Tampa Bay (2-5; 2-5 ATS) at Seattle (6-2; 3-5 ATS)
Early line: Seahawks (minus-6.5 points). Total: (52.5)
TB 15TH OFF; SEA 23RD DEF
TB 19TH RUN; SEA 15TH vs. RUN
TB 9TH PASS; SEA 27TH vs. PASS
TB 5TH PTS; SEA 20TH PTS ALLOWED
SEA 9TH OFF; TB 18TH DEF
SEA 9TH RUN; TB 1ST vs. RUN
SEA 13TH PASS; TB 31ST vs. PASS
SEA 11TH PTS; TB 30TH PTS ALLOWED
TB 26TH TO/TA; SEA 2ND TO-TA
Seahawks lead all-time series 8-5-0, but Bucs have won 4 of last 5 games in series, including 14-5 win at TB in most recent game Nov. 27, 2016.
A shotgun snap off QB Jameis Winston’s face mask, Breshad Perriman running into a teammate just after a handoff 4 yards from a TD and passes overthrown to the Titans were among the many mishaps in BUCS’ 27-23 Week Eight road loss to Titans — TB’s third straight defeat (4th in last 5).
BUCS also left down town deservedly ticked off over an inadvertent whistle that cost them a fumble return after stopping Tennessee's fake punt in the final minutes.
BUCS outgained the Titans 389-246 in total offense in Week 8 loss, and Winston threw for 301 yards while scrambling 8 times for 53 more. He threw two TD passes to WR1 Mike Evans, who had 11 catches for 198 yards. But Titans doubled up their coverage of Evans in the 4th quarter, keeping Winston from throwing to him down the stretch.
BUCS offense, which had been averaging 28.8 ppg, did not score again after Winston's second TD pass to Evans, a 2-yarder, with 11:11 left in the third quarter. That kept the Bucs from overcoming a combined four turnovers — two interceptions and a pair of fumbles all by Winston.
Two BUCS turnovers came in the first quarter, one where a shotgun snap hit Winston. Head coach Bruce Arians defended his quarterback, saying that wasn't his fault. Winston also overthrew WR Chris Godwin in the first quarter, a ball that was easily intercepted by Malcolm Butler to set up the Titans' second TD and a 14-3 lead.
BUCS’ other 2 turnovers came inside the final 6:03, the last with 18 seconds left. The four turnovers give Winston an NFL-worst 90 giveaways since being the No. 1 pick overall in 2015, and this was his 6th game with at least 4 turnovers.
BUCS defense that limited Titans to 246 total yards held Tennessee to just 70 yards offense in the first half and finished with 3 sacks, including one by DE Jason Pierre-Paul, back for his first game of the season.
BUCS OLB Shaquil Barrett, who is tied for the league lead in sacks with 10, also had a sack, in addition to a FF and 4 tackles, and LB Lavonte David had a team-high 12 tackles, a TFL and a PB in Week 8 loss.
But BUCS couldn't protect a 23-17 lead as the Titans scored the final 10 points with their best drives of the game. The Bucs thought they had an interception twice on Tennessee's first scoring drive by CB Carlton Davis III only to have each overturned by defensive-pass-interference penalties.
Arians said BUCS’ young secondary, which entered Week 8 part of a defense ranked last in the NFL against the pass, needs to get their heads out of their rears. Arians said the Bucs could have held the Titans to a pair of FGs in the first quarter by playing the right technique.
Check status of BUCS TE O.J. Howard (hamstring; DNP in Week 8), OG Alex Cappa (forearm; DNP in Week 8) and LB Jack Cichy (elbow; DNP in Week 8).
A fast start helped SEAHAWKS improve their record to 4-0 on road following 27-20 Week Eight win over floundering Falcons.
QB Russell Wilson threw 2 TD passes to WR DK Metcalf, RB Chris Carson ran for 90 yards and a score, and SEAHAWKS led 24-0 at halftime, providing the cushion it would need to withstand the Falcons' comeback behind backup QB Matt Schaub, who finished with 460 passing yards.
SEAHAWKS, who also won the turnover battle 3-0, rushed for 151 yards in Week 8, with RB Rashaad Penny following in the footsteps of Carson to the tune of 8-55 rushing and a long of 17.
QB Russell Wilson completed 14-of-20 passes for 182 yards with zero INTs (131.7 QB rating), and WR Tyler Lockett led SEAHAWKS receivers in Week 8 win with 6-100 receiving on 6 targets and a long of 20.
