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Zardes scores hat trick in 3-2 win over Minnesota; Crew SC gains playoffs into knockout round

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

 

POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE WITH CREW SC CAPTAIN WIL TRAPP

 

63,945 Wil Trapp Crew SC Captain Team gets 3 goals from its best player Boads well for the upcoming playoffs 10 28 2018

63,946) Wil Trapp Crew SC captain Delay just 9 minutes into game what did the team want to do after play resumed 10 28 2018

63,947 Wil Trapp Crew SC captain On getting Gyasi Zardes scoring again he now has 19 on the season 10 28 2018

63,948 Wil Trapp Crew SC captain How did the team occupy its time during the hour weather delay 10 28 2018

 

Three goals from forward Gyasi Zardes propelled Columbus Crew SC to a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United FC, and in the process clinching an Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs berth for the Black & Gold on Sunday evening at MAPFRE Stadium.

Thanks to a first-half weather delay, Crew SC had the advantage of knowing their postseason qualification at halftime against Minnesota, as a Montreal Impact loss at New England secured a top-six finish for Columbus.

The victory combined with a loss from the Philadelphia Union saw Columbus finish at fifth in the Eastern Conference.

Following the delay, Zardes quickly put Columbus on the board after a corner kick from Federico Higuain in the 11th minute. Higuain sent a short corner to Milton Valenzuela, who crossed to the middle of the box to set up Zardes for a perfect header. The tally marked Zardes’ 17th of the season and a new personal regular-season career high.

Zardes doubled Columbus’ lead in the second half, capitalizing on a blocked free kick from Higuain. The Crew SC midfielder sent a driven ball directly toward  former Crew SC and current Minnesota goalkeeper Matt Lampson, who coughed it up to a pouncing Zardes as he finished with vigor to make it a 2-0 advantage.

United responded, however, with two straight goals from Francisco Calvin in the 68th and 77th minutes, respectively.

In the 83rd minute, Zardes secured his first career hat trick with a tally similar to his first goal on a ball from Niko Hansen. Defender Harrison Afful ran the ball up the right side of the field and laid it off to Hansen, who delivered a cutting ball to the center of the box for Zardes to capture the game-winner.

Columbus finished the night with 19 total shots and out-possessed Minnesota 52 to 48 percent.

 

 

 

NFL Week 9 Expectations

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 9

MAGNIFICENT MAHOMES: Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES leads the NFL with 2,526 passing yards and 26 touchdown passes through the first eight weeks of the season. Mahomes has thrown for at least 300 yards in each of his last seven games.

With 300 passing yards at Cleveland (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Mahomes would join ANDREW LUCK (2014) as the only quarterbacks with at least 300 passing yards in eight consecutive games within a single season in league history.

The players with at least 300 passing yards in the most consecutive games within a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 300+ PASS YARDS
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 2014 8
Drew Brees New Orleans 2011 7
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 2018 7*
*Active streak

Mahomes, who has thrown four touchdown passes in three consecutive games and five total games this season, can become the third quarterback in league annals with at least four touchdown passes in six different games in a single season, joining PEYTON MANNING (six games in 2004 and nine in 2013) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (six in 1984). Manning and Marino each won the Associated Press Most Valuable Player award in those seasons.

The players with the most games with at least four touchdown passes within a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES WITH 4+ TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Peyton Manning# Denver 2013 9
Peyton Manning# Indianapolis 2004 6
Dan Marino^# Miami 1984 6
       
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 2018 5
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player

– NFL

HERE COMES HOUSTON: Houston quarterback DESHAUN WATSON passed for five touchdowns with a 156.0 rating in the Texans’ 42-23 victory over Miami in Week 8.

Watson, who has 34 touchdown passes in 15 career games, needs one touchdown pass on Sunday at Denver (4:05 PM ET, CBS) to join Pro Football Hall of Famers KURT WARNER (39 touchdowns) and DAN MARINO (35) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 35 touchdown passes in their first 16 career games.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in their first 16 career games in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Kurt Warner^ St. Louis 1998-99 39
Dan Marino^ Miami 1983-84 35
       
Deshaun Watson Houston 2017-18 34*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In 15 career games

The HOUSTON TEXANS have won five consecutive games following an 0-3 start to the season. With a win on Sunday, the Texans would join the 1970 NEW YORK GIANTS as the only teams since 1970 to win six consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start.

