The Atlanta Falcons have a chance to basically clinch the NFC South with a win over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football. Standing in their way is a Saints team that handed the Falcons their only loss this year, in a Week 10 shootout in which both quarterbacks threw three touchdowns. More fireworks are expected Thursday Night, as both offenses are ranked in the top of the league, and both defenses have shown weakness in recent weeks.
Falcons Offense vs. Saints Defense
Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Michael Turner, Jacquizz Rodgers, and on and on, the Atlanta Falcons have many dangerous weapons. Yet, the ebb and flow of this team goes with Matt Ryan. The Falcons outstanding quarterback is 3rd in the league in completions, and 2nd in the league in completion percentage.
The New Orleans Saints welcome The San Francisco 49ers to The Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday. The 49ers are coming off a humungous Monday Night drubbing of The Chicago Bears, while the Saints had one of their best defensive performances against The Raiders last week. Who will be the quarterback for the 49ers in this game, and what do we expect with two of the most adaptive and unconventional offenses in the NFL facing off?
49ers Offense vs. Saints Defense
Will it be Colin Kaepernick or Alex Smith under center for the 49ers on Sunday? Reports out of San Francisco seem to indicate that Kaepernick will start, but Jim Harbaugh refuses to name a starter, citing competitive advantage. This question may determine the game plan for Steve Spagnuolo’s Saints defense. The Bears decided to bring pressure and leave Kaepernick with a lot of 1 on 1 throws and easy reads.
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys Preview, X's And O's: How Romo Will Fare Against Redskins Secondary
Turkey, stuffing, and a divisional rivalry game on Thanksgiving, could it get any better than this? Once one considers the storylines and match-ups for this game, it only gets better. Washington and rookie sensation Robert Griffin III travels to Dallas to take on a Cowboys team with momentum heading into this huge week 12 grudge match. It is Griffin’s first game returning to his home state, and he faces Tony Romo, who is playing lights out football, throwing for 4 touchdowns and no interceptions in the last 3 games, after recording 13 picks in the first 7 games.
Cowboys Offense vs. Redskins Defense
Monday Night Football features The Chicago Bears traveling to Candlestick Park to take on the San Francisco 49ers. This will be a contest featuring arguably the two top defenses in the NFL. Here we see just how dominating these defeses have been.
Total yards: 49ers - 3rd, Bears - 5th
Passing defense: 49ers - 5th, Bears - 10th
Rushing defense: 49ers - 6th, Bears - 4th
Points per game: 49ers - 1st, Bears - 2nd
Points per game is the stat that matters most to the coaches, and these are the two stingiest teams in the NFL for giving up points. So those looking for a shootout on Monday Night Football will probably be disappointed. Especially considering Jay Cutler has been ruled out for the Bears and Alex Smith is recovering from a concussion, and not expected to start for the 49ers. Each team will look for one of their superstars to win a match-up, and tell the story of the game.
Bears Offense vs. 49ers Defense
This week we once again get the old rivalry of the Indianapolis Colts versus the New England Patriots. The drama of this matchup has decade long implications. Yet for only the second time in a decade the Indianapolis Colts will head to Foxboro without a player wearing number 18 under center. Andrew Luck and The Indianapolis Colts boast a four-game winning streak heading to Foxboro to take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. To get that streak to five games the Colts will need to win their individual matchups, and keep Brady from carving up their secondary. Brady and company will look to continue their offensive success, and pressure Andrew Luck into making some rookie mistakes.
Patriots Offense vs. Colts Defense
The New England Patriots are 1st in the NFL in yards per game and points per game. The key to their success this year has been the running attack. Second year player Stevan Ridley has added a consistent and dangerous element to the Patriots already versatile offense. Currently sixth in the league in rushing yards, Ridley has eliminated the running back by platoon system Belichick had favored in previous seasons.