Dallas Cowboys Rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott Leads Pro Bowl Voting By Fans

Dec 6, 2016

DALLAS COWBOYS ROOKIE RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT

LEADS PRO BOWL VOTING BY FANS

— All-Stars to be announced on Pro Bowl Selection Show on

NFL Network on Tuesday, December 20 —

Dallas Cowboys rookie running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, with 681,361 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2017 Pro Bowl, NFL.com announced today.

Dallas rookie quarterback DAK PRESCOTT (607,621 votes) ranks second overall, while New England Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY (519,210 votes), Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver

ANTONIO BROWN (508,913 votes) and Oakland Raiders quarterback DEREK CARR (500,770 votes) round out the top five.

Fan voting for the 2017 Pro Bowl will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at www.NFL.com/probowlvote until Tuesday, December 13. See official rules on how to vote at www.NFL.com/probowlvoterules.com. Fans may also vote for who they want to see on the 2017 Pro Bowl roster via social media by using #ProBowlVote and the player’s first and last name on Twitter and Instagram. On Facebook, fans may comment on any official Pro Bowl Vote post by the NFL or a club.

The Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 16. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

The Pro Bowl players will be announced on Tuesday, December 20 in a live primetime special on NFL Network.

The game will be played on Sunday, January 29, 2017 and simulcast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.  Fans may visit NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale to purchase game tickets.

The 2017 Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format following three years using a revised, “unconferenced” structure.

NFL ALL-STAR TOP-TEN VOTE-GETTERS

POS.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

RB

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas 681,361

QB

Dak Prescott, Dallas 607,621

QB

Tom Brady, New England 519,210

WR

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 508,913

QB

Derek Carr, Oakland 500,770

QB

Matt Ryan, Atlanta 455,264

WR

Julio Jones, Atlanta 438,112

WR

Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants 429,728

RB

David Johnson, Arizona 405,436

QB

Drew Brees, New Orleans 403,802

 

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

QB

AFC Tom Brady, New England 519,210

DE

AFC Khalil Mack, Oakland 279,466

QB

NFC Dak Prescott, Dallas 607,621

DE

NFC Cliff Avril, Seattle 244,999

RB

AFC DeMarco Murray, Tennessee 365,207

DT

AFC Ndamukong Suh, Miami 184,749

RB

NFC Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas 681,361

DT

NFC Aaron Donald, Los Angeles 178,222

FB

AFC Jamize Olawale, Oakland 169,509

OLB

AFC Von Miller, Denver 238,755

FB

NFC John Kuhn, New Orleans 198,442

OLB

NFC Sean Lee, Dallas 166,579

WR

AFC Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 508,913

ILB

AFC Zach Brown, Buffalo 106,464

WR

NFC Julio Jones, Atlanta 438,112

ILB

NFC Luke Kuechly, Carolina 230,068

TE

AFC Martellus Bennett, New England 185,749

CB

AFC Marcus Peters, Kansas City 208,577

TE

NFC Greg Olsen, Carolina 325,659

CB

NFC Richard Sherman, Seattle 245,637

T

AFC Donald Penn, Oakland 118,863

SS

AFC Eric Berry, Kansas City 104,844

T

NFC Tyron Smith, Dallas 252,590

SS

NFC Kam Chancellor, Seattle 145,163

G

AFC Kelechi Osemele, Oakland 118,666

FS

AFC Reggie Nelson, Oakland 82,819

G

NFC Josh Sitton, Chicago 233,416

FS

NFC Earl Thomas, Seattle 144,891

C

AFC Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 128,053

P

AFC Marquette King, Oakland 138,640

C

NFC Travis Frederick, Dallas 249,976

P

NFC Chris Jones, Dallas 70,331

K

AFC Justin Tucker, Baltimore 128,682

ST

AFC Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo 68,677

K

NFC Dan Bailey, Dallas 130,954

ST

NFC Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota 102,116

RS

AFC Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 90,568

     

RS

NFC Tyler Lockett, Seattle 83,720

     
*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters only
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​LAS LUCHAS POR CLASIFICAR SE CALIENTAN CUANDO LA TEMPORADA DE LA NFL INGRESA EN DICIEMBRE

Dec 1, 2016

LAS LUCHAS POR CLASIFICAR SE CALIENTAN CUANDO LA TEMPORADA DE LA NFL INGRESA EN DICIEMBRE

Cuando el calendario da una vuelta la página hacia diciembre, el panorama para la postemporada de la NFL está empezando a tomar forma. Con cinco semanas por jugarse en la temporada regular, hay actualmente 24 equipos dentro o a dos partidos de conseguir una plaza en la postemporada.

A lo largo de las últimas cinco temporadas, los Carolina Panthers (19-5, .792) y los Seattle Seahawks (19-5, .792) ostentan la mejor marca en el mes final, que también incluye juegos de temporada regular disputados en enero. Los New England Patriots (18-6, .750) lideran la AFC.

EQUIPO TRIUNFOS DERROTAS %
Carolina Panthers 19 5 .792
Seattle Seahawks 19 5 .792
New England Patriots 18 6 .750
Green Bay Packers 17 6 .739
Pittsburgh Steelers 17 6 .739

“Los juegos de diciembre son los más importantes de la temporada regular por lejos”, dice el analista de NFL Network y ex entrenador en jefe de la NFL STEVE MARIUCCI. “Es extremadamente importante ganar en diciembre y hacerse un camino hacia la postemporada.”

Cuando la temporada de la NFL ingresa a su último mes, cuatro equipos están en plena carrera hacia la línea de meta con sendas rachas ganadoras de al menos cinco partidos: Dallas (10), Miami (seis), los New York Giants (seis) y Oakland (cinco).

“El ímpetu es real para nosotros ahora mismo”, dice el ala cerrada de los Cowboys JASON WITTEN. “Nuestro equipo de fútbol americano es muy divertido. Es grandioso ser parte de esto y liderar un gran grupo de muchachos. Diez victorias son buena, pero no son garantía de nada tras 11 juegos. Tenemos que continuar construyendo mientras vamos hacia el tramo crítico.”

Ese tramo crítico comienza el jueves por la noche, cuando Dallas visite a Minnesota (8:25 PM, hora de New York, NBC/NFLN/Twitter). Los Cowboys llegan a diciembre con la mejor marca de la liga (10-1) y con una ventaja de dos juegos sobre los Giants en la NFC Este. Minnesota (6-5) comienza el último mes de la temporada regular apenas un partido detrás de Detroit (7-4), en el primer puesto de la NFC Norte.

La semana concluye con un par de duelos en horario central con implicancias de postemporada. El domingo por la noche (8:30 PM, hora de New York, NBC), los Seahawks recibirán a los Panthers en un duelo entre equipos que representaron a la NFC en cada uno de los últimos tres Super Bowls. Seattle (7-3-1) ingresa a el duelo con una ventaja de tres partidos en la NFC Oeste, mientras que Carolina (4-7) busca permanecer con vida en la lucha por alcanzar la postemporada en la NFC. El lunes por la noche (8:30 PM, hora de New York, ESPN), los Indianapolis Colts visitarán a los New York Jets. Los Colts (5-6) están apenas un juego detrás de los líderes de la AFC Sur, los Houston Texans (6-5), en la puja divisional. Algunos de los duelos clave de la decimotercera semana:

DALLAS COWBOYS (10-1) en MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-5) (Jueves, NBC/NFLN/Twitter, 8:25 PM, hora de New York)

  • Los Cowboys ganaron 10 juegos en línea, incluyendo un triunfo 31-26 sobre Washington en Acción de Gracias. El mariscal de campo novato DAK PRESCOTT registró un índice de pasador de 100 o más en nueve de las 10 victorias del equipo y el corredor novato EZEKIEL ELLIOTT lidera la NFL con 1,199 yardas por tierra.
  • Los Vikings se ubican segundos en la NFL –y lideran la NFC– con un diferencial de intercambios de balón de 12 o más. El esquinero XAVIER RHODES tiene cuatro intercepciones, empatando la segunda mayor cantidad en la conferencia. En la undécima semana contra Arizona, Rhodes tuvo dos intercepciones, incluyendo una anotación mediante retorno de intercepción de 100 yardas, una marca de franquicia.KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-3) en ATLANTA FALCONS (7-4) (Domingo, CBS, 1:00 PM, hora de New York)
  • Los Chiefs mejoraron a 8-3 con un triunfo 30-27 en la prórroga en Denver el domingo por la noche. El receptor novato TYREEK HILL tuvo una anotación mediante retorno de patada inicial, un acarreo anotador y una recepción anotadora en el juego, convirtiéndose en el primer jugador en lograr tal hazaña desde el miembro del Salón de la Fama GALE SAYERS en 1965.
  • Los Falcons mantuvieron su liderazgo en la NFC Sur con una victoria 38-19 sobre Arizona. El mariscal de campo MATT RYAN lanzó 269 yardas y dos anotaciones –ambas al receptor TAYLOR GABRIEL– y se convirtió en el primer jugador en la historia de la NFL en superar al menos las 200 yardas aéreas en 50 juegos consecutivos.

MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-4) en BALTIMORE RAVENS (6-5) (Domingo, CBS, 1:00 PM, hora de New York)

  • Los Dolphins, liderados por el entrenador en jefe novato ADAM GASE, ganaron seis juegos consecutivos, la racha actual más larga en la AFC. La semana pasada, el mariscal de campo RYAN TANNEHILL lanzó 285 yardas y tres anotaciones en el triunfo de Miami 31-24 sobre San Francisco.
  • Los Ravens llegan a diciembre empatados con Pittsburgh en la cima de la AFC Norte. En la duodécima semana, Baltimore derrotó a Cincinnati 19-14 gracias en gran parte a los cuatro goles de campo de JUSTIN TUCKER. Tucker convirtió tres goles de campo de al menos 50 yardas en la primera mitad y es el único jugador en la historia de la liga en lograr tal hazaña.

