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NFL Week 12 viewer's guide

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When the season is all said and done, Week 12 could be looked back at as a seminal juncture in the campaign. There are a host of crucial games in the NFC as far as the playoff picture is concerned. A couple of other key storylines bear following, such as Carson Palmer's return to Cincinnati and Andrew Luck's recovery from a dismal Week 11 against New England.

    • Minnesota at Chicago

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The Bears' recent struggles makes this interesting for the Vikings, a too-young, too-talent-starved team that should have faded long before this week. What happened to the flash in the pan we were all expecting? A win for Minnesota will make for a furious race down the stretch in the NFC North. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Bears victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Kyle Rudolph is a risky play against a Bears defense that has given up the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Casserly grades the backup QBs
      » Peterson's top 5 plays of 2012
      » 'Sound FX': Frazier's Vikings heating up
      » Lombardi: Bears have a big problem
      » Bears call loss to 49ers 'a wakeup call'
    • On Twitter:

      #MINvsCHI
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Oakland at Cincinnati

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Which Bengals team will the Raiders see? If the Bengals can pull it together, they'll improve to 6-5, making them sneaky playoff contenders. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Bengals victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Dalton was huge against the Chiefs, and that should continue against the Raiders. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Evolution of the Bengals colors
      » Playoff picture: Bengals remain in the hunt
      » 'Law Firm' likes his nickname
      » Dennis Allen 'frustrated, disappointed'
      » Is Allen's job in jeopardy?
    • On Twitter:

      #OAKvsCIN
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Pittsburgh at Cleveland

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Cleveland is slowly making strides. The wins haven't stacked up, but the Browns have been taking teams like the Cowboys and Ravens to the wire. This could be a fun one. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Browns victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Charlie Batch is starting for the Steelers, and that's bad news for fantasy owners who have Mike Wallace on their roster. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Schein: Steelers could miss playoffs
      » Playoff picture: Where Steelers stand
      » Steelers active heading into Week 12
      » Batch to be Steelers' third QB in three weeks
      » Browns' Haden, Steelers' DeCastro could play
    • On Twitter:

      #PITvsCLE
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Buffalo at Indianapolis

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      If Mario Williams can attack left tackle Anthony Castonzo and corral Andrew Luck -- and Super Mario is athletic enough to do so -- the matchup could turn favorable for the Bills. These kinds of games shape playoff pushes. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Colts victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Luck had a bit of a setback against the Patriots in Week 11, but don't let that diminish your enthusiasm to start him against the Bills. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Rookie QB Bucket List: Where does Luck stack up?
      » Spiller: Bills need to bring lunchboxes to work
      » Colts' Hilton gets 'Madden NFL 13' rating update
      » Did Spiller prove himself?
      » Inside look at Bills' win on 'TNF'
    • On Twitter:

      #BUFvsIND
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Tennessee at Jacksonville

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Having quarterback Jake Locker healthy helps; a win would give the Titans a 5-6 record, just enough to keep them alive this season. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Titans victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      The Jaguars have given up the second most points to opposing kickers, which makes Rob Bironas a serious start option for Week 12. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Blackmon gets 'Madden NFL 13' ratings update
      » The NFL Season: Jags scout's demanding challenges
      » Henne to start for Jags
      » Surgery ends Gabbert's season
      » Gabbert's future in doubt
    • On Twitter:

      #TENvsJAC
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Denver at Kansas City

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Before the season, this looked like it would've been one of the games to decide the AFC West title. Crazy how wrong that assumption turned out to be. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Broncos victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Owners who are in dire straits at the tight end position might want to consider picking up Tony Moeaki. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Playoff picture: Broncos sitting pretty
      » Evolution of the Broncos colors
      » Stokley believes in the Broncos
      » Broncos move forward without McGahee
      » Jeremiah: Broncos' Miller dominated in Week 11
    • On Twitter:

