- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015


Monday, Dec. 7

Dallas (3-8) at Washington (5-6). One of the NFL’s fiercest rivalries places the injury-ravaged Cowboys in a spoiler’s role and the Redskins can take sole possession of the NFC East lead with a win.




-Russell Wilson, Seahawks, went 21 of 27 for 274 yards and three touchdowns, and also rushed for 51 yards, in a 38-7 romp at Minnesota.

-Blake Bortles, Jaguars, threw for 322 yards and five touchdowns and set a franchise record for most TD passes in a season with 27, but Jacksonville lost 42-39 at Tennessee.

-Marcus Mariota, Titans, passed for 268 yards with three touchdowns for a 118.2 passer rating, and added 112 rushing yards with one touchdown. The rookie is the only player in NFL history to pass for at least 250 yards with three touchdowns and rush for more than 100 yards in the same game.

-Tyrod Taylor, Bills, threw for three touchdowns and ran for one in a 30-21 victory over Houston.

-Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets, was 36 for 50 for 390 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-20 overtime win over the Giants.

-Andy Dalton, Bengals, got his 50th career victory in a 37-3 romp at Cleveland. He has 3,191 yards passing this season, joining Peyton Manning as the only players with at least 3,000 in each of their first five NFL seasons.

-Carson Palmer, Cardinals, went 26 of 40 for 356 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Arizona’s 27-3 victory at St. Louis.

-Cam Newton, Panthers, passed for five touchdowns, capped by a 15-yard scoring strike to Jerricho Cotchery with 1:05 to go, and Carolina clinched the NFC South with a 41-38 victory over the Saints. Newton threw for 331 yards.

-Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers, threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns and Pittsburgh overwhelmed Indianapolis 45-10.



-DeAngelo Williams, Steelers, ran for 134 yards on 26 carries in Pittsburgh’s 45-10 rout of Indianapolis.

-Rookie Thomas Rawls, Seahawks, rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown in a 38-7 victory at Minnesota. Rawls (712) has the most rushing yards by an undrafted player in his first six career starts since the 1970 merger.

-LeSean McCoy, Bills, had 112 yards rushing against a previously stingy Houston defense in a 30-21 win.

-Rookie David Johnson, Cardinals, gained 99 yards on 22 carries and scored on a 10-yard reception in a 27-3 win at St. Louis.



-Odell Beckham Jr., Giants, sprinted 72 yards for a touchdown and had six catches for 149 yards in a 23-20 overtime loss to the Jets. Beckham has eight career games with at least 140 receiving yards, the most by a player in his first two NFL seasons.

-Brandon Marshall, Jets, had 12 catches for 131 yards and a TD with 27 seconds remaining to force overtime in a 23-20 victory against the Giants.

-Allen Robinson, Jaguars, had 10 catches for 153 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-39 loss at Tennessee. Robinson also topped the 1,000-yard mark, becoming the Jaguars’ first 1,000-yard receiver since Jimmy Smith in 2005.

-A.J. Green, Bengals, finished with 128 yards on five catches with one touchdown in a 37-3 win at Cleveland. Green joined Randy Moss as the only receivers to have 1,000 yards in each of their first five seasons.

-TE Greg Olsen, Panthers, finished with nine catches for 129 yards in a 41-38 win over the Saints, who got six catches for 104 yards and a TD from Brandin Cooks.

-Sammy Watkins, Bills, had 109 yards receiving and a touchdown in a 30-21 victory against Houston.

-Dorial Green-Beckham, Titans, had his best day as a pro with five catches for 119 yards in a 42-39 victory against Jacksonville.

-Antonio Brown, Steelers, caught eight passes for 118 yards and two scores and also returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 45-10 win over Indianapolis.


Special Teams

-Dwayne Harris, Giants, returned a punt 80 yards for a TD in a 23-20 OT loss to the Jets. Harris is the third Giant to have a kickoff and punt return for touchdowns in the same season, joining Hall of Famer Emlen Tunnell (1951) and Jimmy Patton (1955).

-Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings, got the only Minnesota touchdown in a 38-7 loss to Seattle with a 101-yard kickoff runback.

-Najee Goode, Eagles, ran 24 yards to score on a blocked punt, and Darren Sproles took a punt return 83 yards for another TD in Philadelphia’s 35-28 victory over the Patriots.



-Jimmie Ward, 49ers, returned an interception of Jay Cutler 29 yards for a TD in a 26-20 overtime win. It was San Francisco’s first touchdown in the opening quarter this season.

-Derrick Shelby, Dolphins, had one of a pair of deflected Matt Schaub passes, tipping the ball to himself and running 22 yards for a touchdown in a 15-13 victory against Baltimore. Olivier Vernon totaled 2 1/2 sacks for Miami.

-Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles, ran back a pick of Tom Brady 99 yards for a touchdown in a 35-28 win. Philadelphia had never intercepted Brady in four previous matchups.

