1) So much for all the hype surrounding the Houston Texans at the Baltimore Ravens game. While everyone was focused on the quarterback battle between Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson, the Raven defense stepped up to show just how good they are by getting 7 sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in holding Houston to only 232 yards of offense in Baltimore’s 41 to 7 victory.
Watson only had 169 yards passing and 12 yards rushing while Jackson went off for 86 yards rushing on 9 carries, and 222 passing yards with 4 TDs.
But this was a neat moment from the end of the game however.
Look at what Deshaun Watson wrote on his jersey for Lamar Jackson. Zoom in on it. Classy. pic.twitter.com/R1wsdOT34S— Bruce Blitz (@BruceBlitz) November 17, 2019
2) And to all the football fans that were griping that the Houston vs. Baltimore game wasn’t flexed into the Sunday Night Football spot instead of the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams, keep in mind that NBC doesn’t really care about the potential for a classic match-up when the most important thing is the ratings.
L.A. (2nd largest market) and Chicago (3rd) brings in more possible viewers than Houston (7th) and Baltimore (26th).
3) The Minnesota Vikings came back from a 20-0 halftime deficit to beat the Denver Broncos 27-23, and the comeback was led by quarterback Kirk Cousins who has been playing some good football since losing to the Bears way back on September 29th.
Since losing that game, the Vikes are 6-1 and Cousins has thrown 18 TDs to only 1 Int.
4) Another team that needed a comeback was the San Francisco 49ers who was losing 16-0 to the Arizona Cardinals before battling back to win 36 to 26. The 9-1 Niners have been wining behind their defense and running game, but the Cardinals held San Fran to 34 yards on the ground, so Jimmy Garoppolo had to throw for a career high 424 yards and a career tying 4 TDs.
5) Speaking of former Patriot QBs, the Indianapolis Colts got Jacoby Brissett back after being injured the week prior, and he threw for a TD and ran for another in their 33-13 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars to help the Colts to their 6th win and at 6-4 they’re tied with the Texans atop the AFC South.
But the play of that game came after this rushing TD was negated by replay. That’s left guard Quenton Nelson playing a little fullback, and even though the TD was taken away, he still got to celebrate in the most epic offensive lineman way ever, a keg-stand.
6) Jeff Driskel, the Detroit Lions back up QB, played his second game this year and he looked a little better. In Detroit's loss to the Cowboys he went 15 of 26 for 209 yards, 2 TDs, no Ints, and he ran for 51 yards and a TD.
Starting QB Matthew Stafford is expected to miss some more time, meaning Driskel, a free agent to be, will get more time to audition for a possible chance to start elsewhere in 2020.
7) What’s gotten into the Atlanta Falcons? In their last two games, both on the road, they have a combined 55 points and have only allowed 12 in beating the Saints and Panthers. At 3-7 it’s too late for them to get into the playoff mix, but this is a veteran team that can play spoiler down the stretch.
8) Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills had a nice bounce-back game after losing to the Browns on November 10. On Sunday against the Miami Dolphins Allen had 256 yards passing with 3 TDs, and he ran for 56 yards and a TD. And yeah, it was against the 2 win Dolphins, but they had won 2 in a row and the game was in South Beach.
9) The 7-4 Kansas City Chiefs got a big win on Monday Night to stay ahead of the 6-4 Oakland Raiders in the AFC West, and if the Raiders can beat the struggling Jets this Sunday, that’ll set up a first place showdown between K.C. and Oakland for week 13.
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