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NFL Weekend with John Brockway

NFL Weekend with John Brockway

NFL WEEK 13 GAME PICKS LAST WEEK: 13-3 SEASON RECORD: 115-61

TOP GAMES

CHIEFS AT FALCONS: THE CHIEFS OFFENSE MUST GET BACK TO A RUN-FIRST MINDSET TO WIN TIME OF POSSESSION WHILE THE DEFENSE NEEDS THE LB'S TO SUCCESSFULLY LIMIT THE IMPACT OF COLEMAN AND FREEMAN COMING OUT OF THE BACKFIELD. THE ATLANTA OFFENSE NEEDS JULIO JONES TO BE A MAJOR THREAT AND FOR THE SECONDARY WR'S TO MAKE SOME PLAYS WHILE THE DEFENSE NEEDS TO TACKLE WHILE AND LIMIT THE CHIEFS' SPEED IN SPACE. PICK: CHIEFS 26-24

LIONS AT SAINTS: DETROIT'S OFFENSE NEEDS WR MARVIN JONES TO RE-EMERGE AS A BIG-PLAY THREAT AND THEIR DEFENSE HAS GOT TO COME UP WITH HITS AND TURNOVERS ON DREW BREES. THE SAINTS OFFENSE NEEDS TO SPREAD THE BALL AROUND AND HAVE SOME SUCCESS RUNNING THE BALL WHILE THEIR DEFENSE NEEDS TO TAKE AWAY THE SHORT THROWS TO EBRON, RIDDICK, AND TATE. PICK: SAINTS 34-31

DOLPHINS AT RAVENS: MIAMI'S OFFENSE NEEDS THE O-LINE HEALTHY AND READY TO CREATE HOLES IN THE RUNNING GAME TO GIVE THE OFFENSE BALANCE WHILE THEIR DEFENSE MUST LOOK TO KEEP JOE FLACCO TO UNDERNEATH THROWS. THE RAVENS OFFENSE SHOULD LOOK FOR EXPLOSIVE PLAYS AND CHALLENGE A WEAK SECONDARY WHILE THEIR DEFENSE SHOULD KEY ON AJAYI AND LANDRY AND FORCE OTHERS TO MAKE PLAYS. PICK: RAVENS 23-21

BILLS AT RAIDERS: BUFFALO'S OFFENSE NEEDS SHADY MCCOY TO HAVE A VINTAGE GAME AND FOR TYROD TAYLOR TO MAKE KEY PLAYS WITH HIS LEGS A LA CAM NEWTON AND THE DEFENSE HAS GOT TO WIN AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE AND LIMIT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE RUNNING GAME. OAKLAND'S OFFENSE NEEDS THEIR MAULING GUARDS TO KEEP BUFFALO'S D-LINE AT BAY AND THEIR DEFENSE NEEDS TO CHALLENGE THE CB'S AND LOOK FOR ONE-ON-ONE MATCHUPS. PICK: RAIDERS 27-21

GIANTS AT STEELERS: THE GIANTS OFFENSE NEEDS TO GET WR STERLING SHEPARD AND TE WILL TYE INVOLVED EARLY TO SET A TONE OF DISTRIBUTION WHILE THEIR DEFENSE HAS GOT TO LIMIT LE'VEON BELL'S TOUCHES IN THE PASSING GAME AND FORCE HIM TO BE JUST A RUNNER. PITTSBURGH'S OFFENSE NEEDS THEIR OWN TE JESSE JAMES AND SECONDARY WR'S TO HELP OUT AND GIVE BIG BEN OPTIONS WHILE THE DEFENSE HAS TO PRESSURE ELI MANNING AND MAKE HIM HOLD THE BALL TO FORCE MISTAKES. PICK: STEELERS 30-28

THE REST

49ERS AT BEARS PICK: 49ERS 30-27 EAGLES AT BENGALS PICK: EAGLES 23-20 BRONCOS AT JAGUARS PICK: BRONCOS 30-10 TEXANS AT PACKERS PICK: PACKERS 30-24 RAMS AT PATRIOTS PICK: PATRIOTS 34-17 REDSKINS AT CARDINALS PICK: REDSKINS 28-24 BUCS AT CHARGERS PICK: CHARGERS 26-23 PANTHERS AT SEAHAWKS PICK: SEAHAWKS 24-19 COLTS AT JETS PICK: COLTS 24-22

IN THE NEWS

VIKINGS COACH MIKE ZIMMER TO MISS WEEK 13 AFTER UNDERGOING EMERGENCY EYE SURGERY TO FIX TORN RETINA PATRIOTS SIGN RT MARCUS CANNON TO FIVE-YEAR, $32.5 MILLION EXTENSION WITH $14.5 MILLION GUARANTEED THROUGH 2021 SEASON BILLS RT SEANTREL HENDERSON SUSPENDED 10 GAMES FOR SECOND VIOLATION OF LEAGUE'S SUBSTANCE-ABUSE POLICY; HENDERSON ADMITS HE STILL SMOKES MARIJUANA TO HELP COMBAT CROHN'S DISEASE FORMER JETS AND CHIEFS RB JOE MCKNIGHT MURDERED AT AGE 28 DURING ROAD RAGE INCIDENT IN NEW ORLEANS COWBOYS LB ROLANDO MCCLAIN SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY FOR REPEATED VIOLATIONS OF LEAGUE'S SUBSTANCE-ABUSE POLICY TITANS RELEASE STARTING CB PERRISH COX FALCONS SIGN FORMER TITANS CB BLIDI WREK-WILSON PANTHERS SIGN FORMER PATRIOTS OL RYAN WENDELL

