Eagles QB Carson Wentz leads Pro Bowl voting by fans with one week left

As fan voting enters its final week, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback CARSON WENTZ, with 562,958 total votes, continues to lead all players in balloting for the 2018 Pro Bowl.

New England quarterback TOM BRADY (499,727 votes) ranks second overall, while Pittsburgh running backLE’VEON BELL (499,042 votes), Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN (487,170 votes) and New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES (439,079 votes) round out the top five.

Fan voting for the 2018 Pro Bowl will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones atwww.NFL.com/probowlvote through Thursday, December 14. In addition:

  • Fans may vote via Twitter’s Direct Message (DM) Voting Experience, which has never been done for an All-Star game before. Fans may participate via entry cards tweeted from all 32 team accounts or by directly visiting the @NFL profile page at Twitter.com/NFL. The entry cards will initiate a private “Direct Message” and enable fans to select a position group or search for a player or team to begin the voting process.

  • Starting tomorrow, fans can also vote directly on Twitter with the #ProBowlVote hashtag. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, or the player’s official Twitter handle, along with the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. This method is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote and the DM Voting Experience, which will both be available throughout the voting period.

The 2018 Pro Bowl, which kicks off at a new start time of 3:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 28, will be televised live from Camping World Stadium on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC. Players for the game 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 15.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 19 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

Tickets to the game start at $45 and are on sale now at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. Last year’s sold-out event – the Pro Bowl’s first time in Orlando – featured a capacity crowd of more than 60,000. Fans may visit ProBowl.com for additional information on Pro Bowl Week, which features a variety of free, family-friendly events in Orlando.

The Pro Bowl is an all-inclusive event for fans on gameday. Working with KultureCity, Camping World Stadium’s sensory-inclusive partner, the NFL will offer families who attend the 2018 Pro Bowl support, including sensory accessibility resources and two dedicated sensory rooms located in the stadium on gameday to enable them to enjoy the game with more confidence and comfort.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-10 VOTE-GETTERS

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

QB

Carson Wentz

Philadelphia

562,958

QB

Tom Brady

New England

499,727

RB

Le’Veon Bell

Pittsburgh

499,042

WR

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

487,170

QB

Drew Brees

New Orleans

439,079

RB

Todd Gurley

Los Angeles Rams

427,782

QB

Russell Wilson

Seattle

368,551

RB

Kareem Hunt

Kansas City

366,344

QB

Jared Goff

Los Angeles Rams

363,243

TE

Rob Gronkowski

New England

342,183

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION* 

AFC

NFC

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

QB

Tom Brady

New England

499,727

QB

Carson Wentz

Philadelphia

562,958

RB

Le’Veon Bell

Pittsburgh

499,042

RB

Todd Gurley

LA Rams

427,782

FB

Tommy Bohanon

Jacksonville

87,793

FB

Kyle Juszczyk

San Francisco

225,023

WR

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

487,170

WR

Julio Jones

Atlanta

296,349

TE

Rob Gronkowski

New England

342,183

TE

Zach Ertz

Philadelphia

319,783

T

Alejandro Villanueva

Pittsburgh

126,610

T

Lane Johnson

Philadelphia

140,332

G

David DeCastro

Pittsburgh

155,103

G

Zack Martin

Dallas

136,167

C

Maurkice Pouncey

Pittsburgh

143,603

C

Jason Kelce

Philadelphia

162,767

DE

Joey Bosa

LA Chargers

247,464

DE

Everson Griffen

Minnesota

190,110

DT

Geno Atkins

Cincinnati

179,504

DT

Fletcher Cox

Philadelphia

199,589

OLB

Von Miller

Denver

154,056

OLB

Chandler Jones

Arizona

103,845

ILB

Ryan Shazier

Pittsburgh

148,443

ILB

Luke Kuechly

Carolina

179,517

CB

A.J. Bouye

Jacksonville

190,916

CB

Darius Slay

Detroit

140,666

SS

Micah Hyde

Buffalo

80,759

SS

Kam Chancellor

Seattle

99,431

FS

Kevin Byard

Tennessee

98,926

FS

Harrison Smith

Minnesota

87,378

K

Stephen Gostkowski

New England

92,977

K

Greg Zuerlein

LA Rams

109,850

P

Marquette King

Oakland

103,582

P

Johnny Hekker

LA Rams

55,575

RS

Tyreek Hill

Kansas City

98,221

RS

Pharoh Cooper

LA Rams

76,728

ST

Tyler Matakevich

Pittsburgh

59,045

ST

Kamu Grugier-Hill

Philadelphia

62,871

*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters through Tuesday, December 5

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All the NFL Week 14 playoff scenarios!

