Week 12 in the NFL kicks off with three Thanksgiving Thursday games. The Minnesota Vikings take on the Detroit Lions first on CBS at 12:30 p.m. ET. Next, the Washington Redskins travel to take on the Dallas Cowboys at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX. And finally, the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to take on an Andrew Luck-less Indianapolis Colts on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET. The Colts’ star quarterback is dealing with a concussion and won’t play in Week 12, leaving the job to Scott Tolzien. It will be Tolzien’s first start since 2013 when he was with the Packers and had to play in place of Aaron Rodgers for two games.
When that’s all over, the Bengals are part of the first slate of Sunday games. The Bengals vs Ravens game is somewhat inexplicably available for a large portion of the country, including most of the east coast. In New York, typically when a Giants or Jets game is on, no other game is on the opposing NFL channel not showing that game. But, on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, that rule appears like it will be broken and New York City and other parts of New York will have the AFC North clash televised on CBS while FOX shows the Giants vs Browns game. (If for no one else, this is good news for me. I’m skeptical that this is true, but I checked me TV listing and it appears it is.) Below are the TV maps courtesy of 506sports.com.
And on CBS in the late afternoon, the game shown in Ohio will be the Jets vs Patriots AFC East clash.
Sunday Night Football will see the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Denver for their first matchup of the season with the Broncos. The game will have playoff implications with both teams currently slated to get a Wild Card spot in the AFC playoff picture. The Oakland Raiders currently are in line to claim the AFC West, but there are still many more AFC West battles left to be played this season that could change the standings.
Week 12 ends with the Green Bay Packers (4-6) playing their second straight primetime game, this time, against the Philadelphia Eagles (5-5). The Packers are underachieving, much like the Bengals, and the Eagles started the season hot, but have severely cooled down. Who are you taking in the final game of the week?
Which games will you be watching in Week 12?