NFL Predictions Week 13: Teams That Will Score Unexpected Road Wins

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 26:  Bryce Brown #34 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball in for a touchdown as  Sherrod Martin #23 of the Carolina Panthers defends on November 26, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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NFL teams should expect to win at home this time of year, especially if they're contenders.

Allowing teams to walk onto your home turf and steal a win, especially with the season winding down, is unacceptable, but it happens.

Certain teams are entering perfect situations in Week 13. Others simply have to win, and they will.

Let's take a look at three teams that will score huge, and unexpected, wins on the road this week.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay barely lost to Atlanta in Week 12, leaving very little doubt this team can actually play.

Don't expect anything different in Week 13 versus the Denver Broncos.

Maybe it's just my bizarre confidence in this team, but I love what's happening here. Josh Freeman is finally realizing how good he can be, and Doug Martin's consistent presence has urged that process along. Also helping matters is Vincent Jackson as a true No. 1 receiver, allowing Mike Williams to slide over as a natural No. 2.

The Buccaneers have what it takes to beat Denver. Peyton Manning will throw for his fair share against this sketchy secondary, but that's about it. Tampa Bay will also gain yards, testing Manning along the way.

This team is a year away from making real noise, but it's going to do some damage along the way. Week 13's win over the Broncos will prove that further.


Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia is struggling with injuries, but it has to win sometime, doesn't it?

Beating Dallas would make the Eagles' fanbase feel much better, and that's what's going to happen in Week 13. The Cowboys don't have the weapons to exploit Philadelphia's poor play.

If any team is going to hand a win to the Eagles, who else could it possibly be? Dallas is notorious for giving away games, and it doesn't matter if it's at home or not.

At 3-8, the Eagles are miserable. Bryce Brown proved to be a capable back in Week 12, and he's going to do so again in Week 13. That will take the pressure off Philadelphia's aerial attack, allowing the offense to possess the ball longer.

It's hard to pick this team right now, but it's also hard to believe that they're going to stay cold forever. The Cowboys have struggled their fair share, and the Eagles will feel pretty good after this one.


New Orleans Saints

The Saints already beat the Atlanta Falcons once, so why not twice?

Atlanta has struggled more than its record would show. A narrow victory over Tampa Bay in Week 12 is just another point in a long line of escapes, making some wonder how good the Falcons really are.

Drew Brees and the Saints will exploit this team once again on Thursday. The team's run game is getting better, which will only help Brees' cause.

The Saints lost in Week 12, halting their red-hot play, but that doesn't mean this team can't win. This isn't the same uninspired group that started the year 0-4; this squad can play.

Atlanta already suffered one disappointment to Brees and Co. this year. Look for another on Thursday as New Orleans tries to make a wild-card push.