– NFL

SUPER CAM: Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON has 58 career rushing touchdowns, the most by a quarterback in NFL history, and has at least five rushing touchdowns in each of his first seven seasons in the NFL.

Newton, who has four rushing touchdowns this season and faces Tampa Bay on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), needs one rushing touchdown to become the first quarterback and seventh player overall in NFL history with at least five rushing touchdowns in eight consecutive seasons.

The players with at least five rushing touchdowns in the most consecutive seasons in league annals:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 5+ RUSH TDS
Marshall Faulk^ Indianapolis, St. Louis 10
LaDainian Tomlinson^ San Diego, New York Jets 10
Jim Brown^ Cleveland 9
Ricky Watters San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle 9
Eddie George Houston Oilers/Tennessee 8
Thurman Thomas^ Buffalo 8
     
Cam Newton Carolina 7*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has four rushing touchdowns in 2018

– NFL

BACK TO BACK: Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY leads the NFL with 1,151 scrimmage yards and 15 touchdowns (11 rushing, four receiving) through the Rams’ first eight games of the 2018 season.

Gurley, who led the NFL with 19 touchdowns (13 rushing, six receiving) last season, needs one receiving touchdown on Sunday at New Orleans (4:25 PM ET, FOX) to join Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (2000-01) as the only players in NFL history with at least 10 rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns in consecutive seasons.

The players with at least 10 rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns in consecutive seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RUSHING TDS RECEIVING TDS  
Marshall Faulk^ St. Louis 2000 18 8  
  St. Louis 2001 12 9  
           
Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 2017 13 6  
  Los Angeles Rams 2018 11* 4*  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Entering Week 9

– NFL

CAN’T STOP THIS THIELEN: Minnesota wide receiver ADAM THIELEN had seven receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown in Week 8 and leads the league with 74 receptions and 925 receiving yards this season. Thielen is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 receiving yards in each of his team’s first eight games to start a season.

With 100 receiving yards on Sunday against Detroit (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Thielen would become the only player in NFL history to record nine consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards.

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 8*
*Active streak

Thielen, who also has a touchdown catch in each of his past five games, can become the only player since 1970 with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in six consecutive games.

With six receptions and 75 receiving yards this week, Thielen would become the sixth undrafted player in the common draft era (since 1967) to record consecutive seasons with at least 80 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards.

The undrafted players with the most consecutive seasons of at least 80 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in the common draft era:

PLAYER TEAM YEARS CONSECUTIVE SEASONS
Rod Smith Denver 2000-02 3
Wes Welker New England 2007-09 3
Victor Cruz New York Giants 2011-12 2
J.T. Smith St. Louis Cardinals 1986-87 2
Wes Welker New England 2011-12 2
       
Adam Thielen Minnesota 2017-18* 1*
*Has 74 catches for 925 yards in 2018

– NFL

ELITE EIGHT: Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES has 638 receptions for 9,866 yards and 43 touchdowns in 102 career NFL games.

With 134 receiving yards on Sunday at Washington (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Jones would surpass CALVIN JOHNSON (115 games) as the fastest player to reach 10,000 career receiving yards in NFL history.

The players to reach 10,000 career receiving yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM FEWEST GAMES TO 10,000 RECEIVING YARDS
Calvin Johnson Detroit 115
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 116
Torry Holt St. Louis 116
Lance Alworth^ San Diego 120
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 121
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 122
     
Julio Jones Atlanta 102*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has 9,866 career receiving yards

With 134 receiving yards, Jones can also become the sixth player in league annals with at least 10,000 receiving yards in their first eight seasons.

The players with at least 10,000 receiving yards in their first eight seasons in league history:

​PLAYER TEAM(S) RECEIVING YARDS IN 1ST 8 SEASONS
Torry Holt St. Louis 10,675
Calvin Johnson Detroit 10,405
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 10,273
Randy Moss^ Minnesota, Oakland 10,147
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 10,072
     
Julio Jones Atlanta 9,866*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In eighth season

– NFL

TOP DAWG: Cleveland defensive end MYLES GARRETT ties for the AFC lead with eight sacks in 2018 and has 15 sacks in 19 career games.

Garrett, who will play his 20th career game on Sunday against Kansas City (1:00 PM ET, CBS), needs two sacks to become the fourth player with at least 17 sacks in their first 20 career games since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The players with the most sacks in their first 20 career games since 1982:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS SACKS  
Joey Bosa Los Angeles Chargers 2016-17 19  
Aldon Smith San Francisco 2011-12 18.5  
Clay Matthews Green Bay 2009-10 17  
         
Myles Garrett Cleveland 2017-18 15*  
*In 19 career games

 

NFL Legends named Captains for 2019 East-West Shrine Game

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers & NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

(courtesy Shriners International)

Pro Football Hall of Famers WILL SHIELDS and AENEAS WILLIAMS, three-time Pro Bowler MARK BRUNELLand three-time Super Bowl champion WILLIE McGINEST will serve as the 2019 East-West Shrine Game Legends captains, the NFL announced today.

 

The four Legends captains, who all played in the East-West Shrine Game, will serve as mentors for players throughout the week and be present on the sidelines on gameday. ​

 

“The East-West Shrine Game merges both the game with community service by enriching young lives at the Shriners Hospitals,” said TROY VINCENT, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “These NFL Legends captains exemplify the very best of on-field play and giving back to community. As a former East-West Shrine Game participant, their mentorship throughout the week will have a lifetime impact on the players.”

 

The 94th annual East-West Shrine Game, which features some of college football’s best prospects, will kick off at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 19, from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and be televised live on NFL Network.

 

“We are thrilled to have these exceptional alumni return as NFL Legends to work with our 2019 East-West Shrine Game players,” said HAROLD RICHARDSON, East-West Shrine Game Executive Director. “The skill and knowledge that the Legends can provide to our players will further their ability to transition to the professional level next season in the NFL.”


MARK BRUNELL: Brunell enjoyed a 19-year NFL career, highlighted by his nine seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and holds the franchise record for passing yards, passing touchdowns and most 300-yard games. He also played for the Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints and New York Jets in his career and was a member of New Orleans’ Super Bowl XLIV winning team. Brunell remains active in the football community, currently serving as the head coach for the Episcopal School of Jacksonville.

WILLIE McGINEST: A two-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time Super Bowl champion, McGinest was a vital member of the New England Patriots dynasty of the early 2000s. His 15-year NFL career was highlighted by his 12 seasons with New England, where he recorded an NFL-record 16 postseason sacks, including a single-game playoff record 4.5 sacks in the Patriots’ 2005 AFC Wild Card game. McGinest, who finished his career with the Cleveland Browns, currently serves as an analyst for the NFL Network.

WILL SHIELDS: A member of the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, Shields was a 12-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time First-Team All-Pro during his 14-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs. Shields never missed a game at guard throughout his career and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000’s. He was named the 2003 Walter Payton Man of the Year for his work with the Will to Succeed Foundation, a charitable organization he founded in 1993.

AENEAS WILLIAMS: An eight-time Pro Bowl selection and the 1991 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, Williams played both cornerback and safety throughout his 14-year career for the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams, earning Pro Bowl selections at both positions. The former walk-on at Southern University was selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990’s and enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

For more than 90 years, some of football’s greatest players and coaches have contributed to the tradition of the East-West Shrine Game, the nation’s first college all-star football game. Created by the Shriners in 1925, the game is driven by the desire to support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to help children in need of expert medical care. Participating players make an annual visit to the local Shriners Hospital, visiting children and staff in an experience that they will truly never forget.

 

NFL announces AFC/NFC Players of the Week for Week 8

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEELERS RB JAMES CONNER, CHIEFS LB DEE FORD &

COLTS K ADAM VINATIERI NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 8

Running back JAMES CONNER of the Pittsburgh Steelers, linebacker DEE FORD of the Kansas City Chiefs and kicker ADAM VINATIERI of the Indianapolis Colts are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 8 (October 25, 28-29).

OFFENSE: RB JAMES CONNER, PITTSBURGH STEELERS

DEFENSE: LB DEE FORD, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS​​

SPECIAL TEAMS: K ADAM VINATIERI, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS​

2018 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City LB T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh WR-KR Jakeem Grant, Miami
Wk 2 QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City LB Darius Leonard, Indianapolis DB Dane Cruikshank, Tennessee
Wk 3 QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh LB Matt Milano, Buffalo K Justin Tucker, Baltimore
Wk 4 QB Marcus Mariota, Tennessee DE Jadeveon Clowney, Houston WR-PR Dwayne Harris, Oakland
Wk 5 RB Isaiah Crowell, NY Jets LB T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh DB Denzel Ward, Cleveland
Wk 6 WR Albert Wilson, Miami LB Za’Darius Smith, Baltimore K Jason Myers, NY Jets
Wk 7

Wk 8

WR Emmanuel Sanders, Denver

RB James Conner, Pittsburgh

S Mike Mitchell, Indianapolis

LB Dee Ford, Kansas City

LB Dont’a Hightower, New England

K Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis

 

 

REDSKINS RB ADRIAN PETERSON, SAINTS CB P.J. WILLIAMS &

SEAHAWKS P MICHAEL DICKSON NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 8

Running back ADRIAN PETERSON of the Washington Redskins, cornerback P.J. WILLIAMS of the New Orleans Saints and punter MICHAEL DICKSON of the Seattle Seahawks are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 8 (October 25, 28-29).

OFFENSE: RB ADRIAN PETERSON, WASHINGTON REDSKINS

DEFENSE: CB P.J. WILLIAMS, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

SPECIAL TEAMS: P MICHAEL DICKSON, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

2018 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay S Harrison Smith, Minnesota K Greg Zuerlein, LA Rams
Wk 2 QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay LB Danny Trevathan, Chicago K Robbie Gould, San Francisco
Wk 3 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans DE Efe Obada, Carolina DB Blake Countess, LA Rams
Wk 4 QB Jared Goff, LA Rams LB Demario Davis, New Orleans K Brett Maher, Dallas
Wk 5 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans DE Chandler Jones, Arizona K Graham Gano, Carolina
Wk 6 RB Todd Gurley, LA Rams DE Frank Clark, Seattle K Mason Crosby, Green Bay
Wk 7

Wk 8

QB Cam Newton, Carolina

RB Adrian Peterson, Washington

DT Aaron Donald, LA Rams

CB P.J. Williams, New Orleans

K Giorgio Tavecchio, Atlanta

P Michael Dickson, Seattle

 

NFL moves into Week 9: Bengals have bye week; Browns under new head coach

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL KICKS OFF SECOND HALF

AS THE CALENDAR TURNS TO NOVEMBER

As the NFL season crosses the midway point, scoring remains at an all-time high, close games are the norm and players across the league are on record-setting paces.

The NFL kicks off the month of November with action as close as ever. Through the first eight weeks of the season, 67 games have been decided by one score, tied with the 2012 season for the second-most in NFL history through Week 8 (68 in 2016), including six such games last week. Thirty-six of those games have been decided by three or fewer points, the second-most in NFL history through Week 8 (42 games in 1999), including three such games last week.

There have been 5,834 points scored this season, the most in NFL history through the first eight weeks of the season, and the league’s 661 total touchdowns and 429 touchdown passes are both the highest marks in league history through eight weeks.

One undefeated team remains, as the LOS ANGELES RAMS advanced to 8-0 for the first time since 1969 with a win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 8. The Rams are the 25th team in the Super Bowl era to begin a season with an 8-0 record and eight of the previous 24 teams to accomplish the feat won the Super Bowl in their respective seasons.

Rams running back TODD GURLEY, who had 195 scrimmage yards (114 rushing, 81 receiving) and a touchdown catch last week, leads the NFL with 15 total touchdowns this season. Gurley is one of three different players to score 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 2002 and 2004).

​THE PLAYERS WITH THE MOST TOUCHDOWNS IN THEIR

TEAM’S FIRST EIGHT GAMES OF A SEASON IN NFL HISTORY

PLAYER TEAM SEASON TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS
Jim Brown^ Cleveland 1958 17
Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 2018 15
Priest Holmes Kansas City 2004 15
Priest Holmes Kansas City 2002 15
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

​Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES, who became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw at least four touchdown passes in three consecutive games last week, leads the league with 26 touchdown passes this season. He is the third different player in league annals to throw at least 25 touchdown passes in his team’s first eight games of a season, joining TOM BRADY (30 touchdown passes in 2007) and PEYTON MANNING (29 in 2013 and 26 in 2004). Brady and Manning went on to earn Associated Press Most Valuable Player 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  
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 2018 26  
Peyton Manning# Indianapolis 2004 26  
#Named Associated Press MVP

Minnesota wide receiver ADAM THIELEN leads the NFL with 74 receptions – the most by a player in his team’s first eight games of a season in NFL history – and has recorded at least 100 receiving yards in an NFL record-tying eight consecutive games (CALVIN JOHNSON, eight consecutive games in 2012). Thielen, who has a league-leading 925 receiving yards, can become the second player in NFL history with at least 75 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in his team’s first nine games of a season, joining Atlanta’s JULIO JONES (80 catches and 1,029 receiving yards in 2015).

THE PLAYERS WITH THE MOST RECEPTIONS THROUGH THEIR TEAM’S FIRST EIGHT GAMES OF A SEASON IN NFL HISTORY
PLAYER TEAM SEASON RECEPTIONS
Adam Thielen Minnesota 2018 74
Julio Jones Atlanta 2015 70
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 2002 69
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

Below are highlights of the Week 9 schedule:

The PITTSBURGH STEELERS travel to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the BALTIMORE RAVENS in a key AFC North matchup (1:00 PM ET, CBS). In Week 4, Baltimore quarterback JOE FLACCO passed for 363 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 109.5 passer rating and kicker JUSTIN TUCKER converted four second-half field goals in the Ravens’ 26-14 victory at Pittsburgh. Steelers running back JAMES CONNER, who had 212 scrimmage yards (146 rushing, 66 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns in Week 8, is the fourth 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) and ERIC DICKERSON (1983).

The SEATTLE SEAHAWKS welcome the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS to CenturyLink Field in an interconference battle (4:05 PM ET, CBS). The Chargers, who enter the game at 5-2, have won four consecutive games and are one of three teams in the AFC averaging at least 400 total net yards per game. Los Angeles running back MELVIN GORDON (745 scrimmage yards, nine touchdowns) is one of five NFL players with at least 700 scrimmage yards and nine touchdowns this season and Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS leads the AFC with a 117.8 passer rating in 2018. Seattle 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’ Week 8 win and is the first quarterback in franchise history to register a 158.3 rating (minimum 15 attempts), the highest rating a passer can achieve.

On Sunday afternoon, the LOS ANGELES RAMS take on the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (4:25 PM ET, FOX) in a battle of NFC contenders. Rams defensive tackle AARON DONALD has six sacks in his past two games and leads the NFL with 10 sacks and 12 tackles for loss this season. Saints quarterback DREW BREES, who owns three of the four highest single-season completion percentages in NFL history, leads the league with a 77.4 completion percentage (188 of 243), which is 5.4 percent higher than the current single-season record of 72.0 percent set by Brees in 2017.

In Sunday’s nightcap (8:20 PM ET, NBC), AARON RODGERS and the GREEN BAY PACKERS travel to Foxborough to meet TOM BRADY and the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS. Rodgers (103.6) and Brady (97.6) rank first and third, respectively, in NFL history in career passer rating (minimum 1,500 attempts) and are the only active players with multiple Associated Press Most Valuable Player Awards (three for Brady and two for Rodgers). In the last meeting between the two teams, Rodgers passed for 368 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 112.6 passer rating in the Packers’ 26-21 win over New England on November 30, 2014.

NFL WEEK 9 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 4-5

(All times eastern)

Bye: Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New York Giants, Philadelphia

Thursday, November 1 Sunday, November 4 (cont’d)
Oakland at San Francisco, 8:20 PM (FOX/NFLN/Amazon) Atlanta at Washington, 1:00 PM

Houston at Denver, 4:05 PM

Sunday, November 4 Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 4:05 PM
Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1:00 PM Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans, 4:25 PM
Chicago at Buffalo, 1:00 PM Green Bay at New England, 8:20 PM (NBC)
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1:00 PM  
Kansas City at Cleveland, 1:00 PM Monday, November 5
New York Jets at Miami, 1:00 PM Tennessee at Dallas, 8:15 PM (ESPN)
Detroit at Minnesota, 1:00 PM  
   

 

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