NFL Week 12 reactions: Patriots lose, Bears upset Packers and more

Week 12 of the 2015 NFL season is officially in the books. As always, it was a week full of brilliant plays, comebacks, upsets … and of course some pretty bad performances too.

Just like every week, SiriusXM’s sports channels covered all the action from this past weekend. Here’s a look at what they had to say about some of the biggest stories from Week 12:

The Chicago Bears continue to roll, as they got their third victory in four weeks thanks to a 17-13 Thanksgiving upset over the Green Bay Packers. Bears tight end Zach Miller talked about the team’s play on NFL Radio, and credited the recent success to quarterback Jay Cutler.

“He’s playing with a lot of confidence, great leadership in and out of the huddle,” Miller said. “He’s had to be more vocal in this offense than he’s had to be in the past, and I think that’s probably helped him overall.”

After starting the season 1-7, the Detroit Lions captured their third straight win in a 45-14 blowout over the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. Lions’ safety James Ihedigbo spoke about how the team has united to play well of late.

“The guys have really just bought in 100 percent and really put the sacrifice in, the time in, the extra time, the details, and are really committed to each other and winning,” Ihedigbo said. “We really feel that we haven’t done anything yet though. Three-game winning streak is great, but we got a lot of work ahead of us.”

Following their 38-20 loss to the New York Jets, the Miami Dolphins fired offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor – and Rich Gannon feels things are a bit of a mess in Southeast Florida right now.

“What a clown show,” Gannon said. “This is the poster child for a dysfunctional organization. You’re looking for someone to blame? You’re going to blame Bill Lazor, the same guy guy that helped you win some important games — a game in Philadelphia a couple weeks ago. At what point is it the players? It’s an absolute disgrace what they’re doing down there.”

On Sunday Night Football, the Denver Broncos and Brock Osweiler beat the undefeated New England Patriots 30-24 in overtime, but Mad Dog Sports Radio’s Adam Schein still thinks the Pats are the team to beat come playoff time.

“There is now a very realistic chance that your Denver Broncos will be the team that loses in New England on Championship Sunday,” Schein said. “If you think there’s gonna be a team that’s beating the Patriots in January, I don’t think you’re paying attention.”

On the fantasy football side of things, the Arizona Cardinals lost star running back Chris Johnson in their 19-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Fantasy Sports Radio’s Mike Dempsey and Bob Harris said owners of the injured Johnson should target backup RB David Johnson.

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