Upon Further Review - Week 12 - Nov 26, 2018
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, November 26, 2018
BEARS @ LIONS
Chase Daniel is doing pretty well as a backup.
He threw a career high two touchdowns as the Bears beat the Lions 23-16 on the first of a triple-header on Thanksgiving Thursday.
Daniel finished 22 of 37 for 230 yards, including a go ahead 10-yard TD to Taquan Mizzell, and a 14 yard pass to Tarik Cohen in the fourth to give the Bears a 16-13 lead.
Matthew Stafford’s night was quite different. He was 28 for 38 for 236 yards, and two interceptions in the fourth quarter alone. Totally worth the extra $135 million dollars!!
The Bears broke a 16-16 tie with Eddie Jackcon’s 41-yard pick-6, and sealed their victory with an interception by Kyle Fuller with just over a minute left in the game. This was DA Bears fifth straight win.
REDSKINS @ COWBOYS
Hey guys, Amari Cooper finally showed up.
In the second game of our Thanksgiving triple header, the Cowboys found themselves back in the NFC East race, with a 31-23 win over the rival Redskins Thursday afternoon.
Amari Cooper had two scores, and a record 180 yards receiving, while Ezekiel Elliott ran for 122 yards and a TD to help Dallas win their third straight game just in time for Thanksgiving dinner ( I really don’t know what time people eat dinner, so 5ish is cool right?). Cooper had a 40-yard TD to give the Cowboys a 17-13 lead, and then a 90-yarder, the longest catch of his career and longest completion in Dak Prescott’s career
This was the Cowboys eight win in nine games on Turkey Murder Day, while Washington lost for the third time in four games in Colt McCoy’s first start in four years. He was 24 of 38 for 268 yards, and threw three interceptions and two TD passes in the loss.
FALCONS @ SAINTS
Drew Brees threw four TD passes to guys not named Kamara, Ingram, or Thomas, as the Saints won their 10th straight with a 31-17 win over the Falcons on Thursday Night.
Tommylee Lewis, Austin Carr, Dan Arnold and Keith Kirkwood all caught TD passes from Iron Man…er…Brees. All of them entered the NFL as undrafted free agents.
If you look at the boxscore and though “who in the hell are all these guys” then #same.
The New Orleans defense, which was pretty much nonexistent until last season, had a season high six sacks and continued to come up with big plays during the game, including A.J Klein’s interception in the fourth quarter.
Matt Ryan finished 35 of 47 for 377 yards, two TDs and one interception. He also led the team in rushing yards, and when your QB is your leading rusher…yeah, that’s not good. Awkwardddd.
Brees, really didn’t have the greatest game completing 15 of 22 passes for 171 yards and his second interception of the year. Atlanta rushed for 26 yards, while the Saints finished with 150, led by Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram with 89 and 52 respectively.
RAIDERS @ RAVENS
Lamar Jackson everyone!
The rookie QB finished with 7 yards rushing and a TD in the Ravens 34-17 win over the Raiders.
The Ravens won their second straight game with the help of Terrell Suggs 43 yards fumble return and Cyrus Jones 70 yard TD.
Covering for an injured Joe Flacco, Jackson was 14 f 25 for 178 yards, a TD and two interceptions.
Derek Carr was 16 of 34 for 194 yards, a TD and was sacked three times in the loss for Oakland.
JAGUARS @ BILLS
Back in August, Jalen Ramsey called bills QB Josh Allen trash.
So naturally, on Sunday, Ramsey was beaten by Allen on a 32 yard reception by Kelvin Benjamin on the Bills first TD drive, and on their way to a 24-21 win over Jacksonville.
Did that stop him? Nope. As the Jaguars were down 14-0 Ramsey kept his big yap open. At this point, no one was listening.
Allen’s go ahead TD in the fourth quarter was enough in a game that saw Leonard Fournette and Shaw Lawson get ejected.
Allen finished the game 8 of 19 for 160 yards and a team-high 99 yards rushing.
Blake Bortles was12 of 23 for 127 yards and three interceptions in the Jaguars seventh consecutive loss.
This is the first time this season the Bills have won consecutive games.
SEAHAWKS @ PANTHERS
Sebastian Janikowski’s 31-yard field goal was enough to complete the comeback as the Seahawks beat the Panthers 30-27 in Carolina on Sunday.
Russell Wilson threw for 339 yards and two TDs, while Tyler Lockett finished with five catches for 107 yards and a TD. David Moore had four receptions and a score as Seattle moves closer to claiming a wild card spot.
On the other hand, after losing three straight games the Panthers find themselves in trouble, having their 10-game home streak snapped, and the fear of missing the playoffs entirely.
Wilson tied the game with just over three minutes left, with a 35 yard TD to Moore. Graham Gano missed a 52-yard field goal with less than two minutes in the game that would have given the Panthers the lead. That snapped a streak of 41 straight made field goals for Gano.
Christian McCaffrey had a franchise record 237 yards from scrimmage and two TDs. He had 17 carries for 125 yards and 11 catches for 112 yards, becoming the first Panthers player to surpass 100 yards in both receiving and rushing in the same game. Cam Newton was 25 of 30 passes for 256 yards and two TDs in the loss.
BROWNS @ BENGALS
Baker Mayfield set a rookie record with four TD passes as the Browns beat the Bengals 35-20 to end one of the NFL’s longest streaks in sucking on Sunday. With the win, Cleveland won on the road for the first time since 2015, snapping 25 straight road losses. They also won this one against their old coach. A coach that helped them to three wins over a span of two seasons.