DETROIT LIONS (7-4) en NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-6) (Domingo, FOX, 1:00 PM, hora de New York)

  • Los Lions ganaron tres juegos en línea y tomaron posesión en solitario del primer puesto de la NFC Norte con el triunfo 16-13 sobre Minnesota en Acción de Gracias. El esquinero DARIUS SLAY tuvo una intercepción clave en el cuarto periodo con 38 segundos por jugarse para establecer el gol de campo definitorio de MATT PRATER cuando el reloj expiraba. Detroit es el primer equipo en la historia de la NFL en tener cada uno de sus primeros 11 juegos decididos por siete puntos o menos.
  • Los Saints derrotaron a Los Angeles 49-21 la semana pasada en un partido en el que el mariscal de campo DREW BREES lanzó 310 yardas, con cuatro anotaciones, y acarreó otra. Brees tiene tres juegos en su carrera con al menos cuatro pases anotadores y un acarreo anotador, la mayor cantidad en la historia de la NFL. Esta temporada, Brees tiene 30 pases anotadores y extendió su racha a nueve temporadas consecutivas con al menos 30 pases anotadores, una marca de la NFL. Tiene nueve temporadas en su carrera con al menos 30 pases anotadores, empatando con el miembro del Salón de la Fama BRETT FAVRE y PEYTON MANNING en la mayor cantidad en la historia de la NFL.BUFFALO BILLS (6-5) en OAKLAND RAIDERS (9-2) (Domingo, CBS, 4:05 PM, hora de New York)
  • Los Bills buscan su tercera victoria consecutiva tras la victoria 28-21 de la semana pasada versus Jacksonville. El corredor LE SEAN MC COY acarreó 103 yardas y dos anotaciones, incluyendo un acarreo anotador de 75 yardas en la primera jugada desde la línea de golpeo en la segunda mitad. McCoy tiene nueve acarreos anotadores esta temporada, empatando la segunda mayor cantidad en la AFC.
  • Los Raiders ganaron cinco juegos en línea, incluyendo el triunfo 35-32 de la semana pasada sobre Carolina. Después de que los Panthers anotaran 25 puntos sin respuesta y tomar una ventaja de ocho puntos en el marcador en el último período, el mariscal de campo DEREK CARR guió a los Raiders hacia los últimos 11 puntos del partido. El ala defensiva KHALIL MACK devolvió una intercepción hasta la anotación y tuvo una captura, un balón suelto forzado y un recobro de balón suelto contra los Panthers. Es el primer jugador en tener una anotación mediante retorno de intercepción, una captura, un balón suelto forzado y un recobro de balón suelto en el mismo juego desde CHARLES WOODSON en 2009.

NEW YORK GIANTS (8-3) en PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-5) (Domingo, FOX, 4:25 PM, hora de New York)

  • Los Giants, liderados por el entrenador en jefe novato BEN MC ADOO, ganaron seis juegos consecutivos y tienen la segunda mejor marca en la NFC en 8-3. La semana pasada, los Giants derrotaron a los Browns 27-13 en Cleveland. El ala defensiva JASON PIERRE-PAUL tuvo tres capturas, un pico de carrera, un balón suelto forzado y una anotación mediante retorno de balón suelto recuperado de 43 yardas en el triunfo. Es el primer jugador con al menos tres capturas y una anotación mediante retorno de balón suelto recuperado de 40 o más yardas en el mismo juego desde 1982, el primer año en el que las capturas individuales se convirtieron en estadística oficial.
  • Los Steelers derrotaron a Indianapolis 28-7 en la noche de Acción de Gracias en parte debido a que el mariscal de campo BEN ROETHLISBERGER lanzó tres pases anotadores al receptor ANTONIO BROWN. Brown lidera la NFL con 82 recepciones esta temporada y está empatando el liderazgo de la liga con 10 recepciones anotadoras.CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-7) en SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (7-3-1) (Domingo, NBC, 8:30 PM, hora de New York)
  • A lo largo de las últimas cinco temporadas, los Panthers y los Seahawks están empatados con la mejor marca de la liga en partidos de temporada regular en diciembre/enero (19-5, .792). Los equipos se combinaron para representar a la NFC en cada uno de los últimos tres Super Bowls: Seattle (XLVIII y XLIX) y Carolina (50). Los clubes participaron de la vuelta Divisional en cada una de las últimas dos temporadas con los equipos repartiéndose esos dos encuentros.
  • Los Panthers ganaron 16 de sus últimos 18 juegos de temporada regular disputados en diciembre/enero, aventajando a sus oponentes por un marcador unificado de 509-307. La temporada pasada, el mariscal de campo CAM NEWTON tuvo 15 pases anotadores con una intercepción y un índice de pasador de 119.4, y acarreó tres anotaciones en el último mes (cinco partidos).
  • Los Seahawks ostentan una ventaja de tres juegos en la NFC Oeste y están buscando su quinta aparición consecutiva en postemporada. El mariscal de campo RUSSELL WILSON está 12-2 (.857) en su carrera en casa (incluyendo postemporada) en juegos disputados después del 1 de diciembre.
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THANKSGIVING DAY – A TRADITION OF FRIENDS, FAMILY AND FOOTBALL

Nov 23, 2016
THANKSGIVING DAY – A TRADITION OF FRIENDS, FAMILY AND FOOTBALL
THANKSGIVING DAY – A TRADITION OF FRIENDS, FAMILY

AND FOOTBALL

For generations of Americans, the tradition of Thanksgiving Day and NFL football are historically intertwined.

On Thanksgiving in 1925, a crowd of 36,000 – then the largest in professional football history – watched the Chicago Bears play the Chicago Cardinals to a scoreless tie at Wrigley Field. In 1934, the Detroit Lions and the defending world champion Bears squared off on Thanksgiving in the first NFL game nationally broadcast, with NBC radio on the call. This year, the three holiday games will be played inside stadiums with a combined capacity of over 200,000 and will be aired to millions across the country and around the world.

For the first time since 1935, Thanksgiving Day features three games with all six teams owning a record of .500 or better. The six teams participating in this year’s holiday festivities all won in Week 11, marking the third time in the past 20 seasons that all teams playing on Thanksgiving Day were victorious in the preceding week.

The 2016 installment of Thanksgiving Day football will feature a tripleheader for the 11th consecutive season.

The first game showcases a battle for first place in the NFC North as the Minnesota Vikings travel to Detroit to face the Lions (12:30 PM ET, CBS). The late afternoon game at AT&T Stadium marks the 112th overall meeting between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys (4:30 PM ET, FOX). The holiday concludes with an AFC showdown as the Indianapolis Colts host the Pittsburgh Steelers on NBC (8:30 PM ET).

GAME NETWORK LOCAL TIME EASTERN TIME
Minnesota Vikings (6-4) at Detroit Lions (6-4) CBS 12:30 PM ET 12:30 PM
Washington Redskins (6-3-1) at Dallas Cowboys (9-1) FOX

3:30 PM CT

4:30 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5) at Indianapolis Colts (5-5) NBC

8:30 PM ET

8:30 PM

The Lions will play their 77th Thanksgiving Day game dating back to 1934, while the Cowboys will play in their 49th since 1966. The Redskins and Vikings will play in their ninth and seventh games, respectively, on the holiday. The Steelers will play in their eighth and the Colts will play in their fourth Thanksgiving game.

The Thanksgiving Day records of the teams playing this Thursday:

TEAM WON LOST TIED
Dallas Cowboys 29

18

1
Detroit Lions 36

38

2
Indianapolis Colts 2

0

1
Minnesota Vikings 5

1

0
Pittsburgh Steelers 1

6

0
Washington Redskins 2 6 0

MINNESOTA (6-4) at DETROIT (6-4): Thursday’s matchup marks Minnesota’s fourth visit to Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. In the last Thanksgiving meeting between the clubs, Detroit quarterback SCOTT MITCHELL passed for 410 yards with four touchdowns and running back BARRY SANDERS rushed for 138 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown run with 5:18 remaining in the fourth quarter, in the Lions’ 44-38 victory on November 23, 1995. Vikings quarterback WARREN MOON threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns in the loss.

Detroit enters Week 12 following a 26-19 win against Jacksonville. The Lions scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and became the first team in NFL history to record six wins when trailing in the fourth quarter in the team’s first 10 games of a season.

Last year, Lions quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD set a team record with five touchdown passes on Thanksgiving in Detroit’s 45-14 win over Philadelphia and became the first quarterback in team history to throw for five touchdowns with no interceptions in a game. Detroit defensive end EZEKIEL ANSAH tied a Thanksgiving Day record with 3.5 sacks in the victory.

The Lions have won their past three Thanksgiving Day games by a combined score of 119-41. In six career games on Thanksgiving Day, Stafford has passed for 1,987 yards (331.2 per game), the third-most in NFL history. He aims for his fifth consecutive Thanksgiving game with at least 330 passing yards.

The players with the most career passing yards and touchdown passes on Thanksgiving:

PASSING YARDS
PLAYER TEAM GAMES PASSING YARDS
Tony Romo* Dallas 10 2,338
Troy Aikman^ Dallas 10 2,174
Matthew Stafford* Detroit 6 1,987
Danny White Dallas 10 1,545
Bart Starr^ Green Bay 8 1,345
*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

   
TOUCHDOWN PASSES
PLAYER TEAM GAMES TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Tony Romo* Dallas 10 18
Matthew Stafford* Detroit 6 14
Bobby Layne^ Detroit 8 14
Danny White Dallas 10 14
Troy Aikman^ Dallas 10 11
Brett Favre^ Green Bay 4 11
*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

In Week 11, Minnesota defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 30-24.

Vikings cornerback XAVIER RHODES had a 100-yard interception-return touchdown – his first of two interceptions on the day –  and wide receiver/kick returner CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had a 104-yard kickoff-return touchdown in the win as the Vikings became the first team since the 1962 Dallas Cowboys to have a 100+ yard interception-return touchdown and a 100+ yard kickoff-return touchdown in the same game.

Minnesota has won five of its six games on Thanksgiving Day and appears on the holiday for the first time since 2000. In that contest, Vikings wide receiver RANDY MOSS had 144 receiving yards with two touchdowns and running back ROBERT SMITH rushed for 148 yards and a score in Minnesota’s 27-15 win at Dallas.

The active franchises with the highest winning percentage on Thanksgiving (minimum five games):

TEAM WON LOST TIED WINNING PCT.
Philadelphia Eagles 6 1 0 .857
Minnesota Vikings 5

1

0 .833
Tennessee Titans 5

2

0 .714
Miami Dolphins 5

2

0 .714
New York Giants 7

4

3 .636
Note: tie games prior to 1972 do not count in winning percentage

WASHINGTON (6-3-1) at DALLAS (9-1): The Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys square off in a NFC East matinee on Thursday afternoon. Dallas has won six of its seven Thanksgiving Day matchups against Washington, dating back to 1968.

In the last Thanksgiving meeting between the two teams, Washington, led by rookie quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III (304 passing yards, four touchdowns) and rookie running back ALFRED MORRIS (113 rushing yards, one touchdown), totaled 437 yards of offense in a 38-31 victory at Dallas in 2012.

The Redskins enter Week 12 following a 42-24 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.

Washington quarterback KIRK COUSINS passed for 375 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 145.8 passer rating in the victory. Wide receivers PIERRE GARÇON (116 receiving yards, one touchdown) and JAMISON CROWDER (102 receiving yards, one touchdown) both had 100 receiving yards and scored a touchdown, while rookie running back ROBERT KELLEY rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns, including two scores in the fourth quarter.

