Only three remain in the 2013 NFL regular season.
Sad as that may seem, as the season winds down, each game will become more important as playoff contending teams jockey for seeding.
The NFC East is still undecided as both the Eagles and Cowboys are 7-5, Even without Jay Cutler, the Bears are still only one back of the Lions who face a red hot Eagles team this week, and New Orleans and Carolina go head-to-head Sunday night with the winner claiming sole position of first in the NFC South.
The season may be close to an end, but the ever-so-changing playoff scenarios are just beginning to heat up.
Week 13 Prediction Results
Brooks: 10-6; Overall: 115-76
Perez: 12-4; Overall: 105-74
Wooten: 8-8; Overall: 104-85
|Week 14 Matchups||Brooks||Perez||Wooten|
|Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars||JAC(W)||HOU(L)||HOU(L)|
|Indianapolis Colts @ Cincinnati Bengals||CIN||CIN||CIN|
|Atlanta Falcons @ Green Bay Packers||ATL||GB||GB|
|Cleveland Browns @ New England Patriots||NE||NE||NE|
|Oakland Raiders @ New York Jets||OAK||NYJ||OAK|
|Detroit Lions @ Philadelphia Eagles||DET||PHI||DET|
|Miami Dolphins @ Pittsburgh Steelers||PIT||PIT||PIT|
|Buffalo Bills @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers||BUF||TB||BUF|
|Kansas City Chiefs @ Washington||KC||KC||KC|
|Minnesota Vikings @ Baltimore Ravens||BAL||BAL||BAL|
|Tennessee Titans @ Denver Broncos||DEN||DEN||DEN|
|St. Louis Rams @ Arizona Cardinals||STL||AZ||STL|
|New York Giants @ San Diego Chargers||SD||NYG||SD|
|Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers||SEA||SF||SEA|
|Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints||NO||NO||NO|
|Dallas Cowboys @ Chicago Bears||DAL||DAL||CHI|
Detroit Lions @ Philadelphia Eagles
Scoring 40 points in an NFL game would be impressive on any other day, but against a back-up quarterback who was called from the couch a little over two weeks ago, and leaching money from his two former teams (Raiders and Seahawks) doesn’t scream dominance.
Detroit was on a two-game slide before burying the Packers early in the third quarter and are 2-2 in its last four games. Unlike the Lions opponents, the Eagles are arguably the hottest team in the league 4-0 in their last four games. Nick Foles 19 touchdowns to zero interceptions is MVP worthy and he has silenced any notion of a quarterback controversy. And not to mention the 2nd overall rushing attack led by LeSean McCoy who has amassed 1,000 yards.
However, my reluctancy to pick Philadelphia is their 32nd-ranked pass defense. Calvin Johnson can take over a game by himself. Just ask the Cowboys.
Eddie P’s Philosophical Take
Miami Dolphins @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The casual fan would say this game is easily Pittsburgh’s. And even though I am giving this game to the Steelers, an easy win is not the case.
The Steelers are not what they used to be. The once dominant defense has lost some of its intimidation. Its rankings are smack dabbed in the middle (11th run defense, 18th against the pass). The offense is not the ground and pound of years past. They are 31st in the NFL in run offense. Big Ben and receiver Antonio Brown lead the way for the Steelers’ eighth overall passing offense.
Miami – on the other hand – is on the up-and-coming list, but sadly have been derailed off the tracks a few times due to in house issues. Nevertheless, the Dolphins will give the Steelers a tough time.
In the end, the game is at home for the Steelers. Pittsburgh wins.
Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints
It’s a battle for the top spot in the NFC SOUTH. Both teams are tied with records of 9-3. Both teams are undefeated in division play; that is, until they face each other on Sunday.
Carolina has one of the league’s best defenses. Led by Luke Kuechly, the Panthers are the second best team against the run. The defense is also ranked sixth against the pass. On offense, the Panthers are a huge threat on the ground. DeAngelo Williams leads Carolina’s rushing attack, with Cam Newton and Mike Tolbert being threats out of the backfield as well. And let’s not forget veteran trash-talking receiver Steve Smith.
New Orleans is as potent on offense as Carolina is deadly on D. With Drew Brees under center, the offense will be explosive. Jimmy Graham will always be a threat. The 6-foot-eight tight end is 10th overall in terms of receiving yards, and he is tied for first in touchdown receptions with 12. On defense, coordinator Rex Ryan has really had an impact. The Saints are fourth against the pass. Defensive end Cameron Jordon also adds on 9.5 sacks.
The Saints are looking to bounce back from a disastrous defeat on Monday Night. The Panthers are on a eight-game winning streak. All good things must come to an end. New Orleans gets the Dub.
Words From Wooten
Atlanta Falcons @ Green Bay Packers
This time last year, this game would’ve been a great one to talk about. Now, both teams are banged up and they’re not the same team because of injuries, bad coaching, and the lack of chemistry on both sides of the ball.
Neither teams can execute like they were able to last season, and because of that, both are suffering. Falcons’ players are constantly on and off the field because of injuries while Packers players are out for the count like Randal Cobb and Aaron Rodgers(there is no reason for him to come back this season). All in all, Green Bay will take this because their defense will hold up against a struggling Falcons offense.
Dallas Cowboys @ Chicago Bears
Ok, Chicago needs this win here. My Bears should’ve won against Minnesota last week, but Robbie Gould couldn’t come through for the Bears when they needed him. Hopefully, they will not need him on this night seeing as though Tony Romo has a way of throwing games away.
Romo has the potential to be better than what he is, but there needs to be changes in the coaching at staff because Jason Garrett is not getting it done for the $100 million man who has yet to get them a playoff win. Here’s a nice stat for you, Tony Romo has thrown 18 touchdowns and 1 intercepetion in the last 8 games in November. As you can see, there is some hope for the Cowboys to win, but I do not think it will happen Monday.