Amid the Action: Week 12 Recap
December 4, 2015
There were some major upsets this week, like the Browns Ravens game, and who could forget Tom Brady and the mighty Patriots falling to Denver’s Brock Osweiler, who had his second start in his career. Here’s a recap of week 12.
Vikings beat Falcons
On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings beat the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome by a score of 20-10. The Vikings are now 8-3, and have clinched first place in NFC North, thanks to their win and also Green Bay’s loss to the Bears. The Falcons have slipped to 6-5.
The Falcons will play their next game in Tampa Bay against the Buccaneers, who are 5-6 on Sunday, Dec. 6.
The Vikings will also play on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, who are 6-5.
Minnesota quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 174 yards on the day, completing 20 out of 28 passes and had one interception in the game.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who had a monster day, carried the ball 29 times for 158 yards. Peterson had two touchdowns on the day with his longest carry of the game a 35-yard touchdown.
Tight end Kyle Rudolph led Minnesota in receiving that game. Rudolph caught seven passes for a total of 53 yards. His longest catch of the day was a 13-yard pass.
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan completed 22 out of 31 passes that game. Ryan had a total of 231 yards through the air, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Tevin Coleman was the leading rusher for the Falcons that day. Coleman ran for 110 yards and carried the ball 18 times. His longest run of the game was 46 yards.
Atlanta tight end Jacob Tamme led the team in receiving against Minnesota. He caught five passes for 69 yards with his longest catch being a 22-yard pass.
The Vikings looked like they were back on track because they have Adrian Peterson looking like himself again. Earlier in the season he looked slower and was getting shut down easier. In this game, he was a completely new person and he accounted for 43% of the Vikings’ total yards. While their hard work paid off, loss on the Packers certainly helped too.
Bengals crush Rams
The Cincinnati Bengals beat down the St. Louis Rams 31-7 on Sunday, Nov. 29 at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals have improved to 9-2 and are still first in their division, AFC North. The Rams have fallen to 4-7 and remain in third place in NFC West.
Next Sunday, the Bengals will travel to Cleveland to play their division rivals, the Browns, who are 2-8.
The Rams will be playing next Sunday in Arizona against Carson Palmer and the Cardinals who beat the 49ers today. Arizona stands at 9-2.
Cincinnati’s quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 233 yards that game. He completed 20 out of 27 passes, scored three touchdowns and once interception.
Jeremy Hill was Cincinnati’s main running back that game. Hill ran the ball 16 times for 86 yards with his longest carry of the day a 15-yard run.
A.J. Green led Cincinnati in rushing. Green caught six passes for 61 yards and two touchdowns. His longest catch of the day came from a 18 yard touchdown.
Nick Foles, quarterback for St. Louis, completed 30 out of 46 passes for a total of 228 yards and had three interceptions.
Former West Virginia Mountaineer Tavon Austin led the team in rushing against the Bengals. Austin ran the ball four times for 63 yards. His longest carry being a 60-yard run.
Kenny Britt led the Rams in receiving. Britt caught six passes for a total of 63 yards with his longest reception of the day from an 18-yard pass.
The Bengals looked back on track this game. They went through a brief slump, losing to the Texans and Cardinals in back-to-back games. But they played like themselves again. The Rams just came off a sloppy win to the Ravens. That game was BAD. It was painful to watch and it seemed to just lag on. The Bengals have a good shot in the playoffs. With so much talent on this Rams roster, it’s hard to believe their record.
Texans beat Saints
J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans dominated Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints 24-6 at the NRG Houston Stadium on Sunday. The Texans have improved to 6-5 on the season, and are second in the AFC South division. New Orleans has dropped to 4-7 and is currently fourth in their division, NFC South.
The New Orleans Saints will play next Sunday against division rival Carolina Panthers, who are the only team in the league with a perfect record, of 11-0.
The Houston Texans will also play on Sunday in Buffalo New York, against Rex Ryan and the Bills, who are 5-6.
Houston quarterback Brian Hoyer threw for 205 yards. He completed 21 out of 27 passes. Hoyer had two touchdowns on the day.
Alfred Blue led the Texans in rushing that game. Blue carried the ball 16 times for a total of 77 yards. He had one touchdown, and his longest carry was a 12-yard run.
