Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Wright has career day for Vikings
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright, right, runs from Philadelphia Eagles' Mychal Kendricks after making a reception during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy King)
FAYETTEVILLE With all-pro running back Adrain Peterson on the sideline, Minnesota turned to its pass game Sunday against Philadelphia.
The result was a big day for quarterback Matt Cassel and his receivers, including former Arkansas standout Jarius Wright. The second-year Vikings wideout had 4 catches for a career-high 95 yards in the 48-30 win at home.
Three of Wright's receptions helped set up scores for the Vikings (4-9-1). His 26-yard catch helped Minnesota reverse poor field position in a first quarter touchdown drive that gave the Vikings the lead for good.
Wright's longest catch of the day was 42 yards to the Eagles 8 early in the third quarter. Minnesota capped the drive two plays later with a 6-yard touchdown run by Cassel.
Wright added an 11-yard catch on third down later in the quarter, setting up a 38-yard field goal by Blair Walsh.
This season Wright has caught 23 passes for 367 yards and 2 touchdowns. Both scores came in Minnesota's loss to Seattle.
Davis scores again
Knile Davis is becoming a go-to option in Kansas City.
The rookie running back scored a touchdown for the third straight game Sunday and led the Chiefs in rushing yards in a 56-31 win over the Raiders. Davis' touchdown came on a 17-yard run midway through the fourth quarter. He finished the game with 34 yards and caught 2 passes for 8 yards.
Davis scored a 17-yard touchdown run the week before against the Redskins. Two games earlier he scored his first career touchdown with a 108-yard kickoff return against the Broncos, setting the record for the longest play in Kansas City history.
Davis has played in all 14 games for Kansas City this season, rushing for 159 yards on 42 carries.
His workload and productivity has increased over the last month. Half of Davis' carries and 84 rushing yards have come in the last three games. He also has 5 catches for 43 yards over that time.
Jones in Steelers' rotation
Felix Jones saw his most playing time in nearly two months Sunday night in the Steelers' 30-20 win over the Bengals.
Jones rushed 5 times for 22 yards in a backup role. it was the most carries he had in a game since recording the same number in back-to-back weeks in mid-October.
Jones, a Cowboys first round pick in 2008, was traded to the Steelers in the off-season after the Eagles signed him as a free agent. This season he has rushed for 166 yards on 45 carries and recorded 63 receiving yards without scoring a touchdown.
McFadden out again
Darren McFadden missed his second consecutive game with an ankle injury.
The running back is expected to return for the Raiders' game at San Diego on Sunday. McFadden has missed six games this season with a variety of injuries and 29 games in his six-year career.
McFadden is looking for a strong end to the regular season before becoming a free agent in the off-season. He has 365 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns this season and has only one 1,000-yard season since being taken fourth overall in the 2008 draft.
Dennis Johnson had 4 kick returns for 108 yards, rushed 4 times for 12 yards and had a 3-yard reception in the Texans' loss to the Colts.
Peyton Hillis rushed 3 times for 8 yards in the Giants' shutout loss to the Seahawks.
George Wilson recorded one tackle in the Titans' loss to the Cardinals.
Chris Gragg had a 28-yard reception in the Bills' win over the Jaguars.
Ronnie Wingo did not play in the Bills' win over the Jaguars after receiving third-team snaps the week before.
D.J. Williams was active but did not record any stats in the Patriots' loss to the Dolphins.
Nate Garner, who has started five games this season, was passed on the Dolphins' depth chart by rookie Sam Brenner.