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Oakland Raiders Promote Cotton Sr.; Place Lee on IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed G Lester Cotton Sr. to the 53-man active roster and placed LB Marquel Lee on the Reserve/Injured List, the club announced Saturday.

Cotton Sr., a 6-foot-4, 335-pound undrafted offensive lineman out of Alabama, re-joins the active roster after spending the first 13-of-14 games in 2019 on the team’s practice squad, while previously being promoted to the active roster in Week 5. Cotton Sr. played four years for the Crimson Tide, starting 28 games for the program, making 10 at left guard and 18 at right guard.

Cotton Sr. will wear No. 67 for the Raiders.

Lee returns to the Reserve/Injured List after previously missing nine games with an ankle injury. Lee appeared in five contests in 2019, making two starts and recording five stops.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign LB Ukeme Eligwe; Place T Trent Brown on IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB Ukeme Eligwe, the club announced Thursday.

Eligwe, a 6-foot-2, 239-pound linebacker, joins the Raiders after spending the season on the Tennessee Titans’ and most recently the New York Jets’ practice squad. Originally a fifth-round selection (183rd overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2017 NFL Draft, Eligwe spent his first two seasons with the club and has appeared in 24 games and made one start, totaling 10 tackles (seven solo), one sack and one pass defensed. 

Eligwe was a standout linebacker throughout his 25 appearances at both Florida State and Georgia Southern, compiling 134 stops (83), 4.5 sacks, one interception, three passes defensed, three forced fumble and one fumble recovery. As a senior in 2016, he started in 11 games and earned All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention and Sun Belt All-Newcomer Team honors after leading the program in tackles (104), tackles for loss (11) and forced fumbles (three).

In a corresponding move, the Raiders placed T Trent Brown on the Reserve/Injured List.

In Brown’s first season with the Silver and Black, he started in 11 contests and helped pave the way for the first rookie 1,000-yard rusher in team history en route to earning his first career Pro Bowl nod.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

STOCKTON KINGS TIE NBA G LEAGUE RECORD IN 142-134 WIN OVER SOUTH BAY LAKERS, BRINGING HOME RECORD TO 6-0

Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Kings (10-5), the NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, beat the South Bay Lakers (8-7), the NBA G League affiliate of the Los Angeles Lakers, 142-134 to bring their record to 6-0 at home. Stockton tied an NBA G League record 31 three-pointers in tonight’s win over South Bay. South Bay guard Gary Payton ll scored a game-high 38 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Stockton was led by guard Gabe Vincent who scored 35 points off the bench, 27 of them from beyond the arch. 

Stockton scored 24 of their 38 first quarter points from three-point range. In the second quarter, Stockton shot 69% (9-of-13) from three-point range. Vincent scored four of the nine three-pointers, finishing the quarter with 14 points. South Bay center Travis Wear scored 23 of his 26 points in the first half. Stockton guard Kyle Guy sank a three-pointer with 2 seconds remaining in the first half to bring the score to 75-68 with Stockton ahead.

In the third quarter, Payton ll scored 13 of his 38 points, shooting 5-of-6 from the field. Stockton saw their biggest lead at the eight-minute mark in the fourth quarter when they led 128-105. South Bay was able to bring the score to 130-129 with Stockton ahead with just under four minutes remaining but could not catch up. 

Stockton saw four players score over 20 points. Forward Cody Demps contributed 27 points, six assists, and six rebounds all from the defensive end. Sacramento Kings assignment player Caleb Swanigan had a game-high 16 rebounds, 12 of them from the defensive end. 

Four of South Bay’s seven active players finished with double figures. Payton ll led both teams in scoring with 38 points, and added 12 rebounds, four steals, and three assists. Forward Talen Horton-Tucker followed with 33 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, and four steals. 

The Stockton Kings will head to the NBA G League Winter Showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada to face the Delaware Blue Coats on Thursday, December 19th at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

Stockton will return home for back-to-back home games after Christmas on December 27 and 28.  On Friday, December 27, Stockton will host the Texas Legends at 7 p.m. On Saturday, December 28, the Stockton Kings will celebrate Star Wars Night as they take on the Santa Cruz Warriors at 7 p.m.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Stockton Kings Media Relations

2020 PRO BOWL PLAYERS ANNOUNCED

PRO BOWL WEEK CULMINATES WITH AFC-NFC MATCHUP

AT CAMPING WORLD STADIUM IN ORLANDO ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 26

The NFL announced the AFC and NFC All-Stars for the 2020 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 26, and will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC and Disney XD – the third time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks.

The Pro Bowl players were determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counted one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who were selected to the Pro Bowl. 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.

Thirty teams had at least one player selected to the 2020 Pro Bowl and 24 clubs had multiple players chosen as All-Stars. The BALTIMORE RAVENS, including second-year quarterback LAMAR JACKSON, placed a league-best 12 players on the Pro Bowl roster, while the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS led the NFC with seven players selected. The 2019 Ravens join the 2007 DALLAS COWBOYS (13 players) and 1973 MIAMI DOLPHINS (12) as the only teams to have at least 12 players selected to the Pro Bowl since 1970.

