It was hard to go through any NFL week 12 recap show without seeing this weekend’s main event. In case you were in a cave for the past week, during the Sunday afternoon contest between the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans, Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson was in a little on-field fight with Titans’ corner Courtland Finnegan. The bottom line is that both players will be fined $25,000 for their actions, but neither suspended.
The fight, which really shouldn’t be called a fight… Johnson whupped Finnegan’s ass, came to the delight of 31 fanbases. Cortland Finnegan is known throughout the league as a dirty bully. Nevertheless, actions such as those are rarely seen in the NFL. Usually it is two players taking slaps at each others’ helmets or face guards, where no harm can be done. The ripping off of the helmets was intentional and then Johnson just went ballistic on Finnegan, landing a few good closed-fist shots on his face and head. I’m actually shocked that there was no suspension. I would think Commissioner Roger Goodell would make a statement that those actions would not be tolerated, but you can’t really say he is the model of consistency with his punishments.
Maybe he is not a big fan of Cortland Finnegan himself.
As for the rest of the league, we saw quite a few games where two top contenders in their respective conference or division faced each other. When the smoke cleared from week 12, we saw no division in the entire league with more than a single game lead between the top two teams in the division. Five divisions out of the eight have ties for first place.
In our “Beat the House” contest, we had a tie as well… the collective membership tied the house for the week and therefore did not beat it. Both factions correctly picked the result of 10 games on the week 12 schedule. A little below average for 16 games, don’t you think?
The total tally on the season is as follows:
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We had two members pick 14 games correctly, which is pretty impressive for such a crazy week with some very close games. Since the House wasn’t beaten, we get to keep our prizes this week, and Cletus gets to keep his job.
Be on the lookout for the week 13 picks and predictions which should be going live in a few short hours due to the three Thanksgiving Day games. Be on the lookout for the results of the Jagermeister Players of the Week contest, which are usually revealed on Wednesdays.