1) Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams put on a clinic against the Detroit Lions. He couldn’t be stopped, which has been the story for most of his career, but against the Lions he had 5 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, 4 quarterback hits, and a forced fumble. His highlight reel from that game is frightening. With 16.5 sacks already this year, Donald has a chance at the single season record of 22.5 that was set by Michael Strahan in 2001.
2) Way back on Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys found a way to upset the New Orleans Saints, and in doing so put Dallas in the driver’s seat to win the NFC East at 7-5. That win was their fourth straight, and it seems to be the addition of Amari Cooper that has righted their season. Cooper has given them a legit number one receiving option which has benefited quarterback Dak Prescott.
With their offense coming around, and their defense being one of the league’s best, the Cowboys are a team no one wants to play in the playoffs.
4) Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs racked up 469 total yards in their win against the Oakland Raiders. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes had another 4 TD passes to give him 41 on the season which already ranks 9th all-time for a season. With 4 games left he has a real shot at Peyton Manning’s all-time record of 55 passing touchdowns in one year which he set in 2013.
5) With this being the Ten Thoughts and a kind of catch-all for your general NFL discussion, keep in mind that any comments about Kareem Hunt that try to make excuses for his idiotic actions will be deleted. Hitting, pushing, and kicking a woman while she’s on the floor is inexcusable.
6) In case you missed it, the Packers fired their head coach on Sunday.
Did you realize that Sunday, December 2, was Aaron Rodgers’ birthday. That’s a heck of a birthday present.
I want you to watch the first few seconds of Rodgers’ post game press conference from Sunday. I can’t help but wonder if that initial smirk had anything to do with him knowing his head coach was about to get canned.
7) After 19 seasons, New England QB Tom Brady has finally hit a thousand yards rushing, and the huge moment received the meme treatment.
He’s averaged 1.7 yards per carry during this time, with his best statistical year on the ground coming way back in 2002 when he had 110 yards on 42 attempts. The 1,000 yards was such an important milestone that when he was kneeling in victory formation to end the game, he went forward towards the line of scrimmage to ensure he wouldn’t lose yardage.
At the end of the game, Tom Brady took a knee forward instead of backwards to make sure he keeps the 1,000 yard mark of rushing.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 3, 2018
He even pointed to the ref to make sure he sees it pic.twitter.com/foqXYUDgEg
Brady even had a mock retirement (for a few seconds) to honor the historical moment.
8) The hottest team in the NFL is the Houston Texans, winners of nine straight games, and an argument can be made that they are the most complete team in the league right now.
9) The Washington Redskins lost another QB to a broken leg. This time Colt McCoy went down in the Monday Night game, and they were forced to play Mark Sanchez.
It’s almost like there’s some bad karma surrounding that franchise.
10) I know the popular narrative is to blame head coach Matt Nagy’s decisions, or to blame not having Mitchell Trubisky playing, for their loss against the New York Giants, but how about we get some of the blame over to Vic Fangio and the defense?
Even with all the problems the offense had (6 fumbles and 2 interceptions), they still hung 27 points on the board. Scoring that many points should be enough to win if you have a great defense.