Thu. Mar 30th, 2023

Welcome to the Monday version of the Choose Six publication!

At present’s not simply any Monday, it is Cyber Monday and due to that, I am morally obligated to give you a candy deal, in order that’s precisely what I’ll do. Every part within the CBS Sports activities retailer is 30% off till midnight in case you use the promo code “CYBER” so I would extremely counsel that everybody reap the benefits of that by buying as many issues as attainable (You may click on right here to search out the shop). I already personal a Choose Six hoodie and I would purchase three extra since they arrive in numerous colours. 

Alright, I promise I will not ask you to purchase anything in at the moment’s publication, however we do have lots to cowl, so let’s get to the rundown. Now we have winners and losers, plus grades and we’ll even be having a look on the playoff image. 

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1. At present’s present: Week 12 winners and losers, plus full recap

It is Monday, which might solely imply one factor: I stayed up till 3 a.m. final evening recording a podcast with Will Brinson and Ryan Wilson that touched on all the pieces it’s essential to learn about Week 12, and let me simply say, it is most likely for the very best that you just pay attention. We coated all 12 video games from Sunday, which suggests we seemingly spent a while speaking about your favourite crew. 

One factor we do each week is hand out our weekly winners and losers from Sunday’s motion. Here is a take a look at who made our record.  

Ryan Wilson

Winner: Jacoby Brissett. In what was seemingly his remaining begin of the season for the Browns, Brissett went out on high by out-dueling his previous teammate, TOM BRADY. With Deshaun Watson eligible to play in Week 13, Brissett will now head to the bench after beginning the primary 11 video games of the season for Cleveland. Loser: Kliff and Kyler. These two appear to finish up in our loser group no less than twice a month and right here they’re once more. Their relationship positively appears to be headed to the purpose of no return, particularly after Kyler Murray used his postgame press convention to name out Kliff Kingsbury for calling a foul play on a failed fourth-and-1 towards the Chargers (You may see Murray’s feedback right here). It is beginning to appear to be there’s not sufficient room in Arizona for each of those guys. 

Will Brinson

Winner: Trevor Lawrence. The previous No. 1 general decide lastly performed like a former No. 1 general decide. Lawrence got here up enormous for the Jaguars of their 28-27 win over the Ravens. With the Jags trailing 19-10 within the fourth quarter, Lawrence engineered a comeback whereas enjoying practically excellent soccer over the sport’s remaining quarter-hour. Loser: Zach Wilson. Not solely did he get kicked to the bench, nevertheless it does not appear to be he’ll be getting his job again anytime quickly after his substitute (Mike White) thrived in a 31-10 win over the Bears.  

John Breech

Winner: Josh Jacobs. The Raiders working again is in a contract yr and primarily based on the best way he is enjoying, he is positively going to be getting an enormous paycheck from somebody in 2023. Not solely did Jacobs set the franchise document with 229 yards dashing in a 40-34 win over the Seahawks, however he scored the game-winning landing on an 86-yard run in extra time. With 1,159 yards by means of 12 weeks, Jacobs is now the NFL’s main rusher by greater than 100 yards.  Loser: Sean McVay. This season has been a complete nightmare for the Rams’ coach and that nightmare continued on Sunday. Not solely did his crew lose 26-10 to the Chiefs, however he additionally acquired caught in some pleasant hearth when a Rams participant by chance hit McVay within the head together with his helmet (You may see the way it occurred right here). It does not get a lot worse than dropping by 16 factors and being despatched to concussion protocol on the identical day. 

Not solely did we record our winners and losers, however we additionally recapped each sport from Sunday. To take heed to at the moment’s episode, be sure you click on right here. It’s also possible to watch all the episode on YouTube by clicking right here. 

If you do not have time for a podcast, however would really like one thing else to learn, you’ll be able to try our story on the 5 wildest moments from Week 12 by clicking right here.  

2. Week 12 grades: Jaguars earn an ‘A-‘ for wild win, Titans get a ‘C-‘ for loss to Bengals

Each week I crew up with six of my colleagues right here at at hand out grades, and this week, the Jaguars scored an ‘A-‘ for his or her upset win over the Ravens. 

