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NFL Week 12 review: Eagles outlast Bills in OT thriller

It was a busy Week 12 slate in the NFL with a handful of games on Thanksgiving and Black Friday before a normal action-packed Sunday slate.

We saw a pair of the best teams in the NFL square off in Philadelphia, a back-and-forth matchup in Houston and a Championship of all tankathons at MetLife Stadium. 

It’s time to review Week 12 for the highs and lows.

Texans lose on a doink

C.J. Stroud and the Texans dug themselves into an early hole, but one thing we’ve learned about this Houston team is that there’s no quit.

Stroud finished with 304 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and led the team in rushing yards too.

In their final drive of the game, Stroud led the Texans down the field and to the edge of field goal range.

Stroud gave Matt Ammendola the opportunity to knock in a 58-yard field goal to send the game to overtime.

Off the foot, the kick looked good, however, in the end 58 yards was too long for Ammendola as he doinked it off the crossbar for a miss.

The miss secured the win for the Jaguars who are now in 2nd place in the AFC with an 8-3 record. However, Jacksonville is +700 to win the AFC, still behind the Ravens, Chiefs and Dolphins.

Mac Jones is benched… again

Sunday afternoon’s early slate featured an AFC East battle between the New England Patriots and New York Giants.

The divisional matchup had one of the lowest game totals of the week and the under still won with plenty of room to spare. Tommy DeVito and the Giants defeated the Patriots 10-7 in an ugly, but important game.

For the fourth time this season Mac Jones was benched. Jones was 12/21 for 89 yards and threw 2 interceptions in the first half. Bailey Zappe replaced him after that, and the backup went 9/14 for 54 yards and an interception.

It’s unclear who the Patriots will start next week against the Chargers, but what we do know is that the Patriots are slotted to get the 2nd pick in the NFL Draft next year. That could play a factor in the decision between Jones and Zappe next week.

Eagles soar in overtime win

One of the best games of the entire week took place in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, where both teams lived up the hype.

It was a back-and-forth effort by both teams and Josh Allen was doing his best to keep the Bills alive.

Allen finished with 339 yards, 2 touchdowns thrown and led the team in rushing yards with 81. On the other sideline Jalen Hurts threw for 200 yards, 3 touchdowns and ran 2 in himself.

Hurts led the Eagles down the field in the final moments down 3 points and they gave Jake Elliott a 59-yard field goal attempt to tie the game.

Elliott nailed the field goal and sent the game to overtime, and after a Bills 40-yard field goal in OT, the Eagles found the end zone to win the game.

With the win, the Eagles have lowered their NFL Championship odds to +440.

The wins are bigger in Texas

On Thanksgiving, the Commanders traveled to Dallas for a divisional matchup with the Cowboys and the game didn’t stay close for long. The Cowboys won 45-10 in a game that Dak Prescott threw for 331 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Prescott found Rico Dowdle, KaVontae Turpin, Brandin Cooks and CeeDee Lamb in the end zone while Tony Pollard scored 6 with his legs. But it wasn’t just the offense putting up points.

DaRon Bland had his 5th pick-6 of the season in the blowout win, and that sets a new single-season record in the NFL. Bland has 6 more games to increase his record, too.

The Cowboys are now +500 to win the NFC, behind only the 49ers and Eagles.

Ravens move into 1st in AFC

The Baltimore Ravens were featured on Sunday Night Football in Los Angeles taking on the Chargers.

This was an important game for Baltimore because if it won, it would be in sole place of 1st in the AFC. Many were questioning if Lamar Jackson could still be successful without Mark Andrews, and he answered those questions with a double-digit win.

Jackson led the Ravens to a 20-10 win behind a career night from Zay Flowers. The rookie wide receiver had 5 catches for 25 yards and a touchdown, while also securing the win with a 37-yard rushing touchdown late on in the 4th quarter.

Following the primetime win, the Ravens are +340 to win the AFC. They hold the best record in the conference, but are still behind the Chiefs, who are +195.

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