The Playoff Push Begins Now [NFL Week 13 Live Thread]
1:00 PM GAMES:
Tennessee at Buffalo: As average as the Titans seem, things are looking up. Chris Johnson might have finally woken up, the Texans are down to their third string quarterback, and this week they get the free falling Bills.
Kansas City at Chicago: In a parallel universe, Caleb Hanie vs. Tyler Palko is the biggest quarterback matchup in decades. In this one, not so much.
Oakland at Miami: The Raiders are not catching Miami at the right time, as the Dolphins look like an NFL team again. In addition, the Raiders are without Darren McFadden, Denarious Moore, and Jacoby Ford. No wonder Janikowski and Lechler are their best two players now.
Denver at Minnesota: No Von Miller today for the Broncos, which could hurt the effectiveness of their red hot defense. Oh wait, Tebow, so none of that matters. Sorry. Also, Adrian Peterson is out again. WARNING: Thom Brennaman is calling this game. Plan accordingly.
Indianapolis at New England: A few weeks ago, a guy from the IndyCar world I follow on Twitter asked who would win between the 0-16 Lions and these Colts. I asked if Dan Orlovsky would be all time quarterback in that game.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh: Neither of these teams looked great last week against mediocre opponents. What does that mean in this grudge match from a few weeks ago? I don't know.
Carolina at Tampa Bay: Woof. (Unless you're dying to watch Josh Johnson quarterback)
N.Y. Jets at Washington: Rex Ryan vs. Rex Grossman! Double your Sexy Rexy, double your....well, I wouldn't say fun.
Atlanta at Houston: The Falcons are 7-4, even though they haven't looked very impressive doing it. Here's their chance though against T.J. Yates and the Fighting Whatever Is Left of the Texans.
4:00 PM GAMES:
Baltimore at Cleveland: If the Ravens didn't so consistently play down to their competition, you'd call this a potential blowout.
Green Bay at N.Y. Giants: Last week's demolition in New Orleans sure makes it look like the Giants won't be able to handle the Packers offense, but the Giants are known for strange happenings. Plus, the Packers secondary can surrender yards in bunches...
(Thus concludes this week's installment of "Eric tries to downplay the Packers in an attempt not to jinx things.")
Dallas at Arizona: Things are setting up nicely for Dallas, which means they should do something to screw it up shortly. What better time than now. All hail John Skelton!
St. Louis at San Francisco: So, a rested and probably angry Niners team against a Rams team in disarray? This should end well. Someone just get Scott drunk now to save time.
SUNDAY NIGHT GAME:
Detroit at New Orleans: The Saints are starting to get hot, while the Lions have hit a patch of adversity. Detroit's banged up secondary has a tall order stopping Drew Brees with less help up front without Stompy McSuh. It would help the Lions too if Stafford remembered how to throw an accurate pass.
Q it up here throughout Week 13.