Week 12: NFL’s Best Matchups

This week games are a part of a tradition, after you fill up on turkey, stuffing, or what have you, families gather around to watch the Turkey Day games. As with the previous week, there aren’t a lot of match ups between two winning teams. There is still some good competition out there and you never know who will pull an upset.

Carolina vs Dallas

When you wake up from a food comma resulting from the two hefty plates of food, the Dallas Cowboys will be taking the field against the Carolina Panthers. The Cowboys who have been known to end team’s perfect seasons, will be looking to carry on from last week’s win after welcoming back Tony Romo. In last week’s contest the Dallas defense stunned the surging Miami Dolphins only giving up one third down conversion, but will they have what it takes to stop Cam and company? Cam Newton and the Panther offense has been able to convert and put points on the board, averaging 29.9 points per game ranking third in the NFL. Romo has proven that he has recovered from injury, but in order to win he will need help from his defense.  The Panthers are capable of walking away victorious, but they will have to put in some work for this one.

Minnesota @ Atlanta

Both of these teams are playoff contenders with hopes of a wildcard spot, even though losses last week set them back. Atlanta has been on a three game losing streak, since their overtime lost to division rival Tampa Bay. Matt Ryan will need to take over, especially since running back Devonta Freeman suffered a concussion last week. The Minnesota Vikings has had problems stopping the run, so the Falcon’s number two guy Tevin Coleman, will have to step up also. With playoffs around the corner every game for these two teams will be a battle in order to secure a spot in the post season, so expect this match up to be a tight one.

New England vs Denver

Peyton Manning will be sitting for this match up on Sunday, but don’t underestimate the magnitude of this game. The Denver Broncos are going to rely more heavily on the defense to put pressure on Tom Brady, in order to provide some relief for backup quarterback Brock Osweiler. This defense on paper is the toughest squad that the New England Patriots have seen thus far, the Broncos defense comes in this game giving up a league’s best 284.3 yards.  The Patriots have looked nearly perfect all season, and as we have seen before Brady has the ability to take the game into his own hands and pull out a tough win. This game here could potentially define the playoff picture in the AFC, and I wouldn’t miss if I were you.

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