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Top 7 Statistical Highlights from Week 13 in the NFL


A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 1, the 13th week of the 2019 season.

  • Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ 20-17 victory over San Francisco. Jackson has four games with at least 100 rushing yards in 2019, surpassing MICHAEL VICK (three games in both 2004 and 2006) and RUSSELL WILSON (three in 2014) for the most by a quarterback in a single season in NFL history.

    The BALTIMORE RAVENS have rushed for 2,494 yards this season, the third-most rushing yards by a team in its first 12 games of a season since 1970. Only the 1972 MIAMI DOLPHINS (2,586 rushing yards) and the 1975 BUFFALO BILLS (2,505) had more.

  • Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 125.4 passer rating in the Packers’ 31-13 win at the New York Giants.

    Rodgers has 23 career games with at least four touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (23 games) for the fourth-most such games in NFL history. Only PEYTON MANNING (35 games), DREW BREES (34) and TOM BRADY (29, entering Sunday night) have more.

    Giants running back SAQUON BARKLEY, who appeared in his 25th career game, registered 115 scrimmage yards (83 rushing, 32 receiving) on Sunday. It marked his 17th career game with at least 100 scrimmage yards, tied with BILLY SIMS (17 games) for the fourth-most such games by a player in his first 25 career games. Only EDGERRIN JAMES (21 games), Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (19) and EZEKIEL ELLIOTT (18) had more.

  • Pittsburgh rookie quarterback DEVLIN HODGES, making his second career start, threw a touchdown pass and recorded a 95.7 passer rating in the Steelers’ 20-13 win against Cleveland.

    Hodges, who won his first career start in Week 6, joins ED RUBBERT (1987) as the only undrafted rookie quarterbacks to win each of their first two career starts since 1970.

  • Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown in the Titans’ 31-17 win at Indianapolis.

    Henry, who rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns in Week 10 and had 159 rushing yards with two rushing touchdowns in Week 12, is the fifth player in NFL history to record at least 145 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in three consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (1958), ERIC DICKERSON (1984) and O.J. SIMPSON (1976), as well as ADRIAN PETERSON (2012).

  • Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY registered seven receptions and 102 scrimmage yards (58 receiving, 44 rushing) in the Panthers’ Week 13 loss against Washington. He has 75 receptions through 12 games in the 2019 season.

    McCaffrey has recorded at least 75 catches in each of his first three NFL seasons and is the fifth running back in NFL history with at least three career seasons of at least 75 receptions, joining LE’VEON BELL (three seasons), LARRY CENTERS (five), ROGER CRAIG (three) and Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (five).

    McCaffrey has 2,162 career receiving yards and surpassed ROGER CRAIG (2,118 receiving yards) for the most receiving yards by a running back in his first three seasons since 1966.

  • Three rookies – Los Angeles Rams safety TAYLOR RAPP (31-yard interception return), Kansas City safety JUAN THORNHILL (46-yard interception return) and Tampa Bay linebacker DEVIN WHITE (14-yard fumble recovery) – each recorded a defensive touchdown on Sunday.

    With three defensive touchdowns, Week 13 marks the third week since 1990 in which three rookies each recorded a defensive touchdown, joining Week 17 of the 2004 season (ROBERT GEATHERSDEANGELO HALL and JONATHAN VILMA) and Week 6 of the 1999 season (Pro Football Hall of Famer CHAMP BAILEYANDY KATZENMOYER and DONALD MITCHELL).

  • Dolphins kicker JASON SANDERS caught a one-yard touchdown pass from punter MATT HAACK in the Dolphins’ 37-31 win over Philadelphia.

    Sanders, with his first career touchdown catch, is the first kicker with a receiving touchdown since JIM TURNER (October 16, 1977).

    Eagles tight end ZACH ERTZ registered three receptions on Sunday. He has 70 receptions in 2019, his fifth career season with at least 70 catches, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (five) for the fourth-most such seasons by a tight end in NFL history.

  • Other notable performances from Sunday include:
    • Los Angeles Rams quarterback JARED GOFF passed for 424 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 118.0 passer rating in the team’s 34-7 win at Arizona.

