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Mexico City gets ready for festivities, cummunity events leading up to Patriots-Raiders game on Sunday

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Charitable Activities and Events to Positively Impact Community

Celebrations Culminate with Patriots-Raiders Game on Sunday, Nov. 19

The NFL will bring more than football to Mexico City as the Oakland Raiders host the New England Patriots at Azteca Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 19. Through hospital visits, a Youth Football Workshop and NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps, the NFL will celebrate the local community and leave a positive impact in Mexico City.

The following are some ways the NFL will engage the community leading up to the Mexico City game. Full details on each of these events and participating players will be available via media advisories this week.

NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps

Throughout the week leading up to the Patriots-Raiders game on Sunday, Nov. 19, the NFL will host six PLAY 60 Character Camps. NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps aim to positively impact youth through teaching football skills, emphasizing exercise and reinforcing the importance of character in athletics and life. Following the earthquake in Mexico City, the NFL teamed with government entities including the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of the Navy and the Federal Police to invite 1,500 local boys and girls ages 6-12 to participate.

The schedule for the camps is as follows:

  • Mexico City
    • Thursday, Nov. 16 – Universidad Anáhuac Norte from 10 AM – 1 PM
    • Saturday, Nov. 18 – Campo Militar #1 from 9 – 11:30 AM
    • Saturday, Nov. 18 – Campo Militar #1 from 3 – 5:30 PM
    • Sunday, Nov. 19 – Centro Deportivo Chapultepec from 9 – 11:30 AM
  • Monterrey
    • Wednesday, Nov. 15 – PepsiCo’s Foundation Plant Field from 2 – 4:30 PM
  • Toluca
    • Friday, Nov. 17 – PepsiCo’s Foundation Plant Field from 2 – 4:30 PM from 3 – 5:30 PM

Beyond Sport Mexico – Community in Action

Beyond Sport, the global force for sustainable social change through sport, will host a three-day program on sport, health and education from Wednesday, Nov. 15 – Friday, Nov. 17 at Universidad Anáhuac Norte in Mexico City. Beyond Sport Mexico will be the inaugural gathering of its kind in the country, in a region that has developed innovative and ground-breaking sport for development work throughout its communities.

Community in Action, an event bringing together local youth to celebrate how sport engages communities, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 16. As a founding supporter of Beyond Sport, the NFL will host an NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp throughout the morning. This season the NFL is celebrating ten years of NFL PLAY 60, the league’s youth health and wellness campaign that encourages kids to get active for 60 minutes a day, every day. Other session leaders include World Boxing Council, Tigres F.C. and Major League Baseball.

Learn more about the three-day program here.

PLAY 60 All-Ability Event

On Friday, Nov. 17, from 10 AM – 1 PM, the NFL, with support from the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders, will host a PLAY 60 All-Ability Event at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Mexico. PLAY 60 All-Ability stations will be set up for Shriners Hospitals patients and siblings.

New England Patriots Legends KEVIN FAULK and STEVE GROGAN and Oakland Raiders Legends FRED BILETNIKOFF and WILLIE BROWN will participate in the event and be made available to media at 11:10 AM. Patients will rotate through PLAY 60 stations including ultimate football, various all-ability fitness stations, football-themed art projects, face painting and a visit from FezzyÒ the Shriners Hospitals for Children mascot, team mascots Pat the Patriot and Raider Rusher, and Patriots and Raiders Cheerleaders.

To ensure all kids have an equal opportunity to play, the NFL teamed with Shriners Hospitals for Children, a recognized leader in caring for children with orthopedic conditions and spinal cord injuries to create the NFL PLAY 60 All-Ability Guide. The NFL and Shriners Hospitals for Children are committed to teaching kids the benefits of leading an active and healthy lifestyle and encouraging them to get out and have fun.

Youth Football Workshop

To support local youth football programs in Mexico City and share best practices at all levels of the game, the NFL will host a Youth Football Workshop at the CODEME Facilities on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 AM – 2 PM. The NFL is teaming with USA Football, Gatorade, Riddell and other experts in the field to share information on a range of football topics including: tackling technique, equipment fitting, athlete development and player health and safety.

