The Good The Bad and The BEST of Week 12 In The NFL
Boy oh Boy did Week 12 of the NFL Season not disappoint. Well Maybe the Jacksonville Jaguars fans! Washington gets a WIN, but Haskins goes AWOL with 2 minutes left…. and what a team Tampa Bay would have if they didn’t have turnovers! Remember Vinny blamed it on being color blind.
MONDAY NIGHT Football Ravens (8-2) vs Rams (6-4)
But already in week 12… The 7-4 Houston Texans retook the lead in the AFC South on Thursday night to open up Week 12 when they defeated the 6-5 Indianapolis Colts, 20-17. It was a close matchup all the way to the end, but the big plays the Texans created on the offensive side of the ball was what gave them the winning edge.
Houston’s wideouts ran wild against Indianapolis’ secondary, as Will Fuller caught seven passes for 140 yards and DeAndre Hopkins caught six passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns. On the other side, the Colts never really got anything going through the air, but they were effective on the ground. They turned 39 rushes into 175 yards, but the Texans’ defense stepped up in the fourth quarter to stop a potential game-winning drive.
The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 13-9, in Week 12 and improved to 10-1 on the season. The Patriots have won at least 10 games in 17 consecutive seasons dating back to 2003 and surpassed the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (16 seasons from 1983-98) for the most consecutive seasons with at least 10 victories in NFL history.
Wide receiver MATTHEW SLATER blocked a punt for the Patriots in the first quarter. New England has blocked three punts in 2019, tied for the second-most in a team’s first 11 games of a season since 1990. Only the 1990 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (five) had more.
Buffalo running back FRANK GORE registered 65 rushing yards in the Bills’ 20-3 win over Denver.
Gore, who has 15,289 career rushing yards, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (15,269 rushing yards) for the third-most rushing yards in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers EMMITT SMITH (18,355) and WALTER PAYTON (16,726) have more.
Gore, who has 611 scrimmage yards in 2019, has recorded at least 500 scrimmage yards in 15 consecutive seasons, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL OWENS (15 seasons from 1996-2010) for the third-longest such streak in NFL history. Only LARRY FITZGERALD (16 seasons from 2004-19) and Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (16 from 1998-2013) have a longer streak of seasons in league annals.
Tampa Bay wide receiver CHRIS GODWIN recorded seven receptions for 184 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ 35-22 win at Atlanta. It marked Godwin’s third game of the season in which he had at least 150 receiving yards.
Godwin and Tampa Bay wide receiver MIKE EVANS have each recorded at least 150 receiving yards in three games this season, becoming the first pair of teammates to each record three such performances in a single season in NFL history.
Godwin, who has 1,071 receiving yards this season, and Evans, who has 1,043 receiving yards in 2019, are the fourth pair of teammates each with at least 1,000 receiving yards in their team’s first 11 games, joining EMMANUEL SANDERS and DEMARYIUS THOMAS (2014 Denver Broncos), TORRY HOLT and ISAAC BRUCE (2000 St. Louis Rams), and Pro Football Hall of Famer DON MAYNARD and GEORGE SAUER (1968 New York Jets).
Evans, who registered 50 receiving yards on Sunday, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (1998-2003) as the only players with at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first six seasons in NFL history.
New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS recorded 10 receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Saints’ 34-31 win over Carolina. Thomas is the fourth player with at least eight receptions and 100 receiving yards in five consecutive games in a single season in NFL history.
Thomas has 104 receptions for 1,242 yards and six touchdowns in 2019 and became the fifth player with at least 100 receptions and 1,200 receiving yards in three consecutive seasons in NFL history.
Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY recorded 133 scrimmage yards (69 receiving, 64 rushing) and both a rushing and receiving touchdown on Sunday against New Orleans. McCaffrey has eight career games with both a rushing and receiving touchdown, tied with CHUCK FOREMAN (eight games from 1973-75) for the most such games in a player’s first three seasons in NFL history.
McCaffrey has 13 career games with at least 50 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards, surpassing HERSCHEL WALKER (12 games from 1986-88) for the most such games in a player’s first three seasons in league annals.
McCaffrey, who has 21 rushing touchdowns and 15 receiving touchdowns since entering the NFL in 2017, joined CHUCK FOREMAN (1973-75) as the only players with at least 20 rushing touchdowns and 15 receiving touchdowns through their first three seasons in NFL history.
Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY registered 159 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the Titans’ 42-20 win against Jacksonville.
In the third quarter, Henry recorded rushing touchdowns of 74 and seven yards in a 16-second span and became the first player since Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (two touchdowns in 15 seconds in Week 10, 2006) to score two touchdowns within a 20-second span in a single game.
With his 74-yard touchdown run, Henry joined NAPOLEON KAUFMAN (1997-99) and ROBERT SMITH (1997-2000) as the only players in NFL history to record a rushing touchdown of at least 70 yards in three consecutive seasons.
Philadelphia tight end ZACH ERTZ recorded 12 receptions, including the 500th of his career, for 91 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ Week 12 loss against Seattle.
Ertz, appearing in his 102nd career game, became the second-fastest tight end in NFL history to reach 500 career receptions, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer KELLEN WINSLOW SR. (101 games).
Ertz has 11 career games with at least 10 receptions, tied with JASON WITTEN (11 games) for the second-most such games by a tight end in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (15) had more.
Cleveland linebacker JOE SCHOBERT registered four passes defensed and two interceptions in the Browns’ 41-24 win against Miami.
Schobert, who also had two interceptions in Week 11, is the fourth linebacker to record multiple interceptions in consecutive games in the Super Bowl era, joining AL BEAUCHAMP (Weeks 11-12 in 1971), CATO JUNE (Weeks 5-6 in 2005) and STAN WHITE (Weeks 7-8 in 1977).
Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks was forced out of Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks due to an illness related to anxiety.
Brooks, who has been open about dealing with anxiety, took to social media Monday to address what happened.
“I’d like to address what happened yesterday,” he wrote. “I woke up, and did my typical routine of morning vomiting. It didn’t go away like it normally does, but I figured it would calm down once I got to the stadium. It did, but I felt exhausted. The nausea came back, and I tried to battle through it and went out for the first drive. The nausea and vomiting came back until I left the field, and tried everything I could to get back for my teammates but just wasn’t able to do it.
“Make no mistake, I’m NOT ashamed or embarrassed by this nor what I go through daily. I’ve had this under control for a couple of years, and had a set back yesterday. The only thing I’m upset about is that when my team needed me, I wasn’t able to be out there with and for them. Lastly, I appreciate the support of my coaches, teammates and fans. It doesn’t go unnoticed.”
Brooks has missed five games during his career as a result of anxiety-related illness. Before Sunday, the most recent absences came in 2016, when he missed two games in three weeks. It was then that he really began to try to get to the root of the issue. He was diagnosed with an anxiety condition and began to take proactive measures, including seeing a psychologist once a week. He went a full two-plus seasons without missing a game.