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NFL SOAP BOX- WEEK 12 PRIMER

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  1. 1. Wednesday, November 23, 2022 CENTRAL VIRGINIA’S ONLY LOCAL NFL PUBLICATION GridironGoose@msn.com OFFICIAL MEDIA MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! CLOSE GAMES: Ten of 12 games in Week 11 were decided within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter and there have been 126 games within one score (eight points) in the fourth quarter this season, the most such games through the first 11 weeks in NFL history. 72 games were decided by a touchdown (six points) or less, the most such games through the first 11 weeks all-time. COMEBACKS: Three teams overcame deficits of at least 10 points on Sunday - ATLANTA (10-point deficit), LAS VEGAS (10) and PHILADELPHIA (10) – and there have been 35 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win or tie this season, the most such games through the first 11 weeks of a season all-time. Five games – wins by ATLANTA, KANSAS CITY, LAS VEGAS, PHILADELPHIA and NEW ENGLAND – were decided by a game-winning score in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime on Sunday. There have been 39 games this season decided by a game-winning score in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime, TIED for the most such games through the first 11 weeks of a season all-time. New England rookie defensive back MARCUS JONES recorded an 84-yard punt-return touchdown with five seconds remaining in the Patriots' 10-3 win over the New York Jets. It marked the first punt-return touchdown in the NFL this season, the second latest into a season for the league's first punt-return touchdown since 1970, trailing only 2021 (Week 14). Jones is the sixth player to record a game-winning punt-return touchdown in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime since 1970, joining PATRICK PETERSON (November 6, 2011), DESEAN JACKSON (December 19, 2010), BRIAN WESTBROOK (October 19, 2003), TAMARICK VANOVER (October 9, 1995) and WALTER STANLEY (November 27, 1986). Jones' punt-return touchdown with five seconds remaining marked the second-latest game-winning punt-return touchdown in regulation since 1970, trailing only DESEAN JACKSON (no time remaining on December 19, 2010). Each of the four teams in the AFC East – MIAMI (7-3), BUFFALO (7-3), NEW ENGLAND (6-4) and the NEW YORK JETS (6-4) – and the NFC East – PHILADELPHIA (9-1), the NEW YORK GIANTS (7-3), DALLAS (7-3) and WASHINGTON (6-5) – have winning records through Week 11 this season. The AFC East and NFC East are the second and third divisions in which all four teams have at least six wins through Week 11 since realignment in 2002, joining the AFC North in 2014.  Atlanta running back CORDARRELLE PATTERSON recorded a 103-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Falcons' 27-24 comeback victory over Chicago. Patterson has nine career kickoff returns for a touchdown, surpassing JOSH CRIBBS (eight) and LEON WASHINGTON (eight) for the most in NFL history.  Philadelphia quarterback JALEN HURTS and Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON each recorded fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns in their team's Week 11 victories. Hurts has 21 career rushing touchdowns and surpassed KYLER MURRAY (20) for the third-most by a quarterback in his first three career seasons in the Super Bowl era, trailing only CAM NEWTON (28) and JOSH ALLEN (25). Jackson has 24 career rushing touchdowns, tied with JACK KEMP (24) and DAK PRESCOTT (24) for the fourth-most by a quarterback in his first five seasons in the Super Bowl era, trailing only CAM NEWTON (43), JOSH ALLEN (35) and DAUNTE CULPEPPER (26). (Continued next page)
  2. 2.  Detroit running back JAMAAL WILLIAMS had a career-high three rushing touchdowns and rookie defensive lineman AIDAN HUTCHINSON recorded an interception and fumble recovery in the Lions' 31-18 win at the New York Giants. Williams has five games with at least two rushing touchdowns this season and he is the fourth player since 2000 with multiple rushing touchdowns in at least five of his team's first 10 games of a season, joining SHAUN ALEXANDER (six games in 2005), Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (six in 2006) and PRIEST HOLMES (five in 2003). Hutchinson has 5.5 sacks and two interceptions this season and is the second player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, with at least five sacks and two interceptions in his first 10 career games, joining LESLIE O'NEAL (1986).  