Been a while since the Eagles have seen Adrian Peterson | NFL Week 13 preview
A quick look at the Week 13 slate, starting with the Monday night matchup.
Washington (6-5) at Eagles (5-6), Monday, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
The Eagles swept the Redskins last season after being swept in 2015-16. This will be the first time Adrian Peterson faces the Eagles since 2010, when he ran for 118 yards for the Vikings. (He was a 25-year-old whippersnapper that day.) Peterson is slumping with just 3.1 yards per carry over his last four games. Jordan Reed had a season-high 75 yards last week as Colt McCoy made his first start in place of injured Alex Smith. The win by Dallas on Thursday makes this game even more critical. Line: Eagles -6.5.
Postgame headline: Hey, an Alshon Jeffery sighting! Receiver finds end zone for first time since mid-October
L.A. Rams (10-1) at Detroit (4-7), 1 p.m.
The Rams would win the NFC West with a victory here or a loss by Seattle. L.A. running back Todd Gurley broke fantasy hearts when he saw his 13-game touchdown streak snapped in that Rams-Chiefs video game in Week 11. Rams cornerback Aqib Talib (ankle) is expected back for the first time since Week 3. The Lions are 1-3 since trading Golden Tate and are averaging just 16.8 points. Line: Rams -10.
Postgame headline: Matthew Stafford wonders how he got on Santa’s naughty list
Carolina (6-5) at Tampa Bay (4-7), 1 p.m.
The Panthers have lost the last three in a nosedive that has them on the wrong side of the wild-card chase. Last time Carolina won, Week 9, was against Tampa Bay. Jameis Winston is coming off his first interception-less game of the season as the Bucs snapped a four-game skid. Jason Pierre-Paul has 10.5 sacks, the first Buc with double-digit sacks since Simeon Rice in 2005. Tampa’s defense still stinks, but that’s a fun stat. Line: Panthers -3.5.
Postgame headline: Thought this division was going to be better
Chicago (8-3) at N.Y. Giants (3-8), 1 p.m. (CBS3)
The Bears have won five in a row and are likely to start backup Chase Daniel for the second consecutive game. Taproom trivia alert. Daniel completed one pass in his season with the Eagles two years ago. For a 16-ounce glass of our respect, who caught it? Bears safety Eddie Jackson has had pick-6s in each of the last two games and was the conference’s defensive player of the month for November. Trivia answer: Daniel hit Ryan Mathews for what ended up being the final catch of Mathews’ career. That game also was against the Giants. Line: Bears -4.
Postgame headline: Bears survive trap game, face Rams in Week 14
Cleveland (4-6-1) at Houston (8-3), 1 p.m.
The Browns offensive line has not allowed a sack in 125 snaps, longest active streak in the NFL. Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield lost to Houston’s Deshaun Watson in the Orange Bowl after the 2015 season. The Texans have won a franchise-record eight in a row. Line: Texans -6.
Postgame headline: Watt’s going on in Houston? Texans make it 9 straight
Denver (5-6) at Cincinnati (5-6), 1 p.m.
Identical records, but heading in different directions. The Broncos have played a brutal schedule, but start a four-game stretch against teams with losing records. Their modest two-game winning streak has coincided with Case Keenum’s eliminating interceptions. “I’m throwing it to our guys, not throwing it to the other team,” he said. “Who knew?” Cincinnati, whose defense would struggle stopping a gang of snails, has dropped five of six. The Bengals will get wide receiver A.J. Green back from a toe injury, but are turning to Jeff Driskell to take over at quarterback for Andy Dalton. Line: Broncos -5.
Postgame headline: Hey, Houston, can we get Demaryius Thomas back?
Baltimore (6-5) at Atlanta (4-7), 1 p.m. (CBS3)
Gonna be hard for John Harbaugh to give Joe Flacco his job back if Lamar Jackson leads the Ravens to a third straight win. Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, who prepares for division rivals Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Jameis Winston twice a year, was asked about Jackson. “I don’t feel there’s a comparison to what we’ve seen in terms of the level of athlete that he is. ... I don’t think there’s a comparison to anybody in the league to what he can do athletically at the position of quarterback.” Line: Falcons -1.
