Pittsburgh (5-5; 6-4 ATS) at Cincinnati (0-10; 4-6 ATS)
Early line: Steelers (minus-7 points). Total: (39)
PIT 28TH OFF; CIN 32ND DEF
PIT 27TH RUN; CIN 32ND vs. RUN
PIT 27TH PASS; CIN 24TH vs. PASS
PIT 24TH PTS; CIN 28TH PTS ALLOWED
CIN 27TH OFF; PIT 12TH DEF
CIN 28TH RUN; PIT T15TH vs. RUN
CIN 17TH PASS; PIT 9TH vs. PASS
CIN 30TH PTS; PIT 13TH PTS ALLOWED
PIT T2ND TO/TA; CIN 30TH TO-TA
Steelers lead all-time series 65-35-0 and have won last 9 games vs. Bengals (12 of last 13), most recently beating Cincinnati 27-3 at Pittsburgh in first game of this year’s season series in Week 4 Monday-nighter. Steelers’ defense limited Bengals’ offense to 175 total yards and 5-of-17 3rd-and 4th-down conversions and registered 8 sacks for 69 yards in losses and two takeaways in Week 4 victory.
STEELERS’ painful 21-7 loss to division-rival Browns in Week 11 Thursday-nighter could prove to be very costly, with a host of key players getting injured, and C Maurkice Pouncey getting suspended for 3 games for his involvement in an ugly prime-time brawl in the game’s final seconds in which Browns DE Myles Garrett ripped off Steelers QB Mason Rudolph’s helmet and hit him in the head with malicious intent.
STEELERS’ Rudolph, who has already missed time this season with a concussion after he was knocked unconscious from a helmet-to-helmet hit by Ravens S Earl Thomas, came out of the brawl unscathed. But Pouncey, who was trying to separate Garrett and Rudolph, was suspended 3 games without pay and also fined for punching and kicking Garrett.
Making matters much worse was the STEELERS’ body count after the game, most notably the loss of their top two playmakers — RB James Conner (shoulder) and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) — who suffered injuries in the 2nd quarter and didn't return (check statuses). Without them, Rudolph didn't have enough help and threw 4 INTs.
Other STEELERS going down for the count were: rookie WR Diontae Johnson, who got concussed from a vicious hit by Browns S Damarious Randall; LB Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (concussion); and CB Artie Burns (knee). If there’s any consolation, the Steelers should benefit from a few extra days rest after playing on Thursday night (check statuses).
Despite the injuries, the STEELERS were still within a touchdown in the fourth quarter before Browns LB Joe Schobert intercepted Rudolph for the 2nd time, and Cleveland scored with 5:25 left to seal the victory.
STEELERS offense struggled all night in Week 11 loss, gaining 236 total yards (only 16-58 rushing), 2-of-11 3rd-down conversion and 0-of-3 4th-down conversions, with Rudolph completing 23-44-221-1 TD-4 INTs (miserable 36.3 QB rating) while getting sacked 4 times.
STEELERS defense limited Browns to 293 total yards but registered only one sack and zero takeaways in Week 11 loss after collecting 13 sacks and 11 takeaways in the previous three games.
STEELERS’ lone sack was registered by OLB T.J. Watt, who ranked 3rd in the league in sacks with 10 ½ after the Week 11 game and has at least one-half sack in seven straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL.
In STEELERS’ Week 4 win over Bengals,Rudolph had an impressive 24-28-229-2 TDs-0 INTs (124.6 QB rating); Pittsburgh’s O-line allowed zero sacks; Conner had 10-42 rushing with a long of 21 and 8-83-1 receiving on 8 targets with a long of 21 (TD); RB Jaylen Samuels had 10-26-1 rushing with a long of 13 and 8-57 receiving on 8 targets with a long of 14; Johnson had 6-77-1 receiving on 6 targets with a long of 43 (TD) and a lost fumble; LILB Mark Barron had an INT, a TFL and team-high 11 tackles; ROLB Bud Dupree had a sack, a FF and 6 tackles; DT Cameron Heyward had 2 ½ sacks, a FF, 3 hurries and 6 tackles; and Watt had 1 ½ sacks, a FR, 3 hurries and 2 tackles.
Hapless BENGALS gave Raiders a run for their money, but rookie QB Ryan Finley was sacked five times and threw an INT that ended Cincinnati's hopes for a late comeback during Week 11 road loss. Bengals’ 0-10 start this season matches the worst in franchise history.
BENGALS led 7-0 behind RB Joe Mixon's running early in game. Mixon had a 30-yard run to start the drive, then scored on a 3-yard run after changing directions in the backfield. It was Cincinnati's first rushing touchdown this season by someone other than QB Andy Dalton.
Mixon had 47 yards on seven carries in the first half, but he became a non-factor when the Raiders geared up to stop the run, and the BENGALS fell behind. Mixon finished with 86 yards and 15 carries.
Finley struggled for a second straight week since replacing Dalton. The BENGALS’ rookie QB was 13-of-31 for 115 yards and a 39.0 QB rating.