Attendees will be divided into groups and rotate through five breakout sessions:​

  • Helmet Manufacturers: Equipment Fitting, Reconditioning and the Importance of Proper Equipment
  • Gatorade: Heat and Hydration and Health
  • Health and Safety: Importance of the Concussion Protocol, Signs/Symptoms and Preventative Measures, Emergency Action Planning, Cardiac Arrest, On-Site Injury Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Athlete Development: 2016 NSCA High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award winner Micah Kurtz will review long-term athlete development and proper strength and conditioning techniques
  • On-Field Tackling/Blocking Circuit: featuring USA Football Master Trainer Leah Hinkle and local coaches

Oakland Raiders, Jack Del Rio Foundation Check Presentation

For the second consecutive year, Oakland Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio’s Foundation, dedicated to providing opportunities for undeserved youth, will present a $10,000 check to Mano Amiga, a local non-profit organization. Wife and daughter of Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio LINDA and LAUREN DEL RIO will present the donation as well as lead the Raiders contingent in distributing backpacks stuffed with Raiders-themed items and school supplies to local underserved children.

The event will take place at the NFL Fan Fest at Zocalo Square – Tochito Field on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 3 – 4 PM. The Raiders are matching the Jack Del Rio Foundation’s $10,000 donation to Mano Amiga, while the NFL Foundation will award an additional $10,000 for a total of $30,000. Mano Amiga was founded in Mexico to bring a higher level of education to impoverished areas of the country.

In addition to the Del Rios, Raiders Alumni including Pro Football Hall of Famers FRED BILETNIKOFF and WILLIE BROWN, Raiderettes, Raider Rusher, the team’s youth ambassador and members of the Raiders Women’s Association, which consists of spouses and significant others of players, coaches and staff as well as front office staff members, will participate in the event.

Immediately following the presentation, the Raiders will host a free youth football clinic for local students in the Mano Amiga organization. The boys and girls will participate in activities that feature the educational and recreational benefits of football presented in a safe and fun environment.

Mano Amiga is a non-profit organization that promotes the integral formation of underprivileged children and young people, providing them with tools and opportunities to become successful people and active members of their community. Today the network has 21 schools around the country and serves 14,283 students and their families.

Mexico City Earthquake Relief Efforts

Last month, the NFL Foundation, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers announced their joint contribution of $200,000 to Banorte’s Fundación Banorte to support disaster relief efforts following the earthquake in Mexico City. Fundación Banorte matched these donations dollar-for-dollar. Funds were used to help rebuild homes affected by the earthquake in and around Mexico City.

The Dallas Cowboys also committed $50,000 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Mexico City to assist with crisis intervention services for victims and first responders. Through this donation, the Salvation Army will provide water, food, shelter and emotional care to those immediately affected by the disaster and work with local officials to address long-term assistance for the most vulnerable and in need.








Azteca Stadium , 2017 photo By Carlos Valenzuela - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https


Azteca Stadium panaramic view, 2007 photo by Uwebart - Own work, via wikipedia commons




Top 7 statistical highlights from Week 10 Sunday in the NFL


A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 12, the 10th week of the 2017 season.

  • Atlanta defensive end ADRIAN CLAYBORN recorded a career-high six sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble in the Falcons’ 27-7 win against Dallas.

Clayborn’s six sacks are a single-game franchise record (CHUCK SMITH, five on October 12, 1997) and are tied for the second-most in a game since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS (seven on November 11, 1990) had more sacks in a single game.

Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN completed 22 of 29 passes (75.9 percent) for 215 yards with two touchdowns for a 104.8 passer rating in the team’s win.

Ryan, who has 40,073 passing yards in 151 career games, reached 40,000 career passing yards in the fewest games in NFL history, surpassing the previous record held by DREW BREES (152).


