- Chargers-Raiders..San Diego (4-1) heads into Black Hole in possible ‘trap game’….Raiders coach Tony Sporano makes his debut after firing of Dennis Allen…Sporano was head coach at Miami and played power football…Has had 10-days to get Raiders setup…Derek Carr will start at QB….Look for Raiders to try and pound ball behind veteran OL with both Jones-Drew and McFadden…to control clock and keep Philip Rivers and explosive San Diego passing game off the field…Chargers ailing with injuries, now go to 4th different starting center in 6-weeks…Run game with Branden Oliver-Ronnie Brown must be productive…Chargers can ill-afford a letdown or an ambush…Sporano riled team up by digging a hold in end zone, burying a football, to send a message they were burying their (0-4) start, and this was the beginning of a new season under his fiery leadership.
– Top NFL games this weekend –
- Cowboys-Seattle….Tremendous matchup of power RB-DeMarco Murray, QB-Tony Romo, WR-Dez Bryant against Legion of Doom defense, and the challenge for Cowboys to contain QB-Russell Wilson.
- Carolina-Cincinnati…Panthers have lost both their pass rushers and 3-RBs-Cam Newton forced to carry the team.
- Pittsburgh-Cleveland..QB-Brian Hoyer has Browns offense rolling..Steelers defense still suspect.
- Giants-Eagles…QB-Eli Manning (1100Y-11TD) goes against a banged up Eagles defense.
– Thursday Night Football –
- Colts-W-Texans (33-28)..Andrew Luck lights up Texans defense (370P-3TD)…Colts defense 5-QBX of Ryan Fitzpatrick-2 turnovers.
– NFL Notes –
- Minnesota..December lst trial date set for child abuse case involving Adrian Peterson-facing 2Y- in prison if convicted.
- Minnesota..AP reporting Peterson admitted to using marijuana during his NFL suspension just before taking a drug test.
- St Paul…Peterson denies reports he mis-used moneys donated to his charitable foundation.
- San Francisco..District Attorney reviews evidence in domestic abuse case with DE-Ray McDonald and may send it to grand jury.
- Dallas..Investigation into possible rape allegations against Cowboys S-CJ Spellman-who has been allowed to continue to play.
- Minnesota..Police investigate DT-Thomas Johnson-3am arrest for trespassing last weekend into an apartment.
- Miami…Release DT-Derrick Shelby after an arrest on sexual misconduct charges in a bar.
- Carolina..DE-Frank Alexander suspended 4G-for positive drug test.
- Tennessee…Autopsy on longtime Titans K-Rob Bironas-blood alcohol count (.218) in fatal crash two weeks ago.
- Detroit…Veteran K-Mike Prater admits he has joined Alcoholics Anonymous seeking help.
- Jacksonville…Suspended WR-Justin Blackmon voluntarily enters a rehab center for alcohol evaluation…suspended for year by NFL.
- Kansas City…Ex-Chiefs RB-Larry Johnson arrested again for bar fight
- Miami..ex-NFL-WR-Reche Caldwell faces 20Y-prison for running South Florida drug rings.
- Houston..DE-JJ Watt fined 16,000 for roughing passer penalties on Buffalo’s quarterbacks.
- Pittsburgh..DE-Cam Heyward 22,000-fine for abuse of officials.
- San Diego..S-Eric Weddle 22,000 fine for heavy hits in secondary.
- Denver..TE-Julius Thomas 8,000-fine for chop block injuring a lineman.
- San Francisco..QB-Colin Kaeperneck 10,000-fine for wearing illegal headset on field listening to music.
- WR-Jets..QB-Geno Smith 12,000-fine for cursing New York fan coming off the field..
- Carolina..Feud-ex WR-Steve Smith rips GM-Dave Gettleman for trading him after telling Smith he was a “shell of the player” and a “distraction”.
- Detroit..Feud-WR-Golden Tate rips Bills Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz who asked players to carry him off the field after upset win last weekend.
- Cincinnati..George Hoker-S-tells Bengals fans to ‘quit being a bandwagon fan’.
