Here are the four NFL week 12 games we think are must watches.
Colts at Texans: Thursday, 11.21 8:20 pm ET.
It’s week twelve, and this one is for sole control of the AFC South with only a few weeks to play.
What to watch for: The Texans have looked more consistent this season and done a better job protecting Deshaun Watson, except in last week’s blowout loss to the Ravens, when they allowed six sacks. The Colts have one of the best offensive lines in the AFC, but RB Marlon Mack will miss this one with that hand injury, so can Jordan Wilkins pick up the slack and help keep the Texans honest? He’s averaging over six yards per carry, so we’re thinking he’ll be enough to keep the Texans on their heels.
Seahawks at Eagles: Sunday, 11.24 1:00 pm ET.
Bird battle in Philly! The Eagles are hanging onto slim postseason hopes after the loss to New England. They’ll need to find a win somewhere to make up ground on the Cowboys.
What to watch for: How uncomfortable can that Eagles front make Russell Wilson? The Eagles did a great job making Tom Brady squirm in last week’s loss, leading to one of his worst statistical performances of all time (55.3% completion rate, 216 yards, 0TD, 67.3 passer rating). They’ll need to do the same to the Seahawks MVP candidate if they want to upend the Seahawks charge in the NFC West and continue to contend in the NFC East.
Cowboys at Patriots, Sunday 11.24 4:25 pm ET.
Captain America vs. America’s Team.
What to watch for: Tom Brady made waves when he told reporters that he’s “hated the Cowboys since birth…”. But that’s nothing controversial or personal. Brady grew up a Niners fan. Brady suffered one of his worst outings ever last Sunday, but he’ll look to rebound and prove that this edition of the Patriots isn’t only about defense. The impending return of Isiah Wynn has fans salivating, as does the presence of new target N’Keal Harry, who made his debut last week. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys top-ranked total offense will look to tangle with New England’s top-ranked defense. If the Patriots want to maintain their grip on the number one seed in the AFC, they’ll need to hold serve in this home matchup with a dangerous division leader.
Packers at 49ers, Sunday, 11.24 8:20 pm ET.
It’s a battle between the top two seeds in the NFC with a lot on the line. The loser is likely to drop down and need to battle for a wildcard slot. What to watch for: This is gut check time for these two divisional leaders. Both have narrow margins in their division and no room for error. Aaron Rodgers will look for Davante Adams to make some big plays one on one against that Niners secondary, and Jimmy G will need to be creative against a Packers defense that has been better than advertised. The Packers defense gives up a lot of yardage, but only allows about 20 points per game.
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