The Jaguars are half a game out of first round bye territory. Currently those spots are held by the Patriots, as well as the Steelers, whom the Jaguars have a head-to-head victory over. It's Week 12 and we can say "Jaguars" and "first round bye" in a single, coherent sentence, without any negation words. I don't understand it any more than you do.
Jimmy Garoppolo becomes an NFL starting quarterback this week. It's almost anti-climactic after the shock of the trade deadline move wore off, but after an Aaron Rodgers-like early career of sitting in wait behind a seemingly-eternal Hall of Famer, it's The Handsome One's time to shine. The bar he needs to clear hasn't exactly been set very high. Beat Hard's statistics to date: 54% completion, 4:5 TD:INT, 205 yards per game, 70.8 passer rating. Beat Hard did accomplish one important thing in his final outing, though: a win, taking any pressure of avoiding an 0-16 season off of Garoppolo's shoulders.
The Chiefs have signed Darrelle Revis, in what feels like a bit of a panic grasp to a season threatening to slip away. After starting 5-0, the team lost 4 of their next 5, bringing them to a 6-4 record that still puts them in the hunt, but with the team's arrow currently pointed straight down. One of their biggest woes has been run defense, where they rank 29th, which is what you f*cking get when you don't keep Dontari Poe. (PFF currently grades Poe at an 81.0, his best grade since 2013).
Maybe panic isn't the right word, as apparently the Chiefs have been trying to sign Revis all season. At least according to an unnamed source cited by Adam Schefter. Looking at the PFF grades of the guys the Chiefs have lining up opposite Marcus Peters, I guess I can see why.
Amari Cooper has a league-leading 19.6% drop rate. Last year he was at 4.6%.
Trent Brown, the giant 7th round offensive tackle of the 49ers that I've been raving about, is 5th in PFF's pass block efficiency metric among offensive tackles. He's allowed only 1 sack and 14 total pressures.
Prince Amukamara is 4th in fewest yards per coverage snap. I have never understood why the entire league underrates this guy.
Josh Gordon practiced yesterday. He is an active member of the Cleveland Browns. He's back. He will rescue the Browns from 0-16. Probably better that he does it sooner rather than later though. You know, just to be safe.
Jerry Jones is backing down. He has rescinded his threat to sue the league over Roger Goodell's contract. This comes after a story from the Wall Street Journal confirming the previously whispered rumors that other owners had discussed the removal of Jerry Jones from franchise ownership. Whether or not any action would even be possible, the fact that it was a topic of discussion is a strong rebuke of Jones from the rest of ownership.
This is a terrible week for picks. First, Thanksgiving takes 3 games off the board. And what's left are incredible one-sided. Only one game (TEN/IND) has a point spread within a field goal. 6 games have point spreads above a touchdown.
New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams
Jacksonville Jaguars at Arizona Cardinals
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts
Carolina Panthers at New York Jets
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens
Make your Week 12 picks now!
Week 11 Results
Rat Boy: 4-1
Season to Date
*Legion*: 37-18 <<< TO THE TOP JUST LIKE THE JAGS
Rat Boy: 31-24