"Overall, offensively it wasn't enough," head coach Zac Taylor said, adding that Finley will remain the BENGALS' starter. "He tried to keep some plays alive, but it's hard … There are some plays that he has got to learn from and he would like to have back, but it's the whole unit together and that starts with him."
In two games as the BENGALS’ starter, Finley has completed 29-of-61 pass attempts for 282 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
The BENGALS had a frightening moment in the fourth quarter when WR Auden Tate suffered a neck injury after making a 20-yard catch on a third-and-19 play. Tate had his back turned to the defense and was hit from behind by Raiders S Curtis Riley.
Tate lay on the turf for several minutes and players from both teams knelt down nearby before Tate was eventually placed on a cart and taken to the BENGALS’ locker room (check status).
If there was a positive in Week 11 loss, it came from the BENGALS’ defense. Cincinnati sacked Raiders QB Derek Carr three times (DT Geno Atkins had 1 ½ sacks). Carr had been sacked only 12 times in the Raiders previous nine games.
Still, it wasn't enough to take away the sting from BENGALS being 0-10. "It's a big hit on everybody in the organization," Mixon said. "It sucks to be in this position. I've never been 0-10 in my life. It's the same thing each and every week, and it's frustrating."
In addition to the scary injury to Tate, BENGALS lost CB William Jackson and DE Carlos Dunlap to injuries in the fourth quarter (check statuses).
Also check status of BENGALS WR A.J. Green, who has yet to play this season with ankle injury; OG Alex Redmond (knee, ankle; DNP in Week 11) and TE Drew Sample (ankle; DNP in Week 11).
In BENGALS’ Week 4 loss to Steelers,Dalton had 21-37-171-0 TDs (57.4 QB rating) and 2 fumbles (one lost) while getting sacked 8 times and 3-8 rushing with a long of 4; Mixon had 15-62 rushing with a long of 15 and 4-1 receiving on 5 targets with a long of 3; Tate had 4-50 receiving on 6 targets with a long of 23; and LB Nick Vigil had a FF, 2 TFLs and team-high 11 tackles.
Miami (2-8; 5-5 ATS) at Cleveland (4-6; 3-6-1 ATS)
Early line: Browns (minus-10.5 points). Total: (44)
MIA 29TH OFF; CLE 16TH DEF
MIA 32ND RUN; CLE 26TH vs. RUN
MIA T28TH PASS; CLE 6TH vs. PASS
MIA 31ST PTS; CLE 17TH PTS ALLOWED
CLE 22ND OFF; MIA 29TH DEF
CLE 12TH RUN; MIA 31ST vs. RUN
CLE 21ST PASS; MIA 20TH vs. PASS
CLE 25TH PTS; MIA 31ST PTS ALLOWED
MIA 32ND TO/TA; CLE 25TH TO-TA
Dolphins lead all-time series 11-8-0 and have won last 2 games vs. Browns after losing previous 4 games. Dolphins most recently beat Browns 30-24 in OT at Miami Sept. 25, 2016. Miami will play at Cleveland for the first time since 2013.
Lowly DOLPHINS were done in again primarily by their sputtering ground game that totaled only 23 yards in 37-20 Week 11 home loss to the division-rival Bills. Miami was unable to extend a modest a two-game winning streak and lost to Buffalo for the fifth time in the past six meetings.
DOLPHINS entered Week 11 game ranked last in the NFL in rushing and yards per attempt, and current RB1 Kalen Ballage, who netted just 9 yards on 9 carries, ranked 215th at a woeful 2.1 yards per try.
Buffalo’s front didn’t manhandle DOLPHINS only on running plays. The Bills also had a season-high seven sacks.
Part of the DOLPHINS’ chronic problem is that because of injuries and roster moves as they rebuild, they’ve started seven different combinations from tackle to tackle. Ballage’s inability to break tackles is also part of the problem; in four starts this year, he has totaled 57 yards.
But the DOLPHINS have no experienced alternative because they traded Kenyan Drake to the Cardinals on Oct. 28, and released Mark Walton Tuesday, citing an unspecified police matter (Dalton was halfway through a four-game NFL suspension).
The DOLPHINS’ best success on the ground in Week 11 came when they went with the wildcat on consecutive plays to score their final TD. Ballage took the snap and carried up the middle for 7 yards — his longest run of the day. On the next play, Ballage handed to WR Jakeem Grant on a jet sweep for a 7-yard score.
From other formations, the DOLPHINS netted 9 yards in 11 carries. That’s 2½ feet per attempt. Because they were repeatedly stuffed in the early going, the Dolphins faced third-and-13 or longer four times in their first three possessions.
Grant also scored for the DOLPHINS on a 101-yard kickoff return — his fourth career kick or punt return for a score.
WR DeVante Parker set up DOLPHINS’ first touchdown in Week 11 by turning a short pass into a 50-yard gain. He finished with 7-135 receiving on 10 targets.
A gamble worked but didn’t pay off when DOLPHINS rookie head coach Brian Flores tried an onside kick late in the second quarter after his team scored to trail 16-7. PK Jason Sanders recovered the ball, but on the next play, WR Allen Hurns lost a fumble at the Buffalo 25.
