NFL games today, Week 15 scores, updates, schedule: Aaron Rodgers throws three picks

NFL games today, Week 15 scores, updates, schedule: Aaron Rodgers throws three picks

NFL Week 15 is underway. To keep tabs on some of the choicest highlights and other big news throughout Sunday, keep it locked here for updates. You can also check out the current playoff picture here.

Schedule

Sunday
Bengals at Vikings, 1 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Jets at Saints, 1 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Dolphins at Bills, 1 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Ravens at Browns, 1 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Packers at Panthers, 1 p.m. ET on Fox (GameTracker)
Eagles at Giants, 1 p.m. ET on Fox (GameTracker)
Texans at Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET on Fox (GameTracker)
Cardinals at Redskins, 1 p.m. ET on Fox (GameTracker)
Rams at Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox (GameTracker)
Patriots at Steelers, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Titans at 49ers, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Cowboys at Raiders, 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC (GameTracker)

Not so fast …

Aaron Rodgers’ day has taken a turn for the worse. The Packers QB has thrown three interceptions in a game for the first time since 2009. Maybe it’s rust or maybe it’s the collarbone injury, but Rodgers has missed some throws that he usually makes and Green Bay has to be worried a bit. 

Welcome back, A-A-Ron

Aaron Rodgers is back under center for the Packers as they look to make a late-season push for the playoffs. The quarterback’s broken collarbone is reportedly not fully healed yet, but he seems to be doing alright regardless. Rodgers tossed a touchdown to close out the first quarter against Carolina.

Rodgers later found Randall Cobb for a second touchdown. Just check out the cut by Cobb that allowed him to split two defenders and get into the end zone…just ruthless.

Here come the Eagles

After a shaky start, Philadelphia is hitting back against the Giants. The Eagles had a big momentum swing when Eli Manning was picked off by Ronald Darby, who had a pretty impressive return to establish good field position and set up a touchdown for the offense. 

Shady reaches 10K

LeSean McCoy is having a big ol’ Sunday in Buffalo. Not only did he reach 10,000 career rushing yards, but he also had a couple of touchdowns in the first half. 

Shady’s run to 10K has been quite impressive, as he’s proven to be one of the most efficient running backs in league history.

See ya!

The Eagles are off to a rough start as they try to salvage this season in the wake of Carson Wentz’s injury. Philadelphia is having a tough time with the Giants, who got a big touchdown from Sterling Shepard in the first half.

Slick pick 

Eric Kendricks and the impressive Minnesota defense are matched up against Andy Dalton and the Bengals, and that bout is heavily tilted in the Vikings’ favor thus far. Kendricks managed to pick off Dalton in the first quarter and return it for a touchdown to give the Vikes a 14-0 lead early.

Magic Mark 

Mark Ingram turned a first quarter dump-off into a 54-yard reception with some powerful and elusive running against the Jets. The Saints running back later pounded the rock into the end zone for his 10th rushing touchdown of the year.

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/nfl-games-today-week-15-scores-updates-schedule-aaron-rodgers-throws-three-picks/

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Thomas Davis’ headshot to Davante Adams should lead to a suspension, but will it?

Thomas Davis’ headshot to Davante Adams should lead to a suspension, but will it?

Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis could be the next player facing a suspension after this brutal hit to Packers wide receiver Davante Adams on Sunday:

We say could be because one of the biggest complaints players have is the league’s haphazard enforcement of punishments. Most recently, Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was suspended for a game for this hit on Vontaze Burfict, though the subsequent taunting certainly played a part too:

And later in that same game, this headshot to Antonio Brown originally earned Bengals safety George Iloka a one-game suspension:

Except that lloka’s suspension was overturned on appeal.

And the day before Smith-Schuster and Iloka’s hits, Rob Gronkowski got a one-game suspension for this dirty after-the-whistle elbow drop to Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White.

“Honestly, five years ago no one says anything about JuJu’s hit; even a couple years ago,” Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey said earlier this month. “The Gronk thing? That’s never been allowed. And they’re going to make it the same suspension? That’s just like a smack in the face to us. Stupid. Even A.J. Green, he got into a fight and didn’t get suspended. There were blows thrown. And you’re going to suspend a kid for playing hard? Stuff that’s inside the game? That’s stupid. Whoever’s making that rule is a dumbass.”

So now the question becomes whether Davis suffers the same fate as Smith-Schuster or gets a reprieve like Iloka. It’s worth noting that Adams was on the receiving end of a similarly scary hit in September and the perpetrator, Bears linebacker Danny Trevathon, was suspended for two games and the league reduced it to one game on appeal.

