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Week 12 NFL Preview: AFC West and AFC North Up For Grabs

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Week 12 NFL Preview: AFC West and AFC North Up For Grabs

2021-11-28 12:26:18

 

Image: Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett and Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson. (Image Source: Jason Miller / Getty Images) 

AFC WEST, AFC NORTH ARE ANYONE’S DIVISIONS: Every team in both the AFC West and AFC North is .500 or better.

It’s the first time in five years that any NFL division – not to mention two this season – has entered Week 12 without a team below .500. In 2016, all four NFC East teams – Dallas (9-1), the New York Giants (7-3), Washington (6-3-1) and Philadelphia (5-5) reached that threshold after 11 weeks.

This week, the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (6-4) make their annual trip to face the DENVER BRONCOS (5-5) on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS). Each of the last two games in Denver between the teams has been decided by a field goal or less. Last season, Denver won, 31-30, on a 1-yard touchdown reception by KJ HAMLER with no time remaining. The year before, Denver captured a 23-20 victory on a 53-yard field goal by BRANDON MCMANUS with no time remaining.

  • In Week 11, quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT threw for 382 yards and ran for 90, becoming the first player with at least 375 passing yards and 90 rushing yards in a game in NFL history. He also has 53 career touchdown passes, tied with DEREK CARR (53) for the second-most by a quarterback in his first two seasons in league annals.
  • In last week’s win, Chargers running back AUSTIN EKELER had 115 scrimmage yards (65 receiving, 50 rushing) and four touchdowns (two receiving, two rushing). Ekeler, who has seven rushing touchdowns and six receiving touchdowns this season, became just the second player since the merger in 1970 with at least six in each category through his team’s first 10 games, joining KAREEM HUNT (2018).
  • Also last week, Ekeler became the first player in a decade to rush for multiple touchdowns and catch multiple touchdowns in a game, since MAURICE JONES-DREW in 2011 (Week 14).

Meanwhile, all four AFC North clubs face a divisional opponent, with PITTSBURGH (5-4-1) at CINCINNATI (6-4) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS) and CLEVELAND (6-5) at BALTIMORE (7-3) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC).

The Browns are actually playing consecutive games against the Ravens – Weeks 12 and 14 – sandwiched around their Week 13 bye. It’s the first time in an NFL regular season a team will play consecutive games against the same opponent in 30 years, since Seattle (then a member of the AFC West) met the San Diego Chargers in Weeks 9 and 11 of the 1991 season. Each team had a Week 10 bye that season.

DON’T SLEEP ON ANYONE: So far this season, a game-winning score in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime has decided 37 contests, the third-most such games through Week 11 all-time. Only 2015 (39) and 2003 (39) had more.

  • Three teams – HOUSTONINDIANAPOLIS and MINNESOTA – entered last week with a .500-or-below winning percentage and defeated a team that began the week in first place or tied for first place in its division. Since Week 9, there have been 11 wins by teams with a .500-or-below winning percentage against division leaders, the most such wins to occur during Weeks 9-11 of a single season since 1970.
  • Houston and Minnesota each defeated teams that entered Week 11 with at least four more victories on the season. There have been eight such wins this season – by teams with at least four fewer wins than their opponents entering the game – tied with 1974 (eight) for the most such games through Week 11.

This week, the MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-5) travel to face the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (5-5) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX) in a key intraconference game. Each team enters with a two-game winning streak.

  • In last week’s win, Minnesota quarterback KIRK COUSINS passed for 341 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions for a 128.4 rating while wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON had eight receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Cousins has 21 touchdowns and only two interceptions this season, the fifth-best touchdown-to-interception ratio (10.5) through a player’s first 10 games of a season (minimum 20 touchdown passes) in NFL history.

The players with the best touchdown-to-interception ratio through their first 10 games of a season in NFL history (minimum 20 touchdown passes):

PLAYER

TEAM

SEASON

TDs

INTs

RATIO

Drew Brees

New Orleans

2018

25

1

25.0

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City

2020

27

2

13.5

Russell Wilson

Seattle

2019

23

2

11.5

Tom Brady

New England

2017

22

2

11.0

Kirk Cousins

Minnesota

2021

21

2

10.5

  • Cousins now has 25 career games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes, surpassing AARON RODGERS (24) for the second-most such games by a quarterback in his first 10 seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (26) has more.
  • Jefferson recorded his 11th career game with at least 100 receiving yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (11) and JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER (11) for the second-most such games by a player in his first two seasons in the Super Bowl era. Only ODELL BECKHAM JR. (15) has more.
  • Also, Jefferson joined EARNEST GRAY (1989-90) and LOUIS LIPPS (1984-85) as the only players in the Super Bowl era with at least 150 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in a game in each of their first two seasons. He also accomplished the feat as a rookie in Week 6 last season (166 receiving yards, two touchdown receptions).
  • In the 49ers’ win last week, wide receiver DEEBO SAMUEL registered 94 scrimmage yards (career-high 79 rushing, 15 receiving) and his third rushing touchdown of the season. Samuel, who has three rushing touchdowns this season and registered three rushing touchdowns as a rookie in 2019, became the first wide receiver in the Super Bowl era with at least three rushing touchdowns in two of his first three seasons. Samuel also ranks second in the NFL with 994 receiving yards, only 6 shy of his first career 1,000-yard season.
  • San Francisco tight end GEORGE KITTLE has a receiving touchdown in three consecutive games, the longest streak of his career.
  • San Francisco opened last week’s game with a drive that lasted 13 minutes and five seconds, the longest NFL drive since Tennessee held the ball for 13 minutes and 27 seconds on Nov. 27, 1997.

VENERABLE FOES RETURN TO LAMBEAU: Fresh off their bye week, the LOS ANGELES RAMS (7-3) return to Lambeau Field to face the GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-3) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX), looking to avenge their 2020 Divisional playoff loss. It’s the eighth rematch this season of 2020 playoff teams. So far, the team that lost the playoff game is 5-2 this year, including wins in four straight rematches.

  • Rams wide receiver COOPER KUPP leads the NFL in both receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,141) and is tied for the league lead in touchdown catches (10). He is the first player with at least 80 receptions, 1,100 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions in his team’s first 10 games of a season all-time.
  • Since taking the reins of the Rams in 2017, head coach SEAN MCVAY is 3-1 after bye weeks.
  • Last week, Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 385 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions for a 148.4 rating. Rodgers has 13 career games with at least four touchdown passes and a passer rating of 140-or-higher, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (13) for the third-most such games all-time. Only DREW BREES (15) and TOM BRADY (14) have more.
  • Rodgers also has 112 career games with a passer rating of 100-or-higher, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (112) for the third-most such games all time. Only TOM BRADY (148) and DREW BREES (141) have more.
 
 
 

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