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Tom Brady resurrects Colts' hearts once again, the same match as Tom Brady. NFL Week 12: New team, same result

Tom Brady resurrects Colts' hearts once again, the same match as Tom Brady. NFL Week 12: New team, same result

Tom Brady is wearing pewter now, not red, white, and blue, as he plays in the NFC, not the AFC. His logo is a pirate, not a patriot.

Despite this, Sunday was the same as before: Brady defeating the Colts and ripping their hearts out.

The Buccaneers' 38-31 return triumph remained their prettiest of the season, but they advanced to the NFC playoff race, put a dagger in the Colts' chances, and improved Brady's career record against the Colts to 16-4, including nine straight victories.

Brady always enjoys battling the Colts in any uniform.

Brady said, "Oh yeah, there wasn't a lot of love lost," but he declined.

The Bucs' victory is where we begin the Week 12 review.

Brady was more of a caretaker, with running back Leonard Fournette doing the hard work. Brady threw for just 226 yards, with a touchdown and an interception, while Fournette led the way with 100 rushing yards, 31 receiving yards, and four touchdowns. As it trailed, Fournette also got the team fired up at halftime.

That last component made the victory so successful: NFL teams are now just 5-73 (.064) this year when trailing by ten points at halftime. Brady, however, led the Bucs to three touchdowns and a field goal in their five drives after halftime, while the defense had three takeaways.

When we turn it over, it gives them life, Colts coach Frank Reich said. They have Tom Brady, thats No. 1.

The 8-3 Bucs sit firmly in the No. 3 seed in the NFC, a game behind Arizona for the No. 1 seed and a half-game behind Green Bay for No. 2. And the loss was a murder for the Colts, who fell to 6-6 and 10th in the AFC while snapping a three-game winning streak.

Since the trades, Von Miller and Odell Beckham had the intention to cast the Rams as Super Bowl contenders. Instead, the 7-4 Rams are 0-3, including a 36-28 loss to the Packers Sunday that wasn't as close as the score would suggest.

Beckham had 81 yards and a touchdown Sunday, but the Rams are looking backward on both sides of the ball, having had eight tackles (two for loss), a QB hit, and no sacks in two games.

Matthew Stafford has thrown a pick-6 in three straight games losses to the Titans, 49ers, and Packers , while the loss of receiver Robert Woods to a torn ACL appears to have completely thrown Stafford and the Rams off their game.

Their defense is also struggling. They now rank No. 21 under Raheem Morris for 28, 31, and 36 last three weeks, and Ranked No. 1 in points allowed last year under coordinator Brandon Staley.

Because to their losses to the Cardinals, Packers, and 49ers, the Rams can kiss the No. 1 seed goodbye, and a division title is slipping from their grasp as well. They look great for a wild-card spot, but are only one game ahead of the 49ers for the No. 5 seed.

Lamar Jackson throwing four interceptions to give the Ravens a league-leading 12 boost them to 8-3, which, along with the Titans' loss, led them to the No. 1 spot in the AFC, a half-game ahead of the Patriots, in the same year as the Ravens.

The Ravens have won three of four times since their bye week, but have been living dangerously. They were shelled by the Dolphins, and their victories have been close: an OT win over the Vikings, a 3-point win over the Bears with backup QB Tyler Huntley, and Sunday's turnover fest against the Browns.

The Ravens appear to have a few more losses coming, with a tough closing time that includes the Packers, Bengals, Rams, and two against the Steelers.

The Bengals' dominant 41-10 victory over the Steelers conveyed the message that they will be a force for the rest of the season. Joe Burrow rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns, while the defense created three turnovers and sacked Ben Roethlisberger three times.

The 7-4 Bengals landed on the basis of losing consecutive games to the Jets and Browns to drop to 5-4, but they've come back nicely in the previous two weeks with impressive victories over the Raiders and Steelers. They sit in fifth place in the AFC and are just one game behind the Ravens in the North, with a showdown coming in Week 16.

