You hear persistent chatter about "must-win" scenarios each Sunday, but until Week 13 or yonder rolls around, all that blabber is usually much ado about nothing.
Well, guess what? Week 13 is upon us. Several clubs are fighting for their playoff pulse. It's also now or never for the Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins and a few other clubs. Even the Monday nighter has high stakes, as the New York Giants are trying to put some distance between themselves and the Dallas Cowboys, while not allowing the Washington Redskins to climb within a game of the NFC East lead.
As for the picks, well, this space went 12-4 last week. But that's not what people care about, apparently...
Well, yes. Actually five in four weeks. It's starting to get weird around here. Some guy at 7-Eleven asked me what scratch game he should pick. People are looking at my McDonald's cups for free fries. I think I saw tarot cards under my chair on the set of "NFL Fantasy Live." I feel naked.
Anyway, below is how I see this weekend's games playing out. As always, the dropbox for your related football thoughts is @Harrison_NFL. Let's get to it ...
Elliot Harrison went 12-4 on his predictions for Week 12, giving him a 90-37-1 record since taking over this space in Week 4. How will he fare in Week 13? His picks are below, with home teams listed second:
On the other side of the ball, Tony Romo's arm might fall off. In the last two games, he has attempted 112 passes for 754 yards. I anticipate the Cowboys to scale that back, but here's some nuggets you might enjoy: Since Todd Bowles took over as DC in Philly, the Eagles have allowed five straight quarterbacks to compile a passer rating of 120 or above (tying an NFL record), while not picking off a pass in five straight games (first time since 1976 for that franchise). #PHIvsDAL
Elliot Harrison is an analyst on NFL Network's NFL Fantasy Live show, weekdays at 1 p.m. ET and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. ET. Follow him on Twitter @Harrison_NFL.