DOLPHINS’ porous defense allowed Bills a season-high 424 total yards and failed to register any sacks or takeaways.
Check status of DOLPHINS WR Gary Jennings, who missed the second half in Week 11 game with a shoulder injury; S Bobby McCain (shoulder), who left the game in the third quarter; OT Julien Davenport (right knee), who left in the fourth quarter; and CB Ken Webster, who remains out with ankle injury.
BROWNS’ 21-7 victory over Steelers in Week 11 Thursday-nighter was significantly blemished by the indefinite suspension of key defender Myles Garrett after the edge rusher pulled off Steelers QB Mason Rudolph’s helmet in the game’s final seconds and used it as a weapon in a frightening moment that sent shock waves through the league.
It’s a stunning setback for Garrett and the BROWNS, a talented squad which had finally gained some positive momentum during a strange season now experiencing the most bizarre twist yet.
The BROWNS have been wrapped up in drama all season, and that was the case again last Thursday as the team released WR Antonio Callaway just hours before kickoff.
Callaway, who served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy earlier this season, was benched by head coach Freddie Kitchens for arriving late to BROWNS’ Week 10 game against Buffalo.
BROWNS’ win over Steelers was their second straight, and with a favorable upcoming schedule — Miami and Cincinnati twice — the playoff talk that had been muted by a four-game losing streak had been renewed.
Garrett’s implosion came on the night the BROWNS played their best defensive game, holding the Steelers to seven points and 236 yards and registering 4 sacks and 4 INTs. The Browns have been waiting for the pieces to fall into place, and just when it looked like they were, Garrett delivered a monstrous distraction.
Garrett going ballistic overshadowed the earlier ejection of BROWNS S Damarious Randall, whose vicious hit concussed Steelers WR Diontae Johnson and could quite possibly result in another suspension (check status).
BROWNS, who are trying to end the league’s longest playoff drought, will also be missing Larry Ogunjobi this Sunday after the DT was suspended one game for shoving Rudolph.
BROWNS defense suffered another big blow when it was announced a few days after the Week 11 game that starting S Morgan Burnett had suffered a season-ending torn Achilles tendon, further weakening Cleveland’s thin secondary. In addition, Olivier Vernon, who played on the opposite side from Garrett, remains out with a sprained knee, as does S Eric Murray (check statuses).
BROWNS clinched rare win over arch-rival Steelers with QB Baker Mayfield’s 8-yard TD pass to undrafted rookie TE Stephen Carlson with 5:25 remaining. The score was set up by LB Joe Schobert’s INT of Mayfield for the 2nd time in the game.
Schobert, who returned the INT to the Steelers’ 9, had a huge night in prime time, leading BROWNS defense with a sack, 4 PBs, 2 TFLs and team-high 10 tackles.
BROWNS offense gained 293 total yards in Week 11 win with Mayfield finishing 17-32-193-2 TDs-0 INTs (92.3 QB rating), RB Nick Chubb going over 1,000 yards with 27-92 rushing and a long of 12, WR Odell Beckham catching 4 passes for 60 yards on 10 targets with a long of 42 and WR Jarvis Landry catching 4 passes for 43 yards and a TD on 7 targets with a long of 25.
Tampa Bay (3-7; 2-8 ATS) at Atlanta (3-7; 4-6 ATS)
Early line: Falcons (minus-4.5 points). Total: (52)
TB 6TH OFF; ATL 21ST DEF
TB 21ST RUN; ATL 19TH vs. RUN
TB 4TH PASS; ATL 26TH vs. PASS
TB 6TH PTS; ATL 26TH PTS ALLOWED
ATL 10TH OFF; TB 23RD DEF
ATL 30TH RUN; TB 2ND vs. RUN
ATL 3RD PASS; TB 31ST vs. PASS
ATL 19TH PTS; TB 32ND PTS ALLOWED
TB 29TH TO/TA; ATL 27TH TO-TA
Falcons lead all-time series 27-24-0 and have won last 5 games vs. Bucs, including series sweep last season. In first matchup last season in Week 6 at Atlanta, Falcons beat Bucs 34-29 despite being outgained 510-417. Falcons beat Bucs 34-32 at TB in second game of last year’s season series in Week 17 on PK Matt Bryant’s 37-yard FG with no time remaining (Falcons outgained Bucs 489-433).
Jameis Winston continued to be a turnover machine in BUCS’ 34-17 Week 11 home loss to the division-rival Saints — TB’s 5th loss in 6 games following a 2-2 start.
In addition to throwing 4 INTs (including a pick-6 by Saints S Marcus Williams), Winston was sacked twice and pressured all day by a persistent pass rush that left him hobbling across the field on a sore ankle to try to make the tackle on Williams' long INT return up the New Orleans sideline.
BUCS’ Winston (30-51-313-2 TDs-4 INTs-57.1 QB rating in Week 11) enters Week 12 action ranked 2nd in the league in passing yards with 3,078, but he also has a ghastly 19-18 TD-INT ratio (8-13 TD-INT in last 5 games) and has lost 4 of his 11 fumbles.
