Week 12 of NFL action kicked off on Thanksgiving with a loaded slate of close games that provided plenty of thrilling plays. The feast continued on Sunday with more action packed games. TWSN NFL analysts Marissa Myers, Logan Fulmer, Matt Levine, and Isaac Nelson provide the top games of Week 12.
New England Patriots @ Minnesota Vikings
To end off the Thanksgiving slate of games was the Patriots taking on the Vikings. The game started off quick as Kirk Cousins found Johnny Mundt for 13 yards and from there led the Vikings down the field for an 80-yard drive that ended in a Justin Jefferson touchdown. Mac Jones and the Patriots would respond on their first offensive drive as Jones would execute perfectly over five plays, driving the team down the field before hitting Nelson Agholor for a 34-yard score. After exchanging punts, primetime Cousins would show up briefly as the Patriots got pressure, which led to Cousins throwing an interception to Jonathan Jones. The Vikings would hold the Patriots to a field goal, which in return would start a field goal fest, as the next two drives each ended in field goals. A Vikings touchdown and another Patriots field goal would make it seven scores by halftime. Opening up the second half, both the Patriots and Vikings scored a touchdown and a field goal on their first two drives. Finally, the Vikings defense showed up after holding the Patriots scoreless the rest of the game, while the Vikings still had one more touchdown left in them. The touchdown was set up by Jefferson as he hauled in a 36-yard pass, which led to the next play being a 15-yard touchdown to Adam Thielen. Jones put together his best game of the season with 382 yards and two touchdowns, but the duo of Cousins and Jefferson was just too much for the Patriots to slow down, as Jefferson finished with 139 receiving yards. (Marissa)
Chicago Bears @ New York Jets
This game was clearly the quarterback matchup of the week. We had Mike White taking on Trevor Siemian. The story coming into this game was the potential matchup of Zach Wilson and Justin Fields, who were drafted the same year. Neither of these guys were active for their respective reasons, Fields was hurt while Wilson was benched. To no surprise, the Jets won this game with ease. Mike White looked unbelievable as he completed 22-of-28 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns. Not only was the outcome better, but for the Jets, the vibes were as well. After the game, you can tell the whole team was relieved and happy with their performance with White as their leader. The question is now how long will Mike White be the guy in New York? (Logan)
Atlanta Falcons @ Washington Commanders
The Atlanta Falcons and Washington Commanders squared off in a tightly contested matchup from FedEx Field. Washington came out on top as the Falcons threw a costly interception on the goal line just before the game was over. Atlanta pounded the ball all game, but couldn’t get over the hump. Running back Brian Robinson Jr. led the way for the Commanders with 105 yards on the ground. He was a force all game and the Falcons couldn’t stop him. The final score of the game was 19-13 in favor of the home team, as Washington improved their record to 7-5 on the season. (Matt)
Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Ravens traveled to Florida to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, looking to extend their lead in the AFC North. Baltimore was upset in the final seconds, collapsing towards the end of games is familiar with this team, and it strikes yet again. The game started strong for the Ravens with two field goals out of Justin Tucker, and forcing the Jaguars to turn it over on downs. After a Ravens fumble, Jacksonville drove down to take the lead off a Trevor Lawrence to JaMycal Hasty touchdown. After a couple of shared field goals, the half ended 9-10 with a lead from the home team. The Ravens defense did their job at the start of the second half, forcing a couple of punts and a fumble. The Ravens offense got one field goal out of their first couple of second half drives, before taking advantage of that Jaguars fumble with a Gus Edwards rushing touchdown to put them up 19-10. From here in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars bounced back in a must score situation to take a 14 play drive to the house courtesy of a Lawrence passing touchdown to Jamal Agnew. On the first play of the Ravens’ next drive, Edwards fumbled and Jacksonville’s defense recovered to give their team a solid opportunity. The offense did go three-and-out, but the effort by the defense still turned into a field goal drive to give the Jaguars a 19-20 lead.
The drama continued as the Ravens marched right down the field and scored off a passing touchdown from Jackson to Josh Oliver. This was capped off with a Mark Andrews reception to make the two-point conversion successful, and granted them the lead once again 27-20. My biggest takeaway of this game came on this next drive. Lawrence looked surgical as he drove all the way down the field and threw a touchdown to Marvin Jones. Lawrence looked like the real deal in this game, and especially when the moment was big. This led to decision time, as the Jaguars were down 27-26 after the touchdown, and could either kick the extra point for overtime or go for two to all but win the game. They opted to go for two and yet another pass from Lawrence was a laser to Zay Jones, and they took the lead 27-28. With just 14 seconds remaining, a solid return from their special teams unit, and a pass to Oliver, set Justin Tucker up with a tough field goal attempt. The 67-yard field goal was close but came up short, and the Jaguars won it in regulation. The Jaguars looked like what they thought when drafting Trevor Lawrence first overall, and the aggressive decisions paid off. (Isaac)