A tip of the cap to the Denver defense, who did a fine job of containing Cook on the day. But, they couldn’t keep him out of the end zone and the Vikings mounted a comeback for ages:
Dalvin Cook around the edge sealed by Kyle Rudolph. Touchdown #Vikings pic.twitter.com/2p6giKPlML— Sean Borman (@SeanBormanNFL) November 17, 2019
Teams trailing by 20+ points at halftime are 0-99 over the last five seasons.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 17, 2019
The Vikings are simultaneously trying to make it 1-99 and 0-100.
Cook finished with 11 rushes for 26 yards and a touchdown, plus another 31 yards on 5 receptions.
Dalvin Cook is up to 1,017 rushing yards on the season, becoming the eighth player in Vikings history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season, and first since Adrian Peterson in 2015. pic.twitter.com/tb9iAXAnl7— Vikings PR (@VikingsPR) November 17, 2019
Boy do I love reliving these Bucs moments when I write this portion every week. Lets get it over with.
Winston had a poor day. O.J. Howard, his offensive line, and offensive play calling didn’t help matters, but the end result was was another turnover-filled day for the former no.1 overall pick.
This really happened:
Demario Davis with an off-the-back INT @demario__davis pic.twitter.com/4Jp1cyIBN7— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 17, 2019
The Buccaneers had six called runs the entire game. SIX.
Meanwhile, Winston threw it 51 times for 313 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions, which leads us to our next player...
Williams went up and got himself an interception off of his former teammate at the end of the game on a goal-line fade to Mike Evans
❌ DENIED at the goal line ❌#SAINTS #SAINTS #SAINTS pic.twitter.com/RrzmbIvy4p— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 17, 2019
He would finish the game with 3 solo tackles, a pass defended, and the interception.
Darby had a nice night and was flying around, looking fully healthy for the first time this year. He finished the game with 5 solo tackles and two passes defended, including a nice pass break up on this trick play that would’ve went for a big gain:
Nice play by Ronald Darby pic.twitter.com/aFyGr17WQz— DIE-HARD Fans (@Eaglesfans9) November 17, 2019
Tate had 4 catches for 56 yards as the 0-10 Bengals came close to their first win of the season. Regardless of how bad the team is, fans held their breath when Tate left the game on a stretcher after a hard hit:
#AudenTate @Bengals— David J. Chao (@ProFootballDoc) November 18, 2019
Don't like the flexion and lateral force here. Hopefully the spine board is a precaution but this type of hit worries me for potential cervical fracture. Better safe than sorry. pic.twitter.com/8Q4AVWAVcl
Tate would left the game on a stretcher, but would still board the team plane to head back to Cincy:
Prayers up for #Bengals WR Auden Tate.pic.twitter.com/h5r7E9ZWMO— Nitrogen Sports (@NitrogenSports) November 18, 2019
Some good news to report.— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) November 18, 2019
Auden Tate will fly back with the team. Neck in a brace. He is walking. #Bengals @fox19
There is no official prognosis on Tate’s injury or how long he’ll be out, but the second-year wide receiver tweeted out that he was alright:
I’m good y’all appreciate the love and prayers— Auden Tate (@lil_t8te) November 18, 2019
Playing mainly as a depth guy this year, Brooks got the start in place of Patrick Chung and made the most of his reps by leading the team in tackles with 7 solo tackles and two QB hits.
Brooks also had two nice pass breakups on the evening:
Another nice play by Terrence Brooks! pic.twitter.com/9Cs1DULs1i— I'M SEEING GHOSTS (@FTBeard11) November 18, 2019
Helluva play by Terrence Brooks on 3rd down!! #GoPATS pic.twitter.com/j9DqHEL9Fs— I'M SEEING GHOSTS (@FTBeard11) November 18, 2019
Of course it wouldn’t be football if there wasn’t a controversial hit, and Brooks found himself as the topic of discussion following his hit that was flagged and negated a Patriot’s interception.
Patriots safety Terrence Brooks was flagged for unnecessary roughness on this hit late in the 4th quarter #NEvsPHI pic.twitter.com/oqPhlUoAve— Kevin Boilard (@247KevinBoilard) November 18, 2019
What do you think? To me, it looks like he tried to lead with his shoulder and there is some incidental helmet to helmet contact— not a dirty hit. But, with the way Goedert’s head moved after the impact I can see why the flags came out.
Other Notable NFL News and Statlines:
Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons: Freeman was inactive this week after suffering a foot sprain last week against New Orleans. He’s expected to be out at least another week.
Demarcus Walker, Denver Broncos: Walker was somewhat of a surprise inactive this week as the third-year defensive end was a healthy scratch.
Vince Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers: Recorded 5 tackles (3 solo) and 0.5 TFL in a losing effort against the Browns.
Javien Elliot, Carolina Panthers: It was a tough day for Elliot and the Carolina secondary against the likes of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. Elliot recorded 2 tackles (1 solo) in his team’s loss.
Christian Jones, Detroit Lions: Had just one tackle as the Lions fell to the Cowboys.
Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota Vikings: Recorded 5 tackles (3 solo) and a pass defended.
Dustin Hopkins, Washington Redskins: Hopkins went 1/2, hitting a 44-yard field goal. He also wasn’t the only person to score for Washington as the Redskins scored their first touchdown in 17 quarters of football on Sunday afternoon.
Timmy Jernigan, Philadelphia Eagles: Recorded one solo tackle.
Jalen Ramsey, Los Angeles Rams: Recorded 4 tackles (3 solo) and a pass defended.