Tight end Ryan Griffin led Houston in receiving against the Saints. He had four catches for 72 yards and one touchdown. His longest reception was a 37-yard pass he caught.
Drew Brees completed 25 out of 44 passes and threw for 228 yards. He had one interception on the day.
Mark Ingram was New Orleans’ leading rusher that game. Ingram carried the ball nine times for 52 yards. His longest carry was a 26-yard run.
Tight end Benjamin Watson led the Saints in receiving against Houston this game. Watson caught four passes for a total of 53 yards. His longest catch was a 26-yard pass.
The Texans had momentum on their side. Victories from two previous games, most notably against the Bengals, who were looking for a perfect record, provided this team with confidence. The Saints have been really struggling lately. They had a series of wins against the Falcons, Colts and Giants. But after that, they have had a losing streak.
Colts beat Buccaneers
Matt Hasselbeck and the Indianapolis Colts beat Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 25-12 on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts advanced to an overall record of 6-5 and remain in first place in their division, AFC South. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay has fallen to 5-6 and are in third place in NFC South.
Next Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play the Atlanta Falcons who have a record of 6-5.
The Indianapolis Colts will also play next Sunday in Pittsburg against Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers who are 6-5.
Colts played quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in place of Andrew Luck who is out with a lacerated kidney injury he suffered during the game against the Broncos. Hasselbeck threw for 315 yards, completing 26 out of 42 passes and had two touchdowns on the day.
Frank Gore was Indianapolis’ leading rusher that game, carrying the ball 19 times for 24 yards. His longest carry of the day was a five-yard run.
Donte Moncrief led the Colts in receiving against the Buccaneers catching eight passes for 114 yards. His longest reception of the day came from a 31-yard pass.
Former Seminole, Jameis Winston, had 245 yards through the air and completed 20 out of 36 passes. He had one touchdown and one interception on the day.
Doug Martin led the team in rushing that game and carried the ball 14 times for 97 yards. His longest carry of the day was a 56-yard run.
Vincent Jackson led Tampa Bay in receiving and hauled in four catches for a total of 76 yards. His longest reception was a 21-yard pass.
Coming into the game, the Buccaneers looked hot. In the previous game, they crushed Philadelphia 45-17 and Doug Martin was running circles around their defense. The Colts looked more functional this time, even without Luck, and Matt Hasselbeck really stepped up.
Chargers beat Jaguars
Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers beat Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-25 on Sunday at EverBank field in Jacksonville. The Chargers record now stands at 3-8 and they are fourth in AFC West. The Jaguars have slipped to 4-7 and are now in third place in AFC South.
The Jaguars will play next Sunday down in Tennessee against Marcus Mariota and the Titans, who are 2-9.
The Chargers will also play on Sunday. They will play the Denver Broncos, who are their division rivals. Denver is 9-2.
San Diego’s quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 300 yards that game. He completed 29 out of 43 passes. On the day, he had four touchdown passes.
Former Wisconsin Badger, Melvin Gordon, led the team in rushing that game. He carried the ball 14 times for a total of 60 yards. His longest run of the game was 14 yards.
Stevie Johnson, who played for San Francisco last year, led the team in receiving. Johnson caught seven passes for a total of 92 yards. He had one touchdown on the day, and his longest reception was a 25-yard catch.
Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles completed 30 out of 49 passes for 329 yards. Bortles had two touchdowns that game and one interception.
Rookie T.J. Yeldon, out of Alabama, led the team in rushing. Yeldon carried the ball nine times for a total of 36 yards. His longest carry of the day was 21 yards.
Former Bronco tight end, Julius Thomas, led the team in receiving against the Chargers. Thomas caught nine passes that game for a total of 116 yards. He had one touchdown, and his longest reception was 34 yards.
The Jaguars were favored coming into this game, but Philip Rivers and the Charger stepped up. Despite missing Keenan Allen, Rivers found his groove, and carved through the Jacksonville defense.
Chiefs crush Bills
Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs beat Tyrod Taylor and the Buffalo Bills 30-22 at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. The Chiefs advanced to 6-5 and are now second in AFC West. The Bills have fallen to 5-6 and are third in AFC East.
The Bills will play next Sunday against J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans, who are 6-5.
