The Green Bay Packers are becoming the ultimate coaching killers. Two weeks ago they beat the Dallas Cowboys 45-7 and the result was the firing of head coach Wade Phillips. The Packers had their bye and then traveled to Minnesota and beat the Vikings 31-3. The next day head coach Brad Childress was fired.
The good news for the Atlanta Falcons is that they are 8-2 and it would seem very unlikely that the Packers would deliver a third coaching casualty in as many weeks. However, they do play the 3-7 San Francisco 49ers in two weeks and there has been speculation that Mike Singletary's job could be in danger if they are eliminated from playoff contention. The Packers may be able to go for three coaches in four weeks if things fall correctly.
One team that is in quite a bit of trouble is the New York Giants. Losing 27-17 to the Philadelphia Eagles was the least of their worries. Now WR Hakeem Nicks is expected to miss a few weeks with a leg injury. Making matters worse, Steve Smith was already injured and will be out for a few more weeks. Losing your top two receivers is never a good thing and the Giants play four teams in the next five weeks that are at least .500. Keep an eye on the Giants, as they could enter their traditional late season slide, especially if QB Eli Manning has nobody to throw the ball.
Here are my start and sit recommendations for Week 12.
Start of the Week
New York Giants WR Mario Manningham - The Giants receiver becomes the top target with Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks injured and has a great opportunity this week going against the 30th ranked wide receiver defense of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Manningham has had a touchdown in two of his last four games and had 10 catches for 91 yards and a touchdown two weeks ago against the Dallas Cowboys.
I expect Manning to struggle without both of his top targets in the game, but I expect him to focus in on Manningham. Anticipate Manning to take a step back this week, but for Manningham to have a big game.,,