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NFL Today, Week 7

NFL Today, Week 7

SCOREBOARD

Monday, Oct. 22

Lions at Bears, 8:30 p.m. Jay Cutler and the Bears (4-1) look to keep pace in the NFC North when they face the rival Lions (2-3).

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STARS

Passing

-Drew Brees, Saints, was 27 for 37 for 377 yards with four touchdown passes and an interception in New Orleans' 35-28 win over Tampa Bay. Brees has 16 career games with at least four touchdown passes and 300 yards passing, tied with Dan Marino for the most in NFL history. Brees had his 62nd 300-yard passing game of his career, tying Brett Favre for the third-most 300-yard passing games in NFL history. Denver's Peyton Manning (67 games) holds the record, while Marino (63) has the second-most in NFL history.

-Aaron Rodgers, Packers, was 30 for 37 for 342 yards and three touchdowns in Green Bay's 30-20 win over St. Louis. Rodgers set a single-game franchise completion record of 81.1 percent with a minimum of 35 attempts.

-Josh Freeman, Buccaneers, was 24 for 42 for 420 yards and three touchdowns in Tampa Bay's 35-28 loss to New Orleans.

-Eli Manning, Giants, finished 26 for 40 yards for 337 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in New York's 27-23 win over Washington.

-Brandon Weeden, Browns, was 25 of 41 for 264 yards and two touchdowns in Cleveland's 17-13 loss to Indianapolis.

-Mark Sanchez, Jets, was 28 for 41 for 328 yards with a touchdown and an interception in New York's 29-26 loss to New England.

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Rushing

-Chris Johnson, Titans, had 18 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns in Tennessee's 35-34 win over Buffalo. Johnson joined Earl Campbell and Eddie George in becoming the franchise's third player to have 30 100-yard games.

-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, had 23 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota's 21-14 win over Arizona. Peterson tied Robert Smith's franchise record with his 29th career 100-yard rushing game. Peterson has 67 career rushing touchdowns, the fourth-most through 80 games in NFL history. Only Emmitt Smith (78), Jim Brown (76) and LaDainian Tomlinson (73) have more rushing touchdowns through 80 career games.

-Alfred Morris, Redskins, finished with 22 carries for 120 yards in Washington's 27-23 loss to the New York Giants.

-LaRod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals, had 20 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown in Arizona's 21-14 loss to Minnesota.

-Arian Foster, Texans, finished with 19 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns in Houston's 43-13 win over Baltimore.

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Receiving

-Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers, had seven catches for 216 yards and a touchdown in Tampa Bay's 35-28 loss to New Orleans.

-Victor Cruz, Giants, had seven catches for 131 yards, including a go-ahead 77-yard touchdown, in New York's 27-23 win over Washington.

-Jordy Nelson, Packers, finished with eight catches for 122 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay's 30-20 win over St. Louis.

-Lance Moore, Saints, had nine catches for 121 yards in New Orleans' 35-28 win over Tampa Bay.

-Jeremy Kerley, Jets, had six catches for 103 yards in the New York Jets' 29-26 loss to New England.

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Defense

-Johnathan Joseph and Connor Barwin, Texans, Joseph returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown and Barwin sacked the Ravens' Joe Flacco for a safety in Houston's 43-13 win over Baltimore.

-Harrison Smith and Brian Robison, Vikings, Smith returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown and Robison had three sacks in Minnesota's 21-14 win over Arizona.

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Special teams

-Devin McCourty, Patriots, returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown in New England's 29-26 win over the New York Jets.

-Brad Smith, Bills, returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown in Buffalo's 35-34 loss to Tennessee.

-Dan Bailey, Cowboys, was 4 for 4 on field goals in Dallas' 19-14 win over Carolina.

-Nick Folk, Jets, was 4 for 4 on field goals in New York's 29-26 loss to New England.

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GOOD NEWS

Colts coach Chuck Pagano watched Sunday's game from home, hours after being released from an Indianapolis hospital. Interim coach Bruce Arians provided the update following Indy's 17-13 victory over Cleveland. Pagano has missed Indy's past three games after being diagnosed with leukemia. He had been in the hospital receiving treatment since Sept. 26, and though he will continue to undergo treatment for several more weeks, Arians says he can at least stay at home. Pagano's physician, Dr. Larry Cripe, attended Sunday's game in person, but only said Pagano was in good spirits and was progressing well. Players didn't know Pagano had been released until team owner Jim Irsay told them during a postgame speech. Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck called the news more thrilling than the win.

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STATS

The Texans are 6-1 for the first time in franchise history. ... The Packers' Aaron Rodgers has 150 career TD passes and 42 interceptions, breaking Dan Marino's NFL record for fewest interceptions at that milestone. ... The Cardinals have allowed an NFL-high 35 sacks this season. ... Justin Tucker has four field goals of at least 50 yards this season, a Ravens record. ... The Giants' winning drive was the 22nd of quarterback Eli Manning's career in either the fourth quarter or overtime, his second this season and eighth over the past two seasons. ... Andrew Luck became the first Colts quarterback to run for two touchdowns in a game since Ricky Turner did it on Dec. 4, 1988, against Miami, and Bert Jones accomplished the feat on Oct. 20, 1974, against the Jets. Luck is also the first rookie quarterback with 1,500 yards passing (1,674) and three wins in his team's first six games in NFL history. ... The Titans' Chris Johnson has four career rushing touchdowns of at least 80 yards, the most in NFL history. Johnson surpassed Ahman Green, Hugh McElhenny and Hall of Famers Barry Sanders and O.J. Simpson as the only players with three career rushing touchdowns of at least 80 yards in NFL history.

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STREAKS

After starting the season 4-0, the Cardinals have dropped three straight. ... Cleveland has lost 11 straight road games. ... The Bills (3-4) have lost three of their past four. In allowing the Titans 197 yards rushing, the Bills have given up 182 or more yards on the ground in each of their past four games - including 311 in a 45-3 loss at San Francisco two weeks ago.

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SIDELINED

Jacksonville lost star running back Maurice Jones-Drew to a left foot injury. Then quarterback Blaine Gabbert hurt his non-throwing shoulder. Jones-Drew was on the field for just two snaps, carrying the ball on the first two plays at Oakland before leaving with an ailing left foot. The Redskins also lost a key player during a dramatic road loss. Tight end Fred Davis tore his left Achilles tendon in the first half of Washington's 27-23 setback against the Giants. He needed help to the sideline and then onto a trainer's table before he was carted to the locker room.

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SPEAKING

``With our offense and Eli at the helm, we're never too worried. No matter what situation we're in, no matter how many points we need or a field goal we need, we have the confidence we can do it. We have a lot of confidence in each other, and in Eli.'' - Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz on quarterback Eli Manning leading the game-winning drive in a 27-23 win over Washington. The TD with 1:13 remaining was the longest game-winning touchdown in the final two minutes of a game in franchise history.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.

On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.  

The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.  

"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website

Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.

Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.

On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below. 

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.

Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32

Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back. 

However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.

If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward. 

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