By the way, the same week Smith-Schuster and Iloka were suspended, Julio Jones did this. Not only wasn’t he suspended, he wasn’t even flagged. 

And that’s the point the players are making — the league’s inconsistency is maddening. 

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/thomas-davis-headshot-to-davante-adams-should-lead-to-a-suspension-but-will-it/

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Cam Newton throws TD after telling Packers ‘You been watching film? … Watch this’

Cam Newton throws TD after telling Packers ‘You been watching film? … Watch this’

It’s time to give Cam Newton the credit he deserves. Newton isn’t just one of the league’s best quarterbacks in terms of his actual ability to play football, he’s also the league’s best quarterback in terms of his celebrations. He’s gotten so good that he’s actually beginning to celebrate touchdowns before the play even begins. 

Against the Packers on Sunday, Newton took trash-talking to the next level. He didn’t do it by dissing his opponent. He didn’t do it by being foul-mouthed. He did it in the coolest possible way: By pretty much telling the Packers defense at the line of scrimmage that he was going to throw for a touchdown.

At first glance, this touchdown pass from Newton to Christian McCaffrey, which gave the Panthers an early lead, looks pretty ordinary. Greg Olsen took out two defenders by barreling into them and that freed up space for McCaffrey to come out of the backfield uncovered. From there, Newton made an easy throw and McCaffrey waltzed into the end zone. 

But listen closely to Newton before the snap. What you’ll hear is incredible. 

As Newton made some pre-snap adjustments, he actually pointed at someone on the Packers defense and told him, “You been watching film? That’s cool. Watch this.”

And then he proceeded to burn the Packers by throwing a touchdown just a few seconds later.  Again, that’s pretty much the equivalent of celebrating — or at the very least, predicting — a touchdown before the play even begins.

Here’s a necessary reminder that if you’re not a fan of Newton’s celebrations, there’s an easy solution to your problem.

OK, so maybe not an easy solution. 

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/cam-newton-throws-td-after-telling-packers-you-been-watching-film-watch-this/

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NFL games today, Week 15 scores, updates, schedule: LeSean McCoy reaches 10,000 career yards

NFL games today, Week 15 scores, updates, schedule: LeSean McCoy reaches 10,000 career yards

NFL Week 15 is underway. To keep tabs on some of the choicest highlights and other big news throughout Sunday, keep it locked here for updates. You can also check out the current playoff picture here.

Schedule

Sunday
Bengals at Vikings, 1 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Jets at Saints, 1 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Dolphins at Bills, 1 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Ravens at Browns, 1 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Packers at Panthers, 1 p.m. ET on Fox (GameTracker)
Eagles at Giants, 1 p.m. ET on Fox (GameTracker)
Texans at Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET on Fox (GameTracker)
Cardinals at Redskins, 1 p.m. ET on Fox (GameTracker)
Rams at Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox (GameTracker)
Patriots at Steelers, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Titans at 49ers, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Cowboys at Raiders, 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC (GameTracker)

Welcome back, A-A-Ron

Aaron Rodgers is back under center for the Packers as they look to make a late-season push for the playoffs. The quarterback’s broken collarbone is reportedly not fully healed yet, but he seems to be doing alright regardless. Rodgers tossed a touchdown to close out the first quarter against Carolina.

Rodgers later found Randall Cobb for a second touchdown. Just check out the cut by Cobb that allowed him to split two defenders and get into the end zone…just ruthless.

Here come the Eagles

After a shaky start, Philadelphia is hitting back against the Giants. The Eagles had a big momentum swing when Eli Manning was picked off by Ronald Darby, who had a pretty impressive return to establish good field position and set up a touchdown for the offense. 

Shady reaches 10K

LeSean McCoy is having a big ol’ Sunday in Buffalo. Not only did he reach 10,000 career rushing yards, but he also had a couple of touchdowns in the first half. 

Shady’s run to 10K has been quite impressive, as he’s proven to be one of the most efficient running backs in league history.

See ya!

The Eagles are off to a rough start as they try to salvage this season in the wake of Carson Wentz’s injury. Philadelphia is having a tough time with the Giants, who got a big touchdown from Sterling Shepard in the first half.

Slick pick 

Eric Kendricks and the impressive Minnesota defense are matched up against Andy Dalton and the Bengals, and that bout is heavily tilted in the Vikings’ favor thus far. Kendricks managed to pick off Dalton in the first quarter and return it for a touchdown to give the Vikes a 14-0 lead early.

Magic Mark 

Mark Ingram turned a first quarter dump-off into a 54-yard reception with some powerful and elusive running against the Jets. The Saints running back later pounded the rock into the end zone for his 10th rushing touchdown of the year.

