A road win in the NFL is no easy task, but every now and then the teams in hostile environments are dominant in a given week.
Week 12 was one such example, where the so-called advantage mattered little as nine road teams of a possible 14 pulled off victories.
For an NFL player, there has to be no better feeling than pulling off the win in a hostile environment, much to the disdain of the thousands of opposing fans in attendance.
While Week 13 may not be as kind on the visitors, there are a few teams sure to pull through with victories away from home. Here is a look at the full schedule followed by three teams sure to send fans packing with their heads down in disappointment.
|NFL Week 13 Predictions|
|Green Bay Packers||Detroit Lions*||Lions|
|Oakland Raiders||Dallas Cowboys*||Raiders|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Baltimore Ravens*||Steelers|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Cleveland Browns||Jaguars|
|Tennessee Titans||Indianapolis Colts||Titans|
|Chicago Bears||Minnesota Vikings||Bears|
|Miami Dolphins||New York Jets||Dolphins|
|Arizona Cardinals||Philadelphia Eagles||Cardinals|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Carolina Panthers||Panthers|
|New England Patriots||Houston Texans||Patriots|
|Atlanta Falcons||Buffalo Bills||Bills|
|St. Louis Rams||San Francisco 49ers||49ers|
|Denver Broncos||Kansas City Chiefs||Broncos|
|Cincinnati Bengals||San Diego Chargers||Bengals|
|New York Giants||Washington Redskins||Giants|
|New Orleans Saints||Seattle Seahawks||Seahawks|
|*Thursday games. Chris Roling's predictions.|
Arizona Cardinals Rout Philadelphia Eagles
Arizona is one of the hottest teams in the NFL at the moment. The Cardinals are now on a four-game roll, and while many questioned the authenticity of the streak, a 40-11 shellacking over Indianapolis put those concerns to bed.
Perhaps most interesting is the play of quarterback Carson Palmer during that streak:
|Carson Palmer During Win Streak|
Philadelphia is riding high coming out of a bye on a three-game win streak, but the league's worst pass defense that allows 300.1 yards per game on average makes it hard to think the Eagles can keep up.
That's especially the case against a top-10 defense that only allows 20.3 points per game and has held three of its last four opponents to fewer than 15 points.
Oh, and the Eagles are 1-5 at home this year. Not much of an advantage.
Prediction: Cardinals 24, Eagles 17
New England Patriots Squash Houston Texans
It's just pathetic at this point.
We could talk about how Houston has remained competitive and not lost a game by more than seven points in its last five. We could. But here's where we stand—the Texans are a fraud and have lost nine in a row.
That includes five home games. Sure, Houston ranks No. 1 against the pass at just 171.8 yards allowed on average.
But does anyone really think the team will put up a fight against New England? A Patriots team that just scored 31 points in the second half to down Peyton Manning and Denver?
No. New England ranks in the top 10 in scoring defense. Tom Brady has thrown for 340 yards and three touchdowns or more in two of his last three.
One team has quit or is likely closing in on it—the other suddenly has a shot at a No. 1 seed in the AFC. This is going to get ugly.
Prediction: Patriots 34, Texans 20
Cincinnati Bengals Slip Past San Diego Chargers
It's never easy for a team to make the trip to the West Coast, but Cincinnati is more than equipped to do so after a bye week.
San Diego looks good coming off a thrilling 41-38 victory over Kansas City, but Cincinnati is every bit as talented. There's a lot of letdown potential here for the Chargers.
The Chargers have playoffs on the mind, but an encounter with Mike Zimmer's defense won't end well. Cincinnati allows just 18.7 points on average and ranks in the top 10 against both the run and pass.
It's hard to discern which Andy Dalton will show up each week, but it's beginning to not matter. Dalton threw two interceptions (one for a touchdown) in Week 11 and managed just 93 yards. Yet, he threw three touchdowns and other areas of the team picked up the slack en route to a 41-20 win over Cleveland.
The Bengals are simply firing on all cylinders and get the Chargers at the right time after an emotional win.
Prediction: Bengals 30, Chargers 27