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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

In the Redzone: Week 12 of the NFL in Review (11/26/13)

by: Ryan Waldis
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Week 12 produced some surprising results as well as another terrible Monday Night game. With only five weeks to go until the playoffs begin, here are my thoughts and observations from Week 12 of the NFL Season. Don't forget to check out "Clearing the Zone," "Coast to Coast," and "Sports of All Sorts."

The Week 12 headlines (not really).
Photo Courtesy: Sports Pickle

  • Alright, let's get this out of the way now. I went 3-9-1 on my Week 12 picks. 
  • With that now out of the way, let's get to the more interesting stuff.
  • I hate when the Eagles have a bye week. I never know what to do. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed watching Chris Myers and Tim Ryan call the Panthers and Dolphins game as much as the next guy, but still.
  • I said it before and I'll say it again: I don't understand why the Cardinals-Eagles game wasn't flexed to Sunday Night. Who in the right mind would want to watch two terrible teams (aka the Giants and Redskins) play on Sunday Night?!?!?!?!
  • If you have the time (or the patience, like I do) to read something else about Tim Tebow, read this article by Thomas Lake. "The Book of Tebow" isn't really an article though, it's more of a short novel. Still a great read regardless; I really enjoyed it.
  • Speaking of prime-time games, I can't be the only who has noticed that majority of the Monday Night games this year have been terrible. The only good game that had decent teams (in my opinion) was the Carolina-New England game. If you can think of another good MNF game, tell me in the comments.
  • Current AFC Playoff Picture: Denver, New England, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Tennessee; NFC: Seattle, New Orleans, Detroit, Dallas, Carolina, San Francisco
  • The AFC has nine teams that still have a realistic shot at the six seed. That's ridiculous (and not in a good way). The NFC, meanwhile, has three teams that have a realistic shot at the six seed.
  • Speaking of the NFC, here's a remix of the NFC "Least" by DJ Steve Porter.
  • Now comes one of my favorite parts of this article: my favorite highlights from the past week. Let's get to it.
  • This isn't really a highlight, but more of a "how idiotic can someone possibly be" video clip. The clip features the Dallas Cowboys. 
  • This catch by Jarrett Boykin, however, is a highlight. It pissed me off that the game ended in a tie, but that's a different story.
  • This interception by Ryan Davis was pretty nice, too. Something similar to that happened in the Panthers game.
  • I almost forgot my "Players Ryan would like to see on the Eagles" segment.
  • This week's winner: Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona. He's already among the top CB's in the game, and on top of that he's a dangerous kick and punt returner. 
  • Joe Flacco didn't like the Ravens decision to utilize the Wildcat offense on Sunday, saying it looked like a high school offense.
  • He's getting paid the big bucks to lead this team, so I think he's entitled to say what he wants. Still, to go as far as saying "If I line up on the outside, I'm not doing anything"? I don't know.
  • My fantasy teams are looking pretty good. It looks like my "draft three running backs before any other position" strategy finally paid off this year.
  • It's been said that Americans and Canadians spend hours upon hours setting fantasy lineups each week. I can only imagine what I could accomplish instead of deciding whether to start Ryan Mathews, Bobby Rainey, or James Jones in my "flex" spot.
  • For all the heat the NFC East gets for being the worst division in football, the AFC South isn't much better. A free-falling Colts team, an inconsistent Titans team, and two horrendous teams in the Texans and Jaguars? Ouch.
That concludes another edition of "In the Redzone." Thanks for reading!