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Battle of Ohio: Bengals get first win of season in laugher over Browns

Published: Sunday, October 01, 2017 @ 11:37 AM
Updated: Sunday, October 01, 2017 @ 5:26 PM

Mike Hartsock and Jay Morrison replay a 31-7 Cincy win in Cleveland.

The Battle of Ohio resulted in yet another rout on Lake Erie as the Cincinnati Bengals continued their dominance of the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium with a 31-7 rout for their first win of the season.

In their last four trips to Cleveland, the Bengals have outscored the Browns 121-20.

Cincinnati (1-3) has won six in a row against Cleveland overall for the first time since the series began in 1970. The Browns (0-4) lost for the 19th time in 20 games under coach Hue Jackson.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes and directed five consecutive scoring drives after a sluggish first quarter. Dalton hit A.J. Green for a 7-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter as part of a streak of 16 consecutive completions. It was the first time a Bengals quarterback had completed at least 16 passes in a row since Ken Anderson had 20 in playoff game against the New York Jets on Jan. 2, 1983.

“We wanted to do whatever we could to get a win,” Dalton said. “I felt like we got into a good rhythm and moved the ball well and the defense played great. It was a good team win. We needed it.”

Dalton also threw touchdown passes of 3 yards to tight end Tyler Kroft and 61 yards to running back Giovani Bernard as part of a 21-point second quarter. Kroft caught his second touchdown in the third quarter on a leaping 16-yard grab, and Randy Bullock added a 41-yard field goal.

Kroft finished with career highs in catches (six), yards and touchdowns (68) as Dalton posted a near-perfect passer rating of 146.0, completing 25 of 30 passes for 286 yards and the four touchdowns. It was his first four-touchdown game since Dec. 22, 2013, against Minnesota.

What made Dalton’s performance even more impressive is the Bengals had no semblance of a running game, gaining 86 yards on 30 carries. Dalton led the team with 29 yards on four carries.

Joe Mixon carried 17 times for 29 yards, while Jeremy Hill rushed six times for 16 yards.

The Bengals defense held Cleveland to 215 yards, with 63 of them coming on the final drive that ended with Duke Johnson scoring on a 1-yard plunge with 1:54 remaining to avoid the shutout.

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Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer completed 16 of 34 passes for 118 yards and an interception before turning things over to Kevin Hogan in the fourth quarter.

“We got beat pretty soundly in every phase,” Jackson said. ” … The disappointing part is that was as bad as we have played all year — caught us at a bad time and we couldn’t come out of it.”

The final scoring drive was the deepest penetration by the Cleveland offense since the Browns reached the Bengals 17 in the second quarter. But then Bengals linebacker Nick Vigil recorded the first sack of his career, and two plays later safety Clayton Fejedelem grabbed his first career interception when a pass bounced off the hands of Cleveland receiver Kenny Britt at the Bengals 12-yard line.

Dalton drove the team 88 yards for a 14-0 lead, and the Browns only crossed midfield twice after that, both in the fourth quarter after the game was long since decided.

SUNDAY’S GAME

Bills at Bengals, 1 p.m., WHIO-TV Ch. 7, 12, 700, 1530, 102.7, 104.7

Nebraska kicker Drew Brown plays for himself, his future and Sam Foltz’s legacy

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

When Nebraska kicker Drew Brown takes the field at the East-West Shrine Game, he won’t be wearing his usual No. 34. Instead, Brown will wear No. 27 in honor of his friend and teammate Sam Foltz.

Foltz — who died in a car accident during the summer of 2016 — was a punter for the Huskers. He was also Brown’s holder. Since his death, Brown has worked hard to honor Foltz’s legacy both on and off the field. That will be no different on Saturday.

“That’s one of my biggest — if not the biggest — motivations that I have,” Brown told Land of 10. “I obviously want to do well for myself and make a career for myself in something I love to do. But starting before my final season, everything from now on is something Sam wasn’t able to do in his life. Now that I’m in this stage in football and hoping to get a shot as a pro, that’s something he definitely would have had a chance to do and it’s cool to be able to try to accomplish this [for him]. I still want to accomplish it for my own goals and dreams, too, but it’s very humbling to have this opportunity because I know he would have possibly been in this game or another one like it.