- San Diego..Mark Fabiani says Chargers will fight to protect LA fan base-block NFL reportedly looking at putting 2-teams in Los Angeles market in next 24-months.
- NFL Owners..Listen to 5-hour presentation on how to change Discipline penalties for players arrested on domestic abuse-DUI-drugs.
- Boston..Murder trial of Aaron Hernandez set now for January 9th.
– Injuries –
- New Orleans..S-Jairus Byrd put on IR-list-badly torn cartilage-knee.
- Titans..S-Bernard Pollard gone for year-torn Achilles.
- Raiders..IR-LB-Nick Roach-on going concussion issues.
- Chiefs…WR-Donnie Avery-surgery for hernia.
- Giants…Lose RB-Rashard Jennings-3W-sprained knee.
- Cardinals..DE-Calais Campbell-3W-sprained knee…IR-DE-Matt Shaughnessy-knee…IR-P-Dave Jastudel-knee.
- Ravens..DE-Chris Canty-3W-wrist.
- Cincinnati..WR-AJ Green out again-sprained toe.
- Georgia…RB-Todd Gurley-leading rusher in country-suspended-probe of him selling autographs and memorabilia.
- Top ranked Florida State plays Syracuse after last weekend’s wild upset that saw Alabama-Oregon-UCLA-USC upset.
- Second ranked Auburn meets Mississippi State (5-0)….3rd ranked Ole Miss (5-0) faces Texas A&M….5th rated Baylor meets upstart TCU.
- Friday Night fireworks…Washington State-led by big gun QB-Connor Halladay faces Stanford.
- PAC 12..USC (3-2) plays at dangerous Arizona…UCLA-Oregon in a matchup of (4-1) teams….Washington-Cal match (4-1) records
- Mountain West…Turnover prone San Diego State plays at New Mexico…Air Force (4-1) is at Utah State…Colorado State tangles with Nevada.
- ALCS…Tonight…Royals-at-Baltimore…James Shields-vs-Chris Tillman…Kansas City with big home run hitters and aggressive baserunners…Orioles led by home run hitter Nelson Cruz.
- NLCS..Saturday…Giants-Cardinals…Madison Bumgarner-vs-Adam Wainwright.
- Dodgers…Daylong meetings with Team President Stan Kasten and GM-Ned Coletti after team gets run out of playoffs in first series.
- Angels..Halos clean out lockers after getting swept out of playoffs after 98-win regular season.
- Rockies-Fire-GM Dan O’Dowd-VP-Bill Gievett..only 4-winning seasons in 15-years…Jeff Bridich promoted to GM job..
- Giants…Barry Bonds-undergoes major hip surgery.
- NYKnicks..debut with 28-turnovers-20 point loss to Boston..struggled with Coach Derek Fisher’s triangle offense.
- Chicago..NBA fines Jokim Noah-Paul Pierce 15,000 for fight in game with Washington Wizards.
- Indiana..Gives GM-Frank Vogel a 2-year contract extension.
- San Diego State..Jamaal Franklin-released by Memphis Grizzlies (1.7PPG) has to sign in China to continue career.
- Ducks-L-Penguins (6-3)..Sidney Crosby 2G…Pens fired 39-shots on young goalie John Gibson.
- Kings-L-San Jose (4-0) in home opener.
- Saturday…Ducks at Detroit…Kings at Arizona.
- NASCAR…Bank of America 500-Charlotte…Jimmie Johnson-Dale Earnhardt in danger of getting knocked out of Chase for Championship…11th-12th in points standing…4-more drivers about to to be cut.
- Formula 1…Run Russian Grand Prix at Sochi.
- Formula 1…Rookie driver Jules Bianchi remains in critical condition-head injuries-car ran into a crane during caution last week at Japanese Grand Prix.
- Formula 1..Sebastian Vettle stuns Team Red Bull-leaving his contract..may sign with Ferrari next week.
- Horse Racing…Legendary colt “Cigar” passes away during neck surgery at age 24..horse won 16-races in a row with jockey Jerry Bailey.
- Golf…Tom Watson writes letter of apology to Ryder Cup members-for his heavy handed leadership and lack of communications during loss to European team last week.