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Sunday Morning Bloody Mary: Know Who You're Rooting For - NFL Week 12

Since the Saints already took care of business for the week, fans of the team have another Saints-less Sunday afternoon to watch the other games going on around the league and do a little scouting work. To see which games will be aired in your neck of the woods, check out the Week 12 broadcast distribution map.  

Make the jump for a quick preview of the rest of the games remaining in the NFL's Week 12 and a rundown of which teams Saints fans should be rooting to better the Black & Gold's chances of making the playoffs. Your comments are always welcome.

Green Bay @ Atlanta Game Center

Game:  1pm, FOX, Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick

Odds:  Falcons by 2

Analysis:  Even though we really don't want the Packers to win this game and threaten the NFC lead, we really don't want the Dirty Birds to stay ahead of the Saints within the division. So today, we've all got to be cheese heads.  

Root for: Green Bay

Pittsburgh @ Buffalo Game Center

Game:  1pm, CBS, Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots

Odds:  Steelers by 7

Analysis:  The outcome of this game has no effect on the NFC playoff picture so no pressure here. If you're into the underdog thing, a Bills win would be surprisingly impressive.

Root for: Whoever you want.

Carolina @ Cleveland Game Center

Game:  1pm, FOX, Chris Rose, Torry Holt

Odds:  Browns by 10

Analysis:  Jake Delhomme will be getting the start against his former team today, hopefully that will be plenty of inspiration to make sure the Browns crush

Root for: Cleveland

Tennessee @ Houston Game Center

Game:  1pm, CBS, Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts 

Odds:  Houston by 6

Analysis:  This game might be important for these two division rivals but for Saints fans it's pretty meaningless. Feel free to root for whoever you like most. 

Root for: Go with your gut. 

Jacksonville @ NY Giants Game Center

Game:  1pm, CBS, Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf

Odds:  Giants by 7

Analysis:  If the Jaguars can manage to pull out a win, it would take the 6-4 Giants significantly further out of the race in the NFC. This is definitely a key game that could seriously help the Saints and quite a few other teams in the conference. 

Root for: Jacksonville

Minnesota @ Washington Game Center

Game:  1pm, FOX, Dick Stockton, Charles Davis, Jim Mora Jr.

Odds:  Redskins by 1.5

Analysis:  Since both teams are in the NFC and someone has to win, I guess it would be best for the Vikings to be that team. They're out of the playoff picture while the 5-5 Redskins have a remote chance of competing with the Saints. 

Root for: Minnesota

Miami @ Oakland Game Center

Game:  4:05pm, CBS,  Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker

Odds:  Oakland by 2.5

Analysis: Saints fans don't need to worry about this intra-AFC battle between two mediocre 5-5 teams looking to earn themselves a winning record. 

Root for: Doesn't matter

Kansas City @ Seattle Game Center

Game:  4:05pm, CBS, Bill Macatee, Rich Gannon

Odds:  Chiefs by 2.5

Analysis:  Not like the Seahawks pose any real threat within the NFC conference but it sure wouldn't hurt for them to get beat by a team from the AFC.  And it's definitely likely. 

Root for: Kansas City

Tampa Bay @ Baltimore Game Center

Game:  4:15pm, FOX, Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan

Odds:  Ravens by 7

Analysis:  It's time for Tampa Bay's little fairy tale start to finally come to an end and prove to everyone what we've all been thinking this whole time: this team isn't for real. The Ravens let us down when we needed them to beat the Falcons a few weeks ago. This is their chance to redeem themselves. Pretty please?

Root for: Baltimore

Philadelphia @ Chicago Game Center

Game:  4:15pm, FOX, Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa

Odds:  Eagles by 3.5

Analysis:  Both teams are 7-3 and in the race with the Saints for the top playoff spot in the NFC. We'd love to see both teams lose, unfortunately that hasn't been invented yet. The best thing might actually be a tie but that's certainly not very likely. The Eagles scare me more so I think personally I'd prefer the Bears to win. 

Root for: Neither of them.

St. Louis @ Denver Game Center

Game:  4:15pm, CBS, Ron Pitts, John Lynch

Odds:  Broncos by 3.5

Analysis:  This is an AFC vs. NFC matchup so we need to root for the Broncos by default but who really cares if the Rams actually win a game? 

Root for: Denver

San Diego @ Indianapolis Game Center

Game:  8:20pm, NBC, Al Michael, Cris Collinsworth

Odds:  Colts by 3

Analysis:  You already know how I feel about Phillip Rivers and since the other quarterbacks name is Manning, I'm gonna go with the Colts. But in the grand Saints scheme, it doesn't  matter which team wins. 

Root for: Whatever

San Francisco @ Arizona Game Center

Game:  Monday, 8:30pm, ESPN, Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden

Odds:  49ers by 1

Analysis:  This is a battle to avoid  becoming the worst team in the worst division in the NFL. How exciting!? Couldn't they flex this game out of the Monday night spot? It really doesn't matter who wins because neither team will be making the playoffs.

Root for: Arizona for payback.