The Good, The Bad and the NFL
What a CRAZY week 14 in the NFL! From the Los Angeles Chargers humiliating the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville on Sunday to loses from both the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys… Week 14 was EVENTFUL!
And Its NOT over Yet! The Philadelphia Eagles will host the New York Giants tonight at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday Night Football to wrap up Week 14 of the 2019 NFL season. This contest, which will be televised on ESPN, has some potential playoff implications in the NFC, as the Eagles are just one game back of the division-leading Cowboys after Dallas lost on Thursday Night Football to open the week. Philadelphia will get a major boost to its postseason chances with a victory tonight, as it would give the club the same 6-7 record as the Cowboys. Although the Eagles did lose to Dallas earlier in the campaign, they will get an opportunity to avenge that loss when the NFC East foes meet again in Week 16 to close out their rivalry for the 2019 NFL season.
What are they going to do in Tampa! Jameis Winston is an INTERCEPTION Machine, but the Bucs have a way of coming back and winning when the chips are down! WINSTON passed for 456 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions for a 107.3 passer rating, and added a rushing touchdown, in the Buccaneers’ 38-35 victory over Indianapolis.
Winston is the third quarterback in NFL history to record at least 450 passing yards, four passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in a single game, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer NORM VAN BROCKLIN (Week 1, 1951) and BILLY VOLEK (Week 15, 2004).
Winston, who is in his fifth NFL season, has a career-high 4,115 passing yards in 2019 and has three career seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards. Winston joins PEYTON MANNING (four seasons), ANDREW LUCK (three), Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (three) and MATTHEW STAFFORD (three) as the only quarterbacks with at least 4,000 passing yards in three of their first five NFL seasons in league annals.
What are the Jacksonville Jaguars going to do. They have a $88 Million Dollar QB sitting on the bench. A starting QB that is making league minimum wage and the team has NO LEADERSHIP! Watching the game from TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville Florida, was hard on the body!
The Jaguars never gave up! They were just out matched everywhere they went. No offense. No consistent Defense. And No home field advantage! 50% of the crowd was GONE before half time.
EVERYONE knows changes are coming! And ownership has to do it from the top down. THIS IS NOT WORKING!
The New England Patriots saw its 21-game winning streak at Gillette Stadium go by the boards in a 23-16 defeat to the Chiefs, who have won two of their last three visits to Foxborough. The Patriots are now 0-3 this season against the AFC’s other division leaders (Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City). New England allowed 61 points in its first eight games. But the Pats have been burned for 107 in their past five, three of those losses. Maybe not a surprise they were booed off the field at halftime by the home crowd.
Baltimore Raven‘s QB Lamar Jackson joined Michael Vick as the only quarterbacks to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Jackson needs 23 more to break Vick’s single-season record for the position (1,039 yards in 2006). JACKSON threw three touchdowns and one interception for a 102.5 passer rating and added 40 rushing yards in the Ravens’ Week 14 win at Buffalo.
With a 23-16 victory at New England, combined with Oakland’s Week 14 loss against Tennessee, the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS clinched the AFC West for the fourth-consecutive season.
With a 24-17 win at Buffalo, the BALTIMORE RAVENS clinched a playoff berth for the second-consecutive year.
Denver rookie quarterback DREW LOCK, making his first-career road start, passed for 309 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 136.0 passer rating in the Broncos’ 38-24 win at Houston.
Lock is the first rookie in the Super Bowl era to pass for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in his first-career road start.
Denver running back PHILLIP LINDSAY had 55 scrimmage yards (51 rushing, four receiving) and a rushing touchdown on Sunday.
Lindsay, who had 1,278 scrimmage yards as a rookie in 2018, has 1,004 scrimmage yards this season and is the third undrafted player with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in each of his first two seasons in the common draft era.
San Francisco wide receiver EMMANUEL SANDERS had seven receptions for 157 yards and a touchdown, and threw a 35-yard touchdown pass, in the 49ers’ 48-46 win at New Orleans.
