“I have all of the confidence in the world in Jalan,” Rhule said. “He is smart, tough and competitive. His teammates respond to him and he has a big-time arm. The other night when things weren’t going well, he jumped in there and led us to score. “Some guys, it can be as short as a five or six or seven-day process, some guys it’s significantly longer,” Rhule said. “It’s really just each person’s response. We’ve had players who have passed every step but didn’t hit the score on the test, so they didn’t play in games. Brewer had struggled through his worst game in two seasons for the Bears as he completed one of eight passes for 22 yards with a career-high three interceptions. The Bears trailed 34-0 when McClendon entered the game, but he gave them some energy as he hit 16 of 21 passes for 183 yards and also ran for a touchdown. Alternating with Brewer at quarterback early this season, McClendon saw considerable time and has completed 42 of 61 passes for 542 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.
NFL Week 8 Grades: Browns get ‘D’ in Hue Jackson’s last game; Jameis Winston gets an ‘F’; Pats earn ‘B-‘
However, if Winston has proven one thing this season, it's that he probably shouldn't be the starting quarterback for the Buccaneers anymore, and if that wasn't clear to Bucs coach Dirk Koetter before this week, you'd like to think it became clear after Winston's four-interception meltdown during Tampa Bay's 37-34 loss to the Bengals on Sunday. More NFL Week 8 NFL insider notes: Seahawks quietly contenders with new-look offense, Steelers can't bench Conner As a matter of fact, with 10 picks on the year, Winston is now tied for the NFL lead in interceptions, which is even worse when you consider the fact that he was suspended for the first three games of the season. The Steelers running back exploded for 146 yards rushing and two touchdowns, which was especially impressive, because it marked the fourth time this season that he's gone over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns in a game. Of course, the defense got no help from a Ravens offense that turned the ball over three times. Not only did Newton throw for 219 yards and two touchdowns, but he also led the team in rushing with 52 yards and another score on the ground. Moore totaled 129 yards from scrimmage, which came in the form of 39 rushing yards and 90 receiving yards. Cohen totaled 110 yards and a touchdown while Howard finished with 81 yards rushing and a touchdown. Peterson carried the ball 26 times for 149 yards and a touchdown, a total that includes a 64-yard scoring in the fourth quarter that iced the game. Carr had a huge day that included three passing touchdowns AND his first career rushing touchdown (That's right, Carr went through the first four-and-a- half seasons of his career without a rushing touchdown). If you're wondering how bad things got offensively for Buffalo: The Bills didn't run a single offensive play inside the Patriots' 25-yard line the entire night.
First step to fixing the Rangers? Turns out Red Sox manager Alex Cora brought it up on his way to a World Series title
"We live in an era that hitting .210 with 30 homers & 70 RBI is acceptable and it's a good season," Cora said after his team's Game 2 win over Los Angeles in which the Red Sox created three runs after there were two outs in the fifth inning. There are only two guys he could be talking about and they both play for the Rangers. The Rangers are years away from being on the same stage with the Red Sox and the Dodgers. The Dodgers drafted the greatest pitcher of the 21st century and have a promising drafted apprentice in Walker Buehler, who was taken a mere 20 picks after the Rangers selected Dillon Tate with the fourth overall pick in 2015. They have to make more contact, particularly with two strikes. Making defenses make plays leads to opportunities. Consider this: Gallo hit .087 with two strikes this season, lowest in the majors. Conversely, Boston's J.D Martinez, one of only two players to hit more homers than Gallo this season, batted .193 with two strikes. Gallo can be Martinez ... if he is willing to make the same kinds of change to his approach with two strikes and based on certain situations. Or the Rangers could change nothing.
With four guaranteed games remaining in the 2018 season, Oklahoma State has more freedom in its ability to use freshmen and other redshirt-eligible players. Saturday's 38-35 victory over Texas leaves the Cowboys one win from bowl eligibility and thus an extra game to navigate redshirts, though the pressures to use younger players will be reduced in a bowl. Coach Mike Gundy could deploy several freshmen in OSU's final four games all while retaining their ability to redshirt. Beyond the three defensive backs who have already guaranteed they will be sophomores next season, the only freshman to play against the Longhorns was safety Kanion Williams, who made his second appearance of the season. Here’s a look at where things stand for the Cowboys’ redshirt-eligible players through eight games, per OSU’s official participation report. Played in more than four games, not eligible to redshirt Jarrick Bernard, safety, freshman Tanner McCalister, cornerback, freshman Kolby Peel, safety, freshman Played in four games, must appear in no more games to redshirt Darrion Daniels, defensive tackle, senior (out for the season with injury) Jalen McCleskey, receiver, senior (elected to sit out and transfer) Played in two games, can appear in up to two more and redshirt Kanion Williams, safety, freshman Played in one game, can appear in up to three more and redshirt JayVeon Cardwell, cornerback, freshman Sean Michael Flanagan, safety, freshman Jonathan Shepherd, receiver, freshman Tyrese Williams, offensive lineman, freshman Played in no games, can appear in up to four more and redshirt