The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Of Week 15
As your waking up this morning, you are, if you Love the NFL, talking about last nights game from Carolina. Some of you are still upset at your teams play in Week 15, and some have tossed in the towel after this weekends games. But lets take a look at some things that happened.
The CHICAGO BEARS defeated Green Bay, 24-17, and clinched the NFC North division title for the first time since 2010. The Bears, who finished in fourth place in the NFC North last season, completed a “worst-to-first” turnaround in 2018. In 15 of the past 16 seasons, at least one team has finished in first place in its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. The LOS ANGELES CHARGERS, who defeated Kansas City 29-28 on Thursday night, clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2013.
Tennessee Titans running back DERRICK HENRY rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans’ 17-0 victory over the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Henry, who rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns in Week 14, is the fifth player since 2002 to record at least 170 rushing yards and two touchdown runs in consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (2006), DEUCE MC ALLISTER (2003), CLINTON PORTIS (2003) and RICKY WILLIAMS (2002). Henry’s 408 rushing yards since Week 14 are the most by a player over a two-game span in franchise history, surpassing the previous high of 405 yards set by Pro Football Hall of Famer EARL CAMPBELL in Weeks 7-8 for the 1980 Houston Oilers. His six rushing touchdowns are the most by a player in team history over any two-game span.
Chicago Bears quarterback MITCHELL TRUBISKY completed 20 of 28 passes (71.4 percent) for 235 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 120.4 passer rating in the Bears’ 24-17 victory over Green Bay. Trubisky has recorded a passer rating of at least 120 (minimum 15 attempts) in four games this season, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer SID LUCKMAN (three games in 1943), RUDY BUKICH (three in 1965) and ERIK KRAMER (three in 1995) for the most such games by a quarterback in a single season in franchise history.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver JULIO JONES had 82 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Falcons’ 40-14 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Jones, who leads the NFL with 1,511 receiving yards, is the fifth player in NFL history with at least three career seasons with 1,500+ receiving yards, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (four seasons) and MARVIN HARRISON(three), and ANTONIO BROWN (three) and ANDRE JOHNSON (three). Jones, who also has 100 receptions this season, joined Harrison (three), Brown (three) and Johnson (three) as the only players in NFL history with at least 100 catches and 1,500 receiving yards in three career seasons.The BALTIMORE RAVENS, led by rookie running back GUS EDWARDS (104 rushing yards) and rookie quarterback LAMAR JACKSON (95 rushing yards), recorded 242 rushing yards in the Ravens’ 20-12 victory over Tampa Bay.
Baltimore has rushed for at least 190 yards in five consecutive games and is the first team to accomplish the feat since the 1976 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (five consecutive games from October 17 to November 14).
Indianapolis running back MARLON MACK rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts’ 23-0 victory over Dallas.
Mack, who also rushed for 132 yards and two scores in the Colts’ Week 8 victory over Oakland, is the third player in franchise history to record multiple games with at least 125 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in a single season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (two games in 1987) and EDGERRIN JAMES (two games in both 1999 and 2005).
The MINNESOTA VIKINGS recorded nine sacks, including two sacks each from defensive end DANIELLE HUNTER and linebacker ANTHONY BARR, in the team’s 41-17 victory over Miami. Minnesota, which recorded 10 sacks in the team’s Week 9 victory over Detroit, are the second team since 1990 to register at least nine sacks in multiple games in a single season, joining the 2017 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (two games). The Vikings are the seventh team since the 1970 merger to record multiple such games in a single season.
The New Orleans Saints put the clamps on Cam Newton, and the Saints beat the Carolina Panthers 12-9 on Monday night to take a big step toward locking up home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. The Saints’ defense, which has been among the best in the league the last six weeks, held the former MVP to 131 yards passing, sacked him four times and forced two turnovers on a night when Drew Brees and the offense couldn’t get much going.
The Following Transactions Occurred:
|2018-12-17||Martez Carter, RB||Removed RB Martez Carter from the practice squad.|
|2018-12-17||DeAngelo Yancey, WR||Added WR DeAngelo Yancey to the practice squad.|
|2018-12-17||J.T. Barrett IV, QB||Added QB J.T. Barrett IV to the practice squad.|
|2018-12-17||Christian Kuntz, LB||Added LB Christian Kuntz to the practice squad.|
|2018-12-17||Marcus Smith, LB||Cut DE Marcus Smith.|
|2018-12-17||Erik Swoope, TE||Cut TE Erik Swoope.|
|2018-12-17||Niles Paul, TE||Cut TE Niles Paul.|
|2018-12-17||Barry Church, DB||Cut DB Barry Church.|
|2018-12-17||Kapri Bibbs, RB||Acquired RB Kapri Bibbs off waivers from the Washington Redskins.|
|2018-12-17||Alex Light, T||NFL suspended T Alex Light one game for violation the NFL’s substance abuse policy.|
Injuries from Week 15:
Aaron Jones RB Green Bay Packers- Day To Day
Frank Gore, RB, Miami Dolphins- Day To Day
Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers- Day To Day
Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans- Day To Day
Eddie Jackson, S, Chicago Bears- Day TO Day
Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals- Will Play Week 16
Kenny Vaccaro, S, Tennessee Titans- OUT for week 16 CONCUSSION
Brandon Shell, OT, New York Jets- OUT FOR SEASON