Week 13 of the NFL season showcases some crucial intra-division matchups, and possible a Super Bowl preview. Here are four games to watch:
Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennesee Titans, 1:00 p.m. E.T. on CBS — Tennessee has transformed ever since Ryan Tannehill took over at quarterback. The veteran is finally living up to his potential, and he’s now got the 6-5 Titans looking like a playoff contender. The 6-5 Colts are coming off a tough division loss to the Houston Texans, but they’ll look to bounce back against their other AFC South rivals.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m. E.T. on CBS — These AFC North rivals played just two weeks ago, and, well, it wasn’t pretty. Both teams have said the drama won’t carry over from that game, and many of the players involved in the previous kerfuffle are suspended for this week’s festivities. Regardless, this is a big game for two Wild Card contenders. Pittsburgh’s defense will need to continue its stellar play, since the offense is in shambles.
Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1:00 p.m. E.T. on Fox — This rematch of the 2013 Super Bowl, when Baltimore edged the Niners, could also be a sign of things to come. The 9-2 Ravens are probably the best team in the league right now behind their quarterback and the league’s MVP frontrunner Lamar Jackson, who is worth watching no matter the opponent. But San Francisco is an elite team, as well. These two could very well see each other again in February.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders, 4:25 p.m. E.T. on CBS — The 6-5 Raiders received a dose of reality last week when they were trounced by the lowly (but improving) New York Jets. Still, they only trail the AFC West-leading Chiefs by one game. It’s been a sloppy season for the 7-4 Chiefs, but quarterback Patrick Mahomes is back in full gear after an injury, so there’s every reason to believe they’ll cement their playoff position soon enough. A win Sunday would go a long way. Tim O’Donnell