Cousins preps for home-state team as Vikings host Lions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Kirk Cousins and his family moved from Illinois to Michigan, his allegiance to the Bears was well-established.

Leaving Chicagoland, Cousins wondered aloud to his dad whether they’d be required to become fans of the Lions and the other Detroit-area teams.

“He said, ‘Kirk, you can take the boy out of Chicago. You can’t take Chicago out of the boy,'” Cousins recalled this week.

Loyal to the Bears they remained, but inside Michigan’s borders the Lions always received top TV billing. So Cousins moved through his teenage years and on to college at Michigan State with more than adequate coverage of the Lions, a clear familiarity that has only deepened now that Cousins has joined a different team in the NFC North in Minnesota.

The Vikings (4-3-1) will host the Lions (3-4) on Sunday, the first time Cousins, who’s second in the NFL with 2,521 passing yards, will face his home state’s squad as a division rival.

“I think with every game we play, I can point to something about the team or an opponent on the team or a coach or whatever it might be that makes you feel like you’re living a dream,” Cousins said, “and certainly going against the Detroit Lions is no different being that I grew up in that state.”

With the Bears (4-3) and Green Bay Packers (3-3-1) bunched in, too, this game will be the first of several in the second half of the season to shape a tight race.

“Division games count for two,” Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said. “You get the win, and they get the loss. They’re big games, and the more you can go and win those, whether on the road or at your place, the better. We have a big stretch of them coming up.”

Here are some other key angles to follow with the game:

MATCHING MEGATRON

Adam Thielen leads the NFL with 74 receptions and 925 yards for the Vikings. With at least 100 yards in each of the first eight games, Thielen has tied Lions legend Calvin Johnson for the longest streak in league history. Johnson’s run was in 2012, when he set the all-time NFL record with 1,964 yards.

As a football-loving kid living in Minnesota, Thielen naturally tried to emulate Cris Carter and Randy Moss. But Johnson was another star wide receiver he closely watched. Johnson, who retired after the 2015 season, wore No. 21 in college at Georgia Tech. So did Thielen at Detroit Lakes High School, not coincidentally.

“He could block, he could run short routes, he could run deep routes, and he’d catch everything,” Thielen said. “When people were draped all over him, he’d still make the plays. I just remember a lot of games where Stafford would just throw the ball up, and there’d be three guys on him and he’d still come down with the ball.”

With Stefon Diggs another dangerous option for Cousins, limiting Thielen has been even more of a challenge for opponents.

“We’re going to have a hard time trying to handle him,” coach Matt Patricia said. “He runs really good routes. He has great change of direction. He can get vertically very quick. He understands zone coverage — he can sit down and find the open space — and he has great hands. So definitely will be a big issue for us.”

GOLDEN’S GONE

Though Johnson caused the Vikings secondary plenty of problems over his nine years in the league, Golden Tate did his share of damage, too.

In the first four wins by the Lions over the Vikings since Zimmer was hired in 2014, twice in his first year and twice in 2016, Tate totaled 228 yards and two touchdowns on 30 catches while being targeted 38 times. That included his game-winning somersault into the end zone in overtime in Minnesota in 2016, after Vikings standouts Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith missed their attempts to tackle him.

Last season, the Vikings limited Tate to just seven receptions for 36 yards over their two matchups. Now he’s gone, having been traded to Philadelphia .

“I was surprised about that. He was their main guy on third downs. He was great with yards after the catch,” Rhodes said, adding: “It was one of those situations where you were like, ‘Oh, let me check MY phone.'”

GRIFFEN GETTING GOING

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who has 7½ sacks in eight games against the Lions since becoming a starter in 2014, made his season debut last week after missing five games to seek mental health treatment. Griffen played 37 of 53 snaps against New Orleans.

“My No. 1 goal is just to keep on going out there and knocking the rust off more and more each day, but I’m feeling good,” Griffen said.

GAME ON THE GROUND

After finishing last, third-to-last and last in the NFL in rushing over the previous three years, the Lions have revived their long-languishing ground game with the arrival of rookie Kerryon Johnson. With an average of nearly 110 yards per game, they’re 16th in the league this week.

“It’s mostly what the offensive line’s doing. No matter how good a running back is, he needs the offensive line, period,” Vikings defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said. “Ain’t too many Barry Sanders in the league.”

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The Latest: Peterson equals Riggins with 104 career rush TDs

The Latest on Week 11 in the NFL (all times EST):

2:10 p.m.

Current Redskins running back Adrian Peterson has pulled even with former Redskins RB John Riggins for the sixth-most rushing TDs in NFL history.

Peterson's 104th score on the ground came 46 seconds into the second quarter Sunday, cutting Washington's deficit

The Latest on Week 11 in the NFL (all times EST):

2:10 p.m.

Current Redskins running back Adrian Peterson has pulled even with former Redskins RB John Riggins for the sixth-most rushing TDs in NFL history.

Peterson’s 104th score on the ground came 46 seconds into the second quarter Sunday, cutting Washington’s deficit to 10-7 against the Houston Texans in a matchup of division leaders.

Next in Peterson’s sights is Jim Brown, who is fifth on the league’s list with 106 rushing touchdowns.

The record of 164 is held by Emmitt Smith.

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2:05 p.m.

