Please excuse any typos you may see in this week’s edition of First and Goal. I guzzled so much turkey and stuffed so much stuffing into my face that I can hardly type. Then again, nothing gets me over my holiday feast drowsiness like talking about the NFL, so let’s get down to the league’s biggest stories from Week 12.
In honor of Thanksgiving, this week’s power rankings will feature a list of what every team has to be thankful for this holiday season. But before we get down to football business, I want to wish you, your family and friends a happy holiday weekend. Gobble, gobble! Now, on to the rankings…
Get your expandable pants ready because football fans are being served a feast this Thanksgiving Thursday. Sure, we’ll all be filling our faces and stomachs with turkey and mashed potatoes and stuffing, but we’ll also have an amazing tripleheader of football action. First, the upstart Lions have a shot at handing the Packers their first loss of the season. Then the suddenly red-hot Dolphins will take on the first place Cowboys. At night, we get to see two brothers face-off when Jon Harbaugh’s Ravens host Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers. Between all of that food and football, I might need to nap for the rest of the holiday weekend just to recover. Now, on to Week 11.
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Most NFL fans will tell you Sunday is their favorite day of the week. Not me. Nope. My favorite day of the week is the day the Professor’s power rankings come out. Don’t you agree? Of course you do, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this right now. Let’s get down to business. Keep reading to see where your team is ranked this week.
My oh my, what a wild and crazy weekend. There were fights, punt return touchdowns and multiple picks sixes. And that was just in the Bears-Lions game! Sorry, Lions fans, but I have to take a moment to soak in that glorious revenge win. In case you didn’t know, the Professor is a huge Bears fan, and that was one blowout I did not turn off until the very end. And then I immediately watched the highlights. Maybe we get a third battle between these two in the playoffs? I sure hope so. But enough about Bears-Lions, there was also plenty of other crazy action throughout the league, so let’s get down to it.
We are officially to the halfway point of the NFL season. Every team has now played at least eight games. Does this make you happy or sad? You can be sad because the season is going by so fast, but I prefer to look on the bright side of things: the games are only going to get more intense, with better match-ups and more playoff implications. So let’s see where everyone stands heading into the start of the stretch run.