It took a little longer than normal, but the Redskins were finally able to get that elusive away win. Led by a balanced offensive attack, the Redskins powered through the Chicago Bears by simply being unpredictable. Kirk Cousins threw for 275 yards and a touchdown, Matt Jones and Alfred Morris sprinted for 86 yards, and even newcomer Pierre Thomas got involved in the action.
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Jags ends Colts’ AFC South win streak
The Colts entered Week 14 riding an NFL-record 16-game winning streak against divisional opponents. Sunday at EverBank Field, the Jaguars put an emphatic end to the streak with a 51-16 blowout win. A strip-sack by defensive end Andre Branch with 1:01 to go in the first half sparked a 48-3 run by the Jaguars, who scored in all three phases of the game. Jacksonville is unlikely to qualify for the playoffs this season, but Sunday’s performance is evidence the youthful Jaguars may be on the verge of closing the gap in the division.
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Khalil Mack absolutely takes over
Mack tallied one more sack (five) in Week 14 than he did his entire rookie season (four). The talent has always been there, but No. 52 just breezed effortlessly by any Broncos blocker. He's on his way to becoming the NFL's preeminent sackmaster.
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Andy Dalton and Tyler Eifert hurt in same series
The Bengals’ hopes of earning a first-round bye in the postseason came crashing down to earth in the first quarter of Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh. Dalton broke his right thumb trying to tackle Stephon Tuitt after his red-zone interception, and the play was also Eifert’s last of the day after he was flagged with a possible concussion. Now Cincinnati is faced with the prospect of trying to hold off the Steelers in the AFC North with AJ McCarron, who threw his first NFL touchdown pass in relief of Dalton on Sunday.
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Bucs playoff hopes take hit after being stunned by Saints
The Buccaneers were fresh off a huge victory over the Atlanta Falcons that left their playoff chances seeming like a possibility. Unfortunately, Drew Brees and the Saints may have ruined that on Sunday. The Saints stunned the Buccaneers on the road 24-17. It was a great performance both offensively and defensively for the Saints, who were playing without Mark Ingram. More importantly, it was a major letdown for the Bucs, who had won three of four before Week 14.
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Dez Bryant a non-factor
Dez Bryant’s stat line after the Cowboys were blown out by the Green Bay Packers? One catch for nine yards on six targets. Bryant has been held to a single catch just six times in his career. His nine total yards is his lowest yardage in any game which he recorded a catch in throughout his entire career. Think he might miss Tony Romo a little bit?
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Russell Wilson putting up video-game numbers
Wilson tossed a career-best five touchdown passes for the second time in three weeks in Sunday's 35-6 rout at Baltimore to extend a mesmerizing four-game stretch. Wilson has thrown 16 TDs and no interceptions in that span, becoming the first quarterback in history with four straight games with at least three scoring passes, no picks and a completion percentage of 70 percent. His 145.9 passer rating is the highest ever for a four-game stretch and has been done, in large part, without tight end Jimmy Graham and running backs Marshawn Lynch and Thomas Rawls.
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Manziel and Browns run over 49ers
The Cleveland Browns sacked 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert nine times, the most sacks in a game by any team this season. They entered the day with 17 sacks in their previous 12 games. On the other side of the ball, Cleveland rushed for 230 yards, sharing the top spot in Week 14 with Green Bay. Cleveland's previous season-high of 116 yards was shattered by Isaiah Crowell, who racked up 145 yards and two touchdowns.
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DeMarco Murray's usage is dwindling away
Murray’s 1,845 rushing yards last season led the NFL and were the 17th-most ever in the NFL in a single season. Murray expected to be a feature back in a Chip Kelly up-tempo offense. He’s not. Now, he’s just lucky to carry the ball 15 times a game. Scratch that, he’s lucky to get 10 in a game, as he has just 19 carries in his last two games.
Mike McCarthy takes back play-calling duties
Mike McCarthy called the offensive plays for his first nine seasons as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, but he turned them over to associate head coach Tom Clements during the 2015 offseason. Although he stood adamantly by this decision until the season’s three-quarter mark, it was clear by Week 14 that a change needed to be made. That’s when McCarthy decided to take back the play-calling duties, leading to 435 yards of offense in a 28-7 defeat of the Dallas Cowboys.