Gridiron Confidential: 5 key takeaways from NFL Week 12
It was thanksgiving week in the NFL and as per usual there was a pretty wild shakeup within organisations and some big changes on the field as well.
The Lions called time on Matt Patricia's time as head coach in Detroit, after another disappointing start to the season while the Giants picked up another win to move atop the NFC East and Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill lay down a marker to Brady and the Bucs.
It was a big thanksgiving week and here are my five key takeaways from the latest week of NFL action.
Mahomes and Hill cement place as elite duo in the league today:
We all knew about the talent of Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill before their game against Tampa Bay but the Chiefs quarterback/wide receiver combo put on a show against the Bucs to cement their place as the elite duo in football.
Tyreek Hill had 13 receptions for 269 yards and three touchdowns in what was a truly amazing performance, the Buccaneer defence will be having nightmares about this guy for many weeks to come, he had them in his pocket from the opening touch and it was ultimately the difference in the game. It ended up being quite a tight finish as the Bucs fought back in the second half to get within a field goal of forcing over time but the Chiefs first half domination eventually proved too much to overcome. Final Score at Raymond James Stadium, Bucs 24-27 Chiefs.
It was also a huge night for Patrick Mahomes, who had 400 first half yards to go with three touchdown passes to Hill. His work with his legs was the key in the second as he ran to pick up some huge first downs to stifle the Bucs comeback. Mahomes finished the game with 28 rushing yards of four carries to go along with 462 passing yards, if he wasn't odds on for MVP before, he certainly is now and in doing so his Chiefs side laid down the marker to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers.
Rodgers & the Packers destroy the Bears in three quarters:
Green Bay and Chicago is arguably the rivalry in NFL football, it goes way back but for the last 20 years its been all Green Bay and the latest showdown on Sunday night didn't show any signs of change.
The Packers scored a touchdown from their first drive of the game and they didn't stop until they had humiliated the Bears. Green Bay scored 41 points in the first three quarters of the game and Rodgers basically gave up on throwing the ball after half time, because he just didn't need to. Final Score at Lambeau Field, Packers 41-25 Bears.
Rodgers has been in unbelievable form in 2020 so Sundays big win was no surprise, AR12 finished the game with 211 yards passing to go with four touchdown passes as the Lambeau legend earned another win over the Chicago Bears, who had a slight fightback in the fourth after the Packers had given up on competing but the Bears are 5-6 and it seems things are only going to get worse this season.
Cowboys embarrassed by Washington:
The Dallas Cowboys flat lined in week 12 after showing signs of life with a huge win over the in form Vikings last week. Elliott was right back to his worst going for just 32 yards off 10 carries and it was crucial in their NFC East match-up.
It was a tight game throughout and Washington were just four points ahead going into the last but the Cowboys collapsed in the fourth as Washington took over, scoring three unanswered touchdowns to turn a tight conference battle into an annihilation. Final Score at AT&T Stadium, Cowboys 16-41 Washington.
The Cowboys are now 3-8 but still have a shot at the playoffs in the very tight NFC East but this defeat ends their hopes in my opinion. Destroyed by a struggling Washington side at home, no Prescott and Zeke not producing regularly. Sorry Dallas but your done for 2020.
Giants jump to top of NFC East:
Amazingly the NY Giants are now the top seed in the NFC East after another crucial win over the injury struck Bengals on Sunday. After five weeks of the 2020 season the Giants were 0-5 and showing few signs of life but since then, they've really stepped and now they are right in contention for a post season birth.
Injury to Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones struggling and holes in the defence, the early weeks of the NFL season did not give Giants fans much hope but they are now 4-7 and their latest win was largely down to Evan Engram having his best game of the season. The tight-end had six receptions for a whopping 129 yards, crucial it what was a battle in Cincinnati. Final Score at Paul Brown Stadium, Bengals 17-19 Giants.
The Bengals looked in a decent position to make a drive to win Sundays game but the Giants defence ultimately stepped up to get their team over the line. Bengals looked in good field position to make a go-ahead field goal but a forced fumble turned out to be the icing on the cake for New York.
DK Metcalf stars again to prove he's top level receiver:
DK Metcalf has been the guy so far this season, it has been his breakthrough season and the 22 year old has shown the world that he is now one of the elite receivers in the NFL.
Metcalf was the key man in Monday nights victory over Philadelphia with 10 receptions for 177 yards, although he didn't score a touchdown his pick ups with the driving force behind the Seahawks offence all night long. He is certainly Russell Wilson's guy and he is now showing the NFL that he deserves their respect. Final Score in Philadelphia, Eagles 17-23 Seahawks.
The Seahawks have moved to 8-3 to cement their place atop the NFC West after both Rams and Cardinals suffered week 12 defeats. Metcalf was arguably the star of the week outside of the Chiefs or Falcons. His 1,039 yards off 58 receptions this season has produced nine touchdowns and he will be hoping to increase those stats over the coming weeks.