Here’s a look at the top five games in Week 13…
(Team rankings are based on our latest power rankings.)
1. No. 1 Packers at No. 17 Giants (Sunday, 4:15 ET on Fox)
Remember what happened the last time a team went up against the Giants with a 17-plus-game winning streak? Green Bay has won 17 straight dating back to last December, but the Giants are desperate. So this could be the Packers’ toughest road test yet, but New York is on short rest and dealing with too many injuries. We’ll see if they can shock the world again anyway.
2. No. 13 Lions at No. 5 Saints (Sunday, 8:20 ET on NBC)
Detroit will probably be without Ndamukong Suh against one of the best road teams in football. With Chicago and Atlanta favored, this would be a big loss for the Lions, so we’ll see how they perform with their backs against the wall. One thing going for them: they’re coming off of extra rest, while New Orleans had to play Monday night.
3. No. 14 Bengals at No. 7 Steelers (Sunday, 1:00 ET on CBS)
The Bengals can save their season with a win in Pittsburgh, which is exactly what happened when they won the division in 2009. LaMarr Woodley and Troy Polamalu might play for Pittsburgh, but it’s too early to tell how healthy they’ll be. After Pittsburgh struggled with Kansas City last week, I just can’t see them winning this one with any ease. Still, this’ll be the biggest test yet for Andy Dalton and A.J. Green.
4. No. 8 Falcons at No. 6 Texans (Sunday, 1:00 ET on Fox)
Houston’s a 2.5-point underdog at home against a team with a worse record. Ordinarily that would make no sense, but that’s what happens when you’re down to your third-string quarterback. This is intriguing because both teams are fighting for playoff positioning, and it’s tough to predict what we’re going to see from T.J. Yates. These teams are a combined 10-2 since Week 6.
5. No. 9 Broncos at No. 26 Vikings (Sunday, 1:00 ET on Fox)
Watch this for Tim Tebow, mainly. Sorry, but Tebow and the Broncos are the most intriguing story in the league right now, and it’ll be interesting to see if they can make it six out of seven in a tough place to play. It’s weird to see a pick’ em line for a game between a 6-5 team and a 2-9 team, but Minnesota just doesn’t get blown out (aside from the Green Bay game at Lambeau) and the Vikes are especially solid at home. Still, Denver’s won four straight road games in the Tebow era.