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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

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

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS TO COMPETE FOR A SPOT IN THE NFL INTERNATIONAL PLAYER PATHWAY PROGRAM

Nine athletes from eight countries will compete for a spot in the 2020 International Player Pathway Program, the NFL announced today. 

Instituted in 2017, the program aims to provide elite international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level, improve their skills, and ultimately earn a spot on an NFL roster.

The league has identified top athletes from eight countries that will compete for a place in the program. Given the program’s success to date, the NFL widened its search for international talent, hosting a Combine in Germany this past October with players from 18 countries participating.  

Isaac Alarcon (Mexico), Otavio Amorim (Brazil), David Bada (Germany), Leo Krafft (Norway), Boqiao Li (China), Chris Mulumba (Finland), Sandro Platzgummer (Austria), Antoni Podgorski (Poland) and Bernhard Seikovits (Austria) will begin training in the United States next month and will have the opportunity to showcase their talents to NFL club scouts in March in hopes of being signed as a free agent or being selected for a practice squad position for next season through the International Player Pathway Program.  

One of the NFL’s eight divisions, to be chosen at random, will receive the international players selected for the 2020 program should they not be signed to free agent contracts.  At the conclusion of training camp, each player will be eligible for an international player practice squad exemption with his assigned team.  This provides the assigned team an eleventh practice squad member who is ineligible to be activated during the season.   

Players will train alongside NFL veterans and draft hopefuls in Florida. 

“The International Player Pathway program is an important part of our ongoing efforts to grow the game globally and provide pathways for international players to make it to the NFL,” said Damani Leech, NFL Chief Operating Officer of International.  “We are excited to have players from around the world competing for a spot in the 2020 program, including eight players who were selected after participating in the International Combine in Germany this past October.” 

Players taking part in the program:​

PlayerCountryCurrent Team
Isaac AlarconMexicoTec Monterrey Borregos
Otavio AmorimBrazilTimbo-Rex
David BadaGermanySchwabisch Hall Unicorns
Leo KrafftNorwayEidsvoll 1814s
Boqiao LiChinan/a
Chris MulumbaFinlandn/a
Sandro PlatzgummerAustriaSwarco Raiders Tirol
Antoni PodgorskiPolandWarsaw Mets
Bernhard SeikovitsAustriaDacia Vienna Vikings

Notable International Player Pathway Program Participants Currently on NFL Rosters:

Moritz Böhringer, Tight End (Germany), Cincinnati Bengals

Currently in his second season as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad.  In 2016, Böhringer was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, becoming the first player to be drafted directly from European football.  He spent the 2016 season on the Vikings practice squad.  

Jakob Johnson, Fullback (Germany), New England Patriots

Johnson began his football career during his youth in his hometown of Stuttgart, Germany. It was there where Johnson played for the Stuttgart Scorpions of the German Football League before moving to Jacksonville, Florida.  He played one season of high school football in the United States and was recruited to continue his career at the University of Tennessee. Johnson returned to the Scorpions in 2018. He then assigned to the New England Patriots through the International Player Pathway Program. The Patriots signed Jakob Johnson to their active roster on September 21.  During the season, teams can carry an International Pathway Program player as an extra 11th member of the practice squad, but because of the roster exemption, clubs cannot promote the player to the active roster during the season. In the case of Johnson, the Patriots elected to forgo that option and make him a regular member of their 10-man practice squad, which gave them the option of promoting him.  Johnson’s NFL debut came in a Week 3 win against the New York Jets. His first NFL start came the following week in Buffalo where he contributed as a lead blocker. In Week 5 he made his first career reception for five yards against the Washington Redskins

Jordan Mailata, Tackle (Australia), Philadelphia Eagles

In 2017, Mailata participated in the International Player Pathway program and trained at IMG Academy.  The Samoan-born Australian former professional rugby league player for the South Sydney Rabbitohs was then drafted in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles (thereby making him ineligible for the International Player Pathway Program).  Converted to football full-time early in 2018, he impressed NFL scouts at various workouts with his strength, footwork and athleticism, and continued his football journey with the Eagles during the 2018 season as the youngest player on their roster. He is currently on injured reserve. 

