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2012 NFL schedule: Buccaneers can make a playoff statement with a win over Atlanta

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are riding a 4-game winning streak, and can make a serious statement about their playoff chances with a win over the Atlanta Falcons. Thanksgiving Day action highlights the rest of the Week 12 NFL schedule.

Al Messerschmidt

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are making a playoff push, riding a 4-game winning streak. They have an opportunity to make a statement in Week 12, with a visit by the NFC South leading Atlanta Falcons.

The Bucs are coming off an overtime victory against the Carolina Panthers, a game in which quarterback Josh Freeman threw three touchdown passes, including a 15-yarder to Dallas Clark to win the game in overtime. Three of Tampa Bay's victories during the streak have come on the road.

Atlanta, who lost their first game to the Saints in Week 10, got back in the win column with 23-19 win over the Arizona Cardinals last weekend. While the victory moved Atlanta to 9-1, Matt Ryan threw five interceptions, and the Falcons have been criticized for their poor play in the last two games.

The rest of the Week 12 schedule is highlighted by Thanksgiving Day games. Three games are on tap for the holiday, with the Patriots and Jets squaring off in the primetime match-up.

Here is the full NFL schedule for Week 12, all times are Eastern:

Thursday, Nov. 22

Sunday, Nov. 25

Monday, Nov. 26

  • Panthers at Eagles, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Check out SI.com for more on the NFL schedule.

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