NFL TV Schedule Week 12: When to Watch Sunday's Marquee Matchups

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 18:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints questions a call during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on November 18, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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NFL Sunday is upon us, and the day's slate features a handful of noteworthy matchups.

With just six weeks remaining, every game matters more than the last. Teams are pushing for playoff spots, the NFL draft order is shuffling and emotions are at their pique.

If you're a die-hard football fan, you don't want to miss any Week 12 action. A few games will have major divisional implications, while others will play a major part in the wild-card standings of each conference.

Let's check out the weekend's television schedule and highlight a few of Sunday's bigger games.


*Schedule courtesy of ESPN

*All times ET

Game Time Channel
Minnesota at Chicago 1 p.m. FOX
Oakland at Cincinnati 1 p.m. CBS
Pittsburgh at Cleveland 1 p.m. CBS
Buffalo at Indianapolis 1 p.m. CBS
Denver at Kansas City 1 p.m. CBS
Seattle at Miami 1 p.m. FOX
Atlanta at Tampa Bay 1 p.m. FOX
Tennessee at Jacksonville 1 p.m. CBS
Baltimore at San Diego 4:05 p.m. CBS
St. Louis at Arizona 4:25 p.m. FOX
San Francisco at New Orleans 4:25 p.m. FOX
Green Bay at NY Giants 8:20 p.m.




Minnesota at Chicago

If the Bears lose their third straight game, they're no longer in sole possession of second place in the NFC North. 

According to CBS Sports' Josh Katzowitz, Jay Cutler will play on Sunday. That alone makes this game more intriguing. 

Chicago will seek comfort from Soldier Field after getting blown out by the 49ers last week. Without many quality wins to their credit, the Bears are desperate to show that they can compete with upper-echelon squads.

This game is going to be interesting. If Chicago shuts down Adrian Peterson, Christian Ponder will struggle to handle the aggressive Bears defense. However, if Peterson runs well, the Bears will struggle to stop Minnesota's attack.

Both teams need this game, but only one team is going to get it. Watching them battle it out will be one of the highlights from Sunday's early games.


Atlanta at Tampa Bay

The Buccaneers have won four games in a row. Josh Freeman is growing up before everyone's eyes, and Doug Martin has quickly become one of the league's elite running backs.

This game comes down to Tampa Bay's pass defense. If it can stand up to Matt Ryan and Co., this game is going to be interesting. Martin will have room to run, and the Bucs run defense is very good, so that area of the game is a wash.

Tampa Bay's better days are ahead of it, but don't sleep on this team here. Atlanta has struggled to knock off several opponents, and this team is red hot. If you give momentum any credence, Tampa Bay will win this game.

Tune in your television at 1 p.m. ET. The NFC South is getting interesting, and this one will be worth watching.


San Francisco at New Orleans

The 49ers are going to be tested here. If the game becomes a high-scoring affair, look for the Saints to pull off the upset.

New Orleans has won five of its last six since starting the season 0-4. Drew Brees is heating up, despite having very little support on the defensive side of the ball.

San Francisco's defense will test the Saints like no team has as of late, but it can't slip up. If it does and the Saints rack up points, it's hard to see the 49ers keeping up the pace.

This is a big game for both sides. New Orleans doesn't stand much of a chance in the NFC South race, but a wild-card bid is up in the air. The 49ers are ahead in the NFC West, but a few miscues could put Seattle hot on their trail.

Either way, this will be one of the day's more intriguing games.


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