2019 NFL Week 12 Recap
November 25, 2019, 2:13 AM
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
A week after getting shutout on the stat sheet, Khalil Mack set up a touchdown with a strip sack of Daniel HIT IT MAESTRO!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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