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Sorting the Sunday Pile: Saints, Panthers, Vikings, Bears provide statement wins in loaded NFC

Sorting the Sunday Pile: Saints, Panthers, Vikings, Bears provide statement wins in loaded NFC

The Vikings are getting a bye week at the right time too. Carolina Panthers The Situation: Major letdown spot for the Panthers, who smashed the Ravens last week and stayed at home against a questionable Buccaneers team with a terrible defense and a lively offense on its 12th quarterback switch of the season. Atlanta Falcons The situation: Off the bye, going to a dangerous Washington defense, needing a win to get to .500 and to keep the hope of a playoff run alive. Biggest strength: Ryan, who is on a better pace than his MVP season at this point. Not the ideal situation, but more than enough time for Case Keenum to move the ball and either score a touchdown or get well within McManus' range. But Keenum also looked confused after the play -- he was sprinting the offense up to spike the ball and Joseph squeezed timeout. Keenum then completed a five-yard pass to Jeff Heuremann ... and the Broncos let 30 seconds run off the clock before running Philip Lindsay up the middle for a loss of one and calling their final timeout with three seconds left on the clock. Houston was the top rush defense team by DVOA coming into this game and the Broncos hadn't run the ball well, yet Joseph called for a hurry-up run call right before the two-minute warning on third down (they didn't get a first) and then ran the ball on the final play before attempting the kick. pic.twitter.com/MzvoHmz5Kj — Brody Logan (@BrodyLogan) November 5, 2018 Joseph also cost his teams points in the first half, when he attempted that 62-yard kick with McManus -- after the miss, the Texans had excellent field position and managed to pick up a field goal of their own. At the half, that's on me," Joseph said after the game.
Murray, No. 7 Sooners hold off Red Raiders

Murray, No. 7 Sooners hold off Red Raiders

LUBBOCK – All week, Texas Tech Red Raiders head football coach Kliff Kingsbury has been asked about how to contain No. They wouldn’t be able to stop him up there, either.” That didn’t stop the Red Raiders defense from trying, though, with two early interceptions from senior safety Vaughnte Dorsey. Murray contributed a total of 460 offensive yards in the Sooners’ 51-46 win over the Red Raiders on Saturday night at Jones AT&T Stadium. Murray didn’t allow the Red Raiders too much of a lead, however, throwing a 16-yard score to redshirt junior wide receiver Lee Morris to narrow the score. Ward caught a pass from Bowman and took it 45 yards for the Red Raiders’ 24-14 advantage. Murray had a 12-yard run and a five-yard pass to redshirt senior fullback Carson Meier, while sophomore running back Trey Sermon had a five-yard score to complete the Sooner’s second-quarter scoring. With 6:54 left, senior wideout Zach Austin caught his first scoring pass of the season on a four yarder from Duffey, bringing the Red Raiders’ deficit down, 42-40, but sophomore safety Robert Barnes intercepted the conversion and took it all the way for two points. The Red Raiders’ defense was also without one of its key players in senior linebacker Dakota Allen. “To not have him most of the game obviously didn’t help our cause, but those other guys played hard,” Kingsbury said. We’re not getting it done at the end of these close games.” Texas Tech (5-4, 3-3) will have a chance to get one last home win when No.
Wizards vs Thunder: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs Thunder: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Wizards have lost four straight games, and currently sit at just 1-6 through the season's first seven games. For the second year in a row, the team had an early road trip out west, and this year it was a struggle. They finally return home tonight as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder at 8 pm. The Wizards biggest (literally) offseason acquisition has missed all game action with the team so far this season thanks to an injury, and the team has suffered because of it. Howard will be returning to the lineup along with Markieff Morris, meaning they will have their complete starting five for the first time all season. Oklahoma City enters tonight with a 3-4 record, though they've won three straight since starting the season off 0-4. The Wizards will have to keep an eye on stars Paul George and Russell Westbrook, as one of those two has led the team in scoring in every game so far this year. What: Washington Wizards vs. Oklahoma City, Game 8 of the 2018 NBA season Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C. Dwight Howard, Wizards: Howard is making his debut after lower back issues all season and is ready to make up for lost time. Low Rebounding Numbers: Will Dwight fix the issue?
Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets, Game 9 preview and listings

Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets, Game 9 preview and listings

When: 7 p.m. Where: Spectrum Center TV: FoxSports Ohio Radio: WTAM 1100 AM; WMMS 100.7 FM, La Mega 87.7 FM Online: FoxSports Go apps Last meeting: The Cavs beat the Hornets 118-105 on March 28, 2018. ... Cleveland is 13-1 in the last 14 meetings against Charlotte, which includes a 6-1 mark on the road. The Cavs have at least 10 steals in three of their last four games, including 11 against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday. Since Oct. 25, they are averaging 11.0 steals. ... Collin Sexton, who scored 12 points against Denver, has reached double figures in five straight. Despite missing the last four games, Love still leads Cleveland in points (19.0), rebounds (13.5) and assists (3.5). Hornets minute: Kemba Walker is the NBA's third-leading scorer, averaging 29.1 points. In the last two seasons, the Hornets are winning at a .494 clip with Cody Zeller in the lineup and hold a .362 winning percentage when he is out. ... Charlotte ranks top 10 in scoring as a team, averaging 114.6 points. Probable starters: Cavs F Cedi Osman F Sam Dekker C Tristan Thompson G Rodney Hood G Collin Sexton Hornets F Nicolas Batum F Marvin Williams C Cody Zeller G Jeremy Lamb G Kemba Walker
Chuba Hubbard’s role dramatically increased against Texas Longhorns

