NFL Scores Week 12: AFC, NFC Results, Playoff Standings and Top Fantasy Stars
Week 12 is underway. While many fans may still be in a post-Thanksgiving haze, the Sunday NFL action has been anything but sluggish.
The week started with three Thursday games, in which the Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders and Buffalo Bills all won on the road. The Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins all rolled Sunday in the early afternoon with blowout wins. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, meanwhile, narrowly outlasted the Indianapolis Colts.
The Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers took home wins in the late-afternoon window, while the Baltimore Ravens outlasted the Cleveland Browns in the nightcap.
Below you'll find full results, the updated AFC and NFC standings and some of the top fantasy performances of the week (points-per-reception scoring).
Week 12 Results, Top Fantasy Performers
Chicago Bears 16, Detroit Lions 14
Andy Dalton, QB, Chicago Bears: 317 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 11 rushing yards (16.78 fantasy points)
Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears: 5 receptions, 123 yards, 2 rushing yards (17.5 fantasy points)
Las Vegas Raiders 36, Dallas Cowboys 33 (OT)
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys: 375 yards, 2 TDs, 3 rushing yards (25.3 fantasy points)
Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders: 8 receptions, 134 yards, 2 rushing yards (21.6 fantasy points)
Buffalo Bills 31, New Orleans Saints 6
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills: 260 passing yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs, 43 rushing yards (28.7 fantasy points)
Stefon Diggs, WR, Buffalo Bills: 7 receptions, 74 yards, 1 TD (20.4 fantasy points)
Atlanta Falcons 21 Jacksonville Jaguars 14
Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Atlanta Falcons: 108 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 27 receiving yards, 2 TDs (27.5 fantasy points)
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: 228 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 39 rushing yards (18.02 fantasy points)
Miami Dolphins 33, Carolina Panthers 10
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Miami Dolphins: 9 receptions, 137 yards, 1 TD (28.7 fantasy points)
Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins: 49 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 3 receiving yards, 2 TDs (19.2 fantasy points)
Cincinnati Bengals 41, Pittsburgh Steelers 10
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: 165 rushing yards, 4 receptions, -2 receiving yards, 2 TDs (32.3 fantasy points)
Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: 6 receptions, 114 yards, 1 TD (23.4 fantasy points)
New York Giants 13, Philadelphia Eagles 7
Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants: 202 passing yards, 1 TD, 30 rushing yards (15.08 fantasy points)
Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: 64 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 8 receiving yards, 1 TD, 1 fumble (13.2 fantasy points)
New York Jets 21, Houston Texans 14
Zach Wilson, QB, New York Jets: 145 passing yards, 1 INT, 3 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD (11.1 fantasy points)
Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans: 3 receptions, 45 yards, 1 TD (13.5 fantasy points)
New England Patriots 36, Tennessee Titans 13
Mac Jones, QB, New England Patriots: 310 passing yards, 2 TDs, 11 rushing yards (21.5 fantasy points)
Kendrick Bourne, WR, New England Patriots: 5 receptions, 61 yards, 2 TDs (23.1 fantasy points)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38, Indianapolis Colts 31
Leonard Fournette, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 100 rushing yards, 7 receptions, 31 receiving yards, 4 TDs (44.1 fantasy points)
Carson Wentz, QB, Indianapolis Colts: 306 passing yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs, 21 rushing yards, 1 fumble (22.34 fantasy points)
Denver Broncos 28, Los Angeles Chargers 13
Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: 31 rushing yards, 6 receptions, 68 receiving yards, 1 TD (21.9 fantasy points)
Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers: 303 passing yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs, 36 rushing yards (21.72 fantasy points)
San Francisco 49ers 34, Minnesota Vikings 26
Elijah Mitchell, RB, San Francisco 49ers: 133 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 35 receiving yards, 1 TD (27.8 fantasy points)
Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers: 1 reception, 12 yards, 66 rushing yards, 2 TDs (20.8 fantasy points)
Green Bay Packers 36, Los Angeles Rams 28
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: 307 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 rushing TD (26.28 fantasy points)
AJ Dillon, RB, Green Bay Packers: 69 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 21 receiving yards, 1 TD (20.0 fantasy points)
Baltimore Ravens 16, Cleveland Browns 10
Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens: 4 receptions, 65 yards, 1 TD (16.5 fantasy points)
Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns: 6 receptions, 111 yards, 1 fumble (15.1 fantasy points)
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills
The fact that the Bills defeated the Saints in New Orleans wasn't a total shocker. The fact that the crowd was heavily pro-Buffalo by the fourth quarter was a bit more surprising.
Bills Mafia showed up and showed out during the lone lopsided game on Thanksgiving. Quarterback Josh Allen rewarded them with one heck of a performance.
Yes, Allen tossed a pair of interceptions, but those were close to the only mistakes he made on the evening. Allen finished 23-of-28 for 260 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 43 yards and a team-high 5.4 yards per carry.
