By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports
Below is the game schedule with my Week 12 NFL game predictions. Winners straight-up are in bold. The line is my pick against the spread.
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2022 Week 11 Straight-Up: 12-2 (86%)
2022 Week 11 Against The Spread: 9-5 (64%)
2022 Season Straight-Up: 104-60 (63%)
2022 Season Against The Spread: 86-78 (52%)
2021 Season Straight-Up: 158-97 (62%)
2021 Season Against The Spread: 140-115 (55%)
WEEK 12 NFL SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern) BOLD = Straight-up winner / ( ) = vs. the spread winner
|Thursday, November 24||Buffalo at Detroit (+9.5) (Thanksgiving)||CBS||12:30|
|(+10) New York Giants at Dallas (Thanksgiving)||FOX||4:30|
|New England at Minnesota (-2.5) (Thanksgiving)||NBC||8:20|
|Sunday, November 27||(-2.5) Denver at Carolina||FOX||1:00|
|(-3.5) Tampa Bay at Cleveland||FOX||1:00|
|(-14) Baltimore at Jacksonville||CBS||1:00|
|Houston at Miami (-14)||CBS||1:00|
|(+6) Chicago at New York Jets||FOX||1:00|
|Cincinnati at Tennessee (+2.5)||CBS||1:00|
|Atlanta at Washington (-4)||FOX||1:00|
|(-3) Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona||CBS||4:05|
|Las Vegas at Seattle (-3.5)||CBS||4:05|
|Los Angeles Rams at Kansas City (-15.5)||FOX||4:25|
|New Orleans at San Francisco (-8.5)||FOX||4:25|
|Green Bay at Philadelphia (-6.5)||NBC||8:20|
|Monday, November 28||(+2.5) Pittsburgh at Indianapolis||ESPN||8:15|
THANKSGIVING DAY – A TRADITION OF FRIENDS, FAMILY
For generations of Americans, the tradition of Thanksgiving Day and NFL football are historically intertwined.
On Thanksgiving in 1925, a crowd of 36,000 – then the largest in professional football history – watched the CHICAGO BEARS play the CHICAGO CARDINALS to a scoreless tie at Wrigley Field. In 1934, the DETROIT LIONS and the defending world champion Bears squared off on Thanksgiving in the first NFL game nationally broadcast, with NBC radio on the call.
This year, the three holiday games will be aired to millions across the country and around the world as the National Football League honors Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN MADDEN with the inaugural “John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration,” a yearly, multi-faceted remembrance of the late great icon’s indelible legacy.
The inaugural “John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration” will feature special broadcast tributes as CBS, FOX and NBC will create their own segments dedicated to the football legend.
For more information on the National Football League honoring John Madden, click here.
Since 2006, the NFL has scheduled three Thanksgiving Day games each year. This year’s triple-header is the third season since 2006 to feature five teams with a winning record, joining 2014 and 2011.
The first game showcases the BUFFALO BILLS traveling to Ford Field to face the DETROIT LIONS (12:30 PM ET, CBS). The Bills are playing their second-consecutive game in Detroit after their Week 11 contest against Cleveland, originally scheduled to be played at Highmark Stadium in Buffalo, was moved to Ford Field due to a weather emergency in western New York last week. The late-afternoon game marks the 45th consecutive Thanksgiving Day contest hosted in Dallas, as the DALLAS COWBOYS welcome the NEW YORK GIANTS to AT&T Stadium (4:30 PM ET, FOX). The holiday concludes at U.S. Bank Stadium as the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS visit the MINNESOTA VIKINGS. (8:20 PM ET, NBC).
|GAME||NETWORK||LOCAL TIME||EASTERN TIME|
|Buffalo Bills (7-3) at Detroit Lions (4-6)||CBS||12:30 PM ET||12:30 PM|
|New York Giants (7-3) at Dallas Cowboys (7-3)||FOX||3:30 PM CT||4:30 PM|
|New England Patriots (6-4) at Minnesota Vikings (8-2)||NBC||7:20 PM CT||8:20 PM|
The Lions will play their 83rd Thanksgiving Day game dating back to 1934, while the Cowboys will play in their 55th since 1966. The New York Giants will play their 14th game while Buffalo will play its 11th game on the holiday. The Vikings are appearing on Thanksgiving for the ninth time while the Patriots will play in their sixth Thanksgiving game. All six teams have appeared on Thanksgiving at least one time since 2012.
