Upon Further Review - Week 13 - Dec 3rd, 2018
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, December 3, 2018
Saints @ Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliott scored the only Cowboys touchdown in their 13-10 win over New Orleans on Thursday Night Football.
The Cowboys won their fourth straight, ending the Saints 10 game winning streak in the process.
The Saints were shutout in the first half, while Drew Brees had his fewest yards passing since joining the team in 2006 with just 39. He was 18 of 28 for 127 yards, his second straight game under 200 yards. Alvin Kamara wasn’t able to get it going either, with just 36 yards rushing while the Saints as a whole had 65 yards rushing after averaging 177 in their previous four games. The only TD for the Saints was a 30-yard score to Keith Kirkwood to get the Saints to within three.
Dak Prescott had 194 of his 248 yards passing, and helped the Cowboys to a 13-0 halftime lead, the first scores first half for the Saints since 2014, and their first deficit in five games.
Broncos @ Bengals
Phillip Lindsay rushed for a career-high 157 yards and a pair of TDs as the Broncos beat the Bengals 24-10 on Sunday for their third straight win.
Lindsay’s two scores were a career high and helped the Broncos grab a 21-3 lead by the third quarter against a Bengals team who have now lost six of their last seven games. He also became the first undrafted rookie in Broncos history to top 1,000 combined yards in a season.
Jeff Driskel made his debut for the Bengals, after Andy Dalton tore a ligament last week, and went 25 of 38 for 236 yards, a TD, an interception, a fumble and four sacks. A.J Green returned from injury. That lasted about a quarter before Green reinjured his foot and left the game.
Rams @ Lions
The Rams are NFC West champs for a second straight year.
Who woulda thought?
Todd Gurley ran for 132 yards and two TDs as the Rams beat the Lions 30-16 on Sunday. LA is one step closer to gaining home field advantage after the Saints lost on Thursday, while the Lions have lost the last five of six.
Aaron Donald forced a fumble by Matthew Stafford midway through the fourth, and has an NFL high 16 ½ sacks this season. Samson Ebukam recovered the fumble and Gurley scored on a 13-yard run three snaps later to take a 23-13 lead. Stafford was 20 of 33 for 245 yards in the loss.
Jared Goff was 17 of 33 for 207 yards with a tie-breaking 8-yard TD pass to Robert Woods late in the second quarter. Ndamukong Suh played for the first time against the Lions and made six tackles.
Cardinals @ Packers
The Arizona Cardinals came into this one having won a whopping two whole games this season.
The left having won three.
To sum up the game: Cardinals Zane Gonzales kicked a 44-yard field goal with 1:41 left. Packers Mason Crosby missed a 49-yard attempt as time expired, the Cards pulled off the upset with a 20-17 win, and Green Bay’s coach of 13 seasons was fired after the game.
Arizona rookie Josh Rosen hit up Larry Fitzgerald for a 32-yard completion on third-and-23 to help set up Gonzales’ winning kick. Rookie Chase Edmonds ran for two touchdowns for the Cardinals, while Rosen was 11 of 26 for 149 yards.
Aaron Rodgers was 31 of 50 for 233 yards and a TD. The Packers have now lost three straight, and the last five of six.
Browns @ Texans
The Texans made it nine straight wins after defeating the Browns 29-13 at home Sunday.
Deshaun Watson threw a TD pass and Houston intercepted Baker Mayfield three times in the win. Mayfield threw three interceptions for the first time since he was a freshman at Texas Tech in 2013, and finished off the day with 397 yards passing and a TD pass in the fourth.
Lamar Miller had 103 yards rushing for his second straight 100 yard game and fourth of the season. DeAndre Hopkins had seven receptions for 91 yards for the Texnas, who haven’t lost a game since September 23rd.
The Browns fell to 9-39 in games in December and January.
Colts @ Jaguars
Jalen Ramsey and Co gave literally nothing to the Colts in a 6-0 win Sunday.
The Jaguars stopped a seven game skid and snapped the Colts five-game winning streak in the process. Ramsey helped hold T.Y Hilton to eight catches for 77 yards and made a game ending tackle of Eric Swoope with just eight seconds left in the game.
Luck completed 33 of 52 passes for 248 yards and an interception, and was sacked three times. He was sacked just once in his previous five games.
Cody Kessler, who replaced a benched Blake Bortles was 18 of 24 for 150 yards and won for the first time in nine career starts.
Bills @ Dolphins
I hope Jordan Phillips learned how to keep his yap shut.
Phillips drew a costly penalty for the Bills as he taunted his former team, setting up a TD with nine minutes on the clock to give the Dolphins a 21-17 win at home Sunday.
Josh Allen threw for 231 yards and ran for 135 to set a franchise record for rushing yards by a QB for the second week in a row in the loss.
Miami won for the third time since week three, and snapped a two game losing skid.
Bears @ Giants
The Giants grabbed a win against the NFC North leading Bears 30-27 on Sunday.
They won for the seventh time in 28 games over the past two years as Aldrick Rosas kicked a 44 yard field goal in overtime for the win. The play was set up by a 29-yard run by Saquon Barkley who finished with 125 yards on 24 carries.
Chicago forced overtime with a trick play that involved a 1-yard TD pass from halfback Tarik Cohen to Anthony Miller as time expired.
