Week 12 of the NFL season had more positive COVID cases than in any other week thus far. Many players were forced to sit out while some teams like the Steelers and Ravens were forced to reschedule their games.
The Broncos were without any of their four QBs because they were all put on the Covid-19/reserve list after they were seen without masks and one of the QBs tested positive. Practice squad WR Kendall Hinton got the start for the Broncos on Sunday. Hinton played QB his first three years in college at Wake Forest before he was moved to WR for his senior year.
Seven out of 12 road teams won on Sunday. Seven out of the 12 underdogs covered with the points or won out-right. The biggest upset of the day came from the 49ers who received +7 from sportsbooks on the road against the Rams — and they won on a last second field goal 23-20.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) November 30, 2020
Week 12 Recap – Sunday’s Action
NFL receiving leaders right now:
1. Tyreek Hill, 1,021 yards
2. Travis Kelce, 978 yards
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 30, 2020
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are on another level and the MVP race is his for the taking. The Saints’ defense is currently ranked No. 1 overall in yards from scrimmage allowed. Derrick Henry looked like a man amongst boys once again. Aaron Rodgers is the first player to throw for 50+ TDs and have a passer rating of 100+ vs two teams (Vikings and Bear). No other player has done this against one team let alone two!
Aaron Rodgers is the first player in NFL history to have 50+ passing touchdowns and a 100+ passer rating against 2 teams (he’s done it against the Vikings and Bears)
No other player in has ever accomplished this feat against a single NFL team
— IKE Packers Podcast (@IKE_Packers) November 30, 2020
Although the (8-3) Bills had three second-half turnovers, they still were able to hold onto a win against the (3-8) Chargers. The Bills defense and rushing attacks were major factors in their win. The defense is coming alive at the right time for this Bills team to make a run in the playoffs, but first they need to limit their mistakes and turnovers on offense.
The (5-6) Patriots went out west and took down one of the NFC’s contenders, beating the (6-5) Cardinals on a last second field goal. New England’s defense did well to contain one of the best duel-threat quarterbacks in the NFL in Arizona’s QB Kyler Murray. The Patriots held Murray to a season-low 201 total yards. The win keeps the Patriots playoff hopes alive.
PATRIOTS GAME-WINNING FG 🚨
They upset the Cardinals
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 29, 2020
The Cardinals’ playoff chances took a hit with the loss to the Patriots. The past two weeks the Seahawks and Patriots both took away Murray’s ability to pick up yards on the ground which proved to throw the Cardinals offense out of rhythm. The two losses have provided the rest of the NFL the key to stopping the Cardinals offense. If the Cardinals want to make the leap back into the playoffs then Murray is going to need to beat defenses with his arm inside the pocket.
The (7-4) Dolphins held the (0-11) Jets out of the endzone in New York. The Dolphins coaching staff decided to go with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB this week. It does not seem to matter who is playing QB for Miami — their offense is not very good. The Dolphins are a well-coached team that has found ways to win behind a good defense and special teams units.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) November 29, 2020
The (4-7) Giants took control of first place in the NFC East with their close victory over the Joe Burrow-less (2-8-1) Bengals. The NFC East race is tight and every win counts for a division that every member has four-wins or less. The Giants are happy to leave Cinncinatti with a W, but they lost their starting QB Daniel Jones to a hamstring injury in the second half — MRI on Monday.
THAT WILL DO IT!
— New York Giants (@Giants) November 29, 2020
The (8-3) Titans went on the road and took control of first place in the AFC South with a blow-out win over the (7-4) Colts. Even the Colts’ strong front-seven could not slow down Tennessee’s RB Derrick Henry. Henry finished the day with 178 rushing yards and three TDs on 27 attempts (6.6 yards/carry).
Derrick Henry has piled up 1,121 rushing yards in his last 8 road games
Since the 1970 merger, only hall of famers Eric Dickerson & Earl Campbell had more rush yards in an 8-game span of road contests pic.twitter.com/bTht7Mec8B
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 29, 2020
The (8-3) Browns went on the road and escaped Jacksonville with a 27-25 victory over the (1-10) Jaguars. Cleveland’s QB Baker Mayfield made the most out of the best game-day weather that the Browns have seen in a month by having one of his best games all season by throwing for 258 yards and two TDs. RB Nick Chubb was up to his usual business of running all over opposing defenses by accounting for 176 total yards and 1 TD.
Nick Chubb is on pace to be the 5th player in NFL history to average 100+ rush YPG and 6+ yards/carry in a season (min. 5 games)
Others: MIN Adrian Peterson (2012), and HOFers Barry Sanders (1997), O.J. Simpson (1973), and Jim Brown (1963)
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) November 29, 2020
At 8-3 the Browns are a game ahead of the Dolphins and Colts for the first Wild-Card spot in the AFC. With their eighth win of the season, Cleveland locked itself into a .500 or better winning percentage for only the third time since 1999 — when they resumed play after the team moved to Baltimore. The Browns are on pace to break the longest current playoff drought in the NFL of 18-years. Behind the running of Chubb and a good defense the Browns would be a tough matchup for anyone in their conference come January.
