NFL Week 12 Game Notes

Some interesting nuggets from each of Sunday’s Week 12 games:

Miami Dolphins 27 (7-4), New York Jets 3 (0-11)

Top Passers: MIA- R. Fitzpatrick, 24-39, 6.6 ypa, 2-0 TD-INTNYJ- S. Darnold, 16-27, 7.3 ypa, 0-2Top Rushers: MIA- D. Washington, 13 carries, 3.8 ypa, 0 TDsNYJ- F. Gore, 18 carries, 4.1 ypa, 0 TDsTop Receivers: MIA- D. Parker, 8 catches, 14.9 yards per reception, 0 TDsNYJ- B. Perriman, 4 catches, 19.8 yards per reception, 0 TDs

  • The Jets entered the game having scored points on four consecutive opening drives, while Miami hadn’t allowed points on six straight opening drives. The Jets hit a field goal on the opening drive, extending their streak to five straight games. Miami’s streak of six scoreless opening drives on defense ended.
  • The Jets have trailed 71% of the time this season
  • Miami QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had more passing yards in the first half of this game than Tua Tagovailoa had the entire game last week
  • Miami is 6-0 this season when leading at half
  • Miami extended its streak to 17 straight games with at least one takeaway, currently the longest streak in the NFL

New England Patriots 20 (5-6), Arizona Cardinals 17 (6-5)

Top Passers:

NE- C. Newton, 9-18, 4.7 ypa, 0-2 TD-INT

ARI- K. Murray, 23-34, 5.0 ypa, 0-1

Top Rushers:

NE- D. Harris, 14 carries, 3.4 ypa, 0 TDs

ARI- K. Drake, 22 carries, 3.5 ypa, 2 TDs

Top Receivers:

NE- J. Meyers, 5 catches, 10.4 yards per reception, 0 TDs

ARI- D. Hopkins, 5 catches, 11.0 yards per reception, 0 TDs

  • Cam Newton had gone four straight starts without an interception, tied for the second-longest streak of his career, but he was intercepted on his first pass of the game Sunday.
  • The Cardinals, who led 7-0 in this game, entered the day 4-0 this season when they score first in a game
  • From @ESPNStatsInfo: James White’s 7-yard TD was the Patriots first rushing TD on fourth down since Week 13 of 2016 against the Rams (Mike Reiss)
  • Cam Newton is No. 1 in the NFL in batted passes at the LOS and Kyler Murray is No. 2. Both had INTs in this game from batted balls at the LOS
  • The Patriots won despite having only three players catch a pass, and only two with positive yards (James White had minus-1 yard). According to Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time the Patriots had three or fewer players with a catch since 10/30/1988 vs. Chicago (win, 30-7).

Cleveland Browns 27 (8-3), Jacksonville Jaguars 25 (1-10)

Top Passers:

CLE- B. Mayfield, 19-29, 8.9 ypa, 2-0 TD-INT

JAC- M. Glennon, 20-35, 6.7 ypa, 2-0

Top Rushers:

CLE- N. Chubb, 19 carries, 7.6 ypa, 1 TD

JAC- J. Robinson, 22 carries, 5.8 ypa, 1 TD

Top Receivers:

CLE- J. Landry, 8 catches, 17.9 yards per reception, 1 TD

JAC- C. Johnson, 4 catches, 24.0 yards per reception, 1 TD

    • Baker Mayfield threw first TD pass since throwing five in a Week 7 win Week 7

Tennessee Titans 45 (8-3), Indianapolis Colts 26 (7-4)

Top Passers:

TEN- R. Tannehill, 13-22, 10.0 ypa, 1-0 TD-INT

IND- P. Rivers, 24-42, 7.0 ypa, 2-1

Top Rushers:

TEN- D. Henry, 27 carries, 6.6 ypa, 3 TDs

IND- N. Hines, 10 carries, 2.9 ypa, 0 TDs

Top Receivers:

TEN- A. Brown, 4 catches, 24.5 yards per reception, 1 TD

IND- T. Hilton, 4 catches, 20.3 yards per reception, 1 TD

      • The Colts have not fared well this season in third-down conversions, and they were 5 of 13 in this game
      • Derrick Henry rushed for 178 yards, etending his league lead in rushing. Henry has a chance to become the first player in the NFL to win back-to-back rushing titles since LaDainian Tomlinson (2006-07)
      • Henry rushed for 103 yards vs. Indianapolis in Week 10. The Colts have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in any other game this season
      • Henry now has 51 rushing TDs. The only player in franchise history with more rushing TDs in their first five seasons is Hall of Famer Earl Campbell (57)
      • This was Tennessee’s third straight game with an opening-drive TD (longest streak for the team since 2001)
      • Titans WR A.J. Brown has 7 TD catches in his last eight games. Brown is just the fourth player in franchise history to record at least 8 TD catches in back-to-back years, and the first since Drew Hill in 1988-89 (per John Glennon)
      • Before Colts OL Anthony Castonzo was lost with an injury, the Colts scored two TDs on two drives, gaining 150 yards and 11 first downs. Without Castonzo: five pubts in their next six drives, 6 drives, 20 total yards and 0 points until midway through the third quarter (Zak Keefer)

