Tropical Storm Philippe

Tropical Storm Philippe approaches southern Florida

Tropical Storm Philippe is approaching extreme southern Florida as it continues to dump heavy rain on central Cuba and the Bahamas.

The National Hurricane Center said Sunday morning the poorly organized storm is moving east-northeast at 17 mph (27.36 kph). A turn toward the northeast is expected, and a rapid motion toward the northeast is expected Sunday through Monday.

The center of Philippe is expected to move across the northwestern Bahamas Sunday morning.

Philippe’s maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (72.42 kph), with higher gusts.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. However, Philippe is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone on Monday.

New England Patriots

NFL Week 8 live: Chargers come up short in loss to Patriots 21-13

Welcome to another Super Sunday in the NFL.

This week the Chargers (3-4) are in Foxborough, Mass. to take on the New England Patriots (10 a.m., CBS).

Keep it here for updates from the Chargers game and other sights and sounds from around the league.

CHARGERS

REPORTING FROM FOXBOROUGH, Mass.

Dan Woike

The Chargers traveled the road to Gillette Stadium and the New England Patriots with their foot pressed firmly down on the accelerator.

With wins over the Giants, Raiders and Broncos in consecutive weeks leading up to Week 8, the momentum only had them moving faster and faster.

But in a 21-13 loss Sunday to the Patriots, the team didn’t just get stuck in neutral. They threw the transmission into reverse.

Wide receiver Travis Benjamin, who scored on a punt return a week ago against Denver, put points on the board again on Sunday — this time for the opponent. After dropping and picking back up a punt inside the Chargers’ 10-yard line, Benjamin scrambled to get away from the coverage team.

And if his quest to turn up the field and make a big play, he forgot where the end zone was.

Benjamin was tackled by a pair of Patriots for a safety, an inexplicable decision that turned a defensive stop into five points for the Patriots — two for the safety and three on the drive following the free kick.

Prior to the gaffe, the Chargers were in pretty good position.

The Chargers were able to strike first when Melvin Gordon broke through the right side of the field for an 87-yard touchdown run, tied for the longest in franchise history.

Gordon’s run came a possession after the Chargers marched into Patriots territory before facing a third and one from the 33. Instead of going for it, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn elected to try a 51-yard field goal.

Nick Novak’s kick, which got tipped at the line, fell short and right.

New England and Tom Brady didn’t have trouble moving the ball, but they only scored one touchdown — a 2-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski. The rest of the damage came on special teams, where Stephen Gostkowski made three field goals and missed two.

The Chargers will now have a week off before taking on Jacksonville in Florida in Week 10.

Notes

Texans take a knee during anthem to protest owner’s comments

Associated Press

Only 10 active Houston Texans players stood for the national anthem, with the rest of the team kneeling.

The Texans had indicated there would be some type of protest following comments by owner Bob McNair. McNair has issued two apologies and is attempting to explain his comments after a story in ESPN The Magazine this week revealed that he said “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” during a meeting of NFL owners about players who protest by kneeling during the national anthem.

There were reports the Texans would consider staying in the locker room for the anthem, but the entire team took the field about 10 minutes before kickoff. When the anthem started more than half the active roster took a knee.

The majority of Seattle’s defensive line continued to sit as it has for most of the season.

Results

NFL Week 8 scores and schedule

Monday’s schedule
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 5:30 p.m.

Sunday’s results
CHARGERS 21, at New England Patriots 13

Minnesota Vikings 33, at Cleveland Browns 16 (London)

at Buffalo Bills 34, Oakland Raiders 14

at Cincinnati Bengals 24, Indianapolis Colts 23

at New Orleans Saints 20, Chicago Bears 12

Atlanta Falcons 25, at New York Jets 20

at Philadelphia Eagles 33, San Francisco 49ers 10

Carolina Panthers 17, at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3

at Seattle Seahawks 41, Houston Texans 38

Dallas Cowboys 33, at Washington Redskins 19

Pittsburgh Steelers 20, at Detroit Lions 15

Thursday’s result
at Baltimore Ravens 40, Miami Dolphins 0

Patriots 21, Chargers 13: New England gets another field goal

CHARGERS

REPORTING FROM FOXBOROUGH, Mass.

Patriots 18, Chargers 13: This time the TD counts

Dan Woike

Philip Rivers and the Chargers finally took advantage of a big mistake, capitalizing on a missed New England field goal to score their second touchdown of the day.

Rivers found Travis Benjamin for a 24-yard score to make it 18-13 Patriots with 8:30 left in the game.

CHARGERS

REPORTING FROM FOXBOROUGH, Mass.

Dan Woike

The Chargers had a touchdown called back after Tyrell Williams stepped out of bounds during his route, followed by a Philip Rivers fumble to knock them out of scoring range, and the Patriots made them pay.

Stephen Gostkowski made his third field goal of the day on the following drive, putting the Patriots up 18-7 with 5:25 left in the third quarter.

Notes

Eagles fan Mike Trout, who also plays for the Angels, gets another touchdown ball

CHARGERS

REPORTING FROM FOXBOROUGH, Mass.

