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Blue Jackets, Korpisalo outlast Carolina in shootout, 3-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Columbus Blue Jackets Post-Game Notes

Columbus Blue Jackets (3) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (2) (SO)

November 28, 2017 – Nationwide Arena (13,947)

Goal Scorers
Columbus: J. Anderson (9), Z. Werenski (7), SO – Atkinson
Carolina: N. Hanifin (4), B. McGinn (6)

Goalies

Columbus: J. Korpisalo (29 Saves, W)                          Carolina: S. Darling (36 Saves, SOL)


Game Summary:
http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20172018/GS020371.HTM

Event Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20172018/ES020371.HTM

 

  • The Blue Jackets notched their seventh victory in the last eight games.
  • Columbus finished 8-4-1 in November.  The club’s eight wins in the month are tied for the second most in franchise history (8-4-0, Nov. 2010; 8-5-0, Nov. 2015) and the 17 points are also tied for second most in franchise history (7-4-3, Nov. 2009). The Jackets finished 9-2-3 (21 points) last November.
  • Tonight’s contest marked the third time in the past four meetings with the Hurricanes that the game was decided after regulation.
  • Columbus tied a franchise record with nine wins through the first 13 home games of a season (2016-17).
  • The Blue Jackets’ 33 points through 25 games is good for the second-most in club history (36 points, 2016-17).
  • Columbus improved to 4-0-0 in games decided after regulation at Nationwide Arena this season and a league-best 8-0-1 overall.
  • The Blue Jackets killed off one penalty tonight. The club has killed 31-of-33 penalties at Nationwide Arena this season (93.9%), including all penalties in 12 of 13 home games.
  • Columbus outshot Carolina 38-31, marking the 17th time in the first 25 games that the club has outshot its opponent.
  • The Blue Jackets have won two-of-three matchups against the Hurricanes this season. The season series will conclude with a matchup on December 16 at Carolina.

 

 

  • HC John Tortorella became the third coach in franchise history to win 100 career games, joining Todd Richards (127 wins) and Ken Hitchcock (125 wins).
  • RW Josh Anderson scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season and has recorded points in a career-high four-straight games (2-2-4).  He had recorded points in three-straight games from Oct. 21- 27 (2-1-3).
  • Pierre-Luc Dubois recorded his third assist of the season on Anderson’s goal.  He has notched points in two-straight games (1-1-2) and has 2-1-3 in his last five contests.
  • Zach Werenski scored his seventh goal of the season and added an assist on Anderson’s first period tally. He has now recorded three multi-point games this season (Nov. 2 at FLA, Oct. 13 vs. NYR) and leads all Blue Jackets defensemen with 14 points.
  • Alexander Wennberg returned to action for the first time since Nov. 11 at Detroit and collected his ninth assist of the season and played 16:56.
  • LW Sonny Milano notched his fifth assist of the season on Werenski’s second period goal.  He has notched 5-5-10 in 22 games this season, including 2-1-3 in two games vs. Carolina.
  • RW Cam Atkinson and LW Artemi Panarin each scored in the shootout.  Atkinson is one-for-two (50%) in the shootout this season while Panarin is three-for-four (75%).  Panarin’s three shootout goals are tied for the league lead (Perry).
  • Joonas Korpisalo earned his second win of the season.  He stopped 29-of-31 shots and surrendered zero goals in the shootout.

Blue Jackets:

Coach John Tortorella | Pierre-Luc Dubois | Joonas Korpisalo | Alexander Wennberg

Hurricanes:

Coach Bill Peters | Noah Hanifin | Jordan Staal

Friday, December 1 vs. Anaheim Ducks, Nationwide Arena, 7:00 p.m. ET – FOX Sports Ohio / 97.1 The Fan

 

ALL NOTES WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

Crew SC hosts Toronto FC in MLS Eastern Conference Finals 1st Leg tonight

FIRST LEG OF AUDI 2017 MLS CUP PLAYOFFS EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Winner of two-legged series on aggregate score advances to 2017 MLS Cup

For Immediate Release: November 21, 2017

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew hosts Toronto FC at MAPFRE Stadium tonight, Tuesday, November 21 in the First Leg of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Championship. The contest kicks-off at 8:00 p.m. ET and is set to be televised nationally on ESPN with Adrian Healey (play-by-play), Taylor Twellman (analyst) and Julie Stewart-Binks (sideline) on the call. Tonight’s match also airs locally on the radio on CD102.5 FM in English, with Neil Sika and Dwight Burgess on the call. La Mega 103.1 FM has the match airing in Spanish, with Juan Valladares behind the microphone. The Spanish radio calls are also set to be streamed in Spanish on the LaMega1 App and via Tunein Radio as WVKO-FM. The club’s official website, ColumbusCrewSC.com, is set to stream the English-language radio broadcast online.

MLS GAME NOTES PACKAGE: http://bit.ly/2017GameGuides

Crew SC earned a berth in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Championship after facing New York City FC in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Black & Gold advanced to the Eastern Conference Championship after winning the two-leg series 4-3 on aggregate-score. This is the seventh time in club history that the Black & Gold have reached the Eastern Conference Championship, having reached the same stage in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2008 and 2015. Crew SC won the Eastern Conference Championship in 2008 and 2015 en route to reaching MLS Cup on both occasions. Additionally, this is the second time in four years under Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter that Columbus reaches the Eastern Conference Championship, as Berhalter previously led the Black & Gold to the 2015 MLS Cup.

Tonight’s match against Toronto FC marks the first time that Crew SC has faced the Canadian side in an MLS Cup Playoffs match. Last year, Toronto FC reached the 2016 MLS Cup before falling to Seattle Sounders FC via penalty shootout (4-5). The Black & Gold have an all-time regular-season record of 13-8-10 against Toronto dating back to 2007. Over that span, Crew SC has posted a regular-season home record of 9-4-4 against Toronto FC, outscoring the Reds 31-23. Moreover, Toronto FC is now the third consecutive opponent that Crew SC faces for the first time in an MLS Cup Playoffs match. Previously, Columbus faced expansion side Atlanta United FC in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round before taking on New York City FC in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

The Black & Gold are undefeated over their last eight home matches across all MLS competitions with a record of 7-0-1, dating back to a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union at MAPFRE Stadium on July 22. Over that span, Crew SC has outscored its opponents 18-6 at home while recording three shutouts. Moreover, 11 of those 18 goals have been scored by either Justin Meram or Ola Kamara, with Meram registering six strikes and Kamara tallying five goals. Notably, Federico Higuain has recorded eight assists in Crew SC’s last five home matches, with four of those being game-winning assists.

During the international break, two Crew SC players saw action on the international stage, as Harrison Afful and Ola Kamara played for their respective national teams. Afful started for Ghana in a FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying match against Egypt on November 12, captaining the Black Stars to a 1-1 draw as he earned his 76th cap for Ghana. Meanwhile, Kamara made a start for Norway in a friendly against Macedonia on November 11, playing 79 minutes. This was Kamara’s first appearance for Norway since a playing in a friendly against England on September 3, 2014. Kamara also earned his ninth cap in Norway’s friendly against Slovakia (November 14).

 

Columbus Crew SC vs. Toronto FC
Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Championship, First Leg

Tuesday, November 21 – 8:00 p.m. ET – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

National Television: ESPN (Coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. ET)
International Television: Abu Dhabi (Middle East and North Africa), BeIN Sports (Asia, Australia), DSports/ATR (India), EuroSport (Pan Europe), FOX Sports Africa (Sub-Saharan Africa), Fuji TV (Japan), Sky Sports (United Kingdom), Sportscast (Taiwan) and StarHub (Singapore)
Crew SC Radio: CD102.5 FM (English); La Mega 103.1 FM (Spanish), Spanish radio broadcast also simulcast on LaMega1 App and via TuneIn Radio as WVKO-FM, English radio broadcast also simulcast on ColumbusCrewSC.com

 

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

Expectations, What to Look For in Week 11 of the NFL

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 11

PERSISTENT PATRIOTS: New England has won five consecutive games and is tied for the best record in the AFC at 7-2.

With a win on Sunday against Oakland at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca, the Patriots will clinch a .500 or better record for the 17th consecutive season, tying the 1957-73 Cleveland Browns for the second-longest streak in NFL history. The 1965-85 Dallas Cowboys had a .500 or better record in 21 consecutive seasons, the longest such streak all-time.

The teams with the most consecutive seasons with a .500 or better record in NFL history:

 

TEAM SEASONS CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH .500 OR BETTER RECORD
Dallas 1965-85 21
Cleveland 1957-73 17
     
New England 2001-Present 16*
*Active streak

– NFL –

YO, ADRIAN: Atlanta defensive end ADRIAN CLAYBORN recorded a franchise-record six sacks, forced two fumbles and a fumble recovered in the Falcons’ 27-7 win against Dallas last week.

Clayborn’s six sacks 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.

With 2.5 sacks at Seattle on Monday Night Football, Clayborn would surpass Thomas (eight) for the most sacks in a two-game span in a single season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The players with the most sacks in a two-game span in a single season since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982:

 

PLAYER TEAM SEASON SACKS OVER 2-GAME SPAN
Derrick Thomas^ Kansas City 1990 8
Aldon Smith San Francisco 2012 7.5
Johnie Cooks Indianapolis 1984 7.5
Many tied     7
       
Adrian Clayborn Atlanta 2017 6*
*Through one game
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

FOUR SCORES AND TWO YEARS: Philadelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ, who had a bye in Week 10, threw four touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 51-23 win against Denver in Week 9, his third career game with at least four touchdown passes.

This Sunday night at Dallas, Wentz can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (four) for the second-most games with at least four touchdown passes in a player’s first two seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least four touchdown passes in their first two seasons in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS GAMES WITH 4+ TD PASSES IN 1ST 2 SEASONS
Dan Marino^ Miami 1983-84 6
Fran Tarkenton^ Minnesota 1961-62 4
       
Carson Wentz Philadelphia 2016-17 3*
*In second season
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

BIG GAME GOFF: Los Angeles Rams quarterback JARED GOFF completed 25 of 37 passes (67.6 percent) for 355 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 125.4 rating in the Rams’ 33-7 win against Houston in Week 10.

Goff has passed for at least 300 yards with three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in consecutive games, becoming the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

With at least 300 passing yards, three touchdown passes and zero interceptions on Sunday at Minnesota, Goff will join TOM BRADY (2007) as the only players in NFL history to accomplish the feat in three consecutive games.

 

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

WEEKS

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 300+ YARDS, 3+ TD PASSES AND 0 INTS
Tom Brady New England 2007 6-8 3
         
Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 2017 9-10 2*
*Active streak        

​– NFL –

RISING ROETHLISBERGER: Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers’ 20-17 win at Indianapolis last week.

With 214 passing yards against Tennessee on Thursday Night Football, Roethlisberger, who has 49,112 career passing yards, would pass Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON (49,325) for the eighth-most passing yards in NFL history.

The players with the most passing yards in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER PASSING YARDS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 71,940
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 71,838
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 68,509*
Tom Brady New England 64,389*
Dan Marino^ Miami 61,361
John Elway^ Denver 51,475
Eli Manning New York Giants 50,307*
Warren Moon^ Houston Oilers, Minnesota, Seattle, Kansas City 49,325
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh 49,112*
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Fame

Roethlisberger enters Week 11 ranked ninth in NFL history with 3,991 completions. With nine completions on Sunday, Roethlisberger will become the ninth quarterback in NFL history to reach 4,000 career completions.

Roethlisberger, who was selected 11th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, would join ELI MANNING (No. 1 overall, 4,287 completions) and PHILIP RIVERS(No. 4 overall, 4,005) as the only trio of quarterbacks from the same draft class to each record 4,000 career completions.

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

 

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER COMPLETIONS
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 6,300
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 6,125
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 6,051*
Tom Brady New England 5,475*
Dan Marino^ Miami 4,967
Eli Manning New York Giants 4,287*
John Elway^ Denver 4,123
Philip Rivers San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers 4,005*
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh 3,991*
​*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

WELL RECEIVED: New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS ranks fourth in the NFL with 59 catches this season.

Thomas has 151 receptions in 24 career games, and needs four catches on Sunday against Washington to surpass ANQUAN BOLDIN (154) for the second-most catches by a player in his first 25 games in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first 25 games in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM RECEPTIONS IN 1ST 25 CAREER GAMES
Odell Beckham, Jr. New York Giants 176
Anquan Boldin Arizona 154
Michael Thomas New Orleans 151*
Reggie Bush New Orleans 143
Jarvis Landry Miami 143
*Through 24 games

– NFL –

FIFTH FOR FITZ: Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD, who has 15,066 career receiving yards with the Cardinals, had 10 catches for 113 yards in Week 10 and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (19,247 receiving yards with San Francisco) as the only players in NFL history to reach 15,000 career receiving yards with a single team.

With 62 receiving yards on Sunday at Houston, Fitzgerald will surpass TONY GONZALEZ (15,127) for the fifth-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most career receiving yards in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM(S) CAREER RECEIVING YARDS  
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 22,895  
Terrell Owens San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati 15,934  
Randy Moss Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee, San Francisco 15,292  
Isaac Bruce Los Angeles/St. Louis, San Francisco 15,208  
Tony Gonzalez Kansas City, Atlanta 15,127  
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 15,066*  
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

ROBERT RUNNING RAMPANT: Los Angeles Rams wide receiver ROBERT WOODS had eight receptions for a career-high 171 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Rams’ win against Houston in Week 10.

Woods, who had a 52-yard touchdown catch in Week 9 and a 94-yard touchdown reception in Week 10, can become the fifth player since 1970 with a touchdown reception of at least 50 yards in three consecutive games.

The players to record a 50+ yard touchdown catch in three consecutive games since 1970:

 

PLAYER TEAM SEASON WEEKS CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 50+ YARD TD CATCH
Darnay Scott Cincinnati 1999 12-14 3
Al Toon New York Jets 1986 8-10 3
Willie Gault Chicago 1983 3-5 3
Mel Gray St. Louis Cardinals 1974 3-5 3
         
Robert Woods Los Angeles Rams 2017 9-10 2*
*Active streak

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL announces Week 12 & 13 TV scheduling changes

 

 

NFL SCHEDULE CHANGES FOR WEEKS 12 & 13

 

The following are​ scheduling changes for Weeks 12 (Sunday, November 26) and 13 (Sunday, December 3), the NFL announced today.

 

Week 12 (Sunday, November 26) Changes:

 

The New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams game will move from 4:05 PM ET to 4:25 PM ET and will be cross-flexed to CBS.

 

The Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts game at 1:00 PM ET will be cross-flexed to FOX.

 

Week 13 (Sunday, December 3) Changes:

 

The Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints game will move from 1:00 PM ET to 4:25 PM ET and remain on FOX.

 

The Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins game at 1:00 PM ET will be cross-flexed to FOX.

 

The following is the final schedule for Weeks 12 and 13:

 

WEEK 12
Thursday, November 23, 2017
GAME LOCAL ET TV  
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions 12:30p (ET) 12:30p FOX  
Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys 3:30p (CT) 4:30p CBS  
New York Giants at Washington Redskins 8:30p (ET) 8:30p NBC  

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX  
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS  
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX  
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS  
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS  
Carolina Panthers at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX  
Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX  
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX  
Jacksonville Jaguars at Arizona Cardinals 2:25p (MST) 4:25p CBS  
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS  
Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS  
Green Bay Packers at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:30p (ET) 8:30p NBC  
Monday, November 27, 2017
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens 8:30p (ET) 8:30p ESPN  

 

WEEK 13
Thursday, November 30, 2017
GAME LOCAL ET TV
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys 7:25p (CT) 8:25p NBC/NFLN/Amazon
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals 2:25p (MST) 4:25p FOX
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
New York Giants at Oakland Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks 5:30p (PT) 8:30p NBC
Monday, December 4, 2017
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals 8:30p (ET) 8:30p ESPN

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL enters Week 11 with game in Mexico City between Raiders and Patriots

​PLAYOFF RACES AROUND THE NFL ARE HEATING UP

NFL RETURNS TO MEXICO AS RAIDERS HOST PATRIOTS

The NFL has entered the second half of the season and the excitement is building as playoff races tighten.

Eleven teams have at least six wins, led by the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles – Philadelphia (8-1), Los Angeles Rams (7-2), Minnesota (7-2), New England (7-2), New Orleans (7-2), Pittsburgh (7-2), Carolina (7-3), Jacksonville (6-3), Kansas City (6-3), Seattle (6-3) and Tennessee (6-3). Seven of those 11 teams – Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New Orleans, Carolina, Jacksonville and Tennessee – did not make the playoffs last season. Since the 12-team playoff format began in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

Seven teams currently have an active winning streak of at least four games, led by the Eagles and Saints who have each won seven in a row. The Patriots and Vikings are both riding five-game winning streaks while the Rams, Steelers and Titans have each won four consecutive contests.

New Orleans, which started the season 0-2, is 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. Last week, the Saints rushed for 298 yards and a franchise-record six touchdowns in the team’s 47-10 win at Buffalo. New Orleans became the fifth team – and first since 1957 (Cleveland Browns, November 24, 1957) – in NFL history (including the postseason) to rush for at least 295 yards and six touchdowns in a single game.

As the season’s second half continues, there’s a lot to be decided, with plenty of football left to play. So don’t count anyone out. Since 1990, 27 teams have qualified for the playoffs with a losing record through nine games. Last year, two teams – Green Bay (4-5) and Pittsburgh (4-5) – accomplished the feat and both clubs advanced to the Conference Championship Game.

Also in Week 11, the NFL returns to Mexico for the second consecutive year as the Oakland Raiders host the Patriots (4:25 PM ET, CBS). Last year, the Raiders defeated the Houston Texans 27-20 in front of 76,473 fans at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City in the first-ever Monday Night Football game to be played outside the United States.

Four of the NFL’s 10 largest single-game attendance totals have come in Mexico, including the top two: 112,376 fans on August 15, 1994 (American Bowl preseason game between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers) and 106,424 on August 17, 1998 (American Bowl preseason game between the Cowboys and Patriots). Both of those contests were also played at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Estadio Azteca underwent vast renovations in advance of the NFL’s game in 2016 which reduced stadium capacity to approximately 77,000.

Week 11 kicks off on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, NBC/NFLN/Amazon) when the Steelers host the Titans. Both teams enter the contest on four-game winning streaks. The week concludes with a pair of primetime games as the Dallas Cowboys host the Eagles on Sunday night (8:30 PM ET, NBC) in a key NFC East showdown and the Atlanta Falcons visit the Seahawks on Monday night (8:30 PM ET, ESPN) in a rematch of last season’s NFC Divisional Playoff. Some of the other notable games in Week 11:

TENNESSEE TITANS (6-3) at PITTSBURGH STEELERS (7-2) (Thursday, NBC/NFLN/Amazon Prime, 8:25 PM ET)

  • The Titans are tied for first in the AFC South with a 6-3 record and have won four consecutive games, including last week’s 24-20 win over Cincinnati.
  • Tennessee running back DE MARCO MURRAY scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) against the Bengals, including the game-winning seven-yard TD reception from quarterback MARCUS MARIOTA with 36 seconds remaining. Since entering the NFL in 2015, Mariota has 36 touchdown passes and no interceptions in the red zone, the best TD/INT ratio in the league.
  • The Steelers lead the AFC North and are tied for the best record in the AFC (7-2). Pittsburgh has won four consecutive games, including last week’s 20-17 victory at Indianapolis.
  • Pittsburgh running back LE’VEON BELL leads the NFL with 840 rushing yards and wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN has a league-best 882 receiving yards along with 60 receptions, tied for the second-most in the NFL. Wide receiver JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER leads all rookies with 521 receiving yards and has recorded a touchdown reception in three consecutive games.

LOS ANGELES RAMS (7-2) at MINNESOTA VIKINGS (7-2) (Sunday, FOX, 1:00 PM ET)​

  • The Rams, who lead the NFC West with a 7-2 record, have won four games in a row, including last week’s 33-7 victory over Houston. Los Angeles leads the NFL averaging 32.9 points per game.
  • Rams quarterback JARED GOFF passed for 355 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions last week and is the first player in team history to pass for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in consecutive games. Running back TODD GURLEY leads the NFL with 1,160 scrimmage yards (754 rushing, 406 receiving) and 10 touchdowns (seven rushing, three receiving).
  • The Vikings lead the NFC North with a 7-2 record and have won five consecutive games, including last week’s 38-30 win at Washington as quarterback CASE KEENUM threw four touchdown passes.
  • Minnesota wide receiver ADAM THIELEN had eight catches for 166 yards and a touchdown in the victory against the Redskins. Thielen, who went undrafted out of Minnesota State in 2013, has three career games (two in 2017) with at least 150 receiving yards, the most among active players who were not drafted. Thielen ranks third in the NFL with 793 receiving yards.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-2) at OAKLAND RAIDERS (4-5) in Mexico City (Sunday, CBS, 4:25 PM ET)

  • The Patriots lead the AFC East and are tied for the best record in the AFC (7-2). New England has won five consecutive games, including last week’s 41-16 victory at Denver. The Patriots lead the NFL in total offense (409.4 yards per game) and passing offense (301.6).
  • New England quarterback TOM BRADY leads the NFL in completions (231), attempts (343) and passing yards (2,807), ranks second in passer rating (108.3) and ties for second in touchdown passes (19). Brady threw three touchdown passes at Denver and recorded his 86th regular-season road win, passing PEYTON MANNING (85) for the most in NFL history.
  • The Raiders, who had a bye last week, defeated Miami 27-24 in Week 9 as quarterback DEREK CARR threw for 300 yards with a touchdown and running back MARSHAWN LYNCH rushed for two scores.
  • Oakland defeated Houston 27-20 last year at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City (November 21, 2016). In that contest, Carr threw three touchdown passes, including the game-winning 35-yard score to wide receiver AMARI COOPER with 4:43 remaining.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8-1) at DALLAS COWBOYS (5-4) (Sunday, NBC, 8:30 PM ET)

  • The Eagles, who had a bye last week, have the NFL’s best record (8-1) and have won seven consecutive games. 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.
  • Philadelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ leads the NFL with 23 touchdown passes and his 104.1 passer rating tops the NFC. Wentz’s 23 touchdown passes are the most by an Eagle in the team’s first nine games to start a season in franchise history. In Week 9, Wentz threw four touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 51-23 victory over Denver.
  • The Cowboys have won three of their past four games and are in the thick of the NFC playoff race with a 5-4 record.
  • Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT is one of only four players since the 1970 merger to account for at least 50 touchdowns in his first 25 career NFL games. Prescott has passed for 39 touchdowns and rushed for 11 TDs in his first 25 career games and has led the Cowboys to an 18-7 record during that span. Prescott’s 11 rushing touchdowns are the most by a quarterback since the start of the 2016 season.

ATLANTA FALCONS (5-4) at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-3) (Monday, ESPN, 8:30 PM ET)

  • Atlanta defensive end ADRIAN CLAYBORN recorded a franchise-record six sacks in the Falcons’ 27-7 win over Dallas last week. Clayborn’s six sacks are tied for the second-most in a single game since the individual sack became an official statistic in 1982 (Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS, seven sacks on November 11, 1990).
  • Falcons quarterback MATT RYAN (40,073) reached 40,000 career passing yards in his 151st game and became the fastest player in NFL history to attain the milestone.
  • The Seahawks have won five of their past six games, including a 22-16 win at Arizona on Thursday night in Week 10. Seattle leads the NFC in passing offense (267.8 yards per game).
  • Seahawks quarterback RUSSELL WILSON threw two touchdown passes to tight end JIMMY GRAHAM in the win over the Cardinals, including a two-yard TD in the fourth quarter to extend Seattle’s lead. Wilson is the NFL’s top-ranked passer in the fourth quarter with a 135.2 passer rating with 12 touchdowns and one interception.

GAME PREVIEWS WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

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