“Jacobs has turned into one of the most physically dangerous offensive players in football…Josh McDaniels shudders to think where the Raiders would be without him.” – King on Raiders RB Josh Jacobs
“In seven days, the Jets’ coach went from saying he wasn’t even thinking about a quarterback change from Zach Wilson, to benching Wilson for White, to watching White play the best-quarterbacked game by a Jet this season. Controversy over. There really never was one.” – King on the Jets’ decision to start QB Mike White
“I still think asking Watson to play great after 23 months out of the saddle is a huge ask…Who sits for two years, then has to play the most important position in the game for the six most important games of the season, and can do it at a winning level week after week?” – King on the expected return of Browns QB Deshaun Watson
“Hard to imagine any receiver in football being as important to his team –including Tyreek Hill – as Jefferson is to the 9-2 Vikings.” – King on Vikings WR Justin Jefferson
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 28, 2022 – Peter King speaks with Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson, Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, and Chargers head coach Brandon Staley in this week’s edition of Football Morning in America, available now exclusively on NBCSports.com. King also recaps Week 12 of the NFL season, discusses the 49ers’ shutout win over the Saints, Mike White’s performance in the Jets’ win over the Bears, Justin Jefferson’s big season with the Vikings, and more.
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The following are highlights from this week’s edition of Football Morning in America:
Raiders RB Josh Jacobs to Peter King on what motivated him to have a huge game: “It all started before the game. This fan, when we came out of the tunnel, held up a sign: ‘3-7. NOT BAD FOR A TEAM WITH NO TALENT.’ And he was screaming at us, all this bad stuff. I just looked up at him and said, ‘Thank you for that. I needed that today. You turnt me up.’”
Jacobs to King: “He’s the first one I wanted to find after we won. I went over to him and said, ‘Thank you.’”
Jacobs to King on his game-winning 86-yard touchdown run in OT against the Seahawks: “We were running outside zone a lot, and I saw the linebackers pointing outside. So we ended up running inside zone, and I knew if I got through the line, it was a foot race after that.”
JAGUARS’ & CHARGERS’ TWO-POINT CONVERSIONS
Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson to King on the game-winning drive against the Ravens: “I knew at the start of the drive that if we scored, I was going for two.”
Pederson to King on his decision to go for a game-winning two-point conversion: “Zay Jones was hot right then — he’d made a couple of great catches. We had a play for him — a stutter-move and quick out to the front pylon. So that was the call.”
Pederson to King on what QB Trevor Lawrence said to him after throwing the game-winning two-point conversion: “Thanks for trusting me there.”
Chargers head coach Brandon Staley to King on the game-winning two-point conversion play call against the Cardinals: “The irony after what Doug did today is that the play we used is a Philadelphia play. We call it ‘The Philly Follow.’ It’s a famous route they had for Zach Ertz. And when we started that last drive, we knew that was going to be the play all along.”
KING’S MVP WATCH – WEEK 12
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City, 2. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia, 3. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami, 4. Josh Allen, Buffalo, 5. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota
King on Jefferson: “Hard to imagine any receiver in football being as important to his team –including Tyreek Hill – as Jefferson is to the 9-2 Vikings.”
KING’S WEEK 12 AWARDS
Offensive Players of the Week: Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas, Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson, Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumalo, Lane Johnson, Philadelphia, Mike White, New York Jets, & Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville
King on Jacobs: “Jacobs has turned into one of the most physically dangerous offensive players in football…Josh McDaniels shudders to think where the Raiders would be without him.”
King on White’s big game against the Bears: “Now (Robert) Saleh has no decision to make at quarterback. White took it out of his hands with his 22-of-28, 315-yard, three-TD, zero-pick performance, with touchdown passes of eight and 54 yards to ace rookie Garrett Wilson.”
King on Lawrence’s performance against the Ravens: “Against a solid defense with a very good secondary, Lawrence was 29-of-37 for 321 yards, with three TDs and zero picks. Just a great performance from a top prospect who hadn’t looked the part, in total, in his first 1.5 NFL seasons.”
Defensive Players of the Week: Nick Bosa, San Francisco, & Daron Payne, Washington
King on Bosa’s performance in San Francisco’s win over New Orleans: “A shutout. Man, is that rare in the NFL. The 49ers beat the Saints 13-0, and a late Bosa sack was a huge key in keeping New Orleans off the board.”
Coach of the Week: DeMeco Ryans, defensive coordinator, San Francisco
King on Ryans: “After the Niners gave up 30 second-half points to Kansas City Oct. 23, this supposed top-five D didn’t look like a top-20 D. But Ryans stuck with his plan…The Niners haven’t given up a point in the second half in any of the four games since the KC debacle, and Ryan’s crew pitched a rare NFL shutout over the Saints in Santa Clara on Sunday.”
Special Teams Player of the Week: Kene Nwangwu, Minnesota
NEWS & NOTES
King on the Jets’ decision to start Mike White: “In seven days, the Jets’ coach went from saying he wasn’t even thinking about a quarterback change from Zach Wilson, to benching Wilson for White, to watching White play the best-quarterbacked game by a Jet this season. Controversy over. There really never was one.”
King on Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: “I think it’s pretty wild that Patrick Mahomes has 401 more passing yards and six more TD passes than any other quarterback in the NFL. We may not talk about him enough — and we talk about him all the time.”
King on the future of Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett: “I think I will not be surprised if Nathaniel Hackett makes it to the end of this season as Denver coach. But I will be extremely surprised if he isn’t one-and-done.”
King on Browns QB Deshaun Watson’s expected return this week after missing most of the last two seasons: “I still think asking Watson to play great after 23 months out of the saddle is a huge ask, but we’ll see. Who sits for two years, then has to play the most important position in the game for the six most important games of the season, and can do it at a winning level week after week?”
King on Browns TE David Njoku: “I think the Browns are extremely fortunate they didn’t trade David Njoku, despite his 2021 ask. That tight end will be a huge piece to the puzzle if Deshaun Watson becomes a great quarterback in Cleveland.”
King on NFL rules he disagrees with: “I think I am sick of two NFL rules: defensive pass interference being a spot foul, and the offense being able to legally push a ballcarrier forward for X number of yards.”
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