Patriots 15, Chargers 7: New England adds another field goal before halftime

Dan Woike

The Patriots added another field goal, using their two-minute offense to march down the field, setting up Stephen Gostkowski for a 36-yard field goal right before the end of the half.

New England leads 15-7.

Dan Woike

After the safety, the Charger defense kept New England out of the end zone, but kicker Stephen Gostkowski was able to make an easy 25-yard field goal.

After the kick, New England leads 12-7 with 4:06 left in the half.

Patriots 9, Chargers 7: Benjamin gives up a safety on a punt return

Dan Woike

The Chargers defense forced a punt after a Joey Bosa sack backed New England into a third-and-long earlier in the drive, but returner Travis Benjamin dropped the punt. After he recovered, Benjamin retreated and found himself backed up into the end zone, where he was tackled for a safety.

The special teams disaster put New England ahead 9-7 with more than 9 minutes let in the first half.

CHARGERS

Chargers 7, Patriots 7: Gronkowski does his thing and gets a TD

Dan Woike

The Patriots responded to the Chargers’ score with a 14-play scoring drive capped by a 2-yard pass from Tom Brady to tight end Rob Gronkowski.

During the drive, the Chargers had multiple chances to get a stop but missed tackles and committed a costly 12-men-on-the-field penalty. The score is tied 7-7 with 14:56 left in the second quarter.

REPORTING FROM FOXBOROUGH, Mass.

Chargers 7, Patriots 0: Gordon scores on his longest career run

Dan Woike

Melvin Gordon cut through the New England Patriots defense for an 87-yard score, a career long, to put the Chargers ahead 7-0 with 6:15 left in the first quarter.

Gordon took a handoff from Philip Rivers and got great blocks on the right side of the field, including a key one from rookie Mike Williams to spring him for the monster play.

CHARGERS

Dan Woike

Tom Brady’s unarguably handsome face fills the cover of his new book. It has a sharply designed logo — “TB12” — combining his initials and the number he wears on his New England Patriots jersey.

The book — “The TB12 Method: How to achieve a lifetime of sustained peak performance” — is a well-intentioned manual preaching the gospel of alternative exercises and diet, the stuff that’s made Brady a champion and a star into his 40s.

Keep your muscles soft and able to absorb punishment. Eat organically. Stay away from processed sugars.

It’s good advice. And it’s a New York Times bestseller.

It’s also very different from the PR17 method.

Philip Rivers, the Chargers’ quarterback, has a different approach to longevity and peak performance. And he’s not going vegan or anything to pull it off.

“Probably not,” Rivers said with a chuckle. “I may just try to reach down and touch my toes once or twice or every once in a while. I haven’t stretched much in 15 years, so I’ll start with a toe-touch.”

It turns out this isn’t his genuine “Aw, shucks” charm. He doesn’t like to stretch. He doesn’t really touch his toes. That’s all too new-agey for him.

“He never stretches,” tight end Antonio Gates said with a laugh.

CHARGERS

Chargers vs. Patriots: How they match up

Dan Woike

CHARGERS (3-4) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-2)

When Chargers have the ball

Chargers coaches and players keep waiting for a 30-plus-point outbreak because they believe there are enough playmakers to have a big day. But, because of how the defense has played, the Chargers have had the luxury of being a little more methodical on offense, keeping the ball out of harm’s way with a more conservative game plan. However, with the Patriots being able to score and New England’s defense beaten up and still near the bottom of the league in most categories, Sunday could be a day for the Chargers to open things up. Quarterback Philip Rivers has been intercepted just once in the last three games, and he’s starting to figure out the best way to use Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin and Hunter Henry. And the team still has Antonio Gates, Tyrell Williams and Mike Williams, who could play up to 25 snaps, in the mix. The big worry should be Melvin Gordon, who finds himself on the injury report for the second straight week. Even if he’s able to play on Sunday, there will be questions about how big of a load the back can carry while still being effective in the running and passing games.

When Patriots have the ball

Tom Brady. Tom Brady. Tom Brady. You can’t write that name enough. Maybe the best quarterback in NFL history, Brady still has found a way to get off to a good start without top receiver Julian Edelman, whom the team lost for the season in the summer. While Edelman’s loss is a big deal, having tight end Rob Gronkowski on the field certainly helps. While Brady can still make other receivers threats, Gronkowski should be the big test for the Chargers linebackers and safeties. The key, though, will be stopping New England’s ground game. In their last three games, all wins, the Patriots have rushed for more than 100 yards. They attack with a handful of running backs — Mike Gillislee, Dion Lewis, James White and Rex Burkhead — who all have different skills and present unique challenges for defenses. If New England is able to run the ball well, it will stay out of obvious passing situations and prohibit the Chargers’ terrifying pass rush from being let completely loose.

