Thursday, November 29, 2012

NFL Week 12 Recap

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Yes he Cam! Cam Newton put on a fantastic
performance on Monday Night to give the Panthers a big win.

This week's Record: 12-4
Overall Record: 119-56

Texans vs. Lions: 34-31 Texans
Texans Player of the Week: Arian Foster- 102 rush yards, 2 touchdowns
Lions Player of the Week: Calvin Johnson- 8 receptions, 140 receiving yards, touchdown

The Lions led for the majority of the game but couldn't hang on in the end. Justin Forsett scored a questionable touchdown for the Texans and Jim Schwartz wasted a challenge & timeout by throwing the flag for a non-reviewable play. The game went into OT and the Texans clinched the win with a field goal with 2:21 remaining in the game.

Redskins vs. Cowboys: 38-31 Redskins
Redskins Player of the Week: Robert Griffin III- 304 pass yards, 4 touchdowns, 138.1 passer rating
Cowboys Player of the Week: Dez Bryant- 8 receptions, 145 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns

This Thanksgiving day showdown was full of explosive plays. The Redskins scored four touchdowns in the second quarter alone to go up 28-3 at the half. The Cowboys marched back in the second half but ended up a touchdown short in their comeback efforts. RG3 had another nearly perfect day while Tony Romo struggled in the first half.

Patriots vs. Jets: 49-19 Patriots
Patriots Player of the Week: Tom Brady- 323 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 144.1 passer rating
Jets Player of the Week: N/A

If you want to consider this a game, then the Patriots absolutely dominated. This embarrassment show by the New York Jets finally was enough to get longtime fan Fireman Ed to step down as the unofficial team mascot. Although Ed says that he is stepping down because of the arguments and rudeness of fans, let's be real, the Jets stink. The Patriots' offense didn't even miss Gronk which is a good sign. This team is going to be dangerous once again if they can continue to score at this pace.

Bears vs. Vikings: 38-10 Bears
Bears Player of the Week: Mike Bush- 60 rush yards, 2 touchdowns
Vikings Player of the Week: Kyle Rudolph- 5 receptions, 55 receiving yards, touchdown

The Bears dominated the Vikings without Matt Forte's help this past Sunday. The Vikings started off the season strong, but now that their schedule is getting tougher, they are starting to show their flaws. After a rough two weeks, the Bears' defense is back to being the biggest and baddest in the league.

Steelers vs. Browns: 20-14 Browns
Steelers Player of the Week: N/A
Browns Player of the Week: Trent Richardson- 85 rush yards, touchdown

Any time a team turns the ball over eight times they deserve to lose no matter what. The Steelers showed just how important Big Ben is to their team. Congrats to the Browns for picking up the win, but for the Steelers' own sakes, Roethlisberger better come back soon.

Bills vs. Colts: 20-13 Colts
Bills Player of the Week: CJ Spiller- 107 rush yards
Colts Player of the Week: Reggie Wayne- 8 receptions, 102 receiving yards

The Colts rebounded from their loss to the Patriots with a win against the Bills. At 7-4, they are very likely to return to the playoffs after a one year hiatus, with Andrew Luck running the offense. Unfortunately for the Bills, their playoff hopes likely came to an end this week. After much hype heading into the season, the Bills didn't live up to expectations.

Broncos vs. Chiefs: 17-9 Broncos
Broncos Player of the Week: Peyton Manning- 285 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 90.5 passer rating
Chiefs Player of the Week: Jamaal Charles- 107 rush yards

The Broncos didn't play their best football but were still able to beat the worst team in the league. It was scary that the Chiefs lef for most of the first half, but then reality struck and they ended up stinking the rest of the game. The Broncos have really impressed this year with Peyton Manning returning back to the 4-time MVP he is. Will he win his fifth this season? We will have to wait to find out.

Raiders vs. Bengals: 34-10 Bengals
Raiders Player of the Week: Marcel Reese- 74 rush yards
Bengals Player of the Week: BenJarvus Green-Ellis- 129 rush yards, touchdown

AJ Green's touchdown streak might have come to an end, but who cares. The Bengals are playing their best football of the season and are just a game out of the playoffs. Dalton is playing like it's his eight year in the league and not just his second. The Raiders' woes continue but on the bright side, the season is almost over.

