Los Angeles Teams
Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer
Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters in his day-after press conference that WRs Sammy Watkins and Tavon Austin remain in concussion protocol. DB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring) and C John Sullivan (groin) are day-to-day.
Tony Reali and the national panel discuss if we are witnessing breakout success for the LA Rams, the NBA rules changes and more.
Dan Le Batard, Papi and Stugotz recap TNF and discuss if the Rams and 49ers remind us of how much we love the game, Aaron Hernandez suffering from CTE and more.
Also middle linebacker Hayes Pullard was on the injury report for the first time on Friday with a knee issue.
Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer
Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee), T Joe Barksdale (foot) and LB Hayes Pullard (knee) listed as questionable for Sunday but head coach Anthony Lynn said he expects all three to play. WR Mike Williams (back) and CB Jason Verrett (knee) have been ruled out.
Bills coach Sean McDermott was happy for Rams receiver Sammy Watkins' big game on Thursday, but he also understood the frustration for Buffalo fans.
The Rams' defense didn't do much in support of its rejuvenated offense, yielding 39 points to the 49ers before hanging on for the victory.
Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer
Limited on Thursday, Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) was out on the field for the start of practice open to reporters. T Joe Barksdale (foot) was not on the field.
Special-teams coach George Stewart says of Chargers' rookie kicker: "We're working on fundamentals and techniques ... but mental game is outstanding."
Goff tossed three touchdown passes and Gurley scored three total TDs as the Rams' offense once again lit up the scoreboard.
FPI likes Chiefs in Carson
Nobody's averaging as many yards per play and yards per rush than the Chiefs, and ESPN's FPI is giving Kansas City nearly a 60 percent chance to win on the road over its AFC West rival, which is currently allowing the sixth-most rushing yards in the NFL.
Todd Gurley rushed for more than 100 yards for the first time since December 2015, and he already has matched his touchdown total from 2016.
Under Jim Mora, the Bruins have never lacked for talent, and the next generation looks as if it will continue that tradition. DE Jaelan Phillips, a true freshman, is already destroying college offensive linemen.
Clippers add Bruce Bowen to broadcast team
Bowen will serve as an analyst for team broadcasts, replacing longtime color commentator Michael Smith. Bowen, a three-time NBA champion with the Spurs during his playing career, had worked for ESPN since retiring in 2009. Clippers play-by-play man Ralph Lawler tweeted Bowen "will bring new and exciting insight" to team telecasts.
Goff much cleaner from pocket in 2017
Jared Goff was 18-of-22 with three TDs from the pocket Thursday night. He's now completing 74 percent of his passes from the pocket, with one more passing TD than he had last year. (ESPN Stats & Info)
USC favored at unbeaten Cal
USC is riding a 13-game winning streak against Cal, the last Golden Bears victory coming in overtime in 2003 with Aaron Rodgers at QB. This is the first time both teams are unbeaten in their matchup since 2004 (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN App).
Stanford heavily favored to bounce back
Stanford and UCLA are both coming off losses, but FPI favors the Cardinal to extend their win streak on the Bruins to nine games (2009-15). Stanford has outscored UCLA 33-16 over those nine meetings (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN App).
Gurley grinds it out for high-watermark night
Per ESPN Stats & Info, Todd Gurley combined for 70 yards after contact Thursday (40 rushing, 30 receiving), second-most in a game in his career. That includes 39 YAC on 108 rushing yards between the tackles, his fourth-most such yards in his career.
Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer
After Rams WR Sammy Watkins' big game Thursday night, Bills coach Sean McDermott said Friday it is "hard to watch" for fans and "at times from a coach's perspective" after Buffalo traded Watkins in August.