Twenty-five of the players selected to the Pro Bowl today are first-time All-Stars, including three rookies – defensive end NICK BOSA of the San Francisco 49ers, return specialist MECOLE HARDMAN of the Kansas City Chiefs and return specialist DEONTE HARRIS of the New Orleans Saints.  

The 2020 Pro Bowl coaching staffs will be from the losing teams in the AFC and NFC Divisional playoffs with the best regular-season records.

Under terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each player on the winning Pro Bowl team receives $70,000, while each player on the losing squad earns $35,000.

Pro Bowl tickets start at just $45 and are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. Get Access to Awesome as fans in attendance can watch and cheer on the Pro Bowl players as they enter the stadium on the Pro Bowl Red Carpet, bringing them closer than ever to the NFL’s All-Stars. Concession deals and “Kid Zone” activities will be available inside the stadium. Additionally, fans will be able to enjoy post-game fireworks to conclude the celebration.

2020 PRO BOWL PLAYERS BY POSITION

 (*First-time Pro Bowl selection; Bold/Italic: Starter)

AFC

OFFENSE (21)

 QUARTERBACKS (3)  TIGHT ENDS (2)
*Lamar Jackson, Baltimore *Mark Andrews, Baltimore
 Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City  Travis Kelce, Kansas City
 Deshaun Watson, Houston   
    TACKLES (3)
 WIDE RECEIVERS (4) *Trent Brown, Oakland
 Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers *Ronnie Stanley, Baltimore
 Tyreek Hill, Kansas City *Laremy Tunsil, Houston
 DeAndre Hopkins, Houston   
 Jarvis Landry, Cleveland  GUARDS (3)
    David DeCastro, Pittsburgh
 RUNNING BACKS (3)  Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis
*Nick Chubb, Cleveland  Marshal Yanda, Baltimore
*Derrick Henry, Tennessee   
 Mark Ingram, Baltimore  CENTERS (2)
    Rodney Hudson, Oakland
 FULLBACK (1)  Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
*Patrick Ricard, Baltimore   


DEFENSE (18)

 DEFENSIVE ENDS (3)  INSIDE/MIDDLE LINEBACKERS (2)
 Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers  Dont’a Hightower, New England
 Calais Campbell, Jacksonville *Darius Leonard, Indianapolis
*Frank Clark, Kansas City   
    CORNERBACKS (4)
 INTERIOR LINEMEN (3)  Stephon Gilmore, New England
 Geno Atkins, Cincinnati *Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore
 Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh  Marcus Peters, Baltimore
*Chris Jones, Kansas City *Tre’Davious White, Buffalo
     
 OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (3)  FREE SAFETIES (2)
*Matthew Judon, Baltimore *Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh
 Von Miller, Denver  Earl Thomas, Baltimore
 T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh   
    STRONG SAFETY (1)
    Jamal Adams, New York Jets


SPECIALISTS (5)

 PUNTER (1)  RETURN SPECIALIST (1)
 Brett Kern, Tennessee *Mecole Hardman, Kansas City
     
 PLACEKICKER (1)  SPECIAL TEAMER (1)
 Justin Tucker, Baltimore  Matthew Slater, New England
     
 LONG SNAPPER (1)   
 Morgan Cox, Baltimore   


NFC

OFFENSE (21)

 QUARTERBACKS (3) TIGHT ENDS (2)
 Drew Brees, New Orleans Zach Ertz, Philadelphia
 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay George Kittle, San Francisco
 Russell Wilson, Seattle  
   TACKLES (3)
 WIDE RECEIVERS (4) Terron Armstead, New Orleans
 Mike Evans, Tampa Bay David Bakhtiari, Green Bay
*Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Tyron Smith, Dallas
 Julio Jones, Atlanta 
 Michael Thomas, New Orleans GUARDS (3)
   Brandon Brooks, Philadelphia
 RUNNING BACKS (3) Zack Martin, Dallas
*Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Brandon Scherff, Washington
 Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas  
*Christian McCaffrey, Carolina CENTERS (2)
   Travis Frederick, Dallas
 FULLBACK (1) Jason Kelce, Philadelphia
 Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco  


DEFENSE (18)

 DEFENSIVE ENDS (3) INSIDE/MIDDLE LINEBACKERS (2)
*Nick Bosa, San Francisco Luke Kuechly, Carolina
 Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Bobby Wagner, Seattle
 Cameron Jordan, New Orleans  
   CORNERBACKS (4)
 INTERIOR LINEMEN (3) Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans
 Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Jalen Ramsey, Los Angeles Rams
 Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams Richard Sherman, San Francisco
*Grady Jarrett, Atlanta Darius Slay, Detroit
     
 OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (3)  FREE SAFETIES (2)
*Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay  Budda Baker, Arizona
 Chandler Jones, Arizona  Eddie Jackson, Chicago
 Khalil Mack, Chicago   
    STRONG SAFETY (1)
    Harrison Smith, Minnesota


SPECIALISTS (5)

 PUNTER (1)  RETURN SPECIALIST (1)
*Tress Way, Washington *Deonte Harris, New Orleans
     
 PLACEKICKER (1)  SPECIAL TEAMER (1)
*Wil Lutz, New Orleans  Cordarrelle Patterson, Chicago
     