Minnesoa Vikings 28 (5-6), Carolina Panthers 27 (4-8)

Top Passers:

MIN- K. Cousins, 34-45, 6.8 ypa, 3-0 TD-INT

CAR- T. Bridgewater, 19-36, 7.4 ypa, 1-1

Top Rushers:

MIN- D. Cook, 18 carries, 3.4 ypa, 0 TDs

CAR- M. Davis, 15 carries, 3.7 ypa, 0 TDs

Top Receivers:

MIN- B. Johnson, 7 catches, 10.6 yards per reception, 0 TDs

CAR- R. Anderson, 4 catches, 23.5 yards per reception, 1 TD

      • This was Teddy Bridgewater’s first career start vs. the Vikings, who selected him in the first round in 2014
      • Kirk Cousins leads the NFL in passer rating the last four weeks
      • The Vikings scored a TD on their opening drive for the fifth time this season
      • Justin Jefferson caught his fifth TD and became the sixth rookie in NFL history with 850-plus receiving yards and 5 TD catches in his first 11 career games. The other five: Randy Moss, Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, Anquan Boldin, Marques Colston
      • Rookie safety Jeremy Chinn had 2 fumble recoveries for TDs, the is the first player in franchise history to have 2 defensive touchdowns in a game. Chinn tied the NFL record for fumble recoveries for a TD in a season… in a single game.
      • Chinn is the fourth rookie with multiple defensive TDs in a game in the Super Bowl era.
      • Chinn is the first player in NFL history with 10-plus tackles and 2-plus defensive TDs in a game

New York Giants 19 (4-7), Cincinnati Bengals 17 (2-8-1)

Top Passers:

NYG- D. Jones, 16-27, 7.9 ypa, 0-0 TD-INT

CIN- B. Allen, 17-29, 4.7 ypa, 1-1

Top Rushers:

NYG- W. Gallman, 24 carries, 3.9 ypa, 1 TD

CIN- G. Bernard, 8 carries, 4.0 ypa, 0 TDs

Top Receivers:

NYG- E. Engram, 6 catches, yards per reception, 1 TD

LAC- A. Ekeler, 11 catches, 7.7 yards per reception, 0 TDs

      • Bengals safety Brandon Wilson reached a top speed of 21.05 mph, second-fastest speed by a Bengals ball carrier this season, on his 103-yard kickofff return TD. Wilson traveled 109.1 yards of distance on the play and reached his top speed at the NYG 40-yard line. (Next Gen Stats)

Atlanta Falcons 43 (4-7), Las Vegas Raiders 6 (6-5)

Top Passers:

ATL- M. Ryan, 22-39, 4.7 ypa, 2-1 TD-INT

LVR- D. Carr, 22-34, 6.3 ypa, 0-1

Top Rushers:

ATL- I. Smith, 12 carries, 5.4 ypa, 1 TD

LVR- J. Jacobs, 7 carries, 3.9 ypa, 0 TDs

Top Receivers:

ATL- C. Ridley, 6 catches, 8.3 yards per reception, 1 TD

LVR- H. Renfrow, 7 catches, 10.4 yards per reception, 0 TDs

        • Atlanta came into the game without two of their best offensive weapons, RB Todd Gurley and WR Julio Jones, yet finished with their highest point total of the season
        • The Raiders were 8-for-10 on fourth downs this season before turning the ball over on downs on their first drive, per CBS
        • Calvin Ridley’s TD reception was his first since Week 7
        • Raiders QB Derek Carr fumbled twice in the first half
        • The Raiders turned the ball over five times (2 fumbles, 1 INT). They turned the ball over a total of three times over their previous five games (T-2nd fewest in NFL over that span), per NFL Research

San Francisco 49ers 23 (5-6), Los Angeles Rams (7-4)

Top Passers:

SF- N. Mullens, 24-35, 7.2 ypa, 0-1 TD-INT

LAR- J. Goff, 19-31, 6.4 ypa, 0-2

Top Rushers:

SF- R. Mostert, 16 carries, 2.7 ypa, 1 TD

LAR- C. Akers, 9 carries, 9.3 ypa, 1 TD

Top Receivers:

SF- D. Samuel, 11 catches, 12.0 yards per reception, 0 TDs

LAR- R. Woods, 7 catches, 11.4 yards per reception, 0 TDs

        • The 49ers ended a 3-game losing streak
        • Richard Sherman played his firtst game since a Week 1 injury, and he intercepted Rams QB Jared Goff in the first quarter
        • Goff’s second INT of the game gave him 10 for the season, tied for fourth in the league with Russell Wilson

Buffalo Bills 27 (8-3), Los Angeles Chargers 17 (3-8)

Top Passers:

BUF- J. Allen, 18-24, 6.5 ypa, 1-1 TD-INT

LAC- J. Herbert, 31-52, 6.1 ypa, 1-1

Top Rushers:

BUF- D. Singletary, 11 carries, 7.5 ypa, 0 TDs

LAC- A. Ekeler, 14 carries, 3.1 ypa, 0 TDs

Top Receivers:

BUF- G. Davis, 3 catches, 26.3 yards per reception, 1 TD

LAC- A. Ekeler, 11 catches, 7.7 yards per reception, 0 TDs

        • With a pass TD and a rush TD, Josh Allen now has 29 total offensive TDs already this season (22 pass, 6 rush, 1 reception). The 22 TD passes is already a season-high
        • Only Hall of Famer Jim Kelly has more TD passes in a season in Bills history (34 in 1991, when the Bills were AFC champions (NFL Research)
        • Allen had a pass TD and rush TD in a game for the 15th time in his career, the second-most by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history behind Cam Newton’s 20.
        • Chargers DE Joey Bosa had 6 tackles for loss

Kansas City Chiefs 27 (10-1), Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 (7-5)

Top Passers:

KC- P. Mahomes, 37-49, 9.4 ypa, 3-0 TD-INT

TB- T. Brady, 27-41, 8.4 ypa, 3-2

Top Rushers:

KC- C. Edwards-Helaire, 11 carries, 3.4 ypa, 0 TDs

TB- R. Jones, 9 carries, 7.3 ypa, 0 TDs

Top Receivers:

KC- T. Hill, 13 catches, 20.7 yards per reception, 3 TDs

TB- R. Gronkowski, 6 catches, 17.7 yards per reception, 0 TDs

        • The Chiefs have won 19 0f their last 20 games
        • Tyreek Hill had more than 200 receiving yards in the first quarter, finishing with 269 yards and 3 TDs
        • The first four drives of the game for Kansas City produced 238 yards; the first four drives for Tampa Bay produced 44 yards
        • The Bucs didn’t cross the 50-yard line until there was 5:18 left in the second quarter
        • Patrick Mahomes had his third game with 300-plus passing yards in the first half; the rest of the league has only done that twice

New Orleans Saints 31 (9-2), Denver Broncos (4-7)

Top Passers:

NO- T. Hill, 9-16, 4.9 ypa, 0-1 TD-INT

DEN- K. Hinton, 1-9, 1.4 ypa, 0-2

Top Rushers:

NO- L. Murray, 19 carries, 6.5 ypa, 2 TDs

DEN- R. Freeman, 8 carries, 6.3 ypa, 0 TDs

Top Receivers:

NO- M. Thomas, 4 catches, 12.5 yards per reception, 0 TDs

DEN- N. Fant, 1 catch, 13.0 yards per reception, 0 TDs

        • With practice squad WR Kendall Hinton forced to start at QB, the Broncos failed to complete a pass in the first half, the first time that’s happened since Denver did it on Nov. 13, 2011 against the Chiefs
        • Saints RB Latavius Murray had his 11th career 100-yard rushing game.
        • The Broncos became the first team to throw more intercepted than completions since the Chargers in 1998 against the Chiefs (Ryan Leaf started that game for San Diego.

Green Bay Packers 41 (8-3), Chicago Bears 25 (5-6)

Top Passers:

GB- A. Rodgers, 21-29, 7.3 ypa, 4-0 TD-INT

CHI- M. Trubisky, 26-46, 5.3 ypa, 3-2

Top Rushers:

GB- Aaron Jones, 17 carries, 5.3 ypa, 0 TDs

CHI- David Montgomery, 11 carries, 9.4 ypa, 0 TDs

Top Receivers:

GB- Robert Tonyan, 5 catches, 13.4 yards per reception, 1 TD

CHI- Allen Robinson II, 8 catches, 9.3 yards per reception, 2 TDs

      • Matt LaFleur still hasn’t lost back-to-back games in his tenure as Packers head coach.
      • Davante Adams’ first-quarter touchdown was his 500th career reception. Adams became the fifth Packer with 500 career receptions and the fastest to reach that mark (95 games).
      • Adams has scored a touchdown in six straight games, the longest current streak in the NFL and ties the Packers franchise record (NFL Research).
      • Also on the touchdown pass to Adams, Aaron Rodgers reached 30 touchdown passes for the seventh time, fifth-most in NFL history. (Packers)
      • The Packers were 9-for-14 on third and fourth downs in the game.
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