Thanksgiving gave football fans little in the way of surprises, although the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys gave more of a scare to the favored New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints than might have been expected.
With 13 games left on the schedule for Week 12, though, there is plenty of time left for upsets that could change the landscape of the playoff outlook going forward into December.
In each of those contests, as in any football game, there will be one or two key players. The game will hinge on the efforts of these athletes, based upon the match ups between the two teams involved. If a team's secondary is vulnerable and the opposing quarterback has struggled all season, that signal-caller's role becomes crucial in the specific context of the game.
Who are the key players in each of Sunday's 12 games? Are Michael Vick, Aaron Rodgers or Philip Rivers the keys to their teams' victories? Read on.