Efe Obada, Defensive End (UK), Carolina Panthers

Obada was raised in London after arriving from the Netherlands at age 10.  He signed as a free agent for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 after playing only five games of amateur football with the London Warriors. He played in the preseason for the Cowboys and spent part of the 2015 season on the club’s practice squad. He has since had spells on the rosters of the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons before joining the Carolina Panthers practice squad as part of the 2017 International Player Pathway Program. In 2018, Obada become the first player from the NFL International Pathway program to make a 53-man roster.  In Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Obada played his first regular season game, earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his one-sack, one-interception performance. Obada has continued to make an impact with the Panthers. After recording eight total tackles (solo + assisted) in 2018, he has surpassed the mark with a total of 16 tackles through Week 13 in 2019.

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

NFL ENTERS FINAL QUARTER WITH KEY GAMES ON TAP

Week 14 NFL Preview

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 Sunday’s CINCINNATI BENGALS-CLEVELAND BROWNS matchup as the NFL100 Game of the Week because the contest includes the teams closest to the birthplace of the NFL. In 1920, the NFL formed in Northeast Ohio, where CANTON BULLDOGS owner RALPH HAY organized the first meeting of fellow owners. Four years later, at nearby Massillon Washington High School, quarterback and future Pro Football Hall of Famer PAUL BROWN discovered the sport that would shape his life. By 1946, as the first coach of the Cleveland franchise when it launched as part of the All-American Football Conference, Brown was so synonymous with success that by popular demand he became the team’s namesake, despite his humble objections. After entering the NFL in 1950, Brown’s team won three league championships (1950, 1954-55). When the AFL placed an expansion franchise in Cincinnati during the mid-1960s, Brown joined the team as general manager and head coach, then named his new team the Bengals in time for the club’s inaugural 1968 season. One of Brown’s first Cincinnati assistant coaches was Pro Football Hall of Famer BILL WALSH.  

BRADY, BREES IN RACE FOR HALLOWED MARK: As NFL teams jockey for position in the 2019 playoff race, New England quarterback TOM BRADY and New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES have one of the league’s most significant all-time records in their sights: Most career touchdown passes, currently held by PEYTON MANNING (539). Entering Week 14, Brady (535) and Brees (532) have Manning on their radar screens.

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

PLAYER, TEAM(S)YEARSTD PASSES
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis-Denver1998-2015539
Tom Brady, New England2000-535
Drew Brees, S.D. Chargers-New Orleans2001-532
Brett FavreHOF, Atlanta-Green Bay-N.Y. Jets-Minnesota1991-2010508
Dan MarinoHOF, Miami1983-99420
Philip Rivers, S.D./L.A. Chargers2004-391
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh2004-363
Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants2004-362
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay2005-360
Fran TarkentonHOF, Minnesota-N.Y. Giants1961-78342

Brady, whose Patriots host the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS), is 47-12 (.797) during his career in starts following a regular-season loss. 

EASTERN ILLINOIS CONNECTIONS IN THE BIG EASY: When the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS travel to meet the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX) in a matchup of 10-win teams, one former Eastern Illinois quarterback, the 49ers’ JIMMY GAROPPOLO, will square off against another former Eastern Illinois field general, Saints head coach SEAN PAYTON. Also, the father of 49ers head coach KYLE SHANAHAN, former Raiders, Broncos and Redskins head coach MIKE SHANAHAN, also played at Eastern Illinois, where a serious injury ended his playing career but helped him discover his passion for coaching. The school also produced former Dallas quarterback TONY ROMO.

  • If San Francisco this week clinches a playoff berth, the 49ers would become the first NFL club that didn’t qualify for the playoffs last season to earn a postseason invitation. In every season since the 12-team playoff format began in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs that were not in the postseason the year before.

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR’S NIGHTMARE: In one of Week 14’s premier games, the BALTIMORE RAVENS put the league’s longest winning streak, eight games, on the line when they face the BUFFALO BILLS on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). The contest not only matches two of the AFC’s best teams, it also matches two of the NFL’s best dual-threat quarterbacks. Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON, whose 977 net rushing yards are more than five NFL teams this year, also ranks fourth in the NFL with a 109.6 passer rating. Buffalo’s JOSH ALLEN, who ranks third among NFL quarterbacks with 430 rushing yards, has a fourth-quarter passer rating of 114.0.

  • Sunday’s game will have more combined rushing yards (1,407) by starting quarterbacks than any contest in NFL history.
  • Additionally, Jackson needs 23 rushing yards to become the second quarterback in NFL history with a 1,000-yard rushing season, and 63 to post the most rushing yards in a single season by an NFL quarterback, surpassing MICHAEL VICK, who had 1,039 in 2006. 

