Mitch Malone’s NFL Weely Blog: Manning, Brady Battle Today At Foxboro

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    Week 12 of the 2013 NFL season got underway Thursday in Atlanta where the New Orleans Saints went marching into the Georgia Dome to battle the Falcons, who this time last season, were a major contender.  This year, not so much.  The Saints came marching out with a 17 – 13 victory and are now 9 – 2. The Saints know they cannot afford to stumble as the Carolina Panthers are right on their heels at 7 – 3 in the NFC South.  Meanwhile, Atanta is bringing up the rear at 2 – 9, and all alone in the cellar.  Beena while since we’ve seena team fall so far so fast.

    The Washington Redskins HAD to beat Philly to remain relevant in the NFC East, where they have yet to win a division contest.  The win put the Eagles back in the driver’s seat temporarily in the NFC East by a half game over Dallas, while Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has continued to struggle with accuracy, and has been feeling the heat this week from the media, fans, and teammates.  At 3 – 7, Washington now has the 49ers coming to DC today, fresh off a loss at New Orleans.  Most observers give the Skins’ no chance in this one.  There appears to be trouble in the Washington locker room, a result of an unanticipated losing atmosphere, and after the San Francisco game, that atmosphere could get worse.

    Washington is now alone in the NFC East cellar after the New York Giants won four straight games and have now crept slowly back into the picture after an 0 – 6 start.   The G-Men appear to have righted the ship, although the four wins included only one actual playoff contender, and now the Dallas Cowboys visit the Big Apple for a game that is a “must-win” for the Boyz.  Dallas remains unbeaten in the division and needs the win to keep pace with the Eagles, who finish the season in Big D.  Who would have thought four weeks ago that this game would have relevance?

    Meanwhile, Richmond’s Russell Wilson appears to be the cream of that 2012 QB crop that included Andrew Luck and RG-3.  Wilson has led the Seattle Seahawks to a sparkling 10 – 1 record this season.  The Seahawks are resting this weekend, as is Philadelphia.  The most hyped game of the week takes place at Foxboro, where the Patriots welcome Payton Manning and the Denver Broncos to New England.  Certainly, any game involving two Hall Of Fame QBs is going to get the royal media glare, and the good thing for the fans is this game is a huge one for both teams as we push toward the playoffs.

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