The Raiders have been blown out by the Jets, and the Eagles could not get something going towards the Seahawks. The Panthers-Saints and Lions-Redskins matchups each ended with game-winning subject objectives, and the Payments received to eight wins and earned some cushion within the AFC playoff race. Within the afternoon slate, the Cowboys didn’t make a press release in a loss to the Patriots. Within the evening recreation, the Niners rolled the Packers.

All that and extra in Week 12’s largest takeaways from NFL Nation.

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The Seahawks’ protection is hitting its stride. Over the previous two video games, that group has allowed a mixed two touchdowns and 4 subject objectives, and one of many TDs was throughout rubbish time within the win over the Eagles on Sunday. The cross rush was efficient for the second consecutive recreation, even with Jadeveon Clowney inactive and Jarran Reed lacking the second half. It was a reversal of the primary half of the season, when Russell Wilson and the offense needed to bail out the protection. Stated linebacker Ok.J. Wright: “This protection could be the most effective within the league. I am happy with us … I imagine this protection is a Tremendous Bowl-caliber protection [and this is a] Tremendous Bowl-caliber crew.” — Brady Henderson

Subsequent recreation: vs. Minnesota (8:15 p.m. ET, Dec. 2)

Quarterback Carson Wentz dedicated 4 turnovers, all a part of an terrible offensive efficiency that places the Eagles (5-6) in a precarious place. Wentz (33-of-45 passing, 256 yards, TD) threw two interceptions and had three fumbles — two of which Seattle recovered — in what proved to be one in all his worst performances as a professional. The Eagles have two issues going for them: a resurgent protection and the best closing schedule within the NFL, beginning with a visit to Miami subsequent week. However with the offense sputtering this badly, nothing is assured. — Tim McManus

Subsequent recreation: at Miami (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)


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After failing to match the Saints’ sense of urgency final week, the Bucs overcame two early interceptions from quarterback Jameis Winston to win on the street and enhance to 4-7. Whereas this isn’t a playoff-caliber crew, and Winston continues to be wildly inconsistent (he turned the primary participant since Jon Kitna to show the ball over 100 occasions in 67 video games), the Bucs do have a sensible shot to raised their matching 5-11 information of the previous two years, as solely two of their last 5 opponents — the Colts and Texans — have a successful document, and three of their last 5 video games are at house. — Jenna Laine

Subsequent recreation: at Jacksonville (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)

The Falcons blew a golden alternative to construct off the momentum from a two-game successful streak. When the Falcons failed to attain touchdowns after Matt Ryan’s early 53-yard connection to tight finish Jaeden Graham and after linebacker De’Vondre Campbell’s interception gave the offense the ball on the Bucs’ 19-yard line, you knew it was going to be a protracted day. The Falcons seemed extra just like the crew that began the season 1-7 than like a crew on a mission to save lots of its season and coach Dan Quinn’s job. Now at 3-8, the playoffs are a far-fetched risk. — Vaughn McClure

Subsequent recreation: vs. New Orleans (8:20 p.m. ET, Thursday)


The Saints cannot be ok with the way in which they saved letting the Panthers again within the recreation. However ugly or not, they do have to be ok with primarily slamming the door shut on the NFC South race. The Saints (9-2) now have a four-game lead over Carolina (5-6). However they might want to play loads cleaner over the following 5 weeks, particularly with regards to their continued penalty woes, in the event that they wish to final into February. — Mike Triplett

Subsequent recreation: at Atlanta (8:20 p.m. ET, Thursday)

Kickers have been 134-for-134 on subject objectives of 28 yards or much less earlier than Carolina kicker Joey Slye missed with 1:56 left. He additionally missed two additional factors in a recreation the Saints received on a last-second subject purpose. Slye, who mentioned he felt horrible after the sport, is aware of he let lots of people down and all however ended Carolina’s playoff hopes. He additionally might have put coach Ron Rivera’s job in jeopardy until the Panthers (5-6) win their last 5 video games and make the playoffs. — David Newton

Subsequent recreation: vs. Washington (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)


