NFL Game Previews: Breaking Down Week 12
NFL Game Previews: Breaking Down Week 12

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Philadelphia (PK) at Detroit - Thursday, 12:30 p.m. EST

Comments: Happy happy Turkey Day! Hunger pains will go away, but maybe not the pain of having Mark Sanchez as your QB. Unfortunately, Sam Bradford's shoulder injury leaves the Eagles with little choice this week. The Lions' pass defense has been statistically awful when you look at their full-season numbers, but over the course of their little two-game winning streak they held Aaron Rodgers and Derek Carr to a combined 5.8 yards per pass attempt, a 55.8 completion percentage and just two TD passes. Against the ever-giving Sanchez, though, it would help if they had any ball-hawks in their secondary, as they're tied for last in the NFL with just four interceptions on the year. ... What Detroit also seems to lack is a running back who can follow up the hurting Doug Martin put on Philly's run defense last week. In fact, their front seven has allowed a 100-yard rusher in three of their last four games, and in the fourth Lamar Miller and Jay Ajayi combined for a respectable 24-91-0 line. Heck, even Rashad Jennings averaged 4.8 yards a carry in that Monday night debacle for the Giants five games ago. Ameer Abdullah showed a flicker of life last week against Raiders, so if injuries have you strapped for RB options, he might be worth taking a chance on. ... Ryan Mathews remains sidelined with a concussion, so DeMarco Murray should again see most of the action in

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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