With the end of the 2015 NFL season in sight and the playoff picture coming in to focus, there are a number of Knights in the NFL that contributed strong performances in Week 16. As has been the case in many previous weeks, it was the offensive stars that stood out the most this past week, including another strong rookie performance, a wildcat TD, and an upset special.
Kenny Britt: In the upset of the week, Kenny Britt's St. Louis Rams traveled to Seattle to face the red hot Seahawks. Coming in to Week 16, Seattle had won five in a row, and Russell Wilson was playing himself into MVP contention. Enter the 6-8 Rams led by QB Case Keenum. In the second quarter, the Rams already found themselves up 10-0, when Keenum fired a 28 yard bomb to Britt, who was covered by Richard Sherman. Britt was able to bring in the catch after laying out for the touchdown to build on the Rams' improbable lead. This was Britt's third touchdown of the season, as he finished the day with 3 catches for 49 yards, and the Rams went on to win 23-17.
Richard Sherman straight up roasted by Kenny Britt!— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) December 27, 2015
Brandon Coleman: The New Orleans Saints played host to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Although the game did not have playoff implications for either team, both sides were playing hard for pride. QB Drew Brees put together a gutsy performance, as he is battling plantar fasciitis in his right foot. With no Marques Colston, Coleman saw more opportunities to build his report with Brees, as he hauled in 4 catches for 45 yards. The most impressive play for Coleman came on the first drive of the game, as he grabbed a ball thrown behind him for 21 yards.
Brandon Coleman with a really nice grab on the Saints' second play of the game.— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) December 27, 2015
Brandon Coleman with the first!— WWL Radio (@WWLAMFM) December 27, 2015
Great effort by #Saints WR Brandon Coleman to reach back and pluck 21-yard catch on second play. Should see more opps with no Colston.— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) December 27, 2015
Tyler Kroft: In a huge Monday Night Football game at Mile High Stadium, the Cincinnati Bengals took on the Denver Broncos with QB AJ McCarron. Since McCarron has taken over for injured Andy Dalton, it seems as though Kroft has found a connection with the new QB. After earning his first career touchdown last week, Kroft had another strong performance this week, with 4 catches for 46 yards. Because Kroft has proven himself as a viable option the past few weeks, he played 70 out of 72 offensive snaps on Monday night. Unfortunately, the Bengals eventually fell to the Broncos in OT, 20-17.
Tyler Kroft has grown up real quick in the last four games.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) December 29, 2015
#Bengals using different weapons to move the ball here. Mohamed Sanu, Tyler Kroft coming up big on this drive.— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) December 29, 2015
Bengals final TE/extra OL snap count: Tyler Kroft 72, CJ Uzomah 26, Cedric Ogbuehi 16, Jake Fisher 2. Out of 74— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) December 29, 2015
Mohamed Sanu: When McCarron filled in for the injured Dalton, we discussed the possibility of Sanu taking snaps at the QB position. Finally, on MNF, we were able to see a wildcat package featuring Sanu, and he certainly made the most of it. In the second quarter, with McCarron lined up at the wide receiver position, Sanu took the snap and ran it to the left side of the field for a six yard TD run. Sanu finished the game with 3 catches for 39 yards, and 2 rushes for 10 yards. Showing his versatility, Sanu earns the Scarlet MVP of Week 16!
Mohamed Sanu had two direct snaps inside red zone and took the 2nd in for a 6-yard TD. The WR known for his arm has yet to pass this yr.— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) December 29, 2015
It's freezing in Denver, but Mohamed Sanu's wildcat TD has Cincy running red hot. Watch live on ESPN or here: https://t.co/hHrhULZ8dS— ESPN (@espn) December 29, 2015
Where ever Mohamed Sanu decides to play next year, hopefully being in Cincinnati, he's gonna make some money. #Versatile— Tyler Wright (@Tyler_Wright14) December 29, 2015