NFL Today, Week 11

NFL Today, Week 11


Monday, Nov. 19

Chicago at San Francisco (8:30 p.m.). Jason Campbell is set to start for the injured Jay Cutler and the NFC North-leading Bears (7-2), while the NFC West-leading 49ers (6-2-1) hope to have quarterback Alex Smith starting after he sustained a concussion last week in a 24-24 tie with St. Louis.




-Matt Schaub, Texans, threw for a career-high 527 yards and five touchdowns and completed a franchise-record 43 passes as Houston edged Jacksonville 43-37 in overtime.

-Tom Brady, Patriots, had 331 yards passing and three touchdowns as New England routed Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts 59-24.

-Robert Griffin III, Redskins, threw four touchdown passes and ran for 84 yards in Washington's 31-6 victory over Philadelphia.

-Chad Henne, Jaguars, set a career high with four touchdown passes and threw for 354 yards in relief of an injured Blaine Gabbert as Jacksonville fell to Houston 43-37 in OT.

-Peyton Manning, Broncos, threw three touchdown passes for the sixth time in seven games, leading Denver to its fifth straight win, 30-23 over San Diego. He also won his 148th regular-season game to tie John Elway for second on the career list for starting quarterbacks, and threw his 423rd TD pass to move into second in NFL history.


-Doug Martin, Buccaneers, ran for 138 yards on 24 carries in Tampa Bay's 27-21 victory at Carolina.

-LaRod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals, rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in a 23-19 loss at Atlanta.

-Marcel Reece, Raiders, had 103 yards rushing on 19 attempts in Oakland's 38-17 loss to New Orleans.

-BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals, ran for 101 yards and a TD to help lead the Bengals past Kansas City 28-6.


-Andre Johnson, Texans, caught 14 passes for 273 yards and a score in Houston's 43-37 overtime victory over Jacksonville.

-Justin Blackmon, Jaguars, made seven catches for 236 yards and a TD as Jacksonville fell to Houston 43-37 in OT.

-Dez Bryant, Cowboys, had 12 receptions for a career-high 145 yards and a touchdown in Dallas' 23-20 overtime win over Cleveland.

-Rob Gronkowski, Patriots, caught seven passes for 137 yards and two TDs - giving him 10 scores, the first tight end in NFL history to have that many in three straight seasons, as New England routed Indianapolis 59-24.

-Calvin Johnson, Lions, had five catches for 143 yards and a score in Detroit's 24-20 loss to Green Bay.

Special Teams

-Julian Edelman, Patriots, returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown in New England's 59-24 win over Indianapolis.

-Dan Bailey, Cowboys, kicked a 38-yard field goal with 6:07 left in the extra period after making a tying kick with 2 seconds remaining in regulation to lead Dallas past Cleveland 23-20.

-Nick Folk, Jets, kicked a pair of 51-yard field goals, becoming the second in franchise history with two kicks of at least 50 yards in the same game, helping New York top St. Louis 27-13.

-Jay Feely, Cardinals, made all four of his field-goal attempts and an extra point in a losing cause as Arizona fell to Atlanta 23-19.

-Janoris Jenkins, Rams, blocked a 26-yard field-goal attempt in the first half of St. Louis' 27-13 loss to the New York Jets.


-Aqib Talib, Patriots, had a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown in his debut with New England, helping his new team to a 59-24 win over Indianapolis.

-Von Miller, Broncos, had three sacks and two forced fumbles in Denver's 30-23 win over San Diego.

-Captain Munnerlyn, Panthers, returned an interception 74 yards for a score in Carolina's 27-21 overtime loss to Tampa Bay.

-Malcolm Jenkins, Saints, took an interception 55 yards for a touchdown as New Orleans topped Oakland 378-17.

-John Abraham, Falcons, had two sacks to help lead Atlanta to a 23-19 victory over Arizona.



Houston's Matt Schaub threw a career-high five touchdown passes, completed a franchise-record 43 passes and finished with 527 yards in the air, second-most in NFL history, in the Texans' 43-37 overtime win over Jacksonville. Warren Moon also threw for 527 yards for the Houston Oilers in December 1990 in Kansas City, while Norm Van Brocklin holds the record with 554 for the Rams in 1951. ... Drew Brees finished 20 for 27 for 219 yards in New Orleans' 38-17 win at Oakland, extending his own records by throwing a touchdown in his 53rd straight game and completing 20 passes for the 46th straight game.