New York Giants safety Landon Collins has been taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion in the second quarter of the game against Tampa Bay. He appeared to get hurt after failing to keep Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick out of the end zone on a fourth-down scramble on a broken play from the 1.

The Giants were leading 14-7 late in the first half.

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1:40 p.m.

One of Tennessee’s assistant coaches left the press box during the first quarter of Sunday’s game at Indianapolis.

It was unclear which coach it was or what happened. But emergency personnel were called to the coaches’ box after someone came out of the box and asked for assistance. The coach walked out under his own power but was asked to sit in the wheelchair so they could take him to a lower level for further examination.

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1:35 p.m.

Saquon Barkley has two touchdowns already for the New York Giants.

The star rookie caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to open the scoring for the Giants against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Barkley added a 5-yard scoring run to give New York a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. At 2-7 entering Sunday, the Giants are looking for back-to-back victories for the first time this year.

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1:15 p.m.

Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson is off and running in his first career start for the Baltimore Ravens.

Jackson took the field to cheers from the home fans on the Ravens’ opening series against the Cincinnati Bengals, then handed off to running back Alex Collins.

Jackson rushed for 12 yards on a keeper on his second play. He’s starting for Joe Flacco, who is out with a sore right hip.

The drive ended with a 7-yard touchdown run for Collins for a 7-0 lead. Jackson had 46 yards on the ground in the drive.

The Ravens are trying to snap a three-game losing streak.

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11 a.m.

So where are the Patriots, Bills, Jets and Dolphins this week?

On byes.

In a rarity for the NFL, the entire AFC East is off in Week 11. Also not playing this week are San Francisco (2-8) and Cleveland (3-6-1).

The Patriots (7-3) have a two-game lead over Miami (5-5) in a division New England has ruled seemingly forever. The Jets and Bills both are 3-7, far out of contention for the playoffs.

New England returns next Sunday at the Jets, while Miami is at Indianapolis and Buffalo hosts Jacksonville.

Only two teams remain without byes and they are among the NFL elite. Kansas City (9-1) plays at the Rams (9-1) on Monday night, a game moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles because of the poor field conditions at Azteca Stadium.

The Chiefs and Rams are off in Week 12.

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Browns GM: Team not discussed Condoleezza Rice as coach

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns' coaching search isn't quite ready to cross gender or diplomatic lines.

General manager John Dorsey, who opened the possibility of hiring a woman to be Cleveland's next coach, said Sunday that the team has not discussed former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a candidate to become the

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns’ coaching search isn’t quite ready to cross gender or diplomatic lines.

General manager John Dorsey, who opened the possibility of hiring a woman to be Cleveland’s next coach, said Sunday that the team has not discussed former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a candidate to become the club’s ninth coach since 1999.

ESPN, citing an anonymous league source, reported that the team would like to interview Rice, an ardent Browns fan since childhood, for its coaching job.

However, Dorsey said she is not on the team’s current list of candidates.

“Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a great leader, possesses the highest possible character and also happens to be a Browns fan,” Dorsey said.

“I have the utmost respect and admiration for all she’s accomplished and was honored to meet her for the first time earlier this season. Our coaching search will be thorough and deliberate, but we are still in the process of composing the list of candidates and Secretary Rice has not been discussed.”

Earlier this week, Dorsey said he would consider a wide-range of candidates.

“I just want the best possible head coach to move this thing forward regardless of age,” he said. “It could be a woman, too. I am serious. Who knows?”

The 64-year-old Rice would be an historic and outside-the-box candidate for the Browns, who fired Hue Jackson last month after he won just three games in two-plus seasons and went 0-16 in 2017.

There has never been a woman interviewed for a head coaching job in the NFL.

On her Facebook page, Rice professed her deep love for the Browns and said confidently, “I know they will hire an experienced coach to take us to the next level.”

“On a more serious note, I do hope that the NFL will start to bring women into the coaching profession as position coaches and eventually coordinators and head coaches,” she wrote. “One doesn’t have to play the game to understand it and motivate players. But experience counts — and it is time to develop a pool of experienced women coaches.

“BTW — I’m not ready to coach but I would like to call a play or two next season if the Browns need ideas! And at no time will I call for a “prevent defense.”

Rice’s last reference is common among die-hard Browns fans, who still bemoan then-coach Marty Schottenheimer’s decision to play soft coverage in the 1986 AFC championship game when Denver quarterback John Elway drove the Broncos 98 yards to a game-tying touchdown in the final seconds. “The Drive” as it’s known helped the Broncos beat the Browns 23-20 in overtime, denying Cleveland a trip to the Super Bowl.

Rice discussed her love for the team during a visit to the Browns’ headquarters in 2010. Her passion for the Browns dates to her early years in Alabama, where she and her father watched games together and cheered for Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown on teams coached by Paul Brown.

Rice has become increasingly involved in sports, serving on the College Football Playoff selection committee and chairing a commission on college basketball.

She served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2005-09.

Dorsey said interim coach Gregg Williams will be interviewed for the full-time position following the season.

The Browns have a bye this week and will face Cincinnati next Sunday, when they’ll have a reunion sorts with Jackson, who was hired by the Bengals as a special assistant to coach Marvin Lewis.

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The Latest: Titans assistant leaves box during Colts game

The Latest on Week 11 in the NFL (all times EST):

1:40 p.m.

One of Tennessee's assistant coaches left the press box during the first quarter of Sunday's game at Indianapolis.

