Dolphins: RB Myles Gaskin had a strong day, racking up 55 yards on 16 carries including his first career touchdown despite playing on just 38% of snaps in Miami’s overtime win vs Cincinnati, easily outplaying starter Patrick Laird. He didn’t even make it into a game until week 10, and still hadn’t touched the ball much until week 15, but has almost 100 yards on about four yards per carry over the past two weeks. Gaskin later left the game with an ankle injury.
Bengals: After quiet games in his first two appearances returning from injury, WR John Ross looked closer to his early-season form, hauling in six passes for 84 yards (on 13 targets, though) and earning 6 yards on his first two carries of the season as Cincinnati’s huge rally came up short vs Miami in overtime.
Rams: LB Cory Littleton had seven tackles and a pass defensed in LA’s near-upset at San Francisco. SS Taylor Rapp played every defensive snap and had five tackles. After eclipsing 95% of defensive snaps in just three of his first 11 games (including three below 50%), Rapp has missed a total of one snap in the past three weeks. DT Greg Gaines continues to be part of the DL rotation for Los Angeles, playing 21% of snaps but recording no stats. C Coleman Shelton played six snaps on special teams.
Cardinals: FS Budda Baker had nine tackles with a TFL to lead a fantastic team defensive performance as Arizona stunned the Seahawks in Seattle. One of multiple big hits he had was one on RB CJ Prosise, which unfortunately resulted in a broken arm for Prosise. CB Byron Murphy (along with CB Chris Jones) had an outstanding game in coverage, helping hold the Seahawks’ top 2 receivers — Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf — to just a total of one catch for 12 yards. TE Darrell Daniels played 33% of offensive snaps, a season-high by far, but did not catch his only target.
Falcons: OT Kaleb McGary has not missed an offensive snap since week 2, providing good push in the run game and part of an effort to allow just one total sack as Atlanta knocked off Jacksonville.
Eagles: CB Sidney Jones got himself a bit out of the doghouse in Philly, making a huge pass breakup on fourth down late to seal Philadelphia’s season-saving win over Dallas. After major struggles this season, injuries elsewhere allowed Jones to play 29% of defensive snaps, his highest total since week 8.
Ravens: CB Marcus Peters made three tackles but then left Baltimore’s win at Cleveland with a chest injury.
Buccaneers: DT Vita Vea had three tackles including a TFL in Tampa Bay’s narrow defeat vs Houston.
Patriots: DT Danny Shelton played half of defensive snaps, recording three tackles as New England clinched their 11th straight AFC East title with a win over Buffalo.
Saints: RB Dwayne Washington played two-thirds of special teams snaps, returning a short kickoff for 12 yards and recording a tackle as New Orleans won at Tennessee.
Injury Report and Transaction News:
- As mentioned earlier, Ravens CB Marcus Peters suffered a chest injury in week 16. His status for week 17 vs Pittsburgh is unknown. Same goes for Dolphins RB Myles Gaskin with his ankle injury.
- Panthers LB Shaq Thompson missed the Panthers’ ugly loss to Indianapolis with an ankle injury and is questionable for week 17 vs New Orleans.
- After spending a number of weeks on Jacksonville’s practice squad, LB Keishawn Bierria has been signed by the Arizona Cardinals prior to their week 16 game, although he was not active. Bierria played on special teams the first four weeks with Denver but has not seen a game since.
MNF: CB Kevin King plays for the Packers as they look to clinch the NFC North with a win at Minnesota.