  • The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS defeated Buffalo 47-10 to improve to 7-2. The Saints, who have won seven consecutive games after starting 0-2, are the second team in the Super Bowl era to win its next seven games immediately following an 0-2 start. The other team to accomplish the feat – 1993 Dallas Cowboys – won the Super Bowl in that season.

The Saints rushed for 298 yards and a franchise-record six touchdowns against the Bills. New Orleans is thefifth team in NFL history – including the postseason – to rush for at least 295 yards and six touchdowns in a single game, joining the 1940 Chicago Bears (December 8, 1940, NFL Championship), 1950 New York Giants (November 19, 1950), 1951 Los Angeles Rams (November 18, 1951) and 1957 Cleveland Browns (November 24, 1957).

New Orleans running back MARK INGRAM rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns in today’s victory,joining GEORGE ROGERS (November 8, 1981) and RICKY WILLIAMS (October 22, 2000) as the only Saints players to rush for at least 130 yards and three touchdowns in a game.

  • Los Angeles Rams quarterback JARED GOFF completed 25 of 37 passes (67.6 percent) for 355 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 125.4 passer rating in the Rams’ 33-7 win over Houston. Goff, who passed for 311 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 146.8 passer rating last week, is thefirst player in franchise history to pass for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in consecutive games.
    Goff threw a 94-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver ROBERT WOODS which is the third-longest offensive play from scrimmage in franchise history and the longest since 1964 (95-yard touchdown pass from BILL MUNSON to BUCKY POPE on December 13, 1964).
  • Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD threw three touchdown passes – including the game-winning score to tight end ERIC EBRON with 10:46 remaining in the fourth quarter – in the Lions’ 38-24 win over Cleveland.

The performance marked Stafford’s 30th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. Among players who made their NFL debut since 1970, Stafford has reached 30 such game-winning drives in the fewest number of career games (118).

  • Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER had five catches for 97 yards with a touchdown and Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI scored five points (one field goal and two PATs) in the Steelers’ 20-17 win against the Colts.

Sunday’s contest marked the first time in NFL history that a player under the age of 21 (Smith-Schuster, 20 years old) and a player over the age of 40 (Vinatieri, 44 years old) each scored a point in the same game.

  • Jacksonville running back COREY GRANT rushed for a 56-yard touchdown – on a fake punt – on fourth down in the Jaguars’ 20-17 overtime win against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Grant, who had a 58-yard fourth-down run on a fake punt in Week 3, has two runs of at least 50 yards on fourth down this season, which is as many as all other active players have combined in their careers. Buffalo’s LE SEAN MC COY and Kansas City’s ALBERT WILSON each have one such run.

  • Minnesota wide receiver ADAM THIELEN had eight catches for 166 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ 38-30 win at Washington. Thielen, who was not drafted out of Minnesota State in 2013, has three career games with at least 150 receiving yards, the most among active players who went undrafted. Seattle’s DOUG BALDWIN (two) is the only other active undrafted player with multiple 150+ yard receiving games.




NFL suspends Tampa Bay WR Mike Evans for one game due to violations in on-field conduct & unnecessary roughness rules

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Mike Evans in 2014 By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https



MIKE EVANS of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been suspended without pay for one game for violations of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness rules in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.


NFL Vice President of Football Operations JON RUNYAN issued the suspension for a violation of Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 – which prohibits unsportsmanlike conduct, including “any act which is contrary to the generally understood principles of sportsmanship,” such as (a) “throwing a punch, or a forearm, or kicking at an opponent, even though no contact is made” – as well as Rule 12, Section 2, Article 6 (g) which states that “there shall be no unnecessary roughness. This shall include, but will not be limited to: (g) unnecessarily running, diving into, cutting or throwing the body against or on a player who (1) is out of the play or (2) should not have reasonably anticipated such contact by an opponent, before or after the ball is dead;”

In his letter to Evans, Runyan wrote:


“During the third quarter, after a play had ended, you struck an unsuspecting opponent in the back, knocking him to the ground. Your conduct clearly did not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional.”

