Pick ‘Em 13
Things are slowly turning around. After another +.500 week that saw the Texans squeak out a nail biter that all but eliminated the Lions from the playoffs, and the Cowboys disappoint all of their fans again, the playoff picture is finally starting to clear up. And we have some very interesting races! I’m going to go ahead and make some bold predictions for the wild card – I think that the Colts and Steelers will grab the AFC spots and the Packers and Buccaneers will grab the NFC spots. But then again, we have seen how well my predictions do every week so the odds are that none of these teams will end up in the playoff race. Anyway, as of this point in the season I am feeling good about those picks! Now let’s get to Week 13 lines.
Saints at Falcons (-3.5) – We finally get a good Thursday night game! This should be a great matchup but I think that the Falcons’ offense is way more than the Saints defense can handle.
Seahawks (+4) at Bears – Until the Bear’s offensive line shows some drastic improvement, I’m staying away from them – especially against a great Seahawks defense.
Vikings (+8) at Packers – As Bill Simmons from ESPN.com says, the Vikings are “sneaky good” and I think that they can hang with the Pack. If nothing else, the Vikings have Adrian Peterson who can single-handedly keep them in any game if he’s on.
49ers at Rams (+7.5) – The Rams have looked pretty good last week after going down to Arizona and beating the Cardinals. If they can score points against the 49ers, I think that they can keep the momentum going and at least keep it real close.
Cardinals (+4.5) at Jets – The Jets are just all kinds of messed up right now. Regardless of their record, the Cardinals have a good defense and I think that that alone might be enough to beat this hapless Jets team.
Panthers (-3) at Chiefs – Give me one good reason why I should pick the Chiefs in this game. You can’t, because they are an abomination to the game of football. Panthers.
Colts (+4.5) at Lions – This is a great matchup! After watching the Lions tear through the Texans defense on Thanksgiving and still lose (due to some, um, interesting officiating, I think that this will be a little bit of a let down week and wouldn’t be surprised if the Colts sneak this one out.
Jaguars at Bills (-6) – Neither of these teams is anything special, but I think that Ryan Fitzpatrick will put up some points and beat the struggling Jaguars.
Patriots at Dolphins (+9) – The Patriots have looked like one of the best teams in the NFL the last couple of weeks and all signs point to taking them in this game, but for some reason my gut it telling me to take the points.
Texans at Titans (+6.5) – The Texans can clinch a playoff birth with a win or a tie this week, but have been struggling as of late. I think that the Titans keep this real close.
Buccaneers at Broncos (-7) – There are only a couple of stadiums that provide a real home-field advantage anymore, and Denver is one of them (the others are Seattle and maybe Baltimore. And Lambeau qualifies if it is -10 degrees). I think that the Broncos defensive line pressures Freeman all game and wreak havoc in the backfield.
Bengals at Chargers (+2.5) – I feel like I take the Chargers to cover every week and they always fail me. I’ll give it one more shot.
Pittsburgh at Baltimore – No line as of 11/28/12 because they are waiting to see if Roethlisberger is going to play. If Roethlisberger does play, I like Baltimore if they are favored by 4 or less, otherwise I’ll take Pittsburgh.
Cleveland at Oakland (PK) – What a terrible game. These teams have won a total of 6 games combined this season. I guess I’ll take Oakland but only because I have to make a pick and I can’t believe Brandon Weeden is still starting in the NFL. Although sometimes I have trouble believing Carson Palmer is still a starting quarterback too.
Eagles at Cowboys (-10) – I can’t believe I’m taking the Cowboys giving double-digit points. This speaks to how poor of a state the Eagles team is in.
Giants at Redskins (+2.5) – If there is one quarterback that can beat the Giants’ pass-rush, it is Robert Griffin III. And as much as I hate to say it, he is my Rookie of the Year up to this point.
Last Week: 8-6-2