Week 12 kicked off with a full slate of Thursday games. Each team that was favored won (New England, New Orleans, New York Jets). However those games were still exciting.
In Detroit, Tom Brady was hit hard and pressured early, but stayed focused while leading the Patriots to a 45-24 victory over the Lions.
Brady threw four touchdowns against the Lions–the last team he had yet to throw a touchdown against.
In Dallas, Drew Brees and the Saints have Malcom Jenkins to thank. Jenkins forced and recovered a Roy Williams fumble, as Williams was heading into the end zone for a game-ending touchdown.
Brees got the ball back, and eventually found Lance Moore on a 12-yard touchdown pass with 1:55 remaining.
Dallas K David Buehler missed a 59-yard field goal attempt with 25 seconds remaining that would have tied the game.
In the night game, the Jets pretty well took care of the Bengals. But if you didn’t know Brad Smith’s name before, now you know. Smith scored touchdowns on a 53-yard run, as well as an 89-yard kickoff return.
The rest of the week was exciting, but nothing compared to the highlight of the week, and maybe the year.
As far as picks, I went 4-2, bringing my season record to 17-14. Rob did not make picks this week, so his record remains at 12-13.
Usually I have a tough time picking my offensive/defensive players of the week, but this week was fairly easy.
Offensive Player of the Week: Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
- 21/27 (77.8%), 341 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT, 158.3 QB rating (perfect)
- For the second time in his career, Tom Brady posted a perfect QB rating, in the Patriots win over the Lions last Thursday.
- Brady was hit and pressured early, but stayed on schedule and kept throwing precise passes to his receivers, giving the Lions’ defense no chance to catch up.
- In case you missed that game on Thursday, let’s just say Brady elevated his MVP stock significantly.
Defensive Player of the Week: Kevin Burnett, LB, San Diego Chargers
- 10 tackles (9 solo), 2 tfl, 1 pass defensed, 1 INT (29-yard touchdown)
- Burnett was the best defender on an excellent Chargers defense, Sunday night, as they forced Manning and the Colts into five turnover in Indianapolis.
- Props to Ron Rivera and his staff for getting that defense ready to play and for coaching them throughout the game.
Highlight of the Week: Johnson finishes what Finnegan starts
Rob has waited all week to share his thoughts on week 12 with you. Here they are.
Finally, the holiday-infused week 12 comes to an end.
What an eventful week it was. We had three Thanksgiving Day games, two of which weren’t much of a game, unfortunately.
The N.Y. Jets rolled the “Bungles”, the Patriots trounced the Lions and the Saints escaped with a win in Dallas.
I always have and always will love the Thanksgiving Day games, as it completes the three F’s of Thanksgiving: Family, Food and Football.
Thanksgiving Day Football Awards
12:30pm New England Patriots @ Detroit Lions (CBS)
All-Iron Award: Tom Brady – 21/27, 352 yds (12.6 avg), 4 TD, QB rating 158.3 (perfect)
4:15pm New Orleans Saints @ Dallas Cowboys (Fox)
Galloping Gobbler Award: Drew Brees – 23/39, 352 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, QB rating 86.7
8:20pm Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets (NFL Network)
Pudding Pie Award: Brad Smith – 3 carries, 55 yds, 1 TD; 1 catch, 23 yds; 3 kick returns, 122 yds, 1 TD
Pudding Pie Award: Darrelle Revis – 1 solo tackle, held Carson Palmer to 135 yds passing (T. Owens – 3 catches, 17 yds; C. Ochocinco – 4 catches, 41 yds; J.Shipley – 5 catches, 38 yds, 1 TD)
Now, moving onto the weekend games…
The Chicago Bears had an answer for Michael Vick and the explosive Eagles offense. Not only did the Bears win the game 31-26, they forced Vick to do something he hasn’t done all year: throw an interception.
The Browns barely escaped the pitiful Panthers, which doesn’t surprise me as the Browns are so up-and-down this year. Although, they’ve found their starting running back of the future, Peyton Hillis, who carried the ball 26 times for 131 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The other NFC heavyweight battle was between the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers.
