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NFL Today, Week 9

NFL Today, Week 9

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Monday, Nov. 5

Eagles at Saints (8:30 p.m.). Michael Vick and the Eagles (3-4) look to end a three-game losing streak against Drew Brees and the Saints (2-5).

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STARS

PASSING

-Andrew Luck, Colts, was 30 for 48 for an NFL rookie record of 433 yards and added two touchdown passes in Indianapolis' 23-20 win over Miami. Luck has four 300-yard passing games, tied with Peyton Manning (1998) for the most by a rookie in a season.

-Peyton Manning, Broncos, finished 27 of 35 for 291 yards with three TD passes and two interceptions in Denver's 31-23 victory over Cincinnati. Denver trailed 20-17 in the fourth quarter before Manning threw two touchdown passes to put the Broncos ahead for good. It marked Manning's 48th winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime, passing Hall of Famer Dan Marino (47) for the most in the NFL since 1970.

-Jay Cutler, Bears, was 19 for 26 for 229 yards with three touchdowns in Chicago's 51-20 win over Tennessee.

-Matt Schaub, Texans, was 19 for 27 for 268 yards with two touchdowns in Houston's 21-9 victory over Buffalo.

-Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins, finished 22 for 38 for 290 yards and a touchdown in Miami's 23-20 loss to Indianapolis.

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RUSHING

-Doug Martin, Buccaneers, had 25 carries for 251 yards and four touchdowns in Tampa Bay's 42-32 win over Oakland. Martin joins Mike Anderson (Dec. 3, 2000) as the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 250 yards and four touchdowns in a game. Martin had TD runs of 70, 67, 1 and 45 yards in the victory. The rookie is the first player in NFL history with touchdowns rushing of at least 70, 65 and 45 yards in a game.

-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, had 17 carries for 182 yards with two touchdowns in Minnesota's 30-20 loss to Seattle.

-Isaac Redman, Steelers, finished with 26 carries for 147 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 24-20 win over the New York Giants.

-Chris Johnson, Titans, finished with 16 carries for 141 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee's 51-20 loss to Chicago.

-Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, had 26 carries for 124 yards and a touchdown in Seattle's 30-20 win over Minnesota.

-Arian Foster, Texans, had 24 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown in Houston's 21-9 win over Buffalo.

-Mikel Leshoure, Lions, had 16 carries for 70 yards and three touchdowns in Detroit's 31-14 win over Jacksonville.

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RECEIVING

-Brandon Marshall, Bears, had nine catches for 122 yards and three touchdowns in Chicago's 51-20 win over Tennessee.

-Calvin Johnson, Lions, had seven catches for 129 yards in Detroit's 31-14 win over Jacksonville.

-Andre Johnson, Texans, had eight catches for 118 yards in Houston's 21-9 win over Buffalo.

-Donnie Avery, Colts, had five catches for 108 yards in Indianapolis' 23-20 win over Miami.

-Jermaine Gresham, Bengals, had six catches for 108 yards in Cincinnati's 31-23 loss to Denver.

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DEFENSE

-Michael Boley, Giants, returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown in New York's 24-20 loss to Pittsburgh.

-Brian Urlacher and Charles Tillman, Bears. Urlacher returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown and Tillman had four forced fumbles in Chicago's 51-20 win over Tennessee.

-Von Miller, Broncos, had three sacks in Denver's 31-23 win over Cincinnati.

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SPECIAL TEAMS

-Trindon Holliday, Broncos, returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown in Denver's 31-23 win over Cincinnati.

-Corey Wootton, Bears, returned a blocked punt 5 yards for a touchdown in Chicago's 51-20 win over Tennessee.

-Phil Dawson, Browns, was 5 for 5 on field goals in Cleveland's 25-15 loss to Baltimore.