Cam Newton hit a buzzsaw in Sunday's 33-10 defeat to the Dolphins. In this episode, the Panthers quarterback was benched after finishing just 5 of 21 passes for 92 yards and two interceptions, giving him a 5.8 passer rating that was his lowest in 150 career games (including postseason).

Newton was resurrected to keep the Panthers alive in the playoff race, but they've lost two straight to fall to 5-7 and 11th in the NFC.

Newton stated, "Just because it's a feel-good narrative doesn't mean you'll win," but he continued.

After achieving their fourth straight victory, the Dolphins are suddenly one of the most popular teams in the NFL. Tagovailoa's defense has allowed only 11.5 points per game in the streak, and Tua Tagovailoa's career has been impressively efficient. Tagovailoa's defense has allowed only 11.5 percent of his passes, averaging 8.6 yards per attempt, has thrown only one interception, and has a 110.0 passer rating that is third-best in the NFL

The 1-7 Dolphins have turned into the 5-7 Dolphins, and they may become the 6-7 Dolphins with a home win against the Giants this week. The Patriots' Week 18 game at Miami appears a lot tougher.

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Mac Jones, QB of Patriots, has a 117.2 passer rating in November (with seven touchdown passes and two interceptions) outstained all NFL quarterbacks.

Ja'Marr Chase, the Bengals WR, is still impressive (50 catches, 906 yards, 8 touchdowns). However, he had just three catches for 39 yards against the Steelers and has not gone over 50 yards in any of his last four games.

Steelers RB Najee Harris: He had a terrible day against the Bengals with just 23 rushing yards and 14 receiving yards, but for the season, he is sixth in the NFL with 1,059 scrimmage yards.

Kyle Pitts: A teammate who only had two catches for 26 yards in a 21-14 win over the Jaguars, but he is third among tight ends with 661 receiving yards.

Jaylen Waddle, the WR of the Dolphins, received his first 100-yard game against the Panthers (nine catches for 137 yards and a touchdown), and he is fifth in the NFL with 77 receptions.

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Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski: Had seven catches for 123 yards in his win over the Colts, his most receiving yards since going for 123 in the Patriots' Week 1 win over Houston in 2018. It was Gronk's 30th career 100-yard game, one behind Tony Gonzalez (31) for most all-time among tight ends.

In the loss to the Dolphins, Panthers CB Stephon Gilmore: Had two tackles and played 43 of 74 defensive snaps. Gilmore has two interceptions in five games and has played in 41 percent of defensive snaps.

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo: In a 34-26 victory over the Vikings, the 49ers have won four of five to go 6-5 and grab the No. 6 seed in the NFC. Garoppolo's 110.9 passer rating is only second to Jones.

Cordarrelle Patterson, RB/WR of the Falcons,: Returned to rush for 108 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-14 victory over the Jaguars from a one-game injury absence.

Giants coach Joe Judge: His team is going nowhere at 4-7, and firing offensive coordinator Jason Garrett didn't solve the many problems on offense. However, Sunday's 13-7 win over the Eagles will at least make life more enjoyable for the next six days.

Stats of the Week Stats of the Week

When allowing 250 rushing yards, the Patriots are 4-1 under Bill Belichick.

Brady has nine seasons in NFL history, including at least 30 touchdown passes, tied with Peyton Manning and Brett Favre, and one behind Drew Brees (10) for the most in NFL history.

The 49ers' Deebo Samuel, the first wide receiver to rush for a touchdown in three straight games since the 1970 merger.

NFL teams are 6-91 since 2011, when throwing at least four interceptions. The Ravens' victory was the first since the Seahawks defeated the Packers in the 2015 divisional playoffs.

Patriots CB J.C. Jackson is the first player since Richard Sherman in 2012-13 to record at least seven interceptions in consecutive seasons.

The 276 combined penalty yards in Cowboys-Raiders were the 14th-most all time and fifth-most in this century.

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