When they kick

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said his kicker, Nick Novak, will be OK after spending most of the week on the injury report with an ankle injury. Novak’s been solid, and last week, his coverage teams helped make up for the fact that he doesn’t have the leg strength to consistently get touchbacks. Punter Drew Kaser is having a great year, and last week Travis Benjamin broke free for a punt-return score. New England’s special teams are keyed by its kicker, Stephen Gostkowski, who has been one of the league’s best for the last decade. He’s missed just once in 17 field-goal attempts this season, hitting from as long as 58 yards — a career best. The Chargers have tried only 10 field goals, underscoring how big of a weapon Gostkowski can be.

Dan Woike’s prediction

When the Philadelphia Eagles pushed the Chargers around a month ago, and I promised to never pick the Chargers again, we didn’t know that the Eagles might be the best team in the league. We didn’t know that the Chargers and Lynn would figure out how to win the close games, that they could go on the road and win in New York and Oakland. We didn’t know that the defense would be so effective under Gus Bradley, that they’d start flying around hitting quarterbacks and forcing turnovers. The Chargers have been playing great. I think they’re more balanced than New England. But it won’t matter.

PATRIOTS 32, CHARGERS 24

Notes

NFC notes: From A to Z

Arizona Cardinals: Drew Stanton will be the Cardinals’ starting quarterback with Carson Palmer out eight weeks because of a broken arm.

Atlanta Falcons: Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon begins a third stint with the Falcons after being re-signed Monday, with rookie Duke Riley headed toward surgery.

Carolina Panthers: Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers has 150 sacks, one shy of passing Hall of Famer Chris Doleman for fourth on the all-time list.

Chicago Bears: Rookie Mitchell Trubisky has thrown only 23 passes in the last two games, completing 12 with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Dallas Cowboys: Rookie linebacker Jaylon Smith, who missed all of 2016, had a forced fumble and his first sack last week. Smith leads the team with 44 tackles.

Detroit Lions: Receivers Golden Tate (shoulder) and Kenny Golladay (hamstring) were limited in practice this week. Left tackle Greg Robinson is out.

Green Bay Packers: Rookie running back Aaron Jones leads the Packers with 346 yards rushing in 62 carries and has three touchdowns after making only two starts.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings have seven scoring drives of 80-plus yards after only four last season. They have held opponents to a league-low average of 4.0 yards after the catch.

New Orleans Saints: Quarterback Drew Brees passed for 331 yards and a touchdown last week, but he has had four passes intercepted in the last two games.

N.Y. Giants: Tight end Evan Engram leads all rookie receivers with 342 yards on 30 catches. Carolina back Christian McCaffrey has more catches, 44, for 329 yards.

Philadelphia Phillies: The Eagles haven’t started 6-1 since going 7-0 in 2004 when they reached Super Bowl. They lead the league in third-down conversions (50.5%).

RAMS: Safety turned linebacker Mark Barron leads the Rams with 50 tackles and is tied with Nickell Robey-Coleman for the most interceptions (two).

San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers are last in the NFL in third-down defense, allowing opponents to convert at a clip of 49.5%. Carlos Hyde has five rushing touchdowns in last five games.

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks are tied with the Jaguars as stingiest defense in league at 15.7 points per game. Seattle has not given up points in the first quarter this season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston needs 225 yards passing to reach 10,000 yards in his 39th game, putting him in a tie with Peyton Manning for the sixth-fewest games.

Washington Redskins: Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has four sacks, a forced fumble and a pick-six this season. He also has three tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

Notes

AFC notes: From A to Z

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens’ 40-0 victory over the Dolphins on Thursday night was the largest shutout victory in their 22-year franchise history.

Buffalo Bills: The Bills have given retired receiver Anquan Boldin permission to find a trade partner after deciding he’d still like to play in the league.

Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green has 30 100-yard receiving games, one shy of Chad Johnson for the Bengals’ team record. He has had two 100-yard games this season.

CHARGERS: Philip Rivers has 3,967 completions and needs 22 to pass Warren Moon (3,988) for eighth all-time. He averages 36-plus attempts per game.

Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett (concussion) will miss the Browns’ game vs. the Vikings. He missed four games to start the season because of an ankle injury.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos have won a franchise- record 31 straight games when winning the turnover battle. Denver is 3-0 this season when leading at halftime.

Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson is the first rookie with three straight games of three or more touchdown passes. The Texans average 29.5 points.

Indianapolis Colts: On Sunday, Frank Gore could become the first running back to start 100 consecutive games since Curtis Martin started 119 in a row from 1998-2005.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars lead the NFL with 33 sacks. Calais Campbell leads the way for Jacksonville with 10.0 — a career-high — through seven games.

Kansas City Chiefs: Kareem Hunt is the only player to start his career with seven straight 100-yard scrimmage games. Hunt leads NFL in yards rushing (717).

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins announced Jay Cutler (ribs) probably will return to the starting role next week after sitting out Miami’s 40-0 loss to the Ravens on Thursday.

New England Patriots: The Patriots last lost to the Chargers on Oct. 12, 2008 when Tom Brady was sidelined by a knee injury. New England leads the series 23-15-2.

N.Y. Jets: Austin Seferian-Jenkins has had a touchdown in three straight games. He’s second on the team in receptions (26) despite missing two games.

