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# QUARTERBACKS POS TEAM BYE
1 Aaron Rodgers QB GB 7
2 Deshaun Watson QB HOU 10
3 Tom Brady QB NE 11
4 Drew Brees QB NO 6
5 Russell Wilson QB SEA 7
6 Cam Newton QB CAR 4
7 Kirk Cousins QB MIN 10
8 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 7
9 Matt Ryan QB ATL 8
10 Carson Wentz QB PHI 9
11 Jimmy Garoppolo QB SF 11
12 Matthew Stafford QB DET 6
13 Andrew Luck QB IND 9
14 Pat Mahomes QB KC 12
15 Jameis Winston QB TB 5
16 Philip Rivers QB LAC 8
17 Marcus Mariota QB TEN 8
18 Jared Goff QB LAR 12
19 Andy Dalton QB CIN 19
20 Case Keenum QB DEN 10
21 Dak Prescott QB DAL 8
22 Derek Carr QB OAK 7

 

        BYE   20 Royce Freeman RB DEN 10
  RUNNING BACKS         21 Carlos Hyde RB CLE 11
1 Todd Gurley RB LAR 12   22 Marshawn Lynch RB OAK 7
2 LeVeon Bell RB PIT 7   23 Peyton Barber RB TB 5
3 Ezekiel Elliott RB DAL 8   24 Jamaal Williams RB GB 7
4 David Johnson RB ARI 9   25 Jay Ajayi RB PHI 9
5 Saquon Barkley RB NYG 9   26 Mark Ingram RB NO 6
6 Alvin Kamara RB NO 6   27 Kerryon Johnson RB DET 6
7 Melvin Gordon RB LAC 8   28 Rex Burkhead RB NE 11
8 Leonard Fournette RB JAX 9   29 Marlon Mack RB IND 9
9 Kareem Hunt RB KC 12   30 Isaiah Crowell RB NYJ 11
10 Joe Mixon RB CIN 9   31 Chris Carson RB SEA 7
11 Christian McCaffrey RB CAR 4   32 Tevin Coleman RB ATL 8
12 Jordan Howard RB CHI 5   33 Dion Lewis RB TEN 8
13 Dalvin Cook RB MIN 10   34 Corey Clement RB PHI 9
14 Devonta Freeman RB ATL 8   35 Sony Michel RB NE 11
15 LeSean McCoy RB BUF 11   36 Chris Thompson RB WAS 4
16 Kenyan Drake RB MIA 11   37 Rashaad Penny RB SEA 7
17 Derrick Henry RB TEN 8   38 Tarik Cohen RB CHI 5
18 Alex Collins RB BAL 10   39 Adrian Peterson RB WAS 4
19 Lamar Miller RB HOU 10   40 Austin Ekeler RB SD 8


 

  WIDE RECEIVERS     BYE             BYE
1 Antonio Brown WR PIT 7     23 Marquise Goodwin WR SF 11
2 DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU 10     24 Chris Hogan WR NE 11
3 Odell Beckham Jr WR NYG 9     25 Allen Robinson WR CHI 5
4 Julio Jones WR ATL 8     26 Corey Davis WR TEN 8
5 Michael Thomas WR NO 6     27 Marvin Jones WR DET 6
6 Davante Adams WR GB 7     28 Michael Crabtree WR BAL 10
7 A.J. Green WR CIN 9     29 Nelson Agholor WR PHI 9
8 Mike Evans WR TB 5     30 Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 10
9 Tyreek Hill WR KC 12     31 Will Fuller WR HOU 10
10 Adam Thielen WR MIN 10     32 Kelvin Benjamin WR BUF 11
11 Keenan Allen WR LAC 8     33 Robert Woods WR LAR 12
12 Doug Baldwin WR SEA 7     34 Robby Anderson WR NYJ 11
13 Stefon Diggs WR MIN 10     35 Jamison Crowder WR WAS 4
14 Josh Gordon WR CLE 11     36 Alshon Jeffery WR PHI 9
15 T.Y. Hilton WR IND 9     37 Julian Edelman WR NE 11
16 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI 9     38 Cooper Kupp WR LAR 12
17 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR PIT 7     40 Calvin Ridley WR ATL 8
18 Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 10     41 Randall Cobb WR GB 7
19 Amari Cooper WR OAK 7     42 Chris Godwin WR TB 5
20 Brandin Cooks WR LAR 12     43 Kenny Golladay WR DET 6
21 Jarvis Landry WR CLE 11     44 Jordy Nelson WR OAK 7
22 Golden Tate WR DET 6     45 Mike Williams WR LAC 8

