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NFL Week 12 preview

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay will play the Giants in a battle of the last two Super Bowl champions.

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Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay will play the Giants in a battle of the last two Super Bowl champions.

Minnesota at Chicago

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Bears by 7.

Records: Vikings 6-4 (4-5-1 vs. spread), Bears 7-3 (5-5 vs. spread).

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Comments: Vikings lead all-time series, 52-47-2 . . . Bears’ Brandon Marshall has 711 receiving yards and 7 TDs in his last seven games . . . Minnesota’s Jared Allen has 13 sacks in eight games vs. Chicago . . . Bears DE Julius Peppers has eight sacks in seven games vs. Vikings . . . Chicago’s Tim Jennings has an NFL-high 8 interceptions . . . Player to watch: Vikings’ Adrian Peterson has rushed for 629 yards and 5 TDs in last four games.

Key injuries: VIKINGS: OUT: WR Percy Harvin (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: DT Letroy Guion (foot), G Charlie Johnson (toe). PROBABLE: DE Jared Allen (shoulder), WR Stephen Burton (ankle), WR Michael Jenkins (foot), P Chris Kluwe (left knee), RB Adrian Peterson (ankle), CB Antoine Winfield (knee). BEARS: OUT: WR Alshon Jeffery (knee). QUESTIONABLE: QB Jay Cutler (concussion), TE Kellen Davis (ankle). PROBABLE: LB Lance Briggs (thumb), QB Jason Campbell (ribs), G Lance Louis (ankle), WR Brandon Marshall (shoulder), DE Shea McClellin (concussion), DT Stephen Paea (shoulder), DE Julius Peppers (thigh), DT Matt Toeaina (calf).

Atlanta at Tampa Bay

Time: 1 p.m., Fox Line: Falcons by 1.

Records: Falcons 9-1 (6-4 vs. spread), Buccaneers 6-4 (8-2 vs. spread).

Comments: Buccaneers have scored an NFL-high 205 points over the last six weeks . . . Since 2007, Falcons’ Roddy White has an NFL-high 533 catches . . . Tampa Bay rookie Leonard Johnson has picked off a pass in three of his last four games . . . Atlanta’s John Abraham (not yet an AARP spokesman) has 13½ sacks in his last 13 games . . . Player to watch: Tampa QB Josh Freeman is 5-1, with 16 TD passes, in his last six games.

Key injuries: FALCONS: OUT: S Charles Mitchell (calf). QUESTIONABLE: WR Kevin Cone (groin), DT Peria Jerry (quadriceps), WR Julio Jones (ankle), CB Asante Samuel (shoulder), DT Vance Walker (ribs), LB Sean Weatherspoon (illness, ankle). PROBABLE: DE John Abraham (back), DT Jonathan Babineaux (neck), K Matt Bryant (back), CB Christopher Owens (thigh), QB Matt Ryan (finger), RB Michael Turner (groin). BUCCANEERS: OUT: S Cody Grimm (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: CB Eric Wright (Achilles). PROBABLE: DE Michael Bennett (shoulder), S Ahmad Black (illness), CB Leonard Johnson (heel), DE Aaron Morgan (shoulder), WR Tiquan Underwood (head), LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring).

San Francisco at New Orleans

Time: 4:25 p.m., Fox Line: 49ers by 1.

Records: 49ers 7-2-1 (6-4 vs. spread), Saints 5-5 (6-4 vs. spread).

Comments: White-hot Saints have won five of six . . . Nawlins QB Drew Brees is 5-0 with 107.2 passer rating and 12 TD passes vs. 49ers in the regular season (for those living under a rock, he has thrown a TD pass in 53 straight games) . . . San Fran LB Aldon Smith has 29 career sacks, the most by an NFLer in his first 26 career games . . . Player to watch: New Orleans tailback Chris Ivory has a rushing a TD in three of his last four games.

Key injuries: 49ERS: QUESTIONABLE: QB Alex Smith (concussion). PROBABLE: CB Tarell Brown (knee), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), S Dashon Goldson (ribs, calf), LB Tavares Gooden (shin), RB Frank Gore (ribs, wrist), WR Randy Moss (finger), LB Aldon Smith (shoulder), S C.J. Spillman (finger), DT Will Tukuafu (wrist), LB Patrick Willis (shoulder). SAINTS: OUT: T Charles Brown (knee), DE Junior Galette (ankle), CB Elbert Mack (concussion), CB Corey White (knee). QUESTIONABLE: T Zach Strief (groin). PROBABLE: LB Ramon Humber (illness), RB Darren Sproles (hand).