It was unclear which coach it was or what happened. But emergency personnel were called to the coaches' box after someone came

The Latest on Week 11 in the NFL (all times EST):

1:40 p.m.

One of Tennessee’s assistant coaches left the press box during the first quarter of Sunday’s game at Indianapolis.

It was unclear which coach it was or what happened. But emergency personnel were called to the coaches’ box after someone came out of the box and asked for assistance. The coach walked out under his own power but was asked to sit in the wheelchair so they could take him to a lower level for further examination.

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1:35 p.m.

Saquon Barkley has two touchdowns already for the New York Giants.

The star rookie caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to open the scoring for the Giants against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Barkley added a 5-yard scoring run to give New York a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. At 2-7 entering Sunday, the Giants are looking for back-to-back victories for the first time this year.

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1:15 p.m.

Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson is off and running in his first career start for the Baltimore Ravens.

Jackson took the field to cheers from the home fans on the Ravens’ opening series against the Cincinnati Bengals, then handed off to running back Alex Collins.

Jackson rushed for 12 yards on a keeper on his second play. He’s starting for Joe Flacco, who is out with a sore right hip.

The drive ended with a 7-yard touchdown run for Collins for a 7-0 lead. Jackson had 46 yards on the ground in the drive.

The Ravens are trying to snap a three-game losing streak.

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11 a.m.

So where are the Patriots, Bills, Jets and Dolphins this week?

On byes.

In a rarity for the NFL, the entire AFC East is off in Week 11. Also not playing this week are San Francisco (2-8) and Cleveland (3-6-1).

The Patriots (7-3) have a two-game lead over Miami (5-5) in a division New England has ruled seemingly forever. The Jets and Bills both are 3-7, far out of contention for the playoffs.

New England returns next Sunday at the Jets, while Miami is at Indianapolis and Buffalo hosts Jacksonville.

Only two teams remain without byes and they are among the NFL elite. Kansas City (9-1) plays at the Rams (9-1) on Monday night, a game moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles because of the poor field conditions at Azteca Stadium.

The Chiefs and Rams are off in Week 12.

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The Latest: Ravens QB Jackson off and running in 1st start

The Latest on Week 11 in the NFL (all times EST):

1:15 p.m.

Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson is off and running in his first career start for the Baltimore Ravens.

Jackson took the field to cheers from the home fans on the Ravens' opening series against the Cincinnati Bengals, then handed off to

The Latest on Week 11 in the NFL (all times EST):

1:15 p.m.

Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson is off and running in his first career start for the Baltimore Ravens.

Jackson took the field to cheers from the home fans on the Ravens’ opening series against the Cincinnati Bengals, then handed off to running back Alex Collins.

Jackson rushed for 12 yards on a keeper on his second play. He’s starting for Joe Flacco, who is out with a sore right hip.

The drive ended with a 7-yard touchdown run for Collins for a 7-0 lead. Jackson had 46 yards on the ground in the drive.

The Ravens are trying to snap a three-game losing streak.

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11 a.m.

So where are the Patriots, Bills, Jets and Dolphins this week?

On byes.

In a rarity for the NFL, the entire AFC East is off in Week 11. Also not playing this week are San Francisco (2-8) and Cleveland (3-6-1).

The Patriots (7-3) have a two-game lead over Miami (5-5) in a division New England has ruled seemingly forever. The Jets and Bills both are 3-7, far out of contention for the playoffs.

New England returns next Sunday at the Jets, while Miami is at Indianapolis and Buffalo hosts Jacksonville.

Only two teams remain without byes and they are among the NFL elite. Kansas City (9-1) plays at the Rams (9-1) on Monday night, a game moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles because of the poor field conditions at Azteca Stadium.

The Chiefs and Rams are off in Week 12.

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Browns not discussed Condoleezza Rice as coaching candidate

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns general manager John Dorsey says the team has not discussed former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a candidate for its coaching vacancy.

Rice is an avid Browns fan and has visited the team's headquarters on numerous occasions in recent years. On Sunday, Dorsey issued a statement praising Rice

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns general manager John Dorsey says the team has not discussed former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a candidate for its coaching vacancy.

Rice is an avid Browns fan and has visited the team’s headquarters on numerous occasions in recent years. On Sunday, Dorsey issued a statement praising Rice as a “great leader” and said he has “the utmost respect and admiration for all she’s accomplished.”

Dorsey said the team is in the process of composing a list of candidates “and Secretary Rice has not been discussed.”

ESPN had reported that the team would like to interview Rice for its coaching job.

Earlier this week, Dorsey said he was open to hiring a woman as Cleveland’s ninth head coach since 1999.

The Browns fired Hue Jackson last month after he won just three games in two-plus seasons. Dorsey said interim coach Gregg Williams will be interviewed for the full-time position.

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Ravens rookie QB Jackson poised to start with Flacco out

Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson is poised to make his first career NFL start with Joe Flacco out when Baltimore hosts the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Flacco, a 11-year veteran, is inactive with a right hip injury, so coach John Harbaugh turned to Jackson over Robert Griffin III to start as the Ravens

Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson is poised to make his first career NFL start with Joe Flacco out when Baltimore hosts the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Flacco, a 11-year veteran, is inactive with a right hip injury, so coach John Harbaugh turned to Jackson over Robert Griffin III to start as the Ravens try to snap a three-game losing streak.