Chuba Hubbard’s role dramatically increased against Texas Longhorns

When asked about Chuba Hubbard’s speed, Oklahoma State sophomore Malcolm Rodriguez smiled and laughed a bit. The guys on the kick return want it to, so we’ll just keep working at it and it will come sooner or later.” The same could be said for Hubbard’s next rushing touchdown. Hubbard carried the ball five times for 57 yards in the win. Hubbard carried the ball nine times for 80 yards in the win over Texas. They bailed me out and I was really lucky for that – to get the ball back. “I saw exactly where I was going to go, and that was my mistake – not looking the ball in. That’s something that won’t happen again.” He has carried the ball five or more times in four games this season. In each of those games, he’s rushed for at least 40 yards, with his highest number of carries and yards coming last week. We feel good about where J.D. King is also, but there was a role for Hubbard in this game based on the schemes that Texas had.
Sources: Cowboys Ring of Honor nudge coming; On Brandt and Romo

Sources: Cowboys Ring of Honor nudge coming; On Brandt and Romo

FRISCO -- The Dallas Cowboys have called a news conference for noon on Friday, sources telling me the plan featuring owner Jerry Jones announcing the newest addition to the franchise's prestigious Ring of Honor. That's been part of a fun guessing game in Cowboys Nation for the last few hours, and the best guess, sources indicate, is that Jones has decided to induct Gil Brandt, the NFL's "Godfather of Scouting,'' who is under consideration for the contributor's class of 2019 for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and would receive a boost in that campaign were he to first be enshrined by the team that employed him. An eventual Ring of Honor honoree, Tony Romo, is among the speculated names, too, and for an assortment of good reasons -- in fact, honoring quarterback Romo (who Jerry holds in the highest esteem and almost considers him an extension of the Jones family) together with retired tight end Jason Witten and retired defensive end DeMarcus Ware on the franchise's eventual to-do list. Meanwhile, a quick entry -- as quick as Monday Night against the visiting Tennessee Titans -- would certainly fit Witten's schedule, as he will cover the game from the TV booth for ESPN. And Romo's availability? So the Romo-related surprise, and maybe a Romo/Witten/Ware surprise -- and Jerry Jones does like surprises, even though he admits, "I can't keep a secret!'' -- might have to wait. There are no "rules'' here. Jones is a one-man committee (with big ears, though, of course) just as former team president Tex Schramm was. There is nothing blocking the team from having multiple ceremonies in one season, nor is there a requirement to induct anyone at all.
Cowboys DT David Irving suffers high ankle sprain, may not play vs. Titans Monday

Cowboys DT David Irving suffers high ankle sprain, may not play vs. Titans Monday

Dallas Cowboys defensive end David Irving suffered a high ankle sprain in practice Thursday, putting his status for Monday’s game against the Tennessee Titans in doubt, per sources. Irving was seen in the locker room on crutches. Treat yourself to unlimited digital access for only $3.99 per month Irving has three tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss, two quarterback pressures and a pass deflection in 56 snaps in games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins. Your video will play in: 5 seconds Price Check: Is Peterson a good play this week? DK Live's Reid Fowler & Geoff Ulrich tell us if Adrian Peterson is too pricey to play this week. 02:13 Price Check: Is Peterson a good play this week? DraftKings NFL | 02:13 02:04 Falcons vs. Redskins Week 9 preview | NFL Playbook NFL Atlanta Falcons | 02:04 00:44 Top 5 Dante Fowler plays so far in 2018 NFL Los Angeles Rams | 00:44 00:52 Top 5 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix plays so far in 2018 NFL Washington Redskins | 00:52 01:49 Can Adrian Peterson repeat his week 8 performance? He not only missing the first four games but also all of training camp and the offseason because of personal family issues with his ex-girlfriend and substance abuse rehab. Why it’s no surprise new Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper already listed as starter You might be surprised at which Dallas Cowboy wanted to be the team’s NFLPA rep and why
OSU football: How Mike Gundy helped usher the I-formation back into the Oklahoma State offense (copy)

OSU football: How Mike Gundy helped usher the I-formation back into the Oklahoma State offense (copy)

Brad Lundblade and Rudolph, players who spent most of their careers working together in the shotgun formation, couldn’t execute the snap. “That kind of scarred me,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. And it led to him rethinking OSU’s philosophy when it needs a yard. “I’m tired of coming home and my 14-year-old is saying, ‘Why don’t you go under center on short yardage? You snap the ball 5 yards deep and you get your teeth knocked in every time. Get on the goal line, can’t score. The open week gave the team more time to consider changes. “I took the last 10 minutes of practice in open week and last Tuesday and Wednesday and I got to come down and coach the whole thing,” he said. Cornelius pressed forward for a score that put his team ahead 24-7. Gundy said he left the decision-making about when to call the package up to offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich.

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