Opinion: NFL’s best rivalry, pressure on Cam Newton and Tua Time will define NFL Week 8

A quick rundown on items of interest as Week 8 rolls on in the NFL: KEY STORY LINE: Rivalries. The billboard on display in Baltimore says it all. It features the image of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger being pummeled into the turf by a Raven, with a not-so-subtle message: “Welcome back, Ben!” The billboard was purchased by WJZ-TV, the CBS affiliate that will telecast Sunday’s showdown when the Ravens (5-1) will try to sack the NFL’s only undefeated team (6-0). It […]

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Freshman QB Uiagalelei rallies No. 1 Clemson

ACC reporter. Joined ESPN.com in 2010. Graduate of the University of Florida. With star quarterback Trevor Lawrence isolated at home because of COVID-19, Clemson Tigers needed a double-digit second half rally to beat Boston College Eagles 34-28 on Saturday. The Tigers did not resemble the No. 1 team in the country through two quarters as they struggled to make many positive plays with Lawrence and three defensive starters out for the game. They found themselves trailing by as many as […]

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Ohio State vs. Penn State odds, prediction, betting trends for ‘Saturday Night Football’ on ABC

The Big Ten is getting the prime-time treatment for the second straight weekend with a big-time matchup on Halloween.   No. 3 Ohio State travels to No. 18 Penn State at 7:30 p.m. for the ABC “Game of the Week.” It’s a matchup that has carried huge Big Ten and College Football Playoff implications each of the past four seasons.   The Buckeyes were as advertised in a 52-17 season-opening victory against Nebraska. Justin Fields is among the Heisman Trophy favorites, and second-year coach […]

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Michael F. Florio's Week 8 fantasy football sleepers

Brandon Aiyuk is coming off arguably his best game of the season with six catches for 115 yards (17.5 fantasy points). He also posted a season-high 28 percent target share in Week 7. It couldn’t have come at a better time as he has a huge opportunity to build off of it this week against the Seattle Seahawks. On the season, Seattle has allowed over 60 fantasy PPG to WRs, while no other team is allowing over 50 fantasy PPG […]

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NFL bold predictions, Week 8: Midnight strikes early on Tua Time

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, NFL Network analysts will provide one bold prediction heading into each week’s slate of games (see the full Week 8 schedule). Marc Ross: Miami DolFans have eagerly awaited Tua Time, but the clock strikes midnight early in his first start. The Los Angeles Rams’ second-ranked scoring defense will limit the heralded rookie to under 200 yards passing and just six points. Traditionally great against rookies in his career, with 5.5 sacks and 10 QB hits […]

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Cam Newton, Joe Burrow and the great college football QB debate

Bill Connelly is a staff writer for ESPN.com. The LSU-Auburn game that kicks off on Saturday afternoon (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS) will not be the most consequential in the history of the series. The teams are a combined 5-4 this season, and after beginning the season ranked sixth and 11th, respectively, in the AP poll, they are both currently unranked. There are certainly storylines to follow — Will Auburn keep its winning-via-controversy streak alive after two straight oddities? Will LSU […]

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Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater finishes TNF loss despite neck injury

Carolina exited Thursday Night Football with its third narrow loss in a row. But a close call avoided by its QB1 is an encouraging takeaway worth highlighting. Down, 19-14, late in the third quarter and facing third-and-7, Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater looked to convert on a key possession. After getting tripped by Falcons defensive end Dante Fowler while stepping up in the pocket, Bridgewater stumbled to the ground and took a late hit to the head and neck area from […]

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A.J Hinch on verge of becoming the Detroit Tigers’ next manager

A.J. Hinch, spurned by the Chicago White Sox, is on the verge of reaching a three-year deal to become manager of the Detroit Tigers, according to two officials with direct knowledge of the negotiations. The officials spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized Hinch, who was suspended and then fired on Jan. 18 by the Houston Astros for his involvement in the 2017 cheating scandal, had to wait until the conclusion of […]

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Hit on Bridgewater draws ejection for DE Harris

Covered Panthers, NFL for 11 years More than 25 years experience covering NFL, college football and NASCAR Joined ESPN in 2006 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Atlanta Falcons defensive end Charles Harris was ejected in the third quarter Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers after a vicious hit that briefly sidelined quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater was scrambling on the third-and-7 play when he was tripped and went down for a 2-yard loss . Harris came in after Bridgewater was down and delivered […]

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White Sox’s La Russa email uses wrong signature

Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com. CHICAGO — A glitch in a graphic file that was emailed to some fans announcing the Chicago White Sox’s hiring of new manager Tony La Russa on Thursday contained a signature of AJ Hinch on a picture of La Russa. The mistake was due to multiple variations of the graphic being prepared for various candidates, according to a team source, although Hinch was never interviewed. The file ended […]

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