AllSportsNews NFL Notebook: Are the Ravens unstoppable?

A look around the NFL as playoff races come further into focus, teams prepare to clinch, and coaching hot seats intensify.

Arizona Cardinals

- The Cardinals are expected to have their top three running backs - David Johnson, Chase Edmonds, Kenyan Drake - all healthy coming out of the bye.

- Arizona does not have much to play for over the final five games, but Kyler Murray will be looking to inspire hope for 2020. 

Atlanta Falcons

- The Falcons' post-bye momentum came to a halt with a non-competitive loss to the Buccaneers.

- Dan Quinn earned himself some time with an upset win over the Saints two weeks ago, but it would he will have to get by New Orleans in the Thanksgiving primetime slot next. 

- Julio Jones missed practice early this week due to a shoulder injury, a development worth watching given the Falcons' Thanksgiving game.

Baltimore Ravens

- Lamar Jackson asserted his MVP case with a dismantling of the Rams on Monday night, throwing five touchdowns on fifteen passes and rushing for 95 yards on eight carries.

- Marcus Peters recorded his third interception in five games with the Ravens, this time against his former team. Peters and Jalen Ramsey, who were never teammates but were traded within hours of each other in October, exchanged words after the game.

- Baltimore maintains a two-game advantage on a first-round bye in the AFC, only a game behind the Patriots with the tiebreaker in hand.

- Week 13 brings one of the premier games of the season, an early-afternoon matchup against the NFC-leading 49ers.

Buffalo Bills

- Josh Allen's streak of five consecutive games without an interception came to an end in Sunday's win over the Broncos.

- Frank Gore moved into third-place on the all-time rushing yards list, surpassing Barry Sanders. 

- Rookie Devin Singletary has rushed for at least 75 yards in three of his last four games.

- The Bills are off to their best 11-game start since 1996, at 8-3. 

Carolina Panthers

- Panthers' owner David Tepper will reportedly use the season's final few games to evaluate head coach Ron Rivera, whom he inherited when he purchased the team in 2018.

- Christian McCaffrey is atop the NFL's yards from scrimmage leaderboard with 1,709 total yards through eleven games - no other player has more than 1,500.

- Second-year receiver D.J. Moore has totaled at least 95 yards in four consecutive games and is now approaching his first 1,000-yard season.

- Kyle Allen threw three touchdown passes for the first time since Week 3, a nice bounce-back performance after an ugly four-interception game against Atlanta.

Chicago Bears

- Rookie David Montgomery is averaging just 1.96 yards/carry across his last two games, as the Bears continue to struggle in the run game.

- Khalil Mack recorded his fifth forced fumble of the season on Sunday.

- The Bears enter another Thanksgiving matchup against the Bears with far less momentum than a year ago. At 5-6, their playoff hopes are all but gone.

Cincinnati Bengals

- The Bengals had a real chance at their first win against a hurting Steelers offense, but they instead now have a two-game advantage for the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

- A.J. Green missed his eleventh game of the season on Sunday, but the Bengals still have not ruled him out for the season.

- While Green has yet to return, one offensive piece did make his season debut on Sunday - offensive tackle Cordy Glenn. 

- Cincinnati is set to start Andy Dalton at quarterback in Week 13, after three underwhelming starts from rookie Ryan Finley. 

Cleveland Browns

- Baker Mayfield nearly posted a perfect passer rating in the first half of Sunday's win over the Dolphins, going 16-of-18 for 198 yards and three touchdowns.

- Jarvis Landry torched his former team for 148 yards and two touchdowns on ten receptions.

- Myles Garrett's indefinite suspension was upheld upon appeal, but the NFL reportedly expects him to be reinstated before the 2020 season.

- The Browns, now on a three-game win streak, are only a game out of a wild card slot in the AFC, though there are two teams between them and the No. 6 seed. 

Denver Broncos

- The Broncos are reportedly considering activating and starting rookie quarterback Drew Lock as early as this week.

- The Lock development comes after a brutal performance from Brandon Allen, who finished 10-of-25 for 82 yards and an interception against Buffalo.

- Courtland Sutton was targeted eight times on Sunday but finished with only one reception in a horrific offensive day for Denver.

Dallas Cowboys

- Amari Cooper was held without a catch on Sunday, as Stephon Gilmore added to a fantastic season. Cooper was targeted twice.

- Jerry Jones was critical of his coaching staff after Sunday's loss to the Patriots, saying, "with the makeup of this team, I shouldn’t be this frustrated." Jason Garrett could be on his last legs in Dallas. 

- What once seemed like an odd Thanksgiving matchup will be somewhat pivotal, as the Cowboys enter with a one-game division lead and the Bills are looking to maintain their grip on a wild card slot. 

