LockedIN On The NFL- What To Look For – Week 14

The NFL is Kicking Off Week 14 On Thursday Night

The 2019 season of Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light Platinum continues Thursday, December 5 when quarterback Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys travel to Soldier Field to face linebacker Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears in a crucial NFC matchup at 8:20 PM ET on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video.

 The Cowboys hold the all-time series advantage, 13-11, including victories in each of the past two matchups between the two clubs. In their last meeting in Week 3 of the 2016 season, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT recorded his first career game with both a passing and rushing touchdown and running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 140 yards as the Cowboys defeated the Bears, 31-17.

Dallas enters Week 14 atop the NFC East division as Prescott leads the NFL with 3,788 pass yards through the first 13 weeks of the 2019 season. In seven career starts on Thursday, Prescott has 11 total touchdowns (nine passing, two rushing) and a 100.2 passer rating. Elliott, who recorded 137 scrimmage yards on Thanksgiving, enters Thursday night ranked third in the NFC with 1,316 scrimmage yards (990 rushing, 326 receiving) and needs 10 rushing yards for his third career season with at least 1,000 rushing yards. In five career games on Thursday, Elliott has totaled 640 scrimmage yards (128 per game) and five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving). Cowboys wide receiver AMARI COOPER has 971 receiving yards in 2019 and needs 29 against Chicago for his fourth career season with at least 1,000 receiving yards. Cooper is the only player with at least five touchdown receptions in each of the past five seasons and has recorded four touchdown catches in his past four on Thursday. Defensive end ROBERT QUINN leads Dallas with 9.5 sacks this season and aims for his fourth career season with at least 10 sacks.

Chicago enters Thursday night with a two-game winning streak after defeating Detroit, 24-20, on Thanksgiving as quarterback MITCHELL TRUBISKY passed for a season-high 338 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 118.1 passer rating. Last week, rookie running back DAVID MONTGOMERY rushed for 75 yards and recorded his first career touchdown reception, the game-winning score with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Among rookies in 2019, Montgomery ranks second in rushing yards (594) and third in scrimmage yards (767).  Wide receiver ALLEN ROBINSON leads Chicago with 850 receiving yards in 2019 and aims for his third in a row with a touchdown reception. On Thanksgiving, linebacker ROQUAN SMITH led the team with a career-high 15 tackles and registered his first career game with two sacks, becoming the first player since PATRICK WILLIS (December 23, 2007) with at least 15 tackles and two sacks in a single game. Linebacker KHALIL MACK leads the Bears with 6.5 sacks this season and ties for second in the NFL with five forced fumbles. Since entering the NFL in 2014, Mack has 20 career forced fumbles, tied with CHANDLER JONES for the most in the league over that span.

As NFL teams jockey for position in the 2019 playoff race, New England quarterback TOM BRADY and New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES have one of the league’s most significant all-time records in their sights: Most career touchdown passes, currently held by PEYTON MANNING (539). Entering Week 14, Brady (535) and Brees (532) have Manning on their radar screens.

The players with the most career touchdown passes in NFL history:​

PLAYER, TEAM(S) YEARS TD PASSES
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis-Denver 1998-2015 539
Tom Brady, New England 2000- 535
Drew Brees, S.D. Chargers-New Orleans 2001- 532
Brett FavreHOF, Atlanta-Green Bay-N.Y. Jets-Minnesota 1991-2010 508
Dan MarinoHOF, Miami 1983-99 420
Philip Rivers, S.D./L.A. Chargers 2004- 391
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh 2004- 363
Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants 2004- 362
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay 2005- 360
Fran TarkentonHOF, Minnesota-N.Y. Giants 1961-78 342

Brady, whose Patriots host the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS), is 47-12 (.797) during his career in starts following a regular-season loss.

EASTERN ILLINOIS CONNECTIONS IN THE BIG EASY: When the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS travel to meet the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX) in a matchup of 10-win teams, one former Eastern Illinois quarterback, the 49ers’ JIMMY GAROPPOLO, will square off against another former Eastern Illinois field general, Saints head coach SEAN PAYTON. Also, the father of 49ers head coach KYLE SHANAHAN, former Raiders, Broncos and Redskins head coach MIKE SHANAHAN, also played at Eastern Illinois, where a serious injury ended his playing career but helped him discover his passion for coaching. The school also produced former Dallas quarterback TONY ROMO.

  • If San Francisco this week clinches a playoff berth, the 49ers would become the first NFL club that didn’t qualify for the playoffs last season to earn a postseason invitation. In every season since the 12-team playoff format began in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs that were not in the postseason the year before.

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR’S NIGHTMARE: In one of Week 14’s premier games, the BALTIMORE RAVENS put the league’s longest winning streak, eight games, on the line when they face the BUFFALO BILLS on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). The contest not only matches two of the AFC’s best teams, it also matches two of the NFL’s best dual-threat quarterbacks. Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON, whose 977 net rushing yards are more than five NFL teams this year, also ranks fourth in the NFL with a 109.6 passer rating. Buffalo’s JOSH ALLEN, who ranks third among NFL quarterbacks with 430 rushing yards, has a fourth-quarter passer rating of 114.0.

  • Sunday’s game will have more combined rushing yards (1,407) by starting quarterbacks than any contest in NFL history.
  • Additionally, Jackson needs 23 rushing yards to become the second quarterback in NFL history with a 1,000-yard rushing season, and 63 to post the most rushing yards in a single season by an NFL quarterback, surpassing MICHAEL VICK, who had 1,039 in 2006.
  • As a team, the Ravens are on pace for one of the most prolific rushing campaigns in the NFL’s 100 seasons. Since the league moved to a 16-game schedule in 1978, Baltimore’s 207.8 net rushing yards per game are on pace to finish 10 yards better than any other team in that span.

The teams with the most net rushing yards per game since 1978:

TEAM SEASON GM ATT YARDS YDS/GM
Baltimore Ravens 2019 12 445 2,494 207.8
New England Patriots 1978 16 671 3,165 197.8
Kansas City Chiefs 1978 16 663 2,986 186.6
Chicago Bears 1984 16 674 2,974 185.9
Atlanta Falcons 2006 16 537 2,939 183.7

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THE FOURTH QUARTER: As the NFL makes its final turn toward the regular-season finish line, each club has just four games remaining, and 26 teams remain in contention for a trip to Super Bowl LIV. Two of those teams, the TENNESSEE TITANS and OAKLAND RAIDERS, battle in a key AFC contest Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS).

  • The game features several of the NFL’s top rookies. Oakland’s JOSH JACOBS leads all NFL rookies in rushing yards (1,061), rushing touchdowns (seven) and scrimmage yards (1,207). Tennessee wide receiver A.J. BROWN leads AFC rookies with 626 receiving yards. On defense, Oakland’s MAXX CROSBY (7.5) and CLELIN FERRELL (3.5) are the NFL’s only pair of rookie teammates with three-or-more sacks each.

ROOKIE QUARTERBACKS CONTINUE TO WIN GAMES: Arizona’s KYLER MURRAY, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, leads the ARIZONA CARDINALS at home against the PITTSBURGH STEELERS on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS). Murray and the Steelers’ DEVLIN HODGES, an undrafted rookie, are two of the six rookie quarterbacks to win a game this season. Last week, Denver’s DREW LOCK joined a group that includes Washington’s DWAYNE HASKINS, the Giants’ DANIEL JONES and Jacksonville’s GARDNER MINSHEW. That group of six represents the second-highest number of rookie quarterbacks to win an NFL start in league history, trailing only the 1987 season (seven). Detroit’s DAVID BLOUGH, who plays at Minnesota Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), gives the 2019 rookies an opportunity to tie the single-season league record. ​

BATTLE OF OHIO: When the CINCINNATI BENGALS make the cross-state trip to play the CLEVELAND BROWNS on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), the teams will meet for a 92nd time. Sunday marks the first Bengals-Browns game in 35 years in which each club has a first-year head coach. Cincinnati’s ZAC TAYLOR and Cleveland’s FREDDIE KITCHENS are the first rookie head-coaching pair in the series since December 2, 1984, when the Bengals’ SAM WYCHE beat the Browns’ MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER on an overtime field goal, 20-17.

NFL SCHEDULEDECEMBER 5, 8-9

(All times Eastern)​

Thursday       Sunday (cont.)    
Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears 8:20 PM FOX/NFLN

AMAZON

  Miami Dolphins at New York Jets 1:00 PM CBS
Sunday       Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM CBS
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM FOX   Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars 4:05 PM FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM CBS   Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals 4:25 PM CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM CBS   Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots 4:25 PM CBS
Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers 1:00 PM FOX   Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders 4:25 PM CBS
Denver Broncos at Houston Texans 1:00 PM CBS   Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams 8:20 PM NBC
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM FOX   Monday    
San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM FOX   New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles 8:15 PM ESPN

 

 

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