Here is a take a look at the grades from two notable video games that have been performed Sunday:

Jaguars 28-27 over Ravens (Click on right here for full recap)

Ravens grade: C. The Ravens are going to be kicking themselves all week for this loss and that is as a result of they let this one slip away. Offensively, the Ravens (7-4) did a superb job of transferring the ball, however the issue is that Baltimore misplaced two fumbles and the Jaguars have been capable of convert these turnovers into 10 factors. The Ravens’ protection then had a fourth quarter meltdown because the Jags’ have been capable of rating on all three of their possessions within the quarter, together with a 75-yard drive that culminated with the game-winning TD being scored with simply 14 seconds left to play. Even then, Baltimore nonetheless had an opportunity to win, however Justin Tucker’s 67-yard area purpose got here up brief on the ultimate play (You may see the kick right here). The Ravens have been enjoying with hearth on this sport and so they acquired burnt in a loss that drops them right into a tie with the Bengals for first place within the AFC North. Jaguars grade: A-. If Trevor Lawrence turns right into a famous person, this is likely to be the sport that we find yourself pointing to as proof that it was going to occur. The Jags’ QB got here up clutch throughout a fourth quarter the place he threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns as erased a 19-10 deficit. Total, Lawrence threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns whereas finishing 29 of 37 passes. If Lawrence performs like this going ahead, the Jaguars (4-7) might be a harmful crew over the ultimate stretch of the season. The Jags offense stored the Ravens guessing with 5 distinction gamers catching no less than three passes, together with Zay Jones, who caught 11 passes for 145 yards. The Jags’ protection additionally performed a key function on this win by developing with two enormous turnovers and holding the Ravens to simply two touchdowns on 5 journeys to the pink zone. Doug Pederson additionally deserves some props by making the decision to go for the win with a two-point conversion after the Jaguars scored a TD with simply 14 seconds left to play. 

Bengals 20-16 over Titans (Click on right here for full recap)

Bengals grade: B. The Bengals did not have Joe Mixon or Ja’Marr Chase, however that did not matter, as a result of they’d Joe Burrow. With the sport hanging within the stability, Burrow went 6 of seven for 112 yards and a landing on Cincinnati’s remaining two offensive possessions. With Chase out, Tee Higgins crammed the void by catching seven passes for 114 yards and a TD. After all, essentially the most spectacular factor the Bengals did on this sport was shut down Derrick Henry. The Titans working again was restricted to simply 38 dashing yards on 17 carries. It was a masterful efficiency from a Bengals protection that appears to be getting higher each week. The Bengals at the moment are 7-4 and with three wins in a row, they’re letting everybody know that they are again to defend their AFC title. Titans grade: C-. When Derrick Henry cannot get going, the Titans offense tends to sputter and Henry could not going towards the Bengals. With Henry struggling, the Titans simply did not have sufficient firepower to compete with the Bengals. The Titans offense has now scored 19 factors or much less in 5 of their previous six video games and if that quantity does not enhance, they will have a troublesome time beating groups just like the Bengals, Chiefs and Payments (They’re 0-3 towards these groups this season). Defensively, the Titans’ greatest weak spot has been stopping the cross and Joe Burrow was capable of exploit that.  

As for the opposite 18 grades we handed out on Sunday, you’ll be able to verify these out by clicking right here. It’s also possible to try our Thanksgiving grades by clicking right here. 

3. NFL playoff image heading into Monday evening

With the NFL season heading into December this week, now looks as if a superb time to take an in depth take a look at the playoff image heading into the Monday’s sport. 

Here is a take a look at the highest seven groups from every convention:

1. Chiefs (8-2)
2. Dolphins (8-3)
3. Titans (7-4)
4. Ravens (7-4)
5. Payments (8-3)
6. Bengals (7-4)
7. Jets (7-4)
First groups out: Patriots (6-5), Chargers (6-5)

The AFC wild-card race may get fascinating down the stretch and that is as a result of the 2 groups that at the moment maintain the ultimate two wild-card spots — Cincinnati and New York — have the 2 hardest remaining schedules out of any AFC groups. On the flip aspect, the Chiefs and Ravens have the 2 best remaining power of schedules in all the NFL, which suggests these two groups have a a lot simpler path to the playoffs. 

1. Eagles (9-1)
2. Vikings (9-2)
3. 49ers (7-4) 
4. Buccaneers (5-6)
5. Cowboys (8-3)
6. Giants (7-4) 
7. Commanders (7-5) 
First groups out: Seahawks (6-5), Falcons (5-7)

The NFC playoff image has undergone a significant change this week with the Seahawks now on the skin trying in. Two weeks in the past, the Seahawks have been sitting on the high of the NFC West, however after two straight losses, not solely have the misplaced the division lead, however they would not even be within the playoffs if the season ended at the moment. Additionally, the NFC East at the moment has 4 groups within the playoffs and if that holds, the division would turn out to be the primary division for the reason that NFC Central in 1997 to ship 4 totally different groups to the playoffs.

In case your favourite crew is at the moment out of the playoff race, then you definately most likely do not care in regards to the up to date playoff image. Should you’re in that camp, we have now one thing else for you: The present draft order! You may verify that out by clicking right here.   

