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What happened this past week?
The Seahawks (9-2) made a statement against a strong Pittsburgh team winning 34-20. Down 13-0 at the half, Seattle revamped its game plan and came out to play in the 2nd. How did they do this? It looks like the plan was to come out of the half and limit Brock Osweiler’s touches, get beast mode going, and do what they do best, force turnovers. Rookie CB Maka Lisi was a big reason they came out as victors in this one with his 1 sack, 2 int, and 1 td performance. Let’s see if Seattle can continue their 3 game win streak against the AFC playoff contending Bengals in week 13. Also in the NFC West, we have the Arizona Cardinals, who currently sit at 8-3 after a strong performance against Baltimore 31-17. Michael Floyd had a career day as he overshadowed Fitzgerald and went for 15 receptions, 203 yards and a score. Arizona has a big game in week 13, so we should see what they’re really made of.
The NFC North is getting interesting as Minnesota and Chicago currently have the same record 7-4. Both teams came to play in week 12 in hopes of creating some distance from the other. Minnesota will have to come to play in week 13 against a hungry Tampa team. On the other side, Chicago will travel to Atlanta to see if it can contain one of the most high-powered offenses in the league.
The Carolina Panthers still sit at the top of the NFC South with a record of 8-3. Coming off a very big win against the Skins 27-3, Cam Newton and company look to prove that they belong with the elite in the NFC. Let’s see how they handle the Titans in Nashville in week 13. Not far behind, we have the Saints at 7-4. The Saints came in and dominated the Buccaneers as they held them to only 135 yards of offense. Everybody knows this team for their offense, so that stat alone should make other NFC coaches sweat. Then, there’s Atlanta (6-5) who still controls its own destiny. Of course, they would have to win out in their final 5 games, but anything can happen in the NFL. Let’s see how bad they want it in their big game against Chicago in week 13.
As usual, the NFC East is heating up at the end as well. Dallas (8-3) is slowly losing its lead against the Eagles (7-4). The Eagles proved they were the better team in week 12 (38-27) when these two teams faced off against each other. Unlike Demarco Murray, Lesean Mccoy came to play in this one as he went for 145 yards and 2 td’s on the ground. He also added 77 yards through the air as he led his team in receptions. Someone on that Dallas D is going to have to step up beside DeMarcus Ware. It’s going to be tough in week 13 too as they will face of against the AFC’s toughest competition, the Buffalo Bills. Our experts predict Buffalo to come out on top 34-17. On the other hand, Philadelphia has a tough matchup against the Cardinals. Both teams are in playoff contention so look for both teams to come out firing.
Week 13 games to keep an eye on: