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NFL Today, Week 9

NFL Today, Week 9

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Monday, Nov. 5

Eagles at Saints (8:30 p.m.). Michael Vick and the Eagles (3-4) look to end a three-game losing streak against Drew Brees and the Saints (2-5).

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STARS

PASSING

-Andrew Luck, Colts, was 30 for 48 for an NFL rookie record of 433 yards and added two touchdown passes in Indianapolis' 23-20 win over Miami. Luck has four 300-yard passing games, tied with Peyton Manning (1998) for the most by a rookie in a season.

-Peyton Manning, Broncos, finished 27 of 35 for 291 yards with three TD passes and two interceptions in Denver's 31-23 victory over Cincinnati. Denver trailed 20-17 in the fourth quarter before Manning threw two touchdown passes to put the Broncos ahead for good. It marked Manning's 48th winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime, passing Hall of Famer Dan Marino (47) for the most in the NFL since 1970.

-Jay Cutler, Bears, was 19 for 26 for 229 yards with three touchdowns in Chicago's 51-20 win over Tennessee.

-Matt Schaub, Texans, was 19 for 27 for 268 yards with two touchdowns in Houston's 21-9 victory over Buffalo.

-Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins, finished 22 for 38 for 290 yards and a touchdown in Miami's 23-20 loss to Indianapolis.

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RUSHING

-Doug Martin, Buccaneers, had 25 carries for 251 yards and four touchdowns in Tampa Bay's 42-32 win over Oakland. Martin joins Mike Anderson (Dec. 3, 2000) as the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 250 yards and four touchdowns in a game. Martin had TD runs of 70, 67, 1 and 45 yards in the victory. The rookie is the first player in NFL history with touchdowns rushing of at least 70, 65 and 45 yards in a game.

-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, had 17 carries for 182 yards with two touchdowns in Minnesota's 30-20 loss to Seattle.

-Isaac Redman, Steelers, finished with 26 carries for 147 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 24-20 win over the New York Giants.

-Chris Johnson, Titans, finished with 16 carries for 141 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee's 51-20 loss to Chicago.

-Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, had 26 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown in Seattle's 30-20 win over Minnesota.

-Arian Foster, Texans, had 24 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown in Houston's 21-9 win over Buffalo.

-Mikel Leshoure, Lions, had 16 carries for 70 yards and three touchdowns in Detroit's 31-14 win over Jacksonville.

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RECEIVING

-Brandon Marshall, Bears, had nine catches for 122 yards and three touchdowns in Chicago's 51-20 win over Tennessee.

-Calvin Johnson, Lions, had seven catches for 129 yards in Detroit's 31-14 win over Jacksonville.

-Andre Johnson, Texans, had eight catches for 118 yards in Houston's 21-9 win over Buffalo.

-Donnie Avery, Colts, had five catches for 108 yards in Indianapolis' 23-20 win over Miami.

-Jermaine Gresham, Bengals, had six catches for 108 yards in Cincinnati's 31-23 loss to Denver.

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DEFENSE

-Michael Boley, Giants, returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown in New York's 24-20 loss to Pittsburgh.

-Brian Urlacher and Charles Tillman, Bears. Urlacher returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown and Tillman had four forced fumbles in Chicago's 51-20 win over Tennessee.

-Von Miller, Broncos, had three sacks in Denver's 31-23 win over Cincinnati.

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SPECIAL TEAMS

-Trindon Holliday, Broncos, returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown in Denver's 31-23 win over Cincinnati.

-Corey Wootton, Bears, returned a blocked punt 5 yards for a touchdown in Chicago's 51-20 win over Tennessee.

-Phil Dawson, Browns, was 5 for 5 on field goals in Cleveland's 25-15 loss to Baltimore.

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STATS

This season, there have been nine individual 300-yard passing games by a rookie. That is the most in a single season in NFL history. ... The Bears scored 51 points against the Titans, their highest total since 1980. The Bears have returned an interception for a touchdown a club record seven times - no other NFL team had returned six for TDs through the first seven games of any season. ... Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers had four TD passes in the Packers' 31-17 win over Arizona. Rodgers, who has 25 touchdown passes in Green Bay's first nine games this season, is the first player in NFL history to throw at least 25 TDs in his team's first nine games in two different seasons. Rodgers, who had 28 touchdown passes in the Packers' first nine games last season, has done it in consecutive seasons. ... Green Bay finished with a season-high 176 yards rushing on 39 carries, its most since Oct. 25, 2009. ... The Lions' Matthew Stafford became the second-fastest quarterback to throw for 10,000 yards in NFL history, reaching the milestone in 37 games. Former St. Louis Rams star Kurt Warner did it in 36 games. ... The Broncos have scored 37, 21, 35, 34 and 31 points in their past five games, winning four of them. ... The Browns' Trent Richardson is the first rookie to run for more than 100 yards against the Ravens since Jacksonville's Fred Taylor in 1998.

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STREAKS

The Ravens won their 10th straight game over Cleveland and 11th in a row inside the AFC North. ... Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake recorded a sack in his fifth consecutive game. ... The Bears have won six consecutive games. ... The Packers have won four consecutive games and have won 17 of their past 18 regular-season games at Lambeau Field. ... The Cardinals and Jaguars have each lost five in a row. ... The Bengals have lost four in a row. .... Texans running back Arian Foster has scored in five straight games. ... The Buccaneers have scored at least 28 points in a franchise-record four straight games.