4. 10 loopy info from Week 12

Each Sunday evening, I get an electronic mail from our analysis division right here at CBS Sports activities, and each Sunday, that electronic mail all the time contains some amazingly wild info in regards to the video games that have been simply performed. 

With that in thoughts, listed here are 10 loopy info about Week 12: 

Comeback children. Sunday marked the primary time in NFL historical past that 4 groups gained on the identical day after trailing by seven or extra factors within the remaining two minutes of regulation. The 4 successful groups have been the Browns, Jaguars, Chargers and Raiders. The Jags and Chargers each gained with a two-point conversion, changing into simply the third and fourth groups since 1994 to attain the game-winning factors on a two-point conversion within the remaining 15 seconds of the fourth quarter. Josh Jacobs makes historical past. The Raiders working again is the one participant since 1950 to have no less than 225 dashing yards and 70 or extra receiving yards in a single sport. Jacobs completed with a franchise-record 229 dashing yards together with 74 receiving yards, making him simply the tenth participant in NFL historical past to whole no less than 300 yards from scrimmage. Jacobs’ 86-yard walk-off scoring run was the fourth-longest offensive TD in extra time in NFL historical past. Hurts so good. Along with his efficiency towards the Eagles, Jalen Hurts grew to become the primary participant in NFL historical past with no less than 125 passing yards (128) and 125 dashing yards (126) in a half. Hurts additionally grew to become the second QB in NFL historical past — together with Colin Kaepernick — to hurry for no less than 150 yards, throw for no less than 150 yards and cross for 2 touchdowns. White out. In the course of the Jets’ 31-10 win over the Bears, Mike White grew to become the primary QB in NFL historical past to have a number of video games with no less than a 75% completion proportion, 300 passing yards and three passing touchdowns inside his first 4 profession begins. (through ESPN Stats and Information)
Ravens maintain blowing huge leads. The Ravens grew to become the fourth crew in NFL historical past to carry a two-score lead in every of their first 11 video games, which is spectacular. The not-so-impressive half is that the opposite three groups that achieved this feat all began 11-0. The Ravens are 7-4 after blowing their fourth sport of the season the place they led by no less than two scores. 
Jaguars make uncommon comeback. The truth that the Ravens blew a 27-20 lead towards the Jags was ugly as a result of Jacksonville does not actually do comebacks very nicely. Earlier than Sunday, the Jags had been 0-162 since 2000 when trailing by seven factors or extra within the remaining two minutes of a sport. The final time they achieved such a comeback earlier than Sunday got here in 1996, and you may by no means consider it, however that final comeback 26 years in the past additionally got here towards the Ravens. Tom Brady’s wonderful streak involves an finish. Earlier than Sunday, Brady had been 218-0 when his crew held a lead of seven factors or extra within the remaining two minutes of regulation. Nonetheless, that 218-game successful streak ended when the Browns fought again from a 17-10 deficit to beat the Buccaneers 23-17 in extra time. 
Spotlight-filled half for Dolphins. The Dolphins led the Texans 30-0 at halftime, giving Miami its second largest halftime lead in any sport over the previous 30 years. In information that most likely will not shock you, no NFL crew has ever misplaced when main by 30 factors or extra on the half. Together with the Dolphins’ win, groups at the moment are 165-0 in NFL historical past when main by no less than 30 on the half. The Dolphins additionally scored no less than 30 factors for the fourth straight sport, which is tied for the longest streak in franchise historical past. 49ers have the Saints’ numbers. The Saints’ 13-0 loss to the 49ers on Sunday marked the primary time since Week 17 of 2001 that New Orleans has been shut out in a sport, and in a twist, the 49ers additionally shut them out in that sport 20 years in the past. This will get even crazier: The Saints have solely been shut out 4 instances since 1997 and in all 4 cases, they have been shut out by the 49ers. The Saints’ 336-game streak with out getting shutout had been the longest within the NFL. 49ers be part of uncommon membership. With their shutout win over the Saints, the 49res have now gone FOUR straight video games with out giving up any factors within the second half. To place that in perspective, the following greatest crew within the NFL has given up no less than 26 factors within the second half over their previous 4 video games. The 49ers are simply the eighth crew in NFL historical past to give up ZERO second-half factors in 4 straight video games. 

Should you see some other enjoyable info, be at liberty to tweet them at me. 

5. Monday preview: Prepping you for Steelers at Colts

Should you love low-scoring video games, then you definately’re seemingly going to like tonight’s sport and that is as a result of it options two of the 5 lowest-scoring groups within the NFL this yr. This sport is very fascinating for the 4-6-1 Colts, as a result of if they’ll by some means discover a method to win, they may sneak again into the playoff image. 

