COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
#21 ARKANSAS 24 PENN STATE 10
#22 KENTUCKY 20 #15 IOWA 17
#9 OKLAHOMA STATE 37 #5 NOTRE DAME 35
#6 OHIO STATE 48 #11 UTAH 45
#7 BAYLOR 21 #8 OLE MISS 7
WEEK 17 NFL SCHEDULE
SUNDAY, JAN. 2
ATLANTA FALCONS AT BUFFALO BILLS, 1 PM (FOX)
NEW YORK GIANTS AT CHICAGO BEARS, 1 PM (CBS)
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS, 1 PM (CBS)
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT DALLAS COWBOYS, 1 PM (FOX)
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS, 1 PM (CBS)
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, 1 PM (CBS)
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, 1 PM (FOX)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW YORK JETS, 1 PM (FOX)
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT TENNESSEE TITANS, 1 PM (CBS)
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM, 1 PM (FOX)
DENVER BRONCOS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS, 4:05 PM (CBS)
HOUSTON TEXANS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, 4:05 PM (CBS)
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS, 4:25 PM (FOX)
DETROIT LIONS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, 4:25 PM (FOX)
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS, 8:20 PM(NBC)
MONDAY, JAN. 3
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS, 8:15 PM (ESPN)
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
#1 BAYLOR 77 #8 IOWA STATE 72
#6 KANSAS 76 GEORGE MASON 67
#22 VILLANOVA 73 #15 SETON HALL 67
#17 TEXAS 74 WEST VIRGINIA 59
#21 PROVIDENCE 70 DEPAUL 53
BALL STATE 81 BOWLING GREEN 80
CREIGHTON 75 MARQUETTE 69 2OT
MEMPHIS 82 WICHITA STATE 64
AKRON 88 BUFFALO 76
KENT STATE 66 TOLEDO 63
WRIGHT STATE 72 GREEN BAY 69
MILWAUKEE 61 NORTHERN KENTUCKY 55
OAKLAND 87 YOUNGSTOWN STATE 72
OHIO 59 WESTERN MICHIGAN 47
SAN DIEGO STATE 62 UNLV 55
FLORIDA STATE 83 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 81
RUTGERS 79 CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE 48
MIAMI, FLORIDA 92 WAKE FOREST 84
TULANE 68 CINCINNATI 60
VIRGINIA 74 SYRACUSE 69
OKLAHOMA 71 KANSAS STATE 69
NEVADA 79 NEW MEXICO 70
OREGON 79 UTAH 66
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
CENTRAL MICHIGAN 72 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 68
BUFFALO MIAMI OHIO 83
ROBERT MORRIS 52 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 48
WESTERN MICHIGAN 55 KENT STATE 51
YOUNGSTOWN STATE 70 CLEVELAND STATE
BOWLING GREEN 82 BALL STATE 58
TOLEDO 64 AKRON 58
DRAKE 97 EVANSVILLE 54
ILLINOIS STATE 64 BRADLEY 57
MILWAUKEE 136 NEW ORLEANS 113
DETROIT 117 SAN ANTONIO 116 OT
CHICAGO 120 WASHINGTON 119
LA CLIPPERS 120 BROOKLYN 116
DENVER 124 HOUSTON 111
GOLDEN STATE 123 UTAH 116
BOSTON 4 BUFFALO 3
FLORIDA 5 MONTRÉAL 2
CAROLINA 7 COLUMBUS 4
NY ISLANDERS 3 EDMONTON 2
NASHVILLE 6 CHICAGO 1
TORONTO 6 OTTAWA 0
ST. LOUIS 6 MINNESOTA 4
VANCOUVER 5 SEATTLE 2
LOS ANGELES 6 PHILADELPHIA 3
INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL
HAMMOND NOLL 61 CHICAGO LINCOLN PARK 58 OT
CATHEDRAL 85 LIGHTHOUSE CPA 39
INDIANAPOLIS TECH 85 HAMMOND CENTRAL 84 OT
LIGHTHOUSE CPA 64 CALUMET 60
INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL MONDAY
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TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES
Former Broncos, Falcons, Giants coach Dan Reeves dies at 77
ATLANTA (AP) Dan Reeves’ talents off the field were recognized early on by Tom Landry.
Reeves was still suiting up for the Dallas Cowboys when Landry made him a player-coach.
At 37, Reeves landed his first head coaching job, pulled off a trade to acquire John Elway, and built the Denver Broncos into a powerhouse that reached the Super Bowl three times in a four-year span.
At the final stop of nearly four uninterrupted decades in the NFL, Reeves guided the Atlanta Falcons to their first Super Bowl.
The only blemish on his record: four blowout losses in the big game.
Reeves, who did win a ring as a player with the Cowboys but will be remembered mostly for a long, largely successful coaching career marred by those four defeats, died Saturday of complications from dementia. He was 77.
A statement released by his family through former Falcons media relations director Aaron Salkin said Reeves died “peacefully and surrounded by his loving family at his home in Atlanta.”
Reeves was a versatile running back who played a key role in the Cowboys becoming an NFL powerhouse in the 1960s under Landry. But his own coaching career – stretching over three teams and 23 seasons – is where he truly left his mark on the league.
Including a stint with the New York Giants, Reeves totaled 190 regular-season coaching victories – ninth most in NFL history. But he joined Marv Levy and Bud Grant as the only coaches to go 0-4 in the Super Bowl, with all of Reeves’ losses by at least 15 points.
Even so, Elway called him “a winner” – words even more striking coming from a Hall of Famer whose bitter falling out with Reeves over offensive philosophy led to the coach being fired by the Broncos.
“The football world lost a heckuva coach and man,” said Elway, who now runs the football operations in Denver. “I owe a lot to him – he was instrumental in my career and growth as a quarterback. We were able to win a lot of football games together.”
After taking over as Broncos coach in 1981, Reeves worked out a blockbuster trade to acquire Elway. The quarterback would become the centerpiece of a team that won three AFC titles, five AFC West crowns and earned six trips to the playoffs over the coach’s 12-year tenure.
But Denver never won it all under Reeves, losing 39-20 to the Giants in the 1987 Super Bowl, 42-10 to Washington in 1988, and 55-10 to the San Francisco 49ers in 1990 – still the most lopsided loss in the game’s history.
Despite those defeats and a bitter parting after the 1992 season, Reeves is remembered fondly in Denver, where the Broncos inducted him into their Ring of Honor in 2014.
“Coach Reeves set the foundation for the Broncos’ decade of dominance in the 1980s and championship tradition for years to come,” the team said in a statement.
Reeves’ relationship with Elway deteriorated over the quarterback’s desire to open up the offense. Believing that Elway and then-offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan were working together to undermine his authority, Reeves fired Shanahan for insubordination after the 1991 season.
That only worsened the relationship with Elway, leading to Reeves’ firing a year later.
“We may not have always seen eye to eye, but the bottom line is we won a lot of games together.” Elway said in his statement. “Looking back, what I appreciate about Dan is how he gradually brought me along to help me reach my potential.”
Reeves’ supporters have pushed for him to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Marty Schottenheimer is the only non-Hall of Fame coach with more wins than Reeves (200), but he never reached the Super Bowl.
Grant (158) and Levy (143) never won a Super Bowl and had fewer wins than Reeves, but both have been inducted in Canton.
In all, Reeves participated in a total of nine Super Bowls – two as a player, three as an assistant coach (including another victory), and four as a head coach.
“When you look at all Dan did in this league with all the success, all the Super Bowls and all the wins, I don’t think there is any question he belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.” Elway said.
Reeves took over the Giants in 1993 and led the team to the playoffs in his first season, his only postseason appearance in New York. He was fired after four seasons, but Giants co-owner and CEO John Mara remembered Reeves as “one of the finest men I have ever been around in this business.”
Reeves moved on to the Falcons, a homecoming of sorts for the Georgia native.
He brought a sense of professionalism to a team that had experienced little success through most of its history. It paid off in his second season when Reeves guided a rollicking team known as the “Dirty Birds” to a 14-2 record and their first trip to the Super Bowl.
After Reeves recovered from emergency heart surgery late in the season, the Falcons beat the heavily favored Minnesota Vikings in an overtime thriller at the Metrodome to claim the NFC championship, prompting the coach to attempt the arm-flapping dance star running back Jamal Anderson and other players had made the team’s trademark.
“My guy!” Anderson wrote on Twitter. “I am going to miss DR, a first class human, and a most excellent coach. My thoughts and prayers are with (his wife) Pam, his family. A family man first. Respect & love, RIP Coach Reeves!”
Reeves again came up short of a championship, losing to Elway and the Broncos – now coached by Shanahan – in the Super Bowl, 34-19.
Reeves engineered another huge trade that brought Michael Vick to the Falcons, and made his final playoff appearance in 2002. Atlanta became the first road team to win a playoff game in Green Bay. But Vick was injured during the 2003 preseason, and Reeves was fired after the team won just three of its first 13 games.
He ended his coaching career – and 39 uninterrupted years in the NFL – with a record of 190-165-2. Counting his nine playoff appearances, his record was 201-174-2.
“I’m saddened to hear about the passing of my beloved Coach Dan Reeves,” Vick wrote on Twitter. “He was a great husband, father and mentor to so many. I loved him like a father and he will truly be missed.”
Reeves remained in Atlanta after his retirement, most notably serving as an adviser to Georgia State when it launched a football program that now plays in the Sun Belt Conference.
Former Giants running back Rodney Hampton praised Reeves for the way he was treated during their four years together in New York.
“He taught us how to be men,” Hampton said in a story on the team’s website. ” When I first got there, we used to always stay at hotels (the night before home games). He told us, `You’re grown men, you should know what to do to take care of yourself.’ So when he got there, we stayed at our own place, our own house.”
Hampton rushed for 4,161 yards with Reeves as coach, even though the running back endured persistent knee issues.
“He took care of me,” Hampton said. “He would understand that I can’t lift all the weights and I can’t do all that running in practice. He would always say, `Hey, you do what you got to do on Sundays, and I’ll take care of you during the week.'”
Daniel Edward Reeves was born in Rome, Georgia, but grew up in the Americus, in the southwestern part of the state. He attended college at South Carolina, where he was a three-year starter at quarterback from 1962-64 and also played baseball.
Better known as a runner than a passer, Reeves was not drafted. He signed with the Cowboys, who initially wanted him to play safety but wound up moving him to running back.
Reeves emerged as one of the team’s key players just as the Cowboys were establishing themselves as what became known as “America’s Team.”
He started all 14 games at halfback in 1966, leading the Cowboys in rushing with 757 yards and eight touchdowns. Dallas made its first playoff appearance but lost to the Packers in a 34-27 shootout for the NFL championship, missing a chance to play in the first Super Bowl.
The following season, Reeves rushed for 603 yards and five TDs, again starting every game, as the Cowboys made another run to the playoffs. Again, they were thwarted by Green Bay one win shy of the Super Bowl, losing to the Packers on a touchdown in the closing seconds of the famed “Ice Bowl” at frigid Lambeau Field.
A knee injury in 1968 forced Reeves into a more limited role the rest of his career. Landry recognized his abilities off the field, asking Reeves to serve as a player-coach while runners such as Duane Thomas and Calvin Hill rose to prominence.
The Cowboys made their first Super Bowl during the 1970 season, losing to the Baltimore Colts. Dallas finally won the championship the following year with a 24-3 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
Reeves retired as a player after the 1972 season, becoming a full-time assistant on Landry’s staff. Before heading to Denver, he took part in three more Super Bowls with the Cowboys, who won another title during the 1977 season.
As a head coach, Reeves was known for his gruff, no-nonsense approach and an offensive philosophy that favored a physical running game. But he had plenty of success with two of the game’s most dynamic offensive players, Vick and Elway, defying those who labeled him as old-fashioned and out of touch.
With his distinctive Southern drawl, Reeves could be honest to a fault, such as when he spoke openly of the rift that led to his departure in Denver – and opened up a lot of old wounds – during the lead-up to the Falcons facing the Broncos in the 1999 Super Bowl.
“There’s still a lot of hurt that won’t ever go away,” Reeves said. “You never will forget those things.”
But Reeves rarely held grudges, even with members of the media that he had clashed with. In his later years, he would gladly take phone calls to discuss the issues of the day, once joking when a reporter identified himself, “OK, what did I do wrong now?”
Reeves is survived by wife Pam, his high school sweetheart; children Dana, Lee and Laura; as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.
NFL COVID NEWS
Tampa Bay (11-4) said Saturday that Bruce Arians will coach in the game at the New York Jets. Arians had gone into COVID-19 protocols earlier in the week.
Wide receivers coach Kevin Garvera also will work the game after coming off the list. Activated to play were cornerbacks Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting.
-Green Bay (12-3) activated punter Corey Bojorquez, guard Ben Braden, linebackers Ty Summers and Oren Burks, tight ends Tyler Davis and Marcedes Lewis off the COVID-19 list, though and Summers reverts to injured reserve. The Packers, who are closing in on the NFC’s top overall seed and only playoff bye, also restored defensive lineman RJ McIntosh to the practice squad from the list, and elevated DL Abdullah Anderson to the active roster as a COVID-19 replacement.
-The Los Angeles Chargers (8-7) activated eight players, including five starters: offensive tackle Storm Norton, safety Nasir Adderley, cornerback Chris Harris Jr., placekicker Dustin Hopkins and long snapper Matt Overton. Los Angeles also added safety Alohi Gilman, cornerback Davontae Harris and tackle Trey Pipkins III to the active roster.
The Chargers have dropped two straight and need a win against Denver to keep their postseason hopes alive.
-Cincinnati returned QB Brandon Allen and linebacker Germaine Pratt to the active roster from the COVID-19 list. Receiver Trent Taylor is a COVID-19 replacement. Going on the list was tight end Scotty Washington of the practice squad.
The Bengals (9-6) host Kansas City and can clinch the AFC North title with a victory.
-Houston (4-11) added five players from the practice squad as COVID-19 replacements: WRs Jalen Camp and Jordan Veasy; RB Jaylen Samuels; DB Cre’von LeBlanc; and offensive lineman Jordan Steckler.
-Denver (7-8) brought up seven replacements from the practice squad, including veteran safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix. The others: tackles Quinn Bailey and Drew Himmelman; WR Rico Gafford; defensive linemen Jonathan Harris and Marquiss Spencer; and linebacker Barrington Wade.
-Miami (8-7) listed as questionable for its game at Tennessee DL Adam Butler and S Brandon Jones, who were on the COVID-19 list. They were traveling separate from the team.
-Arizona (10-5) elevated DL Josh Mauro and CB Kevin Peterson from the practice squad as COVID-19 replacements.
-Minnesota (7-8) activated S Myles Dorn, CB Tye Smith and DE Kenny Willekes as COVID-19 replacements and G Olisaemeka Udoh from the COVID-19 list. DT Michael Pierce has been downgraded to out.
-San Francisco activated punter Mitch Wishnowsky from the list.
Chiefs RB Edwards-Helaire downgraded to out vs. Bengals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs downgraded running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire to out of Sunday’s game in Cincinnati.
Edwards-Helaire hurt his shoulder early in the second half of last weekend’s romp past Pittsburgh. He did not participate in practice this week and was listed as questionable on the final injury report before being downgraded Saturday.
The Chiefs activated running back Jerick McKinnon off injured reserve, where he’d been recovering from a hamstring injury, and planned for him to make the trip to Cincinnati. Darrel Williams will be the starter with McKinnon and Derrick Gore as the backups for the important AFC showdown.
The Chiefs already have clinched the AFC West but have an opportunity to earn the No. 1 seed with a win and some help from the Dolphins against the Titans. The Bengals can clinch the AFC North by beating Kansas City.
NFL WEEK 17 PREVIEWS/CAPSULES
LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-4) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (8-7)
SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022 // 1:00 PM ET // M&T BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH
LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 5-2
STREAKS: Ravens have won past 4
LAST GAME: 11/25/19: Ravens 45 at Rams 6
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/15: Ravens 16, Rams 13
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD ranks 2nd in NFL in pass TDs (36), 3rd in rating (104) & 4th in pass yards (4,339) in 2021. Is 1 of 3 (JOE BURROW & AARON RODGERS) with 9 games of 100+ rating this season. Has 8 games with 3+ TD passes, most in NFL in 2021. • RB SONY MICHEL had season-high 135 scrimmage yards (131 rush, 16 rec.) & 3rd rush TD of season last week. Since Week 13, leads all RBs in scrimmage yards (458). RB CAM AKERS had 1,020 scrimmage yards (846 rush, 174 rec.) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in 15 games, incl. playoffs, in 2020. • WR COOPER KUPP leads NFL with 132 receptions, 5th-most alltime in single season. Leads league with 1,734 & can become 5th player all-time with 1,800+ rec. yards in single season. Is 1st player in NFL history with 14 games with 90+ rec. yards in single season. Can become 5th player all-time with 5+ catches in 20 straight games. WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5 & aims for his 4th in row on road with TD catch. • DL AARON DONALD has 6 sacks in his past 4 & aims for his 5th in row with sack. Needs 2.5 sacks to become 4th player since 1982 with 100+ sacks in his 1st 8 seasons. LB VON MILLER has 6 TFL in 6 games with LAR in 2021. Has TFL in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Bal. Leads all active players with 111.5 career sacks. LB LEONARD FLOYD needs 1 sack for 2nd-straight 10- sack season. CB JALEN RAMSEY has PD in 7 of his past 8 & aims for his 4th in row with PD. Is only DB with 10+ PD (14) & 8+ TFL (8) in 2021.
QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 15 of 20 atts. (75 pct.) for 169 yards & 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 139.4 rating & rushed for 95 yards in last meeting. Has 95+ rush yards in each of his 4 career starts vs. NFC West. Is 12-0 with 26 TDs (20 pass, 6 rush) & 98 rating in 12 career starts vs. NFC & can become 2nd QB ever to win 1st 13 starts vs. one conference (BOBBY HEBERT vs. AFC). QB JOSH JOHNSON passed for 304 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 98.3 rating in 1st start of season last week. • RB DEVONTA FREEMAN rushed for 5th TD of season in Week 16, his 4th-career season with 5+ rush TDs. Had 68 scrimmage yards (35 rec., 33 rush) in his last game vs. LAR (10/4/20 w/ NYG). Has 60+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. • TE MARK ANDREWS had 8 catches for 125 yards & TD last week & became 2nd TE ever (JIMMY GRAHAM) with 100+ rec. yards & TD in 3 straight games. Aims for 8th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Leads TEs with 93 catches & 1,187 rec. yards & tied for lead with 9 rec. TDs. WR MARQUISE BROWN aims for 9th in row with 5+ catches. Had 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. WR JAMES PROCHE set career highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (76) last week. • LB PATRICK QUEEN had 9 tackles & had TFL & PD in Week 16. Aims for 3rd in row with 9+ tackles. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 at home. LB JOSH BYNES aims for 5th in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. LAR. DT BRODERICK WASHINGTON had 1st-career sack last week. S TONY JEFFERSON tied for team lead with 9 tackles & had 1st sack & PD of season in Week 16.
