Another steady performance from the veteran, who has now thrown for multiple touchdowns with an average of 258 yards per game in each of the last six contests he has finished. The Texans have now won four straight, and Hoyer seems far removed from the player who was locked in a position battle with Ryan Mallett earlier this season. He will lead the team into the Week 13 matchup with the Bills, as they look to make it five straight.
Ryan turned the ball over multiple times for the second straight week, and he recorded his lowest yardage output of the season. The Falcons have now lost four consecutive games and have averaged just 17 points per game during that span. Ryan and company will look to get back on track in Week 13, when they travel to take on the Buccaneers.
Brady faced a tough defense in the snow, with a depleted offensive line and receiving corps only making things more difficult. Even worse, the Patriots lost Rob Gronkowski (knee) in the fourth quarter, though initial signs suggest the injury isn't too serious, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Brady still did more than enough to keep his owners happy, albeit with a completion percentage under 55 for a second straight week. Even with the continued injury concerns, Brady will be one of the top options at his position for a favorable Week 13 matchup with the plummeting Philadelphia defense.
The second-year signal caller took a back seat Sunday, as the Vikings ran the ball effectively en route to a crucial road win. Bridgewater has now thrown for fewer than 200 yards in six games this season, and he failed to connect on a touchdown Sunday for the fourth time. Week 13 will bring a tough home matchup versus the Seahawks, and Bridgewater should once again play the role of game manager in the Vikings' run-heavy attack.
Osweiler missed a bunch of throws along the way, but he also made some excellent passes to overcome a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter. He didn't get much help from Demaryius Thomas, who caught just one pass for 36 yards on a team-high 13 targets. Head coach Gary Kubiak said a couple weeks ago that Peyton Manning (foot/ribs) will start once he's healthy, but Osweiler has subsequently made a strong case to keep the job. In any case, Manning is unlikely to be healthy for Week 13, leaving Osweiler as the likely starter for a game in San Diego.
On the first play of the second quarter, Pittsburgh opted to run a fake field goal, with Jones tossing the ball to cornerback Jeremy Lane. Lane then returned the interception 54 yards to the Steelers' 24-yard line, ultimately leading to a Doug Baldwin touchdown catch from Russell Wilson. Jones returned for the final possession of the game, replacing Ben Roethlisberger (concussion), which ended with a pick by safety Kam Chancellor. If Big Ben cannot complete the league's concussion protocol, Jones would likely start in Week 13 against the Colts.
The Saints offense was held in check by the rejuvenated Texans defense, and Brees put up his second lowest yardage total of the season, while failing to connect on a touchdown pass for the first time. The veteran has struggled in the two outings since his statistical eruption in Weeks 8 and 9, with three interceptions and an average of less than 220 yards per game. Brees will attempt to get back on track in next week's home matchup with the first-place panthers.
After posting his second game of more interceptions than touchdowns in Week 10, Dalton has tossed five touchdowns to just one pick in last last two games. Dalton has emerged this season as a top-flight quarterback, with eight games with multiple touchdowns and six games with at least three total scores. For the season, Dalton ranks among the top eight quarterbacks in the league in passing yards, touchdowns and quarterback rating.
The 2015 first overall pick came nowhere close to replicating the extraordinary success he enjoyed in a Week 11 blowout of the Eagles, and finished the contest with a mediocre 51.3 quarterback rating. Winston also threw an interception for the second time in three weeks after previously having enjoyed a four-game stretch without a pick. He did also manage a career-high 27 yards on the ground. Winston and the Bucs face off with the Falcons in a home tilt in Week 13.
In a less than ideal situation or environment, Roethlisberger threw for over 300 yards for the sixth time in eight games, although he'll have to pass the concussion protocol this week. If he's able to play next week, he's got a decent matchup against Indianapolis, but faces the Bengals in Week 14 and the Broncos in Week 15. After that, the Steelers finish the season against a pair of soft pass defenses in the Ravens and Browns.