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Cyclones in the NFL: Week 15

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Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy celebrates in the end-zone after Iowa State scores a touchdown against No. 8 Oklahoma State on Oct. 23, 2021.

Brock Purdy

With an opportunity to jump ahead in the MVP race, Purdy did just that against the Cardinals. Back in his home state of Arizona, and the stadium where he won the Fiesta Bowl back in 2020, Purdy tossed four touchdowns in the 49ers’ 45-29 trot over the Cardinals.

Purdy diced up the Cardinals’ defense throughout the game and finished with 242 passing yards on the day, his 10th game this season with over 240 passing yards. He remains undefeated against the NFC West with his eighth straight division win to start his career.

Outside of now leading the NFL in touchdown passes, Purdy had his ninth game this season with a passer rating over 100 and third game with four passing touchdowns. He continues to lead the NFL in average passer rating (119) and yards per attempt (9.9).

The 49ers stand alone at the top of the NFC with a record of 11-3, and control their own destiny at securing the No. 1 seed in the conference and receiving a first-round bye.

Breece Hall

The running lanes were clogged all day for Hall in the Jets AFC East divisional matchup against the Dolphins, resulting in little production for him in their blowout 30-0 loss on the road. Hall received six carries and rushed for 12 yards, making it his fifth game with under 20 rushing yards this season.

Although Hall has not seen consistent success on the ground this season, the Jets have used him as a receiving threat, but against Miami, that was not the case. He was targeted twice and had one catch for six yards, his fourth game this season with two targets and his first since week three.

With three weeks left in the season, although Hall has stayed healthy unlike his rookie season, he has failed to find consistent production along with the rest of the Jets offense.

Will McDonald IV

With his most defensive snaps in a game this season (18), McDonald had his fourth game with a recorded sack during his rookie season. On a relentless rush early in the second quarter, McDonald got to the legs of Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, and Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams finished the job.

While that was the only recorded stat for the Jets’ 2023 first-round pick, it is another promising outing from the young edge rusher who has been given few opportunities to show off his talents. With three games left in the season and the Jets eliminated from the playoffs, all McDonald can do now is rack up consistent production with the time he sees to end his first pro season on a positive note.

David Montgomery

Despite having his second straight game without a touchdown, Montgomery was not relied on much during the Lions’ 42-17 Saturday night win over the Broncos. He rushed for 85 yards on his 17 carries, which brought him to 855 yards in his 11 games played this season.

Montgomery sits with the seventh most rushing yards in the NFL and is still tied for the sixth most rushing touchdowns (10). He is averaging the most yards per carry of his career (4.8), and the most yards per game of his career (77.7).

Xavier Hutchinson

Although he did not record a catch in the Texans’ 19-16 overtime win over the Titans, he was not given much of a chance. He was targeted three times with two of those targets drawing defensive pass interference calls, and the other being an incomplete pass from quarterback Case Keenum.

With fellow rookie wideout Tank Dell serving his second straight week on the Texans’ injured reserved list, Hutchinson saw another uptick in his time on the field. He played the most snaps on the offensive side of the ball this season (65) and also recorded his fourth game this season with a rush, which went for five yards.

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    Colleen | Dec 20, 2023 at 9:56 pm

    What about Lazard?

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