Friday, December 9, 2011

AFC/NFC South: Week 14

By Keith Antigiovanni

The NFC South leading New Orleans Saints (9-3) are away this week to play the Tennessee Titans, the second-place team in the AFC South.

The Saints are coming off an impressive 31-17 win over the Detroit Lions and are close to clinching the NFC South title and are trying to position themselves for a bye. The Titans must continue to win to stay in the AFC South and Wild Card race.

At first glance the Saints look to be favorite in this game but the Titans have found their dormant running game with Chris Johnson.

The AFC South leading Houston Texans (9-3) face the Cincinnati Bengals (7-5). The Houston-Cincinnati game is similiar to the New Orleans-Tennessee game. Houston is close to clinching their first AFC South title and postseason berth while the Bengals must win to stay in the AFC Wild Card competition.

The second-place NFC South team Atlanta Falcons (7-5) are in Charlotte to play the Carolina Panthers (4-8). The Falcons defeated the Panthers 31-17 in week 6 at the Georgiadome. Atlanta will have to stop rookie quarterback Cam Newton who has thrown for 3,297 yards in 12 games.

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