 LONG SNAPPER (1)   
*Rick Lovato, Philadelphia   


2020 PRO BOWL PLAYERS BY CLUB

PLAYERPOSITIONPRO BOWLS 
    
ARIZONA (2)   
Budda BakerFree Safety2 
Chandler JonesOutside Linebacker3 
    
ATLANTA (2)   
Grady JarrettInterior Lineman1 
Julio JonesWide Receiver7 
    
BALTIMORE (12)   
Mark AndrewsTight End1 
Morgan CoxLong Snapper3 
Marlon HumphreyCornerback1 
Mark IngramRunning Back3 
Lamar JacksonQuarterback1 
Matthew JudonOutside Linebacker1 
Marcus PetersCornerback3 
Patrick RicardFullback1 
Ronnie StanleyTackle1 
Earl ThomasFree Safety7 
Justin TuckerPlacekicker3 
Marshal YandaGuard8 
 
BUFFALO (1) 
Tre’Davious WhiteCornerback1 
 
CAROLINA (2)   
Luke KuechlyInside/Middle Linebacker7 
Christian McCaffreyRunning Back1 
    
CHICAGO (3)   
Eddie JacksonFree Safety2 
Khalil MackOutside Linebacker5 
Cordarrelle PattersonSpecial Teamer3 
    
CINCINNATI (1)   
Geno AtkinsInterior Lineman8 
    
CLEVELAND (2)   
Nick ChubbRunning Back1 
Jarvis LandryWide Receiver5 
    
DALLAS (4)   
Ezekiel ElliottRunning Back3 
Travis FrederickCenter5 
Zack MartinGuard6 
Tyron SmithTackle7 
    
DENVER (1)   
Von MillerOutside Linebacker8 
    
DETROIT (1)   
Darius SlayCornerback3 
   
GREEN BAY (2)   
David BakhtiariTackle2 
Aaron RodgersQuarterback8 
   
HOUSTON (3)   
DeAndre HopkinsWide Receiver4 
Laremy TunsilTackle1 
Deshaun WatsonQuarterback2 
    
INDIANAPOLIS (2)   
Darius LeonardInside/Middle Linebacker1 
Quenton NelsonGuard2 
    
JACKSONVILLE (1)   
Calais CampbellDefensive End5 
   
KANSAS CITY (6)   
Frank ClarkDefensive End1 
Mecole HardmanReturn Specialist1 
Tyreek HillWide Receiver4 
Chris JonesInterior Lineman1 
Travis KelceTight End5 
Patrick MahomesQuarterback2 
    
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (2)   
Keenan AllenWide Receiver3 
Joey BosaDefensive End2 
    
LOS ANGELES RAMS (2)   
Aaron DonaldInterior Lineman6 
Jalen RamseyCornerback3 
    
MINNESOTA (3)   
Dalvin CookRunning Back1 
Danielle HunterDefensive End2 
Harrison SmithStrong Safety5 
    
NEW ENGLAND (3)   
Stephon GilmoreCornerback3 
Dont’a HightowerInside/Middle Linebacker2 
Matthew SlaterSpecial Teamer8 
   
NEW ORLEANS (7)   
Terron ArmsteadTackle2 
Drew BreesQuarterback13 
Deonte HarrisReturn Specialist1 
Cameron JordanDefensive End5 
Marshon LattimoreCornerback2 
Wil LutzPlacekicker1 
Michael ThomasWide Receiver3 
    
NEW YORK JETS (1)   
Jamal AdamsStrong Safety2 
 
OAKLAND (2)   
Trent BrownTackle1 
Rodney HudsonCenter3 
 
PHILADELPHIA (5)   
Brandon BrooksGuard3 
Fletcher CoxInterior Lineman5 
Zach ErtzTight End3 
Jason KelceCenter3 
Rick LovatoLong Snapper1 
    
PITTSBURGH (5)   
David DeCastroGuard5 
Minkah FitzpatrickFree Safety1 
Cameron HeywardInterior Lineman3 
Maurkice PounceyCenter8 
T.J. WattOutside Linebacker2 
    
SAN FRANCISCO (4)   
Nick BosaDefensive End1 
Kyle JuszczykFullback4 
George KittleTight End2 
Richard ShermanCornerback5 
   
SEATTLE (2)   
Bobby WagnerInside/Middle Linebacker7 
Russell WilsonQuarterback7 
    
TAMPA BAY (3)   
Shaquil BarrettOutside Linebacker1 
Mike EvansWide Receiver3 
Chris GodwinWide Receiver1 
    
TENNESSEE (2)   
Derrick HenryRunning Back1 
Brett KernPunter3 
   
WASHINGTON (2)   
Brandon ScherffGuard3 
Tress WayPunter1 

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Trent Brown and Rodney Hudson Named to Pro Bowl; Four Additional Players Tabbed as Alternates

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders T Trent Brown and C Rodney Hudson have been named to the 2020 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Tuesday.

G Richie IncognitoFB Alec IngoldRB Josh Jacobs and TE Darren Waller were named as alternates for the annual all-star game, scheduled to be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 26, 2020.

