In a season where parity has been a keyword around the NFL, Week 13 features quite a few lopsided games. Whether it's because the contenders are starting to separate from the pack or simply a scheduling quark, close games might be hard to come by.
There's a good chance the operative word this weekend will be blowout. It's not what the league wants to hear as the season begins the stretch run, but that's how it sets up. With that in mind, let's take a look at three teams that should be able to cruise to victory.
San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kaepernick makes the 49ers offense more explosive. He's shown that multiple times over the last two weeks, making it no surprise head coach Jim Harbaugh decided to name the second-year quarterback the starter against the St. Louis Rams.
The dominant 49ers defense should have no trouble shutting down St. Louis' offense, which ranks in the bottom third of the league in both points and yards. The Rams simply don't have enough playmakers to trouble Patrick Willis and Co.
That should give Kaepernick some breathing room. He's already led San Francisco to victories over the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints by a combined 35 points. The Rams should provide even less resistance.
New England Patriots
The Patriots are on a roll. They have won five straight games while averaging almost 44 points per game over that span. Even without Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady was able to guide the offense to a 49-point showing last week.
That doesn't bode well for the Miami Dolphins, who just gave up 24 points to a Seattle Seahawks attack with far less weapons and a developing system. Furthermore, the Dolphins gave up 65 points in two games against New England last season.
When the Patriots get on this type of roll, they are almost unstoppable. They just haven't been able to carry it into the playoffs recently. Expect New England to be in firm control by halftime before running up the score in the second half.
Blowout and Bills are two words that aren't usually associated with each other unless they are on the wrong side of it. But things set up well for them this week as they prepare for a home game against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars.
Even though Buffalo suffered a disappointing loss against the Indianapolis Colts last week, its play as a whole has been much better over the past month. The Colts loss also takes a lot of pressure off its shoulders since its playoff hopes are basically gone.
As long as head coach Chan Gailey starts getting C.J. Spiller—one of the league's most explosive playmakers—more involved, the offense should have one of its best games of the season against a shaky Jags secondary. The improving defense will handle the rest.
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