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AFC North Division battle, Bengals at Steelers today, 4:25 pm on CBS

 

CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-3) at PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4-2) (Sunday, CBS, 4:25 PM ET)

  • The Bengals have won two consecutive games and enter Week 7 coming off a bye. In Week 5, Cincinnati defeated Buffalo 20-16 as quarterback ANDY DALTON passed for 328 yards and wide receiver A.J. GREEN had 189 receiving yards. Dalton connected on a 77-yard touchdown pass to Green, the fifth 75+ yard TD pass from Dalton to Green in their careers.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2011, Green has five games with at least 180 receiving yards. Only Pittsburgh’s ANTONIO BROWN (six) has more such performances during that span. This season, Green is averaging 100.8 receiving yards per game, second in the NFL behind Brown (116.7).
  • The Steelers lead the AFC North with a 4-2 record. Last week, Pittsburgh knocked off the previously unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs 19-13 at Arrowhead Stadium.
  • In Pittsburgh’s Week 6 win over the Chiefs, running back LE’VEON BELL rushed for 179 yards with a touchdown and wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had eight catches for 155 yards with a touchdown. It marked the third time in franchise history in which the Steelers had a 150+ yard rusher and a 150+ yard receiver in the same game. Brown leads the NFL this season in receptions (48) and receiving yards (700) while Bell ranks third in rushing yards (550).

 

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL schedule and standings for Week 7

 

NFL WEEK 7 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, OCTOBER 22-23

(All times local)

Byes: Detroit, Houston

Thursday, October 19 Sunday, October 22 (cont’d)
Kansas City at Oakland, 8:25 PM (CBS/NFLN/Amazon) Baltimore at Minnesota, 12:00 PM
Dallas at San Francisco, 1:05 PM
Sunday, October 22 Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 1:25 PM
Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 1:00 PM Seattle at New York Giants, 4:25 PM
Carolina at Chicago, 12:00 PM Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 4:25 PM
Tennessee at Cleveland, 1:00 PM Atlanta at New England, 8:30 PM (NBC)
New Orleans at Green Bay, 12:00 PM
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1:00 PM Monday, October 23
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams (London), 6:00 PM Washington at Philadelphia, 8:30 PM (ESPN)
New York Jets at Miami, 1:00 PM  

 

 

SCHEDULE PRODUCED BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL suspends Marshawn Lynch one game for contact with an official

 

Marshawn Lynch (courtesy Seattle Seahawks)

SUSPENDED ONE GAME FOR UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

MARSHAWN LYNCH of the Oakland Raiders has been suspended without pay for one game for unsportsmanlike conduct in Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL Vice President of Football Operations JON RUNYAN issued the suspension for a violation of Rule 12, Section 3, which states that “There shall be no unsportsmanlike conduct. This applies to any act which is contrary to the generally understood principles of sportsmanship.”

Lynch also specifically violated Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (g) which prohibits “unnecessary physical contact with a game official.”

In his letter to Lynch, Runyan wrote:

“You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey…You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved.”

Lynch will be eligible to return to the Raiders’ active roster on Monday, October 30 following the team’s October 29 game against the Buffalo Bills.

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.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF NFLmedia.com

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Thursday night’s thrilling game between Chiefs & Raiders drew 14.9 million viewers across all media platforms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 TNF Television Viewership Increases Again

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL on Thursday, Oct. 19 featuring Oakland’s win over Kansas City in Week 7 was seen on an average minute audience basis by 14.9 million viewers across all platforms, including CBS Television Network, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video, NFL Digital and CBS digital platforms.​

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL is produced by CBS Sports. CBS sells and airs the national commercials for CBS THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL games across every platform, creating incremental value and distribution for CBS clients and sponsors.

Last night’s telecast on CBS and NFL Network again delivered an increase in viewership.  The Kansas City-Oakland game was seen by an average of 14.378 million television viewers, up over last year’s comparable game (14.202 million for Chicago-Green Bay; 10/20/16), according to Nielsen live plus same day national ratings. Overall, THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL continues delivering strong viewership in October averaging 14.786 million viewers across Weeks 5, 6, and 7, which is up +9% versus last year’s comparable three games (13.599 million).

The average digital audience for last night’s THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL game across Amazon Prime Video, NFL Mobile from Verizon, Watch NFL Network, the NFL app on Microsoft, NFL Game Pass (International) and on CBS digital platforms was 492,000.

Television viewership of the Kansas City-Oakland game peaked at 16.494 million viewers from 11:30-11:54 PM, ET.

TNF on CBS and NFL Network won in primetime, handily beating the other networks. CBS/NFL Network’s primetime viewership for Thursday night of 12.930 million was +430% ahead of FOX (2.439 million), +185% ahead of ABC (4.540 million) and +148% ahead of NBC (5.217 million).

In total, CBS and NFL Network’s coverage of the Kansas City-Oakland game was watched in all-or-part by 45.769 million viewers on television, with a minimum of one minute viewed. In total, 2.1 million viewers initiated a stream of THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL across all digital properties.

Amazon Prime Video reached a total of 1.7 million combined viewers worldwide for the NFL Thursday Night Kickoff pregame show and the Kansas City-Oakland game. For the THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL game alone, 1.5 million worldwide viewers initiated a stream on Amazon Prime Video, with each viewer watching an average of 49 minutes. The average worldwide audience watching THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL for at least thirty seconds on Amazon Prime Video was 357,000.

For a complete listing of all the ways to watch THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, please visit NFL.com/TNF.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jerry Caraccioli CBS Sports, Andrew Howard NFL Network and Rena Lunak Amazon; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

Nationals stun baseball world by firing Dusty Baker after winning back-to-back Eastern Division titles

 

Dusty Baker walking with lineup card 2017 By Johnmaxmena2 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

The Lerner family and Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo stunned the baseball world with their announcement of having to fire Dusty Baker and his entire coaching staff after two very successful seasons.
Baker’s contract expired at the end of this season and fans and media expected he would be back but ownership had other ideas. He had been working under a a two-year, $4 million contract.
Rizzo said he and the Nationals ownership came to a difficult decision. Baker was told Friday morning that he and his coaching staff would not return.
“Our expectations have grown to the fact that winning a lot of regular-season games and winning divisions are not enough,” Rizzo said. “Our goal is to win a world championship.”
Baker has won 1,863 games in his 22-year tenure as a manager, the 14th most in MLB history. Twelve of the 13 managers ahead of him are in the Hall of Fame.
Baker has that tag on him in the baseball world that he can get a team to the playoffs but not to the promised land which is a world championship.
There is an interesting pattern about the Nationals manager situation over the years and it is baffling. They have had some solid managers in Frank Robinson, Manny Acta, Jim Riggleman, Davey Johnson and Baker. They have either resigned or been fired despite being successful. Rizzo said the Nationals will immediately begin searching for a new manager. The new manager will become the team’s seventh skipper since the franchise moved to Washington in 2005. No Nationals manager has completed a third season, and the club’s new manager in 2018 will be its sixth in 10 years. Not much for stability in the Washington dugout even if you win a division and get to the playoffs. That might scare off some candidates.
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