Matt Ryan aka “Matty Ice” led his Falcons down the field and set-up the game winning field goal with nine seconds left on the clock, leaving Atlanta as sole owner of the number one spot in the NFC (9-2).
The Baltimore Ravens proved Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris wrong as they won 17-10 in Baltimore, bringing their home record to 5-0 on the year.
In other AFC North news, the Pittsburgh Steelers should have lost in overtime to the Buffalo Bills. Chris Berman said it best: “No one circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills.”
But wait, hold your horses. WR Stevie Johnson was wide open and dropped the game winning touchdown catch in overtime.
He later tweeted about it and had seemed to blame God for the dropped pass.
The Minnesota Vikings are still alive? Well it seems to be as they beat the Washington Redskins 20-17 on Sunday. Brett Favre seems that he wants to end his career with pride and not just quit.
Now that their head coach isn’t the problem, the Vikings had some bad luck on Sunday when RB Adrian Peterson limped off the field with what looked to be a leg injury.
Toby Gerhart, the 231 pound back from Stanford, stepped up and carried the ball 26 times for 76 yards and one touchdown.
Offensive Player of the Week: Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
- 13 receptions, 170 yards, 13.1 avg, 3 TD
- Somewhere over the Dwayne Bowe! This kid is having a breakout season and helping the Chiefs shock everyone, including myself, as they are 7-4 and in first place in the AFC West.
- The Chiefs are in 4th place overall in the “Points For” stat with 285 (through week 12). Dwayne Bowe definitely helps that stat with his league leading 14 receiving touchdowns this year.
Defensive Player of the Week: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants
- 5 tackles (4 solo), 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles
- The rookie defensive end out of South Florida had a monster game for the G-Men. His five tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles helped the Giants hold the Jaguars to three points in the second half, which lead to a 24-20 New York victory.
- The Giants move to 7-4 on the year and are tied for first place in the NFC East.
Standout Player of the Week: San Diego Chargers Defense
- 67 total tackles, 1 sack, 6 tfl, 6 passes defensed, 5 QB hits, 4 INT, 2 TD (vs. Peyton Manning and the Colts)
- Can you say wow? The Chargers defense intercepted Manning four times (two of which went to the house for touchdowns).
- The Chargers crushed the Colts 36-14 in Indianapolis, which is the worst home loss in the Manning era.
In case you missed it…
- Bills WR Stevie Johnson drops game-winning touchdown pass in OT
- Cardinals QB Derek Anderson freaks out on a reporter after being asked what he was smiling and/or laughing about on the sideline after losing to the 49ers 27-6 on MNF.
1. I understand that football players are blessed with athletic talent and praise God for it. What I don’t understand is when a player blames God for something bad that happens to him in a game.
Bills WR Stevie Johnson dropped the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime on Sunday against the Steelers. After the game Johnson tweeted this:
@StevieJohnson13 “I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO…”
Stevie Johnson…blaming God for dropping a pass…C’MON MAN!!!
2. The Titans were losing 20-0 in the 4th quarter on the road at Houston. Tennessee CB Cortland Finnegan has been involved in cheap shots, dirty plays and ejections in his career. In my opinion he’s a punk and a dirty player, which isn’t need in the NFL.
So Finnegan had been messing with All-Pro WR Andre Johnson, who is a quiet player, never getting fined, or ejected, he’s never in the media for anything bad.
Well, every man has his limits, and Finnegan went too far.
After Finnegan took a cheap shot, Johnson snapped and popped Finnegan a few times in the face. Both players were ejected, but Finnegan wasn’t done, as he smiled and clapped, egging on the crowd on as he walked off.
Winner of the fight: Andre Johnson.
So Cortland Finnegan, you lost the game, you look like Pauly D from “Jersey Shore” and you got destroyed by Andre Johnson.
So Cortland Finnegan…C’MON MAN!!!
Week 13 has got some great match-ups including one of the best NFL rivalries…Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens.
What a week 12 it was.
As Rob said, week 13 has the potential to be even better.
Thanks for reading.