NFL Week 12 Report Cards: Grades For Every Team

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer INovember 28, 2010

NFL Week 12 Report Cards: Grades For Every Team

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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 28:  Officials attempt to separate players from both the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans after a bench emptying brawl in the fourth quarter that was started by Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans and Cortland Finnegan of the Tenness
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    Did you see the fight between Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan?

    It was a great fight, certainly one of the biggest stories to come out of the day. The fight gets an A+, but the actual game grade could be something completely different. You'll have to read on to find out.

    The Panthers and the Bills almost won their respective games, losing to a "doink" off the uprights and in overtime, respectively.

    The Giants rallied to a victory, and the Green Bay Packers game versus the Atlanta Falcons was every bit as good as expected.

    So here are the grades—and don't expect any favors for any teams.

Tennessee Titans

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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 28:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans has words with defensive tackle Marques Douglas #99 of the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
    Bob Levey/Getty Images

    Grade: F

    When you get shut out, you get an F. The Titans were forced to start Rusty Smith at quarterback due to injuries to Vince Young and Kerry Collins, but failure to even get a field goal just means something went wrong.

    We'll let Titans fans sound off on what went wrong. We're staying out of this one.

Seattle Seahawks

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    SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 28:  Cornerback Marcus Trufant #23 of the Seattle Seahawks is taken off the field as the result of an injury against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qwest Field on November 28, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Chiefs defeated the Seahawks 42-
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    Grade: F

    *Sigh* This is an NFC West team, so I guess the only thing I can do at this point is toast Bill Brasky.

    Bill Brasky showers in Vodka and feeds his baby shrimp scampi. TO BILL BRASKY!!

Washington Redskins

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    LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 28:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 calls out signals against the Minnesota Vikings at FedExField November 28, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Vikings won the game 17-13.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Grade: D-

    The Redskins really need to do better. Donovan McNabb is inconsistent, but the Vikings fired their head coach this week.

    C'mon, man!

Cincinnati Bengals

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 25: Quan Cosby #12 of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Drew Coleman #30 of the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on November 25, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
    Chris Trotman/Getty Images

    Grade: D

    The Bengals are not having the season they thought they were going to have, and that's great news if you're not a Bengals fan.

    However, the Bengals just can't seem to put a complete game together, and this is the result.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 28:  Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is almost sacked by Haloti Ngata #92 of the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Buccaneers 17-10. (Photo by Lar
    Larry French/Getty Images

    Grade: D

    The Bucs have been beating teams all year in the fourth quarter, so they get downgraded for not doing it this week. The Ravens are a good team, and the Bucs are 0-4 against teams with winning records.

    Not boding well for the future.

Oakland Raiders

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Bruce Gradkowski #5 of the Oakland Raiders passes the ball against the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Grade: D

    With Bruce Gradkowski starting, it's become obvious the Raiders are sinking back into being "that team."

    The Raiders need to settle on a quarterback, or they're never going to win consistently the rest of the year.

Buffalo Bills

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 28:  Steve Johnson #13 of the Buffalo Bills reacts after dropping a pass in the end zone during overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Karl Wa
    Karl Walter/Getty Images

    Grade: C-

    Stevie Johnson needs a hug. The Bills were one dropped pass away from winning the game and upsetting the Steelers in overtime.

    The Bills play everyone hard, and they are looking more and more like a team who is way better than their record.

Indianapolis Colts

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    INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 28:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts walks off of the field after throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 28, 2010
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    Grade: C-

    Peyton Manning had horrible luck with three interceptions, none of which could be completely laid at his feet as "bad decisions," and then there's the fact it seems half the offense is injured.

    Still, you gotta keep the Chargers out of the end zone.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 28: Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars is tackled by Jonathan Goff #54 of the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on November 28, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
    Chris McGrath/Getty Images

    Grade: C

    The Jacksonville Jaguars finally lost a close game. They ran out of tricks to pull out of their bag, and the Giants were the ones who made the comeback this time.

