NFL Today, Week 8

NFL Today, Week 8


Monday, Oct. 29

49ers at Cardinals (8:30 p.m. EDT). Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals (4-3) look to end a three-game losing streak and tie the 49ers (5-2) for first place in the NFC West.




-Peyton Manning, Broncos, was 22 of 30 for 305 yards and three touchdowns in Denver's 34-14 victory over New Orleans.

-Tom Brady, Patriots, finished 23 for 35 for 304 yards and four touchdown passes in New England's 45-7 win over St. Louis. Brady joined Brett Favre (72), Peyton Manning (67) and Dan Marino (62) as the only NFL players with 50 games of at least three TD passes. It was also the 50th 300-yard passing game of his career.

-Matthew Stafford, Lions, was 34 for 49 for 352 yards with three touchdown passes and an interception in Detroit's 28-24 win over Seattle.

-Matt Ryan, Falcons, was 22 for 29 for 262 yards and three touchdown passes in Atlanta's 30-17 win over Philadelphia.

-Andrew Luck, Colts, finished 26 for 38 for 297 yards and a TD and interception in Indianapolis' 19-13 overtime win over Tennessee. Luck, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, has led the Colts to a 4-3 record, the highest winning percentage (.571) by a rookie QB who was a No. 1 overall pick through Week 8 in NFL history.



-Stevan Ridley, Patriots, had 15 carries for 127 yards and a touchdown in New England's 45-7 win over St. Louis.

-Trent Richardson, Browns, had 24 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown in Cleveland's 7-6 win over San Diego. Richardson has five touchdowns rushing, the most by a Browns' rookie in the team's first eight games since 1969 (Ron Johnson, five).

-Willis McGahee, Broncos, ran for 122 yards and a score in Denver's 34-14 win over New Orleans.

-Darren McFadden, Raiders, finished with 29 carries for 114 yards in Oakland's 26-16 victory over Kansas City.

-Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers, finished with 17 carries for 107 yards in Pittsburgh's 27-12 win over Washington.

-Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, had 12 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown in Seattle's 28-24 loss to Detroit.



-Jason Witten, Cowboys, finished with 18 catches, tied for third most in NFL history, for 167 yards in Dallas' 29-24 loss to the New York Giants.

-Rob Gronkowski, Patriots, had eight receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns in New England's 45-7 win over St. Louis.

-Miles Austin, Cowboys, had nine catches for 133 yards in Dallas' 29-24 loss to the New York Giants.

-Julio Jones, Falcons, had five catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's 30-17 win over Philadelphia.

-Steve Smith, Panthers, finished with seven catches for 118 yards in Carolina's 23-22 loss to Chicago.

-Cecil Shorts, Jaguars, had eight catches for 116 yards in Jacksonville's 24-15 loss to Green Bay.

-Dez Bryant, Cowboys, had five catches for 110 yards in Dallas' 29-24 loss to the New York Giants.

-Titus Young, Lions, had nine catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns in Detroit's 28-24 win over Seattle.



-Tim Jennings, Bears, returned one of his two interceptions 25 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Chicago's 23-22 win over Carolina.

-Greg Hardy and Louis Murphy, Panthers, Murphy recovered a fumble for a touchdown and Hardy had three sacks in Carolina's 23-22 loss to Chicago.

-Jason Pierre-Paul and Stevie Brown, Giants, Pierre-Paul returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown and Brown had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in New York's 29-24 win over Dallas.



-Dezman Moses, Packers, recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown in Green Bay's 24-15 win over Jacksonville.

-Olivier Vernon, Dolphins, recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown; also blocked a field goal in Miami's 30-9 win over the New York Jets.

-Justin Medlock, Panthers, was 5 for 5 on field goals in Carolina's 23-22 loss to Chicago.

-Lawrence Tynes, Giants, was 5 for 5 on field goals in New York's 29-24 win over Dallas.



The Chiefs are the first team since at least 1940 to go through their first seven games without a lead, according to STATS LLC. ... The New England Patriots amassed 473 total yards in the 45-7 win over St. Louis in the NFL's game in London. The Patriots have posted at least 350 total yards in 17 consecutive games, surpassing the Rams (1999-2000) for the longest such streak in NFL history. New England also became the first team to win two games in London. ... The Bears are the first team in NFL history to return six interceptions for touchdowns through the first seven games of a season. ... Matt Ryan is 15-0 (4-0 in 2012) when he throws at least three touchdown passes in a game. Only Daryle Lamonica (19-0) has a better record in games with at least three touchdown passes. ... Aaron Rodgers was 22 of 35 for 186 yards and two touchdowns, which moved him past Bart Starr into second place on the Green Bay career list with 153. Brett Favre holds the Packers record with 442 TDs. Donald Driver appeared in his 200th regular season game, joining Favre as the only Packers to accomplish the milestone. ... The Titans' Matt Hasselbeck was 22 of 29 for 236 yards with a TD pass that was the 200th of his career making him the 32nd player in NFL history to reach that mark. ... Rob Bironas is the Titans franchise career leader with 201 field goals. Al Del Greco had 200 for the Oilers-Titans. ... The Falcons won in Philadelphia for the first time since Oct. 30, 1988, and Falcons coach Mike Smith moved past Dan Reeves into first place on the club's all-time list with 50 wins. The win gave Ryan his 50th regular season win as a starter and tied Ben Roethlisberger for the second-fewest starts (69) to reach the milestone among active players. New England's Tom Brady reached 50 regular season wins in 65 starts.