“It just means a lot to me knowing that I have this motivation to play well and go out every day, work hard and have fun doing it.”

And as Brown mentioned, he also plays for himself and his own future. That’s been a major motivation this week as he’s prepared for the game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Brown also recognizes he’s one of the lucky few to be in his position, both as a kicker and as a Nebraska athlete.

“It’s been very humbling,” Brown said. “I’m one of two kickers at this game, and one of four between this game and the Senior Bowl next week. It’s a tremendous honor to be looked at highly and given the opportunity to play in a showcase like this. It’s a really cool experience, but it shows everyone — and not just myself — that’s at this game has worked our butts off throughout our career to get to a place like this and give ourselves the best chance to play at the next level.

“Ultimately, it’s up to us to perform well, get to know people and create a good impression for ourselves.”

Since arriving in Florida last weekend, Brown has had a chance to meet with NFL scouts, visit the Shriners Hospital for Children, and get to know the other athletes at the camp. Those experiences have not been lost on him, especially as he works toward making his dreams come true.

He also has enjoyed the time he’s had on the field practicing. He’s on the East roster, while fellow Huskers player Joshua Kalu is on the West roster. Both have had a chance to talk with their teammates and learn more about the athletes from different programs.

“It’s a neat experience hearing what they gone through and getting a chance to play with them as well,” Brown said.

After the Shrine Game, Brown plans to return to Dallas until Feb. 3. He’ll then make his way back to Lincoln, Neb., to train and prepare for the NFL draft. He’s not sure how long he’ll be back in Nebraska, but he expects to stay through at least the Huskers’ Pro Day.

As a senior, Brown was 12 of 14 on field goals. His season-long field goal was 44 yards. He also hit 78 percent of his career field-goal attempts with Nebraska (59 of 76), with a career long of 51 yards. Those statistics are why BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart considers Brown one of the more difficult players Nebraska will have to replace next season.

Brown is only further humbled by comments like Dienhart’s. For him, he’s simply working hard for himself, his future and for Foltz’s legacy. It’s a lot for one person to take on, but Brown is up for the challenge.

He’s also ready to see what those behind him at Nebraska can do next.

“I obviously want the people behind me to do better than I did and help the team win, but the goal while you’re there is to be the guy that is known as a reliable and consistent person,” Brown said. “Hopefully, those behind me can do the same thing.”

Tom Izzo talks about Larry Nassar scandal after win over Indiana

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

Yes, Michigan State basketball defeated Indiana on Friday night, 85-57.

The 28-point victory was a welcoming response to what the Spartans had done in its previous three games. Which, was lose two of them.

But some things just mean more than a single game. What is going on around the Michigan State program and the Larry Nassar scandal is one of those topics that is impacting more lives than what Tom Izzo’s team is doing on a basketball court.

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Following the Spartans’ victory over the Hoosiers, Izzo talked about a lot of things, but went in-depth about the Nassar situation.

What Tom Izzo said regarding the Nassar scandal

“It’s been a very difficult week for me. As a father, it’s been a difficult. I listened to the stories of these courageous women. I look at the survivors who spoke, and in all honestly, Nassar permanently damaged and changed the lives of so many people. I think it’s changed the life of all of us at Michigan State in some way, shape or form. As a father, that’s difficult to even fathom. I hope that the right person was convicted. I have to say, though, that I have the utmost faith and respect in the leadership of our president, too, at Michigan State. It’s a woman who dedicated over 40 years, and I’ve been here 33 with her. And I think I know what she stands for. So I hope and pray that those survivors continue to grow in their life. I hope we do everything we can to make sure this will never happen ever again, not only at this institution but any institution, to be honest with you. But it’s been sad days for me in a lot of ways, and I’m going to try to do everything I can to help the survivors and help us grow from this and learn from it and move forward.