The Cowboys have won nine consecutive games entering Thursday’s contest, the longest single-season winning streak in franchise history. Last week, Dallas rookie quarterback DAK PRESCOTT passed for 301 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-17 win over Baltimore. Prescott joined CHARLIE CONERLY (1948), Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (1983) and RUSSELL WILSON (2012) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to have multiple touchdown passes in five consecutive games.

Tight end JASON WITTEN, who will play in his 14th Thanksgiving Day game this week, has 70 catches on the holiday, the most all-time. His 776 receiving yards trail only HERMAN MOORE (834) for the most on Thanksgiving.

The most career receptions and receiving yards on Thanksgiving:

RECEPTIONS  
PLAYER TEAM GAMES RECEPTIONS  
Jason Witten* Dallas 13 70  
Calvin Johnson Detroit 9 55  
Herman Moore Detroit 10 51  
Michael Irvin^ Dallas 10 49  
Emmitt Smith^ Dallas 13 42  
*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 
RECEIVING YARDS
PLAYER TEAM GAMES RECEIVING YARDS
Herman Moore Detroit 10 834
Jason Witten* Dallas 13 776
Calvin Johnson Detroit 9 769
Michael Irvin^ Dallas 10 722
Tony Hill Dallas 9 622
*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

PITTSBURGH (5-5) at INDIANAPOLIS (5-5): Pittsburgh and Indianapolis close out an all-day spread of Thanksgiving football with a meeting of two teams in the thick of the AFC playoff race.

The Colts will host their first Thanksgiving game and will play their first game on the holiday since 2007. In that contest, Indianapolis quarterback PEYTON MANNING threw for three touchdowns and running back JOSEPH ADDAI rushed for a score in the Colts’ 31-13 win at Atlanta.

In addition to the holiday festivities, Indianapolis will honor Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees TONY DUNGY and MARVIN HARRISON with the Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony at halftime.

Last week, Indianapolis quarterback ANDREW LUCK passed for 262 yards with two touchdowns and running back FRANK GORE added 121 scrimmage yards (50 rushing, 71 receiving) in the Colts’ 24-17 win over Tennessee.

Pittsburgh defeated the Cleveland Browns 24-9 in Week 11. Steelers running back LE’VEON BELL recorded 201 scrimmage yards (146 rushing, 55 receiving) and a rushing touchdown, while the Pittsburgh defense notched eight sacks and held Cleveland’s offense to 209 total yards. Linebacker JAMES HARRISON (77.5 sacks) set the Steelers’ all-time sack record in the contest, surpassing JASON GILDON (77 sacks from 1994-2003).

The Steelers will play on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2013, when the team dropped a 22-20 decision to Baltimore. Pittsburgh was one of the earliest teams featured in Thanksgiving Day action, as the team played against the Philadelphia Eagles in back-to-back years in 1939 and 1940.

WEEK 12 – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-4) AT DETROIT LIONS (6-4)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  VIKINGS LIONS
SERIES LEADER 71-37-2  
STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Zimmer: 2-3 Jim Caldwell: 3-2
LAST WEEK W 30-24 vs. Arizona W 26-19 vs. Jacksonville
LAST GAME 11/6/16: Lions 22 at Vikings 16 (OT). Detroit K Matt Prater converts game-tying 58-yard FG as time expires in regulation. Lions WR Golden Tate has GW 28-yard TD catch in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/25/15: Vikings 28, Lions 19. Minnesota QB Teddy Bridgewater passes for 316 yards & 2 TDs for 118.3 rating. Vikings WR Stefon Diggs has 6 catches for 108 yards & TD.
REFEREE Carl Cheffers
BROADCAST CBS (12:30 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). WW1: Tom McCarthy, Ross Tucker, Hub Arkush (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 83 (Min), 82 (Det). XM: 83 (Min), 82 (Det).

STATS

PASSING Sam Bradford: 217-311-2191-12-2-99.8 Matthew Stafford: 238-351-2651-18-5-101.2
RUSHING Jerick McKinnon: 97-285-2.9-1 Theo Riddick: 79-310-3.9-1
RECEIVING Stefon Diggs: 67-747-11.1-2 Golden Tate: 52-540-10.4-2
OFFENSE 293.8 331.7
TAKE/GIVE +13 +2
DEFENSE 306.9 358.2
SACKS Danielle Hunter: 7 Kerry Hyder: 7
INTs Xavier Rhodes: 4 Rafael Bush: 2
PUNTING Jeff Locke: 44.2 Sam Martin: 49.6
KICKING Kai Forbath: 6 (3/4 PAT; 1/1 FG) Matt Prater: 75 (21/23 PAT; 18/21 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: QB SAM BRADFORD passed for 273 yards & TD for 103.4 rating in last meeting. Has 5 TDs vs. 1 INT for 99.1 rating in past 4…RB MATT ASIATA aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Had career-high 115 rush yards in 12/29/13 meeting…WR STEFON DIGGS has 40 receptions (10 per game) in past 4. Ranks 2nd in NFC with 67 receptions. WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 104-yard KR-TD in Week 11. Has 4 career 100+ yard TDs, most in NFL history. WR ADAM THIELEN aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. TE KYLE RUDOLPH aims for 4th in row vs. Det. with TD catch. Ties for lead among NFL TEs with 5 rec. TDs…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 8.5 sacks in past 8 vs. Det. DE DANIELLE HUNTER has 3 sacks in past 2. CB XAVIER RHODES had 2 INTs, incl. 100-yard INT-TD in Week 11. S HARRISON SMITH had 10 tackles & sack last week. Since 2012, leads NFL safeties with 7.5 sacks…LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 2,238 pass yards (279.8 per game) & 18 TDs with 6 INTs for 101 rating in past 8 vs. division. Has 8 TDs & 0 INTs for 119.1 rating in past 4 at home…RB THEO RIDDICK had 8 receptions for 70 yards in Week 11. Since 2015, leads NFL RBs with 123 receptions…WR ANQUAN BOLDIN has 4 TD catches in past 5 vs. Min. WR GOLDEN TATE had 11 receptions for 79 yards, including GW 28-yard TD catch in OT in last meeting. Has 285 rec. yards (95 per game) & TD in past 3 at home. TE ERIC EBRON had 1st career rush TD last week…DE EZEKIEL ANSAH has 4.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 5 vs. Min. DE KERRY HYDER had 2 sacks in last meeting. LB TAHIR WHITEHEAD aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC North with 11+ tackles. S RAFAEL BUSH has 2 INTs & sack in past 3 at home. S TAVON WILSON had INT last week.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS (6-3-1) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (9-1)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  REDSKINS COWBOYS
SERIES LEADER   67-42-2
STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Jay Gruden: 2-3 Jason Garrett: 8-5
LAST WEEK W 42-24 vs. Green Bay W 27-17 vs. Baltimore
LAST GAME 9/18/16: Cowboys 27 at Redskins 23. Dallas rookie QB Dak Prescott passes for 292 yards & rushes for TD. Cowboys rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott rushes for 83 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/3/16: Redskins 34, Cowboys 23. Washington QB Kirk Cousins passes for 176 yards & 3 TDs for 155.1 rating. Redskins WR Jamison Crowder has 5 catches for 109 yards & TD.
REFEREE Craig Wrolstad
BROADCAST FOX (4:30 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (Field reporter). WW1: John Sadak, James Lofton, Scott Kaplan (Field reporter). SIRIUS:83 (Was), 82 (Dal). XM: 83 (Was), 82 (Dal).

STATS

PASSING Kirk Cousins: 258-384-3091-17-7-98.8 Dak Prescott (R): 214-316-2640-17-2-108.6
RUSHING Rob Kelley (R): 84-424-5.0-4 Ezekiel Elliott (R): 223-1102-4.9-9
RECEIVING Jordan Reed (TE): 49-535-10.9-3 Cole Beasley: 53-591-11.2-5
OFFENSE 418.5 413.1
TAKE/GIVE +2 +4
DEFENSE 371.3 347.9
SACKS Ryan Kerrigan: 8 Tyrone Crawford: 3.5
INTs 7 tied: 1 Brandon Carr: 1
PUNTING Tress Way: 43.7 Chris Jones: 46.6
KICKING Dustin Hopkins: 92 (23/25 PAT; 23/27 FG) Dan Bailey: 87 (30/30 PAT; 19/21 FG)

NOTES

REDSKINS: QB KIRK COUSINS completed 21 of 30 (70 pct.) for 375 yards & 3 TDs for 145.8 rating last week. Has 956 pass yards, 6 TDs & 2 INTs for 96.4 rating in 4 career meetings. Aims for 4th in row on road vs. NFC East with 100+ rating…Rookie RB ROB KELLEY rushed for career-high 137 yards & 3 TDs in Week 11. Has 321 rush yards (107 per game) & 4 TDs in past 3…WR JAMISON CROWDER aims for 5th in row vs. NFC East with TD. Has 23 receptions for 354 yards (88.5 per game) & 3 TDs in past 4. WR PIERRE GARÇON had 6 receptions for 116 yards & TD last week. In 6 career meetings at Dal., WR DE SEAN JACKSON is averaging 101.7 yards per game. Since 2015, TE JORDAN REED ties for NFL lead among TEs with 14 TD catches…LB RYAN KERRIGAN has 6.5 sacks in past 6. Aims for 3rd in row at Dal. with sack. CB JOSH NORMAN had FF last week. Had FF & 3 PD in last meeting. S DONTE WHITNER has 35 tackles (8.8 per game) in past 4…COWBOYS: QB DAK PRESCOTT leads NFL rookies in pass yards (2,640), TDs (17) & rating (108.6). Has 2+ TD passes in 5 games in row, 4th rookie in NFL history with 5 consecutive multi-TD games… Rookie RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT leads NFL with 1,102 rush yards, 3rd-most in player’s 1st 10 career games. Ranks 2nd in NFC with 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.)…WR DEZ BRYANT has 11 receptions for 215 yards (107.5 per game) & TD in past 2 vs. NFC East. Has 4 rec. TDs in past 3 at home. TE JASON WITTEN ranks 2nd all-time among NFL TEs with 1,069 receptions & 11,735 rec. yards…DT TYRONE CRAWFORD aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC East with sack. LB SEAN LEE has 43 tackles (10.8 per game) in past 4 meetings. CB ORLANDO SCANDRICK has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in past 4 at home.

THURSDAY NIGHT

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-5) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-5)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  STEELERS COLTS
SERIES LEADER 16-6  
STREAKS 3 of past 4  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 3-1 Chuck Pagano: 0-2
LAST WEEK W 24-9 at Cleveland W 24-17 vs. Tennessee
LAST GAME 12/6/15: Colts 10 at Steelers 45. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger passes for 364 yards & 4 TDs for 126.4 rating. Steelers WR Antonio Brown has 3 total TDs, incl. 71-yard PR-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/25/11: Steelers 23, Colts 20. Pittsburgh S Troy Polamalu has 16-yard FR-TD. Steelers K Shaun Suisham converts GW 38-yard FG with 4 seconds remaining.
REFEREE Walt Coleman
BROADCAST NBC (8:30 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Pit), 82 (Ind). XM: 88 (WW1), 83 (Pit), 82 (Ind).

