10 Things You Need to Know from Week 16
Welcome to Monday morning. Before you get into the swing of the holiday festivities, check out what you might have missed from Week Sixteen. Here’s what you need to know from the Sunday games this week.
CMC Into the Record Books
The Panthers had shut down QB Cam Newton for the year which told us that RB Christian McCaffrey should be in store for another huge game. He didn’t disappoint, rushing for 101 yards and catching 12 passes for another 77 yards. McCaffrey set the single-season record for receptions by a running back with 106 and also became just the third back ever to catch 100 passes and run for over 1,000 yards in the same season, joining Matt Forte and LaDainian Tomlinson.
Facing a one-point deficit and buried at his own 11-yard line, QB Nick Foles engineered another impressive drive, setting up his team for the game-winning kick to keep the Eagles playoff hopes alive. Foles threw for a franchise-record 471 yards and four touchdown passes and also set the team mark for most 400-yard passing games. The Eagles need to win next week and have the Bears defeat the Vikings to secure a playoff spot. Regardless of the outcome, Foles should be looking at a nice free agent contract this off-season.
DT Goes Down
Late in the Texans/Eagles game, Houston’s veteran WR Demaryius Thomas went down and immediately reached both hands to his face in pain. He knew. Soon, a cart was brought out to retrieve the former Broncos wideout and it was later revealed Thomas, like his former teammate Emmanuel Sanders, had suffered an Achilles injury. Assuming this is a full tear, this is a devastating injury to a player who had already lost a step. Thomas’s year, and maybe even his career, is over.
Rodgers Balls Out
There was some question as to whether banged up QB Aaron Rodgers would even play in Week Sixteen since his Packers team had mercifully been eliminated from playoff contention. Rodgers did play and his team quickly fell behind by two touchdowns to the Jets, making it more apparent that Rodgers should be sitting. He stayed in the game though and led his team to a huge comeback victory in overtime. Rodgers finished with a season-high 442 passing yards and four total touchdowns, including rushing for a pair of scores for the second time in his career.
Browns Roll the Bengals
For the second time in just over a month, the Browns easily defeated their in-state rival Cincinnati and got some form of revenge on former head coach Hue Jackson, now an assistant with the Bengals. QB Baker Mayfield passed for 284 yards and three touchdowns while RB Nick Chubb rushed for 112 yards and set the franchise rookie rushing record. These are the two players Jackson wanted to keep on the bench earlier in the season.
Gurley Sits, CJA Stars
With the late announcement that Rams RB Todd Gurley would be inactive and recently-signed veteran CJ Anderson would draw the star, fantasy players went scrambling for a backup plan. It turned out the Rams Plan B worked just fine as Anderson nearly set a career-high, rushing for 167 yards and a touchdown and gaining more yards after contact than Gurley has in any game this season. With the top seed in place, Gurley is expected to sit next week as well.
AB Blows Up
Steelers WR Antonio Brown enjoyed one of the best games of his career and became the first receiver ever to rack up 100 receptions and 1,200 receiving yards in six consecutive seasons. The Saints couldn’t stop Brown as he caught 14 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Most impressive though might have been the non-catch he made in the end zone, failing to get both feet in as he hauled in a pass with one hand.
Luck Saves the Day
Trailing most of the game to the Giants, Colts QB Andrew Luck put together a late drive and finished it off with a short touchdown pass to WR Chester Rogers. This kept the Colts playoff chances alive and set up a win and in Week Seventeen game between the Colts the Tennessee Titans. Luck passed for 357 yards and two touchdowns.
49ers Injury Woes
The 49ers kept things close with the Bears despite losing RB Matt Breida (ankle) and rookie WR Dante Pettis (knee) to first-half injuries. Breida has battled injuries all season and these two, combined with IRed QB Jimmy Garoppolo, RB Jerick McKinnon and WR Pierre Garcon, have led to a lost season for San Francisco.
Brees Ends Cold Streak
Dome, sweet dome. After a three-game road trip in which Saints QB Drew Brees struggled to generate much offense, the team was glad to be home, even if they were hosting the high-scoring Steelers. A late-game comeback was needed to get the win but Brees connected with WR Michael Thomas for a touchdown and the Saints defense caused a turnover to secure the win and the NFC’s top seed. Brees finished with 326 yards and the score.
Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23) is a freelance contributor for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.