The Super Bowl is getting closer by the week! Last Sunday was a treat with the Broncos beating the Chargers by 28 to 13 following some excellent plays. It might be a bit harder this weekend against the Chiefs, but you know what they say about any given Sunday.
There is plenty of excitement to look forward to this NFL week 13 and we’re more than happy to offer our best picks and predictions. Let’s see if you agree with our picks. We did pick the Rams to win for obvious reasons. Think of it as a freebie on your parlay bet.
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NFL Week 13 Quick Picks
You’ll find full game analysis below our quick picks for NFL week 13. Get in on the action early before the odds start moving!
Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions
The pick: Under 46.5 – Bet at DraftKings with odds around -105
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons
The pick: Falcons to cover the spread – Bet at DraftKings with odds around -110
Arizona Cardinals @ Chicago Bears
The pick: Cardinals to win – Bet at DraftKings with odds around -335
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Los Angeles Rams
The pick: Rams to win – Bet at DraftKings with odds around -720
New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
The pick: Patriots to win – Bet at DraftKings with odds around +125
Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Desperation-mode Steelers to rise to the occasion against rival Ravens
The Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5-1) produced their worst performance of the season in Sunday’s 41-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. It was the type of afternoon that either sends a team into a losing spiral or prompts an immediate response. With Mike Tomlin’s leadership, the latter option feels likelier.
A matchup with the Baltimore Ravens (8-3), their fierce rivals, should just add extra motivation. Plus, Lamar Jackson is coming off a rough outing of his own, throwing four interceptions in Sunday’s 16-10 win over the Cleveland Browns.
The Pick: Steelers +3.5 at odds around -105
Pittsburgh to be fueled by Week 12 embarrassment
With some key defensive starters shaking off the rust or playing through the pain against the Bengals, expect that unit to be more in sync on Sunday. The Steelers have too many talented defensive game-changers to not respond after giving up 41 points in back-to-back games.
The bigger question is whether Ben Roethlisberger can get the offense on track. He threw two costly interceptions in Cincinnati as Pittsburgh fell behind early. To pull off an upset, the Steelers will need to grind out a low-scoring contest and establish a bigger role for Najee Harris, who had only eight carries on Sunday.
Ultimately, this is a “kitchen sink” game for the hosts. Expect Tomlin to have his team playing with urgency.
Baltimore counting on offense to shake off November struggles
The Ravens leaned heavily on their defense and the boot of Justin Tucker to get past the Browns on Sunday night, but their offensive slump continued.
With Jackson looking shaky in the passing game amid a string of turnovers, Baltimore again failed to cash in on promising drives, despite piling up 148 rushing yards. The visitors enter Week 13 having scored just 42 points over their past three games.
Defensive lineman Calais Campbell missed Sunday’s win due to a concussion but has a chance to return in time to face Pittsburgh.
Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs
Chiefs to extend winning run and strengthen grip on AFC West
The Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) still have a fight on their hands to defend their AFC West division title, but a four-game win streak has put Patrick Mahomes and company in pole position.
While the Denver Broncos (6-5) have stunned other Super Bowl contenders already this season, they have not won at Arrowhead Stadium since 2015. Still, with offensive line starters set to return, the visitors have a path to keeping this close.
The Pick: Broncos +10 at odds around -125
Kansas City looking for more of the same from defense after bye week
After being shredded early in the season, the Chiefs’ defense has responded impressively, giving up 17 points or fewer over the last four games. Back in Week 11, that unit shut down Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys for a 19-9 win. That momentum should carry over following a week off.
For once, Kansas City really needs its defense to lead the way. Mahomes finished with one interception and no touchdown passes against the Cowboys as the Chiefs again struggled to get Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce going in the same game.
The hosts welcomed back Clyde Edwards-Helaire from a knee injury prior to the bye week, but he comes face-to-face with a stout Broncos run defense that held the Los Angeles Chargers to just 72 rushing yards last weekend.
