The NFL community seemed to stop when Bears tight end Zach Miller went down with a horrific leg injury in Week 8’s game against the Saints.
The Falcons had not been held without a touchdown since a 38-0 loss to the Panthers on Dec. 13, 2015. The Panthers went 15-1 that season to reach the Super Bowl. The Vikings defense has the talent to help the team reach the Super Bowl.
Beal has 19 games with 20 points this season and the Wizards are 9-10 in those games. During Wall’s absence, Beal has five 20-point games, including a 51-point showing last Tuesday in Portland.
The latest 20-point showing by Beal was a 25-point game in Saturday’s 113-112 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. After getting 85 points on 34-of-59 shooting in wins at Portland and Phoenix, Beal shot 8 of 21, though he made 5 of 11 from 3-point range.
Hawks: Once again without injured big men Mike Muscala (left ankle sprain), John Collins (sprained shoulder) and Dewayne Dedmon (left tibia stress reaction), the Hawks started Miles Plumlee at center. He finished with three points and three rebounds. . . . Reserve forwards Marco Belinelli (13 points) and rookie Tyler Cavanaugh (14 points) each made three 3-pointers.
Middle Tennessee State overcame mounting injuries to become bowl eligible. Junior quarterback Brent Stockstill, the coach’s son, was out with an injury for an extended period (six games), as was wide receiver Richie James and other receivers and several offensive linemen.
“I don’t think there’s ever been a year like this,” Rick Stockstill said. “What we accomplished this year with everything we’ve gone through, from who we played to the injury situation to a couple of close losses, I’m just so happy and proud of this team.”