After 13 games, only three teams have clinched a playoff berth so far. On the other side, 12 teams have officially been eliminated and the 6-7 Dallas Cowboys still lead their division.
There were some wild, playoff like games as San Francisco defeated New Orleans 48-46, Baltimore defeated Buffalo 24-17, and Kansas City defeated New England 23-16. There won’t be many big matchups coming up in week 15 so there should still be a lot of madness left for the last two weeks of the regular season.
But most of you are here to see how the former boys of black and gold are doing in the NFL. This week there were 34 players on rosters and practice squads, no change from last week.
Player of the Week
TE Noah Fant (Denver Broncos, 1st season): Fant and the Broncos improved to 5-8 as they defeated the Texans 38-24. Fant had a touchdown on four catches for 113 yards in the victory. Drew Lock is now 2-0 as a starter for Denver. POTW =2.
#Broncos rookie QB Drew Lock (22-27, 309-3TD) — Good look here at the TD to TE Noah Fant (4-113-1TD).— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) December 9, 2019
HOU spins the safeties to 2-Deep (middle of the field is now open). See the man-under technique. And put some heat on this throw. @NFLMatchup @Jeff_Legwold pic.twitter.com/drgOAIf9u8
https://t.co/VgOOPFTmmv - Broncos rookie Noah Fant is blossoming into a star before our eyes #DENnowNews pic.twitter.com/aXjCggEkO7— DENVERnow (@DENVERnowApp) December 9, 2019
The Rest of the Hawkeyes
QB C.J. Beathard (San Francisco 49ers, 3rd season in the NFL): Beathard was inactive again this week, as he has been every week this season. The 49ers defeated the Saints 48-46 in a barn burner that has home field implications for the playoffs.
OL Austin Blythe (Los Angeles Rams, 4th season): Blythe and the Rams improved to 8-5 as they defeated Seattle 28-12. The Rams try to remain in the playoff chase when they travel to Dallas on Sunday.
OL Ike Boettger (Buffalo Bills, 2nd season): Boettger and the Bills fell to 9-4 as they lost 24-17 to Baltimore. Boettger was inactive for the game.
OL Bryan Bulaga (Green Bay Packers, 10th season): Bulaga and the Packers defeated the Redskins 20-15 to improve to 10-3. The Packers host the Bears on Sunday.
RB James Butler (Oakland Raiders, 2nd season): Butler is on the Raiders practice squad.
DE Adrian Clayborn (Atlanta Falcons, 9th season): Clayborn and the Falcons defeated Carolina 40-20 to improve to 4-9 on the season. Clayborn did not record any stats in the loss.
DT Mike Daniels (Detroit Lions, 8th season): Daniels and the Lions lost 20-7 to the Vikings to fall to 3-9-1 on the season. After a couple of slow weeks, Daniels had the most snaps from any Lions defensive lineman and recorded five tackles including one for loss.
C James Daniels (Chicago Bears, 2nd season): Daniels and the Bears improved to 7-6 as they beat the Cowboys 31-24 on Thursday. Chicago will try to continue to stay in the playoff race as they travel to Green Bay on Sunday.
DT Carl Davis (Jacksonville Jaguars, 5th season): Davis and Jacksonville lost for the fifth straight week by at least 17 points, this time 45-10 to the Chargers. Davis was inactive for the game.
WR Nick Easley (Buffalo Bills, 1st season): Easley is on the Buffalo practice squad.
C James Ferentz (New England Patriots, 4th season): Ferentz and the Patriots lost 23-16 to the Chiefs to fall to 10-3. The Patriots travel to Cincinnati on Sunday. Ferentz started at center as first-stringer Ted Karras was injured last week. POTW = 1.
S Jake Gervase (Los Angeles Rams, 1st season): Gervase was inactive as the Rams defeated Seattle.
TE Parker Hesse (Tennessee Titans, 1st season): Hesse is on the Titans practice squad.
