APC Football 2018 -- Newton, Bell, Gurley and Jaguars D making history

APC Football 2018 -- Newton, Bell, Gurley and Jaguars D making history

RedWings2011
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July 7th, 2018, 11:19 pm #1

Cam Newton, Le'Veon Bell and Todd Gurley are having epic seasons in APC Football 2018 as is Jacksonville's swarming defense.  For details about Newton's record-breaking events, check the link here:

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Otherwise - here is a sports wire-style recap of history in the making.  Will follow up if/when new records are set in Week 17.

Newton, Gurley, Bell, Jaguars' D Part of Record-Setting 2017 NFL Season
By The Associated Press
   In the span of roughly 30 hours of an historic NFL weekend, three single-season records fell and two others came within striking distance of being toppled. And with the league's 17th and final week's games still to be played, it's a sure bet that the 2017 season will wind up as one for the ages.
   The first record fell Sunday afternoon in Charlotte, N.C., where Panther's quarterback Cam Newton ran for 104 yards and shattered Michael Vick's 11-year-old quarterback rushing record in leading Carolina past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-20 in overtime. His record-breaking run came on a 15-yard sweep early in the first quarter. His season-long 66-yard sprint set up the Panthers' winning touchdown in the extra period.
   A few hours later in Houston, Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell caught six passes for 26 yards in the Steelers' 35-25 loss to the Texans. Bell's sixth catch, a screen pass that actually resulted in a three-yard loss, gave Bell 101 receptions for the season, moving him within two catches of breaking Matt Forte's record for running backs of 102, set in 2014 with the Chicago Bears.
   Then, in a game flexed into the Monday night time slot, Los Angeles tailback Todd Gurley set the NFL single-season record for most receiving yards by a running back and moved within 32 yards of the all-time NFL record for combined yards from scrimmage in the Rams' 27-17 victory at Tennessee. Gurley, the league's second-leading rusher, caught seven passes for 136 yards – including a 75-yard catch-and-run touchdown on the third play from scrimmage, to move past Marshall Faulk with 1,083 yards on 75 receptions. He became only the fourth back to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving, joining Faulk, San Francisco's Roger Craig and San Diego's Lionel James. Faulk set the old mark of 1,048 in 1999, also with the Rams.
   Gurley also carried 22 times for 65 yards, giving him 1,394 rushing yards for the season. With 2,477 combined yards from scrimmage, Gurley needs only 33 yards to break Chris Johnson's all-time NFL record of 2,509 yards, set in 2009 with Tennessee.
   And in the second Monday night game, Jacksonville's ferocious pass rush registered eight sacks in a 31-6 beat down of San Francisco, and the Jaguars easily surged past the Chicago Bears' 1984 single-season sack record of 72.  The eight sacks -- including five in the fourth quarter alone -- gives the Jaguars' defense 75 with one game remaining.  The record-breaker came with 4:39 left in the game when defensive end Calais Jackson broke through and dropped 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer for a five-yard loss.  Campbell and teammate Darius Jackson are tied for second in the league with 16 sacks apiece.
   Newton can add to his quarterback rushing record on Sunday when the Panthers (7-7-1) close out their season at Atlanta (8-7). Bell can grab the new running back receptions record on Sunday when the Steelers (6-9) wrap up their season at home against arch rival Cleveland (1-14). Bell, the NFL's leading rusher with 1,411 yards will also try to claim the league rushing title, but leads Gurley by only 15 yards.
   Gurley will attempt to set the all-time combined yardage record and overtake Bell for the NFL rushing title on Sunday as the NFC West champion Rams (12-3) host San Francisco (8-7) in the 256th and final game of the 2017 regular season.
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July 10th, 2018, 4:29 am #2

Steelers' Bell Breaks Single-Season RB Receptions Mark
   PITTSBURGH (AP) – Steelers' running back Le'Veon Bell has broken the NFL single-season record for receptions for running backs in Pittsburgh's second-finale against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
   Bell's second catch of the game, a screen pass on the final play of the first half, was Bell's 103rd of the season, breaking Matt Forte's NFL record of 102 set in 2014 with the Chicago Bears.
   Bell is also looking to win the NFL rushing title, having entered the game with a 15-yard lead over Rams' tailback Todd Gurley. In the first half against the Browns, Bell carried 14 times for 59 yards and currently has 1,470 rushing yards for the season.
   The Steelers lead Cleveland 21-7 at intermission.
   Officials removed the ball on the record-setting catch from the game. The ball will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
  
