THE NFL STORY: 2012 WEEK #12
So Detroit's defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh did
not get ejected nor suspended for kicking Houston QB Matt Schaub in the
groin. Hey, in professional wrestling even the fake refs admonish you for
the fake groin kicks.
HOUSTON (10-1) 34
THE STATS: In overtime game, teams combined for 55 first downs, 1026 yards, 165 total offensive plays, zero defense.
THE STORY: In a game that
featured 65 points and 11 scores, Houston never led until the overtime
WASHINGTON (5-6) 38
Dallas (5-6) 31
STATS: Washington four 2nd-quarter touchdowns.
THE STORY: Dallas made it
close in the 4th quarter in a fun little game between two teams going in the
same direction: Nowhere.
NEW ENGLAND (8-3) 49
Jets (4-7) 19
THE STATS: New England five 2nd-quarter touchdowns.
STORY: NY Jets were the only Thanksgiving team not to score at least 31
Pittsburgh (6-5) 14
THE STATS: Pittsburgh 1-9 on third downs conversions.
Steelers offense played like they were led by a 3rd string quarterback. Oh,
yeah, it makes sense now.
INDIANAPOLIS (7-4) 20
THE STATS: Indianapolis P Pat McAfee 5-51.2
average per punt.
THE STORY: Amazingly, at 7-4, Colts still have given up 43
more points than they scored.
Kansas City (1-10) 9
THE STATS: Denver defense: 116 yards passing,
allow just 3-14 third down conversions, 9 points.
THE STORY: Fewest
points for Broncos this season, but they still won because they were, ya
know, playing the Chiefs.
JACKSONVILLE (2-9) 24
THE STATS: Jacksonville QB Chad Henne survives 7
sacks to go 17-26-261-1-2 TDs, 108.0 rating.
THE STORY: Would someone
remind the Jags what they are playing for -- the top overall
Minnesota (6-5) 10
CHICAGO (8-3) 28
STATS: Chicago WR Brandon Marshall 12-92, more than 1/2 of the team's 23
THE STORY: Minnesota now in 3rd place after starting the season
ATLANTA (10-1) 24
Tampa Bay (6-5) 23
STATS: Atlanta WR Julio Jones 6-147-1 TD (24.5 avg).
THE STORY: Buccaneers
still an intriguing team despite end of 4 game win streak, as Doug Martin
scores 2 more TDs, 9 TDs for the season.
MIAMI (5-6) 24
THE STATS: Seattle 10 penalties to just 2 for Miami;
Miami 2 first downs on penalties, none for Seattle.
THE STORY: Miami
makes it a 2-0 weekend for the AFC over the NFC, but AFC still -8 on the
season vs. NFC.
BALTIMORE (9-2) 16
San Diego (4-7)
THE STATS: Baltimore RB Ray Rice 22-97 rushing, 8-67 receiving, big 4th down reception and run with 1:37 left in regulation to set up game
THE STORY: 4th and 29, Baltimore? Are you kidding?
SAN FRANCISCO(8-2) 31
New Orleans (5-6) 21
THE STATS: San
Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick 16-25-231-1-1 TD; 90.6 rating; 6-27-1 TD
THE STORY: Kaepernick is this season's Tim Tebow. And how is that working out for Tebow, anyway?
ST. LOUIS (4-6)
Arizona (4-7) 17
THE STATS: St. Louis Cornerback Janoris Jenkins 2 INT,
2 TDs (36, 39).
THE STORY: Did Arizona really start 4-0 ?
Green Bay (7-4) 10
NY GIANTS (7-4) 38
THE STATS: NY Giants
defense: 201 yards passing.
THE STORY: Huge beatdown by the Giants, but
actually, both teams are tied at 7-4 now.
CINCINNATI (6-5) 34
THE STATS: Cincinnati RB BenJarvus
Green-Ellis 19-129-1 TD.
THE STORY: Bengals 3rd straight win, and can
continue to pad their playoff resume with games against San Diego, Dallas,
and Philadelphia (combined 12-21), but finish against Pittsburgh, Baltimore
CAROLINA (3-8) 30
THE STATS: Carolina QB Cam Newton 18-28-306-0-2 TDs, 125.0 rating; 14-52-2 TD rushing.
THE STORY: A reality show we'd like to see: "Choosing
The New Eagles Head Coach"
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