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NFL announces AFC/NFC Rookies of the Month for November 2018

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BROWNS QB BAKER MAYFIELD & COWBOYS LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH

NAMED NFL ROOKIES OF THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER

Quarterback BAKER MAYFIELD of the Cleveland Browns and linebacker LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH of the Dallas Cowboys are the NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Month of November.

OFFENSE: QB BAKER MAYFIELD, CLEVELAND BROWNS

DEFENSE: LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH, DALLAS COWBOYS​​​​

2018 NFL ROOKIES OF THE MONTH

 

​​ Offense (College) Defense (College)
September

October

November

WR Calvin Ridley, Atlanta (Alabama)

G Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis (Notre Dame)

QB Baker Mayfield, Cleveland (Oklahoma)

LB Darius Leonard, Indianapolis (South Carolina State)

LB Bradley Chubb, Denver (North Carolina State)

LB Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas (Boise State)

 

NFL announces AFC/NFC Players of the Month for November 2018

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COLTS QB ANDREW LUCK, CHIEFS DL CHRIS JONES &

RAVENS K JUSTIN TUCKER NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

OF NOVEMBER

Quarterback ANDREW LUCK of the Indianapolis Colts, defensive lineman CHRIS JONES of the Kansas City Chiefs and kicker JUSTIN TUCKER of the Baltimore Ravens are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month of November.

OFFENSE: QB ANDREW LUCK, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

DEFENSE: DL CHRIS JONES, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

SPECIAL TEAMS: K JUSTIN TUCKER, BALTIMORE RAVENS

 

2018 AFC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

 

Offense Defense Special Teams
September QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City DE J.J. Watt, Houston K Justin Tucker, Baltimore
October

November

RB James Conner, Pittsburgh

QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis

LB Dee Ford, Kansas City

DL Chris Jones, Kansas City

K Stephen Gostkowski, New England

K Justin Tucker, Baltimore

 

 

 

SAINTS QB DREW BREES, BEARS S EDDIE JACKSON &

SEAHAWKS P MICHAEL DICKSON NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

OF NOVEMBER

Quarterback DREW BREES of the New Orleans Saints, safety EDDIE JACKSON of the Chicago Bears and punter MICHAEL DICKSON of the Seattle Seahawks are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month of November.​

OFFENSE: QB DREW BREES, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

DEFENSE: S EDDIE JACKSON, CHICAGO BEARS

SPECIAL TEAMS: P MICHAEL DICKSON, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

 

2018 NFC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

 

Offense Defense Special Teams
September

October

November

QB Jared Goff, LA Rams

RB Todd Gurley, LA Rams

QB Drew Brees, New Orleans

LB Khalil Mack, Chicago

DT Aaron Donald, LA Rams

S Eddie Jackson, Chicago

K Wil Lutz, New Orleans

K Graham Gano, Carolina

P Michael Dickson, Seattle​

 

NFL Week 13 News

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

IN THE HUNT: With five weeks remaining in the regular season, there are 20 teams currently in or within one game of playoff position, including 11 teams that did not advance to the postseason in 2017.

Since 2004, 12 teams with a losing record through 11 games have advanced to the postseason. Five teams – the CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-6), DENVER BRONCOS (5-6), MIAMI DOLPHINS (5-6), PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-6) and TENNESSEE TITANS (5-6) – have a losing record through 11 games and sit within one game of playoff position.

The teams to qualify for the postseason with a losing record after 11 games since 2004:

TEAM YEAR RECORD AFTER 11 GAMES
St. Louis Rams 2004 5-6
Washington Redskins 2005 5-6
Philadelphia Eagles 2006 5-6
Washington Redskins 2007 5-6
San Diego Chargers 2008 4-7
New York Jets 2009 5-6
Seattle Seahawks 2010 5-6
Washington Redskins 2012 5-6
San Diego Chargers 2013 5-6
Carolina Panthers 2014 3-7-1
Washington Redskins 2015 5-6
Green Bay Packers 2016 5-6


– NFL –

TOUCHDOWN TOM: New England quarterback TOM BRADY has 578 touchdown passes (507 regular-season touchdowns and a league-record 71 postseason touchdowns) in his 19-year NFL career.

With two touchdown passes against Minnesota (4:25 PM ET, FOX) on Sunday, Brady would surpass PEYTON MANNING (579 touchdowns) for the most passing touchdowns in NFL history (including the postseason) and Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (508) for the third-most regular-season touchdown passes in league annals.

The players with the most passing yards and touchdown passes, including the postseason, in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 579
Tom Brady New England 578

The players with the most regular-season touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 539
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 517
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 508
Tom Brady New England 507
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

KEEP IT BREESY: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES leads the NFC with 29 touchdown passes this season.

