NFL Roundup: Dez Makes History and a Possible Early Return for Chris Carson

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Written by Kyle Cox

Several former Pokes stirred up some buzz both on and off the field during the NFL’s Week 13 slate, including one who made history and another who got some good news.

Let’s take a look.

Dez Bryant

Dez made history on Thursday night when he caught his 71st career touchdown, passing Bob Hayes for the most ever by a Dallas Cowboy.

Bryant had one of his most efficient games of the season during the Cowboys’ 38-14 drumming of the Washington Redskins. The former OSU All-American hauled in five of his seven targets for 61 yards and the score.

Unfortunately, this is just his fifth TD catch of the year and it came in the Cowboys’ first win in four tries. At 6-6 with four games remaining, “America’s team” will need some help to make the postseason.

Chris Carson

Seattle’s surprise seventh-round pick could reportedly return this season after a gruesome lower leg injury sidelined him all the way back in Week 4.

In the eight games since his injury, no other Seahawks running back has been able to catch his 208 yards rushing total. With Seattle at 8-4 and vying for a playoff spot, Carson’s return could pay dividends for the 21st-ranked rushing offense in the league.

Vincent Taylor

The rookie defensive tackle saw season highs in snaps on defense (36) and percentage of snaps played (50 percent) during the Dolphins’ 35-9 win over the Denver Broncos.

Taylor paid off the increase in reps by terrorizing the Broncos in the backfield. He logged three tackles including this nice wrap up of C.J. Anderson.

Miami currently sits as the 11th seed in the AFC at 5-7 and would need a miracle to make the playoffs.

Russell Okung

Thanks in large part to Okung, Philip Rivers was sacked just once during LA’s 19-10 win over Cleveland and is No. 2 in sack percentage on the season. The veteran QB tossed it for 344 yards and a score on 31 of 43 passing.

The Chargers, at 6-6 and in the seventh seed, find themselves just on the outside looking in as far as the playoff picture goes. But none of LA’s four remaining opponents are above .500.

Lane Taylor

Green Bay got the overtime win 26-20 at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and at 6-6 and in the ninth seed are still technically in the NFC playoff hunt. The good news for the Packers is that future Hall-of-Fame QB Aaron Rodgers might be clearedΒ to play as early as December 17.

As far as Taylor is concerned, his offensive line gave up two sacks of Brent Hundley to Tampa Bay but facilitated Green Bays’s best rushing outing of the season with 199 yards and two scores on 6.9 yards per carry.

Dan Bailey

In his second game back, Bailey scored his first points since being sidelined with a groin injury in Week 7 against San Francisco.

Bailey made all five of his extra-point attempts and a 24-yard field goal accounting for 8 of the Cowboys’ 38 points in the win over Washington.

Lenzy Pipkens

The rookie defensive back saw 10 snaps on special teams but did not record a stat during Green Bay’s 26-20 win over Tampa Bay.

Tyler Patmon

Patmon saw two snaps on defense and three on special teams but did not record any stats during Jacksonville’s 30-10 win over Indianapolis.

Inactive

Emmanuel Ogbah (Browns) sat due to injury, Kevin Peterson (Rams), Blake Jarwin (Cowboys)

 

 

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