By Danny Cox
A few weeks are left on the NFL 2012 regular season schedule, and there are a lot of games this weekend between winning teams. The playoffs are far from set in place, and that means a lot of moving up and down as far as seeds go. It also means that one or two wins or losses could get a team in or knock them right out of the postseason.
Bye Weeks: All bye weeks are done
Thursday Night Football: Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles
Sure, I expected the Bengals to take this one, but not in this manner. They just completely dominated the Eagles in every aspect of the game. Looks like Andy Reid may be coaching his final games in Philadelphia.
New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons
New York is coming off of a gigantic (no pun intended) victory and the Falcons are coming off of a flat performance. Hopefully, both teams can be on an even playing field this week because we’re looking at a possible NFC Championship Game preview. My feelings are that Atlanta bounces back and the G-Men cool down.
Both of these teams are back and forth this season, but the Vikes just took down the Bears, and that’s no small feat. Adrian Peterson is also hoping to have a field day and get closer to Eric Dickerson’s rushing record.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins
Does it really matter at this point?
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
Another possible NFC title game takes place at Soldier Field, and it’s going to be an ugly one. The teams have been trash-talking all week, but that’s nothing new. The only problem for Chicago is that they are dealing with some serious injuries including the loss of Brian Urlacher.
Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns
Upset pick of the week as the Browns take down the RG3-less Skins.
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
When Houston is good, they’re phenomenal. The very few times they are bad, they get destroyed. Andrew Luck has come a long way as a pro already and brought the Colts back into meaningful status, but the Texans are ticked off.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
New Orleans is a hard team to figure out, but this offseason is going to be a tumultuous one yet again. It won’t be filled with scandals and bounties and suspensions, but full of cleaning most of the house and actually finding a defense. Bucs get back on track after last week’s heartbreaker to Philly.
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals
Perhaps the Lions haven’t been as stellar as expected this season, but a lot of teams have faltered this year. Arizona, on the other hand, started out on fire and is in the middle of one of the worst collapses in NFL history. How do you lost nine games after starting 4-0? How?
Carolina Panthers at San Diego Chargers
The Panthers and Cam Newton looked like a real NFL team last week, but it won’t last. San Diego has the ability to win this game, and they probably will. It still shouldn’t save Norv Turner’s job though.
Seattle’s 52-0 performance won’t happen against Buffalo, but they’re going to get the victory en route to an unexpected playoff appearance.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys
Something just fell completely and entirely flat last week with the Steelers, and it just so happened to come with the return of Big Ben. They’re going to find a way to fix themselves this week and they need to or the playoffs may not be in their near future. The only problem is that Dallas is fighting for a spot too. Expect this game to be a doozy.
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
All these great games this weekend, and then there’s this.
San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots
Could we be seeing a possible Super Bowl preview? There’s a chance of it, and the two teams seem worthy, but there’s one big difference between the two. San Francisco has a quarterback controversy on their hands. New England has a complete and utter machine at quarterback. Tom Brady put on a clinic last week.
Monday Night Football: New York Jets at Tennessee Titans
Can we get a mulligan on this one? Are you sure that one of those other great games from Sunday can’t be flexed into this spot?
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.