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Week 13 NFL Gameday: Begin The Clinching

[lead align=”default”]We could have our first playoff clinches of the year this Week 13 NFL gameday.[/lead]

The first Sunday in December is usually when those teams which pulled away from the competition start locking it down. Such is the case with the Dallas Cowboys, who can seal a bid with some help.

Meanwhile, lots of other teams have their fates hanging up in the air. A few of those teams include the ones playing in the featured games.

Week 13 NFL Gameday: Clinching Scenarios

The Dallas Cowboys will clinch a playoff berth with:
•TB loss or tie (vs. SD) OR
•WSH loss (vs. ARI)

Week 13 NFL Gameday: Kansas City at Atlanta

Kansas City and Atlanta are both in decent shape when it comes to playoff berths. Neither is close to clinching, but with the Chiefs 8-3 and Falcons 7-4, they could be in worse shape.

This is a great test for both. If they meet again, it will be in the Super Bowl, but for now, two legitimate playoff contenders battle with one another. Kansas City is a decent road team.

Week 13 NFL Gameday: Houston at Green Bay

Houston is a first place team that doesn’t feel like it, and Green Bay is a third place team that should be better. It’s always more fun when both teams need the game. We laid out a few plausible scenarios on Friday in the AFC South, and in two of them, someone other than Houston won the division. In those same scenarios, Green Bay didn’t make it at all, but there’s still time.

Will the Packers we saw in Philadelphia show up at Lambeau? Brock Osweiler (physically) showing up might not be such good news for Houston.

Week 13 NFL Gameday: New York Giants at Pittsburgh

Perhaps the game of the week takes place in Pittsburgh with two successful franchises facing off in a late contest. The Giants are 8-3 and need to keep pace with the Cowboys to keep alive their slim division hopes. Nevertheless, a wild card is still a very real possibility. As for Pittsburgh, they are in a dogfight in the AFC North. This would be a huge win for either team.

The Giants have several key injuries, including starting offensive lineman Justin Pugh and defensive end Owa Odighizuwa.

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