NFL Week 14 Preview

There are only four weeks remaining in the regular season to decide who advances to the playoffs for a chance at a trip to Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta

WORST TO FIRST: Entering Week 14, one team – the LOS ANGELES RAMS(11-1) – has clinched a playoff berth as the battle for the remaining spots forges ahead. Three ​​additional teams – the HOUSTON TEXANS (9-3), NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-3) and NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-2) – can clinch a division title this week.

For the 2018 NFL Playoff Scenarios for Week 14, click here​.

Two teams that finished in or tied for last place in their division in 2017 – theCHICAGO 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.

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STAT PATTING: Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES leads the NFL with 41 touchdown passes and ranks second in passing yards (3,923).

With 77 passing yards on Sunday against Baltimore (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Mahomes would join Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (1984) andKURT WARNER (1999) as the only first-or-second year quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for at least 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in a single season. Both Marino and Warner were named Associated Press MVP in those seasons.

The first-or-second year quarterbacks to pass for at least 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON PASSING YARDS TOUCHDOWNS
Dan Marino^# Miami 1984 5,084 48
Kurt Warner^# St. Louis 1999 4,353 41
         
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 2018 3,923* 41*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named Associated Press MVP
*Entering Week 14

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RAISING ARIZONA: Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD has 1,281 receptions for 16,053 yards and 115 touchdowns during his 15-year NFL career, all with the Cardinals.

With one reception on Sunday against Detroit (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Fitzgerald would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (1,281 receptions with San Francisco) for the most receptions by a player with one team in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions for one team in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM RECEPTIONS
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 1,281
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 1,281
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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FIFTH FOR FRANK: Miami running back FRANK GORE has 18,414 scrimmage yards in his 14-year NFL career.

With 43 scrimmage yards on Sunday against New England (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Gore would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON(18,456 scrimmage yards) for the fifth-most scrimmage yards in league annals.

The players with the most scrimmage yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SCRIMMAGE YARDS
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 23,540
Emmitt Smith^ Dallas, Arizona 21,579
Walter Payton^ Chicago 21,264
Marshall Faulk^ Indianapolis, St. Louis 19,154
LaDainian Tomlinson^ San Diego, New York Jets 18,456
Frank Gore San Francisco, Indianapolis, Miami 18,414
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

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TOUCHDOWN STREAK: Cleveland rookie quarterback BAKER MAYFIELDhas thrown at least one touchdown pass in each of his first nine NFL starts.

With a touchdown pass against Carolina (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Mayfield would become the third quarterback in the Super Bowl era to record at least one touchdown pass in each of his first 10 career starts.

The players with a touchdown pass in each of their first 10 career starts since 1966:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON(S)
Kurt Warner^ St. Louis 1999
Brad Johnson Minnesota 1996-97
     
Baker Mayfield Cleveland 2018*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has TD pass in each of first nine starts

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SAQUON FROM SCRIMMAGE: New York Giants rookie running backSAQUON BARKLEY had 146 scrimmage yards (125 rushing, 21 receiving) in the Giants’ Week 13 overtime victory against Chicago. Barkley leads the NFL with 11 games of at least 100 scrimmage yards in 2018.

With 100 scrimmage yards on Sunday at Washington (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Barkley would tie EDGERRIN JAMES (12 games in 1999) for the second-most games with at least 100 scrimmage yards by a rookie in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (13 games in 1983) has more such games.

The rookies with the most games with at least 100 scrimmage yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES WITH 100+ SCRIMMAGE YARDS  
Eric Dickerson^# Los Angeles Rams 1983 13  
Edgerrin James# Indianapolis 1999 12  
         
Saquon Barkley New York Giants 2018 11*  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year
*Entering Week 14

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RECORD-SETTING RECEIVER: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWNhas 81 receptions for 1,028 yards and leads the NFL with 12 touchdown receptions this season.

With 10 receptions on Sunday at Oakland (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Brown, who has 663 receptions since 2013, can surpass WES WELKER (672 from 2007-12) for the most catches by a player over any six-year span in NFL history.

The most receptions by a player over any six-year span in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS RECEPTIONS
Wes Welker New England 2007-12 672
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 2013-18 663*
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 1999-2004 649
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In sixth year of span

Brown, who had 154 receiving yards in Week 13, has 8,876 receiving yards since 2013 and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (8,759 from 1990-1995) for the most receiving yards by a player over any six-year span in NFL history.

The most receiving yards by a player over any six-year span in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS RECEIVING YARDS
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 2013-18 8,876*
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 1990-95 8,759
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 1999-2004 8,707
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In sixth year of span

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ZACH ATTACK: Philadelphia tight end ZACH ERTZ ranks second in the NFL with 93 receptions and second among tight ends with 978 receiving yards this season.

