Week 12 biggest winners and losers have some teams that disappointed and some teams that overachieved. With only five weeks remaining in the season time is running out.
The Dallas Cowboys have been the best divisional team this season at 4-0. A win against the Giants gives them the NFC East outright lead, a sweep of the Giants, and the No. 4 seed. The Cowboys showed they can win on the road as well as they won in Metlife Stadium.
The Cardinals haven’t lost a game since October 17. They’ve won four consecutive games and are now 7-4 with a convincing win over the Colts. If the 49ers can’t get back on track, it will be the Cardinals who get the wildcard spot.
The Panthers have the longest win streak in the NFL at seven. A narrow win against the Dolphins on Sunday puts this team at 8-3 overall. Cam Newton is finally playing like a closer and a quarterback who was drafted No. 1 overall. The Panthers are only one game behind the Saints for the division lead.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs had the worst week by any team without a doubt. They lost to the Chargers at home on a last second drive led by Philip Rivers. And to add injury to insult the Chiefs lost their two leading sack masters, Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. It doesn’t get any easier next week as the Chiefs have to verse Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
New York Jets
Finally it’s panic time for the Jets. For the first time this season they lost two consecutive games and Geno Smith is turning over the ball far too much. There’s been talk about benching him but it’s unlikely because he’s still a rookie. Jets are now 5-6 along with five other AFC teams.
Two straight losses brings this Lions team to 6-5. They still lead the NFC North division and are still the No. 3 seed in the NFC but a loss to the Buccaneers is just inexcusable. With no Aaron Rodgers, the Bears struggling, and the Vikings still the Vikings, the Lions should be running away with this division.