Patriots have their December game faces on. A Week 14 NFL quiz

The Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons may have spent much of this NFL season thinking it was “their year,” but the 11-2 records they’ve posted suddenly don’t seem so impressive. Not after the Carolina Panthers knocked off Atlanta Sunday, 30-20, and the New England Patriots crushed Houston Monday night, 42-14. Since 2010, the Patriots (10-3) are now 21-0 in games played in the second half of the season and looking increasingly Super Bowl ready. To test your knowledge of Week 14 developments, take this 14-question quiz.

With 42 more points in Monday night’s obliteration of the Texans, the Patriots remain the highest scoring team in the league, averaging 36.3 points per game. That’s a shade under their 36.8 pace in 2007 the season. But it still can’t match the all-time record of 38.8 points per game posted by what team?

Miami Dolphins

 

Dallas Cowboys

 

Cleveland Browns

 

Los Angeles Rams

 

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton compiled a career-high 116 yards rushing in the Panthers’ 30-20 of the previously once-beaten Atlanta Falcons. How did Newton cap a 72-yard touchdown run?

He leaped into the end zone seats.

 

He swung on the goal post crossbar.

 

He threw the ball out of the stadium.

 

He did a flying somersault in full stride.

 

Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, the NFL rushing leader with 1,600 yards, had 154 in the Vikings’ 21-14 win over Chicago. If he can keep that up during the last three weeks, he would be the first 2,000 yard rusher since what player last reached that milestone?

Jamal Lewis

 

Chris Johnson

 

Eric Dickerson

 

Barry Sanders

 

What was the unusual aspect about Andrew Luck’s play on Sunday, when he led the Colts to a 27-23 win over Tennessee while breaking Peyton Manning’s team record for the most passing yards in his rookie season?

Luck was intercepted five times.

 

Luck’s quarterback rating for the game was his lowest of the season.

 

Luck didn’t complete a single third-down pass.

 

Luck wasn’t able to lead a scoring drive of longer than 30 yards.

 

The underachieving San Diego Chargers managed to beat the Steelers for the first time ever in a regular season road game. How long a losing streak did San Diego snap in Pittsburgh?

9 games

 

14 games

 

23 games

 

39 games

 

When quarterback Robert Griffin III was injured late in Washington’s game with Baltimore, what other rookie came off the bench to lead the Redskins to a 31-28 overtime win?

Kirk Cousins

 

Nick Foles

 

Brandon Weeden

 

Ryan Tannehill

 

In losing to the Packers, 27-20, during a snowy Sunday night game in Green Bay, what unenviable league record did the Detroit Lions tie?

The Lions committed 12 turnovers.

 

The Lions blew a lead of 10-plus points for the third straight game.

 

The Lions had minus 13 yards rushing.

 

The Lions had to punt 20 times.

 

New York Giants rookie running back David Wilson, who spent weeks in coach Tom Coughlin’s doghouse after an early-season fumble, made history with a spectacular breakout game in the Giants’ 52-27 win over the Saints. What did he do to land in the record book?

He gained 400 all-purpose yards.

 

He averaged 23.4 yards a carry.

 

He had 200 yards in kickoff returns and 100 yards rushing.

 

He scored seven touchdowns.

 

The Buffalo Bills, who lost a 15-12 heartbreaker to St. Louis Sunday, now have the longest active drought of not making the playoffs. When did Buffalo last appear in the postseason?

2003

 

1999

 

1994

 

1987

 

Seattle’s 58-0 laugher over the Arizona Cardinals was notable for all but which one of the follow reasons?

It was the Seahawks’ first division victory of the season over a division rival.

 

It was the most points ever scored by the Seahawks.

 

It came after Seattle was involved in overtime games decided in the final seconds the previous two weeks.

 

The victory was the team’s seventh in a row.

 

After coming off the bench the previous week to lead the New York Jets over Arizona, how many plays did backup quarterback Greg McElroy play in Sunday’s 17-10 win over the Jaguars?

0

 

12

 

30

 

49

 

True or false? The NFL says it will consider eliminating kickoffs.

True

 

False

 

 

 

San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith, the NFL sacks leader with 19-1/2, is within three sacks of tying the single season record held by what former player who now co-hosts a TV talk show?

Mean Joe Greene

 

Howie Long

 

Cortez Kennedy

 

Michael Strahan

 

Why did the coin toss before the Carolina-Atlanta game in Charlotte, N.C. elicit so much cheering?

Retired NASCAR star Richard Petty flipped the coin.

 

With a strong wind, winning the toss stood to be more important than usual.

 

Carolina won the coin toss for the first time this season.

 

The coin was delivered to the referee by a skydiver.