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6hJesse Rogers

Riding the backs of their young core, Cubs surge ahead in NLCS

With Addison Russell and Javier Baez taking the lead, the Cubs took Game 5 and sent the NLCS back to Wrigley with a chance to clinch a Series berth.

Golic thinks Cubs fans should forgive Bartman (1:36)
Rodgers, Adams team up for two TDs (0:41)
Boise State wins on dramatic blocked field goal (0:55)
Woody rips Giants: 'I thought you were a classy organization!' (1:56)
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22hAdam Rittenberg

Coaches hand out midseason honors

Which coaches are doing the best job? Which teams are for real? Who is the best player? We asked coaches from across the country their takes, and there are some surprising answers.

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Week 7 NFL predictions: Scores for every game

Richard Sherman and the 4-1 Seahawks have an early advantage in the NFC West, while Tyrann Mathieu and the 3-3 Cardinals are trying to get a game back. NFL Nation breaks down each Week 7 matchup.


Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Jon Lester: "I play this game with emotion and if it rubs people the wrong way, oh well."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Joe Maddon on the Cubs being one win from the World Series: "It feels good. Our guys will be ready for the moment. I'm sure Chicago is buzzing at the moment."

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

The W flags are out and a loud 'Let's Go Cubs' chant can be heard from behind the first-base dugout as Dodgers fans quietly exit following NLCS Game 5.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

And the Chicago Cubs are one win away from their first World Series trip since 1945.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs 8, Dodgers 4, Final. Cubs lead 3-2 in the NLCS. A tie game in the sixth inning turns the Cubs' way on a two-run home run from Addison Russell. The Dodgers will start Clayton Kershaw in Game 6 at Chicago on Saturday.

Boise State regains lead on third TD pass

Cedrick Wilson snatches Brett Rypien's 36-yard pass for a touchdown despite double coverage 35 seconds before halftime. The Broncos lead BYU 21-17 at intermission.


Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Rodgers on throwing it 56 times: "It's probably closer to how we're going to have to play going forward."

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

This was Jordy Nelson's first time being shut out in standard fantasy scoring since Week 9 of the 2012 season, a game he left in the first quarter due to an ankle injury. Nelson was active in 98.3 percent of ESPN leagues.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Tonight's game was the first since at least 1960 in which three wide receivers from the same team managed at least 20 fantasy points using PPR scoring: Davante Adams (38), Randall Cobb (28) and Ty Montgomery (22) of the Green Bay Packers.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers RB Don Jackson said the X-rays on his left hand looked "pretty good" but he's expected to have a scan tomorrow. He said he could have gone back into the game but ball security with the heavy wrap was a concern.

BYU takes lead on second pick-six

Brett Rypien's pass is tipped and intercepted by Dayan Lake, who runs it 50 yards down the left sideline for a TD. BYU leads Boise State for the first time in the game, 17-14 late in the half.


BYU narrowly avoids bizarre safety

Facing fourth-and-19 at BYU's 5-yard line, punter Jonny Linehan takes over and makes it to only the 2. Boise State took over at the Cougars' 17 following a penalty, and the possession ended with a missed field-goal attempt.


ESPN Stats and Information  

Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery are the second trio of teammates to have 10 receptions in a game. The other instance, per the Elias Sports Bureau, came in 1994, when the Patriots had 3 against the Vikings (Leroy Thompson, Michael Timpson, Ben Coates).

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Ty Montgomery finished tonight's game with nine carries, 10 catches and 12 fantasy points, making him the first wide receiver since 1960 to have at least that many of each in a game. He was started in only 3.8 percent of ESPN leagues.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Davante Adams is the 2nd Packers player to record at least 13 receptions in a game. Hall-of-Famer Don Hutson did it twice.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers beat Bears 26-10 to kick off NFL Week 7. The ViewFromVegas is they also covered as 7.5-point home favorites and the game stayed under the betting total of 46.5.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Here's a crazy bit of history for you: That Ty Montgomery catch gives the Packers three players with 10 receptions in this game. Randall Cobb and Davante Adams are the others. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that has only happened one other time in NFL history. It came in a 1994 game between the Patriots and Vikings that went to overtime.

BYU gets spark with pick-six

On Boise State's first snap following a BYU field goal, linebacker Fred Warner returns an interception of Brett Rypien 59 yards down the left sideline for a score. BYU is within 14-10 a minute into the second quarter.


Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Just when it looked like Boise State had a good chance to run away with this game, BYU is right back in it. First, the Cougars blocked a FG attempt. Then, after a field goal of its own, BYU got a highlight-reel interception return for a touchdown from Fred Warner to make it 14-10.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

October can be a time for star-making. I see those stars shining on Javier Baez. Maybe the most entertaining defender in the game.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

The Packers have managed to run a ball-control offense tonight with their passing game. Aaron Rodgers has dropped back on 55 of their 75 plays, netting a relatively small total 271 net yards. But here's the rub: Short passes have allowed the Packers to accumulate 31 first downs and to hold the ball for 36:03 so far. They have not given the Bears a chance to compete in the second half.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Rodgers' touchdown pass to Randall Cobb was his 37th completion of the game – the most ever by a Packers quarterback in a game. Yet he's still not to 300 yards passing

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

BYU has clarified that RB Jamaal Williams is dealing with a right ankle injury. His status for the rest of the game has yet to be determined.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

This is the second time in his career that Aaron Rodgers has attempted 50 passes in a game. His career high is 61, done Week 10 last season vs Lions. That came in a losing effort.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

It does not appear running back Jamaal Williams will play tonight for BYU. He was not on the field during first two drives of the game and it is unclear why. Williams, who ranks second in the country with 942 rushing yards, was seen on a stationary bike on the sideline. Squally Canada, a one-time Boise State commit, started in his place. Canada came into the game with 124 yards rushing this year.