The 32 things we learned from Week 12 of the 2021 NFL season:
1. Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was playing on a bad toe, behind a beat-up offensive line and while facing elite pass rushers Aaron Donald, Von Miller and Leonard Floyd of the Los Angeles Rams. Didn’t matter … and if you didn’t know Rodgers was hurt – even after he stuck his mangled foot in our collective grills last week – well, you wouldn’t know he was hurt. He hung 307 yards on LA through the air while accounting for three TDs (including one on that toe) in the Pack’s 36-28 win, which keeps them right on the heels of the Arizona Cardinals for home-field advantage in the NFC. Now Rodgers gets a much-needed week off before returning to face the Chicago Bears – an opponent you’ll recall AR12 owns.
2. Meanwhile, the careening Rams haven’t won in a month despite all their glitzy additions. QB Matthew Stafford has thrown a pick-six in three straight games, part of the reason the Rams have allowed 95 in that period.
3. The last time a home team won on Thanksgiving was 2018. Turkey Day visitors will take an eight-game winning streak into 2022.
4. The Las Vegas Raiders are 6-0 this season when QB Derek Carr passes for at least 300 yards … and 0-5 when he doesn’t. Trend?
5. If you need another indication that running the ball effectively is no longer a panacea in the 21st-century NFL, how about the Philadelphia Eagles churning out 208 yards on the ground Sunday … while watching the floundering New York Giants beat them 13-7.
5a. At a time when his team had an opportunity to close the reeling Dallas Cowboys’ NFC East lead to 1½ games while moving into wild-card position, Eagles QB Jalen Hurts – after seeming to solidify his standing in recent weeks – again showed his limitations as a passer, serving up a trio of interceptions while missing on 17 of 31 throws. Expect the quarterback of the future debate to heat up again in the City of Brotherly Love.
6. Cowboys fans should just…