Exciting Week 12 in the NFL: Thanksgiving Matchups, Black Friday Premieres, and More!

2023-11-25 08:00:00

Three matchups on Thanksgiving Thursday, a premiere on Friday at noon and no team in the bye week. Week 12 in the NFL is tough! While the 49ers have consolidated their top position and the Dolphins win in the first Black Friday game in history, there are still some explosive duels on the extended weekend with the Texans against Jaguars and Eagles against Bills. All games at a glance.

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Thursday, November 23rd, 6:30 p.m

Detroit Lions (8-3) – Green Bay Packers (5-6) 22:29 BOXSCORE

Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and the Detroit Lions surprisingly lost to the division rival Green Bay Packers. In the 22:29 defeat at Ford Field in Detroit, quarterback Jared Goff wasn’t able to showcase his strong offense around St. Brown often enough. The 24-year-old caught nine passes for a total of 95 yards, but remained without a touchdown. For Detroit it was the third defeat of the season in the eleventh game. In the NFC North, the Lions remain in first place ahead of the Minnesota Vikings (6:5) and are also on course for the play-offs. The Packers are in third place with a balanced record of six wins and six defeats.

Thursday, November 23rd, 10:30 p.m

Dallas Cowboys (7-3) – Washington Commanders (4-7) 45:10 BOXSCORE

Against the Washington Commanders, Dallas lived up to their role as favorites and celebrated their 13th home win in a row with a score of 45:10. It is the Cowboys’ longest home streak in 42 years.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had a great day. He threw for 331 yards and four touchdowns and had a strong rating of 142.1. His counterpart, Sam Howell, managed 300 yards but had one interception.

Friday, November 24th, 2:20 a.m

Seattle Seahawks (6-4) – San Francisco 49ers (7-3) 13:31 BOXSCORE

The San Francisco 49ers solidified their top spot in their division on Thanksgiving. The five-time Super Bowl champion defeated the direct pursuer Seattle Seahawks 31:13 in the NFC West and celebrated their eighth win of the season after three defeats so far. The Seahawks have a record of six wins and five defeats. The match winner was 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey with two touchdowns and a total of 114 yards. San Francisco was already ahead 24-3 at halftime and easily defended its cushion. Seattle quarterback Geno Smith was sacked six times. The 49ers will now play on December 3rd in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles, who have the best record in the league (9-1).

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Friday, November 24th, 9 p.m

New York Jets (4-6) – Miami Dolphins (7-3) 13:34 BOXSCORE

On Jevon Holland’s big night, the Miami Dolphins clearly won the first Black Friday game in history. The day after Thanksgiving, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s team won 34:13 at the New York Jets.

For the first time, two NFL teams faced each other on “Black Friday,” and Holland caused astonishment. The Miami Dolphins safety caught a throw from Jets quarterback Tim Boyle and ran 99 yards to the end zone after the interception. He managed a so-called “Pick Six,” with the 23-year-old running practically across the entire field.

Tagovailoa completed 21 of 30 passes for 243 yards, threw a touchdown and had two interceptions. Miami consolidated first place in the AFC East with its eighth win in its eleventh game of the season. New York (4:7) has little chance of making the play-offs.

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Sunday, November 26th, 7 p.m

Atlanta Falcons (4-6) – New Orleans Saints (5-5) -:- BOXSCORE

Freshly rested, the Falcons and Saints meet each other after their bye week. Atlanta in particular really needed a break after three defeats in a row, even against the previously disastrous Cardinals in Week 10. Desmond Ridder is back! After being benched for Taylor Heinicke in Week 8, the role is now backwards. Heinicke lost these three games in a row, now Ridder has been named starting quarterback again. With one win behind the Saints, who are first in the NFC South, Atlanta can take a big step towards playoff chances if they win the direct duel this week. The Saints also recently had a quarterback change because Derek Carr in week 10 had to leave the field injured. While top receiver Michael Thomas has been placed on the IR list, it could be enough for Carr – but Jameis Winston may also have to start, which might even be an improvement given Carr’s poor performances in recent games.