Evans will be eligible to return to the Buccaneers’ active roster on Monday, November 13 following the team’s November 12 game against the New York Jets.


Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days. Appeals are heard and decided by either DERRICK BROOKS or JAMES THRASH, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.




What to look for, expectations for NFL Week 10


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TOP BILLING: New England head coach BILL BELICHICK has 269 career wins, including the postseason, in his 23-year head coaching career with the Browns and Patriots.

With a victory on Sunday night at Denver, Belichick would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer TOM LANDRY (270) for the third-most total wins by a head coach in NFL history.

The head coaches with the most total wins (including the postseason) in NFL history:

Don Shula^ Baltimore Colts, Miami 347 173 6 .666
George Halas^ Chicago 324 151 31 .682
Tom Landry^ Dallas 270 178 6 .603
Bill Belichick Cleveland, New England 269 127 0 .679
Curly Lambeau^ Green Bay, Chicago Cardinals, Washington 229 134 22 .631
^Pro Football Hall of Famer      

– NFL –

COMPLETE PLAYERS: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS (3,984) and Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER (3,972) enter Week 10 ranked ninth and 10th, respectively, on the NFL’s all-time completions list.

This week, Rivers and Roethlisberger can become the eighth and ninth players in NFL history to record at least 4,000 career completions.

The players with at least 4,000 career completions in NFL history:

Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 6,300
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 6,125
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 6,033*
Tom Brady New England 5,450*
Dan Marino^ Miami 4,967
Eli Manning New York Giants 4,259*
John Elway^ Denver 4,123
Philip Rivers San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers 3,984*
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh 3,972*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

STELLAR STREAK: New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING, who became the seventh player in NFL history with 50,000 career passing yards (50,034) in Week 9, has started 207 consecutive games.

With a start on Sunday at San Francisco, Manning would tie his brother, PEYTON MANNING (208), for the second-longest streak of consecutive starts in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (297) has started more consecutive games.

The players with the most consecutive starts in NFL history:

Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 1992-2010 297  
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 1998-2010 208  
Eli Manning New York Giants 2004-present 207*  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

– NFL –

DAK ATTACK: Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT passed for two touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 28-17 victory against Kansas City in Week 9. Prescott, who is in his second NFL season, has five career games with multiple touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown.

This Sunday at Atlanta, Prescott can tie CAM NEWTON (six) for the most games with multiple touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in a player’s first two career seasons.

The players with the most games with multiple touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in their first two seasons:

Cam Newton Carolina 2011-12 6
Dak Prescott Dallas 2016-17 5*
Steve Grogan New England 1975-76 5
*In second season

– NFL –

AWESOME ADRIAN: Arizona running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 159 yards on a career-high 37 carries in the Cardinals’ 20-10 victory at San Francisco in Week 9. The performance marked Peterson’s 19th career game with at least 150 rushing yards.

On Thursday night against Seattle, Peterson can join Pro Football Hall of Famers BARRY SANDERS (25), JIM BROWN (22) and WALTER PAYTON (20) as the only players in NFL history with 20 career games with at least 150 rushing yards.

The players with the most career games with at least 150 rushing yards in NFL history:

Barry Sanders^ Detroit 25  
Jim Brown^ Cleveland 22  
Walter Payton^ Chicago 20  
Adrian Peterson Minnesota, Arizona 19  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

DYNAMIC DUO: Pittsburgh running back LE’VEON BELL (979 scrimmage yards) and wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN (835) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in the NFL in scrimmage yards.

If Bell and Brown each reach 1,000 scrimmage yards on Sunday at Indianapolis, it would mark the seventh time in NFL history that a pair of teammates had at least 1,000 scrimmage yards each in their team’s first nine games of a season.

Bell and Brown, who also accomplished the feat in 2014, would join Indianapolis’ EDGERRIN JAMES and MARVIN HARRISON (1999 and 2000) as the only pairs of teammates in NFL history to each record at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in their team’s first nine games of a season multiple times.

