NFL Numbers for the Boardroom: Week 12
I had a late night on Sunday, but, “How about those Cowboys?!” It was worth staying up to see them hang on and beat the New York Giants. I am late this week, so let’s get right to our numbers for Week 12 and on today’s NFC showdown!
Numbers for the boardroom
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw three of his four touchdown passes to one receiver, Demaryius Thomas in their 39-36 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Despite three interceptions, Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer led their offense down the field in the final minute to set up Billy Cundiff‘s 37-yard field goal as time expired for a 26-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns in their 34-9 victory over the Detroit Lions. The Patriots stretched their winning streak against the Lions to seven games.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Josh Huff returned the opening kickoff 107 yards against the Tennessee Titans. It is the longest return in franchise history. The Eagles beat the Titans (for the first time) 43-24.
The Philadelphia Eagles became the first team since the Green Bay Packers in 1970 to have two players with kickoff returns of 100-plus yards in the same season. Chris Polk had one for 102 yards in Week 3 vs. Washington
Thanksgiving Day Football
Thankfully, the NFL has some good games for Thanksgiving this year! For years, we had two games. The Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys both hosted games on this holiday. We suffered through the Detroit Lions getting slaughtered at home. Since the 1999 season (after Barry Sanders retired), the Lions have only won four Thanksgiving Day games. It was so bad that fans began lobbying the NFL to move the game from Detroit. Jerry Jones’ Cowboys have struggled to replace the greatest quarterback – wide receiver – running back trio of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith, but during the same time frame they have won eight games on “Turkey Day.” Now we have three games to feast on. Detroit and Dallas still host an opponent and the NFL selects a third matchup. This year all three of games should be good. Each game is a NFC division rivalry.
Chicago Bears at the Detroit Lions (12:30 pm ET on CBS): The Bears won the inaugural Thanksgiving meeting of these teams in 1934. They are 8-7 in this classic, but this is their first time playing in it since 1999. Detroit (7-4) is second in the division and Chicago (5-6) is third, trailing the Lions by 2 games. The Lions were embarrassed by the New England Patriots and Tom Brady on Sunday. Luckily for the home team, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is not close to being Brady, so the Detroit’s secondary will not be an issue and its defensive line can stop the Bears’ Matt Forte (running game). The Detroit Lions avoid losing three in a row and win 17-10.
Philadelphia Eagles at the Dallas Cowboys (4:30 pm ET on FOX): The game to watch. (I certainly will be focused on it!) These teams are tied in the division at 8-3. The winner will be in first place. I think that it will be a competitive game. The offenses are both putting up points. The Eagles have adjusted and stayed on track with their backup quarterback. What will make the difference is turnovers. The Cowboys have forced a turnover in 10 of their 11 games this season and the Eagles have committed the most turnovers in the NFL with 27 this season. Grateful for a an Eagles turnover, the Cowboys win 27-24.
Seattle Seahawks at the San Francisco 49ers (8:30 pm ET on NBC): Tied in the division at 7-4. The winner will be second in the division. History of this matchup shows that the advantage goes to the 49ers. Both teams have improved, but the conversations out of Seattle seem to be about everything except football. Percy Harvin trade, Marshawn Lynch’s contract, Richard Sherman’s thoughts on NFL sponsors and player only meetings. Distractions plus a short week will cause the Seahawks to lose on the road. San Francisco wins 21-13.
Get in the game!