Brown earns his first selection to the Pro Bowl after starting in 11 contests in his first season with the Silver and Black and surrendering just one sack in 326 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. Hudson, a three-time selection, has given up zero sacks or hits in 432 pass-blocking snaps, and is graded as the NFL’s No. 1 center in pass-blocking situations by PFF. The two have combined to anchor one of the most dominant offensive line’s in the league, giving up just 24 sacks on the season, a mark that is tied for fifth-fewest in the NFL, while also being one of just five teams league-wide to surrender zero sacks against four different opponents. 

Among the alternates is Incognito, who has helped the offensive unit rank sixth in sacks allowed percentage this season (5.1 percent) after surrendering just one sack of his own in 432 pass-blocking snaps, per PFF. Incognito, along with rookie fullback Ingold, have also paved the way for the first 1,000-yard rookie rusher in Raiders history. Jacobs has run for 1,150 yards this season while also adding seven touchdowns. His 1,150 yards on the ground rank sixth in the NFL this year, first among rookies, and also rank sixth in Raiders lore among all single-season rushing performances. Jacobs set a rookie club record with five 100-yard performances on the ground in 2019 and also became the first rookie in franchise history to earn NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month honors, doing so twice (October and November). Waller, now in his first full season with the club, has posted career highs across the board in all major offensive categories and ranks second in the NFL among tight ends in receiving yards (1,001) and yards after catch (461), while ranking third in receptions (80). He became just the second tight end in club annals to surpass 1,000 receiving yards and 80 receptions in a single season, while also tying a team record for most 100-yard performances (four) among his position group.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

WEEK 16 PAIRS PACKERS, VIKINGS IN NFC NORTH BATTLE 

To help celebrate the NFL’s 100th season, each week will feature an NFL 100 Game of the Week. Each game is a nod to a momentous game played, a fierce rivalry that spans decades, a matchup of original teams and/or a game in which history was made . The NFL has designated the OAKLAND RAIDERS-LOS ANGELES CHARGERSmatchup as the NFL100 Game of the Week because the contest recognizes two original AFL teams, each with ties to late Pro Football Hall of Famer AL DAVIS. From 1957-60, Davis served as the line coach at the University of Southern California before Sid Gillman tabbed him as the Los Angeles Chargers’ offensive ends coach. After helping the Chargers to two division titles in three seasons, Davis had the opportunity to lead his own team in 1963. That’s when he took over the Oakland Raiders and changed the team colors to silver and black, then personified the rival league’s exciting new image by developing the vertical passing game. The upstart AFL finalized a formal merger with the NFL later in the decade and began playing as one league in 1970.

AND DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME: Seventeen teams remain in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LIV. Two playoff berths in each conference are up for grabs. Welcome to late December in the NFL.  

The BUFFALO BILLSGREEN BAY PACKERS and SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS have each qualified for the postseason after missing the playoffs last season. From 1990-2018 – a streak of 29 consecutive years – at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before. ​

The MINNESOTA VIKINGS can join that group with a win on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN) at home against the Packers. Something significant will happen on Monday night. Either the Packers will clinch the division for the first time since 2016, or the Vikings will clinch a playoff berth.

It’s also a division clash featuring teams with 10-or-more wins. That has happened just three times since the beginning of the 2015 season, and for the second time the game is featuring the Packers and Vikings.

The last five games that featured teams with 10-or-more wins from the same division during the regular season:

DATEDIVISIONTEAMSRESULTSEASON RESULT
12/13/2018AFC WestL.A. Chargers (10-3)LAC, 29-28Advanced to AFC Divisional
at Kansas City (11-2)Advanced to AFC Championship
1/1/2017AFC EastNew England (13-2)NE, 35-14Won Super Bowl LI
at Miami (10-5)Advanced to AFC Wild Card
1/3/2016NFC NorthMinnesota (10-5)MIN, 20-13Advanced to NFC Wild Card
at Green Bay (10-5)Advanced to NFC Divisional
12/28/2014AFC NorthCincinnati (10-4-1)PIT, 27-17Advanced to AFC Wild Card
at Pittsburgh (10-5)Advanced to AFC Wild Card
12/28/2014NFC NorthDetroit (11-4)GB, 30-20Advanced to NFC Wild Card
at Green Bay (11-4)Advanced to NFC Championship

Green Bay head coach MATT LAFLEUR has an opportunity to become the 10th rookie head coach in NFL history to win at least 12 games in a season. 

The rookie head coaches who have won at least 12 games in NFL history, by wins:

COACH, TEAMWLTPCTSEASON
Jim Caldwell, Indianapolis1420.8752009
George Seifert, San Francisco1420.8751989
Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco1330.8132011
Steve Mariucci, San Francisco1330.8131997
John MaddenHOF, Oakland1211.8931969
Matt Nagy, Chicago1240.7502018
Barry Switzer, Dallas1240.7501994
Red Miller, Denver1220.8571977
Chuck Knox, L.A. Rams1220.8571973

IN THE NFC EAST: The DALLAS COWBOYS can clinch the NFC East division title with a road win over the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field (4:25 PM ET, FOX). Winning a division has proven significant this decade as the last team to advance to the Super Bowl without winning a division title was the 2010 GREEN BAY PACKERS, who won Super Bowl XLV. Since, all 16 teams to appear in the Super Bowl have won their divisions.

