Cleveland Browns 26 - Cincinnati Bengals 18
Browns TE David Njoku had a sublime performance, catching 3 passes for 73 yards and 1 touchdown. Here’s his touchdown reception:
And Njoku helped seal the game late with this huge 66-yard catch-and-run:
Browns RB Duke Johnson put together his own productive afternoon with 66 total yards (12 rushing and 54 receiving). Last week, Duke shared how one Christmas impacted his whole football career:
Bengals RB Mark Walton contributed on special teams with a tackle.
Indianapolis Colts 28 - New York Giants 27
Colts DE Al-Quadin Muhammad put a solid backup effort with 3 tackles including a tackle for loss as Indianapolis came back from a 10-point deficit for their 9th win of the season.
Giants LB Olivier Vernon finished with 2 tackles in the losing effort.
Jaguars DE Calais Campbell consistently disrupted the Dolphins offense causing their lowest scoring output of the season. The 6’8” 300lb lineman made an impact with 2 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble that he also recovered. The Miami Herald documented Campbell’s performance afterward:
Dolphins RB Frank Gore was declared out for the season after spraining his foot in last week’s game, but has expressed interest in returning for his 15th season:
Green Bay Packers 44 - New York Jets 38
Jets rookie TE Chris Herndon had a strong outing to help push the Packers to overtime. Herndon caught 6 passes for 82 yards and this touchdown in the third quarter:
as well as this highlight-reel catch:
Packers TE Jimmy Graham hauled in 3 out of 4 targets for 34 yards in the victory.
Atlanta Falcons 24 - Carolina Panthers 10
Falcons P Matt Bosher had another solid day punting the ball, with 5 kicks covering 235 yards, with 2 dropping inside the 20, but his presence was actually felt on the return:
Rams CB Sam Shields made his return to the stat sheet with 2 tackles as the Rams returned to the win column by knocking off divisional foe Arizona.
Chicago Bears 14 - San Francisco 49ers 9
Bears S Deon Bush helped sure up the back end of Chicago’s vaunted defense with 2 tackles. P Pat O’Donnell had a light day, punting 3 times for 119 yards.
Steelers DE Anthony Chickillo registered a pass deflection as the Steelers fell to the Saints, falling out of the AFC playoff picture headed into the last week of the season.
Seattle Seahawks 38 - Kansas City Chiefs 31
Chiefs DE Allen Bailey was credited with one tackle as Kansas City was unable to stop the Seahawks.
Baltimore Ravens 22 - Los Angeles Chargers 10
Chargers WR Travis Benjamin had a game that was indicative of the entire team’s performance, with one catch for 11 yards and one rush for 6 yards. K Michael Badgley continued to show why he deserves a long-term gig with another perfect outing, making both of his attempts (an extra point and a 38-yard field goal).