Sharp shootout tally carries Hawks past Sens 5-4

OTTAWA—Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist in the Blackhawks’ 5-4 shootout win over the Ottawa Senators, reaching two milestones in the city in which he started his NHL career back in 1997.Patrick Sharp scored the only goal of the shootout. Jonathan Toews scored twice for the Hawks (6-3-1), and Kris Versteeg added a goal. Scott Darling turned aside 28 shots for the win.Mark Stone, Clarke MacArthur, Bobby Ryan and Mika Zibanejad had goals for Ottawa (5-2-2). Craig Anderson made 35 saves.Hossa’s goal at 13:50 of the third period was his second of the season and his 1,000th career point. It came in his 1,100th NHL game.The goal was one of four in a third-period outburst between the teams that entered the frame tied 2-2.Ryan gave the Senators a 3-2 lead 30 seconds into the third when he grabbed a loose puck in front of the Blackhawks net and surprised Darling with a quick shot.Toews scored his second of the game at 7:31, and Hossa gave the Hawks the lead six minutes later.The Senators pressured until Zibanejad scored his first goal – and recorded his first point – of the season when he beat Darling through the legs from the slot at 17:52.MacArthur scored the only goal of the second period, making it 2-2 at 2:51.The Senators took a 1-0 lead just 2:48 into the game.After taking a pass from second-year defenseman Cody Ceci, Mark Stone passed off to rookie Curtis Lazar and headed to the front of the net where he was able to tip Lazar’s shot through Darling’s legs.The Senators held that lead until the Blackhawks scored twice in a span of just over four minutes in the second half of the period.Toews tied it when his wrist shot barely crossed the goal line behind Anderson with several bodies in front.The Blackhawks took their first lead at 15:36 when Versteeg slipped around defenseman Erik Karlsson in the circle and went around a sprawling Anderson before tucking the puck inside the far post.
NOTES—David Rundblad, Daniel Carcillo and Antti Raanta sat out for the Blackhawks.

Gibson, Gasol and Bulls rout Knicks 104-80 in Season opener.

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NEW YORK—Derrick Rose spent way too much time sitting and watching the last two seasons.Yet he wasn’t bummed at all about playing just 7 minutes of the second half in his long-awaited return.

”It was real fun being on the bench,” he said, ”being able to laugh, talk basketball to your teammates whenever they come back to the sideline.Not to mention check out a team he says can be ”scary.”

Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in his Bulls debut, Rose scored 13 points and they spoiled Derek Fisher’s first game as an NBA coach by beating the New York Knicks 104-80 on Wednesday night.Reserve Taj Gibson finished with 22 points to lead the Bulls, who with a wealth of frontcourt depth didn’t even need a big night from Rose. The former MVP took only seven shots and had five assists in 21 minutes in a game the Bulls led by as much as 35.

”I think it’s a lot of pressure off his shoulders because we have, I think, a variety of weapons, so he doesn’t have that pressure on himself to be able to score and force things,” Gasol said.

Carmelo Anthony had 14 points for the Knicks, who won’t have it any easier in the second half of their season-opening, back-to-back. They visit the Cavaliers, the other Eastern Conference favorite, on Thursday in the first game since LeBron James returned to Cleveland.

”Embarrassed? No, I am not embarrassed,” Anthony said. ”We will get better. I believe that. I know that and we have another shot at it tomorrow night.”

The Knicks, running the triangle offense that Fisher played in under Knicks president Phil Jackson, shot 36.5 percent. They were missing starting point guard Jose Calderon, who was a late scratch because of a strained right calf. Shane Larkin made his first career start.

”We’re going somewhere, but at the beginning of where we’re going it’s going to be difficult to get wins,” Fisher said. ”We have to fight really, really hard to win games.”

Gasol, the former Lakers star signed by the Bulls this summer after they failed to land Anthony, shot 7 of 11 from the field. His presence, along with Rose’s health, could give the Bulls a chance for their first championship since Jackson coached them to six when Michael Jordan was in Chicago.Rose missed the 2012-13 season after tearing his left ACL in the 2012 playoffs. He returned last season and hit the go-ahead shot to beat the Knicks on Halloween in the home opener, but was lost again for the season when he tore cartilage in the other knee in November.He showed a few flashes of his vaunted quickness but there often wasn’t need for it. The better options for the Bulls were to just pound it inside to Gasol and Gibson, who combined to make 17 of 23 shots as they shot 51 percent.

