Week 12 of the 2020 NFL Season is still going on and it’s Tuesday afternoon after Thanksgiving. That’s right, we’ve still got the Steelers-Ravens game from the holiday to make up tomorrow afternoon. That about sums up how Week 12 has gone, (or maybe the year that’s 2020?) – one that’s been wrecked and reshuffled due to COVID-19 outbreaks in locker rooms in every NFL team and staff.

Looking back is important to help inform us of the games on the horizon. What happened should not be filed away, but instead point out what impressed us and what didn’t impress us in each game.

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What Impressed: After two straight defensive scores in the third quarter, the Vikings roared back with 18 4th quarter points to pick off the Panthers. Minnesota did so without the help of Adam Thielen who was on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

As expected, Kirk Cousins looked to Justin Jefferson, but also to Kyle Rudolph and second-year receiver Bisi Johnson who started in place of Thielen. But it was Chad Beebe who caught the game-tying touchdown that broke the back of Panthers fans. Jefferson, Johnson, Rudolph and Beebe each caught seven passes for at least 60 yards receiving.

What Didn’t Impress: The Vikings offense had a slow start to the game–again– and lost three fumbles.
The Vikings were lucky to have won this game considering what they had shown when the game seemed out of hand, down 10-21. They hung in there and made plays. Carolina tried to mount a come back but Joey Slye missed his second field goal of the game at the end of regulation that would have won the game.