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SIDELINED

Oakland running back Darren McFadden left the field shortly before halftime because of an ankle injury, the latest setback for the Raiders' top rusher. X-rays on McFadden were negative during a 42-32 loss to Tampa Bay. Oakland coach Dennis Allen didn't say which ankle was hurt and didn't provide additional information. Earlier in the game, Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant was taken to a hospital because of a fast heartbeat. No further details were announced about Bryant, in his fourth season out of Harvard. ... Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews, Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown and Washington wide receiver Santana Moss were among other players who left early. Matthews hurt his hamstring injury after a failed sack and Packers receiver Jordy Nelson injured his ankle. Brown, the Steelers' top receiver, left in the first half of a 24-20 victory over the New York Giants with a left ankle sprain. Moss sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter of the Redskins' 21-13 loss to Carolina.

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SPEAKING

``His presence is felt every day in the facility. But to see him in the flesh, in the locker room, to hear him speak I think gave all the guys a boost.'' - Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on coach Chuck Pagano after Sunday's 23-20 win over the Dolphins.

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``There are so many bigger things going on around here that what we do is not as important as real life. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone else who are going through so much. There were so many emotions going on, I didn't know what to expect from it. But maybe we were able to take their minds off their problems just a little.'' - quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after the Steelers beat the Giants 24-20 in storm-ravaged New Jersey.

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Ravens' No. 1 run defense will have its hands full with LeGarrette Blount

Ravens' No. 1 run defense will have its hands full with LeGarrette Blount

One of the Ravens’ toughest challenges Monday night will be trying to contain Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount. The Ravens have the NFL’s top-ranked run defense, yielding just 73.8 yards per game. Blount is fifth in the league in rushing (957 yards) and is one of the NFL’s most physical backs.

Jay Ajayi of the Dolphins had 61 yards on 12 carries against the Ravens on Sunday, and his run style is similar to Blount’s. Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams talked about the pride the Ravens take in stopping the run after Sunday’s game.

“We’re the No. 1 run defense in the league right now,” Williams said. “That’s what we do. When running backs come against us, we just do our jobs.”

It will be interesting to see how the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady attack the Ravens. With tight end Rob Gronkowski done for the year with a back injury, Blount figures to be a major part of the Patriots’ game plan.

Blount already has four 100-yard games and is about to top 1,000 yards for only the second time in his career. Will Blount have his way against the Ravens’ No. 1-ranked defense? The answer to that question will play a key role in determining which team wins.

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Fantasy Football: Finding Playoff Help In Week 14 Waiver Wire

Fantasy Football: Finding Playoff Help In Week 14 Waiver Wire

Week 14 of the fantasy football season means owners are entering the playofs or battling for a berth. Well, some are shakng their heads at Adrian Peterson, DeAndre Hopkins and Eddie Lacy and wondering how it all went so wrong, but let's focus on those still alive or glory. Week 14 also means it's time for two lineup reminders:

1) Don't overthink things: Just because Brock Osweiler has by far the easier matchup on paper don't you dare start him over Andrew Luck.

2) Leave stubborn behind: Yes, you drafted Todd Gurley in the first round. Yes, you're feeling like a boss for stashing Dion Lewis. Yes, Dak Prescott is awesome and only you believed in him from Jump Street. That doesn't mean you MUST start them. Use that brain of yours to assess the scene in terms of production and matchup.

Either way, the Waiver Wire remains a viable tool, even if just to prevent others owners from getting help. Here's a look at some of that potential help.

Quarterbacks 

1.  Joe Flacco, BAL vs. Patriots
 
2.  Trevor Siemien, DEN vs. Titans
 
* More than likely you're set at QB so consider this just the writer doing his due dillegance. I'll assume Andy Dalton (vs. Browns) isn't available, which leaves two other AFC options as your best hope if in need. Flacco is coming off a monster and now faces a situation where he could be in catch-up mode during the second half against New England. As for Siemien, who missed last week with an injury, he gets a Tennessee defense allowing the sixth most points to fantasy quarterbacks and at least two touchdown tosses for seven straight weeks.

Running Backs

1. Mike Gillislee, BUF vs. Steelers

2. Jacquizz Rodgers, TB vs. Saints

3.  Kenneth Dixon, BAL vs. Patriots

4. Rex Burkhead, CIN vs. Browns

Others: Charles Sims, TB;  Justin Forsett, DEN, Shane Vereen, NYG

* No screaming must adds, intrigue exists. Gillislee has four rushing touchdowns over the last four weeks with rushing totals of  85, 32, 72 and 49 yards in that span. ...The Bucs backfield is possibly for grabs after Doug Martin sat out the final three drives in Week 13. ... Jeremy Hill likely leads Cincinnati in attempts against Cleveland, but Burkhead should be all kinds of active in the regular game plan and possible garbage time. 
 
Wide Receivers 

1.  Pierre Garcon, WAS at Eagles
 
2.  Malcolm Mitchell, NE vs. Ravens

3. Adam Thielen, MIN vs. Jaguars
 
4.  Dontrelle Inman, SD at Panthers

5. Tyler Lockett, SEA at Packers
 
5.  Ted Ginn, CAR vs. Chargers
 
* If you like your otther lineup options and need safe help at receiver, look at Garcon (At least 6-67 in four of last five weeks) and Thielen (7 for 89 in Week 13). Mitchell (17 catches, 222 yards and three touchdowns over last three games), Inman, Lockett and Ginn, have higher ceilings.

Tight Ends 

1.  Gary Barnidge, CLE vs. Bengals
 
2.  Dennis Pitta, BAL at Patriots
 
3.  Lance Kendricks, LA vs. Falcons
 
* The Barnidge recommednation isn't about the expected return of Robert Griffin II -- as if -- but facing a Bengals defense allowing the second most points to fantasy tight ends.
 
Defenses – Because you stream this position

1. 49ers (vs. Jets)

2. Colts (vs.Texans)

3. Jets (at 49ers)

* For those already in the playoffs, look ahead to Week 15 and 16 for possible additions.

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