The Week 12 of the 2021 season of the NFL started on Thursday with the traditional triple billboard of the Thanksgiving Day.
In the first match, the Chicago Bears escaped with a dramatic victory 16-14 Over the Detroit Lions thanks to a last-second field goal connected by Cairo Santos; in the evening game Las vegas raiders they surprised the Dallas cowboys in overtime, with a tight 36-33; and finally at night the Buffalo bills they rolled 31-6 to some inoperative New Orleans Saints, ending a round day for visitors.
The action continues this Sunday with duels that promise to be just as exciting and there are even parties that could be crucial in the race to the playoffs.
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These are the reasons why you shouldn’t miss any of the remaining matches of Week 12:
This is a crucial game for the Steelers if they do not want to lag behind in the AFC North, against a Bengals who are hot on the heels of leader Baltimore.
Joe Haden’s loss on Pittsburgh’s defense opens the door for Joe Burrow to look to exploit that side of the field with his passes, yet it could be too risky against a team that has made quarterback pressure their trademark.
The Bengals are favorites, but we should never rule out a surprise, especially when it comes to a divisional duel. – Erick Cervantes Roon
Tampa Bay resumed the path of victory at the expense of the Giants last weekend after the rest they had, but now they will have a tough visit to one of the teams that was slow to start the season and now they are one of the most Enrachados in the American Conference.
The current NFL monarchs get into a complicated arena to face a team that has just overwhelmed the Bills in what was even a surprise victory for the Colts by winning 41-15 in Buffalo, one of the franchises considered contenders .
The big bet for Bruce Arians’ defense is to contain the current season’s best running back, Jonathan Taylor, and force Carson Wentz to win the game with his arm.
In addition to this, there is always the incentive to see Tom Brady in the former home of Peyton Manning even if it is in another uniform. – Luis Miguel Vasavilbaso
The Panthers lost the momentum they had taken with the return of Cam Newton after his unexpected loss last week to Washington.
It would be very naive to think that Carolina will have a field day to regain confidence in front of a fiery Dolphins who are in their best moment of the season, especially with a defense that has found its way to slow down rival quarterbacks.
If Newton fails to engage fast, Tua Tagovailoa will find favorable positions to show off and prove the long-term answer in position for Miami. – Erick Cervantes Roon
Tennessee had a big moment with wins against teams like the Chiefs, Colts and Rams until they fell surprisingly at home against the Texans behind several early Christmas presents from Ryan Tannehill.
Now, to rebuild the path and stay ahead of the American Conference, they must travel to Foxboro to beat a five-game-winning Patriots to be the most stubborn team in the NFL behind surprising rookie quarterback Mac Jones.
The Titans have been hit by injuries and a reflection of this is that they will not be able to count on Derrick Henry, Julio Jones or AJ Brown, which allows us to think that those commanded by Bill Belichick and company must come out with the victory to continue treading on him. the heels in the East of the American. – Luis Miguel Vasavilbaso
Three weeks ago this would have been a boring game between two teams without real aspirations for the season, but now the Eagles could get within a game of the Cowboys in search of the top of the NFC East, that’s how important this matchup is.
The Giants have tools to ruin any party they are invited to and that makes this party more attractive.
Can the Eagles live up to their role as favorites and win or will New York take a hit to their aspirations? – Erick Cervantes Roon
Atlanta seemed to take off in the 2021 NFL season, but its most recent appearances quenched all the illusion of its fans as they have suffered defeats that even now suggest that Jacksonville can aspire to its third win of the year.
The Falcons have been the most deplorable offense in the entire league in the last two weeks as they racked up an incredible three points on a cumulative basis in their 43-3 losses to the Dallas Cowboys and subsequently, when you couldn’t think they would. worse, they fell 25-0 at home to the Patriots.
It is true that the Jaguars are far from being those two teams, but they hold on to the fact that their two victories this year have been at home, although one of them was in London.
