AllSportsNews NFL Notebook: Russell Wilson, Rams Dominate Week 11

Arizona Cardinals

- Kyler Murray suffered a minor shoulder injury in Thursday's loss, but he's expected to be fine for Week 12.

- Murray was held to a season-low 15 rushing yards against Seattle.

- DeAndre Hopkins had a mostly quiet game against the Seahawks, but he surpassed Stefon Diggs to re-take the league-lead in receiving yards.

- The Cardinals not only fell out of the NFC West lead but fell to third in the division and seventh in the conference.

Atlanta Falcons

- Former Falcons' receiver Roddy White mocked the Saints' decision to start Taysom Hill on Twitter, but Sean Payton got the last laugh by retweeting him after Sunday's game.

- Matt Ryan's 48.5 passer rating on Sunday was his lowest mark since Week 8 of 2013 -  more than seven years ago.

- Five of the Falcons' final six games come against teams currently in a playoff spot. 

Baltimore Ravens

- The Ravens are out of a playoff spot entirely after their third loss in four games, but a December game against the Browns could let them control their own fate.

- Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins both tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, and the organization has since seen eight more positive tests - though not all from players. The league still insists the Ravens' Thanksgiving game against Pittsburgh goes on…

- Marquise Brown was targeted three times for zero catches in Sunday's loss, as he continues to struggle to make an impact.

- The Ravens are expected to sign former Jets' cornerback Pierre Desir.

Buffalo Bills

- Reserve tight end Tommy Sweeney will miss the remainder of the season due to myocarditis, which is temporary inflammation of the heart muscle.

- The Bills' hopes for an AFC East title were boosted by the Dolphins' loss on Sunday.

Carolina Panthers

- Teddy Bridgewater was a legitimate game-time decision due to a minor knee injury, but the Panthers ultimately opted to start P.J. Walker.

- Walker, who made headlines during the XFL's brief life, played under Matt Rhule at Temple and seemed comfortable in Sunday's win over the Lions. Walker threw two interceptions but was 24-of-34 with 258 yards and a touchdown.

- Bridgewater should be able to play in Week 12, but Walker made a solid first impression.

- Sunday marked the Panthers' first shutout win since a 38-0 victory over the Falcons in 2015.

- Christian McCaffrey isn't expected to play in Week 12 as he continues to battle a shoulder injury.

Chicago Bears

- The Bears' starting quarterback for Week 12 is up in the air, as Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky are both still working their way back from injuries and it isn't known if either will be ready.

- The Bears are still only a game out of a wild card spot, but a primetime game against Green Bay will make it tough to get any momentum going.

Cincinnati Bengals

- Joe Burrow's rookie season is over, after the No. 1 pick suffered a torn ACL and MCL against Washington. The additional damage on top of the ACL tear puts Burrow's status for the start of 2021 in question. 

- Burrow had a strong rookie year considering the lack of protection, 56.3% of passes for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions across ten starts.

- The Bengals need to address their offensive line at all costs - having weapons is nice, but an injury like this was a near-inevitability with how poorly Burrow has been protected. 

- Cincinnati may have a hard time winning another game this season with Ryan Finley at quarterback. Finley completed 3-of-10 passes and was sacked four times in relief of Burrow on Sunday.

Cleveland Browns

- The Browns are back in a playoff spot as the AFC's No. 6 seed, and they're one win away from their first non-losing season since 2007.

- Nick Chubb has posted back-to-back 100-yard rushing games since returning from a knee injury. 

- Myles Garrett will miss a second consecutive game due to COVID-19.

- The Browns will be missing another big defensive piece in Week 12 and beyond, as Denzel Ward is expected to miss a few weeks with a calf injury.

Dallas Cowboys

- The Cowboys moved Zack Martin to offensive tackle for Sunday's game, with both tackle spots hit by injuries.

- Ezekiel Elliott posted his first 100-yard rushing performance of the season, with 103 yards on 21 carries against the Vikings.

- Dallas is just a half-game out of first place in the NFC East at 3-7 and can take over first - at least for three days - with a win over Washington on Thanksgiving.

- The Cowboys cancelled Tuesday's practice due to a medical emergency, and it was later revealed that strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul was transported to the hospital. 

Denver Broncos

- Drew Lock is far from perfect, but he's emerging as an impressive late-game quarterback. Lock completed 9-of-11 passes in the second half of Sunday's win.

- Justin Simmons came up with a win-sealing interception of Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday, and he's going to get paid big-time in the offseason - whether via another franchise tag or an extension.

- The Broncos finally got Phillip Lindsay involved with the offense against Miami, and he rewarded the team with 82 yards on 16 carries.

Detroit Lions

- Matt Patricia might have to start packing his bags pretty soon, after a listless shutout loss at the hands of a Panthers team with a questionable defense and first-time starting quarterback.