Oakland Raiders: Former Bills running back Marshawn Lynch will miss his first chance to return to Buffalo while serving a one-game suspension for pushing an official.

Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J. Watt is tied for the lead among rookies with four sacks. The Steelers have the second-most sacks (24); opponent Lions allow fourth-most (23).

Tennessee Titans: The Titans expect rookie receiver Corey Davis to be ready to play following the bye week. He missed the last five games because of a hamstring injury.

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Raiders

EJ Manuel returns to Buffalo, knowing his Raiders role

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — No, EJ Manuel does not have an identity crisis.

Going back and forth with Derek Carr this week over who the “real FSU” is in college football — Carr insisting it is his beloved Fresno State, while Manuel was true to his school at Florida State — was not enough mental gymnastics.

Manuel also played the part of Tyrod Taylor in practice for the Oakland Raiders. Of course, Manuel began his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills as their first-round draft pick in 2013 — he was the only QB taken in the first round, at No. 16 overall, that year — and it was Taylor who took the starting gig from him.

So while there may be a score, or three, to settle for Manuel in his return to Western New York, there’s only so much a backup QB can do, right? Besides, Manuel gives the impression he is above such tit-for-tat things.

“Yeah, you just want to go out there and win,” Manuel said this week.

Then how does he compartmentalize any lingering feelings?

“Easy, just focus on them as another opponent,” Manuel said this past week. “Obviously, I spent four years there, have a great appreciation for the fans, the organization, what they did for me, my family. But, obviously, I’m not on that team anymore, so my biggest goal is to help this team win.”

With so much turnover year to year in the NFL, coaches picking players’ brains the week they face a former team is nothing new. But when it is a quarterback, who was just there a year earlier?

Yeah, that scouting report would be a tad fresher.

“It’s awesome because you take a guy that was a starting quarterback in the NFL, you add another starter in the room, that’s one more mind of experience,” Carr said. “One more mind. Same thing with Connor [Cook]. I haven’t played in a playoff game and Connor has. Even if it’s 1 percent [of knowledge] they can add, which, they help more than that, it’s a benefit.

“Having EJ, who’s a starter and seen a lot of football and played against tough defenses, in our room is something that I don’t take for granted.”

Manuel replaced Carr when he suffered a broken bone in his back late in the third quarter at the Denver Broncos on Oct. 1 and started the next week against the Baltimore Ravens at home.

The Raiders lost both games, but Manuel was serviceable in completing 55.8 percent of his passes for 265 yards with a TD and an INT and a passer rating of 72.3.

The book on Manuel is that he has rediscovered his joy for the game in Oakland.

“When he showed up here, I could tell there was something on his heart,” Carr said. “I could tell that there was something there. In my head, it was my goal to show him how much we care about him, how much we love him, how much we wanted him and needed him to be here. To let him know that he’s important, to let him know that he’s one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL.

“To be that big, that fast, have that kind of arm and be that smart, to remind him of who he is. That was the joy that I had when he got here, is I’m going to make sure that he knows every day what I think about him.”

So Manuel went about his business this week, serving the Raiders as a backup QB with intimate knowledge of the upcoming opponent, while keeping himself ready, knowing that he is one injury away from taking over for Carr again.

And in the past 11 months, Carr has suffered broken bones in his hand, leg and back. Yes, it’s a violent game.

“I mean, whatever I can do to help our defense,” Manuel said. “Especially since I’m doing scout team and things like that to emulate what Tyrod does on the field, I think, will be very advantageous for us.”

Identity crisis? Manuel knows his role perfectly.

National Cat Day

It’s National Cat Day! 🐱

National Cat Day is observed each year on October 29th.

According to NationalDayCalendar.com, this day was founded to help the public recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued.  The day also encourages cat lovers to celebrate the cats in their lives for the unconditional love and companionship that they give.

How to observe 

Here are 20 ways to celebrate National Cat Day!

  1.  Adopt a cat from your local shelter or cat rescue.
  2. Make a commitment to your cat’s health and buy all natural products from food to litter
  3.  Donate blankets, food, and toys to animal welfare organizations
  4.  Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to play with some cats available for adoption, clean cages and litter boxes or anything else they need help with
  5.  Write your Congressman and ask that he/she support the ban of kitten mills and gas chambers in your state
  6.  Bake some cat-shaped cookies, and bake some tuna cookies for your cat
  7.  Have a safety check of your home to make sure it’s safe for your new cat
  8. Spend the day taking photos of your cat and posting them on our Facebook page
  9.   Buy an official National Cat Day Tee here and sport it proudly!
  10.   Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by cleaning their cat’s litter box and playing with their cat
  11.  Commission a custom portrait painted of your cat
  12. Buy your cat a fun new toy….condo, bed or treats!
  13.  Give your cat some fun exercise by putting up some walls shelves specifically for him/her
  14.  Make a window perch for your cat to lay in the sun
  15.  Brush your cat to eliminate excess fur and hairballs
  16.  Give your cat a calming massage
  17. Paint your face, wear kitty ears or dress in cat-related fashion
  18.  Buy your cat a collar and tag with your name and number, just in case they get outside and happen to become lost
  19. Hire a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot
  20. Have a National Cat Day party and invite all your friends and their cats!

