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NFL Outlook Article #7

Zachary Kontenakos, Staff Writer

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There is nothing better than the old fashion, dirty rivalry of the AFC North. The Steelers and Bengals did not disappoint with a tightly contested game and plenty of dirty hits. Ryan Shazier, the middle linebacker for the Steelers, had a freak accident that left his lower body paralyzed. He hit an offensive player helmet first, and had a spinal injury, and had to be carted off of the field to the nearest hospital. It was later reported that Shazier was eventually able to feel his lower extremities. The sad part is that that play was one of the cleanest of the night. The youngest player in the league in Juju Smith Schuster, laid out a defender and then stood over him and taunted him. This play embodies the relationship between these two teams. Antonio Brown, the best wide receiver in the league, is no stranger to awful headshots in this rivalry. This year Brown caught a touchdown pass in the back of the end zone, and on his way the ground, Bengals safety George Iloka took his head off with helmet to helmet contact. Amazingly, Antonio held on the ball. Through all of these hits and cheap shots on the quarterbacks throughout the game, the Steelers came back from a 17 point deficit to defeat the Bengals 23-20.

MVP? Russell Wilson put on a spectacular performance against the former best team in the country in the Philidelphia Eagles. Wilson jumped into the MVP conversation after his 24-10 win and is considered to be 2nd in the MVP voting behind the overrated Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. Seattle’s Legion of Boom was barely intact with both Cam Chancellor and Richard Sherman out, but they still held the high-flying Eagles offense to 10 points. Wilson accounted for 90% of the offense for his team which is one of the highest totals for a season in NFL history. He also has the most touchdowns in the fourth quarter. For the first year since Russell Wilson entered the league, he is fully carrying the team, who historically relies on defense. This new era of Seahawks football keeps them as a Super Bowl contender, regardless of the injuries on defense.

Here are the Week 13 NFL Predictions. Zach still holds a commanding lead with a score of 4-1-1 against Nate.

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