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Baker Mayfield may lastly be discovering a groove along with his large receivers. He tossed a season-high three landing passes Sunday — two to Jarvis Landry and one other to Odell Beckham Jr. It was the primary time Mayfield had discovered Beckham and Landry for touchdowns in the identical recreation, with all three coming within the first half. Mayfield set a season-high passing effectivity of 118.1, whereas OBJ and Landry mixed for 232 receiving yards, additionally a season excessive. “They executed at this time at a excessive stage,” coach Freddie Kitchens mentioned. Subsequent up is an emotional journey to Pittsburgh, which figures to be tense given final week’s melee with the Steelers. The rematch would be the dominant storyline. But quietly, Cleveland is enjoying its means again into playoff rivalry. — Jake Trotter

Subsequent recreation: at Pittsburgh (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)

The Dolphins’ feel-good progress is at a halt, and the must be addressed this offseason are rising by the sport. Giving up 41 factors and season-best performances to Mayfield and Landry uncovered simply how a lot work Miami has to do with its cross rush and secondary. At 2-9, it is about time to formally flip the web page to the offseason and draft. — Cameron Wolfe

Subsequent recreation: vs. Philadelphia (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)


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Everybody at New Period Area witnessed historical past, as Payments working again Frank Gore handed Barry Sanders for third place on the NFL’s all-time speeding checklist. However as Gore, himself, would say, crucial takeaway of the day was the notch within the win column. Buffalo (8-3) is now two video games forward of the glut of groups vying for the second AFC wild-card spot. It was a much-needed win for the Payments with a Thanksgiving Day matchup towards the Cowboys on deck and video games towards the Ravens, Steelers and Patriots awaiting within the following weeks. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Subsequent recreation: at Dallas (4:30 p.m. ET, Thursday)

The Broncos’ struggles on offense go effectively past who performs quarterback. Sunday’s loss means they’ve now scored 16 or fewer factors six occasions this season and have scored 16 or fewer factors 13 occasions previously 27 video games (48% of the time). Because the begin of the 2017 season, the Broncos are actually on their sixth quarterback — rookie Drew Lock would be the seventh if the Broncos select to activate him off injured reserve and play him earlier than season’s finish — their third offensive coordinator and second head coach. They’re mainly enjoying out the string, headed for his or her fourth consecutive dropping season below John Elway. — Jeff Legwold

Subsequent recreation: vs. L.A. Chargers (4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday)


The Giants made a critical mistake by not double-teaming Khalil Mack on each play. Mack had been quiet these days — one sack over the earlier six video games — however the All-Professional broke out of his stoop with a strip-sack of New York quarterback Daniel Jones that arrange what proved to be the Bears’ game-winning landing on Sunday. “I lastly received singled up,” Mack mentioned with a smile. “And I knew I needed to take advantage of the chance.” After not recording a single stat for the Bears in Week 11’s loss to the Rams, Mack was credited with three whole tackles and two extra quarterback hurries towards the Giants. — Jeff Dickerson

Subsequent recreation: at Detroit (12:30 p.m. ET, Thursday)

It retains getting uglier for the Giants after their seventh consecutive loss. Missed subject objectives, countless neutral-zone infractions and poor cross safety led to a different loss. “It is robust, man. We’ve got to get again to the drafting board,” large receiver Sterling Shepard mentioned. It begs the query: Simply who can the Giants (2-9) beat proper now? Perhaps the Dolphins or Redskins over the ultimate 5 weeks? Can they even get to 4 wins? — Jordan Raanan

Subsequent recreation: vs. Inexperienced Bay (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)


With robust play by quarterback Sam Darnold and a suffocating run protection, the Jets received their third consecutive recreation. This sounds loopy, but when they’ll beat the lowly Bengals and Dolphins the following two weeks, they are going to be 6-7 for a Thursday evening recreation towards the Ravens. The Jets are making this attention-grabbing. — Wealthy Cimini

Subsequent recreation: at Cincinnati (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)

