Whats happening around the league Week 12:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Honey Badger has high praise for Blaine Gabbert

Tyrann Mathieu had high praise for Blaine Gabbert heading into their week 12 match up with the San Francisco 49ers. Stating that he felt “Gabbert was a better option for the 49ers”. After reviewing film on Gabbert and comparing him to former 49ers starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Mathieu believes Gabbert is a better decision maker and turns the ball over less. Additionally he added “ we knew Kaepernick tendencies” meaning that Kaepernick was much more predictable than Gabbert. What truly stands out the most is Gabbert is a traditional pocket passer and a better fit for Tomsula’s offense. He can make the throws much easier than Kaepernick could. Meaning a more well rounded Niners offense.

Brady and Palmer headline M.V.P candidates

It’s no secret that Carson Palmer and Tom Brady have done an outstanding job of elevating their respective teams this year. Brady who after having his name drug through the mud in the Deflategate scandal, came out the other side clean. Playing his best football ever when everyone in the world was questioning his integrity. Brady has thrown for 25 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. Proving he can persevere through times of adversity and he is the clear front runner for the MVP award. Carson Palmer the Arizona Cardinals quarterback is also having a phenomenal year. He has led the Cardinals to an 8-2 record which is largely due to Palmer’s performance on the field. Palmer has thrown for 27 touchdowns and 9 interceptions on the year. So while his numbers are not on par with Brady’s, he is still having an outstanding year. When the Cardinals lost Palmer last year they were no longer a Super Bowl contender. As long as they have him on the field they will have a shot to play in Super Bowl 50 at Levi Stadium.

Injuries pilling up all across the league

Peyton Manning is sidelined for at least two more weeks with a plantar fascia tear. At this point one has to wonder if this is it for Manning who just recently became the most prolific passer ever in terms of total yards thrown for. Now the Broncos will be turning to Brock Osweiler for his second straight start. Manning isn’t the only veteran facing a tough injury in his later age, Marshawn Lynch also had surgery on a sports hernia that is expected to keep him sidelined for at least a month. Beast mode has been pretty banged up this year and never really got it going. Thomas Rawls has done a phenomenal job limiting the loss of Lynch. Filling the void nicely for the Seahawks. Still its tough to see two of the NFL’s biggest stars have their careers come winding down.

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