After all Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Small business Saturday, there is Football Sunday!! It's Week 12 y'all!
If the Thanksgiving games did not get you pumped for what the post season will look like, the rest of this week's games just might. A lot of last minute pushes for wild card spots are happening these last few weeks. Kansas City and St. Louis are trying to stay ahead to keep their playoff positons. Tennessee, Baltimore, Carolina, and Atlanta are hoping to extend their seasons with wins for the wild card if not a clinched spot with other team losses. There is always edge of your seat football near the end of the year. Here is what I think will happen this week.
BUFFALO BILLS VS KANSAS CITY CHIEFS:
Looks like Bills QB Tyrod Taylor will be showcasing his skills for a potential suitor for next season. There is no way that he stays in Buffalo after the fiasco that was created by the front office. Nonetheless, here they are trying to make a go of it. Do not expect the Bills' defense to make the big plays that got them many of their wins this year. Taylor has RB LeSean McCoy, WR Jordan Matthews, and TE Charles Clay, but they do not do so well on the road. Even though the Chiefs have not been the team they were from the start, QB Alex Smith, WR Tyreek Hill, RB Kareem Hill, and TE Travis Kelce will come together and put on a great show at home.
Kansas City Chiefs
TENNESSEE TITANS VS INDIANAPOLIS COLTS:
So this is a make or break game for the Tennessee Titans. Despite the Indianapolis Colts record, they have played some hard fought football. This could spell trouble for QB Marcus Mariota and the boys. They are barely hanging on. Even if it may not seem like it, the Colts are playing spoiler. If there was an upset pick this week, it may be this game. Colts QB Jacoby Brissett has nothing to lose. Going to give the slight edge to the home team here.
CLEVELAND BROWNS VS CINCINNATI BENGALS:
This is the type of rookie season that is hard to accept. Browns QB DeShone Kizer is having the worst of it. Nothing at all appears to be going his way or the Browns way for that matter. For the Bengals, this will be an ego booster. The Browns fans need to keep their hands warm around that dumpster fire of a season. Yep.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS VS ATLANTA FALCONS:
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is again under center for Tampa Bay. No matter. He will not be a match for Atlanta QB Matt Ryan and company. Atlanta is looking to raise their post season stock by getting this win. There is no reason to suspect that they will not. The Bucs are awful against the pass and even worse against the run. Fantasy owners might get their money's worth with WR Julio Jones, RB Tevin Coleman, and TE Austin Cooper this week.
MIAMI DOLPHINS VS NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS:
Only because the game has to be played is this game on the schedule at this point. The pick is obvious here. There is no need to run down the list of disappointments Miami has been credited with this year. New England is on a mission. They are trying to be on top of the AFC. Now, if only the Steelers would lose. LOL!
New England Patriots
CHICAGO BEARS VS PHILADELPHIA EAGLES:
Much like the 'Phins/Pats game this will be a means to and end. There is no chance Chicago gets the win here. Have you seen Philly QB Carson Wentz this year? Do you think Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky can hang? No need to go into detail here.
CAROLINA PANTHERS VS NEW YORK JETS:
The Panthers are trying to beat out the Falcons and Saints for a guaranteed place in the playoffs. It will not be easy against the Jets. The Jets defense has proven to be difficult to break through in spite of their record. Carolina QB Cam Newton will have to air it out a bit, but should be able to get this win with WR Devin Funchess and TE Ed Dickson.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS VS SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS:
The 49ers did get a win though. The 'Hawks are injured to say the least. This will put a lot of pressure on QB Russell Wilson to make some big plays of his own. Although there was some talk about the Niners starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo, it will not make much of a difference. There is not enough consistency on either side of the ball for San Fran to make much noise. In a desperate attempt to extend their season, the Seahawks will pull this one out.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS VS LOS ANGELES RAMS:
That Vikings defense is different up close than on film, isn't it? That is exactly what stopped the Rams last week from putting up a fight. Will it be much better against the Saints? It should be more of a game this week. Some might even think a shoot out, but ultimately New Orleans QB Drew Brees and company will have it's way with St. Louis. Brees is not making many mistakes and the defense is playing like old. The Saints are trying to stay ahead in the NFC and another chance to bring glory to New Orleans. Rams QB Jared Goff will not go down without a fight, but he and coach, Sean McVey, will not be able to overcome the Brees experience.
New Orleans Saints
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS VS ARIZONA CARDINALS:
Cards QB Blaine Gabbert will be facing his former team. Even with weapons like RB Ardian Peterson and WR Larry Fitzgerald, Gabbert will not get past the top ranked defense in the league. The Jags secondary is sure to keep Gabbert looking up at the sky most of the day. This is the perfect setting for Jags RB Leonard Fournette to get rolling. That is not to say that the Cards will not score, they just will not score enough to win.
DENVER BRONCOS VS OAKLAND RAIDERS:
What a mess these two teams are! This is one of those games that could go without watching, but it is football, so watched is what it will get. LOL! There is no upside to either team. The Broncos will now start QB Paxton Lynch. This shows how the organization feels about the rest of the season. The defense has its bright spots, but not enough to carry them through. Oakland QB Derek Carr is not that great after returning from injury. Although, the Raiders offense is much more productive than the Broncos even with RB Marshawn Lynch being a bust. Since a choice has to be made, always go with the home team.
GREEN BAY PACKERS VS PITTSBURGH STEELERS:
UUUUGGGHHH Sunday Night!!!! No Aaron Rodgers and an injury riddled defense gives the Packers the slimmest of chances to beat the Steelers. There is no secondary to speak of to stop the likes of Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell. Once Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger gets warmed up, there will be stopping him. Great experience for Packers QB Brett Hundley though. He will see how quick he can get rid of the ball with the onslaught of the Steeler defense coming at him. Even if the numbers worked out, the opportunity for the post season is all but lost for the Packers with the loss in Pittsburgh. The Steelers will continue their march to the post season.
That is how I am calling it this week. Most teams will turn it up for their chance to play for the post season. I suspect that this will be the week. No one wants to go home early and watch from the couch. Let's see what happens. Give me your thoughts. Good luck to your teams and picks!
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