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11 Grueling Truth’s we learned during week 12 of the 2021 NFL season

What did we learn?
CINCINNATI, OHIO - NOVEMBER 28: Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws the ball during the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on November 28, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

1) The Dallas Cowboys are not Super Bowl contenders

The Cowboys have now lost two of their last three games and all of the sudden look like just an average team. Luckily for them, they should make the playoffs in the NFC East, but are they a serious contender? Losing at home to the Raiders is not a good sign as the defense does not look good enough to carry them far in the playoffs. This is typical of the Dallas Cowboys as they give you hope, and it disappears rapidly. Find the best place to bet all of the week 13 games right here!

2) A significant difference exists between Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock

Bridgewater played well in the Broncos win over the Chargers and was up 14-0 when Teddy got hurt. Lock came in, and the Broncos offense became non-existent. When Teddy returned, the broncos continued moving the ball and got a massive win over the Chargers. The Broncos are a solid team with a shot at making the playoffs to keep Bridgewater healthy.

3) One Thanksgiving day game was enough to judge Dan Campbell

Dan Campbell is an energetic, intense man, and he is a good football coach; the problem is he is not a good head coach, and that was painfully obvious against the bears on Thanksgiving. The clock management was scary bad, and you never want to judge a coach of one year, but this one game was so bad it is hard to fathom him turning things around in Detroit. Remember this Campbell for outcoached by Matt Nagy!

4) The Bengals are a Super Bowl contender

Everybody said this after the Bengals destroyed the Ravens a month ago, and then Cincinnati promptly went out and lost to the Jets and Browns. The Bengals have blown out the Raiders in Vegas and completely decimated the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-10. The Bengals are a well-rounded team who can beat you through the air or on the ground, and the defense has been dominant through most of the season. The AFC is wide open, and the Bengals have the talent to make a deep run.

5) The Chargers are in trouble

Justin herbert is hot and cold, and on Sunday, he was ice cold, and now the Chargers have to right the ship next weekend in Cincinnati. The Chargers biggest issue is not the offense; it is the defense. A running back with no legs could probably run for 100 yards on them, and taking a team seriously can’t stop the run is hard.

6) Carson Wentz was the right choice in Indy

The Colts lost to the Bucs 38-31, but it was not Wentz fault. I will pin the loss on Frank Reich, who did not put the ball in his best player’s hands. Jonathon Taylor ran the ball 16 times! That is not enough, as Taylor has proven to be maybe the best running back in the game. Wentz has slowly gotten better each game, and while the immediate future this year doesn’t look good in Indy, the future looks bright if Wentz can stay healthy.

7) Mac Jones and the Patriots keep improving

Jones has steadily improved this season and has gone from being a guy you tell not to lose you the game to a guy who slowly looks like he can win games for the Patriots. On Sunday, Jones was 23 of 32 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover. The Patriots defense stops the run, and they have maybe the best secondary in football. They also have Bill Belichick; with all that being considered, the Patriots are hunting for another Super Bowl ring.

8) It’s time for Cam Newton to call it a career

In Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, Newton was an atrocious 5-of-21 passing (23.8%) for 92 yards with two interceptions for a 5.8 passer rating. Of Newton’s 92 yards, 64 came on one completion to D.J. Moore early in the game. It got so bad that P.J. Walker replaced him. In his day, Cam was a baller; those days are long gone.

9) The Dolphins have life

Jaylen Waddle had a breakout game, and Tua Tagovailoa was efficient and effective, and the Dolphins, all of a sudden, looked like a different team. The addition of Waddle gives Tua the playmaker he will need to be successful in Miami. Miami will have to do a lot of work in the offseason to make this a true contender, but things look much better now in Miami than they did a month ago.

10) Leonard Fournette puts the Bucs on his back

The Bucs got a massive win in Indy on Sunday, and the scariest thing for the rest of the NFL is that the Bucs didn’t need a big game from Tom Brady. Leonard Fournette was a force of nature, and if that continues, how do you beat this Bucs team? The defense will be better come playoff time, and I would not be surprised if we are again looking at the NFC representative in this year’s Super Bowl.

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11) Jalen Hurts is the issue in Philly

The eagles can run the ball, but the passing game with Jalen Hurts is non-existent. On Sunday, hurts threw three interceptions. The Eagles ran for over 200 yards, but the lack of a passing game is killing this team. How long will it be before the Eagles admit that Hurts is not the answer at quarterback?

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