Rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins from Michigan State made the most of his first NFL start, throwing for 329 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Washington Redskins to a 38-to-21 win at Cleveland.
Cousins played in place of injured starter and fellow rookie Robert Griffin the Third. Washington has won 5 straight to jump into a tie for first place in the NFC East with the Giants and Cowboys. The Packers beat the Bears 21-to-13 in Chicago to clinch the NFC North Division title.
Green Bay has won three straight and eight of its last nine to improve to 10-and-4 on the year while the Bears, who have lost three in-a-row and five-of-six, are still in the thick of the NFC Wild Card race at 8-and-6. The Minnesota Vikings are another North Division team still in the wild card chase as they improved to 8-and-6 yesterday with a 36-to-22 win at St. Louis. Adrian Peterson rushed for 212 yards and a touchdown to lead the Vikings and with 1,812 rushing yards on the season, Peterson is now just 293 yards shy of Eric Dickerson's NFL single-season record set back in 1984 with the Los Angeles Rams.
Sunday’s action concluded last night in Foxboro where the visiting San Francisco 49’ers hung on to beat the New England Patriots 41-to-34. Week 15 wraps up tonight with the New York Jets at Tennessee.