The Thanksgiving Day records of the teams playing this Thursday:
|New England Patriots||3||2||0|
|New York Giants||6||4||3|
BUFFALO (7-3) at DETROIT (4-6): Thursday’s matchup marks the third Thanksgiving Day meeting between the Bills and Lions, with Detroit winning each of the first two contests. On November 25, 1976, the Lions earned a 27-14 win as GREG LANDRY and DAVID HILL connected for two touchdowns. Detroit also defeated Buffalo, 35-21, on Thanksgiving in 1994 as Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS rushed for one of his eight career Thanksgiving touchdowns.
Thursday marks the 11th regular-season meeting between the two franchises, with Buffalo holding a 6-4-1 series advantage. In their last meeting, Week 15 of the 2018 season, quarterback JOSH ALLEN rushed for a touchdown and threw a go-ahead 42-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of the Bills’ 14-13 victory.
Week 12 will mark Buffalo’s third appearance on Thanksgiving in the past four seasons. On November 28, 2019, the Bills defeated Dallas, 26-15, with two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) from Allen and two sacks from defensive tackle ED OLIVER. Last year on the holiday, Allen threw four touchdown passes, including two to tight end DAWSON KNOX and one to wide receiver STEFON DIGGS, in Buffalo’s 31-6 win at New Orleans.
Last week, Buffalo earned a 31-23 victory over Cleveland as Allen threw his 21st touchdown pass of the season. Since entering the NFL in 2018, he has 159 career combined passing and rushing touchdowns (124 passing, 35 rushing), tied with PATRICK MAHOMES (159) for the third-most by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history. Diggs recorded his eighth touchdown reception of the year in Week 11 and surpassed 1,000 receiving yards (1,033) for the fifth-consecutive season.
Linebacker VON MILLER has six sacks in five road games this season and has 10.5 sacks in 12 career games on Thursday. In Week 11, linebacker MATT MILANO became the first player since RYAN SHAZIER (Week 2, 2015) with at least 10 tackles (12), three tackles for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery in the same game. Defensive tackle ED OLIVER had a career-high three tackles for loss last week and aims for his third in row on Thanksgiving with at least half a sack and a pass defensed.
In Week 11, Detroit defeated the New York Giants, 31-18, for its third-consecutive win. Running back JAMAAL WILLIAMS had three rushing touchdowns in the win and became the fourth player since 2000 with multiple rushing touchdowns in at least five of his team’s first 10 games of a season, joining SHAUN ALEXANDER (six games in 2005), Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (six in 2006) and PRIEST HOLMES (five in 2003). He leads the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns this season.
Last year on the holiday, quarterback JARED GOFF completed 21 of 25 pass attempts (84 percent), the highest single-game completion percentage on Thanksgiving in NFL history. He has a passer rating of 100-or-higher in three of his past four home starts and has two-or-more touchdown passes in eight of his past nine home games. Wide receiver AMON-RA ST. BROWN led the team with seven receptions last week and has at least seven catches in six of his past seven home games.
Last week, rookie defensive lineman AIDAN HUTCHINSON recorded an interception and fumble recovery and became the second player (LESLIE O’NEAL – 1986) since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic with at least five sacks (5.5) and two interceptions (two) in his first 10 career games. Rookie safety KERBY JOSEPH registered his third interception of the season in Week 11 and is the only rookie with at least three interceptions (three) and two forced fumbles (two).