  • As a team, the Ravens are on pace for one of the most prolific rushing campaigns in the NFL’s 100 seasons. Since the league moved to a 16-game schedule in 1978, Baltimore’s 207.8 net rushing yards per game are on pace to finish 10 yards better than any other team in that span.

The teams with the most net rushing yards per game since 1978:

TEAMSEASONGMATTYARDSYDS/GM
Baltimore Ravens2019124452,494207.8
New England Patriots1978166713,165197.8
Kansas City Chiefs1978166632,986186.6
Chicago Bears1984166742,974185.9
Atlanta Falcons2006165372,939183.7

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THE FOURTH QUARTER: As the NFL makes its final turn toward the regular-season finish line, each club has just four games remaining, and 26 teams remain in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LIV. Two of those teams, the TENNESSEE TITANS and OAKLAND RAIDERS, battle in a key AFC contest Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS).

  • The game features several of the NFL’s top rookies. Oakland’s JOSH JACOBS leads all NFL rookies in rushing yards (1,061), rushing touchdowns (seven) and scrimmage yards (1,207). Tennessee wide receiver A.J. BROWN leads AFC rookies with 626 receiving yards. On defense, Oakland’s MAXX CROSBY (7.5) and CLELIN FERRELL (3.5) are the NFL’s only pair of rookie teammates with three-or-more sacks each.

ROOKIE QUARTERBACKS CONTINUE TO WIN GAMES: Arizona’s KYLER MURRAY, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, leads the ARIZONA CARDINALS at home against the PITTSBURGH STEELERS on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS). Murray and the Steelers’ DEVLIN HODGES, an undrafted rookie, are two of the six rookie quarterbacks to win a game this season. Last week, Denver’s DREW LOCKjoined a group that includes Washington’s DWAYNE HASKINS, the Giants’ DANIEL JONES and Jacksonville’s GARDNER MINSHEW. That group of six represents the second-highest number of rookie quarterbacks to win an NFL start in league history, trailing only the 1987 season (seven). Detroit’s DAVID BLOUGH, who plays at Minnesota Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), gives the 2019 rookies an opportunity to tie the single-season league record. ​

BATTLE OF OHIO: When the CINCINNATI BENGALS make the cross-state trip to play the CLEVELAND BROWNS on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), the teams will meet for a 92nd time. Sunday marks the first Bengals-Browns game in 35 years in which each club has a first-year head coach. Cincinnati’s ZAC TAYLOR and Cleveland’s FREDDIE KITCHENS are the first rookie head-coaching pair in the series since December 2, 1984, when the Bengals’ SAM WYCHE beat the Browns’ MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER on an overtime field goal, 20-17.

NFL SCHEDULEDECEMBER 5, 8-9

(All times Eastern)​

ThursdaySunday (cont.)
Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears8:20 PMFOX/NFLNAMAZONMiami Dolphins at New York Jets1:00 PMCBS
Sunday  Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers1:00 PMCBS
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons1:00 PMFOXLos Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars4:05 PMFOX
Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills1:00 PMCBSPittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals4:25 PMCBS
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns1:00 PMCBSKansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots4:25 PMCBS
Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers1:00 PMFOXTennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders4:25 PMCBS
Denver Broncos at Houston Texans1:00 PMCBSSeattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams8:20 PMNBC
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings1:00 PMFOXMonday  
San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints1:00 PMFOX New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles8:15 PMESPN

Press Release Courtesy of the NFL Communications Media Relations

Raiders Sign Preston Brown; Place Dwayne Harris on IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB Preston Brown, the club announced Monday.

Brown, a 6-foot-1, 251-pound linebacker, joins the Raiders after spending the majority of the past two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He spent his first four years (2014-17) with the Buffalo Bills after being selected in the third round (71st overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Over his career, Brown has appeared in 80 games and made 77 starts, compiling 598 tackles (341 solo), one sack, five interceptions including one returned for a touchdown, 14 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. In one postseason contest in 2017, Brown logged six tackles (four).