BUCS’ top-flight WRs Mike Evans and Curtis Godwin, who rank 2nd and 3rd in league in receiving yards, respectively, were held in check by Saints’ secondary, despite the fact NO was missing top-flight CB Marshon Lattimore. Evans had 4-69 receiving on 8 targets with a long of 27. Godwin was limited to 3-47 on 6 targets, but did have a 30-yard TD catch.
"It's very frustrating," said BUCS’ Evans, who boosted his season total to 58-993 yards receiving — 7 yards shy of joining Hall of Famer Randy Moss as the only players in NFL history to begin a career with 6 consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. "It's just we've been very, very inconsistent. ... I don't know what we've got to do to overturn it, but we've got to do something because this feeling is awful."
BUCS ran the ball a franchise-low eight times for 36 yards in Week 11 loss, with Winston scrambling for a team-leading 23 on two attempts.
BUCS leading receiver in Week 11 loss was TE Cameron Brate, who had 10-73 receiving on 14 targets with a long of 12. Rookie WR Scott Miller added 4-71 receiving on 6 targets with a long of 48.
BUCS defense allowed Saints only 328 total yards, but NO converted 7-of 13 3rd downs and their only 4th down, and TB registered just one sack and zero takeaways.
BUCS’ league-worst scoring defense (31.3 ppg) has given up at least 27 points in 9 of their 10 games.
Winston said he was hit in the ankle while throwing the interception that Williams returned for a touchdown, but added that he doesn't expect it to be a problem or affect his status for BUCS’ Sunday tilt with Falcons (check status).
Also check status of BUCS DE Carl Nassib, who missed his 2nd straight game with groin injury); LB Anthony Nelson (hamstring; DNP in Week 11); and CB M.J. Stewart (knee; DNP in Week 11).
In BUCS’ Week 6 loss to Falcons last season, Winston had 30-41-395-4 TDs-2 INTs (115.4 QB rating) and 5-29 rushing with a long of 11, RB Peyton Barber had 13-82 rushing with a long of 28 and 4-24-1 receiving on 4 targets with a long of 9; and Godwin and TEs O.J. Howard and Brate each had TD catches.
In BUCS’ Week 17 loss to Falcons last season, Winston had 22-35-345-4 TDs-1 INT (121.7 QB rating) and 2-23 rushing with a long of 15, Barber had 15-66 rushing with a long of 9, Godwin had 6-114-2 receiving on 9 targets with a long of 30 (TD), Evans had 6-106-2 receiving on 8 targets with a long of 33 and S Andrew Adams had an INT, 2 PBs and 4 tackles.
FALCONS defense that was awful this season before playing like the “Monsters of the Midway” in the last 2 games spearheaded Atlanta’s 29-3 Week 11 road win over the Panthers for their second straight lopsided victory against an NFC South foe.
FALCONS had one of the worst defenses in the league the first eight games of the season, which played a big role in a 1-7 start. But over their past two games, the Falcons have been nothing short of dominant, allowing just four field goals and no touchdowns.
Four different FALCONS defenders intercepted Panthers QB Kyle Allen in Week 11 win, and Atlanta also sacked Allen 5 times for 55 yards in losses, led by DE Adrian Clayborn, who had 2 sacks, 3 hurries and 3 tackles.
FALCONS had only two interceptions all season — and none since Week 2 against the Eagles — but they intercepted Allen three times in the first half to build a 20-0 lead.
FALCONS QB Matt Ryan improved to 7-1 in his past eight starts against Carolina, throwing for 311 yards, including a 6-yard TD pass to WR Calvin Ridley, and registering a 111.1 QB rating.
Ridley found huge holes in the Carolina defense, finishing with eight catches for 143 yards, and rookie RB Quadree Ollison added a 2-yard TD run for the FALCONS, who won despite playing without RB Devonta Freeman (foot) and TE Austin Hooper (knee).
FALCONS WR1 Julio Jones, who is ranked 5th in league with 882 yards receiving; had 6-91 receiving on 8 targets with a highlight-reel long catch of 48 yards.
FALCONS dominated in every phase of the game, including special teams. PR Kenjon Barner, gave Atlanta the boost it needed when he weaved his way up the field for a 78-yard score, picking up blockers along the way en route to an early 10-0 lead. It was the first punt return allowed by the Panthers since 2016.
In addition to Freeman and Hooper, check status of FALCONS DE Takk McKinley, who injured his shoulder on a first-half sack of Allen and didn’t return; and S Kemal Ishmael (concussion; DNP in Week 11).
In FALCONS’ Week 6 win over Bucs last season, Ryan had 31-41-355-3 TDs-0 INTs (125.6 QB rating), Falcons’ had only 22-70-1 rushing, Jones had 10-144 receiving on 14 targets with a long of 32, Hooper had 9-71-1 receiving on 10 targets with a long of 14 and CB Brian Poole (now with Jets) and S Damontae Kazee each had INTs.
