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10 Things We Learned From NFL Week 12


1. Only One Remains

Cam Newton

After Brock Osweiler led the Broncos to victory on Sunday night, only one unbeaten team remains: The Panthers. Not only are they unbeaten, but their schedule is relatively easy the rest of the season: @NO, vs ATL, @NYG, @ATL, vs TB. They have a legitimate chance to finish the regular season 16-0.


2. Top Tight Ends Injured

Two of the league’s best at the position went down on Sunday. Jimmy Graham of the Seahawks ruptured his right patellar tendon, ending his season. Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots was carted off, but escaped major injury. The MRI showed only bruising in his knee, but is still expected to miss “multiple weeks.”


3. Romo (And The Cowboys) Done For Season

After coming back a bit early, Tony Romo re-broke his left collarbone. This not only ends his season, but the rest of the Cowboys as well.


4. #4 A Big Number For Packers On Thanksgiving


The number four had a couple different meanings on Thanksgiving night in Green Bay. First, Brett Favre’s #4 was retired at halftime along with an emotional greeting between him and Bart Starr. It was an amazing moment to see Starr back at Lambeau given his recent health issues. You could tell he wanted to be there to support Brett, and because it has been awhile since he has been able to make it to Green Bay. The Packers unfortunately followed this touching moment by losing their fourth game of the season. They are now 7-4.


5. Refs Still A Problem

The refs continue to be a problem around the league. This should be the number one thing addressed this off-season. The keyword is “should.” There were many bad calls around the league this week, but the focus has been mostly pointed to the Patriots vs Broncos game on Sunday Night Football. I’m sure everyone now has heard a Pats fan complain about the refs giving the game away. To the Patriots fans, I am sincerely sorry the refs caused Harper to drop that punt, and caused Brady to get sacked, and of course allowed C.J. Anderson to go 48 yards untouched for the walk-off touchdown.


6. More Struggles For Ryan

matt-ryan-falconsThe struggles continue for Matt Ryan and the Falcons as he threw for 230 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions against the Vikings. He has yet to pass for multiple touchdowns in back-to-back games this season. He was lucky that the rest of the team started out playing so well, but now that they have lost four in a row, the Falcons organization has to question how much longer they will decide to stick with him. Luckily for Ryan, his job seems to be safe for the remainder of the season since his back-up is Sean Renfree. If your reaction was “Who?” then you had the correct reaction.


7. Dolphins’ Offensive Woes

Miami’s offensive woes continued on Sunday as Lamar Miller and Jay Ajayi combined for eight rushing yards on eight carries. They decided another coaching change was needed as they fired Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor.


8. Hasselbeck 4-0

Matt Hasselbeck is now 4-0 as the starter of the Colts. He has played better than Luck has so far this season, and he has the offense running more efficiently as a whole. Fun fact: Jameis Winston was just four years old when Hasselbeck was drafted by the Packers in 1998.


9. Lions Turning Things Around

Just as everyone predicted after their 1-7 first half of the season, Detroit has won their last three games including a 45-14 victory over the Eagles on Thanksgiving.


10. Palmer’s Celebrations Need Work

Palmer ran for his first rushing touchdown since 2012 and sealed the victory for his team. I think he got a bit too excited though…

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