NEW YORK GIANTS (7-3) at DALLAS (7-3): The Giants and Cowboys meet for the 121st time since 1960, with Dallas holding the all-time regular-season series advantage, 72-46-2, including wins in 10 of the past 11 meetings. The two clubs previously met on Thanksgiving in 1992 (November 26), with the Cowboys earning a 30-3 win behind two third-quarter touchdowns from Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH. Thursday marks the second meeting this season between the NFC East rivals. Dallas defeated New York, 23-16, in Week 3 on Monday Night Football with a go-ahead touchdown reception from wide receiver CEEDEE LAMB in the fourth quarter.
Last week, New York Giants quarterback DANIEL JONES passed for a season-high 341 yards and had two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing). He has a passer rating of 90-or-higher in three of his past four road starts. Running back SAQUON BARKLEY leads the NFC with 1,163 scrimmage yards this season and has three rushing touchdowns in four road games in 2022. He recorded 126 scrimmage yards (81 rushing, 45 receiving) and a rushing touchdown in Week 3 against Dallas and has at least 100 scrimmage yards in two of his three career games at Dallas.
Defensive lineman LEONARD WILLIAMS has at least five tackles in three of his past four on the road and has 3.5 sacks in his past three games against the Cowboys. Defensive lineman DEXTER LAWRENCE registered his sixth game this season with at least five tackles in Week 11, tied for the most such games among defensive linemen in 2022. Linebacker JAYLON SMITH recorded 516 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 20 passes defensed and nine sacks in 68 games over five seasons (2017-21) with Dallas.
Dallas defeated Minnesota, 40-3, last week and is the only NFC team to score at least 40 points twice this season. In five career starts on Thanksgiving, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT has 1,393 passing yards and nine touchdowns (seven passing, two rushing) with a 98.4 rating and can surpass DANNY WHITE (1,545) for the fourth-most passing yards by a quarterback on the holiday all-time. He has 21 touchdowns against five interceptions for a 100.1 rating in 11 career starts against the Giants.
Running back TONY POLLARD had a career-high 189 scrimmage yards (109 receiving, 80 rushing) and two touchdown receptions in Week 11 and became the fourth player since 1990 with at least 75 rushing yards, 100 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions in a single game, joining JOEY GALLOWAY (November 12, 1995), TODD GURLEY (December 24, 2017) and Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (December 7, 2003). On Thanksgiving in 2021, Pollard recorded a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown, the third-longest touchdown ever scored on the holiday, trailing only interception-return touchdowns of 102 yards by BOB SMITH in 1949 and 101 yards by BRYANT WESTBROOK in 2000.
Running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT recorded his 14th-career game with two rushing touchdowns last week. He has 488 scrimmage yards (97.6 per game) and four rushing touchdowns in five career Thanksgiving games. Elliott has 10 touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving) in 11 career games against the Giants and aims for his sixth in a row against New York with a touchdown.
Dallas enters Week 12 with the league’s top ranked scoring defense (16.7 points per game) and leads the NFL with 42 sacks this season. The Cowboys are the only team with four players each having at least five sacks in 2022 – MICAH PARSONS (10 sacks), DORANCE ARMSTRONG (seven), DEMARCUS LAWRENCE (six) and DANTE FOWLER (five) – and each of the four recorded at least one sack in Week 11.
Parsons registered his eighth-career game with at least two sacks, tied with SHAWNE MERRIMAN (eight games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (eight) for the second-most such games by a player in his first two NFL seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Only ALDON SMITH (nine games) has more.
Cornerback TREVON DIGGS has 10 passes defensed and three interceptions in five career games against New York and aims for his fourth in a row against the Giants with an interception.
NEW ENGLAND (6-4) at MINNESOTA (8-2): New England leads the all-time series against Minnesota, 9-4, including wins in five consecutive matchups. The Patriots have scored at least 45 points in each of their past two Thanksgiving appearances (2010 and 2012) and are 3-1 on the holiday under head coach BILL BELICHICK.
New England defeated the New York Jets, 10-3, in Week 11 as rookie defensive back MARCUS JONES recorded a game-winning 84-yard punt-return touchdown with five seconds remaining, the first punt-return touchdown in the NFL this season. Jones is the sixth player to record a game-winning punt-return touchdown in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime since 1970, joining PATRICK PETERSON (November 6, 2011), DESEAN JACKSON (December 19, 2010), BRIAN WESTBROOK (October 19, 2003), TAMARICK VANOVER (October 9, 1995) and WALTER STANLEY (November 27, 1986).
