NFL Week 12 Game Previews and Predictions

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NFL Week 12 Game Previews and Predictions

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NFL Week 12 Game Previews and Predictions

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Cincinnati Bengals @ Tennessee Titans 

We get a rematch of the 2021 AFC Divisional Round playoff game as the Bengals head back to Tennessee to take on the Titans. Both teams seem to be getting hot at the right time as well. The Titans are coming off a very complete game against the Green Bay Packers that saw the receivers step up and make plays for Ryan Tannehill, the run game still stayed going with Derrick Henry, and a good defensive effort. The key for the receiving game was the emergence of Treylon Burks, who had 111 yards on Thursday. While it was a good passing effort against the Packers, even with Chidobe Awuzie out, the Bengals allow the second-lowest completion percentage in the NFL with 58.4% and only 10 passing touchdowns. The main focus will be Derrick Henry, who has 1,010 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Bengals and Lou Anarumo are no strangers to slowing down Henry as they held him to 62 yards in the playoffs, and got a huge boost in their run defense with the return of D.J. Reader.

Joe Burrow has been on a hot streak as of late and continued that last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers with 355 yards and four touchdowns. The Steelers defense has allowed 2,721 pass yards, and the Titans secondary isn’t any better, allowing 2,668. Burrow will find success against this secondary, but it will come down to time. The Titans pass rush has been dominant, with 106 pressures and 30 sacks on the season. The Bengals offensive line has gotten better, but have still allowed 32 sacks on the season. The area to look here would be to get Samaje Perine involved in the screen game. Perine has been effective in this area with 22 receptions for 178 yards, and on the season the Titans are allowing 5.8 yards per reception to running backs. Ja’Marr Chase is also likely to make his return, which is an even bigger boost for the Bengals.

Look for the Bengals defense to continue to step up and the offense to continue clicking as they get a hard fought victory over the Titans. — Marissa Myers

 

Atlanta Falcons @ Washington Commanders

Both teams are quietly having solid seasons, each hovering right around .500. The Commanders are especially hot, as they’ve won five of their last six, and seem to have some added juice with Taylor Heinicke at quarterback. I still don’t trust Heinicke a whole lot, but I don’t need to in order to pick Washington here. They’re hot, and the Falcons have both a poor defense and a one-dimensional offense. I think the Commanders keep their winning streak alive before dropping one next week against the Giants. — Aidan Maher

 

Denver Broncos @ Carolina Panthers

Both of these teams have been major disappointments this season, but Denver has vastly surpassed the Panthers in that department. The Broncos were thought to possibly be a Super Bowl contender by many but currently sit in last place in the AFC West. It’s been a very rough start for quarterback Russell Wilson in Denver so far and doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

Carolina has it’s own issues but has played a little better of late. It hasn’t resulted in many wins, but it was impressive for them to go into Baltimore and hold their own against the Ravens. The problems for the Panthers lie on the offensive side of the ball and will likely continue.

Within this game, I see this being a low scoring affair. I like Denver to edge the Panthers out here. The defense will carry the day for the Broncos and get them a much-needed win. — Matt Levine

 

Chicago Bears @ New York Jets

It was going to be a battle between two 2021 NFL Draft quarterbacks as the Bears travel to MetLife to face the Jets. That won’t happen anymore as the Jets have benched Zach Wilson. Against the New England Patriots Wilson completed only nine passes, the Jets ended up punting more with 10 than Wilson had completions. It will be Mike White that starts and is going up against a Bears pass defense that has been among the middle of the pack allowing the 18th most yards with 2,165, and have given up only 12 passing touchdowns. The key for the Bears passing defense has been their ability to take the ball away, as they have nine interceptions. It is safety Eddie Jackson that leads the team with four. The weakness for the Bears is the run defense, but since Breece Hall went down the Jets have not seen production in this area.

The quarterback trending up is Justin Fields, who the Jets passed over for Wilson. Fields and the Bears don’t pass a bunch as he has only one game over 200 yards, but he has thrown a touchdown pass in each of the last seven games. Where Fields takes over is with his dual-threat ability that has led to him rushing for 834 yards. Not passing on the Jets defense may be a smart thing with Ahmad Gardner in the secondary. When it comes to rushing quarterbacks, the Jets have allowed 193 yards which is the 14th most in the NFL. 

