Hello, everybody! I am back Week 13 NFL betting predictions! I decided that I wasn’t going to make any predictions last week because I wanted to sit back and enjoy quality football without worrying about having to make bets. The first two games that took place on Thanksgiving day were fun to watch. Minnesota jumped out to an early lead against Detroit, and while Detroit tried to fight back, they dug themselves into too big of a hole to climb out of. In the second game of the day, the Chargers dominated the Dallas Cowboys. The Chargers have won five out of their last six games, and have a realistic shot to win the AFC West. On the other side, it is always fun to see America’s team lose on Thanksgiving. Lastly, I’m not even going to discuss the night game between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins– that game was an absolute stinker. With that, here are my top predictions for Week 13!
- Detroit Lions (+3) at Baltimore Ravens: I’m taking the Detroit Lions to cover on the road against the Ravens on Sunday. Look, I know the Lions have a had a very difficult time slowing down their opponent’s running game this year; they are being gashed for 186.3 yards per game on the ground over their last three games. However, that isn’t going to matter as much because the Baltimore Ravens cannot throw the football; allowing the Lions to overload on linemen to slow the run game The Ravens are averaging 180 passing yards a game this year. Also, I believe Baltimore’s defense is a little overrated. Yes they are good, but they have faced backup quarterbacks in their last two games. They are up against an elite quarterback in Matthew Stafford, who I think will carry his team to an important victory on Sunday. Lions 23, Ravens 21
- Minnesota (+3) at Atlanta Falcons: I like the Minnesota Vikings to win outright in Atlanta this Sunday. The Vikings, winners of seven straight games, are coming off ten days of rest, meaning they’ve had extra time to prepare for this game. Vikings quarterback Case Keenum has been completing 71.1 percent of his throws over the last three contests. The Vikings should be able to run the football on an Atlanta defense that is giving up 113.9 rushing yards a game. Meanwhile, the Vikings have only allowed an average of 75.5 rushing yards a game this year. This should make the Falcons’ offense one dimensional, allowing the Vikings’ pass rush to get to Matt Ryan. This game will be close, and it can go both ways, but I’ll take the Vikings to win their eighth straight. Vikings 30, Falcons 28
- Pittsburgh Steelers (-5) at Cincinnati Bengals: I really like the Steelers to continue their road winning streak on Monday night football against the Bengals. The Steelers won despite playing poorly last week. The last time they played poorly against the Colts, they beat their next opponent by 23 points. I think the Steelers will be able to bounce back. Also, considering this is a division game, the Steelers will have some extra motivation. Meanwhile, the Steelers will be able to handle a Cincy offense that runs a very simple scheme. Lastly, the Bengals have been giving up over 140 rushing yards per game over their last six games. Steelers star running back Le’veon Bell should have a field day in this matchup. Steelers 31, Bengals 23
- Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks (+6): I think the Eagles will win this potential playoff matchup, but I like the Seahawks to cover on Sunday Night football. The Eagles have been absolutely terrific all year, winning their last nine games in a row, and now they’re due for an an emotional let down. Also, playing in Seattle at night is a challenge in itself. The Eagles should be able to move the ball on the Seahawks, who have already lost cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Kam Chancellor for the season. As long as the Seahawks have Russell Wilson, there’s a good chance they will be competitive. The problem is Wilson is accounting for 86 percent of the team’s offense, which is too much of a burden put on one player to carry the offense. The Eagles will win the game but the Seahawks will cover. Eagles 27, Seahawks 23
- San Francisco 49ers (+3) at Chicago Bears: I’m taking the San Francisco 49ers to win outright against my Chicago Bears. As much as it hurts to pick against my own team, I think the 49ers will get their first road victory of the season here. The 49ers will be starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who they traded for a month ago. Garoppolo is seen as the future of San Francisco at quarterback and the organization has been eager to start him. I think the 49ers will get a jolt from the quarterback change. In this matchup, weather plays a big factor. The temperature around game time is going to be about 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which helps the Niners and less so the Bears. The Niners are 1-10 in their last eleven games in Chicago and a lot of those games have been played in poor weather. This game will be close all the way. Neither of these offenses are good enough to pull away from each other. However, I think the Niners will be more motivated than the Bears and win this game. 49ers 17, Bears 16