STATS

PASSING Ben Roethlisberger: 228-353-2524-20-7-96.3 Andrew Luck: 236-375-2827-19-8-93.9 OR

Scott Tolzien (Pre.): 41-62-390-2-1-87.4

RUSHING Le’Veon Bell: 128-579-4.5-2 Frank Gore: 163-642-3.9-4
RECEIVING Antonio Brown: 77-907-11.8-7 T.Y. Hilton: 57-888-15.6-5
OFFENSE 364.4 356.6
TAKE/GIVE +2 -3
DEFENSE 363.6 397.6
SACKS Stephon Tuitt: 3.5 Erik Walden: 8
INTs Artie Burns (R): 2 Darius Butler: 2
PUNTING Jordan Berry: 46.3 Pat McAfee: 50.3
KICKING Chris Boswell: 58 (22/22 PAT; 12/16 FG) Adam Vinatieri: 87 (27/27 PAT; 20/21 FG)

NOTES

STEELERS: Play 6th Thanksgiving game (1st since 1991)…QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 1,250 pass yards (416.7 per game) & 11 TDs vs. 1 INT for 129.1 rating in past 3 vs. Ind…RB LE’VEON BELL had 201 scrimmage yards (146 rush, 55 rec.) & TD last week. Has 4 career games with 200+ scrimmage yards, most in Pit. history. RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has 203 rush yards (101.5 per game) & 2 rush TDs in past 2 meetings…In past 2 vs. Ind., WR ANTONIO BROWN has 18 catches for 251 yards (125.5 per game) & 4 TDs. Fastest in NFL history to 600 catches (96 games)… LB JAMES HARRISON is franchise leader with 77.5 sacks. Has 7 sacks in past 5 meetings. DE STEPHON TUITT had 2.5 sacks last week. Rookie DT JAVON HARGRAVE had sack & FR-TD last week…COLTS: Play 4th Thanksgiving game (1st at home)…In past 6 at home, QB ANDREW LUCK has 1,762 pass yards (293.7 per game) & 13 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 100.8 rating. QB SCOTT TOLZIEN has 2 career NFL starts (last on 11/24/13 vs. Min.)…RB FRANK GORE had 121 scrimmage yards (50 rush, 71 rec.) last week. Has 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2 vs. Pit. RB ROBERT TURBIN had rush TD last week…WR T.Y. HILTON had 97 rec. yards & TD last week. In past 2 vs. Pit., has 191 rec. yards (95.5 per game) & TD. WR DONTE MONCRIEF aims for 4th in row with rec. TD…LB ERIK WALDEN aims for 5th in row with sack. Is 1 of 4 NFL LBs with 8+ sacks (8) & 2+ FFs (2). LB D’QWELL JACKSON had sack in last meeting. Had sack last week.

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SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 11​

Nov 21, 2016

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 11

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 20, the 11th week of the 2016 season.

  • The DALLAS COWBOYS gained 417 total net yards in the team’s 27-17 win over Baltimore. That marked the team’s eighth consecutive game with at least 400 yards, tied for the longest single-season streak in NFL history (2007 New England and 2013 Denver). The Cowboys have won nine consecutive games, the longest single-season winning streak in franchise history.

    Dallas rookie quarterback DAK PRESCOTT passed for 301 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Ravens. Prescott is the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards and multiple touchdowns with no interceptions in consecutive games. He joined Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (1983) and RUSSELL WILSON (2012) as the only rookie quarterbacks since 1970 to have multiple touchdown passes in five consecutive games.

    Cowboys rookie running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 97 yards and leads the NFL with 1,102 rushing yards. Elliott’s 1,102 rushing yards are the third-most in NFL history in a player’s first 10 games, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (1,223) and ADRIAN PETERSON (1,197).

  • The DETROIT LIONS scored 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter of the team’s 26-19 come-from-behind victory over Jacksonville. The Lions, who are the first team in NFL history to have each of its first 10 games decided by seven points or fewer, have trailed in the fourth quarter in all 10 games. Detroit is the first team in NFL history to have six wins when trailing in the fourth quarter in the team’s first 10 games of a season.
  • The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS defeated San Francisco 30-17 to improve to 8-2 this season. With their eighth win, the Patriots are guaranteed at least a .500 record this season. New England is the fifth team in NFL history – and the first since the 1983-1998 San Francisco 49ers – to have at least 16 consecutive seasons with a .500 or better record.

    Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY threw four touchdown passes and no interceptions against the 49ers. Brady has 21 career games with at least four touchdown passes and no interceptions, the most in NFL history. Including the postseason, Brady now has 199 career victories, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE for the second-most in NFL history. Brady needs one win to tie PEYTON MANNING (200) for the most all-time.

  • Minnesota’s XAVIER RHODES had a 100-yard interception-return touchdown and CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had a 104-yard kickoff-return touchdown in the Vikings’ 30-24 win over Arizona. The Vikings are the first team since the 1962 Dallas Cowboys to have a 100+ yard interception-return touchdown and a 100+ yard kickoff-return touchdown in the same game. On October 14, 1962, the Cowboys’ AMOS MARSH had a 101-yard kickoff-return touchdown and MIKE GAECHTER had a 100-yard interception-return touchdown in Dallas’ 41-19 win over Philadelphia.
  • Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had eight catches for 76 yards in the Steelers’ 24-9 win at Cleveland. Brown, who has 603 career receptions, reached 600 catches in his 96th career game, the fewest games to reach the milestone in NFL history. Brown surpassed the previous mark held by ANQUAN BOLDIN, who reached 600 receptions in 98 career games.
  • Baltimore wide receiver STEVE SMITH, SR. had eight catches for 99 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ loss at Dallas. Smith has 1,005 career receptions and became the 14th player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career catches. Smith is the only player in league history with at least 1,000 catches (1,005), 1,000 punt-return yards (1,684) and 2,000 kickoff-return yards (2,371).
  • Starting with the 2015 season, the NFL adopted a rule change moving the line of scrimmage on an extra-point kick attempt to the 15-yard line in order to make it a more competitive play. In today’s games, there have been 11 missed extra-point kick attempts, the most in a single week since the merger.
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WEEK 11 – NFL PREVIEW

Nov 18, 2016

PLAYOFF RACES AROUND THE NFL ARE HEATING UP

NFL RETURNS TO MEXICO FOR 1ST EVER MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME PLAYED OUTSIDE U.S.

The NFL has entered the second half of the season and the excitement is building as playoff races tighten.

Nine teams have at least six wins, led by the 8-1 Dallas Cowboys – Dallas (8-1), Kansas City (7-2), New England (7-2), Oakland (7-2), Denver (7-3), Seattle (6-2-1), Houston (6-3), the New York Giants (6-3) and Atlanta (6-4). The AFC West has three teams with at least seven wins – Kansas City, Oakland and Denver – and the NFC East is the only division in which all four teams have a winning record – Dallas, the Giants, Washington (5-3-1) and Philadelphia (5-4).

As the season moves into the second half, it’s all still to be decided, with plenty of football left to play. So don’t count anyone out. Since 1990, 25 teams have qualified for the playoffs with a losing record through nine games. Last year, four teams accomplished the feat and advanced to the postseason – Houston (4-5), Kansas City (4-5), Seattle (4-5) and Washington (4-5).

On the field, the games continue to be close. Through the first 10 weeks, 110 games have been within one score in the fourth quarter, the most such games in a season’s first 10 weeks in NFL history.

Last Sunday, there were two games which featured seven lead changes – Dallas at Pittsburgh and Seattle at New England – which marked the first day in NFL history with two games having at least seven lead changes. Additionally, the Kansas City Chiefs scored 20 unanswered points – including 17 in the fourth quarter – to overcome a 17-0 deficit and pull out a 20-17 victory at Carolina. The Chiefs have now rallied from a 14+ point deficit in the fourth quarter in two games this season (Week 1 vs. San Diego and Week 10 at Carolina) and are the first team to have two such victories in a season since the 2003 Indianapolis Colts.

Also in Week 11, the NFL returns to Mexico for the first time since October 2, 2005 when a crowd of 103,467 witnessed the league’s first international regular-season game as the Arizona Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. On Monday night (8:30 PM ET), two first-place teams – the Oakland Raiders (7-2) and Houston Texans (6-3) – will meet at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City in the first-ever Monday Night Football game to be played outside the United States. The game will be televised live on ESPN in the U.S. and on Televisa and ESPN in Mexico.

“Expanding our International Series of regular-season games to Mexico marks an important step in our continued international growth,” says NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “We have a tremendous, passionate fan base in Mexico and we know the atmosphere on game day will be outstanding.”

Four of the NFL’s 10 largest single-game attendance totals have come in Mexico, including the top two: 112,376 fans on August 15, 1994 (American Bowl preseason game between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers) and 106,424 on August 17, 1998 (American Bowl preseason game between the Cowboys and New England Patriots). Both of those contests were also played at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

Week 11 kicks off on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, NBC/NFLN/Twitter) with a key NFC South matchup when the Carolina Panthers host the New Orleans Saints. The game will be broadcast on NBC, simulcast on NFL Network and streamed to a global audience across devices for free on Twitter as part of the league’s “Tri-Cast” distribution model.

The week concludes with a pair of primetime contests featuring four teams in the middle of the playoff race. On Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers visit the Washington Redskins (8:30 PM ET, NBC) in a rematch of last season’s Wild Card contest which the Packers won 35-18. The Texans and Raiders finish off the week in Mexico City on Monday night (8:30 PM ET, ESPN).

Some of the key games in Week 11:

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-5) at CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-6) (Thursday, NBC/NFLN/Twitter, 8:25 PM ET)                

 

  • The Saints defeated the Panthers 41-38 earlier this season (Week 6). In that contest, New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 465 yards and four touchdowns and Saints kicker WIL LUTZ converted the game-winning 52-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
  • Brees (452) threw three touchdown passes last week and joined PEYTON MANNING (539) and Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (508) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 450 touchdown passes.
  • The Panthers have won six of the past nine meetings between the two teams, including three of the past four at home.
  • Panthers quarterback CAM NEWTON threw a touchdown pass and rushed for a touchdown in last week’s game. He leads the Panthers in career TD passes (127) and TD runs (47) and is the only player to lead a current NFL franchise in both categories.

BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-4) at DALLAS COWBOYS (8-1) (Sunday, CBS, 1:00 PM ET)

 

  • The Ravens defeated Cleveland last Thursday night 28-7 and sit atop the AFC North with a 5-4 record.
  • Baltimore wide receiver STEVE SMITH, SR. has 997 career receptions and can become the 14th player in NFL history to reach 1,000 catches.
  • The Cowboys have won eight consecutive games, including last week’s 35-30 win at Pittsburgh.
  • Dallas rookie quarterback DAK PRESCOTT (2,339 passing yards) and EZEKIEL ELLIOTT (1,005 rushing yards) are the first rookie teammates in NFL history to have at least 2,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in their team’s first nine games of a season. Last week at Pittsburgh, Prescott threw two touchdown passes and Elliott scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving).

 

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-4) at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-2-1) (Sunday, CBS, 4:25 PM ET)                

 

  • The Eagles rushed for 208 yards and limited the Falcons to 48 rushing yards in last week’s 24-15 win over Atlanta. It marked the first time since 1997 (October 5, 1997 against Washington) that the Eagles rushed for more than 200 yards while giving up fewer than 50 rushing yards in the same game.
  • Philadelphia running back RYAN MATHEWS rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns, his second career game with at least 100 rushing yards and multiple touchdown runs (January 2, 2011 with San Diego against Denver).
  • The Seahawks defeated the Patriots 31-24 in New England last week on Sunday night. Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON threw three touchdown passes to wide receiver DOUG BALDWIN in the victory.
  • Wilson has 12 career games with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions, the second-most in a player’s first five seasons in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO, 13).

GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-5) at WASHINGTON REDSKINS (5-3-1) (Sunday, NBC, 8:30 PM ET)

 

  • Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS has won his past two starts against Washington, including last season’s Wild Card playoff (January 10, 2016). In his past two against the Redskins, Rodgers has completed 55 of 78 passes (70.5 percent) for 690 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions for a 123.3 passer rating.
  • Last week, Packers wide receivers DAVANTE ADAMS (six catches for 156 yards) and JORDY NELSON (12 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown) each had 100+ receiving yards.
  • The Redskins are unbeaten in six of their past seven games (5-1-1), including last week’s 26-20 win over Minnesota.
  • Washington linebacker PRESTON SMITH had two sacks and an interception in the victory against the Vikings. Smith, who had an interception to set up a field goal in the fourth quarter and recorded a sack on Minnesota’s final play to seal the win, is the first Redskins player to record both an interception and a sack in the fourth quarter of a victory.

 

HOUSTON TEXANS (6-3) at OAKLAND RAIDERS (7-2) in Mexico City (Monday, ESPN, 8:30 PM ET)                

 

  • Two first-place teams – Oakland (7-2) and Houston (6-3) – will meet at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City in the first-ever Monday Night Football game to be played outside the United States. It marks the first NFL game in Mexico since 2005 (Arizona 31, San Francisco 14 on October 2, 2005).
  • The Texans have won two in a row, including last week’s 24-21 win at Jacksonville. Houston cornerback KAREEM JACKSON had a 42-yard interception-return touchdown and quarterback BROCK OSWEILER threw two touchdown passes in the victory over the Jaguars.
  • The Raiders have won three consecutive games and six of their past seven. Oakland had a bye in Week 10 and defeated Denver 30-20 in Week 9. In that contest, Raiders running back LATAVIUS MURRAY rushed for 114 yards and three touchdowns, only the third time a player has rushed for at least 100 yards and three touchdowns against the defending Super Bowl champions. Oakland quarterback DEREK CARR has 17 touchdowns and three interceptions this season and his 5.67 TD/INT ratio is the best mark in the league among players with at least 15 touchdown passes.
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VETERANS DAY

Nov 11, 2016
  VETERANS DAY

 

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DE INTERÉS EN LA DÉCIMA SEMANA

Nov 11, 2016
DE INTERÉS EN LA DÉCIMA SEMANA
DE INTERÉSDÉCIMA SEMANA

NOVATOS EN ALZA. El corredor novato de Dallas EZEKIEL ELLIOTT acarreó 92 yardas y dos anotaciones en el triunfo de los Cowboys 35-10 en Cleveland la semana pasada. Elliott lidera la liga con 891 yardas por tierra, la tercera mayor cantidad en la historia de la NFL en los primeros ocho partidos de un jugador en su carrera.

Con 109 yardas el domingo contra Pittsburgh, Elliott se uniría al miembro del Salón de la Fama ERIC DICKERSON (1,096) y a ADRIAN PETERSON (1,081) como los únicos jugadores en la historia de la NFL en acarrear 1,000 yardas en los primeros nueve juegos de su carrera.

Los jugadores con 1,000 yardas por tierra en los primeros nueve juegos de su carrera:

JUGADOR TEMPORADA EQUIPO YARDAS TERRESTRES
EN LOS PRIMEROS NUEVE PARTIDOS
Eric Dickerson^ 1983 Los Angeles 1,096
Adrian Peterson 2007 Minnesota 1,081
Ezekiel Elliott 2016 Dallas 891*

*A lo largo de ocho juegos
^Miembro del Salón de la Fama

EL mariscal de campo novato de Dallas DAK PRESCOTT completó 21 de 27 pases, con 247 yardas y tres anotaciones, sin intercepciones e índice de 141.8 en el triunfo de la última semana. Prescott lidera a todos los novatos en yardas aéreas (2,020), pases anotadores (12) e índice de pasador (104.2).

Prescott y Elliott pueden convertirse en la segunda pareja de compañeros de equipo mariscal de campo novato y corredor novato en la historia de la NFL con al menos 2,000 yardas aéreas y 1,000 yardas por tierra en una temporada, uniéndose a ROBERT GRIFFIN III (3,200 yardas aéreas) y ALFRED MORRIS (1,613 yardas por tierra), que lograron tal hazaña con Washington en 2012.

TEMPORADA EQUIPO JUGADOR YARDAS AÉREAS JUGADOR YARDAS TERRESTRES
2012 Washington Robert Griffin III 3,200 Alfred Morris 1,613
2016 Dallas Dak Prescott 2,020* Ezekiel Elliott 891*

*A lo largo de ocho juegos

Prescott y Elliott se convertirían en el primer par de novatos compañeros de equipo en la historia de la NFL en lograr tal hazaña en lo primeros nueves partidos del equipo.

— NFL —

JULIO EN 75. Elreceptor de Atlanta JULIO JONES tuvo ocho recepciones para 111 yardas y una anotación en la victoria de los Falcons 43-28 en Tampa Bay en la novena semana. Jones tiene 51 recepciones y lidera la NFL con 970 yardas recibiendo.

Ingresando en su 75º partido de su carrera el domingo contra Philadelphia, Jones ya tiene la mayor cantidad de recepciones (465) en la historia de la NFL por un jugador en los primeros 75 juegos de su carrera.

Los jugadores con las mayores cantidades de recepciones en los primeros 75 partidos de sus carreras:

JUGADOR EQUIPO(S) TEMPORADAS RECEPCIONES EN LOS PRIMEROS 75 PARTIDOS
Julio Jones Atlanta 2011-2016 465*
Anquan Boldin Arizona 2003-2008 462
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 2010-2015 427
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 2004-2008 421
Lionel Taylor Chicago, Denver 1959-1964 417

*A lo largo de 74 juegos

Jones tiene 7,171 yardas recibiendo a lo largo de los primeros 74 partidos de su carrera y es uno de apenas dos jugadores en la historia de la NFL en registrar al menos 7,000 yardas recibiendo en los primeros 75 juegos de su carrera, uniéndose al miembro del Salón de la Fama LANCE ALWORTH(7,532).

Los jugadores con las mayores cantidades de yardas recibiendo en los primeros 75 juegos de su carrera:

JUGADOR EQUIPO MAYOR CANTIDAD DE YARDAS RECIBIENDO
EN LOS PRIMEROS 75 PARTIDOS DE SU CARRERA
Lance Alworth^ San Diego 7,532
Julio Jones Atlanta 7,171*
Torry Holt St. Louis 6,373
Charley Hennigan Houston 6,267
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 6,263

*A lo largo de 74 juegos
^Miembro del Salón de la Fama

— NFL —

PROTEGIENDO LA POSESIÓN. Los mariscales de campo de New England TOM BRADY (134), JIMMY GAROPPOLO (60) y JACOBY BRISSETT, un novato (55), se combinan para 249 pases intentados consecutivos sin intercepción alguna esta temporada.

El domingo por la noche contra Seattle, el de los Patriots puede convertirse en el segundo equipo en la historia de la NFL en no lanzar intercepción alguna en los primeros nueve juegos de su equipo en una temporada, uniéndose a los Cleveland Browns de 1960.

Los equipos con las mayores cantidades de juego consecutivos en arrancar una temporada sin lanzar intercepción alguna:

EQUIPO TEMPORADA PARTIDOS
SIN INTERCEPTIONES
INTENTOS DE PASE
DEL EQUIPO
Cleveland 1960 9 184
New England 2016 8* 249
Washington 2008 8 232

*Racha activa

Los 249 pases intentados de los Patriots sin intercepción alguna marca la segunda racha más larga al arrancar una temporada en la historia de la NFL, solamente detrás de los Washington Redskins de 2008 (251).

EQUIPO TEMPORADA INTENTOS DE PASE CONSECUTIVOS SIN INTERCEPCIONES
AL ARRANCAR UNA TEMPORADA
Washington 2008 251
New England 2016 249*

*Racha activa

— NFL —

MILENARIO GREEN. El receptor de Cincinnati A.J. GREEN lidera la NFL con 59 recepciones y se ubica segundo en la liga con 896 yardas recibiendo llegando a la décima semana. Con 104 yardas recibiendo el lunes por la noche contra los Giants, Green se uniría a RANDY MOSS como los únicos jugadores en la historia de la NFL en registrar 1,000 yardas recibiendo en cada una de sus primeras seis temporadas.

JUGADOR EQUIPO TEMPORADAS CONSECUTIVAS CON 1,000 O MÁS YARDAS
AL ARRANCAR UNA CARRERA
Randy Moss Minnesota 6
A.J. Green Cincinnati 5*

*Racha activa

— NFL —

EL CLUB DE LOS 300. El mariscal de campo de San Diego PHILIP RIVERS completó 24 de 33 lanzamientos para 275 yardas, con dos anotaciones y sin intercepciones, para un índice de 117.6 en la victoria de los Chargers 43-35 sobre Tennessee la semana pasada. Con dos pases anotadores el domingo contra Miami, Rivers se convertiría en el noveno jugador en la historia de la NFL con 300 pases anotadores en su carrera.