Here are all the playoff scenarios for Week 14 in the NFL:

AFC

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-2) (at Miami (5-7), Monday night)

New England clinches AFC East division with:

  1. NE win or tie  OR
  2. BUF loss or tie

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (10-2) (vs. Baltimore (7-5), Sunday night)

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division with:

  1. PIT win or tie

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. BUF loss or tie

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (8-4) (vs. Seattle (8-4), Sunday)

Jacksonville clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. JAX win + BUF loss + MIA loss or tie + NYJ loss or tie + LAC loss or tie + OAK-KC game does not end in a tie

NFC

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-2) (at Los Angeles Rams (9-3), Sunday)

Philadelphia clinches NFC East division with:

  1. PHI win or tie  OR

​2. DAL loss or tie

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-2) (at Carolina (8-4), Sunday)

Minnesota clinches NFC North division with:

  1. MIN win or tie  OR

  2. DET loss or tie + GB loss or tie

LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-3) (vs. Philadelphia (10-2), Sunday)

Los Angeles Rams clinch a playoff berth with:

1)    LAR win + DET loss or tie + GB loss or tie + DAL loss or tie + CAR loss + ATL loss

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9-3) (at Atlanta (7-5), Thursday night)

New Orleans clinches a playoff berth with:

1) NO win + CAR loss or tie + DAL loss or tie  OR

2)    NO win + CAR loss + DET loss or tie  OR

3)    NO win + DET loss or tie + GB loss or tie  OR

4)    NO win + CAR loss + NO clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over DAL  OR

5)    NO win + CAR tie + NO clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over DAL and GB  OR

6)    NO win + CAR tie + GB loss or tie + NO clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over DAL

Roy Nelson-Matt Mitrione set for February 16

The second of four fights making up the first round of the 2018 Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix will take place Friday, February 16 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. and will feature fan-favorite Roy Nelson (23-14) taking on exciting knockout artist Matt Mitrione (12-5).

Tickets for Bellator 194: Nelson vs. Mitrione are available early through a special Bellator Nation pre-sale running Wednesday, December 6 through Thursday, December 7. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, December 8. Tickets can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office, as well as Ticketmaster and Bellator.com.

The event will be broadcast live and free on Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and globally on the Bellator Mobile App. Additional contests will be announced in coming weeks.

Fighting out of Las Vegas, Roy Nelson made his Bellator debut earlier this year with a hard-fought victory over Javy Ayala following an eight-year, 19-fight run with UFC that saw him earn wins over Mirko Cro Cop, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, “Bigfoot” Silva and Cheick Kongo. “Big Country” also memorably defeated the late Kimbo Slice and later went on to win season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter. With 19 of his 23 career wins coming by way of knockout or submission, the long-time fan-favorite looks to add a championship to his impressive resume.

Matt Mitrione remains poised to make a run at the Bellator heavyweight title following three knockout wins since signing with Bellator in 2016, including a first-round KO of Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator NYC this past June. The Illinois native and standout defensive end at Purdue University earned All-Big Ten honors in 2000 and subsequently earned his way into the NFL where he played six seasons as a member of the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. Mitrione ultimately found his way into MMA where he became a high-level competitor, defeating the likes of the late Kimbo Slice, Derrick Lewis and Gabriel Gonzaga.

Statistical highlights from Week 13 in the NFL

LIVING LEGENDSArizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD and Indianapolis running back FRANK GORE continue to etch their names in the NFL record book.

Fitzgerald led the Cardinals with 10 receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown in their Week 13 loss. He has 1,207 career catches and became the third player in NFL history to reach 1,200 receptions, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE(1,549) and TONY GONZALEZ (1,325).