The pairs of teammates in NFL history with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards each in the first nine games of a season:

Atlanta 2015 Devonta Freeman 1,141 Julio Jones 1,029
Pittsburgh 2014 Le’Veon Bell 1,144 Antonio Brown 1,009
St. Louis 2000 Marshall Faulk^ 1,326 Isaac Bruce 1,019
Indianapolis 2000 Edgerrin James 1,294 Marvin Harrison 1,004
Indianapolis 1999 Edgerrin James 1,221 Marvin Harrison^ 1,000
Dallas 1995 Emmitt Smith^ 1,361 Michael Irvin^ 1,023
Pittsburgh* 2017 Le’Veon Bell 979 Antonio Brown 835
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Through eight games

– NFL –

CATCHING CHRISTIAN: Carolina rookie running back CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY ranks third in the NFL and leads all running backs with 54 catches.

With eight catches on Monday against Miami, McCaffrey would surpass REGGIE BUSH (61 in 2006) for the most receptions by a rookie running back in his team’s first 10 games of a season in NFL history.

The rookie running backs with the most receptions in their team’s first 10 games of a season:

Reggie Bush New Orleans 2006 61  
Christian McCaffrey Carolina 2017 54*  
Earl Cooper San Francisco 1980 53  
*Through nine games

– NFL –

EVERY DAY EVERSON: Minnesota defensive end EVERSON GRIFFEN ranks third in the NFL with 10 sacks and has recorded a sack in all eight of Minnesota’s games this season.

With a sack on Sunday at Washington, Griffen would become the first player to record a sack in each of his team’s first nine games to start a season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982. Indianapolis’ DWIGHT FREENEY (2009) and ROBERT MATHIS (2005) are the only other players to each record a sack in their team’s first eight games of a season.

The players to record a sack in each of their team’s first eight games of a season since 1982:

Everson Griffen Minnesota 2017 8*
Dwight Freeney Indianapolis 2009 8
Robert Mathis Indianapolis 2005 8
*Active streak

– NFL –

TERRIFIC TITAN: Tennessee safety KEVIN BYARD, who had three interceptions in Week 7, had two interceptions in the Titans’ 23-20 victory over Baltimore in Week 9.

With an interception on Sunday against Cincinnati, Byard, who has five interceptions in the Titans’ past two games (Tennessee had a bye in Week 8), will join JAIRUS BYRD (2009), ALBERT LEWIS (1985) and Pro Football Hall of Famers KENNY EASLEY (1984) and MIKE HAYNES (1976) as the only players in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) with six interceptions over a three-game span in a single season.

With two interceptions on Sunday, Byard would become the first player in the Super Bowl era with seven interceptions over a three-game span in a single season.

The players with the most interceptions over a three-game span in a single season in the Super Bowl era:

Jairus Byrd Buffalo 2009 6-8 6
Albert Lewis Kansas City 1985 14-16 6
Kenny Easley^ Seattle 1984 9-11 6
Mike Haynes^ New England 1976 9-11 6
Mike Haynes^ New England 1976 10-12 6
Kevin Byard Tennessee 2017 7, 9 5*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In two games



NFL moves into Week 10 with playoff race heating up



The second half of the NFL season is here and the race to the playoffs is in full swing.

Thirteen teams have won at least five games, led by the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles. This is the fifth time in franchise history the Eagles have started a season 8-1 or better (1949, 1960, 1980 and 2004) and the team advanced to the NFL Championship/Super Bowl in each of the previous four instances. In the Super Bowl era, 91 teams have previously started 8-1 or better through the first nine games and 88 advanced to the playoffs (96.7 percent). Of those 91 teams, 40 reached the Super Bowl (44 percent) and 22 won the Super Bowl (24.2 percent).

The Eagles (seven) and New Orleans Saints (six) currently have the longest active winning streaks in the league. New Orleans, which started the season 0-2, is the third team in the Super Bowl era to win its next six games immediately following an 0-2 start. The other two teams to accomplish the feat – 1993 Dallas Cowboys and 2007 New York Giants – both won the Super Bowl in that season.