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STATS

This season, there have been nine individual 300-yard passing games by a rookie. That is the most in a single season in NFL history. ... The Bears scored 51 points against the Titans, their highest total since 1980. The Bears have returned an interception for a touchdown a club record seven times - no other NFL team had returned six for TDs through the first seven games of any season. ... Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers had four TD passes in the Packers' 31-17 win over Arizona. Rodgers, who has 25 touchdown passes in Green Bay's first nine games this season, is the first player in NFL history to throw at least 25 TDs in his team's first nine games in two different seasons. Rodgers, who had 28 touchdown passes in the Packers' first nine games last season, has done it in consecutive seasons. ... Green Bay finished with a season-high 176 yards rushing on 39 carries, its most since Oct. 25, 2009. ... The Lions' Matthew Stafford became the second-fastest quarterback to throw for 10,000 yards in NFL history, reaching the milestone in 37 games. Former St. Louis Rams star Kurt Warner did it in 36 games. ... The Broncos have scored 37, 21, 35, 34 and 31 points in their past five games, winning four of them. ... The Browns' Trent Richardson is the first rookie to run for more than 100 yards against the Ravens since Jacksonville's Fred Taylor in 1998.

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STREAKS

The Ravens won their 10th straight game over Cleveland and 11th in a row inside the AFC North. ... Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake recorded a sack in his fifth consecutive game. ... The Bears have won six consecutive games. ... The Packers have won four consecutive games and have won 17 of their past 18 regular-season games at Lambeau Field. ... The Cardinals and Jaguars have each lost five in a row. ... The Bengals have lost four in a row. .... Texans running back Arian Foster has scored in five straight games. ... The Buccaneers have scored at least 28 points in a franchise-record four straight games.

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SIDELINED

Oakland running back Darren McFadden left the field shortly before halftime because of an ankle injury, the latest setback for the Raiders' top rusher. X-rays on McFadden were negative during a 42-32 loss to Tampa Bay. Oakland coach Dennis Allen didn't say which ankle was hurt and didn't provide additional information. Earlier in the game, Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant was taken to a hospital because of a fast heartbeat. No further details were announced about Bryant, in his fourth season out of Harvard. ... Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews, Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown and Washington wide receiver Santana Moss were among other players who left early. Matthews hurt his hamstring injury after a failed sack and Packers receiver Jordy Nelson injured his ankle. Brown, the Steelers' top receiver, left in the first half of a 24-20 victory over the New York Giants with a left ankle sprain. Moss sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter of the Redskins' 21-13 loss to Carolina.

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SPEAKING

``His presence is felt every day in the facility. But to see him in the flesh, in the locker room, to hear him speak I think gave all the guys a boost.'' - Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on coach Chuck Pagano after Sunday's 23-20 win over the Dolphins.

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``There are so many bigger things going on around here that what we do is not as important as real life. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone else who are going through so much. There were so many emotions going on, I didn't know what to expect from it. But maybe we were able to take their minds off their problems just a little.'' - quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after the Steelers beat the Giants 24-20 in storm-ravaged New Jersey.

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Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale welcomes second chance at role

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Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale welcomes second chance at role

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Don Martindale wondered if he would ever get a second chance to be an NFL defensive coordinator after his one-and-done disaster with the Denver Broncos in 2010.

The Broncos went 4-12 that season and gave up more points (29.4 per game) and yards (390.8) than any team in the league. Those miserable numbers, not surprisingly, cost Martindale his job.

He latched on with the Baltimore Ravens in 2012 as linebackers coach. After working diligently with several stars, including Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Zachary Orr and C.J. Mosley, the 54-year-old Martindale last week was promoted to defensive coordinator.

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To say he's pleased to be in charge of an NFL defense again would be a profound understatement.

"Without a doubt," Martindale said Thursday. "My family knows it. Everybody knows it. My players know it. I can't wait."

His performance in Denver eight years ago is hardly worth putting on a resume, but Martindale believes it was a worthwhile experience.

"Even though the stats were what they were, I was really proud with how we played," he said. "I'm glad I went through that process because I think that makes me a better coach today. It's like I tell my guys: You either win or you learn."

Martindale's new job with the Ravens carries the responsibility of overseeing a unit that has long been among the best in the NFL, thriving under notable leaders such as Marvin Lewis, Rex Ryan, Chuck Pagano and Dean Pees, who retired on Jan. 1.

"I've been preparing for this job all my life," Martindale said. "It's very humbling, but I understand the pressure and I look forward to the challenge."