The Raiders could also be within the playoff hunt, however a poor exhibiting within the parts towards Jets leaves the impression Oakland is extra pretender than contender. A primary-place tie with Kansas Metropolis was at stake, and now the Raiders see the Chiefs subsequent week. “We’re not the ’85 Bears,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden mentioned. “We’re a improvement soccer crew, we’re creating our roster, we’re making strides. At the moment was a setback. We’ll give our preparation each ounce of diligence that we will. We all know what we’re up towards in Arrowhead [Stadium]; they’re coming off a bye week, so it is not going to be simple.” — Paul Gutierrez

Subsequent recreation: at Kansas Metropolis (4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday)


Dwayne Haskins has a protracted method to go and his inaccuracy stays a difficulty, however he did present poise in main two late scoring drives. The sport additionally confirmed the Redskins have some stable younger expertise at receiver with Terry McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon. Each made robust catches late within the recreation. McLaurin, specifically, has developed into a wonderful participant, and if Haskins had been heading in the right direction extra typically, McLaurin would have completed with greater than 100 yards and a minimum of one landing. Haskins additionally confirmed his 22-year-old aspect by taking a selfie when the offense was taking a knee in victory formation. That will not sit effectively with some. In the long run, this was your complete Haskins expertise: You noticed the arm expertise, the inaccuracy, the poise and a few of his youthfulness. It will take him time to mature as a professional. — John Keim

Subsequent recreation: at Carolina (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)

The Lions are in precarious territory, losers of seven of their previous eight video games — and Sunday’s defeat is likely to be the worst. Gamers have been at a loss after the sport, and when veteran security Tavon Wilson was requested what it says about Detroit that it misplaced to Washington, he mentioned, “They have been higher than us at this time, so that offers you my ideas on us.” Wilson mentioned the Lions have “to maintain pushing” and play effectively in spurts. However spurts have not been adequate this season for this crew. — Michael Rothstein

Subsequent recreation: vs. Chicago (12:30 p.m. ET, Thursday)


The Steelers could also be on their third beginning quarterback the following time they take the sector. Quarterback Mason Rudolph was pulled for ineffective play after one drive within the third quarter in favor of backup Devlin Hodges. “I felt like our offense wanted a spark,” coach Mike Tomlin mentioned. “Mason wasn’t doing sufficient. [Devlin] got here in and offered us with a spark. Made a pair performs. We’ll see what subsequent week holds.” Three performs into his first drive, Hodges ignited the offense with a cross to James Washington that the large receiver took to the tip zone by means of a stiff-arm for a 79-yard rating. Tomlin would not disclose his plan for subsequent week at quarterback, however Hodges’ spark did sufficient to get this win — and should yield a everlasting beginning job. — Brooke Pryor

Subsequent recreation: vs. Cleveland (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)

Rookie quarterback Ryan Finley will want a critical turnaround if he desires to show that he could be the quarterback of the longer term. Finley’s struggles continued as he accomplished 46.2% of his passes for 192 yards and had one other turnover, his fifth in three begins. Three of these are misplaced fumbles within the pocket, an space of main concern for Bengals coach Zac Taylor. “We needed to be robust within the pocket, and we put it on the bottom too many occasions,” Taylor mentioned. The Bengals have 5 video games left and are in peril of changing into the third franchise (Detroit and Cleveland) to undergo a 16-game season and not using a win. — Ben Child

Subsequent recreation: vs. N.Y. Jets (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)


The Titans appear to have lastly gotten it proper. Offensive coordinator Arthur Smith dialed up Derrick Henry for 19 carries, and the 6-foot-3, 247-pounder rewarded him by choosing up 159 yards and two touchdowns. Henry has 347 yards in two video games towards two of the NFL’s worst run defenses. However subsequent week towards the Colts (ninth-ranked run protection) might be a significant check for Henry and the Titans’ speeding assault. — Turron Davenport

Subsequent recreation: at Indianapolis (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)

This was the Jaguars’ third double-digit loss in a row, and nobody could be protected after one other embarrassing and demoralizing efficiency. Proprietor Shad Khan mentioned after final season there have been too many lengthy Sundays and he anticipated that to vary. It clearly hasn’t, and the Jaguars’ sixth consecutive street loss to the Titans could drive his hand as early as Monday. Coach Doug Marrone is 19-24 in his two-plus seasons, which features a 9-18 mark since successful the AFC South with a 10-6 document and showing within the AFC title recreation in 2017. Common supervisor Dave Caldwell and government vp of soccer operations Tom Coughlin have drafted effectively the previous two seasons, however they’re in jeopardy, too. It would rely upon whether or not Khan trusts them to make the choices in free company and the upcoming draft, which incorporates two first-round picks. — Mike DiRocco

