The NFL Week 12 Schedule for the season 2021 starts with three Thanksgiving Day games, and we’ve got you covered. Our NFL Nation reporters bring us the biggest keys from every game, a bold prediction for every game and, of course, the final score. selections.
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Let’s get into the full slate of Thanksgiving Day, including an NFC North clash between the Bears and Lions and an offensive duel between the Raiders and Cowboys. Football-filled vacation culminates with a battle between two teams currently on the playoff margin, Bills and Saints. Who will take a step closer to the playoffs with a win on Thursday?
12:30 p.m. ET | Fox
Correspondence Note: 6.8 | Broadcast: CHI -3.5 (41.5)
To monitor : The Lions are still chasing their first win of the season under first-year coach Dan Campbell, and they will be the 13th team in NFL history to participate in a record-breaking Thanksgiving game. without victory. Detroit will look to feed the hot hand, with a running back By André Swift leading all running backs in receptions (53) and sitting second in receiving yards (420). Swift also ranks fifth among all running backs with 975 yards of scrimmage. Can the Bears slow it down and find their own offense with the quarterback Andy dalton? – Eric Woodyard
Bold Prediction: Dalton will pass for three touchdowns as the Bears end their five-game losing streak. Justin Champs has a rib injury, but Dalton has the experience to handle the quick turnaround, and he’s still good enough – Dalton threw two touchdowns against the Ravens – to get the job done against lower teams. Fields (when healthy) is still Chicago’s starting quarterback, but expect Dalton to light him up on Thursday. – Jeff Dickerson
Statistics to know: The Bears beat the Ravens in 28 of 44 losses last week (64%), the highest blitz rate by a team in a game this season and the highest blitz rate by the Bears in any game since that ESPN started following him in 2006.
What you need to know for fantasy: Chicago wide receiver Darnell mooney saw 16 targets last week with Allen Robinson II sidelined and now ranks in the top 20 for aerial yards this season, ahead of elite deepball options such as Mike williams and DK Metcalf. See the week 12 standings.
bet nugget: Seven of Detroit’s last eight games have gone under. Read more.
Dickerson’s choice: Bear 24, Leo 17
Woodyard’s choice: Lions 21, Bear 20
FPI prediction: CHI, 64.0% (average 4.8 points)
Back to Thanksgiving Day: At Thanksgiving in 1997, Detroit backer Barry Sanders amassed 167 yards and three touchdowns against the Bears in a 55-20 win for the Lions. Read more.
4:30 pm ET | CBS
Correspondence Note: 54.7 | Broadcast: DE -7.5 (51)
To monitor : Can the Cowboys finally manage an AFC West defense? They scored 20 points against the Chargers, 16 against the Broncos and nine against the Chiefs. Denver and Kansas City were physical with the Cowboys in the perimeter, which helped them generate pressure against an offensive line that had left no tackle. Tyron smith. But Smith is expected to play against the Raiders, and the Las Vegas defense is tied for 26th in points allowed (26.2). Cowboys offense must answer the call, despite WR’s absence Amari Cooper and eventually Lamb CeeDee. – Todd Archer
Bold Prediction: The terror that precipitates the passes in Dallas Micah Parsons – as well as the Raiders’ red zone issues – will force Las Vegas to use a backup quarterback Marcus Mariota on more than the occasional third and short and fourth and short situations. Mariota is much more mobile than Derek carr. Parsons has collected 5.5 of his eight sacks in the Cowboys’ last three games, and Carr has been on a three-game funk after the farewell. The Raiders need a spark. –Paul Gutierrez
What you need to know for fantasy: Cowboys Running Ezekiel Elliott has been held out of the end zone in four of its last five games and hasn’t gained more than 11 yards in four straight games. See the week 12 standings.
Stephania Bell and Matthew Berry review the Cowboys wide receiver situation if CeeDee Lamb is not cleared for Thursday.
bet nugget: Dallas is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 Thanksgiving games. Read more.
Gutierrez’s choice: Cowboys 27, Raiders 16
The choice of the archer: Cowboys 26, Raiders 19
FPI prediction: DAL, 75.0% (average of 9.1 points)
Back to Thanksgiving Day: In 1993, Cowboys defensive tackle Leon Lett inexplicably tried to salvage a blocked winning field goal from the Dolphins. The ball was sent forward by Lett and recovered by Miami at the 2-yard line. Dolphins kicker Pete Stoyanovich logged on to the following basket to win the game 16-14 for Miami. Read more.
8:20 p.m. ET | CNB
Correspondence Note: 82.1 | Broadcast: BUF -5.5 (46)
To monitor : There may not be any NFL playoff contenders more desperately in need of rebound performances than these two teams. The Saints have lost three games in a row for the first time since 2016 and must turn back the clock Alvin kamara and their offensive tackles return from injury as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Bills MVP candidate QB Josh Allen struggled with turnovers as Buffalo have lost two of their last three games to drop first in the AFC East. –Mike Triplet
Bold Prediction: The Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian will throw at least two interceptions and make less than 60% of his passes. He threw two interceptions in the loss to the Eagles last week and averages a 56.9% completion percentage over the season. The Bills’ defense is ripe for a return game and has 15 interceptions this season, tied for second in the NFL. Buffalo also allowed opposing passers to complete just 57.7% of passes (the lowest in the league). Saints could be without Kamara and several other attacking players due to injuries, including the tight end Adam trautman, setting up the Bills’ No.1 pass defense for success. –Alaina Getzenberg
Statistics to know: The Bills entered Week 11 allowing the fewest points per game (15.0) and gave up 41 to the Colts. The Saints, meanwhile, entered first in the run defense (72.9 rushing yards allowed per game) last week before surrendering 242 yards to the Eagles. Which defense will bounce back in week 12?
What you need to know for fantasy: Receiver of invoices Stefon Diggs has scored five times in his last five games after scoring just once in his first five this season. He was WR2 for the last eight weeks of last season and appears to be in good shape at the right time. See the week 12 standings.
bet nugget: New Orleans are 3-0, 2-1 ATS in Thanksgiving games under coach Sean Payton with covers in their last two appearances (2018 and 2019). Read more.
Getzenberg’s choice: Bills 27, Saints 20
Triplett’s choice: Tickets 23, Saints 22
FPI prediction: BUF, 61.7% (average 4.0 points)
Back to Thanksgiving Day: In 2019, the Saints clinched the NFC South title at Thanksgiving with a victory over the Falcons. backup quarterback Taysom Hill blocked a punt and scored two touchdowns (one receiving, one running) in New Orleans’ 26-18 win. Read more.
Must read: Bills have little margin for error after disappointing Colts loss … Saints playoff hopes on the ropes ahead of Thanksgiving game with Bills … Sources: Saints TE Trautman to miss 4-6 weeks with MCL sprain