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Around the NFL: Alvin Kamara Among Rookie Runners to Shine, Jets Dynamic Duo, Keenan Allen's Streak
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5 Dec 2017 01:48 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara runs against Carolina. (Image Source: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Around the NFL, Week 13 Edition:

Rookie Runners

With 5:59 remaining in overtime, Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones busted through for the game-winning touchdown run against the Tampa Bay Bucs. It was the 41st time that Green Bay played an overtime game and Jones is just the second Packer to score a rushing touchdown in the extra period.

In Chicago, Tarik Cohen of the Bears returned a punt 61 yards to pay dirt to become the first player since Terry Metcalf in 1975 to score on a run, a reception, and a punt return, as well as throw a touchdown pass in the same season. The last rookie to do so was Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in 1965.

The New Orleans Saints defeated division rival Carolina and running back Alvin Kamara played a big role with 126 scrimmage yards (60 rushing, 66 receiving). That gives the Tennessee product 606 rushing yards and 614 receiving yards this season to become the third rookie to have 600-plus rushing and receiving yards, joining Hall of Famer Charley Taylor (1964) and Billy Sims (1980).

Dynamic Duos

Not to be outdone, New Orleans Saints Mark Ingram posted 122 yards from scrimmage, as he and Alvin Kamara combined for 248 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns in the victory. It’s the fifth-straight game that the tandem of Ingram and Kamara combined for at least 200 yards from scrimmage.

The New York Jets upset the Kansas City Chiefs in a 38-31 shootout with wide receivers Jermaine Kearse (157 yards) and Robby Anderson (107) each reaching the 100-yard plateau. Last week it was Anderson who led the way with 146 receiving yards with Kearse chipping in 105. It’s the first time that Jets teammates both had 100 receiving yards in consecutive games since 1967 when Hall of Famer Don Maynard and George Sauer did so in Weeks 16-17.

Consistent Catchers

The Arizona Cardinals fell to the Los Angeles Rams but Larry Fitzgerald caught 10 balls for 98 yards and a touchdown to become the third player in NFL history with 1,200 receptions, as he joined Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez. Getting there in 214 games, Fitzgerald was even quicker than Rice (221 games). The Cardinal has 82 catches, his 10th season with 75-plus, second only to Rice (13 seasons) and with 15,267 yards, Fitzgerald moves ahead of Isaac Bruce into fourth place on the all-time receiving list.

The Los Angeles Chargers keep winning and Keenan Allen keeps catching. In Sunday’s 19-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns, Allen had 10 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown to become the first player with 10-plus catches, 100-plus receiving yards, and a touchdown grab in three-straight games.

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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