NFL Week 16 predictions, league game notes, playoff scenarios involving 12 teams

Los Angeles, CA – November 26, 2019 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: Lamar Jackson (8) of the Baltimore Ravens during a regular season Monday Night Football game
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By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Each week I bring you this week’s NFL schedule with my predictions followed by some great notes and stats directly from the National Football League Communications Department.

Our Sports Animal NFL programming for Week 16
(Sun) 10am – 12:30pm: The NFL Report with John Wilkerson and two rotating Sports Animal hosts
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(Sun) 7pm – Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers (News Talk 98.7)


WEEK 16 NFL SCHEDULE
FRIDAY-MONDAY, DECEMBER 25-28
(All times Eastern)

Friday, December 25
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints 4:30 PM FOX/NFLN/Amazon

Saturday, December 26
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions 1:00 PM NFLN
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals 4:30 PM Amazon
Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders 8:15 PM NFLN

Sunday, December 27
New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 PM FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans 1:00 PM FOX
Chicago Bears at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 PM CBS
Atlanta Falcons at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 PM FOX
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets 1:00 PM CBS
Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM CBS
Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers 4:05 PM CBS
Carolina Panthers at Washington Football Team 4:05 PM CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys 4:25 PM FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks 4:25 PM FOX
Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers 8:20 PM NBC

Monday, December 28
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots 8:15 PM ESPN

Vince’s View: The Christmas week slate has so much at stake with playoff scenarios including the potential of some division titles being decided. The Titans/Packers tilt is probably the best matchup of the second-to-last weekend of the regular season. I’m not picking the Steelers to stop their slide, despite being at home, because the Colts are a tough matchup on defense. Indy at Pitt would be a current Divisional Round matchup. I’ve said this on radio several times since Monday night. I wouldn’t pick the Steelers to beat any of the other 6 teams in playoff position in the AFC or the Ravens. Pittsburgh hasn’t played well for a long time and injuries have only stacked-up higher, especially on defense.

Week 15 Prediction Record: 12-4 (75%)
Season Record: 149-75 (67%)


AFC

CLINCHED:

Buffalo Bills – AFC East division title

Kansas City Chiefs – AFC West division title

Pittsburgh Steelers – playoff berth

CLEVELAND BROWNS (10-4) (at New York Jets (1-13), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)​

Cleveland clinches playoff berth with:

  1. CLE win + BAL loss or tie OR
  2. CLE win + MIA loss or tie OR
  3. CLE win + IND loss OR
  4. CLE tie + BAL loss OR
  5. CLE tie + MIA loss

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (10-4(at Pittsburgh (11-3), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Indianapolis clinches playoff berth with:

  1. IND win + BAL loss or tie OR
  2. IND win + MIA loss or tie OR
  3. IND tie + BAL loss OR
  4. IND tie + MIA loss

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (13-1) (vs. Atlanta (4-10), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Kansas City clinches the first-round bye with:

  1. KC win or tie OR
  2. PIT loss or tie OR
  3. BUF loss or tie OR
  4. KC clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over PIT or BUF AND clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over the other club

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-3) (vs. Indianapolis (10-4), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division title with:

  1. PIT win OR
  2. CLE loss OR
  3. PIT tie + CLE tie

TENNESSEE TITANS (10-4) (at Green Bay (11-3), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

Tennessee clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. TEN win + IND loss​

Tennessee clinches playoff berth with:

  1. TEN win OR
  2. MIA loss OR
  3. BAL loss OR
  4. TEN tie + BAL tie

NFC

CLINCHED:

Green Bay Packers – NFC North division title

New Orleans Saints – playoff berth

Seattle Seahawks – playoff berth

ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-6) (vs. San Francisco (5-9), Saturday, 4:30 PM ET, Amazon)

Arizona clinches playoff berth with:

  1. ARI win + CHI loss or tie OR
  2. ARI tie + CHI loss

GREEN BAY PACKERS (11-3) (vs. Tennessee (10-4), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