Fitzgerald, who played in his 214th career game, is the fastest player in NFL history to reach the milestone (Rice, 221 games and Gonzalez, 247).

The players with the most career receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

CAREER RECEPTIONS

GAMES TO REACH 1,200 CATCHES

Jerry Rice^

San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle

1,549

221

Tony Gonzalez

Kansas City, Atlanta

1,325

247

Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona

1,207*

214

*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Fitzgerald has 15,267 career receiving yards and surpassed ISAAC BRUCE (15,208) to move into fourth place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards list.

The players with the most career receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

CAREER RECEIVING YARDS

Jerry Rice^

San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle

22,895

Terrell Owens

San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati

15,934

Randy Moss

Minnesota, Oakland, New England, Tennessee, San Francisco

15,292

Larry Fitzgerald

Arizona

 15,267*

*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Frank Gore rushed for 61 yards in the Colts’ Week 13 loss and has 13,697 career rushing yards. He surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famers LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (13,684) and JEROME BETTIS (13,662) to move into fifth place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.

The players with the most career rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

CAREER RUSHING YARDS

Emmitt Smith^

Dallas, Arizona

18,355

Walter Payton^

Chicago

16,726

Barry Sanders^

Detroit

15,269

Curtis Martin^

New England, New York Jets

14,101

Frank Gore

San Francisco, Indianapolis

13,697*

*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

SAINTS ARE MARCHINGNew Orleans running backs ALVIN KAMARA (126 scrimmage yards with two touchdowns) and MARK INGRAM (122 scrimmage yards with a touchdown) combined for 248 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns in the Saints’ 31-21 win over Carolina in Week 13.

Kamara and Ingram have both recorded at least 100 scrimmage yards in the same game four times and are the first pair of running back teammates with four such games in a season since ROGER CRAIG and WENDELL TYLER of the 1985 San Francisco 49ers.

The pairs of running back teammates to record 100+ scrimmage yards each in the same game at least four times in a single season since 1970:

TEAM

PLAYERS

SEASON

GAMES WITH 100+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS EACH

Atlanta

Dave Hampton, Art Malone

1972

6

New Orleans

Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara

2017

4*

San Francisco

Roger Craig, Wendell Tyler

1985

4

Pittsburgh

Rocky Bleier, Franco Harris^

1976

4

Dallas

Walt Garrison, Calvin Hill

1972

4

*Through Week 13

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

RECORD-SETTING RECEIVER: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN had eight catches for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers’ 23-20 win at Cincinnati on Monday Night Football last week.

Brown, who has 569 receptions since 2013, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (563 from 1999-2003) for the most catches by a player over any five-year span in NFL history.

The most receptions by a player over any five-year span in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASONS

RECEPTIONS

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

2013-17

569*

Marvin Harrison^

Indianapolis

1999-2003

563

*In fifth season of span

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brown, who has 7,611 receiving yards since 2013, also surpassed Harrison (7,594 from 1999-2003) for the most receiving yards by a player over any five-year span in NFL history.

The most receiving yards by a player over any five-year span in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASONS

RECEIVING YARDS

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

2013-17

7,611*

Marvin Harrison^

Indianapolis

1999-2003

7,594

*In fifth season of span

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

LEGENDARY LANDRY: Miami wide receiver JARVIS LANDRY ranks third in the NFL with 80 receptions this season.

Landry, who entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick in 2014, is the only player in NFL history to have at least 80 receptions in each of his first four seasons.

— NFL —

CLUTCH WILSON: Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON threw three touchdown passes, including one in the fourth quarter, in the Seahawks’ 24-10 win over Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football last week.

Wilson has 15 fourth-quarter touchdown passes this season, tied with ELI MANNING (15 in 2011) for the most in a single season.

The players with the most fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

4TH QUARTER TD PASSES

Russell Wilson

Seattle

2017

15*

Eli Manning

New York Giants

2011

15

Drew Brees

New Orleans

2016

14

Blake Bortles

Jacksonville

2015

14

Peyton Manning

Denver

2013

14

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis

2002

14

Johnny Unitas^

Baltimore Colts

1959

14

*Through Week 13

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

JETS SOARING: New York Jets quarterback JOSH MC COWN completed 26 of 36 passes (72.2 percent) for 331 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions for a 109.8 passer rating and rushed for two touchdowns in the team’s 38-31 win over Kansas City last week.