Kansas City will also play next Sunday. They will be playing their division rival, the Oakland Raiders, who are 5-6.
Former 49er, Alex Smith, passed for 255 yards, completing 19 out of 30 passes. He had two touchdown passes on the day.
Spencer Ware led Kansas City in rushing. Ware carried the ball 19 times for 114 yards. He had one touchdown on the day, and his longest carry was a 35-yard run.
Former Eagle, Jeremy Maclin, led the Chiefs in receiving. Maclin caught nine passes for a total of 160 yards. He had one touchdown, which was also his longest reception. It was a 41-yard touchdown pass.
Buffalo’s quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, completed 21 out of 38 passes, wracking up 291 yards through the air. He had three touchdowns on the day.
Former Eagle, LeSean McCoy, was the team’s leading rusher. McCoy ran for 70 yards on 19 carries. His longest carry was a 12-yard run.
Sammy Watkins led the Bills in receiving. Watkins caught the ball six times for a total of 158 yards. He had two touchdowns, and his longest reception was 48 yards.
The Chiefs looked more relaxed and in better sync this game. Alex Smith was able to spread the ball out. While having Jamaal Charles would be a huge plus, this team had a good day on the ground thanks to Spencer Ware. As for the Bills, Rex Ryan may not be their “savior” but he’s all they’ve got right now.
Jets defeat Dolphins
defRyan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets beat Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins 38-20 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. The Jets advanced to an overall record of 6-5 and are in second place in AFC East while the Dolphins slipped to 4-7 are in fourth place in AFC East.
The Jets will play next week against fellow New York team the Giants, who are currently at 5-6.
Miami will also play against the Ravens, who are without Joe Flacco, next Sunday. The Ravens stand at 3-7.
Fitzpatrick threw for 277 yards that game, completing 22 out of 37 passes and had four touchdown passes.
Chris Ivory led the team in rushing. Ivory carried the ball 21 times for a total of 87 yards rushing with his longest carry of the day a 31-yard touchdown run.
Former Bear, Brandon Marshall, was the team’s number one receiver. Marshall caught nine passes for a total of 131 yards and had two touchdowns on the day. His longest reception was a 47-yard catch.
Ryan Tannehill threw for 351 yards through the air, completing 33 out of 58 passes. He had three touchdowns and one interception that game.
Jay Ajayi led the Dolphins in rushing, which wasn’t much. Ajayi carried the ball three times for a total of six yards with his longest carry a six-yard run.
Former LSU Tiger, Jarvis Landry, led the team in receiving. Landry caught 13 passes, amassing a total of 165 yards. He had one touchdown on the day with his longest reception a 40-yard catch.
The Dolphins are looking worse and worse. The absence of Cameron Wake was definitely felt as Fitzpatrick went untouched the whole game. Fitzpatrick seems to be getting a groove in New York for he has struggled much more with other teams in the past.
The Jets are in second place in AFC East. Now who ever thought they’d read that?
Raiders overcome Titans
Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders beat Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans 24-21 on Sunday at Nissan Stadium. The Raiders have improved to a record of 5-6, and are now in third place for their division, AFC West. On the other hand, Tennessee has fallen to 2-9 and are now in fourth place in AFC South.
Next Sunday, the Titans will play their division rivals, the Jacksonville Jaguars, who stand at 4-7.
Oakland will also be playing a division rival next week, the Kansas City Chiefs, who are at 6-5.
Oakland quarterback Derek Carr threw for 330 yards, completing 24 out of 37 passes. Carr had three touchdown passes on the day.
Latavius Murray was Oakland’s leading rusher. He carried the ball 22 times for 59 yards with his longest carry of the day at eight yards.
Rookie Amari Cooper led the team in receiving against the Titans, catching seven passes for 115 yards. His longest reception of the game was a 41-yard catch.
Former Duck, Marcus Mariota, completed 17 out of 37 passes and wracked up a total of 218 yards. He had three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Antonio Andrews lead the Titans in rushing and carried the ball 11 times for a total of 32 yards. Andrews’ longest carry was an 11-yard run.
Former San Francisco tight end, Delanie Walker, led the team in receiving against Oakland. He caught six passes for a total of 91 yards with his longest reception a 36-yard catch.
