Lets Review Last Weeks Action and See whats Up This Week
Monday morning brought so QUICK response from the NFL after the insanity in Buffalo over the weekend. The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the fight to stay alive spot and the HIGHLIGHT was on the FIGHT. Against the other team that is. When a team is struggling, emotions tend to run strong, and Sunday a Nationwide audience had the chance to see the Jaguars at their WORST.
It was demoralizing for the Jaguars to lose to Ben Rothlisburger at TIAA Bank Field last week. That was at home. Infront of their own fans. Giving up a 16-0 lead. To have the other teams QB to push one of your top defensive players aside and score the winning touch down with no time left on the clock. That was BAD. But what the Buffalo Bills were doing was INSANE! 6 Sacks of Blake Bortles. Knock downs. Stops. Relentless Pressure. And that it SNAPPED!
Leonard Fournette, the teams leading rusher and a player that added 2 touchdowns already on the day is ejected for throwing punches during a scuffle off the field. Fournette wasn’t even on the play when it started, but he was there giving his all at the end. And the league responded.
LEONARD FOURNETTE of the Jacksonville Jaguars has been suspended without pay for one game for violations of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness rules in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
NFL Vice President of Football Operations JON RUNYAN issued the suspension for a violation of Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1, which prohibits unsportsmanlike conduct, including using abusive, threatening or insulting gestures to opponents and using baiting or taunting acts that may engender ill will between teams; Rule 12, Section 2, Article 12, which prohibits striking an opponent; and Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1(a), which prohibits throwing a punch at an opponent, even if no contact is made.
In his letter to Fournette, Runyan wrote:
“Sportsmanship is the cornerstone of the game and the League will not tolerate game-related misconduct that conveys a lack of respect for the game itself and those involved in it… Video of the incident shows that you were not a participant in the play and that you ran from your sideline to the opposite side of the field to insert yourself as an active participant in a fight. Once you entered the fight area, you struck a member of the opposing team. Your actions adversely reflected on the NFL and have no place in the game.”
Fournette will be eligible to return to the Jaguars’ active roster on Monday, December 3 following the team’s December 2 game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days. Appeals are heard and decided by either DERRICK BROOKS or JAMES THRASH, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.
IN Other news:
For the first time in its history, ABC will broadcast all three days of the 2019 NFL Draft – including two nights of primetime coverage – as part of The Walt Disney Company’s unprecedented commitment to one of the National Football League’s marquee offseason events. ABC will be the exclusive broadcast home of the event and will produce its own distinct telecast for the ABC audience, separate from ESPN and NFL Network, during the first two nights of coverage. For the second straight year, ABC will simulcast ESPN’s presentation on Day 3.
The prime-time draft specials on ABC will be anchored by ESPN’s College GameDay, college football’s longest-running pregame show. ESPN and ABC personalities and other special guests will be part of the multi-night ABC presentation. The telecasts on ESPN and NFL Network will continue to offer the expert NFL analysis that passionate NFL fans have come to rely on every year.
The 2019 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25-27, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn.
“ESPN is constantly seeking opportunities to innovate and expand our coverage of major events and the NFL Draft is a perfect example of that. There is no better way to celebrate 40 years of working with the NFL to grow the Draft than to bring the considerable assets of The Walt Disney Company to Nashville,” said ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro. “With ESPN networks and platforms, and the addition of ABC as the exclusive broadcast home to the Draft, we will bring more resources than ever before as we introduce fans to the next generation of NFL players.”
“The addition of broadcast television for all three days of the 2018 NFL Draft helped to bring this important offseason event to even more fans and resulted in the highest rated and most viewed draft ever,” said Brian Rolapp, Chief Business and Media Officer for the National Football League. “We’re looking forward to once again broadcasting all three days of the NFL Draft and excited to have another member of the Disney family with us to help grow this event and showcase the future stars of the NFL.”
As the season enters December, the NFL playoff picture is starting to take shape. With five weeks remaining in the regular season, there are 20 teams currently in or within one game of playoff position, including 11 teams that did not advance to the postseason in 2017. Since the 12-team playoff format began in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.