Hunter Anthony, offensive lineman, freshman Blake Barron, linebacker, freshman Jason Bartel, offensive lineman, freshman Bryce Bray, offensive lineman, freshman Dru Brown, quarterback, senior Dylan Carnagey, defensive tackle, freshman Braden Cassity, defensive end, freshman Jacob Farrell, offensive lineman, freshman Amadou Fofana, defensive tackle, junior Miguel Fulgencio, running back, freshman Alex Hale, kicker, freshman Jahmyl Jeter, running back, freshman Truett Knox, offensive lineman, freshman Carson Kropp, linebacker, freshman Tyler Lacy, defensive end, freshman Gabe Lemons, cornerback, freshman Seth Meacham, defensive tackle, freshman C.J. Moore, receiver, freshman Jacob Morris, receiver, freshman Jake Ross, Cowboy back, junior Spencer Sanders, quarterback, freshman Mbari Snoddy, running back, freshman Braden Spicer, linebacker, freshman Jason Taylor II, safety, freshman Shaun Taylor, quarterback, freshman Samuela Tuihalamaka, defensive tackle, freshman Hunter Woodard, offensive lineman, freshman A.J. Wright, offensive lineman, freshman
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen now finds himself among the best of the best in NFL history. While the talented pass-catcher is well on his way to breaking some incredible records during the 2018 season, he’s now tied one which seemed unlikely to ever be touched. During the team’s Week 8 matchup with the New Orleans Saints, Thielen tied former Detroit Lions wideout Calvin Johnson for the most consecutive 100-yard receiving games. Courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info: Thielen needs just one more game to surpass Johnson’s record, but the Vikings will face a solid Detroit Lions secondary in Week 9. It’s a 1 p.m. EST kickoff which should have the attention of the entire NFL. Calvin Johnson’s Record-Breaking Year During the 2012 season in which Johnson reeled off eight straight games with at least 100 yards, it began in Week 9 when he totaled 129 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He topped the 200-yard mark twice over the stretch, once against the Vikings (207 yards) and again in the eighth game which came against the Atlanta Falcons (225 yards). Johnson’s streak was snapped on December 30 against the Chicago Bears when he caught 5-of-14 targets for 72 yards. His 2012 season wrapped up with the All-Pro totaling 122 catches for 1,964 yards and five touchdowns.
He fought through safety B.J. But being that Cornelius is about as reserved as Barry Sanders once upon a time, and seeing as how half the state wanted him relieved of his duties over the past two weeks, this felt a little like the embattled quarterback tearing off his Sanders-era throwback jersey and screaming, “Come get some!” No, coach Mike Gundy did not turn to Hawaii transfer Dru Brown on Saturday night. He did not bow to message board posters, talk show callers or what seemed like 95 percent of his fan base, whose wishes for a quarterback change after OSU’s listless loss at Kansas State two weeks ago morphed into demands as the Texas game crept closer. Maybe Cornelius did, too. So let’s start with the performance. Cornelius went 23-of-34 for 321 yards and three touchdowns through the air, his most impressive numbers since picking on Missouri State and South Alabama at the start of the season. As Wallace went up to snare a 17-yard completion on third-and-7 on OSU’s second scoring drive, Cornelius jumped, too. The Pokes needed 6 yards on third down, and Cornelius gave them 8. The Cowboys played like a team aware it was win or else. It ended with Cornelius, too, on a night he and his team absolutely had to have.
Skip Bayless, who is a Cowboys fan himself, has an idea for who the team should hire as its next head coach – whenever that day comes. It won’t shock you to hear who he’s suggesting. Bayless thinks that Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley would be a good fit. Bayless, for the record, is also an Oklahoma fan. Bayless seems to think that Riley’s creativity on offense suggests he’d be a good NFL coach. Every time I watch Lincoln Riley call plays, I see something I’ve never seen before. Wouldn’t mind seeing Lincoln Riley calling plays for the Dallas Cowboys. This year, they have lost just one game – to rival Texas. The Cowboys have a bye this week before taking on the Tennessee Titans next Sunday. Another loss will lead to more people calling for Garrett’s job.
With the Red Sox trailing 4-0 through six innings in Game 4 of the World Series, Chris Sale was fed up with the way the night was unfolding. He barked at his teammates, imploring them to get the bats going and ignite a rally. “We were slow, but once he started yelling, I think everybody kind of knew we needed to pick it up because he’s not going to yell for no reason.” Chris Sale motivated his teammates by screaming in the Red Sox dugout. And he also scared Rafael Devers. "It scared me a little bit because I had never seen him yell like that and the words that he was saying, I had never heard that come from him before," Devers said. — Christopher Smith (@SmittyOnMLB) October 28, 2018 LeVangie on Sale: ‘Ever been around somebody who’s angry and you don’t want to say anything or look at them? — Lou Merloni (@LouMerloni) October 28, 2018 Screaming at his teammates to pick it up “This is embarrassing”. Rafael Devers drove in Brock Holt in the ninth to push it to 5-4, then Pearce provided a bases-clearing double and Xander Bogaerts an RBI single to extend the lead to 9-4. Craig Kimbrel held on in the ninth, and the Red Sox won, 9-6, to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. red sox dugout doing their best impression of the new york city subway pic.twitter.com/nJA6rKY7r6 — joon (@joonlee) October 28, 2018 Ace & Hype Man 🗣 pic.twitter.com/4GbVHavMFw — Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) October 28, 2018