With a touchdown pass on Thursday at Dallas (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon), Brees can become the first player in NFL history to record at least 30 touchdown passes in 10 different seasons.

The players with the most seasons with at least 30 touchdown passes in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS WITH 30+ TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Drew Brees New Orleans 9*
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, Minnesota 9
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 9
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has 29 touchdown passes in 2018

– NFL –

KANSAS CITY SHUFFLE: Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES ranks third in the league with 3,628 passing yards, while wide receiver TYREEK HILL ranks third in the NFL with 1,106 receiving yards and running back KAREEM HUNT ranks fifth in rushing yards (824) this season.

With 176 rushing yards by Hunt, the Chiefs would join the 1996 New England Patriots as the only teams to have a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver all at the age of 24 or younger in a single season since 1970.

The teams with a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1000-yard receiver all at the age of 24 or younger in a single season since 1970:

TEAM SEASON PLAYER (POSITION) AGE YARDS
New England 1996 Drew Bledsoe (QB) 24 4,086 passing yards
    Curtis Martin^ (RB) 23 1,152 rushing yards
    Terry Glenn (WR) 22 1,132 receiving yards
         
Kansas City 2018* Patrick Mahomes (QB) 23 3,628 passing yards
Kareem Hunt (RB) 23 824 rushing yards
Tyreek Hill (WR) 24 1,106 receiving yards
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Entering Week 13

– NFL –

BAKING WITH MAYFIELD: Cleveland rookie quarterback BAKER MAYFIELD completed 19 of 26 passes (73.1 percent) for 258 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 143.9 passer rating in the Browns’ 35-20 victory at Cincinnati last week. Mayfield recorded a 151.2 passer rating in Week 10 and had a bye in Week 11.

Mayfield, who plays at Houston (1:00 PM ET, CBS) on Sunday, can join AARON RODGERS (Weeks 7, 9-10 in 2011) and Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (Weeks 3-5 in 1999) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to record a passer rating of 140 or higher in three consecutive games (minimum 20 attempts). Both Rodgers and Warner were named Associated Press MVP in those seasons.

The players with the most consecutive games with a passer rating of 140 or higher (minimum 20 attempts) in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 140+ PASSER RATING  
Aaron Rodgers# Green Bay 2011 3  
Kurt Warner^# St. Louis 1999 3  
         
Baker Mayfield Cleveland 2018 2*  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named Associated Press MVP
*Active streak

– NFL –

RYAN’S 11: Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN leads the NFL with 3,683 passing yards this season and has passed for 45,479 yards in 11 NFL seasons.

With 150 passing yards on Sunday against Baltimore (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Ryan can surpass PEYTON MANNING (45,628) for the most passing yards by a player in their first 11 seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most passing yards in their first 11 seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS PASSING YARDS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 1998-2008 45,628
Matt Ryan Atlanta 2008-2018 45,479*
*In 11th season

– NFL –

1,400 FOR JULIO: Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES leads the league with 1,305 receiving yards and has recorded at least 1,400 receiving yards in each of the past four seasons.

With 95 receiving yards on Sunday against Baltimore (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Jones can become the first player in NFL history to record at least 1,400 receiving yards in five consecutive seasons.

The players with the most consecutive seasons with at least 1,400 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 1,400+ RECEIVING YARDS  
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 1999-2002 4  
Julio Jones Atlanta 2014-17 4*  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has 1,305 receiving yards in 2018

– NFL –

THIELEN MIGHTY FINE: Minnesota wide receiver ADAM THIELEN leads the league with 93 receptions this season.

With seven catches at New England (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Thielen can join ROD SMITH and WES WELKER as the only undrafted players to record at least 100 receptions in a single season in the common draft era.

The undrafted players with at least 100 receptions in a single season since 1966:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RECEPTIONS
Wes Welker New England 2009 123
Wes Welker New England 2011 122
Wes Welker New England 2012 118
Rod Smith Denver 2001 113
Wes Welker New England 2007 112
Wes Welker New England 2008 111
Rod Smith Denver 2000 100
       
Adam Thielen Minnesota 2018 93*
*Entering Week 13

– NFL –

COOKING WITH BRANDIN: Los Angeles Rams wide receiver BRANDIN COOKS leads the team with 964 receiving yards this season.

Cooks, who had 1,173 receiving yards with New Orleans in 2016 and 1,082 receiving yards with New England in 2017, needs 36 yards on Sunday at Detroit (1:00 PM ET, FOX) to become the first player in NFL history to have at least 1,000 receiving yards with three different teams in three consecutive seasons.