“When I talk to you guys about basketball, it’s really easy. I really don’t give a damn if you agree with me or not. But you have to understand that there’s nothing I can say that is gonna be right right now, and there’s nothing that’s gonna make anybody right. I’ll just stick by what I said. The survivors are the most courageous people I can even imagine. I hate when I’m put in a position when I can almost start saying, ‘I know what you’re going through.’ Because I have no clue what they’re going through and never will, and I hope I never find out. But I’ve also just gotta say that that is a situation that I think is being dealt with and has been dealt with. There is no way I could waver on the support for my administration and my president knowing the 35 years I’ve spent here and what she has done for this university, what she’s stood for. Athletics is a small part. For women’s groups, for different groups, I think she’s been a champion. I hope and pray that the survivors get through this, but I also hope that we take a serious look at what we’re doing.”

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2018: Rosters, game time, TV channel

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:45 AM

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2018 will be played on Saturday, Jan. 20. Find rosters, game time and TV channel information below.

The game features NFL draft-eligible players playing for the American or the National team.

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2018: Rosters

American Team roster for the 2018 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Player Position School
Aaron Tiller Defensive end Southern University
Amari Coleman Cornerback Central Michigan
Andy Relman Long snapper Mount Union
Antonio Guerd Defensive tackle Central Florida
Austin Ramesh Fullback Wisconsin
Bruce Hector Defensive tackle South Florida
Charvaius Ward Cornerback Middle Tennessee State
Chris Covington Linebacker Indiana
Dayln Dawkins Running back Colorado State
David Steinmarz Offensive guard Purdue
Davon Grayson Wide receiver East Carolina
Deon Yedler Tight end Western Kentucky
Devin Abraham Defensive back South Florida
Diocemy Saint-Juste Running back Hawaii
DJ Calhoun Linebacker Arizona State
Dontez Bryd Wide Receiver Tennessee Tech
Ebenezer Ogundeko Defensive End Tennessee State
Edward Shockley Linebacker Villanova
Ezekiel Turner Defensive back Washington
Filipo Mokofisi Defensive tackle Utah
Gabriel Kuhn Center Memphis
Garrett Hudson Tight end Memphis
Genard Avery Linebacker Memphis
Jacob Tuiti-Mariner Defensive tackle UCLA
Jaleel Wadood Defensive back UCLA
James Crawford Linebacker Illinois
Jaylen Dunlap Cornerback Illinois
Je’Mari Luper Wide recevier Central Oklahoma
John O’ Korn Quarterback Michigan
Jonah Trinnaman Wide receiver BYU
Jonathan Petersen Defensive end San Diego
Jordan Dascalo Kicker Eastern Washington
Jordan Gandy Wide receiver Murray State
Joseph Zuma Punter Incarnate Word
Joshua Cox Cornerback Central Michigan
Justin Lea Offensive tackle Jacksonville State
Kenny Hill Quarterback TCU
Korey Cunningham Offensive tackle Cincinnati
Lavon Coleman Running back Washington
Luis Perez Quarterback Texas A&M Commerce
Marquez Valdes-Scantling Wide receiver South Florida
Martez Carter Running back Grambling State
Mathew Pryor Offensive tackle TCU
Matthew Gono Offensive tackle Wesley
Mike Stevens Cornerback NC State
Patrick Morris Offensive guard TCU
Quentin Poling Linebacker Ohio
Rico Gafford Cornerback Wyoming
Sione Teuhema Linebacker Southeastern Louisiana
Steve Mitchell Wide receiver USC
Tarvarius Moore Defensive back Southern Miss
Trenton Cannon Running back Virginia State
Will House Offensive guard Southern Nazarene
William Dissly Tight end Washington
Xavier Thigpen Defensive end Southern Miss
Zackary Golditch Offensive guard Colorado State

