Today is Thanksgiving, which means two things: turkey and football. There are three great games scheduled: Philadelphia at Detroit, Carolina at Dallas, and Chicago at Green Bay.
Dallas can prove that their 3-7 does not accurately represent their team against an undefeated Panthers team.
The Bears will attempt to stay in playoff contention in a tough matchup at Green Bay. I think this game will be closer than people think.
Then, there are the Eagles and Lions. A game that will be played at 12:30 because everyone will eating by then and no one cares about these two losing teams.
Although there are good matchups on Thursday, the game I am looking forward to is the Sunday night contest between the Broncos and the Patriots. I believe that defense will play a bigger role in this game than most people think.
Week 12 Defense Rankings Reaction
Who I Like More
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills
The Chiefs defense has progressively become better throughout the season. Justin Houston and Derrick Johnson anchor the third best fantasy defense in the league. In the past four games they average allowing less than ten points a game! In those four games the defense is scoring sixteen points on average.
This week the Chiefs are ranked 6th according SCFE, which is incredibly low considering their matchup. The Chiefs are scheduled to go against the Buffalo Bills in Arrowhead. The Bills have relied heavily on their two-headed running game featuring Lesean McCoy and Karlos Williams. The Bills’ run game will come to a screeching halt Sunday as they go against a Chiefs’ defense who has allowed the fourth least rushing yards per game (93.6).
Shutting down the Bills’ pass game won’t be a problem for Kansas City since they previously have stopped Matthew Stafford, Peyton Manning, and Philip Rivers.
I can’t see the Bills scoring more than seventeen points Sunday.
Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots
You are going to think I am crazy but hear me out.
T.J. Ward and Von Miller will lead the Broncos against the undefeated Patriots Sunday night. The Patriots will be without their go to receiver Julian Edleman for the second straight week. This will allow the Broncos’ cornerbacks to focus on both Gronk and Amendola. Brandon Lafell’s short season has been characterized by dropped passes, so he will not be much of a threat.
The Patriots struggled offensively last week against Buffalo in front of a home crowd. This week they will travel all the way to Mile-High Stadium where they will face the best defense in the league. The Broncos’ defense ranked 10th, but they will rise to the occasion this week and play great against the Pats.
Another reason I like the Broncos’ defense is the fact that they have the potential to score touchdowns. They are near the top of the league with five defensive touchdowns.
Who I Like Less
Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
The Packers will have an NFC North matchup against the Bears on Thanksgiving. Green Bay has accrued a 4-1 record at home this season with their only loss being a two-point defeat to the Lions. This being said, they have depended on Aaron Rodgers and the offense to win ball games.
In three of their last five games the Packers defense has earned negative points in standard fantasy leagues. The Bears have shown that they are capable of scoring by averaging 26 points in their previous five games. Cutler has made minimal mistakes this year while running John Fox’s new offense. Additionally, fantasy owners should note that Matt Forte is expected to play this week, which decreases the value of the Packers’ defense even more.
Packers are fifth this week but I believe they should at least be lower than tenth.
New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
As previously mentioned, the Pats will head to Denver to play the Broncos on Sunday. Last Monday, New England’s defense did not play well against the anemic Bills offense. The box score would make one think that the Pats held the Bills in check, but for those who watched the game know that Tyrod Taylor missed countless open receivers.
The New England defense will be going against a rejuvenated Broncos’ offense. Brock Osweiler stepped up in Peyton Manning’s absence and the led the team to a victory of the Bears. A big reason that they pulled out a victory was that they established a run game that has been absent this season. Hillman and Anderson combined for 170 yards.
The Patriots will not be able to stop the run game, which will in turn, open up the pass game and allow Brock to throw to Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders (if he plays).
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