Week 12 NFL Heroes And Goats
Week 12 Heroes And Goats
Every week in the NFL there are heroes and goats, and this week is no different. Week 12 saw some amazing performances, as well as some absolute duds. In this new weekly segment I’m going to take you through the heroes of the NFL week that was, as well as the goats. There are criteria for the weekly winners and just because you threw for 400 yards and 3 touchdowns doesn’t necessarily land you on this list. Of you put up great numbers and you blow the game for your team, you could be a goat. It also works vice versa, it you stink it up all day but make the big plays at the end to win the game, you could wind up being a hero! We don’t know who it’s going to be from week to week; sometimes it’ll be obvious who it’ll be, other times you may be surprised.
This is the NFL where things can change pretty quickly and going from hero to goat may not take much but landing on this list will either be the worst thing that you want to happen or the best thing that ever happened! You could also be a hero one week, only to find yourself the goat the next because this list does not play favorites or look into the future; it’s all about what happened this week in the NFL. So who made this week’s list of heroes and goats? The only way to know is to click here.
Week 12 Heroes and Goats:
5. Goat: Rob Ryan
Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan saw his defense get torched by Robert Griffin III (spoiler alert, he’ll make the list too), particularly when they needed a big stop. They gave up 28 points in the in the second and his toy, Brandon Carr was out of position all game long. No idea what the game plan was but I’d change it for the next time they play.
4. Goat: Mark Sanchez
Mark Sanchez ran into his offensive lineman’s rear end so you had to know he’s land on this list. His play wasn’t horrible but most of his stats were in garbage time, after he swung the game’s momentum with the ridiculous fumble. I know you’re supposed to avoid the other team but that doesn’t mean you should run into your own guys either.
3. Goat: San Diego Defense
The San Diego Chargers defense blew the game; how do you give up a 4th & 29? Not only did you give up the first down but you allowed a dump-off pass to go for about 25 of those yards! Missed tackles and poor angles led to the Ravens Ray Rice gaining the yards needed to get the first down, which led to the game tying kick and eventually the game winning kick in overtime.
2. Goat: Pittsburgh Offense
The Pittsburgh Steelers turned the ball over eight times in a loss to the Cleveland Browns. Eight times! They lost five fumbles and threw three interceptions in the game. It’s hard to win in the NFL when you lose the turnover battle by seven.
1. Goat: The Refs
We all thought the replacement officials were bad but after watching what happened in the Lions/Texans game, I would say some regular refs aren’t much better. The call may affect the playoff race in the NFC, as well as the race for home field advantage in the AFC. I guess we can’t place all the blame on the refs because the dumb rule penalizing the coaches for throwing a challenge flag when they aren’t allowed to maybe worse than the call itself. The rule needs to be changed but the play was very easy to see, Forsett’s knee was down and it wasn’t even close.
5. Hero: Julio Jones
Julio Jones came through in a big way on the road and against a hot Buccaneers team with 147 yards and a touchdown. Jones was coming back after a few subpar weeks because of an ankle injury but he showed no signs of being slowed at all. His 80-yard touchdown was a huge play for the Falcons in getting a nice win.
4. Hero: Eli Manning
Eli Manning’s dead arm seemed like a farce to begin with and I think we all saw that his demise was exaggerated. Manning may have just needed to get Hakeem Nicks healthy again to get things rolling. He was great against the packers on Sunday night, throwing three touchdowns and passing Phil Simms on the Giants passing touchdown list.
3. Hero: 49ers Defense
The San Francisco 49ers defense came through in a tough matchup against a hot Saints team, who were at home in the dome! They limited the damage from Drew Brees and took back two interceptions for touchdowns. They also slowed Jimmy Graham and got a big road win.
2. Hero: Ray Rice
Ray Rice did a ton of damage in the game against the San Diego Chargers, totaling 164 yards, but his most impressive play of the game was gaining 29-yards on 4th & 29. He did most of the work himself after taking the pass, making people miss and breaking tackles on his way to setting up the game tying field goal. The Ravens eventually won the game but they would never have been in that position without Rice’s effort on 4th & 29.
1. Hero: RG III
Robert Griffin III was spectacular in the win over the Dallas Cowboys. He threw for 311 yards and four TD’s in a win over their division rivals on Thanksgiving. Not much more needs to be said about the rookie who continues to play sensational football. RGIII was the hero of the week for the NFL in week 12.