Upon Further Review - Week 14 - Dec 10th 2018
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, December 10, 2018
JAGUARS @ TITANS
The Jacksonville Jaguars were supposed to come out and play defense like they had in the previous week. It ended up being the other way around, as the Titans demolished the Jags 30-9 on Thursday night.
Derrick Henry was a major part of the win, and stiff-armed his way to a record 99 yard TD run, matching Tony Dorsett in 1983 for the longest TD run in NFL history. This was his second of four, yes, FOUR TDs for Henry on the night. He also set a franchise record with 238 yards on 16 carries, passing Chris Johnson’s 228 yard record set against, well, the Jaguars.
Marcus Mariota threw for 162 yards and Tennessee had four sacks on the night. With their second consecutive win, the Titans are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, and have won the last six of seven against the Jags.
SAINTS @ BUCCANEERS
This one looked like it was going to play out like Week 1.
Then it didn’t thanks to “man who can do everything” Taysom Hill.
Down 11 points the half, the Saints came rallying back after a blocked punt by Hill to change the momentum and help the Saints win 28-14, and claim their second straight NFC South crown.
Drew Brees threw a 1-yard TD to Zach Line, and then scored on a 1-yard sneak. After allowing two TDs in the first half, the New Orleans defense stiffened up, sacking Jameis Winston four times.
Brees completed 24 of 31 passes for 201 yards and had one interception. Michael Thomas had 11 receptions for 98 yards, giving him a total of 298 catches – surpassing Odell Beckham Jr and Jarvis Landry for the most by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history.
Winston threw a pair of touchdowns to Cameron Brate to give the Bucs a 14-3 halftime lead, until the third quarter, when Brees took advantage of that blocked punt to set up his TD to Line, and then with Alvin Kamara’s two point conversion, cut the lead to three. His 1-yard run, plus another TD to Kamara, and a Will Lutz field goal with 1:12 left sealed the deal for the Saints.
PANTHERS @ BROWNS
Jarvis Landry caught a TD pass and ran for another as the Browns put a halt on the Panthers playoff chances with a 26-2 win at home on Sunday.
Baker Mayfield finished 18 of 22 for 238 yards in the win.
Cam Newton passes for 265 yards, but made a costly mistake when he overthrew Jarius Wright on 4th-and-goal at the 3 with just over two minutes left. He was also intercepted by Damarious Randall with 57 seconds left. On the plus side, Christian McCaffrey had two TD runs and finished with 101 total yards for the Panthers.
With 13 minutes left, Browns Rookie Nick Chubb gave the team a 23-20 lead with a 1-yard score. Newton got Carolina to the 3 before throwing two incomplete passes and ending their chances for a lead.
Newton eclipsed 3,000 yards passing for his eight straight year, and joins Peyton Manning as the only QBs in history to reach 3,000 yards in each of their first eight seasons.
The Browns are now 3-2 under interim coach Gregg Williams, who needs just five games to match former Browns coach Hue Jackson’s win total from a combined two seasons. That’s gotta hurt.
FALCONS @ PACKERS
After the debauchery of last week, the Packers finally got back into the win column.
Aaron Rodgers threw two TD passes and set and NFL record for inception-less ( that’s a word now) football, as the Packers beat the Falcons 34-20. This was their first win under interim coach Joe Philbin.
Aaron Jones also ran for a 29-yard TD, while the Packers defense forced two turnovers and limited QB Matt Ryan to gift Atlanta with their fifth straight loss. Ryan finished 28 of 42 for 262 yards and three TDs.
Rodgers 24-yard TD pass to Randall Cobb with 12 minutes left in the third put the Packers up 27-2, and gave the QB 359 consecutive attempts without an interception, breaking the league record held by Tom Brady who had 358 in 2010-11. Rodgers finished 21 of 32 for 196 yards and two TDs.
COLTS @ TEXANS
The Colts came and ruined the party in Houston, snapping the Texans nine game winning streak with a 24-21 win on Sunday.
Andrew Luck threw for a whopping 399 yards and two touchdowns, while T.Y Hilton had 199 receiving yards after missing most of the week’s practices due to a shoulder injury. His performance gave him his 11th 150-yard game, setting a franchise record.
The Colts defense sacked Watson five times for a loss of 41 yards and held Houston’s rushing offense to 89 yards on 25 carries.
Watson passed for 267 yards and rushed for 35. TE Ryan Griffin led Houston receivers with 80 yards on five carries. Deandre Hopkins was also limited to 36 yards on four catches.
With the win, the Colts trimmed the Texans lead over the AFC South to two games with three remaining.
