Predicting Bengals-Bills and all Week 5 games

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 3:00 AM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 9:42 AM

            ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Giovani Bernard #25 of the Cincinnati Bengals scores a touchdown past Duke Williams #27 of the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Giovani Bernard #25 of the Cincinnati Bengals scores a touchdown past Duke Williams #27 of the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison offers his predictions for Week 5 of NFL games.

New York Jets (2-2) at Cleveland Browns (0-4)

No idea why/how the Browns are favored in this one.

Pick: Jets 17, Browns 13

Carolina Panthers (3-1) at Detroit Lions (3-1)

There won’t be anything funny about this one, Cam

Pick: Lions 34, Panthers 24

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San Francisco 49ers (0-4) at Indianapolis Colts (1-3)

And the first pick in the 2018 draft goes to…..

Pick: Colts 21, 49ers 20

Tennessee Titans (2-2) at Miami Dolphins (1-2)

Both teams took a lashing from the ugly stick last week, but Miami bounces back.

Pick: Dolphins 27, Titans 14

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Los Angeles Chargers (0-4) at New York Giants (0-4)

The Chargers probably feel more comfortable on the road than their empty home.

Pick: Chargers 28, Giants 27

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1)

The water coolers will be safe Sunday.

Pick: Steelers 35, Jaguars 14

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Arizona Cardinals (2-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)

Arizona has lost five of its last six in the Eastern time zone.

Pick: Eagles 24, Cardinals 20

Seattle Seahawks (2-2) at Los Angeles Rams (3-1)

A test of whether the Rams are for real. Psst, they are.

Pick: Rams 21, Seahawks 20

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Baltimore Ravens (2-2) at Oakland Raiders (2-2)

No Derek Carr, no problem.

Pick: Raiders, 24, Ravens 10

Green Bay Packers (3-1) at Dallas Cowboys (2-2)

It’s going to be Armageddon in Dallas when the team slips to 2-3

Pick: Packers 31, Cowboys 27

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Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) at Houston Texans (2-2)

How long will the only unbeaten team stay that way? At least one more week.

Pick: Chiefs 27, Texans 23

Minnesota Vikings (2-2) at Chicago Bears (1-3)

The Mitch Trubisky era begins with a thud vs. QB tormentor Mike Zimmer

Pick: Vikings 28, Bears 9

Buffalo Bills (3-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-3)

The Bills aren’t as good as their record, and the Bengals aren’t as bad as theirs.

Pick: Bengals 16, Bills 13

Last Week: 10-5

This Year: 39-21

WATCH: Auburn WR Ryan Davis throws for a trick-play TD vs. Arkansas

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 10:20 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Auburn junior wide receiver Ryan Davis played some quarterback in high school. He’s also the emergency fourth option at the position on the Tigers’ depth chart.

On Saturday night, Davis turned back the clock and delivered a perfect throw on the run for a 62-yard touchdown to Darius Slayton.

The wide receiver reverse pass put Auburn up by 32 points and gave the Tigers their third touchdown on three drives in the third quarter.

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That razzle-dazzle play ensured Auburn wouldn’t go into the second-half shell it’s had on offense over the last few weeks.

Derrius Guice accomplishes SEC history with 3rd game of 250-plus rushing yards

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 10:20 PM

LSU running back Derrius Guice has accomplished something that not even the greats like Bo Jackson and Herschel Walker could do during their times playing in the SEC: rush for more than 250 yards in a game three times.

Guice has been unstoppable tonight against Ole Miss, already rushing for 271 yards as the Tigers hold a 30-16 lead over the Rebels. His other two games of rushing for more than 250 yards came in 2016, has he went for 252 against Arkansas and then 285 against Texas A&M.

LSU-Ole Miss: Recap, score, analysis for Week 8 game (October 21, 2017)

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 6:19 PM

In Saturday’s LSU-Ole Miss game, Derrius Guice made Tigers coach Ed Orgeron’s return to Oxford, Miss., a run through the Grove.

Guice rushed for 276 yards, leading LSU to a 40-24 win over the Rebels in Orgeron’s first game back at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium since being fired as Ole Miss’ head coach in 2007.

Guice is the first player in SEC history with three career games over the 250-yard rushing mark, breaking a record of two shared by legends Bo Jackson and Herschel Walker as well as former Kentucky running back Moe Williams.