National Team roster for the 2018 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Name Position School
Abdullah Anderson Defensive Tackle Bucknell
Adetarami Aruna Defensive end Tulane
Alexander Office Center Pittsburgh
Al-Rasheed Benton Linebacker West Virginia
AJ Howard Defensive back Appalachian State
Andre Chachere Cornerback San Jose State
Andrew Motuapuaka Linebacker Virginia Tech
nthony Philyaw Running back Howard
Armanti Foreman Wide Receiver Texas
Austin Allen Quarterback Arkansas
Austin Proehl Wide Receiver North Carolina
Beau Nunn Offensive guard Appalachian State
Ben Nuss Offensive guard Duquesne
Blaise Taylor Cornerback Arkansas State
Bobby Gruenloh Defensive end Northwest Missouri
Brandon Hoghes Offensive guard Pittsburgh
Brandon Powell Wide receiver Florida
Brandon Shed Wide receiver Hobart
Chris Jones Cornerback Nebraska
Daniel Marx Fullback Stanford
Darius Jackson Defensive end Jacksonville State
David Bright Offensive tackle Stanford
David Williams Running back Arkansas
Deandre Golsby Tight end Florida
Demario Richard Running back Arizona State
Demarquis Gates Linebacker Ole Miss
Detrez Newsome Running back Western Carolina
Donnie Ernsberger Tight end Western Michigan
Erik Powell Kicker Washington State
Frank Herron Defensive Tackle LSU
Frank Lavu Linebacker Washington State
Gehart DeBeer Offensive tackle Arizona
Henre’ Toliver Cornerback Arkansas
Jake Wirsching Long snapper Bemidji State
Jamil Demdy Offensive guard Maine
John Franklin-Meyers Defensive end Stephen F. Austin
Justin Martin Cornerback Tennessee
Justin Evans Offensive tackle South Carolina State
Kalib Woods Wide receiver Florida Atlantic
Keith Kirkwood Wide receiver Temple
Kyle Quiero Defensive back Northwestern
Logan Woodside Quarterback Toledo
Marcus Baugh Tight end Ohio State
Michael Hill Defensive tackle Ohio State
Michael Carrizosa Punter San Jose State
Mikah Holder Wide receiver San Diego State
Nifae Lealao JR Defensive tackle Vanderbilt
Octavious Davis Linebacker Chattanooga
Parry Nickerson Cornerback Tulane
Peter Kalambayi Linebacker Stanford
Russell Gage Wide receiver LSU
Sean Chandler Defensive back Temple
Travis McCollum Linebacker Purdue
Trey Rutherford Offensive Tackle Connecticut
Troy Apke Defensive back Penn State

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2018: Game time, details

The 2018 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will be played at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 20. It will be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl: TV channel

The game can be watched live on FS1. Find FS1 on your TV here.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, 2018 NFL Draft order (01/20/2018)

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL Draft 2018 mock drafts are out. The NFL Playoffs are also in the conference championships round. Find 2018 NFL mock drafts below.

Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks littering the top 10.

Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts from around the internet, plus Land of 10’s own projection.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

Land of 10 predictions

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Connor Williams Texas OT
3 Indianapolis Colts Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
4 Cleveland Browns Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame G
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Josh Rosen UCLA QB
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DL
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Derwin James Florida State DB
10 Oakland Raiders Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
11 Miami Dolphins Roquan Smith Georgia LB
12 Cincinnati Bengals Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
13 Washington Redskins Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
14 Green Bay Packers Joshua Jackson Iowa DB
15 Arizona Cardinals Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Denzel Ward Ohio State DB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Orlando Brown Oklahoma OL
18 Seattle Seahawks James Washington Oklahoma State WR
19 Dallas Cowboys Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
20 Detroit Lions Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
21 Buffalo Bills Josh Allen Wyoming QB
22 Buffalo Bills Arden Key LSU DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
24 Carolina Panthers Maurice Hurst Michigan DL
25 Tennessee Titans Sam Hubbard Ohio State DL
26 Atlanta Falcons Vita Vea Washington DL
27 New Orleans Saints Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Harold Landry Boston College LB
30 Philadelphia Eagles Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
31 Minnesota Vikings Billy Price Ohio State OL
32 New England Patriots Derrius Guice LSU RB

