32 things we learned from Week 12 of 2021 NFL season: Playoff picture keeps shifting

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.

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