IN THE AFC EAST: On Saturday (4:30 PM ET, NFL Network), the BUFFALO BILLS and NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS meet with the AFC East division title on the line. With a win, the Patriots (11-3) would take the division for an 11th year in a row. They also would reach 12 wins in a season for the 13th time and match the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (13 seasons) for the most seasons of 12-or-more wins since the 1970 merger. The DALLAS COWBOYS also have 12 seasons of at least 12 victories since 1970. 

Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY (538) can surpass No. 2 PEYTON MANNING (539) on the NFL’s career passing touchdowns list. And with four touchdown passes, Brady would eclipse No. 1 DREW BREES (541) and hold the record for at least 21 hours, when Brees and the Saints meet the Titans on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). 

Buffalo, meanwhile, has already clinched a playoff berth and can still win its first division title since 1995. The Bills’ bid for the division is spearheaded by quarterback JOSH ALLEN, who leads NFL quarterbacks with nine rushing touchdowns. In fact, the 2019 season has tied the single-season NFL record for the most rushing touchdowns by quarterbacks.

The seasons with the most rushing touchdowns by quarterbacks in NFL history:

SEASONRUSHING TOUCHDOWNS BY QUARTERBACKS 
201973
200273
201871
201766
201266
201166

IN THE NFC SOUTH: The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (11-3), who clinched the division on Thanksgiving night, travel to play the TENNESSEE TITANS (8-6) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Including New Orleans, four NFC teams share the best record in the conference. This year marks just the second time since the NFL adopted the 16-game schedule in 1978 that four NFC clubs are tied for the conference’s best record with two-or-fewer weeks to play. It also happened in 2014, when five NFC teams were 11-4 heading into the final week.

Overall, six NFL teams have won at least 11 games, making the 2019 season just the second since 1978 in which six-or-more NFL clubs have won 11-plus through 14 games. It also happened in 2004, when six teams had at least 11 wins heading into the final two weeks. 

DREW BREES, who surpassed PEYTON MANNING’s career passing touchdowns record to close Week 15 on Monday night, also recorded his 36th career game of four-or-more touchdown passes, breaking Manning’s NFL record of 35. Brees (10,093) also needs 77 pass attempts to become the all-time leader in that category; the record is held by Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (10,169).

IN THE AFC SOUTH: The HOUSTON TEXANS need a win Saturday at Tampa Bay (1:00 PM ET, NFL Network) to clinch their division for a second straight season, and for the fourth time in the last five years. Houston would join New England and Kansas City as the only NFL teams with four-or-more division titles since 2015.

NFL SCHEDULEDECEMBER 21-23

(All times Eastern)

SaturdaySunday (cont.)
Houston Texans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers1:00 PMNFLNNew Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans1:00 PMFOX
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots 4:30 PMNFLNNew York Giants at Washington Redskins1:00 PMFOX
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers8:15 PMNFLNDetroit Lions at Denver Broncos4:05 PMCBS
SundayOakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers4:05 PMCBS
Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons1:00 PMFOXDallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles4:25 PMFOX
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns1:00 PMCBSArizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks4:25 PMFOX
Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts1:00 PMFOXKansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears8:20 PMNBC
Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins1:00 PMCBSMonday
Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets1:00 PMCBSGreen Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings8:15 PMESPN

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

​BALTIMORE QB LAMAR JACKSON TOPS PRO BOWL VOTING BY FANS​

Rosters to be announced Live on NFL Network’s  Pro Bowl Special on Tuesday, December 17 at 8:00 PM ET –  

Baltimore Ravens quarterback LAMAR JACKSON received 704,699 total fan votes to lead all NFL players in balloting for the 2020 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon. Fan voting ended on Thursday, December 12.

Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON (539,768 votes) ranked second overall, while Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (468,838 votes), Minnesota running back DALVIN COOK (431,748 votes) and Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY(406,477 votes) rounded out the top five.

Four of the top five vote-getters – Jackson, Mahomes, Cook and McCaffrey – are under the age of 25. Additionally, nine first or second-year players led their conference in votes received at their respective positions.

The BALTIMORE RAVENS led all clubs in total votes received. The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERSNEW ORLEANS SAINTSGREEN BAY PACKERS and SEATTLE SEAHAWKS rounded out the top-five teams to receive the most fan votes.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 17 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. 

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. 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.

The 2020 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC and Disney XD – the third time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks. 

Pro Bowl tickets start at just $45 and are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. Get Access to Awesome as fans in attendance can watch and cheer on the Pro Bowl players as they enter the stadium on the Pro Bowl Red Carpet, bringing them closer than ever to the NFL’s all-stars. Concession deals and “Kid Zone” activities will be available inside the stadium. Additionally, fans will be able to enjoy post-game fireworks to conclude the celebration.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-FIVE VOTE-GETTERS

POS.NAMETEAMVOTES
QBLamar JacksonBaltimore Ravens704,699
QBRussell WilsonSeattle Seahawks539,768
QBPatrick MahomesKansas City Chiefs468,838
RBDalvin CookMinnesota Vikings431,748
RBChristian McCaffreyCarolina Panthers406,477


NFL PRO BOWL TOP VOTE-GETTERS BY TEAM

TEAM
Baltimore Ravens
San Francisco 49ers
Green Bay Packers
New Orleans Saints
Seattle Seahawks

