NFL Game Rankings: Week 13

11/27/13 in NFL   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) scrambles out of the pocket  against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY SportsWe've reached Week 13 of the NFL season, and there's a plethora of exciting action on tap. Of course, not every game will provide high quality entertainment, and that's why we're here to break down the five best on the schedule for this week.

With that in mind, here are the games to keep an eye (or two) on:

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6) at Baltimore Ravens (5-6) - 8:30 PM ET, NBC (Thurs.)

After less than stellar starts, both of these teams have been playing much better football as of late. The Steelers come in winners of three in a row are right back in the playoff race after an 0-4 start to the season. Meanwhile, the Ravens should be winners of three straight had they not lost in overtime at Chicago, but they had a dominating win over the Jets on Sunday. Even though the Ravens are at home, I'll give the Steelers the edge because of the momentum they've built over the past three weeks.

4. Arizona Cardinals (7-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (6-5) - 1 PM ET, FOX

Here's a matchup between two teams that may be flying under the radar a little bit. And speaking of momentum, Nick Foles and the Eagles' offense have a whole lot of that right now. Sure, Philly is coming off of a bye week which may bring things down a notch, but it'll still be intriguing to watch this offense against an Arizona team that just finished hammering the Colts. This is a potential letdown game for the Cardinals, so I'll take the Eagles at home.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) at San Diego Chargers (5-6) - 4:25 PM ET, CBS

It's a good thing the Bengals had a week to prepare. Because as the Chargers showed on Sunday in Kansas City, they are certainly capable of beating anyone despite their lackluster November. That win may just be what San Diego needs to reel off a nice little winning streak. Cincinnati is 2-4 on the road this season, which certainly isn't the most confident statistic to look at heading into this away battle.

2. Denver Broncos (9-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) - 4:25 PM ET, CBS

The Broncos and Chiefs meet for the second time in three weeks, and both teams are coming off of field goal losses in Week 12. Of course, the Denver loss was the more head-scratching one given that the Broncos led 24-0 at halftime against Tom Brady and the Patriots. The good news for the Broncos is that Peyton Manning is their quarterback, which means that losing two in a row isn't very likely. On the other side of the coin, I could see KC losing this game and losing again at Washington next week to give the once 9-0 Chiefs a four-game losing streak.

1. New Orleans Saints (9-2) at Seattle Seahawks (10-1) - 8:30 PM ET, ESPN (MNF)

The Seattle Seahawks are the best team in the NFL right now. However, they face a huge test against Drew Brees and the Saints on Monday Night Football. The Seattle secondary has taken quite the hit due to injuries and the probable suspension of quarterback Walter Thurmond. Against a normal team they may be fine, but against a team that has one of the best passing attacks in the NFL....well, that's a different story. Winning at Seattle is one of the most challenging feats in the league, so it'll be interesting to see if the Saints can take advantage of the defensive gaps and steal a victory.

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11/28/13   |   Jess   |   35092 respect

Walter Thurmond is definitely suspended, and Brandon Browner is probably suspended...his appeal was heard today but I don't think there's been an answer yet - but that doesn't matter anyway, because he's out with an injury for 4-6 weeks. Ugh. This game scares the hell out of me. The offensive line is still getting its ish together, RW takes a little while to get going, and they just can't do that against these Saints. I do have faith in the defense still (I almost thing they play better without Browner sometimes) but I'm skrred. Regardless, it will be an exciting game, and I can't wait to be there screaming my lungs out.