Linebacker Alex Ogletree intercepted two passes, and scored on an 8-yard return on the second play from scrimmage. The Giants forced three turnovers and had a season high five sacks against Chase Daniel, who was starting in place of Mitchell Trubisky.
Panthers @ Buccaneers
Jamies Winston finally got to eat that win, as the Bucs beat the Panthers in an NFC South showdown on Sunday.
The Bucs defense also had an outstanding outing, sacking Cam Newton four times, and intercepting four passes in their 24-17 win at home Sunday. Winston threw for 249 yards and two TDs without a turnover in his second start since regaining his starting job. Winston threw TD passes to Adam Humphries and Chris Godwin in the first half, moving him ahead of Josh Freeman as Tampa’s career touchdown pass leader with 81.
Newton was 28 of 41 for 300 yards and a pair of TDs, one to Christian McCaffrey and one to Devin Funchess. He has now thrown at least two TD passes in 11 games, extending his franchise record.
Ravens @ Falcons
Lamar Jackson is staying, guys. In case anyone was wondering.
The Ravens defense limited Atlanta to its fewest yards in almost two decades in their 26-16 win Sunday. Jackson, however, only completed 12 of 21 passes for 125 yards, but carried for 17 times for 75 yards; including a scoring run in the first quarter that was the only offensive TD for Ravens all day.
Baltimore held Atlanta to just 131 total yards- their worst outing since Dec 12 1999. They also sacked Matt Ryan three times, including one that Tavon Young returned 11 yards for a TD. This was the fewest passing yards in a full game Ryan has played in his 11-year career. The only time he threw for fewer yards was in 2009 and 2011, both against the Bucs.
Justin Tucker connected on four field goals on the night.
Chiefs @ Raiders
This was a game folks.
Patrick Mahomes continued his historic season as the Chiefs beat the Raiders 40-33 in Oakland Sunday.
The Raiders mission to limit Tyreek Hill was accomplished, as he caught just one pass on six targets for 13 yards. That, however, left room for a wide open Travis Kelce, who had 12 catches for 168 yards matching his career high with two TD catches.
Oakland running back Doug Martin cut the margin to 13-7 in the first half with a 1 yard TD. Tight end Jared Cook had seven catches for 100 yards and a TD as the Raiders tried to play catch up in the second half. The teams run game generated 171 yards on the day, but Oakland’s four fumbles proved costly. They also managed to pick up right penalties for 74 yards, and one that spoiled a scoring opportunity
Mahomes finished the day going 23 of 38 for 295 yards, including a fourth quarter 2-yard toss to Chris Conley inside the two minute warning. Mahomes leads the league with 41 TD passes becoming the ninth QB with at least 40 TD passes in a season. He’s also the youngest QB to reach that mark, beating out Dan Marino by a whole two days.
Jets @ Titans
The Titans rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat the Jets 26-22 at home Sunday.
Marcus Mariota threw an 11-yard TD pass to Corey Davis with 36 seconds left to snap a two games losing streak.
The Jets took a lead in the third quarter, with Jason Myers’ field goal extending their lead to 22-13. They then had another chance to take a lead, but Malcolm Butler intercepted Josh McCown’s pass with 21 seconds left to seal the win for Tennessee.
McCown threw for 128 yards as the Titans outgained the Jets 403-280 in offense.
49ers @ Seahawks
This used to be a rivalry.
Now it’s just sad.
Russell Wilson threw four TD passes in the Seahawks 43-16 win over the 49ers on Sunday.
Wilson had three first half touchdowns and jumped to a 20-0 lead, eventually winning their second straight game and keeping their playoff hopes alive. He finished going 11 of 17 for 185 yards and has thrown at least two TDs in eight straight games. Bobby Wagner capped off the win with a 98-yard interception return touchdown, the first of his career and the longest in franchise history.
Dante Pettis had two touchdown receptions, including a 75-yard catch in the fourth for the Niners. Nick Mullens was 30 of 48 for 414 yards.
Vikings @ Patriots
Bill Belichick earned his 250th win, including the playoffs, as the Pats beat the Vikings 24-10 Sunday.
Tom Brady completed 24 of 32 passes for 311 yards and a TD in the win. Brady also has 508 regular season TD passes, tying him with Brett Favre. Peyton Manning is first with 539, while Drew Brees is second with 518.
James Devlin added a career-high two TD runs, as the Pats won the last eight of nine games since starting the season 1-2.
The Vikings have lost the last two of three games, and entered this one allowing the third-fewest rushing yard in the league, but the Pats spread them out, rushing for 160 yards on the night. Kirk Cousin finished the night going 32 of 44 for 21 yards and a TD, but had two late interceptions.
Chargers @ Steelers
The Steelers thought they had it.
Then they didn’t.
Philip Rivers and Co charged back to a 33-30 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday Night.
Down 23-7 at the half, the Chargers became the first visiting team to win in Pittsburgh after trailing by 16. The Steelers have lost two straight for the first time this season.
Rivers completed 26 of 36 passes for 299 yards and two TDs in the win. Keenan Allen caught 14 passes for 148 yards and a score, while Justin Jackson ran for 63 yards and touchdown.
Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards with two scores and an interception, while Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for a season-high 154 yards and a TD. James Conner added 60 yards rushing and two TDs before leaving the game in the fourth with an injury.