Are you feeling the NFC playoff race? You should be, and on the odd chance that you’re not, this week should convince you.
Week 13 features matchups involving teams that have been on hot streaks, aren’t languishing around .500 and are getting superior performances out of excellent players. Turn your attention, for example, to the doubleheader game on Fox between the Panthers and Saints at the Superdome. Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Alvin Kamara, Luke Kuechly, Mark Ingram, Christian McCaffrey … lots of stars playing for the undisputed division lead on the first Sunday in December.
That wild, 31-30, final-play win by the Raiders over the Chiefs at Oakland in October seemed important in the moment, and seven weeks later, it’s looking like everything. A Raiders win in KC now might be the nail in the Chiefs’ coffin, and it could reduce the AFC West to a two-team race (depending on what the Chargers do). Getting Michael Crabtree back helps the Raiders; George Johnson Womens Jersey believing Darrelle Revis would help an increasingly-porous defense doesn’t help the Chiefs.
The Saints played most of the game without rookie running back Alvin Kamara, who suffered a concussion on the opening series of the game. Kamara had scored six touchdowns over the last six weeks, but had just 27 yards from scrimmage on four touches Thursday.
Without Kamara, the Saints managed just 50 rushing yards as Brees went 26 of 35 for 271 yards and two touchdowns, but the costly interception. While Ryan struggled, Devonta Freeman picked up the slack for the Falcons offense with 91 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Game Youth Josh Sitton Jersey Though Ryan struggled, he did lead a pair of scoring drives in the fourth quarter to lift the Falcons to victory.
Thursday games are terrible for the road team 鈥?Before Thursday’s game reached halftime, the Saints lost several players. Running back Alvin Kamara, guard Senio Kelemete, rookie defensive end Trey Hendrickson, linebacker A.J. Klein and safety Kenny Vaccaro all left with injuries.
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