NFL: Week 13 Predictions

Posted: November 29, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Thanksgiving: 1-2
2014 Season: 79-80

Washington Redskins (3-8) AT Indianapolis Colts (7-4) – Colts by 10

andrewluckPrediction: Colts, 27-14. Indianapolis continues to get tomato can opponents late in the season. Washington going back to Colt McCoy likely signaled the end of RG3’s career there. Too bad it won’t make much of a difference for the Redskins against a far superior Indianapolis roster.

Tennessee Titans (2-9) AT Houston Texans (5-6) – Texans by 7

Prediction: Texans, 20-17. Houston’s Ryan Mallett is banged up but expected to play. Meanwhile, first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney continues to miss time with a knee injury. If Houston is to keep their thin playoff hopes alive, a win against the lowly Titans is a necessity. I doubt the Texans have what it takes offensively to blow out Tennessee. But, JJ Watt and their defense should be up for the task.

Cleveland Browns (7-4) AT Buffalo Bills (6-5) – Bills by 3.5

Prediction: Bills, 24-20. This Rust Belt battle is critical to both team’s playoff hopes. If Buffalo wins, they could put themselves in fine position for a late postseason run. Cleveland has taken things down-to-the-wire over the last few weeks, and this affair should be no different. The emotional lift of returning home to play in front of their home town crowd should be enough to carry the Bills to victory.

San Diego Chargers (7-4) AT Baltimore Ravens (7-4) – Ravens by 6.5

Prediction: Ravens, 23-20. The Chargers are one of those teams that continuously underwhelms when it matters most. I feel like they should be an easy cover here against an inconsistent Ravens team. But, the Chargers’ offense has not shown the consistency necessary to win tough road games. I’ll take the Ravens to squeak by.

New York Giants (3-8) AT Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10) – Giants by 3.5

Prediction: Giants, 28-20. It seems like ages ago that the Giants were 3-3 and everyone was buying into the hype. Now, five consecutive losses later, the Giants find their first winnable game in awhile. Whether or not they actually win will depend on Eli Manning’s ball security. But, Tom Coughlin doesn’t want his career to end with eight straight losses. I’ve got to think that the Giants will win one of these days.

Cincinnati Bengals (7-3-1) AT Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-9) – Bengals by 4

Prediction: Bengals, 34-17. Every week, there’s one spread that just doesn’t make sense. This week, the playoff contending Bengals are barely favored against a Buccaneers team that is breaking new boundaries of futility. Andy Dalton may not be Mr. Clutch. But, road games in Tampa Bay are his specialty. No pressure, no hype, no problems for the Bengals.

Oakland Raiders (1-10) AT St. Louis Rams (4-7) – Rams by 6.5

Prediction: Rams, 20-10. In a matchup of two former (and perhaps future) inhabitants of Los Angeles, the Rams should have no problem with the Raiders. Even if the latter is coming off their first victory of the season. St. Louis saw their young receivers improve during last week’s loss to San Diego. Expect Shaun Hill to come up with just enough to overcome Derek Carr at home.

New Orleans Saints (4-7) AT Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4) – Steelers by 5

petersonPrediction: Steelers, 26-23. The Steelers are one of those teams that tends to play up or down to their competition. Their losses to New York and Tampa Bay this season are examples of that. Meanwhile, the Saints remain somehow right in the thick of things in the NFC South. I’d think that Pittsburgh’s run game is the difference in this matchup. But, that they’ll keep the Saints in it until the very end.

Carolina Panthers (3-7-1) AT Minnesota Vikings (4-7) – Vikings by 2.5

Prediction: Vikings, 26-24. The Carolina Panthers are just a mesmerizing team. They still have the core of a defense that ranked up near the top last year. But, that unit is now teetering near the bottom of the NFL. Cam Newton, meanwhile, has no weapons to work with outside of Kelvin Benjamin and the injuries are beginning to mount up. Minnesota isn’t looking much better. But, the HFA factor should be enough to give them a narrow win in this clunker.

Arizona Cardinals (9-2) AT Atlanta Falcons (4-7) – Cardinals by 2.5

Prediction: Cardinals, 17-13. Hammer the under on this one. Arizona can’t seem to get out of their own way offensively with Drew Stanton under center. Meanwhile, the Falcons are 0-7 outside of the NFC South. Arizona’s defense is still stout, and I would never bet on Matt Ryan to dissect a unit this profound.

New England Patriots (9-2) AT Green Bay Packers (8-3) – Packers by 3

brayrodgersPrediction: Packers, 28-19. Boston’s overconfidence this weekend is another example of classic Patriot fans. As their fanbase charts their Super Bowl parade, the New England Patriots face their stiffest competition yet. Something tells me they’ll be calling for Brady’s head like they were two weeks ago when New England gets flattened by the buzzsaw that is the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau.

Denver Broncos (8-3) AT Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) – Broncos by 1.5

Prediction: Chiefs, 27-24. I’ve gone back-and-forth on this one for awhile. Kansas City is a tough out at home, and they have to be fuming following their Thursday night loss to Oakland. Denver, meanwhile, has looked incredibly beatable over the last few weeks. This is the Chiefs’ chance to put themselves in position for a division title. Something tells me that’s exactly what they’ll do.

Miami Dolphins (6-5) AT New York Jets (2-9) – Dolphins by 7

Prediction: Dolphins, 28-13. The Geno Smith experiment resumes, as the 2nd year QB replaces Michael Vick under center for the Jets. That’s unlikely to help New York very much down the stretch, as the Rex Ryan farewell tour returns to New Jersey for a primetime matchup with Miami. Ryan Tannehill and Co. blew a golden opportunity last weekend against Denver. They won’t have much of a problem with the lowly Jets.

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