Cincinnati Bengals (5-5) – Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) -:- BOXSCORE

Both teams suffered a loss the previous week – the Steelers responded by releasing OC Matt Canada. Will the offense around Kenny Pickett be better than it was against the Browns? At least questionable, because more than just the play calling didn’t work together recently. The Bengals have lost star QB Joe Burrow. Accordingly, Pittsburgh will probably go into the duel as the clear favorite. The new starting QB in Cincinnati is Jake Browning – without a single NFL appearance before this season. This season he stepped in for Burrow for the second time, but lost clearly. Now the 27-year-old has to show that the Bengals’ trust in him was justified. With a 5-5 record, everything is still possible this season. But it probably wouldn’t be surprising if the Bengals collapse now and miss the playoffs.

Houston Texans (6-4) – Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3) -:- BOXSCORE

The Jaguars absolutely overran the Titans in the redemption game after their 3:34 defeat against the 49ers – and made up for the embarrassment from the previous week with their own 34 points. Now it’s time to make amends again: In week 3, Jacksonville lost against division rival Houston (17:37), this time it should be better. The Texans around rookie QB CJ Stroud are still on a roll – even if the performances didn’t vote against the Cardinals. Stroud threw three interceptions and the 21:16 victory was only thanks to the strong defense, which prevented a comeback at the last moment (one minute on the clock, the Cardinals offense was at the Texans 27-yard line). Will Stroud come back positively from his first truly poor performance of the season?

Indianapolis Colts (5-5) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6) -:- BOXSCORE

Before the bye week, Indianapolis recorded an exceptional 10-6 win against the Patriots. The own offense hardly worked at all – the defense was completely convincing. After the bye week, the Colts released star LB Shaquille Leonard and it will be interesting to see how this affects future performance. This probably doesn’t change much about the weak offense around QB Gardner Minshew. The Bucs have to get going now – and the rest of the schedule promises the chance to get back into the race for the playoffs despite their own weak record. With the Jaguars there is only one team with a currently positive record waiting for them – with the Colts now and division rival New Orleans there are still two 5-5 teams waiting. Everything is still possible, the Saints are just one win better. But they shouldn’t lose touch now.

New York Giants (3-8) – New England Patriots (2-8) -:- BOXSCORE

The bye week has brought some calm to the discussions surrounding Bill Belichick and his stay in Boston – now a must-win game is on the horizon if things are to stay that way. “Bradley Zappe is nowhere near on the same level as Mac Jones,” ex-Pats TE Rob Gronkowski analyzed the current QB situation in New England for the Up & Adams ShowI, but Coach Belichick didn’t want to commit: “I have all the players “I said the same thing: Be ready to go! I want everyone to be prepared.” This probably even refers to QB3 Will Grier. Gronkowski recommended Jones ask for a release and join the Browns due to a lack of respect in New England. As long as he is still officially considered a starter, that might be unrealistic. The fact that he stays that way is currently in his own hands thanks to his performance. From undrafted free agent to superhero? Tommy DeVito seems to have slowly found his feet with the Giants and, in his third start since QB Daniel Jones’ injury, he put in an impressive performance for the first time, leading his Giants to victory. Is it a one-off story or can rookie DeVito really open up the quarterback question for the Giants with good performances?

Tennessee Titans (3-7) – Carolina Panthers (1-9) -:- BOXSCORE

Does the Titans’ joy over an actually good Will Levis game in Week 11 outweigh their frustration over the disastrous 14:34 loss to division rival Jacksonville? Levis now has the chance to show that he can play well and win against the weakest team in the NFL according to record. Do the Panthers even want to win anymore? It would certainly be an achievement for rookie QB Bryce Young’s self-confidence – especially since he is now facing a duel with his rookie colleague. Young certainly wants to prove that he was rightly selected at No. 1 – and not in the second round (pick 34) like Levis. Even if that could weaken the draft position for next year.

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Sunday, November 26th, 10:05 p.m

Arizona Cardinals (2-9) – Los Angeles Rams (4-6) -:- BOXSCORE

It’s probably too late for a turnaround for the Cardinals anyway. Despite Murray’s return, another defeat won’t do any harm. In the coming weeks, the main thing will be to end the season in a somewhat forgiving manner. With the big chunks (Steelers, 49ers, Eagles, Seahawks) still to come, the “easier” tasks are definitely part of it. With wins against the Rams and Bears (Week 16) as well as decent performances in the other games, the mood in Arizona could look completely different. For the Rams, it’s now time to get down to business. There’s no way you’ll be able to get past the 49ers, so every win is important to make it through the wildcard spots into the playoffs. After the 17:16 victory over Seattle, they are two wins behind them – the Vikings have two more wins due to the bye week not yet taking place, but only one loss less. The postseason is not yet out of reach. But a win against the Cardinals would be mandatory.

