With Week 12 of the NFL in the books, we’re seeing the season move even closer to its most important stage, which is the postseason. We now have a clearer picture of what things may look like in the playoffs. The biggest questions are in the failures and successes of the Dallas Cowboys, who fell to the Raiders and QB Derek Carr, the LA Rams who took another loss against the Packers courtesy of QB Aaron Rodgers, and the Seahawks, whose loss against the Washington Football Team has confirmed that they’re not the same team anymore and may need to make some changes soon to get back to their past glory.
Pats On The Right Path
The New England Patriots are having a magnificent season under the leadership of rookie-of-the-year favorite QB Mac Jones and legendary coach Bill Belichick. They gained another win this past Sunday against the always-tough Tennessee Titans. Although they’re missing some key players due to injuries, they still managed to keep it a very close game with effective offensive playmaking that has received praise among football strategists.
As a big favorite to make the playoffs, the Pats are now even more ready to move forward into the postseason as they’ll be in the spotlight every time they step on the NFL football field. Becoming a playoff team has been one of their biggest achievements. The improvement that New England has shown since the beginning of the season has been very impressive, considering it’s the initial season for their first-round pick, QB Mac Jones, who is now the favorite for the ROY award.
Colts Run Got Goated
The Indianapolis Colts, before facing Tom Brady’s Buccaneers, were in the middle of an important streak that helped them achieve a winning record. They now stand at 6-6 after the loss handed to them recently by Tampa Bay. After beating the imposing Buffalo Bills and QB Josh Allen, the Colts came into this game with the motivation to put Brady away but got outplayed by the so-called GOAT. In this high-scoring affair, QB Carson Wentz threw for 306 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for Indy. The Colts expected Brady to throw the ball more but instead got three rushing touchdowns from RB Leonard Fournette, who ran for 100 yards on the day.
Even with this loss, the Colts still have a good chance to move forward into the postseason and have shown a lot of improvement with QB Wentz at the helm. It’s taken him some time to get comfortable with his new team, but he’s now gained their respect after almost pulling out a win against Tampa Bay.
Mayfield’s Browns Still Down
With some big pressure on his shoulders, QB Baker Mayfield came to the Baltimore Ravens backyard to play one of the toughest matchups for Cleveland on the road. They managed to stay in the game mainly due to QB Lamar Jackson’s four interceptions. The turnovers didn’t affect the outcome of this game, as the Ravens still came out on top. Mayfield threw for 247 yards and a single TD. Even though it wasn’t one of his finest performances, he still showed up and did his best to help the Browns’ offense move forward.
Cleveland falls to 6-6 on the season and is now third in the AFC North. They have been under a lot of criticism from the fans for their performances in recent games in which Mayfield was booed at times while running the offense. They’ll now have a week off to reflect on their recent loss and will have a chance to get revenge in their next scheduled game, which is again against Baltimore.