Three games down, 13 to go with no more bye weeks. All three road teams won on Thanksgiving Thursday, which has never happened before. But this 2012 season has been full of things happening for the first time, so it fits.
If it looks like I’m running out of steam for these intros, it’s because I am after usually writing 15,000-20,000 words on the NFL during the week. There’s only so much more you can say.
This Week’s Articles
Captain Comeback Week 11: Houston Texans Lead Overtime Drama – Cold, Hard Football Facts
After no comebacks or game-winning drives in Week 10, we had five this week, including three overtime games. Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans had one of the most prolific offensive performances in NFL history, and that is the Drive of the Week. Also: a bizarre comeback with six turnovers by the Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay’s wild comeback in Carolina, Tony Romo ties Roger Staubach in Dallas, and even the Packers do something they have never done before under Mike McCarthy: win a game after trailing after each of the first three quarters.
Tony Romo: Reality vs. Perception Check For Dallas Cowboys’ Quarterback – Bleacher Report
Updating the Tony Romo saga. With a 15-23 (.395) record at fourth-quarter comeback opportunities, Romo now has the same record as Roger Staubach did. But why such the huge difference in clutch perception? Find that out, plus more, including a comparison of Romo’s comebacks to Staubach’s.
Why Are the Lions Always Turkeys on Thanksgiving? – NBC Sports
A look at Thursday and Thanksgiving football in the NFL. The home team was 7-3 on Thursday this season heading into the week, but went a record-first 0-3. Detroit faced the team with the best record in football for the fourth time in the last five years. I saw CBS steal the graphic I used in the table for this article. Thanks, CBS.
Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 11 at New England Patriots – Colts Authority
It was a rough four-turnover day for Luck in New England, but not all was bad as he threw for over 300 yards for the record-setting 5th time as a rookie.
The Thinking Man’s Guide: NFL Week 12 Predictions – Bleacher Report
This week we take a detailed look at the three Thanksgiving games, Cleveland’s Super Bowl, Colin Kaepernick going from one extreme to another in terms of defense, and picks for all Week 12 games.
Tom Brady and Other Quarterbacks on Pace to Break Obscure NFL Records – Cold, Hard Football Facts
You know about the record streaks for counting stats like consecutive games with a touchdown pass or 300-yards passing, but what about the pass efficiency streaks for roughly league-average marks like 60.0 percent completions, 7.00 yards per attempt and a 90.0 passer rating? You will be surprised to learn no one has been able to do any of those things for all 16 games in a season. Find out if anyone is on pace this season, and who has come the closest in the past.
2012 NFL Week 12 Predictions
I had Houston, Dallas and New England on Thursday, so I start the week 2-1. A lot of road picks this week.
Winners in bold:
- Bills at Colts
- Broncos at Chiefs
- Falcons at Buccaneers
- Raiders at Bengals
- Seahawks at Dolphins
- Steelers at Browns
- Titans at Jaguars
- Vikings at Bears
- Ravens at Chargers
- 49ers at Saints
- Rams at Cardinals
- Packers at Giants
- Panthers at Eagles
- Week 1: 12-4
- Week 2: 11-5
- Week 3: 4-12
- Week 4: 10-5
- Week 5: 10-4
- Week 6: 5-9
- Week 7: 12-1
- Week 8: 10-4
- Week 9: 11-3
- Week 10: 9-4-1
- Week 11: 11-3
- Season: 105-54-1 (.659)