Denver Broncos (5-5) – Cleveland Browns (7-3) -:- BOXSCORE

Even with Dorian Thompson-Tobinson at quarterback, the Browns continue to win. The win against the Steelers was a show of strength from the Cleveland defense. Although they lost the turnover battle 0-1, they conceded almost no points. RB Jaylen Warren only escaped them on a 74-yard run – otherwise they held Pittsburgh to a field goal. A similar performance is probably needed against the Broncos, because without starting QB Deshaun Watson and starting RB Nick Chubb things were almost not going well in their own offense. The Broncos have recently improved and won four strong wins in a row (interrupted by the Bye Week). But now it’s against an absolutely elite defense – and Russel Wilson has often shown panic and problems under great pressure in the past. How RW3 deals with Myles Garrett and Co. will probably be crucial to the game.

Sunday, November 26th, 10:25 p.m

Las Vegas Raiders (5-6) – Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) -:- BOXSCORE

Super Bowl contender Kansas City? At least the defense made a clear statement. Although they allowed 21 points, Philadelphia was held to 238 yards and had one interception – the offense had enough chances to secure the victory. But it doesn’t work nearly as well there. Patrick Mahomes found his target on just 24 of his 43 pass attempts. The Eagles defense is strong, but that was also due to the Chiefs’ weak passing game. This has to get better if it is to be enough for the big trick again. The situation is similar for the Raiders led by Aidan O’Connell, although this is probably more to do with the quarterback, who threw three interceptions into the arms of the Dolphins the previous week. But the strong offense around Tyreek Hill and Tua Tagovailoa was held to “only” 20 points. Davante Adams appears to be an offensive player at Las Vegas but continues to be a solo entertainer. That might not be enough against the Chiefs defense.

Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) – Buffalo Bills (6-5) -:- BOXSCORE

With the win against the Chiefs, the defeat against the Jets in Week 6 is finally declared a blip and Philadelphia is a top candidate for the Super Bowl. There will be another tough test with the 49ers in week 13, but the Eagles should again be the clear favorites against the Bills. The passing game didn’t really get going last week, but the Eagles showed often enough that not everything has to be perfect to deliver at a high level. The Bills delivered offensively for the first time in a long time – but they were their opponents Jets. Josh Allen “just wants to have fun,” but that will be difficult against Philadelphia. When the pass rush hits and the backfield intercepts his balls, he probably won’t laugh too often – he’ll have to prevent that. He hasn’t played a game without an interception since Week 4. After all: Even back then, Miami was against a top team.


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Monday, November 27th, 2:20 a.m

Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) – Baltimore Ravens (8-3) -:- BOXSCORE

How long can Chargers OC Kellen Moore be kept – and does HC Brandon Staley have to go after the second OC debacle in a row? The Chargers actually have a good offense, but it just doesn’t work. Even without last year’s OC Joe Lombardi, star QB Justin Herbert’s offense hasn’t gotten any better. Staley and Moore’s chairs are at least shaking after the loss to the Packers – a win against the strong Ravens could get them back on the ground, at least temporarily. The Ravens come into Week 12 at 8-3 as the best team in the AFC and they want it with a win – otherwise four teams that have one less win (but no more defeat) due to the bye week could catch up with them during Baltimore’s break. Not everything was great against the Bengals, at least as long as Joe Burrow was still playing. But in the end it was a clear victory.

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Tuesday, November 28th, 2 a.m. – 3 p.m

Minnesota Vikings (6-5) – Chicago Bears (3-8) -:- BOXSCORE

So far, the Vikings have always been victorious in two games within the division – this should now continue in order to reach the playoffs. With one game more (no bye week yet), Minnesota is currently two wins ahead of the Packers, Rams, Falcons and Bucs in the seventh playoff spot in the NFC. The Vikings will take a break in week 13 – and want to be in the best position to reach the playoffs on their own. For that to happen, a win is needed now. The Bears also have their bye in week 13, but at least they are no competition in the table. At 3-8 they are clearly last in the NFC North. But after a win against the Panthers, Chicago gave the strong Lions a real fight for victory. Detroit was only able to turn the game around late. Will the Vikings, led by Joshua Dobbs, have the same will to win or can the Bears upset their division rivals in the playoff race?

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