Week 12 NFL Predictions: Fantasy Stat Lines and Picks for Prime-Time Games
Week 12's pair of prime-time games features two perennial Super Bowl contenders and two floundering NFC franchises, but that doesn't mean they will lack intrigue.
On Sunday, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers get their chance to exact revenge on Eli Manning and the New York Giants team that ended their magical 2011 campaign with an upset at Lambeau Field in the second round of the playoffs in January.
Then, on Monday, two faltering and drastically underwhelming NFC clubs—the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers—face off with coaching jobs on the line.
Here are fantasy stat lines and predictions for the Packers' battle with the G-Men and Nick Foles' clash with the Panthers.
Green Bay Packers at New York Giants
Aaron Rodgers: 26-of-37, 275 yards, 3 TD, INT
Randall Cobb: 9 catches, 85 yards, 1 TD
Jordy Nelson: 5 receptions, 90 yards 1 TD
Eli Manning: 28-of-43, 305 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Hakeem Nicks: 5 receptions, 100 yards, 1 TD
Victor Cruz: 8 receptions, 80 yards, 1 TD
There isn't a tougher game to predict in Week 12 after what we've seen from the New York Giants this season.
Eli Manning has looked like a befuddled rookie in back-to-back losses, and the defense allowed 31 points at home to the Cincinnati Bengals two weeks ago.
Coming off the bye, the previously injured Hakeem Nicks said the following to ESPN New York, "I'm pretty close. This is as close as I'm gonna be. If this is it, this is 100 percent."
With his stellar wideout refreshed and the defense well-rested, Manning will rebound and piece together a fine evening. He and Aaron Rodgers will duel all night, putting on an aerial clinic, but the two-time Super Bowl champion will lead the G-Men on a late-game drive that seals it late.
Giants 31, Packers 28
Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles
Cam Newton: 19-of-32, 230 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Jonathan Stewart: 18 carries, 85 yards, 1 TD, 3 receptions, 50 yards
Steve Smith: 6 receptions, 70 yards, 1 TD
Nick Foles: 20-of-41, 225 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Bryce Brown: 18 carries, 80 yards, 1 TD
DeSean Jackson: 4 receptions, 65 yards
Something's gotta give in this NFC showdown between two of the most disappointing teams in the NFL. Expectations were high in Philadelphia and in Charlotte, but the franchises have combined for a 5-15 record to date.
Andy Reid's bottom is squarely on the hot seat, and now he'll have to structure a game plan without reigning All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy, who'll sit with a concussion.
The Panthers have been competitive in six of their eight losses this season, with fourth-quarter collapses becoming the norm for Ron Rivera's club.
Due to a beleaguered offense, the Eagles won't be able to move the football consistently. Although the Panthers have demonstrated extremely sporadic play in 2012, Cam Newton will make many more plays than Foles, and Stewart will show the nation how inherently talented he really is en route to a much-needed victory that, if nothing else, will build confidence for the final stretch.
Panthers 24, Eagles 20
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