Around the League: Week 12 Results

Albeit late, here are you results from Week 12’s Hammering it Out.

Minnesota Vikings 14 Atlanta Falcons 24

I think we all assumed that without Adrian Peterson, the Viking offense would struggle, especially against a decent team like Atlanta. With the win this past Sunday, Atlanta moved into the 6th and final NFC Wild Card spot, one game ahead of Detroit. -Jared

Jared – 1 for 1

Travis – 1 for 1

Buffalo Bills 24 New York Jets 28

If it wasn’t already official, I feel like it’s certainly time to say that Shonn Greene is not a starting running back in the NFL. The guy took the rock from LaDanian Tomlinson and NFL fans could have swore Greene and the Jets would revert to ground and pound. Rex Ryan promised us this! Wait, didn’t he promise a ring or two as well? –Jared

Jared – 1 for 2

Travis – 2 for 2

Cleveland Browns 20 Cincinnati Bengals 23

I’m sure there was a thought process prior to last Sunday somewhere that read “Peyton Hillis is going to shake the Madden curse” against the Bengals. That, however, didn’t happen. Cedric Benson, who appeared earlier in the season to be on his way to becoming a derelict, had himself a nice game and is having a decent season. With this win, Cincinnati moved into the 6th and final Wild Card spot in the AFC. -Jared

Jared – 1 for 3

Travis – 2 for 3

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 Tennessee Titans 23

If you’re me and got stuck drafting Chris Johnson in some important fantasy football league, last week afforded me a bit of a sigh of relief. Like I said last week, Tampa Bay is having a terrible season. The Titans, however, are above .500 for what feels like the first time. -Jared

Jared – 2 for 4

Travis – 2 for 4

Carolina Panthers 27 Indianapolis Colts 19

Those close to me know how I feel about Curtis Painter. He was never meant to be a quarterback in this league. He was meant to be the next Jim Sorgi, also known as a clipboard holder. When your clipboard holder has to actually play, he’s going to play like Painter has. -Jared

Jared – 3 for 5

Travis – 3 for 5

Arizona Cardinals 23 St. Louis Rams 20

I didn’t pick Arizona to win because I think they’re good. I picked them to win because St. Louis is that bad. John Skelton is filling in nicely for the injured Kevin Kolb. I don’t have to say much about Beanie Wells, do I? He shows up on the injury report every week and then does things like this (rushing for 228 yards). He’s probably my least favorite football player this year, next to, of course, Chris Johnson. -Jared

Jared – 4 for 6

Travis – 3 for 6

Houston Texans 20 Jacksonville Jaguars 13

At this point, Houston has the 1st overall seed in the AFC Playoff picture, even after having lost signal-caller Matt Schaub to what should just be called a “broken foot”. Ben Tate is going to be nice trade fodder for Houston at the end of the season and Arian Foster has returned to form after starting out a bit hobbled. Jacksonville, on the other hand, appears to have a dud in rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert, but also lacks playmakers outside of Maurice Jones-Drew. –Jared

Jared – 5 for 7

Travis – 4 for 7

Chicago Bears 20 Oakland Raiders 25

I think we’re all in agreement that Caleb Hanie cost Chicago a victory with some sloppy play. Sebastian Janikowski kicked six field goals in this victory for Oakland. Someone get that man the Golden Boot. -Jared

Jared – 5 for 8

Travis – 5 for 8

Washington Redskins 23 Seattle Seahawks 17

I can’t say I actually expected Washington to pull this game out, but I certainly didn’t expect Roy Helu to drop in and run for over 100 yards, either. The bottom line is, when your defense allows 16 points in the 4th quarter and you aren’t winning by 30+, you are not a very good team. -Jared

Jared – 6 for 9

Travis – 5 for 9

Denver Broncos 16 San Diego Chargers 13

I wanted to call this upset. I really did. I have zero faith in the Chargers this year at all. First, you give up Darren Sproles to the Saints. Who does that!? Then Philip Rivers decides all those interceptions he didn’t throw the last few years needed to be dispersed throughout the course of this season. Are you Tebowing yet? -Jared

Jared – 6 for 10

Travis – 5 for 10

New England Patriots 38 Philadelphia Eagles 20

Andy Reid may be on his way out as head coach of the Eagles, but he’s hit every branch of the ugly loss tree en route. I mean, am I the only person on the planet that felt like corralling that much talent and allowing Vince Young to address the media in the same season would be a bad idea? Tom Brady was, well, Tom Brady. ‘Nuff said. -Jared

Jared – 7 for 11

Travis – 6 for 11

Pittsburgh Steelers 13 Kansas City Chiefs 9

Losing at home is never fun, but for a good portion of this game, I thought Kansas City might actually snag this one from the Steelers. I should have known better. I vote Todd Haley keeps his job. Losing three starters to season ending injuries will kill a team’s ability to win. -Jared

Jared – 7 for 12

Travis – 6 for 12

New York Giants 24 New Orleans Saints 49

I think I called this one. There were over 750 yards of passing between these two elite quarterbacks on Monday night and 73 points. How’d that dessert taste, everyone? -Jared

Jared – 8 for 13

Travis – 6 for 13

I win. Again. Someone challenge me!