Dallas running back TONY POLLARD had 189 scrimmage yards (109 receiving, 80 rushing) and two touchdown receptions and linebacker MICAH PARSONS recorded two sacks and a forced fumble in the Cowboys' 40-3 win over Minnesota. Pollard is the fourth player since 1990 with at least 75 rushing yards, 100 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions in a single game, joining JOEY GALLOWAY (November 12, 1995), TODD GURLEY (December 24, 2017) and Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (December 7, 2003). Parsons recorded his eighth-career game with at least two sacks, tied with SHAWNE MERRIMAN (eight games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (eight) for the second-most such games by a player in his first two career seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Only ALDON SMITH (nine games) has more.  Las Vegas wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS recorded seven receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns, including the 35-yard game-winning touchdown catch in overtime of the Raiders' 22-16 comeback victory in Denver. Adams has three career overtime touchdowns, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (three) for the most overtime touchdowns in NFL history. Adams, who has 10 touchdown receptions this season, is the fourth player in NFL history with at least 10 touchdown receptions in at least six of his first nine seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (seven seasons), MARVIN HARRISON (six) and RANDY MOSS (six). • Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN threw his 21st touchdown pass of the season in the Bills' 31-23 win over Cleveland. Allen has 159 career combined passing and rushing touchdowns (124 passing, 35 rushing), tied with PATRICK MAHOMES (159) for the third-most by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (171) and CAM NEWTON (160) have more.  Cincinnati quarterback JOE BURROW passed for 355 yards and four touchdowns with a 104.1 rating in the Bengals' 37-30 win at Pittsburgh. Burrow has 10,189 passing yards in 36 career games, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (36 games) for the third-fewest games to reach 10,000 career passing yards in NFL history. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (34 games) and JUSTIN HERBERT (35) reached the mark in fewer games.  Chicago quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS totaled 238 yards (153 passing, 85 rushing) and two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) in Atlanta on Sunday. Fields is the second player in the Super Bowl era with at least one touchdown pass and one rushing touchdown in five consecutive games, joining KYLER MURRAY (five consecutive games in 2020). Fields is the third quarterback to record a rushing touchdown in five consecutive games in the Super Bowl era, joining KYLER MURRAY (five consecutive games in 2020) and CAM NEWTON (five consecutive games in 2021). Fields, who had 178 rushing yards in Week 9 and 147 rushing yards in Week 10, is the third quarterback in the Super Bowl era with at least 75 rushing yards in three consecutive games within a single season, joining JOSH ALLEN (three consecutive games in 2018) and LAMAR JACKSON (three consecutive games in 2019). 29 Hall of Famers – 600+ Former & Current NFL Players – 1,000+ Media Moguls Worldwide! https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-slack-760a8a38/ Sponsor with Richmond’s ONLY local NFL publication: GridironGoose@msn.com Find & friend us at: https://www.facebook.com/brian.slack.581/
  3. 3. BUFFALO BILLS (7-3-0) AT DETROIT LIONS (4-6-0) BILLS- QB JOSH ALLEN has 159 career combined pass & rush TD, tied 3rd-most by QB in 1st 5 seasons in NFL history. Has 6,414 pass yards (305.4 per game) & 57 TDs (48 pass, 9 rush) vs. 17 INTs for 101.3 rating in his past 21 road starts. Had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs in last meeting. Is 2-0 on Thanksgiving with 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 122 rating. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thanksgiving with 115+ rating. RB DEVIN SINGLETARY rushed for season-high 86 yards last week & had 14th career rush TD. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. WR STEFON DIGGS had 8th rec. TD of season in Week 11. Has 1,033 rec. yards in 2022, his 5th-straight 1,000-yard season. Has 5+ catches & 70+ yards in 10 of his past 11 on road. Has 5+ catches & 65+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his 7 career games vs. Det. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with TD catch & 7th in row on Thursday with 5+ catches. WR GABE DAVIS aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. TE DAWSON KNOX tied his career high with 7 receptions last week. Had 2 rec. TDs on Thanksgiving last season (11/25/21 at NO). LB VON MILLER has 6 sacks in 5 road games in 2022 & aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. Has 10.5 sacks in 12 career Thursday games. LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS aims for his 4th in row on Thursday with 7+ tackles & 12th in row on road with 5+ tackles. LB MATT MILANO had 12 tackles, 3 TFL, 10th-career sack & 8th-career FR last week. LIONS- QB JARED GOFF completed 21 of 25 atts. (84 pct.) & had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.8 rating on Thanksgiving last year (11/25/21 vs. Chi.)