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NFL Today, Week 10

NFL Today, Week 10

SCOREBOARD

Monday, Nov. 12

Kansas City (1-7) at Pittsburgh (5-3). The Chiefs have yet to lead in regulation this season, have a minus-20 turnover differential, last in the league, and face a Steelers team that is 7-0 at Heinz Field on Monday nights since stadium opened in 2001.

STARS

Passing

-Drew Brees, Saints, threw for 298 yards and three TDs in handing Atlanta its first loss, 31-27.

-Peyton Manning, Broncos, was 27 for 38 for 301 yards and one TD in a 36-14 victory at Carolina. Manning threw his 420th touchdown pass to move into a tie for second place on the NFL's career list with Dan Marino. He trails only Brett Favre (508).

-Josh Freeman, Bucs, passed for two TDs in a 34-24 win over San Diego and has thrown for 13 TDs with just one interception in his past five games.

-Joe Flacco, Ravens, threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns as Baltimore set a club record with 55 points in a 55-20 romp over Oakland.

-Andy Dalton, Bengals, threw a career-high four touchdown passes - each to a different receiver - to beat the New York Giants 31-13.

Rushing

-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, raced 61 yards for the game-sealing touchdown and had 171 yards on 27 carries in a 34-24 victory over Detroit. Peterson has 1,128 yards rushing.

-Chris Johnson, Titans, became the first rusher to gain 100 yards on the ground against Miami in the past 23 games. He had 126 yards on 23 carries and one score.

-Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, had 124 yards rushing and a 1-yard TD plunge in a 28-7 rout of the Jets. He has 1,005 yards rushing for the season.

-Arian Foster, Texans, had 29 carries for 102 yards and added a 2-yard TD reception in Houston's 13-6 win over Chicago.

-Steven Jackson, Rams, rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown in a 24-24 tie with the 49ers.

Receiving

-TE Jimmy Graham, Saints, caught seven passes for a career-best 146 yards and two touchdowns as New Orleans beat Atlanta 31-27. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons, finished with 11 catches for 122 yards and two scores while becoming the first tight end to catch 100 touchdown passes. He now has 101.

-Calvin Johnson, Lions, had 207 yards on 12 catches, including a touchdown, in a 34-24 loss at Minnesota.

-Demaryius Thomas, Broncos, caught nine passes for 135 yards in helping Denver beat Carolina 36-14.

-Danario Alexander, Chargers, scored on an 80-yard pass and had five receptions for 134 yards in a 34-24 defeat at Tampa Bay.

-Torrey Smith, Ravens, caught TD passes of 47 and 20 yards on his only two receptions in a 55-20 rout of Oakland.

-Danny Amendola, Rams, made 11 catches for 102 yards - he had an 80-yarder in overtime negated by a penalty - in a 24-24 tie at San Francisco.

Special Teams

-Jacoby Jones went 105 yards on a kickoff in a 55-20 rout of Oakland to become the first Ravens player to have two KO returns for TDs in a season. He also had one for 108 yards vs. Dallas.

-Linebacker Adam Heyward, Bucs, scooped up a punt blocked by Dekoda Watson and ran 29 yards for a touchdown in a 34-24 win over San Diego.

-Blair Walsh, Vikings, kicked field goals of 48, 23, 23 and 33 yards in a 34-24 win over Detroit.

-Trindon Holliday, Broncos, returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown in a 36-14 victory at Carolina.

-Dwayne Harris, Cowboys, had a 78-yard punt return for a score in a 38-23 victory over Philadelphia.

Defense

-CB Tony Carter, Broncos, returned an interception 40 yards for a score in a 36-14 win at Carolina.

-CB Brandon Carr, Cowboys, picked off a pass and went 47 yards for a TD in a 38-23 victory at Philadelphia.

-Paul Kruger, Ravens, had two sacks and an interception in a 55-20 romp past Oakland.

-Lavonte David, LB, Buccaneers, was in on 14 tackles in a 34-24 victory against San Diego.

-DE Muhammad Wilkerson, Jets, returned a fumble 21 yards for New York's only points in a 28-7 loss at Seattle.

MILESTONES

-Tony Gonzalez, Falcons, caught the 100th TD pass of his career, a 2-yarder from Matt Ryan in Atlanta's 31-27 loss at New Orleans. He added another score on a 6-yard pass and is the first tight end with 100 TD receptions.