Two teams that finished in or tied for last place in their division in 2017 – the Chicago Bears (NFC North) and Houston Texans (AFC South) – are currently in first place in their respective divisions this season. In 14 of the past 15 seasons, at least one team finished in first place in its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. Of the 46 teams in league history to go from “worst-to-first,” 23 of them have done so in the past 15 years (2003-17), including an NFL-record three such teams in 2005 and 2006.
As the season approaches the home stretch, four teams have an active winning streak of at least five games, led by the New Orleans Saints, which have won 10 consecutive games. The Texans, which have won eight straight games after an 0-3 start to the season, are the first team in NFL history to win eight consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start. The Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts have both won five consecutive games entering Week 13.
Over the past five seasons (2013-17), the Pittsburgh Steelers (20-3, .870) own the league’s best record in the final month, which also includes regular-season games played in January. The Carolina Panthers (17-7, .708) have the best mark in the NFC.
|New England Patriots||18||6||.750|
|Kansas City Chiefs||17||7||.708|
|Green Bay Packers||16||7||.696|
Quarterback play continues to excel across the league, as 13 quarterbacks have a passer rating of at least 100 (minimum 150 attempts) through the first 12 weeks this season, the most in NFL history in the first 12 weeks of a season. Three quarterbacks – New Orleans’ DREW BREES (127.3), Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES (117.9) and Los Angeles Chargers’ PHILIP RIVERS (115.7) – have a passer rating of at least 115 through Week 12. No season has featured more than one such quarterback through the first 12 weeks of the season.
Nine players have at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and 10 total touchdowns through Week 12, tied with the 2002 season for the most in the first 12 weeks of a season in league history. Of those nine, five players are currently in their first or second seasons – the New York Giants’ rookie SAQUON BARKLEY, Carolina’s CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY, Pittsburgh’s JAMES CONNER, New Orleans’ ALVIN KAMARA and Kansas City’s KAREEM HUNT. Three players – the Rams’ TODD GURLEY (1,484 scrimmage yards), the Cowboys’ EZEKIEL ELLIOTT (1,437) and Barkley (1,410) – are on pace to eclipse 2,000 scrimmage yards this season.
Below are highlights of the Week 13 schedule:
Week 13 kicks off on Thursday night as the New Orleans Saints travel to AT&T Stadium to take on the Dallas Cowboys (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime). New Orleans and Dallas were both victorious on Thanksgiving Day in Week 12. The Saints enter Week 13 tied with the Los Angeles Rams for the NFL’s best record at 10-1 and have won 10 consecutive games. Saints quarterback DREW BREES leads the NFL with a 76.4 completion percentage – 4.4 percent higher than the current single-season league record of 72.0 set by Brees in 2017 – and a 127.3 passer rating. Dallas has won three consecutive games and is currently tied with Washington atop the NFC East. Cowboys running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT leads the league with 1,074 rushing yards this season and has rushed for at least 120 yards and a score in each of his past three games.
The Cleveland Browns, who defeated Cincinnati 35-20 in Week 12, visit the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Cleveland quarterback BAKER MAYFIELD is the first rookie in league history to record a passer rating of 140 or higher (minimum 20 attempts) in consecutive games and has completed 73.9 percent of his passes (65 of 88) with nine touchdowns and one interception for a 129.5 passer rating in his past three games. Houston quarterback DE SHAUN WATSON has 24 touchdown passes and seven interceptions for a 110.4 passer rating and 256 rushing yards with two scores in nine career home games. Texans defensive end J.J. WATT leads the AFC with 11.5 sacks and is the only player in the NFL with at least 10 sacks and five forced fumbles (five) in 2018. In his last game against Cleveland (November 16, 2014), Watt recorded a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and caught a two-yard touchdown pass in a Houston victory.
