Wednesday, November 26, 2014
NFL - Week Thirteen Preview
This year, as always, the Detroit Lions host the early game, taking on the Chicago Bears in a NFC North clash. The Lions have dropped two straight games, both on the road and will be looking forward to some "home cooking" against the Bears, who have won two straight.
The Dallas Cowboys will host the Philadelphia Eagles in a huge NFC East battle with first place on the line as December approaches.
The 'Pokes have been a pleasant surprise this season with running back DeMarco Murray having a career season, leading the NFL in rushing yardage with over 1,300 yards so far. Meanwhile, quarterback Tony Romo has silenced his doubters to this point of the season and has been regularly hooking up with his favorites targets in wide receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten.
The Eagles are also flying high with a potent offense, which is now being directed by reserve QB Mark Sanchez, who took over three weeks ago when Nick Foles went down with an injury. Running backs LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles are a dynamic duo for the Eagles and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin teams with tight ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek to bolster the attack.
The night game will feature two strong teams from the NFC West as the Seattle Seahawks travel to play the San Francisco 49ers, whom they defeated last year in the NFC Championship Game enroute to their Super Bowl crown.
These two teams feature good defense and offenses that do just enough to win the close games that rely on steady running games.
All in all, it should be a feast for football fans all across the country as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family and loved ones.
The Heftyinfo capsule previews follow up along with the picks for all of the games this weekend.
THANKSGIVING DAY GAMES
Chicago Bears (5-6) at Detroit Lions (7-4) - The Lions will look to feast on the Bears in their annual home game on Turkey Day.
Philadelphia Eagles (8-3) at Dallas Cowboys (8-3) - This should be a high scoring game and whoever has the ball last just might come out on top.
Seattle Seahawks (7-4) at San Francisco 49ers (7-4) - Both of these teams seem to be hitting their stride as December approaches, at least on the defensive side of the ball.
The rest of the action . . .
Washington Redskins (3-8) at Indianapolis Colts (7-4) - Where have you gone RG3? Colts should win this one in a rout.
Tennessee Titans (2-9) at Houston Texans (5-6) - Two teams playing deep in the heart of Texas with not much on the line.
Cleveland Browns (7-4) at Buffalo Bills (6-5) - Who woulda' thunk it? The Browns and Bills playing a very meaningful game in late November.
San Diego Chargers (7-4) at Baltimore Ravens (7-4) - This is another huge game in the AFC Playoff race. Expect this one to go down to the wire.
New York Giants (3-8) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10) - Can the Jags pull this one off? Possibly so.
Cincinnati Bengals (7-3-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-9) - Ever since their beat down on national television three weeks ago, the Bengals have been rolling.
Oakland Raiders (1-10) at St. Louis Rams (4-7) - Both of these teams used to play in Los Angeles, when they were both playoff contenders.
New Orleans Saints (4-7) at Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4) - What has happened to the Saints?
Carolina Panthers (3-7-1) at Minnesota Vikings (4-7) - The yawner game of the week.
Arizona Cardinals (9-2) at Atlanta Falcons (4-7) - Cardinals looking to rebound after seeing their six-game win streak snapped last week.
New England Patriots (9-2) at Green Bay Packers (8-3) - The two hottest teams in the entire NFL going at it in Lambeau Field with Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers squaring off. Wow!
Denver Broncos (8-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) - Can the Chiefs finally topple Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos? If they don't win this time, they may miss the post-season.
Miami Dolphins (6-5) at New York Jets (2-9) - Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan is now on the clock . . . and we are not talking about the NFL draft clock.
The Heftyinfo picks for Week Thirteen . . . (Home teams are listed in BOLD type and Lock of the Week is listed in BOLD CAPS)
Detroit over Chicago
Dallas over Philadelphia
Seattle over San Francisco
Indianapolis over Washington
Houston over Tennessee
Buffalo over Cleveland
San Diego over Baltimore
Jacksonville over NY Giants
Cincinnati over Tampa Bay
St. Louis over Oakland
Pittsburgh over New Orleans
Minnesota over Carolina
Arizona over Atlanta
Green Bay over New England
Denver over Kansas City
MIAMI over NY Jets
Last Week's Record: 10-5
SEASON RECORD: 116-59-1
Lock of the Week Record: 10-2