Green Bay clinches the first-round bye with:​

  1. GB win + SEA loss or tie OR
  2. GB tie + NO loss or tie + SEA loss or tie, as long as both NO and SEA don’t tie

LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-5) (at Seattle (10-4), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Los Angeles clinches playoff berth with:

  1. LAR win or tie OR
  2. CHI loss or tie OR
  3. ARI win or tie

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-4) (vs. Minnesota (6-8), Friday, 4:30 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon)

New Orleans clinches NFC South division title with:

  1. NO win OR
  2. TB loss OR
  3. NO tie + TB tie

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (10-4) (vs. Los Angeles Rams (9-5), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Seattle clinches NFC West division title with:

  1. SEA win

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (9-5) (at Detroit (5-9), Saturday, 1:00 PM ET, NFLN)​

Tampa Bay clinches playoff berth with:

  1. TB win or tie OR
  2. CHI loss or tie

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (6-8) (vs. Carolina (4-10), Sunday, 4:05 PM ET, CBS)

Washington clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. WAS win + NYG loss or tie OR
  2. WAS tie + NYG loss + PHI-DAL tie


“WEEK 16 FEATURES FOOTBALL ON FOUR STRAIGHT DAYS

AS PLAYOFF PICTURE COMES INTO FOCUS

With four straight days of football, a Christmas Day contest, a Saturday tripleheader and two clashes of teams with 10-or-more wins – including a Sunday night showdown on the Frozen Tundra – the NFL’s stockings are full entering Week 16.

CHRISTMAS DAY GAMES: The MINNESOTA VIKINGS (6-8) and NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-4) kick off Week 16 with a Christmas Day game on Friday (4:30 PM, FOX/NFLN/Amazon). The Saints will clinch a fourth consecutive NFC South title with a win. Including the postseason, this will be the 22nd game played on Christmas Day since the 1970 league merger. That list includes the longest game in NFL history, Dec. 25, 1971, when Miami defeated Kansas City, 27-24, in double overtime to advance in the AFC playoffs.

  • Minnesota wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON is the fifth rookie with at least six games of 100-or-more receiving yards in history, joining BILL GROMAN (nine games in 1960), ODELL BECKHAM JR. (seven games in 2014), HARLON HILL (seven games in 1954) and BILLY HOWTON (six games in 1952).

COMEBACK BUCS, BRADY KICK OFF SATURDAY TRIPLEHEADER: The TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (9-5) and DETROIT LIONS (5-9) play the first of three Saturday games this week (1:00 PM ET, NFLN). Tampa Bay can clinch its first playoff berth since 2007 with a win.

  • Buccaneers quarterback TOM BRADY is expected to start his 298th regular-season game and tie the NFL record held by Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE, who made 298 starts from 1991-2010. Saturday also will mark the 300th regular-season game in Brady’s career, making him the 12th player ever to reach that milestone.
  • Last week, Brady passed for 390 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 110.4 rating. He now has 19 career games with at least 375 passing yards and two touchdown passes, surpassing PHILIP RIVERS (18 games) for the third-most such games in NFL history. Only DREW BREES (32) and PEYTON MANNING (20) have more.
  • The Buccaneers overcame a 17-point deficit to win last week. It marked the fourth time this season Tampa Bay has come back from a deficit of at least 10 points, tied with the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (four comebacks of 10-or-more points) for most in the NFL.
  • Throughout the NFL this season, there have been 40 games in which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 10 points to win, the most through Week 15 in league history.
  • There also have been eight games in a which a team has overcome a deficit of at least 17 points to win, trailing only the 2011 season (nine games) for the most ever through Week 15.

FROM LAST PLACE TO THE PLAYOFFS: In 15 of the previous 17 seasons (2003-19), at least one NFL team has made the leap from last or tied for last in its division to the playoffs the following season. Six teams have done it over the last three seasons, including the 2017 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, who won Super Bowl LII after finishing last in the NFC East in 2016. This season, three teams are vying to join that group: the ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-6), MIAMI DOLPHINS (9-5) and WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (6-8).

