The 2012 season ends its third quarter with this weekend’s game with the playoff possibilities clearly in sight. Perhaps the biggest story of the season has nothing to do with victories, but instead, failure. Would anyone have foreseen the Indianapolis Colts being winless with five games to go even without Peyton Manning?
Clearly, there are issues at play on that team that are deeper than the leadership afforded by one key player out of action. The Detroit Lions started off as one of the real happy stories of the year winning their first five games but going 2-4 since with the insane conduct of Ndamukong Suh’s out of control nonsense getting most of the attention including stomping on an opponent’s head and then trying to justify his action on a nationally televised Thanksgiving game. That earned him a two game suspension, a fate that could eliminate
not only from its first shot at the playoffs in ages but they’ll have to step it up to avoid yet another losing season. Detroit
Could Rex Ryan and his nonstop bloviating be wearing out his welcome in
? The Jets are not going to make the playoffs without one of the leaders in the AFC North, New York Baltimore, Pittsburgh, or self-destructing. Does anyone believe Norv Turner will return to coach Cincinnati next year? San Diego would be the choke tale of the year were it not for the Colts. San Diego
The NFC battle for the Championship looks clear. It will be
San Francisco versus to attempt to knock off the Green Bay Packers. The AFC seems pointed to New Orleans , but the Ravens have a funny habit of losing to miserable teams after clobbering the big boys. They must show championship caliber play Sunday versus Baltimore Cleveland while Pittsburgh plays Cincinnati; otherwise, it will probably be a pick between Pittsburgh and New England for AFC supremacy.
The following teams can only at best tie for their division lead.
Jacksonville (AFC South), Miami (AFC East), Carolina (NFC South), (NFC West). These teams are toast: Arizona Indianapolis (AFC South), Minnesota (NFC North), (NFC West). St. Louis
Here are the battles for week 13.
The Eagles are a mess and face playing cross country on a short schedule.
should prevail. Seattle
This is a must win for the Jets if they want to stay in the playoff hunt. They should have the edge over the chaotic Redskins.
This is the kind of game
needs to win to show themselves a real post season threat not just the lucky team in a bad division. Oakland
More Tebow magic? Don’t count the little guy out. They’ll play with enthusiasm something the Vikings sorely lack.
Remember when this matchup of Olympian proportions? Manning versus Brady, but somehow
New England at least held their own when they lost Brady for a season. What’s up with the Colts who will be brutalized on Sunday?
This was supposed to be Houston’s break out year and on paper, a 7-3 record looks great, but that doesn’t reveal they’re now down to a 3rd string quarterback. They won’t beat
, but should make the first round of the playoffs then be sent home. Atlanta
Pittsburgh loses, their dreaded rival, the Ravens should be in the driver’s seat to win the division and both Pittsburgh and would be in line as wild cards. If Cincinnati Pittsburgh wins, then is thrown to the pack of other wild card contenders with Baltimore and Houston ahead on their schedule. This game should belong to the Steelers. Cincinnati
There are no guarantees in this match up. If Cam Newton is on top of his game,
Carolina can win, but , a most inconsistent team, should win if they play their “A” game. Tampa Bay
Okay, the Cowboys will win this. Don’t draw any grand conclusions about this being any kind of triumph.
The Giants looked terrible against
and now they face another even tougher foe. Although Eli Manning is giving the game a fine effort, the Giants’ defense and special teams are so awful, they’d have to pull the upset versus the Packers to have any hope short of a total New Orleans collapse for post season play. The Packers should win with ease. The Giants one saving grace is facing Dallas twice before season’s end. Dallas
Here’s a game for the Giants to feel good after losing the Brother Bowl Thanksgiving night – a nice win against a division opponent.
This will be a painful realization for
, a team that looked so promising starting 5-0, has gone 2-4 since with Ndamukong Suh’s bully antics getting much of the press. Detroit looks like a team on the ascent with Drew Brees running the Saints’ offense brilliantly. New Orleans faces a tough loss on the Sunday night stage. Detroit
Jack Del Rio got the ax fulfilling a rumor that has been festering for over two seasons. Meanwhile,
’s horrible play has Norv Turner a dead man walking who perhaps might not make it to the season’s end given their dreadful 4-7 record with star QB Phillip Rivers looking horrible consistently this year. Who will win this game is truly a toss up. They’ve lost six consecutive games but unless the team has mailed it in entirely, they should prevail on their home field. San Diego