The San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams played to a dissatisfying tie in their first meeting this season, but the Niners won't let things end even this time.
No matter who starts at quarterback, expect Frank Gore to be the star of the game.
For the past two weeks, the Niners have been introducing new wrinkles to their run formations, and Gore has been producing.
He has averaged 18 carries per game in those two contests and 4.5 yards per attempt. Add in the fact that the Niners' change-of-pace back Kendall Hunter is hobbled with an ankle injury, and Gore should see a few more carries.
He ran for 97 yards and a touchdown in the teams' first meeting.
As Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee mentions, it is possible some of Hunter's carries will go to rookie LaMichael James, but I'd expect to see Gore take up the majority of Hunter's duties.
Gore will have a huge day as the Niners put the Rams in their place.
My sense is that with Kendall Hunter (ankle) also hobbled, LaMichael James could see his first action of the year. ... tmi.me/BaNPm— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) November 26, 2012
Aaron Rodgers Will Slice the Minnesota Vikings' Defense
Coming off an embarrassing loss to the New York Giants, the Green Bay Packers will respond with an explosive offensive performance.
That means Rodgers will put up ridiculous numbers.
The Giants gave the Packers fits because they got tons of pressure with their defensive line, and the unit has depth. They sacked Rodgers five times on Sunday night en route to a 38-10 victory.
The Vikings are coming off a Sunday-afternoon whipping at the hands of the Chicago Bears.
The defensive line could only manage one sack against the lowly Bears' offensive line—and that came when Roberto Garza mistakenly stepped on Jay Cutler's foot.
If you can't get pressure on Rodgers, he's going to kill you.
He didn't do fantasy owners much good in Week 12, but he will rebound in a major way against the Vikings.
Victor Cruz All Over the Washington Redskins' Secondary
We all remember the busted coverage Cruz exposed in Week 7 against the Redskins.
His 77-yard touchdown catch with 1:13 remaining spoiled a great performance by Robert Griffin III, as Cruz finished that game with seven receptions for 131 yards and that big touchdown.
We could see a repeat performance from Cruz in Week 13.
The Skins simply don't have an answer for him in the slot. His speed, agility and run-after-the-catch ability is too much for their weak secondary play.
The unit is the biggest reason the team is ranked 31st in pass defense, and Cruz is set to light the Skins up again.
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