2019 NFL Week 12 Recap

A ‘Where’s Waldo’ moment, Mortal Kombat and an obvious excuse to dust off Mark Morrison’s only hit. No, it’s not a 90s party … it’s the NFL Week 12 Recap.

Ravens 45
Rams 6

Remember a few months ago when Baltimore was calling its offense “revolutionary” and we were wondering what the hell that means? This is what that means: Lamar Jackson is the MVP favorite and the Ravens are by far the greatest running team we’ve ever seen. And Monday night, Eric Weddle stood idly by and watched it happen to the slowly sinking Rams.

Packers 8
49ers 37

San Francisco kicked off a historically difficult stretch in style, with a primetime pummeling of the Packers (try and say that three times fast), sacking future Hall-of-Famer Aaron Rodgers five times and holding him to a historically inept 104 passing yards on 33 attempts (an awful 3.2 yards per pass). This top-ranked 49ers pass defense is for real and the main reason why this is a legit Super Bowl contender.

So, Green Bay better hope their path to the Super Bowl somehow stays east of the Mississippi River because no matter what they do, they’re 0-for-West Coast.

Cowboys 9
Patriots 13

In the battle of the top team in total offense against the top team in total defense, defense won. Yes, Dallas got screwed with an awful tripping call on the last drive, but an offense with that much star power (pun intended) should be able to muster more points, even against a New England D that’s given up 14 or fewer points in every one of their 10 wins (Jerry Jones agrees).

Speaking of which … the Patriots have an NFL-record 17 straight seasons with double digit victories and now have 21 straight home wins. This franchise is video game good, while Dallas is still living in the past by looking at the Pats and asking, “what if?” Which is America’s Team, again?

Jaguars 20
Titans 42

We live in a world where the usually-boring Tennessee Titans scored four touchdowns in six plays and Ryan Tannehill is a fantasy football gem playing like an MVP candidate. What a time to be alive.

Lions 16
Redskins 19

The Redskins’ highest paid player was relegated to special teams duty, their rookie QB missed the last play of his first NFL victory to take selfies and their biggest play of the game started with a fumble. Even when they win — which has happened at FedEx Field exactly once in the last year — the Skins look terrible.

Seahawks 17
Eagles 9

Philadelphia had a late run to make the playoffs last year, but apparently that magic left with Nick Foles. All that’s left is anonymously trashing Carson Wentz on Twitter while he confounds anyone who clings to the belief he’s the same MVP-caliber player he was before he tore up his knee. This dude might have more in common with RG3 than just his draft position.

Steelers 16
Bengals 10

Another reason Mike Tomlin should win Coach of the Year: Without JuJu Smith-Schuster or James Conner on offense, he won a game with a man named Duck playing QB. Yes, Cincinnati is terrible but Pittsburgh even being in contention for the playoffs under these circumstances is incredible.

Giants 14
Bears 19

A week after getting shutout on the stat sheet, Khalil Mack set up a touchdown with a strip sack of Daniel HIT IT MAESTRO!

Panthers 31
Saints 34

Another day, another bad beat for New Orleans on a pass interference call. This time, Joey Slye choked, Drew Brees led his 50th fourth-quarter comeback and the Saints now have a chance to go marching into a division title with a win over Atlanta on Thanksgiving Day.

Raiders 3
Jets 34

The Jets have held 30-point leads in back-to-back games for the first time in franchise history, and are unlikely winners of three straight games after scoring 34 in each of them. It’s too late to catch the Patriots and Bills in the division, but a .500 finish for Gang Green could inspire some confidence a healthier Jets roster in 2020 could do some damage.

Dolphins 24
Browns 41

For the second straight week, Cleveland stained a much-needed victory with Mason Rudolph-related shenanigans. Even Bruce Allen can’t think this culture is any good.

Bucs 35
Falcons 22

Move over, Fridge. Vita Vea is now the heaviest player in NFL history to score an offensive touchdown and it keeps Tampa’s hopes to run the table, well, still on the table — for now.

Broncos 3
Bills 20

Buffalo stampeded Denver by holding the Broncos to a historically awful passing day and pounding the rock with Frank Gore, who passed Barry Sanders for third in career rushing yardage and cemented his status as the league’s most underrated RB all-time. Give the Bills props for being 8-3, but the next five weeks will tell us whether they’re fraudulent or firmly entrenched as the top AFC wild card.

Colts 17
Texans 20

In a game that gives Houston the inside track to the AFC South title, the Texans showed up like Mortal Kombat and got a far-from-flawless victory that had fans in Indianapolis throwing down their proverbial controllers and wishing for a reset button.

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