Oakland had a slow start to the game and the defense gave up some big plays. However, once they settled down, they got back in their groove. When provided with the right protection, Carr can be outstanding. The offensive line did a good job of protecting him. Khalil Mack also lent a big helping hand, sacking Mariota twice.
Redskins clinch first place over Giants
Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins upset Eli Manning and the Giants 20-14 on Sunday at FedEx Field. After beating their division rival, the Redskins sit at 5-6 and are in first place, NFC East while the Giants have slipped to 5-6 and are now in second place in the division.
The Redskins will be playing on Monday, Dec. 7 against the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas lost Tony Romo again, and they have a record of 3-8.
New York will play New York as the Giants take on the Jets, with a record of 6-5, next Sunday.
Eli Manning threw for 321 yards, completing 26 out of 51 passes. Manning had two touchdown passes and three interceptions on the day.
Former Patriot, Shane Vereen, led New York in rushing, which was not much. Vereen carried the ball twice for just 15 yards with his longest run of the day at 8 yards.
Odell Beckham Jr. was New York’s leading receiver, catching nine passes for a total of 142 yards. He had one touchdown on the day with his longest reception a 31-yard catch.
Kirk Cousins completed 20 out of 29 passes, collecting 302 passing yards through the air. He had one touchdown pass on the day.
Alfred Morris led the team in rushing, running the ball 23 times for a total of 78 yards. His longest run of the day was nine yards.
Tight end Jordan Reed led the team in receiving against New York. Reed caught eight passes for a total of 98 yards. His longest reception of the day was a 26-yard catch.
New York looked like they were the ones to take the NFC East Crown; however, their production was limited thanks to a strong Washington defense. Kirk Cousin was also on point this game, missing only nine passes the entire game. He should smash the Cowboys on Monday.
Cardinals stay in first with win over 49ers
Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals beat Blaine Gabbert and the San Francisco 49ers 19-13 at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. The Cardinals have improved to 9-2 and are in first place in NFC West while the 49ers have fallen to 3-8 and are in fourth place in the same division.
The Cardinals will play their division rivals, the St. Louis Rams, next Sunday. The Rams are 4-7 and third in the division.
The 49ers will play in Chicago next Sunday against Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears who are 5-6.
Carson Palmer threw for 271 yards, completing 24 out of 40 passes. Palmer had one rushing touchdown on the day.
Andre Ellington led Arizona in rushing. Ellington carried the ball five times for just 24 yards with his longest run of the day at 13 yards.
John Brown was Arizona’s main receiver that game and caught five passes for 99 yards. Brown’s longest reception was a 48-yard catch.
Blaine Gabbert, who has been filling in for the 49ers, had 318 yards through the air, completing 25 out of 36 passes. Gabbert had one touchdown and one interception that game.
Former Browns running back, Shaun Draughn, led San Francisco in running. Draughn ran the ball 15 times for 51 yards with his longest carry a 19-yard run.
Anquan Boldin led the 49ers in receiving that game catching eight passes for 93 yards. His longest reception of the game was an 18-yard catch.
The Cardinals still sit at the top, but they really struggled. The number one scoring offense in the league was held to just 19 points. Penalties definitely killed the 49ers in this game, as they provided over 80 yards in penalties. Blaine Gabbert is looking good and seems to be the temporary answer for San Francisco.
Seahawks prevail over Steelers
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks beat Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburg Steelers 39-30 at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. Seattle has improved their record to 6-5 and are second in NFC West. The Steelers have fallen to 6-5 and are in second place in AFC North.
Next Sunday, the Steelers will travel to Indianapolis to play Matt Hasselbeck and the Colts, who are currently at 6-5, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Seahawks will be playing the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday. The Vikings are 8-3.
Russell Wilson threw for 345 yards, completing 21 out of 30 passes. Wilson had five touchdown passes on the day.
Thomas Rawls led Seattle in rushing and carried the ball 21 times for a total of 81 yards. His longest carry of the day was a 17-yard run with one touchdown on the day.
Doug Baldiwn led the team in receiving against the Steelers. Baldwin caught six passes for 145 yards and had three touchdowns on the day. His longest reception was an 80-yard touchdown pass.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 456 yards, completing 36 out of 55 passes. He had one touchdown pass and two interceptions that game.