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/nfl-games-today-week-15-scores-updates-schedule-lesean-mccoy-reaches-10000-career-rushing-yards/

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WATCH: Browns’ Duke Johnson honors Ryan Shazier with touchdown celebration

WATCH: Browns’ Duke Johnson honors Ryan Shazier with touchdown celebration

A week ago, Browns running back Duke Johnson celebrated his touchdown catch by honoring Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, whose season is over after suffering a serious spinal injury earlier this month.

On Sunday, Duke Johnson scored again — this time on a nifty 12-yard run — and again, he honored Shazier. Johnson and five Browns’ teammates took a knee in the corner of the end zone and formed a prayer circle. When it was over, Johnson stood, and signaled “5-0” with outstretched arms. Shazier wears No. 50.

Last week Johnson explained why he took a knee to pray for Shazier during his touchdown celebration.

“I didn’t do it for the praise,” Johnson said Wednesday, via the Browns’ website. “it’s just looking out for one of our own. … It really doesn’t matter who it is, when we look at football we always see what could happen and that’s an injury that we never like to think about or we never like to say that can happen to one of us. …

“Just to see it happen to someone, that was eye-opening for not only myself but a lot of players that play this game,” Johnson continued. “Regardless of what team you play for or what team you root for, you never want to see something like that happen to anyone. My prayers go out to him and his family through these tough times. Like I said, it’s just something you never really look at playing football, you know it can happen but you hardly ever see it, just to see it, it’s eye-opening.”

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/watch-browns-duke-johnson-honors-ryan-shazier-with-touchdown-celebration/

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WATCH: Aaron Rodgers immediately announces return with TD pass

WATCH: Aaron Rodgers immediately announces return with TD pass

Aaron Rodgers is officially back.

On Sunday, Rodgers started his first game for the Packers since Oct. 15, when he suffered a broken collarbone and as a result, was forced to sit out the past two months. Without Rodgers, the Packers went from looking like a playoff team to looking like they’d miss the postseason. And now, to make a miracle run at the playoffs, they need Rodgers to rescue them by going undefeated in their final three games.

So far, so good. In the first quarter of his first game back against the Panthers, Rodgers found Davante Adams for a tying 8-yard touchdown on a crucial third-and-9.

To make the playoffs, the Packers will need to beat the Panthers, and then the Vikings and Lions. They’ll also need some help.

You can follow the Packers-Panthers game with our GameTracker here.

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/watch-aaron-rodgers-immediately-announces-return-with-td-pass/

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The referee in charge of Dez Bryant’s famous playoff catch calling Cowboys game

The referee in charge of Dez Bryant’s famous playoff catch calling Cowboys game

Forgive Cowboys fans if they spend Sunday night a little flustered by the thought of playoff games from days past. More specifically, anyone rooting for Dallas may have the nightmare of their playoff game in Green Bay following the 2014 season. During that game, Dez Bryant famously caught a pass only to have said catch overturned and the Cowboys would subsequently lose the game.

The referee that day, Gene Steratore, will be making his return to a Cowboys game for the first time since that day.

It’s pretty wild to think it’s been that long since Steratore, who is one of the more recognizable refs in football, has been on the mic for a Cowboys game. But perhaps the league would simply prefer to keep him away from Dallas. 

After all, things were pretty heated following the loss. It was the launching point for complaints about what people consider a catch.  Every time Bryant has a significant play, we have to rehash the catch that was not a catch.

“Since that play, I don’t believe they’ve been able to say it in a way that any of us understands yet,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said later in an interview.

At the time, Steratore said that Dez simply did not have possession long enough to qualify for a catch.

“Although the receiver is possessing the football, he must maintain possession of that football throughout the entire process of the catch,” Steratore said. “In our judgement he maintained possession but continued to fall and never had another act common to the game.”

Dez claimed that he was simply going for the end zone.

“C’mon man, I think it was a catch,” Bryant told reporters after the game. “They took it away. … I wasn’t off balance. I was trying to stretch for it and get in the end zone.”

For the first time since that fateful day in January 2015, Bryant will get an opportunity to see his old friend. Hopefully there aren’t any more reasons for him to complain.

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/the-referee-in-charge-of-dez-bryants-famous-playoff-catch-calling-cowboys-game/

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NFL prospect Allen plans to play in bowl for Wyoming (Dec 22, 2017)

NFL prospect Allen plans to play in bowl for Wyoming (Dec 22, 2017)

NFL draft prospects opting out of bowl games is an issue of increasing newsworthiness in recent years, but it should not impact Friday’s Famous Idaho Bowl matchup between Central Michigan and Wyoming at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho.

Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, a potential first-round pick in the spring’s draft, dealt with a shoulder injury down the stretch of the regular season. With almost a month between the Cowboys’ finale against San Jose State and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, however, Allen said he is working to play.

“If I’m 100 percent I’m playing in this game. I owe that to this university, to this team,” he said in his bowl-game press conference on Dec. 4.

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“The shoulder’s getting better day by day; getting back into the swing of things with some (7-on-7) and team sessions the last couple of days,” Allen said. “It’s not where I want it to be, where I need it to be, but the ball’s coming out nicely.”

Allen will aim to lead Wyoming (7-5) in its pursuit of snapping two different skids. The Cowboys closed the regular season with consecutive losses to Fresno State and San Jose State by nine combined points. Wyoming also carries a losing skid in bowl games, last winning one in 2009.

The Cowboys went to just two in the subsequent seven seasons, however. In fact, Friday marks the program’s first back-to-back bowl appearances since 1987 and 1988.

Central Michigan (8-4) is in its fourth bowl game in as many seasons, and sixth in the last seven seasons. The Chippewas have dropped three straight in the postseason, including a 55-16 rout in last December’s Miami Beach Bowl to Tulsa.

“Anytime you let up that many points you’re going to come off (angry),” defensive tackle Chris Kantzavelos told CMUChippewas.com. “That game’s behind us now and we’re just excited to go get the next one in Boise because I know we’ll perform better.”

Central Michigan and Wyoming come into this matchup — their third all-time and first since 2002 — on much different trajectories.

The Chippewas rallied from down 17-0 in the regular-season finale against Northern Illinois on Nov. 24 to win, 31-24. The victory marked five straight for Central Michigan to close out the campaign.

The strong finish earned Central Michigan’s way out West. Friday’s Famous Idaho Potato Bowl marks the program’s first postseason excursion west of the Mississippi since appearing in 1994 Las Vegas Bowl.

“This is a bowl game that traditionally features close, exciting games, and we give our seniors an opportunity to play in a unique stadium against one of the best teams in the Mountain West,” Chippewas head coach John Bonamego said in his bowl-game announcement press conference on Dec. 3.

Exciting games have indeed highlighted the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in recent years, particularly when Mid-American Conference teams are involved. Since 2009, two points or fewer decided three games involving MAC programs: Idaho’s 43-42 win over Bowling Green in 2009; Ohio’s 24-23 defeat of Utah State in 2011; and Akron’s 23-21 victory against Utah State in 2015.

That may well be a trend Central Michigan and Wyoming are poised to continue. The Chippewas played four games decided by a touchdown or less in the regular season, while Wyoming participated in five such contests.

The two teams also employ similar defensive styles that result in takeaway opportunities. Central Michigan ended the regular season second in the nation with 19 interceptions, while Wyoming finished 12th with 16 interceptions.

“It all starts with the (defensive) line,” Allen said in his Dec. 11 press conference. “When you’ve got a good defensive front, you can play coverage. You understand you’ve got seven guys back trying to catch the ball.”

Allen referred to the Central Michigan as “ball hawks.” Two members of that unit — defensive backs Josh Cox and Sean Bunting — are two of college football’s interceptions leaders with six and five, respectively.

Wyoming counters Central Michigan’s passing attack, led by quarterback Shane Morris and his 2,908 yards, with Rico Gafford and Andrew Wingard. Both picked off four passes in the regular season.

Allen said establishing the run will be critical, but doing so has proven difficult for the Cowboys in 2017. Wyoming ranks No. 119 in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 107.8 rushing yards per game. Central Michigan was not prolific on the ground, but averaged 40 yards more per game.

Source: https://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/nfl-prospect-allen-plans-to-play-in-bowl-for-wyoming-121717

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Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt gets team back on track vs Chargers

Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt gets team back on track vs Chargers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kareem Hunt only managed 2 yards on the Chiefs’ opening possession, which went three-and-out and gave the ball to the Los Angeles Chargers in the first quarter of their crucial AFC West test.

That was about the worst carry he had all game.

Worst drive the Chiefs had, too.

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Hunt began rolling when the Chiefs got the ball back, ripping off four straight carries to net a pair of first downs, and eventually rolled up 155 yards and a touchdown. Throw in a game-high seven catches for 51 yards and another score, and it was easy to see why the Chiefs pulled away from the Chargers in a 30-13 victory Saturday night that gave them control of the division.

