NFL Notebook: The ignominious end to the Mike McCarthy era in Green Bay

A look back at a busy week in the NFL, which saw one of the more high-profile in-season coaching changes in recent memory.


Arizona Cardinals
— It was reported Sunday morning that the jobs of both GM Steve Keim and HC Steve Wilks were not guaranteed to be safe, but the Cardinals' upset win over the Packers was a positive step for the team.
 
— Fourth-round rookie Chase Edmonds, from FCS program Fordham, scored both of Arizona's touchdowns against Green Bay.

— The Cardinals lost two key starters to injury, placing both Christian Kirk and Mike Iupati on IR after the win.

 
Atlanta Falcons
— Arthur Black reiterated his support for both head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff amid a disappointing season; Atlanta is 4-8.
 
— Julio Jones remains well ahead of the pack in receiving yards this season, despite an 18-yard performance on Sunday.
 
— One more loss for the Falcons would mean the first losing season of Dan Quinn's tenure.



Baltimore Ravens
— Lamar Jackson saw another start in place of Joe Flacco, as expected, and had a shaky day in another win. Jackson finished 12-of-21 for 125 yards, plus 75 rushing yards on 17 attempts. He scored the Ravens' only offensive touchdown but gave one up when he fumbled in the 2nd quarter.

— The Ravens have a tough one against the Chiefs in Week 14, but they currently sit just a half-game behind the Steelers in the AFC North…

— Baltimore's quarterback plan is as unclear as ever this week, with Joe Flacco seemingly back healthy. It's reportedly possible both Jackson and Flacco could be used.


Buffalo Bills
— Josh Allen flashed his wheels despite the loss to Miami, rushing for 135 yards on just nine carries.

— The Bills managed to outgain the Dolphins by 240 yards, their largest advantage in a loss since November of 2013.

 
Carolina Panthers
— Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that new owner David Tepper could consider major changes if the Panthers' slide continues. Ron Rivera's status is tenuous after the team looked listless against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

— Cam Newton threw four interceptions against a flimsy Buccaneers defense, the second 4-INT game of his career and first since 2011.

— The Panthers made more minor changes on Monday, dismissing defensive line coach Brady Hoke and cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura.

— Carolina's defense is allowing five more points per game than it did in 2017, when Steve Wilks was the coordinator.

— The Panthers' slump has not been Christian McCaffrey's breakthrough - McCaffrey has 646 yards and six touchdowns during the team's four-game losing streak.


Chicago Bears
— Mitchell Trubisky surprisingly missed a second consecutive game due to a shoulder injury, but he's expected back for Week 14's matchup with the Rams.

— Kyle Fuller recorded his sixth interception of the season in Sunday's loss.

— Next up for the Bears is the 11-1 Rams, at home, in a huge Sunday night showdown.


Cincinnati Bengals
— A.J. Green was carted off after suffering what looked to be a painful foot injury in Sunday's loss. Green had just returned from a three-game absence for an injury to the same foot.

— Jeff Driskel went 25-of-38 for 236 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in his first career start.

— Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Marvin Lewis' extension, signed in January, was only for one year with a team option for 2019. With another disappointing season, this could be it for the NFL's second-longest tenured head coach.


Cleveland Browns
— Baker Mayfield entered Week 13 with plenty of momentum, but he threw three interceptions in the first half of Sunday's loss to the Texans. Mayfield did finish with 397 passing yards.

— Mike McCarthy may not inspire much enthusiasm, but keep an eye on him in connection with the Browns. GM John Dorsey worked with him in Green Bay…

— Interim coach Gregg Williams made headlines by saying he'd still draft Myles Garrett over Deshaun Watson, but what else could he have said?

 
Dallas Cowboys
— The Cowboys turned in one of the most impressive performances of the season, shutting down the Saints' lethal offense en route to a 13-10 victory.

— Despite the win, Dak Prescott was sacked seven times by the Saints. He has been sacked more than any quarterback this season.

— Stephen Jones said Monday that Travis Frederick, battling a rare auto-immune disease, is not expected to play this season.

— A win over the Eagles in Week 14 would give Dallas a clear path to the NFC East title, but a loss would put both teams at 7-6.

 
Denver Broncos
— The Broncos moved to .500 with a win over the Bengals on Sunday and now take on the 2-10 49ers in Week 14.

— Denver learned Sunday that cornerback Chris Harris Jr. suffered a broken leg, but the fracture is reportedly minor and Harris hopes to return in as soon as three weeks.

— Undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay erupted again this week, rushing for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Lindsay now has 937 rushing yards on the season, just behind fellow rookie Saquon Barkley.

 
Detroit Lions
— Kerryon Johnson missed a second consecutive game with a knee injury despite the long week.
 
— The Cardinals and Bills provide Detroit with two winnable games in the next two weeks, though this is a lost season already for Matt Patricia.

 
Green Bay Packers
— The Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday night, hours after a demoralizing loss to the Cardinals, who entered 2-9. The loss dropped Green Bay to 4-7-1 and effectively ended any playoff hopes.

