Throw it up and let the big guys make plays. That’s it. I don’t know that there’s any way to say it more simply. The NFL in 2012 is about pushing the ball downfield and making big plays. Each and every week, we see quarterbacks launching 40, 50, 60 pass attempts. Their top targets rack up double-digit targets each and every week. The games of Week 12 were no exception.

Here are the Target leaders for Week 12 — with PHI/CAR still in the balance.

  • 1. Calvin Johnson, DET – 17
  • 2. Brandon Marshall, CHI – 17
  • 3. Andre Johnson, HOU – 15
  • 3. Stevie Johnson, BUF – 15
  • 3. Brandon Pettigrew, DET – 15
  • 3. Jason Witten, DAL – 15
  • 7. Reggie Wayne, IND – 14
  • 8. Torrey Smith, BAL – 13
  • 8. Andre Roberts, ARI – 13
  • 8. Hakeem Nicks, NYG – 13
  • 8. Cole Beasley, DAL – 13
  • 12. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI – 12
  • 12. Ryan Broyles, DET – 12
  • 12. Dwayne Bowe, KC – 12
  • 15. Dez Bryant, DAL – 11
  • 15. Rob Housler, ARI – 11
  • 17. Jeremy Kerley, NYJ – 10
  • 17. Wes Welker, NE – 10
  • 17. Jarius Wright, MIN – 10
  • 20. Nate Washington, TEN – 9
  • 20. Tiquan Underwood, TB – 9
  • 20. Darren Sproles, NO – 9
  • 20. Mohamed Sanu, CIN – 9
  • 20. Kyle Rudolph, MIN – 9
  • 20. Ray Rice, BAL – 9
  • 20. William Powell, ARI – 9
  • 20. Dennis Pitta, BAL – 9
  • 20. Julio Jones, ATL – 9
  • 20. A.J. Green, CIN – 9
  • 20. Davone Bess, MIA – 9
  • 31. Danario Alexander, SD – 8
  • 31. Donnie Avery, IND – 8
  • 31. Anquan Boldin, BAL – 8
  • 31. Jared Cook, TEN – 8
  • 31. Owen Daniels, HOU – 8
  • 31. Eric Decker, DEN – 8
  • 31. Heath Miller, PIT – 8
  • 31. Marcel Reece, OAK – 8
  • 31. Demaryius Thomas, DEN – 8
  • 31. Kendall Wright, TEN – 8
  • 41. Randall Cobb, GB – 7
  • 41. Pierre Garcon, WAS – 7
  • 41. Josh Gordon, CLE – 7
  • 41. Dwayne Harris, DAL – 7
  • 41. Vincent Jackson, TB – 7
  • 41. Jacoby Jones, BAL – 7
  • 41. Dustin Keller, NYJ – 7
  • 41. Adrian Peterson, MIN – 7
  • 41. Cecil Shorts III, JAC – 7
  • 41. Brandon Stokley, DEN – 7
  • 41. Jacob Tamme, DEN – 7
  • 41. Mike Wallace, PIT – 7
  • 41. Roddy White, ATL – 7