This day is sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation and was created in 2005 by Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige. This day has helped save the lives of one million cats.

Eagles

Seahawks, Eagles motivated to improve offensive lines ahead of trade deadline

The two NFC contenders are trying to upgrade up front ahead of their playoff push

The Seahawks and Eagles have been two of the more aggressive teams on the trade market in recent years and they remain hopeful of upgrading their rosters ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline, according to multiple team and league sources. While the NFL‘s trade market is traditionally soft, and discussions were largely tepid this week, conversations will heat up after Sunday’s games.

Seattle has made no secret of its desire to add a tackle, with the offensive line an ongoing cause of concern, and, as previously reported, the Seahawks have already explored potential trades for Cordy Glenn of Buffalo and Duane Brown of the Texans. Glenn is not a fit due to cap restraints with his contract, though Brown is still a possibility after he ended his long contract holdout last week and is expected to dress for Houston on Sunday.

The Eagles began identifying possible trade replacements for injured star Jason Peters shortly after he was lost for the season Monday night, and general manager Howie Roseman is open to upgrading his roster at spots beyond just the line as well, sources said. He will extend a wide net seeking to help fortify Philadelphia’s playoff chances, with the above tackles as well as San Francisco’s Joe Staley possibilities via trade. Roseman was pushing hard to acquire receivers to improve the cast around young quarterback Carson Wentz a year ago, and though unable to agree to terms on many, his intent was real.

With the Eagles boasting the best record in the NFC and Wentz soaring, several other NFL general managers said they expected Roseman to be working the phones hard next week.

Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings vs. Cleveland Browns RECAP, score and stats | NFL Week 8

Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer will face the Minnesota Vikings in London on Sunday. (AP Photo | Ron Schwane)

The NFC North leading Minnesota Vikings (5-2), led by quarterback Case Keenum, met the winless Cleveland Browns (0-7), led by quarterback DeShone Kizer, in NFL Week 8 action on Sunday, October 29, 2017 (10/29/17) at Twickenham Stadium in London, England.

Check the scoreboard above for the final score and click on the stats link for game stats.

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Here’s the AP recap:

LONDON (AP) — Case Keenum threw for two touchdowns and Kai Forbath made four field goals as the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Cleveland Browns 33-16 at Twickenham Stadium in the last of four games held this season in Britain.

Adam Thielen had five catches for 98 yards and a touchdown for the NFC North-leading Vikings (6-2), who trailed 13-12 at halftime — the first time the Browns, 0-8 for the second consecutive year, claimed a mid-game lead this season.

Cleveland, without starting left tackle Joe Thomas for the first time since 2006, scored first, taking a 6-0 lead on its second play from scrimmage before kicker Zane Gonzalez’s missed extra point. Middle linebacker Joe Schobert’s interception return to the Vikings’ 37-yard line led to an 11-yard reception by David Njoku and a 26-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Crowell.

A 1-yard run by rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer with 40 seconds remaining in the half helped overcome Forbath’s first field goal and an 18-yard touchdown reception by Thielen to push Cleveland’s lead to 13-9.

Forbath ended the half with a 34-yard attempt to make it 13-12, then scored first in the third quarter when a fumble by Crowell set up a 43-yarder.

Although Gonzalez’s 23-yard field goal restored the Browns’ lead at 16-15, the Vikings scored 18 unanswered points: a 1-yard touchdown run by Jerick McKinnon — and McKinnon’s 2-point conversion — as well as a 5-yard touchdown reception by tight end Kyle Rudolph and, with 1:14 remaining, Forbath’s final field goal.

Keenum, the first player to appear in two games at Twickenham, finished 27 for 43 for 288 yards. Kizer, meanwhile, completed 18 of 34 passes for 179 yards and did not throw an interception for the first time this season.

Crowell, who scored his first touchdown of the year, had 64 rushing yards to lead a ground attack that gained 115 against Minnesota’s fourth-ranked rushing defense.

STARTERS INJURED

Vikings right tackle Mike Remmers left after sustaining a concussion on the second drive and was replaced by Rashod Hill, who had previously appeared in four games this season.

Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun left in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return, and running back Duke Johnson exited late and was evaluated for a concussion.

Cleveland was missing three starters due to injury, including top overall draft pick Myles Garrett (concussion).

UP NEXT

Vikings: Could have QB Teddy Bridgewater back from a knee injury sustained in the summer of 2016 when they visit the Washington Redskins on Nov. 12 after a bye.

