The General’s NFL Proclamations-Week 12

(photo courtesy of Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

(photo courtesy of Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

Week 12 is here and there has never been a more jumbled playoff picture than there is right now. Some teams are trending upward, fighting their way back into the playoff picture. And like some teams are trending upward, there are some that are finding it hard to get a win. Coming down the home stretch, some teams have to get it together while others are trying to keep the winning formula again. Like the teams that are playing, some players are looking to rebound or maintain as well. Without further ado, here is the General’s Proclamations for Week 12 in the NFL.

Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions

  1. Mark Sanchez was deplorable as the starting quarterback for the Eagles. This week, Sam Bradford is expected to be back. If he plays as expected, there will definitely be less interceptions thrown. Look for Bradford to throw one, but that should be it.
  2. The Detroit Lions have been playing well the past two weeks. And the big issue for the Eagles is their cornerback play. With that being said, look for wide receiver Golden Tate to have a big day. Expect him to have at least 100 yards receiving and at least one touchdown.
  3. The Eagles and the Lions will have an opportunistic moment in this one. Look for both teams to have a defensive touchdown.

Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys

  1. The Cowboys got their quarterback back last weekend, as Tony Romo was trying to get back comfortable behind his offensive line. Well, this week Romo steps up the competition from the Dolphins to the Panthers. And with tougher competition, Romo may not do too well. Look for at least one interception from Romo and potentially a fumble due to the pressure the Panthers can bring.
  2. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been a man on fire. He threw for a career-high five touchdowns last week versus the Redskins. Well, he will not quite get to five, but three will be the magic number for him in this one. And also look for him to score a running touchdown.
  3. Josh Norman has been amazing this season at cornerback for the Panthers. And in this game, the matchup between him and Cowboys’ wide receiver Dez Bryant will be entertaining. Look for this fast-rising star to contain Dez and hold him to three catches and less than 30 yards receiving.

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

  1. Quarterback Jay Cutler has not been bad the last few games for the Bears. But in this one, look for him to be the guy that most know him for. His bad history there in Lambeau will haunt him as he will throw at least three interceptions.
  2. The Packers seemed to get their rhythm back last week offensively. Of course many will talk about the throws of Aaron Rodgers to James Jones. But the big thing was the running game making a re-appearance. Look for running back Eddie Lacy to make a splash in this game as he rushes for 100 yards and at least one touchdown.
  3. The Packers will score a defensive touchdown in this game.

New Orleans Saints at Houston Texans

  1. Houston wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been spectacular this season and was great against the Jets. Look for him to continue his great season as he goes for over 100 yards and 1 touchdown.
  2. The Saints have been trying to be balanced this year, with Mark Ingram carrying the load on the ground. Look for Ingram to run for at least 70 yards and one touchdown as he continues to be the bellcow on the ground for New Orleans.
  3. The starting quarterbacks in this game are Brian Hoyer for the Texans and Drew Brees for the Saints. You would think that Brees would have the better day by far, but not in this one he won’t. Look for Hoyer to have more touchdowns and for him to take better care of the football than Brees.

St. Louis Rams at Cincinnati Bengals

  1. The Bengals struggles the last few weeks have been widespread. But the biggest thing missing has been the pressure up front by their defense. Expect Carlos Dunlap and crew to get at least three sacks in this one as they get the pass rush revved up.
  2. The Rams have issues at quarterback. So with the issues there and the pressure that will be created by the Bengals’ defense, look for the Rams to have at least three interceptions from whoever decides to play quarterback.
  3. Andy Dalton has not been as good as he was the last two weeks. Look for him to get it going again this game with three touchdowns and no interceptions for the Bengals.

Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons

  1. Matt Ryan has been struggling of recent. The Falcons’ veteran quarterback has just not found his rhythm. Well don’t expect him to find his rhythm in this one. Look for him to throw two interceptions.
  2. The Vikings have depended on their running back, Adrian Peterson, to keep attention off young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Well in this one, AP becomes a beast. Look for him to go for 120 yards and one touchdown.
  3. The Falcons defense will not total more than two sacks in this game. They are tied for last in the league in sacks and this one will see them plummet even more.

New York Giants at Washington Redskins

  1. Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins has been erratic call year long. The Giants’ defense, just like the Redskins, has been erratic. So with those two propositions staring me in the fact, expect the Giants to get it done. Look for under 300 yards and two interceptions.
  2. The Giants offense is a ton of excitement with the likes of Odell Beckham, Jr. on the team. But the guy that is forgotten about is running back Rashad Jennings. Look for the veteran running back to have 100 total yards and one touchdown.
  3. The Giants have not had one guy stand out bringing pressure to the opposing quarterbacks. Enter Giants’ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. The man with the mangled hand has been exhibiting great effort this year since he has been back and this week he gets rewarded. Look for him to get at least two sacks.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Indianapolis Colts

  1. The Colts have been solid under the leadership of veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. Expect that to continue this game as the 40 year old quarterback will have two touchdowns and no interceptions.
  2. The Buccaneers have been playing well and some of that success is a credit to the running game showing up. In this one, Doug Martin will show up but he will not show out. Look for him to not have over 70 yards rushing and no touchdowns either.
  3. Neither team in this game will score more than 25 points. Both can show up and both can also be non-existent at times.

Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs

  1. Buffalo was very close to putting EJ Manuel in at quarterback in place of quarterback Tyrod Taylor. But instead of coming out, Taylor stayed in but favored his shoulder/collarbone area. In this game, if he plays, Taylor will throw three touchdown. But if he does not, Manuel will make sure the game gets ugly for the Bills.
  2. The Chiefs have been on fire this past month/month and a half. Whether it’s been scoring or defending, they have got it done. In this game, expect them to sputter a little as they only score 17-20 points.
  3. Buffalo got a lot of hits on Tom Brady this past Monday night. Look for them to not only get hits but sacks on Alex Smith. The Bills will get at or near four sacks in this one.

Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans

  1. The Raiders were playing well up until last week. This week will continue their misery as they play against one of the best defenses that no one is talking about. Look for the Titans to hold the Raiders to 14 points or less.
  2. The Titans’ best player all season has been tight end Delanie Walker. And in this game, he will get to showcase his skills to the tune of more than 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.
  3. The Raiders and Titans will combine for at least 15 penalties. Both teams can be susceptible to penalties and can get them in bunches.

San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars

  1. The Chargers’ season has went south in a hurry. And in that, there was a shouting match between tight end Antonio Gates and quarterback Phillip Rivers. Well, this week there will be no shouting match between them as they connect on five passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
  2. The Jaguars were successful the last time out, but the Titans gave them chances. In this one, the Jaguars will not have as many chances because the Chargers will not commit a turnover.
  3. Blake Bortles seems to be learning with each passing week. And in this one, he will take heed to one of his lessons and not throw an interception.

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets

  1. The Miami Dolphins have had issues stopping the run. Chris Ivory is definitely not something they will want to see. Look for the veteran running back to go for 120 yards and one touchdown.
  2. The Jets have been erratic the last few games. Expect their quarterback to lead them back going in the right direction. Ryan Fitzpatrick will throw for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
  3. The Dolphins will not be scoring more than 20 points in this game. They have been inconsistent and downright awful at times and the Jets are looking to atone for last week. Bad combination for Miami.

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

  1. The Cardinals have been a very explosive offense all season long. The 49ers have had issues defensively all year. Look for the Cardinals to potentially score 30 points or more in this one.
  2. San Francisco quarterback Blaine Gabbert has not been bad this year since he has been a starter. Look for him to have another solid day with 215 yards passing and two touchdown throws.
  3. The leader of the Arizona offense, quarterback Carson Palmer, will have at least three touchdown passes in the air in this one along with 300 yards passing.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Seattle Seahawks

  1. The Seahawks have a tough defense, but they have to face two tough wide receivers in Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown. And unfortunately for Seattle, there is only one Richard Sherman to cover them. Expect Brown and Bryant to pick on Cary Williams and both will get at least 80-100 yards receiving and a touchdown apiece.
  2. The Seahawks will be without running back Marshawn Lynch for three-four weeks. With him gone, Thomas Rawls takes over the backfield for a while. And in this one, he will have a rough go of it. Look for him to only get 70 yards rushing and no touchdowns.
  3. Ben Roethlisberger has his best set of wide receivers he has had in his career and that will help him get over 300 yards passing versus the Seahawks defense.

New England Patriots at Denver Broncos

  1. Brock Osweiler has been solid in his relief of quarterback Peyton Manning. He has been careful with the football and has seemingly been perfect for head coach Gary Kubiak’s offense. Expect him to play solid again as he will have no interceptions and one touchdown.
  2. Tom Brady has been on a mission this season, destroying defenses in his wake. In this game, he is up against his greatest challenge. And with that, he will be in for a rude awakening. Expect him to be sacked at least four times in this one.
  3. Expect this game to be a defensive battle. And with that being said, neither team will score more than 17 points.

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns

  1. The Browns demoted Johnny Manziel and put Josh McCown back in the starting lineup. With that happening, look for McCown to throw for at least 300 yards and a couple touchdowns against the Ravens porous defensive backfield.
  2. Baltimore’s offense will have a new guy at the helm. Joe Flacco tore his ACL in last week’s win, so backup Matt Schaub will be the starter. With that being said, look for Schaub to continue his streak of throwing touchdowns for the other team. The Browns will pick one off and run it back for a touchdown.
  3. This game will not be entertaining. I know this is about proclamations and not statements, but it had to be said. This one may be like watching the Keystone cops.

Week 12 of the General Proclamations is in the books. Let the games begin!

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