In FALCONS’ Week 17 win over Bucs last season, Ryan had 31-44-378-2 TDs-1 INT (102.3 QB rating) and a 5-yard TD catch from WR Mohamed Sanu (now with Patriots) on a trick play, RB Tevin Coleman (now with Niners) had 8-45-1 rushing with a long of 23 (TD) and 1-9 receiving, Jones had 9-138-1 receiving on 13 targets with a long of 37, Sanu had 7-90 receiving on 10 targets with a long of 32, Hooper had 5-67 receiving on 6 targets with a long of 20 and Kazee had an INT and 5 tackles.
Detroit (3-6; 4-6 ATS) at Washington (1-9; 3-7 ATS)
Early line: Lions (minus-3.5 points). Total: (42)
DET 8TH OFF; WAS T22ND DEF
DET 19TH RUN; WAS 28TH vs. RUN
DET 5TH PASS; WAS 16TH vs. PASS
DET 11TH PTS; WAS 22ND PTS ALLOWED
WAS 31ST OFF; DET 30TH DEF
WAS 26TH RUN; DET 24TH vs. RUN
WAS 32ND PASS; DET 30TH vs. PASS
WAS 32ND PTS; DET 27TH PTS ALLOWED
DET T14TH TO/TA; WAS T20TH TO-TA
Redskins lead all-time series 30-14-0, but Lions have won last 4 games in series, most recently beating Redskins 20-17 in Detroit Oct. 23, 2016.
LIONS got decent efforts from a no-name offense with QB Jeff Driskel replacing the injured Matthew Stafford and RB Bo Scarbrough replacing the injured Kerryon Jackson, but Detroit’s defense continued to struggle in 35-27 Week 11 road loss to the Cowboys for Lions’ 6th loss in last 7 games.
Stafford missed a second straight game with back and hip problems that are expected to sideline him for 6 weeks. The LIONS lost 20-13 at Chicago with Driskel at quarterback in Week 10, but the offense looked sharper against Dallas.
Driskel threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns and finished with a 109.3 QB rating, and he also ran for 51 yards on eight carries in Week 11 loss. His mobility was a plus for LIONS, who trailed for the entire second half but were in the game at the end.
Scarbrough, signed off the practice squad, made his NFL debut and scored the game's first touchdown on a 5-yard run just 2:27 into the game, and ran for 55 yards on 14 carries in LIONS’ Week 11 loss.
Scarbrough's touchdown came after the LIONS had a short field following a Dallas fumble. But that was the only real highlight for Detroit’s defense, as QB Dak Prescott threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns for the Cowboys, who were 8-of-14 on third down.
Penalties hurt LIONS as well. After Dallas scored a TD in the 2nd quarter, the Lions were called for 15-yard infractions on both that play and the ensuing PAT. Both were enforced, leading to the unusual spectacle of the Cowboys kicking off from the Detroit 35. Dallas took advantage, using a squib kick that forced the Lions to start at their 15.
Late in the 4th quarter, with the LIONS down by 8, Detroit reached the Dallas 32. Then the Lions were flagged for an ineligible man downfield. After an incomplete pass, a sack and another incompletion, Detroit lined up to punt on 4th-and-26 and was called for delay of game, bringing up 4th-and-31. With 2 timeouts remaining, the Lions punted, and they never got the ball back.
Check status of LIONS DE Trey Flowers and OL Frank Ragnow, who were evaluated for concussions; FS Tracy Walker, who left Week 11 game with a knee injury; specialist Jamal Agnew, who left with an ankle injury; FB Nick Bawden, who left with a knee injury; DE Da’Shawn Hand (ankle; DNP in Week 11); and OT Rick Wagner (concussion; DNP in Week 11).
The lowly WASHINGTON defense was their worst enemy in ugly 34-17 Week 11 home loss to equally lowly Jets.
WASHINGTON gave up 400 yards and 34 points to the Jets, who entered Week 11 game with the league’s worst offense. Skins’ defense is allowing opponents to convert on 49.28% of third downs, the highest rate in the league. Communication issues have lingered.
“We’re missing tackles; we’re leaving guys open,” WASHINGTON OLB Ryan Kerrigan said. “Defensively, those are mistakes you can’t overcome. I mean, it’s hard enough to win in this league when you’re playing well and doing things the right way. When you’re making mistakes and beating yourself, you have no chance.”
Interim head coach Bill Callahan said he wouldn’t be firing defensive coordinator Greg Manusky or making any other staff changes, so WASHINGTON continues to be the definition of insanity by doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
WASHINGTON offense gained only 225 yards and converted 6-of-16 3rd downs in Week 11 loss.
QB Dwayne Haskins was 19-of-35 for 214 yards, 2 TD passes and an INT against Jets in his first game since being named the full-time starter (79.9 QB rating). WASHINGTON needs to protect Haskins better after he got sacked 6 times by the Jets and overall must develop some — any — offensive rhythm.
Even though Haskins and WASHINGTON 3rd-round pick WR Terry McLaurin were teammates at Ohio State, 6th-round rookie Kelvin Harmon was Haskins’ most popular target vs. Jets. Harmon caught 5 of 6 balls thrown his way and, along with the smaller McLaurin and Trey Quinn, gives Haskins a big receiver to throw to when things break down.