SEAHAWKS stretched lead to 27-11 in Week 8 victory on PK Jason Myers’ 54-yard field goal.
MLB Bobby Wagner had six tackles to move into first place on the SEAHAWKS’ all-time list, passing Eugene Robinson. He also had a sack and a FR in Week 8 and was awarded a game ball in the locker room.
Other noteworthy SEAHAWKS defenders in Week 8 win were: LB Mychal Kendricks, whose instincts were on the money on his INT along with 7 tackles; FS Marquise Blair, who had a FF and team-high 11 tackles; and DE Jadeveon Clowney, who had a sack and 4 hurries.
SEAHAWKS O-line might have been dealt a major blow when C Justin Britt left Week 8 game with a left-knee injury on the opening drive. Personnel were poised to bring a cart onto the field, but Britt walked off. Head coach Pete Carroll said Britt may have torn his ACL (check status). Joey Hunt took over at center.
Also check status of SEAHAWKS DT Quinton Jefferson (oblique; DNP in Week 8) and S Delano Hill (elbow; DNP in Week 8).
N.Y. Jets (1-6; 2-5 ATS) at Miami (0-7; 3-4 ATS)
Early line: Jets (minus-5 points). Total: (41.5)
NYJ 32ND OFF; MIA 30TH DEF
NYJ 31ST RUN; MIA 31ST vs. RUN
NYJ 32ND PASS; MIA 20TH vs. PASS
NYJ 31ST PTS; MIA 32ND PTS ALLOWED
MIA 31ST OFF; NYJ 19TH DEF
MIA 30TH RUN; NYJ 10TH vs. RUN
MIA 20TH PASS; NYJ 24TH vs. PASS
MIA 32ND PTS; NYJ 25TH PTS ALLOWED
NYJ 27TH TO/TA; MIA 32ND TO-TA
Jets lead all-time series 54-52-1 but Dolphins have won last 3 games vs. Miami (5 of last 6), including series sweep last season. Dolphins defeated Jets 20-12 at NY in Week 2 last season, despite getting outgained 362-257. Miami’s defense limited Jets to only 42 rushing yards and registered 3 sacks and 3 takeaways. Dolphins completed series sweep in Week Nine with 13-6 win at Miami, despite gaining only 168 total yards and converting only 3-of-16 3rd downs. Miami’s defense made life miserable in Week 9 win for Jets QB Sam Darnold, who was sacked 4 times and threw 4 INTs (31.8 QB rating), including a 25-yard pick-6 returned for a TD by Dolphins OLB Jerome Baker.
JETS are already focusing on next season after lackluster Week Eight 29-15 road loss to Jaguars, with injuries piling up and the team open to dealing key players, such as DL Leonard Williams, who they traded to Giants Monday.
WR Robby Anderson could be next out the door, as his name has been mentioned frequently in trade rumors. Anderson is currently JETS’ No. 1 receiver, a deep threat who has been building a rapport with Darnold since the QB was drafted in the first round last year.
JETS’ league-worst offense gained only 213 total yards and converted only 2-of-9 3rd-downs, while defense allowed Jags 389 total yards and 8-of-17 3rd-down conversions in Week 8 loss.
After a terrific performance vs. Dallas in his return from a month-long bout with mononucleosis, it has been downhill for JETS’ Darnold in the 2 games since. He's 32-of-64 for 304 yards and 2 TDs with 7 INTs in that span. Darnold's footwork and timing also have been off, not a good sign for a player expected to be taking the next step at this point.
JETS RB Le’Veon Bell had only nine carries against the Jaguars and gained just 23 yards after appearing to be on the verge of breaking out with 70 against the Patriots six days earlier.
Veteran TE Ryan Griffin caught 2 TD passes from Darnold, along with a 2-point conversion pass in his best game with the JETS. Chris Herndon is working his way back from a hamstring injury (check status) and should become a primary target for Darnold, but Griffin showed he also could be a factor in the passing game moving forward.
WR Demaryius Thomas led JETS receivers in Week 8 loss with 5-63 receiving on 5 targets and a long of 23.
On JETS’ injury front, Darnold is dealing with a sprained left thumb, and also needed the toenail on his left big toe removed last week (check status). LB C.J. Moseley is out another 5-6 weeks while trying to recover from a groin injury that has sidelined him most of the season, and C Ryan Kalil has a knee injury that could keep him out for at least this week.
