2014 NFL Power Rankings - Week 16
Despite missing the first four games of the season, Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. continues to put up impressive numbers.
In last week's win over Washington, ODB finished with 12 receptions for 143 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. Beckham now has double-digit receptions and 100-plus yards in back-to-back games as well as in three of his past four games.
Since Nov. 3rd, Beckham has a minimum of six receptions and 90 yards in seven consecutive games.
While Demaryius Thomas had a 6/90 line in seven consecutive games earlier this season, Beckham, Thomas and Isaac Bruce are all tied for the longest such streak in NFL history.
With two weeks to go this season, ODB is a lock, barring injury, to reach the relatively elusive 1,000-yard milestone for rookie receivers. On the season, he has 71 receptions for 972 yards and nine touchdowns plus six rush attempts for 35 yards.
Beckham Jr. won't be the only rookie receiver to eclipse the 1,000-yard milestone, though.
Both Carolina's Kelvin Benjamin and Tampa's Mike Evans are 48 and 52 yards shy of the mark with two games to go. In addition, Buffalo's Sammy Watkins is 150 yards shy of the milestone. Although he is on pace for 971 yards given his current average of 60.7 yards per game, Watkins has had his share of big games earlier this season.
Even if Watkins falls short but the other three do not, 2014 will be the first time that more than two rookie receivers had 1,000-plus yards in a season. The only other time in league history that we saw more than one 1,000-yard rookie receiver was in 1996 when Bill Brooks and Ernest Givins both eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark.
Here are some more NFL notes heading into Week 15:
- I get the reason behind the line, but the Cardinals, one of only three 11-win teams, are nearly double-digit underdogs (-9.0) at home this week. Bruce Arians has done a remarkable coaching job, but the injuries continue to rack up for the Cardinals. As Ryan Lindley (career 0:7 TD-to-INT ratio) makes his fifth career NFL start, the Cardinals are projected by Vegas to score the fewest points (13.75) this week.
- Things could not have gone much worse for Johnny Manziel in his debut start (10/18, 80 yards, no TDs and two INTs). That said, the Browns have thrown zero touchdowns and two-plus interceptions in four consecutive games. The last time a team did that was in 1977 (Tampa Bay).
- Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has a franchise-record 115 receptions for a league-leading 1,498 yards and a career-high 11 touchdowns. While the overall numbers are impressive, they pale in comparison to his consistency. Brown has a minimum of five catches and 74 yards in all 14 games this season. In the 30 games since the start of last season, Brown has had at least five receptions and 50 yards every single week.
- Back in 2010, Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe led the NFL with 15 receiving touchdowns. Fast forward to 2014, Bowe and all of his fellow Chiefs wide receivers have zero touchdowns.
- Deja vu all over again -- the Patriots clinched their sixth consecutive AFC East title and have now won 11 of the past 12 division titles.
- Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (hand) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt against the Colts even though it appears likely that he'll give it a go. Murray is currently 86 yards from tying Emmitt Smith's single-season franchise record of 1,773 rushing yards set in 1995, which was the last time the Cowboys won the Super Bowl.
- Heading into Week 16, four teams have better Super Bowl odds than the Cowboys (via Sportsbook.ag): Patriots (5/2), Seahawks (3/1), Packers (5/1) and Broncos (6/1). The Cowboys have 12/1 odds to win the Super Bowl. At 22/1, the Colts have the next lowest odds.
1. Seattle Seahawks - Record: 10-4, Last Update: No. 2
2. New England Patriots - Record: 11-3, Last Update: No. 4
3. Denver Broncos - Record: 11-3, Last Update: No. 3
4. Green Bay Packers - Record: 10-4, Last Update: No. 1
5. Detroit Lions - Record: 10-4, Last Update: No. 8
6. Arizona Cardinals - Record: 11-3, Last Update: No. 6
7. Indianapolis Colts - Record: 10-4, Last Update: No. 5
8. Dallas Cowboys - Record: 10-4, Last Update: No. 9
9. Philadelphia Eagles - Record: 9-5, Last Update: No. 7
10. Cincinnati Bengals - Record: 9-4-1, Last Update: No. 11
11. Baltimore Ravens - Record: 9-5, Last Update: No. 10
12. Pittsburgh Steelers - Record: 9-5, Last Update: No. 12
13. Buffalo Bills - Record: 8-6, Last Update: No. 21
14. Kansas City Chiefs - Record: 8-6, Last Update: No. 16
15. New Orleans Saints - Record: 6-8, Last Update: No. 24
16. San Diego Chargers - Record: 8-6, Last Update: No. 13
17. Miami Dolphins - Record: 7-7, Last Update: No. 14
18. St. Louis Rams - Record: 6-8, Last Update: No. 17
19. Houston Texans - Record: 7-7, Last Update: No. 15
20. Carolina Panthers - Record: 5-8-1, Last Update: No. 23
21. San Francisco 49ers - Record: 7-7, Last Update: No. 18
22. Cleveland Browns - Record: 7-7, Last Update: No. 19
23. Atlanta Falcons - Record: 5-9, Last Update: No. 22
24. Minnesota Vikings - Record: 6-8, Last Update: No. 20
25. New York Giants - Record: 5-9, Last Update: No. 25
26. Chicago Bears - Record: 5-9, Last Update: No. 26
27. New York Jets - Record: 3-11, Last Update: No. 30
28. Washington Redskins - Record: 3-11, Last Update: No. 27
29. Jacksonville Jaguars - Record: 2-12, Last Update: No. 29
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Record: 2-12, Last Update: No. 28
31. Oakland Raiders - Record: 2-12, Last Update: No. 31
32. Tennessee Titans - Record: 2-12, Last Update: No. 32
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