”When things run smooth like the way they were running tonight, I think everyone got a look at our whole entire team and they saw how deep we are,” Rose said.

The Knicks led most of the first quarter as Amare Stoudemire hit his first four shots, but The Bulls scored the final eight of the period to lead 24-20. Gibson then scored 10 in the second as the Bulls took a 53-43 advantage to halftime, and it was never close in a second half that featured the Knicks hearing some boos from the home fans. Doug McDermott, the nation’s leading scorer at Creighton last season, had 12 points in his NBA debut. … Jimmy Butler missed the game with a sprained left thumb. He tied Anthony last season for the NBA lead with 38.7 minutes per game. … Coach Tom Thibodeau didn’t want to talk much about the Bulls’ attempt to sign Anthony over the summer, saying both sides had moved on.Knicks: Fisher said Calderon had discomfort after his pregame workout. Andrea Bargnani, who may have started in the frontcourt if healthy, remains out with a strained right hamstring.Stoudemire started after coming off the bench in all but one preseason game. He had 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

NOTES—The Bulls Host Cleveland in their Home Opener on Friday night.


MIAMI over San Diego
CINCINNATI over Jacksonville
NEW ENGLAND over Denver
DALLAS over Arizona
CLEVELAND over Tampa Bay
SEATTLE over Oakland
CAROLINA over New Orleans
PITTSBURGH over Baltimore

NY GIANTS over Indianapolis

Washington over MINNESOTA

Last Week: 11-4 Through 8 weeks: 81-43-1

Short handed goal beats Hawks 1-0.

John Gibson provided just enough time for Devante Smith-Pelly to come up with a big play, and then the goaltender finished the job.Such is life right now for the rolling Anaheim Ducks.Gibson made 37 saves and Smith-Pelly scored on a short-handed breakaway, leading the Ducks to a 1-0 victory over the Blackhawks on Tuesday night.Smith-Pelly’s third goal of the season capped a breakaway with 8:28 left in regulation and 2 seconds remaining on a penalty on Sami Vatanen. He beat rookie goaltender Scott Darling between the pads after grabbing the puck at the Ducks’ blue line when defenseman Brent Seabrook fell. ”I tried to fake him out and kind of get him moving and I’m not sure if he got a piece of it, but I’m happy it scooted through,” Smith-Pelly said. He had to fight off teammate Andrew Cogliano for the puck after Seabrook lost it. Then it was clear sailing, with Seabrook unable to get into the play. ”I’ve got to do a better job of that,” Seabrook said. ”It was just one of those plays.” Anaheim used Smith-Pelly’s goal and Gibson’s first shutout of the season to record its eighth win in nine games.It was the first regulation home loss for the Hawks, who have dropped three of four overall.Gibson’s biggest save came on captain Jonathan Toews in the deep slot 90 seconds into the third period. ”You just see him wide open and try to get something in front of it,” Gibson said. The Ducks outhit the Blackhawks 37-16, helping Gibson to his second shutout in six NHL games.Gibson and Darling dominated the first two periods. The Blackhawks had better opportunities against Gibson, who made a pair of big saves midway through the second on Brandon Saad, who roared in on a breakaway, and a follow-up shot by Andrew Shaw seconds later.The 25-year-old Darling, who made his second start since being called up from the minors because of an injury to starter Corey Crawford, made a big body save on Jakob Silfverberg 5:16 into the third. Otherwise, Darling’s poise and positioning made every save look routine until Smith-Pelly scored on the 23rd of 25 Anaheim shots.The Blackhawks have scored more than two goals in only three of its first nine games. ”You have stretches sometimes,”  coach Joel Quenneville said. ”Maybe things aren’t going in for us, but we played the right way. We gave up the fewest chances all year.” The tight-checking style of the game included Anaheim’s Mark Fistric depositing Michal Rozsival into the Ducks’ bench with a hip check 14 minutes into the first period. It took Rozsival about 10 seconds to climb off the floor and back onto the ice. NOTES—Crawford is close to returning, Quenneville said before the game. Crawford, out five games with an upper-body injury, will travel with the team to Ottawa for Thursday’s game. F Dan Carcillo (right knee) was also sidelined. … Anaheim was without D Ben Lovejoy, who broke his right hand in a fight with San Jose’s Joe Pavelski on Sunday. Lovejoy is expected to miss at least six weeks. He joins Dany Heatley, Sheldon Souray, Kyle Palmieri, Patrick Maroon and Bryan Allen on the Ducks’ injury list.

