One player is threatening to break up the Cowboys' 1-2 punch at the top
Dak Prescott hasn’t looked like himself for three consecutive games, and Jordan Howard has thrived as the Bears’ primary offensive option, threatening to surpass Prescott with three weeks left.
Leonard Floyd, LB, Bears (9th last week)
Floyd didn’t have the biggest game against the Lions (3 tackles), but he still leads all rookies in sacks and has been coming on strong. We’ll see if Floyd can get to a red-hot Aaron Rodgers on Sunday against the Packers.
Defensive stats: 32 tackles, 7 sacks, 0 INTs
Robert Kelley, RB, Redskins (8th last week)
Kelley is slowly making a mark in the Redskins backfield. He punched in his fifth touchdown of the season last weekend and is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, giving Washington a viable ground threat.
Rushing stats: 128 attempts, 587 yards, 5 TDs
Deion Jones, LB, Falcons (7th last week)
Jones didn’t just collect five tackles Sunday, he added his second touchdown of the season. He picked off fellow rookie Jared Goff and returned it 33 yards for a TD.
Defensive stats: 81 tackles, 0 sacks, 3 INTs
Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles (6th last week)
Wentz continues to rack up the attempts. He dropped back 46 times against the Redskins, compiling his second straight 300-yard passing game. Maybe Wentz can finish this season strong and build on that in 2017.
Despite sitting out Week 14 due to a foot injury, Thomas is still leading all rookies in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He returned to practice Monday, a signal that he could return to the lineup against the Cardinals on Sunday.
Receiving stats: 69 catches, 831 yards, 7 TDs
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Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs (10th last week)
Hill became the first rookie to have a receiving TD, rushing TD, kick return TD and punt return TD in a season since Gale Sayers in 1965. His two-touchdown performance against the Raiders helped the Chiefs pull into a first-place tie in the AFC West.
Receiving stats: 56 catches, 547 yards, 6 TDs
Keanu Neal, S, Falcons (4th last week)
Neal is closing in on a 100-tackle season after racking up eight more stops against the Rams. He should be one of the favorites for Defensive Rookie of the Year and will likely be a linchpin of the Falcons defense for years to come.
Defensive stats: 87 tackles, 0 INTs
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Jordan Howard, RB, Bears (3rd last week)
Howard made the most of his limited carries against the Lions, rushing for 86 yards on just 13 attempts. He’s closing in on a 1,000-yard rushing year and has solidified his footing in the offense now that Jay Cutler is out for the season.
Rushing stats: 194 carries, 969 yards, 5 TDs
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Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys (2nd last week)
Prescott’s season has taken a turn for the worst the past three weeks. He hasn’t cracked 200 passing yards in any of the past three games, and his latest poor outing contributed to the Cowboys’ second loss of the season. Prescott needs a bounce-back game against the Bucs to quiet some rumblings of support for Tony Romo as the starter.
Elliott topped 100 yards on the ground for the first time in four games and more than doubled the rushing totals he had against the Giants in Week 1. He’s averaging nearly 5 yards per carry, leading the league in rushing and second in rushing touchdowns.
Rushing stats: 287 carries, 1,392 yards, 12 TDs
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