NFL 2020: ICY HOT TD Week 11

(originally written 11/23/20)

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 Cardinals fell in Seattle 28-21. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson became the third QB with 30+ TD passes in four straight seasons (Brett Favre and Drew Brees). Not helping Arizona: 115 penalty yards, their most since 2015.

  • Playing without Brees, New Orleans still topped visiting Atlanta 24-9. Saints RB Alvin Kamara became the first with 500 rushing and receiving yards in his first four years. Falcons QB Matt Ryan's last game with two picks and no TD's? Week 5 of the 2015 season.

  • Washington defeated visiting Cincinnati 20-9, the first win for QB Alex Smith since 11/11/18. Still, the WFT remains the only club without an opening drive score in 2020.

  • Pittsburgh demolished host Jacksonville 27-3, running their sack streak to 67 straight games in the 3Q (Stephon Tuitt). Steelers WR Chase Claypool became the third WR ever with 10 TD in his first 10 games. The Jaguars' nine consecutive losses ties their single-season mark (2016).

  • Tennessee went to Baltimore and won in overtime, 30-24, as RB Derrick Henry scored the 50th TD of his career. He also became the first with multiple overtime rushing TD's in the same season since 1991. Titans TE Jonnu Smith tied Delanie Walker's Titans TE record with TD #7 this season.

  • Host Cleveland outlasted Philadelphia 22-17 in a game without first half offensive points—the first such game this NFL season. For the second time this season, The Browns recorded a pick-six and a safety in the same game; before that, they hadn't done it since 1970.

  • More from Cleveland: check out Kareem Hunt's hops below...

  • The Patriots fell at Houston 27-20, even as QB Cam Newton passed Steve Grogan for the most rushing attempts by a Pats QB in a single season (currently 83)

  • Host Denver defeated Miami 20-13. Despite this, and his eventual benching, Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa became their first rookie since Dan Marino in '83 to throw a TD pass in four straight games.

  • In Los Angeles, the Chargers beat the Jets 34-28, despite New York RB Frank Gore scoring his first TD in 23 games. The Jets were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, running their drought to 10 seasons.

  • Chargers QB Justin Herbert tied the league rookie record—set by Joe Burrow in 2020—with 37 completions; Herbert also set a league rookie record with his fifth game of three TD passes or more this season.

  • More from L.A.: 16 of Herbert's completions were to WR Keenan Allen, a Chargers receptions record for Los Angeles or San Diego.

  • In Dallas's 31-28 road win over Minnesota, Cowboys QB Andy Dalton fired a TD pass to TE Dalton Schultz—the first time in league history a last name has thrown a TD to an exact-matching first name. Dallas WR CeeDee Lamb passed Bob Hayes for most receptions by a rookie Dallas receiver (now has 48), none more spectacular than below:

  • More from Minneapolis: Vikings WR Adam Thielen joined Randy Moss as the only Vikings with 10 TD in the first 10 games of a season.

  • Indianapolis squeaked by visiting Green Bay 34-31 in overtime; we have no interesting notes from that game other than Colts QB Philip Rivers inching closer to 5th place on the all-time TD pass list. He is now 10 scores away from passing Marino.

  • On Sunday Night Football, Kansas City escaped Las Vegas with a 35-31 comeback victory. Still, Raiders TE Darren Waller passed Todd Christiansen for the most receptions by a Raiders TE through 10 games of a season (now has 60).

  • On Monday Night Football, the Rams handled the Buccaneers in Tampa 27-24. In the game, L.A. receivers Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp became the first Rams duo with 10+ catches and 100+ yards since at least 1948. Also, Bucs QB Tom Brady joined Peyton Manning as the only QB's to throw 25+ touchdowns in 15 different seasons.

  • The Bills, Bears, Giants and 49ers enjoyed bye weeks. Road teams finished 5-9 during Week 11.

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