Last season, Brown started all seven of his appearances for the Bengals before being placed on the Reserve/Injured List for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. He recorded 42 stops (27), two interceptions and four passes defensed. From 2014-17 with the Bills, Brown’s 504 tackles ranked second-most in the NFL during that span, as he amassed at least 100 tackles in four consecutive campaigns, including a career-high 144 in 2017.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Brown played four years at Louisville (2010-13), appearing in 52 games with 37 starts, compiling 301 tackles, including 26 for loss, seven sacks, one interception, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. 

Brown will wear jersey No. 54 with the Raiders.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders placed WR/RS Dwayne Harris on the Reserve/Injured List.

WEEK 11 – CINCINNATI BENGALS AT OAKLAND RAIDERS BY THE NUMBERS

Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders – By The Numbers

By Shawn Jonas

TEAM STATSRAIDERS BENGALS
Points Per Game23.115.2
Points Allowed Per Game26.728.8
Total Yards378.6339.1
Yards Passing248.7268.8
Yards Rushing129.970.3
Yards Allowed398.7436.2
Pass Yards Allowed300.2263.2
Rush Yards Allowed98.4173.0

POINT SPREAD

RAIDERSBENGALS









5-40-9


SPREAD CONSENSUS PICK
+10.5SPREAD-10.5
+420MONEY LINE-540
OVER/UNDER 48.5
Photo by Shawn Jonas of Derek Carr during post game interview with Erin Andrews 11/07/2019
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Photo of Derek Carr by Shawn Jonas at NRG Stadium 10/27/19

Season Leaders

PASSING YARDS

OAK Derek Carr 199-281, 2202 YDS, 14 TD, 4 INT

CIN Andy Dalton 204-338, 2252 YDS, 9 TD, 8 INT

Photo of Josh Jacobs by Shawn Jonas at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum 11/07/2019
Photo of Raiders FB Alec Ingold 11/07/2019 by Shawn Jonas

RUSHING YARDS

OAK Josh Jacobs 168 CAR, 811 YDS, 4.83 PER ATT 7 TD

CIN Joe Mixon 131 CAR, 434 YDS, 3.31 PER ATT 0 TD

Photo of Darren Waller at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum 11/07/2019 by Shawn Jonas
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Photo of Tyrell Williams by Shawn Jonas at NRG Stadium 10/27/19

RECEIVING YARDS

OAK Darren Waller 51 REC, 588 YDS 3 TD

CIN Tyler Boyd 57 REC, 598 YDS 1 TD

RAIDERSSTATISTICSBENGALS
29:56 (15th)TIME OF POSSESSION28:31 (27th)
248.7PASSING YARDS PER GAME268.8
20.0FIRST DOWNS19.3
48 %3RD DOWN PERCENTAGE40 %
370.1TOTAL YARDS PER GAME316.1
+2TURN OVER DIFFERENTIAL-11
70.8COMPLETION PERCENTAGE59.8
284ATTEMPTS368
129.9RUSHING YARDS PER GAME70.3
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Photo of Maxx Crosy by Shawn Jonas at NRG Stadium 10/27/19
Photo of Erik Harris’ Interception of Phillip Rivers 11/07/2019 by Shawn Jonas
Photo of Raider DE Clelin Ferrell Sacking Phillip Rivers on 11/07/2019 by Shawn Jonas
355.6DEFENSIVE YARDS PER GAME363.8
25.2RUSHING ATTEMPTS PER GAME33.6
3.9AVERAGE YARDS PER RUSH5.2
22.8FIRST DOWNS PER GAME21.9
45 %3RD DOWNS PERCENTAGE44 %
30:04DEFENSE TIME ON FIELD31:29
502PENALTY YARDS623
98.4RUSHING YARDS ALLOWED PER GAME173.0
283.2PASSING YARDS ALLOWED PER GAME256.4
2.22SACKS PER GAME1.11
.78INTERCEPTIONS PER GAME.33
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Offensive Stat Comparison

STATBengalsRaiders
Yards/Play4.8 6.1
Points/Play0.2330.382
Rush Play %32.26% 45.69%
Pass Play %67.74% 54.31%
Completion %59.78% 70.77%
3D Conv %39.68% 47.75%
RZ Scoring %33.33% 60.61%
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Photo by Shawn Jonas of Arden Key and Maxx Crosby at NRG Stadium Houston, TX 10/27/2019

Defensive Stat Comparison

STATDETOAK
Opp Yards/Play6.7 6.1
Opp Points/Play0.450 0.428
Opp Completion %65.78% 65.92%
Opp 3D Conv %44.34% 45.37%
Opp RZ Scoring %46.88% 64.52%

The following is a preview of the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Oakland Raiders to be played on November 17, 2019. Statistics and rankings below include all games played prior to Week 11 of the 2019 NFL season.