EXPECTED RETURNS

COLTS QB ANDREW LUCK (CONCUSSION) COLTS OLB TRENT COLE (BACK) SEAHAWKS DE MICHAEL BENNETT (KNEE) SEAHAWKS FS EARL THOMAS (HAMSTRING) CHIEFS WR JEREMY MACLIN (GROIN) CHIEFS OLB DEE FORD (HAMSTRING) JETS C NICK MANGOLD (ANKLE) BUCS RB JACQUIZZ RODGERS (FOOT) DOLPHINS LT BRANDEN ALBERT (WRIST) DOLPHINS LG LAREMY TUNSIL (SHOULDER) VIKINGS WR STEFON DIGGS (KNEE) RAVENS CB JIMMY SMITH (BACK) SEAHAWKS C JUSTIN BRITT (ANKLE) RAIDERS CB DAVID AMERSON (KNEE) BILLS RB MIKE GILLISLEE (HAMSTRING) COWBOYS SS BARRY CHURCH (FOREARM) TEXANS RB ALFRED BLUE (CALF)

INJURY REPORT QUESTIONABLE

CARDINALS WR JOHN BROWN (SICKLE-CELL/HAMSTRING) CARDINALS CB PATRICK PETERSON (KNEE) SAINTS RB MARK INGRAM (TOE) PACKERS ILB CLAY MATTHEWS (SHOULDER) EAGLES WR JORDAN MATTHEWS (ANKLE) RAMS LT RODGER SAFFOLD (HAND) LIONS WR MARVIN JONES (THIGH) JAGUARS RB T.J. YELDON (ANKLE) CHARGERS WR TYRELL WILLIAMS (SHOULDER) TEXANS RB LAMAR MILLER (ANKLE) BUCS DT GERALD MCCOY (FOOT) RAMS DE ROBERT QUINN (CONCUSSION) CHIEFS NT DONTARI POE (BACK) 49ERS QUINTON PATTON (CONCUSSION) JETS WR BRANDON MARSHALL (KNEE/FOOT) JETS SS CALVIN PRYOR (CONCUSSION)

WEEK-TO-WEEK

BRONCOS QB TREVOR SIEMIAN (FOOT) PANTHERS MLB LUKE KUECHLY (CONCUSSION) PANTHERS FS KURT COLEMAN (CONCUSSION) REDSKINS TE JORDAN REED (SPRAINED AC JOINT IN SHOULDER) FALCONS DE ADRIAN CLAYBORN (TORN MCL/PARTIALLY TORN MENISCUS; OUT A MONTH) DOLPHINS WR DEVANTE PARKER (BACK) SAINTS LT TERRON ARMSTEAD (KNEE/QUAD) CARDINALS DB TYRANN MATHIEU (SHOULDER) RAMS WR TAVON AUSTIN (CHEST) JAGUARS TE JULIUS THOMAS (BACK) JAGUARS WR ALLEN HURNS (HAMSTRING) JAGUARS RB CHRIS IVORY (HAMSTRING) BILLS CB RONALD DARBY (CONCUSSION) VIKINGS C JOE BERGER (CONCUSSION) GIANTS CB NATE BERHE (CONCUSSION) SEAHAWKS TE LUKE WILLSON (KNEE SPRAIN)

OUT FOR SEASON

PATRIOTS TE ROB GRONKOWSKI (BACK SURGERY; EXPECTED TO MISS AT LEAST 8 WEEKS) FALCONS CB DESMOND TRUFANT (TORN PECTORAL) BEARS QB JAY CULTER (TORN LABRUM IN SHOULDER) BEARS ILB DANNY TREVATHAN (RUPTURED PATELLAR TENDON) BROWNS RG JOHN GRECO (SPRAINED FOOT) CHARGERS OLB JERRY ATTAOCHU (BROKEN FOOT) PANTHERS C RYAN KALIL (SHOULDER) PANTHERS C GINO GRADKOWSKI (KNEE) BILLS DT CORBIN BRYANT (SHOULDER) RAIDERS CB D.J. HAYDEN (HAMSTRING) CHIEFS DT JAYE HOWARD (HIP) BRONCOS FB ANDY JANOVICH (ANKLE)

POWER RANKINGS - THROUGH WEEK 12 TOP 5

1. COWBOYS 10-1 2. PATRIOTS 9-2 3. RAIDERS 9-2 4. CHIEFS 8-3 5. SEAHAWKS 7-3-1

BOTTOM 5

28. JETS 3-7 29. BEARS 2-9 30. JAGUARS 2-9 31. 49ERS 1-10 32. BROWNS 0-12

John Brockway can be heard talking NFL on the Spadora on Sports radio program. His blog can be found at www.spadoraonsports.com

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