Week 12 will see many teams fight for playoff seeding or fading hopes, which typically produces some Herculean efforts. Below are the key matchups in deciding each victor on the coming NFL schedule.
Week 12 1 p.m. ET Schedule
Yanda finally regained his form last week in plowing the way for Ray Rice’s signs of life. Muhammad Wilkerson would be the league’s best 3-4 left end in a world where JJ Watt didn’t exist.
Fresh off shutting down the No. 2 leading receiver in AJ Green, Haden gets the No. 5 WR and might very well track him across the field.
Wake has resumed pre-injury form this month and typically rushes off the side protected by Bell, the much lesser of the two Panther starting OTs. Wake must go nuts for Miami to slow down Cam Newton.
The offseason signing of Bushrod has improved blindside protection and his matchup with the second-leading sacker could show the ceiling of his value.
The league’s best corner of recent years against the best receiver of recent years. Revis won the last duel. Popcorn.
All Day had his way with Green Bay LBs last year, but he’s dealing with an injury and this unit has looked infinitely better in slowing opposing backs in 2013. Even with Clay Matthews slowly regaining use of his club-hand.
For all of Henne’s flaws — and there are a lot of them — Pro Football Focus rates his accuracy percentage under pressure as top-10 and even with Aaron Rodgers. Watt will certainly test that.
Allen’s cooled off dramatically in recent weeks, as has the Chargers offense. Allen will want to avoid Flowers as he’s not one to bust slumps against.
Week 12 4-4:30 p.m. ET Schedule
All the speed in the world plus Andrew Luck’s arm. Will be fun to watch every deep ball.
Two of the very best U-25 interior players. Should be elite players at their respective position in the near future.
Usually a Giant killer, Big Blue paid acute attention to Bryant in limiting him to a season-low 22 yards back in Week 1.
Week 12 Sunday Night Game
It will be a chess match with Bill Belichick but the most pivotal pawn is his best and most versatile defensive back.
Week 12 Monday Night Game
One of the league’s best run-blocking fullbacks hitting the hole against an aging linebacker who’s struggled mightily.