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Sport 32 things we learned from Week 14 of the 2019 NFL season

11:25  09 december  2019
11:25  09 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Houston drubbed Atlanta 53- 32 one week after scoring 10 points, the fewest in any of Watson's 27 regular- season starts. 20. With 143 yards from scrimmage and two TDs on Sunday, Raiders RB Josh Jacobs has laid an early claim to offensive rookie of the year honors.

The 32 things we learned from Week 14 of the 2019 NFL season:

a group of football players on a field: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Deon Cain (17) leaps on teammate Diontae Johnson (18) as they celebrate a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the second half at State Farm Stadium.© Mark J. Rebilas, Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Deon Cain (17) leaps on teammate Diontae Johnson (18) as they celebrate a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in the second half at State Farm Stadium.

1. Nice Sunday for the Baltimore Ravens, who became the first AFC team to sew up a postseason ticket for 2019 thanks to a hard-fought win at Buffalo. Currently on track to claim home-field advantage, the Ravens are riding a franchise-best nine-game winning streak and have already set a team record for most points (409) in their 24-season history. Oh, and the Patriots lost, reinforcing the Ravens' perch atop the AFC standings.

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In the NFL 's 100th celebration season , which has been long on historic celebrations but short of compelling football , good to know one of the league 's 31. But if the Giants can't handle the Cards at home, we can stop talking about New York as an NFC East dark horse. 32 . Maybe the Bears should

Between injuries to established veterans and a youth movement elsewhere, there were some major QB changes throughout the NFL this week . He's led Kansas City to at least 25 points in all 22 of his NFL starts, including postseason. And he only needed 20 regular- season starts to throw 60 TD passes

2. New England saw its 21-game win streak at Gillette Stadium go by the boards in a 23-16 defeat to the Chiefs, who have won two of their last three visits to Foxborough.

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2a. The Patriots are now 0-3 this season against the AFC's other division leaders (Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City).

2c. New England allowed 61 points in its first eight games. But the Pats have been burned for 107 in their past five, three of those losses. Maybe not a surprise they were booed off the field at halftime by the home crowd.

3. Kansas City wrapped up its fourth consecutive AFC West crown under Andy Reid.

3a. Just a bit more impressive given a good chunk of the Chiefs' game equipment somehow began the day in New Jersey. The situation nearly created a potential forfeit, per ESPN, but everything showed up in the locker room about two hours before kickoff.

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2. I tried to get " 32 things " done an hour earlier this week but Titans G Nate Davis and I have Jets WR Robby Anderson's 92-yard TD catch from Darnold was the longest in the NFL this season . 14 d. After scoring at least 25 points in a record 25 consecutive games, the Chiefs have fallen short of 25 the past 27. Congrats to Washington, getting its first win of the season six days after firing Jay Gruden.

14 . Nice choice by the league making Vikings-Chiefs its # NFL 100 game of the week . Kansas City K Harrison Butker's 44-yard game-winning field goal at the He missed all three of his field-goal attempts Sunday in his 2019 debut. Predecessor Cody Parkey, always an adventure in his own right, made all

4. Baltimore's Lamar Jackson joined Michael Vick as the only quarterbacks to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Jackson needs 23 more to break Vick's single-season record for the position (1,039 yards in 2006).

5. Reminder that the first player the Ravens selected in the 2018 NFL draft wasn't Jackson. It was TE Hayden Hurst, who's been far less productive in his two seasons than third-rounder Mark Andrews, another product of that haul. But Hurst had the biggest game of his NFL career Sunday, catching a 61-yard TD from Jackson on his way to a career-best 73 receiving yards.

6. If last week's Ravens-49ers showdown earned national acclaim, perhaps as the preferred Super Bowl LIV preview, was Sunday's 49ers-Saints throwdown the contest we want repeated in the NFC's championship round? Robbie Gould's 30-yard field goal at the gun provided the final trio of the game's 94 points, capping a 48-46 Niners win.

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Some of the league 's biggest stars are missing in action through two weeks 14 . Lions QB Matthew Stafford engineered his 28th fourth-quarter comeback, most in the NFL over the past decade. 16. The Bills are definitive kings of the Empire State after opening their season with defeats of the New

From a surprising upset to several head-turning performances, Week 1 of the NFL season packed in plenty The defeat of the Bengals gave Seahawks coach Pete Carroll a win over every NFL team. 14 . If Todd Gurley truly is healthy and isn't operating on a pitch count, why did the Rams' star only get

7. If a prospective rematch goes down in NorCal, maybe the defenses will even show up. San Francisco entered the weekend with the league's top-ranked D but got torched for more points, yards (465) and first downs (28) than it had been in any other game this season. New Orleans' eighth-ranked unit also had its worst showing, ceding 516 yards.