Denver’s running game capable of keeping Mahomes off the field
The Broncos’ 28-13 win over the Chargers on Sunday was built on their dynamic backfield. Melvin Gordon III and Javonte Williams combined for 137 rushing yards on 31 carries, and their ability to control the clock on long drives will be critical here against the Chiefs.
In fact, that duo could be even more effective with Denver expecting to welcome back key offensive linemen Garret Bolles and Bobby Massie this weekend. That is also a boost for Teddy Bridgewater, who limped off against the Chargers but is likely to start against Kansas City.
Limiting Hill’s explosive route-running will be the big focus for the Broncos’ secondary this week, but that unit arrives full of confidence after picking off Justin Herbert twice in Week 12.
Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans
Colts primed for a comfortable win as they enter season-defining stretch
The Indianapolis Colts are a more dangerous playoff threat than their 6-6 record suggests. But, after falling just short against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, the clock is ticking in a tightly-packed wildcard race.
Despite bigger games ahead on the schedule, don’t expect the Colts to overlook this weekend’s matchup with the Houston Texans (2-9). Indianapolis thumped Houston 31-3 in the first meeting of the season. This one should be closer, but ultimately look for the same result.
The Pick: Colts -8.5 at odds around -130
Indianapolis looking to clean up costly turnovers
The Colts were well placed at half-time on Sunday, with a ten-point lead. But two interceptions and a fumble turned the game in the second half. While the Texans are not a playoff-level opponent, this Week 13 matchup is a chance for Indianapolis to move on from last weekend’s blunders.
Expect another busy day for Jonathan Taylor, who dominated against Houston earlier this year and found the end zone again on Sunday. Though it would be helpful for the stretch run ahead if the Colts can build a lead and give their star running back some rest.
Defensively, look for a stout Colts run defense to bounce back after giving up four rushing touchdowns against Tampa Bay. DeForest Buckner picked up a knee injury on Sunday but should recover in time to face the Texans.
Overmatched Texans sliding towards high draft pick
With eight losses in the past nine games, Houston’s season is going nowhere fast, though the Texans’ draft odds improved following Sunday’s 21-14 loss to the New York Jets. Despite a solid start and two first-half touchdown passes from Tyrod Taylor, Houston faded and failed to score in the second half.
Indianapolis’ middle-of-the-pack pass defense can be susceptible against top-tier receivers, but the hosts have limited big-play threats beyond Brandin Cooks, who can expect tight coverage.
A Texans defense giving up the second most rushing yards per game this season (135) faces a daunting task against Taylor and the Colts’ imposing offensive line.
Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Jets
Eagles to hit back after rough Week 12 outing
The Philadelphia Eagles (5-7) had the look of playoff contenders for much of November, but their momentum was halted last weekend in a disappointing 13-7 loss to the New York Giants.
While the New York Jets improved to 3-8 on Sunday with a gritty win over the Houston Texans, this feels like a bounce back game for the visitors, with Jalen Hurts outplaying Zach Wilson.
The Pick: Eagles to win at odds around -280
Hurts ready to make amends for sloppy three-interception afternoon
As good as the Philadelphia running game has been over the past month, there were still questions around whether Hurts could deliver the key throws if the Eagles were trailing. His performance on Sunday, with three interceptions and just seven points, means more scrutiny for Hurts in Week 13.
Even without Jordan Howard (knee), Philadelphia topped 200 rushing yards against the Giants. Howard is a doubt for Sunday, but Hurts, Miles Sanders and Boston Scott are capable of keeping the ground game rolling, especially against a Jets defense that ranks in the bottom third of the league in rushing yards allowed (128 per game).
Expect another solid effort from an underrated Eagles defense. That unit held the Giants to just 70 rushing yards on 27 carries last weekend.
Wilson still finding his feet on return from knee injury
The Jets did enough to hold off the Texans on Sunday, but it was a tricky return for Wilson after missing the prior four games. He threw for just 145 yards with no touchdown passes and one interception. While he found the end zone for a rushing score, Wilson will need to be sharper against an in-form Eagles defense.