— McCarthy spent 13 seasons with the Packers, serving as head coach for the entirety of Aaron Rodgers' time as starter to this point and winning Super Bowl XLV eight years ago. McCarthy finishes 125-77-2 with nine playoff appearances.

— Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, formerly head coach of the Dolphins, is the Packers' interim head coach.

— McCarthy is only the second Super Bowl-winning head coach to be fired midseason; he is one of 27 coaches with at least 125 career wins.

— One more loss would mean the Packers' first stretch of consecutive losing seasons since 1990 and 1991.
 

Houston Texans
— The Texans' nine-game winning streak is a franchise-record and the longest active streak in the NFL.

— It’s been a tough few weeks off the field for the Texans, who lost a good friend of the franchise in former president George H.W. Bush on Friday, exactly one week after the death of owner Bob McNair. Bush memorably hosted the coin toss at NRG Stadium prior to Super Bowl LI in February 2017.

— Deshaun Watson has completed at least two-thirds of his passes in five consecutive games.

— With Sunday's win (and Mike McCarthy's firing), Bill O'Brien became the 12th active head coach with at least 40 career wins.


Indianapolis Colts
— The Colts were shutout by the Jaguars on Sunday, the second consecutive year in which they suffered a shutout at the hands of the Jaguars.

— Indianapolis is back in a tie with the Titans, Broncos, and Dolphins behind the AFC's final wild card spot.

— He didn’t have his best game on Sunday, but Andrew Luck is a prime Comeback Player of the Year candidate through 12 games. After missing the 2017 season, Luck has completed 67.9 percent of passes for 3360 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.


Jacksonville Jaguars
— The Jaguars looked like their old selves, winning a 6-0 game against the Colts, who entered on a five-game win streak.

— Cody Kessler was unimpressive in his first start with Jacksonville, particularly against a leaky Colts defense, but it was enough for his first NFL win.

— Jalen Ramsey extended his hand to help up Andrew Luck during Sunday's game then quickly took it back, but he posted a photo of himself embracing Luck after the game to clear the air.

 
Kansas City Chiefs
— The Chiefs' season took a turn for the worse on Friday, when TMZ released a video of star running back Kareem Hunt assaulting a woman in February. Hunt was placed on the commissioner's exempt list and subsequently waived by Kansas City.

— Hunt led the league in rushing as a rookie in 2017 and had 14 touchdowns through eleven games this season. Spencer Ware, who scored a touchdown on Sunday, has taken over as the Chiefs' feature back.
 
— Kansas City re-signed running back Charcandrick West on Monday, in the wake of Hunt's release. West filled after Jamaal Charles suffered a torn ACL in 2015.
 
— Patrick Mahomes threw four more touchdown passes against the Raiders, moving to 41 on the season.

— Travis Kelce reached the 1000-yard mark for the third consecutive season with Sunday's huge performance.




Los Angeles Chargers
— Criticism of the Chargers' quality of wins was quieted by a comeback road win over the Steelers on Sunday night, which saw Keenan Allen total 148 yards and a touchdown.

— Melvin Gordon missed Sunday's win with a knee injury, but he could return for Week 14.
 
— Austin Ekeler received the most carries for LA in Gordon's absence, but Justin Jackson impressed the most with 63 yards and a touchdown on just eight attempts.

 
Los Angeles Rams
— The Rams became the first team to clinch a playoff berth with their win over the Lions on Sunday, securing a second consecutive NFC West title.

— With the Saints' loss, the Rams are back in the NFC's No. 1 seed at a league-best 11-1.

— Aaron Donald recorded two more sacks on Sunday, moving to 16.5 on the season. Donald needs six over the last four games to tie single-season record.
 
— Sean McVay has opened his head-coaching career with consecutive seasons of at least 11 wins and has a stellar 22-6 record to this point.


Miami Dolphins
— The Dolphins, quickly becoming the champions of ugly wins, refuse to go away after taking down the Bills on Sunday. Miami is 6-6.

— Xavien Howard recorded his second consecutive multi-interception game, moving to seven on the season.

 
Minnesota Vikings
— The Vikings are clinging to a playoff spot at 6-5-1, leading the Eagles, Panthers, and Redskins by a half-game.

— Minnesota has a huge Monday night road matchup with the 5th-seeded Seahawks in Week 14.

— Stefon Diggs and Xavier Rhodes both played in Sunday's quiet loss to the Patriots despite entering as questionable.
 

New England Patriots
— Tom Brady finally reached 1,000 career rushing yards on Sunday, and he made sure to maintain that milestone by kneeling forward for no gain, rather than a loss of one yard, as the Patriots closed out their win.

— The Patriots allowed fewer than 235 passing yards for the first time since Week 4, holding the Vikings to only ten points.

— The Patriots don't face too many tests the rest of the way, with three of their final four games coming against AFC East opponents. Week 15's matchup in Pittsburgh, however, will be one to watch.


New Orleans Saints
— Thursday marked the second time this season Drew Brees has thrown for under 130 passing yards. Before this year, he hadn't done that since 2006.

— Drew Brees started Thursday's game 0-for-4 passing, the first time in his entire career he has done so.

