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20 Storylines To Follow in NFL Week 13

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20 NFL Storylines To Keep An Eye On in Week 13

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Week 13 is a special week in the NFL. The action will of course start on Thursday, but this is no ordinary Thursday. Week 13's Thursday is Thanksgiving, and with it comes three games for fans to watch throughout the day.

What American football fan doesn't like Thanksgiving Thursday? The action will kick off this year as it usually does, with a battle in Detroit. The Lions are set to take on the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers from Ford Field, in a game that will have a major impact on the NFC North.

The Lions have yet to seize control of the division. They had a golden opportunity to do so in week 12, but they lost to the lowly Bucs. But despite back-to-back losses, the Lions still control their own destiny in 2013.

The Thursday afternoon game will featuring the Raiders traveling to take on the Cowboys. Dallas is once again one game above .500, but we all know they like to keep things even. Can the Cowboys win a game against at team they should be at go two games over .500, while putting the pressure on the Eagles?

The Thanksgiving night cap is going to feature some old school throwback football between the Steelers and Ravens. If you like high-scoring offensive minded football, you may want to watch something else Thursday night. Pittsburgh and Baltimore will be playing really solid defense and kicking lots of field goals.

So those are the three games that will kick things off in week 13. As for the rest of the games, here are 20 storylines to follow:

Related: 10 NFL Thanksgiving Day Game Storylines to Follow

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Can the Panthers Make it Eight Straight Wins?

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Nobody predicted that the Carolina Panthers would be on a seven-game winning streak coming into week 13, but that's where they're at with a home game against Tampa Bay looming.

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Can the Bucs Make it Four Straight Wins?

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From dead in the water to four straight wins? That's what Greg Schiano's team is trying to accomplish in week 13.

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Will Peyton Manning and the Broncos Rebound in KC?

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The Broncos lost a heartbreaker to the Pats in week 12. Will they be able to rebound in KC and defeat the Chiefs for the second time in three weeks?

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Are the Chiefs Set To Embark on a Losing Streak?

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A Kansas City loss to Denver in week 13 will equal a losing streak for the once undefeated Chiefs. Is their great season starting to slip away?

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How Badly Will the Patriots Beat the Texans?

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At the beginning of the season this matchup was circled on many calendars. Now, the Texans have dropped nine straight while the Patriots are once again in position for a top seed in the AFC playoffs.

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Will Gary Kubiak Make It Through the Season?

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Kubiak is almost guaranteed to get canned at the end of the year. But will he even make it there?

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Are the Cardinals for Real?

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The Cardinals figured to be much improved this season, but now they're 7-4 are making a legitimate playoff push. Can they notch a tough NFC road win in Philly in week 13?

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Will the Jaguars Continue to Improve?

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The Jaguars have been bad all season long, but slowly but surely, they're improving. Can Gus Bradley's bunch keep it going in Cleveland and notch their third win of the season?

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Which Colts Team Will Show Up?

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One week the Colts will look like real contenders in the AFC, the next, they look flat out bad. Which team will show up against the Titans in week 13?

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Can the Titans Pull Off a Big Upset?

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The Titans are nearly at fork status in 2013, but they're technically still alive. A win on the road in Indy is a must this weekend.

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How Many Yards Will the Bears Defense Give Up to AP?

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The Bears' rush defense is bad. The unit is ranked dead last in the NFL, giving up over 145 yards per game on the ground.

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Will the Bears' Playoff Hopes Come To an End?

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A loss to a bad Vikings team will really put a hurting on the Bears' playoff hopes in 2013.

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The Nightmare in Washington DC

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The RG3/Mike Shanahan saga has continued to draw lots of attention throughout this season. Will the Redskins' season go from bad to terrible in week 13?

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Are the Jets Done?

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After alternating wins and losses for the first 10 games of the season, the Jets have finally dropped two in a row. Is this the end of Rex Ryan's young team?

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Can the Dolphins Continue To Stay Relevant in the AFC?

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The Dolphins are another 5-6 AFC team trying to stay afloat this season. A win on the road against the Jets is a near must for Joe Philbin's team in week 13.

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Will Nick Foles Continue to Roll?

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Foles has arguably been the hottest QB in all of football over the last few weeks. The Arizona Cardinals will travel to Philadelphia in week 13, so he'll no doubt have his toughest test in quite some time.

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Rams Not Dead Yet?

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The Rams are refusing to die in 2013. At 5-6 their playoff chances aren't great, but don't count them out quite yet. If they beat the 49ers in San Francisco, who knows what else they could do late in the season?

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Will the Bengals Take Firm Control of the AFC North?

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Will some team please take control of the AFC North? Cincinnati Bengals, I'm looking in your direction this weekend in San Diego.

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Can the Chargers Hang On For Another Week?

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The Chargers are yet another 5-6 AFC team hanging on for dear life. Get busy winning or get busy tanking, San Diego.

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MNF Game of the Year - Who's the Class of the NFC?

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The NFL hit big with this great MNF week 13 matchup. The Seahawks will be favored to take care of business at home against the Saints, but anything can happen when you've got Drew Brees.