Update on the latest sportsAP
Rams visit Packers, Patriots host Titans
UNDATED (AP) — Two of the contenders for the top spot in the NFC face off Sunday when the Los Angeles Rams visit Green Bay.
Both teams are looking to bounce back. The 8-3 Packers have dropped two of their last three games and are coming off a 34-31 loss at Minnesota. The 7-3 Rams had last week off, but have lost their last two games. The Rams have lost three straight just once during Sean McVay’s five-year coaching tenure.
Aaron Rodgers is bothered by a toe injury, and the Packers are down to a third-string left tackle, Yosh Nijman, because of injuries. But the Packers join the Buccaneers as the only NFL teams that are undefeated at home this season. Green Bay has allowed just 44 points at Lambeau, the lowest total yielded through the first four Packers home games of a season since 1969.
Two of the AFC’s top teams meet in Foxborough, Massachusetts, when the Patriots host the Tennessee Titans. New England dominated the series with the Titans for years by winning 10 of 12 before Tennessee hired Mike Vrabel to be its head coach in 2018. Since then the former New England linebacker has won two straight against Bill Belichick. The 8-3 Titans have the best record in the conference, while the 7-4 Patriots have won five straight.
Among other intriguing matchups, the Indianapolis Colts host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady’s NFL legacy runs right through Indianapolis. He won his first career start against the Colts. He tied Brett Favre’s NFL record for consecutive home wins against Indianapolis. He even threw his 500th career TD pass at Indianapolis. So when Brady makes yet another November trip to Lucas Oil Stadium, his first with Tampa Bay, Colts fans don’t want to see their old nemesis celebrating another milestone moment. The Colts are 6-5 and the defending Super Bowl champs are 7-3.
Cowboys going virtual with COVID-19 infections on rise again
UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are going virtual with meetings leading into Thursday’s game at New Orleans with COVID-19 infections on the rise again within the team.
Coach Mike McCarthy says right tackle Terence Steele is among the positive COVID-19 tests and won’t play against the Saints. Offensive line coach Joe Philbin and assistant strength and conditioning coach Kendall Smith will miss their second consecutive games.
Three more members of the staff are also out. They are strength and conditioning coordinator Harold Nash, assistant offensive line coach Jeff Blasko and offensive assistant Scott Tolzien.
In other NFL news:
— Former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Dan Hampton has been arrested in Indiana for allegedly driving a vehicle while drunk. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana said Hampton was arrested Nov. 20 on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Winfield, where he lives. Hampton bonded out of jail the next morning after bail was set at $25,000. Hampton played for the Bears from 1979, when was drafted with the fourth overall pick, until 1990. He was a member of the Bears’ Super Bowl-winning team following the 1985 season and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Frank Williams, founder of Formula One team, dies at 79
LONDON (AP) — Sir Frank Williams, the founder and former team principal of Williams Racing, has died. He was 79.
Williams took his motor racing team from an empty carpet warehouse to the summit of Formula One, overseeing 114 victories, a combined 16 drivers’ and constructors’ world championships, while becoming the longest-serving team boss in the sport’s history.
Williams Racing said in a statement that Williams died Sunday after being admitted to the hospital on Friday. Williams driver George Russell remembered Williams as a “genuinely wonderful human being.”