RAVENS @ CHIEFS
Patrick Mahomes is really good at the football.
Mahomes and the Chiefs scored a tying touchdown on a pass to Damien Williams to force overtime in Kansas City. Harrison Butker then nailed a 36 yard field goal to give the Chiefs a narrow 27-24 win over the Ravens on Sunday.
Mahomes threw for 377 yards and two TDs as Kansas City clinched a playoff berth. Tyreek Hill caught eight passes for 139 yards including three in OT to set up the winning field goal. Travis Kelce had seven catches for 77 yards and a TD, becoming the first tight end in league history with at least 80 receptions and 1,000 yards receiving in three consecutive seasons.
Mahomes joined Hall of Famers Dan Marino and Kurt Warner as the only ever first or second year QBs in league history with at least 4,000 yards passing and 40 touchdown passes in a single season.
Lamar Jackson finished the game with 147 yards and two TDs, and also had 71 yards rushing in his fourth start.
The Ravens looked like they might come back after Butker’s FG, but a holding penalty to Ronnie Stanley proved costly. Lamar Jackson was then sacked by Justin Houston and Dee Ford and left with an ankle injury, before RGIII (seriously??) came in and threw two incomplete passes to end the game. Ah, The RGIII of old, am I right Colin Kaepernick?
PATRIOTS @ DOLPHINS
With 16 seconds left on the clock, Ryan Tannehill threw a short pass and then watched the “Miracle in Miami” unfold with Kenyan Drake running the last 52 yards on a double lateral play to beat the Patriots 34-33 Sunday.
The Pats, were on the verge of clinching their 10th consecutive AFC East title when the Dolphins were lined up at their 31. Trailing 33-28, Tannehill threw a pass to Kenny Stills who lateraled it to DeVante Parker who threw it to Drake, who cut somehow found a way through to the end zone for the win.
Tom Brady threw for 358 yards and three TDs as the Pats lost in Miami for the fifth time in their last six visits. Kicker Stephen Gostowski put the Pats up 30-28 with six left, but had missed an extra point and a 42-yard field goal early in the gamel Brady also broke the NFL record for career touchdown passes including postseason with 582, three more than Peyton Manning.
Frank Gore ran for 92 yards and had a 24-yard catch, giving him 18,530 career yards from scrimmage surpassing LaDainian Tomlinson for fifth in NFL history.
GIANTS @ REDSKINS
Saquon Barkley rushed for 170 yards, including a 78-yard TD to surpass 1,000 on the season as the Giants pulled out a 40-16 win against the Redskins in Washington on Sunday.
Barkely also became the first Giants rookie to break and set a single-season franchise rookie record with his 13th TD. So yeah, he’s a keeper.
Eli Manning was 14 of 22 for 197 yards and helped the team to a huge 40-0 lead before letting rookie Kyle Lauletta get some game time in the fourth. Sterling Sheppard, Bernie Fowler and Russell Shepard all caught TD passes from Manning, and helped the Giants to their fourth win in five games. The Giants defense also went to work, sacking Mark Sanchez twice, while Curtis Riley scored on a pick 6 in the first quarter. It was Sanchez’s ninth career interception returned for a touchdown.
Sanchez, who was making his first start since 2015, because apparently there aren’t any GOOD QBs available (take a hint here guys), was 6 of 14 for 38 yards and two interceptions. He also didn’t have a completion longer than 10 yards and was pulled with five left in the third quarter. In came Josh Johnson who completed 11 of 16 passes for 195 yards a TD and an interception. He also ran for 45 yards and his first career rushing TD.
JETS @ BILLS
Guys, I don’t feel so bad for Sam Darnold anymore. Thanks for listening.
Darnold beat fellow rookie and 89th QB for the Bills this year Josh Allen, with a 27-23 win in Buffalo Sunday.
Darnold was 16 of 24 for 170 yards with a 7-yard TD to Robby Anderson and an interception.
The Bills had a 14-3 lead, but lost it when their special teams were just being special, allowing Andre Roberts to return five kickoffs for 176 yards. His 86-yard return set up a TD by Trenton Cannon which cut the lead to 4. The jets equalized with Darnold’s 7-yard TD pass to Anderson with 12 minutes left.
Allen went 18 of 36 for 206 yards, scored on a 6-yard run, and had 100 yards rushing, becoming the second QB in NFL history to top 90 yards in three consecutive games, joining Robin Rote who did it with the Packers in 1951. The second interception with 59 seconds left in the game sealed the deal for the losing Bills. Buffalo is now 4-9 on the season.
