Another NFL Sunday is in the books and The Stack is pretty happy with picking both the Browns and Jaguars to win yesterday. Wasn't so hot during the late afternoon slot, but did alright all things considered. 11-4 so far on the week. It was another wild Sunday in the NFL so let's get right to it and get to some reaction for week 12 in "the stack" for today, Monday, November 26:
Chicago 28 Minnesota 10
Anyone who thought Minnesota had a chance in this game is a fool. You knew that the Bears defense would be ticked after Monday night's performance and they certainly came out with a lot of intensity. Jay Cutler came back (shocker) and played decent and that maligned offensive line had a good game. Amazing that the Vikings could make them look so good (sarcasm). Bears whooped the Vikings and are keeping pressure on the Packers for the NFC North title.
Cincinnati 34 Oakland 10
Carson Palmer's return to Cincinnati was an unhappy one. He struggled mightily, just like his team. Bengals fans should be happy Palmer wanted to leave because they look a lot better now than when Palmer was quarterbacking them. Bengals positioning themselves well for a playoff spot.
Cleveland 20 Pittsburgh 14
With Charlie Batch quarterbacking the Steelers, you figured they would be in a little trouble against a Browns team that has played well this season, but can't find wins. When you force eight turnovers as the Browns did on Sunday, you should win most games. They did, providing a significant blow to the Steelers playoff hopes.
Indianapolis 20 Buffalo 13
It wasn't pretty, but the Colts rebounded after a tough loss last week with a win at home to keep hold of their playoff chances. Perhaps T.Y. Hilton should get a free room wherever he wants at the Hilton considering his two touchdowns were the reason the Colts won this game.
Jacksonville 24 Tennessee 19
The Jaguars look much better with Chad Henne at quarterback than they ever did with Blaine Gabbert. The Jaguars should forget Gabbert and go with Henne as their starter for next year. After all, he did get them their second victory of the season.
Denver 17 Kansas City 9
Chiefs played tough, but they did not have the offense to keep pace with the Broncos. Denver is lucky to escape KC with a win. That was definitely not their best game. The loss of Willis McGahee last week may really hurt this team. They had virtually no running game and if they want to have any success in the postseason, they will need to have at least some balance.
Miami 24 Seattle 21
Wild fourth quarter was probably a result of the sprinklers going off in the third quarter. Have you ever seen anything like that?! No, but in all seriousness, the Dolphins played well coming back against a good Seahawks defense. Seattle has some things they need to work on heading into a big game at Chicago next week.
Atlanta 24 Tampa Bay 23
Said this would be a tough game and it certainly was. Back and forth, back and forth. The Falcons though have a knack for pulling out the close wins and due in large part to Julio Jones and his 147 receiving yards and one touchdown, they won a close one with the Bucs. Give the Bucs credit. They are so much better, so much tougher than last year. They'll continue to be a tough team to play the rest of the season.
Baltimore 16 San Diego 13
Perhaps they were already thinking about next weeks game against the Steelers, but the Ravens struggled most of the game against the Chargers. Play of the game, maybe the year for the Ravens was Ray Rice's 29-yard catch. He did a lot of the work on his own, making multiple Chargers miss. Amazing effort and that is why the Ravens are 9-2 and the Chargers are spiraling downward at 4-7.
St. Louis 31 Arizona 17
Third string quarterback is never good news. The Cardinals are on their third starting quarterback and it showed in their seventh straight loss. Rookie Janoris Jenkins was phenominal at cornerback for the Rams, returning to picks for touchdowns. Their defense was the big reason they won this game.
San Francisco 31 New Orleans 21
Colin Kaepernick may be the real deal. He played very well against the Saints, leading and taking control of the 49ers offense. Of course, two pick sixes by the defense helps too and that's what the 49ers did on Sunday. They have taken firm control of the NFC West and Kaepernick may be the leader the rest of the way. Feel bad for Alex Smith.
New York Giants 38 Green Bay 10
What a beatdown the Giants gave the Packers. They had success running and passing and they wreaked havoc on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense. The Giants seem to be back on track after a bye week and the Packers are searching for answers. Feel bad for the Vikings, because the Packers will be ticked after this embarrassment when they play the Vikings next week.
Carolina Panthers @ Philadelphia Eagles 8:30 PM ET ESPN
This is definitely a matchup that doesn't scream must watch given how disappointing both teams have been. Cam Newton and the Panthers have been bad this year, but they're going up against a team without their starting quarterback and running back, and the Eagles defense is awful. Going with the Panthers here.
Prediction: Panthers 24 Eagles 17
Coming up Tuesday: MNF reaction, NFL power rankings, Gene Chizik firing and more.