 

  TIGHT ENDS     BYE
1 Rob Gronkowski TE NE 11
2 Travis Kelce TE KC 12
3 Zach Ertz TE PHI 9
4 Jimmy Graham TE GB 7
5 Greg Olsen TE CAR 4
6 Evan Engram TE NYG 9
7 Trey Burton TE CHI 5
8 David Njoku TE CLE 11
9 Delanie Walker TE TEN 8
10 George Kittle TE SF 11
11 Jordan Reed TE WAS 4
12 Eric Ebron TE IND 9
13 Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 10
14 O.J. Howard TE TB 5
15 Tyler Eifert TE CIN 9

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Houston's losing streak extended to five games

With key Astros missing, Detroit completes the series sweep

An overall bad day for the Astros on Wednesday. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

On Wednesday afternoon, the Astros received a big blow to their chances in the series finale against Detroit and potentially longer. Five players: Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Martin Maldonado, and Robel Garcia would all be moved to the IL due to health and safety protocols, leaving them scrambling to get a whole team together for the game against the Tigers.

The Astros would not be able to overcome both the loss of players and the onslaught of another strong start by Detroit in Wednesday's game which put them too far out front for Houston to come back from to avoid a series sweep.

Final Score: Tigers 6, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 6-6, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Michael Fulmer (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1)

Tigers knock out another starter early

Detroit continued their success of making Houston's starter work hard in early innings, getting after Lance McCullers Jr., and giving him an early exit. After a lengthy fist, they broke through in the second getting two hits, a walk, a hit batter, and an RBI groundout to put up three runs on 34 pitches.

He would have a quicker 1-2-3 third, but after giving up a single, a walk, and hitting another batter to load the bases and reach 87 pitches, he would be removed in favor of Joe Smith. Smith would allow all three of the inherited runners to score, adding those runs to McCullers Jr.'s final line: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 87 P.

Astros try to claw back into it

After Smith would go on to load the bases again in the inning, still with two outs, Houston made another pitching change to bring in Brandon Bielak to get the third out and stop the bleeding at 6-0. The Astros would get on the board in the fifth, getting a runner on base to set up a two-run homer by Jason Castro to cut the lead to 6-2.



Bielak remained in the game to try and eat up as many innings as possible. While he continued to hold the Tigers to their six runs through the six innings, the Astros clawed back into the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Houston put their first two batters on base with a walk and single before an RBI-single by Yuli Gurriel to make it 6-3. They would threaten for more but be held there for the time being.

Astros can't cash in, Tigers complete sweep

Ryne Stanek was Houston's next reliever in the top of the seventh, getting a 1-2-3 frame to keep it a three-run game, as did Brooks Raley in the eighth. In the home part of the inning, the Astros put their first two runners on base on an error and a walk, then loaded them with a one-out single by Carlos Correa. They'd waste their chance to make something happen, though, with an inning-ending double-play.

Ryan Pressly, who had no save opportunities in recent games, entered to get some work in the top of the ninth. He worked around a leadoff double for a scoreless inning, sending the 6-3 game to the bottom of the ninth. The Astros had yet another chance to make something happen, loading the bases with no outs to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. After two outs, Yuli Gurriel would bring one run in with a walk, but that's as close as they'd come, extending their losing streak to five games and getting swept by the Tigers.

Up Next: Houston will get a much-needed day off tomorrow to try and leave this poor homestand behind them. They'll pick things up in Seattle on Friday, with first pitch of the opener of three games at 9:10 PM Central. The expected pitching matchup is Jose Urquidy (0-1, 5.23 ERA) for the Astros and Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 3.75 ERA) for the Mariners.

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