McCown, who turned 38 years old in July, became the third player in NFL history with at least two rushing touchdowns in a single game at the age of 38 or older.

The players with at least two rushing touchdowns in a single game at the age of 38 or older:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

AGE

RUSHING TDS

Josh McCown

New York Jets

2017

38

2

Doug Flutie

San Diego

2003

41

2

Jim Thorpe^

Canton Bulldogs

1926

38

2

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

DOMINANT DUMERVILSan Francisco linebacker ELVIS DUMERVIL recorded a sack in the 49ers’ 15-14 win at Chicago last week. Dumervil ranks fourth among active players with 104.5 career sacks.

Dumervil’s sack of Chicago rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky on Sunday marked the 50th different quarterback he has sacked in his 12-year NFL career. Dumervil is the fourth active player to have at least a half-sack against 50 different quarterbacks in his career.

The active players with at least a half-sack against 50 different quarterbacks:

 PLAYER

TEAM(S)

NO. OF QUARTERBACKS SACKED

Julius Peppers

Carolina, Chicago, Green Bay

74

Terrell Suggs

Baltimore

69

Dwight Freeney

Indianapolis, San Diego, Arizona, Atlanta, Seattle, Detroit

63

Elvis Dumervil

Denver, Baltimore, San Francisco

50

Iloka and Smith-Schuster suspended one game by NFL


JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER
 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and GEORGE ILOKA of the Cincinnati Bengals have been suspended without pay for one game each for violations of safety-related playing rules in Monday’s game.

NFL Vice President of Football Operations JON RUNYAN issued the suspensions.

In his letter to Smith-Schuster notifying him of the suspension, Runyan noted that Smith-Schuster violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7 which prohibits unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture and Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 which prohibits unsportsmanlike conduct.

Runyan wrote:

“You are suspended for the dangerous and unsportsmanlike acts you committed during the fourth quarter of last night’s game.  Specifically, with 7:10 remaining, on a passing play to a running back, you lined up a defender and delivered a violent and unnecessary blindside shot to his head and neck area.  You then “celebrated” the play by standing over him and taunting him.   The contact you made with your opponent placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury and could have been avoided.  Your conduct following the hit fell far below the high standards of sportsmanship expected of an NFL player.”

In his letter to Iloka notifying him of the suspension, Runyan stated that Iloka violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7 which prohibits forcibly hitting a defenseless player’s head or neck area with the helmet, facemask, forearm or shoulder.

Runyan wrote:

On a play which began with 3:55 left in the game, you violently struck a defenseless receiver in the head and neck area.  The Competition Committee has clearly expressed its goal of ‘eliminating flagrant hits that have no place in our game’ and has encouraged the League office to suspend offenders for egregious violations such as the one you committed last night.”    

Both Smith-Schuster and Iloka will be eligible to return to their team’s active rosters on Monday, December 11 following the Baltimore-Pittsburgh and Chicago-Cincinnati games on December 10.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspensions may be appealed within three business days. Appeals are heard and decided by either DERRICK BROOKS or JAMES THRASH, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.

Shaun Livingston and referee suspended for altercation

Warriors G Shaun Livingston was suspended one game by the NBA today for his altercation with referee Courtney Kirkland on Sunday. In addition, Kirkland was removed from games for one week for his role in the incident.

Kirkland’s suspension begins today. He is eligible to return to game action on December 11.

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Heavyweight Luis Ortiz returns on 12/8

MIAMI (December 4, 2017) – Top-rated heavyweight title contender Luis “King Kong” Ortiz will take on Daniel “The Mountain” Martz in an added 10-round featured bout on a special Friday night edition of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes at Hialeah Park in Miami, Florida on Dec. 8.

The main event of the card features Ahmed Elbiali taking on former world champion Jean Pascal in a 10-round light heavyweight bout. Televised coverage of the 2-1/2 hour show begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with a battle between unbeaten featherweight prospects Stephen Fulton (11-0, 5 KOs) and Adam Lopez (8-0, 3 KOs) and also features welterweight prospects Bryant Perrella (14-1, 13 KOs) and Alex Martin (13-2, 5 KOs) in undercard action.

