The Sports Xchange
MINNEAPOLIS—While his former team and mentor were on the other sideline with their futures looking cloudy, Mike Zimmer had his Minnesota Vikings looking like a Super Bowl contender. With Zimmer's defense providing a dominating effort, two long-time friends were leading their teams on very divergent paths. Case Keenum passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns, and Minnesota's defense dominated Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals in a 34-7 win on Sunday, Dec. 17.
SPOKANE, WASH - Zach Norvell and Josh Perkins combined for 39 points, helping No. 12 Gonzaga survive a scare from North Dakota in an 89-83 overtime win Saturday at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash. Norvell made plays all over the court, finishing with 19 points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists. The freshman guard sparked a hot start to overtime for the Bulldogs, who were down nine with five minutes left in the second half.
SEATTLE—"Don't sleep on us." That's what Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright said last week as his underdog team prepared to face the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles, who came to Seattle as the NFL's only 10-win team. The Seahawks, who had lost their last two games at CenturyLink Field, certainly were awake Sunday night. Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes and Wright and the Seattle defense held the league's No. 1 offense to a season low in points as the Seahawks won 24-10.
ARLINGTON, Tex.—The offense clicked in the second half and the Philadelphia Eagles motored past the Dallas Cowboys for their eighth straight win on Sunday night. Carson Wentz threw a pair of touchdowns passes as Philadelphia scored on its first three possessions of the second half and surged to a 37-9 victory at AT&T Stadium. Not even an injury to kicker Jake Elliott could slow down the Eagles after halftime.
PHILADELPHIA—Carson Wentz threw two touchdown passes and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame a sluggish start to defeat the winless San Francisco 49ers 33-10 Sunday, Oct. 29, at Lincoln Financial Field. Wentz was 18 of 32 for 211 yards and now has tossed a franchise-record 19 touchdown passes through the first eight games. The Eagles improved to 7-1 following their sixth consecutive win while the 49ers fell to 0-8, joining the Cleveland Browns as the only two teams without a win.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had screws inserted in his fractured right collarbone during surgery last week.
The Cleveland Browns are staying with rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, naming him the starter for Sunday's game in London against the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Hue Jackson announced Wednesday that Kizer, who was benched in the second half after throwing two interceptions last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, will make his second straight start.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his four-touchdown passing performance in Monday night's win over the Washington Redskins. Wentz, the former North Dakota State star, finished with 268 passing yards and one interception, and he had a career-best 63 rushing yards in the 34-24 victory as the Eagles improved to 6-1. He leads the NFL with a career-high 17 touchdowns this season.
Carson Wentz threw touchdown passes to four different players, catapulting the Philadelphia Eagles past the Washington Redskins 34-24 on Monday. Wentz connected with wide receiver Mack Hollins for 64 yards, threw a 4-yard strike to tight end Zach Ertz and a 9-yard pass to undrafted free agent running back Corey Clement. Wentz's fourth score came on a 10-yard pass to wide receiver Nelson Agholor for a 31-17 lead with 11:10 remaining.
OKLAHOMA CITY—It was supposed to be Carmelo Anthony's first game-winner for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Instead, Andrew Wiggins spoiled the Thunder's celebration by launching a game-winner of his own, releasing the ball on a 3-pointer just as time expired to trump Anthony's late triple and lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 115-113 win against the Thunder in front of a shell-shocked crowd at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Anthony finished with 23 points, including his basket with five seconds left, as the Thunder (1-2) took their second consecutive loss.