Week 12 of the NFL is a very special time of the year. Not only do we celebrate the joys of football, we also celebrate the joys of family, food, and fellowship on Thanksgiving. Along with the holiday pie and stuffing comes the traditional Thanksgiving day NFL games; which usually ends with the Lions losing. (For pre-NFL entertainment, tune into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and other over-the-air programming.)
But if you’re too busy with the holidays to know which games are worth watching this week, then don’t worry we’ve got you covered.
Here is the NFL schedule for week 12, and here are the games you should be watching:
Featured Match Up – Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears, 8:30 PM EST on NBC
This will be somewhat of a historic game for both the Packers and the Bears. The Packers and the Bears have been playing against each other for decades; currently the Bears lead the series 93-92-6. This is the perfect moment for Rodgers and the Packers to tie Bears in the series. Also, at halftime, the Packers will officially retire Brett Favre’s jersey number.
Featured Match Up –Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 PM EST
Here we are in week 12 and we continue to ask ourselves “who exactly are the Kansas City Chiefs?” They started the season by beating the Texans, and then went on to lose five games in a row, before then going on a four-game winning streak. The Bills on the other hand, have a very exciting new rookie QB at the reigns who is getting better every week. Rex was obviously very frustrated by last week’s loss to New England, so I expect the Bills to play with a lot of passion this week.
Featured Match Up – Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 PM ET
The Minnesota Vikings hit the road with a 7-3 record, to take on the Atlanta Falcons (6-4). Adrian Peterson is running with the ferocity we have grown to expect from him, while Bridgewater seems poised to ride his bell cow as much as possible. But with Julio Jones on the other side of the ball, the Vikings may not have the luxury of a ground and pound strategy. Can’t wait to see if this game forces Teddy to air it out to his new rookie WR Stefon Diggs.
Featured Match Up –Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 PM EST
Even coming off of a two games winning streak, Pittsburgh will be the underdog going into this matchup. They may have Roethlisberger, but he’s still on the mend and a big hit could set him back even further. Some would argue that without Marshawn Lynch the Seahawks will have a stunted offense, which could be bad news going up against the top-notch Steelers defense. I on the other hand, believe that Thomas Rawls looks to be a breakout star with his explosiveness and downhill running style. This will be a good test for the undrafted rookie RB.
Featured Match Up – New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos, 8:30 PM EST
Although the Broncos have been a strong team this season, they are going to be going up against one of the best teams in the league and all without star quarterback Peyton Manning. Can Brock do it again? We will definitely learn a lot about the kid this week.
Featured Match Up – Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns, 8:30 PM EST
It’s been a rough season for both the Ravens and Browns, but this week will present a unique opportunity for both teams. Last time these two teams met in week 5, the Ravens lost at home by 3. Playing the Browns at home, the Ravens have a chance to return the favor this week. However, the Browns have another chance to add insult to injury on the Ravens and prove once and for all which team is better.
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If you’re wondering how you can watch all of these exciting games, here’s how you do it: For the games airing on CBS, NBC, and FOX; all you need is an over-the-air antenna. They’re relatively cheap ($30-$60) and they can provide hours of free HD television well after the games end.
Now if you see a few games on there that you want to watch but you can’t get them on your OTA antenna or through Sling TV, you’ll need a subscription to NFL Game Pass. It’s $99 a season (cheaper than one month of cable) and you get every NFL game this season as soon as the broadcast ends; plus a TON of extra stuff. Check out the free 7-day trial!
So what are you looking forward to more? Thanksgiving Turkey or this week of NFL Football? Sound off in the comments below or send us a tweet!
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