Hopefully, everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving.
And for the New Orleans Saints, I’m willing to bet they are more than thankful for having a top-3 quarterback in the NFL in Drew Brees. The Saints are going to need Brees and more as they travel to Seattle to take down arguably the best team in the NFL and their vaunted defense on Monday Night Football.
This week has heavily contested division and conference bouts that could have drastic playoff implication as the end of the season draws near. Could their be three teams from the AFC West to make the playoffs this year?
Week 12 Prediction Results
Brooks: 7-6-1; Overall: 105-70-1
Perez: 6-7-1; Overall: 93-69-1
Wooten: 6-7-1; Overall: 98-77-1
|Week 13 Matchups||Brooks||Perez||Wooten|
|Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions||DET(W)||DET(W)||DET(W)|
|Oakland Raiders @ Dallas Cowboys||DAL(W)||DAL(W)||DAL(W)|
|Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens||PIT(L)||BAL(W)||PIT(L)|
|Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cleveland Browns||CLE(L)||CLE(L)||CLE(L)|
|Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts||IND(W)||IND(W)||IND(W)|
|Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings||MIN(W)||CHI(L)||CHI(L)|
|Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets||NYJ(L)||MIA(W)||NYJ(L)|
|Arizona Cardinals @ Philadelphia Eagles||AZ(L)||AZ(L)||PHI(W)|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers||CAR(W)||CAR(W)||CAR(W)|
|New England Patriots @ Houston Texans||NE(W)||NE(W)||NE(W)|
|Atlanta Falcons @ Buffalo Bills||BUF(W)||BUF(W)||ATL(L)|
|St. Louis Rams @ San Francisco 49ers||SF(W)||SF(W)||SF(W)|
|Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs||DEN(W)||DEN(W)||DEN(W)|
|Cincinnati Bengals @ San Diego Chargers||SD(L)||CIN(W)||CIN(W)|
|New York Giants @ Washington||NYG(W)||NYG(W)||NYG(W)|
|New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks||NO(L)||NO(L)||NO(L)|
Arizona Cardinals @ Philadelphia Eagles
The Battle of the Birds.
While a real life cardinal wouldn’t stand a chance in flight fight with an Eagle, the Cardinals of the NFL are one of the hottest teams in the league right now.
And even before the two teams have stepped on the field, the coaches have also exchanged verbal barbs. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said the Eagles have a “great college offense, and Chip Kelly responded by saying:
I don’t care what other people think. It doesn’t bother me. To spend time to think about what someone else thinks is counter to everything I’ve ever believed in my life. If I believe what other people think, that means I value their opinion more than I value my own. That’s not the case.
Arian can mock the Eagles offense all he wants, but Kelly has led the Eagles to the 5th-ranked offense in the NFL, and 2nd in rushing averaging 150.6 yards per game.
But what troubles me about Philadelphia is their last 32-ranked passing defense. Carson Palmer has thrown for 733 yards and four touchdowns the in the past two games. Michael Floyd is coming of age in Arizona as the second-wideout is on his way to a thousand yard season. Floyd, paired with one of the league’s best in Larry Fitzgerald is going to cause issues for the Eagles secondary.
Key stat to look out for, Eagles 2nd-ranked rushing offense vs. the Cardinals 2nd-ranked rushing defense.
New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks
The top two teams in the NFC go head-to-head on Monday night.
The Seahawks have been physically manhandling teams this season, and it doesn’t get any easier when the 12th-man has their back at home. Seattle has intercepted opposing quarterbacks 10 times at home this season, only six have come on the road. Seattle 2nd-ranked overall defense is a force to be reckoned with, but ask Kansas City what is the kryptonite to a great defense–and even greater quarterback.
The best quarterbacks Seattle has played this season is arguably Matt Ryan and Andrew Luck. Seattle pummeled the hapless Falcons, but lost a tight one to Luck and the Colts.
Neither quarterbacks are on the level of Drew Brees, who would be the MVP favorite if it wasn’t for Peyton Manning’s monster season.
Give me Brees and 2nd-ranked offense in the NFL to hand Seattle its first loss at home.
Eddie P’s Philosophical Take
St. Louis Rams @ San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick has struggled a bit this season (sophomore slump?). But he is getting back one of his most trusted receivers in Michael Crabtree. The Rams’ offense has been impressive these past two games. The defense has also notched it up a level for the Rams. So this will not be a repeat of the teams’ first encounter earlier this season.
However, St. Louis might be without two key starters. Running back Zac Stacy and corner Trumaine Johnson both received head injuries last week. Losing both will hurt the Rams on both sides of the ball.
Hence, the 49ers victory.
Words From Wooten
New York Giants @ Washington
Washington really needs to bounce back from last week’s catastrophe against San Francisco. After that game, a few of San Fran’s players basically exposed Redskin’s quarterback Robert Griffin III’s abilities by saying he shouldn’t be playing right now because he isn’t 100 percent and not living up to his rookie year.
Now, if he is starting, then the Giant’s defensive front seven will definitely get to him a few time this weekend. This will not be an easy one for neither of the teams. Sad part is that the Redskins cannot build through the draft due to the trading away of a few prime picks. All they can look forward to now is firing coaches.
Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings
Looks like Chicago needs to bounce back from a loss they received from St. Louis last week and the loss wasn’t pretty at all.
We all know that Minnesota is a one dimensional offense, so it shouldn’t be hard to stop them, but somehow, it is. The Vikings’ running game is very good thanks to a good offensive line and Adrian ‘All Day’ Peterson.
But Chicago will struggle against Minnesota’s defense with Josh McCown under center. In the end, the Bears will come out victorious in this one.