Also check status of JETS LBs Albert McClellan (concussion; DNP in Week 8) and Neville Hewitt (sat out Week 8 with neck, knee injuries), OT Kelvin Beachum (ankle; DNP in Week 8) and RB Trenton Cannon (foot/ankle; DNP in Week 8).
DOLPHINS continue to make progress following a horrific start to the season, but they remain winless after a 27-14 road loss to the Steelers in Week Eight Monday-nighter. The Dolphins committed four turnovers on their final seven drives in latest loss.
Like the Jets, DOLPHINS are not averse to making trades in full-fledged rebuilding mode, starting off this week by trading RB Kenyan Drake to the Cardinals.
DOLPHINS have lost 10 straight games dating to last season and 16 of 20 overall since winning three straight to begin the 2018 season. Miami's last win came at home against New England on Dec. 9, 2018, more than 300 days ago. In 2011, the Dolphins lost their first seven games, but finished 6-10.
DOLPHINS were outscored 163-26 in their first four games, but their last three losses have come by a combined 24 points. Miami led in the 4th quarter during their Week 7 10-point loss at Buffalo, and the Dolphins held a 14-0 lead through one quarter in Week 8 until Pittsburgh rallied with the final 27 points.
CB Xavien Howard intercepted DOLPHINS’ 2nd pass of the season on Steelers QB Mason Rudolph’s first throw of the game. Miami capitalized from the Pittsburgh 26, as QB Ryan Fitzpatrick gave Miami an early 7-0 lead with a 5-yard TD pass to WR Alfred Wilson. Prior to the TD, the Dolphins held a lead for only 10:48 through six-plus games this season.
Fitzpatrick capitalized with a 2nd TD after the Steelers turned the ball over on downs. WR Allen Hurns closed the 11-play, six-minute series by bouncing off four Pittsburgh defenders on his way to a 14-0 lead for the DOLPHINS. It was Miami's first 14-point lead against any opponent since Week 5 of last season, a 10-point loss against Cincinnati.
In DOLPHINS’ Week 8 loss, Fitzpatrick ended 21-of-34 for 190 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions (71.9 QB rating), RB Mark Walton led paltry 19-60 ground game with 11-35 rushing and a long of 9 and WR Davante Parker was Miami’s top pass-catcher with 6-59 receiving on 8 targets and a long of 15.
Cleveland (2-5; 2-5 ATS) at Denver (2-6; 4-4 ATS)
Early line: Broncos (minus-2 points). Total: (40)
CLE 20TH OFF; DEN 4TH DEF
CLE 12TH RUN; DEN 18TH vs. RUN
CLE 20TH PASS; DEN 4TH vs. PASS
CLE 25TH PTS; DEN 8TH PTS ALLOWED
DEN 26TH OFF; CLE 21ST DEF
DEN 16TH RUN; CLE 29TH vs. RUN
DEN 26TH PASS; CLE 7TH vs. PASS
DEN 28TH PTS; CLE 22ND PTS ALLOWED
CLE T28TH TO/TA; DEN T21ST TO-TA
Broncos lead all-time series 23-6-0, but Browns snapped 11-game losing streak to Denver in most recent game, beating Broncos 17-16 at Denver in Week 15 last season. In win over Denver last season, Browns outrushed Broncos 134-32, while defense limited Broncos to 270 total yards.
BROWNS continue to be major disappointment, losing in extremely sloppy fashion 27-13 to defending Super Bowl champion Pats in Week 8 road game for their third straight loss, dropping them three games behind the Ravens in the AFC North.
BROWNS turned the ball over on back-to-back-to-back plays in the first quarter on a rainy New England Sunday, leading to a pair of Patriots touchdowns that changed a three-point lead into a runaway.
"Everything that we said we couldn't do and win the game, we did. And it all happened in the first quarter," said BROWNS head coach Freddie Kitchens, who also lamented his team's 13 penalties — six of them for false starts. "That's what's getting us beat, turnovers and penalties. That's it: turnovers and penalties."
RB Nick Chubb ran for 131 yards, but he also fumbled on consecutive plays before QB Baker Mayfield was intercepted on a shovel pass to put BROWNS in a hole they couldn't get out of against the dominant New England defense.
