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Despite COVID-19’s efforts, we successfully got through another week of the NFL. The Ravens and Steelers showdown got rescheduled three different times and was played six days after it was initially supposed to be played on Thanksgiving night.
The Steelers remained unblemished in the loss column on the season after knocking off the divisional foe 19-14. They improved to 11-0, but more on that game later on.
The Jets remain the lone winless team in the NFL. How head coach Adam Gase still has his job is simply beyond me. Coaches have been fired for less. Maybe they wait until they inevitably go 0-16 before making the move. Who the hell knows? I don’t advocate for anyone losing their job, especially in this wild and crazy year, but in the famous words of the late, great Owen Hart, enough is enough and it’s time for a change!
Playoff races are heating up around the league, making the final five weeks must-see TV for teams in the playoff hunt. The Jets and Jaguars are the only two teams eliminated from playoff contention, for now. All other teams have a fighting chance.
AFC: 1. Steelers (11-0) 2. Chiefs (10-1) 3. Titans (8-3) 4. Bills (8-3) 5. Browns (8-3) 6. Dolphins (7-4) 7. Colts (7-4) 8. Raiders (6-5) 9. Ravens (6-5)
NFC: 1. Saints (9-2) 2. Seahawks (8-3) 3. Packers (8-3) 4. Giants (4-7) 5. Rams (7-4) 6. Buccaneers (7-5) 7. Cardinals (6-5) 8. Vikings (5-6) 9. Bears (5-6) 10. 49ers (5-6)
*Pittsburgh and Kansas City can clinch playoff berths with wins this week.
*New Orleans can clinch a playoff berth with a win and a Chicago win OR tie
Notes from Week 12
- The Browns clinched their first non-losing season since 2007 with a 27-25 victory over the Jaguars. Nick Chubb yet again led the way on the ground with 144 yards and a touchdown. Baker Mayfield threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns, but most importantly zero interceptions for a fourth-straight week. Jarvis Landry went off to the tune of 8 receptions, 143 yards, and his first receiving touchdown of the season.
- Derrick Henry erupted for 140 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the first half in a big 45-26 victory over the Colts to increase the AFC South lead. Henry finished with 178 yards for the game. A.J. Brown caught four passes for 98 yards and a score and became the 12th player in NFL history to return an onside kick for a touchdown.
- Deshaun Watson and Will Fuller V teamed up to wreck the Lions on Thanksgiving day. Watson threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns, while Fuller racked up 171 yards on six catches and two scores. That would be the final game for Fuller this season, as he was suspended six games for violating the NFL’s PED policy.
- Antonio Gibson became the first rookie running back since at least 1948 with three touchdowns on Thanksgiving in a Washington 41-16 beat down of the Cowboys. Washington swept Dallas for the first time since 2012
- Cam Newton completed just nine passes for 84 yards and two picks, but the Patriots were able to knock off the Cardinals as Nick Folk nailed a game-winning, 50-yard field goal as time expired.
- Kirk Cousins threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns and led his second game-winning drive of the season as the Vikings beat the Panthers 28-27. Jeremy Chinn of the Panthers became the first player since at least 1991 with two defensive touchdowns on two consecutive defensive plays. Both touchdowns were fumble returns, marking the first time a player has recorded two fumble recoveries in the same game since Fred Evans did it all the way back in 1948! Whoa!
- The New York Football Giants have won three-straight games for the first time since 2016 and now lead the NFC Least at 4-7.
- Keenan Allen has a touchdown reception for the fifth-straight game, the longest streak of his career. However, the Chargers lost to the Bills 27-17.
- The Falcons humiliated the Raiders 43-6. Las Vegas is trending in the wrong direction at the wrong time.
- The Saints beat the Broncos 21-3 and the two teams combined for 91 passing yards the fewest passing yards combined in a game since Week 14 of the 1982 season. Denver started undrafted practice squad WIDE RECEIVER Kendall Hinton due to none of their three quarterbacks being eligible due to COVID. He completed one pass for 13 yards.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 2, 2020
King of the (Tyreek) Hill
- If you were a fantasy owner of Tyreek Hill this week, you likely won your matchup. Hill had a monster game of 13 receptions for 269 yards and three touchdowns. He had seven receptions for 203 yards and two scores in the first quarter! He became the first player in 30 years to record 7+ receptions and 200+ receiving yards in a single quarter.
