The three biggest NFL matchups we were watching last week involved Bill Belichick’s defense vs. Jets quarterback Zach Wilson. Sorry, Zach.

We were also focused on T.J. Watt vs. the Bengals’ offensive line. Watt did get a great and athletic interception, but he had just three pressures in 34 pass rush snaps, giving the win to Cincinnati on the field and the scoreboard.

We also thought the Vikings’ offense vs. the Cowboys’ defense would be a good matchup. Sorry, Vikings.

Here are the three NFL matchups in Week 12 that we’re most excited to see.

Bengals Red Zone Offense vs. Titans Red Zone Defense

One of the most informative offensive stats that Cold, Hard Football Facts tracks is Scoreability. It’s a measurement of just how efficiently an offense turns yards into points. The fourth-ranked team through 11 weeks is Cincinnati, which underscores their current 75% touchdown conversion rate when entering the red zone.

The Titans, however, rank first overall in Bendability, which measures how well a defense keeps points off the board. Tennessee allows touchdowns just half the time a team enters the red zone.

Whoever wins this battle is going to win this game.

Falcons Offensive Line vs. Commanders Defensive Line

Under the stress of having a team that always wants to run the football, the Falcons’ offensive line has held up quite well this season. According to the Offensive Hog Index, which Cold, Hard Football Facts tabulate, the Falcons’ O-line is eighth in the NFL. Atlanta is second in the NFL in yards rushing and sixth in yards per carry.

The Commanders, however, rank fifth in the Defensive Hog Index, which is backed up by their sixth ranking in rushing yards allowed per game. That includes allowing just 21 yards last week to Houston and holding rookie Dameon Pierce to just eight yards on ten carries.

With Kyle Pitts out, the Falcons will have to rely on the run even more, but will they find success against Washington? We shall see and this is one of our NFL matchups of the week.

Dolphins Passing Offense vs. Texans Passing Defense

No, this is not going to be a good matchup. It’s not strength on strength, a test of football skills and wills, or anything that typically defines our focus. But, where this matchup lacks in greatness, it more than makes up for it with fun.

The Dolphins’ pass offense has some of the loftiest rankings in the NFL, according to Cold, Hard Football Facts. They are first in Real Passing Yds/Attempt, third in Real Quarterback Rating, and fourth in Offensive Passer Rating.

On the other side, the Texans rank 25th in Defensive Real Passing Yds/Attempt and 30th in Total Team Yards Allowed.

Tua Tagovailoa has moved up in the MVP rankings, now the second-betting favorite behind Patrick Mahomes. This game should help his cause. And Tyreek Hill’s quest for 2,000 yards receiving should get a big boost on Sunday against a secondary prone to the big play.

 


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