With seven receptions and 22 receiving yards on Sunday at Dallas (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Ertz can become the fourth tight end in NFL history to record at least 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season.

The tight ends with at least 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RECEPTIONS RECEIVING YARDS
Jason Witten Dallas 2012 110# 1,039
Dallas Clark Indianapolis 2009 100 1,106
Tony Gonzalez Kansas City 2004 102 1,258
         
Zach Ertz Philadelphia 2018 93* 978*
*Entering Week 14
#Single-season record by a tight end

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DOMINANT DONALD: Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle AARON DONALDleads the NFL with 16.5 sacks this season and has recorded at least two sacks in each of his past three games.

With two sacks on Sunday Night Football at Chicago (8:20 PM ET, NBC), Donald can become the fourth player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to record at least two sacks in four consecutive games in a single season, joining SIMEON RICE (five games in 2002) and Pro Football Hall of Famers KEVIN GREENE (four games in 1998) and REGGIE WHITE (four games in 1987).

The players with the most consecutive games with at least two sacks in a single season since 1982:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 2+ SACKS  
Simeon Rice Tampa Bay 2002 5  
Kevin Greene^ Carolina 1998 4  
Reggie White^ Philadelphia 1987 4  
         
Aaron Donald Los Angeles Rams 2018 3*  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

Donald, who has recorded at least two sacks in six games this season, can become the fourth player since 1982 to record at least seven games with two-or-more sacks in a single season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers REGGIE WHITE (eight games in 1987), CHRIS DOLEMAN (seven games in 1989) andBRUCE SMITH (seven games in 1990).

The players with the most games with two-or-more sacks in a single season since 1982:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES WITH 2+ SACKS
Reggie White^# Philadelphia 1987 8
Chris Doleman^ Minnesota 1989 7
Bruce Smith^# Buffalo 1990 7
       
Aaron Donald Los Angeles Rams 2018 6*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year
*Entering Week 14

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JONES-ING FOR MORE: Kansas City defensive lineman CHRIS JONES ties for fifth in the AFC with 10 sacks this season and has recorded at least one sack in eight consecutive games.

With a sack on Sunday against Baltimore (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Jones would become the sixth player since 1982 to record at least one sack in nine consecutive games and the first player since 1982 to record nine consecutive games with at least one sack within a single season.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least one sack since 1982:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASON(S) CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A SACK
DeMarcus Ware Dallas 2007-08 10
Simon Fletcher Denver 1992-93 10
Dwight Freeney Indianapolis 2008-09 9
Kevin Greene^ San Francisco, Carolina 1997-98 9
Bruce Smith^ Buffalo 1986-87 9
       
Chris Jones Kansas City 2018

Week 14 gets underway on Thursday, December 6 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime) with an AFC South showdown between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Thursday marks the 49th meeting between the two teams (including the postseason), with Tennessee leading the all-time series, 28-20. In the Week 3 meeting between the two teams, Tennessee linebacker WESLEY WOODYARD had 12 tackles and one sack and kicker RYAN SUCCOP converted three field-goal attempts, including the game-winning 28-yard yarder with 4:06 remaining in the fourth quarter in the Titans’ 9-6 victory at Jacksonville.

Last week, Jacksonville’s defense, led by cornerback JALEN RAMSEY (six tackles, two passes defensed) and linebacker TELVIN SMITH (12 tackles, one forced fumble), held Indianapolis to 265 total yards and kicker JOSH LAMBO converted both of his field-goal attempts in the Jaguars’ 6-0 victory over the Colts. Since joining the team in 2017, defensive end CALAIS CAMPBELL is one of three players in the NFL (DEMARCUS LAWRENCE and JASON PIERRE-PAUL) with at least 100 tackles (120) and 20 sacks (21.5). Running back LEONARD FOURNETTE has 100+ scrimmage yards and at least one touchdown in each of his past three games.

In Week 13, Titans quarterback MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 282 yards with two touchdowns and wide receiver TAYWAN TAYLOR led the team with 104 receiving yards, his first-career 100-yard game, in Tennessee’s 26-22 victory over the New York Jets. Tennessee linebacker JAYON BROWN is one of two NFL players (DARIUS LEONARD) with at least 70 tackles (70) and six sacks (six) in 2018. Wide receiver COREY DAVIS, who leads the team with 52 catches and 744 receiving yards this season, joins Kansas City’s TYREEK HILL (17.0 yards per catch average) and Indianapolis’ T.Y. HILTON (14.8) as the only players in the AFC averaging at least 40 yards per catch (minimum 50 catches).

This Thursday The Jaguars get to show the nation what kind of team they are. Will the Jags from weeks 1-4 show up or the 0-7 team that followed?  Last week the Defense showed up to play.. lets see if that trend continues.

 

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