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NFL Monday Morning Roundup – Rusty Steelers Dismantled By Tigerish Bengals

After the trio of Thanksgiving games on Thursday saw wins for the Bears, Raiders and Bills on the road, there was a bit more success for the home field teams on Sunday, with notable wins for the Bengals, Patriots, Broncos, 49ers, Packers and Ravens.

Of those teams it was the Cincinnati Bengals that perhaps landed the best win, with a stunning 41-10 demolition of their divisional rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers, for whom Ben Roethlisberger had one of his off nights as the Bengals poured on the agony.

The Patriots dismantled an injury-hit Tennessee Titans with a 36-13 win at Foxboro, in a result that was perhaps more flattering than the actual game. The Titans were in it until Ryan Tannehill threw an interception in the fourth quarter in the Patriots end zone which would have cut the score to 26-20.

The big game of the day saw the Packers come out on top against the Rams in what many feel could be a match up that is replicated at some point in the playoffs early next year.

There were also wins for the Dolphins, their fourth in a row, Giants, Falcons and Jets as some of the teams without winning records picked up solid wins.

Here’s the results from all games in the NFL Week 12 so far.

NFL Results – Week Twelve So Far

  • Chicago Bears (4-7) 16-14 Detroit Lions (0-10-1)
  • Las Vegas Raiders (6-5) 36-33 Dallas Cowboys (7-4) OT
  • Buffalo Bills (7-4) 31-6 New Orleans Saints (5-6)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5-1) 10-41 Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)
  • Carolina Panthers (5-7) 10-33 Miami Dolphins (5-7)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (5-7) 7-13 New York Giants (4-7)
  • Tennessee Titans (8-4) 13-36 New England Patriots (8-4)
  • Atlanta Falcons (5-6) 21-14 Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-3) 38-31 Indianapolis Colts (6-6)
  • New York Jets (3-8) 21-14 Houston Texans (2-9)
  • Los Angeles Chargers (6-5) 13-28 Denver Broncos (6-5)
  • Minnesota Vikings (5-6) 26-34 San Francisco 49ers (6-5)
  • Los Angeles Rams (7-4) 28-36 Green Bay Packers (9-3)
  • Cleveland Browns (6-6) 10-16 Baltimore Ravens (8-3)
  • Seattle Seahawks(3-7) @ Washington Football Team (4-6) – Monday Night Football
  • Bye Week – Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs

Key Take-Aways From Sunday Night’s NFL Action

Ailing Titans Hit Bye Week At The Right Time But Pats Are The Real Deal

This game was close until early in the fourth quarter. Trailing by two scores, the Titans had the ball on the Pats two-yard line but Ryan Tannehill’s pass was tipped and allowed the Patriots to intercept in what was one of four key turnovers on the day against the Titans.

The Patriots were solid if unspectacular in landing the win with Mac Jones once again assured.

However, this is a pale imitation of the true Tennessee Titans when at full strength and Mike Vrabel will be hoping the Bye week coming up will give some of his star names a chance to heal and get healthy.

The Titans don’t have the most arduous of final five games and they need just a couple of wins to likely secure the AFC South, if they can get that and get their three key men, Henry, Brown and Jones back and healthy for the playoffs, this could be a very different team come then.

However, the Patriots are very much the real deal and look set to claim their customary place at the top of the AFC North.

Bill Belichick has done a fantastic job with this team and they are still very much in the reckoning for the AFC top seed in the playoffs, which would be huge for their playoff hopes.  The Bills will have plenty to say about that in the upcoming two games between the teams which will likely decide the division.

Packers In Statement Win Over The Rams

Two teams with serious hopes of reaching not just the playoffs but the Super Bowl itself clashed at Lambeau Field on Sunday evening and it was the Packers who came away with the win, moving to 9-3 on the season, half a game behind the 9-2 Cardinals.

In a match up between two of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, it was Aaron Rodgers who came out on top, throwing for 307 yards and two touchdowns, as well as adding another on the ground to put the Packers in control of the game.

The Rams fall off in the third quarter will be something that they need to analyse when they conceded 16 points without scoring as the Packers opened up a 19-point lead that proved too much to come back from.

One positive for the Rams was the improvement in output from new signing Odell Beckham Jr. who had 81 yards on five receptions and a touchdown in the game and with Von Miller making his return from injury, the Rams should only improve from here. They need to having lost all their last three games.

However, the Packers look the only legitimate threat to the Bucs and Cardinals as to who will be top seed in the NFC in the playoffs.

49ers Continue Their Improvements – Playoffs Dark Horse?

There is every chance that two of the three Wildcard spots in the NFC could go to teams in the NFC West especially after the 49ers win over the Minnesota Vikings this week.

That narrow win pushes the Vikings to 5-6 and the 49ers to 6-5. Only the Rams (7-4) have a better record outside the top teams in each conference, which makes the 49ers the sixth seed in the AFC at the present moment.

However, with the Falcons, Eagles, Saints, Vikings, Panthers and perhaps Washington all still in with a chance, there’s still plenty of football to be played before 49ers fans can relax.

A third win in consecutive games and the incredible form of Deebo Samuel means that 49ers fans can at least look forward to the remaining five or six weeks of the season with real belief that their team can push on and land a wildcard spot.

With games remaining against the Seahawks, Falcons and Texans, plus the out of sorts Rams and Titans, the 49ers should be confident of landing a Wildcard spot.

Bengals Crush Steelers To Continue Their Resurgence

My word, the Bengals blow hot and cold, but when they are hot they are dynamite. Just as the beleaguered Pittsburgh Steelers who were humbled by Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon and Tee Higgins and company at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday.

Burrow’s efficiency is stunning, completing 20 of 24 passes for 190 yards and just a single touchdown, with one interception. However with Joe Mixon running for 165 yards and two touchdowns, he provided the foundation for the win, Burrow himself added a touchdown on the ground.

The Steelers were never in this game and at one point had just three points in the fourth quarter. Ben Roethlisberger and his offense are stalling at just the wrong time of the season and that is a real worry, especially with the AFC being so open. One defeat can see you drop not just from the top of your division, but outside of the Wildcard spots altogether.

Consistency is the byword for both these teams and it is something both have lacked this season, but when the Bengals are good, they are a danger to any team.

Check back tomorrow for our review of tonight’s Monday Night game between the Seahawks and Washington!

 

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