With both the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers winning in week 11, the Saints maintain their slender one game lead in the NFC South.
The Saints defeated NFC South foe Atlanta Falcons 17-13 on Thursday Night Football, while the Panthers beat the Miami Dolphins 20-16 thanks to a Cam Newton touchdown with less than a minute left in the game.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went on the road and beat the Detroit Lions 24-21 to win their third straight game.
NFC South Week 12 Standings:
1. New Orleans Saints – 9-2
2. Carolina Panthers – 8-3
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 3-8
4. Atlanta Falcon – 2-9
Week 13 sees the Bucs on the road against the Panthers in an important NFC South matchup. The Falcons will take on the Buffalo Bills, but the game will be played in Toronto.
The Saints play Monday night on the road against the Seattle Seahawks in a clash of NFC supremacy.
Week 13 Schedule (all times Eastern):
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m., Sunday, December 1st
Atlanta Falcons @ Buffalo Bills, 4:05 p.m., Sunday, December 1st
New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks, 8:30 p.m., Monday, December 2nd
The Bucs three-game winning streak goes up against the Panthers eight-game winning streak in a matchup that is critical to the Panthers playoff aspirations. A few weeks ago this game would have been seen as an easy victory for Carolina, but with the Bucs riding a ton of momentum this is easily a trap game for the Panthers.
The Falcons, like the Bills, aren’t playing for anything other than earning a better draft pick.
The Saints game against the Seahawks pits the two best NFC teams against each other in a highly important game. Both teams aren’t just fighting for their division title; they are both hunting for home field advantage in the playoffs. The importance of this game cannot be overstated.