The Bengals ruled out A.J. Green after changing his status late in the week from out to doubtful. The star receiver will be sidelined with a toe injury.

In Atlanta, three starting offensive linemen for the Dallas Cowboys are active for the game against the Falcons: Connor Williams (knee), Zack Martin (knee) and Tyron Smith (back spasms).

As expected for the Falcons, kicker Matt Bryant is returning after missing the past three games with a sore right hamstring. But linebacker Deion Jones is inactive after returning to the active roster this week. Jones spent two months on injured reserve with a broken right foot and could return for Thursday night’s game against the Saints.

In Washington, the banged-up Redskins will face the Houston Texans without wide receiver Jamison Crowder for a sixth consecutive game with an ankle injury. Left tackle Trent Williams, who was trying to gut it out after surgery for a dislocated right thumb, won’t play.

In Detroit, Lions defensive linemen Ezekiel Ansah and Damon Harrison are active after both were listed as questionable with shoulder injuries for the game against the Carolina Panthers.

Receiver Bruce Ellington is making his debut with the Lions, filling in for injured receiver Marvin Jones, who was already ruled out with a knee injury. Detroit had also already ruled out tight end Michael Roberts (shoulder) and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson (ankle).

Carolina previously ruled out receiver Torrey Smith (knee) and rookie D.J. Moore is expected to start in his place.

In Indianapolis, Mike Mitchell will start at safety against the Tennessee Titans in place of Malik Hooker (hip/illness), who was ruled out on Saturday.

In Jacksonville, cornerback A.J. Bouye is starting against the Pittsburgh Steelers after missing the past two games with calf injury.

Here are the inactives for Sunday’s early games:

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HOUSTON-WASHINGTON

Texans: CB Aaron Colvin, LB Zach Cunningham, LB Duke Ejiofor, WR Vyncent Smith, CB Deante Burton, DE Carlos Watkins, DE Joel Heath

Redskins: WR Jamison Crowder, CB Quinton Dunbar, RB Chris Thompson, RB Samaje Perine, LT Trent Williams (thumb), DL Caleb Brantley, LB Pernell McPhee

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TAMPA BAY-N.Y. GIANTS

Bucs: LB Lavonte David, S Justin Evans, RB Ronald Jones, CB M.J. Stewart, DE Vinny Curry, OL Alex Cappa, QB Ryan Griffin

Giants: QB Kyle Lauletta, DB Tony Lippett, S Kamrin Moore, DT RJ McIntosh, C Evan Brown, WR Jawill Davis, DT John Jenkins

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CINCINNATI-BALTIMORE

Bengals: WR A.J. Green, CB KeiVarae Russell, LB Preston Brown, LB Nick Vigil, OT Cedric Ogbuehi, WR Josh Malone, DT Adolphus Washington

Ravens: QB Joe Flacco, OT James Hurst, LB Tim Williams, WR Jordan Lasley, TE Maxx Williams, OL Hroniss Grasu, DL Zach Siele

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DALLAS-ATLANTA

Cowboys: LB Sean Lee, QB Mike White, WR Tavon Austin, DT Daniel Ross, DE David Irving, DE Taco Charlton, DT Antwaun Woods.

Falcons: K Giorgio Tavecchio, FB Ricky Ortiz, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, LB Deion Jones, S Keith Tandy, DE Steven Means, T Matt Gono.

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TENNESSEE-INDIANAPOLIS

Titans: WR Taywan Taylor, LB Will Compton, RB David Fluellen, CB Kenneth Durden, G Aaron Stinnie, T Tyler Marz, DL Matt Dickerson

Colts: OL Denzelle Good, CB Nate Hairston, TE Ryan Hewitt, S Malik Hooker, CB D.J. Killiings, DL Hassan Ridgeway, TE Erik Swoope

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CAROLINA-DETROIT

Panthers: WR Torrey Smith, RB Kenjon Barner, RB Travaris Cadet, LB Andre Smith, OG Brendan Mahon, OG Amini Silatolu, DE Efe Obada

Lions: WR Marvin Jones, TE Michael Roberts, DT A’Shawn Robinson, WR Brandon Powell, LB Kelvin Sheppard, DE Eric Lee, OL Andrew Donnal

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PITTSBURGH-JACKSONVILLE

Steelers: QB Mason Rudolph, WR Justin Hunter, S Marcus Allen, CB Brian Allen, OT Zach Banner, OT Marcus Gilberg, DE Stephon Truitt

Jaguars: QB Landry Jones, WR Rashad Greene Sr., RB Dave Williams, CB Quenton Meeks, LB Martrell Spaight, DT Eli Ankou, OL Josh Walker

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Where’s the AFC East? All 4 teams idle in Week 11

So where are the Patriots, Bills, Jets and Dolphins this week?

On byes.

In a rarity for the NFL, the entire AFC East is off in Week 11. Also not playing this week are San Francisco (2-8) and Cleveland (3-6-1).

The Patriots (7-3) have a two-game lead over Miami (5-5) in a division

So where are the Patriots, Bills, Jets and Dolphins this week?

On byes.

In a rarity for the NFL, the entire AFC East is off in Week 11. Also not playing this week are San Francisco (2-8) and Cleveland (3-6-1).

The Patriots (7-3) have a two-game lead over Miami (5-5) in a division New England has ruled seemingly forever. The Jets and Bills both are 3-7, far out of contention for the playoffs.