ATLANTA FALCONS (7-8) AT BUFFALO BILLS (9-6)
SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022 // 1:00 PM ET // HIGHMARK STADIUM // REFEREE: LAND CLARK
LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 7-5
STREAKS: Bills have won 4 of past 5
LAST GAME: 10/1/17: Bills 23 at Falcons 17
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/1/13: Falcons 34, Bills 31
QB MATT RYAN completed 18 of 24 atts. (75 pct.) for 215 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 115.8 rating last week. Has 366 career pass TDs, tied with ELI MANNING for 9th-most all-time. Needs 1 TD pass to become 5th QB with 20+ TD passes in 13-straight seasons all-time. Aims for his 3rd in row on road & 5th in row overall with 90+ rating. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has career-highs in rush yards (579), rec. yards (523) & scrimmage TDs (6 rush, 5 rec.). Is 1 of 2 (AUSTIN EKELER) with 500+ rush yards, 500+ rec. yards, 5+ rush TDs & 5+ rec. TDs in 2021. Has 3 rush TDs in his past 3 on road. RB MIKE DAVIS has 600+ scrimmage yards (677) for 3rd time in past 4 seasons. • TE KYLE PITTS is 2nd rookie TE all-time (HOFer MIKE DITKA) with 900+ rec. yards (949) & 4th rookie TE ever (EVAN ENGRAM, KEITH JACKSON & JEREMY SHOCKEY) with 60+ receptions (64). Had 102 rec. yards last week & became 3rd rookie TE (HOFer MIKE DITKA & CHARLE YOUNG) with 100+ rec. yards in 3+ games (3). WR RUSSELL GAGE has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on road & aims for his 4th in row on road with 60+ rec. yards. • LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN led team with 14 tackles last week & ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 166 tackles. Is 1 of 4 with 10 games with 10+ tackles in 2021. LB DEION JONES had 10 tackles last week & has 100+ tackles (123) for 5th time in 6 career seasons. CB A.J. TERRELL has 12 PD in 7 road games in 2021 & aims for his 4th in row on road with PD.
QB JOSH ALLEN completed 30 of 47 atts. (63.8 pct.) for 314 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.4 rating & rushed for 64 yards last week, his 5th-career game with 300+ pass yards & 50+ rush yards, 2nd-most all-time. Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ TD passes & 4th in row with 2+ TD passes. Is 1st player ever with 100+ TD passes (101) & 20+ rush TDs (29) in 1st 4 seasons. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 78 scrimmage yards (39 rush, 39 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row with rush TD. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 7 catches for 85 yards & TD in Week 16. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Has TD catch in 3 of past 4 at home. Leads team with 1,092 rec. yards & is 2nd player in franchise history (STEVIE JOHNSON) with 1,000+ rec. yards in consecutive seasons. WR ISAIAH MCKENZIE set career highs in catches (11) & rec. yards (125) & had 1st rec. TD of season last week. TE DAWSON KNOX had career-high 9th rec. TD of season in Week 16, tied-most among TEs & most-ever by Buf. TE. • S MICAH HYDE had 6 tackles & 2 INTs last week, his 2nd-career game with 2 INTs. Aims for 3rd in row with PD & 4th in row with 6+ tackles. Had 2 INTs & TFL in last meeting. S JORDAN POYER had TFL in Week 16. Has 6+ tackles in 3 of past 4. LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS led team with 8 tackles last week. Aims for 10th in row with 7+ tackles. DT ED OLIVER had 1st full sack of season last week. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5 at home.
NEW YORK GIANTS (4-11) AT CHICAGO BEARS (5-10)
SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022 // 1:00 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI
LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 30-21-2
STREAKS: Bears have won past 2
LAST GAME: 9/20/20: Giants 13 at Bears 17
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/20/20
QB MIKE GLENNON completed 17 of 27 atts. (63 pct.) & had TD vs. INT last week. Completed 24 of 37 atts. (64.9 pct.) & had 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs in his last start vs. Chi. (12/27/20 w/ Jax.). • RB SAQUON BARKLEY has 234 scrimmage yards (78 per game) in 3 career games vs. Chi. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road & 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 overall. Is 1 of 7 RBs to average 100+ scrimmage yards per game (101.6) since 2018. RB DEVONTAE BOOKER has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 6 on road. Has 789 scrimmage yards (533 rush, 256 rec.) & needs 89 scrimmage yards for new career high (877 in 2016). • TE EVAN ENGRAM had 3rd rec. TD of season in Week 16. Had 6 catches for 65 yards in last meeting. Is 1 of 3 TEs (TRAVIS KELCE & GEORGE KITTLE) with 40+ receptions in each of past 5 seasons. Rookie WR KADARIUS TONEY has 4+ catches in 3 of his past 4. • LB LORENZO CARTER had sack, FF & PD in Week 16 & aims for his 3rd in row with sack, FF & PD. Aims for his 3rd in row at Chi. with sack. LB AZEEZ OJULARI ranks 3rd among rookies with 8 sacks. DB LOGAN RYAN had 2 PD last week. Had FF in last meeting. Ranks 4th among DBs with 105 tackles. S JULIAN LOVE had INT in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chi. with INT. Has career-high 7 PD in 2021. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 4 PD & INT in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row with PD. Is only player with 10+ PD in each of past 6 seasons. • QB JUSTIN FIELDS (rookie) has 80+ rating 2 of his past 3 starts at home. Has TD pass & 30+ rush yards in 4 of his past 5 starts. Ranks 4th among QBs with 420 rush yards in 2021.
QB NICK FOLES completed 24 of 35 atts. (68.6 pct.) for 250 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 98.5 rating in 1st start of season last week. Has 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 102.7 rating in 3 career games vs. NYG. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 7 catches & 106 scrimmage yards (61 rec., 45 rush) with 5th rush TD of season in Week 16. Aims for his 5th in row with 5+ catches & 80+ scrimmage yards. Needs 10 scrimmage yards for 3rd-straight 1,000-yard season. Had 127 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 45 rec.) & TD catch in last meeting. Rookie RB KHALIL HERBERT had 2nd-career rush TD in Week 16. • WR DARNELL MOONEY had 5 catches & 57 rec. yards last week. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Has 5+ receptions in 5 of his past 6 & aims for his 9th in row at home with 5+ catches. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 85th-career rec. TD last week, 4th-most by TE all-time. • LB ROBERT QUINN ranks 2nd in NFL with 17 sacks. Aims for his 8th in row with sack & 11th in row with TFL. Had sack & FF in last meeting. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 9 tackles & 2 TFL last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with TFL. Ranks 4th in NFL with career-high 149 tackles. DT AKIEM HICKS has 3 sacks in his past 3 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with TFL. Had sack & 2 TFL in last meeting.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-4) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (9-6)
SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022 // 1:00 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
LEADER: Bengals lead all-time series, 15-14
STREAKS: Bengals have won 4 of past 5
LAST GAME: 10/21/18: Bengals 10 at Chiefs 45
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/4/15: Bengals 36, Chiefs 21
CHIEFS clinched AFC West for 6th consecutive season. • QB PATRICK MAHOMES completed 23 of 30 atts. (76.7 pct.) for 258 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 135.1 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 2+ TD passes & 105+ rating. Passed for 358 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 123.7 rating in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 400+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes. Has 90+ rating in 5 of 6 road starts in 2021. Is 2nd QB ever (HOFer PEYTON MANNING) with 4,000+ pass yards in 4 of 1st 5 seasons. • RB DARREL WILLIAMS had 85 scrimmage yards (55 rush, 30 rec.) last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE had rush TD last week & has rush TD in 2 of past 3. RB DERRICK GORE had career-high 104 scrimmage yards (61 rec., 43 rush) in Week 16. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 5 catches for 95 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 9th in row vs. AFC North with 75+ rec. yards. Is 1st TE ever with 1,000+ rec. yards in 6 straight seasons. WR TYREEK HILL had 7 catches for 68 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row in road with 80+ rec. yards & TD catch. WR BYRON PRINGLE led team with season-high 6 catches for 75 yards & career-high 2 TDs last week. • CB CHARVARIUS WARD had TFL & 2nd INT of season in Week 16. Has PD in 4 of past 5. CB L’JARIUS SNEED had TFL & PD last week. DE FRANK CLARK had sack last week. Has 0.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3. DT TERSHAWN WHARTON had sack & FF in Week 16. Aims for 3rd in row with FF. Has sack in 2 of past 3.
QB JOE BURROW completed 37 of 46 atts. (80.4 pct.) for career high 525 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 143.2 rating last week, the 4th-most passing yards in a single game in NFL history. Has 3 career games with 400+ pass yards, tied with HOFer DAN MARINO for most-ever by player in 1st 2 seasons. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ rating. Has 300+ pass yards in 3 of past 4. Leads AFC & ranks 2nd in NFL with 105 rating. • RB JOE MIXON had 135 scrimmage yards (season-high 70 rec., 65 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, his 5th game with 2+ TDs this season, tied-most in NFL. Rushed for 50 yards in last meeting. Has rush TD in 8 of his past 9 at home. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,159 rush yards & 3rd with career-high 13 rush TDs. • WR JA’MARR CHASE (rookie) had 7 catches for 125 yards last week, his 4th game with 100+ rec. yards, most among rookies. Aims for 4th in row at home with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. WR TEE HIGGINS set career highs in catches (12) & rec. yards (194) & had 2 rec. TDs in Week 16. Has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of past 5. Chase (1,163) & Higgins (1,029) 1st pair of teammates ever each under age of 23 with 1,000 rec. yards each. WR TYLER BOYD aims for 3rd in row with 85+ rec. yards & TD catch. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON had sack last week & is 2nd player since 1982 (CHRIS JONES in 2018) with 0.5+ sacks in 11 straight games within single season. Had 2 sacks & FF in only career game vs. KC (12/20/20 w/ NO.). S VONN BELL had 2 PD & 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ tackles.
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (8-7) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (9-6)
SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022 // 1:00 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS
LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 9-8
STREAKS: Colts have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/13/20: Colts 44 at Raiders 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/19: Raiders 31, Colts 24
QB DEREK CARR completed 20 of 25 atts. (80 pct.) for 201 yards & TD vs. INT for 96.8 rating last week. Has 70+ comp. pct. in 3 of past 4. Has 12 TDs (10 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 108.9 rating in 4 career starts vs. Ind. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Ind. with 2+ TD passes. Ranks 3rd in NFL with career-high 4,363 pass yards, his 4th-straight season with 4,000+ pass yards. • RB JOSH JACOBS tied career high with 129 rush yards last week. Aims for 6th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row with 90+ scrimmage yards. Had 108 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 29 rec.) in last road meeting. Needs 4 yards to join HOFer MARCUS ALLEN as only players in franchise history with 1,000+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. • TE DARREN WALLER had 7 catches for 75 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 7+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. TE FOSTER MOREAU aims for 3rd in row with 65+ rec yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with TD catch. WR ZAY JONES aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. HUNTER RENFROW had TD catch last week & has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had 5 catches in last meeting. • LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 5 tackles last week & has 5+ tackles in each of his 13 games this season. Had 9 tackles & sack in only career game at Ind. (9/25/16 w/ SD). DE MAXX CROSBY had 2 TFL & 6th sack of season in Week 16. Has TFL in 3 of past 4. Had 2 TFL in last meeting. Had FF in last road meeting. DT QUINTON JEFFERSON had sack last week. Aims for 4th in row with TFL.
QB SAM EHLINGER (rookie) expected to make 1st-career start. Was selected in 6th round of 2021 NFL Draft out of Texas. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR aims for 4th in row with 100+ rush yards. Has rush TD in 11 of past 12. Aims for his 7th in row at home with 95+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Rushed for 150 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Leads NFL with 19 TDs (17 rush, 2 pass) & 1,962 scrimmage yards (1,626 rush, 336 rec.) & can become 1st player in franchise history with 20+ TDs & 2,000+ scrimmage yards in single season. RB NYHEIM HINES had 75 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 17 rec.) in last meeting. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had 8 catches for 82 yards last week. Has 6+ catches & 75+ rec yards in 2 of past 3. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. WR T.Y. HILTON had 51 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 16. Had 5 catches for 86 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Had 85+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 vs. Raiders. WR DEZMON PATMON had 1st-career TD catch last week. TE MO ALIE-COX had 42 rec. yards in Week 16. • LB DARIUS LEONARD has 10+ tackles, FF & PD in 2 of his past 3. Had 11 tackles & TFL in last meeting. Is only player since 2000 with 15+ FFs (15) & 10+ INTs (10) in 1st 4 seasons. LB E.J. SPEED led team with career-high 9 tackles & had PD last week. CB KENNY MOORE has 2 PD in 2 of past 3. Had 5 tackles, INT & FF in last meeting. Has PD in 2 of 3 career games vs. Raiders. S KHARI WILLIS had 50-yard INT-TD, only career TD, in last meeting. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 at home.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-13) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-6)
SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022 // 1:00 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL
LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 7-1
STREAKS: Patriots have won 7 of past 8
LAST GAME: 9/16/18: Patriots 20 at Jaguars 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/27/15: Patriots 51, Jaguars 17
QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) completed 26 of 39 atts. (66.7 pct.) for 280 yards & rushed for 37 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Aims for 4th in row with 200+ pass yards. Leads rookies with 319 completions & ranks 2nd with 3,225 pass yards. Needs 47 pass yards for most pass yards in season ever by Jax. rookie. • RB DARE OGUNBOWALE had season-high 72 scrimmage yards (57 rush, 15 rec.) & 1st rush TD of season last week. • WR MARVIN JONES had season-high 8 catches for 74 yards in Week 16. Has 6+ catches in 2 of past 3. Had 4 catches for 69 yards & TD in his last game vs. NE (9/23/18 w/ Det.). Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 70+ rec. yards. WR LAQUON TREADWELL aims for 6th in row with 50+ rec. yards. WR TAVON AUSTIN had season-high 6 catches & 89 scrimmage yards (68 rec., 21 rush) last week. TE JAMES O’SHAUGHNESSY aims for 3rd in row with 45+ rec. yards & 4th in row with 4+ catches. • DE JIHAD WARD had 2nd sack of season last week. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. Had sack in his last game vs. NE (11/3/19 w/ Bal.). LB CHAPELLE RUSSELL tied for team lead with career-high 7 tackles last week. LB DAMIEN WILSON had PD last week. CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN had PD in Week 16. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 on road. Rookie CB TYSON CAMPBELL tied for team lead with 7 tackles last week. Ranks tied-3rd among rookies with 9 PD this season. Ranks 2nd among rookie DBs with 61 tackles.
QB MAC JONES (rookie) has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 5 of his past 6 home starts. Has 0 INTs in 3 of his past 4 at home. Leads rookies in comp. pct. (67.2), pass yards (3,313), TD passes (18) & rating (90.2). Can become 1st NE rookie QB ever with 20+ TD passes. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS rushed for 103 yards & career-high 3 TDs last week. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD & 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards. Has TD in each of his 3 career games vs. AFC South. Ranks 4th in NFL with career-high 12 rush TDs. RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB BRANDON BOLDEN had TD catch in his last game vs. Jax. (12/23/18 w/ Mia.). • WR JAKOBI MEYERS led team with 6 catches for 59 yards last week, his 13th game with 4+ catches this season, tied 3rd-most in AFC. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. WR KENDRICK BOURNE has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 at home. TE HUNTER HENRY ties for lead among TEs with career-high 9 rec. TDs & can become 2nd NE TE ever with 10+ rec. TDs in single season. • DB J.C. JACKSON has PD in 7 straight games, longest active streak in NFL. Tied for NFL lead with career-high 21 PD this season. DB DEVIN MCCOURTY had 6 tackles & PD last week. Has PD in 5 of past 6. Had INT in last home meeting. LB MATTHEW JUDON had 1st PD of season in Week 16. Had sack in his last game vs. Jax. (12/20/20 w/ Bal.).
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (11-4) AT NEW YORK JETS (4-11)
SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP
LEADER: Jets lead all-time series, 10-2
STREAKS: Jets have won 8 of past 9
LAST GAME: 11/12/17: Jets 10 at Buccaneers 15
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/8/13: Jets 18, Buccaneers 17
TAMPA BAY clinched NFC South for 1st time since 2007. • QB TOM BRADY leads NFL in pass yards (4,580) & TD passes (37). Has 7 seasons with 4,500+ pass yards, tied-2nd most all-time. Needs 3 TD passes to join AARON RODGERS as only players with 3 40+ TD pass seasons & DREW BREES as only players with 40+ TDs in consecutive years. Has 60 TDs (57 pass, 3 rush) vs. 15 INTs for 93 rating in 36 career games vs. NYJ. • RB RONALD JONES had season-high 81 scrimmage yards (65 rush, 16 rec.) & 4th rush TD of season last week. Rookie RB KE’SHAWN VAUGHN had 1st-career rush TD in Week 16. • WR ANTONIO BROWN had 10 catches for 101 yards last week. Has 23 games with 10+ catches, most in NFL history. Has 5+ catches in 5 of his 6 games in 2021. WR MIKE EVANS needs 101 rec. yards to become 1st player ever with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of 1st 8 seasons. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 11 rec. TDs in 2021. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI had 6 rec. TDs in 8 career games at NYJ & aims for his 3rd in row at NYJ with TD catch. TE CAMERON BRATE had 3rd rec. TD of season last week. • LB DEVIN WHITE has 8+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. Is 1 of 2 (ROQUAN SMITH) with 120+ tackles (122) & 3+ sacks (3.5) in 2021. DL VITA VEA had 12th-career sack in Week 16 & has career high 4.5 sacks in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. DL WILLIAM GHOLSTON had career-high 2.5 sacks in Week 16. S JORDAN WHITEHEAD tied his career-high with 3 PD & had his 5th-career INT last week. Has 7+ tackles in 5 of his past 6.
QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) completed 14 of 22 atts. (63.6 pct.) for 102 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs & rushed for career-high 91 yards last week, incl. 52-yard TD. Became 4th rookie QB ever with 50+ yard rush TD. Has rush TD in 4 of his past 5. Aims for 4th in row with 0 INTs. Leads rookie QBs with 4 rush TDs, 2nd-most ever by NYJ rookie QB. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) rushed for career-high 118 yards last week, his 3rd game with 100+ scrimmage yards this season, tied 3rd-most among rookie RBs. Has 60+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 7. Is only rookie with 500+ rush yards (566) & 300+ rec. yards (316). RB TEVIN COLEMAN aims for 5th in row with 50+ rush yards. Has TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. TB. • WR JAMISON CROWDER had 5 catches for 48 yards in only career game vs. TB (10/25/15 w/ Was.). Leads team with 50 catches, his 3rd straight season with 50+ catches. WR BRAXTON BERRIOS led team with 5 catches & had 102-yard KR-TD last week, his 1st-career return-TD. • LB C.J. MOSLEY led team with 10 tackles & had 2nd sack & FF of season in Week 16. Aims for 5th in row with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 8+ tackles. Ranks 5th in NFL with career-high 142 tackles. LB JARRAD DAVIS had season-high 8 tackles in Week 16. CB BRYCE HALL had PD last week & has PD in 4 of past 5. Rookie CB JASON PINNOCK had 4 tackles & 1stcareer FF & PD in Week 16. DE RONNIE BLAIR had 2nd-career FR last week.
MIAMI DOLPHINS (8-7) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (10-5)
SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022 // 1:00 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 21-16
STREAKS: Dolphins have won past 2
LAST GAME: 9/9/18: Titans 20 at Dolphins 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/18/15: Dolphins 38, Titans 10
QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 19 of 26 atts. (73.1 pct.) for 198 yards & TD vs. INT for 91.5 rating last week. Has 90+ rating in 5 of his past 6 starts. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 70+ comp. pct. & 90+ rating. Leads NFL with 70.1 comp. pct. this season. • RB DUKE JOHNSON has 166 scrimmage yards (83 per game) in 2 starts this season. Ranks 6th among active RBs with 308 catches & 2,849 rec. yards. RB MYLES GASKIN has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE led team with 10 catches for 92 yards & TD last week, his 3rd game with 10+ catches this season, 2nd-most ever by a rookie. Aims for 5th in row with 8+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Leads rookies with 96 catches & needs 6 more to surpass ANQUAN BOLDIN (101 in 2003) for most-ever by rookie. WR DEVANTE PARKER has 60+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5. TE MIKE GESICKI has 5+ catches in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC South with 50+ rec. yards. Is 1 of 4 TEs with 50+ catches in each of past 3 seasons. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had 2nd-career sack last week. Has PD in 4 of his past 5 on road. Has 33 PD since 2020, tied 3rd-most in NFL. CB NIK NEEDHAM had 28-yard INT-TD in Week 16, his 1stcareer TD. S BRANDON JONES had sack & 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with sack. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH led team with 2 sacks in Week 16. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. Has sack in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ten.
QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 22 of 29 atts. (75.9 pct.) for 209 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 106.8 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ comp. pct. Spent 7 seasons with Mia. (2012-18) & ranks 3rd in franchise history in passing yards (20,434) and TD passes (123). Ranks 2nd among QBs with 7 rush TDs & is only QB with 7+ rush TDs in each of past 2 seasons. • RB D’ONTA FOREMAN rushed for TD last week & has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row at home with rush TD. Has 60+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. • WR A.J. BROWN led team with career-high 11 catches for 145 yards & TD last week. Has 5+ catches in 6 of his past 7. Leads team with 760 rec. yards, his 3rd-straight season with 750+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 80+ rec. yards. WR JULIO JONES aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with 6+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. TE ANTHONY FIRKSER has 4+ catches in 2 of his past 3 at home. • S KEVIN BYARD had 6 tackles & 2nd FF of season last week. Has 5+ tackles in 5 of past 6. Leads safeties with 13 PD in 2021 & ties for lead among safeties with 5 INTs. S AMANI HOOKER had 5 tackles & 1st INT of season last week. Has PD in 2 of past 3. CB JANORIS JENKINS had 1st INT of season in Week 16. Has PD in 3 of past 4. Aims for 3rd in row at home with PD. LB BUD DUPREE aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in only career game vs. Mia. (10/28/19 w/ Pit.). DT DENICO AUTRY aims for 4th in row with sack.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8-7) AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (6-9)
SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022 // 1:O0 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN
LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 87-80-5
STREAKS: Washington has won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 12/21/21: Washington 17 at Eagles 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Washington 27, Eagles 17
QB JALEN HURTS passed for 199 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 102.5 rating last week. Had 296 pass yards & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 pass) vs. INT for 110.4 rating in Week 15 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with 2+ rush TDs. Has 13 career rush TDs, 5th-most by QB in 1st 2 seasons all-time. • RB BOSTON SCOTT had 5th rush TD of season last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. Was. RB JORDAN HOWARD aims for his 4th in row vs. Was. & 7th in row overall with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR DEVONTA SMITH (rookie) led team with 5 catches for 80 yards & 5th-career rec. TD in Week 16. Ranks 4th among rookies with 821 rec. yards. TE DALLAS GOEDERT had 7 catches for career-high 135 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with 100+ rec. yards & 4th in row vs. Was. with 5+ catches. Ranks 5th among TEs with 759 rec. yards in 2021. • LB ALEX SINGLETON had 11 tackles & 29-yard INT-TD last week. Had FF in last meeting. Has career-high 122 tackles & aims for his 5th in row with 8+ tackles. LB T.J. EDWARDS had career high 16 tackles in Week 16 & had 1st-career season with 100+ tackles (111) in 2021. DT FLETCHER COX had 2 sacks & FF in Week 15 meeting. DE JOSH SWEAT tied career-high with his 6th sack of season & had his 4th-career FF in Week 16. Had sack in last road meeting. CB DARIUS SLAY had 2 PD in last meeting. Since 2013, leads NFL with 119 PD. S RODNEY MCLEOD had 15thcareer INT last week.
QB TAYLOR HEINICKE aims for his 10th start in row with TD pass, 4th-longest active streak in NFL. Has 90+ rating in 2 of his past 3 home starts. Has career-highs in pass yards (3,052) & TD passes (20) this season. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 3rd-career rec. TD in Week 16. Had 65 scrimmage yards (39 rec., 26 rush) & rush TD in Week 15 meeting. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. Is 1 of 2 NFC RBs (AARON JONES) with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 9+ scrimmage TDs in each of past 2 seasons. Rookie RB JARET PATTERSON had rush TD in last meeting. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 51 rec. yards in Week 15 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Phi. with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Needs 101 rec. yards for 2nd-consecutive 1,000- yard season. Rookie WR DYAMI BROWN led team with career high 53 rec. yards in Week 16. Rookie TE JOHN BATES had 1stcareer rec. TD last week. • DT JONATHAN ALLEN had sack in last meeting. Has career high 8.5 sacks in 2021. DE MONTEZ SWEAT had sack & FF in Week 15 meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Phi. with sack. DT MATT IOANNIDIS had sack last week. Had 1.5 sacks in last home meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with TFL. LB COLE HOLCOMB has career-high 120 tackles in 2021. Has 6+ tackles in 4 of his 5 career games vs. Phi. S LANDON COLLINS had FR & INT in last meeting. Aims for his 7th in row vs. Phi. with 5+ tackles. CB KENDALL FULLER has career-high 14 PD in 2021.
DENVER BRONCOS (7-8) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (8-7)
SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022 // 4:05 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD
LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 69-53-1
STREAKS: Broncos have won 4 of past 5
LAST GAME: 11/28/21: Chargers 13 at Broncos 28
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/27/20: Chargers 19, Broncos 16
QB DREW LOCK completed 15 of 22 atts. (68.2 pct.) for 153 yards in 1st start of season last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 2 of 3 career starts vs. LAC. Has 250+ pass yards in 2 of his past 3 road starts. QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER has 0 INTs & 100+ rating in each of his past 2 starts vs. LAC. Has 90+ rating in 5 of 6 road starts this season. • RB MELVIN GORDON has 50+ rush yards in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAC with 75+ rush yards. Totaled 6,113 scrimmage yards (4,240 rush, 1,873 rec.) & 47 TDs (36 rush, 11 rec.) in 5 seasons (2015-19) with Chargers. Is 1 of 2 RBs (EZEKIEL ELLIOTT) with 900+ scrimmage yards in each of past 6 seasons. Is 6th player ever with 7+ rush TDs in 6 straight seasons. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had rush TD last week & has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Had 111 scrimmage yards (57 rec., 54 rush) & rush TD in Week 12 meeting. Ranks 3rd among rookies with 1,123 scrimmage yards (827 rush, 296 rec.). • WR COURTLAND SUTTON led team with 4 catches last week. Has 70+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. LAC. WR JERRY JEUDY led team with 60 rec. yards in Week 16. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 8 tackles, 2 PD & TFL in Week 12 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAC with TFL. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (QUANDRE DIGGS & J.C. JACKSON) with 5+ INTs in each of past 2 seasons. LB BRADLEY CHUBB had 1st-career INT last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. DE SHELBY HARRIS had season-high 1.5 sacks & FF last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack.
QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 27 of 35 atts. (77.1 pct.) for 336 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs for 92.1 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 5 of past 6. Has 70+ comp. pct. in 3 of past 4. Has 275+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in 2 of 3 career game vs. Den. Has 8,730 pass yards, most-ever by player in 1st 2 seasons & 3rd-most ever by player in 1st 30 career starts. Ranks 2nd in NFL with career-high 4,394 pass yards in 2021. • RB AUSTIN EKELER has TD in 6 straight games, longest TD streak of career. Had 99 scrimmage yards (68 rec., 31 rush) & rec. TD in Week 12 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Den. with TD catch. Is only player in NFL with 10+ rush TDs (10) & 5+ rec. TDs (7) this season. RB JUSTIN JACKSON had career-high 162 scrimmage yards (98 rec., 64 rush) & 2 rush TDs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 95+ scrimmage yards. • WR KEENAN ALLEN has 5+ catches in 11 of past 12. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had 7 catches for 85 yards in Week 12 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Den. with 6+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Leads team with 96 catches & is 2nd player ever with 95+ catches in 5 straight seasons. Rookie WR JOSHUA PALMER had rec. TD last week & has 5+ catches & rec. TD in 2 of past 3. • LB KYZIR WHITE led team with 11 tackles last week. Aims for 8th in row with 9+ tackles. Has PD in 3 of 4 career games vs. Den. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. DT JERRY TILLERY had sack in Week 16. Rookie LB ASANTE SAMUEL JR. led team with 2 PD last week. Aims for 4th in row with PD.
HOUSTON TEXANS (4-11) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (8-7)
SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022 // 4:05 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS
LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 3-1
STREAKS: 49ers have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/10/17: 49ers 26 at Texans 16
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/6/13: 49ers 34, Texans 3
QB DAVIS MILLS (rookie) completed 21 of 27 atts. (career-high 77.8 pct.) for 254 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 130.6 rating last week & became 3rd rookie QB ever with 250+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 130+ rating in multiple games. Aims for 4th in row with 200+ pass yards & 90+ rating. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 66.6 comp. pct, 12 TD passes & 86.2 rating this season. • RB REX BURKHEAD rushed for career-high 149 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 4th-career game with 2 rush TDs. Has 65+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. RB DAVID JOHNSON has 70+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. SF. Has 5 rush TDs in 4 career games at SF. • WR BRANDIN COOKS aims for his 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Had TD catch in his last game vs SF (12/21/19 w/ LAR). Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. SF. Has 5+ catches in 6 of his 7 road games this season. WR CHRIS CONLEY led team with 60 rec yards & had TD catch last week. Had rec. TD in only career game vs. SF (9/23/18 w/ KC). Rookie WR NICO COLLINS had 1st-career TD catch in Week 16. Rookie TE BREVIN JORDAN had career-high 56 rec. yards last week. • LB NEVILLE HEWITT led team with season-high 11 tackles in Week 16. Aims for 3rd in row with 9+ tackles. CB TAVIERRE THOMAS had 8 tackles & 48-yard INT-TD last week, his 1stcareer TD. Aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. CB DESMOND KING had 7 tackles & PD in Week 16. S JONATHAN OWENS had 4 tackles, FR & 1st-career INT last week.
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO completed 26 of 35 atts. (74.3 pct.) for 322 yards last week, his 4th game with 300+ pass yards in 2021. Is 1 of 5 NFC QBs with 90+ rating in 10+ games (10) this season. Since Week 8, ranks 2nd in NFL with 104.8 rating. Passed for 334 yards & TD vs. INT for 92.2 rating in last meeting. Rookie QB TREY LANCE has 354 pass yards, 137 rush yards & 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) with 88.4 rating in 5 games this season. • RB ELI MITCHELL leads all rookies in scrimmage yards per game (98.3). RB JEFF WILSON aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. • TE GEORGE KITTLE needs 64 rec. yards to pass HOFer KELLEN WINSLOW SR. (4,513) for 2nd-most rec. yards by TE in 1st 5 seasons all-time. Is 1 of 2 TEs (TRAVIS KELCE) with 500+ rec. yards in each of past 5 seasons. WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 9 catches & career-high 191 scrimmage yards (159 rec., 32 rush) last week. Is 1st player since ANTONIO BROWN (2017) with 150+ rec. yards in 4+ games (4) in single season. Is 1st player in NFL history with 1,200+ rec. yards (1,247) & 300+ rush yards (301) in single season. WR BRANDON AIYUK had 5th rec. TD of season last week. • DL NICK BOSA leads NFL with 19 TFL & ranks tied-3rd in sacks (career-high 15). Aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. LB FRED WARNER has 4-straight 100+ tackle seasons (114). Has 8+ tackles in 7 of his past 8 at home. DL SAMSON EBUKAM had season-high 1.5 sacks last week & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DB JIMMIE WARD had 2 PD last week.
ARIZONA CARDINALS (10-5) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (11-4)
SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022 // 4:25 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 56-32-1
STREAKS: Cardinals have won 5 of past 6
LAST GAME: 10/19/20: Cardinals 38 at Cowboys 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/19/20
ARIZONA clinched playoff berth for 1st time since 2015. • QB KYLER MURRAY totaled 319 yards (245 pass, 74 rush) & had TD vs. 0 INTs in Week 16. Needs 216 pass yards to become 4th QB ever (ANDREW LUCK, HOFer PEYTON MANNING & BAKER MAYFIELD) with 3,500+ pass yards & 20+ TD passes in each of 1st 3 seasons. Has 90+ rating in 7 of his past 8 road starts. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs in last meeting. • RB JAMES CONNER ranks 2nd in NFL in rush TDs (career-high 14) & tied-3rd in scrimmage TDs (career-high 16). Has TD in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 8 road games this season. RB CHASE EDMONDS had career high 8 receptions with 127 scrimmage yards (71 rec., 56 rush) & 2nd rush TD of season last week. Has 2nd-straight season with 800+ scrimmage yards (821). • TE ZACH ERTZ had 8 catches for 54 yards last week & aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches. Had 53 rec. yards & TD catch in his last game at Dal. (9/27/21 w/ Phi.). WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Had 7 catches last week & has career highs in catches (69) & rec. yards (860) in 2021. • S BUDDA BAKER had 12 tackles & sack last week. Had sack, FF & INT in last meeting. Needs 9 tackles for 4th-straight 100-tackle season. LB CHANDLER JONES needs 0.5 sacks for 7th-career season with 10+ sacks. LB JORDAN HICKS has 3rd-straight 100+ tackle season (110). Has 4 INTs in his past 5 vs. Dal. LB MARKUS GOLDEN has 8 sacks in 8 road games in 2021. • DALLAS clinched NFC East for 1st time since 2018.
QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 330 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 131.4 rating last week, his 6th-career game with 4+ TD passes. Needs 72 pass yards & TD pass for 2nd-career season with 4,000+ yards & 30+ TDs (2019). Has 21 TDs (20 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 117.9 rating in 7 home starts in 2021. Aim for his 4th in row at home with 100+ rating & 8th in row at home with 2+ TD passes. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 9th-career game with both rush TD & rec. TD last week. Has 3rd-career season with 10+ rush TDs (10) & 6th-straight season with 1,100+ scrimmage yards (1,169). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with 80+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row at home with rush TD. • WR AMARI COOPER had 7 catches for 85 yards & rec. TD in Week 16. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Is 8th player ever with 5+ rec. TDs in each of his 1st 7 seasons. WR CEEDEE LAMB has career-high 1,006 rec. yards in 2021, his 1stcareer 1,000-yard season. TE DALTON SCHULTZ has career highs in catches (69), rec. yards (733) & rec. TDs (6) in 2021. • CB TREVON DIGGS became 7th player in SB era & 1st since EVERSON WALLS (1981) with 11 INTs in single season. Ranks tied1st in NFL with 21 PD. LB MICAH PARSONS is 6th rookie since 1982 & 1st since ALDON SMITH (2011) with 13+ sacks (13) in single season. DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had 1st-career INT-TD last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 3.
CAROLINA PANTHERS (5-10) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7-8)
SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022 // 4:25 PM ET // CAESARS SUPERDOME // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER
LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 27-26
STREAKS: Saints have won 4 of past 5
LAST GAME: 9/19/21: Saints 7 at Panthers 26
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/25/20: Saints 27, Panthers 24
QB CAM NEWTON has 16 TDs (14 pass, 2 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 93.5 rating in 7 career starts at NO. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 at NO & aims for his 5th in row at NO with 2+ TD passes. Aims for his 4th in row on road with rush TD. Is NFL all-time leader among QBs in rush TDs (75) & ranks 2nd in rush yards (5,623). QB SAM DARNOLD passed for 190 yards last week. Had 305 pass yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 99.1 rating in Week 2 meeting. • RB CHUBA HUBBARD is 1 of 2 NFC rookie RBs (ELI MITCHELL) with 500+ rush yards (509) in 2021. • WR DJ MOORE had 5 catches for 55 yards last week. Is 1 of 3 WRs (STEFON DIGGS & TYLER LOCKETT) with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. Had 8 catches for 79 yards & rec. TD in Week 2 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at NO with 2+ rec. TDs & 4th in row at NO with 80+ rec. yards. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 5 catches for 58 yards last week. Had 6 catches for 74 yards in last road meeting. • LB HAASON REDDICK had 1.5 sacks in Week 2 meeting. Is 1 of 5 players with 11+ sacks in each of past 2 seasons. DE BRIAN BURNS has career-high 13 TFL this season. Has 4 sacks in 4 career games vs. NO & aims for his 5th in row vs. NO with sack. LB SHAQ THOMPSON neds 9 tackles for his 3rd-straight 100-tackle season. S JEREMY CHINN leads all DBs with 219 tackles since 2020. Is 1 of 2 DBs (DERWIN JAMES) with 100+ tackles (103), 5+ TFL (5) & 5+ PD (5) in 2021. CB STEPHON GILMORE ranks 4th with 116 PD since 2012.
QB TAYSOM HILL is 5-2 with 12 TDs (6 pass, 6 rush) vs. 6 INTs for 81.9 rating in 7 career starts at QB & has 2+ total TDs in 6 of his 7 QB starts. Rookie QB IAN BOOK passed for 135 yards in his 1st career start last week. • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 376 scrimmage yards (125.3 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 3 career home games vs. Car. Aims for his 4th in row at home vs. Car. with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 34 TDs (22 rush, 12 rec.) in 35 career home games. Aims for his 8th in row at home with 50+ scrimmage yards. Is 1 of 2 (ROGER CRAIG) with 4,000+ rush yards (4,060) & 3,000+ rec. yards (3,179) in his 1st 5 seasons all-time. • WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY had 46 rec. yards last week. Has career-highs in receptions (40), rec. yards (601) & rec. TDs (6) this season. WR LIL’JORDAN HUMPHREY led team with 70 rec. yards last week & has 45+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 2 sacks last week & became 4th player since 2000 (JARED ALLEN, ROBERT MATHIS & JULIUS PEPPERS) with 7+ sacks in 10-straight seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. DE MARCUS DAVENPORT has career high 7.5 sacks in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row overall with sack. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 12 tackles in Week 2 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with PD. Is 1 of 3 (AARON DONALD & T.J. WATT) with 10+ TFL in each of past 5 seasons. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE is 1 of 3 (JAMES BRADBERRY & MARLON HUMPHREY) with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons.
DETROIT LIONS (2-12-1) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (5-10)
SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022 // 4:25 PM ET // LUMEN FIELD // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE
LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 9-5
STREAKS: Seahawks have won past 2
LAST GAME: 10/28/18: Seahawks 28 at Lions 14
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/5/15: Seahawks 13, Lions 10
QB JARED GOFF has 9 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 105.1 rating in his past 4 starts. Has 300+ pass yards & 80+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts at Sea. QB TIM BOYLE completed 24 of 34 atts. (70.6 pct.) & had TD vs. INT last week. • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS rushed for season-high 77 yards last week & aims for his 4th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 on road. Is 1 of 6 RBs with 600+ scrimmage yards in each of past 5 seasons. RB CRAIG REYNOLDS has 80+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 & aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN (rookie) led team with 9 receptions for 91 yards & rec. TD last week. Is 3rd rookie all-time (ODELL BECKHAM JR. & ANQUAN BOLDIN) with 8+ catches & rec. TD in 3+ games. Is 2nd rookie ever (ODELL BECKHAM JR. in 2014) with 8+ catches in 4 straight games. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 74 receptions in 2021. • LB JALEN REEVES-MAYBIN led team with 8 tackles & had 2ndcareer FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row overall with PD & 6th in row on road with 5+ tackles. Rookie LB DERRICK BARNES had 1st-career sack last week. LB AUSTIN BRYANT had sack last week. Rookie NT ALIM MCNEILL aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. S DEAN MARLOWE had 2nd-career FR in Week 16. Has 5+ tackles in 4 of his past 5 & has career-high 52 tackles in 2021. S WILL HARRIS has PD in 4 of his past 5. Has career-high 75 tackles this season.