Ortiz is returning to the ring one week after the World Boxing Council lifted a sanction that it had imposed against the Cuban heavyweight contender in October. Ortiz was pulled from a match against world champion Deontay Wilder scheduled for Nov. 4, after Ortiz failed a Voluntary Anti-Doping Association drug test. Last week the WBC ruled that Ortiz had failed to disclose two medications that he was taking, which triggered his positive test. He was fined $25,000 for failing to make the disclosure, and re-instated into the organization’s rankings.

That cleared the way for Ortiz to return to the ring, and he will waste no time doing so with a match that he hopes will help propel him toward another world title shot in 2018.

“I’m just thankful to be back in the sport I love so much. I can’t wait to get some action and feel that ring and those gloves tight on my wrist,” Ortiz said. “I’d like to thank everyone, especially my loyal fans, who stood by me and supported me through this rough time. I don’t think it would have been possible without you guys. I’d like to thank the WBC and Mr. Sulaiman for being humane enough to take time for their investigation, and my entire team who never lost faith in me. But most of all I need to thank God because without him there wouldn’t be anything worth living for.”

The 38-year-old Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs), of Camaguey, Cuba now resides in Miami, Fla., and will be fighting Martz in a 10-round bout in front of his adopted hometown crowd. The hard-hitting southpaw turned pro seven years ago after defecting from Cuba and has since been steadily climbing the heavyweight ladder. He cemented his standing in the division with victories over veteran contenders Bryant Jennings, Tony Thompson and Malik Scott and is currently ranked No. 3 by the WBC. Ortiz hasn’t fought in almost a year, having scored a technical knockout victory over David Allen at Manchester Arena in England on Dec. 10, 2016 in his last fight.

Ortiz-Martz replaces the Chad Dawson-Edwin Rodriguez light heavyweight bout on the card. The match was cancelled after Dawson suffered an injury in training camp.

The 27-year-old Martz (16-5-1, 13 KOs), a 6-foot-7 heavyweight from Clarksburg, West Virginia, has taken on world champion Joseph Parker and contender Bryant Jennings during his five-year professional career.  He is coming off a second round technical knockout victory over Tim Washington on Nov. 17.

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Fans can live stream the fights on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds. The fights are available on desktop at FOXSportsGO.com and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, all programs are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

Rob Gronkowski suspended one game by NFL

ROB GRONKOWSKI of the New England Patriots has been suspended without pay for one game for a violation of unnecessary roughness rules in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

NFL Vice President of Football Operations JON RUNYAN issued the suspension for multiple violations of NFL rules, including Rule 12, Section 2, Article 6 which prohibits “unnecessary roughness” and specifically bans both “forcibly contacting a runner when he is out of bounds,” and “running, diving into…or throwing the body against or on a player who (1) is out of the play or (2) should not have reasonably anticipated such contact by an opponent, before or after the ball is dead,” as well as Rule 12, Section 2, Article 7 which prohibits “initiating unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture”.  Players who are “on the ground” are both “defenseless” and protected from “forcible” hits to the “head or neck area with the helmet, facemask, forearm, or shoulder.”

In his letter to Gronkowski, Runyan wrote:

“Your actions were not incidental, could have been avoided and placed the opposing player at risk of serious injury.  The Competition Committee has clearly expressed its goal of ‘eliminating flagrant hits that have no place in our game.’  Those hits include the play you were involved in yesterday.” ​

Gronkowski will be eligible to return to the Patriots’ active roster on Tuesday, December 12 following the team’s December 11 Monday night game against the Miami Dolphins.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days. Appeals are heard and decided by either DERRICK BROOKS or JAMES THRASH, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.

What to look for in Week 13 of NFL

The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES have the NFL’s best record at 10-1 and can clinch the NFC East division title in Week 13. Philadelphia has won nine consecutive games, including each of its past four by at least 20 points.

The Eagles, who play at Seattle on Sunday Night Football, can become the sixth team in NFL history to win five consecutive games all by at least 20 points and the first since the 1999 St. Louis Rams.

