NFL Week 12 Look Ahead

By Jesse Brawders
Nov. 21, 2018

Game of the week: Redskins (6-4) vs Cowboys (5-5)

Perhaps one of the biggest games of the season for the NFC East, Washington faces off against Dallas on Thanksgiving day. The winner will be first in the NFC East and have the best chance of the automatic bid for the NFC Playoffs. The Dallas Cowboys have been improving rapidly recently, with the defense looking better each week and RB Ezekiel Elliot leading the offense. For the Washington Redskins, they have been decent away this season (3-1), but have lost two out of their last three. When these teams went head-to-head earlier in the season, the Redskins won due to limiting the Cowboys' run game, and that will be the key again Thursday.

Easiest win: Saints (9-1) vs Falcons (4-6)

In my opinion, the Saints are the hottest team in football and should be in the discussion for the Super Bowl. They have been amazing in this current win streak, I don't see the train stopping when they invite Atlanta to New Orleans. Both teams have high-power offenses, but the Saints' defense has looked spectacular recently, especially against Philadelphia. Atlanta has been going through a disappointing season, but they still have great players including QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones. I see the game going in one of two ways. The first is it being a total slug-fest, and the other being New Orleans dominating on both ends. Either way, I see big games for QB Drew Brees and the high-power offense.

Potential upset: Lions (4-6) vs Bears (7-4)

I going to ride the wagon I set last week, and predict that the Lions will again upset another team, this time being the Chicago Bears. Detroit looked spectacular in their win against the Carolina Panthers, but they may have lost RB Kerryon Johnson for a week or two. It does benefit them as well, because as of writing this, Chicago has stated that starting QB Mitchel Trubisky is doubtful for the game. If he doesn't play, Chase Daniel will be the starter for the Bears. With this game being critical in a tight NFC North race, I see the Detroit Lions edging out the Chicago Bears.

I hope to see: A game near to the caliber of the Rams-Chiefs game

This may be a shot in the dark, considering how memorizing Monday night's game was. It was truly one of the best NFL games I have seen in my lifetime. The momentum kept on shifting, and both offenses were giving at they had. Some are saying that there was no defense played, but there was a countless amount of turnovers, so there was some defense. We might not even get a game of this caliber the rest of the season, unless they see each other again in the Super Bowl.

If you got this far in the article, please have a wonderful Thanksgiving!