What We Learned From NFL Week 13

Josh Allen is the white Lamar Jackson, KC didn’t miss Hunt, QB Derek Carr is on his way to becoming the Raiders GOAT.

Jackson and Allen Are Turning Back The Clock For The Better

Everybody is talking about Lamar Jackson setting the NFL quarterback position back 20 years as he’s running the modern day version of the Power I/Wishbone and leading the Ravens on a run to the playoffs.

Jackson rushed for another 75 yards on Sunday as the Ravens defeated the Falcons 26-16 for their third straight victory since Jackson took over the helm from an injured Joe Flacco.

 

Interestingly enough, another rookie quarterback has been tearing it up on the ground and using his legs to keep his team competitive. Josh Allen had 135 rushing yards on Sunday to complement his 232 aerial yards. 

Once Josh Allen learns to throw accurately, he’s going to become the modern day Steve Young, The kid is a gamer and can flat out run.

While everybody raps about Jackson’s rushing prowess Allen’s robust rushing total the past two weeks is impressive. Sundays effort follows up the 99 -yard rushing effort he had last week. Allen has actually out rushed Jackson the last two weeks and both quarterbacks are in the top 10 among rookie rushers.

These guys are bringing back the ground and pound that the NFL has been lacking. 

Allen has one more rushing TD, five less rushing yards (398) and gets much less props than Jackson for his runing prowess. With the NFL’s new aerial age lessening the importance of the run, it’s refreshing to see two teams who are thriving with old school, college style running quarterbacks.

 

No Kareem Hunt? No Problem

Multi-threat back Kareem Hunt became the talk of social media and the sports world  in the aftermath of a video being released that shows him shoving and kicking a woman at a Cleveland hotel back in February. The NFL tried to avoid a further PR disaster by placing Hunt on The Player’s Exempt List while they investigate the incident. Cops didn’t file any charges against Hunt, but the video tape evidence was a killer. 

The dynamic 23-year-old back, who led the NFL in rushing as a rookie in 2017, was also released by Kansas City in the midst of another monster season. Hunt was an integral part of KC’s record-breaking offense. The effect of  his absence was tested on Sunday and Kansas City came through with flying colors.

QB sensation Patrick Mahomes Jr. had another wicked game, throwing for 295 yards, four TDs and no picks in a 40-33 win over the Oakland Raiders.

Mahomes’ four TDs give him 41 on the season and put him in a real position to break Peyton Manning’s single-season TD record of 55.

In Hunt’s absence, Mahomes Jr. also led the team in rushing with 52 yards.

So far, so good. Let’s see how long KC can survive without one of the best talents in the game. Hunt’s loss may not hurt them now, but come playoff time, there will be a crucial moment when coach Andy Reid feels it. 

Derek Carr will become the Raiders’ all-time passing leader in 2019…No it’s not a typo

With a completion to 6-foot-5 tight end Jared Cook on Sunday,  Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr moved into second place on the team’s all-time passing list with 17,601 career yards, passing Rich Gannon on that list.

Kenny “The Snake” Stabler remains first on the list with 19,078 yards. 

If Jon Gruden doesn’t ship him out of town, Carr would easily break Sabler’s record midway through the 2019 season, in just his fifth season.  It took Stabler 10 years to rack up his yardage. It took Gannon six years. Carr is ahead of the curve. 

In a high-scoring loss to Kansas City on Sunday, Carr had 285 yards passing and three TDs. The All-Pro quarterback has been up and down this season, trying to adjust to Gruden’s style of coaching. But he’s been on fire over the last seven games. 

While Gruden doesn’t seem to be fond of any player that was on the team before he arrived, that doesn’t change the fact that Carr is on his way to becoming the greatest QB in Raiders history.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.