We begin this week with an update on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ryan Shazier. The 4-year linebacker was severely injured when he made a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football early in the first quarter last Monday. He underwent surgery on Thursday to stabilize his spine. No other updates have been released on his current condition.
Without him the Steelers struggled on defense giving up 38 points and 152 rushing yards to the Baltimore Ravens, 120 to their starting running back Alex Collins. Cam Heyward had only one tackle and 1 pass breakup to help the Steelers secure a late 39-38 win and the AFC North division title.
Thursday Night Football started week 14 with the New Orleans Saints’ Buckeye Quadruplets of Mike Thomas, Ted Ginn Junior, Vonn Bell and Marshon Lattimore facing off against the Atlanta Falcons. Thomas, the Saints leading receiver on the season, had another monster game catching 10 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown, while Ginn made 2 catches for 10 yards and rushed once for -3 yards in the 20-17 loss.
On the defensive side, Lattimore returned from missing the last two games with an injury to pick off his 3rd pass of his rookie season and returned it 33 yards. He also had 3 tackles and broke up another pass. Lattimore is the leading candidate for defensive Rookie of the Year. Bell made 2 tackles in a losing effort.
Malcolm Jenkins had 3 tackles for the Philadelphia Eagles in their 43-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams. The Eagles clinched the NFC East division championship.
Carlos Hyde rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in a 26-16 win over the Houston Texans.
Running back Rod Smith had a huge day in the Big Apple in place of Ezekiel Elliott. Smith caught 5 passes for 113 yards, one he took 81-yards for a touchdown. He also scored on the ground and rushed for 47 yards in the Dallas Cowboys 30-10 win over the New York Giants. Rookie wide receiver Noah Brown was targeted twice but did not catch a pass. The Giants’ Eli Apple was sidelined with an injury and linebacker Curtis Grant didn’t register any stats in the loss.
Joey Bosa made 3 tackles for the Los Angeles Chargers in a 30-13 over Washington. Bosa is a leading candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.
Bradley Roby made 1 tackle and had 1 pass breakup, while Jeff Heuerman caught 1 pass for 5 yards for the Denver Broncos in a 23-0 win over the New York Jets. Darron Lee made 5 total tackles in defeat for the Jets.
Nick Vannett was targeted once but did not catch a pass in a 30-24 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Taylor Decker started on the offensive line for the Detroit Lions that didn’t give up a sack in a 24-21 win over the Tampa Buccaneers.
Kurt Coleman made 5 tackles and broke up a pass for the Carolina Panthers in their 31-24 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Pat Elflein missed the game with a shoulder injury.
Adolphus Washington made 5 tackles for the Buffalo Bills in a snow plagued 13-7 overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts. Jonathan Hankins collected 8 total tackles and one for loss in a losing effort. John Simon missed the loss with a shoulder injury. The 5th-year defensive end/linebacker was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday (12/5).