Wed Nov 30 1:35am ET
By JOSH DUBOW
AP Pro Football Writer
Miami Dolphins tight end Cethan Carter (82) is congratulated by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) and wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) after Carter scored a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Washington Commanders cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) celebrating his interception against the Atlanta Falcons with his teammates near the end of the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Landover, Md. Washington won 13-19. (AP Photo/Jessica Rapfogel)
Philadelphia Eagles' DeVonta Smith reacts following an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw (57) celebrates after recovering a fumble by New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara with teammates linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair (51) and safety George Odum during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)
Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) celebrates as he scores the game-winning touchdown during overtime of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Caean Couto)
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones (7) celebrates a two-point conversion catch with his team during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Two years after no team in the NFC East won more than seven games, all four have pulled off the trick with six weeks to go.
Washington (7-5) beat Atlanta on Sunday to join Philadelphia (10-1), Dallas (8-3) and the Giants (7-4) with winning records, giving the division a combined winning percentage of .711 for the best mark through 12 weeks by any division since the merger.
Making the performance more impressive is the turnaround from 2020 when Washington won the NFC East with a 7-9 record.
The AFC East isn't far behind this season with all four teams in that division also posting winning records with Miami and Buffalo tied for the top spot at 8-3, with the Jets (7-4) an Patriots (6-5) following in the standings.
Before this season, the only times since the league went to eight divisions in 2002 when all four teams in a division had winning records through 12 weeks came in the 2021 AFC West, the 2014 AFC North, and the AFC East and NFC South in 2008.
The NFC South is at the other end of the division standings with Tampa Bay (5-6) in the lead despite having a losing record. The only other times since 2002 when every team had a losing record through 12 games came in the 2020 NFC East, the 2015 NFC East, the 2014 NFC South and the 2010 NFC West.
According to projections from Football Outsiders, there is a 16% chance that the entire NFC East makes the playoffs and a 15% chance that happens for the AFC East. It's more likely both divisions will have four teams with winning records with the NFC East doing that 52% of the time and the FC East 60% of the time.
Football Outsiders projects all four NFC South teams to have a losing record 35% of the time.
Josh Jacobs punctuated the best day of his career in memorable fashion.
Jacobs scored on an 86-yard run in overtime to lead the Raiders past the Seahawks for the fourth longest scrimmage touchdown ever in overtime, trailing only Ron Jaworski's 99-yard TD pass to Mike Quick for the Eagles in 1985, Garrison Hearst's 96-yard TD run for the 49ers in 1998 and Teddy Bridgewater's 87-yard TD pass to Jarius Wright for the Vikings in 2014.
Jacobs finished with 224 yards rushing and two TDs and 74 yards receiving, becoming the sixth player ever to gain at least 300 yards and score multiple touchdowns from scrimmage in a single game, joining Cloyce Box (1950), Billy Cannon (1961), Stephone Paige (1985), Priest Holmes (2002) and Adrian Peterson (2007).
Jacobs is the only player since at least 1950 to rush for at least 225 yards and have at least 70 yards receiving in a game.
GO FOR 2
The Chargers and Jaguars took late-game gambles that paid off in a big fashion.
Los Angeles coach Brandon Staley and Jacksonville coach Doug Pederson both opted to go for 2-point conversions in the closing seconds when trailing by one.
Both teams delivered, making this the first week since the NFL added the play in 1994 when two teams won on a 2-point conversion in the final two minutes of regulation.
The Chargers scored with 15 seconds left and the Jaguars did it with 14 seconds to play. Before Sunday, only teams in NFL history had scored on a game-winning 2-point conversion in the final 15 seconds with the Vikings doing it in 2002 and the Chargers in 2018.
There have now been 23 teams since 2000 that went for 2 when trailing by one point in the final minute with 11 of those attempts being successful.
The win by Jacksonville was also the first for the franchise when trailing by at least seven points in the final minute of regulation after losing their first 183 tries.
The San Francisco 49ers ended the fourth longest scoring streak in NFL history.
The Niners blanked New Orleans 13-0 on Sunday, ending the Saints streak of scoring in 332 consecutive games.
The last time the Saints failed to score came in the 2001 season finale when they lost 38-0 to the 49ers. That was the longest active scoring streak in the NFL, two games more than Baltimore's current run.
The NFL record for consecutive games with at least a point is 420 games by the 49ers from 1977-2004.
San Francisco has held four straight opponents scoreless in the second half, just the eighth time that has happened since the merger.
Philadelphia's Jalen Hurts threw for 153 yards and ran for 157 on Sunday night in a win over Green Bay, joining an exclusive group.