Sanders, who recorded both a passing and receiving touchdown with Denver in Week 7 of the 2018 season, joins Pro Football Hall of Famers WALTER PAYTON and LADAINIAN TOMLINSON, along with ODELL BECKHAM JR. as the only non-quarterbacks to record both a passing and receiving touchdown in multiple games since 1970.
New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES threw five touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown on Sunday. Brees has 11 career games with at least five touchdown passes, the most such games in NFL history.
Brees became the fourth player in the Super Bowl era with five passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in a single game, joining MARK MALONE (Week 1, 1985), AARON RODGERS (Week 7, 2019) and MARK RYPIEN (Week 11, 1991).
Tennessee quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL completed 21 of 27 passes (77.8 percent) for 391 yards and three touchdowns with one interception for a 140.4 passer rating in the Titans’ 42-21 win at Oakland.
Tannehill joined AARON RODGERS (three games in 2011) as the only players to complete at least 75 percent of their passes with a passer rating of 130 or higher (minimum 10 attempts) in three consecutive games in a single season in NFL history.
Tannehill also joined RUSSELL WILSON (five games in 2015) as the only players with four consecutive games with at least two passing touchdowns and a passer rating of 125 or higher in NFL history.
Los Angeles Chargers running back AUSTIN EKELER registered 101 rushing yards and 112 receiving yards, including an 84-yard touchdown reception, in the Chargers’ 45-10 win over Jacksonville.
Ekeler joins ARIAN FOSTER (Week 7, 2011), PRIEST HOLMES (Week 13, 2001 and Week 12, 2002) and PIERRE THOMAS (Week 17, 2007) as the only undrafted running back to have at least 100 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in a single game in the common draft era.
Ekeler has eight touchdown receptions in 2019, the most by an undrafted running back in a single season in the common draft era.
Tennessee rookie wide receiver A.J. BROWN registered a 91-yard touchdown reception against Oakland while Atlanta rookie wide receiver OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS recorded a 93-yard touchdown reception against Carolina, marking the first time that two rookies each recorded a touchdown reception of at least 90 yards in the same week in the common draft era.
Zaccheaus’ 93-yard touchdown was his first career catch, marking the longest first-career reception in NFL history.
Additionally, Pittsburgh rookie wide receiver DIONTAE JOHNSON had an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown on Sunday against Arizona. Week 14 marks the first time since Week 11 of the 2010 season (DAVID GETTIS, MARC MARIANI and BRYAN MCCANN) that three rookies each recorded a touchdown of at least 85 yards.
Other notable performances from Sunday include:
Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN passed for 313 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 109.1 passer rating in the Falcons’ 40-20 win over Carolina.
Ryan, who has 50,279 career passing yards, reached 50,000 passing yards in his 186th career game and became the second-fastest quarterback to reach 50,000 career passing yards in NFL history, trailing only DREW BREES (183 games).
Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 135 scrimmage yards (82 receiving, 53 rushing) on Sunday.
McCaffrey, who had 1,965 scrimmage yards in 2018, leads the NFL with 1,946 scrimmage yards this season and joins Pro Football Hall of Famers ERIC DICKERSON and LADAINIAN TOMLINSON along with EZEKIEL ELLIOTT and EDGERRIN JAMES as the only players in league annals with at least 1,900 scrimmage yards in two of their first three career seasons.
Washington running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against Green Bay. He has 14,036 rushing yards and 109 rushing touchdowns in his 13-year NFL career.
Peterson became the sixth player in NFL history with at least 14,000 rushing yards and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers EMMITT SMITH and WALTER PAYTON as the only players in NFL history with at least 14,000 rushing yards and 100 rushing touchdowns.
Minnesota defensive end DANIELLE HUNTER registered three sacks, including his 50th career sack, in the Vikings’ 20-7 win over Detroit.
Hunter, who is 25 years and 40 days old, has 52.5 career sacks and is the youngest player to reach 50 career sacks since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.
Indianapolis linebacker DARIUS LEONARD, appearing in his 25th career game, recorded two interceptions, including an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown, on Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Leonard, who has 12 sacks and six interceptions since entering the NFL in 2018, is the first player to register at least 10 sacks and five interceptions in his first 25 career games since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.