NFL Predictions: Game Plan for Week 12


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NFL Predictions: Game Plan for Week 12

Thanksgiving Day came and went and like every year, it marked the beginning of the last leg of the marathon called the NFL Regular Season.

In a campaign that has been anything but regular, there is still no clear separation between the teams considered contenders for the Vince Lombardi Trophy with those called suitors, those who add more flavor to the fight for the Playoffs passes, and the teams to The ones that we can thank for their participation, although they can also cause very scary nightmares (remember the victory of the Jaguars over the Bills).

In any case, there are teams that start to get into the rhythm, just at the right time and there are others that started the season very well, but that start to cool off at the least opportune period.

The same happens with the forecasts of the experts of ESPN Deportes. While some begin to climb the leaderboard, others lag behind in a fight as close as those fought in various divisions of the NFL.

WHICH TEAM DO YOU CONSIDER IS THE ONE THAT NOBODY WANTS TO FACE AT THIS MOMENT?

IVIS ABURTO / Twitter: @IvisAburto

The Patriots. We cannot forget from one year to the next that Bill Belichick is one of the coaches, if not the one who studies the rivals the most thoroughly, who best designs game plans and who pays more attention to one aspect than almost anyone. take into account: game situations.

At the end of November, New England is in position to fight for the first seed in the AFC, a scenario that seemed distant a few weeks ago and that several automatically ruled out in the preseason and the Patriots have achieved it with a defense that dominated their more recent rivals and that has served as the basis to give quarterback Mac Jones the calm and confidence to lead his attack.

I don’t assure you that Belichick and company are going to make it to the Super Bowl and win it. That statement may be a year or two away if they continue down this path, but the Patriots will be a real headache, for the rest of the season and Playoffs, for those who were targeted in August to win the AFC.


SEBASTIÁN M. CHRISTENSEN / Twitter: @SebastianMCESPN

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last year, they woke up in the second half of the season and never looked back.

I saw glimpses of that well-oiled machine last Monday night against the Giants. Tom Brady is an artist when he moves in the pocket of protection and has an elite offensive line and while it is true that I would like them to run more, those constant screen passes to the receivers function as “his running attack” and Brady completed shipments to 10 different players.

To make matters worse, the defense is beginning to regain health and Devin White played at a superlative level against the Giants.


PABLO VIRUEGA / Twitter: @PabloViruega

The Kansas City Chiefs. They have improved a lot on defense, one of their weakest points in recent seasons, they have managed to stop their rivals and have allowed few points in the last days.

Their offense has fallen short of what we were used to in terms of points scored, but the talent they have with Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill cannot be ignored.

The Chiefs have found a way to win games without their offense being forced to score more than 30 points and that makes them a balanced team, no longer spectacular as before in terms of production of points, but victories do not come with show but with execution and today, Kansas City is one of the best teams in the league, because it has found the balance.

We’ll see how they fare against better teams.


ALFONSO MANCILLA / Twitter: @poncho_mancilla

Although the majority of Villamelona believe that the New England Patriots have already put together the winning streak that will lead them to their next six championships, I will choose to give the Chiefs as the least desired team to face today.

The difference between the Chiefs and the Patriots is made by the difference in talent that Patrick Mahomes signifies. After the loss to the Titans, Kansas City adjusted the defensive gears and Mahomes decreased the delivery of balls, to the point that the Chiefs are again contenders for the AFC title and Andy Reid has increased (much more) the appetite.


CARLOS NAVA / Twitter: @TapaNava

It is likely that the Patriots are the team that nobody wants to face now, because they are in better rhythm each time, they are an aggressive, physical team, especially on defense, and above all, they are well trained by Bill Belichick and the offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

The Patriots have beaten their opponents by a combined score of 70-0 since trailing the Browns 7-0 in the first quarter in Week 10 and have allowed no points in their opponents’ last 19 offensive series. , in which New England has nine sacks.

AFTER THE BREAKING OF JONATHAN TAYLOR ON SCENE, WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE TO WIN THE PRIZE AS MVP?

IVIS: Even before his injury, and despite the fact that those who vote seem to be obliged to vote for a quarterback, Derrick Henry was the undisputed favorite to win this distinction and in such an irregular season in both conferences, everything indicates that the winner of the award as MVP it will not have as spectacular numbers or performance as in recent years.

