No doubt injuries have greatly affected the outcome of NFL seasons before, so this one may be no different. Still, it seems like cataclysmic injuries have changed the script more than ever heading into the December portion of the air jordan retro 1989 2013 schedule.
Certainly the absence of quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) and Jay Cutler (Chicago) have altered the picture in the NFC North. Green Bay is just about out of the running and the Bears probably won make the postseason unless they beat out Detroit for the division title.
And season ending injuries to WR Reggie Wayne (Colts), DTs Geno Atkins (Bengals), Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo (Patriots), WR Julio Jones (Falcons) and QB Sam Bradford (Rams) have had or will have a great impact on the final outcome.
Another example is Kansas City, which started 9 0 behind an effective pass rush, but faces the prospect going down the stretch with sackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston either out of action entirely or hampered by injuries suffered last week.
Week 12 games open the tell tale final month of the regular season with virtually every game having some impact on the postseason picture.
The line: Seahawks ( 5)
The scoop: Many believe this will be a preview of the NFC Championship Game and will decide No. 1 seed and home field advantage in conference playoffs. . Last time Saints visited Seattle (2010), they were favored as an 11 5 wild card over Seahawks team that had won NFC West with 7 9 record. Seattle shocked NFL world with 41 36 win. Now people are penciling in a Seattle win this time.
Outlook: Saints have lost to Patriots and Jets on road and struggled at Bucs, Bears and Falcons. Seattle, 27 17. 4
The line: Broncos ( 5 scoop: Both sides enter this game on a downer, Denver after losing to Patriots and Chiefs for losing at home to division rival Chargers and suffering injuries to pass rushers Hali (ankle) and Houston (elbow). Hali will play today but not Houston. Denver has injury concerns, too. RB Knowshon Moreno is beaten up after 38 carry, 224 yard game against Pats. . Denver blowing 24 0 lead and losing at New England was huge for Chiefs, because it now gives them chance to take back AFC West lead with a win in front of boisterous Arrowhead crowd today. Denver, 38 28.
The line: Chargers ( 1)
The scoop: Bengals coming off bye week, which followed 41 20 win over Browns. Prior to that Cincy had lost a pair of OT games on the road. . Chargers saved their playoff hopes with win at Kansas City last week after damaging loss to Miami. Bolts probably will have to go 4 1 versus Bengals, Giants, Broncos, Raiders and Chiefs to have playoff shot. . Philip Rivers of Chargers having huge season with 3,381 passing yards, 22 TDs and 106.6 rating but defense is giving up 389.5 per game.
Outlook: Bengals are only 2 4 on road with win in OT versus Bills and three pointer at Lions. San Diego, 30 27.
Titans (5 6) at Colts (7 4)
The line: Indianapolis ( 3 scoop: Tennessee would put some suspense in AFC South race with a win here. . Colts won first meeting, 30 27, in Nashville on Nov. 14. Indy has won nine of last 10 in division rivalry and is 3 0 with Andrew Luck at quarterback. . air jordan 1989 for sale Titans Ryan Fitzpatrick will be making his fifth career start against Indy. His record: 5 TDs, 3 INTs, 87.2 rating, won 1, lost 3.
Outlook: Indy opponents are averaging 32.4 points last five games (3 2), but can Titans match that with Fitz at quarterback? Indianapolis, 28 20.
Cardinals (7 4) at Eagles (6 5)
The line: Eagles ( 3)
The scoop: Two of the hottest teams in NFC meet. Cards have won last four although three of the wins were over 2 9 Atlanta, 2 9 Jaguars and 2 9 Texans. That 40 11 rout of Colts at home last week was impressive. Eagles have dispatched Raiders and Packers on road and finally ended 10 game home losing air jordan 1989 shoes streak with win over Redskins before taking bye week. . Two hot QBs meet, too. Carson Palmer of Cardinals has 110.8 rating for his last four games and is looking for his third 300 yard passing game in a row. Nick Foles of Eagles has 16 TDs and no INTs and leads league with 128.0 passer rating.
Outlook: Arizona maturing nicely under Bruce Arians, who once coached college ball in Philly (Temple). Cardinals, 24 21.