Bears win with Chase Daniel
The Chicago Bears are trying to chase down an NFC North title and their Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions was going to be an important game to get and that seemed like it was going to be much more difficult than normal with Mitchell Trubisky out. What hurt even more during the game was that the Bears only ran for 38 yards on 15 carries, but Chase Daniel, making only his third career start, threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns while going 27/37. Divisional wins are obviously huge in the NFL and Matt Nagy, the Bears offensive staff and of course Chase Daniel himself deserve credit for what happened on Thanksgiving.
Amari Cooper dominates
It was a little bit of a question mark when the Cowboys decided to part with a first-round pick for former Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper. It was questioned because Cooper isn’t worth a first-round pick, or so we thought. Against Washington on Thanksgiving, Cooper went for 180 yards on eight catches, this also included a 90-yard touchdown. Perhaps even more impressively was Cooper averaging 22.5 yards per catch, while catching 8/9 of the passes thrown to him. That’s well above the percentage of passes he has caught in his career and if he continues to play anything like this, giving up a first-round pick for him won’t seem too bad.
Seattle picks up a huge win
In what was a huge game in the wild card race in the NFC, Seattle went into Charlotte and picked up a huge win against the Panthers. They did this mostly on the back of Russell Wilson. Seattle got off to a slow start this season, but now they’re at 6-5 after this win and they’re right in the thick of the playoff race in the NFC.
Another thing to note in this game was the performance of Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey had a touchdown on the ground, caught a touchdown, had 17 carries for 125 yards and caught 11 passes for 112 yards. Putting up 100 yards on the ground and while catching passes is a really impressive performance and he deserves recognition for it.
Phillip Rivers sets single-game completion percentage record
Phillip Rivers and the Chargers were playing the Cardinals and the Chargers did a great job taking care of business in a blowout 45-10 win, which wasn’t notable because the Cardinals are terrible, but what was notable was Phillip Rivers setting the single-game NFL record for completion percentage. Rivers went 28/29 for 259 yards and three touchdowns. Now he only averaged 8.9 yards per attempt, which is good but isn’t amazing, but going 28/29 and completing 96.5% of your passes is amazing.
Texans win 8th straight
Houston needs to keep winning with the way the Colts have been playing in the AFC South, and they did just that on Monday Night against the Titans, winning their eighth straight game. Deshaun Watson played solid and the Texans dominated on the ground offensively, including a 97-yard touchdown run by Lamar Miller, but even more impressive was the Texans defensive front sacking Marcus Mariota six times.