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NFL 2019: ICY HOT TD Week 15

(originally written 12/15/19)

What the hell is NFL ICY HOT TD, anyway? I'll tell you—ICY HOT TD = In Case You Had Other Things To Do.

While some of us are able to watch NFL football all Sunday long and follow it up with postgame analysis/highlight shows well into the night...many of us can't. I aim to bring those fans bits of trivia, data, and news they likely missed on Game Day.

Such as:


  • On Thursday Night Football, the Baltimore Ravens doubled up the visiting Jets 42-21. In the affair, Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson upped his season rushing yards total past 1100 and in doing so, broke Michael Vick's all-time single-season QB rushing yard record of 1,039 (set in 2006). 

  • Jackson's five TD passes gave him 33 for the year, tying the Ravens franchise record set by Vinny Testaverde in 1996, the Ravens' first year of existence.

  • Though New England went into Cincy and won 34-13, the Bengals did at least snap a 20-game streak without an opening-drive TD.

  • Tampa Bay crushed host Detroit 38-17. It was the Lions' 10th loss in 11 games, in large part because they've allowed eight of their past nine opposing QB's to top a 100 passer rating.

  • The Bears lost in Green Bay 21-13; it was the 200th all-time clash between the two teams. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was just 16 of 33, the first time since 12/14/2014 he'd passed below 50% in a game.

  • Despite the low completion percentage, Rodgers still moved into 13th place all-time with 46,407 passing yards.

  • The Texans got past the Titans 24-21, as Houston WR DeAndre Hopkins notched 100 receiving yards for the 30th time in his career—second most in franchise history for a player's first seven seasons (Andre Johnson did it 31 times, but there's two games left for Hopkins!)

  • Do you like big guys running with the ball? Check out the video of Texans LB Whitney Mercilus below:

  • The Chiefs stopped the Broncos 23-3, in Kansas City—their ninth straight win over Denver at either locale. Chiefs TE Travis Kelce became the first TE with four straight 1,000-yard seasons.

  • The Giants' 36-20 home win over Miami snapped a nine-game skid; Giants RB Saquon Barkley returned to the 100-yard column after seven straight weeks below.

  • The visiting Eagles defeated the Redskins 37-27; in the loss, Washington RB Adrian Peterson ran for his 110th career TD, tying him with Walter Payton for 4th all-time. His Eagles counterpart, rookie Miles Sanders, set a Philadelphia rookie record for rushing and scrimmage yards in a season.

  • Seattle's 30-24 road win over Carolina represented coach Pete Carroll's 100th career regular-season triumph. This despite Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey becoming the first Panther ever with 2,000 scrimmage yards in a season.

  • In Arizona's 38-24 home win over Cleveland, their RB Kenyan Drake became the first Cardinal since Ronald Moore in 1993 with four rushing TD in one game; Moore did so in a victory over the Rams.

  • The Vikings destroyed the Chargers in Los Angeles 39-10. The Chargers turned it over seven times, their highest total since eight TO on 12/13/98. Minnesota hadn't forced seven TO since 9/24/95. 

  • Vikings K Dan Bailey made four FG, but missed his 4th consecutive XP during the affair.

  • Host Dallas beat the Rams 44-21, as Cowboys TE Jason Witten moved within one of the franchise record of 73 receiving TD (held by Dez Bryant).

  • Here's part of why the Rams lost:

  • Atlanta pulled out a last-minute win in San Francisco 29-22. For the third time this season, two players (Atlanta's Julio Jones and SF's George Kittle) hauled in 13 passes each (thank you, Before this year, that had only happened once in NFL history, back in 2016. Kittle's effort helped him set a record for most receiving yards by a TE in his first three years.

  • On Sunday Night Football, Buffalo secured its first 10-win season since 1999 with a 17-10 defeat of host Pittsburgh. It was the Bills' first regular-season win there since 1975, and their first win at all against the Steelers since 1999!

  • More from Pittsburgh: T.J. Watt became the first Steeler with multiple 13-sack seasons. And the game was the first to feature three brothers since 1927 (Trey and Terrell Edmunds of Pittsburgh; Tremaine Edmunds of Buffalo).

  • New Orleans clobbered visiting Indianapolis 34-7 on Monday Night Football. You probably heard about Saints QB Drew Brees breaking Peyton Manning's TD pass record, but you may not have heard he was 29 of 30 to set a new single-game completion percentage record (96.7).

  • More from NO: Saints WR Michael Thomas recorded his 8th 10+-catch game of 2019, which broke his own franchise record.

    With Jacksonville coming back to squeeze Oakland 20-16, road teams went 9-7 during the week. No more bye's, no more Thursday Night Football, but three games coming up on Saturday!

Sources: NFL Primetime,,,,, and various TV and radio broadcasts

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