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Hawks in the NFL: Week 12

November 27, 2018

Written by Sean Neugent

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We have reached the point in the season where teams are starting to separate from the pack to be clear playoff teams. Currently, several former Hawkeyes are helping their teams make a push for the playoffs.

So far, here is what the playoffs look like:

  • 12 former Hawkeyes on NFL rosters would make the playoffs if they started today
  • Seven players are helping their teams fight to get into the playoffs
  • Seven players will have an extended vacation as their teams have already been eliminated from the playoffs

All this and more in Hawks in the NFL: Week 12.

Let’s span the NFL:

Buccaneers 27, 49ers 9: The Bay Area could once again see QB C.J. Beathard in the starting lineup. QB Nick Mullens became the starter after Beathard was unable to go due to injury. He played well enough to receive his third consecutive start on Sunday. But, Mullens struggled mightily against one of the top two worst defenses in the league. The Bucs defense has been gashed for 31 points per game this year, but held SF to one touchdown.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan has already mentioned he will contemplate who will be the starting QB in week 13.

“I don’t think he (Mullens) played very well, just looking at some of our situations, but that wasn’t all on him,” says Shanahan. “No one played well, especially in the passing game.”

TE George Kittle, who has been on of the best stories in the NFL this year, was even held in check. He was targeted a game-high 12 times and caught six balls for 48 yards. He also ran a successful jet sweep for 10 yards. It was his lowest output in the last five weeks. Overall, Kittle has 56 receptions for 823 yards and three touchdowns.

Defensively, CB Greg Mabin forced one tackle in the game for the 49ers.

Vikings 24, Packers 17: The Packers season continues to head south after another loss. CB Josh Jackson had eight tackles, a career-high. But, QB Kirk Cousins lit up the Packers defense for nearly 350 yards and three touchdowns. DE Mike Daniels remains out with an injured foot and may miss the rest of the season.

For the Vikings, DT Jaleel Johnson made one tackle in the victory.

Bears 23, Lions 16: OG James Daniels continues to shine for the NFC North leading Bears. The rookie made the game-clinching play when he pulled RB Tarik Cohen past the first-down line on a 10-yard run.

Bills 24, Jaguars 21: It is getting harder to believe these two teams met in the AFC Wild Card round a year ago. What a difference a season makes. While the Jaguars are stuck in neutral, the Bills now have a two game winning streak. S Micah Hyde collected two tackles in the win as the defense shut down QB Blake Bortles.

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Hyde was in the middle of a benches-clearing brawl that saw Leonard Fournette and Shaq Lawson ejected from the game. The fight started when Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook pushed Hyde.

“I pushed him back, which started the whole riot,” says Hyde. “There was something there. I feel like Fournette was going after Shaq the whole game, just talking junk to Shaq. I know Shaq, he’s not quiet. I’m surprised we can’t hear him (in the locker room) right now. But, he’s my teammate, and I understand the circumstances he was in. He had it on his phone after the game that the dude just came over and hit him. As a man, you have to defend yourself. I’m not saying get kicked out of the game. None of that is good, but it is what it is.”

Broncos 24, Steelers 17: The Broncos defense held up well against one of the best offenses in the league. Playing bend, but don’t break defense (allowed 462 yards through the air), Denver picked off QB Ben Roethlisberger in the end zone to end the game with 1:07 remaining.

LB Josey Jewell had six tackles in the game. Denver is coming alive after back-to-back wins against teams with a combined record of 15-6-1.

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Chargers 45, Cardinals 10: The Chargers put last week’s tough loss behind them and are keeping pace with first place Chiefs. CB Desmond King had one assisted tackle and averaged 29 yards on three kick returns.

Ravens 34, Raiders 17: OL Marshal Yanda has a warriors mentality. And, a warrior doesn’t leave his battlefield. During the game, the NFL’s concussion spotter saw something that made him believe Yanda sustained a concussion. Ultimately, he was cleared and back in action the next series. He apologized to Ron Medlin, the team’s athletic trainer after he yelled, “Get off me Ron. Don’t touch me.”

Byes: Chiefs (Anthony Hitchens, Ben Niemann), Rams (Austin Blythe)

HawkeyeNation.com’s Week 12 Game Ball:

It is not easy being a rookie, especially as an offensive lineman. But, James Daniels is playing very well for the Bears. Daniels and the offensive line did a solid job of protecting backup QB Chase Daniel, who threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns in a division win.

HawkeyeNation.com Game Balls:

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Week 1: George Kittle, 49ers

Week 2: Josh Jackson, Packers

Week 3: Christian Kirksey, Browns

Week 4: C.J. Beathard, 49ers

Week 5: Christian Kirksey, Browns

Week 6: Desmond King, Chargers

Week 7: Jaleel Johnson, Vikings

Week 8: Brandon Scherff, Redskins

Week 9: Desmond King, Chargers

Week 10: Ben Niemann, Chiefs

Week 11: Bye Week

Week 12: James Daniels, Bears

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