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS.CONF.NAME, TEAMVOTESPOS.CONF.NAME, TEAMVOTES
QBAFCLamar Jackson, Baltimore704,699DEAFCJoey Bosa, L.A. Chargers252,555
QBNFCRussell Wilson, Seattle539,768DENFCNick Bosa, San Francisco358,911
RBAFCNick Chubb, Cleveland316,008DTAFCCameron Heyward, Pittsburgh221,693
RBNFCDalvin Cook, Minnesota431,748DTNFCArik Armstead, San Francisco273,403
FBAFCPatrick Ricard, Baltimore152,877OLBAFCT.J. Watt, Pittsburgh251,248
FBNFCKyle Juszczyk, San Francisco384,200OLBNFCPreston Smith, Green Bay166,347
WRAFCDeAndre Hopkins, Houston275,684ILBAFCDevin Bush, Pittsburgh150,548
WRNFCMichael Thomas, New Orleans371,365ILBNFCBobby Wagner, Seattle207,026
TEAFCMark Andrews, Baltimore331,796CBAFCMarcus Peters, Baltimore231,601
TENFCGeorge Kittle, San Francisco340,624CBNFCRichard Sherman, San Francisco259,476
TAFCOrlando Brown, Baltimore188,787SSAFCJamal Adams, N.Y. Jets186,068
TNFCDavid Bakhtiari, Green Bay194,207SSNFCVonn Bell, New Orleans98,449
GAFCMarshal Yanda, Baltimore192,580FSAFCMinkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh209,245
GNFCZack Martin, Dallas121,529FSNFCMarcus Williams, New Orleans93,593
CAFCMaurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh152,128PAFCBrett Kern, Tennessee93,586
CNFCTravis Frederick, Dallas140,449PNFCMichael Dickson, Seattle101,965
KAFCJustin Tucker, Baltimore187,814STAFCTyler Matakevich, Pittsburgh87,863
KNFCWil Lutz, New Orleans106,747STNFCRaheem Mostert, San Francisco113,638
RSAFCMecole Hardman, Kansas City91,358    
RSNFCDeonte Harris, New Orleans84,085    

For the fourth consecutive year, Pro Bowl Week festivities will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and across the Orlando area, bringing free experiences and activities to fans as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events include: Pro Bowl PracticesPro Bowl Skills ShowdownNFL FLAG Championships and Pro Bowl Experience.

Additionally, NFL Pro Bowl players will give back to the local Orlando community by participating in the Pro Bowl Community Huddleas part of the NFL Huddle for 100. To learn more about Huddle for 100 and how to get involved, visit www.nfl.com/100/huddlefor100

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Winner to be Announced at NFL Honors the Night Before Super Bowl LIV

The NFL announced today the 32 nominees for the WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE. Representing the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact, each player was selected as his team’s Man of the Year and is now eligible to win the national award. Considered one of the league’s most prestigious honors, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field. First established in 1970, the national award was renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back WALTER PAYTON.

“Every day, in cities and towns across America, NFL players give of themselves to make our communities better. This year, as we celebrate our 100th season and the 50th year of the Walter Payton NFL Man of Year Award, NFL players have continued to raise the bar on community engagement and impact,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “The 32 nominees for this year’s award are the best of the best and truly embody the spirit of Walter and his legacy of leaving the world better than he found it.”

For the second year in a row, all 32 team winners will be highlighted as nominees and recognized for their important work during the weekend leading up to Super Bowl LIV.

The 2019 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year will be announced during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on Feb. 1, the eve of Super Bowl LIV on FOX. NFL Honors will be at the Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami.

All 32 nominees will receive a donation of up to $50,000 in their name to their charity of choice. The winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award will receive a $250,000 donation to the charity of their choice. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide. 

“Nationwide congratulates this year’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominees,” said Nationwide’s Chief Marketing Officer RAMON JONES. “Year after year, we’re amazed at the amount of time, talent and resources the NFL players give to their communities. This year’s best of the best from each team—these 32 men—recognized a need, took action and energized those around them to do more. It’s our privilege to help share their stories  about making positive differences for  others.” 

Fans are encouraged to participate in Nationwide’s 5th annual Charity Challenge, a social media campaign designed to support and promote team nominees. Fans can vote on Twitter by using #WPMOYChallenge followed by their favorite nominee’s last name. The player whose unique hashtag is used the most between Dec. 12 and Jan. 12 will receive a $25,000 contribution to their charity of choice, while the second and third place finishers will receive $10,000 and $5,000 donations, all courtesy of Nationwide. Hashtag information and official rules can be found at nfl.com/manoftheyear.

Beginning in 2017, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year trophy silhouette came to life in uniform elements to further recognize past award winners and current nominees. The six current players who have won the award—DREW BREES, THOMAS DAVIS, LARRY FITZGERALD, JASON WITTEN, ELI MANNING and J.J. WATT—continue to wear a Man of the Year patch on their jerseys to recognize their outstanding contributions to the game and to their communities. All 2019 nominees will wear a Man of the Year helmet decal beginning Week 15 and continuing through the end of the season in recognition of their accomplishments on and off the field.

For more information on the nominees and the award, visit NFL.com/manoftheyear.

