jimmythegreek Posts:10886 Followers:378
On 12/01/2013 02:50 AM in NFL

NFL GREEK INSIDER WEEK 13

Carolina -6 over Tampa Bay (bought full):
Cam Newton certainly has developed a new knack for pulling out gut wrenching games down the stretch as was the case in week 12 at Miami. Carolina (8-3) rallied from a 13 point first half deficit when Newton threw a game winning 12 yard scoring pass to Greg Olsen with :43 left helping the Panthers to their 7th straight win matching their all time best set in 1996. Newton's clutch performance against the Dolphins came on the heels of a 24-20 win over New England on Nov. 18 in which he led the Panthers 83 yards on 13 plays and threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr. with 59 seconds left to take the lead.

Newton (208/337 2353 17 TD 9 INT) is showing more and more versatility at the right time with the Panthers just a game behind the New Orleans Saints for first place in the NFC South. The Panthers are looking to sweep the season series against the Tampa Bay Bucs (3-8) as Newton scored 3 TD's in their 31-13 win just over a month ago. Steve Smith (51-581 3 TD) continues to be Newton's top target excelling in the primary spotlight for nearly 14 seasons. Smith is playing through a knee injury but the receiving core also includes the veteran TE Olsen (45-526 5 TD) and Brandon Lafell (40-495 4 TD) who fell victim to mostly double coverage last week. DeAngelo Williams (151-610 4.0 2 TD) is dealing with a quad injury which means Jonathan Stewart (33-125 3.8) could see more touches. Of course Newton brings his own scrambling ability to the table (77-379 4.9 5 TD) making him all the more dangerous in the open field.

While the Buccaneers have nothing but pride to play for, they are certainly making a case to rally around disgruntled head coach Greg Schiano who after losing his first 8 games seemed inevitable to be shown the door by or before season's end. A 24-21 upset over Detroit extended TB's winning streak to 3 games. Mike Glennon (168/269 1782 13 TD 4 INT) has exceeded team expectations and threw for 247 yards and 2 scores in week 12. Vincent Jackson (58-888 5 TD) is one of the best in the business and could have another bug day since Carolina is one of the league's best against the run. Timothy Wright (34-366 2 TD) had one of his better games against the Lions catching 8 passes for 75 yards. With Bobby Rainey (56-243 4.3 3 TD) the lone featured back, Tampa Bay could be forced to become one dimensional limiting his minutes and carries especially coming off a 36 yard 18 rush performance (2.0) in Detroit.

With Tampa Bay shady in the secondary due to injuries to Michael Adams, Mason Foster and Jonathan Banks, Carolina may successfully transform the running game into Newton transforming the offense into play action forcing the Bucs to cover at a disadvantage. If Newton is on top of his game that could spell trouble for Tampa's ability to mount an upset. Charles Johnson returns this week and the combination on the line with Greg Hardy may alter Glennon's ability and success if the pocket collapses. With no protection in the running game, the Panthers should establish control early and cruise.

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jimmythegreek Posts:10886 Followers:378
12/01/2013 03:23 AM

New England -6 over Houston (bought full):
The Patriots' confidence may have hit a turning point seasonal high after last week's come from behind 24 point deficit at halftime win against Denver last Sunday night. Tom Brady finished with 344 yards and threw 3 second half TD's while Stephen Gostkowski split the uprights from 31 yards just after the 2:00 warning in OT. New England (8-3) showed enough mental toughness to be reckoned with since they have a history of being dominant in December.

Brady (257/430 2896 17 TD 7 INT) and company are closing in on a 5th consecutive division title extending their lead to 3 games over Miami and the NY Jets. Julian Edelman (61-610 4 TD) turned in a huge effort in week 12 with 9 receptions for 110 yards and 2 scores. With Aaron Dobson (35-492 4 TD) out with a sprained foot look for Kembrell Tompkins (31-450 4 TD) and Rob Gronkowski (31-433 3 TD) to potentially have big days against Houston's overmatched secondary. Danny Amendola (32-358 1 TD) seems to be the forgotten one since suffering a groin injury and other Pats becoming more involved in the receiving core. Stevan Ridley (135-576 4.3 7 TD) has made the most of his opportunities in a balanced running game along with Legarrette Blount (82-374 4.6 2 TD), but both could see limited action due to recurring fumbles over the last few weeks that could prove to be drive killers. Also becoming more of a challenge in this one for Brady is the Texans' ability to defend the pass particularly well.