The Browns head to Tennessee for a pivotal match with the AFC South leader in Week 13
The Vikings kept their playoff hopes alive with a late fourth-quarter touchdown that gave them the one-point victory. Minnesota’s head coach Mike Zimmer said they were “very fortunate” to get a win at home. The Panthers did a good job keeping the NFL’s rushing yards leader, Vikings RB Dalvin Cook in check, but Kirk Cousin’s did enough to get the victory — throwing for 307 yards and three TDs. The Vikings now have the same record as their divisional foes the Bears who they have already beat once this year.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) November 30, 2020
The (4-7) Falcons routed the (6-5) Raiders 43-6. The Falcons fired their GM and head coach Dann Quinn after an 0-5 start and since has gone 4-2 under interim head coach Raheem Morris. The Falcons’ defense has started to find their groove under Morris. They produced five turnovers (four fumble recoveries) and five sacks in their blowout win over the Raiders.
Looking back at yesterdays game like… pic.twitter.com/ithsPxe2ml
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) November 30, 2020
This is a horrible loss for the Raiders. Las Vegas has been in the Wild Card hunt all year and showed they can beat anyone with their statement win over the (10-1) Chiefs. This team has shown some really good play and some really awful play thus far this season. In their most recent loss, the Raiders do not look like a playoff team and they will be on the outside looking in.
The Raiders fell to 6-5 last year after an embarrassing 34-3 loss to the (3-7) Jets. The Raiders finished the 2019 season with a record of 7-9. Can the Raiders pick themselves up this year and avoid a similar fate?
The (4-7) Broncos completed one total pass against the (9-2) Saints. WR Kendall Hinton was thrust into the starting QB position for the Broncos who had to place all three of their QBs on the Covid-19/reserve list before the game. Hinton did not play well, but hats off to him for playing in his first NFL game as a QB with no practice time to prepare.
— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) November 30, 2020
New Orleans’ QB Taysom Hill got his second win in as many starts as he led the way with two rushing TDs. The Saints sit atop the NFC as the only nine-win team in the conference. The Saints have won eight in a row and control their own destiny as the No.1 seed in the NFC. They should get QB Drew Brees back from injury in the coming weeks just in time for their final push for the playoffs.
The game of the day featured two of the best in the NFC and AFC as the (10-1) Chiefs went to Tampa and jumped on the Bucs early. Kansas City’s WR Tyreek Hill had over 200 yards and two TDs in the first quarter as QB Patrick Mahomes hit him for 75 and 44 yard scores in the quarter.
TYREEK HILL FLIPS INTO THE END ZONE 🤯
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 29, 2020
Mahomes finished with 462 yards and three TDs on 37 of 49 passing which gave him a passer rating of 127.4. All three of Mahomes’ passing TDs were caught by Tyreek Hill who finished the game with a ridiculous, 13 catches for 269 yards receiving and three TDs, stat line.
The fourth quarter saw an attempted comeback by Tom Brady and the Bucs as he threw two TDs to Mike Evans in the final quarter. Brady also threw two picks in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 345 yards, three TD, two INTs and a passer rating of 96.1.
Robbie ‘good as’ Gould hit the game-winning field goal with no time left on the clock to give the (5-6) 49ers the win over their division rivals the (7-4) Rams. Jared Goff who had 198 yards and two INTs on 19 of 31 passing had a QBR of 10.1. 49ers QB Nick Mullens did not play super well but he out played Goff and got a big win in L.A. San Fran welcomed back WR Deebo Samuel from injury as he was a key member to their success.
First name: Deebo
Last name: Samuel
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 30, 2020
The Rams squandered their opportunity to take the lead in the NFC West — even if it was for a day. The Seahawks play on Monday Night Football and now have an opportunity to get a game up on the Rams in the win column. The win kept the 49ers playoff hopes alive even though they are fourth in their division right now.
Sunday Night Football brought us more of what we are used to from the (5-4) Bears and (8-3) Packers. Packers jumped out to a 41-10 lead in the third-quarter behind QB Aaron Rodgers’ arm — he was 21-29 for 211 passing yards and four TDs on the day. The Packers ran the ball a season high 39 times for 182 yards as they were in control of the game from the opening drive. The quick decision making and the offensive line play has led to 10 out of the 11 games with one or fewer sacks on Rodgers. Green Bay has all but locked up the NFC North and have set their sights on the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
The Bears are who we thought they were! Mitch Trubisky got the start for the injured QB Nick Foles this week and showed everyone why he got benched in the first place. Trubisky had three fumbles, lost one, and threw another two interceptions. He was constantly missing targets and could not find any rhythm on the offensive side of the ball — same old story for the Bears.
Green Bay was playing it pretty safe allowing Bears RB David Montgomery to do some damage underneath. He finished with 103 rushing yards and one TD on 11 carries and added 40 yards and one TD on five catches. The (5-6) Bears’ playoff chances are dwindling as they have now lost five in a row.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 30, 2020