Quarterback Derek Carr took the Raiders to unfamiliar heights, quarterbacking them to a 12-3 record through the first 15 games, giving them their first winning season and first playoff berth since their last Super Bowl season in 2002.
The strength of the Jones candidacy is what he did outside of his own building — his impact on the marketing of the NFL. He single-handedly altered the NFL’s financial dynamic and changed the way the league does business. When Jones talks money, the NFL listens.
With the elimination of the New York Giants from the playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys may have caught a break. Yes, they must face a white-hot Aaron Rodgers next, but, no, they don’t have to face an opponent that beat them twice this season.
The NFL saves its best wildcard playoff game for last this weekend: The Giants and Eli Manning against a familiar opponent — red-hot Green Bay, an opponent Manning beat twice before in the playoffs at Lambeau.
Ezekiel Elliott became the first rookie to lead the NFL in rushing since Edgerrin James in 1999. He won the rushing title with 1,631 yards — 318 more than anyone else – despite sitting out the season finale.