Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008, there were three games on for Week 13 of the 2008 NFL season. Obviously, the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys played because it was Thanksgiving. Then you had the Thursday night game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals.
The Lions got destroyed (no surprise) by the Tennessee Titans, 47-10. Both running backs for the Titans ran for over 100 yards. Obviously, I picked the Titans to win.
Now that the Cowboys have Tony Romo back, it almost seems like they are unstoppable. Am I not right? They have not lost since he has come back. Including a 34-9 blowout on the Seattle Seahawks.
Now, to the game that I predicted wrong. With everything that has been going on in Philly lately, I did not see them winning this game. If somebody would have told me before the game started that Donovan McNabb was going to throw four touchdowns, I would have laughed in their face.
However, in the end, the Eagles beat the Cardinals 48-20.
We all know that in the AFC East you have the New York Jets who last week beat the Tennessee Titans giving them their first loss. Does that automatically crown them the best team in the AFC? Not so fast, there are still five more games for each team (excluding the six who played on Thursday) before the playoffs.
When it is all said and done, the team that makes it to the Super Bowl in each conference is the best team. The Jets play the Broncos this week. Not exactly a hard game, but not easy either.
The New England Patriots rebounded from a loss to the Jets on Thursday Night Football by taming the Dolphins' Wildcat offense. This week, the Patriots might not be so lucky when they allow Pittsburgh to come into their home turf.
By now, I can say that the AFC East is still a toss up for all four teams. After all the Jets are 8-3, the Patriots are 7-4, and the Bills and Dolphins are both 6-5. Even though the Dolphins lost their last game, which was against the Patriots, I see them having a better shot at winning this division than the Bills do.
That is to say, if if the Patriots and Jets both screw up badly towards the end of the season. Lucky for Miami, they have a rebound game against St. Louis.
Buffalo could also increase to a 7-5 record after Week 13 as they allow the 49ers on their home turf. The AFC East is not decided just yet.
In the North, we have two possible teams who could win it. The Pittsburgh Steelers are 8-3 right now and are finally starting to look good again. However, in Week 13, they could be missing five starters against the Patriots. Does this mean they will lose?
The Baltimore Ravens are right behind the Steelers with a 7-4 record. If the Steelers lose this weekend, and the Ravens beat the Bengals, then the AFC North may come down to the second meeting between these two teams.
The Tennessee Titans are now 11-1 with their win over Detroit on Thursday. If they only lose one more game, they will win the AFC South hands down. That would also give them the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.
The Indianapolis Colts are working on a four-game winning streak now. They are the only team in this division that could possibly win it if the Titans suddenly bomb their last four games.
That being a very unlikely scenario, except to see this team being a wild-card team. The Colts play the Browns this week, who recently just lost Brady Quinn for the rest of the season.
Is it sad to say that the Oakland Raiders at 8-8 could possibly win the AFC West. Not that that will happen, but I am just pointing that out. The Denver Broncos are starting to look like an inconsistent team.
At any rate, they could very well end up losing their lead in the west. This Sunday, they play the New York Jets. Do you think they can win that after their loss to the Raiders?
The San Diego Chargers seem to be having some bad luck with winning games at the last second. So what do you do about that? Who knows. The real question is can they beat the rookie Matt Ryan led Falcons this Sunday?
So now I bring you to the NFC. Where even the lowest team in the NFC East can beat the best team in the NFC West. However, that might be due in part because the Cardinals flew to Philly.
The Giants, however, are the leaders in this division, and on Sunday, when they play the Washington Redskins, we will see if they in fact are going to remain there.
The Dallas Cowboys are now 8-4 and could be in the running for a wild-card spot, that is if the whole South doesn't take them. After destroying Seattle with Tony Romo back, if Giants start slipping up, the Cowboys could take this division again.
In the NFC North, we have a problem. A leader will be decided by the end of the Week 13, however, it does not make the division winner any more clearer.
The Chicago Bears head to Minnesota in a game for the NFC North lead. Both teams are doing well. However, after watching the Bears loss to the inconsistent Packers the way they did, who do you think is going to win this?
The other team is now 5-6. The Green Bay Packers. In order to win this division they will have to win their last five games. That includes this Sunday against the 8-3 Panthers. Is that possible? Well I guess we will just have to see which Packers team shows up.
The South is just like the AFC East. All four teams could still possibly win this division. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the favorites to win. If they can stop New Orleans from scoring 51 points on them, they should be safe.
The Carolina Panthers lost to the Atlanta Falcons last week. However, this week, they place a 5-6 Green Pay Packers team that is having an identity crisis. Consistency is always a safer bet to go with.
One of the two rookie quarterback led teams is the Atlanta Falcons. In Week 13 they play San Diego Chargers. I expect this one to be close obviously but do the Falcons come out on top?
Once again, do I EVER have to really go over the NFC West? The only way the 49ers can win this division at 8-8 none-the-less is if the Cardinals lose the rest of their games. That would make them 7-9. However, I do not see that happening. I also do not see the 49ers winning five more games this season.
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008
San Francisco 49ers (3-8) @ Buffalo Bills (6-5) at 1:00 PM
My Pick: Bills
Baltimore Ravens (7-4) @ Cincinnati Bengals (1-9-1) at 1:00 PM
My Pick: Ravens
New Orleans Saints (6-5) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-3) at 1:00 PM
My Pick: Saints
New York Giants (10-1) @ Washington Redskins (7-4) at 1:00 PM
My Pick: Giants
Miami Dolphins (6-5) @ St. Louis Rams (2-9) at 1:00 PM
My Pick: Dolphins
Indianapolis Colts (7-4) @ Cleveland Browns (4-7) at 1:00 PM
My Pick: Colts
Carolina Panthers (8-3) @ Green Bay Packers (5-6) at 1:00 PM
My Pick: Panthers
Atlanta Falcons (7-4) @ San Diego Chargers (4-7) at 4:05 PM
My Pick: Falcons
Denver Broncos (6-5) @ New York Jets (8-3) at 4:15 PM
My Pick: Jets
Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) @ New England Patriots (7-4) at 4:15 PM
My Pick: Steelers
Kansas City Chiefs (1-10) @ Oakland Raiders (3-8) at 4:15 PM
My Pick: Raiders
Chicago Bears (6-5) @ Minnesota Vikings (6-5) at 8:15 PM
My Pick: Vikings
Monday, Dec. 1, 2008
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7) @ Houston Texans (4-7) at 8:30 PM
My Pick: Texans