Denver Broncos

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 28:  Running back Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos stiff-arms linebacker Na'il Diggs #53 of the St. Louis Rams in the first quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 28, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds
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    Grade: C

    The Broncos get some style points for almost coming back and winning, but the fact they dug themselves a hole too deep to get out of keeps this grade from being higher.

Dallas Cowboys

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 25: Roy Williams #11 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball after making a reception  while being pursued by Malcolm Jenkins #27  of the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium on November 25, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Jenkins would
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    Grade: C

    I'd grade this different, but let's face it, this was a good game for the Cowboys.

    But they just didn't make enough plays, especially on defense at the end of the game.

Philadelphia Eagles

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 28: LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs for yardage against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 28, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Eagles 31-26. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Grade: C

    For a team as hot as the Eagles are, this game is a bit of a slap in the face. The Bears defense took away a lot of Michael Vick's options, and shut down LeSean McCoy.

    Still, Vick had 333 yards passing and two touchdowns, so they weren't completely successful, but Vick's first pick in four years does say something.

Detroit Lions

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    DETROIT - NOVEMBER 25: Shaun Hill #14 of the Detroit Lions drops back to pass during the game against the New England Patriots at Ford Field on November 25, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. New England defeated Detroit 45-24.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
    Leon Halip/Getty Images

    Grade: C+

    The Lions made the game much better than it originally projected out to be.

    Not sure if that says more about the Lions or Patriots at this point, but the Lions fell apart in the second half, and the outcome was as predicted.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 28:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers scrambles during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
    Karl Walter/Getty Images

    Grade: C+

    The Steelers may have won, but I'm not sure anyone in Pittsburgh is calling this a great victory. This game was being described as a "trap" game by several Steelers fans, and it nearly proved to be true.

    The Steelers may be a little banged up right now, but requiring overtime to win 19-16 over the Buffalo Bills just shows you how flat the Steelers played and how many mistakes were made.

Carolina Panthers

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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 28:  running back Mike Goodson #33 of the Carolina Panthers is hit by defensive back Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
    Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

    Grade: C+

    The Panthers were one "doink" off the uprights from claiming their second victory of the season. The Panthers capitalized on a lot of Cleveland mistakes and kept the game close.

    Given how bad this team has played this year, this game does qualify as a moral victory for the Panthers.

Green Bay Packers

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 28:  Thomas DeCoud #28 and William Moore #25 of the Atlanta Falcons tackle Brandon Jackson #32 of the Green Bay Packers at Georgia Dome on November 28, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Grade: B-

    This was a close game featuring two of the league's top teams.

    There's no reason to believe that had Green Bay had one more opportunity, or if they had a better running game, that the Packers couldn't have pulled this one out.

Cleveland Browns

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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 28:  Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball by linebacker Jon Beason #52 of the Carolina Panthers for a touchdown at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sulli
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    Grade: B

    This grade would've been much lower, but the Browns hung on to win a close game, so there's something to be said for that.

    Jake Delhomme did nothing to keep his starter's job, though, throwing two picks and generally showing his trend of making poor decisions hasn't changed in the last few weeks while he was injured.

    Also, it would help the Browns if the defense learned how to tackle.

Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 28:  Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans is congratulated by Mike Brisiel after scoring in the first quarter at Reliant Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
    Bob Levey/Getty Images

    Grade: B+

    Arian Foster ripped off 143 yards rushing, Matt Schaub had two touchdown throws and the Texans defense shut out the Titans, picking off Rusty Smith three times.

    Other than that, not much happened.

    There was a fight?

    Helmets got ripped off?

    Really?

    I'm sure no one noticed.

New Orleans Saints

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 25:  Tracy Porter #22 and Jonathan Vilma #51 of the New Orleans Saints tackle Jason Whitten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 25, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
    Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

    Grade: B

    The Saints almost lost another game they should've won easily.

    The Saints are a good team, but it's difficult to see them repeating a Super Bowl at this point.

Baltimore Ravens

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    BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 28:  Anquan Boldin #81 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at M&T Bank Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Buccaneers 17-10. (Photo by Larry French/Getty
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    Grade: B

    The Ravens appeared to have dominated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on most aspects of the game, but the score really was a lot closer than it should be.