Bears Houston, Slauson both done for season

LAKE FOREST—When it comes to celebrating meaningless sacks, Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston did not heed the warnings of Stephen Tulloch, who tore his ACL earlier this season while figuratively patting himself on the back.On Sunday, Houston did much the same thing, celebrating a sack of Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with the Bears losing by 25 points. On Monday, multiple reports stated that Houston also had torn his ACL. The Bears confirmed he’s out for the season as is LG Matt Slauson who tore his right Pectoral muscle. The Bears are on a BYE week, prior to facing the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field a week from Sunday night.

Bears embarressed again, 51-23 by Patriots. Worst defensive first half EVER!

FOXBOROUGH—This embarressment was much worse than last week. This was a debacle of major proportions!!! Nearly every time Tom Brady dropped back, he hit his target.In one of the best performances of his brilliant career, the New England Patriots quarterback threw five touchdown passes and completed 30 of 35 passes. And four of the incompletions were drops.The Patriots stayed on their roll with their fourth straight win Sunday, 51-23 over the sputtering Bears. So did Brady, who has thrown for 1,268 yards, 14 touchdowns and no interceptions in those games. ”I love coaching Tom. I’ve been fortunate to have him the whole career since he’s been here,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. ”He does a great job of executing the team game plan.” He certainly did on Sunday with three touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and one each to Brandon LaFell and Tim Wright.And he did it against a Bears team trying to rebound from a tumultuous week that began with a 27-14 home loss to the Miami Dolphins. Afterward, wide receiver Brandon Marshall was heard screaming in an emotional locker room. Coach Marc Trestman and quarterback Jay Cutler downplayed the postgame scene during the week.Whatever happened, it didn’t help the Bears play better.After Sunday’s defeat, Marshall told reporters waiting to enter the locker room, ”put your ears closer to the door.” But no outbursts were heard. Brady was ”meticulous,” Trestman said and the Patriots ”did everything on offense beautifully.” New England (6-2) scored on all five of its possessions in the first half – and one of the Visitors. The Bears (3-5) fell behind 45-7 early in the second half and lost for the fourth time in five games.Brady passed for 354 yards with a completion percentage of 85.7, third best in his 227 games during the regular season and playoffs. His passer rating of 148.4 was his eighth highest in his 15-year career. ”There’s a lot of (defensive) looks I’ve seen over the years,” he said, ”so it’s hard to really surprise me with certain things.” Defensive end Rob Ninkovich scored with 55 seconds left in the first half on a 15-yard return of Cutler’s fumble, the Patriots third touchdown in 57 seconds. That stretch was ”agonizing,” said Cutler. ”I think everyone’s surprised. You don’t expect to get out and beat like that.” Since losing to the Bears 46-10 in the Super Bowl ending the 1985 season, the Patriots are 7-1 against them.The Bears were 3-1 on the road and had hope after last weekend’s implosion. YEAH RIGHT!! So imagine how the coming week will be after the blowout.On their first five possessions, the Patriots scored on a 6-yard pass to Gronkowski, a 23-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski, and passes of 1 yard to Wright, 2 yards to Gronkowski and 9 yards to LaFell.The defense got into the act when Darrelle Revis intercepted Cutler’s desperation pass on the last play of the first half. ”We’re a team on a mission,” said Revis, looking ahead to next Sunday’s home game against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. ”This is going to be two great teams going out there.” The Patriots started the second half with an 80-play drive capped by Brady’s 46-yard touchdown pass to Gronkowski.The tight end is ”a big, physical guy,” Bears linebacker Sean McClellin said. ”He can run well. He had great hands. And when you put that with a quarterback like tom Brady, he’s going to be tough to defend for anyone.” Gronkowski had nine catches for 146 yards before leaving midway through the third quarter with dehydration, and LaFell had 11 receptions for 124 yards.The Patriots haven’t lost since a 41-14 rout at Kansas City. ”We just stuck together as a team,” Gronkowski said. ”When we win, we stick together. When we lost we stick together.” Cutler finished with 20 completions in 30 attempts for 227 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.The rout was in sharp contrast to the Patriots previous game, a 27-25 win over the lowly New York Jets secured when Nick Folk’s 58-yard field goal attempt was blocked on the last play on Oct. 16.With extra time to prepare after that Thursday night win, the Patriots were ready. Their first two offensive plays were 19-yard gains on a pass to LaFell and a run by Jonas Gray.The Bears punted on their first three series before Cutler’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Matt Forte made it 17-7. Cutler also threw a 20-yarder to Martellus Bennett that cut the lead to 45-15 and a 10-yarder to Alshon Jeffery that made it 48-23. NOTES—Forte rushed for 114 yards after entering the game as the NFL’s fifth leading rusher. He began the day as the league’s top pass catcher with 54 receptions and added six. .. Brady improved to 99-16 at home, including playoff games. His 87 regular-season wins at Foxborough in his first 100 starts are an NFL record. … The Patriots won their 13th straight game against an NFC North opponent.

