Nagler's Never Right: Week 12 NFL Matchup Predictions

Aaron Nagler@Aaron_NaglerNFL National Lead WriterNovember 22, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 11:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans carries the ball in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears during the game at Soldier Field on November 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Week 11 was a pretty good week for yours truly. Now, we're looking forward to Week 12 and what is possibly the greatest slate of Thanksgiving games in well over a decade.

Then on Sunday, we're treated to some great matchups such as Packers vs. Giants and Niners vs. Saints. Of course, after a great meal of quality football, we'll be forced to wash it down with Panthers/Eagles. Talk about a disappointing dessert...

Last Week: 11-3

Season: 100-61

Houston at Detroit

The Texans head to Motor City to face a fading Lions team. Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson can only do so much. Look for the Texans to control the time of possession with Arian Foster and for Matt Schaub to pick up where he left off against the Jaguars.

Washington at Dallas

RGIII quietly had a great game against the Eagles. While I don't quite see a repeat in Dallas, the rookie will have another good game. The problem for the Redskins is that Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are finally in sync and they don't have the secondary to stop it.

New England at New York Jets

The Jets gave the Patriots all they could handle when these teams met earlier in the year. With Gronkowski out, Brady will lean on Hernandez and Welker. Sanchez and the Jets, however, shock the football watching world by not only staying in this one, but this time they pull it out at the end.

Minnesota at Chicago

The Bears look to bounce back from a beat down against the 49ers. The Vikings won't be able to take advantage of the Bears' defense the way Harbaugh and company did. While Adrian Peterson will find plenty of real estate on the ground, the Bears win a defensive battle.

Oakland at Cincinatti

The Bengals have found a complement to AJ Green in Mohamed Sanu and Andy Dalton is a better quarterback because of it. Mike Zimmer's defense is quietly playing at a high level as well. The Raiders continue to search for answers on both offense and defense.

Buffalo at Indianapolis

Andrew Luck got a wake-up call against the Patriots, but he gets back to business against the Bills. CJ Spiller is a dynamic playmaker and Chan Gailey has said he will see the bulk of the carries, even with Fred Jackson back in the fold. However, Ryan Fitzpatrick and company will run into a Colts team on the rebound.

Denver at Kansas City

Yes, it's the NFL, any given Sunday, etc. And yes, the Chiefs have the talent on defense to keep this interesting. But no way do the Chiefs beat the Broncos. No. Way.

Seattle at Miami

The Dolphins suddenly look like a team with a rookie quarterback again as offensive coordinator Mike Sherman spent the week pushing back on the accusation that his offense is too predictable. Memo to Mike: It is.

Atlanta at Tampa Bay

This has all the makings of a high scoring affair—which means it will probably end up being a 13-10 type game. However it ends up, we'll see a lot of Doug Martin and a lot of Vincent Jackson as they and quarterback Josh Freeman continue their march to the playoffs with a big division victory.

Pittsburgh at Cleveland

Charlie Batch gets the start for the Steelers. I guess Tommy Maddox wasn't available. Not to worry, Steelers fans, while the Browns have the talent to keep it close, they also have the coach to screw it up. 

Tennessee at Jacksonville

The Jaguars make the switch at quarterback, going with Chad Henne against a Titans team that has been abysmal on defense and slightly better on offense. The Jaguars finally play a complete game at home and get fans thinking about what might have been.

Baltimore at San Diego

Things get late real early for the Chargers in this one. Philip Rivers will undoubtedly throw a couple to the wrong team as San Diego continues its march toward a new general manager and head coach.

St. Louis at Arizona

Ok, St. Louis. I'm believing in you here only because the Cardinals' quarterback situation is beyond abysmal. You have a tough defense too, so don't make me regret this...

San Francisco at New Orleans

Colin Kaepernick gets his second professional start after a nearly flawless game on Monday Night Football. Yes, the Niners punched the Bears in the mouth—but this is a whole different ballgame. Drew Brees and the Saints' offense start fast and stay ahead of the Niners in this one. Look for Jimmy Graham to have another big game.

Green Bay at New York Giants

The Packers have won five in a row and are playing well. The Giants are coming off a bye week after looking terrible. Even with that as a backdrop, you can expect this to be a close, hard-fought game. The Giants' defensive line, and Green Bay's ability to block it, holds the entire key. The Packers win a thriller.


Carolina at Philadelphia

Two teams that have pretty much nothing left to play for face off on national television to answer the burning question: Which one of these head coaches will screw up the end of the game worse? My money is on Andy Reid.  


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