The teams with five consecutive wins all by 20+ points in NFL history:

TEAM

SEASON

MOST CONSECUTIVE WINS BY 20+ POINTS

St. Louis

1999

5

Green Bay

1961

5

Houston Oilers

1961

5

Philadelphia

1953

5

Philadelphia

1949

5

Philadelphia

2017

4*

*Active streak

— NFL —

BIG BEN ASCENDS: Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 49,762 passing yards in his 14-year career with the Steelers.

Roethlisberger, who plays at Cincinnati on Monday Night Football, can become the eighth quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000 career passing yards.

The quarterbacks with at least 50,000 career passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

CAREER PASSING YARDS

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis, Denver

71,940

Brett Favre^

Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota

71,838

Drew Brees

San Diego, New Orleans

 69,140*

Tom Brady

New England

 64,956*

Dan Marino^

Miami

61,361

John Elway^

Denver

51,475

Eli Manning

New York Giants

 50,625*

 

 

 

Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh

49,762*

*Active

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Roethlisberger will play in his 197th career game on Monday and can become the fifth quarterback in NFL history to reach 50,000 career passing yards in fewer than 200 games, joining DREW BREES (183), PEYTON MANNING (191), Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (193) and TOM BRADY (198).

The quarterbacks to reach 50,000 passing yards in the fewest career games:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

GAMES TO 50,000 PASSING YARDS

Drew Brees

San Diego, New Orleans

183

Peyton Manning

Indianapolis

191

Dan Marino^

Miami

193

Tom Brady

New England

198

Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh

196*

*Has 49,762 career passing yards

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

PRESCISION PASSERSPhiladelphia’s CARSON WENTZ leads the NFL with 28 touchdown passes and New England’s TOM BRADY ranks second with 26 TD passes. Wentz (five interceptions) and Brady (three) are the only quarterbacks with at least 25 touchdown passes and five or fewer interceptions this season.

On Sunday, Wentz and Brady can join some elite company. Wentz, who plays at Seattle on Sunday night, can become the third different quarterback in NFL history with at least 30 touchdown passes and five or fewer interceptions through his team’s first 12 games of a season, joining Brady (2007) and AARON RODGERS (2011, 2014).

Brady, who plays at Buffalo on Sunday, can join Rodgers as the only players to accomplish the feat twice. Brady had 41 touchdown passes with five interceptions through his team’s first 12 games of the 2007 season.

The players with at least 30 touchdown passes and five or fewer interceptions through their team’s first 12 games of a season:

PLAYER

 TEAM

SEASON

TD PASSES

INTS

Aaron Rodgers^

 Green Bay

2014

32

3

Aaron Rodgers^

 Green Bay

2011

37

5

Tom Brady^

 New England

2007

41

5

 

 

 

 

 

Carson Wentz*

 Philadelphia

2017

28

5

Tom Brady*

 New England

2017

26

3

*Through 11 games

 

 

 

^Won MVP

 

 

 

— NFL —

ALL-PURPOSE BACKS: Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY ranks second in the NFL with 1,344 scrimmage yards (865 rushing, 479 receiving) and leads the league with 11 total touchdowns.

Gurley, who plays at Arizona on Sunday, can become the fifth different player in NFL history with at least 1,000 rushing yards, 500 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns through his team’s first 12 games of a season.

The players with at least 1,000 rushing yards, 500 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns in their team’s first 12 games of a season:

PLAYER

 TEAM

SEASON

RUSH YARDS

REC. YARDS

TOUCHDOWNS

David Johnson

 Arizona

2016

1,005

704

15

Priest Holmes

 Kansas City

2003

1,177

559

17

Priest Holmes

 Kansas City

2002

1,322

634

22

Thurman Thomas^

 Buffalo

1991

1,192

522

12

Thurman Thomas^

 Buffalo

1989

1,045

558

11

Chuck Foreman

 Minnesota

1976

1,035

551

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Gurley*

 Los Angeles Rams

2017

865

479

11

*Through 11 games

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

 

 

 

Saints rookie running back ALVIN KAMARA ranks second in the NFC with 1,094 scrimmage yards (548 receiving, 546 rushing) and ties for second in the NFL with nine total touchdowns.