7a. Sunday sure didn't help defensive player of the year candidates Nick Bosa and Cam Jordan, who each finished with two tackles but nary a sack.

7b. Saints S Marcus Williams infamously gave up the "Minneapolis Miracle" TD to end the 2017 season for New Orleans. Sunday, he latched onto 49ers TE George Kittle's facemask, setting up Gould's game-winning shot. Might be we need to get Williams off the field at the end of games?

8. Saints QB Drew Brees' first five-TD passing game since 2014 leaves him with 537 in his illustrious career, now just two shy of matching Peyton Manning's NFL record.

8a. Tom Brady threw his 536th career TD Sunday ... but probably would have had more if the zebras were paying closer to attention.

9. Brady also ripped off a 17-yard run, his longest since 2014.

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14 . Including playoffs, the Chicago Bears have allowed 17 points or fewer in their past nine games. 22. The Raiders picked off their first pass of 2019 — and S Erik Harris returned Colts QB Jacoby 32 . If the regular season ended today — it doesn't — three of the AFC's six playoff teams would be 2-2.

14 . Jets, champions of New York for the sixth time after winning the 14 th regular- season matchup with the Giants 34-27. 15. Rushing yards were awfully Now Williams gets to embark on his second bye of the season (the Jets had theirs in Week 4). 20. RB Derrick Henry should be a fascinating free agent

10. Despite wins Sunday, the Jets, Chargers and Buccaneers were eliminated from playoff contention. So were the Jaguars, Panthers and Redskins.

11. Jump on the #MyCauseMyCleats hashtag. It's one of the coolest weeks on the NFL schedule.

12. Tough loss for Seattle, which lost the NFC West lead, the inside track for a first-round bye and, potentially, RB Rashaad Penny, who'd played up to his first-round billing recently but suffered a knee injury Sunday night that seems likely to keep him out a while.

12a. The Seahawks are a solid team, with two superstars (Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner) and a penchant for pulling wins from the fire. But I told you last week that I couldn't trust them ... and their loss in L.A. bears out my concerns.

13. QB Devlin "Duck" Hodges continues to not kill the Steelers, committing just two turnovers in his five appearances (four of them victories). Mason Rudolph was picked off nine times in nine games this year.

13a. Weird stat of the week: After Hodges' Steelers vanquished Kyler Murray's Cardinals on Sunday, undrafted passers are 4-0 in 2019 against counterparts drafted first overall.

14. The Cardinals claim to have a #RedSea at home. Sure looked like a #BlackAndGoldSea on Sunday ...

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There were plenty of unpredictable results in Week 14 , but several outcomes helped bring increased The Patriots are now 0-3 this season against the AFC's other division leaders (Baltimore, Houston It's one of the coolest weeks on the NFL schedule. 13. QB Devlin "Duck" Hodges continues to not kill

24. USC quarterbacks went 1-2 in Week 14 , and Sam Darnold — back from injury for the first time since Week 9 — had to work hard to return the Jets to the Unfortunately for Allen, he played like a young Vick in other ways, serving up two more INTs in the loss to the Jets. Allen has nine picks this season

15. New Colts K Chase McLaughlin converted two FGs Sunday. It was the first time in a decade that someone other than Adam Vinatieri drilled a three-pointer for Indianapolis.

16. Is there a more underrated defender in the league than Vikings DE Danielle Hunter, who had three sacks Sunday — giving him 12½ on the season. At 25 years and 40 days old, he's also the youngest player in league history with 50+ sacks.

17. Holy "Lamb-ardi" ... Packers rookie coach Matt LaFleur is the first in franchise history to win 10 games in his debut campaign.

18. Tip of the cap to Carolina owner David Tepper, who's revealing the type of culture he wants to imbue within his franchise. His firing of longtime coach Ron Rivera was the right (and classy) move given Tepper had already determined he was going to take the franchise in a new direction following the season. It's also better for the Panthers, now able to jump-start their search for Rivera's successor.

19. Meanwhile, while Jerry Jones is confident "Jason Garrett will be coaching in the NFL next year," we're all confident someone else will be coaching Jones' Dallas Cowboys in 2020.

19a. Dallas is now 0-6 this season against teams who currently have winning records.

19b. The Cowboys are 0-7 when trailing at halftime in 2019.

19c. Our national obsession with who will "win" the NFC East resembles our fascination with predicting which will be the final teams to make the NCAA tournament basketball field. Which is to say ... who cares? How likely is it the Cowboys or Eagles are going to handle the Seahawks or 49ers on wild-card weekend?

