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NFL GREEK INSIDER WEEK 13

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On 12/04/2011 11:43 AM in NFL
Green Bay -6 over NYG (bought half):
The next stop for the Green Bay Packers on their pursuit of perfection is an opponent that has ruined unbeaten seasons for foes in the past. The New York Giants, however, currently do not resemble a team posing such a threat. The Packers will present a second straight well-rested opponent to the stumbling Giants on Sunday when these teams headed in opposite directions meet at MetLife Stadium. Led by Aaron Rodgers' astounding 33 touchdown passes to four interceptions, Green Bay is five games away from a perfect regular season. The Packers will wrap up the NFC North with a victory and a loss by Detroit at New Orleans on Sunday night. Green Bay has won 17 straight - four shy of the NFL record including the playoffs set by the Patriots from 2003-04.

The Packers' win streak began with a 45-17 home rout of the Giants in the next-to-last week of the 2010 regular season. New York would have clinched a playoff spot and eliminated Green Bay with a victory. Instead the Giants missed the playoffs for a second straight year and appear on the verge of another collapse. They have lost three straight, and have a short week to get ready after allowing 577 yards - the franchise's second-highest total - in Monday's 49-24 loss at New Orleans. New York (6-5) has dropped one game behind Dallas in the NFC East.

The Giants were defenseless against a New Orleans team coming off its bye. The Packers have also had time to rest since their Thanksgiving win at Detroit. New York could be even more hard-pressed to generate a pass rush to counter Rodgers since two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora is expected to miss the game with an ankle injury. Umenyiora was mainly a non-factor in last season's meeting as Rodgers threw for 404 yards and four scores. Another high-scoring affair could be in order, with Rodgers third in the league in passing yards with 3,475 and Eli Manning fourth at 3,358. The Packers are 31st in pass defense (287.8 yards per game) and the Giants 26th (251.2).

The Giants own the NFL's worst rushing attack in yards per game (82.3) and per carry (3.2). They will get a boost if Ahmad Bradshaw returns after missing the last four games with a broken bone in his right foot. Although Green Bay's pass defense has been at times subpar, Manning will have to be wary of the unit's league-high 22 interceptions. He was picked off four times in last season's matchup. The Packers have all kinds of incentives to keep their locomotive full steam ahead this weekend. With a win, they would punch their ticket back into the playoffs, could be toasting an NFC North title by Sunday night's end and would be sitting pretty with four games to go to complete the unbeaten regular season after getting past what appears to be their last remaining stiff challenge on the schedule. The road test, however, may not be as severe as it once appeared. It will be incumbent on Green Bay's patchwork offensive line to keep Rodgers clean, as the Saints did with Brees in his mistake-free, 363-yard, four-touchdown performance against the Giants' nonexistent four-man rush last week.
























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12/04/2011 11:49 AM
Baltimore -6.5 over Cleveland (bought half):
Enter the 4-7 Cleveland Browns, who await the visiting Ravens (8-3) on Sunday after Baltimore's 16-6 win over NFC West-leading San Francisco on Thanksgiving. Colt McCoy is 0-6 with a 66.6 passer rating lifetime against the AFC North, and division co-leading Baltimore (8-3) has won six consecutive meetings. McCoy, who has passed for more than 300 yards only once this season, threw two interceptions to Ed Reed and three overall in the most recent meeting, a 20-10 Baltimore victory Dec. 26. Jarret Johnson is part of a Baltimore defense that held San Francisco to only 170 yards while tying a franchise record with nine sacks. It ranks third in the league allowing an average of 292.3 yards, and the Ravens have held the Browns to 280 yards or less in five of the last six matchups, with the lone exception being Cleveland's 304-yard performance Sept. 26, 2010.

Peyton Hillis accounted for 180 of that amount in that contest, including 144 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. Hillis, though, has exceeded that rushing total once since and has averaged only 47.9 yards on the ground over his last eight games dating to last season. Joe Flacco has provided enough leadership on the offensive side to help Baltimore to the top of the division. The often-criticized quarterback threw for 161 yards and a touchdown against San Francisco while completing 15 of 23 passes for a season-high 65.2 percent. Flacco has never lost to Cleveland, throwing eight touchdowns and three interceptions in six victories. He's gotten some help from Ray Rice, who is averaging 5.0 yards per carry in his career versus the Browns.

The Ravens will face a Cleveland defense that ranks sixth in the NFL, though it will be without veteran linebacker Scott Fujita for the rest of the season. Since the Brownies rank 29th in the league defensively against the run, Rice is due for a breakout game and it will pay dividends if Flacco can be mistake free. The defense will key on Hillis and put the onus on McCoy to win the game with his arm. The Browns don't have a single player with at least 500 receiving yards. Baltimore should continue to keep grips on the AFC North with a convincing win at the dawg pound this afternoon.











