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Cats in the NFL: Week 13 Preview

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Week 13 already? This football season is flying by and it is officially time for December football. As teams are making their final push for the playoffs, seven Wildcats will be in action on Sunday. Before we get into Sunday’s schedule, here are how some Cats did on Thanksgiving:

Bears defeated Lions 24-20: Danny Trevathan is still out with a broken arm.

Bills defeated Cowboys 26-15: Randall Cobb had three receptions for 53 yards for the ‘Boys.

Saints (Larry Warford) defeated Falcons 26-18

Now let’s get into Sunday:

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (Benny Snell Jr, Bud Dupree) 1:00 pm ET on CBS

There are a lot of great matchups in the one o’clock window today, and this is certainly one of them. For the first time since the Myles Garrett/Mason Rudolph fiasco on Thursday night a few weeks ago, the Browns and the Steelers will meet in a loser-leaves-town game. With such high stakes on the line and it being a contract year, Bud Dupree could make a huge impact in this game, especially after he helped put the game away against Cinncinati last week.

Benny Snell also had a big performance last week, rushing for 98 yards on 21 carries. After the heavy workload last week, it has me thinking: is it finally time for Benny Snell football in Pittsburgh?

Find out at 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

Green Bay Packers (Za’Darius Smith) at New York Giants 1:00 pm ET on FOX

It was a less than ideal performance for my Packers last week, but cut us some slack – the 49ers are for real. Despite Za’Darius Smith leading the Packers with six tackles and one and a half sacks, the Green Bay defense gave up 37 points in an embarrassing 37-8 blowout during Sunday Night Football. The Packers will try to bounce back today when they travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the 2-9 Giants. It is key for Za’Darius and the rest of the Packers’ defense to respond, but they will still have a tall order in slowing down Saquon Barkley.

Kickoff from the Meadowlands is set for 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX.

Tampa Buccaneers (Mike Edwards) at Jacksonville Jaguars (Josh Allen) 1:00 pm ET on FOX

For the first time in the NFL, the Blitz Bros are back! Except this time, they will be facing off against each other in this Florida matchup. Josh Allen will look to continue his remarkable rookie season and disrupt things for the turnover-friendly Jameis Winston, while Mike Edwards will look to make a few plays in the secondary against a very inconsistent Jacksonville offense.

Kickoff down in Florida is set for 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX.

Tennessee Titans (Wesley Woodyard) at Indianapolis Colts 1:00 pm ET on CBS

This could very well be another loser leaves town game in Indianapolis this afternoon. Both teams are 6-5 in a tight AFC South division race. Both teams have shown glimpses of being playoff teams and some weeks looking like their hanging on a thread, but with playoff implications on the line, I expect this one to be nip and tuck when Woodyard and his Titans travel into Lucas Oil Stadium this afternoon.

Kickoff from Lucas Oil is set for 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

New England Patriots at Houston Texans (Lonnie Johnson Jr.) 8:20 pm ET on NBC

For the second week in a row, we will have a Wildcat featured in the Sunday night primetime game. For the first time in his career, Lonnie Johnson will match up against all-time great Tom Brady. The Texans sit one game atop of their division at 7-4 and are looking to make one last push towards the playoffs. A win tonight against the 10-1 Patriots would go along way. Lonnie Johnson’s key in his first game back since his ankle injury against Baltimore? According to Houston reporters, it is to not look like a rookie against Tom Brady.

It will be a tall order for Johnson on primetime. Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentW_KSR