- D'Andre Swift missed Sunday's game due to a concussion and doesn't seem to be on track to play on Thanksgiving. 

- Kenny Golladay mas made some progress as he recovers from a hip injury, but his status for Thursday is uncertain.

Green Bay Packers

- Aaron Rodgers has thrown an interception in back-to-back games for only the second time in the last three seasons.

- The Packers' offensive line has allowed multiple sacks in only one game this season, after nine such games in 2019.

- Marquez Valdes-Scantling fumbled in overtime against the Colts, setting up Indianapolis for the win.

- Green Bay fell out of the NFC's No. 1 seed and down to third in the conference, trailing the Saints and Rams.

Houston Texans

- Laremy Tunsil didn't play Sunday due to a non-COVID illness, but Deshaun Watson wasn't sacked once. Tunsil's status for Thanksgiving is uncertain. 

- Deshaun Watson in his last two games against the Patriots: two wins, 46-of-62 for 578 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.

- Randall Cobb will miss time with a "significant" toe injury.

- The Texans finally have their first win over a team not named the Jaguars, and they can build some momentum against the struggling Lions on Thanksgiving. 

Indianapolis Colts

- Rookie safety Julian Blackmon made the play of the game on Sunday, forcing a massive Packers fumble in overtime. Blackmon will be in the Defensive Rookie of the Year conversation.

- Offensive tackle Braden Smith missed Sunday's game with a thumb injury, and the Colts' line suffered by committing several holding penalties. 

- The Colts swept the NFC North, winning all four out-of-conference games.

Jacksonville Jaguars

- Jake Luton was abysmal against the Steelers, finishing 16-of-37 for 151 yards and four interceptions. 

- The Jaguars have lost nine consecutive games, and they only face one more team with a losing record.

- Josh Allen is expected to miss significant time with a knee injury. Given the timing, his season could be over.

- The Jaguars would hold a strength-of-schedule tiebreaker over the Jets for the No. 1 pick if both finished with the same record, so if the Jets can run into one… Trevor Lawrence could head to Jacksonville.

Kansas City Chiefs

- Patrick Mahomes made a game-winning drive look easy on Sunday night, and he's now the decisive favorite for his second MVP award.

- Both of Mahomes' interceptions this season have come against the Raiders.

- Travis Kelce is as hot as any player in the league right now, with three consecutive games over 100 yards.

- The Chiefs have only lost once in the last calendar year, but that loss has them a game out of a first-round bye behind the undefeated Steelers.

Las Vegas Raiders

- The Raiders became the third team to claim former Falcons' pass-rusher Takkarist McKinley in the last two weeks, after both the Bengals and 49ers failed his physical.

- Henry Ruggs III was targeted only once against the Chiefs, which drew some criticism. 

- Nelson Agholor has found new life in Las Vegas, as he's averaging  a career-best 18.5 yards/catch and has already surpassed last season's yards total.

Los Angeles Chargers

- Justin Herbert had one of his best performances of the season against the Jets, finishing 37-of-49 for 366 yards and three touchdowns.

- Herbert is the overwhelming favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year after Joe Burrow's season-ending injury.

- The Chargers designated Austin Ekeler to return from IR, though his status for Week 12 is unknown. Ekeler hasn't played since suffering a hamstring injury in Week 4.

Los Angeles Rams

- It deserves to be said again: Brandon Staley's defense is lighting it up right now, this time going on the road and making Tom Brady look his age.

- Safety Jordan Fuller was only a sixth-round pick in April, but he arrived on the national stage with two interceptions of Brady on Monday night.

- Cooper Kupp exploded for 145 yards in Monday's win over the Buccaneers, his highest single-game mark since Week 8 of last season.

- Say hello to your NFC West-leading Rams: Sean McVay's squad is 7-3 and currently holds the tiebreaker over the Seahawks.

- The Rams are now 32-0 when leading at halftime under McVay. 

Miami Dolphins

- The Dolphins benched Tua Tagovailoa in the second half of Sunday's loss to Denver, but Brian Flores insisted that Tagovailoa will remain the team's quarterback.

- The benching was a controversial decision from the often deliberate Flores, who said after the game that he felt Fitzpatrick gave them the best chance to win when the change was made.

- Xavien Howard is now up to six interceptions this season, after intercepting Drew Lock on Sunday.

- Miami has fallen out of a playoff spot, with the Raiders holding the tiebreaker for the AFC's final wild card slot at the moment.

- Offensive tackle Jesse Davis was placed on the COVID-19 list Monday and is not expected to play against the Jets, a sign that he tested positive. Davis has been a full-time starter for the last three seasons.

Minnesota Vikings

- Dalvin Cook surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the second consecutive season.

- The Vikings could have moved within a game of a playoff spot if they had won on Sunday.