    The Ravens played well, but they should've gotten in the end zone more.

New England Patriots

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    DETROIT - NOVEMBER 25:  New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick breaks up a late fourth quarter scuffle between the Lions and the Patriots during the game at Ford Field on November 25, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. New England defeated Detroit 45-24.
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    Grade: B+

    Does anyone else want to put funny captions beneath this picture?

    The possibilities are endless.

    Anyway, the Patriots miss the A because they let the Lions into the game in the first half. Even though the Lions are a much better team than last year, the Patriots disturbing trend of letting clearly inferior teams stay in games (or upset them, in the case of Cleveland) should be a red flag for the postseason.

Atlanta Falcons

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 28:  Tramon Williams #38 of the Green Bay Packers breaks up a pass intended for Michael Jenkins #12 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 28, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Grade: A

    The Falcons took on the Packers and came out on top.

    This was a great game, and there's not much else I can say about it without turning this into a 3,000-word piece.

Miami Dolphins

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Patrick Cobbs #38 and Brian Hartline #82 of the Miami Dolphins celebrate after Cobbs scored a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

    Grade: A

    Hats off to the Dolphins. They came out and put a good whoopin' on the Raiders. They played a great game and looked much better than they have the last month or so.

St. Louis Rams

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 28:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams makes a pass against the Denver Broncos in the first quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 28, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
    Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

    Grade: A

    The fact an NFC West team beat a non-NFC West team says a lot, even if that team is the 2010 version of the Denver Broncos.

    Sam Bradford played great, although there were problems with allowing the Broncos to almost come back in the second half.

Kansas City Chiefs

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    SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 28:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks downfield as Thomas Jones #20 blocks against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on November 28, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The Chiefs defeated the Seahawks 42-24. (Photo
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    Grade: A

    The Chiefs appear to have rebounded after a couple of shakey weeks. With Oakland losing and Denver in the toilet, the Chiefs should only have to worry about the Chargers going down the stretch.

    And the Chiefs did play an NFL team on Sunday, despite rumors to the contrary and the fact the Seahawks play in the NFC West.

San Diego Chargers

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    INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 28:  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates after a touchdown during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images
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    Grade: A

    The Chargers are back, baby!! The Chargers manhandled the Colts, picked off Peyton Manning three times and just controlled a team that isn't used to being controlled.

    The Chargers are moving up into legitimate playoff contention, and they're once again making a second-half surge that will lead to a playoff berth.

New York Jets

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 25:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets looks to throw a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals at New Meadowlands Stadium on November 25, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Bengal 26-10.
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    Grade: A

    The Jets clearly are becoming the team they told everyone they were going to be in "Hard Knocks."

    Granted this game was against a Bengals team fighting for the No. 1 pick in the draft, but you play the schedule the league gives you, and the Jets did what they were supposed to do.

New York Giants

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 28:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks to hand the ball off during the game against  the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 28, 2010 at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello
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    Grade: A

    Eli Manning rallied the team for a fourth-quarter comeback, and the Giants are right back in the thick of things with a victory.

    The NFC East is still up for grabs, and the Giants are going to keep things with the Eagles interesting until the end of the season.

Chicago Bears

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 28: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears breaks away from Quintin Mikell #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field on November 28, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Eagles 31-26. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Image
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Grade: A

    The Bears showed up and took it to the Eagles, restricting Michael Vick, and showing signs the offense is starting to gel a little better. Jay Cutler threw for four touchdowns, one of his best games in quite some time.

    Julius Peppers earned his paycheck, and the Bears now control their own destiny down the stretch.

Minnesota Vikings

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    LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 28:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings sits ont the bench between offensive series against the Washington Redskins at FedExField November 28, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Vikings won the game 17-13.  (Photo by Win McNamee/
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    Grade: A

    The Vikings changed head coaches, overhauled their offense and Brett Favre didn't throw any picks.

    The Vikings got a victory under adverse circumstances, and that brings an A to their report card.

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