NFL Week 12 grades: Steelers get a ‘B+’ for Wednesday win, Raiders get an ‘F’ for meltdown towards Falcons


After spending the primary 11 weeks of the season quietly climbing into the MVP race, Derek Carr crashed-and-burned his manner out of it on Sunday with one of the vital disastrous performances that we have seen from any quarterback within the NFL this yr. In a loss that in all probability gave Raiders followers some critical deja vu, Carr turned the ball over 4 occasions throughout an embarrassing 43-6 loss to the Falcons. Total, the Raiders turned the ball over 5 occasions and people turnovers led to 23 factors for Atlanta, which is how this blowout occurred. 

Though the Falcons gave a gutsy defensive efficiency, a lot of the blame for the Raiders’ loss has to fall on the shoulders of Carr, who seemed completely misplaced on the sphere. Earlier than Sunday, Carr had by no means turned the ball over greater than thrice in a recreation in his profession. 

Carr’s first turnover got here with simply over eight minutes to play within the first quarter and it got here on a play the place he ought to have been capable of maintain on to the ball. As he tried to step up within the pocket, Carr’s arm obtained hit by Atlanta’s Foye Oluokun, and in some way, the ball got here out. 

Though the Raiders protection held the Falcons to precisely zero yards on the following possession, Atlanta was capable of get a subject aim out of the possession, which implies Carr gave the Falcons three factors. 

It was a wild Week 12 Sunday and there is a lot to go over. John Breech, Ryan Wilson and host Will Brinson break all of it down on the Decide Six Podcast; pay attention beneath and make sure you subscribe for every day NFL goodness fired into your eardrums.

The one factor worse than giving a crew three factors is giving them seven and that is what Carr did within the second half. With the sport nonetheless inside attain at 16-3 and the Raiders driving for a possible rating, Carr threw a pick-six to Deion Jones that principally iced the sport. As you’ll be able to see beneath, Carr threw manner behind his receiver, which helped flip the play into a simple rating for Jones. 

The Raiders quarterback completed 22 of 34 for 215 yards to associate with his pick-six. 

Carr has been so good this season, it is laborious to say what led to Sunday’s catastrophe, however in case you’re a Raiders fan, you are in all probability a minimum of a bit anxious and that is as a result of this yr is beginning to really feel so much like final yr. In 2019, the Raiders had a 6-4 document heading right into a Week 12 recreation within the jap time zone that they have been imagined to win. In that case, the Raiders ended up shedding 34-3 to the Jets, and after that, their season spiraled uncontrolled. Of their last six video games, the Raiders would go 1-5 to complete 7-9. 

This yr, a 6-4 Raiders flew to Atlanta to face a Falcons crew they have been favored by to beat and fell flat on their face. The most important downside for the Raiders is that they do not actually have a margin for error anymore. At 6-5, they’re presently within the ninth spot of the AFC playoff race.

Though the Raiders benefit from enjoying a better schedule down the stretch with video games towards the Jets, Chargers and Broncos nonetheless left to play, the truth that they’re “straightforward” does not imply something, particularly after we’re speaking a few crew that obtained blown out in a recreation they wanted to win. 

Alright, let’s get to the grades for each recreation from Week 12. In case you’re in search of a deeper dive on the Washington-Cowboys recreation that was performed on Thanksgiving, make sure you click on right here. Then again, if you would like a deeper dive on the Texans‘ win over the Lions, make sure you click on right here

Atlanta 43-6 over Las Vegas

N.Y. Giants 19-17 over Cincinnati

Minnesota 28-27 over Carolina 

Miami 20-3 over N.Y. Jets

Cleveland 27-25 Jacksonville

New England 20-17 over Arizona

Cardinals-Patriots grades by Tyler Sullivan (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Tennessee 45-26 over Indianapolis

Colts-Titans grades by Jordan Dajani (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Buffalo 27-17 over L.A. Chargers

Chargers-Payments grades by Josh Edwards (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

San Francisco 23-20 over L.A. Rams

49ers-Rams grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

New Orleans 31-3 over Denver

Saints-Broncos grades by Jeff Kerr (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Kansas Metropolis 27-24 over Tampa Bay

Chiefs-Buccaneers grades by Patrik Walker (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Inexperienced Bay 41-25 over Chicago

Bears-Packers grades by Cody Benjamin (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.) 

Seattle 23-17 over Philadelphia

Pittsburgh 19-14 over Baltimore



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