MFST’s Week 13 NFL picks
After hitting a rough patch on my Thanksgiving 3-pack of picks that saw me go 0-fer I will blame that on too much turkey and stuffing. This week, I have recovered nicely and am confident in my Week 13 picks. So far through 12 weeks I am 94-60, still shy of my 75% goal.
Texans 18 at Bills 23
The Bills have not looked good recently, and Rex Ryan has made some coaching gaffes that have made Buffalo fans scratch their eyes out. Hosting an improving Texans team that is 5-2 when Ryan Mallett doesn’t start, makes this game crucial for either team’s playoff hopes. I like the Bills to turn it around at the Ralph.
49ers 17 at Bears 28
Adam Gase gets a chance to show the team that didn’t hire him as head coach that it made a mistake. Jay Cutler will outplay Blaine Gabbert in a battle of mediocre QB’s.
Bengals 34 at Browns 13
Whoever starts at QB for the Browns will record a loss in their record. The Bengals win big.
Ravens 20 at Dolphins 26
The Dolphins should win this war of irrelevance, primarily because their starting quarterback isn’t named Matt Schaub aka Mr. Pick-6.
Seahawks 23 at Vikings 17
This game has a lot of playoff implications and this is the type of game experienced playoff teams win. The Seahawks are experienced, the Vikings…not so much.
Panthers 23 at Saints 24
When they played in NC without Drew Brees, the Saints gave the Panthers everything they could handle. When the Saints hosted the then 5-0 Falcons earlier this year, the Saints emerged with a win. Seeing a pattern? The Panthers, despite crushing my Cowboys of Turkey Day, are still the worst undefeated team I have seen in some time.
Jets 18 at Giants 31
The battle of New Jersey, er I mean New York will come down to quarterback play and defense. I like the two-time Super Bowl champ Eli Manning to best the bearded wonder Fitzpatrick, and Odell Beckham to burn the vacant Revis Island (Revis is not expected to play) en route to a must-needed victory.
Cardinals 23 at Rams 20
The Rams play their own division rivals tougher than their other contests. I expect this week to be no different, but ultimately, will lose to a more talented Arizona squad.
Falcons 37 at Buccaneers 30
The Falcons started off hot but could be going through one big collapse. The Bucs are the opposite, they started off slow, but have been one of the hottest teams as of late. I like the expertise of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones to shine in a close NFC South battle.
Jaguars 13 at Titans 17
Two young up-and-coming division rivals meet for their second time this season. After a tight home win in Jacksonville, I expect the Titans to return the favor in their house.
Chiefs 28 at Raiders 17
The Chiefs have won five in a row. I expect a more experienced KC team to beat a younger Raiders squad that has over-performed for much of the season.
Broncos 12 at Chargers 24
A lot of pundits are singing Brock Osweiler’s praises for leading the Broncos to two straight wins, but I believe he will come back down to earth with a loss to the lowly Chargers. Philip Rivers will outplay Osweiler to show that Peyton Manning may still have a job when he returns from injury.
Eagles 20 at Patriots 38
The Eagles are not a very good team, and they play the best team in the NFL. Will they allow 45+ points for the third straight game? Probably not, but they will lose.
Colts 28 at Steelers 42
Last year, Ben Roethlisberger and company rang up 51 points on the Colts. With 4-0 Matt Hasselbeck under center for the Colts I would not expect a much different outcome.
Cowboys 24 at Washington 17
The 3-8 Cowboys still have a slim chance at a division title. A win against their bitter rivals is a must, and Matt Cassell will earn his first victory for Big D keeping those ‘hopes’ alive.
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