There was a cornucopia of offense during Week 13 of the NFL season. Three teams scored 45 or more points, teams combined to scored more than 60 points in four games and three quarterbacks threw five or more touchdowns. With all this offense there is plenty to be thankful for with our Dave & Adam’s “Leaders of the Pack” for Week 13.
For the first time ever we have teammates taking home LOTP honors in the same week as Ryan Fitzpatrick and DeAndre Hopkins combined to destroy the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Fitzpatrick set a Houston Texans franchise record with six touchdown passes in the 45-21 win over the Titans. The veteran signal caller finished the day 24 for 33 with 358 yards as he came one touchdown shy of tying the NFL single-game record.
It’s quite the turnaround for Fitzpatrick, who was benched in favor of Ryan Mallett just a couple of weeks ago. He found himself back under center against the Titans after Mallett suffered a season-ending injury last week.
Fitzpatrick’s performance, however, may have been upstaged during his post game press conference by his son Brady. The Harvard graduate showed the apple doesn’t fall from the tree as Brady showed off his multiplication skills. The video from the press conference has quickly gone viral.
DeAndre Hopkins was on the receiving end of two of Fitzpatricks’s six TDs and racked up 238 to go along with it to earn our “Leaders of the Pack” title at the wideout position. It was the first multi-touchdown game of Hopkins’s NFL career and his fourth 100+ yard game this season.
Hopkins found the end zone late in the first half on 58-yard hookup with Fitzpatrick to give the Texans a commanding 24-0 lead. The Titans climbed back within 10 points of Houston in the third quarter, but Hopkins’s second touchdown put an end to their comeback hopes. Fitzpatrick was a perfect nine-for-nine when he targeted Hopkins on Sunday.
The second-year standout has now eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the 2014 season. Houston selected Hopkins from Clemson late in the first round of the 2013 draft and he quickly became an excellent addition to the Texans receiving core to go along with Andre Johnson. You can find his rookie cards in 2013 football products.
The battle between the two football teams that used to play in Los Angeles was heavily one-sided as the former Los Angeles (now St. Louis) Rams thumped the former Los Angeles (now Oakland) Raiders 52-0. Rams running back Tre Mason ran up and down on the Raiders defense to be our “Leader of the Pack” at running back for Week 13. Mason rushed for two touchdowns, including one for 89 yards, and caught another one to lead St. Louis’s offensive assault.
Mason has taken off during his rookie season to challenge Zac Stacy for the starting running back position on the Rams’ depth chart. He now has more than 110 rushing yards in two of his last three games. Mason rookie cards are available in most of this year’s football products, including the newly released 2014 Topps Chrome Football.