  • Washington, which hosts Carolina on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS), can clinch its first division title and playoff berth since 2015 with a win and a Giants loss or tie.
  • The Cardinals, who will clinch their first playoff berth since 2015 with a win and a Chicago loss or tie, host San Francisco in the second of three games on Saturday (4:30 PM ET, Amazon).
  • Last week, quarterback KYLER MURRAY passed for 406 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 127.8 rating and added a rushing touchdown.
  • Murray has nine games with both a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown this season, the most by a quarterback in a single season in NFL history.
  • Murray has 10 career games with both a passing touchdown and rushing touchdown and is the fourth quarterback with 10 such games in his first two seasons in NFL history, joining CAM NEWTON (14 games), JOSH ALLEN (10) and STEVE GROGAN (10).
  • Murray, who has 26 touchdown passes and 11 rushing touchdowns this season, joined CAM NEWTON (2015) as the only quarterbacks with at least 25 touchdown passes and 10 rushing touchdowns in a single season in NFL history.

SIX TEAMS VYING FOR FOUR BERTHS IN AFC: Six AFC teams – the BALTIMORE RAVENS (9-5), CLEVELAND BROWNS (10-4), INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (10-4), LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (7-7), MIAMI DOLPHINS (9-5) and TENNESSEE TITANS (10-4) – are battling for the final four playoff berths in the conference. One of those spots will go to the AFC South winner, either the Colts or Titans.

  • Miami is in Las Vegas on Saturday night (8:15 PM ET, NFLN) for a key AFC tilt. If the Dolphins can secure a playoff berth, Miami will have gone from last place in its division the previous year to the postseason. ​

COLTS-STEELERS CLASH IN STEEL CITY: With a win and a loss by Miami or Baltimore, the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (10-4) can cement a spot in the AFC playoffs when they meet the PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-3) on Sunday at Heinz Field (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Pittsburgh, meanwhile, can clinch its first AFC North division title since 2017 with a win over the Colts.

  • The game is one of two involving teams with 10-or-more wins on the NFL’s Week 16 docket, preceding the Sunday night battle between Tennessee and Green Bay.
  • In four of the past six seasons (2014-19), a similar matchup involving teams with 10-or-more wins in Week 16 or later has produced an eventual Super Bowl team. The 2019 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS, 2016 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, 2015 DENVER BRONCOS and 2014 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS each vaulted to the Super Bowl after a late-season showdown against an opponent with at least 10 wins.
  • This week, both Pittsburgh and the WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (vs. Carolina on Sunday, 4:05 PM ET, CBS) can clinch divisions after missing the playoffs last season.
  • At least two NFL teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 16 of the past 17 years.​

SUNDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN AT LAMBEAU: In an interconference battle of first-place teams, the TENNESSEE TITANS (10-4) head north to meet the GREEN BAY PACKERS (11-3) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC).