Detroit Lions

- Adam Schefter reported that the Lions have considered shutting down Matthew Stafford amid a back injury, adding that Stafford would like to return.

- The Lions have led in all eleven games this season, but they sit 3-7-1 ahead of their annual Thanksgiving game - a record-low win total for teams that have accomplished the same.

- Bo Scarbrough has impressed with 153 rushing yards across his first two games with the Lions, though he committed a costly fumble on Sunday.

Green Bay Packers

- Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga suffered a sprained MCL against the 49ers, avoiding ACL damage.

- Aaron Rodgers totaled just 104 yards on 33 pass attempts on Sunday night, his lowest yards/attempt mark of any career start.

- The Packers find themselves in a virtual tie with Minnesota atop the NFC North, with a Week 16 matchup between the two perhaps deciding the division. 

Houston Texans

- The Texans grinded out a pivotal win against the Colts on Thursday, taking sole possession of first place in the AFC South.

- DeAndre Hopkins entered Thursday with two touchdowns in his previous nine games but matched that total with two against Indianapolis.

- Houston has played the Patriots closely under Bill O'Brien but has yet to win - Sunday night will bring an opportunity for O'Brien to make a statement against the AFC leaders.

Indianapolis Colts

- The Colts placed tight end Eric Ebron, who reportedly needs surgery on both ankles, on IR. Ebron had yet to miss a game this season.

- T.Y. Hilton played for the first time all month o Thursday night, but he struggled with two drops in the loss.

- Indianapolis now has to fend off the surging Titans to move back up in the AFC South standings - a Week 13 loss would send the Colts to third place.

Jacksonville Jaguars

- Allowing 42 points to an often low-scoring Titans team likely does not bode well for Doug Marrone's job security.

- Leonard Fournette scored two touchdowns on Sunday despite entering with only one score on the season.

- Nick Foles has thrown 48 and 47 passes, respectively, in his two games since returning from a broken collarbone.

Kansas City Chiefs

- The Chiefs, recipients of the NFL's latest bye week, benefited during their time off from a surprise Raiders loss to the Jets. Kansas City now holds a one-game advantage atop the AFC West. 

- Tyreek Hill is expected to play against the Raiders in Week 13 after exiting in Week 11 with a hamstring injury.

- Kansas City has a highly-anticipated game against the Patriots waiting in Week 14, in what will be Patrick Mahomes' third head-to-head matchup with Tom Brady.

Los Angeles Chargers

- Derwin James, out since training camp with a stress fracture in his foot, is returning to practice this week.

- It will be worth watching whether the next five games are Philip Rivers' last with the Chargers. Rivers turns 38 in December and has struggled mightily as of late.

Los Angeles Rams

- Jared Goff has now thrown more interceptions (12) than touchdowns (11) this season, a marked regression from 2018.

- The Rams will need a run and some luck to return to the playoffs following their NFC-title season, as they sit two games out of a wild card spot and are on the verge of elimination in the NFC West.

- Robert Woods returned Monday after missing a game due to personal reasons, totaling 97 yards on six receptions.

Miami Dolphins

- The Dolphins showed fight after going down 28-0 against the Browns, and most importantly, they gained draft position thanks to the Redskins' win. 

- Despite not holding the league's worst record, the Dolphins have easily the NFL's worst point differential (-183) through eleven games.

- Ryan Fitzpatrick recorded his 44th career multi-interception game on Sunday.

Minnesota Vikings

- The Vikings were a big winner of their bye week, as the Packers' ugly loss created a virtual tie atop the NFC North. A primetime matchup between the two in Week 16 could be critical.

- In addition to Minnesota's improving divisional prospects, a Rams loss created a two-game gap between the Vikings and the next team in the wild card race.

New England Patriots

- N'Keal Harry became the 75th different player to catch a touchdown pass from Tom Brady.

- The Patriots have now recorded double-digit wins in seventeen consecutive seasons.

- New England can clinch a playoff berth in Week 13 with a few scenarios, namely a win and a Raiders or Steelers loss.

- Tom Brady is now seven touchdown passes shy of tying the all-time record. 

New Orleans Saints

- The Saints now have a nearly-insurmountable four-game lead atop the NFC South and can clinch as early as next week.

- Michael Thomas should be in Offensive Player of the Year contention after a fifth consecutive 100-yard performance. Thomas is on pace for a record-breaking 151 receptions this seasons.

- Drew Brees is now eight touchdown passes shy of tying the all-time record, trailing Tom Brady by one as well.

- The Saints, already without Andrus Peat, could miss another major piece of their offensive line for a stretch after Terron Armstead suffered a high-ankle sprain.

