By News Team
Last Updated: 15th January 2021
We’re very much approaching the business end of the NFL season with teams battling out for those invaluable Playoff spots. As such games at this stage are about as important as they come, and we’ve previewed some of the most exciting games from week 13.
We preview the action, alongside our ambassador Jason Bell.
Browns @ Titans
The Cleveland Browns look playoff bound in a remarkable turnaround for the previously beleaguered franchise, as they sit 8-3 going into a key fixture against the Tennessee Titans, who have a matching record. While the Browns sit second in the AFC North and will be pinning their hopes on a Wildcard place, the Titans occupy the seat at the top of their division and will be hoping to build on last season’s impressive Playoff run.
There are no surprises with the Tennessee offense, but stopping it is a whole new challenge. Derrick Henry remains in imperious form, while the Titans have put up 75 points in their last two games.
Cleveland are currently on a three-game win streak, but all have been very close wins against teams that they really should be beating if they have real postseason aspirations, and the Titans are a whole new challenge.
The Browns are 43/20 underdogs while the host Titans are 20/51 favourites. While the handicap sits at six, the Titans should be too strong here for the Browns and covering the handicap looks a good bet at 10/11.
Giants @ Seahawks
As it stands, the 4-7 New York Giants will be Playoff-bound. In what is a damning indictment of the strength of the NFC East this year, the Giants, without star running back Saquon Barkley, could feature in January. Games like this are a good indicator of how they would fare, with Seattle having hopes for a deep Playoff run themselves, while wideout duo Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf continue to shred defences.
On paper this looks a formality, with the Giants 4/1 to leave Seattle with a win, with the Seahawks 1/5 to take their record to 9-3. The handicap is more than a score at 10, but in truth this is a poor Giants side who should have their shortcomings exposed by a superior squad. Seattle to score five or more touchdowns is 4/1.
Rams @ Cardinals
While there is a chance both of these sides make the Playoffs, the NFC South should also have two participants in the postseason, so this is a vital game for any January hopes. The 7-4 Rams travel to the 6-5 Cardinals and, while both are coming of losses, it should be a cracking divisional matchup.
The home team are actually the 13/10 underdogs, with the LA side 4/6 favourites to return home with a key result. Both sides are rife with attacking talent, while disruptive forces Aaron Donald and Budda Baker should both feature heavily in highlights for their respective defences.
Sean McVay has a great record in this fixture, but it’s a different Arizona team this year, and the do-or-die nature of this game could push the home team to an extra level and cause an upset.