What wins in today’s NFL, offense or defense? We’ll find out on Sunday night when the AFC’s immovable object meets its irresistible force as the 9-0 Kansas City Chiefs visit the 8-1 Denver Broncos in the first of two matchups over the next three weeks. The sequel is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 1 in Kansas City. The two teams’ combined winning percentage of .944 (17-1) is the highest in a single game this late in an NFL season since Dec. 7, 1969 when the 11-0 Los Angeles Rams faced the 10-1 Minnesota Vikings.
In the early slate, the Houston Texans are expected to have head coach Gary Kubiak back on the sidelines as they try to snap the longest losing streak in franchise history when they host an Oakland Raiders club that has not won on the road in over a year. Coming off consecutive AFC South titles that netted the first two playoff appearances in club history, the Texans picked up right where they left off by opening the season 2-0. However, things have gone downhill since, with Houston having dropped seven in a row for the first time since entering the league ahead of the 2002 campaign. Oakland rookie quarterback Matt McGloin will get the start in place of Terrelle Pryor, who has a right knee sprain. In the next wave of games, the New Orleans Saints, coming off a record-setting offensive performance against the Dallas Cowboys, try to deal the San Francisco 49ers a second straight loss as the two clubs battle at the Superdome.
12:00 p.m. – New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
12:00 p.m. – Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears
12:00 p.m. – Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
12:00 p.m. – Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
12:00 p.m. – Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers
12:00 p.m. – Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12:00 p.m. – Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars
12:00 p.m. – Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans
3:05 p.m. – San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins
3:25 p.m. – San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints
3:25 p.m. – Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
3:25 p.m. – Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks
7:30 p.m. – Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jabari Brown scored 23 points and Jordan Clarkson added 13 as Missouri defeated Hawaii 92-80 Saturday night in its first game at Kansas City’s Sprint Center as members of the Southeastern Conference.
The Tigers’ lead remained in single digits for most of the game until Wes Clark fed Ryan Rosburg with a nifty pass for a two-handed dunk and a 10-point lead with just less than 8 minutes remaining. It gave the crowd a dose of energy on a night when both teams struggled to put together any sort of momentum or extended run.
Moments later, Clark drilled a 3-pointer to extend the Tigers’ lead to 13 points. Still, Hawaii’s Garrett Nevels responded with a 3-pointer of his own. But the Rainbow Warriors couldn’t get closer than 7 after that.
Christian Standhardinger led Hawaii with 22 points before fouling out. The Rainbow Warriors lost their fifth-straight game on the mainland.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alexander Steen scored his league-leading 17th goal and also added an assist to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night. Steen extended his scoring streak to 13 games, the longest for a Blue since Pierre Turgeon had a 15-game streak in 1999-2000. The Blues won for the fifth time in six games.