Seahawks vs. Dolphins: 24-21 Dolphins
Seahawks Player of the Week: Russell Wilson- 224 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 125.9 passer rating
Dolphins Player of the Week: Reggie Bush- 87 rush yards, touchdown

The Seahawks blew a must-needed road win agains the Dolphins. Seattle, who has only one win away from home, blew a late fourth quarter lead. Now at 6-5, they will need to win some tough games if they want to make the playoffs this year.

Falcons vs. Bucs: 24-23 Falcons
Falcons Player of the Week: Julio Jones- 6 receptions, 147 receiving yards, touchdown
Bucs Player of the Week: Doug Martin- 50 rush yards, 2 touchdowns

Damnit! The Falcons got away with another bogus win this past week. The Bucs had a chance to win the game late but missed their opportunity. At 10-1 the Falcons are currently the top seed in the NFC, but I don't think they are as good as their record may show.

Titans vs. Jaguars: 24-19 Jaguars
Titans Player of the Week: Chris Johnson- 80 rush yards
Jaguars Player of the Week: Chad Henne- 261 pass yards, 2 touchdowns, 108.0 passer rating

The Jags picked up their second win of the season, this time with Chad Henne at QB. They recently claimed Jason Babin off the waiver wire, so it looks like the Jags aren't throwing in the towel despite not being able to make the playoffs.

Ravens vs. Chargers: 16-13 Ravens
Ravens Player of the Week: Ray Rice- 97 rush yards, 67 receiving yards
Chargers Player of the Week: Malcolm Floyd- 4 receptions, 65 receiving yards, touchdown

The Chargers' miserable season can't get any worse. They failed to stop the Ravens on an improbable 4th and 29 with under two minutes to play. Ray Rice picked up the needed yards which eventually set up a 38 yard game-winning field goal. It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win for Baltimore.

Niners vs. Saints: 31-21 Niners
Niners Player of the Week: Colin Kaepernick- 231 pass yards, 2 total touchdowns, 90.6 passer rating
Saints Player of the Week:  Drew Brees- 267 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 85.6 passer rating

In his second start, Kaepernick played well enough to give the Niners the win and earn himself the permanent starter role for now. Turnovers plagued the Saints who trailed for the majority of the game. After winning five of their last six games, the Saints are now back to under .500 with five games remaining in the season.

Rams vs. Cardinals: 31-17 Rams
Rams Player of the Week: Chris Givens- 5 receptions, 115 receiving yards, touchdown
Cardinals Player of the Week: Beanie Wells- 48 rush yards, 2 touchdowns

It just doesn't make sense to me as to why the Cardinals start Ryan Lindley. The dude absolutely sucks. Lindley threw two touchdowns to Janoris Jenkins in the game, but the only problem is the fact that Jenkins plays for the Rams. Long story short, the Rams dominated this game.

Packers vs. Giants: 38-10 Giants
Packers Player of the Week: Jordy Nelson- 2 receptions, 71 receiving yards, touchdown
Giants Player of the Week: Eli Manning- 249 pass yards, 3 touchdowns, 114.4 passer rating

After losing their last two games, the Giants responded with a huge win at home. They shutdown the Packers' offense and unleashed on their defense. Eli Manning was finally sighted after being MIA since Sandy hit New York. At 7-4, the Giants again look like the favorites to claim the NFC East.

Panthers vs. Eagles: 30-22 Panthers
Panthers Player of the Week: Cam Newton- 306 pass yards, 52 rush yards, 4 total touchdowns, 125.0 passer rating
Eagles Player of the Week: Bryce Brown-178 rush yards, 2 touchdowns

This is the Panthers' offense we loved to watch last year but missed out on this year. Cam Newton put on a stellar show on Monday Night to prove to America that he hasn't fallen into a sophomore slump. For once, Newton had support on offense which made his job as easy as it should be. As for Philly, their misery continues with another ugly loss. Every Eagles fan is just watching the clock and waiting for the moment Andy Reid is no longer the coach and the season is finally over.

Week 13 Thursday Night Prediction:

Saints vs. Falcons: 30-22 Saints

The Saints have owned the Falcons over the years and even though the Falcons are 10-1, I like Brees and the Saints. The Saints know that their season is on the line in this game and it's hard to get Drew Brees to admit defeat. The Falcons haven't played a good football game in weeks, despite the record, so I'm relying on the Saints to give Atlanta their second loss of the year.

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