Carolina Panthers by 1-13 points
The only unbeaten side left after Denver derailed the Patriots, the Panthers are looking good to become only the fourth side to finish a regular season unbeaten. They go to the New Orleans Saints and the Superdome on Sunday, and who better to step up in the Superdome, than Super Cam. Tony Romo gave the NFC South leaders a major hand last Sunday , throwing two pick sixes, but it was Newton who got the Panthers’ only offensive score of the game, rushing for a touchdown.
They won’t have it as easy this Sunday however. It took an outstanding Josh Norman interception to preserve Carolina’s 2-0 start in week 3. . Drew Brees has had one of his lesser years, barring the amazing game against the Giants, but it’s been the defense that’s let the Saints down.
They have the worst one in the NFL, which means any hope of a playoff has been snuffed out. Divisional games tend to be close, but the Panthers will have enough to go 12-0.
Jacksonville Jaguars win @ Tennessee
There hasn’t been much to shoult about in Tennessee this year. The Titans have the joint-worst record in the season so far, they’re the worst side in the AFC for total yardage, and only Tyrod Taylor has thrown for less than Marcus Mariota. Being fair to the quarterback, he leads the league in red zone passer rating.
Compare that to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who after a slow start, went to Wembley and picked up their second win, adding two more since. Allen Robinson is in the top 10 of the league for receiving yards, and TJ Yeldon has rushed for over 4 yards per play.
With divisional rivals Indianapolis and Houston facing non divisional games, the Jaguars could fancy themselves for a late charge towards the title. The last time the Titans won at home, it was against the Jaguars in week 6 of last season. They are the only winless side at home this season . Back the away side to double up over them this year.
Seattle Seahawks -1.5 @ Minnesota Vikings
The most mouthwatering clash of week 13 takes place in Minneapolis. After falling to the Packers in week 11, the Vikings re-took control of the NFC North by shooting down the Falcons with style. However, a sensational Green Bay win in Detroit last night means that should the Vikings lose at home to an improving Seahawks, they will fall behind the Wisconsin side again in the battle for the divisional title. Adrian Peterson starred in the victory last week, rushing for two touchdowns and 158 yards. He’s needed to do that all season, as Teddy Bridgewater has been sacked 30 times, only four QB’s have more.
One of those, is Russel Wilson, who’s Seahawks, despite starting horrifically by losing three of their first five, go into week 13 in a wildcard spot. As it stands, the two sides would meet in a wildcard, but it’s a season-defining week for Seattle. The Falcons are hot on their heels, and the pressure will fall once again on the shoulders of Thomas Rawls to deliver. The stand in for Marshawn Lynch has run for 665 yards so far, eking out three touchdowns. Bobby Wagner is finding some of his Super Bowl winning form, tackling 82 times (more than any Patriot or Panther).
This will be close, but the Seahawks will just squeeze out a crucial win
Pittsburgh Steelers (-7.0) vs Indianapolis Colts
Both of these sides have 6-5 records, but the Steelers should really be 7-4. A yo-yo defence all year was against awry last week against Seattle as they somehow they contrived to lose the game despite putting up over 30 points.But the key stat is that it was their last game against and NFC team. They now have the chance to beef up their odds on victory in a tiebreaker situation should the conference come to that, beginning this week against the Colts.
The Colts have improved since the season started , allowing just 19 points per game since the start of November to four teams in the hunt. for a playoff spot Last weekend, they shut out the Buccanneers altogether the second half. But they have bad memories of Ben Roethlisberger, who tore them apart last season, throwing for six touchdowns and 522 yards in a 51-34 domination.
As it stands, the Colts are in the playoffs, with the Steelers just outside. Expect the positions to swap after MNF