NFL Game Previews: Week 12 Matchups
NFL Game Previews: Week 12 Matchups

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Baltimore at L.A. Rams (+3), 46.5 o/u – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST

Perched three games up on the reeling Steelers in the AFC North and with a decisive win in hand over the mighty Patriots in the race for the No. 1 seed in the conference, things look pretty sweet in Raven-land right about now. Their schedule over the final month is fairly soft too, so how they fare on this NFC West swing against the Rams and Niners could well decide their path through the playoffs. Lamar Jackson remains a human cheat code, completing better than 70 percent of his passes in three straight games since Baltimore's bye and rushing for at least 60 yards in seven straight as he steams towards a new NFL rushing yards record for a QB, and until some enterprising defensive coordinator figures out how to contain him, this offense (the Ravens have scored at least 23 points in every game this year, and 30-plus in four straight) isn't going to slow down. Is Wade Phillips that coordinator? Mmmm, probably not, although if anybody can find a way to get their hands on Jackson consistently, it's Aaron Donald. The Rams actually haven't given up a lot of damage on the ground to opposition quarterbacks this year, but they also haven't faced any particularly scrambly ones (a hobbled Cam Newton in Week 1 doesn't count). The good news is if this does become a track meet, Jared Goff might have his trio of top

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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