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By Matt Miller
GameDay is stuffed from last week’s NFL holiday schedule but agrees there are still plenty of pivotal games on tap that could decide which team will be crowned Super Bowl champions. Here is a look at two games that will tide GameDay over this week:
Tennessee at Indianapolis — Welcome back Titans. Jeff Fisher’s team started the season 0-6 but has rallied to win five straight with Vince Young under center. Last week the magical run continued as Young threw for a career high 387 yards as the Titans downed the Arizona Cardinals 20-17, capped off with a 10-yard winning touchdown toss to Kenny Britt as time expired. In last week’s come-from-behind win, Young drove the Titans 99 yards on 18 plays in the final two minutes. GameDay finds it very peculiar that the red-hot Titans face a streaking undefeated Indianapolis Colts’ team. Can Young vault his team to .500? Can Peyton Manning continue his MVP season? GameDay has been keeping tabs on the Colts’ slow starts, including trailing 17-0 in the second quarter last week against the Houston Texas. The Colts have won five straight games when trailing in the fourth quarter. A slow start may come back to bite the Colts in the rear, but not next week. GameDay is certain the hometown team wins big.
New Orleans at Washington — At press time, the Saints and Patriots had yet to go to battle in the Superdome, but the outcome of that game won’t matter this week. Win or lose, Washington has a big target on its back, and New Orleans is the lucky one in Week 13. GameDay predicts — no, expects -— Drew Brees to throw for at least four touchdowns. Plain and simple — the Saints are too much for Washington. CV
Thursday, Dec. 3
NY Jets at Buffalo 7:20 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6
Philadelphia at Atlanta 12 p.m.
St. Louis at Chicago 12 p.m.
Detroit at Cincinnati 12 p.m.
New Orleans at Washington 12 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Carolina 12 p.m.
Houston at Jacksonville 12 p.m.
Tennessee at Indianapolis 12 p.m.
Denver at Kansas City 12 p.m.
New England at Miami 12 p.m.
Oakland at Pittsburgh 12 p.m.
San Diego at Cleveland 3:05 p.m.
Dallas at NY Giants 3:15 p.m.
San Francisco at Seattle 3:15 p.m.
Minnesota at Arizona 7:20 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 7
Baltimore at Green Bay 7:30 p.m.