      Goff, in his fourth NFL season, has passed for at least 400 yards and two touchdowns in four career games, tied with DAK PRESCOTT (four) for the second-most such games in a player’s first four seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (seven) had more.

    • Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES threw his 70th career touchdown pass in the Chiefs’ 40-9 win over Oakland.

      Mahomes reached 70 career touchdown passes in his 27th career game, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (29 games) as the fastest player to reach 70 career touchdown passes in NFL history.



NFL suspends Cardinals Shaw through 2020 season for betting on NFL games

Josh Shaw

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently suspended JOSH SHAW of the Arizona Cardinals indefinitely through at least the conclusion of the 2020 season for betting on NFL games on multiple occasions this season.  Shaw is currently on Injured Reserve.

A league investigation uncovered no evidence indicating any inside information was used or that any game was compromised in any way.  Nor was there evidence suggesting any awareness by teammates, coaches or other players of his betting activity.

“The continued success of the NFL depends directly on each of us doing everything necessary to safeguard the integrity of the game and the reputations of all who participate in the league.  At the core of this responsibility is the longstanding principle that betting on NFL games, or on any element of a game, puts at risk the integrity of the game, damages public confidence in the NFL, and is forbidden under all circumstances.”  said Commissioner Goodell.  “If you work in the NFL in any capacity, you may not bet on NFL football.”

Shaw may petition for reinstatement on or after February 15, 2021.  Pursuant to the NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, he may appeal his suspension by filing notice within three days.



Dasha Smith leaves Sony Music for NFL position


The National Football League today named DASHA SMITH its Chief People Officer. Smith will be responsible for all human resource activities including talent and diversity strategies, workplace culture, compensation and recognition programs, leadership development, and succession planning. She will report to Maryann Turcke, NFL Chief Operating Officer.​

Smith joins the NFL from Sony Music Entertainment, where she was the Executive Vice President and Global Chief Human Resources Officer. While at Sony Music, she oversaw global human resources across more than 60 countries.

Dasha Smith (courtesy Sony Music)

“We welcome Dasha to the NFL family,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Her sharp insight, work style, and unique experience make her the right person to drive our efforts to grow, engage, and inspire our workforce.  I am excited about the impact Dasha will have in key areas across our organization, especially diversity and inclusion which is a top priority for our league.”

Before joining Sony Music, Smith was Managing Director, Office of the Chairman and Global Chief Human Resources Officer for a global alternative investment firm. Prior to that, she served as Time Inc.’s Global Head of Employee Relations and Chief Labor & Employment Counsel.

“It’s a privilege to join the NFL, a world class organization I have long admired.  This is a time of groundbreaking evolution which I am excited to help drive.  I look forward to partnering with the executive team to develop a modern and progressive HR strategy that positively impacts the organization,” said Smith.

Throughout her career, Smith managed several corporate functions at large organizations including human resources, marketing, investor relations, administration, facilities and operations, diversity, and corporate and social responsibility.

“Dasha is a dynamic executive with a proven track record of meeting and exceeding the growing needs of employees,” said Turcke. “Our greatest single asset is our people. It’s critical that they are well-supported so they may excel and be placed in the best possible positions to succeed in their careers and serve the league, the clubs, and all of our partners.”

A native of Denver, Colorado, Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law.




Preview for Week 12 in the NFL


To help celebrate the NFL’s 100th season, each week will feature an NFL 100 Game of the Week. Each game is a nod to a momentous game played, a fierce rivalry that spans decades, a matchup of original teams and/or a game in which history was made . The NFL has designated Sunday’s OAKLAND RAIDERS-NEW YORK JETS matchup as the NFL100 Game of the Week because the contest is a nod to an earlier meeting that forever changed the way football is consumed. On November 17, 1968, Heidi unexpectedly became part of sports vernacular when East Coast viewers suddenly lost the NBC broadcast of Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE NAMATH’s Jets trying to hold off a Raiders fourth-quarter comeback. While a large portion of the national audience saw the opening scenes of a made-for-TV movie featuring an orphan girl living with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps, Raiders quarterback DARYLE LAMONICA was throwing a 43-yard, go-ahead touchdown to CHARLIE SMITH with 42 seconds left. On the ensuing kickoff, with the Jets down 36-32 and Heidi’s melodious tones airing in most American living rooms, Oakland’s BILL BUDNESS forced a fumble and teammate PRESTON RIDLEHUBER returned it for a touchdown to seal the game. While NBC made a valiant last-second effort to avoid cutting away from the AFL game, several affiliates aired the musical during the Raiders’ comeback. Six weeks later, the Jets got revenge, turning away Oakland at New York’s Shea Stadium in the AFL Championship Game, giving Namath an opportunity to guarantee victory at Super Bowl III.