New York Giants

- Daniel Jones has now lost ten fumbles this season, the most in the NFL.

- Weekly update: the Giants are now 10-33 since the start of the 2017 season, the NFL's worst record in that span. 

- New York has not won a game since September, and with Week 13 comes the start of December … Pat Shurmur will need to start winning to save his job. 

New York Jets

- The Jets are on their first three-game win streak since 2015, when they finished 10-6.

- Sam Darnold is making the case for continuity with this coaching staff - he's 3-0 with seven touchdowns and only one interception across the last three games. As was the case in 2018, signs of significant in-season improvement.

- New York's 34-3 win over a surging Raiders team was arguably its most impressive this season, and there is room for more growth with the Bengals and Dolphins - a combined 2-20 - next up. 

Oakland Raiders

- The Raiders could have moved into a virtual tie with the Chiefs atop the AFC West, but they faceplanted against the Jets and hurt their playoff positioning. 

- Rookie receiver Hunter Renfrow could miss the remainder of the season after suffering a punctured lung and fractured rib.

- Rookie running back Josh Jacobs is on the verge of 1,000 rushing yards, but he was held to a career-low 34 yards against the Jets.

Philadelphia Eagles

- Carson Wentz briefly exited during Sunday's loss to get x-rays on his throwing hand, but he's expected to play in Week 13 after being diagnosed with only a bruise.

- Brandon Brooks disclosed Monday that he exited Sunday's game due to anxiety-related illness, receiving widespread praise for his openness about the subject.

- The Eagles have a fascinating finish ahead, as they can erase their struggles against three consecutive 2-9 teams at the moment (Dolphins, Giants, Redskins) before facing the division-leading Cowboys.

Pittsburgh Steelers

- With three points on the board against the winless Bengals through more than a half, Mike Tomlin benched Mason Rudolph in favor of Devlin Hodges. Hodges provided a quick spark and will get the start in Week 13. 

- JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and James Conner (shoulder) both missed Sunday's win over the Bengals. 

- In addition to being benched in the past week, Rudolph received a $50,000 fine for his actions in the infamous Myles Garrett brawl. 

- Maurkice Pouncey's suspension was reduced from three games to two through an appeal, though he will still miss a rematch with Cleveland. 

San Francisco 49ers

- The 49ers staked their claim as the NFC's best on Sunday night, walloping the Packers 37-8.

- George Kittle has reportedly been dealing with a broken bone in his ankle, but he totaled 129 yards and a touchdown in his return to action on Sunday.

- San Francisco is the first NFC team to ten wins, and this is the franchise's first double-digit win season since 2013.

- Jimmy Garoppolo has heated up at the right time, with 11 touchdowns in his last four games and a passer rating north of 100.0 in four of his last five.

Seattle Seahawks

- Russell Wilson has led the Seahawks to a winning record in each of his eight seasons, the first quarterback to ever do so.

- Rashaad Penny rushed for a career-high 129 yards in Sunday's win over the Eagles.

- A year after Patrick Mahomes threw 50 touchdown passes, league-leader Russell Wilson is on pace for only 35. 

- Seattle remains in control of its fate in the NFC West, sitting a game behind the 49ers but with a Week 17 matchup still to come. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

- Jameis Winston threw two more interceptions on Sunday, bringing his season total to 20. No quarterback threw more than 16 in 2018. On the bright side, Winston has now recorded six consecutive 300-yard games. 

- Mike Evans joined Randy Moss as the only players in NFL history to begin their career with six consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

- Chris Godwin joined Evans in the 1,000-yard club with Sunday's huge performance, the first 1,000-yard season of his career.

- The Buccaneers have won consecutive games for the first time under Bruce Arians.

- 347-lb defensive tackle Vita Vea became the heaviest player in NFL history to catch a touchdown pass.  

Tennessee Titans

- The Titans are now averaging 29.4 points/game since Ryan Tannehill became their starter, after scoring a total of 38 across Marcus Mariota's final four starts.

- Tennessee can absolutely win the AFC South, as the Texans appear twice on the remaining schedule - including a potentially massive Week 17 matchup.

- Derrick Henry has rattled off consecutive games of 150+ yards and 2+ touchdowns, and he's now on the verge of another 1,000-yard rushing season.

Washington Redskins

- A week after being benched, high-priced cornerback Josh Norman was a healthy inactive against the Lions.

- The Redskins are nearly out of contention for the No. 1 overall pick after a narrow win over the Lions, their second of the season.

- Though he did struggle significantly, Dwayne Haskins was able to celebrate his first NFL win with the fans on Sunday.

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