Quarterback MAC JONES completed 23 of 27 pass attempts for a career-high 85.2 completion percentage last week. He has at least one touchdown pass in seven of his past eight road starts and aims for his third in a row overall without an interception. Running back RHAMONDRE STEVENSON ranks tied for fifth among all running backs with a career-high 41 receptions this season and needs 73 scrimmage yards for his first-career 1,000-yard season.
The Patriots are the only team in the league this season to allow three points or fewer multiple times and can become the first team since 2000 to allow three-or-fewer points in three consecutive games within a single season. New England enters Week 12 allowing 16.9 points per game, the fewest among all AFC teams. Linebacker MATTHEW JUDON has at least 1.5 sacks in three of his past four and leads the NFL with a career-high 13 sacks this season.
Minnesota quarterback KIRK COUSINS has 691 passing yards (345.5 per game) and five touchdowns against one interception for a 110.8 rating in two career Thanksgiving starts. Running back DALVIN COOK needs 55 scrimmage yards for his fourth-consecutive 1,000-yard season and aims for his third in a row on Thursday with at least 170 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON has 4,109 career receiving yards and can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (4,163 receiving yards) for the most receiving yards by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history.
Linebacker ZA’DARIUS SMITH has 22 sacks in 22 career primetime games while linebacker DANIELLE HUNTER has 6.5 sacks in six career Thursday games. Cornerback PATRICK PETERSON ranks third in the NFL this season with 12 passes defensed. Safety HARRISON SMITH has a pass defensed in five of his past six games and aims for his third in a row with at least six tackles.
Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in the National Football League without Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN MADDEN.
After the iconic coach, broadcaster and entertainment pioneer passed away late last year, the league determined that Thanksgiving was the best way to truly honor one of its most impactful individuals and preserve his legacy in perpetuity.
The inaugural “John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration” this week will feature special broadcast tributes during respective Thanksgiving games on CBS, FOX and NBC. Additionally, each network will select a “Madden Player of the Game,” who will receive a $10,000 donation in their name from the NFL Foundation to the youth or high school football program of their choice.
And to honor Madden in this week’s Starting 11, the league remembers the pro football legend through 11 of his most memorable quotes…
1. ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE: “Since 1981, I’ve spent every Thanksgiving Day broadcasting a game, and it is one of my favorite days. You can say, ‘Woe is me, I never get to be part of the tradition,’ or you can say, ‘Heck, we’ve got our own tradition, and it’s pretty good.’”
- Traditions were important to Madden. Whether honoring the game, family, the turducken dish he discovered in New Orleans and shared with his bus drivers, colleagues and friends, or the NFL’s long history of playing on Thanksgiving, time-honored celebrations were held in high regard by the Pro Football Hall of Famer.
- And another tradition that surely would’ve made Madden proud is the NFL’s long trend of teams overcoming down years and rebounding to make the playoffs. Two teams in that category will meet on Thanksgiving Day at AT&T Stadium (4:30 PM ET, FOX), when the NEW YORK GIANTS (7-3) visit the DALLAS COWBOYS (7-3). In each of the last 32 seasons (1990-2021), at least four teams annually have reached the playoffs after failing to make the postseason the previous year. In 2021, Dallas was one of seven teams that earned playoff berths after missing the postseason the year before. This season, the Giants have put themselves in prime position to join that group.
- Madden and longtime broadcast partner Pat Summerall were in the Texas Stadium booth for CBS the last time the Giants met the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, 1992.
2. NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 99: “Sometimes we think video games are just games for kids, and then once they get out of grammar school or high school, they never play again. But that’s when they really start playing.”
- Madden helped create one of the most exclusive groups in sports: The 99 Club, made up of those players with a 99 rating in the Madden NFL video game.
