Hawks in the NFL: Week 14

By Courtney Baumann on December 11, 2018 at 10:04 am
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George Kittle. That's It, That's the Story

I feel like I've written a lot about George Kittle here this year. But oh well. I'm gonna do it some more. Because come on, did you see the game he had on Sunday? 

Here are the facts:

  • George Kittle had 7 receptions for 210 yards. If you can't math, that's an average of 30 yards per reception. Kittle was 4 yards short of breaking the single-game receiving record for a tight end. Shannon Sharpe had 214 in a game back in 2002. Kyle Shanahan apologized for not getting him those five yards. 
  • George Kittle's 7 receptions for 210 yards broke the 49ers franchise record for tight end receiving yards in a season. Vernon Davis previously held the record with 965 yards. Kittle is now at 1,103 with three games left. The NFL record isn't out of the question. 
  • George Kittle had an 85 yard touchdown. That brings him to five receptions of more than 40 yards on the season — no other tight end has more than two, and the only wide receivers with more are Antonio Brown and Tyreek Hill.
  • George Kittle was drafted in the fifth round in 2017.
  • George Kittle is good at football. 
THE ROOKIES

Unfortunately for Josey Jewell, he was on the opposite end of Kittle's success. The Broncos starting linebacker ended the day with five tackles — two solo — and a pass defended. 

Josh Jackson had three solo tackles for the Packers on Sunday when they finally won a freakin' game. Meanwhile, the Bears all but locked up the NFC North (*ugly crying, not in the happy way*) and held the Rams to six points Sunday night. Aaron Donald to two tackles against James Daniels. That's it. 

THE DEFENSE

It was a little quieter on the defensive end this week. Anthony Hitchens had nine tackles (seven solo), Desmond King had three tackles (two solo), and Micah Hyde had two solo tackles last weekend. 

Off the field, the Browns honored Christian Kirksey by nominating him for the Walter Payton Man of the Year. Though Kirksey has been on injured reserve the past month or so, he has continued his community efforts in the Cleveland area. 

THE OFFENSE

On the same note as Kirksey, Marshal Yanda was the 2018 Ed Block Courage Award winner for the Ravens, which is given to the player who exemplifies "a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage, while also recognizing a player’s efforts on the field and his ability to overcome adversity."

Yanda's teammates selected him as the winner after playing only two games in 2017 due to injury. 

Austin Blythe recovered a Jared Goff fumble against the Bears, a small win in a big loss. 

INJURY UPDATE
  • Christian Kirksey - DNP - IR
  • Bryan Bulaga - DNP - Questionable
  • Mike Daniels - DNP - IR 
  • Brandon Scherff - DNP - IR 
LONG STORY SHORT 

The Winners: Anthony Hitchens, Ben Niemann (Chiefs, 11-2), Desmond King (Chargers, 10-3), James Daniels (Bears, 9-4), Bryan Bulaga, Mike Daniels, Josh Jackson (Packers, 5-7-1), Carl Davis, Christian Kirksey (Browns, 5-7-1), Andrew Donnal (Lions, 5-8), C.J. Beathard, George Kittle (49ers, 3-10)

The Losers: Austin Blythe (Rams, 11-2), Adrian Clayborn, Cole Croston (Patriots, 9-4), Marshal Yanda (Ravens, 8-5), Brandon Scherff (Redskins, 6-7), Josey Jewell, Casey Kreiter (Broncos, 6-7), Jaleel Johnson, Riley Reiff (Vikings, 6-6-1), Micah Hyde, Ike Boettger (Bills, 4-9)

 

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