Takeaways From Week Twelve of the NFL Season

Are we seeing the end of an era in the Pacific Northwest? Is the Bay Area peaking at the right time? What happened in the twelfth week of the NFL season?

  • Sleepless in Seattle: The Seahawks haven't had a good year. They lost Chris Carson for the season, they watched their division rivals get better, and they're sitting in last place. Monday night didn't make matters better as they lost a nail-biter to the Washington Football Team, 17-15. A failed two-point conversion didn't help the fact that Russell Wilson appeared out of it the entire game. Is this the end of the Pete Carroll/Russell Wilson era in the Emerald City?

  • Motor City Pussycats: It seems like the Detroit Lions can't catch a break. While the Michigan Wolverines are getting huge wins over their rival, the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Lions are losing at the last second to the Chicago Bears. A field goal as time expired propelled the Bears to a 16-14 victory. The schedule looks a lot less forgiving, too: Detroit has games against Arizona, Minnesota, and Green Bay coming up.

  • Viva Las Vegas! Meanwhile, there was a team that was eating well on Thanksgiving. The Raiders defeated the Dallas Cowboys in overtime, 36-33. It was thanks to a defensive pass interference call that let Derek Carr and company drive down the field. Las Vegas has been known to fade in the second half, so people aren't as high on them from past seasons. That's certainly the case in the upcoming weeks, with games against the Colts, Chiefs, and Chargers.

Top Five Power Rankings

  1. Arizona Cardinals

  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  3. Green Bay Packers

  4. Baltimore Ravens

  5. Kansas City Chiefs