Tony Romo was sacked a career-high seven times, but Dallas beat Cleveland 23-20 in overtime to win for the first time in six games when the Cowboys quarterback is sacked at least five times. ... St. Louis fell to the New York Jets 27-13 and failed to force a turnover for the fifth straight game - tying the NFL's longest such slump since 1950, according to STATS LLC. ... Houston finished with franchise-record 640 total yards in a 43-37 overtime win over Jacksonville. ... Oakland fell to New Orleans 38-17 for its third straight loss. The Raiders have allowed 135 points in those defeats - the most in a three-game span for the franchise since allowing 141 in the first three games in 1961. ... New England's 59-24 win over Indianapolis equaled the team mark for points set in a 59-0 win over the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 18, 2009.



Houston's Andre Johnson caught 14 passes for 273 yards, while Jacksonville's Justin Blackmon made seven catches for 236 yards in the Texans' 43-37 overtime win Sunday - marking the first time in NFL history opposing players each had more than 200 yards receiving in the same game.



Cincinnati beat Kansas City 28-6 on Sunday to get to .500 at 5-5, and are eyeing back-to-back postseason appearances for only the second time in franchise history. Meanwhile, the Chiefs have dropped seven straight games in a single season for the first time since Oct. 5-Nov. 23, 2008.



Dallas extended Cleveland's road losing streak to 12 games on Dan Bailey's 38-yard field goal with 6:07 left in the extra period to give Dallas the 23-20 win - after Bailey made a tying kick with 2 seconds remaining in regulation. ... Cleveland's Phil Dawson extended the NFL's longest active field goal streak to 25 by hitting from 51 and 47 yards in the Browns' 23-20 overtime loss Sunday. He's 19 of 19 this season. ... Rams QB Sam Bradford has been sacked in 26 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL, according to STATS LLC.



Philadelphia fell to Washington 31-6 on Sunday, giving the last-place Eagles (3-7) their longest single-season losing streak (six) since dropping seven games in a row to end the 1994 season.



Robert Griffin III completed 14 of 15 passes for 200 yards, including touchdown passes of 6, 49, 61 and 17 - one in each quarter - in Washington's 31-6 win over Philadelphia. His 93.3 completion percentage is the highest by a QB with at least four TD passes since San Francisco's Steve Young in 1994. Griffin also ran 12 times for 84 yards and was again serenaded with chants of ``RG3.''



Houston beat Jacksonville 43-37 on Sunday, winning an overtime game for the first time at Reliant Stadium and improving to 2-7 in the extra period in the team's history. The Jaguars have lost three road games in overtime this year.



Josh Freeman threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Clark in overtime to cap Tampa Bay's 27-21 comeback win over the Carolina Panthers, the Buccaneers' fifth in their last six to pull into playoff contention. Meanwhile, the Panthers have lost seven of eight. ... Andrew Luck was 27 for 50 for two touchdowns and 334 yards and set an NFL record as the first rookie with five 300-yard games in Indianapolis' 59-24 loss at New England - but he also threw three interceptions.



Detroit's Matthew Stafford threw two interceptions and lost a fumble in the Lions' 24-20 loss to Green Bay. One of the interceptions was returned 72 yards by Packers safety M.D. Jennings for a go-ahead score in the third quarter. ... Atlanta's Matt Ryan threw a career-worst five interceptions, but became the first quarterback since Green Bay's Bart Starr in 1967 to win a game - 23-19 over Arizona - despite throwing five INTs with no touchdowns, according to STATS LLC.



Jacksonville's Blaine Gabbert left the Jaguars' 43-37 overtime loss to the Houston Texans in the first quarter with a bruised right elbow. Gabbert, who has struggled this season, was injured when he was hit Danieal Manning and fumbled on Jacksonville's first drive. He was replaced by Chad Henne. ... Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy left Philadelphia's 31-6 loss to Washington in the fourth quarter with a concussion. McCoy was taken off the field on a cart after staying down following a 7-yard run with less than 2 minutes left. ... Kansas City wide receiver Dwayne Bowe left against Cincinnati with a neck injury and left tackle Branden Albert left with a back injury. Also Bengals cornerback Terence Newman was sidelined with a concussion. ... Atlanta cornerback Asante Samuel injured his right shoulder in the first quarter in the Falcons' win over Arizona. ... Denver running back Willis McGahee hurt his right knee early in the second quarter when he was tackled by San Diego defensive back Quentin Jammer, and did not return.