As the season moves into the second half, it’s all still to be decided, with plenty of football left to play. So don’t count anyone out. Since 2000, 44 teams have reached the halfway point of their season with a .500 or below winning percentage and advanced to the playoffs, including at least one in each season. Last year, there were four such teams: Detroit (4-4), Green Bay (4-4), Miami (4-4) and Pittsburgh (4-4).

Of those 44 clubs, seven have advanced to the Conference Championship Game, including both the Packers and Steelers last season. The 2001 New England Patriots reached the midway point with a 4-4 record and went on to win Super Bowl XXXVI.

Week 10 begins on Thursday night with an NFC West matchup as the Arizona Cardinals host the Seattle Seahawks (8:25 PM ET, NBC/NFLN/Amazon Prime). The game marks the first of NBC’s Tri-Cast package this season which will feature five Thursday Night Football contests and a Christmas Day game. The week concludes with a pair of primetime contests as the Denver Broncos host the New England Patriots on Sunday night (8:30 PM ET, NBC) and the Miami Dolphins visit the Carolina Panthers on Monday night (8:30 PM ET, ESPN). Some of the other notable games in Week 10:


SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (5-3) at ARIZONA CARDINALS (4-4) (Thursday, NBC/NFLN/Amazon Prime, 8:25 PM ET)


  • The Seahawks have won four of their past five games and finished the first half of their season with a 5-3 record. Seattle is on pace for its sixth consecutive season with at least 10 wins and the Seahawks have made the playoffs in each of the previous five seasons.
  • Seattle leads the NFC in passing offense (274.8 yards per game) and ranks third in the conference in total offense (378.6). Quarterback RUSSELL WILSON leads the NFC with 2,305 passing yards and is the NFL’s top-ranked passer in the fourth quarter with a 132.9 passer rating.
  • The Cardinals defeated San Francisco 20-10 last week. Quarterback DREW STANTON, making his first start in 2017, threw two touchdown passes against the 49ers and has now won his past four starts.
  • Arizona running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 159 yards last week and has surpassed the 100-yard mark in two of his three games with the Cardinals. Peterson, who turned 32 in March, is the third-oldest player in NFL history to rush for at least 150 yards in a game.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (6-2) at BUFFALO BILLS (5-3) (Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET)


  • The Saints, who defeated Tampa Bay 30-10 last week, have won six consecutive games and are the third team in the Super Bowl era to win its next six games immediately following an 0-2 start.
  • Rookie running back ALVIN KAMARA had a career-high 152 scrimmage yards (84 receiving, 68 rushing) and scored two touchdowns against the Buccaneers. Kamara is one of only three players (KAREEM HUNT and TODD GURLEY) in the NFL this season with at least 300 rushing yards (311), 300 receiving yards (341) and five touchdowns (five).
  • The Bills are 5-3 at the halfway point and are aiming for their first 10-win season since 1999. Buffalo leads the NFL with a +11 turnover differential (17 takeaways, 6 giveaways) and safety MICAH HYDE ranks second in the league with five interceptions.
  • Buffalo is 4-0 at home this season and has outscored opponents 111-69 at New Era Field. The Bills have scored at least 20 points in a franchise-record 13 consecutive home games.




  • The Steelers have won three consecutive games and are tied with New England for the best record in the AFC (6-2). Pittsburgh had a bye last week and defeated Detroit 20-15 in Week 8.
  • Wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN leads the NFL with 57 catches and 835 receiving yards and is on pace to record his fifth consecutive season with at least 100 catches and 1,000 receiving yards. Rookie wide receiver JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER had seven catches for 193 yards and a touchdown (97 yards) in Week 8 and was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Smith-Schuster leads all NFL rookies with 424 receiving yards.
  • The Colts recorded a 20-14 win at Houston last week. On the final play of the game, which started at the Indianapolis seven-yard line, Colts linebacker JABAAL SHEARD recorded a sack and forced a fumble – which was recovered by linebacker BARKEVIOUS MINGO – to seal the victory.
  • Wide receiver T.Y. HILTON had five catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the win at Houston. Hilton has 10 career games with at least 150 receiving yards, tied with JULIO JONES for the fourth-most 150-yard receiving games in a player’s first six seasons. The only players with more such games in their first six seasons are Pro Football Hall of Famers LANCE ALWORTH (13) and JERRY RICE (13) and RANDY MOSS (12).



