SportsNet - December 2012
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings Preview And Where To Watch Online: Peterson Running For Dickerson's Title And Playoff Berth
The Green Pack (11-4) can clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs with a victory over the Minnesota Vikings (9-6). But most neutrals will be tuning in to see whether Vikings’ half-back, Adrian Peterson can eclipse Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing yardage record. If he does, chances are he’ll have helped the VIkings clinch a playoff berth as well. The Vikings control their post-season destiny. Win and they’re in. A loss does not mean they are out but they’ll need a few other results to go their way. (Chicago, Dallas and the New York Giants must stumble). Peterson is largely what the game will come down to. If the Vikings can get Peterson going early, control the clock and keep Green Bay quarterback, Aaron Rodgers off the field, they stand a good chance of winning. Green Bay’s defence will have their hands full containing Peterson. It will require more than just the front seven playing at their best.
The New York Giants will take the field to go up against the division rival Philadelphia Eagles tomorrow afternoon. What usually is a close, hard-fought battle that everybody’s eyes are glued to the field will be a somewhat decent game with everybody’s eyes glued to the NFL scoreboard in the upper left corner of the stadium.
The Giants must beat the Eagles tomorrow, and also hope that the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, and Chicago Bears all are on the losing side of the result in order to squeak their way into the playoffs. It’s not impossible, but it’s going to take a lot of doing for them to squeak their way into the playoffs.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins Preview And Where To Watch Online: As Robert Griffin III Goes, So Goes the Division
The NFC East division will be decided in the very last game of the final week of the regular season. Sunday night in Washington America will see two fairly desperate quarterbacks give it all they have to advance to the postseason.
For the Cowboys it’s a matter of proving themselves and making it back to the postseason. Tony Romo can shed so much of the weight on his shoulders by beating the Redskins, and even more if he were to win a playoff game. The team has developed a reputation over the last few years of completely giving it away every December, but they haven’t really done that so far this season.
You want to watch this game? You must be a serious fanatic or a masochist. Or both. Even NFL.com is struggling to find reasons to watch. It says the fate of Browns head coach, Pat Shurmur and quarterback, Brandon Weeden hang in the balance. But multiple reports say Shurmur is already out the door. With a new owner and new GM, that does seem quite likely and any new head coach is probably going to want their own quarterback too, spelling the end of the short-lived Weeden era. (Incidentally it is quite a Browns thing to do - draft a rookie quarterback that is already approaching 30 with a first-round pick. Even if he did turn out to be legitimately good, he’s only going to have half a typical career.
The Chicago Bears have one last shot to stay alive in the NFC playoff race, but they must beat the Detroit Lions on Sunday to do it. The Lions have lost seven in a row, but even if Chicago extends that slide, the Bears will need help elsewhere to secure a postseason berth.
These three factors will go a long way toward deciding whether Chicago can earn its desperately-needed 10th victory:
1. Will Matthew Stafford give the game away?
During Detroit’s losing streak, Stafford has thrown as many interceptions (nine) as touchdowns. Having not found the end zone for two full games, it’s hard to believe that Stafford won’t be pressing a little to make plays in front of the home crowd.
Taking risks, however, is a great way to lose games against Chicago’s predatory defense. Detroit isn’t scoring enough points on offense to allow the Bear D to get in on the scoring action, especially after it outscored Arizona by itself (14-13) in last week’s game.
2. How healthy is the Chicago backfield?