The NFL’s Week 12 video games had main implications for the playoff picture (Payments vs. Eagles, Texans vs. Jaguars) and draft order (Giants vs. Patriots, Panthers vs. Titans). Here is a have a look at 4 aftershocks.
The Lions are breaking down on the worst time
As an alternative of gearing up for a potential Tremendous Bowl run, the 8-3 Lions are falling aside down the stretch.
On the heels of a miraculous comeback over the lowly Bears, Detroit struggled towards one other NFC North opponent, dropping to the Packers on Thanksgiving, 29-22. Quarterback Jared Goff was reckless with the soccer towards Inexperienced Bay, dropping a career-high three fumbles. In a Week 11 win over the Bears, he threw three interceptions.
The Lions’ offensive line — one of many top-ranked items within the NFL — was uncharacteristically dangerous on Thanksgiving, surrendering three sacks and 12 quarterback hits. Per ESPN Stats & Data, Goff was pressured on 45% of his drop-backs (9 of 20) within the first half and barely had sufficient time to seek out open targets.
For the Lions to make a deep playoff run, these points have to be addressed.
The Seahawks usually are not a playoff staff
Although their report could say in any other case, the 6-5 Seahawks are playoff pretenders.
Seattle discovered itself on the fallacious aspect of a blowout on Thanksgiving, falling to the 49ers, 31-13. Regardless of nonetheless being within the hunt with an above-.500 report, Seattle’s playoff hopes are rapidly dwindling.
Journeyman quarterback Geno Smith has hardly lived as much as the three-year, $105 million contract he signed within the offseason, rating close to the center of the pack in practically each statistical class. Towards San Francisco’s stout protection, Smith — who’s battling a triceps damage — accomplished 18-of-27 passes for under 180 yards and an interception.
With upcoming video games towards the Cowboys (8-3), 49ers (8-3) and Eagles (10-1), the Seahawks may not have a profitable report for much longer.
Tommy DeVito has earned one other begin
Within the absence of Daniel Jones, who suffered a season-ending ACL damage earlier this month, DeVito has made probably the most of his alternative. The undrafted quarterback is 2-1 as a starter, his most up-to-date victory a 10-7 win over the lowly Patriots in Week 12.
DeVito has performed serviceably this season. The rookie has thrown for seven touchdowns — another than Pittsburgh second-year QB Kenny Pickett in 11 video games — and three interceptions. He leads the NFL in touchdown percentage (min. 100 makes an attempt) at 6.6%.