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Not a surprise, Saints’ Drew Brees leading 2019 NFL Pro Bowl voting

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– Rosters to be announced Live on NFL Network’s

Pro Bowl Special on Tuesday, December 18 at 8:00 PM ET –

New Orleans Saints quarterback DREW BREES, with 487,400 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (459,325 votes) ranks second overall, while Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY (402,238 votes), Pittsburgh running back JAMES CONNER (384,643 votes) and New York Giants rookie running backSAQUON BARKLEY (363,609 votes) round out the top five.

Fan voting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones atNFL.com/ProBowlVote until Thursday, December 13.

During the final two weeks of 2019 Pro Bowl voting – November 29-December 13 – fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, the player’s official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player’s first and last name. All three of these methods must include the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. Voting via Twitter is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote, which will be available throughout the entire voting period.

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and simulcast on ABC – the second time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks, and the first time that the game is being televised on Disney XD.

Tickets to the game are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. New this year, tickets will also grant fans special benefits on gameday, including AFC & NFC seating sections, player red carpet viewing, special kid zone activities and postgame fireworks.

Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 14.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 18 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-10 VOTE-GETTERS

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

QB

Drew Brees New Orleans 487,400

QB

Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 459,325

RB

Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 402,238

RB

James Conner Pittsburgh 384,643

RB

Saquon Barkley New York Giants 363,609

WR

Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 353,169

QB

Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 337,765

RB

Alvin Kamara New Orleans 312,083

RB

Kareem Hunt Kansas City 293,209

TE

Travis Kelce Kansas City 283,104​

 

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

 

QB

AFC Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City 459,325

DE

AFC J.J. Watt, Houston 212,514  

QB

NFC Drew Brees, New Orleans 487,400

DE

NFC Danielle Hunter, Minnesota 149,946  

RB

AFC James Conner, Pittsburgh 384,643

DT

AFC Geno Atkins, Cincinnati 132,284  

RB

NFC Todd Gurley, LA Rams 402,238

DT

NFC Aaron Donald, LA Rams 201,789  

FB

AFC Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh 92,592

OLB

AFC T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh 167,030  

FB

NFC Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 229,543

OLB

NFC Khalil Mack, Chicago 178,678  

WR

AFC Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 353,169

ILB

AFC Jon Bostic, Pittsburgh 59,201  

WR

NFC Odell Beckham, Jr., NY Giants 278,490

ILB

NFC Luke Kuechly, Carolina 132,323  

TE

AFC Travis Kelce, Kansas City 283,104

CB

AFC Denzel Ward, Cleveland 147,901  

TE

NFC Zach Ertz, Philadelphia 266,553

CB

NFC Patrick Peterson, Arizona 125,114  

T

AFC Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh 125,152

SS

AFC Jamal Adams, NY Jets 92,765  

T

NFC Terron Armstead, New Orleans 128,234

SS

NFC Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Washington 75,331  

G

AFC David DeCastro, Pittsburgh 157,292

FS

AFC Derwin James, LA Chargers 57,858  

G

NFC Zack Martin, Dallas 114,083

FS

NFC Harrison Smith, Minnesota 57,938  

C

AFC Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 145,261

P

AFC Britton Colquitt, Cleveland 66,746  

C

NFC Max Unger, New Orleans 125,249

P

NFC Michael Dickson, Seattle 51,852  

K

AFC Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh 47,581

ST

AFC Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh 63,995  

K

NFC Graham Gano, Carolina 59,923

ST

NFC Justin Hardee, New Orleans 45,658  

RS

AFC Tyreek Hill, Kansas City 91,964        

RS

NFC Tarik Cohen, Chicago 54,362        
*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters through Tuesday, November 20 at 3:00 PM ET

For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowl Week festivities will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and across the Orlando area, bringing free experiences and activities to fans as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events include: Pro Bowl Practices, Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, NFL FLAG Championships Powered By USA Football andPlay Football Celebrity Flag Game.

More information about these and all of the events taking place during Pro Bowl Week is available at ProBowl.com.

 

Expectations for Week 12 in the NFL

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 12

TOP PASSER: New England quarterback TOM BRADY has 79,133 passing yards and 576 touchdown passes in 300 career games, including the postseason.

Brady, who faces the New York Jets (1:00 PM ET, CBS) on Sunday, needs 147 passing yards and four touchdown passes to surpass PEYTON MANNING (79,279 passing yards and 579 touchdown passes) for the most passing yards and touchdown passes in NFL history, including the postseason.

The players with the most passing yards and touchdown passes, including the postseason, in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) PASSING YARDS PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 79,279 579
Tom Brady New England 79,133 576


– NFL –​

CONSISTENT COLTS: The INDIANAPOLIS COLTS rank second in the NFL with only 10 sacks allowed this season and have not given up a sack in five consecutive games.

On Sunday against Miami (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Indianapolis can become the fourth team to allow zero sacks in six consecutive games within a single season since 1963 when team sacks became an official statistic.

The teams with the most consecutive games without allowing a sack in a season since 1963:

TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITHOUT ALLOWING A SACK
Miami Dolphins 1988 12
Washington Redskins 1991 8
Miami Dolphins 1989 7
     
Indianapolis Colts 2018 5*
*Active streak

– NFL –

SACK MASTERS: Carolina defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS recorded a sack in Week 11 and has 158.5 sacks during his 17-year NFL career.

With two sacks on Sunday against Seattle (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Peppers would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer KEVIN GREENE (160 sacks) for the third-most sacks since 1982 when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The players with the most sacks since 1982:

PLAYER TEAMS CAREER SACKS
Bruce Smith^ Buffalo, Washington 200
Reggie White^ Philadelphia, Green Bay, Carolina 198
Kevin Green^ Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina, San Francisco 160
Julius Peppers Carolina, Chicago, Green Bay 158.5
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

ROLLING RIVERS: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS ties for third in the AFC with 23 touchdown passes this season and has thrown for at least 25 touchdowns in 10 consecutive seasons.

Rivers, who faces Arizona on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, FOX), needs two touchdown passes to tie DREW BREES (11 consecutive seasons) for the second-longest streak of seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes in league annals.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS CONSECUTIVE SEASONS  
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 1998-2010 13  
Drew Brees New Orleans 2006-16 11  
Philip Rivers Los Angeles Chargers 2008-17* 10*  
*Active streak

– NFL –

NORTH STAR: Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS has thrown 26 touchdowns against zero interceptions for a 115.6 passer rating in his past 10 games against the NFC North.

Rodgers, who plays at Minnesota on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), needs three touchdown passes without an interception to have the most consecutive touchdowns without an interception by a player against any division since 2002.

The players with the most consecutive touchdowns without an interception against any division since 2002:

PLAYER TEAM DIVISION SEASONS TOUCHDOWNS
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay vs. NFC North 2013-15 28
Drew Brees New Orleans vs. NFC North 2009-14 28
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay vs. NFC North 2016-present 26*
*Active streak

– NFL –

TOUCHDOWN BROWN: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN ties for the league-lead with 11 touchdown receptions in 2018 and has recorded at least one touchdown catch in eight consecutive games.

With a touchdown reception on Sunday at Denver (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Brown would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (nine consecutive games in 1963) and A.J. GREEN (nine consecutive games in 2012) for the third-longest streak of games with a touchdown catch within a single season in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive games with a touchdown reception within a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES  
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 1987 12  
Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch^ Los Angeles Rams 1951 10  
A.J. Green Cincinnati 2012 9  
Lance Alworth^ San Diego 1963 9  
         
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 2018 8*  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

– NFL –

 

NFL Week 12 Playoff scenarios

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NFC

LOS ANGELES RAMS (10-1) (Bye)

Los Angeles clinches NFC West division title with:

  1. SEA loss (at Car.)

 

NFL announces AFC/NFC Players of the Week for Week 11

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COLTS QB ANDREW LUCK, BRONCOS LB VON MILLER &
RAIDERS K DANIEL CARLSON NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 11​​

Quarterback ANDREW LUCK of the Indianapolis Colts, linebacker VON MILLER of the Denver Broncos and kicker DANIEL CARLSON of the Oakland Raiders are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 11 (November 15, 18-19).

OFFENSE: QB ANDREW LUCK, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

DEFENSE: LB VON MILLER, DENVER BRONCOS

SPECIAL TEAMS: K DANIEL CARLSON, OAKLAND RAIDERS

 

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

Wk 9

Wk 10

Wk 11

WR Emmanuel Sanders, Denver 

RB James Conner, Pittsburgh

RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City

QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh

QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis

S Mike Mitchell, Indianapolis 

LB Dee Ford, Kansas City

CB Desmond King, LA Chargers

LB Wesley Woodyard, Tennessee

LB Von Miller, Denver

LB Dont’a Hightower, New England 

K Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis

P Matt Haack, Miami

K Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo

K Daniel Carlson, Oakland

 

GIANTS RB SAQUON BARKLEY, RAMS LB SAMSON EBUKAM &
BEARS K CODY PARKEY NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 11

Running back SAQUON BARKLEY of the New York Giants, linebacker SAMSON EBUKAM of the Los Angeles Rams and kicker CODY PARKEY of the Chicago Bears are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 11 (November 15, 18-19).

OFFENSE: RB SAQUON BARKLEY, NEW YORK GIANTS

DEFENSE: LB SAMSON EBUKAM, LOS ANGELES RAMS

SPECIAL TEAMS: K CODY PARKEY, CHICAGO BEARS

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

Wk 9

Wk 10

Wk 11

QB Cam Newton, Carolina 

RB Adrian Peterson, Washington

WR Michael Thomas, New Orleans

QB Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago

RB Saquon Barkley, NY Giants

DT Aaron Donald, LA Rams 

CB P.J. Williams, New Orleans

DE Danielle Hunter, Minnesota

LB Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas

LB Samson Ebukam, LA Rams

K Giorgio Tavecchio, Atlanta 

P Michael Dickson, Seattle

P Bradley Pinion, San Francisco

P Tress Way, Washington

K Cody Parkey, Chicago

 

 

NFL Network to feature former Bengals WR Cris Collinsworth on ‘A Football Life’ this Friday

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Cris Collinsworth: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, November 23 at 8:00 PM ET​

“I’m not going to sugarcoat it…I’m going to tell you what I think, and I think that’s the job.” – Cris Collinsworth

The eighth season of NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues Friday, November 23 at 8:00 PM ET with a profile of former NFL wide receiver and 16-time Emmy award-winning broadcaster for NBC Sports Cris Collinsworth. The one-hour show produced by NFL Films features sitdown interviews with Collinsworth, NBC Sports broadcast partner Al Michaels, former NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol, former teammates such as Boomer Esiason and Anthony Munoz, family members and more.

Each episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – can be streamed live through the NFL app and via Watch NFL Network on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices (Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 4 and Roku). Access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/watch.

Among the topics discussed in Cris Collinsworth: A Football Life are:

  • Switching from quarterback to wide receiver at the University of Florida after Steve Spurrier’s arrival as offensive coordinator
  • His eight-year career with the Cincinnati Bengals, which included two Super Bowl appearances and retiring as the Bengals’ all-time receptions leader
  • Beginning his broadcasting career with HBO Sports and becoming the color commentator for NBC’s coverage of Notre Dame football
  • Joining FOX Sports in 1998 and returning to NBC Sports in 2006
  • His job as color analyst for NBC’s Sunday Night Football

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Cris Collinsworth: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Cris Collinsworth

Holly Collinsworth – Wife

Jac Collinsworth – Son

Austin Collinsworth – Son

Al Michaels – NBC’s Sunday Night Football play-by-play announcer

Dick Ebersol – Former NBC Sports president

Fred Gaudelli – NBC’s Sunday Night Football producer

Ross Greenburg – Former HBO Sports president

Anthony Munoz – Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman

Boomer Esiason – Cincinnati Bengals teammate

Sam Wyche – Former Cincinnati Bengals head coach

Ken Anderson – Cincinnati Bengals teammate

Provided below are some select quotes from Cris Collinsworth: A Football Life:

“I’m not going to sugarcoat it. I’m not going to give you something just so the coach or the player doesn’t get mad at me. I’m going to tell you what I think, and I think that’s the job.” – Cris Collinsworth

“He outworks everybody else. He’s about the best prepared human being I have ever known.” – Dick Ebersol

“I can’t imagine anybody has a better job than I do. You have to occasionally in life step back and go, ‘I am the luckiest guy in the world, this is the greatest job in the world.’ I do it more often than not.” – Cris Collinsworth

“Right away I learned it didn’t matter how lean, how skinny, the guy is one of the toughest guys I’d ever seen play the game.” – Anthony Munoz

“He always had a nice communication way about him on the sideline that was calming. Probably to this day the smartest football player that I’ve ever played with on the field.” – Boomer Esiason

“He understands the game so thoroughly and he’s done such an enormous amount of homework. He sees things that I don’t think any other analyst does.” – Al Michaels

“Failing at quarterback impacted my entire life. Train as a receiver, good things happen, I have a nice long career, become a broadcaster out of it – it’s amazing. Don’t be so afraid when life changes.” – Cris Collinsworth

“Probably didn’t dawn on me at the time that I was arguing anything against Philadelphia. I was arguing the calls that had been greatly frustrating for everybody involved in the NFL.” – Cris Collinsworth on the reaction to his Super Bowl LII broadcast

This year, the 11-episode season of the highly-acclaimed series A Football Life airs Friday at 8:00 PM ET. Provided below is a broadcast schedule of the upcoming episodes of A Football Life:

  • December 7 – Doug Williams
  • December 14 – Thurman Thomas

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Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can be streamed live through the NFL app and via Watch NFL Network on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices (Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 4 and Roku). Access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.

 

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