NFL mock draft 2018: ESPN projections by Mel Kiper

1 Cleveland Browns Josh Allen Wyoming QB
2 New York Giants Josh Rosen UCLA QB
3 Indianapolis Colts Bradley Chubb NC State DE
4 Cleveland Browns Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
5 Denver Broncos Sam Darnold USC QB
6 New York Jets Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
8 Chicago Bears Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith Georgia LB
11 Miami Dolphins Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
12 Cincinnati Bengals Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech LB
13 Washington Redskins Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
14 Green Bay Packers Marcus Davenport USA DE
15 Arizona Cardinals Josh Jackson Iowa CB
16 Baltimore Ravens Brian O’Neill Pittsburgh OT
17 Los Angeles Chargers Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
18 Seattle Seahawks Derwin James Florida State S
19 Dallas Cowboys Vita Vea Washington DT
20 Detroit Lions Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE
21 Buffalo Bills Mike Hughes UCF CB
22 Buffalo Bills Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
23 Los Angeles Rams Carlton Davis Auburn CB
24 Carolina Panthers Billy Price Ohio State C/G
25 Tennessee Titans Harold Landry Boston College OLB
26 Atlanta Falcons Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
27 New Orleans Saints Courtland Suttin SMU WR DL
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Rashaan Evans Alabama ILB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
30 Philadelphia Eagles Kolton Miller UCLA OT
31 Minnesota Vikings Connor Williams Texas OT
32 New England Patriots Rasheem Green USC DE

NFL mock draft 2018: Top players, projection for first round

CBS Sports projection

1 Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold USC QB
2 New York Giants Josh Rosen UCLA QB
3 Indianapolis Colts Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama DB
4 Cleveland Browns (from Texans) Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
5 Denver Broncos Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
6 New York Jets Connor Williams Texas OT
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bradley Chubb NC State DE
8 Chicago Bears Courtland Sutton SMU WR
9 San Francisco 49ers Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
10 Oakland Raiders Roquan Smith Georgia LB
11 Miami Dolphins Derwin James Florida State S
12 Cincinnati Bengals Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
13 Washington Redskins Josh Allen Wyoming QB
14 Green Bay Packers Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
15 Arizona Cardinals Lamar Jackson Louisville QB
16 Baltimore Ravens Derrius Guice LSU RB
17 Los Angeles Chargers Vita Vea Washington DT
18 Seattle Seahawks Marcus Davenport UTSA DL
19 Dallas Cowboys James Washington Oklahoma State WR
20 Detroit Lions Maurice Hurst Michigan DT
21 Buffalo Bills Mason Rudolph Oklahoma State QB
22 Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs) Harrison Phillips Stanford DL
23 Los Angeles Rams Joshua Jackson Iowa CB
24 Carolina Panthers Anthony Miller Memphis WR
25 Tennessee Titans Taven Bryan Florida DT
26 Atlanta Falcons Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
27 New Orleans Saints Tremaine Edwards Virginia Tech LB
28 Pittsburgh Steelers Malik Jefferson Texas LB
29 Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE
30 Philadelphia Eagles Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
31 New England Patriots Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB
32 Minnesota Vikings Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections for 2018 NFL Draft

Sports Illustrated’s NFL executive-vetted projection

1 Sam Darnold USC QB
2 Saquon Barkley Penn State RB
3 Josh Rosen UCLA QB
4 Bradley Chubb NC State DE
5 Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama CB
6 Quenton Nelson Notre Dame G
7 Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT
8 Connor Williams Texas OT
9 Denzel Ward Ohio State CB
10 Josh Allen Wyoming QB
11 Derwin James Florida State S
12 Da’Ron Payne Alabama DT
13 Courtland Sutton SMU WR
14 Harold Landry Boston College DE
15 Roquan Smith Georgia LB
16 Calvin Ridley Alabama WR
17 Christian Wilkins Clemson DT
18 Tarvarus McFadden Florida State CB
19 Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT
20 Clelin Ferrell Clemson DE/LB
21 Austin Bryant Clemson DE/LB
22 Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR
23 Sam Hubbard Ohio State DE/LB
24 Arden Key LSU DE
25 Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT
26 Dre’Mont Jones Ohio State DT
27 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB
28 Derrius Guice LSU RB
29 Isaiah Oliver Colorado CB
30 Rashaan Evans Alabama LB
31 Damien Harris Alabama RB
32 James Washington Oklahoma State WR

2018 NFL Draft: First round order

Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished.

1. Cleveland Browns

2. New York Giants

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Cleveland Browns

5. Denver Broncos

6. New York Jets

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. Chicago Bears

9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)

11. Miami Dolphins

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Washington Redskins

14. Green Bay Packers

15. Arizona Cardinals

16. Baltimore Ravens

17. Los Angeles Chargers

18. Seattle Seahawks

19. Dallas Cowboys

20. Detroit Lions

21. Buffalo Bills

22. Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs)

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Carolina Panthers

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

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