Week 13 has come and gone and while a few teams look certain to make the playoffs, the vast majority of the league is still fighting to get in. Lets look at how the rookies did and if they helped out or not.
Dak Prescott – Dallas – The impressive rookie had another good game on Thanksgiving against Washington. Prescott completed 17 of 24 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown and rushed eight times for 39 yards and another touchdown. He may have done even more damage had Dez Bryant not dropped a ball in the red zone for another potential score. Something in my gut tells me that with a two-game lead in the conference, Dallas might become a bit more conservative with the play calling to give some of the offensive weapons a little rest. We shall see. Dallas is at Minnesota this Thursday and the Vikings still have a top level defense, so temper your expectations.
Carson Wentz – Philadelphia – On paper, this looked like a great matchup for Wentz. Green Bay had been giving up a lot of points, and Carson has had a good year to date. The Packers did get a couple of starters back on defense, and that helped out a lot. The numbers didn’t look bad for Wentz, he completed 24 of 36 for 254 yards with four sacks and an interception. Carson did also rush four times for 33 yards and a touchdown, so he did help out his owners a little. Things could be tough this week again playing at Cincinnati.
Cody Kessler – Cleveland – Inactive (concussion). On bye this week and RGIII is also back practicing.
Jared Goff – Los Angeles – Who knows, maybe this will give him some confidence. Sure it was against a bad New Orleans defense, but it still helps. Jared had a tale of two halves on Sunday looking great in the first half, but not so nearly impressive in the second half. For the day, Goff completed 20 of 32 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns and suffering three sacks, an interception, and a fumble. Hopefully he can learn and grow from this experience.
Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas – It seems as if his name is already being etched on the trophy for rookie of the year. Ezekiel once again looked good on Turkey day against Washington rushing 20 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns and adding two catches for 23 yards. My concern with Dallas is that they may rest some of their top players a little down the stretch with a two game lead in the conference. I would not be shocked if Elliott’s workload goes down a little to rest him some.
Derrick Henry – Tennessee – Now that he is back to full health, Henry is looking good. In fact, he was better than DeMarco Murray last Sunday against Chicago. Derrick had eight carries for 60 yards and a touchdown and seems to be running with authority. Word out of Tennessee is that the Titans may be giving Henry more short-yardage work. Can more touchdowns be in his future?
Tyler Ervin – Houston – Inactive (rub), sounds like he could be out again this week.
DeAndre Washington – Oakland – Inactive. Seems to be falling out of favor in the offense.
Josh Ferguson – Indianapolis – 24 yards in kickoff returns.
Wendell Smallwood – Philadelphia – With all the other running backs injured (at least some), Smallwood had to do the bulk of the work on Monday night against Green Bay. Wendell managed 37 yards on nine carries and added a catch for ten yards. This is a backfield to avoid at all costs.
Daniel Lasco – New Orleans – Inactive
David Fluellen – Tennessee – Inactive
Kenyan Drake – Miami – Only had one carry for nine yards.
Andy Janovich – Denver – One carry for (-1) yards
Devontae Booker – Denver – Booker has found the running much harder of late, and it figured to be difficult against the Chiefs. Devontae had 24 carries for only 79 yards and one catch for 22 yards. Can he break out of his mini slump at Jacksonville this Sunday?
Kenneth Dixon – Baltimore – With each week, it appears that Dixon is the best running back for Baltimore. Kenneth had 13 carries for 49 yards and added four catches for 31 yards. Look for him to continue to get more chances, especially out of the backfield, this week against Miami.
Paul Perkins – Giants – The Giants split the workload at running back, and Perkins saw about 30 percent of the carries and had 29 yards on his nine chances and also caught two passes for 14 yards. Things could be tough again this week at Pittsburgh.
Rob Kelley – Washington – I am surprised that Kelley struggled as much as he did on Thanksgiving against Dallas. I thought he could have a nice game. Rob had 14 carries for only 37 yards and added five yards on two catches. He still runs tough and I like his future.
Jordan Howard – Chicago – In a dismal season in the Windy City, Howard has been a lone bright spot. Jordan once again put on a good effort against Tennessee with 18 carries for 84 yards and added three catches for 43 yards. A disappointing note however is that he dropped a touchdown pass in the game.
Dwayne Washington – Detroit – Rushed five times for 19 yards against Minnesota on Thanksgiving.
Kenneth Farrow – San Diego – One carry for (-3) yards. May be getting a demotion soon.
Troymaine Pope – Seattle – Inactive