2012-13 NFL Fox Sports Previews: Week 12
It’s Thanksgiving week in the US-of-A and for us that means BONUS FOOTBALL on TV! Here’s the slate of the four Fox Sports games in a big Week 12 of NFL.
Washington Redskins (4-6) @ Dallas Cowboys (5-5)
Time & Date: Friday November 23, 8:00am
Coverage: LIVE on Fox Sports 2 and Fox Sports 2 HD w/Replay at 4:00pm on Fox Sports 2 and Fox Sports 2 HD (See TV Guide for info)
This game gives us traditional rivals battling it out in their NFC East division. Both have struggled at times, but neither are far behind the leading NY Giants who are 6-4. A playoff spot is certainly not beyond the Cowboys. Last week the Cowboys struggled to a OT win over Cleveland while the Redskins lit up the Eagles.
The Redskins: Whoa! That Robert Griffin III is good! Last week the rookie with the sweet socks and cool hair presented us with another amazing performance: 14-of-15 for 200 yards and four TDs as well as 84 yards rushing on 12 carries. However, Washington’s main problem really is their pass defence – they’re giving up 289 yards per game, which is 29th in the league.
The Cowboys: Dem’ Cowboys been solid, but unspectacular this year. Pass offence is pretty good, defence also good. However, it’s on the ground that they’ve struggled – they’re averaging 83 yards per game (29th in the league), but more worryingly they average a league-worst 3.6 yards per rush.
Watch out for: RG3 vs DeMarcus Ware – this will be a hell of a test for the QB who’ll likely have the Cowboys calling plenty of QB spy defence for the brilliant linebacker. By racking up his 10th sack, Ware became only the fifth player in NFL history to record 10 or more sacks in SEVEN straight seasons.
Final word and prediction: Washington comes in as the hot team here. Even though Dallas should be able to score through the air, I like the Redskins in the dome. Washington 28-24.
New England Patriots (7-3) @ New York Jets (4-6)
Time & Date: Friday November 23, 12:00pm
Coverage: LIVE on Fox Sports 2 and Fox Sports 2 HD w/Replay at 10:30pm on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 1 HD (See TV Guide for info)
Another traditional divisional battle – this time in the AFC East. The Pats look playoff bound again, the Jets still have a chance at the second wildcard spot because of how bad the AFC is this year. Remember that these teams played just five weeks ago, when the Pats won in OT, but the Jets looked like the better team.
The Jets: The Jets soap opera continues! Week 11 saw them have one of their best wins of the season, handling the Rams in St Louis 27-13. However, the intense media scrutiny and questions surrounding Sanchez, Tebow and Rex Ryan continue. After the win, linebacker Bart Scott went on a locker room rant, accusing the entire assembled media of attempting to destabilize the Jets franchise with bad publicity.
The Patriots: New England looked fantastic last week as they crushed the Colts 59-24. Their biggest problem was that Rob Gronkowski who has 748 total yards and 10TDs on the year, has suffered a broken forearm and will miss 4-6 weeks.
Watch out for: The Jets defensive playcalling. They’re ranked 4th in the league against the pass, so will Rex back his D and start dialing up the pressure with some well-timed blitzes? Historically, Rex has had good success when up against elite QBs like Brady, Manning, et al.
Final word and prediction: This this stays close, but the Jets are too inconsistent on offence. I think that the Pats will use Welker to good effect and find a way to win despite the injury to Gronk, 32-26.
Minnesota Vikings (6-4) @ Chicago Bears (7-3)
Time & Date: Monday November 26, 5:00am
Coverage: LIVE on Fox Sports 3 and Fox Sports 3 HD w/Replay at 9:30pm on Fox Sports 2 and Fox Sports 2 HD (See TV Guide for info)
The surprising Vikings travel to Soldier Field to see what they can manage against the Bears. The Bears defence will be good and angry after having their worst loss off the year, giving up 32 points to the 49ers. Also, Jay Cutler should be back to relieve the ummm – lets’s try and put this politely…..underwhelming Jason Campbell/Josh McCown tandem.
The Vikings: They continued to surprise by stopping their two game losing skid with a convincing win against the Lions in Week 10 before their bye last week. Adrian Peterson is amazing – coming back stronger than ever from the knee injury, AP has 1128 yards and seven TDs on the year.
The Bears: With Cutler back, there’s no doubt they’ll look like a different team. The defence will want to pack the box and try and shut down Peterson.
Watch out for: Percy Harvin to have a big game. With the Bears focused on the run, it will force Ponder into looking for his best target.
Final word and prediction: Bears angry, Bears back at home, Bears 21-7.
St Louis Rams (3-6-1) @ Arizona Cardinals (4-6)
Time & Date: Monday November 26, 8:30am
Coverage: LIVE on Fox Sports 3 and Fox Sports 3 HD w/Replay at 11:30pm on Fox Sports 2 and Fox Sports 2 HD (See TV Guide for info)
Two teams reeling after great starts to the season. The Cardinals started 4-0 but have now lost their last SIX games and the Rams have four losses and a tie in their past five games. The Rams won this game 17-3 in Week 5.
The Rams: An uninspiring season so far for St Louis. Bradford has been serviceable, without doing anything speciala and S-Jax has only had two TDs so far this year. Despite installing Jeff Fisher as coach, it still feels like St Louis is a team without a real identity and way to win games consistently.
The Cardinals: Oh my, Arizona’s offence really stinks. How does a team intercept the opposing QB FIVE TIMES but still lose a game? It’s really hard not to feel badly for Larry Fitzgerald – a superstar who seems to be wasting his prime years with characters like Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley throwing balls in his vague direction.
Watch out for: Rams rookie Kicker Greg Zuerlein to make an impact. The rookie has had limited opportunities in the past three weeks, but he’s nailed 18 of 22 FGs so far. That includes five from 50 yards or more, with the longest being a franchise record 60 yarder in Week 4 against Seattle.
Final word and prediction: Despite having the worse record, playing away from home and being the underdog, the Rams feel like the better team to me. I see them getting it together enough to win in an ugly game, 15-7.
Right, that’s it! Got any predictions of your own? Let us know with a comment!