Postgame headline: Falcons foul up the Ravens QB plans, playoff hopes
Indianapolis (6-5) at Jacksonville (3-8), 1 p.m.
Dear Frank Reich, please stop putting Andrew Luck in pass patterns. Love, Colts fans. Speaking of unpleasant surprises, there are the Jaguars. “Definitely dumbfounded,” Jags defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. "If you would have told me in April we’d be 3-8, I’d say you’re lying. I don’t know what’s going on.” Line: Colts -4.
Postgame headline: What would Jackson say if he was told they’d be 3-9?
Arizona (2-9) at Green Bay (4-6-1), 1 p.m.
Still hard to believe the Packers have the same record as the Browns. “We’ve put ourselves in this hole,” Aaron Rodgers said, “and now we’ve got to find a way to climb out.” Line: Packers -14.
Postgame headline: Cardinals have a funny way of making other teams feel better about themselves
Buffalo (4-7) at Miami (5-6), 1 p.m.
Bills defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, cut by the Dolphins in Week 5, made it clear he has no love for the team that drafted him in the second round in 2015. “Most people that leave Miami, that’s really when their career gets started,” Phillips said. “Things have definitely turned around since I’ve been here. Fans love me. My teammates love me.” Line: Dolphins -4.5.
Postgame headline: Who doesn’t love Jordan Phillips?
N.Y. Jets (3-8) at Tennessee (5-6), 4:05 p.m.
The Titans have lost two straight since surprising New England in Week 10. Their next three opponents (Jets, Jaguars and Giants) all are 3-8. They still have life. Line: Titans -8.
Postgame headline: Titans could make a run if their coach stops outsmarting himself at the goal line
Kansas City (9-2) at Oakland (2-9), 4:05 p.m.
Patrick Mahomes makes his first start in the Black Hole, which has been more like a gingerbread house lately. Oakland has lost five of its last six at home and needed overtime to get that one win. KC defensive tackle Chris Jones has had at least one sack in seven consecutive games and was the AFC defensive player of the month for November. Andy Reid is 1-4 all-time against Jon Gruden. Line: Chiefs -15.
Postgame headline: Not even Joe Jurevicius and Ronde Barber could help Grudog in this spot
Minnesota (6-4-1) at New England (8-3), 4:25 p.m. (CBS3)
The Vikings can become the first team to beat Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady in back-to-back weeks. Meanwhile, the Eagles are just hoping to beat Eli Manning and Colt McCoy. Bill Belichick, who generally doesn’t do hyperbole, compared Minnesota safety Harrison Smith to Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu. Heady stuff. Line: Patriots -5.
Postgame headline: Vikings pull upset, Russell Wilson up next
San Francisco (2-9) at Seattle (6-5), 4:25 p.m.
Richard Sherman makes his first visit to Seattle as an opposing player since the Seahawks dumped him after he ruptured his Achilles last year. It’ll be nice to see him exchange hugs with Russell Wilson at midfield, right? “I don’t really have a relationship with Russell,” Sherman said. “We were teammates. We played during a very special time for the franchise.” Line: Seahawks -10.
Postgame headline: Postgame cocktails at the QB’s house canceled
L.A. Chargers (8-3) at Pittsburgh (7-3-1), 8:20 p.m.
Best game of Sunday is the last one. This would be a playoff matchup in the current standings. Pittsburgh is the 4-seed in the AFC; the Chargers are No. 5. Ben Roethlisberger holds a 3-2 edge in meetings against Philip Rivers. Both QBs were drafted in 2004. JuJu Smith-Schuster, not Antonio Brown, leads the Steelers in catches (77) and receiving yards (1,055). Brown does have the edge in TDs (11 to 4). The Chargers will be without star running back Melvin Gordon (sprained knee). Backup Austin Ekeler has never had more than 12 carries in a game. Line: Steelers -3.5.
Postgame headline: No Gordon, no problem; Chargers keep nipping at Chiefs' heels