WASHINGTON RB Derrius Guice is back from another knee injury and looks legit. Even though much of it came in garbage time, his 45-yard screen pass TD and 24 yards on the ground in Week 11 showed the 2018 second-round pick could be a force when healthy. Guice’s first TD was also Haskins’ first. Haskins gave Guice the ball.
WASHINGTON ORG Brandon Scherff is a 2-time Pro Bowl selection, but he lost his cool after being flagged for holding and wound up costing Washington even more with an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty in Week 11 loss. Scherff, a pending free agent who will likely be elsewhere unless he’s franchise-tagged, is tied for the team lead with 7 penalties.
All eyes are on DL Daron Payne, who injured his right ankle and was seen Monday in a walking boot, and P Tress Way, who was hobbled when Jets’ Harvey Langi roughed him on a punt in the 3rd quarter (check statuses). Because it’s a lost season, WASHINGTON should probably play it safe with Payne, their 2018 first-round pick, and Way, their best player.
Also check status of WASHINGTON TE Vernon Davis (concussion; DNP in Week 11), WR Paul Richardson (hamstring; DNP in Week 11), RB Chris Thompson (toe; DNP in Week 11) and DT Tim Settle (hamstring; DNP in Week 11).
Oakland (6-4; 6-4 ATS) at N.Y. Jets (3-7; 4-6 ATS)
Early line: Raiders (minus-3 points). Total: (45.5)
OAK 11TH OFF; NYJ 13TH DEF
OAK 9TH RUN; NYJ 1ST vs. RUN
OAK 13TH PASS; NYJ 21ST vs. PASS
OAK 18TH PTS; NYJ 24TH PTS ALLOWED
NYJ 32ND OFF; OAK 20TH DEF
NYJ 31ST RUN; OAK 17TH vs. RUN
NYJ 31ST PASS; OAK 27TH vs. PASS
NYJ 29TH PTS; OAK 21ST PTS ALLOWED
OAK 13TH TO/TA; NYJ 26TH TO-TA
Raiders lead all-time series 25-19-2 and have won last 2 games in series, most recently defeating Jets 45-20 at Oakland Sept. 17, 2017. The Jets will be trying for their first three-game winning streak since Weeks 3-5 of the 2017 season.
On a day when RAIDERS’ offense committed a pair of turnovers, including first-round rookie RB Josh Jacobs’ first career fumble in the red zone, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther's unit made all the difference in 17-10 Week 11 home victory over winless Bengals.
RAIDERS won their third straight game, all at home after a seven-week stretch on the road, to move into a first-place tie with Chiefs in the AFC West pending KC’s Monday-night meeting in Mexico City.
RAIDERS offense gained 386 total yards and converted 8-of-16 3rd- and 4th-downs, while defense limited Bengals to 246 total yards and only 3-of-13 3rd-down conversions and registered 5 sacks for 42 yards in losses and 2 takeaways.
DE Maxx Crosby had the best day by a RAIDERS pass rusher in nearly four years, and RCB Trayvon Mullen kept Oakland's defensive surge going with a game-clinching INT that ended any hopes that Cincinnati had of ending its winless start.
Crosby had a team rookie-record 4 sacks as the RAIDERS shut down Cincinnati's offense after RB Joe Mixon had given it a lift in the first half. It was the most sacks in a single game by an Oakland player since Khalil Mack had 5 against Denver in December 2015.
Crosby, a 4th-round draft pick, had a sack and FF to end Cincinnati's first drive, dropped Finley again in the third quarter and then sacked him twice in the fourth in RAIDERS’ 3rd straight win.
Mullen made a game-clinching INT in the 4th quarter, as RAIDERS defense came through late for the third straight game. S Karl Joseph, who suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 10, knocked down a 4th-down pass to secure a win vs. Detroit in Week 9, and then intercepted Philip Rivers’ desperation pass to beat the Chargers in Week 10.
RAIDERS QB Derek Carr passed for 292 yards and a TD while completing 25-of-29 passes, and Jacobs had his fourth 100-yard game in the last six weeks.
Carr completed his first 14 passes, including a 2-yard TD to WR Foster Moreau (5-66 receiving on 6 targets with a long of 27) and ran in from 3 yards out for RAIDERS’ other TD.
Jacobs ran for 112 yards on 23 carries, continuing his push for Offensive Rookie of the Year. The 24th overall pick in the draft, Jacobs has 616 yards in the last 6 games. Jacobs' 4 100-yard games broke Marcus Allen's 37-year-old team rookie record. Jacobs had already surpassed the record for most rushing yards by a RAIDERS rookie.
RAIDERS TE Darren Waller had 5-78 receiving on 7 targets with a long of 32, and WR Tyrell Williams added 4-82 receiving on 4 targets in Week 11 win.
Check status of RAIDERS S Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring; DNP in Week 11) and OT David Sharpe (calf; DNP in Week 11).
JETS clearly looked better than counterpart NFC bottom-feeder Redskins in 34-17 Week 11 road victory, as QB Sam Darnold became the youngest player in Jets history to throw four TD passes in a game (Joe Namath was nine days older when he did it in 1965).
