It's Week 12 of the NFL season and it's also Thanksgiving week, which means two games on Thursday with another COVID-19 outbreak forcing Baltimore at Pittsburgh to move to Wednesday afternoon (after first being rescheduled for two other dates), and will impact Week 13's slate as well.
There are just five weeks left in the regular season after this so every contest becomes more and more important as the playoff picture starts to take shape.
On Thanksgiving, Washington takes on Dallas in a matchup of 3-7 teams with the winner taking over first place in the NFC East. That game is preceded by Houston in Detroit with both teams jockeying for draft positioning. The big game between the Ravens and Steelers was first moved from Thursday night to Sunday, then to Tuesday, and now it's set for Wednesday. But it remains an important contest with Baltimore desperately needing a win to get back into playoff contention while Pittsburgh is undefeated and firmly in the driver's seat for the top seed in the AFC bracket.
On Sunday, a lighter than usual slate still has several important games. In the 1 p.m. ET window, Tennessee and Indianapolis will meet for the second time in three weeks and first place in the AFC South will be on the line yet again. Cleveland will try and improve its playoff chances against a Jacksonville team that has lost nine in a row, while the New York Giants look to keep pace in a watered-down NFC East when they head to Cincinnati to face a Bengals that team that will be rookie quarterback Joe Burrow the rest of the way. Also, Kyler Murray and Arizona take on New England in Foxboro with the 4-6 Patriots pretty much facing a must-win situation.
Later on Sunday, New Orleans looks for its eighth straight win as the now Taysom Hill-led Saints head to the Mile High City to take on a scrappy Broncos team. The marquee matchup of the day pits Kansas City against Tampa Bay, otherwise known as Patrick Mahomes vs. Tom Brady, Round IV (Brady leads 2-1). It also could be the first of two games these teams play this season in Raymond James Stadium.
The NFL's oldest rivalry gets the "Sunday Night Football" spotlight when Chicago and Green Bay renew acquaintances at Lambeau Field. The Bears are coming off of a bye, eager to snap their four-game losing streak to draw closer to the Packers in the NFC North standings. Week 12 concludes with a "Monday Night Football" matchup between Seattle, who is tied atop the NFC West with the Rams, against a floundering Philadelphia team that's still very much alive in the NFC East.
So which teams will come out on top in every NFL game in Week 12? Athlon's own Rob Doster (@AthlonDoster) and Ben Weinrib (@benweinrib), along with AthlonSports.com contributor Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer), predict the winners for every game this week:
NFL Week 12 Predictions
Las Vegas at Atlanta
Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo
New York Giants at Cincinnati
Cleveland at Jacksonville
Carolina at Minnesota
Miami at New York Jets
^Cincinnati vs. Philadelphia in Week 3 ended in a tie.