NFL WEEK 13 PREDICTIONS
Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions
It’s the annual Thanksgiving feast in Detroit where the Lions will try and overcome a 19-16 loss to the Redskins last Sunday. Detroit will once again be without QB Matthew Stafford and Jeff Driskel will continue to start. The Bears got a win last week and beat the Lions 20-13 earlier in the month. Detroit lost to the Bears on Thanksgiving last year. Make it two straight… Chicago 20, Detroit 18
Buffalo Bills @ Dallas Cowboys
Thanksgiving in Dallas this year brings a visit from the 8-3 Buffalo Bills. The Cowboys have won four of the last nine on Thanksgiving Day. Dallas hasn’t played an AFC East team on Thanksgiving since 2011 when they beat the Miami Dolphins. The Bills run the ball effectively (139.2 yards per game, 5th in NFL) and have one of the best defenses (third in scoring defense 15.7 ppg) in the NFL. The Cowboys haven’t beaten a team with a winning record this season… Buffalo 20, Dallas 17
Philadelphia Eagles @ Miami Dolphins
At 5-6, the Eagles can still win the NFC East. Philadelphia trails the Cowboys by just a game and needs to win games they should. This is one the Eagles should win. The Dolphins are just 2-9 and, after two wins, reverted back to their usual selves the past two weeks. The Dolphins defense has given up 78 points the past two weeks and allows 31.5 points per game. Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz should have a field day against Miami… Philadelphia 28, Miami 10
Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants
The Packers got smoked by San Francisco last Sunday night. Part of the reason was the constant pressure on QB Aaron Rodgers, who was sacked five times. Don’t expect the Giants defense to do the same. In fact, expect the Giants defense to do what they do best – give up lots of points (28.0 ppg). The Packers (8-3) can still win the NFC North and can’t lose a game they should win if they want to keep pace with Minnesota (8-3)… Green Bay 33, NY Giants 20
Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers
It’s the game Browns and Steelers fans have been looking forward to ever since Cleveland DE Myles Garrett swung a helmet at Pittsburgh QB Mason Rudolph. Rudolph was benched last week in favor of Devlin Hodges who led the Steelers to a 16-10 win over Cincinnati. Pittsburgh hadn’t lost to Cleveland since
Washington Redskins @ Carolina Panthers
The Redskins managed to find a way to win their second game last week. The way was provided by a schedule that happened to put the 3-7-1 Lions in their path. This week, it will be a bit more difficult for Washington. Carolina (5-6) and MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey come to town. McCaffrey leads the NFL in rushing with 1,123 yards and he has 68 receptions for another 586 yards. He has 12 rushing touchdowns and four more receiving. He’ll be too much for the Redskins… Carolina 28, Washington 17
Tampa Bay Bucs @ Jacksonville Jaguars
A pair of 4-7 teams meet in Jacksonville on Sunday. Tampa Bay did beat Atlanta last week and is actually more successful on the road (3-3) than at home (1-4). Jacksonville continues to fade losing their last three in a row. They gave up four touchdowns in six plays to Tennessee last week. Bucs QB Jameis Winston likes to throw interceptions. He’s thrown 20 on the season. This could be the Pillow Fight of the Week… Jacksonville 30, Tampa Bay 29
San Francisco 49ers @ Baltimore Ravens
Is it a Super Bowl LIV preview? The league’s two best running games and two of the best defenses clash in Week 13. Lamar Jackson makes the Ravens offense go. NFL defenses have yet to figure him out. The 49ers continue to pound people with their running game and a defense that has figured out most of the league. Advantage goes to the home team… Baltimore 23, San Francisco 20
Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona Cardinals
The Rams’ playoff hopes are dangling by a thread. This is the first of two games against Arizona and both are must-wins. Los Angeles has won four straight in the series, but the Cardinals can be dangerous. Arizona has lost four straight games though and the defense is not good. The Cardinals give up 28.8 points per game. Arizona might play well, but the Rams have too much to lose… LA Rams 37, Arizona 33
