The New England Patriots sent a statement to the rest of the NFL on Thanksgiving night, thumping the AFC East rival New York Jets into submission in their own stadium, winning by at least 30 points for the second consecutive week.
But the reigning AFC champions aren't the only team set to send a strong statement to the rest of the league in Week 12.
Here are my predictions for Sunday winners who will send a message with their success.
It will take everything the Colts have to bounce back from their brutal loss at New England last week, but at 6-4, Andrew Luck and company won't need any added motivation to knock off the Buffalo Bills at home in Week 12.
A win for Indy on Sunday would make a huge statement. Not only can the Colts stop the bleeding and prevent a poorly-timed losing streak with a victory, but with only two games left against a team with a winning record (they play the Houston Texans twice), the Colts would be flirting with an unthinkable wild-card berth.
After finishing last season 2-14, the Colts would have to be considered a real threat at 7-4 after 12 weeks.
The surging Denver Broncos are in cruise control right now and will likely steamroll over division rival Kansas City this weekend. The Chiefs are 1-9 this season and 0-5 at home.
We all know that Peyton Manning has been brilliant for the defending AFC West champions. And at 8-3 and winners of their last six overall, the Broncos officially have to be considered the favorite in the conference with just five weeks left to play.
Aside from meetings with Tampa Bay and Baltimore, three of Denver's last five games are all locks and could catapult the Broncos into the top spot in the AFC heading into January. With Denver's top-10 defense improving week after week, the Broncos would send a massive message with another victory this weekend.
Green Bay Packers
Although the New York Giants haven't been playing like defending Super Bowl champions in recent weeks, they still hold the title and own bragging rights over the Green Bay Packers.
On Sunday night at MetLife, though, the Packers will avenge their bitter January playoff defeat and, in turn, deliver a devastating blow to the Giants as they try to stay ahead of Dallas and Washington in the NFC East race. New York is just 6-4 and in the midst of a two-game losing skid.
Winners of five straight games, the Packers have already demonstrated their prowess on both sides of the ball. But they can solidify themselves as NFC favorites with a hard-fought road win late in November.
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