There were promising signs defensively for New York at the weekend, holding Houston scoreless in the second half while scoring 18 straight points. The hosts can take plenty from the Giants’ successful game plan against Hurts, with a focus on stacking the line of scrimmage to limit the potent Philadelphia running game.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals, NFL Week 13 2021 – Predictions & Preview
The in-form Cincinnati Bengals welcome the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, with major playoff implications in the tightly-packed AFC.
Bengals to stay hot against wobbling Chargers
As we enter the final six weeks of the season, the Bengals (7-4) seem to be hitting their stride at the perfect time. Just a game behind the Baltimore Ravens at the top of the AFC North, Cincinnati is coming off a dominant 41-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend.
For all their offensive firepower, the Chargers (6-5) are still searching for consistency. A disappointing 28-13 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday kept the spotlight on a leaky run defense, and the Bengals have the weapons to exploit that weakness here.
The Pick: Bengals -4 at odds around -105
Mixon set up for another monster day in ground game
Don’t expect Cincinnati to be subtle with its game plan this weekend. The Chargers are giving up 145 rushing yards per game (worst in the NFL) and Joe Mixon has piled up 288 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in the Bengals’ past two games.
The physical Cincinnati offensive line was at the heart of Sunday’s lopsided win over the Steelers, and that unit is sweating on Riley Reiff’s ankle injury ahead of the weekend.
Ja’Marr Chase has had a couple of quieter weeks by his own high rookie standards. Look for Joe Burrow to get him involved whenever Los Angeles overcommit to stopping the run.
Herbert turnovers are part of the learning process
It is tough to get a read on this Chargers offense. Justin Herbert had some masterful moments in the Week 11 win against Pittsburgh, but threw two interceptions in Denver at the weekend, including a pick-six. That kind of up-and-down play is a good reminder that this is still his first full year as a starter.
Los Angeles managed just 72 rushing yards against the Broncos and things will get no easier here against the Bengals’ run-stuffers. That puts the onus on the passing game to lead the way. While Keenan Allen has put up huge numbers over the past five games, the Chargers need more production from the Herbert-Mike Williams connection. Williams had just 39 receiving yards last weekend.
Ultimately, Los Angeles is going to struggle for consistency, especially on the road, until its run defense finds ways to force opponents into third-and-long situations more often.
Washington Football Team @ Las Vegas Raiders, NFL, Week 13, Preview & Prediction
The Las Vegas Raiders host the Washington Football Team on Sunday as the NFL season enters the critical final stretch. We break down the key storylines and betting tips.
In-form Washington capable of pushing Raiders all the way
With wide open playoff races in both the NFC and AFC, Washington and Las Vegas are two of the teams looking to join the contending packs.
The Raiders, just a game behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West, are riding high after beating the Dallas Cowboys last Thursday. But Washington arrives with a well-balanced team playing its best football of the year.
The Pick: Washington +3 at odds around -135
Las Vegas sweating on Waller’s knee injury
For all the positives in the Raiders’ Thanksgiving win, Darren Waller’s knee injury was a setback. Derek Carr and Josh Jacobs carried the load impressively in the second half, but this offense has limitations without the star tight end.
While the injury is not considered serious, Waller is questionable for Sunday. Against a Washington pass defense that rebounded in November after a rough start to the year, expect even more targets for Hunter Renfrow and a bigger role for Zay Jones.
Defensively, Las Vegas had some worrying lapses in the fourth quarter against Dallas, and only two teams are allowing more points per game than the Raiders (26.8) this season.
Washington defense finally showing its potential
Even without the injured Chase Young, Washington has turned up the heat defensively during their three-game win streak. On Monday night, that unit held Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to just 15 points while limiting DK Metcalf to one catch.
While the short week and cross-country travel will be factors, Washington appears to have found an identity around Taylor Heinicke. The biggest adjustment for the visitors will be new kicker Brian Johnson stepping in for Joey Slye (hamstring).
