Week 12 started with the Annual Thanksgiving Day games. Some teams dealt with Covid issues, but for the rest of the NFL, the show went on.
The Houston Texans traveled north to Detroit to play the Lions. Deshaun Watson was dominant as he threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns. Will Fuller V was Watson’s main target as he made six catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns. The Texans won over Detroit 41-25.
The Washington Football faced division rival Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving as well. After a failed drive by the Cowboys in the third. The Football Team took momentum in the second half and outscored Dallas 24-3; in the second half, Antonio Gibson ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns. The Football Team routed the Cowboys 41-16.
Patrick Mahomes and Tyreke Hill lit up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mahomes threw for
462 yards and three touchdowns. Tyreke Hill burned the Bucs defense for 13 catches and 269 yards, and three touchdowns. The Bucs made a run in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as Kansas City won 27-24.
The Atlanta Falcons made light work of the Las Vegas Raiders. The Falcons forced five turnovers and held the Raiders without a touchdown. Having a short field on drives didn’t give the Falcons crazy offensive stats, but they managed to hang 43 on the Raiders. The final score was 43-6.
The Bills and Chargers matched up in week 12, and it turned out to be a contrast of styles between the two teams. The Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert threw for 316 yards and a touchdown with 52 passing attempts while the Bills ran the ball 30 times for 172 yards. Buffalo was efficient on third down and ran over 20 fewer plays than Las Angeles. Buffalo still managed to pull out the win with a final score of 27-17 to move on to 8-3 on the season.
The Joe Burrow-less Bengals took on the New York Giants. Giants starting QB Daniel Jones went down with a hamstring injury in the second half and was replaced by Colt McCoy. New York edged out the Bengals 19-17 for the victory and a tie first place in the NFC.
Derrick Henry looked like a man amongst boys against the Colts. Henry ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns en route to the Titans, defeating the Colts 45-26.
Kirk Cousins and Teddy Bridgewater battled it out in Minnesota, but “Kinfolk” Kirk was too good for the Panther’s defense. Cousins threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning throw to Chad Beebe with under a minute remaining. The Vikings squeezed by and won 28-27.
The Cardinals and Patriots game also came down to the wire as both teams weren’t particularly well on offense. Cam Newton threw for 84 yards and two interceptions, and Kyler Murray threw for 170 yards and an interception. But Nick Folk was the hero of the day as he nailed a 50 yard field goal with time expiring. The Patriots won 20-17 at home.
Another week, another Jets loss. This time from the hands of the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins won 20-3, and the Jets fall to 0-11.
The 1-10 Jaguars faced the Cleveland Browns in week 12. Cleveland’s balanced attack of Chubb and Hunt mixed with an efficient game from Baker Mayfield led the Browns to victory. The Browns won by a final score of 27-25.
The Denver Broncos took the field without a Quarterback against the New Orleans Saints after their starting, and backup QBs were all put on the Covid list. Denver went to the practice squad and started Kendall Hinton, who listed as a WR. Safe to say, it didn’t bode well for the Broncos. The Saints won 31-3.
The 49ers and Rams matched up in an NFC West battle. Nate Mullens threw for 252 yards while Jared Goff struggled to keep possession of the ball. Goff threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. The 49ers Robbie Gould made a 42-yard field goal late in the fourth to give the 49ers a 23-20 lead. The 49ers won by a final score of 23-20
The Bears struggled against the Green Bay Packers as Aaron Rodgers and co. made things look effortless. Rodgers threw for four touchdowns and 211 yards and went the whole game without being sacked. Jamal Williams and Aaron Jones also chipped in 163 yards rushing between the two.
In conclusion for week 12, the Covid striken Baltimore Ravens faced the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. The Ravens were without 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson and others, but there’s no rest for the weary. Pittsburgh capitalized the Baltimore’s poor QB play as there defense forced a pick 6. Big Ben Rothlisberger threw for 266 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers won 19-14 to remain undefeated on the season.
Written by: Cam Deloatch