The Jets have faced some adversity this week and some controversy in their locker room. The Bears have been able to have their full focus on this game and will get their fifth straight win against the Jets. — Marissa Myers

 

Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars

The Ravens held on for a win last week against the Panthers and now head to Florida to face the Jaguars. Baltimore has played many easier opponents of late but to their credit, they have taken advantage. You can only play who is in front of you and they are winning the games they need too. But they will need to be better against the Jaguars despite their record.

Jacksonville has the tools needed to make life tough on quarterback Lamar Jackson. If they can get pressure on him, it could be a long day for the Baltimore offense. However, the offense for the Jaguars will likely have trouble with the Baltimore defense. I see them struggling to move the ball here.

I like Baltimore to continue winning here and keep their lead in the AFC North. — Matt Levine

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Cleveland Browns

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered their bye week last week with a victory over the Seattle Seahawks, and now get a Cleveland Browns team that is struggling. Tom Brady against the Seahawks arguably had his best game of the season, completing 75.9% of his passes for 258 yards and an average of 8.9 yards which is the most he has averaged this season. It is the ground game that could present the biggest challenge against the Browns. Rachaad White saw his breakout game come rushing for 105 yards on 22 carries and could see more opportunities with Leonard Fournette dealing with a hip injury. The Browns defense has been lackluster, but specifically against the run. They have allowed the fifth most yards per attempt with 4.8 as well as the third most rushing touchdowns with 16. 

On offense, it hasn’t been much better for the Browns. They did see Jacoby Brissett throw for over 300 yards, but that was the first time he has done so this season and don’t expect it to happen again, either. The secondary for the Buccaneers has stepped up, allowing only 193.4 passing yards per game. So if the Buccaneers slow down the pass, there is still the run game with Nick Chubb, right? Well, maybe not. Chubb has been slowed down in the last two games as the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills held him to 63 and 19 yards respectively. The Tampa Bay defense has allowed 4.5 yards per attempt this season on the ground, when it comes to scoring they have tightened things up, only allowing five rushing touchdowns.

The Browns will have a difficult time scoring, and because of this, the Buccaneers will get the road win. — Marissa Myers

 

Houston Texans @ Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins should make quick work of the Texans in this matchup. Houston has been awful this season and with no signs of improvement, it’ll be hard to go into Miami and get the win.

The Texans offense has been putrid, and I don’t see them keeping up with the Dolphins explosive offense. Miami has one of the better offensive attacks in the league so this could be another long day for the Texans and their fans.

Give me Miami to easily get the win here. — Matt Levine

 

Chicago Bears @ New York Jets

It was going to be a battle between two 2021 NFL Draft quarterbacks as the Bears travel to MetLife to face the Jets. That won’t happen anymore as the Jets have benched Zach Wilson. Against the New England Patriots Wilson completed only nine passes, the Jets ended up punting more with 10 than Wilson had completions. It will be Mike White that starts and is going up against a Bears pass defense that has been among the middle of the pack allowing the 18th most yards with 2,165, and have given up only 12 passing touchdowns. The key for the Bears passing defense has been their ability to take the ball away, as they have nine interceptions. It is safety Eddie Jackson that leads the team with four. The weakness for the Bears is the run defense, but since Breece Hall went down the Jets have not seen production in this area.

The quarterback trending up is Justin Fields, who the Jets passed over for Wilson. Fields and the Bears don’t pass a bunch as he has only one game over 200 yards, but he has thrown a touchdown pass in each of the last seven games. Where Fields takes over is with his dual-threat ability that has led to him rushing for 834 yards. Not passing on the Jets defense may be a smart thing with Ahmad Gardner in the secondary. When it comes to rushing quarterbacks, the Jets have allowed 193 yards which is the 14th most in the NFL. 

The Jets have faced some adversity this week and some controversy in their locker room. The Bears have been able to have their full focus on this game and will get their fifth straight win against the Jets. — Marissa Myers

 

Los Angeles Rams @ Kansas City Chiefs

This won’t be like the last time these teams met in 2018 when both teams exploded offensively which led to a great game. The Rams come into this game really struggling both offensively and defensively. It has been a lost season in Los Angeles for the Rams. The defending champions are struggling to even be competitive week in and week out due to injuries and simply inconsistent play. It’ll be very difficult to go into Arrowhead and take down the Chiefs.

