NFL 2020: ICY HOT TD Week 10

(originally written 11/20/20)

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 Colts doubled up the host Titans 34-17. In the win, Colts QB Philip Rivers passed Dan Marino for 5th all-time in passing yards, ending the night with 61,666. Meanwhile, Indy RB Nyheim Hines became 2020's only player with multiple games scoring a rushing and receiving TD (his 28 Fantasy points all but handed me a win). And WR Michael Pittman, Jr. became the first Colts rookie since 2014 (Donte Moncrief) with a 100-yard receiving game.

  • Cleveland squeaked past the visiting Texans 10-7, as their running back duo of Nick Chubb (126 rush yards) and Kareem Hunt (104 rush yards) became the first Browns pair with 100+ rush yards since 1966. Browns WR Jarvis Landry became the 7th ever with 600 receptions over his first seven years in the league.

  • The host Giants outlasted the Eagles 27-17. Still, Eagles QB Carson Wentz snapped his eight-game turnover streak, which was the longest active in the NFL.

  • More from New York: the Giants recorded multiple sacks in their 10th straight game to open the season, not done by them since at least 1940. And Giants QB Daniel Jones' opening-drive rushing TD was the first such by a Giants QB since Eli Manning in 2008.

  • Washington fell at Detroit 30-27, marking the Lions' first home win in over a calendar year. (It wasn't easy, as Detroit blew a 21-point lead before winning on Matt Prater's 59-yard FG.) In the loss, WFT QB Alex Smith set career highs for passing yards (390) and attempts (55). His previous bests had been 386 yards on 50 attempts at Pittsburgh in 2016.

  • Green Bay got past visiting Jacksonville 24-20, even though Keenan Cole became the first Jaguar to ever score a punt-return TD and receiving TD in the same game. The Packers won despite failing to score on their opening drive for the first time all season.

  • More from Lambeau Field: Marquez Valdes-Scantling racked up a career-high 149 yards receiving, including 79 on the play below (Green Bay's longest pass play in six years):

  • Tampa Bay went to Carolina and doubled them up 46-23—the first such score in NFL history (Scorigami). Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski recorded his 83rd TD reception, placing him third all-time among TE (Antonio Gates 116, Tony Gonzalez 111). Also, Bucs RB Ronald Jones became the 4th ever with a 98+ yard TD run, joining Derrick Henry, Tony Dorsett and Ahman Green. Obviously, that is also the longest run in Bucs history.

  • More from Carolina: the Bucs did not punt even once for just the 5th time in their history, and first time since 2000. Their 544 total yards were their third-most ever (576 in 2018, 573 in 1980), and the third-most Carolina has ever allowed (617 in 2011, 571 in 2016).

  • The Dolphins continued to win, defeating the visiting Chargers 29-21. Among top-5 draft picks, Miami QB Tua Tagovailoa became the 5th QB to win his first three starts. His Dolphins have scored 21 points or more in eight straight games for the first time since doing so in all 16 of their 1984 games. Miami K Jason Sanders nailed his 19th consecutive FG to open the season, a new team record.

  • The Broncos were blown out in Las Vegas 37-12, only the second such score in NFL history (Seattle beat Arizona 37-12 in 2005). Denver has allowed 30 points or more in four consecutive games for the first time since 1968. With six points, Denver K Brandon McManus moved into third place on the team's all-time scoring list (688; he might catch Jim Turner's 742 but Jason Elam's 1,786 is unreachable.)

  • You've seen the Hail Mary play from Kyler Murray to DeAndre Hopkins that vaulted Arizona to a 32-30 home win over Buffalo; Murray became the first QB with a passing and rushing TD in five consecutive games. The Cardinals have racked up 30+ points in five straight games, the team's longest such streak ever. Bills K Tyler Bass became the third Bill with three 50-plus-yard FG in a game.

  • Host Pittsburgh crushed the Bengals 36-10. The Steelers recorded a sack in their 66th straight game, the second-longest streak ever behind the 1999-2003 Bucs (69). Bengals QB Joe Burrow now has the most completions (242) in his first nine career starts, passing Billy Volek's 227 in 1950.

  • New Orleans defeated the visiting 49ers 27-13 despite racking up just 237 yards, their fewest in a win since 1998 (also 237 yards).

  • The Rams picked up a 23-16 home win over Seattle, moving to a league-best 31-0 when leading at the half since 2017. Rams DB Darious Williams became the third man to intercept Seahawks QB Russell Wilson twice in one game.

  • On Sunday Night Football, New England won at home over Baltimore 23-17, as their QB Cam Newton snapped a four-game streak without a passing TD—the longest by a Pats QB since Jim Plunkett in 1975. Ravens QB Lamar Jackson is now 0-6 all-time when falling behind by 10+ points; still, he joined Newton as the only QB's with 500 rush yards in each of their first three years.

  • On Monday Night Football, the visiting Vikings got past the Bears 19-13, as Kirk Cousins recorded his first MNF win ever after nine losses. Bears KR Cordarrelle Patterson tied two others for the most kick return TD's ever (8); see his 104-yard effort above.

  • The Jets, Chiefs, Falcons, and Cowboys enjoyed bye weeks. Road teams went 3-11 during Week 10.

Sources: ESPN.com, SI.com, NFL.com, NFL Primetime, CBSSports.com, ProFootballTalk.com, YouTube.com, ProFootballReference.com, USAToday.com and various TV and radio broadcasts