Sunday, November 27, 2011

NFL Week 12 Early Thoughts - UPDATED 4pm GAMES

Here we go for week 12 in the NFL...

The 1pm Games

* Welcome back to the NFL Chris Johnson - 190 yards in the Titans win over Tampa Bay.

* Let's not get too giddy about Mark Sanchez and his 4 TD's Sunday. Remember, it came in a victory against the Bills.

* One word for Bills WR Stevie Johnson, who mocked Jets WR Plaxico Buress after Johnson's TD celebration showed him with a mock self-infliching gunshot to his leg. CLASSLESS.  It was only fitting that Johnson dropped two possibly game-winning TD's in the final minute of play.

* It wasn't pretty, but it was a much needed, last minute win by the Bengals over the Browns, 23-20.  WR AJ Green came up huge late in that one with two huge catches.

* The Falcons are right in the thick on the NFC playoff race at 7-4 after beating Minnesota, but are you really that comforable with what Atlanta is right now?

* Give Houston credit, without starting QB Matt Schaub and backup QB Matt Leinart, who may be lost for the season with a broken collarbone, getting hurt during the game, the Texans still got a quality road win in Jacksonville. Rookie QB TJ Yates had to finish out and did so badly, so maybe newly acquired Kellen Clemens gets the nod for the 8-3 Texans.

* WOW - Beanie Wells! 228 yards in the Cardinals road win over the Rams.  Where's that been?!

* The Colts are still on schedule for 0-16, which is exactly where they should be.

*  One word about the rumors of Terrell Owens coming to New England - INTRIGUING.

The Late Games:

* Sure, the Patriots may be dead last in the league in yards allowed on defense, but they're only 10th in points allowed. Just witness Sunday's 38-20 win over Philly. The Pats let the Eagles go down the field on the first drive of the game, let the Eagles go up 10-0, but didn't give up another touchdown until garbage time well after Tom Brady and crew had the victory.

* The nightmare continues for the Eagles and the Chargers.

* Speaking of the Eagles, what's up with Desean Jackson? Not exactly how he envisioned his contract year to go. First, a holdout, then a benching for missing a meeting and then he misses what could have been three sure TD's on Sunday before being benched (i.e., coach's decision to play other guys) in the 2nd half. 

* Tebow Magic continues! The Broncos are now 5-1 with Tim Tebow starting this season after a dramatic 16-13 overtime victory in San Diego. It ain't pretty, it's just effective enough to win thanks in large part to a very improving Denver Defense.

* The Raiders are looking more and more like a playoff time.  Yes, they got help from QB Caleb Hanie as the Bears backup threw three first half INT's to help the cause, but Oakland played well against a dangerous NFC playoff contender to get the 25-20 win.

* Roy Helu!

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