LSU 40, Ole Miss 24

D’Vaughn Pennamon scores on a 4-yard run for Ole Miss, and the successful 2-point conversion draws the Rebels within two scores with 1:51 left.

LSU 40, Ole Miss 16

Connor Culp kicks a 47-yard field goal to extend the LSU lead with 5:07 left in the game.

LSU 37, Ole Miss 16

A Matt Canada play-calling clinic on the drive that should put this one out of reach.

Danny Etling hit an incredibly wide-open Foster Moreau for a 60-yard touchdown as the Ole Miss defense went the opposite direction while Etling bootlegged and had his choice of two open tight ends. Jamal Pettigrew was also uncovered, but Moreau was 5 yards further downfield and made the reception.

Canada also made a nifty call on a screen pass to Darrel Williams as the defense bit on a fake Derrius Guice run before allowing the 13-yard first-down reception.


Derrius Guice is closing in on his own single-game rushing record. Guice has 268 yards, just 17 short of the mark of 285 that he set last year against Texas A&M.

Ole Miss surrendered 264 yards to Leonard Fournette last season, which at the time became LSU’s single-game rushing record.

LSU 30, Ole Miss 16

The drought is over!

Senior J.D. Moore, a former walk-on, scored the first touchdown of his LSU career on an 11-yard shovel pass from Danny Etling. Once again a massive Derrius Guice run was part of the story. Guice broke a 26-yarder to the Ole Miss 11, putting him at 249 for the game with a full quarter to play.

LSU 23, Ole Miss 16

Ole Miss countered a potentially devastating LSU touchdown with a big answer.

Running back Jordan Wilkins capped off a 7-play, 69-yard drive with an impressive 28-yard touchdown run. He now has 12 carries for 88 yards.

LSU 23, Ole Miss 9

Another massive Guice run — this one a 33-yarder — moved LSU into scoring position. Guice has eclipsed the 200-yard barrier midway through the third quarter. It’s the third 200-yard rushing performance in Guice’s career, joining last year’s performances against Arkansas (252) and Texas A&M (285).

However, it was quarterback Danny Etling who finished the drive with a 5-yard scramble for the touchdown.

LSU 16, Ole Miss 9

The Rebels took advantage of a short field thanks to Jaylon Jones’ kickoff return to the LSU 41-yard line. Only kicker Cameron Gamble was able to prevent a touchdown, getting just enough of a finger on Jones to force him to step out of bounds.

Shea Patterson returned for the Rebels wearing a knee brace, though most of Ole Miss’ damage was done on the ground. Jordan Wilkins had four carries for 24 yards on the drive.

LSU 16, Ole Miss 6

Another gashing on the ground, yet also another LSU drive that fizzles out once the Tigers get into the red zone.

Derrius Guice is already at 174 yards on the night after a 48-yard jaunt, but the drive fizzled at the Ole Miss 15 as the Tigers handed off to Darrel Williams three times. Guice was gassed after his run, so putting Williams in the game wasn’t a bad decision. At least one pass attempt might have worked, though.

HALF: LSU 13, Ole Miss 6

Ole Miss backup quarterback Jordan Ta’amu didn’t look the least bit fazed taking over for the injured Shea Patterson on the Rebels last drive before the half.

Though he only completed 2 of his 6 passes, Ta’amu scrambled 15 yards for a first down and looked pretty sharp throwing the ball. Gary Wunderlich made a 26-yard field goal on the final play of the half.

There presumably isn’t much film out there on Ta’amu, so it will be interesting to see what adjustments Dave Aranda makes in the seeming likelihood that Patterson doesn’t return in the second half.

Also worth noting: LSU has not completed a pass to a wide receiver in the first half. That’s the second time in three weeks the Tigers haven’t connected with a receiver in the opening 30 minutes. Danny Etling is 3-for-6 with completions to Darrel Williams, J.D. Moore and Derrius Guice.

LSU 13, Ole Miss 3

A pass interference call against the Rebels was the key play on this 10-play, 59-yard drive that resulted in a 38-yard Connor Culp field goal. LSU had a shot at a long touchdown throw, but Stephen Sullivan couldn’t hold on to a Danny Etling pass in the end zone.

