Thanksgiving weekend didn’t clear any confusion from last week. If anything, there’s more questions after this week. Will the entire NFC East make the playoffs? Who’s the best team in the NFC ? When is it time for Aaron Rodgers to shut it down ? The AFC is top heavy but what’s going on with seeds 5-7 ? Best thing about it is, we are entering the stretch run. Week 12 storylines are here.
Miami is the threat to KC at the top of the conference. I know, I know I’ve mad this big deal about Buffalo the entire season but this team seems poised to make a solid postseason run. It starts with Tua Tagovailoa, the third year QB has 19 touchdown passes to only three interceptions. The Dolphins jumped out to a 30-0 lead on Sunday which led to Tua sitting out the final quarter. There’s no hiding from what the Dash Brothers of Hill and Waddle bring to the table, but the presence of Trent Sherfield is imperative to the success of the offense. The Dolphins posses a defense that makes enough plays to ensure that the offense will be in a suitable situation. It seems as if every week we get a game that could qualify as the game of the year, next weeks tilt with the San Francisco 49ers could in fact be the game of the year.
Down goes Seattle ?! The Seahawks started the season with a surprisingly high octane offense with an opportunistic defense that made them seem like a true playoff. Geno Smith was undoubtedly the choice for Comeback Player Of the Year. I don’t see that changing, what needs to change is the defense. Throughout this season the Seahawks have given up 45 points to Detroit, 39 points to New Orleans and finally 40 on Sunday to Las Vegas. The one thing those three teams have in common is that they are multiple games below .500. Other teams in the league have figured out that most Sundays against Seattle will be a track meet. What does that mean? It’s gonna be tough to grab one of those three wild card spots. Seattle has games against Kansas City, San Fran and New York (Jets) in the upcoming weeks. This is a brutal final stretch, it will separate a contender from the rest of the pack.
Jacksonville will be a force to reckon with real soon. At 4-7 the Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t threatening any of the top seven teams of the AFC, that doesn’t mean that it’s an easy win either. Trevor Lawrence played like the top overall pick on Sunday. The second year signal caller went 15 for 19, 173 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone. Top that with the go-ahead two point conversation and Jacksonville pulled a comeback for the ages against the Baltimore Ravens. Lawrence made all the right throws at the right time to put his team in a position to win. Zay Jones has built chemistry with Lawrence throughout the season, you can see that with the trust that Lawrence has in his receiver. Calvin Ridley should be back next year, a true no.1 guy for Lawrence could be the recipe for some home cooking in Duval.
Philadelphia has flaws but still possesses the best team in the NFC. We saw the Eagles destroy the Vikings earlier in the season when they looked flawless. However, after sloppy play against a resurgent Washington squad and a lackluster three quarters last week in Indy, the Eagles are vulnerable. It was bend don’t break against the Packers on Sunday night, 33 points were given up. San Fran is legit and they will be on your heels if the Eagles start to slip. Not to mention Dallas won on thanksgiving as well, keeping their chances at the title and top seed alive. With all that being said Jalen Hurts is playing at MVP levels. There’s no situation that can overwhelm Hurts, when the defense dares him to beat them he has. His 157 rushing yards was the most for a quarterback in franchise history. Philly can answer the call on Sunday against Tennessee.