NFL Week 12 Highlights: Thanksgiving Thursday, NFC North rivalries

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This week’s NFL offering was amazing. Firstly, we were treated to three games on Thanksgiving Thursday, then multiple close scoring games come Sunday. The game of the week this week comes in the form of the Seahawks taking on the Panthers in a huge NFC clash. Who came out on top this week? Find out below. 

Bears break the Lions’ hearts 

The Chicago Bears unofficially ended the Lions’ playoff hopes on Thursday, defeating them 16-23. 

With Mitchell Trubisky out injured, the Bears made do with Chase Daniel at quarterback. In the game, Daniel completed 27 of 37 passes for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns. 

At the other end of the quarterback matchup, Matthew Stafford contributed 236 passing yards, however, he was intercepted twice, including a potentially game-tying touchdown pass. On the other hand, LeGarrette Blount produced his best performance as a Lion with 19 rushes for 88 yards and 2 touchdown runs. 

The Bears increase their lead at the top of the NFC North with a record of 8-3. The Lions’ record regresses to 4-7. 

Cowboys takeover in the East

The Redskins were also without their starting quarterback, thus Colt McCoy garnered the starting role. He contributed 268 passing yards and 2 touchdowns, however, was the victim of his own success with 3 interceptions. 

Dak Prescott was excellent with 289 yards and 2 touchdowns on 22 passes. But it was Ezekiel Elliot who stole the show with 26 carries for 121 yards and touchdown in another dominant performance. 

Both teams are now 6-5 on the season, but the Dallas Cowboys sit first in the division. 


Mayfield stars as Browns end streak

Baker Mayfield put in a monstrous performance this week. He completed 19 of 26 passes (73%) for 258 passing yards and 4 touchdowns. 

His performance was vital in the 20-35 win in Cincinnati, which prevents the Bengals from progressing in the North. 

The Browns now have 2 wins in a row since Hue Jackson’s exit as head coach. 

Minnesota Vikings victorious over the Packers 

Another battle of quarterbacks saw Kirk Cousins defeat Aaron Rodgers, as the Vikings won 24-17 in Minnesota. 

Cousins completed 76% of his throws for 342 yards and 3 touchdowns in a near perfect performance. He connected incredibly well with Adam Thielen once more, as he contributed another 100 plus yard receiving game. 

Aaron Rodgers was completely ineffective at the helm of his team. He completed just 17 passes on 28 attempts for 198 yards and a touchdown, but was largely ineffective. 

The Packers are now third in the North with a record of 4-6-1, whilst the Vikings chase the Bears. 

Panthers picked off in Carolina

The Carolina Panthers were fantastic against the Seattle Seahawks, yet it still wasn’t enough. The Hawks’ 27-30 victory provides them with further momentum for their playoff push. 

Cam Newton was incredibly accurate as he completed 83% of his passes for 256 yards and 2 touchdowns, however, he was intercepted once. 

Christian McCaffrey was also immense from the backfield as he produced 125 yards on 17 rushes and a touchdown, whilst he compiled 112 yards and a further touchdown on 11 receptions. 

As for the Seahawks, Russell Wilson threw for 339 yards and 2 touchdowns, linking well with Tyler Lockett who had 5 receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown. Finally, Sebastian Janikowski capitalised on Gano’s missed field goal, as he nailed the game-winner.

The ‘Super Bad Bowl’ 

In this year’s edition of the Super Bad Bowl, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers destroyed the San Francisco 49ers 27-9. 

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Jameis Winston attempted to salvage his career in Florida as he completed 29 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns. He finally reconnected with Mike Evans who contributed 116 receiving yards and a touchdown on just 6 receptions. 

The 49ers had Nick Mullens as the starting QB. He accumulated 221 yards and a touchdown on 18 attempts but was intercepted twice. 

The win for the Bucs elevates their record to 4-7, whilst the struggling 49ers appear hellbent on securing a high draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

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