FLURRY OF TIEBREAKER GAMES ON WEEK 12 SLATE: Week 12 will go down as pivotal in determining the 12 teams that comprise the NFL’s 2019 playoff field in five weeks. That’s because 12 games this week match up teams from the same conference, carrying head-to-head, division- or conference-tiebreaker implications.

First on that list of tiebreaker battles is for first place in the AFC South on Thursday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFN/Amazon), when Houston hosts Indianapolis. In six career primetime games, Texans quarterback DESHAUN WATSON has accounted for 19 touchdowns (16 passing, three rushing) and compiled a 121 passer rating. Watson has at least a 95 rating in two of three career games vs. the Colts.

PACKERS CLASH WITH NINERS ON SNF: Another intriguing intraconference game is on Sunday Night Football in San Francisco (8:20 PM ET, NBC), where the 49ers (9-1) put the NFC’s best record on the line against the GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-2), who lead the NFC North. Over the last 13 seasons, on only five occasions have teams with two-or-fewer losses met this late in a season. The winners of the last two games have won the Super Bowl.

The NFL games featuring teams with two-or-fewer losses in Week 12 or later since 2007:

11/29/2015 New England (10-0) Denver (8-2) Denver*, 30-24 (OT)
12/2/2013 New Orleans (9-2) Seattle (10-1) Seattle*, 34-7
12/1/2013 Denver (9-2) Kansas City (9-2) Denver*, 35-28
12/6/2010 New York Jets (9-2) New England (9-2) New England, 45-3
11/29/2007 Green Bay (10-1) Dallas (10-1) Dallas, 37-27

*Played in Super Bowl

  • Other games with playoff implications are DENVER at BUFFALO (1:00 PM ET, CBS), where the Bills look to improve their record in AFC games, a key Wild Card tiebreaker, to 6-2; CAROLINA at NEW ORLEANS (1:00 PM ET, CBS), where the Saints can gain important ground in both the NFC South and the race for the NFC’s top seed by improving their conference record to 7-2; and SEATTLE at PHILADELPHIA (1:00 PM ET, FOX), where the Seahawks can improve their conference record to 6-1 and the Eagles can remain well in contention.

ANOTHER YOUNG QUARTERBACK IN PRIMETIME: Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON leads the Ravens into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to close Week 12 on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN). The Ravens rushed for 263 yards in their 41-7 win over Houston in Week 11. Baltimore, with 2,038 rushing yards through its first 10 games of the season, is the seventh team since 1970 and first since the 1978 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2,029 rushing yards) with at least 2,000 rushing yards in its first 10 games of a season. The Ravens’ 2,038 rushing yards are the fifth-most through a team’s first 10 games of a season since 1970.

Jackson, who had 86 rushing yards last week, has recorded at least 60 rushing yards in seven consecutive games, surpassing MICHAEL VICK (six games in 2004) for the longest such streak by a quarterback in league annals. Jackson has 1,483 career rushing yards and surpassed CAM NEWTON (1,447) for the most by a quarterback in his first two seasons in NFL history.

WINNING FRANCHISES MEET IN FOXBOROUGH: With a win last week, the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS secured a 19th consecutive winning season. In NFL history, the only team to string together at least 19 winning seasons was the DALLAS COWBOYS, who assembled a streak of 20 winning campaigns from 1966-85. Those teams meet on Sunday at Gillette Stadium (4:25 PM ET, FOX).

  • Additionally, the Patriots (9-1) have the opportunity to win a 10th game and reach 17 consecutive seasons with 10-or-more victories. New England would break a tie with San Francisco, which won 10 games in 16 straight years (1983-98). The Patriots have won at least 10 games every year since going 9-7 in 2002.
  • Sunday’s battle also features the NFL’s top offense, Dallas, vs. the league’s top defense, New England. The Cowboys are averaging an NFL-leading 444.6 yards per game while New England is holding the NFL to a league-low 249.9 yards per contest.

CROSBY, RAIDERS RETURN EAST TO MEET JETS: The 6-4 OAKLAND RAIDERS meet the NEW YORK JETS Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS) in a contest that features a pair of unique sack artists.

  • Raiders rookie defensive end MAXX CROSBY had four sacks in Oakland’s 17-10 win over Cincinnati in Week 11. Since the sack became an official individual statistic in 1982, Crosby became the fourth rookie with at least four sacks in a game, joining LESLIE O’NEAL (five on November 16, 1986), CORNELIUS BENNETT (four on December 27, 1987) and BRIAN ORAKPO (four on December 13, 2009).
  • Jets safety JAMAL ADAMS had three sacks in the team’s 34-17 win at Washington last week. Adams, who had two sacks in Week 10, is the third defensive back to record at least two sacks in consecutive weeks since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, joining AARON BEASLEY (Weeks 5-6 in 2000) and CARNELL LAKE (Weeks 14-15 in 1997). Adams’ five sacks over a two-week span are tied with Lake (five sacks in Weeks 14-15 in 1997) for the most by a defensive back over a two-game span since 1982. Adams, who leads the Jets with a career-high six sacks, could become the first NFL defensive back to lead his team in sacks since ROMAN HARPER led the Saints with 7.5 in 2011.

JACKSONVILLE’S ALLEN SEES KEARSE RECORD ON HORIZON: Another rookie pass-rusher, Jacksonville DE/LB JOSH ALLEN, has eight sacks through 10 games and is on pace for 13 sacks. Allen and the Jaguars this week travel to play the TENNESSEE TITANS (4:05 PM ET, CBS), who 20 years ago saw JEVON KEARSE establish the NFL’s rookie record with 14.5 sacks in 1999. Allen, San Francisco defensive lineman NICK BOSA (seven) and Oakland defensive end MAXX CROSBY (6.5) lead NFL rookies in sacks this season. The 76 sacks by NFL rookies this year are tied with 2018 for the second-most through 11 weeks in NFL history, trailing only the 1987 season.

The seasons with the most sacks by rookies through the first 11 weeks in NFL history:

1987 84
2019 76
2018 76



(All times Eastern)

Thursday Sunday (cont.)
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans 8:20 PM FOX/NFLN


Oakland Raiders at New York Jets 1:00 PM CBS
Sunday Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins 1:00 PM FOX
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 PM FOX Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans 4:05 PM CBS
Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM CBS Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots 4:25 PM FOX
New York Giants at Chicago Bears 1:00 PM FOX Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers 8:20 PM NBC
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM CBS Monday    
Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM FOX Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Rams 8:15 PM ESPN
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM CBS    
Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00 PM FOX Byes: Arizona, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota


Ravens QB Lamar Jackson leads 2020 Pro Bowl Fans balloting

Lamar Jackson rushing against the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018 photo By Office of the Maryland Governor on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https

– Rosters to be announced Live on NFL Network’s

Pro Bowl Special on Tuesday, December 17 at 8:00 PM ET –

Baltimore Ravens quarterback LAMAR JACKSON, with 146,171 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2020 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (116,325 votes) ranks second overall, while Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON (115,370 votes), Minnesota running back DALVIN COOK (106,167 votes) and Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY (100,218 votes) round out the top five.

Four of the top five vote-getters – Jackson, Mahomes, Cook and McCaffrey – are under the age of 25. Additionally, seven first or second-year players currently lead their conference in votes received at their respective positions.

The BALTIMORE RAVENS lead all clubs in total votes received. The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERSGREEN BAY PACKERSDALLAS COWBOYS and MINNESOTA VIKINGS round out the current top-five vote-getters among teams.

Fan voting for the 2020 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at until Thursday, December 12.

During the final two weeks of 2020 Pro Bowl voting – November 28-December 12 – fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, the player’s official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player’s first and last name. All three of these methods must include the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. Voting via Twitter is in addition to the online ballot at, which will be available throughout the entire voting period.

New this year is the Pro Bowl Vote Sweepstakes – once a fan casts their vote, they will have an opportunity to enter for a chance to win one of the following prizes:

  • A pair of tickets for an NFL game during the 2020 season (5 pairs available)
  • Matthew Stafford signed football (4 available)
  • Travis Kelce signed football (3 available)
  • Le’Veon Bell signed football (2 available)
  • Sam Darnold signed football (1 available)

The Pro Bowl Vote Sweepstakes is open to those that are a permanent resident of the United States or the District of Columbia and are eighteen years of age or older. Full sweepstakes rules can be found at

The 2020 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC and Disney XD – the third time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks.

Tickets to the game are on sale at Fans in attendance can watch and cheer on the Pro Bowl players as they enter the stadium on the Pro Bowl Red Carpet, bringing them closer than ever to the NFL’s all-stars. Concession deals and “Kid Zone” activities will be available inside the stadium. Additionally, fans will be able to enjoy post-game fireworks to conclude the celebration.Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 13.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 17 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.







Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens 146,171


Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs 116,325


Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks 115,370


Dalvin Cook Minnesota Vikings 106,167


Christian McCaffrey Carolina Panthers 100,218




Baltimore Ravens
San Francisco 49ers
Green Bay Packers
Dallas Cowboys
Minnesota Vikings












AFC Lamar Jackson, Baltimore 146,171


AFC Joey Bosa, L.A. Chargers 62,029  


NFC Russell Wilson, Seattle 115,370


NFC Nick Bosa, San Francisco 72,506  


AFC Nick Chubb, Cleveland 75,922


AFC Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh 36,126  


NFC Dalvin Cook, Minnesota 106,167


NFC Aaron Donald, L.A. Rams 53,657  


AFC Patrick Ricard, Baltimore 22,833


AFC T.J. Watt, Pittsbugh 46,686  


NFC Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 87,534


NFC Preston Smith, Green Bay 33,583  


AFC DeAndre Hopkins, Houston 59,866


AFC Devin Bush, Pittsburgh 28,619  


NFC Amari Cooper, Dallas 78,027


NFC Bobby Wagner, Seattle 33,059  


AFC Travis Kelce, Kansas City 77,148


AFC Marcus Peters, Baltimore 44,338  


NFC George Kittle, San Francisco 59,958


NFC Richard Sherman, San Francisco 42,889  


AFC Orlando Brown, Baltimore 30,793


AFC Jamal Adams, N.Y. Jets 48,956  


NFC David Bakhtiari, Green Bay 43,362


NFC Adrian Amos, Green Bay 14,366  


AFC Marshal Yanda, Baltimore 34,974


AFC Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh 44,340  


NFC Zack Martin, Dallas 34,221


NFC Budda Baker, Arizona 12,950  


AFC Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 31,209


AFC Jake Bailey, New England 15,895  


NFC Travis Frederick, Dallas 39,675


NFC JK Scott, Green Bay 12,110  


AFC Justin Tucker, Baltimore 30,619


AFC Matthew Slater, New England 16,226  


NFC Mason Crosby, Green Bay 13,713


NFC Ameer Abdullah, Minnesota 15,875  


AFC Mecole Hardman, Kansas City 18,606        


NFC Tyler Lockett, Seattle 14,273        
*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters through Wednesday, November 20 at 12:00 PM ET

For the fourth consecutive year, Pro Bowl Week festivities will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and across the Orlando area, bringing free experiences and activities to fans as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events include: Pro Bowl PracticesPro Bowl Skills ShowdownNFL FLAG Championships and Pro Bowl Experience.

​Additionally, NFL Pro Bowl players will give back to the local Orlando community by participating in the Pro Bowl Community Huddle as part of the NFL Huddle for 100. To learn more about Huddle for 100 and how to get involved, visit

More information about these and all of the events taking place during Pro Bowl Week is available at




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