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July 10th, 2018, 4:41 am #3

Bell Sets RB Receiving Record, Roethlisberger Throws For Two TDs; Steelers Beat Browns 21-14
   PITTSBURGH (AP) – Ben Roethlisberger completed 22 of 28 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns, and Le'Veon Bell carried 26 times for 104 yards and caught two passes to break the NFL single-season receptions record for running backs, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers past the Cleveland Browns 21-14 on Sunday.
   Bell's record-setting catch, a screen pass on the final play of the first half, was his 103rd reception of the season, breaking Matt Forte's NFL record of 102 set in 2014 with the Chicago Bears. With his sixth 100-yard game of the season, Bell finished with an NFL-leading 1,515 yards on 352 carries and 11 touchdowns, all career highs. He is 121 yards ahead of the Rams' Todd Gurley in the race for the league rushing title. The Rams' host the San Francisco 49ers in the season's final game Sunday afternoon.
   The five-year-veteran from Michigan State also finished with 2,423 combined yards from scrimmage, fourth-highest in league history, and only six yards behind Marshall Faulk for third place on the all-time single-season record list.
   The Steelers (7-9) marched 96 yards on seven plays on the opening drive of the game. Roethlisberger capped the drive with a 25-yard catch-and-run touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. The Steelers' wideout caught 10 passes for a season-high 196 yards and finished the season with 85 receptions for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns.
   Pittsburgh then moved 99 yards in 14 plays, taking a 14-0 lead on Stevan Ridley's three-yard run just over three minutes into the second period. The drive consumed more than eight minutes bridging the first and second quarters.
   Roethlisberger, who completed his first 11 passes of the game, then moved the Steelers 80 yards in six plays, capping the march with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Brown midway through the second quarter. Roethlisberger finished the season with 4,884 yards passing and 36 touchdowns.
   The Browns (1-15) got on the board 56 seconds before intermission on DeShone Kizer's 16-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon, completing a 10-play, 62 yard drive.
   After the Steelers turned the ball over on downs on downs in the game's final minute attempting to run out the clock, Kizer moved the Browns 90 yards in four plays, connecting with Kenny Britt for a 5-yard touchdown with 21 seconds remaining to complete the scoring.
   Kizer completed 25 of 35 passes for 277 yards, and ran five times for 42 yards to lead the Browns. He finished the season with 509 yards rushing, good for 36th on the all-time single-season list for quarterbacks.

NOTE: Following Bell's record-setting catch, officials removed the ball from the game. It will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

BellvsBrowns.jpg Le'Veon Bell breaks NFL single-season running back receptions record in first half vs Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
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July 10th, 2018, 7:47 pm #4

Nice write-up RW2011. As a lifelong Steelers fan, I hope Bell comes to his senses and signs long-term. Although the chances of that are pretty slim...
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July 12th, 2018, 11:52 pm #5

Thanks, Merrin.  Much appreciated.

Bell is an outstanding back and has really carried the torch well in a long line of Steeler greats in the backfield from Franco Harris to the Bus to Bell among others.  Hard to say anymore as often guys nowadays are either chasing big contracts or championships.  I think it's actually more of a challenge keeping an NBA team together than an NFL club.  How badly are the Steelers capped as they try to match Bell's demands?  He is an elite back and still in his prime.  Teams no doubt will shovel money his way to gain his services.
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July 13th, 2018, 12:19 am #6

Gurley Breaks NFL Combined Yardage Record On Long First-Quarter Run
   LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles tailback Todd Gurley has broken the NFL all-time single-season record for combined yardage from scrimmage, shattering Chris Johnson's nine-year old mark on a dazzling run in the Rams' game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
   Gurley's record-breaking run, a blazing 52-yard dash that began as an explosive, tackle-breaking burst off left tackle, came on his second carry of the game with 8:11 left in the first quarter and the Rams leading 3-0. The third-year back from Georgia now has 2,536 yards from scrimmage, 37-yards ahead of Johnson's old mark set in 2009 as a member of the Tennessee Titans.
   With 59 yards on just two carries, Gurley is also within striking distance of this season's league rushing title. He entered the game trailing Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell by 121 yards. Bell rushed for 104 yards Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh's 21-14 win over Cleveland and finished with 1,515 yards on 352 carries with 11 touchdowns, all career-highs.
   Following Gurley's record-setting carry, officials removed the ball from the game. It will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
   Gurley is widely considered to be the leading candidate for both Offensive Player of the Year and NFL Most Valuable Player.
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July 15th, 2018, 6:12 am #7

