Will Packers QB Aaron Rodgers wear the No. 12 better on Sunday? Or will Patriots QB Tom Brady reign supreme?
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Any time you have two teams playing at the top of their game this late in the season – especially when it’s an inter-Conference game – there’s whispers or in some cases loud proclamations that it might be a Superbowl preview. And with Superbowl XLIX just over two months away the Week 13 matchup between the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers looks like as good a candidate as any to be this year’s Superbowl matchup.
Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are playing the best football of their careers, the defenses which have struggled for a long time have found their groove and are now dominant units, and both teams are clear-cut favorites to win their respective divisions and possibly get a first-round bye. Best of all, this will be the first ever meeting between Brady and Rodgers – and more often than not, when two great QBs put the ball in the air, fireworks are seen alongside it.
Here are the picks for Week 13 of the 2014 NFL season:
St. Louis Rams over Oakland Raiders – Two teams that are more talented than their records face off, but the Raiders are playing a Rams team that has already beaten the 49ers, Seahawks and Broncos. By the transitive property, the Rams have already beaten Oakland three times this year.
New Orleans Saints over Pittsburgh Steelers – If Drew Brees can’t outscore Ben Roethlisberger it will just add more fuel to the fire that his time in New Orleans is running out.
Indianapolis Colts over Washington – If RGIII hadn’t been benched this would’ve been the second time the Colts hosted the QB that was taken right after their No. 1 overall pick. The scary parallel is that the other one in 1998 was Ryan Leaf… not a good sign for Washington.
Carolina Panthers over Minnesota Vikings – Kelvin Benjamin could very well explode in this game. And surely the Panthers can get ONE more win this season… right?
Cincinnati Bengals over Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Buccaneers may be two games out of first place in the NFC South, but that won’t really doesn’t matter with their tough schedule and lack of QB play.
New York Giants over Jacksonville Jaguars – The two teams are collectively 4-18. This is basically a game to determine who wants a better spot in the 2015 draft.
Baltimore Ravens over San Diego Chargers – This is the time of the year where the Ravens defense gets hot – and just time time to take on a Chargers team that also has a reputation for going on late-season winning streaks.
Buffalo Bills over Cleveland Browns – After that offensive explosion they put up against New York, it’s hard to pick against a team with so many weapons like Buffalo has.
Houston Texans over Tennessee Titans – Ryan Fitzpatrick makes the Texans remember that he’s actually a pretty good QB when there’s no pressure on him – and reminds the Titans that Mettenberger isn’t even as good him.
Atlanta Falcons over Arizona Cardinals – Not that anyone will be paying attention to this game, but this might be the one game where the Cardinals truly regret not having Carson Palmer for.
New England Patriots over Green Bay Packers – Darrelle Revis makes Aaron Rodgers’ life miserable in Lambeau Field and keeps Jordy Nelson firmly out of the endzone. Brady rolls with Gronkowski as well.
Denver Broncos over Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs are well-rested after losing to the Raiders on the road a week and a half ago, but the memory of that loss will haunt them the rest of the season – and Peyton Manning will take advantage of their weaknesses.
Miami Dolphins over New York Jets – The Dolphins have a lot more at stake than the Jets, who are basically playing darts with their own roster and seeing who sticks around at this point.