Green Bay at NY Giants

Time: 8:20 p.m., NBC Line: Giants by 3.

Records: Packers 7-3 (5-5 vs. spread), Giants 6-4 (4-5-1 vs. spread).

Comments: Cheeseheads lead the all-time slate, 27-21-2 . . . Big Blue is 10-0 when Ahmad Bradshaw rushes for at least 100 yards . . . Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers is 6-1 with 24 TDs in his last seven games . . . Packers CB Casey Hayward leads all rooks with 5 INTs . . . New York’s Stevie Brown has NFL-high 168 interception-return yards . . . Player to watch: Giants’ Victor Cruz has 28 catches for 427 yards and 5 TDs in his last four home games.

Key injuries: PACKERS: OUT: LB Terrell Manning (shoulder), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), LB Erik Walden (ankle), S Charles Woodson (collarbone). QUESTIONABLE: WR Greg Jennings (groin, abdomen), TE Andrew Quarless (knee). GIANTS: OUT: WR Domenik Hixon (ankle), LB Jacquian Williams (knee). QUESTIONABLE: S Kenny Phillips (knee), LB Keith Rivers (calf, knee). PROBABLE: C David Baas (ankle, elbow), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), DT Linval Joseph (knee), S Tyler Sash (ankle), G Chris Snee (ankle).

Oakland at Cincinnati

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Bengals by 8½.

Records: Raiders 3-7 (3-7 vs. spread), Bengals 5-5 (4-5-1 vs. spread).

Comments: QB Carson Palmer returns to his former stomping grounds in Cincinnati. He shouldn’t expect a real warm welcome . . . Palmer has thrown for 300-plus yards in three straight (all losses) . . . Bengals QB Andy Dalton has thrown for 6 TDs in his last two games . . . Player to watch: Cincy DT Geno Atkins has a career-high 8 sacks in 2012.

Key injuries: RAIDERS: OUT: RB Mike Goodson (ankle), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), DT Richard Seymour (knee, hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: DE Jack Crawford (toe), RB Taiwan Jones (ankle). PROBABLE: S Tyvon Branch (neck), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring), TE Brandon Myers (shoulder), RB Marcel Reece (hamstring, quadriceps). BENGALS: DOUBTFUL: WR Andrew Hawkins (knee), TE Richard Quinn (hamstring). PROBABLE: C Jeff Faine (hamstring), CB Adam Jones (calf), WR Marvin Jones (knee), S Reggie Nelson (hamstring), CB Terence Newman (head).

Pittsburgh at Cleveland

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Steelers by 1.

Records: Steelers 6-4 (4-5-1 vs. spread), Browns 2-8 (5-4-1 vs. spread).

Comments: Steelers lead all-time series, 62-56, and have won 21 of last 23 tilts . . . Charlie Batch (wear a flak jacket!) takes over as Pittsburgh QB with Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich out with rib woes . . . Browns had 7 sacks last week . . . Steelers TE Heath Miller has 5 TD catches vs. Brownies . . . Player to watch: Cleveland’s Joshua Cribbs has 3 return TDs vs. Pitt.

Key injuries: STEELERS: OUT: WR Jerricho Cotchery (ribs), T Marcus Gilbert (ankle), QB Byron Leftwich (ribs), QB Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder). DOUBTFUL: S Troy Polamalu (calf). QUESTIONABLE: WR Antonio Brown (ankle). PROBABLE: S Will Allen (shoulder), G Willie Colon (knee), DE Ziggy Hood (back), RB Isaac Redman (concussion), LB Stevenson Sylvester (hamstring). BROWNS: OUT: CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle), S Ray Ventrone (calf).

Buffalo at Indianapolis

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Colts by 3.

Records: Bills 4-6 (5-5 vs. spread), Colts 6-4 (6-4 vs. spread).

Comments: Since the start of 2011, Bills are 4-15 when Ryan Fitzpatrick attempts 30 or more passes (6-1 when he doesn’t) . . . Indy’s Reggie Wayne (938) is three catches shy of passing Art Monk for 12th on the all-time NFL list . . . Colts’ Robert Mathis has a sack in four straight home games . . . Player to watch: Buffalo’s C.J. Spiller has 100-plus scrimmage yards in five straight games.

