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Week 15 Thursday Night Football Preview – Bengals @ Eagles

Bengals QB, Andy Dalton, Thursday Night Football, Fantasy FootballThe Week 15 edition of Thursday Night Football features the Cincinnati Bengals on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles. This matchup features two long-time coaches that have been on the hot seat in recent years, and for Andy Reid this could be one of his last games as the Eagles’ head coach. In terms of the ramifications of this game, it’s a TNF matchup that features one team that is hopelessly lost and another that is struggling to find a playoff spot.

The Eagles season is done, so this is a pride game for them. They have struggled through a rough season in which they struggled with production and were riddled with injuries on both sides of the ball. While Vick has been cleared medically, he probably isn’t coming back this season. He may have played his last game for Philly. Rookie quarterback Nick Foles is behind center now, but he has been a rollercoaster in the last two weeks. They have some bright spots of potential in Foles and fill-in running back, Bryce Brown. Aside from that, they have had a throw away season and are probably ready to move on to the offseason.

The Bengals are still in the playoff hunt. They have been up and down this season, but their 2nd year QB has been on a hot streak in recent weeks. Warming up in December is what the doctor ordered if you have playoff hopes. They come into this week tied at the top of their division with Pittsburgh at 7-6, and the Bengals need a win since the Steelers own the head-to-head tiebreaker.  The next few weeks will determine whether Cincinnati can edge out Pittsburgh in the AFC North, settle for a wild card spot, or go home. The Eagles aren’t a good team, so Cincy needs to have a good showing and win this “should win” matchup.

Fantasy Focus

Nick Foles (Eagles)

The rookie is coming off a big fantasy week in Week 14. That said, if such a thing is possible, Foles had an ugly 31.9 fantasy points last week. He often looked indecisive, and he was very slow. Combine that with a depleted offense and the outlook isn’t so good. Foles is in the driver’s seat for the rest of the season, but don’t expect anymore 30+ point weeks. He’ll be luck to rack up half of that.

Eagles RB, Bryce Brown, Thursday Night Football, Fantasy FootballBryce Brown (Eagles)

Brown came back to Earth in Week 14. That was likely fantasy disaster for a number of owners in their first round of fantasy playoffs. Brown is playing on a struggling offense with a banged up O-Line, but he has upside. Look for him to bounce back in Week 15 against a Bengals defense that is ranked 25th against RBs. Just hope he can protect the football and avoid fumbles.

Jason Avant (Eagles)

Avant had a good game last week. He scored 14.3 fantasy points from a 7 for 133 performance. He is benefiting from the injuries in the Eagles offense. With DeSean Jackson out for the season Avant is going to get more action, and he seems to have good mojo with Foles. He saw 12 targets in Week 14. Look for Foles to continue looking his way.

Andy Dalton (Bengals)

Dalton has had a quietly solid season thus far in 2012. He may not be piling on the passing yards, but he is consistently throwing TD passes and hasn’t thrown very many interceptions (13 TDs and 5 INTs in the last 7 weeks). He has a star receiver in Green, so look for him to connect big against an Eagles defense that is giving up the 3rd most points to opposing QBs.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Bengals)

Green-Ellis had 12 carries for 89 yards and 4 receptions for 13 yards out of the backfield in Week 14. It was the first time in 5 games that he hadn’t gotten over 100 rushing yards. The Eagles are middle of the road in terms of giving up points to running backs (16th in the league), but they are coming off a week where they gave up 129 yards to Doug Martin. Philly isn’t very good, so anything can happen.

A.J. Green (Bengals)

Green is coming off a sad performance in Week 14, but the good news is the Eagles are giving up the 7th most points to wide receivers. Philly allowed Vincent Jackson to pile on 131 yards and a touchdown last week. A.J. should do well.

Bengals D/ST

This is the best possible matchup for a defense. The struggling Eagles offense has been getting beat up by opposing defenses. They are giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing defenses so far this season, and there isn’t much hope in sight. The Bengals D/ST is a good start this week.



K. Smelser About K. Smelser
Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...

One Comment

  1. The Kommish (K. Smelser)

    December 14, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Fantasy-wise, BJGE had an ok night. The Dalton – A.J. Green combo was a bit lacking. Upside, the Bengals D/ST proved great as predicted.

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