My good buddy Jared Dubin wrote our deep-dive preview for this sport right here at, and here is how he sees the sport enjoying out:

Why the Steelers can win: The Steelers protection has gotten an enormous increase over the previous two weeks with the return of T.J. Watt and having him on the sector tonight is large as a result of the best method to beat the Colts is to stress Matt Ryan and the offense into making errors. The Colts are simply 1-4-1 this season once they flip the ball over no less than two instances in a sport. The Steelers have to trigger bother for Ryan and power him to make errors, which is one thing they have been good at this season with different quarterbacks. The Steelers have totaled 12 interceptions on the season, which is the tied for the third most within the NFL. Why the Colts can win: The Colts will certainly attempt to run the ball with Jonathan Taylor tonight, however that may not be really easy and that is as a result of the Steelers have among the best run defenses within the NFL. Nonetheless, you’ll be able to positively beat Pittsburgh by means of the air. The Steelers are surrendering 272.1 passing yards per sport this season, which is the second-worst quantity within the NFL. The Colts’ cross safety has been horrible this season, but when they can provide Ryan sufficient time to throw, Indy may have a surprisingly good passing sport. Additionally, the Steelers will seemingly be focuses on stopping Taylor, which ought to make life considerably simpler for Ryan. 

You will get a full preview of the sport from Dubin by clicking right here. 

Should you’re interested by betting on the sport, Jordan Dajani put collectively a full playing preview (odds through Caesars Sportsbook). You may try Dajani’s’s full playing preview by clicking right here, however in case you do not feel like clicking over, here is one prop from each of us for tonight’s sport. 

ONE PROP JORDAN LIKES: George Pickens OVER 3.5 receptions (-151): “The Steelers love throwing him the ball and Pickens has averaged 4 catches per sport in Pittsburgh’s previous six video games. Final week, he caught 4 of six targets for 83 yards and a landing.”ONE PROP I LIKE: Parris Campbell OVER 45.5 receiving yards (-106): Since getting the QB job again, Matt Ryan has locked in on one receiver and that receiver is Campbell. Since Ryan’s return in Week 10, Campbell has completed with 76 yards (Week 10) and 67 yards (Week 11). I count on Ryan to maintain concentrating on Campbell, which is able to enable the Colts receiver to simply high this quantity. 

Lastly, in case you’re questioning who we’re choosing, here is who we have now tonight in a sport the place the Colts are at the moment favored by two factors:

Dubin’s decide: Steelers 16-13 over Colts
Sullivan’s decide: Steelers 25-20 over Colts
My decide: Colts 20-17 over Steelers

Over on our picks web page, six of our eight specialists are predicting that the Steelers will pull off the upset in Indianapolis. 

6. Speedy-fire roundup: Aaron Rodgers injured plus Odell Beckham drama

It has been a busy weekend within the NFL, and because it’s practically not possible to maintain monitor of all the pieces that occurred, I went forward and put collectively a roundup for you. 

Packers lose Aaron Rodgers to damage. The Packers QB was already enjoying with a damaged thumb after which he added an indirect damage to that on Sunday. The damage was severe sufficient that Rodgers was unable to complete the sport. If Rodgers misses any time, the Packers will flip to Jordan Love, who really performed fairly nicely throughout his brief stint on the sector towards the Eagles. Odell kicked off airplane. The free-agent receiver acquired kicked off an airplane in Miami after a weird state of affairs. The airline claims Beckham would not placed on his seatbelt for takeoff and that he was going out and in of consciousness. You may learn all the particulars right here. Deshaun Watson formally set for reinstatement. The suspension for the Browns quarterback is lastly over. Watson was banned for 11 video games and now that he is sat out these 11 video games, he is formally eligible to begin this week towards the Texans.  
Matthew Stafford is likely to be carried out for the yr. In keeping with, the Rams are unsure if Stafford will return in 2022. With Stafford battling so many accidents and the Rams hopelessly out of the playoff race, it nearly appears pointless to deliver him again if he is nonetheless banged up in any respect. Though it is unknown if Stafford will return, Allen Robinson positively will not be again on the sector. Sean McVay revealed that Robinson will bear surgical procedure on his injured foot in a transfer that can finish his season. Buccaneers lose one other offensive lineman. Tampa Bay’s offensive line has been banged up all yr and now you can add one other damage to the record. In keeping with, offensive sort out Tristan Wirfs is predicted to overlook the following three to 4 weeks with an ankle damage. That is a significant blow for a Buccaneers crew that may’t actually afford to be taking main blows proper now. Lamar Jackson sends vulgar tweet to fan. The Ravens QB might be in scorching water after sending a vulgar tweet to fan, who known as for the Ravens to let Jackson stroll on the finish of the season. You may try extra particulars on that story by clicking right here. 

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