Wednesday, November 21, 2012

NFL Week 11 Recap & Week 12 Thanksgiving Predictions

(AP Photo/Dave Einsel)
Matt Schaub tied the modern-day record for most passing yards in a single game with 527.
Schaub has led the Texans this season to the best record in the NFL.

Last Week's Record: 12-1
Overall Record: 107-52

Dolphins vs. Bills: 19-14 Bills
Dolphins Player of the Week: Davone Bess- 6 receptions, 50 receiving yards, touchdown
Bills Player of the Week: CJ Spiller- 91 rush yards, 39 receiving yards

The Bills snapped a three game skid with a win against the Dolphins on Thursday Night. The Dolphins, who now have a three game losing streak of their own, struggled to run the ball efficiently once again. Both teams are now 4-6 and along with the Jets, are tied for second in the AFC East.

Cardinals vs. Falcons: 23-19 Falcons
Cardinals Player of the Week: LaRod Stephens- Howling- 127 rush yards, touchdown
Falcons Player of the Week: Roddy White- 8 receptions, 123 receiving yards

How in the world do you throw five interceptions and manage to win a game? The Atlanta Falcons pulled out another shady and unimpressive win last week against the Cardinals. The Cardinals were up 13-0, but lost their lead when John Skelton was replaced by Ryan Lindley. Another day another dollar, and by that, I mean another bogus and unimpressive win by the NFC leading Falcons.

Browns vs. Cowboys: 23-20 (OT)
Browns Player of the Week: Trent Richardson- 95 rush yards, 49 receiving yards
Cowboys Player of the Week: Dez Bryant- 12 receptions, 145 receiving yards, touchdown

It wasn't pretty, but the Cowboys defeated the Browns in OT, advancing back to .500. It took them an overtime period, but a win is a win for any Dallas fan. Dez Bryant had a moster day, racking in nearly half of Tony Romo's completions and passing yards. Dallas trails the Giants by only one game with six more weeks left in the season.

Packers vs. Lions: 24-20 Packers
Packers Player of the Week: Aaron Rodgers- 236 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 106.4 passer rating
Lions Player of the Week: Calvin Johnson- 5 receptions, 143 receiving yards, touchdown

The Lions blew another game late in the fourth quarter, this time against the Green Bay Packers. The Pack marched back to score the last 10 points of the game. Calvin Johnson has touchdowns in consecutive games for the first time all season, but his efforts weren't enough to give Detroit the win.

Bengals vs. Chiefs: 28-6 Bengals
Bengals Player of the Week: AJ Green- 6 receptions, 91 receiving yards, touchdown
Chiefs: Player of the Week: Jamaal Charles- 87 rush yards

The Bengals got a much needed win, crushing the Chiefs 28-6. AJ Green caught another touchdown, making it nine straight games with an endzone visit. Who Dey nation is just one game out of the wildcard, and with the way The Red Rifle is throwing the football, their odds are looking pretty good.

Jets vs. Rams: 27-3 Jets
Jets Player of the Week: Mark Sanchez- 178 pass yards, touchdown, 118.3 passer rating
Rams Player of the Week: Steven Jackson- 81 rush yards

Call me Nostradamus. As I correctly predicted, Mark Sanchez outplayed Sam Bradford and helped the Jets win a pointless game. The win relieves just enough pressure from the media for the Jets to hold off on Tim Tebow. It's a shame, but it's unfortunately true.

Eagles vs. Redskins: 31-6 Redskins
Eagles Player of the Week: LeSean McCoy- 45 rush yards- 67 receiving yards
Redskins Player of the Week: Robert Griffin III- 200 pass yards, 4 touchdowns, 158.3 passer rating

Wow, two major thoughts on this game.
1. RG3 is the real deal. The rookie threw just one incomplete pass all game and finished with a perfect passer rating. If the Redskins played in a relatively easier division (or just the AFC), they would definitely be in the playoff hunt.
2. Are you happy Eagles fans? As a strong Vick supporter, I was happy to see Nick Foles struggle, which proves the point that Vick wasn't to blame for the Eagles' losses. The defense is absolutely atrocious and the coaching staff needs to be replaced.

Bucs vs. Panthers: 27-21 Bucs
Bucs Player of the Week: Doug Martin- 138 rush yards
Panthers Player of the Week: Cam Newton- 252 pass yards, 40 rush yards, touchdown, 95.8 passer rating

Can anyone tell me which team has had the best offense since Week 5? If you said the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then you are correct. Tampa's offensive juggernaut has helped them win five of their last six games. In this game, Josh Freeman led another comeback win in the second half of the fourth quarter. Similar to the game against the Falcons, the Panthers elected to punt instead of going for it on fourth and one on the 50. As a result of the punt, the Bucs marched down the field, scored, and then won the game in OT. Cut Cam Newton some slack though, he played a great game.

