NFL 2023 Week 12: Most significant concerns, risers and takeaways

Week 12 of the NFL season began on Thanksgiving, as the underdog Green Bay Packers went wire to wire in a 29-22 success over the Detroit Lions

The Dallas Cowboys followed that up by beating the Washington Leaders 45-10 behind 4 Dak Prescott goal passes.

In the Thanksgiving nightcap, the San Francisco 49ers escaped from the Seattle Seahawks 31-13 as Christian McCaffrey tallied a set of goals.

Our NFL Country press reporters responded to all the action, responding to remaining concerns coming out of each video game and selecting who– or what– is fluctuating for every single group. Let’s get to it.

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When will the 49ers clinch the NFC West department? The Niners have actually won 10 straight department video games, consisting of 4 in a row versus Seattle. As soon as once again it appears to be a matter of when, not if, they’ll use the department crown. There’s a reasonable course to that occurring as quickly as the Niners fulfill the Seahawks once again on Dec. 10. That mainly needs the Niners winning their next 2 and getting some mix of losses for the Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams in their video games. The course is clear, and when again it appears like the Niners will invest December and early January going after the NFC’s front runner.

Stock up after the win: Pass rush. After publishing simply 18 sacks in the very first 8 video games, the Niners have 15 in the previous 3, consisting of 6 on Thursday night.

Stock down after the win: Kickoff protection. San Francisco quit a 66-yard return on its very first kickoff and enabled Dee Eskridge to typical 35 backyards per return, which provides it something else to tidy up before heading to Philadelphia. — Nick Wagoner

Next video game: at Eagles (Sunday, Dec. 3, 4:25 p.m. ET)


Is the Seahawks’ season doomed? That might seem like an overreaction for a group that’s still a video game over.500, however consider what lies ahead. They play the 8-3 Cowboys, the 9-1 Eagles and have a rematch with a 49ers group that simply smoked them sandwiched in between. They might quickly be 6-8 getting in the last week of December, and this sort of blowout loss does not leave any factor to believe they can manage an upset win. They might’ve provided themselves some cushion by beating the Rams last Sunday, however they lost that possibility.

Stock up after the loss: Jordyn Brooks The fourth-year inside linebacker offered the Seahawks some life in the 3rd quarter when he came down with a tipped pass and returned his very first profession interception 12 backyards for a goal. Brooks completed with a team-high 12 takes on.

Stock down after the loss: Geno Smith: The whole offense ran out sorts, however Smith was inefficient while finishing 18 of 27 efforts for 180 backyards and an interception. 2 of his incompletions were DK Metcalf drops, though he tossed another errant pass that was almost chosen off, and he took 6 sacks. He stated the triceps muscles contusion he suffered 4 days previously didn’t impact him “at all.” — Brady Henderson

Next video game: at Cowboys (Thursday, 8:15 p.m. ET)


Is Dallas prepared for its crucial stretch of the season? They have actually done what they required to after losing to the Eagles on Nov. 5. They beat the Giants, Panthers and Commanders. Their next 5 video games protest the Seahawks, Eagles, Dolphins, Expenses and Lions. The Cowboys have actually lost their 2 matches versus groups with winning records, however they have actually eliminated everybody else. If they can continue to win, possibly they can capture the Eagles in the NFC East and get homefield benefit. With 13 straight home wins, that appears crucial.

Stock up after the win: QB Dak Prescott Prescott remains in the most popular stretch of his profession. He has 18 goal passes and simply 2 interceptions in his last 6 video games. He had goal hands down a screen ( Rico Dowdle), on a line ( Brandin Cooks), on time ( CeeDee Lamb) and on a rope ( KaVontae Turpin). He likewise finished passes to 10 various receivers. Prescott’s name needs to remain in the MVP discussion eventually.

Stock down after the win: K Brandon Aubrey Let’s quibble due to the fact that Aubrey does not miss out on field-goal efforts. With a 52-yarder Thursday, he has actually made 22 straight efforts to open his profession. However he missed out on a point-after effort versus the Leaders, his 2nd in the last 2 video games and his 3rd on the season. Let’s be clear, though: This is not what occurred to Brett Maher in 2015. — Todd Archer

Next video game: vs. Seahawks (Thursday, 8:15 p.m. ET)


Will the Leaders’ owner make a relocation? New owner Josh Harris did not wish to make an in-season training modification, particularly with coach Ron Rivera. Nevertheless, if Rivera wished to make a modification, Harris definitely would listen, a source stated. Up until now, Rivera has actually hesitated to make any sort of modifications, particularly on defense with planner Jack Del Rio. There’s no apparent replacement, however the defense has actually fallen back, getting in the day ranked last in points and 29th in backyards.

Stock up after the loss: WR Curtis Samuel He was among the couple of brilliant areas versus the Cowboys, capturing 9 passes for his very first 100-yard video game (100 backyards Thursday) considering that 2020. He was targeted a team-high 12 times.

Stock down after the loss: Defense. Jack Del Rio’s defense enabled 431 backyards– consisting of 331 backyards passing and 4 goals to Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott The secondary continues to quit huge plays, and the front stopped working to get pressure on Prescott. — John Keim

Next video game: vs. Dolphins (Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m. ET)



Are the Packers playoff competitors? They’re still under.500, however the outlook is far from bleak. They got in the week with a 23% possibility to make the playoffs. That number leapt to 38% as quickly as the Packers beat the Lions, according to ESPN Analytics. That was independent of any other results this weekend. Just 2 of the Packers’ last 6 challengers have winning records (the Chiefs and Vikings) and after next Sunday’s video game versus the Chiefs, it gets back at simpler with video games versus the Giants, Buccaneers, Panthers and Bears.

Stock up after the win: Security Jonathan Owens Owens had his finest video game considering that he signed with the Packers in the offseason. A week after missing out on a take on that resulted in a goal recently versus the Chargers, he tape-recorded a season-high 12 takes on and returned a fumble for a goal.

Stock down after the win: Anders Carlson The novice kicker can be forgiven for missing out on a long-shot, 63-yard basket at the end of the very first half, however more troublesome was that he missed out on an additional point for the 3rd straight video game. — Rob Demovsky

Next video game: vs. Chiefs (Sunday, Dec. 3, 8:20 p.m. ET)


Was the security of Jared Goff a one-week blip or proof of a larger issue? Goff was pushed on 45% of his dropbacks in the very first half, going 9-of-20, and was sacked 3 times throughout the video game. Detroit’s offending line has actually been amongst the strengths of this lineup, however resisted the Packers while missing out on offending lineman Jonah Jackson (wrist) for the 2nd straight video game. Veteran guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai was likewise put on the hurt reserve list on Nov. 14. It’s definitely something to see as the group wants to get more out of linemen Kayode Awosika and novice Colby Sorsdal

Stock up after the loss: Jameson Williams The second-year receiver continues to grow more comfy in the Lions’ offense as the trust level increases amongst colleagues. Williams, the No. 12 general choice in 2022, made 2 catches for 51 backyards, consisting of a 38-yard reception in the 4th quarter.

Stock down after the loss: Goff. For the 2nd straight video game, the veteran quarterback battled with turnovers. Versus Green Bay, he lost 3 fumbles for the very first time in his profession after tossing 3 badger Sunday versus the Chicago Bears Prior to Thursday, he went 12 straight video games without a lost fumble. — Eric Woodyard

Next video game: at Saints (Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 p.m. ET)

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