  • The Titans can clinch a playoff berth with a win, a Miami loss Saturday or a Baltimore loss earlier in the day on Sunday. Tennessee can capture its first AFC South division title since 2008 with a win and a Colts loss.
  • Green Bay can nail down the NFC’s No. 1 seed and the conference’s only first-round bye with a win combined with a Seattle loss or tie.
  • Tennessee has generated at least 30 points and 420-or-more yards of total offense in five consecutive games. The Titans are one of five teams in history with such a streak. If Tennessee reaches each of those marks on Sunday night, Tennessee will become the first team in history with at least 30 points and 420-or-more yards of total offense in six consecutive games.
  • Titans running back DERRICK HENRY has recorded at least 100 rushing yards in nine consecutive road games, the second-longest streak in NFL history. With 100 rushing yards on Sunday night, he will match the NFL record held by Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (10 consecutive games from 1996-97).
  • Henry, who led the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards and had 16 rushing touchdowns in 2019, has 1,679 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns this season and joined SHAUN ALEXANDER (2004-05), Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL DAVIS (1997-98) and LARRY JOHNSON (2005-06) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,500 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns in consecutive seasons.
  • Last week, Tennessee quarterback RYAN TANNEHILL became the third player with a passer rating of 145-or-higher, three touchdown passes and two rushing touchdowns in a single game in NFL history, joining JACK KEMP (Dec. 4, 1960) and MICHAEL VICK (Nov. 15, 2010).
  • Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS leads the league with 40 touchdown passes and a 118.0 passer rating (minimum 100 attempts). Rodgers has 3,828 passing yards in 2020 and needs 172 to reach 4,000 in a season for the ninth time in his career. Last week, Rodgers became the first player in NFL history with three seasons of at least 40 touchdown passes. He also reached the mark in 2016 (40 touchdown passes) and his MVP-winning 2011 season (45).
  • Packers wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS enters Week 16 with 98 receptions for 1,186 yards and ranks second in the league with 14 touchdown receptions. On Sunday night, he can become the sixth player with at least 100 receptions, 1,200 receiving yards and 15 touchdown receptions in a single season in NFL history.

CHIEFS AMONG TOP DEFENDING SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS: The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (13-1) can secure the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs and the lone first-round bye with a win against the ATLANTA FALCONS (4-10) at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Kansas City is seeking to match the best regular season by a defending Super Bowl champion in NFL history.

The defending Super Bowl champions with the best regular-season winning percentages in NFL history:

TEAM SEASON W L T PCT
Green Bay 2011 15 1 0 .938
New England 2004 14 2 0 .875
Denver 1998 14 2 0 .875
San Francisco 1990 14 2 0 .875
San Francisco 1989 14 2 0 .875
Chicago 1986 14 2 0 .875
Washington 1983 14 2 0 .875

  • Chiefs quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 254 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 92.0 rating last week. Mahomes has 21 career games with at least three touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (21) for the second-most such games by a quarterback in his first four seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (27) has more.
  • Kansas City tight end TRAVIS KELCE ranks second in the NFL with 1,318 receiving yards. The first tight end with at least 1,200 receiving yards in three seasons in NFL history, Kelce needs 60 receiving yards on Sunday to surpass GEORGE KITTLE (1,377 receiving yards in 2018) for the most receiving yards by a tight end in a single season in NFL history.
  • Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN passed for 356 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions for a 110.6 rating on Sunday. Ryan has 343 touchdown passes in his 13-year career and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (342 touchdown passes) for the 10th-most touchdown passes in NFL history.

RESOUNDING ROOKIE: When the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-13) host the CHICAGO BEARS (7-7) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), running back JAMES ROBINSON has an opportunity to make further history.

  • Robinson, who has 10 touchdowns (seven rushing, three receiving), needs one more to establish the most by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era. He’s currently tied with PHILLIP LINDSAY (10 in 2018) and DOMINIC RHODES (10 in 2001).
  • Robinson already has 1,414 yards from scrimmage, the most by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era, having surpassed Rhodes (1,328 in 2001) and Lindsay (1,278 in 2018).

ALLEN, BILLS CLOSE WEEK 16 ON MONDAY NIGHT: The BUFFALO BILLS (11-3), who’ve clinched the AFC East division title for the first time since 1995, travel to Gillette Stadium to meet the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-8) in the season’s final Monday Night Football contest (8:15 PM ET, ESPN).

  • Last week, Bills quarterback JOSH ALLEN became the first quarterback in NFL history with at least eight rushing touchdowns in three consecutive seasons.
  • Bills wide receiver STEFON DIGGS leads the NFL with a franchise-record 111 receptions and ranks third in the league with 1,314 receiving yards.
  • This season, 13 Buffalo players have caught at least one touchdown pass, tied for the most in NFL history.

PLAYOFF PUSH: As the NFL enters its final two weeks of the regular season, three teams have clinched division titles – the BUFFALO BILLS (AFC East), GREEN BAY PACKERS (NFC North) and KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (AFC West) – and three others have clinched playoff berths – the NEW ORLEANS SAINTSPITTSBURGH STEELERS and SEATTLE SEAHAWKS.

