Sunday’s NFL action featured a wide variety of outcomes, from entertaining to nap-inducing. Week 11 saw everything from the New Orleans Saints squeaking out an overtime win over the Washington Redskins to the New York Giants upsetting the Kansas City Chiefs, to the Los Angeles Chargers forcing six turnovers and putting up 54 points to get an easy victory over the Buffalo Bills.
Aside from some of the most talked about matchups, what were some of the lesser known moments that occurred on the 11th Sunday of the 2017 NFL season?
Larry Fitzgerald hauls in a milestone reception
With his team down 7-0 midway through the second quarter to the Houston Texans on Sunday, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald found a way to snag a 20-yard pass for a touchdown and tie the game up at seven.
Not only was the catch the 108th time he has found the end zone in his 14-year career, but the 20 yards he gained moved Fitzgerald past former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez to fifth on the league’s all-time receiving yardage leaderboard. Sunday’s milestone catch was just the latest feat accomplished by the receiver who already owns numerous Cardinals franchise records and is among the top of the list in many NFL receiving categories as well.
— NFL (@NFL) November 19, 2017
Despite the fact that he’s considered old for his profession (currently 34 years old), Fitzgerald still leads Arizona in receptions (69, nice), receiving yards (768), and receiving touchdowns (four) this season.
Broncos might have forgotten what a win actually is
No team may have fallen harder than the Denver Broncos this year. After winning three of their first four games of the season, the Broncos have now been handed a loss in their last six matchups.
The most recent one came on Sunday when Denver came up short and fell 20-17 to the equally unimpressive Cincinnati Bengals. It was a much better performance from the Broncos, as they lost their previous five games by an average of 19.4 points. But their effort on the field Sunday was still not enough to earn them a win.
Based on their improved play this week and the remaining opponents on their schedule (five of their final six games are against teams who currently have a losing record) it seems like Denver’s losing streak could come to an end sooner than later.
Well, unless you ask John Elway.
Ravens hand the Packers a rare shutout at Lambeau Field
For the past two decades, the Green Bay Packers’ home at Lambeau Field has been one of the toughest venues for opponents to come in and get a victory. Of course, many of these games have been played with Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre as the Packers’ starting quarterback and the team is currently finding out how bad they are without Rodgers on the field.
Making his fourth start of the season, Green Bay backup quarterback Brett Hundley failed to lead his team to a win on Sunday for the third time this year. Not only did the Packers lose this week to the Baltimore Ravens, 23-0, but Green Bay failed to score a point in a home game for the first time since Week 11 of the 2006 season when they lost 35-0 to the New England Patriots.
THREE SHUTOUT WIN THIS SEASON!!!!!
RAVENS 23 PACKERS 0
— J.Wall SZN (@JohnWallGOAT1__) November 19, 2017
Rodgers is apparently on schedule to return to the Packers in Week 15, but it may be too late to try and salvage the team’s season by then with the way things are currently going.
Browns remain winless after loss to Jaguars
At this point in the season, it might be more impressive that the Cleveland Browns continue to find a new way to lose each and every week. After Sunday’s 19-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Browns are now 0-10 this season and have lost 25 of their last 26 games.
Cleveland can continue to say they’re going to stick with head coach Hue Jackson, but beginning your tenure with a team by going 1-25 should rub at least one person in the organization the wrong way. The Browns obviously envisioned this season going much differently (or at least having a win by now), but it may finally be the time to bite the bullet and show Jackson the door before they end up on the wrong side of history.