Week 13 NFL picks in opposition to unfold: Patriots survive Vikings; Saints evade Cowboys | NFL


There’s good motive to consider Week 13 will likely be a fortunate week of NFL recreation picks. First, we’re coming off a robust Week 12 with loads of confidence. Second, we’re saying bye to the bye weeks with 16 possibilities for extra success.

With that behind us, right here is our fearless forecast for all of the matchups, together with a trio that includes all playoff-positioned groups. (Sport traces courtesy of Bovada.)

Week 13 NFL picks straight up

Week 13 NFL picks in opposition to the unfold

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Sport of the Midweek: New Orleans Saints (-8) at Dallas Cowboys

Sunday 1 p.m., Fox

The Saints can cease the run effectively sufficient to include Ezekiel Elliott and have extra bother with groups that throw the ball deep. The Cowboys can decelerate Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, they usually have Byron Jones to win some battles with Michael Thomas. This recreation, then, comes all the way down to which QB can higher diversify the offense past his major weapons, and the previous couple weeks present that participant is Drew Brees, New Orleans’ venerable future Corridor of Famer.

PICK: Saints win 27-20 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Sport of the Week: Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots (-6)

Sunday 4:25 p.m., Fox

The Vikings haven’t been nearly as good on the street, and the Patriots have performed their finest at house. However Minnesota’s protection is stacked sufficient to make this extra of a grind for Tom Brady. And New England’s protection has sufficient holes for Kirk Cousins to exploit along with his proficient wideouts, plus Dalvin Cook dinner and Kyle Rudolph. Cousins will duel will Brady effectively, however the X-factor right here is particular groups. That’s how the Patriots will win a detailed one.

PICK: Patriots win 30-27 however fail to cowl the unfold.

AFC Sport of the Week: Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5)

Sunday 8:20 p.m., NBC

The Chargers will likely be with out Melvin Gordon, and that can put Philip Rivers in loads of pressure-packed passing conditions attempting to maintain up with Ben Roethlisberger, who in all probability cannot wait to let it rip once more within the rather more comfy confines of Heinz Area. Huge Ben will really feel his share of warmth from Joey Bosa and LA’s cross rush, however his broad receivers will come via higher in opposition to powerful cornerback matchups than Rivers’ weapons will in opposition to Joe Haden and Mike Hilton.

PICK: Steelers win 27-23 and canopy the unfold.

Lock of the Week: Los Angeles Rams (-10) over Detroit Lions

Sunday 1 p.m., Fox

The Rams are coming off a wanted bye to get Todd Gurley effectively rested for the stretch run, they usually simply noticed the Bears choose aside the Lions with a flexible, fast passing recreation. Matthew Stafford is having loads of points with out some key receivers (and with out operating again Kerryon Johnson), and Aaron Donald and the remainder of Wade Phillips’ pass-rushers will likely be ready to tee off within the second half as soon as Gurley and Jared Goff give LA a large lead.

PICK: Rams win 38-14 and canopy the unfold.

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Remainder of the Week
Arizona Cardinals at Inexperienced Bay Packers (-14.5)

Sunday 1 p.m., Fox

The Packers can’t purchase a win on the street, however they’ve taken benefit of weak opponents at Lambeau Area. The Cardinals could cause just a few issues with their cross protection, however their protection away from Patrick Peterson is a multitude, they usually nonetheless have not mounted their run protection sufficient. Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones will present one other balanced, explosive mixture, this time in victory.

PICK: Packers win 34-17 and canopy the unfold.

Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons (TBD)

Sunday 1 p.m., CBS

The Ravens are attempting to create thriller at quarterback with Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson, but when Flacco is wholesome, he must play, as a result of a principally operating method will not work on the street in opposition to the Falcons prefer it did in opposition to the Bengals and Raiders at house. Matt Ryan will proceed his robust non-playoff season, as Baltimore will not be deep sufficient defensively to deal with all of his targets. Atlanta will start its late-season spoiler stretch with a bang.

PICK: Falcons win 24-20.

Buffalo Payments at Miami Dolphins (-5)

Sunday 1 p.m., CBS

Josh Allen has given the Payments a spark along with his fearless passing and operating. Ryan Tannehill has given the Dolphins’ offense new life, however they’re arduous to belief operating the ball, which is required to beat Buffalo. Miami will likely be gashed on the bottom by each Allen and LeSean McCoy, and Tannehill will likely be arrange for large errors in opposition to a superb cross protection.

PICK: Payments win 23-17.

