The difference-maker came in the Wildcat back row, which out-dug the Boilermakers, 61-80.
Eva Hudson led the team behind 19 kills and a .224 hitting % (19-6-58) while adding five block assists, tying her career-best. Meanwhile, senior Maddy Chinn recorded a career-high 12 kills on 37 swings. Colvin close the night with seven kills.
Renner went errorless on the attack tallying three kills while dishing out 24 assists.
Libero Maddie Schermerhorn registered 23 digs. Meanwhile Ava Torrance, Ali Hornung and Eva Hudson each recorded six apiece.
Emily Brown led the team with three of Purdue’s six service aces.
Purdue will be back on Sunday afternoon in Holloway Gymnasium to take on Indiana. The rivals will play for the rights to the Monon Spike, with a first serve at 1 p.m. ET on B1G+.
EDEY NAMED TO KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR AWARD WATCH LIST
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has announced that Purdue junior center Zach Edey is one of 20 players to be named to the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award watch list, given annually to the nation’s top center.
Edey is one of three Big Ten players named to the list (Rutgers’ Cliff Omoruyi, Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson).
It marks the seventh time in the last eight seasons that Purdue has had a player named to the initial Abdul-Jabbar Award watch list (A.J. Hammons – 2016; Isaac Haas – 2017, 2018; Matt Haarms – 2020; Trevion Williams – 2021; Zach Edey – 2022, 2023).
Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will open up on today so your fans can vote for their favorite players in each of the three rounds. Please help promote the fan voting to your fan base through your social media channels. The top 10 player selections from the fan vote will get an additional vote towards making the next round.
This list will be narrowed down to 10 in mid-February and then 5 finalists will be selected in March that will be presented to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the selection committee. The winner of this award will be presented on a to be determined date. Presentation details will be announced at a later date.
Edey, a preseason All-American and unanimous choice on the preseason All-Big Ten team, was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree and honorable mention All-American (AP) a year ago after averaging 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks in just 19.0 minutes per game, while leading the Big Ten and ranking third nationally in field goal percentage at 64.8 percent – the fifth-best single-season percentage in school history.
He is the only player in the last 30 years to average 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in under 20 minutes per game. In fact, he is one of just five players to accomplish that in under 25.0 minutes per game.
Edey, a 7-foot, 4-inch center from Toronto, recorded 11 double-doubles during the 2021-22 season and was named to the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 15.0 points in wins over North Carolina and Villanova in November. He tallied a career-high 25 points against Michigan State in February and scored 20 or more points in nine games. He will carry a streak of 17 straight games in double-figures into the 2022-23 season.
He was at his best against ranked teams. In nine games against ranked squads, Edey averaged 16.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in just 20.2 minutes per game, while shooting 60.6 percent from the field.
The Boilermakers will open the regular season on Nov. 8, when Milwaukee visits Mackey Arena. Purdue’s lone exhibition game will be Nov. 2, when Truman State visits West Lafayette. Single-game tickets remain for only the New Orleans (Dec. 21) and Florida A&M (Dec. 29) games.
NO. 16 MARQUETTE TOPS @BUTLERVB FRIDAY NIGHT AT HINKLE
No. 16 Marquette took a three-set decision over Butler Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The visiting Golden Eagles won the match by a score of 25-15, 26-24, 25-21.
With the result, Butler is now 11-12 and 5-6 in the BIG EAST; Marquette improves to 11-1 in conference play and 20-2 overall.
The Hinkle Faithful celebrated a fun promotion with Girl Dad Day, welcoming a number of young ladies and their fathers.
STAT OF THE MATCH: Marquette hit .325, compared to .216 for the Bulldogs.
SET 1: Marquette 25-15
The visiting Golden Eagles hit .515 and had five blocks in the opening set in building an early lead and pushing it to a 25-15 win. Aubrey Hamilton had five kills for Marquette. Mariah Grunze had three kills in the frame to lead the Bulldogs.
SET 2: Marquette 26-24
Butler responded with a strong second set. Back-to-back Grunze kills broke a 17-17 tie and sparked a 4-1 lead that gave Butler a 22-18 lead. Marquette would come back to tie the set and ultimately was able to fend off a Butler set point at 24-23, capturing the final three points of the set for the final margin. Amina Shackelford had eight kills for the Bulldogs in the second set. The set was tied on eight occasions.
SET 3: Marquette 25-21
Marquette used an 8-2 run to take a 16-9 advantage midway through the set. The Golden Eagles were able to withstand a late Butler rally as the margin closed to four late in the set. Hamilton led Marquette with six kills in the frame.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:
The two teams also played Sept. 24 in Milwaukee, with Marquette taking a 3-1 decision.
Butler had a 9-5 advantage in blocks. All five of Marquette’s blocks came in the opening set.
Shackelford led Butler with 12 kills; she recorded a double-double by adding a career-high 12 digs. She was part of six blocks.
Libero Jaymeson Kinley entered the match with 1,507 career kills, which includes her three seasons at Butler and the 2018 season at Austin Peay. That was good for 42nd nationally at the start of the night. She added a match-high 19 digs Friday.
Grunze had 11 kills, hitting .345 for the match.
Freshman setter Cora Taylor had 29 assists.
Hamilton led Marquette with 14 kills; she was one of four Golden Eagles with nine or more kills on the night.
Marquette libero Carly Skrabak had 17 digs.
UP NEXT: The Bulldogs continue their weekend homestand Sunday, hosting DePaul at Hinkle Fieldhouse. First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m.
BUTLERMBB OPENS 2022-23 SEASON SATURDAY NIGHT, HOSTING TIFFIN IN EXHIBITION PLAY
WELCOME BACK TO THE NEW GUY: Thad Matta has returned to his alma mater to lead the Bulldogs. Matta also led the Bulldogs as the head coach during the 2000-01 season and served three seasons as Barry Collier’s top assistant for the three seasons prior to that. The 1990 Butler graduate played three seasons for the Bulldogs after transferring from Southern Illinois.
In his 17 years as a college head coach, which includes stints at Butler, Ohio State and Xavier, Matta possesses an incredible record of 439-154 (.740). Matta’s teams won 20 or more games in 16 of those 17 seasons, advancing to the NCAA Tournament 13 times.
Matta is a combined 70-26 in the first season at each of his previous head coaching stops (Butler in 2000-01, Xavier in 2001-02, and Ohio State in 2004-05), winning at least 20 games in each of those seasons.
LOOKING FOR THREE IN A ROW: Chuck Harris led Butler in scoring as both a freshman (2020-21) and a sophomore (2021-22). He looks to become the first Bulldog to lead the team in scoring in three consecutive seasons since Kellen Dunham (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16). During the 2020-21 season, Harris was the first freshman to lead the Bulldogs in scoring since Tony Warren in the 1979-80 season.
PLAYING ABROAD: The Bulldogs went 4-0 on a European foreign tour over the summer, winning two games in Rome and another two games in Athens. Butler was abroad August 2-12.
PRESEASON PICKS: BIG EAST coaches have voted Butler eighth in the conference’s preseason poll, while Butler junior Chuck Harris was named Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention for the second consecutive season.
NEW FACES: The Bulldogs added four transfers and one true freshman over the offseason in Eric Hunter Jr. (Purdue), Manny Bates (North Carolina State), Jalen Thomas (Georgia State) and Ali Ali (Akron). Three (Hunter, Thomas and Ali) were members of 2022 NCAA Tournament teams. Both Thomas and Ali are currently out due to injury.
Connor Turnbull joins the Bulldogs after earning Class 6 All-State honors from the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association following both his junior and season seasons. Pierce Thomas redshirted for the Bulldogs during the 2021-22 campaign, but will suit up for Butler this season in the first of his four seasons of eligibility.
TOUGH SLATE: Butler’s schedule includes 20 BIG EAST conference games as the league plays a true home-and-home round robin schedule. Butler will open the Battle 4 Atlantis with Tennessee, ranked No. 11 in both the preseason AP and coaches polls. The field also includes No. 5 Kansas, No. 24/25 Dayton, and USC, which is receiving votes in both polls. Butler will host Kansas State at Hinkle Fieldhouse in the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle, and will travel to Penn State (Gavitt Games) and California during the non-conference portion of the schedule.
A YEAR AGO: Butler also hosted Tiffin in an exhibition to open the 2021-22 season. The Bulldogs came away with a 94-84 victory. Jayden Taylor led the Bulldogs with 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Tiffin stayed within striking distance by going 15-of-29 from three-point range.
UP NEXT: The Bulldogs conclude the exhibition portion of the schedule Tuesday night, hosting Davenport.
VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FIVE-SET BATTLE TO ROBERT MORRIS, 3-2
INDIANAPOLIS – The Jaguars returned to the Jungle on Friday night falling in a hard-fought five set match to Robert Morris, 3-2. Senior Allie Pogue led the Jaguar attack with 21 kills hitting .250.
IUPUI came out strong winning the first two sets, 25-20, 25-19. The Jags hit .342 in the first set with 16 kills and followed that up in the second set hitting .333 with 14 kills compared to the Colonials’.103 with nine kills.
The third set was back-and-forth until 23-23 when IUPUI forced a Robert Morris timeout. After the timeout, the Colonials came out swinging with back-to-back kills to seal the third set, 25-23. Robert Morris stayed alive in the fourth set and tied the match up, 25-22.
The Jags fell behind early in the deciding set and couldn’t make a comeback falling 15-9.
Pogue led with 21 kills while Briana Brown followed with 16 kills hitting .333. Freshman Morgan Ostrowski totaled 10 kills hitting a team high .600. Darragh Dixon collected 27 assists followed by Sidney Veatch with 26. Brooke Phillips added 16 digs and two aces.
IUPUI will be in the Jungle tomorrow night to host their annual DIG PINK match against Youngstown State with first serve at 4 PM.
NOTRE DAME AT SYRACUSE FOOTBALL NOTES
NOTRE DAME NOTES
SERIES HISTORY • Notre Dame and Syracuse will be meeting for the 11th time with the Irish holding a 7-3 advantage in the series. • Saturday will mark Notre Dame’s first trip to the JMA Wireless Dome since a 38-12 loss to the Orange in 2003. • The Notre Dame – Syracuse series has featured both teams taking traditional home games on the road. The Irish and Orange met in MetLife Stadium for Syracuse home games in 2014 and 2015, while Notre Dame played host to Syracuse for a Shamrock Series game in Yankee Stadium in 2018. • Notre Dame boasts a four-game win streak against Syracuse, including a 45-21 victory in Notre Dame Stadium in 2020 – the season during which the Irish joined the ACC in football due to COVID-19 scheduling challenges. • Notre Dame is 169-65-3 (.719) all-time against the Atlantic Coast Conference.
STORYLINES • Notre Dame returns to the road this weekend at No. 16/16 Syracuse. The Irish are 2-1 away from Notre Dame Stadium this season with a victory at current No. 21/21 North Carolina, a win over No. 16/16 BYU in Las Vegas and a season-opening battle with No. 2/2 Ohio State in Ohio Stadium. • Record watch – junior tight end Michael Mayer continues his assault on the Irish record books. Already the all-time leader in tight end receptions at Notre Dame (157), Mayer is looking to put his name alone atop the tight end career touchdown record (he is currently tied with Ken MacAfee, 1974-77 with 15) and the tight end career receiving yards list (he needs 25 yards against Syracuse to surpass Tyler Eifert’s 1,840 from 2009-12). • Record watch II – junior defensive end Isaiah Foskey broke out with three sacks against UNLV last weekend to push his career total to 21.5. He is now is just three sacks behind the Notre Dame’s career record of 24.5 set by Justin Tuck from 2002-04. • Notre Dame looks to continue its success against ACC opponents. As part of a football scheduling agreement with the ACC, the Irish face five opponents from the conference each season. Since the partnership began in 2014 Notre Dame is 37-7 (841) against ACC teams, has won 25 straight regular-season games against the Atlantic Coast Conference and seven straight overall against the ACC. See page 14 for more information. • The Irish added four more sacks to their season total against UNLV and are currently 23rd in the country in sacks-per-game at 2.86. Syracuse is giving up 2.57 sacks per game (96th in the country). • Saturday’s game will match up one of the least penalized teams in the country against one of the most. Notre Dame has been whistled for just 30 penalties this season (6th in the country) while the Orange have drawn 67 yellow flags and are 127th in the country in total penalties. • Sophomore quarterback Drew Pyne will look to continue his success on the road this season. In two victories away from Notre Dame Stadium (at North Carolina, vs. BYU in Las Vegas) Pyne is 46-62 passing (74.2%) for 551 yards and six touchdowns. • Will sophomore Logan Diggs continue to be the hot hand out of the talented Irish backfield? Over the past three games, Diggs has rushed 54 times for 280 yards (5.2 average) with 93 yards against No. 16/16 BYU and 130 yards last weekend against UNLV.
IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS
Sophomore tight end Mitchell Evans started his first career game against
UNLV in just his second game back from an offseason injury. Evans recorded
his first career carry against the Rebels, converting a third-and-one while
taking a snap under center. On the same drive, Evans recorded his first career
touchdown on another run from under center – this time a one-yard ‘sneak.’
Evans played quarterback in high school as recently as 2020, posting 2,132
passing yards and 23 touchdowns.
Junior defensive end Isaiah Foskey sacked the quarterback three times
last weekend against UNLV. His career total for sacks stands at 21.5 – just
three away from matching Justin Tuck’s (2002-04) career mark of 24.5.
Notre Dame has blocked four punts this season, including back-to-back
blocks against UNLV last weekend (both performed by Isaiah Foskey). The
four blocked punts are tied for second-best in the country this season with
Central Michigan and Rutgers. South Carolina has blocked five punts in 2022.
Foskey is one of 11 players in FBS this season with multiple blocked kicks.
Notre Dame will be playing at 12 p.m. ET for the first time in 16 games. The
last time the Irish played at noon was a victory over No. 18 Wisconsin in the
2021 Shamrock Series game at Soldier Field on September 25, 2021.
Notre Dame will be playing for the 19th time on October 29th in its football
history on Saturday afternoon. The Irish are 15-3 on the date, which includes
nine meetings with the Naval Academy. Notre Dame has a seven-game win
streak on October 29 dating back to the 1966 season.
Junior tight end Michael Mayer needs 25 yards receiving to set the Notre
Dame record for career TE receiving yards. Mayer currently has 1,816 reception yards and hopes to surpass Tyler Eifert’s (2009-12) 1,840 yard total.
Sophomore running back Logan Diggs is coming off a career-high 28 carries against UNLV. He posted his first career 100-yard rushing game against
the Rebels, finishing the contest with 130 yards.
Michael Mayer has caught at least one pass in all 31 games in which he
has played for the Irish. That 31-game streak is tied for the 14th-best among
all FBS players.
Senior punter Jon Sot is currently 11th in the country in punting with a 43.5
average. That average currently ranks second on Notre Dame’s single-season
Notre Dame rushed for 223 yards in the victory over UNLV which is the third
time the Irish have surpassed 200 yards rushing this season. Notre Dame is
102-10 (.910) since 1996 when it rushes for 200 yards or more.
ORANGE BACK IN THE DOME TO FACE FIGHTING IRISH
• Syracuse will play its final non-conference game of the year when it hosts Notre Dame on
• The game will air on ABC with Joe Tessitore (PxP), Greg McElroy (analyst) and Katie George
(reporter) on the call.
• Syracuse is going for its sixth win at home, which would be its most home wins since 2018
when it also won six games in the JMA Wireless Dome.
• Saturday is an “Orange Out” in the Dome and all ‘Cuse fans are encouraged to wear orange.
THE MOB DELIVERING • Syracuse ranks sixth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 15.1 points per game. The Orange are keeping their opponents out of the end zone at a pace that hasn’t been achieved in the past 25 years. • The last Ɵ me Syracuse’s opponents averaged less than 20 points per game was in 2010 (19.3). • If the season ended today, the 15.1 points per game would be the lowest for the Orange under the direction of head coach Dino Babers and their lowest total since 1997 (15.9). CLIMBING THE CHARTS • RB Sean Tucker continues his climb on Syracuse’s all-Ɵ me rushing list. He increased his career yardage total to 2,820 with his performance against Clemson. He becomes just the sixth player in program history to rush for more than 2,800 yards. • He needs 50 more yards to move into the top five on the school career rushing list. ORANGE IN THE RED ZONE • Syracuse has scored on 28-of-30 (.933) opportunities from the red zone this season. One of the two missed opportunities was when the team kneeled three times to end the Wagner game while inside the red zone. • The Orange are Ɵ ed for 14th in the nation in red zone offense. • Since the NCAA began tracking red zone statistics in 2006, Syracuse’s best percentage was .923 (36-39) in 2015.
IRISH AND #23 PANTHERS PLAY TO 1-1 STANDSTILL
PITTSBURGH — The Fighting Irish men’s soccer team closed out the regular season with a hard-fought 1-1 draw on the road at No. 23 Pitt on Friday evening.
The result gives Notre Dame the No. 9 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament and sends the Irish on the road to play No. 8 seed Clemson at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday in the opening round of the tourney.
Daniel Russo continued his form in front of goal, scoring the second-half equalizer to help the Irish get a result.
Bryan Dowd was superb in goal, making seven saves on the evening to keep the dangerous Panther attack in check.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Panthers controlled the majority of play in the opening 45 minutes of action. The Irish defense was up to the task in the opening stages but the hosts managed to score the opening goal in the 26th minute. Notre Dame was unfortunate on the goal, as a shot from Bertin Jacquesson was deflected and found the back of the net to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage heading into the halftime break.
Pitt had a defender sent off after picking up his second yellow card in the 48th minute and the Irish were able to take advantage.
Notre Dame leveled the match at 1-1 in the 58th minute after building from the back and a perfect cross whipped in from Eno Nto that connected with Russo, who calmly finished with his left foot.
The Irish kept pushing forward and had a golden chance to score the winner in the 80th minute, as Matthew Radivojsa played a perfect pass into the path of Matthew Roou, sending the forward in on goal. Roou dribbled in and fired a shot but the Pitt keeper was up to the task to keep the match level at 1-1.
The two sides battled for the remaining 10 minutes with neither team able to find the winner and the points were shared after 90 minutes of play.
McFARLAND FAMILY MEN’S HEAD SOCCER COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE
On the performance…
“I am proud of the team tonight. Pitt is a very good team and very well coached. The team kept pushing and did a great job to fight back to get the goal. The team showed great toughness playing two games this week. We will rest up and be ready for the post season next week.”
The Irish improved to 15-3-4 against Michigan in the all-time series.
Russo’s goal gives him a team-high six on the season, four coming in the last two games.
Russo now has 13 goals in his Notre Dame career.
Nto picked up his third assist of the season.
Dowd’s seven saves match his career high.
The Irish will play at Clemson in the 8-9 matchup of the ACC Tournament at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Riggs Field in Clemson, South Carolina. The match will air on ACCN.
BALL STATE HOSTS DEPAUW FOR EXHIBITION ON SATURDAY
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s basketball team hosts DePauw in an exhibition game on Saturday inside Worthen Arena. The Cardinals and Tigers are scheduled for a 2 p.m. tip.
Cardinal Nation will get their first view of the 2022-23 BSU squad in a game setting. There is plenty of excitement around this year’s team and earlier this week Payton Sparks was named to the Preseason All-MAC First Team. Sparks is the reigning MAC Freshman of the Year. The Cardinals also bring back Jaylin Sellers from the MAC All-Freshman Team, Luke Bumbalough, Ben Hendriks, Demarius Jacobs, Basheer Jihad, Mickey Pearson Jr., and Jalen Windham. BSU brought back former MAC Freshman of the Year Jarron Coleman after a season at Missouri. Quincy Adams, Micah Bell, Kaiyem Cleary, Jack Futa, and Darian Owens-White are the newcomers.
Saturday will be the annual “Chirp or Treat” with doors opening and activities beginning at 1 p.m. This event is coordinated by the Ball State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and young ghouls and goblins – along with adults – are encouraged to attend in costume and partake in traditional trick-or-treat candy stations, Halloween-themed activities, and more while mingling with Ball State student-athletes from several sports. (Please note Halloween masks are not permitted for individuals 18+).
The Cardinals are scheduled to begin the regular season on Monday, November 7, inside Worthen Arena against Earlham with the jump scheduled for 7 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO 10 IN SWEEP OF BOWLING GREEN
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Ball State women’s volleyball team extended its winning streak to 10 matches with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-22) sweep of Bowling Green inside the Stroh Center Friday night.
In a battle between the Mid-American Conference’s top two teams, the Cardinals improved to 18-6 overall and 10-2 in MAC play, while the Falcons dropped to 14-9 overall and 9-3 in league action.
The win snapped Bowling Green’s 14-match winning streak at home in conference games. The last time the Falcons lost to a MAC opponent at home was March 23, 2021 vs. Toledo.
Marie Plitt and Cait Snyder led the attack with 10 kills apiece, with Plitt hitting .526 in the match. Lauren Gilliland added eight kills and five block assists.
Megan Wielonski recorded her 15th double-double of the season, including her eighth in league play, with 34 assists and 13 digs.
Natalie Risi chipped in with 20 digs, marking the second consecutive game the senior has recorded at least 20 digs.
Defensively, Ball State held a decisive 64-52 advantage in digs and limited Bowling to a .115 attack percentage on the evening.
Despite hitting .189 on the match as a whole, the Cardinals asserted their dominance on the attack by hitting .289 in the match’s final set.
Ball State returns to action Saturday when it makes the short trip to Miami for a 5 p.m. ET first serve in Oxford, Ohio.
SYCAMORES FALL IN OPENER OF FOUR-MATCH ROAD TRIP
CHICAGO – Mallory Keller recorded 11 kills Friday night but UIC led nearly wire-to-wire in a three-set win over visiting Indiana State (25-15, 25-23, 25-14) inside the Flames Athletic Center.
Emma Kaelin finished with 23 assists and 11 digs for a double-double, while Kaitlyn Hamilton had five kills and a team-leading four blocks for the Sycamores.
UIC took the lead early in the first set, but the Sycamores remained within three throughout the early stages. Kills by Keller and Karinna Gall helped Indiana State tie the set at 11, but it was all UIC from there. Despite a block assist by Hamilton and Storm Suhre, the Flames went on an 11-2 run to put the opening set out of reach. UIC took a 1-0 lead in the match after claiming the first set 25-15.
Similar to the first set, UIC took an early lead but kills by Keller and Gall tied it at five-all. Kills by Suhre and Jamie Brown midway through the set, along with a block assist by Hamilton and Suhre evened the set midway through at 14-14, and Keller later added a block solo to put the Trees in front 17-16. UIC responded, though, scoring six straight points to take a 22-17 lead that they never relinquished. Hamilton helped Indiana State fend off three straight set points with a pair of kills, but the Sycamores found themselves in a hole after UIC claimed the second set 25-23.
UIC raced out to a 9-1 lead in the third set and never looked back, as Indiana State couldn’t get into a rhythm. Keller and Hamilton combined for five kills in the middle stages of the set, but the Sycamores were unable to cut into their deficit as UIC continued to put pressure on the ISU defense. A kill by Keller and a service ace by Storm Suhre gave Indiana State some late life, but a pair of attack errors gave UIC the third set 25-14, clinching the win for the home side.
Inside the Numbers
Indiana State’s eight blocks (2.67 per set) was above its season average of 2.30, despite having just one block in the first set.
Mallory Keller’s 11 kills were her most in a match this month. Keller has 25 kills over her last three matches, averaging 2.78 kills per set in that span.
News and Notes
Friday’s match was the first of four straight on the road for Indiana State. The Sycamores will also travel to Valparaiso, Southern Illinois and Missouri State within the next eight days.
Friday’s meeting between Indiana State and UIC was the first between the schools since the opening weekend of the 2000 season.
Indiana State had the advantage in blocks for the eighth consecutive match, a streak that dates back to the Sycamores’ October 7 match against Missouri State.
Indiana State remains on the road to face Valparaiso Saturday at 6 p.m.
PURDUE FORT WAYNE WVB DROPS FIVE-SETTER TO YOUNGSTOWN STATE
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team dropped a five-set match to Youngstown State 28-26, 11-25, 25-19, 12-25, 15-8 in the Gates Sports Center on Friday (Oct. 28).
Sidney Schiller finished with a team-high 18 kills. Rachael Crucis had 25 digs in the marathon match.
Youngstown State took the first set after 17 ties and five lead changes. The Mastodons won the second wire-to-wire after a 17-6 start.
The third set went to the Penguins thanks to a 5-0 run to go up 20-14. Purdue Fort Wayne never trailed in the fourth set and used a big run late behind the service of LonDynn Betts to take the match. She served for seven points in a row. The ‘Dons hit .458 in the fourth set.
The Penguins won the fifth set thanks to a 9-1 run after a 7-6 Mastodon lead. Paula Gursching had the final two kills of the match, which moved her total for the match up to 26.
In the two sets the Mastodons won, the Penguins hit -.107 and -.067.
Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 7-16, 3-9 Horizon League. The Penguins improve to 11-13, 5-8. The Mastodons return to the Arnie Ball Court on Saturday (Oct. 29) for a match against Robert Morris ta 4 p.m.
CASTANEDA NAMED GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR, BURR COACH OF THE YEAR, FOUR ‘DONS ALL-LEAGUE
INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League announced on Friday (Oct. 28) that Purdue Fort Wayne’s Samantha Castaneda was named Goalkeeper of the Year and Jason Burr was named Coach of the Year. Four Mastodons were named to the All-League teams: Castaneda (1st), Gabrielle Fanning (1st), Morgan Reitano (2nd) and Lizzie Haub (2nd).
Burr, in his ninth season at the helm for Purdue Fort Wayne, led the Mastodons to their best season in program history. The Mastodons finished the regular season 9-3-6 and 5-1-4 in Horizon League action to earn the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Horizon League Championship. Purdue Fort Wayne was one of two teams in the league with just one loss and had the best league winning percentage in program history. The ‘Dons had a streak of eight matches without a loss. The Mastodons were picked eighth in the Horizon League Preseason Poll. Burr is the second Coach of the Year in Mastodon women’s soccer history.
Fort Wayne native Castaneda is the first player in Mastodon history to be named Goalkeeper of the Year. She also earned a spot on the All-Horizon League First Team. She had the 10th-best save percentage in the country at .881, leading the Mastodons to a program-best eight shutouts in the regular season. She had seven of them credited to her name, which was the most among any keepers in program history. In league play, she had the second-most saves (55) and the second-best save percentage (.902). Her 0.73 goals against average this season is the best in program history by a wide margin. Castaneda was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week three times this season and earned a place on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week on September 12.
Fanning is the first player at Purdue Fort Wayne to be named to an All-League team three times. After being named to the All-Horizon League second team twice, this is her first All-League First Team honor. The center back anchored the Mastodon defense that had the second-best goals against average in the league and was top-40 in the country (0.722). She helped push the Mastodons to eight shutouts, playing in over 1,500 minutes this season. This included 10 games of her playing all 90 minutes. The graduate student from Crystal Lake, Illinois has played in and started more games than any other Mastodon in program history.
Reitano is a two-time All-League selection with a second team nod in 2022. She played in 17 games and started 16 as one of the Mastodons’ biggest offensive threats. She scored a goal against Wright State to earn a key draw on the road. She also assisted on three goals this season: the game-winners against Northern Kentucky and at Detroit Mercy, and the game-tying goal with two seconds left against IUPUI. She had a team-high 38 shots and a season-high 10 against Green Bay. Reitano is the third player in Mastodon history to earn two All-League distinctions.
Haub started all 18 games for the Mastodons’ back line that continues to earn recognition. The left back helped strengthen the Mastodon defense that was one of the best in the Horizon League. She played in nearly 1,400 minutes in the regular season, including all 90 in four games. She led the ‘Dons to a program-best seven shutouts. She also helped turn defense into offense, assisting on the game-winning goal against Ball State.
The four All-League selections ties with the 2012 team for the most in a single season in program history.
The Mastodons’ next game will be in the Horizon League Championship semifinal on Thursday (Nov. 3) at 5 p.m. ET against the highest remaining seed of the two quarterfinal matchups. That game will be at 5 p.m. ET in Milwaukee.
ACES PICK UP HUGE ROAD WIN AT VALPARAISO
VALPARAISO, Ind. – Finishing with 12 service aces, the University of Evansville volleyball team earned a huge road victory at Valparaiso, defeating the Beacons by a 3-1 final on Friday evening at the ARC.
Alondra Vazquez added 19 more kills to her program record while tallying 24 digs in the victory. Giulia Cardona added 15 kills and 14 digs while Emilee Scheumann had a strong 11-kill performance. Kora Ruff and Blakeley Freeman added 14 digs each while Maddie Hawkins picked up 10 – her first double digit effort. Madisyn Steele added eight kills and three block assists. Ruff led the way with 49 assists and four aces while Laura Ruiz and Cardona picked up three apiece.
Set 1 – UE 25, VU 17
At the start, both teams duked it out leading to a 5-5 score. Evansville made the first significant run of the game, scoring four in a row to go up 9-5. Emilee Scheumann and Madisyn Steele posted a block during the stretch.
Following a time out, the Beacons stormed back to go in front at 12-11 as a 7-2 run put them in front. Steele quickly put the lead back in the Aces hands at 13-12 and Alondra Vazquez finished off a 4-0 rally with a kill to make it a 16-12 game. UE continued to add to the advantage with a Giulia Cardona ace extending the lead before Scheumann had the clinching kill in a 25-17 win.
Set 2 – VU 25, UE 21
Giulia Cardona was credited with a kill to give Evansville the first multi-point lead either team would enjoy to that point in the second frame when she made it 7-5. The Beacons countered with a 4-0 stretch to retake the lead.
With Valpo enjoying an 11-10 advantage, they would add to it with a 5-2 run to go up 16-12. Trailing 21-17, UE made a final rally when Vazquez recorded consecutive kills to cut the gap to a pair, but the Beacons finished the set with a 25-21 win to tie the match.
Set 3 – UE 25, VU 23
From start to finish, the Aces put together a strong performance in game three to take a 2-1 lead. Laura Ruiz and Kora Ruff picked up service aces that put the Aces in front at 7-3. Ruiz would add her second ace to stabilize a 13-10 Evansville edge.
Valparaiso rallied to tie the score at 13-13, but it was another ace that pushed the lead back to three as Ruff added her second one of the set. Once again, the Beacons fought back to tie the score, doing so at 21-21. Maddie Hawkins recorded an ace and it was Vazquez picking up the clinching kill.
Set 4 – UE 25, VU 20
Evansville utilized its serving to jump out to a 6-1 advantage to open game four. Ruiz added one before Ruff tallied two more in the early stretch. The lead for UE remained at five (11-6) when Valpo made its run, scoring five in a row to tie the score before Vazquez put UE back on top.
The definitive run came with the Aces up 15-14. Cardona registered a kill and helped UE go on a 7-1 run to go up 22-15. Valpo made a late run before UE clinched the match with a 25-20 win. Tomorrow, the Aces look for the weekend sweep as they take on UIC at 5 p.m.
USI BLANKED BY MOREHEAD STATE ON DIG PINK NIGHT
EVANSVILLE, Ind. –University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (1-22, 1-11 OVC) hosted its annual Dig Pink Night Friday at Screaming Eagles Arena where the Morehead State University Eagles (12-12, 8-5) came away with the 3-0 sweep (25-14, 25-19, 25-23).
The Screaming Eagles watched MSU kick off the opening frame with an 8-0 lead before winning the set, 25-14. Junior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) ended the drought with a powerful kill before MSU went on a quick 4-0 stint that made it 12-1. USI got three points back after a pair of MSU attacking errors and a kill from sophomore outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana). MSU took four of the next five points to take a 16-5 lead before USI went on a 4-0 run to cut the deficit to seven. The comeback was short-lived after MSU scored nine of the final 14 points to claim the one-set victory.
Another strong offensive performance from MSU cost USI a 25-19 second set. USI was able to take a quick 2-1 lead after an MSU attacking error and a kill from sophomore middle hitter Paris Downing (Avon, Indiana). With the score tied a five, MSU went on a 6-0 run that had four kills and an ace to gain the lead. An ace and a kill from Anderson stopped the bleeding and allowed USI to play back-and-forth with MSU to 17-14. MSU dropped four straight kills to regain a seven-point gap before USI added three straight kills of their own. However, it was too late as MSU put up three kills in their final four points to take set two and a 2-0 match advantage.
USI had a glimmer of hope in the final set but fell short, 25-23. Both teams were neck-and-neck early in the frame before a couple of short runs from MSU made it 10-6. Down by four, USI snagged three-straight thanks to Anderson who tallied back-to-back aces to cut the deficit to just one. However, MSU came back with a streak of their own to make it 18-14. With the help of a trio of service errors, USI was back in reach and struck with an impressive 3-0 stint, highlighted by a kill from sophomore outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) to make it 21-20. MSU would nab a pair of kills to extend their lead before Anderson struck back that made the score 23-22. In the end, MSU got the upper hand and scored the final point to win their fourth in the last five matches.
Anderson earned her third-straight double-double and 11th on the season after totaling 12 kills and 10 digs. She also led the group with three aces while sophomore defensive specialist/outside hitter Anna Ballengee (Montgomery, Indiana) tallied one. Bednar ended her night with six kills and three blocks while sophomore setter Carly Sobieralski (Indianapolis, Indiana) recorded a team-high 24 assists. Junior libero/defensive specialist Audrey Crowder (Avon, Indiana) stepped up with 13 digs while Weber had 13 digs.
USI produced 32 kills, 30 assists, and four aces while adding 52 digs and a match-high seven blocks. MSU ended the night with 53 kills, 46 assists, and three aces along with 63 digs and three blocks.
NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:
The Eagles stay at Screaming Eagles Arena for another bout against Morehead State on Saturday at 2 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO EVANSVILLE FRIDAY
Playing on its home court for the first time in three weekends Friday night, the Valpo volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (25-17, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20) decision to visiting Evansville at the ARC.
How It Happened
Valpo erased an early 9-5 Evansville lead in the first set with a 7-2 spurt — a stretch which included a block and a kill from Miranda Strongman (Wolverine Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central [LIU]) — to pull in front, 12-11.
The Purple Aces scored five in a row, however, to retake the lead for good and eventually pulled away for the opening-set win.
Valpo went in front of Evansville for good in the second set early on, as two kills and a block by Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) were part of a four-point run which gave the Beacons a 9-7 lead.
While Valpo led the rest of the way in the second set, it was never able to fully shake the Purple Aces. Evansville closed to within two points on multiple occasions late in the set, the latest coming at 23-21. But kills from Jillie Grant (Maumee, Ohio/Anthony Wayne) and Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) finished off the frame and evened the match at one set apiece.
The Purple Aces led for most of the third set, but much like Valpo in the second frame, were unable to pull away, as their largest lead was just three points.
The Beacons actually took the lead late in the set, stringing together three consecutive points to turn a two-point deficit into a 21-20 edge. But Evansville answered with three in a row of its own and went on to earn set point at 24-22. A kill by Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) held off one chance, but an Evansville kill on its second try gave the Purple Aces the 2-1 lead in the match.
It was all Purple Aces to start the fourth set, as they scored six of the set’s first seven points. But facing a 10-4 deficit, Valpo came through with seven of the next eight points to make it a brand-new frame at 11-all.
The set came down to the next squad to put together a run, and that ended up being Evansville, as the Purple Aces went on a 7-1 run to extend a 15-14 lead to 22-15. Evansville earned match point at 24-17, and while Valpo was able to extend the match three times, UE closed it out on a kill from Giulia Cardona at 24-20.
Inside the Match
Friday’s loss snapped Valpo’s five-match winning streak in the series with Evansville, four of which came last season.
Evansville tallied 12 service aces on Friday, the most by a Valpo opponent this season, and out-killed Valpo 59-46. The Beacons did hold advantages in digs (91-85) and blocks (7-5).
The highlight of the work in the back row was the play of sophomore Abby Boyle (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center). Despite playing just part of the fourth set, Boyle kept enough plays alive to reach double figures, racking up 10 digs — easily smashing her previous career high of three.
Grant also set a season high in the back row with 16 digs on Friday.
Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) recorded the 30th double-double of her Valpo career, tallying a team-best 24 assists to go with 11 digs.
Cooper had a strong match on the attack, leading the Beacons with 16 kills on .406 hitting.
Strongman paced Valpo in blocks for the 11th time this season, posting five rejections.
The Beacons played Friday night’s match without the services of outside hitter Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) due to injury.
Valpo (18-6, 6-6 MVC) looks for a split of the weekend on Saturday when the Beacons host Indiana State at 5 p.m. Saturday’s match is the program’s annual Dig for the Cure match, with the team raising money for the Rin Seibert Scholarship Fund.
MINERS DOWN HOUNDS ON FRIDAY NIGHT
INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy volleyball team (12-12, 5-5 GLVC) suffered a four-set loss to visiting Missouri S&T (15-7, 7-3 GLVC) on Friday night, dropping its second straight match.
Sophia Parlanti totaled a team-high 15 kills, while Hannah Sabotin finished 10 on .381 hitting and seven block assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Miners grabbed the first frame on the heels of a .469 attacking percentage, getting five kills apiece from Jordan Burton and Shelby Ply. The Greyhounds hit .351 themselves in the set, with Lauren Cullison and Grace Hegwood joining Parlanti with four finishes.
UIndy stepped up defensively after trailing 2-0 in the third, limiting S&T to a mere .068 attacking. Parlanti paced the offense with five kills, but it was libero MaKenna Barnhart who scooped up nine Miner attacks to maintain the Greyhound momentum. A trio of Hounds chipped in a pair of kills in the third, including Hegwood, who also made five digs.
The fourth set was a heartbreaker for the Greyhounds, who led by the score of 22-19, late. However, the Miners six of the final points of the game to avoid a deciding fifth frame and steal the victory. Sabotin recorded half of her 10 kills in the fourth set, attacking at a .500 clip.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Barnhart’s 16 scoops ties her with Amy Oldenburg (2009-12) in third place on the all-time program list with 1,729 career digs. The Fort Wayne native has now surpassed 400 digs in three of her four collegiate campaigns.
– Gillian Santana matched Barnhart with 16 digs on the evening, inching her way up to 13th all-time in Greyhound history. The senior is now just 22 scoops behind Olivia Martin (2017-18) and 13th place.
– Hegwood finished with double-digit digs (12) for the 12th time this fall, including six of the team’s last seven matches.
– Cullison tallied 11 kills for the Hounds, entering double figures for the sixth time this season.
Head coach Jason Reed on the loss…
“These lessons keep preventing themselves.The good news is we get another shot at it, but the bad news is that we haven’t learned the lesson yet. We know that we can compete and we’re just now finally starting to get healthy to be able to win some of these. We’re putting ourselves in situations that we can win these.”
UIndy welcomes Missouri-St. Louis to town on Saturday afternoon for a 3 p.m. first serve. As it is the final home contest of the season, the Greyhounds will celebrate their seniors following the contest.
GREYHOUNDS PREPARE FOR CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PLAY ON SUNDAY
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team prepares to open conference tournament play this weekend at Key Stadium. The No. 3-seeded Hounds are set to battle No. 6-seeded Rockhurst beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Back on Oct. 7, the Greyhounds (9-3-3, 7-3-2 GLVC) traveled to Kansas City, Mo., and took down the Hawks (7-3-5, 6-3-3 GLVC) by a 1-0 final. The match was mostly a defensive showdown until the 84th minute when Bryan Moreira broke the scoreless tie and led UIndy to victory. The last time UIndy lost to Rockhurst in a men’s soccer match was back during the 2017 season.
The winner of this match is set to play the winner of No. 2 seed Lewis and No. 7 seed Truman.
MARIAN LOSES HEART-BREAKING MATCH TO NO. 19 INDIANA WESLEYAN
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian volleyball jumped out to a 2-0 lead on No. 19 Indiana Wesleyan Friday night, but were unable to close out the victory as the Knights dropped the next three sets to lose in five. Marian’s loss drops them to 21-4 overall and 13-4 in league play.
The Knights got out to a strong start in the opening set, growing a 7-5 lead with multiple kills and a powerful Jaymison Summers and Madison Brooks block. The set would move level at seven and nine, but a Skyler Van Note kill surged Marian back in front as she would land a solo block to complete a 3-0 spurt. The Wildcats continued to claw back and moved within one point on four different occasions, using a 3-0 run of their own to pull back in front. Jai-Lyn Norwood ended the run, and after seeing a 19-19 tie, the senior again landed the kill. Norwood’s second spike ignited a 6-0, allowing Marian to win the set 25-19.
Marian fell behind early in the second set as IWU landed three straight points, but eventually were able to tie the score under Sydney Schaffer’s serve. Schaffer landed an ace, while two attack errors would give Marian a brief lead. Averi Lanman and Van Note soon sprouted the lead to three points, and helped the Knights stay in front. Summers and Brooks again teamed up for a block that created a run, with Marian taking a 16-15 lead and turning it into a five point advantage. Indiana Wesleyan was unable to keep up after the run, as Lanman landed the winning kill in the 25-17 set.
Indiana Wesleyan responded well in the third set despite going down 0-2, using a 4-0 run in the first eight rallies to go in front 5-3. The Wildcats would never look back despite multiple efforts from the Marian hitters, as Victoria Johnson and Eva Joldersma kept the visitors in the lead. Marian was only able to get within one point of the Wildcats while trailing 12-11, as Indiana Wesleyan held their lead to win 25-21. A similar story was then written in the fourth set, as Indiana Wesleyan took off after obtaining a 7-5 lead. A Marian timeout would help the Knights inch within a point multiple times in the set, but they were never able to bring the score even, as they lost the fourth set 25-22.
With the match evened at two sets each, the Wildcats found room in the fifth as Joldersma scored the first two points of the game. An attack error would give Marian their first point, but the Knights allowed three straight Wildcat scores to force a timeout. Norwood got a kill to end the run out of the break, but the Knights still found themselves out of position as IWU pushed in front 8-4. Brooks and Norwood would help bring the game within two as the sides of the court were flipped, and trailing 10-7 a block from Avery Toole and Lanman brought life back into the team. Van Note and Lanman would team up for a block as the score soon showed a tie at 10-10, but Marian couldn’t keep the run going as they hit into the IWU block.
Norwood scored two kills to help keep Marian alive and bring the score within one, but a Julia Price kill pushed the score to match point. A block from Summers and Brooks prolonged the match, but trailing 14-13, Marian was unable to get one additional point as Johnson scored the winning point for the Wildcats in the 15-13 set.
Suffering their first loss in five matches, the Knights recorded 60 total kills while hitting .194 as a team. Van Note dominated for Marian as she posted 23 kills, 21 digs, and five total blocks to notch her second straight double-double. Norwood finished with 11 kills and four total blocks, while Brooks had eight blocks to go with 10 kills. Ainsley Neighbors led Marian with 27 assists, adding 11 digs to record a double-double, while her setting mate Katie Hardegree had 21 assists and 14 digs. Lanman finished with nine blocks, and Gianna Feld had a match-high 29 digs to go with one service ace.
Marian’s loss drops them to second in the conference standings, ending play tied with Indiana Wesleyan. Marian will play Taylor in their regular season finale, needing a win or IWU loss to clinch the No. 2 seed in the league tournament. First serve is slated for 3 p.m. on Saturday against the Trojans.
NO. 14 MARIAN COASTS TO 28-POINT SEASON OPENING WIN
INDIANAPOLIS – Using a 16-0 run midway through the second half to solidify their lead, the Marian men’s basketball team began their 2022-23 campaign with a victory Thursday night, defeating St. Xavier 92-64.
Marian’s hot start to the season came on the opening possession of the game, as Christian Harvey came away with a steal and fast break layup in the first 16 seconds of play. Josh Bryan followed with an opening minute three pointer, helping the Knights get out to a 7-5 lead by the first media stoppage. Harvey and Hayden Langkabel knocked down shots after the break to jump the lead to six, as Marian was able to came a firm three possession lead following baskets by Brody Whitaker and Nolan Foster.
A second three from Bryan allowed the Knights to grow their lead to double figures by the 10 minute mark of the half, as they continued to find holes in the St. Xavier zone defense. The Cougars would claw back despite falling behind by as many as 18 points in the first half, as they knocked down multiple three’s to inch within eight. Bryan and Langkabel woud match the efforts to help jolt the score back to 15, but St. Xavier made one final push, scoring the half’s final four points at the foul line to cut the lead to eight at the break.
Coming back out from halftime with a 47-39 lead, Marian went back to the three-point arc as Bryan and Langkabel each drained a pair of deep shots in the first six minutes. Five points from Luke Gohmann in the spurt had Marian back in front by 17, while Langkabel’s third three of the half gave Marian a 69-51 advantage with 12:36 to play. The Cougars would inch back within 16 points at the 12-minute mark, but would not come any closer as the Knights’ defense took the life out of their opponents.
A layup from Gavin Foe sparked the game’s biggest run, as Luke Heady, Harvey, and Taeshon Cherry all contributed in a 16-0 run that lasted over five minutes. Marian’s run capped as Maximus Gizzi drained a three, surging the advantage to 32 points. With the commanding 85-53 lead at hand, the Knights were able to coast through the final seven minutes, getting scores from Foster and Rowen Farrell in the waning minutes to run out the 92-64 victory.
Marian shot an effective 52.2 percent from the field, getting 27 assists on 35 made baskets. The Knights made 17 of their 36 shots from three, with Bryan and Langkabel each making five. The two shooting guards each scored a team-high 17 points, while Harvey added 12 and Cherry scored 10 off the bench. Jackson Ames scored six points and grabbed a team-leading nine rebounds in his Marian debut, and Gohmann and Heady each led Marian with five assists.
The Knights will finish the week with an exhibition contest at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, as Marian will take on NCAA #13 Indiana Unviersity on Saturday, with tip scheduled for 3 p.m.
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|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Buffalo Bills||5||1||0||.833||0.0||176||81||2-0-0||3-1-0||4-1-0||0-1-0||3 W|
|New York Jets||5||2||0||.714||0.5||159||137||1-2-0||4-0-0||4-2-0||1-0-0||4 W|
|Miami Dolphins||4||3||0||.571||1.5||147||165||3-1-0||1-2-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|New England Patriots||3||4||0||.429||2.5||155||146||1-2-0||2-2-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Kansas City Chiefs||5||2||0||.714||0.0||223||172||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-2-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Chargers||4||3||0||.571||1.0||164||189||2-2-0||2-1-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||1 L|
|Las Vegas Raiders||2||4||0||.333||2.5||163||150||2-1-0||0-3-0||2-3-0||1-2-0||1 W|
|Denver Broncos||2||5||0||.286||3.0||100||115||2-2-0||0-3-0||1-4-0||0-2-0||4 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Baltimore Ravens||5||3||0||.625||0.0||208||183||2-2-0||3-1-0||4-2-0||2-0-0||2 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||4||3||0||.571||0.5||173||132||2-1-0||2-2-0||2-2-0||0-2-0||2 W|
|Cleveland Browns||2||5||0||.286||2.5||168||186||1-3-0||1-2-0||1-4-0||1-1-0||4 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||2||5||0||.286||2.5||107||162||1-2-0||1-3-0||1-5-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tennessee Titans||4||2||0||.667||0.0||115||128||2-1-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||4 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||3||3||1||.500||1.0||113||140||2-1-0||1-2-1||3-3-1||1-3-1||1 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||2||5||0||.286||2.5||155||137||1-2-0||1-3-0||2-2-0||1-2-0||4 L|
|Houston Texans||1||4||1||.250||2.5||106||137||0-1-1||1-3-0||1-3-1||1-0-1||1 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Philadelphia Eagles||6||0||0||1.000||0.0||161||105||3-0-0||3-0-0||5-0-0||2-0-0||6 W|
|New York Giants||6||1||0||.857||0.5||150||130||3-1-0||3-0-0||3-1-0||0-1-0||4 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||5||2||0||.714||1.5||134||104||3-1-0||2-1-0||4-2-0||2-1-0||1 W|
|Washington Commanders||3||4||0||.429||3.5||125||156||2-2-0||1-2-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||2 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Seattle Seahawks||4||3||0||.571||0.0||183||186||2-1-0||2-2-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||2 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||3||3||0||.500||0.5||104||126||2-2-0||1-1-0||3-2-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|San Francisco 49ers||3||4||0||.429||1.0||145||133||2-1-0||1-3-0||3-2-0||2-0-0||2 L|
|Arizona Cardinals||3||4||0||.429||1.0||156||176||1-3-0||2-1-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Minnesota Vikings||5||1||0||.833||0.0||139||118||3-0-0||2-1-0||4-1-0||3-0-0||4 W|
|Green Bay Packers||3||4||0||.429||2.5||128||146||2-2-0||1-2-0||2-3-0||1-1-0||3 L|
|Chicago Bears||3||4||0||.429||2.5||126||132||2-1-0||1-3-0||1-4-0||0-2-0||1 W|
|Detroit Lions||1||5||0||.167||4.0||146||194||1-2-0||0-3-0||1-4-0||0-1-0||4 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Atlanta Falcons||3||4||0||.429||0.0||163||171||2-1-0||1-3-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||5||0||.375||0.5||146||151||1-3-0||2-2-0||3-2-0||2-1-0||3 L|
|Carolina Panthers||2||5||0||.286||1.0||124||149||2-3-0||0-2-0||2-4-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|New Orleans Saints||2||5||0||.286||1.0||175||200||1-3-0||1-2-0||2-4-0||1-2-0||2 L|
|New York||3||2||.600||—||3-0||0-2||–||3-1||3-2||1 L|
|Oklahoma City||2||3||.400||2.5||2-1||0-2||0-3||2-3||2-3||2 W|
|Golden State||3||2||.600||1.0||3-1||0-1||2-1||2-2||3-2||1 W|
|LA Clippers||2||3||.400||2.0||0-1||2-2||2-1||2-3||2-3||3 L|
|LA Lakers||0||5||.000||4.0||0-2||0-3||0-2||0-5||0-5||5 L|
|San Antonio||4||2||.667||0.5||1-1||3-1||–||1-1||4-2||1 W|
|New Orleans||3||2||.600||1.0||1-1||2-1||1-0||1-2||3-2||1 L|
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Division, Z – Clinched Conference
|1 Boston Bruins||9||8||1||0||16||7||39||21||6-0-0||2-1-0||8-1-0|
|2 Philadelphia Flyers||7||5||2||0||10||5||21||17||3-1-0||2-1-0||5-2-0|
|3 New Jersey Devils||8||5||3||0||10||5||24||22||3-2-0||2-1-0||5-3-0|
|4 Carolina Hurricanes||7||4||2||1||9||4||22||20||1-1-0||3-1-1||4-2-1|
|5 Florida Panthers||8||4||3||1||9||4||24||25||2-0-1||2-3-0||4-3-1|
|6 Toronto Maple Leafs||8||4||3||1||9||4||22||22||3-1-0||1-2-1||4-3-1|
|7 Pittsburgh Penguins||8||4||3||1||9||4||31||26||3-0-0||1-3-1||4-3-1|
|8 Buffalo Sabres||7||4||3||0||8||4||25||19||1-2-0||3-1-0||4-3-0|
|9 Ottawa Senators||7||4||3||0||8||4||27||22||4-1-0||0-2-0||4-3-0|
|10 Detroit Red Wings||7||3||2||2||8||3||23||23||2-1-1||1-1-1||3-2-2|
|11 New York Islanders||8||4||4||0||8||4||28||20||3-2-0||1-2-0||4-4-0|
|12 Washington Capitals||8||4||4||0||8||4||25||26||3-1-0||1-3-0||4-4-0|
|13 Tampa Bay Lightning||8||4||4||0||8||4||24||25||1-1-0||3-3-0||4-4-0|
|14 Montreal Canadiens||8||4||4||0||8||4||20||23||3-2-0||1-2-0||4-4-0|
|15 New York Rangers||8||3||3||2||8||3||22||26||2-1-2||1-2-0||3-3-2|
|16 Columbus Blue Jackets||9||3||6||0||6||3||25||37||2-4-0||1-2-0||3-6-0|
|1 Vegas Golden Knights||9||7||2||0||14||7||30||16||4-1-0||3-1-0||7-2-0|
|2 Dallas Stars||8||5||2||1||11||5||25||15||3-0-0||2-2-1||5-2-1|
|3 Calgary Flames||6||5||1||0||10||5||22||17||4-1-0||1-0-0||5-1-0|
|4 Edmonton Oilers||8||5||3||0||10||5||31||26||3-3-0||2-0-0||5-3-0|
|5 Winnipeg Jets||8||5||3||0||10||5||25||23||2-1-0||3-2-0||5-3-0|
|6 Colorado Avalanche||8||4||3||1||9||3||25||22||1-1-1||3-2-0||4-3-1|
|7 Chicago Blackhawks||7||4||3||0||8||4||25||23||3-1-0||1-2-0||4-3-0|
|8 Seattle Kraken||9||3||4||2||8||3||30||33||1-3-1||2-1-1||3-4-2|
|9 Los Angeles Kings||9||4||5||0||8||3||32||39||1-3-0||3-2-0||4-5-0|
|10 Minnesota Wild||7||3||3||1||7||3||26||30||1-3-0||2-0-1||3-3-1|
|11 Nashville Predators||8||3||4||1||7||3||22||26||2-2-1||1-2-0||3-4-1|
|12 St. Louis Blues||6||3||3||0||6||3||14||18||1-1-0||2-2-0||3-3-0|
|13 Vancouver Canucks||9||2||5||2||6||2||28||35||1-2-0||1-3-2||2-5-2|
|14 San Jose Sharks||10||3||7||0||6||3||21||30||1-4-0||2-3-0||3-7-0|
|15 Arizona Coyotes||7||2||4||1||5||2||21||32||0-0-1||2-4-0||2-4-1|
|16 Anaheim Ducks||8||1||6||1||3||1||16||36||1-1-0||0-5-1||1-6-1|
Centre hands Harvard a loss!
October 29, 1921 – Per the footballfoundation.org, Centre College in Kentucky upset Harvard 6-0, handing the Crimson its first defeat since 1916. Centre’s Bo McMillin, a 1951 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, scored on a 32-yard run in what many still consider as one of the 20th century’s greatest sports upsets.
Wash. State with the Upset!
October 29, 1988 – A story from the NFF : Washington State scored 28 points in the second half to upset No. 1 UCLA and College Football Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Terry Donahue, 34-30. Cougar running back Rick Swinton scored the go ahead touchdown with 6:21 remaining in the game. The Bruins had an opportunity late in the fourth quarter to win the game but Aikman misfired on four consecutive passes from the Washington State six yard line as Washington State’s defense stood tall to preserve the victory.
All good things must come to an end
October 29, 1989 – Ozzie Newsome had his NFL streak of 150 consecutive games with a reception come to an end. In a UPI article by Thomas M. Burnettrich dated October 29, 1989 the Newsome was injured after the first Cleveland offensive play in the second half and had not had a reception in the first half against the Oilers. Newsome, by his own choice, decided not to go back into the game to try and preserve the streak with a short reception. The Browns prevailed without their star receiver contributing on the stat line as they cruised to a 28-17 victory over the Houston Oilers. The streak started on October 21, 1979.
Hall of Fame Birthday for October 29
October 29, 1881 – Phillipsburg, New Jersey – John DeWitt a former guard and kicker from Princeton University was born. Some consider DeWitt to be the greatest player in Princeton history as even the great Walter Camp placed him on an all-time All-America team. The NFF recounts a great story on Dewitt on their website. Things were not looking good for the Princeton Tigers in their annual battle with Yale. Their 10-game winning streak was in jeopardy when the Bulldogs scored the first points of the season against the Tigers. The Elis were about to increase their 6-0 lead as Ledyard Mitchell set to drop-kick a field goal. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, came the rush of John De Witt. He caught the ball in mid-air and raced 70 yards for a Tiger touchdown, then kicked the conversion point that tied the game at 6-6. Late in the contest, De Witt struck again, this time on a 53-yard field goal which provided the winning points in an 11-6 Princeton victory. Princeton finished the season at 11-0-0 and won the national championship, due largely to the efforts of this drop-kick specialist. DeWitt was a great all-around athlete as he even competed in the hammer throw for the United States in the 1904 Summer Olympics held in St. Louis and won the silver medal! John DeWitt was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.
October 29, 1923 – Gloster, Mississippi – Barney Poole was an end that played for multiple collegiate teams including Mississippi, North Carolina and Army. The National Football Foundation informs us that due to special war time allowances, Barney Poole was permitted to participate in an unprecedented 7 seasons! Poole started off his collegiate career at Mississippi in 1942, played with the North Carolina V-12 unit in 1943, moved to Army for the 1944-46 campaigns, then returned to Ole Miss for two additional seasons. Never was his playmaking talent displayed better than in the 1946 Army-Navy game. With time waning and Army up, Navy was driving for the go ahead score. Poole made a couple game-saving tackles, the last when he hauled Navy’s Pete Williams down at the Cadet 4 yard line, ending the final threat with just seven seconds left in the game according to the NFF’s website. Poole was an all around great athlete as he earned 7 letters in football, 7 letters in basketball and 8 more in the sport of baseball. The National Football Foundation voted Barney Poole to join their exclusive club of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974. Barney after college played in the National Football League for the New York Yanks, the Dallas Texans, the Baltimore Colts, and the New York Giants. Poole also played football in the All-America Football Conference for the New York Yankees.
SPORTS IN NUMBERS:
10 – 15 – 18 – 76 – 9 – 82 – 35 – 40 – 11 – 30
October 29, 1910 – Hamilton Tigers running back / kicker Ben Simpson scored a CFL record 11 singles in Tigers 14-7 win over Montreal at Montreal AAA Grounds
October 29, 1931 – Lefty Grove, Number 10 A’s pitcher who won 31 games, is named the AL’s MVP
October 29, 1949 – The Chicago White Sox traded Number 15, Joe Tipton to A’s for Number 18, Nellie Fox
October 29, 1950 – Cleveland Browns’ Number 76, Marion Motley set a record for highest avg gain in a game with 17.1 (10 attempts), Cleveland 45, Pittsburgh 7
October 29, 1950 – Detroit Lions Wally Triplett, Number 18 achieved a kickoff return yardage of 294 yards against the LA Rams, the second highest in a single-game in NFL history
October 29, 1969 – Tom Seaver, Number 41 of the New York Mets was voted NL Cy Young Award
October 29, 1986 – Kirk Muller, Number 9 scored the New Jersey Devils record 6 point, beat Penguins, 8-6
October 29, 1989 – Ozzie Newsome, Number 82 had his NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions end
October 29, 2008 – World Series: Philadelphia beats Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3 in Game 5 at Citizens Bank Park for Phillies second title in their 126-year history; MVP: Phillies pitcher Number 35, Cole Hamels
October 29, 2014 – World Series: San Francisco beats Kansas City Royals, 3-2 in Game 7 at Kauffman Field, KC to win Giants’ 3rd title in 5 years; MVP: SF starter Madison Bumgarner, Number 40October 29, 2018 – Golden State shooting guard Number 11, Klay Thompson broke the NBA record previously held by teammate Number 30, Stephen Curry for most 3-pointers in a game with 14 in Warriors’ 149-124 win over the Bulls in Chicago