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NFL Today, Week 9

NFL Today, Week 9

SCOREBOARD

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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Five observations from Day 1 of Ravens training camp

Five observations from Day 1 of Ravens training camp

OWINGS MILLS – Here are five observations from Day 1 of Ravens’ training camp:

1. Joe Flacco didn’t look like someone who had not practiced since November.

First of all, there is nothing wrong with Flacco’s arm. Early in drills, he effortlessly floated a long pass to rookie Chris Moore on a ball that traveled at least 55 yards in the air. Secondly, Flacco moved well wearing a brace on his surgically-repaired left knee, moving out of the pocket several times without any sign of favoring the injury. It remains to be seen if Flacco feels discomfort after several days of practice, and of course, he is not taking any hits. But this was a good first step.

“It felt really good to be out there,” Flacco said in quotes provided by the team. “I wasn’t as efficient as I’d like to be, but I felt comfortable. I just need to throw it a little better and complete some more passes.”

2. Veteran tight end Ben Watson didn’t have the greatest practice.

The usually sure-handed Watson dropped two passes early. Maybe Watson was nervous in his first practice with Flacco, or maybe he was adjusting to the pace of Flacco’s throws. But Watson will be looking to bounce back quickly, competing for playing time at tight end with Crockett Gillmore, Dennis Pitta, and Maxx Williams.

3. The starter at inside linebacker could be rookie Kamalei Correa.

While Correa is taking reps both outside and inside, the Ravens are searching for a starter at inside linebacker next to C.J. Mosley. If Correa wins the starting job, it means the Ravens’ top two picks, left tackle Ronnie Stanley and Correa, could be starters from Week 1.

4. Pitta looks like Pitta, running patterns and making catches.

Fans still love Pitta, and he received a huge ovation whenever he made a catch. Pitta’s attempt to come back from his second major hip injury is a feel-good story and people are rooting for him.  However, a major test for Pitta will come Saturday when the Ravens put on pads for the first time.

5. John Urschel could be the starter at left guard, but he is also taking reps at center.

Urschel is the favorite to replace Kelechi Osemele as the starting left guard. However, Urschel’s best position may be center. If anything happens to starting center Jeremy Zuttah, the Ravens could shift Urschel to center and play either Ryan Jensen or rookie Alex Lewis at left guard.

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Ronnie Stanley sings 'Ignition Remix' in chicken suit for his teammates

Ronnie Stanley sings 'Ignition Remix' in chicken suit for his teammates

OWINGS MILLS - When the Ravens drafted left tackle Ronnie Stanley, he never expected to sing in front of teammates wearing a chicken suit.

Welcome to the Ravens, and to the traditional rookie talent contest. Stanley led off this year’s draft class as the first-round pick, and apparently, he was a hit. The chicken suit was courtesy of wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., who purchased it for Stanley.

Where exactly do you find a chicken suit that fits somebody 6-foot-6, 320 pounds? But Smith found one. If you are a smart rookie, you don’t say no to Steve Smith. That left Stanley with no choice but to perform wearing the suit.

Stanley chose the R. Kelly song “Ignition Remix” for his selection.

“I knew it was crowd pleaser,” Stanley said after Thursday’s practice. “I know every word to the song. That was the song I picked, so I was practicing all throughout this break that we had.”

Under the circumstances, Stanley felt he did well.

 “I actually didn’t know about the chicken suit until yesterday,” Stanley said. “I did what I had to do. I knew since I was going first, I had to set the tone. That was the first time I sang in a chicken suit.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was impressed.

“He did a great job and we had fun,” Harbaugh said. “It’s nice when your first-round pick, kind of the leader of the rookie class, is able to step up and make a statement about that. I can fit in, so to speak.”

No word on if Stanley plans to go on tour after the season.

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Kenneth Dixon hobbled, Lorenzo Taliaferro placed on PUP list

Kenneth Dixon hobbled, Lorenzo Taliaferro placed on PUP list

OWINGS MILLS -- The Ravens deep running back group grew a little thinner – at least temporarily – on Thursday as rookie Kenneth Dixon left the first training camp practice after tweaking his left knee and Lorenzo Taliaferro was placed on the preseason physically-unable-to-perform list with a lingering foot injury.

Dixon had been very active in the noncontact practice, especially as a pass catcher. But as he caught one pass near the left sideline in an 11-on-11 drill, he was inadvertently bumped out of bounds by linebacker Patrick Onwauasor and fell hard to the ground. Dixon was slow to get up and was ultimately helped off the field by Justin Forsett and a trainer.

Dixon has “a slight thing with the knee,” coach John Harbaugh said after practice. “He should be fine.”

Taliaferro sustained a foot injury last year and had surgery that ultimately ended his season in October.

"Not that there's a big issue with it," Harbaugh said of Taliaferro's foot, "but it's not quite there yet."

Entering his third season, Taliaferro is fighting for a roster spot after missing 16 of 32 games over his first two seasons. Forsett, Buck Allen and Dixon all appear to be locks to make the team, leaving Taliaferro competing for a potential fourth running spot with Terrance West and perhaps Trent Richardson, though he, too, is injured.

Taliaferro joins five other Ravens who had previously been placed on the preseason PUP list – receivers Steve Smith and Breshad Perriman, linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs, and Richardson.

Players can be activated from the PUP list and return to practice at any time during training camp. If they begin the regular season on the PUP list, they must sit out the first six games.

In addition to Taliaferro’s absence, three players sat out Thursday's practice because they haven’t passed the conditioning test: wide receiver Mike Wallace, cornerback Jerraud Powers and newly signed wide receiver Dobson Collins.

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