It is “Playoff Push” time around the National Football League and one of the teams on the rise is the New England Patriots (9-3). New England has been a rejuvenated team ever since star QB Tom Brady got his favorite weapon, TE Rob Gronkowski, back. Next-up for the Patriots is a home battle with the Cleveland Browns (4-8).
(Philadelphia, PA) — I am calling Week 14 of the 2013 NFL season “Do or Die Weekend” as several “bubble” teams can either join the push toward the playoffs or start planning for off-seasons this weekend. “It’s all about the month of December,” says New York Giants offensive tackle David Diehl. He added, “Every game in the NFL is important, but when you get to this point, every game is even more important because this is make-or-break for people.”
Wins in December are usually accompanied by the same formula of running the football (especially in bad weather), passing efficiently and protecting the ball on offense (25 or less throws), causing turnovers on defense, keeping penalties to a minimum, and making plays on special teams (especially my favorite players kickers) –- see NFL-best record Seattle Seahawks (11-1). Conversely teams that have fallen by the wayside (ex. Houston, who is currently mired in a 10-game losing streak) continually have too many penalties (six or more), too many turnovers (2 or more in a game), too little rushing attempts (18 or less), injuries, and special teams gaffes (poor field position, no big plays on returns, and missed field goals). Read more on “2013 NFL Week 14 Preview” »