The Atlanta Falcons (7-0) are off to their best start in franchise history. ... The Packers' 24-15 win over Jacksonville was their third straight win and 16th in their past 17 games at Lambeau Field. ... The Panthers have lost five straight. ... The Jaguars have dropped four in a row. ... The Chiefs have also lost four in a row. ... The Chargers have dropped three straight. The Eagles have also lost three in a row and also lost after a bye for the first time in 14 games under coach Andy Reid since 1999. ... Jacksonville's Josh Scobee has made 20 straight field goals, tying Mike Hollis' franchise record. ... The Colts have beaten Tennessee in seven of eight overall and seven of the past 10 in Nashville. ... Jets LB Bart Scott had his streak of 119 consecutive games played end because of a toe injury that has bothered him since the previous time the teams played in Week 3.



Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was injured on the Miami Dolphins' second possession of the game. The Indianapolis Colts lost cornerback Vontae Davis to a sprained left knee on the Tennessee Titans' opening drive. At least Tannehill and Davis got to celebrate wins - Kansas City quarterback Brady Quinn got hurt in the first half of the Chiefs' 26-16 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Miami turned to Matt Moore after Tannehill injured his left knee and quadriceps muscle on a sack by Calvin Pace. Davis went down defending Chris Johnson on a run during Indianapolis' 19-13 overtime victory at Tennessee. He stayed on the field for a couple minutes before walking off. He was replaced by Cassius Vaughn. Quinn was hit hard on a sack by Rolando McClain on the Chiefs' third possession, and then took another shot when he threw an interception off his back foot. Matt Cassel came into the game for the Chiefs' next series. The team said Quinn had a ``head injury.''



``We're 7-0 over here baby. If I was over there now, they have to go to work.'' - Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel on his former team, the Eagles, after Atlanta's 30-17 win over Philadelphia (3-4).


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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."


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Biggest storylines for Wizards coming out of the All-Star break center around John Wall

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Biggest storylines for Wizards coming out of the All-Star break center around John Wall

The Wizards experienced a wild ride before the All-Star break, but came out of it on solid ground, fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 33-24 record. With 27 games still remaining until the postseason, here is a look at the biggest storylines moving forward...

Who will they sign?

The Wizards are close to signing a new player as they were left with open roster spots following the trade deadline when they dealt guard Sheldon Mac to Atlanta for a second round pick. The Wizards have keyed in on the backup point guard position and are likely to go in that direction with the move. But they could still be in the market for other players, possibly someone at the backup wing position, even if they sign a point guard.

The Wizards only have a few days left to make a move because they need to get their roster to 14 players within 14 days of the Mac trade on Feb. 8. Their next game is on Thursday against the Cavaliers, so they could have someone in the building in time to play in that game.


When will Wall return?

Wall had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Jan. 31 and was prescribed a recovery timeline of six-to-eight weeks, meaning he still has about another three weeks to go before a return is possible. It could be another five weeks before he's back on the court. That puts him in the range of missing another 10-to-17 games.

The Wizards have played nine games since he went down and have won seven of them, but they aren't even halfway there yet. They have a long way to go. Because it's Wall and his return will have a domino effect, this is the most important storyline to watch for the Wizards moving forward.

How will Wall fit back in?

Wall's return will of course be a big deal for the Wizards. They will be adding an All-Star back into their lineup with just weeks before the start of the playoffs. But at the moment, they have a good thing going and are playing much better than they were in the last week or two before he was shut down. That, of course, had a lot to do with Wall playing injured.

It will be interesting if the Wizards are still winning at anything close to their current rate when Wall comes back. That would be the ideal scenario because they could ease him back into the lineup and take their time getting him up to speed. But it will also create a complex situation for head coach Scott Brooks, who will need to make adjustments to his rotation. The alternative would be if the Wizards aren't playing well when Wall returns and the concern there would be the urge to rush him back in any capacity.


Tough schedule

The Wizards have fared quite well for themselves so far with a 33-24 record despite injuries to Wall, Markieff Morris and Otto Porter to varying degrees. But they have done so while enjoying the easiest schedule in the NBA, 30th out of 30 teams. It is about to get a lot tougher coming out of the All-Star break.

All in the next five weeks the Wizards will see the Cavs, Bucks, Warriors, Raptors, Pacers (twice), Timberwolves, Celtics, Spurs (twice) and the Nuggets. Of their next 17 games, 15 will be against teams currently in the playoff picture. They could be without Wall for all of them. That won't be easy.

Can Oubre get back on track?

While Wall has been out, just about everyone on the Wizards has stepped their games up to compensate. Though he still impacts games in other ways, Kelly Oubre, Jr. has been one exception on offense. In his last 11 games, Oubre has averaged 9.4 points and shot just 31.2 percent from the field and 23.2 percent from three. In his previous 46 games, he averaged 12.4 points while shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from three.

That is a major difference and the Wizards certainly want to get the early-season version of Oubre back. At his best he is one of their most consistent scorers and an excellent three-point shooter. When he's contributing on both ends of the floor, the Wizards are tough to beat.