Week 12 Matchup Predictions
Chargers win 24-19.
49ers (7-2-1) @ Saints (5-5): The Saints are finally back on the map, winning five of their last six games to reach a .500 record for the first time since they were 0-0. The 49ers, however, are coming off a wildly impressive dominating win over the Chicago Bears. The Saints may have improved, but they still have the league's 32nd ranked run defense, and the 49ers have all the tools to take full advantage of that fatal weakness. Colin Kaepernick is expected to get the start for the second straight week, and he'll be oozing with confidence after what he did to the Bears last week.
49ers win 27-21.
Rams (3-6-1) @ Cardinals (4-6): Both of these teams got off to pretty solid starts, but have since free-fallen to the bottom of their division. The Rams absolutely dominated the Cardinals when the two teams played earlier this year. With Chris Long and Robert Quinn still playing well, and the Cardinals' offensive line still playing terribly, I don't see why the Rams' pass rush won't dominate the game again. The Cardinals' defense is still good, but they've given up 21+ points in each of their past four games. The Rams' offense will do just enough to take advantage of a strong performance from their defense.
Rams win 16-13.
Packers (7-3) @ Giants (6-4): The Giants are coming off a much needed bye week, with speculation of Eli Manning's arm being "tired" in the few games leading up to the bye. Eli says he's now throwing the ball with more pop, and once he gets going, the whole offense will start to click again. In addition, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks says his injured knee and foot feel "as good as they have all season" coming out of the bye. The Packers have definitely been playing well, but haven't had a real impressive win since beating the Texans over a month ago. I like the Giants coming out fresh after the bye and getting a surprise win over the Packers at home.
Giants win 31-27.
Panthers (2-8) @ Eagles (3-7): Eagles fans were excited to see if rookie quarterback Nick Foles could get the team turned around, but all he did was let them down. Completing less than half his passes at a mere 4.4 yards per attempt with no touchdowns and two interceptions, Foles put up an abysmal 40.5 quarterback rating against the Redskins' 29th ranked pass defense. The Eagles are now likely to be without LeSean McCoy (concussion) for this week's game, which puts even more pressure on Foles. Putting up only six points against the Redskins last week, the Eagles will find it hard to put up much more against the Panthers. Cam Newton is second in the league in yards per pass attempt, while the Eagles' defense is 22nd in opponent yards per pass attempt - expect big plays to lead the Panthers to victory.
Panthers win 27-17.