There’s nothing like December football to me. It’s cold, the playoffs are on the line, and you find out who wants to win. In December, teams need their play makers to rise to the occasion. The guys that I see rising to the occasion this weekend are the following:
Andy Dalton vs. Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati’s passing weapons are too much for the Browns to stop. Dalton threw three touchdown passes the first time these teams faced off this season. Look for more of the same this game.
Other: Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. N.Y. Giants
C.J. Anderson vs. San Diego
I know that Ronnie Hillman will start against the Chargers, however I see Anderson having the more productive day. The Broncos ground game has really come on lately, averaging 174.5 yards the last 2 games. Anderson exploded for 113 yards & two TDs in their win versus the Patriots. Look for him to have a monster game versus the Chargers’ 26th-ranked run defense.
Eric Decker vs. N.Y. Giants
Decker/Brandon Marshall will both be great plays against the lowly Giants pass defense. Decker has a TD reception in four out-of-the-last five games. I assume Marshall will get more attention from the Giants secondary, leaving Decker room to roam.
A.J. Green vs. Cleveland
Dalton is my QB this week, therefore I expect one of his receivers to have a big game. I know Tyler Eifert went off for three TDs when these two teams met in week 9, but I’m picking Green in the rematch. Green will face a Browns defense that has a banged up secondary and surrendered 23 pass TDs.
Scott Chandler vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Chandler was targeted 11 times versus the Broncos with Rob Gronkowski playing the majority of that game. Chandler finished with 5 receptions and a TD. Now that Gronkowski is out, expect Chandler to reap the benefits. Chandler by no means is as dominant as Gronkowski, however he’s no slouch either.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati has the NFL’s top-ranked scoring defense, while Cleveland is starting Austin Davis, who was the 3rd-string QB at the beginning of the season. This is a BAD matchup for the Browns offense.