Browns: Will face the Detroit Lions on Nov. 12 after a bye. They have not defeated Detroit on the road since 1983.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who: Cleveland Browns vs. Minnesota Vikings

Where: Twickenham Stadium, London

When: Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

Time: 9:30 a.m. Eastern

TV: NFL Network

Livestream: NFL Mobile app

Line: Vikings -9.5

Vikings notes: QB CASE KEENUM has 8 TD passes vs. 2 INTs for 94 rating in past 7 on road. * RB LATAVIUS MURRAY rushed for 113 yards & TD in Week 7. Had 139 rush yards & TD in last meeting (9/27/15 with Oak.). RB JERICK MC KINNON has 302 scrimmage yards (100.7 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in past 3. * WR ADAM THIELEN ranks 4th in NFL in rec. yards (529) & 5th in catches (43). In past 4 on road, has 26 receptions for 381 yards (95.3 per game) & 2 TDs. WR STEFON DIGGS has 5 TD catches in past 6. Has 275 rec. yards (91.7 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3. Since 2016, TE KYLE RUDOLPH ranks 3rd among NFL TEs in receptions (109) & TD catches (9). * DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had 2 sacks & FF in Week 7. Has sack in all 7 games this season & is 6th player since 1982 with sack in each of team’s 1st 7 games. Has 5 sacks & FF in past 4 on road. Aims for 3rd in row on road vs. AFC with 2+ sacks. LB ERIC KENDRICKS led team with career-high 13 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Has 31 tackles (10.3 per game) in past 3 vs. AFC. LB ANTHONY BARR had 11 tackles & sack in Week 7. Aims for 5th in row with PD. DE DANIELLE HUNTER has 3 sacks in past 4. S HARRISON SMITH has 2 INTs & 1.5 sacks in past 3. Had INT in last meeting. Since 2012, is only NFL safety with 15+ INTs (15) & 9+ sacks (9). CB TRAE WAYNES aims for 6th in row with PD.

NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

From a wild Raiders win over the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football, to a heartbreaking Jets loss to the Miami Dolphins, to another Giants loss at the hands of the Seahawks, to Patriots dominance in a Super Bowl rematch on Sunday Night Football, to the Eagles continuing to show they are the NFL’s best team on Monday Night Football, the NFL gave us no shortage of talking points this week.

Browns notes: QB CODY KESSLER has 95.9 rating in past 5 starts. Rookie QB DE SHONE KIZER is 1 of 5 QBs with 125+ rush yards (126) & 2+ rush TDs (2). * RB ISAIAH CROWELL has 562 scrimmage yards (93.7 per game) with 4 rush TDs in past 6 vs. NFC. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. has 314 rec. yards, 3rd most among NFL RBs. Has 146 catches since entering league in 2015, 2nd most among NFL RBs. Leads team with 32 catches & 314 rec. yards. * TE DAVID NJOKU (rookie) ties for lead among NFL rookies with 3 TD catches. Njoku (16 catches, 176 rec. yards) & TE SETH DE VALVE (16, 194) are 1 of 2 pairs of NFL TE teammates (JORDAN REED & VERNON DAVIS) with 15+ catches & 150+ rec. yards in 2017. * LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had career-high 17 tackles & FF in Week 7. Has 27 tackles (13.5 per game) in past 2. Ties for 4th in NFL with 59 tackles. Rookie DE MYLES GARRETT aims for 4th in row with 1+ sack. Has 4 sacks in 1st 3 career games, tied for 2nd most in player’s 1st 3 career games in past 20 years. Ties for lead among NFL rookies with 4 sacks. LB JAMIE COLLINS, SR. had sack last week. Has 28 tackles (9.3 per game), sack & FF in 3 career games vs. NFC North. CB JASON MC COURTY aims for 3rd in row with INT. Is 1 of 2 NFL players (DAMARIOUS RANDALL) with 3+ INTs (3) & INT-TD (1) in 2017. LB JOE SCHOBERT has 8+ tackles in 4 of past 5. — NFL Communications

Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns Pregame Scribbles: A test for Hue Jackson’s coaching — Terry Pluto (photos)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Scribbles in my notebook as the Cleveland Browns prepare to face the Minnesota Vikings this morning in London:

1. This game could be a test of Hue Jackson’s leadership. I’m not talking about the results. The 5-2 Minnesota Vikings are a heavy favorite to beat the 0-7 Browns. But in the three games in London this season, the average margin of victory has been 30 points.

2. Here are the scores of the first three London games: Rams 33-0 over Arizona, Saints 20-0 over Miami, and Jacksonville 43-7 over Baltimore.

3. The results of those games reveals one team is interested in playing, the other mentally checked out over the Atlantic Ocean. How will the Browns react? Will this game be over before halftime? Kenny Britt wasn’t the only Browns player complaining about the trip. The Browns had to leave their 5-star resort hotel for a while early in the morning because of a gas leak.

4. The excuses and obstacles are in place: The Browns are without star left tackle Joe Thomas (triceps surgery), Myles Garrett (concussion), Jason McCourty (ankle). Some others may be out, but those are three of the Browns best players. Add in the flight to London and few guys acting as if they traveled by sailboat, and this game could be a real mess.

5. Garrett has played only three games. According to Profootballfocus, he has four sacks, two other quarterbacks hits and six quarterback hurries in 65 pass rushing snaps. That’s outstanding. With Garrett out, it is time for Carl Nassib and/or Nate Orchard to make an impact. Both were drafted as pass-rushers, neither has done much. Orchard is in his third season, Nassib is a second-year player.