New England returns next Sunday at the Jets, while Miami is at Indianapolis and Buffalo hosts Jacksonville.

Only two teams remain without byes and they are among the NFL elite. Kansas City (9-1) plays at the Rams (9-1) on Monday night, a game moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles because of the poor field conditions at Azteca Stadium.

The Chiefs and Rams are off in Week 12.

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Week 12

Yard Rush Pass
Kansas City 4231 1176 3055
Pittsburgh 3779 951 2828
New England 3772 1085 2687
Cleveland 3554 1332 2222
L.A. Chargers 3529 1144 2385
Indianapolis 3418 1022 2396
Denver 3394 1140 2254

Yard Rush Pass
Kansas City 4231 1176 3055
Pittsburgh 3779 951 2828
New England 3772 1085 2687
Cleveland 3554 1332 2222
L.A. Chargers 3529 1144 2385
Indianapolis 3418 1022 2396
Denver 3394 1140 2254
Houston 3322 1082 2240
Baltimore 3299 834 2465
Jacksonville 3235 851 2384
Oakland 3147 874 2273
Miami 3136 1059 2077
Cincinnati 3038 852 2186
N.Y. Jets 2994 1073 1921
Tennessee 2691 1030 1661
Buffalo 2686 1088 1598
DEFENSE
Yard Rush Pass
Baltimore 2745 898 1847
Jacksonville 2872 1067 1805
Tennessee 2952 898 2054
Buffalo 3022 998 2024
Pittsburgh 3025 817 2208
Houston 3027 836 2191
L.A. Chargers 3209 1013 2196
Denver 3276 1184 2092
Indianapolis 3386 970 2416
Oakland 3592 1269 2323
N.Y. Jets 3616 1195 2421
New England 3814 1111 2703
Miami 3923 1420 2503
Cincinnati 4091 1271 2820
Kansas City 4107 1217 2890
Cleveland 4197 1321 2876
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
OFFENSE
Yard Rush Pass
L.A. Rams 4480 1448 3032
Tampa Bay 4075 824 3251
Green Bay 3988 1088 2900
New Orleans 3725 1141 2584
Atlanta 3680 808 2872
San Francisco 3565 1336 2229
Seattle 3511 1543 1968
Minnesota 3369 825 2544
Philadelphia 3356 924 2432
Chicago 3271 1081 2190
Carolina 3215 1246 1969
Detroit 3128 910 2218
N.Y. Giants 3103 720 2383
Washington 3037 1091 1946
Dallas 2947 1201 1746
Arizona 2126 634 1492
DEFENSE
Yard Rush Pass
Chicago 2876 756 2120
Minnesota 2900 800 2100
Dallas 2957 870 2087
Carolina 3215 891 2324
Philadelphia 3233 841 2392
Washington 3249 818 2431
Detroit 3259 1194 2065
Arizona 3272 1263 2009
N.Y. Giants 3305 1103 2202
New Orleans 3386 721 2665
San Francisco 3442 1022 2420
Seattle 3481 1115 2366
Green Bay 3491 1261 2230
L.A. Rams 3552 1221 2331
Tampa Bay 3600 973 2627
Atlanta 3729 1079 2650
AVERAGE PER GAME
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
OFFENSE
Yards Rush Pass
Kansas City 423.1 117.6 305.5
Pittsburgh 419.9 105.7 314.2
L.A. Chargers 392.1 127.1 265.0
Indianapolis 379.8 113.6 266.2
New England 377.2 108.5 268.7
Denver 377.1 126.7 250.4
Houston 369.1 120.2 248.9
Baltimore 366.6 92.7 273.9
Jacksonville 359.4 94.6 264.9
Cleveland 355.4 133.2 222.2
Oakland 349.7 97.1 252.6
Cincinnati 337.6 94.7 242.9
Miami 313.6 105.9 207.7
N.Y. Jets 299.4 107.3 192.1
Tennessee 299.0 114.4 184.6
Buffalo 268.6 108.8 159.8
DEFENSE
Yards Rush Pass
Buffalo 302.2 99.8 202.4
Baltimore 305.0 99.8 205.2
Jacksonville 319.1 118.6 200.6
Tennessee 328.0 99.8 228.2
Pittsburgh 336.1 90.8 245.3
Houston 336.3 92.9 243.4
L.A. Chargers 356.6 112.6 244.0
N.Y. Jets 361.6 119.5 242.1
Denver 364.0 131.6 232.4
Indianapolis 376.2 107.8 268.4
New England 381.4 111.1 270.3
Miami 392.3 142.0 250.3
Oakland 399.1 141.0 258.1
Kansas City 410.7 121.7 289.0
Cleveland 419.7 132.1 287.6
Cincinnati 454.6 141.2 313.3
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
OFFENSE
Yards Rush Pass
Tampa Bay 452.8 91.6 361.2
L.A. Rams 448.0 144.8 303.2
New Orleans 413.9 126.8 287.1
Atlanta 408.9 89.8 319.1
Green Bay 398.8 108.8 290.0
Minnesota 374.3 91.7 282.7
Philadelphia 372.9 102.7 270.2
Chicago 363.4 120.1 243.3
Carolina 357.2 138.4 218.8
San Francisco 356.5 133.6 222.9
Seattle 351.1 154.3 196.8
Detroit 347.6 101.1 246.4
N.Y. Giants 344.8 80.0 264.8
Washington 337.4 121.2 216.2
Dallas 327.4 133.4 194.0
Arizona 236.2 70.4 165.8
DEFENSE
Yards Rush Pass
Chicago 319.6 84.0 235.6
Minnesota 322.2 88.9 233.3
Dallas 328.6 96.7 231.9
San Francisco 344.2 102.2 242.0
Seattle 348.1 111.5 236.6
Green Bay 349.1 126.1 223.0
L.A. Rams 355.2 122.1 233.1
Carolina 357.2 99.0 258.2
Philadelphia 359.2 93.4 265.8
Washington 361.0 90.9 270.1
Detroit 362.1 132.7 229.4
Arizona 363.6 140.3 223.2
N.Y. Giants 367.2 122.6 244.7
New Orleans 376.2 80.1 296.1
Tampa Bay 400.0 108.1 291.9
Atlanta 414.3 119.9 294.4