With 36 receiving yards, Cooks can also become the sixth player in league annals to record at least 1,000 receiving yards in a single season for three different franchises during their career.

The players to record 1,000-yard receiving seasons for three-or-more teams in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAMS
Brandon Marshall 4 (Denver, Miami, Chicago, New York Jets)
Irving Fryar 3 (New England, Miami, Philadelphia)
Tony Martin 3 (San Diego, Atlanta, Miami)
Randy Moss^ 3 (Minnesota, Oakland, New England)
Terrell Owens^ 3 (San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas)
   
Brandin Cooks 2* (New Orleans, New England)
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has 964 receiving yards with the Los Angeles Rams in 2018

 

Saints QB Drew Brees continues to lead 2019 Pro Bowl voting

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Jake Gellerman & Sam Drexler, NFL.com; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

Drew Brees 2010 photo By US Navy - http www.navy.mil, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

LEADS PRO BOWL VOTING BY FANS

 

– Rosters to be announced Live on NFL Network’s

Pro Bowl Special on Tuesday, December 18 at 8:00 PM ET –

 

New Orleans Saints quarterback DREW BREES, with 725,736 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (679,775 votes) ranks second overall, while Los Angeles Rams running backTODD GURLEY (580,997 votes), Pittsburgh running back JAMES CONNER (540,165 votes) and New York Giants rookie running back SAQUON BARKLEY (539,456 votes) round out the top five.

Six of the top 10 vote getters – Mahomes, Conner, Barkley, Los Angeles Rams quarterback JARED GOFF, New Orleans Saints running back ALVIN KAMARA and Kansas City running back KAREEM HUNT – are currently in their first, second or third NFL season. Additionally, nine first-or-second year players currently lead their conference in votes received at their respective positions.

Fan voting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones atNFL.com/ProBowlVote​ until Thursday, December 13.

Starting tomorrow, November 29, and extending through the end of the voting period on December 13, 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 NFL.com/ProBowlVote, which will be available throughout the entire voting period.

Fans are able to vote as many times as they like through both NFL.com/ProBowlVote or directly on twitter.

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and simulcast on ABC – the second time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks, and the first time that the game is being televised on Disney XD.

Tickets to the game are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. New this year, tickets will also grant fans special benefits on gameday, including AFC & NFC seating sections, player red carpet viewing, special kid zone activities and postgame fireworks.

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 14.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 18 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.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-10 VOTE-GETTERS

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

QB

Drew Brees N​ew Orleans 725,736

QB

Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 679,775

RB

Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 580,997

RB

James Conner Pittsburgh 540,165

RB

Saquon Barkley New York Giants 539,456

WR

Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 510,459

QB

Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 508,372

RB

Alvin Kamara New Orleans 452,385

RB

Kareem Hunt Kansas City 431,341

TE

Travis Kelce Kansas City 422,877

 

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

 

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

 

QB

AFC Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City 679,775

DE

AFC J.J. Watt, Houston 311,006  

QB

NFC Drew Brees, New Orleans 725,736

DE

NFC Danielle Hunter, Minnesota 215,553  

RB

AFC James Conner, Pittsburgh 540,165

DT

AFC Geno Atkins, Cincinnati 189,113  

RB

NFC Todd Gurley, LA Rams 580,997

DT

NFC Aaron Donald, LA Rams 298,549  

FB

AFC Anthony Sherman, Kansas City 133,912

OLB

AFC T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh 248,981  

FB

NFC Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 332,238

OLB

NFC Khalil Mack, Chicago 288,187  

WR

AFC Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 510,459

ILB

AFC Jon Bostic, Pittsburgh 86,364  

WR

NFC Odell Beckham, Jr., NY Giants 402,767

ILB

NFC Luke Kuechly, Carolina 194,202  

TE

AFC Travis Kelce, Kansas City 422,877

CB

AFC Denzel Ward, Cleveland 213,201  

TE

NFC Zach Ertz, Philadelphia 381,780

CB

NFC Kyle Fuller, Chicago 204,450  

T

AFC Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh 180,745

SS

AFC Jamal Adams, NY Jets 136,376  

T

NFC Terron Armstead, New Orleans 191,469

SS

NFC Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Washington 108,074  

G

AFC David DeCastro, Pittsburgh 223,708

FS

AFC Derwin James, LA Chargers 82,662  

G

NFC Zack Martin, Dallas 169,257

FS

NFC Eddie Jackson, Chicago 98,037  

C

AFC Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 207,615

P

AFC Britton Colquitt, Cleveland 99,812  

C

NFC Max Unger, New Orleans 188,934

P

NFC Michael Dickson, Seattle 74,477  

K

AFC Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh 68,823

ST

AFC Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh 91,617  

K

NFC Wil Lutz, New Orleans 94,045

ST

NFC Mark Nzeocha, San Francisco 72,391  

RS

AFC Tyreek Hill, Kansas City 137,632        

RS

NFC Tarik Cohen, Chicago 104,000        
*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters through Tuesday, November 27 at 3:00 PM ET

For the third 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 Practices, Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, NFL FLAG Championships Powered By USA Football and Play Football Celebrity Flag Game.