Carolina Panthers (-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday 1 p.m., Fox

The Panthers have dropped two straight vital video games to lose their wild-card place and have just one win on the street this season. However there’s nothing unsuitable with Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore and the remainder of the offense, and there is nothing the Bucs can do to cease them. Carolina’s protection has sprung leaks, too, and has been worse on the street. Jameis Winston will permit Tampa Bay to hold round, however it’s going to fall simply quick at house.

PICK: Panthers win 30-27 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Chicago Bears at New York Giants (TBD)

Sunday 1 p.m., Fox

The Bears ought to get Mitchell Trubisky again, however the quarterback may have much less of an impact on this recreation than one may suppose. They’ll unfold the ball round and discover nice matchups for his or her short-to-deep receivers all via the Giants’ protection. Then their very own protection will do the remaining, placing its power into stopping Saquon Barkley first after which letting Khalil Mack go arduous after Eli Manning to power a number of turnovers.

PICK: Bears win 23-10 and canopy the unfold.

Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans (TBD)

Sunday 1 p.m., CBS

Baker Mayfield will not be intimidated again in Huge 12 nation, and he will likely be as much as activity of a duel with Deshaun Watson. Nick Chubb and Lamar Miller additionally will run effectively to assist flip what may really feel like a defensive battle right into a recreation chalk full of huge performs. Watson at house is less complicated to belief, plus Houston has the pass-rushers to thwart a comeback effort by Mayfield.

PICK: Texans win 27-24.

Denver Broncos (-4) at Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday 1 p.m., CBS

The Broncos are coming off spectacular wins over the Chargers and Steelers, and this matchup traces up even higher for them with Von Miller and their protection approaching robust simply in time to include Joe Mixon and tee off on Jeff Driskel. The Bengals’ protection is a complete mess and has no solutions for Philip Lindsay, Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton. Vance Joseph will hold his seat cool, and Marvin Lewis’ will get hotter.

PICK: Broncos win 24-14 and canopy the unfold.

Indianapolis Colts (-5) at Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday 1 p.m., CBS

The Colts have unbelievable momentum with Andrew Luck and their younger, spirited protection getting higher and making key stops each week. They appear locked into nailing an AFC wild-card berth behind the Texans within the South, whereas the Jaguars are going via the motions with a severely underachieving protection, a fired offensive coordinator, a suspended Leonard Fournette and a benched Blake Bortles. Indy will do no matter it desires on this recreation.

PICK: Colts win 34-20 and canopy the unfold.

Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (-15.5) at Oakland Raiders

Sunday 4:05 p.m., CBS

The Chiefs wanted some relaxation after that marathon of a recreation in opposition to the Rams to get Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce refreshed. They will do no matter they need in opposition to their archrivals, who supply nothing in the way in which of run stopping or cross rush. Kansas Metropolis’s protection additionally will likely be a bit more healthy to scrub up in opposition to Derek Carr within the second half.

PICK: Chiefs win 38-14 and canopy the unfold.

New York Jets at Tennessee Titans (TBD)

Sunday 4:05 p.m., CBS

The Jets don’t have the dashing assault or receiving firepower to trigger the Titans constant issues. Additionally they have been extra weak in opposition to the run of late, which ought to arrange Dion Lewis and Derrick Henry to have a pleasant mixed dashing recreation. Marcus Mariota will keep sizzling and this time get assist so Tennessee can get again to .500.

PICK: Titans win 26-17.

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San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (-10)

Sunday 4:25 p.m., Fox

Nick Mullens has crashed all the way down to earth with issues depleting round him, and the 49ers’ protection is discombobulated, too. The Seahawks are nonetheless leaky defensively, however that gained’t be a problem in opposition to the 49ers. Seattle’s offense is hitting one other gear with Chris Carson and Russell Wilson, who will have their means in opposition to something San Francisco does to counter. Seattle will proceed its NFC wild-card march.

PICK: Seahawks win 31-16 and canopy the unfold.

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5)

Monday 8:15 p.m., ESPN

The Eagles have rediscovered their energy operating recreation with Josh Adams, and it has helped defend their issues on protection. The Redskins don’t have the broad receivers for Colt McCoy to take advantage of Philadelphia’s depleted secondary. On the opposite aspect, Washington’s secondary cannot cowl Zach Ertz or Alshon Jeffery.

PICK: Eagles win 24-10 and canopy the unfold.

Final week’s file straight up: 12-3
Final week’s file in opposition to the unfold: 9-6
Season file straight up: 105-55
Season file in opposition to the unfold: 76-80

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