Pittsburgh (AFC North) and the WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (NFC East) can each clinch their respective division titles this weekend after missing the postseason in 2019. In each of the past 42 seasons (1977-2019, excluding 1982, when divisional play did not occur), at least one team has won its division the season after missing the playoffs. At least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 16 of the past 17 years.

Additionally, the ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-6) can clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2015, the CLEVELAND BROWNS (10-4) can return to the postseason for the first time since 2002 and the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (9-5) can secure a playoff spot for the first time since 2007, while the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (10-4) and LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-5) can each return to the postseason after missing it last year. Since 1990, at least four teams every season have qualified for the playoffs after failing to make the postseason the year before.​

For the full Week 16 playoff scenarios, click here.

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CAREER PASSING LEADERS: Last week, Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN surpassed 4,000 passing yards for the 10th time in his career, becoming the fifth player to reach the mark in at least 10 seasons in NFL history. ​

In Week 16, Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY (3,886 passing yards) and Indianapolis quarterback PHILIP RIVERS (3,725) can each surpass 4,000 passing yards for the 12th time, tying DREW BREES (12 seasons) for the second-most seasons with 4,000 passing yards in league history. Only PEYTON MANNING (14 seasons) has more.

Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS (3,828 passing yards) can reach the mark for the ninth season, the sixth-most in NFL history.

The players with the most career seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards in NFL history:​

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 14
Drew Brees New Orleans 12*
Tom Brady New England 11*
Philip Rivers San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers 11*
Matt Ryan Atlanta 10*
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 8*
*Active    

With two touchdown passes at Pittsburgh on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Rivers, who has 419 career touchdown passes, will surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (420 career touchdown passes) for the fifth-most touchdown passes in NFL history.

The players with the most career touchdown passes in NFL history:​

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS
Tom Brady New England, Tampa Bay 573*
Drew Brees San Diego Chargers, New Orleans 568*
Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 539
Brett FavreHOF Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 508
Dan MarinoHOF Miami 420
Philip Rivers San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis 419*
*Active    

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RECORD-BREAKING ROOKIES: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT leads all rookies with 3,781 passing yards, 27 touchdown passes and a 96.3 rating (minimum 100 attempts).

With a touchdown pass on Sunday against Denver (4:05 PM ET, CBS), Herbert will surpass BAKER MAYFIELD (27 touchdown passes in 2018) for the most touchdown passes by a rookie in NFL history.

The rookie quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:​

PLAYER TEAM SEASON TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Justin Herbert Los Angeles Chargers 2020 27*
Baker Mayfield Cleveland 2018 27
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 1998 26
Russell Wilson Seattle 2012 26
*Entering Week 16      

With at least 219 passing yards on Sunday, Herbert will become the fourth rookie in league history with at least 4,000 passing yards, joining ANDREW LUCK (4,374 in 2012), CAM NEWTON (4,051 in 2011), and JAMEIS WINSTON (4,042 in 2015).

The rookie quarterbacks with at least 4,000 passing yards in NFL history:​

PLAYER TEAM SEASON PASSING YARDS
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 2012 4,374
Cam Newton Carolina 2011 4,051
Jameis Winston Tampa Bay 2015 4,042
       
Justin Herbert Los Angeles Chargers 2020 3,781*
*Entering Week 16      

Last week, Philadelphia quarterback JALEN HURTS became the first rookie in the Super Bowl era to throw at least three touchdown passes and rush for a touchdown in his first career road start. He also rushed for 63 yards, his second-consecutive start with at least 50 rushing yards.

With at least 50 rushing yards on Sunday at Dallas (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Hurts will join LAMAR JACKSON (first five starts) as the only quarterbacks with at least 50 rushing yards in each of their first three career starts in the Super Bowl era.

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SUNDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN: The TENNESSEE TITANS (10-4) and GREEN BAY PACKERS (11-3) meet on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC) in matchup of two of the league’s top offenses.

