Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore Ravens, and the St. Louis Rams at Denver Broncos headline Week 12 games on FOX. A full television coverage map of day and evening games via FOX and CBS can be found at the506.com, HERE.
Five of the six games FOX is broadcasting for Week 12 have playoff implications. These range from 5-5 teams who are just trying to stay alive to positioning for #1 seeds and divisional leads. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be unavailable for Sunday’s match-up as they’re calling FOX’s Thanksgiving Day game.
There are two FOX “Games of the week.” During the day, the Green Bay Packers will travel to the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons are the only NFC team who has an 8-2 record and they’re 18-1 when Matt Ryan plays at home. The Packers enter this contest on a four game winning streak, and they’ve outscored their last three opponents 85-10. They’ve gotten the last two head coaches they’ve faced fired (Wade Phillips and Brad Childress). This game will be called by Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick and will be televised throughout most of the United States, especially in the South.
The second FOX “Game of the week” will be called by Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa. The Chicago Bears will host the Philadelphia Eagles in the first of two afternoon games that features “7-3 versus 7-3” match-up. The Bears are 7-3, but many folks doubt their legitimacy because of their schedule and offense. With games against the Eagles, Patriots, Packers, and Jets, the Bears can prove themselves once and for all by just going .500 in these games. Michael Vick will continue his stellar play, but he might have some difficulty this week as the Bears cover-2 scheme has players trained well in forcing turnovers and containing mobile quarterbacks. Jay Cutler could also have difficulty against the NFL’s best turnover ratio team.
The second regional afternoon game features a pair of 7-3 teams. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in a game where they’d love to prove themselves as legitimate NFC playoff contenders. The Buccaneers have winnable home games against the Seahawks and Lions. After that, they have games against the Falcons, Saints, Ravens, and Redskins. They’ll need to win at least one of those if they want to extend their season deeper into January. The Ravens will look to keep pace with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North, but they can’t be caught napping against a well coached Buccaneers squad. Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan are responsible for this telecast.
For a detailed look of what games you’ll be receiving, you’re encouraged to check the television coverage map that’s given at the beginning of this article. This will prepare you if you need to make arrangements to see a game.
Enjoy the games!
Television Coverage Map from the506.com. November 24, 2010.