Week 13 begins tonight, as the Saints head to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in a MUST WIN for New Orleans. A loss and the Saints playoff hopes would be officially gone, a win would give them hope. The Falcons, on the other hand, are still in line for the #1 seed in the NFC and hope to continue towards that tonight on NFL Network. I think this will be a great game, but could be the end of the line for the 2012 Saints. The good news is TNF finally has a game worth watching for the first time in about a month.
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
Should be a tight game, 38-35ish, but I will take the home team just as I did last time they played. I would never count out Drew Brees, but Matt Ryan will feast on that terrible Saints defense.
Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears
Big game for Seattle to prove they can win on the road, but I just do not see it happening. The Bears are on a mission to win the NFC North too.
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans
I kind of like the Titans in this game, but then remembered that they just lost to the Jaguars. So yeah, i'll go with Houston.
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
Miami always plays their division opponents hard, so it could be closer than New England's 30 point win last week in New York, but I expect a Patriots win.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Buffalo Bills
Tough pick, as Jacksonville is currently playing better than Buffalo, but it is in Buffalo and Jacksonville is a warm-weather team, so I will go with the Bills.
Indianapolis Colts at Detroit Lions
These are the kind of games the Lions win. Expect them to squeak one out at home against the surprise Colts. In some ways, the 2012 Colts are a lot like the 2011 Lions.
Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs baby! They will get win #2 this week.
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
The Packers will bounce back after a tough loss in New York. If they don't, the NFC North gets even more wide open.
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams
It does not matter who plays quarterback, the 49ers will win this game. I take that back, I am going to predict a TIE.
Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets
The Cardinals are down to their 3rd string QB and have lost seven straight games, so this is a pretty even match-up for the Jets.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos
Should be a good game to watch, but I am going with Denver.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
Is Big Ben back? I doubt it, so I will take the Ravens.
Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers
How is Norv Turner still coaching in San Diego? They have to win sometime though, right?
Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders
I love the Cleveland Browns. I don't know why, but I don't see them winning two in a row. I will take Oakland in the Black Hole.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
I feel bad for Andy Reid. And NBC.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL/GAME OF THE WEEK:
New York Giants at Washington Redskins
Finally a big game is coming to FedEx Field! RGIII and the suddenly hot Redskins host Eli Manning and the Super Bowl Champion Giants. Big game for the Redskins and I think it will come down to the wire. I am going to take the Giants because I think the Redskins defense will not be able to stop the Giants offense, but this match-up will be big for the next 5+ years.