Seven From Sunday
A look at seven statistical
highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, December
16, the 15th week of the 2018 season.
CHICAGO BEARS defeated Green Bay,
24-17, and clinched the NFC North division title for the first time since
The Bears, who finished in fourth place in the NFC North
last season, completed a “worst-to-first” turnaround in 2018. In 15 of
the past 16 seasons, at least one team has finished in first place in its
division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place.
The LOS ANGELES
CHARGERS, who defeated Kansas City 29-28 on Thursday night, clinched a
playoff berth for the first time since 2013.
running back DERRICK HENRY rushed
for 170 yards and two touchdowns in the Titans’ 17-0 victory over the New York
Giants at MetLife Stadium.
Henry, who rushed for
238 yards and four touchdowns in Week 14, is the fifth player since 2002 to
record at least 170 rushing yards and two touchdown runs in consecutive games,
joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LA
DAINIAN TOMLINSON (2006), DEUCE MC
ALLISTER (2003), CLINTON PORTIS (2003)
and RICKY WILLIAMS (2002).
Henry’s 408 rushing
yards since Week 14 are the most by a player over a two-game span in
franchise history, surpassing the previous high of 405 yards set by Pro
Football Hall of Famer EARL CAMPBELL in
Weeks 7-8 for the 1980 Houston Oilers. His six rushing touchdowns are the most
by a player in team history over any two-game span.
- Chicago quarterback MITCHELL TRUBISKY completed 20 of 28
passes (71.4 percent) for 235 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions
for a 120.4 passer rating in the Bears’ 24-17 victory over Green Bay.
Trubisky has recorded a passer rating of at least 120
(minimum 15 attempts) in four games this season, surpassing Pro Football
Hall of Famer SID LUCKMAN (three
games in 1943), RUDY BUKICH (three in
1965) and ERIK KRAMER (three in
1995) for the most such games by a quarterback in a single season in franchise
wide receiver JULIO JONES had 82
receiving yards and a touchdown in the Falcons’ 40-14 victory over Arizona.
Jones, who leads the
NFL with 1,511 receiving yards, is the fifth player in NFL history with at
least three career seasons with 1,500+ receiving yards, joining Pro
Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (four
seasons) and MARVIN HARRISON (three),
and ANTONIO BROWN (three) and ANDRE JOHNSON (three).
Jones, who also has 100
receptions this season, joined Harrison (three), Brown (three) and Johnson
(three) as the only players in NFL history with at least 100 catches and
1,500 receiving yards in three career seasons.
BALTIMORE RAVENS, led by rookie
running back GUS EDWARDS (104
rushing yards) and rookie quarterback LAMAR
JACKSON (95 rushing yards), recorded 242 rushing yards in the Ravens’ 20-12
victory over Tampa Bay.
Baltimore has rushed
for at least 190 yards in five consecutive games and is the first team to
accomplish the feat since the 1976 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (five
consecutive games from October 17 to November 14).
running back MARLON MACK rushed for
139 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts’ 23-0 victory over Dallas.
Mack, who also rushed for
132 yards and two scores in the Colts’ Week 8 victory over Oakland, is the third
player in franchise history to record multiple games with at least 125 rushing
yards and two rushing touchdowns in a single season, joining Pro Football
Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (two
games in 1987) and EDGERRIN JAMES (two
games in both 1999 and 2005).
MINNESOTA VIKINGS recorded nine
sacks, including two sacks each from defensive end DANIELLE HUNTER and linebacker ANTHONY
BARR, in the team’s 41-17 victory over Miami.
recorded 10 sacks in the team’s Week 9 victory over Detroit, are the second
team since 1990 to register at least nine sacks in multiple games in a single
season, joining the 2017 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (two games). The
Vikings are the seventh team since the 1970 merger to record multiple such
games in a single season.