November 30, 2022

Justin Evans, Geno Smith
Geno Smith (7) has distinguished himself as Seattle’s starting quarterback in his first full season (Photo: Parker Waters).

The National Football League reaches a significant milestone in its 103-year history this week, playing its first regular-season game in a fourth country outside of the United States.

When the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (6-3) meet the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-5) at Munich’s Allianz Arena on Sunday (9:30 a.m. ET, NFL Network), the NFL will have regular-season games in Canada, Mexico , Great Britain and Germany.

In February, following a competitive bidding process, the NFL selected Munich to host two of the four International Series games to be played in Germany over the next four years. Frankfurt will also host two games.

This week’s competition between Seattle and Tampa Bay is one of five international games in 2022, including a Monday Night Football game between San Francisco and Arizona next week in Mexico City, and three already being played in Britain.

The Starting 11 starts in week 10…

1. JOHNNY UNITAS’ COLTS, 2022 EAGLES COULD SHARE A REMARKABLE FEAT: The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8-0) lead the NFL this season in turnover ratio (+15) and takeaways (18). If they can finish their Monday Night Football game (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN) this week with another up earnings ratio, they’ll join the 1958 BALTIMORE COLTS as the only teams in NFL history to have a season on the up open. Revenue margin in each of their first nine games. That year, the Colts defeated the Giants 23-17 in the NFL Championship Game in what most consider the greatest game of all time, the first sudden-death overtime contest in league history.
 Speaking of close games, this week’s Eagles opponent WASHINGTON (4-5) is tied 4-2, level on points with the Titans (4-2) in games decided by seven points or fewer this season second-best record for the league. With at least six games, only the Giants (5-1) have a higher grade in these competitions.
 In nine weeks of this year, 72 NFL games were decided by seven points or fewer, more than any season through Week 9 in league history.
2. NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 100: The number of career NFL sacks the Bosa Family could achieve this week. JOEY and NICK BOSA’s teams meet for the first time since the brothers joined the league when the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-3) defeat the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-4) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 p.m. ET , NBC). and the family (99.5) needs only half a sack to reach 100. Joey Bosa has 59.5 career sacks for the Chargers in seven seasons. Younger brother Nick Bosa has had 33 career sacks since joining the league in 2019. Her father, JOHN BOSA, recorded seven career sacks with the Dolphins from 1987-1989.
 Since the single sack became an official statistic in 1982, the Bosas have ranked sixth among NFL families in combined sacks, behind JJ and TJ WATT (179.5), CLAY MATTHEWS SR., CLAY MATTHEWS III and CASEY MATTHEWS (163 .5), HOWIE and CHRIS LANG (154), JOHN and ERVIN RANDLE (145.5), and ARTHUR and CHANDLER JONES (118).
3. NFC BEAST: The NFC East Division has a combined 9-1 (.900) against the AFC this season and enters Sunday’s matchup HOUSTON (1-6-1) against the NEW YORK GIANTS (6-2) a (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS). The Giants and Eagles are each 3-0 against the other conference, while the Commanders are 2-1 and the Cowboys 1-0.
 Since the 1970 league merger created AFC-NFC interconference play, the best winning percentage of a season from one division versus the other conference was the 1976 AFC Central, which ended 7-1 (.875) against the NFC.
 Since JOE MONTANA of the Pro Football Hall of Fame began his MVP season in 1989, a division has finished with an interconference record of .800 or better five times. In four of those five seasons, that division has won a Super Bowl title (NFC West’s San Francisco in 1989, NFC East’s Washington in 1991, AFC East’s New England in 2004, and NFC West’s Seattle in Year 2013). .
4. SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: Arizona wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS has 26 receptions over the past three weeks, tied with TYREEK HILL for first place in the NFL over that span and second behind Hill with 298 receiving yards. On Sunday at SoFi Stadium (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX), Hopkins meets a runner-up that also includes five-time Pro Bowler JALEN RAMSEY, who will play in his 100th NFL game. As of early 2021, Ramsey has broken 25 passes. Only TREVON DIGGS (33) and JAMES BRADBERRY (28) have more during this time.
5. SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: DENVER (3-5) in TENNESSEE (5-3) on Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS). Coordinator EJIRO EVERO and the Denver defense have the best red-zone defense in the league, allowing just five touchdowns in 19 opposing possessions (26.3 percent). Meanwhile, Titans coordinator TODD DOWNING has his unit first on offense in the red zone with 15 touchdowns in 19 possessions (78.9 percent).
6. STREAK SPEAK: The NFL’s second-longest active winning streak is at stake Sunday when the MINNESOTA VIKINGS (7-1) visit the BUFFALO BILLS (6-2) at Highmark Stadium (1 p.m. ET, FOX). Only PHILADELPHIA (8-0) has a longer active winning streak than the Vikings, who have won six in a row. After Sunday, Minnesota gets DALLAS (6-2), NEW ENGLAND (5-4) and the NEW YORK JETS (6-3), all at home.
 This season, the Vikings have the most wins (four) with the Giants after falling behind in the fourth quarter. Overall, teams that trailed in the fourth quarter have won or drawn 42 games this year in the NFL. That’s nine more weeks than any previous NFL season.
7. DID YOU KNOW?: Sadly, Pro Football Hall of Famer RAY GUY passed away last week at the age of 72. In honor of the three-time Super Bowl champion’s legacy, those who have followed in his footsteps have collectively performed at an unprecedented level this season. In 2022, NFL players will average 42.1 net yards per punt, the highest Week 9 mark since 1976, when net punting became an individual statistic. NFL players average 47.5 gross yards per punt, the best number in nine weeks of a season since the league’s merger in 1970.
 When KANSAS CITY (6-2) hosts JACKSONVILLE (3-6) on Sunday (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS), it will be two of the best players in the league. The Chiefs’ TOMMY TOWNSEND leads the NFL with a 47.3 net putting average, while the Jaguars’ LOGAN COOKE (44.3) is fourth.
8. UNDER-THE-RADAR HISTORY: Since joining the league in 2020, Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT has conceded 19 games with at least 300 passing yards, tying the most in the league. With 300 passing yards in San Francisco on Sunday Night Football (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC), Herbert will surpass ANDREW LUCK (19) for most 300-yard games by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history. Herbert has thrived under offensive coordinator JOE LOMBARDI. The NFL this month honors Lombardi, a US Air Force Academy graduate who served four years on active duty, along with all of our nation’s military members, veterans and their families as part of our annual Salute to Service initiative. Built on deep partnerships with military and veteran support organizations, Salute to Service seeks to honor, empower, and connect with our nation’s military community. The military is an important part of Lombardi’s family. His grandfather, Pro Football Hall of Famer VINCE LOMBARDI, was an assistant at the United States Military Academy from 1949 to 1953 under the legendary Earl “Red” Blaik.
 For more information on the NFL’s Salute to Service initiative, click here.
 For the team-by-team nominees for the 12th Annual Salute to Service Award Presented by USAA, including a new fan voting opportunity, click here.
9. TREND TIME: Including the postseason, the Rams’ SEAN MCVAY vs. Arizona is 11-1 (.917), the best win ratio by an active head coach against an opponent with at least 10 encounters.
10. THIS WEEK IN NFL HISTORY: November 8, 1987 (35 years ago) – LAWRENCE TAYLOR records two sacks and intercepts the Patriots’ STEVE GROGAN at the New York 15 with a little over a minute remaining remains to a 17- 10 Giants win. A future Pro Football Hall of Famer, Taylor highlights the first regular-season game in NFL history to be broadcast on the new medium of cable television. The ESPN booth for the historic occasion features Mike Patrick, Roy Firestone and Larry Csonka in the studio with Chris Berman.
11. AND LAST BUT NOT LAST: Recent history has proven that every NFL team should have hope. For example, in each of the past five seasons (2018-22) and 14 of the past 16 (since 2007), at least one club has made or equaled its best start in franchise history after eight games. Last week, the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (8-0) extended the NFL’s streak. ARIZONA (2021), BALTIMORE (2019, 2020 and 2021), the LOS ANGELES RAMS (2018), NEW ENGLAND (2019), PITTSBURGH (2020), SAN FRANCISCO (2019) and TAMPA BAY (2020 and 2021) preceded the Eagles in the last five seasons in this category. And since 2007, 18 of the 32 NFL teams have made or tied their best eight-game starts in franchise history.

(All times Easter)

Thursday, November 10th
Atlanta and Carolina Prime Video 8:15

Sunday, November 13th
Seattle vs. Tampa Bay (Munich) NFLN 9:30
Minnesota at Buffalo FOX 1:00
Detroit at Chicago FOX 1:00
Jacksonville at Kansas City CBS 1:00
Cleveland at Miami CBS 1:00
Houston at the New York Giants CBS 1:00
New Orleans at Pittsburgh FOX 1:00
Denver at Tennessee CBS 1:00
Indianapolis at Las Vegas CBS 4:05
Dallas at Green Bay FOX 4:25
Arizona at Los Angeles Rams FOX 4:25
Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco NBC 8:20

Monday, November 14th
Washington at Philadelphia ESPN 8:15

Bye Week: Baltimore, Cincinnati, New England, NY Jets

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