Here are the four NFL Week 13 games we are most excited about and think you should be too.
Bills at Cowboys: Thursday, 11.28 4:30 pm ET.
High drama while the turkey is still in the oven.
What to watch for:
The Bills can all but sew up a wildcard slot, and they’ll really want to do it on Thursday. I’m not saying that it’s a must win, but after the Cowboys, the Bills will need to deal with the Patriots, Ravens, Steelers and Jets. The Cowboys don’t want to drop back to 6-6 and risk getting caught by the Eagles in the NFC East. High stakes (for once) on Thanksgiving. Game wise, this is strength vs strength. Dallas still boasts the number one total offense in the league, even after being stifled by New England. Buffalo is ranked third in both yards and points allowed and they can run the ball.
Niners at Ravens: Sunday, 12.1 1:00 pm ET.
Right game, wrong timeslot. I’m not sure who’s in charge of flexing the NFL’s TV schedule, but they probably made a mistake not upgrading this one.
What to watch for: Maybe there’s the fear that the Ravens will create another laugher on national TV. The Niners have struggled to escape with wins against Arizona this season, and what is Kyler Murray if not a smaller, slightly less experienced Lamar Jackson. Both use the run to create the pass. The difference is that Baltimore is much, much better at it. That being said, this might well be a Super Bowl preview…I’d make myself a turkey-cranberry-stuffing sandwich and hunker down. If the Ravens are up by twenty at the half, just take a nap.
Patriots at Texans, Sunday 12.1 8:20 pm ET.
I’m not saying that the Ravens-Niners game should be in this time slot…but, yeah. I am.
What to watch for: The knock against New England’s historically good defense is that they cruised early. Well, in week twelve, they held the league’s passing leader Dak Prescott (57.6 completion %, 212 yards, 0TD, 1 INT) and the league’s most prolific offense to a trio of field goals. Houston’s Deshaun Watson is electric but has struggled to stay upright in some games this season. Expect the Hoodie to dial up some heavy doses of Cover Zero to get in his face. The Texans are without J.J.Watt, and Jadaveon Clowney is causing chaos in Seattle, so Houston will need to find different ways to challenge Brady and the patchwork Pats offense. If they can’t contain Sony Michel, it could be lights out under the lights on Sunday night.
Vikings at Seahawks, Monday, 12.2 8:15 pm ET.
So, these are the two teams that occupy the NFC’s wildcard slots at present. Both may well be division champs by the time everything is said and done. There’s a lot on the line, and this one will feel like a playoff game.
What to watch for: As I mentioned in last weeks 10 Things, the quarterbacks of these two teams are looking really, really similar. They both have sneaky good running games and a stable of receivers that provide options. If Adam Thielen is ready to go and anywhere near 100%, this game gets super interesting. If he’s still out or limited, I think it’s advantage Seattle in the friendly confines of Century Link with the Twelfth Man in full throat.
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