Top 3 Games to Watch this Weekend, Week 13 by Hunter Wright


Cincinnati Bengals (3-7-1) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (5-6)

Both of these teams have been severely underwhelming this season, but that doesn’t mean they can’t put on an entertaining football game. The Eagles rank 15th in points scored, and their defense has allowed the 5th fewest points all year. The Eagles started the season winning their first 3 games with a combined score of 92-27, but they have fallen off of the path to victory and now find themselves last in their division. Eagles leading rusher Ryan Mathews is questionable to play. Mathews has matched his career high for rushing touchdowns in a season, with 7, but his 42.7 yards per game is absolutely abysmal for a starter with his talent. The Bengals rank 27th in points scored and 17th in points allowed. They have gone 2-0-1 against the Eagles in their past 3 meetings. It’s hard to believe that the Bengals were 12-4 with the 2nd best defense in the league just last season.

New Orleans Saints (5-6) vs. Detroit Lions (7-4)

The New Orleans Saints have the 2nd highest scoring offense in the league, averaging 30.4 points per game. Unfortunately for the Saints, their defense is ranked 30th in the league. The Saints have plenty of momentum as they are coming off of a 49-21 win over the newly relocated Los Angeles Rams, a game in which they racked up a whopping 555 yards of offense. The leader of the Saints high flying offense is future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees, who is leading the league in completed passes, pass attempts, completion percentage, passing yards, and passing touchdowns. The Lions have trailed in every fourth quarter this season, yet they have won 7 games, and are on a 3-game winning streak. Matthew Stafford, the clutch commander of the Lions, has led 10 fourth quarter comebacks in his career prior to this season. The Saints will lead in the fourth quarter, but will their defense be able to contain Stafford for that final 15-minute stretch?

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) vs. New York Giants (8-3)

The Steelers have won the past 3 games played between these two teams, though by a small margin each time. The Steelers offense ranks 13th in the league, while their defense ranks 10th. The Giants offense ranks 21st, while their defense ranks 5th. The Giants have won 6 games in a row and have done so in convincing fashion. There should be plenty of fireworks in this game as the offenses match up well on paper. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 2,745 yards and 23 touchdowns, while Giants quarterback Eli Manning has thrown for 2,902 yards and 20 touchdowns. Both Roethlisberger and Manning were selected in the famous 2004 NFL Draft, and they have been in the upper echelon of passers in the league since day one. The receivers will also take center stage in this game: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown has logged 82 catches for 998 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has caught 65 passes for 915 yards and 8 touchdowns.

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