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NFL Weekend with John Brockway

NFL Weekend with John Brockway

NFL WEEK 12 GAME PICKS
LAST WEEK: 11-3
SEASON RECORD: 102-56

TOP GAMES
CARDINALS AT FALCONS: ARIZONA’S OFFENSE NEEDS CARSON PALMER TO TAKE CARE OF THE BALL AND FINISH OFF DRIVES WHILE THEIR DEFENSE NEEDS CB PATRICK PETERSON TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE JULIO JONES ONE-ON-ONE AND MAKE OTHERS BEAT THEM. ATLANTA’S OFFENSE NEEDS DEVONTA FREEMAN AND TEVIN COLEMAN TO BE PLAYMAKERS OUT OF THE BACKFIELD AND THE DEFENSE MUST FORCE UNDERNEATH THROWS AND MAKE CARSON PALMER HOLD ONTO THE BALL.PICK: FALCONS 34-30

PANTHERS AT RAIDERS: CAROLINA NEEDS THEIR BANGED UP O-LINE TO PROTECT CAM NEWTON IN THE PASS GAME AND TO CREATE OPENINGS FOR AN INSIDE RUNNING GAME WHILE THEIR SECONDARY CAN HELP THE DEFENSE BY FUNNELING PLAYS TO THE SIDELINE AND LIMITING YARDS AFTER CATCH. OAKLAND’S OFFENSE NEEDS TO GET BACK TO BEING ABLE TO RUN THE BALL IN NEED-TO SITUATIONS WHILE THE DEFENSE WILL LOOK TO KEEP CAM NEWTON IN THE POCKET AND LIMIT HIS MOBILITY. PICK: RAIDERS 27-23

CHIEFS AT BRONCOS: THE CHIEFS OFFENSE NEEDS ALEX SMITH TO BE AGGRESSIVE AND TKE CHANCES WHEN THEY’RE GIVEN AND THE DEFENSE NEEDS TO STICK TO NICKEL COVERAGE AND FORCE DENVER TO PROVE THEY CAN RUN THE BALL. THE DENVER OFFENSE NEEDS TO BE PASS-FIRST BUT HAS TO GET SOMETHING MORE FROM RB DEVONTAE BOOKER WHILE THEIR DEFENSE WILL TRY TO FORCE ALEX SMITH’S HAND BY PLAYING TIGHT AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. PICK: BRONCOS 22-19

THE REST

JAGUARS AT BILLS PICK: BILLS 30-20
TITANS AT BEARS PICK: TITANS 31-21
BENGALS AT RAVENS PICK: RAVENS 26-20
GIANTS AT BROWNS PICK: GIANTS 34-20
RAMS AT SAINTS PICK: SAINTS 27-18
49ERS AT DOLPHINS PICK: DOLPHINS 28-20
CHARGERS AT TEXANS PICK: TEXANS 27-24
SEAHAWKS AT BUCS PICK: SEAHAWKS 27-20
PATRIOTS AT JETS PICK: PATRIOTS 33-17
PACKERS AT EAGLES PICK: PACKERS 30-28

IN THE NEWS

FALCONS SIGN RT RYAN SCHRAEDER TO FIVE-YEAR, $32 MILLION EXTENSION WITH $12.5 MILLION GUARANTEED
CARDINALS COACH BRUCE ARIANS ENTERS AND IS RELEASE FROM HOSPITAL AFTER SUFFERING CHEST PAINS THIS WEEK
PATRIOTS DT ALAN BRANCH SUSPENDED FOUR GAME FOR VIOLATING LEAGUE’S SUBSTANCE-ABUSE POLICY
BEARS ILB JERRELL FREEMAN SUSPENDED FOUR GAMES FOR VIOLATING LEAGUE’S POLICY AGAINST PED’S
DOLPHINS DE JASON JONES SUSPENDED TWO GAMES FOR VIOLATING LEAGUE’S SUBSTANCE-ABUSE POLICY
BUCS CB JUDE ADJEI-BARIMAH SUSPENDED FOUR GAMES FOR VIOLATING LEAGUE’S POLICY AGAINST PED’S
VIKINGS RELEASE RB RONNIE HILLMAN; SIGNED BY CHARGERS
CARDINALS SIGN FORMER COLTS ILB SIO MOORE
SEAHAWKS WAIVE OL J’MARCUS WEBB
RAMS WAIVE CB DWAYNE GRATZ
LIONS WAIVE WR COREY FULLER
RAMS RELEASE CB TROY HILL; SIGN FORMER CHARGERS CB STEVE WILLIAMS

 

EXPECTED RETURNS

BILLS WR SAMMY WATKINS (FOOT)
JETS QB RYAN FITZPATRICK (KNEE)
CARDINALS CB TYRANN MATHIEU (SHOULDER)
BRONCOS DE DEREK WOLFE (ELBOW)
BRONCOS CB AQIB TALIB (BACK)
FALCONS RB TEVIN COLEMAN (HAMSTRING)
FALCONS CB DESMOND TRUFANT (SHOULDER)
CHARGERS WR TRAVIS BENJAMIN (KNEE)
CHIEFS CB MARCUS PETERS (HIP)
49ERS WR TORREY SMITH (SHOULDER)

INJURY REPORT

QUESTIONABLE

PATRIOTS TE ROB GRONKOWSKI (LUNG)
GIANTS DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL (KNEE)
GIANTS WR ROGER LEWIS (CONCUSSION)
DOLPHINS LT LAREMY TUNSIL (SHOULDER)
EAGLES CB LEODIS MCKELVIN (CONCUSSION)
BEARS LG JOSH SITTON (ANKLE)
SEAHAWKS CB DESHAWN SHEAD (HAMSTRING)
SEAHAWKS C JUSTIN BRITT (ANKLE)
49ERS CB JIMMIE WARD (CONCUSSION)
49ERS OLB ELI HAROLD (FOOT)
CARDINALS WR MICHAEL FLOYD (HAMSTRING)
VIKINGS CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN (ANKLE)
JAGUARS RB T.J. YELDON (ANKLE)
BENGALS WR BRANDON LAFELL (KNEE)

 

WEEK-TO-WEEK

BENGALS WR A.J. GREEN (TORN HAMSTRING)
COLTS QB ANDREW LUCK (CONCUSSION)
VIKINGS WR STEFON DIGGS (KNEE)
VIKINGS CB TERENCE NEWMAN (NECK)
JAGUARS TE JULIUS THOMAS (BACK)
PANTHERS LB LUKE KUECHLY (CONCUSSION)
PANTHERS CB LEONARD JOHNSON (CHEST)
PANTHERS DE MARIO ADDISON (FOOT)
PANTHERS C RYAN KALIL (SHOULDER)
RAVENS CB JIMMY SMITH (BACK)
BROWNS QB CODY KESSLER (CONCUSSION)
BEARS OLB LEONARD FLOYD (NECK/CONCUSSION)
BEARS QB JAY CUTLER (SHOULDER)
BILLS WR ROBERT WOODS (KNEE)
BILLS RB MIKE GILLISLEE (HAMSTRING)
CHIEFS LB DEE FORD (HAMSTRING)
COLTS FS CLAYTON GEATHERS (CONCUSSION)
COWBOYS CB MORRIS CLAIBORNE (TORN GROIN)
EAGLES RB RYAN MATHEWS (SPRAINED MCL)
SEAHAWKS RB C.J. PROSISE (FRACTURED SCAPULA; 6-8 WEEKS)
SEAHAWKS DB EARL THOMAS (HAMSTRING)
JETS CB MARCUS WILLIAMS (ANKLE)

 

OUT FOR SEASON

BENGALS RB GIO BERNARD (TORN ACL)
BEARS TE ZACH  MILLER (BROKEN FOOT)
49ERS FS ERIC REID (TORN BICEPS)
JAGUARS TE MARCEDES LEWIS (CALF)

POWER RANKINGS – THROUGH WEEK 11

TOP 5

1. COWBOYS 9-1
2. PATRIOTS 8-2
3. SEAHAWKS 7-2-1
4. RAIDERS 8-2
5. BRONCOS 7-3

BOTTOM 5

28. JETS 3-7
29. BEARS 2-8
30. JAGUARS 2-8
31. 49ERS 1-9
32. BROWNS 0-11

Courtesy of SpadoraOnSports.com.

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