Kansas City may be the best team in the league after taking down the Chargers once again. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the frontrunner for the MVP this season and he should be able to pick apart the struggling Rams defense.

I like Kansas City in this one, let’s not overthink it. — Matt Levine

 

Los Angeles Chargers @ Arizona Cardinals

The Chargers and Cardinals are both high ceiling teams that have been extremely disappointing. This game has shootout potential, as both squads are offensive-orientated teams that run high-paced, high-volume passing offenses. The Chargers are riding a bit more momentum, as they’re starting to get a bit healthier, and they played a close game with the Chiefs last week on Sunday Night Football. Plus, the Cardinals are banged up in the passing game, and I don’t believe they have the rushing attack to fully take advantage of LA’s extremely poor run defense. Chargers win on the road. — Aidan Maher

 

Las Vegas Raiders @ Seattle Seahawks

The Raiders are fresh off a much-needed overtime win, while the Seahawks are coming off their bye week. Seattle is the better team coming into this one, and they’ll surely put up some points on this Raiders defense. However, for Vegas to stay in this game, they’ll need to establish Josh Jacobs against the subpar Seattle run defense. Jacobs has been great this season, and this will help keep Seattle’s offense off the field, while giving Carr time in the pocket. Unfortunately, I still don’t trust Vegas to pull this one out. Seattle gets the home win. — Aidan Maher

 

New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco 49ers 

The San Francisco 49ers made a statement on Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals that they should be considered the best team in the NFC. The New Orleans Saints, on the other hand, are trying to put some type of decent season together with their 4-7 record. The Saints did put together a good offensive performance against the Los Angeles Rams, one that saw Chris Olave dominate the secondary for 102 yards and a touchdown on five receptions. Andy Dalton was efficient with 260 yards and three touchdowns over 21 completions. The 49ers have a much more efficient pass rush compared to the Rams, as San Francisco has gotten 95 pressures that they have turned into 32 sacks. 

The biggest factor in this game is going to be the run game for the 49ers. Christian McCaffrey has taken over the backfield, but they also have Elijah Mitchell, who they use as well to keep defenses on their toes with both of their running styles. The Saints run defense is ranked as the seventh worst, allowing 1,453 yards and 11 touchdowns. If they struggle against the run again, the 49ers offense will be clicking as they run to set up their passing game that is hard to slow down with Brandon Aiyuk, George Kittle, and Deebo Samuel.

There is a talent mismatch here between the 49ers and Saints. This should lead to the 49ers continuing their campaign, proving they are the best NFC team. — Marissa Myers

 

Green Bay Packers vs Philadelphia Eagles 

It looked as if the Packers had figured things out against the Dallas Cowboys, that was not the case as they reverted to their losing ways against the Tennessee Titans. The run game could not get going as the Titans held the unit to only 56 yards. There has been inconsistent play calling all around from Matt LaFleur which has led to the run game struggling and poor play from Aaron Rodgers. Enough so to the point where they are scoring only 18.4 points per game. The defense isn’t helping matters either as they put pressure on the offense to score by allowing 22.1 points per game.

The Eagles were able to bounce back from their first loss of the season with a win over the Indianapolis Colts. It was close, but they got it done. They have a balanced offensive approach that is led by Jalen Hurts through the air and ground, but running wise he also has Miles Sanders as an option. Between Hurts, Sanders, A.J. Brown, and DeVonta Smith the offense is a scoring machine averaging 26.3 points per game. Their defense, unlike the Packers, makes things easy for the offense to gain big leads, allowing only 18.3 points per game. The Eagles are on the right track to getting another victory, while the Packers drop another game. — Marissa Myers

 

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis Colts

While many likely aren’t excited for this content being a primetime matchup, it could actually end up being a fun game. Both teams aren’t very good but they have both picked up their play of late so it could be an exciting back and forth matchup.

I see this being a lower scoring game due to the defenses. However, I trust Pittsburgh a little more than the Colts due to their coaching staff. Give me Pittsburgh to get another win. — Matt Levine

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