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NFL Week Twelve: Week In Review

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NFL Week Twelve: Week In Review

As November comes to an end, teams with Super Bowl aspirations must start rounding into top form. Now is the time we start to separate the pretenders from the contenders. We saw a record-breaking performance from the Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill along with the constant Covid restrictions that have hindered players’ availability/game scheduling all season.

Without further ado, here are some of my takeaways from Week Twelve in the NFL.

 

Titans Trounce Colts- Takeover First Place in the AFC South

Coming into Sunday tied atop the division at 7-3 both, the Titans and the Colts knew what was on the line in this game. But it was the Tennessee Titans who would take matters into their own hands, dominating the Colts by a score of 45-26.

Titans Running Back, Derrick Henry, was the star in this game. Accounting for 178-yard rushing and three touchdowns, Henry was unstoppable. This was Henry’s 7th 100-yard rushing game of the season, he also leads the NFL in rushing yards with 1,257.  The Colts’ defense came into Sunday 2nd in the NFL in yards allowed per game with 298. But they were no match for the Titans who accumulated 449 total yards of offense.

The Titans set their season-high for points in a game with 45, also avenging a Week 10 loss to the Colts in the process. Titans Wide Receiver AJ Brown also had a huge game, reeling in four receptions for 98 yards and a TD. Additionally, scoring another TD on a kick return.

 

Week 13 Preview

The Titans take their AFC South-leading 8-3 record back home to face off with the 8-3 Cleveland Browns. As for the Colts, they look to get back in the win column on the road against the 4-7 Houston Texans. This is a divisional race worth keeping an eye on as we enter the final month of the regular season.

 

Saints dominate Covid-Stricken Broncos- Move to NFC Best 9-2

The New Orleans Saints improved to 9-2 on Sunday with a convincing 31-3 victory over the Denver Broncos. Saints Quarterback Taysom Hill improved to 2-0 as a starter and the Saints extended their win streak to eight games. Saints Running Back, Latavius Murray, had his coming-out party against the Broncos rushing for a season-high 124 yards and scoring two touchdowns.

For the Broncos, Week Twelve did not go as planned. One day before the game the Broncos found out that they would be without all of the Quarterbacks on their roster. This was due to the Covid-19 protocols and contact tracing. So the Broncos inserted undrafted rookie Wide Receiver, Kendall Hinton, in at Quarterback for the game. Hinton ended the day completing only 1 pass for 13 yards, but not much could be expected from a guy making his NFL debut at a position he hasn’t played since college. This was so out of the blue that some members of the Broncos organization had never met Hinton prior to the game.

Also, in this game, we saw the first time all season that both starting quarterbacks did not throw for 100 yards, with Hill throwing for 78 yards and Hinton as previously mentioned for 13. Despite the end result, props to Kendall Hinton, who was thrown into the fire without any practice time and gave it his all.

 

Week 13 Preview

The Saints look to extend their win streak to nine games next Sunday when they take on the Atlanta Falcons (4-7). For the Broncos, things do not get easier as they head to Kansas City to take on the 10-1 Chiefs.

 

Patriots upset Cardinals 20-17- Keep hopes of AFC playoff berth alive

The New England Patriots have made the playoffs for an NFL record 11 consecutive seasons. To keep hopes of their streak alive they needed a win on Sunday. They captured that win against the favored Arizona Cardinals to improve their record to 5-6.

Incredibly enough the Cardinals outgained the Patriots in terms of yardage by a count of 298-179 yet the Patriots were able to make the plays when it mattered most. Patriots QB Cam Newton said postgame, “We got the job done, and that’s all that counts.”

Newton only threw for 86 yards in the game while rushing for 46. But he led the Patriots on a 7-play, 33-yard drive to set Kicker Nick Folk up for the game-winning field goal. New England’s defense managed to hold Cardinals’ QB Kyler Murray to 170 yards passing while forcing him to throw his 8th interception of the season.

 

Week 13 Preview

The Patriots go on the road next week to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers (3-8). While the Cardinals head home for a massive NFC West matchup with the Los Angeles Rams (7-4).

 

Chiefs defeat Buccaneers 27-24- Mahomes outduels Brady

In what many thought would be the game of the week. The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not disappoint. This showdown featured two of the most prominent faces in the NFL with Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady going head to head.

In a high-scoring affair, Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense got off to an electric start thanks to the incredible performance of Tyreek Hill. Hill had 203 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter against the Buccaneers. Setting him up to challenge the NFL record for most receiving yards in a game, 336, held by Flipper Anderson.

Hill finished the game with 13 receptions for 269 yards and three touchdowns. Mahomes also had one of his best games of the season, throwing for 462 yards and three touchdowns. The Chiefs needed all the points they could get because the ageless wonder Tom Brady brought the Bucs back from a 17-0 deficit to make it a 3-point game in the 4th quarter. But the Chiefs were able to make enough plays at the end to secure the 27-24 victory.

Brady finished the game with 345 yards passing and three touchdowns but the two interceptions Brady threw were costly giving Mahomes/Hill another opportunity to take the field. Most knew the reigning Super Bowl champion Chiefs were going to be contenders. But for Brady and the Bucs things have been very up and down this season in their first year together.

Week 13 Preview

The 10-1 Kansas City Chiefs head home to take on the struggling Denver Broncos (4-7). As for the Buccaneers, they go into their bye week looking for a way to end their two-game losing skid. Now falling to 7-5 the Bucs need to find a way to win some close games if they want to make a deep run in the playoffs.

 

Fantasy Football

Fantasy Football has become a staple of NFL Fans. Everyone who plays Fantasy not only watches the games to see their teams win but to see their players do well. With that being said, I am going to crown one player Fantasy Player of the Week each week based on their performance.

The first edition of Fantasy Player of the Week goes to Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs. This was a no-brainer after the previously mentioned record-breaking performance from Hill.

Fantasy Player of the Week: Tyreek Hill- 13 receptions, 269 yards, 3 touchdowns, 57.9 Fantasy Points. (ESPN standard scoring)

This was the highest point total from any player this season. Also, this was the second-best single-game fantasy performance since 2010.

 

We hope you enjoyed the article ‘NFL Week Twelve: Week In Review.’ Which team impressed you the most this week? Let us know!

 

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