NFL: Peering Into the Week 13 Crystal Ball

Welcome to week 13 of the NFL season. We are entering the final quarter and there are some heavy games coming your way. Here is a look at how week 13 in the NFL might play out.

Byes include: 7-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4-8 Carolina Panthers

Sunday, December 6th

(6-5)Las Vegas Raiders at New York Jets(0-11) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS

Raiders get some of the sour taste out of their mouths after a poor showing last week. They keep their playoff hopes alive with four games still to play. Raiders 30 Jets 13 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

(1-10)Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings(5-6) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS

The Vikings have had some nail-biters the last few games, but they will win handily this week. No defensive touchdowns will be given up Sunday by the home team, so Minnesota 34 Jacksonville 16.

(8-3)Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans(8-3) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS

The Browns keep it close, but in this matchup of running backs between Nick Chubb/Kareem Hunt and Derrick Henry, Henry will make the difference, 31-28. Cleveland will play much better than they did in Baltimore and Pittsburgh earlier in the year, but Tennessee has steered the ship in the right direction after being in danger of losing it.

(2-8-1)Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins(7-4) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS

Miami, much like Las Vegas has a game they need to and are expected to win. The Dolphins will come through and build on a solid performance last week, even against the winless Jets.

(7-4)Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans(4-7) at 1:00 PM ET on CBS

The Texans are putting things together, and I like them in an upset. Romeo Crennel’s defense puts it together with the game in the balance this week. Give me the Texans 27-20 after three defensive stops on downs in the fourth quarter.

(4-7)Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears(5-6) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX

Both teams are reeling and having disappointing seasons. In the end, the Bears knock away a two-point conversion with just over twenty seconds left to get their record back to .500. Chicago 24 Detroit 23 in northeastern Illinois.

(9-2)New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons(4-7) at 1:00 PM ET on FOX

This will be my upset pick as Atlanta has another second-half surge like 2019. The Falcons will even the score in this heated NFC South rivalry. Falcons 30 Saints 23 in Georgia to create a twist up top in the NFC. 

(4-7)New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks(8-3) at 4:05 PM ET on FOX

The Giants put up a good effort, but Seattle is the better team. The Seahawks seldom lose at home. I have it reading Seahawks 27 Giants 16.

(7-4)Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals(6-5) at 4:05 PM ET on FOX

In big NFL divisional games like these, I like the team that needs it more. Arizona will hold serve in the first of two meetings, desperate to end a recent run of poor form. Cardinals 33 Rams 27 in overtime.

(5-6)New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers(3-8) at 4:25 PM ET on CBS

Though the faces at quarterback have changed, the result remains the same, meaning that New England continues to master the Chargers in head-to-head competition. Patriots 25 Chargers 22 when the clock hits zero.

(3-7-1)Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers(8-3) at 4:25 PM ET on CBS

Philadelphia won a Thursday night game last year, but Green Bay has not forgotten about it. The Eagles just struggle to finish drives. On the other side, I was impressed with the Packers’ complimentary NFL football Sunday versus Chicago. The score ends up finishing Packers 27 Eagles 6. 

(4-7)Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs(10-1) at 8:20 PM ET on NBC

Denver has not had many favors done to them lately, and Kansas City will not pity them on the field. The Chiefs stay within shouting distance of the Steelers for the best record in the conference. Chiefs 41 Broncos 17 under the floodlights.

Monday, December 7th

(4-7)Washington Football Team at Pittsburgh Steelers(11-0) at 5:00 PM ET on FOX

Like the game on Wednesday, I could see another sloppy effort by the Steelers. Still, they are better than Washington and can afford mistakes. The final score will be Pittsburgh 35 Washington 17.

(8-3)Buffalo Bills vs. San Francisco 49ers(5-6) in Glendale, Arizona at 8:15 PM ET on ESPN

I noticed on CBS Sports HQ and ESPNEWS that San Francisco is expected to win close, but Buffalo is having a special NFL season. Yes, the 49ers had a great win last week, but I think the Bills make the trek west and play great defense to get their ninth win, 28-21.

Tuesday, December 8th

(3-8)Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens(6-5) at 8:05 PM ET on FOX

A six-day gap before hosting Dallas after a tough set of circumstances in Pittsburgh will test Baltimore’s mettle. Somehow, there is still gas left in the tank to keep their NFL season alive. The Ravens will win, 30-20. 

What are your predictons for week 13 in the NFL? Leave a comment below.

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Works cited: FOX, CBS, NBC, NBC Sports YouTube channel, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL app, NFL Throwback YouTube channel, Twitter, The Dan Patrick Show, The D.A. Show YouTube channel, 506sports.com, and forums.

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