In that sense, with no Henry available, I’d say Aaron Rodgers is my pick. The quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, of the elite group of passers, is the one who has suffered the fewest interceptions (4), has 21 touchdown passes, has completed 66.8 percent of his shipments and has his team in the fight for the first seeding in the NFC.

To size: Tom Brady and Josh Allen have eight interceptions and Patrick Mahomes 11.


SEBASTIAN: After Derrick Henry’s injury, no one is as important to his team as Jonathan Taylor, yet the Colts’ collective success this season is still uncertain, as we don’t even know if they will qualify for the Postseason.

That is why today, the favorite should be Tom Brady. I never tire of saying it, but it is incredible what he is doing at 44 years old. He leads the NFL with 29 touchdowns, is second in passing yards with 3,177, second in completions and has the best TD / interception differential in the NFL at +21.

Numbers that defy logic, that today, should place him as the MVP of the NFL.


PABLO: Jonathan Taylor is in the conversation, but there are also other players who have had their moments to be considered favorites to win the MVP. For now there is no clear candidate to win it. Possible names go through Tom Brady, Kyler Murray, Aaron Rodgers, Jonathan Taylor, and even Dak Prescott.

The race is wide open so I couldn’t say that Taylor is a clear favorite, but if he manages to keep up for the rest of the season, he may win the award, even though in more recent years it has been awarded to a quarterback.


ALFONSO: Plus three cents I still put on Josh Allen, followed by Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray.

Among these three players, the winner of the recognition must come out for the difference that they contribute in favor of their teams when they are on the grid.

The journalists who vote in this selection generally choose the most recognized players over the revelations.


CHARLIE: Tom Brady should win the NFL Most Valuable Player trophy if the season ended today. Without making so much noise, he lives a sensational and very consistent campaign beyond his rivals in the race for the prize.

His 3,777 passing yards and 29 touchdowns with only eight interceptions have been a factor in his team being in the lead of the NFC South and continuing as one of the strongest in the conference, but his way of reading the game and competitiveness are, perhaps even more important and contagious among their peers.

WHAT IS THE KEY TO THE DUEL BETWEEN NFC CONTENDERS, RAMS AND PACKERS?

IVIS: After two physically dominated losses, the Rams are probably desperate to show they can subdue good teams and the opportunity presented to them against the Packers with their starting and backup left tackles (David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins) out for injury (Yosh Nijman, third-team tackle, will be the starter) and an Aaron Rodgers with a foot ailment, seems to be ideal to end his bad moment.

If neither Aaron Donald, Von Miller, Jalen Ramsey and company react, the Rams will be in trouble again, because, despite the absences, the potential of the Packers offense and the level at which their defense has played in recent weeks guarantee a close duel.


SEBASTIAN: Protecting Aaron Rodgers. The Packers were already playing without their starting left tackle David Bakhtiari and now they lost for the rest of the season to Elgton Jenkins, the most versatile offensive lineman they had and who precisely assumed the role of Bakhtiari.

The Rams are coming off a couple of games with a level below expectations and will come out with a lot of energy after their bye week. If Green Bay wants to have a chance of winning this game, protection for Rodgers will be crucial. The depth of that offensive line is being tested.


PABLO: The game will go through the defenses. The one that manages to apply more pressure, that makes the opposite uncomfortable, will succeed.

Green Bay will not have Aaron Jones, a key piece to balance its attack. The running game is the perfect complement for both teams and is used more by the Packers, so they will need it, but protecting Rodgers is key.

Matthew Stafford has had a good season, but at times, due to the bad decisions he makes, he reminds us that he played with Detroit, but surrounded by the team he has, he can surprise.

A very important point is that the game is played in Green Bay, where the weather, the “natural” grass, the people and the pressure of being visitors are factors that can affect the game of the Rams.


ALFONSO: When there are two teams that have such a high quota of individual talent, the game plan that the coaches generate will make a difference in the result.

At that point, I see a slight difference in favor of the Rams, although, to be honest, both teams have seemed to be the type to shrink when facing games against tall opponents.


CHARLIE: If the Rams manage to put pressure on Aaron Rodgers with different and creative defensive maneuvers, they have a good chance of coming out of the bad streak, because it is a fact that they have offense to move the ball, even with almost three weeks of preparation from Odell Beckham Jr. incorporated into Mathew Stafford’s attack.

For the Packers it will be finding the running game without Aaron Jones, so their offense is less reliant on Rodgers and less one-dimensional against one of the best defenses in the league, including his perimeter.


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