NASHVILLE- Welcome to week thirteen of the NFL. The Playoffs will begin in one month. We’ll see plenty of playoff positioning taking place as teams look to put the finishing touches on their seasons. The good news is we have a few matchups that will shake up the playoff picture. There aren’t as many juicy matchups this week but the top games will surely be attention-grabbing. Here are the marquee week thirteen matchups.
Game of the Week
Tennessee Titans (8-3) vs. Cleveland Browns (8-3) 1:00 p.m. Eastern, CBS
The Browns and Titans enter week thirteen as two of the hottest teams in the league. The Browns won three very close games against teams that are struggling. The Titans are on a two-game winning streak after an overtime win against the Ravens 30-24 and a blowout win against the former AFC South leader Indianapolis Colts 45-26.
This game should feature a lot of running. Titans running back Derrick Henry is on one side and Browns running back Nick Chubb is on the other side. Which running back will make more of an impact? The Titans’ offense re-emerged after acquiring Ryan Tannehill last season. Receiver A.J. Brown is capable of being Tannehill’s go-to playmaker and the Titans should be able to challenge the Browns struggling pass defense. Cleveland is doing a great job slowing down opponents’ running backs so Henry may actually struggle in this game.
However, if Henry completely has his way, the Titans will likely win this game. The Browns aren’t as good on the road as they are home. The Titans are very confident heading into this game, especially after crushing the former AFC South leading Colts.
Cleveland will challenge Tennessee’s run defense with the one-two punch of Chubb and Kareem Hunt. It’s also worth noting that receiver Jarvis Landry is heating up so Baker Mayfield may have a big day passing the ball.
Tennessee is the favorite in this game and it’s hard to pick against the Titans this week. Some experts may call this a game in which the Titans are the favorite by at least 10 points. However, this game should be a tossup but Tennessee will likely win as Cleveland struggled against winning teams this season.
Prediction: Tennessee 28 Cleveland 27
Arizona Cardinals (6-5) vs. Los Angeles Rams (7-4), 4:05 p.m. Eastern, Fox
This game should be really exciting! The high-flying Cardinals offense takes on the juggernaut physical Rams defense in one of the most anticipated matchups of the season. This game should have everyone on the edge of their seats. However, Kyler Murray’s numbers aren’t astonishing as he has a total quarterback rating of 72.7 and a completion percentage of 68.2. He passed for only 2,814 yards this season. Murray is tied for 11th in the NFL with 19 passing touchdowns. Despite this, the Cardinals rank second in the NFL in total offense and are one of the best running teams with an average of 155.9 yards a game.
Prediction: Rams 24 Cardinals 17
Seahawks (8-3) vs. Giants (4-7), 4:05 p.m. Eastern, Fox
Perhaps everyone is tired of reading about the NFC East. Why continue to give the NFC East teams any relevant talk at all? The simple fact is there will probably be a division winner with less than eight wins. This is a year in which the unexpected happens. Everyone just has to go with it.
This game is vital for playoff positioning. However, even if the Giants lose this, this team can still lead the division at 4-8. The other three NFC East teams face unfavorable matchups so it’s possible all four teams will lose this week.
Perhaps the Giants will be fueled by a desire to prove they belong in the playoffs and get some much-needed respect. It would be nice to see.
NFL MVP candidate Russell Wilson will have a very good game, and the Seahawks should win easily.
Prediction: Seahawks 45 Giants 14
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