-Peyton Manning, Broncos, threw his 420th touchdown pass to move into a tie for second place on the NFL's career list with Dan Marino. He trails only Brett Favre (508).

-Baltimore set a club record for points in a 55-20 rout of Oakland.

-Marques Colston's TD against Atlanta was the 55th of his NFL career, tying Deuce McAllister for first in that category in Saints history.

STATS

San Francisco's 24-24 tie with St. Louis was the first in four years in the NFL, since Cincinnati and Philadelphia played a 13-13 tie. ... The Bucs topped 30 points for the fourth straight week. They have scored 28 or more in five consecutive games for the first time in franchise history. ... Miami's 37-3 defeat at the hands of the Titans was the most lopsided at home since 1968 and worst anywhere since 2000. ... The 55 points scored by Baltimore tied an Oakland record for points allowed, a mark set in 1961 and matched in 1981. ... The home team has won every game in the Giants-Bengals series, which the Bengals lead 6-3 after a 31-13 victory. ... The Giants have given up 39 passes of 20 yards or more, 10 for touchdowns. ... The Bills had 35 first downs, their most ever and the most ever allowed by New England, but the Patriots won 37-31. Buffalo also had 14 penalties for 148 yards.

SWINGS

The Saints' defense came in allowing a league-worst 176.5 yards rushing per game, but held Atlanta to 46 yards in a 31-27 victory. ... A week after rushing for 251 yards and four touchdowns at Oakland, Bucs rookie Doug Martin set up a first-half field goal with a 42-yard reception but finished with 68 yards rushing in a 34-24 win. ... The Titans came into the game at Miami on pace to set an NFL record for points allowed in a season, but they won 37-3. The Titans didn't commit a turnover after totaling five a week ago.

STREAKS

The Raiders got a 55-yard pass from Carson Palmer to Darrius Heyward-Bey, the ninth straight game in which Oakland scored in the final two minutes of the first half. But the Ravens easily won 55-20. ... Tennessee's Rob Bironas set a franchise record for most consecutive extra points without a miss, breaking Al Del Greco's mark. Bironas has made 232 in a row. ... New England has won 11 straight against Buffalo at Gillette Stadium. ... Cincinnati snapped a four-game slide by beating the Giants. ... Bengals WR A.J. Green has a touchdown catch in eight straight games.

SACKS

The Broncos sacked Cam Newton seven times, with Kevin Vickerson getting two in a 36-14 win over Carolina. ... Eli Manning was sacked a season-high four times by Cincinnati.

SIDELINED

QBs Michael Vick of the Eagles and Alex Smith of the 49ers left their games with concussions. Vick was hit by Dallas LB Ernie Sims on an incomplete pass. Smith was injured when Jo-Lonn Dunbar crashed into him. ... Chicago saw its quarterback, Jay Cutler, leave at halftime against Houston with a concussion. ... Tampa Bay linebacker Quincy Black was hospitalized for observation of a neck injury after being carted off the field during the third quarter. Black was injured tackling running back Ryan Mathews for a 1-yard loss, remaining on the ground for a while. The Bucs did not release specific details about the injury, but coach Greg Schiano said the sixth-year pro is expected to be OK.

SPEAKING

``I think anyone would like to keep playing. I really don't know what good a tie does. It's frustrating when you play a game and you put so much into it during the week and during the course of it, today five quarters, you'd like to come away with either a win or a loss.'' - Rams QB Sam Bradford after a 24-24 tie with San Francisco, the first stalemate in four years.

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Ravens kick return job still up in the air

Ravens kick return job still up in the air

With two preseason games left, the Ravens appear to have little clarity in their efforts to find a kick return specialist, and although Michael Campanaro had all three punt return chances against the Colts last weekend, the Ravens aren't ready yet to declare the job his.

Last year's leading returners — Kaelin Clay and Jeremy Ross — are no longer with the team.

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Coach John Harbaugh, the former special teams coach that he is, blasted the Ravens special teams play against the Colts, both in kick returns and in kick coverage.

"We kicked the ball to them, and they kicked the ball to us, and we got our butts kicked," Harbaugh said after the game. "That's unacceptable."

Harbaugh seemed particularly agitated about the Ravens kickoff coverage; the Colts averaged 28.0 yards per kick return, nearly 10 yards better than the Ravens (18.8).

Earlier this week, Harbaugh declared, "We have not found our punt returner or our kick returner yet."

As for kick returns, three running backs — Kenneth Dixon, Terrance West and Stephen Houston — returned kicks at Indianapolis last week with unimpressive results. West had the longest return at 23 yards, and two returns left the Ravens inside their 20-yard line.

The Ravens are giving both West and Dixon a long look as kick returner — Houston is a longshot to make the team — with the idea that a fourth running back could also contribute in the return game. Rookie Tavon Young has also been given reps as a kick returner, though he missed the Colts game with a hamstring injury.

Campanaro headlines a group of punt return candidates that includes former Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds. Campanaro had all three punt return chances against the Colts, with one fair catch and one 21-yard return. Reynolds, who has had an inconsistent camp as a returner, served on the punt coverage team and had a tackle against the Colts but was not back as the return man at all.

Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said Campanaro "showed some real positive things" against the Colts, but Rosburg was not ready to hand him the job yet.

"Michael's out there trying to win the job," Rosburg said after practice on Wednesday. "It's really not his job, it's the returner. The job belongs to the team, and he's trying to get that job."

Expect the auditions for both jobs to continue Saturday night against the Lions.

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Why Ravens' decision to play Joe Flacco against Lions makes sense

Why Ravens' decision to play Joe Flacco against Lions makes sense

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will see his first game action since last November on Saturday night, when he starts the Week 3 preseason game against the Lions.

“You need to get back out there, you need to get your mind used to getting ready for a game,” Flacco said Tuesday on Mad Dog Sports Radio with Adam Schein.

Here are three reasons why playing Flacco makes sense:

1. Flacco can benefit from playing before the regular-season opener:

Flacco has shown no indication that he is thinking about his surgically-repaired knee during practices. However, Flacco also knows that no teammates will hit him during practice. Game action will give Flacco a different feel, the test of facing tacklers who will hit him if given the opportunity. Look for the Ravens to call plays that require Flacco to get rid of the ball quickly. The Ravens don’t want Flacco to get hit. But they want him to knock off any potential game rust before the regular season starts.

2.  Flacco can build more chemistry with some of his receivers.

Wide receivers Mike Wallace and Chris Moore, as well as tight end Ben Watson, have never caught a pass from Flacco during a game. This will be a chance for them to get a better feel for each other heading into Week 1.

3. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley and rookie left guard Alex Lewis have been practicing and playing with confidence.

It’s early, but Stanley has looked more like a five-year vet than a rookie. Lewis is a physical blocker who doesn’t look intimidated by anyone, or anything. With guard John Urschel missing another day of practice on Wednesday, Lewis is expected to start next to Stanley on Saturday night. The Ravens feel their two rookies on the left side of the line can protect Flacco’s blindside well enough to the Lions away from him.

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Zion Harvey, Baltimore boy with hand transplant, keeps photo of Ray Lewis

Zion Harvey, Baltimore boy with hand transplant, keeps photo of Ray Lewis

This past year has changed Zion Harvey's life. Just 13-months ago, the Baltimore boy was the first child to receive a double hand transplant. He'd lost both hands and feet to a childhood infection. 

Now 9 years old, Zion made headlines earlier this month for using his new hands to throw out the first pitch at an Orioles game.

The remarkable feat hinted at the progress he'd made, but a full update on his condition hadn't been available until Tuesday. 

This video from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where the surgery was performed, shows all the new things Zion can do for himself. It also reveals that the little boy is a big Ravens fan.

In one poignant scene, Zion points to a group of photos hanging on his bedroom wall. They're of Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali and Ravens legend Ray Lewis. In the center, Zion has placed a picture of himself. 

The spunky boy also celebrated his 9th birthday with a Ravens cake, which he was able to help distribute to his friends. 

Zion made an appearance on the TODAY show Wednesday morning. He helped Al Roker do the weather forecast and sat down for an inteview with Savannah Guthrie

He said he was surprised by how far he threw that first pitch at the Orioles game. 

"I was surprised it went that far," he said. But that wasn't his first time on the mound, he explained. 

"Well I play a lot of baseball. They put me as pitcher a lot, but I'm a good batter, too," he said. "My mom was recording a video but I wouldn't say her video was the best. She was mostly jumping up and down while she was taking the video and screaming."

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