Rivers (298 pases anotadores en su carrera) y el mariscal de campo de los New York Giants ELI MANNING (306), ambos seleccionados en la primera vuelta del Sorteo Universitario de la NFL 2004, puede convertirse en el segundo dúo de mariscales de campo de la misma clase de Sorteo en cada uno alcanzar los 300 pases anotadores. Los miembros del Salón de la Fama JOHN ELWAY (300 pases anotadores en su carrera) y DAN MARINO (420) fueorn ambos seleccionados en la primera vuelta del Sorteo Universitario de la NFL 1983.

Los mariscales de campo con 300 pases anotadores en sus carreras:

JUGADOR PASES ANOTADORES EN SU CARRERA
Peyton Manning 539
Brett Favre^ 508
Drew Brees 449*
Tom Brady 440*
Dan Marino^ 420
Fran Tarkenton^ 342
Eli Manning 306*
John Elway^ 300
Philip Rivers 298*

*Activo
^Miembro del Salón de la Fama

— NFL —

BIG BEN EN LOS LIBROS. El mariscal de campo de Pittsburgh BEN ROETHLISBERGER ingresa al duelo del domingo contra Dallas con 44,944 yardas aéreas en su carrera. Con 56 yardas aéreas esta semana, Roethlisberger se convertiría en el undécimo mariscal de campo en la historia de la NFL con 45,000 yardas aéreas, y el octavo mariscal en lograr tal hazaña con un equipo.

Adicionalmente, Roethlisberger puede convertirse en el quinto más rápido mariscal de campo en la historia de la NFL en alcanzar las 45,000 yardas aéreas en su carrera, logrando tal hazaña en el 179º partido de su carrera.

Los mariscales de campo que alcanzaron las 45,000 yardas aéreas en su carrera en la menor cantidad de juegos:

JUGADOR EQUIPO(S) MENORES CANTIDADES DE JUEGOS PARA ALCANZAR LAS 45,000 YARDAS AÉREAS
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 168
Dan Marino Miami 172
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 174
Tom Brady New England 178
Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh 178*

 

*Tiene 44,944 yardas aéreas a lo largo de 178 juegos

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LA CARRERA POR CLASIFICAR A LA POSTEMPORADA SE INTENSIFICA EN LA SEGUNDA MITAD DE LA NFL

Nov 9, 2016

LA CARRERA POR CLASIFICAR A LA POSTEMPORADA SE INTENSIFICA EN LA SEGUNDA MITAD DE LA NFL

La segunda mitad de la temporada de la NFL ya llegó y la carrera por clasificar a la postemporada está en plena marcha.

Tres equipos ganaron siete partidos, la mayor cantidad de la liga: Dallas (7-1), New England (7-1) y Oakland (7-2). Apenas un paso detrás de ellos hay tres escuadras con seis victorias cada uno: Kansas City (6-2), Atlanta (6-3) y Denver (6-3). La AFC Oeste tiene tres equipos con al menos seis victorias (Oakland, Kansas City y Denver) y la división se combina para 23 triunfos (Oakland 7-2, Kansas City 6-2, Denver 6-3 y San Diego 4-5), la mayor cantidad de cualquier división en la NFL esta temporada.

Mientras la temporada se adentra en su segunda mitad, todo está aún por verse, con mucho fútbol americano por jugar. Así que no hay que dar por muerto a nadie. Desde 2000, 40 equipos alcanzaron el punto medio de sus temporada con un porcentaje de triunfos de .500 o peor y así y todo lograron clasificar a la postemporada, incluyendo al menos uno en cada campaña. El año pasado, hubo cinco equipos que lo lograron: Houston (3-5), Kansas City (3-5), Washington (3-5), Seattle (4-4) y Pittsburgh (4-4).

En el terreno de juego, los juego siguen siendo cerrados. A lo largo de las primeras nueve semanas, los resultados de 99 partidos estuvieron dentro de una anotación en el último período, la mayor cantidad de esa clase de juegos en las primeras nueve semanas de una temporada en la historia de la NFL.

Por cuarta semana consecutiva, al menos un partido llegó a la prórroga. Han habido siete duelos decididos en tiempo extra a lo largo de las últimas cuatro semanas. La semana pasada, los Detroit Lions, que se sobrepusieron a una desventaja en el cuarto periodo en las cinco victorias del equipo esta temporada, derrotaron a los Minnesota Vikings 22-16 en el estadio U.S. Bank. El pateador de los Lions MATT PRATER convirtió un gol de campo de 58 yardas cuando el reloj expiraba en el último período para forzar la prórroga y el mariscal de campo de Detroit MATTHEW STAFFORD lanzó el pase anotador de 28 yardas que definió el pleito a GOLDEN TATE en tiempo extra. Prater, que ahora está 23 de 23 en intentos de gol de campo en su carrera que empatan o dan la ventaja definitiva en el último período o en la prórroga, también tiene los dos goles de campo más largos que empatan en el último minuto del cuarto período en la historia de la NFL (59 yardas el 11 de diciembre de 2011, con Denver).

La décima semana arranca el jueves por la noche (8:25 PM, hora de New York, NFLN) con un duelo de la AFC Norte entre los Cleveland Browns y los Baltimore Ravens. Los Browns están buscando ganar en Baltimore por segunda temporada consecutiva. El año pasado, en la quinta semana, Cleveland derrotó a los Ravens 33-30 en la prórroga detrás de las 457 yardas aéreas y tres anotaciones del mariscal de campo JOSH MC COWN (dos pasando, una acarreando). Los Ravens vencieron a Pittsburgh la semana pasada para empatar con los Steelers el primer puesto de la división (4-4). El receptor de Baltimore MIKE WALLACE tuvo cuatro recepciones para 124 yardas, incluyendo una anotación de 95 yardas. Wallace es el único jugador en la historia de la NFL en tener una recepción anotadora de 95 o más yardas con dos equipos diferentes (Baltimore y Pittsburgh).

La semana concluye con un par de enfrentamientos en horario central. El domingo por la noche, los New England Patriots reciben a los Seattle Seahawks en una revancha de Super Bowl XLIX (8:30 PM, hora de New York, NBC). El lunes por la noche, los Cincinnati Bengals visitan a los New York Giants (8:30 PM, hora de New York, ESPN) en un importante choque interconferencia duelo con dos equipos en el medio de la carrera por alcanzar la postemporada.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (6-2) en CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-5) (Domingo, CBS, 1:00 PM, hora de New York)

  • Los Chiefs ganaron cuatro juegos en línea, incluyendo el triunfo de la semana pasada 19-14 en casa sobre Jacksonville. Kansas City ganó 16 de sus últimos 18 juegos de temporada regular.
  • El apoyador de Kansas City DEE FORD está empatado en el tercer puesto de la NFL con nueve capturas, un pico de carrera. Ford tiene 5.5 capturas en sus últimos dos partidos y busca su tercer juego consecutivo con capturas múltiples.
  • Los Panthers, campeones defensores de la NFC buscan su tercera victoria consecutiva. La semana pasada, Carolina derrotó a los Rams 13-10 en Los Angeles. Incluyendo postemporada, los Panthers ganaron 15 de sus últimos 17 partidos en casa.
  • El apoyador de los Panthers THOMAS DAVIS tuvo 11 tacleadas, una intercepción, una captura y un balón suelto forzado en la victoria sobre Los Angeles. La semana previa, contra Arizona, Davis registró la primera anotación de su carrera al devolver un balón suelto 46 yardas hasta la anotación.

    ATLANTA FALCONS (6-3) en PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (4-4) (Domingo, FOX, 1:00 PM, hora de New York)
 
  • El mariscal de campo de los Falcons MATT RYAN lidera la NFL con 2,980 yardas aéreas y 23 pases anotadores. La semana pasada, en el triunfo de Atlanta 43-28 en Tampa Bay, Ryan lanzó 344 yardas, cuatro anotaciones y tuvo un índice de pasador de 144.7.
  • El receptor de Atlanta JULIO JONES lidera la NFL con 970 yardas recibiendo y tiene 51 recepciones. Jones tiene 465 recepciones en los 74 partidos de su carrera, que ya es la mayor cantidad en la historia de la NFL en los primeros 75 juegos al arrancar una carrera.
  • Los Eagles están 3-0 en casa esta temporada y han aventajado a sus oponentes 84-23 en esos duelos.
  • El mariscal de campo novato de Philadelphia CARSON WENTZ ganó las tres titularidades de su carrera en casa y tiene índice de pasador de 94.8 en esos duelos, completando 61 de 96 pases (el 63.5 por ciento) para 717 yardas, con cinco anotaciones y dos intercepciones.

    MIAMI DOLPHINS (4-4) en SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (4-5) (Domingo, CBS, 4:05 PM, hora de New York)                
 
  • Los Dolphins ganaron tres juego consecutivos, incluyendo el triunfo de la semana pasada 27-23 sobre los New York Jets. KENYAN DRAKE, un novato, registró la anotación que definió el pleito mediante un retorno de patada inicial de 96 yardas con 5:15 por jugarse, la primera anotación mediante retorno de patada inicial que define el pleito desde 2003.
  • El corredor de Miami JAY AJAYI acarreó 529 yardas (176.3 yardas por juego) y cuatro anotaciones durante la racha ganadora de tres partidos de los Dolphins. Ajayi, que tuvo juegos consecutivos de 200 yardas acarreando en las sexta y séptima semanas, busca su cuarto partido con 100 yardas acarreando en línea.
  • Los Chargers ganaron tres de sus últimos cuatro juegos, incluyendo un triunfo 43-35 sobre Tennessee la semana pasada. San Diego logró dos anotaciones defensivas contra los Titans ya que el profundo DWIGHT LOWERY tuvo una devolución de balón suelto anotadora de 36 yardas y el esquinero BRANDON FLOWERS devolvió una intercepción 33 yardas hasta la anotación.
  • El corredor de San Diego MELVIN GORDON acarreó 196 yardas con una anotación y agregó cuatro recepciones para 65 yardas en la victoria de la última semana. Las 261 yardas desde la línea de golpeo de Gordon significan la mayor cantidad por un jugador de los Chargers desde que LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON tuvo 271 yardas el 1 de diciembre de 2002. Gordon lidera la NFL con 11 anotaciones totales (nueve acarreando, dos recibiendo).