QB RUSSELL WILSON had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.1 rating last week. Needs 2 TD passes to join HOFers PEYTON MANNING & DAN MARINO as only players with 20+ TD passes in each of 1st 10 career seasons. Has 111 career wins, incl. playoffs & can tie PEYTON MANNING (112) for most wins, incl. playoffs, by QB in 1st 10 seasons all-time. Completed 14 of 17 atts. (82.4 pct.) for 248 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 158.3 rating, the highest attainable mark, in last meeting. • RB RASHAAD PENNY rushed for 135 yards & TD last week & has career-high 389 rush yards in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 60+ scrimmage yards. • WR DK METCALF had 9th TD catch of season last week. Is 1 of 3 WRs (MIKE EVANS & TYREEK HILL) with 7+ rec. TDs in each of past 3 seasons. Needs 54 rec. yards for 3rd-straight season with 900+ rec. yards. WR TYLER LOCKETT is 1 of 3 WRs (STEFON DIGGS & DJ MOORE) with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. Had TD catch in last meeting. TE GERALD EVERETT had career-high 4th rec. TD of season last week. • LB BOBBY WAGNER leads NFL with career-high 170 tackles, 3rd player since 2010 with 170+ tackles (VONTAZE BURFICT – 2013; JEROD MAYO – 2010). LB JORDYN BROOKS ranks 3rd in NFL with career-high 155 tackles. Can become 1st player since ZACH THOMAS (2004) with 10+ tackles in 8 straight games. LB CARLOS DUNLAP aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. Is 1 of 2 (CAMERON JORDAN) with 6+ sacks in each of past 10 seasons.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (7-8) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (12-3)
SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022 // 8:20 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 62-55-3
STREAKS: Vikings have won past 2
LAST GAME: 11/21/21: Packers 31 at Vikings 34
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/1/20: Vikings 28, Packers 22
QB KIRK COUSINS has 3rd-career season with 30+ TD passes (2018, 2020) & needs 29 pass yards for 6th-career 4,000-yard season. Passed for 315 yards in Week 16 & has 39 games with 300+ yards since 2015, 3rd-most in NFL. Passed for 341 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.4 rating in Week 11 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. GB with 100+ rating. Can become 5th player (6th time overall) with 2+ TD passes in 11-straight road games. • RB DALVIN COOK has 746 scrimmage yards (124.3 per game) & 9 TDs (7 rush, 2 rec.) in 6 career games vs. GB. Had 226 scrimmage yards (163 rush, 63 rec.) & career-high 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at GB with 190+ scrimmage yards. Is 1 of 2 (NICK CHUBB) with 1,200+ scrimmage yards in each of past 3 seasons. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON has 2,851 rec. yards, most by player in 1st 2 seasons all-time. Needs 3 catches to become 4th player under age 23 with 100+ receptions in single season. Had 8 catches for 169 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 11 meeting. Has 13 games with 100+ rec. yards, tied 2nd-most in NFL since 2020. WR ADAM THIELEN had 8 catches for 82 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Is 1 of 3 (DAVANTE ADAMS & MIKE EVANS) with 10+ rec. TDs in each of past 2 seasons. • LB ANTHONY BARR had 1st-career 2-INT game last week. Had 10 tackles in last meeting. S HARRISON SMITH had sack in Week 11 meeting. Has career-high 100 tackles in 2021. DE D.J. WONNUM aims for his 4th in row on road with sack.
QB AARON RODGERS leads NFL with 110.8 rating & is only player with 20+ TD passes (33) & less than 5 INTs (4) in 2021. Since Week 11, has 1,503 pass yards (300.6 per game) & 17 TDs (16 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 125.3 rating in 5 starts. Aims for his 4th in row with 115+ rating & 6th in row with 2+ TD passes. Has 57 TDs (54 pass, 3 rush) vs. 7 INTs for 110.2 rating in 26 career games vs. Min. Passed for 385 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 148.4 rating in Week 11 meeting. Since 2020, is 5-0 on SNF with 17 TDs vs. INT for 132.6 rating. • RB AARON JONES is 1 of 2 (DERRICK HENRY) with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 10+ scrimmage TDs in each of past 3 seasons. Has 31 TDs (24 rush, 7 rec.) in 33 career home games. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Min. with rush TD. RB AJ DILLON needs 34 scrimmage yards for 1st-career 1,000-yard season. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS is 3rd player ever (HOFers MARVIN HARRISON & JERRY RICE) with 3+ career seasons (3) with 100+ catches, 1,300+ rec. yards & 10+ rec. TDs. Had 10 catches for 114 yards & 2 rec. TDs last week. Had 115 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 11 meeting. Has rec. TD in 11-straight SNF games, longest streak all-time. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL has career-high 137 tackles & aims for his 4th in row with 10+ tackles. LB RASHAN GARY had 2ndcareer game with 2 sack last week & had career-high 8.5 sacks in 2021. LB PRESTON SMITH had 2 sacks in Week 11 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack.
CLEVELAND BROWNS (7-8) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (7-7-1)
MONDAY, JAN. 3, 2022 // 8:15 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 76-60-1
STREAKS: Steelers have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 10/31/21: Steelers 15 at Browns 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/18/20: Steelers 38, Browns 7
QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 225 yards in Week 8 meeting. Aims for 3rd start in row vs. Pit. with 0 INTs. Has 325+ pass yards in 2 of 3 career starts on MNF. Needs 175 pass yards to become 8th player ever with 3,000+ pass yards & 15+ TD passes in each of 1st 4 seasons. • RB NICK CHUBB had 184 scrimmage yards (126 rush, 58 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ rush yards & rush TD. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. Pit. Has 762 scrimmage yards (127 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 6 road games this season. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with 95+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 1,143 rush yards & is only player with 950+ rush yards in each of past 4 seasons. RB KAREEM HUNT has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of 6 career games vs. Pit. Has rush TD in 3 of his 4 road games this season. RB D’ERNEST JOHNSON had rush TD in Week 8 meeting. • WR JARVIS LANDRY has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. WR RASHARD HIGGINS had season-high 5 catches for 58 yards last week. Had rec. TD in last road meeting. TE HARRISON BRYANT aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack in Week 8 meeting & has 6 sacks in 7 career games vs. Pit. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with sack. Has 4 sacks in 3 career games on MNF. CB M.J. STEWART led team with 10 tackles & had season-high 2 TFL last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles.
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 266 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 98.4 rating in Week 8 meeting. Aims for his 4th start in row vs. Cle. with 90+ rating & 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Has 250+ pass yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. Has 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5 at home. Has 110+ rating in 3 of his past 4 on MNF. • RB NAJEE HARRIS had 110 scrimmage yards (93 rush, 17 rec.) last week, his 8th game with 100+ scrimmage yards this season, most among rookies. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Had 120 scrimmage yards (91 rush, 29 rec.) & rush TD in Week 8 meeting. Leads rookies with 1,406 scrimmage yards (984 rush, 422 rec.) & ranks 2nd with 9 TDs (6 rush, 3 rec.), most-ever scrimmage yards by Pit. rookie. RB BENNY SNELL has rush TD in each of past 2 home meetings. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON aims for 11th in row with 5+ catches. Has 50+ rec. yards in 12 of past 13. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Cle. & 5th in row vs. division with 95+ rec. yards. Is of 2 AFC WRs (TYREEK HILL) with 90+ catches (92), 1,000+ rec. yards (1,079) & 7+ rec. TDs (7) this season. TE PAT FREIERMUTH ranks 2nd among rookies with 7 rec. TDs this season. • LB T.J. WATT had 1.5 sacks & FR in Week 8 meeting & has 10.5 sacks in 8 career games vs. Cle. Has sack in 6 of his past 7 vs. division. Has 11 sacks in his past 5 at home. Has 4 sacks in his past 2 on MNF. Leads NFL with 17.5 sacks, most in Pit. history. LB ALEX HIGHSMITH had sack & 1st-career FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with TFL.
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No. 9 Oklahoma State beats No. 5 Notre Dame 37-35 in Fiesta
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Spencer Sanders accounted for 496 yards and threw three of his four touchdown passes to Tay Martin, and No. 9 Oklahoma State overcame a 21-point deficit to beat No. 5 Notre Dame 37-35 in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday.
Oklahoma State (12-2, No. 9 CFP) came up inches short of securing a College Football Playoff spot in a loss to No. 6 Baylor at the Big 12 title game and fell into 21-point, first-half hole against Notre Dame (11-2, No. 5 CFP).
Jack Coan led Notre Dame’s early charge while throwing for a Fiesta Bowl-record 509 yards and five touchdowns.
Sanders and Martin brought the Cowboys back.
Sanders, who had a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jaden Bray in the first quarter, cut Notre Dame’s lead to 28-14 with a 9-yard scoring pass to Martin with 37 seconds left in the first half. The pair connected for two more touchdowns, from 5 and 8 yards, to tie the game, and the Cowboys went up 34-28 on three field goals by Tanner Brown.
Coan threw a 25-yard TD pass to Austin with 1:05 left to pull Notre Dame within two, but Oklahoma State recovered the onside kick to keep the Irish winless in major bowl games since the 1993 Cotton Bowl under Lou Holtz.
Sanders threw for 371 yards on 34-of-51 passing and ran for 125 yards.
The Irish appeared to be headed toward a rousing start to the Marcus Freeman era, building a 28-7 lead behind Coan. Notre Dame’s senior quarterback threw for 342 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, including two to tight end Michael Mayer.
But the Irish looked like they were floundering in the desert sand throughout the second half.
Oklahoma State ramped up the pressure on Coan and shut down Notre Dame’s offense while its offense was revving up.
Notre Dame finally got something going midway through the fourth quarter, but Malcolm Rodriguez stepped in front of Kevin Austin for an interception at the Cowboys’ 18-yard line.
Coan finished 38 for 68.
Notre Dame’s latest loss in a major bowl is going to sting for a while. The Irish looked like their argument to have been in the CFP was valid in a dominating first half, only to fall flat in the second.
A monster turnaround after a flat start gave Oklahoma State its first major bowl win since the 2011 Fiesta Bowl.
Notre Dame: The Irish will have to replace Coan and Williams on offense, but Mayer, their leading receiver, is a sophomore. DT Kurt Hinish is out of eligibility and pass rushing specialist Isaiah Foskey is planning decided whether to leave for the NFL by Jan. 17.
Oklahoma State: Sanders still has eligibility left, but the Cowboys will have to replace Warren, Martin, RB Dezmon Jackson and OL Josh Sills.
No. 6 Baylor tops No. 8 Ole Miss in Sugar Bowl; Corral hurt
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Al Walcott set a Sugar Bowl record with a 96-yard interception return, Monaray Baldwin raced 48 yards for the go-ahead score on an end around, and sixth-ranked Baylor beat No. 8 Mississippi 21-7 Saturday night as injured Rebels quarterback Matt Corral watched from the sideline on crutches.
Abram Smith rushed for 172 yards to finish with a single-season record 1,601 for Big 12 champion Baylor (12-2), which won 12 games in a season for the first time. The defense did the rest, finishing with 10 sacks – two by game MVP Terrel Bernard – and three interceptions.
Corral, a dual-threat star QB and projected high-round NFL draft choice, became one of the big stories of the Sugar Bowl because of his decision to play, rather than opt out and minimize injury risks in advance of turning pro.
Corral had accounted for 3,936 total yards and 31 touchdowns during the regular season. But his hopes of going out with a flourish in a New Year’s Day bowl faded on Ole Miss’ third series, when he was sacked from behind by Cole Maxwell amid a cluster of players. When he was helped up and off the field, Corral didn’t put weight on his right foot.
He was carted to the locker room for X-rays before returning to the sideline wearing his red undershirt and using two black crutches.
Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin then put his offense in the hands of freshman Luke Altmyer, who led Ole Miss (10-3) to the Baylor 12-yard line on his first series, only to have his pass to the left flat tipped and then intercepted by Walcott, who raced down the right sideline for the only points of the first half. The interception return was the longest in the Sugar Bowl’s 88-game history.
But the Rebels’ defense managed to hold Baylor’s offense scoreless through three quarters, allowing Ole Miss to tie it on Altmyer’s 37-yard timing pass down the right sideline to Braylon Sanders.
Ole Miss was poised to take the lead when Cole Nation lined up for a 35-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, but his kick sailed just wide right.
Baylor responded with Baldwin’s first collegiate touchdown on a season-long run for the seldom-used freshman, who entered the game with five rushes and one catch.
Altmyer’s second interception, picked off by safety J.T. Woods on a pass over the middle, set up Gerry Bohanon’s 2-yard scoring pass to Tyquan Thornton for the game’s final score.
Baylor was served well all season by a formula of good defense and ball control. After Corral’s injury and a pick-6 on Altmyer’s first series, the Bears’ odds of making that work only got better. Woods had two interceptions.
Ole Miss’ defense kept the Rebels close after Corral’s injury, shutting out the Baylor offense until less than 12 minutes remained. But with Corral out, Kiffin’s SEC-leading offense wasn’t the same despite flashes of playmaking by Altmyer, who was 15 of 29 for 174 yards. It didn’t help that first-string place kicker Caden Costa was suspended for a banned substance. Nation missed two field goal attempts, the first from 49 yards in the first quarter.
Baylor: Opens the 2022 season at home against Louisiana Tech on Sept. 3. The Bears have 14 senior starters to replace, including Smith as well as their top two receivers, Thompson and R.J. Sneed. They’re also losing Big 12 defensive players of the year Jalen Pitre.
Mississippi: The Rebels open their 2022 season at home against Troy on Sept. 3. Altmyer will be a frontrunner to replace Corral. Ole Miss also will be looking to fill voids at receiver with Dontario Drummond, Jahcour Pearson and Sanders all finishing their careers. Top running back Jerrion Ealy could turn pro. On defense, the Rebels will be looking for an edge rusher to replace sack leader Sam Williams, who is moving on to the NFL.
No. 7 Ohio State beats No. 10 Utah 48-45 in wild Rose Bowl
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba put on a passing performance that obliterated a multitude of records during one of the biggest offensive days in Ohio State’s storied history.
The Buckeyes still barely did enough to hold off resilient Utah and its backup quarterback in one spectacular Rose Bowl.
Stroud capped his record-setting offensive day by leading a 56-yard drive ending in Noah Ruggles’ 19-yard field goal with nine seconds to play, and No. 7 Ohio State beat No. 10 Utah 48-45 on Saturday night in the wild 108th edition of the Rose Bowl.
Stroud passed for a school-record 573 yards and a record-tying six touchdowns for the Buckeyes (11-2), who won the Granddaddy of Them All for the second time in four years while toppling one long-standing offensive record after another. Stroud’s yards passing and touchdowns both are Rose Bowl records, and he finished 3 yards shy of the record for yards passing in any bowl game.
“It’s emotional for me,” said Stroud, from nearby Rancho Cucamonga. “It’s like I’m dreaming right now. I was able to come home and win the Rose Bowl like this. … This is the Rose Bowl, man. This is where the legendary games are being played.”
Ohio State created a few more legends on this trip.
Smith-Njigba set the record for any FBS bowl game with 347 yards receiving while catching a school-record 15 passes and scoring three touchdowns. Marvin Harrison Jr. also caught three TD passes for the Buckeyes, who set a Rose Bowl and school bowl record with 683 total yards.
Yet the Buckeyes were the ones playing from behind for nearly all of the first three-plus quarters in Arroyo Seco until they summoned the will for three fourth-quarter scoring drives.
“Our team is built on fighting,” Smith-Njigba said. “It doesn’t matter if we’re up, down. We were down the first half, but we just had to stay level headed and keep fighting.”
Ohio State had to rally from 10 points down late in the third quarter to get past the Pac-12 champion Utes (10-4), who got off to an electrifying 35-point first half in their first school’s first trip to the Rose Bowl. They even stayed competitive after star quarterback Cameron Rising went down with an injury while getting sacked with 9:56 to play.
The Utes had to turn to backup Bryson Barnes, who grew up on a pig farm in central Utah and had never thrown a collegiate pass. He he led them on a tying drive, capped by a 15-yard TD pass to Dalton Kincaid with 1:54 left.
Stroud coolly drove the Buckeyes back downfield in the waning seconds, and Ruggles hit his easy field goal. Ohio State kicked off to Britain Covey, who already had a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown earlier, but the Buckeyes smothered his cutback as time ran out.
“All we needed was 30 more seconds, if that,” Barnes said. “Get down the field, tie it and head to OT. But we didn’t get enough time. … A lot of dudes are sad, but there’s not a lot to hang our heads on. We’ve been through the lowest of lows and highest of highs, but we made Utah football history today.”
In front of a raucous crowd dominated by Utah fans in the venerable stadium that opened in October 1922, the schools matched the 2012 Oregon-Wisconsin matchup for the highest-scoring first half in Rose Bowl history, combining for 42 points and 443 yards in the second quarter alone.
Ohio State trailed 38-31 entering the fourth quarter despite the pyrotechnics of its passing game, but the Buckeyes immediately stopped Utah on downs at the Ohio State 31, and tied it on Harrison’s 5-yard TD catch with 10:12 left. After Rising’s injury, Smith-Njigba made a 30-yard, over-the-shoulder catch for his third touchdown with 4:22 to play.
“To come out in the second half and play the way we did says a lot about this team,” said Ohio State coach Ryan Day, who earned his second bowl victory. “We were short-handed, and for us to respond the way we did at halftime says a lot about the character of this team.”
Rising passed for 214 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 92 yards and a score while leading the Utes to a 35-21 halftime lead, but he left the game with an apparent head injury. Utah played without three of its top four cornerbacks, even forcing running back Micah Bernard to play defensive back for the first time since high school.
“At some point, we have to play defense,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. “We didn’t play very well all night long on defense. It wasn’t our usual. Not sure we’d be able to get a stop.”
With two top Buckeyes receivers opting out, Smith-Njigba had a landmark day that included TD receptions of 50 and 52 yards made 30 seconds apart – albeit with Covey’s TD return in between.
He broke Cris Carter’s 1985 school record of 172 yards receiving in a bowl game in the first half alone. He snapped Keyshawn Johnson’s 1996 Rose Bowl record of 216 yards receiving and then Terry Glenn’s 1995 single-game school record of 253 yards after halftime. Smith-Njigba finished his season with 1,606 yards, blowing past David Boston’s 1998 school record.
OLD MAN STRENGTH
The 24-year-old Covey’s sensational 97-yard romp through the Buckeyes’ coverage unit was the first kickoff return for a touchdown in Utah’s entire bowl history. Covey, who also caught a 19-yard TD pass for the Utes’ first points, arrived at the school in 2015.
The Buckeyes’ loss to Michigan in November knocked them out of the national title picture, four key starters opted out to preserve their health for the NFL draft: Receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, starting left tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere and defensive tackle Haskell Garrett.
Ohio State: A win in Pasadena is always never taken for granted by a Big Ten power. The Buckeyes overcame the instinct to relax after their national title dreams died, and they put on a performance that showed Day’s program has tenacity.
Utah: The Utes were agonizingly close to their third New Year’s Six victory during their two-decade transformation from a mid-major overachiever to an elite Power 5 program. Despite the loss, the impressiveness of their fight and the size of their traveling fan base confirms Utah has arrived.
No. 25 Kentucky rallies late to beat No. 17 Iowa 20-17
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Chris Rodriguez ran for a 6-yard touchdown with 1:48 to play, and No. 25 Kentucky rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 17 Iowa 20-17 in the Citrus Bowl on Saturday.
Kentucky was forced to rally after blowing a 10-point lead in the second half. Wan’Dale Robinson set up the winning score when he caught a 52-yard pass from Will Levis to get the Wildcats to the 1-yard line. Robinson, the game’s MVP, finished with 10 catches for 170 yards, while Levis completed 17 of 28 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown.
DeAndre Square intercepted Iowa’s Spencer Petras with 48 seconds to play to clinch the victory. Kentucky (10-3) won a fourth straight bowl game for the first time in school history and became the fourth Wildcats team to win at least 10 games.