In JETS’ last three games, they are averaging nearly 29 points and 338 yards while going 2-1, including consecutive wins over the Giants and Redskins. Darnold has completed 65.7% of his passes with six touchdowns and two interceptions during that stretch.
JETS have scored a touchdown on their opening possession in four straight games. That comes after they had gone 30 consecutive games without getting into the end zone on its first drive.
On the other side of the ball, JETS’ top-ranked run defense (79.1 ypg) continues to be downright stingy after holding Washington to just 54 yards on the ground. They have allowed just one 100-yard rusher: Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott, who had 105 on 28 carries in Week 6.
The JETS’ running game is still stalling. NY ranks 31st in the NFL with 72.1 ypg, ahead of only Miami (60.3). There are multiple layers to the struggles, from the constant shuffling on the offensive line because of injuries and the early season absence of Darnold because of mononucleosis.
But, it’s still surprising considering JETS have RB Le’Veon Bell in their backfield. Bell had just 59 yards rushing and a TD on 18 carries and hasn’t cracked 100 yards in any game this season. There’s some glimmer of hope: The Jets totaled 115 yards rushing vs. Washington, the first time they had over 100 as a team this season.
JETS veteran TE Ryan Griffin has suddenly become a favorite target of Darnold. Griffin had five catches for 109 yards — the first 100-yard game of his career — and a touchdown at Washington. He has 25 receptions for 269 yards and a career-high four TDs.
JETS S Jamal Adams has 6 sacks, including three vs. Redskins and two the previous week vs. Giants. That total is already the franchise’s single-season record for defensive backs.
JETS OLT Kelvin Beachum reinjured an ankle in Week 11, but head coach Adam Gase said it appears it’s not as serious as the injury that sidelined him for three games earlier this season. Rookie ORT Chuma Edoga had an MRI for what Gase called an ankle/knee issue. There’s optimism Edoga will be able to play Sunday (check statuses).
Also check status of JETS LBs C.J. Moseley (groin; DNP in Week 11) and Paul Worrilow (quadricep; DNP in Week 11), C Ryan Kalil (knee; DNP in Week 11), S Matthias Farley (quadricep; DNP in Week 11) and CB Darryl Roberts (calf; DNP in Week 11).
Jacksonville (4-6; 5-5 ATS) at Tennessee (5-5; 4-5-1 ATS)
Early line: Titans (minus-3 points). Total: (41.5)
JAX 12TH OFF; TN 18TH DEF
JAX 13TH RUN; TN 14TH vs. RUN
JAX 12TH PASS; TN 22ND vs. PASS
JAX 26TH PTS; TN 7TH PTS ALLOWED
TN 26TH OFF; JAX 17TH DEF
TN 15TH RUN; JAX 29TH vs. RUN
TN 26TH PASS; JAX 8TH vs. PASS
TN 23RD PTS; JAX 16TH PTS ALLOWED
JAX T18TH TO/TA; TN T7TH TO-TA
Titans lead all-time series 29-21-0. Jags won most recent game in first game of this year’s season series 20-7 at Jacksonville in Week 3 after losing previous 4 games, but they have 9 losses in their last 11 trips to Nashville. Jaguars sacked Titans QB Marcus Mariota, who has been benched in favor of Ryan Tannehill, a whopping nine times for 55 yards in losses in Week 3 win.
JAGUARS couldn't run the ball or stop the run for the second straight game, resulting in a 33-13 Week 11 blowout at AFC South foe Indianapolis that dropped them to last in the division. Jags have been outscored 59-16 in back-to-back division games.
JAGUARS looked mostly unprepared in Week 11 following a bye week, as QB Nick Foles’ return did little, if anything, to spark a struggling offense, and the defense was downright dismal again, giving up more than 200 yards rushing for the third time in the past six games.
JAGUARS allowed Colts to run for 264 yards on 36 carries and 3 TDs (7.3 ypc), reminiscent of Carolina's performance in early October, when Panthers hammered the Jags for 285 yards on the ground.
Head Coach Doug Marrone thought his defense had resolved some of its issues after that meltdown, but they returned in London two weeks ago, when Houston ran for 219 yards in a 26-3 victory over JAGUARS at Wembley Stadium.
Foles finished with 296 yards passing and two touchdowns to WR DJ Chark in JAGUARS’ Week 11 loss (92.2 QB rating), but a good chunk of his numbers came in garbage time. RB1 Leonard Fournette ran eight times for only 23 yards two weeks after gaining only 40 yards on 11 carries.
On a positive note, JAGUARS’ Chark continues to impress. He caught eight passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 51 receptions for 796 yards and eight scores in his second season. He's been on the receiving end of each of Foles' three TD passes in 2019.
In addition, rookie DE Josh Allen notched his eighth sack, tying the franchise's rookie record set by Yannick Ngakoue in 2016. Allen has been the biggest bright spot on a mediocre JAGUARS defense.
Check status of JAGUARS TE Seth DeValve, who sat out Week 11 loss with an oblique injury. Marrone said DeValve’s absence was a big reason behind the Jags’ dismal 9-29 ground game (only 3.2 ypc).
In JAGUARS’ Week 3 win over Titans, QB Gardner Minshew had 20-30-204-2 TDs-0 INTs (108.2 QB rating) and 4-18 rushing with a long of 10, Fournette had 15-66 rushing with a long of 69 and 6-26 receiving on 8 targets with a long of 9, Chark had 4-76-1 receiving on 5 targets with a long of 37 and DE Calais Campbell led potent Jaguars pass rush with 3 sacks, 4 TFLs, 5 hurries and 6 tackles.
TITANS are coming off a well-timed bye after exhilarating but exhausting 35-32 Week 10 home win over high-powered Chiefs for their 3rd victory in last 4 games. Titans rallied to beat Chiefs with Joshua Kalu blocking a 52-yard field goal at the last second.
"We got a timely bye week for us to rest up, get healthy and improve," TITANS CB Logan Ryan said last week after win over KC. "(We) get our guys back and get ready for an important stretch here, a lot of division games coming up, and obviously it's all about how you finish in this league, and the finish is near. I think it's a perfect bye week for us."
If TITANS can finish the season the way they've won 3 straight at home, then they might have a chance at their first playoff berth under second-year head coach Mike Vrabel. They turned in an amazing goal-line stand to beat the Chargers on Oct. 20, then Ryan intercepted a pass inside the final minute to beat TB on Oct. 27.
TITANS allowed Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes to throw for 446 yards in Week 10 win — the most the Titans have ever allowed at Nissan Stadium — but their “bend but don’t break” defense forced Chiefs to settle for six FG attempts. The 5th was ruined by a bad snap before Kalu blocked the 6th. Titans’ defense also scored a TD with LB Rashaan Evans returning a fumble 53 yards.
TITANS offense continued to be bogged down by slow starts, managing only 16 yards in the first quarter against the Chiefs to fall behind 10-0. They gave up two sacks, with Tannehill stripped of the ball on one. But there was one MAJOR improvement: RB Derrick Henry got the ball five times in just 5:27 after having only two rushes in the first half in Week 9 loss at Carolina.
Henry was just warming up, finishing with the second-best rushing game of his career (23-188-8.2 ypc) and also running for a pair of scores, as TITANS ended up outrushing KC 225-97 in Week 10 win.
Henry entered TITANS’ bye week ranked 5th in NFL with 832 yards rushing and 4th with 8 TDs. He's tied for the fifth-most games in a player's first 4 seasons in NFL history with 3 career games of at least 170 yards and two TDs rushing. Only Jim Brown (six), Eric Dickerson (six), Earl Campbell (five) and Jamal Lewis (four) have more.
Tannehill figures to keep Mariota nailed to the bench after overcoming 4 sacks with 13-19-181-2 TDs-0 INTs (133.9 QB rating) and 3-37 rushing with a long of 18 in TITANS’ Week 10 win over Chiefs.
Tannehill was masterful in TITANS’ final drive, finishing up a 4-play, 61 yard drive in 58 seconds with a 23-yard go-ahead strike to WR Adam Humphries and then putting the icing on the cake with his 2-point scamper to give Tennessee a 3-point lead with 23 seconds remaining.
TITANS turned to Tannehill looking for a spark on offense. They're scoring 26.2 points a game in Tannehill's four starts, 10 points more than in Mariota’s six starts. Tannehill is averaging 8.5 yards per pass attempt and has a 104.4 QB rating. Both would be career highs for Tannehill, who is due to hit the free agent market in March.
Humphries, whose game-winning score was his first TD of the season, leads TITANS receivers in receptions with 33 (10.3 ypc), while 2nd-round rookie WR A.J. Brown leads team in receiving yards with 27-446-3 (16.5 ypc).
TITANS’ O-line that has had big problems all season gave up 4 sacks for the 2nd straight game in Week 10 and has allowed at least 3 sacks in 8 of 10 games.
TITANS’ 3-time Pro Bowl OLT Taylor Lewan had three more penalties in Week 10, giving him a team-high nine for the season, despite being suspended the first four games. Lewan apologized after the game and spoke again the day after the game in the locker room. "The reality is those penalties aren't good enough," he said.
TITANS hope bye will help bring back a host of key injured players. Four-time Pro Bowl DT Jurrell Casey’s injured shoulder has kept him out of the past two games, starting LB Jayon Brown sat out Week 10 game with an injured groin that sidelined him during the loss at Carolina and WR Corey Davis also sat out with a hip injury (check statuses).
In addition, TITANS hope TE Delanie Walker can return soon. Walker has missed three straight since aggravating his right ankle five snaps into the game against the Chargers (check status).
In TITANS’ Week 3 loss to Jaguars, Mariota had 23-40-304-0 TDs-0 INTs (81.7 QB rating) while getting sacked 9 times and 6-34 rushing with a long of 12, Henry had 17-44-1 rushing with a long of 11, Walker had 7-64 receiving on 9 targets with a long of 29 and Humphries had 6-93 receiving on 9 targets with a long of 30. d
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