Hawks edge Sens 2-1 as Darling debuts in goal with a win

Scott Darling didn’t have to go far from home to fulfill his NHL dream.Darling made 32 saves in his NHL debut, Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook scored, and the Blackhawks snapped a two-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.Darling, a 25-year-old native of the Chicago suburb of Lemont, Illinois, was steady as he faced a handful of tough chances early. He was rock solid in the third when he stopped 16 shots to protect a one-goal lead.
”I was excited and terrified,” Darling said. ”It’s 20 years of work coming to this one game. I’ve been a Blackhawks fan since I knew what hockey was.”
The 6-foot-6 Darling was called up from Rockford of the AHL last Tuesday after Blackhawks No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford sustained an injury.Seasoned backup Antti Raanta started the first three games after Crawford went down, but Darling found out he would get the start on Sunday after the Hawks lost 3-2 at St. Louis on Saturday night.After turning aside a few early chances, Darling seemed in charge.
”I try to give off that illusion,” he said. ”I was pretty nervous to start with, but once you get a few pucks, it’s just another hockey game. The guys played really great after that.”
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville agreed about his team’s effort and was impressed by Darling, who signed as a free agent on July 1 after bouncing around the minors with nine teams in four leagues.
”I thought it was our best four-line rotation of the year,” Quenneville said. ”We needed (Darling) early in the game, and he was settled down, patient. He controlled his rebounds, handled the puck well.”
Patrick Kane assisted on Toews’ goal for his 500th NHL point.Milan Michalek scored a short-handed goal for the Senators, who have lost two straight.The game featured a matchup of goalies from the Chicago area.Ottawa’s Craig Anderson, from Park Ridge, stopped 43 shots, including a second-period penalty shot by Andrew Shaw.The Senators hurt their momentum by taking penalties and being short-handed six times. They also didn’t bear down around the net, coach Paul MacLean said.
”We created opportunities, but I don’t know if we made (Darling) as busy as we could have or would have liked to have,” MacLean said. ”We did have some chances, but I don’t think the (difference) ends up being their goalie.”
Darling was chosen by Arizona in the sixth round of the 2007 draft, then turned pro in 2010 after two seasons with the University of Maine. He was 2-0 with a 1.44 goals-against average with Rockford before being called up.The Hawks outshot Ottawa 17-12 in the scoreless first period.Toews opened the scoring 21 seconds into the second with a wrap-around goal.Anderson slid out and overcommitted to Toews as he skated down the left side of the slot. The captain circled the net and tucked in a shot from the right side before Anderson could get back into positon.Anderson turned aside Shaw’s penalty shot with his shoulder just over a minute later.Michalek tied it with a short-handed goal at 7:08 when he completed a nifty 2-on-1 rush with Alex Chiasson from the doorstep. Michalek and Chiasson raced down the ice against Brent Seabrook after Brad Richards failed to hold the puck in the Ottawa zone.Seabrook’s screened power-play goal with 6:22 left in the second put the Hawks back ahead. Seabrook fired a shot from the blue line with Bryan Bickell parked in front.Darling was sharp in the third. Chris Phillips fired a rebound wide of a half-open net with 3:45 left.
NOTES—Crawford has resumed skating. … Quenneville said LW Daniel Carcillo is expected to miss four weeks because of a right knee injury sustained Saturday at St. Louis. … Only one referee, Steve Kozari, worked the game because fellow official Eric Furlatt was ill. … Goalies from the Chicago area have faced each other in an NHL game at least once before. On Feb. 20, 2012, Chicago native Al Montoya entered in relief for the host New York Islanders against Ottawa’s Anderson. … A moment of silence was observed before the national anthems to honor those killed in last week’s attacks on Canadian armed forces members.

