In Week 14, the total number of outstanding individual performances was less than we’ve seen in recent days, although there was no shortage of brilliance across the league.
The running backs emphasized the attack from two fronts; there was a pair of tight ends going head-to-head on the day, which appeared to hold the hand of the roster, and even an undrafted rookie linebacker raised his hands.
Without further ado, the Colossus of Week 14, followed by the Honorable Mentions of the day, as always, in alphabetical order:
In the most important game of the day, the one in prime time and the most certain weight for the meaning of the postseason in the NFC so far, Prescott was almost perfect for the Dallas squad.
The Mississippi State product, never one to give up on his critics no matter what he does, provided lessons this Sunday night on how to manage a game against a rival like Philadelphia. Prescott completed 24 of 39 passes for 271 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, often throwing the ball when hit by the Eagles’ frequent blitzes but accurately putting the ball where it needed to be.
Now, Dallas sleeps with the same brand as Philly, something that seemed impossible less than a month ago. The possibility of hosting a postseason game at AT&T Stadium is more alive than ever, and Prescott, no matter who it is, is a serious candidate to steal the NFL Most Valuable Player award from the quarterback he’s facing in this one. game. Week 14.
The offensive back-and-forth between the Rams and Ravens was really fun, and OBJ did his part with four receptions for 97 yards and an incredible touchdown covering 46 of those yards. Beckham still has time to develop strong chemistry in Baltimore with his quarterback, as he did with the team on the other side of the field this afternoon, and he helped win a Super Bowl.
The Bills need a really good game from their backfield, and they got it Sunday from Cook, who gained 58 yards on 10 carries, completing that with five catches for 83 yards and a touchdown Buffalo’s win proved to be Kansas City’s worst season in half a decade. If Cook can now consolidate himself in that role, the Bills can dream of getting back into the conversation of favorites to win it all.
The Bolts need Ekeler’s production, even if the board is taking the position that the running back is less important after the star hasn’t found the end zone since the middle of last month. This afternoon, and with Justin Herbert injured—to sideline him for several weeks—Ekeler ran the ball 10 times for 51 yards with a touchdown and caught five passes for 49 yards, becoming the only option for some Bolts, who quickly ran out of arguments against Denver.
If anyone owns the Jags-Browns matchup, it’s the two first-round tight ends who have struggled to live up to the lofty expectations of their careers. Engram caught 11 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns on the afternoon, a performance nearly matched by his counterpart, who appears further down the list.
The Jets running back led one of the best performances of the entire campaign for the New Yorkers, leaving one of the hottest teams in the league, the Texans, on the road. Hall carried the ball 10 times for 40 yards but did more damage in the air thanks to his eight receptions for 86 yards with a touchdown to cap one of the most surprising Sunday performances.
Lamar Jackson, quarterback, Baltimore Ravens
In a duel of opposing styles, the two quarterbacks shined in the game between the Rams and Ravens in Baltimore. The local quarterback completed 24 of 43 pass attempts for 316 yards with three touchdowns with one interception, also accumulating 70 rushing yards on 70 carries. Currently, Baltimore is a half-game ahead of Miami in the AFC, pending what happens on Monday night.
San Francisco’s weapons were effective from all angles, overwhelming Seattle. McCaffrey contributed 145 rushing yards on just 16 carries, including a 72-yard scamper on the first offensive play that helped set the pace of the game.
Cincinnati’s reliable backfield bulwark responded on Sunday with 21 carries for 79 yards with a touchdown and three catches for 46 yards, giving the Bengals the strength needed to support the inexperienced Jake Browning at the controls of the offensive ship.
Like Engram, Njoku has been noisier than he’s ever been in his career, except for games like today, a six-catch, 91-yard, two-touchdown outing that came close to mirroring his counterpart, Engram, on the other side. part of the field.
In the most complicated game of the day, from the point of view of offensive efficiency, a Minny linebacker—an undrafted rookie—did everything to ensure victory. Pace had the best game of his young career, leading the Vikings with 13 tackles, seven of them solo, plus a sack, a tackle for loss of yards, a hit on the quarterback, and a pass defended. The cherry on the cake? An interception that helped seal the score on the first play after the field goal represented the only point of the afternoon.
Deebo Samuel, wide receiver, San Francisco 49ers
Samuel again became a factor as a wide receiver, almost exclusively catching seven balls for 149 yards with a touchdown in the decisive victory over the Seahawks that, for all practical purposes, secured another division title for San Francisco. Mathematically, it’s out of the bag, but it seems impossible to lose it now.
It’s been 10 touchdown passes against just one interception in the Rams’ last three games for Stafford, and despite today’s loss, they’re in contention for the postseason. This afternoon, Stafford went 23 of 41 for 294 yards with three touchdown passes and no interceptions, finding Kupp in critical moments of the game.