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Reports: Ravens expect QB Jackson to start for Flacco (hip)

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Reports: Ravens expect QB Jackson to start for Flacco (hip)

On the eve of a pivotal game with major playoff implications, the Baltimore Ravens expect starting quarterback Joe Flacco to be sidelined on Sunday because of an injured hip, a source told ESPN Saturday night.

If the 33-year-old Flacco, listed as doubtful on the Ravens’ Friday injury report, does not play, the team reportedly plans to hand rookie Lamar Jackson his first career start against the Cincinnati Bengals in Baltimore.

A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Flacco’s hip injury will not require surgery and that the longtime starter would likely also miss next week’s game against Oakland before a likely return.

Flacco didn’t practice all week because of the hip injury, while Jackson returned to practice on Friday after sitting out a day due to illness. Robert Griffin III took all the practice snaps on Thursday.

The quarterback drama comes at a time when the Ravens (4-5) have lost three straight games and four of their last five. The Bengals are 5-4 and defeated the Ravens in Week 2 in Cincinnati.

Jackson, the Ravens’ first-round pick, was removed from the injury report after practicing on Friday. He is 7-of-12 passing for 87 yards and one touchdown and could be in line for his first NFL start.

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NFL notebook: Fines handed out after Rams-Seahawks incidents

NFL notebook: Fines handed out after Rams-Seahawks incidents

NFL notebook: Fines handed out after Rams-Seahawks incidents

The NFL has fined Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt for an incident in last Sunday’s game.

According to reports Saturday, Britt was fined $20,054 for shoving Donald after the defender was clearly out of bounds as he returned the ball following a fumble recovery.

Donald was fined a total of $23,395 for two different incidents — $10,026 for grabbing Britt’s facemask during the same fourth-quarter sequence and $13,369 for confronting Britt after the game.

Fellow Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $20,054 for a hit on Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

–Quarterback Nathan Peterman worked out with the Detroit Lions, ESPN’s Field Yates reported.

It was his first workout since being released by the Buffalo Bills on Monday, Yates said. On the season, Peterman appeared in four games, threw seven interceptions and one touchdown pass, compiling an NFL-worst 30.7 passer rating.

The Lions’ quarterback roster consists of starter Matthew Stafford and veteran backup Matt Cassel, with former Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock on the practice squad.

–The Philadelphia Eagles placed cornerback Ronald Darby on injured reserve and promoted cornerback De’Vante Bausby to the active roster from the practice squad.

Darby suffered a season-ending tear of the ACL in his right knee during last Sunday night’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Bausby played in four games for the Chicago Bears in 2016, but Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints will mark his first time as active for the Eagles.

Philadelphia will also be without cornerback Jalen Mills (foot) against New Orleans, thought cornerback Sidney Jones (hamstring) is expected to play after missing the previous three games.

–The Chicago Bears have activated tight end Adam Shaheen from injured reserve. He will be eligible to play Sunday night when the Bears host NFC North rival Minnesota.

Shaheen, a second-round draft selection in 2017, played in 13 games as a rookie and had 12 receptions for 127 yards and three touchdowns. He sustained an ankle injury in the preseason and hasn’t played in the regular season.

–Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered last weekend and no additional damage was found, head coach Sean McVay told reporters.

In his absence, Josh Reynolds and Nick Williams are expected to see more playing time, as could Pharoh Cooper, for the Rams (9-1).

–NFL.com reported Panthers safety Eric Reid was fined $10,026 for his diving hit to the head of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a week ago Thursday. He was ejected on the play.

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NFL fines Rams DT Donald, Seahawks C Britt

NFL fines Rams DT Donald, Seahawks C Britt

NFL fines Rams DT Donald, Seahawks C Britt

The NFL has issued fines to Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt for an incident in last Sunday’s game.

Britt was fined $20,054 for shoving Donald after the defender was clearly out of bounds.

Donald was fined a total of $23,395 for his retaliation — $10,026 for grabbing Britt’s facemask during the same fourth-quarter sequence and $13,369 for confronting Britt after the game.

“That’s the past so we’re moving on,” Donald said Friday. “I just gotta control my temper. I just gotta be better.”

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Report: Peterman works out with Lions

Report: Peterman works out with Lions

Quarterback Nathan

Report: Peterman works out with Lions

Quarterback Nathan Peterman worked out Saturday with the Detroit Lions, ESPN’s Field Yates reported.

