Another week of exciting games, another week closer to the playoffs. Week 12 saw the exposure of some and the triumph of others (ehem, Patriots). Let’s check out the scores around the league.
Thanksgiving Day Games:
Lions: 16 Vikings: 13
Matt Stafford slung the rock as the Vikings fail to build on their progress from last week. With a clutch kick from Prater, Lions bring home the dub and sit atop the NFC North at 7-4.
Cowboys: 31 Redskins: 26
In an impressive effort, the Redskins came up short against the mighty mighty run offense of the Dallas Cowboys. Prescott went for 195 yards and one touchdown in the win over Washington. This coming week, the Cowboys have the chance to clinch a playoff spot with a win and some luck. Oh yeah, Dez Bryant and Josh Norman don’t like each other.
Steelers: 28 Colts: 7
Big Ben and the boys exploded in an offensive barrage that did not stop for four quarters. Scott Tolzien and the Colts o-line didn’t stand a chance as the quarterback was under pressure the whole night. Antonio Brown went for 3 tds on 5 catches for 91 yards. Steelers look to get back on track and reclaim possession of first place in the AFC North.
Saints: 49 Rams:21
First overall pick of the draft Jared Goff provided a ray of hope in an otherwise sad day for the Los Angeles Rams. Brees and the rest of the Saint’s offense picked apart the Rams lackluster d in an impressive offensive showing. The Saints came marching down and look to rival the Falcons to win the NFC South.
Titans: 27 Bears: 21
Mariota looked strong again in a 2 TD 226 yard performance. The Bears were the Bears as the offense rallied but imploded upon itself late in the fourth quarter.
Falcons: 38 Cardinals: 19
Carson Palmer’s woes continue as the impressive Falcons offense soared to a 19 point victory. However, on the other side of the ball the Falcons will take a huge blow, as Desmond Trufant is heading to IR, rendering him out for the year. Matt Ryan’s career year continued as he went for 269 and 2 TDS while completing 26/34 passes. Julio Jones however, was effectively locked down by Patrick Peterson, allowing for Falcons receiver Tyler Gabriel to get some good looks, catching 4 passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns. The Falcons sit atop the NFC south at 7-4.
Giants: 27 Browns: 13
The Browns abysmal season reached new lows marked by coach Hue Jackson’s emotional post game press conference. Contrarily, Odell Beckham Jr. appears to be having fun again. The explosive third year receiver went for 96 yards on 6 catches and two scores in the dominant victory over the Browns.
Chargers: 21 Texans: 13
The Brocketship failed to launch in this one as the Texans watched Phillip Rivers catch fire (242 yards, 3TDS). The Romeo Crennel lead defense of the Texans is certainly solid. Crennel has made the defense into a force even in the absence of JJ Watt. Bill O’Brien needs to figure out a way to kick start the offense. Although the Texans are in first in the AFC South, the Titans and Colts are breathing down their neck. Here’s an idea Bill:FEED LAMAR MILLER.
Bills: 28 Jaguars: 21
No one circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills as the “Jaggin off” Jaguars were caught with their hand down their pants in a 7 point loss to Buffalo. Sammy Watkins looked decent in his return and went for over 80 yards on 3 catches. Tyrod Taylor’s duel threat pass-run capabilities were too much to handle for the Jaguars defense. Shady McCoy put up numbers too, sealing the deal for the Bills in this game. Moving forward, the Bills will look to claim a wildcard spot. As for the Jags, fire Gus Bradley.
Ravens: 19 Bengals:14
The score is a lot closer than the game showed. The eye test proved to see the Bengals struggle on both sides of the ball. Penalties held the Ravens back but they were able to overcome. Despite some late game heroics from Andy Dalton, the Ravens defensive line was to much to handle. The return of Elvis Dummervil saw a game winning strip sack of Dalton. The AFC North is up for grabs, but currently the Ravens are in first place.
Dolpins:31 49ers: 24
The Dolphins are legit AFC Wild Card contenders. Although they had a rocky start, Miami should continue to build on their recent success and look to make a playoff run. Furthermore, QB Colin Kaepernick had an amazing day as he threw for 300 yards and 3 TDS and ran for 113 on 10 attempts. Perhaps this is a sign that the Kaepernick of old is back.
Buccaneers: 14 Seahawks: 5
EXPOSE HIM. After several weeks of offensive boom, the Seahawks were unable to mount anything against a weak Bucs’ D. Mike Evans cooked the Legion of Boom to the tune of 8 catches for 104 yards and 2 tds. Evans is one of the leagues brightest young receivers and will continue to shine. The Buccaneers are right in line to win the division, however, the currently sit in second behind the Falcons and must continue to play well if they have intentions of making the playoffs.
The Pats did not deserve to win this game, yet here we are. Gronk is a glass cannon, the defense is in shambles and the offense struggles against strong pass rushers. However, Brady was able to work his late game magic and pull out the win. Malcolm Mitchell was impressive in the win as he caught two touchdowns. For the Jets, they win in a way, as they losing their way to one of the top draft picks. The Patriots will look to build some credibility down the stretch as the have one of the tougher schedules in the league the rest of the way.
Raiders:35 Panthers: 32
Carr and Newton both stood out in a good old fashion Oakland, California shootout. After going up early, the Raiders blew some of their lead, making for a game winning drive that ended in a Janikowski field goal and then a stop on fourth down by the Raiders defense. Khalil Mack is an absolute beast. Derrick Carr is tough after he left the game and then returned with a nasty looking dislocated pinky. The Raiders are legit and the Panther’s struggles continue.
Chiefs: 30 Broncos: 27
The Broncos’ Trevor Siemian lead offense shined in this one against a strong defense, but it was not enough to take down “Gunslinger” Alex Smith. Justin Houston looked to return to his old form and Von Miller matched him step for step. However, a late game drive by the Chiefs was enough to send the game in the OT, where the Chiefs’ Cairo Santos would bank a field goal try off the left upright and in for the win. The Broncos have some stiff competition coming from both the Chiefs and Raiders in their own division and must look to improve if they want to repeat the success they had last year. Meanwhile, Andy “Candy” Reid will continue the fight for a Wild Card spot.
Packers: 27 Eagles: 13
Aaron Rodgers put up a classic performance as he dominated the game, despite taking an injury to his hamstring. Wentz started off hot but could not match the high powered Packers’ offense. Davonte Adams’ breakout campaign continued as he went for 2 more scores. The Packers look to climb back into the fight for first in the NFC North moving forward.