It was a superlative effort by the rookie running back, who’d burst onto the scene with five massive performances only to hit a midseason swoon, one that coincided with Kansas City’s team-wide struggles.

He was at his best against the Chargers. So were the Chiefs.

”It’s a great feeling. Honestly, we know how good of a team we can be,” Hunt said. ”We just need to keep taking it game by game and winning. Winning is the most important thing, and we know how big these games are now. We just need to treat every game like it’s a playoff game.”

Truth be told, the Chiefs (8-6) now have the luxury of resting a bit down the stretch. Their victory over Los Angeles gave them a sweep of the season series, and an important tiebreaker in the division race. So the only way Kansas City could miss out on a second straight AFC West title is by losing out and the Chargers or Raiders winning out.

”I just like winning and that’s the biggest thing,” Hunt said. ”It was a great team win.”

Sure, but it was also a great individual showing.

Hunt’s big night gave him 1,201 yards rushing, breaking the franchise record for a rookie of 1,121 set by the late Joe Delaney in 1981. Hunt also broke Delaney’s record for carries by a rookie with 242, and his sixth 100-yard game also broke the franchise rookie record.

With games left against Miami next week and Denver to finish the regular season, Hunt could make another dent in the Chiefs’ single-season rushing charts. He is currently 10th and needs 279 yards to pass Priest Holmes, Jamaal Charles and Christian Okoye for sixth.

Not bad for a stocky kid out of Toledo teams kept passing on until the third round.

”He’s such a special player in space,” Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said. ”So strong, fast, great balance. You know, if you keep working hard, even if there’s a free hat one time, you cover up the other guys, and he has such a knack to make a guy miss.

”Guys want to block for him,” Smith said, ”because he works so hard. He has that mentality.”

One that the rest of the offense feeds off.

”He’s a big body running downhill right now,” Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said. ”That’s going to be hard to stop for any defense we face. Having him on our side is a huge advantage.”

The struggles Hunt had through the middle part of the season were the result of defenses ganging up to stop him, and the offense getting stuck in mud. But the Chiefs have broken out of their funk the last two weeks, spreading things to create bigger running lanes.

It came just in time to face the Chargers, whom Hunt gashed for 172 yards in Week 3. When you add his performance Saturday night, he ran for 327 yards against Los Angeles this season – breaking a record set by Charles for most yardage against an opponent in a single season.

It’s not just the yards, either. Hunt has six touchdowns rushing to tie Mike Garrett for fourth most by a rookie in Chiefs history, and his nine total TDs are also fourth by a franchise rookie.

”Honestly, I set some early goals,” he said, ”and honestly, the biggest thing is to put the team in a winning position. Winning is the most important thing, and we know how big these games are now.”

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Source: https://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/chiefs-kareem-hunt-gets-team-back-on-track-vs-chargers-121717

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NFL games today, Week 15 scores, updates, schedule: Rodgers tosses TD in return

NFL games today, Week 15 scores, updates, schedule: Rodgers tosses TD in return

NFL Week 15 is underway. To keep tabs on some of the choicest highlights and other big news throughout Sunday, keep it locked here for updates. You can also check out the current playoff picture here.

Schedule

Sunday
Bengals at Vikings, 1 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Jets at Saints, 1 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Dolphins at Bills, 1 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Ravens at Browns, 1 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Packers at Panthers, 1 p.m. ET on Fox (GameTracker)
Eagles at Giants, 1 p.m. ET on Fox (GameTracker)
Texans at Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET on Fox (GameTracker)
Cardinals at Redskins, 1 p.m. ET on Fox (GameTracker)
Rams at Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox (GameTracker)
Patriots at Steelers, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Titans at 49ers, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS (GameTracker)
Cowboys at Raiders, 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC (GameTracker)

Welcome back, A-A-Ron

Aaron Rodgers is back under center for the Packers as they look to make a late-season push for the playoffs. The quarterback’s broken collarbone is reportedly not fully healed yet, but he seems to be doing alright regardless. Rodgers tossed a touchdown to close out the first quarter against Carolina.

Slick pick 

Eric Kendricks and the impressive Minnesota defense are matched up against Andy Dalton and the Bengals, and that bout is heavily tilted in the Vikings’ favor thus far. Kendricks managed to pick off Dalton in the first quarter and return it for a touchdown to give the Vikes a 14-0 lead early.

Magic Mark 

Mark Ingram turned a first quarter dump-off into a 54-yard reception with some powerful and elusive running against the Jets. The Saints running back later pounded the rock into the end zone for his 10th rushing touchdown of the year.

Source: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/nfl-games-today-week-15-scores-updates-schedule-rodgers-tosses-td-in-return/

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