The running game contributed 152 yards on Monday night so expect Antonio Gibson to have another busy outing against a Las Vegas defense that is giving up 126 rushing yards a game (bottom third in the NFL). Fellow running back J.D. McKissic should be available despite being carted off in the fourth quarter against the Seahawks.
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks to rebound against NFC West rivals and halt losing run
These two teams appear to be heading in opposite directions, with the San Francisco 49ers (6-5) riding a three-game winning streak towards a playoff spot while the Seattle Seahawks (3-8) slide further down the standings.
But these physical NFC West scraps are typically tight. This could be a week to throw out the form book and lean towards the Seahawks showing some pride at home.
The Pick: Seahawks to win at odds around +150
Wilson, Metcalf to revive faltering Seattle offense
For Seattle to have any shot at taking down their NFC West rivals, the offense needs to awaken from a miserable November. The Seahawks have scored 15 points or fewer in four of their last five games (while losing six of their last seven contests).
Wilson’s numbers from Monday night’s 17-15 loss in Washington look solid – 247 passing yards and two touchdowns – but the offense consistently struggled to sustain drives. DK Metcalf finished with just one catch. Look for that to change in Week 13 with a game plan that shifts away from an ineffective ground game and features the star receiver early and often.
Defensively, Seattle has made real strides and veterans like Bobby Wagner are very familiar with facing Jimmy Garoppolo. That unit will need to win the turnover battle here.
49ers starting to make some noise despite more injury woes
The 49ers have turned their season around after an uneven first half, but they continue to deal with rough injury luck. Deebo Samuel (groin) and Fred Warner (hamstring) are both expected to miss Sunday’s game.
San Francisco has reached the 30-point mark in each of its last three games (all wins). Elijah Mitchell ran for 133 yards and a touchdown in the weekend win over the Minnesota Vikings, and he should find gaps to exploit against a below-average Seattle run defense.
The bigger question is what type of performance the 49ers will get from Garoppolo, who had some nervy moments against the Vikings. With Samuel sidelined, expect George Kittle to be more involved in the passing game than he was last Sunday.
New York Giants @ Miami Dolphins
Dolphins to sneak past Giants and keep slim playoff hopes alive
At 1-7, the Miami Dolphins appeared to be heading for a high draft pick and Brian Flores’ future was uncertain. But a four-game win streak has breathed life into the Dolphins’ season. Now a late playoff charge is at least on the table.
The New York Giants (4-7) are in a similar boat. They start the weekend on the fringes of the NFC playoff race, but that picture could shift quickly with a couple of victories. Though the Giants’ defense was outstanding against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the Dolphins look like the more complete team.
The Pick: Dolphins to win at odds around -210
Relentless Miami defense taking the heat off Tagovailoa
The Dolphins’ revival started with their defense clicking into top gear. Miami has given up just 46 points over the past four games and held Cam Newton to just five completions in Sunday’s 33-10 demolition of the Carolina Panthers.
With two interceptions, the Dolphins’ defense provided Tua Tagovailoa with favorable field position, but the Miami quarterback deserves his share of the credit after completing 27 of his 31 passes against the Panthers.
Tagovailoa will be tested by a Giants defense that picked off Jalen Hurts three times last weekend while holding the Eagles to seven points. It would be a timely boost if Will Fuller V (finger) and DeVante Parker (hamstring) are able to return on Sunday.
Giants still looking for ways to get Barkley more involved in the offense
While this matchup is likely to be a defensive slugfest, New York has to get more production from its offense. Daniel Jones eliminated the turnovers on Sunday but still only led the Giants to 13 points.
The answer for getting this offense humming again is Saquon Barkely, but the New York running back has had a limited impact since returning from injury. Barkley carried the ball 13 times for 40 yards but had 32 of those yards on one run. The Giants need to find a way to unlock his explosiveness.
It was tough to find flaws with New York’s defense against Philadelphia, but that unit gave up 30 points the prior week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Stopping Jaylen Waddle is the number one task for the Giants after the Dolphins receiver piled up 137 receiving yards and a touchdown last weekend.
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