Below is a list of the 2019 nominees:

TEAMNOMINEE
Arizona CardinalsDavid Johnson
Atlanta FalconsRicardo Allen
Baltimore RavensBrandon Carr
Buffalo BillsLorenzo Alexander
Carolina PanthersCam Newton
Chicago BearsAllen Robinson II
Cincinnati BengalsGiovani Bernard
Cleveland BrownsJarvis Landry
Dallas CowboysTravis Frederick 
Denver BroncosJustin Simmons
Detroit LionsDevon Kennard
Green Bay PackersBlake Martinez
Houston TexansD.J. Reader
Indianapolis ColtsPierre Desir
Jacksonville JaguarsCalais Campbell
Kansas City ChiefsDustin Colquitt
Los Angeles ChargersUchenna Nwosu
Los Angeles RamsAndrew Whitworth
Miami DolphinsDavon Godchaux
Minnesota VikingsKyle Rudolph
New England PatriotsKyle Van Noy
New Orleans SaintsTerron Armstead
New York GiantsNate Solder
New York JetsJonotthan Harrison
Oakland RaidersTahir Whitehead
Philadelphia EaglesMalcolm Jenkins
Pittsburgh SteelersMaurkice Pouncey
San Francisco 49ersRichard Sherman
Seattle SeahawksBobby Wagner
Tampa Bay BuccaneersMike Evans
Tennessee TitansBen Jones
Washington RedskinsNick Sundberg

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 15

PASSING HISTORIC MILESTONES: Both New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES and New England quarterback TOM BRADY – who rank first and second in career passing yards in NFL history, respectively – can reach another historic milestone in Week 15.  

If Brady has four touchdown passes on Sunday against Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET, CBS) or Brees has three touchdown passes against Indianapolis on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), they would surpass PEYTON MANNING (539 touchdowns) for the most career touchdown passes in NFL history.

The players with the most career touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Peyton ManningIndianapolis, Denver539
Drew BreesSan Diego, New Orleans537
Tom BradyNew England536
Brett FavreHOFGreen Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota508
Dan MarinoHOFMiami420


Additionally, if Brady – who has 19 touchdown passes in 2019 – has at least one touchdown pass on Sunday, he would surpass Manning (16 seasons) for the most seasons with at least 20 touchdown passes in NFL history. With three touchdown passes on Monday, Brees will also reach 20 for the season, tying Manning with 16 such seasons in his career.  

The players with the most seasons with at least 20 touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)SEASONS WITH 20+ TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Tom BradyNew England16*
Peyton ManningIndianapolis, Denver16
Drew BreesSan Diego, New Orleans15#
Brett FavreHOFGreen Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota15
*Has 19 touchdown passes in 2019
#Has 17 touchdown passes in 2019

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PETERSON CONTINUES TO CLIMB: Last week, Washington running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown, becoming the sixth player in NFL history with at least 14,000 career rushing yards (14,036) and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers EMMITT SMITH and WALTER PAYTON as the only players with at least 14,000 rushing yards and 100 rushing touchdowns (109) in NFL history.

If Peterson has at least 66 rushing yards on Sunday against Philadelphia (1:00 PM ET, FOX), he would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer CURTIS MARTIN (14,101) for the fifth-most career rushing yards in NFL history. 

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

PLAYERTEAM(S)RUSHING YARDS
Emmitt SmithHOFDallas, Arizona18,355
Walter PaytonHOFChicago16,726
Frank GoreSan Francisco, Indianapolis, Miami, Buffalo15,306*
Barry SandersHOFDetroit15,269
Curtis MartinHOFNew England, New York Jets14,101
Adrian PetersonMinnesota, New Orleans, Arizona, Washington14,036*
*Active

Additionally, Peterson needs one rushing touchdown on Sunday to tie Payton (110) for the fourth-most rushing touchdowns in NFL history. 

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

PLAYERTEAM(S)RUSHING TDs 
Emmitt SmithHOFDallas, Arizona164 
LaDainian TomlinsonHOFSan Diego, New York Jets145 
Marcus AllenHOFLos Angeles Raiders, Kansas City123 
Walter PaytonHOFChicago110 
Adrian PetersonMinnesota, New Orleans, Arizona, Washington109* 
*Entering Sunday

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STACKING WINS IN SEATTLESince entering the NFL in 2012, Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON has led the Seahawks to at least nine wins in each of his eight seasons under center, becoming the first quarterback to accomplish the feat in NFL history. 

With a win at Carolina on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Wilson would tie TOM BRADY (86 wins) for the most regular-season wins through a quarterback’s first eight seasons in NFL history.  

The quarterbacks with the most regular-season wins through their first eight seasons in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMWINS
Tom BradyNew England86
Russell WilsonSeattle85*
*In eighth season

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JACK OF ALL TRADESIn addition to leading the NFL with 28 touchdown passes in 2019, Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON leads all quarterbacks with 1,017 rushing yards, becoming the second quarterback to rush for at least 1,000 yards in a single season in NFL history.

With 23 rushing yards on Thursday Night Football against the New York Jets (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon), Jackson would surpass MICHAEL VICK (1,039 in 2006) for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season in NFL history. 

