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, profootball-reference.com.) 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, CBSSports.com, ProFootballTalk.com, YouTube.com, ProFootballReference.com, USAToday.com and various TV and radio broadcasts