- One current member of that club, defensive end MYLES GARRETT, will meet a recent 99 overall member, quarterback TOM BRADY, when TAMPA BAY (5-5) travels to CLEVELAND (3-7). Sunday’s game at FirstEnergy Stadium (1:00 PM ET, FOX) also features Browns running back NICK CHUBB, who currently carries a 98 Madden rating. In real life, Chubb has the second-highest career rushing average (5.3 yards per carry) in NFL history (minimum 1,000 attempts).
- Other current members of the 99 Club are Raiders wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS, Rams defensive lineman AARON DONALD and 49ers tackle TRENT WILLIAMS.
3. CONVICTION AND HUMILITY: “Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble.”
- Three players that epitomize those qualities and certainly would’ve impressed Madden in 2022 will meet on Sunday when BALTIMORE (7-3) squares off with JACKSONVILLE (3-7) at TIAA Bank Field (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Quarterback LAMAR JACKSON has first-place Baltimore in position to reach the playoffs for the third time in his four seasons as the Ravens’ starter. Meanwhile, the Jaguars’ TREVOR LAWRENCE has shown remarkable improvement, having already passed for more touchdowns than his rookie season. Additionally, in four of his past five games, Lawrence has not thrown an interception. Jacksonville running back TRAVIS ETIENNE has averaged 120.0 scrimmage yards per game since Week 7. Only TONY POLLARD and DERRICK HENRY have higher averages over the past five weeks in the NFL.
4. MADDEN SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: “Football isn’t nuclear physics, but it’s not so simple that you can make it simple. It takes some explaining to get it across.”
- Remembered as one of the best teachers in football history, Madden became the first American sports broadcaster to use a telestrator during the Super Bowl XVI broadcast on CBS, as the 49ers defeated the Bengals, 26-21. He certainly would’ve used that telestrator this week to explain the chess match at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX) when SAN FRANCISCO (6-4) hosts NEW ORLEANS (4-7).
- Saints wide receiver CHRIS OLAVE has 51 receptions for 760 yards, both first among NFL rookies.
- San Francisco safety TALANOA HUFANGA, a big reason the 49ers have shut out opponents in the second half of each of their past three games, has emerged as a leader in the San Francisco secondary.
5. MADDEN SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: “Discipline is knowing what you’re supposed to do and doing it as best you can.”
- Don’t expect a lot of laundry on the field when the LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-7) visit the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-2) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX). The Rams rank second in the league with just 4.3 penalties per game while the Chiefs (5.1) are tied for the fourth fewest.
- In the last meeting between the clubs (Week 11, 2018), the Rams defeated the Chiefs, 54-51, the first game in NFL history in which each team reached 50 points. In the third-highest-scoring game (105 combined points) of all-time, the two clubs combined for 1,001 total yards of offense.
6. THAT’S A LOUD DEFENSE: “You got one guy going BOOM, one guy going WHACK, and one guy not getting in the end zone.”
- The WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (6-5) have won five of their last six games heading into Sunday’s matchup with the ATLANTA FALCONS (5-6) at FedExField (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Over that stretch, since Week 6, the Commanders rank second in the league in goal-to-go defense, allowing touchdowns on just 45.5 percent of opponents’ goal-to-go possessions. Washington linebacker JAMIN DAVIS is tied for second in the NFL with six goal-to-go tackles this season.
7. DRESSING FOR SUCCESS: “It’s a lot easier to get a suit than it is to get a coach.”
- When Pro Football Hall of Famer AL DAVIS hired Madden as Raiders head coach in 1969, Madden was just 32 years old. So, naturally, he would’ve been impressed with the effort of another rookie head coach, Minnesota’s KEVIN O’CONNELL.
- This week, O’Connell and the MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-2) host BILL BELICHICK and the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (6-4) on Thanksgiving night (8:20 PM ET, NBC). Belichick earlier this season surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer GEORGE HALAS for the second-most wins in NFL history, including the postseason.
- O’Connell has an opportunity to join a significant group of rookie head coaches. In the NFL’s previous 102 seasons, only 22 individuals have won at least nine of their first 11 games as an NFL head coach, a list that includes Madden (nine in 1969) and Halas (nine in 1920).