    DALLAS COWBOYS (7-1) en PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4-4) (Domingo, FOX, 4:25 PM, hora de New York)
 
  • Los Cowboys ganaron siete juegos consecutivos, la racha actual más larga en la NFL. La semana pasada, Dallas ganó 35-10 en Cleveland ya que el mariscal de campo novato DAK PRESCOTT lanzó tres pases anotadores y el corredor novato EZEKIEL ELLIOTT acarreó otras dos anotaciones. Marcó apenas la segunda vez en la historia de la NFL en la que un equipo tuvo a un novato lanzar tres anotaciones y a otro novato acarrear otras dos anotaciones en el mismo juego (1948 New York Giants).
  • Prescott es el primer mariscal de campo novato en la era del Super Bowl en titularizar y ganar siete de los primeros ocho partidos de su equipo en una temporada. Es también el primer mariscal de campo novato en la historia de la NFL en tener seis titularidades con índice de pasador de 100 o más en los primeros ocho juegos de su equipo. Elliott es uno de los tres jugadores en los anales de la liga (el miembro del Salón de la Fama ERIC DICKERSON y ADRIAN PETERSON) en acarrear al menos 875 yardas (891) y siete anotaciones en sus primeros ocho juegos.
  • Los Steelers ganaron siete de sus últimos ocho partidos en casa, aventajando a sus oponentes 261-151 en esos duelos.
  • El receptor de Pittsburgh ANTONIO BROWN lidera la NFL con 430 recepciones, 5,708 yardas recibiendo y 37 recepciones anotadoras desde el inicio de la temporada 2013. A lo largo de ese mismo lapso, su compañero de equipo LE’VEON BELL lidera la liga promediando 120.6 yardas desde la línea de golpeo por juego (mínimo de 20 juegos).

    SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (5-2-1) en NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-1) (Domingo, NBC, 8:30 PM, hora de New York)
 
  • El ala cerrada de Seattle JIMMY GRAHAM tuvo ocho recepciones para 103 yardas y dos anotaciones en el triunfo de los Seahawks 31-25 sobre Buffalo el lunes por la noche. Desde que ingresó en la NFL, en 2010, Graham tiene 56 recepciones anotadoras, la segunda mayor cantidad por un ala cerrada a lo largo de ese lapso.
  • El ala defensiva de los Seahawks CLIFF AVRIL tiene ocho capturas en sus últimos cinco partidos, incluyendo al menos una captura en los cinco partidos. Avril fue nombrado Jugador defensivo del mes de la NFC en octubre y lidera la NFC con nueve capturas.
  • Los Patriots, que tuvieron semana de descanso en la novena, lidera la AFC con marca de 7-1, empatando con Dallas la mejor marca en la liga. New England enfrenta a Seattle por primera vez desde la victoria de los Patriots 28-24 en el Super Bowl XLIX (1 de febrero de 2015).
  • New England no lanzó intercepción alguna esta temporada y puede convertirse en el primer equipo desde los Cleveland Browns de 1960 en no tener intercepción alguna en los primeros nueve partidos de un equipo al arrancar una temporada. Los Patriots intentaron 249 pases por tres mariscales de campo distintos: TOM BRADY (134), JIMMY GAROPPOLO (60) y el novato JACOBY BRISSETT (55).

    CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-4-1) en NEW YORK GIANTS (5-3) (Lunes, ESPN, 8:30 PM, hora de New York)
 
  • Los Bengals regresan a la acción tras descansar en la novena semana. Cincinnati derrotó a Cleveland en la séptima semana (31-17) y empató con Washington en la octava semana (27-27) en un juego disputado en el estadio Wembley de Londres.
  • El receptor de Cincinnati A.J. GREEN lidera la NFL con 59 recepciones y su promedio de 112.0 yardas por partido es la mejor marca en la liga. Green, que tiene 896 yardas recibiendo, necesita 104 yardas para unirse a RANDY MOSScomo los únicos jugadores en la historia de la NFL en arrancar una carrera con seis temporadas consecutivas con 1,000 yardas.
  • Los Giants ganaron tres juegos consecutivos, incluyendo el triunfo 28-23 de la semana pasada sobre Philadelphia. El mariscal de campo de New York ELI MANNING lanzó cuatro pases anotadores, el cuarto partido de su carrera contra los Eagles con al menos cuatro anotaciones aéreas.
  • El profundo de los Giants LANDON COLLINS tuvo 12 tacleadas, una intercepción y una captura la semana pasada. En sus últimos tres juegos, tiene 32 tacleadas, tres intercepciones (una anotación) y dos capturas. Collins lidera al equipo en tacleadas (69), capturas (tres) e intercepciones (tres), el único jugador en liderar a su club en las tres categorías
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NFL-USAA Salute to Service Award Nominees

Nov 8, 2016

NFL AND USAA ANNOUNCE

SALUTE TO SERVICE AWARD NOMINEES

 

The NFL and USAA, the NFL’s Official Military Appreciation Sponsor, have announced the 32 nominees for the sixth annual Salute to Service Award presented by USAA. The Salute to Service Award annually recognizes NFL players, coaches, personnel and alumni who demonstrate an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community, as nominated by NFL clubs. A list of the 2016 Salute to Service Award team nominees is below.

Finalists for the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA will be announced in January, and the recipient will be recognized at the NFL Honors awards show in Houston, TX on FOX on Saturday, Feb. 4, the night before Super Bowl LI.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver VINCENT JACKSON was last year’s award recipient. USAA, a leading provider of insurance and other services to U.S. military members, veterans and their families, contributed $25,000 in his honor to the official aid societies representing all five military branches.

A self-proclaimed “military brat,” Jackson, whose parents combined for 25 years of active-duty service in the Army, launched the Jackson In Action 83 Foundation in 2012 to support military families by focusing on the educational, emotional and physical health of military children. Jackson hosts local military families at each Buccaneers home game through the “Jackson in Action” Front Row Fans section. His military support efforts include authoring a children’s book, “Danny Dogtags: Dealing with Deployment,” relaying the challenges and opportunities of growing up in a military family.

The Salute to Service Award is part of the NFL and USAA’s year-round commitment to recognize and honor the military community. The league’s military appreciation efforts culminate in November with NFL Salute to Service games and other special events to celebrate and honor members of the military. For every point scored during the NFL’s 32 designated Salute to Service games, the league donates $1,000 to each of its core military non-profit partners –  the Pat Tillman Foundation, USO and Wounded Warrior Project®.

To learn more about the NFL’s military appreciation work or to read teams’ Salute to Service Award nominations, visit www.nfl.com/salute.

2016 SALUTE TO SERVICE TEAM NOMINEES

TEAM NOMINEE

View the nominees’ full stories on nfl.com/salute

Arizona Cardinals DEONE BUCANNON (Linebacker)

 

Bucannon comes from a military family – his father served in the Marine Corps and his mother spent 23 years in the Navy. Growing up on military bases, Bucannon spends time volunteering with service members and telling stories of his childhood to military families around the world.

 

Atlanta Falcons DAN QUINN (Head Coach)

 

Coach Quinn, along with his coaching staff, created the Rookie Club Olympics, an annual event that brings together Falcons players and military members and challenges them to reach the true level of team. This is in addition to his multiple military outreach efforts through his non-profit which benefits military members and families, Quinn’s Corps; including multiple events with TAPS, bases in the Southeast and providing opportunities for families and troops overseas during the holidays. Coach Quinn also hosted an Atlanta Falcons USO Tour through the Pacific this summer.

Baltimore Ravens STEVE SMITH SR (Wide Receiver)

 

Smith Sr. has hosted numerous youth football camps for children of U.S. Military members at military bases around the world. Through the Steve Smith Family Foundation, he’s partnered with nonprofits, including the Wounded Warrior Project, to hold special events for military families.

 

Buffalo Bills

 

RICHIE INCOGNITO (Guard)

 

Incognito is the son of an Army veteran and has experienced first-hand the discipline, courage and sacrifice it takes to serve our country. At each home game throughout the season, Incognito will donate 20 tickets, food vouchers and custom t-shirts for military families, allowing many to attend their first-ever Bills game.

 

Carolina Panthers RON RIVERA (Head Coach)

 

Coach Rivera, whose father served 32 years in the Army, frequently visits military bases in the Carolinas and hosts service members at training camp, practice and on Panthers game days. Rivera was instrumental in creating a unique opportunity for Carolinas-based Soldiers and Marines this past year with the team’s first Military Football Fantasy Camp, where soldiers lived a day in the life of a Carolina Panthers player.

 

Chicago Bears JERRELL FREEMAN (Linebacker)

 

Throughout the season, Freeman provides tickets to Bears home games to military representatives and their guests as part of his support for the Boeing Military Salute and the Road Home Program. He has donated more than 350 tickets to both the sworn and civilian workforce.

Cincinnati Bengals KYLE CASKEY (Running Backs Coach)

 

Coach Caskey, inspired by his grandfather’s legacy of service, has been involved with the Disabled American Veterans charity, which empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity, and Honor Flight Network, which transports veterans to Washington D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.

 

Cleveland Browns JOE THOMAS (Offensive Lineman)

 

For more than five seasons, Thomas has supported military members through the USO of Northern Ohio with Thomas’ Troops, a signature gameday program to ensure servicemen and women can enjoy a Browns game with their families. Thomas’ commitment to troops locally and overseas includes a visit to the Middle East through the NFL/USO tour.        

 

Dallas Cowboys

 

DARREN WOODSON (Former Safety)

 

Woodson is co-founder of the Warrior Family Network, a non-profit working to help military students on their educational journey and equip them with the knowledge and life skills they need to thrive. The WFN programs address the needs of children in substantially low to moderate-income military families to improve graduation rates, provide financial literacy and core curriculum education services and provide job creation for under-employed or unemployed military.

 

Denver Broncos

 

DEMARCUS WARE (Linebacker)

 

Throughout his 12-year career, Ware has engaged in various capacities with the military community. In addition to his support of the team’s Salute to Service outreach in November, Ware continues to proactively organize and participate in military support and outreach on his own in unique ways, including surprising and hosting a military member for a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner.

 

Detroit Lions

 

GOLDEN TATE (Wide Receiver)

 

Tate established the Golden Future Foundation with a mission to enhance the lives of American Heroes and their families. Through Golden’s annual Stars and Strikes events, surprise military reunions, and annual coat drives, he and his fiancé Elise continue to support our servicemen and women in a variety of ways.

 

Green Bay Packers

 

TOM BAKKEN (Assistant Equipment Manager)

 

During the 2001-2002, Bakken restored military flyovers as part of the Packer’s opening ceremonies at Lambeau Field. He’s now the primary coordinator for flyovers and is responsible for scheduling and hosting military members who perform at pregame ceremonies. Tom was instrumental in arranging the team’s overseas tour to visit troops following their 2011 Super Bowl victory.

 

Houston Texans

 

BRIAN CUSHING (Linebacker)

 

Cushing established The Brian Cushing Foundation to provide resources and experiences to Houston-area veterans and their families through community outreach programs. Through the foundation, Cushing, who took part in the USO-NFL trip to Germany and Kuwait, and his wife host annual events, including the Texans and T-Bones, to bring together military members and Texans players.