The drive began when LSU safety Grant Delpit picked off Patterson, who left the game after suffering an injury on the play.


We’ve seen two wildly different LSU offense in the first quarter — the super-successful running attack and the remarkably anemic passing game.

The Tigers have 77 yards on 10 carries, but Danny Etling has only completed one pass in his four dropbacks. The Rebels have two sacks, and Etling’s only completion was a screen pass that Darrel Williams took for 63 yards.

LSU’s defense appears to be in strong form. A now-healthy Arden Key is making a living in the Ole Miss backfield tonight.

LSU 10, Ole Miss 3

Welcome back, Derrius Guice.

Guice gashed the Rebels with three runs for 75 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown run. He already has 98 carries on six carries in the first quarter. Guice, who has been slowed by a knee sprain, has not broken the 100-yard mark since Week 2 against Chattanooga.

LSU 3, Ole Miss 3

A very effective 10-play, 67-yard drive by the Rebels resulted in a 31-yard Wunderlich field goal. Ole Miss elected to kick on fourth-and-inches from the LSU 15, which was the safe move. But one wonders if the Rebels might have chosen to handle the situation differently if they didn’t run all of their offensive plays from the shotgun.

LSU 3, Ole Miss 0

Ole Miss’ defense looked very bad on LSU’s opening drive, but the Rebels were able to muscle up when the Tigers got inside the 10-yard line and prevent a touchdown.

Derrius Guice ran for 23 yards on his first two carries and Williams cruised 63 yards on an Etling screen pass to move LSU into the red zone. The Tigers were fortunate to get points — holder Josh Growden grabbed a high Blake Ferguson snap and placed the ball down perfectly for Connor Culp to hit the 35-yard field goal.

LSU-Ole Miss recap

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Pregame score predictions

LSU 41, Ole Miss 21

Ole Miss is not a good football team. The Rebels are ranked 116th in the nation in scoring defense and 120th in rushing offense. This isn’t to say Ole Miss doesn’t have redeemable qualities. Quarterback Shea Patterson is a beast and should be counted on for 2 or 3 touchdowns on his own, even if they come in garbage time. But a healthy Derrius Guice and an LSU defense on a roll is a bad recipe for the Rebels. Coach O’s return to Oxford should be a pleasant one. — Nick Suss

LSU 35, Ole Miss 34

Getting to Shea Patterson will be vital to a Tigers win. If Arden Key continues the progress he showed last week, LSU should be able to accomplish that task. And just for fun — Ole Miss blew out South Alabama (47-27), which beat Troy (19-8), but has also been blown out by Auburn (44-23). I think those results portend a zany game in Oxford. — Alex Hickey

Ole Miss 27, LSU 24

There is a talent disparity at quarterback, with Patterson playing the best in the SEC under center. LSU quarterback Danny Etling is coming off his best game of the season, but the problem is the letdown factor. It’s difficult to find any SEC program that has ever had an emotional three-week swing in the middle of the year quite like the Tigers. And let’s be honest, both of LSU’s wins against Florida and Auburn required close-game luck in their favor. — Carter Bryant 

LSU 31, Ole Miss 19

If Arden Key can replicate how he looked against Auburn and the secondary continues to play lights-out against Shea Patterson, LSU will be 6-2 entering a bye week before the annual Alabama game. — Sam Spiegelman

Looking ahead: The Tigers have an open date in Week 9 and travel to Alabama in Week 10. Kickoff time and TV network haven’t been finalized.

Report: Fan dies in stands at Notre Dame-USC game

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 10:20 PM

There’s a major football game going on between USC and Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. on Saturday evening. But for many of those in attendance, football is the furthest thing from the mind.

Notre Dame public relations announced that a 76-year-old man who was attending the game has passed away after going into cardiac arrest. Here’s the official statement, per a tweet from Peter Byrne of WSBT:

“A 76-year-old man attending Saturday night’s Notre Dame football game went into cardiac arrest at about 8:10 p.m. Paramedics from the Notre Dame and South Bend Fire Departments and a doctor responded immediately, but their resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.”

The Fighting Irish are enjoying a comfortable lead over the Trojans on the field, but that seems very insignificant in light of this unfortunate news. Our thoughts and prayers are with the unidentified man’s family and friends during this difficult time.