Monday, November 27, 2017

NFL - Week Twelve Recap

The top three teams rolling along in the NFL all won again this past weekend as the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers all won home games to maintain their edge in their respective conference playoff races.
The Eagles (10-1) buried the hapless Chicago Bears, 31-3 behind a fierce defense that allowed just SIX rushing yards and 140 total yards in offense for the Bears. Meanwhile, quarterback Carson Wentz tossed three touchdown passes, including one to ex-Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
The Patriots (9-2) steam rolled the Miami Dolphins, 35-17 as QB Tom Brady (pictured upper right) had four TD passes while the defense dominated, allowing only 221 total yards. New England has a seven-game winning streak going and a firm lead in the AFC East.
The Steelers (9-2) won a 31-28 squeaker on Sunday night against a resilient Green Bay Packers team as kicker Chris Boswell made a 53-yard field goal as time elapsed. Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown had two touchdowns along with ten receptions for 169 yards while QB Ben Roethlisberger had four TD passes to go with 351 yards passing. Packers QB Brett Hundley had three TD passes in defeat.
The big game of the week in the NFC on Sunday saw the Los Angeles Rams hold off the New Orleans Saints, 26-20 which snapped the Saints eight-game win streak.
Rams QB Jared Goff had a pair of touchdown passes and Greg Zuerlein kicked four field goals to help provide the outcome. Running back Alvin Kamara scored twice for the Saints while rushing for 87 yards and catching six passes for 101 yards.

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The Atlanta Falcons knocked off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 34-20 as wide receiver Julio Jones finally went off for a huge day, making 12 receptions for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Falcons RB Tevin Coleman had two scores as well to help pace the win . . .  Carolina won a road game, 35-27 against the New York Jets as their defense and special teams scored touchdowns. Jets QB Josh McCown had three TD passes in the loss . . .  The Seattle Seahawks topped the host San Francisco 49ers, 24-13 behind solid defense and a pair of scoring passes from QB Russell Wilson . . .   Buffalo surprised the host Kansas City Chiefs, 16-10, sending the Chiefs to their fifth loss in six games. Three field goals from kicker Stephen Hauschka made the difference in this defensive struggle . . .   Tennessee held off the Indianapolis Colts, 20-16 in another defensive game as DeMarco Murray's one-yard TD run in the fourth quarter made the difference . . .  The Arizona Cardinals defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 27-24 as Phil Dawson made a 57-yard field goal with one second left to win the game. Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert had two TD passes to offset Jags QB Blake Bortles two scoring runs . . .  The Oakland Raiders won a hard fought battle, 21-14 over the visiting Denver Broncos. Raiders QB Derek Carr had two TD passes while Broncos QB Trevor Siemian had two fourth quarter scoring strikes to make it exciting. Broncos DB Aqib Talib and Raiders WR Michael Crabtree were ejected in the first quarter for fighting . . .   The Cincinnati Bengals blasted the winless Cleveland Browns, 30-16 as QB Andy Dalton had two TD passes . . . The Thanksgiving Day games saw the Minnesota Vikings (9-2) beat the Detroit Lions, 30-23 behind two TD passes and a TD run by QB Case Keenum . . .  Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers had 434 yards passing and three scoring passes while completing 82 percent of his passes in a 28-6 rout of the Dallas Cowboys. Chargers WR Keenan Allen also had a big day, making 11 catches for 172 yards with a touchdown . . .  The Washington Redskins won a 20-10 snoozer in the night cap against the visiting New York Giants by scoring ten points in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Washington QB Kirk Cousins (two TD passes) hooked up with WR Josh Doctson for a 14-yard scoring pass to break the tie . . .  The Baltimore Ravens defeated the visiting Houston Texans, 23-16 on Monday Night Football behind the defense forcing three turnovers, two rushing scores and three field goals from Justin Tucker to stay in playoff contention in the AFC.

                                      Heftyinfo  NFL  co-Players of the Week 

 Philip Rivers  QB- Los Angeles Chargers  and   Julio Jones  WR - Atlanta Falcons


Minnesota 30, Detroit 23
LA Chargers 28, Dallas 6
Washington 20,  NY Giants 10
Philadelphia 31, Chicago 3
Atlanta 34, Tampa Bay 20
Cincinnati 30, Cleveland 16
Carolina 35, NY Jets 27
Tennessee 20, Indianapolis 16
Buffalo 16, Kansas City 10
New England 35, Miami 17
LA Rams 26, New Orleans 20
Seattle 24, San Francisco 13
Arizona 27, Jacksonville 24
Oakland 21, Denver 14
Pittsburgh 31, Green Bay 28
Baltimore 23, Houston 16

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