Los Angeles Chargers @ Denver Broncos
Neither the Chargers nor the Broncos have enjoyed much success in 2019. Both teams enter Sunday’s game having lost two straight. Both teams have defenses that are among the better ones in the league. The problem for both teams has been offense. With Joe Flacco done for the year, the Broncos have struggled and are averaging just 15.9 points a game. The Chargers are a little better at 20.4. The visiting team has won the last four games in this series… LA Chargers 23, Denver 17
Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs
It’s one of the AFC’s oldest rivals. The Raiders had won three straight before getting pounded by the Jets last week. The Chiefs had the week off after beating the Chargers on Monday night the previous week. Kansas City has won three straight, including this year’s first meeting, 28-10. With QB Patrick Mahomes back and home-field advantage, it’s hard to see the Chiefs losing this one… Kansas City 35, Oakland 28
New England Patriots @ Houston Texans
The Patriots head to Houston with the best record (10-1) in the AFC and can move a step closer to clinching a No. 1 seed in the playoffs with a win over Houston. The Texans need a win to stay on top of the AFC South. Houston is 4-1 at home but has played on Sunday night at home in each of the past four seasons. They are 2-2 and lost to New England on a Sunday night back in 2015. The Patriots defense is amazing allowing just 10.6 points per game… New England 23, Houston 19
Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle Seahawks
It’s the perfect way to end Week 13. Two potential NFC finalists meet in Seattle where opponents have a tough time. The Vikings have not beaten Seattle since 2009. Seattle won last year at home, 21-7, and the Seahawks have won five in a row over Minnesota. The Vikings can still win the NFC North and could use a big win to aid their cause. Seattle has beaten Minnesota at home three times in a row… Seattle 19, Minnesota 18
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New Orleans @ Dallas
The Cowboys have won three straight and are inching closer to a division title. Can they stop Drew Brees and the Saints? Probably not, but can New Orleans win an 11th straight game? The Saints held Atlanta to 26 rushing yards last week. Saints have won four of the last five in the series. Here comes another… New Orleans 37, Dallas 24.
Baltimore @ Atlanta
Baltimore and Atlanta have only played each other five times. The home team has won the four. The Ravens have won two straight with Lamar Jackson at quarterback. The Falcons have dropped three in a row to fall out of playoff contention. Home field advantage and an iffy quarterback situation give the Falcons an edge… Atlanta 27, Baltimore 20.
Denver @ Cincinnati
The Broncos are hot with two straight wins over two very good teams (Chargers & Steelers). The Bengals were 4-1 at one point this season, but three straight losses have left them at 5-6. Cincinnati gave up four touchdown passes to rookie Baker Mayfield in a 35-20 loss to Cleveland last week. Denver did not turn the ball over in a 24-17 win over Pittsburgh, but they are only 2-3 on the road this year. Denver has beaten Cincinnati in six of the last eight meetings, including the last one in Cincy… Denver 29, Cincinnati 20.
LA Rams @ Detroit
This is exactly the type of game that the Lions win. Just 4-7 on the season, Detroit has wins over New England and Carolina. The 10-1 Rams only loss was to 10-1 New Orleans. The Rams offense averages over 35 points a game and the defense has the NFL’s sack leader in Aaron Donald who has 14.5. Detroit is 1-4 in its last five games… LA Rams 35, Detroit 25.
Arizona @ Green Bay
Good thing the Packers are at home. Green Bay has yet to win a road game this year but is 4-0-1 at home. Arizona has won just twice this season – both wins are over 2-9 San Francisco – and is likely to end up with the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2019. The Cardinals own the league’s worst offense. They average just 14.1 points per game. And, did we mention Green Bay is at home? Green Bay 24, Arizona 14.
