NFL football: the commentary on the twelfth day

Matchday 12 confirmed the mediocrity of this season. Only Green Bay stands out. The Patriots continue to surprise. Minnesota qb looks for the oval under the…wrong butt

Massimo Orani

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The NFL season’s sense of mediocrity over Thanksgiving long weekend was reinforced by a series of memorable college games over rivalry weekend. So, after watching the Egg Bowl between Mississippi State and Ole Miss, Jim Harbaugh finally beat Ohio State with Michigan in “The Game,” Alabama was forced to come from behind in the final series and then beat Auburn in fourth overtime. and Oklahoma State in duel to the end with Oklahoma in “Bedlam”, closing the twelfth week with a horrible Monday Night like the one that Washington won over Seattle 17-15, leaves a bad taste in the mouth. But anyway, that’s how it goes this year. Exciting, for God’s sake, with no real favourite. Perhaps the Packers alone have shown consistency and reliability from the start (or at least after the debacle with the Saints on Day 1). Not bad for a roster that according to diva Aaron Rodgers wasn’t even there to beat Seamen Milano…

the package is back

It was supposed to be the big game on Sunday, but it turned out to be a one-way game. Had it not been for a couple of mistakes, the final margin could have been much wider. Green Bay has never lost two games in a row since being coached by Matt La Fleur and is the No. 1 Super Bowl candidate in the NFC. The rams? Bah… They took Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr but they don’t have good taste, nor the slightest of problems, which are many, billing in the first place. Matthew Stafford was supposed to be the Messiah, but how many big games has he won in his career? Sure, he played in Detroit, but maybe that’s the problem. He has no experience at a high level and is used to losing. Three losses in a row can only leave LA among those excluded from the conference’s elite. We can talk about it again, but that’s all for now.

Coach of the year?

Do we give it to Bill Belichick? Everything would fit. The Pats walked away in general indifference, in what was said to have been a rebuilding year (despite spending heavily in free agency), but old Bill already made him put on the party suit. Six consecutive victories, from 2-4 to 8-4, the number one seed in the AFC within reach, a Mac Jones who even in Las Vegas is in the top 10 of the MVP candidates (of course, he they give 80:1, but the mere fact that he is quoted says it very long), a devastating Matt Judon, the type of player they didn’t even have at the time of the first three Super Bowls, the most reliable kicker in the NFL after Justin Tucker on Nick Folk. The next three games, two with the Bills and one with the Colts, will tell us if they can be legitimate Super Bowl contenders. The bye week after next Monday night in Buffalo comes at the perfect time.

call random

Four interceptions thrown, three in a row. However, the Ravens have won. Lamar Jackson charms him with his feline moves, but when he throws him many times he does it randomly. It was enough against the poor Browns that it’s not clear why they insist on fielding a physically damaged Baker Mayfield instead of Case Keenum. For now, Baltimore is number one in the AFC, we’ll see how long.

Cousins ​​please go away

Give your quarterback a $66 million contract, and at the climax of the game he gets behind right guard to take center… Poor Kirk Cousins. Or rather, poor Vikings. Coach Zimmer was forced to call a timeout only to see Cousins ​​fire the deciding oval. Minnesota would be in the playoffs if the season ended now. Do you understand why we talk about mediocrity?

mark or not mark?

When Leonard Fournette entered the end zone with 20″ to go, the instinct was to say “noooo.” Because Tampa could have stopped a couple yards from goal, let a few seconds slip, call timeout, and kick the very easy game-winning field goal. Instead, he gave the ball back to the Colts, who nearly made them pay for it. Pinion’s kickoff return sent the Bucs shivering. Only Rodgers’ big hand on Pinion’s shoulder kick returner saved them. It’s a doubt Hamletic, we’re almost at the millennial level if doing it in basketball when you’re over three a few seconds from the end (Popovich docet, or rather not docet…). The Bucs -like said the good commentators in their heyday- they win but they don’t convince, especially in defense.

The turkey in the stomach

Enjoy your meal. Anyone who has eaten turkey on Thanksgiving will have had trouble digesting it watching all three games on Thursday. Detroit-Chicago was a museum of horrors. Dan Campbell doesn’t even know the rules: he called two timeouts in a row and got a 5-yard penalty on a crucial drive. Dallas, which always makes us regret the moment we give it a little credit, has played with the one who raises the most flags with the Raiders. They are more than 14 all. Too bad he lost on points, those that count, with the Raiders. For the third time in the last 4 after the knockouts with Denver and Chiefs. The grand finale with the Bills who scrambled the Saints who were missing 15 owners. Apart from tryptophan (amino acid present in turkey that seems to make it sleepy). We fell asleep in front of the TV because of the quality of the game.

players of the week

In attack Leonard Fournette with his 4 td in Tampa’s victory over the Colts. On defense Patrick Surtain Jr of Denver, two interceptions on Justin Herbert, a pick six, during which he touched 22.07 mph (35 km/h), top for a defensive backball in hand in the last 5 years (yes, in the UU There are also statistics of who won the most games on Thursday after getting out of bed with the right foot and eating tortillas for breakfast…).

super bowl of the week

Ravens-Packers. But if we go to Green Bay with a heavy hand, we write Baltimore in pencil…

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