-Kurt Coleman, Panthers, had an interception of Drew Brees, giving him six this season and five in his last six games. Carolina beat New Orleans 41-38.

-Danny Trevathan, Broncos, had a 25-yard interception return in a 17-3 win against San Diego. It was Philip Rivers’ fifth pick-six of the year.



Carolina, the NFL’s only unbeaten team, clinched the NFC South with a 41-38 win at New Orleans. The Panthers, 12-0 for the first time, have a six-game lead on Atlanta and Tampa Bay with four games remaining. The Panthers have won 16 straight regular-season games, a streak that began in the Superdome last season.



Arizona WR Larry Fitzgerald has 1,000 career catches, the 11th player in NFL history to reach that number and the youngest at 32 years, 97 days. He had eight catches in a 27-3 win at St. Louis. … Cardinals rookie David Johnson rushed for 99 yards and caught a touchdown pass in Arizona’s victory. Johnson joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers as the only rookies with at least four rushing touchdowns, four receiving touchdowns and a kick-return touchdown in a season. … Brandon Marshall, who leads the Jets with 1,062 receiving yards this season, is the first player in NFL history with a 1,000-yard receiving season with four teams (Denver, Miami, Chicago and the Jets). … Saints rookie LB Stephone Anthony became the first NFL player to return a blocked extra point kick for 2 points, something allowed by a rule instituted this year. But New Orleans lost to Carolina 41-38.



Injury-plagued Baltimore lost 15-13 despite outgaining Miami 375-219 and controlling the ball for nearly 38 minutes. … Houston had allowed two touchdowns and 35 points in its previous four games combined, but yielded four TDs and lost 30-21 at Buffalo. … The Vikings entered the game against Seattle with the second-fewest penalties accepted against them, but were penalized nine times for 95 yards in 38-7 defeat. They took their most lopsided loss in Minnesota since a 34-3 defeat by Chicago on Nov. 25, 1984.



Tennessee snapped an 11-game home slide by outlasting Jacksonville 42-39. The Titans’ last victory in Nashville was Oct. 12, 2014, over the Jaguars. … Titans QB Marcus Mariota is the third rookie to throw three TDs in four games, joining Peyton Manning (four in 1998) and Butch Songin (five in 1960). … Arizona rolled up 524 yards in its sixth straight win, 27-3 at St. Louis, which has lost five in a row. … Sixteen Cardinals have scored this season, most in the NFL. … Atlanta has lost five straight to drop to 6-6. … Miami ended a streak of five consecutive losses to the Ravens. The Ravens’ eight losses have been by a total of 34 points. … Buffalo snapped Houston’s four-game winning string. … Giants kicker Josh Brown had made 25 straight field goals this season and not missed in almost a year. But his 48-yarder in overtime sailed wide left in a 23-20 loss to the Jets. The Giants had won five in a row in their regular-season meetings with the Jets. … League rushing leader Adrian Peterson was limited by Seattle to 18 yards on eight carries, the third-lowest single-game total of his career. … San Diego fell to 3-9, taking its fifth straight home loss and its fifth straight against division foes, 17-3 against Denver.



The 23-20 overtime loss to the Jets marked the fifth time the Giants (5-7) have blown a fourth-quarter lead this season.



Tennessee and Jacksonville combined for six touchdowns in the fourth quarter of the Titans’ 42-39 win, tying for the second-most TDs in a fourth quarter since 1940.



Kansas City’s 34-20 victory at Oakland included three missed extra points, two by the Chiefs’ Cairo Santos and one by the Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski, who hit the upright twice on field goals.

Saints rookie LB Stephone Anthony became the first NFL player to return a blocked extra point kick for 2 points, something allowed by a rule instituted this year. He did it on Carolina kicker Graham Gano’s PAT attempt.

Overall, there were eight missed extra-point kicks in Week 13, matching last week for the most since 1994.



San Diego lost receiver Dontrelle Inman to a neck injury and cornerback Brandon Flowers to a knee injury. Inman was immobilized on a backboard and taken off the field on a cart after he was sandwiched by safety David Bruton Jr. and linebacker Brandon Marshall. Inman was able to move his extremities before being taken from the field.

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson went out with an ankle injury, TE Vernon Davis and linebacker Danny Trevathan left with head injuries.

Bills starting CB Stephon Gilmore did not return against Houston after hurting a shoulder in the third quarter.

Ravens TE Crockett Gilmore left in the second quarter at Miami with a back injury.

Rams CB Janoris Jenkins and TE Lance Kendricks were ruled out with concussions against Arizona.



“It was a whole lot more than I expected. It was hard, man, I can’t lie, to come out there and stay focused. My nerves were up and down. Early in the game, my emotions were everywhere, so it took for coach and the other leaders on the team to just bring me back. I made some silly mistakes early, but they reeled me in.” - Chiefs rookie CB Marcus Peters, an Oakland native who grew up attending Raiders games, after a 34-20 win in which he set up Kansas City’s go-ahead score with an interception. He gave the ball to his mother.


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