Iowa (10-4), which rose to as high as No. 2 in the AP Top 25, saw its bowl win streak end at three games. The Hawkeyes stormed back from a 13-3 halftime deficit and led 17-13 after Petras’ 36-yard touchdown pass to Sam LaPorta with 10:54 to play.
Iowa dominated Kentucky in the second half before the final drive, when the Wildcats drove 80 yards in eight plays. Rodriguez rushed for 107 yards and the go-ahead score, and he caught a short touchdown pass from Levis in the first half.
Iowa cornerback Jemari Harris appeared to have capped the win for the Hawkeyes when he picked off Levis with 3:59 to play. It was Iowa’s school-record 25th interception of the season. The Hawkeyes also registered seven sacks.
But the Hawkeyes elected to punt on fourth-and-1 from their own 45 with 3:38 remaining, and the punt sailed into the end zone for a touchback, setting up Kentucky’s game-winning drive.
The Hawkeyes came in with the nation’s 123rd-ranked offense (297.5 yards per game) and having scored two offensive touchdowns in their previous three games. But Iowa eventually came alive behind Petras, who finished 19 of 30 for 211 yards. Gavin Williams ran for 98 yards on 16 carries, while Arlen Bruce IV gave Iowa its first touchdown of the day on a 20-yard sweep with 3:21 left in the third quarter. LaPorta, the latest in a long line of elite tight ends at Iowa, caught five passes for 98 yards.
Kentucky passed almost every test offensively in the early going against Iowa’s stout defense. Levis connected on nine of his first 11 passes, including a 5-yard swing pass to Rodriguez for the only touchdown of the first half.
Levin completed a 34-yard strike to Robinson on a third-and-26 play, leading to a field goal for the Wildcats. Thirty-nine seconds later, D’Eryk Jackson intercepted Petras after the ball was tipped at the line by Jordan Wright. However, Iowa’s defense held firm and forced Kentucky to settle for Matt Ruffolo’s second field goal.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz refused to name a starting quarterback in the days leading up the game, but the Hawkeyes went with Petras, the starter most of the season despite injuries that knocked him out of 3 1/2 games.
Robinson, the most electrifying player on the field, came through when the Wildcats needed it most.
The Hawkeyes were without standout running back Tyler Goodson, who skipped the game to prepare for the NFL draft.
Iowa: The Hawkeyes must find a way to upgrade their dismal offense, which came in ranked 97th in scoring (23.9 points) and 117th in pass completion percentage (54.3%).
Kentucky: If the Wildcats can convince Rodriguez and Robinson to return with Levis, they should have one of the most potent offenses in the nation. Adding support will be a strong recruiting class that was ranked in the top 15 nationally, led by offensive tackle Kiyaunta Goodwin.
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Top-ranked Baylor holds on to beat No. 8 Iowa State 77-72
AMES, Iowa (AP) Baylor has a new cast of players, but its depth and defense showed up as usual in one of the most anticipated games of the season so far.
James Akinjo scored 16 points, LJ Cryer had 10 of his 13 in the second half, and the top-ranked Bears beat No. 8 Iowa State 77-72 on Saturday for the Cyclones’ first loss.
Baylor (13-0, 1-0 Big 12) never trailed in only the fourth Division I matchup of 12-0 teams in 40 years and the first game between top-10 teams at Hilton Coliseum since 2014.
The defending national champions got the tough game they expected and had to overcome 19 turnovers and foul trouble.
“First and foremost, it shows we have a great rotation,” coach Scott Drew said. “Different people stepped up at different times, and you need that because not everybody has great shooting nights and great games.”
The defending national champion Bears extended their win streak to 19 games and are among three remaining unbeaten teams. Southern California and Colorado State are the others.
Tristan Enaruna scored a career-high 23 points for the Cyclones (12-1, 0-1), who were off to the second-best start in program history under first-year coach T.J. Otzelberger after winning two games last season.
The Cyclones managed to turn in a game effort on a day they shot 1 of 14 on 3-pointers and Gabe Kalscheur, their second-leading scorer for the season, was held without a point and committed six of the Cyclones’ 17 turnovers.
“The areas we talk about after every game, when they show up to the best of our ability, I don’t think anybody can beat us,” Otzelberger said. “Our ball pressure wasn’t at the level if needed to be, we got outrebounded and our ball toughness wasn’t where it needed to be.”
Izaiah Brockington added 18 points for the Cyclones, who dropped their 24th straight Big 12 game, the longest conference losing streak among Power Five teams.
“We understood the magnitude of the game,” Otzelberger said. “What I’m more interested in with our group is how we respond, how we bounce back, how we come to the practice floor, how intentional we are and how excited we are to continue improving and getting better.”
Baylor was up 41-33 at halftime and built its lead to 14 points in the second half. The Cyclones wouldn’t fold, cutting it to five points three times in the last three minutes.
“It was really loud,” Carr said. “Every time they made a big play, you could barely hear yourself talk. It was really energetic in the building.”
The Bears had to get creative when big men Flo Thamba and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua got into foul trouble. Forwards Jeremy Sochan and Kendall Brown each played some center for the first time this season. Sochan had seven rebounds to go with his 12 points, and Brown had five boards.
Adam Flagler and Akinjo each hit a pair of free throws in the last 30 seconds to hold off the Cyclones and send Baylor to a ninth straight win against a top-10 opponent.
“Big 12 road games are very tough and very hard to win, and whenever you get one you’re blessed,” Drew said. “We could have executed better down the stretch, but other than that couldn’t be more pleased.”
Baylor: This was only the second true road game for the Bears, and they had an answer every time Iowa State looked ready to make a run.
Iowa State: The Cyclones played Baylor closer than any of the Bears’ opponents this season, and it doesn’t get any easier. Four of their next five games are against ranked teams.
Iowa State freshman point guard Tyrese Hunter had 10 of his 12 points in the second half. … Baylor had 12 offensive rebounds, the 17th straight game the Bears have had at least 10. … ISU outscored the Bears 21-10 at the free-throw line. … The Bears’ 29-4 Big 12 record over two-plus seasons is the best conference record of any Power Five team. … Baylor is 57-2 over three seasons when leading at halftime.
Baylor: Hosts Oklahoma on Tuesday.
Iowa State: Hosts No. 25 Texas Tech on Wednesday.
No. 22 Villanova edges short-handed No. 15 Seton Hall 73-67
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Villanova coach Jay Wright isn’t a big fan of playing on New Year’s Day. It takes away from celebrating the night before and facing a tough and physical Seton Hall is never fun, even when they are shorthanded.
Justin Moore hit a go-ahead jumper with 1:36 to play and No. 22 Villanova dominated inside and hit late free throws to post a 73-67 victory over gutsy No. 15 Pirates on Saturday.
“There is no way we came in here thinking they are down two starters this is going to be an easy game,” Wright said.
It wasn’t and the game wasn’t decided until the final minutes, which is the norm when these long-time Big East Conference rivals play.
Collin Gillespie scored 21 points, Brandon Slater added 17 and Moore had 13 to lead the Wildcats (9-4, 2-1). Jermaine Samuels added 11 points and 11 rebounds as Nova held a 42-28 rebounding edge with Seton Hall missing two key big men because of COVID-19.
“It’s a good win for us to come in and have a tough night shooting because of their defense and physicality and finding a way to win,” Wright said after seeing his team turning the ball over 17 times and shoot 44% from the field.
Backup guard Bryce Aiken had 22 points to lead Seton Hall, which has lost the last two games playing with only eight players because of COVID-19 issues. Jared Rhoden added 13 and Jamir Harris had 12, all on 3-pointers, for the Pirates (9-3, 0-2).
“We’re still in a good spot,” Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said. “We’re still a very good basketball team. Losing two games is not going to change that when you have eight guys.”
Seton Hall had three players foul out with Myles Cale picking up his fifth foul and joining Alexis Yetna and Tray Jackson on the bench with less than a second to play. Yetna had 10 points and eight rebounds.
The final five minutes took almost 15 minutes to play with all the timeouts and the free throws.
Villanova’s play on the offensive glass was the key. Moore’s go-ahead shot gave the Wildcats a 62-61 lead and it came after Gillespie missed and 3-pointer and Bryan Antoine got the rebound. After a Pirates miss, Slater made two free throws for a 64-61 edge after another offensive rebound. Another Gillespie free throw pushed the lead to five points.
Wright also noted Moore added five defensive rebounds and did a great job guarding Rhoden, the Pirates’ best player.
“He does so many things that impact the game,” Wright said of Moore. “He hit the huge jumper late in the second half when we were down one. He is just that kind of player.”
Seton Hall got within two points twice in the final 10 seconds but Villanova made 11 of 12 free throws down the stretch to post its fourth straight win over the Pirates.
“I have the utmost faith in this team,” Harris said. “I believe in every guy, 1 through 13 or 15, all our players, I believe in every one. We work really, really hard on unselfish and we care about winning. I feel like we showed that every time we go out on the floor, so tonight was another example.”
Villanova: The Wildcats have a talented roster and have all the components. They can shoot, rebound and play defense. It’s a typical Jay Wright team build for a post-season run. The four losses is not a good number but they included losses to No. 1 Baylor, No. 3 Purdue and No. 5 UCLA. They also were missing a key player with guard Caleb Daniels, who was averaging almost 10 points and 4 rebounds. He was on the COVID-19 list.
Seton Hall: The Pirates probably are going to fall out of the Top 25 after two straight losses. While it may seem unfair playing shorthanded, the only key player they are missing statistically is junior forward Tyrese Samuel. He is averaging 10.8 points and 6.9 rebounds. Center Ike Obiagu doesn’t contribute big numbers but he is a force in the of the defense.
Villanova: Returns home to play Creighton for the second time this season. The Bluejays won 79-59 on Dec. 17.
Seton Hall: At Butler on Tuesday.
DeRozan beats the buzzer again, giving Bulls 7 straight wins
WASHINGTON (AP) DeMar DeRozan hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the second straight game to give the Chicago Bulls a 120-119 win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
Kyle Kuzma’s 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds to play gave Washington a 119-117 lead, until DeRozan beat the Wizards in the same way he beat Indiana on Friday night.
DeRozan finished with 28 points and Zach LaVine had 35 points to help the Bulls to their seventh straight win, which is their longest streak since Dec. 18-29, 2014.
According to BasketballReference.com, DeRozan became the first player in NBA history to hit buzzer-beaters on consecutive days.
“It’s amazing, especially doing it on the road,” DeRozan said. “I don’t know if I’m dreaming or if it’s real right now.
“You work your butt off and you understand that if you’re in those positions, try to capitalize on them the best way you can because you’re going to have games where you miss some.”
The Wizards led nearly the whole game, outscoring Chicago 72-30 in points in the paint.
“He just made a heck of a play. He was defended pretty well,” Washington coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “It’s just tough. It’s tough to lose a game like that.”
Kuzma scored 29 points and had 12 rebounds, while Bradley Beal had 27 points and a career-high 16 assists in his first start at point guard. Beal also passed the 14,000 point mark.
Midway through the second quarter, the Wizards were called for a technical full for too many players. Alize Johnson, one of five players on 10-day contracts, was the sixth player on the court.
Bulls: F Tyler Cook suffered a sprained left ankle early in the second quarter and did not return. . F Javonte Green was out with a right adductor strain. . Interim coach Chris Fleming said that he hopes G Lonzo Ball and F Alonzo McKinnie, who were in health and safety protocols, could return to action early next week. . Coach Billy Donovan addressed the team over Zoom on Saturday and told them how proud he was with Friday night’s win. Donovan could return from health and safety protocols on Monday.
Wizards: Signed G Tremont Waters to a 10-day contract. . G Brad Wanamaker, who started on Thursday, entered the health and safety protocols. . Rotation players G Spencer Dinwiddie, F Rui Hachimura, F Montrezl Harrell, G Aaron Holiday and G Raul Neto are still in COVID-19 protocols
DEROZAN’S BIG SHOT: DeRozan said he concentrated on the fundamentals before he shot the game-winner.
“I wanted to make sure my feet were behind the line,” he said. “I wanted to give it a chance to go in.
“My shots all night were short. It’s tough to play on back-to-backs. I kind of felt it throughout the game.”
LaVine shook his head when asked to describe DeRozan.
“The dude’s incredible,” LaVine said. “You can’t say much more than that.Thank God we’ve got DeMar DeRozan on our team.”
BEAL IMPRESSED WITH DEROZAN: Throughout Beal’s NBA career, he has marveled at DeRozan.
“That’s what he does,” Beal said. “He takes tough shots and he makes tough shots.”
Beal believes the short-handed Wizards simply came up short against a marvelous opponent.
“We did everything we possibly could to win, but DeRo just made a crazy shot at the end of the game,” he said. “In a way, the shot is demoralizing and takes the energy out of you, but to know that we competed and played hard, we set ourselves up to win, and you feel great about that.”
Bulls: Host Orlando on Monday.
Wizards: Host Charlotte on Monday.
Giannis’ triple-double leads Milwaukee to 6th straight win
MILWAUKEE (AP) With Giannis Antetokounmpo in peak form since returning from COVID-19 protocols, the red-hot Milwaukee Bucks are scoring at their highest rate of the season.
Antetokounmpo had 35 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double of the season and the Bucks won their sixth straight game, beating the New Orleans Pelicans 136-113 on Saturday night. The 27-year-old Antetokounmpo now has 27 career triple-doubles.
“I’m just trying to stay aggressive,” Antetokounmpo said. “I feel I’m at my best when I’m aggressive, not just for me but the team because I can create open shots.”
In four games since his return on Christmas, Antetokounmpo has averaged 33 points, 11.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists. Antetokounmpo had missed five games due to league protocols.
“He’s playing strong,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He’s making some jump shots, making some 3’s, making free throws. He’s doing a little bit of everything.”
The two-time MVP got his 10th assist of the game by finding Grayson Allen for a 3-pointer that put the Bucks ahead 117-97 with 6:55 left. Antetokounmpo hit a 3-pointer 26 seconds later.
Antetokounmpo’s other triple-double this season came Dec. 12, when he had 20 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in a 112-97 victory over the New York Knicks.
New Orleans’ Josh Hart narrowly missed a triple-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.
The Bucks have scored over 120 points in three straight games. They just recorded a two-game sweep at Orlando with 127-110 and 136-118 triumphs over the Magic.
New Orleans’ focus on slowing down Antetokounmpo created plenty of open shots for his teammates, as the Bucks shot 23 of 48 from 3-point range.
“It was just one of those nights where they tried to commit five guys to him and load up the paint,” Allen said.
Jordan Nwora had 23 points and shot 5 of 7 from 3-point range for the Bucks. Jrue Holiday scored 21, Allen added 16 points and Bobby Portis 14.
Jaxson Hayes scored 23 points for the Pelicans. Devonte’ Graham, Hart, Herbert Jones and Garrett Temple each scored 14 points. Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 13 and Willy Hernangomez had 11.
New Orleans was missing its top two scorers with Brandon Ingram sitting out a second straight game due to a sore left Achilles and Jonas Valanciunas entering COVID-19 protocols.
The Pelicans still trailed by just a single point late in the second quarter. The Bucks ended the first half on a 7-0 run and then broke the game open in the second half.
“I thought we did a decent job in the first half,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said. “And in the second half, it got away from us a little bit.”
Milwaukee didn’t have two-time All-Star Khris Middleton or Donte DiVincenzo. Middleton was out for personal reasons and DiVincenzo was out after twisting his left ankle in pregame warmups.
Their absences allowed other Bucks players to step forward. Jordan Nwora, playing for the first time since Dec. 23, shot 5 of 7 from 3-point range.
“Anytime I get a chance to play, I make the most of it,” Nwora said. “That’s what I think when I go out there. I think I was able to do that today.”
Pelicans: Hart nearly recorded a triple-double despite shooting 1 of 6 from 3-point range and 3 of 9 from the line. Hart is 4 of 15 on free-throw attempts against the Bucks. He is 63 of 73 from the line against all other teams.
Bucks: Milwaukee also was missing reserve forwards Thanasis Antetokounmpo and Semi Ojeleye due to NBA health and safety protocols. . Rodney Hood came off the bench late in the first quarter for his first game appearance since Dec. 23.
Budenholzer earned his 400th career head coaching victory. He improved his career record to 400-275 in nine seasons, including a 187-78 mark in four seasons with Milwaukee.
Pelicans: Host the Utah Jazz on Monday in the first of three straight home games.
Bucks: Host Detroit Pistons on Monday. The Bucks have won their last 12 matchups with the Pistons.
Warriors rally in the 4th quarter for 123-116 win over Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Earning road victories against other top NBA teams is quickly becoming a habit for Golden State.
Stephen Curry scored 28 points and had nine assists on Saturday night to help the Western Conference-leading Warriors to a 123-116 win over the Utah Jazz, who are third in the conference.
The Warriors notched their second major road victory over an elite Western Conference foe in eight days, after beating second-place Phoenix on Christmas Day.
“It’s a good confidence builder to be in these types of settings on the road and get wins like this and show who we are,” Curry said. “Our DNA is built on chasing championships and you got to win games like we have to get it done.”
Andrew Wiggins had 25 points for the Warriors, and Otto Porter Jr. had 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Andre Iguodala added 12 points, eight assists and seven rebounds off the bench – including a late 3-pointer to seal the win.
Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson all scored 20 points, and Rudy Gobert had 20 points and 19 rebounds in Utah’s seventh home loss.
Mitchell shot just 4 of 19 from the field for a season-low 21%. It came a day after scoring a season-high 39 points against Minnesota.
“I liked a lot of the looks,” Mitchell said. “It’s the same shots I hit not even 24 hours ago. … I can’t count many times the ball rolled in and out. Those nights are going to happen. It can’t go in every night.”
Golden State shot 53% from the field before halftime and had a 14-point lead at the half, which Utah erased and then some (16-point deficit) in the third quarter with a 19-5 run. Bogdanovic and O’Neale hit back-to-back 3-pointers to punctuate the run, which put the Jazz up 79-74.
Utah scored 41 points in the third quarter – the most Golden State has given up during a single quarter this season. But the Warriors came back in the fourth quarter, scoring on seven consecutive possessions for an 111-106 lead. Wiggins led the charge with three straight baskets that finally put Golden State back in front.
“They did a great job of moving the ball, of getting up into us defensively and making us uncomfortable and controlled that third quarter,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “But that requires a lot of energy too. That lead we had at halftime forced them to really get after it in that third quarter and they did. But I thought we had more energy in the fourth as a result.”
Utah tied it at 111-111 on a 3-pointer from Bogdanovic. Curry answered with back-to-back baskets and Iguodala added a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 119-112 lead with 40 seconds left.
“I thought we ran out of gas a little bit,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “When they’re scoring, it’s obviously much harder to run. That’s something that we know we need to do throughout the course of a game. I didn’t think we were committed to that on a possession-to-possession basis.”
The Warriors shot 53.5% overall for the game, made 17 3-pointers and improved to 5-16 all-time in New Year’s Day games.
Golden State: Curry has now made at least one 3-pointer in 158 consecutive games, setting a new NBA record. He eclipsed his own record of 157 straight games. . Kevon Looney fouled out with 59.4 seconds left after totaling eight points, seven rebounds and six assists. . Golden State had 39 assists on 46 baskets.
Utah: Mitchell is 29 of 32 from the free-throw line in his last three games. He went 10-of-11 against Golden State but did not attempt a free throw in the fourth quarter. . O’Neale finished with 15 points, scoring in double figures for just the second time in 13 games. He went scoreless against Minnesota on Friday after not attempting a shot or a free throw.
Golden State shot 13 of 18 from the field in the fourth quarter – 11 of those came off assists. The Warriors also committed only three turnovers in the final quarter to finish with a plus-12 point differential in the fourth after struggling to keep pace with Utah in the third quarter.
