NFL Sunday Week 12 Round Up
Looking at this week’s schedule there didn’t seem like there would be many games to get excited for this 12th week of NFL action, but we were proven wrong. I’ll take you through them and highlight all the major happenings.
Minnesota (2-9) 14 @ Atlanta (7-4) 24
Many people missed the presence of Adrian Peterson today on the Fantasy lines, but back up, Toby Gerhart, gave a solid performance supplying 12 points in standard leagues. The Falcons started off to a fast 17-0 start and appeared destined for an easy win. The Vikings got back in it when Gerhart scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and a Falcon special teams error allowed the Vikings to recover the ball after punting. The Vikings scored on a 4th-and-13 to make it 17-14. The Falcons then scored and on the ensuing kickoff Percy Harvin ran it all the way back to the three yard line where the Falcons stopped them on four downs.
Carolina (3-8) 27 @ Indianapolis (0-11) 19
The Colts lost again, and the Panthers finally won a road game. The last time the Panthers won on the road was at the Giants Dec. 27, 2009. The Panthers as a team averaged 5.7 yards per carry and finished with a season-high 201 yards. The Colts had just 1 total yard in the first quarter. Cam Newton passed for 208 yards and completed 20 of 27 passes, adding 53 more yards on the ground and another touchdown. He now has 10 rushing touchdowns on the season, only two quarterbacks have finished with more.
Tampa bay (4-7) 17 @ Tennessee (6-5) 23
Chris Johnson is back to his old self, rushing for a season-high 190 yards. Those 190 rushing yards are the highest for CJ since Nov. 1, 2008. The Titans scored the go ahead touchdown on a two yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck to Damian Williams with 3:01 left in the game. Josh Freeman fumbled the snap for the Bucs and was tackled on a fourth-and-one with forty seconds remaining to give the win to the Titans. Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams had a season-high 84 yards receiving. After 83 yards last week, it seems Williams is getting back on track, after a mostly inconsistent season.
Houston (8-3) 20 @ Jacksonville (3-8) 13
It’s very possible the only people who saw this game were people that lived in Houston, Jacksonville, and myself. Matt Leinart saw his first start for the injured Matt Schaub end on the sidelines. Leinart was apparently injured when he was trying to spike the ball. The Jaguars QB situation wasn’t much better as Blaine Gabbert was benched in favor of Luke McCown in the fourth quarter. The only exciting performance for the Jaguars came from Maurice Jones-Drew who finished with 99 yards rushing on 18 carries and caught 4 passes for 67 yards. MJD went over 1,000 yards rushing on the season and is currently leading the AFC in rushing yards.
Arizona (4-7) 23 @ St. Louis (2-9) 20
The Cardinals beat the Rams on a rushing attack and on special teams. The Cardinals QB, John Skelton, didn’t help his team much finishing 12-23 for 114 yards and two interceptions. Patrick Peterson, again beat the Rams, this time on an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown. It was Peterson who beat the Rams in overtime three weeks ago on a 99-yard punt return. Beanie Wells set a Cardinals single-game rushing record rushing with 228 yards.
Buffalo (5-6) 24 @ NY Jets (6-5) 28
In a game that featured a hilarious touchdown celebration by Bills WR Stevie Johnson, it also featured Johnson at his ‘finest’ moment. First the celebration:
Stevie imitated Jets WR Plaxico Burress by shooting himself in the leg and then crashes into the ground when he imitates the Jets ‘flight’ celebration. Johnson then does a good ‘Stevie Johnson’ imitation by dropping what could have been the game-winning touchdown catch late in the game. Johnson, of course, dropped a sure catch that would have won the game last season in overtime against the Steelers. Jets QB Mark Sanchez finished with four touchdown passes in the win.
Cleveland (4-7) 20 @ Cincinnati (7-4) 23
A.J. Green keeps proving why he has been the biggest steal in fantasy football this season. Green caught a late 51-yard pass in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning field goal. The Browns botched another snap and kicker Phil Dawson missed a field goal in the fourth quarter with 1:51 left. Bengals RB Cedric Benson finished with 106 yards rushing and one touchdown.
Washington (4-7) 23 @ Seattle (4-7) 17
Rex Grossman rallied the Redskins to a win with a game-winning 50-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Armstrong. Further frustrating fantasy owners even more, Redskins RB Roy Helu finished with 108 yards on the ground. Helu entered Sunday’s game rushing for a combined 116 yards in his previous 5 games, so he was likely riding your bench. Helu made a great 28-yard touchdown run, leaping over a defender. Here’s the video:
Chicago (7-4) 20 @ Oakland (7-4) 25
The Raiders 6 field goals and Caleb Hanie’s 3 picks help the Raiders win. Despite the 3 picks, the Bears defense helped keep them in the game by keeping the Raiders out of the end zone. The game ended on an unusual play: Hanie botched a spike play with 4 seconds left. Instead of immediately spiking the ball to stop the clock, he took an extra step back and hesitated, leading to a game-ending intentional grounding call.
New England (8-3) 38 @ Philadelphia (4-7) 20
Tom Brady threw for 361 yards and completed 24 of his 34 pass attempts and added three touchdowns. Vince Young couldn’t lead the Michael Vick-less Eagles to another win despite throwing for 400 yards. It is unclear if Vick will return when the Eagles visit Seattle Thursday night.
Denver (6-5) 16 @ San Diego (4-7) 13 – Final/OT
I was going to leave it at just Tim Tebow, but that’s not true. The Broncos defense showed up when most needed, setting up the teams game-winning field goal kick in overtime with just :29 seconds left. Matt Prater hit the field goal from 37 yards out to give the Broncos their sixth win, and improve to 5-1 this season with Tim Tebow starting. The Chargers last won against the Broncos on Oct. 9th. According to a NFL player, relieving yourself on the sideline is very common, as Novak appears to be doing in the photo.
Pittsburgh (7-3) @ Kansas City (4-6)
As of posting time the Steelers were winning 13-6.
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