Kamara, who plays against Carolina on Sunday, can become the third rookie with at least 600 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards in a season in NFL history, joining BILLY SIMS (1980) and Pro Football Hall of Famer CHARLEY TAYLOR (1964). Both Sims and Taylor were named the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year in those seasons.

The rookies with at least 600 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards in a season in NFL history:

PLAYER

 TEAM

SEASON

RUSH YARDS

REC. YARDS

Billy Sims

 Detroit

1980

1,303

621

Charley Taylor^

 Washington

1964

755

814

Alvin Kamara*

 New Orleans

2017

546

548

*Through 11 games

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

RECORD-SETTING RECEIVER: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN leads the NFL with 80 catches and 1,195 receiving yards this season.

Brown, who has 561 receptions since 2013, can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON(563 from 1999-2003) for the most catches by a player over any five-year span in NFL history.

The most receptions by a player over any five-year span in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASONS

RECEPTIONS

Marvin Harrison^

Indianapolis

1999-2003

563

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

2013-17

561*

Wes Welker

New England

2008-12

560

Wes Welker

New England

2007-11

554

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

2012-16

547

*In fifth season of span

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brown, who has 7,510 receiving yards since 2013, can also surpass Harrison (7,594 from 1999-2003) for the most receiving yards by a player over any five-year span in NFL history.

The most receiving yards by a player over any five-year span in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASONS

RECEIVING YARDS

Marvin Harrison^

Indianapolis

1999-2003

7,594

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh

2013-17

7,510*

Calvin Johnson

Detroit

2011-15

7,428

Torry Holt

St. Louis

2000-04

7,368

Calvin Johnson

Detroit

2010-14

7,334

*In fifth season of span

^Pro Football Hall of Famer

— NFL —

LARRY LEGENDArizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD leads the NFC with 72 receptions and is closing in on his 10th career season with at least 75 catches.

With three catches against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Fitzgerald would become the fourth player in NFL history with at least 75 catches in 10 seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE(13 seasons) and TIM BROWN (10) and TONY GONZALEZ (10).

The players with the most seasons with at least 75 catches in NFL history:

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

SEASONS WITH 75+ CATCHES

Jerry Rice^

San Francisco, Oakland

13

Tim Brown^

Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders

10

Sadam Ali defeats Cotto by unanimous decision(photos); Cotto confirms retirement

NEW YORK CITY (Dec. 2, 2017) On a night that Madison Square Garden and the boxing world bid farewell to a boxing legend in Miguel Cotto (41-6, 33 KOs), Sadam “World Kid” Ali (26-1, 14 KOs) stole the show, winning a unanimous decision victory and the WBO Junior Middleweight World Championship in front of 12,391 fans and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The final scores were 115-113 twice and 116-112.

Ali, a 2008 U.S. Olympian from Brooklyn, hurt Cotto twice in the early rounds and used slick defense and solid counterpunching to keep Cotto at bay throughout the 12-round bout.

“I worked hard for it,” Ali said. “I took advantage of this fight, and I made sure to make it count. I want to Thank God, and also thank team Cotto, They could have taken an easier fight if they wanted too. I had him hurt here or there in the first couple of rounds. I knew I had to do something, or he would have dug in. By the 11th round, I thought the fight was close. Whatever Golden Boy Promotions has next, I’ll take it. Good things happen to good people. I have been training since I was eight years old, and I am glad I got this win at MSG, in my hometown.”

Cotto, a six-time, four-division world champion and the fighting pride of Caguas, Puerto Rico confirmed his retirement after the bout.

“I am feeling good with the performance,” Cotto said. “Something happened to my left bicep in the seventh round. I don’t want to make excuses, Sadam won the fight. It is my last fight. I am good, and I want to be happy in my home with my family. Thank you for all the fans. I am proud to call MSG my second home. I had the opportunity to provide the best for my family because of the sport.”

In the co-main event, despite suffering severe gashes over both eyes caused by accidental headbutts, WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Rey Vargas (31-0, 22 KOs) defended his title a second time, rolling to a 12-round unanimous decision victory over a very game Oscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (17-1, 7 KOs). The scores were 119-109 twice and 120-108.

 Photos: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

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