Buffalo @ Miami
Buffalo won its second in a row last week and now faces another AFC East foe in Miami. The Dolphins have won once in their last five games. QB Ryan Tannehill looked good in his return, but the Miami defense gave up 13 fourth-quarter points in a loss to Indianapolis last week. The Bills have won the last two against Miami including a 22-16 win in Miami last year… Buffalo 23, Miami 20.
Chicago @ NY Giants
The Giants thought they were going to win a third straight last week. It didn’t happen. They face a much better team in Chicago (8-3) this week. The Bears have lost three of the last four to the Giants but that dates back to 2007. This isn’t the same Bears team. Another win pushes them closer to an NFC North title… Chicago 34, NY Giants 27.
Carolina @ Tampa Bay
A couple weeks ago, Carolina was 6-2. Now, they are 6-5 and in desperate need of a win. No problem as next up is Tampa Bay, a team the Panthers have beaten in the last three straight meetings. In fact, the Panthers last victory was over the Bucs, 42-28 on Nov. 4. Carolina has won nine of the last 11 with Tampa Bay. The Bucs have one of the worst defenses in the NFL giving up 30.7 points per game (31st). That will be the difference on Sunday… Carolina 35, Tampa Bay 28.
Indianapolis @ Jacksonville
Funny how things change. Four weeks into this season, Jacksonville was 3-1 and Indianapolis was 1-3. Fast forward and the Colts are 6-5 and looking for a wild card berth. The Jags have lost seven straight and are looking at which draft pick they will get. The Colts have a win over the Jags already this season. This is the week Jacksonville finally wins a game… Jacksonville 30, Indianapolis 27.
Cleveland @ Houston
Houston had won seven straight prior to last Monday’s game with Tennessee. Cleveland has won two straight for the first time in a long time. Houston has won the last four against the Browns and leads the series 6-3. Cleveland hasn’t beaten the Texans since 2007 and the Browns are just 1-4 on the road this season…Houston 28, Cleveland 17.
NY Jets @ Tennessee
The Jets are reeling after five straight losses have dropped them to 3-8. At 5-5, the Titans still have an outside shot at a wild card. The Titans are very good defensively allowing just 18.9 points per game. The Jets haven’t scored more than 17 points in a game since mid-October. Tennessee is 3-1 at home and the Jets are 1-4 on the road. Sounds like the Titans have an advantage. Tennessee 31, NY Jets 24.
Kansas City @ Oakland
It’s one of the oldest AFC rivalries dating back to the old AFL. This year, there won’t be as much hoopla as the Chiefs are 9-2 and one of the best teams in the NFL while the Raiders are struggling at 2-9. Kansas City has won six of the last seven against Oakland. The Raiders are awful on offense averaging just 17 points per game. The Chiefs, on the other hand, average 36.7, second-best in the NFL… Kansas City 38, Oakland 17.
Minnesota @ New England
The Vikings picked up a big win over Green Bay last Monday to keep their hold on the NFC’s first wild card. Now, they head to New England to face a Patriots team they haven’t beaten since 2000. The Patriots have won four straight against Minnesota, but the last Vikings win was in Foxborough, a 21-13 victory. New England is unbeaten at home this season… New England 33, Minnesota 21.
San Francisco @ Seattle
It’s the first of two Seahawks-49ers matchups this season. San Francisco has just two wins. Seattle is in the middle of earning a trip to the postseason. The Seahawks have won two straight over Green Bay and Carolina to move to 6-5. Seattle has the NFL’s best running game (147.1). The 49ers will start Nick Mullens again at quarterback on an offense that averages just 21.5 points a game… Seattle 28, San Francisco 17.
LA Chargers @ Pittsburgh
The Steelers lost last week for the first time in seven games. The Chargers also had a six-game win streak stopped two weeks ago. Ironically, both teams lost their winning streaks to the Denver Broncos. The Steelers are 7-3-1 and in control of the AFC North while the Chargers are 8-3 and in the wild card hunt. Pittsburgh has won four of the last five against the Chargers. Playing at Heinz Field in December is tough… Pittsburgh 34, LA Chargers 33.