  • The Vikings, who had a bye last week, defeated Cleveland 33-16 at London’s Twickenham Stadium in Week 8. Running back JERICK MC KINNON had 122 scrimmage yards (72 receiving, 50 rushing) and a touchdown against the Browns.
  • Wide receiver ADAM THIELEN, who had five catches for 98 yards and a touchdown versus Cleveland, ranks second in the NFC with 627 receiving yards. Defensive end EVERSON GRIFFEN ranks third in the NFL with 10 sacks and is one of only three players (DWIGHT FREENEY and ROBERT MATHIS) to record a sack in each of his team’s first eight games of a season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.
  • Washington running back ROB KELLEY rushed for two touchdowns – including the game-winning score with 59 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter – in the Redskins’ 17-14 come-from-behind victory at Seattle.
  • Quarterback KIRK COUSINS led the game-winning drive, completing a 31-yard pass to wide receiver BRIAN QUICK and connecting with wide receiver JOSH DOCTSON on a 38-yard completion to set the Redskins up at the Seattle one-yard line.


DALLAS COWBOYS (5-3) at ATLANTA FALCONS (4-4) (Sunday, FOX, 4:25 PM ET)


  • The Cowboys have won three consecutive games, including last week’s 28-17 victory over Kansas City. Quarterback DAK PRESCOTT threw two touchdown passes – both to wide receiver COLE BEASLEY – and added a rushing TD. Prescott joined CAM NEWTON as the only players in NFL history to have at least 35 touchdown passes (39) and 10 rushing touchdowns (10) in their first two seasons.
  • Defensive end DEMARCUS LAWRENCE ranks second in the NFL – and leads the NFC – with a career-high 10.5 sacks. Lawrence has recorded at least one sack in seven of the Cowboys’ eight games this season.
  • Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN passed for 313 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s 20-17 loss at Carolina. Ryan, who played in his 150th game, has 39,858 career passing yards, the most in NFL history by a player in his first 150 games.
  • Falcons wide receiver JULIO JONES leads the NFC with 658 receiving yards. In his career, Jones is averaging 95 receiving yards per game (8,268 yards in 87 games), the highest mark in NFL history (minimum 50 games).




  • Miami quarterback JAY CUTLER passed for 311 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s 27-24 loss against Oakland.
  • Wide receiver JARVIS LANDRY ranks second in the league with 56 catches and has 344 career receptions, the most by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history.
  • The Panthers improved to 6-3 with a key 20-17 divisional victory over Atlanta last week. Carolina rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns against the Falcons, led by quarterback CAM NEWTON (86 yards, one touchdown) and rookie running back CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY (66 yards, one touchdown).
  • McCaffrey, who leads the NFC with 54 receptions, is the only player in the NFL this season with at least 150 rushing yards (183) and 50 catches (54).




(All times local)

Byes: Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland, Philadelphia


Thursday, November 9 Sunday, November 12 (cont’d)
Seattle at Arizona, 6:25 PM (NBC/NFLN/Amazon) Cincinnati at Tennessee, 12:00 PM
  Minnesota at Washington, 1:00 PM
Sunday, November 12 Houston at Los Angeles Rams, 1:05 PM
New Orleans at Buffalo, 1:00 PM Dallas at Atlanta, 4:25 PM
Green Bay at Chicago, 12:00 PM New York Giants at San Francisco, 1:25 PM
Cleveland at Detroit, 1:00 PM New England at Denver, 6:30 PM (NBC)
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, 1:00 PM  
Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville, 1:00 PM Monday, November 13
New York Jets at Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM Miami at Carolina, 8:30 PM (ESPN)



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