With Week 13 forward of us we’re about to achieve the ultimate month of the NFL common season. A wild, unpredictable season we thought would get sorted over a month in the past continues to be as wild as ever.
At this level it’s truthful to say we now have the highest of the NFC sorted with the Packers and Cardinals, however after that every part continues to be completely up within the air. The AFC has been a rollercoaster all season, and in each conferences the wild card spots are fully open.
What then does this imply for Week 13? Effectively, wanting on the schedule there are a couple of crucial head-to-head contests, but it surely’s much more about not screwing up at this level.
Can the Colts keep away from a entice recreation?
I’ve been bullish on the Colts just lately as a crew that might make a run into the wild card, and assume that’s nonetheless doable. In Week 12 the crew suffered a slender loss to the Buccaneers, which confirmed me they do have the expertise — now it’s nearly executing down the stretch.
On the floor there’s no useful purpose to doubt that Indianapolis can beat Houston, however divisional video games might be unusual issues. Simply because the Colts blew out the Texans in October doesn’t imply it’ll occur once more, and profitable this recreation is crucial to staying within the hunt.
Needless to say Houston beat Tennessee as just lately as two weeks in the past, in order that they have the flexibility contained in the AFC South to play spoiler. Now I simply need to see how this one performs out.
Who needs is extra between the Bengals and Chargers?
At one level or one other each Cincinnati and Los Angeles seemed like high tier groups with main playoff potential, and that’s positively change into slightly extra shaky. The Chargers have fully fallen off following their extraordinarily robust begin to the season, whereas the Bengals have been marred with inconsistency.
I assume the Bengals have what it takes to win this one, however I’m additionally conscious that Cincinnati misplaced to the Jets and Browns in back-to-back weeks. However sure, I additionally know they beat the Ravens and Raiders — so it’s all complicated, very similar to the remainder of the AFC.
What I’m ready to see if a way from Cincinnati that they actually need to maintain this run going. It looks like a group of nice gamers that hasn’t fairly gelled as a crew but, which is bizarre to say in Week 13 — however I need to see that fireside from them.
As for the Chargers, I don’t know what to say. They’ve among the best younger quarterbacks within the league and hold capturing themselves within the foot. This went from wanting like a lock to win the AFC West, to now preventing to discover a wild card. Contemplate my religion gone.
Can Washington or Las Vegas assert themselves?
A recreation which might in any other case be written off and forgotten has rapidly change into one of the vital intriguing of the week. It’s stunning symmetry to have playoff hopes out of the NFC East and AFC West hinge on this recreation.
It’s an absolute must-win for the 5-6 Washington Football Team who’ve been surging just lately. The maths isn’t on their facet proper now, and a few assist from across the league is required too — however none of that comes into play if this crew can’t win the powerful video games.
In the meantime for Las Vegas they’re nonetheless preventing in opposition to the forces that impacted them with Jon Gruden’s departure. It’s exceptional this crew has pulled collectively to a 6-5 report, however now it’s the arduous half. The AFC left the door open for the Chiefs, they usually’re strolling by way of — so now it’s about preventing again and making an attempt to get in.
Is that this actually going to occur with the Patriots?
The Patriots and Payments face off on Monday Evening Soccer and we don’t have to wax poetic on this one. If New England can beat Buffalo they’re more likely to win the AFC East in a exceptional flip.
Buffalo has change into very inconsistent, whereas the Patriots are taking part in their finest soccer. That is going to be an incredible recreation.