NFL Picks Week 13: Which Games Will America Most Want to Watch?
It's hard to believe that Week 13 is already among us. Counting this week, there's only five more weeks left in the regular season.
This week is important for teams to stay up in the playoff races and some in the home field advantage race.
As the playoff picture is becoming clearer there's still so many tight races going on for each division and wild card scenario.
The national TV games this week aren't the greatest matchups with the Colts at Patriots game originally scheduled for Sunday Night Football moved due to the poor play of the Colts. The game they moved to Sunday night may be the best matchup of the week with the Detroit Lions traveling to the New Orleans Saints.
With all that being said, here are this week's best games to watch.
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots- 1 P.M. CBS
Usually a Week 13 matchup of the Colts and Patriots would be a must see game. These are arguably the best two teams since 2000 in the NFL with the Colts winning a decade record 122 games from 2000-2009 and the Patriots winning three Super Bowls.
These two teams usually meet every season and have classic matchups everytime.
The argument for best quarterback of all-time has been judged with Manning vs. Brady. That's why this game year after year breaks records for ratings.
The Colts have dominated this matchup lately despite losing in Foxboro last season after a furious comeback to win the game was stopped late in the fourth quarter.
The game was originally scheduled for Sunday Night Football, but the winless Colts are not a team NBC wanted to feature. Instead, this game was moved to the early game on CBS.
Despite the Colts struggles, I think America will still tune in. The rivalry in itself is enough to just watch and see if the Colts can at least compete without Manning.
Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints- 8:20 P.M. NBC
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The Indianapolis Colts struggles have helped this game get moved into primetime on Sunday night. Due to the reason in the previous slide, this game became the marquee matchup of the week.
The Lions are coming off of a struggling loss to division rival Green Bay on Thanksgiving and have fallen to the sixth and final playoff spot right now if the playoffs were to start today.
The Lions also are very physical on defense and like to take cheap shots at the other team's offense. The Lions offense on the other hand is usually high powered, but quarterback Matthew Stafford's broken finger seemed to hamper him against the Packers last week.
The Saints on the otherhand have a high powered offense of their own, and are only one game up on the NFC South division lead over the Falcons. A Saints loss and Falcons win makes a tie in the division and forces the Saints to play almost perfect football the rest of the way.
For those reasons, this game will be a great game to watch. Both teams need wins to stay alive in playoff and division hopes.
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers- 1 P.M. CBS
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This may be the best early game matchup of the day. The Bengals and Steelers look to stay afloat in the AFC Wildcard race and even stay in the running for the AFC North division title by getting a big divisional win in this game.
The Steelers beat the Bengals on November 13th at Cincy to move the Bengals out of first place in the division.
Both teams are trying to stay up with division leader Baltimore and have hopes of winning the division, but they also want to stay ahead of a surging New York Jets team that is trying to take one of their spots in the wildcard.
The Bengals will try and use rookies Andy Dalton and A.J. Green to put some points on the board and once against use their surprising defense to slow Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers.
The Bengals defense broke Roethlisberger's finger in that Nov. 13th matchup a few weeks ago.
The Steelers will hope to get this offense turned around after struggling against Kansas City on Sunday night.
This game has huge AFC playoff implications.
Green Bay Packers at New York Giants- 4:15 P.M. Fox
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A few weeks ago this game looked to have homefield advanageimplications in the NFC. The Giants were coming off of a huge win in Foxboro against the Patriots where their defense looked great.
Many thought the pressure the Giants can put on the quarterback could get to the Packers.
Everyone also thought the Packers could be banged up, having a tough test at Detroit on Thanksgiving.
Now the Giants are on the outside looking in on the NFC playoff hunt, and the Packers are getting better and better and off to a 11-0 start.
This game will still be a good one to watch to see if the Giants can regain their powerful defense and see if they can out play the Packers defense which has struggled at times on the offensive side of the ball.
This game still has huge implications on the playoff race. The Packers can move one game closer to clinching the division and homefield advantage, and the Giants can stay in the NFC East division race and wildcard hunt.
If the Giants lose, they can fall behind Dallas for the division and the Lions in the final wildcard spot, and can come back to haunt them.
This game will definitely be a must watch.