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NFL Week 12 Winners and Losers

It's time for the Week 12 edition of 'NFL Winners and Losers.' Each week I will take a look at some of the bonehead plays, stupid decisions and horrible calls. I'll also give credit where credit is due and point out the good surprises each week. Here. We. Go.


Andre Johnson: You know what? I loved it. Very entertaining. And Cortlan Finnegan is an a-hole.

Chicago Bears: Way to shut up all of the doubters (like me). Jay Cutler threw a surprising four touchdown passes against the Philadelphia Eagles and won their eighth game of the season. Chicago leads the NFC North by one game

Malcolm Jenkins: This will definitely be one of the top five best plays of the season when it's all over. New Orleans' Malcolm Jenkins saved the game by chasing down Dallas' Roy Williams and ripping the ball out of his hands late in the fourth quarter on Thanksgiving.

Williams caught a short pass from Jon Kitna on third down and ran 47 yards. He noticed Saints cornerback Tracy Porter running him down and switched the ball from one hand to the other. But Jenkins stripped the ball away at the 11-yard line and one of the best hustle plays we'll ever see.

The turnover gave New Orleans an opportunity to take the lead and Drew Brees seized it. The Saints scored with 1:55 left in regulation and went on to win 30-27. They won their fourth straight game and avoided a two-game deficit from the division-leading Atlanta Falcons.


Roger Goodell: Seriously? Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan rip off each other's helmets... brawl on the field... and Johnson lands multiple punches to Finnegan's face... and neither gets suspended?

I'm lost.

You basically had a legitimate fistfight occur on the field and all you did was fine both players $25,000 each. How does fining James Harrison the same amount for a helmet-to-chest hit on Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick make any sense then? Oh right, it doesn't.

Goodell really blew this one. Johnson's amazing reputation doesn't change the fact that he punched a cornerback in the face multiple times. He should have been suspended for at least one game and Finnegan, who instigated the incident and is widely known as the dirtiest player in the league, should have been suspended for multiple games.

I hate agreeing with the guy who definitely deserved to be punched in the face – but when Finnegan said that if he had done what Johnson did, he would have been suspended – well... he's right.

Tennessee Offense: Way to score zero points against one of the worst defenses in the league.

Carson Palmer: You should probably stop throwing the ball into triple coverage.

Steve Johnson: You just can't drop that pass. Or the five other passes Steve Johnson dropped in Buffalo's loss to Pittsburgh in overtime. But it's okay. I don't think he will be on the list again. Johnson has been tearing it up this season: 59 receptions - 796 yards – 9 Tds - Michael Klopman

Michael, a Penn State Graduate writes for Xtra Point Football, Around the Horn Baseball, and works on the sports page at the Huffington Post.

Email Michael at or follow him on Twitter at Mklopman

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