``I'm tired of talking about Robert. Nothing's going to change; Robert's going to go out there and be special. That's the gift that he has, he's a special guy. He brings that kind of `specialness.' I don't know if that's a word, but he brings it to our offense.'' - Washington's Santana Moss on teammate and rookie Robert Griffin III, who completed 14 of 15 passes for 200 yards, including touchdown passes of 6, 49, 61 and 17 - one in each quarter, in a 31-6 win over Philadelphia on Sunday.


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John Carlson agrees to big-money deal to stay with the Capitals


John Carlson agrees to big-money deal to stay with the Capitals

On Friday, the Capitals shipped out Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to clear space on the salary cap for John Carlson's massive contract extension.

On Sunday night, Carlson signed on the dotted the line. 

The 28-year-old became the latest core Cap to sign a long-term deal, inking an eight-year extension that will carry an $8 million average salary. 

His cap hit is now the second highest on the team—behind Ovechkin’s $9.538 million charge and just ahead of Kuznetsov’s $7.8 million hit.

With Carlson locked up, the defending Stanley Cup champion now has the majority of its core signed through at least the 2019-20 season. Among the players with at least two years remaining on their deals are forwards Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nickas Backstrom and Lars Eller, defensemen Carlson, Matt Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov and goaltender Braden Holtby.

The Carlson news did not come as a surprise.

The Caps wanted to keep him. Carlson, who makes his offseason home in Washington, wanted to stay with the club that drafted him 27th overall in 2008. And on Friday night in Dallas, GM Brian MacLellan all but guaranteed that a deal was going to happen when he said, “We’re close and hopefully we can close the deal here over the next 24 hours.”

It ended up taking a little more than 24 hours, but in the end MacLellan got his D-man.

“John has been an exceptional and consistent player for our franchise and has blossomed into being one of the top defensemen in the NHL,” said MacLellan in a statement on Sunday. “Defenseman like John are a rare commodity in our League and, at 28 years of age, we feel he is just entering his prime.”

Indeed, Carlson notched a career-high 15 goals and 53 assists last season, and his 68 points led all NHL defensemen. He also became the eighth defensemen in Caps’ history to record 60 points in a season and the first since Mike Green accomplished the feat in 2009-10. Meanwhile, Carlson’s average ice time (24:47) also marked a career high.

“As a right-handed defenseman, John plays in all key situations and has contributed greatly to our team’s success on the special teams,” MacLellan added. “We are pleased for both parties to have come to an agreement and for him to continue his great career as a Washington Capital.”

With Carlson under contract, the Caps now have a little more than $13 million in cap space underneath the $79.5 million ceiling, according to Michal Kempny, Jay Beagle, Alex Chiasson and Jakub Jerabek are all unrestricted free agents, while Tom Wilson, Devante Smith-Pelly, Travis Boyd and Madison Bowey are restricted free agents.

Carlson’s also signing kicks off a big week for MacLellan.

In addition to negotiating with the free agents he hopes to retain, he’s expected to have a formal interview with associate coach Todd Reirden, who is the leading candidate to replace Barry Trotz as head coach.

So buckle up, there figure to be a few more important announcements in the coming days.


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Interested teams have begun reaching out to John Carlson


Interested teams have begun reaching out to John Carlson

Free agency does not start until July 1, but John Carlson's agent is already taking calls from other interested teams.

The interview period began at 12 a.m. on Sunday morning, which means teams are now able to reach out to any potential free agents, but no contracts can be signed until July 1. While Brian MacLellan said Friday that a new deal with Carlson to keep him in Washington was "really close," Carlson's agent, Rick Curran, has made it clear there was no deal in place yet as of Sunday.

So does this mean Carlson now has one foot out the door?

Not necessarily.

At this point in the negotiation, Carlson has a major advantage and that advantage is time. Sunday's interview period is just another way to hold the Caps' feet to the fire. The closer we get to July 1, the more pressure the team is under to get a deal done.

But the Caps still have some leverage too.

“I love it here and all that,” Carlson said during on breakdown day. “I want to stay here, but there's more to it than that.”

By rule, as his current team, the Caps are the only team that can offer Carlson an eight-year deal.

So Carlson may have turned up the heat a few degrees on the Caps, but it's not time for fans to worry just yet.