6. Spencer Drango takes over for Thomas at left tackle. He will face Everson Griffin, who has nine sacks for the Vikings. The Browns must give him some help with a tight end or H-back doing some blocking.

7. The Vikings are without star rookie running back Dalvin Cook (knee surgery). They are starting Case Keenum, their third-string quarterback. He is 3-2 as a starter with the Vikings, five TDs compared to two interceptions. He is a game-manager type.

8. Former Browns head coach Pat Shurmur (2011-12) has done an excellent job as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator. He was hired in 2016 when Teddy Bridgewater was supposed to start at quarterback, but Bridgewater suffered a major knee injury and he’s still out. The Viking brought in Sam Bradford, and they were 7-8 with him as a starter last season.

9. Bradford played in two games this year, both wins. Then he was injured. That led to Keenum taking over. His career record was 9-15 before being 3-2 this season. Shurmur has adapted his offense to the different players.

10. I wrote about the pressure that Jackson is feeling. DeShone Kizer told the media something I never heard before from an NFL quarterback. He said one of his goals was to “Doing whatever I can to complete the game.” Yikes! I don’t blame him. He has been pulled from his last two starts. But that reflects the rookie’s mindset along with Jackson’s handling of the quarterback situation.

11. How about the coaching staff doing a better job on offense early in the game. In the six games started by Kizer, the Browns have had one first down in their first series. Chris Pokorny (Dawgs by Nature) broke it all down … it’s ugly. Isaiah Crowell has carried the ball 13 times for 27 yards. Kizer is 0-for-3 passing. There is some other bad stuff.

12. Even bad teams usually have something ready early in the game to score some points. The Browns have only 10 points in the first quarter. They scored a TD in the opener against Pittsburgh. They kicked a field goal in Houston. That’s it. They have been outscored 34-10 in the first quarter.

13. The Browns do need to run the ball to keep pressure off Kizer. But Minnesota has allowed only one rush TD this season. The Browns have only four rushing TDs this season, and two belong to Kizer.

14. Crowell is having a miserable season with 287 yards in 91 carries — a 3.2 average. The Browns longest run by anyone is 19 yards by Duke Johnson. The running game has been one of the biggest disappointments this season.

15. There has been some discussion of Shon Coleman perhaps playing some left tackle. He did so in training camp and the preseason when Joe Thomas was resting. Coleman has been starting at right tackle.

16. Coleman was a left tackle at Auburn. But a lot of NFL offensive linemen played left tackle in college because it is the most demanding position. Drango was a left tackle at Baylor, although he has played mostly guard in the NFL. Left guard Joel Bitonio was an outstanding left tackle at Nevada.

17. Bitonio has been a guard for all four of his NFL seasons. Probably not smart to move him. The Browns would prefer Drango to show he can do a decent job for the rest of the year at left tackle.

18. Coleman has started at right tackle. He has been flagged for eight penalties this season. That’s the second most in the NFL. David Njoku has four penalties. No other Browns player has more than three.

19. In the 12-9 overtime loss to Tennessee, the Browns were flagged for 12 penalties. Six of them were either false starts or offsides, the dreaded pre-snap penalties.

20. My prediction: Minnesota 20, Browns 10. My record is 5-2.

Andy Cohen

Kathy Griffin Blasts Harvey Levin and Andy Cohen, Says They “Live To Take Women Down”

UPDATED with reaction from Andy CohenShortly after Griffin posted her dragging of Harvey Levin and Andy Cohen, Cohen took to Twitter to say, “I am completely stunned by this story. It is 100% false and totally made up.”

Cohen doesn’t point out any specifics of  Griffin’s tirade which included details that he and executives at Bravo did not support her while she was filming My Life on the D-list and how he offered her cocaine on multiple occasions.

I am completely stunned by this story. It is 100% false and totally made up.

— Andy Cohen (@Andy) October 28, 2017

EARLIER: In a 17-minute video posted on YouTube and Twitter, Kathy Griffin and had some words to say about TMZ’s Harvey Levin and Bravo’s Andy Cohen — and they weren’t nice ones. In fact, she played a voicemail from Levin which included his phone number.

Calling out the two for slighting her, she said, “People like Harvey Levin and Andy Cohen, who honestly just live to take women down.” Before she dug into the pair, she encouraged viewers to preserve the video for fear that it would be taken off of social media.

She started with Levin saying how he and TMZ fueled the controversy behind the photo of her carrying a fake decapitated head of Donald Trump. This resulted in death threats not only to Griffin but her mother and her sister. She also mentions how Levin is in bed with the Lisa Blooms of the world, Trump, and how his actions have affected her career.

“Where the f*** did you get my personal cell number and who the f*** do you think you are harassing me on my cell phone calling me directly? Your good friend Lisa Bloom?” she said.

She went on to Cohen, who said who gave her the Mariah Carey “I don’t know her” treatment in a recent interview, saying that he was a “miserable boss” when she was filming My Life on the D-List on Bravo. She claims in the six seasons of the show, Bravo visited twice. She also says that Cohen wanted to be her. Later in the video Griffin, who has not had a drink in her life, shared how he offered her cocaine on more than one occasion.