., highest single-game comp. pct. (min. 20 atts.) on holiday in NFL history. Has 13 TDs (12 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 112.3 rating in 6 career Thursday starts. Has 100+ rating in 3 of his past 4 home starts & 2+ TD passes in 8 of his past 9 at home. Passed for 321 yards & had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 111.6 rating in his only career start vs. Buf. (9/27/20 w/ LAR). RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had career-high 3 rush TDs in Week 11 & became 4th RB (Shaun Alexander, Preist Holmes & HOFer LaDainian Tomlinson) with 5+ games (5)of 2+ rush TDs in his team's 1st 10 games of season since 2000. Leads NFL with 12 rush TDs. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 75+ scrimmage yards. RB D'ANDRE SWIFT had 3rd rush TD of season last week. Has TD in 4 of his past 5 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN led team with 7 receptions for 76 yards last week. Has 7+ catches in 6 of his past 7 at home & aims for his 8th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON had 2nd-career INT & 1st-career FR last week. Is 2nd rookie (Leslie O'Neal) with 5+ sacks (5.5) & 2+ INTs (2) in his 1st 10 career games since 1982. DL ALIM MCNEILL had 1st sack of season & career-high 3 TFL last week. CB WILL HARRIS had 8 tackles & 1st FF of season in Week 11. Aims for his 5th in row with 6+ tackles. NEW YORK GIANTS (7-3-0) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (7-3-0) GIANTS- QB DANIEL JONES had season-high 341 pass yards & 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) last week. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his 4 road starts in 2022. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with 90+ rating. Had 275 yards (196 pass, 79 rush) in Week 3 meeting. RB SAQUON BARKLEY has 497 scrimmage yards (124.3 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 4 road games this season. Has 298 scrimmage yards (149 per game) & rush TD in 2 career Thursday games. Had 126 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 45 rec.) & rush TD in Week 3 meeting. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his 3 career games at Dal. WR DARIUS SLAYTON had 5 catches for 86 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road & 5th in row overall with 50+ rec. yards. WR RICHIE JAMES had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 11. DL LEONARD WILLIAMS has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has 3.5 sacks & FF in his past 3 vs. Dal. DL DEXTER LAWRENCE had season-high 7 tackles last week & has 6 games with 5+ tackles in 2022, tied-most by DL. LB JAYLON SMITH aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 516 tackles, 20 TFL, 20 PD & 9 sacks in 68 games (2017-21) w/ Dal. LB JIHAD WARD has PD in 2 of his past 3 & had PD in Week 3 meeting. COWBOYS- QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 22 of 25 atts. (88 pct.) for 276 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 139.3 rating last week. Has 28 TDs (26 pass, 2 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 110.3 rating in his past 11 home starts. Has 1,393 pass yards (278.6 per game) & 9 TDs (7 pass, 2 rush) vs. 98.4 rating in 5 career Thanksgiving starts. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thanksgiving with 350+ pass yards. Has 21 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 100.1 rating in 11 starts vs. NYG. RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 14th-career game with 2 rush TDs last week. Has 488 scrimmage yards (97.6 per game) & 4 rush TDs in 5 career Thanksgiving games. Has 1,013 scrimmage yards (92.1 per game) & 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.) in 11 career games vs. NYG. Aims for his 4th in row in 2022 & 6th in row vs. NYG with TD. RB TONY POLLARD became 4th player since 1990 with 75+ rush yards (80), 100+ rec. yards (100) & 2+ rec. TDs (2) in single game last week. Rushed for 105 yards in Week 3 meeting & had 103 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 28 rec.) in last home meeting. Aims for his 4th in row with TD & 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. WR CEEDEE LAMB has 5+ catches in 8 of his past 9. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Had rec. TD in Week 3 meeting & TD catch in last home meeting. LB MICAH PARSONS had 8th-career game with 2+ sacks (2) last week, tied 2nd most by player in 1st 2 seasons since 1982. Has 13 sacks & 17 TFL in 13 career home games. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with sack. DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE aims for his 4th in row with sack. Had 3 sacks in Week 3 meeting & has 10 sacks & 4 FFs in his past 10 vs. NYG.