Subsequent recreation: vs. Tampa Bay (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)



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The Patriots’ protection saved the sport, holding twice contained in the crimson zone after the Cowboys had superior to the 11-yard line. That was finally the distinction. However whereas the protection continues to outline this Patriots crew, with a blocked punt on particular groups as an extension of that, the short-handed offense continues to be looking for solutions. The optimistic view is Tom Brady (17-of-37 for 190 yards, TD) and the offense will quickly get receivers Phillip Dorsett II (concussion) and Mohamed Sanu Sr. (ankle) again. The pessimistic view is, regardless, there merely may not be sufficient firepower when the Patriots finally want the offense to hold the day if the protection and particular groups falter. — Mike Reiss

Subsequent recreation: at Houston (8:20 p.m. ET, Sunday)

Jerry Jones referred to as the Cowboys’ loss a “vital setback.” The proprietor and normal supervisor felt like his crew wanted a win towards a top quality opponent to enhance its possibilities of being greater than only a playoff crew. At 6-5, the Cowboys stay in first place within the NFC East however partly due to Philadelphia’s struggles. “We’re lucky,” Jones mentioned. “We have got an opportunity to essentially step up right here and do that, however I wish to see us coordinate our protection, offense and particular groups … I wish to see a successful recreation, all of these guys performing just a little bit in coordination and unison. And I am disenchanted we did not try this.” — Todd Archer

Subsequent recreation: vs. Buffalo (4:30 p.m. ET, Thursday)


The 49ers delivered an entire efficiency in a recreation they needed to have towards the Packers. With a protracted street journey wherein they face Baltimore and New Orleans subsequent, the Niners could not afford to drop the one house recreation in what could possibly be essentially the most tough three-game stretch a crew has confronted this late within the season within the Tremendous Bowl period. That they totally dominated Inexperienced Bay ought to solely bolster the 49ers’ confidence and retains them in place to lock up the No. 1 seed and home-field benefit all through the playoffs. “All people type of has been sleeping on us,” 49ers offensive sort out Mike McGlinchey mentioned. “I do not know what else we will do to type of say ‘Hey, we’re a drive to be reckoned with, too.’ However I feel we despatched that message tonight to not solely the Inexperienced Bay Packers however the remainder of the NFL as effectively. We all know what we now have in right here and we all know what we’re able to and these subsequent two weeks are going to be a superb check once more.” — Nick Wagoner

Subsequent recreation: at Baltimore (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)

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In recreation that may find yourself having home-field benefit implications within the NFC, the Packers confirmed they don’t seem to be worthy. The Packers cannot simply low cost their lack of ability in win in California as unimportant as a result of now it seems like they could have to return again right here to have any probability on the Tremendous Bowl. What’s to make anybody suppose the Packers can come West and really win after getting rolled of their two California video games this season — on the Chargers and on the 49ers? — Rob Demovsky

Subsequent recreation: at N.Y. Giants (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)


The Texans referred to as their Thursday evening recreation towards the Colts a “must-win” all week lengthy. Houston gamers backed up their phrases, turning the web page from an unsightly loss in Baltimore. Now the Texans will put together for the hardest recreation of this three-game stretch once they host the Patriots on Sunday Evening Soccer. — Sarah Barshop

Subsequent recreation: vs. New England (8:20 p.m. ET, Sunday)

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Mark Sanchez would not see both the Colts or the Texans making a deep run within the AFC playoffs.

The Colts (6-5) will need assistance to make the playoffs after their loss to Houston. They went from having a 74% probability to win the division with a win, per FPI, to seeing these odds diminished to 19% with the defeat. Their finest probability for the postseason could also be as a wild-card crew. The Colts went into Sunday with only one recreation remaining towards a crew with a successful document (at New Orleans). — Mike Wells

Subsequent recreation: vs. Tennessee (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)