DeAngelo Williams led Pittsburg in rushing and ran the ball 8 times for 29 yards. He had one touchdown this game with his longest carry at seven yards.
Markus Wheaton was Pittsburg’s number one receiver this game. Wheaton caught nine passes for 201 yards and had one 69-yard touchdown, which was also his longest reception of the game.
The Pittsburg Steelers lost Big Ben to a concussion but he played very well overall. This game was mostly an offensive battle, since apparently none of theses defenses could hold down the other team’s offense.
Osweiler and Broncos upset Patriots
Brock Osweiler beat Tom Brady and the mighty Patriots 30-24 in overtime at Sports Authority Field Sunday night. The Broncos have improved to 9-2 and are in first place in their division, AFC West. New England’s perfect season has been ended and they are currently at 10-1.
Next Sunday, the Broncos, currently at 3-8, will play the San Diego Chargers who are are also in AFC West. The Patriots will also play the Philadelphia Eagles, who are at 4-7 this season.
Tom Brady threw for 280 yards, completing 23 out of 42 passes and had three touchdowns on the night.
LeGarrette Blount led New England in rushing and ran the ball nine times for 27 yards. His longest carry of the night was nine yards.
Rob Gronkowski, a.k.a. “Gronk”, led the Patriots in receiving, catching six passes for 88 yards. Gronk had one touchdown on the night with his longest reception a 23-yard touchdown catch.
Brock Osweiler, who’s replaced Peyton Manning, threw for 270 yards and completed 23 out of 42 passes. Osweiler had one touchdown pass and one interception on the night.
C.J. Anderson led the Broncos in rushing and also scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Anderson carried the ball 15 times for a total of 115 yards. He had two touchdowns on the night with his longest carry of the night a 48-yard touchdown run in overtime, winning Denver the game.
Emmanuel Sanders led Denver in receiving that game catching six passes for 113 yards. His longest reception was a 39-yard catch.
The Broncos did, and they did it without Peyton Manning. While Brock Osweiler, who had a good game, is looking like a star, Peyton is starting to fade. Something tells me he won’t be wearing fire orange next year. He might not even be wearing pads and a helmet. Anyway, Tom Brady lost weapons on offense.
Julian Edelman is already out with a broken foot and Danny Amendola is out, too. They also just lost their biggest weapon on offense, Gronk. After a knee injury, he was carted off the field. It’ll be interesting to see how the Patriots fare without those three big names suited up.
Ravens shock Browns
Monday night, Matt Schaub and the Baltimore Ravens defeated Josh McCown and the Cleveland Browns 33-27 at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Ravens overall record has improved to 4-7 while Cleveland has fallen to 2-9. Baltimore is currently third in AFC North, while the Browns remain in fourth place.
The Ravens will play on Sunday in Miami against Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins. Miami is currently 4-7.
Cleveland will also play on Sunday against their division rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, who are currently 9-2.
Matt Schaub, who is with his fourth team, completed 20 out of 34 passes and had 232 yards passing on the night. Schaub had two touchdown passes and two interceptions that game.
Javorius Allen was Baltimore’s leading rusher that game. Allen carried the ball 12 times for a total of 55 yards with his longest carry of the game a 21-yard run.
Kamar Alken was Schaub’s number one target for the night catching six passes for a total of 80 yards. He had one touchdown with his longest reception of the game a 27-yard catch.
Josh McCown, who was played in favor of Johnny Manziel, threw for 212 yards on the night. He completed 21 out of 38 passes and had one touchdown.
Former Hurricane, Duke Johnson, led the Browns in rushing. Johnson ran the ball seven times for just 27 yards with his longest run at seven yards.
Tight end Garry Barnidge led the team in receiving. Barnidge caught seven passes for a total of 91 yards with his longest reception of the night a 30-yard catch.
Cleveland had everything going right for them. They did a pretty good job of holding down the Baltimore offense and I figured they’d pull through on this one.
The defensive line was a nightmare for Matt Schaub, but while they were attempting to do a last second field goal to win the game, everything went to the wrong way. The kick was blocked as Baltimore’s Will Hill scooped the ball and ran it back for a 64-yard touchdown. Ouch.
Maybe they should’ve just gone into overtime, and beat the Ravens there. But that’s the past. It’s going to be a long week for Browns fans.