NFL Insider: A Look Back at Week 12
We look back at all the games played this weekend and give a brief take on the teams.
Packers 27, Lions 15
Green Bay- The Giants game this weekend will be the biggest hurdle to 16-0. The Packers have 10 days to prepare and New York has six.
Detroit- The Lions will likely have to make their Wildcard run without Ndamukong Suh for a few games. Let’s not pop that playoff champagne just yet.
Cowboys 20, Dolphins 19
Dallas- Tony Romo saved Thanksgiving with some help from the Dolphins. Cowboys will win the NFC East thanks to their closing schedule.
Miami- The Dolphins look like a brand new, physical team that can compete with anyone. Matt Moore is playing his best football.
Ravens 16, 49ers 6
Baltimore- This is the best chance the Ravens will have of making the Super Bowl. Home field advantage, great matchups against New England and no Peyton Manning.
San Francisco- The 49ers invested plenty of high draft picks on their offensive line and it succumbed to nine sacks on Thanksgiving. They’ll cruise into January, but it would be a surprise if they won a playoff game.
Texans 20, Jaguars 13
Houston- The Texans season is down to the right arm of T.J. Yates. Whatever happens down the stretch, this shouldn’t cost Gary Kubiak his job.
Jacksonville- Lame duck coaching staff benches rookie quarterback with questionable confidence and courage. This doesn’t bode well for the final five weeks.
Jets 28, Bills 24
New York- As questionable as Mark Sanchez is, he’s money at the end of games. Jets need to likely win four of five to make the playoffs, no easy task.
Buffalo- We know what happened with Stevie Johnson, but he wasn’t the reason they lost. At least Ryan Fitzpatrick played well.
Cardinals 23, Rams 20
Arizona- It took a 200+ yard day by Beanie Wells and a punt return touchdown to beat the Rams. That’s not good.
St. Louis- You punted to Patrick Peterson again? Really?
Panthers 27, Colts 19
Carolina- Cam Newton didn’t turn the ball over and the Panthers won. Defense needs to be improved as it’s inexcusable to give up 19 points to Curtis Painter and company.
Indianapolis- Five weeks away from immortality. Dan Orlovsky can give the team advice, he’s been there before.
Titans 23, Buccaneers 17
Tennessee- They’re still in the AFC South title race, but if it comes at the expense of playing Jake Locker it’s probably not worth it.
Tampa Bay- Raheem Morris and gang have dropped five straight and each loss lessens what they accomplished a season ago. Another product of the schedule.
Bengals 23, Browns 20
Cincinnati- The Bengals keep beating the bad teams and their soft schedule may just land them in the playoffs. They resemble the 2010 Bucs.
Cleveland- The Browns need to address the quarterback position in the draft or free agency. A 5-11 season with this soft schedule is proof that what they’re doing isn’t working, no matter how many close games they play.
Falcons 24, Vikings 14
Atlanta- The schedule is very kind to a Wildcard run for the Falcons, especially with Caleb Hanie taking the snaps for the Bears.
Minnesota- It was nice to witness a Percy Harvin sighting. He will have a chance to take his game to the next level with Christian Ponder.
Raiders 25, Bears 20
Oakland- The Raiders have to keep winning as the Fighting Tebows are right on their heels.
Chicago- It’s going to be a rough road with Caleb Hanie the rest of the way. No longer a lock for the postseason.
Redskins 23, Seahawks 17
Washington- Once a month or so Rex Grossman plays really well. He was good enough on Sunday.
Seattle- These guys are tough to figure out. Occasionally they win on the road against good teams and they’ll lose at home against bad ones.
Patriots 38, Eagles 20
New England- Tom Brady was spectacular on Sunday and Rob Gronkowski is the best tight end in football.
Philadelphia- Andy Reid is in jeopardy of losing his job. They won’t get anyone better, but maybe the message gets lost after a decade or so.
Broncos 16, Chargers 13
Denver- All Von Miller does is win football games. The guy is ultra-impressive as a rookie.
San Diego- At least this puts the final nail in the Norv Turner coffin. He’s taken that team down to last place in a terrible division.
Steelers 13, Chiefs 9
Pittsburgh- The Steelers would’ve been in trouble if they were playing someone other than Tyler Palko. There’s a good chance they become a 12 or 13-win Wildcard team.
Kansas City- The Chiefs need to get Kyle Orton up to speed sooner rather than later.
Saints 49, Giants 24
New Orleans- The Saints are the second-best team in football and they can’t be defeated at home. Unfortunately, they’ll likely only host one playoff game.
New York- The Giants are in the midst of a nightmarish schedule having to face Drew Brees last night and Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on extra rest this Sunday. It’s unclear whether or not Tom Coughlin can survive another non-playoff season, despite the injuries.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlieNFL Insider: A Look Back at Week 12 by Sports Talk Florida