Key injuries: BILLS: OUT: DE Mark Anderson (knee), CB Aaron Williams (knee). QUESTIONABLE: DE Spencer Johnson (ankle), RB Corey McIntyre (knee), WR Brad Smith (hamstring). PROBABLE: CB Ron Brooks (teeth), S Jairus Byrd (back), DT Marcell Dareus (shoulder), T Chris Hairston (knee), RB Fred Jackson (concussion), DE Chris Kelsay (neck), G Andy Levitre (knee), CB Leodis McKelvin (groin), DE Shawne Merriman (groin), CB Justin Rogers (hamstring), S Da’Norris Searcy (hand), LB Kelvin Sheppard (back), RB C.J. Spiller (shoulder), DT Kyle Williams (ankle), DE Mario Williams (wrist, ankle), C Eric Wood (knee). COLTS: DOUBTFUL: CB Vontae Davis (knee). QUESTIONABLE: TE Coby Fleener (shoulder), DE Cory Redding (hip). PROBABLE: WR Donnie Avery (head), S Antoine Bethea (ankle), RB Donald Brown (knee), NT Josh Chapman (knee), QB Andrew Luck (knee), CB Teddy Williams (hamstring).

Denver at Kansas City

Time: 1 p.m. CBS Line: Broncos by 10½.

Records: Broncos 7-3 (6-4 vs. spread), Chiefs 1-9 (3-7 vs. spread).

Comments: Broncos haven’t lost since Week 5 at New England . . . Chiefs have lost 7 straight . . . Brady Quinn gets the start at QB for KC . . . Denver will go with Peyton Manning, who needs a win to break a 148-148 tie with John Elway for second-most all-time . . . KC’s Jamaal Charles has rushed for 187 yards the last two weeks . . . Player to watch: Broncos LB Von Miller has 13 sacks.

Key injuries: BRONCOS: QUESTIONABLE: CB Omar Bolden (concussion). PROBABLE: DE Robert Ayers (groin), TE Virgil Green (hamstring), RB Ronnie Hillman (hamstring), G Chris Kuper (ankle), RB Knowshon Moreno (groin), CB Tracy Porter (illness), WR Demaryius Thomas (knee), DE Derek Wolfe (quadriceps). CHIEFS: DOUBTFUL: T Branden Albert (back). QUESTIONABLE: G Jon Asamoah (thumb), G Ryan Lilja (knee).

Seattle at Miami

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Seahawks by 3.

Records: Seahawks 6-4 (7-3 vs. spread), Dolphins 4-6 (4-6 vs. spread).

Comments: Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch has rushed for at least 100 yards in four straight games . . . Miami’s Davone Bess is two receptions shy of reaching 50 for the fifth straight season . . . Seahawks have a league-low 27 big plays (20 or more yards). They didn’t all come against the Patriots . . . Player to watch: Dolphins’ Reggie Bush has a mere 41 rushing yards the last two weeks.

Key injuries: SEAHAWKS: PROBABLE: DE Red Bryant (foot), G James Carpenter (concussion), RB Marshawn Lynch (back), CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring), DT Clinton McDonald (groin), DE Greg Scruggs (oblique), LB K.J. Wright (concussion). DOLPHINS: QUESTIONABLE: LB Austin Spitler (ankle). PROBABLE: LB Karlos Dansby (biceps), TE Anthony Fasano (hip), P Brandon Fields (left knee), C Mike Pouncey (ankle), S Jimmy Wilson (ribs).

Tennessee at Jacksonville

Time: 1 p.m. Line: Titans by 4.

Records: Titans 4-6 (4-6 vs. spread), Jaguars 1-9 (5-5 vs. spread).

Comments: Jaguars are 6-23 in their last 29 games . . . Jacksonville QB Chad Henne threw a career-high 4 TDs off the bench last week and gets the start . . . Tennessee RB Chris Johnson is 138 yards shy of his fifth straight 1,000-yard season . . . Player to watch: Jags’ Justin Blackmon is 42 receiving yards shy of breaking franchise rookie record held by Pete “Top Gun” Mitchell (527).

Key injuries: TITANS: DOUBTFUL: S Al Afalava (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: LB Xavier Adibi (knee), RB Jamie Harper (ankle), WR Lavelle Hawkins (ankle), TE Craig Stevens (hamstring), T Byron Stingily (back). PROBABLE: WR Kenny Britt (knee), QB Jake Locker (left shoulder), LB Colin McCarthy (ankle). JAGUARS: OUT: RB Greg Jones (thigh), CB William Middleton (concussion). QUESTIONABLE: S Dwight Lowery (ankle), CB Rashean Mathis (groin).