8. GOODS & PROVISIONS READY TO GO: “Don’t worry about the horse being blind; just load the wagon.”
- The DETROIT LIONS (4-6) have won three straight and enter Thanksgiving against the BUFFALO BILLS (7-3) in second place in the NFC North. Running back JAMAAL WILLIAMS leads the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns, the most by a Lions player since Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS had 16 in 1991. Head coach DAN CAMPBELL and his club are bidding for the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2016.
9. MUSIC CITY, MEADOWLANDS PATIOS COULD BE CROWDED: “If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch.”
- Tennessee’s DERRICK HENRY leads the NFL in both carries (230) and rushing yards (1,010) this season. In last week’s win, he became the fifth running back all-time with at least 10 rushing touchdowns in five consecutive seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (nine consecutive seasons) as well as ADRIAN PETERSON (seven), SHAUN ALEXANDER (five) and MICHAEL TURNER (five). TENNESSEE (7-3) hosts CINCINNATI (6-4) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS) in a rematch of a thrilling 2021 AFC Divisional playoff game.
- Meanwhile, CHICAGO (3-8) visits the NEW YORK JETS (6-4) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Since Madden led the Raiders to a Super Bowl title in 1976, only two teams have averaged more than 200 rushing yards per game: The 2019 BALTIMORE RAVENS (206.0) and the 1977 CHICAGO BEARS (200.8). The 2022 CHICAGO BEARS (197.9) have a chance to join that group, led by quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS, who last week became the second player in the Super Bowl era with at least one touchdown pass and one rushing touchdown in five consecutive games, joining KYLER MURRAY (five consecutive games in 2020).
10. THIS WEEK IN MADDEN HISTORY: Nov. 28, 1976 (46 years ago) – Future Pro Football Hall of Famers KEN STABLER and CLIFF BRANCH connect on a 35-yard touchdown as the Raiders dominate Tampa Bay in a 49-16 victory. The Raiders go on to win their next five games, including Super Bowl XI over Minnesota. From the start of that ’76 season through Oct. 9, 1977, Madden and Stabler would lead the Raiders to wins in 20 of 21 games, including the postseason … “I’ve often said, ‘If I had one drive to win a game to this day, and I had a quarterback to pick, I would pick Kenny.’ Snake was a lot cooler than I was. He was a perfect quarterback and a perfect Raider. When you think about the Raiders, you think about Ken Stabler.”
11. HIGH-CALORIC AROMAS: “The only things that smell good are fat and sugar. Tofu being boiled doesn’t smell good. Anything that smells good is fattening.”
- The franchise that drafted Madden in 1958, the Philadelphia Eagles, certainly would’ve impressed him this season, especially with the team’s play on the offensive line. Philadelphia has started the same five offensive linemen – LANDON DICKERSON, LANE JOHNSON, JASON KELCE, JORDAN MAILATA and ISAAC SEUMALO – in nine of its 10 games, losing just one start due to injury.
- This week, PHILADELPHIA (9-1) hosts GREEN BAY (4-7) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC).
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The BUFFALO BILLS (7-3) visit Ford Field and the DETROIT LIONS (4-6), who have won three consecutive games, on Thanksgiving (12:30 PM ET, CBS). The Bills are playing their second-consecutive game in Detroit after their Week 11 contest against Cleveland, originally scheduled to be played at Highmark Stadium in Buffalo, was moved to Ford Field due to a weather emergency in western New York last week.
Since 2000, there have been four instances of a team winning consecutive games in a stadium that was not its home stadium:
|San Francisco||2020||MetLife Stadium||2-3|
|Dallas||2003||Giants Stadium||3, 5|
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PACE SETTERS: The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-2) have won each of their past four games and enter their Week 12 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams (4:25 PM ET, FOX) with the league’s top scoring offense (30 points per game).
Quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES leads all quarterbacks in passing yards (3,265) and touchdown passes (28) this season. Currently in his sixth NFL season, he has recorded 37 career games with at least 300 passing yards, including at least 325 passing yards in each of his past five starts. On Sunday, Mahomes can tie RICH GANNON (six consecutive games in 2002) for the most consecutive games with at least 325 passing yards in NFL history.
With at least 300 passing yards against the Rams, Mahomes would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (37 games) for the most such games by a player in his first seven seasons in NFL history.
The players with the most games with at least 300 passing yards in their first seven seasons in NFL history:
|Patrick Mahomes||Kansas City||37*|
|*In sixth season|
Tight end TRAVIS KELCE has 69 receptions for 855 yards with a league-high 11 touchdown catches this season. Currently in his 10th season, he has recorded 9,861 receiving yards and against the Rams, he can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (9,882) for the most receiving yards by a tight end in his first 11 career seasons in NFL history.
The tight ends with the most receiving yards in their first 11 seasons in NFL history:
|Tony GonzalezHOF||Kansas City||9,882|
|Travis Kelce||Kansas City||9,861*|
|*In 10th season|
Kelce can also become the fifth tight end in NFL history with at least 10,000 career receiving yards, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (15,127), JASON WITTEN (13,046), ANTONIO GATES (11,841) and Pro Football Hall of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (10,060).
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TAG LINE: Miami quarterback TUA TAGOVAILOA leads all qualified passers with a 118.4 passer rating this season and in Week 10, became the second player in NFL history with at least 275 passing yards, three touchdown passes and a passer rating of 135-or-higher in three consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (Weeks 3-5, 1999).
Against Houston on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Tagovailoa can become the third quarterback in NFL history to record a passer rating of 135-or-higher in four consecutive games, joining JOHN HADL (four consecutive games in 1973) and RUSSELL WILSON (four consecutive games in 2015).
The players with the most consecutive games with a passer rating of 135-or-higher in NFL history:
|John Hadl||L.A. Rams||1973||4 (Weeks 1-4)|
|Russell Wilson||Seattle||2015||4 (Weeks 11-14)|
|Tua Tagovailoa||Miami||2022||3* (Weeks 8-10)|
On Sunday, Tagovailoa can become the sixth quarterback in NFL history to throw at least three touchdown passes and complete at least 70 percent of his pass attempts in four consecutive starts.
The players with at least three touchdown passes and a completion percentage of 70-or-higher in the most consecutive games in NFL history:
|Andrew Luck||Indianapolis||2018||5 (Weeks 7-8, 10-12)|
|Peyton ManningHOF||Denver||2012||5 (Weeks 4-6, 8-9)|
|Russell Wilson||Seattle||2015||5 (Weeks 11-15)|
|Tom Brady||New England||2007||4 (Weeks 1-4)|
|Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay||2020||4 (Weeks 11-14)|
|Tua Tagovailoa||Miami||2022||3* (Weeks 8-10)|
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CHARGING UP THE CHARTS: Since entering the NFL in 2020, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT ranks third in the NFL in passing yards (12,080) and fifth in touchdown passes (85). On Sunday in Arizona (4:05 PM ET, CBS), Herbert can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (12,287) for the second-most passing yards and ANDREW LUCK (86) for the second-most touchdown passes by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history.
The players with the most passing yards in their first three seasons in NFL history:
|Justin Herbert||L.A. Chargers||12,080*|
|*In third season|
The players with the most touchdown passes in their first three seasons in NFL history:
|Justin Herbert||L.A. Chargers||85*|
|*In third season|
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DOMINANT DAVANTE: Las Vegas wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS recorded his third career overtime touchdown last week, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (three) for the most overtime touchdowns in NFL history. He ranks second in the NFL with 10 touchdown receptions this season and became the fourth player ever with at least 10 touchdown receptions in at least six of his first nine seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (seven seasons), MARVIN HARRISON (six) and RANDY MOSS (six).
Adams has recorded at least 125 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in each of his past three games and in Seattle on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS), can become the fifth player in NFL history with at least 125 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in four consecutive games.
The players with the most consecutive games with at least 125 receiving yards and a touchdown reception within a single season in NFL history:
|Odell Beckham Jr.||New York Giants||2014||4 (Weeks 14-17)|
|Josh Gordon||Cleveland||2013||4 (Weeks 11-14)|
|Calvin JohnsonHOF||Detroit||2012||4 (Weeks 10-13)|
|Patrick Jeffers||Carolina||1999||4 (Weeks 14-17)|
|Davante Adams||Las Vegas||2022||3* (Weeks 9-11)|
Adams leads all players with 83 touchdown receptions since entering the NFL in 2014 and can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer CALVIN JOHNSON (83) for the fifth-most touchdown receptions by a player in his first nine seasons all-time.
The players with the most touchdown receptions in their first nine seasons in NFL history:
|Jerry RiceHOF||San Francisco||118|
|Randy MossHOF||Minnesota, Oakland Raiders||101|
|Terrell OwensHOF||San Francisco, Philadelphia||95|
|Davante Adams||Green Bay, Las Vegas||83*|
|*In ninth season|
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GREAT DAY FOR THE BAY: San Francisco defensive lineman NICK BOSA ranks second in the league with 10.5 sacks in 2022 and has recorded at least one sack in eight of his first nine games this season. With a sack against New Orleans (4:25 PM ET, FOX), Bosa can become the fifth player since 2000 to record at least one sack in nine of his first 10 games of a season.
The players with at least one sack in nine of their first 10 games of a season since 2000:
|Nick Bosa||San Francisco||2022||8*|
|*In first nine games|
Since entering the NFL in 2017, 49ers tight end GEORGE KITTLE ranks second among all tight ends in receiving yards (4,913) and has recorded at least 500 receiving yards in each of his first five career seasons.
Kittle, who has 424 receiving yards this season, can become the fifth tight end in NFL history with at least 500 receiving yards in each of his first six seasons and the sixth tight end ever with at least 5,000 receiving yards in his first six career seasons.
The tight ends with at least 500 receiving yards in the most consecutive seasons to begin their career in NFL history:
|Rob Gronkowski||New England||11 (2010-18, 20-21)|
|Ozzie NewsomeHOF||Cleveland||8 (1978-85)|
|Keith Jackson||Philadelphia, Miami||7 (1988-94)|
|Jeremy Shockey||New York Giants||6 (2002-07)|
|George Kittle||San Francisco||5* (2017-21)|
The tight ends with the most receiving yards in their first six seasons in NFL history:
|Rob Gronkowski||New England||5,555|
|Jimmy Graham||New Orleans||5,357|
|Travis Kelce||Kansas City||5,236|
|Kellen Winslow Sr. HOF||San Diego Chargers||5,176|
|Antonio Gates||San Diego Chargers||5,066|
|George Kittle||San Francisco||4,913*|
|*In sixth season|
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HIGH WATTAGE: Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. WATT recorded a half sack and his sixth-career interception last week and since entering the league in 2017, ranks second among all players with 73.5 sacks.
With 1.5 sacks on Monday Night Football in Indianapolis (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Watt – appearing in his 81st career game – can become the second-fastest player to reach 75 NFL sacks since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (65 games).
The players to reach 75 sacks in the fewest games since 1982:
|*Has 73.5 career sacks|
Watt has 12.5 sacks in 10 career games on Monday, including multi-sack performances in each of his Monday Night Football appearances last season (three sacks in Week 9 and four sacks in Week 17).
With at least two sacks against Indianapolis, Watt can become the fifth player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to record multiple sacks in three consecutive Monday games.
The players with the most consecutive Monday games with at least two sacks since 1982:
|Aldon Smith||San Francisco||4 (Week 15, 2011 – Week 12, 2013)|
|John RandleHOF||Minnesota||4 (Week 9, 1992 – Week 17, 1994)|
|Jacob Green||Seattle||3 (Week 1, 1984 – Week 11, 1984)|
|Richard SeymourHOF||New England, Oakland Raiders||3 (Week 7, 2008 – Week 1, 2011)|
|T.J. Watt||Pittsburgh||2* (Week 9, 2021 – Week 17, 2021)|