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2022 NFL season, Week 12: What We Learned from Thanksgiving Day games 

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Around the NFL tells you what you need to know about all the action Thursday in week 12 of the 2022 NFL season. Find out the most important takeaways from each game using the links below:

JOHN MADDEN THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

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Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
2022 · 8-3-0
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Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
2022 · 4-7-0

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  1. The Bills survived the upstart Lions through heroism in the late game. Buffalo’s return to Detroit wasn’t pleasant, but Josh Allen aimed a laser at Stephon Diggs for 36 yards for Tyler Bass to hit the game-winning 45-yard field goal for the win. Allen was out for most of the day with an elbow injury that usually saw him miss short shots. Until the last two drives, the Bills’ best game was Allen’s runs, as the passing game couldn’t go the way it was supposed to. Considering Buffalo faced the worst pass defense in the NFL, it was stunning to see Billy fail to move the ball consistently. Allen fought under pressure, passing 5 of 11 for 36 yards against the blitz. After Allen’s fourth interception in the red zone in his last five games, the Bills offense hit Stragglesville with three consecutive possessions that allowed the pesky Lions to stay. But when he needed to, Allen played to win. The Bills went 90 yards on 14 plays and took a late lead. After the Lions’ field goal looked like forced overtime, Allen needed only one dart to clear the extra frame. Good teams find a way to win when they fail and play poorly. Sean McDermott’s team did it on Thanksgiving.
  2. The Lions fight, but too many mistakes inevitably drown Dan Campbell’s squad. Starting a three-game winning streak, Detroit held on tight to the AFC-power Bills. Amon-Ra St. Brown (nine receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown) continues to shine with his star as he repeatedly spun Bill’s defensive backs onto the turf with fantastic routes. Jamaal Williams is a red zone hammer who scored his 13th touchdown of the season. And the defense played well, holding Buffalo down by just two points in the third quarter. However, playing with minimal margin for error, Campbell’s team will kick themselves for not closing the deal. The Lions moved the ball at will, but Williams’ fumble in plus territory killed a promising first-half drive. Jared Goff got a blunt bag in the end zone for safety. Mike Badgley missed with a 29-yard field goal. Austin Bryant made a stupid rude call. And Campbell constantly struggled with clock control. Combine these errors with a defense that couldn’t stop on third down and a QB that missed and it was another Thanksgiving disappointment in Detroit. The Lions are on the rise, but Thursday showed that they are still too talentless to constantly hang out with the big boys.
  3. Ed Oliver eats on Thanksgiving. God, Billy got a big game from a monster on the defensive. Oliver essentially pitched a tent behind the Lions’ lines, stifling games and ruining the entire operation. Faced with the Lions’ backup defensemen, Oliver was unable to handle him. A defensive tackle swallowed a bag that went to safety – six tackles, two tackles for a loss, four QB pressures, two QB hits, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Already missing key rushers and with Von Miller walking away with a serious knee injury, the Bills needed Oliver to play. He passed. Oliver has pressured 19 players in his last three games, seven more than any other player in the NFL since Week 10, according to Next Gen Stats. The 24-year-old’s performance doubly stings Lions fans on Turkey Day as Detroit dropped Oliver’s 2019 draft in favor of tight end T.J. Hockenson.

NFL Research: Jamaal Williams has 13 rushing touchdowns this season. Only HOF member Barry Sanders (16 in 1991 and 14 in 1989) has thrown more rushing touchdowns in an entire season in Lions history. In the 2022 season, Williams had 13 rushing career touchpads.

Statistics for the next generation of the game: In his first game since an ACL tear last season, Bills cornerback Tre’Davius ​​White played 15 of 67 defensive snaps.



Source: www.nfl.com

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