C.J. Beathard Wins, Riley Reiff MVP?
San Francisco hasn't confirmed it will transition to Jimmy Garappolo after next week's bye, but it seems like a reasonable assumption. But C.J. Beathard made that decision a little harder by completing 19-of-25 passes for 288 yards, two touchdowns and only one interception, while also rushing for another touchdown.
— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 2017
With the help of better offensive line play -- the Giants only hit Beathard twice after Arizona registered 16 (!!!) hits on him last week -- Beathard had a 123.4 passer rating on Sunday, easily the highest of his rookie season.
As we noted earlier, his first touchdown was reminiscent of the Tevaun Smith touchdown in the Big Ten Championship Game. He connected with Marquise Goodwin for an emotional 83-yard score. Goodwin's son, who was born prematurely, died on Sunday morning due to medical complications.
CJ Beathard + @flashg88dwin...
— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 2017
Beathard showed off his arm on the throw -- and his legs after the play:
After focusing so much on the Marquise Goodwin story, TD, reaction... One thing I failed to see was that CJ Beathard was one of only 5 players to be with him in the end zone...from 83 YARDS AWAY! Kid sprinted 83 yds to be with his teammate in that moment. THAT'S what TEAM means!
— Derek Fritts (@DFrittsy) November 13, 2017
His second touchdown went to George Kittle's backup, Garrett Celek, for a 47-yard score.
— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 2017
Riley Reiff has been a stalwart for the NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings this season. He has yet to allow a sack and Mark Craig of the Star Tribune says Reiff has been their MVP so far this season.
Brandon Scherff, who missed last week with a knee injury, started for Washington this week. However, Minnesota's Tom Johnson beat him on a key fourth & one late in the fourth quarter with Washington trailing by 11.
Austin Blythe has been a versatile backup on the Rams' offensive line this season. He's been a reliable backup to center John Sullivan a couple of times, but this week, he played for left guard Rodger Saffold. Saffold is dealing with a sprained ankle but is expected to be back next week, though, meaning Blythe will return to the bench.
Matt Tobin had his longest run of the season with Seattle, as he replaced injured left tackle Duane Brown. It could've gone better, though, as described by SBNation's Field Gulls:
Having played only 29 offensive snaps coming into the game, Tobin was on the field for 31 snaps against the Cardinals, with 30 of those 31 snaps coming in place of the injured Brown. Making Tobin’s job harder was the fact that he was lining up across from Pro Bowl defensive end Chandler Jones. It’s one thing to come off the bench for one’s first extended experience of the season and face an average player. It’s an entirely different story to be forced into action late in the second quarter and have to face an athletic freak of nature who is very good at what he does. In any case, Tobin had issues keeping Jones out of the pocket for the remainder of the night, and so the need for the team to get Brown healthy and back on the field was on display for much of the second half.
A.J. Derby caught one pass for two yards for Denver, while C.J. Fiedorowicz caught two passes for 10 yards in his second game back for Houston.
Marshall Koehn's stint with the Cincinnati Bengals was short-lived as they waived the kicker after last Sunday's loss to Jacksonville. The Bengals might have regretted that move, though, after Randy Bullock missed an extra point this week.
Koehn talked about his NFL debut with Cincinnati.com's Jim Owczarski:
“Of course I’m down for that – just play it day-by-day I guess,” the 25-year-old Iowa native said. “So I just did that, tried to prepare myself like I was going to be the guy on Sunday. That’s kind of how it unfolded.”
His black University of Iowa backpack was set on the floor, his locker Spartan – a white practice jersey and hotel key the only things that stood out.
Koehn kicked again Friday to get some work with long-snapper Clark Harris and holder Kevin Huber, telling Huber he wanted a bit more lean on his ball. He was officially signed Saturday and traveled with the team to Jacksonville.
“I can’t say I was fully prepared, but I was as much as I could be given the circumstances,” Koehn said.
Unfortunately, Koehn wasn't the only former Iowa player to be waived, either. The Los Angeles Rams waived Andrew Donnal this week, but the Baltimore Ravens claimed him.
Dak Prescott Can Run, But He Can't Hide
I wrote about Adrian Clayborn's day here, but we certainly can't ignore it in this postt, either -- he had six sacks in one day! Clayborn sacked Dak Prescott six times, forced two fumbles (recovered one) and had eight QB hits. He set Atlanta's franchise record for sacks in a single-game and came one away from Derrick Thomas' NFL record.
Adrian Clayborn's #NextGenStats tackle chart from Week 10.
— Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) November 13, 2017
On the opposite sideline, Anthony Hitchens had himself a very good day for Dallas. He led the Cowboys with 10 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss.
Some Green Bay fans weren't pleased with Mike Daniels' performance last week. This week, Daniels made them eat their words. He returned to his dominant form, recording five tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, and a quarterback hit.
Thank you everyone for telling me how much I sucked last week and how dumb I am. I'm so happy that I play for God and not for man pic.twitter.com/6Pwa0ddrya
— Mike Daniels (@Mike_Daniels76) November 12, 2017
Christian Kirksey is now on the NFL's last winless team, the Cleveland Browns. That hasn't slowed him down, though. He added a team-high seven tackles, along with a sack and QB hit.
— Christian Kirksey (@Kirksey) November 12, 2017
Micah Hyde had eight tackles in Buffalo's blowout loss to New Orleans. Desmond King had five tackles, a sack and QB hit for the Chargers. It's his second straight game with a sack, giving him two on the season. King also returned three kicks for 60 total yards.
Inactive: Cole Croston (Patriots)
DNP: Jaleel Johnson (Vikings), Jake Rudock (Lions)
Bye Week: Carl Davis (Ravens)
George Kittle didn't play in San Francisco's win due to an ankle injury. He is considered week-to-week but will get an extra week of rest with the 49ers on a bye.
Bryan Bulaga's continued to be plagued with injuries when the Green Bay Packers announced he will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Bulaga started all 16 games for the first time in his career last season, but has missed at least one game in five of the past six seasons.