It’s Week 16 and the news kinda stinks. Let’s go, I guess...
We start with TJ Hockenson. Hockenson finished Sunday’s 30-24 loss to Detroit with 4 receptions for 58 yards. Unfortunately, Hockenson suffered a knee injury in the game and the worst fears for Hockenson were realized Tuesday.
Vikings’ TE TJ Hockenson suffered a season-ending torn ACL and MCL vs. the Lions.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 26, 2023
UGH. That of course ends Hock’s season, and could easily alter his 2024 season as well. GODDAMNIT.
On the other sideline, it was a quiet day for Sam LaPorta, as Detroit’s impact rookie ended with 3 catches for 18 yards as Detroit won the NFC North for the first time, and won a division title for the first time since 1993 when it was still known as the NFC Central (also involved in this game was Jack Campbell, and he finished with 3 tackles on the day).
George Kittle had an excellent Monday, finishing with 7 receptions for 126 yards. Unfortunately, it was less than excellent for the 49ers, as they were thumped by Baltimore 33-19 in a matchup of the top seeds in the NFC and AFC (Geno Stone also involved and had 3 tackles).
Of course, we have seen that version of Brock Purdy before.
The last time Brock Purdy threw 3 interceptions in a game:— College Football Report (@CFBRep) December 26, 2023
9/11/21 vs. #10 Iowa
There is just a different standard for defenses in Iowa City. pic.twitter.com/zbxhkTiOUP
And he threw 4 on Monday!
Lastly, Noah Fant had no stats as Seattle entered the playoff picture with a 20-17 come-from-behind win over Tennessee.
ISM found himself back on the scoresheet this week, finishing with 1 reception for 18 yards and 2 carries for 33 yards and a 20-yard touchdown, an excellent effort going through 3 players to find the end zone for the second time this year.
He’s back! CJB made a fourth quarter cameo in Jacksonville’s 30-12 blowout loss to Tampa, and he didn’t disappoint. Beathard finished 11-15 for 94 yards and a touchdown pass, a 1-yard pass in garbage time to Calvin Ridley.
Jacksonville’s season has come undone and might now depend on CJB righting the ship, as Trevor Lawrence suffered a sprained AC joint, making way for CJB to enter. Once sitting at 8-3 and in contention for the top seed in the AFC, they’re now 8-7. The only positive for Jacksonville is no one seems to want to win this division, as both Indianapolis and Houston lost to leave the division in a 3-way 8-7 pillow fight.
Desmond King had 11 tackles, 2 for loss, and a pass breakup in Houston’s demoralizing loss to Cleveland.
The Broncos lost to the horrid Patriots Sunday night, losing on a last-second field goal. Josey Jewell had 3 tackles (1 for loss), Ben Niemann saw action and recorded 2 tackles, and Riley Moss picked up a single tackle. The less said about that loss the better.
Tyler Goodson had 1 catch for 15 yards and 1 rush for 15 yards, but the Colts lost in embarrassing fashion to the Falcons.