The jam-packed video also drags Bravo, and in essence, NBCUniversal — and Griffin is fully aware of it. “I really feel that it is important that I am honest about this stuff,” she said about the alleged harassment she has faced while there. “So, I’m sorry I have to get into the women who are complicit.” She goes on to call out people by name Bonnie Hammer, Lauren Zalaznick, Frances Berwick and others.

Griffin’s targets also included her former agents at WME and her publicists as well as Jeff Zucker, head of CNN where she co-hosted the New Year’s Eve special for years until getting fired following the Trump severed head incident.

Watch the full video above.

Texas A&m Football

Texas A&M-Mississippi State football: Live updates, score, TV channel, live stream (October 28, 2017)

Texas A&M takes on Mississippi State on Saturday night.

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The and Texas A&M Aggies and Mississippi State Bulldogs meet in a pivotal SEC West showdown on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. Below find score, live updates and stats  information.

The Bulldogs are coming off a dominant win over Kentucky, while the Aggies had a bye week to prepare for Mississippi State. The Bulldogs won last year’s game between the two teams.

Below find all the information you need on the game, including game time, TV information, how to watch online and a preview for the Mississippi State-Texas A&M game.

Texas A&M-Mississippi State: score, live updates

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Q1, 15:00: Mississippi State 0, Texas A&M 0

Texas A&M -Mississippi State TV Channel

TV Channel: The Mississippi State-Texas A&m game will kickoff on ESPN  at 7:15 pm ET. The game will follow the Michigan State-Northwestern game.

Channel Finder: To find ESPN in your area, click here. 

Texas A&M-Mississippi State live stream

Online: Yes, you can watch the Mississippi State-Texas A&M game on WatchESPN. 

Time: The Mississippi State-Texas A&M game is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET

Location: The Mississippi State-Texas A&M game is set to be played in College Station, Texas.

Odds:  Mississippi State is a -1.5 favorite over Texas A&M.

Texas A&M-Mississippi State Odds, Picks

Via SEC Country’s Randy Capps

After enjoying its bye week, Texas A&M (5-2, 3-1 SEC) returns to conference play this weekend when it entertains Mississippi State Saturday night at Kyle Field (7:15 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Last year, when the Aggies arrived in Starkville, they were No. 4 in the first College Football Playoff rankings. The 35-28 loss put an end to those playoff hopes and was the start of a 1-4 finish to the campaign.

Here are five things you should know about this matchup:

1. The quarterbacks

Texas A&M freshman quarterback Kellen Mond has bounced back nicely from his dismal effort against UCLA in the opener to put together a solid debut season.

On the year, he’s 96-for-179 passing for 1,225 yards, 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He’s also the team’s third-leading rusher with 318 yards and 3 touchdowns.

He’s a dual-threat quarterback, much like his counterpart for this week, Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald. The junior has completed 107 of his 188 passes for 1,179 yards, 11 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He’s also rushed for 569 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, which rank eighth and third, respectively, in the conference in yards and touchdowns.

In addition, he piled up 390 yards of total offense and 4 touchdowns in last year’s game.

2. Series history

The two schools have split 10 meetings right down the middle at five wins each. It’s worth noting that the home team has won each of the last four meetings.

3. The opening line

Depending on the book, the game is a pick ’em or Mississippi State is a one-point favorite. The over/under is 56.

4. Player to watch

Senior safety Armani Watts is well acquainted with Mississippi State, having faced them three previous times. He has 26 tackles against the Bulldogs in his career, but has never had an interception.

Only Missouri’s Drew Lock (9) and Ole Miss’ Shea Patterson (8) have served up more of them than Fitzgerald this year, so there could be some chances for him to pick one off this weekend.

5. What’s at stake

If you take a look at the standings, Texas A&M is tied for third in the SEC West with LSU. Auburn has one more league win, but the Aggies face both of the teams ahead of them before the end of the year.

Auburn visits next week, and that game could be huge in the league standings. But it won’t mean nearly as much if Texas A&M can’t collect a home win against Mississippi State Saturday.

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Cher

Kim K looks just like Cher in her stunning (Cher-approved!) Halloween costume

Nope, that’s not Cher you’re seeing — it’s Kim Kardashian!

The Keeping Up star attended the Casamigos Halloween party on Friday in Los Angeles wearing a stunning Cher costume — and the Believe singer even approved of the look on Twitter.

@KimKardashian Woke To See You Are Me 4 🎃
You Look BEAUTIFUL Little Armenian Sister💋
Dream Of India”Is Perfect 4U,&@BobMackie at his best

— Cher (@cher) October 28, 2017

“You Look BEAUTIFUL Little Armenian Sister,” Cher tweeted to Kardashian, adding a kiss emoji.

Kardashian responded to the pop icon, tweeting, “I love you so much!!!”

She was joined by TV personality Jonathan Cheban at the event, who dressed up as Cher’s former husband Sonny Bono.

The pair posted videos to social media lip-syncing to some of Sonny & Cher’s hits including the 1965 hit I Got You Babe.

Talk about Halloween costume goals!