The Warriors missed just two shots over the final 10 minutes. Wiggins, Iguodala, and Porter all joined Curry in making critical baskets down the stretch.
“They’re talented and they’re gamers and they understand they’re going to have to play like that for us to do special things this year,” Curry said. “The opportunity is there. It’s just a matter of going through the reps.”
Porter made the most of his minutes in his third start of the season. He had his first 20-point game of the season while making a season-high nine field goals. The veteran forward also set a new season high in assists.
Porter is averaging 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 2.0 steals over Golden State’s last two road contests.
“He understands the game at such a deep level,” Kerr said.
Golden State: Host Miami on Monday.
Jazz: Visit New Orleans on Monday.
TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES
Colts activate QB Carson Wentz from COVID-19 list
(AP) — The Indianapolis Colts activated quarterback Carson Wentz from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday and he should be able to start against Las Vegas on Sunday.
Wentz, who is unvaccinated, must have a negative test Sunday to be allowed to play under new protocols adopted by the NFL and the players’ union this week. He went on the COVID-19 list Tuesday and was required to isolate for five days.
The Colts (9-6) can clinch a playoff berth by winning. They also activated cornerback T.J. Carrie and tackle Braden Smith from the COVID-19 list, while promoting quarterback Brett Hundley and defensive tackle Chris Williams from the practice squad as coronavirus replacements.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: #5 NOTRE DAME FALLS TO #9 OKLAHOMA STATE
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-1) fell to the No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys (11-2) at the 2022 Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Jack Coan finished the day with 509 yards and threw for four touchdowns in the first half. It set the Notre Dame bowl record for most touchdown passes in the first half. It also tied a career high for Coan in a single game. He also broke the Fiesta Bowl records for pass attempts with 68 attempts and passing yards.
There were five Irish players who recorded five catches including Chris Tyree’s career high of 115 yards. Lorenzo Styles had seven receptions for 136 yards and became just the second true freshman to score a receiving touchdown in a bowl game for Notre Dame.
The Irish couldn’t have asked for a better start, going 75 yards in just five plays for a touchdown on their opening possession. Coan capped the drive by connecting with a wide open Styles for a 29-yard strike to put Notre Dame on top 7-0 early.
The Irish defense put the clamps on the Oklahoma State offense early, limiting it to just nine yards over its first two possessions.
On Notre Dame’s third drive of the game, the air attack found the end zone for the second time of the first quarter. Coan found Tyree in space and the running back dashed 53 yards for the touchdown to double the lead at 14-0 with 7:05 left in the first quarter.
The Cowboys managed to find their rhythm on offense on their fourth possession of the day, scoring a touchdown off an eight play, 82-yard drive to cut the Irish lead to 14-7.
The Irish pushed its lead back to two touchdowns on their first drive of the second quarter. Notre Dame put together a 10-play drive that went 78 yards. Coan completed a pass to Michael Mayer, who stretched to the pylon for the 16-yard score to make it 21-7 with 11:04 left in the half.
The Irish marched down the field on an 11-play, 84-yard drive to extend their lead 28-7, when Coan connected with Mayer for the second time in the half for a seven yard completion.
Oklahoma State added to their total when they found the end zone in the last minute of the half, on a four play drive to put the score at 28-14.
The opening drive of the second half resulted in a 12-play, 87-yard drive from the Cowboys to cut the Irish lead 28-21. Oklahoma State found the end zone a second time in the third quarter when they went 89-yards for 10 plays to tie the game 28-28.
The Cowboys took the lead at the end of the third quarter when a seven play, 36-yard drive resulted in a made field goal attempt pushing the score to 28-31.
On an Oklahoma State drive into the end zone, Jack Kiser made the tackle and forced a fumble that was recovered in the end zone by Ramon Henderson for a Notre Dame touchback.
The Cowboys extended their lead, 28-34, with a made field goal attempt at 9:07 in the fourth quarter.
At 3:07 in the fourth quarter, a carry from the Cowboys resulted in a fumble caused by Isaiah Foskey that was then recovered by Drew White.
A 25-yard field goal attempt for the Cowboys continued to extend their lead as the score was pushed to 28-37.
In a quick attempt from the Irish, Coan connected with Braden Lenzy for a gain of 17-yards. A spark from the Irish saw a carry for 13 yards and a reception of 15 to keep moving the Irish forward. In the eight play, 75-yard drive, Coan connected with Kevin Austin Jr. for a touchdown with just over a minute to go in the game making the final score 35-37.
NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: GM 14 PREVIEW: AT #15/22 DUKE
DURHAM, N.C. – Just like the famous Friends scene with Ross Geller, sometimes you just need to “Pivot!” That’s exactly the hand the No. 17 Notre Dame women’s basketball team (11-2, 2-0) was dealt, missing out on their first ACC game after the holiday break, but play finally resumes this Sunday in a top-25 ranked battle between the Fighting Irish and No. 15 Duke Blue Devils (9-2, 0-1). Tip inside Cameron Indoor is slated for 2 p.m. ET, airing live on ACC Network.
The Irish own a commanding lead in the series, 17-2, with a 4-2 record in Durham.
For those fans planning to attend in person, you have to be either vaccinated or have a negative COVID. All Duke vaccination and mask guidelines can be found here
NANCY LIEBERMAN AWARD WATCH LIST?
To all Nancy LIeberman Award committee members – you probably should be paying attention to someone who wasn’t on your preseason watch list – introducing to you Olivia Miles. Notre Dame’s freshman point guard leads the ENTIRE NATION in assists per game, averaging 7.8. However, Miles is more than just stylish assists – she’s also averaging double-digit points (12.6) and reeling in 6.9 boards/game – second best on team behind Dodson.
Thus, Miles is the only player in the country averaging at least 12 points / 6 rebounds / 7 assists.
By the way, she’s piling up double-doubles too, already earning five on the year, which is tied for the most in the ACC and ranks 2nd among all Division I freshmen. Of those five, one of them is a triple-double, as Miles became just the second Irish freshman in program history to do so.
MORE ON MILES’ ASSIST NUMBERS
The top passer in the country is putting up assist numbers the program hasn’t seen in over three decades. Miles’ 7.8 apg would finish third all-time, with the top-three spots currently belonging to:
1. Mary Gavin 8.7 1987-88
2. Mary Gavin 7.9 1986-87
3. Lindsay Allen 7.6 2016-17
The most total assists in a season belong to Lindsay Allen at 282 (2016-17). The highest assist average for a freshman at ND was 4.5 by Mary Gavin in 1984-85. Miles boasts four double-digit assist performances on the year. All other players in the ACC have combined for one.
ACC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK X4
Make it 4-out-of-7 possible weeks for guard Sonia Citron in claiming ACC Freshman of the Week honors. The league office announced her fourth award on the year on Dec. 20 after she helped lift the Fighting Irish to a 2-0 start in ACC play with a dominant 85-59 win over Pitt.
Citron continues to challenge 2019 alumna Brianna Turner who set the program record with six ACC FOTW honors. Going back into the program’s Big East days, both Jacqueline Batteast (01-02) and Alicia Ratay (99-00) were each six-time winners as well.
FRESHMEN DUO SENSATION
Notre Dame doesn’t just have one, but two super freshmen in Citron and Miles who will be the building blocks for years to come. In fact, only one other school in Division I has 2 freshmen averaging at least 11 ppg – Pacific – Anaya James (15 ppg) and Elizabeth Elliot (12.7 ppg).
A 6-1 versatile guard, Citron has been everywhere on the court for Coach Ivey, ranking in the top-4 on the team in points, rebounds, assists and steals. Not only is Citron making early waves for ACC Freshman of the Year but 6th Woman as well. She’s averaging an impressive 11.5 points off the bench – third most on the team.
Rare numbers off the bench — there are only two players in the entire country (of any class) who are putting up at least 12p/5r/2a off the bench: Citron and NC State’s Diamond Johnson.
In addition, there are only three freshmen in the entire country averaging at least 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists and 1 steal – and two of them belong to ND.
Then there’s Olivia Miles, who has been detailed above. Ultimately, Miles ranks in the top-10 in the ACC in 6 different stat categories: Rebounds, Assists, Steals, A/TO Ratio, Defensive Rebounds and Minutes — best of any Irish player.
A DECEMBER TO REMEMBER
When looking at December games only – Citron is leading the team in scoring with 14.3 ppg, shooting 47.5 percent during said stretch, including 42.9 percent from three. She’s also only one missed free throw, converting 21-of-22. Plus, she’s averaging 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists as well, with only nine turnovers in those six combined games.
Amongst all D-I freshmen in scoring in December – her 14.3 ppg ranks 6th.
And of course there’s Miles. In December games only (last six), she’s nearly averaging a triple double with 13.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 8.8 assists. Her 13.8 ppg ranks ninth among all Division I freshmen for the month of December.
She’ll be entering ACC play this weekend with two straight 20-point performances. She’s 16-of-29 (.552) from the floor in those 2 games.
Outside Miles, let’s take a look at both Maya Dodson and Maddy Westbeld.
Dodson was just named ACC Player of the Week after lifting the Irish to a 91-86 road win at (RV) DePaul on Dec. 22. Dodson scored a career high 28 points, including 12 in the 4th quarter. She scored 10 straight points from 4:46-0:26 in the 4th. She also finished with 8 boards, 7 of the offensive variety.
Next, there’s Westbeld, who has put up big numbers over the last four games: 25-of-40 shooting (.625) – 66 points (16.5 ppg), including two 20-point performances.
Westbeld shot 7-of-10 against a game DePaul team on the road on Dec. 22, converting 3 critical free throws in the final 20 seconds of the game. She ultimately hit a career best eight made free throws.
Westbeld currently leads the Irish in shooting percentage as her .534 mark ranks 4th in the ACC.
SONI STATS – FREE THROWS
Citron is shooting 91.4 percent from the free-throw line, which leads all players in the ACC and ranks 15th in the nation. She is 32-for-35 on the year.
SHARING THE WEALTH AND EXECUTING
The Irish currently have five players averaging double-figures, showcasing the depth of this year’s team. In terms of all Power-Five schools, only Syracuse and Maryland have at least five averaging double figures as well.
Notre Dame has done a great job spreading the wealth, leading the ACC and ranking 11th in the nation in assists/game (18.8). They have twice this season dished out 30+.
Notre Dame is also ranked 21st in the nation in A/TO ratio (1.24), 22nd in blocks/game (5.4) and 15th in rebounds/game (44.38).
NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: #10 Irish Fall to Niagara 3-1
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The 10th-ranked Fighting Irish returned from winter break but dropped a 3-1 decision to Niagara on Saturday evening at Compton Family Ice Arena (3,374).
Spencer Stastney scored for the Irish to make it a 2-1 game in the second but the Irish could not find a tying goal and Niagara added an empty net tally late in the third.
“We just weren’t as ready to play as they were, that’s what it boils down to,” head coach Jeff Jackson said after the game. “It was disappointing, we wanted to get off to a good start in the second half … give them their due, they played well. We have to execute better.”
The Notre Dame power play was 0-for-3 on the night, while the Purple Eagles were 0-for-4.
In net Matthew Galajda totaled 25 saves, while Chad Veltri finished with 27 saves to earn the win.
How It Happened
The teams traded early power-play chances in the first but neither squad could get on the board with the man advantage.
Niagara then took a 1-0 lead at 14:44 of the first on Jason Pineo’s first of the year, which he scored from the low slot.
Notre Dame went back on the power play with 2:53 left in the first. Solag Bakich had the best look, but his snapshot from in front flashed wide and the Irish trailed 1-0 after the first.
Spencer Stastney got the Irish on the board early in the second, with his first career shorthanded goal coming on a breakaway at the 3:52 mark.
The Irish had several more chances right after tying it up, including a Hunter Strand shot that hit the post.
But Niagara was able to take the lead back, 2-1, at 13:38 on an Albin Nilsson goal.
The Purple Eagles got another power play early in the third, but the Irish killed it off including a big stop by Galajda on Josef Mysak.
Notre Dame got a power play midway through the third, but Veltri made saves on Graham Slaggert and Grant Silianoff to keep the Purple Eagles in front.
Nilsson then sealed it with an empty net tally from center ice at the 18:35 mark of the third.
Spencer Stastney scored his first career shorthanded goal, which was Notre Dame’s third shorthanded tally of the season.
Stastney now has three goals in the last three games.
The Fighting Irish and Purple Eagles will close out their series tomorrow (Sunday, Jan. 2) with another 5 p.m. ET game at the Compton Family Ice Arena (tickets).
For those attending games, the University has updated its Covid-19 health and safety protocols (masks required, no concessions available): https://covid.nd.edu/news/spring-semester-covid-19-protocols-update/
The game will also be available on Peacock.
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Top 10 Big Ten Battle Set For Sunday Between No. 8/6 Indiana and No. 6/8 Maryland
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Another Top 10 battle awaits No. 8/6 Indiana on Sunday as it hosts No. 6/8 Maryland in Big Ten play. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. ET inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
#8/6 INDIANA (10-2, 2-0 B1G) VS. #6/8 MARYLAND
Sunday, January 2, 2022 • 3 p.m. ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.
Broadcast: ESPN2 (Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli)
Radio: WHCC 105.1 FM (Austin Render)
Live Stats: HoosierStats.com
Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Promotions: Teddy Bear Toss – $5 admission at the door for those who bring a stuffed animal to toss on to center court at halftime. Teddy Bears will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington.
ABOUT THE TERRAPINS
Maryland also had its Big Ten matchup against Illinois postponed and will be coming off a 12-day break. Sophomore guard/forward Angel Reese leads the way with 18.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. All five starters are in double figure averages including junior guard Ashley Owusu who adds 16.5 ppg. The Terps are one of the nation’s highest scoring offenses, averaging 82.8 points per game which is eighth in the country.
Maryland leads 11-0
1/4/21 – L, 80-84 (College Park, Md.)
Sunday’s game will be Indiana’s third top 10 matchup of the season and fifth ranked foe it has faced in the 2021-22 season. The Hoosiers also faced No. 7/5 Stanford (Bahamas) and No. 2/3 NC State and have wins over No. 13/13 Kentucky and No. 20/21 Ohio State.
IU closed out non-conference play with a convincing 70-37 win over Southern Illinois on Dec. 23 at home. It finished 8-2 record with a Top 25 win (No. 13 Kentucky). IU secured its 10th-straight winning non-conference slate dating back to the 2011-12 season. During the 10-game non-con stretch, the Hoosiers averaged 71.8 points per game, allowed just 56.9 points per game and shot 46.2 percent from the floor.
A staple of any Teri Moren team over the years has been defense and the Hoosiers continue to show it. Giving up just 37 points to SIU on Dec. 23, the Hoosiers have held an opponent under 50 points now 30 times in Moren’s eight years at the helm. It has limited its last five opponents to under 40 percent shooting from the field. IU hasn’t let any opponent score over 70 points this season.
Junior forward Mackenzie Holmes was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week honor roll after her efforts against SIU as she continues to lead the program with 18.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Senior guard Grace Berger adds 14.8 points while graduate student guard Ali Patberg chips in 11.7 per contest.
Indiana remained at No. 8 in the AP Poll and No. 6 in the USA Today/WBCA coaches poll this week.
The Hoosiers will travel to Madison to face the Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET inside Kohl Center.
INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: NOTES: IU Returns to Big Ten Play at Penn State
Indiana University is in its 122nd season of competition in men’s basketball and will resume Big Ten conference play when it visits Penn State on Sunday. IU is coming off a 79-61 win over Northern Kentucky. The Nittany Lions have been limited due to COVID-19 and have not played since falling at Michigan State, 80-64, on December 11. Last year, IU won the only meeting 87-85 in overtime in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. PSU won the last meeting in the Bryce Jordan Center, 64-49, on Jan. 29, 2020.
Indiana (10-2, 1-1 B1G) at Penn State (5-5, 0-2 B1G)
Sunday, January 2 • 4 p.m. ET
Bryce Jordan Center (15,261) • University Park, Pa.
TV: BTN (Jason Horowitz and Len Elmore)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn App
Series History: Indiana leads 41-12
Last Meeting: IU 87, PSU 85 (OT) (Dec. 30, 2020 in Bloomington)
Rankings: KenPom (28th), NET (45th)
ON THE SIDELINES
IU Hall of Famer, All-American, Big Ten MVP and Indiana native Mike Woodson is the first Hoosier graduate to lead the program at the start of the season since Lou Watson in 1965. Woodson brings nine years of NBA head coaching experience (Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks) back to his alma mater and worked for seven franchises as an assistant coach and won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He played 11 seasons in the NBA as a player and is the fifth all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,061 points.
Penn State head coach Micah Shrewsberry is in his first year with the Nittany Lions after serving as a long-time assistant at Purdue.
IU leads the Big Ten and is second nationally in defensive field goal percentage (35.0%) and is third in the B1G in scoring defense (61.7 ppg). The Hoosiers also hold opponents to 28.0% shooting from long distance (4th) and average 5.92 blocked shots (2nd).
Recent Top IU Non-Conference Records
ALL-AMERICAN TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS
Junior/sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is living up to his preseason accolades averaging 19.3 points (5th in B1G), 8.5 rebounds (5th), shooting 61.8% from the floor (3rd) and contributing 3.2 blocked shots per game (1st).
He had 31 points and 16 boards at Syracuse. He set a Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall record by scoring 43 points against Marshall, breaking the previous mark (42) set by Steve Alford against Michigan State. He made a career-high 18-of-24 field goal attempts. For his efforts, he was named National Player of the Week by Dick Vitale on ESPN.com.
The leading returning scorer in the Big Ten has been named a first-team 2021-22 Preseason All-American by the Associated Press, and selected to the watch list for the Karl Malone Watch, the NABC Player of the Year, Wooden Award and Naismith Award. The Big Ten Player of the Week on Nov. 15 has posted four double-doubles this season and 26 in his career with IU posting a 20-6 record in those games.
Jackson-Davis became the 54th player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark against St. John’s and now has scored 1,180 points as a Hoosier, rating 40th all-time in IU lore. He had 21 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots against NKU.
ODDS AND TRENDS
IU’s starting lineup of Jackson-Davis (71), Sr./Jr’s. Xavier Johnson (93), Miller Kopp (86), Parker Stewart (85) and Race Thompson (39) have combined for 369 career Division I starts. Off the bench, Sr./Jr’s. Michael Durr (85) and Rob Phinisee (69) have started 154 games.
Stewart leads the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage at 49.1%.
Thompson is 10th in the Big Ten in rebounding at 7.8 per game. He is averaging 12.3 points and shot 76.2% from the floor in the last three games and has scored in double figures in six-straight games.
Johnson is seventh in the Big Ten in assists at 4.3 per game. Durr has averaged 5.5 points in his last two home games, including a season-high six points against NKU.
So./Fr. Anthony Leal made his first career start against the Norse.
PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Purdue Hosts Rutgers to Open 2022 on Sunday
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will ring in 2022 on Sunday with a 2 p.m. tilt against Rutgers at Mackey Arena. The Boilermakers will return to Big Ten Conference play and hit the floor for their first game in since Dec. 21.
Tim Newton and Jane Schott will have the call courtside for the Purdue Sports Network on 95.3 BOB FM
Purdue (9-4, 0-2) vs. Rutgers (7-7, 0-2)
Sunday, Jan. 2
Time: 2 PM
Radio: 95.3 BOB FM
Live Stats: Purduestats.com
LAST TIME OUT
The Boilermakers closed out the non-conference slate with an 86-53 win over North Alabama prior to the holiday break. Brooke Moore paced Purdue with 17 points, while Rickie Woltman recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Boilermakers dished out a season-high 26 assists and won the rebounding battle by 19.
• Rutgers leads the all-time series 8-5, including five straight wins.
• Just 13 games into the season, Purdue has knocked down 107 3-pointers on 317 attempts (33.9%). The single-season record for makes is 209 (2013-14), attempts 592 (2018-19) and percentage 39.1% (2003-04).
• Jeanae Terry is one of nine players in the nation to average seven points, six rebounds and five assists per game.
• The Boilermakers sit second in the Big Ten with an opponent 3-point percentage of 27.2%.
• Junior Abbey Ellis is 52 points away from joining the 1,000-point club for her career.
• The Boilermakers are 26-20 when playing in the first game to start a calendar year.
• Junior Rickie Woltman has averaged 8.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game since joining the starting lineup over the last four games.
• Cassidy Hardin has scored in double figures seven times this season and played 30 minutes or more seven times. Entering this season, Hardin had scored 10 or more points four times and topped 30 minutes on the floor in four games.
• The Boilermakers are closing in on the 900-wins plateau, currently at 896. Purdue is 40th in NCAA Division I wins, ahead of Iowa (887). North Dakota State became the 38th team to join the 900-win club earlier this week.
• Led by Terry’s team-high 66 assists, Purdue has 222 helpers this season, good for third in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers have won all nine games when assisting on 60% of their made field goals in a game.
• Purdue finished the non-conference slate with a 9-2 record. The 81.8% winning clip is the second best by a Purdue head coach in her first season in program history.
BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Agustsdottir Scores 1,000th Career Point In WBB’s Loss At BGSU
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Senior Thelma Dis Agustsdottir scored her 1,000th career point today at Bowling Green, but it wasn’t enough as Ball State would drop its Mid-American Conference opener to the Falcons by a score of 82-58 Saturday afternoon at the Stroh Center.
The Cardinals (7-4, 0-1 MAC) and Falcons (6-4, 1-0 MAC) had an up-and-down ball game, which included six ties and 12 lead changes.
Ball State had the upper hand throughout the majority of the first 20 minutes of action having the lead over Bowling Green not only at the end of the first quarter (20-16) but also at intermission (35-32).
After the break, Agustsdottir hit a 3-pointer at the 7:26 mark which came off of a dish from junior Sydney Freeman for her 1,000th career point. After Agustsdottir’s 3-pointer, the Cardinals had a 40-38 lead over the Falcons.
The tides then changed quickly for Ball State as the Bowling Green got hot from all areas of the court including from behind arc. The Falcons outscored the Cardinals 31-13 in the the third quarter to take a 64-56 cushion heading into the final frame of action.
Bowling Green’s third frame scoring spree continued over to the fourth quarter and elevated the Falcons to the win.
Agustsdottir led the Cardinals in scoring with 14 points. She became the 30th member of the program’s 1,000-point club and the ninth player to reach that milestone under 10th-year head coach Brady Sallee. True freshman Marie Kiefer added to the scoring with nine points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
The Ball State women’s basketball team continues conference action on the road when it travels to Northern Illinois Wednesday, Jan. 5 for a 7 p.m. ET tip-off at the Convocation Center.
INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Sycamores Play Host to Bradley as MVC Action Resumes Sunday
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State continues Missouri Valley Conference play January 2 at Hulman Center as the Bradley Braves come to town. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. on ESPN+. The game will also be available on the radio on 105.5 The Legend in the Wabash Valley and on GoSycamores.com/Listen worldwide.
THE SERIES WITH BRADLEY
» Indiana State will look to win its third-straight game in the series Sunday after sweeping the Braves at home last season 60-57 and 67-55. The Sycamores trail the all-time series with Bradley 54-41 though ISU has won seven of the last 10 meetings and 12 of the last 13 games against Bradley at Hulman Center.
» Both Bradley and Indiana State have dealt with COVID-19 protocols in the last two weeks. The Braves canceled their last game against Bellarmine due to COVID-19. ISU was without three starters in its last game against Midway due to COVID-19. Xavier Bledson, Cameron Henry and Simon Wilbar will not return for the Bradley contest as they continue their return to play protocols.
UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP
» First-year head coach Josh Schertz takes over the reins of the Sycamore basketball program. Schertz takes over after a 13-year run at NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial University where he had a career record of 337-69 (.831) en route to four national coach of the year honors. Schertz led the Railsplitters to 10 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, won 14 total conference championships and three Southeast Regional titles, and had five seasons of 30-or-more victories.
LOOKING AT BRADLEY
» Bradley enters the contest at 7-6 overall and 1-0 in the MVC action. The Braves are led by Terry Roberts who is averaging 16.6 points and 4.3 rebounds a game. Ja’Shon Henry averages 11.2 points per game while Leons Malevy rounds out the double-digit scoring for the Braves with a10.8 points per contest. In 13 games, BU is averaging 72.1 points while holding its opponents to 66.3 points and 38.7 percent from the field.
PROTECT THE HOME COURT
» Indiana State is 5-0 inside Hulman Center this season and is currently riding a 10-game streak at home. The streak is the third-longest in the MVC behind Loyola (28) and Drake (12). ISU finished 2020-21 with a 9-3 mark at home while going 12-1 in Hulman Center in 2019-20.
PASSING THE CENTURY MARK
» Indiana State put on a rare scoring performance in a 107-51 win over Midway. The 107-point mark is the first time ISU has surpassed the century mark since 1999 with a 102-91 double-overtime win over Eastern Illinois and the first time ISU has done so in regulation since scoring 113 in a win over Millikin in 1984.
» Six Sycamores scored in double-digits in the win — the first time that had happened since 2017 against Ohio. ISU picked up career performances from three players including Zach Hobbs (23), Cameron Crawford (14) and Nick Hittle (11).
NEESE IS A PROBLEM FOR OPPOSING DEFENSES
» After posting career highs across the board during 2020-21, Cooper Neese has picked up where he left off. The junior is averaging 16.1 points to lead ISU and rank fifth in the MVC. Neese has scored in double-figures in 10 games this season, scoring 15 or more in nine games. His 29 makes from distance leads ISU and ranks seventh in the MVC.
» Neese currently ranks ninth in program history with 144 career triples and needs just five more 3-pointers to tie Chad Adkins (149) in career 3-pointers made. Tyreke Key sits seventh all-time with 153 shots made from distance.
» Neese put up a career-high 30 points in a loss at North Dakota State last time out. The sharpshooter recorded five makes from behind the arc while playing all 40 minutes. The game marked the 40th double-digit scoring game for Neese in his career and the seventh 20+ point performance.
HENRY A MATCHUP NIGHTMARE
» Cameron Henry has either made or assisted on 31 percent of all Indiana State field goals. He is averaging 14.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. His scoring output is 12th, rebounding ranks sixth, while his assist average ranks 7th in the MVC.
» Henry has scored in double-figures in nine games for Indiana State — including a pair of double-doubles. Over three games at the Myrtle Beach Invitational, Henry put up All-MVC like numbers. The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 17.3 points, nine rebounds and 5.7 assists per game while going for a career-high 25 points against Oklahoma in the semifinals. For his performance, he was named to the All-Tournament Second Team.
BLEDSON DOES IT ALL
» You have to see it in person to truly appreciate the offensive awareness of Xavier Bledson. The guard leads the Sycamores with 42 assists, recording multiple assists in all games he has seen action including a season-high 10 assists against Alabama A&M. Bledson leads the MVC with 4.7 assists per game. To go with his passing, Bledson is also averaging double-figure scoring at 12.1 points per game, scoring 15 points or more in five games.
MOVING THE ROCK
» Indiana State ranks second in the MVC with 14.3 assists per game while sitting third with a 1.2 assist-to-turnover ratio. Five players have recorded over 10 assists with Bledson leading ISU with 42 dimes.
» Against Midway, Micah Thomas dished out a career-high eight assists to bring his season assist mark to 33 while committing just 14 turnovers in 12 games.
» After going 17-19 at the charity stripe against Midway, ISU improved its season average at the free-throw line to 74.4 percent — good enough for second in the MVC and 63rd nationally. Xavier Bledson leads the team with an 86.1 percent mark (31-for-36) from the line while four other Sycamores shoot 80 percent or better.
» The Sycamores have used 10 different starting lineups in 13 games this season. No starting lineup combination has been used more than three times.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Late Mastodon Comeback Falls Short, RMU Takes League Game 52-48
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball nearly completed an 11-point comeback for a road Horizon League win on Saturday (Jan. 1), but Robert Morris came away with a 52-48 win in the UPMC Events Center.
After RMU drilled a 3-pointer to open the third quarter, the Mastodons went on a 9-0 run of their own. The ‘Dons got 3-pointers from Riley Ott, Aubrey Stupp and Shayla Sellers over four possessions. While the ‘Dons never took the lead after being up 2-0, they closed the gap to just one twice in the fourth quarter. With 4:39 left, Sellers hit a free throw for one of her game-high 14 points. A minute later, Jazzlyn Linbo answered a mid-range jumper from RMU with a layup for two of her seven points.
The Colonials led by five with 44 seconds left, but Stupp made them sweat by converting an old-fashioned 3-point play, one of her three traditional triples.
The rebounding battle was the biggest reason that the Mastodons were close with the Colonials down the stretch. Purdue Fort Wayne dominated the offensive glass, finishing with 19 o-boards. The ‘Dons ended up having a 43-29 edge in rebounds over RMU thanks to 11 from Amellia Bromenschenkel, which marked a career-high for the sophomore. The ‘Dons got 12 second-chance points while keeping RMU to just one.
The Mastodons’ 19 offensive rebounds were the most in a league game since they had 24 at Western Illinois on January 19, 2019.
The ‘Dons had 12 turnovers, their lowest against a Division I opponent this season.
Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 4-9, 3-3 Horizon League, while RMU improves to 5-6, 3-3. The Mastodons will return home for a game on January 6 against Oakland. The Golden Grizzlies had their New Year’s Day game canceled due to COVID-19 issues within their program.
EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Aces suffer cold shooting spell, drop conference opener at Drake
DES MOINES, Iowa – Battling a short bench, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team opened the weekend with a 97-54 loss at Drake to begin MVC play on Saturday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa.
“Obviously it was extremely disappointing to to play that way,” said Aces head women’s basketball coach Robyn Scherr-Wells. “Despite being without some key players, I still felt we had the ability to come in here and compete. Drake punched us in the mouth early and we just didn’t respond. I know we are capable of more and we will not be deterred. We will get better from this.”
For the second time this season, senior guard Myia Clark reached the 20-point mark, tying a season-best with three made three-pointers. Joining Clark in double-digits was junior Je’Naiya Davis, who recorded 15 points on the afternoon, with all but three coming inside the arc. Just missing double-figures, junior guard/forward Abby Feit closed the contest with eight points, to go along with seven rebounds and four blocks. The Bulldogs were powered by six in double-figures, led by Megan Meyer with a double-double of 19 points and 11 assists.
A hot-shooting start propelled the Bulldogs to an 13-4 lead just past halfway through the first quarter. Evansville began to respond with its own offense, attacking the Bulldogs at the rim and keeping Drake within seven through much of the opening stanza. Clark was the primary offensive threat for the Aces in the first quarter, scoring five points, including a triple, joined by an impressive four points in the opening quarter from NaTaya Partee as Evansville trailed by nine following the first 10 minutes.
Drake’s offense continued to fire on all cylinders in the second quarter as Evansville tried to rotate and continue its pressing defense. In the opening half, the Bulldogs shot just shy of 56% (19-34) from the field, while the Aces were able to generate good looks, but could not get them to fall, shooting just 25% in the first half.
Clark continued to lead the way for Evansville in the second half, while Davis joined her backcourt teammate in double-figures in the final 20 minutes. As was true in the first half, Drake continued its hot shooting, finishing with a 54.4% clip from the field, while the Aces struggled to convert their opportunities, shooting below 30% for the first time this season, hitting 21 of 72 attempts from the field. The game was also controlled on the glass, where the Bulldogs earned a 59-28 rebounding advantage, en route to the 97-54 win.
Evansville returns to the court on Sunday with a non-conference contest against No. 21 Iowa at 11 AM in Iowa City, Iowa to round-out the weekend.
EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Aces set to return to the floor on Sunday at UNI
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Following a break that has lasted 25 days, the University of Evansville men’s basketball team will return to action on Sunday, January 2 to face UNI inside the McLeod Center. ESPN+ and the Purple Aces Radio Network will have the coverage.
– Evansville’s last two scheduled contests (UT Martin/SMU) were cancelled due to COVID issues
– The Purple Aces played 12 games over the course of 30 days to open the year, but will go 25 days in between the 12/8 game at SEMO and the 1/2 contest at UNI
Last Time Out
– Prior to its longest break of the season, the Purple Aces took on Southeast Missouri State on December 8 in Cape Girardeau
– A late rally came up just short with UE dropping a 75-73 contest to the Redhawks
– Jawaun Newton, Shamar Givance and Noah Frederking recorded 15 points apiece while Blaise Beauchamp added 11 points off the bench
– Givance had another outstanding all-around performance, adding 7 assists and 6 rebounds
– UE had its lowest number of turnovers (5) since finishing with five against Missouri State on 2/4/17
Top 8 Across the Board
– An outstanding opening portion of the season has Shamar Givance ranking the MVC top eight in points, assists and steals
– He currently ranks 5th in the league with 1.5 steals per game and 6th with 3.8 assists per contests…his 15.0 PPG is 8th
– On Dec. 6, Givance was named the MVC Player of the Week for the second time in his career after scoring a career-high 31 points against Southern Illinois before adding 15 points and 7 rebounds against Tennessee Tech
– Over the last four games, Givance has recorded 21.8 PPG…since scoring 7 points in the opener at Cincinnati, Givance has recorded an average of 15.7 PPG while scoring at least 11 points in all but one game
On a Roll
– Sitting at 14.0 points per game on the season, Jawaun Newton has been even better over his last seven contests, averaging 16.6 PPG including a career-high of 30 points versus Rice
– His rebounding numbers are the best in his career with his average improving each season from 2.2 (FR), 2.8 (SO), 4.4 (JR) and 6.0 as a senior in 2021-22…over the last 5 games, Newton’s average has been even higher, checking in at 7.6/game
– He set his career mark with 12 at Eastern Illinois while his season average ranks 7th in the league
Top of the Valley
– Antoine Smith Jr. earned MVC Newcomer of the Week recognition on Nov. 29 and has continued to play well since that time and has assumed the conference lead with 47.5% of his outside attempts finding the bottom of the net
– After opening the season going 1-for-8 from the field, Smith has converted 31 of his last 51 attempts – 60.8%
– From outside, Smith hit 3 of first 10 attempts but has drained 16 of his last 30…for the season
Scouting the Opponent
– Through their first 11 games of the season, UNI stands with a mark of 4-7 and 0-1 in MVC play following a close 71-69 loss in the conference opener in December
– The last two scheduled games for UNI have been cancelled due to COVID including the Diamond Head Classic vs. Hawaii and a home game against Wartburg
– AJ Green holds the team lead with 16.9 points per game…that total puts him in third place in the MVC…his average of 3.0 triples per game is also third in the conference
– Noah Carter checks in with 11.5 points while Nate Heise averages 10.9 points and a team-high 5.1 rebounds per contest.
VALPO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Opens 2022 at Missouri State Sunday Afternoon
Valparaiso (2-10, 0-1 MVC)
Game #13 – January 2, 2022 – 1 p.m.
at #RV/RV Missouri State (10-2, 1-0 MVC)
JQH Arena (11,000) – Springfield, Mo.
Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valpo women’s basketball team opens up the 2022 calendar year and wraps up the first weekend of Missouri Valley Conference action Sunday afternoon as it takes on conference preseason favorite Missouri State.
Previously: Valpo got 17 points apiece from Shay Frederick and Leah Earnest Friday in the Beacons’ MVC opener at Southern Illinois, but Valpo dropped the conference lid-lifter to the host Salukis by a 62-52 final.
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Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fourth year at the helm of the program in 2021-22 and owns a record of 39-59. Evans has made an immediate impact on the program in her first three years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game and in steals per game in each of the last two seasons.
Series Notes: Missouri State has won all eight meetings in the all-time series between the two programs, who did not match up before Valpo joined the MVC prior to the 2018-19 campaign. Last season, however, Valpo gave the nationally-ranked Lady Bears a pair of good runs on back-to-back days at the ARC. The first game saw MSU claim a 61-51 victory, while in the second game, Valpo led into the final second before a late foul allowed the Lady Bears to hit three free throws and escape with a 74-73 win. Shay Frederick scored 23 points in the first game, while Carie Weinman and Caitlin Morrison each scored 20 points in the second game.
– Valpo has been picked to finish in sixth place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 208 points – just one point shy of fifth place.
– Valpo is in its fifth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in 2021-22.
– The Valley was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.
…looking back at last year
– Valpo posted a 12-13 overall record during the 2020-21 season and went 7-9 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
– Valpo finished the regular season in seventh place in the MVC standings.
– Included among Valpo’s 12 victories were wins at Illinois and at Purdue, the program’s first Power Five wins since 2012-13.
– Valpo closed the season with a NET of 122 – the program’s best final NET/RPI ranking since the 2003-04 campaign.
– Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC honoree as she led the Valley in assists and ranked sixth in scoring.
– Carie Weinman earned Honorable Mention All-MVC notice and repeated on the All-Defensive Team as she led the Valley in steals for a second straight season.
…at Southern Illinois
– Valpo went on a 13-4 run late in the second quarter to help erase a double-digit SIU lead as the Beacons were within 28-27 at halftime.
– After remaining within one possession for most of the third quarter, Valpo surrendered the final seven points of the period as the Salukis led 48-40 with 10 minutes to play.
– Valpo had one push remaining after SIU got the lead to 12 points, keeping the Salukis scoreless on four straight trips midway through the period and converting on the offensive end to cut the deficit in half. Olivia Brown, Leah Earnest and Shay Frederick all had baskets as the Beacons moved within six points at 56-50 with 3:05 to play.
– SIU scored on its next possession, but Valpo countered with another basket from Earnest, and when the Salukis missed with two minutes to play, the Beacons had an opportunity to move within four or even three points. But Valpo missed on a pair of attempts on the ensuing trip and would not get closer than six points the rest of the way.
– Valpo was without the services of head coach Mary Evans, as she is not with the team due to being in the University’s COVID-19 protocol. The Beacons also played Friday without leading scorer Carie Weinman due to injury.
– Earnest matched her career high, set earlier this season against Central Michigan, with 17 points to tie for team-high honors on Friday. Earnest, who shot 7-of-13 from the field and hit a pair of 3-pointers, also paced Valpo on the glass with six rebounds — the third time this season she has led Valpo on the boards.
– Frederick matched Earnest with 17 points on Friday, coming up just two points shy of her season high.
…versus Detroit Mercy
– A back and forth first half saw Valpo take the lead for good on a 4-point play from Cara VanKempen with 2:30 to go in the second quarter.
– The Beacons led 31-27 at halftime and held a slim 48-47 edge with 10 minutes to play.
– Valpo’s defense and rebounding carried the way in the fourth quarter, as it allowed just two field goals and one offensive rebound to the Titans over the first eight minutes of the period.
– Shay Frederick connected on a 3-pointer on Valpo’s first possession of the final quarter, and two trips later, Grace White converted on a 3-point play to extend the lead to seven points.
– White, Carie Weinman and Olivia Brown all knocked down 3-pointers over the next few minutes, Brown’s with 3:04 to play all but icing the game as it gave Valpo a double-digit lead it would not relinquish.
– Valpo made a season-high 14 3-pointers on Tuesday and connected at a season-best .438 clip (14-for-32) from behind the arc. Seven different players combined to knock down the 14 triples, with four players making multiple 3-pointers.
– White led the way for the Beacons, hitting on four 3-point attempts en route to a game-high 19 points. White added three steals as well.
– Weinman’s three triples accounted for her nine points. She also tallied a season-best four steals, leading the way as Valpo registered a season-high 11 thefts as a team.
– Valpo continued its strong recent effort at the foul line, going 11-for-13 (.846) from the stripe. Over the last three games, the Beacons have hit at an .884 clip from the foul line.
– After the Titans shot .529 from the field in the first three quarters, Valpo limited UDM to .267 shooting (4-for-15) over the final 10 minutes.
– Valpo returns home to the ARC to host UNI on Friday, Jan. 7. and Drake on Sunday, Jan. 9.
– The central Illinois road trip awaits the following weekend with games at Illinois State and at Bradley.
…on the road
– Friday marks the ninth of 16 road games for Valpo this season.
– Valpo has finished at or above .500 in each of the last two seasons in true road games, going 6-6 on the road last year and 9-5 in 2019-20.
– Missouri State, which is receiving votes in both national top-25 polls, owns a 10-2 overall record and won its MVC opener Friday over Loyola, 55-38.
– The Lady Bears have not surrendered more than 52 points since the start of December and allow opponents to shoot just 32.7% from the field.
– Of the active MSU players, Sydney Wilson paces the team with 11.3 points/game, while Brice Calip (10.6 ppg) also averages in double figures.
INDIANA WESLEYAN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: WILDCATS START THE NEW YEAR WITH GUTSY ROAD WIN
RICHMOND, Ind. – No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan University finished their non-conference slate with a 73-63 win over IU-East.
Location: Lingle Court I Richmond, Indiana
NAIA Top-25 Ranking: IWU – 11 | IU-East – NR
Records: IWU 14-2, 3-1 I RU 13-4, 4-1 RSC
History: Wildcats now lead the series 4-3 dating back to 1976
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First quarter saw back and forth action while the Wildcats forced nine Red Wolves turnovers and recorded five steals leading 19-17 at the end of the quarter.
Wildcats started off on a hot 8-2 run in the second quarter. Red Wolves connected on back-to-back threes followed by an and-one play to retake the lead. Baylie VanDyke connected on a three just before half as IWU trailed 30-34 at the break.
Five minutes into the second half, Klair Merrell hit one from deep tying the score 39-39. Lili Frasure followed with a steal and layup for the Wildcats to take the lead 41-39.
IWU hung onto the lead the rest of the game with the Red Wolves fighting within one point on multiple occasions. With a six-point lead with 1:50 remaining in the contest, IWU forced a shot clock violation which switched momentum solely to the Wildcats leading to a 73-63 finish.
26 – Red Wolves turnovers
14 – Wildcat steals, second most this season
50% – lowest free throw percentage this season
+13 – rebounding advantage
Lilli Frasure – 13 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals
Baylie VanDyke – 11 points
Maddie Lawrence – 9 points, 4 assists
Kelli Damman – 9 points
NEXT TIME OUT
IWU returns to conference play at Grace College on Wednesday, January 5 for a 7pm tip off.
IU EAST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: INDIANA WESLEYAN 73, IU EAST 63
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University East women’s basketball team rang in 2022 with a hard-fought 73-63 loss against NAIA No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan University on Jan. 1 on Lingle Court.
With the loss the Red Wolves fall to 13-4 overall, while the Wildcats improve to 14-2. The Red Wolves are now 2-3 against the Wildcats in their five NAIA meetings.
In a competitive first half that saw neither team with a lead larger than eight points, it was the Red Wolves that used an 11-0 run late in the second quarter that turned a 27-19 deficit into a 30-27 lead at the time. IU East used this run to take a 34-30 halftime lead. A pair of 3-pointers and McEldowney scoring five points sparked the run.
Indiana Wesleyan flipped the script early in the third quarter by going on its own 13-2 run that gave the WIldcats their first lead since the second quarter. Lilli Frasure played a key role in their run. The Red Wolves showed some heart in the fourth getting to within one point on a few different occassions, but costly turnovers in the end proved to be too much.
“We knew this was going to be a battle from the start”, said McEldowney after the game. “Our defense has been lock left most of the season, and in the first half proved to be working.
“Our 26 turnovers really hurt us today, and we need to clean things up moving forward.”
The Red Wolves get a week to prepare for another road conference game on Jan. 8 against Alice Lloyd College.
FRANKLIN MEN’S BASKETBALL: RECAP | Grizzlies Dominate Down the Stretch, Beat Earlham to Ring in New Year
FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College men’s basketball team rang in the new year in the best way possible – picking up a big win in their return to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play.
The Grizzlies (7-4, 3-1 HCAC) notched their second straight conference win on Saturday (Jan. 1), pulling away from Earlham (3-7, 0-4 HCAC) late in a 72-57 victory. Four Franklin players reached double figures in points, with the team riding a red-hot second half shooting the ball to claim their fourth straight win over the Quakers.
How it Happened
The Grizzlies got things going with a 9-2 run before a pair of Earlham threes slashed the FC lead to a point at the six minute mark of the first half. Defense dictated the opening 20 minutes of play, with both teams shooting under 40% from the field. An 11-4 run to close out the first half sent the hosts into the locker room leading 28-23.
A three from Carter Crowe at the 16:05 mark of the second half gave the Griz their biggest lead to date at 36-28, but Earlham would hang within striking distance and with eight minutes to go, Franklin held a 44-42 lead. The rest of the game was all Grizzlies, with the hosts out-scoring the Quakers 28-15 down the stretch to pull away.
Inside the Box Score
-Franklin shot 50% (25-for-50) from the field, doing most of their damage over the final 20 minutes where they shot 14-for-21 from the field.
-Matt Krause turned in a big game with 21 points and 13 rebounds, leading FC in both categories and picking up his fifth double-double of the season.
-Ty Wright had 17 points and grabbed five rebounds with Crowe adding 10 points and five boards.
-Freshman Reggie McDonald played a critical role in the win, finishing with career highs in points (11) and assists (7).
-Franklin dominated the game on the glass, grabbing 40 boards to just 21 for the Quakers.
The Grizzlies are back at home on Wednesday (Jan. 5) night, hosting the Rose-Hulman Engineers in a big conference showdown. Tip-off from the Spurlock Center is set for 7:30 p.m.
IU KOKOMO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Women’s Basketball Falls 82-48 in Final Non-Conference Game of the Season
UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s basketball team fell to College of the Ozarks (MO) 82-48 in a neutral-site contest Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Cougars fall to 4-9 on the season.
College of the Ozarks scored the first eight points of the game before a Kashlin Biffle layup got IU Kokomo on the board. Biffle scored the Cougars first seven points of the game to cut the Bobcat lead to five at 12-7, but the Bobcats finished the opening quarter on a 7-2 run to lead by 10.
The Cougars were outscored 27-16 in the second quarter and went into halftime trailing 46-25.
The third quarter featured more dominating play from the Bobcats of the College of the Ozarks, who led by 30 points after three quarters, but the fourth period proved to be the most competitive of the game. The Bobcats outscored the Cougars 16-12 in the fourth quarter on their way to an 82-48 victory over IU Kokomo.
Anya Friend led IUK with 11 points on 3 of 5 shooting from three-point range. Tia Chambers and Kashlin Biffle each added nine points. Vanessa Mullins had seven points.
The Cougars will return to River States Conference action Wednesday evening as they welcome Ohio Christian to town for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.
ANDERSON MEN’S BASKETBALL: Men’s Basketball: Ravens Fight Past Beavers with Five Double-Digit Scorers
The Anderson University men’s basketball team (8-3, 3-1) finished with five double-digit scorers, fighting past Bluffton University (4-7, 0-4) with a 79-57 victory during Saturday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) matchup in Bluffton, Ohio.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Tate Ivanyo scored the opening bucket for the Ravens. Jameel Cosby evened the score at 2-2 before the Ravens scored the next six points to go ahead 8-2.
Trailing Anderson 12-6, Marcus Bruns provided five points to cut Bluffton’s deficit to one.
The Ravens held a 16-15 lead with 10 minutes, 42 seconds left in the first half. Anderson then went on a 6-0 run. Jordan Gadis contributed consecutive layups while Camden Smith added a layup.
The Ravens held the Beavers for the final four minutes of the half, entering halftime with a 39-29 lead.
Miguel Ringer opened the second half with a bucket-and-1 to trim Bluffton’s deficit to 39-32.
Anderson responded with a 10-0 run during the next 3:34 to go ahead by 17 points.
Anderson’s largest lead was a 23-point lead with 2:47 remaining.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Anderson lit up with a 58.5 percent (31-of-53) shooting performance while holding Bluffton to 34.4 percent (22-of-64) shooting.
The Ravens outscored the Beavers 10-2 on fast-break points.
Maurice Knight produced a team-high 20 points and shared the team lead with nine rebounds.
Francis Uzorh tallied 11 points and shared a team-high of nine rebounds.
Tate Ivanyo contributed 13 points, while Fred Shropshire and Jordan Gadis provided 10 points apiece to round out Anderson’s five double-digit scorers.
COACH OWEN HANDY’S COMMENTS
It felt good to get the first one under our belts coming back from break. We had a great week of practice leading up to this game, and I thought that showed in our offensive aggressiveness. We’ve been defending at a pretty high level this year, and we still have a lot of runway to keep getting better on offense.
Tate Ivanyo, Fred Shropshire, and Jordan Gadis were really aggressive attacking downhill and that led to high percentage shots around the rim and quality perimeter looks as well.
I’m excited by the fact that we have different people stepping up with important contributions in each new game that we play, and I think that’s going to be key for us the rest of the season.
Anderson is currently in a five-way tie for first place in the HCAC standings. The Ravens clash with Manchester University (5-6, 2-2) in HCAC action on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.
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|UMBC AT NEW HAMPSHIRE||1:00PM||ESPN+|
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|PRINCETON AT HARVARD||2:00PM||ESPN+|
|BROWN AT PENN||3:00PM||ESPN+|
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|HOUSTON AT TEMPLE||5:00PM||ESPN|
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|LOUISVILLE AT GEORGIA TECH||8:00PM||ACCN|
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|NEW YORK AT TORONTO||3:30PM||MSG|
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|DALLAS AT OKLAHOMA CITY||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|MINNESOTA AT LA LAKERS||9:30PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|ATLANTA AT BUFFALO||1:00PM||FOX|
|NY GIANTS AT CHICAGO||1:00PM||CBS|
|KANSAS CITY AT CINCINNATI||1:00PM||CBS|
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|DETROIT AT SEATTLE||4:25PM||FOX|
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|MINNESOTA AT GREEN BAY||8:20PM||NBC|
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|BOSTON AT DETROIT||1:00PM||NESN|
|SAN JOSE AT PITTSBURGH||1:00PM||NBCS-CA|
|ANAHEIM AT COLORADO||3:00PM||ALT|
|NEW JERSEY AT WASHINGTON||3:00PM||NBCS-WSH|
|WINNIPEG AT VEGAS||4:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|CALGARY AT CHICAGO||7:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|DALLAS AT ARIZONA||8:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
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|NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||9||6||0||.600||0.0||388||260||3-5-0||6-1-0||7-3-0||3-2-0||2 L|
|MIAMI DOLPHINS||8||7||0||.533||1.0||305||315||5-3-0||3-4-0||5-5-0||3-2-0||7 W|
|NEW YORK JETS||4||11||0||.267||5.0||276||449||3-5-0||1-6-0||4-7-0||0-5-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|XY-KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||11||4||0||.733||0.0||421||306||7-2-0||4-2-0||6-4-0||4-1-0||8 W|
|LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||8||7||0||.533||3.0||408||411||4-4-0||4-3-0||5-5-0||2-2-0||2 L|
|LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||8||7||0||.533||3.0||316||387||4-4-0||4-3-0||6-4-0||2-3-0||2 W|
|DENVER BRONCOS||7||8||0||.467||4.0||298||260||4-4-0||3-4-0||3-7-0||1-3-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|CINCINNATI BENGALS||9||6||0||.600||0.0||410||324||4-4-0||5-2-0||7-3-0||4-1-0||2 W|
|BALTIMORE RAVENS||8||7||0||.533||1.0||355||356||5-2-0||3-5-0||5-6-0||1-4-0||4 L|
|PITTSBURGH STEELERS||7||7||1||.500||1.5||301||371||5-2-1||2-5-0||5-5-0||2-2-0||1 L|
|CLEVELAND BROWNS||7||8||0||.467||2.0||314||329||5-3-0||2-5-0||4-6-0||2-2-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|TENNESSEE TITANS||10||5||0||.667||0.0||357||326||6-2-0||4-3-0||6-4-0||4-1-0||1 W|
|INDIANAPOLIS COLTS||9||6||0||.600||1.0||420||316||4-4-0||5-2-0||7-3-0||3-2-0||3 W|
|HOUSTON TEXANS||4||11||0||.267||6.0||248||401||2-6-0||2-5-0||4-7-0||3-2-0||2 W|
|JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS||2||13||0||.133||8.0||217||396||2-6-0||0-7-0||2-8-0||0-5-0||7 L|
|NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|XY-DALLAS COWBOYS||11||4||0||.733||0.0||457||307||5-2-0||6-2-0||9-1-0||5-0-0||4 W|
|PHILADELPHIA EAGLES||8||7||0||.533||3.0||398||318||3-4-0||5-3-0||6-4-0||2-2-0||3 W|
|WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM||6||9||0||.400||5.0||297||407||3-4-0||3-5-0||5-5-0||1-3-0||3 L|
|NEW YORK GIANTS||4||11||0||.267||7.0||248||365||3-4-0||1-7-0||3-7-0||1-4-0||4 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|X-LOS ANGELES RAMS||11||4||0||.733||0.0||416||326||5-2-0||6-2-0||8-3-0||3-2-0||4 W|
|X-ARIZONA CARDINALS||10||5||0||.667||1.0||394||306||3-4-0||7-1-0||6-4-0||4-1-0||3 L|
|SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||8||7||0||.533||3.0||377||334||3-4-0||5-3-0||6-5-0||1-4-0||1 L|
|SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||5||10||0||.333||6.0||306||307||2-5-0||3-5-0||2-8-0||2-3-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|XY-GREEN BAY PACKERS||12||3||0||.800||0.0||383||324||7-0-0||5-3-0||8-2-0||3-1-0||4 W|
|MINNESOTA VIKINGS||7||8||0||.467||5.0||384||372||4-3-0||3-5-0||5-5-0||3-1-0||1 L|
|CHICAGO BEARS||5||10||0||.333||7.0||265||373||2-5-0||3-5-0||3-7-0||2-3-0||1 W|
|DETROIT LIONS||2||12||1||.167||9.5||259||386||2-5-0||0-7-1||2-8-0||1-4-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|XY-TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS||11||4||0||.733||0.0||442||312||6-1-0||5-3-0||7-4-0||3-2-0||1 W|
|ATLANTA FALCONS||7||8||0||.467||4.0||278||400||2-5-0||5-3-0||4-7-0||2-3-0||1 W|
|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||7||8||0||.467||4.0||316||305||2-5-0||5-3-0||5-5-0||2-2-0||1 L|
|CAROLINA PANTHERS||5||10||0||.333||6.0||277||345||2-6-0||3-4-0||3-7-0||2-2-0||5 L|
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
|NEW YORK||17||19||.472||7.0||7-11||10-8||3-4||11-15||5-5||1 L|
|OKLAHOMA CITY||13||22||.371||12.5||8-10||5-12||1-2||10-15||5-5||1 W|
|GOLDEN STATE||28||7||.800||—||16-3||12-4||7-1||16-4||7-3||1 W|
|LA CLIPPERS||19||18||.514||10.0||12-10||7-8||3-4||12-14||4-6||1 W|
|LA LAKERS||18||19||.486||11.0||11-10||7-9||1-5||10-13||4-6||1 W|
|SAN ANTONIO||14||21||.400||8.0||7-10||7-11||1-4||8-15||5-5||3 L|
|NEW ORLEANS||13||23||.361||9.5||7-9||6-14||2-4||8-14||6-4||1 L|
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE
|1 CAROLINA HURRICANES||31||23||7||1||47||23||106||66||10-3-0||13-4-1||8-2-0|
|2 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||33||21||7||5||47||19||109||97||11-3-3||10-4-2||7-2-1|
|3 WASHINGTON CAPITALS||33||20||6||7||47||18||116||85||10-3-4||10-3-3||6-2-2|
|4 FLORIDA PANTHERS||32||21||7||4||46||20||122||95||17-3-0||4-4-4||6-3-1|
|5 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||31||21||8||2||44||21||104||76||13-4-1||8-4-1||7-2-1|
|6 NEW YORK RANGERS||32||20||8||4||44||18||93||84||8-3-2||12-5-2||5-4-1|
|7 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS||30||17||8||5||39||16||91||76||8-5-2||9-3-3||7-2-1|
|8 DETROIT RED WINGS||32||15||14||3||33||14||89||107||11-4-2||4-10-1||5-5-0|
|9 BOSTON BRUINS||27||15||10||2||32||14||75||72||8-5-1||7-5-1||5-3-2|
|10 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS||32||13||13||6||32||13||85||106||6-6-2||7-7-4||5-3-2|
|11 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||30||15||14||1||31||12||99||105||10-4-1||5-10-0||3-6-1|
|12 NEW JERSEY DEVILS||32||12||15||5||29||11||92||113||8-7-3||4-8-2||3-6-1|
|13 NEW YORK ISLANDERS||28||10||12||6||26||10||64||80||4-5-3||6-7-3||5-2-3|
|14 BUFFALO SABRES||33||10||17||6||26||8||89||116||6-9-2||4-8-4||2-5-3|
|15 OTTAWA SENATORS||29||9||18||2||20||8||79||107||5-9-0||4-9-2||5-4-1|
|16 MONTREAL CANADIENS||34||7||23||4||18||6||73||123||5-10-1||2-13-3||1-7-2|
|1 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||34||22||12||0||44||19||123||102||11-7-0||11-5-0||8-2-0|
|2 ST. LOUIS BLUES||33||19||9||5||43||17||116||91||12-3-2||7-6-3||7-1-2|
|3 NASHVILLE PREDATORS||33||20||11||2||42||19||101||89||10-5-0||10-6-2||8-1-1|
|4 ANAHEIM DUCKS||34||17||10||7||41||15||105||94||10-4-4||7-6-3||4-2-4|
|5 MINNESOTA WILD||31||19||10||2||40||16||116||98||10-3-1||9-7-1||5-4-1|
|6 CALGARY FLAMES||29||16||7||6||38||14||93||66||4-3-4||12-4-2||5-4-1|
|7 EDMONTON OILERS||32||18||12||2||38||16||110||103||10-6-0||8-6-2||2-6-2|
|8 LOS ANGELES KINGS||33||16||12||5||37||14||91||89||10-7-2||6-5-3||6-3-1|
|9 COLORADO AVALANCHE||27||17||8||2||36||16||115||91||10-2-1||7-6-1||7-2-1|
|10 SAN JOSE SHARKS||32||17||14||1||35||16||89||94||9-7-1||8-7-0||5-5-0|
|11 VANCOUVER CANUCKS||34||16||15||3||35||13||89||95||8-7-1||8-8-2||8-1-1|
|12 WINNIPEG JETS||30||14||11||5||33||13||90||87||10-6-1||4-5-4||5-4-1|
|13 DALLAS STARS||29||15||12||2||32||14||82||85||11-3-1||4-9-1||5-5-0|
|14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS||31||11||16||4||26||8||73||103||6-6-2||5-10-2||4-4-2|
|15 SEATTLE KRAKEN||33||10||19||4||24||10||92||122||6-11-2||4-8-2||2-6-2|
|16 ARIZONA COYOTES||30||6||21||3||15||6||63||117||2-10-1||4-11-2||2-7-1|
EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT. THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS. THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE