It’s Week 12 of the 2022 NFL season, and we’re keeping you updated on all the action and biggest storylines throughout the day. The Week 12 slate has some fantastic matchups and storylines, and we’re here to help you watch it unfold. Check back often to find out everything you need to know.
Week 12 schedule
Bills 28, Lions 25 (Takeaways)
Cowboys 28, Giants (Takeaways)
Vikings 33, Patriots 26 (Takeaways)
Jets 31, Bears 10 (Takeaways)
Commanders 19, Falcons 13 (Recap)
Bengals 20, Titans 16 (Recap)
Dolphins 30, Texans 15 (Recap)
Panthers 23, Broncos 10 (Recap)
Buccaneers at Browns, 1 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Ravens at Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET (Gametracker)
Chargers at Cardinals, 4:05 pm ET (Preview)
Raiders at Seahawks, 4:05 pm ET (Preview)
Rams at Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. ET (Preview)
Saints at 49ers, 4:25 pm ET (Preview)
Packers at Eagles, 8:20 p.m. ET (Preview)
Steelers at Colts, 8:15 p.m. ET (Preview)
One-handed game-tying TD!
With one last chance on fourth-and-10, Jacoby Brissett saw David Njoku and a sliver of space in the back-middle of the end zone. So he fired it there, and somehow Njoku plucked the ball out of the air with one hand for the acrobatic touchdown catch. A successful point after ensuring the Browns and Bucs would be going to overtime.
The Commanders just continue to win with Taylor Heinicke under center. But as it has been during their hot streak, the defense came up big once again Sunday. With the Falcons threatening to take the lead in the final minute, stud defensive tackle Daron Payne tipped Marcus Mariota’s pass into the air, and cornerback Kendall Fuller came down with the diving interception in the end zone.
When Joe Burrow needs to make a play, he usually goes to college teammate Ja’Marr Chase. Well, Chase remains out with a hip injury, so Burrow has turned to fellow talent Tee Higgins. And in a tie game early in the fourth quarter, Higgins delivered the go-ahead score.
Rumblin’, bumblin’, stumblin’
Despite getting blown out, the Texans are still fighting. That includes Jordan Akins, who, after fumbling earlier in the game, put forth an impressive individual effort in making the catch around the 20-yard line and then refusing to go down until he crossed the goal line for the score.
Rookie WR goes UP
The Titans are in dire need of a playmaking wide receiver. Enter first-round rookie Treylon Burks, who has been making his presence felt since coming back from injury Week 10. Burks had his first 100-yard receiving game last week against the Packers, and he’s got a chance to go over the century mark once again thanks to this incredible 51-yard grab that set up the game-tying field goal.
Jets pulling away
The Bears got out to an early 10-7 lead, but it’s been ALL Jets since then. Quarterback Mike White (302 yards, three touchdowns) has been the star, but running back Ty Johnson recently got in on the scoring party with a 32-yard scamper for six.
It’s Taylor Heinicke’s team for now, and he continues to make plays for a Commanders squad looking to solidify their standing in the NFC wild card race. Late in the third quarter, Heinicke put Washington back on top with a 16-yard strike to John Bates.
Mike White is absolutely balling out in his first game filling in for former top draft pick Zach Wilson. He’s got just five incompletions compared to three touchdown passes, the latest of which was a strike for Elijah Moore for the 22-yard score. The Jets are in control vs. the Bears in the rain.
Unique scoop and score
Sam Darnold is making his case to be the Panthers’ starting quarterback the rest of the season. He’s been decent so far (9-for-15, 104 yards, 1 TD) and a whole lot of lucky, too. Darnold was stripped at the goal line, but instead of the Broncos recovering for a turnover, Darnold jumped on it and rolled into the end zone without being touched. The rare scoop and score put Carolina up two touchdowns.
Hastily getting into the end zone
With Travis Etienne questionable to return with a foot injury, the Ravens are going to get a whole bunch of JaMycal Hasty for the rest of the game. So, they might want to cover the 5-foot-8 running back, who ran free down the sideline for the 28-yard receiving score. It was a beautiful throw from Trevor Lawrence, who fit the ball in between the corner and safety and right into the hands of the striding Hasty for six.
Scoop and score!
It’s a blowout in Miami, where the Dolphins are reminding the rest of the AFC that they are a force to be reckoned with. The latest highlight play came on a scoop and score from Xavien Howard, who took advantage of the fumble from Jordan Akins and ran into the end zone with his teammates from 16 yards out.
The Dolphins entered halftime with a historic 30-0 advantage, which is the second-largest first-half lead over the past 30 seasons, for NFL research.
Garrett Wilson x2
Jets rookie wideout Garrett Wilson is a special talent. Look at the way he sticks his foot into the ground to make a defender miss and then outruns the rest of the Bears defense for a long touchdown — his second of the first half.
Henry did almost all of the work on the Titans’ first touchdown of the afternoon, but Tennessee wouldn’t have scored if not for Treylon Burks. It was a heads up play from the rookie wide receiver, who recovered Henry’s fumble in the end zone after a 69-yard screen pass.
Rain is definitely a factor in the Jets-Bears game. Just look at what happened on New York’s game-tying field goal attempt.
Starting in place of the struggling Davis Mills, Kyle Allen has a chance to take over the Texans’ No. 1 quarterback job for the rest of 2022. But he’ll be back on the bench pretty soon if he keeps making throws like he did in the second quarter Sunday. Drifting in the pocket, Allen completely air mailed his short pass, which landed right into the hands of Andrew Van Ginkel for the interception. A big return set up the Dolphins with first-and-goal, and Jeff Wilson did the rest with the three-yard score to extend the lead to 17.
Everyone loves a well-executed throwback pass. Fake the hand-off, roll out to one side and, at the last moment, flip your hips and throw across the field. The Commanders completely fell for it, leaving MyCole Pruitt wide open for the go-ahead score.
Yes, you read that right. Two drives, 142 yards and 10 points for the Siemian-led Bears, who took the lead on a four-yard touchdown to Byron Pringle.
One of the craziest streaks in the NFL this year has ended. The Panthers entered Sunday with exactly zero first-quarter points through 11 games, but that changed against the Broncos, thanks in part to Sam Darnold making his 2022 debut. Darnold led Carolina on an 11-play, 71-yard drive that ended with the ball in the hands of DJ Moore for the five-yard touchdown — their first in the opening 15 minutes this season.
Can’t be denied!
When Brian Robinson Jr. caught the pass on the Falcons’ 14-yard line, he had one man to beat on his way to the end zone. The Commanders rookie chose the shortest path — through the defender — as he bowled over cornerback Darren Hall and then carried another Falcon across the goal line.
Zach Wilson out, Mike White in — and the backup-turned-starter could not have envisioned a better start Sunday. White completed six of his first seven passes on the opening drive for 69 yards and this short touchdown pass to Garrett Wilson.
Browns strike first (again)
If the NFL were sudden death where the first touchdown wins, the Browns would be near the top of the AFC. Cleveland has now scored an opening-drive touchdown for the third straight game, this time on an end around that speedster Anthony Schwartz took 31 yards for the score.
Get. Off. Me.
Is that Derrick Henry in a Bengals uniform? Nope, but Samaje Perine sure looked like ‘Tractorcito’ when he delivered a nasty stiff arm to standout linebacker David Long Jr.. Filling in for the Joe Mixon (concussion), Perine set the tone on the opening drive.
Rookie RBs continue to laugh
If you watched the NFL’s first-ever Germany game a few weeks ago, you know about Rachaad White. The Buccaneers rookie running back made his first career start and carried the ball 22 times for 105 yards, a bunch of which came on the final offensive drive to seal a Tampa Bay victory.
The third-round pick out of Arizona State should receive a bunch of work Sunday, too. Leonard Fournette, who has served as RB1 for the entire season aside from the previous game, suffered a hip injury in Germany and was ruled out for Week 12 against the Browns. The Buccaneers activated pass-catching back Giovani Bernard from injured reserve Saturday, but expect a lot of volume (and subsequent success) from White against Cleveland’s 24th-ranked run defense (135.1 yards allowed per game).
White is the latest rookie to show he’s capable of carrying an offense on the ground. Let’s go through the playmakers.
- The Jets’ Breece Hall (Round 2, 36th pick) was on his way to winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year before a season-ending torn ACL and meniscus.
- The Seahawks’ Kenneth Walker III (Round 2, 41st pick) is now the favorite for the award after going on a tear since taking over for the injured Rashaad Penny in Week 6.
- The Commanders’ Brian Robinson Jr. (Round 3, 98th pick), despite getting shot twice during the preseason, has started five of the seven games he’s played since coming back from injury. He’s averaging more than 15 carries per game.
- The Texans’ Dameon Pierce (Round 4, 107th pick) was the only rookie to begin the year as his team’s clear-cut starter, and he’s been the lone bright spot in Houston with 780 rushing yards (leads all rookies) and four total touchdowns .
- The Chiefs’ Isiah Pacheco (Round 7, 251st pick) looks to be the steal of the draft at the position. Since being named the starter in Week 7, he averaged nearly 5.4 yards per carry. The results have been even better the past two weeks: 31 carries and 189 yards (6.1 yards per carry).
These youngsters have been integral to their team’s success, and this isn’t even including the Falcons’ Tyler Allgeier, the Bills’ James Cook and the Rams’ Kyren Williams — all of whom look poised to have bigger roles during the final stretch of the 2022 campaign. The running back position is surely in good hands.