And coach Hue Jackson’s day only got worse, as he watched from the sidelines as his old team took a 28-0 lead. Then when Damarious Randall picked off Andy Dalton, he ran out of bounds and handed the ball to Jackson. Savage, and also, ouch.
In the win, Mayfield was 19 of 26 for 258 yards, while Andy Dalton left the game with a thumb injury, after he tried to recover a fumble in the third quarter. He was 10 of 17 for 100 yards, a TD and an interception.
The Browns scored a TD in their opening drive for the first time in 14 games, while the Bengals allowed an opening touchdown in their third straight game.
PATRIOTS @ JETS
Tom Brady set another NFL record, and the Patriots rolled past the Jets with a 27-13 victory on Sunday.
Brady threw two TD passes, and became the career leader in total yards passing in regular season and playoff games. The win also helped the Pats clinch their 18th straight season with a .500 record or better. That ranks second to Dallas, which had 21 in a row from 1965-85. He went 21 of 30 for 283 yards and connected with Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman for a TD each, and rookie Sony Michel ran for a season-best 133 yards and a TD in the win.
With Sam Darnold out, Josh McCown got his second straight start, going 26 of 45 for 276 yards and a TD to Jermaine Kearse for the Jets, who have lost five straight for the first time since 2014.
GIANTS @ EAGLES
The Eagles needed a hope n a prayer, and they got one in the form of a field goal, as they beat the Giants 25-22 on Sunday afternoon.
Jake Elliott kicked a 43 yard field goal with 22 seconds left to give the Eagles the win after their trailed 12-0 early in the game, and 19-14 in the fourth quarter. Josh Adams scored on a 1-yard TD run and ran up the middle for the two-point conversion to give the Eagles a 22-19 lead. The Giants then tied it on Aldrick Rosas’ third FG, but the Eagles had the ball and it was game over.
Carson Wentz was 20 of 28 for 236 yards and a TD in the loss.
Saquon Barkley had 101 yards rushing for New York and Odell Beckham Jr caught five passes for 85 yards in the loss.
49ERS @ BUCCANEERS
It’s Fitzmagic time!!
Just kidding, he didn’t play.
Jamies Winston started his first start in a month throwing for 312 yards and two TDs as the Buccaneers beat the 49ers on Sunday. Winston completed 29 of 38 passes without an interception in the win. Tampa had four sacks and forced turnovers on defense for the first time in eight games. Winston led drives of 73. 75 and 85 yards, and his TD to Cameron Brate had the Bucs up early.
Matt Breida rushed for 106 yards, while Nick Mullens was 18 of 32 for 221 yards, and threw a 13-yard TD pass to Dante Pettis in the second quarter, but couldn’t get much done after that.
CARDINALS @ CHARGERS
Phillip Rivers will make sure you never forget about Phillip Rivers.
Rivers tied the NFL mark for consecutive completions and broke records for the most to start a game and highest completion percentage in a game in the Chargers 45-10 win over the Cardinals.
Rivers was 28 of 29 for 259 yards and three TDs in three quarters, and was also his 11th straight game with multiple touchdowns.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 10-0 lead, with scores on their first two possessions before the Chargers scored on six of seven possessions, and a 28 point second quarter. Joey Bosa, who returned after missing nine games with an injury, had two sacks and five tackles.
Melvin Gordon ran for two touchdowns in the second quarter before leaving with a knee injury.
Arizona’s Josh Rosen, was 12 of 19 for 105 yards with a TD and an interception. David Johnson had 17 carries for 63 yards and the Cardinals had 108 yards of offense in the first quarter along. They had 41 in the next three combined.
DOLPHINS @ COLTS
Gisele Bundchen about Tom Brady: “My husband cannot throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time”.
Well, Andrew Luck kinda can…
Luck and the Colts found a way to win after being down by 10 in the fourth quarter, as they beat the Dolphins 27-24 at home Sunday.
The Colts struggled early, and Luck was picked off twice in a 17 seconds to end off the first half, and also lost a fumble.
Then it all went right.
Luck overcame two penalties to set up Adam Vinatieri’s 46 yard FG, and fired a 12-yarder to Eric Ebron to tie it up at 24 with just over four minutes remaining. Vinatieri kicked his 28-game winning FG to seal the win.
Luck finished 3 of 37 for 343 yards, and has thrown at least three TD passes in eight consecutive games, tying Peyton Manning for the second longest streak in NFL history.
STEELERS @ BRONCOS
Shelby Harris intercepted Ben Roesthlisberger’s pass for Antonio Brown and the Broncos snapped the Steelers six-game winning streak with a 24-17 win at home on Sunday.
Juju Smith-Schuster had 13 catches for 189 yards in the loss as the Steelers lost for just the second time in its last 18 regular season home games.
Roethliseberger was 41 of 56 for 462 yards, and extended his NFL record with his sixth 450-yard passing game.
PACKERS @ VIKINGS
Neither team wanted this game to end in a tie.
And the Vikings made sure that didn’t happen.
Kirk Cousins bounce back performance saw him pass for 342 yards and three touchdowns without an interception or fumble, as he found Dalvin Cook, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen for TDs while completing 29 of 38 attempts. Sheldon Richardson had two sacks as the Vikings won a night game for the first time this season after losing to the top three teams in the NFC.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers saw this playoff hopes dwindle, as they fell to 0-6 on the road this year. Rodgers threw a TD pass to Davante Adams and Aaron Jones scored on a shirt run to give the Packers a 14-7 lead early. He finished the game 17 of 28 for 198 yards without a turnover.
The Vikings have now won three straight home games against the Packers for the first time since winning five straight from 1992-96.