LB Anthony Hitchens (Kansas City Chiefs, 6th season): Hitchens and the Chiefs defeated the Patriots 23-16. Hitchens had three tackles in the victory. The Chiefs host Denver on Sunday.
TE T.J. Hockenson (Detroit Lions, 1st season): Hockenson is out for the season after injuring his ankle last week. The Lions host Tampa on Sunday. POTW honors = 1.
S Amani Hooker (Tennessee Titans, 1st season): Hooker and the Titans improved to 8-5 as they defeated the Titans 42.21 on Sunday. Hooker had two tackles in the victory. The Titans host the Texans on Sunday in a division battle.
S Micah Hyde (Buffalo Bills, 7th season): Hyde and the Bills fell to 9-4 as they lost 24-17 to Baltimore. Hyde had seven tackles in the loss. Buffalo travels to Pittsburgh on Sunday night. POTW honors =2.
CB Josh Jackson (Green Bay Packers, 2nd season): Jackson and the Packers defeated the Redskins. Jackson was active for the game and recorded one tackle.
LB Josey Jewell (Denver Broncos, 2nd season): Jewell and the Broncos defeated the Texans. In limited action, Jewell had two tackles including a sack. POTW honors = 1.
DT Jaleel Johnson (Minnesota Vikings, 3rd season): Johnson and the Vikings defeated the Lions 20-7 to improve to 9-4. Johnson had three tackles including a sack in the victory. The Vikings travel to play the Chargers on Sunday. POTW honors = 1.
CB Desmond King (Los Angeles Chargers, 3rd season): King and the Chargers defeated Jacksonville 45-10 to improve to 5-8 on the season. King had three tackles in the win. The Chargers host Minnesota on Sunday. POTW honors = 1.
LB Christian Kirksey (Cleveland Browns, 6th season): Kirksey was placed on the IR earlier this season and is most likely out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. The Browns defeated Cincinnati 27-19 to improve to 6-7.
TE George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers, 3rd season): Kittle had six catches for 67 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers victory over the Saints. There was one play late in the game where there was a facemask against Kittle and he still went for 15 more yards. POTW honors = 3.
That man is DIFFERENT!!!! Give me chills man https://t.co/539n2nRflc— Noah Fant (@nrfant) December 8, 2019
LS Casey Kreiter (Denver Broncos, 4th season): Kreiter and the Broncos are a disappointing 5-8, though they’ve won two in a row. Maybe they’ll continue to “snap” out of it on Sunday when they travel to play the Chiefs.
DB Greg Mabin (Cincinnati Bengals, 3rd season): Mabin and the Bengals got back to their losing ways as they lost to Cleveland 27-19. Mabin had one tackle in limited action in the loss.
OL Matt Nelson (Detroit Lions, 1st season): Nelson is on the practice squad for Detroit.
LB Anthony Nelson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1st season): Nelson and the Buccaneers defeated Indianapolis 38-35 to improve to 6-7. Nelson was inactive for the game once again as he is dealing with a hamstring injury.
LB Ben Niemann (Kansas City Chiefs, 2nd season): Niemann and the Chiefs defeated the Patriots on Sunday. Niemann had two tackles in the victory. POTW honors = 1.
OL Riley Reiff (Minnesota Vikings, 8th season): Reiff and the Vikings defeated Detroit and travel to Los Angeles to play the Chargers on Sunday.
OL Keegan Render (Philadelphia Eagles, 1st season): Render is on the practice squad for Philadelphia.
OL Ross Reynolds (San Francisco 49ers, 1st season): Reynolds is on the San Francisco practice squad.
OL Brandon Scherff (Washington Redskins, 5th season): Scherff and the Redskins fell to 3-10 after losing 20-15 to the Packers. The Redskins host the Eagles on Sunday.
OL Marshal Yanda (Baltimore Ravens, 13th season): Yanda and the Ravens improved to 11-2 as they defeated the Bills 24-17. Baltimore hosts the Jets on Thursday. POTW honors = 1.