Blues use ‘gift’ goal called in Toronto to edge Hawks 3-2

ST. LOUIS—The St. Louis Blues needed something to get them going after a two-game losing streak. A visit from the rival Blackhawks seemed to help.Jaden Schwartz, Ryan Reaves and Dmitrij Jaskin all scored, and the Blues snapped their skid with a 3-2 win against the Blackhawks on Saturday night. ”We had to win one game to get things going back in the right direction,” said Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who had two assists. ”There’s nothing better than playing against an opponent like this, division rival, big game for us.We know what they’ve done, and coming in after losing to them in the playoffs last year certainly gives it a little bit of an extra edge. I thought we all stepped up to the plate.” The Blues (3-3-1), who lost in six games to the Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs last spring, had scored just once in losing back-to-back games to Anaheim and Vancouver. They had dropped three of four games, including a shootout defeat in Los Angeles. ”We hit a bit of a lull the last two games and we needed a great performance, and who better than our biggest rivals to bring it out of us,” Blues captain David Backes said. ”Guys put together a heck of a 60-minute effort.” Brian Elliott made 22 saves for St. Louis, including nine in the third period. Antti Raanta made 28 saves for the Blackhawks (4-2-1) who have dropped two straight in regulation, falling again after being beaten in Nashville on Thursday.The Blues committed two penalties within the first minute, and the Blackhawks took advantage with Patrick Sharp‘s 5-on-3 power-play goal, assisted by Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, just 1:02 into the game. ”The first five minutes were a little bit of a whirlwind, and everybody kind of calmed things down, and we got our game going,” Elliott said. ”That’s the way we need to play, just that even-keeled mentality. In a high-intensity game against a good opponent like that we responded from our last couple games, not really burying and not really putting away teams when we had the chance.” The Blues tied it when Schwartz scored his team-high fifth goal of the season. Schwartz beat Raanta between the pads with 7:45 left in the first period. St. Louis scored twice in the final two minutes of the second period. Reaves netted his first of the season with 1:51 left in the period following a video review that showed he knocked in a rebound of Maxim Lapierre‘s shot. ”I don’t know how the rules are but I made a save, and the guy came and pushed me into the net, and then the puck came over the line,” Raanta said. ”I think that was a little bit like goalie interference or something. ”You can’t say anything, but of course that was a little bit like a bad call by the refs, but it’s hard to say what they were seeing. It felt a little bit like a bad goal, but I don’t know what else I should say.” Jaskin, recalled from the Chicago Wolves on Friday, then put in a rebound of a shot by Pietrangelo with 6 seconds remaining for his second career goal. ”That was huge for us,” Jaskin said. ”Even that second goal just got us going, and that was really important. We really started playing better.” Kris Versteeg took a nice crossing pass from Sharp and beat Elliott with a high wrister over the goalie’s stick-side shoulder to make it 3-2 at 2:37 of the third period. ”We scored a goal and had some momentum back but didn’t get the equalizer,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. NOTES: The Blues have won four straight regular-season home games against the Blackhawks, the first such streak in the series since March 3, 1998-Jan. 7, 1999. …Corey Crawford missed his third consecutive game due to an upper-body injury. … St. Louis forward Paul Stastny, placed on the injured list on Friday, missed his third straight game. … Quenneville and St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock are the active leaders in victories. Quenneville has 710, and Hitchcock has 660. … Both of Jaskin’s goals have come against the Blackhawks. … Quenneville said LW Daniel Carcillo could be out multiple weeks after hurting his right knee on a hit from T.J. Oshie early in the third period. … The attendance of 19,434 was the second sellout for the Blues in four home games this season.

