Who’s out to steal your team’s playoff hopes?
With division titles and playoff spots still up for grabs, spoilers and trap games lurk at every turn. Teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings are looking to add salt in the game for the Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears this week.
Feathers will fly in Philly as the Eagles and Cardinals get together in a game which has heavy playoff implications. The Broncos and Chiefs meet again to decide who’s best in the division and conference. Ditto Monday night as the high-powered Saints offense travels to Seattle to face the Seahawks and their top ranked defense.
Thursday November 28, 2013
Detroit Lions 40, Green Bay Packers 10 – The Lions won on Thanksgiving for the first time in a decade and created some space in the NFC North. Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford were on the same page for the first time in weeks. The Packers may have Aaron Rodgers back next week.
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Dallas Cowboys 31, Oakland Raiders 24 – The Dallas Cowboys gained sole possession in the NFC East with a come from behind win against the Raiders. DeMarco Murray only rushed for 63 yards, but accounted for three touchdowns.
Baltimore Ravens 22, Pittsburgh Steelers 20 – The Steelers playoff hopes took a hit as Justin Tucker kicked five field goals for Baltimore. The Ravens are on their first winning streak since September.
Sunday December 1, 2013. Games beginning at 1:00 pm:
Tennessee Titans (5-6) at Indianapolis Colts (7-4) – The Colts offense has stalled to a sputter and they continue to give up points by the pound. The Titans have a golden opportunity to catch a reeling Colts squad, while helping their playoff chances.
Colts 31 – Titans 30
Arizona Cardinals (7-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (6-5) – Historically, the Cardinals always play the Eagles tough in Philly and today will be no different. There is a playoff atmosphere in Philadelphia, which has been absent for a few seasons. This Cardinals defense is tough and Larry Fitzgerald always has his way against the Eagles.
Cardinals 29 – Eagles 17
Miami Dolphins (5-6) at NY Jets (5-6) – The Dolphins defense played their best ball for three quarters last week against the Panthers. I’m sure they were happy to hear Rex Ryan had decided to stick it out with Geno Smith. Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace are finally starting to come together.
Dolphins 27 – Jets 10
Chicago Bears (6-5) at Minnesota Vikings (2-8-1) – Chicago posted impressive number last week against the Rams, but giving up 21 first quarter points is a no-no. The Vikings blew a double-digit halftime lead and could only earn three points in the extra period.
Bears 24 – Vikings 16
New England Patriots (8-3) at Houston Texans (2-9) – So much for Tom Brady being done. Last week’s rally against the Broncos was a team effort led by the gritty Brady. How far have the Texans fallen? This time last season when they met the Patriots, they were 11-1 before they were blown out in Foxboro. How can you not expect the same this year?
Patriots 38 – Texans 13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-8) at Carolina Panthers (8-3) – Carolina played from behind last week before coming through in the end. The Bucs running game is improving, but still has inconsistencies. I see the Carolina going 1-1 over the next two weeks. Might as well get the loss out of the way now.
Buccaneers 27 – Panthers 24
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) at Cleveland Browns (4-7) – The Jags have gained some offensive traction in recent weeks. Maurice Jones-Drew rushed for a season high 84 yards last week. The Browns were tossed to and fro by the Steelers last week. Josh Gordon is a guy to watch for the Browns in this one.
Browns 23 – Jags 14
Games beginning at 4:00 or later:
Atlanta Falcons (2-9) at Buffalo Bills (4-7) – A win by the Bills with some help puts them on the playoff bubble. Tony Gonzalez says he contemplates retirement “every day”. Poor guy has to be counting the seconds.
Bills 23 – Falcons 20
St. Louis Rams (5-6) at San Francisco 49ers (7-4) – The Niners defense beat Robert Griffin III and DC into submission last week. The Rams are hot, but there is no way Kellen Clemens is ready to face the onslaught of the San Francisco front seven.
Niners 31 – Rams 15
Denver Broncos (9-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) – No it’s the Chiefs who are at home and beat up. Linebacker Justin Houston is out and fellow ‘backer Tamba Hali is questionable. If they’re unable to go, this one could get ugly in a hurry. The Broncos may have found their running back in Knowshon Moreno – well for now anyway.
Broncos 30 – Chiefs 21
Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) at San Diego Chargers (5-6) – Phillip Rivers is completing an amazing 70 percent of his passes. If the Chargers had a true running game, the AFC West would be a three-team race. The Bengals are starting to look like a team who shot their load early and will fight to hold off the Steelers in the end.
Chargers 28 – Bengals 27
NY Giants (4-7) at DC (3-8) – The Giants put up a gallant fight, but their defense wilted in the final moments against the Cowboys. There will be changes in DC after this season. Right now we just have to watch this team go through the motions.
Giants 24 – DC 21 (Overtime)
Monday December 2, 2013 8:40 pm:
New Orleans Saints (9-2) at Seattle Seahawks (10-1) – Everything is on this line in the NFC playoff picture in this one. The shakeup in the Seahawks secondary will play a role as will the Saints so-so running attack. Russell Wilson has played well beyond his years from day one. I believe everything goes Seattle’s way.
Seahawks 27 – Saints 24
Last Week: 6-7-1
2013 Season: 89-64-1