This week in the NFL, Tyrod Taylor made his return to the field as Buffalo Bills starting QB and his team won in Kansas City, 16-10. Julio Jones burned the Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary in a 34-20 win, with twelve catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yard TD catch from Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu. Case Keenum continued to keep the Vikings rolling on with a Thanksgiving Day win over the Lions, taking Minnesota to 9-2 on the season.
Saints and Rams Square Off
The Los Angeles Rams bested the New Orleans Saints in a Sunday matchup of two of the most productive offenses in the league. Jared Goff put up an impressive stat line despite throwing an interception, with over 350 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air, including one to Cooper Kupp, the impressive rookie receiver currently second on the team in receiving yards. Kupp has become one of Jared Goff’s favorite targets this season, leading the receiving corps in catches with 73, and averaging over 50 receiving yards a game.
For the Saints, RB and emerging Rookie of the Year candidate Alvin Kamara had another monster game, with a 74-yard rushing touchdown as well as 101 receiving yards for another TD. Kamara has amazed viewers with his versatility this year, with over 1,000 all purpose yards through just 12 weeks. He has taken on a bigger role in the Saints offense since the departure of Adrian Peterson earlier this season, and his involvement will likely grow with the playoffs approaching.
Cardinals Edge out the Jaguars
Arizona QB Blaine Gabbert got sweet revenge against his former team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, on Sunday. Jags QB Blake Bortles’s two rushing touchdowns, including one late in the fourth quarter, were not enough to secure the comeback and Jacksonville fell victim to a 57-yard Phil Dawson field goal just before time expired in regulation.
Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette’s production has slowed down as the season has gone on. He didn’t find the end zone a single time during the entire month of November and he has become less and less of a presence on the team since missing a photo-op back in October and being benched during the game against the Bengals. The Cardinals are currently third in the NFC West and have struggled since losing QB Carson Palmer to injury, but the offense has gotten some help after obtaining veteran RB Adrian Peterson in a trade with New Orleans in week six of the season.
Bears Down as Eagles Soar
The Eagles defense broke out the “Electric Slide” during a 31-3 rout of the Chicago Bears, effectively stomping on the graves of the Bears fans’ hopes and dreams for this season. Mitchell Trubisky was picked off twice and only compiled 147 passing yards on over thirty attempts during the game, and no Chicago running back accounted for more than six yards as the offense was completely stymied.
It cannot be stressed enough how scary the Eagles look. The offense and defense are firing on all cylinders and the team has the best record in the NFL at 10-1. After coming in last in the NFC East last year, the Birds have dominated the division this year and have entered Super Bowl conversations all over the league.
Zeroes and Heroes
I’ve been waiting on this one for a while. The Dallas Cowboys have gone three straight games with double digit points since losing Ezekiel Elliott to suspension after their game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Elliott is currently halfway through a six-game suspension for multiple personal conduct violations, and he is serving his time as extensive legal battles between his lawyers and the NFL continue.
The Cowboys lost on Thanksgiving in hilarious fashion, getting scorched by San Diego QB Philip Rivers for 434 yards and 3 touchdowns in front of their home crowd. The Dallas offense was emasculated by the Chargers defense, which picked off Dak Prescott twice and held him to less than 180 passing yards. Dez Bryant — he of complaining, trash-talking, playoff-touchdown-ball-
The Pittsburgh Steelers improved to 9-2 on the season Sunday night with a 31-28 home win over the Green Bay Packers. Antonio Brown proved that he is the best receiver in the league with an incredible ten catch, 169 yard, two touchdown performance. The Steelers, once again, are pulling away from everyone in the habitually weak AFC North late in the season. They have won six straight contests and look to continue their late run into the playoffs with remaining games against Cincinnati, Baltimore, Cleveland, and the 4-7 Houston Texans.