 

Indianapolis Colts

 

PAT MCAFEE (Punter)

 

McAfee has a long-standing commitment to the military. He founded the Pat McAfee Foundation to provide scholarship assistance to the children of military service members. Additionally, Pat is involved with numerous military non-profit organizations, most notably Wish For Our Heroes to which he has donated well over half a million dollars throughout his NFL career. This past year, McAfee participated in the first USO/NFL team-themed tour and spent a week visiting service members stationed in Japan. He also hosted several comedy shows with proceeds benefitting Wish For Our Heroes and participated as a Colts Community Ticket Block sponsor for the fifth consecutive season.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

BLAKE BORTLES (Quarterback)

 

Bortles dedicates his time to the Jacksonville military community, organizing numerous efforts to get to know service members and their families on a personal level. The Oviedo, Fla. native will help kick off the team’s Salute to Service week, visiting Naval Air Station Jacksonville and honoring servicemen and women by taking a tour of their facility, taking pictures and signing autographs.

Kansas City Chiefs

 

DERRICK JOHNSON (Linebacker)

 

In recognition of his father’s military service efforts, Johnson spends his time working with many military-based initiatives. He’s helped raise funds for initiatives tied to the Chief’s annual Red Friday efforts to benefit Ft. Riley’s Wounded Warriors Transition Battalion, whose mission is to establish conditions for healing and promote timely return to the force or transition into a productive veteran within the community.

 

Los Angeles Rams

 

JEFF FISHER (Head Coach)

 

Each home gameday weekend, Coach Fisher, who took part in the inaugural NFL-USO Coaches Tour in 2009, hosts a Wounded Warrior at team’s practice and game. In May 2011, Fisher was part of a team that climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to generate awareness for Wounded Warrior Project and the organization’s mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. He also donates a portion of the proceeds raised at his annual Jeff Fisher and Friends Celebrity Softball Game to the Wounded Warrior Project. 

 

Miami Dolphins

 

JAMIE QUADROZZI (Senior Manager, Game Entertainment & Cheerleaders)

 

Quadrozzi has organized 14 Armed Forces Entertainment Military Tours for the Miami Dolphins, allowing our Cheerleaders and Dolphins Legends the opportunity to visit and thank our armed forces stationed overseas. She has also volunteered as an Honor Flight guardian, escorting a WWII veteran to Washington D.C. to visit a memorial dedicated to their service and sacrifices.

 

Minnesota Vikings

 

JEFF LOCKE (Punter)

 

Locke, who was born at an Air Force base in Germany, annually visits the VA Medical Center around Veterans Day. For the last two years, he’s participated in the Tee It Up For The Troops “longest day of golf” charity event. 

 

New England Patriots

 

JOE CARDONA (Long Snapper)

 

Cardona is an Ensign in the US Navy and works as a staff officer at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Rhode Island. Cardona also helped to lead a free football clinic for military families at Naval Station Newport this past April.

 

New Orleans Saints

 

DREW BREES (Quarterback)

 

Brees currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Brees has proudly participated in five USO overseas tours, and he and his wife, Brittany, partnered with the K9s for Warriors program, which is designed to pair up service K9s with those who served in the military post 9/11.

 

New York Giants

 

MIKE SULLIVAN (Offensive Coordinator)

 

Coach Sullivan is a former West Point Cadet and US Army Ranger. His leadership and dedication to service and the organization are profound. His positive presence with the team has changed players, coaches and front office.

 

New York Jets

 

ERIC DECKER (Wide Receiver)

 

Decker and his wife, Jessie, established the Eric and Jessie Decker Foundation to positively impact the lives of U.S. military service members and veterans, as well as animals. The foundation is committed to service to those who have served us via Deckers Dogs, which helps fund the rescue, care and training of service dogs for military veterans returning home with physical disabilities and emotional challenges and supports Freedom Service Dogs of America.

 

Oakland Raiders

 

JON CONDO (Long Snapper)

 

Condo’s passion for supporting the military stems from family ties as both of his grandfathers served in World War II and his brother-in-law, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, served in the Army. Condo supports the community and Raiders’ military partners, including the Sentinels of Freedom, a nonprofit organization that assists severely wounded and injured post 9/11 veterans in their efforts to become productive and self-sufficient members of their communities as they transition back into civilian life. 

 

Philadelphia Eagles

 

DON SMOLENSKI (President)

 

Smolenski has organized numerous events for military members to meet and interact with Eagles players, including Madden tournaments with soldiers stationed overseas and serving meals to disabled veterans. During each Training Camp, the Eagles host a Military Appreciation day in partnership with the USO and invite more than 500 military members.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

 

ALEJANDRO VILLANUEVA (Offensive Tackle)

 

Villanueva, a West Point graduate, is a former Army Ranger who achieved the rank of Captain, and has participated in several events and appearances honoring fellow military personnel and veterans, including Heroes at Heinz Field that brings a group of veterans to the Steelers’ stadium to watch players run drills and spend time with them. 

San Diego Chargers

 

SEAN LISSEMORE (Nose Tackle)

 

Lissemore, whose family has a long history of military service, is one of the team’s most dedicated community service volunteers when it comes to working closely with the men and women of the armed forces. Whenever there is a team event in conjunction with the military, Lissemore is one of the first to volunteer to represent the team. 

 

San Francisco 49ers

 

GARRETT CELEK (Tight End)

 

To celebrate our country’s servicemen and women, Garrett has participated in numerous military appreciation events over the past few years, including Fleet Week. He also helps facilitate annual disaster preparedness training between the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and local first responders. 

 

Seattle Seahawks

 

JERMAINE KEARSE (Wide Receiver)

 

Kearse, who grew up on a military base, established the 15 to 1: The Jermaine Kearse Foundation with a mission to support and inspire youth in military families to work hard, persevere and believe in themselves in order to overcome adversity and find success through positive choices, experiences and opportunity.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

CLINTON MCDONALD (Defensive Tackle)

 

McDonald is from a family with a long history of military service, including his grandfather, a Korean War veteran, his father and uncle, both Vietnam War veterans, and his brother who is active duty Air Force. McDonald served as the honorary guest speaker at the Buccaneers second annual General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Military Family of the Year Awards, which honors the families of active duty military members from each branch of service. McDonald also honored Wounded Warriors at the 2016 Invictus Games, hosted in Orlando. Additionally, at this year’s Military Day during Training Camp, he dedicated extra time, post-practice, to greet and thank service members and their families, pose for pictures, and sign autographs.

Tennessee Titans

 

STORMI WAGLEY (Alumni Cheerleader)

 

Wagley is a proud military spouse, mother, and caretaker. Stormi served on the homefront while her husband fought on the front lines with multiple overseas combat tours of duty. She also served as a USO volunteer and has been on a NFL/USO overseas tour.

 

Washington Redskins

 

DERRICK DOCKERY (Former Guard)

Dockery and his wife, Emma, launched Yellow Ribbons United in 2012. The organization strives to close the gap between military service and civilian responsibility encouraging Americans to move beyond the gratitude they have for our military’s service to actively expressing their appreciation through civic and social action. Through the organization they are able to bring together the community to support military members, their families. Dockery also partners with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors’ Good Grief Camps to help children of fallen service members. 

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SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 9

Nov 8, 2016

SEVEN FROM SUNDAY – WEEK 9

 

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 6, the ninth week of the 2016 season.

  • Dallas rookie quarterback DAK PRESCOTT completed 21 of 27 passes (77.8 percent) for 247 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 141.8 passer rating in the Cowboys’ 35-10 win at Cleveland. Prescott, who has a 104.2 passer rating this season, is the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to have six starts with a 100+ passer rating in his team’s first eight games of a season. Prescott has guided Dallas to a 7-1 start and is the first rookie quarterback in the Super Bowl era to start and win seven of his team’s first eight games of a season.

Dallas rookie running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys’ win at Cleveland. Elliott, who has rushed for 891 yards and seven touchdowns this season, is the third running back in NFL history to rush for at least 875 yards and seven touchdowns in a player’s first eight career games. Elliott joins Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON and ADRIAN PETERSON as the only players to accomplish the feat.

  • New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 323 yards and three touchdowns in the Saints’ 41-23 win at San Francisco. Brees has 55 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes, the most in NFL history.

    Brees, who did not throw an interception, is the first player in NFL history to record 30 career games with at least 300 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

  • New York Giants wide receiver ODELL BECKHAM, JR. caught two touchdown passes in the Giants’ 28-23 win over Philadelphia. Beckham, who has 30 touchdown receptions in 35 career games, is the sixth player in NFL history to record at least 30 touchdown catches in his first 35 career games. Beckham joins Pro Football Hall of Famers LANCE ALWORTH and BOB HAYES and CLOYCE BOX, BILL GROMAN and HARLON HILL as the only players to accomplish the feat.
  • Baltimore wide receiver MIKE WALLACE had four catches for 124 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown reception, in the Ravens’ 21-14 win over Pittsburgh. Wallace, who had a 95-yard touchdown catch for Pittsburgh in 2011 (October 23, 2011 at Arizona), is the third player in NFL history (JOHN TAYLOR & GUS TINSLEY) to have two career 95+ yard touchdown receptions. Wallace is the only player in league annals to have a 95+ yard touchdown catch with two different teams.
  • Indianapolis running back FRANK GORE rushed for 60 yards with two touchdowns and added two catches in the Colts’ 31-26 win at Green Bay. Gore, who has 12,632 career rushing yards and 400 receptions, is the fifth player in NFL history with at least 12,500 rushing yards and 400 receptions. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famers CURTIS MARTIN, WALTER PAYTON and EMMITT SMITH and LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON as the only players to accomplish the feat.
  • Detroit kicker MATT PRATER converted a 58-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter to force overtime in the Lions’ 22-16 win at Minnesota. It marked the second-longest game-tying field goal in the final minute of the fourth quarter in NFL history; Prater also holds the record for the longest such field goal (59 yards on December 11, 2011 with Denver against Chicago). In his career, Prater is now 23 of 23 on game-tying or go-ahead field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter or overtime.

    The Lions have overcome a fourth-quarter deficit in all five of the team’s victories this season.

    Detroit wide receiver ANQUAN BOLDIN had a touchdown reception against Minnesota, his fifth touchdown catch this season. Boldin has now had a season with at least five touchdown receptions with four different teams (Arizona, Baltimore, San Francisco and Detroit) and is the fourth player in NFL history to accomplish the feat. Boldin joins TERRELL OWENS (five teams), IRVING FRYAR and BRANDON MARSHALL as the only players in league annals to accomplish the feat.

  • Miami rookie KENYAN DRAKE returned a kickoff 96 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the Dolphins’ 27-23 win over the New York Jets. The Dolphins, who had a 74-yard punt-return touchdown from rookie JAKEEM GRANT in Week 5 (October 9 vs. Tennessee), are the only team in the NFL this season with both a punt-return touchdown and a kickoff-return touchdown.
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