Thursday, November 29, 2012
NFL 2012: Week 13: Lock Up, Lock Down, and Full Speed Ahead - the Playoff Brackets are starting to fill, and for some, it's now or never.
No Rightminded Fellow wasn't overdosed on Turkey but still experiencing some hardware problems for last week's incomplete postings.
This week, some teams are positioned to lock in to the playoffs, while the elite teams continue to keep homefield dominance a possibility. Such is the case with the Thursday night game where Atlanta is working hard to keep its #1 seed and New Orleans fights for its playoff life.
New Orleans @ Atlanta (-3 1/2)
"Don't let up, or else!" Atlanta looks to lock up the South and should win in their house, but New Orleans will give them one hell of a fight. Any let up in intensity will cost Atlanta severely. Count on it.
Jacksonville @ Buffalo (-6)
Two beaten and battered teams not going anywhere compete in Buffalo. We give the Bills the slight edge.
Seattle @ Chicago (-3 1/2)
The Bears are a little beat up but should prevail at home against the pesky Seakawks.
Minnesota @ Green Bay (-8)
The Packers will be anxious to bounce back after an embarassing prime time loss against the New York Giants.
Houston (-6) @ Tennessee
Another victory en route to clinching a playoff spot and likely top seed.
Carolina (-3) @ Kansas City
If there's anything the Panthers learned in their powerful win over the hapless Philadelphia Eagles they should be able to put the hurts on the plodding Chiefs.
San Francisco (-7) @ St. Louis
The 49er's can't let a QB decision distract for their play on the field. This is an important game to smack a weak opponent.
New England (-7 1/2) @ Miami
Let's hope there's no sprinkler system mishap in Miami this week. That could cause lots of hot steam if the Patriots are up to speed. They'll almost certainly dominate at the Dolphisn struggle to keep lean playoff hopes alive.
Arizona @ New York Jets (-4.5)
Oh it's so ugly for the alternate tenants of Met Life Stadium. The Jets are a better team in this match up if they're still psychologically of playing hard.
Pittsburgh @ Baltimore (-8)
No Ben Roethlisberger but the Ravens still have to shut down the Steelers' running game. The Steelers are in Baltimore. The crowd will be merciless. The Ravens will win.
Tampa Bay @ Denver (-8)
Denver should prevail though Tampa is fighting for its playoff possibilities.
Cincinnati (-2) @ San Diego
Does San Diego have anything left in them? These are two teams heading in different diretions right now. If San Diego is going to put on one of its late season surges, it's probably too late for an post season or to save Norv Turner whose presence after much underachievement is hard to explain.
Cleveland (-1) @ Oakland
Here's another one of those "toilet bowl" games. These are two bad teams but Cleveland is a team capable of rising up and playing a good game on occasion. Oakland is a mess. Cleveland wins.
Philadelphia @ Dallas (-10)
The Eagles are almost certain losers. The Cowboys could look brilliant, and here comes the Cowboys' hype again. Look at who they're playing. The Eagles could make almost any team look great at this stage of the season.
NY Giants (-2.5) @ Washington
The Giants need to keep their momentum up to work toward being a post season factor this ear. They are not assured of anything in this game especially playing in Lanham.