BENGALS @ CHARGERS
The Chargers handed the Bengals their fifth straight loss with a 26-21 win on Sunday.
The Chargers scored TDs on their first two drives, and got four field goals out of Michael Badgley, including a team record 59-yarder, for the win. Austin Ekeler rushed for 66 yards on 15 carries, while Keenan Allen had five receptions for 78 yards and has had a TD in the last five games.
For the Bengals, Joe Mixon had 111 yards on 26 carries and a TD, while QB Jeff Driskel, who was making his second straight start for the Bengals was 18 of 27 for 17 yards and a TD in the loss. The closest the Bengals came to tying the game was in the first half, after a pair of field goals made it 14-12.
Driskel had appeared to score a TD, but the play was overturned after it was ruled to have been short of the goal line. Alex Redmnd was then called for a false start, so the Bengals had to settle for a field goal instead.
BRONCOS @ 49ERS
Hey George Kittle fantasy owners. You’re welcome.
Kittle had an 85-yard TD reception as the 49ers finally won a game with a 20-14 win against the Broncos on Sunday.
He also had 210 yard receiving, and became the first 49ers tight end to reach the 1,000 yard milestone. The only downside; he fell just four yards short of Shannon Sharpe’s record by a tight end. Bleh.
That 85 yarder put San Francisco up 13-0 early in the second, snapping the Bronco’s three game winning streak, while Dante Pettis added a 1-yard TD before halftime. Nick Mullens finished going 20 of 33 for 332 yards and a 102.1 rating.
The Broncos were down 20-0 but two TDs in the second half, one by Philip Lindsay and the other by DaeSean Hamilton made things a little more interesting. Kase Keenum was 24 of 42 for 186 yards in the loss.
LIONS @ CARDINALS
If anyone is asking, the Cardinals are not making the playoffs.
The Lions nabbed a 17-3 win over the Cardinals on Sunday, ending an eight game losing streak in Arizona that dated all the way back to 1993.
Darius Slay picked off Rosen’s pass and returned it 67 yards to the house for the games first TD, giving the Lions a 10-0 lead in the third.
Zale Gonzales nailed a 22-yard field goal for the Cards that cut the lead to 10-3 with 8:14 left to play. Josh Rosen completed four of six passes who got the 5-yard line, before an incomplete pass to Larry Fitzgerald forced the Cards to settle for a field goal, and fell to 1-6 at home this season.
EAGLES @ COWBOYS
What we learned this week: Amari Cooper is good. Also, Rasul Douglas is probably hiding somewhere.
In the first possession in overtime, Dak Prescott found his new favorite receiver after Rasul Dougals tipped the pass in the air giving it to Cooper for the 15 yard score and a 29-23 victory in OT for the Cowboys.
With the win, the Cowboys won their fifth straight and took a two-game lead over the Eagles for top billing in the division.
Carson Wentz threw for three TDs, including two tying TDs in the fourth, including one to Darren Sproles to tie it at 23 with 1:39 to go.
Cooper finished with a career high 217 yards receiving on 10 catches, while Ezekiel Elliott had 192 yards from scrimmage on 40 touches.
The Cowboys outgained the Eagles 576-256 and had twice as many first downs.
STEELERS @ RAIDERS
Derek to Derek. That’s how you win games.
Derek Carr threw a 6-yard TD pass to Derek Carrier with 21 seconds left as the Raiders beat the Steelers 24-21 to grab their third whole win this season.
Carr threw for 322 yards, while Doug Martin scored on a TD in the opening drive. Carr also threw a 3-yard pass to Lee Smith that put the Raiders up 17-14 with 5:20 left.
On the other end, Ben Roethlisberger finished 25 of 29 for 282 yards and two TDs. He connected on a short pass to James Washington , then flipped the ball to JuJu Smith-Schuster who raced down the sideline to set up Boswells chance, who then missed the 40-yard field goal. The Steelers lost their third straight. Boswell has now missed six field goals and five extra points and ranks worst in the NFL, so it’s time to get your résumé ready buddy.
RAMS @ BEARS
Defense *clap clap*
Da Bears defense came up huge in a 15-6 win over the league leading Rams on Sunday Night.
Jared Goff threw a career high four interceptions and was sacked three times, and was 20 of 44 for 180 yards. Todd Gurley ran for a season low 28 yards on 11 carries ending the Rams three game winning streak.
After missing the previous two games, Trubisky was 16 of 30 for 110 yards and three interceptions.
Bradley Sowell became the first Bears offensive lineman in 11 years with a touchdown reception when