Martindale takes over a defense that this season ranked 12th in net yards allowed, first in takeaways (34) and sixth in fewest points allowed (18.9). He has no plans to revamp the unit or change the philosophy, especially since head coach John Harbaugh stressed the need to retain continuity before launching his search for Pees' replacement.

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Martindale will, however, put his own stamp on the unit.

"I think personality-wise, and just calls, there's going to be some things that are the same. And then there are going to be sometimes where I'm going to pressure more," Martindale said. "I just think I have a more aggressive personality in calling the game. Sometimes, too aggressive. That's some of the things I've learned from the past."

His most daunting task will be finding a way to make the defense to come up big late in the game. In 2016, a fourth-quarter collapse in Pittsburgh cost Baltimore a playoff berth. This season, a fourth-down touchdown pass in the final minute by Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton bounced the Ravens from the postseason chase.

"Our mantra has always been to finish," Martindale said. "We're close. Obviously, the last two years, it's been the last play that's knocked us out of it. We are going to work diligently -- all of us -- with our package and situational football.

"That's going to be the next step, I think, that will skyrocket us. That's the big thing that I see. We were really good. Let's make it great."

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Offensive, defensive and rookie of the year awards for Ravens' 2017 season

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Offensive, defensive and rookie of the year awards for Ravens' 2017 season

The Ravens' season had it's ups and down, but out of it came some bright spots.

The defense continued to prove dominate and the offense found its groove during the second half of the season, but who stood out the most?

Offensive MVP: RB Alex Collins

Collins was a late preseason pickup after being cut by the Seattle Seahawks and Ravens fans are grateful they let him go. After new acquisition Danny Woodhead injured his hamstring on the first drive in Week 1 and Terrance West injured his calf Week 5 in Oakland, Allen emerged as a saving grace. He finished the season with 973 yards, six touchdowns and 212 attempts averaging 4.6 yards-per-carry. His longest rushing attempt was 50-yards against the Steelers in Week 4, and then in Week 14, rushed 120-yards on their defense. 

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Defensive MVP: OLB Terrell Suggs

This one was a toss up between Suggs and inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, but considering the level at which Sizzle is playing at in his 15th season, his 2017 performance is MVP worthy.

The 35-year old finished the season with 49 combined tackles, 12 assist, 11 sacks and four forced fumbles. Suggs ranks 11th in the league in sacks and was voted to his seventh Pro Bowl, something that should be expected from the leader of a defense that finished the regular season ranked sixth in points allowed. During the Ravens' Week 12 matchup, Suggs proved he doesn't age when he strip sacked Texans QB Tom Savage with 4:44 remaining in the fourth, shifting the momentum back to the Ravens who were clinging on to a 23-16 win. He's suffered two Achilles tears and a torn bicep over the last 5.5 seasons but has remained Hall of Fame worthy. As of right now, T-Sizzle has no plans of retiring. 

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Rookie of the Year: CB Marlon Humphrey

The Ravens' 2017 first-round pick stepped up to the plate when starting CB Jimmy Smith's season was over after suffering a torn Achilles in Week 13. The rookie out of Alabama finished the season with 34 combined tackles, four assists and two interceptions. Pro Football Focus graded Humphrey the fifth-best cover corner in the league. QBs only had a 53.5 rating when they threw in his direction. PFF also gave Humphrey a 82.7 rookie rating. 

Humphrey will continue to prove his worth during the 2018 season if Jimmy Smith is still recovering come Week 1.

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Special Teams MVP: P Sam Koch

Koch is in his 12th season with the Ravens and he's continuing to prove how efficient that leg of his is. He had a season long of 67-yards and placed 40 of 84 punts inside the 20-yard line. Koch's accuracy earned him AFC special teams player of the week not once, but twice this season. The first came in Week 12 against the Houston Texans when he not only placed five punts inside the 20-yard line, but also faked a punt and threw a 22-yard pass to Chris Moore for a first down. The second honor came in Week 15 against the Cleveland Browns after placing four punts inside the 20-yard line, three of them inside the five. While neither Koch or kicker Justin Tucker were named to the Pro Bowl, Ravens fans never break a sweat when the game is in their hands, or should we say, legs.