It was his first workout since being released by the Buffalo Bills on Monday, Yates said. On the season, Peterman appeared in four games, threw seven interceptions and one touchdown pass, and he also had an NFL-worst 30.7 passer rating.

In eight career games, Peterman, 24, has a completion percentage of 52.3 percent (68-of-130), with three touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

The Lions’ quarterback roster consists of starter Matthew Stafford and veteran backup Matt Cassel, with former Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock on the practice squad.

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Bears activate TE Shaheen from IR

Bears activate TE Shaheen from IR

Bears activate TE Shaheen from IR

The Chicago Bears have activated tight end Adam Shaheen from injured reserve.

He will be eligible to play Sunday night when the Bears host NFC North rival Minnesota.

Shaheen, a second-round draft selection in 2017, played in 13 games as a rookie and had 12 receptions for 127 yards and three touchdowns. He sustained an ankle injury in the preseason and hasn’t played in the regular season.

He replaces tight end Dion Sims on the roster. Sims is headed to injured reserve with a concussion.

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Eagles place Darby on IR, promote Bausby

Eagles place Darby on IR, promote Bausby

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Eagles place Darby on IR, promote Bausby

The Philadelphia Eagles placed cornerback Ronald Darby on injured reserve on Saturday and promoted cornerback De’Vante Bausby to the active roster from the practice squad, the team announced.

Darby suffered a season-ending tear of the ACL in his right knee during last Sunday night’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Bausby played in four games for the Chicago Bears in 2016 but Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints will mark his first time as active for the Eagles.

Bausby initially joined the Philadelphia practice squad on Sept. 2, 2017, but was released nine days later. The Eagles again signed him to the practice squad on Nov. 5 and re-signed him for 2018 after the season.

In addition to Darby, Philadelphia will be missing cornerback Jalen Mills (foot) against New Orleans. But cornerback Sidney Jones (hamstring) is expected to play after missing the previous three games.

Darby had 43 tackles and one interception in nine games this season.

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Rams’ McVay says Kupp’s surgery successful

Rams' McVay says Kupp's surgery successful

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Rams’ McVay says Kupp’s surgery successful

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL and no additional damage was found, head coach Sean McVay told reporters Friday.

He suffered the injury in Week 10 against Seattle.

“It went really well,” McVay said of the surgery. “He called right afterwards and he was in great spirits. I know if anybody is going to attack the rehab process the right way, it’s going to be Cooper Kupp. Fortunately, some of the things when you do get in there, none of the other things that sometimes can delay that rehab process were affected. It was a clean surgery, did a good job repairing that and we expect him to be able to make a good recovery. Looking forward to getting him back.”

In his absence, Josh Reynolds and Nick Williams are expected to see more playing time, as could Pharoh Cooper, for the Rams (9-1).

On the season, Kupp has caught 40 passes for 566 yards and six touchdowns.

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Colts G Nelson fined for viral block

Colts G Nelson fined for viral block

Colts G Nelson fined for viral block

Indianapolis Colts rookie guard Quenton Nelson was fined on Friday for a violent block in Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, a play that went viral this week on social media.

The NFL fined Nelson $26,739 for lowering his helmet on safety Barry Church, who was decleated by Nelson as he pulled to lead running back Marlon Mack. Nelson said he was surprised by the fine, especially considering it arrived five days after the hit and he wasn’t penalized on the play. He added he doesn’t agree with the fine and he is reportedly appealing it.

The video went viral after the Colts posted it on Twitter with audio of Nelson screaming — which was taken from a different part of the game — playing during the block on Church. The team has since deleted the tweet.

“I saw it got pretty viral on the internet, which was cool,” Nelson told reporters Tuesday. “…Yeah, I wasn’t yelling, not on that play. I don’t know how it got amped up like that.”

The league has thrown very few flags related to its new “lowering the helmet” rule this season, but ESPN reported two weeks ago that approach is by design, and players have been fined after the fact for such hits and given a warning about future violations.

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Bears activate Shaheen, place Sims on injured reserve

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears have activated Adam Shaheen from injured reserve and placed fellow tight end Dion Sims on IR.

The 6-foot-6 Shaheen has missed the first nine games because of a foot injury. A second-round draft pick from Division II Ashland in 2017, he caught 12 passes for 127 yards

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears have activated Adam Shaheen from injured reserve and placed fellow tight end Dion Sims on IR.

The 6-foot-6 Shaheen has missed the first nine games because of a foot injury. A second-round draft pick from Division II Ashland in 2017, he caught 12 passes for 127 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie.

Sims (concussion) sat out Chicago’s win over Detroit last weekend.

Chicago announced the moves on Saturday. The NFC North-leading Bears (6-3) host the second-place Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) on Sunday night.

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Rams’ Aaron Donald fined $23,395 by the NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been fined $23,395 by the NFL.

Donald was fined $10,026 for unnecessary roughness and $13,369 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Donald got into a scuffle on the sideline with Justin Britt in the fourth quarter of the Rams' win over Seattle last Sunday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has been fined $23,395 by the NFL.

Donald was fined $10,026 for unnecessary roughness and $13,369 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Donald got into a scuffle on the sideline with Justin Britt in the fourth quarter of the Rams’ win over Seattle last Sunday. The first fine was for a facemask against Britt and the second was for his conduct after the game when he put his helmet on as he tried to confront Britt on the field.