Detailed Team Records (Through Week 10)

 BengalsRaiders
Overall Record0-95-4
Home Record0-44-1
Away Record0-51-3
Division Record0-32-1
Conference Record0-53-2
Inter-conference Record0-42-2
Strength of Victory0-0 (.000)19-26-1 (.424)
Strength of Schedule53-29-1 (.645)46-38-1 (.547)
Vs. Common Opponents0-00-0
StreakL9W2
Turnover Margin-11+2

Offensive Rankings (Through Week 10)

 BengalsRaiders
Total Yardage26th (316.1 YPG)13th (370.1 YPG)
Points Scored29th (15.2 PPG)15th (23.1 PPG)
Rushing Yardage30th (70.3 YPG)8th (129.9 YPG)
Passing Yardage14th (245.8 YPG)15th (240.2 YPG)

Defensive Rankings (Through Week 10)

 BengalsRaiders
Total Yardage Allowed32nd (429.4 YPG)26th (381.7 YPG)
Points Allowed28th (28.8 PPG)26th (26.7 PPG)
Rushing Yardage Allowed32nd (173.0 YPG)10th (98.4 YPG)
Passing Yardage Allowed22nd (256.4 YPG)30th (283.2 YPG)
DEFENSE
 BengalsRaiders
OPPONENT POINTS SCORED259240
Total Touchdowns2930
Rushing126
Passing1424
Returns30
Field Goals18/2110/12
Extra Points27/2730/30
OPPONENT FIRST DOWNS197205
Rushing8349
Passing104122
Penalty1034
Third Down Conversions47-106 (44.3%)49-108 (45.4%)
Fourth Down Conversions3-5 (60.0%)6-8 (75.0%)
OPPONENT YARDS GAINED3,8653,435
Opponent Rushing Yards1,557886
Rushing Yards Per Game173.098.4
Rushing Attempts302228
Rushing Average5.163.89
Opponent Passing Yards (Net)2,3082,549
Attempts-Completions-Pct263-173 (65.8%)314-207 (65.9%)
Sacks – Opponent Yards Lost10-6120-153
Intercepted by37
Opponent Punts3431
Average Yards43.145.9
Opponent Kickoff Returns719
Kickoff Return Yards141383
Kickoff Return Average20.1420.16
Touchdowns00
Opponent Punt Returns1121
Punt Return Yards63227
Punt Return Average5.7310.81
Touchdowns00
Opponent Penalties-Yards75-62360-502
Opponent Fumbles-Recovered7-48-3

Injury Report

Here’s a look at the players listed on the Oakland Raiders’ Week 11 injury report:

OAKLAND RAIDERS

PlayerPositionInjuryWed
Trent Brown TKneeLP
Dwayne Harris WR/RSFootFP
Rodney Hudson CAnkleLP
Josh Jacobs RBShoulderLP
Lamarcus Joyner SHamstringDNP
Josh Mauro DEGroinLP
David Sharpe TCalfLP
Tahir Whitehead LBShoulderFP

Here’s a look at the players listed on the CINCINNATI BENGALS’ Week 11 injury report:

CINCINNATI BENGALS

PlayerPositionInjuryWed
Tyler EifertTENIRDNP
Alex EricksonWRBackDNP
A.J. GreenWRAnkleDNP
KirkpatrickCBKneeDNP
SampleTEAnkleDNP
Bobby HartOTShoulderLP
RedmondGKnee/AnkleLP

Oakland Raiders Sign DE Kasim Edebali

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed DE Kasim Edebali, the club announced Wednesday.

Edebali, a 6-foot-2, 253-pound defensive end, joins the Raiders for his sixth year in the NFL after entering the league in 2014 as an undrafted free agent and spending his first three seasons (2014-16) with the New Orleans Saints. Edebali would go on to spend the 2017 campaign with the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions and most recently appeared in action with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018. Over his career, Edebali has appeared in 62 contests and made two starts, logging 49 tackles (36 solo), eight sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

A native of Hamburg, Germany, Edebali has appeared in 16 contests in three different campaigns and set a single-season career high of five sacks in 2016 with the Saints. 