      #DENvsKC
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Seattle at Miami

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      This is not what Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill wants to see. In the midst of his first lull in the NFL, he has to face the Legion of Boom. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Seahawks victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      The Seahawks sport a tough run defense, which means Reggie Bush might be best placed on your fantasy team's bench. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Sizing up rookie seasons of Tannehill, Wilson
      » Sherman boasts about Seahawks' secondary
      » More impressive turnaround: Bucs or Seahawks?
      » Playoff picture: Seahawks still in the hunt
      » Carroll tests out comedic skills after riding Play 60 bus
    • On Twitter:

      #SEAvsMIA
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Atlanta at Tampa Bay

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The hot-as-fire Buccaneers, winners of four straight, are taking on the best team in their division, the 9-1 Falcons. Tough to imagine a juicier matchup for Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman and his balanced offense. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Falcons victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      The recent string of success for the "Muscle Hamster" -- Doug Martin -- figures to continue against a Falcons defense that was gashed by LaRod Stephens-Howling last week. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Mike Smith's challenge mistake
      » Drive of the Week: Bucs prevail in OT
      » Bucs set for tilt vs. Falcons
      » Clark leaving a mark on Bucs' success
      » Breer: Schiano embraces detailed plan
    • On Twitter:

      #ATLvsTB
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Baltimore at San Diego

      Sun 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      All the Ravens have to do on Sunday is take down a nose-diving Chargers team that's trying to stave off an implosion. Does that make San Diego desperate? Perhaps. Maybe this is where the last stand of the Norv Turner regime comes. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Ravens victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Philip Rivers can't be trusted at this vital time in the fantasy football year. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Playoff picture: Ravens in a good spot
      » Ravens' Jones is 'Lord of the Dance'
      » Ravens' moment of truth
      » Stats Lab: Flacco vs. Rivers
      » Reed upset with $50K fine for hit in 'contact sport'
    • On Twitter:

      #BALvsSD
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • St. Louis at Arizona

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The playoffs have almost certainly slipped away from both teams, barring an improbable running of the table. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts an Rams victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Sam Bradford faces a tall task against a Cardinals defense that befuddled the Falcons' Matt Ryan in Week 11. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Lindley to start for Cards
      » Stick a fork in 'em: Rams
      » Washington: Cards can win six straight
      » Kolb could be returning soon
      » Evolution of the Cardinals colors
    • On Twitter:

      #STLvsAZ
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • San Francisco at New Orleans

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Even before Colin Kaepernick threw the Bay Area into flux by performing so well that coach Jim Harbaugh was forced to consider him a possible starter, this one caught our eye. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a 49ers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Michael Crabtree's recent run of reliable play makes the 49ers receiver a nice No. 3 fantasy option against the Saints. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Power rankings: 49ers, Saints both move up
      » Should Kaepernick be the starter?
      » Colin coy about keeping starting gig
      » Debate: Who nabs NFC's final playoff spot?
      » DDFP: 49ers QB battle and the pie-off
    • On Twitter:

      #SFvsNO
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Green Bay at New York

      Sun 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Two of the NFL's marquee franchises, in power positions for the playoffs (yet with so much still undecided), meet in a rematch of last season's epic postseason showdown. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Packers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Randall Cobb needs to remain in your fantasy lineup, since the Giants have given up more fantasy points to wideouts at home than any other team in the NFL. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Hayward stepping up in Packers' secondary
      » Who will test Giants in NFC East?
      » What's bogging down Giants offense?
      » What's wrong with Manning?
      » Cruz: Manning's tired arm not issue for Giants
    • On Twitter:

      #GBvsNYG
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Carolina at Philadelphia

      Mon 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Perhaps this is Nick Foles' time. Foles wasn't the answer last Sunday, but he still might get one more shot to win over the hearts of the Philadelphia faithful, who yelled so loudly for him for weeks. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts an Panthers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      If Cam Newton is on your fantasy football team, then you know how much of a roller-coaster ride this season has been. A matchup with the Eagles should be the fun part of that ride. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Power rankings: Eagles, Panthers slide deeper down
      » Panthers start sniping after another bad loss
      » Rivera: I'll be with Panthers all season
      » Reid won't resign as Eagles coach
      » Alternative Rankings: Reid still aims for No.1
    • On Twitter:

      #CARvsPHI
    • Watch: Game Preview

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