Biggest Wins from Week 10

11/11/13 in NFL   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

The playoffs are just around the corner as we’re over halfway through the regular season and here are the teams that helped give themselves an extra leg-up in the race towards week 18 and the 2013-14 NFL postseason:
5) The Arizona Cardinals
With a 27-24 victory over the visiting Houston Texans, the Cardinals improved to a very quiet 5-4 on the season. That puts them just a game out of the wildcard spot which is currently owned by San Francisco and Carolina at 6-3 a piece.  Houston had lost 6 straight coming into the meeting so it wasn’t the most difficult victory to come by, but Case Keenum and company put up a good fight and the Cardinals underrated defensive unit led the team to victory - plus with Jacksonville coming up next week, 6-4 is looking pretty likely.
4) Philadelphia Eagles
Nov 10, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) throws the ball in front of Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Daniels (76) in the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY SportsGoing into Lambeau and coming out victorious is a lot easier when facing a third string quarterback, but a win is a win and the Eagles got a huge one this Sunday.  Back up to .500 on the year, the Eagles are now tied with the Cowboys for the top record in the NFC East. While the Cowboys currently hold the tiebreaker, the Eagles now control their destiny the rest of the way, with a week 17 matchup in Dallas that could potentially serve as a one-game playoff for the two teams.
3) Baltimore Ravens
In an absolute must-win game this weekend, the Ravens came away with what they needed, despite one of the most exciting plays and awesome plays of the season.  Coming into the game at 3-5, the Ravens couldn’t possibly lose to the 6-3 division-leading Bengals at home and feel good about their position moving forward.  At 4-5 now, the Ravens are in a 4-way tie for 8th in the AFC, one game behind the 5-4 Jets who hold the second wildcard spot for now. It’s going to take a big run to close out the year but with an opportunity to get back to .500 next week against the Chicago Bears, don’t count out the defending champs just yet.
2) Detroit Lions
The Lions moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC North after their 21-19 victory in Chicago on Sunday. They’re now 3-1 in the division and in the rare position where they control their own destiny the rest of the way. Both the offense and the defense executed when it was most needed.  Stafford led a 4th quarter drive that put the team up 8 late in the game and the defense didn’t allow a two-point conversion to tie the game with under a minute left. The Bears and Packers are still looming in the shadows, but right now, Detroit’s looking to be in good position for the playoff hunt.
1) Carolina Panthers
Nov 10, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) looks down the field against the San Francisco 49ers during the third quarter at Candlestick Park. The Carolina Panthers defeated the San Francisco 49ers 10-9. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY SportsComing into Sunday’s game, the Panthers had won 4 straight, but because of the quality of their opponents (Vikings, Rams, Buccaneers, Falcons), it was hard to know just how ‘for real’ this team was.  Well I think now is the time to start believing.  In their 10-9 victory over the 49ers in San Francisco, the Panthers moved into the top wildcard position in the NFC.  The team’s front seven on defense is as good as any in the league, and they gave Kaepernick all he could handle on Sunday.  Offensively, the rushing attack helped control the clock and move the chains and a big run from DeAngelo Williams was the game’s lone touchdown.  Next week, the Panthers will be featured on Monday Night Football in an intriguing matchup at home against the New England Patriots.  Can they keep the win streak alive?
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11/11/13   |   Jess   |   34856 respect

That Rams win over Indy was pretty big too...but I'm not sure how much it says about either team; the stars seemed to just align perfectly. (Though I keep saying that Rams D is for real.)

And Carolina! I wasn't shocked by this game at all; I figured they wouldn't be able to generate much on offense, and I also knew they were going to go in and give SF more than they could handle on D.

Those 2 "barely wins" over those two teams by Seattle are feeling a little better today, even if it is a little false security.