The two teams tie for the league lead with 55 total touchdowns and each average at least 30 points per game. The Titans tie for the NFL lead with 31.1 points per game, while the Packers rank third with 31.0. The primetime meeting will mark the first game between two teams each averaging at least 30 points per game in Week 16 or later in NFL history.

Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS enters the game with a league-high 40 touchdown passes and has only four interceptions this season. In his last seven games on Sunday Night Football, Rodgers has recorded 17 touchdown passes and zero interceptions. He has passed for at least one touchdown and zero interceptions in each of those seven games, the longest such streak on Sunday Night Football in NFL history.

Packers wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS ranks second in the league with 14 touchdown receptions this season and has recorded a touchdown reception in eight consecutive games on Sunday Night Football, tied with ANTONIO BROWN (2013-16) and ROB GRONKOWSKI (2013-15) for the longest such streak in NFL history.

Green Bay tight end ROBERT TONYAN ties for the league lead among tight ends with a career-high 10 receiving touchdowns this season and he has recorded a touchdown catch in each of his last five games.

With a touchdown reception on Sunday night, Tonyan will become the fifth tight end to record a touchdown reception in at least six consecutive games in NFL history.

The tight ends with a receiving touchdown in the most consecutive games in history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASON(S) GAMES
Antonio Gates San Diego Chargers 2009-10 9
Tony GonzalezHOF Kansas City, Atlanta 2008-09 6
Jimmy Graham New Orleans 2011-12 6
Rob Gronkowski New England 2011 6
       
Robert Tonyan Green Bay 2020 5*
*Active streak      

Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY leads the NFL with 1,679 rushing yards and ties for the lead with 15 rushing touchdowns. He has recorded at least 100 rushing yards in nine consecutive road games, the second-longest streak in NFL history.

With at least 100 rushing yards on Sunday night, Henry will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (10 consecutive road games from 1996-97) for the most consecutive road games with at least 100 rushing yards in league history.

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RIDICULOUS RECEIVERS: Kansas City wide receiver TYREEK HILL leads the NFL with 17 touchdowns (15 receiving, two rushing) entering Week 16.

With a touchdown on Sunday against Atlanta (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Hill will tie MARK CLAYTON (18 touchdowns in 1984), BILL GROMAN (18 in 1961) and STERLING SHARPE (18 in 1994) for the third-most touchdowns by a wide receiver in a single season in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers RANDY MOSS (23 in 2007) and JERRY RICE (23 in 1987) have more. ​

The wide receivers with the most touchdowns in a single season in NFL history:​

PLAYER TEAM SEASON TOUCHDOWNS
Randy MossHOF New England 2007 23
Jerry RiceHOF San Francisco 1987 23
Mark Clayton Miami 1984 18
Bill Groman Houston Oilers 1961 18
Sterling Sharpe Green Bay 1994 18
       
Tyreek Hill Kansas City 2020 17*
*Entering Week 16      

Buffalo wide receiver STEFON DIGGS leads the league with 111 receptions this season and has recorded at least 10 catches in three consecutive games.

With 10 receptions at New England on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Diggs will tie CALVIN JOHNSON (four games in 2012) for the most consecutive games with at least 10 receptions in NFL history.

Minnesota wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON leads all rookies with 1,182 receiving yards this season. With 12 receiving yards at New Orleans on Friday (4:30 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon), Jefferson will become the fourth rookie with at least 1,200 receiving yards in the Super Bowl era, joining ANQUAN BOLDIN (1,377 receiving yards in 2003), Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (1,313 in 1998) and ODELL BECKHAM JR. (1,305 in 2014).

The rookies with the most receiving yards in the Super Bowl era:​

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RECEIVING YARDS
Anquan Boldin Arizona 2003 1,377
Randy MossHOF Minnesota 1998 1,313
Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants 2014 1,305
       
Justin Jefferson Minnesota 2020 1,182*
*Entering Week 16      

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