- Justin Jefferson won't win Offensive Rookie of the Year, in all likelihood, but he's having an outstanding season. The 22nd overall pick is up to 848 yards and four touchdowns through ten games.

New England Patriots

- Rex Burkhead suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's loss and will miss the remainder of the season.

- It was Damiere Byrd's turn to be the Patriots' breakout offensive weapon, totaling 132 yards and a touchdown against Houston.

- The Patriots are running out of time to make up ground in the wild card race, even as they remain two games back.

New Orleans Saints

- Sean Payton surprised the football world by naming Taysom Hill his starting quarterback over Jameis Winston, but Hill did his job, finishing 18-of-23 for 233 yards plus 51 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

- The Saints placed Drew Brees on IR, meaning he'll miss at least two more games.

- Brees said doctors discovered five more fractured ribs, on top of the six already diagnosed.

- Trey Hendrickson is tied for the league-lead in sacks with 9.5. 

- Cameron Jordan had a monster game against the Falcons, recording three sacks of Matt Ryan and moving into the top-50 on the all-time sack list.

New York Giants

- The Giants fired offensive line coach Marc Colombo at the start of their bye, bringing in Dave DuGugliemo as his replacement.

- Some of the worst rumors were untrue, but it does seem that Joe Judge and Colombo got into a heated verbal altercation before the firing. Judge has reportedly gotten himself more involved in the offensive line recently.

New York Jets

- The Jets are the 21st team in the Super Bowl era to start 0-10, and they now have a real shot at the third winless season in league history.

- Sam Darnold's status for Week 12 is up in the air as he continues to battle a shoulder injury.

- The Jets tied a season-high with 28 points, so there's that.

Philadelphia Eagles

- Carson Wentz threw two more interceptions on Sunday, bringing his total to 14 this season - the most he's thrown since he was a rookie in 2016. Despite Wentz's struggles, Doug Pederson insisted he'll remain the Eagles' starter.

- Jason Peters struggled mightily on Sunday, and it's looking like his career might be nearing an end - whether he likes it or not. 

- Doug Pederson was widely criticized Monday after saying Peters will remain a starter and Alshon Jeffery needs to get more involved in the offense - both against popular opinion. 

Pittsburgh Steelers

- The Steelers are the 17th team in the Super Bowl era to start 10-0 and the first since the Patriots and Panthers in 2015.

- Six of the sixteen teams to start 10-0 went on to win the Super Bowl, with three more losing in the Super Bowl.

- Chase Claypool already has ten touchdowns through ten games in his rookie season.

- The Steelers will keep a close eye on the Ravens, who have a developing COVID-19 problem ahead of Thursday's scheduled game.

San Francisco 49ers

- Trent Williams tested positive for COVID-19 and isn't expected to play against the Rams.

- A thriving Rams defense is the last thing a banged-up 49ers offense wants to face, particularly without Williams available. 

Seattle Seahawks

- Russell Wilson reached 30 touchdown passes for the fourth consecutive year. 

- Wilson had the performance he needed against the Cardinals, completing all but five pass attempts and committing zero turnovers in a critical win.

- Greg Olsen suffered a ruptured plantar fascia in his foot and could miss the remainder of the season. For what it's worth, Olsen has insisted this won't be the end of his career.

- Chris Carson is expected to return from a foot injury in Week 12.

- Carlos Dunlap has 3.5 sacks in two games with the Seahawks, including the game-sealing takedown of Kyler Murray on Thursday night.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

- Tom Brady has thrown nine interceptions in eleven games, already surpassing last season's mark of eight.

- Brady is 0-for-19 on passes with at least 20 air yards in his last four games. The deep ball has become a problem for the Bucs. 

- Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich came under fire for Ronald Jones II's lack of usage one week after he ran for 192 yards.

- An NFC South title is looking less likely after Monday night's loss - Tom Brady hasn't reached the playoffs as a wild card team since 2002.

Tennessee Titans

- Derrick Henry reached 1,000 rushing yards for the third consecutive season. Henry has six 100-yard rushing games this season, matching his 2019 total.

- Starting linebacker Jayon Brown will miss the remainder of the season with an elbow injury.

- The Titans are back in the playoff picture as the AFC's No. 5 seed, and they can re-take the AFC South lead with a win over the Colts this weekend. 

Washington Football Team

- Sunday marked Alex Smith's first win since November 11, 2018.

- Terry McLaurin has posted at least 80 yards in seven of ten games this season, and he's on pace for nearly 1,400 yards.

- Chase Young had an emotional moment, embracing Joe Burrow after the only player drafted ahead of him suffered a torn ACL. Young and Burrow were teammates at Ohio State in 2017.

- Washington can move into first-place in the NFC East, for at least three days, with a win over the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

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