- The Chiefs defeated Tom Brady and the Buccaneers 27-24.
- Patrick Mahomes threw for 462 yards and the three touchdowns to Hill. He had 359 passing yards in the first half, the most in a first half since at least 1991.
- Kansas City has scored 23+ points in 25-straight games, including the playoffs, which is the longest such streak in NFL history.
- Brady tied Hall of Famer Brett Favre for the most seasons (18) with at least 3,000 passing yards.
- Including the playoffs, the winner of the game between Mahomes and Brady has gone on to win the Super Bowl that same season.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 30, 2020
Steelers Down Ravens 19-14 to Improve to 11-0
- Pittsburgh swept Baltimore for the sixth time ever, the first since 2017, and for the third time in the Mike Tomlin era.
- The Steelers recorded a defensive touchdown and improved their winning streak to 18-games when doing so. The last time they scored a defensive touchdown and lost was Week 14 of the 2013 season. The interception was the 61st take away since the start of the 2019 season, the most in the NFL in that span.
- The defense continues to impress by getting to the quarterback. They have now recorded a sack in 68-straight games, the second-longest streak in NFL history.
- Ben Roethlisberger has 25 touchdowns on the season, the most through his first 11 games of a season in his career.
Too easy for @joehaden23 💪
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 2, 2020
Aaron Rodgers MVP?
- Aaron Rodgers tossed four touchdowns and zero interceptions in a 41-25 victory over the divisional rival Bears.
- He now has 3,100 yards, 33 touchdowns, and four interceptions on the season, while completing a career-high 68.5% of his passes.
- Green Bay improved to 8-3 on the season and if you don’t have Rodgers as the MVP at this point in the season, he should be no lower than second, behind arguably Mahomes, who has thrown for 3,497 yards, 30 touchdowns, and two interceptions. As of right now, the MVP race is between these two players.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 1, 2020
Quarterbacks That Played Well in Week 12
Patrick Mahomes – KC – 37/49, 462 yards, 3 touchdowns – W @ TB
Deshaun Watson – HOU – 17/25, 318 yards, 4 touchdowns – W @ DET
Kirk Cousins – MIN – 34/45, 307 yards, 3 touchdowns – W vs CAR
Aaron Rodgers – GB – 21/29, 211 yards, 4 touchdowns – W vs CHI
Tom Brady – TB – 27/41, 345 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions – L vs KC
Running Backs That Played Well in Week 12
Derrick Henry – TEN – 27 carries, 178 yards, 3 touchdowns – W @ IND
Nick Chubb – CLE – 19 carries, 144 yards, touchdown – W @ JAX
James Robinson – JAX – 22 carries, 128 yards, touchdown – L vs CLE
Latavius Murray – NO – 19 carries, 124 yards, 2 touchdowns – W @ DEN
Antonio Gibson – WAS – 20 carries, 115 yards, 3 touchdowns – W @ DAL
Wide Receivers That Played Well in Week 12
Tyreek Hill – KC- 13 receptions, 269 yards, 3 touchdowns – W @ TB
DK Metcalf – SEA – 10 receptions, 177 yards – W @ PHI
Will Fuller V – HOU – 6 receptions, 171 yards, 2 touchdowns – W @ DET
Jarvis Landry – CLE – 8 receptions, 143 yards, touchdown – W @ JAX
A.J. Brown – TEN – 4 receptions, 98 yards, touchdown, onside kick return for TD – W @ IND
Key Matchups for Week 13
Browns (8-3) @ Titans (8-3) – 1 PM CBS
Rams (7-4) @ Cardinals (6-5) – 4:05 PM FOX
Patriots (5-6) @ Chargers (3-8) – 4:25 PM CBS
Bills (8-3) @ 49ers (5-6) – MNF 8:15 PM ESPN
That wraps it up for Week 12. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @KingEdward15 and let me know how you think your team will fare in Week 13 and beyond.