Have you digested that Thanksgiving feast of football yet?
The NFC served up three fascinating encounters on Thursday night and this weekend two of the league’s elite quarter backs go throw-for-throw at Lambeau. Surprisingly Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have never played against each other as starting QBs. Both men come from California, they each wear number 12 and they’re amongst the top three signal callers in the league. This game will be tight. How will Green Bay handle Gronk? Will Eddie Lacy pound through the heart of New England’s front seven? This just might be the season’s Super Bowl dress rehearsal.
The Packers will be hoping for home advantage when January comes. Number One in the NFC right now are the Arizona Cardinals. They enter Week 13 on 9&2 for the season. They only managed a field goal in Seattle last time out, but they were missing their number one receiver Larry Fitzgerald. He’s questionable this week for their trip to the NFC South’s leaders, Atlanta. The Falcons are 4&7, so it’s surprising that they’re topping a division that includes the Saints and Panthers. Atlanta are a better team at home and defeat for Arizona will open up the NFC.
They say Peyton Manning doesn’t like the cold. He’s heading to freezing conditions in the Mid West for the Sunday Night Football match-up at division rivals Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs came close to an upset the last time these teams met in Week 2 and they’re still smarting after their surprise defeat to Oakland last time out. Victory against Denver will put Kansas level with the Broncos, and who knows what will happen over the four games that follow?
All eyes will be on Colt McCoy now that he’s taken over the signal calling in DC. Jay Gruden has had enough of RGIII so he’s decided to give McCoy a go. He’s won the two games he’s played this year and he’ll certainly make a statement if he manages to beat Indianapolis in the Lucas Oil Stadium. He’s got decent weapons to throw to, he just needs to do what Griffin didn’t – find them!
Ryan Tannehill will come in handy for some fantasy owners. The Dolphins travel to the New York Jets, a divisional match-up we’ll experience at Wembley next year.
The Saints will be happy to leave home this weekend. Three weeks ago they faced the 49ers with an unbeaten home record that went back eleven games. They’ve lost their last three games – all at home. They can still make the play-offs, so too can today’s opponents Pittburgh. The AFC North is one of the tightest divisions in the league so a home win will be crucial for them, but it won’t be the end of their season if they lose.