— Sean Payton became the NFL's third-longest tenured head coach with Mike McCarthy's firing, and he would move to second in 2019 if Marvin Lewis isn't brought back by the Bengals.

 
New York Giants
— The Giants barely held on against the Bears, after a successful onside kick by Chicago led to a game-tying touchdown at the very end of regulation.

— Odell Beckham Jr. threw his second touchdown pass of the season, hitting Russell Shepard for the 49-yard score.

— Saquon Barkley is less than 100 yards off the league-lead in yards from scrimmage, trailing only Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott. The Offensive Rookie of the Year race could come down to he and Denver's Phillip Lindsay…

— Rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta was active as Eli Manning's backup for the first time on Sunday. Now we wait to see if he gets snaps in the final four games.
 

New York Jets
— The Jets opted to start Josh McCown for a third consecutive game, sitting Sam Darnold an additional week as he recovers from a foot sprain.

— New York blew a 16-0 lead in Sunday's loss to the Titans, adding one more nail to the coffin for Todd Bowles. The Jets have lost six consecutive games and currently hold the third overall pick in April's draft.

— Bowles said after the game that Darnold could have played but needed more reps, but confusingly added that he wasn't sure about the rookie's status for Week 14.


Oakland Raiders
— Despite the loss, the Raiders had their highest-scoring game since September with 33 points on Sunday. Derek Carr threw three touchdowns for the first time since Week 8.

— Oakland, 2-10, has been eliminated from playoff contention. The Raiders have just one playoff appearance in their last 16 seasons.

— The Raiders might have only one truly winnable game remaining on the schedule, when they travel to Cincinnati in Week 15.
 

Philadelphia Eagles
— The Eagles are back to .500 at 6-6 and enter a huge Week 14 matchup with the Cowboys just one behind.
 
— The Eagles have won consecutive games for the first time this season; they come at the right time.
 
— Golden Tate caught his first touchdown pass with the Eagles on Monday night, hauling in seven receptions for 85 yards.
 

Pittsburgh Steelers
— Antonio Brown recorded a season-high 154 yards against the Chargers, securing his sixth consecutive 1000-yard season.

— Mike Tomlin avoided attacking the officials after Sunday's loss but made his feelings clear by saying he's been fined enough by the league.

— The Steelers have lost two consecutive games and now have just a half-game lead over the Ravens. Pittsburgh faces the Raiders in Week 14 but draws both arguable conference favorites in the Patriots and Saints the following two weeks.

— With the Texans and Patriots winning Sunday, the Steelers face an uphill battle to earn a first-round bye for a second consecutive year.


San Francisco 49ers
— The 49ers were eliminated from playoff contention, marking their fifth consecutive year without a playoff appearance.

— The oddity of the week might be Nick Mullens' 414 passing yards in a blowout loss to Seattle.

— The 49ers are now tied with only the Raiders for the league's worst record at 2-10.
 

Seattle Seahawks
— The Seahawks moved into playoff position with a blowout win over the 49ers, moving to 7-5 on the season. They face the Vikings, who sit a half-game behind, in a critical Monday night matchup in Week 14.

—Russell Wilson has thrown at least two touchdown passes in all but one game this season.

— Seattle hasn't lost to a sub-.500 team this season, with two losses to the 11-1 Rams. Pete Carroll is doing some of his finest work at age 67.

— Starting linebacker Mychal Kendricks will return from his insider trading suspension in Week 14. Kendricks is still awaiting sentencing.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers
— The Buccaneers, who entered Week 13 with just three defensive interceptions all season, intercepted Cam Newton four times en route to a second consecutive win.

— Jameis Winston has rather quietly been impressive in his two starts since replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick, completing 72% of passes for 561 yards and four touchdowns in two wins.

— On Sunday, Winston became the Buccaneers' franchise passing touchdowns leader, moving past Josh Freeman with the 81st of his career.


Tennessee Titans
— The Titans engineered a comeback win over the Jets, despite trailing 16-0.
 
— Tennessee sits one game behind the Ravens for the AFC's second wild card berth, tied with the Colts, Dolphins, and Broncos.

— It's a quick turnaround for the Titans, who host the Jaguars on Thursday. A win and a Ravens loss to Kansas City would move Tennessee into a virtual tie for a playoff spot…

 
Washington Redskins
— The Redskins made headlines by claiming linebacker Reuben Foster last week, days after he was arrested for domestic violence. Redskins' senior VP Doug Williams called Foster's alleged actions "small potatoes," compared to other infractions around the league, and later apologized for the comment.
 
— Adrian Peterson, at age 33, had a career-long 90-yard touchdown run against the Eagles. He's now tied for fifth all-time with 106 career rushing touchdowns.

— Colt McCoy suffered a fractured leg in the first half on Monday night, giving way to Mark Sanchez. McCoy's season is over, with only two starts under his belt following Alex Smith's own broken leg. If Sanchez starts in Week 14, as is expected, it will be his first start since 2015. He hasn't won a game since 2014.

— The Redskins have moved out of a playoff spot and don't seem likely to return with Sanchez leading the way.

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