Now, fans have every right to be concerned about Allen's turnovers. He's thrown picks in four straight games and multiple interceptions in three of those. That's a big problem for a Buffalo team that is on a 3-3 run.
Allen had a tremendous night overall, but he's now heading into a brutal matchup with the Patriots. Fantasy managers will want to consider alternatives for Week 13. New England has allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Early in the season, the deep-ball connection between Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase was the headline story for the Bengals. Lately, though, it's been the hard running of starting tailback Joe Mixon.
Mixon (123 yards, 2 TDs) played a huge role in last week's win in Las Vegas. He played an equally big role in Sunday's rout of the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Against the Steelers, Mixon rushed for 165 yards, caught four passes and found the end zone twice.
Mixon has long been a must-start in fantasy, but with the Bengals now leaning on him heavily, he's arguably one of the most reliable options at the position.
Managers should be eager to have Mixon in the starting lineup next week against the Los Angeles Chargers. Only the New York Jets and Detroit Lions have allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs than Los Angeles.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will receive plenty of recognition for helping to bring Tampa back from down 10. However, running back Leonard Fournette was the real star against Indianapolis and almost single-handedly put the game away.
After the Colts tied the game with less than four minutes remaining, the Buccaneers fired back. Fournette carried three times on Tampa's final drive, capping it with a 28-yard touchdown run. Fournette took the scoring handoff with less than 30 seconds remaining.
A 72-yard return by Isaiah Rodgers on the ensuing kickoff nearly spoiled things, but Carson Wentz was picked off to end the game.
Fournette finished with 100 rushing yards, 31 receiving yards, seven receptions and four total touchdowns. It marked the third straight game in which Fournette caught six or more passes from Brady.
Because of his PPR upside, Fournette must be considered a must-start next week against the Atlanta Falcons.
Atlanta has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Elijah Mitchell, RB, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have traditionally been a run-first team under head coach Kyle Shanahan. In recent weeks, though, Shanahan has shown just how far he's willing to go to win on the ground.
Consider the fact that top wide receiver Deebo Samuel has regularly lined up in the backfield over the last three weeks. He had another big day running (66 yards and two touchdowns) while catching just one pass for 12 yards.
As a team, the 49ers topped 200 rushing yards against the Minnesota Vikings, and rookie Elijah Mitchell had a big hand in that. The sixth-round pick out of Louisiana missed last week following finger surgery and returned to make a big statement.
Mitchell finished with 133 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also added 35 yards on five receptions.
Sunday's performance showed that there's plenty of room for both Samuel and Mitchell in San Francisco's backfield. Both players should be solid plays next week against the Seattle Seahawks—though managers will want to monitor the groin injury that Samuel suffered during Sunday's win.
Seattle has allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens
The night game was an ugly one, highlighted by multiple miscues and four Lamar Jackson interceptions. The Ravens did just enough to win, though, thanks in no small part to the efforts of tight end Mark Andrews.
Andrews, one of the few legitimate star tight ends in fantasy, once again delivered some huge plays when the Ravens needed them most. Specifically, Andrews made himself available when Jackson was scrambling behind the line and buying time.
Baltimore only found the end zone once, and it was Andrews who did it during the scramble drill. That was the only touchdown the Ravens needed to win the game, and it may have been enough for some fantasy managers too.
Andrews finished with four receptions, 65 yards and the touchdown. Despite the sloppy play of Baltimore's offense overall, he still finished top-five at the position in fantasy. It's worth noting that all of Jackson's interceptions came while targeting Andrews, but that isn't going to diminish the tight end's target share moving forward.
Managers will face a not-so-great matchup next week against the Steelers—who have allowed the 12th-fewest fantasy points to the position—but there's no reason to pull Andrews from the starting lineup. He has caught at least four passes in all but two games this season, and his PPR upside is too much to ignore.
AFC, NFC Standings
Baltimore Ravens 8-3
New England Patriots 8-4
Tennessee Titans 8-4
Kansas City Chiefs 7-4
Cincinnati Bengals 7-4
Buffalo Bills 7-4
Los Angeles Chargers 6-5
Denver Broncos 6-5
Las Vegas Raiders 6-5
Indianapolis Colts 6-6
Cleveland Browns 6-6
Pittsburgh Steelers 5-5-1
Miami Dolphins 5-7
New York Jets 3-8
Houston Texans 2-9
Jacksonville Jaguars 2-9
Arizona Cardinals 9-2
Green Bay Packers 9-3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8-3
Dallas Cowboys 7-4
Los Angeles Rams 7-4
San Francisco 49ers 6-5
Minnesota Vikings 5-6
Atlanta Falcons 5-6
New Orleans Saints 5-6
Philadelphia Eagles 5-7
Carolina Panthers 5-7
Washington Football Team 4-6
New York Giants 4-7
Chicago Bears 4-7
Seattle Seahawks 3-7
Detroit Lions 0-10-1
*Fantasy scoring and points allowed from FantasyPros.