Sunday afternoon features an interconference showdown between the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium (4:25 PM ET, FOX). Minnesota quarterback KIRK COUSINS completed 29 of 38 passes (76.3 percent) for 342 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 129.5 passer rating in the Vikings’ Week 12 win over Green Bay. Cousins is one of three NFL quarterbacks (Atlanta’sMATT RYAN and New Orleans’ DREW BREES) with a 70+ completion percentage (71.1), at least 3,000 passing yards (3,289) and a 100+ passer rating (101.9) this season. New England quarterback TOM BRADY, who surpassed PEYTON MANNING(79,279) for the most passing yards in league history (including the postseason) last week, has 578 career touchdown passes (including the playoffs) and needs two touchdown passes to surpass Manning (579) for the most in league annals.
Sunday’s slate closes with a battle of AFC contenders as the Los Angeles Chargers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC). Last week, Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS completed his first 25 pass attempts, the most consecutive completions in a single game in NFL history, and finished the game completing 28 of 29 passes (96.6 percent), surpassing Pro Football Hall of FamerKURT WARNER (92.3 percent on 24 of 26 passing on September 20, 2009) for the highest single-game completion percentage in league annals (minimum 20 attempts). Tennessee’s MARCUS MARIOTA completed 95.7 percent of his passes (22 of 23) in Week 12, also surpassing Warner’s previous record.
Rivers and Steelers quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER were selected with fourth and 11th picks, respectively, in the 2004 NFL Draft and meet as starting quarterbacks for the fifth time in their careers with the head-to-head series tied at two wins apiece. Pittsburgh wide receiver JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 13 catches for 189 yards, including a 97-yard touchdown catch, last week. Smith-Schuster, who had a 97-yard touchdown reception as a rookie last season, joins GUS TINSLEY (two) and LAMAR MILLER (two) as the only players in NFL history with two scrimmage touchdowns of at least 97 yards in their careers.
NFL WEEK 13 SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, DECEMBER 2-3
(All times eastern)
|Thursday, November 29||Sunday, December 2 (cont’d)|
|New Orleans at Dallas, 8:20 PM (FOX/NFLN/Amazon)||Chicago at New York Giants, 1:00 PM|
|Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM|
|Sunday, December 2||Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 PM|
|Baltimore at Atlanta, 1:00 PM||New York Jets at Tennessee, 4:05 PM|
|Denver at Cincinnati, 1:00 PM||Minnesota at New England, 4:25 PM|
|Los Angeles Rams at Detroit, 1:00 PM||San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 PM|
|Arizona at Green Bay, 1:00 PM||Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh, 8:20 PM (NBC)|
|Cleveland at Houston, 1:00 PM|
|Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1:00 PM||Monday, December 3|
|Buffalo at Miami, 1:00 PM
|Washington at Philadelphia, 8:15 PM (ESPN)|
And HERE is the starter…..
Week 13 kicks off on Thursday, November 29 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime) with the New Orleans Saints travelling to Dallas to take on the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Thursday marks the 29th meeting between the teams, with Dallas leading the all-time series, 16-12. In their last game, Saints quarterback DREW BREES passed for 359 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 80-yard touchdown pass to running backC.J. SPILLER in overtime, in New Orleans’ 26-20 home win on October 4, 2015.
In Week 12, Brees threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers and running backALVIN KAMARA rushed for 89 yards in the Saints’ 31-17 victory against Atlanta. New Orleans enters Week 13 leading the league in points per game (37.2) and point differential (+153), while Brees ranks first in completion percentage (76.4) and passer rating (127.3). Since 2017, Kamara (28) and running back MARK INGRAM (17) are the only pair of NFC teammates with 15 or more scrimmage touchdowns each.
Last week, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT passed for 289 yards and accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) and wide receiver AMARI COOPER had eight receptions for 180 yards with two scores, including a 90-yard touchdown catch, in the Cowboys’ 31-23 win over Washington. Since entering the NFL in 2016, Prescott has seven games with at least two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown, the most in the league over that span. Running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, who has at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his past four games, leads the NFL with 1,074 rushing yards this season and linebacker LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH, Dallas’ first-round selection (19th overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft, ranks second among NFL rookies with 91 tackles.