Additionally, the 22-year-old quarterback has 3,878 passing yards and 1,712 rushing yards in 29 career games since entering the league in 2018. 

If Jackson has at least 122 passing yards on Thursday, he would become the first player with at least 4,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in his first 30 career games in NFL history.

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GOLDEN GAROPPOLOSan Francisco quarterback JIMMY GAROPPOLO completed 26 of 35 attempts (74.3 percent) for 349 passing yards and four touchdowns with one interception for a 131.7 passer rating in a 48-46 win over New Orleans in Week 14. That marked Garoppolo’s fourth consecutive game completing at least 70 percent of his pass attempts with a passer rating of 110 or higher. 

By completing at least 70 percent of his pass attempts and having a passer rating of 110 or higher on Sunday against Atlanta (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Garoppolo would tie for the longest such streak of games in a single season in NFL history (min. 10 attempts). 

The quarterbacks with the most consecutive games completing at least 70 percent of their passes and a passer rating of 110 or higher in a single season in NFL history (min. 10 attempts):

PLAYERTEAMSEASONCONSECUTIVE GAMES
Patrick Mahomes#Kansas City20185
Russell WilsonSeattle20155
    
Jimmy GaroppoloSan Francisco20194*
*Active streak 
#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player 

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DUCK HUNTING FOR WINSIn Week 14, Pittsburgh rookie quarterback DEVLIN HODGES led the Steelers to a 23-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals, marking his third-career win in his third-career start.   

With a win against Buffalo on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), Hodges would tie VIRGIL CARTER (four wins in 1968) and PHIL SIMMS (four in 1979) for the third-longest streak of wins by a rookie quarterback to begin a career in the Super Bowl era (1966-present). 

The rookie quarterbacks with the most consecutive wins to begin their careers in the Super Bowl era:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONCONSECUTIVE WINS 
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh200413 
Mike KruczekPittsburgh19766 
Virgil CarterChicago19684 
Phil SimmsNew York Giants19794 
     
Devlin HodgesPittsburgh20193* 
*Active streak

Additionally, with a win, Hodges would become the first undrafted rookie quarterback to win each of his first four starts in the common draft era (1967-present).

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TEN AGAIN: New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS – who leads the NFL with 121 receptions and 1,424 receiving yards this season – had 11 receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown in Week 14, marking his seventh game with at least 10 receptions in 2019.

With at least 10 receptions against Indianapolis on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Thomas would surpass ANDRE JOHNSON (seven games in 2008) and WES WELKER (seven in 2009) for the most games with at least 10 receptions in a season in NFL history.

The players with the most games with at least 10 receptions in a season in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONGAMES
Andre JohnsonHouston20087
Michael ThomasNew Orleans20197*
Wes WelkerNew England20097
*Entering Sunday 

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GURLEY AMONG GREATS: Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY has 10 total touchdowns this season (nine rushing, one receiving), having rushed for a touchdown in each of his past two games. Gurley, who is in his fifth NFL season, leads the NFL with 66 touchdowns since entering the league in 2015.

With a touchdown on Sunday at Dallas (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Gurley would tie ADRIAN PETERSON (67 touchdowns) for the fifth-most touchdowns through a player’s first five seasons in NFL history. 

The players with the most total touchdowns in their first five seasons in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMSEASONSTOUCHDOWNS
LaDainian TomlinsonHOFSan Diego2001-0580
Emmitt SmithHOFDallas1990-9475
Shaun AlexanderSeattle2000-0472
Jerry RiceHOFSan Francisco1985-8970
Adrian PetersonMinnesota2007-1167
    
Todd GurleySt. Louis/Los Angeles Rams2015-1966*
*In fifth season 

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Olsen Pierre and Eric Tomlinson and Promote Nick Nelson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agents DL Olsen Pierre and TE Eric Tomlinson and have promoted CB Nick Nelson from the practice squad, the club announced Wednesday.

Pierre, a 6-foot-4, 293-pound defensive tackle in his third year in the NFL, joins the Raiders having spent the first nine games of the 2019 campaign with the New York Giants. Pierre was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2015 before spending the majority of his rookie campaign on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad. He was later signed as a reserve/future free agent by the Cardinals in 2016 and spent three seasons (2016-18) on the club’s active roster. Since entering the league, Pierre has appeared in 33 games and made eight starts, totaling 50 tackles (35 solo), 7.5 sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Tomlinson, a 6-foot-6, 263-pound fourth-year tight end joins the Silver and Black after appearing in three contests with the New York Giants this season and an additional two with the New England Patriots. Tomlinson was originally an undrafted free agent signed by the Houston Texans, where he spent all of 2015 and a portion of 2016 on the club’s practice squad before signing to the New York Jets (2016-18). Over his career, Tomlinson has appeared in 41 contests and made 31 starts, tallying 17 receptions for 194 yards and one touchdown.

Nelson, originally the club’s fourth-round selection (110th overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft, re-joins the active roster having appeared in 11 games as a rookie, making three starts and compiling 17 tackles (11 solo), one pass defensed and one fumble recovery. 

Additionally, the Raiders have signed TE Paul ButlerLB Te’von Coney and OL Kyle Kalis to the team’s practice squad.

In a corresponding move, the team has released TE Cole Wick from its practice squad.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations