Updated thru the Week 13 Thursday fixtures
30 Nov 21:02 GMT
Lamar Jackson did we had to do in Week 12 and probably a little bit more as his big 15pt effort (al passing TD's) took him past Desean Watson and 5pts clear at the top. Based on the noise coming out of NZ , Watson, who has undoubtedly faded a little down the stretch is not likely to play in Week 13 .... although the Pats flu situation may see a change there.... meaning this could be done and dusted. In truth I think he wins this whether DSW plays or not... such has been his dominance since he returned form his bye week. The last coach Cruickshank QB to win this category was Andrew Luck in 2014, his only other success being Steve Young in 1998
Long time favorite Christian McCaffrey was held in check by the Saints to some degree in Week 12 but still posted 9pts that has taken him to the verge of his first ever rushing title. His only real threat Aaron Jones (Steelers) was held scoreless as the Niners spanked the Packers , so the Rising runner is now 14pts in front , with a juicy match-up v the Redskins to seal the deal. I fully expect a 2 score "victory lap" outing which would get CMac to the 100pt mark, our v2nd straight ton up winner after not having one since 2006. If the unexpected does happens Jones has an equally favorable closing fixture v the NY Giants..... but it would be a major upset if the Black Cat runner is not crowned champion on Sunday night.
It did look like Week 13 was set up to see the Gryphons Kenny Golloday overtaken on the line as he went Thursday with the Detroit 3rd string QB ... but an astonishing first play 75 yard TD came close to getting the deal done. Now ahead by 8pts and with Amari Cooper (nul point) and Adam Thielen (injury) out of contention is now looks like a simple case of can the Killers Mike Evans close the gap at Jacksonville on Sunday ? The WR stakes has often been won by a big Week 13 performance... so don't set the engraver off to do his job yet. For the record no Killers WR has ever headed the pass catching list... but if Golloday holds on he's joining a veritable who's who of top WR talent of former Gryphons on the honor roll.. Jerry Rice (1993), Terrell Owens (2001) and Randy Moss (2007).
The JL8's Wil Lutz has taken advantage of a sprinkling of mid scoring efforts by the main contenders to work his way into contention late on, and his 14pt effort on Thanksgiving at the home of NFC South Turkey's the Atlanta Falcons saw the Cajun Cannon set down the mark to beat for the rest. 114pts is Lutz final total, pushing him 8pts clear of the Killers Harrison Butker and a full 10 in front of perennial bridesmaid in this category Justin Tucker (Lions). With Butker off last week Justin Tucker comprehensively thumped long time challenger Greg Zuerlien in an NFL showdown in Los Angeles (in much the way the Ravens did likewise to the Rams) so now its down what Tucker can do at M&T Bank Stadium with the Lions player up first against a Niner D that should give him opps although rain is a possibility which could be a factor... with the final word sitting with the defending champion and what he can can do at Arrowhead v the Raiders. The clever money is on Butker to become the first kicker other Gota Jowls to win back to back kicking titles... and the first Killer ever to do so.