The only other players to rush and pass for at least 150 yards in the same game are Lamar Jackson, Michael Vick and Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick did his in the 2012 playoffs against Green Bay.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back JaMycal Hasty was impressive in taking over for the injured Travis Etienne Jr. (foot) in Week 12, rushing 12 times for 28 yards and adding five receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. Etienne went down during the first half, and while the Jaguars claimed he was cleared to return to action, they chose to play it safe with their young star and held him out of the rest of the contest. Of course, it wouldn't come as a huge shock if the Jaguars held Etienne out for a Week 13 matchup against the Detroit Lions after he missed all of the 2021 season with a Lisfranc injury to that same foot. The Jaguars are also likely to get Darrell Henderson Jr. more involved this coming weekend. Treat Hasty as a flex play if Etienne doesn't end up playing against Detroit in Week 13.
San Francisco 49ers running back Jordan Mason carried the ball five times for 25 yards in a Week 12 win over the New Orleans Saints. Mason was pressed into action after the 49ers lost Elijah Mitchell to an MCL injury in Week 12. Starter Christian McCaffrey was also dealing with knee irritation during Week 12's win, limiting him to 62.9% of the team's offensive snaps. McCaffrey is likely to play through the injury, but it serves as a good reminder that he has been injured often since the beginning of the 2020 season. The 49ers also have third-round pick Tyrion Davis-Price waiting in the wings. Davis-Price has been inactive since Week 7 but could be active and take some backup carries away from Mason. Mason is a low-end flex play heading into Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins unless McCaffrey is a surprise inactive.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell Jr. saw his first action of the season in a Week 12 win over the Indianapolis Colts, rushing 12 times for 62 yards and a touchdown while adding a six-yard reception on Monday night. Snell was originally expected to serve as the backup to Najee Harris with Jaylen Warren (hamstring) inactive, but Harris wound up leaving shortly before halftime with an abdominal injury, forcing Snell into the lead-back role. Snell would set up as a mid-range RB3 against the Atlanta Falcons if Harris and/or Warren do not suit up. This is a situation to monitor throughout the week as the Steelers gear up to head down to Atlanta for Sunday's game.
Dynasty | Darnell Mooney will miss the remainder of the season following an ankle injury suffered in week 12 Dynasty Analysis: He'll also likely need surgery to correct the issue but should be healthy for the start of 2023. Following a slow start, the third-year receiver started to show chemistry of late with rising quarterback Justin Fields before suffering the injury. He season ends with a 40/493/2 line while the team has little below him on the receiver depth chart. Found as DLF's WR41, all expectations are that the team will seek to bolster the receiver room during the off-season to address the worst receiver corps. in the NFL.
Dynasty | Bengals receiver Ja'Marr Chase is expected to be back on the field in week 13 in a tilt against the Chiefs Dynasty Analysis: Chase's untimely injury was a mid-season blow to fantasy coaches but his return should breathe new life into teams making a late push for the playoffs. His return should also bolster the prospects of quarterback Joe Burrow just in time for a big week game when the Bengals host the Chiefs. Despite missed time, Chase is still a solid bet to surpass 1,000 yards receiving and double-digit touchdowns again. He's listed as DLF's WR2.
Long-time former Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams, who has been waiting for the right opportunity, signed with the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad on Tuesday with the idea of going to the active roster, according to sources. Williams will reunite with defensive line coach Joe Cullen. The 33-year-old nicknamed Big Baby will give the Chiefs some veteran defensive line depth in the trenches the rest of the way. Williams started 13 games for the Ravens last year and finished with 35 tackles (15 solo), four tackles for loss, three passes defensed and a fumble recovery. He was a Pro Bowler with Baltimore in 2018 and has 6.5 career sacks in nine NFL seasons, all with the Ravens.
Buffalo Bills star pass-rusher Von Miller (knee), who is dealing with a lateral meniscus injury that he suffered in the Thanksgiving Day win over the Detroit Lions, said he's hoping to be ready before the Week 14 game against the New York Jets. "Just going to wait a little bit, wait a little bit, let the swelling go down for about seven to 10 days. And hopefully right before the Jets game, I will be back," Miller said. The 33-year-old was carted off the field in Week 12 and will be re-examined next week, but there's no guarantee he'll be ready to go against the Jets. He avoided a dreaded ACL tear, but Miller is expected to require surgery at some point to address his meniscus tear. Buffalo's defense will still be relevant in fantasy, but they won't have as much upside for however long Miller is sidelined.