Britt was fined $20,054 for unnecessary roughness for his late hit on Donald when he was out of bounds after a whistle.

Two of Donald’s defensive teammates also were fined. Ndamukong Suh was fined $20,054 for his hit on Seattle’s Russell Wilson and Dante Fowler was docked $10,026 for unnecessary roughness.

Also fined was Oakland’s Johnathan Hankins for $20,054 for his hit on the Chargers’ Philip Rivers in the fourth quarter on Sunday. The Chargers’ Adrian Phillips was fined $10,026 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Panthers safety Eric Reid was fined $10,026 for unnecessary roughness for his hit on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Reid was ejected for his hit in the third quarter of the Steelers’ win. Reid’s teammate, Vernon Butler, was also fined $10,026 for unnecessary roughness.

Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree was fined $26,739 for unnecessary roughness and his teammate Nate Stupar was fined $10,026 for unnecessary roughness.

And Packers wide receiver Davante Adams was fined $10,026 for a crack-back block in Green Bay’s win over Miami.

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Lions add WR Andy Jones to add depth without WR Marvin Jones

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have promoted wide receiver Andy Jones from the practice squad.

Detroit made the move because it will be without injured receiver Marvin Jones on Sunday at home against the Carolina Panthers .

Andy Jones was previously activated in Week 9 and played against the Minnesota

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have promoted wide receiver Andy Jones from the practice squad.

Detroit made the move because it will be without injured receiver Marvin Jones on Sunday at home against the Carolina Panthers .

Andy Jones was previously activated in Week 9 and played against the Minnesota Vikings. He has been on practice squads with the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys.

The Lions also signed linebacker Nicholas Grigsby to the practice squad on Saturday.

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NFL notebook: Flacco doubtful vs. Bengals

NFL notebook: Flacco doubtful vs. Bengals

Joe Flacco was listed as

NFL notebook: Flacco doubtful vs. Bengals

Joe Flacco was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report as the Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback mystery continues, two days prior to Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Flacco didn’t practice all week because of a hip injury, while rookie Lamar Jackson returned to practice on Friday after sitting out a day due to illness. Robert Griffin III took all the practice snaps on Thursday.

“There will be a quarterback starting. I can guarantee that,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters, partly in jest. “And, every play, there will be at least one quarterback on the field.”

Harbaugh said Flacco could play despite not practicing.

–Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham has a broken thumb, multiple outlets reported.

Graham had the thumb examined on Friday to determine the extent of his injury. The 31-year-old left Thursday’s 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the second half after making one catch for 13 yards.

The Packers haven’t confirmed the injury or released a timetable for his return.

–Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa is expected to be a game-day decision on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

Bosa, who has missed the entire season with a foot injury, was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report. He returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since training camp.

Tight end Antonio Gates (knee) also is listed as questionable. Cornerback Trevor Williams (knee) will miss the game.

–Denver Broncos left guard Max Garcia will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL in Thursday’s practice, head coach Vance Joseph confirmed.

Garcia didn’t miss a rep Thursday, but he was taken for an MRI after feeling discomfort in the knee afterward.

“It was really weird,” Joseph said. “I watched practice from the last play back to the first play, and he didn’t miss a down. The play he was injured on, I saw it. It was kind of a slip. It was no big deal.”

–Suspended linebacker Mychal Kendricks has rejoined the Seattle Seahawks, coach Pete Carroll told reporters.

Kendricks, 28, will practice next week but cannot play until Dec. 10 against Minnesota.

As a result of his guilty plea to federal insider trading changes, the league suspended Kendricks for eight games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. He faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 24.

–Philadelphia defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan could play for the first time this season on Sunday when the Eagles take on the New Orleans Saints.

“Still optimistic, we’ve got to get through today and tomorrow obviously with him and see where he’s at,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. “It’s just a matter of day-by-day and getting through the practice and seeing where he’s at.”

Jernigan returned to practice last week for the first time since having surgery in April to repair a herniated disc in his back.

–Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones (foot) will not play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, despite being activated from injured reserve earlier this week.

Head coach Dan Quinn said Jones, who hasn’t played since Week 1, is close but not yet ready to play. Kicker Matt Bryant (hamstring) will play for the first time since Week 6.

–The Detroit Lions will be without wideout Marvin Jones (knee) and tight end Michael Roberts (shoulder) against the Carolina Panthers.

Jones did not practice this week after sustaining a bone bruise in his knee on Sunday. Cornerback Darius Slay (knee) is expected to play.

–Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams is questionable to face the Houston Texans as he recovers from surgery to repair a dislocated thumb.

Also questionable is kicker Dustin Hopkins (groin). Running back Chris Thompson (ribs) and wideout Jamison Crowder (ankle) remain out after not practicing all week.

–The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without linebacker Lavonte David (knee), defensive end Vinny Curry (ankle), running back Ronald Jones (hamstring) and defensive backs Justin Evans (toe) and M.J. Stewart (foot) against the New York Giants.

Curry and Jones practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday, while none of the others practiced this week.

–The Cincinnati Bengals placed tight end Tyler Kroft on injured reserve and signed linebacker Brandon Bell off the practice squad.

Kroft, who has four catches for 36 yards in five games (two starts) this year, hasn’t played since hurting his foot in Week 5. Cincinnati is already without Tyler Eifert for the season.

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