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Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen had 32 in 1961. 5. For the time being, Wentz is the only quarterback in the league to throw a TD pass in every game 14 . Once the presumptive winner of offensive rookie of the year honors, Kansas City RB Kareem Hunt peeled himself off the rookie wall at just the right time.

The Saints' defeat of the Ravens allowed Brees to join Favre and Manning as the only quarterbacks to defeat all 32 NFL teams. 5. Todd Gurley scored three TDs, giving him an NFL -high 14 and putting him on pace for 32 . Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson set the single- season record (31) in 2006.

20. Then again ... Any Given Sunday? Per Elias Sports Bureau, Dallas' +67 point differential is the second best in NFL history for a team with a losing record after 13 games. Conversely, entering Sunday night, Seattle's +36 differential is the lowest ever enjoyed by a team with a 10-2 record. So maybe we should root for a rematch of last year's wild-card battle, won by the Cowboys 24-22.

21. Speaking of Any Given Sunday, the Broncos led the Texans 38-3 in the third quarter before Houston reeled off 21 unanswered to make the result quasi-cosmetic. But if the Texans take it to the Patriots, then get whupped in that same yard by Denver ... then the Broncos are championship-caliber by virtue of the transitive property, right? (Definitely not ... just ... Any Given Sunday ... and another PSA for the folly of betting on NFL games.)

21a. In a revenge game no one talked about, Broncos DB Kareem Jackson — he spent his first nine seasons in Houston — returned a fumble 70 yards for a TD against his ex-mates, staking Denver to a 14-0 lead it didn't come close to relinquishing. He also made 11 tackles.

22. But let's pump the brakes before we anoint Drew Lock as the long-awaited successor to John Elway. Er, Peyton Manning. Er, John Elway ... probably depends on whether you grew up in Denver or not. Granted, nice day for Lock, the first rookie in league history to compile 300 passing yards and three TD passes in his first road start. But fair warning for those of you who have gone down the Kyle Allen or Gardnew Minshew rabbit holes in 2019. It's a lot easier to ambush opponents who don't have NFL film to study.

23. The Titans might have a nice set of triplets on their hands in QB Ryan Tannehill, RB Derrick Henry and WR A.J. Brown. Only problem? Brown, a rookie, is the only one currently under contract for 2020.

23a. Still, assuming they can crack the AFC field, Tennessee now looks like the team you don't want to see in the wild-card round ... and with two games left against the Texans, the Titans control their fate. They're now 6-1 and averaging 31.4 points since Tannehill replaced Marcus Mariota.

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24. Cleveland > Cincinnati.

24a. The Browns have won three in a row over their in-state rivals after the Bengals had taken the previous seven outcomes.

25. But Cleveland QB Baker Mayfield probably suffered another public relations — dare we say, team relations — loss, suggesting after the game that WR Odell Beckham Jr.'s sports hernia "was not handled the right way in our training room." Ouch. Usually not a bad idea to try and cover for a teammate ... but not when it means flaming your athletic trainers. Mayfield later tweeted, "My intentions were not to throw our medical staff under the bus. No I don’t know all the facts about Odell’s injury. It was emotionally answered because I can sense his frustration and I care about my team and putting us in the best position to win." Sigh.

26. Adrian Peterson became the sixth player to surpass 14,000 career rushing yards. AD needs 66 more to overtake Hall of Famer Curtis Martin (14,101 yards) for fifth place all time.

27. Hello, Olamide Zaccheaus. The Falcons receiver hauled in a 93-yard TD Sunday, the longest in league history on a player's first career catch.

27a. It was also the longest of Atlanta QB Matt Ryan's Matt Ryan’s 12-year career.

28. The Dolphins were 0-for-6 in the red zone Sunday, and K Jason Sanders accounted for all 21 of their points with seven field goals (one shy of the single-game mark). Wasn't enough in a 22-21 loss to the slightly-less-lowly Jets.

29. In case you hadn't thought about Lionel "Little Train" James in a minute, he was the last Chargers player with 100 yards both rushing and receiving in a game (back in 1985) ... until Austin Ekeler pulled it off Sunday.

30. Heads-up play of the day? Bills CB Tre’Davious White (literally) scooping up intel on the Ravens in windy Buffalo.

31. Coaching call of the day? The Jaguars calling for a (successful) fake punt while trailing 31-3 in the third quarter. It did eventually lead to a touchdown, but still. Hilarious.

31a. Jacksonville has lost five in a row by a collective 117 points.

32. Congrats to Buccaneers QB Ryan Griffin. Amazingly, he's a six-year NFL vet but hadn't played in a regular-season game until Sunday. He completed two of four passes for 18 yards. Hopefully that's enough to finally qualify for a varsity letter.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 32 things we learned from Week 14 of the 2019 NFL season

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