It's the first time a team has committed turnovers on three straight plays from scrimmage since the Dolphins did it in 2012 against the Texans. Chubb did not fumble at all in 192 carries as a rookie last year, but he has now fumbled three times in the BROWNS’ past two games.
BROWNS offense was limited to 310 total yards and 3-of-12 3rd-down conversions with O-line allowing 5 sacks for 43 yards in losses, while defense allowed Pats 318 total yards and registered 3 sacks but zero takeaways.
In BROWNS’ Week 8 loss, Mayfield had 20-31-194-1 TD-1 INT (79.2 QB rating), WR1 Odell Beckham had 5-52 receiving on 7 targets and a long of 31 and WR2 Jarvis Landry had 5-65 receiving on 10 targets and a long of 21.
BROWNS DE Myles Garrett, who is tied for league lead in sacks with 10, had a sack and 3 TFLs, and DE Olivier Vernon had a sack, 2 TFLs and 6 tackles in Week 8 loss.
In BROWNS’ Week 15 win over Broncos last season, Mayfield had 18-31-188-2 TDs-1 INT (83.8 QB rating) and a lost fumble while getting sacked once; Chubb had 20-100 rushing and a long of 40; WR Antonio Callaway had 5-35-1 receiving on 7 targets, including a 2-yard TD catch with 11:44 left that turned to be game-winning score; and S Jabril Peppers (traded to Giants) had an INT, a sack and 6 tackles.
Things are going from bad to worse for BRONCOS, who have temporarily lost QB Joe Flacco with a herniated disc in his neck after he ripped Denver's coaches for their play-calling in last-minute 15-13 Week Eight road loss to the Colts.
BRONCOS head coach Vic Fangio said backup Brandon Allen will start Sunday against the Browns. Fangio also said he'll decide this week between two rookies as the backup: second-round draft pick Drew Lock, who is on IR with a right thumb injury, or undrafted QB Brett Rypien, who is on the practice squad.
BRONCOS have lost six times in Fangio's first eight games —- three times in the final 30 seconds. And the inability to protect a 10-point second-half lead left Super Bowl-winning QB Flacco venting after team’s latest loss.
"We're now a 2-6 football team and we're like afraid to go for it in a two-minute drill, you know?" Flacco said following COLTS’ Week 8 loss. "Like who cares if you give it back to the guys with a 1:40 left? They obviously got the field goal anyway. Once again, we're a 2-6 football team and it just feels like we're kind of afraid to lose a game."
When BRONCOS got the ball back at the Colts’ 48-yard line midway through 4th quarter, they called two short passes and one run before punting. They took over again with 3:37 left at their 38 and called five runs and one short pass and again punted. Denver gained 17 yards on those six plays, picking up just one first down.
By the time the BRONCOS got the ball back a third time, Colts PK Adam Vinatieri had kicked the go-ahead 51-yard field goal, leaving Denver 22 seconds left with no timeouts and virtually no chance of reaching field-goal range from their 25.
But the BRONCOS' troubles go well beyond play-calling. Denver settled for short field goals on back-to-back possessions in the first half that consumed 30 plays and nearly 13 ½ minutes, as offense gained 279 total yards and converted only 2-of-12 3rd downs.
And when BRONCOS’ defense could have closed Week 8 game out on Colts' final drive, Indy QB Jacoby Brissett escaped a sack on the first play and found WR T.Y. Hilton for a 35-yard completion. Two plays later, Brissett hooked up with Nyheim Hines for 5 yards, and that became a 20-yard play when ILB Alexander Johnson was flagged for a horse-collar tackle.
BRONCOS’ defense even endured the ignominy of a rare reversal on a no-call pass interference on the field. While three-time All-Pro OLB Von Miller (1 ½ sacks, 3 TFLs and 6 tackles in Week 8) acknowledged the close calls have been hard to accept, he insisted the Broncos “D” must avoid becoming discouraged.
BRONCOS DE Derek Wolfe contributed 2 sacks and a FF, and Johnson had a FF, a PB and team-high 8 tackles in Week 8 loss.
Check status of BRONCOS CB Bryce Callahan (foot; DNP in Week 8) and S Will Parks (hand; DNP in Week 8).
In BRONCOS’ Week 15 loss to Browns last season, QB Case Keenum (signed with Redskins) had 31-48-257-0 TDs-2 INTs (60.9 QB rating) while getting sacked twice; and RB Patrick Lindsay had 44 total yards (24 rushing, 20 receiving).
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