This game will face two of the worst offenses in terms of points scored. Jacksonville barely adds (159) – only the Texans are worse (150) – and the Falcons accumulate 178. – Luis Miguel Vasavilbaso
This game could well define the next owner of the second overall pick in the draft, as hardly any team will snatch the first shift from the Lions.
Both the Texans and the Jets have notable gaps in their rosters, although Houston could still have a bargaining chip with quarterback Deshaun Watson, depending on how their legal troubles and the penalty imposed by the league end.
Regardless of the morbidity that this situation generates, it is interesting to see two bad teams facing each other on equal terms and in that scenario, it seems to me that the Texans at this moment have shown that they have a little more weapons to take the victory. – Erick Cervantes Roon
Divisional duels always have a different flavor and this one, to be held Empower Field at Mile High, is no exception.
It is true that the Broncos are the last place in the AL West, but they will have the motivation that, if they beat the Chargers, they would have the same record (6-5) and would still be very close to the leader, the Kansas City Chiefs.
There is little reason to think that Vic Fangio’s team can come out with victory even playing at home and more after the victory that the Angelenos won on Sunday night in a vibrant night duel against the Steelers in California, so they will arrive with the motivation to the maximum for this duel knowing how far it can catapult them.
It is only the first time this season that they will meet as Denver will then pay the visit on January 2 in the penultimate week of the season. – Luis Miguel Vasavilbaso
Last January the Rams arrived at Lambeau Field with the best defense in the NFL and took a bulging 32-18 against and almost 500 yards allowed in the Divisional Round of the National Conference. Now, with a revamped offense and more tools on the defensive end, they are going for a rematch in frigid Wisconsin.
Matthew Stafford will return to a stadium he knows very well after his stint with the Detroit Lions and now, in another uniform, he wants to give the Packers their second consecutive loss after falling last weekend while visiting the Vikings, but under the command of Matt LaFleur it seems difficult that they have stumbles in a row.
Throughout the week Aaron Rodgers was the topic of conversation due to a foot injury and we will see how much this affects him, but another real headache for the locals will be generating pressure on Stafford to force him to make mistakes that allow Green Bay to continue with a good cushion in the North of the NL, while the Rams do not want to lose track of the Cardinals in the West. – Luis Miguel Vasavilbaso
The Vikings are coming off a hit on the table with their win against the Packers, so the motivation factor will be on their side, but the Niners are also playing for their life and with less margin for error than Minnesota because they have two teams. ahead in the NFC West.
It is a fact that there is a lot at stake between the two and neither will want to lag behind in the fight for the wild cards of the National Conference that for the moment remains open. – Erick Cervantes Roon
To close the Sunday session, Cleveland, which is recovering some key players and pieces, visits some Baltimore Ravens who follow the Titans very closely for the best record in the American Conference since the Maryland team has a 7-3 record and By the time of your engagement you will already know the result of Tennessee in a complicated visit to New England.
As it is a divisional duel, Baltimore and Cleveland will play two games in a span of three days and this will greatly mark the aspirations of each in the North of the American since the Browns currently appear in the basement of the same with a mark of 6-5, but in case of winning these two commitments they will have the tiebreaker criterion in their favor.
The Ravens already have a loss at home so far this season and this time the “Football Power Index” of ESPN He lists them as wide favorites (61.6 percent) to win. – Luis Miguel Vasavilbaso
“MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”
It’s hard to find a game where the Seahawks, with Russell Wilson, aren’t favorites to win against a 4-6 opponent, but that’s the new reality for Seattle.
The Seahawks have many gaps to fill on offense, Wilson still does not regain his level after a hand injury that sidelined him for a few weeks and the defense has shown flashes, but nothing that excites a franchise used to fighting for the playoffs in the last decade.
Washington, for his part, plays with the cards in his hand and so far it has paid off. Taylor Heinicke would hardly be a starter in another situation, but now he has the position assured until Ryan Fitzpatrick returns and has given some stability to the offense, leaving behind the ups and downs that have slowed the WFT on several occasions, the defense has also taken a step to the front and will surely set the pace for this duel. Don’t expect a lot of points, expect a lot of hits. – Erick Cervantes Roon