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

 

NFL announces AFC/NFC Players of the Week for Week 12

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​​​​CHARGERS QB PHILIP RIVERS, TEXANS DE J.J. WATT &
RAVENS PUNT RETURNER CYRUS JONES NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 12

Quarterback PHILIP RIVERS of the Los Angeles Chargers, defensive end J.J. WATT of the Houston Texans and punt returner CYRUS JONES of the Baltimore Ravens are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 12 (November 22, 25-26).

OFFENSE: QB PHILIP RIVERS, LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

DEFENSE: DE J.J. WATT, HOUSTON TEXANS

SPECIAL TEAMS: PR CYRUS JONES, BALTIMORE RAVENS

 

2018 AFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City LB T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh WR-KR Jakeem Grant, Miami
Wk 2 QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City LB Darius Leonard, Indianapolis DB Dane Cruikshank, Tennessee
Wk 3 QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh LB Matt Milano, Buffalo K Justin Tucker, Baltimore
Wk 4 QB Marcus Mariota, Tennessee DE Jadeveon Clowney, Houston WR-PR Dwayne Harris, Oakland
Wk 5 RB Isaiah Crowell, NY Jets LB T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh DB Denzel Ward, Cleveland
Wk 6 WR Albert Wilson, Miami LB Za’Darius Smith, Baltimore K Jason Myers, NY Jets
Wk 7

Wk 8

Wk 9

Wk 10

Wk 11

Wk 12

WR Emmanuel Sanders, Denver

RB James Conner, Pittsburgh

RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City

QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh

QB Andrew Luck, Indianapolis

QB Philip Rivers, LA Chargers

S Mike Mitchell, Indianapolis

LB Dee Ford, Kansas City

CB Desmond King, LA Chargers

LB Wesley Woodyard, Tennessee

LB Von Miller, Denver

DE J.J. Watt, Houston

LB Dont’a Hightower, New England

K Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis

P Matt Haack, Miami

K Stephen Hauschka, Buffalo

K Daniel Carlson, Oakland

PR Cyrus Jones, Baltimore

 

 

 

COWBOYS WR AMARI COOPER, BEARS S EDDIE JACKSON &

SEAHAWKS K SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI NAMED NFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 12

Wide receiver AMARI COOPER of the Dallas Cowboys, safety EDDIE JACKSON of the Chicago Bears and kicker SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI of the Seattle Seahawks are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 12 (November 22, 25-26).

OFFENSE: WR AMARI COOPER, DALLAS COWBOYS

DEFENSE: S EDDIE JACKSON, CHICAGO BEARS

SPECIAL TEAMS: K SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

 

2018 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay S Harrison Smith, Minnesota K Greg Zuerlein, LA Rams
Wk 2 QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay LB Danny Trevathan, Chicago K Robbie Gould, San Francisco
Wk 3 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans DE Efe Obada, Carolina DB Blake Countess, LA Rams
Wk 4 QB Jared Goff, LA Rams LB Demario Davis, New Orleans K Brett Maher, Dallas
Wk 5 QB Drew Brees, New Orleans DE Chandler Jones, Arizona K Graham Gano, Carolina
Wk 6 RB Todd Gurley, LA Rams DE Frank Clark, Seattle K Mason Crosby, Green Bay
Wk 7

Wk 8

Wk 9

Wk 10

Wk 11

Wk 12

QB Cam Newton, Carolina

RB Adrian Peterson, Washington

WR Michael Thomas, New Orleans

QB Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago

RB Saquon Barkley, NY Giants

WR Amari Cooper, Dallas

DT Aaron Donald, LA Rams

CB P.J. Williams, New Orleans

DE Danielle Hunter, Minnesota

LB Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas

LB Samson Ebukam, LA Rams

S Eddie Jackson, Chicago

K Giorgio Tavecchio, Atlanta

P Michael Dickson, Seattle

P Bradley Pinion, San Francisco

P Tress Way, Washington

K Cody Parkey, Chicago

K Sebastian Janikowski, Seattle​

 

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