5 NFL Games You Can’t Miss In Week 12
5 Games In Week 12 You Can't Miss
With the NFL season starting to wind down, the playoffs are vastly approaching us. Many divisions are very tight right now, and the playoff picture is packed with teams in the hunt. Every game is important now. There are very few teams that can afford to lose games at this point. This is grind-time.
Teams are starting to take on their true identities, and many teams are yet to peak. At this point, team's know what a loss means. They know that in Mid-November/December, losing isn't an option. The weather is changing, and we're going to see what teams are truly made of. Who can grind it out? Who can come up with the big win? Truly, this is the time of year football fans live for. It's when it turns into a man's game.
Week 12 promises to be one of the best one yet. I can feel it. It's going to be a great week in the NFL with some great games. You better hope you have NFL RedZone because you're probably not going to want to miss a second of football this weekend.
There are quite a few marquee match ups, including a great game on Sunday night. There are also a lot of games with upset potential this weekend, making things even more interesting. I don't think there will be many blowouts this week, maybe one or two. If you're not excited for this weekend's game schedule you are officially insane. I tried my hardest to narrow things down to the five games you won't want to miss in Week 12. In reality, you may only want to skip a couple games this weekend.
5. New York Jets (5-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-6)
The matchup that probably has the most immediate playoff implications this Sunday is the New York Jets at the Baltimore Ravens. Expect this game to be a long, grind it out, low-scoring game. The offense in this game will probably be tough to watch at times. Geno Smith and Joe Flacco are the third and fourth most sacked quarterbacks in the NFL, while both teams' defenses are in the top half of the league in sacking. There will be virtually no run game in this one. Ray Rice's struggles aren't going to end this week against the best rush defense in the NFL. This one will come down to the quarterback matchup and the turnover battle. The team that wins the turnover battle, especially the quarterback with the least turnovers, will win this one. If you like old-school, tough, defensive football, then you'll be in for a treat.
SCORE PREDICTION: RAVENS 16, JETS 13
4. San Francisco 49ers (6-4) at Washington Redskins (3-7)
It hasn't been an ideal season for the San Francisco 49ers thus far, but they'll have an opportunity to rebound after two straight losses on Monday night. The Washington Redskins made the playoffs after starting 3-6 last season, but they've also lost two straight and will need to win-out just to finish over .500. The quarterback matchup features two players that were huge in last season but have struggled this year. The reason why the 49ers continue to win, however, is that they have a power running back in Frank Gore and a stellar defense. Robert Griffin III will be under a lot of pressure in this game, and he'll probably get hit a lot. When it comes down to it, RGIII doesn't have the tools around him to get past San Francisco.
SCORE PREDICTION: 49ERS 20, REDSKINS 16
3. Indianapolis Colts (7-3) at Arizona Cardinals (6-4)
Does anyone even realize that the Arizona Cardinals have the same record as the 49ers? They've won three straight! How have the Cardinals flown so under the radar this season? Partially because we all deemed them a lost cause at the start of it, but also because five out of their six wins are against sub-.500 teams. The Cards will get a chance to show us just how good this defense is against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday, and you're not gonna wanna miss this one. The Colts have been struggling overall recently, and I think the Cardinals will have a huge first half in this game where the blitz will get to Luck and then the secondary will make some big plays. With the way the Colts receivers have been playing, imagining them having a good game against the Cardinals' secondary is really tough.
SCORE PREDICTION: CARDINALS 27, COLTS 24
2. Dallas Cowboys (5-5) at New York Giants (4-6)
What is usually considered a marquee, primetime matchup is now more like a garbage-fest. Just kidding, because the New York Giants are rolling right now. After a brutal 0-6 start, the G-Men are right back in it with a chance to win the NFC Least. While the game may not be as pretty as it usually is, this is still a must-see game. If not for anything else, the game has a lot of division and playoff implications. The Dallas Cowboys' secondary honestly just sucks, and Eli Manning thrives on the long ball. Without Sean Lee and DeMarcus Ware questionable, this Cowboys defense is a wreck. The Giants should win this in an offensive shootout so long as they don't have six turnovers again.
SCORE PREDICTION: GIANTS 31, COWBOYS 28
1. Denver Broncos (9-1) at New England Patriots (7-3)
Ten years ago Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning was the biggest quarterback matchup in the NFL. What's scarier than the fact that it still is is that both of these players are better. This game is going to be a shootout. Obviously it's going to be an offensive throw-down, and the quarterback and receiving unit that plays better very well may win. The edge goes to the Denver Broncos for two reasons: the New England Patriots' secondary and the Broncos' rush defense. Expect Steven Ridley to have another game filled with struggles. This game is going to be a track meet, and the banged up New England secondary isn't going to be able to keep up with Peyton. No matter how close Brady's Pats may get in this game they just can't keep up with possibly the best offense in the game's history.
SCORE PREDICTION: BRONCOS 38, PATRIOTS 34