Jaguars vs. Texans: 43-37 Texans (OT)
Jaguars Player of the Week: Chad Henne-354 pass yards, 4 touchdowns, 126.8 passer rating
Texans Player of the Week: Matt Schaub- 527  pass yards, 5 touchdowns, 121.7 passer rating

Well, this is awkward. After making fun of the Jaguars all week long, they took out their anger on the field and nearly beat the best team in the NFL. Chad Hanne replaced Blaine Gabbert early in the game and had one hell of a game. The backup threw for over 350 yards and four touchdowns. That being said, the Jaguars defense allowed nearly 650 yards of total offense, of which 273 belonged to Andre Johnson, who also caught the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Poor luck, Jacksonville.

Saints vs. Raiders: 38-17 Saints
Saints Player of the Week: Drew Brees- 219 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 134.6 passer rating
Raiders Player of the Week: Marcel Reece- 103 rush yards

The Saints are finally at .500 after winning five of their last six games. Drew Brees is the best player-coach in the league and the team's motivation as of lately proves it. The Saints are just a game out of the wild card and can return to the playoffs if they can overcome their challenging schedule.

Chargers vs. Broncos: 30-23 Broncos
Chargers Player of the Week: Peyton Manning- 270 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 92.4 passer rating
Broncos Player of the Week: Danario Alexander- 7 receptions, 96 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns

The Broncos pulled off another victory, but lost Willis McGahee for the rest of the regular season. The 31-year old running back suffered a torn MCL after rushing for 55 yards on just seven carries. The scene in San Diego goes not look good for the Chargers. They continue to lose week after week and haven't made an improvement in years. Time to fire Norv.

Colts vs. Patriots: 59-28 Patriots
Colts Player of the Week: T.Y. Hilton- 6 receptions, 100 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
Patriots Player of the Week: Tom Brady- 331 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 127.2 passer rating

You come at the king, you best. Andrew Luck learned his lesson not to mess with around with an elite NFL quarterback. Tom Brady showed the boy "what's up", torching Indianapolis' defense for 59 points. Unfortunately for New England though, Rob Gronkowski will likely miss the rest of the regular season with a broken arm.

Ravens vs. Steelers: 13-10 Ravens
Ravens Player of the Week: Ray Rice- 40 rush yards, 53 receiving yards
Steelers Player of the Week: Emmanuel Sanders- 3 receptions, 82 receiving yards

The Ravens and Steelers played a typical uninspiring and physical game Sunday Night, resulting in another win for the Ravens. The Ravens rough defense bullied Byron Leftwich all game and eventually injured him. I hate how the Ravens will win the division practically by default, but it's always funny when they lose early in the playoffs anyways.

Bears vs. Niners: 32-7 Niners
Bears Player of the Week: N/A
Niners Player of the Week: Colin Kaepernick- 243 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 133.1 passer rating

Colin "The Kid" Kaepernick torched the Bears in his starting debut on the biggest stage in the NFL, Monday Night. Kaepernick was extremely efficient and managed to break apart one of the best defenses in the NFL. The Bears have dropped two straight, and although they are still my NFC Super Bowl representative, they need Jay Cutler back, like right now.

Thanksgiving Day Picks

Texans vs. Lions: 32-24 Texans

This game will definitely have some firepower, but the Texans will eventually pull out the win. They are too good on both sides of the ball to lose to the Lions. The Andre Johnson vs. Calvin Johnson showdown is a battle everyone has been waiting for, but I have a feeling Andre's team takes home the prize.

Redskins vs. Cowboys: 30-28 Cowboys

I don't care how well the Redskins looked on Sunday because the Cowboys always play great football in November and will make their fans happy on Thursday. It will be difficult for Dallas to keep RG3 under control, but they will find a way. If the Giants lose following the Cowboys' win, the NFC East playoff race will go down to the wire once again.

Patriots vs. Jets: 37-20 Patriots

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Patriots love playing the Jets in the Meadowlands. There is nothing more enticing to Bill Belichick and his team than making a joke of the Jets on their own turf. That being said, expect the Patriots to comfortably beat the Jets on Thanksgiving Night in front of a crowd packed full of unhappy Jets fans.

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