NFL Week 12: What We Learned

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With the coronavirus sweeping the NFL to a greater extent than it had all season long, Week 12 had an uncomfortable edge, and several teams had to find solutions to issues caused by player absences resulting from testing positive and close contacts. The league persevered, however, by securing Sunday’s 12 games regardless of the issues. But a Tuesday game in which up to 20 Ravens players could be sidelined due to a coronavirus outbreak is still looming.

Here is what we learned:

In a season in which he seems to continually improve, Mahomes has had at least 30 passing and 300 passing yards in four straight games – an NFL record. His 462 passing yards on Sunday were the second most in his scandalous career, and 229 of them came in the first quarter. He’s up to 3,497 passing yards and 30 touchdowns for the season and has thrown just two interceptions.

Due to his size, many people assume Derrick Henry prefers running inside tackles, but the Titans’ all-star backer is also adept at running outside. In Sunday’s dominating effort against Indianapolis, Henry gained 146 of his 178 rushing yards on points outside of tackles, according to the NFL Next Gen Stats database, with Henry’s three touchdowns on the outside tracks to the right.

Hill’s 269-yard reception tied with Giants’ Del Shofner for 15th in an NFL game and lost 67 yards from Flipper Anderson’s record of 336, which was set for the Los Angeles Rams in 1989. While Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones each surpassed 300, Anderson’s record endured.


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Bills 27, chargers 17 The Buffalo defense did most of the heavy lifting in that home win, but Josh Allen threw a 2-yard touchdown pass and scored 3 yards, giving him 15 career games with one assist. and a touchdown in the race. Allen only trails Cam Newton, who had 20, for most of those games in a player’s first three seasons.

Chefs 27, Buccaneers 24 Patrick Mahomes threw for 462 yards and Tyreek Hill received 269 yards, but of all those yards the last 8 were potentially the most vital as Mahomes’ short pass to Hill with 1 minute 15 seconds left gave Kansas City a first try and allowed. team to complete the clock in a game they were missing out on.

Titans 45, Colts 26 Indianapolis had 295 passing yards from Philip Rivers and two quick touchdowns from quarterback Jacoby Brissett, but it wasn’t enough to compete with Tennessee, who could have taken the entire second half on offense and win all the same.

49ers 23, rams 20 Running backs Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson returned from injury – a most welcome sight for San Francisco – but that surprise was further fueled by wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who had 11 catches for 133 yards, and defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, who had a 27- 6 yard pick.

Patriots 20, Cardinals 17 Arizona entered the day averaging 414.3 yards per game, but New England limited the Cardinals to a respectable 298. Kyler Murray was held without a touchdown pass for the first time since Dec. 1 2019, there are 14 departures.

Marrons 27, Jaguars 25 The warm Florida weather helped wake up the Cleveland passing game, with Baker Mayfield throwing for 258 yards and two touchdowns. But the Browns are unlikely to change their approach, as Mayfield also missed several other potential touchdowns as running back Nick Chubb ran for 144 yards on 19 carries.

Vikings 28, Panthères 27 In one of the most impressive rehab moments you’ll see, Minnesota wide receiver Chad Beebe choked off the catch on a punt return late in the fourth quarter, leaving Carolina to extend their lead with a basket, to then score the goal. before touching down on the possession of his team.

Saints 31, Broncos 3 While Denver was limited to 13 passing yards, New Orleans only managed 78 in Taysom Hill’s second career start as a quarterback. That will be a lot as long as the Saints’ running game can generate 229 yards and four touchdowns per week.

Packers 41, ours 25 It was 41-10 in the third quarter when the Packers decided they’d tried long enough and let Chicago do what they wanted for the rest of the game. The result was a final score that was much closer than the game had ever felt, but it was easy to imagine Green Bay scoring 50 or more points if the team had continued to press.

Giants 19, Bengals 17 Despite losing quarterback Daniel Jones to a hamstring injury in the third quarter, Big Blue was able to push his way past a Cincinnati without Joe Burrow. Quarterback Colt McCoy didn’t do much, but the Giants scored three field goals following Jones’ injury, which was enough to secure the team’s third straight win. The 4-7 Giants are tied with Washington for first place in the NFC East ahead of Philadelphia’s 3-6-1 game on Monday against Seattle.

Falcons 43, Raiders 6 After the Raiders’ loss last week, much of the discussion revolved around how quarterback Derek Carr played against Kansas City. He turned that tale by losing three fumbles and throwing a pick-6 in a humiliating loss to Atlanta.

Dolphins 20, Jets 3 Due to a thumb injury on Tua Tagovailoa’s throwing hand, Ryan Fitzpatrick was forced to start against one of his many former teams, and he helped put Miami back on track following the loss to the last week against Denver throwing for 257 yards and two touchdowns.

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