Baltimore at San Diego

Time: 4:05 p.m. Line: Ravens by 1.

Records: Ravens 8-2 (4-5-1 vs. spread), Chargers 4-6 (5-5 vs. spread).

Comments: Ravens are playing fourth road game in five weeks — and you better believe John Harbaugh has complained about it to somebody . . . In three home games vs. Baltimore, Chargers QB Philip Rivers has thrown for 955 yards and 6 TDs . . . Ravens’ Ray Rice is tied for NFL lead for receptions by a RB (40) . . . Player to watch: Baltimore QB Joe Flacco is 16-4 in November.

Key injuries: RAVENS: OUT: CB Jimmy Smith (abdomen). DOUBTFUL: CB Chris Johnson (thigh). QUESTIONABLE: DE Pernell McPhee (thigh). PROBABLE: LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (shoulder), NT Terrence Cody (arm), TE Ed Dickson (neck), LB Dannell Ellerbe (toe, finger), S James Ihedigbo (neck), WR Jacoby Jones (ankle), DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder), TE Dennis Pitta (head), S Bernard Pollard (chest), S Ed Reed (shoulder), LB Terrell Suggs (shoulder, ankle), LB Courtney Upshaw (shoulder), G Marshal Yanda (ankle). CHARGERS: OUT: LB Larry English (calf), T Jared Gaither (groin), WR Eddie Royal (hamstring). DOUBTFUL: G Tyronne Green (hamstring), TE Dante Rosario (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: DT Aubrayo Franklin (knee). PROBABLE: S Atari Bigby (shoulder), P Mike Scifres (right ankle), G Louis Vasquez (ankle).

St. Louis at Arizona

Time: 4:25 p.m. Line: Cardinals by 1½.

Records: Rams 3-6-1 (6-4 vs. spread), Cardinals 4-6 (4-5-1 vs. spread).

Comments: Rams beat Cardinals, 17-3, Oct. 4 and neither team has won since . . . St. Louis’s Chris Givens is first rookie with a 50-plus-yard reception in five straight games . . . Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley (currently on zero fantasy teams across the land) makes his first career start . . . Rams’ Danny Amendola has 18 catches in the last two weeks . . . Player to watch: Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald has 99 catches vs. Rams.

Key injuries: RAMS: OUT: LB Mario Haggan (elbow). DOUBTFUL: WR Danny Amendola (foot). QUESTIONABLE: TE Lance Kendricks (knee), S Rodney McLeod (calf). PROBABLE: RB Steven Jackson (foot). CARDINALS: QUESTIONABLE: DE Calais Campbell (calf), WR Early Doucet (ribs), QB Kevin Kolb (ribs), RB LaRod Stephens-Howling (ribs).

Carolina at Philadelphia

Time: Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN Line: Panthers by 3.

Records: Panthers 2-8 (4-6 vs. spread), Eagles 3-7 (1-8-1 vs. spread).

Comments: This is one of the more brutal matchups you’re ever going to see . . . Philadelphia has lost six straight games . . . Carolina’s Cam Newton is the only NFL player with 6,000-plus passing yards, 1,000-plus rushing yards, and 15-plus rushing touchdowns in his first two seasons . . . The Eagles have won three straight against the Panthers . . . Player to watch: Eagles RB Bryce Brown will make his first start since 2008 at Wichita East High School.

Key injuries: PANTHERS: DNP: DE Antwan Applewhite (hamstring), DE Greg Hardy (illness), LB Jordan Senn (ankle). FULL: LB Thomas Davis (not injury related), DT Dwan Edwards (not injury related), DT Ron Edwards (not injury related), T Jordan Gross (not injury related), C Geoff Hangartner (knee), S Colin Jones (head), WR Steve Smith (finger). EAGLES: OUT: RB LeSean McCoy (concussion), QB Michael Vick (concussion), RB Chris Polk (toe). DNP: WR Jason Avant (hamstring). FULL: WR Riley Cooper (knee), WR Mardy Gilyard (hamstring), DT Cullen Jenkins (foot, ankle), G Danny Watkins (ankle).

Jim McBride can be reached at j_mcbride@globe.com
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