Houston (2-9) is dealing with their own share of season long problems including a 9 game losing streak that hit rock bottom with a 13-6 defeat at the hands of Jacksonville in week 12. Case Keenum (88/160 1161 8 TD 2 INT) has done an efficient job stepping in for an ineffective and often injured Matt Schaub (162/258 1707 8 TD 9 INT). Andre Johnson (74-1002 5 TD) only caught 2 passes for 36 yards last week and his struggles could continue against New England's improving pass defense ranking 9th in the league. With Arian Foster (121-542 4.5 1 TD) undergoing season ending back surgery, Ben Tate (129-544 4.2 1 TD) becomes the featured back for Houston who has scored only 2 rushing TDs all season.


With the Patriots offense clicking on all cylinders combined with Houston's inability to run the ball it may be tough for the Texans to match offensive firepower with New England to make enough plays to stay close or pull off an upset. Keenum has had a tendency to slow up in the second half after getting off to promising starts and it will be tough for the rookie to sustain quality drives without the protection of the ground game.



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12/01/2013 03:43 AM

Cleveland -6 over Jacksonville (bought full):
The Browns (4-7) were very much alive in the murky AFC playoff picture until suffering back-to-back divisional losses by a combined 37 points. Those results saw them slide to last place in the AFC North, a spot they've finished eight of the last 10 years. Cleveland hopes Brandon Weeden can turn things around when he makes his first start in more than a month Sunday against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9).

With Jason Campbell (87/153 933 6 TD 3 INT) still sidelined due to a concussion, the twice-demoted Weeden (117/227 1361 6 TD 7 INT) will make his first start since an Oct. 20 loss to Green Bay. Weeden was just 13/30 for 209 yards along with a TD and an INT in last week;s 27-11 loss to Pittsburgh. Josh Gordon (54-988 5 TD) tied a franchise single game record with 14 catches and broke another with 237 receiving yards and a TD, but most of that came with the outcome already decided. Jordan Cameron (59-661 6 TD) has not done much over the past few weeks but could see more action due to Jacksonville's inability to defend tight ends in the passing game. Cleveland has been advertised as nearly one dimensional all season scoring just one rushing TD all season.

Progress has been made in north Florida as the Jags have won 2 of their last 3 since dropping their first 8 games of the season. Chad Henne (196/315 2124 4 TD 9 INT) could be in for a long day against a Cleveland pass defense that is 5th in the league. Cecil Shorts (58-700 1 TD) is one of the team's few bright spots with Justin Blackmon suspended. The good news however is that Maurice Jones Drew (171-539 3.2 5 TD) ran for a season high 84 yards (6.0) against Houston last week which could give the ground game a much needed boost.

There are two types of bad football teams: one that is flat out bad, and one that can't come through in the clutch. With all due respect to the Jaguars, they fall into that first group of being bad. Talent-wise, the Browns should be well ahead of Jacksonville. This has the makings to be an ugly game for Jacksonville on both sides of the ball and Cleveland has an opportunity to keep alive what's left of their postseason hopes with a convincing victory at the dawg pound in week 13.

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finance Posts:8464 Followers:224
12/01/2013 08:08 AM

Great stuff jtg! Good luck today!

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jimmythegreek Posts:10886 Followers:378
12/01/2013 10:03 AM

also adding Chicago/Minnesota over 49

best of luck to all in week 13
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bobalou Posts:4995 Followers:145
12/01/2013 10:59 AM

GL JTG! I always like reading your weekend insiders!



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enzymex Posts:1732 Followers:61
12/01/2013 11:12 AM

GL JTG! On all three myself.