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12/04/2011 11:55 AM
San Francisco -13 over St. Louis:
The San Francisco 49ers missed out on an opportunity to wrap up their first NFC West title in nine years last week, but they should have a better chance to celebrate Sunday. The 49ers welcome the last-place St. Louis Rams to Candlestick Park as they try to become one of the league's first teams to clinch a playoff berth. San Francisco (9-2) went into Week 12 needing a win at Baltimore on Thanksgiving and a Seattle loss on Sunday to clinch the NFC West with nearly a third of the season still to play. The Seahawks lost 23-17 to Washington, but all that did was help the 49ers maintain their five-game division lead after falling 16-6 to the Ravens.

That defeat also ended an eight-game win streak, the team's longest since an 11-game run in 1997. Alex Smith was sacked a franchise record-tying nine times as the 49ers finished with a season low for points and yards (170). San Francisco will try to get back on track by clinching its first postseason berth since winning the NFC West in 2002. It would secure the division title with a victory. The Rams (2-9) enter looking to recover from back-to-back division losses.

The league's worst rushing defense, giving up 159.0 yards per game, allowed another record-setting performance Sunday just five weeks after letting Dallas' DeMarco Murray scamper for a rookie franchise-record 253 yards. Beanie Wells ran for a Cardinals-record 228 on Sunday, and his 53-yard sprint in the fourth quarter set up the decisive field goal in Arizona's 23-20 win. The 49ers will certainly hope to see Frank Gore shake his recent struggles and continue to exploit St. Louis' run defense - as well as break the club rushing record. He needs only 22 yards to surpass Joe Perry's total of 7,344.

Gore has averaged 96.3 yards in his seven career starts against the Rams and scored at least one touchdown in six of those. Gore, though, missed the most recent matchup Dec. 26 because of a hip injury, and the 49ers had a five-game win streak in the series snapped with a 25-17 loss. St. Louis' Sam Bradford passed for 292 yards and a pivotal fourth-quarter touchdown while breaking the NFL's single-season record for completions by a rookie. The 49ers fired former coach Mike Singletary following that defeat, paving the way for Harbaugh to come over from Stanford.

Bradford, however, may not be around to face San Francisco this time. The second-year QB aggravated a high left ankle sprain in the loss to Arizona and was very limited in practice Friday. That means backup A.J. Feeley could make his third start of the season. San Francisco has won three straight home games over the Rams and seven of nine. While St. Louis will lack the weapons offensively as they have been inconsistant all season, the 49ers will use a smothering defense and the methodical aspect of long time consuming successful drives behind Smith and Gore en route to a division clinching triumph.

















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12/04/2011 12:00 PM
Detroit/New Orleans over 53:
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints enter December looking poised to make a Super Bowl run. Ndamukong Suh's lack of poise may have seriously hurt the Detroit Lions' playoff chances. Brees looks to lead the Saints to a fourth straight win Sunday night when they host a Lions team that will be without Suh due to a league suspension. New Orleans (8-3) is coming off an impressive 49-24 victory over the playoff-hopeful New York Giants on Monday night. Brees passed for 363 yards and four touchdowns and had an eight-yard TD run as the Saints finished with 577 yards, second-most in franchise history. New Orleans, first in the NFL in total offense (449.6 yards per game) and second in scoring (32.9 points per game), maintained a one-game lead over Atlanta in the NFC South.

This might be an opportune time for the Saints to be catching the Lions (7-4), whose season appears to be falling apart. Detroit has lost four of six after opening the season 5-0, and Suh has been suspended for two games for stomping on Green Bay's Evan Dietrich-Smith in a 27-15 loss on Thanksgiving Day. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle, barred from practice and the team's facility, appealed the suspension but the NFL upheld it Friday. This latest incident was Suh's fifth violation of on-field rules in his first two years in the NFL. Suh's absence will clearly hurt Detroit's run defense as well as its pass rush on Brees, who hasn't been sacked during the Saints' three-game winning streak.

Suh's loss of composure became a major turning point in the game against Green Bay. The Lions had stopped the Packers on third down, seemingly forcing them to settle for a field goal. Suh's penalty gave a first down to Green Bay, which scored two plays later to take a 14-0 lead early in the third quarter. The loss dropped the Lions into a three-way tie for the NFC's two wild-card spots, although Chicago and Atlanta currently own the tiebreakers. Besides running back Kevin Smith hurting his right ankle, leg injuries to defensive backs Chris Houston, Louis Delmas and Brandon McDonald forced wide receiver Rashied Davis to play safety in the fourth quarter.

Smith, who ran for a career-best 140 yards against Carolina in Week 11, hopes to play, but Delmas is expected to be out a few weeks and neither Houston nor McDonald practiced Tuesday. A depleted secondary could be trouble against Brees, who has torched Detroit in two career starts. In a 45-27 home win over the Lions on Sept. 13, 2009, Brees threw for 358 yards with a career-high six touchdowns. The previous year in Detroit, he passed for 351 yards with two TDs in a 42-7 victory. The five-time Pro Bowler leads the NFL with 3,689 passing yards - the most ever by a player through the first 11 games of a season - and has benefited from a strong running game. Led by Mark Ingram (420 yards), Pierre Thomas (403) and Darren Sproles (402), the Saints are eighth in rushing offense (125.5). The trio ran for 197 yards against the Giants. If you like points and plenty of offense, this one could last quite ahile into the later games.

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