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Around the NFL: Gotham's Dynamic Duo, Los Angeles Rams Clinch
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3 Dec 2018 05:15 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley leaps over defender. (Image Source: SI.com)

Around the NFL, Week 13 edition:

Dynamic Duo

The New York Giants upset the Chicago Bears in overtime behind strong efforts from Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. Barkley ran for 125 yards to give him 954 rushing yards on the season to set a rookie franchise record.

Beckham accounted for two touchdowns, one as a receiver and one as a passer. It’s the second time he’s thrown and caught scoring strikes in the same game this season, the first player to have multiple games with both a TD pass and a TD grab since 1924. He has 1,052 receiving yards and is the first player in the history of the NFL to have 1,000 receiving yards and multiple touchdown passes in the same season.

Crown Them

With their 30-16 win at the Detroit Lions, the Los Angeles Rams improved to 11-1 to clinch the NFC West, their second-straight division title. It’s the first time they’ve won the division in consecutive seasons since 1978-79.

In the victory, running back Todd Gurley rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns to give him 1,649 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns. He’s the eighth player in the history of the NFL to reach 1,600 scrimmage yards and score at least 18 TDs through 12 games. Six of the previous seven are in the Hall of Fame and LaDainian Tomlinson is the seventh, the last to do so in 2006.

Wide out Brandin Cooks also reached a plateau as he’s now over the 1,000-yard mark, his fourth-straight 1,000-yard season. He posted 1,173 receiving yards with the New Orleans Saints in 2016 and 1,082 yards for the New England Patriots a year ago. He’s the first player in league history to go over 1,000 receiving yards with three different teams in three-straight seasons. Only five other players have ever posted 1,000-yard campaigns with three different teams.

Pitch & Catch

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns (no INTs) for a 120-passer rating to give him a league-best 41 touchdown passes this season. He’s the third quarterback in the history of the NFL with 40-plus TD passes through 12 games. The first two were Peyton Manning (44 in 2004) and Tom Brady (41 in 2007) who each went on to win the MVP that season. It’s the seventh game that Mahomes has thrown at least four scoring strikes, which is the second most for a single season.

His favorite target in their win over the Oakland Raiders was tight end Travis Kelce who hauled in 12 balls for 168 yards and two touchdowns. He has 1,082 receiving yards in 2018 and is just the second tight end in the history of the NFL with 1,000-plus receiving yards in three-straight seasons (Greg Olsen was the first).

Rookie Watch

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay rushed for 157 yards and two TDs in a win over Cincinnati. With 1,126 scrimmage yards, he’s the fourth undrafted rookie to reach the plateau since 1970.  

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns with 135 yards on the ground in defeat. He’s the fourth player in NFL history with two-plus TD passes and at least 125 rushing yards in the same game.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.

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