NFL News and Rumors: Flips, fails, and feeling dangerous
NFL Week 12
A weekend full of food, Thanksgiving traditions, avoiding certain family members, arguing about when it’s appropriate to start decorating for Christmas, eating an insane amount of calories, and of course… football. After finally getting out of that food coma, scroll through to find out what you may have missed over this weekend’s NFL football action.
- Baker Mayfield continues to impress
- Jaguars fall to… the Bills?
- Seahawks statement win in Carolina
- Barkley disappeared in second half
Browns get huge win in Cincinnati
In his own words last week, Browns QB Baker Mayfield woke up feeling dangerous before defeating the Atlanta Falcons 28-16 at home. Yesterday, it was more of the dangerous Mayfield as the Browns (4–61) dismantled the Cincinnati Bengals 35-20 in Cincinnati to snap a 25-game road losing streak.
There is more going on with the Browns then just another win and snapping streaks. Across the field at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, stands former Browns head coach Hue Jackson, now apart of the Bengals coaching staff. Perhaps a bit of bad blood between the Browns players and Jackson, but after the game, it seemed as though Baker Mayfield wanted nothing to do with Jackson as Jackson went in to shake hands with Mayfield, but Mayfield’s handshake was quick and short.
Read more on the Mayfield/Jackson story HERE.
Nevertheless, the Browns (4-6-1) now head south to face Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans (7-3) at 10 AM (PT) this Sunday.
Jaguars lose to the Bills
Remember that one time early in the season with the Jacksonville Jaguars were 3-1 with a win over the New England Patriots? Well, that was short-lived as the Jaguars have now lost seven games in a row and have dropped to a 3-8 record in the AFC South.
Reported and effective immediately, the Jaguars have fired offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.
"These are always tough decisions, but as the head coach, I have to do what I think is best for this football team,” said coach Doug Marrone.
"I guess he didn't think I was good enough, that's the only thing I can think of. It's a shock," Hackett told NFL Network on Monday.
On a day where Bills QB Josh Allen only completed eight passes on the day and the Bills still won 24-21, Jacksonville needs to find answers.
The Jaguars (3-8) head into a tough part of their schedule with the Colts, Titans, and Washington up next.
Seahawks are flippin’ awesome
<- Chris Carson stuck this landing. 10/10.
How many times have we seen NFL running backs hurdle over defenders in jaw-dropping fashion? Seems like this season it is happening more often than others, but add Seahawks' running back Chris Carson to that list.
Although the Seahawks run game is leading the NFL with 147.1 yards per game, Seattle struggled against the Panthers who have a top-10 rated run defense. The team rushed for just 75 yards and still came away with the 30-27 win. Mr. Clutch Russell Wilson took over in the fourth quarter leading the Seahawks down the field for a last second field goal for the win.
Seattle (6-5) keeps its playoff hopes alive and now have the tiebreaker for the NFC wildcard sport over Carolina (6-5).
Read more on the Seahawks HERE.
Giants sent home dazed and confused
Ever since the 2018 NFL Draft, with all eyes on the New York Giants as to who they were going to select with the No. 2 overall pick, rookie running back Saquin Barkely has shut down the haters. Each week, Barkley continues to impress and yesterday against the Philadelphia Eagles was no different. At least in the first half…
With 131 yards and two touchdowns all coming in the first half, Barkley was on track for quite the afternoon in Philadelphia. However, it’s as if he wasn’t on the field at all in the second half. According to the Giants coaches, it was penalties and self-inflicted wounds that kept the Giants from using Barkley more effectively in the second half.
After the game, Barkley said: “I know everyone wants to be a coach and think what we should call, but they know what they are doing, and they’re putting us in the position to win. Like I’ve said multiple times, if I carry the ball 20 times or carry the ball three times, no matter how many times it takes to win the game I’m willing to do. But we just didn’t finish this game and that’s the difference.”
Read more on the topic HERE.
The Giants (3-8) remain on the road and are at the Chicago Bears this Sunday, kickoff time set for 10 AM (PT).