It seems like every week on this weekly NFL rundown through the 2018 season, I usually end up leading off with either Baker Mayfield or Adrian Peterson, a rookie or the oldest Oklahoma Sooner in the league. So, with Bake and the Browns on bye, AD stole the headlines as he found the end zone twice and gave us some vintage highlights in Week 11.
Peterson rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown on 16 attempts in Washington’s 23-21 loss to the Texans. That alone certainly doesn’t jump off the page, but he definitely had his moments and continued to reach new milestones. Here’s his first score coming off a sick cut (yet again reminiscent of the AD of old) to get his squad on the board.
His second touchdown of the day gave Washington a brief lead, as All Day continued to move up the record books in this landmark season.
With this touchdown, his second of the day, Adrian Peterson passed John Riggins and moved into 5th on the all-time rushing TDs list with 105.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) November 18, 2018
Jim Brown is next on the list at 106, and then Walter Payton at 110.#OUDNA | #RBU | #BoomerSoonerpic.twitter.com/9aKIikLJGz
The big news out of this game was the gruesome, heartbreaking injury to quarterback Alex Smith. With a healthy Peterson heading down the stretch this season, the team may need to rely even more on the future Hall of Famer as Washington looks to continue their strong season currently atop the NFC East.
Joe Mixon rushed 12 times for 14 yards and a touchdown, also adding three receptions for 38 yards in the Bengals loss to Baltimore. Here’s Mixon’s score followed by another stellar celebration.
Joe Mixon scores a touchdown but the piano celebration is just next level pic.twitter.com/hik9nYV1C4— FanDuel (@FanDuel) November 18, 2018
Jordan Evans recorded two solo tackles and defended a pass for Cincy in the losing effort.
Mark Andrews caught one pass for 19 yards in the Ravens big divisional win from rookie QB Lamar Jackson, who made his first start in place of the injured Joe Flacco. Jackson didn’t look bad in the start, and it’ll be interesting to see his relationship grow with his fellow rookie tight end in Andrews if the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner from Louisville is still the starter even upon Flacco’s return. (Please, God, let this happen.)
Tony Jefferson racked up four solo tackles and assisted on two more, along with defending a pass in the win for the Ravens.
Sterling Shepard caught two passes for 22 yards in the Giants win, one of them being this baller catch and run.
Dede Westbrook caught two passes for 19 yards in the Jaguars demoralizing defeat to Pittsburgh. The former Biletnikoff winner continues to get open, but with an offense in flux just hasn’t been able to put up the consistent numbers he’s capable of accumulating.
Imagine the numbers Dede Westbrook will have with a good QB— The Croissant sport (@GReferees) November 18, 2018
In more news from Jacksonville, Landry Jones was released by the team on Monday to make room for the signing of Corey Robinson.
Jermaine Gresham caught one pass for eight yards in the Cardinals loss to the Raiders. Unfortunately, a late penalty committed by Gresh for sticking up for teammate and future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald ultimately ended up playing a crucial part in the final outcome. He took responsibility for the loss, but his loyalty and veteran presence has the full support of his rookie QB Josh Rosen as Arizona tries to hang on through this tough season.
“He’s [Fitzgerald] one of the best football players to ever grace this field and the NFL is lucky to have him,” Rosen said. “If you’re just going to lie on him and be disrespectful, that’s just not going to fly, especially with Jermaine on your team. Push and shove me, whatever. That’s Mr. Fitzgerald. Don’t do that. I don’t care what situation or whatever. Our guys on our team, we’re going to stay together, and we got each other’s backs.” - Josh Rosen
These Sooners also saw action for their respective teams this weekend:
The following Sooners were inactive or did not play in Week 11:
Jeff Badet (WR - Vikings, practice squad), Emmanuel Beal (LB - Seahawks, IR), Aaron Colvin (CB - Texans), Landry Jones (QB - Jaguars, was released on Monday), Baker Mayfield (QB - Browns, Bye Week), Stacy McGee (DT - Washington, PUP), Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (LB - Rams), Steven Parker (S - Rams, practice squad), Samaje Perine (RB - Washington), Jordan Phillips (DT - Bills, Bye Week), Kenny Stills (WR - Dolphins, Bye Week), Ahmad Thomas (LB - Colts, practice squad), Daryl Williams (OT - Panthers, IR), Trent Williams (OT - Washington)