Fun Fact of the Day: Yesterday, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had a monster game. He alone accounted for 298 yards (236 yards rushing, and 62 receiving), while the entire Buffalo Bills team had only 275 yards. He is the first player this season to single-handedly outgain an opponent.
Week 14 highlights. This week’s games ended in feuds and injuries. Here’s what you missed:
- The Cowboys’ Kryptonite. Last night, the Dallas Cowboys’ 11-game winning streak came to an end when they lost to the N.Y. Giants 7-10. The Cowboys have now lost 2 games all season, both to the Giants. The Cowboys’ rookie QB Dak Prescott looked flustered and ineffective against the Giants’ defense, causing some Cowboys fans to start calling for veteran QB Tony Romo.
- Trash talk. Surprise, surprise, the Cleveland Browns lost their 13th straight game this weekend to the Cincinnati Bengals. After the game, Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones continued his beef with Browns’ wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. Why don’t they get along? Once upon a time Pryor and Jones were on the same team, and apparently Pryor told the team’s defensive coordinator that Jones should be cut. As you can imagine, Jones didn’t love that. So this week, when Jones got a chance to defend Pryor he held him to 1 catch for 3 yards. Afterwards, he compared Pryor to garbage and pretended to look for him in the trashcan.
- Gimme, gimme Moore. Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill tore his ACL during yesterday’s game and will likely be out the rest of the season. Tannehill’s career has had its ups and downs, but this season he helped lead the Dolphins to playoff contention. Now, his backup Matt Moore will have to take over. Moore’s been around the league since 2007, but he hasn’t started a game since way back in 2011—the last time Tannehill was injured.
- Is it supposed to bend like that? Detroit Lions QB Matt Stafford injured his throwing hand during yesterday’s game. Sources said the tip of his middle finger was dislocated and dangling at a 90-degree angle. Ew. Fortunately, he’s expected to keep playing, but he’ll have to wear a glove.
Deflategate, the sequel? Last week, the N.Y. Giants discovered that the Pittsburgh Steelers used 2 footballs that were underweight according to league guidelines. Dun dun DUNNNN!! Everyone on Twitter panicked that this would kick off another year-long cheating investigation, but the NFL nipped those fears in the bud. They announced that the Giants never filed a formal complaint about the balls and that the Steelers did not violate any procedures. Cue New England Patriots fans calling out NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for being a massive hypocrite.
In the Cards. After playing with the Chicago Cubs for the past 2 seasons, free-agent CF Dexter Fowler signed a 5-year $82.5M contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Normally, Cubs fans would be furious that he joined the Cards—their hated division rivals. But they’ll probably forgive Fowler, because he was such a huge part of the Cubs’ World Series win, including hitting a critical home run in Game 7. Throughout the season, Fowler was known for getting on base right away and setting the tone for the rest of the game; his 1st inning on-base percentage was an outrageous .479.
You and what Army? This weekend, Army finally snapped its 14-year losing streak and defeated its archrival Navy 21-17. But Navy can take comfort in the fact that they fought bravely, despite missing their starting QB Will Worth. Worth got a foot injury last week, so Navy was forced to start backup QB Zach Abey. Abbey passed for only 89 yards and threw 2 interceptions during the game.
Heisman hangout. Louisville’s 19-year-old QB Lamar Jackson became the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy (for best college football player). Even though he ended the season with 2 sloppy losses, he locked up the Heisman vote long ago with his blazing hot start to the season. In total, he finished the year with 51 touchdowns, 3,390 passing yards, and 1,538 rushing yards. After the award ceremony, Jackson was spotted hanging out with another former Heisman winner: Johnny Manziel. Ruh roh. Hopefully, Johnny’s partying lifestyle didn’t rub off on him.
Baltimore Ravens (7-5) @ New England Patriots (10-2). Sure, the Patriots are one of the most intimidating teams in the NFL, but the Ravens and their QB Joe Flacco ain’t scared. According to the stats, Flacco has actually performed better than Pats QB Tom Brady in head-to-head matchups. 8:30pm ET on ESPN