WITH Thanksgiving chewing up a few games on Thursday there is a reduced number of NFL games this Sunday. With the playoffs nearing, we are getting stuck into a lot of divisional matchups that over the next month can really shape the postseason picture. Three NBA games don’t offer a hell of a lot of quality basketball, but hey it’s better than no ball!
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Miami Heat (9-9) at Chicago Bulls (3-14)
I’M not a believer of the .500 Miami Heat. So much so that with Whiteside a game-time decision (the majority of the time that means he’s out) I’m putting my faith in the team with the league’s worst record. It’s been a long week.
Verdict: Bulls W
Phoenix Suns (7-13) at Minnesota Timberwolves (11-8)
MUCH like the Heat, I am not a fan of Phoenix either. They can get hot and have solid wing players to cause some mischief, but that won’t be enough to change the outcome against Minnesota. 30/12 coming up from KAT.
Verdict: Timberwolves W
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Brooklyn Nets (6-12) at Memphis Grizzlies (7-11)
THIS game actually interests me. I think that Brooklyn could be better than their record suggests, they just lack the (healthy) personnel to carry out the game plan. I also, think Memphis is a better team though and Marc Gasol should help pound out a W.
Verdict: Grizzlies W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-6) at Atlanta Falcons (6-4)
THE first game of the weekend spells danger for the Falcons. The Bucs actually look OK with Ryan Fitzpatrick running the show. Gross. If Atlanta is really a playoff team they will care of their division rivals. I have my doubts.
Verdict: Buccaneers W
Cleveland Browns (0-10) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-6)
MAKE sure you tune in to the Browns and Bengals play in one of the games of the year. The high octane offensive matchup between two juggernaut teams looms as the can’t miss match of the week, so don’t miss a minute*
*FULL DISCLOSURE: this is a paid add from the AFC North to try and get the number of people watching this game above 125. And no I wasn’t paid enough.
Verdict: Bengals W
Tennessee Titans (6-4) at Indianapolis Colts (3-7)
THE third straight divisional matchup provides a similar script. One bad team trying to upset a team with playoff ambitions. Everyone expected a big year from Marcus Mariota and so far he has disappointed. I want to see 350+ yards and at least three scores. Step up Marcus.
Verdict: Titans W
Buffalo Bills (5-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (6-4)
PERHAPS the most important AFC match of the weekend will shape the conferences playoff race. If Buffalo wins, they are right back in the hunt while the Chiefs will be in danger of losing their lead at the top of the AFC West. If the result is flipped though it will be a long climb back from there for the Bills. I actually have faith in the road team here though, with their starter, back-up, starter eager to prove himself.
Verdict: Bills W
Miami Dolphins (4-6) at New England Patriots (8-2)
I’M not going to waste my breath here. There is a reason that New England are 17 point favourites.
Verdict: Patriots W
Carolina Panthers (7-3) at New York Jets (4-6)
THIS is a defining game for Cam and Co. The pesky Jets have made a habit of disrupting how the script should pan out this year and have already won more games than anyone expected them too. The Panthers are surging and with Greg Olsen back, they should get win No. 8 on the season.
Verdict: Panthers W
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Chicago Bears (3-7) at Philadelphia Eagles (9-1)
DON’T overlook this one. Even though the Bears have looked like they can do some stuff, especially with their running backs earlier on in the year, this one will be straightforward for the best team in the NFL.
Verdict: Eagles W
Seattle Seahawks (6-4) at San Fransisco 49ers (1-9)
I think the Seahawks might be cooked. Ever since they lost to the Redskins, this team hasn’t looked very ‘Seattley’. Two losses in three games are bad, but their biggest loss came in the form of losing their Pro Bowl corner for the season. If this was anyone other than San Fran, I’d be more nervous, but the Seahawks have to win this one. Right?
Verdict: Seahawks W
Denver Broncos (3-7) at Oakland Raiders (4-6)
AT the start of the season, this matchup loomed as one of the biggest on the calendar in deciding playoff places. Oh how times have changed. Paxton Lynch will be the ‘thurrrdt’ (watch the video below) starter under center for the Broncos in 2017, but their defense continues to unravel and be their biggest problem. Look away NFL fans, this one is going to be gross.
Verdict: Broncos W
New Orleans Saints (8-2) at Los Angeles Rams (7-3)
NEVER in my wildest dreams did I think a Week 12 matchup between the division-leading Saints and Rams would be the match of the weekend. As the Saints hunt win No. 9 on the trot, the LA defense will be out to shut down their high powered offense. THIS is the game to watch. I’m backing the visitors.
Verdict: Saints W
Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3) at Arizona Cardinals (4-6)
I’M genuinely torn on who to pick here. No seriously, who will score more the Bortles/Fournette combo or the Jags defense? I am a betting man and therefore my money would be on the defensive squad outscoring the golden arm of Blake Bortles. Oh the Cardinals, well they are starting Blaine Gabbert. Yeah, not going to happen.
Verdict: Jaguars W
Green Bay Packers (5-5) at Pittsburgh Steelers (8-2)
WHAT potential this matchup had. The Rodgers/Roethlisberger matchup could have been a mouthwatering one if Anthony Barr hadn’t have ruined everything. Instead, we will watch Brown and Bell burn the Packers D and Hundley looking lost for 60 minutes. Sigh.
Verdict: Steelers W