Gurley Wins Rushing Title, Sets Combined Yardage Record; Rams Clinch 2nd Seed With Win Over 49ers
   LOS ANGELES (AP) – Greg Zuerlein booted a 50-yard field goal with 1:25 remaining, Todd Gurley set the all-time single-season combined yardage record and won the NFL rushing title, and the Los Angles Rams secured the second seed in the NFC playoffs with a 22-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the league's regular-season finale on Sunday.
   The Rams (13-3) leapfrogged the Minnesota Vikings for the second seed, earned a bye week and knocked the arch-rival 49ers (8-8) out of playoff contention. The Rams will have home field for a divisional round playoff game in two weeks.
   Gurley, widely considered to the the leading candidate for both Offensive Player of the Year and NFL Most Valuable Player, capped a historic season in which he set two new NFL records in consecutive games and overtook Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell to win his first league rushing title. The third-year back from Georgia ran for 138 yards on 21 carries to finish with 1,532 yards on 324 carries, both career-highs, and 10 touchdowns.
   In the first quarter, Gurley, who last week set the NFL record for receiving yards by a running back against Tennessee, set the new NFL mark for combined yardage from scrimmage, moving past Chris Johnson's mark of 2,509 yards set in 2009 with the Titans. Gurley's record-breaking run, a blazing 52-yard dash that began as an explosive, tackle-breaking burst off left tackle, came on his second carry of the game with 8:11 left in the first quarter and the Rams leading 3-0. He finished the season with 2,615 combined yards.
   The Rams twice squandered 10-point leads and ultimately needed a late-game drive and a defensive stand in the final seconds to avoid an upset.
   Zuerlein, who kicked five field goals, got Los Angeles on the board with a 39-yard kick 3:42 into the opening quarter. Following a 49ers punt, Rams' quarterback Jared Goff engineered an 80-yard drive, capping the march with a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tyler Higbee with 5:34 left in the first period.
   The 49ers rallied behind quarterback Jimmy Garappolo, who missed the Niners' previous two games due to injury, and whose return re-ignited the San Francisco offense. Garappolo moved the 49ers 65 yards on nine plays, leading to Robbie Gould's 28-yard field goal with 1:35 left in the first quarter.
   Zuerlein's second field goal, from 29 yards, gave the Rams a 13-3 lead midway through the second period. But Garappolo moved San Francisco 75 yards in 10 plays, completing the march with a three-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Hyde 1:10 before intermission.
   The Rams responded quickly. Goff needed only four plays and 59 seconds to move Los Angeles 67 yards, setting up Zuerlein's 46-yard field goal as time expired, for a 16-10 halftime lead.
   The 49ers received the second-half kickoff, and Garappolo put together a 10-play, 75-yard drive, which ended with Matt Breida's 19-yard touchdown run for a 17-16 lead.
   The Rams regained the lead, 19-17, on Zuerlein's 21-yard kick with 1:01 left in the third quarter, but the 49ers went back on top 20-19 on Gould's 28-yard kick with 9:08 left in the game.
   San Francisco looked to put the game away, moving from their own six to the Rams' two, helped by Garappolo's 57-yard bomb to Marquise Goodwin that took the 49ers from their own 11 to the Rams' 32. But on third and goal from the Rams' two, safety John Johnson III picked off Garappolo in the end zone to thwart the threat.
   Goff then moved the Rams 48 yards in 10 plays, setting up Zuerlein's game-winning kick. The drive was punctuated by a crucial fourth-down conversion on Goff's eight-yard completion to Robert Woods on fourth and seven from the Los Angeles 36 with 2:16 remaining.
   Rams' defensive end Morgan Fox ended the 49ers final drive and sealed the victory with his sixth sack of the season, dropping Garappolo at the San Francisco 26 with five seconds to play.
   Goff completed 20 of 31 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown and was sacked twice.
   Garappolo completed 27 of 36 attempts for 337 yards, a touchdown, an interception and was sacked twice.

NOTE: Following Gurley's record-setting carry, officials removed the ball from the game. It will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Gurley30a.jpg Todd Gurley wins NFL rushing title and sets combined yards from scrimmage record in Rams' 22-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA. Sunday, December 24, 2017.
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