Edebali played his collegiate ball at Boston College, appearing in 49 contests and totaling 166 tackles (88). 11 sacks, 15 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. 

Additionally, the Raiders have signed OL Kyle Kalis to the team’s practice squad.

Kalis is a 6-foot-4, 306-pound offensive lineman that entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Washington Redskins in 2017. He appeared in three games for the Indianapolis Colts that season after being claimed by the club from the Redskins. Last season, the former Michigan Wolverine appeared in four games with the Cleveland Browns.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Retain Three Exclusive Rights Free Agents

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed the following three exclusive rights free agents, the club announced Monday.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

Player                    Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Ateman, Marcell         WR      6-4      216     2          Oklahoma State

Carlson, Daniel           K          6-5      213     2          Auburn

Murray, Justin             T          6-5      304     2          Cincinnati

Ateman: Returns for his second season with the Raiders after being drafted by the club in the seventh round (228th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft…Elevated to the active roster prior to Week 8 and appeared in seven contests, making six starts in his rookie campaign…Compiled 15 receptions for 154 receiving yards and one TD reception…Played four seasons (2013-15, 2017) at Oklahoma State, appearing in 51 games with 29 starts and totaling 146 receptions for 2,466 yards (16.9 avg.) with 13 TDs.

Carlson: Begins his second season with the Silver and Black after being signed by the team as a free agent ahead of the 2018 Week 8 contest…Made 16-of-17 FG attempts, setting a new franchise record with a 94.1 FG percentage…Made all 18 PATs and led the team with 66 points on the year…Also earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors in Week 11 after connecting on his first career game-winning FG…Originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round (167th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft…Career totals include 10 games played, connecting on 17-of-21 FG attempts while making all 24 PATs. 

Murray: Enters his second season in Oakland after being claimed via waivers ahead of the team’s Week 1 contest in 2018…Appeared in his first two career games as a rotational player on the offensive line…Originally signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and spent 2017 on the practice squads of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints, before being signed to the Cincinnati Bengals for the remainder of the year.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign LB Vontaze Burfict

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent LB Vontaze Burfict, the club announced Tuesday.

Burfict, a 6-foot-1, 255-pound linebacker and 2013 Pro Bowler, joins the Raiders after spending his first seven seasons (2012-18) with the Cincinnati Bengals. Originally an undrafted free agent signee by the club in 2012, Burfict has appeared in 75 contests and made 73 starts, totaling 604 tackles (396 solo), five interceptions, 28 passes defensed, 8.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. In postseason action, Burfict has started in each of his three appearances, totaling 19 stops (11), one interception, one pass defensed, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble.

Last season, Burfict started in all seven appearances and compiled 33 tackles (16) and three passes defensed. He finished top-5 on the team in tackles in each of the previous three campaigns.

Since entering the league in 2012, the former Arizona State standout has compiled three 100-plus tackle seasons, including a franchise-record and NFL-best 171 stops in 2013 en route to his first Pro Bowl honor and second-team All-Pro recognition by the Associated Press. His 171 tackles that year stand as the highest single-season total by a defender since 2010.

A native of Inglewood, Calif., Burfict played three seasons (2009-11) for the Sun Devils and appeared in 37 games, making 32 starts. He totaled 228 tackles, including 22.5 for loss, one interception, seven sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his time with the school, and was tabbed a semifinalist for the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker as a junior in 2011.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Acquire QB AJ McCarron

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have acquired QB AJ McCarron via a trade with the Buffalo Bills, the club announced Saturday. As part of the trade terms, the Raiders will receive McCarron in exchange for the Raiders’ fifth-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.

McCarron was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round (164th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Now in his fifth year in the NFL, McCarron has appeared in 11 contests and made three starts, recording a 93.6 passer rating on 88-of-133 pass attempts (64.7 percent) for 920 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. 

A native of Mobile, Ala., the 6-foot-3, 215-pound McCarron spent four seasons at Alabama, compiling a 36-4 overall record during his time with the school and leading the Crimson Tide to back-to-back BCS National Championships in 2011 and 2012.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have released QB EJ Manuel. Last season, in his lone year with the Raiders, Manuel appeared in two contests and made one start, compiling 265 yards passing on 24-of-43 attempts, one touchdown and one interception for a 72.3 passer rating.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations