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First College Football Playoff Rankings

Entire first edition of the CFP rankings:

1. Bama

2. Clemson

3. LSU

4. UND

5. Michigan

6. Georgia

7. Oklahoma

8. WSU

9. UK

10. OSU

11. Florida

12. UCF

13. WVU

14. PSU

15. Utah

16. Iowa

17. UT

18. Miss. St.

19. Syracuse

20. A&M

21. NC St.

22. BC 23.

Fresno St.

24. Iowa St.

25. UVA

NFL Week 9 kicks off with Bay Area battle, Raiders at 49ers on Thursday Night Football

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW:

OAKLAND RAIDERS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

November 1, 2018

 

Week 9 kicks off on Thursday, November 1 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime) with a battle of the Bay Area as the Oakland Raiders travel to Levi’s Stadium to take on the San Francisco 49ers. Thursday marks the 14th overall meeting between the two teams with the Raiders leading the series, 7-6. In their last game, Oakland quarterback DEREK CARRcompleted 22 of 28 passes (78.6 percent) for 254 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a career-high 140.2 passer rating in the Raiders’ 24-13 win over San Francisco on December 7, 2014. ​

 

Last week, Carr passed for 244 yards with three touchdown passes and no interceptions for a 136.6 passer rating and tight end JARED COOK had a team-high 74 receiving yards and a score in the Raiders’ loss to Indianapolis. Carr, who has completed 72 percent of his passes and has 2,027 passing yards this season, is one of three quarterbacks in the NFL with at least 2,000 passing yards and a completion percentage of 70 or higher in 2018, joining Atlanta’s MATT RYAN and Minnesota’sKIRK COUSINS. Cook ranks fourth among NFL tight ends with 474 receiving yards and ties for fourth with three touchdown catches in 2018.

 

San Francisco wide receiver MARQUISE GOODWIN caught a 55-y​ard touchdown pass from quarterback C.J. BEATHARDand kicker ROBBIE GOULD connected on both of his field-goal attempts in the 49ers’ Week 8 loss at Arizona. 49ers linebacker FRED WARNER, who tied for the team lead with seven tackles last week, ranks second among all NFL rookies with 65 tackles. San Francisco cornerback RICHARD SHERMAN ties for fourth among active players with 32 career interceptions.

 

For the Week 9 Oakland-San Francisco capsule, click here.

 

NFL Week 8 Top Seven statistical highlights

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

SEVEN FROM SUNDAYWEEK 8

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 9:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 28th, the eighth week of the 2018 season.

  • Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI converted two field goals and all four of his point-after attempts for 10 total points scored in the Colts’ 42-28 win at Oakland.

​Vinatieri, who has scored 2,550 total points during his 23-year NFL career, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MORTEN ANDERSEN (2,544) as the league’s all-time leading scorer.

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  • ​Philadelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ completed 21 of 30 passes (70 percent) for 286 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 119.6 rating in the Eagles’ 24-18 victory over Jacksonville before a crowd of 85,870 at London’s Wembley Stadium, the largest single-game attendance in the London Series since the league began playing annual games in London in 2007.

 

Wentz became the second quarterback in NFL history with at least 30 pass attempts and a passer rating of at least 115 in four consecutive games, joining Denver’s PEYTON MANNING (2012).

​Wentz, who had 28 rushing yards and caught a four-yard pass off of a deflection, is the first player with a passing first down, rushing first down and receiving first down in a London Series game.

 

  • The LOS ANGELES RAMS defeated Green Bay, 29-27, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Rams, who are the league’s last remaining unbeaten team, advance to 8-0 for the first time since 1969.

    Rams running back TODD GURLEY had 195 scrimmage yards (114 rushing, 81 receiving) and a receiving touchdown in the win. Gurley, who leads the league with 15 touchdowns this season, became the fourth player in NFL history with at least 15 touchdowns in his team’s first eight games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (17 touchdowns in 1958) and PRIEST HOLMES (15 touchdowns in both 2002 and 2004).

  • Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES completed 24 of 34 attempts (70.6 percent) for 303 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 125 rating in the Chiefs’ 30-23 win against Denver.

Mahomes, who had four touchdown passes in both Week 6 and Week 7, became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw at least four touchdown passes in three consecutive games, joining DREW BREES (three consecutive games in 2011), PEYTON MANNING (five consecutive games in 2004) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (four consecutive games in 1984).

​With 303 passing yards, Mahomes joined ANDREW LUCK (eight consecutive games in 2014) and DREW BREES (seven consecutive games 2011) as the only quarterbacks in league annals with seven consecutive games with at least 300 passing yards in a single season.

 

  • Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had six receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns and running back JAMES CONNER rushed for 146 yards with two touchdowns in the Steelers’ 33-18 win over Cleveland.

Brown, who has eight touchdown receptions on the season, is the fifth player since 1970 to record at least eight touchdown catches in six consecutive seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (11 seasons from 1986-96), MARVIN HARRISON (eight from 1999-2006) and CRIS CARTER (six from 1995-2000), and ANTONIO GATES (seven from 2004-10).

​Conner, who had two rushing touchdowns in Weeks 1, 5 and 6, is the third first-or-second year player to record four games with at least two rushing touchdowns in his team’s first seven games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers STEVE VAN BUREN (1945), JIM BROWN (1958) andERIC DICKERSON (1983).

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  • ​Washington running back ADRIAN PETERSON had 149 rushing yards on 26 attempts (5.7 average) and two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) in the Redskins’ 20-13 win at the New York Giants.

 

 

Peterson, at 33 years and 221 days old, is the oldest player in NFL history to record at least 100 rushing yards and both a rushing and receiving touchdown in a single game. Miami’s RICKY WILLIAMS, at the age of 32 years, 182 days old, was previously the oldest player to accomplish the feat (November 19, 2009 at Carolina).

 

With a 64-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Peterson joined STEVE BONO (76 yards on October 1, 1995), ROCKY BLEIER (70 yards on October 7, 1979) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM THORPE (80 yards on October 16, 1921) as the only players with a touchdown run of at least 60 yards at age 33 or older in NFL history.

 

Peterson is the fourth player in league annals with at least 140 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in a single game at age 33 or older, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JOHN HENRY JOHNSON (200 rushing yards and three touchdowns on October 10, 1964) and JOHN RIGGINS (140 rushing yards and one touchdown on September 23, 1984) and DE ANGELO WILLIAMS (143 rushing yards and two touchdowns on September 12, 2016).

 

  • Seahawks quarterback RUSSELL WILSON completed 14 of 17 passes (82.4 percent) for 248 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating in the Seahawks’ 28-14 win at Detroit.

Wilson is the first quarterback in franchise history to register a 158.3 passer rating (minimum 10 attempts), the highest rating a passer can achieve. He is the second quarterback to accomplish the feat this season, joining Los Angeles Rams’ quarterback JARED GOFF (158.3 passer rating in Week 4).

 

Miami Dolphins-Houston Texans Thursday night matchup draws 12.5 million viewers across all media platforms

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Andrew Howard, NFL; Avis Roper, FOX Sports; Ashley Gabriel, Amazon; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

Combined Viewership Across TV and Digital Up +7% vs. 2017 Week 8 ‘Thursday Night Football’

Dolphins-Texans on FOX, NFL Network & FOX Deportes Scores an 7.5 HH Rating and 12.1 Million Nielsen-Measured Viewers – Up +7% and +6% vs. 2017 Week 8 ‘Thursday Night Football’

Average Minute Audience on All Digital Platforms, Including Amazon, Hits 546K – Up +55% vs. 2017 Week 8 ‘Thursday Night Football’

Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light on Thursday, October 25 featuring the Houston Texans win over the Miami Dolphins in Week 8 was seen by an average audience of 12.5 million viewers across all platforms, including FOX, NFL Network, FOX Deportes, NFL digital, FOX Sports digital, Amazon and Yahoo Sports – up +7% versus last year’s Week 8 Thursday Night Football matchup between the Dolphins and Ravens (TV + digital).

The Nielsen-measured audience was 12.1 million viewers – up +6% versus the 2017 Week 8 Thursday Night Football game. Additionally, Dolphins-Texans scored an 7.5 HH rating – up +7% versus the 2017 Week 8 Thursday Night Football game.

Digital streaming across Amazon Prime Video, Twitch, NFL digital platforms, FOX Sports digital platforms and Yahoo Sports produced an average minute audience of 546K – an increase of +55% vs. last year’s Week 8 Thursday Night Football matchup.

Amazon Prime Video and Twitch reached a total of 2.0MM combined viewers worldwide for the FOX NFL Thursday pregame show and the Miami Dolphins vs. Houston Texans game. For the Miami Dolphins vs. Houston Texans game alone, 1.7MM worldwide viewers initiated a stream on Prime Video or Twitch. The average worldwide audience watching Thursday Night Football for at least 30 seconds on Prime Video or Twitch was 375K.

The 2018 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light season continues Thursday, November 1 when the San Francisco 49ers host the Oakland Raiders on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video. Coverage from Santa Clara begins at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network with NFL GameDay Kickoff.

On Sunday, October 28, a NFL Network Special features a matchup of quarterback Carson Wentz and the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles taking on cornerback Jalen Ramsey and the Jacksonville Jaguars at 9:30 AM ET from Wembley Stadium in London, exclusively on NFL Network. Eagles vs. Jaguars will also be available on local broadcast stations in Philadelphia (WPVI) and Jacksonville (WFOX).

 

NFL Week 8 News

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 8​

TOP PASSERS: Six active quarterbacks – New England’s TOM BRADY, New Orleans’ DREW BREES, the Los Angeles Chargers’ PHILIP RIVERS, the New York Giants’ ELI MANNING, Pittsburgh’s BEN ROETHLISBERGER and Green Bay’s AARON RODGERS – rank in the top 10 in NFL history in passing touchdowns.

With four touchdown passes on Monday Night Football at Buffalo (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Brady (504 touchdown passes) would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (508) for the second-most touchdown passes in NFL history.

Roethlisberger (341) needs two touchdown passes against Cleveland (1:00 PM ET, CBS) on Sunday to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (342) and move into sole possession of eighth place on the league’s all-time touchdown passes list.

The players with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) PASSING TOUCHDOWNS  
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 539  
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 508  
Tom Brady* New England 504  
Drew Brees* San Diego, New Orleans 501  
Dan Marino^ Miami 420  
Philip Rivers* San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers 359  
Eli Manning* New York Giants 346  
Fran Tarkenton^ Minnesota, New York Giants 342  
Ben Roethlisberger* Pittsburgh 341  
Aaron Rodgers* Green Bay 325  
*Active
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

MILESTONE WATCH: Indianapolis kicker ADAM VINATIERI has scored 2,540 total points during his 23-year NFL career.

With five points on Sunday at Oakland (4:05 PM ET, CBS), Vinatieri would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer MORTEN ANDERSEN (2,544 points) as the league’s all-time leading scorer.

The players with the most points scored in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) TOTAL POINTS SCORED
Morten Andersen^ New Orleans, Atlanta, New York Giants, Kansas City, Minnesota 2,544
Adam Vinatieri New England, Indianapolis 2,540
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

PHENOMENAL FITZ: Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD has 15,800 receiving yards in his 15-year NFL career.

With 135 receiving yards on Sunday against San Francisco (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Fitzgerald would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL OWENS(15,934) for the second-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) RECEIVING YARDS
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 22,895
Terrell Owens^ San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati 15,934
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 15,800
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

FRANK THE TANK: Miami running back FRANK GORE has 18,087 career scrimmage yards in his 14 NFL seasons.

With 104 scrimmage yards on Thursday at Houston (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime), Gore would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (18,190) for the sixth-most scrimmage yards in league annals.

The players with the most scrimmage yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 23,540
Emmitt Smith^ Dallas, Arizona 21,579
Walter Payton^ Chicago 21,264
Marshall Faulk^ Indianapolis, St. Louis 19,154
LaDainian Tomlinson^ San Diego, New York Jets 18,456
Barry Sanders^ Detroit 18,190
Frank Gore San Francisco, Indianapolis, Miami 18,087
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

VALUABLE COMPANY: Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES leads the NFL with 22 touchdown passes through the first seven weeks of the season.

Mahomes needs three touchdown passes on Sunday against Denver (1:00 PM ET, CBS) to join TOM BRADY (2007) and PEYTON MANNING (2004 & 2013) as the only players in NFL history with at least 25 touchdown passes in their team’s first eight games of a season. Brady and Manning went on to earn Associated Press MVP honors in those seasons.

The players with the most passing touchdowns in their team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Tom Brady# New England 2007 30
Peyton Manning# Denver 2013 29
Peyton Manning# Indianapolis 2004 26
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 2018 22*
*In first seven games of season
#Named Associated Press MVP

– NFL –

TOUCHDOWN TODD: Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY leads the NFL with 956 scrimmage yards and 14 touchdowns through the Rams’ first seven games this season. Gurley has scored at least two touchdowns in three consecutive games and in four total during the 2018 season.

With two touchdowns on Sunday against Green Bay (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Gurley can become the fifth player since 1970 to score multiple touchdowns in five of his team’s first eight games of a season. The other four players to accomplish the feat are all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The players with at least two touchdowns in five of their team’s first eight games of a season since 1970:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES WITH 2+ TOUCHDOWNS
Terrell Davis^ Denver 1998 5
Emmitt Smith^ Dallas 1995 5
Eric Dickerson^ Los Angeles Rams 1983 5
Marcus Allen^ Los Angeles Raiders 1982 5
       
Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 2018 4*
*In first seven games of season
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

THIELEN GOOD: Minnesota wide receiver ADAM THIELEN had nine catches for 110 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ Week 7 win and leads the league with 67 receptions and 822 receiving yards this season.

Thielen has recorded at least 100 receiving yards in each of Minnesota’s first seven games this season and can surpass CHARLEY HENNIGAN (seven consecutive games in 1961) to become the only player in NFL history with 100 or more receiving yards in each of his team’s first eight games to start a season.

With 100 receiving yards on Sunday Night Football against New Orleans (8:20 PM ET, NBC), Thielen would join CALVIN JOHNSON (2012) as the only players to record eight consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 100+ REC. YARDS
Calvin Johnson Detroit 2012 8
Adam Thielen Minnesota 2018 7*
Demaryius Thomas Denver 2014 7
Michael Irvin^ Dallas 1995 7
Charley Hennigan Houston Oilers 1961 7
*Active streak
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Thielen, who also has a touchdown catch in each of his past four games, can join PATRICK JEFFERS (five consecutive games with Carolina in 1999) as the only players since 1970 with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in five consecutive games.

– NFL –

GREEN MACHINE: Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. GREEN has 596 catches for 8,824 yards and 62 touchdowns in his eight-year NFL career.

Green, who will play his 110th career game on Sunday against Tampa Bay (1:00 PM ET, FOX), needs four receptions to join Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON and LARRY FITZGERALD as the only players in NFL history with at least 600 receptions and 60 receiving touchdowns in their first 110 career games.

The players with at least 600 receptions and 60 receiving touchdowns in their first 110 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM RECEPTIONS TOUCHDOWNS
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 677 74
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 623 66
       
A.J. Green Cincinnati 596* 62*
*In 109 career games
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

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