  4. 4. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-4-0) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-2-0) PATRIOTS- QB MAC JONES completed 23 of 27 atts. (career-high 85.2 pct.) for 246 yards with season-high 104.6 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Had 84.6 comp. pct. (22 of 26) in his only career Thursday start (11/18/21 at Atl.). Has TD pass in 7 of his past 8 road starts. RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON had 82 scrimmage yards (56 rec., 26 rush) & team high 6 catches last week. Has 6+ catches in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 85+ scrimmage yards. Has 362 scrimmage yards (120.7 per game) & rush TD vs. NFC North in 2022. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC North with 85+ scrimmage yards. Ranks tied-5th among RBs with career-best 41 catches this season. RB DAMIEN HARRIS had season-high 93 scrimmage yards (65 rush, 28 rec.) in Week 11. Aims for 3rd in row overall & 8th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. WR JAKOBI MEYERS has 9+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with rec. TD & 6th in row on road with 50+ rec. yards. TE HUNTER HENRY has rec. TD in 4 of his 5 career Thursday games. LB MATTHEW JUDON had 1.5 sacks last week & has 1.5+ sacks in 3 of past 4. Has TFL in 5 of his past 6 on road. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 on Thursday. Leads NFL with career-high 13 sacks this season. DB ADRIAN PHILLIPS has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. DB DEVIN MCCOURTY has INT in 2 of his 3 career games vs. Min. DB MARCUS JONES (rookie) had GW 84-yard PR-TD with 5 seconds remaining last week & became 6th player since 1970 with GW PR-TD in final 2 minutes of reg. or in OT. VIKINGS- QB KIRK COUSINS completed 32 of 44 atts. (72.7 pct.) in last meeting. Has 1,865 pass yards (310.8 per game) & 12 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 102.7 rating in his past 6 on Thursday, incl. 691 pass yards (345.5 per game) & 5 TDs vs. INT for 110.8 rating in 2 career starts on Thanksgiving. RB DALVIN COOK has TD in 5 of his past 6. Needs 55 scrimmage yards for 4th-straight 1,000-yard season. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with 170+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had career-high 8 catches & 106 scrimmage yards (84 rush, 22 rec.) in last meeting. WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON has 4,109 career rec. yards & can surpass HOFer Randy Moss (4,163) & Odell Beckham Jr. (4,122) for most by player in 1st 3 seasons all-time. Since 2020, ranks 2nd in NFL with 20 games of 100+ rec. yards, most by player in 1st 3 seasons ever. Leads NFC with 1,093 rec. yards in 2022. WR ADAM THIELEN has 5 rec. TDs in his past 4 in primetime. Aims for his 4th in row on Thursday with 85+ rec. yards & 5th in row on Thursday with 7+ catches. Had rec. TD in last meeting. LB DANIELLE HUNTER has 6.5 sacks in 6 career Thursday games & aims for his 5th in row on Thursday with sack. LB ZA'DARIUS SMITH has 22 sacks in 22 career primetime games & aims for his 7th in row in primetime with sack. LB ERIC KENDRICKS has 7+ tackles in 8 of his past 9 games. Had 16 tackles & INT in last meeting. CB PATRICK PETERSON ranks 3rd in NFL with 12 PD this season. S HARRISON SMITH has PD in 5 of his past 6. Aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ tackles. CINCINNATI BENGALS (6-4-0) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (7-3-0) BENGALS- QB JOE BURROW passed for 355 yards & season-high 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs with 104.1 rating last week, his 2nd game with season with 350+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes, tied-most in NFL. Has 2+ TD passes in 4 of past 5. Completed 28 of 37 atts. (75.7 pct.) for 348 yards & 93.1 rating in 2021 AFC-D at Ten. (1/22/22). Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.7 rating in last reg. season meeting. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 22 TD passes. RB JOE MIXON had 105 scrimmage yards (54 rush, 51 rec.) & rush TD in 2021 AFC-D at Ten. (1/22/22) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with rush TD, incl. postseason. RB SAMAJE PERINE had season-high 82 scrimmage yards (career-high 52 rec., 30 rush) in Week 11. Had rush TD in last reg. season meeting. WR TYLER BOYD had 6 catches for 67 yards & rec. TD in last reg. season meeting. WR TEE HIGGINS led team with season highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (148) last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row, incl. postseason, vs. Ten. with 6+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. DE TREY HENDRICKSON had 2 sacks & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. LB LOGAN WILSON has 8+ tackles in 2 of past 3 & 5+ tackles in 6 of past 7. Had 8 tackles & INT in 2021 AFC-D at Ten. (1/22/22). Had sack in last reg. season meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row, incl. playoffs, vs. Ten. with TFL. LB GERMAINE PRATT had 8 tackles & season-high 2 TFL last week. S VONN BELL had sack in 2021 AFC-D at Ten. (1/22/22) & aims for his 3rd in row, incl. postseason, vs. Ten. with 5+ tackles. S JESSIE BATES aims for 3rd in row with PD. Had INT in both 2021 AFC-D & last reg. season meeting vs. Ten. & aims for his 3rd in row, incl. playoffs, vs. Ten. with INT. TITANS- QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 22 of 27 atts. (season-high 81.5 pct.) for season high 333 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 127.3 rating, his 25th-career game with 300+ pass yards. Has TD pass & 90+ rating in 5 of his past 6 at home. Had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 92.8 rating in last reg. season meeting. RB DERRICK HENRY had 132 scrimmage yards (87 rush, 45 rec), 10th rush TD of season & 3rd-career TD pass (incl. postseason) last week & became 5th RB all-time with 10+ rush TDs in 5 consecutive seasons. Has 1,010 rush yards in 2022, his 4th career 1,000-yard season. Had rush TD in 2021 AFC-D vs. Cin. (1/22/22) & rush TD in last reg. season meeting. WR TREYLON BURKS (rookie) led team with career-highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (111), his 1st-career 100-yard game. WR ROBERT WOODS had season-high 6 catches last week. TE AUSTIN HOOPER had 2nd-career game with 2 rec. TDs last week. DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had sack last week & has sack in 4 of his past 5. Had 8 tackles & 3 sacks in 2021 AFC-D vs. Cin. (1/22/22). DL DENICO AUTRY had 1.5 sacks in 2021 AFC-D vs. Cin. (1/22/22). LB DAVID LONG led team with 9 tackles & had career-high 3 TFL last week. Has 7+ tackles in 9 of his 10 games in 2022 & aims for his 9th in row with 7+ tackles. Had 8 tackles & sack in 2021 AFC-D vs. Cin. (1/22/22). S KEVIN BYARD aims for his 3rd in row in reg. season vs. Cin. with PD. CB KRISTIAN FULTON has 2+ PD in 2 of his past 3. DB JOSHUA KALU had 2nd-career FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD.

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