The Good, The Bad and The NFL
Week 10 of the NFL’s 100th season kicks off on Thursday, November 7 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime) as the Los Angeles Chargers travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders in an AFC West showdown. It marks the 119th regular-season meeting between the two clubs, with the Raiders holding the all-time series advantage, 62-54-2. The Chargers, however, have won the previous four matchups. Each team enters Thursday night coming off home victories in Week 9.
Last week, the Raiders defeated Detroit, 31-24, as quarterback DEREK CARR’s nine-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver HUNTER RENFROW with 2:04 remaining in the game proved to be the difference. Overall, Carr passed for 289 yards and two touchdowns for a 116.2 rating in the win. Since Week 4, Carr has nine touchdown passes versus one interception for a 112.4 rating, the third-highest passer rating in the NFL over that span. Rookie running back JOSH JACOBS rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the victory and became the first rookie since Cincinnati’s ICKEY WOODS in 1988 to have at least two rushing touchdowns in three of his first eight career games. Entering Week 10, Jacobs leads all rookies in scrimmage yards (842), rushing yards (740) and rushing touchdowns (6).
Rookie tight end FOSTER MOREAU also had a fourth quarter touchdown, as the Raiders became the first team since the Seattle Seahawks (November 22, 2015) to have rookies score all four touchdowns in a victory. Through nine weeks, Jacobs (six touchdowns), Moreau (three) and Renfrow (two) are the only trio of rookie teammates each with multiple touchdowns in 2019. Entering Thursday night, tight end DARREN WALLER ranks third among tight ends in catches (48) and receiving yards (548) this season.
The Chargers enter Week 10 as winners of back-to-back games for the first time this season after defeating Chicago, 17-16, in Week 8 and topping Green Bay, 26-11, last week. Quarterback PHILIP RIVERS led the way against the Packers, completing 75 percent of his passes (21 of 28) for 294 yards and a 108.3 rating. Rivers has passed for an average of 304.3 yards per game in his past four games against the Raiders, with eight touchdowns and one interception for a 121.7 rating. His 45-career touchdown passes against Oakland are his most against any opponent.
Running back MELVIN GORDON had a season-high 109 scrimmage yards with two rushing touchdowns last week, marking his sixth career game with multiple rushing touchdowns. Gordon aims for his fourth consecutive game with a touchdown. Running back AUSTIN EKELER has scored a touchdown in each of his past five road contests and leads all running backs in catches (55) and receiving yards (530) this season, while tying for the lead with five touchdown catches. Wide receiver KEENAN ALLEN has 54 catches in 2019 and is one of two receivers in the AFC with at least 50 catches in each of the past three seasons. Defensive end JOEY BOSA has 5.5 sacks in his past three games, and he aims for his third in a row on the road with at least two sacks, which would be the longest such streak in a single season since Carolina’s CHARLES JOHNSON in 2012 (three consecutive road games).
Adding to television availability, several streaming options will be available to fans. FOX Thursday Night Football games will be available to stream on Amazon via Prime Video and Twitch in addition to NFL, FOX and FOX Deportes digital properties across devices.* During the season, fans can learn all of the ways to watch at NFL.com/TNF.
Through the first nine weeks of the 2019 season, four teams – the BUFFALO BILLS (6-2), GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-2), MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-3) and SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (8-0) – are in playoff position after missing the postseason a year ago. 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. In 2018, seven of the 12 playoff teams missed the postseason the year before.
DIVISION-WINNING REBOUNDS: The NFL in 2002 expanded to 32 teams and realigned into eight divisions. Since that time, at least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 15 of the past 16 years. Heading into Week 10, two teams – GREEN BAY in the NFC North and SAN FRANCISCO in the NFC West – lead their respective divisions after missing the postseason in 2018.
Entering Week 10, five teams – the GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-2), NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8-1), NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7-1), SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (8-0) and SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (7-2) – have at least seven wins, the most through the first nine weeks since the 1990 season (five teams). In total, 10 teams have at least six victories, the most through the first nine weeks of a season since 1986 (11 teams).
NINERS REMAIN UNBLEMISHED, SEAHAWKS UP NEXT: For the first time in NFL history, the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (8-0) are the league’s last remaining undefeated team at least eight games into a season. San Francisco, which finished last season 4-12 and selected DL NICK BOSA with the second-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, is off to its best start since opening 10-0 in 1990. This week, the 49ers host a divisional contest with key playoff implications against the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (7-2) on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN).
- The Seahawks-49ers matchup is the first meeting between divisional opponents that have combined for two or fewer losses in Week 10 or later since November 17, 2013, when Denver (8-1) hosted Kansas City (9-0) in an AFC West showdown.
- San Francisco is the second team in NFL history to finish with a winning percentage of .250 or below and rebound to win its first eight games of the following season. In 2013, the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS opened 9-0 after going 2-14 (.125) in the 2012 season.
- Last week in the Seahawks’ 40-34 overtime victory against Tampa Bay, Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON notched his 90th win as a starter, including the postseason. On Monday night, he can surpass BEN ROEHTLISBERGER (90) for second-most quarterback wins over his first eight seasons in the Super Bowl era. Only TOM BRADY (100) had more.
- Including the 49ers’ berth in Super Bowl XLVII after the 2012 season, the NFC West has produced four of the last seven NFC Super Bowl representatives. Seattle and San Francisco accounted for three of those appearances, while the LOS ANGELES RAMS were the latest division entry in Super Bowl LIII last season. Since the beginning of that 2012 season, no other division has a better overall winning percentage.
A season-high six NFL teams are on byes during Week 10, and every club will have taken its week off by the end of Week 12. On Sunday, two teams coming off their byes meet in an NFC South clash when the ATLANTA FALCONS travel to play the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Since the beginning of the 2011 season, only the BALTIMORE RAVENS, fresh off a post-bye win over the Patriots in Week 9, have a better record after the bye.
On Sunday when the BALTIMORE RAVENS meet the CINCINNATI BENGALS (1:00 PM ET, CBS), the Ravens (6-2) have an opportunity to match their best start in franchise history (7-2 in both 2006 and 2012). On the other sideline, quarterback RYAN FINLEY will make his first NFL start. Finley will become the sixth rookie to make his starting debut this season, joining Arizona’s KYLER MURRAY, Jacksonville’s GARDNER MINSHEW, Pittsburgh’s DEVLIN HODGES, the New York Giants’ DANIEL JONES and Washington’s DWAYNE HASKINS.
Through the first nine weeks, 110 of 135 overall games (81.5 percent) have featured at least one quarterback under the age of 27, the most at this point in a season in league history. In total, quarterbacks under age 27 have started 146 games and recorded 76 wins (52.1 percent), both the most starts and wins by quarterbacks under the age of 27 through the first nine weeks of a season since at least 1970.
NFL SCHEDULE, NOVEMBER 7, 10-11
(All times Eastern)
|Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders||8:20 PM||FOX/NFLN
|Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans||1:00 PM||CBS|
|Sunday||Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts||4:05 PM||CBS|
|Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears||1:00 PM||CBS||Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers||4:25 PM||FOX|
|Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals||1:00 PM||CBS||Los Angeles Rams at Pittsburgh Steelers||4:25 PM||FOX|
|Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns||1:00 PM||CBS||Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys||8:20 PM||NBC|
|Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints||1:00 PM||FOX||Monday|
|New York Giants at New York Jets||1:00 PM||FOX||Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers||8:15 PM||ESPN|
|Arizona Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1:00 PM||FOX|
|Byes: Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, New England,|