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2010 NFL Week 12 Picks and Predictions

NFL Week 12 box scores and stats included

By Joel Beall - Whatifsports.com
Update: November 25th, 2010

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Game of the Week: Eagles at Bears

Before the 2010 NFL season commenced, many forecasted the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints as formidable candidates to win the NFC. Two franchises left out of this discussion were the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears. And with good reason. Philly fans were anticipating a rebuilding campaign as the team made the transition from Donovan McNabb to backup Kevin Kolb. The Bears similarly had tempered expectations, as Chicago was coming off of a dysfunctional 7-9 season, one which saw hope surrounding QB Jay Cutler convert into false aspiration. Yet heading into Week 12 on the NFL schedule, Philly and Chi-town find themselves as two of the prohibitive favorites to win the conference.

The Philadelphia offense, which is first in the conference in scoring (28.4 points per game) and yardage (399.4 yards per contest), has been led by the resurgence of Michael Vick, who has yet to throw a pick in seven games worth of action. On the season, Vick leads the league with a 108.7 QB rating while throwing 11 touchdowns and running for another five scores. Aiding Vick in this offensive endeavor has been the receiving duo of Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson, who have combined for 80 receptions, 1,357 yards and 12 touchdowns. LeSean McCoy has been dependable in the backfield, rushing for 726 yards and six scores while garnering 51 catches and 381 yards in the passing game.

Not to say Philadelphia is a one-trick pony. The Eagle defense leads the NFL in interceptions with 19 and is one of eight units in the league keeping opponents under 100 yards per game. To give these numbers better perspective, Philadelphia has played the likes of offensive-juggernauts Indianapolis, Green Bay and Atlanta, illustrating the dominance of the Philly D.

But as assertive as the Eagles have been, they are no match for the defensive supremacy displayed at Solider Field. Chicago is surrendering just 14.6 points per game, tops in the NFL. Newly acquired defensive end Julius Peppers and a healthy Brian Urlacher have equated to success against the run as the Bears are containing opposing backs to an NFC-best 78 yards a game. The pass protection has been just as proficient, suppressing enemy signal callers to a league-low 66.4 QB Rating.

Unfortunately for the Bears, the defense has been forced to impose their jurisdiction to counter the insipidity of the Chicago offense. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz was brought in to revitalize an anemic aerial attack, yet the early returns have been disheartening. The Bears are ranked 30th in total offense yardage (294.4 yards per game) and are averaging a less-than-pedestrian 19.1 points on the scoreboard. Cutler has mostly been mediocre, throwing 12 touchdowns with 10 interceptions, and Matt Forte has been unable to recapture the magic from his 2008 rookie campaign. Cutler's performance has been the most alarming, as Chicago exchanged two first-round picks for the quarterback's services in 2009. Though the Cutler Era in the Windy City is only 25 games old, the investment thus far hasn't paid off, with Cutler throwing 39 touchdowns to 36 interceptions.

So who wins in this clash of NFC titans? According to the WhatIfSports.com NFL simulation engine, the Eagles come out on top 68.8-percent of the time by an average score of 24-18. For the rest of this week's predictions, check below:

NFL Week 12
MatchupWin%Avg Score
Jacksonville Jaguars15.816Boxscore
@ New York Giants84.229Simulate Game
Cincinnati Bengals22.712Boxscore
@ New York Jets77.321Simulate Game
Carolina Panthers25.014Boxscore
@ Cleveland Browns75.021Simulate Game
Miami Dolphins31.415Boxscore
@ Oakland Raiders68.620Simulate Game
St. Louis Rams32.417Boxscore
@ Denver Broncos67.623Simulate Game
Tennessee Titans43.520Boxscore
@ Houston Texans56.523Simulate Game
Green Bay Packers48.021Boxscore
@ Atlanta Falcons52.022Simulate Game
Tampa Bay Buccaneers47.619Boxscore
@ Baltimore Ravens52.420Simulate Game
Minnesota Vikings52.123Boxscore
@ Washington Redskins47.922Simulate Game
Philadelphia Eagles67.423Boxscore
@ Chicago Bears32.617Simulate Game
New Orleans Saints68.023Boxscore
@ Dallas Cowboys32.017Simulate Game
San Francisco 49ers68.326Boxscore
@ Arizona Cardinals31.720Simulate Game
New England Patriots70.824Boxscore
@ Detroit Lions29.217Simulate Game
Kansas City Chiefs73.525Boxscore
@ Seattle Seahawks26.517Simulate Game
San Diego Chargers83.028Boxscore
@ Indianapolis Colts17.017Simulate Game
Pittsburgh Steelers93.229Boxscore
@ Buffalo Bills 6.812Simulate Game

Joel Beall is a Content Writer for Whatifsports.com. He can be reached at jbeall@whatifsports.com.

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