As the NFL playoffs rapidly approach, a loss during the latter portion of the season could be the difference between playing January football or scheduling an early-morning tee time.
Week 13 was full of action, as we saw a few division leaders go down and couple high-scoring offenses held to low scores.
With favorable matchups in Week 14, here are three teams I like to bounce back on Sunday.
New York Giants
The G-Men get a sinking New Orleans Saints team at home this Sunday afternoon, as Drew Brees enters MetLife Stadium following a five-interception Week 13 at the Georgia Dome.
The Giants themselves are coming off a divisional loss to Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. Against a weak New Orleans secondary, Eli Manning is poised for a big day.
The Saints defense has allowed 23 passing TDs this season and surrenders 280 aerial yards per game, which plays right into the hands of Kevin Gilbride and New York's offense.
The Giants will be looking to pressure Brees all day and keep him off the field, giving Manning and the offense more time against New Orleans' defense, which has collectively given up the most yards in the NFL.
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San Francisco 49ers
Man, there's just something about the St. Louis Rams that makes the 49ers cringe. It's like their kryptonite.
San Francisco and St. Louis ended in a tie in Week 10. The Rams proceeded to defeat the 49ers in Week 13 on a 53-yard field goal with just 26 seconds remaining in OT.
That said, the 49ers have a favorable matchup this Sunday at home against a Miami Dolphins team that has lost four of its last six games.
Sporting the second-ranked defense in the NFL, I like the Niners to shut down Reggie Bush and force rookie QB Ryan Tannehill to increase his interception total on the season.
It will be a bounce-back day for Colin Kaepernick and the NFC West-leading 49ers.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I really thought the Bucs had a legit shot against the Denver Broncos last weekend, but as usual, Peyton Manning proved the doubters (me) wrong.
Luckily for Tampa Bay, they get a struggling Philadelphia Eagles team that has lost eight in a row at Raymond James Stadium this weekend.
Eagles CB Nnamdi Asomugha has been getting torched all season and a matchup against Vincent Jackson will only make it worse for Philly. The Eagles have allowed 23 passing TDs this season (tied for No. 27 in the NFL).
I think Doug Martin has another 100-yard rushing game and the Bucs win this one by double-digits to remain in playoff contention.
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