Gophers play give-away, Illini squeeze out first Big Ten win

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CHAMPAIGN—When Illini linebacker T.J. Neal ripped the ball out Minnesota running back David Cobb’s hands in the fourth quarter Saturday, cornerback V’Angelo Bentley knew his roommate had delivered something pretty rare for the Illini this season.A chance for the much-criticized defense to win a game.Bentley scooped up the ball and carried it into the end zone with 6:33 to play, giving Illinois a 28-24 lead they’d hold. ”I pretty much knew right away – it pretty much bounced right to me,” Bentley said. ”I’m thankful for T.J. Neal for ripping it out and I just wanted to get to the end zone as fast as I could – I think I’m going to buy (him) dinner.” After those final minutes ticked off, the Illini (4-4, 1-3 Big Ten) charged across the field and stood tightly packed in front of the band and student section, singing the school song. Wearing all-gray ”Gray Ghost” uniforms intended to honor ”Galloping Ghost” Red Grange, they took the celebration up the tunnel and into the locker room, like a team that hadn’t won in a long time. ”It was electric. That’s what it’s supposed to be. That’s what locker rooms are supposed to be like,” Illinois coach Tim Beckman, soaked in Gatorade, said. ”I don’t think we’ll ever take the gray off.” It had been a while since the last win.The homecoming victory breaks a three-game losing streak that started Sept. 27 at Nebraska. Looking even further back, it was just the second Big Ten win in coach Tim Beckman’s two-plus seasons in Champaign and may have bought him at least a little relief from rumors that his days at Illinois are numbered.Across Memorial Stadium in the Minnesota locker room, the Gophers (6-2, 3-1) couldn’t believe they lost.After putting up 21 third-quarter points to take their first and only lead at 24-21, the Gophers believed they were about to repeat last weekend’s comeback win over Purdue. ”The way the defense came out the second half playing, I just knew we were going to get stop after stop,” linebacker Damien Wilson said. ”We had the game in the bag.” Instead the Gophers’ win streak stops at four. And their shot at their first 4-0 Big Ten start since 1967 is gone.Minnesota remains on top of the Big Ten West, tied with Nebraska. But after the bye week ahead, the Gophers look at a schedule that gets much tougher: at home against Iowa and Ohio State, followed by road games at Nebraska and Wisconsin.Much of the credit for Illinois’ win belonged to the defense.The Illini came into the game giving up 484.6 yards and 35.9 points a game. And they were 13th in the 14-team conference in turnovers created with seven.Cobb finished with 118 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. But Illinois held him in check for almost three quarters, with 34 yards on his first 16 carries.Controlling Cobb and creating the game-changing fumble gave a defense that hadn’t had much to get excited about this season a reason to feel good. ”It’s like Christmas, when you open up a present and they see it, their eyes get big,” defensive coordinator Tim Banks said. ”It’s like that whenever you get a win. They’re excited and when they’re excited, I’m excited. Cobb blamed himself for the fumble and the loss. ”I let the team down, I’ll be honest about it,” he said. Illinois led 14-0 in the first quarter, scoring on two of its first three drives, with most of the yardage and one of the scores coming from quarterback Reilly O’Toole.The senior backup started for Wes Lunt, who is out with a broken leg, and finished 14-21 for 188 yards and a touchdown. He added another 59 yards on 17 carries and a rushing touchdown.O’Toole threw for the first touchdown, hitting tight end Jon Davis from 3 yards with 9:31 left in the first quarter. Just under 7 minutes later, O’Toole ran the ball in from 9 yards.Between quarterback Mitch Leidner and Cobb, the Gophers came to life in the third quarter. They put up 21 points on a 52-yard Leidner strike to Isaac Fruechte and a pair of rushing touchdowns by Cobb, from 1 and 13 yards.Those 21 points gave Minnesota its first and only lead, 24-21.





Baltimore over CINCINNATI


Buffalo over NY JETS

TENNESSEE over Houston

Cleveland over OAKLAND

Indianapolis over PITTSBURGH


Seattle over CAROLINA

ARIZONA over Philadelphia


KANSAS CITY over St.Louis




Minnesota over TAMPA BAY

Detroit over ATLANTA(at London, England)

NEW ORLEANS over Green Bay

NEW ENGLAND over Bears


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