The NFL season keeps on rolling, as we have now come down to week 14. There were plenty of Pro Dawgs who put on a show this week, so let’s dive right in, starting on Thursday Night Football.
The Patriots traveled to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in a game with a lot of bearing on the Steelers’ playoff hopes. Fortunately for New England, they hung on for a 21-18 victory. In that victory, Myles Bryant was a key contributor, posting 5 tackles (3 solo) 1 tackle for loss, and a pass deflection. New England moves to 3-10 while Pittsburgh moves to 7-6.
Moving to Sunday’s slate of games, there was plenty of action to be excited about in the early window if you’re a Dawg fan. After an absolute gem of a performance on Monday Night against the Jaguars last week, Jake Browning took the field hoping to maintain the positive momentum. His opponent for the week? The Indianapolis Colts, and quarterback Gardner Minshew. Unfortunately for Minshew, he came up short yet again against Jake Browning, losing 34-14, and bringing Browning’s head to head record against Minshew to 2-0. For Browning, it was another productive day, as he went 18/24 for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns, adding a touchdown on the ground, and an interception. There were concerns as Browning went to the locker room as he couldn’t really grip the ball in the fourth quarter, but he returned after getting an IV. We’ll see if he can sustain this run of production down the stretch, and hopefully into the playoffs!
The Bears hosted the Lions at Soldier Field. Kyler Gordon was uncharacteristically quiet, only recording 1 tackle, as the Bears beat the Lions 28-13. Moving to the Caesars Superdome, where the Huskies will play on January 1st, the Saints took on the Panthers. Safety Alex Cook chipped in a tackle for the Panthers as they couldn’t overcome the Saints, losing 28-6. Meanwhile in Atlanta, the Falcons hosted the Bucs and their vaunted defensive front of Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, Vita Vea and Greg Gaines. Unfortunately, Vea didn’t practice all week due to a toe injury, and thus did not play. Greg Gaines and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka did their best to keep up in his stead, with Gaines recording 3 tackles, 1 solo and a sack, and Tryon-Shoyinka recording 3 tackles, with 2 of them being solo tackles. The real story though was Cade Otton. Though he only had 2 catches for 16 yards, one of them was a touchdown from 11 yards out that put the Bucs on top for good as they would win, 29-25, good enough to earn my Pro Dawg Play Of the Week! The Rams looked to continue their winning streak as they took on the Ravens. Despite Puka Nacua’s 5 catches for 84 yards, and 1 rush for 6 yards, the Rams couldn’t hold on, losing 37-31 in overtime to Baltimore.
Onto the afternoon slate now, we start in Santa Clara, as the San Francisco 49ers took on the Seattle Seahawks. Will Dissly caught his only target for a three yard gain, as the Seahawks fell to the 49ers, 28-16. Going to Kansas City now, the Bills took on the Chiefs. For the Bills, Taylor Rapp had 3 tackles (1 solo), and for the Chiefs, Trent McDuffie was everywhere, recording 6 tackles, 3 solo, a sack, and a pass deflection. Ultimately though, the Bills would emerge victorious, winning 20-17.
On Monday Night, Elijah Molden and the Titans defense will try to slow down the Dolphins offense, featuring running back Salvon Ahmed. It should be intriguing to watch, as the Titans have showed flashes of potential, and the Dolphins offense has been electric!