Week 12, baby. Get the juicer ready, so that you can make an acai-fiber-wheatgrass blendi with a shot of soy protein to enjoy the sweet slate of games we have on the docket ... because nothing says football and Sunday Funday like a nice, healthy shake.
So what's the game of the week in pro football?
No, we think Broncos-Patriots is the top bill of the NFL weekend. And it's a timely matchup, considering both Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famers -- and the Pro Football Hall of Fame just narrowed down its list of 126 nominees for the Class of 2014 to 25 semifinalists. You can see how we see each of those legendary players' candidacies here.
Now, this is what you want to see. Talk about a tweet stuffed with star power -- and supportiveness, too. That's part of what the Pro Football Hall of Fame is all about. And I can tell you, that voters room is awfully split regarding Andre Reed.
As far as the rest of the games, I'm really, really looking forward to Chargers-Chiefs. That matchup is awesome; it means everything to San Diego's playoff hopes, while Kansas City surely is ready to move on from last Sunday night. Take a look at that pick and the rest of this week's lineup below. And per the usual, hit us up with your opinion ... @Harrison_NFL is the place.
Now, let's get to it ...
**[Ebony and Ivory](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sssqBjaTzOU) [... and, er, Ivory](http://www.nfl.com/player/chrisivory/2507999/profile):** [Chris Ivory](/player/chrisivory/2507999/profile) was thought to be stuck in a committee situation earlier this season, but not anymore. Give him the football 25 times, [Rex Ryan](/player/rexryan/2524749/profile), *then* start utilizing [Bilal Powell](/player/bilalpowell/2495328/profile). There's no reason for Smith to attempt more than 20 passes in this game. #slugfest. [#NYJvsBAL](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23NYJvsBAL) </content:weekly-predictions>
**[Saved by the Bell:](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dru5iujHagk)** Who *isn't* waiting on [Le'Veon Bell](/player/le'veonbell/2540175/profile) to have a breakout performance? The [Steelers](/teams/pittsburghsteelers/profile?team=PIT), their fans, draftniks, fantasy owners, even us hacks who cover the game; *everyone* is eager for this guy to show why he was considered one of the steals of the [2013 NFL Draft](http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013). Many felt that he -- not [Zac Stacy](/player/zacstacy/2540273/profile) -- would be well on his way to a 1,000-yard rookie season by this point. (Get it? ["Saved by the Bell"](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBWneSL5MWI) ... ["Zack"](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1xtm3Dn8Nw) ... Le'Veon "Bell" ... *You're welcome.*) [#PITvsCLE](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23PITvsCLE) </content:weekly-predictions>
**[May the Schwartz be with you:](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rWZ9u717xw)** Detroit's coach didn't make the best decision Sunday, [faking a field-goal attempt](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000284018/article/jim-schwartz-defends-detroit-lions-fake-fieldgoal-call) instead of taking the (needed) three points. The intermittent, inconsistent use of [Reggie Bush](/player/reggiebush/2506874/profile) and [Joique Bell](/player/joiquebell/497145/profile) could be handled better, as well. The [Lions](/teams/detroitlions/profile?team=DET) need to pound Bell more, especially in this game. [#TBvsDET](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23TBvsDET) </content:weekly-predictions>
**[Eddie and the Cruisers:](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nXj8RkP7xQ)** [Eddie Lacy](/player/eddielacy/2540168/profile) had a rough go [against the Giants on Sunday](http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013111712/2013/REG11/packers@giants). Green Bay should give him 29 carries, like [the last time out](http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013102710/2013/REG8/packers@vikings) against Minnesota, to take pressure off [Scott Tolzien](/player/scotttolzien/2495425/profile). [#MINvsGB](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23MINvsGB) </content:weekly-predictions>
**[Andre the Giant:](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZ82JLb84ms)** The [Texans](/teams/houstontexans/profile?team=HOU), who are spiraling toward a 3-13 record, must have [Andre Johnson](/player/andrejohnson/2505551/profile) focused and ready to rock. As the one guy who has really stepped up of late, Johnson has been getting a ton of looks (42 targets over the past three weeks). Everyone knows about [Week 11's sideline blowup](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000283164/article/schaub-johnson-exchange-words-after-texans-loss-to-raiders); let's hope it doesn't affect AJ's play. By the way, he's now 34 yards short of his *seventh* career 1,000-yard season. [#JAXvsHOU](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23JAXvsHOU) </content:weekly-predictions>
**[Alex the Great?](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZTxemLkATk)** Watch any [Chiefs](/teams/kansascitychiefs/profile?team=KC) broadcast, and you'll hear about [Alex Smith](http://www.nfl.com/player/alexsmith/2506340/profile)'s record as a regular-season starter since 2011, which is 28-6-1. Yet, even the most ardent Kansas City fan knows Smith needs to make more plays. He's doing two things very well: running and not turning the ball over. Everything else has been strictly average. Give the D a lift. [#SDvsKC](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23SDvsKC) </content:weekly-predictions>
***Not* a fantasy wasteland:** If you play [fantasy football](http://www.nfl.com/fantasyfootball), you know how tough it is to find a quality tight end. Well, both the [Panthers](/teams/carolinapanthers/profile?team=CAR) and [Dolphins](/teams/miamidolphins/profile?team=MIA) are better on offense when they get their respective tight ends, [Greg Olsen](/player/gregolsen/2495700/profile) and [Charles Clay](/player/charlesclay/2495139/profile), involved. Olsen made some key catches in [the Monday night win over New England](http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013111800/2013/REG11/patriots@panthers), while Clay's bulldozer style gave everyone in Sun Life Stadium a lift [versus the Chargers](http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013111705/2013/REG11/chargers@dolphins). Clay might be one of the most underrated *players* -- at any position, not just tight end -- in football. [#CARvsMIA](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23CARvsMIA) </content:weekly-predictions>
**Encore?** Who isn't curious about what [Tavon Austin](/player/tavonaustin/2539336/profile) will do this Sunday -- especially after [he gained *314 yards* on eight touches](http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000279268/Week-10-Tavon-Austin-highlights) [in Indy](http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013111004/2013/REG10/rams@colts)? One of those touches was [a dynamic 98-yard punt return](http://www.nfl.com/videos/st-louis-rams/0ap2000000279002/WK-10-Can-t-Miss-Play-Austin-s-amazing-punt-return-touchdown). Speaking of, remember [that Monday night game](http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2006121100/2006/REG14/bears@rams) in St. Louis when [Devin Hester](/player/devinhester/2506897/profile) took two kickoffs to the house? Whichever returner goes nuts Sunday could seal the deal for his team. Oh, and [like we did last week](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000281461/article/week-11-predictions-broncos-top-chiefs-49ers-patriots-fall), we're calling another safety, this time courtesy of [Chris Long](/player/chrislong/276/profile). [#CHIvsSTL](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23CHIvsSTL) </content:weekly-predictions>
**Fold, bluff, raise?** Yes, the [Cardinals](/teams/arizonacardinals/profile?team=ARI) are 6-4, but it's tough to exhibit tremendous confidence in them, given the organization's track record. Then again, that sneaky-good defense (tied for eighth in points allowed) should be bolstered by coach [Bruce Arians](/player/brucearians/2508619/profile)' knowledge of the [Colts](/teams/indianapoliscolts/profile?team=IND) personnel. [#INDvsAZ](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23INDvsAZ) </content:weekly-predictions>
**For a limited time, [the McGloin](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2h4cN3rz8g):** Considering how reined-in the offense had been under [Terrelle Pryor](/player/terrellepryor/2531332/profile) -- and considering Pryor's restrictive knee brace -- why *not* [stick with the guy](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000285108/article/matt-mcgloin-remains-oakland-raiders-starting-qb) who just threw three touchdown passes in [a win at Houston](http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013111703/2013/REG11/raiders@texans)? [#TENvsOAK](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23TENvsOAK) </content:weekly-predictions>
**The NFC Least:** Either of these teams could overtake the [Eagles](/teams/philadelphiaeagles/profile?team=PHI) in the NFC East. However, as long as [Eli Manning](/player/elimanning/2505996/profile) turns the ball over -- he's averaging nearly two per game -- it's difficult to trust the [Giants](/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG), regardless of any winning streak. As bad as the [Cowboys](/teams/dallascowboys/profile?team=DAL)' defense is, it would be easier to hang your hat on their hopes if [DeMarco Murray](/player/demarcomurray/2495207/profile) would decide how great he wants to be. The running back has one 100-yard performance and three games under 40 yards. Nearly a third of his yardage this season came [in one contest](http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013092202/2013/REG3/rams@cowboys). [#DALvsNYG](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23DALvsNYG) </content:weekly-predictions>
**High ankle chain:** For [all the talk about](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000284224/article/peyton-manning-denver-broncos-show-necessary-mettle-in-win) Manning's high ankle sprain, the way the Denver offensive line stuck together and played as a cohesive unit [Sunday night](http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2013111709/2013/REG11/chiefs@broncos) was remarkable. The [Chiefs](/teams/kansascitychiefs/profile?team=KC) never even laid a hand on Manning. Sure, the likely [Hall of Fame](http://www.profootballhof.com/) quarterback's decision-making abilities mean opposing pass rushers often have less than three seconds to collapse the pocket. Still, the line was nothing short of awesome. If those guys play like that in Foxborough, Denver will be 10-1. [#DENvsNE](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23DENvsNE) </content:weekly-predictions>
**Running game:** [Redskins](/teams/washingtonredskins/profile?team=WAS)
**Special teams:** [49ers](/teams/sanfrancisco49ers/profile?team=SF)
**Pass rush:** [Redskins](/teams/washingtonredskins/profile?team=WAS)
**Run defense:** [49ers](/teams/sanfrancisco49ers/profile?team=SF)
**[Even Steven](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prvm5ZFPIrE), except not at all:** We tried looking at this game through the prism of the [Redskins](/teams/washingtonredskins/profile?team=WAS) turning their season around, but we're [just not seeing it](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000285121/article/redskins-vikings-among-teams-that-should-be-thinking-of-2014). The quarterback matchup is close, as are the teams' running games. The issue for Washington is defense, where about the only thing going for the [Redskins](/teams/washingtonredskins/profile?team=WAS) is the pass rush (which has been strictly mediocre). It doesn't help much that [Kai Forbath](/player/kaiforbath/2495150/profile) has missed some very makeable kicks. [#SFvsWAS](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23SFvsWAS) </content:weekly-predictions>
**Be the man:** Is [Steven Jackson](/player/stevenjackson/2505936/profile) "just a guy" at this point, or is he still a difference-maker? How will he close out this season for the [Falcons](/teams/atlantafalcons/profile?team=ATL)? In six games, he's rushed for 192 yards at 3.3 yards per carry. [You make the call:](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PRxQ0lwibg) Will we see a finish worthy of [being presented by Alcoa](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roM0zOZJFT8)? [#NOvsATL](https://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/%23NOvsATL) </content:weekly-predictions>