Carolina Panthers QB Sam Darnold will start in Week 14 after the team's bye, head coach Steve Wilks said on Sunday, Nov. 27.
Fantasy Spin: A passing score and log-roll rushing touchdown off his own fumble salvaged what otherwise was a pedestrian outing from Darnold, who totaled just 164 yards through the air. Don't let him anywhere near your lineup or roster until we see much, much more.
Kansas City Chiefs RB Wayne Gallman was released from the practice squad on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Free-agent RB Melvin Gordon (Broncos) was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs' practice squad on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Fantasy Spin: With Clyde Edwards-Helaire on IR, there's a scenario where Gordon might get some chances with the Chiefs, but he was terrible with the Broncos before being cut and Isiah Pacheco looks solidified as the lead back in Kansas City for now. Gordon is barely worth a speculative hold if you have the space on your roster and/or have Pacheco, but a lot would have to happen for him to return any kind of value.
Updating a previous report, free-agent DB Adrian Colbert signed to the Chicago Bears' practice squad on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox has been a frustrating player to roster all season long. He has only surpassed 50 receiving yards twice this season. Last week, Knox finished with two receptions for 17 yards in the win over the Detroit Lions. Now, he'll get an even tougher challenge against the New England Patriots in Week 13. It's unlikely that Knox has much success against this elite secondary. He'll be a low-end TE2 for Thursday Night matchup.
Buffalo Bills LB Von Miller (knee) says he won't play in Week 13 but is hopeful he'll be back by Week 14 after suffering a torn lateral meniscus injury recently. 'I do feel like I can play through that,' Miller said on Tuesday, Nov. 29. 'So, I'm just gonna wait a little bit, wait a little bit, let the swelling go down for about seven to 10 days. And hopefully, right before the Jets game, I will be back.'
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabe Davis has been putting together better performances this season. There have been a handful of duds for Davis, but hopefully he has turned a corner. Last week, Davis hauled in four of his five targets for 38 yards in the win over the Detroit Lions. Now, he'll get a tough test against the New England Patriots defense in Week 13. Luckily, Davis has seen five or more targets in every game since Week 3. The Bills have shown that they want to keep him involved in the offense. However, it seems unlikely that he'll have a ton of success against the Patriots defense. He should be considered a low-end WR3 or flex option this week.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie put together a strong performance against the Detroit Lions last week. The 27-year-old finished with six receptions on 10 targets for 96 yards and one touchdown in the win. Coming into the game, McKenzie had not surpassed 40 receiving yards since Week 3. This was a nice outing for McKenzie, but fantasy managers shouldn't jump on the bandwagon. He'll have a tough matchup against the New England Patriots in Week 13. The slot receiver hasn't proven himself yet, which puts him on the WR4 radar for this Thursday Night matchup.
Free-agent DT Brandon Williams (Ravens) signed with the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Buffalo Bills running back James Cook has put together a few nice outing during his rookie season. Sadly, there has been more duds than reliable performances from Cook this season. It's not always his fault as his workload is often times minimal due to the presence of Devin Singletary. Last week, Cook only carried the ball twice in the win over the Detroit Lions. That being said, fantasy managers shouldn't trust Cook to do much better in Week 13. He'll get a tough New England Patriots defense, which puts Cook as a desperation deep league option for this week.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been nearly impossible to slow down all season long. Last week, Diggs hauled in eight of his 15 targets for 77 yards in the win over the Detroit Lions. The superstar wideout has seen double digit targets in every game but four this season. The Bills clearly want to keep Diggs as a focal point in this offense. However, he could have some struggles against the strong New England Patriots secondary in Week 13. Fantasy managers should expect Diggs to continue to succeed, so consider him a low-end WR1 for this Thursday Night matchup.
Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary has surprisingly performed better than many expected coming into the season. Over his last three games, Singletary has 205 rushing yards and three touchdowns in 45 attempts on the ground. The Bills have continued to trust Singletary and it is working out for them. However, he could have a tough time finding room to run against the New England Patriots in Week 13. This above average defensive unit puts Singletary on the low-end RB2 radar for this upcoming Thursday Night matchup.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Allen Robinson II (foot) has officially been placed on the injured reserve. The 29-year-old will undergo surgery on his foot and miss the rest of the regular season. He'll finish the 2022 campaign with 33 receptions, 339 yards, and three touchdowns in 10 games. This was a disaster of a season for Robinson, so any fantasy managers who were holding onto him can let him go to the waiver wire. In his absence, Van Jefferson and Ben Skowronek will likely be asked to play bigger roles in the offense.